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TCM Greatest Legends: Lauren Bacall
TCM Greatest Legends: Lauren Bacall
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 18.45
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5.0 out of 5 stars but I like the comedy with music here, Dec 6 2015
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Sorry, folks, but I like the comedy with music here. The dramas are fine, Bacall is a goddess, and it doesn't take Bogart to make that clear. But "Designing Woman"? Bliss. Lauren Bacall, Gregory Peck, Dolores Grey in a comedy with music numbers! Quadruple bliss. Sure, it's dated. but so are the dramas, and that is a great part of the charm of these four films; they are brilliant parts of a bygone past that are done so well that they all stand the test of time.....Oh, "Designing Woman", Peck is hilarious, Bacall has comedic chops one would never have dreamed of, and Dolores
Grey, Broadway and London star, in one of only four MGM movies she made, quadruple bliss. If I were to replace any of these films with another, it would be 'Dark Passage', a good film but not Bacall's best nor Bogart's.
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Lady, Be Good! (2015 Encores! Cast Recording)
Lady, Be Good! (2015 Encores! Cast Recording)
Price: CDN$ 16.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars They are both excellent. This one has Tommy Tune, Dec 6 2015
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There are now TWO essentially complete recordings of this Gershwin show. They are both excellent. This one has Tommy Tune, singing Fascinating Rhythm and Little Jazz Bird. The other has the sublime Lara Teeter in the Fred Astaire role and it doesn't get better than that. So take your pick and listen to a fantastically great show done well. I can't decide which I prefer as both are flawless and enormous fun. I assume the second CD would not have been recorded, the one here, if Tommy Tune were not involved. But I'm guessing that he wanted to record 'Little Jazz Bird' ever since it was cut at the last minute from "My One and Only". Well, Tommy, ya got it and ya done it proud. Now, if it had only been left in "MOAO".

Music Is Better Than Words
Music Is Better Than Words
Price: CDN$ 10.00
32 used & new from CDN$ 4.22

4.0 out of 5 stars A CD full of magic., Dec 6 2015
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At this price, this great CD is a steal! But I can't feel guilty; I'm too busy enjoying it. Where has this man been? The songs have the greatest orchestrations, a Sinatra-like voice, without the gimmicks, to sing them, and the whole CD is wrapped in lovely charm.

You haven't heard of him either? Buy this CD. You have heard of him? Okay, buy this CD and give to a good friend. You need something to make you feel good? Buy this CD.

House of Cards: The Complete Third Season Bilingual [Blu-ray]
House of Cards: The Complete Third Season Bilingual [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: CDN$ 39.96
6 used & new from CDN$ 37.95

3.0 out of 5 stars First strike after two home runs., Dec 4 2015
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This would appear to be intermission for this series. It is good, but it lacks the edge-of-your-seat drama of the first two seasons.Spacey still seems perfectly cast as a egotistical swine, but the rapid change in Robin Wright is too close to soap opera to really get us caring. Is she moral at last? Or a spoiled brat? The cast is getting too numerous - quickly, kill a few off - so that it is a nuisance trying to keep them all, and their partnerships straight, or to get to know them well enough to care who gets tossed under the bus next. Robin Wright? Yeah, Lady Macbeth's death would be a nice switch on the plot that is getting rather stale.

A MAD World Order
A MAD World Order

41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars should know better., Nov. 12 2015
This review is from: A MAD World Order (Kindle Edition)
Either remove this listing or I shall be forced to do my books, CD, DVD, and tech shopping elsewhere. This is abominable. One star? No minus 1,000,000,000, and shame on you, Amazon for not checking what is going on.
I could be generous and assume that some other 'Paul Bernardo' wrote this. But how does that explain the publisher from ignorance of the name? It doesn't. This is beneath contempt. YOU, Amazon, should know better.

Danielpour: Elegies/Sonnets to Orpheus
Danielpour: Elegies/Sonnets to Orpheus
8 used & new from CDN$ 9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars The Elegies are Magnificent, Nov. 10 2015
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This is not going to be anyone's favourite CD, but that is because it takes so much from the listener - a rare experience. It also gives much. I don't know when in modern classical music I have experienced so many emotions deeply, and felt both elated and somewhat depressed by it. This truly is that unusual and beautiful a CD. Von Stade is one of my favourites, and of late I had wondered it she was past her prime - I suppose "Sound of Music" had something to do with that - a bad, bad choice. But she is better here than I have ever heard her before. Much of that may have to do with the music, which begins as almost traditional but veers off in several directions breaking free of Western traditions. Hampson is truly magnificent, though I have heard him somewhat better, perhaps when on more solid classical ground. Ying Huang, heard on the sonnets, is not to my taste, First she invariably is contrasted with Von Stade, and secondly, her voice seems to miss too many notes with a harshness that is not pleasing. And that is the reason why I give this CD only four stars. A shorter CD - only the elegies with Von Stade and Hampson would have been given a five star rating.

Annie Get Your Gun
Annie Get Your Gun
Offered by Speedy Hen
Price: CDN$ 38.93
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'gun' well worth getting. ., Nov. 5 2015
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This review is from: Annie Get Your Gun (Audio CD)
How nice it is to have a version of "Annie Get Your Gun" that includes all of the music, but one song Betty Hutton did on board a ship in the movie version, and it was a throwaway, Berlin wrote for it, even if some of it is not politically correct at this time. Good grief, if one had to be politically correct with all shows, look at what "Hello, Dolly:" would lose , starting with "It Takes a Woman" and probably including the title song as well. And on and on it would go. Even the two songs for the young lovers, a subplot cut eventually, too quickly, are here, though not in their proper place in the show. And Judy Kaye is not Merman, which means that you get a more sensitive and tender Annie, more insecure of herself in the second half of Act One. And Barry Bostwick is not Howard Keel, who suited the part in the movie because who else could have matched Betty Hutton, and actually beaten her except for the playing about with the soundtrack? So we get a Frank who is much more human, They may be rivals with a gun, but they sound like two people who could easily be in love and are finding out how to make everything work right; a much more believable "Annie" than we've had in any other recording of the show is the best part of this two CD recording. The second best feature is that so much of the background music is included so that we can follow the story with greater ease. But how did "I Got Lost in His Arms" ever fail to become a standard? I guess Kaye wasn't around to record it in the 1940's.

She Shot Me Down
She Shot Me Down
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Price: CDN$ 6.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars More "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" than "Bang, Bang"., Nov. 5 2015
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This review is from: She Shot Me Down (Audio CD)
Not the perfect Sinatra CD, but a damn good one. Contrary to a previous review, I believe it starts out well with "Good Thing Goin". It establishes the mood and the message of the CD, and if there is a fault, it is in Sinatra's interpretation of a song that he is not on familiar ground with, not the arrangement. The low for me, and I can accept it, is the "Bang, Bang, She shot me down" in the middle of the CD, because it is too simplistic, and unfortunately brings Sammy Davis' "Bang, Bang" to mind from "Robin and the Seven Hoods". But whatever faults one might find in this contemporary collection, which it really isn't but what does one call a collection as diverse as this (?), fade away when you reach the last cut - a blend of two songs that really don't fit together, but Costa and Sinatra do wonders and make each song richer than either of these masterpieces could be on their own.
If you want the scooby-dooby-doo Sinatra, this isn;'t for you. But if you want to hear him, nearing the end of his career, still able to be fantastic, it most certainly is.

Cinema (Limited Deluxe)
Cinema (Limited Deluxe)
Price: CDN$ 14.97
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Songs from Films Sung in Italian" would have been better and I would not have bought it at all, Oct. 28 2015
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This review is from: Cinema (Limited Deluxe) (Audio CD)
Yes, it is Andrea Bocelli. And, no, it is not. The title is even wrong. "Songs from Films Sung in Italian" would have been better and I would not have bought it at all. Okay, there are some Italian films here, and those songs should be sung in Italian. But not Lara's Theme from "Dr Zhivago" and most certainly not 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing". The lyrics from that song are too beautiful to toss away on an inferior Italian translation that misses the fragile beauty of the song..."Once on a high and windy hill, two lovers kissed in the morning mist and the earth stood still..." That line alone is so perfect and complex, not just the rhyme but the use of consonants and vowels. What we get has a lovely orchestration and that is all one can praise. "Cheek to Cheek" in Italian loses all its subtle double-entendres and ends up as boring.
But what is worse is that Bocelli should never have been singing most of these songs anyway. He has an opera voice and it is misused here. In English he comes closest with "Be My Love", but please, next time, have pity on our eardrums. The Italian songs - I don't know some but am aware of the mood others should have and do not. I loaned my copy to an Italian friend who listened to it and told me that most of the Italian lyrics to English songs are sadly inferior, and he has never heard Bocelli, whom he adores, sound worse.
So buy this one with a great deal of reservations. Some will cheer it, but they will be unaware of the two great losses, the lyrics and the voice.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo (Blu-ray + DVD)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo (Blu-ray + DVD)
DVD ~ Bob Hoskins
Price: CDN$ 7.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars And a few of the extras are nice bonuses, too, Oct. 25 2015
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Blue Ray does wonders for this film. It is a piece of theatrical magic that is unlikely to ever come our way again, but with Blue Ray, everything pops! And a few of the extras are nice bonuses, too, though a couple are relatively useless. But the film has stood up exceptionally well for a twenty-five year old comedy. Comedies often date so fast! But not this one. The jokes are still fresh because no other film can use them - they are all a central part of this script. A great joy. Well, that;'s enough of me; I'm off to play patty-cake.

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