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DVD title: Cabin Fever - Special Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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2.5 stars?!!!? I loved this movie!

God, I can't believe all these negative reviews! I expected the rating to be at least 4 stars, but this is stupid!

Anyway, the movie is about these teenagers who go to a cabin on vacation. Later, a hermit barges in and tells him he has a virus that eats flesh. He goes crazy, and smashes into the teen's car. They defeat him by lighting him on fire. He stumbles into a lake and dies. His disease is spread through the lake water and into the cabin's tap! And when the teens drink the water, well, we'll see what happens!

The reason why I think people hate this movie is because they expected it to have a killer that kills the teens, not a virus! But it was refreshingly different to me. It had funny moments, and a few scary moments also. It has lots of gore, swearing, and hot girls! People these days don't have any good movie tastes. Well, FYI all you LOTR fans who hated this movie, Peter Jackson, who directed LOTR said he loved this movie!

The DVD X-tras are, a whopping 5 commentaries, 3 HILARIOUS Rotten Fruit claymation shorts [the director made 'em!], Pancakes [you'll see what it is!], Beneath the Skin: Making of Cabin Fever, a family-friendly G-rated version [which is about 30 seconds long :)], Chick-Vision [not that you pervert, it blocks the scary scenes :D], and trailers [they are on the main menu. Hilight the Lion's Gate logo].

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Eli Roth
Rider Strong
Jordan Ladd
James DeBello
Cerina Vincent
Joey Kern

DVD title: What Planet Are You From?
Productgroup: DVD
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Good Film; Superb, and under-rated

Shandling plays the regular straight man in this film. The whole purpose for the visit to earth is world domination, at least that is what is CLEARLY stated in the film, at least twice this is stated. I don't know why the Amazon critic misses this point. Also, the penis HUMS, not buzzes. Also another point stated numerous times.
As has been said in other reviews, the humour is dry, and subtle. It's not a laugh out loud film, but it is enjoyable, and as many times as I have seen the film, all the performances are first rate, and Ben Kingsley's final moment is so classic.
Not exactly art, but its an enjoyable film, and streets ahead of a slightly related film EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY.
watch and enjoy.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Mike Nichols
Garry Shandling
Annette Bening

DVD title: Thief in the Night
Productgroup: DVD
Thief in the Night - movie DVD cover picture
A life changing movie

I was 12 yrs old the first time I viewed this movie. I remember being scared to death that it would happen to me. I was 15 yrs old when I became a Christian. During the alter service the scenes from this movie and its sequels rolled through my mind and I knew I did not want to go through the things I had seen portrayed. This movie has made such an impact on my life and I wish every one could see it at least one time in their life. I believe the world would be a much better place. You will not regret your purchase of this or the rest of the series.

Studio: Pro-Active Entertain
Patty Dunning

DVD title: Steamboy - Director's Cut (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The best movie EVER!!!!

When this movie came out in theatres, everyone was all like "Oh this movie suck to the eye! Hardy-Har!" and so then when i went to see it, I was tottally ready to finger those critics. I loved it! So I bought the DVD 2day, and I loved it! IMO this is the best movie ever made!

STEAMIN' STORY: James Ray Steam is a son of an inventor, Edward Steam. They are both living in London right now, taking control of STEAM TOWER. Then, Ray visits this beautiful girl named Scarlett, who everyone treats royally. But then, Once ray learned that his grandfather has escaped, He dosen't know whether to trust his dad or grandpa!

THOUGHTS: WHY DOES EVERYONE HATE THIS????????????????HUH???? I LOVED IT!!!! I thought this is the best movie EVER!!! Nothing stupid, It's all soooooo cool!


Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Anna Paquin
Patrick Stewart
Alfred Molina

DVD title: Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Christian Bale has arrived

Bale has always been one of my faviorte actors ever since American Psycho. He always seems to never get any credit for his performances, and in this movie he shines. The movie is dark, action is heavy in places, but the writing was blah. The movie had a few flaws, but I still enjoyed the movie. People who dont like the movie are either iggorant people who write reviews to piss people off or they didnt like it because it didnt have enough action or have a short attention span and cant pay attention. First off, the acting was excellent, the action was great, and the movie didnt have a cheese factor like the other four movies do. I hope the trend of Batman movies are like this, and do not have Bale turning into a cheesy George Clooney type Batman.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Christopher Nolan
Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Ken Watanabe

DVD title: The Gristle
Productgroup: DVD
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About race without getting cynical -- funny, fast

HBO picked this up and has played it several times this past month. It was kinda uncomfortable at first; but the more I watched it, the funnier it got. I've seen it about four or five times now, and now I am cryin' laughin so hard at some bits. Dorn is really good in it.
One acquaintance said it's politically incorrect and correct at the same time. The characters say some pretty outrageous things that you can only get away with in indy films. The point is that in spite of the fact that they are all walking cliches, no one is really what he seems to be or what the other guys expect him to be.
He loved when they're in the club trying to figure out weather cubans are black, white or something else. It's one of the frankest films about race in a long time and without getting cynical too.
Here's a bit of trivia: The Gristle is the one and only movie ever partly financed by a U.S. Small Business Administration loan. It was a program put forward to attempt to stem the flow of moviemaking going to Canada.
The location for the movie is L.A. The program was cut by the current administration; but also the SBA office said the only banks willing to participate in the program were the ones right around Hollywood.
There might have been increasingly more banks willing in other places had the pilot program gone on successfully, though, they said.
If you look in the credits for the movie, they show the SBA loan and its officers in L.A. and the two banks in L.A. and their loan officers. It's kinda cool.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: David Portlock

DVD title: Day for Night
Productgroup: DVD
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Buy this now, while you still can.

If you're thinking about it at all, you should buy this DVD as soon as possible, because it looks likely to go out of print. I read a news article this week saying that the estate of Truffaut has sued Warner Bros. to stop making this DVD.
Apparently Warner had the rights to the film for 30 years, which ended May 24, 2003. Warner released this DVD in the US on March 18, 2003, and the Truffaut heirs say this was knowingly done to get in before the deadline. Apparently excess stocks of books and movies are usually allowed to be sold even after rights have been lost. However, the Truffaut estate claims Warner released this DVD so close to the expiration of their rights that they are abusing this. They want a large amount of money and for the DVD to be pulled from stores, because they say Truffaut and his estate never got much if any money from Warner Bros.
However this gets resolved, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see this well made DVD, which finally offers the film in the original French, just quietly disappear from the market at some point soon. If you want it, pick it up now, before it's going for $100 at ebay.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: François Truffaut
François Truffaut
Jacqueline Bisset
Jean-Pierre Léaud

DVD title: Applause
Productgroup: DVD
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An astounding film

Rouben Mamoulian was one of the great innovators in film. This story of an aging burlesque queen, her daughter, and her sleazy and amoral husband-manager ought to be a cheap, silly melodrama, given the script.
But under Mamoulian's stunning direction, and with Helen Morgan giving a devastating, unflinching performance as the pathetic yet ultimately noble burlesque queen--a woman completely lacking in self-esteem but who is willing to sacrifice everything to protect her daughter---it packs a surprising punch.
Mamoulian focuses on the lurid and grotesque side of burlesque, but rather than making you turn away in disgust, his direction, combined with Morgan's willingness to be vulnerable and needy, make this painfully compelling to watch. Because of Mamoulian's visual style, which was way ahead of what anyone else was doing at the time, and the story's sexual frankess, the whole film seems very modern. There is some amazing location shooting in 1929 New York.
Kino's transfer is about as good as it could possibly be given the film's age and relative obscurity, and there are some very interesting extras. While some dialogue in the early parts of the film is impossible to understand, this seems to have been unfixable: Mamoulian knew that if he wanted the camera to move as much he did, the sound from the movement of the large cameras (which were all that were available at that time) would make it impossible to hear some dialogue. He decided that his visuals were more important, and in the particular scenes in which this occurs, I think he was right.
This film is one of the early masterpieces of the sound era. It holds up extraordinarily well. Start watching it. After five minutes, you'll be hooked in a way that few films manage.

Studio: Kino International
Director: Rouben Mamoulian

DVD title: The Passion of Joan of Arc - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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I never knew someone could make a film like this one. Watch it without sound or music. This movie is amazing. That's all I have to say about it.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Maria Falconetti
Eugene Silvain

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie ever made. Brilliant acting, unbelievable score. I watched it a dozen times.

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

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