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Restless
Restless
DVD ~ Hayley Atwell
Price: CDN$ 35.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!, Nov. 22 2015
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A gripping mystery which is very well acted. The plot moves easily back and forth from World War Two and '1978'...as the viewer gets pulled into this spy thriller. We loved it!!!

Rebus Collection
Rebus Collection
DVD ~ John Hannah
Price: CDN$ 65.99
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, Nov. 18 2015
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Ken Stott is excellent in his portrayal of John Rebus, a hard drinking, fiercely aggressive Scottish detective and he is the main reason we enjoyed this series. However the plots have way too many loose ends and really don't make much sense. The accents are sometimes difficult to understand and the scenery is bleak at best. Claire Price has a continual glazed look in her eyes and seems rather naive to be on the police force. There is the formulaic 'rogue cop' (Rebus) and demanding, 'always wrong' leader who constantly wants him off the case. Overall - entertaining at an average level if you can ignore major discrepancies and a total lack of logic.

ANZAC Girls
ANZAC Girls
DVD ~ Dustin Clare
Price: CDN$ 45.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars First rate WW1 Drama, Aug. 20 2015
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This is an exceptional series! I'd rate it higher if that were possible...OUTSTANDING!!

Parade's End
Parade's End
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 18.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal at Best, Aug. 17 2015
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I really tried to enjoy this series but it was challenging to say the least. The scenery is gorgeous - great costumes and the settings are interesting but that is where the 'parade ends'...it's a hugely disjointed, almost ridiculous story. I couldn't relate to Sylvia Tijiens - the spoiled, obnoxious wife. Christopher Tijiens (Benedict Cumberbatch) was a dark, dreary stoic man whose background was never fully developed. Why he put up with his wife would be anyone's guess. I had hopes the plot would develop but instead, each disc seemed to reiterate the plodding, cumbersome dialogue which in turn failed to move things along. I wasn't a big fan of Ford Maddox Ford when I studied The Good Soldier in University and this effort was equally perplexing if not more so. If you enjoy looking at great mansions and beautiful scenery, you'll get a fair share here. But as to plot, character development, inspiration etc....well it's missing completely. My husband and I gave up halfway through the fourth disc.

New Tricks - Series 11
New Tricks - Series 11
DVD ~ Denis Lawson
Price: CDN$ 45.26
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good as the Others, Aug. 8 2015
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Alas this was a disappointment. The new characters are dry and dreary and some of the plots are major snoozers. I miss the old gang - and in my opinion this just isn't as interesting. I've also noticed an annoying problem with sound - the characters (other than Dennis Waterman) all seem to mumble into their necks and a great deal of dialogue is spoken over the sound of cars, buses and such - very hard to hear!! All in all - we're taking a pass on Season twelve - this one is a dud.

Broadchurch: Season 2
Broadchurch: Season 2
DVD ~ David Tennant
Price: CDN$ 26.97
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars we get it (one character even waxes on about the ripple effect of the tragedies as wewatch huge waves lick the rocks and sand)-, June 10 2015
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I couldn't wait to purchase Series 2 after the outstanding Series One, but this second entry wasn't even close to the taut, gripping mystery of the original. As noted by another reviewer, the story re-examines the entire premise of the first series in which the unfolding of the murder of young Daniel Latimer is clearly depicted. So we are left to wonder what new evidence might pop up (nothing) to change things. The characters spend their time on the screen either yelling, pushing, punching or having sex - oh and of course crying. Intertwined with the very very (painfully) slow development of the Joe Miller trial, is the Sandbrook case - so disjointed, so muddled and so rife with investigative errors, that it's ridiculous. In fact a suspect in that case is introduced right at the end...and of course he is just another red herring. I felt that David Tennent (Hardy) was extremely difficult to understand and he was also very one dimensional - always 'tortured'. Similarly, Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) was in a perpetual state of angst - scowling or crying- and thus the criminal investigation and the trial (central to the plot) became secondary snippets with the torment of the characters taking full stage. The scenery, which is the only strength in my opinion - is gorgeous but even its beauty is exploited with a heavy hand as angry confrontations take place against lush, gorgeous settings - duh?...we get it (one character even waxes on about the ripple effect of the tragedies as we watch huge waves lick the rocks and sand)- the endless metaphors, similes, characterizations were a bit over the top for my taste as I prefer much more subtlety. The mystery is dribbled out, enhanced by eerie music and quick flips to other scenes which are meant to have the viewer 'on the edge'. The last scene on Episode seven (there are eight episodes) leaves off just when the jury is about to give its verdict (now who would have seen that coming?). To stress how slow and tedious this series was, I can end with this example. Episode five of our edition froze and try as my husband might, he couldn't get it to work. So we moved on to Episode six and guess what? - missed absolutely nothing!
If you enjoyed the first series, you might be disappointed by this - if you didn't see the first series, this may be hard to get into. Overall a very disappointing and 'draggy' experience.

Great Train Robbery [DVD] [Import]
Great Train Robbery [DVD] [Import]
Offered by BonnieScotland
Price: CDN$ 16.20
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent movie (two parts) about a true case, June 6 2015
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This is an excellent movie (two parts) about a true case. The acting is first rate and the story unfolds in an interesting and suspenseful way. I found myself 'googling' all the characters to see what became of them. If you like British productions and true crime this is the DVD for you! A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining experience.

Father Brown: Season Two
Father Brown: Season Two
DVD ~ Mark Williams
Price: CDN$ 28.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars We have Season One (excellent) and enjoyed Season Two, June 5 2015
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We have Season One (excellent) and enjoyed Season Two. This second series depicts some interesting plots - some a bit over the top - but each one is done well. The acting is very good - you really get to enjoy the characters - and the scenery is quite beautiful. Father Brown explores some darker subject matter but offsets this with a lighthearted edge. Overall - good fun, enjoyable entertainment similar to the Midsummer Murders genre. I also have purchased (and am awaiting) Season Three.

True Detective: Season 1
True Detective: Season 1
DVD ~ Matthew McConaughey
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 115.84
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed, June 5 2015
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Despite the excellent acting of Woody Harrelson, this show is (IMO) very slow moving, morbid and disturbing. Matthew McConaughey portrays his character in a very one dimensional way - self-reflecting on philosophy and religion and mumbling and rambling ad nauseum. The first two episodes were intriguing, albeit grim, but by the third one it became tiresome. The plot moves at a snail's pace. I agree with the reviews that point to good acting - most of the cast is very good (with the exception of the tedious McCaughey) but they can't save the series from a very dark, often unbelievable plot which meanders all over the place (literally) and my husband and I lost interest. We do enjoy good acting and a good mystery but this went a little (or a lot) too far in the gruesome, dark recesses of depravity and ceased to be entertaining in any way.

The Field of Blood: Set 1
The Field of Blood: Set 1
DVD ~ Jayd Johnson
Price: CDN$ 45.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average at best., Jan. 16 2015
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Average to put it kindly. The premise is interesting - a young reporter craves investigative work and gets wrapped up in a case very close to home. She apparently (at a tender age - twenty maybe at most) knows way more than the Scottish detectives or any other reporter on her paper where her job is mostly as a 'gopher'.
Nonetheless, she pursues 'the story' and solves a long standing murder mystery. The actress was very cold, and seldom smiled or laughed - a rather stale personality other than her drive to succeed and she put herself into extremely dangerous situations. I found some of the scenes downright ridiculous. However a good back up cast, some nice twists made this passable. It doesn't even come close to other series I've watched such as the superior Line of Duty. The colorless scenes and dreary photography lend a melancholy aura to what could have been more exciting and intriguing. Not terrible or poor even - just average in my opinion (husband agreed!)

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