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Scott Walker in 5 Easy Pieces
Scott Walker in 5 Easy Pieces

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but slightly flawed - collection, 30 Dec 2003
This is an excellent package - but not without some minor flaws, as previous reviewers have pointed out. Serious Scott fans will probably already have virtually everything here already. There are no unreleased tracks - although there are many deleted and extremely hard to find ones. The booklet could have been more illuminating. But, irritating as those things are, I really don't think they detract too much from this major collection of Scott's work authorised by the great man himself.
Each CD is assembled thematically,which forces you to listen to the songs in a different context. I have always felt Scott 3 and Tilt are the high watermarks of his recording career and, interestingly, the track listing knocks down the view held by some that Scott 4 is his best album by taking relatively few tracks from it.
Disc 1 dishes up the kitchen sink dramas. It is, more so than the other discs, pretty heavy with Walker Brothers material - but this only serves to remind you just how under-rated much of the Walker Brothers stuff is compared to Scott's solo output. Disc 2 focuses on songs about or for women. This disc is, early on particularly, heavy on covers - but it's a reminder that Scott is undoubtedly one of the foremost interpreters of songs in music history with tracks that could be lightweight given depth and emotion. It rounds off with the recent collaboration with Ute Lemper - two stunning tracks that sound like nothing you have ever heard before... except perhaps Tilt or Pola X! Disc 3 is a fairly self-explanatory collection of songs about Europe and America. Disc 4 is billed as an alternative best-of, focussing on the harder-edged stuff - with heavy emphasis on Climate Of Hunter and Tilt. Disc 5 rounds up soundtrack and film-inspired stuff from various sources.
So, yes, there are some minor flaws with this. But there is still an awful lot to recommend it. It is really nicely packaged. The material assembled on it comes from a wide range of sources, many of them long deleted or extremely hard to find. There are no obvious omissions from the listing - everything is on here you would need.


Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.61

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and challenging - with great tunes!, 27 Aug 2002
How do you follow up The Soft Bulletin? Easy, you create a album based loosely around the concept of, well, a girl called Yoshimi battling pink robots and saving the world from destruction. Sounds mad? Yes, but it also sounds fantastic. And this is the Flaming Lips, who just don't have it in them to create songs about things that don't matter, they don't care about or aren't interesting or odd or challenging. So here they follow up The Soft Bulletin - science, mortality and loads of other things that probably went over my head - with this. The songs all hang together and tell a story, but it's not a nasty concept album. Because when you take away the concept, the songs should stand up on their own. On Yoshimi they do, regardless of the concept. A lot has been written about Do You Realize? - and quite rightly so, it's a joyous song about death that celebrates life. It's probably the single of the year, but it's debatable that it's the best song on the album. Brilliant from start to finish, Do You Realize? is just one of many, many highlights. Fans will have this already, so I really am preaching to the converted. Non-fans should love this, though. Yes, the song titles can scare people off - but one listen to this should melt even the flintiest of hearts. Constantly creative and challenging, it's also a wonderful album filled with great tunes. And, yes, she does save the planet - what else did you expect?


The Color Of Money [DVD] [1987]
The Color Of Money [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Paul Newman
Price: 4.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated, but well worth a look, 18 Dec 2000
In the long list of Scorsese classics, this is one that always seems to get missed. And that's a shame. Okay, this is no Raging Bull, Taxi Driver or Goodfellas, but it's a neat film that is well worth a look. Newman reprises his role as pool hustler Eddie Felsen and takes cocky young hotshot Vince (Tom Cruise)and his girlfriend Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) under his wing as he passes on all his hustling experience. The first half drags ever so slightly, but the second half is superb. The chemistry between the three main characters is excellent as cracks begin to show in their relationship. Newman won a deserved Oscar for this - and no wonder, he is absolutely fantastic as the world-weary Felsen. Oscar-nominated Mastrantonio is great too as the scheming street-wise girlfriend. Cruise reprises the role he has played so many times and is the weakest of the three main characters. This may be one of Scorsese's most commercial features, but the script has real depth, the characterisation is fantastic and the camerawork (particularly one spinning tracking shot of Newman near the end) is frequently dazzling. A lost gem from the Scorsese canon. The DVD, however, is disappointing. Nice sharp sound and vision, but no extra features.


L.A. Confidential [1997] [DVD]
L.A. Confidential [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: 5.57

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore..., 11 Dec 2000
Where do I start? This is one of those 'they don't make them like that anymore' movies - but, thankfully, sometimes they do. LA Confidential boasts a cast to die for - Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Danny Devito and the surprise hit of the movie, Guy Pearce - better known in the UK for his term in the execrable TV soap Neighbours. Set in film noir-era Los Angeles, it tells the dark and winding tale of corruption in the LAPD. Pearce is the high-flying young idealogical cop who insists on taking on the powers-that-be to expose the corruption at the heart of the LAPD - and isn't afraid of incurring the wrath of his colleagues. As the film goes on, some unlikely alliances are formed. This is a wonderful engaging drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. All the performances are absolutely outstanding - from the flamboyant Spacey and officious Pearce to the volcanic Crowe and the Oscar-winning Basinger. The DVD has the usual good picture and sound quality. The extras are nothing to write home about but worth a look - trailers, an interactive map of LA, a 'making of' feature and various bios. Good DVD - absolutely outstanding movie.


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly [DVD] [1966]
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly [DVD] [1966]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Price: 3.93

43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genre-defining masterpiece, 11 Dec 2000
This masterpiece is the film which defines the Spaghetti Western. Clint Eastwood is good guy Blondie and the other two main characters, Tuco (Eli Wallach) and Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) veer between bad and ugly over the two and half hour duration of this film. The plot is long and winding, but is essentially fairly simple - three guys who don't trust each other trying to get their hands on a consigment of gold. We all know about the music - and Morricone's soundtrack is an undisputed masterpiece. If there is a better marriage of sound and vision in cinema than the last 15 minutes of this film, I have yet to see it. But it's more than just a music video - the direction from the legendary Sergio Leone is out of this world. This is an epic in every sense of the word - the battle against good and bad, a cast of hundreds in the Civil War scenes and camera work which makes no concessions to TV and uses the entire length of the screen. The DVD is good, too. The picture and sound quality are out of this world. The 15 minutes of deleted scenes add nothing, but are a nice curio. You also get the original theatrical trailer. So this isn't a DVD to buy for fancy bells and whistles, but it delivers in spades on the top-quality basics - ie perfect sound and vision. A masterpiece.


This Is Spinal Tap (Double Disc Set) [DVD]
This Is Spinal Tap (Double Disc Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rob Reiner
Offered by Lifes Essentials
Price: 4.51

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A feature-packed DVD which goes up to 11, 11 Dec 2000
This DVD goes up to 11 - one louder. This is what the DVD was created for. The first disc of this two-disc set contains the film and a commentary from the band. The picture quality is superb and the sound is excellent - the ...metal numbers are perfect CD quality. The second CD contains what basically amounts to an alternate version of the film - out-takes which are almost good enouhg to have been in the original. On top of that, you get piles of extras - videos, trailers, archive footage, interviews and, of course, adverts for bizarre Australian savoury pastry products. What more could you ever ask for from a DVD. The film itself is excellent. I had heard so much about it beforehand - mainly from sad obsessive fans - that I watched it for the first time wanting not to like it. But it really is well worth watching - even if you can't stand Heavy Metal. Everyone plays it completely straight - and that's what makes it all so funny. The songs are also superb in a terrible kind of way. There are too many wonderful bits in this to mention - but the show-stopping performance of the theatrical soft rock classic Stonehenge has to be the highlight of the film.
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Face/Off [DVD] [1997]
Face/Off [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far-fetched face swapping - but fantastic., 7 Dec 2000
This review is from: Face/Off [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
This is a film which just should not work. The plot is ridiculous - a Government anti-terrorist agent and an evil terrorist swap faces and take on each other's identities. Travolta is the good guy and Cage is the baddie. Until they swap faces and then... Then it all gets confusing. Directed by John Woo with his usual panache, this is fantastic action-packed comic book stuff from start to finish. Travolta and Cage are terrific as each other. And, because John Woo, is behind the camera, it looks terrific - lots of slo-mo gun battles and spectacular stunts. Far-fetched and unbelievable? Absolutely - but suspend your disbelief for two hours and you will witness one of the best action films ever made.


Goodfellas [1990] [DVD]
Goodfellas [1990] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 4.79

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant bloody coke-fuelled mafia movie rollercoaster., 7 Dec 2000
This review is from: Goodfellas [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
A film that just gets better and better with every viewing, Scorsese tracks the rise and fall of Henry and his mafia mates. Ray Liotta is superb is the central role of Henry as the young gangster descends into coke-fuelled paranoia. De Niro and the Oscar-winning Pesci are superb, but Karen Bracco - as Henry's long-suffering wife - steals the show. It's a brutal bloody spectacle and never anything less than utterly compelling, but, most of all, it's the characters that make Goodfellas so enthralling. The DVD version is irriatingly split over two sides of the disc, but the picture quality is pin sharp and the superb soundtrack has never sounded better. Best film of the 1990s.


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