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Charmless Man
Charmless Man
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Price: 1.68

5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD., 19 Aug 2012
This review is from: Charmless Man (Audio CD)
A four track single, which includes a legitimately creepy instrumental "The Horrors", a cynical track about a husband who prefers TV to his wife "A Song", and a heading-down-River-Mississippi-blues-inspired "Saint Louis", which is somewhat a departure from what the band did before AND after.

Four great songs from one of the best British bands of the 90's!

Wolf's Rain - Anime Legends (2004) [DVD]
Wolf's Rain - Anime Legends (2004) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tensai Okamura

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And what is this show about?, 4 Jun 2011
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Wolf's Rain is a cult classic. That is, you are either touched by it, or not. You will love it, or hate it; there is no middle ground. This show's unique premise and story will either leave a deep impact on you, or leave you confused and disappointed. Keep that in mind, before buying it.

So... what is it about? Well, If I understand correctly, this story explores the theme of the true nature/meaning of Paradise. Does it exist? What is it? What is it like? Where is it? Why search for it? The pack of wolves that spend the entirety of show's run searching for it, constantly ask themselves those questions. Should they go on, or give up? This show gets VERY philosophical at times. And what are the answers to those question? Watch Wolf's Rain to the end, and make your own conclusions. Oh, and animation is top-quality and music is by Yoko Kanno.

Alright, now let's get to the technical side. This is a Pal DVD set. Whether the show was originally recorded in this format, or NTSC, I have no idea, but the DVDs are interlaced. Playing the discs with VLC and using Yadiff (2X) de-interlacer removes the issue almost entirely, with little to no ghosting. Aside from that, the video transfer is perfect, and the audio is flawless. Among the extras are character information, textless opening/closing and 2 interviews with writers and voice actors. If you are planning on buying this particular release, you won't be disappointed. Although you might not particularly like the packaging. While not bad per se, I think they could have come up with a better way to hold the last 6 DVD's in place.

Ben Hur Live
Ben Hur Live

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of magnificent!, 17 April 2011
This review is from: Ben Hur Live (Audio CD)
This is the latest "big" project by Stewart Copeland, the drummer of Police and a respectable composer in his own right. Here, he combined all his previous film experience, as well as the influence of Lebanese music he grew up listening to. The result is nothing short of magnificent. With nearly an hour worth of eastern orchestral music, performed by The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, this CD will most likely NOT disappoint.

Here is the tracklist:

1. Prologue ~ The Nativity (1:36)
2. Boys on Horses (2:04)
3. Jerusalem Market (5:52)
4. Esther's Song (1:25)
5. Dancing at the Inn (2:35)
6. Funeral Song (traditional, arr. by Stewart) (1:35)
7. The Tile Incident (co-written with Peter J. Robinson) (3:52)
8. The Fall of Hur (2:09)
9. Nazareth (3:47)
10. Pirates Attack (4:05)
11. Rescued (2:28)
12. Golden Statue (4:00)
13. Sheik Ilderim (3:41)
14. Attack on Judah (2:38)
15. The Quadrigas (4:45)
16. The Chariot Race (3:41)
17. Victory (1:03)
18. Palm Sunday Ressurection (4:11)

It should be noted, this soundtrack was released as promotional-only, to be given away to those who would come to see the show. In other words, THIS IS SUPER RARE STUFF. So buy now, without a second thought!

Classic Rock
Classic Rock
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive instrumental alt-rock album., 16 April 2011
This review is from: Classic Rock (Audio CD)
This album feels like a spiritual sequel (prequel?) to Darryl's 1991 "Under the Soft", which was recorded for I.R.S.' No Speak label. This is due to its sound, which is made of violin (well, or course!), synth, guitar and drums.

As the title suggests, the 18 tracks here were written to later be used in television and movies (think of "affordable musical score database"). But do not let the word "affordable" fool you into thinking that the stuff is mediocre,- it is far from it! Alright, IMHO there are a few weaker tracks, but most of them are impressive. Since they were meant to be used in a variety of fictional situations, they reflect many different emotions, and are quite varied. The session guitarist, who's name is, unfortunately, not mentioned in the booklet, is a real talent, up there with the best. So, when you add Darryl's awesome violin to that, the resulting mix is top quality.

A curious thing to note is that the time of actual recording is not mentioned. True, the CD was released in 2010, but there is no more information. However, judging by the style, it could be concluded that the dates are late 80's - early 90's.

Along with Darryl Way, members of Genesis and Soft Machine also contributed material for The Music Library. If you are interested, check out the label's catalog!

The Equalizer: Series 1 [DVD]
The Equalizer: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward
Price: 23.86

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very high quality show., 22 July 2010
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There are many shows out there, some more known than others. Some are certainly much more heard of than The Equalizer. So, why pick this one up?

Well, to put it short, this show is smart.

Robert McCall is a self-retired operative of "The Agency". He left because of all the suffering and killing he caused, believing he was doing good for the people (he actually was, most of the time). Deciding that on his own he would help more people and cause less harm, he walked out. Now he works for little pay to protect the lives of those who are not in position to help themselves. In New York, of all places.

Let's start with saying that Robert is not a simple one-sided "good cop" character. He lived for quite some time, did a lot, seen a lot. He has flaws, and his character is rich. And he has a piano, on which he plays from time to time. His grown up son and his ex-wife play a large role in several episodes, mainly to show that he doesn't only care for his job. He also has many friends and contacts, which he often calls for help if the going gets really tough. His clients are not simple, and they can be anyone of any age or gender. Robert does not only rescue "damsels in distress". Young boys and 30-something men need help quite frequently. The "bad guys" are also well done, being corrupt businessmen, serial killers, VERY stupid teenagers... and sometimes even women.

The acting is top-notch, as is the cinematography. The picture quality is quite good for a TV show from the 80's. The action scenes are professionally done, and the violence (where without it?) is not held back, making 15+ rating quite reasonable. There is some good fighting and... at least one death per episode (almost every one). The gunfights look like they were choreographed by someone who knew the thing.

The music was composed by ex-drummer of The Police, and it suits the show extremely well, capturing action, suspense and even occasional romance.

The only downside is that there aren't any extras on this DVD set. And there are no subtitles either. But on the other hand, PAL release is completely unedited, while Reg. 1 release has many musical changes and has poorly mixed sound. If you are buying the European release, you are getting the best deal out of the 2.

So, with all that being said, why not buy yourself some good action/crime series to watch in the evening?

Kollected Works
Kollected Works

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For a debute album this is just marvelous!, 24 Dec 2009
This review is from: Kollected Works (Audio CD)
I was really impressed by this CD. I heard some of Stewart's works and expected his first solo album to be at least decent. I was surprised when found out that it is AWESOME! It appears he had the talent to begin with-the album sounds about just as good as the subsequent Police releases, especially considering that Stewart played on ALL the instruments(guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and everything)!
The songs range between witty(and clever) and funny(the man has great humour), but are always interesting to listen to. Overall, the album is just wonderful.
One last thing-this is the best(if not only) chance to hear Stewart Copeland playing guitar solos!
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Felidae [DVD]
Felidae [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mario Adorf
Price: 11.76

5.0 out of 5 stars The best cat film. Ever., 28 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Felidae [DVD] (DVD)
This is the best film about cats I seen so far. And I saw... three (not much), "That Darn Cat" and "The Aristocats". This one beats them both with one hand. It has a realistic setting, believable characters, a serious plot, great voice acting (English dub). Also the animation is superb. And cats are portrayed very naturalistically: nice job, animators!

Unless you are a sensitive person, DO watch the film. But you must like cats, animation AND murder mysteries.

P.S. And it is NOT 4kids.

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