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To Serve Them All My Days Complete Set
To Serve Them All My Days Complete Set
DVD ~ John Duttine
Offered by Canadian Apple Sales
Price: CDN$ 56.47
22 used & new from CDN$ 34.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Another BBC production up to its usual high standards, June 13 2004
Deep character development, the hallmark of other excellent BBC productions, is very much in evidence here, as we accompany a schoolteacher through the eras of his career. The boys school where he teaches becomes the forum for exploring human nature and English history in the inter-war era of the 20th century. Dialogue is credible, compelling and poignant. Acting never deviates from high standards. If you like BBC and other British style dramas, seriously consider this one.

Big Hand for the Little Lady [Import]
Big Hand for the Little Lady [Import]

4.0 out of 5 stars An ace in the hole, suitable for most any audience, June 13 2004
Superior acting from an all-star cast would alone make this one a winner. Add a novel story line with continual twists and turns, nonstop action, and glimpses into human nature elicited through a big stakes poker game, and you end up with one of the best westerns ever filmed. The only negative surprise is how few people -- even movie buffs -- know about this one. The industry should make it available in DVD, but the VHS sound and picture quality are as close to DVD as anything I've seen.

Campion: The Complete First Season
Campion: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Peter Davison
Price: CDN$ 63.88
19 used & new from CDN$ 49.94

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2.0 out of 5 stars An unhappy exception to the rule for BBC, June 9 2004
"BBC" on the label has always seemed to be a mark of excellence for entertainment. Deep character development, sophisticated dialogue, novel but realistic plots, much better than average acting, and so on, have nearly always justified the price of admission. I found Campion to be an exception, however, on nearly every count. To the extent that the acting is good, it does not and cannot compensate for weaknesses elsewhere. My copy is going to the public library to sell to raise funds rather than to catalog for public circulation. For real private investigator/police entertainment with a British flair, try Foyle's War and A Touch of Frost, both of which I have reviewed. Cheers.

Ikiru (Criterion Collection) (1952) (2 Discs)
Ikiru (Criterion Collection) (1952) (2 Discs)
DVD ~ Takashi Shimura
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 82.43
18 used & new from CDN$ 14.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for a Saturday night with your best friends over, June 6 2004
What do you do after a lifetime as a career bureaucrat when you learn you have little time left to live? That's the setting Kurosawa ingeniously uses to explore the nature of modern life, the human dilemma, meaning and insignificance. A main character who is clearly Everyman, with whom the audience immediately builds great empathy, is a success factor for this movie. Add continual and realistic plot development, superb acting and strong parallels between Japanese and American society, and you get a winner that you'll remember awhile.

High and Low (The Criterion Collection)
High and Low (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
Offered by MusicMoviesAndMore
Price: CDN$ 29.99
20 used & new from CDN$ 18.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers the excellence we expect from Kurasawa, June 5 2004
Those from high and low positions in modern industrial Japanese society clash in this drama. While I don't easily commit to watch a long subtitled movie, this one kept my eyes glued to the screen through an effective suspense that grabs early and never lets go. The main story line comprises related subplots that are realistic and gripping without overwhelming. The acting is consistently excellent in portraying a full gamut of human emotions and difficult situations. Select this when you're ready for real entertainment from masters of their craft.

Peter Gunn: Set 2 (Bilingual)
Peter Gunn: Set 2 (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Craig Stevens
Offered by newtownvideo_ca
Price: CDN$ 49.98
15 used & new from CDN$ 14.02

3.0 out of 5 stars Not the most classic of classic TV, June 5 2004
Novel plots, zany characters and Blake Edwards' superb jazz sound track distinguish this series. But all told they do not compensate for its lack of other outstanding features nor make it the best of its genre. Those who love classic TV and/or private investigator/police drama have many other better choices available.

Bonanza - Best of
Bonanza - Best of
DVD ~ Lorne Greene
Offered by gabysbookscanada
Price: CDN$ 13.95
8 used & new from CDN$ 13.95

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2.0 out of 5 stars For die-hard Bonanza fans only, June 5 2004
This review is from: Bonanza - Best of (DVD)
The class act in classic TV westerns seems to be Have Gun Will Travel, which works on many levels and effectively engages the modern audience. Bonanza fans may appreciate the excellent DVD transfer, gorgeous settings and selection of episodes in this product. But the rest of us would be better advised to select something with vision and adult-level dialogue going for it.

Have Gun Will Travel: Season 1
Have Gun Will Travel: Season 1
DVD ~ Richard Boone
Price: CDN$ 17.97
20 used & new from CDN$ 14.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless themes in a Western setting, May 27 2004
If you believe that classics are the same timeless but critical themes, said in a new way, Have Gun is for you. Gene Roddenberry's cutting edge script puts love and hate, man's inhumanity to man, revenge and its aftermath, racism, pride and shame, etc., into taut 25-minute episodic packages that will keep your eyes on the screen and off of your watch. This is remarkable, considering the series is well over 40 years old. Adding to the pleasure is an excellent DVD transfer. You won't mind that it's black and white - in some respects this only enhances the drama. 36 episodes for this price makes it one of the best DVD deals I've found.

Changi [Import]
Changi [Import]
DVD ~ Stephen Curry
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 117.58
10 used & new from CDN$ 44.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A standout gem for WW II aficionados, May 17 2004
This review is from: Changi [Import] (DVD)
It is a pleasure to have occasion to rave about quality of acting. In this Australian WW II gem, the actors' portrayal of the full gamut of human emotion associated with the POW experience, and with the contrast of that experience with their lives before and after, is exact, convincing at every turn, and alone makes Changi worth buying. Add to that a compelling story line, constant underlying tension, brilliantly effective use of flashback to make subtle but profound points, and the multifarious talents of the cast, and the result is a real winner. Instinct tells me that this is a bit overdramatized -- that a real POW experience, with the aura of death and threat, would not necessarily be so effectively countervailed by hijinx and camaraderie as is portrayed here. On the other hand, this Japanese/Australian conflict has been too often ignored by "mainstream" WW II movies in the U.S. And it is delightful to see that this Australian-produced item is guided by a sophisticated vision of concept and audience more similar to British productions than to the dumbed-down American media of late.

The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them
The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them
by Amy Goodman
Edition: Hardcover
44 used & new from CDN$ 0.28

4.0 out of 5 stars With these new faces of The Beast, can u tell what it means, May 15 2004
The authors, Amy Goodman and her brother David, are not only well positioned to cover those faces of The Beast relevant to the media, but are profiles in courage in their risking their careers and even their lives to cover the story in any number of the world's most dangerous places. The examples they provide of how the media, particularly (though not exclusively) in North America, has been penetrated, taken over, castrated and/or silenced completely, surrounding the U.S.-based military-industrial complex's deadly misdeeds, go beyond what I have read in other respected sources such as Moore, Baer, Chomsky and the NY Times. The damage done to innocent individuals, and the distrust and hatred of America that this fuels, are as grievous at every turn as they are manaically denied and ignored by those who command The Beast.
Buy and read this book because it will help you draw your own conclusions about the parallels between 2000-2004 and the 1930's in Europe. Also do so because it supports people who have expended much more than young people should have to to try to bring precious truths to the rest of us. If mankind makes it to 2050, it will be because we paid serious attention to these serious writings in time. If mankind does not, it will be because we lulled ourselves into believing that a promise of security and gas selling at half the rate paid by other developed nations were reason to downplay The Beast's early warnings.

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