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'72 Complete - The Ultimate Collector's Edition of the 1972 Summit Series
'72 Complete - The Ultimate Collector's Edition of the 1972 Summit Series

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous opportunity to re-live an epic and high-level hockey clash, November 17, 2011
Purchased this last year, and have not ceased enjoying perusing it - watching all 8 games in their entirety, plus the substantial documentary film material, 1 show filmed in 1972 shortly after the Series had finished, and 2 much more recent films on what all was going on, on and off the ice.
The intensity is electrifying, the level of play generally exceedingly high - seeing the best Soviet players then, versus the top NHL skaters - what more could a true hockey fan desire? (I wish I had been there...

It's also illuminating to see the change in (many) Canadians' consciousness: from presuming their fellas would wipe up the Soviets, to (after losing 7-3 in Game 1), realising that the Soviet players were outstanding athletes, and particularly, a great team.

Red and Blue
Red and Blue

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cee Farrow worth weight in Gold..., January 31, 2008
This review is from: Red and Blue (Audio Cassette)
Gorgeous tunes on this LP - I had the vinyl LP in high school (80's). "Should I love you" and "Wildlife Romance" are the outstanding 'hit' tracks. The guy was a gifted and sensual singer. So, (fer the fellas), if you wanna let out some'a that 'yang' (or was the female side 'yin'?) in ya, go fer Cee... The music is curious 'mélange' of disco, New Wave synth sounds. Club sounds of the early 80's. Top notch. The man who was Cee apparently died beginning of the 90's due to a liver ailment. Very sad. I met him once. He was promoting a new record of his at an alternative record shop in Laguna Beach (Calif.). Handsome dude (well, he was a model... *G*).

I Am Dina [Region 2]
I Am Dina [Region 2]
DVD ~ Maria Bonnevie
2 used & new from $29.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta see Maria Bonnevie, June 27, 2007
This review is from: I Am Dina [Region 2] (DVD)
This film is worth seeing just for the performance of Ms. Bonnevie - what an intense creature (and absolutely gorgeous to boot). The landscape is an effective backdrop to the lithesome beauty of Maria...

Logan's Run
Logan's Run
by Jason V Brock
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
35 used & new from $2.66

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Logan's Limp - horrid writing, germ of fascinating ideers, March 16, 2007
Just polished off this 'lil 'fastfood' french-fry of a book - abysmal. It's more like a draft for a screenplay (a kind assessment) - you could also look at it as simply half-baked prose with about as much depth (and plot cohesion) as a puddle on your driveway. I can certainly understand why the film's script deviates from the book to a great extent. If the film had stuck to the book more closely, it would have made even less sense. The book has kinds of hops, skips and jumps in the 'action'. Don't even try to make sense of what's going on, let alone 'why' - the main aim of these two TV writers seems to have been to ensure that something (anything...!) is going on. Oftentimes one of the 2 main characters just 'barely' makes it past various (and sundry) obstacles, dangers, etc. You almost see the screen darken as the commercial break begins, with the book's seemingly endless string of (disjointed) cliffhangers - 1940's comic-book style. Character development, as noted by another reviewer, seems to be a foreign concept for the half-hour TV sitcom/sci-fi format - just action, loud noises, odd settings. I very much liked the movie for its special effects and the synthesizers of Mr Goldsmith's soundtrack. This book is a paltry precursor to that [also flawed] effort. "Hacks" is the term that first springs to mind when confronted with this level of hapless stringing together of words. 2 stars for the ideas. The 'processing' of said notions is decidedly roughhewn.

Paul Baumgartner Piano Recital
Paul Baumgartner Piano Recital
7 used & new from $7.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite - living, breathing tone, March 7, 2007
I prefer not to resort to 'overwrought' turns of phrase, but Mr Baumgartner's digital efforts here (live recording of a recital in Lugano I believe in 1962) are transcendental, as I sense them. The range of color, the transparency and warmth of the 'silentest' tones are, I would maintain, proof of other worlds, dimensions. He's a medium, his hands guided by ethereal Watchers, producing the 'Truth' according to M. Chopin (the 4th Ballade is divinatory).

Like a fine cognac one returns to again and again... it does not get old.

Unfortunately, Mr Baumgartner is little known these days it would seem. He was one of Mr Alf(red) Brendel's teachers (as was Mr Edwin Fischer, whose revelatory, intuitively insightful approach they have in common). This is not pedantic German 'scholastic' pianism - this is from the 'Pferd's mouth - soulful yearning cast in tone (bit purplish I realize - my apologies) - let him that can hear, hear...

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero
The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero
by William Kalush
Edition: Hardcover
155 used & new from $0.01

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough - stylistically weak, March 7, 2007
I'm in the middle of this book - and the industry with which these two fellers have approached their target (Mr Houdini and his life) is formidable. There prose skills are less so. I don't know whether there was a conscious decision during the authoring process to limit the range of their vocabulary (don't wanna challenge a mainstream audience with rare (and perhaps more precise) words), but I do have a sense of reading a long, long newspaper article, aimed for a grade 6, maybe 7 audience. The tale is indeed lively despite the pedestrian phrasing and the spy hypothesis is good fun. I've always found the figure Harry Houdini fascinating since reading a for-children biography back in elementary school, so I 'just deal with' the less-than-scintillating style of these two, palpably enthusiastic and committed followers of Mr Houdini.

Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
by Deborah Blum
Edition: Paperback
30 used & new from $3.21

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trackin' down spooks - they may indeed be there, March 7, 2007
This review is from: Ghost Hunters (Paperback)
Well written and thoroughly researched tome. An enjoyable and stimulating read. I also noticed a coupla typos - but hardly worth mentioning. The only quibble I have is structural - Ms. Blum regularly spins parallel strands of plot and interrupts them 'cliffhanger-like' (or kinda like on TV - ooh, here comes a commercial break... ) - I felt that was unnecessary - but, maybe American audiences are 'trained' fer that kinda thing (all those ADD folks out there... ). Aside from that, very informative, and thought provoking (evidently for the author herself as well).

Female Ejaculation for Couples
Female Ejaculation for Couples
DVD ~ Deborah Sundahl

29 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame and fake - golden showers 'stead'a actual ejaculate, February 22, 2007
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The tantalizing lass on the cover appears very seldomly in this 'production'. The other 'babes' look to be about 45 and very chunky - one doesn't look half bad, but the other looks like a sullen, heavy-set woman from the Sahara - heavily-lidded, reptilian-like eyes, lips like a Navy life raft (both upper and lower) and stumpy, thick legs to match - and then they've got fellers in here that are beyond description - how could these guys be put on film? I mean, not even home-video material here - short, thick-set fellers with semi-military-like greying haircuts and ample paunch (prol'ly to match the Super-Chunk gals) - this is all very embarrassing to watch - and as fer female ejaculation? Gimme a break - orgasm may be real, I can't judge that, but the fluid is damned yeller... this is bargain-basement porn at a top-shelf price... and puttin' the only (seldomly shown) babe on the cover, is false advertising in my book... lowlife production - waste'a time and money.
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The Innocents
The Innocents
DVD ~ Deborah Kerr
Price: $8.99
46 used & new from $0.82

10 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All too 'Innocent', muddled concept, unfinished tale, February 22, 2007
This review is from: The Innocents (DVD)
What film did the above (or below) reviewers watch? Sheesh, this thing was all ambiguity (which I endorse, but at some point, there has to be some clarification as to what's going on) - the 'end' of the film is not an ending - it jus' stops - and one of the children has dropped dead - why? Ms. Kerr's (by other reviewers much 'lauded') performance is overly theatrical in the extreme - is she losing her mind? is she completely normal? she acts far too convinced of herself to hint at the possibility of the former - the result being that the viewer is left scratching his/her head, wondering what the hell's going on... and the soundtrack (also described as actually frightening) was laughable - apparently reverb was something the sound feller had just discovered for himself and went all out - to be fair, I don't know what kind of an impression the film would've made on me had I seen it for the first time back in 1961 - no doubt numerous members of the film audience then were indeed 'Innocents' compared to these days of explosions and gore. And there were moments of high suspense - definitely - but to have the film simply be cut off, like a slice of salami... Impertinence! *G*

- apparently, the original James' tale leaves unresolved as to whether the governess was losing her mind, or were the children indeed 'possessed'...?

And where's the ending? (say, another 5-10 minutes to tie up any number of loose ends... what happens to Flora after she went to London? what role does the uncle play really? what does he really know?) - an incomplete and frustrating work... but I can imagine that back in 1961, seeing this in a movie theatre, this could cause some chills... I was born in '68, so am a 'latecomer' in that regard...

An interesting cross-reference that I see - some elements that appear here, even specific questions, are used (I think) to much greater effect in Peter Medak's 1979 intelligent 'chiller', "The Changeling" with George C. Scott - the search for the source of mysterious sounds up up up through an old house - finding a music box in the attic - the question: "How did she/you die?" ---

In short - some promising (and suggestive) moments - but all in all, very disappointing and as I've said, ultimately simply confusing - frustrating.
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Logan's Run
Logan's Run
DVD ~ Michael York
Offered by Politos Books
Price: $11.59
131 used & new from $0.27

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable 70's sci-fi & grindin' J. Goldsmith synth soundtrack, February 20, 2007
This review is from: Logan's Run (DVD)
'Member watchin' this movie at the middle school gym in Toronto (in 1979) with my brother (we were 10 and 11) - clickety-clackety 16 mm projector - 1 dollar (Canadian) admission - comin' from a rigidly Puritanical home, the coupla scenes where Jenny Agutter (Jessica) lets drop her tunic, were a moral challenge - do we have'ta admit to Mom'n Dad what we saw? uhhhh??! No...

Found myself drawn in to the combination of loaded 'terms' (sanctuary, renewal, Sandmen [putting you to 'sleep']) + the sounds/'music' generated for the film by Mr Goldsmith - love the almost ethereal/otherworldly quality of the voice of the PA - e.g.,

P.A. System: Capricorn 15's. Born 2244. Enter the Carousel. This is the time of renewal.

[Crowd applauds]

P.A. System: Be strong and you will be renewed. Identify.

[Capricorn 15's show flashing crystals]

great (just slight) reverb on the gently female voice - wonder who that was...??? wanna get the book...

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