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Casino Royale (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual)
Casino Royale (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by Dilson
Price: CDN$ 16.00
47 used & new from CDN$ 0.52

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Craig ... the new generation BOND!, March 14 2007
When Daniel Craig was introduced to the world as James Bond, people laughed. They booed, they jeered and they thought a blond bond would NEVER be good enough (although I never really understood why).

Now I doubt that anyone will ever laugh at Mr. Craig again. He makes Casino Royale the wonderful movie that it is. He makes it exciting, refreshing, witty. He delivers his lines with a passion that has been lacking in Bond since the good old Sean Connery days.

When they decided to refurbish the entire franchise, no stone was left unturned. They even got a Bond girl that didn't fit the traditional mold. Eva Green is beautiful, but in an unusual way. Vesper Lynd is smart, sassy, quick-witted and sarcastic. She matches James in every way and that is probably why he falls in love with her. To see their relationship grow is something I feel priviledged to have watched, and of course it makes the ending even harder to endure.

The DVD version of the movie came out March 13. It is the same version we saw in theatres. The special feature worth taking a look at is "Becoming Bond". They speak to everyone involved with Casino Royale, from the stunt men to Dame Judy Dench, along with Barbara Broccolli and Michael Wilson (producers). They discuss the controversy, the making of the film. They also talk to Craig ... Daniel Craig. Seeing Daniel in a relaxed setting discussing the role that would change his life is quite enlightening. He is funny and contemplative at the same time. He is a mature actor who has no doubts that "Becoming Bond" has lead his career on a completely different path. When he tells of his precarious boat ride right before the press conference (and what he would have done if he had fallen off), you see how seriously he takes this role.

Other special features include:

James Bond: For Real: Inside look at action and stunts of film

Bond Girls Are Forever: Closer Look at Bond's Leading Ladies

Chris Cornell's Music Video, "You Know My Name" ***awesome song, awesome video, awesome opening for the movie

Although the special features are few, the ones that are on the DVD are well done. Besides, they do have to leave something for the 10 year special anniversary version, right?

Finally, there is one left to be said ... Daniel Craig is now James Bond ... he owns the role and everyone is looking forward to the next installment to see what else he can do with his 007 status. For all those who jeered and booed and laughed ... time for some apologies.

Pride & Prejudice (Widescreen)
Pride & Prejudice (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Keira Knightley
Price: CDN$ 11.78
62 used & new from CDN$ 1.64

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spirited new version of a British classic, March 5 2006
Gritty, realistic and brilliantly acted – these are just some of the ways I would describe the new version of Jane Austen’s classic 18th century tale.
Pride & Prejudice tells the story of a young woman who is stuck in the craziness of her family, culture and era. She is there to see her oldest sister get ditched by the “perfect” man. She is there when her younger sister runs away and elopes with the scoundrel of the story. She sees her mother desperately trying to marry off her 5 daughters to wealthy men. She is stuck in a world where people marry for economic and family reasons and the one thing in the world she wants is to marry for love.
When the BBC released its mini-series of Pride & Prejudice in 1995, it became the standard from which all classic British stories would have to be filmed. It was plush and beautiful and all the characters looked well-groomed and pretty all the time. That was not England in the 18th century, however.
This recent film, starring the young Keira Knightley, will be known for its realistic portrayal of country life in the 1700’s. Knightley plays the lead character, Elizabeth Bennet. She comes from a fairly well-off family in the English countryside. She is opinionated, well-read and isn’t afraid to speak her mind – in other words, everything a woman should not be in that century. Knightley plays the part brilliantly and you can see both her strength and her vulnerability at the same time. She reaped an Oscar nod for her portayal and deservedly so.
Matthew Macfadyen, as Mr. Darcy, is brooding and silent for a lot of the film. Therefore, when he actually proclaims his love for Ms. Bennet, in the rain on the British moors, he not only shocks and bewilders her, but he causes the viewer to wonder how she can resist him – stubbornness and all.
Donald Sutherland as the supportive father is wonderful, and although her part is a small, but pivotal one, Dame Judi Dench plays Lady Catherine de Bourg perfectly.
The rainy British weather, the animals in the front yard of the Bennet house, the dirt on the floors and the sisters having to share a bed – all add to the atmosphere of the movie. The clothes aren’t always clean, the balls are crowded and uncomfortable and the people aren’t always smiling and happy.
This movie is realistic and wonderful. It takes you to another place and time. A time when Jane Austen wrote some of the most beloved books about strong female protagonists and the hardships of life and love. Even if Keira Knightley doesn’t win the Oscar this year, rest assured, Ms. Austen would have been proud.

Firefly: The Complete Series (Bilingual) [Import]
Firefly: The Complete Series (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Nathan Fillion
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 123.37
17 used & new from CDN$ 15.32

5.0 out of 5 stars For old and new fans alike ..., Dec 26 2005
I saw the movie "Serenity" before watching any episodes of the series and I fell in love with the ship, the characters and the wit and intelligence of the show. I immediately bought the series and it is fantastic! I would recommend this for any old or new fans ... it is a must-own.
Enjoy this with the movie and make it a complete collection. I just wish we could convince them to keep the series going - as movies, at least.

Love Actually (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Love Actually (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Hugh Grant
Price: CDN$ 10.93
69 used & new from CDN$ 0.49

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is about love, actually, April 29 2005
What can I say? A wonderful movie about love ... different kinds of love. The good and the bad are shown in this movie, but in the end I believe that love is actually all around us - we just have to look for it.

The Flintstones: The Complete First Season
The Flintstones: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 30.99
15 used & new from CDN$ 9.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Memories of a classic, July 31 2004
Besides the subpar extras, this DVD is a must have for any Flintstones fan. I love putting it on once in a while, and relaxing after a hard day's work. Brings me back to my childhood, and that is a wonderful place to visit once in a while.

13 Going on 30 (Bilingual)
13 Going on 30 (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jennifer Garner
Price: CDN$ 15.99
47 used & new from CDN$ 0.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Turning 30, July 31 2004
This review is from: 13 Going on 30 (Bilingual) (DVD)
Well, I went into this movie thinking:"another typical cutsie movie". I was wrong. It was fantastic! I am a huge Alias fan and to see her playing this funny, great character was amazing! She really makes the movie shine.
I also turned 30 this year so this movie was a wonderful flashback to my years of being 13 and wanting to grow up so fast. Time flies!!!
The music was just great, the acting was great, and seeing Andy Serkis dance to Thriller was a sight in itself.
Buy this movie, watch it over and over again, and remember the wonder of being 13, and the joys of getting older.

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