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Ripper Street: Season Two
Ripper Street: Season Two
DVD ~ Matthew Macfadyen
Price: CDN$ 24.99
5 used & new from CDN$ 24.98

2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment, April 19 2014
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This review is from: Ripper Street: Season Two (DVD)
We loved Season One and eagerly awaited Season Two - yikes - what a huge disappointment! The music is so loud that you literally cannot make out anything anyone is saying. The first disc had an interesting plotline - the drug invasion into Whitechapel - replete with crooked cops and traffikers of narcotics. However there was so much fighting, bloodletting and gruesome action, that the fine acting we enjoyed in Series One was lost in the loud circus atmosphere of Series Two. Every other scene comprised of fist fights, stabbings and drug taking. I wouldn't recommend this unless you enjoy extreme violence and sparse character development.

The Bletchley Circle: Season 2
The Bletchley Circle: Season 2
Price: CDN$ 22.99
9 used & new from CDN$ 21.23

5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS - I PRAY FOR A SEASON THREE, April 19 2014
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This is an outstanding series. We enjoyed the first season and were thrilled that a second season emerged. The stories are gripping and the acting is terrific. If you like crime/detective/spy type films of high quality, then you can't go wrong. My only disappointment is that there aren't ten discs or more! Highly recommend!!!

Kiss Me Deadly (Widescreen)
Kiss Me Deadly (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Ralph Meeker
Offered by SURPLUSDVD NEW YORK
Price: CDN$ 24.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 3.27

2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, stupid and loud, March 22 2014
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This review is from: Kiss Me Deadly (Widescreen) (DVD)
Don't waste your money on this. I bought it based on the rave reviews but clearly I must have missed something! The acting is terrible - everyone shouting, screaming and running around. The plot is ridiculous and the ending ... well just as ridiculous. Ralph Meeker is okay and the film begins with some promise. It soon deteriorates into total silliness. My husband couldn't watch it to the end.

DNA: The Complete Series 1 and 2
DNA: The Complete Series 1 and 2
DVD ~ Samantha Bond
Price: CDN$ 33.52
13 used & new from CDN$ 18.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Ridiculous, Jan. 27 2014
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This series sounded intriguing and since we like mysteries, we thought we'd give it a try. The premise of the first two shows is that the lead 'good guy' (Tom Conti) having suffered a breakdown must now prove he isn't responsible for a series of crimes. There are a number of aspects that make this utterly ridiculous in my opinion. First of all there is great detail given to the fastidious care taken by the team. They literally wear 'HazMat' suits when collecting DNA and every little hair and fibre is examined with various computer technology. I presume this is to lend credibility and reality to the show. Yet when the 'good guy' is bonked on the head with a crowbar he sustains absolutely NO injury! He miraculously survives a beating and a near drowning and resumes life as if nothing happened! At the end, another bonk with the crowbar on another character also leaves NO BLOOD on the victim! -really? We suffer through all the 'realistic' stuff only to come to this fantasy.

Tom Conti is mismatched with his wife - a sexy runaround. He is super casual and accepting (beyond belief) of her behaviour. Another ridiculous inconsistency is that when a very 'bad' suspect is questioned by police, he has his lawyer present. However when Conti's teenage son is questioned for many hours and days - no lawyer. Too many major flubs - too many 'really?' moments to make this a plausible storyline. We bailed after the first two shows - too ridiculous for words.

Ripper Street: Season One
Ripper Street: Season One
DVD ~ Matthew Macfadyen
Price: CDN$ 19.99
23 used & new from CDN$ 15.39

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!!, Dec 21 2013
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This review is from: Ripper Street: Season One (DVD)
We loved Ripper Street Season One and can't wait to get Season Two. The acting is outstanding and the characters are so well developed. The plotlines are intriguing and reflect the time period of the late eighteen hundreds. While there is a lot of violence, I didn't find it offensive in any way - it wasn't over the top - just enough that was necessary to the plot and I tend to be sensitive to 'gore'. I highly highly recommend this series!

Above Suspicion - Set 1
Above Suspicion - Set 1
DVD ~ Kelly Reilly
Price: CDN$ 39.74
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!!!!, Sept. 29 2013
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This review is from: Above Suspicion - Set 1 (DVD)
My husband and I love crime/drama/mystery shows and this seemed intriguing. Part of the fun is being able to watch an intelligently presented 'puzzle' and figure it out. Now we come to Above Suspicion - get the barf bag! From the instant it begins, there are graphic and disgustingly realistic imagery of death and decay. It is almost as if the writers don't really care about the script, plot or mystery, but rather they prefer to show off their expertise in replicating true life autopsies and decomposing bodies. The woman detective - new to her job - does the typical 'vomit' scene when she views the victim - green goop flowing out of her mouth - are we supposed to be impressed with the special effects department? We turned it off halfway through the very first episode ...what a total waste! I find these 'over the top' violent, graphic shows insulting and downright offensive. They do not entertain nor do they stretch one's thinking. They certainly don't reflect any kind of subtle sensitivity to actual victims of crime but rather in a macabre way exploit them. Above Suspicion is all about shock and awe and after a few minutes we'd had more than enough.

Bleak House [Blu-ray]
Bleak House [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Anna Maxwell Martin
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST!, Sept. 29 2013
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This review is from: Bleak House [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Loved this production of Bleak House. Dickens' novel is given careful attention and development. The story ( which IMO is one of Dickens' best works) is a complex mix of characters centered around one main plotline - the settlement of a WILL. Of course there are subplots and twists and turns - a murder - and the final resolution. The acting, settings, costumes and script are all five star and well worth the time. We enjoyed this over several nights of viewing and were sorry when it ended. It is not always evenly paced - some parts slower while others full of action, but this is Dickens at his best and the DVD does him justice. I highly highly recommend this, especially if you enjoy English Classics!

Injustice
Injustice
DVD ~ James Purefoy
Price: CDN$ 39.74
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever - keeps you on your toes!, Sept. 29 2013
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This review is from: Injustice (DVD)
We really loved this 'series'. It is cleverly done. There are actually two plots - one revolves around the murder of an animal rights activist, while the other focuses on the strangulation of a young secretary. However the two plots - which are very clearly and carefully depicted - interwine. The writing and acting are superb - does Anthony Horowitz (writer of the brilliant series Foyle's War) ever do anything sub-par? - I doubt it! It is a real puzzler and highly enjoyable. We watched it over a period of a few days after dinner. We couldn't wait to see each new episode and only partially guessed what was going on. I'd highly recommend it.

Falcon
Falcon
Price: CDN$ 39.74
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, Sept. 29 2013
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This review is from: Falcon (DVD)
Based on the positive review, we purchased this 'movie'. It was a huge disappointment so we only watched one of the two discs. The first story revolved around detective Falcon's personal journey from his childhood and how this all connected to the case 'du jour'. Sounds interesting but wait - Falcon, despite being a detective, has a remarkably hazy memory of his own past, his father and mother and their convoluted relationship which is connected to his current murder case. His sister on the other hand has some very important information but he only seeks her out towards the end of the story. The gory death scenes, chases and close calls, are over the top. Falcon plays the role (even seducing the first murder victim's widow - how implausible is that?) half asleep - brooding and doing all kinds of 'cool' and 'hip' things like taking drugs and flirting with women all the while trying to be serious in the police department - come on!!! The one star goes to the city of Seville which is a beautiful backdrop. Both my husband and I found the entire long drawn out episode we watched to be gratuitously violent yet strangely at the same time, downright silly. I would not recommend unless you don't mind stretching your imagination and engaging in lots of deep, dark, black undertones of nonsense.

Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Table Top Radio
Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Table Top Radio
Price: CDN$ 123.50
17 used & new from CDN$ 114.02

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent radio - love it!, Dec 28 2012
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My husband and I bought the last two of these and we are thrilled. The radio is exceptionally attractive - a soft, traditional look without all the complicated buttons and dials of some of the more modern chrome gadgety/techie looks that are out there. We fought with many radios before being able to get the right station and volume etc. This is so easy to use and looks wonderful. Best of all the music is so clear and it is a pleasure to operate. I would HIGHLY recommend this item and snatch it up if it becomes available again.

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