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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock [Import]
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock [Import]
DVD ~ Don Pardo
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But My Least Favorite "SNL" DVD, Feb. 28 2004
Chris Rock was one of the freshest, rawest comedians in "Saturday Night Live" history. Skits like "The Dark Side With Nat X", "2 Live Crew", "The Proud Pattersons" and his monologues showcase his unique flair for "urban humor". This dvd tries its best to include Rock's best moments, but unfortuneately, it caught in the muck and myer along the way.
There are about one or two things wrong with this dvd that do not make it live up to the superior retrospectives put together for Dana Carvey, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, and Adam Sandler. First up, skits like "I'm Chillin'" and "Big Toe Song" are rather pointless (the latter disgusting) and forgettable. Second, some of the best skits feature Rock as a second banana rather than the main focus. These happen to include my two favorite sketches, "The Bensonhurst Dating Game" and "The Sinatra Group". In the former, he is bested by host Joe Pesci and fellow "SNL" heavyweights Adam Sandler and Dana Carvey. In the latter, he plays Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew in a debate group led by Frank Sinatra, played by the superb Phil Hartman.
Overall, not too bad a dvd, but it could've been so much more.

Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 5
Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good If Incomplete Retrospective Of Elvis' Later Years, Feb. 28 2004
The fifth volume in the "Golden Records" series does a very good job of compiling the best material from his later years, where he was able to rack up an impressive 20 top 40 singles, as well as some earlier work. Songs like "Suspicious Minds", "Burning Love", "Kentucky Rain", "Guitar Man" and "For The Heart" are some of the best singles Elvis ever released. Still, if you're a hardcore Elvis fan, you will realize that the following top 40 hits from this period are missing:
"The Wonder Of You" (# 9 in 1970)
"I've Lost You" (# 32 in 1970)
"I Really Don't Want To Know" (# 21 in 1970)
"Rags To Riches" (# 33 in 1971)
"I'm Leavin'" (# 36 in 1971)
"Until It's Time For You To Go" (# 40 in 1972)
"Separate Ways" (# 20 in 1972)
"Steamroller Blues" (# 17 in 1973)
"I've Got A Thing About You Baby" (# 39 in 1974)
"Promised Land" (# 14 in 1974)
"My Boy" (# 20 in 1975)
"Trouble" (# 35 in 1975)
"Hurt" (# 28 in 1976)
"My Way" (# 22 in 1977)
Still, this is an excellent cd of Elvis' later years and is good for all fans.

The Omen (Special Edition, Widescreen) (Bilingual)
The Omen (Special Edition, Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Gregory Peck
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excorcist-Schmexcorcist, Feb. 25 2004
1976's "The Omen" has always been my favorite horor film of all time. I found it more frightening than "Halloween", "Friday The Thirteenth" or even "The Excocist", simply because it does not frighten you with blood and gore (despite bloodshed every now and then). It is meant to frighten you with the plot, which, while fictional, seems disturbingly realistic.
"The Omen" stars Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as Robert and Kathy Thorn, wealthy political figures who have everything they want... except a child. When Kathy unknowingly gives birth to a stillborn baby, Robert quickly adopts another child in place of the real child, which Kathy apparently never finds out about. Young Damien seems like the perfect child, but strange mortalities soon arise when Damien turns five. First, his nanny hangs herself at his 5th birthday. Next, a priest who tries to watn Peck about his son's birth mother is impaled by a lightning rod. These strange deaths attract the attention of a photographer, ably played by the grossly underrated David Warner. Together, Warner and Peck go looking for Damien's real mother. A new nanny, played with fervor by Billie Whitelaw, comes along, knowing who Damien really is. Remick's character soon suffers a miscarriage, and she and the photographer both meet an untimely end. Peck receives seven daggers from an aging archeologist named Bugenhagen. Peck then realizes his son's true identity, building up to a terrifying closing sequence.
Overall, "The Omen" is a horror masterpiece. The acting is superb, Richard Donner directs exceellently and Jerry Goldsmith's score is breathtakingly scary (I'm still haunted by the music played in the opening credits). Extras include a making - of documentary and trailers.

Just For You [Box Set]
Just For You [Box Set]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Still Has His "Satin Soul", Feb. 20 2004
This review is from: Just For You [Box Set] (Audio CD)
Putting together a boxed set together for an artist as diverse as Barry White is no doubt a hard task. Nonetheless, the people at Polygram have put together "Just For You", a 3 - cd set featuring some White's biggest hits and best album tracks from the first 19 years.
Disc 1 contains most, if not all, the biggest hits Barry had on the pop and R & B charts. Included are "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe", "Don't Make Wait Too Long", "Never Never Gonna Give You Up", "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me" and others. My favorite about the set is that unlike "greatest hits" collections like "All - Time Greatest Hits" and "The Ultimate Collection", songs like "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up", "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" and "I'm Gonna Love Just A Little More Baby" are presented in their 7- minute plus versions rather than the 4 - minute versions on the afore - mentioned collections.
Discs 2 and 3 are relatively weaker discs. I was not exactly a big fan of any of the songs from "Beware" or "Change". But there are some really good tunes on here. The one that brought back memories is Love Unlimited's Supremes - like "Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love". Also included is "It's Only Love Doing Its Thing", which was sampled for 50 Cent's # 1 hit "21 Questions". There's also his stunning cover of "Just The Way You Are" and a couple of new tracks like "Dark And Lovely" with Isaac Hayes and "All Around The World", a gorgeous duet with Lisa Stansfield.
"Just For You" is an excellent gift for any Barry White fan. It has all of the best and also a 32 - page book with a very insightful essay by David Ritz and is crammed with tons of photos. Enjoy.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey (Full Screen) [Import]
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey (Full Screen) [Import]
DVD ~ Don Pardo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Isn't That Special?, Feb. 20 2004
Dana Carvey was one of the most versatile cast members in the long history of "Saturday Night Live". He stayed on for 6 years (1986 - 1992) and has wound up hosting several more times over the years.
The opening sequence features Carvey as a dead - on Ross Perot, fielding questions asked by Sandler and Schneider. The dvd mainly focuses on his unique impersonations of many famous people, including Robin Leach, Tom Brokaw (the one when he's Brokaw going over ways to announce that Gerald Ford is dead is hilarious), Jimmy Stewart, Keith Richards and, of course, George Bush. Also included are some of Carvey's quirkiest characters, including Garth from "Wayne's World", "Carsenio" (a spoof of "The Tonight Show" featuring Carvey as Johnny Carson trying to recapture his place with the public by copying Arsenio Hall), and "The Church Lady", which always has me laughing.
This one of the best discs that Broadway Video has released in their long line of "best - of" collection. "The Best Of Dana Carvey" will keep you laughing no matter how many times you watch it.

Omen 4: The Awakening [Import]
Omen 4: The Awakening [Import]
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1.0 out of 5 stars To Quote Bart Simpson, "It's Craptacular", Feb. 18 2004
When it was released in 1981, "Omen III: The Final Conflict" was tagged as the closing chapter in the "Omen" series. So fans were shcoked to learn that Fox put together a fourth chapter. But, sadly, the results were terrible. Having another Antichrist after Damien Thorn (who gets a special reference in this film) is just stupid. And it's very easy to see that this is just a cheap remake of the classic first chapter, not a sequel.
Gene and Karen York (Michael Woods and Faye Grant) are wealthy attorneys who have everything they can hope for. Except a child. So they adopt a child with the aide of Sister Yvonne, a shady nurse. They choose a beautiful baby girl named Delia. What they don't know of is the child's mysterious path. One thing that makes this film not work but made the first one so eerie is that the evil roots of Delia are shown to early on. In the first film, Damien didn't start demonstrating his habit to cause terror until he turned 5. But Delia shows right from the beginnig when she scratches her mother's neck. But back to the plot. Terror strikes when the priest baptizes her mysteriously dies. Her father is soon elected state senator, and the father of Delia's school bully is decapitated. Delia then adopts a rottweiler. Then her nanny falls out a window. Then they hire another nanny comes knowing Delia's evil plans and aiding her. Then the main character gets shot. Sound familliar? All these events happend in the first chapter. Only here they're not scary.
And that's not all. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar - winning score is recycled here, and it just seems so out of place. The cinematography is just awful, and the acting is stiffer than a tree. If you really wanna be scared rent the first two films in the "Omen" series.

Final Conflict (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Final Conflict (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Sam Neill
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like A Trip To Hell, Feb. 16 2004
After 1978's "Damien: Omen II" gave insight to his plan to take over the family business, you'd think 1981's "Omen III: The Final Conflict" would have Damien Thorn wreaking havoc all across the world. Instead, he's not. He's hunting for foxes in the English countryside, leaving his dirty work to an evil rottweiller.
There are several reasons why this sequel doesn't work. First, the actors are terrible. Sam Neill, a versatile British character actor who can usually be counted on to create top - notch roles, is wooden as Damien. It was obvious this was not his starmakiing vehicle. He had to wait until Steven Spielberg cast him in "Jurassic Park" to become a familliar name. Veteran character actor Rosanno Brazzi fairs only slightly better as the leader of a group of monks out to kill Damien once and for all. Unknown British actress Lisa Harrow is trechorous as a news reporter who romances Damien until she finds out his true indentity.
Adding to this, Jerry Goldsmith's score is lackluster, the direction is awful, and there is not one scary moment in the entire film. A big mar on a classic film series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Greatest Hits Albums, Feb. 16 2004
This review is from: #1's (Audio CD)
This is one of the rare cases in which a record company releases a "greatest hits" album by a group who contributed so much to the world of music and actually succeeded in making a complete, essential classic that you will listen to over and over again.
The cd I'm talking about is "Diana Ross And The Supremes: The Number Ones". And it goes beyond the standard greatest hits requirements. It is broken up into four parts. First is from "The Supremes" years when Diana, Mary and Florence were burning up the charts with their distinctive brand soul music that combined lush harmonies, advanced instrumental arrangements and dancable beats. Next comes the "Diana Ross And The Supremes" era, when Flo left and Diana got star billing. There are great songs in this half, like "Reflections (recently covered by Michael McDonald on his "Motown" album), "Love Child" and Ms. Ross's swan song, the pretty "Someday We'll Be Togther". After that comes "Stoned Love", which was from the Jean Terrell years. Finally, there's a suite of hit singles from Diana's solo career. Most of the selections here (like "Do You Know Where You're Going To" and the lush "Endless Love" with Lionel Richie), are kind of slow and balladish. But "Boss", "Upside Down", and "I'm Coming Out" are great dance numbers coming straight from when disco was hot.
The bonus track is really nothing special. This remix of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" is like most other remixes, the same released song sped up and with a heavier drum track. But other than this, this is probably the most complete collection of the Supremes you can buy (with the exception of the boxed set). Pick it up today.

1981 Still Life
1981 Still Life
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reader Be Warned, Feb. 14 2004
This review is from: 1981 Still Life (Audio CD)
I used to love this album when I was younger. It was the first Rolling Stones album I bought, so it obviously has sentimental value for me. But as I got more and more into their music and purchased albums like "Let It Bleed", "Sticky Fingers" and "Exile On Main Street", and listened to superior live albums like "Stripped" and "Get Yer Ya - Ya's Out", I soon realized that this was far from their best release.
Culled from their 1981 tour, Mick, Keith and company have compiled for your listening pleasure a 12 - song slapdash of hits, covers and current material. Granted, "Under My Thumb" and "Just My Imagination" are done well in their respective versions, and "Time Is On My Side" is a standout. But they almost butcher "Shattered" and "Let's Spend The Night Togther", while "Satisfaction" and "Start Me Up" are played so fast, it's hard to tell if Mick is singing the original lyrics or not.
So, ladies and gentleman, I leave the opinion in your hands. If you'd like to waste your money on this mishmosh of mostly garbage, then be my guest. But if you would like to hear great Stones live, then by all means, get something else.

More Hot Rocks: Big Hits & Fazed Cookies
More Hot Rocks: Big Hits & Fazed Cookies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly Big Hits, Feb. 14 2004
This album was originally in 1972 while The Rolling Stones were at their peak, churning out 5 consecutive classic albums. Released by ABCKO as a companion to the "Hot Rocks" collection, this cd is not exactly a collection of hits like the title promises. I actually liken it to The Beach Boys' "Greatest Hits, Volume 3 - The Best Of The Brother Years", as both albums seem to be a collection of popular album tracks than one filled with hit singles.
Disc 1 is nicely put together and features several of the best songs from their early period, including "Tell Me", "Not Fade Away" and "Lady Jane". I also enjoyed more obscure works like "Out Of Time" (though I think the version on "Metamorphisis" is better), "Good Times, Bad Times" and the Bob Dylan - ish "Sittin' On A Fence". The first disc ends with their brief voyage into physcadellia. First, there's the enlightening "Dandelion" and the screching "We Love You", which features nice harmonies, sort of like a harder - edged Beach Boys.
Disc 2 picks up where the first disc left off. The first few tracks ("She's A Rainbow", "2000 Light Years From Home", "Child Of The Moon", "No Expectations", "Let It Bleed") are from the band's mid - '60s' period, making it a powerhouse lineup of songs. But startng with "What To Do", we begin to travel backwards through the time when they were unknown in America. Here is where you'll find rare tracks like "Come On" (their first single), a cover of "Money", and versions of "Fortune Teller" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long" minus the live overdubs featured on "Got Live If You Want It". Closing the disc and the set are a rousing cover of Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied" (featuring a great slide guitar solo by Brian Jones) and "Long Long While", a gorgeous soul ballad that was banished to b- side status in 1966 (the a - side was "Paint It Black").
Overall, this is a very well - done collection. It has some excellent songs here, some worthy of classic status. However, here's a little warning. If you already have all the songs, then there is obviously no need for this collection. Otherwise, go out and buy this album.

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