Face the Facts features a combination of gritty and smooth production from Los Angeles producers Default & Breeze that embody the genuine golden-era style. Heavyweight guests, Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Ras Kass, Termanology, 2Mex and Masta Ace all make solid appearances throughout the album.
“10 Mighty Killers” will, as the title already suggests, contain the following 10 tracks:
1. XTC (Video Clip: http://youtu.be/RpE8BrAIdjI)
2. Pretty Little Mess (Video Clip: http://youtu.be/m3Jgfs890qk)
3. Restless Heart
4. Caught In A Dream
5. Burn The Night
7. Too Big To Fail
8. Tomorrow Never Comes
9. Brace For Impact
10. The One
You can listen to snippets from the compilation here: http://massacre.musiclogistics.net/releases/20308?lang=en
These three classic films are released on Blu-Ray for the first time, and each brings something slightly different to the table. Despite the difference in release year (1977, 1978, and 1986), each of the films are brought to the current period in terms of video and audio quality. Each of the releases will provide purchasers with a tremendous amount of added features, as they represent at the base level the content involved with the comprehensive DVD versions of each film. Finally, the films themselves are placed at the (current) low-end of Blu-Ray releases.
The MSRP for each of these films is $29.99, while intrepid bargain hunters will be able to find them new and sealed for a third off. While there have been a number of releases of each of these three titles, Paramount has ensured that they will not be bothered in the near future with having to revamp the existing edition: consequently, other films (some of which may not even have a DVD version) can be restored, featurettes added, and can then be brought over to the newer format. Paramount has hit a home run with these titles, and I will be looking for subsequent releases of classic films such as these.
Ferris Buellerâ€™s Day Off : Buellerâ€¦Buellerâ€¦Edition / 2009 Paramount / 102 Minutes / http://www.paramount.com/homeentertainment
Aside from the feature presentation of Ferris Buellerâ€™s Day Off itself, the Blu-Ray edition of the film brings a number of new things out. This means that the film has the vibrant eighties feel that really was missing during cable showings after its release, while the slightly-muffled audio present in earlier iterations of the film has been cleaned up considerably for the Dolby True HD. The featurettes that are present on the Blu-Ray version of the disc are stellar, blending together lost and deleted footage with some â€œlooking backâ€ type of footage.
Of course, Ben Stein is the focal point of yet another featurette, while there is a class album feature that breaks things out a little further than was present in the film itself. For those individuals that want to see exactly how the movieâ€™s magic was created, â€œThe Making of Ferris Buellerâ€™s Day Offâ€ is a must see, showing exactly how detailed the process was. The film itself never seemed to age, despite being nearly twenty-five years old. The Blu-Ray edition of the film, released by Paramount just a short time ago, will ensure that the film does not age any further. Buy this Blu-Ray even if you have the DVD, as the steps forward in terms of video, audio, and featurettes more than make up for the asking price.
Saturday Night Fever: 30th Anniversary Special Collectorâ€™s Edition / 2009 Paramount / 118 Minutes / http://www.paramount.com/homeentertainment
Saturday Night Fever is a film that influenced a generation. However, at least for individuals my age, it seems like the filmâ€™s importance has been muted by the passage of time. Compared to either Ferris Buellerâ€™s Day Off or Grease, it seems to be the film that is replayed the least on cable. However, the package that Paramount has released, the 30th Anniversary Special Collectorâ€™s Edition Blu-Ray, really returns Saturday Night Fever to its rightful place. Compared to the other two films, I feel that Saturday Night Fever benefited the most from the better video quality that Blu-Ray provides.
While the audio is on par with other transfers to Blu-Ray, what always seemed to me to be a very dark and dirty type of film is now something that represents a more realistic set of colors. The upgrade in video quality is so impressive, in fact, that I would recommended that fans of the movie buy it purely based on this upgrade. However, there are other additions to this presentation that provide a serious amount of value added.
The â€˜70s Discopedia allows individuals that were not into that genre to get a better understanding of the music side of things, while the â€œFever Challenge!â€ ensures that viewers actually pay a pretty decent amount of attention to the film. The commentary by John Badham (director) allows further context to be filled in about the creation of the film, while the deleted scenes weave together scenes in an improve capacity over the original film. Satruday Night Fever on Blu-Ray is a delight for anyone that is a fan of disco or of Travoltaâ€™s earlier film. If you are a fan, or would like to get someone into it, buy this edition of the film.
Grease: Rockinâ€™ Rydell Edition / 2009 Paramount / 110 Minutes / http://www.paramount.com/homeentertainment
We had a chance to review the Rockinâ€™ Rydell edition of Grease a few months ago for NeuFutur.com , and individuals can access that at http://neufutur.com/?p=5090 . However, Paramount has brought the Rockinâ€™ Rydell edition to Blu-Ray, and while there are a number of similarities, there are some significant differences. The DVD edition of the film was the best possible release that could be released for that console, but the transfer over to Blu-Ray has ensured that individuals should buy the Blu-Ray edition. The 1080p / high definition cut of the film is sharp, bringing out figures and actions that took place in the background that had not been seen in any major form since the filmâ€™s original theatrical run.
The audio ensures that viewers are able to hear each of the musical numbers crispy, allowing them to sing along with more aplomb and intensity than they have in years. Of course, the different featurettes are welcome editions to the film, giving viewers the chance to see 11 different deleted scenes, and even go behind the scenes and see how the actors have aged over the course of twenty-five years. Where Greaseâ€™s Rockinâ€™ Rydell edition was the premiere Grease release in October of 2008, the Blu-Ray version of that package is the only copy of Grease that one needs. If you have a DVD played, make it a point to pick up Grease the next time you are at a local video shop.
Ferris Buellerâ€™s Day Off Rating: 8.8/10
Saturday Night Fever Rating: 8.4/10
Grease Rating: 8.3/10
Sin City is a stellar film. It only makes sense that Dimension / Buena Vista would give it the treatment that it deserves, resulting in a Blu-Ray release that will have viewers in awe from start to finish. The picture itself is sharp as all get out, tying together crisp and clear audio with a video that seems to even improve on the original theatrical print. The feature presentation on the Blu-Ray also surpasses the theatrical and DVD cut due to the inclusion of additional footage, which provides further back story and context that viewers would simply not be familiar with. Continue reading “Sin City (Blu-Ray)”
Yet another drunk punk band that was cast in the mold of Hilljack and Dropkick Murphys, but is yet still a band that doesn’t get old. The guitars are clear, driving the music, and the semi-screamed out lyrics never get old. Oi music even gets its deserved nod in “P.T.I”. The great thing with this disc – and I don’t know if it was an intentional thing or not, but the entire disc is only 12 minutes long, not allowing for anyone to get tired of their oft-played style of music. Before you dismiss Band of Felons as just a rip-off act, give the disc a listen – you might actually like their no-apology style of balls-out punk rock.
Band of Felons – Drown My Sorrows
Wedlock may not be known too terribly well outside of their home city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but their single â€œReverend Charismaâ€ may be the one track that breaks them big. The electropop movement is still on its way up, and the Depeche Mode meets drum n bass sound of Wedlock here has a very retro feel to it, tying together electropop with the â€œNew Romanticâ€ generation perfectly. The act is able to imbue the track with a tremendous amount of emotion, even as the vocals slink around in sultry way. Continue reading “Wedlock – Reverend Charisma”
Hopeless Records has had a hell of a long streak of simply amazing albums, whether it be Amber Pacific, or The Dangerous Summer. The fact is that â€œDeadlinesâ€ is the first track on this EP, and it largely showcases the same attention to quality and solid arrangements that Hopeless acts are really known for. The emotive style of the band has a hopeful sound to it despite a much more nuanced and intricate sound that bubbles beneath the surface. â€œPagesâ€ is a track that starts literally like any one of one hundred songs before it, but where There For Tomorrow goes after that is the reason why they are a Hopeless act and are not currently languishing in indie obscurity. Continue reading “There For Tomorrow â€“ S/T EP (CD)”
This album is from 1986 and it was on Miss Anne Thrope Records. This album has to be the oddest music I have ever listened to. The songs are mostly vocals along with accompanying music. There are 12 songs on this album. This album and all of Zoogz Rift albums remind me of Frank Zappa’s work. This is a tape that you really have to listen to to get all of the hidden jokes.This tape is 35 min long.
This album was released in 1995 on Vermiform Records with 17 songs.The sound on this disc is pretty crappy, but the Young Pioneers are good, with melodic punk songs that don’t conform to punk standards.The songs are very short by this 3 piece band, which includes an amazing guitar player. The odd thing about the Young Pioneers is that they rely on the harmonica in addition to all of the typical punk instruments. The sound really detracts from what could be a perfect cd, but not enough to make it unlistenable. If a person is patient, they will see how good the Young Pioneers are, in terms of their music and their political messages. The indy-psychedelia approach is good, but it does tend to get annoying after a while. As the CD goes on, the less of a punk band the Young Pioneers sound like. It becomes a good record to zone out to, with all of its hidden messages. The Young Pioneers are so good they transcend genre to make a hell of an album.
The CD has 4 songs, it is self released, and even contains a cover of “Deuce”, by KISS. The xMODELs are 80s hair metal with a 90s feel. The vocals are great to listen to, the guitars are scorching, and the bass is plodding through the tracks. Compare these guys to Warrant, Kiss, and Kix. These are only bands they vaugely sound like, since they have a unique sound. Their cover of “Deuce” totally rox ballz out. Amazing guitar lines and killer drums on this album. “Sexual Fantasy” is a true driving song with a great thumping beat combined with cool lyrics. This is a great EP and i hope to hear more from these guys from TN. Contact them at http://community-1.webtv.net/THExMODELs/THExMODELsOfficial/index.html or at THExMODELS, 710 Saratoga Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37130