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The Secret of NIMH (90th Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
The Secret of NIMH (90th Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

4.0 out of 5 stars good movie disappointing transfer on blu-ray, Aug. 16 2014
I had high expectations for this 90th anniversary edition of The Secret of NIMH on blu-ray, but unfortunately it's just not the pristine presentation I'd been hoping for. The negative is dirty, and in the visually darker scenes, it's downright filthy. Perhaps many will not notice, but for those who do, watching this film can have its distractions. The background artwork and colour schemes are stunning, so it's a shame that it's not perfect on blu-ray. Still for what it is, I'm happy to have it and can only hope for a remastered version from a clean negative down the road. Blu-ray extras include an audio commentary with Don Bluth and Gary Goldman along with a featurette Secrets Behind the Secret.

4 Film Western [Import]
4 Film Western [Import]
Price: CDN$ 9.99
15 used & new from CDN$ 3.58

1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality not worth time or effort, July 11 2014
This review is from: 4 Film Western [Import] (DVD)
I found this set very difficult to watch because of the poor quality. The films are old and transferred from faded dirty negatives - it's hard to imagine why. (I've seen many vhs tapes with much higher quality than what is presented here.) The sound is a crap-shoot - sometimes you can hear the dialogue (depending on the speaker), sometimes not. Most of the time, I didn't care. In my opinion these are not classic films, thus the lack of effort in presentation. Incidentally, I originally thought I had a great buy when I found this in the bargain bin for $1. Now I want my money back. Save yours.

Casino Royale (1967) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Casino Royale (1967) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Val Guest
Offered by torontomediadvd_com
Price: CDN$ 39.88
2 used & new from CDN$ 18.99

3.0 out of 5 stars nice looking blu-ray for cultists, July 1 2014
Though not a great movie, Casino Royale is still worth viewing for its many big names and several entertaining segments. More notably however is its standing on how not to make a film. There was much money spent but very little coherency onscreen, and the attempted James Bond farce could be an overblown waste of time, except some moments are surprisingly worthwhile. The blu-ray version contains a "making of" that explains many of the film's difficulties including Peter Sellers (in general) and the resulting "firings". I like the design of certain segments, and the overall stunt-work, but this non-sensical and often silly attempt at comedy will not appeal to everyone.

Chuck Norris Collection [Import]
Chuck Norris Collection [Import]
Price: CDN$ 9.99
14 used & new from CDN$ 5.83

3.0 out of 5 stars adequate for Norris fans, June 27 2014
The 3 Chuck Norris films are adequate for fans - The President's Man, The President's Man: A Line in the Sand, and Logan's War: Bound by Honor. (The cover here says 5 film Norris collection, but was corrected for subsequent dvd cover releases to the accurate 3.) He's not the star but adds to the action portions in a significant way so the viewer won't be disappointed, however wait for a good sale. The films are bare bones but clean (not pristine) with no scene selection or subtitling. Keep in mind, the run time for the single sided dvd runs approx. 382min. The bonus material stars Charles Bronson and includes an episode of his old black and white series, Man with a Camera (approx. 26min.), along with the odd movie Lola where a weathered Bronson (looking 50) stars as a 38 yr. old who takes much flak for his much younger girlfriend of 16 (played wonderfully by Susan George, who looks 13). Though often comedic, it's actually creepier than any of Bronson's revenge flicks. This dvd is only recommended for Chuck Norris fans at a discount price.

Chinese Zodiac
Chinese Zodiac
Price: CDN$ 14.99
5 used & new from CDN$ 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars astounding stunt work, June 18 2014
This review is from: Chinese Zodiac (DVD)
Clearly the most creative action choreographer and performer ever (okay, maybe in conjunction with Buster Keaton), Jackie Chan continues with Chinese Zodiac to present a different story to frame his artistry. I would love to see the full or extended version as this one is noticeably edited. It begins at a blistering pace and doesn't let up until maybe halfway thru, but the problem is the action and stunt work cannot be fully appreciated unless taken in full context. And as with several (many) of his films, the audio dubbing can be an issue - here it's intermittent with some subtitling over foreign languages. Still I wouldn't miss this film in any form. It's just easier to follow if you don't blink too much. Sadly there are no dvd extras, however the end credits show only a few of the "oops", and also a montage entailing much of his film career. Highly recommended.

Paranoia /Paranoïa (Bilingual)
Paranoia /Paranoïa (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Liam Hemsworth
Price: CDN$ 9.88
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting to a point, June 17 2014
I don't think this is as an involving film as I'd hoped. It's still interesting to watch to a point, but seems less of a thriller and more of a mystery as to who or how bad the corporate espionage is. The acting is good overall (despite some unbelievable moments of melodrama) and memorable when both Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford share the screen. No bonus features, but still fairly entertaining for those willing to accept a less than realistic endeavour.

Double Identity
Double Identity
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Price: CDN$ 8.99
15 used & new from CDN$ 0.95

2.0 out of 5 stars insufferably routine, June 11 2014
This review is from: Double Identity (DVD)
I was really hoping for something better from Val Kilmer, but this isn't it. It's a fairly predictable story of mistaken identity involving a doctor (Kilmer) who's believed to be an agent of the Russian mob. Being from Doctors Without Borders, the character has an excuse for world travel, and gives the film some much needed European cultural flavour. Kilmer is not in shape which works well for the character's mistaken identity as he lumbers and grimaces through most of what can loosely be referred to as "action". The dvd has only previews as bonus material.

NEW Hudson/bernal/goldberg - Little Bit Of Heaven (Blu-ray)
NEW Hudson/bernal/goldberg - Little Bit Of Heaven (Blu-ray)
Offered by Maple Ridge Goods
Price: CDN$ 9.99
23 used & new from CDN$ 3.10

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a semi-real approach to an emotional tear-jerker, June 5 2014
I'm normally not a fan of either romance or tear-jerkers in general so perhaps others will rate this film higher. It's a well-made well-cast semi-realistic portrayal of a vibrant woman's sudden diagnosis of terminal cancer. Kate Hudson's enduring performance successfully encompasses all the angers and joys, and along the way develops into a fairly absorbing film. (The great cast also includes Kathy Bates, Peter Dinklage, Treat Williams and Lucy Punch etc.) Additionally, on the blu-ray version there is approx. 40min. of unstructured bonus footage in cast interviews and behind the scenes. Highly recommended for fans of both romance and tear-jerkers. For the rest it's worthwhile viewing if and when the mood strikes.

Straight A's (Bilingual)
Straight A's (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Anna Paquin
Price: CDN$ 27.95
14 used & new from CDN$ 3.45

4.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile viewing, June 5 2014
This review is from: Straight A's (Bilingual) (DVD)
This is a good little movie that could easily fall between the cracks. It might be a marketing impossibility. The story plays like a quirky slice of reality with a good performance from Ryan Phillippe as he attempts to reconnect with his past and those he left behind. The title refers to his newly met young nephew's desires to achieve Straight A's in school. The often necessary profanity (to be true to the character) means it's not a kids movie but there is an importance to the story from the nephew's point of view. Extras (on the blu-ray version) include a featurette, making-of, along with cast and crew interviews. Worth viewing.

Eleven Classic Albums
Eleven Classic Albums
Price: CDN$ 24.00
23 used & new from CDN$ 8.72

5.0 out of 5 stars great deal for film songs, June 4 2014
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This review is from: Eleven Classic Albums (Audio CD)
This is a good deal series, despite the lack of inclusions, such as liner notes (or a more distinguishable way of telling one disc from another). I'm thrilled with the set as it provides an affordable way of collecting Doris Day's film music. This box set contains many great songs from her movies (9 of the 11 classic albums are from her films). Highly recommended for fans.

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