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The Gamecocks: South Carolina Football
by Jim Hunter
Hardcover (01 June, 1975)
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Isbn: 0873970691
Subjects:  1. Football    2. South Carolina Fighting Gameco    3. University of South Carolina   

Pretty Hate Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1989)
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Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Trent's Phenomenal Debut...
Nine Inch Nails broke into the mainstream with the industrial magic of PRETTY HATE MACHINE. It wasn't hard to appreciate the underrated early efforts of Trent Reznor, who proved himself quite worthy with a rabid cult following with the first single "Head Like A Hole". That song broke NIN into the mainstream, and Trent Reznor would only shine brighter from there.

Songs like the seductive "Sanctified", the beautifully haunting "Something I Can Never Have", and the bonafied smash rock hit "Head Like A Hole" were important songs in the mainstream of industrial music, and influenced many future industrial bands. The sinister and angry "Sin", the subdued but untame "The Only Thing", and the keyboard blip, catchy-beat closer "Ringfinger" are also signs of important potential. But even more important are "Terrible Lie" and "Down In It", two songs that also caught the attention of radio. All of the ten tracks on here seethe with anger, writhe with emotion, and strangle your senses. You can't help but be sucked into Trent's world.

PRETTY HATE MACHINE was a great debut, but it was only a hint of things to come for the musical mastermind that is Trent Reznor.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is synth-pop at its best!
What makes this album great is that people who have listened to it believe that it was something truly revolutionary. Ironically, however, a simple dissection of the roots of PHM yields a strong influence of the popular music that dominated the 80's. Trent dabbles in hip-hop- yes that's rap in Down In It -funk, and traditional pop piano melodies that make Elton John swoon(Something I Can Never Have). The drum-machine samples of PHM are ones that will bring back memories of other synth-pop songs. Nevertheless, this album makes good of its genre, and anyone claiming to like NIN beyond Closer is lying unless he/she owns this album. An endnote: IMHO, the best songs of this recording time for NIN come not on this album, but on the three singles (Halos 1, 3, and 4) released supplementary to PHM. The various remixes of Head Like a Hole (particularly "opal" if you can find it), Down in It (the "demo" on halo 3 is best), and Sin are a treat, and the non-album Get Down Make Love is a classic. The true NIN fan owns all the albums and the singles and ep's.

5-0 out of 5 stars freekin excellent
by far the best nine inch nails album ever. I remember buying this from the local record store on vinyl back in 89. My mind spun watching the blue and pink decals twist on the turn table forming this wierd filament of psychodelic colors; WAY cool!. Despite this being an 80s album, this music would still be considered hot today. This record has so much variety in the techno/ industrial genres let alone Reznors other albums. This one is unique and a must have for all nine inch nail fans. ... Read more

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Forrest Gump
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
DVD (13 May, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars An engaging movie of will power , and human spirit
Academy Award winner Robert Zemekis and two time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks bring the epic Forrest Gump alive at times funny hilarious and rediculous at other times it has alot of heartwarming moments and strength to pull it off as
an enduring human spirit film. Tom Hanks won an award as the
amazingly and engaging Forrest Gump a mentally disabled man
who may be slow but has found himself in his youth with his ability to run get's him through many historicle paths to a high school football player , to a vietnam war hero where he
meets his good friend Lt.Dan who is played by Gary Senise, who does an incredible job who tells Forrest to go for what he want's in life.Where Forrest gets the medal of honor for
his bravery in vietnam, and meet's president Kennedy.
He also becomes an expert ping pong player and runs from state to state not knowing that what he's doing is nothing short of amazing, whatever Forest does he never gives up because
" Life is like a box of chocolates , you never know what one your
going to get" just as his mother says.In the end he is a shrimper
with his pal Dan who was tragically injured in the war and has lost his legs.But through all this his heart knows only one love his beloved Jenny who besides his mother is the only person
that truly understands him Forest can never forget her and the love story is what keeps this film alive.When in the end he finally marries Jenny, Forrest is happy until the devistating
news that Jenny is sick and tragically passes away but there son is left with Forrest it is only then when Forrest truly realizes why he was put on earth for , for his son to know that he has his fathers love and guidence.
Forrest Gump is a worthwhile edition to your DVD collection and is far better then the simplistic video version that has nothing to offer this one has loads of options.Good acting all around and an endearing film if you have not seen this movie it
is a tearjerker , but for the people who have this by far the best movie Robert Zemekis has ever made add this classic to your collection it's exccelent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful
About once a year, I watch this unique and heartwarming film to experience the sorrow and joy and beauty of life. And each year, Forrest Gump proves itself abundantly deserving of both its Academy Award for Best Picture and its status as an amazon.com Essential Video.

The film chronicles, from boyhood on, the life and times of a mentally slow but good-hearted and physically gifted Southerner. In doing so, it recreates vibrantly and poignantly the most turbulent decades of change (the 60s and 70s) in twentieth century America. It is thus the story of a man who remains innocent in the midst of a nation rapidly losing its innocence and, because of his difference, makes a difference. Ultimately, it is a love story that, both throughout and in its sublime conclusion, dares to address the issue of free will versus predestination. (And does so more successfully than any film--and perhaps any popular work of art.)

Tom Hanks enters an amazing, tour de force performance, actually becoming the slow-witted but faithful Gump. The tenderly stunning Robin Wright Penn and the perfectly-cast Gary Sinise shine in memorable supporting roles. The soundtrack--a remarkable combination of original music, period-evoking songs, and haunting silence--is one of the best in recent memory. And the screenplay--which goes far above and beyond the earthier, lesser book on which the film is 'based'--is simply inspired, a work of magic.

I've seen this film several times now, and each time I can only cry at its evocation of life's essence, even as I smile thereafter. Highly recommended and very much worth owning and sharing. Five shining stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best
Tom Hanks at his best. A very intelligent comedy and one of the best reviews of 20th century America in a very light hearted way. Fully deservant of the shower of Oscars it received. Must have! ... Read more

Asin: B00003CXA2
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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 July, 1996)
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For all his tattoos and bulked-up frat-boy persona, singer Bradley Nowell had real soul, which made his fatal heroin overdose even more tragic. There's more to this Long Beach, California, trio's debut, released shortly after Nowell's death in 1996, than white suburban punks imitating Jamaican ska music. The band comes up with great songs, notably the catchy MTV hit "What I Got"; spooky dub-reggae undertones, produced by the Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary, to go with the snappy horns; and surprisingly progressive lyrics that attack sexism and other social ills, especially on "Wrong Way." Like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone, obvious forebears, Sublime become slightly tiresome after 17 songs, but the band is great in short doses. --Steve Knopper ... Read more


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I don't get why some people will give a cd a lower rating cause it gets radio play. You shouldn't like or dis-like a cd cause some of its songs on the radio. Anyway i'm a huge Sublime and own all there cd's (execpt stand by your van) I think this cd doesn't get enough credit just because excellent songs like what i got, wrong way, santeria and doin time are played on the radio. It also holds some other gems like Garden Grove, April 29, 1992 (Miami) which has a great story line, Same in the end, Burritos, Get Ready and Caress Me Down. The best song has to be what i got (reprise) when you listen to it just makes u feel good. In my oppion this is Sublimes second best album behind 40 oz to freedom, but it is still great.......... mad love out to lou dog and RIP BRAD..........PEACE!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST CDs OF ALL TIME
If you haven't heard Sublime before, I suggest buying this CD. It's full of ska, reggae, punk, rap, and hip-hop. All of the songs are great, energetic, and they all sound different. This is how I would rate each song:
(1)Garden Grove:A++
(2)What I Got:A+
(3)Wrong Way:A+
(4)Same In The End:A+
(5)April 26, 1992:A+
(9)Pawn Shop:A
(10)Paddle Out:A
(11)Balled Of Johny Butt:A
(13)Under My Voodoo:A
(14)Get Ready:A
(15)Caress Me Down:A+
(16)What I Got(reprise):A
(17)Doin' Time:A+

This is the last CD that Sublime made before Brad passed away, and it's one of their best. It's to bad he went away at the height of their success, but he new some day he would "lose the war".-Pool Shark

R.I.P. Brad Nowell

5-0 out of 5 stars Bradley Nowell sounds even better now that he's Dead.
"Sublime" is one of my favorite albums of all time and it is by far the best Sublime record. Listening to "Sublime" is like the equivelant to watching an episode of Cops. There are songs about prostitutes, pawn shops, weed, race riots, and guns. All good fun!
Some highlights are:
"Garden Grove"- I like when Bradley goes through the list of reasons why his soul is unsound.
"Same in the End"- Totally rocks.
"Seed"- Totally rocks too.
"Burritos"- Should have been another single. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 December, 1994)
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Vitalogy reaffirms the Seattle quintet's status as the principled, proudly confused voice of a generation. On their third album, they've found their footing as a raw, forward-looking '90s rock act that fearlessly tackles the Biggest Questions. Lead track "Spin the Black Circle" celebrates the healing power of Eddie Vedder's LP collection, but it is overshadowed by such masterstrokes as "Immortality" (which can be read, right or wrong, as a reaction to Kurt Cobain's suicide), the Lennonesque "Tremor Christ" and a thrilling anthem for the pro-choice movement, "Whipping." --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Spin this black circle.
Pearl Jam's third album Vitalogy is possibly their most weird, least commercial moment yet.

Beginning with two of the fastest songs they've recorded, Last Exit and the punked up Spin The Black Circle, in which Eddie shows off his low end growl to great effect, the record quickly begins to diversify.

There's the anger of Not For You and Whipping; the weird song structure of Tremor Christ; magical ballads (although not exactly love ballads) such as Nothingman, Better Man and Immortality; a few traditional Pearl Jam rockers, such as Corduroy; and song more experimental songs like Bugs and the extremely odd Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me.

It's these one or two weird songs that bring the album down from a five star rating. I like experimentation (and Pearl Jam have never been a band to rest on their laurels and relive past glories), but Bugs and Foxymophandle... just get on my nerves. They're fun at first, but eventually you just find yourself skipping them.

Vitalogy is a great album, it has depth, emotion, good musicianship, and most of all, some damn fine songs. Godd, but not Pearl Jam's best.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam's most underrated album
First, let me air my greivences. Why are so many reviewers defending "Bugs" and "Stupid Mop"? They are terrible songs. It's not even music, just snippits of accordian or piano while Eddie plays out his need to say nonsensical stuff.

Hey, I do feel like everyone's allowed a few clunkers, though. These two songs aside, "Vitalogy" deserves nothing but the highest praise. The opener, "Last Exit," is a great romp for the band, and it heats up from there with the smoker, "Spin the Black Circle" and an angry "Not For You."

Other highlights are the concert staple "Cordoroy," about Eddie Vedder's disdain for fame; "Satan's Bed," a crunching view of how messed up some rich people are; and "Immortality," more of a ballad, really, but still a very powerful song.

All in all, I would recommend that people buy this album, even if they have to skip over a few tracks. It's not perfect, but it's a great example of what Pearl Jam can do with their great talent.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's good to know that good music still exists...
This album is great. To any Pearl Jam fan who enjoyed "No Code" and "Binaural", this repesents the (for the most part) heavier side of the triangle. I've always held those three albums in slightly higher regard than the rest of the Pearl Jam studio library (No Code is, in my opinion, the best of the three), because they showcase Pearl Jams overwhelming talent, and ability for being able to play with all these new sounds, while still maintaining that basic Pearl Jam feel. Not a lot of bands can get away with that kind of experimentation, but Pearl Jam does. Buy this album with No Code and Binaural, and buckle your seatbelt, it's a hell of a ride. ... Read more

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The Playboy Collection
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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If the articles have lost their charm, dive into The Playboy Collection and check out the right-brain section of the famous magazine. Ifyou've already got QuickTime 3.0 or better installed, there's no further fussrequired; each program runs from the disc.

The 1999 Playmate Calendar, Voluptuous Vixens, Babes of Baywatch, andPlaymate Portfolios of Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson Lee each containhundreds of fairly small (about 300 x 500 pixels) scanned photos and about adozen short (one- to four-minute) video clips. Most of the pictures are highquality, though there are a few exceptions, and the slideshow software isseamless and easy to use.

There is a little recycling--Lee had a spot on Baywatch--but the materialis mostly fresh and easy on the eyes. And, if you like, you can even get thephoto shoot information with each picture, including file name, photographer,date, and publication. There's no easy way to capture and save individual shots,but a bit of ingenuity and a few minutes in Photoshop should take care of anyproblems you have. The videos are small but run smoothly, even on oldermachines, and navigation between them is just as easy as the slideshows. If youwant to explore Hefner's vision, The Playboy Collection gives you ayear's worth of his magazine's highlights without all those distracting words.--Rob Lightner ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not very good. video is in low quality
Videos was not high quality at all. Also it's hard to view the picture too. The perfect viewable of each video clip is just as big as the normal QuickTime Player. If you enlarge the QuickTime Player the video is in worse quality than before. Beside even you don't enlarge it they weren't in high quality from the normal view either.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good from start to finish!
I was pleased to find just what I expected to get from Playboy. That is, the presentation was nicely packaged in a classy, conservative manner as we have come to expect. I was pleased by the many video clips set to music with the likes of Pamela Anderson and especially Jenny McCarthy caught and kept my attention. I spent hours upon hours infront of my computer viewing each CD from start to finish much like I do with each monthly issue. I found every Playmate to be hotter and sexier than the next. I've noticed often when I'm alone I find myself infront of my computer with Playboy's Collection more often than flipping pages. ... Enjoy! I am....

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Extremly disappointing. The videos are small and of poor quality. ... Read more

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Shangri-La Dee Da
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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Shangri-La Dee Da may not be STP's most commercial outing, but the disc's 13 tracks comprise a satisfying aural journey despite its lack of quick-fix hits along the lines of "Sex Type Thing" and "Wicked Garden." From the dark, grinding rhythms and obfuscated vocals of "Dumb Love" to the lovely "Wonderful" to the buoyant power pop of "Days of the Week" to the edgy and disturbing "Coma," myriad facets of the lineup's musical temperament are explored. "Bi-Polar Bear" hints at STP's humor, though Shangri-La is by no means lightweight; singer Scott Weiland's passionate and personal lyrics--especially on a touching ode to his infant son, "A Song for Sleeping"--are affecting and apt. The fifth outing from this California crew who've survived grunge and thrived in its aftermath is masterful and mature effort from a band who've spied some light at the end of their tunnel. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars STP get more consistent...
with their fifth album, Shangri-La Dee Da.

... STP are proving that they have matured from the last album, No. 4, and have gotten less disjointed. Also, the louder songs are much better on Shangri. The Beatlesques have improved as well, and that's what makes it their best work since Core and Purple.

The lyrical content is the best thing about this one. "Dumb Love" is on past mistakes and kind of modernizes the Core days. It's got a great solo, and is very short.

My only complaint is that "Days of the Week" should have been left off as a B-side, since it really doesn't fit the album. (If it were on Tiny Music though, I'd rave about it). It's got a great interlude part, but lacks the lyrical content of the rest of the album.

No kidding "Coma" rocks!!! That song is epic. The beginning parts sound like guitars, but are really samples of a vocal melody Scott came up with being chopped. The bass and the guitar solo are the best things about this. If it were the future of rock, rock would really rock!

"Hollywood B!tch" is a very true song. It's also got a solid melody and classic guitars that will make you remember "Big Bang Baby" and "Pop's Love Suicide". It is also less than three minutes, but still very good. Everyone who likes STP at all should like this song. A deserving hit!

"Wonderful" is a classic ballad. If you really think those ballads out today have meaning, you never listened to "Wonderful". It's a Beatlesque, raw and original, and has parts that don't actually sound like Scott. This sounds like nothing STP have ever done, and you'll love the melody as well.

"Black Again" has excellent guitars in it. I like the chorus especially. This one is another Beatlesque, and it shines, as well as its lyrics. If you have not listened to the lyrics, then that's why I haven't described them.

"Hello It's Late" is space-rock-like, the closest to that STP have ever gotten. This one also will win you over if you like melodic songs.

"Too Cool Queenie" is probably about Kurt Cobain and Courney Love, as it seems the lyrics suggest when it says "she said he could do no right/so he took his life/this story is true". This isn't really grunge, but I like the feel to this one. It also suggests "It's alright 'cuz what goes around comes around" before its electric guitar solo.

"Regeneration" is the angry song on here. I love it. It reminds me of "Vaseline" and is actually a little better. It shows how good Scott could be when he's "clean" and still making songs like this. On this one, rocking out worked perfect. However, Scott's vocals are different than usual.

"Bi-Polar Bear" may be the opposite of the song it precedes. This one is more acoustic-like and is about the way Scott's bi-polar. Once again, Robert and Dean Deleo do good on the guitars. The end is sort of interesting even though it's just a little thing.

"Transmissions From A Lonely Room" is the song that I could not stop repeating when I heard the album. There is nothing to hate about this song. It's riffs are perfect, and it kind of reminds you of the '70s at points. This one will get repeat listens.

You think that "With Arms Wide Open" is meaningful? Listen to Weiland make a song about his son Noah, and you'll be moved, with "A Song For Sleeping", which is has a perfect melody and is a laid-back tune here. Great for relaxing.

On "Long Way Home", Scott sounds like Kurt Cobain on the verses, though it sounds Beatlesque on the chorus. I repeat this one quite a bit, too.

Death of STP? No! Some will say that there's a reason grunge is dead, but they weren't the pioneers of the genre or anything. If you call them corporate rock for ripping off Pearl Jam, you obviously never heard this or anything post-Core. It's worth every penny. When you hear music and lyrics this good, I have no way I can hate it, and will always speak for this album, as I would STP as a band. If this is their direction, they should never break up (as the direction of their other 4 albums as well).

5-0 out of 5 stars New STP album will brighten any day!
The fifth release from Stone Temple Pilots, entitled "Shangri-La Dee Da," is an album filled with the band's most exquisite music to date and serves as almost a "greatest hits" of all music genres. Recordings like the newly released "Days of the Week" and "Too Cool Queenie" exhibit the band's ability to go alternative while tracks like "Coma" and "Regeneration" will remind longtime fans of some of STP's earliest work. Lead singer Scott Weiland's voyage of self discovery of the past years (escaping heroin, getting married, and becoming a first-time father) is beautifully displayed in songs such as "Dumb Love," "Wonderful," and the touching "A Song for Sleeping." If there were any doubt in your mind about the validity of STP's music, "Shangri-La Dee Da" proves the band's staying power, and launches Weiland into the often unchartered territory of songwriting godliness.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting cd
New Rock and roll at its finest. At times much more easily listenable than their debut album "Core". But then again, thats when they were classified as "Grunge" This cd at times sounds alittle like "Core" especially the tracks "long way home" and "Dumb love". Heavy drum beats and guitars and Scotts pleading lyrics. The bass lines are pretty cool as well. The drum work is just as incredible.
"C oma" sounds like it should've been on "4" but it works well here as well.
"Too cool queenie" lyrically sounds like they're talking about Courtney you know who. Certainly not recyclable material from previous outings, but rather a recessive progression.
"Hello its late" brings back a feeling of "70's rock. All in All, if ya like STP, you will like Shrangri la dee da. ... Read more

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The Graduate (Special Edition)
Director: Mike Nichols
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
DVD (08 June, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Higher Education
The Graduate is a touchstone film. Released in 1967, it defined the 60's youth generation. As recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is told at a pool party, the future is plastics. The movie portrays the coming of age, sexual freedom and wayward view of the young adults of the 60's, the almost plastic existence of their future. Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin and it is his breakout role. He was thirty years old when he filmed the picture, but he perfectly captures the youthful, naïve essence of the part. Anne Bancroft vamps it up as Mrs. Robinson who seduces Benjamin. Ms. Bancroft brings a sexy and sultry flair to the film and her role as a sexual predator was stunning at the time. A third star of the film is the soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel. Their music is liberally intertwine throughout the film, the opening sequence set to "The Sounds Of Silence" is dead on and the use "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" adds a longing, somber note to the picture. Of course the movie produced the number one hit "Mrs. Robinson" which won a Grammy as Record of the Year in 1968. The film was just the second that Mike Nichols directed. His first was Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which was departure from his comedic background. The Graduate is closer to his comedy roots, but he perfectly balances out the humor with dramatic moments. He won the Oscar for Best Director in 1967 and The Graduate still remains his crowning moment.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Mrs. Robinson...are you trying to seduce me?"
This film was so far ahead of its time that the producers waited almost 2 years to finally release it. The world will never be the same after that heartless "Mrs. Robinson" seduced the fresh baked (virgin) college graduate (convincingly played by a 30 year old Dustin Hofman) who was engaged to marry her own daughter. What a scandal! A rich (married!) society woman regularly checking into a posh hotel with her young lover! -- I'm sure you've seen the movie, now see the DVD version. What an experience! Finally repeat any scene at the push of a button, advance/go back at any speed (up to 60x!). The extras are pretty cool too. My favorite part of this film, even when I first saw it at a theater: The Simon & Garfunkel Soundtrack. Movie music doesn't get any better than this! This DVD is a big, big winner! Graduate Trivia: Did you know that initially the producers approached DORIS DAY about playing "Mrs. Robinson"? Shocked to have even be considered for such a "sleezy" part, Ms. Day refused without having read the entire script. Good for us; who could picture anyone other than the terrific Anne Bancroft in this film-role of a lifetime? You're gonna like this picture! *****

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Coming of Age Movie
This one is fantastic and very relevant even now a days. Dustin Huffman's breakout film has wonderful performances by all of the actors, a great story, beautiful filmography and a fantastic sound track by Simon and Garfunkle. ... Read more

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Director: Martin Scorsese
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
DVD (24 February, 1998)
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Director Martin Scorsese reunites with members of his GoodFellas gang (writer Nicholas Pileggi; actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Frank Vincent) for a three-hour epic about the rise and fall of mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), a character based on real-life gangster Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. (It's modeled after on Wiseguy and GoodFellas and Pileggi's true crime book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas.)Through Rothstein, the picture tells the story of how the Mafia seized, and finally lost control of, Las Vegas gambling. The first hour plays like a fascinating documentary, intricately detailing the inner workings of Vegas casinos. Sharon Stone is the stand out among the actors; she nabbed an Oscar nomination for her role as the voracious Ginger, the glitzy call girl who becomes Rothstein's wife. The film is not as fast paced or gripping as Scorsese's earlier gangster pictures (Mean Streets and GoodFellas), but it's still absorbing. And, hey--it's Scorsese! (Additional note: the digital video disc has a "layer switch," allowing you to watch the entire film without interruption.) --Jim Emerson ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars A Mildly Successful Reteaming of Scorsese and DeNiro!
Filled with all of Scorsese's trademarks and marks the 8th pairing of Scorsese and DeNiro. The most prolific actor-director team since John Ford and John Wayne. But unfortunately 'Casino' is one of their lesser efforts. Among it's shortcoming is it's epic length, it's just a little too ambitious. Scorsese tries to cover a lot of ground with little plot structure and flimsy supporting characters. The first third of the film plays life a fascinating inside documentary on the Las Vegas moneymaking machine. It starts out well enough, fast paced and with long camera sequences that reminded me of 'Goodfellas'. That is one of the film's other big problems, almost all of the characters seem recycled from 'Goodfellas' at least Pesci and DeNiro are the same. Their verbal riffs are equally intense and memorable but unfortunately we've seen this done more than once in better films, AKA 'Raging Bull' and 'Goodfellas'. Sharon Stone on the other hand delivers a mesmerizing performance as a beautiful call girl that catches DeNiro's eye and then marries him. This is when the film bogs down a bit, all that subplot about Stone's addiction and her relationship with a manipulative pimp is really bothersome. James Woods creates a very unsympathetic character, one of the most unlikable characters ever to grace the screen, and that's not a good thing. He's a weasely, sleazy and manipulative pimp who has some kind of hold over Stone's character that is never really explained. But still, Sharon Stone's performance was astonishing and got her a much-deserved Oscar Nomination, her first and only nomination. Pesci basically repeats the performance that won him and Oscar in 1990 with 'Goodfellas', he's the same hot-headed trigger-happy menace. DeNiro does his best but unfortunately his character has little to work with. Also appearing in supporting roles are Don Rickles (!) and Kevin Pollack. Filled with all of Scorsese's trademarks; an excellent 60's soundtrack, excellent use of slow-motion and voice-over, instantaneous mad bursts of violence and impressive use of cinematography and editing. Some violent scenes are a bit too graphic and definitely not for the squeamish. For example, the scenes where Pesci is torturing an Irish thug and almost squishes his head, and the unforgettably gruesome death of Pesci and his brother when they are both almost beaten to death with bats and then buried alive. Not a bad movie, in fact it remains a very good one, but one can't help but expect more from Scorsese who has proven himself to be one of the best and most original filmmakers in the last quarter of a century. From a scale of 1-10 I give this film a 7!

5-0 out of 5 stars A riveting movie
"Casino" is one of my favorite mob-related films, right up there with "Goodfellas" and the first two "Godfather" movies. I am also a fan of Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. The dynamic chemistry between both actors really translated well from "Goodfellas" to "Casino". Martin Scorcese is one of the best film directors in the past couple of decades. "Casino" may not have not been a box office smash for Martin but artistically I thought it was right up his alley. I am not a big fan of Sharon Stone but "Casino" is the only movie that Sharon was able to pull off a convincing film role as the drug addict/prostitute Ginger. Granted that the film is well over two hours, time flies by whenever I watch the movie. Based on gangster Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal and stylistically modeled after "Wiseguys" and "Goodfellas", "Casino" takes the viewer to the humble beginnings of then booking agent Ace Rosenthal who eventually rises through the ranks in the world of gangsters and soon becomes the operational manager of a Las Vegas casino. The film is narrated by both DeNiro and Pesci ala "Goodfellas". One of my favorite scenes is when DeNiro scopes out the hustlers who are trying to cheat the casino out of as much money as they could possibly get. And another favorite scene was when Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) took a pen and stabbed a guy in the beginning of the film. I am not a Don Rickles fan only because I find him to be an obnoxious, loudmouth, unfunny comedian but he was actually pretty good in the movie and that is because he wasn't trying to be funny. As I have stated earlier, I never cared for Sharon Stone but her performance as Ginger was downright convincing. Eerily too convincing perhaps. Frankly Al (Robert DeNiro) should have dumped the twit right away. Ginger was more in love with his money and power than Al himself. I think the problem with "Casino" is that Martin Scorcese tried to capitalize on the success of "Goodfellas" too soon with "Casino". Had he waited a few more years and in between films, "Casino" might have been a box office hit but compared to "Godfather 3", "Casino" is a hit.

2-0 out of 5 stars Crippled American Version
This is a great movie that deserves a better dvd treatment. The layout and features are extremely vanilla. Not since Dracula have I see such a vhs content type dvd. Maybe in the future it will get a proper treatment in a boxset but in its current condition this release shouldn't be purchased to accompany any collection.

Also its important to note that this is not the uncut version. So far the only uncut version of this classic to make it to dvd is the Australian release. ... Read more

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Director: Ridley Scott
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
DVD (21 November, 2000)
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A big-budget summer epic with money to burn and a scale worthy of its golden Hollywood predecessors, Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a rousing, grisly, action-packed epic that takes moviemaking back to the Roman Empire via computer-generated visual effects. While not as fluid as the computer work done for, say, Titanic, it's an impressive achievement that will leave you marveling at the glory that was Rome, when you're not marveling at the glory that is Russell Crowe. Starring as the heroic general Maximus, Crowe firmly cements his star status both in terms of screen presence and acting chops, carrying the film on his decidedly non-computer-generated shoulders as he goes from brave general to wounded fugitive to stoic slave to gladiator hero. Gladiator's plot is a whirlwind of faux-Shakespearean machinations of death, betrayal, power plays, and secret identities (with lots of faux-Shakespearean dialogue ladled on to keep the proceedings appropriately "classical"), but it's all briskly shot, edited, and paced with a contemporary sensibility. Even the action scenes, somewhat muted but graphic in terms of implied violence and liberal bloodletting, are shot with a veracity that brings to mind--believe it or not--Saving Private Ryan, even if everyone is wearing a toga. As Crowe's nemesis, the evil emperor Commodus, Joaquin Phoenix chews scenery with authority, whether he's damning Maximus's popularity with the Roman mobs or lusting after his sister Lucilla (beautiful but distant Connie Nielsen); Oliver Reed, in his last role, hits the perfect notes of camp and gravitas as the slave owner who rescues Maximus from death and turns him into a coliseum star. Director Scott's visual flair is abundantly in evidence, with breathtaking shots and beautiful (albeit digital) landscapes, but it's Crowe's star power that will keep you in thrall--he's a true gladiator, worthy of his legendary status. Hail the conquering hero! --Mark Englehart ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Battle On, Maximus
Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien), Gladiator is a powerful action-packed epic movie that ranks as one of the best movies of 2000. After years of loyal service to Rome, heroic Roman general Maximus (Russell Crowe) is awarded to become the next emperor of Rome but the emperor's jealous son (Joaquin Phoenix) betrays Maximus and sentences him to death. After escaping his execution, Maximus returns home and finds his family brutally murdered. Alone and broken, Maximus is enslaved and forced to the life of an arena gladiator. With his courage and skill, Maximus earns the admiration of the Roman public and rivals the authority of the new emperor. Gladiator is simply spectacular. Russell Crowe delivers a powerful performance as a larger-than-life hero. The story is breathtaking and the action sequence are excellent. The opening battle sequence is visually amazing and very intense.

Gladiator DVD is definately a must-have DVD. The picture quality is sharp and crystal clear. The sound is dazzling and far superior than in the theaters. This DVD has so many special features (audio commentary, behind-the-scene footage, deleted scenes & theatrical trailers) that they had to make it a two-disc DVD. Overrall, I give Gladiator DVD an "A". One of the best DVDs ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best ensemble cast in years!!
This movie is both one of the finest mainstream movies and finest DVDs ever. The action of Ben Hur and fine writing of a great epic film screenplay combined with up-to-date, understated digital technology and a wonderful ensemble cast - this film is a visually spectacular and sonically intoxicating. Ridley Scott manages to put the viewer in the middle of the Roman Empire the way George Lucas hurled his viewers through outer space - but with Gladiator I didn't even suspect half of what I was seeing was digitally generated background scenery and backdrops until I saw the "making of" featurettes on the DVD.

In addition to Russell Crowe's great performance, both Richard Harris (Camelot) as Marcus Aurelius and Joaquin Phoenix (Parenthood, 8mm) as Commodus, his son and heir to the empire, turn in Oscar worthy performances. The late Oliver Reed (Oliver, Tommy) also does a wonderful job. The costumes, the special effects, the cinematography, and the sound are something to be experienced at home, in DTS, on a good surround sound system.

This 2 DVD set is PACKED with special features, including quite a few "Making of" featurettes and an interview with Hans Zimmer, the soundtrack composer.

My only criticism of the film - and I am a Lone Ranger on this point - is the musical soundtrack to the film sounds to my ears like other soundtracks (Bram Stoker's Dracula, for instance) and classical pieces (Mars from the Planets by Gustav Holst) that have been thinly disguised and re-arranged by the composer. I honestly don't know if this is coincidence or intentional, but only devout ST and classical music fans will notice this. Thank God it doesn't detract from the film, and in some places the ST is quite effective. It is a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination. Sonically - the film is superb.

Congratulations to the studio on the common sense to release with several different audio options - Dolby 5.1, Dolby 6.1 EX, and DTS - all on the same DVD. Nothing more a consumer could ask for at this or any price. Thanks.

4-0 out of 5 stars okay
this is a three star movie with a five star dvd. one of the biggest problems with the movie was the first battle. i was expecting braveheart quality but ended with a battle less entertaining than the one in dragonheart. the blurry camera and closeups made it impossible to tell what was happening. if you want to see a movie like this but better, see the last samurai or braveheart. ... Read more

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The Exorcist (The Version You've Never Seen)
Director: William Friedkin
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
DVD (03 February, 2004)
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Director William Friedkin was a hot ticket in Hollywood after the success of The French Connection, and he turned heads (in more ways than one) when he decided to make The Exorcist as his follow-up film. Adapted by William Peter Blatty from his controversial bestseller, this shocking 1973 thriller set an intense and often-copied milestone for screen terror with its unflinching depiction of a young girl (Linda Blair) who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are perfectly cast as the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism, and Ellen Burstyn plays Blair's mother, who can only stand by in horror as her daughter's body is wracked by satanic disfiguration. One of the most frightening films ever made with a soundtrack that's guaranteed to curl your blood, The Exorcist was mysteriously plagued by troubles during production, and the years have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoical viewers. Don't say you weren't warned! --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Linda Blair, Where Are You??
I remember when THE EXORCIST became a phenomenon back in '73. There were ambulances waiting out in front of some theatres, due to the shortness of breath, heart palpitations, etc. of certain audience members. I knew this was no ordinary horror movie! Thirty years later, this version is released on DVD with restored footage that makes it all the more terrifying! Ellen Burstyn is perfect as the moviestar mom, exhausting all options to get help for her possessed daughter, Regan (Linda Blair), who grows increasingly dangerous to herself and others. Blair captures both the sweet innocence and vile demonic presence inhabiting her body. She is an astonishing figure once the pea-soup hits the fan! We forget the little girl and focus on what she has become. Jason Miller is great as the priest who thinks he's lost his faith. He has no idea that his faith is about to be brutally challenged and subsequently enlarged. Max Von Sydow IS Father Merrin. He performs the rites of exorcism in a normal / natural way that makes it seem like a totally real event. Lee J. Cobb is the cop on the trail of whoever / whatever broke the neck of Regan's babysitter, and tossed him out the window to his death. Back to Regan herself, she is one scary little kid! Whether cussing her head off, twisting her head around backward, puking that icky green stuff, rising off the bed with those white eyes of hers, or walking down those stairs like a crab / spider, Regan is flawlessly, flesh-crawlingly mesmerizing! I read the book and found the movie to be every bit as jolting. One of THE best horror films ever made. Buy immediately...

5-0 out of 5 stars SCARIEST FILM EVER!
Ask enough people what the scariest movie they've ever seen is and you'll get The Exorcist from a good number. Something about combining religion and horror that works on some folks and this is still the best and influenced a ton of pretenders over the years. A demon or is it the devil himself possesses the body of a young girl and the results are fabulous. No one has ever forgotten this film after viewing I think. The strong screenplay and story due to William Peter Blatty along with some very believable acting create a forceful movie that has shocked generations. There are many classic scenes here with vomit flying on priests, heads spinning 360 degrees, cross masturbation, and loads of cussing from a once sweet little girl. I always thought it was strange how long it took for anyone to believe Regan's poor mother about what was going on here. The sounds coming from the attic were always a cool, disturbing moment in the movie to me. Some of the subtle points of the film are just as creepy as the full throttle assault coming from our possessed friends mouth and urethra. The theatrical re-release was great and it was very cool to finally see this thing on the big screen. The new stair- walking scene was a worthy addition in my view. This got more awes at the theater I was in than anything else. What else can ya say here? The moment we see the two priests step into that cold bedroom we know there's gonna be hell to pay! The Exorcist scared your parents (some of your grandparents) and it will do the same to you. It also has one of the most memorable musical scores ever. This movie is a true American classic and not to be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best and Original
This is probably the best horror film to date, still an excellent movies even though the effects are dated. It destroyed (Linda Blair's) the little girl's career as an actress because people were never able to disassociate her with the possesed girl. She was only 15 when she made the movie. ... Read more

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Natural Born Killers
Director: Oliver Stone
Average Customer Review: 3.66 out of 5 stars
DVD (25 January, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Route 666 a candylane of murder and mayhem.
This is probobly one of the best motion pictures I have ever seen in my entire life! Star-Studded and Action-Packed!

This is the 1st Oliver Stone film I have ever seen. 2nd being THE DOORS which is good but can't compair to NATURAL BORN KILLERS in anyway. But from seeing the two I can tell that Oliver Stone must be a terrific filmaker.

Now what I like about the Director's Cut is that it seems more complete, and has cut scenes to look for. Also on the VHS version there is a 2nd tape containing the Nine Inch Nails music video "Burn", Deleted scenes, and "Chaos Rising" a NATURAL BORN KILLERS documentary.

The NIN music video is very cool for more reasons then 1. One of the reasons is that it contains clips from the motion picture relating to Mickey's past. Second it is a really cool song.

The Deleted scenes are also very cool. I have two personal favorite deleted scenes. One of theme is "The Courtroom". This scene contains Mickey (Woody Harrelson) cross examining Ashley Judd. It is very violent and surprising. The other deleted scene that I like a lot is the "Alternate Ending". This deleted scene has content taking place after the murder of Wayne Gale (Robert Downey Jr.). Mickey, Mallory (Julliete Lewis), and Owen (Arliss Howard) are driving away in a van and Owen makes a comment about never being to Mexico. Then, MIckey tells Owen that he isn't going to because they were gonna drop him off at the next town. What happens next is surprising so I won't talk about it. One of the things that was origanally cut from the film, but was put back into the Director's Cut was the Diner Murders at the beginning of the film. The things I noticed were when Mickey kills the 1st guys after cutting off his finger they showed him stabbing the guy more times than in the original. Also when Mickey cuts off the 1st guys finger they show the stump and the finger in color. Also when Mallory kills the Dancing Guy they show more blood and more of the assault. And also they have more of Mallory's original dialouge. Also when Mickey kills the 2nd guy they show the knife in the 2nd guys back after he collapses. Other things shown were the hole in Wayne Gale's hand, Dwight Mcluscky's dismembered head on a stake, and much more content from the Riot.

So that is all I can say right now about NATURAL BORN KILLERS: The Director's Cut.

4-0 out of 5 stars NBK: Art or Trash?
Oliver Stone's most controversial picture to date. The bizarre story about two lovers named Mickey and Mallory show the country their love for each other and their urge to kill. Crazy! Both had horrible childhoods involving child abuse. Written by Quentin Tarantino, the film revolves around Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis who play the couple and their encounters with 'sane' people. Their minds are on overload with flashes of their inner demons. As they kill more people, they gain more attention. A reckless cop (Tom Sizemore) is on the lookout for them and so is the selfish newsreporter (Robert Downey Jr.). When the two are caught, the reporter wants to have an exclusive interview with Mickey during a Superbowl halftime. Can you imagine the ratings? You should see what happens to his hand and to him at the end of the movie, vengeance for the non-stop talking, dude! All hell breaks loose and it's caught on camera. Another killing spree and the two escape. The movie points out how the media pushes the envelope and exposes the violent nature of human beings. That is all they are concerned about and it's for the ratings. Although the movie has a trippy look to it, its message is well delivered. It could give you a headache with the amount of brutal violence (my head swelled up) and the craziness that every character goes through besides the couple. Tommy Lee Jones plays a psychotic prison warden and Rodney Dangerfield of all people, plays Mallory's abusive father. Those two sure know how to make funny faces. Harrelson and Lewis give their best performances and Stone's risk-taking direction was worth it. Hypnotic picture!

5-0 out of 5 stars "In the media circus of life, they were the main attraction"
This true masterpiece directed by acclaimed director and writer, Oliver Stone, is avant-garde filmaking at its breaking point. The whole theme of Natural Born Killers is that the media is obsessive over violence and brutality; therefore, the extreme violence in the movie is used as a satire, not as entertainment. Definitely one of the most controversial movies ever released, especially in the 1990s when the Simpson trial, Rodney King, and the Menendez brothers became celebrity darlings because of the mass media and not because of anything credible. The acting by all the leads, especially Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, is amazing. Their true love is another theme that proves vital in Natural Born Killers. It is the one and only thing that can hold people together when faced with such things as violence and a tormented childhood. The actual violence portrayed is not even that graphic after one viewing. It is the break-neck pacing and high-speed cuts that give the movie its violent intensity. If not Woody Harrelson, then definitely Juliette Lewis should have received some sort of Academy nomination, such as an Emmy, if not an Oscar.

Oliver Stone beats one in the face with this media spectacle that boasts every type of film style imaginable. Everything from 36 mm to black and white to animation to a video camera to color tinting to fast and slow motion is used in abundance with fascinating success. Roger Ebert said, "Seeing this movie once is not enough," and he is right! A must see.

Brilliant Filmaking! ... Read more

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3000 Miles to Graceland
Director: Demian Lichtenstein
Average Customer Review: 3.18 out of 5 stars
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After seeing this movie, I will never look at Kevin Costner the same way again. He played the role of a ruthless S.O.B. down to PERFECTION. Trust me, by the time the movie clocks 30 minutes you'll FEAR him. I thought the movie was pretty entertaining because of its mix of filmaking techniques. I searched, with no success, the cast and crew credits for names like Quentin Tarantino and John Woo. The cast seems like a Tarantino casting call. Everyone and their mothers are in this one, including Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Christian Slater, Bokeem Woodbine, Howie Long and even Ice-T! Phew! True, not all of them give stellar performances, but who cares as long as they're all swinging guns John Woo style?! Wasn't the greatest flick of all time, but it made for a great rental. Check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Big Budget Action Film with B-Movie Material Stuff.
When Five Elvis Impersonators (Kurt Russell, Two Time Oscar-Winner:Kevin Conster, David Arquette, Christian Slater and Bokeem Woodbine) are Planning to Rob the Casino in Las Vegas but it`s gets out of Hand, when they Succeed the Steal the Loot with Mayhem of Violence. The Plan Changes also, when one of the Elvis Impersonators Dies and Another One betrayed his Team, killed everyone in the Gang, expect for One, who has Survived. Now, he wants to get back to the Loot with the help of a Mother (Countney Cox Arquette) and Her Son (David Kaye).

Stylish, Trashy and Occasional Silly but Entertaining Action Film. Directed by Demian Lichtenstein (Also the film Co-Writer), Keeps the Visual Style moving with this movie with the Enjoyable Over the Top Performance by Kevin Costner, Steals the Film, is also Cool to see Kurt Russell doing a Lipsing at the End Credits. DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This was a Box Office Disappointment in Theaters but it will get a Cult Audiences on Video. Panavision. Grade:A-.

1-0 out of 5 stars had to huff gas to get through this one
Maybe someday when I'm running out of room on my amazon site and need more space, I'll take this review off to make room for my review on how much I like pears--yeah, I'm talking about the fruit. 3000 miles was the most craptacularly written movie since Gigli, which came after it, yeah, it's that bad- it's even worse than a movie that hadn't been created yet. Can you grasp that? Do you realize what a metaphysical can of worms that is? The movie opens with Kurt Russell going to a bar in the desert and meeting Courteny Cox, banging her a couple times, then dressing up like Elvis with Kevin Cosner and robbing a casino. This sounds funny right? Yeah, it quite possible could've been, but it kind of turned out to be the opposite, horrible. Some parts are entertaining, like where a kid in the movie goes to the bathroom and the guy in the stall next to him farts. If the best part though is a guy farting, you need to ask yourself this question: Would I be spending my time more wisely learning all the lyrics to theme song for Captain Planet, the cartoon? ... Read more

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Evil Dead (Special Edition)
Director: Sam Raimi
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
DVD (18 May, 1999)
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In the fall of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a movie. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore, and wild humor, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult favorite Bruce Campbell) and four friends arrive at a backwoods cabin for a vacation, where they find a tape recorder containing incantations from an ancient book of the dead. When they play the tape, evil forces are unleashed, and one by one the friends are possessed. Wouldn't you know it, the only way to kill a "deadite" is by total bodily dismemberment, and soon the blood starts to fly. Raimi injects tremendous energy into this simple plot, using the claustrophobic set, disorienting camera angles, and even the graininess of the film stock itself to create an atmosphere of dread, punctuated by a relentless series of jump-out-of-your-seat shocks. The Evil Dead lacks the more highly developed sense of the absurd that distinguish later entries in the series--Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness--but it is still much more than a gore movie. It marks the appearance of one of the most original and visually exciting directors of his generation, and it stands as a monument to the triumph of imagination over budget. --Simon Leake ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars For horror fans, this book's for you!
The story of this extremely brutal film involves five college students named Ash (Bruce Campbell), Scotty (Hal Delrich), Shelly (Sarah York), Linda (Betsy Baker), and Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), going up to a rented cabin in the woods for a vacation. Soon, after getting settled, they check out the basement, where Ash and Scotty find a mystical dagger, the "Necronomicon ex Mortis", or book of the dead, and a tape recorder. The recorder is played, with a professor rattling off a incantation that brings an evil spirit to life that possesses Cheryl and destroys the only bridge out of there. As his friends fall victim one by one to the spirit, Ash must find a way to stop the evil once and for all.

A horror movie made on a shoestring budget, most people would label this as garbage, but it's not. It's ENTERTAINING garbage. The performances, especially by Bruce Campbell, are excellent. The gore effects are really stomach-churning: hands being bitten off, melting, stabbings, decomposing, and a decapatation are among them. The video and audio quality are incredible for a movie this old. The extras are packed, inclusding the packaging, which a recreation of the book prop in the movie. The trailer, TV spots, and still gallery are there, with the documentaries DISCOVERING EVIL DEAD, on introducing Europe to Evil Dead, and FANALYSIS, on Bruce Campbell's reaction to fans, being well done. The commentary track is very informative, and the behind the scenes footage is excellent, seeing the cast try those creepy voices without the sound modulator, and the cast acting silly between takes. A collectible and informative booklet is there too. all in all, the so far ULTIMATE edition of thiss cool film.

(1982, R)
Ash: Bruce Campbell
Cheryl: Ellen Sandweiss
Scotty: Hal Delrich
Linda: Betsy Baker
Shelly: Sarah York
Voice on Recorder: Bob Dorian

Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Sam Raimi


4-0 out of 5 stars **** 1/2
Vacationing teens discover the Sumerian Book of the Dead in a Tennessee cabin and are forced to battle with the bloodthirsty spirits who want to possess them. Although low-budget and frequently ragged, this exuberant thriller has enough shocks and raw energy for a dozen such films. Director Sam Raimi, who was barely in his twenties at the time, shows an uncannily clever sense of camera movement and visual composition. The film's final ten minutes - a wildly bloody melange of gore, weird sound effects, even stop-motion animation - will have you screaming and laughing. This is the only horror film that scared me so badly I had to turn it off every time I tried to watch it. Dozens of times I attempted to make it through and each time it was too intense for me to complete. I finally was able to conquer this fear and recently got to view the entire film. "The Evil Dead" is amazing in it's ability to unsettle and it is unparelled in terms of sheer terror - the only movie to so consecutively and completely freak me out. A relentlessly brutal, nerve-jangling experience. If you can track down Raimi's original short film that he put together in order to sell his idea and receive the backing to make this full length feature, be sure to check it out! It's almost as creepy and brilliant as the resulting finished product.

5-0 out of 5 stars the ultimate horror movie!
This film is the ultimate horror movie. Great sneaky gore with a good storyline (unlike most horror movies) and not-so-bad acting or directing to be such a low budget film. ... Read more

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Saving Silverman (R Rated Version)
Director: Dennis Dugan
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars More aggrivating than funny (around 2.5 stars)
More often than not, I found myself wanting to jump through the TV and strangle Jason Biggs or Amanda Peet (usually both), and I must tell you, aggrivation is not something I enjoy feeling in a comedy. I felt a little aggrivated watching American Pie 1 and 2 also b/c of Biggs, but hey, when you've got Sean William Scott (as well as a bunch of other talented actors), you're guarenteed a damn good time, and anyone who doesn't like the American Pie movies has horrible tastes in movies. Anyway, onto this decent (but not great) movie.

First, the good parts about it (and I will not waste much time on plot so as not to ruin the movie). Anytime Jack Black (and sometimes when Steven Zahn) is on screen, you will laugh. Period! I've always believed in Black, and this is no exception (infact, this may be one of his best works, where he is just as dumb and clueless as can be!). Zahn is ok in this film, but he's been better. He's a little too serious for my taste here, but he provides a few genuine laughs. Also, R. Lee Ermey is hilarious as the football coach; sugesting that the best way to separate Biggs from his hell of a girlfriend is to kill her. Now, I will discuss what disgusts me about this movie.

First of all, the parts created for Biggs and Peet are way overdone. Biggs plays such a big loser (wow, what a shocker!) in this film that whenever I see him on screen, I want to beat him senseless and say "Quit being a G.D. pushover!!! Use that brain that God gave you!!" Throughout the movie, he constantly gives into Judith's (Peet) every demands, including butt implants, burning his beloved Neil Diamond albums (why young guys in their late 20's would worship Neil Diamond of all people is a mystery to me), and, get this, not hanging out with his lifelong friends. GET A G.D. CLUE AND QUIT BEING A MORON!!! ......Ok, I'm cooled down now. Equally as annoying is Peet, as she takes her character way over the top. She is such a horrible bitch that not even the hounds of hell would want to date her. I really was hoping that Black and Zahn would kill her, because the characters that Biggs and Peet play are losers you really wouldn't wish on anyone. (by the way, having Zahn marry Peet at the end is a lame way to end the movie; he should have beat the crap outta her!) Finally, Jason Biggs cannot act; period! Someone should just give him the pink slip and end his career; American Pie would have been funnier (by epic proportions) if he was not in it, and unless he completely changes his acting style, I will await his demise.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The general idea of this dumb teen comedy is that a group of three friends have been broken up by one of the friends' girlfriend. I watched this movie because I'm a fan of Jack Black, but this movie doesn't work on so many levels. First of all, you never really get the feeling that the friendship between these three friends is really very strong. So when they start kidnapping and planning murder, you don't really understand why they're going to all the trouble. Another thing is the obsession with Neil Diamond. It's never really funny and it just falls flat. Third, the chemistry between the supposed romantic interests is terrible. The characters are all supposed to be in such deep love, but you never see it in this movie. If you're interested in comedy, you can find lots of better movies than this. For Jack Black fans, head for High Fidelity, or School of Rock instead.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled!!
I am so angry at the people who put this out. It was a mean trick to play on the unsuspecting movie-going public! I thought with a title like "Saving Silverman" it would be a war movie like "Saving Private Ryan" but this is a dumb teen comedy. Not a single shot is fired in anger or for any other reason for that matter. Don't be taken in. ... Read more

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American Pie - Unrated Version
Director: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
DVD (21 December, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT COMEDY , A MUST SEE
American Pie is hands down one of the greatest comedies ever. This movie is raunchy, very funny, but it also has heart to it.The explict sex scenes crude humor, and strong language in this movie may be to much for some people but it doesnt bother me. Everybody says it influences teen sex and teen drinking, but this movie isnt just about teen sex and teen drinking its about growing up and the stuff teenagers go through. Jim is the dorky guy that tries to hard, Oz is the sensitive jock, Kevin is the guy who wants everthing to be perfect, Finch is the 40 year old living in a 18 year olds body, and Stifler is the wild crazy party guy. This movie also has great acting by, ( Jason Biggs, Chris Clien, Thomas Ian Nichols, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Sean William Scott, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizibeth, and of course Eugene Levy), a good script , and great first time directors. I would recommend this movie to people who like funny, raunchy, but heart warming comedies!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars American Pie is a very funny and amusing film.
American Pie is a good film for those who interested in Teen sex comedies. I am not really a fan of the film series but I can tell you that this film has more tasteful humor then many other teen comedies out there. Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Tara Reid,Mena Suvari,Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Ect., combine a good cast of characters that make this film worth watching. I saw the Unrated Edition on DVD. I haven't seen the other editions yet. But what I can tell from this version is that the story can be sweet and touching at the same time it is gross and disgusting. Four guys make a pack to lose there virginity on Prom night. But the way it turns that the guys either get dumped or falls in love with their girlfriend. There are many sweet parts in this movie and it's very touching. Jason Biggs plays Jim. Eugene Levy plays Jim's Dad. Shannon Elizabeth plays Chez Exchange student Nadia. This is the movie that made Shannon Elizabeth famous! Alyson Hannigan plays Michelle. Michelle is always telling stories about Band Camp. "One Time in Band Camp, I did etc.; A good film that deserves all the attention it received in 1999.

I was reluctant to see "American Pie", because every time I heard the name of the movie, I really was hearing "just another lame teen movie" or another "Animal House" wannabe, or the "Porky's" of my generation, but worse. Well, one day I had nothing to do, so I decided to watch it. I was very surprised by "American Pie" because the movie is actually funny.

"American Pie" does have some elements that could have contributed to make another silly movie, like the gross-out humor, the usual share of T&A, the fouled language, in few words, the typical ingredients of a cheap teen movie.

But "American Pie" has key elements that set the movie apart from its predecessors: the cast is kinda charismatic, some of these actors and actresses will be lost in oblivion and others will be famous, but it's hard to deny that these cast is funny and sure they had fun while they were filming "American Pie". Special mention to Eugene Levy, he brings the wisdom of a veteran, and mixes very well with the young newcomers, of course, he steals every scene that he appears on.

The girls in this kind of movies usually are attractive, and thankfully (to the guys) "American Pie" has pretty girls like Tara Reid, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth and Mena Suvari, not all these girls have real acting talent, but at least in "American Pie" they got the work done.

On the other hand, this original "American Pie" movie is the only one truly worthy in the series. I'm sure there are a lot of fans of the second and third movies, but the most demanding audiences will agree that the only decent "American Pie" movie, is this one, the original. ... Read more

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The Beatles 1
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 November, 2000)
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Proving yet again their willingness to dice 'n' slice their burgeoning legacy into new--if not exactly fresh--product, the Fab Four Minus One have released this single-disc compendium of their No. 1 hits. Though obviously superfluous to longtime Fabs faithful (who may also find themselves quibbling over the precise definition of "No. 1 hit" and the exclusion of seeming contenders like "Please Please Me" and "Strawberry Fields"), newly arrived visitors from the Pleiades star cluster and other neophytes will find it a concise and generous (nearly 80 minutes) single-disc introduction to the band's career-spanning, unparalleled dominance of pop music in the 1960s. But beyond being a mere trophy case of commercial success (and it won't be hard to find critics who'll argue that these singles aren't even the band's best work), it's also a Cliff's Notes take on a remarkable seven-year run of musical evolution, one that stretches from the neo-skiffle of "Love Me Do" through a remarkable synthesis of R&B, rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley, gospel, country, and classical that still defies efforts to effectively deconstruct it. This is the pop monument equivalent of the '27 Yankees and '90s Bulls; it's every bit as obvious and dominating--and just as essential. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars What a bitter disappointment!
As a life long Beatles fan, I can't begin to express my disappointment with this new release. I had hoped that this would be an opportunity for young people to hear how good the Beatles sounded to us older fans when these songs were originally released as singles. However, for the most part, the selections on this cd are not the original mono single versions, they are the same sloppy stereo outtakes that EMI has been foisting on us for the last 30 years. How could anyone who was not alive in 1964 listen to "I Want to Hold You Hand" on this CD and understand why this song changed so many peoples' lives? It sounds like it was recorded in someone's bathroom. As for the stereo versions of "I Feel Fine" and "Paperback Writer", they are painfully bad. This CD is just another way for EMI to make a few more bucks off of the memory of the greatest musical group ever. Fellow Beatles fans, I urge you not to be taken in. Do NOT waste you money on this worthless package. Hold out until the powers that be at EMI relent and give us either the original mono versions of these songs or newly remixed stereo versions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Top Feeding
This was a wonderful collection of many of the songs that I grew up with and wistfully placed on a higher plane of music than a lot of the tripe released today

I realize it was an authorized collection of Number One hits, but this collection didn't always explore the depths and reach of the Beatles material.

Somehwere out there the has to be a collection of the songs that actually made many differences in my life (granted, that doesn;t mean that most people would have the same personal "hit list".

All in all, this was a wonderful collection, and I would purchase it again (It might turn out to be a great tool for informing my 17 year old daughter about the group that actually opened rock and roll to broader dimensions--without me just jabbering to her about it).

On a scale of 1-10, I would give it an 8.5

3-0 out of 5 stars Beatles 1
Pretty good if you listen to tracks 1 - 14 and just start over. Songs like Come Together and the Ballad of John and Yoko shouldn't even be on a best of the Beatles album. ... Read more

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All Killer No Filler
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 May, 2001)
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If you've heard Blink 182, the Offspring, or Green Day, you've heard Sum 41, with or without All Killer No Filler. The Canadian quartet's California punk formula is a well-worn one that seems to be working--all the way from the store to the Warped Tour. Set poppy, three-chord rock to hyperactive speeds, write songs about why you don't give a shit, and play up your juvenile-delinquent side for all it's worth (check out the "Going, Going, Gonorrhea" video with the band "doing all the dangerous and immature stuff you shouldn't try from the safety of your own home"). Of course, this has all been done before and will continue to be rehashed again as long as a silly, snotty attitude brings in the record company gold. While these punks are hardly walking down the block less traveled, they still packed All Killer full of hooks that should snag modern rock radio listeners. Peppy sing-along choruses, rolling drum solos, and guitar-driven anthems uncork the energy and brightly color this fast-moving, TRL-friendly disc. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best puck-rock music out there
SUM 41 took Blink182's style and improved on it. This CD is definitely the best punk rock CD availible right now. SUM 41's latest CD is awesome and fetures many great song's like Fat LIp and In Too Deep. This CD is for any rock or puck-rock fan who wants some killer music.

#1 Intro-Very dumb and kind of scary 2/10
#2 Nothing On My Back- A Pretty Good Song 7/10
#3 Never Wake Up-A cool, heavy song, but can't hear what they say 6/10
#4 Fat Lip Awesome song with awesome lyrics second best song on the CD 10/10
#5 Rhythms A gerat, wild song with awesome drum and guitar music 8/10
#6 Motivation Awesome song one of the best on the CD 9/10
#7 In Too Deep-Of course the best song on the CD, awesome music and words 10/10
#8 Summer-The best song that most people have never heard 9/10
#9 Handle This-Nice sound 8/10
#10 Crazy Amanda Bunkface-Cool and crazy song 7/10
#11 All She's Good.....7/10
#12 Heart Attack Cool beginning, awesome lyrics 9/10
#13 Pain For Pleasure Ends the way it started....bad 3/10

3-0 out of 5 stars Pop rock's answer to a boy band?
Ok, I admit it; even though they're somewhat poppy, and are often lumped together with Blink 182, I like Sum 41. Their songs are short, catchy and energetic, filled with lyrics about growing up, being immature, and not giving a [censor] about responsibility. The band seems to practice what they preach, trashing hotel rooms and displaying other teenager-ish antics.
While their music certainly isn't the most original, what they do, they do well. Their songs are fast and tight, with plenty of catchy hooks and melodies. The last song, Pain for Pleasure, is a parody of an 80's metal song, in which the singer's voice goes from a deep pitch to a high squeal; I like the guitar intro too. The first single, Fat Lip, is really the only song that has a rap type of influence on it, and it sounds a little bit like the Beastie Boys mixed with a tiny bit of punk. I wouldn't, however, call them punk, which is less produced and more raw sounding. What does it really matter though how you classify them though? The CD is upbeat and infectious, with catchy feel-good songs, and its short enough that it doesn't get annoying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Band
Sum 41 is the greatest band i think. this is the best cd of theirs that i have heard so far ... Read more

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Director: Tobe Hooper
Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
DVD (13 October, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars One of the Essential Horror Films
First off, I'm not a horror aficionado and think the entire genre, with a handful of exceptions, really stinks to high-hell in both film and literature. But it's really too bad that this film has got the sensationalistic title that it does because it's virtually unrivaled in its ability to convey a claustrophobic sense of dread without the gratuitous use of blood. Unlike Blair Witch, it truly looks and feels like a cheap, grainy Super-8 movie, an effect that works accidentally but beautifully. I haven't seen this film in about ten or fifteen years but I have the feeling that it has aged remarkably well and would still rattle my nerves and induce insomnia. I vividly recall the grandfather/hammer/bucket scene (my god, it seemed ENDLESS), the running through the woods, the creepy van ride, the infamous meat hook. Perhaps best of all is Hooper's incredible knack for leaving the visual violence to the viewer's imagination. I don't recall any real gore, certainly nothing even approaching the subsequent late-70's/early-80's "horror" (to use the term loosely) films it inspired, like Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, etc. In fact, the films only real rival from the period is Romero's misanthropic, conspicuous-consumption-massacring masterpiece DAWN OF THE DEAD, but it's level of gore is truly excessive and often over-the-top. And like TCM, it has been debased in the minds of many potential viewers by campy, self-reflexive spin-offs posing as sequels (i.e. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD). This one shouldn't be missed. Just don't expect a hi-tech blockbuster.

Another interesting aspect is the film's lack of a sexual slant. I may be wrong about this, but seeing how I saw it in the prime of The Dark Years (a.k.a. puberty), I don't remember feeling any...uh...longings. No double-D teenage girls wandering around nude in the woods with a flashlight, saying "Is anybody there? Come on, now, this isn't funny, you guys, cut it out!...Hello??..." In my opinion, that alone sets it apart.

5-0 out of 5 stars What Horror was meant to be.
This film has remained an enduring, groundbreaking, earth-shattering opus to Tobe Hooper and to the horror genre which it single-handedly reinvented. With the state of modern "horror" today (Scream, Urban Legends, Blair Witch) it is so refreshing to see the Massacre get a fantasic transferral to DVD. This is a true classic, based in part on the life of serial killer Ed Gein(SP?) who dismantled his victims and cannibalized most of them. Hooper's use of sound in this film is simply astonishing and adds so much to the madness that these teens walk into. Innovative camera work as well, because most of the blood and gore is left to your imagination. But just the sight of leatherface opening the slide door and the reaction on that girls face is truly chilling. The ending of this film is simply amazing and perfectly fits this masterpiece, who knows what happens to leatherface and his cadre of psycho's and who wants to know! The chainsaw dance remains one of the best moments ever captured on celluloid. If your idea of a good scary movie is the Blair Witch Project or Scream, then please rent this film for it will be the first time a film will actually scare you, as well as scar you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Original Teen Horror Film
Alright, at the time that I wrote this review (wow, I am talking in the past tense about something I am still doing), there were 508 other reviews (read them, most of them get the point across). So, I am not going to give the whole movie away. But I can say this: This film was not meant to be a gore-fest. The director (who did a brilliant job I might add) was originally going for a PG rating. The whole point was to transition the scenes right up to the kill in such a way that your imagination takes over during it. Let me say, for a horror movie (as in any horror movie), this is very creepy and disturbing. I have seen the sequels and the remake of this film. The sequels were unbearably pathetic (capitalizing (cashing-in if you will) on this movie's potential, nothing more) and the remake, while decent, was not scary...at all, but creative (the piano, and the salt...watch it and you will know what I mean). This movie is like no other in that you are on the edge of your seat wondering when the girl freaking out in the room where the furniture is made out of human remains, is going to die. It is not a matter of "Don't go in there, he is right there." It is more like "He is coming, go! He is going to kill you! Run!", even when the killer is not present anywhere near her (he was behind a steel door, that is not within arms reach and therefore not close). Please remember, this is the first movie to use what is now a complete cliché; namely: teens get lost out in the middle of nowhere and are brutally slaughtered. I would normally give this film four-and-a-half stars, however, because of two people who are about to be mentioned, I would like to "even out the universe" with a five.

Now then, I would like to take time to say a few things about two very "special" reviewers. I say "special" because one of them sounds like a southern televangelist "Blah blah blah...sex, drugs and rock and roll." While the other finds it unfair that this "true" story is unfair to the kids that were murdered...while using tons of question and exclamation marks. Newsflash: This was lightly based on a killer, but around ninety percent of the details are just add-ons (quite good ones I might add). The killer that Leather Face is LOOSELY based on is Ed Gein. Go look him up. I am going to quote the first "special" reviewer I mentioned: "I think this movie is disgusting and immoral, I've never seen it and I plan not to because of what it's about." Well, that is a VERY convincing review, but, I believe that if you have not seen this film, then you should not be reviewing it...oh, and what is the deal with it being immoral? This movie has no gore, drug or sexual content. It is about a semi-retarded psychopath killing a bunch of teens. Then he goes on to talk about The Passion of the Christ. Well, I am sorry, but I do not like:

A. Mel Gibson
B. Religious Movies
C. Movies about some guy being tortured for hours on end.

The only reason I would go to see it would be for the Latin that is spoken in movie (I am a Latin student myself).

There you have it. My review. Give this movie a chance, it is truly a masterpiece. ... Read more

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Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 June, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is
After the last greatest hits compilation of Anthrax material, "Attack of the Killer A's", didn't go down so well with older fans of the band due to a surprising lack of older material, another compilation featuring only older material was pretty much a no brainer. "Madhouse: The Very Best of Anthrax" may be no more than a record company's attempt to cash in, but it does offer a fine selection of some of the band's best older material. Yes, "Ball of Confusion" isn't here, but we get "Antisocial", "Caught in a Mosh", "Indians", "I Am the Law", "Belly of the Beast", the uncensored version of "I'm the Man", and naturally "Bring the Noise". If you already own all of Anthrax's older albums, there is no point in owning this; however if your looking to get into the band, this along with "Attack of the Killer A's" is a good place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a madhouse, or so they claim....
Next to "Attack Of The Killer B's", this is a great "Best Of" collection from the NYC thrashers. It includes some of their greatest songs from their early days (with Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz), from the albums Spreading The Disease, Among The Living, Perception of Time, and others. All of the songs have been remastered and they all sound GREAT. I think this is a great CD to buy if you're just starting out on Anthrax, or want to hear what they sound like remastered. Yeah, it was released by Island, but so what? If you like bands in the vein of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It's a good best-of from one of the most underrated bands in history. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's not totally comprehensive, but...
I'm a huge Anthrax fan. Always have been. But I was kind of conflicted with this one. I knew that this CD was a big faceless corporate record label trying to cash in on a great band. But what did I do? I cracked and bought it.

Here's my approach: I accept the record for what it is. It's a compilation with a bunch of great songs on it. It may be missing "Ball of Confusion," as so many here have noted, but I'm thinking of what it does include.

It's got "I Am the Law," "Indians," and "Caught in a Mosh," from arguably one of the best metal recordings ever, "Among the Living." It also has the uncensored version of "I'm the Man," which I so enjoy. And probably my two favorite songs the band has done, "Antisocial" and "Belly of the Beast." And it's got that great cut with Public Enemy, "Bring the Noise."

I give it four stars because it's not officially licensed and it's not 100% comprehensive, so in theory it should be a three star recording, but the quality of the songs chosen warrant an extra star. ... Read more

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