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Color of Night / Playing God (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
Color of Night / Playing God (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Bruce Willis
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Price: $4.78
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound lets it down, December 25, 2012
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Unfortunately neither of these films are in 5.1, which spoils the experience somewhat. Otherwise the picture is sharp and clear, the colour depth quite nice.


Innerviews - Music Without Borders
Innerviews - Music Without Borders
by Anil Prasad
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exclusive extension of the web magazine, October 10, 2010
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Fans of the Innerviews web magazine are in for a bona fide treat with the Innerviews book. Anil Prasad has gathered mostly exclusive content for this book, some very insightful conversations with the most intelligent minds in music.

You won't find interviews with Bill Laswell or Jonas Hellborg like these anywhere else. Prasad has a true understanding of his subjects and an undeniable knowledge and appreciation of the work they produce. One should also not think of this as a collection of "jazz" interviews. In fact, musicians that fall into that category probably account for less than half of the content. The appeal is in the variety!


No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church
No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church
by Robert Dean Lurie
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.05
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A fanboy's account, June 30, 2009
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I was really looking forward to this. Finally, a biography of one of modern music's true poets. It promised to be warts and all, a no-holds barred honest account of an artist that has seen a lot of ups and downs in life but has never compromised his art.

Sadly, the book is not what was anticipated. It is a fanboy account, weak on the early years when he wasn't there in real time (he only became a fan after Starfish). It only becomes critical (superficially) after admonishment from the subject that the author is too much of a yes-man.

Another annoying feature: there is too much detail regarding the author's own feelings and incidents in his life that relate to The Church. Those sections made me very sleepy indeed.. Zzzzzz. Not interested, Lurie old boy.

I mostly don't agree with the author on what the highlights of The Church catalogue are. I feel Univited, Like The Clouds was a masterpiece before Untitled #23, for example, but that's only my opinion...

The stock on which the book is printed is also quite awful. Hard on the eye due to its gloss and easily deformed by a bit of humidity, it should have been printed on matte stock a la most paperbacks.

One can't deny Lurie's admiration for Steve Kilbey though - that certainly is what this book is about.


The Graduate (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
The Graduate (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
DVD ~ Dustin Hoffman
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A model example of how a dated film can look superb on blu-ray, June 30, 2009
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The blu-ray version of this film is masterpiece of remastering for the hi-definition format. The colours are glorious, the blacks are true and the detail and depth are at times overwhelming.

It is also an excellent example of taking what was probably a mono soundtrack (at best stereo) and artificially producing a 5.1 surround environment. For a film of this type, there is a lot going on in the sound field, most of it subtle but switch the stereo for a while and compare - you 'll soon understand what I'm relating.

I only gave it 4 stars because as another reviewer wrote, the extras that were on earlier DVD versions have been cruelly omitted. We didn't need a copy of the DVD version as an extra, that expense should have gone into additional content on the blu-ray disc. Sad.


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
2 used & new from $1,092.14

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great content appalingly packaged, June 30, 2009
There was immense anticipation for this set and content-wise it mostly does not disappoint. Everything included here is amazing and beautifully mastered.

What I do take issue with is the idiotic packaging (mostly air inside the box!), that is flimsy and easily damaged, especially if you mail ordered the set. Neil needs to find a new designer that can preserve his preferred "hand made" look without creating the monstrosity this box is. The box is way too big for the contents and the card that holds things in place inside is weak and badly designed. The book doesn't sit in place, no matter what you do...

I also have an issue with the fact that three previously released discs are included in this, making it a double buy for most Neil fans. Even though one is a "hidden" bonus, did Neil honestly think we wouldn't already have that anyway?

For what is included audio-visually, I'd give this 4.5 stars. The video is probably not suitable for blu-ray due to the quality of the original material, but that's a minor complaint when you get all of the audio in such glorious quality.

As this set stands though, two stars is enough as it is an over-priced piece of junk as far as nicely packaged box sets are concerned.
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Experimental Project [Blu-ray]
Experimental Project [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ n/a

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a factory-pressed Blu-ray, December 16, 2008
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I discovered upon opening this product that it is a BD-R (recordable blu-ray disc), not a factory pressed disc as it should be. This is not noted anywhere in the listing or on the case. I was doubly disappointed when the disc would not play in either of my players (one year old Sony with updated firmware) and a brand new Panasonic. I thus can't rate the content but as it's on a cheaper recordable medium, I give it one star.
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Under the Influence
Under the Influence
Price: $17.13
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good album but it's a CD-R!, November 5, 2008
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This review is from: Under the Influence (Audio CD)
I really like this album but I was horrified to open it and discover that it's not a silver, factory-pressed CD but a CD-R! I can't rate it more than 1 star for such a dishonest ruse. Amazon and the aker should state right up front what this actually is. CD-Rs are more susceptible to heat and magnetism than CDs. They are not as stable nor do they have the same longevity. I felt quite cheated by this.
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Blackfield
Blackfield
Price: $13.99
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the songs, minus one for the Koch-up, October 16, 2005
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This is probably Steven Wilson's finest pop moment to date. An album of lushly orchestrated gems, instantly hummable and completely infectuous. Highlights are the title track and the gorgeous 'Pain'. The only real problem with THIS issue of the album is the huge mastering mistake KOCH have made. Some mastering engineer has inserted (probably inadvertently) 2 second gaps between the songs, completely spoiling the flow. This is such a shame as the additional tracks have been mastered to the same volume level as the main album, a mistake on the UK 2 disc version. There thus exists no deinitive version of this brilliant album until KOCH corrects its appalling mistake.
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