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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) [DVD]
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) [DVD]
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, but enthralling Swedish thriller, 21 Mar. 2010
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", or "Men who hate Women" ("Männ som hatar Kvinnor") in the original Swedish, premiered in Scandinavian movie theatres in February 2009, and it has been out on DVD for a while, too. I saw it on the big screen, and I've just watched it on DVD, and I am still amazed at how good it is.

I don't particularly like Stieg Larsson's books, to be honest. I think they're overrated, catoonish, lecturing, and not very well written. There, I said it.
But the first one in particular had one thing going for it: It had a really great story to tell. And Danish director Niels Arden Oplev's 150-minute film version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" cuts away the fat and the gristle, leaving only as tight, well-structured and exciting a thriller as you can imagine.

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is the story of a missing girl. And very much more. It is a dark and sometimes disturbing picture; actual graphic violence is quite rare, but there are few scenes which make you tense up in your seat, a gruesome and painfully realistic rape scene among them.
Injustice, malice and outright cruelty are everywhere (but I did smile at times, and even laughed once, as I suspect you will, unless you are a prude), but not in any stereotypical Darth Vader-fashion. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" avoids all the pitfalls of many lesser thrillers. The acting is superb all the way through, the manuscript is perfectly structured, and characters that could've easily ended up as bland clichés come to beautiful, three-dimensional life on the screen. Or in some cases hideous three-dimensional life.

This is a highly effective thriller, one of the darkest and most exciting I've ever seen. The story in itself is no better than those laid out in dozens of other thrillers or whodunnits, but it is beautifully, virtually flawlessly realized. A must-see, really.

Live In London
Live In London
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as great as one could have hoped, 13 Aug. 2009
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"I was born like this, I had no choice / I was born with the gift of a golden voice", 73-year-old Leonard Cohen sings sarcastically in his cracked, rumbling, ever-deepening bass, and the audience at the O2 arena erupts into deafening applause.

One of the greatest, most intelligent and charismatic songwriters and composers popular music has ever seen, the old Canadian has made one of the finest and probably the most accssible albums of his entire star-studded career with 2008's "Live in London". Some hardcore fans would probably have preferred a few more rarities, but everybody else should be delighted by these two discs, a wonderful document from Leonard Cohen's first, warily undertaken concert tour in almost a decade and a half.

Excellent sound, wonderful organic arrangements which frequently surpass the originals, and warm, precise, even passionate vocals by Mr Cohen makes this a must-have purchase for even the most casual fan. Dense, powerful renditions of almost every must-hear Leonard Cohen-number, from "Suzanne" and "Everybody Knows" to "Hallelujah" and "Dance Me To The End Of Love".
It's a bit of a shame that songs like "Waiting For The Miracle" and "That Don't Make It Junk", which were played during the 2008-2009 tour, aren't included, sure, but there are so many other treasures here that all is forgiven, really.

Newcomers will perhaps be best served by the two-disc compilation "The Essential Leonard Cohen", which was compiled by Cohen himself, but this one would be a pretty great starting point also. And no fan of the great man should be without it, not even the most casual fan. Even if you only know "Bird on a Wire" and "Dance Me to the End of Love", this may very well turn you on to the music of Mr Cohen for real. It is one of the finest CDs in my much too large colletion.

The Complete Town Hall Concert
The Complete Town Hall Concert
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Armstrong in his prime, 17 Mar. 2009
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Okay, so the sound quality isn't 21st century state-of-the-art, but come on! It's not that bad, and considering that this concert was recorded in 1947 it's not bad at all, actually.

This disc really shows what a seminal figure Louis Armstrong was. Much, much more than just a happy-go-lucky black man who growled "What A Wonderful World" in a gravelly bass-baritone, he was and still remains the most important figure in jazz music, and even the most casual listener should appreciate this magnificent performance.
Surrounded by the first incarnation of his legendary "All Stars", Armstrong plays definitive versions of "Ain't Misbehavin" and "Back O'Town Blues", a fantastic "Dear Old Southland" backed only by the rhythm section, and a driving "Tiger Rag".
But there are only highlights here, really, and Armstrong's solos are pure liquid fire all the way through.

At once highly accessible and utterly magical, "The Complete Town Hall Concert" is Louis Armstrong at his best. Not to be missed!

Live At The BBC
Live At The BBC
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 26 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Live At The BBC (Audio CD)
These two discs feature live-in-the-studio recordings made by The Beatles for BBC Radio between 1962 and 1965.
Over half of these 56 songs are covers, many of which were never officially released, and it's a real treat to have this often-bootlegged material available and sounding very, very good. And the lavish 46-page booklet features complete recording information, pictures, and essays by Derek Taylor and producer Kevin Howlett.
The Beatles do their best to live up to their happy-go-lucky images on a number of non-musical "soundbytes", and Paul McCartney gets to sing a couple of too-cute pop songs, but the majority of this material is simply magnificent. John Lennon sings a tough rock n' roll-rendition of Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman", McCartney rips loose on electrifying versions of "Lucilel" and "I Saw Her Standing There", and George Harrison does a credible Chuck Berry on "Roll Over Beethoven".
A couple of Arthur Alexander-covers are equally great, and Lennon performs a wonderfully tough, confident reading of "A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues" and tears through a great, punchy "Dizzy Miss Lizzy".
Their own songs sound magnificent as well. A driving "A Hard Day's Night", the clanging, circular guitar riff of "Ticket To Ride" ringing out...Well, you can check out the track list for youself.
This is a delightful 2hrs+ of music. The Beatles give it their all, and you can hear what a terrific little rock n' roll combo they were when they could actually hear each other play!
Very highly recommended.

Reason To Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (3CD)
Reason To Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (3CD)

109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A goldmine, 20 Oct. 2003
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This superb 2002 collection gathers every track Rod Stewart recorded for Mercury Records between 1969 and 1974, and the retail price is surprisingly moderate.

But that should not be taken to indicate any lack in quality. These 56 songs include remastered versions of all 46 songs from his first five solo albums, as well as ten outtakes (half of which previously appeared on the excellent double-disc "Handbags And Gladrags" retrospective). Ten non-LP songs isn't all that much if you already has all five studio albums ("The Rod Stewart Album", "Gasoline Alley", the fabulous "Every Picture Tells A Story", "Never A Dull Moment" and "Smiler"), but if you don't, this is an excellent way to acquire all of Rod Stewart's very best material in one fell swoop.

The non-LP songs include a good take on "Pinball Wizard", a heartfelt "Every Time We Say Goodbye", and Rod Stewart at his most "country", doing a really great "What Made Milwaukee Famous".

Stewart's first four studio albums went from great to sublime, after which "Smiler" was a bit of disappointment, but it too brings several fine songs to the party.
There are almost too many highlights to mention; originals like "Lost Paraguayos", "Gasoline Alley", "Every Picture Tells A Story", the beautiful "Mandolin Wind", and the classic "Maggie May", and some of the best cover songs ever, courtesy of the greatest interpretive singer of the last 40 years:
"Street Fighting Man", "Only A Hobo", "Country Comforts", an incredible "Cut Across Shorty", and the best ever rendition of "That's All Right".

To me, this tough, superbly melodic, and extremely well-arranged folk-rock ranks among the best music of the seventies.
The only drawback is that the flow of the original albums has been disturbed, but that is a minor complaint. Rarely has this much excellent music been gathered on one album.

Vagabond Heart (International Version)
Vagabond Heart (International Version)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rod Stewart regaining his strenght, 19 Oct. 2003
It doesn't come close to the magnificent "Every Picture Tells A Story", but compared to Rod Stewart's awful 80s output, "Vagabond Heart" is actually a pretty strong and quite diverse album.
The production is a bit slick, but Stewart's performance is soulful and sincere, and "Vagabond Heart" includes a great cover of Runrig's "Rhythm Of My Heart", a couple of very good originals ("Rebel Heart", "When A Man's In Love"), the radio-friendly duet with Tina Turner, "It Takes Two", a fine rendition of Van Morrison's beautiful ballad "Have I Told You Lately", and a swinging rendition of Larry John McNally's "The Motown Song".
"Vagabond Heart" is quite heavily influenced by soul music (and less by disco, fortunately), and even though it contains a lot of "filler", there are also several really good songs here.
Worth picking up for Rod Stewart-fans (unless they're only fans of his disco-period in the 80s).
3 1/2 stars.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb box set, 15 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Crossroads (Audio CD)
Eric Clapton has been through several different phases musically. He started off at seventeen singing Chuck Berry's "Roll Over, Beethoven" at a nightclub, and didn't even own a guitar of his own at the time (the tougher, slightly older "in-crowd", which included Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards, called him "Plimsolls" because of his habit of shyly looking down at his shoes while he sang).
Then came the British blooze of John Mayall and the Yardbirds, the fiery power-trio Cream, the short-lived Blind Faith, the phenomenal Derek & The Dominoes, and the many solo albums which quickly came to include as much pop, country, reggae and music hall as they did blues.
And it's all here. Every truely essential song Eric Clapton recorded during the 60s, 70s and 80s is here.
"Crossroads" came out two years after Bob Dylan's "Biograph", and helped establish the boxed set as a viable proposition for record companies, and it includes seventy-three of Clapton's and his various bands' best songs.
It leans quite heavily towards his 60s and early 70s output (only about a dozen songs were cut after '74), and draws nine Yardbirds-tracks, six Bluesbreakers-tunes, twelve Cream-tunes, and three Blind Faith-tunes from EC's checkered past, as well as a Delaney & Bonnie-song ("Comin' Home"), and no fewer than ten Derek & The Dominoes-chestnuts (they only ever put out one studio album).
And then there's my favorite track of the whole lot, a supremely catchy, acoustic, slide guitar-driven rendition of T-Bone Walker's "Mean Old World" performed by Clapton and Duane Allman (and mistakenly credited to Littl Walter Jacobs).
But there's a lot of other great songs fact, there aren't very many songs here which aren't great.
I don't agree completely with the compliers' choices as far as Clapton's 80s output goes, but most of this set is simply magnificent.
This may not include everything you could ever want to own by Eric Clapton (he has made music since, and he cut some great live records in the 70s and early 80s), but it is a very thorough and well-chosen collection, and if you're a casual fan of bands like Cream and the Yardbirds, this set is pretty much everything by those two combos you'll ever need to own.
Still one of the finest boxsets on the market.
Highly recommended.

Unplugged....And Seated
Unplugged....And Seated
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4Ĺ stars. Stewart's best record of the 90s, 7 Oct. 2003
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This excellent album has all the grit and feeling of Stewart's best early-70s LPs.

Accompanied by a great combo which includes former bandmate Ronnie Wood, Stewart returns to the acoustic rock n' roll and folk that marked his greatest recordings, and even if "Unplugged" can't quite match "Gasoline Alley" or the sublime "Every Picture Tells A Story", it's really amazing how close it comes at times.

Rod Stewart sounds fine, if a little bit ragged at first, and the set opens with a wonderfully tough acoustic rendition of the sleazy rocker "Hot Legs", and the unplugged versions of the Faces' only hit, "Stay With Me", and Sam Cooke's "Having A Party" are equally superb.

"The First Cut Is The Deepest" is too saccharine for my taste, and "People Get Ready" never gets off the ground, but everything else is good, and most of it is great, particularly the swinging blues "Highgate Shuffle", the country-rock of "Cut Across Shorty", the melancholy "Handbands And Gladrags", and the classic "Maggie May".

Great sound, great songs, great arrangements and a lot of feeling.
Highly recommended.

Big Ones
Big Ones
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but obsolete, 5 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Big Ones (Audio CD)
This is a really good overview of Aerosmith's first ten years with Geffen Records.
Three (generally very good) new songs were supposed to lure fans who already had this material into buying it again, and a lot of them did, but the newer double-disc anthology "Young Lust - The Aerosmith Anthology", which also chronicles the Geffen years, has made this compilation pretty much obsolete.
"Young Lust" includes all of these songs, including the new ones, and 19 more, and if you're looking for the best possible overview of latter-day Aerosmith, that's the one you should go for.

Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology
Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine Geffen retrospective, 5 Oct. 2003
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"Young Lust - The Aerosmith Anthology" chronicles Aerosmith's Geffen-years from the mid-eighties onward, and once you've gotten their early hits, this is where you go for the rest.
Gathering 34 singles, album tracks and live cuts, "Young Lust" offers a fine retrospective, managing to include almost all of the best songs from Aerosmith's last six studio albums. And if you're a casual fan, this is pretty much all you need.
I would have preferred a leaner version of "Amazing" to the orchestrated one included here, but the acoustic rendition of the hit "Livin' On The Edge" is really good, and Run-DMC's take on the sublime hard rock song "Walk This Way" is included, too.
The live versions of "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion" are sort of pointless, though, and those two should have been left off in favour of two or three more songs from the band's Geffen years ("Fever" and "Pink" would have been nice), but if you can overlook small flaws like those I just mentioned, the selection is generally very good.
The MTV-staples "Dude (looks like a lady)" and "Love In An Elevator" are here, as well as the power ballads "Angel", "Cryin'", and "Crazy", the underrated blues shuffle "Hangman Jury", the melodious "Janie's Got A Gun", "The Other Side", and "What It Takes", and the hard rockers "Eat The Rich", "Head First", "Let The Music Do The Talking", "Rag Doll", and "My Fist Your Face". And "Young Lust" also includes "Deuces Are Wild", "Blind Man" and "Walk On Water", the three new songs from the band's previous Geffen compilation, "Big Ones", and their excellent version of the Doors' "Love Me Two Times".
All in all, this is the best available collection of Aerosmith's latter-day output. Get this one, and the excellent box set "Pandora's Box" for their seventies classics, and you're set!

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