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Anderson/Bruford/Howe/Wakeman
Anderson/Bruford/Howe/Wakeman
DVD ~ Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic Yes concert, Feb. 23 2012
This is a great Yes concert dvd (though technically the individual names instead of the group signifies they're missing Squire). It's older ('80's) and they are in fine form, beginning with solos (Anderson, Howe, Wakeman) and then into the full concert of their best. (Long Distance Runaround, Birthright, And You And I, I've Seen All Good People, Close to the Edge, Themes, Brother of Mine, The Meeting, Heart of the Sunrise, Order of the Universe, Roundabout, then Starship Trooper as an encore following the credits.) The dvd is very basic, no extras, and the main menu is a chapter list, but the sound is good and it runs approx. 2hr. 25min. Highly recommended for fans.

With All Deliberate Speed
With All Deliberate Speed
DVD ~ Vernon Jordan
Offered by The Digital Vault
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating little known history, Feb. 10 2012
This review is from: With All Deliberate Speed (DVD)
This is a great documentary for anyone interested in the civil rights movement, and specifically how its earlier origins laid the groundwork for the end of segregation. The title comes from a short phrase in the resulting legislation that fueled much protest and delay. There is a lot of info here about previously unknown names who risked everything, and stories that began the fight for equality long before the 60's civil rights movement. With All Deliberate Speed is a well researched and well presented documentary, but sadly, there are no dvd extras. (except a few doc trailers) 4 1/2 stars

1911: Revolution (Blu-ray + DVD)
1911: Revolution (Blu-ray + DVD)
DVD ~ Jackie Chan
Price: CDN$ 26.99
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great history, inconsistent film, Jan. 19 2012
Though the film succeeds as a painfully accurate slice of history, it's uneven and inconsistent. I was hoping for an epic, and some of the photography is outstanding, but the editing is unexpectedly choppy, sadly turning potential scenes of panorama into quick snapshots. (Also, there are questionable choices in how the material is shot - ie. unnecessary multi-angles and unnecessary scenes). Other moments that should be brief, linger a bit too long and lean towards melodrama. Be prepared to sit close to the screen if you want to know who the characters are or how the footnotes pertain to the scene (miniature type - in the middle of the screen - about 25% the size of the subtitles). Though important to understanding the story and historical accuracy, they only add to the overall distraction by technique. Despite or because of it all, the film is bizarrely interesting. Unfortunately however, I didn't feel any emotional involvement - and there is a fair bit of tragedy. It only runs 99min. so there was room to expand and even out the material. Jackie Chan is fine (as is Joan Chen who portrays the Empress Dowager), but at some points his voice seems dubbed by someone with deeper vocals. On the blu-ray, there is approx. 35min. bonus footage with deleted and behind the scenes footage, plus trailer. (Might have been nice to have a history scholar commentary.)

Varese Sarabande: A 30th Ann.
Varese Sarabande: A 30th Ann.
Price: CDN$ 20.53
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5.0 out of 5 stars great compilation of film scores, Jan. 13 2012
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As with their 25th 4 disc set, this 30th anniversary collection of film scores by varese sarabande is fantastic. Film fans along with instrumental music lovers will appreciate this wonderful compilation by today's "classical" composers. The variety and quality of the titles may be surprising, especially if one has not to been exposed to a specific genre. Plus - great value pricing.

Ultimate Heist (Bilingual) [Import]
Ultimate Heist (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Jean Reno
Offered by VHS & Beta Rare Movies
Price: CDN$ 3.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars good deliberately paced heist drama, Jan. 13 2012
Jean Reno is fantastic as the not so likable father and organized crime leader in this deliberately paced drama. The ultimate heist itself does not occur until the end of the film, so the story progresses subtly with mounting strain and tension. Sadly, there are no dvd extras. (run time is approx. 90min.)

The Expendables [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]
The Expendables [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]
DVD ~ Jason Statham
Price: CDN$ 11.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars director's cut better, but compressed blu-ray audio, Jan. 2 2012
Though director Sylvester Stallone's extended cut is (arguably) the better film (depending on one's tastes), be forewarned the blu-ray audio is heavily compressed (loud sound effects, soft dialogue). For those who don't have a home theater system, and don't mind operating the volume control, this version might still be worth it - especially for fans of the genre, and the impressive cast. The technical trade off is for the bonus material (including a 6-part making of, Spike TV's action focus, Stallone's interview etc.), which give extensive insight into Stallone's directing process. (There is also a brief intro from the set of Expendables 2.)

Discovery Atlas: Italy Revealed [Blu-ray]
Discovery Atlas: Italy Revealed [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Isabella Rossellini
Offered by vidco
Price: CDN$ 5.27
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous scenery but minimal, Dec 27 2011
Though the blu-ray version is gorgeous, I wasn't familiar with this series and expected much more scenery, perhaps based on the title alone. There are some great visuals of Italy's natural beauty but as a whole the footage is too minimal, and instead the documentary focuses (intently) on a select number of personalities as each follows their chosen career aspirations. (The risk is the viewer may be completely disinterested in one or all of these individuals.) Though the professions profiled are well connected to Italy (gondolier, race car driver, fashion model etc.), I would have preferred more scenery and a broader representation, even with talking heads of past and present, to give a better overview. Though some footage is momentarily spectacular, narrator, Isabella Rossellini adds drama (bordering on melodrama) to the often repetitive script, in an attempt to build the viewer's interest in the events. (run time is a lengthy 1hr. 40min.) More interesting are the blu-ray extras which include a making-of HD, behind-the-scenes, trailers for other titles in the series, and photo gallery.

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 15.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining mockumentary, Dec 5 2011
This is a very funny, yet very realistic mockumentary set in and about the world of pre-teen dance competitions. The characters seem familiar (from pushy stage mom, to under-appreciated artistic choreographer, to the multitude of young talented dancers), yet all are presented with a fresh and humourous approach to the "journey". The dvd also includes a brief "making of" featurette plus trailer. Highly recommended for anyone interested in dance and mockumentaries. (4 1/2 stars)

New Blood Live In London (Blu-ray)
New Blood Live In London (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Peter Gabriel
Price: CDN$ 16.99
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great live performance, Nov. 4 2011
Instead of a straightforward concert, this is a showcase of Peter Gabriel in a full blown orchestral presentation. It's wonderful for those open to the concept. Gabriel, always the innovator, has reworked many of his classics to a rich, lavish sound, and together with appropriate set design elements and inventive camera work make this live presentation interesting viewing as well as just great background music. But as the warning indicated on the wrapper, "no guitars, no bass, no drum kit". The visual quality looks good, but technically, the specs may be a tad confusing as the video is listed as 1080 high def (no i or p specified). The blue light was not activated, so maybe the dvd would look just as good. There are however 3 audio options on the blu-ray - LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS HD Master Audio. The only bonus bit is the featurette Blood Donors, which focuses on the making of 3D version - which the home viewer doesn't get a chance to experience in this blu-ray version. New Blood Live in London runs approx. 2hr. 20min. plus approx. 20min. for Blood Donors, and is highly recommended to anyone interested in an orchestral interpretation and presentation of Peter Gabriel.

Divergence (Special Two Disc Set) [Import]
Divergence (Special Two Disc Set) [Import]
DVD ~ Aaron Kwok
Price: CDN$ 19.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars great Asian action, Nov. 3 2011
Divergence means crossroads and there's more than one character faced with the dilemma of which way to turn. At the heart of the film is a cop who cannot recover from the disappearance of his wife, as he attempts to pursue a crime lord. The story moves at a nice pace for the most part, and has some gripping action sequences, so is recommended for fans of Asian action cinema. One oddly humourous problem (if you can read it that way) is the English subtitles, which often flash too briefly, or continue to lag behind, so it's not always easy to understand which character is saying which line. The dvd as a set seems to be unnecessary as the complete material could have fit on one disc. The bonus features include a brief making-of, photo gallery, premiere (not subtitled), and trailers on the 2nd disc, plus commentary (thankfully subtitled) on the first.

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