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The Golden Apple
The Golden Apple
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars A most unusual and fascinating score from the past., April 14 2014
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This review is from: The Golden Apple (Audio CD)
Now, if only all the songs were complete. Kay Ballard's "Lazy Afternoon" is given the full treatment - and it certainly deserved it. But many will wonder why Anita Gillette received top billing when her numbers, as so many others, are truncated. But this is the only version of this splendid show, so I would recommend that it be purchased quickly by those who come across it. I have never known an original cast recording to go up and down in price so often and so much. Pity, with all the extra space on the CD that they didn't include a few of the covers of the songs that did get a fuller treatment as singles.

Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate
Price: CDN$ 21.74
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, April 14 2014
This review is from: Kiss Me Kate (Audio CD)
I hate it when someone mixes CDs up. The top reviews are for the MGM musical version of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate". The poorer reviews are for this unknown CD that should never have been given this title, but once that was done, I would have thought Amazon would be able to keep them straight. This is NOT the first time I've discovered strange mixes from Amazon and it could be very misleading for someone just starting out in either of these genres. Please, pull out the MGM reviews and put them where they belong.

An Evening With Dorothy Fields
An Evening With Dorothy Fields
Price: CDN$ 16.48
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lady is a charmer and her songs are fabulous, March 16 2014
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Hard to get a hold of, this CD is worth every effort to obtain. It is full of great songs, wonderful backgrounds and anecdotes from Ms Fields, and though a few of her singers aren't up to her standards at times - it doesn't matter as this is Dorothy Fields singing Dorothy Fields, and it is fantastic. If only most lyricists were to record their work, we'd know better how a song was intended to be sung, what the original lyrics were, and how delightful, at least in this case, the artist was.
Rush out and search for this CD. You are in for a delicious surprise!

Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 19.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best "Kate" recording, March 16 2014
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This review is from: Kiss Me Kate (Audio CD)
John McGlinn never made a mediocre cast recording. They are brilliant, every one of them. "Show Boat" is the best, a tour-de-force, but this follows close behind. The cast is simply superb, the score is complete - something that no other version is - and the singers are recorded beautifully. I could go on and on, but why bother when the entire enterprise is perfection!!!
If you haven't got this in your collection, poor you. Buy it now. There won't be a moment of regret, but a great many hours of utter joy.

Party Girl [Import]
Party Girl [Import]
DVD ~ Robert Taylor
Price: CDN$ 27.89
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4.0 out of 5 stars The title is the only flaw., March 16 2014
This review is from: Party Girl [Import] (DVD)
When this film was first released, the critics either thought it one of the best gangster films ever made, or one of the worst melodramas MGM ever released. The first group was closest to the truth. The major flaws of the film are the title and Tony Martin's upbeat title song that starts the film off all wrong. One might also complain that Charisse's two numbers are not of the period, but they are. They simply are not what one expects of Charisse, but slip in "New Sun in the Sky" or "On Your Toes" and the film would have dropped like a hot potato in the Artic and sunk without a trace.
So one needed a fresh pair of eyes to look at this very stylish drama of gangsters, death, love and redemption. It is not a "cult" film - thank heavens, as they tend to be really so bad they're good. This is an exceptionally good film, made surprisingly when MGM was cutting contracts and had far fewer stars to work with. Taylor and Charisse together? It never would have happened if they simply went with their old roster of female stars. But there was little choice left...and surprise!...the lady could hold her own and there was chemistry here. Lee J. Cobb is almost always a master at terrifying us in sinister, subtle, and not-too-subtle ways. He is a great villain here which gives Taylor a chance to play a stronger hero than he usually does - a hero is only as good as the villain he faces. The plot is strong, avoiding cliches even as it seems now and then to be heading straight towards one. And Charisse in this part is a woman who will not be a 'party girl'. The film has enough of the thirties period to work, and a great deal to say about love and integrity to make it a worthwhile watch and a strong cautionary tale for today.

Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4  (U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray]
Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 (U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Hugh Bonneville
Price: CDN$ 38.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Too short, Feb. 10 2014
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It's all wonderful, though some of it is here and gone too soon. The pregnancy, the right suitor for Mary, Shirley MacLaine, and even Maggie Smith who gets the best lines and when given a chance to smile, shows that she is a gorgeous elderly lady and not a sour old hen; we needed more of all of them. The flaw is that there are too few installments in a show that is so wide in scope and has so many fascinating characters.
But always leave 'em wanting more is a saying that does work. Trouble is, a little more here would make me want Season Five even more!! There isn't another show on television that comes close, and the DVD set is better still for you can watch two, three, all of it! at once. And hopefully the next season will give Elizabeth McGovern more to do. She is a splendid actress but relegated here to a supporting character whose part is the most underwritten of all of the cast.
But if, like me, the series has grabbed you, this is a sure purchase. And a really good addition to any collection.

Iron Man 3 [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
Iron Man 3 [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Robert Downey Jr
Price: CDN$ 21.00
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2.0 out of 5 stars When did Robert Downey stop acting?, Feb. 10 2014
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There was a time, even in the first "Iron Man" when Robert Downey could act. That time is past. And dozens of Grade B Hollywood actors could have walked through this movie better than he does. Perhaps it is due to Miss Paltrow who drags the movie down pathetically. She was better when we saw less of her, and as an action hero, she is a dud. Clearly she doesn't believe in the part and it shows badly. Perhaps that is due in part to the pathetic underwriting of her part. Even her screen name is a bad joke. And a hero is only as good as the enemy is evil and believable - which is not the case here.
Stop the series while you're only slipping into the abyss. Hitting bottom would be a shame and an insult to the first of the series. The Second one was a mix of good and bad, good winning out. "Iron Man 3" is a loser. Someone please remind Downey to start acting again and not just stand there with that silly smirk on his face. Maybe he needs the money but surely he should have to earn it and not coast on his past performances.

Cowboys & Aliens (Extended Edition) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Bilingual)
Cowboys & Aliens (Extended Edition) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
Price: CDN$ 10.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dumb, but sorta loveable., Feb. 10 2014
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Who would have though you could combine cowboys and aliens and not get laughed off the screen? This one almost works, in large part due to the two leads who have the acting chops to make us take them seriously. As a result, this is a joyous ride into silliness and substance. And it may have shreds of other movies tucked inside, but it is not a remake, a sequel, or an outright steal of another movie. It's an original! How many of those do we have nowadays?
And it is rewatchable as there are so many little details within it that one can miss the first or second time through. And how nice to see Harrison Ford play a not-so-nice guy. He gains stature as an actor in this film. And Daniel Craig is, as usual, the perfect hero, always slightly flawed and fighting himself as well as the enemy.
Highly recommended if only for the fact that it is difficult to imagine any other group of film makers attempt to copy it. It is one of a kind - hallelujah!

Csi: Crime Scene Investigation - Thirteenth Season [Import]
Csi: Crime Scene Investigation - Thirteenth Season [Import]
Offered by Partners ARC N SJC
Price: CDN$ 40.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning to show its age...but...., Feb. 10 2014
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The Csi: New York was good. Too bad it disappeared; it starred one of the finest actors of these times. The Las Vegas show, however, is no slouch in that department. Ted Danson brings a solidly strong presence to the show and lifts it up to where it was years ago. For a year or two it looked as though the show would tank, but it now should have a few more good years. The supporting cast does need some work though. Elizabeth Shue just keeps her head above water. Her character seems at odds with her own nature. And what are they doing with the love-lorn unlikeable technician. He was never good, but now the part is so scrambled in how he is perceived by the writer that it would be best to write him right out of the show - perhaps kill him off in some fascinating way and let the rest figure it out, only to discover that it was suicide. And who stuck Jorja in a revolving door? She is there, then gone, back for a line or two, gone again, week after week.
When it goes off the air - two years? - it will be like losing an old friend. Meanwhile, there is much to enjoy as each season only has one or two duds.

Man of Steel [Blu-ray]
Man of Steel [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Diane Lane
Price: CDN$ 19.93
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Henry, Feb. 10 2014
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This review is from: Man of Steel [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Henry Cavill can act very well. He looks like he should be Superman. He has built up his muscles for this role. But what a waste of this talented Englishman. The movie is all special effects, one after the other. I know that is what a large section of the potential audience for these films want, but they are almost all teenagers. Couldn't they have done something with the story line to hold our interest when we're over 25? The supporting cast gets the best moments, though Kevin Costner seems to be looking for his "Field of Dreams". Russell Crowe gets inside Superman's father's skin well and helps make the back story more believable and pleasurable than the newly conceived idea to this movie. At least Lois isn't too dumb to recognize that Superman and Clark Kent are one and the same.
Not a misfire, the movie simply is too much of a show for the special effects people. If there is a sequel, there will surely be another start to another Superman series since they make money, one can only hope that someone sits down and writes a screenplay that a ten year old couldn't have done.

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