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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
DVD ~ Catherine Deneuve
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Movie...Pretty Music...Lousy Opera, July 2, 2005
This review is from: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (DVD)
I enjoyed this movie. The characters were appealing, the story was relatable, the period style is nostalgic, I cared about these people. But, as an opera, it falls flat.

In operas or musicals, singing's the thing. In this opera, what the orchestra plays is far more interesting than what the singers sing. Although a novelty, it would have made no difference if the dialogue were spoken or sung. That does not make a good opera.

The constume designer had a similar problem--having to work around the wild colors and patterns of the wallpaper in the umbrella shop and apartment. Which is more important...the clothing or the wall covering? Which is more important...the singer's part or the orchestral background?

Still, it was an entertaining and enjoyable film. The fact that it's an opera is meaningless.


The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project
DVD ~ Heather Donahue
Price: $4.88
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heather's Reactions Make This Movie, February 22, 2005
This review is from: The Blair Witch Project (DVD)
Atmospheric, scary story ala M. Night Shyamalan. You don't have to see the monster or buckets of blood to be creeped out.

The ensemble cast is great, but Heather's reactions when it all comes unravelled really make this movie all the more devastating. Her discovery that they've been travelling in circles, her reaction to the contents of the bundle of sticks outside their tent (screams, handwashing, gloves, trying to put on the backpack), her soliloquy into the camera...it doesn't get any more raw than that. And to think it was all improvised! She deserved an Oscar. Really.

If you can get past all those f-words, this is a well-crafted, creepy movie that doesn't depend on gross-outs.


Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
Price: $7.50
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy it on sale or check it out from the library...., August 7, 2004
This review is from: Bye Bye Birdie (DVD)
I saw this film for the first time last night with my wife and kids (ages 16, 13, and 8) at a theatre as part of a classic film festival.

When viewing it at home on DVD, Baby Boomers will enjoy the cute nostalgia. Young kids will have fun. Younger teens will tolerate it to a point. The older teens will probably excuse themselves to another room. The musical numbers are bright and colorful; almost manic at times when compared to the scene leading up to them.

However, the whole package just doesn't hang together. The plot has several holes and some contrivances that are real groaners.

Ask yourself...would you let hip-grinding, crotch-stroking rock star Conrad Birdie kiss your daughter, let alone camp out in your house with her? Would you let his publicist and the publicist's girlfriend/secretary camp there, too? Add to that the publicist's mother stopping by the family homestead and trying to commit suicide in your oven. Would you let the publicist slip an experimental drug to your family pet? What's up with that? Get a hotel, you people!

Paul Lynde scored some large laughs with the audience and should have had a larger role. Janet Leigh's singing and dancing is a very pleasant surprise. Dick Van Dyke is always a joy. Ann-Margret was great, but her opening and closing song--dubbed in as an afterthought by some manic singer with a Brooklyn accent--is another groaner. (Compared to the conservative clothing she wears for most of the film, how was she ever allowed out of the house wearing that pink, bare-midriff outfit in "Lot of Livin' to Do?")

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The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection - His Favorite Moments From The Tonight Show (Vols. 1-3) (1962-1992)
The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection - His Favorite Moments From The Tonight Show (Vols. 1-3) (1962-1992)
DVD ~ Johnny Carson
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $24.57
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Content Good; Picture Quality So-So, July 30, 2004
After purchasing the VHS copies of this set when they first came out, I wanted to "upgrade" to DVD. That was a mixed blessing. I like the clarity and the extras on the DVDs. However, motion is blurred much more than the original broadcast presentation. It looks as though there was a synchronization problem when transferring to a digital format; or they transferred it to a hi-resolution film stock. It was very distracting...and very disappointing.


On the Road With Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection (Road to Singapore/Road to Zanzibar/Road to Morocco/Road to Utopia)
On the Road With Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection (Road to Singapore/Road to Zanzibar/Road to Morocco/Road to Utopia)
DVD ~ Bob Hope
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $12.49
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, But Where Are the Other Three?, June 1, 2004
This collection of the first four Road pictures is well worth having. The picture quality is excellent and all four films are loaded on one double-sided disc. But where are the remaining three Road pictures? This would have made the ultimate Road collection. Disappointing.
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Scrooge
Scrooge
DVD ~ Albert Finney
Price: $9.49
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the "Official" Amazon.com Editorial Review!, October 6, 2003
This review is from: Scrooge (DVD)
Scrooge himself must have written the Editorial Review! Leonard Maltin gives this handsome musical 3 out of 4 stars. That's good enough for me! As of this writing, the Editorial Review doesn't even mention the standout performance of Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi of Star Wars) as Marley's ghost.
"Thank You Very Much" is a classic tune and was a huge hit in its day. The opening theme, "A Christmas Carol" still finds its way onto Christmas albums. Although some parts of the film are a bit dated, the dialogue is smartly written and the music is beautiful.
I saw this film in its original 1970 release when I was 15 and just loved it. It's about time they restored it and put it on widescreen DVD!
A real Christmas treat!


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