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Green Zone / The Kingdom [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Green Zone / The Kingdom [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Matt Damon
Price: CDN$ 10.75

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 ~ Christian Bale
Price: CDN$ 11.99
24 used & new from CDN$ 8.62

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
2 used & new from CDN$ 16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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)
Offered by DealsAreUs
Price: CDN$ 5.39
20 used & new from CDN$ 4.54

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$ 14.72
19 used & new from CDN$ 0.48

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$ 16.97
26 used & new from CDN$ 14.04

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.

TRANSIT
TRANSIT
DVD ~ Jim Caviezel
Price: CDN$ 26.65
11 used & new from CDN$ 4.49

3.0 out of 5 stars guilty pleasure, Sept. 15 2013
This review is from: TRANSIT (DVD)
The story of Transit is plausible to a point - armoured car thieves use an unsuspecting family at random to stow their stash past a police check stop. It sounds simple enough, but the criminals soon learn that getting their money back may be more difficult than anticipated. The film holds the viewer's attention, as it does not stop, and there are several twists and revelations along the way. Depending on your level of involvement, you might not notice the multiple uses of convenience, so to say it's over the top may be an understatement. Still it's entertaining, and fans of any cast member will appreciate the performance. Sadly there are no extras on the dvd, and since it is currently pricey, wait for a good sale.

We Can Be Heroes
We Can Be Heroes
DVD ~ Chris Lilley
Price: CDN$ 27.97
8 used & new from CDN$ 26.09

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5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinarily talented mockumentarian, Sept. 15 2013
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This review is from: We Can Be Heroes (DVD)
Prior to Summer Heights High, writer / creator / actor-extraordinaire Chris Lilley gave us We Can Be Heroes - Finding the Australian of the Year. As with his other series (also Angry Boys) We Can Be Heroes contains brilliant mockumentary humour with more than a pang of human characterization. (Personally, I was distraught by the outcome of one participant.) The 2 disc set contains all 6 episodes on disc 1, plus bonus features on disc 2 which include extensive deleted scenes, outtakes, a "Ricky" performance, and a behind the scenes doc. Highly recommended for fans of Lilley, mockumentary humour, and jaw-droppingly great performances.

Basic Practices of the Universal Healing Tao: An Illustrated Guide to Levels 1 through 6
Basic Practices of the Universal Healing Tao: An Illustrated Guide to Levels 1 through 6
Price: CDN$ 14.90

5.0 out of 5 stars wealth of info, May 20 2013
This is an amazing book and for those familiar with the author Mantak Chia, Basic Practices of the Universal Healing Tao contains condensed versions of many of his previous publications. The result is an easy to read, straight forward how-to of healing movements with many corresponding illustrations and photos. The practices are comprehensive and simplistic with beneficial results. And for those wishing more elaboration there are specific referenced page numbers to the authors previous publications. This book is a great value and highly recommended.

AC/DC - No Bull: The Directors Cut [Blu-ray]
AC/DC - No Bull: The Directors Cut [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ AC/DC
Price: CDN$ 31.99
18 used & new from CDN$ 13.98

5.0 out of 5 stars great high energy concert, Jan. 9 2013
This is a great ACDC concert! Originally filmed in 16mm, the presentation is a bit grainy, but all things considered it's very acceptable and looks decent on blu-ray. The band performs their hits at high energy, taking turns running from one end of the massive Madrid stage to the other. Additionally, the creative stage design and background props add to the show. The concert runs for a solid 2 hrs., plus the bonus features of additional performances run on auto-play, making this blu-ray a great deal for any fan.

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