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Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime
Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime
DVD ~ Matthew Steer
Price: CDN$ 29.88
15 used & new from CDN$ 17.35

2.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment., May 2 2016
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Some good things - nicely shot; great costumes and a nice feel for the era (post WW2 - early fifties/England). I had such high hopes as I love Agatha Christie and most British productions. This fell flat. There was positively zero chemistry between the two 'partners' who got themselves into ridiculous situations and the whole series wavered between serious and silly. If you want an exceptional series - try Foyle's War - this is a waste of time and money. As always however Amazon was fabulous - delivered on time!

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Price: CDN$ 16.78
2 used & new from CDN$ 16.78

1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage., April 4 2016
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Junk - tiny and difficult to use - a complete waste of money.

Hinterland - Season 01
Hinterland - Season 01
DVD ~ Richard Harrington
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 44.54
18 used & new from CDN$ 38.72

2.0 out of 5 stars Dark Disturbing Dismal and Boring, March 17 2016
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This review is from: Hinterland - Season 01 (DVD)
Dark and dreary! How many dark alleyways and rooms can one detective go through using only a flashlight (why not turn on a light?) in one episode? Apparently too many to count. This is a very slow and messy series...characters crop up and go nowhere while the main criminals are revealed with only ten minutes to spare. It's difficult to understand some of the accents and the main detective (Mathias) is about as glum as you can find...never smiles; always serious and no surprise here - has a troubled personal life! Every scene practically is filled with mess - dirty homes; dilapidated buildings...okay we get it ...it's dark and symbolic. Oh...and of course Mathias does the requisite solitary running along forlorn shores at the beginning and end of each episode...contrived perhaps?! Didn't find this entertaining at all...like watching paint dry... dark gray paint.

The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 1
The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 1
DVD ~ Kristin Sims
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 52.93
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the Money!, March 17 2016
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Thoroughly enjoyable! This series is terrific entertainment. Neill Rea does an excellent job as Detective Shepherd -affable, funny, but also sharp and he has great chemistry with his assistant Kristin Sims. The plots are fun with interesting twists and turns so they don't become silly but they are not as grim and dark as some series which makes Brokenwood very refreshing. It's tiresome to watch some of the grisly crime shows these days where every detective flounders within his own disturbed psyche and each episode tries to outdo the next with shock and awe. Not so with this package. There is no foul language although it is certainly edgy - and the characters, while complex, line up with the plot lines and things make sense! I hope there is a second series ... highly recommend.

Harry: Season 1
Harry: Season 1
DVD ~ Hunter Kamuhemu
Price: CDN$ 45.99
16 used & new from CDN$ 31.92

2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money, March 9 2016
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This review is from: Harry: Season 1 (DVD)
VERY slow going and brutally violent. The plot tends to repeat itself with one level of gang violence replacing the level below it with more violence. There wasn't much to balance off the punching, kicking, slitting, raping and excessive foul language. Harry's daughter showed some promise but his detachment from her was bizarre and the development of their relationship moved at a snail's pace. I don't mind 'some' violence and 'some' foul language, but this was over the top. On the other hand if you enjoy blood and guts and sadism in pretty well every scene, you will love this series. We stopped watching after three episodes of the six

Restless
Restless
DVD ~ Hayley Atwell
Price: CDN$ 34.49
16 used & new from CDN$ 25.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!, Nov. 22 2015
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This review is from: Restless (DVD)
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$ 61.61
11 used & new from CDN$ 41.57

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, Nov. 18 2015
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This review is from: Rebus Collection (DVD)
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 [Import]
ANZAC Girls [Import]
DVD ~ Dustin Clare
Price: CDN$ 55.99
16 used & new from CDN$ 36.44

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$ 15.49
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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 [Import]
New Tricks - Series 11 [Import]
DVD ~ Denis Lawson
Price: CDN$ 45.26
15 used & new from CDN$ 33.11

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.

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