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Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
DVD ~ William Hartnell
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 435.05
6 used & new from CDN$ 367.91

4.0 out of 5 stars A WEAK "DOCTOR WHO" ADVENTURE, July 16 2004
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Two Doctors (DVD)
"The Two Doctors" is the third and final multi-Doctor adventure, as Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor must travel to 20th Century Spain to save Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor from the hands of the Androgums, who want his symbiotic coding to give to the Sontarans so they can use their own time machine as a weapon against their mortal enemies, the Rutans.
The great plot of "The Two Doctors" is weakened by Robert Holmes' slightly rediculous script (A Surprise, since Holmes has been responsible for such greats as "The Krotons" and "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"). The story suffers from such ludicrous touches such as:
-Shockeye's obsession with wanting to taste the flesh of a human;
-The Doctor's killing of Shockeye (which is more like the Terminator than the Doctor), and;
-The numerous scenes of violence, including a number of stabbings, Sontaran blood, and Chessene licking the Doctor's blood off her hands.
However, the great talents of Baker, Troughton and Frazer Hines as Jamie, the Second Doctor's Scottish companion, make up for a lot, and this adventure is good on that strength alone!
The DVD is great as well, with a humorous commentary and a great documentary on Robert Holmes.
Despite it's flaws, "The Two Doctors" belongs in anyone's collection of "Doctor Who" adventures!
Program Grade: B (4 Stars)
DVD Grade: A- (5 Stars)
Overall Grade: B+ (4 Stars)

The Last Samurai (Widescreen) (2 Discs)
The Last Samurai (Widescreen) (2 Discs)
DVD ~ Koyuki Kato
Price: CDN$ 7.99
83 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI..., July 2 2004
"The Last Samurai" is one of the greatest historical epics of our generation. The battle scenes are created with great action and detail, as are the solo sword fights. And while the action is breathtaking, they only help to tell an amazing yet somber story of honor, sacrifice and change. Tom Cruise gives what is possibly the performance of his career, and Ken Watanabe gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Katsumoto (He was robbed at the Oscars). While I haven't yet had time to view the special features, none are really needed, for this film could stand on its own! Any fan of true film will want this epic in their collection! Movie/DVD Grade: A+

Doctor Who: The Ark in Space
Doctor Who: The Ark in Space
DVD ~ Tom Baker
Price: CDN$ 11.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars "DOCTOR WHO" - "ALIEN" STYLE!, June 27 2004
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Ark in Space (DVD)
"The Ark in Space," the second "Doctor Who" adventure starring Tom Baker, in an exciting tale of aliens using humans to live, an adventure preceding "Alien" by four years. It has all the humour, excitement and cheezy visual effects and costumes that make "Doctor Who" the cult classic that it is! The DVD offers very good special features, including an amusing commentary track with Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe. Any fan of "Doctor Who" will want this adventure in their DVD collection! Prorgram/DVD Grade: A+

Open Range (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
Open Range (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Robert Duvall
Price: CDN$ 4.88
47 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT WESTERNS DESERVE GREAT DVD'S!, June 12 2004
"Open Range," one of the ten greatest westerns ever made, is given an amazing DVD release. The picture quality and sound are awesome! The extras, including a commentary track by Kevin Costner, are incredible! The inside look at the making of this film is amazing! Any fan of westerns will want this in their collection! Movie/DVD Grade: A+

Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen [Import]
Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen [Import]
DVD ~ Patrick Troughton
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 79.75
12 used & new from CDN$ 36.39

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE DOCTOR, CYBERMEN...CLASSIC WHO ON DVD!, June 12 2004
Thanks to a discovery in Hong Kong in 1992, "The Tomb of the Cybermen" is now the earliest "Doctor Who" of the Patrick Troughton era to remain completely intact. And it is a great adventure. The scenes with the Cybermen are quite frightening, but Troughton's humour keeps it from becoming too scary. With a great supporting cast and some fairly decent visual effects, "The Tomb of the Cybeermen" is a treasure that belongs in anyone's collection of "Who" episodes. The extras on this disc are little, but totally worthwhile!
Program Grade: A+
DVD Grade: A-
Overall Grade: A

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 5.51
60 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars "THIS SHIP IS OUR HOME. THIS SHIP IS ENGLAND.", June 3 2004
"Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World" is one of the finest naval films ever made. The battle sequences are outstanding, the visual effects exceptional (You could never tell where they used CG and model effects), and the acting top-notch. Russel Crowe delivers a powerful performance as Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, and is given a strong supporting cast that includes Paul Bettany ("A Beautiful Mind") and Billy Boyd ("The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy).
The single-disc DVD offers few extras, but the film is given great picture and sound. Whether you're buying the two-disc set, or the single disc edition, "Master and Commander" is a movie not to be missed!
Movie/DVD Grade: A+

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (Widescreen Edition)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (Widescreen Edition)
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 15.36
57 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars "THE GREAT BATTLE FOR OUR TIME...", June 3 2004
"The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King" is what seeing movies is all about. The big-budget visual effects and in-your-face battle scenes don't gloss over the story. The actors give their all for this one, and it shows. It's a shame that the Academy looked over this film in the acting category (Especially Sean Astin, whose potrayal of Samwise Gamgee was just incredible).
The two-disc DVD version presents the entire 200-minute film on one disc with amazing picture and excellent sound. The second disc presents some amazing extras, including the "National Geographic Beyond the Movie" special, which compares the events and people of the films to real life heroes and events. The Trilogy Supertrailer would be more than worth the second disc alone.
"The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King" is the final installment of the greatest film trilogy in movie history. You don't wanna miss owning this (Unless your waiting four the extended four-disc set, of course)!
Movie Grade: A+
DVD Grade: A+
Overall Grade: A+

The Hobbit (Full Screen) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
The Hobbit (Full Screen) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Orson Bean
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 55.77
11 used & new from CDN$ 21.25

5.0 out of 5 stars "THE GREATEST ADVENTURE...", May 23 2004
"The Hobbit" is one of the finest animated films ever produced. It features some beautiful music, as well as some fine talent in the voicing of the characters (including John Huston as Gandalf and Orson Bean as Bilbo). Where Ralph Bakshi's "The Lord of the Rings" fails due to some lackluster animation, the scenery and characters in "The Hobbit" are beautifully rendered! Any Tolkien fan will not want to miss this!
Grade: A+

The Lord of the Rings (Widescreen) [Import]
The Lord of the Rings (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Christopher Guard
Offered by SpreePoint
Price: CDN$ 25.00
21 used & new from CDN$ 2.04

3.0 out of 5 stars AVERAGE AT BEST!, May 23 2004
Ralph Bakshi's "The Lord of the Rings" offers a mixed bag of treats for Tolkien fans. While the voice talents and music are well done, some of the animation, including "rotoscoping" live-action stuff, is a bit cheezy. This is less about friendship and sacrifice than it is about watching the scenes of "acid rock" where you feel like you've stepped into a drug film rather than an epic tale of good versus evil. The battle of Helm's Deep is a good example. You're distracted from the battle by all the "acidy" colors.
This "Lord of the Rings" is both good and bad. I recommend it only to those who already love it to begin with. As for others, I recommend Peter Jackson's acclaimed trilogy.
Grade: C+

Gone in 60 Seconds [Import]
Gone in 60 Seconds [Import]
Offered by JTKKTJ
Price: CDN$ 11.38
11 used & new from CDN$ 2.91

4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CAR FILM!, May 22 2004
"Gone in 60 Seconds" exists for one purpose: to show off some of the hottest cars in existence. The storyline is kind of hokey, but the cars more than make up for it, especially the GT 500. The car chase at the end is one of the best ever filmed! All the actors (Especially Robert Duvall, who can never give a bad performance) do fine in their roles. All in all, "Gone in 60 Seconds" is a one @#*& of a ride!
Also, don't miss Christopher Eccleston (plays the villain, Raymond Vincent Calitri, in this film) this January, when he resurrects one of the greatest characters of all time, the Doctor, in BBC's new "Doctor Who" series. BBC plans to send it to American TV stations as well.
Movie Grade: B+

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