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The Buster Keaton Collection [1926] [DVD]
The Buster Keaton Collection [1926] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Buster Keaton
Offered by alentertainment
Price: £29.99

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent, but deadly, 11 Mar. 2004
Picture the scene: a lazy Saturday morning, up too early, flicking through the channels. Come across an old black and white movie on BBC2. Watch a bit, watch a bit more. Watch the whole thing, amazed and amused by the spectacle. I have to buy and paper to find out what the movie is called, then go online to find out who the pale, stony-faced actor doing all his own stunts is. Buster Keaton? Buster Keaton! The movie, of course, was The General.
Within 3 months, I had most of his back catalogue, but I always come back to The General for a feast of comedy from the hey day of silent cinema. A true tour-de-force involving little more than a train and a girl. A feast of fun that you just want to watch over and over.
Of course, the rest of the collection is by no means 'tacked on'. In some cases, I have heard people say that College is actually better. I love it too (aswell as Steamboat Bill jr), but The General is the movie that first got me interested in Keaton, so it will always remain my favourite. The shorts on show are pretty good, although lacking somewhat (understandably) in the big set pieces of the longer running films.
If you want to see silent comedy at its best and can do without explosions, robots or dinosaurs in your movies, you will love this collection of a comedian at the top of his form.


Spooks : Complete BBC Series 1 [2002] [DVD]
Spooks : Complete BBC Series 1 [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matthew MacFadyen
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £18.49

59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a British James Bond (hang on...), 11 Mar. 2004
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The first series of Spooks is a superior BBC drama (the second series unfortunately fell a little short, veering dangerously close to 'soap' at times) and this deluxe DVD edition has everything a fan could hope to have: the entire series (natch); the requisite 'background' and cast interviews; scripts; deleted scenes; and more.
The 'menu system' is a little peculiar (my father spent about 5 minutes watching it, wondering why the show was so boring!) but as Amazon says, you can skip over all the guff and get straight to the good stuff. And good stuff it is: excellent plots, top-notch acting (including one marvellously cast Hugh Laurie) and believable set-ups all contribute to a fine BBC series. Buy it!


Kish Kash
Kish Kash
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £2.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, and there's nothing wrong with that., 11 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Kish Kash (Audio CD)
Basement Jaxx's third album opens with the stunning Good Luck, a melange of heavy drum and bass, excellent break beats and the talented Lisa Kekaula coming over all Motown. This has to be the best opener to any new album I've heard in quite a while. Unfortunately, the Jaxx can't keep up this quality, and by the second track, we're back into familiar Rooty territory, although by this stage of their career, the list of feat's is a little more impressive (Dizzee Rascal, JC, Siouxsir Sioux and of course the superb Mehsell Ndegeocello).
However, being in familiar territory with Basement Jaxx is never a bad thing, it's dance music pure and simple (also see Daft Punk, Chemical Bros); the whole point of it is to get your moving (waving your hands in the air like you just don't care), and it achieves this with little effort. Good for listening to before a night out (or after a night out), but it's a little too 'busy' for casual listening.


Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £5.49

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Concept schmoncept, 11 Mar. 2004
Speakerboxx think it's a concept album, but it isn't. It's 2 albums, one by a proto-Dre, the other by wannabe Nu Romantic. Neither album reflects the other in any way: they are 2 completely separate entities. Even the sleeve covers are jarring clashes. It's like Big Boi and Andre wanted to go their separate ways and release solo albums, but couldn't decide who would get the "Outkast" name. This strikes me as a little safe and the album suffers for it.
There are good tracks on both CDs, however. Happy Valentine's Day, Hey Ya (yeah, still) and Dracula's Wedding from Andre; Bowtie and Boom of the Tomb for Big Boi are all stand-out tracks on an otherwise mediocre pop/rap album.


Elephant
Elephant
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first, my only..., 11 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Elephant (Audio CD)
This is my first Stripes album, and I'm well impressed. Impressed enough to buy their other albums? No. Judging from the other reviewers' opinions here, and what I've heard previously, once you've heard one Stripes album, you've heard them all.
That been said, though, this album has some great songs. 7NA, No Home, Well It's True are all thoroughly likeable tracks. Holly Golightly is a talent I've never of before, and will be sure to look into her back catalog as soon as I can. Meg's voice is a little 'childish' for my liking, and I find In The Cold Cold Night to get a little grating after repeated listenings.
If you're thinking about delving into the White Stripes, thought, this album is (literally) as good as any.


Final Destination 2 [DVD] [2003]
Final Destination 2 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ A.J. Cook
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.13

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as ingenious as the first one., 11 Mar. 2004
I bought the first Final Destination on spec -- on one of those 3-for-2 offers they often have in high street shops -- and absolutely loved it. I've watched it over and over, mostly with friends who haven't seen it, and watching them as the deaths happen rather than the movie itself.
But this isn't a review of Final Destination, it's a review of its sequel, Final Destination 2 (wacky naming!) I agree with previous reviewers that this is better than the first one, but only slightly. The first one relied on the big setup to just kill the victims, this one uses the big setup, then suddenly switches to something else to kill the victims (I hope I haven't ruined it with that cryptic statement). Basically, it's a lot of the same stuff from the prequel, but conceived in entirely new ways; the deaths themselves suffer a little and as a result, are a little less ingenious, but still very clever.
I laughed my ass off at this movie: there's one long scene in the middle that just perfectly captures the Final Destination oevre (you'll know it when you see it) and I will definitely be watching it again and again with friends.
BTW, my only gripe on the movie would be the continued misuse (abuse?) of Tony Todd as William Bludworth: surely the Candyman deserves more than a cameo filled with cringeworthy lines and scenery-chewing melodrama!


Historic Framley
Historic Framley
by Robin Halstead
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Framley Examiner, 10 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Historic Framley (Hardcover)
I bought this on the strength of the previous publication from these people, the Framley Examiner, which I bought on the strength of a 2 hour "laugh-fest" at the site. I wasn't disappointed when I bought that book, but I have to say I am with this effort.
It's got the same sort of surreal style as the original, but it goes overboard in many respects, and it can get quite weary to read (the overuse of colours doesn't help). I read it mostly in short bursts, just to get through it, and put it back on my shelf. I've re-read the original book numerous times, but it's going to take some sort of holocaust to get me to re-read Historic Framley.


NFL 2K4 (Xbox)
NFL 2K4 (Xbox)
Offered by gadgetsville
Price: £3.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playability and longevity: what more can you ask for?, 9 Mar. 2004
This review is from: NFL 2K4 (Xbox) (Video Game)
This is the second Visual Concepts NFL game I've bought, and this is a huge leap in playability from NFL2k2. This game has everything you could want from an American Football game. Polished graphics; intelligent unobtrusive commentary and replays; great sound fx; complete options; massive replayability; and hot cheerleaders (albeit in 2d form).
This one vies for daily play with TW2004 and whatever "new game" I've bought this month. If you have any interest in NFL, and own an XBox, I can't recommend it highly enough.


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