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Beyond Anger: How to Hold On to Your Heart and Your Humanity in the Midst of Injustice
Beyond Anger: How to Hold On to Your Heart and Your Humanity in the Midst of Injustice
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful collection of excerpts, Nov. 30 2013
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This is a wonderful collection and excerpts from previously published material, primarily on the buddhist's approach to anger. It's well-written for an easy read and highly recommended, especially as it's available for free download. Though perhaps brief, there is much to be gained from these simple and well thought out writings.

Planes [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Planes [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jon Cryer
Offered by BEARDOS BAZAAR
Price: CDN$ 25.47
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3.0 out of 5 stars visually stunning blu-ray, Nov. 30 2013
Planes on blu-ray is worth a look for the stunning visuals alone. Sadly, much of what composes the rest of the movie is mediocre, from the dialogue, to the vocal performances, and even the choice in songs. This film lacks the ability to engage the viewer, and often feels forced in a far too simplistic way. (Instead of celebrity voices, perhaps true vocal talent artists may have offered an improvement, but still the dialogue is perhaps too basic to salvage.) Given other titles by Pixar / Disney (and the quality of other animated features in general), this effort is surprisingly rudimentary, yet might well appeal to children of a young age. Adults on the other hand may quickly lose interest, accept for the global variety of gorgeous landscape artwork. Additionally, as bonus material, there are several worthy featurettes on planes (models and history).

How to Get Rid of Insomnia Naturally (Health Learning Series Book 17)
How to Get Rid of Insomnia Naturally (Health Learning Series Book 17)
Price: CDN$ 3.14

2.0 out of 5 stars too basic, and a major disagreement, Nov. 27 2013
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It's great to have this free download of a quick and easy read. Unfortunately, this book (?) is far too basic on the topic and those with any familiarity to insomnia will quickly skim 90% of it. Though some of the "cures" may be helpful (especially the nutritional assistance of recommended foods), I disagree with the author's wording when it comes to physically relaxing the body. (Something like, giving specific parts of the body permission to go "offline".) I also disagreed with the author's guidance that once the physical body is relaxed, the mind is then free to wander until one obtains sleep. The problem is many insomniacs try to prevent the mind from "wandering" as it can be the very cause of sleeplessness in the first place. Though there can be some good nutritional info here, the book itself isn't recommended due to what I sense is the author's inexperience with the subject matter.

Children of Men / Repo Men [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Children of Men / Repo Men [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Clive Owen
Price: CDN$ 11.98

5.0 out of 5 stars affordable repo men on blu, children adequate inclusion, Nov. 14 2013
This double blu-ray set is currently (at the time of this writing) the most affordable way to own Repo Men which is a dark cultish black comedy about re-claiming the company's property of body parts (while they're still being used by consumers, keeping them alive). Jude Law and Forrest Whittaker are outstanding as the well-teamed repo men as is Liev Schreiber, their conscious-less boss. Also included is Children of Men. The only commonality in this pairing is the aspect of an unappealing future. While Repo Men is very entertaining and interesting, Children of Men is just bleak. Though the later does contain some good action sequences, and excellent single take camera work, the plot of global infertility drags on. Still for the price, this is a good deal. Both blu-rays have good bonus material, including featurettes and commentaries, and Repo Men has the additional unrated version (for extra gore). Highly recommended for Repo Men alone (5 stars), and the bonus of Children of Men (3 stars).

Green Zone / The Kingdom [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Green Zone / The Kingdom [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Matt Damon
Price: CDN$ 8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars good deal for two well paired blu-rays, Nov. 12 2013
This double blu-ray set is value-priced and a good deal for anyone interested in political military investigative fare - and for once this pairing may offer a similar mindset so the audience is not buying the package for just one film (though it can still certainly happen). While not perfect, both films are interesting and well-done. (My only disappointment was the excessive grain visually on Green Zone.) Additionally both discs contain good bonus materials, including commentaries and various featurettes. Recommended as a good value deal.

Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Ann-Margret
Price: CDN$ 11.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars great musical with 20th Anniversary blu-ray flaws, Nov. 11 2013
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The enjoyable and entertaining Newsies was always an underrated musical until more recent years (especially with the well-reviewed broadway show), so I was looking forward to this blu-ray. The 20th Anniversary edition is an expected improvement (say over the dvd), however there are still many moments of grainy images, and one short scene where a halo appears surrounding the actor (a technical indicator of an imperfect transfer). Though the film is still a great based-on-fact re-telling of the newsies and their 1899 strike that surprisingly halted the circulation of both Hearst and Pulitzer publications, it's unfortunate the visuals are not as perfect as one would expect. Also, there are no new special features, but the original bonus material remains interesting. Still, the blu-ray is affordable, and worth the investment for any fan, especially of Kenny Ortega's choreography / direction, the energetic, cast, and Alan Menken's memorable music.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live Arena Tour
Jesus Christ Superstar Live Arena Tour
Price: CDN$ 16.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing theatrically staged rock show!, Nov. 7 2013
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Any fan of the concept and music of Jesus Christ Superstar is sure to love this energetic and contemporary show. The bold format involves original staging, integration of film / photo backdrops, fantastic performances, and exceptionally well-timed choreographic movements all to showcase this amazing rock opera. Technically, there is great production value, both with sound and camera work. The dvd extras include a 19 min. interview with Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber where he expresses much satisfaction at finally having captured the show as he'd always imagined it, and a behind-the-scenes footage segment which touches on the extraordinary amount of work involved in this presentation. Highly recommended!
Upgrade update - I bought the blu-ray (and am gifting the dvd). The visuals are an expected improvement and gorgeous, but surprisingly the 40+ min. of bonus materials are also of blu-ray quality (the 2 featurettes are the same as the dvd - no blu-ray exclusives). Blu-ray is the obvious option if given a choice.

NEW Leaves Of Grass (DVD)
NEW Leaves Of Grass (DVD)
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Price: CDN$ 5.38
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3.0 out of 5 stars adequate in its way, Oct. 26 2013
This review is from: NEW Leaves Of Grass (DVD) (DVD)
As a fan of Tim Blake Nelson (writer, director, co-star), I perhaps expected too much. Also this was a well reviewed film which further led to high expectations. The "philosophical" leanings however, to poetry and Walt Whitman come across as a bit pretentious making the first half of the film slow, and the (total opposite) twin characters (Edward Norton) predictable. The subtle to black "humour" isn't original enough to hold more than vague attention. The film finally picks up, and it does get more interesting, however the conclusion (for the character) relegates the events to a long journey or parable of self-discovery. Though there are many dvd extras, I didn't have the interest to peruse. The film is adequate, but perhaps check your expectations at the door.

21 Hours at Munich
21 Hours at Munich
DVD ~ William Holden
Price: CDN$ 14.66
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4.0 out of 5 stars still a great accounting, Oct. 26 2013
This review is from: 21 Hours at Munich (DVD)
21 Hours at Munich remains a surprisingly competent retelling of the horrific hostage taking events at the 1972 Olympic games. The made for tv flick (from 1976, only 4 years later), portrays this gripping and emotional story with fluid faithfulness. Despite or because of the film's dated-ness, it continues to be compelling. Unfortunately, the dvd has no extras (it would have been great to include the documentary), but is still recommended for the film itself.

Shameless - Original UK Series - Seasons 1 & 2
Shameless - Original UK Series - Seasons 1 & 2
Price: CDN$ 18.98
27 used & new from CDN$ 13.86

4.0 out of 5 stars dysfunctional comedy in dysfunctional packaging, Oct. 7 2013
This is the original UK version of Shameless Seasons 1 & 2 starring David Threlfall (not to be confused with the American version starring William H. Macy). The series is dysfunctionally hilarious and well worth the viewing for those not sensitive to some often graphic and vulgar humour. This very affordable version (currently offered by Mill Creek) comes at a price. The 4 disc dvd set is very bare bones, offering only a play all function and separate episode access from the main menu. There are no extras, and for those needing interpretation on some of the heavier accents, sadly there are no subtitles. The packaging is very odd. Each dvd is in a separate 'envelope' which rests in a 4 corner 'holder' within the dvd case. It is not convenient, and the 'envelopes' will certainly wear with use. Still, to have this series is worth it - but if there's an option, maybe look at other releases of the same material.

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