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Finding Nemo (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2003]
Finding Nemo (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Albert Brooks
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £7.29

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Pixar movie, 29 Mar. 2004
If you're a fan of Pixar's previous efforts (Monsters, Inc.; Toy Story etc) you'll be expecting state of the art animation, a cracking story and a great script voiced by top quality actors. You won't be disappointed here: this is probably the best yet and appeals to children and adults alike. The animation is simply incredible but what makes the biggest impression is the quality of direction and the pace of the story. Writer/director Andrew Stanton wisely steers clear of mawkish sentimentality and aims for a simple tale of a little fish (i.e boy) who gets lost and then found by his dad. Great script, voice acting and much humour is to be found along the way with a nice finale. Superb and highly recommended- no matter how old you are!

Rush In Rio
Rush In Rio
Price: £9.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb return to form, 28 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Rush In Rio (Audio CD)
Listening to this CD set reminded me of why I fell in love with Rush all those (22) years ago. Power, unrivalled musicianship(these guys can really play- why are they so underrated?)and a bonkers Brazilian audience that makes you feel as if you were there (a cliche- I know). Recording quality isn't the best but that's a great part of its appeal. Rush lost their way somewhat in the late 80's and most of the 90's but if you were ever in any doubt that they're back on form listen to this! It's a tad rough but Geddy sings better than ever, you can actually hear Alex more clearly than for some time on a live Rush album and Neil is, er Neil (i.e. the best drummer on the planet. Buy it by the truckload- then they'll have to come back to the UK. As to whether it will convert newcomers? It might, but who cares- quality always shines through.

Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti
Price: £15.57

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential!, 25 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Physical Graffiti (Audio CD)
So much has been written about Led Zeppelin that its difficult to find an original angle to write about- but all you need to know is that Physical Graffiti is a towering achievement in rock records and a frequent member of most top 50 albums of all time. Its fair to say that this was Zep at their absolute best- it couldn't and wasn't surpassed after this. I first had this in vinyl in 1981 and remains a frequent player in my house to this day. The unitiated listener will be surprised by the sheer variety on this record- plenty of blues influences (Custard Pie, In My Time of Dying) but with funk, folk, pop, and anything else you care to think of. It was conceived at a time when punk wasn't so far away and was supposed to represent the worst excesses of rock music in the '70s but Page and co threw the kitchen sink at this and whilst it isn't perfect it gets as close as any band had a right to do and still stands up scrutiny in 2003. If you only ever buy one Zep album this has to be it. In my opinion the definitive rock album of all time!

One By One
One By One
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Price: £3.11

4.0 out of 5 stars The Ronseal of Rock..., 8 Nov. 2002
This review is from: One By One (Audio CD)
...i.e. it does exactly what is says on the tin! This, the fourth album continues on from There Is Nothing Left To Lose but with less sugariness and is none the worse for it. All the hooks are there- melody and incredibly catchy choruses, trademark descending chords, top quality production but with a real sense of energy and edge. This is very accessible stuff for new fans but loyal followers won't be disappointed.
Things start briskly with All My Life and carry on with some belters until a slight stumble with Disenchanted Lullably and then, I'm afraid, a bit of a dirge with Tired of You. Quite what Brian May was actually doing on this one is hard to fathom but its over soon enough and we're onto the stand out track (for me, at least) Halo which must rank as a FF classic. There's no looking back for the rest of the album and proceedings are fittingly rounded off with an 8 minute epic Come Back. Come back I most sincerely hope Dave and the boys do- and don't leave it so long next time!
Highly recommended.

The Thin Red Line [VHS] [1999]
The Thin Red Line [VHS] [1999]
Offered by pkeylock
Price: £1.94

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close to brilliance, 4 Oct. 2002
Forget your preconceptions about war films- and prepare for a challenge! When the opening 10 seconds of the film feature a crocodile submerging into a tropical river you know this is going to be quite unlike anything else you've see! Terrence Malick's sprawling epic isn't the most accessible of movies but forgive it its indulgences and revel in its visual splendour and beguiling lyrical narrative. The acting is good-Nick Nolte on top form as the ruthless colonel Tall and the juxtaposition of one of the bloodiest campaigns in the Pacifc war with the tropical paradise never ceases to bemuse. If it has a fault its in the pace which is never brisk at the best of times and Malick's use of flashbacks sometimes irritates. The acting is low key throughout (Nolte excepted)and none the worse for it. It is difficult to warm to many of the characters but you don't dislike them either. Malick also avoids the trap that Spielberg fell into at times in Saving Private Ryan by not over-sentimentalising the plight of the soldiers- you won't love them but you'll have a deep respect for what they had to do.
This film grows on you and gets under your skin like very few other films I've seen. If I told you that I watched it three times in a week and still enjoy seeing it again that's all the recommendation you need. Let's hope that Terrence Malick doesn't leave it another 20 years before he decides to sit in the Director's chair again! Definitely recommended.

Porsche 917: The Winning Formula
Porsche 917: The Winning Formula
by Peter Morgan
Edition: Hardcover

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings the legend of the 917 to life, 9 Jan. 2000
Arguably the greatest racing car ever built the Porsche 917 has long been a legend in sports car racing. I have long been obsessed with it ever since I first came across motorsport in the early 70's and Peter Morgan's book is a highly readable account of the car's speedy birth, difficult early years and awesome turbo Can-Am twilight years. Those looking for detailed references to technicalities and race statistics are likely to be dissapointed but Morgan really brings the story to life by using liberal quotes from the people who designed and drove the car. It also throws light on what were possibly the golden years of sportscar racing in the late '60s and early '70s when Le Mans was but one of a series of challenging races each year which rivalled F1 for attendances and prestige. If you only ever read one book on the 917 you could do far worse than this one.

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