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Apple Earphone with Microphone and Remote for iPhone - Non-Retail Packaging - White
Apple Earphone with Microphone and Remote for iPhone - Non-Retail Packaging - White
Offered by ENV Outlet
Price: £9.72

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Already not working after 1 month. Fake earphones, do not buy from here., 14 Mar. 2016
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I would advise anyone not to buy these earphones as they are most likely not genuine and poorly made. My earphones that came with my Iphone lasted for almost a year. I got these as a replacement on the 3rd of January and already am experiencing problems. There must be a problem with faulty/cheap wiring in the remote as while listening to podcasts or music (even if I am completely still) I receive continuous problems with the iphone thinking I want to talk to siri, cutting out the podcast, fast forwarding the podcast, pausing and skipping to other podcasts. These earphones are completely unusable. Do yourself a favour and buy the legitimate type from apple's website.

Repeat: Do NOT buy from BUYOR or amazon as these are not legitimate and are cheap garbage.


Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical Guidebook
Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical Guidebook
by Kurt Stone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful book!, 28 Aug. 2013
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This book is extremely useful for anyone who is interested/studying/composing contemporary music. I have used it as a guide to writing extended techniques in my compositions for my university and it was recommended by them too.

It's also a helpful guide on understanding and analysing contemporary and modern music scores.

One downside was that I couldn't find any specific notation for the extended techniques of the classical guitar, disappointing personally to me but still a great book, one that I use often.


Evil Dead [Blu-ray] [2013]
Evil Dead [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Jane Levy
Price: £6.78

11 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, this one's a stinker, 25 May 2013
I really cannot see how people think this was a good movie in any way... Unlike the original evil dead, this isn't scary or even funny.

The humorlessness tragically makes the bad expository dialogue and stale acting cringe-worthy and unintentionally comedic. Simply put, there is no joy or charm in this remake, not that it needs to be - but having a humorless, frightless and charmless horror film is problematic. There are seldom fresh ideas added to this, all we get are poor redos of the set pieces in the original.

This film replaces the genuine scariness of the original with "gross-out" "horror" and occasional cheap jump scares (the gross-out parts outnumber the jump scares, which was surprising tbh). The palette is that boring brown/rusty colour scheme used in every bland horror film nowadays.There is little about this film that was enjoyable or even unique - imagine taking the original evil dead and replacing its charm with the mediocracy of recent blockbuster horror flicks.

In fact, the only thing I liked about this film was the opening and closing credits. I really wanted to enjoy this film, i'm not even a huge fan of the original. But it makes me wonder how anyone could enjoy this boring rebrand of a classic.
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Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music
Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music
by Trevor Herbert
Edition: Sheet music

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're doing a music degree - GET THIS BOOK!, 9 May 2013
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This is the most valuable book about music that I have read. It's a really, really straightforward and easy to read book. It tells you very simply, how to start writing on an academical level, but it goes further.

The citation guide is excellent, even better than standard ones universities will give you. It gives you pretty much any source type and how it is referenced, that alone would make this book useful for anyone else writing in similar field like film, literature or art history.

There is a good guide to research and some advice on musical terms and proper grammar.

I can't think of anything that could be added to this book that would make it more useful. One negative I found was in the printing, it was done oddly and some pages can be stiffer than others, but that's a minor complaint.

It's an amazingly practical and surprisingly enjoyable book.


Eraserhead [Blu-ray] (1977)
Eraserhead [Blu-ray] (1977)
Dvd ~ Jack Nance

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray transfer, 16 Mar. 2013
Plenty have talked about the movie, but I think it's worth saying that the quality of this blu ray is excellent. It keeps it grit and doesn't loose any magic, the transfer is great, and I believe Lynch himself said he was amazed by it.

What's awesome is that the extras include a documentary on Inland Empire and some of Lynch's early short films. While these are good features it would have been nice to see some sort of "making of Eraserhead documentary".

I got this under the 3 blu rays for £17 and I am far from disappointed.
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On the Road [Blu-ray] [2012]
On the Road [Blu-ray] [2012]
Dvd ~ Kristen Stewart
Price: £11.38

0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful adaption, incredibly boring film, 21 Feb. 2013
As a film it simply does not work. It is too boring, over-acted and long to be of any enjoyment.


50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion
50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion
by Daniele Bolelli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, enlightening read, 19 Feb. 2013
This is the perfect book if you're looking for some interesting short stories on different religions.

Almost all 50 were surprising to me, some of them seem completely untrue until you look them up. It's fascinating to find out what has been kept secret


Stanley Kubrick: Visionary Filmmaker Collection [Blu-ray] [1962] [Region Free]
Stanley Kubrick: Visionary Filmmaker Collection [Blu-ray] [1962] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Malcolm McDowell
Price: £24.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's try this again., 2 Feb. 2013
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I took down my first review of this product because there was no book included, which was specified on amazon's description at the time of ordering. I penalised the rating of this product for that reason, which I have since regretted.

For the value it is absolutely unbelievable. Arguably the greatest director of all time (my favourite for sure) with the majority of his best films included, all with the special features and all great transfers.

Lolita:

I'll admit, not my favourite Kubrick film but an enjoyable one nonetheless. Good Transfer

2001/ACO:

These films still look AMAZING! After multiple viewings I still find something new, they still excite and surprise me.

Barry Lyndon

Unfortunately, this underrated gem gets ONE extra which is the original trailer. Very annoying.

As for quality, a film has NEVER looked so good. I'm fairly convinced that Barry Lyndon is the best looking film ever made, and it looks even better in this transfer. Compare it with the trailer and notice how much of an improvement there is. Every frame could be a virtuoso's painting. The film, ultimately about determinism and status will seem boring to those who nothing more than a story. Dig deeper, and there's so much to enjoy.

The Shining/Full Metal Jacket/Eyes Wide Shut:

All films which have taken time for me to really love (in fact i'm only just coming around to loving EWS). All 3 look spectacular and are filled with heaps of extras.

All in all the price is amazing compared to other boxsets.

7 films which have so much detail, so much re-watchability, so much meaning it feels like each film is worth 10. To paraphrase Scorsese: It's okay that Kubrick will no longer make another film, because what we have is enough.


Limmy's Show - Series 2 [DVD]
Limmy's Show - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brian Limond
Price: £7.26

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than series 1, 31 Dec. 2012
I love Limmy's Show and i'm glad to say that this is even better than the first series. It's better constructed has better gags and goofs and is a real spoof and a goof.

Episodes 1 and 2 are absolute gold, probably the bests of the series.


Homework
Homework
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.71

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest EDM albums ever., 16 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Homework (Audio CD)
Many people know daft punk from Discovery and when they check back on their discography they will be probably dissapointed to find that they are house producers and not a band.

That doesn't diminish either homework or discovery - both excellent albums in their own rights. But for me Homework will always be their greatest and most influential album. The way they seamlessly integrate acid, house, techno, hip hop, funk and a whole host of other genres is amazing.

A quick test to see if you will enjoy this album - listen to teachers and if you don't recognise at least 50% of the names mentioned chances are you won't "get" it. Of course teachers cleverly ties in with the theme of the album, it's them mentioning their wide variety of influences as teachers, they are doing their homework by mixing all these styles together to create a unique sound.

They've not only pioneered the french house sound of the 90's, you can still hear some influences today. Think of the chopped up samples sound of skrillex - a take on ed banger's style which in turn was based on SebastiAn's producing style which in turn was influenced by early daft punk - tracks like High Fidelity and indo silver club.
Every song is groovy and different. Yes you can reduce every loop and end up with an album worth a few minutes like one reviewer said but that completely misses the point of dance music which requires djs to play repititive but good songs over a long length of time so they can mix in the next song. And what does that even mean as a criticism? You can reduce Philip Glass' work to the same amount but that doesn't diminsh the art behind it.
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