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Manchester United: The Biography: The complete story of the world's greatest football club
Manchester United: The Biography: The complete story of the world's greatest football club

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fan's tale of the club, February 16, 2011
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This book does a great job of telling the tale of Manchester United - warts & all. Obviously this is a great story no matter if you are a fan of United or not. It is unbiased in the sense that the author isn't afraid to critize ownership, both past and present, team icons and the fans themselves in some cases.

Unlike most fans there is not the fear to remark that Cantona, Keane, Ferguson, Ruud, Meredith weren't always so great towards the club. However, there is a notable shift in these criticisms that start from when the author was no longer a fan just attending games in the 70s and 80s to when he became a journalist covering the team in the 90s and beyond. While he does point out that the mid-80s drinking culture of Ince, Whiteside and Robson hurt the team in terms of winning the league, he never questions these players' dedication to the club. By comparision, he consistently questions the spirit of several notable players that are some of the most decorated players in club history: David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the case of Beckham it is hard to defend his more prima donna actions off the field during the latter stages of his United career, but you can't possible ever question his dedication to the team both while at Old Trafford and since leaving. In Ronaldo's case, it is easier to understand -- this book was published just after Ronaldo's acrimonious exit and any wounds that United fans felt were still very fresh. I would hope that the author, like myself and many other United fans, has moved on and can appreciate Ronaldo for what he brought to the table and the class he has shown towards United and its fans since. You can't fault the guy for wanting to play for his favorite team after he had achieved everything there was to in Manchester. The remark about Ronaldo probably have a glittery pair of stiletto heels was too much and is very petty.

This pettiness is also amusing throughout the book in terms of his true fandom. Make no mistake this isn't some polished up, politically correct "official" history that says all the right things about Liverpool, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Roman Abramovich, John Terry, Leeds, etc. While the United official illustrated history speaks highly of other teams and can be read by fans of other teams, I wouldn't recommend this book to any fans of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City or Real Madrid but somehow I don't think they'd be too interested lol.

All that said this is a great read for any United fan -- new or old to either study the club's history or remember past glories you hadn't thought of in awhile. It doesn't shy from such incidents as Keane's exit, Rock of Gibraltor, Ruud and Ronaldo's fight, the plc, the Glazer takeover, the 70s hooliganism, the aforementioned 80s drinking culture, FC United of Manchester or the club's failure to do everything right by the Busby Babes that survived. This combination makes this an essential read for any fan of Manchester United.

New Republic
New Republic
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the price, June 9, 2010
This review is from: New Republic (Kindle Edition)
I just got my Kindle last night and was delighted to find The New Republic available for the device at a significant discount. Whether you agree with the politics or not is up to you -- I generally do, but if you do not know already the magazine definitely leans left on the political spectrum but if you are considering purchasing this you should know that already. As for the actual layout (which really should form the review -- after all if you don't care for the politics what are the chances you have actually purchased a copy or tried a sample?), the Kindle really works well for The New Republic since it is largely image free in print. There are photos included in some articles though. The content itself is largely intact aside from one or two missing items, notably letters to the editor, and well laid out through the menu system, similar to how newspapers on the Kindle are laid out. All in all the subscription option for TNR on the Kindle is a strong one.
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Takedown Masters: Ring of Honor
Takedown Masters: Ring of Honor
DVD ~ Dusty Rhodes
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts on ROH/Feinstein, April 13, 2004
Please get your facts straight before commenting on something. Yes, Rob Feinstein was caught in a sting operation by a website and local TV crew. However to hold it against ROH is wrong. Feinstein was fired by ROH and RF Video after this incident. ROH, its employees, its workers and its fans were victims of Feinstein's unacceptable behavior already why continue to attack them when they did nothing wrong? ROH is the hardest working promotion in the US. If you want great action only seen in Japan featuring great young talent buy this DVD. If you want to be a judgemental person and attack those that didn't do a damn thing wrong, don't buy it. But at least know what you're talking about. Also if you're looking for an ECW hardcore wrestling federation you may want to look elsewhere. ROH does feature brawling sometimes, but is primarily a strong-style promotion. If that's what you're looking for buy this the Low Ki vs. Daniels vs. American Dragon match is worth the price alone!

Liz Phair [Explicit]
Liz Phair [Explicit]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the "sellout" talk, June 26, 2003
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Liz hasn't changed her style so much as altered it. This album is a bit more hook friendly, but it's not as though she's suddenly transformed into Avril Lavigne or Britney Spears. Instead of singing the chorus twice, it's now about four times. Wow, what a sellout. Her lyrics are still great and carry depth and she's still the best artist around. I admit that Liz isn't for everyone, but if you've liked her in the past you shouldn't hesitate to buy this album.

Box Set
Box Set
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra points for mono, October 14, 2002
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Just wanted to point something out that's been mentioned in other reviews -- the reason for songs included on 1,2 & 3 turning up a second time on 4 is because those are the stereo cuts. The first half of disc 4 is the far superior mono version of the debut album that Stills and Young cut. Listen to the difference and you'll notice it. All in all this'll due until the Archives are FINALLY released.
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5.0 out of 5 stars Williams Explores New Ground, April 29, 2002
Finally I'm getting jazzed about AOTC due to this wonderful score. I hadn't been looking forward to this flick much because of TPM, but I'm now convinced that this movie can't be bad, only because of this music. John Williams would have carried TPM to a better standing, but his score was butchered by the plaid one, aka George Lucas (get the 2 disc TPM soundtrack and compare it to the original for proof).
This CD shows Williams adding woodwinds to his usual brass heavy score, as well as some Middle Eastern and Japanese influenced percussion. The highlights are the brilliant Confrontation with Count Dooku ... and Zam the Assassin/Chase through Coruscant, which borrows somewhat from the original Planet of the Apes score.
While I still feel that Artificial Intelligence is his best work, this is ... close.

WWF WrestleMania X8
WWF WrestleMania X8
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just got back from the big event, March 20, 2002
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This was the first chance I'd gotten to go to a Wrestlemania and it was a great experience. I will say that the event wasn't as good as 17 or 10, but was probably as good (or better) than 12, 3, 8 and 6. It was easily better than 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
The highpoints of the night were easily Hogan vs. Rock and Flair vs. Undertaker. Crowd was really hot for these two matches and most of us there lost our intensity after Hogan/Rock. HHH and Y2J tried, but they couldn't get us into their match. All I can say is the WWF should have put Hogan/Rock on last if they wanted a hot crowd the whole night.
A few interesting notes from the live event -- the hardcore match(es) went over very well live, but I've heard they were flat on PPV. Stone Cold made an appearance in our section (200) during the Maven/Goldust portion of that match, so if you hear what? chants during the match that's why. Also there were two pretty loud chants directed at HHH during the main event, but I've yet to read of anyone picking these up from PPV.
Here's my ratings for the night (in no particular order):
Mr. Perfect, Lance Storm & Test vs. Rikishi, Albert & Scotty 2 Hotty -- * 1/2, highlight was Perfect using a towel to protect himself from the stinkface.
RVD vs. William Regal for the Intercontinental Title -- *** Regal finally meshed well with a WWF wrestler and RVD's win got the official card started off well.
Christian vs. DDP for the European Title -- *1/4, boring match that had any heat for it killed by the announcement of Christian residing in Tampa.
Hardcore Title matches -- **1/4, harmless, amusing entertainment. Al Snow crashing his golf cart was pretty funny.
Edge vs Booker T -- ** 1/2, expected a lot more from this match. Shockingly this was the only win for a Canadian.
Jazz vs. Lita vs. Trish for the Women's Title -- * 3/4, Jazz's super fisherman buster gets this match a few extra points. I felt bad for these women having to follow Hogan/Rock.
Steve Austin vs. Scott Hall -- *1/4, easily Stone Cold's worst PPV match in at least six years, and it wasn't his fault. Hall is a waste who drags opponents down several levels. It was smart of Austin to go home and stay from TV following this junk.
Billy & Chuck vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. APA for the Tag Titles -- DUD, one of the worst matches on a Wrestlemania, probably since 12's Warrior/HHH match. Horrid stuff, figured Hardys and Dudleys could carry this, but everyone looked bored and it showed.
Kurt Angle vs. Kane -- ***, Angle carried Kane once again to a solid match. Not Angle's best match, but look at the opponent.
Ric Flair vs. Undertaker -- ****, really hot match. Taker sold for Flair unlike he's done for anyone else. Give Taker credit for that because selling isn't his strong suit. Flair worked extremely hard and put on quite a show for a guy that's wrestled only once before this year. Awesome spot with Arn Anderson nailing Taker with the spinebuster. Too bad Benoit didn't appear (though I did meet him on Friday at Axxess). Expected Taker's WM win streak to end, but the match was so good it was all right he won.
Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock -- *****, easily Hogan's best match since 5 (Savage) or 6 (Warrior) and one of The Rock's best ever, which says something. The crowd was INCREDIBLE for this match, heck the cheering for both guys started while we were waiting outside. Unreal heat. Great script. Cool ending. Not the best Wrestlemania match (Bret vs. Austin or Savage vs. Steamboat take that honor), but easily the best match in the US thus far this year. Don't believe the haters out there saying the match was just okay, it ruled trust me and I really dislike Hogan.
Jericho vs. HHH for the Undisputed World Title --- *** 1/4, Jericho got a strong reaction, but Stephanie ruined it for him. Not the blow away match most Mania main events are, but they had to follow Hogan/Rock, so they had a spent crowd against them. Hot ending sequence put the match over. Not many remained for HHH's celebration, though.
This was really a two match card, but those two matches will be remembered for years. The rest of the card is an average PPV with some above average matches and 1 or 2 stinkers. An easy recommendation for Hogan/Rock alone.

MTV's Behind WWF Tough Enough
MTV's Behind WWF Tough Enough
DVD ~ Al Snow
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true story of 13 strangers stuck in a ring...., March 14, 2002
I bought both the TE box (also posted a review for that) and this DVD on the same day. I've gotta say that I liked this DVD a lot more. It's only 50 minutes, but is well worth it. Lots of "backstage" info given on the show here, with very minimal rehash from previously seen footage. Included is footage of an argument between Maven & Chris Harvard; the story of Darryl and Paulina possibly hooking up (ugh!); and the revelation that Maven wears thongs. Also has submission tapes from those that didn't make it (including the janitor guy), more footage of Tazz being a d!ck, and Darryl cracking his head all over the place. In short if you want to see these guys being morons more than they were on the show (basically more Real World-like), check it out.

MTV's WWF Tough Enough - The First Season
MTV's WWF Tough Enough - The First Season
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Set, March 14, 2002
First off, the premise of Tough Enough was to show ordinary people getting thrown into a business that they thought they knew about. In reality, half the crew were wrestling fans, with Josh being the biggest and most knowledgable, the other half weren't big fans, with Bobbie Jo being the least knowledgable and prepared.
Really this show also tried to educate the general fans about the business and how tough it truly is. In that sense it really worked. I know a few people that never liked wrestling, despite my attempts at informing them. After watching the first season of Tough Enough, though they are all HUGE fans. Two even subscribe to the Observer now. As for getting stars out of the deal, well Maven seems to be a natural in the hardest places to teach - charisma and looks. He still needs a lot of work, but he realizes this and is working his a$$ off, with no complaints in OVW and HWA. Nidia is just beginning to wrestle now and won't be WWF TV for at least a few months. Anybody that thought these two were being fully prepared for immediate action, or would be a top draw upon their debut missed the point of the show entirely. Everyone knew 9 weeks training wasn't enough to make them real stars, but it provided them with a solid base to start from, which is why Maven is given zero offense and fluke wins.
As for the quality of the set, the picture is much better than the WWF's more recent releases (this is an MTV release after all) and the sound is average. The extras are nice, though. Included are 12 of the 13 finalists' submission tapes. Funny stuff, especially Jason's. I'm not sure what the hell he was doing, but it makes him look REAL stupid. Maven's was clearly the best as he cut a promo effortlessly. Josh's was pretty cool, too because it included footage of his backyard matches, including nice hurricanranas. Darryl's tape isn't included for some reason. Most episodes include extra footage, mainly of the WWF superstars when they visited. Cool stuff with Stone Cold and his stories of his early days (he also gets in a nice dig on Bischoff once again).
All in all, the only complaint I have about the set is I would've liked a commentary or documentary on Maven and Nidia's training in HWA and OVW.

Ace Frehley (Remastered)
Ace Frehley (Remastered)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Solo Albums Right Here, February 8, 2002
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Ace languished in the shadows for far too long, until this album that is. Ace shocked fans, critics and his bandmates by becoming the top selling member on their solo album projects. He also had the only hit in the great "New York Groove". While Peter put out an average R&B album, Paul released a mediocre KISS album, and Gene released a strange "All Star" album, Ace released a hard rock album that showed that while he didn't have the voice of Gene or Paul, he had the songwriting talent. Anybody reading Gene's biography should give this disc and Ace's true solo stuff a listen before deciding Ace was a guy that never reached his potential. BTW, Ace's bass lines on this are stronger than a certain long tongued player.

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