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War & Peace (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
War & Peace (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Henry Fonda
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3.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie when it first came out, Oct. 25 2015
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I loved this movie when it first came out. But time has not been kind to it. To begin with, even at the time of its first release there was too much peace and too little war. Now, the miscastings are too obvious and get in the way. Poor Audrey did develop into a fine actress, but she is in way over her head as Natasha and though she brightens the screen, she simply stops the action dead in its tracks - I'm using cliches since the movie is full of them. Henry Fonda is a different kettle of fish - too American to even catch a bit of the nature of Pierre. So there goes that half of the novel. John Mills and Herbert Lom are excellent. Mel Ferrer comes off best of the leads. But casting Anita Ekberg and Vittorio Gassman! Bad moves. She can't act her way out of a torn paper bag, and he plays such a one-dimensional character as to make his scenes with Hepburn almost comical. Sumptuous sets, wrong-headed costumes - this is Moscow not St. Petersburgh - and a print that cannot be adjusted and spills over the sides of whatever size screen you are watching it on, all count against this version. Paramount, you fooled us then, but not now, and especially not since the Russian version of this film became easily accessible. Give this one a pass, unless you absolutely adore Hepburn no matter how badly cast she is. Her only worse film is "Paris When It Sizzles", which is enough to make your eyeballs crawl inside your head to hide.

Penny Dreadful: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
Penny Dreadful: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Eva Green
Price: CDN$ 33.97
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best television series in a long time., Oct. 25 2015
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There are two plots that don't quite come together this season, though they get close. That is why I give this only four stars. I assume that the third season will bring our characters back into a single group to battle against the forces of evil. Each plot is, however, quite good, but you do lose track of one set for a week or so. Next season should be great. Meanwhile, this is a good investment in a series that knows just how to send shivers up one's spines without too much gore - but a whopping dose of the grisly and macabre. Have fun!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Chris Evans
Price: CDN$ 24.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars I prefer the original., Sept. 9 2015
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There is a great deal of wonderful movie magic here, but it is not up to the first "Captain America" film simply because it is not as fresh as the original was. But, to be honest, I can't imagine how they could have pulled it off without going over much of the same ground. There are definitely new touches, but they don't quite grab the viewer. The reaction near the beginning of a lost love, is too conventional, and the main plot too predictable. The title even gives it all away, not on the billboards or in the newspapers, but about fifteen minutes into the film. It needed, at that moment, Agatha Christie's touch, but it got James Patterson banging it out on his computer.
But the cast is, again, superb. Chris Evans, with wise career moves, should be one of the top stars in film within a year or two. Johansson and Jackson are at the top of their game, though I prefer her in a drama such as "The Girl with A Pearl Earring", rather than "Lucy", one of the worst premises and conclusions of a film in ages. Redford takes a little getting used to in this film, but to say more would give away too much. But he is miscast.
Technically, the film is excellent, and has one of the cleanest sound tracks only bested by the new "Mad Max" which is a fantastic thrill ride in every way. (See it in 3D if you can. It is the best and subtlest use of 3D as of yet.)
And if you have the first in the series, you must have this one. Now, if there is a third...maybe stop while you are well ahead.

Captain America: The First Avenger  [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
Captain America: The First Avenger [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Chris Evans
Price: CDN$ 29.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Totally illogical, but totally fun., Sept. 9 2015
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By now, everything that anyone can say about this movie has been said. At the time it was released I was going into a "not another Marvel hero" mood. So I passed it up. Then I saw it on television and decided that it would indeed be a movie I would like to watch and enjoy. At present, I am having fun looking for the errors in it and have reached 17. But that only adds to the fun. Watch my favourite musical "The Bandwagon", and while Nanette Fabray is singing 'Louisiana Hayride', watch for the stage hand who wanders on camera. And no one at MGM caught it. But "Captain America", jingoism aside, is essentially a well made film, and has many special effects that are not of simply destroying the set when it tries for an action sequence; that particular device should now be banned from films. And that magic here is one of its best features. So is the cast, the direction, and the superb camera work.
So even those of us who think we are 'too old' for this fun, need to rethink that, and this is about as good a starting point that I can imagine.

If / Then (A New Musical)
If / Then (A New Musical)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fish out of water., Sept. 9 2015
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I have two complaints about this CD. First, the show has to be seen. Having one actor play two parts and even sing a duet with herself is rather hard to follow on a CD.
Second, I adore Idina Menzel, have since "Wicked", and though her concert tour was very pricey, overall it was well worth the cost. But here there is no single song that gives her the same chance to let go and send shivers of excitement down our spines. The entire score is rather listless, as though composed and written while on Valium. And, somewhat unlike the show itself, the CD makes one of the sides of this triangle - often four-sided - too unlikable. On stage it didn't hit one quite as clearly as it does without the dialogue and only the musical numbers - I cannot bring myself to call them 'songs'.
Even after seeing the show itself, I had no desire to rush out and get a copy of the CD. Eventually, feeling that I simply wasn't 'into' it enough, I bought the CD. That was a mistake. I may play it again in about five years, and if I feel about it as I do now, I shall pass it on to someone else in the hope that he or she will get more from it than I do.
I gave it three stars because of four numbers in the show, which is probably one more than most people would bother with.
If you love the lady, and I do, buy the CD, but do not expect it to show off her voice or to provide you with the pleasures that her other recordings have done.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The writer of "Nine" is a genius. Much of his other work is, too!, Sept. 9 2015
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"The Maury Yeston Songbook" is one for the ages. It contains so much that is sheer heaven that I almost won't mention the weak songs, at least not in detail. First, and hardly noted in the other reviews, there is Philip Chaffin, Louisiana's gift to the world, whose version of 'My True Love' is breathtakingly tender and beautiful.Later, his version of 'I Am Longing' from "December Songs" has me trying to track down this score, without luck so far, because it is too beautiful to believe. Howard McGillin has the only song from "Titanic" which I recently saw on tour 'No Moon' is a treasure in McGillin's care. Brent Barrett's "Only With You" is the best version of this great song that I have ever heard and his interpretation of 'New Words' is like the discovery of new worlds. Johnny Rodgers' 'Danglin'' is an unexpectant great joy that I am already anxious of get more of this talented, gentle voice and let it wash over me like a dream. Brian D'Arcy James' makes a new song out of '(In a Most)Usual Way', opening new doors for this song to soar through. It is Yeston's most beautiful ballad, and the movie version of "Nine" butchered it as they did with so much of that fantastic score. The gentlemen I have not singled out are all exceptionally good at the numbers they are given.
Then we come to the ladies and a weird mixed bag it is. Liz Callaway comes off best with "Simple" another superb song from "Nine". Sutton Foster does magic with 'I Want to go to Hollywood' which has always been a throwaway number until now. Laura Benanti is lovely with both the songs she is given. But there are too many misfires from the ladies. Betty Buckley should never be allowed to even hum 'Be On Your Own' again. She, sadly enough, murders it, and I do not mean that to be a compliment. Alice Ripley, fine in her first song, then return to slaughter all the wit and pleasure of "A Call from the Vatican". I have never heard anyone sing a song so badly that it really becomes clear that she does not understand it or is incapable of capturing the nuances within it. The ladies unmentioned give good performances, but nothing on the level with the men.
But I will endure Buckley's shrillness, and Ripley's badly interpreted and often off-key singing, to get so much pleasure from everything else here. Oh, if they had only replaced the singers of those two songs, Imagine Audra MacDonald doing both of these numbers! Or Rebecca Luker, I know her range may seem wrong, but the lady is so skilled and classy that she could have made them perfect. Or Marin Mazzie! Or even Kelli O'Hara! Or....well, you get the picture.
Buy it? Oh, yes. I have two recordings of "Nine, and prefer the first, the original. But the songs from it on this album give new life and meaning to them all. Now, how do I get "December Songs"?
All right...time to stop reading and go and order a copy of this CD. You know you deserve it. Spoil yourself. It truly is a musical joy.

Seventh Heaven
Seventh Heaven
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1.0 out of 5 stars Actually, one of the circles of hell., Sept. 8 2015
This review is from: Seventh Heaven (Audio CD)
I should have known better, but I hadn't seen it on stage. And the thought of Victor Young made me think there was a chance for the CD to be decent even if the show had flopped, and flopped badly. After two weeks I gave my copy away to a friend. About three months later I asked him how he had liked it. He gave it away after a week. Hell would be having this CD arrive on my doorstep from someone who got it from someone who got it get the idea....
First and worst is Gloria DeHaven. She had family money behind her or MGM would have dropped well before they did. Watch `Summer Holiday`and notice how little she is given to do in it, because her voice was weak, she couldn`t remember her lines, she seldom hit the `mark` and she couldn`t follow the directors instructions, ever. Marilyn Maxwell, in a much smaller part, got to sing more because she had worked her way up.
And note how short the movie is. The missing parts were whenever DeHaven attempted to sing or act.. Here she has some nice songs, not gretat, but serviceable. But she isn`t up to singing on a stage. This was before they miked the singers.

Poor Ricardo Montalban. He was a good serious actor, but perhaps he was in too many Esther Williams movies and thought he was a singer. Here he drowns. Robert Clary is fine, as usual but seems to have the songs that no one else wanted.

The recording is dreadful. I`m surprised they even bothered, but surely someone could have done a better job than Decca did. The composer has my most profound sympathy.

Fortunately, time has made this score, and this show, so much more hopelessl than when it opened, that we can never worry about any misguided millionaire deciding to revive it. No one could be that demented.

The Angel Court Affair: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
The Angel Court Affair: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
by Anne Perry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too tame, too muddled, a journey best passed up., Sept. 5 2015
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I love Anne Perry`s books, but this one never really got to me the way many of the others have. I suspect it because one major character was almost totally absent except as the helpful little wife, and the character about whom the plot spins just isn`t worth our little chance as we get. The book is well written, but a little mundane. A misfire is probably the right term for it, though it does have its moments, just not enough of them and too many characters muddling up the waters. Maybe Charlotte was lucky to be essentially left out of it. ``Tea, anyone`` while this passes.

Something Rotten! (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Something Rotten! (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare`s greatest hit!, Sept. 5 2015
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Ah, the good old days! But they were never anywhere as much fun as this score. The show is terrific, and the CD catches almost every hilarious moment and because there is no audience, even the dreaded final joke, which is as flat as an omlete ever was, slides by on the CD allowing a private snicker or two instead of the `è-yahhs`` it gets. The songs are sensational. Of course, none will ever be hits, but try not to hum, whistle, or even sing to most of them. They are infectious in a most delicious way.`Rotten` isn`t rotten,. but a joy from start to finish with all the zest, zip, and joy that used to fill the great white way, and is, at last, back again! Think I`ll try writing `Scrambled Eggs`and see what happens to that!!!!!!!!!!!

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1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe $2.33....., Sept. 5 2015
This review is from: Fanny (Audio CD)
And that much for the CD of a Harold Rome show!
(He was hated by almost every Broadway critic and avoided by the Film Industry.)
When `Fanny` was opted by Warner Brothers, they cast Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier in two of the leading parts. Then they cut every last song out of the script because they lacked insight into the characters, were dull, including the title song which would have been sung by a totally non-singing cast member who had enough trouble speaking the lines.
The movie flopped, of course. `Destry Rides Again`, the musical, survived because of Dolores Gray, but Universal, which owned the rights, saw no future in it, and for a brief time considered remaking the James Stewart. Marlene Dietrich film, songless except for one number for Dietrich`s character, but not from Rome`s score.
Here Enzo Pinza's voice is lovely, but but shows no understanding of his character. William Tabbert always showed intelligence in his singing and his voice was a delight - as Lt Cable in "South Pacific" he brought more to his numbers than even Mary Martin did to hers. Here, it appears he knew what second rate material he had, and so a touch of sarcasm rather than innocence is present. No matter, the voice is beautiful. Florence Henderson had a lovely voice, was gorgeous to behold, and thus doomed to matter that made use of her beauty and ignore what might have been one of the best stage voices of her tome - think of "Song of Norway" and this score and you'll know what I mean. Sadly, a major talent never given something worthy of her skills.
Harold Rome wrote a few good songs, but not for shows, which is where he wanted to succeed. But he never caught the flavour of the show and the characters and was better off when he just wrote a song and hoped a decent singer would decide to record it.
I repeat $233.00!!!!!!!

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