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Atlas
Atlas
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 4.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Sword and Sandals movie, Dec 3 2013
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I never thought that Roger Corman and peplum would mix too well. Low-budget epic are few and far between. The result is surprisingly good. A fine gladiator movie to watch. it is not a Hercules or Maciste film. No super-powers in this one. As usual with the director, the story-telling is the strong part. Sets are fair when considering the usual no cash approach by the fame director. ACting is good when lines are delivered by the main cast... It is simply a pleasnt epic film to watch with heroes and villains. A 90 minutss peplum with it's share of muscular men and lovely damsels. A lot more historical than mythological.... It is worth a lot more than the $6.00 pirice tag.

Walk at Home: 5 Day Slim Down - A Mile Each Morning
Walk at Home: 5 Day Slim Down - A Mile Each Morning
DVD ~ Leslie Sansone
Price: CDN$ 8.99
26 used & new from CDN$ 8.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense low-impact, Simple and effective., Nov. 27 2013
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Expressions like Intense low-impact and Power walking did not make any sense until now.

This DVD is pure delight for low Impact training lovers. IT is offering 5 x 1 mile work out (four of them using a 14 nibutes a mile pac and a faster at a 12 minutes a mile pace) plus a warmup and a cool down track. All can be done in one fun workout or seperatly in any order.

The trainer uses a little less than 10 basic easy to follow moves (low kicks, standing leg curl, side steps....) to get your heart rate in upper gear. It is fantastic for people with little dancing abilities or aerobics class experience. IT is that simple to use..... Trainer has this " Woman next door" look that makes you want to be like her. I would also recommend it to fitness experts that wants something to do on light training day. Music is very so-so, but it is only there to get you to keep the beat. The best part about this video is that your 14 minute mile will be done before you know it and you will go for another one and another.... I would recommend using light hand-weights to increase the challenge.

Recommended !!!!

L'intégrale des Gendarmes Coffret 6 DVD (Bilingual)
L'intégrale des Gendarmes Coffret 6 DVD (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Louis de Funes
Price: CDN$ 45.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, the complete serie... fabulously hilarious....delirant, Nov. 19 2013
First things first....I will loosely translate the title for ease of lecture.

Les gendarmes a St-Tropez... French cops in St-Tropez
Les gendarmes a New York... French cops in New York
Les gendarme se marie ... French cop got married.
Les gendarmes en cavale... French cops on the loose
Les gendarmes er kes Extra-terrestres... French cops and E.T.
Les gendarmes et Les gendarmettes ... French cops an the Lady cops.

I love complete series/seasons. One purchase and you get everything. From the 1st bars of "Do Yoo Do Yoo St-Ttopez" to the final Sexist comment (The Lady Cops), this box set covers the whole array of De Funes comical acrobatics. HE is the most dramatically funny person in French filmmaking history. On countless occasion, you will ask yourself : " How will he get out of this one ?" A lot of the jokes became a lot funnier now that I am turning 50. The intellectual side of these comedies are a lot more appealing than when I was 14 or 15. Mind you there are still a lot of Summer comedy feel to the set. St-tropez is what it is.... Sunshine and rich girls

He makes the most out of the same sets. He re-uses and re-invent funny situations about the only road to St-Tropez, about the crazy car driving nun (she shows up when you least expect it), about the small police office or the Nudist beach (among others). The only time De Funes fails to amuse is when they re-use the Man-dressed-as-Woman situation too many times. The "In New York" is the only weak one (except for the "West Side Story " musical number). The "Got Married" one is non-stop laughters. The four others are to enjoy like the beaches of St-Tropez. You will forget about the Lady Cops that are more French Supermodels than actresses or the too many Short man jokes. This package is just that good.

This package was never meant to be released in English. It is a six movies boxset with no adders. Can De Funes really be dubbed ? Even for $55, it was worth all the money I paid.

10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift
10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift
DVD ~ Trainer
Price: CDN$ 8.99
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and innovative, but not for beginners, Oct. 16 2013
The trainer truly makes up the most out of the 10 minutes. THe full time is spent sweating. She uses complex multi-muscle moves to stimulate as many lower body muscles possible in each movement. It is very intense, No breaks, no pauses... THis is not the DVD to buy if you are starting a Makeover. You need to be in pretty good shape to tackle this one. you get 5 routine + an extra ABS blast. it is far tougher than their "dance" releases. Results are guaranteed. Her standing knee-lift with abs twist is a killer. She also has an Extra Intense 10 minutes Rear end workout that get even the Very fit host out of breathe.

The DVD interface is bit different than in other 10 minutes solution DVD, but it is better, once you get the hang of it. THe only con is that they gave the routine kinky/funny Butt or Booty names. They do not match with the conversative look of the fitness host and the very plain surronding she is filmed in. Mind you, the various outfits that she wear does the results of of an intense training on a woman physique..... Jaw-dropping.

THIS IS WHAT INTENSE FITNESS TRAINING IS ALL ABOUT.

Drive-In Collection [Import]
Drive-In Collection [Import]
Price: CDN$ 16.06
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable B-Movies.... Mapping problem with Amazon.ca reviews, Oct. 3 2013
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There is a mapping problem with the other reviews. They are about another Vinegar Syndrome XXX package. I had the same roblem with my review.

Mix and match movies styles ofyen have disastrous results. Trying to capitalize on many trends not a good idea. THIRSTY DEAD is a mix of a Jungle, Sci-fi, Horror and T&A.... wrapped in a Charlie's angels flick. The other one mixes Vampires, Police, Sci-fi and gothic horror in a Latino bath. Acting is horrendous, but better than the lame special effects. THe acting crew takes himself too seriously and are expecteing to become the next Bogart or Fawcett. You will watch those movies until the end (Story telling in decent) and hate yourself for wasting 3 hours of your existence.

Sound quality is so-so. There are no extras on the DVD. The 2 films are avalaible on mulri-disl sets for cheaper than what the Vinegar S. is tagging this one at.

Not really recommended.

Return Of The Vampire/Revenge Of Frankenstein/Mr Sardonicus/Brotherhood Of Satan - 4 Movie Collection
Return Of The Vampire/Revenge Of Frankenstein/Mr Sardonicus/Brotherhood Of Satan - 4 Movie Collection
Price: CDN$ 9.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value, . just sit and enjoy the stories., Oct. 1 2013
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As with all boxset (my theory) , you get 25% Crap, 50 % good/generic and 25% gems..... This one is on target, except that the garbage is not linked to one movie alone but to scenes scattered ove the 4 flicks, which is much better. Close ytour eyes on the "eyes" demonstration from Peter Cushing or the bad acting from some of the support crew in "Brotherhood" and you will have a very pleasant 7.5 hours of viewing.

"Revenge of Frankenstein" is regarded as superior to the 1st outing of the franchise ("Curse of.."). In my regards, it is the 2nd best out of the seven. I thought it was a perfect Hammer Goth production. Cushing is allowed to show his range and classical training. Not scary, but a great story to be told..... For once, a sequel that fits properly into the mold made by the original. You can almost hear Frankenstein mental process.

"Mr. Sardonicus" is the gem. A great story line with some jerk-scare punches. A very unique plot, it is about a man who's face is deformed (Sardonic Smile) forever after being overly greedy and attempting grave robbing. Romance, torture, plot twist.... Everything is in there. Victorian stes are as beautiful as the 4 or 5 actresses used in the supporting cast. You will want to jump through the screen and save them.

"Return of the Vampire" is a simple but effective Bela Lugosi fangs tale. It is a bit Ed Woodinh at times. but it let's itself watch. Bela is equal to himself and delivers as expected.Kind of generic horror candty bar.... The taste is the always the same, but you come back for more as you are enjoying it.

"Brotherhood of Satan " seems out of place (not a Goth-Victorian feel), but it is so effective. The Witches film with a southern states flavor does the trick. Any movie that involves magic, Kids and a town where everyone knows but nobody wants to tell.... Is a winner. Some scares but quite effects will spice the thrills. Beware, some bad acting is seen, but who cares.

This package comes with no adders, just 4 films for your pleasure

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Season 2  [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Season 2 [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Laurent Vernin
Price: CDN$ 18.98

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC, even better than Season one., Sept. 9 2013
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I wrote, a while ago, that the season 1 of Avengers was great mbut that ther was too much fighting and that the scenarios were bloated with action.

The creation crew at Marvel took care of that. The 2nd season has some great storylines and the character decelopment really added some finesse in something that can easily turn into a smashfest. Lots of discussion on Friendship and honor. Main and sub stories are mixed and twisted into one another to create a teen aged/ adult cartoon. With Vision and Yellow Jacket coming on board halfway through the set, It brought me back to my comics reading years. Very refreshing.... At firstm I thought that the plots were too ambitious (lots of meaga galactic stuff), but the Red Skull episodes borought back the Avengers to their roots. Seeing Captain America is a space ship around Saturn is nice, but I usually pefer a more humble approach I was served well in other episodes. Animation was perfect for the genre and I have nothing to complain about the French dubbing. Quality wise, it deserves an A.

N the cons side, the "New Avengers" episode was a write-off. Ir teamed some heroes that had nothing better to do than save the world on a sunny afternoon (The Thing was pretty direct on the subject). Maybe I was expecting the Scarlett Witch, She-Hulk or Quicksilver to appear.... The 1st two minutes of that show were awesome... then nothing. The episodes could have also used more one on one hero/villain confrontation, but that is life.

Absolutly recommended.... at his price, the 26 episodesa sets are a steal.

10 Ms: Knockout Body Wkout
10 Ms: Knockout Body Wkout
Price: CDN$ 8.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best... but not recommended for beginners., Sept. 6 2013
This review is from: 10 Ms: Knockout Body Wkout (DVD)
It is an excellent release from the 10 Minutes solution serie. It is high octane and is geared form maximum intensity. Centered around training with a good dose of Kick-boxing and boxing moves, it will make the most out of each 10 minutes session. The problem with this one is that it is not for beginners. If you think about Couch potato habit or want to go through a "makeover" after a lengthy period of inactivity, you will find this out of reach. It requires some cardio power and some flexibility, or you will get discouraged. Start with some DANCING DVD from the 10 minutes collection and use this one when you are really motivated to push youself. It is not an easy one to tackle.

In accordance with the ttitle, the trainer is a sturdy, but very fit cute broad that sports the most muscular legs I have seen on a fitness DVD.. She is all business (No mini-skirt flapping or bouncing boobs, here). She takes you for 5 x 10 minutes very intense sessions.

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Sinbad and the Minotaur
Sinbad and the Minotaur
Offered by Mikani Collectables
Price: CDN$ 17.79
4 used & new from CDN$ 14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Second worst Sinbad movie ever, Aug. 28 2013
This review is from: Sinbad and the Minotaur (DVD)
in early days, Sinbad movies were about, friendship, Honor and devotione to your crew mate. I was disgusted at this punkish version of the sailor's adventures. The sleeve is promising and Arabian night fans were waiting for such a full lenght movie, Rapidly, the muscle-bound center characther shows that he is far from being at par with my expectation. The main actor is no Guy Williams or Douglas Fairbanks... but I do not think he was casted to be such. A too-tough-to*my-taste Sinbad is too far from the original, to get the older fans to adapt in 180 minutes. Then again, the film was probablt meant to re-invent the concept and create a NEW action hero. Way too graphic is terms of violence, it was meant for another public than the father and son crowd. The scene were the heroin is led to "talk/spill the beans" in gruesome. On the good side, effects are decent and main actress is gorgeous.

Some old classics can be modernized with a lot of success. In this case, producers have deprived the Franchise of his true essence. By the way, the worst Sinbad movie ever... is the one with Lou Ferrigno

Bowanga Bowanga/the Wild Women
Bowanga Bowanga/the Wild Women
DVD ~ Jean Hawkshaw
Price: CDN$ 12.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Fun in the jungle... kind of, Aug. 7 2013
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In this SWV you are served a triple dose of classic jungle adventure. You get 2 movies which too laid back to be taken seriously and one "save the Damsel" flick.

In Bowanga and Wild Woman, you get the feeling that everyone in the jungle are allowed to wear the latest swinsuit style from Macy's. Perfect makeup are also the norm in the Wild !!! One is set in Africa (with Wilderness scens so obviusly filmed seperatly and edited later) and the other one (Wild Woman) takes place in a Polynesian settings. it is a couple of Frankie Avalon songs short a beach movie. Numerous rituals dances scenes (not meant to be funny, but are totally hilarious) are simply added to show gorgeous woman shaking there assets in designer swimsuits. These are simple feel good movies to be shown on Saturday mornings. There are scenarios ands plots, but they are meaningless.

Vigin savrifice is a usual save the damsel, before the native make their latest sacrifice to their god. Closer to a Jungle Jim movie than the 2 other, this one sports a snene of partial nudity and is more of an serious action flick. Very generic, but entertaining.

SWV includes a short story in this set. A very old silent nudie cutie set up in the jungle. A real relic, if nothing more.

SWV did what is expected from them. A well packed DVD of quality oldies

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