Archive for August, 2009

EXPRESS Men.

August 31, 2009

Express

I picked these two items up today for my trip to Chicago in a few days.  The first the wool producer pant.  I’ve always wanted a really nice pair of gray pants.  I notice the picture shows them with a full break.  I don’t particularly like that, even as a casual style.  I like my jeans like that, but not my pants.  I got really lucky and the 30″ length seems to be a perfect mid break.  Why am I buying pants? Well, my old pants all have waist sizes of 34-36.  One pair is even a 38!  These are size 32 waist.  Crazy what cutting out a bunch of junk food and soda will do for your appearance and health.  The other item is a black pique polo.  I like tight-fitting polo shirts, so I picked up a size small. I don’t wear them like that to show off or anything, I just like the fit.  My favorite polos are the Abercrombie muscle fit line. There are few things worse looking than a really baggy polo, in my opinion.

Anyway, there’s another fashion post from me.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Blu-Ray Review.

August 31, 2009

Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children has been reworked for its transition to high definition in more ways than the usual movie.  I say that because it actually had an additional 26 minutes added to the movie as well as some scene reworking (Hint: The final Cloud/Sephiroth battle is one).  The new scenes look absolutely amazing in 1080p; it’s probably the best I’ve seen yet out of all my Blu Ray movies.  The original scenes look gorgeous as well, but if you have a good eye, you can tell the slight visual difference between the old scenes and when it cuts to a new added scene.  The new scenes add a lot to the movie and fill in a few of the storyline gaps.  Without giving anything away, I’ll just say that it gives more back story on some of the characters.  It makes the movie seem more, well, complete.

Cloud; New scene

Also, in the Japanese version, the ending theme is replaced by a new track with vocals by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way (Click here to watch the music video for Safe And Sound!).  Unfortunately (in a small sense, as the music for this movie is all brilliant), the North American version retains the Calling song.

Detail

Also included is a pretty in-depth preview of Final Fantasy XIII, which looks unbelievable and it claims to be releasing on the XBox 360 as well.  Is this the first time a major Final Fantasy release hasn’t been Sony exclusive?  I’m not playing the movie in a PS3, but I’m pretty sure there is no playable demo like the Japanese version also has.

Cloud Midgar

There aren’t really any other bonus features worth mentioning, but it really doesn’t matter.  This update to the original movie gets everything right and I highly recommend it. Want to download it? You know the Usenet has it, but I would recommend buying it through Amazon – and remember – it’s Blu Ray only!

Steal That Style – Tarja Turunen

August 30, 2009

Tarja Turunen

What’s this? A fashion post? Indeed. Especially when it pertains to Tarja Turunen. Why am I posting this? Because she’s ridiculously beautiful and her style is awesome, of course.

I actually found this on a fashion blog entitled Fashionbride’s Weblog, which I arrived at though another blog called Tarrazú, which, by the way, has some fantastic music selections available for a listen.

Tarja Turunen “My Winter Storm”, “The Seer” & “Enough”

August 29, 2009

Tarja Turunen

Like I mentioned previously, Tarja Turunen (Known simply as ‘Tarja’ now) has an solo album out from 2007.  It’s My Winter Stormtitled My Winter Storm and it’s a fairly good album.  She even admits that this album, as well as her 2010 upcoming release, are more experimental in nature.  You can definitely tell because you get a few different styles on this album. Some things work and some don’t.

I Walk Alone

The first single from that album, I Walk Alone, has a more symphonic rock feel to it and I think it is probably the most marketable song on the album.  Die Alive is the second single and it’s a bit darker with a slightly more metal feel to it – I guess a little closer to something like Nemo by Nightwish.  Plus, she’s definitely looking good in the music Die Alivevideo. It’s easily one of my favorite tracks.  The only other song on the album that brings the Nightwish style is Ciaran’s Well.  Don’t take that as me comparing it to Tuomas Holopainen’s music-writing abilities because I’m not; much like Tarja’s voice in Nightwish, Tuomas’s songwriting is practically irreplaceable.

Since Tarja is a classical singer by nature, many of the tracks showcase her voice more than anything.  I would highly recommend Lost Northern Star (My other favorite track), The Reign, My Little Phoenix, Oasis and Minor Heaven.  There is also a random cover of Alice Cooper’s Poison.  Every review I’ve read has said it’s terrible, but I find Enoughthe original song to be almost intolerable, so hearing her sing it isn’t all that bad.  All in all, I must say it’s not really her style, though.  As I mentioned, she did admit that the album was experimental, so you can’t really fault it too much.

An extended edition of My Winter Storm was also released with some new tracks and a The Seer EPbunch of remixes.  Of the new tracks, I enjoy both Enough and The Seer.  There is also an album titled The Seer EP, which has all those remixes and songs except for Enough.

All in all, if you liked Nightwish and you were a fan of her vocals, I find it hard to believe you wouldn’t enjoy her solo work.  I’m definitely looking forward to What Lies Beneath in 2010! Here are some YouTube video embeds of the few music videos she’s released since Nightwish:

Die Alive

I Walk Alone

Enough

Lost Northern Star

Nightwish ‘End of an Era’ Blu-Ray review.

August 29, 2009

Nightwish

I finally ordered End of an Era on Blu Ray a week or so ago and I love it.  The first thing you need to realize is that the Blu Ray doesn’t come with the 2-disc audio CD as well like the DVD release does.  The actual picture is pretty good. It’s definitely not true high-definition, but it looks like a typical upscaled DVD version.  It contains the full concert, which is, by far, my favorite performance this band has ever done.  One great thing about the old Nightwish is that they sound unbelievably better live rather than in the studio.  As far as the audio goes, there is 5.1 support.  The only bonus feature I’ve seen is the 40-minute documentary of the few weeks leading up to this show.  It’s fairly interesting, but it doesn’t feature a whole lot of Tarja.  You can tell that Tuomas is a severely depressed guy or it’s just portraying things as being really uncomfortable leading up to Tarja’s dismissal from the band literally right after the concert.  Not sure which.

Either way, the concert is sometimes hard to watch because you know what’s going to happen right afterward, but if you’re like me and absolutely love the old Nightwish with Tarja, I highly recommend this DVD or Blu Ray. It is simply amazing.

More Blu Ray Via Amazon Sale.

August 19, 2009

I received an Amazon gift card, so I took advantage of the ‘Buy 2, Get 1 Free’ sale again.  This time:

Rambo (2008)

Rambo

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr & Mrs Smith

Live Free Or Die Hard

LFDH

New Blu Ray Via Amazon Sale.

August 17, 2009

Amazon is offering Blu Ray movies at up to 60% off as well as a promotion where you buy 2, get 1 free.  Therefore, these movies have been added to my collection:

Nightwish: End of an Era

Nightwish End of an Era

Independence Day

Independence Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Skynet Edition)

T2: Judgment Day

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete

Tarja Turunen / NightWish

August 10, 2009

Tarja

Today’s music piece is focused on Tarja Turunen.  She is the former lead female vocalist for the Finnish metal/rock band NightWish.  Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love the old NightWish with Tarja as the lead singer.  I just love her voice and I’ve also heard people say she wasn’t great live.  I was never fortunate enough to see them live the one or two times that they may have been in Atlanta, but I’ve always thought she sounded phenomenal on the DVD concert releases.  Let me also say that I don’t dislike Anette Olzon (the new NightWish female vocalist), but it’s just not the same for me.  Yes, the genius behind NightWish is Tuomas Holopainen, but Tarja’s voice really made it stand out.  The whole opera/symphonic metal thing just worked.  It also works for Within Temptation, but they aren’t in the same league as NightWish, in my opinion.  The NightWish with Anette is still good, but there’s one glaring difference.  I can listen to Tarja over and over and not tire of it or ‘play it out’ – especially the End of an Era DVD release.  With the new NightWish album, Dark Passion Play, there are some great songs on there, but after I listen to them for a week or so, they feel played out to me.  By that, I mean I’ll skip to the next song on my iPhone when it plays more times than not.

This typically says to me that it’s just another generic rock band at this point that’s good at turning out a few good singles to get radio airplay.  And I can understand them attempting to go more mainstream (and so far beginning to succeed).  There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, and everyone has different tastes.  For me personally, I’m just disappointed I never got to see the original NightWish live in person, but I can always live vicariously through the DVDs and MP3s.  I just love her voice, personally.  Anyway, Tarja has a solo album out that has been out for a few years now that is pretty good.  You’re not going to get songs that sound like Wishmaster or Slay The Dreamer, but more along the lines of Nemo.  If you liked Tarja, you’ll like her album, My Winter Storm.  She also has a new album coming out titled What Lies Beneath that is due out in 2010.  And like the other female artists I feature, she’s stunningly beautiful.

Here are some video links as well as links to relevant NightWish and Tarja albums:

Tarja Turunen “I Walk Alone”
Album:
My Winter Storm

NightWish “Nemo” (Live)
Album:
Once

NightWish “Slaying The Dreamer” (Live)
Album: Century Child

NightWish “Wishmaster” (Live)
Album: Wishmaster

NightWish “Sacrament of Wilderness”
Album: Oceanborn