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Les Yeux sans visage
Les Yeux sans visage

1.0 out of 5 stars Foolishy assumed that the DVD would contain subtitles (Rene Chateau edition), 13 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Les Yeux sans visage (DVD)
Unfortunately I can't comment on the film as I was unable to watch it. I'm a monolingual Brit and, as much as I would like to speak fluent French, I can't. I was very much looking forward to watching 'Les yeux sans visage', knowing full well it's a French horror masterpiece. I expected a Region 2 DVD to contain subtitles. It was a foolish assumption on my part.

For what it's worth I'd argue that, no matter the quality of the movie, £12 is pretty steep for a DVD with nothing but a 'play film' feature on the menu.

I'm sure there's an edition of the film out there which will offer me subtitles.


Great Deceiver - Live '73-'74: Part 1 (2 Cd)
Great Deceiver - Live '73-'74: Part 1 (2 Cd)
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, a must buy., 3 April 2010
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Everything the previous reviewer has said is spot on. This album is the best representation of this line-up of K.C. (and currently my favrourite K.C. album).

My only complaint is that none of the Crimson discography is available for download and I am forced to buy the CD versions (trying to think of the environment ya know), however, the version of '21st Century Schizoid Man' was worth the purchase alone.

6/5


Olympus VN-5500 - Digital voice recorder - flash 512 MB - SubBand
Olympus VN-5500 - Digital voice recorder - flash 512 MB - SubBand

53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for a USB digital recorder, don't get this one, 3 Dec. 2009
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Bought this item expecting to be able to transfer the recordings to my computer via a USB cable provided with the product. However the VN-5500 is unable to connect to a computer in any way, shape or form. Amazon have some reviews of the very similar VN-5500PC, which does come with a USB cable, on the same page as the VN-5500 which doesn't. This is exceedingly misleading. Just felt I should inform others so they don't make the same mistake I did.
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Moth/Wolf Cub [7" VINYL]
Moth/Wolf Cub [7" VINYL]

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great colaboration, 26 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Moth/Wolf Cub [7" VINYL] (Vinyl)
Not much to say here really. You got Four Tet, who are awesome, and Burial, who is also awesome, and they're working together to make something that might be better than either of the two aformentioned artists by themselves. 'Moth' is particularly good. Hopefully this EP will lead to a fullyfledged album.


The Turning Point
The Turning Point
Price: £8.32

5.0 out of 5 stars not a turn for the worse!, 27 Dec. 2007
This review is from: The Turning Point (Audio CD)
At times intense, at others relaxing, this live, semi-acoustic, jazz-blues album stands in John Mayall's discography as second only to the 'Beno album'. This isn't that loud, messy jazz; this is relaxing and at times even beautiful.

The musician's interplay is wonderful, with guitar, flute, saxophone and, of course, mouth organ melodically harmonizing. Mayall's singing is probably the best I have ever heard it, and the atmosphere created is wonderful.

Definitely worth the money to any blues fan interested in something slightly left field. It's just unfortunate that we couldn't have been there ourselves.


Crusade
Crusade
Price: £8.57

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good tracks, good playing...but where's the magic?, 27 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Crusade (Audio CD)
This is a good solid blues album, and any fan of British blues will be satisfied if they buy this. However the album does not compare to the classic 'beno' album, and ultimately was a slight let down. I expect magic from the Blues Breakers, and this album didn't quite provide.


George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD]
George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Emge
Offered by Copeylad
Price: £37.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great films...or are they?, 23 Sept. 2007
I'm gonna cut to the chase here. I'm not going to review the films themselves because they are fantastic, 5 star achievements in their original forms. However the box set has tampered with the magic and it is now a thoroughly mixed package.

Both 'Night..' and 'Dawn...' have been edited with segments of the film being added to or taken away from. For example, the box set contains the now infamous '30th anniversary' version of 'Night..'. There are new scenes which, quite frankly, are terrible and add nothing to the piece. In fact they take away the tension and make it cheesier and more camp than it was before hand. We now have a thoroughly below average chiller that in its original form was excellent.

'Dawn...' is packaged here as a cut version, with a couple of the gory moments edited out (most notably the exploding head scene near the beginning of the film when the police raid those flats in the city. It just looks stupid when the officer with the shotgun shoots and the camera cuts to nothing). However thankfully the film itself has not been effected too much, with the tension and most of the gore still intact.

'Day...' doesn't appear to have been tampered with, and I was relieved as this is my personal favorite. High on tension, gore and shocks i believe this to be one of the best horror films ever made, with the other 'dead' films not far behind.

The special features are nothing special. They're good for occupying your time but not particularly interesting.

So to be honest this box set is a waste of money, as buying the films separately would mean that they are in their original and uncut formats as the genius director would have wanted them.


Synchronicity
Synchronicity
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £7.51

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some cracking songs, but yet again a patchy overall effort., 10 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Synchronicity (Audio CD)
I saw the police last night (09/09/07) at Twickers and they were amazing. The large majority of stuff they played was from Zenyatta Mondatta, their 3rd album, and Synchronicity, their 5th and final (which goes to show how many good pop/rock tunes are nestled into these recordings).

In my opinion Synchronicity is their best album. The element which really draws me towards this release in particular is the irony of naming it Synchronicity. By all accounts the last thing that the three members were trying to be was in 'sync'. They all recorded their parts in three separate studios as they couldn't stand the site of each other. Each member wished to take the band in a different direction; Andy wanted an art rock sound, Stewart a Jazz sound and Sting had a completely different pop/rock vision. Sting's marriage was also breaking up - yet another of his relationships that was not in sync. And as a listener, I can hear the strain of these social collapses on many of the songs. Sting only permitted two songs from his fellow band members; 'Mother' by Summers and 'Miss Gradenko' by Copeland. These two are unlistenable and i have to skip them. I suppose this shows that Andy and Stewart were no longer interested in the band and quite frankly couldn't be bothered to write good songs. This attitude also comes across in a couple of Sting's songs, most notably 'Walking In Your Footsteps', a song about dinosaurs... It does have a political message, but this is not what i expect from what was the biggest band in the world.

However, whereas on the aforementioned tracks the band's relationships have had a negative effect on the music, the other songs have gain from it. 'Synchronicity', 'O My God' and 'Synchronicity II' are brilliant rock songs about dissolution with the world around us and the first half of the album is forgiven tracks 2,3 and 4 die to the success of these outings. However the real positives come with the mellow, second half of the record. Three songs about breakup, inspired by Sting's collapsing marriage, really hit the spot. 'Every Breath You Take' needs no introduction, but 'King Of Pain' and 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' are just as good as this classic. 'Tea In The Sahara' is a lethargic and beautiful track, and 'Murder By Numbers' is a great jazzy and catchy way to finish the album.

Overall there are mostly good songs here, but three of the tracks are awful. This could have been a brilliant 8 track album, but instead it suffers from some dissapointments on the first side.


Left Side Of The Brain
Left Side Of The Brain
Price: £11.83

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wow! - very pleasently suprised, 10 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Left Side Of The Brain (Audio CD)
I saw these guys live last night at Twickers supporting The Police alongside Maximo Park. In my opinion they were much better than Maximo and I was so surprised that I had never heard of them before. I really hope these guys make it, I'm sure it's not fun living in the shadow of such a famous dad in the same business as you (for those of you who don't know the lead singer is Sting's son, but the band have always played this down, presumably because they want to make on the merit of their own music - which in my opinion they should).

Anyway the music herein is innovative, catchy, forward looking alternative pop/rock. It's much better than most of the things in the charts, with dark, melancholy lyrics and metallic guitars. Imagine if it were possible for bands to mate with one another. If that were possible Fictionplane would be the offspring of U2 and Nirvana. Obviously there is some Police influence, but it is not overbearing. In fact this album (and the others Fictionplane have released) is far more consistant than the often patchy works The Police produced in their career.

Any way if interested in new music or something slightly different i recommend buying any of Fictionplanes albums.


Citizen Kane [DVD] [1942]
Citizen Kane [DVD] [1942]
Dvd ~ Orson Welles
Price: £4.40

17 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not too sure what to make of this..., 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Citizen Kane [DVD] [1942] (DVD)
oh dear where do i begin?

There are very few films (if any others) that have received the critical acclaim of 'Citizen Kane'. Often cited as the greatest American film of all time, this critical kiss of death is, in my opinion, the film's undoing. To put it bluntly this is not the greatest film ever, but nothing could ever possibly live up to that title.

Firstly I will assess the positives, the elements of the movie which shine through despite its age of nearly 65 years. Firstly the camera work, cinematography, lighting and direction of the film are all amazing. In this respect the film deserves it's ungodly praise and one can see why it has acquired legendary status. The make-up is also very well done and you believe that the characters are the ages being portrayed. The concept and story are also very intriguing (the portrayal of a man's rise and fall in flashback, told by the people to whom he was closest through interviews by a journalist attempting to determine the meaning of Kane's last words - "Rosebud"). The conclusion to the mystery is also an interesting twist, but you'll have to watch the film yourself to find that out.

Anyway, now to the flip side of the coin; here are the negatives. It is, for want of a better word, dull. I was yawning throughout most of the film's running time waiting for the good bit, which subsequently never arrived. There are moments of extreme annoyance, for example the voice over on the news reel at the start of the picture or the party when Kane has employed the writers of his rival newspaper etc. During these moments I really did feel the need to turn the film off. I also felt that the acting was, for a film of such stature, abysmal. It is rivaled by such acting master classes as 'Halloween 6: The Curse Of Micheal Myers', 'Jaws 3' and 'Plan 9 From Outer Space'. (well o.k. it's not that bad but you get my point, in fact Kane's portrayal is very good, it's just that the other characters seem quite wooden).

So to conclude, there are many elements which merit this film a viewing, however on the whole i personally found this disappointing and dull. There are many other films which deserve the accolade 'greatest film ever' a whole lot more than 'Citizen Kane'.


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