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Arrested Development. This award winning television series was cancelled three seasons in, just as they were getting more and more hilarious. You can just imagine my disappointment. This is what happens when great shows change timeslots way too many times. Anyhow, if you like Curb Your Enthusiasm, you'll like this series. All three seasons are available for rental from zip.ca (Rent DVDs online with Zip.ca ) and for purchase at Amazon.ca.
Blackadder - The Complete Collector's Set. Best known as Mr.Bean, Rowan Atkinson's first starring role on television was that of Edmund Blackadder in The Black Adder ; The conniving, embittered Duke of Edinburgh fighting to possition himself ever higher in the heirarchy of british royalty in the late 1400's. This successful series then spawned three other history based comedies, again staring Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder's progeny though several generations, all bearing the same name, Edmund Blackadder, up to the second world war. Fans of british comedy will love this boxed set. This DVD boxed set is available from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and from BBC Canada at the following link : BlackAdder: Complete Collection.
The Bourne Trilogy. I rented the first film on a whim and i've been a fan since. Now this excellent film trilogy has been compiled into one package, which is available from Amazon.ca, and Amazon.com..
Creature Comforts - The Complete First Season. From claymation artist Nick Park, this televised 13 episode series continues from the original, Academy Award winning short "Bringing Creature Comforts to Life". Featuring hilarious interviews with various animals (and aliens) on everyday topics, this DVD also includes the original short and a behind the scenes featurette. This DVD is available from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. High speed internet viewers can also view the original short at AtomFilms.com.
Father Ted - The Holy Trilogy. A BBC comedy serries about three wayward priests exiled to Craggy Island, a remote island in Ireland. Comedy with an edge. Available from Amazon.ca, and Amazon.com..
Frontline - Is Wal-Mart Good For America ?. This is a 2004 PBS documentary of the Walmart phenomenon and it's impact on the American and Chinese economy. No stone is left unturned as experts and former wal-mart managers discuss the pros and cons of this company's success. You can support PBS by ordering it from the following link - Frontline: Is Wal-Mart Good for America? (DVD)
The Count Of Monte Cristo. This excellent french television mini-serries starring french actor Gerard Depardieu is available in Canada from Archambault.ca and in the Unites States from Amazon.com. I believe this is the superior interpretation of the novel. And those who don't speak french need not worry - It is subtitled.
I'm Not Scared. This is a scenic, suspenseful coming of age drama about an Italian boy that finds a kidnapped boy in a hole near an old farmhouse, who he befriends. This subtitled DVD is available from Archambault.ca, Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.
Jean De Florette/Manon Of The Springs. My very favorite french dramas, these two remakes feature Gerard Dépardieu, Yves Montant, Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Béart. These regularily get featured on Canadian television but I had always wanted to have them on DVD. You can order your copy from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. A two DVD, french version can be ordered from Archambault.ca.
Kids In The Hall - The Complete Series. Canadian comedy at it's best. This briliant quintet had me in stitches with their surrealistic and occasionally daring comedy skits thought-out the 90's. This 20 disc megaset is available from from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Archambault.ca, and A&E at the following link : A&E The Kids In The Hall: Complete Series DVD Megaset
Lars & The Real Girl. This quirkly comedic drama was filmed in severla small towns in Ontario and features the versatile Ryan Gosling as a shy introvert that, to everyone's surprise and relief, managed to find someone to on the internet. Available from Archambault.ca, Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.
The Lone Gunmen - The Complete Series. Another Fox series that was cancelled prematurely, The Lone Gunmen was an X-Files spinoff whose pilot episode's subject matter would keep the series from syndication. Available from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.
Lord Of The Rings - Extended Version Trilogy. This 12 disc boxed set includes an incredible amount of bonus material including hours of cut footage, reinstated into the films. These extended versions are vastly superior to the theatrical releases because of this more indepth footage. Available from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and Chapters.Indigo.CA .
McLibel. Originally released years before Super Size Me, this updated documentary follows the case of a british couple being sued by fast food giant McDonalds. This DVD is available from Amazon.com.
The Mad Adventures Of Rabbi Jacob. This Golden Globe nominated french comedy hit features the late Louis De Funes as a bigoted french businessman that is forced to disguise himself as a rabbi to avoid being caught by arab assassins, the french police and his jealous wife. This classic 1973 film is definately one of France's best comedies. It is currently available from Archambault.ca under the original title, "Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob", with english subtitles. The english version is scheduled for release in April 2004 according to Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.
The Prisoner. One of my favorite british television classic drama action serries. A remake is due on television in January 2007 so I thought i'd plug the previous collection here. This collection has recently been re-released to celebrate the serries' 40th anniversary at Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and BBC Canada by clicking the following link : The Prisoner Megaset . But the previous can be purchased by clicking on the following link : Prisoner, The - DVD Mega-Set .
This Is Daniel Cook. I generally find childrens programs to be annoying and contrived. But there are two Canadian television programs that I find entertaining, one being Nanalan and the other being "This is Daniel Cook" - Whose red headed host, to my surprise, appeared on CTV News during the 2005 election coverage and then just recently, Oprah. Daniel has now expanded to several other television projects but many episodes from his first television series were compiled on several DVDs, that i've listed on a special kids dvd page, that can be accessed by clicking here.
Wallace & Gromit In Three Amazing Adventures. These award winning claymation classics were repackaged because of the full length theatrical release, "Wallace & Gromit - The Curse Of The Ware Rabbit". Kids of all ages will love the three comical shorts that started it all and the ten part "Cracking Contraptions" serries that was only available on the net until the release of this collection. This DVD is available from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and Archambault.ca. A two disc version including the "Robbie The Raindeer" holiday short is available from Archambault.ca and fans may also be interested in the "Creature Comfort" series - Consult these listings for details. Consult the next listing for details on a collector's set featuring all of Wallace & Gromit's adventures.
Wallace & Gromit - The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. The claymation duo's hilarious full length theatrical debut featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes. This DVD is available in seperate widescreen and full screen presentations or bundled with the three original short films mentioned in the previous listing in the "Wallace & Gromit 2 DVD Cracking Collector's Set". The widescreen version of this DVD is available from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, chapters.ca and Mymusic.ca. The collectors set is available from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and Chapters.Indigo.CA .
Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald. Of all the Walt Disney cartoon characters, i'd say Donald Duck is my favorite, followed by Goofy and Pluto. This multi disc series features all of Donald Duck's cartoons, some of which include Goofy and/or Pluto, in four parts : Volume One: 1934 - 1941 (released May 2004), Volume Two: 1942-1946 (released Dec 2006), Volume Three: 1947 - 1950 (Released Dec 2007), and the final chapter to be released in 2008 or 2009.
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