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DVD title: The Women
Productgroup: DVD
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1939-Hollywoods greatest year-overlooked classic now on DVD

Hollywood had the greatest year of films in 1939. Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of OZ, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Wuthering Heights and The Hunchback of Notre Dame to name a few. Well "The Women" was a hit Broadway Play (666 performances) converted to a ground breaking Hollywood film in 1939. Because of the banner year of block buster films "The Women" was lost in the big film battle.
Now for the first time on DVD, digitally remastered we can enjoy this 133 minute,Standard Format,Black & White all women cast sleeper film classic. The Allstar cast of Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard and Joan Foantaine brings us this classic bantering dialogue movie to the home theatre with outstanding picture quality & sound.
Summary: Perfect wife (Shearer) discovers her perfect marriage has reached a major bump told to her by her women friends (newly wed Fontaine, newly divorced Goddard) especially the gossiping pal (Russell). Her husband is having an affair with perfume counter clerk (Crawford). The story is entirely with only women, about women and their views in solving crissis'. Directed by George Cukor who was known as the "womans director" provides the perfect formula in the storytelling of "The Women". Note: a fabulous treat is the Technicolor Fashion Show sequences in the film!
This DVD is outstanding and can be enjoyed by all. The amazing amount of dialogue which is used to tell the story is unbelieveable. Memorizing this enormous amount of dialogue truly shows us the true golden age of Hollywood acting talent. This ALLSTAR casts delivers!
The Specaial Feature extras are an added bonus to include; Romance on Celluloid Documentaries, Style Centers (Fashion shows), Scoring Session with music cues, and trailers.
Come and see another classic 1939 film now on DVD! This is a funny and emotional treat. Enjoy.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: George Cukor
Norma Shearer
Joan Crawford
Rosalind Russell

DVD title: The Final Countdown (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Modern Classic Science Fiction Film

"The Final Countdown" is one of those films that never got the recognition that it so rightfully deserves.
Blending history, military, moral dilema & science fiction together nearly perfectly, "Final Countdown" is a very powerful and thought-provoking film about a chance to change the course of history.
The modern-day nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz(an Atlantic Fleet-based aircraft carrier)stationed at Pearl Harbor goes through a mysterious electrical storm in the Pacific Ocean, the crew (Kirk Douglas, Captain; James Farentino, Airwing Commander; Ron O'Neal, XO) & a cilvilian advisor (Martin Sheen)soon realize through a series of events that they have gone back in time to December 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor!
After rescuing survivors of a yacht blown up by Japanese Zeros, the crew of the Nimitz is faced with a decision that would change the course of history...whether they should destroy the Japanese Fleet BEFORE they attack Pearl Harbor.
For those of you who've seen the movie, you know the ending.
For those who've never seen "Final Countdown", I won't ruin what is a great ending!
I've been waiting for years for "Final Countdown" to come out on DVD. Hopefully it will be loaded with extra features never found on the rare VHS version from Vestron.
The footage aboard the USS Nimitz is fantastic. No movie since has shown in such detail the action aboard a modern-day carrier.The flightdeck scenes are breath-taking. You'll see aircraft markings on the F-14s & other aircraft that look absolutely awesome!
This is a movie you will want to watch over & over again.

Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Don Taylor
Kirk Douglas
Martin Sheen
Katharine Ross

DVD title: Falling Down
Productgroup: DVD
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'Falling Down' (Warner Studios) Running time: 112 minutes

Review no.145.Outstanding motion picture about an extremly frustrated man,William Foster(Michael Douglas)who's just been laid off from his job at the local defense plant.As he tries to get to his ex-wife's house to celebrate his daughter's birthday,he happens to come across some rather unpleasant experiences that one could only stumble upon in such rough neighborhoods of Los Angeles.Police officer,Prendergast(Robert Duvall)is merely one day before retirement as he puts in an above and beyond the call of duty effort to one way or another stop Foster from causing any more destruction than he already has.I've spoken with several movie fans who actually think this movie is funny.It's certainly not meant to be that way at all.Overall,an excellent drama/thriller.Most memorable scene:where Foster winds up in an army surplus store where he's confronted by this Nazi whack job that wants to befriend him as one of his own.Great acting and directing.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Joel Schumacher
Michael Douglas
Robert Duvall
Barbara Hershey

DVD title: The Secret of NIMH 2 - Timmy to the Rescue
Productgroup: DVD
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So cute

Unfortunately, the MGM's animation productions disappointed us again. When I saw this sequel, I knew it wouldn't be a magnific film. They wanted to make a familiar film, but they forgot that there are a lot of fans who love "The Secret of NIMH", and we'd like to see a sequel as good as the first one. Terrible!!!

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Dick Sebast

DVD title: The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Bourne rocks

I had serious doubts before seeing this movie. I just didn't think Matt Damon could pull off a good action hero role.
Damon's performance is one of the best "action hero" roles since Bruce Willis in Die Hard. The plot is nothing new, probably because it's been copied from the original Bourne books so many times before that it's already predictable once it gets to the big screen. It's forgivable though, as the action sequences are tight and frantic, with decent enough acting and dialogue in between to make it more than "just" an action movie.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Doug Liman
Matt Damon
Franka Potente

DVD title: Dangerous Liaisons
Productgroup: DVD
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Splendid Cinematic Adaption of Hampton's Play

Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Christopher Hampton join forces here in this lavish, extremely entertaining look at the sexually promiscus, morally bankrupt lives of Ancien Regime French nobility in "Dangerous Liaisons" (based on Christopher Hampton's play Les Liaisons Dangereuses). The infamous protagonists are the Marquise De Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte De Valmont (John Malkovich), with Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, and Keanu Reeves, rounding out this spectacular cast (The only notable disappointment is Keanu Reeves, playing a role which should have been meant for someone like Kenneth Branagh.). Both Close and Malkovich offer two of their finest performances, portraying former lovers who seek to outdo each other with sordid feats of sexual treachery. When the Marquise De Merteuil learns that Vicomte De Valmont falls in love with one of his latest sexual prey - Michelle Pfeiffer in one of her most captivating roles - she launches a fiendish plot against her friend and former lover. This is two hours of deliciously wicked fun which should be regarded as essential viewing for those who greatly admire the work of director Stephen Frears and actors Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reeves, Swoosie Kurtz and Uma Thurman.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stephen Frears
Glenn Close
John Malkovich
Michelle Pfeiffer

DVD title: La Dolce Vita (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The best

I watched this movie once, a year prior to moving to Italy to study and work. I found it very mesmorizing. I didn't think much of the ending, but a day later I couldn't shake it from my mind. Fellini films seem to implant certain images in your mind. 8 1/2 can do this to you too. This is not the sort of movie you have to be an art major to decipher. It's pretty straight-forward and very enjoyable. The characters are well-constructed. Even minor characters are very unique. It's like being transported to a strange world.

Studio: Koch Lorber
Director: Federico Fellini
Marcello Mastroianni
Anita Ekberg

DVD title: Wicked City
Productgroup: DVD
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Wickedly awesome!!

This anime rules, reguardless of people's opinions of the sexual content of this. Makie is the hottest character in anime, I'd do her in a second if she were real!! Taki and Makie make an excellent anime duo because they kill their enemies and take their jobs seriously. Giosuppi Mayart is like a cross between Yoda and Ren Hoek with an extreme sex drive. He's alot funnier than SpongeBob but not as funny as Ren. The dirty politics driven plot, supernatural violence, and alien-sex make this an excellent anime. Yoshiaki Kawajiri has one dimented mind though, the spider-lady is rather creepy. Wicked City would have been perfect if the soundtrack consisted entirely of Black Sabbath. I can always edit the sound and replace it with Sabbath. Wicked City rules and Cowboy Bebop sucks!!!!

Studio: Urban Vision
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

DVD title: Eurotrip (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Still funny the 2nd time!

I saw this in the theater (one of few, sadly) and found it absolutely hilarious! I purchased the DVD today and well- it's still damn funny. Great music, fun cast, and very quotable. Even more the merrier if you've ever travelled in Europe as a youngster. They've also crammed a decent amount of extras onto the one disc as well.

Studio: Universal Studios
Scott Mechlowicz
Jacob Pitts
Michelle Trachtenberg
Travis Wester

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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My new favorite movie!

I know a lot of purists are upset over the changes made with the transition from prose to screen, but I personally loved this movie! One of the best compliments I can give it is that in over three hours of cinema, not once is there a single spot slow enough for you to get up and go to the bathroom.
I was a little disappointed with the way Faramir was portrayed in the The Two Towers, though the estended version of the DVD cleared some of that up for me. The character really got his chance to shine in this movie, though.
Ian McKellen was Gandalf. He had so fully immersed himself in the role that it's hard to believe he could act differently in real life. He came across so convincing.
I would also like to give a huge round of applause to Sean Astin. I had always thought you had to be a Lord of the Rings geek to truly appreciate what a pivotal and important character Samwise was. Mr. Astin really was able to bring that out in his performance. Return of the King shows him at his best. Even the youngest viewers can understand just how significant Sam was to the story. This character goes underappreciated by a lot of people, so it's good to see him portrayed so accurately.
And of course there's Gollum. Tolkien made it a point throughout his books to state that one of the reasons Gollum had survived so many encounters was because people pitied him. In these movies, you really connected with Gollum as a character. He was given the depth and attention he deserves. Some people complained that Gollum can't be cute, but then how are we supposed to pity him?
To those who would say that Return of the King is nothing but special effects, let me re-state what we already know: the casting was perfect, the acting was nothing short of superb, the cinematography was spectacular, the music was beautifully arranged, and the imagery was so deep and well-thought out that it really made the lands of Middle Earth seem to come alive. Rather than focusing on the special effects, Jackson focused on the story that made those special effects a necessity.
I await the extended DVD for a number of reasons. First of all is because I've heard that closure is given to the fate of Saruman, and that is pretty important to me.
Now all that's left to do is wait for this movie to sweep the Oscars. If the academy does not give this film the credit it deserves, it only proves that they are completely immersed in pretense and self-importance. Who cares if a movie isn't art? If it entertains, then in my book that's good enough.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood

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