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Zion Canyon - Treasure Of The Gods [DVD]
Zion Canyon - Treasure Of The Gods [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Robert Berger
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £10.78

3.0 out of 5 stars Looses something when transferred to a 46" TV, 27 Jan. 2014
You can tell that the manufacturers were designing and planning on IMAX, as this is spectacular in presentation from air and ground. It is lots of fun watching from every angle.

It is more enhanced if you have been there and done that as the film as spectacular as it is, is still just a reflection of the real experience. This is probably the only reason to purchase it.

They made up a fictitious story to distract from the presentation. This could have been much better with real facts. But then they have no imagination.

Do not let this presentation detour you from seeing the real thing and be sure (even if you do not lodge in Zion) to head for their French toast for breakfast.
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Make Room! Make Room! (Penguin Modern Classics)
Make Room! Make Room! (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Harry Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars If you expect to find "Soylent Green" in these pages you'll be disappointed., 27 Jan. 2014
I came to this book originally because it was described as the basis of the movie "Soylent Green" (1973.) It took some time to realize that the movie was not a synopsis of the book but a different story.

This book as is with most sci-fi (this is not really a sci-fi but a future story) has a decent story but is a thin mask for a rant about over population. And the evils that are about to fall on us as a result.

The basic story is of people interaction as they survive a government that cannot cope with over population. Reading about day to day living conditions is very depressing.

The book could have been cut by seventy-five percent and still made the point and the story. We follow characters as they diverge and converge in a standard who-done-it and why detective story.

If you have not seen the movie the story is quite decent. Just do not skim the pages looking for Soylent green. By the way the story is very explicit on what Soylent and meat flakes are. It is detailed enough that you can use this for a cook book.

I bought the kindle version and the audio version. Kindle has "Whispersync for Voice" professional narration works a tad better than text-to-speech.

Sunrise [Blu-ray] [1927] [US Import]
Sunrise [Blu-ray] [1927] [US Import]
Dvd ~ George O'Brien
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £14.14

5.0 out of 5 stars It ends in a kiss and the sun also rises, 27 Jan. 2014
I like most films of this time and Blu-ray (DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014) does it proud. I only watched the version that has the duel original European version and the Movietone versions (both silent with different inter-titles.) There are more expensive and intensive versions. One thing I found fascinating is that I try to get the screen play to various movies. This DVD version has the 130 page screen play built in.

This is not my favorite subject and I usually avoid movies of this type, of betrayal and redemption. I prefer ghoulies and ghosties. I also prefer war and peace or at least "The Love of Jeanne Ney" (1928). But because this film is a keystone in cinema it is required watching. I did see a part of this film prior in a survey "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" (2011) by Mark Cousins.

The film is based on a short story by Hermann Sudermann. "This song of the Man and his Wife is of no place and every place; you might hear it anywhere and at any time."

A marriage is threatened when the husband (George O'Brien) allows himself to go astray after being lured by a woman (Margaret Livingston) from the city. There are a few tear jerker scenes after the Husband almost dispatches his Wife. He does not see the error of his ways until he thinks he has lost his wife (Janet Gaynor,) does he realize who he really loves? Yes. Who does he blame for his mishap? The "Woman from the City" for leading him astray, as it was not his fault.

I did like the scene in the photography studio where they look for the lost head.

You definitely want to listen to the voice over commentary by Cinematographer John Bailey as it adds worth to the viewing experience. The commentary points out the obvious that is not really that obvious. You discover that it was filmed at Lake Arrowhead. Also you bet a different prospective on Murnau's life story. John Bailey does not know where the `Amon Carter Museum" is located, but we can forgive him as he presents an excellent commentary.

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

New York to Hollywood: The Photography of Karl Struss

1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deviates corrected for their own good, 26 Jan. 2014
In a society that has eliminated many imbalances, surplus goods, and even class struggle, there are bound to be deviates; Winston Smith is one of those. He starts out, due to his inability to doublethink, with thoughtcrime. This is in a society that believes a thought is as real as the deed. Eventually he graduates through a series of misdemeanors to illicit sex and even plans to overthrow the very government that took him in as an orphan.

If he gets caught, he will be sent to the "Ministry of Love" where they have a record of 100% cures for this sort of insanity. They will even forgive his past indiscretions.

Be sure to watch the three different movies made from this book:
1984 (1954) Peter Cushing is Winston Smith
1984 (1956) Edmond O'Brien is Winston Smith
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) John Hurt is Winston Smith

One Thousand Beautiful Things
One Thousand Beautiful Things
by Marjorie Barrows
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime collection of writings, 26 Jan. 2014
This is a fine collection of sayings and writings from many places. I buy this book periodically as it comes back in print.

The most interesting surprise was when I purchased the CD, "The Book of Secrets" Loreena McKennitt; it had "The Highwayman" in it as a song. This is a poem by Alfred Noyes. This is but one of the thousand beautiful things.

100 Cats and a Mouse by Vittorio Art Print Poster
100 Cats and a Mouse by Vittorio Art Print Poster
Offered by Poster Revolution UK
Price: £16.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Mickey Mouse about this poster, 26 Jan. 2014
However, we know very little about the artist except his/her name (Vittorio.) Moreover, it looks like this artist may be a one-mouse artist. Picture looks close to others such as Andy Warhol. We do know form counting cats' tails that there are no Manx cats here.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Always a bridesmaid and never a bride, 26 Jan. 2014
At the age of eight, Jane (Katherine Heigl) realized her calling. Being very helpful at a wedding, she realized that she was fascinated with being an integral part of weddings. We meet her as she is functioning as a bridesmaid at two different weddings on the same night. That night she also stumbles upon a writer. However, what she does not know is that this writer who seems very cynical is actually the one that writes articles that she collects about weddings.

You can see how everything is being set up for a formula movie. The producers tried to give the characters more depth than most of these formula movies where there is always a love triangle of some sort. And of course, the writer has to put his foot into it somewhere right at the most inopportune time we know this is coming. However, the thing that makes the movie fascinating is how they get from point A to point Z, and all the people and points in between.

So enjoy the movie and enjoyed the quirkiness of seeing 27 dresses but do not expect anything extraordinary.

I saw the Blu-Ray version; by now, of course Blu-Ray is blasé. So there isn't anything exceptional to say about this and the movie extras are goodies are the standard how did we make this why did we make this what did we do type things which gives a little bit of insight but not enough to make the movie any more interesting.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sticking these critters all over the house, 26 Jan. 2014
DVD's stacked on furniture counters and whatnot can give your that home real cluttered look. Certain feline creatures thrill in pushing over the stacks. Much time is spent on "now where did I put it syndrome."

Most people look to the towers for a cure. Yes those wire racks that take up very little space and reach to the sky. Unfortunately they too give you a dorm room look. Everybody knows that you spent so much money on the DVDs that you have none left to spend on a good tower.

Tower is not a good name for these marvelous Benno DVD holders. They are actually verging on being furniture or bookcases. There unobtrusive, efficient, and blend with the rest of your furniture.

They are quick and easy to assemble. Your cats will most assuredly help you in each of the steps; so be sure not to let any of the little parts sit around where cats and kids can get to them while you're assembling.

I would've preferred black brown is that color would've matched or of the furniture; however any color other than black has a premium price.

With a small footprint these can fit anywhere in there is a cutout on the backside so that you can put it up against the wall with a good size floor rail. Most cases and tall furniture carry a warning to tie this down to the wall to keep it from tipping. I usually take my chances however the Benno DVD towers are really unstable if you do not attach them to the wall. They come with an L-shaped bracket, a screw, and two washers. You will need to supply your attaching device which in my case was an anchor screw.

To recap, this furniture looks a lot better than wire racks and takes up the same or less space. It looks surprisingly sophisticated for the cheap materials but it is made from and will fit well with real furniture.

I have most of my in the hallways where it still leaves plenty of room to walk through. Also most of them are filled up with DVDs not CDs which leaves four shelves unused on each tower.

Just a tip, purchase one or two and move them around the house to see what they look like before filling them.

Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier
Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Buttermilk hill, 26 Jan. 2014
I came to this song by way of the PBS series "Liberty! The American Revolution." I was hoping for more when I looked up the James Taylor album. However this pretty much stands alone. Mark O'Connor is the violin artist here so it makes for a perfect combination.

The original song is "Shule Aroon" or Siulil a run (Walk my Love) an Irish folksong. It was changed to what we hear today and I will ever tie this song to the Revolution.

You can get lost in it and never hear enough.

Siúil A Rún (Irish Love Song)
Shule Aroon

Spanish Cape Mystery
Spanish Cape Mystery
by Ellery Queen
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars "In the mountains of truth" quoth Nietzche "you never clime in vain", 26 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Spanish Cape Mystery (Paperback)
I have to admit that it watched the movie first. They run parallel but as with most movies they are a pail reflection of the well designed book.

Ellery Queen and Judge McClain are on vacation at a seaside cottage near a cape called "Spanish Cape." Little did they know that they were going to be involved in a strange mystery with a mix of victoms and suspects.

We are used to mysteries like "And Then There Were None" where we get introduced to people up front and know one of them is a ringer. This story however has many secretive people and Ellery must extract the truth like pulling teeth.

Part of the fun or maybe a distraction is that Ellery has a habit of quoting various writers contemporary and from antiquity. If you read a lot of 20's mysteries you will be o.k. but if not you will need a dictionary on hand.

We also hear in-depth expiations that may us jump to conclusions and every chapter we suspect a different person. The wonderful part of the Ellery Queen books is that all the clues are there and you are expected to extrapolate the solution to the mystery before Ellery reveals his logic.

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