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Love's Labour's Lost (Widescreen)
Love's Labour's Lost (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Alessandro Nivola
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 150.07
8 used & new from CDN$ 24.73

4.0 out of 5 stars the sublime and the ridiculous, April 27 2004
Beautiful words, delightful music, great acting! What could ruin such a mix. The answer, the ego of Kenneth Branagh. He is much too old for the part of a young student. His direction is absurdly literal. For example: probably the best use of the song "Heaven, I'm in heaven..." is sung by Angel Islington in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Here the song is ruined by literally yanking the singers up on wires to a ceiling painted to resemble heaven. If a song mentions a hat, the director shows us a hat, and so on. The camera is always doing things that are distracting and annoying. The choreography is nothing but a string of literal quotes, from Busby Berkley to Fred Astaire to Gene Kelly to Bob Fosse. It never flows, just jerks from quote to quote. And while the older actors are superb, there does not seem to be an actor under 25 who can do Shakespeare...they all sound as if they are mouthing words that are not a part of their vocabulary. And the slapstick -- 'taint funny Magee. After all this, I still recommend watching the film. It is much kinder to the clowns than most productions of LLL. Branagh's great speech in praise of love is worth the price of admission. He acts sincerity so well it is almost enough to make us forget what he did to Emma Thompson. And the music is ... heaven.

Hubley Coll #2, the
Hubley Coll #2, the
Price: CDN$ 42.83
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5.0 out of 5 stars charming, March 6 2004
This review is from: Hubley Coll #2, the (DVD)
The person below who gave this DVD just 1 star obviously has an ax to grind. John Hubley and Faith Hubley worked on the cartoons he enjoys, not just John alone. And I find Faith's solo art charming.

Mother, Come Home
Mother, Come Home
by Paul Hornschemeier
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 23.93

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect meld of pathos and insight., Feb. 29 2004
This review is from: Mother, Come Home (Paperback)
If you are interested in discovering why the comic book medium is getting the same respect that more traditional media such as the novel and the short story enjoy, this is a good place to start.

Dark Shadows DVD Collection 8 [3 Discs]
Dark Shadows DVD Collection 8 [3 Discs]
DVD ~ Jonathan Frid
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 102.65
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Dark Shadows, Jan. 31 2004
While I would recommend a newcommer to start with Volume Four, where the complex story line really begins to gain momentum, I would rate this volume as the very best Dark Shadows of all time.

Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Volume 1
Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Volume 1
DVD ~ Chuck Jones
Price: CDN$ 30.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad, and the ugly, Jan. 18 2004
Let's be realistic. Does this collection contain some of the greatest works of art of all time? It does. Does it also contain some duds? Duds R us. Is it "restored"? Not really. It does contain the best available print of every cartoon, and some are pristine mint. But it does not use computer enhansement to restore cartoons whose best existing print has "speckles" (see, for example, "Scaredy Cat"). Some of the special features are really special, others less so. It is unfair of reviewers to complain about omissions -- there are too many great Looney Tunes to fit on four DVDs. It does seem strange that the box does not list the directors, Chuck Jones for example, next to the cartoons they direct. Not everybody owns The Warner Brothers Cartoons by Friedwald and Beck, though everybody should. The special features and the selection try to be even handed -- except toward Tex Avery -- none of his cartoons were chosen. But not all Warner Brothers cartoons are equally good. Chuck Jones was the best, but only the fast-Chuck, not the slow-Chuck or late-Chuck. Professor Jones got his flawless sense of timing in the early forties, and lost it in the sixties. After Jones, Friz Freleng. Friz was not the super-genius Jones was, but he was very funny. The other directors just aren't as good, and for me the entire fourth disk in this four disk set was a waste of time. But there are so many great cartoons here: Bully for Bugs, Rabbit of Saville, The Scarlet Pumpernickel -- that I'm not complaining. I can hardly wait for the next volume.

The Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941)
The Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941)
DVD ~ Tom Tyler
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 77.91
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pristine DVD of one of the best movie serials, Jan. 16 2004
The serials were an artform unto themselves -- shot very quickly on a miniscule budget, they are of only nostalgic or historic interest to the Star Wars generation, but we loved them, and this is one of the best. You have to make allowences -- (spoilers follow). We see a character walk through an ordindary door, and suddenly he is inside an elevator. A car with no-one at the wheel still follows the curves in the road -- until it goes off a cliff. The villain escapes from a sinking ship with nothing but the clothes he is wearing -- and somehow manages to hide a huge metal scorpion three feet long from the other survivors. What bothered me most, even as a kid: one of the clues as to who IS NOT the arch villian is that the villian has a wounded right hand. We see a character sign his name with his right hand -- can't be the villian, right? But he is the villain. No explanation. And why do they put an end to Captain Marvel at the end of the story, when the kids watching the serial were reading about Captain Marvel's continuing adventures in the comics every month? Having said all that, Captain Marvel flying is, well, a marvel. Even if the script doesn't make any sense, the serial looks great. Watch it one chapter per night, not all at once.

Metropolis (Restored Authorized Edition) [Import]
Metropolis (Restored Authorized Edition) [Import]
DVD ~ Brigitte Helm
Price: CDN$ 30.55
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Jan. 1 2004
Science fiction suffers from a lack of sound and color. I love old sf films -- but I have to agree with Stanley Kubrick (as quoted by Arthur C. Clarke in The Making of 2001 -- A Space Odyssey). Most science fiction before 2001 -- A Space Odyssey is awful. My love of Metropolis and Things to Come and Destination Moon is a result of nostalgia -- an 80 year old man may still love an 80 year old woman, but he can hardly expect a young man to see her in the same light. The only reason for a young person to watch old (pre-Kubrick) sf films is to learn about the history of the science fiction film. If you do want to learn about the history of film sf, Metropolis is the place to start, and despite some valid and informative objections from purists, this version comes the closest to making sense.

Mark of Zorro/Don Q-Son of Zorro [Import]
Mark of Zorro/Don Q-Son of Zorro [Import]
DVD ~ Douglas Fairbanks
Price: CDN$ 39.95
16 used & new from CDN$ 16.88

4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better silent movies., Jan. 1 2004
While not as good as, say, Buster Keaton's The General, this is the best of the silent Zorro films. Buy the DVD that has both The Mark of Zorro and Don Q, Son of Zorro from King Video. "Mark" is entertaining, "Don Q" is even better. The original music by Jon C. Mirsalis for the two films is excellent.

The Mark of Zorro [Import]
The Mark of Zorro [Import]
DVD ~ Douglas Fairbanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the silents., Jan. 1 2004
This review is from: The Mark of Zorro [Import] (DVD)
The only silent film I have enjoyed as much as I enjoy the best of modern film is Buster Keaton's The General, but Douglas Fiarbanks' The Mark of Zorro holds up better than most silents. The original music by Jon C. Mirsalis adds a lot. The sequal, Don Q., Son of Zorro, is even better than "Mark", so be sure to buy the two films on one DVD from King Video.

Flash Gordon [Import]
Flash Gordon [Import]
DVD ~ Sam J. Jones
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 76.95
10 used & new from CDN$ 1.32

4.0 out of 5 stars Frash Wawa -- He saved every one of us!, Dec 24 2003
This review is from: Flash Gordon [Import] (DVD)
The Queen soundtrack is the best thing about the movie, but it has its charms. Sam Jones is hopelessly miscast, but a great Ming can make up for a lot. Infinitely better than the tv series, not as good as the Buster Crabbe serials. The best Flash Gordon is in the comic strips, of course, many of which are now in print, especially the Alex Raymond originals and the great Harry Harrison and Dan Barry stories running in Comics Revue Monthly. There was also a pretty good animated Flash Gordon tv series.

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