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The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti di Canterbury) [DVD]
The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti di Canterbury) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Griffith
Offered by makandmabel
Price: 19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Dubbing is dodgy....., 10 Feb 2007
Seeing actors speak the lines in english, then have it come out the speakers in Italian, then have English subtitles is a bit convoluted but it works some of the time. I have not seen the other 2 films from the trilogy and in no way profess to be an expert on The Canterbury Tales, though I know the Miller's Tale well from school!. This segment seemed to be faithfully adapted, so i'm sure the rest are pretty accurate. Although the nudity etc is pretty tame by today's standards, this would still at least warrant 'a letter home' if teachers wanted to show it in school. It is bawdy and quite indulgent, but as others have commented that is in keeping with both the story and the director. Am now going to seek out the other 2 films and see what they are like....Tom Baker does indeed reveal all, quite a disturbing experience..


The Man In The White Suit [DVD]
The Man In The White Suit [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alec Guinness
Offered by Planet-Of-DVD
Price: 5.00

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ealing Adventure., 10 Feb 2007
Alec Guinness is brilliant as Sidney Stratton, slightly madcap scientist it seems specializing in fabrics?. The farcical elements of the story don't matter much though, in many ways it all adds to the charm. I'm sure this film is well on the way to being remade/ruined. I haven't seen the Ladykillers remake but even a small clip from it showed Tom Hanks with a totally unconvincing English accent. Surely if Ealing films are going to be remade can't we at least drum up some good young British actors/actresses to play the leads?. There's plenty about at the moment. The film's 85 minutes whizz past and the end credits are rolling before any hint of boredom can set in. The film seems to be very well paced, with guinness convincingly playing the hounded scientist with a top secret and also a slapstick clown [ the scene were he's trying to get into his bosses house is classic farce.] In films today these kind of scenes would be cut as they perhaps don't progress the story. Although the plot is nonsense and the science seems very creaky even from a future perspective, its great fun anyway.


Thieves Like Us [DVD]
Thieves Like Us [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keith Carradine
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 3.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Altman's best...., 10 Feb 2007
This review is from: Thieves Like Us [DVD] (DVD)
A fine movie from master independant film maker Robert Altman, now sadly no longer with us. This one is from right at the apex of his abilities, on a roll with films like MASH, McCabe and Mrs Miller and probably my favourite, The Long Goodbye. Sometimes the sheer quantity of films which Altman put out did impact on the quality. This is another take on the Bonnie and Clyde style story, though the female character portrayed by Shelley Duvall is not involved in the crimes but an innocent bystander who happens to fall for Keith Carradine as he comes to town. The bursts of violence when they come are quite brutal in a way that Altman seems to specialize in. For every truly great Altman film eg MASH,Nashville,The Long Goodbye, there are some curious and strangely unsatisfying ones: Brewster McCloud, Thieves Like Us, Pret-A Porter etc. Worth checking out for fans of the director, but a long way down a list of superb films. Why is Nashville not on reg 2 dvd? or Images?. Much more worthy of re-release than alot of titles around.


Debut
Debut
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 4.46

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest solo act of the 90's?, 20 Dec 2006
This review is from: Debut (Audio CD)
Bjork does seem to be one of those performers which is either loved or hated. For many years I couldn't seem to get on with her sound until getting her 'greatest hits' album a couple of years ago. I figured it's going cheap why not pick it up and have a listen. I have to admit that the remixes on the 'greatest hits' album are more to my liking than some of the original album material, but I can't argue with pop perfection such as 'Human Behaviour', 'Venus As A Boy' and 'Big Time Sensuality'. Other highlights here are 'The Anchor Song' with its weird honking horn arrangement and 'Play Dead' with that incredible widescreen sound. If you know about Bjork then this review is superfluous, if like me you are a recent convert looking to dip your toe in the water I can't think of a better place to begin than her debut solo album.


The Tumbler
The Tumbler
Price: 6.67

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early classic from a master., 10 Dec 2006
This review is from: The Tumbler (Audio CD)
This is John Martyn's second album, recorded in 1968 when the folk/rock boom was nearing its height. Immediately the album kicks off with 'Sing A Song Of Summer' and John displays his lightening fast guitar picking skills learnt from Davy Graham. Other highlights include 'Goin Down To Memphis' with its wonderful slide guitar sections. 'Dusty' and 'Fishin Blues' also impress, anyone used to Martyn's more gruff sounding jazzy voice from 'Solid Air' onwards as I was will get a bit of a shock here. No slurred or moaned vocals, but a crisp clear young folk voice. At around 30 mins in length, this is a brief experience but it should please both fans of the current crop of acoustic guitar singing wannabees and guitar nuts who can try and work out the dizzying finger picking/slide and strum style of Martyn. The best from his early period, but there was even better to come.


Slow Dazzle
Slow Dazzle
Price: 6.02

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 10 Dec 2006
This review is from: Slow Dazzle (Audio CD)
I have been listening recently to the superb albums of John Cale. This one is my favourite of his albums that I have heard. Alot of people rate Paris 1919 highly, which is an album I love, but this one is the best for me. I have it as part of the Island Years compilation, but have copied the album onto a seperate disc so that I can enjoy this album individually without having to switch to disc 2 halfway through the 'Slow Dazzle' album [ rather irritating!]. Many superb classics are contained here: 'Mr Wilson' a lovely little send up of the Beach Boys harmonies and a great song to boot. 'Taking It All Away', which has a very catchy chorus, 'Dirty Ass Rock n Roll' still a favourite in the set today. My favourite John Cale song of them all 'Guts' with its hilariously crazy lyrics and brilliant punchy guitar, I think played by Chris Spedding?, or Phil Manzenera who are both amazing. The album closes with the disturbing and powerful 'The Jeweller', which is one of John Cale's spoken word visions. Rock music has rarely been more freaky. I would love to see all of John Cale's albums given a really good remastering job, especially the 80's albums which are very hard to find at a reasonable price. Although the Velvet Underground are very well known sadly John Cale's solo career isn't. I have seen him twice in the last 3 years touring his 2 recent excellent albums and he struggles to sell out venues the size of Shepherds Bush Empire. This is great because you can get down near the front and get to see one of rock's best kept secrets...


Pawn Hearts
Pawn Hearts
Price: 7.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental, 8 Dec 2006
This review is from: Pawn Hearts (Audio CD)
This is my first purchase from the Vdgg. Being genuinely very interested in rock music, I kept reading the name Peter Hammill in magazines or anthologies of rock music etc. I decided to plunge in and bought 'In Camera' by Peter Hammill. I was initially more impressed with the level of experimentation than the music itself [ you don't tend to hear people whistling 'Tapeworm' on the bus!], but it did grow on me. I have now purchased 'Pawn Hearts' and again I'm confronted with music that at first appears inpenetrable. But now I am quite a fan of 'Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers'. And 'Man-Erg' where Hammill sings 'there's a killer inside me', the music has a dark tone but is also strangely uplifting. I think maybe too much is made of the 'Hammill influenced punk' thing. I heard John Lydon say in a recent interview 'yeah, I said I liked one of their albums and you keep going on about it...' which is probably true. When people say it's proto-punk you shouldn't be expecting a kind of British MC5 or Stooges. This is punk music in spirit in that it is what it is and the band are not afraid to do their own thing. As other reviewers have said, this has none of the tiresome neo classical 20 minute keyboard solos that date progressive rock very badly nowadays. This still sounds wildly experimental even today, even though the studio effects which were then ground breaking can probably be recreated on a laptop today [ perhaps not!] but you get my meaning. It's funny to hear of how every tape machine at Trident Studios was being used at some points in the recording and that mixing at the desk went on with 6 pairs of hands pushing faders up and down!. The album consists of 3 epic tracks, my favourite is the enormous 23 minute 'Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers'. It seems to work a bit better than other similar epics of the time, for example Pink Floyd's 'Echoes' on 'Meddle'. It is by no means a flawless album: to some modern ears it's rather an acquired taste [ played it to several friends whose expressions have ranged between bemusement and wincing] but I like it. A newly converted fan.


Quo
Quo
Price: 7.43

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quo's purple patch, 20 Nov 2006
This review is from: Quo (Audio CD)
This is from the period where Status Quo were 'aving it' as Liam Gallagher would say. Along with 'On The Level', this is pretty much flawless no nonsense rock. You have to admire the simplicity of the sound and its effectiveness. Despite the basic song structure there are some moments of great musicianship. Quo were a very 'tight' band in the studio at this time able to knock out an album a year, probably only spending a month in the studio. Not sure who plays the solo on 'just take me' either Rossi or Parfitt but this reveals a higher level of guitar skills than is usually associated with the Quo. Like early AC/DC, the formula works and it is standard blues/rock pub fayre. The Quo sound doesn't take long to start sounding a bit tired, but it is rather harsh that NEVER do you see Status Quo albums in the classic albums lists when they clearly made at least 3. That's a lot more than can be said for a good many bands...


Where You Been
Where You Been
Price: 7.47

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More guitar adventures., 15 Nov 2006
This review is from: Where You Been (Audio CD)
Just got this, so not too familiar with it yet. The opening track 'out there' features some superb guitar work from J. Mascis and it travels neatly into 'start choppin' which shows that Mascis can be as rock/funk as John Frusciante when he wants to. After these 2 great openers, the rest of the album trailed off a bit, but 'on the way' is a great rocker, a bit like 'kracked' from 'you're living all over me'. I have to say that I don't like the Lou Barlow tracks on the first 3 Dinosaur albums, but he was an essential member of the group to spur Mascis on to some of his best writing. That said, I've got alot of time for this album and will be exploring 'Green Mind' next. I hope they reissue the next 2 albums which came after this. Would recommend this album to guitar nuts, even if at times Mascis does stray into self indulgence.


Bluejeans And Moonbeams
Bluejeans And Moonbeams
Price: 7.13

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why the negative press?, 11 Nov 2006
This review is from: Bluejeans And Moonbeams (Audio CD)
As a Beefheart fan, I jumped at the thought that Branson was going to re-release brand spanking new remastered cds of the Captain's Virgin years. I had not heard this album before the remasters as it always recieves thumpingly bad reviews from music critics who claim this is where Beefheart 'lost it' etc. In truth, it is not a staggering masterpiece but at the same time it is in no way awful either. Any album that has 'Observatory Crest' on it can't be all bad. 'Party Of Special Things to Do' is one of the Captain's more accesible funky freakouts opening with the classic line 'The camel wore a nightie'. Snap open any of the recent write ups in music mags on these reissues and we get 1 star reviews for this album. Come ON guys!, it's not that bad...Go ahead and call 'Trout Mask Replica' a masterpiece [i'd agree its pretty special], but in many ways this album and its companion 'Unconditionally Guaranteed' are better introductions to the uninitiated. Beefheart's sincere blues voice is still very much in evidence here and the songs are accessible with a hint of insanity within. My favourite Beefheart album is 'Clearspot' and 'Shiny Beast' is very good also. Give this one a go and if you find the arrangements a bit sickly sweet or dated then stick on some 'Clearspot' or 'Safe As Milk'. 'Observatory Crest' [ covered by Mercury Rev] and 'Party Of Special Things To Do' are pretty peerless in the Captain's repertoire. The synth sound on the title track is disgusting, I have to admit.....
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