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Barry Lyndon [Import]
Barry Lyndon [Import]
DVD ~ Ryan O'Neal
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 67.01
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE, Nov. 16 2001
This review is from: Barry Lyndon [Import] (DVD)
When you watch this movie, it's unbelievable, it's such a piece of art in so many senses, that it seems you're watching and Eighteenth Century painting by Van Dyck, actually moving. The settings, the décors, the cinematography, the costumes, everything is awesome and so meticously right!! Let's talk about attention to Period Detail!!, and here we have a masterpiece. Besides, it is a sensitive, excellently told, touching story....the rise and fall of Redmond Barry(-Lyndon). Ryan O'Neal has never been better, I wouldn't have dared to thought he could be so effective in a film role. Marisa Berenson, designer Elsa Schiapparelli's grandadughter and former model, is like a living-suffering vision, she looks stunning, and she's perfectly directed by the master Kubrick; her role requires almost nothing of dialogue, only the transmission of her emotions and feelings to the public without saying a word!! And really, she does an excellent job. The rest of the cast is very good. Although it may seem slow-paced to some viewers, the story never, never gets boring, because the film is so perfectly edited. I can't say enough about this film. All period films I've seen, really can't compare to this work of art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!, Nov. 14 2001
This review is from: Dinah (Audio CD)
Old time classics like "More Than You Know", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "The Show Must Go On" and "Ill Wind", among others, get the classy treatment by our "Queen of the Blue's", in true-heart-felt renditions of these torch songs. Dinah's unique voice shines all through this album, although some may find the orchestra's arrangements somewhat dated. Anyway, a Gem!

Moenia Mixes
Moenia Mixes
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Price: CDN$ 56.32
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT REMIXES ALBUM, Nov. 8 2001
This review is from: Moenia Mixes (Audio CD)
I'm a Moenia fan , almost the only spahish-speaking worthwhile techno-pop band, and I was really pleased with this collection of remixes of songs from their first release. They're very good, and some of them are even better than the originals. Buy it! They're good for a dance party. Non-stop-dance.

Tanto Tempo Remixes (Brazil)
Tanto Tempo Remixes (Brazil)
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4.0 out of 5 stars ANYTHING FROM BEBEL I'LL BUY!!, Nov. 7 2001
I'm a Bebel Gilberto fan. Her voice & style is truly awesome!! I bought this album on pre-sale, knowing that at least it'd be good...and it's very good indeed, although the original Tanto Tempo album is the "masterpiece", no doubt (it deserves more than five stars). The remixes are lively, most of them electronic-techno-oriented (of course), but do not surpass the original versions, with one exception: "Bananeira", which in my opinion improves on the original. Other remixes that stand appart from the lot are Mario Caldato's "So Nice" (I love this song)and Faze Action's "Close your Eyes", because they tend to "capture" the brazilian flavor and do not differ too much from the originals. In the totally electronic-techno-oriented trend, Peter Kruder's "Tanto Tempo" is the best. If you are a Bebel fan, this one must be in your collection. We're waiting for the follow-up to "Tanto Tempo"!

Queen Bee
Queen Bee
DVD ~ Joan Crawford
Price: CDN$ 6.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crawford in kitsch top form, Oct. 22 2001
This review is from: Queen Bee (DVD)
This must be the most kitschy Joan Crawford movie I've ever seen and one of the most entertaining as well, being sort of the predecessor of the TV soap opera genre, especially the Alexis Carrington (Dynasty) type of character, vixenish, glossy and sexually charged. Joan manipulates everybody in her family to have her own way, all the other players being merely puppets to the star. Nice bit by the great Fay Wray. Oddly enough, this DVD was released first for the zone 4 market (I bought here in Chile in late August), great picture quality in glorious black & white. A must see!!

Look of Love
Look of Love
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT NOT GREAT, Oct. 1 2001
This review is from: Look of Love (Audio CD)
The Greatest Jazz Album Diana Krall has made 'til now, is no doubt "All for You", by far, as for this release it's pure easy listening bossa-nova. The tunes sound alike the Johnny Mandel arranged songs of the "When I Look in Your Eyes" Album, but really more overproduced. I love Bossa Nova music, I loved both albums of the '60s featuring Sinatra and Jobim, one of them with arrangements by Ogerman too, but something is not as good with this effort, and I agree with some reviewer that in some parts of the recording the sound is somehow distorted or overmiked, oddly enough.
In Diana's albums you can find almost everything: The excellent very jazzy first effort "Stepping Out"; the more sophisticated "Only Trust Your Heart"; the great jazz combo of "All You" (her masterpiece, for those who prefer Jazz); the luscious, gentle, intense ballads of "Love Scenes" (no orchestra needed, thanks), the clever combination of jazzier arrangements with her trio and the subtle bossa-nova ballads, with strings and arrangements by Johnny Mandel (her "massive" masterpiece, still worthwhile for jazz fans because it has jazzier moods and plenty of her piano, besides the orchestra arranged songs intended for a wider public). But "The Look of Love", still worthwhile for a Krall or easy listening fan, is somewhat flat, its songs too "similar" to each other, not really worthy of Diana's great talents. It would have been a perfect album, if for example we could have left "'S Wonderful" and "Dancing in the Dark" as Bossa Nova tunes, but less overproduced, let's say, with similar arrangements than those of "I've got you Under my Skin" and "Let's Face the Music and Dance" from "When I Look in Your Eyes"; then, I wouldn't have included most of the rest, especially "Bésame Mucho", never liked anglo-speaking singers trying spanish, less "boleros".....that reminds me of some pop bands which want to appeal to the latin american market. Diana's voice is for jazz!!!! And then I would have included some jazz standards like "How High the Moon", "Imagine my Frustration" and others by Ellington or Fats Waller, sort of arranged like the uplifting songs of "All For You" and the torchier ballads of "Love Scenes"...and ther you have an excellent cd, who leaves everyone happy...and has variaton in its repertoire and moods, and most important, completely up to Diana's talents and standards. That's was what I was waiting for!! And I was kinda disappointed..
Later on, considering Diana's producers' infatuation with the Bossa Nova trend, which is all right with me....I'd like them to try to provide her with more creative, modern and stronger bossa-nova arrangements, like those of Bebel Gilberto's fantastic "Tanto Tempo". It would surely turn into something great!! If you want to listen to a recent jazzier deliver by Diana, buy Terence Blanchard's "Let's get lost" album, in which Diana sings the title tune. It's a great cd.

A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms
DVD ~ Gary Cooper
Offered by Purple Unicorn Collectibles
Price: CDN$ 29.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and well acted., Sept. 5 2001
This review is from: A Farewell to Arms (DVD)
Beware! buy the laserlight copy not the Madacy one!! I bought the latter first, and it's awful. The Laserlight edition "rescues" the film into full splendor. A sensitive tale, based upon the Hemingway novel, an directed by the romantic director par-excellence, Frank Borzage. Felt performances by both stars, and an excellent supporting cast. A vintage experience.

It Happened One Night (Bilingual) [Import]
It Happened One Night (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Clark Gable
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 37.62
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the truly greatest movies of all time, Sept. 5 2001
o.k. both, Casablanca and Gone with the Wind are great movies, but this one tops both as a classic, Frank Capra's first acknowledged masterpiece which won all of the important Academy Awards (5) for the first time. The acting and the scenario is so natural and believable, especially the relationship that develops between the characters played by Gable and Colbert. It's a pity these two great stars didn't act opposite each other in another comedy again (imagine them in a film by Preston Sturges or Mitchell Leisen! Gable would have been excellent in Don Ameche's role in Leisen's "Midnight"). Sadly, the only other movie which starred both, was a so-so adenture-drama yarn called "Boom Town", at Metro. You must watch the crystal clear copy of the DVD version, it's a must for all of us who had to watch for years those bad copies they showed in TV.

Behind Office Doors
Behind Office Doors
DVD ~ Mary Astor
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 64.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasent surprise!, Aug. 28 2001
This review is from: Behind Office Doors (DVD)
I got this dvd as a birthday gift, bought here in amazon, recently, and although much of the movies from this period are static antiques, due to sound problems and lack of camera movements, this early talkie is not that static and I had fun watching it!. Mary Astor's screen presence is strong, Robert Ames' acting is good, and the rest of the cast is uniformly o.k. The plot has neither got big surprises or mysteries, nor is it too sophisticated (let's say it's no Lubitsch), but this modest picture is sincere and definitely deserves a watch. The quality of the image is great, considering it's a 1931 feature. Also note the pre-code "daring" (for then) aspects of the film, compared to movies made in Hollywood from 1934 onwards. A pleasent discovery!

Death Takes a Holiday [Import]
Death Takes a Holiday [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST MOVIES I'VE EVER SEEN, Aug. 6 2001
I won't talk about the remakes, because it's needless, and because they're based upon the same play, but objectively they're not properly "remakes" of this film in itself. The acting, especially by March, who carries the film all the excellent. Venable as Grazia is ethereal and beautiful, and the rest of the cast is equally perfect...Guy Standing, Gail Patrick, Henry Travers...I agree with one reviewer that if it weren't for Amazon I wouldn't had been able to watch and enjoy this masterpiece, at all. I really hope that Universal, who owns the Paramount movie catalog, most notably the 1930's films, will release and issue in VHS/DVD formats, other masterpieces which aren't available yet, like 1932's delightful "Trouble in Paradise", 1933's "Design for Living" and 1935's "Peter Ibbetson".

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