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The End [New Stereo Mix] (Advanced Resolution)
The End [New Stereo Mix] (Advanced Resolution)
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5.0 out of 5 stars APOCALYPSE NOW Version, April 19, 2014
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This is the version heard in APOCALYPSE NOW with the helicopter flyovers hovering in the background. Quite moving. Amazing how this fits so seamlessly into the film as if it were composed and orchestrated just for it. The recording and mix here is acceptable. Great to hear it once again.


(24x36) James Bond Movie (The Spy Who Loved Me) Poster Print
(24x36) James Bond Movie (The Spy Who Loved Me) Poster Print
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE SPY WHO LOVE ME Great Bob Peak Design, April 19, 2014
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This THE SPY WHO LOVE ME poster arrived in no time. It was well packaged. The colors are brilliant and the paper was well textured. I liked this almost as much as my original 1-sheet. I recommend this poster. The Bob Peak design was a break from traditional Bond poster designs, but it really worked well for THE SPY WHO LOVE ME. This is clearly one of the most recognizable posters from the series. I believe this is an authorized copy of from the original proportionally reduced to the 24 x 36 inch dimension. It really looks great. I highly recommend this one.


Naughty Bits: The Invitation\Invite Me In: An Erotic Short Story\Soul Strangers\Gilt and Midnight\No Apologies\Anything You Want
Naughty Bits: The Invitation\Invite Me In: An Erotic Short Story\Soul Strangers\Gilt and Midnight\No Apologies\Anything You Want
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5.0 out of 5 stars They All Satisfy Most Effectively with Genuine Passions Flowing from Its Pages, April 17, 2014
When it comes to erotica I prefer the short story. A short story can be direct and to the point. Novels, on the other hand, have the advantage or are postured by their length to give the reader layer upon layer a myriad of minute details meticulously spoon fed to entice and keep them coming back. Some novels have the ability to delve deep into depths of forbidden desires unfolding the flowered gateway to enlightenment. However, I find this effect can be achieved oftentimes even more succinctly with the short story. I have tried my hand at writing and have put a minimum of at least one hundred twenty five short stories to paper. It is amazing what can be conveyed and accomplished with two or three sentences. A word here, an inflection there and you have it. Move to the next plane of consciousness. And it seems that the short story must have been invented with the erotic notion in mind. Most definitely. Naughty Bits is just that, naughty and to the point or surreptitiously to the point in some cases. This collection is grand on a small scale and why not? These are all good. There is not a bad one in the lot. Have an open mind and peek into the minds that put ink to paper. Oh, Master Eric, you are a bold fellow indeed! Such brutality dear fellow, but you satisfied her soul and caressed the beauty of her nature with the nurturing tender side of your being.


Pocahontas (Widescreen, Masterpiece Edition) 12" Laserdisc
Pocahontas (Widescreen, Masterpiece Edition) 12" Laserdisc

5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's Pocahontas, April 16, 2014
Meeko, Flit and Percy, these the are names of the animal friends who get in and out of mischief, befriend each other and accompany Pocahontas in the vast panorama of pristine North America that is the setting for "POCAHONTAS." No Disney animated film would be complete without these familiar looking creatures and rightly so. These are films for the whole family, but POCAHONTAS was a notch above many of the animated films from Disney over the past two decades.

POCAHONTAS was a change-of-pace from the recent trend of animated films from Disney in 1995. This is one of my favorite Disney films and one of the best since the 1960s. It has substance and deals with real issues. We see the Native American Indians at peace and harmony with the land and nature. This is beautifully captured with the exceptional animation of vibrant green forests and flowing blue rivers. These scenes have a breath of fresh air about them that you can almost feel. When the European settlers arrive we know that it is only a matter of time before they begin to erode this paradise. The Europeans with closed minds did not realize how much they had to learn from the Indians and tried to impose their brand of civilization on them. Their brand of civilization is to subjugate or annihilate the "savages" and ravage the land.

We see the two cultures meet in one of the finest animated scenes ever presented by Disney. Captain John Smith and Pocahontas come face to face by a waterfall. Smith lowers his rifle, as Pocahontas stands erect and unafraid. Their eyes meet and he no longer sees a "savage" but a human being. Their eyes tell us that they immediately fall in love. As Pocahontas "listens with her heart" as Grandmother Willow has taught her they both communicate with each other. Soon their differences become apparent, but it is John Smith's ignorance revealed by inadvertently referring to Pocahontas as a "savage" that is the focus of the rift. He states that there is so much the "savages" can learn from the English. Pocahontas asks, "If the savage one is me, how can there be so much that you don't know?" During the "Colors of the Wind" sequence John Smith learns first hand the value and reverence of nature and that it should not be exploited out of mere human greed.

The message of POCAHONTAS is that European settlers leveled forests and imposed their own vision of a "civilized" society, whether or not it was welcome by the Native Americans. The corrupt Governor Ratcliffe is shown gleefully using cannons to level forests while his other men wield picks and axes in a mocking musical number. The brown piles of shoveled up earth stand in contrast to the majesty of the green untouched forest. When the settlers open fire on the Indians, they retaliate by capturing John Smith and prepare an execution for him. Only Pocahontas, who can empathize with both sides, can bring them to see their transgressions and teach them that violence only breeds violence.

The dramatic structure over which the film's message is delivered deals with her father's disapproval of the man she loves, because he belongs to a different race. The film thus takes on more significance as it deals with ethnic discriminations as well. Her father wants her to marry a member of the tribe, who she dislikes because "he's so serious." A similar theme is taken up in THE LITTLE MERMAID.

POCAHONTAS is based on legend, rooted in murky historical events. In real life, Pocahontas was about 13 when she first met John Smith. Smith claimed in his journals that Pocahontas saved his life. John Rolfe was the Englishman that she eventually married. She did indeed get to go to England (See POCAHONTAS II), where she was treated as a princess. She died in Europe, near 21 years of age.

What is particularly good about POCAHONTAS is the artistry of the animation. The virgin land of towering green forests, sparkling blue steams and rugged cliffs are drawn with a freedom and energy that posses real power and reverence. Very effective is the jutting rock that overlooks the landscape giving the entire film a feeling of sweep and grandeur. Anyone viewing the finale of this film can not help feel an emotional outburst as the "colors of the wind" blow past this precipice toward the horizon. I know I did. The image is unforgettable.

The songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz include one unrestrained emotionally charged standout, "Colors of the Wind." This is an unforgettable song that can be appreciated on so many levels. It is a consummate example of melody and lyrics that make you "Listen With Your Heart."


The Tyburn Waltz
The Tyburn Waltz
by Maggie MacKeever
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alluringly Intelligent Storytelling, April 16, 2014
This review is from: The Tyburn Waltz (Paperback)
There is a certain grittiness here that I like in this romance based 19th century in London. The dark regions of the human psyche and physical manifestations are rather provocative here. There is something rather alluring about it all. The Tyburn Waltz works on a totally different plane of sophistication than the other works from the romance genre. I like intelligent, thought provoking and tempting works such as this.


Manhunter
Manhunter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but Important Filmmaking, April 16, 2014
This review is from: Manhunter (DVD)
MANHUNTER looks dated. It is incredible that this was a Michael Mann production. It no longer looks like cutting edge cinema. That is very interesting. William Petersen’s stoic performance now seem just very bland and uninspired. It is hard to identify with Brian Cox as Hannibal Lector. The interpretation is less flamboyant than Anthony Hopkins’ version. Fortunately Dennis Farina as Jack Crawford the FBI agent in charge is still a timely performance and has some emotional charge. RED DRAGON released in 2002 is a much different version. Still MANHUNTER is an intriguing film and worth watching. If you love film and filmmaking this is an important film.


We Were Soldiers - HD DVD
We Were Soldiers - HD DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars WE WERE SOLDIERS Focuses On The Combatants, April 16, 2014
This review is from: We Were Soldiers - HD DVD (DVD)
WE WERE SOLDIERS is a very thought provoking film in effect focusing on a single engagement early in the Vietnam War. It is a powerful and emotional film that avoids the bigger picture, the political events, and hones in on the men and their conduct in a very intimate way. WE WERE SOLDIERS focuses on the combatants. We see the tactics and the strategies employed by both sides. We see both sides in this engagement and somehow that too is the powerful image of this film. We see the North Vietnamese army, not as a ragtag militia force, but as a real army of thinking and dedicated men of conviction. Once on the ground, it is also interesting to see just how things escalate just within the confines of this engagement. I thought both Mel Gibson and Duong Don portrayed their characters as opposing commanders in the field as thinking men, as caring men and elevated this film beyond what could have been just another clichéd war film. This film really defines the phrase "thought provoking."


Hannibal Lecter Triple Feature (Silence of the Lambs / Hannibal / Manhunter)
Hannibal Lecter Triple Feature (Silence of the Lambs / Hannibal / Manhunter)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finger Licking Good, April 16, 2014
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS will always be a classic film. This is a mesmerizing tale of the most heinous of nightmares come true as FBI agent Clarice (Jodie Foster) is immersed into an abyss of the darkest side of deviant human behavior where the flesh eating Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) agrees to assist her in her investigation to capture a serial killer who commits unspeakable atrocities on his victims. Jodie Foster must traverse into a world of dark sickening debauchery to capture the killer. The story takes several turns heightening the intensity and unspeakable terror of her assignment. The story is unsettling in its own right but the film seen from Foster's perspective has a pervasive feel of paranoia as if she has not been given all the information she needs or even further to suggest she is actually being set up as bait. One scene in particular comes to mind when sitting in the back seat of the car her boss (Scott Glenn) speaks cryptically to her and she just gazes at the back of his head once he turns around. You really don't know what either character is thinking.

MANHUNTER looks dated. It is incredible that this was a Michael Mann production. It no longer looks like cutting edge cinema. That is very interesting. William Petersen's stoic performance now seem just very bland and uninspired. It is hard to identify with Brian Cox as Hannibal Lector. The interpretation is less flamboyant than Anthony Hopkins' version. Fortunately Dennis Farina as Jack Crawford the FBI agent in charge is still a timely performance and has some emotional charge. RED DRAGON released in 2002 is a much better version.

HANNIBAL is an amazing film. This is an incredible film. What initially seems like a grotesque homage or even satire to the horror/slasher genre is far from that. There also is no clearly defined narrative flow to this film. It meanders in and out of dark and light places. And the fact that there is an obvious stylistic approach to many of the scenes is a bit unsettling. But that is what is at the heart of this film. It is disturbing to watch. The viewer never knows when or what or if anything is going to jump out at them. On the second and third viewing of HANNIBAL, I began to enjoying watching how the film unfolded. I think director Ridley Scott really avoids the shock value, or actually the suspense value of the story. Yes, there is a definite shock value during the finale of this film, but it is an emotional toying with the viewer. Ray Liotta certainly gets his comeuppance, Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal is certainly a very sick and grotesque individual and Julian Moore's Clarice is reduced to a curious bystander at this last supper of sorts. But, what does the viewer feel? Does the viewer have feelings of loyalty and to whom? We have already seen how Gary Oldman was a rather unscrupulous disfigured individual who may have been an even worse an excuse for a human being than Hannibal. Who was the viewer rooting for during that scene as pigs were about to much away at ole Hannibal? And then we go back to Giancarlo Giannini. He was barely a corrupt policeman. He just wanted to make a little money on the side. I think with his demise the viewer has his sympathies. But it is at that point that the viewer begins to question the higher order of right and wrong. If anything, HANNIBAL is certainly thought provoking. I think we sort of wanted to see him escape to freedom and provide us with some culinary delights for the next time.

HANNIBAL is a very good sequel with a totally different approach from the original. I think this was actually a great character study. Some scenes that reviewers thought were gratuitous are really sorties into the real world. Symbolically you let the demons come to fruition by having them come to the surface. This is not nearly as grotesque as the media hype suggested. MANHUNTER is the odd man out here, but still very interesting.


Hannibal [VHS]
Hannibal [VHS]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Objectivity of Feeling over Narrative Flow and other Distractions, April 16, 2014
This review is from: Hannibal [VHS] (VHS Tape)
HANNIBAL is an amazing film. This is an incredible film. What initially seems like a grotesque homage or even satire to the horror/slasher genre is far from that. There also is no clearly defined narrative flow to this film. It meanders in and out of dark and light places. And the fact that there is an obvious stylistic approach to many of the scenes is a bit unsettling. But that is what is at the heart of this film. It is disturbing to watch. The viewer never knows when or what or if anything is going to jump out at them. On the second and third viewing of HANNIBAL, I began to enjoying watching how the film unfolded. I think director Ridley Scott really avoids the shock value, or actually the suspense value of the story. Yes, there is a definite shock value during the finale of this film, but it is an emotional toying with the viewer. Ray Liotta certainly gets his comeuppance, Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal is certainly a very sick and grotesque individual and Julian Moore’s Clarice is reduced to a curious bystander at this last supper of sorts. But, what does the viewer feel? Does the viewer have feelings of loyalty and to whom? We have already seen how Gary Oldman was a rather unscrupulous disfigured individual who may have been an even worse an excuse for a human being than Hannibal. Who was the viewer rooting for during that scene as pigs were about to much away at ole Hannibal? And then we go back to Giancarlo Giannini. He was barely a corrupt policeman. He just wanted to make a little money on the side. I think with his demise the viewer has his sympathies. But it is at that point that the viewer begins to question the higher order of right and wrong. If anything, HANNIBAL is certainly thought provoking. I think we sort of wanted to see him escape to freedom and provide us with some culinary delights for the next time.


Outlander (Borealis)
Outlander (Borealis)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Captivating Read, April 16, 2014
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There is a lot of emotional power and passion at work here. Time and space are always intriguing elements. Throw in alternative sexual elements and the dynamics become limitless. She is now there. There is an awaking here. There is hunger. The reader can most certainly feel it. Yet, what is at the core of that hunger? That is what drives the overall experience. To what lengths will her hunger be realized and embraced? What will the reader come away with? This is a well conceived and well written book. There is passion, emotion and drive here. As in all good fiction with an element of fantasy as its setting, the emotional content has a very good host to deliver all that there is.


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