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Movie Album
Movie Album
Price: CDN$ 15.82
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1.0 out of 5 stars WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER, Dec 2 2003
This review is from: Movie Album (Audio CD)
Ms. Streisand's latest narcoleptic effort is rapidly falling off the charts and has struggled to receive even a "Gold" certification. Never mind the critics. . .where have her fans disappeared to??? The answer: Streisand's last 3 studio efforts have all suffered from over production and monotonous pacing. When your fans start telling you it's time to wake up by not buying the product you are putting out maybe it's time to listen, Babs!

Little Bit Special
Little Bit Special
Price: CDN$ 10.82
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5.0 out of 5 stars HYSTERICAL, May 29 2001
This review is from: Little Bit Special (Audio CD)
The songs on this CD are so funny you may pass out from laughing so hard. Yes, some of the song topics could be described as, uh, sick. . .but that's what makes them so funny. Anyone offended by the material should lighten up. It's comedy!! Buy this CD now!

Annie Get Your Gun (Full Screen)
Annie Get Your Gun (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Louis Calhern
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 65.61
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2.0 out of 5 stars Annie Get Your Gun. . .and Shoot Yourself, April 21 2001
I waited years for this musical to become available on home video. . .and, now, it has. I'm not sure what I was waiting for, though. "Annie" is, with some exceptions, not very good. And most of the blame has to be placed at the feet of one Betty Hutton. Evidently director George Sidney just turned on the camera and took a nap, letting Betty chomp on the script, the scenery, the songs, her co-stars, the catering truck, the front gate to the studio, and anything else she could sink her teeth into. Betty is loud, grating, and completely annoying. However, all of the blame for this disappointment can't be laid on Betty Hutton. The story itself manages to be one part racist, one part misogynistic, and all parts ludicrous. Native Americans say, "Ugh!" And women are only worthwhile if they swoon at a handsome man and show themselves to be weaker and less skillful. What a great message to put into the heads of little boys and girls! Irving Berlin's songs are the best thing about "Annie Get Your Gun," even though the anthem, "There's No Business Like Show Business," gets pounded into the ground. The photography is fine, the DVD is impressive; however, the film's editing is sloppy. As for the Judy Garland outtakes--Judy's singing of "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" is great fun (although the dialog scenes surrounding it are woeful. . .Garland barely seems to remember that she's supposed to be playing Annie Oakley and her accent comes and goes on a whim); as for "I'm an Indian, Too," well, the production design and color are dazzling--Garland is not. Her singing is flat and she walks through the number. One wonders what a healthy Garland could have done with the role. After all these years I'm just sad that I didn't like "Annie" more. Maybe some things were just meant to stay in the vaults.

Gigi (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual) [Import]
Gigi (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Leslie Caron
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 35.78
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2.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE BUT WRETCHED DVD, Dec 22 2000
Warner Home Video should be collectively ashamed of itself. A witty script, good songs, and great performances are almost completely ruined by such a shoddy DVD presentation. The soundtrack hisses from start to finish; and, the picture in the widescreen version is one of the WORST I have ever seen in any movie on any home video label. Scratched, mottled, and missing frames, the print used for this 9 Academy Award winning film is disheartening and dreadful. My VHS copy has a better picture. . .and that's a shame. Maybe one day Warner and Ted Turner will restore "Gigi" to its glory. For now, skip this DVD.

The Birds (Widescreen Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
The Birds (Widescreen Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Tippi Hedren
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1.0 out of 5 stars IT'S FOR THE BIRDS, Aug. 12 2000
I always get annoyed when people say that the special effects in "The Birds" are great. . .for its time. Well, I don't have a time machine to go back to 1963, so let me state unequivocally: the special effects are lame, unconvincing, and, at times, down-right laughable. And, believe me, the special effects are the only thing that this ridiculous movie could have ever had going for it. The acting is wooden. Are we sure that "Tippi" Hedren wasn't a former mannequin--not a model? Rod Taylor is so wooden Tippi shouldn't have rented the boat. . .she could have used him to float across the bay! And what's up with Suzanne Pleshette? Is she a woman playing a drag queen playing a woman? Add to that ridiculous plotting, screamingly funny dialogue, THE MOST ANNOYING SONG EVER WRITTEN and sung by the school children before the crow attack, an over-the-top piece of acting to the balcony by Jessica Tandy, and a DVD with grainy visuals and flat sound and you've got one of the most over-rated pieces of cinema ever to be foisted off on the public as a "Classic." Give this movie the bird.

It's No Secret Anymore
It's No Secret Anymore
Offered by InMusicWeTrust2016
Price: CDN$ 3.46
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHY ISN'T LINDA EDER MORE FAMOUS??, Oct. 15 1999
This review is from: It's No Secret Anymore (Audio CD)
Another excellent entry from the wonderful Linda Eder. With a magnificent voice, great production, and wonderful, dramatic song selections this is Ms. Eder's best cd to date! You won't be able to stop listening to it!

A Love Like Ours
A Love Like Ours
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary, Disappointng Disaster, Oct. 15 1999
This review is from: A Love Like Ours (Audio CD)
Maybe Barbra should get a divorce. If her latest cd is any example of how her personal bliss has affected her work it wouldn't be such a bad idea. Filled with songs which sound nearly identical (dreary and monotonous), "A Love Like Ours" is for people who rabidly love everything that Barbra does. . .and even diehard fans may listen to it once and then store it on the shelf to collect dust! Definite low point: "The Island," a song written by others but mangled by Alan & Marilyn Bergman as only they can. Definite high point: "Just One Lifetime." Oh, well, Babs, better luck next time.

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