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Planes, Trains and Automobiles [Blu-ray]
Planes, Trains and Automobiles [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Steve Martin
Price: CDN$ 7.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars great on blu-ray with worthwhile extras, Jan. 5 2014
Planes Trains and Automobiles is a great Thanksgiving road-trip (buddy?) comedy, that looks better on blu-ray and contains some excellent bonus material. For the (sale) price it was worth it to visually upgrade, as well as own the additional featurettes. Contained on this blu-ray are the making-of (which includes a q & a with writer-director John Hughes and stars Steve Martin and John Candy), as well as a couple of John Hughes retrospectives. There is a also a deleted scene (worth viewing) and a tribute to John Candy. For any fan of the film and its participants, the bonus material alone will be of interest. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a seasonal laugh with heart.

Singin' in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
Singin' in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
DVD ~ Gene Kelly
Price: CDN$ 69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous blu-ray collector's edition box set, Jan. 5 2014
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Singin' in the Rain is the best its ever been on blu-ray - visually, it's great for any fan to have the clarity and colour of this musical-comedy-satire, plus of course the memorable tunes. Additionally on the blu-ray, there is an engaging tribute from today's dancers, choreographers and musical directors (from Glee, Hairspray, Chicago etc.). I was fortunate enough to take advantage of an amazon super sale so can also rave about what a great deal it is. Contained in this box set are the blu-ray / dvd combo set, a collectible red umbrella, 3 re-production lobby cards (previous door panels containing each of the 3 leads), and a hardcover collectible book (48 glossy pages full of pictures, bios and trivia). Highly recommended for any fan of this classic, or musicals in general.

Star Trek: Stardate Collection [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Star Trek: Stardate Collection [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Patrick Stewart
Price: CDN$ 98.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars for the fan, Jan. 5 2014
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I purchased this box set on a lightning deal (time limited), so can rave about what a great value it is. For the fan of Star Trek, this blu-ray box set is the way to go. Each of the 10 films not surprisingly look great and are presented on their own disc with a plethora of extras. There are also two bonus discs with additional features. I doubt I will ever get thru ALL of the bonus material contained in this set, but so far my favourites are the tributes (featurettes) to both DeForest Kelley and Jerry Goldsmith. Also, disc 11 contains "the summit" which is an entertaining 3 part (approx. 72min. total) discussion moderated by Whoopi Goldberg with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes. This box set is highly recommended for the Star Trek fan. (But maybe keep an eye out for any future amazon sales.)

Nomad: The Warrior [Blu-ray] [Import]
Nomad: The Warrior [Blu-ray] [Import]
Price: CDN$ 16.80
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3.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous blu-ray landscapes, distracting dialogue, Jan. 4 2014
Nomad (The Warrior) tells an interesting story of the search and eventual rise of a young Kazakstan ruler. Though the landscape is the main star (and appears quite stunning on blu-ray), the photography and editing are inconsistent. Some scenes look quite epic with interesting technique while others inexplicably are more reminiscent of standard TV. The music is strong and well suited, and there are other stellar production qualities such as costumes, make-up and set design etc. for this period drama. The problem lies with the dialogue. Though there is a Kazakstan audio track, the viewer is better off watching it in English. While both tracks show out-of-sync and dubbing issues, it seems more (maybe most) of the close-ups are spoken in English. That being said, there is still much dialogue over-dubbing, which can be very distracting. There is also the issue of the English subtitles which do not match the spoken English dialogue. (If viewed it's another distraction, yet somehow bizarrely interesting.) If the viewer can over-come or get used to the dialogue distractions, than the film is recommended for its historic perspective and scenery. Unfortunately, there are no blu-ray extras.

Death Race 3: Inferno [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (Bilingual)
Death Race 3: Inferno [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Dougray Scott Luke Goss
Price: CDN$ 15.97
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, Dec 23 2013
Speaking as a fan of the franchise, Death Race 3 is the weakest and most disappointing installment so far. The first half hour of the film contains much awkward exposition - who and how Frankenstein is - the introduction of over-the-top villain(s) - and the relocation of the race to the Kalahari. Sadly there is very little "race" but many explosive stunts, and thrown together excuses for action. The difficulty with this film is that it's hard for the viewer to care. While the previous films had a reality-based intensity, this film strives to be melodramatic. Still it has a good ending, and it's interesting to see Dougray Scott as the evil show runner. There are some worthwhile bonus features, including deleted scenes, alternative opening and making-of etc. Two and a half stars.

Man From Snowy River [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Man From Snowy River [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Price: CDN$ 11.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars not re-mastered on blu-ray, Dec 5 2013
If ever I wanted to own a film on blu-ray it's The Man From Snowy River. Though the spectacular scenery and photography still look outstanding here (in the best possible format), I am more than disappointed that this movie is not re-mastered. Depending on one's critical eye, there are varying degrees of higher-than-normal contrast and grain in the visuals. It's still a good looking film, but I want it to be great. Same goes for the soundtrack (by Bruce Rowland), which has been a long-time favourite (since the film's release in 1982). Also, there are no blu-ray extras, except for the trailer, where a comparison can be made - the very clean film copy vs. the dirtier looking trailer. Overall, it's a highly recommended blu-ray - I only hope there's a hi-def release coming some time in the future.

Escape from Planet Earth 3D - Fuyons la Planète Terre [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Escape from Planet Earth 3D - Fuyons la Planète Terre [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Brendan Fraser
Price: CDN$ 9.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars cute fun good-looking on blu-ray, Dec 1 2013
This is a fun film with good animated design and many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy. As the title implies aliens are trying to escape from Earth - and as a special treat for film fans watch for the commander calling his team by some familiar names. ("George, Lucas…", Chris, Nolan…", Quentin, Marty, Scorch Me!") Bonus features include commentary, making-of, plus music videos and deleted scenes. Though this package includes other formats, I have only seen the blu-ray which looks great.

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
Price: CDN$ 0.00

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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
Price: CDN$ 25.17
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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.

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