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The Midwich Cuckoos (RosettaBooks into Film)
The Midwich Cuckoos (RosettaBooks into Film)
Price: 5.86

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the RosettaBooks Kindle edition, 7 Nov 2013
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My one-star rating is not for the book itself, but for the RosettaBooks Kindle edition, which is riddled with formatting and typographical errors. Despite the fact that I got it on sale for 99p in the Kindle store, it was still a waste of money. If a sentence in speech marks begins with "I", there is a 50 percent chance the space between it and the second word will be missing: Iam, Ican, Iwant, etc. There are other typos which render sentences completely incomprehensible, such as replacing "intention" with "in tendon". I persevered for the first half of the book, but my patience wore thin, so I have just bought the Penguin ebook edition so I will be able to enjoy the second half.


Made Possible
Made Possible
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Price: 12.34

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made Definite, 14 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Made Possible (Audio CD)
"Made Possible" delivers everything The Bad Plus is known for, while also being unique in their discography as their first album to fully incorporate electronic drums and synthesizers into their 'traditional' sound. The results range from subtle (the twinkly synth arpeggios in the background of "Pound for Pound") to bold (the bemusing 8-bit-video-game-boss-level synth melody of "Re-Elect That"), but the results are always well integrated.

If you're already a fan of The Bad Plus, this album will very probably satisfy you. If you're not yet a fan, this seems as good a place as any to start - apart from a live concert, where you can see the sheer joy that Dave, Ethan and Reid clearly feel when making their music.


Chungking Express [Blu-ray] [1995] [DVD]
Chungking Express [Blu-ray] [1995] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Briget Lin
Price: 8.99

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chungking Impressed!, 2 Nov 2009
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This blu-ray is my first and only experience of this quirky and touching film, and it definitely succeeded in winning me over. Colours are gorgeous and vibrant, contrast and definition are good, and I didn't notice any pesky digital noise reduction or edge enhancement.

However I understand the Region A Criterion Collection blu-ray presents the film in its correct aspect ratio of 1.66:1, whereas this edition is slightly cropped to fit 1.78:1 widescreen televisions. You don't lose much information from the frame, but it isn't quite what would have been seen in cinemas, which is a shame. If you have multi-region blu-ray capabilities, I would probably recommend the Criterion edition. However for most of us region-locked folks, this edition is more than adequate.
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Thelonious Alone In San Francisco
Thelonious Alone In San Francisco
Price: 6.62

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great example of the melodious thunk, 2 Nov 2009
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"Thelonious Alone in San Francisco" is perhaps the finest of Monk's solo albums -- although Thelonious Himself and Solo Monk are also both highly recommended for Monk fans. The album features Monk on fine form, performing a mixture of originals and standards in the reverberant Fugazi Hall, also a favourite venue of the Beat Poets and namechecked in Allen Ginsberg's "Howl".

Hearing Monk play unaccompanied emphasizes both his rhythmic playfulness and his oddly beautiful harmonic approach. "Blue Monk" showcases his unorthodox take on stride piano, while his rendition of "Ruby My Dear" is my personal favourite of the countless versions available. And for collectors, it's the only chance to hear two Monk originals, "Round Lights" and "Bluehawk," as well as his gorgeous reinvention of the cheesy 1930 ballad "There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie."

So if you want to indulge in some quiet solitude, let Monk's music keep you company.


Four Classic Albums: Thelonious Monk Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington / Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins / Brilliant Corners / Thelonious Monk
Four Classic Albums: Thelonious Monk Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington / Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins / Brilliant Corners / Thelonious Monk
Price: 8.06

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Felonious Junk, 22 Jun 2009
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Each album in this collection is top-notch, and for 4 perhaps it's churlish to complain, but the sound quality leaves something to be desired. "Brilliant Corners" sounds harsher and thinner than the Brilliant Corners Keepnews Collection edition, while the tracks of "Thelonious Monk Trio" are in the wrong order and have an unidentifiably odd "warbly" sound to them. I recommend the Keepnews Collection editions of each album instead, even if it does empty the pocket considerably more.


Music From His Movies [Spanish Import]
Music From His Movies [Spanish Import]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahem, tsch!, 21 Jan 2009
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A couple of disclaimers are required for this "album". Firstly, it's actually two separate releases in their respective boxes (Woody Allen's Movie Music and Woody Allen - More Movie Music), bound by a cardboard sleeve which I immediately "recycled". It is a lot cheaper than buying the two albums individually though, and they are both worth having.

Another word of warning -- some of the recordings on the albums are not the versions featured in the films. For example, the featured version of Louis Armstrong's enchanting "Stardust" is the master take, while Allen's Stardust Memories uses an alternate take of the song. The version of "Rhapsody in Blue" here is performed by the NBC Symphony Orchestra (with Benny Goodman), rather than the New York Philharmonic version used in Manhattan. Most of the selections are accurate though, and the album contains most of my favourite songs from Radio Days.

And these are but small quibbles from a film buff. As compilations of big band and swing hits, these albums really hit the spot.


The Coen Brothers Collection - The Big Lebowski/The Hudsucker Proxy/Barton Fink/Blood Simple [DVD]
The Coen Brothers Collection - The Big Lebowski/The Hudsucker Proxy/Barton Fink/Blood Simple [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeff Bridges
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 18.58

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent way to complete a collection, 1 Nov 2008
This boxset is essential for collectors, being the only way to get a proper widescreen version of the Coen Brothers' debut Blood Simple - in the UK, at least. It also features the astounding and enigmatic Barton Fink, the (probably overrated) Raymond Chandler-inspired cult hit The Big Lebowski and the (probably underrated) screwball comedy throwback The Hudsucker Proxy.

If you haven't seen the films before, be warned that the animated DVD menus of Barton Fink and Hudsucker Proxy contain spoilers. You may want to just shut your eyes and press "Enter" repeatedly until you hear the Universal tune.


Way To Normal
Way To Normal
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Price: 6.61

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way to Disappointment, 1 Oct 2008
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I have enjoyed everything by Ben Folds and Ben Folds Five so far, but "Way To Normal" is deeply disappointing to me. The last two tracks are the only ones I can truly say I enjoyed, but I fear that's mostly in comparison with the rest of the album.

His once delightfully witty lyrics seem to be wide of the mark this time. He has always been blunt, but some of these lines are just plain clunky. In particular, there's a line in "Cologne" inspired by the news story of an astronaut with murderous intentions. It just grates on me, there's one too many syllables in the line. Ben Folds says in an interview that it's a deliberate stylistic choice, but it just sounds like bad writing to me.

There are also a few un-PC lines that make me uncomfortable, even if they are used ironically. It could be argued that's my own problem, but still I feel let down by it. And I find it disappointing to be let down by a Ben Folds album when he was previously so reliable.
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Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection [DVD]
Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elisha Cook Jr

53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You must remember this, the stuff that dreams are made of..., 25 May 2008
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Having only recently discovered Humphrey Bogart, I already had copies of Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon when it became apparent that I would have to buy this boxset. Luckily my friend didn't complain when I passed on my spare films, so everyone's a winner in the end.

I HAD to buy it because the other two films contained (High Sierra and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) are otherwise unavailable on DVD in Region 2. The packaging is flimsy, just a graceless slipcase holding the four DVDs in standard boxes. It's the worst of both worlds - slimline cases would save space on a shelf heaving with cinematic delights, or a fancy box would justify the bulk, but instead it's a package that's utterly dispensible but for the fact that it contains those two rare films. High Sierra was a bit of a disappointment, but Treasure of the Sierra Madre lives up to its great reputation.

If you don't already own any of the films, buy it now and you can't go wrong. If you made the same mistake as me, you'd better consider how much the Treasure of the Sierra Madre is worth to you.
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Detour [1945] [DVD]
Detour [1945] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Neal
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 3.51

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film, abysmal DVD, 27 April 2008
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My low rating is not for the film itself, but for this DVD release. It is transfered from a pretty damaged print, with scratches and marks in most scenes and even a few missing frames and dropouts in sound. What's worse, there are no subtitles, so I have no way of finding out what lines I missed other than searching online for the script. Most disappointing, a cult classic deserves better treatment.


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