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Doctor Who Zip Case - The Tardis (Nintendo DS)
Doctor Who Zip Case - The Tardis (Nintendo DS)
Offered by megamoviestore
Price: 7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice case - not sure about the stylus, 1 Dec 2010
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I wasn't sure about this package but my son is a DW nut so had to buy it. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised that the case was not just a tacky thing with a sticker on it. It is actually a nice padded case and should do a good job of protecting the DS.

The stylus I'm not quite sure about though. It certainly looks the part, but the "working" claws on it seem kind of flimsy and annoying and I wonder how long it would be before they snap off. I expected something like the mechanism for the old sonic screwdriver toy, like a push button or slide to open and close it, but couldn't find one anywhere on the stylus. A biro style button/spring mechanism would have been good for this I think.

Overall not a bad accessory for young DW fans...I picked the one with the TARDIS cover, but you can take your pick of the Doctor himself with Amy or Daleks.


Hamlet [DVD] [2009]
Hamlet [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 11.24

4.0 out of 5 stars This will be used as an educational video!, 5 Jan 2010
This review is from: Hamlet [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
How to get a 10 year old to watch Shakespeare? Shove Doctor Who in it as the main character and watch them be glued to the screen for 2 hours!

OK, that's over simplistic, but I think this has to be the a great way to introduce youngsters to the Bard's work.
There really is no substitute for seeing Shakespeare played live and on stage, but film is a worthy second, and takes away from the drudgery that many people feel from reading it.

If this DVD inspires just one pre-teen to appreciate Shakespeares works then it's done it's job!


Party
Party
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 24.98

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A collectors dream - even with the errors!, 5 Jan 2010
This review is from: Party (Audio CD)
On first inspection this very collectible Brazilian only "Best of" CD of PSB's tracks looks a little lame. Not one previously unreleased track, some nice remixes, but nothing that hasn't been released on CD before.

Upon listening the disappointment ramps up when you realise that someone screwed up and the 10inch mix of West End Girls is missing and replaced with the standard 7inch mix which I reckon just about everyone must have a copy of by now. This is a shame as the 10inch mix is awesome.

Then just when you thought you got over that, you find that the 7" mix of Paninaro is not the original version but in fact the remixed Paninaro '95. Not that I am complaining - I love both versions and this one is welcomed here rather than the somewhat hackneyed 80's version.

The next surprise comes when Go West starts. This isn't the version I heard on the radio, so how is it the 7" mix? It is in fact a previously unreleased 7" mix, a longer version of which was released, but this mix never saw the light of day! Hurray! A screw up it may be, but a mighty good one - this CD finally has an unreleased track on it which makes the whole package well worth the asking price for any collector!

The PSB's acknowleged the mistakes (made by EMI who seem to have a knack for screwing up PSB releases) but despite my initial disappointment, it actually did become worthwhile to buy!

Plus you can't fault the packaging, and Mark Farrow's inspired artwork!
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Christmas
Christmas
Offered by encorerecords
Price: 14.99

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting new PSB release!, 11 Nov 2009
This review is from: Christmas (Audio CD)
I just heard the new version of "All Over The World" and it's good remix, an improvement on the album version and is a great start to this new EP which I guess the Pet Shop Boys are hoping might propel them to the top of the charts this Christmas. Likely that wont happen due to the X Factor which is a shame and a total bore. You almost wish they'd discount X Factor entrants to the singles chart.

Anyway, that's off subject...this CD boasts 5 new tracks. The aforementioned remix of "All Over The World" which is a cracker, and the Boy's cover version of Madness' "My Girl" which if you YouTube it you'll be able to see footage of at the "Can You Bear It" concert where they played live with Suggs!

Next off is a new version of "It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas" which was formerly only released as a fan club giveaway (and also on a US only Elton John compilation CD) - a new version is most welcome from this long time fan, and should prove popular on the radio during the season.

Then we have a remodelled mix/mashup of "Domino Dancing" with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida". Again you can hear this online at YouTube when the Boy's played this live on tour. This version is new studio version and I think is very exciting and might even get Coldplay die hards to buy a PSB single!

Finally there is an unreleased remix of "My Girl". Maybe a stocking filler, but I don't think you can really go wrong with it.

This is a much much better release than anything the Boys have put together this year - maybe they have finally got their proverbial "poop" together after the poor management and bad decisions that have plagued them since the release of their first single, "Love Etc." this year. I have high hopes for this and if it doesn't get AT LEAST into the top 5 this Christmas season, there is something very wrong with the music buying public.

Nice one Boys!

*** POST CHART EDIT ***
So, this made No.40, just scraping into the chart. Thank goodness the Rage Against The Machine campaign won through to keep X-Factor off the top spot, but this is pitiful. If I was Neil and Chris, I'd quit right now. Not because I want them to, but because we don't need to see output of such a high calibre reduced to the bargain bin so quickly. Cowell should be ashamed of what he's done to the British pop charts.
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Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD]
Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 10.75

8 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Need to know what's included, 21 Oct 2009
This is going to be a make or break moment. If this doesn't include everything from "The Next Doctor" through to the bitter end of David Tennant's tenure as the Doctor, then this is going to upset a lot of fans.

If it does, then it's a total no brainer and you'll buy this to complete your David Tennant collection NOW!
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Doctor Who: Series 1 - 4 Collection [DVD]
Doctor Who: Series 1 - 4 Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Eccleston
Price: 35.00

30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool but slightly disappointing at the same time, 21 Oct 2009
It's neat that they would put all 4 series of the new Doctor Who in a box set like this, but I have to question the validity of it when we're not through with David Tennant's tenure as the Doctor. Would it not have been more complete if they had packaged this with all the 2009 specials as well, especially considering that the BBC are numbering the specials as season 4 episodes...hmm.

Most die hard fans will have bought the 4 box sets already too I imagine, but for new comers this would be a good priced accessible way to meet the new Doctor(s) prior to the arrival of the new new new Doctor next year.
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The Resistance
The Resistance
Price: 6.35

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore fans - Muse are laughing at you! Yeah you!, 24 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Resistance (Audio CD)
I had read several reviews of the new Muse album before hearing it and as usual the votes are split - some of the so called diehard fans are up in arms, and then there are the "Best album ever" posse, and the Muse dabblers who just think it's part of the Muse repertoire and it's all good. I fit firmly into the last category, but have listened to all Muse albums and have seen them live, which is something everyone should do, because they are awesome live.

When I heard The Resistance for the first time I laughed - well, more like chuckled - because in the back of my mind were all these reviews I had read and I thought of all the poor fans who felt that Muse had somehow not lived up to their expectations, and I can't help feeling that these are the very people Muse are sticking the V sign up to (or middle finger depending on your preference) by producing something as sprawling and magnificent as this album.

Matthew Bellamy is an extraordinarily talented songwriter, musician and singer, and not afraid to express himself in any way. This is clearly apparent in his lyrics but also his songwriting. Not many bands can boast an album that has something so catchy it would make a decent dancefloor song if it were nicely remixed (Uprising) followed by something Justin Timberlake would be proud to sing (Undisclosed Desires) followed by something as anthemic as Queen would have produced in their heyday (United States of Eurasia). Bellamy LOVES music, and it shows. He loves all genres, all types, all instruments. He's not going to be painted into a corner by fans - just accept it, and move on. It's what makes Muse the amazing band that they are.

Black Holes and Revelations was equally diverse, with songs that oozed influences from Queen (Knights of Cydonia), New Order (Map of the Problematique) and Britney Spears (Supermassive Blackhole). Again fans either loved it or hated it, claiming the boys were selling out.

Matthew Bellamy has often said he wants to write some electronica/dance music, and I say bring it on. I would love to see what he can come up with.

The fans who think Muse are a "rock" band, need to take their heads out of their backsides and see that this band is so much more and are to be cherished as one of the greatest bands the UK has to offer right now. Muse obviously don't plan on being pigeonholed, so why expect them to?


Four Winds
Four Winds
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing, 23 Sep 2009
This review is from: Four Winds (Audio CD)
Well, one thing is for sure - this is a Lightning Seeds album. The trouble is, where it fits in to everything else Mr Broudie has done. It sits comfortably within the entire body of the Seeds work, but is so flat and dull nothing particularly stands out. I'd never expect to see them reach the dizzy heights (pun intended) of Jollification again, but even their follow up albums to it had some amazing and memorable tracks.

I appreciate the sentiment and soul Broudie has put into this album, but it's just a album that goes nowhere and ultimately doesn't deliver. It's more akin to a collection of B-sides if you ask me.

Pity, but par for the course of just about every new release from bands I like that have been around for more than 10 years. 2009 was meant to be the (return) year of Pop, but it's turned out to be the year of playing it safe.


Yes
Yes
Price: 6.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another band playing it safe this year..., 23 Sep 2009
This review is from: Yes (Audio CD)
Like a lot of people, I found "Yes' to be a lacklustre piece from the Boys. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the album - it's got accessible songs, some good lyrics and hooks, but where's the heart and the soul that made the albums Please, Actually and Behaviour so very different and pleasing? People say this album is like "Very" and they are right - the songs are not unlikeable, but they lack depth. I used to think "Very" was PSB's best album, but on rediscovery it really is quite a shallow piece of work. I think though, that it is here that the majority of casual PSB listeners base their opinion on their greatness, and therefore this is the point where the Boy's themselves continue to work their new material from in the mistaken belief that it will rekindle those good old days.

Instead they should be going back to their roots of analogue machines and pushing the boundaries there. It would make an exciting and interesting challenge for them, and I think would reap some awesome results.

This year was supposed to be their big comeback year, and it hasn't happened due to some sloppy errors and marketing by their management and EMI. Not their fault, but the album doesn't stand up to the hype either, so they are equally to blame.

Other bands this year with similarly "safe" albums are Lightning Seeds "Four Winds" and Way Out West "We Love Machine". Why are all these well established bands playing it safe? I am a hardcore fan of PSB's and this is really disappointing...and I don't think Xenomania's involvement did them any favours at all. They could have produced this on their own much better. Disappointing, hard as it is for me to admit!
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Monty Python: 40th Anniversary Collection [DVD]
Monty Python: 40th Anniversary Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Graham Chapman
Price: 12.30

25 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And now for something not remotely different..., 23 Sep 2009
I've been trawling the web for a decent boxset of the Python movies, and I finally found one - a 6 disc set - which I ordered. Then I saw this...how is this different? Well apart from the inclusion of the Hollywood Bowl disc, I can't find one, so it'd be nice if someone could explain.

There are so many different repackages of the Python movies it's all terribly confusing...3 stars for their genius, and no stars for the stupidity of releasing this a gazzilion times in different packaging.
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