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Roy Anderson "War Buff - and civilian combattant." (Mount Brydges, Ont. Canada.)
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Wycliffe Series 2
Wycliffe Series 2
DVD ~ Jack Shepherd
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 72.14
7 used & new from CDN$ 23.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Playing with the 'big' boys!, Oct. 30 2009
This review is from: Wycliffe Series 2 (DVD)
To compete in the highly competitive market of Crime drama - a market having in its ranks such 'heavyweights' as Poirot, Morse, Lewis, Frost and Tom Barnaby - is, in itself, an achievement.

Wycliffe is not, quite, in the same class but; the show deserves to be spoken of in the same breath. Both Series 1 and Series 2 are very good. The acting, throughout, is excellent and Shepherd excels in the role of 'Wycliffe'. As a bonus, the rugged moorland scenery (which provides a fairly constant backdrop) is breathtaking in many instances.

The scripts, while perhaps not masterpieces of the genre, are believable and eminently sensible. Viewing these first two Series is a thoroughly satisfying experience.

Bogie and Bacall: The Signature Collection (The Big Sleep / Dark Passage / Key Largo / To Have and Have Not)
Bogie and Bacall: The Signature Collection (The Big Sleep / Dark Passage / Key Largo / To Have and Have Not)
DVD ~ Humphrey Bogart
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 83.04
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An era remembered - with pleasure, Oct. 30 2009
Personally, I find myself annoyed when Reviewers comment adversely about the quality of 'old' movies.This isn't to deny that the quality - generally - isn't up to current standards - BUT, neither was the original print! The technology involved in film-making has improved immeasurably over the years.

Bogie and Bacall worked - together - mainly in the 40's and early 50's - even the first run of their movies was to see blotches, scratches and streaks etc., on the screen. It is hardly surprising that modern copies are not 100% perfect.

Considering everything, the standards, I find, are quite acceptable. The big thing is that the performances of the actors - when dealing with people like Bogie and Bacall - is superlative in every way. Today, in many cases, films become famous for spectacular 'effects' and other 'tricks'. In the (Good) Old Days, actors HAD to act for the film to be noticed above the 'crowd'.

Bogie and Bacall were consummate actors and these films showed their talents to advantage. While they excelled in Key Largo, To Have & Have Not, and the Big Sleep - ALL EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD MOVIES - even Bogie and Bacall couldn't completely overcome the puerile script of Dark Passage - although they gave it a good try!

All in all, great entertainment!

All Creatures Great and Small [Import]
All Creatures Great and Small [Import]
DVD ~ Christopher Timothy
Offered by BuyCDNow Canada
Price: CDN$ 70.30
6 used & new from CDN$ 65.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British TV light drama series., Aug. 9 2009
This fact based autobiographical series was among the best ever produced on British TV. Based on a series of books by 'James Herriot', a pseudonym, they cover the adventures and misadventures of a rural veterinary surgeon in the mid 20th Century.

This is still a superbly produced and directed classic series and it is hard to imagine any sensible person not being pleased to view it.

Laura
Laura
DVD ~ Gene Tierney
Price: CDN$ 16.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE Classic, May 18 2009
This review is from: Laura (DVD)
This film has everything that's good in the world of 'Tinseltown'.

Brilliance shines through in all departments involved in the making of this film. The actors are superb, the direction is first rate and the story-line, brilliantly believable.

Sadly - indeed tragically, they don't make many films as good as this film, today. We are starved of such excellence - and we are the poorer for it!

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
DVD ~ Gene Tierney
Price: CDN$ 11.91
39 used & new from CDN$ 4.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The implausible made believable, May 18 2009
This review is from: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (DVD)
What's to say, about a true classic film staring Rex Harrison, Gene Tierney and George Sanders?

If anything would convince a doubter, that ghosts exist, this film would.

A marvellously entertaining and well crafted film, adapted from an excellent book and brilliantly acted by outstanding actors.

One can only ask (with complete confidence)that the movie be seen and thoroughly enjoyed.

Mrs. Miniver [Import]
Mrs. Miniver [Import]
DVD ~ Greer Garson
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 32.85
27 used & new from CDN$ 8.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A view from afar that achieves its purpose., May 18 2009
This review is from: Mrs. Miniver [Import] (DVD)
For, and at, its time, this film warranted a 5 star+ rating - without question. Today, regretfully, I feel it necessary to deduct a star due to the film's (understandable) lack of factual integrity.

Mrs Miniver was an admirable film, superbly crafted and directed and supremely well acted by a marvelous cast of professionals. The film was produced (1942)in the United States as a propaganda film aimed to counteract the overall desire in America for isolation and, also, combat considerable German support and sympathies - then prevalent in the United States.

(Due to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this film was made redundant as far as its main purpose went. Nevertheless, as a film depicting the travails of citizens of the United Kingdom in war time, it succeeds magnificently - if not entirely accurately!)

The apparent stinginess of praise for this movie is largely due to the rather pathetic 'special effects'. These, of course, were far from the brilliant special effects so common these days. Sadly however, from the historical accuracy point of view, they detract quite greatly. Too, some aspects of the war are transposed in time - or made unclear.

The fact remains that, as a most interesting story brilliantly told in cinematography, this film is one of the finest made. The story can be fully appreciated to this day while the unusually (for Americans) modest attitude to stoic bravery is hugely relevant in the enjoyment of this film.

The film garnered very many awards - and justly so. It ranks high in the many lists of 'best', in cinema history. Like worthy books are said to be 'must read', this film is certainly a 'must see'!

Inspector Lewis
Inspector Lewis
DVD ~ Kevin Whately
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 197.04
6 used & new from CDN$ 19.97

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly - an improvement over Morse -- JUST!, May 13 2008
This review is from: Inspector Lewis (DVD)
I was a long time fan of Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis. I have the entire 'Morse' series on DVD! I never expected to find a serious challenger to 'Morse' - or, to the entire production of 'Morse'.

I've been found wrong! Lewis, while being his own man, comes out ahead of his mentor - by virtue of the fact that where Morse was virtually infallible, Lewis is fallible. Additionally, Lewis treats his 'side-kick' Sergeant more humanely - and, therefor, more believably than Morse treated Lewis. Lewis, additionally, can take advice and, even, criticism!

It is a brilliant piece of Production nous, that the writers have 'killed off' Lewis's wife. She could well have proved an extravagance - an unnecessary extravagance. (While Chief Inspector Barnaby's writers - in the 'Midsomer Murder Mysteries' - cope well with a wife and daughter, invariably they only clog a series dialogue. Barnaby gets away with it, Lewis, would fail so to do). I feel the production crew are to be highly commended, for having Lewis now cast as a widower - even a young widower!

In summary, 'Inspector Lewis' is a superb show, in the highest traditions of British Detection fiction.

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