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A Fistful of Dollars (Widescreen/Full Screen)
A Fistful of Dollars (Widescreen/Full Screen)
DVD ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by moviemars-canada
Price: CDN$ 10.35
34 used & new from CDN$ 1.34

3.0 out of 5 stars Very poor transfer of a classic, June 22 2004
I have to wonder why such little respect was given such a classic movie. While they DID manage to produce the DVD in widescreen, why isn't it anamorphic? The opening titles are VERY blurry, and, while most of the picture is relatively clear and free of noise/grain, the sound toward the end exposes its sources, with all kinds of hiss and crackling during quieter moments.
Of course, this is the only release of this movie, so if you're a fan, it isn't unwatchable. But it really is kind of an insulting release for the movie that truly started Clint Eastwood's career.

The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap
DVD ~ Hayley Mills
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 59.63
11 used & new from CDN$ 29.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful movie...what a piece of junk DVD, June 20 2004
This review is from: The Parent Trap (DVD)
As with most of Disney's DVD releases, they seem to have some quality control issues. I purchased this movie (which IS a wonderful movie) as part of the Vault Disney 4-movie collection.
I had to return my first set, because the case was broken on "Old Yeller". No big deal. But then...the secondary disc on "The Parent Trap" skipped and stalled, and "Swiss Family Robinson" wouldn't even load.
Having had terrible experience with Disney DVD's previously ("The Great Locomotive Chase"), I opted for a refund instead of dealing with the frustrations of another set that was defective.
Frankly, Disney's products seem to have so many problems, I doubt I will ever buy another one. Many of their movies are in the wrong ratio, some are terrible transfers ("Old Yeller" in particular, and also the Chinatown scene in "The Love Bug" comes to mind), and now I've had this set and "The Great Locomotive Chase" which have had "playability" issues.
For a company with such a great library of old movies, it is really sad that they put out such an inferior product. As I would love to include them in my DVD library. But one shouldn't have to concern themself with worrying whether a DVD is going to play or not when they purchase it.

Disney Vault
Disney Vault
DVD ~ John Mills
3 used & new from CDN$ 124.16

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Junk From Disney DVD, June 20 2004
This review is from: Disney Vault (DVD)
This is definitely not a reflection on the quality of the movies included in this set. "The Parent Trap" is a classic, as are the other three included here.
No, the word "junk" refers to the quality of DVD's included in this set. I had to return my first set, because the case was broken on "Old Yeller". No big deal. But then...the secondary disc on "The Parent Trap" skipped and stalled, and "Swiss Family Robinson" wouldn't even load.
Having had terrible experience with Disney DVD's previously ("The Great Locomotive Chase"), I opted for a refund instead of dealing with the frustrations of another set that was defective.
Frankly, Disney's products seem to have so many problems, I doubt I will ever buy another one. Many of their movies are in the wrong ratio, some are terrible transfers ("Old Yeller" in particular, and also the Chinatown scene in "The Love Bug" comes to mind), and now I've had this set and "The Great Locomotive Chase" which have had "playability" issues.
For a company with such a great library of old movies, it is really sad that they put out such an inferior product. As I would love to include them in my DVD library. But one shouldn't have to concern themself with worrying whether a DVD is going to play or not when they purchase it.

Ring of Bright Water
Ring of Bright Water
DVD ~ Bill Travers
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 10.98
8 used & new from CDN$ 10.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie; fine DVD, June 19 2004
This review is from: Ring of Bright Water (DVD)
First...this DEFINITELY isn't just a children's movie as it has been labeled by many (including Leonard Maltin). It is a wonderful adult movie that children, too, can enjoy. Beautiful cinematography, a wonderful story that never wanes, and delightful animals.
If you enjoy movies that are a little more cerebral, this is a movie for you. McKenna and Travers are delightful.
This is the perfect companion movie to "Born Free", another classic movie with the same pair of actors.
As for the DVD: MGM has released it in it's original 1.66:1 ration, in non-anamorphic widescreen. This might, in most cases be a reason for concern. However, on a 16x9 screen the small upper and lower portions of the picture loss are superfulous information. Thus, it frames perfectly on the 1.78:1 screen.
Also, in spite of being non-anamorphic, the clarity of the picture on this MGM release is gorgeous. There is little grain, and the detail is outstanding.
All in all, a first class movie on a more than acceptable DVD. Good work MGM!

Chippewa Lake Park
Chippewa Lake Park
by Diane Demali Francis
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 24.02
9 used & new from CDN$ 16.18

2.0 out of 5 stars Like most the books in this series, June 18 2004
This review is from: Chippewa Lake Park (Paperback)
The photos are fine, but the little text included just leaves one wondering and asking questions. This is not the type of book to buy if you are looking for information on Chippewa Lake Park...because it has very little. If you just want to see some pictures....mostly from the early years...it's "okay".
What I REALLY want to see, however, is a thorough book on the subject, including events, ownerships, etc.

The Adventures of Ma And Pa Kettle, Vol 2
The Adventures of Ma And Pa Kettle, Vol 2
DVD ~ Marjorie Main
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 33.24
10 used & new from CDN$ 3.78

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Original aspect ratios?, June 18 2004
As with the first three movies in this series, the four in this set are a mixed bag in the humor department.
They are nicely transfered by Universal, however, with one exception.....according to the imdb.com database, "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki", made in 1955, had an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. WHY, OH WHY, would Universal release a "Franchise Collection" in other than the OAR????????
This seems to be a bad marketing trend by many of the movie companies when it comes to family oriented movies (i.e., "The Trouble With Angels" and "Where Angels Go Trouble Follows"). Let's hope the movie companies soon realize that the viewers of these older movies are mostly adults who want their movies all in one piece.

Old Yeller (Widescreen) [2 Discs]
Old Yeller (Widescreen) [2 Discs]
DVD ~ Dorothy McGuire
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 89.75
10 used & new from CDN$ 27.62

2.0 out of 5 stars Yet another in a long line of bad DVD's from Disney, June 16 2004
It's almost hard to fathom a studio having so little respect for its classic movies. This "Vault Disney" release of "Old Yeller" is a perfect example.
The "Vault Disney" releases are promoted as "high end", supposedly better than the cheapy "movie-only" releases of many of Disney's live action movies.
From the initial opening credits, with the worst example I have seen of "grain" in a picture outside of a non-major-studio release, I knew this was going to be another Disney disaster. Though the grain subsided SOMEWHAT, the softness of the picture throughout was not even close to what I would expect of a classic movie release. While my widescreen television is relatively small, I'd hate to see how bad this picture would look on a large widescreen display.
In addition, the chintzy packaging for these movies is hardly up to "special edition" quality either, and the majority of the extras are nothing more than more "Disney" horn-blowing.
I will commend them for the inclusion of one of Pluto's best cartoons {"Bone Trouble"}, and for the current-day interview with Tommy Kirk {whom I would have NEVER recognized}.
However, all in all, Disney should be ashamed at the quality on such a classic film release.

Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 2004
Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 2004
by Leonard Maltin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
26 used & new from CDN$ 0.53

1.0 out of 5 stars Only for reference...and not even great at that, June 16 2004
Leonard Maltin, unfortunately, is apparently held in high esteem by the DVD makers. His inane commentaries have shown up on everything from Disney's Donald Duck DVD's to the Little Rascals DVD's to the Marx Brothers' DVD's. Unfortunately, he is the type of guy that is an apologist for any cultural references resulting from a certain era in cinema. The kind of guy that has to be PC about everything.
On the same side of the coin, as shown in his video guides...he praises some of the inane tripe currently coming out of Hollywood, while bashing some of the classics of earlier years....probably because they aren't PC enough.
His book is filled with comments that show his real lack of perspective on history. And not only is he not a good historian, he needs some help with alphabetizing the movies, as well. What a pain trying to locate a movie using his system ["often" comes after "of a", but before "of the"].
He picks and chooses the actors he lists in his index...and some strange choices there are.
And, additionally....while he lists what is available on DVD...he DOESN'T indicate screen ratios, OAR's, pan & scans, etc, making the indicator rather useless for the TRUE movie fan.
My recommendation....stick with Martin/Porter or Moviehound. While you may not always agree with them, their comments aren't near as insipid and PC, and you'll be able to actually find a movie without having to interpret a hole new way of alphabetizing.

Hanging Up
Hanging Up
DVD ~ Diane Keaton
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 25.76
36 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the critics would have you believe, June 16 2004
This review is from: Hanging Up (DVD)
It seems the critics really hated this movie, but I found the premise one that really deserved addressing. The issue of one child being left to care for an ailing parent, while the other selfish siblings are heard from only if things aren't going their way, is an issue with which I'm sure many people have to deal.
In this movie, Meg Ryan plays the one that gets all the work and none of the credit. She does just a wonderful job, as does Walter Matthau as the father suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Though I might question some of the casting, based on ages of the actors (17 years difference between the oldest and youngest children!), even Kudrow and Keaton play their parts well...as spoiled, self centered siblings.
I believe what may be a turn-off to some is the presence of TOO MANY obnoxious personalities. The movie would have been much better without the presence of Adam Arkin's or Jesse James's characters...and I probably would have felt more sympathy for Meg Ryan's character as well.
Though the movie was far from perfect, there were some emotional moments in the movie that made up for its shortcomings.
I think the biggest problem with the story line was the unrealistic unity of the sisters at the end of the movie. Self-centered individuals do not suddenly change their ways. Had Meg's character gone on her way, leaving the sisters to SEE the error of their ways, it would have been a much more effective ending.
As for the transfer....as usual, a fantastic anamorphic widescreen picture from Columbia. The special features are not great, but certainly more than one gets on most basic DVD's.
In the end, I would say this is an enjoyable...though not completely fulfilling movie. It could have been better, but it is definitely worth a rental...or if you can find it in the bargain bin as I did....a cheap purchase.
{As an added challenge....see if you can recognize the film error as the cars are racing to the hospital toward the end of the movie.)

Those Calloways
Those Calloways
DVD ~ Brian Keith
Price: CDN$ 6.93
24 used & new from CDN$ 4.64

2.0 out of 5 stars Beware Disney's 1.66:1 ration DVD's, June 13 2004
This review is from: Those Calloways (DVD)
With the ration of 16x9 television actually being 1.78 to 1, how does Disney fit it's 1.66 to 1 movies on widescreen....by chopping off information, that's how.
First, Disney gives us full frame Pan & Scan pictures. Then, once someone has convinced them to start selling widescreen DVD's, they still can't get it right and adjust the picture so we see all of it.
In "Those Calloways", it is immediately noticeable during the opening credits....and continually pops up in the form of decapitated actors [or at least the TOPS of their heads.]
Tyring to get a decent transfer of a movie out of Disney appears to be like pulling teeth.

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