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Anti [Deluxe]
Anti [Deluxe]
Offered by MediaMine
Price: £12.59

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 151. RiRi-introduced (and Unapologetic still), 5 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Anti [Deluxe] (Audio CD)
One look at the cover art for "ANTI", and it is almost impossible to take your eyes away. Minimalistic, yet, striking, it calls for a closer look. A semi-naked boy child, wearing an over-sized golden crown covering his eyes, and holding a black baloon, with red, blood-like paint smattered across the image. What this actually is, a young Rihanna from her first day at kindergaten, which, according to Israeli artist Roy Nachum who designed it, is portrayed like this as a "metaphor of a woman blinded by her displaced values and desires". It, also, symbolizes the "representation of bringing something new to music". And, if one is to further take into account Rihanna's recent, mesmerising ANTIdiary mini videos that led to the release of the album, it becomes clear that "ANTI" is not a basic album release, but a well thought-out and brilliantly executed project, aiming to not just simply "be" a product, but to intrigue audiences.

There is no denying that it did a fantastic job at that. Regardless of the successful promotion, however, what matters is the actual songs. And on that front, "ANTI" is surely not a random release for Rihanna. It is a departure from her previous material, leaving behind the catchy EDM club bangers and pop numbers of previous records for a predominantly urban/R'n'B sound, with elements of electronica, soul, and dancehall. This eclectic menu of styles and genres is an obvious attempt to marry the 2 sides of her musical personality, a notion further enhanced by the duality of the soulful/aggressive feel of the record. What is more surprising, is the total absence of hits. So very unlikely from someone whose albums thus far were loaded with singles waiting their turn to become worldwide smashes. Even the 3 singles ("FourFiveSeconds", "BBHMM", and "American oxygen") released prior to the album are left out!

Listening to the new tracks, it all somehow makes sense. The set's 13 - 16 on the deluxe - tracks for the most part sound dark and claustrophobic, showcasing an unexpected subtlety and intimacy, as well as some of R.'s best vocal performances. Back in 2014, she had told MTV that she wanted to record songs that could be timeless. Another paradox, for someone who has produced some of pop's biggest and most memorable hits. But, time will tell, indeed, whether some of the new songs will turn out to be classics. Among the future contenders are: "Love on the brain", a mid-tempo doo-wop ballad, "Same ol' mistakes", a psychedelic cover of a Tame Impala song, the guitar-led "Never ending", "Close to you", an unlikely piano ballad", and "Kiss it better", one of the few songs that have the old delicious Ri-Ri flavour. Some of the songs are strange, and will disappoint many; that's for sure!

"Good girl gone bad" was the starting point, "Rated R" was the absolute high, and "Unapologetic" sealed Rihanna's transformation into a bona fide bad-ass chick. "ANTI" marks the beginning of a new era for her, being a first step in rembranding her from a pop star into an artist. Rihanna herself, explaining the meaning behind the album title, cover art, and the use of Braille that is featured on the album artwork (this is the first album ever to incorporate physical Braille), stated on social media: "By continuing to follow her own instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects. Sometimes the ones who have sight are the blindest." Anyone who approaches "ANTI" should keep that in mind. "ANTI" is ANTI-everything that is expected of R. at this point in her career, a bold and brave work that, even though it does not totally succeeds, it is definitely worth a listen, and a look.

UPDATE (05/02): The physical copy of "ANTI" is released. Presented as a 3-panel gatefold digipack, the package includes a poster featuring the album cover art, and a 20-page booklet (with no lyrics). The booklet is glossy, but the digipack has a matt finish inside-out, in order to faithfully incorporate the Braille that is inscripted on. The poster has also Braille inscriptions all over it, and the tracklisting is written like this, too. A nice little package (its size is a little bigger than the standard CD) for this year's most ANTI-cipated album. After several listens, I'd say that this probably deserves 5 stars, but I find inexcusable that the 3 single releases are not included ("FourFiveSeconds", "BBHMM", and "American oxygen"), hence the 4-star rating. This is the only ANTI-climax on an otherwise great album, with which Rihanna proves that she is not another industry puppet. Surely, old fans will miss the instant hits of past records, but sometimes it is important to evolve rather than repeat your successful formula, and that's what she does with this. "ANTI" is a fine example of artistic growth.
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Anti [Clean]
Anti [Clean]
Price: £8.99

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 150. RiRi-introduced (and Unapologetic still), 1 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Anti [Clean] (MP3 Download)
One look at the cover art for "ANTI", and it is almost impossible to take your eyes away. Minimalistic, yet, striking, it calls for a closer look. A semi-naked boy child, wearing an over-sized golden crown covering his eyes, and holding a black baloon, with red, blood-like paint smattered across the image. What this actually is, a young Rihanna from her first day at kindergaten, which, according to Israeli artist Roy Nachum who designed it, is portrayed like this as a "metaphor of a woman blinded by her displaced values and desires". It, also, symbolizes the "representation of bringing something new to music". And, if one is to further take into account Rihanna's recent, mesmerising ANTIdiary mini videos that led to the release of the album, it becomes clear that "ANTI" is not a basic album release, but a well thought-out and brilliantly executed project, aiming to not just simply "be" a product, but to intrigue audiences.

There is no denying that it did a fantastic job at that. Regardless of the successful promotion, however, what matters is the actual songs. And on that front, "ANTI" is surely not a random release for Rihanna. It is a departure from her previous material, leaving behind the catchy EDM club bangers and pop numbers of previous records for a predominantly urban/R'n'B sound, with elements of electronica, soul, and dancehall. This eclectic menu of styles and genres is an obvious attempt to marry the 2 sides of her musical personality, a notion further enhanced by the duality of the soulful/aggressive feel of the record. What is more surprising, is the total absence of hits. So very unlikely from someone whose albums thus far were loaded with singles waiting their turn to become worldwide smashes. Even the 3 singles ("FourFiveSeconds", "BBHMM", and "American oxygen") released prior to the album are left out!

Listening to the new tracks, it all somehow makes sense. The set's 13 - 16 on the deluxe - tracks for the most part sound dark and claustrophobic, showcasing an unexpected subtlety and intimacy, as well as some of R.'s best vocal performances. Back in 2014, she had told MTV that she wanted to record songs that could be timeless. Another paradox, for someone who has produced some of pop's biggest and most memorable hits. But, time will tell, indeed, whether some of the new songs will turn out to be classics. Among the future contenders are: "Love on the brain", a mid-tempo doo-wop ballad, "Same ol' mistakes", a psychedelic cover of a Tame Impala song, the guitar-led "Never ending", "Close to you", an unlikely piano ballad", and "Kiss it better", one of the few songs that have the old delicious Ri-Ri flavour. Some of the songs are strange, and will disappoint many; that's for sure!

"Good girl gone bad" was the starting point, "Rated R" was the absolute high, and "Unapologetic" sealed Rihanna's transformation into a bona fide bad-ass chick. "ANTI" marks the beginning of a new era for her, being a first step in rembranding her from a pop star into an artist. Rihanna herself, explaining the meaning behind the album title, cover art, and the use of Braille that is featured on the album artwork (this is the first album ever to incorporate physical Braille), stated on social media: "By continuing to follow her own instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects. Sometimes the ones who have sight are the blindest." Anyone who approaches "ANTI" should keep that in mind. "ANTI" is ANTI-everything that is expected of R. at this point in her career, a bold and brave work that, even though it does not totally succeeds, it is definitely worth a listen, and a look.

UPDATE (05/02): The physical copy of "ANTI" is released. Presented as a 3-panel gatefold digipack, the package includes a poster featuring the album cover art, and a 20-page booklet (with no lyrics). The booklet is glossy, but the digipack has a matt finish inside-out, in order to faithfully incorporate the Braille that is inscripted on. The poster has also Braille inscriptions all over it, and the tracklisting is written like this, too. A nice little package (its size is a little bigger than the standard CD) for this year's most ANTI-cipated album. After several listens, I'd say that this probably deserves 5 stars, but I find inexcusable that the 3 single releases are not included ("FourFiveSeconds", "BBHMM", and "American oxygen"), hence the 4-star rating. This is the only ANTI-climax on an otherwise great album, with which Rihanna proves that she is not another industry puppet. Surely, old fans will miss the instant hits of past records, but sometimes it is important to evolve rather than repeat your successful formula, and that's what she does with this. "ANTI" is a fine example of artistic growth.
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This Is Acting
This Is Acting
Price: £7.99

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 149. And the Oscar goes to ...Sia!, 29 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: This Is Acting (Audio CD)
If there is one artist who, while consciously distancing herself from the stereotypical eccentricities of a popstar, for fear of getting herself exposed, she manages to attract even more attention by trying to avoid publicity, that has to be Sia. She refuses to be photographed, rarely gives interviews, and prefers to perform either with her back facing audiences, or with a paper bag over her head, or hid beneath a blonde wig (her trademark accessorie). Clearly, she did not know what she was letting herself in for, as, already an established writer and producer, she decided, in the mid-'00s, to be a perfomer as well. She quickly achieved recognition, but, following a series of unfortunate events, even this moderate exposure proved too much.

Even her last album, the aptly-titled, "1000 Forms of fear", which Sia admitted that she only released in order to fulfill her record contracts, proved to be her most successful to date, with its first single, "Chandelier", becoming a worldwide smash, and another 3 singles ("Elastic heart", "Big girls cry", "Fire meet gasoline",) hitting global charts. "This is acting", her second album in less than 2 years, has seen high anticipation for its release. Largely made up of tracks that Sia originally wrote for other popular singers such as Adele, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, once again it demonstrates her undeniable songwriting talent through the emotional intensity of the lyrics, and of course, her unmistakable, thunderous vocal range.

Sia feared that she could not relate to all songs personally, as most were intended for - and some of them rejected by - others. Considering she did not write them for herself, she sounds as commanding and genuine as ever, displaying sincere and powerful emotion through her singing, a routine that has become synonymous with her. There is a vulnerability in her songwriting that rings true, regardless of whom she is crafting for. Conveying themes of depression, survival, liberation, and romance, with the conviction of the real performer she is, she gives these songs full ownership, inhabiting them like only their creator could. Which is why this record feels anything but a collection of leftovers.

"I'm calling it "This is acting" because they are songs I was writing for other people", she explains, "so I didn't go in thinking 'this is something I would say'. It's more like play-acting. It's fun". It sure is. First single "Alive", the soaring "One million bullets", "Move your body"'s thundering EDM, the cathartic "Bird set free", the reggae-hued "Cheap thrills", the anthemic "House on fire", "Footprints", an instant favourite, and the gorgeous "Broken glass", are all highlights. In fact, by skipping mediocre tracks #10 and #12, this is an amazing 10-track set that showcases Sia as the undisputed queen of gut-wrenching, histrionic pop balladry. "This acting" is award-winning, no kidding.
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Night Thoughts
Night Thoughts
Price: £9.81

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 148. A new mourning, 22 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Night Thoughts (Audio CD)
As much as 2013's "Bloodsports" was a triumphant return for Suede, it almost sank in the wake created by David Bowie's comeback album ("The next day"). Coincidentally, this time around, not only do they have Bowie's "Blackstar" requiem to contend with, but also a full-blown global mourning for his passing. Well and truly back into the swing of things, with this new record the band is reaching heights it has not reached since their sophomore album, 1994's seminal "Dog man star". In fact, the comparisons with that album are inevitable since "Night thoughts" is reminiscent of its atmosphere and grandiosity, from the set's brooding opener, "When you are going", all the way to the closing track, "The fur & the feathers" (bringing to mind opener "Introducing the band" and closing track "Still life", respectively, from "Dog man star"), and in between.

Having said that, if one had to place the new album in their discography, "Night thoughts" feels like the successor of that record and its follow-up, 1996's "Coming up", mostly due to its balancing the intimate and the personal with the universal and mass appeal. For every song that bears "Dog man star"'s deeply esoteric quality (the gentle "Pale snow", the emotionally charged "Tightrope"), there is another which seems to come from the same pop-fuelled mindset as "Coming up" (the glam-pop first single "Outsiders", the Bowie-like "No tomorrow"). Not a stereotypical Suede album, book-end by the orchestra-led aforementioned songs, and with the set's 12 tracks segueing into each other, this concept record stands as a rock opera, a notion further enhanced by the short accompanying film by NME photographer Roger Sargent included on the CD+DVD edition.

The album leans heavily on the hallmarks of Suede's sound, but cleverly pulls forward past themes, exploring darker terrain, and focusing on morbid themes such as ageing and decaying. Whereas previously all kinds of excesses and deviants populated the band's signature songs, on this set the innocence of those times is thrown against the gravity of today (20+ years on, this is only logical). Anderson, even though he is a master at creating a vivid scene with incredible detail, here he demonstrates more personal conviction in his writing than before. Similarly, the sound often opts for stark minimalism in order to deliver the deepest of emotion. But when it chooses to be big, in typical Suede fashion, soaring string orchestras are employed, layers of sound are added, anthemic choruses soar. Epic as it can possibly be.

Their early work remains unsurpassed because of its pure brilliance, but "Night thoughts" is a supreme record, crackling with energy, and dripping with sentiment. Following on the raw fierceness of their eponymous debut, the sublime beauty of "Dog man star", the unstoppable passion of "Coming up", the elegiac magnificence of "Sci-fi lullabies", the urban alienation of "Head music", the mellow optimism of "A new morning", and the sophisticated energy of "Bloosports", "Night thoughts"'s plush intensity adds one more chapter in a career filled with great highs (and perhaps a sole low). Once "The Best New Band In Britain", now fully restored to their status as one of UK's greatest bands, rightfully still around, relevant and exciting as ever, "Night thoughts" is an auspicious moment. This is bittersweet and brilliant britpop.
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Blackstar [VINYL]
Blackstar [VINYL]
Price: £23.99

39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 147. Shinning morbid blackstar, 11 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Blackstar [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I'd written a proper review for this to post, but upon hearing the sad news of his death today, I will just say that it only takes a look at the packaging and artwork of the black vinyl edition of "Blackstar" (a limited to 5,000 copies clear vinyl edition is also available) for one to realise its greatness. Featuring a die-cut star cover sleeve to reveal the record within, everything is black. So black in fact, that it takes the reflection of the sun to read the lyrics, secret messaging and info that are printed in such an unorthodox, yet, fitting manner on the gorgeous 16-page booklet that comes with it (along with an MP3 card). My complaint about the album lacking some more melody is of no importance at this moment. Apparently, "Blackstar" was in the works for the past year, making this carefully orchestrated farewell all the more poignant, as a visionary artist's final statement. David Bowie made sure that he offered his audience another interesting piece of work till the very end. Talk about ending on a high note, going out as a true star, well, blackstar.

Note: Just over a year ago, I'd purchased my first ever full David Bowie album, 2014's "Nothing has changed" 3-disc retrospective compilation. I urge everyone to experience it, you will be amazed by its brilliance.
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Say I'm Your Number One
Say I'm Your Number One
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £85.03

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 146. Hit after hit ...happenin' all over again, 20 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Say I'm Your Number One (Audio CD)
Released to mark 30 years since their first UK No. 1, this is according to the sticker on the box, Volume I of a series of box sets devoted to the hit-making partnership of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman, bringing together 31 hit releases from 31 different artists. Each CD single is remastered and presented in an individual card sleeve replicating the original vinyl artwork, and has been expanded to include 12” mixes, rare B-Sides, and bonus cuts. The box set boasts over 250 tracks, many previously unreleased or on CD for the very first time, making this collection a must-have for all SAW fans and collectors of '80s pop. I am super impressed with the overall quality of this. The remastered sound recordings as well as the print/production quality of the individual CD covers are pretty amazing, plus, the actual outer-box is both clever and classy (it is designed in homage to the gold and silver disc-packed walls of the PWL Hit Factory). Got this mostly for some of the singles that I liked back in the day but was too young to buy, but I was surprised to discover some never heard gems, too! Some of the songs still sound mighty fine to this day, proof that not everything by the PWL Hit Factory was factory-made generic stuff (some was exactly that, though!). Special mention for the brilliantly compiled 48-page glossy booklet that features lyrics, discography, commentary from P. Waterman, and brand new sleeve notes; informative, comprehensive and well-designed. The set comes also with an exclusive sticker sheet of logos of the artists featured, and 3 random postcards. Overall, the box set is a fitting tribute to the most successful and prolific writing and production team in UK chart history. For 31 CD singles included on a limited edition box set of 1,000 worldwide, this is a good deal. Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy New Year!


Take That Live 2015 [DVD]
Take That Live 2015 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Take That
Price: £9.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 145. Doesn't skip, but it's skippable, 13 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Take That Live 2015 [DVD] (DVD)
Someone is probably taking the mick out of Take That fans, there's no other explanation for this joke of a release. Following the recent issue with the faulty DVD disc of the enhanced "III+" CD+DVD combo, one would expect that the stand-alone DVD of TT's show would somehow compensate for the hassle fans and buyers experienced (I, too, had to ask Universal for a replacement disc - those who want one but are still left with the bad ones, contact with them and ask what you need to do in order to receive a decent one). Can't really understand why this was not released on blu-ray, just like TT's previous concerts, which were brilliantly put together packages (Progress and Circus live, especially). What we have is a plain clear plastic case, with a very cheap-looking cover that looks like a photocopy of the original. It gets worse when reading the tracklisting on the back: it's exactly the same with that of the CD+DVD set. No extra tracks, no bonus features. The picture quality does not help, either; it's OK, but OK is not enough, it's not 2005, so no excuse! Such a shame, since the actual concert is one of the band's most enjoyable and inspired. It seems ridiculous to present a show from one of the most popular acts as if it was recorded for a low budget release. There was no reason for this to be released as a stand-alone DVD item. Why buy this, when you can purchase for the same money the all-inclusive "III+" CD+DVD package? I may have given 5 stars to the expanded "III+" set, but this is not worth more than 2. It's ironic but, although this time the disc doesn't skip, the release is altogether skippable.
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The Charlie Chaplin Collection BR 11 discs [Blu-ray]
The Charlie Chaplin Collection BR 11 discs [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Charlie Chaplin
Offered by Speedyhen Ltd
Price: £58.70

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 144. The Chaplin treasure box, 13 Dec. 2015
List of contents:

Disc 1: THE KID (1921)
Chaplin Today: The Kid (26')
Introduction by David Robinson (5')
Outtakes (6')
How to Make Movies (16')
Jackie Coogan screen test footage (1')
Nice And Friendly Home Movies (11')
Recording the new score (2')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')
Trailers

Disc 2: A WOMAN OF PARIS (1923)
Chaplin Today: A Woman of Paris (26')
Introduction by David Robinson (5')
Deleted scenes (10')
Sunnyside (29')
Charlot Barber (Sunnyside deleted scene) (7')
Pay Day (1')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')

Disc 3: THE CIRCUS (1928)
Chaplin Today: The Circus (26')
Introduction by David Robinson (5')
Rushes from The Circus (28')
Trailer in English (2')
Outtakes (10')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')
Trailers

Disc 4: THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
Chaplin Today: The Gold Rush (26')
Introduction by David Robinson (6')
French trailer (2')
Chaplin ABC (34')
The Visitors (13')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')

Disc 5: CITY LIGHTS (1931)
Chaplin Today: City Lights (26')
Introduction by David Robinson (5')
The tour (florist scene) (2')
Deleted scene (7')
Winston Churchill visits (2')
Trip to Bali (10')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')
Trailers

Disc 6: MONSIEUR VERDOUX (1947)
Chaplin Today: Monsieur Verdoux (26')
Introduction by David Robinson (5')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')

Disc 7: MODERN TIMES (1936)
Chaplin Today: Modern Times (26')
Introduction by David Robinson (6')
Karaoke (3')
The Idle Class (3')
Outtake (2')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')
Trailers

Disc 8: THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)
Chaplin Today: The Great Dictator (26')
The Tour filmed in colour by Sydney Chaplin (25')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')
Trailers

Disc 9: A KING IN NEW YORK (1957)
Chaplin Today: A King in New York (26')
Introduction by David Robinson (5')
Deleted scenes (22')
Mandolin serenade (3')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')
Trailers

Disc 10: LIMELIGHT (1952)
Chaplin Today: Limelight (26')
The Professor (unfinished clip) (7')
Home Movies (16')
Deleted scene (4')
Footlights (3')
Introduction by David Robinson (5')
Extracts from the films in The Chaplin Collection (12')
Trailers

Disc 11: THE CHAPLIN REVUE
A Dog's Life (1918, 33')
Shoulder Arms (1918, 46')
The Pilgrim (1923, 40')
Introduction by David Robinson (5')
How to Make Movies (16')
Deleted scene from Shoulder Arms (10')
The Bond (short film) (10')
A Day's Pleasure (18')
Harry Lauder (8')
Gallery of pictures
Gallery of posters
Trailers
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The X Files: Complete Seasons 1-9 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
The X Files: Complete Seasons 1-9 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Offered by Speedyhen Ltd
Price: £130.90

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 143. The truth is right here (+ complete product details), 5 Dec. 2015
Being the progenitor of many sci-fi TV shows that became global trends in recent years, the most legendary television programme of the '90s, THE X-FILES, is finally making its blu-ray appearance, after years in the process of remastering from the original 35mm negatives, presented in 16:9 widescreen format, and including new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks. All 202 episodes are featured, with more than 23 hours of special content across all 9 seasons, and including bonus features from the previous DVD releases, such as audio commentaries, deleted scenes and featurettes. For the first time, we have the chance to own a piece of television history in superior quality, in the fasion of the glorious "TWIN PEAKS: The entire mystery" set from last year that was also finally presented in HD and in its entirety. Having created a huge buzz months before its release, here is the complete and official details, for those who wish to know exactly what the box includes, and also what it looks like.

Packaging: The box contains 9 cases, 1 for each season, and leaves a space reserved for the upcoming mini-series set (due to be released next year), all housed in a glossy, sturdy slide-off box set. All seasons are 6-disc sets (except for Season 2 which, being the longest, is spread over 7 discs), presented in double, not regular-sized, clear blue amaray cases. Each season contains all the episodes and special features from the individual seasons, which are now also available individually on blu-ray. No guides or booklets are included in the box, the only info available is an episode list and a special features list on the inside of each case. The discs of each season have different artwork on them. (Australian release features an additional 2 blu-ray discs for the feature films "Fight the future" and "I want to believe"; Japanese box, also, includes the 2 films, plus, a poster, a set of cards with commissioned artwork, and an episode guide).

Picture/Audio: The entire show was originally broadcast in standard definition. As the series was launched after the early widescreen TV boom of the early '90s, it was filmed with widescreen in mind. The first 4 seasons were produced in 4:3 format. The series then went to a 16:9 widescreen format for the remainder of its run, as anamorphic widescreen displays were starting to become common. Thus, it now appears as originally intended, which is rather amazing to watch after 2+ decades (only the pilot was shot somewhat differently, and so the result is some unavoidable cropping in order to get it looking right; but that is a minor gripe that only eagle-eyed viewers will notice). The sharpness is astounding, it's even more impressive than some HD footage I'd seen on German TV a couple of years ago. The audio is equally impressive, crisp and clear. The extra features are presented in HD as well, indicative of the effort made to present a pristine package altogether.

To those interested in buying this, this will be of interest: I bought the UK box set for €140 (about $150). Amazon.com's $270 price is ridiculous, but amazon.uk's £100 plus p&p is one of the best deals at the moment. Both UK and US boxes feature the exact same material, which is exactly what one will get when purchasing all seasons individually (but why not have the complete thing when you can buy it at a good price?). If I could recommend one of the 2 sets, I would go for the UK box, because the packaging is better-looking (thicker outer-box, and all 9 cases are double ones - US box has 8 normal ones + 1 double for Season 2). The notes I have included about the picture and audio quality and the remastering are based on selective viewing. Obviously it will take a while to watch everything on here, but I will make an update if I encounter anything worth sharing. Let's all rejoice, this is super exciting, I'm sure most avid fans of the show can share my enthusiasm! The truth is - finally - out there!

List of contents:

Format: Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
Audio: English (DTS 5.1), French (Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), German and Japanese
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, German and Japanese
Number of discs: 55 (Seasons 1 & 3-9 x6 discs, Season 2 x7 discs)
Total run time: 9,071 minutes

SEASON 1

Episodes (24):
Pilot / Deep Throat / Squeeze / Conduit / The Jersey Devil
Shadows / Ghost in the Machine / Ice / Space / Fallen Angel
Eve / Fire / Beyond the Sea / Genderbender / Lazarus
Young at Heart / E.B.E. / Miracle Man / Shapes / Darkness Falls
Tooms / Born Again / Roland / The Erlenmeyer Flask

Extra features:
Introduction to Pilot by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Audio commentary on Deep Throat by Chris Carter
Series introduction by Frank Spotnitz
Chris Carter talks about Season 1
Deleted scenes
Pilot international clips
The Jersey Devil international clips
Ice international clips
Special effects squence from Fallen Angel
Space international clips
Fire international clips
Introduction to Beyond the Sea by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Beyond the Sea international clips
E.B.E. international clips
Audio commentary on The Erlenmeyer Flask by R.W. Goodwin
Documentary: The Truth About Season 1
FX: Behind The Truth
Television spots
Tooms international clips
The Erlenmeyer Flask international clips

SEASON 2

Episodes (25):
Little Green Men / The Host / Blood / Sleepless / Duane Barry
Ascension / 3 / One Breath / Firewalker / Red Museum
Excelsius Dei / Aubrey / Irresistable / Die Hand Die Verletzt / Fresh Bones
Colony / Endgame / Fearful Symmetry / Dod Kalm / Humbug
The Calusari / F. Emasculata / Soft Light / Our Town / Anasazi

Extra features:
Introduction to The Host by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Deleted scenes
Audio commentary on Duane Barry by Chris Carter
Duane Barry international clips
One Breath international clips
Irresistible international clips
Audio commentary on End Games by Frank Spotnitz
Behind-the-scenes clips
Chris Carter talks about Season 2
Humbug international clips
Audio commentary on Anasazi by R.W. Goodwin
Anasazi international clips
Documentary: The Truth About Season 2
FX: Behind The Truth
Television spots

SEASON 3

Episodes (24):
The Blessing Way / Paper Clip / D.P.O. / Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose / The List
2Shy / The Walk / Oubliette / Nisei / 731
Revelations / War of the Coprophages / Syzygy / Grotesque / Piper Maru
Apocrypha / Pusher / Teso Dos Bichos / Hell Money / Jose Chung's From Outer Space
Avatar / Quagmire / Wetwired / Talitha Cumi

Extra features:
Introduction to Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chris Carter
Special effects sequences with commentary by Mat Beck
Chris Carter talks about Season 3
Paper Clip international clips
The Walk international clips
War of the Coprophages international clips
Audio commentary on Apocrypha by Kim Manners and Chris Carter
Piper Maru international clips
Audio commentary on Jose Chung's From Outer Space by Rob Bowman and Darin Morgan
Pusher international clips
Audio commentary on Talitha Cumi by R.W. Goodwin
Talitha Cumi international clips
Documentary: The Truth About Season 3
Threads of Mythology: Abduction
FX: Behind The Truth
Television spots

SEASON 4

Episodes (24):
Herrenvolk / Home / Teliko / Unruhe / The Field Where I Died
Sanguinarium / Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man / Tunguska / Terma / Paper Hearts
El Mundo Gira / Leonard Betts / Never Again / / Momento Mori / Haddish
Unrequited / Tempes Fugit / Max / Synchrony / Small Potatoes
Zero Sum / Elegy / Demons / Gethsemane

Extra features:
Deleted scenes
Special effects sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
Herrenvolk interview with Frank Spotnitz
Home interview with James Wong
Unruhe interview with Vince Gilligan
Alternate audio for home teaser
Home international clips
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chris Carter
Tunguska interview with Chris Carter
Tunguska international clips
Paper Hearts interview with Vince Gilligan
Paper Hearts international clips
Introduction to Memento Mori by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Memento Mori international clips
Audio commentary on Memento Mori by Frank Spotnitz and Rob Bowman
Tempus Fugit international clips
Audio commentary on Max by Kim Manners
Audio commentary on Small Potatoes by Vince Gilligan
Documentary: The Truth About Season 4
FX: Behind The Truth
Television spots
Gethsemane international clips

SEASON 5

Episodes (20):
Redux / Redux II / Detour / Unusual Suspects / The Post Modern Prometheus
Christmas Carol / Emily / Kitsunegari / Schizogeny / Chinga
Kill Switch / Bad Blood / Patient X / The Red and the Black / Travellers
Mind's Eye / All Souls / The Pine Bluff Variant / Folie a Deux / The End

Extra features:
Redux international clips
Introduction to The Post-Modern Prometheus by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Audio commentary on The Post-Modern Prometheus by Chris Carter
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chris Carter
Special effects sequences with commentary by Paul Rabwin
Christmas Carol international clips
Kill Switch international clips
Introduction to Bad Blood by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Audio commentary on Patient X by Kim Manners
Audio Commentary on The Red and the Black by Chris Carter
Patient X international clips
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chris Carter
Audio commentary on The Pine Bluff Variant by John Shiban
Threads of Mythology: Black Oil
Documentary: The Truth About Season 5
FX: Behind The Truth
Inside The X-Files
FX featurette
Television spots
The End international clips

SEASON 6

Episodes (22):
The Beginning / Drive / Triangle / Dreamland / Dreamland II
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas / Terms of Endearment / The Rain King / S.R. 819 / Tithonus
Two Fathers / One Son / Agua Mala / Monday / Arcadia
Alpha / Trevor / Milagro / The Unnatural / Three of a Kind
Field Trip / Biogenesis

Extra features:
Audio commentary on Triangle by Chris Carter
Special effects sequences with commentary by Paul Rabwin
The Beginning international clips
Dreamland II International Clips
Audio commentary on Two Fathers by Kim Manners
Audio commentary on One Son by Frank Spotnitz
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz
Two Fathers international clips
Arcadia international clips
Introduction to Milagro by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Audio commentary on Milagro by Kim Manners
Three of a Kind and Biogenesis international clips
Documentary: The Truth About Season 6
Behind-the-Scenes featurette
X-Files Profiles: Cigarette-Smoking Man
Television spots

SEASON 7

Episodes (22):
The Sixth Extinction / The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati / Hungry / Millennium / Rush
The Goldberg Variation / Orison / The Amazing Maleeni / Signs and Wonders / Sein und Zeit
Closure / X Cops / First Person Shooter / Theef / En Ami
Chimera / all things / Brand X / Hollywood A.D. / Fight Club
Je Souhaite / Requiem

Extra features:
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chris Carter
Special effects sequences with commentary by Paul Rabwin
The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati international clips
The Amazing Maleeni international clips
Audio commentary on Closure by Kim Manners
Closure international clips
Audio commentary on First Person Shooter by Chris Carter
En Ami international clips
Audio commentary on All Things by Gillian Anderson
Hollywood A.D. international clips
Audio commentary on Je Souhaite by Vince Gilligan
Requiem international clips
Documentary: The Truth About Season 7
X-Files Profiles: A.D. Skinner and Samantha Mulder
Television spots

SEASON 8

Episodes (21):
Within / Without / Patience / Roadrunners / Invocation
Redrum / Via Negativa / Surekill / Salvage / Badlaa
The Gift / Medusa / Per Manum / This Is Not Happening / Deadalive
Three Words / Empedocles / Vienen / Alone / Essence
Existence

Extra features:
Audio commentary on Within by Kim Manners and Robert Patrick
Special effects sequences by Mat Beck with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
Within international clips
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban
Via Negativa international clips
The Gift international clips
Audio commentary on Deadalive by Frank Spotnitz
Audio commentary on Vienen by Rod Hardy
Three Words international clips
Audio commentary on Alone by Frank Spotnitz
Audio commentary on Existence by Kim Manners
Essence international clips
Existence international clips
Documentary: The Truth About Season 8
Threads of Mythology: Colonization
X-Files Profiles: Gibson Praise, John Doggett and Alex Krycek
Television spots

SEASON 9

Episodes (20):
Nothing Important Happened Today: Part I / Nothing Important Happened Today: Part II / Demonicus / 4-D / Lord of the Flies
Trust No1 / John Doe / Hellbound / Provenance / Providence
Audrey Pauley / Underneath / Improbable / Scary Monsters / Jump the Shark
William / Release / Sunshine Days / The Truth (double episode)

Extra features:
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Special effects sequences by Mat Beck with commentary by Paul Rabwin
Nothing Important Happened Today II international clips
Trust No 1 international clips
Provenance international clips
Audio commentary on Improbable by Chris Carter
Audio commentary on Jump the Shark by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz
William international clips
Audio commentary on The Truth by Kim Manners
The Truth international clips
Reflections on The Truth featurette
2008 WonderCon panel
Documentary: The Truth About Season 9
The Making of The Truth
Secrets of The X-Files
More Secrets of The X-Files
Reflections on The X-Files
Threads of Mythology: Super Soldiers
X-Files Profiles: Monica Reyes and Brad Follmer
Television spots
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1 [VINYL]
1 [VINYL]
Price: £31.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 142. 1 to treasure, 5 Dec. 2015
This review is from: 1 [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Can't remember whether "1" was available on vinyl upon its original 2000 release, but, following the superb, new "1+" CD editions from last month, "1" now makes its appearance on vinyl. Pressed as a 180gram heavyweight double-LP, it repeats the exact same tracklist (every No. 1 single released in the UK and US from 1962 to 1970), presenting some of the band’s most important single releases, and featuring the same "1+" brand new stereo mixes by Giles Martin and Abbey Road engineer Sam Okell. As expected, the song selection is nothing less than extraordinary, representing each of the band's different styles and phases, all of which are appropriately presented on each of the 2 long-players' 4 sides: Side 1. Merseybeat style (1962-1964); Side 2. folk-rock (1965-1966, tracks 9-16); Side 3. experimental-psychedelic (1967-1968, tracks 17-21); and Side 4. back to basics-rock (1969-1970, tracks 22-27).

As I have previously listened to these songs on CD, without a doubt the "1+" versions are the very best to date, as far as the quality is concerned. The vinyl sounds just as brilliant. Remixed from the original multi-track masters, the audio is sharp, crispy, with the warmth only a vinyl can offer, and crystal-clear, truly an audiophile's dream come true (I listen to my music on headphones). I am not a vinyl lover, however, since the editions I purchased (CD+blu-ray, and CD+2blu-ray) were perfect, I thought it would be nice to have the "1+" collection complete with this LP set. The package is presented in a 2LP gatefold, and has a kind of anniversary feel to it, including 4 individual photos of each Beatle, and a poster with the covers of their singles, making it rather special. It does not includes a booklet, which I find to be the only flaw. It is a fine item, worth collecting (just a note: this is not an Apple release, I found out about it once bought).

The original version of "1", issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's break-up, was The Beatles' first singles compilation available on a single disc, topped the charts in 35 countries around the world, and went on to become the best-selling album of 2000, and the best-selling album of the decade worldwide, selling 31+ million copies. What sets this particular collection apart from others, is that it spans The Beatles' entire recording career. So many artists, current and past, have called The Beatles a major influence. One listen to "1", and anyone can realize why. The Beatles redefined music. If there has been any singles album that shows the true genius of The Beatles, on any level, then it is definitely "1". Not a greatest hits collection, but it totally stands like one, being a comprehensive compilation, and one of the most important music collections ever released. Whichever edition you choose, it is absolutely worth it.

"1" one by one (all the singles along with the release dates, and chart placings)

01. "Love me do" - 02:21 [from "Introducing... The Beatles" (1964) and "Please please me" (1963)]
UK release 5 October 1962 (No. 17)
US release 27 April 1964, No. 1 on 30 May (1 week)

02. "From me to you" - 01:47 [from "A collection of Beatles oldies" (1966)]
UK release 11 April 1963, No. 1 on 2 May (7 weeks)
US release on 27 May 1963 (No. 116), re-released on 30 January 1964 (No. 41)

03. "She loves you" - 02:21 [from "The Beatles' second album" (1964), and "A collection of Beatles oldies (1966)]
UK release on 23 August 1963, No. 1 on 14 September (4 weeks), then again on 28 November (2 weeks)
US release on 16 September 1963, No. 1 on 21 March 1964 (2 weeks)

04. "I want to hold your hand" - 02:24 [from "A collection of Beatles oldies (1966)]
UK release on 29 November 1963, No. 1 on 14 December 1963 (5 weeks)
US release on 26 December 1963, No. 1 on 1 February 1964 (7 weeks)

05. "Can't buy me love" - 02:11[from "A hard day's night" (1964)]
UK release on 20 March 1964, No. 1 on 2 April 1964 (3 weeks)
US release on 16 March 1964, No. 1 on 4 April 1964 (5 weeks)

06. "A hard day's night" - 02:33 [from "A hard day's night" (1964)]
UK release on 10 July 1964, No. 1 on 23 July 1964 (3 weeks)
US release on 13 July 1964, No. 1 on 1 August 1964 (2 weeks)

07. "I feel fine" - 02:18 [from "A collection of Beatles oldies (1966) and "Beatles '65" (1965)]
UK release on 27 November 1964, No. 1 on 12 December 1964 (5 weeks)
US release on 23 November 1964, No. 1 on 26 December 1964 (3 weeks)

08. "Eight days a week" - 02:44 [from "Beatles for sale" (1964)]
US release on 15 February 1965, No. 1 on 13 March 1965 (2 weeks)

09. "Ticket to ride" - 03:01 [from "Help!" (1965)]
UK release on 9 April 1965, No. 1 on 22 April 1965 (3 weeks)
US release on 19 April 1965, No. 1 on 22 May 1965 (1 week)

10. "Help!" - 02:18 [from "Help!" (1965)]
UK release on 23 July 1965, No. 1 on 5 August 1965 (3 weeks)
US release on 19 July 1965, No. 1 on 4 September 1965 (3 weeks)

11. "Yesterday" - 02:05 [from "Help!" (1965) and "Yesterday and today (1966)]
US-only release on 13 September 1965, No. 1 on 9 October 1965 (4 weeks)

12. "Day tripper" - 02:48 [from "Yesterday and today" (1966) and "A collection of Beatles oldies" (1966)]
UK release on 3 December 1965, No. 1 on 16 December 1965 (5 weeks)
US release on 6 December 1965 (No. 5)

13. "We can work it out" - 2:15 [from "Yesterday and today" (1966) and "A collection of Beatles oldies" (1966)]
UK release on 3 December 1965, No. 1 on 16 December 1965 (5 weeks)
US release on 6 December 1965, No. 1 on 8 January 1966 (3 weeks)

14. "Paperback writer" - 02:11 [from "A collection of Beatles oldies" (1966) and "Hey Jude" (1970)]
UK release on 10 June 1966, No. 1 on 23 June 1966 (2 weeks)
US release on 30 May 1966, No. 1 on 25 June 1966 (2 weeks)

15. "Yellow submarine" - 02:06 [from "Revolver" (1966)]
UK release on 5 August 1966, No. 1 on 18 August 1966 (4 weeks)
US release on 5 August 1966 (No. 2)

16. "Eleanor Rigby" - 02:37 [from "Revolver" (1966)]
UK release on 5 August 1966, No. 1 on 18 August 1966 (4 weeks)
US release on 5 August 1966 (No. 11)

17. "Penny Lane" - 03:00 [from "Magical Mystery Tour (1967)]
UK release on 17 February 1967 (No. 2)
US release on 13 February 1967, No. 1 on 18 March 1967 (1 week)

18. "All you need is love" - 03:00 [from "Magical Mystery Tour (1967)]
UK release on 7 July 1967, No. 1 on 19 July 1967 (3 weeks)
US release on 17 July 1967, No. 1 on 19 August 1967 (1 week)

19. "Hello, goodbye" - 04:01 [from "Magical Mystery Tour (1967)]
UK release on 24 November 1967, No. 1 on 6 December 1967 (7 weeks)
US release on 27 November 1967, No. 1 on 30 December 1967 (3 weeks)

20. "Lady Madonna" - 02:09 [from "Hey Jude" (1970)]
UK release on 15 March 1968, No. 1 on 27 March (2 weeks)
US release on 15 March 1968 (No. 4)

21. "Hey Jude" - 06:46 [from "Hey Jude" (1970)]
UK release on 30 August 1968, No. 1 on 11 September 1968 (2 weeks)
US release on 26 August 1968, No. 1 on 28 September 1968 (9 weeks)

22. "Get back" - 03:12 [from "Let it be" (1970)]
UK release on 11 April 1969, No. 1 on 23 April 1969 (6 weeks)
US release on 5 May 1969, No. 1 on 24 May 1969 (5 weeks)

23. "The ballad of John and Yoko" - 03:00 [from "Hey Jude" (1970)]
UK release on 30 May 1969, No. 1 on 11 June 1969 (3 weeks)
US release on 4 June (No. 8)

24. "Something" - 03:01 [from "Abbey Road" (1969)]
UK release on 31 October 1969 (No. 4)
US release on 6 October 1969, No. 1 on 29 November 1969 (1 week)

25. "Come together" - 04:18 [from "Abbey Road" (1969)]
UK release on 31 October 1969 (No. 4)
US release on 6 October 1969, No. 1 on 29 November 1969 (1 week)

26. "Let it be" - 03:23 [from "Let it be" (1970)]
UK release on 6 March 1970 (No. 2)
US release on 11 March 1970, No. 1 on 11 April 1970 (2 weeks)

27. "The long and winding road" - 03:35 [from "Let it be" (1970)]
US-only release on 11 May 1970, No. 1 on 13 June 1970 (2 weeks)
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