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Quantum Leap: The Complete First Season [Import]
Quantum Leap: The Complete First Season [Import]
DVD ~ Scott Bakula
Price: CDN$ 27.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Boy!!!!, June 19 2004
One of the most critically-acclaimed and beloved sci-fi dramas of all-time, Quantum Leap (which aired on NBC for 5 seasons from 1989 - 1993) launches anew with the DVD release of its 9 episode first season.
THE STORY
Quantum Physicist, super genius and all-around good old boy, Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula, lately of Star Trek: Enterprise) spear heads a time travel project and "leaps back" in time helping put right small events in people's past that went wrong. Helping out Sam on his leaps is his friend and observer Al (Dean Stockwell) and the projects Super Computer Ziggy. In the meantime Sam continues to leap throughout time helping others always hoping that his next leap will be the leap home.
ABOUT SEASON ONE:
Season One, as is expected, introduces us to the basic premise of the show and all the characters. We meet Sam and experience along with him all the little intricacies and problems time travel and leaping into other people's lives brings (not knowing people's names or where to go or what to do). We also learn a great deal about the characters of Sam Beckett and Al Calavicci.
THE EPISODES AND DISCS
Here are the 9 episodes of Season One.
Disc 1
Episode 1: "Genesis" - Jump starting the project without approval, Sam leaps into the Quantum Accelerator and wakes up as someone else, not remembering who or what he is and finds out that he's an Air Force test pilot trying to break Mach 3 - and he doesn't know how to fly!!!
Episode 2: "Star-Crossed" - Sam leaps into a literature professor and has to juggle an affair the Prof is having with an obsessed student, her jealous wrestler boyfriend AND an opportunity to have an influence on the brilliant young physics major who would one day leave Sam waiting at the altar.
Disc 2
Episode 3: "The Right Hand of God" - Sam leaps into a young boxer who's scheduled to fight for the State Heavyweight championship and an opportunity to win prize money to help a group of nuns build a church as well as start up a donut shop for the boxer and his girlfriend.
Episode 4: "How The Tess Was Won" - Sam leaps into a Texas veterinarian and must "out cowboy" a strong-headed woman who will only marry a man who can best her.
Episode 5: "Double Identity" - Sam leaps into a Mafia hit-man who's having an affair with the Don's girlfriend. Oh boy...
Disc 3
Episode 6: "The Color of Truth" - Sam leaps into a Black chauffeur in the Deep South BEFORE the Civil Rights movement starts and must deal with the prejudice of the townsfolk as Sam does some "illegal" activities only meant for White people.
Episode 7: "Camikazi Kid" - Sam leaps into a teenage hot rod racer in the 50's who must convince his sister to NOT marry her boyfriend who's destined to grow up into an abusive alcoholic.
Episode 8: "Play It Again Seymour" - Sam leaps into a gumshoe detective (who looks an awful lot like Humphrey Bogart) and must solve a murder mystery before times up especially since in the original history HIS character winds up as a victim. Tons of Casablanca and gumshoe jokes abound.
THE EXTRAS
1. Each Episode contains a brief introduction by series star Scott Bakula detailing some unique fact about the episode. You can choose to turn intros "on" or "off."
2. "A Kiss With History: Remembering Quantum Leap" - located on Disc 1 is a 20-minute featurette featuring commentary by series' leads Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell and producer Donald Bellisario discussing how the show came about and going over some of the events of Season One.
THE VERDICT
For 5 seasons fans everywhere thrilled week in and week out as Sam leaped through time helping people put events in there lives that went wrong right. With a thrilling combination of action, suspense, adventure, a little romance and a TON of moral self-checks (and tackling some sticky issues) "Quantum Leap" grew into a favorite with a strong fan-base of Loyal Leapers. Take a Leap into the Quantum Accelerator and go along with Sam for a ride through time and reminisce (or find out for the first time) what all the excitements about.
Highest Recommendation

It's Good to Be the King...Sometimes
It's Good to Be the King...Sometimes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Life, June 19 2004
"It's Good To Be The King...Sometimes" is the autobiography of legendary wrestling personality Jerry "The King" Lawler. For fans of wrestling or biographies Lawler's got a lot of stories to share and does not disappoint.
For longtime wrestling fans Lawler takes a sweeping view back across his life and gives you the lowdown on just about everything from his childhood, his multiple marriages, his family, his hobbies and interests and - of course, his life in wrestling. Among the things he shares with the reader are:
1. His interest in art and how it kept him out of Vietnam
2. His time spent as a radio DJ
3. How he broke into the wrestling business with in the Tennessee territory
4. How he met each of his wives
5. His connection to "The King" Elvis Presley
6. TONS of road stories with guys like Jackie Fargo, Jerry Jarrett and Sam Bass
7. The REAL story of his infamous feud with Andy Kauffman and his later filming of "Man on the Moon"
8. A few stories about his time in the WWE
9. The Story Behind the firing of the "Kat" and his divorce from Stacy Carter
10. His running for Memphis Mayor
11. Some of his "Ring Rat" stories (oh boy...)
THE COOL STUFF
If you're a Lawler fan you'll definitely love the stories King has to share (he's got a lot of them). The book reads very much like a sit down chat with a friend as Lawler doesn't hold much back. For old school wrestling fans his stories of the old Memphis territory are the real gems in this book. For WWE fans Lawler really doesn't share too much about his WWE experiences (he does cover his Bret feud and that's about it really) that most long-time WWE fans already know about. A comic at heart Lawler does spice the book out with a bunch of his one-liners he'll use of commentary which was pretty funny.
THE VERDICT
If you love bios Lawler's a good one for you. You come away from the book knowing the guy's poured his heart out to you (kudos to him for being able to open up his heart about all his failed marriages). You get some nice stories about art, music, wrestling, life on the road, a bunch of good one liners and some pretty nasty tales about all the ladies he's met over the years. Yup, this one's got it all.
Highly Recommended
Total Pages: 384
Total Read Time: About 9 hours over 6 nights

Highlander: The Series - Season Four
Highlander: The Series - Season Four
DVD ~ Adrian Paul
Offered by The Digital Vault
Price: CDN$ 77.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action and Romance Through Time, May 31 2004
Highlander Season Four, a 9-disc set, collects the entire 22-episode fourth season (1995-1996) of the syndicated action series based on the cult-favorite film about a secret race of Immortals who battle throughout history for ultimate power.
THE STORY
Season 4 expands the Highlander universe further developing and exploring the backgrounds of the supporting characters such as Joe Dawson, Richie Ryan, Amanda and Methos. In a grand plot twist the most exciting episodes of the season explore the Highlander world when MacLeod turns evil. Behind all this the Immortals' Game rages on...
THE DVDS:
Here are the contents of each DVD.
Disc 1:
Episode 1: "Homeland" - MacLeod returns to the Highlands of Scotland to return a stolen heirloom to it's resting place and while there fulfills an old legend and avenges an old score.
Episode 2: "Brothers in Arms" - An evil Immortal is out to kill Charlie DeSalvo and MacLeod's hands are tied to help Charlie when Dawson reveals his personal connection to the Immortal.
Episode 3: "The Innocent" - Richie and MacLeod take in a "special needs" Immortal after his mentor is killed by an evil Immortal.
Disc 2:
Episode 4: "Leader of the Pack" - MacLeod takes on Kanis, an Immortal who uses a pack of Rottweilers to hunt and wear down his opponents.
Episode 5: "Double Eagle" - MacLeod has to keep Amanda and his friend, the Immortal gambler, Kit O' Brady apart as the two hold a 200 year old gambling grudge against each other.
Episode 6: "Reunion" - It's double trouble as Mac has to deal with the child Immortal Kenny AND the Immortal sea captain whom he marooned for over a hundred years on a deserted island in the South Pacific.
Disc 3:
Episode 7: "The Colonel" - An Immortal WWI war criminal whom MacLeod had committed to an asylum for 70 years returns with a plan of revenge.
Episode 8: "Reluctant Heroes" - MacLeod is out to settle a grudge he's harbored against an Immortal assassin since the days of Queen Anne's court.
Episode 9: "The Wrath of Kali" - The Immortal Hindu priest Kamir is out to recover Kali's stolen statue and punish all those who defiled her, with or without MacLeod's help.
Disc 4:
Episode 10: "Chivalry" - MacLeod and Methos attempt to save Richie from Kristin Gilles, a possessive and lethal Immortal whom Richie's fallen head over heels for.
Episode 11: "Timeless" - Mac must stop Immortal impresario Walter Graham from killing a musical prodigy destined for Immortality.
Episode 12: "The Blitz" - MacLeod must rescue Anne Lindsey from a collapsed subway. He reminisces about the London blitz when he and the woman he loved became trapped in a bomb shelter.
Disc 5:
Episode 13: "Something Wicked" - MacLeod must stop Immortal Shaman James Coltec who's become overrun with evil after centuries of taking evil into himself.
Episode 14: "Deliverance" - Can anybody stop a pure evil Duncan MacLeod?
Episode 15: "Promises" - Centuries ago MacLeod promised a favor to the Immortal Kassim and now Kassim is calling in the favor - assassinate a political tyrant.
Disc 6:
Episode 16: "Methuselah's Gift" - Amanda's pendant is part of the legendary Methuselah's Stone which legend says will give its wearer everlasting life. Someone wants all the pieces and it just may cost Amanda her head.
Episode 17: "The Immortal Cimoli" - MacLeod tries to protect a newly Immortal two-bit magician from an indiscriminate Immortal headhunter.
Episode 18: "Through a Glass, Darkly" - MacLeod tries to help his old friend Immortal Warren Cochrane overcome his amnesia and uncovers a few dark secrets repressed deep within his memories.
Disc 7:
Episode 19 - "Double Jeapordy" - Immortal Morgan D'Staine, a student of Xavier St. Cloud, shows up to gain revenge for his fallen teacher.
Episode 20 - "Till Death" - After 300 hundred years of marriage, Immortal's Robert and Gina Da Valicourt are going through marital problems and it's up to MacLeod and a reluctant Methos to save their marriage.
Episode 21 - "Judgment Day" - Dawson (and MacLeod) are put on trial by the Watcher Tribunal for betraying the Watcher's Oath and causing untold numbers of Watcher deaths.
Disc 8:
Episode 22 - "One Minute to Midnight" - MacLeod and Dawson are on the run from the Watchers as an unknown Immortal hunts the Watchers one-by-one.
THE DVD EXTRAS
Anchor Bay continues to dish out the goods with this season's set.
COMMENTARY, NOTES and BLOOPERS
ALL EPISODES include a "behind-the-scenes" featurette, "Watcher Notes" and "Sword Guide." The Notes and Sword Guide provide great background into Highlander cannon and the featurettes provide a great look behind the scenes into production with cast and crew interviews interspersed with scene footage. Also, the MAJORITY of the episodes now include deleted scenes/blooper footage. All in all, this provides for a great extras package.
AUDIO/VIDEO COMMENTARY: Audio and video commentary are available on episodes 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 17, 21.
DISC 1: Photo Gallery
DISC 8: Bonus material for "Deliverance" episode
DISC 9
1. Actor, Director and Writer Bios: Filmographies for ALL actors, directors and writers involved with Season Four.
2. Scripts: Lines and stage directions for ALL 22 episodes in season four.
3. Trivia Game: Test your Highlander knowledge (or pick some up).
4. Extras: Other nifty production documents such as ratings reports and other documents that detail the production for several episodes including production reports, shooting schedules, prep schedules, call sheets and production maps.
COLLECTIBLES: A mail-in coupon for the Season 4 collector's edition Highlander medallion.
THE VERDICT
With its martial arts action, adventure, romance and stunning historical backdrops, Highlander has it all. Fans of the series will be pleased as the DVD sets become better with each release. If you've never been exposed to the world of Highlander before check this series out and see what fans have known for years, "In The End, There Can Be Only One" -- and this series is it!!
Highest Recommendation

Bad Boys II [2-Disc Edition] (Bilingual) [Import]
Bad Boys II [2-Disc Edition] (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Will Smith
Offered by Planet Video
Price: CDN$ 8.82
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild and Hilarious, May 31 2004
It took them 8 years, but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for Bad Boys II taking on the evil Cuban Ecstasy cartel and BOY does 8 years make a difference.
THE STORY
Miami P.D. cops Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Smith) return to the big screen to take down a Cuban Ecstasy distribution ring. In between raising havoc on the streets of Miami and dealing with some personal issues (Mike's too much of a loose cannon and Mark's getting too old for this stuff) the boys, like in the first movie, wind up in some pretty hilarious situations.
THE COOL STUFF
The action is awesome and the comedy is still as sophomoric and hilarious as ever (that's a GOOD thing). Eight years makes a BIG difference in the terms of special effects and Bad Boys II has taken some pages out of the Matrix, CSI and Fast and Furious in terms of FX and action. The result as the Boys would say is some real COOL [stuff].
Best Scenes

1. The Freeway CHASES
2. Rat Hunting (Hilarious!!!)
3. The Video Store Scene (HILARIOUS!!!!)
4. The Morgue scene (gross, but funny)
THE CRITIQUE
The one MINOR critique with the film is its length!!! At a whopping 2 and half hours this thing is long but thankfully doesn't drag. The action is so intense it's a literal whirlwind ride. The movie DOES take a page from Pearl Harbor though in that JUST when you think the movie is about to end a new plot development opens up and continues for another half hour. The movie may very well have been better to have cut just a half hour earlier but the action in the last half hour, while feeling tacked on, was just as solid as anything else.
THE DVD EXTRAS
Well, not only do you get a stacked movie, but you also get a STACKED set of extras. So much, in fact, that they needed to put it on a whole extra disk.
Among the goodies we get are:
1. 8 theatrical trailers
2. Seven deleted scenes
3. Six sequence breakdowns
4. 19 production diary featurettes
5. A Jay-Z video
Waaay too much to get into but if you're an extras fiend you've got a whole extra disk of it to go through.
THE VERDICT
This is your prototype modern day action flick: pounding soundtrack, TONS of guns, TONS of cars and some pretty wicked street humor to go along with it. Whether you buy it or rent, it's a solid film to watch and a solid addition to your collection if you're into it.
GRADES
The Movie: 5 stars
The Extras: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars
Highly Recommended

S.W.A.T. (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual)
S.W.A.T. (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Samuel L. Jackson
Offered by vidco
Price: CDN$ 5.48
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action, Lousy Execution, May 31 2004
Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrel star in this modern update of the 70's super cop TV show. Overall, the film's concept was solid even if the execution wasn't so.
THE STORY
Sgt. Dan "Hando" Harrelson (Jackson) recruits and trains a team of L.A. cops for their elite S.W.A.T. division and must lead them into the field when an ultra-rich European crime leader puts out a $100 million prize to the person that gets him out of prison, of which there are MANY takers.
THE COOL STUFF
The trailers pretty much showed the great stuff. Watching the S.W.A.T. team take on all the baddies during the SECOND HOUR of the film once the bounty is put out was probably some of THE best action you'll see in any film as the bad guys come up with bold and ingenious ways to try to collect the bounty. Awesome stuff.
Best Scenes

1. The helicopter attack
2. The motorcade attack
3. The Bridge Fight
THE CRITIQUE
The most frustrating thing about the movie was that it took them a WHOLE HOUR to set up the best parts. The movie is easily broken up into two parts: HOUR ONE focuses on Hando putting the team together and training them (which is at parts fun but otherwise blah) and HOUR TWO which focuses on them trying to deal with the guys trying to bust out the evil French cartel leader (which is when all the awesome happens). Basically, if the team had been built up in a half hour and the next hour half focused on the S.W.A.T action the movie would have been a lot better. The movie basically looked like a souped up TV show pilot, which would be cool on its own, but is not really there for the big screen. To put it bluntly, the pacing was horrible, hour one was pretty boring and hour two rocked.
THE DVD EXTRAS
While the movie itself may have lacked a little the DVD extras are just light years beyond a lot of the other new releases out there, especially the sound editing features here. Here's what we get:
1. Director and Cast Commentary Track
2. Screenwriters and Technical Consultants Commentary Track
3. "Anatomy of a Shootout" - 8  minute featurette about filming the bank shootout scene including the contrast in camera styles (news coverage format vs. traditional screen format)
4. "SWAT - TVs Original Supercops" - 6  minute retro featurette on the original 70's TV show including interviews with the original cast
5. "The Making of SWAT" - 21 minute feature on the movie including information on casting, the characters, real life SWAT training, the SWAT lifestyle and SWAT equipment.
6. 8 deleted scenes (mostly rubbish scenes)
7. "6th Street Bridge: Achieving the Improbable" - 5 minute featurette on making the Bridge Scene including CGI and live action shots.
8. "Sound & Fury: Sounds of SWAT" - Deluxe extras including a 4 minute featurette on the sound editing for the gun fights plus various mini features on the guns used in the film including the Kimber handgun, AK-47, MP5 and M16, PLUS a sound editing breakdown on 4 scenes in the film. AWESOME feature!!!
9. "Gag Reel" - 3 minute blooper reel, we've seen better...
10. Filmographies for Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J
11. Trailers for "Bad Boys II," TV Action Favorites (Charlie's Angels, SWAT, Starsky & Hutch, The Rookies and Police Woman Season DVDs), "Once Upon A Time In Mexico," "Radio," "Underworld" and "Big Fish" DVDs
THE VERDICT
Overall the movie itself fits in well into the weekend rental category. The movie pacing wasn't all that but all the awesome action in the second hour will wake you up and puts this movie over into the "passing" category. If you're into guns you'll love this movie and the DVD features make this a real keeper if you're into this stuff. Otherwise you can just file this in the "okay to rent" category.
GRADES
The Movie: 3 stars
The Extras: 5 stars
Overall: 4 stars

Trump: How to Get Rich
Trump: How to Get Rich
by Donald J. Trump
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Life and Times of Donald J. Trump, May 26 2004
This review is from: Trump: How to Get Rich (Hardcover)
If you've picked up "Trump: How to Get Rich" in hopes of learning the secrets or the path to become wealthy you'll be very disappointed BUT the book is still an interesting read. Here's the lowdown on the book.
WHAT IT IS NOT
Trump doesn't really tell you how to become rich. There are no tips on landing the high paying job or making the killer investments. So if you're looking for a manual to get rich you'll want to look elsewhere. Realistically you'll probably want to get a good personal finance book or a entrepreneurial book.
WHAT THIS BOOK IS
This is actually more of Trump's memoirs where he tells you the tales of some of his big deals he's made and his manual for having a SUCCESSFUL CAREER and life.
Among the gems he shares with you are:
1. How to recruit and hire good talent to work for you. (Hire people who WANT to do your work and are talented and loyal).
2. Get a job good. (Do something you enjoy)
3. Get the pay raise you want. (Ask the boss when he/she's in a good mood)
4. Make good investments. (Invest only in what you are knowledgeable about)
5. Timing is everything when it comes to making deals.
6. You need to know what the other guy is thinking when making deals and meet their needs
A lot of it is common sense really but hearing it from someone like Trump reinforces it.
The book is broken down into 6 main sections:
1. "The Donald J. Trump School of Business,"
2. "Your Personal Apprenticeship: Career Advice from the Donald,"
3. "Money, Money, Money, Money,"
4. "The Secrets of Negotiation"
5. "The Trump Lifestyle,"
6. "Inside the Apprentice."
In the first 3 sections he basically talks about those little gems we mentioned. In "The Secrets of Negotiation" he goes into the stories of how he made his biggest deals in real estate which is a fascinating read and is, to me, the best part of the book and where the true value in the book lies. He also gives you some tips on public speaking which is pretty valuable.
In "The Trump Lifestyle" he basically gives you the "week in the life of" treatment where he details his schedule in a typical week. Getting a peak into his life and how his business works is pretty fascinating to read and a bit inspiring but can also been seen somewhat as "fluff" for the book. It's a real insight though.
"Inside the Apprentice" is exactly what it is. He talks about how the show came about, how it was produced and gives you his opinion on the candidates.
Interspersed in the book The Donald also gives you his opinion on a lot of the various big wigs in business, politics, entertainment, etc. Trump comes across as a pretty fair guy but he also has his moments where you can tell he's got a gripe with some people (as the chapter "Sometimes You Just Need To Screw Them" tells you).
At the very end of the book is a little Appendix detailing all of Trump's various properties and ventures.
THE ANALYSIS
Again, the book isn't exactly what you'd think it is from the cover BUT Trump's stories and the look behind the scenes at the Trump Organization are interesting and you can take away some knowledge of what it's like to run a successful company and live the successful lifestyle. His tools for success again are pretty common sense you probably didn't need to pay to read that but if you look at the book as more of a memoir it's a real interesting read. Fans of The Apprentice will appreciate a look behind the show and a look into life at The Trump Organization (Carolyn, George, Robin and Norma or in here too).
THE VERDICT
Well, the book somewhat fails as a "How To Get Rich" book, but it succeeds as a memoir into the life of one of America's richest men.
So, if you want to learn how to get rich put your money into a good personal finance book BUT if you want to read about how one of America's most successful businessmen operates this is a great book for that.
If you're interested in what he says to say on this stuff, cool, pass otherwise
Mildly Recommended

Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Hollywood Hulk Hogan
by Hulk;Friedman, Michael Jan Hogan
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Bio � Brother, May 26 2004
This review is from: Hollywood Hulk Hogan (Hardcover)
"Hollywood Hulk Hogan" is the autobiography or wrestling icon Hulk Hogan. The distinguishing trait I find that separates this bio from a lot of the other wrestler biographies of recent years is that it is the most "biographical" of the other bios, meaning that you not only get Hogan's wrestling career in review but also his real life story in review.
THE BOOK
The book will definitely appeal to wrestling fans as well as fans of Hulk Hogan. Hogan tells a very comprehensive story of his career and his life, both in wrestling and in Hollywood. Among the things you learn about are:
- His trauma's growing up as a fat kid
- His family background
- How he met his wife
- His lifelong love affair with wrestling (Dusty Rhodes was his idol)
- His careers as a musician, dock worker and gym/bar owner
- His time spent as a wrestling groupie
- His breaking into the business in Florida and throughout the South
- His friendship with Andre the Giant
- His time in the AWA
- Making Rocky III
- Leading the way for the WWF in the 80's including his status as the
most requested Make A Wish celebrity
- The lowdown on Mr. T, John Stossel, Richard Belzer, Dennis Rodman and Jay Leno
- His feuds with Savage and the Warrior
- The steroid trials and his opinion on steroid use
- Making of No Holds Barred, Mr. Nanny, Suburban Commando,
Thunder in Paradise and his other B Movies
- His boating accident with Ed Leslie
- Signing with WCW
- His problems with the New World Order
- The story of his problems with Vince Russo
- His knee problems
- His rebuttal to his critiques
- His return to the WWE
THE COOL STUFF
Overall, Hogan writes a very comprehensive story leaving almost no stone unturned. Not only is this a great history of the wrestling business for the past 20 years or so but it's just a fascinating story to read. Hogan comes across as a person who's just very surprised at his own success. It's pretty inspiring to see how a former fat kid who got teased growing up grew up into one of the most famous athletes in wrestling history and how someone of "limited wrestling ability" became the person who put wrestling on the pop culture map. In all if you're a wrestling fan you'll love a lot of the road stories Hogan has to share including his tales of Andre the Giant and the time of WWF's expansion in the 80's. You'll also love the stories of his work with the other celebrities like Mr. T, Dennis Rodman and Jay Leno as you'll find things weren't as chummy as they seemed on-screen. For wrestling fans you get the benefit of seeing the industry through Hogan's eyes. This is important because Hogan, for the better part of 15 years, was at the top of the industry and his a unique viewpoint of it. His thoughts on the major promoters, wrestlers and angles are just fascinating to read if you're a wrestling fan. Overall, his is just fascinating story.
THE VERDICT
Love him or hate him, you can't deny Hogan's influence on wrestling and pop culture and you cannot say that he's had a boring life. "Hollywood Hulk Hogan" is a fascinating memoir of one man's life in the entertainment industry and man does he have some stories to share.
Total Pages: 343
Total Read Time: 8 hours over three nights
Highest Recommendation

Old School (Unrated Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
Old School (Unrated Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Luke Wilson
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 7.25
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Funny, May 24 2004
The boys that brought us "Road Trip" are back again with "Old School" and it's pretty much what you'd think it would be.
THE STORY:
Mitch (Luke Wilson), Frank (Will Ferrell) and Beanie (Vince Vaughn) are a bunch of 30-something guys who decide to open up a frat house near their old college campus and pretty much get into all the cliché frat things to some pretty hilarious results. Among other things they let in just about EVERYBODY (including an old homeless Vet) into the frat and they take on the crooked college Dean who holds a grudge against them from their old college days.
THE COOL THINGS:
Overall, the film is what you'd expect. It's a "dumb" comedy and the boys get themselves into some pretty hilarious fixes. Nothing sophisticated here which is good. We've got streaking, we've got the sophomoric humor and that's about it.
THE NOT-SO-COOL THINGS:
Well, given that it's a "dumb" comedy as you'd expect, some things are pretty funny and then again, some things aren't all that funny.
BEST SCENES:
1. The BJ School
2. The Tranquilizer Dart
3. The "Exam" Scene
4. The KY Wrestling scene
THE DVD EXTRAS:
As standard for these new DVDs, you've got a truckload of extras. Like the film itself, some of them are hilarious and some of them aren't.
1. "From the Cutting Room Floor" - 8 deleted scenes
2. "Old School Orientation" - 13 minute film synopsis featurette
3. "Inside the Actors Studio Spoof" - 21 minute spoof of a "serious" talk show segment with the main cast and directors, complete with overly dramatic host and canned audience reactions. It got old after like 4 minutes...
4. "Outtakes & Bloopers" - 5 minute montage
5. Commentary Track
6. 3 TV Spots & 1 Trailer from the films promotion
7. Sneak Peaks: Trailers for "Biker Boyz," "The Fast and the Furious Tricked Out Edition," and "Head of State"
8. Photo Gallery
9. Cast Bios
10. Filmmaker Bios
11. Production Notes
THE VERDICT:
Well, for a "dumb" comedy this is definitely one of the better ones. It was waaay better than "Road Trip" but as with stuff in this genre it's just okay. You'll get a good laugh and you'll also shake your head a few times too. Overall, not bad for a weekend rental and if you loved the movie the extras justify this as a pretty good addition to your collection if you're so inclined.
GRADES:
The Movie: 3  stars
The Extras: 5 stars
Overall: 4  stars
Recommended if you need a mindless laugh

The Rundown (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
The Rundown (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Dwayne Johnson
Price: CDN$ 5.97
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock Lays the Smackdown, May 24 2004
"The Rundown" features the Rock in his second outing in a Hollywood leading role and he lays the smackdown.
THE STORY:
Beck (The Rock) is a bounty hunter sent on his "last case" to bring back his boss' errant son, petty hustler Travis (Sean William "Stifler" Scott) who is running amok in the Brazilian Amazon. While in the Amazon Beck runs afoul of the ruthless local Overlord, becomes part of the people's revolution and along with Travis finds the secret fortune hidden deep in the jungle.
THE COOL THINGS:
Overall, this was a very satisfying action-comedy flick. The fight scenes and big money stunts were awesome and the comedic chemistry between Rock and Stifler was top-notch (monkeys and paralyzing beans anyone?). The Rock's billing as the "2nd Coming of Schwarzenegger" is pretty well justified by this film. The story wasn't the best but I seriously doubt anyone's checking this film out for a good story. You're watching this to see some bad guys get their butts kicked and this film definitely delivers.
BEST SCENES:
1. The Capoeira Fight
2. Monkey Troubles
3. The South America Bar Fight
4. The Paralysis scene
5. The Whip Fight
6. The Final Battle
THE DVD EXTRAS:
As is common among most DVD releases nowadays we've got a truckload of extras on this DVD. Here's what you've got:
1. Commentary track with Director Peter Berg and The Rock
2. Commentary track by Producers Kevin Misher and Marc Abraham
3. "Rumble in the Jungle" - 10 minute featurette on fight and stunt training
4. "The Amazons - Hawaii Style" - 5  minute featurette on filming in a Hawaiian rain forest
5. "Apetite for Destruction" - 8  minute featurette on filming the big scenes including the falling water tower and cattle stampede
6. "The Rundown Uncensored" - 5  minute featurette on the stunt monkeys
7. "Running Down the Town" - 4 minute featurette about the construction of the "Brazilian Town" set
8. "Walken's World" - 5  minute featurette look into the world of the main villain Hatcher
9. 8 deleted scenes
10. Cast and Filmmaker Bios
THE VERDICT:
Overall, with the strong action sequences, the hilarious interplay with Rock and Stifler and backed by a truckload of extras, "The Rundown" is a definite recommendation whether you want to purchase the DVD or simply just chill with it for a weekend rental.
THE GRADES:
The Movie: 4 stars
The Extras: 5 stars
Overall: 4.5 stars
Highest Recommendation

Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics
Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics
Price: CDN$ 16.58
28 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Soul � Idol Style, May 10 2004
"American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics" showcases the talents of the 12 Finalists from Fox's American Idol's third season. Each of the showcased 12 finalists performs a song individually and there is one group number.
What may surprise fans of the series is that even those performers deemed as the "weaker" of the group all turned in solid performances on the tracks making this a CD of definite keeper tracks. Fans of American Idol and Motown will love the Idols and their takes on these old school classics.
Below are the 13 featured songs with my comments on the side:
THE TRACKS
1. "Chain of Fools" - Fantasia Barrino: Outstanding rendition by the top rated Fantasia as she definitely puts the soul into it.
2. "Me and Mrs. Jones" - by George Huff: The ever popular and outstanding Huff brings new life to this classic as his voice definitely puts the groove into Mrs. Jones. One of MY favorites from this track.
3. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - by Diana DeGarmo: Great rendition of this classic by Diana and her Southern twang.
4. "If You Don't Know Me By Now" - by LaToya London: Good job by the top rated LaToya on this, smooth and subtle if not powerful.
5. "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)" - by Jennifer Hudson: Not one of my favorites on the track and not really one of my favorites on the show but Jennifer definitely does a good job with the song.
6. "You Make Me Feel Brand New" - by Amy Adams: Smooth version of this classic love song by the ooh to early departed Amy Adams, one of my personal favorite songs and one of my personal favorites from the track.
7. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" - by Matt Rogers. Surprisingly well done track by Matt Rogers who does a fine job on the Otis Redding classic.
8. "Midnight Train to Georgia" - by Jasmine Trias: Not really Jasmine's genre of music but she does a good job with it.
9. "My Girl" - by John Peter Lewis: Again, another surprisingly well done performance by John Peter Lewis who does Motown proud with this rendition.
10. "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" - by Camille Velasco: Never heard this song before but Camille does a real catchy rendition with it as it's a perfect fit for her voice and style.
11. "Betcha By Golly, Wow" - by Leah Labelle: Again, surprisingly a great rendition of this song as Leah's vocals and the background make it an infectious track. One of my favorites.
12. "You Are Everything" - by John Stevens: Not a bad track. This isn't John's genre but his mellow laidback sound make this track a pretty decent serenade.
13. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - The Top 12 Finalists: Motown never sounded better than the 12 Finalists kickin' it on this old school classic!!!
THE VERDICT:
Overall you get a SOLID bag of tracks. What I found great about this track is that they arranged to songs to play to ALL of the Finalists strengths as even the "marginal" singers in the group still turned in solid performances in the track. In my opinion there were no weak performances on the CD. Here's my rundown:
Keepers: George, Fantasia, Amy, Camille, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Goods: The rest
Bad: None whatsoever
With no bad tracks on here and a truckload of classics and favorites this CD's a definite keeper.
If you were a fan of the show you'll definitely want to get this CD. Even if you aren't an A.I. fan you'll definitely dig these new takes on some old classics.
Highly Recommended

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