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Ted - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Ted - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Price: £5.55

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A small bear with a big heart., 2 Jan. 2013
If your a long term fan of Family Guy you will not be shocked by the humour at all in Ted, the people who are complaining about how shocking and awlful this film is should have either read the poster or DVD box more carefully as it say's quiet clearly "from the creator of Family Guy", so you know from the start this isn't gonna be a politicaly correct comedy that you can show the whole family and if you don't like Seth MacFarlane's sense of humour in Family Guy, it's simple dont watch or buy Ted.
However if you love family guy, this will be right up your street, it will have you laughing at all the things that you should'nt do just like in family guy and it has a great 80's vibe through out about it and it has a pays great love and respect for Queen and the film Flash and many other great 80's films if you look close enough, and even though it is crude and has plenty of bad language and drug use through out it is a great big heart to back it up with and this shows through out.
I wont go on to much about the plot and details of it as it seems to be cver throughout in other reviews, although I will go on about the Blu Ray itself, the sound and picture quality as you would expect are fantastic and I would expect nothing less nowadays, also included both the original theatrical cut (101 mins) and an extended cut (107 mins), the extended cut includes jokes and gags that couldn't be shown at cinemas and after watching both cuts I would always select the extend cut every time, the audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Seth MacFarlane, Co-Writer Alec Sulkin and Star Mark Wahlberg is actually a commentary worth listening to for a change and is funny and great to hear the love that they had for this film (side note Mark Wahlberg only features for the first 22-25 minutes before having to leave) and it is only avaliable on the theatrical cut of the film. The delted scenes and alterantive takes are a good watch and would stand up for repeat veiwing, the gag reel is ok but nothing special, there is a nice feature on how they filmed the teddy bear scuffle and what went into it, and Mark Wahlberg did a great job acting to nothing, and lastly there is a short 24 minute making of feature which manages to cram alot of information into a short space of time and has alot of great cast interviews included as well.
So if you like Seth MacFarlane's style of humour you will love this film, but if you dont like family guy and that style of humour then keep well away other wise you will be shocked and offended.


Skyfall
Skyfall
Price: £0.99

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go watch the film to truly get this brilliant song!, 17 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Skyfall (MP3 Download)
On first hearing this new bond theme song, I wasn't really that impressed by the offering from Adele, however with repeat listenings the song seemed to really grow on me, it seemed more like a traditional bond theme and a great immprovement on the recent offerings like "Die another day" or "Another way to die". Where this song comes into its own is when your watching it with the film, the opening title sequence that goes with this song is breath taking and makes more sense especially when you've watched the whole film and the meaning of Skyfall becomes crystal clear, you then realise how brilliant this song really is and how well Adele sings it perfectly while not over doing the vocals and going crazy, she manages to keep it just right. This is a bond theme tune to take notice of and is a perfect addition for the franchises 50th year.


Live Around The World [Us Import]
Live Around The World [Us Import]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is as close to a perfect Meat Loaf live album as we'll ever get., 4 Nov. 2012
This live album is so perfectly crafted that you would be mistaken for thinking that you were at a Meat Loaf concert while listening to this amazing double CD. 14 out of the 18 tracks are from the albums Bat out of hell and Bat out of hell 2 back into hell and they just sound superb live, this CD is what its all about there is something about hearing these song preformed live that just blows away the studio recordings. Alot of live albums can feel flat and tinny like Meats earlier live album "Live" great recording but the sound really let it down, however this album will blow your socks off, this is Meat Loaf sounding better than he ever has and also Jim Steinman is on piano for the tracks "heaven can wait" and "objects in the rear view mirror" and every tracks flows and is in just the right order that you never grow tired or feel like skipping tracks. The main highlights are found on disc 2 in the form of "hot patootie" which is just a brilliant live version of the classic rocky horror show song and next is a rare gem from Meats early days when he was with Stoney, "what you see is what you get" which is fantastic to hear Meat going back to the very start of his career and pulling out a gem like this to which long time duet partner Patti Russo sounds amazing.
Nothing seems to be edited down for time, as we get a fantastic nearly 16 minute version of paradise at the end of CD 1, each CD is full to capacity which gives us close to 2 & half hours of music to which we can hear Meat and his incredible band playing their hearts out and giving such passion to these songs that when you listen to the studio recordings again afterwards they seem to lack that killer edge that is provided here. Get this CD and hear Meat in his prime belting out his classics and doing what he does best and giving the show of his life.


Bad For Good
Bad For Good
Price: £5.12

5.0 out of 5 stars A great over the top album from the master Jim Steinman, 4 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Bad For Good (Audio CD)
What can be really said about Jim Steinman, other than he is a Rock God, without Steinmans' contibution to music the world would be a duller place, he can take something so simple as a bike crash song ramp it up to 11 and give the world one of the most over the top and loved pieces of music, and what we have here is no different. BAD FOR GOOD is as over the top as you could ask for from Mr Steinman, this was meant to be Meat Loaf's next album but due to vocal problems and record company pressure for another Bat Out Of Hell album Jim took the undertaking himself and what we have is a perfectly balanced album but if only they could get the track list right, when this was originally released on vinyl it came with an EP containing the tracks "The Storm" and "Rock and roll dreams come through", the first being the prologue to the album and the second been the epilogue, instead here they have placed the storm at the very end of the album and rock and roll dreams mid way through so you dont get that sense of grandeous that Steinman was aiming for. However if you can track down the Austrailian copy of this problem has been rectified but they have still messed about with the ordering of the songs.
The main problem that this album has is Steinmans vocals as everyone compares them to Meats and you shouldn't because they sound so different from one another and it is a well known fact that Steinman didn't sing all the tracks that alot of the lead male vocals were preformed by Roy Dodd, who also featured as Meats backing singer on the Bat Out Of Hell album but this doesn't detract from this being a great album with so great rock tracks like bad for good and out of the frying pan and stark raving love, to more softer beautiful songs like lost boys and golden girls to surf's up, a personal favourite of mine off the album. The one thing that this album desperately needs is a deluxe remastered edition that would have your sound system melting in delight cause this album needs to be played loud and proud for one of the most over the top 60 minutes of music that you'll find any where, cause once you've listend to this album you'll never be the same again.


Blind Before I Stop
Blind Before I Stop

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different side to Meat Loaf not seen since., 3 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Blind Before I Stop (Audio CD)
T his album probably has the most interesting collection of Meat Loaf songs ever put together, released in 1986 following on from his previous album Bad Attitude (1984) it takes a complete 180 turn in direction and finds a more moody Meat here sounding as good as he ever has but it cant make up its mind what it wants to be. There are some great stand out rock tracks like "Masculine" "blind before I stop" and "rock 'N' roll hero". However this isn't an album you can dip in and out of, I find that you have to be really in the mood to play this album, I think that the problem is that it doesnt know wether it wants to be a serious atmospheric piece or a rock album, like the opening track "Execution day" which starts out very slow and moody and has some great lyrics that has hardly been heard on a Meat Loaf song before or even today, suddenly half way through becomes a fast rock track from nowhere. This may not be the greatest Meat Loaf album made but it is the most interesting and there are some great tracks to be found on here Meats sounding as good as ever but it wont be an album that is listened to as much as Meats other out put.


Midnight At The Lost And Found
Midnight At The Lost And Found
Price: £5.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meat without Steinman for the first time., 3 Nov. 2012
Meats third solo album is the first for his career not to feature any songs by Jim Steinman, and it is noticabe, this album doesnt have the grandness and epic tone that Bat and Deadringer have or the operatic rock feeling that Meat wouldn't capture again until Bat 2. This does not mean that this album is not a good record, this record shows Meat not for the first time in his career trying out different styles, and really trying to find his feet again and prove that he doesnt need steinman to make a good record, and this is what we have a good record, not a brilliant or fantastic one but a good solid record throughout. The first thing you would notice on the first listen is that the length of the songs are more of the standard radio friendly length nothing really going over 3 & half minutes, Meat also puts his hat in the ring and co-writes some of the songs including a great song called "Wolf at your door", there is also the treat of Meats version of "Promise Land" which was a liove studio one take recording. The standout track on this album is "Midnight at the lost and found" which you can still find Meat preforming live. This album is by no means the best offering from Meat Loaf but it is a great rock 'N' roll record that shows Meat paving a new musical direction that would show that he could still make great music and albums even without Steinman and this can be seen even more so with his next album "Bad Attitude".


Dead Ringer
Dead Ringer
Price: £4.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremly underrated second album from Meat Loaf, 3 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Dead Ringer (Audio CD)
How do you follow on from the success of an album like Bat Out of Hell? Well the answer is right here in the form of Deadringer, an album that has got the reputation of being an under whelming follow up, bhoweber this is not the case. What we have here is an album bursting with emotion, passion and a good'ol sense of dark humour laced through out. This time around Jim Steinman only wrote the songs for the album and that is as far as his involment is this time around, alot had happened between the release of Bat Out of Hell and Deadringer, Meat Loaf had blown his vocals during the tour and had suffered a breakdown from the sudden fame and pressure of said tour. Following the success of the album Bat Out of Hell the record company wanted another Bat album now and Meat couldn't provided the vocals cause of his condition so Jim Steinman went a head and recorded what would be known as Bad For Good (which over the years Meat has recorded many of the songs featured on the album). However during the recording of Bad For Good Meat became well enough voice wise to begin recording a follow up to Bat, and while it may be missing certain elements compared to Bat this is still one hell of a rock album.
There is no getting away from the fact that Meats vocie and Steinmans songs go together in perfect harmony and this album is no exception to that rule, what we have are seven songs (excluding the spoken nocturnal pleasure spoken piece) of pure rock bliss, Meat might not sound as good or as sharp as he did on Bat, but you can still hear and feel the raw emotion that he brings to songs like "More than you deserve" which is my personal favourite off the album and Meats first ever Steinman song he preformed in the early 70's, to "im gonna love her for both of us" and "read'em and weep" to rock'in the house up with the opening track "peal out" to the fantasticly named only in a steinman song "i'll kill you if you dont come back" to the brilliant duet and most widely knopw song off the album "Deadringer for love".
If you like your music loud and proud this is the album for you, its a fantastic album and extremly underrated and a worthy follow up to the bat, and Meat at his best even though his vocals dont permit him to go as high as he could have gone.


Hang Cool Teddy Bear
Hang Cool Teddy Bear
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meat's Album of Madness, 28 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Hang Cool Teddy Bear (Audio CD)
2010 was the year that Meat silenced his critics and out raged fans and parents alike, released 3 and a half years after the medi-core Bat Out Of HELL 3 and highly criticised tour that followed. If anyone was to place bets on Meat Loaf been washed up and had it the odds looked good, however Meat in true fighting fashion fired everyone around him that had made the last album and tour such a disaster and pushing Meat and his vocals to the point of almost ruin, and decided to start from scratch and make an album that he wanted to make and the end result is "Hang Cool Teddy Bear". Reviews have criticised that it is more like a Meat Loaf and his famous friends album, yes there are lots of guest spots on the album like Jack Black, Kara Dioguardi, Hugh Laurie, Brian May, Steve Vai & Justin Hawkins but this does not detract but only enhances it and why should'nt you have fun making an album and invite your friends to come along for the ride and adds to the overall feel and vibe.
Unlike previous albums this is Meat having the time of his life and this can be seen more so in the video blogs that were made during the making of the album and can be found on Meats web site, and the magical mad man producing is Rob Cavallo who has done an amazing job revitailsing Meats passion and giving him a new fresh sound and direction. Now this album has come under fire for two songs mainly the first "like a rose" which has Meat dropping the F bomb during the song, now fans are saying that this isn't Meat and has no place on one of his albums, to which I answer I take it you have never been to a Meat Loaf concert in which he often swears and at the end of Paradise by the dashboard light him and Patti Russo drops the F bomb all the time, so come on lighten up and get a grip. The second song that people have a big problem with is "California isn't big enough" the song written by Justin Hawkins (lead singer of the darkness) is one of the funniest songs every recorded, yes its not for everone especially young kids but it has one of the most catchy chours's ever and is a fanastic rock song and people should get a sense of humour, cause com'on your listening to an artist called Meat Loaf so how can you take any thing seriously and go back and listen to the Steinman songs carefully and see what is really there.
This is the best Album that has Meat has released this millenium and I hope that he keeps going in this new direction, dont compare to older classic Meat and just enjoy the album for what it is and stop comparing it to Bat Out of Hell which nothing will equal only be over shadowed by.


I Couldn´t Have Said It Better Myself
I Couldn´t Have Said It Better Myself
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £9.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Meat loaf for the new millenium, 27 Oct. 2012
After an 8 year gap between albums after the massive sucess of "Welcome to the neighbourhood" instead of releasing more albums the big guy decided to concentrate on his acting career while also touring inbetween times as well, now after such along period between albums its fair to say that Meat might have gone soft and lost his edge. but thankfully this is not the case. What we have here is an album full of passion, heroics, white hot rock and a side to Meat loaf not seen before or untill "Hell in a handbasket", Meat proves that he can still handle the softer delicate ballads while also still being able to belt out great rock tracks like "love you out loud" and "tear me down", however the really stand out tracks are "Did I say that", "Testify" and a great cover of Bob Dylans "Forever Young". This is an album that came out in 2003 and reminded people that Meat Loaf still mattered and could still release an album that is of a musical magnitued that nothing else can compare to the heart and passion that Meat brings to an album.
Apart from this being a great album there is also some extra treats to be found, keep listeing after the end track "forever young" as there is a two minute gap and the the hidden track "mercury blues" starts which is a great rock 'n' roll track that has been a staple in Meats live shows for years now, also there is a live version of "bat out of hell" which is taken from the story tellers live album/DVD.

This is another great offering from the Loaf and shows that there is life in the old dog yet, a great album and a must buy.


Bad Attitude
Bad Attitude
Price: £6.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Meat., 27 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Bad Attitude (Audio CD)
This album is probably the best of the 80's albums that Meat Loaf made, it is nine perfectly crafted songs that flow toegther in perfect uninon, from the opening track Bad Attitude ( a duet with Roger Daltrey) it is an album that show case's Meats great vocals and sounding fantastic more so than his previous two albums Deadringer and Midnight at the lost and found. There are two Jim Steinman songs that can be found "nowhere fast" & "Surf's Up" both of which sound fantastic, but the center piece of the album is the song "piece of the action" which if after listening to it your adrenaline isnt pumping there is something seriously wrong. Its a shame that this album hasn't had the same notoriety as some of his other albums but this is a gem to behold and a great listen and at the price on amazon a great bargin, so do yourself a favour and buy this album and you wont be unhappy with your choice.


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