Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Amazon Music Unlimited for Family Shop now Fitbit
Profile for Michael Dobey > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Michael Dobey
Top Reviewer Ranking: 13,149
Helpful Votes: 665

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Michael Dobey (colorado springs)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
X Files: Season 8 [DVD]
X Files: Season 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gillian Anderson
Price: £11.29

5.0 out of 5 stars return to greatness., 5 Jan. 2014
This review is from: X Files: Season 8 [DVD] (DVD)
Series seven had more than usual a number of humorous episodes. The x cops one is perhaps the best of those. Cops has been on tv for around 30 years now and it features camera men riding along with real cops. Even uk coppers. But mainly u.s. cops. This made that series one of the least popular in the shows history , but this one , in spite of the fact that the mulder character was only in half the shows or less returned the show to solid sci fi. It had plenty of mythology episodes , far more than usual. The new agent, Dogget was a great addition to the team and that was a good thing. On dvd this looks pretty good too. It's easy to forget that this show changed popular culture , but it did and it was still great in series 8. This is one that every fan should enjoy as it's well acted and more serious than the previous series. (7).


The X Files: Season 6 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 6 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £7.53

5.0 out of 5 stars many questions get answered in this one., 3 Jan. 2014
Series six really settled many questions about the aliens and in fact many of the conspirators are exposed and... well I won't tell you here!. But this was such a powerful season that the next one seems weaker than it is!. Series seven is fine , but it can't compare to this one. This season follows the format expertly and provides many great episodes. There are fewer light hearted ones like the next series too. It's just solid entertainment and that's enough. The dvd's look better than earlier seasons because it was shot on better film than they were.


The Beatles In Mono
The Beatles In Mono

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars for completists only, 3 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The Beatles In Mono (Audio CD)
If you love the beatles you will love this boxset. However is it better than the stereo box? NO, it's not. because mono is a format that squeezes all the sound into a flat blob of sound. There's no way I would spend a pence on this if it weren't the beatles. And they have different mixes here. and many of the songs were mixed with mono in mind. SO for that reason beatle's fans will want this. But casual fans should avoid this! They won't care about mixes and such and the sound of mono is very flat and unengaging. Why they only did this as a limited release is beyond me. THis means it remains expensive and hard to get. So if you are beatle fan who needs it all then this is for you. If you are a causal fan , then get the stereo box , because life is in stereo. However this does also have the original stereo mixes on several releases. George Martin remixed those for cd back in the 80's and these mixes were left off until now.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 20, 2014 11:13 AM BST


X Files: Season 7 [DVD]
X Files: Season 7 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Price: £8.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the 7th x., 3 Jan. 2014
This review is from: X Files: Season 7 [DVD] (DVD)
By season 7 , this hit show had already had a major movie which did ok. And it had become part of popular culture like few other shows had ever done.
Even today many of this shows themes live on or were popularized. Like alien abductions , which was a fringe idea. This season had more light hearted eps than usual. But there were still plenty more serious ones. It's a very good season. BUT, it is not as good by far than any series that came before it. FOr that reason some viewers were unhappy with it. Which is a mistake , taken on it's own, it's the x files and it still has a lot of great episodes in here. THe unnatural is one of the better ones and it barely features the two leads in it! But there's not a bad episode here. It's just a lot fewer great ones. The next series was much stronger. Series 8 returned the show back to pure greatness. But this one is well worth watching. You will notice a decline in some episodes but that's to be expected. So many fans rate this as the second weakest series after series 9. Which is true but a weaker x files series is a lot better than many shows best! there's a solid season here of good shows and that's good enough for this fan. The dvd sets look better too because they were shot in widescreen and on higher grade film.


Ohio Express / Chewy Chewy
Ohio Express / Chewy Chewy
Price: £17.74

4.0 out of 5 stars bouncy pop from the sixties., 1 Jan. 2014
Some of this stuff is pure bubblegum. In fact it's got two ten hits on here. Chewy chewy' and 'yummy yummy' plus a top forty hit 'down at lulus' as well. The sound here is pretty good and the first album has some credible psych rock on it. the second forgoes that into pure simple pop. You have to be in the mood to listen to such stuff and no one would ever say this was great music. but is it any worse than techno? no , it's not. I bought this one and it's worth owning for the bouncy music. But many would be better served by a greatest hits package probably. The three hits on here are awesome songs though. the rest are good and of their genre mostly. music aimed at kids.


1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY LP, GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS (US ISSUE EX/EX VINYL)
1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY LP, GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS (US ISSUE EX/EX VINYL)

3.0 out of 5 stars pure bouncy music., 21 Dec. 2013
This is probably the weakest release from this band. with the most gooey but still bouncy songs of their career. The hit single 'goody goody gumdrops' gives you a idea of what this is like. however it is band music made by real musicians. I would suggest the great ' greatest hits' cd from this group. There are some incredible songs on that one. This was aimed at younger buyers and this type of music was gone by 1972 but at least it's real and not slop like techno , which is made with a machine and has no soul. However if you are really into yourself , you might not like this simple music aimed at young listeners of the late sixties. But in spite of that there's some solid songs on here. Their next one 'indian giver' which was top five hit was a lot better. They call this stuff bubblegum music , but it is fun and made by humans. It would not be something that you'd put on to impress people , but to hear some fun and silly songs. In spite of that , this group came up with some songs that would be at home on more serious records. the album 'hard ride' has a few rockers on it. But I would say that if you are better served with a greatest hits package. This one is for someone who wants a taste of a long ago time , a time where a few artists just made simple songs and could care less about being relative. And wants a record from that era as well. the rest should grab a greatest hits cd. That one will make you and your kids smile.


The Fifth Estate [Blu-ray]
The Fifth Estate [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Price: £6.13

5 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a huge bomb for a reason., 3 Dec. 2013
Here we have the story of a guy who basically is all about himself , he doesn't care what part of the info he leaks , so if it gets people in afganistan killed , it's ok by him. After all , his ego is more important than those little people he sentenced to death. The private who gave him the files , is a mentally ill man who will rot in prison for decades. he wants a sex change but he can't get one in prison sadly. (that doesn't make him mentally ill, it's other factors in his life). But we have a guy who probably raped a women in Sweden and is hiding out from that. After all if the cia wants you dead , you will die. Same with mossad or mi6. So that's not his fear. The film is well acted but the whole story seems like a strange attempt to make this guy something he's not. And it just failed in many ways. The fifth estate or free press is a fine thing. But the fifth estate used to balance what it released , in a attempt to be responsible. as in not putting out military ops and contacts with poor afgans who had the hideous Taliban reading the same docs. So I would stay away from this bomb , in spite of the good lead actor.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 28, 2014 9:41 PM BST


Apartment 1303 (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray)
Apartment 1303 (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Mischa Barton
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £22.14

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3d makes or breaks this movie, 3 Dec. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
3d makes the difference on this one. the movie was shot in 3d and because of that it gives plenty of depth and such. In fact because it was shot in 3d it looks a lot better than 'jumper 3d' or 'spiderman 3d" because post processing will never compete with a real 3d experience. The movie was in limited run in 2013 and it never played in Colorado where I lived. It features Rebecca demorney as a drunken musician who has basically ruined her daughters lives. They one by one flee her to live in the evil apartment. This is a low budget flick for sure. WIth a small amount of special effects but the scene with a falling woman in 3d looks awesome!. The film was also shot in hd and that makes it look even better. The story involves a haunted apartment and evil ghosts. This isn't a A movie by any means , but it's a simple movie shot on location in Detroit. one of the western worlds most dangerous cities , But ironically the apartment is in the good part of the city!. which is near the great lakes and next to Canada. parts of Detroit are ruins with over a hundred square miles of dangerous wasteland , but the downtown area is still pretty and modern, this is much like Johanesburg in south Africa in some ways. The acting is fine and not terrible or great either, and I don't buy people who slag actors who are doing a decent job in a low budget flick. The film in 3d is well worth watching , but in 2d , it's just a average straight to video low budget deal. But certainly I have seen much worse than this one. 3d makes this one. And to watch this on 3d in the u.s you need a all region 3d blu ray player. You can get one on amazon.com. I have a orei , which plays all dvd's , blu rays and 3d blu rays from anywhere in the world. In Europe you can just use your regular 3d blu ray player. So , if you buy this in 2d it will be half the movie I saw in 3d


Damnation Alley [Blu-ray] [1977] [US Import]
Damnation Alley [Blu-ray] [1977] [US Import]
Price: £13.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure escapism. and it's a fun movie., 8 Nov. 2013
This was a big budget film that came out back in 1977. At the time jan Michael Vincent was a rising star and he had charisma to spare. Sadly drinking problems derailed his life in the next decade though. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. I reject the reviews that say that this was not a good movie special effects wise. In fact if you watch one of the documentaries about the movie you see that they did the best they could with the technology of the time. ANd audiences of the time were more than happy with the effects as they had never seen todays effects after all. Breakthroughs would come via star wars that same year , but this was the best they had and they used the techniques of the time Star wars was done by the same studio ironically. They built a fantastic vehicle for this film. The movie is based on a even better book but that's often the case. This movie has one of the most chilling scenes ever though in a film. The opening segments in which they launch a nuclear war and you see the missles coming in and the two lead characters are returning fire from their silo are a horrible reminder of what people daily lived with for decades, the threat of nuclear annihilation! , I don't think that scenario has ever been done better. The rest of the tilm is a standard adventure film where our heroes travel across the wasteland of neutron bombed cities , (those leave the buildings but kill everyone) and such. They meet monsters and such and bad humans. The science is of it's day for sure as a nuclear war wouldn't shift the worlds axis. This is a good flick that the whole family can enjoy. As the heroes are wholesome and there's a clear line between good and evil here. the print of the film is not restored. Some scenes look better than others ,but lines and dirt are not on it. . The film is grainy as it was shot on film and that's they way it looks anyways. Unless someone restores the colors of this movie this is the best we can hope for. It's looks decent though! On a more serious note this is pure escapism from the seventies. It could have been better as othets have stated. But if you know nothing about this film and just watch it , then it's a very fun and pure over the top movie. The low reviewers are far too serious imo about this film. However I do agree that the book is far superior and if I had read before I saw this movie, I would have not been happy. This is a region one locked film so you need to buy a all region blu ray player. I have one and can watch any 3d or blu ray from anywhere!.


Amityville Horror Trilogy [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Amityville Horror Trilogy [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Offered by Newtownvideo_EU
Price: £39.60

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 movies and one is in blu ray 3d., 5 Nov. 2013
Non of these movies are restored for blu ray. But it's the only way you can get the second and third movie on blu ray. The second looks the best. But the third was shot in 3d and shown in the theatres in 3d back in 1983. This is a region one north America and japan region release. However you can buy a all region 3d blu ray player on amazon.comuk. I bought one so I could play europeon blu rays and 3d blu rays. The first movie was a major hit film back in 1979 and it was based on a book about a "true" event. The second movie is also based on the horrifying murders that took place in the house. The house is still there on long island new York, a huge island of the coast of New York City. And there have been a total of 12 movies made about the house. The first three were major studio efforts the last nine were made to video/dvd/blu ray releases. So these are the best of the films for sure. The remake of the first movie from 2004 is absolute crap so afford that movie. But the real reason to get this boxset is the third movie. Which is the weakest story wise but it was shot in 3d and looks mostly pretty good. However, there is a lot of red lines off background senery in things like fence posts etc. The overall effect though is pretty good other than that. And this is the only way to get a early 1980' 3d film on blu ray. At least the print is clean! and there's no lines or scratches. Other than the red or blue lines caused by digitalizing this film and not restoring it. That's not print damage. So the story is ok but the film has a lot of things flying at you and is not that bad. I wish they would put out more 3d films on blu ray! This is a way to get a imperfect 3d film that is still a good watch. And thankfully 'house of wax 3d" is now out on blu ray 3d as well. but I do recommend getting a all region 3d blu ray player , there are some models that won't break he bank. Those will play any blu ray from anywhere in the world as well as any 3d blu ray from anywhere and any dvd from anywhere in the world. SO it's worth your while to get one. And to get this boxset if you want to get the second and third films on blu ray and 3d blu ray for the third. Just don' expect a modern sharp image from these old films. That is the same with most older 3d flicks and such. And unless these films are restored , then this is the best you can hope for.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20