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My Boy Jack
My Boy Jack
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 17.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, thoughtful World War One Drama, May 13 2015
This review is from: My Boy Jack (DVD)
This is a beautifully acted and well paced film, not a tear-tearjerker, though sad enough. The fine performances, led by Daniel Radcliffe as Jack, invite thoughtful compassion and consideration of the issues of courage and patriotism. Hyde is splendid as Kipling, giving a human face to someone who has become merely a caricature, a mask for British Imperialism.

A Waste of Shame [Import]
A Waste of Shame [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sombre vision of Shakespeare and his world, April 6 2015
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This review is from: A Waste of Shame [Import] (DVD)
Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets? Who was the Handsome Youth? This program offers an imagined response. The film provides a very fine recreation of life in Tudor times, with splendid, nuanced acting by Rupert Graves (Lestrade on Sherlock) and the beautiful Indira Varma. I was pleasantly surprised to see Tom Hiddleston and Nicholas Rowe in the cast in smaller roles. This is not a jolly rolicking Merrie Olde England, but a rather sombre place where success if hard-won, squalor is everywhere, and death is near at hand. I don't think George Turner's 1965 novel provided the final answer to the questions posed in the sonnets, but this film offers a beautiful reading of the poems. By linking the sonnets with a story of emotional joy and pain, the film may help new readers to discover the poems, and perhaps compose their own stories of how it all was.

Empires: Napoleon
Empires: Napoleon
DVD ~ David McCullough
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, April 6 2015
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This review is from: Empires: Napoleon (DVD)
This is just what an historical program should be. PBS helps us to visit many of the sites mentioned and provides a few limited but believable battle sequences as well as a wealth of contemporary images of Napoleon. The film is neither hero-worship nor idol-bashing, but attempts to take a balanced look at one of the most extraordinary men who ever lived. Wonderful colour, very fine sound, good use of experts speaking their own languages. Highly recommended.

NEW Scaramouche (1952) (DVD)
NEW Scaramouche (1952) (DVD)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scaramouche has not aged well, March 21 2015
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This review is from: NEW Scaramouche (1952) (DVD) (DVD)
While the sword fights are wonderful, the acting styles and the costumes are a very dated. I think the cleanliness of the whole production is a big problem - the gypsies are spotless, the nobles all look dry-cleaned, and everyone's white wigs seem to be made of nylon. It's very distracting. This had been the first movie i remember from my childhood, and i only remembered the swordfights. I've been afraid to see it again, and i was right - if you love good swordfights, just fast forward and enjoy them. As for the rest . . .

The Mentalist: The Complete Sixth Season
The Mentalist: The Complete Sixth Season
DVD ~ Simon Baker
Price: CDN$ 26.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction guaranteed, Oct. 20 2014
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After all these years, the riddle is answered and Red John has been exposed and removed. What will Patrick do with his new life? Fortunately, the writers and cast and crew have lots of good ideas left. New characters are introduced, some old characters leave, but this set of programs provides the mysteries, the thrills, the humour, and the human interest we've come to expect from The Mentalist. And it concludes with the best TV kiss of all time - beautiful, believable, loving! Can't wait for the next season.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Chris Evans
Price: CDN$ 24.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Courageous, Oct. 6 2014
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I watched this film three times in theatres, and have watched it as often again since it arrived at my door. Though there is plenty of flash and noise, and lots of exciting fight scenes, the heart of this film, as of the first Captain America, is Chris Evans' extraordinary performance as Steve Rogers. He manages to be appealingly lost in the modern world and at the same time capable of handling any challenge without compromising his basic goodness and common sense. Scarlett Johanssen continues her fine performances as the Black Widow, and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is a wonderfully tough and manly character, far more interesting than he ever was in the comics. Robert Redford is also very fine, as are the rest of the cast members. The only way to make these comic book movies work is to realize that the characters are archetypes, and get the very best actors available to play them. These folks keep our disbelief at a distance and invite us into this 'larger world.'

Thebes in the First Millennium BC
Thebes in the First Millennium BC
by Julia Budka, Kenneth Griffin Elena Pischikova
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Libyians, Nubians, and Persians - o my!, Oct. 6 2014
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This is a fascinating selection of essays about this time period, which has not received the attention of flashier epochs in Ancient Egypt, such as the Eighteenth Dynasty. Papers are clear and accessible. They help to counteract the impression often given by general history and art books that nothing much was going on in Thebes in those centuries. I found the discussions of 25th and 25th dynasty tombs and coffins particularly interesting and useful. Unfortunately, the images are all black and white, which is a shame in a rather expensive book. I am grateful to Dr. Pischikova for bringing these papers together.

Dawn of Egyptian Art
Dawn of Egyptian Art
by Diana Patch
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine scholarship; a clear and enjoyable read., Sept. 15 2014
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This review is from: Dawn of Egyptian Art (Hardcover)
A perfectly wonderful book - beautiful to look at and interesting to read. The essays are clear and often quite thought-provoking in their attitudes toward the ancient artifacts.
This book makes an excellent reference, but is also a pleasurable read.

Inspector Morse Set Oneead of
Inspector Morse Set Oneead of
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling title, Sept. 15 2014
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I wish i knew what 'Oneead' means. It looks like a typo got onto the site and is staying there. This word has nothing to do with the episodes. The picture on the front of British actor Palmer does not go with this particular set of episodes, either.
The prints, however, are crystal clear and the sound is excellent.

Henry VIII: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Henry VIII: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
DVD ~ Dominic Rown
Price: CDN$ 20.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Pageant, Aug. 27 2014
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This version of Henry VIII is beautifully acted on the Globe stage. The director has chosen to let the language speak for itself and the actors have responded to the challenge by investing each character with human emotion and insight. This play can be performed as a mere pageant, but here we respond to Queen Catherine's nobility of character and her terrible pain, to Wolsley's venality and his genuine merit. If the play had never touched your heart, this may be the production that will do so.
Fine costumes, suitable, contemporary and yet not distracting add to the pleasure of this DVD.

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