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The Damned [DVD] [1969]
The Damned [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Dirk Bogarde
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £25.68

9 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very poor film, 26 Dec. 2004
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This review is from: The Damned [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
A disappointing film which concentrates on the sexual abnormalities of one member of one family on the rise in Nazi Germany. It's not very shocking although I'm sure it thinks it is, it's terribly directed and not even the likes of Bogarde and Rampling can inject much interest.


Tallulah!!
Tallulah!!
Price: £20.86

0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars well they had to disappoint sooner or later, 19 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Tallulah!! (Audio CD)
The Go-Betweens finally go in search of fame and a hit and, well....MISS. Probably my least favourite Go-Betweens album, The Clarke Sisters is a masterpiece and worthy of this fantastic band but the rest are without exception disappointing. There is to much ground conceded here to mainstream and accessabilty and not enought of that heartbreaking honesty that although would never make the Go-Betweens, well 'INXS' and make them millions, make me and thousands of others want to listen to them, and we wouldn't swap them for the world. My favourite bands least favourite album and it's a pity that the great compilation album of theirs that includes 'The Clarke Sisters' and 'You Won't Find it Again' is currently still not available.


Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis [DVD]
Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis [DVD]
Dvd ~ Will Hartmann

67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, 16 Nov. 2004
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This is the best Magic Flute I've ever seen, the production is wonderful throughout. I like my Queen of the Night and her Three Ladies to have balls and they don't disappoint, all four are fantastically sung but especially the Queen. I like Opera on DVD to be well staged and well acted, as I do in the theatre, only on CD do I find the need for perfection of the voice. I've seen far more enjoyable performances by supposedly second rate companies then I've seen sometimes when I've paid the earth. Tamino is in this respect, as usual, a tad inert but that seems to go with the role, maybe it meant more in Mozart's time. Papagano is on the other hand outstanding in every way, by far the funniest performance of this role I've ever seen and also by far the most assured. For the Queen, her ladies and Papageno this is a must. Very rearly are performances perfect but this one is near enough.


American Stars 'n' Bars
American Stars 'n' Bars
Price: £5.99

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The natural follow up to Harvest, 10 Nov. 2004
This review is from: American Stars 'n' Bars (Audio CD)
This has to be my favourite Neil Young album cover, proof that Neil could once again laugh at himself, and about time too. 'Like a hurricane' is a well known Young classic and with 'Star of Bethlehem' are represented on the Decade compilation. They are pretty typical of the album as a whole, with the original 'side one' being of more Country origin, but I think the best track here is the seven minute 'Will to love'. It's a Bjork like track of outstanding beauty that compares the suvival instinct of animals with the Human need for love, it's breathtaking and so well recorded and stylised with added sound effects that it quite simply puts paid to the rumour that Neil was far too preoccupied with compiling his Decade album to record anything of substance. If you are not totally averse to country music of any sort then there are other classics here too and the one bad track 'Bite the bullet' is so slight, if a tad noisey, and over in three and a half minutes that, well at least you get time to put the kettle on. There is humour in this album, a quality Neil doesn't often get credit for but more importantly there is great music. Don't dismiss this album as Americana, it's a great deal better, less self-indulgent and more adult then his previous efforts and in my opinion his best album since Harvest. An island in the sea of late 1970's Neil Young mediocrity.
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On the Beach
On the Beach
Price: £5.99

7 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moving away from the middle of the road, 10 Nov. 2004
This review is from: On the Beach (Audio CD)
This 1974 sombre offering just about manages to keep it's head above water. 'Ambulance blues' and 'See the sky about to rain' are over long for their content and 'Motion pictures' doesn't really have enought to say. It's a pity that Neil didn't have the courage to include the best track 'Revolution blues' on his Decade compilation, a humourous look at LA through the eyes of a tongue in cheek vigilante, but I suppose some of the sarcasm may have upset the more mainstream fan that Neil was running away from at this time. Better produced, depressing but with optimism ; a quality that was sadly missing from his next offering 'Tonight's the night'. Worth a listen for the Neil Young aficionado but not a place to start, and certainly not his best album.
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Tonight's The Night
Tonight's The Night
Price: £5.45

11 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bad day at the office, 27 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Tonight's The Night (Audio CD)
This is a lazy Neil Young album, on his way down from the heights of 1970-72 it's a mixture of the apathetic and the pathetic. There are a few good songs here but they are not gems by any stretch of the imagination. 'Tired eyes' made it onto the Decade compilation and is probably the pick of the bunch along with 'Borrowed tune' are retake on a Rolling Stones theme, where Neil tries to convince that he's the 'wasted man of rock'. Not enough imagination and too much self indulgence are the only constants on this album, this is West coast rock on auto pilot. We get such lyrics as 'Milly from down in Philly...and Bill from upon the hill'! and for the start of a song how about this 'I went to a movie, the other night, the plot was groovy, it was out of sight'.....um! Neil can be breathtakingly brilliant at times, but when he's bad, well!
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The History of the World Cup 1904-2002 [DVD]
The History of the World Cup 1904-2002 [DVD]
Dvd ~ The History of the World Cup 1904-2002
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £1.45

70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars KEEP AWAY FROM, 7 April 2004
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An absolute joke of a DVD. It doesn't contain what it claims to be. There is no actual footage from the 1998 world cup, just a talk-over, which for some strange reason contains footage of premier league action. The 2002 world cup is covered by the phrase 'and this promises to be a great world cup' and that's it! The earlier World Cups 30, 34, 38, 50, 54, 58 and 62 contain very little footage, yet for some strange reason half way through this DVD we get an in-depth story of Pele's last years in Soccer USA! Gareth Hunt shows what little knowledge of football he has by constantly miss-pronouncing the names of the worlds top players through-out. DVD's such as this are a disgrace!


Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3
Offered by Classical Connoisseur
Price: £29.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 2 Mar. 2004
A ponderous account of Prokofiev's second that is a country mile behind Ashkenazy's fantastically romantic and wayward account on Decca. The second is a truly underated work, I think the greatest piano concerto of the 20th century, and Demidenko spends all his time and effort trying to convince that this is the case, Askenazy on the other hand just plays the concerto for all he and it are worth. The third fairs better but is still no match for the likes of Kissin on DG, a live recording, or even the overated Argerich also on DG with the same forces, the Berlin Philharmonic under Abbado. All considered a disappointing release.
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Leeds United: My Leeds United - Peter Ridsdale [DVD]
Leeds United: My Leeds United - Peter Ridsdale [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leeds United Fc

2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great guy, the best., 10 Feb. 2004
Every Chelsea supporter who is pleased at the state Leeds United now find themselves in will appreciate the humour in the title. I just can't wait for the 2003/04 season DVD to be released. 'Life in the nationwide' will also be a cracker next season. For Chelsea supporters it doesn't get any better than this.


Cello Concerto [Rostropovich, Oisrakh]
Cello Concerto [Rostropovich, Oisrakh]

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oistrakh at his best, priceless., 20 Jan. 2004
Oistrakh penetrates Shostakovich's first violin concerto in a way nobody else does, the sheer depth, the excitement, the desolation, and it's decoming a cliche with Oistrakh but THE DEMONIC INTENSITY, it could almost have been written for him, which of course it was. The only choice with Shostakovich's first is which of the many Oistrakh recordings do you go for. Well I know most people would say if you want authenticity you have to have Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic, but in a 20th century work, what is authenticity! I've listened to the 1957 Praga recording 'in Prague' which, as usual, is badly recorded, but also a little, well, and I know it's not a real word 'un-driven' by Mravinsky with the Czech Philharmonic; and I've still got the 1956 recording in Leningrad by Melodiya (on RCA 'The Essential')with the Leningrad Philharmonic; but I don't think you can beat this recording with Mitropoulos, it's in Mono but very well recorded, and again maybe something to do with the recording quality, this recording seems driven not only by Oistrakh but by the conductor as well. As for the the Cello Concerto, well I think you can do a lot better with Natalia Gutman on Live Classics with Kondrashin, but Rostropovich would be most peoples first choice, I just think Shostakovich can be pushed a lot further, so buy both.


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