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Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £39.99

16 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have, 31 Mar 2004
This four-disc set will present the original trilogy with digitally remastered THX Certified transfers and new English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX Surround mixes alongside the original English, Spanish and French Dolby Surround tracks.
For each film in the trilogy audio commentaries have been recorded with George Lucas (creator/director), Ben Burtt (sound designer), Dennis Muren (visual effects) and Carrie Fisher (actor) present for all three. Irvin Kershner (director) joins the group for The Empire Strikes Back, as does Lawrence Kasdan (writer) who stays on for Return of the Jedi.
Last but not least we have the bonus disc which includes the most comprehensive feature-length documentary ever produced on the Star Wars saga; and never-before-seen footage from the making of all three films, and much more.
Needless to say this is a MUST HAVE for anyone with a dvd player. What a great price too! Just imagine watching tbe opening scene of 'A New Hope' via a quality home cinema system :-)


Room On Fire
Room On Fire
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.49

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I fail to see the hype, 25 Oct 2003
This review is from: Room On Fire (Audio CD)
This is just absurdly over-rated. It sounds so limp and uninspired compared to their first album. Compared to the Darkness's majesterial 'Permission to land' this is just fodder. It just sounds so boring to me and non-commital. UNINSPIRED ALBUM. The strokes are already forgotten for me, and many others. Go and listen to 'Stop Making Sense' by the Talking Heads for some real creativity.


Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]
Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
Price: £3.80

88 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leone's Greatest Achievement "Frank sent us", 11 Sep 2003
In Sergio Leone's epic Western, shot partly in Monument Valley, a revenge story becomes an epic contemplation of the Western past. To get his hands on prime railroad land in Sweetwater, crippled railroad baron Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti) hires killers, led by blue-eyed sadist Frank (Henry Fonda), who wipe out property owner Brett McBain (Frank Wolff) and his family. McBain's newly arrived bride, Jill (Claudia Cardinale), however, inherits it instead. Both outlaw Cheyenne (Jason Robards) and lethally mysterious Harmonica (Charles Bronson) take it upon themselves to look after Jill and thwart Frank's plans to seize her land. As alliances and betrayals mutate, it soon becomes clear that Harmonica wants to get Frank for another reason -- it has "something to do with death." As in his "Dollars" trilogy, Leone transforms the standard Western plot through the visual impact of widescreen landscapes and the figures who populate them, as Harmonica appears out of nowhere and Frank chillingly commands the center of the frame. The opening credit sequence of three Western toughs (including Woody Strode and Jack Elam) preparing to kill someone at a train station wittily yet artfully plays off Leone's fixation with faces and locales and the epic effect of his meticulous narrative pace. The sense of suspended time speaks to the concerns with past, future, and history that drive the plot; Jill oversees the literal tracks of "Progress," while Frank is undone by the past he shares with memory-driven Harmonica. Fonda's presence and the Monument Valley location further point to the Western movie past of John Ford, as Leone "quotes" Ford's signature buttes and exposes the dark reverse of Fonda's staunch Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine (1946). After the success of the "Dollars" films, Paramount gave Leone the money and freedom to make his monumental saga as he wished; when Once Upon a Time bombed, Paramount chopped 25 minutes to speed the pace, but to no financial avail. Those 25 minutes, and the film's critical stature, have since been restored, but Leone's directorial career never quite recovered. At its full length, Once Upon a Time in the West is Leone's operatic masterwork, worthy of its legend-making title.
Needless to say, this dvd is a must have. After this the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy seems trivial and insubstantial. This my friends is true cinema, art for arts sake, not just money making. This film has to be seen to be appreciated. Sheer Class. Convinced?
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Special Edition [DVD] [1974]
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Special Edition [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Marilyn Burns

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You Damn Fool...You Ruined The Door!", 21 Feb 2003
After you've stopped screaming you'll start laughing.
I must say that as a horror film it IS the most horrific film I've ever seen: a young girl put on a meat-hook then forced to watch leatherface chop off her boyfriend's head!!!!????
However, the horror is only part of the film. The end sequence in the house is the FUNNIEST sequence in film history. This is all down to the genius that is leatherface. Simply put, apart from donning wig and make-up he also SQUAWKS like a pig AT THE SAME TIME as he is 'talking'!!!! Believe me when I say that I was on the floor laughing!!!! The over-dubbed squawks are sensational!
Taken as a horror film TCM has no rivals at all. IT IS the best horror film ever made. In fact, once you get over the initial shock of what you are seeing, the second half (need for repeated viewings) as well being horrifying, is absolutely hilarious. The commentary is awesome too, and, of course full of annecdotes.
The Best Horror + The Best Comedy = IT HAPPENED
A MUST PURCHASE.


The Last Broadcast
The Last Broadcast
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's brilliant, but, no, it's not as good as Lost Souls, 7 May 2002
This review is from: The Last Broadcast (Audio CD)
This comes highly recommended. It is a classic album. However, it doesn't achieve the all out greatness of lost souls. That's a fact. There's nothing here to match 'Sea Song' or 'Here It Comes'. However, having said that it will be the second best album of the year, behind, of course, 'Original Pirate Material' by The Streets.
Last Broadcast is an understated release which will take time (for me at least) to get to know. But 'Lost Souls' will always be their masterpiece. 'There Goes The Fear' is the best track on the album.
I get the feeling that the weight of expectancy weighs the Doves down. They will become trapped if they break into the mainstream and will burn out, much like what happened to Oasis: 2 classic albums then a fall from grace.


The Last Broadcast
The Last Broadcast
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's brilliant, but, no, it's not as good as Lost Souls, 7 May 2002
This review is from: The Last Broadcast (Audio CD)
This comes highly recommended. It is a classic album. However, it doesn't achieve the all out greatness of lost souls. That's a fact. There's nothing here to match 'Sea Song' or 'Here It Comes'. However, having said that it will be the second best album of the year, behind, of course, 'Original Pirate Material' by The Streets.
Last Broadcast is an understated release which will take time (for me at least) to get to know. But 'Lost Souls' will always be their masterpiece. 'There Goes The Fear' is the best track on the album.
I get the feeling that the weight of expectancy weighs the Doves down. They will become trapped if they break into the mainstream and will burn out, much like what happened to Oasis: 2 classic albums then a fall from grace.


There Goes the Fear
There Goes the Fear
Offered by Mattpuss
Price: £0.01

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can compare to this?, 22 Mar 2002
This review is from: There Goes the Fear (Audio CD)
I've heard this sensational track on the radio. To me it gets better with each listen. For fans of 'Lost Souls' the good news: it's similar to material from that album. For those who are unaware of the Doves existence, then you will soon become aware. I predict that this single will reach the top ten and the album will be, as 'Lost Souls' already is, a essential piece of art. What else in contemporary music can compare with such magesty as this? It makes my nerves tingle. The inventiveness in this piece of music is amazing. It is so layered that each listen almost picks up a totally new song. Unbelievable. This is true music for the soul.
Also, if you like the Doves, please do yourself a favour and get 'Rock Bottom' by Robert Wyatt.


Aenima
Aenima

3 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not that good really, 3 July 2001
This review is from: Aenima (Audio CD)
Like Big Black and Fugazi before them, Tool are an American hardcore band who seem to believe that there is something intrinsically impure or cissy about tunes. Their bleak, sincere songs are thus set to music of pared-down, pneumatic directness, flawlessly played but very hard to listen to. They have spent more than three years making this, their second album, and it shows all the requisite signs of overweening ambition: Rush-like prog-rock diversions, expensive production (courtesy of Dave Bottrill, best known for his work with King Crimson and Peter Gabriel) and conceptual segues between songs. These include a baby crying and an extract from a Bill Hicks tape.....
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I Am The Cosmos
I Am The Cosmos
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.56

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He is the stratosphere, 1 July 2001
This review is from: I Am The Cosmos (Audio CD)
This cd represents one of the great lost albums. Chris Bell, a major part of Big Star, made with 'I Am The Cosmos' one of the finest 'underground' albums ever.
What can I say: heartfelt, inspiring and loose. This is the sound of disintegration, for the man was troubled, but aren't we all????
If you're wondering whether to buy this album, listen to the clip of track 1 above and hear THAT lead guitar break. This is a must have. Please also buy 'Third/Sister lovers' by Big Star. Music is not made this good anymore. Some of the inspired guitar and keyboard breaks are beautiful.
If I had to choose how to describe the sound it would be Radiohead crossed with early era Neil Young and The Band circa 'Music From The Big Pink'. Oh, and 'Look Up' and 'Though I know She Lies' are two of the most beautiful, emotional and heartfelt ballads ever. Please, we all have to make decisions when buying music. With all my heart, please, I urge you to buy this majestic record. You, like me will miss out on some classic albums because of money restrictions or not being aware of their existance. Do not let this album slip by.
This is one of those records you can not help but become emotionally linked with. Listen for the awesome guitar on 'I got Kinda Lost' or the classic rock'n'roll of 'I don't Know'. This album has musical cousins in 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' and Neil Young's 'Rust Never Sleeps'.
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John Prine
John Prine
Price: £6.95

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Songwriting Perfection, 1 July 2001
This review is from: John Prine (Audio CD)
This is an album that has everything: memorable tunes and lyrics with a character and grace of its own.
I consider John Prine's first album to be one of the greatest achievements of the last 30 years. He is (on this album at least) easily as good as Dylan in his prime. The album has too many good songs. The best are Illegal Smile and Sam Stone. These tracks are totally melodic and pure. Once heard, these songs will stay with you forever. They are the songs you sing at work in your heaad, or when you need comfort or optimism.
I would suggest that Prine is a cross between Dylan and the excellent David Gray. This is a must-have purchase. I own around 700 cds and many box sets, but I do not own an album as simple, honest and melodic as this one (perhap I do but I can't remember at present). A must have for any discerning music fan.


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