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Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena Tour 2012 [Region 2/4/5] [DVD] [2012]
Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena Tour 2012 [Region 2/4/5] [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Tim Minchin
Offered by Sound and Vision
Price: £2.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice interpretation., 30 Nov. 2012
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This is a very nice interpretation for the rock opera Jesus Christ superstar. in this interpretation, the director Laurence Connor takes us to the modern world of the 21 century. i really like the idea of King Herod as a TV presenter, and the ideas of the modern Jail, and the modern demonstrations. also there is an amazing integration between the stage and the Multimedia screen Behind.

the performers Tim Minchin (as Judas), and Ben Forster as Jesus are very good.

the lack in this production is the orchestration. the greatest proficiency of Andrew Lloyd Webber is by integrating between Classical and Rock music. it is true that Jesus Christ Superstar is a ROCK Opera. but the lack of classical orchestra, and replacing it by samples and synthesizers gives this wonderful masterpiece a poor orchestration.(there is a rock band on the stage, but this is not enough)

A4tech Q3-320 Optical Mouse - Glass Run Black
A4tech Q3-320 Optical Mouse - Glass Run Black

3.0 out of 5 stars very well designed mouse, 3 Feb. 2012
This is a very well designed mouse. as you can see in the picture it is black with two glowing blue stripes.

the material that the mouse and the middle scroll wheel are made of, is very comfortable and gives a very good feeling when you use the mouse.

there are only two problems with this mouse.

1. the mouse is small. it is more like a Mini-Mouse.

2. the USB cable is very short. it's length is only 60 cm. so i had difficulties to connect it to my PC. i had to buy a USB prolonger cable to do so. for a Laptop it might be perfect.

IF A4 Teck company can read this and make a larger edition of this mouse, with a larger USB cable- this could be the perfect mouse.

Les Miserables - The 25th Anniversary in Concert at the O2 [DVD]
Les Miserables - The 25th Anniversary in Concert at the O2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alfie Boe
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £7.72

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cast of the future generation, 11 Dec. 2010
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Les Miserables is a 25 years old musical. for 25 years casts are changing. session after session people were the same costumes, singing the same lyrics and notes , ans still everybody is doing it deferent then before.

15 years ago there was the 10 anniversary event at the Albert hall. in that concert you could see the Dream cast. brilliant performers of the musical from deferent countries performing the musical and each one of them in his best.

The 25 anniversary cast is not a dream cast. some of the performers there were not associate with Les miserables before, some of them are from the current cast of the musical , and some of them were in the 10 anniversary concert. some of them are better- and some of them less, but the ones that are better are amazing .

Alfie Boe was never associate with Les Miserables, as far as i know- but he is doing the role of Valjean as if the role was written for him. he has an amazing voice and he is he is performing the role with so much passion. it is very exiting to see him in this role.
Alfie Boe is the Valjean of the future.

The weakest link of the performance in Nick Jonas. he does not have a suitable voice for the role of Marius. he does not have the skills of an actor that knows how to present a song, and it looks that he is trying to find his way in this musical but can not.

in the concert you can also hear deferent but very good orchestration, you can also hear this orchestration in the 25 anniversary tour cast recording.

in the supporting roles of the musical you can see lots of performers from casts of Les Miserables through the years like Cameron Blakely, Gamma Wardle, Sophia Ragavelas, and jon Lee.

in the DVD you can also see how the technology of photography, sound and editing has changed through the years, in the 10 anniversary concert it was very limited, but here the camera has no limit. at all, and you can not believe that in a live performance it can reach such achievements. at the end you can also see in the audience someone with a digital camera or a third generation one. the technology of the future.

so in this DVD you can see Les miserables at the O2- the theater of the future, with the Cast of the future, with the orchestration of the future and the technology of the future.

i think it is worth buying and worth watching

Oliver!: London Cast Recording [Rowan Atkinson/Jodie Prenger]
Oliver!: London Cast Recording [Rowan Atkinson/Jodie Prenger]
Price: £12.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Live Recording, 7 April 2009
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I would like to give a review about the CD and not the show, for I had listened to the CD but had not seen this version of Oliver (Yet).

This is a Live recording of Oliver as it is on the stage of the Drury Lane, and I think it is amazing.

Rowan Atkinson sounds amazing as Fagin with his special Diction. You can hear how he is Puffing the P, and how he is spiTTing the T, in a grate way that is typical to him.

Jodie Prenger brings an amazing Nancy with a raucous voice, which is "like" raucous from Jin, and that brings the character something very sad and emotional,
Even when she sings the Oom-Pa -Pa.

The orchestration is also very good. The band that sounds like a funeral band in "That's your funeral" , the xylophone (or an instrument that sounds like one) that is in the background when Oliver sings "I'd do anything" , and the amazing violin in the background when Fagin sings Reviewing the situation, makes you want to hear this CD again and again.
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The Commitments
The Commitments
Price: £12.95

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have, 8 Feb. 2008
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This review is from: The Commitments (Audio CD)
the wonderful soundtrack of the Commitments, vol 1+ vol 2 in a wonderful Deluxe edition and a fancy and respectable package. include 5 songs of Andrew strong.

i do not think there is a compliment that was not told on the wonderful cover of the songs (include Midnight Hour,Chain of Fools, At The Dark End Of The Street, Mustang Sally and more ) and about the strong voice of andrew strong.

but this is a wonderful item to keep.

Verdi: II Trovatore
Verdi: II Trovatore
Price: £20.27

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Maestro - the ballet - now ! ", 18 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Verdi: II Trovatore (Audio CD)
there are three main reasons why I recommend on this CD and version of IL TROVATORE :

1. this is IL TROVATORE ! the wonderful opera that was composed by Giuseppe Verdi. an opera with a wonderful plot and an unforgettable Music.

2. this is a wonderful, and in my opinion the best version of the opera. it features Luciano Pavarotti as Manrico, Joan Sutherland as Leonora, and Marilin Horne as Azucena. beside the wonderful singing, under the conducting of Richard Bonynge, this opera sounds really enchanting.

especially in part like ""Verdi! le fosche notturne spoglie" or in ""Di quella pira" when you can hear the pinch of the strings.

3.this version contains every single note of the opera, and furthermore, it Includes a bonus CD that contains the Ballet music that was composed by Verdi for the Paris performance of IL Trovatore in 1857.

the Ballet music was on the LP edition of this version, and was omitted on the previous edition of this version, but on this version it is included. in most of all other versions of IL Trovatore, the Ballet music is not included. and i must add, that the Ballet Music is wonderful to hear.

unfortunately, i do not find the words to complete my Review, but i must say i really recommend on this wonderful version of this wonderful Opera.

Across The Universe [Us Import]
Across The Universe [Us Import]
Price: £5.50

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something unforgettable., 21 Sept. 2007
I have heard the soundtrack of Across The Universe.
and i think it is really something special . the soundtrack contains covers to songs of the Beatles like "Let It Be", I Want To Hold Your Hand" , Across The Universe" and more.

the covers are really good and worth hearing.

i particularly like "something" (Jim Sturgess)and Hey Jude (Joe Anderson).

there are more artists like Bono and Joe Cocker that brings special versions to Beatles songs.

i do not think that there is any one that can sing the songs of the Beatles as good as the Beatles themselves, but i think that this soundtrack is a small prove (among many)for the influence the Beatles made on the music and on our lives till today, and that their music will last for many more generations.

i did not see the movie "Across The Universe" and i do not know if it is a good or bad movie. but the soundtrack is really worth listening.

The Pirate Queen - Original Broadway Cast Recording [Us Import]
The Pirate Queen - Original Broadway Cast Recording [Us Import]

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars come and aboard !, 24 July 2007
When I listen to the pirate queen it take me to a sail to other places. It stat as soon as I hear the prologue ( that like in Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and Martin guerre, is telling you with just music, the hole plot of the musical ).

In this musical, Bublil and Schonberg are using lots of motives from Miss Saigon and Martin guerre, and some parts in some of songs in "The Pirate Queen" remind you this song or an other from Miss Saigon or Martin Guerre.

It is distinguish for example in "Here On This Nights", that reminds you of a song of Martin Guerre, and in the unforgettable "I'll Be There" there is a part that reminds you a part of Chris Confrontation in Miss Saigon"

But still those songs are very emotional, and they are fantastic.

An other things that is amazing is the fact that all the songs of the musical are composed in the stile of English folk music, and the orchestration is amazing. It is amazing to hear the drumming in the wedding songs, as much as it is moving to hear the pipes and violin in more emotional parts of the musical.

I can not understand how such a wonderful musical was closed down so fast. to those who had seen it, this CD is a wonderful souvenir, and to those who had not seen it ( Like me ) this CD is a way to hear what a wonderful they had missed, and unfortunately the only way.

I also hope that this musical will make it to London. I think it deserves it. (and so are we - the theatre lovers )

Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Sawyer On A cd - at last !!, 28 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Tom Sawyer (Audio CD)
As a child and until today , I am humming the wonderful songs of this movie -musical that the Sherman brothers wrote.
The Sherman brothers known for the songs they wrote to Disney's Jungle Book and Mary Poppins. They also did a very good job in this musical - that is an adoption of Mark Twain Book .
There are a lot of songs in this musical like "a mans got to be what he was born to be" , " gratifaction" and "freebootin" that were wrote in the Dixie stile .
And songs like "tom Sawyer" that their melody is build perfectly well that it is easy to see through the music the anger the anger that every one feels about Tom sawyer .
Johnny Whitaker plays tom sawyer and performing songs like "How come" and "if I was god" with grate talent . those songs stays in my mind till this day .
And I can never forget the wonderful river song that is performed by Charley Pride .
It is wonderful that this musical came out (at last ) on CD . so it will be able to hear those beloved songs in a better quality . if the movie Tom Sawyer will come out on a D.V.D it will be a complete celebration

Absolutely Fabulous - Gay (2002 Christmas Special)
Absolutely Fabulous - Gay (2002 Christmas Special)
Dvd ~ Jennifer Saunders
Price: £5.98

20 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!!, 12 May 2003
Thanks god for the Israeli independence day . then I had the opportunity to watch tis special on T.V .
It is a grate special of Ab Fab with Ab fab . A good special’ is like a bonus. That is why they let the audience watch all the things he like .
Edina is fat again and patsy is saying all the things we want her to say and makes us laugh . I can tell you what this special is all about in one sentence of Edina : “ my son is gay and it is fashion week “ . it is also a good special because I watch it over and over again , time after time and still want to watch it one more time afterwards .
It also contains grate appearances of Woopi Goldberg and Debbie Harry .
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are grate and funny as always ‘ or even more .
I also know that Jennifer Sunders is not just performing in Ab Fab , but she is also writing the scripts . I think it is a grate challenge for an actor to be also a writer and I know that a lit of actors can not face that challenge . she is doing a wonderful job , that even scriptwriters can learn from her .
I have a lot of thing to say . much more then words but I can not express myself .
It is just…absolutely fabulas .
(yes cheers thanks a lot )

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