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House Of Flying Daggers [DVD]
House Of Flying Daggers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Takeshi Kaneshiro
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.11

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Flippin Marvellous, 12 Sept. 2005
This is one of the very few films I've ever seen that deserves five stars. The storyline is a little recycled but just as you think you've got it figured, the story twists, things happen that you werent expecting and other things that you were expecting suddenly don't. I won't give it away, but there is a nice twist at the end which is a little different to the male masculinity you would usually expect.
The places chosen to shot the film are quite simply breath taking, with every colour nature has to offer from deep greens and reds to stark white landscapes being captured on camera by director Zhang Yimou. The sets that were actually created for the film have also been done fantastically, all reflecting the traditional Chinese buildings and decorations that you would expect to see and incorporating even more bright colours.
All three of the main actresses / actors (Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Andy Lau) play there roles fantastically and with great conviction. Ziyi Zhang stands out slightly more then the other's, playing the blinded character Mei andmoving with such conviction you could be forgiven for thinking Ziyi Zhang herself was actually blind.
And of coarse, I haven't even mentioned the fantastic, period music and sound effects that appear throughout the film, or the brilliant martial arts performed by all. I haven't even got to the great special effects, with the camera riding behind or on the back of arrows and knives as they fly through the air. I could go on for hours.
If you want to see a film you'll never forget, buy this and watch it on a wide screen with surround sound (get yourself invited around a friends house if you don't have the necessary equipment). Sit back, and enjoy a true masterpiece.

Project 1950
Project 1950
Price: £11.03

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Only Singing Love Songs................., 28 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Project 1950 (Audio CD)
Well if you thought Astro Zombies, Teenagers From Mars or Nights Of The Living Dead were scary, you aint nearly prepared for the biggest fright of all - Jerry Only singing love songs.
Although it may take a while to get use to the romantic songs (i couldn't help interpreting 'You Belong To Me' in the same light as 'Helena' from Famous Monsters) when you eventually do i'm sure you'll come to except that this is a very good album. The usual distorted guitars are present, as are a variety of other instruments and a lot of backing singers, some of which are famous, others of which are a little annoying - the female backing singers in some of the songs do sound like middle aged Texans with that annoying, impossible-to-describe accent.
As you probably guessed this is not a normal Misfits album. The songs are not based around horror (except Monster Mash) and there are lots of guest appearances and extra instruments, something that would never have previously been seen. I can understand why that would put some of the hardcore Fiends off of buying it, but if you want something a little more upbeat then usual -especially with summer arriving- or feel like a blast from the past (I can't believe i just typed that) then this is definately worth buying.
The reason the album only got four stars is because it is a little short, clocking in at about 30 minutes but apart from that, I personally don't see any problems with it.

Sonic Firestorm
Sonic Firestorm
Price: £9.94

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Good, 23 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Sonic Firestorm (Audio CD)
Start with a huge amount of melodic, fast solos played at the same high level of Slash and Iron Maiden. Add in distorted guitar strumming reminiscent of early Misfits from the Danzig age. Chuck in some fantastic key board playing, a bassist similar to Jerry Only, a double kicker and singing that even you're parents would deem 'acceptable', sprinkle on a heap spoonful of cheese and stick it in a recording studio at a moderate English temperature for three months. What have you got? Iron Misfits? Not quite, but something just as good, if not a lot better. As you can probably tell by the strange recipe metaphor above, describing what Dragon Force actually consists of is not easy, in fact its very difficult. I'm not a fan of power metal in general, but this takes the genre to a whole new level, a level which is occupied only by Dragon Force.
For those who have heard the first Dragon's album, 'Valley Of The Damned', I'm glad to say that Sonic Firestorm is an improvement, having ironed out the few mistakes of the bands debut. The singing (however cheesy) is much clearer and the incredibly fast solos (and I really do mean fast, you have to hear it to believe it) have been refined to a perfect art. The songs, each of which is an epic tale of fantasy are all just about different enough to give the album a slightly less merged feel as opposed to the first album, where the songs do sound a little too similar.
To put it simply, I've not been this excited and hyped about a band since hearing AFI's 'The Art Of Drowning' (the first AFI record I ever had the pleasure of listening to) and it seems that Dragon Force have hit on something very special and very appealing early on in their career, which, if they continue, has the potential to span the same length and build up as big a fan base as the metal God's Iron Maiden.
If you're a fan of guitar music in general, I suggest you find your seat on the Dragon's band wagon because with them supporting Iron Maiden on some of the dates on Maiden's world tour, it won't be long until thousands of potential fans are exposed to the sound of the Dragons and when that happens, I predict the band wagon becoming very, very crowded.

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