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Great Escape
Great Escape
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 31.51
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cherished and Essential Soundtrack, July 16 2004
This review is from: Great Escape (Audio CD)
Many thanks go to Rykodisc for reissuing this soundtrack on CD back in 1998. Now, minus the dialogue tracks, it is back on compact disc again thanks to Varese Records. It now has a new cover featuring Steve McQueen instead of the original poster art. That aside, THE GREAT ESCAPE left us with indelible images, characters, dialogue and music. This film contains one of Elmer Bernstein's most recognizable themes in cinema history: the main title or "The Great Escape March" as it is often referred to. To say that THE GREAT ESCAPE has such a distinction is an understatement. His main title theme is as much a tribute to the Allied prisoners in the film as it is to all men who must overcome the odds through their own perseverance and unwillingness to bend to defeat to whatever noble end they strive for. Bernstein's complex score complements the theme by giving us passages and statements on the diversity of the individuals as well as their singular overall objective. Once the Allied escapees are on the road, the music reaches exhilarating proportions unlike that of traditional action Hollywood scoring. Bernstein wants to put the audience through the same suspense and anticipation that the escapees feel and then unleashes our pent up emotions in a crescendo of rousing orchestrations that has us cheering them on. That was the same brilliant technique he employed in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. I don't think many people give Elmer Berstein the credit for being the musical innovator that he was back in this period of his prestigious career. Composer Bernstein was able to control our emotions giving us moments of reflective tranquility, then despair and in the next moment lifting our spirits again knowing that actions were not taken in vain and good will eventually prevail. This is an excellent recording.

In a Lonely Place (Bilingual)
In a Lonely Place (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Humphrey Bogart
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 121.08
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much More than just a Disturbing Murder Mystery, July 13 2004
IN A LONELY PLACE is a brilliant film from director Nicholas Ray. Humphrey Bogart with his usual cragged-faced presence dominates the screen once again. This time he is a man totally introverted and obsessed with some hidden lack of ability to express his own compassion and humanity. Bogart plays an elusive Hollywood screenwriter named Dixon Steele that becomes the focus of a police investigation of a murder in this atmospheric and unsettling film. What makes the film so unsettling is Bogart's performance. He is a very enigmatic, private and tired man who at times seems so detached from reality that it is frightening. Yet Bogart in this role still posses a virile and cynical coolness of style that is so appealing and it is one that only he can pull off with his screen charisma bringing this character to reality and believability.
In the film Bogart lives in a complex of courtyard apartments. The police investigation interferes with a relationship that Bogart has with Gloria Grahame who lives in the same complex. Bogart comes to be intrigued (and visa versa) by her and truly falls in love with her. Yet it is the police investigation that continues to intensify Bogart's inner struggle as a human being with his need to love and be loved and escalates his volatile and violent outbursts which confuse and distance Grahame from him.
IN A LONELY PLACE examines such human qualities and frailties of love, trust and loyalty. It explores and exposes the effects of our interpretations, perceptions and misconceptions and ultimately demonstrates that our own human flaws can lead to perpetual loneliness of the heart if left unchecked. IN A LONELY PLACE is an outstanding and important film.

Ave Maria
Ave Maria
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring and Heartening Compilation, July 12 2004
This review is from: Ave Maria (Audio CD)
Kiri Te Kanawa voice never fails to inspire me and uplift my spirit. Her rendition of "Ave Maria" is just so beautiful and moving that its effect on the listener can not be expressed in mere words. Kiri's voice and intuitive nature of delivering the inner strength and emotion of each selection on this CD is just inspiring.

Best Of
Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiri Te Kanawa Is Peerless, July 10 2004
This review is from: Best Of (Audio CD)
She looks and sounds so beautiful. The first time I ever heard the inimitable voice of Kiri Te Kanawa was on a recording of Salaambo's aria from CITIZEN KANE for the RCA film classics series on vinyl. It was one of the most haunting and beautiful pieces of music ever composed by Bernard Herrmann. It was Kiri Te Kanawa performance of this piece that was so incredible. I had seen the film several times, but to hear a high fidelity recording of Kiri Te Kanawa on this particular piece really demonstrated not only the raw talent but also a depth of intuitive emotion that she brought to Herrmann's composition. Anyone that could interpret the inner struggle behind Herrmann's music so precisely demonstrated an uncommon ability to become one with the music. Her performance of "Ave Maria" on this CD is referent and exquisite. I love Leonard Bernstein's piece from WEST SIDE STORY that Kiri performs so vibrantly with Jose Carreras. I still can't pronounce her entire name correctly but Kiri Te Kanawa is the epitome of a well-honed talent. The selections on this CD are appreciably diverse demonstrating her phenomenal range and abilities. Kiri Te Kanawa has been and still is a gift to us all. This CD is wonderful.

From Noon Til Three
From Noon Til Three

5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Western Ballad, July 10 2004
This review is from: From Noon Til Three (VHS Tape)
FROM NOON TILL THREE is an entirely refreshing and unanticipated idiosyncratic Western full of sentimentalism from Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland. Knowing that Bronson and Ireland were man and wife in actual life makes this film more intimate as it unfolds as some affectionate parlor trick and wink of the eye. Bronson and Ireland explore unknown passions and tenderness of the soul as two strangers thrown together by fate for their accidental afternoon tryst. Elmer Bernstein is known for his more rousing scores that he composed for Westerns. Here Bernstein employs a romantic and bittersweet score for this fairytale Western that works beautifully for the charismatic Bronson and Epicurean Ireland. This is a wonderful film.

Mystic River Deluxe
Mystic River Deluxe
DVD ~ Sean Penn
Offered by vidco
Price: CDN$ 12.62
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Could Not Get the Images Out of My Mind, June 30 2004
This review is from: Mystic River Deluxe (DVD)
This may very well be Clint Eastwood's masterpiece. The story told through unforgettable imagery is mesmerizing and leaves the viewer's mind in a subterfuge of disturbing what-if images. This is a downbeat yet powerful soul-searching parable of anyone who ever must face cryptic circumstances, memories and destiny. Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, and Kevin Bacon are truly extraordinary in their roles. Tim Robbins showed greater depth as an actor than I ever thought possible. He was entirely believable and convincing. His performance was just heartbreaking. Sean Penn's performance was brilliant. Under his tough-guy persona lurked a man of compassion yet one who could not give up his eye-for-an-eye upbringing. Kevin Bacon gave a stoic performance of a man who could not yet comprehend his past experiences and put them in perspective, nor could he admit to what was evident in his present challenge because he was blinded by the past. This is a very moving film and one that lingers with you.

Cold Mountain (Collector's Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Cold Mountain (Collector's Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Jude Law
Offered by nagiry
Price: CDN$ 10.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Documentaries Make this DVD a Must, June 30 2004
This 2-disc presentation of director Anthony Minghella's COLD MOUNTAIN is very impressive. COLD MOUNTAIN is an interesting and somewhat engrossing low-key story of the Southern home front and one man's fight to return from the battlefield in this romantic Civil War tale. The story ranges from romantic imagery to a sense of mysticism in its telling. The initial focus is set in the Confederate fortifications around Petersburg. This Civil War action here is brief but impresses the viewer with its imagery depicting the Battle of Petersburg, better known as the "battle of the crater," in 1864. The film then focuses on the climatic convergence of its central characters. This is a film that truly relies on its juxtaposition of panoramic and intimate images to convey the emotion of its story. Jude Law's stoic and purely visual performance is very effective to the success of this fairytale-like and highly impressionistic film. The detailed "Climbing Cold Mountain" documentary that is approximately 70 minutes in length and "A Journey to Cold Mountain" which is an interesting making-of featurette make this DVD a must-have for admirers of this film. Also, the "Scared Harp History" documentary, which explores the musical influences and origins used in the film is quite fascinating and shows the integral part that music plays in historical films of this kind. I found this film to be more effective now that I have seen it again on this wonderful DVD.

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story
Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story
VHS
Offered by Canada-Books-For-You
Price: CDN$ 34.00
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BIG Disappointment, June 30 2004
"Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story" is a huge disappointment. This continuing story, sequel or whatever you want to call it should never have been made. Megan Follows' performance as Anne Shirley is horrible. This is not the Anne I remember from "Anne of the Green Gables" I am sorry to say. Her face and voice have changed radically. Megan Follows really did not age well. Her voice sounds like she's a "two-pack-a-day" smoker. It really is sad. As for the actual story I can only say that it borders on the ridiculous and ludicrous and reeks with mediocrity. The World War I sequences are foolish and laughable. The several coincidences that occur throughout this story are beyond all credibility. Sequels like this often destroy the original. I hope this does not affect "Anne of the Green Gables." "Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story" will be an eternal disappointment for many of us who loved Megan Follows in the original.

My Life
My Life
by Bill Clinton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 31.35
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man of Truth, Dignity and Honor, June 25 2004
This review is from: My Life (Hardcover)
President Bill Clinton's "My Life" is a total surprise. I never realized what a man of truth and honor he really is. President Clinton's frankness is astoundingly poignant. Was there truly ever a man more misunderstood? There is nothing but dignity in the way he presents what the public perceived as shortcomings. This is a truly wonderful book and stands right next to "When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan." Could any works be more diametrically opposed yet posses such brilliance?

Zardoz (Widescreen)
Zardoz (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Sean Connery
Price: CDN$ 6.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Director John Boorman's Classic, June 25 2004
This review is from: Zardoz (Widescreen) (DVD)
ZARDOZ is director John Boorman's classic tale of future events. This came at a time when Sean Connery was giving up his James Bond image. ZARDOZ was one of the greatest "sleepers"of its time. This DVD combined with the film's shocking ending is very good.

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