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Evil Dead II [Blu-ray]
Evil Dead II [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Sarah Berry
Offered by Magic SuperCenter
Price: $11.95
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12 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Blu Ray Ever Made, October 14, 2009
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This review is from: Evil Dead II [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Big fan of the film and Raimi's low-budget comedy horror stylings, but this has to rank as the worst blu ray I regret to own. If you upgraded to hi def for the picture quality, don't bother with this one. Its absolutely shocking, with terrible use of noise reduction that gives everything a wax-like appearance. Go with the book of the dead edition until Anchor Bay fixes this mess.


Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 (10 Disc Blu-Ray)
Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 (10 Disc Blu-Ray)
DVD ~ Neil Young

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I regret not getting the blu-ray, and here's why!, June 15, 2009
Simple fact that on DVD the music stops when you go back to menu to continue browsing special features... I wanted an immersive audio-visual experience with this set and the DVD does not provide anywhere near the freedom of blu-ray for that reason. I would have loved to be able to set one song playing, then continue browsing all the fun letters and photos and reading about other songs...

Also, be appraised that there is not that much video content on the set. At least not that I've discovered yet. And that the audio is outstanding on the DVD set, and that the standard method of operation for presentation of audio on the DVD format here is to create screen-saver like images, often a filmed shot of a reel-to-reel machine playing, with nice posters and things in the background; or a 45 record of the machine, and that this is much better than a blank screen!

Also, be appraised that Sugar Mountain, Live at Canterbury House, has not been included on the set. Some people randomly got a copy of it added to their set in the secret box compartment, but most people, including me, didn't; so if you were interested in hearing that show, which is pretty good, you'll most likely have to get it separately, or perhaps wait till Vol 2, where it may resurface.

Also, be appraised that the Live at the Riverboat show is superb, easily as good as Massey Hall, which has become my favourite live recording of all time since I first heard it a few years ago.

Of course I'm glad I got the DVD set over the CD set. The whole fun in this set is the ability to select songs and view photos and documents and memorabilia relating to them, and occasionally, video, and more often fun audio snippets of radio interviews and interviews of Neil talking about seeing the material for the first time in years. And I'm certainly glad I got an edition that includes the box and the book, which are so beautiful its impossible to explain. The book looks like a big, beautifully illustrated moleskin, and is a great companion when the archives itself won't let me look at memorabilia while I'm listening.

I am, however, glad I'm able to enjoy the archives right now, on my laptop, and my DVD player, without too much extra trouble. It has inspired me to perhaps look at upgrading my system for Vol 2, now I know how good the archives is, and how bad it is to miss out on the extra blu-ray content.

Hope some of this helps in your own format decision.

Ben
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John Ford: The Complete Films
John Ford: The Complete Films
by Paul Duncan
Edition: Paperback
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really illustrates Ford's genius., July 3, 2007
I was never too big a John Ford fan, just got this from the library out of curiosity, and I'm definitely going to purchase it. Its such a beautiful book, with not only large photos which capture the most visually awesome moments from all of Ford's many movies, including a revealing array of moments from lost films. Really illustrates Ford's genius in two ways: you can read it once with the margins, absorbing each large picture and its caption, then more in depth by reading the text in the middle by Eyman, who wrote a good book on Ernst Lubitsch amongst other things.


The Big Parade [VHS]
The Big Parade [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Robert Harper Books
Price: $7.10
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Conspicuously missing from DVD... Hmm..., June 27, 2007
This review is from: The Big Parade [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Great war film I just watched on this silent classics VHS, which at the moment is the only place its available. There's nothing wrong with this release at all, in fact it has a score by the wonderful Carl Davis, the highest sought-after silent film composer. Nice picture, and a great film, sorely missed on a more stable format that doesn't have the scrolling tape problems of VHS.


Chaplin Mutual Comedies - Restored Edition
Chaplin Mutual Comedies - Restored Edition
DVD ~ Charles Chaplin
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best prints I've ever seen from the 1910's!, June 18, 2007
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This is the best I've ever seen the mutuals looking. If you've only seen them on a cheapie DVD with the same Duke Ellington jazz tune played on every film, you don't know what you're missing. Every film is scored by the best silent composer working today, Carl Davis, and taken from some of the best prints I've ever seen of anything from the 1910's, which is usually barely watchable, here looks as clear as something from the 40's.

Most importantly they're fun films, funnier than Charlie's more sentimental 20's stuff.


The Essential
The Essential
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Evening with Pete Seeger, October 24, 2006
This review is from: The Essential (Audio CD)
This item has a really fun cover so that you can't miss it if you run across it somewhere.

Not to be confused with the recent company doing retrospectives of many artists, including Pete Seeger, under the same title "Essential Pete Seeger."

This volume seems to be the complete concert that some tracks for the recent "Essential" were selected from, including Wimoweh. While this concert does feature some hits that Seeger himself had with the Weavers like Wimoweh aka Mbube aka The Lion Sleeps Tonight, its not intended as a hits collection but is true to Seeger's preference for showcasing other people's songs: songs by his friend and old band mate Woody Guthrie, African American folk songs, mountain songs, world songs.

It is Essential Seeger in that it gives a faithful idea of what Seeger's like in concert: its just him and his banjo, which he plays beautifully; and the folk tradition of getting the audience to laugh and sing along. Sounds like an entertaining night was had by all.

Should you get it? Depends on what you're after. Don't expect Weavers studio recordings.


Beach Boys - An American Band / Brian Wilson - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
Beach Boys - An American Band / Brian Wilson - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
DVD ~ Brian Wilson
Price: $8.52
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend "Endless Harmony" and "Smile" instead., September 27, 2006
AMERICAN BAND

Simply because I've seen "An American Band" and think its a bad way-in to the Beach Boys simply because their studio recordings are immortal yet this documentary stubbornly opts every time for the live version where the BB's slaughter the delicate arrangements they weren't allowed to play in the studio (Brian had studio musicians do the parts in the band's peak era (circa All Summer Long-Pet Sounds, 1966). Many Americans may know the BB's as a great touring band - but I see no evidence of it. Mike Love's camping it up on stage also isn't likely to endear this doco to newcomers. Also, the footage is grainey

I JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES (yet to see it, but I'm just saying Endless Harmony is a much more professionally done project with a bigger budjet, presents a more well-rounded portrait, instaed of just an onslaught of live BB murder.)

So my logic is that you shouldn't buy anything with "American Band" on it, and while you're going for "Endless Harmony" you may as well go for "Smile" as well, the DVD.


America
America
Offered by SourceMedia
Price: $4.99
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend 'Ride This Train' instead., February 3, 2006
This review is from: America (Audio CD)
If you're thinking of investing in your first Cash concept album, i'd recommend Ride This Train (1960). Try that, see if you like it. I loved Ride This Train, but wasn't as impressed by America, and sort of regretted paying retail for it. Like most of the Cash concept albums, its well under thirty minutes total, and each of the songs are slight two-minute affairs, the rest being made up by the between-song narration. In Ride This Train, the narration is backed by the sound of a train, which works quite well. On America, Cash just narrates in silence, and it doesn't work as well. I think Ride This Train has better songs, too. Preview 'Loading Coal,' opening track of Ride This Train, with its crisp production and assured vocal, and see for yourself.


The Night Rider
The Night Rider
DVD ~ Johnny Cash
Price: $37.58
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't seen this, but here's some more info:, February 3, 2006
This review is from: The Night Rider (DVD)
its a 22 minute TV movie in which Cash plays Johnny Laredo.


Johnny Cash: The Songs
Johnny Cash: The Songs
by Don Cusic
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection, but make sure you know what you're buying., February 2, 2006
This review is from: Johnny Cash: The Songs (Paperback)
This item's description is ambiguous, so I want to point to people that it is NOT a book-length analysis or appreciation of Cash's songs, it is merely a COLLECTION OF HIS LYRICS, categorised by the editor. The introduction is interesting and well-written, but can be read easily with Amazon's preview feature without purchasing.
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