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50 Years Desert Boneyard
50 Years Desert Boneyard
by Philip D Chinnery
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 4.22

5.0 out of 5 stars A great coffee table book, April 16 2001
This book has much detailed information on the history of the storage yard at Davis-Monthan AFB, in Tucson Arizona. Seeing has to how I am an aircraft nut (Mostly military), I got a kick out of the fact that all the pictures were color! And the photos are almost all of aircraft. Rare aircraft included are the XB-19, B-36, RA-5C, C-133 and the NB-52E. The only problem is that just one photo of each of the above aircraft is in the book. In addition, the book also has details about how the aircraft are preserved in storage and what uses they have at the yard. Not all are scrapped or salvaged of parts, but some go on to civilian lives as firebombers or transports and some are sold to warbird collectors. For example, The Pima Air-Space Museum has many aircraft that are on loan from D-M (Then again, it is very near the base). This has to be the best book ever on the place that is mistakenly called "The Boneyard".

Around the World in Eighty Days
Around the World in Eighty Days
by Jules Verne
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 3.87
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne does it again!, April 15 2001
Around the World in 80 Days is another good work from the author of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Phileas Fogg is member of the London Reform Club. He makes a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days. He leaves immediately along with his servant Passepartout. A short time before Fogg left on his "Tour of the world", a bank robbery occurred at the bank of England. Police Detective Fix mistakenly believes that, because his description is so close to the robber's, that Phileas Fogg was the robber.
What will the trip gain Mr. Fogg? Will he make it in 80 days? Will Fix learn his blunder or cost Fogg the wager? Find out by reading for yourself.

King Kong
King Kong
VHS
4 used & new from CDN$ 19.95

3.0 out of 5 stars A brave failure, April 15 2001
This review is from: King Kong (VHS Tape)
A few years ago, I viewed this 1976 remake of the classic "King Kong" for my first time. My father and I both agreed that it paled when compared to the original. Recently, I got to view this one again on television. I still think it stinks, but it has a couple of good things going for it. However, lets do the bad first.
First, The special effects are good but not as believable as one would think (Considering a 43-year time span). The stop-motion 18-inch Kong has been replaced by some five foot guy in an ape suit and a fifty foot robot Kong who has about 10 seconds of screen time. The best parts of the original film were all the dinosaurs that King Kong and the men of the SS Venture battled on Skull Island. The only opponent in this film is some plastic snake, which is killed the same way as the T-Rex was in 1933. Where did that amazing, $25 million budget go? That one million spent building the robot head (Today a prop at Universal Studios) should have been used for some dinosaurs (You could have bought costumes at the thrift shop). Also, Kong is subdued with Chloroform the moment he breaks through the gate. He does not do one bit of damage to the village or the natives, like in the original. If something valuable to me were just stolen, I would be in a foul, destructive mood. I also found more sympathy for the first King Kong in how he was taken away from his home and bundled up to become a sideshow freak. He was also a Christ-like figure when he died at the end. Here, I really didn't feel much for him since he wasn't shown to be much, except a giant who likes to smash people and to play with blondes.
Next, the cast. Jeff Bridges plays Jack Prescott, who is a far cry from the Jack Driscoll that Bruce Cabot portrayed so well in 1933. Jack is a stowaway, rather than a mate on the ship, which is an interesting change in character. An
oil mogul named Fred Wilson (Played by Charles Grodin) replaces intrepid filmmaker Carl Denham He does get some laughs in this film and is somewhat fun, but is unable to save the film. Jessica Lange plays Dwan is her film debut. I have to say that I did admire her, not just for looks, but for her characterization. She doesn't scream as much as Fay Wray did in 1933. Instead, she punches or kicks a couple of times. She also seems to care for Kong, such as when Kong is shot at by helicopters on top of the World Trade Center. Instead of being happy, she yells at the pilots to stop their shooting. It fails, however, and Kong is killed (Or so it seems, for he would return in 1986 for the forgettable "King Kong Lives").
But perhaps the biggest problem with the film is lack of suspense. Not much change is made to the plot beyond what I already stated. Most of the scenes from the original have been kept, which reduces some suspense. A remake should try to do more than change around names. It should try to take a different outlook on the plot or on scenes in the original. This one didn't do that, which was a mistake. An example would be when Kong breaks out of Shea Stadium in New York and rampages around the city. We all know he will capture Dwan and climb up the highest
building, because that's what he wants to do and that's what he did in '33. Something the producers could have done was to have the humans use Dwan as bait to lure Kong up the World Trade Center, where he would meet his doom with the helicopters.
However, as I said in the opening sentences, there are things I admired about this movie. In addition to Lange's character, there is more believability in the Skull Island voyage. Instead of an adventure for a legendary monster, it is a hopeful search for a large oil strike. There is a clever attempt at satire in this (The country was going through an oil crisis in 1976). I also liked how the film poked fun at itself. For example, after King Kong rampages off with Dwan in its grasp, her rescuers gaze at the damage done. When one of them asks what did it, another responded "Who do you think it was? Some guy in an ape suit?" Also, the music score in here is superb, adding some atmosphere to the film. It might even be on par with Max Steiner's film score. I also thought the cinematography, which received an Oscar nomination, was well done also. Finally, Rick Baker's ape suit is a great one and is very realistic, though that somewhat takes away from the campy fun of the original.
This Kong is a controversial film. While it surpasses the original in a couple of ways and is one I will view once in a while, it fails to live up to its predecessor. One has to credit the cast and crew, however, for having the guts to make it. For it is truly a brave failure.

Patriot Games
Patriot Games
VHS
Offered by Media_Mom_Canada
Price: CDN$ 39.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, April 11 2001
This review is from: Patriot Games (VHS Tape)
Patriot Games is a great movie, based on the novel by Tom Clancy. Former CIA Analyst Jack Ryan (Played by Harrison Ford, who replaced Alec Baldwin) intervenes in an attempted terriost attack on the royal family. The brother of Sean Miller (Sean Bean), one of the terriosts, is killed and Miller arrested. Miller is however broken out by buddies (Who are in the ULA). Now he wants to get Ryan.
The whole film itself is amazing and suspenseful, with excellent performances. The only problem was the ending. Sure the boat chase was good, but it was too short. You should have made it longer and more exciting!

Hunt for Red October, the
Hunt for Red October, the
VHS
Offered by Media_Mom_Canada
Price: CDN$ 29.99
10 used & new from CDN$ 2.84

5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful and nail biting movie, April 10 2001
Russian Submarine Captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) has command of the Soviet navy's newest sub, the Red October, named for the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. The Red October is the newest of the Typhoon class missile subs. She is, however different; being larger and having a new drive system. Ramius sends a letter to Moscow before he leaves. All that is known by C.I.A is that the Russian navy immediately sent orders to sink Red October. It is thus believed that Ramius intends to attack the U.S. C.I.A analyst Jack Ryan (Played wonderfully by Alec Baldwin) believes Ramius wants to defect. He has just three days to prove it. Various problems stand in the way however, from a sub captain whom wants to get Ramius first to an attempt at sabotage. Will Ryan get to Ramius before the Russians and the Americans?
The acting is top notch, from Connery and Baldwin's performances to James Earl Jones as Admiral Greer and Sam Neill as a Red October officer. A great film for people who like suspense films or for James Bond fans. Sort of a thinking man's James Bond that will keep you riveted to the very end.

Platoon
Platoon
VHS
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great war movie. It's not that violent!, April 8 2001
This review is from: Platoon (VHS Tape)
Platoon is over a decade old (About 15 years to be exact). But time has not been harsh to this brutal and powerful movie. The plot revolves around Chris, an infantryman (Played by Charlie Sheen) and two sergeants (William Dafoe and Tom Berenger) who have opposite views of the war; Berenger wants to wipe out the Vietcong. Dafoe believes the war is lost.
The special effects are no longer the best (The 'explosions' look more like pyrotechnics or expensive fireworks). But this has to be quite possibly the most realistic war film ever made. The reason is probably because director Oliver Stone was a service man in Vietnam. Thus, he could make a war film that was more realistic than any war movie made until Saving Private Ryan. But Platoon is not even that violent (Apocalypse Now and SPR are bloodier). But Platoon and Full Metal Jacket carry the lion's share of foul language. Platoon won academy awards for Best director (Oliver Stone), Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Picture. Without a doubt, Platoon is one of the greatest war films ever made.

Judgement at Nuremberg [Import]
Judgement at Nuremberg [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film about the War-Crime trials., April 5 2001
With an all star cast, Judgment at Nuremberg certainly delivers with powerful acting and great directing by Stanley Kramer.

Burt Lancaster portrays one of four-nazi judges convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials. The year is 1948, two years since the main Nuremberg trials concluded and 3 years since World War 2 ended. Throughout the film, mention is made of the cold war. The invasion of Czechoslovakia and the Berlin Airlift are mentioned. Also, Emil Hahn (Played by Werner Klemperer, the future Colonel Klink) states, after he is sentenced, "...Tomorrow the Bolsheviks sentence you!" Speaking of perfromances, fine performances are also given by just about the entire cast, from Spencer Tracy as Judge Dan Heywood, to Montgomery Clift playing Rudolph Peterson, a victim of nazi atrocities. Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich also give great performances. But it is Lancaster, Richard Widmark and Maxmilian Schell (Who won an Oscar for Best Actor) who steal the show.

In addition to everything listed above, the film's music fits it like a glove. The cinematography is also good. In addition, this version also includes the original theatrical trailer.

This is definately one of my ten favorites and deserves a spot in the collection of any film buff (It has a spot in mine).

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 6.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic and amazing read!, April 2 2001
Jules Verne indeed had quite an imagination. But, of all his novels, the most wondrous, the most well known, the most popular and the best is 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
The book's plot is pretty well known to the literature world: Captain Nemo has built an underwater ship called the Nautilus. Three people land on the ship and are taken aboard: French Professor M. Aronnax, a famous French scientist, Conseil, his servant and Ned Land, a Canadian Harpooner. Some of the highlights of their incredible adventure include getting trapped under ice in the South Pole, battling giant squid, exploring lost shipwrecks as well as the lost city of Atlantis and encountering the undersea forests of Crespo.
What is most amazing is that Verne's predicted how subs would work years later. Also, the U.S.S Nautilus went under the South Pole almost a century after Verne's Nautilus. The book is however not problem proof. It takes a while to develop. The Nautilus is originally mistaken for a sea monster. So a few are spent looking for this "Sea Monster". But this is forgivable. For can you name one great book that doesn't spend time developing its plot?

Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos
Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos
by Mick Foley
Edition: Hardcover
29 used & new from CDN$ 0.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Foley is good!, March 27 2001
Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos has to be a book destined to be a family classic. The Illustrations by Jerry "The King" Lawler are the true highlight. There is also humor (Jerry Lawler steals art supplies and Val Venis attempts to kiss Santa's wife). It also rhymes. For those of us expecting Foley to top Have a Nice Day!, don't!. This is purely a family (Or children's) book. I would still however have to recommend it. Than again, I am a fan of the WWF.

National Geo.:Search for/Battl
National Geo.:Search for/Battl

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of the search for the Bismarck, March 26 2001
This video tells of the story of the hunt for the Bismarck: Both the 1941 sea chase led by the Royal Navy that succeded in sinking Bismarck and the 1989 expedtion led by Oceanographer Robert Ballard that succeded in locating her wreck. Includes video, photos and paintings of how Bismarck appears today as well as photos of her in 1941. The interviews with various survivors, both from Bismarck and the other british warships, tell the Bismarck story like it happened. A video I would reccomend for fans of Bob Ballard, of warships, of World War 2 or of this lengendary warship.

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