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Twenity Box (ALBUM+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)(1)Our Price: US$106.492 people found this review helpful
March 23, 2011 A Keeper! L'Arc~en~Ciel Fans Get It!
I know I'm one of those hopelessly devoted L'Arc~en~Ciel fans. I resisted for a while before I got this package because I have all the songs with the exception of perhaps I Love Rock'n Roll. I'm really happy that I got it. The packaging is beautiful with bright yellow color and designs. I got it for the music box (I got the My Heart Draws a Dream version) and the booklet which features a lot of their earlier years photos and I couldn't recognize some of the members. The bonus DVD features excepts from their earliest concerts to the latest one. I'm very particular on songs, and in my opinion nothing beats the original recordings. If you're their fan, you should get this package when it becomes available because it is a real keeper. You won't regret it! In here, I want to express my condolences to the victims and all who suffers through the earth quake and related tragic events.
JYJ Music Essay - Their Rooms2 people found this review helpful
February 7, 2011 Ideal Scenario
I've been wanting to write a review for a while and I'm glad I procrastinated until I read a translation of Yoo Chun's Untitled Song, part 1. (My thanks to Corrinna's for her suggestion). It made me really sad and on the verge of crying thinking of their past, hardships and the helplessness in their struggle in arrive at where they are now. They are flourishing as musicians and composers as well as entertainers in their various projects. It is the best scenario so far as I see it and I wish it will be Ideal Scenario in which JYJ will be collaborated with Homin again; and all five of them will be allowed to pursue their individual dreams; and be truly happy again. It seems a little more remote now and I wish I'm wrong!
On to this package:
The pictures are cute and pretty. Their pictures with the big white bear are my favorites even though they are slightly exposed. The bookmarks are pretty as well and the planner is useful I think.
My favorite tracks are Pierrot, Falllen Leaves, I.D.S and Untitled Song or Nameless Song Part 1. Mission comes next and then Nine. All three of them are talented in their composing styles which are more diversified in this package and can be loosely classified as:Junsu with electronica r&b, Jae Joong with ballad & pop, Yoo Chun with soulful mixed of r&b, electronica hip hop (?). You'll notice in addition to their own talents, how their works have cleverly influenced from their musical trainings. They are excellent composers, a lot better than many others. I'm happy with their progress!
JYJ hwaiting and love from your fan! :)
Jae Joong Photobook - Intermodulation + Poster in Tube
Jae Joong Photobook - Intermodulation + Poster in Tube DVD Region All(10)Our Price: US$141.99List: US$184.99Save: US$43.00 (23%)2 people found this review helpful
February 1, 2011 Absolutely Pretty!
I want to thank Jae Joong for this project. The photobook is very pretty with beautiful colors. We get to see Jae Joong in various posts and 'more natural' settings according to his intention. The photobook and DVD have more than delivered because he has chosen an excellent photographer, art director and himself, lol! The photobook printing is excellent. However, there are too many blank pages.
The poster is huge and I think it is probably the best choice. But, where are the twinkles from his eyes? There should have been at least one on his right eye. The printing could have been better. (My poster was carelessly packaged without wrapping, and this is the only time this has happened. It is slightly damaged.)
Get this photobook if it gets to new printings and grab it ASAP! Don't hesitate!!! And please don't clobber me because I got a copy! :)
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)(3)Our Price: US$11.99January 11, 2011 Excellent!
My feeling for this movie is the same as kawai and Momo. If you were separated at the very young age from your first love, watch this movie! Episodes 1 and 3 are my favorites because the feelings are realistic and intense. I enjoy watching the interview with the director. I think he must have gone through what Takaki experienced in his own life! Animation is excellent and pretty!
Brown Eyed Soul Vol. 3 - Brown Eyed SoulDecember 26, 2010 Naul
I have to write a review for this CD because Track 4, 그대 is my absolute favorite. Naul's voice is just perfect for this song which is a r&b influenced by American music in the 60s? His voice is soulful and warm, giving off nuances that can only come from a born singer like him.
My other favorite tracks are:
(*Note:Rainy & Love Ballad start off really slow, both tracks can be a little better at a faster paste in my opinion. I think Love Ballad is a little faster in the single version by 2 seconds? Perhaps I'm being ridiculous or is it my imagination, lol? )
01. Soul Breeze
10.* Love Ballad
My 4 stars favorite tracks:
02. Blowin' My Mind
03. 똑같다면 - 타이틀
09. Never Forget
Don't miss this CD if you like soulful jazz and r&b, and of course the great voices of Naul and the likable Jung Yup.
Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score - Part 2 (VCD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)December 25, 2010 Excellent!
I totally enjoyed watching this movie! It's absolutely funny, touching, hilarious, inspiring and soul searching! I especially enjoyed the competition piano piece played by the wonderful actress and found out it was played by Lang Lang. I think I might get it's OST even though no CDs can transcribe how beautifully Lang Lang plays in real concerts.
Don't miss this wonderful movie! Get the DVD versions!
Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2 (Album+Bonus DVD)(First Press Edition)(Japan Version)
Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2 (Album+Bonus DVD)(First Press Edition)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2(3)Our Price: US$33.49December 24, 2010 Excellent!
Just got this package three days ago and I'm really happy with it. Being a fan of Utada, I have all the old songs from Track 1 to 13 with the exceptions of may be one or two.
Onto the new tracks:
Goodbye Happiness is my favorite. It's a fast tempo r&b with pleasant sounds. The bonus pv featured this sound track with Utada surrounded by cute little animal hand puppets.
嵐の女神 and Can't Wait 'Til Christmas are my other 5 stars tracks.
Hymne a l'amour is partial French. It's jazz. Utada is a talented singer. In mho, she will gain greatly if she studies jazz with the Brazilian jazz singer who sings in Yo Yo Ma's concert. Sorry, I forget her name!
Show Me Love (Not A Dream) is a slow r&b ballad. It's very good.
Utada fans should get this package!
I wish Utada Happiness and The Best of Luck in whatever she pursues! :)
Dream in Heaven - Won Bin Photo Album (Japanese Version)(2)Our Price: US$36.99December 22, 2010 It's a Pretty Photobook!
Thanks to Arnie's review, I got this pretty photo album recently! The paper quality and colors are among the best in my collections and I have quite a few. I don't understand Japanese and it really doesn't matter because Won Bin looks wonderful in his pictures small and big. Won Bin fans should get this and I don't think you will regret it!
JYJ ( JEJUNG / YUCHUN / JUNSU ) - The Beginning (Special Edition) + Folded Poster(39)Our Price: US$47.99List: US$62.99Save: US$15.00 (23%)December 12, 2010 Worth It!
I got this package after I received the normal edition which is also out of print. I love all members of TVXQ and I usually pre-ordered almost all their stuffs. I did it this time especially to support the trio.
First to the music: My favorites are Empty and Be My Girl, then following by Be The One. I have no doubt why the trio has succeeded beyond expectations because they are talented and well trained; with their efforts and music that is current and trendy, they sound wonderful. In I Still in Love, Jae Joong sings an octave lower than he normally does, prompting me to give it a 4 stars rating. I don't particularly like the music of I Can Soar, but I like Jun Su's efforts. Yoo Chun is soulful and sexy in I Love You. The three remixes are not bad.
Photos are huge, though not of the best quality.
The way they folded the poster was a shame, making me regretted getting this version.
The T shirt is excellent with all three's pictures.
Overall, I like this package!
Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST (KBS TV Drama)2 people found this review helpful
October 11, 2010 Excellent Ballad by JeJung (Hero):10, CD:9
My favorite of this CD is the wonderful ballad by Jejung. It has a simple and catchy melody, and Jejung sings it beautifully with lots of emotions and feelings. This song has been in repeats in my iTunes many times. I know I'm partial to Jejung, but I think he absolutely deserves all the love and attentions from fans like me. Why I want to mention this track particularly is because I feel that I haven't been listening to too many great Korean ballads lately for the lack of great melodies, not because of singers' quality. I just picture in my head how Kim Bum Soo would sound if he does a cover of this song. Of course he will be great because he is one of the greatest ballad singers if not the greatest. I also like Sad To Say by Kim Dong Wook which is a fast to mid-tempo r&b.
Junsu sings wonderfully in Too Love and I rated the track with 4 stars, the same rating I gave to Found by Junsu/Jejung/Yuchun, a fast to mid-tempo r&b. The other 4 star track is the last one with orchestra and strings, kind of pleasant. Lastly, K sings the same ballad as Jejung, and he is not bad.
Thanksgiving Live in Dome (First Press Edition)(Japan Version)(6)Our Price: US$54.755 people found this review helpful
September 21, 2010 Reaffirmation & The Future!
I love the concert despite the introduction of Japanese by the trio and other teasing or passages that I don't understand. I'll definitely get the future version with English subtitles. GET THIS COPY if you can't wait because they are worth it. You'll see what I mean!
The concert is well designed with simple stage settings and their mostly black and white outfits. The only outfits that I don't like are the white sleeveless suits with silver/gray floral motifs that look feminine. The music and group dance arrangements vary from very good to excellent.
At the beginning of the concert when the trio arrived on stage, you can see and feel the empty spaces for U-know and Max. And the sadness and whatever emotions go through the trio are all silently reflected in their solemness and mood. In their first song, when Yuchun (Micky) started to sing his part, he was starting off much lower, causing Junsu (Xiah) to give him a concern quick stare, but he recovered quickly and later showed his talents with his jazzy, warm, masculine and excellent attractive vocals. I love his smiles. Jejung (Hero) shows off his rocker talents in the track Maze. He has the voice and the star qualities to be a rock singer besides his sad and emotional ballads. And this is why he is my favorite of the group. And I love Junsu's (Xiah) dances in Xiahtic and Intoxication which should be part of the reason why this concert is a must have. I've never seen any one who puts in as much effort as Junsu in his dance. And he is beyond excellent! With the wonderful trio's songs, there is a void and emptiness that I feel strongly in one. I hear in my head that signature scream or additions by Max that no matter how Micky has excellently sung in the extreme high notes, it's not the same. And I miss U-Know too!
All in all, this concert is excellent in that it reaffirmed individual talents and establish Junsu/Jesung/Yuchun as a trio. They perform excellently in all old and new songs! They have more than achieved through their outstanding performances and the unspoken star qualities that come from talents and extreme hard works.
For the future, I wish ALL 5 MEMBERS of TVXQ will be REUNITED for their CONCERTS and PROJECTS, and also pursuing their individual works, much like my other favorite Korean groups H.O.T and Shinhwa!!!
Meanwhile, I wish continuing success to the new TRIO and please stay healthy & happy despite the current event! Love! :)
The... (MINI ALBUM+DVD / Jacket A)(Japan Version)September 19, 2010 Correct Name of The Concert!
Sorry! I was being a little sloppy when I mentioned the concert designer of their previous concert in Japan. It is the 4th Live Tour 2009 -The Secret Code- Final in Tokyo Dome (Japan Version), not TVXQ Live Dome Concert. I apologize!
The... (MINI ALBUM+DVD / Jacket A)(Japan Version)1 people found this review helpful
September 18, 2010 Excellent Designs on Both Jackets!
I have reviewed all the tracks in Jacket B which contains 4 regular tracks from this Jacket. I made a slight error. The instrumental track of W should be a 4 stars instead of 5 stars.
The Jacket designs and pictures in both Versions (Jacket A) and (Jacket B) are excellent.
There are excellent black and white photos of side view Junsu and Yuchun in wavy long hair, and a brown and black color photo of JEJUNG in Jacket A. The colors are reversed in the Jacket B photos with JESUNG having a black & white. He looks melancholic with his big beautiful sad eyes, covering the mike with both of his hands. All three look stylistically dressed with eye catching and tasteful accessories. I love them the same when they are in T shirts and blue jeans. lol! Their stylist and photographer have done an excellent jobs.
I only know a few words in Japanese, but I enjoy viewing the video making of their concert. In the video, I knew immediately they were going to have a wonderful concert the minute they met with their concert designer, the gentleman who designed their TVXQ Live Dome Concert. Their efforts and hard works do not need word descriptions! I forgot to mention that all three looks like they lost a bit of weight, probably due to their hard works lately! Just watch it!
I was lucky to get two cards of JEJUNG, although identical, but excellent!
To JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN:GOOD LUCK & KEEP THE FAITH! We fans are rooting for you! :)
The... (Jacket B)(Japan Version)5 people found this review helpful
September 18, 2010 Excellent!
This CD is excellent not only with the trio's excellent, heartfelt and emotional vocals, but you can feel their improvements, efforts and hard works putting into their latest works.
excellent in all regular 4 tracks, all 4 remixes and the 4 Live Concert Tracks!
01 いつだって君に:This 5 stars track is pleasant pop music with excellent vocals by the trio. The Instrumental Track for this song (In Jacket A) gets no star rating from me because it rather ordinary without the trio's vocals. The Remix version gets a 4 stars because of the pleasant beats and vocals. The Live Concert Version gets a 5 stars, an indication that they are excellent live performers.
02 Get Ready: I rated all 4 stars in all 3 vocal versions and the Instrumental Track (In Jacket A)gets a 3 stars rating because the drums are too heavy in my opinion. This is an excellent track for a dance party though.
03 Long Way: This song reminds me of Loveless by Tomoshisa Yamashita. It's a lovely and uplifting r&b track. When you're down and out, listen to it and you'll get a lift by the English Lyrics in the song:'I promise not to forget, always I believe myself, ...., ...., ....long way long way long way, ..., ..., .... I'm walking froward yeah...' This is a song that I think the Trio sings to themselves! The regular track is not perfect because the drums are a tact too heavy occasionally. But the melody is excellent and the Trio's vocals are perfect. Even so, this regular track, the Remix and The Live Concert Version got 5 stars ratings and the Instrumental Track (in Jacket A) gets a 4 stars. This is probably my favorite song!
04 W:Perfect score of 5 stars on all vocal tracks and the Instrumental Track (in Jacket A). I love their heart felt and emotional vocals. I love how the excellent acoustic guitar (?) at 2:37 min adds more sadness and character to this track, making it more heart wrenching I guess.
To:JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN:Hwaiting and Keep The Faith!
Everybody Has Secrets (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
August 31, 2010 Immoral Comedy! Acting Score 9.5/10
This movie is really funny and hilarious. Lee Byung Hun and all three actresses did well, and the director probably couldn't have done better with a different cast. The moral content is very negative. But if you have no idea of what an attractive playboy looks like, LBH is an excellent example for illustration. Choi Ji Woo did well. I enjoy her nerdy or geek looks. She can be a comedian as oppose to most of her tragic roles in her drama series. I like the cute and attractive Kim Hyo Jin who plays the somewhat fickle and immature youngest sister. The older sister I like a lot because she is very funny.
Watch this movie if you want to have a good laugh, but you have to at least not dislike LBH and CJW. And please don't take the movie too seriously!
RECOMMENDED for mature audience only!
Nuove Cinema Paradiso (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)August 18, 2010 A Masterpiece!
I stumbled across this movie lately and compel to write a review. It is an absolute masterpiece and I have no doubt why it had won so many awards. The storyline, acting, music, cinematography and choice of actors are all excellent. I like especially the parts by the gentleman actor and the little actor who play the antagonist. The movie is also touching with humor. The music by Ennio Morricone enhances the nostalgic and emotional quality of this movie greatly. The actor who played Alfredo and the older mom are excellent. The last scene by the actor is most memorable! You have to see it to really get the full effects of this movie. It is highly recommended!
Beast (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD+POSTER)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)(3)Our Price: US$40.49August 16, 2010 Oops!
Oops! I misspelled SarangAsianMusic's name in my previous review! I apologize! But you all know who she is for her great reviews! (Oops again! Am I violating the rules here?) lol!
I forgot to mention that the little poster from this package is very good. Paper quality is excellent and Hyde looks good here with his blond hair. I also like the other member of Vamps. He is good I think.
Beast (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD+POSTER)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)(3)Our Price: US$40.49August 16, 2010 Beastly & Versatile Hyde! :)
This album explores different kind of sounds ranging from supersonic electronics to Eastern sounds; fast, slow and moderate tempo with Hyde's voice changing from artificial to sublime and angelical. Within the rock genre in this album, you can hear the subtle and obvious differences among all the tracks. I better leave it to the professional reviewers!
My favorite track has to be REVOLUTION. SarangAsiaMusic is right. (Hi and Welcome back!) :) Hyde has a lot of fun and probably gives the BEAST its title other than the track, DEVIL. Hyde's voice is basic and most original, somewhat beastly.
My 5 stars iTunes tracks are:
02. DEVIL SIDE
08. THE PAST (4.5 stars rating)
09. PIANO DUET
My 4 Stars Tracks:
01. PLUG IN
03. ANGEL TRIP
11. GET UP
Out of the loop completely rating tracks::
12. SAMSARA (Getting into Eastern like music, different from Dir~en~Grey's experimental sound in their Uroboros album though. I don't even know who sings it!) This is probably a 3 to 4 stars rating track.
13. MY FIRST LAST (Rating ranges from negative infinity to positive infinity starting at time 1:03 seconds. I hate and love most Hyde's voice in this track.)
To all Hyde fans: Get this package! It's more than worth it! A Little Warning:This album required a lot of listening from me for the ratings! I just love Hyde! :)
SHINee Vol. 2 - LUCIFER (Type A)1 people found this review helpful
August 8, 2010 SHINee!
I like SHINee a lot and this is an excellent CD. The tracks are nicely composed, refreshing and SHINee's vocals fit in perfectly in some of the tracks. You can feel their efforts and passions. My favorites are Obsession, Quasimodo, Electric Heart and Life. Up and Down, and WOWOWOW are 3 stars iTunes tracks. The rest are all 4 stars. HaHa! I'm surprised at the high ratings that I've given to this CD. You'll know why once you listen to it!
The photos are nice. The package would have been much better if the paper is glossy type. The dripping ink is just a form of art. Don't take it too seriously if they are superfluous here.
I wish continuing success to SHINee! :)
Dong Bang Shin Ki : Max Chang Min - Photo Scrapbook (Paris)(1)Our Price: US$69.99List: US$90.99Save: US$21.00 (23%)1 people found this review helpful
August 6, 2010 Excellent Photos of Max!
I just got this package yesterday and I'm more than happy with it. Max has a lot of excellent photos with the exception of just one or two. The selection is great with beautiful colors and settings. I bought it mainly for the 4th photo from the left hand side in the product illustration. It's not perfect, but is excellent. It reminds me of their happier time as a group and it is in Paris. I'll definitely place it in a photo frame if I can find a nice 6"x6" frame.
Is it really worth it? The photos are nicely printed, but the paper album is only good for a kid's collection. The price is almost astronomical, being more than twice the Korean price. Get it if you already have most of TVXQ's best photo books and collections, and the price doesn't hurt your pocketbook that much.