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The Shawshank Redemption (Widescreen Edition)
The Shawshank Redemption (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Tim Robbins
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4.0 out of 5 stars The movie is great -- how about the DVD?, Aug. 21 2002
If you're considering buying the Shawshank Redemption on DVD, you probably already know that this is an excellent movie about having and finding the inner strength to overcome life's obstacles. You probably don't need to be convinced that this is one of the most moving and effective adaptations from a book to film ever made. You also know that each role is exceptionally well-cast and well-acted. You already want the movie for the movie's sake.
What you don't know is why you should buy the DVD vs. VHS vs. renting. I have both the VHS and DVD. The VHS gave me the movie, so does the DVD offer enough more to warrant the additional purchase? Probably not. The DVD provides a wide-screen view, alternate language tracks, a photo gallery of stills taken during the shoot (nothing exciting here), short Bios of maybe 4-5 of the major players (Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, director, etc), and trailer. No additional/deleted scenes or commentary by anyone. If you want the wide screen feel, go for the DVD. If you just want to play the movie on demand, the VHS is fine. Owning both versions is redundant.

Cut Here
Cut Here
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 36.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars A better investment than the new hits album..., Feb. 14 2002
This review is from: Cut Here (Audio CD)
I'm a hardcore Cure fan. I own most, if not all, official releases and a few professional boots. I was disappointed in the bonus disc that came with the latest Greatest Hits album, but getting this import CD single has made me happy again.
The 2nd remix of Cut Here is, in my opinion, better than the album release. Moreover, Signal to Noise is a more pleasant, Robert-esque song than Cut Here, which makes me wonder why it wasn't on the full release rather than Just Say Yes (which was fine, but nothing special).
I liked being able to watch the Cut Here video on my computer, although I've never been a big fan of videos to begin with. The lyric page and album snippits, however, did not work properly on any computers I have access to, thus the 4 stars. Since I bought the disc to check out Signal to Noise this didn't particularly vex me, but it might someone else.

End Times  Fiction: A Biblical Consideration of the Left Behind Theology
End Times Fiction: A Biblical Consideration of the Left Behind Theology
by Gary DeMar
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Using The Bible to interpret the Bible, Jan. 28 2002
It's easy to latch onto the "Rapture"-mania of current times. One compelling reason is the perception of desperate times, and the wish to hold onto something that makes it seem a less personally-challenging era. Demar takes the most popular version of apocalyptic vision in Christian fiction, the Left Behind series (which many are reading as non-fiction accounts of what is to come) and shows how alternative interpretations of events in the Bible can be found by reading *gasp* The Bible! While less important to his piece, he also brings in relevant Biblical history, but does clearly state when assumptions are based on the Bible or history.
The merit of this work comes in the numerous quotations from the Bible to discuss these ideas, and explicitly stating the assumptions that go into scriptural readings to arrive either at the LaHaye or the Demar belief system of Rapture and the Second Coming. This book makes you think, and perhaps even read the Bible for yourself. There are many different ideas about what the Bible actually says will happen "in the future". Christians and Biblical scholars alike would do well to understand them all and where in the Bible they come from. I have grown as a person and as a Christian by reading this work.

The C. S. Lewis Space Trilogy-3-Copy Boxed Set
The C. S. Lewis Space Trilogy-3-Copy Boxed Set
by C.S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battling between good and evil, Jan. 7 2002
The theme throughout these three books is man's battle (or, rather, intelligent life's battle) between good and evil, with some very obvious, but not stifling, religious overtones also found in CS Lewis' nonfiction work. For adults who absolutely adored the Chronicles of Narnia set, this trilogy takes you through the battle between good and evil in a more sophisticated manner. Granted, these are not nearly as easy to read, but adapting to the more complex (sometimes slow-moving in Hideous Strength) writing style was quick.
If you are primarily interested in religious fiction, and have the patience to read books with more complexity than, say, the Left Behind series, you will like these allegorical journeys through the fall of man. If you are primarily interested in SciFi, CS Lewis takes you to other worlds (Silent Planet, Perelandra) and introduces beings from another Earth-time (Hideous Strength) with an original twist of the good vs. evil storyline.
All three books can be read on their own, however I found that "That Hideous Strength" would have been difficult to follow without the background provided in either "Out of the Silent Planet" or "Perelandra". Regardless of the individual readability of the 3 stories, I started with the 1st book (Out of the Silent Planet) not sure I would enjoy it, and ended up finishing all 3 within a week or two.

Planning A Wedding With Divorced Parents
Planning A Wedding With Divorced Parents
by Cindy Moore
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars No serious interpersonal-situation advice..., Dec 21 2001
The book, "Planning a wedding with divorced parents" serves as a reminder of what the reader, as a divorced child, has already experienced: You need to be the go-between and the one responsible for communicating everything. It does a good job of pointing out where it is essential not to forget this, particularly telling the photographer, ushers, and director/coordinator(assuming you opt for one of those). It also gives examples of good etiquette about invitation wording, alternative seating arrangements and ceremony procession order.
My main criticism about this book is that it limits discussion to semi-formal to formal events, with a particular sense that adult children are still dependent upon their parents for much of the wedding planning and financing (e.g. parents splitting traditional bills, or parents inviting their friends). I've been to very few weddings lately (the couple is usually over the age of 28 or 29) where parents' friends/coworkers were in attendance and parents financed everything -- or anything, for that matter. While that may be useful to some interested in this topic, I found the recommendations limiting, and common-sense extrapolations from those in any non-divorce wedding guide or bridal magazine.
I would imagine many children of divorced parents who do not get along well opt for a more informal, less-structured event in order to circumvent the more obvious financial and communication issues (I know I am, and my brother certainly did). The way to deal with not hurting parents' and stepparents' feelings, while still having YOUR wedding is missing here. It also pushes the idea of a wedding director to handle these situations, which is out of the purview of any informal wedding.
For example, advice on the appropriate way to accept and use offers of small financial support from each parent/stepparent without potentially offending the other parent (or the stepparent that contributed but will not play a role in the ceremony) would be helpful, in my opinion. Ways of broaching the involvement expectations of all parents and stepparents without committing oneself, or perhaps how to deal with little traditions that are specific to a parent (e.g. roses to the mothers -- should the long-time stepmother get one too, potentially upsetting the "real" mother that raised you?) would be something appropriate for a book like this which is not discussed anywhere else.
If these sort of deeper issues don't apply to your wedding, this book will probably serve you well. If you have the "other" type of situation, then this book offers you nothing new.

Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne
Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne
by Jerry B. Jenkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.63
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3.0 out of 5 stars Help! I'm stuck in a soap opera!, Dec 13 2001
I started reading this series because I was attracted to apocalyptic visions based on The Bible. I found the first few books very entertaining. Desecration barely entertains, and was only finished because I'd like to finish the story, eventually. It gets a middle-of-the-road rating because it seemed far less preachy than books #7 and 8 (come on Jenkins/LaHaye -- you are preaching to the choir this far into the series, ease up on the editorializing and work on the plot!).
The big weaknesses in this installment are the lack of character development/depth, evidenced mostly by Carpathia's extremely transparent single dimension, and a lack of depth in exploring "mistakes" made by Trib Force members and their reactions to these blunders. These are Christians in the end times: they are going to care about whether they are choosing rightly or wrongly. Either they aren't very worried about messing things up, prayer to God provides clearer answers during the tribulation than it does today, or we aren't allowed to share in their inner-turmoil and how they deal with it. If an entire book is to cover 3 days in the middle of the tribulation, I expect some deeper character development (oh, and maybe smaller margins).
There are several surprising twists for two characters in this volume, which raises it far above the previous volume or two -- which were entirely predictable. No volume yet has been able to touch the story development and twists of the first two books of the Left Behind series, and I don't expect that any subsequent volumes churned out will be. If you can, pick up "End Times Fiction" by Demar; you'll also start to wonder why these FICTION writers ignore their characters. Based on literal reading of the Word, the series *is* pure fiction and should be judged for its style and story development.

Cure Greatest Hits, the
Cure Greatest Hits, the
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, another greatest hits, Dec 3 2001
This review is from: Cure Greatest Hits, the (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong, I love The Cure -- so much so that I already have two or three versions of most of these songs on other releases. I bought the disc for the "unplugged" versions and the two new songs (and for complete-ness of my Cure collection). I'm sorry I did.
Hardcore Cure fans that already own these songs: find the MTV Unplugged songs (on the "Play Out" video, "Unplugged and More" soundboard-recorded CD, and/or "Razor Rare Live vol. 4"). They are much more inspired and unplugged than this bonus disc. If you can find singles or mp3 versions of the two new songs as well, no need to fork out money for this release -- and with the singles you will get the b-side, "Signal to Noise", not included anywhere on these two discs.
New to the Cure? Get the previous 2 "Greatest Hits" discs (Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea and Galore), that'll give you a summary better than this one.
I'm hoping this was a plot to get rid of Elektra and not the longtime fans...

1970-1982 Clowns To The Left
1970-1982 Clowns To The Left
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the trip I expected, Oct. 17 2001
For people that discovered music in the '70s, Gerry Rafferty represents a cross between soft, folky rock and blues-influenced ballad rock. While lyrically strong, Gerry's music can seem bland to most discophiles today. This compilation takes you through his career with all the hits. All the top 40 standouts are there -- "Stuck in the middle" and "Baker Street" and a preponderance of early folk like "Steamboat springs" and "Please sing a song for us" released by the Humblebums. There is a lot of historical pop rock here; its a great compilation for true fans that don't already have the individual releases. It isn't the way to introduce Gerry Rafferty to someone experienced only with the radio favs and looking for that same kind of catchy stuff played on classic rock stations. His evolution from folk to pop was a large one; if you're up for a history lesson this is a good disc to digest...

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