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Bridge to Terabithia [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Bridge to Terabithia [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Josh Hutcherson
Price: CDN$ 11.99
31 used & new from CDN$ 4.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Building the bridge to others, Feb. 22 2013
There is some fantasy to be found, but this movie is more focused on the Human condition, on the trials and tribulations we often encounter as older children.

The movies starts with what I found to be an incredibly stirring opening scene. We follow Jess as he goes about doing the 2 things he most loves...running and drawing. After a few moments his drawings start to come to life, even flying around him as he runs through countryside. with an incredibly moving main title playing in the background, this is the look, and feel, and sound of imagination set free, of limitless possibilities, of what being Human is all about. I knew from these first few minutes that this was going to be something very special. It was, from beginning to the final fade out.

The movie's main theme is, as the movie title suggests, a bridge...the bridge we build to connect with another. It is shown to be the magical process that it is, as we watch Jess and Leslie become best friends. It is all the more magical in that both Jess and Leslie are, more or less, loners, outsiders. By building a bridge between them, this encourages them to build bridges with others. Leslie befriends a misunderstood 8th grader, Jess reaches out to a teacher that he likes (for those who think it's inappropriate, you are cynical and paranoid). It really is something beautiful to watch..and listen to, as the soundtrack is quite amazing.

Oh, for those out there that think this is not a movie for children (age 8+ should be fine IMHO), give children some credit and stop trying to protect them from EVERYTHING.

Maurice - The Merchant Ivory Collection
Maurice - The Merchant Ivory Collection
DVD ~ James Wilby
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 114.75
6 used & new from CDN$ 67.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving, very human story, Dec 21 2011
The film is part coming-of-age, part love story, part period piece social commentary.
A stirring title theme by Richard Robbins starts us off on our journey with Maurice, a good natured middle class bloke in Edwardian England,c circa 1910...except that he's gay. We follow Maurice as he discovers the trials and tribulations of forbidden love and his attempt to find happiness in a class based society that stinks of hypocrisy and repression.

One can't really say much more about the film without giving too much away to the first time viewer.
I will say that there are at least four scenes in the film that are classic in every sense of the word, scenes that should touch your heart and stay with you long after the end credits are finished.

Although the movie is almost 25 years old, it has lost none of it's potency. The story is solid, the performances are great, and the music, cinematography and period detail are the usual high level one comes to expect from Merchant-Ivory films.
I can only hope that Criterion or some other bluray re-mastering company will dust off the celluloid film master (and the various deleted scenes that many fans of this film consistently agree should be included), clean up the video and audio a bit and digitally remaster to bluray. Anything less would be a cinematic crime to this classic film.

Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Kevin McKidd
Price: CDN$ 79.99
14 used & new from CDN$ 59.39

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, Aug. 25 2010
If you are looking for Jerry Bruckheimer explosions and epic eye candy (to try and make up for a brain dead script), look elsewhere.

Rome contains all the aspects of a great story...betrayals, great battles, great victories, terrible defeats, tragedies, love, hatred, revenge.. You name it, Rome probably has it.

More than that, this a no holds barred view of Roman life during one of the greatest periods of Western civilization. Probably the most refreshing about Rome is that it contains little PC-obsessed and censorship-obsessed sugar coating. This is how it really was or as close as we can portray in modern times. Sit back and watch the birth of an Empire that formed the bedrock upon which our present day Western civilization resides.

The bluray version is amazing in it's video quality and sound. Even the intro menus are very well done and give nothing away.

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