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Jean Grae: Evil Jeanius
Jean Grae: Evil Jeanius
Price: £19.75

4.0 out of 5 stars One star deducted, 25 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Jean Grae: Evil Jeanius (Audio CD)
This is a tight album. The pairing of Blue Sky Black Death with Jean Grae is genius. Track by track, to date it's both Jean's most compelling album and BSBD's best vocal album.

Too bad it's a paste-up job that pairs some unreleased vocals with pre-existing backing tracks. As paste-ups go it's inspired, but it's a bit of a shame that the artists themselves weren't involved. (I don't know how BSBD feel about it, but Grae was vocal in her displeasure.)

That doesn't take away from the quality of this album, but I felt the need to deduct a star.

Easy Rider - Special Edition [DVD]
Easy Rider - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Fonda
Price: £19.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great package for a great movie!, 10 Feb. 2006
This is the best DVD release of this classic movie that's available. Not only do you get a fine looking & sounding print of the movie with a pretty good making-of documentary (and a so-so audio commentary), but there's a second disc featuring a great stand-alone documentary about the effect Easy Rider had on American filmmaking, and a nice wee book analysing the film.
Unlike the cry-babies who misread the information about the deleted scenes (which are for the stand-alone documentary, not for the movie itself), I do not feel this package is a rip-off in any sense.

Phantasm Sphere : The Complete Collection [DVD]
Phantasm Sphere : The Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Reggie Bannister

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the best horror series gets its due on DVD!, 23 Nov. 2005
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The Phantasm series is my favourite horror movie series. Much as I love Romero's Dead and Raimi's Evil Dead films, Phantasm's loopy dream logic and anything-goes weirdness beats them hands down (and I like Reggie better than Ash too). However in terms of DVD coverage, the series has been treated poorly - until now.
BIG kudos to Anchor Bay for the stellar job they've done on this release. Every movie is beautifully remastered, and I've noticed a lot more visual detail than ever before - on the VHS release of Phantasm II I couldn't even see that one of the spheres was a different colour to the others!
The supplements are fappo too. The commentaries on all four discs are great, though III does suffer a little from Don Coscarelli's absence. Up & coming Brit cult auteur Jake (Razor Blade Smile, Evil Aliens) West contributes a phantastic doco on the bonus disc, and the other more minor supplements (the Reggie tour etc) are mostly worthwhile. Even some of the easter eggs are substantial featurettes in themselves!
The packaging is beautiful. Who hasn't wanted one of those lovely silver spheres on their shelf? Like all novelty packaging it's a bit suspect for actually storing the DVDs safely, but it looks damn cool - a lot better than Anchor Bay's chintzy Hellraiser puzzlebox.
The movies themselves are the real fappo. My personal favourite is II, because the first time I saw it I felt like I'd already dreamt it. I is a spooky and cool kid's nightmare a la Invaders From Mars and The 5000 Fingers Of Dr. T. III is a fun (if silly) action/comedy entry. IV is a beautiful return to the aesthetics of the original.
These movies are not for those who value coherent storylines and polished Hollywood acting above all else. However if you like a touch (or a huge dollop) of surrealism in your horror, the Phantasm movies are a must.
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