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The Smile Sessions Box Set
The Smile Sessions Box Set
Offered by MEGA Media
Price: $125.41
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smile Sessions is so good it makes The Pet Sounds Sessions stink, November 25, 2011
To semi quote the late Dennis Wilson there. Now I could go into this long winded review about why SMiLE is a five star classic, quite frankly I do not have the credentials to do that. I was not around in 1967 when it was abandoned, nor did I collect bootlegs back in the day. In fact, my introduction to SMiLE was Brian Wilson's solo version which he did with his touring band back in 2004. I bought that version on a whim and loved it. Only problem is it wasn't The Beach Boys on it. Believe me this makes a world of difference. I seem to be getting ahead of myself here. I will finish my short review by saying this. The SMiLE Sessions lives up to the immense hype and then some. Everything from the packaging to the sound quality, to the songs it contains are absolutely stunning. The fact that it surpasses the hype makes it even more special. Just check out some of the other reviews on here. There have been people who have waited 45 years for this to come out. I can not think of anything in music that comes close to the magnitude of this release.

This is a true work of art, deserving of all the praise it gets

Kill Bill - The Whole Bloody Affair
Kill Bill - The Whole Bloody Affair
DVD ~ Uma Thurman

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino's Triumph, March 10, 2009
Hey it may not be out yet but all you need is the Japanese DVDs. It's an epic length film with an intermssion minus the tags and cliffhangers. Just end Vol. 1 right after the Bride's speech to Sofie Fatale ("they'll all soon be as dead...") take a little break and then start Vol. 2 by skipping the previously on tag (go straight to Chapter 2)

by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah it's that good, August 27, 2007
This review is from: Watchmen (Paperback)
I'm going to cut to the chase. 'Watchmen' is quite simply the greatest book I've ever read. This goes beyond a great graphic novel and enters the realm of great literature. I'm having a lot of trouble conjuring up words to describe how great this is. When I first got it a few years back I held on reading it for a while and when I finally did I was entranced. I'm on my third read of it and you find new things every time.

This is one of those cases when something is hyped up as the greatest in its medium and it actually exceeds the hype. I can not fathom giving this less then 5 stars


Planet Earth: The Complete Series [HD DVD]
Planet Earth: The Complete Series [HD DVD]
DVD ~ David Attenborough
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Mezmerizing, May 5, 2007
Planet Earth is quite simply the most jaw dropping natural history series I have ever seen. Now I do not fancy myself a lover of nature documentaries but I have seen one or two in my time and this one takes the cake. This isn't simply educational. It's cinematic. The one thing that seperates this from others is that you become entranced and emotionally involved in the happenings before you.

Shot in High Defination (with the exception of a small percentage of scenes) the image quality is breathtaking. Never before have I seen anything look this good on my TV. I'm using a 30" High Def with 720p and it still looks crystal clear. I can only imagine what it would look like on a bigger TV in 1080p.

Sound wise it does the job well but it isn't an immersive cinematic experience. But for a program like this you really shouldn't expect that. The narration is up front and the rears are used when needed. One minor quibble is that sometimes the score seems to almost drown out the narration.

no extras on the HD DVD but the image quality makes up for it.

All in all Planet Earth is a must have if you are equipped with HD-DVD. It's subject matter and stunning image will leave you speechless.

Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux)
Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux)
DVD ~ Martin Sheen
Offered by Lunch money
Price: $33.95
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100 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not complete, but still worth it. 4 1/2 stars, August 17, 2006
The Film 5/5

There have been countless books, websites, and even a documentary (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse) about this film that it seems almost pointless to write about it. One of the most troubled productions in film history, the film went on to recieve universal acclaim and is now a cinema classic.

For those of you getting into this film for the first time, do not expect your typical vietnam war film. In fact you could argue that the film is not really about the Vietnam War, but is instead about man's descent into "the heart of darkness" if you will. The film follows Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen)who is given a mission to proceed up river into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret Colonel (Marlon Brando) who has gone insane.

That is the basic story of the film. But, it is much more than that. The movie is essential one sureal moment after another. From a helicopter attack done to the tune of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", to surfing calvary men, to the much debated ending.

If there ever was a film that must be experienced just once in your life this is it.

The Video 5/5

The film was shot in the scope widesceen format of 2:35:1, but is present here (as with other DVD versions) at a slightly cropped 2:00:1 format. This decision (made by Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro) has caused much controversy over the years, and while I would love to see it in it's original format this version doesn't bother me.

That being said this is the best I've ever seen Apocalypse Now look. The colors are much more vivid and flesh tones are more realistic. For a film that was released in 1979 it stands right up there with any modern blockbuster. Each film is spread across two discs for higher picture quality. The result is stunning.

Sound 5/5

Speaking of standing up there with any modern blockbuster. Apocalypse Now is the Grandfather of all home theater show off films and this new DVD set is no exception. The original discs for their time offered impressive 5.1 mixes, this one however takes it to the next level. Bass response is more dynamic and there were even obscure background sounds and dialogue that I never noticed before on the old versions. It fully uses the 5.1 system. Again for a film released in 1979 it stands toe to toe with any modern movie.

The Extras 4/5

Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier is a two disc set that feature both the classic 1979 version and the extended 2001 version known as Apocalypse Now Redux. Each film is divided into two parts. While my preference is for the 1979 version. I recommend watch both versions and decide for yourself which one you prefer.

Extras on disc one include several deleted scenes, Marlon Brando's reading of T.S. Eliot's Poem "The Hollow Men" as well as a few short featurettes on 5.1 sound.

Disc two includes several featurettes on the editing, music and sound of Apocalypse Now. These featurettes are very informative and really give you an insight into the process of assembly a film from what is essentially nothing into a cohesive whole.

Above all else though is the absolutly engaging commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola. Following the same standard of excellence that was on The Godather dvds. This commentary track is extremely informative and provided insights that I've never known before.

Now, what is missing however is the classic making-of documentary Hearts of Darkness. In fact there are no featurettes on this set about the making of the film. One of the reasons Apocalypse Now is so famous is that its production was arguably the most troubled in cinema history. Everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong.

In spite of the lack of Hearts of Darkness, and the slightly cropped aspect ratio. This DVD version of Apocalypse Now is head and shoulders above the previous versions.

This DVD gets my highest recommendation.
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TNA Wrestling: The Best of Samoa Joe: Unstoppable
TNA Wrestling: The Best of Samoa Joe: Unstoppable
DVD ~ Samoa Joe
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the matches, June 5, 2006
This looks to be TNA's best ever DVD. Nearly all the matches are a must see.

June 2005

vs. Sonjay Dutt (**1/2) Nothing really special about this one. I've only watched it once. Dutt gets some offense in, but of course Joe pulls out the victory

July 2005

vs. Chris Sabin (****1/2) A strong contender for match of the year 2005 and the most under-rated match in TNA. This is the classic "young lion" vs. "unstoppable monster" match. Both wrestlers told a great story.

August 2005

vs. A.J. Styles (****3/4)

The finals of the Super X Cup tournament. A.J. and Joe prove while they are two of the best in the business. The only thing that holds me back from giving it 5 stars is the fact that it's overshadowed by the following match

September 11, 2005 (Unbreakable) (*****)

vs. Christopher Daniels (X-Division Champion) vs. A.J. Styles

This is it folks. The most talked about match in TNA and the match by which every other TNA match is judged. This, not Barbed Wire Massacre was the match of the year for 2005. Every real wrestling fan knows this. Some people are going to say it's over-rated because it's a spot fest. It's not. The spots are well placed and make sense. These 3 do things you've never seen in a ring. They tried two more times to recapture the magic of this one, but didn't come close on both occasions. This is the match that you show your friends who have never seen TNA.

October 2005

vs. Jushin Thunder Liger (**)

Too short. May be the worst match on the DVD. I honestly don't remember this match too well.

November 2005

with Christopher Daniels, Roderick Strong and Alex Shelly vs. Chris Sabin, Matt Bentley, Sonjay Dutt and Autin Aries (****)

Another exciting X-Division match. This match is significant because it was the start of Joe's heel turn

December 2005

vs. A.J. Styles (X-Division Champion) (*****)

Wow. If the Unbreakable 3- way didn't happen, this would be the match of the year. A.J. gets some offense in, but Joe proves to be too much. Me typing about it, doesn't do it justice. See it for yourself.

January 2006

vs. Christopher Daniels (****)

This one took a couple of viewings for me to get into. The two had a great match, with a great story behind it, but the ending was a little weak

Minimum Maximum
Minimum Maximum
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic live album, October 31, 2005
This review is from: Minimum Maximum (Audio CD)
It starts out with a classic (The Man Machine) then there's a few lesser known and newer songs. Then the car door slams shut and what follows is one classic track after another. Form "Autobahn" to "Neon Lights" to "The Robots" All of these songs sound alive in a live setting. The more recent songs fit nicely and are great in their own right but you just can't touch the songs from the classic era.

As cliche as it sounds this truly is one of the greatest live albums of all time.

TNA Wrestling: The Best of the X Division Volume 1
TNA Wrestling: The Best of the X Division Volume 1
DVD ~ Artist Not Provided
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best wrestling in the world, October 24, 2005
This is an essential purchase to anyone looking for an alternative to WWE. The Ultimate X match between Chris Sabin, A.J. Styles and Petey Williams has to be seen to be believed. T.N.A stands for total nonstop action and that's exactly what you get. Buy this along with the best of A.J. Styles DVD. You may never watch WWE again.
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TNA Wrestling: Phenomenal - The Best of AJ Styles
TNA Wrestling: Phenomenal - The Best of AJ Styles
DVD ~ AJ Styles
17 used & new from $12.74

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me sit up and take notice, October 9, 2005
I'm not going to go into some kind of WWE/TNA rant. I am a long time WWE fan. Been watching it all my life. Before their debut on Spike TV I've only seen a few TNA matches. If you want to see arguably the greatest in ring performer today then check out A.J. Styles. This DVD is filled with amazing matches. As a matter of fact there isn't one dud on the whole DVD.

Mark my word if he stays healthy A.J. Styles will become a superstar one day.
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Frances the Mute
Frances the Mute
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most daring albums to come out in a long time., October 8, 2005
This review is from: Frances the Mute (Audio CD)
It's long, epic, pretentious, it contains songs that are fifteen minutes long. One is even over thirty minutes long. It contains long passages of ambient noise. It's also the most mind blowing album of the year. What we have hear is that rare album that is made for listening. Not while driving in your car, not in the background. While sitting in a darkened room in front of the speakers or with headphones on. This is not an album made of individual tracks where you pick your favorite and show your friends. The full effect of "Frances The Mute" is listening to it from beginning to end. An effect made even better with the title track not found on the album. You see during the recording of the album. There was a title track recorded. It has been referred to as the decoder track because it was suppose to help the album story make sense (it really doesn't). Because they already had seventy seven minutes worth of music and a CD can only contain 80 minutes of music it had to be removed.

The title track is a 15 minute epic. There has been speculation as to where its placement on the album would have been. Guitarist/Producer Omar A. Rodriguez Lopez has stated that its placement would have been at the beginning of the album. Listening to the track it's easy to see why. The beginning of the track doesn't link to any other song and the ending serves as an intro to "Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus." The song can be found on CD on "The Widow Single" or on vinyl as a 12" single.

The first album "De-Loused In The Comotorium" was and still is a great debut album. This album tops it. Buy the CD or do what I did and go with the triple vinyl and the decoder single. It's lock out grooves may be the coolest thing.

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