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Forever: The Complete Series
Forever: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Ioan Gruffudd
Price: $42.99
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon's Canadian division is much cheaper (31 U.S. dollars including the shipping), and you get manufactured DVDs., January 7, 2016
This review is from: Forever: The Complete Series (DVD)
One of my favorite series of 2014/15, so sad that it wasn't renewed.
I wanted to let everyone know that if they order it from Amazon's Canadian division it is much cheaper (31 U.S. dollars including the shipping). You will also get manufactured DVDs, not burned MOD DVD-Rs.

This release was teased , then announced by the producer for a pre-Christmas release but delayed until January. Warner didn't think this would sell well in the U.S. so they went the "Made On Demand DVD-R route". I encourage all fans to buy this. Big sales could spark new interest in the series.

Forever is an intelligent mix of Science-Fiction with Procedural Police mysteries. This is a drama with a sense of humor.
When the writers feared they would not be renewed, they gave the series a closure in the last episode that would allow the series to continue should the network decide to keep it going. So you won't be left hanging at the end of "season 1".
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The Kid (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
The Kid (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Charlie Chaplin
Price: $22.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray 4K Digital restoration of re-edited 1972 version (which is better), December 16, 2015
This 4K restoration is the 52 minute version of the film, edited by Chaplin in 1972 from the 1921 68 minute original. Chaplin’s 1972 cut removes some of the unneeded sentimentality and focuses more on the relationship between Chaplin and the Kid. If you watch the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray you can see what was deleted and decide for yourself, but I prefer the 1972 version.

The 52 minute cut of the film is currently the only version of the film that the Chaplin estate will allow to circulate.

Some Blu-ray details not listed here.

Disc Features
New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1972 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New audio commentary featuring Chaplin historian Charles Maland
Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star, a new video essay by Chaplin historian Lisa Haven
A Study in Undercranking, a new program featuring silent-film specialist Ben Model
Interviews with Coogan and actor Lita Grey Chaplin
Excerpted audio interviews with cinematographer Rollie Totheroh and film distributor Mo Rothman
Deleted scenes and titles from the original 1921 version of The Kid
“Charlie” on the Ocean, a 1921 newsreel documenting Chaplin’s first return trip to Europe
Footage of Chaplin conducting his score for The Kid
Nice and Friendly, a 1922 silent short featuring Chaplin and Coogan, presented with a new score by composer Timothy Brock
Trailers
PLUS: An essay by film scholar Tom Gunning
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The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940
The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940
by James L. Neibaur
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $77.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-have for any Charlie Chase fan., December 3, 2015
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This is a must-have for any Charlie Chase fan. Each sound short is reviewed in depth with background information sprinkled in.
So far the only way to see this is on the TCM cable network, and this book will help guide you to the "Must Sees" and avoid the "Why did Charlie make this?" films.


Chaplin's Essanay Comedies (Blu-ray/DVD Box Set)
Chaplin's Essanay Comedies (Blu-ray/DVD Box Set)
DVD ~ Charlie Chaplin
Offered by ClassicFlix
Price: $59.35
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These now look very sharp, why has it taken so long?, December 3, 2015
As film archivist for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum I have seen these comedies many times. But now it is like putting your glasses on and seeing the fine details for the first time. One wonders why it has taken so long for these films to look this good.

HIS NEW JOB (you can now read the lettering on the door), A NIGHT OUT, THE CHAMPION, A JITNEY ELOPEMENT and THE TRAMP show a vast improvement over the previous, soft, Image DVD. The level of sharp detail is like traveling back in time to see these when they were new.

A NIGHT OUT does lose it's blue and orange tints which I do prefer, but most of the image is so much sharper that I will give that up. There are still some sequences that lack detail & look muddy, the surviving Nitrate prints are apparently missing these scenes and the dupe safety negative had to be used. This is better that having the scenes lost. One wonders why Chaplin himself didn't request a 1st generation print for himself when he made these.

IN THE PARK loses it's yellow tint from the previous DVD and the image looks about the same, even though it was re-scanned in High Definition in 2014. Don't get me wrong, the original DVD transfer on this title was very sharp, the best in the set. So I am not saying this new presentation is inferior to the others in this set, just that it is not a big improvement over the old DVD like the others are. It is just as good as the others here.

Unlike the Mutual Blu-ray restorations, we know what the original Essanay titles looked like and they are presented here as originally seen. The restoration credits now appear before the film title cards, so you will feel like you are seeing them as first.

The music is much more pleasant and IN SYNC with the action.

So if you are having any doubts about upgrading your old DVDs, put those doubts away and BUY THIS. You will not be disappointed.


The Flying Deuces
The Flying Deuces
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Network Blu-ray is the BEST version of Flying Deuces, better than VCI., September 28, 2015
This review is from: The Flying Deuces (Blu-ray)
Network On Air has superior 35mm source material than VCI's Blu-ray. While the image is the best I have seen, there is a black flicker in the night scenes that bothers me. I believe there are restoration programs that would even this out. This may be why VCI's Blu-ray crushed the blacks, a weak attempt to fix the flicker. Even though this is a U.K. release, there is no "PAL Speed-up" (KINO's old DVD is sped up), the film is transferred at its original 24 frames per second. The voices are in the correct pitch. The Blu-ray encoding is also superior to VCI's MPEG2.

It is unlikely that Criterion would restore this, so I highly encourage everyone to buy the Network Blu-ray which is region coded ABC and will play in the U.S. (Sorry to say, but their DVD is PAL and will not play in the U.S.)

And there is new bonus material not on the VCI Blu-ray!
SPECIAL FEATURES
[] German version: Dick und Doof in der Fremdenlegion
[] Image Gallery
[] Promotional Material PDF

Catalogue Number : 7957011
Classification U
Number of Discs 1
Picture 1.33:1 / Black and White
Sound Mono / English
Subtitles English
Region ABC
Time 68 mins approx


HOLY FLYING CIRCUS BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO
HOLY FLYING CIRCUS BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO
DVD ~ Boyd
Offered by PRice-less Collections
Price: $12.00
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a comedy. This is a document-drama sprinkled with humor., September 3, 2015
This was erroneously described as funny but it really is a dock-drama sprinkled with humor. The Python imposters are great, you will think they are original. But like real life, many moments in this film really drag on (and I don't mean the men wearing women's clothes).


That '70s Show: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
That '70s Show: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Topher Grace
Price: $69.99
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blu-rays look great, don't confuse the Mill Creek DVD reviews with the Blu-ray reviews., August 6, 2015
Don't confuse the DVD reviews with the Blu-ray reviews.

Mill Creek makes horrible DVDs with compression errors, jittery picture, and authoring errors. HOWEVER they seem to make good to great Blu-ray Discs. I have watched the Mill Creek Blu-rays of That 70's Show season 1 & season 2 and they look great! Sharp, clear and full of bonus material.

Definitely get the Complete series Blu-rays, they are all off of the original camera widescreen negatives (yes the show was shot widescreen)! They even put the old FOX Home Video DVDs to shame.
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Midsomer Murders, Series 17 [Blu-ray]
Midsomer Murders, Series 17 [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Neil Dudgeon
Offered by MightySilver
Price: $32.48
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136 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series 17 would be equivalent to "Set 26" in the old numbering system. It is new to DVD., July 25, 2015
In 2014 Acorn Home Video started re-numbering all of their series based on the original British sequencing & series breakdown. In the 'set' numbering system (which often split each series into two sets), this would be set #26. I am actually surprised set 25 was issued under that number as Acorn had already switched to the series numbers and set 25 was the entire series 16.

To add more confusion, Acorn created special cheaper 3-disc sets for the big-box stores such as Costco. These have their own set numbers which can look like the regular disc sets, but have different episodes inside.

Now as for the episodes, I think the new cast has found their rhythm here. The series as a whole lost some of it's charm several years ago, but the new cast is adding new life and forming their own new relationships.

The series (seasons) are getting shorter each year, what was once an 8 episode series under John Nettles has now been reduced down to 4.

#101 - "THE DAGGER CLUB" (01/28/15) A manuscript is stolen for a newly-discovered novel by deceased Midsomer crime-writer George Summersbee.
#102 - "MURDER BY MAGIC" (02/04/15) Pub landlady Hannah Altman is crushed to death when a stunt goes wrong during a magic show;
#103 - "THE BALLAD OF MIDSOMER COUNTY" (02/11/15) The murder of a Folk Festival organizer seems to be inspired by a famous ballad.
#104 - "A VINTAGE MURDER" (02/18/15) Guests sampling the latest sparkling wine by Midsomer Vinae Winery start to collapse.

We can look forward to series 18 as ITV has ordered next years shows and they are going into production as you read this.
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Without a Clue
Without a Clue
DVD ~ Michael Caine
Offered by cds_dvds_guaranteed
Price: $29.57
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Frame or Wide Screen, which is correct? Answers here., July 2, 2015
This review is from: Without a Clue (DVD)
The new Blu-ray & DVD from Olive films presents this film in anamorphic 16x9. But does that really ad more picture from the old FULL FRAME MGM DVD? Unfortunately NO.

Without A Clue was filmed in the British 1.66:1 screen ratio. That means the new 16x9 (1.85:1) presentation adds a little picture on the sides, but CROPS off a lot from the top & bottom.

The old Full Frame MGM DVD:
Plusses: 1) A small amount of picture is trimmed from the sides, nothing is missing. 2) The colors are brighter than the Olive release.
Minuses: 3) The image is grainier.

The new 16x9 Olive Films DVD & Blu-ray:
Minuses: 1) The top & bottom are cropped off significantly while a little more picture is added to the sides. 2) Colors are muted and the picture is darker.
Plusses: 3) The image is crisper with less film grain.

Do keep in mind that this is a British production NOT intended to be seen 16x9 (1.85:1), but rather the British 1.66:1 which is closer to the MGM Full Frame Version. Olive Films incorrectly states on the back that this is 1.66:1 but that would require black bars on the sides.

In this case my preference is for the old 1.33:1 full frame MGM release, it is closer to the way it was intended to be seen in it's original British 1.66:1 release.
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Alice's Restaurant [Blu-ray]
Alice's Restaurant [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Arlo Guthrie
Offered by Jumpin Joes
Price: $16.99
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Olive sadly omits Arlo Guthrie's must-hear commentary track!, June 8, 2015
The original MGM Home Video DVD has a wonderful Arlo Guthrie commentary track which explains what IS and what IS NOT accurate to what actually happened in Arlo's life as told in his original song. It is unforgivable for Olive Films to not include this explanation of the film.

Olive does include Arlo Guthrie's special 3 minute promo film that he made for the movie. The picture on the Blu-ray cover is from this promo film.

Even though the old MGM DVD is widescreen but not anamorphic (to fill 16x9 widescreen TVs) it is far better that this incomplete presentation. I will end up keeping my old DVD and zoom the picture while listening to Arlo tell his side of the story.

For those who have this new version without Arlo's informative comments, here are a few things you should know:
*SPOILERS*
1) In Arlo's words: this film is an Adult's perception of Hippie life, we never lived like this. The squaller is a set designer's idea of what we lived like.
2) The only reality is what was in the original 30 minute song, the other hour of the film is made up to pad the story.
3) The real Ray & Alice appear in the film as extras, their characters are played by professional actors.
4) That is not Arlo's real father on screen, he had passed away before the film was made.
5) The original 1965 Thanksgiving dinner talked about in the song was a small event with just a few friends, it was re-created in 1966 for this movie with a large group of friends. This has confused some of his friends as they 'remember' being at the original Thanksgiving dinner, which they weren't. It was not the big party affair as depicted in the movie.
6) Tina Chen plays Arlo's fictional girlfriend in the movie, not real.
7) The drug-addicted character of Shelly was made-up for the film because the film needed some tragedy.
8) The film suggests some intimate relationship between Arlo & Alice that was never there in real life.
9) Arlo never had a club owner come on to here, they just needed weird stuff for the movie.
10) The VW Micro-bus was really Ray's, not Arlo's.
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