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Forum: HDTV Programming   03-30-2015, 10:52 AM
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I saw that too. You want to talk about life...

I saw that too. You want to talk about life imitating art? Brrr!
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-30-2015, 10:47 AM
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Les Miserables seemed to have a sense of live...

Les Miserables seemed to have a sense of live singing because what we heard had been live singing. The film's director, Tom Hooper, insisted that the rendition of the vocals sung by the actors...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-30-2015, 09:05 AM
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I agree that this was a great season with a...

I agree that this was a great season with a terrific season finale. I loved it when Deanna gave Rick the go ahead to take out Porch Dick Pete. Pete was a nasty piece of work. That was nice of...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-29-2015, 07:24 PM
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Well said. When I posted that Into the Woods was...

Well said. When I posted that Into the Woods was far from Sondheim's most approachable show, I thought of Passion, which may be his least. I have the DVD of the original Broadway production and...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-29-2015, 07:16 PM
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Allow me to let Niki Lauda say it for me: On...

Allow me to let Niki Lauda say it for me: On Mercedes’ performance: “We have to analyse whole thing. I don’t think we could have won race even with the Ferrari strategy. The Ferrari car was quicker...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-29-2015, 11:56 AM
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Hamilton did look unhappy in the drivers room but...

Hamilton did look unhappy in the drivers room but compared to some of his earlier antics, he seemed positively restrained. :)

By the way in my last post, I said that Kimi Räikkönen had finished...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-29-2015, 11:52 AM
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I agree that Black Sails was terrific this year...

I agree that Black Sails was terrific this year and the season finale was wonderful. Was glad to see the sleazy, murderous Lord Ashe and he lethal henchman, who shot Miranda, get their just deserts....
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-29-2015, 10:30 AM
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No Sondheim musical is for all tastes and Into...

No Sondheim musical is for all tastes and Into the Woods is less so than others, so you have a lot of company. :) More seriously, I hope your daughter likes it. I have been a devoted Stephen...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-29-2015, 09:43 AM
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Ferrari is baaack! And it's a good thing for F1....

Ferrari is baaack! And it's a good thing for F1. As I have posted before, I hold no particular brief for Ferrari beyond admiring their generations long record of excellence. Still, I found...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-28-2015, 04:50 PM
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Yes he was and one of the all time great jazz...

Yes he was and one of the all time great jazz pianists too.
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-28-2015, 01:56 PM
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Yep, Oscar Peterson once said that there are only...

Yep, Oscar Peterson once said that there are only two kinds of music, good and bad. That's a good rule as long as you realize that others are perfectly entitled to apply it differently than you do....
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-28-2015, 10:09 AM
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The cancellation of The Bridge didn't bother me...

The cancellation of The Bridge didn't bother me at all. Although I watched it and thought the performances were good, it never captured my imagination the way The Americans does. Every time I watch...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-28-2015, 09:54 AM
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Posted By gwsat
Watch it yourself and let us know what you think.

Watch it yourself and let us know what you think.
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-27-2015, 03:46 PM
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It's true that the numbers for the show are...

It's true that the numbers for the show are abysmal but I still have a strong feeling that it will be back because of all the critical praise it has received. I am buttressed in my opinion by this,...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-27-2015, 09:52 AM
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Posted By gwsat
With rare exceptions no film actor has the vocal...

With rare exceptions no film actor has the vocal chops possessed by Broadway musical theater professionals. But film gives rewards that the musical theater can't. See Post No. 22. A few movie...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-27-2015, 08:41 AM
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You and I must be watching different shows,...

You and I must be watching different shows, partner. :) You thought the scenes where the South African kid killed the young eyewitness and where Elizabeth oversaw the killing of the old lady "slow?"...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-26-2015, 02:31 PM
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The Grantland...

The Grantland (http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/crime-and-punishment-the-americans-soars-in-its-brutal-third-season/) site has an Andy Greenwald piece about this week's The Americans.. I...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-26-2015, 01:53 PM
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The scenes with the old lady bookkeeper, played...

The scenes with the old lady bookkeeper, played by the wonderful old time stage actress, Lois Smith, were the high point of the show. As Elizabeth was forcing the old lady to OD on her heart...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-26-2015, 11:19 AM
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"Is that too much? I was just trying to give you...

"Is that too much? I was just trying to give you a range. It's a little bit too much, I can tell..."

The deranged would be actor was played by the always wonderful Bill Camp, one of my favorite...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-26-2015, 11:02 AM
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Posted By gwsat
Nick Jonas was no doubt the weakest link in the...

Nick Jonas was no doubt the weakest link in the cast of the 25th anniversary Les Mis BD. Nevertheless, I thought he was adequate, albeit barely. Fortunately, the glorious singing of Alfie Boe and...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-26-2015, 10:56 AM
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Views: 1,359
Posted By gwsat
I think your problem may be more with Stephen...

I think your problem may be more with Stephen Sondheim than the Into the Woods film. Sondheim's works are notoriously free of memorable tunes and his lyrics are complex and often hard to understand....
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-25-2015, 02:48 PM
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The 25th Anniversary concert recording of Les...

The 25th Anniversary concert recording of Les Miserables is simply great and is available on BD. The 10th anniversary recording is in someways better but is only available on DVD. There are many...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-25-2015, 12:08 PM
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Views: 3,438
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Only in New York! :) Another "Only in New York"...

Only in New York! :) Another "Only in New York" moment came when Riggan encountered the deranged would be actor reciting Macbeth's desperately sad Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow speech. I...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   03-25-2015, 11:46 AM
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Views: 1,359
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I have the BD of both the Broadway production of...

I have the BD of both the Broadway production of Memphis and of the 25th Anniversary concert performance of Phantom of the Opera. No lover of musical theater should be without either.
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-25-2015, 10:04 AM
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This week's episode was one of the show's most...

This week's episode was one of the show's most Elmore-esque. Ava's shooting Boyd, then drawing down on Raylan and driving off with Markham's $10 million was a classic example. Another was the way...
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