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Sheba, Baby [Blu-ray + DVD]
Sheba, Baby [Blu-ray + DVD]
DVD ~ Pam Grier
Price: CDN$ 30.59
15 used & new from CDN$ 25.32

2.0 out of 5 stars Quite amateurish movie!, July 19 2017
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Sheba, Baby is not a good movie. Even though me expectations were low, I was still disapointed. The writing is bad. The directing is bad. The cinematography is bad. The acting is bad (even Pam Grier is not good in that one). Overall, it is very amateurish. On a funny note, that movie could be used for a drinking game where you drink every time Pam Grier changes her outfit. Depending how much you drink each time, you might not make it through to the end.

On the technical side, Arrow did a good job for the blu-ray. Too bad the movie itself is not as good as the technical presentation.

Gomorrah (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] [Import]
Gomorrah (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] [Import]
DVD ~ Gianfelice Imparato
Price: CDN$ 42.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 37.90

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie, Dec 20 2009
This italian movie is in the same veins as City of God. It might be complicated at first because they don't explain right away how the camorra works, but I found it rewarding at the end and I wanted to know more about the subject. Thankfully, the Criterion edition packs some great supplements about the making of the movie and the author of the book on which the movie is based.

Beyond Re-Animator [Import]
Beyond Re-Animator [Import]
DVD ~ Jeffrey Combs
Price: CDN$ 19.51
20 used & new from CDN$ 10.96

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but where's the gore?, Oct. 12 2004
This review is from: Beyond Re-Animator [Import] (DVD)
In the making-of, Director Brian Yuzna tells us that there's less gore in that movie than the previous two and it shows. In fact, that (and the bad acting from most of the actors) keeps the movie from becoming truly great. Otherwise, it's a fun movie that never gets dull but never acheives greatness either.
The DVD itself is of good quality for such a movie. Good picture quality, sound is ok, there are a short making-of, a director commentary and trailers, and the music video is so bad it's a laugh.
Because of its low price, it's worth a try if you're a fan of the series.

Last Hurrah for Chivalry [Import]
Last Hurrah for Chivalry [Import]
DVD ~ Damian Lau
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 78.03
2 used & new from CDN$ 78.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Hurrah for John Woo!, Jan. 25 2001
Last Hurrah for Chivalry is one of the best martial arts movie I've ever seen. We can see John Woo' style in many of the scenes (slow motion action scenes) and themes (friendship and adversity). Once again, Wei Pai (the snake in 5 Deadly Venoms) shows his great skills in martial arts, as well as Liu Sung Yen (Green Suit). The story itself is classic but above average. The action sequences are many and quite amazing.
The quality of the DVD is rather surprising for a 1979 Hong-Kong movie. The sound is OK, but what really shines is the picture. While not perfect (some scratches appear from time to time), it's still clear and sharp.
Overall, this movie is definitely a must-see.

Legend (Widescreen)
Legend (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jet Li
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 43.33
17 used & new from CDN$ 2.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and impressive at times., Jan. 22 2001
This review is from: Legend (Widescreen) (DVD)
This movie is a funny one. It feels like Drunken Master II in tone (and story). (Note: Drunken Master II is better tough.) Some of the fight scenes are original and impressive. The humor is present throughout almost all the movie.
But I wish I had seen the original version instead of that one. The voice acting is at times goofy and I'm not sure the dubbing reflects what was originally said. A Cantonnese version with English subtitles would have been welcomed. Alas it is not an option offered on Dimension DVDs (Twin Warriors, Twin Dragons, Fist of Legend,...).
In fact, there are never supplements on Hong Kong movies offered by that company. Not even the original theatrical trailers. At least, the picture and sound are quite good. But is it worth such a high price?
All in all, The Legend DVD is a great watch, but it could have been better...

Gorgeous (Bilingual)
Gorgeous (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jackie Chan
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 77.18
7 used & new from CDN$ 6.49

3.0 out of 5 stars The Asian version of Pretty Woman., Jan. 22 2001
This review is from: Gorgeous (Bilingual) (DVD)
To tell the truth, I don't quite like the story. It's like watching an Asian version of Pretty Woman. Everything is so perfect and so beautiful... It's annoying!
But the rare fight scenes (4 in all) are great and funny to watch, particularly the last one, which lasts about 10 minutes. In it, we can see Jackie Chan's talent as a martial artist.
As for the DVD, the only complaint I have is that there are not enough supplements. The quality for the picture and the sound is almost perfect. We can always count on Columbia/Tri-Star to give us DVDs of high standards.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie spoiled by poor quality, Jan. 15 2001
5 Deadly Venoms is a great movie with an absorbing story where you can see 5 guys using 5 different fighting techniques: the centipede, the snake, the scorpion, the lizard and the toad. I especially liked the snake style.
Having said that, I must unfortunately comment on the poor quality of the DVD. It is the first time that I see dark violet bars instead of dark ones on a widescreen version of a film. And we can also see that the negative for the picture has quite aged over the years. A little restorating job would have been welcomed here.
That the quality of the picture isn't top-notch can be forgiven, but the sound is so bad at times that I can't pass this one up. There are times in the movie when I have to crank up the volume real high to understand what the actors are saying.
I hope (maybe in vain) that one day an important company gets the rights to the film and restore it to its just value. Until then...

Siunin Wong Fei-hung tsi titmalau
Siunin Wong Fei-hung tsi titmalau

5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!, Dec 10 2000
There are two strong points in this movie. The first one is the relation built between Wong Fei-Hung and his father Wong Kai-Ying (Donnie Yen). The characters are greatly defined through their relationship of father and son.
The second point is the fighting choreography. The fight sequences are wild and powerful. You just have to see the last fight scene on the burning poles to understand what I mean.
As for the quality of the DVD, I will say that it is decent. It is not as great as some DVDs that are published by big american companies, but it's enjoyable. The english subtitles aren't quite accurate at times, but they're not confusing.
It is a movie to own and is (mostly) a great prologue to the "Once Upon a Time in China" series.

Once Upon a Time in China & America [Import]
Once Upon a Time in China & America [Import]
DVD ~ Jet Li
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 117.07
5 used & new from CDN$ 41.76

1.0 out of 5 stars The OUATIC to forget!!!, Nov. 21 2000
The story is not so bad (well... Shangai Noon, which is quite similar, is much better...) it's just badly directed. The fight scenes are unwatchable and the dialogues are quite poor. Wong Fei-hung (Jet Li) is out of character (for example: it's the first time that we see him giving long and boring speeches to everyone around) and some characters such as Foon Leung aren't even here. Also, you should see the bad make-up on the main villain... It's so ugly that you can't take the guy seriously.
As for the DVD... It's one of the worst I have bought so far. The sound isn't surround, which is unforgivable for a movie done at the end of the 90's. There's a 2 to 5 seconds delay for the subtitles to appear on screen, which is pretty annoying. The quality of the picture lets much to be desired. A ratio of 2.35:1 would have been a better choice to show the movie instead of the 1.85:1. And what's the fun to watch a "making of" in Cantonese language without the option of having english subtitles to follow it?
All in all, an episode to forget in the OUATIC series.

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