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Band Of Brothers - Complete HBO Series Commemorative Gift Set (6 Disc Box Set) [2001] [DVD]
Band Of Brothers - Complete HBO Series Commemorative Gift Set (6 Disc Box Set) [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ron Livingston
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347 of 364 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV doesn't get any better than this....., 26 Nov. 2002
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'Band of Brothers' is the finest TV series I have ever seen. A bold statement maybe, but one that stands up to scrutiny in my opinion. Yes, 'The Sopranos' is a brilliant drama and '24' is a top-class thriller, but 'B.O.B' just has that epic feel, that you are watching something that might never be repeated or certainly bettered. The story of the men of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne is one that deserves telling; these heavily-trained young soldiers suffered on the front line of the majority of the crucial battles during the American involvement in World War 2. They forged an unusually tight bond with each other and were led by some of the finest soldiers of the war. It could also be justifiably said that they, as a company, sacrificed more than the usual.
The ten-part series consists of hour-long forays in to the viewpoint of different soldier's experiences, from a major to a medic. The action is superbly visceral and realistic, using the same shaky, hand-held camera techniques seen in 'Saving Private Ryan,' to which B.O.B is a close relative, sharing the Spielberg/Hanks connection as well as the subject matter. Action aside however, it is the depth of characterisation that sets this series apart. Granted, the running time allows for this, but it is beautifully done nonetheless. We gain a real insight into many of the men's characters, from the joker George Luz to the bitter Sobel, the cynic Nixon to the dignified Winters. Indeed, these two characters are so finely crafted it is easy to forget that these actors are not in fact the real men. British star Damian Lewis is outstanding as Major Richard Winters, the glue that holds 'Easy' together. His portrayal of a man worshipped by his men due to his courage, discipline, loyalty and leadership skills is nothing short of perfection; real-life veterans suggest that Lewis was a close to capturing the spirit of Winters as is humanly possible. Ron Livingston, playing the smaller but crucial role of Winters' best friend Lewis Nixon, is also excellent, adding a touch of comedy through the hard-drinking, dry cynic Nixon. The acting is uniformly excellent, a mixture of British and American actors doing themselves proud.
For me, the series highlights include the Bastogne sequence, the capture of Foy, and the jubiliant scenes following the taking of Hitler's 'Eagle's Nest.' At no point is the momentum lost, with fierce battle scenes piercing the poignant character moments like loud machine-gun fire.
If you are like me, you will not want it to end. Watching it all in a short period of time on DVD is certainly the way to watch this, as the immediacy adds to the effect.
Overall, a scintillating piece of television, almost perfect. If you don't like war, its maybe not for you, but equally B.O.B should not be dismissed just as a 'war' series. There is far too much depth and character for that...
If the men of Easy Company were in a class of their own, then this series is fittingly superior in its own field and is a worthy testament to them.
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Back To Front
Back To Front
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Price: £3.88

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic., 15 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Back To Front (Audio CD)
Without fear of exaggeration, I reckon this is undoubtedly a classic, and how anyone can say otherwise is beyond me. I don't know anyone who doesn't love at least one Lionel song, and if they listen to this, they'd love a lot more. "One More Time," "My Destiny," "All Night Long," "Hello" and "Stuck On You" are some of the truly great songs of our generation. Sure, its a little syrupy and romantic at times, but the sheer quality of the songwriting jumps out at you. Possibly an album responsible for more marriages than any other, and one of those that quite simply, everyone should own.

The Show, The After Party, The Hotel
The Show, The After Party, The Hotel
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Price: £3.97

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars if only...., 15 Nov. 2000
Nice to see such passion from Mr.Swing! Just been listening to this for the first time in a while and felt compelled to express my dissatisfaction with the current R&B bands. This is what it all should sound like. Wonderfully cocky, suitably dirty, brilliantly inventive but very consistent. "Freek'N You" will never be knocked off its perch as a classic of the era, whilst many others such as "Get On Up," "Love U 4 Life" and "Let's Do It All" are pretty much perfect.
I reckon that only NEXT have come remotely close to matching this lot in the brash R&B band stakes, but haven't yet found the same consistency.
If only they hadn't split. And where the hell has Devante gone?

My Name Is Joe
My Name Is Joe
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Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars more class from the hidden gem, 15 Nov. 2000
This review is from: My Name Is Joe (Audio CD)
A truly smooth album, from one of the most under-appreciated artists in R&B. After "All That I Am," I was completely unsurprised to find that his follow-up was equally polished. From the raw lust of "Somebody's Gotta Be On Top" to the more funky "JOE 563," Mr. Thomas is clearly on top form. It could be argued that that voice could make the most mundane lyric sound passable, but to me there's no denying the well-crafted style of the songs.
As the force behind two of the finest R&B albums of recent (albeit weak) years, I reckon its time for this guys profile to rise to a level closer to that of R Kellys. He is the only other male vocalist capable of consistently classy work like this.
So, perhaps not a radical departure, but would you if you sounded this good?

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Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Real and sensual, but no fireworks., 15 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Tp2.Com (Audio CD)
I'm in agreement with Amy Driver's review in that this album is more of a return to the R kelly of old. I'm thinking 1995's R.Kelly in particular; very smooth and soulful, an absence of very upbeat tracks such as "Only The Loot" and "Home Alone," and a more personal feel. It's real R&b to me, perhaps in a less commercial way than 1998's R. It feels more mature, with many of the tracks almost wistfully lamenting love and the efforts of relationships. Has the God of lust finally grown up? Stand out tracks for me are the caramel "I Wish," the melodic "One Me" and the more typical "Strip For You," but the whole album has that R. Kelly quality feel to it.
I would agree that there is nothing revolutionary here, but it's still substantial R&B that, with the possible exeption of the criminally underrated Joe, only he can do.

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