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Best of 00-10
Best of 00-10
Price: £16.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUST A QUICK REFLECTION, 28 April 2011
This review is from: Best of 00-10 (Audio CD)
If you haven't yet discovered Ladytron now is the perfect time to discover them, you won't be disappointed, maybe a bit upset it took you so long to discover them. after all it was 2007 before i discovered them, mainly thanks to Nine Inch Nails taking them on tour, i have been a fan since.

For Ladytron themselves, who take their name from a Roxy music song this is just a quick reflection before they release album number 5 later this year. Ladytron are a four piece Electropop outfit that were formed in Liverpool in 1999 and have 2 vocalists, Scottish singer Helen Marnie and Bulgarian Mira Aroyo who interestingly sings some of her tracks in Bulgarian. so yes with female vocalists they will attract comparisons with Crystal castles, then again that's not a bad thing. The album might be called a best of but it's a strange title for a band that have had no real chart success(but really deserve to).

The 17 tracks are taken from their four studio albums as well as two new tracks tagged on at he end. the brilliant current single "Ace Of Hz" and their cover version of the Death In June track "Little Black Angel" which should give us a taster to album number 5. Only 2 tracks from debut album "604" make the album "Playgirl" and "Discotraxx" being the chosen two. Yet really all the tracks here are deserving, yes cases could be made for other tracks to be included. But there's the brilliant "Tomorrow" which sounds like New order in their prime. "Ghosts" sounds like an eltrco glam stomp of a track. "Blue Jeans" rumbles with big beats that The Chemical Brothers would be proud of. The brilliant "Light and Magic" sounds all trippy and is taken from the album of the same name. "Fighting In Built Up areas" features a great beat and a spoken vocal from Aroyo. "Destroy Everything You Touch" sounds a bit like Curve(another band you should really check out).

When you have four top quality albums to call on then it's hard to please everyone with a compilation album, but if you are new to ladytron this is a good starting place and if you like it make sure to check out all four of their previous albums(604, light and magic, witching hour and Velocifero) and look forward to "Gravity the Seducer" which should be released this year.


Ufc 124 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Ufc 124 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £8.43

2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING EVENT, 26 April 2011
UFC 124: St Pierre vs Koscheck 2 was a really weak card, bearing in mind that it came only a few weeks after UFC 123: Rampage vs Machida, which itself happened only a week after UFC 122! which took place in Germany. So was it a case of MMA overload? It certainly seems so. Not that it mattered to the 23 thousand plus who watched the event at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After all Canada has always been a hot bed for UFC events and of course local hero and UFC welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre was defending his title in the main event against Josh Koscheck.

This event was really all about that one fight, the two opposing coaches from season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, would once again fight after St-Pierre had previously beaten Koscheck back at UFC 74. So could Koscheck get his revenge in St-Pierre's own back yard. Koscheck would go in to the fight as Canada's number one enemy a role he relished, St-Pierre as always said he would do his fighting in the Octagon. In reality the fight isn't that great and won't have you rushing back to watch anytime soon.

The biggest shocker is the Co main event, if that's what you can call it. Sean McCorkle who only had one previous fight in the UFC and that was on the under card of Mir Vs Cro Cop and is hardly a well known name to the casual MMA fan would face of against Stefan Struve, it is a fast paced fight but have these two really done enough to deserve a co main event spot? A lightweight battle between Jim Miller and the unbeaten Charles Oliveira is an intersting match up of experience against youth. A Welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and John Howard is nothing spectacular. There is also a battle of Ultimate Fighter winners in Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson facing season 6 winner Mac Danzig, what's interesting is that Matt Hughes was their coach when they won the competition, not that get's a mention on the card, it would have been interesting to hear Hughes thoughts on this fight and who he thought would win.

With these 2 disc UFC DVD's you get all the Preliminary card fights such as Jim Miller's brother Dan fighting Canadian Joe Doerksen. There is naturally quite a few fights featuring Canadians on the DVD, the highlight being Sean Pierson taking on American Matt Riddle in a thrilling battle. You also get the countdown show which is excellent as per usual and if you haven't seen the event it's what you should watch first. This is one UFC event that's really lacking star quality(bar the main event) and is UFC DVD to skip.


UFC 124: St Pierre vs Koscheck 2 [DVD]
UFC 124: St Pierre vs Koscheck 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Georges St Pierre

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A DISAPPOINTING EVENT, 25 April 2011
UFC 124: St Pierre vs. Koscheck 2 was a really weak card, bearing in mind that it came only a few weeks after UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida, which itself happened only a week after UFC 122! Which took place in Germany. So was it a case of MMA overload? It certainly seems so. Not that it mattered to the 23 thousand plus who watched the event at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After all Canada has always been a hot bed for UFC events and of course local hero and UFC welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre was defending his title in the main event against Josh Koscheck.

This event was really all about that one fight, the two opposing coaches from season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, would once again fight after St-Pierre had previously beaten Koscheck back at UFC 74. So could Koscheck get his revenge in St-Pierre's own back yard? Koscheck would go in to the fight as Canada's number one enemy a role he relished, St-Pierre as always said he would do his fighting in the Octagon. In reality the fight isn't that great and won't have you rushing back to watch anytime soon.

The biggest shocker is the Co main event, if that's what you can call it. Sean McCorkle who only had one previous fight in the UFC and that was on the under card of Mir Vs. Cro Cop and is hardly a well-known name to the casual MMA fan would face off against Stefan Struve, it is a fast paced fight but have these two really done enough to deserve a co main event spot? A lightweight battle between Jim Miller and the unbeaten Charles Oliveira is an interesting match up of experience against youth. A Welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and John Howard is nothing spectacular. There is also a battle of Ultimate Fighter winners in Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson facing season 6 winner Mac Danzig, what's interesting is that Matt Hughes was their coach when they won the competition, not that gets a mention on the card, it would have been interesting to hear Hughes thoughts on this fight and who he thought would win.

With these 2 discs UFC DVD's you get all the Preliminary card fights such as Jim Miller's brother Dan fighting Canadian Joe Doerksen. There are naturally quite a few fights featuring Canadians on the DVD, the highlight being Sean Pierson taking on American Matt Riddle in a thrilling battle. You also get the countdown show which is excellent as per usual and if you haven't seen the event it's what you should watch first. This is one UFC event that's really lacking star quality (bar the main event) and is UFC DVD to skip.


Unstoppable [Blu-ray]
Unstoppable [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Price: £6.76

4.0 out of 5 stars ADRENALINE RUSH, 18 April 2011
This review is from: Unstoppable [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Once again director tony Scott(Ridleys brother) teams up with Denzel Washington to deliver a fast paced action movie, this time involving a runaway train, you would have thought Denzel would have beens sick at even the mere thought of a train after the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123.

This time however he's the one on the train as he plays Frank Barnes who has been a railroad engineer for 28 years and hes training rookie Will Colson(played by Chris Pine) who''s fresh out of conductor's college and is having martial problems and who's mind doesn't seem to be fully on the job on hand, so much so that he attaches too many carriages to their train which is on course with a runaway train that's carrying highly flammable liquid and is going at 70mph. So of course the only two people who can stop the runaway train are Barnes and Colson! They have aid in the form of Connie Hooper(played by Rosario Dawson) a train yardmaster who has radio contact with them. Oscar Galvin(played by Kevin Dunn) is vice-president of AWVR and all he cares about is the money and bad publicity it's going to cost them. So what follows is Galvin trying loads of different ways to stop the train before it hits the curve in Stanton which is home to Colson's estranged wife. What follows is a fast paced movie that doesn't require too much attention to follow, no mad twists or disgruntled villains out to blow up the world unless he gets his money, no it's just a runaway train.

The movie is inspired by the CSX 8888 incident that happened in Ohio in 2001 which also involved a runaway train. The movie is well worth a watch for it's fast paced action, the sound on the blu ray did sound a bit muffled at times(listening through a high end amp and speakers), the picture was also not of the best quality(watching on a panasonic full hd tv) at times. If you like easy to watch movies you can't go wrong with this.


Bleach: 20th Anniversary CD
Bleach: 20th Anniversary CD

4.0 out of 5 stars Bleach, still essential listening, 18 April 2011
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Nirvanas first studio album "Bleach" gets the deluxe treatment for its 20th year anniversary; it now comes complete with a booklet full of early pictures of the band as well as eleven songs recorded live in 1990. It didn't cost that much to make at the time, just over 600 dollars and would go mainly unnoticed until after "Nevermind" exploded and Nirvana became a household name.

This is the third time I have bought this album and it still sounds as raw as it did way back then, with its guitars tuned all the way down. It's not like "Nevermind" that got the polished treatment by Andy Wallace. It contains some of the bands best material such as the two opening tracks "Blew" and "Floyd The Barber". There is the brilliant first ever single "Love Buzz" which is a cover of the 1969 song by Shocking Blue. "About A Girl" shows of what a great songwriter Cobain was and also shows his sensitive side. "Negative Creep" is still one of Nirvana best songs, the brilliant "School" still sounds great today. "Big cheese" which wasn't included on the original 1989 release but would be for later releases is kept for the reissue as is "Downer".

The remastering job does make the album sound better without over doing it, the booklet full of pictures is a nice touch, even though some lyrics would have been nice, Chad Channing who drums on the majority of the tracks is no Dave Grohl yet his playing suits the album. The highlight of the live concert is the inclusion of "spank Thru", "Molly's Lips which is a cover of a song by The Vaselines and the brilliant "Dive".

While "Nevermind" was the coming out party for Nirvana and final album "In Utero" probably contains their best work, "Bleach" is just as essential as either of those albums.


Korn: Live On The Other Side [DVD]
Korn: Live On The Other Side [DVD]
Dvd ~ Korn
Offered by Squirrelsounds
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars NO PLACE TO HIDE!!, 17 April 2011
Recorded live from the Hammerstein Ballroom (much like their Korn live DVD) in 2005, "Live on The Other side" was the tour to support new album "See You on the Other Side" which was their first album to be recorded since the departure of guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch who had found God.

So Korn rather than replace 'Head' became a four piece, while that might be fine in the studio, you know for the live gig's they would need a replacement guitarist, which they got in Robert Patterson who wouldn't become an official member, in fact on stage you wouldn't even be allowed to see him as he is hidden behind the speakers!! Yet you still catch a glimpse of him here and there. It's all rather embarrassing, there are plenty of bands who have touring members on tour with them, yet they don't hide them.

The set list is mainly made up of older material, another thing to notice is that when they do the guitar solo in "Another Brick In The Wall" which used to be done by 'Head' but is now done by James 'Munky' Shaffer you realise he doesn't play it as good as him. 'Munky' now being the main guitar player in the band now plays all 'Heads' parts and Patterson plays Munky's. Also for backing vocals such as in "Somebody Someone" 'Munky' now performs the backing vocals, however it's not the same. The older material stands out better than the material from "See You On The Other Side", songs such as "A.D.I.D.A.S", "Got The Life" and the brilliant "Freak On A Leash" sound great compared to "Hypocrites" and "Liar".

There is a few extra's such as performing for competition winners on a plane, this time Patterson is not covered up(surely they could have hid him in the toilet or something). They of course now play with a guitarist in sight and a keyboardist, it's just a pity they didn't do that for this tour. Instead check out the "Korn Live" DVD, "Korn live at Montreux" as well as the brilliant intimate setting of Korn "Live at CBGB" which came with the special edition of "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" to see how good live this band really are. Or simply check them out next time they are in your area.


Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Netro Enterprise
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD, BUT NOT GREAT, 15 April 2011
If you are familiar with the Resident Evil series you will no doubt have played most of the series, especially the main series, if however you have never played any of the series or any of the series except Resident Evil 4 then you will be blown away by this game which will be one of the big releases of 2009. However if you have played Resident Evil 4 you may be somewhat disappointed that this is not an improvement on that game or is no where near as good.

Yes the graphics are stunning, the sound is crystal clear (especially when played through a 5.1 amp) and the cut scenes are great. But when compared to Resident Evil 4 you feel something is missing that would make this a truly great game, maybe they set the bar to high with Resident Evil 4 which was a breath of fresh air when it was released in 2005.

The game itself is enjoyable as you control the returning Chris Redfield who has bulked up since we last saw him and he is now joined by a new partner Sheva who will accompany you throughout the game, so you will have to make sure you keep her alive as well. She will also pester you for ammo so keep her topped up but keep the good stuff for yourself and use her to carry other items like first aid spray and bullets.

The game uses the same over the shoulder view that was used in Resident Evil 4, and you will as always have a good variety of weapons that you can find and buy throughout the game. The game is set in Africa so the locations are stunning, the enemies are the same type that were in Resident Evil 4 as in that they are no longer zombies and can run at you and attack more freely than the zombies ever could. There are different bosses scattered throughout the game but you shouldn't have to much trouble dispatching them. As in Resident Evil 4 when you complete the game you get the mercenaries game which is good and you can also play as Sheva in the main game, but she doesn't affect anything so you still get the same cut scenes.

The days of Resident Evil being a survival horror are gone and it really is more action adventure. Its a decent game in its own right but falls short of greatness when compared to Resident Evil 4.


Fear 2: Project Origin (Xbox 360)
Fear 2: Project Origin (Xbox 360)
Offered by PJL Games - All UK Game Orders sent same or next day
Price: £8.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A NEW TYPE OF ENEMY, 15 April 2011
Fear 2: Project Origin is a follow up to the successful f.e.a.r. Fear 2 continues on just after the first game and you have been sent to get answers and find out just exactly whats going on with Alma.

Throughout the game you will go through a school, hospital and the outside world all in pursuit of Alma. Picking up varying weapons along the way. You will be faced with choices as to which weapons to use as you can only carry four at a time and each one is better for certain type of battle so you wont want to be caught short. As well as that the replica soldiers who you will battle throughout the game are really intelligent and will hide behind tables and walls and drag you out into the open by using grenades. Even thought definitely a fps it includes elements of horror a bit like Silent Hill.

While the graphics and sound are good they are no where near the best that the xbox 360 has to offer. But if you like your first person shooters with a bit of horror thrown in i would highly recommend this game


Prince of Persia (Xbox 360)
Prince of Persia (Xbox 360)
Offered by MoJohs
Price: £24.95

2.0 out of 5 stars THIS PRINCE WON'T BE KING!!, 15 April 2011
Having been a big fan of the PlayStation 2 trilogy (sands of time, warrior within' and the two thrones)i could not wait to get my hands on the new prince of Persia, which would be the first pop of the next generation era.

However the reality is that this game is a BIG disappointment. Why you ask? Well its simple its one of the most repetitive games you will ever play and also you can't die (no matter how hard you try) what happens is that each time you miss time a jump or get slashed to death you will be saved by Elika who accompanies you through the whole game. The beauty of the PlayStation 2 series was that you had so many sands of time that you could use when something went wrong, but you had to use them wisely, with this new system there is no challenge.

The idea of this game is to heal the lands by making your way through the different levels, you will meet a boss each time and trust me the only way to beat each boss is to bash the buttons and hope you affect his health its pure luck, and as you can't die you could be there a while, if he does knock your health down Elika will save you and his energy will go back up to nearly full which can be real annoying if your about to finish him off. When you do beat him and Elika uses her 'magic powers' to heal the land you must then collect light seeds, by collecting these you will unlock the rest of the levels you need to get to and as the game progress the prince will gain new jumping powers that will help you collect some of the light seeds you are unable to reach during the earlier part of the game.

It does have some high points like the graphics which are truly next generation especially if your playing in hd, and as always the pop soundtrack is great and really adds to the atmosphere.

If you have played the PlayStation 2 series you will be seriously disappointed.


Mad Dogs - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Mad Dogs - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Max Beesley
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £7.34

38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A HOLIDAY TO DIE FOR, 14 April 2011
Mad Dogs is a four part series about four long time friends from England heading over to Majorca, Spain to visit their recently retired friend Alvo(Ben Chaplin) for a holiday of a life time! Alvo has paid for all their flights, taxi's and will put them up in his large Villa, it seems that the "property business" has been good to Alvo and it's going to be a reunion to remember for all five!

Of course that would be to simple, as is evident from the opening scene in which the four mates Baxter(John Simm), Rick(Marc Warren), Woody(Max Beesley) and Quinn(Philip Glenister) are seeing recording messages for loved one's that all has not gone well in the reunion.

The one thing for sure is if there is trouble to be found, these guys will find it, in each episode they get deeper and deeper in to trouble. Not knowing Who to trust they begin to take it out on each other, In episode one Alvo is seen belittling all his friends that their lives are a mess and he has the perfect life!

Mad Dogs is a British gangster series, so expect dead bodies, drugs, guns and bit of everything else. It's been compared to British gangster movie Sexy Beast and there are some similarities between the two. John Simm(Baxter) and Philip Glenister(Quinn) do provide some strong acting compared to Marc Warren(Rick)who just seems like a spoilt brat. María Botto who plays Spanish Cop María also turns in a fine performance and you can never be sure what side of the law she's on.

This is a good series and their is rumours of a second series, the script is good, there is some good humour thrown in and there is some real tense moments throughout. With a lack of good British series lately Mad Dogs is a welcome addition.


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