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NATURE: Fabulous Frogs [Blu-ray]
NATURE: Fabulous Frogs [Blu-ray]
Price: CDN$ 26.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real frogs finally get their due, Oct. 8 2014
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This PBS documentary is just an hour long and half of its content is recycled from earlier BBC Earth programs, but it's all edited seamlessly together, the cinematography is spectacular throughout, and David Attenborough does his usual superb job with the narration, especially in his use of fossils to show how these fascinating amphibians have evolved in their astonishing variety. Any frog fan should be happy with this!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Do your face a favour, Oct. 8 2014
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Another great product from OZ Naturals, excellent skin toner! Vitamin C never felt so good.

Animism
Animism
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild voice, Sept. 1 2014
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Even for those familiar with Tanya Tagaq's first two albums will be astonished by this one. Although her first musical inspiration came from the Inuit throat-singing tradition, she has never limited herself to ethnic authenticity, preferring instead to express the visceral qualities of that tradition in original ways that could be called avant-garde. This new album takes us even deeper into the animal roots we humans all share, not only through powerful vocal performances (which reveal a startling range both of octaves and emotions), but also through production techniques that bring us such a seamless blend of subtle electronics, strings and voice that it sounds like a single unique and multidimensional instrument. That instrument speaks (wordlessly, for the most part) for the earth and the biosphere in its wild joy, its love and energy, and its agony (especially in the final track, "Fracking"). This is not easy-listening music, but it's not "difficult" either; not pop music, but something that should hit the popular culture close to home. For me it's already worth many, many listenings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh face in a bottle, Aug. 30 2014
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After using up a vial of this anti-wrinkle serum, my wife is about to order another. It feels refreshing to apply, she reports, unlike any "cream" she's tried on her face, and the effect is visible even though she hasn't been following it up with a moisturizer as recommended in the directions for use. (I should mention that she's in her late fifties and does not use makeup.) According to the label it's 92% natural and 72% organic, but it feels 100% natural. It hasn't reversed the aging process, but does make it more enjoyable. Highly recommended for those who want to treat their aging faces naturally and effectively.

Hidden Kingdoms [Blu-ray]
Hidden Kingdoms [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 16.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars High adventure on a small scale, July 10 2014
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This three-hour series represents a bit of a new departure for BBC Earth. They've already taken spectacular high-definition cinematography of the natural world about as far as it can go, and this series certainly delivers in that respect. But they've also taken some techniques from fictional film-making to make the storytelling as dramatic as possible. First, they've chosen to tell day-in-the-life stories of individual young animals: an elephant shrew, a grasshopper mouse (who eats scorpions in the Arizona desert!), a chipmunk, a tree shrew; and in the third part, a marmoset in Rio de Janeiro and a rhinocerous beetle in Tokyo. Supporting characters include dung beetles, several lizards, and various predators trying to eat the stars. But the greatest achievement of this series is to present the action from the perspective of these tiny creatures.

To do this with maximum dramatic effect, the filmmakers use storyboarding, masterful editing, suspense-building narration by Stephen Fry, and some "special effects": no CGI, but some staged action shots against a blue screen background so the appropriate backgrounds can be filled in later. There's also a very dramatic musical score (which thankfully is not dubbed in too loud, as it often is in feature films). Each episode interleaves two main stories, usually switching from one to the other at a "cliffhanger" moment to keep up the suspense. The result should be very engaging for younger viewers, although there's plenty here that is new and interesting even for older folks like myself who have seen scores of nature documentaries. (My own favorite is the adventures of the "scorpion mouse".) Happily, the BBC producers have not oversentimentalized or anthropomorphized the creatures we see here -- except maybe by too many references to them as "heroes" or "superheroes", nor have they compromised their high standards of photography or accuracy. The raw brutality of nature is muted somewhat (all the stories have happy endings), but the series makes it easier to identify with the struggles of these miniature lives. The making-of extras also show how it was done.

What's lost in all this is the sense of context, the larger ecosystemic view that we get in a David Attenborough series, or in other BBC Earth productions such as Galapagos, Yellowstone etc. The sense of scientific discovery is also sacrificed somewhat to the demands of drama. But the series achieves very well what it sets out to do, without lowering the BBC Earth standards. It's not one of my personal favorites but I would highly recommend it, especially to families curious about the 'life in the undergrowth' which is all around us but usually unseen.

Cutie and the Boxer
Cutie and the Boxer
DVD ~ Ushio Shinohara
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4.0 out of 5 stars Artists, lovers and survivors, May 5 2014
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This documentary puts a new and very engaging spin on the battle of the sexes. Ushio and Norika Shinohara both emigrated from Japan to New York in their youth and have lived there ever since; he achieved a degree of fame, but not enough sales to lift them out of poverty. Meanwhile Noriko had to sacrifice her own artistic ambitions to her partner's career. But that's only the background story of this film: by the time Zachary Heinzerling started filming their domestic life together, Noriko was becoming the stronger of the two. Artists are notoriously hard to live with, and Ushio (now aged 80) is no exception, yet their relationship comes across as a very healthy one despite all the troubles they've gone through -- or maybe *because* they (and especially she) managed to survive it all without becoming embittered. It's essentially a love story, made all the more satisfying by Noriko's emergence as an artist in her own right (and arguably a better one than Ushio). Maybe this film is especially appealing to seniors like me (I'm pushing 70), but young Zach Heinzerling has a bright future as a filmmaker for all the ages, judging from this one.

Heritage Farms Vista Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Heritage Farms Vista Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raccoon resistant, too!, Nov. 28 2013
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I chose this one after checking out several "squirrel proof" feeders online (including prices), and when it arrived I wondered if it would be tough enough. Since I hung it out (from the washline) a couple weeks ago, the raccoons have given up trying to get anything out of it. (In the past years here, both squirrels and raccoons have learned to get to the feeder by moving along the washline. Now they can get to it but can't get anything out of it. I also wondered if wet snow would clog it up for the chickadees and nuthatches, but that hasn't happened. I did fasten the lid down with a bungee cord to make it even harder for the coons. Blue Jays can get seeds from it, but they don't like it much because they have to do some awkward maneuvering to manage it. The perches which close off access when too much weight is put on them, are adjustable, and it holds enough that I only have to fill it once a week or so. It's worth the expense!

The Uninvited (The Criterion Collection)
The Uninvited (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Ray Milland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully subtle, Nov. 14 2013
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For a Hollywood film, this is a very unusual ghost story. The script is dry and witty enough to bring some laughs, but there is no trace of the self-parody we often find in the genre. The story, with several twists and turns, has a strong psychological dimension, yet the ghost is not explained away as a figment of one character's imagination. The story builds up plenty of tension, but not to set up sudden shocks that make you jump. The cast, black-and-white cinematography and direction all contribute to an atmospheric masterpiece, far more engaging and less "dated" than most films from the Forties.

The main extra on the Criterion disk, a "visual essay" by Michael Almereyda, brings a very illuminating perspective on this film (and several others), along with some fascinating insights into the lives of actors Ray Milland and Gail Russell. There's also a booklet containing a 1998 interview with director Lewis Allen and a concisely informative essay by Farran Smith Nehme. The extras remove all doubt that this is a 5-star disc -- even if you don't count the two radio-play versions of the story, both starring Ray Milland, included on it in MP3 format. Criterion excels as usual!

Plastic Box-Special Edition
Plastic Box-Special Edition
Offered by Mega Media CA
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lydon legacy, Nov. 9 2013
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This is one of those collections that I missed when it came out (although I liked PiL) but was lucky enough to find it cheap later on. An excellent wide-ranging collection of John Lydon's work post-Sex Pistols. Through the various incarnations of PiL represented here (the personnel, other than Lydon, kept changing), he was constantly moving in new musical directions, though the prickly attitude remains pretty much throughout. This 4-disc collection includes several live tracks as well as selections from all the albums, and the total effect is to raise my estimation of Lydon and his various bandmates. From the very raw to the almost-slick, this is still powerful stuff. (PiL's 2012 release "This is PIL" is mostly pretty good too, especially as Lydon's singing sounds better than ever.)

EnjoyGadgets HDMI to VGA & Component YPbPr Video Converter Adapter, Support Audio, S/PDIF
EnjoyGadgets HDMI to VGA & Component YPbPr Video Converter Adapter, Support Audio, S/PDIF

5.0 out of 5 stars It works, Nov. 9 2013
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I bought this converter in order to project a Blu-ray movie (via HDMI) using an older projector with no HDMI input. All i had to do was plug everything in and toggle the one switch on the little box, and there was a surprisingly sharp picture on the wall. Much cheaper than buying a new projector!

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