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The Rolling Stones: The Stones In The Park [DVD]
The Rolling Stones: The Stones In The Park [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leslie Woodhead
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £29.93

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed..., 25 Feb. 2005
I was very tempted to rate this higher (and in some ways I feel I'm being a bit too 'picky') but this DVD does contain several notable flaws.
Ok, here goes:
Yes, it's great that this DVD is available to all the Rolling Stones fans out there and the price is certainly reasonable. My main 'beef' with it though is the fact that despite the packaging boasting about how the picture has been 'remastered' the quality (and I've watched this on several systems) is very poor - grainy; washed's just drab. Actually, the same applies to the sound quality.
Secondly, there are no extras whatsoever which, I assume, relates to the bargain price but it would have been nice to contain at least something. Finally, this only contains about 70% of the actual set-list that the Stones played at Hyde Park. Some great songs are missing but, fortunately, what they've kept here is gold - especially 'Honky Tonk Woman' and 'I'm Free'. For the price and entertainment value I'd recommend this very, very highly for Stones fans but it's just a bit of a shoddy package all-round.

The Mummy [DVD]
The Mummy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - classic Brit horror!, 20 Jan. 2005
This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] (DVD)
Put simply this is a true British horror gem.
'The Mummy' formed part of a classic monster 'trilogy' along with 'The Curse of Frankenstein' (utterly recommended...GO BUY!) and 'Dracula' - all of which featured the archetypal pairing of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Here Christopher Lee plays Kharis - an Egyptian priest who, through his wrongdoings, becomes mummified and is resurrected to kill those who have despoiled the ancient resting place of the Princess Ananka. The film moves along at a leisurely place and doesn't contain any ambiguity as such - it's just not-so-clean and not-so-wholesome horror-fun. Granted - it has aged in many ways yet the special effects of the Lee's 'Mummy' itself are still impressive. It's great to see him burst through doors and windows in a menacing fashion! In some ways it looks like the film was made some time after 1959.
To summarise: a classic score; tension-filled ending; impressive atmosphere; Cushing and Lee certainly on top form and that true 'British' feel about it. All I can say is that it's a shame that more special features weren't included. A trailer is a bit thin in my view. Apart from stuff!

Lost In A Melody
Lost In A Melody
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £9.89

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb and highly recommended double A-side, 24 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Lost In A Melody (Audio CD)
I was lucky enough to see The Delays last weekend (in Stoke) and they showcased this new song ('Lost in a Melody') along with a couple of other, very promising, new songs.
It's great that they finally released 'Wanderlust' as a single because it was one of the stand-out tracks from their brilliant debut album. The Caribbean steel drums work a treat here and Gregg Gilbert's vocals are on top form. It's a very 'floaty', feel-good and inspiring song.
As a departure from their usual style, 'Lost in a Melody' is more electronically orientated and the synth work is great. It's slightly heavier than their previous outings and contains a great foot-stomping beat. Everything works very well here and it's great to see the band being slighty heavier. Overall this is a highly recommended single which will hopefully push these guys more into the forefront of the current swarm of 'indie' bands. Top stuff!

Atom Heart Mother
Atom Heart Mother
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £11.94

33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overshadowed by 'the big guns' but a true gem..., 29 July 2004
This review is from: Atom Heart Mother (Audio CD)
If you were to ask anyone to name a Pink Floyd LP their immediate reaction would no doubt be Dark Side of The Moon or The Wall (- two very superb LPs). However, I can't remember the last time I heard anyone mention this LP, which is a shame...but in that respect it makes Atom Heart Mother a true gem; something that is overshadowed in many ways yet shines through, in my opinion, perhaps more than many other acclaimed Pink Floyd work.
The title track is a 25-minute opus of avant garde rock...from stirring strings, to grunting engines...marching brass...Gilmour throwing in some slide guitar and, at the other end of the spectrum, some pounding drums from Nick Mason. This really is an epic track but, again, overshadowed by, say, Shine on you Crazy Diamond or Echoes. That's not to say that Atom Heart Mother doesn't hold its own - it's certainly my favourite epic Floyd track. At the core of the album are three very delightful songs - the touching "If", Gilmour's idyllic "Fat Old Sun" (great solo at the end...), and Wright's "Summer '68", which contains some great uplifting piano work and melancholic brass!
I must admit that I'm not overly keen on the ending of this LP; it's perhaps a little too 'quirky', yet still very, very Floydian. It's a sort of mish-mash of still-life sounds and synths and crazy guitars. I found that it lingered perhaps a little too long and is a bit of harsh comedown considering the three tracks before it.
Overall, apart from Meddle, I'd say that this is a great starting point for anyone who wants to get into Pink Floyd. I'd almost go as far to say that this is my favourite offering that they've done and is nigh on flawless.
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Warhammer 40,000 Fire Warrior (PC)
Warhammer 40,000 Fire Warrior (PC)
Offered by John Seth Smith
Price: £44.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Total disappointment, 10 Feb. 2004
Ok, so I'd heard very good reviews about the PS2 version of this game and thought the PC version would, naturally, be even better. I rushed to buy if yesterday and was deeply annoyed.
I used to play Warhammer 40,000 when I was a (young) teen so I am not really up-to-date with the Tau but thought a FPS in the Warhammer world would be amazing. It just seems like this game was incredibly dated even before it was released. The graphics are dreary and, at best, mediocre. With competition from the likes of original licenses such as XIII and (the upcoming) Doom III, you almost feel sorry for Firewarrior. It simply cannot compete with the aforementioned.
The collision detection is plain awful (you seem to fire volley upon volley of shots just to kill your average 'grunt'). The pace is fast but dull and almost every detail is pretty uninspiring. There’s no depth…you run; shoot; pick up a key; run; kill some guys; run; jump…errrrr…and run again. There’s no level in-game music apart from tedious sound effects which adds very little to the atmosphere. The annoying thing is that I had also to spend almost 2 hours (!!) downloading new patches and graphic card drivers simply because the game wouldn't support mine. This could also affect similar users.
Another reviewer has said that this game isn't strictly meant for non-Warhammer players...but, if that's the case; why release it?! Fobbing people off with the excuse "not for everyone, but Warhammer fans will love it" is terrible in my eyes. I seriously doubt that Games Workshop would have released this game exclusively for Warhammer players. If this game had been made properly and was enjoyable it would have appealed to practically anyone; no matter what their bias – player or not! A great theme; definitely...but a good game; certainly not.

Legacy Of Brutality
Legacy Of Brutality
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and great...Ghoul is Cool!, 4 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Legacy Of Brutality (Audio CD)
Quite frankly this is a superb album and well worth investing in.
Laden with driving power-chords and gritty, even 'muddy' distortion, tongue-in-cheek lyrics (- Danzig's vocals seem to border on Pseudo-Elvis at times...) and something emphatically macabre.
Sure, the album is only around 30 minutes long, but punk's not exactly known for epic guitar solos and hidden meanings; just all-out thrashing and power and for these qualities alone this is an exceptional album and very easy to listen to.

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