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Made in Germany 1995 - 2011 (Super Deluxe Edition)
Made in Germany 1995 - 2011 (Super Deluxe Edition)
Offered by DVDMAX-UK
Price: £207.96

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please rate item not the poor customer service you've had!, 9 Dec 2011
There are several 1 star reviews on here from people who didn't manage to get a copy of this set. The reason for this is down to its extremely limited availability - I personally preordered mine immediately when I first heard about it via the Rammstein website therefore I managed to get a copy. I didn't experience any of the bad customer service others have complained about, but in any case surely that is a matter to take up with Amazon directly, and not a reason to give this item 1 star. I do not see how anyone who managed to get a copy of it could possibly give it less than 5 stars.

Let me be perfectly honest - the first CD is not the reason to buy this box. It does give a good mix of songs but if you are a fan of Rammstein then the chances are you have all of them already. The only new material is 'Mein Land', a decent enough track but not quite on a par with much of their other work. If you really want 'Mein Land' it's easy enough to buy the single instead, or even just purchase that one track for download.

The remix CD is pretty good. I'm not usually a fan of remixes but I found plenty to interest me here. A particular highlight was the version of 'Ohne Dich' done by Laibach, not so much a remix as a cover version which I enjoyed just as much as the original. This track also contains a little joke that only German speakers will understand - the lyrics are changed slightly to 'Ohne mich kannst du nicht sein' which is translated as 'without me you could not exist', a reference to the huge influence that Laibach had on Rammstein.

However, again there is no new material here, all of these remixes are taken from the various singles that the band has released over the years, therefore if you've bought a few of them then you probably have many of the remix tracks already too.

The real value in this boxset comes from the video content. The three DVDs contain every music video Rammstein has ever made as well as a 'Making Of' featurette for every single one and some very slick interactive menu screens. Admittedly if you have the 'Lichtspielhaus' DVD then you will have some of these videos already but there is heaps of new material here and you get to find out much more about the background of each video and of the development of the band (for example, Till finally tells us where his trademark dance move 'whack right knee with right fist' came from). Even on the Making Of sections where there isn't any behind the scenes content they have interviewed the band retrospectively about what it was like to make the videos. The only slightly irritating thing is that 'Pussy' has been re-edited and all of the content which meant it could originally only be released on a XXX adult website has been removed. Then again, if this video had been the original version it would have made getting certification very difficult!

Moving on to the box itself, the outer packaging is solid metal with a hinged lid which closes very tightly and is rather difficult to get open - I had to prise mine open with a knife. Inside the five discs are wrapped in a cloth to protect them and there is a photo book inside a solid metal slipcase protected by a paper inlay. The book contains lyrics to all the songs on the first CD and photos from the bands entire career arranged chronologically by year. As well as many publicity shots and video stills that fans will be familiar with there are also some photos that have never been seen before, including many that look like personal photos that the band took of each other whilst on tour. The photo book is an excellent addition to round off this set.

All in all this was an incredibly good buy and one that I was more than happy to spend £46 on, especially as it is already appearing on this site and ebay for up to four times that value.

One final point - shortly after the release of the super deluxe edition a press release appeared saying that there have been numerous problems reported with many copies that have been sold. These include missing or incorrect discs, missing or incorrect lettering on the metal box and metal slipcase, the cloth which covers the discs being stained and a couple of other problems. Universal Music are offering anyone who has experienced these problems a replacement for the faulty part of the set and full details of how to to obtain the replacements are on Rammstein's official website.

Happily the only problem with my set was some missing lettering on the slipcase covering the photo book, however I don't think I'm going to bother getting it replaced as often with collectible items like this incorrect lettering will increase the value as it will make the edition even more unique!
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Chapter Iii Parasomnia
Chapter Iii Parasomnia

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing as always, 16 Jun 2011
This review is from: Chapter Iii Parasomnia (Audio CD)
Let's start this off on the right foot - this is NOT the prog band, this is a Finnish Doom metal band. The other CDs of this group have had some very unfair reviews because people bought them mistaking them for another band of the same name.

I haven't actually listened to all of the tracks from this, as I only just ordered it but from the snippets I've heard online I have to say it sounds incredible, just as the first 2 albums did. One of the few bands that I can listen to on continuous repeat for days and not get bored (seriously, I've listened to one of their albums about 20 times over the past 4 days!)

The tragic suicide of the vocalist Juhani Palomäki probably means that this will be the final album by Colosseum but it looks like they've gone out on a high note.

Absolutely essential for anyone who loves doom!

Twilight: Twilight, Book 1 (Twilight Saga)
Twilight: Twilight, Book 1 (Twilight Saga)
by Stephenie Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but I've seen much better, 7 Mar 2010
I came to the Twilight saga somewhat late compared to other people and therefore I was conscious of trying not to be overtly influenced one way or the other by the massive hype that has been whipped up around the books and films.

Perhaps this is the reason for my lukewarm reaction to the book, though it may also be down to the fact that I am a huge fan of supernatural fiction in general and vampire fiction in particular, and so a book in that genre has to do a lot to impress me.

To be honest I found much of the book boring as great deal of it was devoted to the development of the relationship between the two protagonists and general teenage angst concerning friendships and relationships with parents. That's all very well in it's place, and I realise this this book is primarily aimed at teenagers and that kind of thing will of course appeal to them but I have seen this done much better in the past by other authors (such as in "The Silver Kiss" which is an excellent vampire story aimed at teenagers or the "Night World" series by L J Smith).

Stephanie Meyer's take on the vampire myth is in an interesting one, particularly the new elements which she introduces but ultimately they serve make the book into more of a fantasy than a horror story. The book would have worked with Edward being any mildly dangerous supernatural creature and it wouldn't have made any difference at all to the story. I say mildly because in spite of all his warnings to Bella you never really believe that he would hurt her or that she is in much danger from him at all.

Perhaps I would feel differently if I read more books from the series but this first one has left me with no particular desire to pick up any of the others. I didn't hate the book and I can certainly understand why it has become popular with many teenage girls (and with older ladies who should know better!) but this is not really for me.


10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by the cover (or a single by its title!), 21 Sep 2009
This review is from: Pussy (Audio CD)
When I first heard the title of this single I fully expected to hate it, in spite of the fact that I'm a huge Rammstein fan and I've been waiting with baited breath for some new material for ages. I just thought, `Oh God, why do they have to do something stupid like that'. Added to that was the fact they were using English lyrics which I felt has never really worked very well when they've done it in the past, even in songs like `Amerika'. My doubts were increased when I heard about the content of the video. I'm not a prude by any means, I just thought `Why the hell do bands feel they have to use sex to sell records?'

Well I could not have been more wrong. I saw the video last week and while it is pretty shocking it actually works really well! The song is dead catchy and really funny, certain lines like `mein Bratwurst in dein Sauerkraut' had me laughing my head off! It could probably do without the English bits but they work better than in 'Amerika' and MUCH better than in 'Stirb Nicht Vor Dir'. This isn't a band going down the sex sells route at all, it's just a band doing exactly what they want and to hell with what people think!

As for `Rammlied' that's just a classic Rammstein song that celebrates everything that makes them great, heavy as hell, big crunchy guitars, and the band saying `Yeah, we're back!'

If the rest of the album is anything like this we've got nothing to worry about. I will never judge a song on the title alone again!

Book your tour tickets before they're sold out - I got my standing tickets first thing this morning!!!

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