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DVD title: Columbo - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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1 of the best shows ever made!

I just purchased Season 2 and it is without a doubt one of the best shows ever made! Peter Falk is brilliant no one does it better than he does in solving crimes! I am already waiting on Season 3 so keep the seasons coming!!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Peter Falk

DVD title: Talk to Her (Hable con Ella)
Productgroup: DVD
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Universally acclaimed, openly gay and proud Spanish director Pedro Almodovar isn't afraid to shock his audience. When you watch an Almodovar movie, you can almost picture the inimitable movie-maker smiling wickedly while thinking about the audience's reaction when they see his outrageous characters and the improbable situations that those characters find themselves in. In his first feature film, 1980's "Pepi, Luci, Bom", a mousy housewife enters into a sado-masochistic relationship with a lesbian punk rock star, initiated with a "watersports" scene. In "Law of Desire" (1987), my favorite Almodovar movie, we learn that the voluptuous female character Tina used to be a man (!), and had a sex-change operation to please her lover-- who happened to be her own father! And in "Kika" (1993), a prison escapee frenetically rapes the titular heroine, and a dab of the rapist's, uhm... seed, falls from the balcony on to the face of an obnoxious talk show hostess on the street.
And so we enter the wild, whacky world of Pedro Almodovar, where the director reigns over a kingdom of fabulously quirky, colorful characters. In Almodovar's movies, let's just say that things happen that, well, just don't happen to ordinary people. Throughout the '80's and early '90's, when characters with any kind of "alternate" sexual identity or orientation were all but invisible in American cinema, Almodovar's movies almost always featured gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and/or transvestite characters. It's no mystery why his movies have been cult favorites in the U.S. for years, especially among gay and lesbian audiences. Sure, there were lots of straight characters in Almodovar's movies as well, but they were no less outrageous. Pedro Almodovar first became well-known to American audiences with 1988's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (nominated for "Best Foreign Film" Oscar and Golden Globe; Winner of "Best Foreign Film" by the New York's Critics Circle) and 1989's bondage-flavored love story "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!". In 1999, the filmmaker who made his name in the film world by breaking all the rules earned his most "mainstream" accolades to date with "All About My Mother". Almodovar received no less than 24 international awards for the movie, which received both "Best Foreign Language Film" Oscar and Golden Globe. When he accepted his Oscar, presented by fellow Spanish imports Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, he cemented his stauts in American pop culture when audiences watched an emotional Almodovar consumed in pure joy-- truly a life-affirming sight and an inspiration to future filmmakers. Almodovar's older films, most of them available on VHS or DVD, are musts for all serious GLBT cinema-philes. And for all you trogs out there who wouldn't consider watching a movie with subtitles... well, then you'll just have to learn Spanish.
"Talk To Her" ("Hable Con Ella") is a drama with comedic touches. The story is about the friendship that evolves between two men who meet by chance: Benigno (Javier Camara), a young, non-threatening-looking nurse, and Marco (Dario Grandinetti), a rugged-looking writer in his early 40's. Benigno originally notices Marco in the theater, but doesn't yet speak to him. Months later, Marco's girlfriend Lydia (Rosario Flores), a bullfighter, is seriously injured and falls into a coma. She is transported to the clinic where Benigno works. At the clinic, Benigno is taking care of Alicia (Leonor Watling), another young woman who has been in a coma for four years. Through flashbacks, we learn more about the relationship between Marco and Lydia, and we learn about the circumstances in which Benigno wound up caring for Alicia. As the movie progresses, the bond between the two men becomes stronger-- especially when Lydia eventually passes away. It's at this point in the film when the plot takes a VERY strange turn-- which, while jaw-dropping, is believable only because Almodovar has perfectly developed the feelings and the motivations of the characters in "Talk To Her", particularly the two male leads, and then allows the audience into the characters' minds. In addition, the acting by all the major characters is flawless: At face value, the audience thinks that they have everything "figured out", only to slowly see the characters in "Talk To Her" revealed in a more complicated web of human emotions, including joy, love, sadness, and loneliness. Gender and sexual orientation isues are explored too: Benigno is straight, but pretends that he's gay so that he can continue to care for Alicia without suspicion by her father. Lydia is a female bullfighter, used to having to prove herself as an equal in a male-dominated sport. Yet her sensitive, vulnerable side is never neglected by the director. Almodovar doesn't hesitate to show us an axiom of human nature often missing in American cinema: that MEN, like women, can actually have feelings, be vulnerable, and yes, Virginia, even cry.
Pedro Almodovar has definitely "matured" as a filmmaker, but he hasn't abandoned his raunchy, racy side. Now more than ever, Almodovar manages to expertly blend barrier-breaking humor with real human emotions and characterizations. In a bold cinematic move, within "Talk To Her" is an outrageous film-within-a-film-- a seven minute, black-and-white, science-fiction-inspired silent film "Amante Menguante" ("Shrinking Lover"), which tells the story of an overweight scientist whose attempt at a diet formula runs amok. He shrinks... and shrinks... and shrinks. Worried about not being able to please his girlfriend, he finds a new way to become, uhm... "intimate" with her... (And I'm not saying another word!)
For those of us American cinema-lovers who are starved for original stories, Pedro Almodovar is proof that sometimes, we simply need to look across the ocean. And if you look really closely, you may see Almodovar with a wicked smile... because he knows that with "Talk To Her", he's once again pleased moviegoers.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Javier Cámara
Darío Grandinetti
Rosario Flores

DVD title: Dream a Little Dream
Productgroup: DVD
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the best movie that i saw when i was little

This movie is so good, I use to love to see it when it came on HBO and on standard channels. Now that i have it I love to watch it. It is a good movie if you like romance, comedy, adventure, and excitement.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Marc Rocco
Corey Feldman
Jason Robards

DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great but not long enough

There are very few movies that leave me wanting more. With most movies, I can't wait to get out of the theatre. This movie could have been two hours longer.

First, I have never read a Potter book so I am not biased that way. I consider Potter to be like literary Crack but they make GREAT movies. Some parts probably could have been left out but overall, it flowed really well. The movie did a good job of keeping you interested in the film and not the kid behind you with the squeaky seat. I realize they were trying to pack in a lot of material but I really didn't notice it. There were no boring parts of the movie. There was lots of suspense and everything fit together in the end. It's a very interesting ride. It was difficult to get used to new actors playing characters but you can get by that after a while.

I hope the DVD is longer. My daughter read the book and said parts were missing, especially dealing with new characters. I hope they are in the DVD because this was one of my favorite movies.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)

DVD title: Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than The Phantom Menace

George has really done good this time, this story is getting better and better by the movies. It's no wonder how the original trilogy is so epic. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is so exciting on so many different levels.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman

DVD title: Dream Theater - Live at Budokan
Productgroup: DVD
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This is the new DVD from Dream, and yes, we all had great expectations about the incredible quality of this concert. First of all, I want to say, the image quality is amazing, the sound, you can't get better from any live from them, the most important, they all playing very well! But, nothing is perfect, so I have one complain, that frustrating me, cause I'm a drummer. The camera takes over Portnoy are really bad. All the guys are very good focused. But Portnoy, you can't never see his drums completely. Just behind, by the left, or in front, by one side. And if the camera is really at the center of the stage,it's too far, behind the public. I was waiting a good take in the 3 hours of the concert, and I just can find it in one part. In the 2nd DVD, when you can see the "instrumedley" by 4 differents angles. (It's one of the best idea of this DVD, if they can do it the entire DVD like this). I finally see a good take of the drums, but in the Myung angle only (#2). That proves the camera can take a better angle.But just for 4 seconds. Instead of that, I can't say to somebody, look at his drums, because you can't see him, playing in front. But if you're not a drummer, you will not care. So, the highlight goes to Petrucci, who has the better camera takes. Long live to Dream Theater!

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Midnight Cowboy
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the Best!

To me Midnight Cowboy is about the ailienation of American culture. From the bus ride in the early scenes passing all the neon lights, to the orange juice commercial, to the dreams of moving to Florida -all are illusions. Only the friendship was real and tangible.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: John Schlesinger
Dustin Hoffman
Jon Voight

DVD title: The Black Stallion Returns
Productgroup: DVD
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one of my favorite all time movies!!!

The Black Stallion Returns was not as good as it should have been.
Whoever was responsible for the movie did not take the time to create another masterpiece, the end result being a so-so sequel.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Robert Dalva
Kelly Reno
Vincent Spano

DVD title: Night of the Living Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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amazing remake

this is one of the best remakes ever made, just as good as the origional. My hats of to Tom Savini, that guy is a horror god!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Tom Savini
Tony Todd
Patricia Tallman

DVD title: 28 Days Later (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I rented this movie with low expectations, considering how many times I'd been disappointed over what could have been a great horror movie. However, within the first 15 minutes, my fears were assuaged. What the film-makers have accomplished with this film is nothing short of extraordinary. They have managed to provide gruesome and grisly entertainment as well as a deeper underlying meaning.While the "Last Man on Earth" scenario has been played repetitiously for moviegoing audiences for ages, it almost seems new in this film. The characters are wonderfully played by a cast of virtual unknowns, which seems to further the whole isolationist theme. The background and incidental music, while admittedly weird, do not seem out of place in this undeniably weird film. Of course many nay-sayers complain that the movie ends leaving too many unanswered questions. That, I believe is the whole purpose of the film. Many a viewer will leave this movie with questions racing through their heads, and if they do, the film-makers have succeeded. This movie was made to ask questions. And in a time when such horrible, pointless films are being made today, better to leave questions unanswered than to have never asked any questions at all.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Danny Boyle
Cillian Murphy
Naomie Harris

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