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White Collar: Season 6
White Collar: Season 6
DVD ~ Matt Bomer
Price: CDN$ 14.97

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5.0 out of 5 stars It couldn't be better!, May 11 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: White Collar: Season 6 (DVD)
"White Collar" has slipped under the radar of most people for six years now. Perhaps it was scheduling, the lack of a major network to put it on, unknowns in the leads. But who hasn't heard of Matt Bomer by now?
To the point: most television series just stop. They do not end. They get cancelled with cliff-hangers at the end of a season.
They "jump the crocodile" and end up in the piranha pool, and no one cares any more about them as they have become too desperate for an audience. Not "White Collar".
This last season, too short, too short, is magnificent. It concludes the entire series in the most appropriate and yet unexpected way. I won't spoil the ending, but be prepared to cry and then laugh and then....it has it all. And the two leads, with such terrific chemistry, bring up the final installment of a series that, for the general public, didn't have enough blood and gore,sex and betrayal. Instead we had two protagonists, on the same side, maybe, a court jester, and a leading lady who didn't fit any of the traditional concepts but was perfectly cast. And I know who I want for a landlady - Diahann Carroll. The romances came and went, with reason. But the two leads pulled you into the white collar, not murder scenarios, week after week. Watch them twice and you were hooked.
This sixth season is among the best television ever! The other five were pretty darn good, too.You needn't see the first five seasons to watch the genius behind this season, but if you don't, you are missing hours of great pleasure. Watch this first if you must, and then buy the others seasons, too.
I suspect that only because of Matt Bomer's career taking off rapidly, they might have stretched this out a little longer, but I am so grateful that they got a chance to bring a show to a proper conclusion, six great installments to do so, which I have not seen elsewhere on television, and seldom in the movies. And they did it by playing all the cliche cards and then turning them on their heads - except for the Queen of Hearts.
Bravo!

Italia
Italia
Price: CDN$ 8.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Again, a triumph., May 11 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: Italia (Audio CD)
Chris Botti has brought the trumpet back into the mainstream of solo instruments...awkwardly worded, but most who hear this will know what I mean. The songs are well chosen, the orchestrations great, the singers well chosen, even the deceased Dean Martin who has never sounded better(!!!!!)And Andrea Bocelli actually is better here, more emotional and tender, than on any of his solo albums.
Some may complain that Botti is getting too far away from jazz with so many traditional songs included, but they would be sadly wrong; Botti is bringing jazz into compositions that benefit from it. Listen to "Ave Maria", and attempt to think of a better version of it. He has opened the songs up, and enriched our enjoyment of them. This isn't a "pure" jazz album, but music to make one feel good about the world, if only briefly, and about oneself.
The artist is a near-genius. Buy this CD and enjoy, over and over again.

Jazz Singer
Jazz Singer
Price: CDN$ 13.28
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Jazz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, May 11 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: Jazz Singer (Audio CD)
First, change the title of the CD. Only three numbers here could be called jazz....if one stretches the point. There is more blues, but some very regular ballads dominate.
But Rosie is Rosie, and she sounds good in these early recordings, though why they included numbers in which the chorus dominates and poor Rosie sounds just like a soloist for a few lines before the chorus is back again.
The album is fine at this price, but not a penny more. To get early Clooney, this is a reasonable way. But it doesn't stand up to anything else out there by Rosemary Clooney.
In a sense, buyer beware. And if Michael Feinstein put this together, shame on him for not knowing jazz from other musical forms.

Jack Lemmon Collection - Volume 1 (4-Movie Set)
Jack Lemmon Collection - Volume 1 (4-Movie Set)
DVD ~ Jack Lemmon
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 16.65
21 used & new from CDN$ 7.93

4.0 out of 5 stars "My Sister Eileen" Is a Knockout!, April 30 2015
I have not bought this set, but have three of the four movies already in my collection. The last to be added was "My Sister Eileen", and it is a great musical. Those who don't like musicals should have simply stated that and then stopped their reviews and gone on to the other films. Most of them know nothing about musicals and make comments that are simply dead wrong. "Wonderful Town", with music by Leonard Bernstein was the Broadway musical that was based on Columbia's "My Sister Eileen" and starred Rosalind Russell - homely? No way. When Columbia went to make a musical of their comedy, the Broadway people wanted a great deal too much money because it had Bernstein's music. So they began by scratch. MGM had recently released dozens of their top stars as the 'studio' system was breaking down everywhere. Columbia grabbed Betty Garrett, who was certainly not homely and had played the love interest for Frank Sinatra among others while at that studio. She was in line for "Annie Get Your Gun" but her agent demanded too much money, and Betty Hutton, whose career was almost dead, got the role. But Garrett came here and was sensational. The lady is not at all homely. Of course, compared to "Eileen", Janet Leigh, most women would come off second best. But she could sing, dance, do comedy - her timing is sensational. As for the rest of the cast, Jack Lemmon's part gets bigger towards the end as he discovers whom he loves and why, and his solo is pretty darn good. Actually, every critic out there stated firmly that the music here is far better than that in "Wonderful Town". And then you have Bob Fosse in his first major role, playing against type. But his dancing is fantastic, and his competition dance with Tommy Rall is one of the best ever put on film. Probably the best, in fact. As to the plot - surprise, much of it was based on fact! And, hey, this is New York, and subways were blasting through the Village, naval ships were giving shore leave, and women were beginning to assert themselves and get into the job market, and chivalry wasn't quite dead.
So if you don't like musicals, just pass on and don't make comments that reflect poorly on you. "I don't like Westerns" (actually I love many of them), but if I said that and then went on to criticize a film because it was a western, I would look like someone missing a few mental widgets.
"My Sister Eileen" - Fosse's second chance to break out, the first being "From This Moment On" in "Kiss Me Kate" with Carol Haney. But now he had a fully-filled out role to work with. Garrett at her best. Leigh charming and sweet, and Jack Lemmon showing the range of his considerable talents, Tommy Rall dancing up a storm before leaving Hollywood for a long time - it took "Funny Girl" to get him back, and just for one dance number.
This is a movie well worth owning and watching, and enjoying, even if you don't watch musicals....imagine watching only half and then reviewing it!!!!

High Wide & Handsome [Import]
High Wide & Handsome [Import]
Price: CDN$ 25.22
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5.0 out of 5 stars The second great musical!, April 16 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: High Wide & Handsome [Import] (DVD)
"High Wide and Handsome" seems to have been hidden away in some secret Paramount vault for decades - but it is here now, beautifully restored, and a sheer delight from start to finish. It is a strange duck though, but I love it. It is part a rousing brawling battle of deadly foes, one struggling to bring oil to the East, the other anxious for petty revenge and to line his pockets with money. Randolph Scott makes a good lead, tough, determined, and ready to take on the world. And it is part splendid musical with songs like "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" and "Could I Forget You" sung by the first great lady of movie musicals, Irene Dunne. And she is as good here as she was in "Show Boat", the first great movie musical. But what sets this film apart from so many musicals that were to follow is that the two halves are superbly blended so that neither one gets in the way of the other, but compliments it. It is dated in some ways, but it has been technically brought into the 21st century with a great visual and audio transfer. Thank heavens they did artificially colour it. A remake can use colour, but it is delightful to have this long-lost musical in its pure format. Oh, and add in jugglers, elephants, bareback riders and a circus, Dorthy Lamour as a saloon singer who works both sides, but is a decent woman...sorry for being preachy but that's the role cast for her and it would be modernized today...an amazing knock-down brawl to end brawls...it didn't but was seldom equalled, some comic characters for relief whose parts are kept brief enough not to get in the way but to relieve a little of the tension when necessary - watch Ben Blue's triple take on the mountain!
No big dance number, but they try for some 'down-home' dancing that is a delight to watch.
All in all, a movie due to be remade, but buy this version regardless of what the remake will be like. This is one trip into cinema history that you will get an enormous amount of pleasure from.

Belle (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
Belle (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Price: CDN$ 10.00
3 used & new from CDN$ 10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but by no means Great., April 16 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: Belle (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Visually gorgeous, but rather hollow at the core. The true issue here should have been on the end of 'official' slave trading. But that is shoved to the last fifteen minutes of the film and we are instead given a pretty picture of life after Jane Austen. And this isn't as good as Jane Austen though Lord knows it tries to be with all of the romantic entanglements that are so predictable that one wants to scream for the writers to turn on their own brains and stop stealing, badly, from Austen. Based on a real story? I doubt it. Having seen the painting several times at Kenwood, I know that the two ladies are NOT presented as equals, and the first and strongest impression is that the one in the background is a servant for the debutante seating at the front. But the actors are good and Tom Wilkinson does his darndest to create a character with depth. Miranda Richardson, on the other hand, delivers perhaps the worst performance of her career - it would be very good if in the summary of so many other actresses' work - and the young lead does her best by doing what she is called upon to do, which isn't very much. But the homes, the costumes, the countryside are all lovely. But buy this one only on sale.

The Columbia Stereo Recordings (10cd)
The Columbia Stereo Recordings (10cd)
Price: CDN$ 21.80
18 used & new from CDN$ 12.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift!, April 16 2015
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At this price, the set is a phenomenal gift. The sound is excellent. The orchestras superb. The pieces selected are of a great variety and all to be enjoyed if not treasured. If someone has an immense classical collection, there will probably be too many repetitions here, but for the rest of us, the set opens up a parallel universe to the one we have been travelling in. Most highly recommended. (I only have two of the CDs included here giving me 8 new joys.)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]
DVD ~ Ian McKellen
Price: CDN$ 19.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the ending that we needed, April 16 2015
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Five great films, and one that just misses the mark - this one. But it is still a must for anyone collecting the series. Just don't expect the book to be recreated. At times, one can see that it was necessary or an improvement to move from the printed word, but there are moments when the loss is quite disturbing. The cast are all quite competent, though outside of Lee Pace's King, no new (he was briefly in #5) developments are there. Perhaps too many battle sequences, especially towards the end where they come at us too fast. One would like to enjoy them, but here it seems they have crammed too much into too short a time, which reveals another problem with earlier sequences; the movie cannot justify its length, a fault not found in "The Lord of the Rings" or the two previous "The Hobbit" films.
The other five films all made one feel that he or she had had an 'experience' to enjoy. This one, an 'experience' to complete the journey - a rather predictable and, at times, mundane journey home. Yet I give it 4 stars as there are many wonderful moments within the film.

A Thousand Kisses Deep
A Thousand Kisses Deep
Price: CDN$ 10.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz meets Pop meets trumpet. Phenomenal., March 30 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: A Thousand Kisses Deep (Audio CD)
I am a definite Chris Botti fan. The jazz elements are lighter than the heavyweights of jazz where you often lose the melody as they soar off in a splendid riff, but I like to be able to follow the tune and not lose it is the middle two-thirds of a song. The pop elements is only there as a base to build on. It is what Chris Botti does to each number that takes his work into a different world that soothes, stirs, and sends the senses soaring. A couple of gentle vocals add variety, but essentially this is Chris Botti taking his talents to another new level. Hot and cool, it is a pretty near perfect jazz-pop outing. If you aren't familiar with his work, this is a good place to start; just prepare to be deliciously surprised.

Rapture
Rapture
Price: CDN$ 11.04
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not from Columbia...BUT...., March 30 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: Rapture (Audio CD)
The album seems to date from the first decade of Johnny Mathis' work - which is definitely not a bad thing. The sound is right, his voice is at its best, and the songs are a good range of familiar and unfamiliar. The result, one of the most romantic and lush of Mathis' records. I suspect it was recorded at Columbia but released by "Hallmark"(?). While a few of Mathis' albums have dated, this one has not, and if you like what he does to a song, usually quite a sumptuous treatment, you will like this CD.

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