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To Victory! - 10 WW2 Movies
To Victory! - 10 WW2 Movies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Collection of World War 11 Movies., Oct. 1 2016
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This review is from: To Victory! - 10 WW2 Movies (DVD)
I have more detailed points about each movie, but given the limitations I have elected to give my own ratings out of high score of 10. I tend to be quite critical in my assessments. I can provide more details about my views on each movie, if requested.

Immortal Battalion- 1944 Black & White -6 out of 10; They Raid by Night- 1942 Black & White -7 out of 10; Spitfire -1942 Black & White -10 out of 10
Escape from Sobibor – 1987 Colour - Definitely a 9 out of 10 rating; Hell in Normandy -1968 Colour - 6 out of 10;The Steel Claw – 1961 Colour- 4.5 out of 10; Commandos -1968 Colour-6.5 out of 10; Convoy – 1940 Black & White -8 out of 10; Gung Ho -1943 Black & White -5 out of 10; Go for Broke -1951 Black & White -6 out of 10

Mill Creek has put together some reasonably good movies... and even though some films have some production/age related technical issues- all were "watchable". In fact the quality added to the drama- especially the black and white ones. I recommend all of these- I thoroughly enjoyed them and this collection is excellent value for money.


Stakeout
Stakeout
DVD ~ Richard Dreyfuss
Price: CDN$ 4.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild, Zany and Funny- who knew that a serious crime story could in fact be a good comedy too!, Sept. 30 2016
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Wild, zany and very funny... there was some hard core sequences, but combined with lighthearted playful acting. Interesting combination of styles; it is like a comedy running parallel to a very serious crime movie- somehow the Director managed to interweave them.. it gets high praise. I would watch it again. My rating is 8 out of 10. Good acting makes this film work.


The Blues Brothers (Iconic Art SteelBook) [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (Bilingual)
The Blues Brothers (Iconic Art SteelBook) [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ John Belushi
Price: CDN$ 14.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and exhilarating..., Sept. 20 2016
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A highly entertaining movie- laughs from beginning to end. Combining the story line with some of the best musicians of the period was perfect...it has deservedly become a cult classic...Belushi & Aykroyd are magic...what a combination of talent- unfortunately with Belushi's death it can only be relived in past performances. This film epitomizes the extent of their individual and combined talent.


The Prince
The Prince
by Niccolò Machiavelli
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 3.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into our Political Behavioral Roots..., Sept. 20 2016
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This review is from: The Prince (Paperback)
This should be required reading in high school especially those studying the Social Sciences & Political Science; a very controversial piece of literature at the time dealing with church and state during a politically unorthodox world.

It is a quick read and likely to guarantee stimulating conversation.


The Jungle Book (Bilingual)
The Jungle Book (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Neel Sethi
Price: CDN$ 19.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow- what a movie..., Sept. 19 2016
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This review is from: The Jungle Book (Bilingual) (DVD)
My wife and I are very impressed with this movie- unbelievable animation and the colours are amazing; kudos to Walt Disney. The movie script is not completely true to the story and the special effects while marvellous and entertaining were a tad over the top (Indiana Jones style) in some sequences , but did not distract from the otherwise high quality viewing pleasure- it is mesmerising and captivating.

As a caution: There are some scary aspects which may be frightening to children 7 and under, but probably nothing like some of the video games they play.


The Angry Birds Movie (Bilingual)
The Angry Birds Movie (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Josh Gad Jason Sudeikis
Price: CDN$ 20.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animation films., Sept. 17 2016
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Silly but incredibly entertaining.. animation is superb and the characters are very well done...a must see for all ages... a very cool movie.


Success Secrets of the Sales Funnel: The Proven, Scientific Selling Method of Going from "Hello" to the Contract
Success Secrets of the Sales Funnel: The Proven, Scientific Selling Method of Going from "Hello" to the Contract
by Ray Leone
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Network to Sales Sucess, Sept. 16 2016
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It is an easy read and easy to follow the model proposed.... It is a must read for those who rely on networking for marketing and sales. In my opinion It should be required reading for business courses.


Chef'n 101045001 Dual Salt and Pepper Grinder, Black
Chef'n 101045001 Dual Salt and Pepper Grinder, Black
Price: CDN$ 26.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Testing the Product, Sept. 16 2016
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We had a similar version that did not survive 1 week of use before the handle broke, but this one seems to be more robust... time will tell. The concept is great so that is why we gave it another shot. The engineering is better- we keep our fingers crossed. In three months we will update this to assist potential customers on finding out about the robustness of this particular design and functionality.


The Pacific [Blu-ray]
The Pacific [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 29.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars WW11 US/Japenese Pacific Theatre of War., Sept. 6 2016
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This review is from: The Pacific [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I enjoyed the historical aspect, but the narration on the film in the corner on the first DVD while important , is a distraction.... the Pacific theatre was a very brutal war and you can see why there was a long standing hatred of the Japanese well after the war. Of course that is then, not now... but there is a clear focus on the atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers even in China and other parts of Asia. Of course there were terrible behaviours by allied forces too, but seem to build as the fighting increased and changed the outlook of men towards their enemy. I like the Band of Brothers better; then again it was a different kind of movie even though still set in the years of WW11. Acting was reasonably good but not really as compelling as B of B.

2nd DVD was fascinating and while there was very little fighting it was a good excerpt into the personal and social consequences of people during war and the emotional struggles of soldiers at war; especially away from home. It reminded me how young these men and women were. I really liked the chapter on the US soldiers experience on leave in Australia - the acting was richer and more poignant.

As the show evolves and with each DVD the intensity of emotions increase and the more intense the impact was on the human soul; this is
evident and particularly raw when seeing the debasing of once decent qualities of human nature in the soldiers to animal like behaviour... The Japanese throughout the DVDs are shown to be a fearless and relentless war machine driven to destroy and kill everyone including making unbelievable sacrifices themselves as well as families in their unfathomable support of their Emperor.
The carnage was unbelievable... and the aftermath on individual soldiers was respectfully and well conveyed to those who might not have an appreciation of the psychological impact - it is amazing anyone could return to lead even a semblance of a normal life.


Party Girl [Import]
Party Girl [Import]
DVD ~ Robert Taylor
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Price: CDN$ 19.37
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gangster Movie - good plot, well executed movie with good acting, Sept. 5 2016
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Film Noir - A good mob story... I think the storyline is interesting and believable. The movie has excellent actors playing the right parts/characters- the colouration is well done and the quality of the movie is excellent. Lee Cobb played the role brilliantly as a gang leader...but, really I could not find fault with any actor or actress.. if I am asked to point out a weak spot: Cyd Charisse is a bit veneer; however, she is a Party Girl (albeit a bit more sophisticated than most). Robert Taylor is very suited to his part as a Lawyer.

There are so many movies of this genre- old and newer ones; this is one of the best I have seen.


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