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Forbidden Planet (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Forbidden Planet (Widescreen/Full Screen)
DVD ~ Walter Pidgeon
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 49.02
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all!, Nov. 16 2003
Still the quintessential grand daddy of most of today's sci-fi features, Forbidden Planet has it all!
The DVD quality is great although I would have liked a few of the other 187 languages and sub-tongues Robby alludes to offered on the disk besides colloquial English and French.
However if you look at a classic Sci-Fi T.V series like the original Star Trek you can see where Jean Roddenberry might have gotten some of his inspiration.
The Earth cruiser is a disk, used Hyper Drive (Warp Drive), has a chief engineer that wears a suspiciously similar earpiece to the one Spock wore to listen to radio transmissions. The captain has an executive officer, and a doctor on board ala number one and Dr. McCoy, the list of similarities with Trek goes on and on.
My suggestion is to watch the wide screen version, on the opposite side of the disk, turn off the lights and watch it on a large screen if you can. It is well worth it!
The actors are great; Walter Pidgeon offers a great performance as Dr. Morbius. Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen are great together and the Cinemascope does the rest.
This one's a must for the collection.

Knots & Ropes for Climbers
Knots & Ropes for Climbers
by Duane Raleigh
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.87
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knots without the pain, Jan. 22 2002
This is a great book for the beginning rock climber, or those like me who tried it in their youth and are returning to the sport. Mr. Raleigh shares some very insightful points to the knots one should rely on for their own safety, and takes you through the more complicated variations on the essential themes.
The illustrations by Mike Clelland are great! The text is exact, precise, and exactly what you need to read to get the most out of your bouldering, rappelling, or mountaineering experience!
Mr. Raleigh takes you through the essential knots, then the terminology, various starter knots their importance, a treatment on rope care, protocols for being on the rope, webbing, and experiences on doing air time when the proper protection technique was not chosen for a pitch.
This book is a must have for the library, for learning, or for reference. Bravo, I wish this one was around 20 years ago

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