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Claude Gueux (French Edition)
Claude Gueux (French Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victor Hugo's Philosophy on the French Penal System written as a novel., July 24, 2014
This is the story of a man in a French prison who was abused and suffered for many years. Hugo then asks what society's responsibility is for his life journey which ended up so terribly. Beautifully written in French. Read it on my Kindle where all you have to do is touch the word or phrase to get either a French dictionary definition or an French/English dictionary translation. No one writes with more passion than Victor Hugo!

Eleuthera: Improve Corrections' Performance and Save Our Communities with Elearning and Work Models
Eleuthera: Improve Corrections' Performance and Save Our Communities with Elearning and Work Models
Price: $9.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Prison Industry, May 29, 2014
In theory this sounds like a good plan for training prisoners, giving them a chance to earn some money to send home and getting them ready for release. I fear exploitation by the businesse!
The author is defensive,argumentative,longwinded, but thorough.

Black, Brown and Beautiful
Black, Brown and Beautiful
Price: $8.01

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the Flying Dutchman stuff!, February 14, 2014
Oliver Nelson's 1969 album (recorded in '69, released in '70) launched a new phase in his career. Two years after moving to LA, Nelson followed his friend Bob Thiele from Impulse to Thiele's new label Flying Dutchman, and after issuing the follow up to his 1968 collaboration with Steve Allen (Soulful Brass 2), Nelson dropped this bombshell, his first solo album on the new, freer label, up til now long out of print.

Bringing his friend Stanley Wilson from Universal Studios to do the arrangements, Nelson lays out a musical journey that takes you from stream of consciousness to film score-esque classical to soulful jazz, big band anthems, and wrenching modernity (or what we used to call modern). Back in '67, Nelson's tribute to JFK set the stage for this, but this is not so much a tribute to Martin Luther King in the same vein, but rather a response to the assassination, replete with shock, grief, despair, hope, defiance, and determination, as well as offering a tribute. This is a true album, not a just a collection of songs, with only "3-2-1-0!" (a celebration of the Apollo Moon landings that year, originally for the Nobuo Hara album of the same name which Nelson arranged) as an unrelated track; all others together form an opus, a response best summed up in the album's title.

Kudos to Stardust Records for getting this out. Extra points for standing firm on the original cover art. I'm not a fan of lossy downloads, but I have every confidence that a lossless version will follow now that the remastering is done. A CD would be even better. For now, this is a real breakthrough. Bring on "The Mayor and the People" and "Berlin Dialog."

PS: There is an unrelated disc of the same name released by RCA/Blubird in 1989, with cover art showing Nelson in his bowler from the "In London With Oily Rags" cover; the RCA/Bluebird release has no tracks in common with this Flying Dutchman 1970 one; the version of the title track in the 1989 release is not from here, it is from Nelson's 1970 collaboration with Johnny Hodges, "3 Shades of Blue." as are many of the tracks.
As Wilson did the arrangements here, the later 1970 version (with Hodges on lead alto, Nelson backing) has the distinction of having debuted Nelson's own arrangement of the piece, which he would use later in Berlin and Montreux. "3 Shades of Blue" is definitely worth getting, but do not be confused by this RCA/Bluebird CD.
The 1989 release does however include two tracks from the 1974 album riffed on in the cover art, "In London With Olly Rags." This is the only CD version of these songs, and "Meditation" has Nelson playing sax masterfully throughout, in a period that saw less and less of his playing. You also get the title track from 1975's "Skull Session," which is available elsewhere as an import on CD.
As of this writing, the entries for the two albums are conflated on Amazon. For now the CD is the 1989 release (with material from 1970, '74 and '75), and the mp3 download is the 1969 original.
Update 1-17-15: Amazon has removed the 1989 CD from the listing, but the audio cassette version remains the 1989 RCA/Bluebird issue; only the mp3 and vinyl versions are the Flying Dutchman original.
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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
DVD ~ Roy Thinnes
Price: $13.99
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely transfer of a classic SciFi, June 26, 2008
A century from now, a probe to the Sun discovers a new planet in the solar system, in Earth's orbit opposite the Sun. A manned expedition seems to return to Earth three weeks early, and the surviving crewman is grilled to discover why he turned back.

The phenomenal effects in this picture (both special and practical) are must-see for science fiction fans, with the ships, future cars, and various futuristic (for 1969) devices a major highlight. Some futurisms have clearly passed us by (computer punchcards?), but the earnestness carries one past such elements.

The premise is a stretch (best enjoyed with your Twilight Zone cap in place) and the acting is overwrought at times. Gerry Anderson's first move beyond marionettes often brings a marionette-like feel to its mise-en-scene - this is unquestionably a geekfest for gizmos, with a wacked concept as the centerpiece.

The DVD (the new 2008 release) delivers a gorgeous transfer, with excellent picture and sound. Sadly, the disc contains no special features, not even a trailer. Only language options and CC for the hearing impaired are available as options.

A solid movie-only release of a classic title. Glad to see this return to DVD, even if it's bare-bones.

Galactica 1980: The Final Season
Galactica 1980: The Final Season
DVD ~ Kent McCord
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Price: $12.99
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly the bottom of the barrel, January 9, 2008
One star for the show at this price- but not worth it still.
Essentially fans of the old BSG will add this after finishing the BSG DVDs, and probably regret it.

This was an unbelievable letdown, and as a twelve-year old BSG fan in 1980 I was outraged, so if you're over twelve you may be even less content with this travesty. The quality of the other reviews here are good, yes the Starbuck episode is good, so for 20 bucks you can have that and "complete the collection." The comparison to the Star Wars Holiday Special was particularly apt. If you can't get enough of teh "classic" BSG, then maybe this is teh cure. Heh. YMMV.

How can this be out on DVD and still no Six Million Dollar Man? (yeah, I know the legal issues, I'm talking consumer priorities here).

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rescue Season Two from the Black Lodge!, May 18, 2004
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The stars are for the series, with the assumption that the quality of the first season DVD transfers will persist in the second.
As to why this is not out, read Phobrek's review for an accurate summation (at least of information that's publicly available). This information is, of course readily discoverable through your favorite search engine.
The point, however, seems to have been lost. Here's a few:
*TP:Season One sold WELL.
*Twin Peaks is one of the best shows ever to appear on television.
*We've got drek coming out of our ears now, in terms of old TV shows on DVD.
*Twin Peaks fans are the ideal DVD collectors: discerning, typically demanding of high quality, completists, liable to have "marathons" and of course, affluent; all the kind of things make folks pick up a DVD.
Alas, it's deja vu all over again: when TP first hit home video, it was in the form of a "log" with the first seven episodes, one per tape, no pilot. The pilot made its way to video with the "european ending" which alters the story and is not a good way to set up the first regular episode. Then a massive release of the entire series (again no pilot) arrived, yet somehow they managed four episodes per tape, and yet the tapes seemed light as a feather.... THEY WERE IN **EP** !!!!! My Bravo air dubs are better.
This shocking affront to the refined sensibilities of Peakers the world 'round was never set right. Now there is an opportunity to do so.
Just as the series itself was forced to a rapid conclusion during the spring of '91, so the curse has plagued the series on home video. The money is there. The goods are there. Lets make a deal: we give you the money, you give us the DVDs. I don't want to hear that Paramount is going to let Artisan/Lion's Gate's rights elapse and release thier own in 2k5. BULL.
Drive Bob out of whatever exec is channeling him and get us the DVDs!
All I ask is a clean tranfer, reasonably priced.

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