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Underworld (2-Disc Unrated Extended Cut) (Bilingual) [Import]
Underworld (2-Disc Unrated Extended Cut) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Kate Beckinsale
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Price: CDN$ 39.60
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a RIP OFF!, July 7 2004
This is a fun action movie - this review is not of the movie itself, but the "unrated" DVD version. There is nothing in this film that would change the rating anyway - it's just schlocky marketing of the worst sort.
The extras are a joke. The extra film footage is just some gratuitous sexual footage (and precious little of that) about a sub plot we already knew existed in the theatrical version of the film!
Buy the much less expensive theatrical release, or better yet, punish these jerks for what they've done and borrow the movie from a friend, denying them the money they so desperately want.

The Lost & Found-2nd Edition
The Lost & Found-2nd Edition
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Price: CDN$ 59.15
4 used & new from CDN$ 13.64

4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy if you "get" Rasputina..., June 9 2004
This is an EP of nothing but covers. Rasputina has done many covers (and done them well) on previous albums, but this collection, while wonderful, wears thin at times. I mean, a cover of Fire and Ice by Pat Benatar? Gak...
To the Rasputina neophyte: DO NOT START HERE! Listen to the albums first, then if you decide you're a fan, then and only then, buy this.
To be fair, I don't regret buying this one bit. I giggled non-stop throughout it the first time through, and you haven't lived 'till you've heard Rasputina cover a Floyd or Zeppelin tune. There's just something deliciously subversive about it.
Highly recommended to Rasputina or Richard Cheese fans.

Transylvanian Regurgitations
Transylvanian Regurgitations
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special., June 9 2004
I love Rasputina and own everything they've put out, and I consider all of their albums essential listening. Except this. The only "original" material are the two remixes, but they're of the same song and sound disappointingly similar. The other four tracks are from their first album, so if you already have that there just isn't much here. If the remixes were better, or of different songs, or if there was an unreleased song on the disc, it'd be a must buy. But it's not.
I think this was released by the label to squeeze a few more bucks out of a new band using the then popular Marilyn Manson. Rasputina puts Marilyn Manson to shame lyrically and musically, and to have MM remixing Rasputina's music is truly ironic and sad.
My advice - buy everything else from Rasputina, pass on this.

Thanks for the Ether
Thanks for the Ether
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Price: CDN$ 16.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe that Melora Creager isn't a superstar..., June 9 2004
This review is from: Thanks for the Ether (Audio CD)
New bands spring up like mushrooms after a summer rain, but very rarely are any of those bands any good. Even fewer of them are true originals - bands that defy genre classification. Rasputina is one of those rarest of the rare. Every so often I hear from people that there's no good and original new music out there. I hand them a Rasputina or Death Cab for Cutie CD and prove them dead wrong.
Rasputina is the brainchild of Melora Creager, a talented cellist with a victorian era fetish and a twisted and playful sense of humor. This first album is the most "acoustic" of their output, but it still manages to rock. I admire Ms. Creager for writing songs with intelligent lyrics and humor for people with the same traits, although judging by record sales, most people don't "get it".
But for those who do, the rewards are many. I'd give anything to be invited to a tea party hosted by Ms. Creager, but I'd watch out for the brownies...

Schaum's Outline of Russian Grammar
Schaum's Outline of Russian Grammar
by James Levine
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 2.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the casual student, but an excellent grammar text, May 30 2004
This is my second Russian grammar book. I started out with Teach Yourself Russian Grammar by Daphne West, and while it's a great grammar text for the casual self student, Schaum's is better and will take you farther.
To get the most from this you'll need to really work at it, but I hope to graduate from this to Terence Wade's grammar text and workbook.

Teach Yourself Russian Grammar
Teach Yourself Russian Grammar
by Daphne West
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 1.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good beginner's grammar text, but..., May 30 2004
This is the first Russian grammar book I picked up and it's quite good, but Schaum's is better. Don't get me wrong, I've used and can recommend both, but if you only want one, get Schaum's Outlines of Russian Grammar by James S. Levine instead of this one.

Pronounce it Perfectly in Russian: Book with 2 Cassettes
Pronounce it Perfectly in Russian: Book with 2 Cassettes
by Thomas R. Beyer Jr. Ph.D.
Edition: Audio Cassette
8 used & new from CDN$ 109.37

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and reasonably priced, May 30 2004
Russian is a very hard language for native English speakers to pronounce correctly. There are sounds in Russian that are not only not made in English, but are difficult for the non Russian to even HEAR, like the soft consonants. I originally thought I could get my pronunciation right by mimicking Pimsleur lessons and using a text book, but after being corrected again and again by my Russian friends, I decided to give this a try.
This book covers everything related to pronunciation. There are diagrams indicating the position of your tongue and lips, examples of the words where the individual sounds are used, pronunciation rules, and finally, proper intonation of sentences to acheive a proper accent. This is an excellent tool at a very reasonable price.
I'd give it five stars if it came on a CD instead of cassettes. I can't believe they still use the wretched things.

Inostranka: A Russian Reader
Inostranka: A Russian Reader
by Sergei Dovlatov
Edition: Paperback
9 used & new from CDN$ 148.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Not really for beginners, but..., May 30 2004
I'm using the method Barry Farber details in his book "Learn any Language" and in his list of materials he suggests getting a reader written at about a sixth grade level. This might be a little higher than that, but at least it has a story that can keep adults interested. If you don't want to use some insipid children's book, hunker down, get out your highlighter and start making flashcards out of the vocabulary from this text.
If you're using Farber's method, you won't go near this until you've studied five units of grammar. I'd say you also might want to go through five chapters in your basic text as well before you start reading this. That way, you'll at least have some semblance of a rudimentary vocabulary.
Sadly out of print, but can be found used.

Berlitz Basic Workbook Russian
Berlitz Basic Workbook Russian
by Walker
Edition: Paperback
14 used & new from CDN$ 3.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good basic workbook, May 30 2004
This is a good book of excercises for the beginner and is meant to be used with a basic textbook. Berlitz has their own language course, but this can be used with any beginners text, and I happen to like the Penguin Russian Course, so I used it with that.
I like it because it's reasonably priced and not eye-crossingly difficult. There's a good mix of vocabulary, grammar and word usage excercises. This book requires you to use Cyrillic cursive, but you should be learning that from your textbook. This workbook will give you good practice and a break from the excercises from your main text.

The Russian Way, Second Edition: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the Russians
The Russian Way, Second Edition: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the Russians
by Zita Dabars
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.95
15 used & new from CDN$ 7.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, but nothing earth shattering, May 7 2004
This book is relatively good, but basically all the information in the book can be found by a couple of simple google searches. The information is presented in a rather matter of fact way, but I just don't feel that I learned much or got anything in the way of new insight into Russian culture.
If you know next to nothing about Russia and its people and are traveling there in the near future but don't have much time to learn, the most basic information is here in one convenient location. If you're looking for any deeper insight, seek elsewhere.

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