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DVD title: Black Hawk Down
Productgroup: DVD
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3 disc edition

BHD is perhaps one of the best war movies I've ever seen(along with "we were soldiers") because of the realistic violence and the fact that it's as close to the actual event as the filmakers could get. The PBS and History channel documentaries are very interesting to watch as is the 2? making of BHD on disc 2. The real Msgt. Matt Eversman and Msgt. Danny McKnight(played by Joshn Hartnett and Tom Sizemore in the film) can be heard on one of the three audio commentaries. The commentary with the screenwriter and book author provide comic relief because they take turns imitating director Ridley Scott's british accent. A very well made movie and it will make your head spin watching the documentaries and how it took thousands of people to make this movie without anyone dying all over again in "movie explosions".... ditch your old BHD dvd and upgrade to this one.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ridley Scott
Josh Hartnett

DVD title: The Storm Riders
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful update of original HK black/white tv shows

Those of you who gave low ratings because the film did not resemble "traditional" hong kong kung fu shows obviously are not old enough to remember or have ever seen the original shows in black and white tv. Yes black and white!
Storm Riders really brings back memories of those original shows where mythical heros cast supernatural weapons and creatures from their palms that dueled to the death. Back then some poor guy had to paint on the film negatives!
In Storm Riders the same story themes are intact. Everything has just been updated with wonderfully overdone computer graphics! Yes some of it does look a bit Xena-like. But American movies still don't have the same timing as Hong Kong movies, even in the use of special effects.
I saw this movie originally on VCD and now more recently on DVD and I have to say I enjoyed it even more the second time. I wish that it were in Cantonese so that I can understand it without having to read subtitles.
In some ways this film is like Crouching Tiger. Crouching Tiger also carried the same mythical themes as those old b/w shows but for some reason, whereas Storm Riders feels like the original oldies, Crouching Tiger looks like a yuppified StarBucks coffee version of them.

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Wai Keung Lau

DVD title: The Forsyte Saga, Series 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Damian Lewis is brillant as Soames Forsyte...

I watched this program on PBS on a whim and fell in love. I think all of the actors did a brillant job in bringing the viewer into the Forsyte world. The most outstanding I believe was Damian Lewis's portrayal of Soames. He is a wonderful actor with incredible range. He could have easily just been purely a villian, but he showed a very human side of Soames. He was too repressed to show his true passion and Irene was too self absorbed to appreciate and nurture it. This is a very entertaining period piece with fine acting. I was chuffed when my family gave me the DVD collection for Christmas.

Studio: Acorn Media Publishing Inc.
Damian Lewis

DVD title: Colossus - The Forbin Project
Productgroup: DVD
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A More Prophetic Movie Than Most Realize

The obvious prediction of computers running the country's defense system is obvious, but the movie (and the original books by D. F. Jones) was quite prophetic in the world of computer technology. The idea of the two systems inventing a common language came true a few years later with the creation of TCP-IP, the language used on the Internet. And in the books, Colossus is eventually brought down by a small program that slowly takes up more and more of his (it...I mean it...) memory capacity...the first computer virus.
The idea of a computer that decides that man is incapable of self-control, and needs to be led has been done before, and since. But it was done here well. While it's fun to watch and snicker at the massive size of the system compared to the machines of today, the strength of the acting carries this off. The story builds slowly, as the two sides of the cold war learn that there's a third player in the game, one they created, and one that will almost defintely win. It's got similarities to Fail Safe, really; both sides playing a losing game against a situation they created, and could have avoided.
The first world address of Colossus/Guardian at the end works really well. Its voice is stone calm, partially because it's an artificial voice, but even if it had emotion, it would have been the calm of a person who knows damn well he's won, who walks through the valley of death and fears no evil, becasue he is the toughest S.O.B. in the valley...
"I offer you peace. It may be the peace of plenty, or it may be the peace of unburied death." Chilling.
Get past the Kennedy lookalike, and enjoy this film.
Vinnie, still looking for a Colossus T-Shirt

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Joseph Sargent
Eric Braeden
Susan Clark

DVD title: Predator (Full-Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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DTS version rocks.

The DTS version is great. Old version ( DD 5.1 ) just didn't measure up. It just rocks my apartment ( wife hates it ).

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: John McTiernan
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Carl Weathers
Kevin Peter Hall

DVD title: Dream for an Insomniac
Productgroup: DVD
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A definite must-see

I can't remember the last time I've seen a movie that hit so close to home...anyone who believes in the awesome power of fate in our love lives has to see this...

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Tiffanie DeBartolo

DVD title: The Maltese Falcon
Productgroup: DVD
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The stuff dreams are made of . . .

This is a fine noir treatment of the Dashiell Hammett hard-boiled novel, and Humphrey Bogart is great as the cynical, highly controlled, and yet passionate Sam Spade. The Warner's supporting cast is familiar to any Bogart fan: Sidney Greenstreet as "the Fatman", Elisha Cook Jr. as the wannabe tough-guy thug, and Peter Lorre as the sleazy but dangerous criminal entrepreneur who would betray his mother for the golden bird. Mary Astor has a tough role to play in this film: vulnerable yet ruthless, scheming, and yet with a smoldering passion that ignites Bogart's own desire. She pulls it off, although Sam Spade was clearly thinking with the more private part of his anatomy when he fell for her. Watching the film, you can just see she's trouble, but Spade wouldn't be the first guy to let his drum major do his thinking for him. Yet he never loses his cool. And in the end, the seductive femme fatale gets what's coming to her. As for the bird, well the gleam of desire in the eyes of everyone in the film when they finally get it in their hands shows what it means . . . as Bogie said, "It's the stuff that dreams are made of." Great dialogue, great cast, great film.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: John Huston
Humphrey Bogart
Mary Astor

DVD title: American Pie (Widescreen Unrated Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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this movie is great

this movie is great. It is so funny i laughed so hard this movie is alot of what you didn't see in the theaters there is only a few extra seconds of the pie part and the girl part and book part and sex part this is a perfect movie for anyone over 17

Studio: Universal Studios
Jason Biggs
Chris Klein
Thomas Ian Nicholas

DVD title: Jesus of Montreal (French language only) (Import)
Productgroup: DVD
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Powerful, moving and thought-provoking

I first saw this movie just after its release and it still has the power to move me to tears. Ostensibly about a group of actors putting on an updated Passion play in Montreal, it has a deeper significance. The actors are superb, and the use of subtitles does nothing to diminish the lovely French-Canadian accents and the excellent dialogue. The use of Montreal backdrops throughout the movie is just splendid, including Mont Royale and Metro stations. *Jesus of Montreal* displays a healthy cynicism towards the church and all other institutions for their hypocrisy, lack of courage, and concerns with all things material. The use of humour throughout is deft and effective. The action develops very well, and builds up its own momentum as it does so; the actor playing Christ becomes more and more Christlike, as the effects of an accident become more apparent. There is, however, a horrible inevitability about where and how this is all going to end. The final scene (involving organ transplantation) represents the resurrection of Christ in a highly original - and deeply moving - way. One for sceptics and believers alike - Jesus of Montreal will make both groups re-consider their positions.

Studio: Msi Music Corp
Director: Denys Arcand
Lothaire Bluteau

DVD title: Halloween II
Productgroup: DVD
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thanks a lot viewer from arlington, VA

Thanks a lot, viewer from Arlington, VA. I havn't seen this movie but I just wanted to congratulate this guy for ruining the movie for me when I looked this movie up to see if it was a worthy sequel. Thanks for telling me that Laurie is Michaels sister. I really appreciate it. I hate not knowing surprises in movies. Hey, Virginia boy. Why don't you hop over to the Psycho reviews and tell people who havnt seen it that Norman is really the killer and not his mother. Spread your movie knowledge.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Jamie Lee Curtis
Donald Pleasence

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