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Vacation
Vacation
VHS
5 used & new from CDN$ 5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, funny comedy, March 26 2004
This review is from: Vacation (VHS Tape)
"Vacation" is an enjoyable, funny comedy that has spawned several sequels, but none have been as good as this one, the original. Chevy Chase is perfectly cast as "Clark Griswald," the determined father who leads his family from Illinios to see an amusement park in California. Along the way they encounter hilarious and sometimes truly bizarre situations. The remainder of the cast, with the exception of Christie Brinkley, are also excellent. I felt Brinkley's appearances in the movie were a distraction from the story, rather than adding to it. One cameo would have been okay, but not more than that.
Despite what you might think, "Vacation" is really not suited for little kids. The film is rated "R" because it has a fair amount of profanity, some of it quite strong, some nudity, and mature themes.

The Gods Must Be Crazy/The Gods Must Be Crazy II
The Gods Must Be Crazy/The Gods Must Be Crazy II
DVD ~ N!xau
Offered by extra_mile_4_you-ca
Price: CDN$ 54.95
10 used & new from CDN$ 44.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, nice DVD, Feb. 3 2004
After waiting several years, I finally was able to buy "The Gods Must Be Crazy 1 & 2" on DVD. A few brief comments:
1) Both "Gods" films are great entertainment.
2) DVD picture quality is better than what I've seen on TV or from the VHS version, which really looked worn out. However, don't expect "Star Wars" digital camera clarity.
3) For the first time I saw both "Gods" movies in widescreen, which is a nice treat. TV always shows them in Full-Screen, including the VHS version.
4) There are documentaries of director Jamie Uys and actor N!Xau. The one about N!Xau is the most interesting. It details the hard, difficult live he lived in the Kalahari, in stark contrast to the happy, carefree life depicted in the films. Clips of N!Xau's funeral are also shown. One gripe: when N!Xau is talking, and he talks quite a bit, there is almost no translation of what he's saying!!! Frustrating. Nevertheless, it's still a fascinating, honest portrayal of a special man.

10 (Widescreen/Full Screen)
10 (Widescreen/Full Screen)
DVD ~ Dudley Moore
Offered by DiscX
Price: CDN$ 29.93
15 used & new from CDN$ 1.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable comedy, Jan. 28 2004
This review is from: 10 (Widescreen/Full Screen) (DVD)
This is a likeable, interesting comedy. The movie is mostly remembered for Bo Derek, but her screen time is far less than the two main stars, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews, portraying a couple with relationship problems. The supporting cast is also good. This is a film for adults, with plenty of nudity.

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade [Old Version]
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade [Old Version]
2 used & new from CDN$ 125.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An improvement over Windows 98, Oct. 12 2003
I got a new computer last month that had Windows XP Home Edition SP1 preinstalled. My previous computers had run Windows 95 and 98. So far, I'd say XP is an improvement over its predecessors. It doesn't crash as often, is less buggy, and it has more advanced features, such as the customizable Start Menu and built-in firewall. It will take you a while to discover all the features of this new operating system.
However, that's not to say XP is perfect. I've encountered a few error messages, noticed some problems with older USB hardware that is supposed to be XP compatible, and the computer totally froze up on me a couple of times while using the CD-RW drive. Some of that may or may not have been XP's fault.
XP has a different look than 95, 98 or ME. Icons, task bars, scroll bars, fonts, buttons are more colorful and smoother looking. But if you don't like the XP style, you have the option of changing it to the "classic" style, which is similar to 98 and ME.
I'm not a big fan of upgrading a computer's current operating system (too many things can go wrong), so if you really want to try XP, I'd recommend getting a new computer with XP preinstalled.

Towering Inferno
Towering Inferno
DVD ~ Paul Newman
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 41.88
16 used & new from CDN$ 2.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful movie, June 23 2003
This review is from: Towering Inferno (DVD)
I found "The Towering Inferno" to be an extremely entertaining movie. I really liked it. This film has an incredible cast, and a suspenseful, occasionally terrifying story. Many people get burned and killed in "The Towering Inferno", so it's not for kids. It's also quite long, so prepare yourself for that. The cinematography is great, and the picture quality on this DVD is razor sharp. Unfortunately, the only extras are a trailer and brief biographical information on the main stars. No making-of documentaries or commentary during the movie.

McAfee Firewall 4.0
McAfee Firewall 4.0

4.0 out of 5 stars Does a nice job, May 22 2003
This review is from: McAfee Firewall 4.0 (CD-ROM)
I'm using McAfee Firewall version 4.02. I installed this directly from the McAfee VirusScan Home Edition CD-ROM. So far, this Firewall has not crashed my system and performs nicely. Included is an interesting program called McAfee Visual Trace. It tells you where the probes the Firewall blocked are coming from. This is useful if you want to report a hacker or spammer. McAfee Firewall 4.0 constantly monitors your Internet connection, and thus will use up a fair amount of system resources. I wouldn't use this program unless you have at least a Pentium II 450Mhz or faster processor, with 256MB or more of RAM.

Cry of the Banshee/Murders in the Rue Morgue
Cry of the Banshee/Murders in the Rue Morgue
DVD ~ Vincent Price
Price: CDN$ 11.77
6 used & new from CDN$ 10.72

3.0 out of 5 stars One good, one bad, May 3 2003
"Cry of the Banshee" is a good, but not great Vincent Price horror film. Perhaps motivated by a sometimes silly script, Price hams it up from time to time. Nevertheless, the overall story is fairly entertaining with nice period sets and costumes. Actors Godfrey James, Carl Rigg and Hilary Dwyer, who starred with Price in "The Oblong Box," return here. Grade: B-
"Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a dull, confusing, slow film. Jason Robards was a fine actor, but he seems out of place and uninterested here. His performance isn't helped by the weak script and story. Grade: C-

Abe Lincoln in Illinois [Import]
Abe Lincoln in Illinois [Import]
VHS
2 used & new from CDN$ 22.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but some important inaccuracies, Feb. 23 2003
"Abe Lincoln in Illinois" is an entertaining, old-fashioned family film that is tough to dislike. Raymond Massey definitely resembles Mr. Lincoln. However, Massey's portrayal of a passive, reluctant, easily led Lincoln is off the mark. The real Lincoln was highly ambitious and much more confident in himself than this movie depicts. He also loved the world of politics. Also, I think Mary Lincoln is treated too harshly in this film. Mary was high-strung, could be difficult at times, and was ambitious for her husband. But this film portraying her as a cold she-devil was a bit extreme. Mary truly loved Abraham Lincoln. All you have to do is read their correspondence over the years.

Snake Pit, the
Snake Pit, the
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, grim drama, Feb. 21 2003
This review is from: Snake Pit, the (VHS Tape)
Olivia de Havilland portrays Virginia Cunningham, a young woman suffering from mental illness and her battles to overcome it. The film is disturbing at times, but always keeps your attention. Leo Genn plays Virginia's sympathetic psychiatrist, and is quite good. "Snake Pit" is a well-made, serious film.

Don't Bother to Knock (Full Screen)
Don't Bother to Knock (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Richard Widmark
Price: CDN$ 12.92
21 used & new from CDN$ 5.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Marilyn Monroe movie, Jan. 27 2003
Marilyn Monroe does a good job portraying a mentally disturbed woman babysitting a little girl in a hotel. The rest of the cast is fine too. The script is a bit clumsy at times, but it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the movie. If you've only seen Marilyn portray empty-headed blondes, you should watch "Don't Bother to Knock" to get a different look at her. Her character "Nell" is a sad, pathetic figure.

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