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Criterion Coll: Playtime (Version française) [Import]
Criterion Coll: Playtime (Version française) [Import]
DVD ~ Jacques Tati
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
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4.0 out of 5 stars another good release, July 18 2004
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
It is the 3rd film in a series of four. The 4th film in the series was not released onto DVD unfortunately.
This film follows Msr. Hulot again as he walks through the streets of Paris while he attempts to contact a US diplomat.
This flim, while not as good as the previous two still has good moments. The film gained popularity in many countries and remains popular today. The DVD includes an introduction by Terry Jones as well as one of Tati's short films, Cours du Soir, or Evening Classes.
The Criterion DVD remains out of print to date and prices are currently around $70. If you want this release, it is best to get it sooner rather than later as the prices will rise until it is, if ever, back in print.

Mon Oncle (Full Screen) (The Criterion Collection)
Mon Oncle (Full Screen) (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Jacques Tati
Offered by thatsswitz
Price: CDN$ 49.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars a nice sequel to M. Hulot's Holiday, July 14 2004
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
Mon Oncle or "My Uncle" again follows Msr. Hulot when he visits the then-modern home of his brother-in-law. There he gets into mischief with his nephew. He later inadvertently creates havoc at a rubber hose factory also. The film is second in a series of four movies three of which have been released by the Criterion Collection.
The film has many items featured that I was not aware existed at the time. These incldue an electric garage door at a residential home that has a motion detector to open the door.
The Criterion DVD also contains an introduction to the film by Terry Jones and there is also a short film, "L'école des facteurs" or "Postman School" which is also quite good.
This DVD was out of print for a while but was reissued in February 2004

M. Hulot's Holiday (The Criterion Collection) (Bilingual)
M. Hulot's Holiday (The Criterion Collection) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jacques Tati
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice French comedy, July 12 2004
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film
While not as funny as I expected, M. Hulot's Holiday, is one of the most popular French comedies of the 1950's. It is directed by and stars Jaques Tati. The original French title is "Le Vacances de M. Hulot" The film is part of a quadrilogy 3 of which have been put on DVD by the Criterion Collection (as of July 2004).
The story follows Mr. Hulot, a very clumsy man who takes a vacation to an oceanfront hotel. While there he causes many different kinds of accidents ranging from a horse causing a car passenger to be stuck in the rumble seat to letting a load of fireworks to go off inside a shed.
There is much slapstick humor in the film also but does not even come close to the level attained in the Three Stooges short films. The film has a few sight gags also which are impressive.
The Criterion DVD includes an introduction by the writer, Terry Jones and includes the short film "Soigne ton gauche" or "look to your Left".
This DVD was out of print for a while and was rereleased in early 2004 The current edition is identical to the previous edition.

Star Trek Voyager: Season 4
Star Trek Voyager: Season 4
DVD ~ Kate Mulgrew
Price: CDN$ 62.97
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th season is the best yet!, July 5 2004
This review is from: Star Trek Voyager: Season 4 (DVD)
The 4th Season of Star Trek Voyager is the best yet. Kes' character moves on to a higer plain of existance in the 2nd episode and the new character Seven of Nine is introduced.
There are some great episodes in the 4th season which are as follows:
Scorpion Part II
After Janeway creates a temporary alliance with the Borg they work with Seven of Nine to develop a way to defeat their mutual enemy.
The Gift.
After Seven of Nine is cut off form the Borg collective, The Doctor begins to remove her implants while Kes undergoes many transformations
Day of Honor
After ejecting the warp core and Paris and Torres retrieve it, the reveal their love to each other.
After getting stranded on an alien planet, some of the locals coerce Chaoktay into helping them fight a war against their enemies.
Voyager recieves a distress call from an alien hologram. He reveales that his ship was infected with a virus. The hologram begins to go crazy.
The Raven
After Seven's Borg implants start to regenerate, She attempts to rejoin the Borg collective.
Scientific Method
When the crew of Voyager begin getting strange sicknesses, it is revealed that a cloaked alien ship is conducting medical experiments on them.
Year of Hell part I
Voyager is repeatedly attacked by a hostile alien ship with a temporal weapon. With half the ship destroyed, Janeway calls for
abandoning the ship
Year of Hell part II
After most of the crew has evacuated, the remaining crew try to stop the temporal weapon.
Random Thoughts
After Torres has hostile thoughts against an telepathic alien who bumps into her, she is arrested for having "violent thoughts" and is obligated to undergo a potentially damaging memory purge.
Concerning Flight
Some of Voyager's equipment is stolen and is tracked to a nearby planet. Janeway discovers that her Leonardo da Vinci holodeck program merged with the doctor's emmiter putting DaVinci's program on the planet
Mortal Coil
After Neelix is killed in a shuttle accident, Seven reveals knowledge of a procedure which can bring him back to life.
Waking Moments
After the crew starts having virtually identical nightmares, Chakotay learns that a sleeping alien race is causing it.
Message in a Bottle
Voyager discovers a Federation ship on the other side of the galaxy through a network of alien relay stations. When they send
the doctor's program to the ship to call for help, the doctor learns that Romulans have taken over the ship.
After making sucessful contact with the Fedearation the crew starts recieving letters from their families. The aliens who own the relay stations, the Hirogen are furious at the fact that their stations are being used by Voyager and try to stop them.
After discovering a member of species 8472, the aliens who nearly destroyed the Borg, a member of Hirogen demands that he be allowed to continue hunting it.
When Voyager is in trade negotiatons with a trader, Seven claims that he forcefully extracted Borg implants from her body.
The Killing Game part I
The Hirogen has captured Voyager's crew and repressed their memories and replaced new ones into them to creat a simulation of WWII with the Hirogen as the German army and Voyager's crew as the French resistance.
The Killing Game part II
The Doctor works to restore the memories of Voyager's crew while fending off the Hirogen.
Vis a Vis
An alien species uses Paris' DNA to turn herself into a duplicate of him.
The Omega Directive
Voyager's encounters an alien race manufacturing an extremely dangerous and supersecret molecule. Federation law requires them to destroy the molecules and all knowledge of their existance by any means necessary.
A female alien is brought on board voyager and tells Chakotay that they used to be in love but has to erase his memories of it
Living Witness
700 years in the future, the doctor's program is reactivated in an alien museum which has rewritten history about Voyager.
Voyager discovers a fuel source on a "demon class" planet which is dangerous to even approach. They look for a way to get the fuel off the planet
Voyager encounters a large nebula that would take a year to go around and only month to go through. The problem is that only Seven is immune to the radiation in the nebula. The crew are put in stasis so they will be unaffected. Seven and the doctor are the only ones operating the ship.
Hope and Fear
A member of a highly intelligent alien race who was nearly wiped out by the Borg claims to be able to decrypt a message that Voyager recieved from Starfleet. The mesage says that they sent an experimental ship to an area near them which will enable to get them home in months. Though Seven suspects it may be a trap the alien set to get revenge on Voyager for helping the Borg.
There are special features on the DVD which have not yet been announced at the time of this review being submitted.
This is a season that one should not miss.

The Scarlet Empress (Criterion Collection)
The Scarlet Empress (Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Marlene Dietrich
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quite impressive for its time, July 4 2004
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
The Scarlet Empress was one of the last films made before the Motion Picture Production Code began to be more strictly enforced. As a result, it was quite racy for its time and also contains scenes of a torture chamber near the beginning of the film. The movie is based on the diaries of Catherine II (The Great) who was empress of Russia in the late 18th century.
The film covers her life from childhood till her ascension to the throne. The film depicts some of her many adulterous affairs making it controversal for its time.
Thankfully it doesn't perpetuate the wildly popular myth that her death was caused by attempted beastiality with a horse (which never would have made it into the movie anyway.) The film does not cover her death, but for the record, she died after having a stroke while on a commode.
The film has several montages of Russian folk music in it including the original national anthem of Russia, "God Save the Czar"
The DVD does have restored image and sound, but is not as rigorous as many other Criterion DVDs. The DVD has two bonus features. A documentary "The World of Josef von Sternberg" and a slideshow of lobby cards and stills from the film. There is also an tribute to von Sternberg in the liner notes in addition to the regular essay that almost every criterion DVD has.

The Rock: The Criterion Collection
The Rock: The Criterion Collection
DVD ~ Sean Connery
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film with great extra features, July 3 2004
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
In this director approved Criterion Collection release, we are treated to some excellent materials.
The film follows the story of Francis Hummel (Ed Harris), a retired marine who takes hostages on Alcatraz island. His demand is that the families of soldiers killed in covert operations be given compensation. He treatens to launch VX nerve gas into the city of San Francisco if his demands are not met. A navy SEAL team is sent in to neutralize the threat. Helping out is Stanley Goodspeed (Nicholas Cage), a chemical weapons expert, and John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), the only man to have escaped from Alcatraz.
The film has great acting and there are some good laughs in the film also. There are many action packed scenes including a car chase through the streets of San Francisco and the cars are often airborne when they go on the hills.
The Criterion DVD has many special features and is on a deouble disc set.
Disc 1 contains the movie with optional audio commentary by Director Michael Bay, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Technical advisor Harry Humphries, and actors Nicholas Cage and Ed Harris.
Disc 2 contains a theatrical trailer and TV spots, a video interview with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a blooper reel, a special about the film's premiere on Alcatraz, scenes from a TV special "Secrets of Alcatraz" that contains interviews with actual former inmates and a history of the island from Native American times to modern times.
There is a special "Dos and Don'ts of Hollywood Gunplay" with the film's technical advisor Harry Humpries and Marshall Teague. This specail contains depictions of errors made in action films regarding the use of guns it emphasises saftey and common mistakes including gun drawing techniques that don't "work" such as the "gangster grab" or the "wyatt earp pull".
There are also 2 features on the films special effects. One is on the dive sequence and the other is on other effects, like the cable car crash. There are also storyboards, production stills and drawings.
This is a must biy for fans of the movie as well a fans of the Criterion Collection.

Mona Lisa (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection)
Mona Lisa (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Bob Hoskins
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 169.65
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3.0 out of 5 stars another Bob Hoskins classic, July 1 2004
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
In this movie, Bob Hoskins plays the role of George, a man recently released from prison who takes a job driving a prostitute to her customers. George has been shunned by former colleagues and his ex wife and struggles to make a living.
The film has good acting and is very well photographed. Again with having first seen Bob hoskins in the film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and having seen that film an uncountable number of times before seeung him in other films, it is hard to see Hoskins in any other role.
The film recieved an R rating in the US for violence, profanity, and brief female nudity. This DVD has been approved by director Neil Jordan and has 2 special features. There is a theatrical trailer and audio commentary by director Niel Jordan and actor Bob Hoskins which was originally recorder for the laserdisc edition in 1996

Coup de torchon (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection) (Bilingual) [Import]
Coup de torchon (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Philippe Noiret
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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3.0 out of 5 stars good scenery, but not very interesting., June 29 2004
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
Coup de Torchon, known also as "Clean Slate" is better translated as "Wipe of the Cloth" as a cloth would clean a slate chalkboard.
This film is set in the year 1938 on the eve of World War II and is about a recist white policeman in Senegal, (then called French West Africa) who always looks the other way when a crime is committed. One day he goes berserk and starts killing people.
I found this movie to be boring but loved the scenery of the village.
The DVD has a US theatrical trailer for a special feature along with an interview with the director and an alternate ending presented by the director.

Spartacus (Widescreen)
Spartacus (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Kirk Douglas
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3.0 out of 5 stars A masterful controversial epic, June 29 2004
This review is from: Spartacus (Widescreen) (DVD)
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
This film remains one of the most groundbreaking films of its time. Controversial, censored, re-censored, and re-released.
The film itself is quite impressive for the time it was released. The film was also heavily cut for it's theatrical release the "snails and oysters" scene is probably the most famous of the cut scenes. This scene was cut for its sly reference to bisexuality where Crassus attempts to seduce one of his servants by telling him that he likes eating both snails and oysters (which can be compared as being attracted to both men and women.) The audio of this scene was damaged so Anthony Hopkins read Lawrence Olivier's dialog.
The story follows Spartacus, a Roman gladiator who leads a slave revolt against Rome. He later gains a major following and the senate argues as to how to stop him.
Spartacus is portrayed by Kirk Douglas in the film and looks remarkably like his son Michael Douglas.
The DVD is loaded with special features
There are two audio commentaries one with an alternate musical soundtrack.
There is a restoration demonstration, theatrical trailer, sketches by director Stanley Kubrick, storyboards, hundreds of publicity photos, lobby cards, production photos and other ephemera.
There are also numerous interviews and behind the scenes footage. The interviews are with Peter Ustinov which were made in 1960 and 1992, There is also an interview with Jean Simons made in 1960 There is also newsreel footage of the filmmakers attending various funtions. Finally there is an extended scene and surviving audio of a deleted scene. There is also a showing of the script from a deleted scene that has been lost.
This is a release that should not be missed.

Lady Eve, the
Lady Eve, the
DVD ~ Barbara Stanwyck
Price: CDN$ 42.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very nice film with nice extras, June 24 2004
This review is from: Lady Eve, the (DVD)
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
This movie starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda remains a classic to this day.
In this film, a woman and her father meet the heir to a brewery company on a cruise ship and attempt to sucker him at a card table. The daughter soon falls in love with their would-be victim. He later learns of her plan and she tries to win his heart. The movie has much slapstick humor in it and is comparable to the kind seen in the Three Stooges shorts.
The film was also selected by the Library of Congress for the highly coveted National Film Registry and Preservation Board.
The Criterion DVD has many special features including a theatrical trailer, a large number of publicity photos and stills, costume design sketches and other ephemera generously shared by director Preston Sturges' family . There is also a video introduction by writer Peter Bogdanovich and audio commentary by scholar Marion Keane. As a bonus there is the unabridged Lux Radio Theater audio drama adaptation of the film presented by Cecil B. De Mille.
This is truly a classic of American cinema.

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