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Dad's Army - The Complete First Series Plus the 'Lost' Episodes of Series Two [1968] [DVD]
Dad's Army - The Complete First Series Plus the 'Lost' Episodes of Series Two [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arthur Lowe
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £5.05

35 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In one word...brilliant, 21 July 2004
Classic TV comedy from the Home Guards at Walmington-On-Sea who are both bumbling and ineffectual as well as incompetent which makes life chaotic for all around. Contains all of the first series followed by the remaining episodes of the second series. The other three instalments are missing and presumed lost forever.
Episodes from Series 1 are: 'The Man And The Hour' in which the men get together to form the Home Guard following a radio broadcast, 'Museum Piece' finds Capt Mainwaring looking for guns for his men in the local museum, 'Command Decision' finds a Capt offering guns if he can take command of the platoon, 'Enemy Within The Gates' sees Capt Mainwaring giving a lecture on the recognition of enemy agents when he learns there is a reward for every Nazi captured, 'The Showing Up Of Cpl Jones' finds the platoon finally getting their uniforms and CPl Jones attempting an assault course and 'Shooting Pains' finds a shooting contest arranged to see who will form the honour guard when the Prime Minister pays a visit. Series 2 episodes are: 'Operation Kilt' which finds the platoon being attacked by the Highland Regiment, 'The Battle Of Godfrey's Cottage' Finds the platoon leaping into action and taking Godfrey's cottage to set up a machine post and 'Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret' finds Sergeant Wilson overhearing a conversation which implies that he might be the father of an expected child but, as usual, he gets the wrong end of the stick.


The Lights In This Town Are Too Many To Count
The Lights In This Town Are Too Many To Count
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £15.08

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Listen, 21 July 2004
Certainly this marks the triumphant return of Grand Drive. However you can't escape the fact that the first track "Love And The Truth" sounds like Cast playing a ballad.
Grand Drive do have neat arrangements, but the vocal's do have that Mersey Britpop vibe. As things progress though, the slight presence of Americana, the melodies of REM ( "The Real Thing") and the edgy Neil Young meets Bob Dylan vocals seem to fit together better.
At times you could be forgiven for thinking they owed more to Tom Petty and George Harrison, as this is a very mature blend of countrified folky rock. Some high points and intelligent songs, make it worth a listen.


Porcelain
Porcelain
Offered by Renegade Sports Group Limited
Price: £3.96

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent album, 21 July 2004
This review is from: Porcelain (Audio CD)
This 'fro-less faction formed from the late, lamented At the Drive-In has thus far lived in the shadow of fluffy-haired ex-bandmates (and critics' darlings) the Mars Volta. And just like their choice in hairstyles, Sparta is the less adventurous and eclectic of the two. But where the Mars Volta is all fits, starts and drastic sonic tangents, Sparta sets a steady mood and tone on its second album that's easy to warm up to.
Better yet, there's enough melody and structure to keep one engaged. Shrill, shimmering guitars and Jim Ward's warbly vocals give the Texans an uncharacteristic new wave-y vibe that isn't afraid to rage on punky ditties like "Hiss the Villain." And that plain kicks ass, no matter what their hair looks like.


Tyrannosaurus Hives
Tyrannosaurus Hives
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £1.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could do better., 21 July 2004
This review is from: Tyrannosaurus Hives (Audio CD)
If frontman Howlin' Pelle Almquist is to be believed, during the Hives' live shows, his band is not only the most exciting group going, it's also made up of the long-awaited saviors of rock 'n' roll. It's hard to argue with the level of adrenaline on Tyrannosaurus Hives, an album so ferocious it practically kicks its way out of the speakers with a barrage of surf guitars, crashing rhythms and Pelle's, uh, howls.
It's not as hands-down great as the Swedes' last ,Veni Vidi Vicious, and a handful of tracks are too-short bursts of energy that only leave you wanting more. But when the band gets rolling with tracks such as "Walk Idiot Walk," there's no stopping it. A monster of a good time.


Air Force One [DVD] [1997]
Air Force One [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £6.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard on a plane!, 9 July 2004
This review is from: Air Force One [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
There's no denying Harrison Ford's ability to open a movie. Since STAR WARS, he has a whole legion of fans willing to pay good movie to see him on the big screen, regardless of whether or not the flick is good. He's certainly not the greatest actor on the block, but he has one of the best track records for picking entertaining material in the modern film world. AIR FORCE ONE is no exception. It's not at all realistic, struggling at times to retain any sense of believability, has plot holes the size of the Grand Canyon and an ending that you have to see to believe. And yet, it was still able to create enough suspense to keep me gripping the edge of my seat. All due to the acting of both Ford and the always interesting Gary Oldman.
The initial take-over of the plane is frightening and intense. Every flier's worst nightmare. Smoke, gunfire, blood and death are not things you want to see at 30,000 feet. The film then retreats into "Die Hard in the Sky" during the middle section when Ford takes out the bad guys one by one from the storage space below the passenger cabins. "Who's down there? Did the President really leave in the escape pod or could he still be on the plane?" The suspense was just gripping. Not. I would also like to get my hands on the cell phone he had. I wasn't aware they made any that could place a call halfway round the world and with such clear reception. Of course, maybe they're only available to world leaders. There are many inconsistencies at this point in the film, that had me going, "Huh?", but once Ford meets Oldman all judgments get pushed aside.
It's great to see one of cinema's consistently crazy actors going mano-e-mano with one of Hollywood's greatest crusaders. Their scenes together are fabulous with neither man giving an inch to the other. No one does righteous and pissed better than Ford. He's such an honest presence you'll wish he really was running the country. Oldman is the ultimate intelligent, psychotic. A dormant volcano about to blow. A chain saw would be required to cut the tension between them. The plot takes a little too long to get to this point, but their struggle for supremacy is worth the wait. Their are too many other characters to enable them to really shine. Though Glenn Close, as the Vice Pres, and Wendy Crewson, as the First Lady, make the most of their characters and screen time. Close shows women in power can show compassion without sacrificing their strength.
My biggest complaint about the film was it's length...one of my biggest pet peeve's. An action movie should not be more then 2 hours long. Period. Exclamation point. Action movies are not about character development, they're about tempo, explosions and the good guy whipping the bad guy's ass. Yes, we need compelling reasons to love the hero and hate the villain, but AIR FORCE should have spent more time with them than on all the supporting players. It also has a lot of extra footage - the secretary and other hostages parachuting away from the plane, the release of the political leader - that takes away from the one reason audiences went to the theater: Ford beating up Oldman. For a film that mostly takes place on an airplane, Peterson does a good job keeping the suspense up and the action interesting. The stunts are great, except many of them seem to be included merely because they look cool and not for plot value. While not the best Ford or Oldman flick to choose from, their onscreen pairing actually makes it more of a must-see than it might have been otherwise.


Air Force One [DVD] [1997]
Air Force One [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £6.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard on a plane!, 9 July 2004
This review is from: Air Force One [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
There's no denying Harrison Ford's ability to open a movie. Since STAR WARS, he has a whole legion of fans willing to pay good movie to see him on the big screen, regardless of whether or not the flick is good. He's certainly not the greatest actor on the block, but he has one of the best track records for picking entertaining material in the modern film world. AIR FORCE ONE is no exception. It's not at all realistic, struggling at times to retain any sense of believability, has plot holes the size of the Grand Canyon and an ending that you have to see to believe. And yet, it was still able to create enough suspense to keep me gripping the edge of my seat. All due to the acting of both Ford and the always interesting Gary Oldman.
The initial take-over of the plane is frightening and intense. Every flier's worst nightmare. Smoke, gunfire, blood and death are not things you want to see at 30,000 feet. The film then retreats into "Die Hard in the Sky" during the middle section when Ford takes out the bad guys one by one from the storage space below the passenger cabins. "Who's down there? Did the President really leave in the escape pod or could he still be on the plane?" The suspense was just gripping. Not. I would also like to get my hands on the cell phone he had. I wasn't aware they made any that could place a call halfway round the world and with such clear reception. Of course, maybe they're only available to world leaders. There are many inconsistencies at this point in the film, that had me going, "Huh?", but once Ford meets Oldman all judgments get pushed aside.


Red Dragon [DVD] [2002]
Red Dragon [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.19

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Silence of the Lambs, you will love this!, 9 July 2004
This review is from: Red Dragon [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Red Dragon was the first book about Hannibal Lecter that author Thomas Harris wrote. It was adapted first in 1986 as Manhunter, before Anthony Hopkins turned the character into an iconic figure in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs.
The popularity of the sequel, Hannibal inspired this remake of the first story.
Though less surely directed as Michael Mann's Manhunter and no classic, Red Dragon is a taut thriller and unquestionably Brett Ratner's best film to date. It's also probably the most accessible of the Lecter films, being more of a dramatized entertainment than Manhunter, less grisly and twisted than The Silence of the Lambs and a lot less gruesome and gory than Hannibal. That said, I don't mean to suggest than Red Dragon isn't also grisly, twisted, and gruesome, because it is; it just doesn't dote on these elements as heavily. The film's tension and atmosphere are built upon intellectual gamesmanship and psychological terror, with highly satisfying results.
Hopkins, of course, is fantastic, but Ralph Fiennes is just as memorable in his role, and Edward Norton, playing the FBI agent on the case, is riveting.


The Silence of the Lambs [DVD] [1991]
The Silence of the Lambs [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Jodie Foster
Price: £3.00

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of all time!, 9 July 2004
Silence of the Lambs was the first horror film ever to win the Academy's Best Picture Oscar. It is also only the third film ever to win all four of the major awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress). Although a few horror films of the past were also deserving, Silence of the Lambs is certainly the best take on the modern serial killer film. Its grand success, in fact, paved the way for dozens of tasteless retreads, but that can hardly be held against it.
The film's most intriguing element, ironically, has nothing to do with the perpetrator of a recent rash of serial killings. It's the relationship between Jodie Foster's character, a rookie FBI agent on the trail of the killer, and Anthony Hopkins', a psychiatrist-turned-psychopath currently serving time in a top security prison for murder. Initially, Foster consults with Hopkins to gain insight into the mind of her quarry, but the relationship develops into a twisted, startling form of...well...professional respect and courtesy. Hopkins is the stand-out in the film, creating the unforgettable, truly terrifying character of Hannibal Lecter. Calm, composed, edgy, shocking, confident, abruptly violent, Lecter is a complete recipe for recurring nightmares. Hopkins' performance nearly overshadows Foster's excellent turn. She's the protagonist here, and although the role of an FBI agent is not often one the audience identifies with, she manages to grab the audience's sympathy early on. Her reactions to the horrors around her are unnervingly like our own.
A precautionary warning. This film is extremely unsettling in its frank depiction of evil and depravity. Although this is (appropriately and thankfully) not what drives the film's impact, it is disturbing, and the faint of heart should stay away.


O
O
Price: £3.99

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great album!, 9 July 2004
This review is from: O (Audio CD)
I'll be straightforward first off while reviewing this album - it's great. It's sheer brilliance. In this seemingly shallow world of music, here comes Damien Rice to save it all - separating himself from his contemporaries through the use of a wide instrument array, from delicate strings to piano; from acoustic guitars to clarinets. A superstar in the UK, this Irish singer/songwriter packs a heartfelt punch into his blissful, beautiful debut, simply titled "O".
Now there is of course that inevitable comparison to Jeff Buckley and David Gray... it's just too obvious not to be noticed. Like Gray, Rice recorded this in his bedroom because he claims he "doesn't like a commercial feel to his music." Rice twists many emotions into one in his music, and at parts of the disc you can almost hear the tears in his voice, most notably in the song "Older Chests". The strings at the end of "Amie" are something awe-inspiring, indescribable. And the line "I can't take my eyes off of you" in "The Blowers Daughter" could possibly be the most helplessly romantic thing said in music this whole year.
Rice chooses to add a bit more penache to his disc with the addition of a female backing vocalist- the harmonizing and intertwining of their voices are irresistible. Musically, he seems to be exploring all aspects of being in love- the warmness, the intimacy, and most notably, the heartbreak, with the second part of the disc focusing mainly on the heartbreak. The song "I Remember" is almost like the female in the relationship's response to Rice's sad lyrics in "Cold Water". But in the middle of the song, Rice comes back for the emotional peak of the disc.
This record may be a bit too "Sleepy" or "Downbeat" for some listeners, but the whole atmosphere on the record is quiet, yet intense. What's more, this disc goes further still - it tells a whole story. It's the most beautiful thing you'll hear all year and it may very well bring tears to your eye. It's almost like hearing the sequel to Jeff Buckley's Grace.
It would be a sin to give this album a less than perfect review.


Musicforthemorningafter
Musicforthemorningafter
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What an album!!, 6 July 2004
This review is from: Musicforthemorningafter (Audio CD)
I bought this CD not having ever heard of Pete Yorn, just on a recomendation from a friend. There aren't many albums which you can say you like every track, but music for the morning after is definatly one. A great album and a must for fans of soft guitar rock. (plus it only costs 6 quid on amazon, so definatly buy it!)


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