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Deliverance 35th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition [DVD] [1972]
Deliverance 35th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Jon Voight
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £5.13

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but flawed, 1 April 2014
Havent seen this film for over 30 years so bought the remastered edition to see if it was still as good as i remember it. Well.....yes and no. Its still very effective in parts but i was cringing at the sight of seeing soft city boy jon voight scaling a sheer 100ft rock wall after being smashed about by rapids, and after all that just happening to be in the right spot amongst miles of forest to be confronted by the hunter. This unbelivable scenario is pure hollywood and was so ridiculous it ruined the whole film for me, especially the climb.

Please Sir! [DVD]
Please Sir! [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Alderton
Price: £4.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect comedy film, 28 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Please Sir! [DVD] (DVD)
Lets get something straight right away - this wonderful series/movie will be remembered most fondly for those of a certain age during the period of 1968-72 - it probably passed by those too old at the time and those too young to remember will not share the same nostalgic reminisces of this magical show and time period - (and i cant help but feel a bit sorry for them for that) For those of us at the right age, im sure you will agree that Its very hard to watch this film without feeling hopelessly nostalgic and romantic for a time period long gone which we all feel im sure was just about the best era to be growing up in - so in evaluating this fiim - im going to try and leave all the sentiment and nostalgia behind and look at this perspectivly, nearly 45 years down the line

so what do we have? well, like the headline reads - an absolutely perfect comedy. An incredibly rich cast of diverse characters, top-notch acting and extremely clever and witty - laugh out loud at times - dialogue. This film has absolutely everything you could hope for in a comedy - not a second is wasted and the timing is just impeccable. It beggars belief how people like john alderton and indeed the whole cast could have spent the rest of their careers in virtual obscurity. This is a warm, gentle and brilliantly concieved movie from beginning to end. Because of the certain age i am though it does fill me with a sense of sadness at how many years have gone by and how the majority of the cast are no longer with us. This film is a magic and defining moment in british film history. Do i make myself clear? good!

Oh Yes We Can Love: The History Of Glam Rock
Oh Yes We Can Love: The History Of Glam Rock
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £31.64

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars another numb-nut getting paid for knowing nothing, 3 Feb. 2014
The trouble is with this box set is not the music - 80% of which is of course, great. No - its with the dummy or dummies behind it doing the compiling. I mean, honestly, where do they get these people? how do they get the job? do they actually get paid for doing things like this?

trying to be clever including people like noel coward and anthony newley (the latter presumably because of his influence on bowie) is really pretty desperate and also very, very contrived. of course - he/they have to of course also include howling wolf cos its where bolan lifted a bit of 'jeepster' etc. But so what? does that mean howling wolf is one of the forefathers of glam rock? did howling wolf dress up in stacked boots and lip gloss whilst trawling through the mississippi delta? ho hum

Then theres the otheres. Nazareth? judas priest? what the hell do they have to do with the movement? at the other end of the spectrum, barry blue? the bay city rollers?? kenny??? do me a favour please

And the we come up to modern times and now theyre really getting desperate. Morrissey? goldfrapp?the fall??? words fail me.

By far the most inexcusable act in this mockery of an album however is THE EXCLUSION OF GARY GLITTER!!!!!! gary was the epitome of glam rock and made some CLASSIC records and to ostacize him from it like he didnt even exist is truly, truly PATHETIC - and by the way, to all you holier-than-thou sun readers who will no doubt defend this action let me ask you this - how come jerry lee lewis isnt ostracized for maryying his 13 year old cousin? or bill wyman for having a go at the 13 year old mandy smith? and how about ANY of your idols from the 70's who ALL laid into 12/13/14 year old groupies in america in the 70's (thats right ALL)
- Remember all glitter did (supposedly) was get found looking at CP (and of course, none of you have have you?)- not nice maybe but a hell of a lot less than what 99% of his rock compatriots did. Real nice how theyve all turned their back on him aint it? Get your heads out of the gutter press and smell the truth

anyway - back to this comp - i cant tell you how sick and tired i am of these 'compilations' devised by these record company minnows who know NOTHING about the bands or eras concerned and care even less. Save your money - you should already own everything that matters from this genre anyway. Dont give any more money to these charlatans. And gary....youre still the leader mate
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Dirty Tricks
Dirty Tricks
Offered by music-discount
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great lost album disrespected by record company, 6 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Dirty Tricks (Audio CD)
My negative review of this album is not about the band itself or the music herein - dirty tricks were one of the great lost british bands of the 70's. All of their albums are full of fabulous songs with great musicianship throughout and they really should have made a much bigger impact than they did. For one reason or another, they went through the slips and its a bit of a mystery as to why cos they really did have it all going on. They actually ended up a few years back as a led zeppelin tribute band! which makes it even more tragic somehow.

My gripe here is with the record company. Majestic? whoever they are, have simply repackaged these albums onto CD with what seems like a direct lift from the vinyl. Instead of searching out the master tapes and doing a nice remaster job on this bands albums, (all of which cry out for a remaster), theyve obviously just decided to cash in quick and release them in substandard format

And aint that typical? no respect and no honour as per usual. Record companies to a tee. A disgraceful business. Dirty tricks - you deserve better

Vulgar Display of Power
Vulgar Display of Power
Price: £5.99

1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good band destroyed by 'singer', 30 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Vulgar Display of Power (Audio CD)
Hated this band at the time cos of the godawful vocalist. All these years later i can listen back and see that, indeed, this was musically a very good band. Faultless musicianship really and the music itself is pretty damn good if you like your metal balls-to-the-wall. However my feelings about the voice of phil anselmo has not changed. Anselmo was the main instigator of the modern trend of shouty/screamy/emo type vocals which has been copied by multitudes of clueless metal kids ever since. Perhaps he thought it made him sound tough and the music more aggressive? well...it doesnt. What it does do however is make this album and all panteras albums practically unlistenable to me as a result.

Went to the high voltage festival in london shortly after ronnie dio died and this nobody had the nerve to gatecrash the stage to shout his loathsome grunting and growling over some clasic sabbath/heaven and hell song. Iommi looked at him with disdain. Dio was probably turning in his grave. In short then, a good band ruined by a 'singer' who is single-handedly responsible for 99.9% of all the bands on the likes of 'kerraang' TV who scream and shout and have turned metal from a vital force into a laughing stock. Nice legacy Anselmo.
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Nobody's Child [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Nobody's Child [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1.0 out of 5 stars A great film spoilt by manufacturers incompetence, 12 Dec. 2013
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Fell in love with this film when it first came out and it remains one of my favourites so was very pleased to see it released on DVD. However i was very dissapointed by the quality of this product. Instead of being remastered and looked after like it should have been, it seems that the people responsible for releasing this have paid no care and attention whatsoever to it - it looks and sounds very grainy, almost like it was lifted directly from an old betamax copy. It also makes the unforgivable sin of falling in and out of synch (unless its just my copy? but i doubt that) - we get no extras either, no info at all - just a cheap and shoddy inlay. What a shame. Hope the people responsible are happy.

Dream River
Dream River
Price: £7.92

7 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A new mister bland for the bland generation!, 10 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Dream River (MP3 Download)
This guy just won 'mojo' magazines album of the year award so, even though i really should know better i went and picked up a copy.

Oh gosh i dont know, maybe im getting terribly jaded in my old age but this doesnt sound like anything special to me - just like all the other singer/songwriter types out there now its just a pale imitation of music from better days gone by.

Callahans voice is a cross somewhere between nick cave and chris rea and at least, thank god, he doesnt indulge in the spinless indie/emo whining phrasing originated by the likes of thom yorke and adopted by the current crop of british troubadors. He kinda croons along sweetly enough in a gentle(though hardly inspiring) manner and one song melds effortlessly into the next like they do in that wallflower way when youre sitting in a cocktail bar or riding an elevator.

Contrary to what some clueless souls have said on this review page - there is nothing original on this album - nothing to move you or stir your soul. Its all been done far far better a long long time ago. Go get yourself a musical education kids.
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Queen Of Denmark
Queen Of Denmark
Price: £7.99

3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars oh please!, 10 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Queen Of Denmark (Audio CD)
People people people what are you hearing? WHAT ARE YOU HEARING?!! im perplexed, totally perplexed by the reviews of this album. Im beginning to think that there really are whole generations of people out there whose points of musical reference begin in about 1990 or something, like - the 30 or so years before that didnt even happen! Everyone is raving about this guy and what do i find when i check it out on the strength of all this gushing praise? Why - its an album of simon and garfunkel out-takes circa 1966 combined with england dan and john ford coley out-takes from 1972! chuck in a bit of (i kid you not) kraftwerk impersonation (on 'thats the good news') and a peice of lou reed surrealism on 'what time' and youve got a confused, messy and very clumsy album which no depth, no passion and half hearted songs with very contrived lyrics. Oh dear me, what is the matter with everyone out there?
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The Descent 2 [DVD] (2009)
The Descent 2 [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Shauna MacDonald
Price: £5.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy follow-up, 30 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: The Descent 2 [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
Was suspicious of this part 2 of a genuinley terrifying first movie. Part 2's of any film tend to be very inferior. This IS inferior, but only just - as there are some truly nasty and frightening sequences on offer here - and the awful sense of claustraphobia that was present in the first movie is still very evident

Where it fails is in the slightly unbelivable notion that our heroine, after escaping the first time, and so traumatized by the experience that she couldnt remember anything, goes willingly back into the caves when really she should have been kicking and screaming in hysteria - no way could her memory loss not be immediately jogged by the sight of the caves again. And then when she does remember, she runs INTO the cave system instead of screaming to get out! I think it would have been more effective if they had made her a little more vulnerable and fragile instead of turning her immediately into uber-warrior woman. Couldnt quite get my head around this bit.

Also whats the chances of running into juno again (even if you could your head around the fact that she survived the first movie when she faced about two dozen of the creatures) when the cave system itself is presumably hundreds of miles of winding ups and downs?

Also again the creatures seem too easily beaten in a fight, especially considering one scene near the end when one of the creatures picks someone up with one hand and throws them like a rag doll, signifying great strength.

Anyway thats just a few gripes. Overall i loved the film. it was fast-paced, exciting and very atmospheric, with really disturbing images throughout. And i loved the ending too, which was very unexpected and well done

A very nice couple of movies then. Now...what about part 3?

Cass [DVD]
Cass [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nonso Anozie
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars yawn, 27 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Cass [DVD] (DVD)
i was expecting something different from this film because there was a decent story to be told here. However it is spoilt on so many levels and what could have been a good opportunity is terribly wasted.

Firstly - i know this was done on a low budget but the producers really didnt do anything to disguise that fact. It all looks incredibly cheap and shoddy.

Secondly cass portrays himself in the 70's as if he was the only black kid on the block in the football world - not true. I was around then as well and remember there being lots of black kids going over football, supporting all teams. And far from it being a situation where they were racially outcasts thats not true either - in fact it was the very opposite - back in the 60's/70's black kids and white kids spoke the same language (unlike now) - and i dont recall any racism against them. In 70's inner london most schools were 50/50 black/white and there was never any problems. I know - i was there

Thirdly - the acting and dialogue is par for the course as in all these football movies. Clumsy and corny. Nonso alonzie himself gives a decent performance but is hampered by the absolute cheese he has to speak throughout. Being given typical art-school film student appropriation of 'cockney geezer' speak

Fourth - fight scenes as usual looking like something out of batman. Typical again of these films and its just cringeworthy

fifth - cass grew up in a great era and much could have been made of those days. But we get a fleeting glimpse and then its gone - obviously due to the cheap production values

Overall then - a complete mess and a wasted opportunity to do something a bit special with this genre, because anyone who was there will remember that they were exciting times. Will they ever get it right? i doubt it. Along with the pathetic likes of 'green street' and 'football factory' this fits in nicely. just more of the same - shockingly embarrasing

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