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Ice Age: Collision Course (Blu-ray + HD UV Copy) [2016]
Ice Age: Collision Course (Blu-ray + HD UV Copy) [2016]
Dvd ~ Ray Romano
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 164. A waning winning formula, but fortunately not a Scrat-astrophe!, 15 July 2016
As a fan of the original 2002 film and the sequels that followed, I rushed to watch this brand new, fifth instalment of the famous animated franchise. Set after the events of previous film "Continental drift", on "Collision course" Scrat's pursuit of his iconic acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet! There are only so many natural disasters the protagonist and his fellow prehistoric animals can survive, yet, this last adventure finds them going ..."Interstellar"! Pity that, in relation to that legendary sci-fi movie, "Ice Age 5" is not as interesting. It is amusing, genuinely funny occasionally, however, it is also as tired as one might expect from a series with so many entries. The lightness in jokes, and the not so inspired writing are less worthy of what the films once were, especially the first two which remain unsurpassed. Predictable at times, it just does not feel as exciting as the previous 4, which all had something special to offer. Ironically, this last chapter is the best animated of all 5. Not as space-tastic as expected, overall, "Ice Age 5" looks like the weakest of all 5 movies, with few truly memorable moments, among which being the Scrat (he simply rules!) segments that are naturally the highlights once again, and some endearing new characters (my favourite Scratte - Scrat's seductive object of desire, well, after the acorn! - unfortunately does not make an apprearance on this). Young viewers will surely enjoy it, adults might find it innocuous.

1. Ice Age (2002) - 9/10
2. Ice Age: The meltdown (2006) - 9/10
3. Ice Age: Dawn of the dinosaurs (2009) - 8/10
4. Ice Age: Continental drift (2012) - 8/10
5. Ice Age: Collision course (2016) - 7/10
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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie [Blu-ray]
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Saunders
Price: £28.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 163. "Champers alright for you, sweetie?", 13 July 2016
It was 1992, and it is 2016. Naturally, so much has changed culturally since they last had a proper season, dahling! What is certain, is that the producers did not wheel the leading characters out of the cryo freeze in order to create this. "Ab fab: The Movie" is a breezy blast of the excesses and absurdity we are accustomed to expect, and a merrily mad swansong that will leave viewers smiling. If the trailer makes your heart skip a bit, then you simply must watch this. If not, well, you are going to miss 85 minutes of the cast of 5 J's (Jennifer, Joanna, Julia, Jane and June) alongside an endless array of cameos (spotted 40+, and I'm not a Briton), plenty of jokes (some rehashed ones from the series, too), and a ridiculously silly but oh so amusing plotline (Kate Moss "falling" in Thames). From the scene at the beginning where Patsy injects her face with Botox, all the way to the finale where ...well, I'm not going to give it away, sweetie!... this scandalous, outrageous, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" is the final apotheosis of one of UK's best-loved comedies ever. It may not be as fabulous as we all would have hoped, but it is absolutely fun. Won't you join them in their graciously appointed drawing room?
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True Blue (Reissue)
True Blue (Reissue)
Price: £8.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 162. 30 Years True Blue (1986-2016), 30 Jun. 2016
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Celebrating exactly 30 years to the day since it was originally issued, Madonna's "True blue" stands as one of the greatest pop albums of all time. Taking a different direction from her first records, addressing a variety of issues, and incorporating many genres, "True blue" built on "Like a virgin"'s solid foundations, and established Madonna as the ultimate pop idol and a global superstar. Complete with its creator's new, more subdued image, it had all that was needed in order to engage an older audience who might have been skeptical of her music and attitude. The string of 5 singles off this album ("Live to tell", "Papa don't preach", "Open your heart", "True blue", "La isla bonita") is arguably among M's most successful as well as her strongest. Demonstrating her skills as a songwriter and entertainer through its poignant mixture of topics and great tunes, the album became her rite of passage between girly pop and adult pop, and became the archetype of '80s and early '90s pop music, marking an era where music and fun were genuine, innocent, carefree and meaningful. At that time, it was only Madonna and Michael Jackson who presented such brilliant records, with spectacular accompanying videos, creating a buzz that extended beyond just the music. M was "Causing a commotion" so great that, by the time her tour came to an end, noone asked "Who's that girl" because she was so famous that could be recognised even with her back turned! 25 million people bought this career-defining highlight that proudly stands as a true pop classic, in every possible sense. June 30th, 1986: 30 years on, "it all seems like yesterday, not far away"...

True blue facts and stats:

- Madonna dedicated the album to "the coolest guy in the universe", her then husband, Sean Penn, who also provided the title for it, from a favourite expression of his
- The album opened at the top of the UK Albums Chart, making it the first album by an American artist to debut at No. 1 in UK chart history. It remained at the summit for 6 weeks and on the chart for a total of 85 weeks
- In the US, it opened at No. 29, but soon went to No. 1, where it remained for 5 weeks and on the chart for a total of 82 weeks
- It topped the European Top 100 Albums chart for 34 consecutive weeks, a record that has yet to be broken
- It reached the No. 1 spot in 28 countries across the world, and has sold 25+ million copies, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time
- The song titles on the album's back sleeve and inside booklet do not feature M's own handwriting but Jeri Heiden's, the album's cover designer
- The album's original photo was taken in black-and-white, however, in order to go along with the title, a hand tinted blue-toned version of the image was chosen as the final cover artwork. The cassette tape edition featured a longer picture than the LP and CD album's cropped image
- In the US and Canada, the cover did not have any logo, but for the European nations, Warner felt that M's name was needed, as they did not want to take chance with her popularity
- "La isla bonita", a tribute to the "beauty and mystery of Latin American people", was previously written for Michael Jackson's "Bad" album. Similarly, "Open your heart" was originally intended for Cyndi Lauper
- The album gave M her first appearance on the Guinness Book of World Records. M, also, became the first female artist to receive the Video Vanguard Award at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in recognition of her impact on popular culture
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Celine Dion Collection
Celine Dion Collection
Price: £34.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and neat Celine box, 23 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Celine Dion Collection (Audio CD)
Talk about value for money. Offering a staggering 10 full albums at the fantastic price of £35 (that's a mere £3.5 per album), without doubt that this has to be the best deal around for any artist in a long time. What's even better, is that the albums contained in the box set are NOT cardsleeves as the product description says, but the original CD releases (even the bonus tracks from some EU editions are included), complete with booklets and plastic cases, all packed inside a smart lift-off box. Being a Celine fan, I own her entire discography, and so I don't think it's just my impression, listening to the clearer sound of her early albums. "The colour" of my love" and "D' eux", in particular", sound as if they have been remastered, though no mention of that is made anywhere. Whatever the case, a fresh and neat box like this is the best way for anyone to update their Celine collection. Highly recommended.
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Strange Little Birds
Strange Little Birds
Price: £9.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 160. A sonic resurrection, 10 Jun. 2016
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Putting to one side the heavy rock sound of their last 2 records, for this, their 6th studio album, iconic rockers Garbage make the bold move to forgo digital technology and return to the sound of the first 2 albums. As a result, "Strange little birds" is their most invigorating, primal and engaging record since their seminal 1995 self-titled debut. The sound is purposely rough around the edges, but this time they seem to have deliberately focused on the sentimentality that is to be found aplenty in the introspective and vulnerable lyrics. Frontwoman Shirley Manson has stated that all the songs, from a lyrical standpoint, come from hot spots in her romantic history. Which only enhances interest in witnessing some the band's most personal moments to date, particularly on some stunning ballads. In contrast with its animalic title and artwork, "Birds" is a deeply human album, filled with fantastic tracks. Sticking to their guns, and by employing their sharp pop sensibility, they have created a throwback record that is fresh. Such a Garbage thing to do! "Strange little birds" has a strong, distinct Garbage flavour, very much like "Version 2.0". Only, "Birds" is much less aggressive (but not as mellow as one would assume - this is Garbage, they just don't do mellow!). Special mention for the strangest "bird" of all: Shirley. She remains the epitome of coolness, a traditional rock chick who is gracing the band with her mesmerising persona and paralyzing voice, balancing perfectly between inner fragility and vitriolic anger. A near perfect record, "Strange little birds" simply soars.

Note: The 2LP vinyl set of "Birds" features the 11 tracks across 3 sides, and the fourth side features an etched design of a tiger! It's just stunning! I'm not a fan of vinyl, but could not resist going for this as soon as I saw the photos on their official webstore a few weeks back. I love them for giving fans an extra reason to buy physical formats over digital.
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Good Karma
Good Karma
Price: £9.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 159. A sad goodbye?, 3 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Good Karma (Audio CD)
"For the new record, we wanted to combine our classic Roxette sound with a modern and slightly unpredictable production to create a soundscape where you would both recognise our sound and find something new". Mission accomplished, Per and Marie. "Good karma" is exactly that. This is Roxette's strongest set in quite some time, embracing the current scene while staying true to their own brand of pop that made them impossible to resist, very much like an ice-cream cone in a hot summer. It is a tight and meticulously produced set, with a couple of Roxette's all-time best tracks among the new songs, and with the only thing spoiling the enjoyment being the short duration of most tracks that could have been longer. Not up there with the likes of "Look sharp!", "Joyride" and "Crash! Boom! Bang!", but right next to "Have a nice day", "Good karma" is another great set by the sunniest Swedish duo ever. Roxette have been brightening my life with their carefree pop and those classic gorgeous ballads, and it's unbearable to know that this could be their last album. If this is the end, indeed, they couldn't have found a more perfect way to wave us fans goodbye. "April clouds" is such a poignant swan song, a final moment of Roxette brilliance. "I wish you the best", sings Marie, and I cannot but do the same for them.

Pearls of passion (1986): Youthful and determined (3 1/2***)
Look sharp! (1988): Bold and exciting (4****)
Joyride (1991): Poptastic and soaring (4 1/2****)
Tourism (1992): Energetic and fun (4****)
Crash! Boom! Bang! (1994): Mature and classy (4 1/2****)
Have a nice day (1999): Experimental and transitional (4****≠)
Room service (2001): Glossy and unsurprising (3 1/2***)
Charm school (2011): Uneventful and underwhelming (3***)
Travelling (2012): Reflective and sophisticated (4****)
Good karma (2016): Bright and breezy (4****)
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Everything Must Go 20 (Remastered)
Everything Must Go 20 (Remastered)
Price: £58.98

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 158. Everything must glow (20th anniversary box set), 23 May 2016
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The historical and political themes that dominate an album like this one may not be particularly welcoming, but a superb lead single ("A design for life", a song that always had the impact of a true anthem - which it is, of course) was enough to turn a casual listener like myself into a fan. I fully appreciated the importance of this album over the years, and, since the 20th anniversary box set of their "Holy Bible" 2 years ago was a very good one, I purchased this without hesitation. I love the outer packaging of the whole thing, this new sky-blue-coloured cover with the silver details is more fitting to such a classy album, much more than the original with the 3 ...windows. And I prefer the discs attached at the bottom of the box, instead of the flimsy cardboard on the previous box. Everything featured on the CDs and DVDs is superb. Love the Nynex Arena show (fully restored and finally in its entirety), the fantastic updated rocumentary, the book (not as rich as that of "The Holy Bible", though), and the remastering (the vinyl, in particular, is in step with "THB" reissue, great). However, I don't understand why someone would print a photo of the album cover on the LP sleeve on this; totally pointless. Plus, I wish the audio of the live set was included on this box set, too. Why make available elsewhere (on the new 2CD edition of the album) material related to this title, this is the point of a box "set", isn't it? Because of these 2 missteps, I'm taking away 2 stars. Unless you're a hardcore fan, better wait till the price goes down, £60 is too much for this. It's not bad, but this album deserves better.

List of contents:

- VINYL: LP pressing on 180gram vinyl
- CD 1: Everything must go + B-Sides
- CD 2: B-Sides
- DVD 1: Live at Nynex (98')
- DVD 2: Freed from memories (78') + 4 promo videos
- PAPERBACK BOOK (40pp): including photos, artwork and memorabilia, and a text intro by Stuart Maconie
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Dangerous Woman [Explicit]
Dangerous Woman [Explicit]
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 157. Pop bliss, 22 May 2016
Ariana Grande's last album "My everything" was the moment she transformed from Nickelodeon teen actress to a chart-topping international pop princess. Following up the smashes from her sophomore was never gonna be easy, but here she is, ready to prove that she has all it takes to establish her pop status. She has been releasing one song every day leading up to the album premiere, today. Not sure what the singles strategy is with this one, as they have all appeared in some way or another already, but what is important is that "Dangerous woman" is filled with 15 different, yet delicious, pop-flavoured slices.

Taking everything that made her older stuff special and polishing it all up, Ariana moves from uptempo tracks to heartbreaking ballads, pulling off pop, R'n'B, ballads, reggae, and house, without making the whole set sound disjointed, or pandering to trends. This is her strongest body of work by miles, more confident and cohesive. Ariana has confirmed that "Be alright", "Into you", "Side to side", and "Let me love you" will all have music videos, thus, at least 4 out of the set's highlights will see a singe release! What's better? She admitted on twitter to having recorded new tunes, meaning that a follow-up could arrive some time next year.

"Moonlight" is a '50s-inspired doo-woop with twinkly production and romantic violins, "Dangerous woman" showcases her dreamy vocals over a seductive guitar line, "Be alright" is a '90s deep house cut, "Into you" is a perfect big pop banger, "Side to side" is a reggae-tinged pop ditty, "Let me love you dark" sounds dark and sexy, "Greedy" is a shiny disco-jam with an infectious groove, "Leave me lonely" is a stirring, soulful '60s-inspired sway with a cautionary tale of dangerous love, "Everyday" is a synth-R'n'B number with the most addictive one-word chorus, "Sometimes" is a beautiful new old-Ariana moment, "I don't care" mixes horns with a sultry groove.

"Bad decisions" is a hip-hop cut with sassy lyrics, "Touch it" is yet another pop banger with a killer bassline and soaring vocals, "Nobody like me/Forever boy" is half R'n'B and half house, and final track "Thinking 'bout you" ends the album on a high note, literally. Bringing sexiness to her well-crafted songs, obviously determined to meet the high expectations the album title suggests, the perky-ponytailed pint-sized honey has made fantastic use of her killer voice and angelic beauty, producing one almighty third album. Still trying to figure out what the bunny mask with the huge ears is about, but lovin' it anyway! Who's a dangerous bunny, then?
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A Moon Shaped Pool
A Moon Shaped Pool
Price: £7.99

37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 156. A heart shaped head, 9 May 2016
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Always thought that Radiohead were the kind of band who it is rather easy to admire, yet, pretty hard to appreciate. Always breaking parameters with each new release, they seem to be competing with themselves trying to present everytime something innovative and unique. The new album is yet another difficult affair, since it lacks variety in tempos, making it instantly unapproachable by those who prefer the accessibility of other bands/artists. But, this is one of the qualities that make Radiohead special. Acclaimed records like "The bends" and "OK computer" may be the ones that defined them, but even underwhelming albums such as "Pablo honey" and "The king of limbs" contain moments of brlilliance, despite their lesser appeal. Those who are brave enough to immerse themselves into the water of Radiohead's "Pool" will be rewarded by the intimacy and the heart-warming beauty of this set. Time will tell whether this album will be another glorious addition to their masterful catalogue. What is already certain, is that it is worth the multiple listens it requires.

Note: June 17th is the date for the physical release of the album, which icludes:
- CD gatefold sleeve with silver foil detail cover, 12-page colour booklet
- LP gatefold sleeve with silver foil detail cover, the 11 track album on 2 heavyweight 12" vinyl records + download card
- 2LP white vinyl edition, limited to 9,000 copies

Also, due in September is this exclusive to their official website:
- 2LP and 2CD special casebound edition, 32 pages of artwork, 2 extra tracks, a recording tape belly band + download card
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HITNRUN Phase Two
HITNRUN Phase Two
Offered by Amore DVD
Price: £7.93

18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 155. HnR2: Final chapter to The Purple Pantheon, 6 May 2016
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"Produced, Arranged, Composed, and Performed by Prince". This is what every album this guy released from 1978 onwards stated, indicative of his incredible talent. What a sad day April 21 was, especially for all of us, '80s kids. One of the most gifted artists in music history passed away, gone like a purple star disappearing into the deep Minneapolis night. To anyone of my generation, Prince was not just an iconic artist, but also a tremendous inspiration, having had a major effect on the shape of the contemporary music industry, not just because of his music but, also, with the way he treated and valued his recordings. 39 recording years, 39 studio albums, 5 soundtrack albums, 4 live albums, 12 EPs, 104 singles. And with over 100 million records sold worldwide, Prince has been ranked as one of the most prolific, successful, and influential acts of all time. I am happy that this final release somewhat compensates for the mostly mediocre output he released over the last decade.

Initially released exclusively on Tidal for streaming and purchase, the new album is a continuation of "HitnRun Phase One", but an improvement on that record's inconsistency. Pulled together over 4 years, it is equally eclectic and formulaic, but more organic and warmer than its predecessor, with nearly half of the 12 songs showcasing Prince's trademark audacious funk and lush R'n'B balladry. "HnRPT" reunites him with backing band The New Power Generation, contributing much to the final result, reminiscent of his early '90s albums, like "Diamonds and pearls" and "Love symbol" (incidentally my 2 favourite Prince albums). Tracks like the sexually charged "Xtraloveable", the accordion-tinged ballad "When she comes", the poppy "Groovy potential", and the epic, 7-minute "Black muse", are obvious standouts, though only a couple of tracks on here are poor. Overall, it is definitely in the good side in his discography, and a good point to reconnect with him.

As much as I am devastated by his loss, I am more than grateful for his work. And so, I would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to purchase some of this man's music. Most would mention "Purple rain" and "Sign 'o' the times" as his greatest works. Since I was a baby back then, if I were to make a recommendation, it would have to be his 1991 "Diamonds and pearls", and 1992 "Love symbol" albums, 2 of my most loved albums by him, or by any other artists from that decade, fine examples of music that moves both body and soul. This is the kind of music Prince did. Also, to those who prefer greatest-hits albums, "The hits/The B-Sides" (1993) is the most comprehensive collection of his work, featuring no less than 56 tracks, representing his golden era of the '80s and early '90s, an essential and unmissable listening experience of The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, and subsequently called by an unpronounceable symbol chosen as his stage name.

Prince's father said that he named his son Prince because he wanted him to do everything he wanted to do. He certainly did most than many. What he did best of all, was to demonstrate the brilliance of his Purple Highness in such a way in order to be respected for his musicianship. That immeasurable talent of this pint-sized pop giant, whose musical genius extended beyond his eccentricities, was and will always be, adamant proof that he was ahead of anyone in pop culture. Prince Rogers Nelson, "Nothing compares 2 U". You will be missed. You are now reunited with 3 of your '80s - and of equal to your own calibre - counterparts: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and David Bowie. Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016) Le Prince Est Mort, Vive Le Prince!
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