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Hell's Reward (The Age of Heroes)
Hell's Reward (The Age of Heroes)
by James Hudnall
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hell's Reward - a Great Read!, December 29, 2013
I good read entertains you for a while, and you feel it was time well spent. A great read leaves you wanting more when you reach the end -- and that's just what Hell's Reward does. A good yarn, interesting characters, well-written and fast-paced. Reminds me of the fun I had reading good ol' sword & sorcery by Fritz Leiber, Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock. Only problem is having to wait for the next part of the series. And boy, this would really make a fantastic series of films! Well done, Hud!


Method All Purpose Cleaning Spray 28oz, French Lavender(Pack of 8)
Method All Purpose Cleaning Spray 28oz, French Lavender(Pack of 8)
Price: $28.72
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the smelly oil-based cleaners!, December 6, 2013
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We saw this on America's Test Kitchen -- or was it Cook's Country? -- regardless, this IS a great product.


Betty Crocker Mashed Potato Buds , 28-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Betty Crocker Mashed Potato Buds , 28-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Price: $24.44
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great product even though it's out of a box!, December 6, 2013
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Hey, it's mashed potatos from a box, but since they're made of potato solids, the end result tastes just like from scratch. We like to add sour cream and chives to the mix for extra special 'tatos!


His Girl Friday (Enhanced) 1940
His Girl Friday (Enhanced) 1940
DVD ~ Cary Grant
Price: $19.95
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Sure To Buy The Right Version!, September 12, 2010
There's a lot than can be said about the film itself: Howard Hawks' best comedy and possibly his best film, one of the earliest uses of overlapping dialogue (and probably the best), tightest screenwriting, etc., etc. If you want to know more about the film, there are lots of other reviews which sing its praises. My focus is on helping you to buy the best-quality version available.

Beware of all except the Columbia Classics edition (with the small orange oval near the bottom left of the front cover which confirms the transfer from film to DVD was "Restored from the Original Negative!"). Most of these were made on the cheap with poor transfers from inferior prints which look and sound awful. Get the Columbia Classics edition, released November 21, 2000, through Sony Pictures, ASIN: 6305416192. The Columbia Classics version features an excellent transfer: the picture quality is crisp and clear, with no contrast issues or visual artifacts, and the restored mono soundtrack is clean and full, with no muffled lower end or tinny-sounding high end. Enjoy!


His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday
DVD ~ Cary Grant
Offered by DVDragonfly
Price: $29.99
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Sure To Buy The Right Version!, September 12, 2010
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This review is from: His Girl Friday (DVD)
There's a lot than can be said about the film itself: Howard Hawks' best comedy and possibly his best film, one of the earliest uses of overlapping dialogue (and probably the best), tightest screenwriting, etc., etc. If you want to know more about the film, there are lots of other reviews which sing its praises. My focus is on helping you to buy the best-quality version available.

Beware of all except the Columbia Classics edition (with the small orange oval near the bottom left of the front cover which confirms the transfer from film to DVD was "Restored from the Original Negative!"). Most of these were made on the cheap with poor transfers from inferior prints which look and sound awful. Get the Columbia Classics edition, released November 21, 2000, through Sony Pictures, ASIN: 6305416192. The Columbia Classics version features an excellent transfer: the picture quality is crisp and clear, with no contrast issues or visual artifacts, and the restored mono soundtrack is clean and full, with no muffled lower end or tinny-sounding high end. Enjoy!


Performing This Week... Live At Ronnie Scott's
Performing This Week... Live At Ronnie Scott's
Price: $11.88
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the 1-, 2- and 3-star reviews, May 20, 2010
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First, perhaps the label (which released the DVD) intentionally left out the "guest" tracks in order to promote sales of the DVD. Maybe it isn't cricket, but it's been done before, and will be done again.

As to the quality of the recording and mix -- it sounds great on my Yamaha receiver and B&W bookshelf speakers -- hardly a high-end audiophile system, but good enough to get past the limitations of low end systems. So, if the mix sounds off, it just may be your equipment.

Finally, the performance is fantastic. Please allow an artist to grow over forty years, folks. I happen to like jazz and fusion, so the over-abundance of that approach doesn't bug me one bit. Besides, if you're a Jeff Beck fan, you've GOT to know the man likes to change it up: his entire career is one big metamorphosis!

Ignore the low reviews. If you're not into DVD audio, buy the CD. If you're into DVD audio, buy the DVD: they did a superb job capturing the show. I purchased the DVD first, then bought the CD because I couldn't get the version of iTunes I have to rip the soundtrack.


Sur La Mer
Sur La Mer
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, a REAL disappointment!, August 27, 2009
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This review is from: Sur La Mer (Audio CD)
OK, I'd read several reviews, and knew the CD wasn't likely to be in the same class as most of the rest of the Moodies' material, but all of the negative criticism is dead-on. It IS more like a second-rate Justin & John CD, and regardless of the clean production, the sound quality -- balance of instruments, ambience, presence -- reflects the absolute worst aspects of eighties music. I've heard some real nice things by Patrick Moraz, but his synth work on this CD is wretched: trite, over-simplfied, and irritating -- like the kind of synth experiments that ruined a lot of seventies recordings. The general feeling I had was that the songs were missing something.

I think this material would have been much better served if they'd replaced the amazingly sterile drum machine with a live drummer (even if they couldn't get more from Graeme Edge), Moraz had set his synth for a grand piano sound, and they supplemented that with a string quartet and accoustic 6- and twelve-string guitars amped-up to fit in with Hayward's workmanlike electric guitar work.

Thankfully, I purchased a used copy on the cheap from one of the Amazon Partners (just for "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" -- my wife wanted it). Fortunately, the Moodies got back into proper form with later recordings. This one is a true embarrassment.


Dragonfly Summer
Dragonfly Summer
Offered by MediaNett
Price: $22.15
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and disappointed, May 24, 2007
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This review is from: Dragonfly Summer (Audio CD)
I've been a Michael Franks fan since I first heard "Popsicle Toes" on AM radio back in 1975, and for the record own five of his albums on vinyl and four on CD. I purchased Dragonfly Summer based on the reviews posted, and, quite frankly, because of the number of 5-star reviews, was EXTREMELY disappointed. Multiple listenings, over two different headphones setups, and on the big sound system in the living room through very good speakers didn't change my opinion. While this IS decent Franks music, it does not compare favorably to earlier works like The Art Of Tea, Sleeping Gypsy, and Tiger In The Rain, or his recent Watching The Snow. If you're considering beginning a relationship with this fine artist, I suggest you start with The Art Of Tea, and put Dragonfly Summer on the long list.


Daylight Again
Daylight Again
Offered by MEGA Media
Price: $15.95
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Music: Good, not great; Remastering: Terrible, March 12, 2007
This review is from: Daylight Again (Audio CD)
For those confused over the various comments about Crosby's participatation in the project, the liner notes by David Fricke, which cite quotes by CS&N, confirms that he did indeed contribute several dubbed vocals. In the places where Crosby's approach to the harmony was better than Michael Finnegan's or Art Garfunkel's, they subbed the Crosby dub. Otherwise, they went with the originals, or, in at least one case, used everything they had.

Some of the songs are weak, no doubt; but overall, there's some great songwriting, singing and playing here. The biggest problem is that they didn't correct the problems of the original production with the remastering. The version of the CD I have lists Rhino rather than WEA as the Atlantic Records partner, and it's an HDCD. But on a regular CD player (even a really good one), the highs are virtually nonexistant, and the bottom end is in places too dominating -- and muddy to boot. Haven't had a chance to check the HDCD layer yet, but if you don't have an HDCD player, you're unlikely to get the most out of this reissue.
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It's All Gone Pete Tong
It's All Gone Pete Tong
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Great Soundtrack CD, January 6, 2006
This review is from: It's All Gone Pete Tong (Audio CD)
Overlooked and underappreciated by far too many, the film is an excellent satire on the club and music scene, and the soundtrack CD absolutely captures the essence of the film. Disc 1 (Day) is great for relaxing or using as an ambient assist while working (I use it at work in the morning to slowly wind-up). Disc 2 (Night) is one of those rare concept "sides" where all the tracks were smoothly blended into each other so what you hear is one long track. It's perfect for a party mix (if you really want to amp it up) -- my wife uses it while exercising and I use it at the office in to combat the afternoon sleepies that usually kick in about 2 - 5 PM. And by the way, the version of the CD we have is NOT copy-protected.


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