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2007-2008 NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
2007-2008 NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
DVD ~ Doc Rivers
Price: $4.50
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded, 77 minute recap with loads of extras; and well worth it., August 17, 2008
First of all, ignore the back of the DVD, as the main program runs a full 77 minutes, not 60. When this first came out, I was very hesitant due to the short running time (which I thought was only 60) and rather steep price. However, finding it now for a good price and watching how good the main program is, and how long and fulfiling it is, this is well worth the cash. That's not even to mention all the loads of extras this one disc comes with.

You get the "I Am A Celtic" documentary, which features excellent interviews with Bob Cousy, Sam Jones, and John Havlicek. It features a lot of clips that are in the main program, but also comes with a lot of stuff I'd never seen before, including the "race" Doc had at one practice, where he made everyone who lost to him in a sprint take an extra round of practice. He cheated and got a head start and I had only read about this in an article when it happened, and it was nice to see the video behind it. Both this documentary and the main show contain a lot of humorous and insightful looks into practice, the preseason, and behind the scenes with the coaches and players. Having seen the entire year unfold on TV, these not on television moments made for a very entertaining watch.

You also get two full 4th quarters from Game 7 of the Cleveland series, and Game 6 of the Detroit series. Very welcomed extras and nice to see this historic quarters in their entirety. We will certainly get the entire Lakers series when the full Celtics box set comes out, so there's no need to complain about not getting them now. We already get what I feel is a great compliment of features for this price. There are also 7 other bonus features which include features on Ray Allen, Bill Russell and KG, Paul Pierce, and Danny Ainge.

Back to the main show, where we get about 18 minutes of preseason and regular season coverage, then onto the Eastern Conference playoffs for a good 25 minutes, until the 43 minute mark, and then a full half hour of the Lakers/Celtics Finals. While they didn't dwell too deeply on any one game, it was a well balanced showing of the highlights. The credits then roll with some humorous and candid moments of the team, ending the program at the 77 minute mark.

I think it was good that I waited nearly 2 months to pick this DVD up, as watching it in the weeks after the win, when the DVD first came out, may have been too premature, and not as impactful as seeing it now, after going a long time without a good Celtics fill. I did seem to have a problem with the narrator at first, as he seemed kind of dull. However, as it got deeper and deeper into the show, he seems to grow on you, and to the point where he fits in nicely and his delivery and flow is perfect.

An excellent all around DVD, and in my opinion, well worth it to any Celtics fan. It's one for the collection, and will be a compliment to the box set due out in November.

Sex and Death 101
Sex and Death 101
DVD ~ Simon Baker
Offered by subattle
Price: $4.90
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A few moments of hilarity, even with the contrived plot., August 12, 2008
This review is from: Sex and Death 101 (DVD)
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This one's clearly targeted at a male audience, as I can't see how much enjoyment of female viewer would get out of our male character conquering 101 members of the opposite sex. The premise is a very strange one, with our main lead getting plucked by some futuristic, secret office who presents him with a list of all the females he has ever slept with, and the many more he will end up sleeping with. We never fully understand how or why this is happening, but it puts the movie into one big set up for crude joke after crude joke of how our lead gets hooked up with all the girls on his list. It features some very funny scenarios, while many more end up rather awkward and flat.

The best moments in the film are when our main character settles in to the 101st name on the list, Winona Ryder, a near-serial killer of sorts. I say near serial killer, as she merely drugs her victims and puts them into comas. These scenes feature a glimpse of how good the movie could have been, if the first 75% of the film was simply rewritten.

I'd say if you're of the male DVD viewing variety, you may find a hilarious moment or two in this male having sex with many women romp. If you're a female viewer, I'd strongly caution you stay away from this clearly sexist farce.

White Coats
White Coats
DVD ~ Peter Oldring
Price: $5.28
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to some crude, 80's, screwball humor., July 30, 2008
This review is from: White Coats (DVD)
If this film were released in 1986, there would be those calling it a cult, 80's B-movie classic, with everyone trying to find a copy of the out of print VHS, or clamoring for it's DVD release. It's an out and out throwback to the SCTV/Hamburger: The Motion Picture/Revenge of the Nerds days of 80's comedy, and taken on that level, it works really well. It has your typical laugh out loud scenes, along with those that make you cringe and the "what the heck were they thinking" bits. The acting is spot on, considering the absurdity of the scenarios these medical interns get themselves into. Also, the cast spits out dialogue at a very swift pace, making it a watchable film throughout. Sure, lots of the jokes are duds, and they unnecessarily overplay some of the gore found in the medical field, but your side splitting laughs are a plenty and enough to leave you feeling entertained in the end.

Definitely one to check out, if you miss all those crazy, sophomoric comedies of the 80's.

The Lather Effect
The Lather Effect
DVD ~ Tate Donovan
Offered by Sunday River
Price: $6.22
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The horrible screenplay effect., June 9, 2008
This review is from: The Lather Effect (DVD)
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I would much rather have had the actors improvise, as the written lines of dialogue in this film were what I found to be the most unoriginal, unexciting cheese one could ever imagine. I can't believe the actors appearing in the film didn't drop the script and run when they did a read through. Maybe they did, and this is the 2nd or 3rd set of actors they had to use! Who knows, but I can't believe the senseless drivel I had to sit through watching this.

Right from the opening scene, which was way overdone, with all the debris from the morning after of the 80's reunion party. I think someone could party for one month straight and still be hard pressed to leave as much of a disaster area as the filmmaker's portrayed this house and yard. In fact, the rest of the scenario involving these people is as believable as the rubbish shown on the property.

All the way around, this is one of the worst films I've ever seen.

Sun & The Neon Light
Sun & The Neon Light
Price: $17.03
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic downtempo turn for the duo., June 6, 2008
This review is from: Sun & The Neon Light (Audio CD)
Leaving their massive club hits behind can be either a good or bad thing, depending on which way you look at it. While I really can't stomach listening to Mandarine Girl or Body Language much any more, as they've become too played out in my head, I could listen to Night Falls and In White Rooms every day of the week. Some hits stay with you, and others you want nothing more to do with once they've found their way onto the 5th DJ mixed cd you've heard in the past few months. The Sun and The Neon Light may not have any of the dance floor stomping hits you've come to expect from Booka, they've returned with a solid excursion into downtempo melodies and cinematic-like soundscapes.

I don't think it's an album that needs to grow on you, as at first listen, the intial 3 tracks have very catchy and accessible melodies to begin the album. It changes back and forth from new wave like, synth-pop vocal tunes, to downtempo minimal, to upbeat tech house tracks. There's still your share of get up and dance tracks like Karma Car, Planetary, and the well reviewed single, Charlotte. They've also included a radio mix of they very catchy sythn-pop track, Numbers, which they first introduced on their DJ-Kicks mix CD. The only issue I have with the album is them not including their track Tickle, which was released on vinyl along with Karma Car. I liked that track a lot, in fact, better than Karma Car.

Those seeking more euphoric and upbeat tracks like those found on Movements may be a little disappointed, as the album definitely takes on a feel like they are attempting to become more creative with their electronica, rather than trying to appease the masses and find their way onto 8 mix Cd's this year.

For those of you who are hesitant at purchasing this new album because of this lack of dance floor oriented electro and tech house, there's also the limited edition version found here: The Sun & the Neon Light. It's currently an import, and hopefully the price will come down for US buyers. It's not a must have, unless you are looking for a more upbeat sound. The 2nd disc features remixes of most of the album tracks, and also includes two tracks not found on Disc 1. It isn't exactly a DJ mix per se, but it is continuously mixed. If you can find it for a decent price, it's well worth having both discs, as it's interesting to see all the album tracks morph into club tracks, to get an insight into what the album could have been if it remained all upbeat.

I'm very impressed with this album, and find myself listening to both discs of the Limited Edition quite frequently. I think they both provide a different feel, and I haven't become spoiled by hearing the 2nd disc of remixes, as I still find the original versions interesting enough to stand alone. There are 14 tracks on the main album disc, and I'd say I found 12 of them to be above average. Add the Limited Edition's 11-track, 2nd disc, which really doesn't have any weak tracks, and you're getting a lot of music from one of the best duos in today's electronica. You really can't go wrong as those not preferring the more downtempo and vocal vibes of the album, should have no trouble with the peppy, 2nd disc mix on the limited edition: The Sun & the Neon Light.

Transitions 4
Transitions 4
Offered by newbury_comics
Price: $7.99
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Transitions series is officially on fire!, May 27, 2008
This review is from: Transitions 4 (Audio CD)
After a scorching hot Renaissance: Transitions, Vol. 3, Digweed is back with another high adrenalin ride through tech house. This time, he layers several tracks into one, and blends 22 tracks into 10. You wouldn't really know it, as it's not your typical deep meshing of tracks as with DE9: Transitions, where the tracks are entirely chopped up, nor is it in the style where you distinctly hear each track, as with Boogybytes, Vol. 1. John seems to blend the elements of each into one cohesive track, leaving a distinct melody surrounded by minimal beats with a lot of tribal flavor, echoing Digweed mixes of old.

It's fast and exciting like 3, but with a deeper and slightly darker feel. I'm not ready to call it the best in the series, as 3 is just about as good as it gets, but this one is nearly right there with it, clearly making these last two the best in this now blazing hot series.
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Get Lost 03
Get Lost 03
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you also wondering what happened with this CD?, May 18, 2008
This review is from: Get Lost 03 (Audio CD)
Well, it was released in late 2007, but only a short amount actually made it into circulation in Germany and France. Reportedly, the distributor then went bankrupt and was not able to fulfill any more orders of the CD. Therefore, it is extremely hard to find, and those who have it, are asking ridiculously high prices for it. To combat this, Dinky has offered the entire mix for free download on her website, dinkyland(DOT)net. It comes in the form of nineteen 320kbs tracks in a zip file. You will then have your mix cd, if you choose to burn the 19 tracks to disc, leaving out the gaps between tracks. It's a solid minimal and tech house mix and I really feel bad for Dinky that this happened and most people won't get the chance of finding the full CD release in stores. At least we can all get it now, and avoid paying the high asking prices.

As for the mix, it's not at all dissimilar to Get Lost 02, with a bit more bleepy techno elements. Overall, it's a more laid back, not necessarily fit for a dance floor style tech house and minimal, and fans of Cassy's Panorama Bar 01 should also find this to their liking.

Be sure to keep an eye out for her new mix CD out this month (May) only in Japan, entitled Dinky Mixes Horizontal. She is also set to release another artist album later in the year.

After Dark
After Dark
Price: $15.66
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible italo disco throwback sound from an exciting, new NJ label, April 28, 2008
This review is from: After Dark (Audio CD)
Fascinating new label out of New Jersey is focusing on incorporating retro sounds into new, glamorous synth pop acts. Their two female vocal led bands, Chromatics and Glass Candy, offer up some exciting new twists on electro pop, with sultry vocals, and dark, italo disco like backing melodies. There's also Farah, whose spoken word tracks are laced over building italo basslines.

My favorite track on here is the vintage 80's electro sounding track, Lady Operator, complete with robotic vocals. Professor Genius also lends some instrumentals and it all adds up to a solid label compilation, with absolutely no filler. You will also want to search for the limited issue CD albums by Glass Candy and Chromatics, titled Beatbox and Night Drive respectively.

1 Glass Candy - Rolling Down The Hills
2 Chromatics - Hands In The Dark
3 Indeep - Last Nite A Dj Saved My Life (Mirage Remix)
4 Mirage - Lady Operator
5 Glass Candy - Computer Love
6 Professor Genius - La Grotta
7 Chromatics - Killing Spree
8 Farah - Law Of Life
9 Chromatics - In The City
10 Glass Candy - Miss Broadway
11 Mirage - Lake Of Dreams
12 Farah - Dancing Girls
13 Glass Candy - The Chameleon
14 Professor Genius - Pegaso

Boogy Bytes 4
Boogy Bytes 4
Price: $17.23
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to some dark, ecclectic techno for Ellen., April 25, 2008
This review is from: Boogy Bytes 4 (Audio CD)
Gone are the bubbly IDM tracks found on her artist album collaboration with Apparat, Orchestra of Bubbles, and the slick techno and tech house melodies used for her DJ turn on Fabric 34. This is sort of a return to her glitchy past, with some primal minimal techno. It's full of darker, stripped down beats, but that's not to say it isn't a solid ride. It's definitely got Ellen's quirky twist right from the get go, with the opening track sung in German, right through to some demented vocal tracks by Sascha Funke and Richard Seeley. Without the flooding of melodies used in her last mix, she's fully up for the task by still managing to create a catchy mix using bloops, broken beats, and vocal snippets.

In true BoogyBytes form, as Sascha Funke and Kiki did before her, she ends the mix with a leftfield vocal track that really has nothing at all to do with the mix we've just heard. It's a mix closer to volumes 1 and 2, but without the happy, perky melodies and vocal tracks found there. It's a fine return to form for this mix series, as I wasn't impressed with Boogybytes, Vol. 3, Modeselektor's first attempt at a CD mix. It really deviated from the series, and it's glad to see that it's now back on track with Ellen's Volume 4.

Minder Series 3 Part 3 Episodes 7-9 [Region 2]
Minder Series 3 Part 3 Episodes 7-9 [Region 2]
DVD ~ George Cole
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You have an aptitude for knockin' out blokes on the cobbles.", April 25, 2008
That quote was Arthur Daley reassuring Terry McCann that the minding business is still for him. Minder, one of the best British shows in their tv history, has not had a region 1 release to date, so I am not sure why it is even listed here numerous times on Amazon, even though they all say "unavailable". Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, and George Cole as Arthur Daley were teamed up for 7 seasons from 1979-1987. It ran from 1979-1985 for series 1-6, and then had 3 years off before resuming one final year with McCann, on season 7. Seasons 8-10 resumed with Arthur's nephew, played by Gary Webster, taking over for Terry McCann, but the chemistry of Waterman and Cole were what made this show such a phenomenon. The later years, while receiving good reviews, could never be the same without Terry on the job. There were some great Arthur antics scattered throughout those later final seasons, and they are still worth a look for the true completist.

Seasons 1 & 2 didn't receive high ratings on TV, and it wasn't until series 3 that the show finally became a hit. They even went back and replayed seasons 1 & 2 after series 3 went over so well. Aside from a few dull early episodes in Season 1, the rest of the episodes through season 6 were solid entertainment. Most episodes revolved around Arthur finding some nearly crooked job for him and Terry to make a nice little earner, only for him to take most of the prize money in the end, citing expenses, overhead, and other preposterous reasons to con Terry out of his share. Terry did get back at Arthur in several episodes, and more than once our lovable rogue con man ended up on the losing side of a profit.

Terry McCann was an ex-boxer and ex-con, two reasons to make him the best minder, or bodyguard, in London. He often squared off against the right hand men and much-bigger-than-he hired hands of London underworld's most crooked citizens. Of course, he would always find the time to romance the leading ladies who were tied up in his latest job. Arthur's earners had Terry doing everything from minding Arab millionares to minding women's dresses.

The comedic antics of George Cole really made him a legend of British TV. Everyone during those years, and even now, knows the character of Arthur Daley. Arthur and Terry usually hung out at the Winchester Club, run by Arthur's old mate, Dave. He hated it when Arthur would bring his business inside and rough up his club. Dave was the only other regular character in Minder, besides Terry and Arthur. There were also the minor characters of Des, Terry's car thief friend, the on-the-take Inspector Rycott, and the righteous Inspector Chisolm, who all made numerous appearances in the show.

There were two Region 2 Minder Specials released on DVD, along with the movie, Minder on the Orient Express. Seasons 1-10 were all released on Region 2 DVD, and they are also getting released on Region 4 DVD's from Australia, which feature uncut episodes with their original ad break captions. They also feature on seasons 1 & 3, none other than George Cole featured on the audio commentary. They have more extras than the Region 2 releases, however I have noticed on some episodes, that the picture quality isn't as good as the Region 2 discs. You will find the Minder Specials and The Minder On The Orient Express as extras on these Region 4 season sets, rather than sold separately like the Region 2 releases.

I am not sure Minder will ever get a region 1 release, so you may have to seek out the UK or Australian discs, if you have the capability to play them. If you do, you will reap the rewards of getting to see arguably one of the best British TV shows of all time.

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