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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a true Wrsetlemania "best-of", but a worthwhile purchase, 10 Nov. 2010
Let's deal with the flaws first:

1) This DVD is in no way a "greatest matches from Wrestlemania" selection. If that DVD was ever to be produced- possibly with the match deemed to be the best from each of the 26 (so far) Wrestlmanias, it would be a truly essential purchase. This isn't that DVD.

2) This DVD seems to ignore some of the truly great superstars in wrestling history, in order to make room for some of the current crop from WWE. There is no questioning the inclusion of the likes of Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, but I'm not sure whether the likes of Batista, Rey Mysterio and (even though he is one of my favourites of recent years) Edge should be included over people like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Macho Man Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior.

3) The DVD doesn't really feature the best matches of some of the wrestlers featured, instead picking matches which were won by all the wrestlers named as "the greatest". For example, Stone Cold Steve Austin would have been much better represented by the inclusion of the legendary "I Quit" match at Wrestlemania 13, which he lost to Bret Hart, than by his WWE title victory over The Rock two years later, included on this DVD. Similarly, Bret Hart would have been far better represented by the Iron Man match against Shawn Michaels, where HBK won the title from Hart in one of the greatest main events of all time, than by Hart's dull WWE title victory over Yokozuna at Wrestlemania X.

Despite all this, this is a very entertaining DVD, with at least a few truly great matches, including Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho's classic at Wrestlemania XIX; Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and Kurt Angle's awesome Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania 22; and a match between The Undertaker and Randy Orton from Wrestlemania 21 which completely surpassed the two, fairly dull, world title matches from that event, both of which are, unfortunately, also included (the moment where Orton turns Taker's chokeslam into an RKO is possibly the highlight of the DVD, and a perfect indication of why Orton is currently the best in WWE).

In short, this is probably one for long-term fans rather than an introduction to WWE and to the Wrestlemania event. But it's still worth having, especially at such a cheap price.

Frankie Boyle: Live [DVD]
Frankie Boyle: Live [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frankie Boyle
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.23

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new king of comedy, 17 July 2008
This review is from: Frankie Boyle: Live [DVD] (DVD)
OK, so this isn't actually out yet. But this DVD will almost certainly, in my opinion, be the BIG stand-up DVD this Christmas, in the same way that Alan Carr's was over Christmas 2007. Frankie Boyle has become a very big star thanks to his constantly hilarious appearances on Mock The Week, plus some other shows, and this DVD will, I think, become one of those stand-up DVDs which become huge word-of-mouth hits (like Peter Kay's stuff, or Bill Bailey's Part Troll).

I saw Frankie on the same tour on which this DVD was filmed, and he was nothing short of phenomenal. Some of the material was familiar to me (I am a huge Mock The Week fan, and recognised some bits from the stand-up round), but with material this funny I'm not going to complain.

Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £9.50

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best live band in the world, 25 Feb. 2008
This review is from: HAARP (Audio CD)
No two ways about it, this will be fantastic. I can say this with some confidence despite not having been at one of the Wembley shows (to my eternal shame) but I have seen Muse a number of times, and they've blown me away every single time.

Only thing is, "HAARP"? It's an absolutely appaling title for an album! Not that it really matters...
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Peep Show, Series 5 [DVD]
Peep Show, Series 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Mitchell
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.49

0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really? Out in May?, 19 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Peep Show, Series 5 [DVD] (DVD)
I'm delighted to see this release date for Peep Show Series 5 but I'm more than a little surprised- I didn't even know they'd filmed it yet! I assume this means that it'll be on TV pretty soon, which is in itself a cause for celebration!

In my opinion Series 4 wasn't quite as good as Series 3, which I personally believe to be the best one so far. Series 4 was still about a hundred times better than every other British sitcom of recent years (certainly every one since Black Books ended) and I see no reason why Series 5 won't be the same.

Mitchell and Webb are the two funniest people on TV- I adore That Mitchell and Webb Look as well- and I hope they're around making me and their millions of fans laugh for years to come.

The Simpsons Movie [DVD] [2007]
The Simpsons Movie [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Dan Castellaneta
Offered by SweetBuzzards
Price: £2.74

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything it should have been, 12 Sept. 2007
I loved The Simpsons Movie, for a lot of the reasons people are using to slag it off!
People say it was just a long episode; Matt Groening has said that the movie format allowed them to tell the story on a more epic scale- it is possible that the original idea was earmarked for an episode of the TV show, but this would have meant them trying to condense the story into 22 minutes and thereby making it feel rushed. The movie allows the story to develop more organically.
People say that the secondary characters are not in it enough- when writing this movie, the writers would have had to make sure that it could appeal to other people besides fans of the TV show. That's what makes the movie so great in my opinion- someone who has never seen a single episode of the TV show (they probably do exist) would be able to watch The Simpsons Movie and enjoy it, because the overwhelming majority of the story revolves around the family themselves.
People say that The Simpsons has run its course- for my money at least, the writing on this episode is just as strong as it was the so-called "glory years" of The Simpsons, up until round about season 9 or 10. Personally I have never stopped enjoying the show, but I believe that any fan of the first 10 years who have been put off by later seasons would still love this movie

Father Ted : Complete Box Set [DVD] [1995]
Father Ted : Complete Box Set [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Dermot Morgan
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £34.68

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still the best a decade on, 16 Jun. 2006
I'm not gonna try and intellectualise it, I'm not gonna make reference to the wordplay, the characterisation or the satire. All I'm gonna say is that, in the 8 years since Father Ted ended, there has been absolutely nothing on TV which has ever made me laugh even half as much as this truly phenomenal show did. In my opinion it is the best sitcom the UK has ever produced, and that is unlikely to change. No DVD collection is complete without this.

Fear of Music
Fear of Music
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £11.07

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars future legends, 12 July 2005
This review is from: Fear of Music (Audio CD)
This band is gonna be BIG.
Fear of Music are a band from Manchester who I discovered in the pages of NME. This, their first commercially available release, is an absolute belter, the band's tender years (the oldest member is just 19) not holding them back at all. Although they wear their influences on their sleeve- they have obviously listened to a lot of Muse, Placebo and Smashing Pumpkins; none of this is a bad thing- they are never derivative. The track Skin and Bones bears a slight resemblance to King Adora's Big Isn't Beautiful but I always liked King Adora so that's fine. Singer Joe has a fantastic voice and writes fantastic lyrics, and could be an icon in waiting.
The production on the CD isn't THAT great, but this adds to the charm of the disc- it feels slightly home-made, which adds to the feeling that this is a great band in the making taking their first steps. You'll be hearing from this band again.

Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill [DVD]
Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eddie Izzard
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £5.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest man (that's MAN) alive, 29 Nov. 2003
This is, for my money, the greatest example of the comedy of Eddie Izzard. If you find the idea of poking badgers with spoons, ancient civilisations worshipping "Jeff, the God of Biscuits", and the druids being early transvestites who didn't really get the hang of shaving funny, then you must buy this, watch it, laugh out loud and take it to your heart. If you don't find this funny, just go away!

What It Is To Burn
What It Is To Burn
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Price: £6.22

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the future of heavy music, 9 May 2003
This review is from: What It Is To Burn (Audio CD)
Finch are too heavy to be what we now see as "punk" and too melodic for the bloated corpse that is "metal", yet they will appeal to fans of both genres.
I got this after hearing the awesome single "Letters To You", but every track is a winner. The likes of "New Beginings" and "Protection Through Silence" will have you leaping around your bedroom with glee, and the stunning "Ender" is the perfect soundtrack when you're staring mournfully into space, thinking about the one you love.
There is an obvious debt here to the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Quicksand and Glassjaw (whose frontman makes a guest appearance on the INCREDIBLE "Project Mayhem"), yet Finch take the sound and attitude of these bands and create something that is theirs and theirs alone. A true class act.

The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
by Neil Strauss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT try this at home!!!!!!, 24 Feb. 2003
This book is truly an assault on the eyes, the mind, and the decency of whoever reads it!
The sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll book has been done before, most notably in Stephen Davis' infamous Led Zeppelin bio "Hammer of the Gods". In comparison to "The Dirt", that particular tome reads like an Enid Blyton text. Motley Crue were the most outrageous, filthy, disgusting, degenerate bunch of characters ever to scale the heady heights of fame, and this book documents their rise and (incredibly) messy fall in lurid, first-hand detail.
The book's autobiographical narrative reveals their ups and downs first hand, and, while many of the stories show the band, in particular bassist/songwriter Nikki Sixx, to be truly repulsive human beings, there is also an element of deeply-rooted humanity about the band's own accounts of their lives. In particular, frontman Vince Neil's account of his young daughter's struggle, and eventual death from cancer is truly heartbreaking. Don't worry though, there are enough tales of groupies, drugs and general madness to last the reader a lifetime.
Put simply, this is a rock pig masterclass. Motley Crue lived like Caligula, and how they survived remains amystery which would confound doctors the world over. You won't find this in the Coldplay biography, let me tell you. Buy this book, laugh, cry and confound your expectations of what a rock star can be. Duuuude....
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