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DVD title: Sesame Street - Zoe's Dance Moves
Productgroup: DVD
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1yr old girl loves it!

Everytime my husband and I buy a new DVD for my daughter, be it Sesame Street or Barney or the Wiggles etc... I'm always afraid that my daugher will not like it. When we bought Zoe's Dance Moves, she didn't really like watching it at first because she was still attached to Sesame Street's,Kids' Favorite songs!! I thought, "Bummer, what a waste of money!". However, after the end of the Favorite Songs DVD, she wanted to watch it all over again and my husband and I were getting tremendously annoyed by the same songs playing over and over again so, I decided to play Zoe's Dance Moves right after and she has grown to love it!! She would bow when Zoe and Paula bows and she'd do the Silly-Willy-Nilly Dance and shake her head like Zoe too! She even tips her toes up when they do the ballet dance and bounce around to the rhythm of the African dance!!! And when I get up and dance along with her, she's ecstatic!! Yup, there are some clips in it that were produced earlier but hey! it's all worth it when you see your little one dance so enthusiastically !

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Director: Emily Squires

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Truly one of a kind

"The Fellowship of the Ring" is a movie in a million: It has outstanding acting, directing, special effects, plotting, has romance and action and deep messages that still resonate today, decades after the books were published. It lives up to every ounce of the hype, and has deservedly made a huge mound of money. Now New Line has released it as it should be: Uncut, with plenty of extras for the raving geeks among us.
Frodo Baggins is an innocent young hobbit living in the idyllic Shire. But when his uncle Bilbo vanishes suddenly and leaves him all he owns to his nephew -- including a golden ring that makes the wearer invisible -- Frodo is told by the wizard Gandalf that his ring is the One Ring, the tiny indestructable token that contains the power of the demonic Dark Lord Sauron. The only way the Ring can be destroyed is to throw it into the volcano where it was forged, in the middle of the land of Mordor. Frodo volunteers for a perilous quest across Middle-Earth to destroy the Ring, even though he is small, weak, and not a warrior or a wizard. But he has no idea of the hideous powers that are chasing him, with the Ring threatening to turn the Fellowship of the Ring into a battleground.
"Lord of the Rings" is one of those books that you think could never be made into a good movie. If this had been made only for the money, that would have been true. But Peter Jackson, the cast and crew obviously love the story and wanted to make it as good and as real as possible, and for that I am deeply, deeply grateful.
Elijah Wood is outstanding as the tiny, unlikely hero Frodo Baggins, who is a wide-eyed innocent whose strength is all on the inside. Wood does an outstanding job of showing Frodo's childlike trust, joy and innocence being chipped away, and his growing desperation as things start to fall apart around him. Sean Astin is loyal and loveable as the extremely difficult-to-play Sam Gamgee, Frodo's best friend. Dominic Monoghan and Billy Boyd play Frodo's somewhat ditzy but well-meaning cousins. Orlando Bloom has a macho-ethereal air as the elf archer Legolas, and John Rhys-Davies is wonderful as the everything-big-but-height dwarf Gimli. Ian McKellen is the quintessential gray wizard, crabby and kindly at the same time. (Like Dumbledore? You ain't seen nothin' yet!)
The movie is extended, including a lot of material from the books that never made it to theaters, such as the Sackville-Bagginses, greater insight into the Arwen/Aragorn relationship, the awful Midgewater Marshes, more about Gollum, Frodo and his cousins dancing and singing at the pub, Aragorn's past, Gimli and Legolas's budding friendship, greater insights into Frodo and Sam's friendship, more of Sam's shy interest in Rosie Cotton, Bilbo and Frodo's sweet father-son relationship, and a "gift" scene where we see Galadriel's softer side. The movie stretches over two of the four DVDs, which also include audio commentaries that you can turn on. (Plenty of entertaining anecdotes with the actor commentaries, such as the year-long prank that the other hobbits played on the unsuspecting Elijah Wood)
The third and fourth DVDs are also treats. The third DVD focuses on Tolkien and the background of "Lord of the Rings." And the fourth DVD is also great fun: It focuses on behind-the-scenes of the movie. There is "Fellowship of the Cast," which outlines the main actors, serious and silly stuff (Dominic Monoghan can't stand pain, Elijah Wood can sleep anywhere, Sean Astin is a worrier, Liv Tyler made Orlando Bloom drive her around in New Zealand), as well as things about the supporting actors, and the scale doubles used for Gimli and the hobbits.
There is "Day in the Life of a Hobbit," which shows the makeup-feet-ears that were done for the hobbit actors, how they filmed, and what they did in their time off. (It involves a lot of bleeped-out cursing) There is then a careful run-through of how they shot the different locations, followed by studies of the "big-atures" (enormous scale models), special effects, and computer-generated creatures. After a slightly monotonous section on editing the film to how it showed in the theaters, we get a glimpse of how the movie was received across the world.
Hypothetically this movie should be for Tolkien geeks -- the in-depth studies of Tolkien and a fair amount of the extra movie material center on things that won't make sense to those who haven't read the books. But if you don't mind not knowing, for example, who Morgoth is or where Valinor is, then it won't bother you at all. "Fellowship of the Ring" and its extras are funny, touching, cute, intense, smoother and richer than before. A must-buy, for geek and non-geek alike.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (30th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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An Excellent Disney Family Feature!

'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' is a 1971 Disney classic that showcases the brilliant talent of Walt Disney's legendary animators, even four of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, some of his most trusted associates. It is a live-action/animation feature, and is not some happy-go-lucky Disney glitzy pop like today's Disney animation.This film is directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Bill Walsh, the same creative team that brought Mary Poppins to the screen in 1964. Many things are the same about the picture; such as the children in the picture. The con-man was played brilliantly by David Tomlinson, who also was the father in Mary Poppins. Yet, one thing was different, it was clearly missing the creative endeavor of Walt Disney.Based on the novels by Mary Norton, 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' is about a spinster named Eglantine Price, who lives in 1940 war-torn England, and is secretly a mail-order amateur witch. She is forced to take in three children because of the London bombings, and these kids are named Carrie, Charles and Paul. After a rocky start, the children find out Eglantine's secret about being a witch, and they become friends. Yet, Eglantine has to find a way to keep their mouths shut, since she does not want anyone to know she's a witch. So, the four of them seal a pact. Miss Price enchants a magic bedknob to keep the pact. In return the children will keep her secret. The bedknob, when put on the bed upstairs where it was taken from, will take them anywhere they want to be taken. Yet, their plans are changed when Eglantine learns that her teacher, Emelius Brown, has closed down the witch college, without mailing her the most important spell ever, Substitutiary Locomotion, which makes "inanimate objects take on a live force of their own" and Eglantine believes she can defeat the Germans with the spell.So Miss Price, Charlie, Carrie and Paul go to London, and there they meet Emelius Brown, who is obviously a terrible magician. Emelius claims that he lost the book in which the spell was, and they go to Portobello Road, a sort of farmer's market that sells fake second-hand items. Here Eglantine and company learn that Astoroth, a sorcerer, wore a necklace that had the magic words on it. They also learn that Astoroth kept animals in cages to make them more human-like. The animals rebelled and killed Astoroth, and stole the necklace. The necklace is on a neck of a lion on The Island of Naboombu. The animation starts here, when Eglantine, Emelius, and the children attend an underwater ballet, and also play a soccer game with the villianous lion on the Island of Naboombu, in which they manage to steal the necklace.Returning back home, the Locomotion spell flops, and Emelius leaves that night back to London to enter the war. That night, the Nazi Germans attack. After the Nazi's imprison Eglantine and the kids, Emelius returns secretly (by turning himself into a rabbit) and helps Eglantine and company get out.Working together, they use the Locomotion spell to mobolize an army of armor and defeat the Nazi Germans. Eventually, Emelius stays with Eglantine, Carrie, Charlie and Paul, but joines up with the army anyway.The bonus feautres are really great. The film is restored to its original length (after being cut numerous times before) and is remastered and restored fabulously. There is a Mickey and a Donald Duck short, and also a featurette on the making of the film, among other extras. I highly reccomend that you get this excellent film, and it deserves much more than 5 stars! It's a great film, your whole family will love it!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Robert Stevenson
Angela Lansbury
David Tomlinson
Roddy McDowall

DVD title: Coral Reef Adventure (Large Format) (2-Disc WMVHD Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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MUST SEE...............

This was a great adventure the documentary is the most beautiful I have ever seen! It really gives you great appreciation for MOTHER EARTH! MUST SEE!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Greg MacGillivray

DVD title: King Arthur (PG-13 Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie totally RULES because of its great actors, sweet script, the well known and powerful plot, and because it is the most know movie with the most known characters! This movie is great in every single way and I hope it succeeds into making money and being liked by people because I sure liked it, A LOT! You have to see this movie, it's just GREAT!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Clive Owen
Keira Knightley
Stephen Dillane

DVD title: Bad Boys II
Productgroup: DVD
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Best action movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a must see action movie. It is far superior to the first one.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michael Bay
Martin Lawrence
Will Smith
Gabrielle Union

DVD title: French Kiss
Productgroup: DVD
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The ultimate in romantic comedy!

For anyone who can appreciate romance, fun, and the beauty of French culture, this is the film for you. Meg Ryan is adorable, as usual, and Kevin Kline does an impeccable job as a rough Frenchman, nearly stumping even my French family with his accent! Everything about this film is charming, and it will have you laughing 'til your stomach hurts and falling in love with it all over again every time you watch it. I have seen it more times than I could ever remember, and I love it more each time. Truly perfect for both men and women. You've gotta see it!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Meg Ryan
Kevin Kline

DVD title: AC/DC - Family Jewels
Productgroup: DVD
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From Official Website,!

Seeing AC/DC on television has always been a rare occurance. After all, this was the band that tried to "blow up your video" during the height of MTV's late-'80's boom. Television appearances and promotional music videos have always been a necessary evil to this band of no-nonsense rockers. But when they did grace the airwaves it was like a bolt of lightning - their energy and spirit transforming a typically staged video into something magical and larger-than-life.

Here, for the first time, is the definitive history of AC/DC on video. DVD 1 starts with their breakthrough performance of "Baby Please Don't Go" on Australian television, through early promo clips, their rare turn on 70's mainstay The Midnight Special and ends with the Spanish television performance taped just ten days before singer Bon Scott's death. DVD 2 traces the classic 80's and 90's videos and includes - for the first time on DVD - the home video titles Fly On The Wall, Who Made Who and Clipped. Family Jewels is indeed a rare glimpse of this giant band on the small screen.

Tracklisting is as follows:

Baby Please Don't Go
Show Business
High Voltage
It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Dog Eat Dog
Let There Be Rock
Rock 'N' Roll Damnation
Sin City
Riff Raff
Fling Thing/ Rocker
Whole Lotta Rosie
Shot Down In Flames
Walk All Over You
Touch Too Much
If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
Girls Got Rhythm
Highway To Hel

Hells Bells
Back In Black
What Do You Do For Money Honey
Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Polluction
Let's Get It Up
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Flick Of The Switch
Nervous Shakedown
Fly On The Wall
Sink The Pink
Stand Up
Shake Your Foundations
Who Made Who
You Shook Me All Night Long
That's The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll
Are You Ready

Approx. running time 2 & 1/2 hours

Studio: Sony

DVD title: Sahara (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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BOAT from the movie

Hey im trying to find out what kind of boat they are driving in the movie ? the one that says calliope on the back



Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Breck Eisner
Penélope Cruz
Matthew McConaughey

DVD title: Coal Miner's Daughter
Productgroup: DVD
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Good biography of Loretta Lynn

My aunt and cousin were watching "The Coal Miner's Daughter" and I wasn't really wanting to watch it. There wasn't anything else to do, so I watched it. It was actually a pretty good movie. It tells the biography of Loretta Lynn all the way from how she struggled becoming a mother at the age of 14 all the way to when she forgot the lyrics on stage one night. It also has everything in between such as her becoming friends with Patsy Cline and how she achieved superstardom and became the queen of country music.
Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones put on great performances as do the others in the movie. Sissy Spacek sings all the songs herself and does a great job as Loretta Lynn. If you like biographical movies, you need to see "The Coal Miner's Daughter."

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Michael Apted
Sissy Spacek
Tommy Lee Jones

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