Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Crossbar and Good Against Evil Kim Cattrall Festival |
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 12/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"EASTWEST slimcased DVDs have no subtitles or extras beyond plot synopsis on the case's back cover. As with all such bargain brands, dubs are "best available source" and can vary from very good to only fair.
CROSSBAR is a Canadian TV biopic about high jumper Aaron Kornylo.
After winning a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics, Aaron is favored to take the gold in 1980. He loses his left leg in a farm accident and undeterred, learns a way to continue high jumping. Aaron qualifies to compete in elimination trials by successfully jumping 6½ feet. The Olympic committee is reluctant to allow his participation, fearing what negative effect jumping against a one-legged man whom his teammates all revere will have on them.
CRY OF THE PENGUINS was released in Britain as "Mr. Forbush and the Penguins." It's a fascinating picture, one that everybody should see.
Filmed for the most part in Antarctica, it's the story of Richard Forbush, a biologist who travels to the South Pole not for a research opportunity but to impress a girl he recently met. He endures long days of solitary hardships in a hovel built decades earlier by Antarctic pioneer Ernest Shackleford. When the penguins arrive in droves however, these miseries are quickly forgotten. To his delight, Forbush is allowed to walk among and study them carefully. His concern for these cute birds grows when it's clear that predatory skuas are killing large quantities of chicks and destroying unhatced eggs. Forbush tries to find a way to defeat this foe.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll ratings.
(7.0) Crossbar (TV-Canada-1979) - Brent Carver/Kim Cattrall/John Ireland/Kate Reid/Jan Muszynski
(7.1) Cry of the Penguins (UK-1971) - John Hurt/Hayley Mills/Dudley Sutton/Tony Britton/Thorley Walters/Judy Campbell/Joss Ackland"