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Dogma [DVD] [1999]
Dogma [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.31

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 12 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Dogma [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
I watched this film on the reccommendation of a friend, a fellow Atheist skeptical of organised (and diorganised) religion. Maybe I expected too much from it, maybe I missed a few jokes (because, let's face it, I'm not the most clued up on Catholicism) but it didn't really do anything for me.
The constant violence and bad language becomes tedious throughout the film, and it's only saving grace (I believe) was Alan Rickman's portrayal of Metatron, the Voice of God. He really should stick to comedic acting, he's so much better at it.
Although this film is filled with stars, it is frankly quite disappointing. Yes, it got a few chuckles out of me (I don't know why, but God doing a handstand up a tree and falling over was one of the very few moments that I found amusing...doesn't say a lot for the film, really, does it?),but nothing stood out enough for it to be a great film. It's just OK.
And as for it's claim to be controversial and provocative, well, I didn't find anything in it to upset anyone, really. The script lacked, I think, because the actors used what they had as best they could, they just didn't have a lot of ammo.
Could've been better.

Escaflowne 2
Escaflowne 2
Offered by samurai media
Price: £61.38

5.0 out of 5 stars They've done it again., 7 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Escaflowne 2 (Audio CD)
Mizoguchi's understanding of the finer points of string composition and Kanno's amazing orchestral creations will blow anyone's mind, especially on hearing this album.
'Revenge', a song where wow is the only word to describe it. This piece starts in 4/4 time and has a dramatic, air about it immediately. Just when you think you've fallen into the rhythm of the song, it switches to a bolero rhythm, and drops to an extremely quiet level. It builds up and builds up, until we reach a wonderful climax of orchestral proportions. OK, so that may be going a little overboard, but you have to hear it to understand how great it truly is. Complimenting this wonderfully is 'Farewell', an extremeley sad yet beautiful string/piano piece which pulls at the heartstrings. Again, we have some songs written purely in Japanese, such as 'Hikari no Naka e' (Into The Light) and 'Aoi Hitomi' (Blue Eyes) which are both gorgeous in their own right.
A must have album.

Escaflowne 2
Escaflowne 2
Offered by samurai media
Price: £61.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 7 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Escaflowne 2 (Audio CD)
This album contains less of what I like to call more traditional classical music (ie those songs with orchestras, or opera singers etc...) It is decidedly more percussion oriented, which first becomes evident in 'The Vision Of Escaflowne'. (The second version of this can be found on the 'Lovers Only' album, and the Gregorian monk chant used for both versions is on the 'Over The Sky' album.) The song 'Machine Soldier' sounds like an odd attempt at Stomp like percussion, with overtones of brass, but this odd pairing is surprisingly effective in creating a dangerous, machine-like sound. This song is followed by a beautiful string piece, 'Shadow Of Doubt', which comes in three sections. The first manages to create an air of mystery, whilst blending in perfectly with the second phrase, a more relaxing, calm phrase. The third rounds the song off nicely with a dramatic coming together of the instruments overlapping each other, which (almost surprisingly) does not sound like a mish mash of rubbish. As a jaunty release from all the either dramatic percussion pieces or floaty mysterious songs, you'll find 'Cat's Delicacy'. A song which sounds like it fell out of Super Mario Bros, and is comprised of nonsense syllables, it is not at all annoying, and will brighten up any day. (Well, it does with me, anyway...)
If you enjoy the anime Escaflowne, or the harder, more modern classical pieces, this is an album for you.
Well done to Yoko Kanno and Hajime Mizoguchi, you've done yourselves proud.

Escaflowne: Over the Sky
Escaflowne: Over the Sky
Offered by samurai media
Price: £93.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yuuryou (excellent), 7 Nov. 2003
This is the first of four amazing albums stemming from an amazing anime.
As fans of the show will know, the music on these CDs is nothing short of genious. 'Wings' (the song I'm listeneing to right now, don't you know) is a combination of wonderful orchestration and beautiful choiral melodies, an almost rejoicing song. Then we have 'Murder' which is a dramatic and tense piece full of brass, strings and emotion. And for those who aren't into orchestra's stealing the show, there's the lilting, relaxing Gregorian monk chant (without accompaniment), which is just as brilliant as the other songs on the album.
However, this CD has not lost sight of it's Japanese heritage. 'Pokketto o Karanishite' (Empty The Pocket) is a happy, jaunty Japanese song which, although difficult to understand, is still very good. The opening song 'Yakusoku wa Iranai' (No Need To Promise) is another prime example of J-pop, which is vastly undercredited, I believe.
And if tense drama, or fun foreign languages aren't for you, then the beautiful strings of 'Eyes' or the mournful 'Romance' should float your boat.
A must for all music lovers anywhere.

Vision of Escaflowne...
Vision of Escaflowne...
Offered by Founders Factory JPN4UK
Price: £49.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical brilliance, 13 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Vision of Escaflowne... (Audio CD)
Wow. The first time I heard this soundtrack I was blown away. It contains some of the most powerful classical pieces I've heard. Being a very eclectic person, I have always been a fan of classical music, and I have now found an album by two relatively unknown Japanese composers that could rival any famous classical composer. Take 'Blaze', for example. The build up of this song alone is dramatic, but when the orchestral crescendo takes place, it's almost mind blowing. Then compare that to the beautiful and almost medievil sound of 'Memory of Fanelia', a soft and relaxing string piece which is among my favourite classical pieces ever. And let us not forget 'Arcadia', a beautiful combination of mournful strings and powerful Latin vocals. And if opera style vocals aren't for you, then check out the Gregorian monks chant in 'Vision of Escaflowne (Take 2)'. This song is a little different to the rest of the songs on the album, as it features a strong percussion section, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. As well as an amazing selection of classical, there are also a few Japanese spoken songs which, although difficult to understand (what with not being Japanese and all), lighten the mood and bring the CD back to it's Japanese roots.
If you are a fan of the show Escaflowne, you will no doubt be more than pleased with this soundtrack. If however, you are not a fan, but enjoy classical music, this is definately an album to invest in.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys drama, romance, sadness, fun and emotion in their music.
A definate for all music lovers CD collections.

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