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Sunday, November 07, 2004

"The stove..."

Now that we've polished off all the leftover Halloween candy--and the spectacle of the political superbowl is over--I guess it's time for us to start thinking about Christmas. Yanks can look forward to Thanksgiving, but we Johnny and Janey Canucks polished off that turkey mid-October.

For all you mystery fans--or I should say more correctly, detective fans--I just want to point out that Monk: Season 2 is being released on January 11. So if you are a fan of the Defective Detective, the "opposite of Batman," you might want to order it now so you aren't faced with a full credit card come mid-first-month of the new year. (I'm posting Western Standard Amazon CDN purchase links for anyone who wants to d a little Sunday shopping.)

I thoroughly enjoyed, and am re-enjoying, the first season (my title is the first line from the pilot). I got hooked on these TV DVD releases after grabbing Columbo: The Complete First Season, at first an exercise in pure nostalgia. As a young boy, before I was able to go out raising h-ll on Friday nights, I would stay in and watch the detective movies, McLeod, McMillan and Wife, etc. But it was always Peter Falk's Columbo that I wanted to see. I'm happy to report that the adventures of the rumpled detective hold up even today.

btw, I'm having a little trouble deciding which Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes series to get since I don't want to end up paying for a bunch of crossover episodes. Right now, I'm thinking it's The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes plus The Return of Sherlock Holmes Collection, but if anybody has anything to recommend, feel free to pop something in the Comments.

Posted by Kevin Steel on November 7, 2004 in Television | Permalink


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"Yanks can look forward to Thanksgiving...".

We celebrate American Thanksgiving every year, and according to our local Calgary supermarket that's far from unusual. Show solidarity with our American brethren!

Posted by: Charles MacDonald | 2004-11-07 11:19:52 AM

Wayyyy ahead of you! I finished - yes FINISHED - my Christmas shopping this weekend! It is D-O-N-E!

I worked 12 hours overtime last week so I could afford all my gifts, and now all that remains is the wrapping and sending.

Yes, I have a chip on my shoulder! I've broken both arms patting myself on the back.

You're right about TV shows on DVD. I have the Sopranos, Futurama, Family Guy, MST3K, and the whole World At War series on DVD, and though they were expensive, they were worth it.

Another great DVD set to get is the Warner Classics Collection - with "Treasure of the Sierra Madre", "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and a documentary. Three excellent films (Robin Hood is a personal favorite) in one set - worth 2x the price.

I'm sure others can make further suggestions.

Posted by: Scott | 2004-11-07 11:20:12 AM

And of course we have the reincarnation of Columbo in Det. Goren on Law & Order: CI. Now if only they'd shoot a crossover episdode featuring him and Grissom on CSI...

I still intend to buy that new Night Stalker collection when I have a few extra buck.

Posted by: Kathy | 2004-11-07 12:46:54 PM

One thing I must applaud you for: using Amazon.

I am an Amazon loyalist, and have been for many years. Not once have they failed to deliver on what they promise - in fact, they never even came close. One week is all they need from shipment to receipt, and they normally have what I want. Absolutely superb.

Chapters-Indigo is the exact opposite. The last time I ordered something from them was in 2000, and I waited six months for it, but it never arrived. I never bother with them again. I could not imagine worse service. They are one of the best reasons why "Canadian culture" is a corporate sham designed to make money for the few. It's a dinosaur, something that completely ignores the changes in global commerce. While one could argue that they suffer under excessive regulation, they have in fact used those same laws to try to force Amazon out. My advice is simple: don't waste your time or money on this company.

The time has come to remove the cultural industries from their NAFTA and FTA exemptions. Some competition is always healthy. If they can't survive, it is their own fault. So long as I can get my books and DVDs, I am happy. Capitalism rules!

Posted by: Scott | 2004-11-07 4:38:01 PM

"Monk: Season 2 is being released on January 11" JUST IN TIME FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I got Season one for my 1 year anniversary present! :) THANKS for the tip Kevin! I never could quite find a scene where we were enlightened on his phobia/aversion to milk.. er.. any white liquids in general. Hopefully Season 2 will enlighten us.

Posted by: MWW | 2004-11-07 5:32:51 PM

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