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The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle
DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great-looking stuff!, January 20, 2015
Great-looking stuff! Absolutely loved the alt-world details packed onto New York and San Francisco. Set designs and costumes and details are just delicious. The political back-and-forths and the general tension was well-conveyed.... my friend and I immediately found ourselves asking piggyback questions about how other things in history would've ended up in this alternate world (stuff like, "Wait, so where you think Oppenheimer ended up? Poached by the Nazis, or joined the resistance?"). And I was intrigued enough by the twist at the end to be left wanting more.

The whole thing was a bit too dark to be able to watch during daylight, though-- not a lot of contrast. I love noir but there are limits. That and 4 little editing flubs were the only drawbacks. I'm eager to see more. Please continue!

PS. Rufus Sewell in uniform.... *gurgle*.....


Undama Tath'Hur Al Shams Mn Al Gharb
Undama Tath'Hur Al Shams Mn Al Gharb

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Music for the new millennium, July 25, 2014
This album blew my stockings off. Such savage gorgeosity! If you've exhausted Nile's discography and are looking to go several steps beyond, look to the Arabian peninsula and surrounding environs. The fusion of traditional riffs + spiralling metal chaos will make the hairs stand up all down your spine. Absolutely electrifying stuff.

I stumbled on these guys accidentally on Youtube, which is responsible for bringing more global music fans together than anything I know. (I think my exact words were, "Bahraini black metal? Where have you BEEN all my life??") It's extremely hard to find their stuff in non-pirate/ non-YouTube form, so I'm really hoping they manage to get some international distro for this album as well as the latest one.


Rosenrot
Rosenrot
Price: $35.30
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Took some getting used to, but plenty of meat here..., February 28, 2006
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This review is from: Rosenrot (Audio CD)
Finally! This particular edition (limited ed. import, with the NTSC-encoded DVD) is backordered within an inch of its life. It took me 3 months to receive... so don't bother getting on the waiting-list here, if you can find it faster elsewhere. Just a tip.

The 3-track live DVD is worth 3/4 of that waiting time, though. Right off the bat! Wahoo!! If you're unable to witness the rich, bulging pageantry that is a live Rammstein show, then this offers an exquisite little taste. The "Mein Teil" Cannibal Floorshow is legendary. (I would only demand MORE SONGS, but for that I'll just go get the full DVD.)

And as for the album itself... After all that time, I was disappointed not to immediately be in love with every song. But I have to agree with popular opinion-- "Zerstoren", "Rosenrot", "Mann Gegen Mann" and "Benzin" fully make up for that last 1/4 of the total waiting-time. Wahoo! I particularly pick "Mann Gegen Mann", which packs more inspired brutality per square-inch of homoeroticism than I've heard since "Bück Dich". And bellowing. Oh, the bellowing! I have missed Mr. Lindemann's gravel-coated-thunder-voice, and he doesn't use it for enough sheer bellowing purposes anymore. :)

Overall there are more slow songs than I expected, and fewer heavy ones of ANY speed... The slow-song population of "Reise, Reise" was leading up to this. But everything is nicely produced, and the balance is only slightly off in favor of slowness. They haven't lost much power over the years, and their composition keeps getting more interesting. "Feuer und Wasser" and "Ein Lied" kind of run together without many distinguishing marks, but are inoffensive. "Wo Bist Du" is a bit heavier but still less flavorful than expected. However, the heinous power-ballad/duet "Stirb Nicht" simply HAS to go, because the whole 'killer-and-girl-victim' song genre just NEVER works (not even Nick Cave or Firewater could make it any good). And "Te Quiero" is dumb, but spirited and freakin HILARIOUS... language-barrier or no. (It's also impossible to get out of your head once it's stuck, so if you don't like it, be careful not to overhear it.)

"Spring" sounds like a mourning-song but is really quite bloodthirsty, & absolutely chilling when you listen to the words. "Hilf Mir" is another fine heavy thumper with amusing/disturbing lyrics (if you remember your 'Struwwelpeter'). "Rosenrot" is another one that gets permanently stuck on the head-radio, as wistful and lovely as it is. "Zerstoeren" seems to be the favorite around here, and it is a truly amazing juggernaut of a song that keeps changing shape from brutal to whimsical to cryptic as you listen-- and with that orgasmic finish. Definitely a dancefloor hit.

It took me the better part of a week to just leave the disk in the CD player & let it play, rather than jumping to only the good tracks. So it takes some getting-to-know, if you're accustomed to old-style Rammstein, but quite worth the evolution.


Gravitation - Stars on the Rise (Vol. 2)
Gravitation - Stars on the Rise (Vol. 2)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abuse Me Yuki, November 29, 2004
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Romance, music-industry backbiting, sexual tension, slapstick giggles, a few tears, and some sparklingly vicious dialogue. "Gravitation" may have the big-eyed bubblegum look of any ordinary shojo anime, but don't be fooled; it's far from brainless. Shuuichi and Yuki are one of the unlikeliest couples you'd find in a teen-type romance story, and in this installment, their twisted hot-cold-love-hate relationship continues to amaze us by existing at all. The central conceit: Would anybody really put up with THAT much abuse from a lover if the very Gravitational Forces of the Universe weren't personally responsible?

Shuuichi is still a Chihuahua on crystal-meth, K and the ASK boys make you never want to audition for anything ever again, Yuki's family is full of screaming psychos, Shuuichi's family cracks me up, and Hiro should be canonized for putting up with it all. (Ahh, but Yuki himself: Brilliant. Beautiful. Talented. As warm & cuddly as a hand-grenade wrapped in barbed-wire and designer slacks. Could ANY sane masochist possibly resist?)

The anime is tamer than the manga, which is nothing new (for example, in the editor's review above, substitute "gang raped" for "beaten")-- although I think it's kept its edginess nicely in the transition to animation. The series is definitely best left to teens & adults, because North Americans are freaks about letting their kids see incidental beer and cigarettes in the cartoons (although there's no problem with letting them see beer commercials and thong bikinis on TV). Also stay away if you're squicked at all by the thought of homoerotic relationships between attractive animated men. But since you've gotten this far in your searches, you're probably already looking for exactly that.

Us loyal fanfreaks have been waiting for years for this series to FINALLY be licensed over here. From the reviews below, the rest of you have survived for so long on the surrealistic Engrish subtitles of the fan-bootlegs, that you can't cope with hearing actual English dubs. I don't belong to the "if it's not Japanese, it's crap" school of thought, because translation is an art, not a science, and not everything imported from Japan is automatically superior (example: the annoying j-pop that is Shuuichi's trade in the first place!). There's NOTHING wrong with this English dub-- Shuuichi is appropriately squeaky-teen, Yuki is appropriately b*tchy-alcoholic-writer. However, the original Japanese track is still without compare, so you should watch both the dubs AND the subs. Thanks to the magic of fully-licensed DVDs, you can now do this easily with only one remote-control.

If you've been waiting, you'll already be willing to pay $10 an episode. If you're new to this, then rest assured that it's still worth every penny.


Knight Hunters Eternity File - Troubled Souls (Vol. 2)
Knight Hunters Eternity File - Troubled Souls (Vol. 2)
DVD ~ Knight Hunters Eternity
10 used & new from $0.01

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring On the Murderous Pretty-boys!, September 29, 2004
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This latest series (we call it "Gluhen", but I see it's now called "Eternity File") hasn't been very well-received among us fanfreaks, because of the changes to the character designs. They are very jarring if you're used to the old designs. But if you're new to the series, it won't throw you, except in flashbacks. And SOME of us have gotten quite fond of Aya's new metre-long, wine-red, oh-baby-please-wrap-it-around-my-neck-till-I-faint braid. But whose LSD-crazed idea was it to bring Schuldig back in that skintight color-clashing outfit and a Nazi-fetish-stripper hat? Oyyy.

Sena, as the new Omi character, must necessarily be a hysterical squeaky teenager whose stormy emotions bring him down-- he's definitely more effective in Japanese than in the English dub. Kyo, the tormented new big-brother type, well... he sleeps gloriously naked, which is the most interesting thing about him. Aya, as an undercover schoolteacher, is now WAY too nice to people. I miss the snarling, seething ice-prince of yore, but then, he's finally finished adolescence. Ken and Yoji are mostly the same people as we remember... but they don't really come in until this 2nd disk. Just in case you were wondering where they were on Gluhen 1, don't give up. And if you haven't seen Gluhen 1, then I won't give away what happened to Omi.

The animation in "Gluhen" is much better than the paper-cutout original series, and the fight-sequences less wooden. The villains are more believable... and some of them are recurring (oyy, Nagi, what happened to you during puberty??). The first story arc is nice and tightly focussed, centering on the School Of Evil rather than random nightly Weiss-missions. And the explosions are MUCH better than ever before. The stories & characterizations both draw you in quickly, so you have to watch more episodes at once than you did in the more piecemeal first series.

However... the material at the end of this disk starts to get really cryptic, unless you're already a fanfreak who has at least dabbled in the import-only Crashers mythos & Side B manga. In fact, if you haven't read "Weiss Side B" yet, the very ending of Gluhen may have you screaming "NOOO!!" & throwing the DVD across the room to stomp it into a bloody furious agonized death. Of course, if you're not quite so emotional, then go for it. But you've been warned.


Foundation Stones
Foundation Stones
Offered by surplus_discs
Price: $22.77
13 used & new from $8.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Ripoff Band EVER., May 10, 2004
This review is from: Foundation Stones (Audio CD)
I absolutely adore the early-era Sisters of Mercy sound these guys had, in spades... and now that the Stone has devolved into a much less-interesting electronic sound, I am SO happy that someone put this collection together. Yes, you can hear the Sisters' direct influence on this band so powerfully that you can actually pick out WHICH Rosetta Stone song was based on which Sisters song (my mates & I have made a drinking-game of it). But god bless them for it. Ripoff, homage, call it what you will, these boys made it work. This entire album is fine music for dancing in a cage at your local goth-club. Standout picks: "Hit", "Cimmerian", "Whispers", "Deeper".


Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection
Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection
DVD ~ Mayumi Asano
3 used & new from $145.99

161 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prettiest Dead Boys in Anime., April 26, 2004
Wow, another great bishonen/shonen-ai series that ended too soon! The Angst, Love, & Darkness all starts in episode 1, and it doesn't let up. The darkness and melodrama is well-balanced by some nice everyday comic tropes and lighter characters. You can watch many of these episodes as crime-drama stories on their own, without worrying about the overarching story line... But soon you will definitely be sucked in & addicted by the interpersonal relationships and tangled vendettas, which is the mark of a truly good shojo anime.
You've already got the gist of the story, which runs like a gothic buddy-cop tale: The afterlife has its own version of the FBI (which in turn has its own version of Internal Affairs), and some particular soul-collectors are Agents of Death. Agent Tsuzuki is a somewhat ditzy long-dead beauty with a reputation of being difficult to work with. His new partner, Hisoka, is a tormented dewy-eyed teenaged babydoll, who was murdered at 16 and has had a hard time connecting with people ever since. Work-related hijinks ensue as the relationship develops.
Oh, now, don't get too squicked by the rumors of "gay kissing!" and "boy love!"... It's fairly tame, but for the occasional kiss and the VERY suggestive fondling of one wine-glass. I think it could've been a lot more intense, but mainstream audiences are squeamish. The whole sexual-subtext dance is carried off delicately, but retains a whiff of kinkiness. A flashback to the rape of a young boy is done out in romance colors, lingering body-silhouettes, and falling flower-petals; Muraki wins a night with Tsuzuki in a poker game, and Tsuzuki is on the verge of surrendering himself when his teenaged sidekick shows up to rescue him. We surely never got anything that good on "The X-Files". But it's nothing that could offend.
I liked watching both the English dub and the subtitles. Both have managed to avoid stilted English and too many glaring errors. The voice-acting is mostly fantastic in both languages, too, with the right mix of tears and giggles. American TV fans will recognize half the voices behind Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon-- so you know that the actors are well-practiced with summoning monsters and giving long, grave speeches about the bonds of friendship.
Having the whole series in one box is definitely the way to go, unless you have your own reason for collecting everything epearately. There were some confusing new elements/characters introduced too near the end without satisfying resolution, and of course you want another series because Muraki is obviously still alive (in that way that very very evil villains have of repeatedly surviving certain death). But it's not so unsatisfying that you feel like you sat through 13 episodes for nothing. The art is lovely, and the explosions are particularly good. You get great monsters, excellent scenery & concept, fearsome powers, the mysteries of Death, a frisson of homoerotic innuendo, beautiful young heroes, excellent villains, and a pair of owl twins who work in the library archives. Can't go wrong for your money.
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Knight Hunters - Complete Collection
Knight Hunters - Complete Collection
DVD ~ Minato Ayase
3 used & new from $27.86

54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, great DVD edition, April 26, 2004
I don't know where all those reviewers have been coming up with the notion that Cheesiness, Angst, & Extreme High Melodrama are *surprising*-- or *unwanted*-- in a shojo anime. Come on! Really. This is for us. We want our angst and family tragedies and long-lost siblings and haunted pasts and Good Vs. Evil and unrequited love and knee-weakeningly beautiful boys... we want it all, and we want it bloody.
That said, the Weiss Kreuz collection is one of the best things that you could possibly take home & watch on the sofa with your box of chocolates & your pink tissues. Four pretty young things, each one with a worse revenge-complex than the next, all with clashing personalities; an expansion on the buddy-cop concept, only better... four pretty young vicious bloodthirsty international assassin boys who run a flower-shop. And of course they're all straight. If you don't love an idea like that right away, then you shouldn't be renting this in the first place. But if you have to keep hitting Rewind because you drown out the dialogue with your own squeals, then you're one of us, and you should buy this DVD set.
The DVD edition is fabulous, easy to navigate, crammed with features, sketches, interviews, you name it. I was especially (pleasantly) surprised by the outtakes. Recording all that drama had to be taxing-- so it must've been a great release to make that mutant-monster croon "Till There Was You" at Aya while smashing him repeatedly against a piano.
I personally like the animation well enough; it's not groundbreaking, but it does not look like 1987, either. The dubs and subs are equally good here, in my opinion. They put a nice amount of effort into the setup. I think the English translation was pretty great, very natural-sounding; people's opinions on these tend to run hot & cold, but I can say that at least the English doesn't sound stilted, and the subtitles at least follow pretty much what the dub says. Bold yellow subtitles were easy to read, for when you're in the mood to follow in Japanese for awhile.
The voice actors were often lackluster, I agree with everyone on that point. I privately think Aya could be even b*tchier, Omi even squeakier, and Farfarello even crazier... in both languages. Schuldig's erotically snide baritone is definitely the brightest point of the English dub, however. You may find yourself listening to him purr "ruined lives taste like honey" repeatedly until your Rewind button sticks.
You can watch many of these stories independently of each other without worrying about the overarching plot, which is nice for those who don't want the full collection. The boys get a mission, they go out and find the bad guys, and much fighting & bickering ensues. Most episodes have at least some brokenhearted weeping, and they all have bloodshed (although the pedestrian fight-sequence style in this anime doesn't do much for me). If you're lucky, you'll get to see the gang of psychic/psychotic villain boys, who are even more interesting than the heroes. You can start watching to just absorb the cheesy missions, but soon be hooked on the tangled interpersonal relationships and vendettas. Which is, after all, the point in a bishonen anime. So addictive!


Knight Hunters 1 [VHS]
Knight Hunters 1 [VHS]
VHS
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great features, great series, April 26, 2004
This review is from: Knight Hunters 1 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I don't know where all these reviewers are coming up with the notion that Cheesiness, Angst, & Extreme High Melodrama are *surprising*-- or *unwanted*-- in a shojo anime. Come on! Really. This is for us. We want our angst and family tragedies and long-lost siblings and haunted pasts and Good Vs. Evil and unrequited love and knee-weakeningly beautiful boys... we want it all, and we want it bloody.
That said, the Weiss Kreuz collection is one of the best things that you could possibly take home & watch on the sofa with your box of chocolates & your pink tissues. Four pretty young things, each one with a worse revenge-complex than the next, all with clashing personalities; an expansion on the buddy-cop concept, only better... four pretty young vicious bloodthirsty international assassin boys who run a flower-shop. And of course they're all straight. If you don't love an idea like that right away, then you shouldn't be renting this in the first place.
The DVD edition is fabulous, easy to navigate, crammed with features, sketches, interviews, you name it. I was especially (pleasantly) surprised at the existence of outtakes. Recording all that drama had to be taxing, so it must've been a scream to make a pink-clad Omi say, "But I can only dance to Madonna."
You can watch most of these stories independently of each other without worrying about the overarching plot, which is nice for those who don't want the full collection. The boys get a mission, they go out and find the bad guys, and much fighting & bickering ensues. Most episodes have at least some brokenhearted weeping, and they all have bloodshed (although the fight-sequence style in this anime doesn't do much for me). If you're lucky, you'll get to see the gang of psychic/psychotic villain boys, who are even more interesting than the heroes. You can start watching with an eye to just absorbing the cheesy missions, but you will soon be hooked on the tangled interpersonal relationships and vendettas, which is, after all, the point.
I personally like the animation well enough; it's not groundbreaking, but it does not look like 1987, either. The dubs and subs are equally good here, in my opinion. They put a nice amount of effort into it. I think the English translation was pretty great, very natural-sounding. Bold yellow subtitles were easy to read. The voice actors were often lackluster, I agree with everyone on that point. I privately think Aya could be even bitchier (although he couldn't be colder, which was nice), Omi even squeakier, and Farfarello even crazier. But Schuldig's erotically snide baritone is the definite bright-point of the English dub; you may find yourself listening to him purr "ruined lives taste like honey" repeatedly until you freeze up your Pause button.


Angel Sanctuary & Harlock Saga
Angel Sanctuary & Harlock Saga
DVD ~ Artist Not Provided

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome anime deal!, October 22, 2003
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I decided to buy this package rather than just getting "Angel Sanctuary" by itself, and I think it's a great deal. I'd never seen "Harlock Saga" before, and this DVD gives you the entire series here, which is quite long and definitely gives your money's worth. It's a slightly different style of anime than Angel Sanctuary, looks like it's a bit older; also by contrast, there's no real blood or nudity or incest or tribes of warring archangels. However, there are space pirates, mysterious pipe-organs, and tribes of warring gods and ancient creatures-- it's like a space-pirate version of the "Ring of the Nibelungen". Classy. And Captain Harlock has some incredibly stylish scars to go with that foxy pirate outfit.
As for "Angel Sanctuary", what can one say that everyone else hasn't gushingly said before? It's the most eye-hurtingly beautiful, wild, erotic, daring girl-anime out there today. Those mentally-imbalanced angels, those multiple dismemberments and decapitations, those long-legged schoolboys with the dewy eyes, yoicks!! Sadly, the end of the story leaves you hanging almost in mid-action.... Those of us who can't read Japanese (so as to get the printed manga for the whole story) are all praying anxiously & patiently for more of the series to become available.
The only faults I can find with this DVD issue (both disks) is that the chapters/programs in the menu are each too long... It could use finer separation, so that you don't have to scroll forward & back to find the point within the chapter you want. They also left the beginnning & end credits for all of the separate episodes, which is an annoyance to fast-forward through. However, that's only a minor annoyance. Great deal in general.


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