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Movie Outlaw
Movie Outlaw
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Movie Outlaw is on the loose!, August 13, 2014
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The followup/companion to Mike Watt's Fervid Filmmaking. The focus this time is on films you might have missed. Sharp writing and insight are on full display, as always. Watt & Co. know their stuff. This one belongs on your film reference library shelf.


Phantom Of The Paradise - Paper Sleeve - CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica
Phantom Of The Paradise - Paper Sleeve - CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica
Offered by Culture Factory USA
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but true fans already own better versions., July 29, 2014
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This is a fave ost of mine. I own it on several different formats. When I saw it was being released in 24/96, I was very excited. Alas, the album was mastered in 24/96 but it was released in 16/44. There's not even a HDCD for people who are equipped with it. There's a bit of half truth advertising here.

What we do get is a rather than sounding remaster that isn't nearly as pleasing as the vinyl or the Japanese CD releases. The packaging is replicated nicely, for the most part, but the A&M flying record inner sleeve is absent.

All around, a missed opportunity.


Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-Restraint
Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-Restraint
by Mike Watt
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second coming of Psychotronica!, June 30, 2013
Mike Watt's FERVID FILMMAKING is an essential book for anyone looking to broaden their filmic horizons beyond Redboxes and Netflix queues. This is one of those special reference books that comes along maybe once in a decade and I believe it's the first time this Century that such a book has been unleashed on the general public. It belongs in every reference library along side heavyweights written by Tim Lucas, Kim Newman and Michael Weldon. If you're familiar with the writings of those gentlemen, make an investment in this trade paperback. It is on par with, and occasionally surpasses, the writings of those aforementioned men.

I haven't explained why, though. Well, this is a book that traverses the backstreets of Psychotronic cinema. You know those movies that are mentioned in other "cult" reference volumes that just pass with a mention (usually because the writer doesn't know much about them)? Mike Watt fills in the cracks by writing entire chapters on those films (66 in all!) and going further in depth than any scholarly author of film has ever done previous. The chapters on Ralph Bakshi's COONSKIN and Otto Preminger's SKIDOO are worth the purchase price alone. Mike Watt doesn't just give the films he covers a simple overview, he goes into the film head first. He goes behind the scenes and into the filmmaker's minds. If you hated one of the films written about in FERVID FILMMAKING, Mike Watt may change your mind. If you loved one of those films, he'll give you a better grasp on why you love it so much.

It's a fun read and it's incredibly informative. The best part, however, is Mike Watt takes the subject matter seriously. The films may be of the "Kitchen Sink" variety, but he takes these films as seriously as a professor in a master class. ...And that's what this book is. A master class in films that have unfairly fallen through the cracks. In a just world, this book would be required reading in both filmmaking classes and film journalism classes. Buy this book. It's worth it at triple the price.


Wild Young Hearts [Vinyl]
Wild Young Hearts [Vinyl]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be aware, September 26, 2009
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The US release of "Wild Young Hearts" omits the track "So Complicated" from the UK release and shuffles the track order from said release. It's still a terrific album, however and highly recommended. Also, If you buy the Vinyl release, it contains a code for a digital download of the entire album.


The Monkees - Head
The Monkees - Head
DVD ~ Micky Dolenz
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1.85:1 LBX, BABY!, October 19, 2007
This review is from: The Monkees - Head (DVD)
RE: J. Rosenberg "Pop Culturalist"

Guess what? It's on TCM right now (Oct. 20th, 2007 @2:00am) and it's properly framed in it's soft matted 1.85:1 ratio, AS IT WAS INTENDED! The compositions make more sense now and everything looks better.

I've spoken at length with Andrew Sandoval (back in 1998) and, although he may know everything there is to know about the Monkees, he knows little to nothing about film and proper aspect ratios. I even told him before the release that I had in my possession a rare US TV trailer for HEAD that I never saw before. He raised his nose and sniffed, "Everything that's out there will be on the DVD". Of course, the little snot was wrong. He also said that a Stereo remix wasn't possible. I say it is. Comme si, comme sa.
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Kiss: Kissology Volume II 1978-1991
Kiss: Kissology Volume II 1978-1991
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So, I watched it (for all you naysayers), August 13, 2007
Right off the bat, let me say that all of this stuff has been widely available on DVD and VHS for years as bootlegs. There is nothing new here and KISS' truest fans will have seen it all before. That's why the early pre release reviews are legitimate. Also, if you're not into KISS, you won't like this set and there's no need for you to comment. Please move along.

Now, I actually bought this at WalMart at Midnight for the LARGO 79 Bonus Disc. That disc is booty as heck and it looks just like every other available version I've seen. Still, I suppose it's nice to have it "Official".

As for the set proper, well, it's not as exciting as the volume one, mainly because it explores KISS' "Fat Elvis" and true fan years. It's the years where they became cartoon caractures of themselves and lost what it was that they wanted to achieve (mostly because they achieved it and didn't know where to go theatrically or musically).

Disc one opens with a short NBC News clip entitled "Land of Hype and Glory". It's interesting, but standard stuff. No great shakes. The Meat of Disc One is "KISS in Attack Of The Phantoms", the Euro cut of "KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park". It's presented in it's 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio and is enhanced with a stereo remix (the 5.1 mix is just a bloated version of the Stereo mix). It is a better movie in this form than the TV version, but it is in no means a good movie. Still, I wouldn't say it was quite the embarassment the ROCK hipsters out there would have you believe (Ringo Starr/Harry Nilsson's "Son Of Dracula" Anyone???) as it it very watchable in a Godzilla sort of way. The image is sharp and the color, spot on. It looks better than it probably ever should have. The commentary track features some of the cast ofthe film, but surprisingly, nobody from KISS. Rounding out Disc One is the legendary Halloween 1979 Tom Snyder interview. It's legendary because Ace Frehley is loopy as all get out.He joyfully Disrupts the proceedings with his intrusive comments and loud, infective laughter. It's a wonderful TV moment and shows just what's missing from today's TV talk shows.

Disc Two shoul probably just be called the Australia/Europe Years, since that's what the bulk of the disc entails. First, there is a promo video for "Shandi", a huge hit in the land Down Under. Then, there is a CNN interview with Peter Criss without makeup and his back to the camera; as if here were in a witness protection program. This is followed by some TV promo appearances and a documentary of the Australian tour. KISS does conquer Australia with an incredibly tenatious live set. By this time, Eric Carr had replaced Peter Criss on Drums and it seems to be the shot in the arm KISS needed in it's live show. They are absolutely vicious here and this concert is a highlight of this DVD box. Rounding out Disc Two is a Friday's appearance promoting "Music From The Elder" and a Top Pop appearance for "I Love It Loud". At This point KISS was reaching it's creative nadir and this disc kinda leaves the virewer with a cliffhanger. "Will KISS pull itself out of it's creative slump? Tune In Next Week!!!"

Disc Three finds KISS with Vinnie Vincent replacing Ace Frehley in a concert at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The concert is lively and features Vinnie Vincents only real live video footage of him as the "Ankh". Shortly afterwards they would be Unmasked to the world on MTV, shown here on this disc. Freed of their makeup, KISS finds themselves transformed as a no frills, straight ahead rock band and their energy is amazing. Without the makeup, pyrotechnics and stage props, KISS makes themselves the show. The energetic performances from Portugal, The Spectrum in Philly and Detroit makes one forget they ever wore makeup. Their second wind kicks in and finds them completely triumphant with their "Hot In The Shade" tour in Detroit. Their second wind has kicked in as Bruce Kulic replaces Vinnie Vincent. The Third disc closes with a "Day In Rock" Clip and the Music Video for "God Gave Rock and Roll To You".

If there's any real disappointment with the set, it's that there're too many years to cover on 3 discs. There's a lot that I would've loved to see that did'nt surface legitimately... but at under $30 most places, there's really not too much to complain about.

The Sound quality is uniformly good (save for the Largo Bonus Disc, which is muddy as heck). The set has 3 audio tracks: 5.1, 2.0 and commentary. The video quality is a marked improvement from the first volume; which left a lot of fans grumbling that the bootlegs looked better.

Lastly, I'd like to point out the issue of language. Some off color between song patter has been mixed out during the Detroit "Hot In The Shade" footage and it makes the show much less satisfying. I mean, yeah, I know kids are probably watching, but you guys DID say it live and you know kids were there, too. I mean, first it's "Don't Drink And Drive" before "Cold Gin" and now it's self-censorship. What's next, KISS?

Oh yeah, regardless of what Amazon says, I, Terry Thome, Reserve all rights to this review. I wrote it. It's my property, not theirs.
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The Coral
The Coral
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey and Oracle Part Two, April 24, 2003
This review is from: The Coral (Audio CD)
This is probably what The Zombies would have progressed to if they hadn't broken up before their posthumous masterpiece "Odyssey and Oracle" was released. Rod Argent be damned! Mod and Psychedelic with a freakin' sledgehammer, it really has no business being mentioned with bands like the Strokes and the Hives or the Vines because the sounds and approaches couldn't be dfferent. I have to say, I had a bit of a time wondering wether I liked this album or not since the thing is so flat out weird. In the end, though, I completely relented to it's goofy charms. "Dreaming of You" is probably the best pop single to be released in 1968, er, this year (2003), "Goodbye" (King Crimson lick, cough, cough!) is SO much like the Zombies that it approaches plagurism (but it's so freakin' good!), and "Skeleton Key" is the strangest track, sporting the funniest and coolest outro to a song I've heard in awhile. The other songs are all very well done. Recommended, but if you're not familiar with authentic psychedelic music form the late 1960's, please go there first so you don't go on thinking this is in ANY way fresh or original.


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