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Let the Right One in
Let the Right One in
DVD ~ Per Ragnar
Price: CDN$ 9.83
5 used & new from CDN$ 6.97

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles incorrect, March 24 2009
This review is from: Let the Right One in (DVD)
To answer some questions as to the subtitles, the Canadian and US dvds of Let The Right One In are identical save for perhaps different trailers and logos on the dvd case. The subtitles are wrong on both releases. The original theatrical release had the correct subtitles, they have been changed for this dvd and they do not make sense. So I would also suggest that you do NOT buy this until this has been fixed. The subtitles make watching the film a confusing mess. There is an English audio dub on the film included and the original correct English translated script was used buy the voice actors for the dub, however the dub is horrible (adults dubbing childrens voices) One of the most important aspects of this film is the fact that the two main characters sometimes secretly communicate with one another using morse code. When they tap morse code to each other there is no translation to what they are saying in the subtitles and obviously not on the English dub either. The film gets 4 stars, this dvd version gets 0.

Along Came A Spider
Along Came A Spider
Price: CDN$ 20.06
25 used & new from CDN$ 4.11

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost Unlistenable, Aug. 31 2008
This review is from: Along Came A Spider (Audio CD)
I love Alice. I have every album he has ever done so I had to buy this one naturally. It's not his worst but it's darn close. I had to struggle with myself just to keep listening. After a week I couldn't take it anymore and had to remove it from my cd player. There is maybe 1 average song but the rest are really bad and it's not even worth the effort to take it off my shelf to tell you what the best song on the cd is because it would be one 1/5 rated song out of the rest that I would probably rate 0/5 so it won't make a difference. Do Not Buy this!

Night of the Living Dead (Colorized / Black and White)
Night of the Living Dead (Colorized / Black and White)
DVD ~ Duane Jones
Offered by stephensstuff
Price: CDN$ 22.95
10 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Get it this B & W version, Oct. 28 2004
My favorite horror film of all time is NOTLD and when I heard of the new colorized version I was naturally curious. The colorized film looks ok, but not all together too natural looking. I found that the colors worked best on inanimate objects such as trees etc, and in outdoor settings. The flesh tones are acceptable but none the less a good effort. Bottom line is that you can almost pass this off in some places as a color film but only for seconds at a time as frequently something will catch your eye that will shatter the illusion. A bright red shirt for example or an off grouping of strange, clashing colors almost make this too surreal in parts. The fire however colored really nice. I think that it would have benefited also if the contrast was toned down slightly as I think the film looks too colorful at times. Instead of blending, the colors clash too strongly sometimes. The colorized version was taken from a restored version of the film thus the quality and sharpness looks quite good and there are 5.1 and DTS audio tracks available. The special features include a restored black and white version of the movie, not as good as the Millennium Edition DVD transfer which is THX approved but this is very good and the next best edition available at the moment for such a cheap price. The B&W edition only offers the original mono track though but no chapter stops. Also included is a game where you have to guess what celebrity looks like one of the zombies from the film. A pretty useless extra that you will only ever look at once. The commentary track by Mike Nelson is pretty useless too in my opinion. It offers very little info besides the names of the actors, all the while Nelson throws out little comments that are an attempt at humor, mostly putting down the film. There are a few funny comments but most of them aren't. This is comparable to sitting around with a bunch of friends making fun of a movie where everyone just throws in their own comment mocking something. But since this is one of the best horror films ever made, there is little to mock. Overall, I enjoyed at least checking out the results of the color experiment, but the B&W original version is where it's at. The price can't be beat and I would definately recommend that you pick it up for the restored B&W version primarily and treat the colorized version as if it were an extra. I don't think you can be disappointed in this if you don't own any other version of NOTLD. Get this for the original B & W restored version of the film. You will not find such a good transfer at such a good price. The film by itself gets the full 5 stars, so I have no problem giving this release 5. The audio on the B & W could have been better but the original mono is acceptable. If this dvd had only include the colorized version I would have only given this 2 stars, because for one, this movie should not be cheapened by offering a colorized version only, (major points for including both) and the color 'experiment' wasn't entirely successful to stand on its own as something extra special.

Dawn of the Dead (Ultimate Edition)
Dawn of the Dead (Ultimate Edition)
DVD ~ David Emge
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 152.54
14 used & new from CDN$ 23.50

1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst DVD set ever, Sept. 6 2004
I'm a huge fan of Night of the Living Dead, it's my fave movie of all time. I looked forward to seeing the sequel Dawn of the Dead and when I finally did I was horrified at how bad it was. It turned a frightening atmospheric and tense situation into a cheesy, laughable almost unwatchable film. The story is paper thin, the relationships between the characters that was the heart and soul of the NOTLD are gone in this one to make room for sequences that run on too long or have no reason for being. The zombies in the apartment scene are the only ones that convey any tension, once you enter the mall everything is lost and comical. The music and look of the film reminds me of some public service film I would watch on an old reel in school only having to do with funny looking zombies. With all its flaws though I was able to stay with the film up until the biker gang broke into the mall. This was completely out of left field and made no sense at all to the plot. It was like they had used up all their ideas so they came up with a biker gang. Pointless and useless and it is this very plot turn that sinks any hope of salvation for this movie. After this you know that no ending could save it. The exact same thing was done with 28 Days Later but instead of a biker gang it was some army guys. It sunk that movie too. With Dawn being so bad on its own I have no idea why someone would want a set with 3 versions of this movie, each differing by only slight edits or having a different soundtrack, or being a bit longer. It's still the same terrible movie and ultimately one of the worst ever. Therefore, I have no choice but to label this the worst DVD set ever. Terrible movie x 3 = terrible set.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2-DVD Set) [Import]
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2-DVD Set) [Import]
DVD ~ Jessica Biel
Price: CDN$ 32.74
37 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars good but could have been better, April 7 2004
I'm a big fan of the original TCM so here are my thoughts on the new one. First of all the movie itself is not really a remake. It pretty makes takes the premise of the original and builds upon it by giving the characters more depth, background story and motivation. I guess this is closer to a sequel than an actual remake. At least that is how I look at it. If they were to have taken Sally who survived the first movie and made her the hitch hiker character in this one you could basically see it as another group of kids winding up at the wrong place at the wrong time instead of thinking that this new movie tried to replace all the characters with these new ones. TCM 2003 has something that the original did not and that is gore. There is much more emphasis on gore this time around and although it is not as graphic as some other movies I've seen, it is pretty much out on the table for you to see. Is this version scarier than the original because it has more gore? Simply, no. I actually didn't find this version very scary at all. There are some tense moments and some shocking parts but for the most part I found myself saying "cool" rather than being evoked by fear. Overall, I think this is a cool movie that is enjoyable but nowhere near the genius of the original. The deleted scenes and alternate opening and ending give you a sense of what the movie could have been but for some reason it was decided to trim it. I will say that I enjoyed the ideas that the alternate footage implied and found myself more impressed by the original draft of the script which was never fully realized. I wish they had delivered the film the way the script was written. Also, there are some scenes where you expect some gore to happen but you feel that it's been edited because of a slightly off edit of the scene. This happens to be the case and you can see a bit more of the scene in the deleted footage, although it's not enough to really buy the dvd for. Commenting on the package, the metal plate cover is a nice touch, but the evidence kit is pretty useless. It is 5 postcard size pics from the crime scene which are basically still from the black and white parts of the film. You get a pic of the chainsaw, the still of Leatherface from the end of the film, and the others are pics of usesless blobs and smears that are supposed to be blood and eyelashes or something. There are also 3 commentaries that are pretty good and informative. Disc 2 is the main reason people would buy this DVD and it contains the previously mentioned deleted scenes, galleries and trailers and such as well as a 75 minute making of documentary which is very cool if you like the film. As well a 25 minute documentary about Ed Gien is included and in my opinion the details discussed herein about the life of this guy are scarier than the movie is. In conculsion, I enjoyed the film but would have liked to have scene the original film as per the script to screen that is included. I think it would have made a much better film. If you are a big TCM freak by all means get the 2 discer, if you are just mildly curious just rent the single disc version.

Beyond Good & Evil - PlayStation 2
Beyond Good & Evil - PlayStation 2
10 used & new from CDN$ 16.00

4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable, April 7 2004
This is a very cool game that anyone should own if they enjoy the exploring kind of adventure games. If you are familiar with the Rayman games you will get the same kind of colorful fun graphics here. The gameplay is good and smart, with elements of hand to hand combat, stealth missions, driving, flying, mini-games of different sorts including racing and pursuits, and even some air hockey. All this leads to the fact that you have to collect crystal balls in order to purchase items that you need to progress. The storyline moves along nicely and is always interesting making you want to continue. It involves an attack by aliens on your planet in which the government is somehow involved. There is also an element of exploration in that you have to take pictures of different species that you come across while on your adventure. Everything about the experience is rewarding and the world you are involved in is always alive and moving about making you feel like you are a part of something. Everything comes together nicely and most importantly the game is pretty much always fun and never makes you do tasks just for the sake of doing them like so many other games. The only thing I didn't like was the length of the game. For all its coolness this game is pretty short lasting about 5 to 6 hours or total gameplay. And that's pretty much if you don't know what your doing. If you're and experienced player you might even finish the game in just over 4 hours. Just when I was really getting into this game it comes to an end. Way too short for the quality and fun you get out of it. A great deal nonetheless if you can get it for around 25 bucks. I hope there is a sequel and I hope they extend the gameplay because that is the only thing this game needs to make it a classic.

The Tick Dvd:Entire Series
The Tick Dvd:Entire Series
DVD ~ Patrick Warburton
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 42.53
5 used & new from CDN$ 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool, March 1 2004
This review is from: The Tick Dvd:Entire Series (DVD)
I've been a fan of The Tick since the original comic book series in the late 80's. Writer Ben Edlund was genius on this series, but alas the comic only lasted 13 issues with him as creator. The Tick continued in other series written and drawn by other writers and artists but they never lived up to what Edlund did and interest in the comic faltered. Then the cartoon came along and although it was quite good it basically reduced a smart teen/adult comic to a show for a 10 year old audience, although it did contain enough twisted humour to appeal to the eclectic grown up which is a good thing and came with Edlund's involvement in the show. The live action tv show with Edlund's involvement once again provided a series that was directed at a more mature audience and proved that The Tick character was easily capable of transending any audience. As with previous incarnations however, the show was shot down much too early. This DVD collection is well worth a purchase if you are a fan of the character. The episodes are clever and well written and the characters are great. The only disappointments I can sight are that just as you are getting used to the true genius of the show, it ends. Not even enough episodes were made to consider this a season and that's just too bad. Shame on the studio for cancelling a show that had so much potential, but that seems to be the thorn in The Tick's side no matter what medium he adorns. My only real complaint about this set is that there is an extra that is web linked, meaning that you put the disk in your pc drive and click on a link to a website where you can watch a badly streamed 20 minute interview with actor Patrick Warburton who plays the Tick. The interview is good with inside info about the making of the show and so on, so I have no idea why it wasn't included on the dvds themselves? Someday when it is taken offline you won't be able to access it and anyone who buys the set after that point won't ever get to see the extra. This is a terrible marketing tactic especially when the dvds could have been beefed up with more material such as this. Fans deserve every bit of material especially since the series was cut short. The set is rounded off with some commentary on some select episodes which are cool. Great overall but the stupid weblink to a internet only interview angers me enough to take 1 star off an otherwise entertaining package.

Returner (Bilingual)
Returner (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Takeshi Kaneshiro
Offered by vidco
Price: CDN$ 11.49
15 used & new from CDN$ 2.98

3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, Feb. 28 2004
This review is from: Returner (Bilingual) (DVD)
I was expecting an action film from what I had gathered from other reviews saying it was like Terminator and Matrix, but that's pretty far off. The story has elements taken from those films but what disappointed me in Returner was the lack of action. There are some action scenes but they are far and in between most of the film which is talkie. I think there is probably less than 10 minutes of actual action in the entire 2 hours. The effects are pretty good for the most part, some are a little flawed though and some of the dialouge is cartoony and overstated. Overall, I enjoyed the film but just barely. I expected to be entertained by action and hardly found any. The lead characters are enjoyable and that is probably what makes this film only slightly above average. I'd advise you to rent this one before you buy. Just keep in mind that your main reason for watching this film will be for the story that kind of takes parts from a bunch of other blockbusters but doesn't transfer the action along with them.

Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust
Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.32
39 used & new from CDN$ 11.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Jan. 15 2003
This is a wonderful fairy tale for adults. It collects the original 4 issues of Stardust; a sort of comic book novel with the emphasis on text with scattered illustrations throughout. The story is very well done and competantly mature making it a good read and not one that talks down to you. After being very disappointed in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, this book managed to charm, delight and impress with it's wonderfully enchanting prose and vivid and colorful artwork by Charles Vess. I would very much like to get my hands on the novel version of this as I would like to read this great story again in even more fleshed out depth. This illustrated version although shorter is well worth reading and beautiful to look at too.

Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition)
Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by MotionPicturesUnlimited
Price: CDN$ 99.89
23 used & new from CDN$ 6.82

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 0 out of 5, Jan. 15 2003
I love Star Wars. I hate Phantom Menace, it is not Star Wars. The only thing that has anything to do with the original movies is the title. This movie is absolutely horrible in all aspects. I was in utter shock at what was done to a series that I love. Take the money you would spend on this and give it to charity or buy a homeless man a sandwich, you will feel better. This movie has nothing to offer and after watching this I have no interest whatsoever of watching Episode 2 or 3. Which is too bad cuz I love Star Wars, but this is not Star Wars. It's just a way to make money, and just because this movie made alot of money at the box office doesn't mean it's any good, the script decides that, and it's not wise to assume that everyone who paid to see it even liked it. That is just silly. It was hyped up alot and fans of the real Star Wars movies expected this to be as good as the others, sadly it is very much below par. Avoid this at all costs.

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