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Dazzle Ships
Dazzle Ships
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling !, 17 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Dazzle Ships (Audio CD)
One of the most unusual albums of the 80's, Dazzle Ships, like its predecessors, finally gets remastered with some extra tracks. No one was really expecting this kind album after the phenomenally successful Architecture & Morality, OMD's third and most critically acclaimed album, but with the weight of expectation and fear of failure it seems, OMD went back to their experimental VCLXI days before OMD, and produced an album so radically different that many fans and critics were left dumbfounded. Very similar to what Radiohead did from OK Computer to Kid A, Dazzle Ships cast aside what had gone before and came up with something very different, perhaps flawed, but certainly not deserving of the levelling heaped upon it by reviewers at the time. The album features quite a few samples from radio broadcasts and other samples, some of which were presented as kinds of 'interlude' tracks between the songs. Personally I loved the album, aside from the two excellent but underrated singles "Genetic Engineering" and "Telegraph", there are some great tracks; "This Is Helena" featuring a radio sample of a female announcer, and "Radio Waves", a song reminding me of their early days. Another song, the beautiful "Of All The Things We've Made" was a previous B Side (along with "The Romance Of The Telescope") but still a great song none the less. Even the blaring title track has its place.

The remastered album is superb, recreating the inner sleeve of the original album in the booklet section, and some sleeve notes about the history of the album. Anyone who is a fan of "Telegraph" will love the Extended Version, and also a great early version dating from 1981 - around the time of Organisation - with a much clearer vocal and a more raw sound. We get the 12" version of "Genetic Engineering", and some B sides (4-Neu and 66 & Fading) plus another Radio sample track "Swiss Radio International".

For me, a truly ground breaking and extraordinary album, impossible to believe it ever came about in some respects, but so glad it did. And now remastered with those extra tracks. Fantastic !

Blade Runner Trilogy 25th Anniversary
Blade Runner Trilogy 25th Anniversary
Price: £23.38

9 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars *sigh*, 18 Dec. 2007
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When this was announced on Amazon a while back, I thought at last - a proper soundtrack of the wonderful music from a wonderful film. And I guess like most of the previous reviewers, its such a disappointment. What we have here is 3 CD's, the first being just a re-release of the official 1994 version of the OST. This is OK, but i always found this version annoying for blending some of the tracks into one another rather than seperating them. The second CD of previously 'unreleased' music suffers the same fate, and as a previous reviewer said, a lot of the tracks i cant place in the film, even though the titles suggest they are. And the third CD ... what the hell is the point ? It hardly has any relevance. Having bought various bootlegs over the years (Gongo, BG589 etc) which although have the right music, often suffered with quality or were not from the original masters but rather from the film, i was hoping for so very much more from this official release, especially when you read the sticker on the cover - "Released for the first time: The ground breaking soundtrack in its complete form". HA ! Its absolutely poxy, and loads of what we know from the film is missing. I think i'll seriously have to try and obtain the 4 Disc MK3 Esper Edition on ebay.
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Conan The Barbarian - Definitive Edition [DVD]
Conan The Barbarian - Definitive Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Offered by Gaming_Universe
Price: £17.95

66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Editon ? Afraid not... :(, 26 Nov. 2007
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Conan The Barbarian is probably my fave film. Since 2002, this film has been released on DVD 4 times, 2 of which were Special Editions, and now this Definitive Edition. All my life I had been waiting for a uncut version, but once again its the same old, same old - I'm not sure what the previous reviewer was on about concerning some cuts 'restored' but the fact is that like the previous DVD releases, some of the 'horse fall' scenes have been cut, mostly in the final battle sequence. Its particularly poxy because, like before, if you watch the Conan Unchained documentary on Disc 2, you will see one of the cut scenes shown ! (its the scene where Conan, and Rexor on a horse, charge each other, and Conan cuts at the legs of the horse - in the film, the actual fall sequence of the horse is cut, but its in the Documentary - ludicrous). As before, the film features the extended 'directors cut' ending with the Princess reinstated (on the old VHS Pan & Scan copies, the final scene did not have the Princess and is much shorter, but all the DVD releases have the extended ending - the old VHS ending would have been an interesting extra) and also has the short Subotai and Conan remeniscing scene (between the Funeral Pyre and Battle Of The Mounds) which was in the previous version and is similar to the scene early on when Conan and Subotai talk about the gods. I'll give this release one star cos the metal tin case is beautiful ! - but if you want an uncut version, the best route is to buy the US version (Region 1) from Amazon.com or the French "Edition Prestige" from Amazon.fr, which is Region 2 and has the English 5.1 soundtrack.
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Monkey! - Thirteen Re-Dubbed Episodes [1979] [DVD]
Monkey! - Thirteen Re-Dubbed Episodes [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shunji Fujimara
Price: £28.00

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monkeys missing 13 episodes come home ..., 17 July 2007
So here at last are the missing 13 episodes from the second series of Monkey - the Japanese interpretation of a famous book about a Holy Priest from China who is accompanied by three spirits in human form on a journey to India to recover some scrolls that will enlighten the world. The BBC acquired all of the first seasosns 26 episodes, but mysteriously only 13 of the second seasons 26 episodes, and had them dubbed into English by such people as John Sachs (Manuel, Fawlty Towers) and Miriam Margoyles (Lady Whiteadder & The Spanish Emphanta from Blackadder) and ran them as one series. Anyone from the early and mid 80's will remember this show with affection; its unusual blend of mysticism, magic, battles and arrays of colourful demons and monsters was a winner for school kids and some adults alike. Although it was in some places tacky, and the effects were pretty basic sometimes, it never took anything away from its charm, and the series developed a massive cult following, possibly due in no small part to the hilarous lines of dubbing which enlivened the show. In the late 90's Fabulous Films released 13 DVD's of the complete two series, each containing three original episodes as done by the BBC, and one of the missing episodes, albeit undubbed and in its original Japanese voices. Now this release reunites those people who did the dubbing for the BBC and they have dubbed these thirteen episodes in the style of their predecessors.

The thirteen episodes themselves are great to see, posessing all the Monkeyisms that abound in the shows previous episodes, although some of the story lines do seem a trifle darker (perhaps the reason the Beeb only picked half of them). There are some great episodes, one which stood out for me was Monkey's duel with a giant vulture type bird in "The Land With Two Suns" - a typical example of how charming, crazy and yet hysterically funny the show could be. As for the dubbing, its great to hear those original voices again 20 years on, and they sound pretty good, especially the rasping no-nonsense voice of Monkey. The only voice that seemed rather laboured was that of Pigsy, which seemed to lack some gusto, but well you cant have it all. Also, in 20 years, a few new mild 'profanities' have been added, which don't seem to do it any harm (Sh*t being an example !). The last disc also contains two small featurettes about the reuniting of the dubbing cast and behind the scenes.

All in all, a great boxset to own. I'm not sure its worth Amazons current price of £40, but if you see one cheap, go for it - a true Monkey fan wont be disappointed.
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The Original 80s Remix Album
The Original 80s Remix Album
Price: £22.60

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 11 Mar. 2007
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Like the previous reviewer stated, I have some of these on vinyl, and thought it would be a good chance to get them on CD at last, as so many great 12" versions of songs from the 80's have yet to see the light of day. I was primarily interested in And She Was (Talking Heads) and 19 (Paul Hardcastle). The version of 19 on here is not the same as my 12" version (called The Final Story) but is actually a very good mix (listed in the inlay as 1980, when the song was 1985 !), and obviously a mix from the original period, as again, as the previous reviewer said, some of the mixes on here are from much later, and these tend to stick out like a sore thumb - just the song ripped up and the same old techo / clubby sound added, completely destroying the essence of the original song. One or two of the others, again as previously noted, have been trimmed. But there are some great original mixes on here, and for the current price of £4.97 - it was a worthwhile purchase for me just to get a couple of tracks I wanted. Just to add clarity, here are the modern remixes on the CD:

(We Dont Need This) Facist Groove Thang - Rapino Club Mix - 1993

Atomic - Diddy's 12" Mix - 1994

Waterfront - (Union Jack Remix Edit) - 1998

Kids In America - D-Bop's Bright Lights Remix Edit) - 2001

Alright, Still [Us Import]
Alright, Still [Us Import]
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £7.98

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a CLEAN version !, 20 Feb. 2007
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I bought this import version of the wonderful album from Lily Allen because it has a few extra tracks, however, please note that its a CLEAN lyric version - i.e all the 'F' words are faded out ! The Smile remix is not bad, and Nan You're A Window Shopper is OK (available as a B side on one of her singles)

Eminem - The Best Music Videos
Eminem - The Best Music Videos

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well ..., 17 Feb. 2007
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I bought this DVD as i guessed (and hoped) it would be a greatest hits of his promo videos. And it is, essentially, but the alarm bells started ringing as soon as i read the following disclaimer on the back cover - "The content of this DVD is taken from television and therefore the quality may vary". WHAT ! From television ? I was quite aghast to read this. And so it is, you get 13 of his videos which vary in recording quality; they look like they've been recorded from a music channel, and there is occasionally quite noticable 'ripple' effect that you used to get from VHS on some tracks. The videos also merge into each other, sometimes completely obliterating the start/end of a video, which i also find annoying. But perhaps the most bizarre thing is that the on-screen song menu is totally jumbled up with the actual song it links you to. Also, Play.com lists this DVD as having 18 tracks, but there are only 13, listed as follows (the listing on the cover is the same as the screen menu, so totally wrong order !)

Forget About Dre

Guilty Conscience

Cleaning Out My Closet

My Name Is

Like Toy Soldiers

Lose Yourself


Purple Hills

Sing For The Moment


The Real Slim Shady

The Way I Am

Without Me

Note: The version of Stan is a cut down version around 5 mins long. So, there you have it. In reality, quite a poor compilation really. It is cheap, but in hindsight, I wish I'd saved my money for something better (and more professional) in the future.

Conan The Barbarian (2 Disc Special Edition) [1981] [DVD]
Conan The Barbarian (2 Disc Special Edition) [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £6.24

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it uncut !, 23 Nov. 2005
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By the French version from Amazon.fr - its region 2 and UNCUT, so you can enjoy the whole movie and its magnificent score unbutchered ;) - five stars for that version !

Kelly's Heroes
Kelly's Heroes

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 Nov. 2005
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One of the best soundtrack albums you can buy. As a fan of the film, i've wanted to get my hands on the OST for ages - and this release is superb. It features all the main themes and music, and even has a section on the end composed of tracks from the original vinyl release that were slightly different or in some cases, were not part of the original score, but used to make the vinyl release more poppy and commercial. The accompanying booklet is outstanding, with information on the film and each track. Oh, why can't other soundtrack releases be made to this standard ?

Price: £12.25

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better ..., 26 Oct. 2005
I adore this film and was glad at last to get my hands on the soundtrack CD ... unfortunately, while this is the original score, it is as if the people who released it did'nt know what they were doing. For a start, much of the music here is from the first 70% of the film, but the other later bits, like the chase music between Herbet and Alfred, the song played by Herbert on the Piano and the Ballroom Theme are all missing, which is a disappointment. Also, the tracklisting descriptions are all muddled up and do not match the music they describe, some are totally wrong, such as Herberts Song, which is just a longer reprise of the main theme. A great, great pity. The booklet supplied is nice with some nice pics, and so i'll give it 4 stars for what is here, but really, someone who knows the film properly should have done this release. Disappointed.
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