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Prince: Sign O The Times - Live
Prince: Sign O The Times - Live
DVD ~ Prince
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 49.75
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Princely Concert Film, Dec 22 2010
If you were fortunate enough to see its original theatrical release, Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times" (1987) truly rocked the big screen. His Royal Badness and Company kick out the jams for a high-energy performance. The Sheila E. drum solo is one for the ages - along with flat-out brilliant renditions of "Hot Thing" and "Forever in My Life." Prince's finest 85 minutes on celluloid.

Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo: Celebration of the Marx Brothers
Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo: Celebration of the Marx Brothers
by Joe Adamson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marx Brothers 101, July 9 2009
Film historian Joe Adamson's 1973 critical biography remains one of the best studies of Marxian operandi, with a sharp sense of humor to match. In his well-researched analysis of the team's stage and screen work, Adamson offers a plethora of hilarious anecdotes, rare photos and fascinating production details. The chapters on the Paramount films are particularly revealing. "Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo" is a must for any Marx Brothers aficionado.

Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks
by Jeffrey Vance
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 57.58
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pioneering Action Hero, Nov. 1 2008
This review is from: Douglas Fairbanks (Hardcover)
Film historian Jeffrey Vance follows his excellent Keaton-Lloyd-Chaplin trilogy with this fascinating pictorial biography on the inimitable Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939). Best known for his acrobatic exuberance in light comedies and swashbuckling adventures, the producer-writer-star was a groundbreaking artist who spared no expense in adapting his vivid imagination to the cinematic canvas. The author places Doug's filmmaking legacy in its proper perspective with a detailed analysis of his finest achievements: "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924), "The Black Pirate" (1926), "The Iron Mask" (1929) and the criminally underrated "The Gaucho" (1927). Separating art from world fame, Vance also examines the integral role Fairbanks played in the development of motion-picture technology, independent production and film appreciation. Augmented by insightful interviews and a wealth of rare photographs, "Douglas Fairbanks" is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of cinema.

Frankenstein
Frankenstein
VHS
2 used & new from CDN$ 51.27

1.0 out of 5 stars A Cinematic Wasteland, July 18 2004
This review is from: Frankenstein (VHS Tape)
From a celluloid perspective, the 1950s were a terrible decade for Boris Karloff. Though he blazed new trails on television, radio and stage, the Hollywood studios could not provide one memorable vehicle for this truly great actor. "Frankenstein 1970" (1958) represented the worst of a largely forgotten lot. Portraying an atomic-age, Nazi-scarred version of Baron Frankenstein was an opportunity Karloff should have avoided. The only interesting aspect is the bizarre "twist" ending -- if you can wait that long. Happily, the 1960s would provide more rewarding film roles for Karloff, culminating in his masterful triumph as Byron Orlok in "Targets."

The Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941)
The Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941)
DVD ~ Tom Tyler
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 77.72
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Serial at an Affordable Price, May 24 2004
Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Republic Pictures created some of the finest serials in movie history. "Adventures of Captain Marvel" (1941) ranks among the studio's top chapterplays -- and it's yours for roughly $1 per chapter. Tom Tyler is ideally cast as "The World's Mightiest Mortal," who battles the evil Scorpion for 12 exciting episodes. The special effects by the Lydecker brothers are terrific -- not to mention the high-flying stunt work from David Sharpe (he's a bit shorter than Tyler, but who cares). The Republic DVD features excellent 35mm prints and the rarely-seen theatrical trailer. "Captain Marvel" may not surpass the thrill-a-minute exploits of "Spy Smasher" (1942), but it comes pretty close.

Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
DVD ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 11.27
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1.0 out of 5 stars Clint's Worst Film - Hands Down!, May 4 2004
This review is from: Pink Cadillac (DVD)
Throughout his long career, actor-director Clint Eastwood managed to avoid the pitfalls of Bad Cinema. However, there are a few wretched exceptions, such as "Pink Cadillac" (1989). This brain-dead romantic comedy, with an offensive white-supremacist subplot, makes "Every Which Way But Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can" look like minor masterpieces. Clint has nothing to work with here -- and registers zero chemistry with co-star Bernadette Peters. Not surprisingly, "Pink Cadillac" went straight to video in Great Britain (perhaps the only Eastwood film to receive that dubious distinction).

Sinbad the Sailor
Sinbad the Sailor
VHS

4.0 out of 5 stars Colorful Escapism, April 22 2004
This review is from: Sinbad the Sailor (VHS Tape)
One of Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s best films, "Sinbad the Sailor" (1947) is a lavish Technicolor adventure that resurrects the exuberance of his father's swashbuckling classics. The action sequences are worth the price of admission -- particularly Doug Jr.'s acrobatic escape from villain Anthony Quinn (who meets a rather fiery end). Fairbanks is perfect in the title role, with Quinn, Maureen O'Hara and Walter Slezak rounding out an excellent cast. Terrific fun for viewers of all ages!

Pardners
Pardners
VHS
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dean and Jerry on the Range, April 18 2004
This review is from: Pardners (VHS Tape)
"Pardners" (1956) was Martin and Lewis' next-to-last film and it remains among their best. A loose remake of Bing Crosby's "Rhythm on the Range" (1936), this breezy western comedy has the duo in good form, with a strong supporting cast featuring Agnes Moorehead and Lon Chaney Jr. Unlike "Hollywood or Bust" (the team's farewell appearance), Dean and Jerry were on speaking terms during the production and their on-screen rapport is evident from beginning to end. One of the film's most memorable (and ironic) scenes has Martin and Lewis taking aim at the final credits, while assuring their fans that they will continue to make beautiful cinema together. It didn't turn out that way, but you have to admire Dean and Jerry for breaking up at the height of their phenomenal success -- rather than face the downhill trajectory that greeted most comedy teams.

Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Widescreen Edition)
Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Hayden Christensen
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 65.70
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Thrill Is Gone, April 18 2004
Unless you're a die-hard "Star Wars" fan who believes George Lucas is infallible, get ready for the mind-numbing awfulness of "Attack of the Clones" (2002). Sorry, folks, but the thrill is gone -- not even Yoda (who wields a mean light saber) can save this digital farrago. Stick with Episodes IV through VI and forget the rest.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 22.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Barry's Finest 007 Score, April 11 2004
Though the overall merits of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) will be debated for years to come, there's little argument that John Barry's dynamic score represents the high-water mark of the James Bond series. Happily, EMI/Capitol has reissued and expanded Barry's original soundtrack recording. The results are well worth the wait. Running nearly 80 minutes, the remastered "OHMSS" features Barry's complete score, along with a largely unused passage titled "Dusk at Piz Gloria." The previously unreleased bonus tracks add considerably more punch, particularly "Gumbold's Safe" and "Escape From Piz Gloria." At this writing, it appears unlikely that the 007 producers will reactivate Barry's license to score, which was inexplicably revoked after "The Living Daylights" (1987). His contributions are sorely missed.

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