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Supernova (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Supernova (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ James Spader
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 19.98
22 used & new from CDN$ 1.61

2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn - Good effects, Absent story, Aug. 23 2000
The only thing this movie really has to recommend it are the effects and Peter Facinelli's b*lls out performance. You won't recognize him as the confused teen from "Can't Hardly Wait."
Kinda like "Sphere" in that the crew picks up and is menaced by the effects of a strange alien device (can you say, "2001," boy and girls?) There is also a shipboard computer, "Sweetie," that is getting real human feelings. A[...]
Angela Bassett doesn't have a role here, but she's very good.

I Know Where I'm Going! (Full Screen)
I Know Where I'm Going! (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Wendy Hiller
Price: CDN$ 42.99
21 used & new from CDN$ 23.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Period., Aug. 23 2000
I saw this film on PBS ten or more years ago, and was utterly charmed by everything about it. It was solely responsible for my later investigation of the films of Powell and Pressburger.
Some films touch you in a way that is universal and timeless. This girl-meets-Scottish Laird story is one of them. Wendy Hiller is captivating in this post-Pygmalion role. Saying too much about it is like talking about a souffle - you miss the essence. Just buy or rent it. A sure bet.
Powell was married in later years to Martin Scorcese's brilliant brilliant film editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Her commentary will likely be insightful.
I believe the young girl in this film is 60s pop star, Petula Clark. Not sure though.

Planet of the Apes: Evolution (Widescreen) [Import]
Planet of the Apes: Evolution (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Charlton Heston
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 83.08
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most popular series of all time, Aug. 21 2000
A brilliant commentary on society, racism and even the Theory of Relativity. While none of the films are as fast-paced and fascinating as the original, all provide pleasure. Who would have thought Maurice Evans, Samantha's father on "Bewitched" would make such a perfect Dr. Zaius. And take note of Charleton Heston, a magnificent actor-turned shill for the NRA, showing his bare butt in the court scene. :)
Part 2, Beneath, seems like the end, but it's really the beginning. Get it? You will. Overall, it's a bit schlocky, but fun.
Part 3, Escape, comes close to the best story. Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter are fun to watch as they return to the early 70s in Heston's original ship.
Part 4, Conquest , is a gritty and brutal episode mirroring the race and anti-war protests of the 1960s. Don Murray overacts to the gills. There was a much different ending that was cut from the film before it was released.
Only part 5, Battle, is somewhat of a turkey with poor production values and cheesy acting. Director John Huston plays "The Lawgiver." Roddy is good. So is veteran Lew Ayres.
The winner in the box set is the AMC documentary on the making of these films. Otherwise, the lack of exras would be a problem. The transfers are sadly not anamorphic, but they still rate about a 3 out of 5.
Tim Burton will make a terrific-looking version of Planet, but no way will it have the multiple layers of the original. Most of his films don't seem too coherent.
Like Dune and Lord of the Rings, this series is nearly a pop culture masterpiece.

Joao Voz E Violao
Joao Voz E Violao
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice - a Latin breeze blowing over you, July 29 2000
This review is from: Joao Voz E Violao (Audio CD)
I am too young to have been part of the Bossa Nova craze, but saw Mr. Gilberto at a 1997 Carnegie Hall tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. Along with the great guitarist, Sharon Isbin, Mr. Gilberto was terrific.
This album is really nice. Apparently it's his first studio piece in ten years. Pick it up.

You Go-Go Girl
You Go-Go Girl
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice and what a kicky album, June 18 2000
This review is from: You Go-Go Girl (Audio CD)
I could not disagree more strongly with a prior reviewer who criticizes Ms. Sinatra's vocal ability. Like her superstar father she has an absolutely beautiful voice. I agree with him that she is at her best with sultry songs, but her voice is in its way as pleasurable as Aretha Franklin or other more famous singers. I listen to music that is fun and that can be played over and over. This fits the bill on both counts. You will not be disappointed by this album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all - This lady has it all, June 18 2000
This review is from: Boots (Audio CD)
I was a kid in 1972 and traveling in Japan with my family. Being a James Bond fanatic, I picked up a Greatest Hits cassette to listen to hear "You Only Live Twice," and got hooked on the other songs instead.
I still have that cassette and have since listened to a number of her CDs and now the new DVD "Movin' With Nancy," which is a wonderful 60s time capsule for those of us who missed it.
I can't disagree more strongly withe people who have minimized Ms. Sinatra's voice. She is as good as anyone out there - especially when given songs that display her ability to be a little sultry. The stuff she did with producer/singer Lee Hazelwood is pop at its very best.
Part of her appeal is that she was a stunningly beautiful woman. (I haven't seen her on tv lately. She likely still is).
Buy this album or most of her others (Hit Years and You Go Go Girl) and you will be amazed how enjoyable they are. I wish someone would do some remasters.

F/X (Widescreen/Full Screen)
F/X (Widescreen/Full Screen)
DVD ~ Bryan Brown
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 29.74
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but a really poor transfer from MGM, June 15 2000
This review is from: F/X (Widescreen/Full Screen) (DVD)
Kind of surprising that such a popular and entertaining film, with a good cast, clever story and fun effects, is givin such a poor transfer. It seems to be from the old laser disc. The picture is flat and murky and to me looks much like the VHS copy I had already owend. Again, a really fun entertaining film, but don't expect normal DVD quality on this one.

Blues From The Rainforest... A Musical Suite [Import]
Blues From The Rainforest... A Musical Suite [Import]
DVD ~ Mel Saunders
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 40.14
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another chance to view this DVD after Mobile Fidelity folded, June 13 2000
Another version of this disc, by the legendary Mobile Fidelity Soundlabs, was the first (and sadly last) DVD release by this studio. After 22 years of producing audiophile recordings and gold CD's, MFSL released this disc late in 1999 shortly before they had to close due to a factory shipping issue that made them decide it was better to close. That makes that version of this DVD probably the rarest one around.

What's Up Doc [Import]
What's Up Doc [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Brilliant Screwball Comedy, May 26 2000
This review is from: What's Up Doc [Import] (VHS Tape)
Peter Bogdonavich and Buck Henry's rift on the classic "Bringing Up Baby" is one of the funniest films ever made. As a kid I ddn't even like Barbra Streisand, but became a fan after seeing this film. You can't ask for better. Plus, the chase scenes through the streets of San Francisco have never been equalled, with the possible exception of films like "Bullitt"
Why isn't Warners putting this film on DVD in a new anamorphic transfer?

The Insider
The Insider
DVD ~ Al Pacino
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal look at the battle between morality and money, April 23 2000
This review is from: The Insider (DVD)
60 Minutes' famous journalistic lense is turned back on itself in one of the most exciting dramatic films of 1999. Aside from the great performances by nearly all concerned, the story is - from start to finish - riveting.
At its core, it's the battle of one ordinary man's battle between losing everything he holds dear, family and reputation, and what he knows to be the right thing - exposing the tobacco industry's efforts to chemically engineer cigarettes to be more addictive. Along the way, watch as 60 Minutes exec. producer Don Hewitt is seen caving to corporate pressure to cut the story to shreds because the corporate division is concerned the segment may lead to a lawsuit that will jeopardize an unannounced sale of the network to Westinghouse and the resulting big bonuses and salaries to corporate executives and a sleazy lawyer (is there any other kind?) delisciously played by Gina Gershon.
Russell Crowe, Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer hold nothing back in their performances. For anyone who's ever been curious about how a news organization works (or stumbles occasionally), this film provides the insight. The DVD is a wonderful transfer, also.

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