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Alive!
Alive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Get up! and get your grandma outta here!", June 6 2004
This review is from: Alive! (Audio CD)
...The first line Gene screams from the immortal "Deuce" which opens one of the best live albums ever made. KISS Alive! (Sept.1975) was the big breakthrough album for KISS. They didn't receive much radio play from the first 3 albums until they had some success with "C'mon & Love Me" from the previous album Dressed to Kill. Ironically, Dressed to Kill also featured what was to become their first big hit "Rock & Roll All Nite", but it was the Alive! version that climbed the charts, not the original studio cut. Alive! was the first top ten album KISS made and remained on the charts ultimately reaching quadruple platinum sales (4 Mil) and beyond. Obviously, KISS is a very visual band and an electrifying stage presence so it made sense they would achieve their first success with an album document of one of these shows.
Alive! was the first album where KISS worked with producer Eddie Kramer who previously worked with legends like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. Kramer would go on to produce 6 seminal KISS albums from their peak era in the 1970s including Ace Frehley's '78 solo album (he also worked on most of Ace's solo output in the 80s). Another interesting fact is that this album would complete an original contract that KISS had signed with Casablanca records. Since the first three albums weren't successful upon release, Alive! had to be a hit or else. Also this is not one single concert recording. Apparently the performances are from different shows with the rumored majority being from Michigan, but also other places like New Jersey and Ohio have been mentioned. It doesn't really matter because the show flows well and this is probably the common practice for most live recordings to get the best selection of tracks. All four band members have also admitted that some things were doctored (overdubbing of vocals and instruments) here and there to clean up the recording but not to perfect it. Again, this is common practice.
Alive! was originally released as a double LP set with a total of 16 tracks. Opening up the gatefold album cover featured a track listing and a photo consisting of hand written letters from each member of the band. There was also a booklet featuring great photos of the band and advertisements for the previous 3 albums. On the back cover was a photo of the audience with a focus on two fans holding up a sign they made. If there was ever album packaging missed by the invention of tapes and CDs, it's KISS albums.
Now the important part, the songs. When Alive! was released on CD it was spread onto 2 discs with the first 9 tracks on disc 1 and the remaining 7 on disc 2. When I heard it was going to be remastered, I assumed Alive! would be condensed onto a single disc because it can be, but it remains in it's 2 disc form. However it has been digitally remastered and if you had to have this album in 4 discs it would be worth it. The first CD kicks off with regular show opener "Deuce" then goes through exciting versions of other debut album tracks: Strutter", "Firehouse", & "Nothin' to Lose" (featuring Peter Criss on chorus). You're also treated to revitalized versions of "Got to Choose", "Parasite"(listen to those drums!), and "Hotter Than Hell" from their second album of the latter track's title. The remaining two songs, the spirited "C'mon & Love Me" and the groovy closer "She" are from Dressed to Kill. Disc 2 opens and closes with two Hotter Than Hell tracks (both with Gene on vocals) - "Watchin' You" (great guitar harmonies) and "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll". In the middle is one great track from Dressed to Kill - "Rock Bottom" (with a shorter intro) and the meat being four essentials from the debut album - "100,000 Years" (with drum solo), "Black Diamond" (strong vocals by Peter), the Ace penned "Cold Gin", and of course the classic "Rock and Roll all Nite", which I always thought should've been the album closer. The one time I was lucky enough to see KISS on stage was a few years ago when they came to my town (Carbondale, IL) during the make-up reunion tour. All four members were there at this time and "Rock and Roll all Nite" was the closer. I remember the sight of the giant sparkling disco ball and confetti flying everywhere. It was and is the loudest concert I've witnessed and the rest is a blur of fire and spectacle. Gene breathed fire, Peter's drums rose high, Ace shot a stage light down with his Les Paul and yes, Paul smashed his guitar to smithereens. A truly momentous occasion. This album is completely essential.
KISS: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss

Kiss
Kiss
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5.0 out of 5 stars The debut album that started it all., June 4 2004
This review is from: Kiss (Audio CD)
1974 saw the debut release of a band that would not only change the face and rules of rock music, but would change 4 musicians from New York into very rich superheroes - Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, & Peter Criss...KISS! Of course this debut was way before the superhero stuff, the TV movie (also highly recommended if you can find a copy!), the trading cards, etc. I actually experienced this album much later after hearing their 1975 live record, Alive!. In fact, I was much more familiar with Destroyer, Rock & Roll Over, Love Gun, and Alive II before I heard anything from the first three albums. Of course, Alive! is made up of the first three albums, but you'll find that the studio versions are unique to themselves. Upon first listen to "KISS", having been used to the Alive versions of songs like "Deuce" and "Cold Gin" (7 out of the 10 are on Alive!), I was a little less than excited because they weren't as raw or fast as the live versions, but after growing accustomed to them, the songs aren't that different and it's great to hear how they sounded originally. The best example of this is on their second album, Hotter than Hell. For some reason, after hearing "Parasite" and "Hotter than Hell" on Alive, the studio versions kind of paled in comparison, not that Hotter than Hell isn't also essential, oh it is my friend.
The KISS debut album features 7 veritable KISS classics, several that would become staples of the live show: "Strutter", "Nothin' to Lose", "Firehouse", the Ace Frehley penned (but not sung, Frehley wouldn't sang until Love Gun's "Shock Me") "Cold Gin", popular show opener "Deuce", "100,000 Years" (where Peter would have his drum solo in the live version), and "Black Diamond", which was written by Stanley and sang by Criss (Criss is also chorus singer on "Nothin' to lose"). The remaining three songs sometimes sound a little out of place: "Let Me Know" is a pleasant rocker written by Stanley (sung by Simmons and Stanley) that he had been sitting on since he met Simmons when it was called "Sunday Driver". Battling each other for most odd KISS selection (at least on this album) are the completely instrumental funky rock tune "Love Theme from KISS" and a goofy cover of a 1959 Bobby Rydell hit "Kissin' Time". Both are worth hearing though and if you're a KISS oddity seeker you'll appreciate them even more.
This album is also notable for being the first and last album to feature the names of the band followed by instrument duties (i.e. Ace Frehley: Lead Guitar). All subsequent releases would simply say "KISS:" followed by their names. This made all the more sense when facts started coming out later that certain members didn't play some things where other members or even "gasp!" other musicians played for them. For example, Peter was replaced by drummer Anton Fig on all but one song on 1979's Dynasty and Ace only played on one song from the Studio side of Alive II, where Bob Kulick played in an "Ace like" style. It was also brought out that Gene didn't play bass on many songs and I'm sure that Paul has had his moments. Its hard to say when all this started occuring but it's safe to say that it all came later after KISS established themselves as a huge concert draw, visual band, action figures, comic book superheroes, etc., etc. In most cases it would take a serious KISS officianado to notice the changes. I highly recommend picking this album up, but not necessarily as a starting point for beginners. For that, I would go with one of the later albums like "Destroyer" or one of the classic live albums "Alive!" or "Alive II". Of course I feel that all KISS make-up era albums are essential from "KISS" to "Creatures of the Night". Actually you could pick up a copy of "KISS" for the cover art alone! If there was ever a band I could have the entire collection of on vinyl, it would be KISS, arguably the best album cover art ever. Classic!

Dynasty (W/Newpk)
Dynasty (W/Newpk)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last album with the "Catman"., June 4 2004
This review is from: Dynasty (W/Newpk) (Audio CD)
KISS' 7th studio album (excluding the studio side of Alive II), 1979's Dynasty, has some important "firsts" in KISStory. It was the first album to not feature all members of the band on the entire recording (Peter Criss only worked on "Dirty Livin"). At the time, unknown to the public, Criss was on his way out of the band and had also just been in a car accident that prevented him from performing. Whether or not Criss walked out or was asked to leave is not totally clear although several statements say he was "bought out". Also unknown to fans at the time, the remaining 8 tracks featured David Letterman drummer Anton Fig who had just worked on Ace Frehley's solo album. Later more "shocking" news came out that Gene Simmons only played bass on his two songs while Paul played bass and guitar on his compositions as did Ace. It makes one wonder how often they all saw each other for the recording sessions! It also brings up another question: how long has this been going on? Later on, similiar news in fan circles started coming out about earlier albums like that Ace only played on "Rocket Ride" on the studio side of Alive II and the rest was done by Bruce Kulick's brother, Bob. This might count as the first time an original member didn't play, but another fact that came out in interviews was that Ace didn't play the solo on Destroyer's "Sweet Pain". How much this really matters is up to the individual. Then again, no disrespect to Gene, but would you know if it was or wasn't him playing bass on those songs?
Dynasty also marks the first time KISS worked with producer/co-writer Vini Poncia who was fresh from producing Criss' solo album and would go onto produce the follow-up KISS Unmasked. It's definitely under the direction (some say misdirection!) of Poncia that the KISS sound started to become more polished and radio friendly, but that doesn't mean there aren't some strong tracks here. "I was made for loving you" was a big crossover disco hit for KISS and "Sure know something" might as well have been. There are also 3 vocal appearances (2 penned) by Ace Frehley on one album: "Hard Times", "Save Your Love", and a rocking version of the Stones' "2000 Man", perfect for Ace (Previously Ace had only sang on Love Gun's "Shock Me" and Alive II's "Rocket Ride"). Frehley's solo album sold the best out of the four KISS members and it's obvious as to why that is. It's the most consistent and strongest in terms of the KISS style up to that point. It made all the sense for him to contribute more to the albums. Some other great riffs in tracks like Simmons' "Charisma" and Stanley's "Magic Touch" and you have a pretty solid album.
Dynasty came hot on the heels of another KISS first (actually a music first!). A year earlier, all four members each did a solo album, which were released on the same date. Add to this a popular television movie "KISS meets the Phantom of the Park" and merchandise up the wa-zoo and there's going to be some ego increase. Surely Ace, Gene, Paul, and Peter returned to the studio with even bigger heads than before and wanted to do their own thing. The problem was they were all members of KISS! Ace Frehley would work on two more albums following Dynasty, 1980's Unmasked and 81's Music from the Elder (even though he was on the album covers up to Creatures of the Night). Peter Criss was officially out of the band before Unmasked was recorded where he was temporarily replaced, as he is on Dynasty, by Anton Fig. Music from the Elder would mark the first appearance of drummer Eric Carr, the Fox.
Dynasty only gets underrated when compared to classic albums such as Destroyer or Love Gun. For many fans, the change in style and experimentation was too much. However it did happen to be the last KISS album in a succession starting with 1976's Destroyer to reach over platinum sales. It also features KISS' second gold single, "I was made for loving you" (the first being "Beth"). In my opinon, all of the make-up albums from "KISS" to "Creatures" are classics. Even though the original line-up was starting to break up here, Dynasty is still a worthy addition to your collection, especially if you're a KISS fan, in which case it's essential. I'm also partial to my giant Dynasty wall poster. Just thought I'd throw that in.

Unmasked (W/Newpk)
Unmasked (W/Newpk)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first album without Peter Criss., June 4 2004
This review is from: Unmasked (W/Newpk) (Audio CD)
1980's KISS Unmasked (they still had make up on) was the first KISS album to not feature any contribution from the "Catman" Peter Criss. Criss was in the process of leaving the group since their previous album, 1979's Dynasty (Criss only worked on the track "Dirty Livin"). The drummer for the remaining 8 tracks of Dynasty is the same for all of Unmasked, Anton Fig. Fig maybe best known for being the drummer for David Letterman, but he also worked on Ace Frehley's 1978 solo album and later as a member of Frehley's Comet. Unmasked gets a bad rap due in most part because of it's radio friendly sound, which shouldn't be a total shock since Dynasty featured a few similar moments ("Sure know something" and their big disco hit "I was made for loving you"). Many credit Ringo Starr producer Vini Poncia for steering KISS into the more pop sound. Poncia, ironically, came from Peter Criss' recommendation after producing and sharing writing credits on Criss' "very friendly" 1978 KISS solo album. Unmasked would be the last time they would work with Poncia as producer. As for the music on Unmasked, there are several great riffs and the recording sounds very good (easily KISS' most polished up until now). Many fans were discouraged by KISS' dabbles in pop mainstream ("Shandi" maybe the most poppy here), but it was no different than when "Beth" was released in 1976, of course that was on the same record as "God of Thunder"! Still Unmasked is no throwaway, there really isn't a weak song on the album and there's a total of 3 Ace Frehley penned and sung tracks! ("Talk to me", "Two sides of the coin", & "Torpedo Girl") I've always thought Ace was a strong influence in the band and it's obvious he got more album time on Dynasty and Unmasked because his '78 solo album was the highest seller of the four. The albums are stronger for it. I've always been a fan of Peter Criss, his drumming style (Parasite's a fave) is a big influence on my own and his vocal contributions are a nice contrast to the others, but his few song credits with KISS have been somewhat dispensible (excluding Beth, depending on the listener). Not to say Gene & Paul haven't done their share of dispensibles! Still each member was essential to the whole and it wouldn't be KISS without them. The next album, the very experimental "Music from the Elder" would be the last for Ace Frehley and the first for drummer Eric Carr, who gave KISS a much needed kick in the (...). KISS gave up on the mainstream pop (at least for awhile) and returned even harder with 1982's Creatures of the Night featuring Vinnie Vincent on guitar (even though Ace was on the cover). This was the same line-up that "unmasked" on MTV and released the first non-makeup album, 1983's Lick It Up. I recommend including KISS Unmasked to your collection. Even though the classic line-up was dissolving at this point, I think it's an underrated album with some great rock songs. Also if you're a KISS fan (at least the make-up years) you have to complete the set! Rock on!

Airplane! (Widescreen)
Airplane! (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Robert Hays
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Get me Ham on 5, hold the Mayo.", March 20 2004
This review is from: Airplane! (Widescreen) (DVD)
Airplane! (1980) is the second collaboration of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team (the first being Kentucky Fried Movie) that would later bring us such brilliant spoofery as Police Sqaud, Top Secret!, & the Naked Gun films. ZAZ's Airplane (along with the master, Mel Brooks) is responsible for basically popularizing (if not starting) the spoof genre with it's joke a minute style. It was the first film directed by the ZAZ team as well, because they served as writers on their first film, a series of sketches called the Kentucky Fried Movie. Airplane also gave Leslie Nielsen (Dr. Rumack) a new identity as a comedian, which led to his starring role as Lt. Frank Drebin on the hilarious, but shortlived (only 6 episodes) 1982 series Police Squad and the later more successful Naked Gun trilogy. Nielsen along with Peter Graves (Capt. Oveur), Llyod Bridges (McCrosky), and Robert Stack (Capt. Rex Cramer) are all scene stealers in Airplane because of the way they play it straight. Meaning they recite the most hilarious stuff with a straight face. I've always thought Leslie Nielsen especially was just perfect for this type of humor. Robert Hays (Striker) & Julie Hagerty (Elaine) are also hilarious as the former couple who join together to save the plane and its passengers from almost certain disaster. There's really too many characters to list, you just have to see it to appreciate them all. Airplane is just a classic comedy. The AFI calls it "One of the top 10 funniest movies ever made!" and I usually don't agree with most quotes, but that ranking is totally justified. Airplane begat one sequel, fittingly named Airplane II: The Sequel in 1982, but without the ZAZ team's contributions. The sequel was directed by Ken Finkleman, who's only other work I'm familiar with being the writer of Grease 2! Don't let that stop you from seeking out the sequel because honestly it feels like it was made by the same guys. Plus William Shatner is in it so come on!
Some comments on the 2000 Paramount DVD: One reviewer stated there are scenes missing from the DVD, but they're mistaken. According to that review, the scene where the little girl tells the boy how she likes her coffee and the scenes where the woman who "hasn't been with a man before" have been removed, but I can tell you, having just purchased this DVD that the the boy and girl drinking coffee scene is there. The other scenes with the woman telling every man that sits next to her "I've never been with a man before." are from Airplane II: The Sequel. I haven't noticed anything missing from my original VHS version.
Other DVD notes:
The 2000 Paramount DVD has the Widescreen version (16:9) of the film, which is nice to see after the full screen VHS tapes for all these years. You can also see things better like McCrosky standing next to the picture of himself on the wall. The sound offered is Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and French Mono. There are also English subtitles. The main two features are the original trailer (which gives away plenty of good jokes) and a group commentary with Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker, and producer Jon Davison. This isn't the most exciting commentary ever, but there are some interesting insights into the film and they're having fun talking about it. I agree with other reviews that the film deserved a Special Edition (at least as good as the Up In Smoke DVD) with all the scenes filmed for the TV version and anything else from interviews and featurettes, but having this movie in widescreen DVD is enough to make me excited and with the commentary and original trailer it makes an above average release. Bottom line: No original theatrical scenes are missing from this DVD and it's inexpensive, so fans should pick it up.
Choice quotes -
Captain Oveur:
1. "You ever seen a grown man naked?"
2. "Joey, you ever hang around the gymnasium?"
3. "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?"
4. "Joey, have you ever been to a turkish prison?"
Dr. Rumack:
1. "I don't know where I'll be then, Doc, he said...But I won't smell too good, that's for sure."
2. "I just want to tell you both good luck. We're counting on you."
3. "I just want to tell you both good luck. We're counting on you."
4. "I am serious and stop calling me Shirley."
McCrosky:
1. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking."
2. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking."
3. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines."
4. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffin' glue."
Also Recommended:
Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Police Squad (1982 series)
Airplane II: the Sequel (1982)
All 3 Naked Gun Films (1988-1994)
Top Secret! (1984)
BASEketball (1998)
Hot Shots! (1991)
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

Airplane! (Widescreen)
Airplane! (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Robert Hays
Offered by urbansound
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Get me Ham on 5, hold the Mayo.", March 20 2004
This review is from: Airplane! (Widescreen) (DVD)
Airplane! (1980) is the second collaboration of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team (the first being Kentucky Fried Movie) that would later bring us such brilliant spoofery as Police Sqaud, Top Secret!, & the Naked Gun films. ZAZ's Airplane is responsible for basically popularizing (if not starting) the spoof genre with it's joke a minute style. It was the first film directed by the ZAZ team as well, because they served as writers on their first film, a series of sketches called the Kentucky Fried Movie. Airplane also gave Leslie Nielsen (Dr. Rumack) a new identity as a comedian, which led to his starring role as Lt. Frank Drebin on the hilarious, but shortlived (only 6 episodes) 1982 series Police Squad and the later more successful Naked Gun trilogy. Nielsen along with Peter Graves (Capt. Oveur), Llyod Bridges (McCrosky), and Robert Stack (Capt. Rex Cramer) are all scene stealers in Airplane because of the way they play it straight. Meaning they recite the most hilarious stuff with a straight face. I've always thought Leslie Nielsen especially was just perfect for this type of humor. Robert Hays (Striker) & Julie Hagerty (Elaine) are also hilarious as the former couple who join together to save the plane and its passengers from almost certain disaster. There's really too many characters to list, you just have to see it to appreciate them all. Airplane is just a classic comedy. The AFI calls it "One of the top 10 funniest movies ever made!" and I usually don't agree with most quotes, but that ranking is totally justified. Airplane begat one sequel, fittingly named Airplane II: The Sequel in 1982, but without the ZAZ team's contributions. The sequel was directed by Ken Finkleman, who's only other work I'm familiar with being the writer of Grease 2! Don't let that stop you from seeking out the sequel because honestly it feels like it was made by the same guys. Plus William Shatner is in it so come on!
Some comments on the 2000 Paramount DVD: One reviewer stated there are scenes missing from the DVD, but they're mistaken. According to that review, the scene where the little girl tells the boy how she likes her coffee and the scenes where the woman who "hasn't been with a man before" have been removed, but I can tell you, having just purchased this DVD that the the boy and girl drinking coffee scene is there. The other scenes with the woman telling every man that sits next to her "I've never been with a man before." are from Airplane II: The Sequel. I haven't noticed anything missing from my original VHS version.
Other DVD notes:
The 2000 Paramount DVD has the Widescreen version (16:9) of the film, which is nice to see after the full screen VHS tapes for all these years. You can also see things better like McCrosky standing next to the picture of himself on the wall. The sound offered is Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and French Mono. There are also English subtitles. The main two features are the original trailer (which gives away plenty of good jokes) and a group commentary with Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker, and producer Jon Davison. This isn't the most exciting commentary ever, but there are some interesting insights into the film and they're having fun talking about it. I agree with other reviews that the film deserved a Special Edition (at least as good as the Up In Smoke DVD) with all the scenes filmed for the TV version and anything else from interviews and featurettes, but having this movie in widescreen DVD is enough to make me excited and with the commentary and original trailer it makes an above average release. Bottom line: No original theatrical scenes are missing from this DVD and it's inexpensive, so fans should pick it up.
Choice quotes -
Captain Oveur:
1. "You ever seen a grown man naked?"
2. "Joey, you ever hang around the gymnasium?"
3. "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?"
4. "Joey, have you ever been to a turkish prison?"
Dr. Rumack:
1. "I don't know where I'll be then, Doc, he said...But I won't smell too good, that's for sure."
2. "I just want to tell you both good luck. We're counting on you."
3. "I just want to tell you both good luck. We're counting on you."
4. "I am serious and stop calling me Shirley."
McCrosky:
1. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking."
2. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking."
3. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines."
4. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffin' glue."
Also Recommended:
Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Police Squad (1982 series)
Airplane II: the Sequel (1982)
All 3 Naked Gun Films (1988-1994)
Top Secret! (1984)
BASEketball (1998)
Hot Shots! (1991)
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

Up in Smoke (Widescreen)
Up in Smoke (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Cheech Marin
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5.0 out of 5 stars "My mama's talkin to me, tryin' to tell me how to live!", March 18 2004
This review is from: Up in Smoke (Widescreen) (DVD)
Out of all the Cheech & Chong collaborations, their first film, 1978's Up In Smoke still stands as the best. A comedy classic that just can't be duplicated, not even by themselves. The plot (can you guess?) concerns two dudes, Pedro (Cheech) & Man (Chong) and their search for the best weed, rock music, and good times, man. Of course this journey comes with a price, evading a group of "undercover" cops led by the obsessed Sgt. Stedenko (Stacy Keach). If you like cars, you'll no doubt enjoy Pedro's Love Machine, which he decorated himself, and the van made completely out of pot! Watch out for that smoke. A few of the funniest scenes come from this van: 1. When the cop pulls them over and forgets why! and 2. When Stedenko and crew stand next to the smoking van and feel the influence, then order some pizzas! If you like to rock, then you've got that too. To quote the concert announcer - "...I don't know who they are, but here's ALICE BOWIE." Being a drummer myself, I'm more than a little jealous of Chong's gigantic drumsticks! However, I'm not jealous of Cheech's tu-tu! The characters Cheech & Chong created began to wear out in later films, but don't count this one out. Up In Smoke is when it was new and fresh and somehow it still "smokes" to this day.
Some comments on the DVD: One reviewer stated that the DVD doesn't have any features, but that's just not true. I just bought the 2000 Paramount DVD release and it has the following:
*Widescreen Version for 16:9 TVs
*Feature Length Commentary with Cheech Marin & Director Lou Adler
*8 Deleted Scenes (including Harry Dean Stanton as a security guard) with optional commentary by Cheech & Lou Adler
*Original Theatrical Trailer
*Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround/Restored English Mono
*English Subtitles
A great way to own a comedy classic and Paramount has given a little something to the fans with this DVD release. Don't even sleep on it, just get this primo disc, man!

South Park: Season 1 [3 Discs]
South Park: Season 1 [3 Discs]
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Disentigration was the best album ever!", March 13 2004
I received this for Christmas the year it came out and can't tell you how my heart filled with joy to have it! I guess that's fitting since Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo makes his first appearance this season. South Park is a show that I never really saw until some time after it began on comedy central in 1997, but like many others, when I did see it I was hooked. This essential 3 DVD set includes the 13 episodes that make up Season one. Before this set arrived and before I owned DVDs (perish the thought!) I only had the first three VHS tape volumes totaling 6 episodes! So at that point I hadn't seen the majority of season one! I can still remember when there was so much talk that season sets wouldn't happen, but like Chef told Cartman - "You wait and you wait and you wait..." as did I and it finally came! Season one ran from August '97 to February '98 and includes the following:
Disc One:
01. Cartman gets an anal probe
02. Volcano
03. Weight Gain 4000
04. Big Gay Al's big gay boat ride
Disc Two:
05. An elephant makes love to a pig
06. Death
07. Pinkeye
08. Damien
Disc Three:
09. Starvin' Marvin
10. Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo
11. Tom's Rhinoplasty
12. Mecha-Streisand
13. Cartman's Mom is a dirty slut
Each disc includes the same set of South Park/Comedy Central promo commericals, but disc 3 has these additional features:
- Cartman's "O Holy Night" video
- Ned's "O Little town of Bethlehem" video
- Jay Leno's appearance on South Park (shown on Tonight Show)
- The South Park boys announce a cable ace award
Several fans have complained about the lack of episode commentary by Trey Parker & Matt Stone, but who can quibble with all 13 episodes at the push of a button? Besides each episode does include the "fireside" intros Trey & Matt did, which were the funniest of the three (the others being where they are "entertaining" senior citizens & the "makin' bacon" show) I was really happy they included them. South Park is here!
Thanks to Trey & Matt for the funny show and thanks to Robert Smith for destroying Mecha-Streisand!
Also Recommended:
More South Park!

Cross Road Best Of
Cross Road Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the Bon Jovi hits (1984-1994) on one disc!, March 11 2004
This review is from: Cross Road Best Of (Audio CD)
This 1994 collection is the only Bon Jovi CD many a fan will need. Cross Road covers 10 songs coming from the first five albums, along with "Blaze of Glory" from the Young Guns II soundtrack and 3 1994 tracks: Someday I'll be Saturday Night, Always, and Prayer '94 (a slower acoustic version of Livin' on a Prayer). This is the only Bon Jovi hits package of the original recordings available. Don't confuse the 2003 release "This Left Feels Right: Greatest Hits with a Twist" as a definitive greatest hits because its not original recordings, its experimental versions of all the hits which bare little resemblance to the orginal classics. Pass it up unless you're a hardcore fan and even if you are, listen to samples first before spending money on it. I can highly recommend Cross Road to anyone wanting all the best Bon Jovi tracks neatly compiled on a single disc. Of course, since the band has released three albums since this collection, there may be another hits CD in the future, but as of now Cross Road is your best bet and captures Bon Jovi in all their 80s and 90s glory.

Judas Priest - Electric Eye
Judas Priest - Electric Eye
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Price: CDN$ 18.68
35 used & new from CDN$ 9.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Hard, Ride Free!, March 9 2004
This review is from: Judas Priest - Electric Eye (DVD)
Bottom line: The "Electric Eye" DVD is an essential collector's item for any Judas Priest fan. This DVD is loaded with great material: 13 music videos, the 19 track Priest...Live! video, 6 rare BBC performances, and a complete discography that plays a full song from each album. The 8 page booklet includes some photos and a note from Rob Halford. The whole package is available for a decent price! Here's what you get:
13 Music Videos:
Living After Midnight (1980)
Breaking the Law (1980)
Don't Go (1981)
Heading out to the Highway (1981)
Hot Rockin'(1981)
You've got another thing Comin' (1982)
Freewheel Burnin' (1984)
Love Bites (1984)
Locked In (1986)
Turbo Lover (1986)
Johnny B. Goode (1988)
Painkiller (1990)
A Touch of Evil (1990)
Priest...Live! - Complete 1986 Dallas, TX Concert during Fuel For Life Tour includes these 19 tracks:
Out in the cold, Locked in, Heading out to the highway, Breaking the law, Love bites, Some heads are gonna roll, The sentinel, Private property, Desert plains, Rock you all around the world, Hellion/Electric eye, Turbo lover, Freewheel burning, Green manalishi, Parental guidance, Living after midnight, You've got another thing comin', Hell bent for leather, Metal Gods (plays over credits)
6 BBC TV Performances:
Rocka Rolla - Old Grey Whistle Test 1975
Dreamer Deceiver/Deceiver - Old Grey Whistle Test 1975
Take on the World - Top of the Pops 1979
Evening Star - Top of the Pops 1979
Living After Midnight - Top of the Pops 1980
United - Top of the Pops 1980

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