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Classic Albums: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon
Classic Albums: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon
DVD ~ Pink Floyd
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $8.75
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...it's all dark..., May 9, 2005
...and it was worth it just to hear Roger Waters on guitar...a six-string, no less! ...and David Gilmour on the pedal steel and Moog! These new acoustic performances, among others, of the album's songs are interwoven with conceptual films (including the animated ones) from the period when the album was originally released, and framed by interviews that look like they were filmed not too long before the DVD was released (2003)-the aforementioned Waters, Gilmour, along with Richard Wright, are among the interviewees and performers of other acoustic pieces that were filmed individually (no love lost, eh?), the interviews being informative and honest, touching on the band's internal conflicts and "lost" member Syd Barrett (sigh.)-all of this is in the bonus materials section-as for the feature itself, the three band members are joined by the fourth, Nick Mason, for the interviews, along with the people behind the making of the album (Alan Parsons, etc.) and assorted journos, they being again interspersed with studio and concert footage (more new acoustic with the period stuff but wait until you hear the "Money" demo!) and photos-in short, more talking heads than music, but what do you expect from a documentary? (I read this was originally shown on VH1)--Pink Floyd, like a lot of "classic rock" groups (Sabbath, Priest, AC/DC, etc.), have started reviewing their past, much of it resulting in archiving footage and performances so it can be released to their adoring public-some of these releases are left wanting in their presentation and selective in their material, but this offering from one of the chief progenitors of progressive rock and the "concept" album is a comprehensive overview of one the most listened-to albums (reel-to-reel, Quadraphonic, 8-track, cassette, DAT, mini-disc, CD, DVD audio...) in the history of rock and roll.


The Reserection
The Reserection
DVD ~ Turbonegro
Offered by CAC Media
Price: $19.39
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You find inspiration in the strangest places..., April 26, 2005
This review is from: The Reserection (DVD)
...as I never expected to find it here--first off, the music: the only other group I can seem to remotely compare this one to is Alice Cooper when it was a group before it turned into a solo vehicle for Vincent Furnier to espouse his Christian morality tales (I'm talking about the orginal members, in their glory, from the "Love It To Death" to the "Muscle Of Love" period, Turbonegro's lead singer has even co-opted Alice's eye makeup!)--the members of Turbonegro has classified their music as deathpunk, but you can forget that, this music is full of life and seems to me to be preoccupied with sexual deviancy, not that there's anything wrong with that! Now, my disappointments, about which caused me to subtract a star: first, I was led to believe from other web sites and reviews that there would be some promo videos included, which there weren't, altho there is an hour-long documentary about the group's comeback in 2003 after breaking up in 1998, then an hour or so long concert from the start of their comeback tour, two different and individual concert videos and two short films; second, the documentary removes a lot of the mystique surrounding the band, so be forewarned--however, where I got my inspiration from was the documentary itself, so without giving anything away, I'll say that the film concerns what happened after the lead singer had his drug-induced meltdown and how he found the strength and support from his band members and family to return to what he loved, which is playing some hard-core rock and roll; I'll tell you, after watching countless "Behind The Music"'s where bands with lesser spirit and plain old guts blew apart and never spoke to each other again, this film is a literal revelation--as far as I'm concerned after watching this documentary (which includes two complete concert performances), this is a downright revelation and could act as a learning experience for rock bands starting out--so, although I didn't get my precious MTV videos, I ended up getting a whole lot more...


The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 7 (The Killer Shrews / Hercules Against the Moon Men / Hercules Unchained / Prince of Space)
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 7 (The Killer Shrews / Hercules Against the Moon Men / Hercules Unchained / Prince of Space)
DVD ~ James Best
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it VERY much! (...but...), April 24, 2005
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As other reviewers have infomed you, there are 4 discs in this set (as usual) and they are "Hercules Unchained", "Hercules Against the Moonmen, "The Killer Shrews" (with the "Junior Rodeo Daredevils" short) and "Prince of Space", with the "Prince of Space" disc having 3 shorts as extras, including "Assignment Venezuela", "Century 21 Calling" and "A Case of Spring Fever" (be forewarned that the "Assignment Venezuela" short is taken "from the vault" as the enclosed booklet states, so it has a time marker in the upper left-hand corner running completely throughout the short, which is slightly irritating)--other that the aforementioned, there are no other extras and the booklet is only 2 pages (again, as usual) and there are no "surprises" as in some other sets, like postcards, stickers, etc.--when the show was on TV, I tried to catch every episode of every season and I admired and respected the talents of all the cast members--but saying that, I have to admit that when watching the actual movie being spoofed, I preferred the Mike Nelson/Kevin Murphy/Bill Corbett cast more than the Joel Hodgson/Kevin Murphy/Trace Beaulieu lineup--the reason being Joel helped create the show around his comedic sensibilities that started with his stand-up act, which was basically prop comedy, in the vein of Carrot Top, but slightly more surreal and had a nostalgic theme to it (remember the Mystery Date gag he used on Saturday Night Live?) and an audience of all ages could watch him and the show without much controversy--whereas Mike brought a more "snarky" edge to the show, with more topical cultural references, including, but not limited to, sex/drugs/rock and roll gags (this was more pronounced after Bill took over Crow from Trace)--again, I'm not saying one is funnier than the other, but I feel the Joel episodes are more for the family (Joel and the crew even read letters from real-life child fans at the end of his episodes!) and Mike was more for the adults (you could use the Walt Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons as an analogy)--this set is a perfect example of the differing styles as between the shorts and the movies, you have three Joel/Kevin/Trace movies, one Mike/Kevin/Bill movie, one Mike/Kevin/Trace short and two Mike/Kevin/Bill shorts--so, for me, a Mike fan, only the shorts and the "Price of Space" movie are going to appeal more to me (although the "Shrews" movie with the introductory short, "Daredevils" is, I feel, one of the best Joel episodes)--the only problem with the Mike episodes that I can see are concerning the skits perfomed at the opening, closing and before/after some of the commercial breaks (in the latter case, one being longer than the others): these differ from Joel's as the Joel ones are self-contained and always involve the interaction between Joel/Tom/Crow and the two mad scientists who are experimenting on them, Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank (two excellent characters, particularly Frank), whereas the Mike ones involve a continuing storyline between Mike/Tom/Crow and Dr. Forrester's wife Pearl, Brain Guy and Professor Bobo, that you need to keep up with the story line to fully enjoy the jokes--in short, let the kids enjoy both the "Hercules" and the "Shrews" movies with you, but kick them out of the room when watching "Prince" and the extra shorts, unless you want to answer some embarrassing questions (particularly with the "Venezula" short, which shocked me as it had at least three swear words in it--"from the vaults", indeed!)--I still hope the movie rights get cleared so I can finally see some of my favorites from both casts in future box sets, such as: "Operation Double 007" (Joel), "Jack Frost", "Riding With Death" (both Mike), among others--MSTies unite!


Torpedo Juice: A Novel
Torpedo Juice: A Novel
by Tim Dorsey
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars (No spoiler here) The death of Serge..., March 31, 2005
This review is from: Torpedo Juice: A Novel (Hardcover)
I have read all of this author's novels, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet: Tim Dorsey and Serge A. Storm fans: DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! I don't know if Mr. Dorsey was going thru a pessimistic frame of mind when he wrote this but this is the worst, as well as the least funny novel he has ever written--the plot is horrible and confusing, due to its timeframes jumping all over the place, there are too many characters, making it more confusing, and NONE of them are remotely likable or identifiable and Serge in this installment is the biggest wuss I've ever seen and ineffectual in every one of his encounters--I was shocked and VERY disappointed, so much in fact that even though the copy I ordered was PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by the author, I gave it away--personal aside to Mr. Dorsey, if you don't like Serge anymore or the crime genre in particular, PLEASE either write something different or don't write anymore.


Bettie Page - The Girl in the Leopard Print Bikini
Bettie Page - The Girl in the Leopard Print Bikini
DVD ~ Bettie Page
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close..., November 10, 2004
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...but still no cigar--there has been a lot of Bettie (sic) Page DVDs and videos out there and I hate to tell you this but after perusing most of them from various places, you can forget about seeing any of the "peep" dance shorts in any kind of watchable quality--the only footage that won't give you a headache is either the bondage footage or the "Varitease", "Strip-O-Rama" or any of those color burlesque show films--so unless either some body like a relative of Irving Klaw, Bunny Yeager or even Page herself discovers a treasure trove of unseen footage or even watchable "masters" of the aforementioned dance shorts, we have to make do with DVDs like this--this documentary tries to be a "True Hollywood Story" and I have seen the real "THS" on E! about Page--but I actually preferred this DVD to the "THS", which surprised me, mainly because of two things: 1) more Page footage than E! was able to show on TV due to current FCC constraints, and 2) there is none of that "re-creation" of important events in Page's life by actors to get that dramatic effect--no, this DVD is pretty straight-forward but has one fatal flaw: a good third of the running time is more about the sexual mores of America during the decades of Page's life and career and that seemed to me just padding to peddle a DVD to the Page fan and the curious about her life--that's why I subtracted two stars--all in all, though, there is some bonus footage that features about 8 loops from Page's career, including a few of those almost literally unwatchable dances, but there are some bondage films in surprisingly nice shape and the obligatory footage from those color films--I recommend this only for the Page enthusiast/completist, and for the uninitiated, a little over a sawbuck is not bad for a brief documentary that would show you more than TV about a wonderful erotic chapter in the secret history of American culture...


Striptease - The Greatest Exotic Dancers of All Time
Striptease - The Greatest Exotic Dancers of All Time
DVD ~ Artist Not Provided
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not definitive but the best so far..., November 10, 2004
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...of the striptease/burlesque film collections--I've found there's not too many out there--I bought one from a adult site and it was one of the worst DVDs I've ever seen--the footage was unwatchable, all scratches, blinding exposures and unnecessary closeups by the "director"--a two-DVD set from Something Weird (also available from this site) was impressive in its amount of content (2 DVDs) but half of one was a 3D film, and the rest was tame even for the subject and time frame--I remember only two short films/dances that stuck out (pardon the pun) and out of over 3 hours, that ain't good--this DVD, on the other hand, reminds me of a documentary I saw on German TV while living in Stuttgart--as a matter of fact some of that same footage is on this disc, which impressed me as I thought I'd never see it again--there are complete dances of Tempest Storm, Dixie Evans, Sally Rand (one at some outdoor "picnic"/"fair" I'd never seen before, which was highly erotic for its public setting alone vice a stage) but the dance footage of Bettie (sic) Page, Lili St. Cyr is strangely edited--also the Page and Storm footage is taken from the previously released "Varietease", etc. films that, again, Something Weird has already released--my main complaint is the narration: it is pleasant and competent instead of overblown and hokey but it tends to go into the start and even cut into parts of the dance footage and I, as I'm sure you, would rather hear the period music uninterrupted--the positives, besides the sum of collected footage which is varied and is of good quality and contains a surprising amount of nudity, would be the bonus footage of stripping and "nudie cutie" films and the price--in all, I only take away two stars as the footage should have been unedited, for the intrusive narration and the fact that I still hope that there will be an actual collection of burlesque/stripper footage that is lengthy, unadorned of modern frippery and covers the gamut of the stars who graced the stage/screen--until then, of this type of "quickie" DVD that grabs footage where it can and hurriedly throws on the market for the impulse sell to the eager for this type of subject matter, this has been the best of the lot...so far.


Bill Hicks Live - Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian
Bill Hicks Live - Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian
DVD ~ Bill Hicks
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true successor to Lenny Bruce..., October 5, 2004
...but, unfortunately, he never was allowed to reach the peak of his success due to cowardly television and recording executives, and, again like Bruce, due to being a victim and slave to his own excesses--before I go on, I do not own a copy of this DVD, but before any of the usual suspects gets on your high horses to castigate me for reviewing a DVD I've never seen, I correct all of you in advance by answering, that yes, I have seen all this material before--the HBO special, I saw--duh!--on HBO and was one of his few attempts at commercial success as the material is watered-down but no less hilarious, just not as risky and compelling--and the rest I saw on two different PAL format VHS tapes I purchased in the Amsterdam airport gift shop--one was the same Relentless show and that one is later than the HBO special but earlier than the Revelations show--the Relentless show is one of the most funny but haunting comedy sets I have ever seen--Hicks performs all of the material on a dark stage only lit by a spotlight--this is the show that most of the Hicks fans out there will recognize their favorite bits from--the Revelations and the documentary was on the other of the VHS tapes I bought and was called "Totally Bill Hicks"--the Revelations show was haunting, but in a different way--the stage is garishly lit and he is introduced by blaring rock and roll, reminiscent of a Sam Kinison show--but by the middle of the set, Hicks is obviously SKYhigh, and by letting his true demons and inner self out, he skirts all the way to the edge of the abyss, just to pirouette and come back just enough to finish the show--all in all, I have to have this DVD just because upon my return to the US, I had the tapes transferred to NTSC format and they lost a lot of quality, but for the first time viewer or even some Hicks fans, seeing him live for the first time on these discs will be a shocking experience that you didn't or wouldn't get from the CDs--straight arrows, get ready for the drug humor, Republicans, get ready for the Bush-bashing, prudes, get ready for the porn jokes and racists, get ready for the OJ riots as seen from a white man's eyes--I say Hicks is the true successor to Bruce and not Richard Pryor as Hicks was brutal in his political satire and that's what kept him in the end from his exposure to a wider audience, wheras Pryor was more of a successor to Redd Foxx for the race and sex humor--your David Crosses, Janeane Garafalos and all the other (who I call) grunge humorists? That's right--with no Bill Hicks, they'd be doing airplane and 7-11 jokes like all the rest--David Letterman, shame on you for letting this brave and talented man down and shame on you, dear reader, if you don't spend the paltry sum required to see a true comedic genius in action--don't let him slip away in the pages of the cult performer like Bruce--highly recommended!
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Captain Predictable and the Nags of Tomorrow..., October 3, 2004
is more like it--I love old movies and I love genre movies, but this is one of the only 3 movies I've walked out of in my life--first, this movie is such a ripoff of the Indiana Jones movies but has none of the things that made that series a success--this movie has a lame plot and lamer dialogue--for the 1st 20-30 minutes I was able to sit through, there was a hero who let his inseparable "love interest" boss him around altho she kept vital evidence hidden for her own self-interest EVEN THOUGH it ended up getting his sidekick captured, a villian created whole cloth from ancient Hollywood memories and modern CGI, a henchwoman with leather hair and zero charisma (altho I will admit Bai Ling is a ultrahottie, but who would know from this crud?), and cinematography that looked like it was filmed through a lens smeared with KY like a Penthouse Pet layout from the '70's, but the last straw was when I predicted what the "joke" resolution would be after the mine explosion "cliff-hanger" (who knew Nepal was near San Francisco?) and that's when I walked out--even "The Pirates of the Caribbean" was better than this slop but then again, "Pirates" had Johnny Depp and Geoffery Rush and a real director that had previous experience with real actors--I was impressed with Jude Law's acting and he tried (hence the only star, along with the robots) but he ain't gonna be no Harrison Ford with this dreck! Save your money and invest it in the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or, yep, Indiana Jones DVD sets and maybe the next internet "filmmaker" who comes along will have the right idea!


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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy successor to the "Evil Dead" series..., October 3, 2004
...and even Ash is name-checked in this movie--but keeping with the "Evil Dead" series as a comparison, I'd have to say "Shaun" is not as scary or unrelenting in it's terror as the 1st "Evil Dead" movie, but then again, "Shaun" is more of a zombie-movie homage in a comic vein with more "jolts" than "scares", like the 2nd "Evil Dead" movie but not as comic/"silly" as "Army of Darkness"--also "Shaun", unlike the "Evil Dead"s, has a killer rock soundtrack, better (and more fleshed out--pardon the pun!) supporting cast, a luurve story, a kick-ass sidekick and even a couple of moments when you may shed a tear or two--plus a wonderful ending that I kinda saw coming but not quite! No one can replace Bruce Campbell but Ash just may have some competition with Shaun in the zero to hero department!


Cadillac Beach : A Novel (Dorsey, Tim)
Cadillac Beach : A Novel (Dorsey, Tim)
by Tim Dorsey
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The return of Serge..., September 14, 2004
...is mostly a good thing--Dorsey has brought back almost all of the characters in the Serge universe and also has included a paralled plot in the book that fills us in on Serge's origins--the book also ends with a better coda that was in the last Serge story--for those of you that haven't read any of Dorsey's books, they are in the mold of Carl Hiaasen humourous Florida crime novels but with some Hunter S. Thomspon/P.J. O'Roarke craziness mixed in--this one is mainly about a legendary jewel heist and how it affects Serge personally--I have to admit I didn't laugh as much as the previous books in the series, there was even one gag that I had seen previously on Saturday Night Live! But all in all, this is one series that I will always read mainly as EVERYONE in the book is messed up: women, men, cops, robbers; and you also learn about Florida history in a painless way--as Serge's sidekick Lenny would say: HIGH-ly recommended!


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