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District 9 (Bilingual)
District 9 (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Sharlto Copley
Price: CDN$ 5.97
28 used & new from CDN$ 1.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Places you haven't been, characters you haven't met, Aug. 27 2014
This review is from: District 9 (Bilingual) (DVD)
This quirky South African Science-Fiction film is one of the best, filled with unusual sights and characters. Instead of the Alien Others being our superiors, those stranded on earth by a plague and perhaps the breakdown of their ship appear as lost souls, members of an extra-terrestrial Underclass. How would the human race treat such visitors? How would we deal with a second sentient species on the planet? The answers here are both unexpected and all-too-predictable.
The extras on the DVD are well worth watching.

NOVA: Ghosts of Murdered Kings [Import]
NOVA: Ghosts of Murdered Kings [Import]
Offered by moviemars-canada
Price: CDN$ 13.87
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boy Bodies Explained, Aug. 27 2014
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This is a particularly clear and enlightening look at the Bog bodies of Northern Europe, and of Ireland in particular. The latest theories and evidence are discussed in straightforward style. An enjoyable production.

Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour Series 1
Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour Series 1
DVD ~ Shaun Evans
Price: CDN$ 24.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Inspector Morse is a splendid series all on its own., Aug. 27 2014
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A very worthy addition to the Inspector Morse/Lewis universe. The stories are, as always, intricate and almost reasonable, but the sets and acting are quite splendid. Roger Allam as the mentor to young Endevour Morse is heartbreakingly wonderful. So far, there are only two series. I hope that there is time and space for a few more.

Karnak: Evolution of a Temple
Karnak: Evolution of a Temple
by Elizabeth Blyth
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 47.97
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but a little dull, Aug. 19 2014
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This is a very clear and fairly through examination of the stages in growth of Karnak Temple. It fills a serious need for the enthusiastic traveller or non-specialist scholar. Unfortunately, it does not have enough pictures or maps to make the text really clear. I found myself going through my own images of Karnak, trying to figure out what it was that was being described.
It's not an easy read, nor is it a particularly engaging one, but it's nevertheless a useful book, and one that i refer to very often.

A History of Ancient Britain
A History of Ancient Britain
DVD ~ Neil Oliver
Offered by Rarewaves-CA
Price: CDN$ 10.57
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Times, Modern Presentation, Aug. 19 2014
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This review is from: A History of Ancient Britain (DVD)
This is a really delightful series with the always reliable and engaging Neil Oliver. Beautifully filmed, and reasonably up-to-the-moment in its scholarship. Be careful if you order it, as my copy was Area 2, and i was fortunate in having a friend who could make a copy in the North American format.

Your Inner Fish [Import]
Your Inner Fish [Import]
Price: CDN$ 33.84
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, charming,and enlightening, June 17 2014
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This review is from: Your Inner Fish [Import] (DVD)
Neil Shubin is one of my favourite scientists. His book, Your Inner Fish, on which this PBS series is in part based, taught me more about biology than anything else i'd read, or any course i'd taken previously. With his help, i learned to stop stamp-collecting in science, and to think a little more scientifically.
In this three-part series, as in his books and previous TV work, Shubin mixes some story-telling with his science and leads the reader into a deeper understanding of evolution and the past shared by all the creatures on this planet by engaging us in his searches for flat-headed fish and other particular things, like various types of gill-arches. The second and third episodes, focusing on 'our inner reptile' and 'our inner monkey' lead the viewer to a more profound appreciation of our scaley and furry cousins.
Well-photographed, and with excellent CG enhancements that take us back and forward in time, each episode can be viewed many times with pleasure.

Shakespeare Behind Bars [Import]
Shakespeare Behind Bars [Import]
DVD ~ Shana Hagan
Offered by EntertainmentForLess
Price: CDN$ 11.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Tempest in a Prison, April 24 2014
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A group of convicts, some men serving time for very serious crimes, work out the action and the meaning of the Tempest with passion and a purity of intention and commitment that is wonderful to watch. Their final production has great comedy and deep compassion.
Extras on the disc include more scenes and film of the production in a women's prison and in front of their own families. Interviews with the various actors show us their insights and their difficulties. This is a rare film,absolutely enthralling.

As You Like It (2006)
As You Like It (2006)
DVD ~ Alfred Molina
Offered by M plus L
Price: CDN$ 19.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and cheerful production with a charming cast, April 24 2014
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This review is from: As You Like It (2006) (DVD)
I still don't know why Kenneth Branagh decided to set As You Like It in Mejii Japan, but the decision resulted in a beautiful film to watch and a perfectly believable setting for the action. I don't think i've ever seen a stronger cast in this play, with Bryce Dallas Howard as a particularly beautiful and lovable Rosalind. Brian Blessed plays both the good old Duke and his usurping brother, and that's fine, too. Kevin Kline as Jacques was a slight disappointment, but perhaps i was hoping for too much from him. His performance is really just fine, but not extraordinary. The word that best sums it all up is 'captivating.' If you've never seen the play before, this is a most excellent introduction to the Forest of Arden.

As You Like It: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre [Import]
As You Like It: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre [Import]
DVD ~ Gareth Bennett-Ryan
Price: CDN$ 29.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lively, funny and believable As You Like It, April 24 2014
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Productions from Shakespeare's Globe invite the audience to join in as part of the action and as confidants of the characters. This As You Like It is very well acted, with good pacing and a well balanced cast. This and Kenneth Branagh's Japanese-style version of the play are my favourites - both lively and believable no matter how strange the action gets.

Pygmalion
Pygmalion
DVD ~ Wendy Hiller
Price: CDN$ 18.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, March 31 2014
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This review is from: Pygmalion (DVD)
How lovely to see this beautiful crisp clear print of the classic film. Wendy Hiller is young, beautiful and full of quiet dignity as Eliza; Leslie Howard, for once allowed to play his own age and intelligence is terrific as Professor Higgins. The supporting cast is wonderful and the sets and costumes are a treat for the eyes. Shaw's witty dialogue stands up to the test of years while his humanism and kindliness have become more obvious as time has passed.

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