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The Screwtape Letters  CD
The Screwtape Letters CD
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Audio CD
Price: CDN$ 33.75
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joss Ackland's "Screwtape" certainly tempts, but ...., April 6 2003
This audio version of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is the third one that I have listened to (the first being a version released by Audio Forum [I don't remember the reader, but I remember that his "Screwtape" dictated his letters into a tape recorder and that this version began with actual sounds of Hell!] and the other being John Cleese's inspired reading. While I am the first to say that Joss Ackland is a superb actor and that his "Screwtape" is an excellent reading, I cannot say that his reading keeps me as rivetted as the Cleese version. Mr. Ackland gives his "Screwtape" a superbly oily and unctuous voice (perfect for a Senior Tempter and Undersecretary of Department of Hell!) and his reading is in itself excellent, but I also have to say (as a Voice Actor myself) that Mr. Ackland is primarily a Stage Actor and not a Voice Actor and his performance does not really ensnare the listener. Still, he does very well, he gives some good emotional nuances to his "Screwtape" and there's absolutely no doubt that he is thoroughly enjoying himself in the role.
Since the Cleese version is mostly out-of-print, then I will recommend the Ackland version, but be SURE that you choose the UNABRIDGED version; after all, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS should be heard in its entirety!

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest adaptations of American Literature ever!, July 9 2002
This French short film, which was nominated for and WON both the Cannes Film Festival Award and an Academy Award, brings Ambrose Bierce's short story to life in a powerful way. With very little dialogue, this film, while discarding Bierce's explanation of how Peyton Farquhar was captured and sentenced to hang as a spy (and which actually is not necessary, in my opinion), depends on the visual rather than the spoken and succeeds admirably! The film may last less than half an hour, but in that time the viewer is rivetted not only by Roger Jacquet's performance as the condemned man but also by the beautiful scenery, the tight editing and just the right pacing of the action (the music, especially the slow lovely ballad "A Livin' Man", sung in the style of the Old Southern spirituals, also sticks with the viewer). The twist ending (which is worthy of the best TWILIGHT ZONE episodes [which, by the way, this film was used for in the fifth and final season of that wonderful series]), made me actually catch my breath, more than when I actually read ths original story. I heartily recommend this film not just for literature-lovers and film buffs but also for anyone with a love of the unusual and mysterious.

Mikado [Import]
Mikado [Import]

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Gilbert & Sullivan ..... pure delight!, Nov. 2 2000
This review is from: Mikado [Import] (VHS Tape)
I have been a lover of the light operas of Gilbert & Sullivan for many years, and this filmed stage production of the best of those light operas is as close as one could come to being there and yet not be there! This production stars the D'Oyly Carte Light Opera Company towards the end of their greatest years but still starring some of the greatest members of that Company's history! John Reed as "Ko-Ko", the hapless Lord High Executioner, is a joy to both see and listen to; Kenneth Sandford as the Lord High Everything Else "Pooh-Bah" is perfect in the role that might have been made for him; Donald Adams is the ultimate Mikado, especially in his signature song "My Object All Sublime"; Philip Potter is a marvelous "Nanki-Poo"; and Valerie Masterson is as charming, demure and beautiful a "Yum-Yum" as one could wish, especially in performing "The Sun Whose Rays", one of the most beautiful songs Gilbert & Sllivan ever wrote. The sets and costumes for this filmed stage production are as historically accurate as a purist could ever wish for, and not a single line of dialogue is changed, altered, or updated (another joy for G&S purists).
If you're just starting to learn about Gilbert & Sullivan, this is the very (indeed ONLY!!!) video to start off with. A must for any lover of G&S, of light opera, of true theatre, or for a truly classic video collection!

Forever Knight More Music Fro
Forever Knight More Music Fro
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5.0 out of 5 stars The soul and heart of FOREVER KNIGHT lives on in Volume II!, July 11 1999
I had thought that releasing the first FOREVER KNIGHT soundtrack album was a joy of joy,s but it only gets better with the release of more of Fred Mollins' haunting music, more of Nigel Bennett's mocking thoughts and speeches as the voice of "LaCroix", and now the inclusion of the voice of Detective Schanke (John Kapelos), whose character was killed off at the beginning of Season Three, and as an unexpected joyous bonus .... the voice of Nick Knight himself, Geraint Wyn-Davies, in a moving speech from the very last episode of the series! More of the driving songs from Lori Yates inside "The Raven" and suites from Season Three episodes make this album a must for any true FOREVER KNIGHT fan .... or even anyone who's into music that captures the ear as well as the heart!

Forever Knight Original Tv
Forever Knight Original Tv
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOREVER KNIGHT soundtrack truly worthy music of the night!, July 11 1999
As a long-time fan of the series, I originally bought this CD in the hopes of finding a particular piece of music from the TV series, but ever since I first listened to it, I've fallen in love all oevr again with Fred Mollins' darkly lyrical music. An even greater joy was the inclusion of Nigel Bennett as the voice of the series' dark lord "LaCroix", speaking the words and thoughts of LaCroix. The series may be ended, but thanks to this recording, the soul of FOREVER KNIGHT lives on!

Zorro [Import]
Zorro [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alain Delon's Masked Rider one of the better Zorro's!, July 21 1998
This review is from: Zorro [Import] (VHS Tape)
There are many actors who've played Zorro on the screen, but few that I would say really bring the character to life on the screen, and these include Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Tyrone Power, Guy Williams (of the Disney TV series), Reed Hadley (of the Republic serial ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION), Duncan Regehr (of the Family Channel TV series), and Alain Delon. This film, shot in Italy/France, takes the origin of Zorro in a new direction, transferring the origin from Los Angeles California to Nuova Aragon in South America and giving a less altruistic reason for creating the identity of Zorro (the murder of Zorro's friend, the new Governor of Nuova Aragon, by the evil Colonel Huerta) among other differences, but the plot flows well enough, the humor of Zorro's outfoxing Hueta and his men has been restored, and the final duel between Zorro and Huerta (probably the longest on record) is excellently choreographed. Although some scenes have been edited to make this film more PG tha! n PG-13 (trimming away some of the more graphic violence), it is still one of the best ZORRO films made and should be considered wrth being a part of any ZORRO film collection. END

Robin Hood [Import]
Robin Hood [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars A version that will keep viewers riveted!, Jan. 3 1998
This review is from: Robin Hood [Import] (VHS Tape)
This verison (which was first made as a theatrical film for European cinema, then shown on FOX TV, and then shortened for video by about forty minutes) stars Patrick Bergin as the outlawed Earl of Huntington (portrayed with some touches of humor and plenty of physical action and presence); Uma Thurman as a very independent Lady Marian; Jeroen Krabbe as the Norman lord who was once Robin's friend but must now hunt him down; and Jurgen Prochnow as an extremely pouty and self-important Guy of Guisbourne. This version does not attempt to clean up the legend of Robin Hood (as in some previous versions), but instead reveals it in all its down-and-dirtiness, especially when showing all the opression that Robin is fighting against. If it could be released in its full length, this would be a must for any collection, but even in its shortened state it's well worth seeing. END

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