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Girls: Season 3 (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Girls: Season 3 (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
DVD ~ Various
Price: $27.02
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyers Beware ~ Blue-Ray Release Doesn't Include Standard DVDs This Time, January 8, 2015
Buyers beware that the Season 3 Blu-Ray release of Girls does not include standard DVD discs as both previous seasons did. So with this release I had to purchase two sets (one Blu-Ray, one standard) in order to get the bonus features and also have discs that will play in our household's primary disc player.

Five stars for show content, one star for HBO going cheap = three stars overall


Crazy Heart
Crazy Heart
DVD ~ Scott Cooper
Price: $5.97
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, April 13, 2010
This review is from: Crazy Heart (DVD)
Crazy Heart is a labor of love, with every bit of collaborative endeavor making it onto the screen through performance, direction, music, screenwriting, cinematography ~ and the sum of these parts is truly great. Although the acting of Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal has been (justifiably) singled out universally for praise and awards, I was most impressed by little things in the film, the delicate touches that felt just right ~ Bad Blake ordering a ginger ale at a bar for Jean's young son; Bad's modest home in Houston, a vast and largely unknown city; the restorative power of a quiet moment, as Bad and Robert Duvall's character fish; and Ryan Bingham as a bowling alley backup musician, whose respect and reverance for Blake becomes evident through his ability to seamlessly and gracefully stand in note for note when Bad is unable to finish a song. Creative people coming together, merging their respective gifts and crafting a small masterpiece ~ this year Crazy Heart restored my faith in movies.


Aftermath of Dreaming: A Novel
Aftermath of Dreaming: A Novel
by DeLauné Michel
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Close and Yet So Far, March 25, 2010
Delaune Michel captures brilliantly in her first novel what it feels like to be an intelligent, hard working, talented young woman on the seemingly endless verge of success, self actualization, or any measure of happiness. Whether in New York or Los Angeles, I journeyed arm-in-arm emotionally with lead character Yvette, as she made her way through a seductive yet treacherous decade ~ admitted into a world of accomplishment, fame, and pleasure, but always and only as a guest, never allowed to take up permanent residence. I've been there in my own life: walking up the drive, looking through the windows, tasting the food, spending the occasional heady night, yet returning every time to the crummy apartment in the bad neighborhood, the menial job, the dream that somehow failed every time to become reality. I'd not re-live those years for anything, but knowing there are writers like Michel who give breath and life and honor to such women (and they are everywhere) helps salve the sometimes difficult memories and makes me smile.


Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America
Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America
by Peter Biskind
Edition: Hardcover
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much More Than an Entertainment Bio, January 26, 2010
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Peter Biskind is a reknowned film writer who has a special affinity for the 1960s and 70s, a time when the movie industry experienced a tectonic shift and Warren Beatty was at its epicenter. Beatty is perhaps the single greatest example of a living artist who straddled both "old" and "new" Hollywood, so a complete bio of him serves also as a historical document of the evolution of film making. Readers seeking nothing more than sexual gossip will likely be somewhat disappointed, as Beatty's legendary exploits are presented against the much larger canvas of his arduous, sometimes decades-long struggles to bring films such as Reds to fruition. In Biskind's capable hands Beatty transcends easy categorization and is revealed to be fiercely intelligent, visionary, and eccentric -- in other words, very complex and much like the era in which he rose to prominence. I found Star to be a compelling read and, in the end, a most respectful attempt to capture the man in full.


Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings (W/Oscar Peterson)
Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings (W/Oscar Peterson)
Price: $9.79
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Natural As Breathing, January 20, 2010
Fred Astaire made everything he did look easy. Although not regarded as a natural singer, his prowess on this classic recording makes the listener feel that Astaire was born to sing these songs, that they were not in fact written, but rather burst gently and spontaneously into blossom through Astaire's deft, light-as-a-souffle renderings. Such knowing delicacy requires a great gift, and is of course but one of Astaire's many. I spent countless hours as a young girl watching Fred and Ginger, Fred and Audrey, Fred and Leslie, Fred and Cyd, etc. etc. glide across movie soundstages, always with a happy ending, and I was a little bit (platonically, of course) in love with him. With Fred Astaire, the world was a jazzy, sophisticated, happy place, and I always wanted to go wherever he was going, especially if George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, or Jerome Kern would be there with him. He took me out of my daily life, and whenever I listen to these songs, sung as only Astaire can sing them, I remain transported, in the best possible way. This recording, like Astaire's many films, is a legacy of true, and gentle, greatness.


thirtysomething: Season 2
thirtysomething: Season 2
DVD ~ Timothy Busfield
Offered by Expedited Warehouse
Price: $14.26
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turning Points and Grace Notes, January 20, 2010
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This review is from: thirtysomething: Season 2 (DVD)
The second season of thirtysomething was one of turning points, wherein key developments in the arc of its characters' lives from which everything that was to follow in subsequent seasons took root. Recurring, complex characters, Miles Drentell and Susanna Hart, were introduced. Episodes came to rely less on plot, allowing viewers opportunity for introspection, a strength of the series that became one of its hallmarks. Although bonus features are not as abundant as on the season one package, the three included here (profiles of Miles and Susannah, and a feature "W.G. Snuffy Walden and the Music of thirtysomething") are individually substantive, expanding one's appreciation for the season and providing grace notes for the series overall.


Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes' Doomed Love
Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes' Doomed Love
by Yehuda Koren
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.29
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than a Footnote, January 13, 2010
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Assia Wevill was much more than a footnote in the lives of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and she is at last given her fair due in this impeccably researched and well written biography. As the authors assert in the book's final chapter, Wevill to date has been marginalized or even completely absent from the biographical landscape of both Hughes and Plath, so I am grateful for the undertaking to correct this gross omission. In addition to the partnership role she played in Hughes' life, Wevill was a respected translator, editor, and advertising professional. Her relationship with Hughes was inarguably doomed by the death of Plath, by Hughes' demons and her own ultimately tragic ones, but regardless of circumstance and the subject's (roundly addressed) psychological makeup, she is presented here as a complex, multifaceted woman with her own rich history, one worthy of being told. For that readers should be most thankful.


Julie & Julia
Julie & Julia
DVD ~ Meryl Streep
Price: $3.96
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280 of 328 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Film, No Stars for DVD Special Features Manipulation, November 18, 2009
This review is from: Julie & Julia (DVD)
Well, I guess it's finally happened...the consumer and film buff who does not own a Blue-Ray compatible DVD player is now officially SOL. The standard DVD release of Julie and Julia contains as special features only a commentary track and behind-the-scenes featurette. To get the full array of special features, one must purchase the Blue-Ray version of the film, AND of course, a Blue-Ray dvd player. Here are the features NOT available on the standard dvd: tour of Julia Child's kitchen in the Smithsonian; featurette "Friends and Family Remember Julia Child;" and "Cooking Lessons," with Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, and other renowned chefs preparing several of Julia Child's best-loved dishes. Why can't the studio release a two-disc special edition in the standard format for consumers like me who don't own the latest home entertainment equipment? I loved the film (especially The Divine Ms. Streep), loved Julia Child's book "My Life in France," very much liked Julie Powell's book "J & J," and can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to owning the DVD. I'm miffed, and in no position to go out and buy myself a new DVD player in this economy, not even at Christmas. This really stinks. So, five stars for the film itself, no stars for the DVD release manipulation.
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Inside Moves
Inside Moves
DVD ~ John Savage
Price: $8.90
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Available At Long Last, October 15, 2009
This review is from: Inside Moves (DVD)
This is a complex film, bittersweet even in it's later Rocky-esque moments, and grounded by extraordinary performances, especially those of John Savage, David Morse, and the wonderful Diana Scarwid. It is only the second time Harold Russell performed on screen, almost 40 years after winning the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946. Watching Inside Moves again after many years of it residing in my consciousness only as memory, I am reminded of what a true labor of love it must have been for all involved. It is certainly a very special film, one to be treasured, and I am very happy that it is at long last available on DVD.
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thirtysomething: Season 1
thirtysomething: Season 1
DVD ~ Timothy Busfield
Offered by TheZoneShop
Price: $12.99
34 used & new from $6.36

132 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Soundtrack Intact, April 30, 2009
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The L.A. Times has reported that all music rights have apparently cleared, which means that the dvd of this landmark series, unlike Northern Exposure, will retain the spirit of the original with its original soundtrack intact. Other pluses are the creation of a new master copy (ensuring excellent visual quality) and extensive bonus features, including commentary and interviews. Each subsequent season will be released at six month intervals. All great news for fans who have patiently awaited this release for almost 20 years.
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