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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete ITV Series [Blu-ray] [Region Free] [Import]
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete ITV Series [Blu-ray] [Region Free] [Import]
DVD ~ Edward Hardwicke
Offered by Deal Beat
Price: CDN$ 159.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best thing while waiting for a NA release, Feb. 20 2014
I have this box set which is very good quality. If you want them on Blu-Ray then this is perfectly serviceable. The original english audio is a option for all episodes and it is Region Free and will play on any player.

The Mighty Hercules
The Mighty Hercules
DVD ~ Gerry Bascombe
Price: CDN$ 6.97
18 used & new from CDN$ 4.11

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad to have a DVD like The Mighty Hercules!, Oct. 27 2011
This review is from: The Mighty Hercules (DVD)
Classic Media has released many nostalgic series from the past and this one was a long time coming. Fortunately it was worth the wait as they have released a very nice collection with hopefully more to follow. The picture and sound is really very good. Much better than I thought it would be. Everything is here from the openings titles to the Johnny Nash sung theme tune. There are 20 cartoons running just about over 5 minutes each. There are 20 in total on this DVD of the 128 episodes of the series.

Episodes:

01. Hercules Comes To Earth
02. Hercules Saves The Kingdom
03. The Sea Witch
04. Hercules Vs. Teron, The Evil Spirit
05. Hercules Vs. The Hydra
06. Hercules And The Stolen Ring
07. Hercules And The Magic Arrows
08. Daedalus Kidnaps Helena
09. Theft Of The Magic Seal
10. Double Trouble
11. Hercules Rescues Timon
12. The Chair Of Forgetfulness
13. The Strength Potion
14. Hercules Vs. The Hideous Bird Beast
15. Pegasus Kidnapped
16. The Sea Beast
17. Hercules Outwits The Magician
18. The Defiant Mask Of Vulcan
19. Helena's Beauty
20. The Magnetic Stone

Meet John Doe: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Coll Ed [Import]
Meet John Doe: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Coll Ed [Import]
Price: CDN$ 16.29
15 used & new from CDN$ 9.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a top quality image for a classic movie!, Dec 8 2010
If you are a fan of Frank Capra then I don't need to tell you about the film quality of this movie suffice to say if you are a fan of the following movies that he also made:

1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Gary Cooper / Jean Arthur
1938 You Can't Take It With You Jean Arthur / James Stewart
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington James Stewart / Jean Arthur
1946 It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart / Donna Reed

Then this one is for you.

The bigger issue is the quality of the actual film print:

"By 1945 ownership of Meet John Doe had reverted to Capra and Riskin. They sold the film to an independent distributor, Goodwill Pictures, for $150,000. When that company failed to renew their copyright, the film reverted to the public domain. Goodwill also allowed the camera negative to deteriorate, leaving most prints of the film in bad condition. In the '70s, the American Film Institute restored the film from two surviving nitrate prints and Warner Bros.' studio print. That version is currently stored in the Library of Congress."

This restored print has never to my knowledge been made available to TV or released on DVD. VCI's version here uses an already good quality print and digitally restores the picture to a high quality that is better than any version I've ever seen and is only one step below the actual AFI print in terms of clarity. It's not a perfect 10/10 as there are minor jumps with frames missing here and there and the occasional off-lock but these happen even in major studio releases where restoration hasn't been applied. From what I understand even the Hal Roach Studios release isn't top quality so either they didn't use the AFI version or if they did it needed a lot of work which it didn't get.

Doctor Who: The Dominators
Doctor Who: The Dominators
DVD ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: CDN$ 22.92
18 used & new from CDN$ 19.37

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Have insomnia? Then watch The Dull-minators, Nov. 22 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Dominators (DVD)
This story is without much of a doubt one of the dullest Doctor Who stories ever. I love Doctor Who. I love the original series of 26 years, 7 Doctors and a couple of dozen companions. Some I like more, some a little more, some I like less and some I like a little less but I can always find good things to say about them and even when I think a story is quite poor I can find good things and I am almost always entertained.

Then there is the The Dominators. Where it is different is that of all the TV stories only it along with The Monster of Peladon are two stories that I can say after multiple viewings are ones that are just so dull as to hardly be believable. In terms of characters, flow of the story and just overall effect I find them interminably dull. The Sensorites is dull as well but even that one I find weirdly engaging. The Web Planet might be one of the absolute dullest turgid things ever committed to TV but again I find that weirdly engaging and fascinating because it is so out there but alas not so with The Dominators.

Doctor Who Series 4 Specials
Doctor Who Series 4 Specials
Price: CDN$ 26.79
25 used & new from CDN$ 11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Murray Gold's music where it should be CD not TV, Nov. 17 2010
Murray Gold is a talented musician who can create excellent orchestral scores for live concert goers in a theatre and maybe one he will learn how to compose incidental music for a television series.

Certainly his Series 5 work for Doctor Who showed that he's started to grasp the concepts. Take LOST composer Michael Giacchino he understands that the palette for TV and concerts are different things. When he does a concert for LOST he adds all sorts of orchestral sections that he doesn't use on TV. The two are not the same thing.

MG as far as I know did not mix the series during RTD's era so he gets a pass on the abominable mixing which at one point was even on the official BBC FAQ of the show Why is the music so loud?

That said knowing how bad the mix was Murray should have toned done his cluttered and overbusy score. I also recall that he talked about how they would ask less music from him but ended up with them wanting more so that each episode was full from start to finish.

In effect it was not incidental music but constant-dental music. The few times that there wasn't music in a section came as a huge surprise. Imagine letting actors tell the story! I suppose this underlines producers not believing in the power of storytelling through the script, their own dialogue and the actors. It's one thing to support but to overwhelm?

For myself I think one composer is a wrong idea from the start. At least 2 and hopefully 3 would be the way to go. One writer doesn't write the whole season of a show so why should one composer no matter how good is still the same composer. On a show like Doctor Who where even in the more restricted format of the new series where leaving Earth is much less common (and going to non-Earth human worlds not done at all) there still is a lot of variety in the show.

McCown's Law: The 100 Greatest Hockey Arguments
McCown's Law: The 100 Greatest Hockey Arguments
by Bob McCown
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

17 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Time Broadcaster, First Time Author, Oct. 31 2007
I haven't got this book yet but have been waiting for it tapping my foot like Sonic the Hedgehog. It'll be the first sports-related book I've bought in a LONG time. If it has the personality of the FAN 590's Bob McCown, drive-time host of Prime Time Sports (with the support of The Globe and Mail's Dave Naylor) then it'll be well worth the $14.56 it costs.

For those who don't know him McCown has been around in various incarnations on TV and most famously radio for the last 30+ years. The best way to describe his on air personality is if Hugh Laurie's TV character HOUSE became a radio talk show host. In another way it's like the Jack Benny Show where you have all your recurring characters as they walk in and out of the show. It's been incredibly consistent except the time when recurring co-host Stephen Brunt walked out for a run on the ill-fated Team 1050, which tried to compete with McCown. Magnanimously Bob let Brunt back into the fold after being left out in the cold upon The Team's inevitable failure. He brought Brunt back from his banishment in NewFoundland.

As per the title it explores the 100 greatest hockey arguments. I have to hand it to him if you want to sell a book the best way to do it is sell it to the "Hockeypucks" as Bob affectionately calls them. It will be interesting to see how much is familiar from the show and how much is a new take. The only problem with this book being a hockey based one is that McCown can't take on the Soccer fans. That's always a fun conversation.

Maybe the next book?

So far only 25% of people have found my review helpful. I didn't know soccer fans would bother reading!

Torchwood: The Complete First Season
Torchwood: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ John Barrowman
Offered by The Digital Vault
Price: CDN$ 31.99
23 used & new from CDN$ 23.99

6 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clever title isn't it?, Oct. 25 2007
Torchwood is a spin-off of the new series of Doctor Who that started in 2005. It purportedly features Captain Jack who did the last few stories of the 2005 season as the Doctor's companion. This series follows up what he did afterwards. I say purportedly because the Jack on this show bears little relation to the Jack that actually appeared on Doctor Who. This is immediately noticeable upon his later brief return to the show in 2007.

Can't say much else really as I lost interest 15 minutes into the first episode as Team Torchwood are a pathethic bunch of losers that will be the first up against the wall when the revolution comes.

D-O-C-T-O-R W-H-O = T-O-R-C-H-W-O-O-D

As I said it's a clever title. Isn't it?

Doctor Who - New Beginnings: The Keeper of Traken / Logopolis / Castrovalva (3DVD)
Doctor Who - New Beginnings: The Keeper of Traken / Logopolis / Castrovalva (3DVD)
DVD ~ DVD
Price: CDN$ 41.98
25 used & new from CDN$ 38.52

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Box Set has been prepared for and it's absolutely splendid!, Sept. 26 2007
This Box Set comprises 3 stories. The final two stories of the 18th season The Keeper of Traken and Logopolis as well as the first story of the 19th season Castrovalva. They are prime examples of Doctor Who at it's best. It features the 'New Beginnings' of the Master as a recurring villain, Tegan Jovanka and Nyssa of Traken as companions and of course the regeneration of the Doctor from his lonely alien bohemian incarnation to his more friendly, vulnerable humanistic one.

These stories are one of the best run of 3 consecutive stories in the series history in part because they actually are connected. The best build up to and transition in a regeneration from one Doctor to another ever seen and that includes the current series.

The Keeper of Traken features one of the best realized alien environments in the series history. It feels like a historical fairytale about a real world even though we only see a small part of it.

Logopolis is drenched with an atmosphere of foreboding doom and destiny.

Castrovalva is centred around the Doctor's efforts to heal his mind and body with the help of his friends. Like the other two tales in this set the world of Castrovalva is palpable in its presentation.

As usual Doctor Who has the best extras of any TV series released anywhere!

Some (though not all) of the features available:

The Keeper of Traken * commentary with Anthony Ainley, Matthew Waterhouse and Sarah Sutton, writer Johnny Byrne.

Being Nice to Each Other-30 minute making of feature.

Logopolis * commentary with Tom Baker and Janet Fielding, writer Christopher H. Bidmead.

A New Body at Last-50 minute feature following the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison.

Castrovalva * commentary with Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, director Fiona Cumming and writer Christopher H. Bidmead.

Featurettes Being Doctor Who, Directing Castrovalva and The Crowded TARDIS.

Each also includes more features both new and archival as well as isolated music scores which are some of the best ever heard in the show's history.

I cannot recommend this set highly enough. These are the kinds of stories that make Doctor Who great because they really could only actually take place in Doctor Who. They are part of the fabric that makes the show even unique.

Great Film Fantasies
Great Film Fantasies
Price: CDN$ 17.67
10 used & new from CDN$ 15.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Not the original but an incredible recreation+!, April 3 2007
This review is from: Great Film Fantasies (Audio CD)
This CD features newly recorded versions of the themes from the movies that faithfully recreate but also add enough newness in the sound that it's not simply a repeat. Kunzel and his Orchestra capture the spirit but their sound is just slightly different enough that it doesn't feel like a repeat.

Highlights are The Cantina Band,Duels of the Fates and Battle of the Heroes.

Doctor Who: The Web Planet
Doctor Who: The Web Planet
DVD ~ William Hartnell
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 419.96
4 used & new from CDN$ 151.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Glare of the Zarbi DVD-O, Sept. 13 2006
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Web Planet (DVD)
I see that there hasn't been a review of The Web Planet for a while here on Amazon.ca and the ones that are aren't that generous but they are concerned with the VHS release as opposed to the DVD.

If your a new fan or an old one returning The Web Planet isn't exactly the best place to start as it might turn you off 60's black and white stories or William Hartnell's Doctor in particular. The best thing to do is to start with The Beginning set and then maybe you'll be ready for this story because you really need to be a Doctor Who fan to see it (being a fan of past period TV shows is a help as well.)

It's very ambitious for it's time and so doesn't always hold together especially for a modern audience. The picture and sound are top notch as always on the DVD's and the extras are as strong as ever with a terrific documentary about the making of the story and an informative commentary by the people behind the story.

So I'd recommend this story but only after you have watched enough of the series that this story would intrigue you as a curio of a interesting if not always successful side-step early in the series history.

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