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Nothing Can Hurt Me [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Nothing Can Hurt Me [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: £9.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, insightful doc about the legacy of Big Star, 20 Jun. 2015
Big Star are the kind of band that have a clearly-defined narrative behind them - "rock's forgotten sons", "hugely influential", "the greatest band to never make it big". These common narratives hold an element of truth - they were not as successful as they could have been and their influence - and particularly the influence of Chilton's alt pop masterpiece "Third/Sister Lovers" - is clearly felt in modern rock and not always recognised. This DVD presents a very well-constructed and measured discussion of Big Star's music and presents interviews with key players in the Big Star story. While the main documentary itself skims over a lot of information about Alex's (oftentimes groundbreaking) solo career and Chris Bell's life and work, the DVD extras hold two chapters named "Alex Chilton" and "Chris Bell" that expand on these issues in extended deleted scenes - if memory serves me these are about 20 minutes each. If you love Big Star, Alex Chilton and Chris Bell this DVD is an absolute must. If you're new to the party - pick up Rykodisc's 1992 release of "Third/Sister Lovers", switch the lights off and learn just why the passion for Big Star is so fervent.

Nirvana Live & Loud [DVD] [2013]
Nirvana Live & Loud [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Nirvana
Price: £14.99

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An uneven release from an exceptional band, 23 Sept. 2013
As a fan of Nirvana's work for the last 20 years, "Live and Loud" at Seattle's Pier 48 has always been, for me and many others, a show held in very high esteem. MTV had broadcast 40 minutes of this show fairly regularly in the mid to late 90s, and this footage showed a band at the height of their powers - self-destructive, charismatic and angry. With the internet, fans began to discover that Nirvana had actually performed a far longer set than was originally broadcast. We KNEW the complete footage existed, but at that time were unable to get a hold of anything more than the 40 minutes officially broadcast and (later on) the leaked rehearsal footage. When I heard "Live and Loud" was finally being released, I was ecstatic. Finally an opportunity to see this show in its entirety. I bought the full Super Deluxe box set (with this DVD included) and I have to say with regard to this DVD, I was very disappointed. Those songs excluded from the original broadcast - for the most part - were justifiably scrapped. "Sliver" features an uncomfortable outro, for example, while "All Apologies" looks pretty but sounds pretty bad. The same can be said for stalwart tracks like "School" and "Blew" which feel lacklustre and uninteresting compared to the footage already broadcast. "Endless Nameless" is very poor indeed, and drags on way too long (12 minutes in before the destruction sequence we know and love). Unlike the MTV Unplugged DVD, this DVD does not offer the option of watching the concert as originally broadcast which is a real failing here. Thankfully the extras are first class and go some way to making up for this rather less than captivating DVD. Overall, a mixed bag.

Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies [DVD]
Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Oberst Jr
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy but entertaining, 15 Oct. 2012
This movie is a camp, gory and fun action movie which plays with history in a mischievous but ultimately respectful way. Bill Oberst Jr is tremendous as the eponymous President-turned-zombie hunter, and the action and laughs keep coming all the way through. While this isn't a masterpiece it IS the perfect movie for a night-in with friends, beer and pizza. Get some pals round, have a laugh with it and don't expect it to be "The Seventh Seal".

Bob Dylan: Broadcasting Live - The First 30 Years [DVD]
Bob Dylan: Broadcasting Live - The First 30 Years [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Dylan

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of classic performances, 14 Jun. 2011
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It's true that the video and audio on this release could have been better, however the true value in this collection is the quality of the performances. The video collects a number of rare TV appearances, such as the fantastic Letterman performance from 1984, some great gospel-era performances on Saturday Night Live and the Grammys as well as some brilliant performances of tracks from Desire and Blood on the Tracks with a stripped back band of guitar, violin, bass and drums. The Johnny Cash show footage is also well worth a look.

All in, this is a fine collection for fans of Dylan who are willing to enjoy these recordings for what they are, in lieu of the high quality official releases that we are unlikely to see anytime soon, if at all.

The Esthetik Of Destruction
The Esthetik Of Destruction
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £16.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kling Klang Triumphant Return, 1 Dec. 2006
Finally, Rock Action release Kling Klang's now long out of print singles and EPs on one CD complete with enhanced video for Heavydale. This band provided the mightiest gig of my life in 2001 (which I paid only £2 to get into) and seem to have been on permanent hiatus since then, with the exception of some shows with Mogwai in 2003. Cant wait to see these guys live, since they have a new LP out in early 2007. Esthetik sounds great and is worth a tenner of anyones money.

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