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Occupant
Occupant
DVD
Price: $3.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars as the world turns, December 7, 2011
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This review is from: Occupant (Amazon Video)
For reasons that are unknown to me, this movie is coming up as horror. As someone that has seen more than 500 movies in all genres of horror I can empathetically say that "Occupant" is in a league of its own. Instead it's about a guy that will cut himself off from the outside world to get his granny's old apartment (what some people won't do to get a rent controlled apartment in New York is beyond me). Filmed on a shoestring budget the movie has a very underground quality to it that is dark and somewhat surreal, although this adds little to the overall insipid plot. The fact that it's only available through VOD and not on blu-ray should have been a tip-off that it's a poorly produced movie. Van Hansis wasn't bad but he didn't project the type of emotion that one goes through as they suffer through utter dementia. Watching him was like watching a racecar get from zero to one-hundred without getting to fifty or seventy-five.


Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings
DVD
Price: $2.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a-head up, December 7, 2011
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"Wrong Turn 4" is hardly an epic master-piece or even a really quality slasher. But as far as direct-to-blu-rays go in the context of this genre it was pretty good. The movie includes lots of gore, enough T&A to make even Sean S. Cunningham blush and lots of melodramatic screaming by a slew of b-grade actors. I have only seen the first movie in the series besides this one and "Wrong Turn 4" is at least as good as the first one. A couple of standout performances that deserve an honorable mention... It was perhaps a stroke of genius casting Sean Skene as one of the annoying snow-mobilers and as one of the inbred cannibals in a dual role. And, although she started out superficial and shallow, Tenika Davis gave, perhaps the most impressive performance because her character was the most multi-faceted. Some scenes in the movie bordered on high-camp as it was obvious that the directors and producers were trying to shock audiences just as much as they were attempting to make audiences laugh (just think, when was the last time you saw a small group of deranged lunatics ballroom dancing, or fondueing a man alive?) The movie also had a really "killer" ending that was congruent to the entire over-the-top theme. Remember, just say no.


Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Terra Vnesa
Price: $9.49
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heads are gonna roll, December 7, 2011
"Wrong Turn 4" is hardly an epic master-piece or even a really quality slasher. But as far as direct-to-blu-rays go in the context of this genre it was pretty good. The movie includes lots of gore, enough T&A to make even Sean S. Cunningham blush and lots of melodramatic screaming by a slew of b-grade actors. I have only seen the first movie in the series besides this one and "Wrong Turn 4" is at least as good as the first one. A couple of standout performances that deserve an honorable mention... It was perhaps a stroke of genius casting Sean Skene as one of the annoying snow-mobilers and as one of the inbred cannibals in a dual role. And, although she started out superficial and shallow, Tenika Davis gave, perhaps the most impressive performance because her character was the most multi-faceted. Some scenes in the movie bordered on high-camp as it was obvious that the directors and producers were trying to shock audiences just as much as they were attempting to make audiences laugh (just think, when was the last time you saw a small group of deranged lunatics ballroom dancing, or fondueing a man alive?) The movie also had a really "killer" ending that was congruent to the entire over-the-top theme. Remember, be kind, rewind.


Dennis The Menace: Season 3
Dennis The Menace: Season 3
DVD ~ Jay North
Price: $18.47
29 used & new from $15.98

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scott!, October 30, 2011
This review is from: Dennis The Menace: Season 3 (DVD)
"Dennis the Menace" is a sitcom you can be proud to share with your entire family. The episodes are wholesome and always packed with a lot of fun and mayhem. The season 3 set includes all 38 eps, in the original broadcast order on a total of 5 discs. These are the complete episodes and the video and audio quality is exceptional (Shout! always does a great job). Some of my favorite eps include the Christmas show and The Fifty-Thousandth Customer. Both Joseph Kearns and Jay North were always absolutely hysterical together. Each of the discs includes a color, silkscreen picture on it and an insert with an episode guide is also included (see scans of everything I posted). No special bonuses are offered, but at this price even Mr. Wilson would agree that it's more than worth it. If you're a fan of classic sitcoms of the '60s, family-friendly programs or have fond memories of growing up watching DTM (either during its original run or when it was on Nick at Nite) you're sure to love this set.
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Wizard of Oz Blu-ray SteelBook [Region Free]
Wizard of Oz Blu-ray SteelBook [Region Free]
DVD ~ Judy Garland
2 used & new from $108.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and, oh, what happened then was rich, October 27, 2011
This is the brand-new limited edition blu-ray that came out only in Canada on 10-18-11 (several other movies came out on blu-ray SteelBook including "Gone with the Wind"). This is housed in special edition SteelBook packaging which includes a gorgeous cover of Judy Garland and her 3 costars (I especially love the picture of the Cowardly Lion). The disc is exactly the same as all of the other blu-ray discs (the pic on the disc is NOT the same as the cover of the SteelBook). The blu-ray includes all of the same bonuses on all of the other blu-rays, including the 1990 documentary and several other featurettes. Although this is from Canada it is non-region specific and will play in any stand-alone blu-ray player. The picture and sound quality is exceptional. If you haven't gotten the movie yet on blu-ray or a collector or fan you should pick this up. I can't imagine it will be around too long. Remember, only bad witches are ugly.


The Rape of Kuwait
The Rape of Kuwait
by Jean Sasson
Edition: Unknown Binding
2 used & new from $196.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars groundbreaking, October 17, 2011
This review is from: The Rape of Kuwait
"The Rape of Kuwait" is among one of the very first books ever published on the horrific Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Selling over one million copies, best-selling author Jean Sasson (author of the Princess Trilogy) tells a story that is not just harrowing and fascinating but also educational. Some of the stories shared in the book are shocking in their clarity and boldness. Please feel free to go to the main Amazon page to purchase this book, The Rape of Kuwait: The True Story of Iraqi Atrocities Against a Civilian Population.


Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's
Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's
by Jean Sasson
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, excellent, excellent... a book that must be read, October 17, 2011
I'm ashamed to admit that I knew very little about the Kurdish people before I read this book. But as someone who loves reading about different cultures (especially throughout the Middle East) I was very eager to learn as much as possible and this book provided an abridged history lesson while also being extraordinarily entertaining at the same time. As usual, congruent to Jean's other books, her latest master-piece, "Love in a Torn Land" was immensely descriptive, detailed and so fascinating. I also liked this book very much because it is probably Jean's most unique book (besides "Esther's Child" which was a fictional story) because it was in part a love story. I learned a lot about Kurdish culture and the diverse regions that Joanna (the main subject of the story; the book was written in "first person") traveled through. There was a lot of tragedy and despair in this book as the authoress details the harrowing war that was being fraught. But there was also a lot of hope. I think what I learned the most from this book is that even in the worst of times and the most tragic of events we can find some solace, however small, if only we have love in our lives. "Love in a Torn Land" is a testament to Joanna's character and drive and perseverance. I hope Jean will collaborate with her in the future on another book. Please go to the main Amazon page to purchase this book: Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting, riveting, educational and informative, October 17, 2011
I have read all 3 books about Princess Sultana by the best-selling author Jean Sasson and have enjoyed them all so much. CIRCLE is not quite as sad as the first 2 books, it gives hope and encouragement. The Princess and her sisters form a circle against all the wicked men who take advantage of women. In the future I hope there will be more books about the Princess because her stories are truly amazing and encouraging. And I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in equality. To purchase this book, go to the main amazon page: Princess Sultana's Circle . Remember, you are what you read.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars go to the main Amazon page to get the book, September 29, 2011
After reading the first book about Princess Saltana (Princess) I knew that Daughters would be fascinating. And it is! The book discusses her 2 daughters and 1 son and picks up where her last book left off. Her youngest daughter is a devout Muslim with an extremely oppressive mentality towards her society. Her second child is a wild child by Saudi standards but her mother loves her just the same. And Princess Saltana's oldest child, her son is as compassionate and liberated as his mother. She raised him well. This story takes place in Saudi Arabia where women are treated as second class citizens. The men use their religion to justify all sorts of heinous crimes which is sickening when I thick about it. These men who degrade women are cowards but they get away with anything they want. In the USA they would be called pedophiles and locked up in jail. But in Saudi Arabia they are free to do exactly as they please. This is also about a country that regards wealth and physical attributes of the most important things in life, money and sex go hand and hand. And women are treated as property to gain social and economic power. Princess Saltana is a heroine for telling her story, even though her family found out about her first book. She is also a heroine for preaching women's rights in a land that has no rights for women. She is a heroine because she sees hope in the future for the women of her country. The book isn't only about her daughters it is also about Princess Saltana's life and family. She is a deeply moving person with a lot of conviction. And I can only hope that one day all the women in her country will be treated with the basic human rights that they all deserve - but do not have. I just found out there is a third book about Princess Saltana titled Princess Saltana's Circle, I am sure it will be an interesting read too. Also I want to say that Jean Sasson is a genius and a brilliant writer! Be sure to go to Amazon's main page to get this book: Princess Sultana's Daughters.


Princess: The True Story Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
Princess: The True Story Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
by Jean Sasson
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from $4.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting and enthralling, September 29, 2011
I read this book more than 10 years ago and it still haunts me to this day. "Princess" is the most frightening book I have ever read because it is a true story!

In 1992 when this book was first published it became an instant sensation all over the world. This is the first book written about Saudi Arabia that really gives an honest portrayal of what life is really like for the women living in this historically oppressive country. The Saudi government even banned "Princess" because this book candidly "lifts the veil" on the culture surrounding women in their Kingdom.

Ms. Jean Sasson tells the first-hand story of Princess Sultana, a Royal living in the extremely discouraging Saudi Arabia. I have read all of Ms. Sasson's books, but "Princess" is my favorite. I am certain that anyone with a modicum of decency will be outraged and shocked after reading this book.

The book is written in first-person which makes for a very interesting read. Also included in the book is lots of extra info about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, maps, a glossary and even some pictures. This book was both enthralling and educational because Jean Sasson is a rare writer that has a very gifted talent.

In 1948 the United Nations General Assembly came up with a list of human rights which is supposed to be guaranteed for every single human being; all over the world. This very basic list is called the "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights," and countries such as Saudi Arabia have consistently chosen to ignore these basic human rights.

Why is the Middle East and especially Islamic States such as Saudi Arabia so oppressive towards women? I have asked myself this question ever since I first read Princess Sultana's story. I wish the US would do more, but they are already viewed as a "bully" in this region of the world. Maybe the US cares more about oil than about the millions of women that are living in a modern-day Holocaust?

Jean Sasson wrote two other books about Princess Sultana and her family, Princess Sultana's Daughters and Princess Sultana's Circle (Princess Trilogy); both of which are beyond gripping. I really hope there will be more books updating readers about the Princess and about the plight of women's equality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

To refer to Saudi Arabia simply as "sexist," is, in my humble opinion a kind word for this dictatorship. Because, at least the word "sexist" has some meaning behind it. But as I learned in "Princess," women have no meaning because they are regarded as property. I really commend Ms. Sasson for having the courage to tell this very disconsolate story. There isn't even a word for "sexist" in the Arabic language. Without say a word, that manages to say it all.


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