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River Wild, The [Blu-ray]
River Wild, The [Blu-ray]
Price: CDN$ 11.93
18 used & new from CDN$ 9.88

5.0 out of 5 stars stunning setting and scenery on blu-ray, Jan. 8 2014
The River Wild is absolutely gorgeous on blu-ray, and it's enjoyable watching this fresh version of the 1994 film. The river rafting trip gone wrong is only dated by the youthful appearance of the leads - each memorable in their way - Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly, and David Straitharn. Though the performances are strong, the real star of the film is the epic Montana / Oregon landscape, coupled with a very effective score by Jerry Goldsmith. There are many components that combine to make this a highly recommended movie - but sadly, there are no blu-ray extras (except the opportunity to access trailers thru bd live).

Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital] (Bilingual)
Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Julie Andrews
Price: CDN$ 34.39
26 used & new from CDN$ 24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars finally gorgeous on blu-ray, Jan. 5 2014
At last Mary Poppins can finally be seen on blu-ray, and as expected it's gorgeous. In addition to the archive bonus material there is a new sing-a-long, and brief featurette Becoming Mr. Sherman (on the blu-ray) which is interesting but more promotional for Saving Mr. Banks. I thought or perhaps had hoped for more given the long wait for this 50th anniversary edition. There is much previously available bonus material included that it's still a worthwhile package - and having the wonderful Mary Poppins looking so pristine is worth it for anyone who loves this classic. Highly recommended.

Ip Man: The Final Fight [Blu-ray]
Ip Man: The Final Fight [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Anthony Wong
Price: CDN$ 9.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting look at Ip Man's later years, Jan. 5 2014
Ip Man the Final Fight is more biographical than action-packed. There are some good martial arts sequences, and much conversation about schooling and techniques etc. but mainly this film is a character study of Ip Man's final years. There is a brief reference to Bruce Lee as he returns to visit his master, but even in passing, this highlight is used to emphasize Ip Man's commitment to his craft and lifestyle. The film is an interesting perspective as long as one doesn't expect a martial arts extravaganza, and Anthony Wong plays the title character perfectly with quiet dedication and an understated physical readiness. Additional features on the blu-ray include a making-of and cast / crew interviews. Recommended for anyone interested in the later years of this martial artist master's biography.

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
2 used & new from 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$ 106.46
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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$ 16.84
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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
2 used & new from CDN$ 8.49

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.

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