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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
by Bobby Fischer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.92
89 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for the novice chess player, Jan. 5 2012
If you have only played a few games of chess and are looking to better your skill, this book is a great start. Everything is explained in easy to follow diagrams. Fischer focuses mainly on checkmating your opponent, but it does improve your game by leaps and bounds if you're just a casual player like I am. Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to stop! It's small so you can take it with you to work or school and read a few pages in your spare time.

I love this book! You will too

Canada's Team of the Century: 1972 Canada vs USSR (The Complete 8 Game Series Uncut)
Canada's Team of the Century: 1972 Canada vs USSR (The Complete 8 Game Series Uncut)
3 used & new from CDN$ 82.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic. You'll watch it again and again!, Oct. 3 2010
I can't get enough of this DVD set! You get all 8 games of the 1972 summit series in their entirety, plus loads of extras, including interviews from players of Team Canada, footage of the presentation of the "Team of the Century" award at the Hockey Hall of Fame, and let's not forget Phil Esposito's famous speech after game 4 in Vancouver.

The only problem I noticed was that the audio was a little ahead of the video in game 5, but it corrects itself at the start of the 3rd period. The video quality for the 4 games in Russia has a few blips here and there, as well as bits of audio missing, but they are so few and far between that you won't even notice.

Despite the video quality in the last 4 games, I still have to give this DVD set a perfect 5. What you see on these dvds is exactly what was seen on television sets back in 1972, so it is just part of the experience.

Any hockey fan will enjoy this set. Highly recommended!

South of the Pumphouse
South of the Pumphouse
by Les Claypool
Edition: Paperback
28 used & new from CDN$ 3.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Excruciatingly funny! A must read for any Les Claypool fan., Aug. 1 2010
This review is from: South of the Pumphouse (Paperback)
I bought this book because I am a huge fan of Les Claypool and his band Primus. Les has already made a movie (a very funny movie I might add), so I wanted to see how he was at writing. The story takes place in the town of El Sobrante, which is the actual town where Les and Primus guitarist Larry Lalonde grew up. 2 brothers meet there to go on a fishing trip. Unfortunately, an unexpected and unwanted guest tags along, and tensions rise. Claypool is very descriptive of the surrounding areas. You'll feel as though you are right there in the boat fishing and joking with the brothers. This book isn't for everyone, as there are a lot of racist and downright disgusting jokes throughout, but I'm sure most people will find it an hilariously entertaining read.

Brazil (Criterion Collection) (3-Disc Box Set)
Brazil (Criterion Collection) (3-Disc Box Set)
DVD ~ Jonathan Pryce
Price: CDN$ 62.99
26 used & new from CDN$ 24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic box set. Worth every penny, June 6 2010
This movie is incredible. Neat special effects, strange gadgets, memorable characters (Sam Lowry, Harry Tuttle and Harvey Lime to name a few), and a mixture of action, romance and comedy. Yep, Brazil has it all!

With this 3-disc set, you get the final director's cut with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam. I found Gilliam's commentary to be interesting and hilarious. I'm sure you'll enjoy it too. The good people at Criterion have restored the movie and you'll notice the difference right away. It's crystal clear except for a few tiny bits of debris on some of the frames, but you won't even notice those.

The 2nd disc contains the extras. There is an excellent documentary on here entitled "The Battle of Brazil". This takes you back to 1985 when there was a battle between director Terry Gilliam and head of Universal Pictures Sid Scheinberg over whether or not Brazil should be changed.
There are also some videos on stunts and special effects, as well as a 10 minute video about the musical score.

On the 3rd Disc, there is the 94 minute "Love Conquers All" version of Brazil. This is the heavily edited version made by Scheinberg. There are a ton of important scenes from the original version that were left out to make the film more "Hollywoodesque" and to appeal to a larger audience. In my opinion, this version is absolute crap, but it is important to have it in this set. This shows you what would have happened if Scheinberg succeeded in releasing this version of the film. The brilliant original version would have been destroyed and no one would have been able to bask in it's greatness.

I highly recommend this set. If you've never seen Brazil before, the restored Criterion version will make the experience much more enjoyable. You'll love it! Don't miss out

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