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Departure from the Northern Wasteland
Departure from the Northern Wasteland
Price: £17.43

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael who?, 20 Sept. 2001
Mention the name Michael Hoenig to anybody but the most hardcore of Tangerine Dream fans and you will be greeted with total unawareness. Those who enjoy early TD, but have not yet heard this album, are missing out on an underestimated classic.
Take the 'where-has-the-last-20-minutes-gone' appeal of TD's "Encore" and fuse it with the sequenced ambience of Klaus Schulze and what you'll get is something very similar. The 20min title track, while not very suitable for novice TD-heads, is of such quality I played it 4 times in a row... non-stop! That's how good it is!
Go on, buy this classic!

Singles '82-88', The [12 CD Singles Box Set]
Singles '82-88', The [12 CD Singles Box Set]
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: £124.74

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4hrs of music for the price of a double CD, 14 Aug. 2000
As far as value for money goes - this is exellent. 12 CD Singles containing every track Marillion committed to 7" and 12" from 1982's "Market Square Heroes" through to 1988's live-single "Freaks".
The most interesting bits of the 12 CDs have to be the full live version of "Margaret" (on Disc 3 - "Garden Party"), re-recorded versions of "Market Square Heroes" and it's B-Side (on Disc 4 - "Punch and Judy") and, quite frankly, the whole CDs to "Sugar Mice" and "Warm Wet Circles" (complete with a pulsating live version of "Incommunicado").
Musically - this collection is formidable and faultless. My only moan - the CDs are pretty stubborn when it comes to getting them out of those little slip-cases!

One Long Year
One Long Year
Offered by usnap
Price: £13.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable, 7 Aug. 2000
This review is from: One Long Year (Audio CD)
For this album, it seems Todd classified his tracks into 5 groups - Happy, Hurty, Dirty, Angry and Dippy. Some of the songs, like "Jerk" and "Mary and the Holy Ghost" have to grow on you, but there are some real high-quality tracks like "Buffalo Grass" and "The Surf Talks".

Greatest Hits III
Greatest Hits III
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £8.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor selection, 28 July 2000
This review is from: Greatest Hits III (Audio CD)
One one hand - you have some good tracks. Good solos from Brian and Freddie, plus some decent post-Freddie tracks to boot.
Unfortunately, it seems that the remaining members of Queen are resorting to rather undignified means to keep the legacy alive - this CD, plus latching onto hit-hungry people like 5ive and Wyclef Jean (who are about as far from the Queen sound as you can get) in order to get the songs heard.
Queen are this era's Beethoven - they'll be remembered and respected for centuries. But, if they continue to release retrospectives as poor as this, it may jeopardise the legacy instead of preserving it.


20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Oldfield - LIVE!, 27 July 2000
This review is from: Exposed (Audio CD)
"Exposed" chronicles Mike Oldfield's first ever European tour after a spell of exegesis (or EST), performing abridged versions of "Incantations" (reduced from 73 to 46 minutes) and "Tubular Bells", plus the definitive version of the hit single "Guilty" (complete with disco-style Tubular Bells finale). Oldfield's guitar work on this album is incredible (as it is always) and David Bedford's arrangements are impressive.
The HDCD remaster really does make a difference - I did own the original release of the CD, which I remember having a rather murky sound, wheras this version is crystal clear....
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Caddyshack [DVD] [1980]
Caddyshack [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Chevy Chase
Price: £4.69

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harold Ramis is a GENIUS!, 25 July 2000
This review is from: Caddyshack [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
I bought this DVD yesterday, having enjoyed "Caddyshack II" and vaguely remembering bits of this one. I must admit - the film is absolutely hilarious! I can't really describe it's highlights through fear of spoiling it for everyone. Bill Murray is great as the dopey, Gopher-hunting Carl Spackler and Rodney Dangerfield's role as Al Czervik raises many laughs at the expense of Judge Smails (played by Ted Knight). Prude old ladies, hyperactive young caddies, pompous rich 'high-society' snobs, gophers... none of them are safe from Caddyshack's jokes. One brilliant film!
Only one moan - surely they could've at least fit one special feature onto the disc á la "Blazing Saddles"?

Groundhog Day [DVD] [1993]
Groundhog Day [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Bill Murray
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrivalled in its originality., 21 July 2000
This review is from: Groundhog Day [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
I've never known a film like it. A perfectly-cast Bill Murray living the same day of his life over and over again until he gets it absolutely perfect. Of course, Murray was the best choice to play Phil - he's always had a great chemistry with director Harold Ramis and his laid-back, relaxed and witty persona help develop Phil's character throughout the course of the film. He starts out not giving a damn - he just wants to get the job over with and get out. Yet the longer he's trapped in the town of Punxsutawny, the more he grows to love it and gets to know the towns inhabitants.
The acting is fantastic and the storyline is really funny and unpredictable - no doubt ranked along with "Caddyshack" as one of Harold Ramis' triumphs.
Besides - where else can you see a truck-driving groundhog?

Father Ted: The Very Best Of [VHS] [1995]
Father Ted: The Very Best Of [VHS] [1995]
Offered by minipack
Price: £4.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius!, 14 July 2000
I watched this video when a collegue lent it to me. It was the first time I'd ever watched Father Ted - and I thourougly enjoyed it!
The gags are wild, the characters are crazy and unpredictable (yet quite believable) - you gotta love it!
Favourite bits? Speed 3, Song For Europe and the episode with Richard Wilson (who beats Dermot senseless whenever he says "I don't believe it").
Would make a great DVD if done in the same style as the Men Behaving Badly sets.

Blade Runner (The Director's Cut) [DVD] [1982]
Blade Runner (The Director's Cut) [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault the film, but the DVD could be better, 14 July 2000
Blade Runner - the film - is without a doubt a celluloid classic. Harrison Ford is well cast as the serious, hardly-smiling Deckard and the plot fuses science fiction, action and film-noir incredibly well. The picture and sound are far superior to the VHS version (and won't deteriorate after many plays) yet, when you consider exactly how big a following the film has, I was a little disappointed to see a very minimal menu (two options backed onto the Warner Bros logo) and no special features. All for the sake of keeping it on a single sided, single-layer DVD. I'm sure most BR fans wouldn't complain about parting with an extra £5 to get more out of the film. I've followed the subtitles too (useful when watching at night when everybody else is asleep) - very accurate, but they get the names wrong sometimes (eg. Gaff is referred to as OLMOS, since he was only namechecked in the film's removed voiceover, when a simple flick to the end-credits would give his character's name)
So, in summary, can't fault the film - but I wished there was more on the DVD side of things to make the experience more enjoyable.

Tubular Bells II & III [DVD] [2001] [2000]
Tubular Bells II & III [DVD] [2001] [2000]
Dvd ~ Mike Oldfield
Price: £17.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I Was There, 12 July 2000
I don't have this on DVD, moreso the two separate pieces on VHS - but both performances are excellent. Tubular Bells II is almost flawless, and John Gordon Sinclair's bit in "Altered State" adds a little humour to the performance. Instrumentally, TB3 was flawless too, but suffered in the vocal department. Pepsi Demacque sounded poor singing the Reilly-esque "Man in the Rain" (yet on 1999's "Then and Now" tour, she managed "Moonlight Shadow" almost perfectly) and the asian wails on "The Source of Secrets" sounded very uncomfortable in comparison to the CD.
Okay, Mike. What we want from you is a live video of RETROSPECTIVE material! And yes, that DOES mean last year's revamped excerpt from "Ommadawn" (loved it).

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