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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within [Blu-ray]
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within [Blu-ray]
Offered by polski_film
Price: CDN$ 24.99
5 used & new from CDN$ 14.75

5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic tale of police corruption, Dec 20 2014
This is an excellent film and very interesting for a number of reasons. First the production is solid and showcases some extraordinary direction and performances, but secondly thanks to the deft portrayal of social and political life in Rio de Janeiro it serves more like a brutal documentary with an in-your-face depiction of police corruption and violence. Though it is a great stand alone movie, it's technically Elite Squad 2 (and apparently the 3rd in a trilogy on crime in Brazil). The blu-ray contains an extensive making-of documentary as a bonus feature, where much trivia is learned. (Portuguese with English subtitles) Side note - I've never seen an opening to a film as long as this one - with 2 minutes of flashing funding logos before a disclaimer stating that though you may think the film is true it's not. (Even if the lead character is based on the real life former officer turned script-writer etc.) Highly recommended.

Bowfinger (OST)
Bowfinger (OST)
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 27.63
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5.0 out of 5 stars great combination of songs and score, Nov. 30 2014
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This review is from: Bowfinger (OST) (Audio CD)
This is one of my favourite and most often played soundtracks. I loved the film and the cd is a definite reflection, containing a well thought out variety of songs in combination with great score cues by David Newman (about half and half). The overall choice in music served the film well, but in addition to its "appropriateness" this is a great stand-alone cd.

3 Days to Kill (Bilingual)
3 Days to Kill (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Kevin Costner
Price: CDN$ 5.00
18 used & new from CDN$ 3.90

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been great, Nov. 30 2014
This review is from: 3 Days to Kill (Bilingual) (DVD)
Though I liked this film, I wanted to love it. In my opinion this is a should-have-been Bruce Willis film staring Kevin Costner. (Note, I'm a fan of both actors along with Luc Besson and McG.) While there is a good blend of action and interesting story development, there were many missed opportunities of black humour thanks to a low key, often low energy performance. Character backgrounds are not fully explained, and the plot 'reveal' can be seen far in advance. It is entertaining, but given the material, this should have been a great black comedy drama. As bonus material, the dvd contains a 5 min. featurette on a former CIA operative which is well worth viewing.

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
by Virginia S. Cowen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 24.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars not a "how to" for caregivers, Nov. 10 2014
Though there is a lot of great information here for the layperson, I was disappointed that there wasn't specified recommendations of application for the autistic. Instead the very basics are explained. The knowledge as outlined in the book makes for a great foundation, however and unfortunately there was nothing new to be learned for me. Yes, the variety of massage therapies are summarized, each concluding that either not enough or in some cases no research had been done to determine if any would benefit those with a developmental disorder. (The answer without the benefit of structured research studies is of course yes.) This book is highly recommended for caregivers who have nothing else to rely on, and until something better is written, it's better than nothing. However, I think the title is misleading, and should better read, "Options in Choosing a Bodywork Therapist". 3 1/2 Stars

Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb
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4.0 out of 5 stars not the soundtrack I had in mind, Oct. 23 2014
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This review is from: Tom Thumb (Audio CD)
While I'm happy to own this cd, I did make a mistake. This is not the musical background or songs from the film - in fact there's very little music at all. Instead it is the vocal telling of the tale from the original movie soundtrack, complete with original cast (Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young, Terry Thomas, Peter Sellers and Stan Freberg). Though nice as a novelty, I'd prefer to watch the film rather than listen to it, or listen to the music rather than vocal story telling. The sound is clean, however not remastered, so compared to other cds you'll need to turn up the volume.

Pre-Code Hollywood Collection
Pre-Code Hollywood Collection
DVD ~ Tallulah Bankhead
Price: CDN$ 47.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only for novelty seeking film buffs, Oct. 18 2014
Though I'm glad I own this 3 disc 6 film set, I wouldn't recommend it for those on a budget. The films are not lost classics, but interesting to watch once, and may only be appealing to the film buff who understands the politics of the era. But other than some great performances (notably Claudette Colbert in Torch Singer) there's no need for repeat viewings. The films themselves are mediocre at best. They are however technically upgraded having both good picture and sound. The one bonus featurette is informative on the era but too brief running approx. 8 min., and the enclosed replica of the production code is a novelty. 3 1/2 stars

Mchale'S Navy S1 V1
Mchale'S Navy S1 V1
DVD ~ Ernest Borgnine
Offered by Rarewaves-US
Price: CDN$ 6.01
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the first 8 episodes (b&w) plus bonus featurette, Oct. 18 2014
This review is from: Mchale'S Navy S1 V1 (DVD)
Though the comedy can still stand the test of time, the subject matter can be confusingly dated and politically incorrect. Yes, the Japanese are the enemy in this excuse for a war time comedy, however the series celebrates various levels of hilarious ineptitude thanks to the ingenious casting specifically of Tim Conway, Joe Flynn and Ernest Borgnine. This disc contains the first 8 (only) black and white episodes of the first season, but in a bonus featurette several of the original cast reunite for some fond remembrances. If you love the series then get the full seasons, however if you'd like a taste this is a good start.

That 70s Show: Biggest Hits - 10 Fan Favorite Episodes
That 70s Show: Biggest Hits - 10 Fan Favorite Episodes
Price: CDN$ 7.03
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Collection for fans who don't need to own it all, Oct. 18 2014
The 10 episode disc of fan favourites is a good collection of That 70's Show at an affordable price. For the most part, the episodes are well chosen, however there is an error in the labelling - the water tower episode is not included but the pilot is. (Pilot, Keg, Prom Night, New Hope, Garage Sale, First Time, Moon over Point Place, Radio Daze, Canadian Road Trip & It's a Wonderful Life.) Personally, I miss "Eric's Hot Cousin" and could have done without It's a Wonderful Life, but still the collection does have some of my favourites (including the Garage Sale with Hyde's special brownies.) Sadly there are no extras.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Music from the Motion Picture)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Music from the Motion Picture)
Price: CDN$ 13.56
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5.0 out of 5 stars great stand alone score, Oct. 3 2014
This is yet another great stand-alone film score by John Powell. I enjoyed the original How to Train Your Dragon film but did not get the soundtrack. Here I purchased the cd score but have yet to see the sequel. On it's own the music is rousing with full orchestrations and energetic choral accompaniments intermittently. I may one day get around to viewing the film but for now this cd has given much value in terms of repeat listening pleasure.

100 Greatest Mystery Classics
100 Greatest Mystery Classics
DVD ~ Frank Sinatra
Price: CDN$ 44.99
16 used & new from CDN$ 24.52

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't buy it twice, Oct. 2 2014
Just to clarify the content, The 100 Greatest Mystery Classics is actually a re-packaging of two previously released dvd box sets: 50 Movies Dark Crimes & 50 Movies Mystery Classics. Currently, on this product page, amazon offers as their "frequently bought together" the 50 Movies Mystery Classics for $10, but since it's the same product as what's included in this set, it's not much of a deal to buy the same product twice. If however, you were to consider buying the two 50 movies box sets separately be aware that the 50 Movies Dark Crimes is currently priced at $7 more than the cost of this combined box set, meaning this set is still the best deal. I love old classic films and am excited by this set, but it will take much time to review each for quality. I definitely purchased this for quantity.

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