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The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy
The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy
by Grace Lee Whitney
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.51
24 used & new from CDN$ 4.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but it's DeForest KELLEY, dammit!, Sept. 20 2013
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Grace Lee Whitney's book is a good read and being a big Star Trek fan, it was good to finally find out why she left the original series (something I had always wondered about). Unfortunately, the reason is a classic tale of the Dark Side of Hollywood. It's good to see that in the end, she has found a new life.

The only thing that really bugged me was the misspelling of DeForest Kelley's last name, throughout the book! A minor quibble, but a pet peeve.

Highly recommended to Star Trek fans and fans of biographies.

Ghost Stories -Complete Series
Ghost Stories -Complete Series
DVD ~ Timeless
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 42.20
10 used & new from CDN$ 21.37

4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining anthology series for the whole family, Nov. 27 2012
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As a fan of anthology series, I always enjoy hearing about a show that I may have missed the first time around.

The series Ghost Stories is one of those shows and is suitable entertainment for the whole family. While there are scares to be found, there is very little violence and no gore.

The series consists of 44 episodes (30 minutes each) and the complete series set does contain them all, uncut.

The picture and sound quality are excellent, for a mid-1990s TV series.

I highly recommend to fans of a good ghost story and/or anthology shows.

Halloween II [Blu-ray]
Halloween II [Blu-ray]
Price: CDN$ 21.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shout! Factory does it again with a killer Special Edition, Nov. 7 2012
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This review is from: Halloween II [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
*Updated review on the Extras* (February 27, 2013)

This review concerns Shout! Factory's new Collector's Edition release of Halloween II, it is not a review of the film itself. But, in the interests of transparency, I do like this film.

The Blu-Ray transfer looks and sounds absolutely stunning. The film looks better than I have ever seen before (TV, VHS and DVD). I read that Shout! did a major upgrade in transferring the film to Blu-Ray and it shows.

In addition to the great transfer, Shout! must be commended on the stellar and abundant extras included in the 2-disc set:

PLEASE NOTE: I have not been able to view all the extras yet, but will add to the review as I do.

1. Television Cut With Added Footage Not Seen In The Theatrical Version

This comes on the second disc (DVD, not Blu-Ray) in the set. OK, watched the TV version now and it's enjoyable, especially seeing the way they re-cut and/or edit scenes, to fit TV censors and time constraints. In addition, there are different (albeit short) scenes that are used to bridge moments in the TV cut that are not seen at all in the original version. Overall, an interesting view and definitely a worthwhile extra.

2. Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Actor Leo Rossi (Theatrical Version)

3. Audio Commentary With Actor/Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock (Theatrical Version)

I haven't had a chance to listen to the commentaries yet, but I have heard they are very interesting and informative, can't wait!

4. The Nightmare Isn't Over!: The Making Of Halloween II - Featuring interviews with Director Rick Rosenthal, Actor/Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, Actors Lance Guest, Leo Rossi, Nancy Stephens, Executive Producer Irwin Yablans, Director of Photography Dean Cundey, Co-Composer Alan Howarth and more!

Looking forward to watching this featurette, it's always a good sign when most of the cast/crew participates.

5. Horror's Hallowed Grounds: The Locations Of Halloween II - Host Sean Clark revisits the original shooting locations of the film

This was a great featurette that I was really looking forward to as I had already read the print version in HorrorHound magazine. It is interesting to see how some locations have changed drastically in the last 30+ years, while some have not changed a bit.

6. Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary From Director Rick Rosenthal

Decent deleted scenes, but what makes this featurette is the commentary on those scenes. All DVD releases with deleted scenes should have commentary on them, to put them in perspective as to why they weren't included.

7. Alternate Ending With Optional Audio Commentary From Director Rick Rosenthal

As with the Deleted Scenes, the commentary really helps put the alternate ending in perspective. And it's a pretty good alternate, with some key differences.

8. Theatrical Trailer

Love when they include trailers. It brings back memories for the ones I have seen and also shows how good the restoration on the Blu-Ray really is!

9. TV & Radio Spots

More fun nostalgia. Why can't trailers and TV spots be like this today?

10. Still Gallery

Some interesting shots and behind the scenes photos, but I always wish there was some sort of text to go along with these Still Galleries.

Overall, I highly recommend this release to Halloween fans, horror fans and fans of things that go bump in the night!
Thank you, Shout Factory!

The Lost Missile
The Lost Missile
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 12.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid early independent sci-fi movie, June 18 2012
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This review is from: The Lost Missile (DVD)
This is a 50s Sci-Fi movie about a missile from space that suddenly appears, begins continuously orbiting the Earth, raining down destruction upon the inhabitants below.

A solid early independent Sci-Fi movie, with capable special effects and a solid story.

The Cheezy Flicks DVD does a good job of presenting this low-budget effort. The picture is a little soft, but clear, and the sound is solid and dialogue is easily understandable.

No extras on the film, unfortunately. The only extra is previews of other Cheezy Flicks offerings.

Recommended for Sci-Fi fans.

Celebrity Bowling
Celebrity Bowling
Price: CDN$ 12.37
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun release, but could have had more episodes, April 26 2012
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This review is from: Celebrity Bowling (DVD)
OK, I know it's cheesy, but I really enjoy Celebrity Bowling. It's a blast to watch those 60s and 70s movie and television icons we all enjoyed watching, just being themselves and engaging in a friendly game of bowling. From the clothes to the prizes offered to the endorsements for the products that sponsored the show, Celebrity Bowling is a fascinating time capsule from the 1970s.

I loved the first release, which was a 3-disc set that had a batch of episodes. The follow-up release, dedicated to the episodes of the show that featured stars of THE BRADY BUNCH and THE WALTONS was also a blast, but like this latest release, was only two episodes, totaling about 45 minutes. Though I was able to purchase both of these latter sets at the pre-sale price of $8.99, they don't offer quite the value of the original release.

Still, I hope S'more/Koch continues to release more episodes of the series, preferably in multi-disc sets.

Darkwolf
Darkwolf
DVD ~ Samaire Armstrong
Offered by newtownvideo_ca
Price: CDN$ 35.85
8 used & new from CDN$ 8.99

1.0 out of 5 stars DVD is fine...movie sucks, Feb. 1 2012
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What else can I say? As a huge fan of werewolf movies, I was highly disappointed in the film. Horrible acting, lack of story and 1980s Mac computer level special effects, all combined make one waste of time.

As for the DVD itself: the picture and sound are fine, the special features acceptable and the disc played fine.

The Rich Little Show: The Complete Series
The Rich Little Show: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Rich Little
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 22.95
20 used & new from CDN$ 16.96

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dudley gives a howl of approval!, Jan. 27 2012
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Great DVD set, with all the shows, uncut.

Also includes some solid extras: interview with Rich Little and outtakes from some of his appearances.

The show itself is a fairly funny 70s-era variety show, not the best, but still entertaining.

Rich Little's impersonations are worth the price, but a galaxy of guest stars help seal the deal.

Zone One: A Novel
Zone One: A Novel
by Colson Whitehead
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.20
37 used & new from CDN$ 0.53

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smart snapshot of life in the zombie age, Jan. 27 2012
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Colson Whitehead has added another fine tale to the zombie genre. Taking place over the course of three days, in New York City, some time after the initial zombie outbreak. The novel is not a chronicle of the zombie chapter of human history, but rather a snapshot in the life of one individual struggling to survive in that time of upheaval.

Solid story, great insight into the human condition and some solid scares.

If you are a zombie fan, looking for something a little different, then this could be the read for you.

The Green Hornet: Movie Edition [Import]
The Green Hornet: Movie Edition [Import]
DVD ~ Gordon Jones
Price: CDN$ 16.38
17 used & new from CDN$ 9.36

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3.0 out of 5 stars Modern Feature Edit of the original 13-Chapter Serial, Nov. 24 2011
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First, this is NOT the original serial release of The Green Hornet and it is NOT a feature version edited back in the 40s or 50s.

This release is a modern editing of the original 13-chapter serial from 3-plus hours, down to an 84-minute feature.

Included on the DVD are two versions of the modern feature cut.

One version has a sepia tint throughout with occasional green, yellow, pink, orange tints used for special effects, scene changes, etc. In addition, there are enhanced sound effects used throughout. Yes, this version could be considered blasphemy by purists, but it's just done in fun and the results are enjoyable if a little jarring at first.

The second version included is an "un-enhanced" version of the feature cut, presented in good ol' black and white. This is a solid print and a great addition to the set, giving one an option depending on their mood that day.

The only extras are the first two chapters of the original serial. I would have preferred a featurette on the decision making and editing process used for the modern cut, as the complete serial is available on other (great) releases from VCI.

Overall, for the price, this is an interesting experiment and a different way to see a serial.

Legend of the Witches [Import]
Legend of the Witches [Import]
DVD ~ Robert D. Webb
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 89.01
6 used & new from CDN$ 29.69

3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview documentary of the Wiccan religion, Oct. 17 2011
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As a fan of horror and the roots of horror (vampirism, lycanthropy, witchcraft, etc) I am always up for a documentary exploring the historical history of these subjects. I found this documentary informative and mostly accurate, from what I have learned over the years.

This doc centres primarily around a sub-sect of Wicca, called Alexandrian Wiccan, after its founder, Alexander Saunders.

If you are curious to the history and rituals of Wiccan, I recommend this documentary.

The DVD itself has excellent picture and sound. Unfortunately, there were no extras of any note.

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