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DVD title: The Simpsons - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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3rd season=the first classic Simpsons


Although every Simpsons episode is great, the 3rd season is where they took off. Episodes like "Homer at the Bat" are what stick into my mind as "The Simpsons". And how awesome is Apu's invention of the "Chutney Squishy" in the the episode "The Otto Show"? I love the Simpsons, especially the 11-13th seasons along with this last season. I just wish that they would hurry their butts up and release more than one of these DVD sets per year... ...

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Dan Castellaneta



DVD title: Leap Frog - Letter Factory
Productgroup: DVD
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A Must Have for Learning ABC's and Phonics


My 2 1/2 year old loves this movie. It teaches Phonics as well as ABC's. Within three weeks my son knew both. Unlike puzzles, board books, etc. it's not a matter of placement memorization but true recall of letters and sounds. It's honest to goodness learning.

Originally I purchased Fridge Phonics and my son just wasn't catching on. Now we use both tools together and they are a wonderful learning tool.

I can take any letter and ask him what it is. If he is stumped I just start to sing the familar song or make the sound of the letter and he will instantly recall the letter or sound. This DVD is set up so you can teach the ABC's and Phonics in 4 letter groupings, or you can simply sit and watch it all the way through while interacting with your child.

I'm so excited by this product that I will be purchasing Word Caper and Math Circus next.

A must have for all parents! If only potty training were this easy.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Leap Frog
LeapFrog




DVD title: Princess Caraboo
Productgroup: DVD
Princess Caraboo - movie DVD cover picture
Funny, endearing Phoebe Cates supreme.


When my husband rented this movie, which I had never heard of before, I thought he was crazy. What kind of a decent movie would be called "Princess Caraboo"? As this story unfolded, I found myself absolutely immersed in the outcome. The plot is that of a poor girl with a rich imagination using her assets to pull one over on high society. Princess Caraboo found herself living and socializing with the richest of the rich, and fooling them all. Sort of a self-made Eliza Doolittle. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Michael Austin
Actors:
Jim Broadbent
Phoebe Cates




DVD title: Shakes the Clown
Productgroup: DVD
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Leonard Maltin and Binky club members.


Like Binky, Leonard must belong to the "Not-Funny Diarrhea Club". This movie WAS meant to be crude. If you ever wanted to hear Aunt Esther from "Sanford and Son" utter THE classic line (About a little dog), get this movie!!!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Bob Goldthwait
Actors:
Bob Goldthwait



DVD title: Reservoir Dogs
Productgroup: DVD
Reservoir Dogs - movie DVD cover picture
Sure, Tarantino's a smug, backstabbing nerd ...


... but he's made a few damn good movies.
On the recommendation of one of the more interesting negative reviews a ways back, I checked out Jane Hamsher's book "Killer Instinct." It's an admittedly gossipy, but intelligent non-fiction account of the making of Natural Born Killers, the kind of thing you tear through easily in a night (as I admit I did.)
This book, at least if one accepts its author's sincerity to some degree, does not do much for one's opinion of Quentin Tarantino as a person, celebrity, or writer. And it does cause one to pause and re-evaluate his work to some degree, from a new and more critical angle. Hamsher's account of things is a bit subjective, but definitely an entertaining and recommendable read for those interested in Tarantino, Oliver Stone, or moviemaking in general.
But, although I now better understand many of the major criticisms of Tarantino himself and, by proxy, his work, I don't think anything can change the fact that Reservoir Dogs (as well as Pulp Fiction) work for me on a deeply fundamental aesthetic level. The dialogue and the characters who engage in it are stylized, as is the direction, but at heart, I can't help but feel they're movies powerfully and correctly made. I suppose one should expect as much from someone who spent half a lifetime absorbing all of the movies he could, milking and dissecting them for their most aesthetically favorable -- and commanding -- elements.
A frequent criticism of Tarantino is that his characters have no depth (something Jackie Brown seemed eager to try to address), that it's just a bunch of neat-o dialogue. I've thought about this and watched his movies several times now. But I think the criticism is mis-aimed. I think his characters are strong, developed, and full of subtlety (even though the overall style is starkly bombastic.) But, unlike many other filmmakers, Tarantino's focus is not -- at least in the case of Reservoir Dogs -- on who the characters are and what they are each personally feeling at each given moment. It is on what is *happening.* And the situations that comprise that which is *happening* are in and of themselves very nuanced and complex. As for the characters, they are certainly once-removed creations -- they are, in a way, pawns interacting within a larger situation. But that doesn't mean they aren't well-crafted pawns (credit the actors or the director as you wish -- the performances in Tarantino's movies so far have been universally excellent.) The larger situation, and its aesthetics, are what Tarantino seems most concerned with. And since this is a fictional movie -- a creative product -- I simply feel no need to criticize the film on this note. Maybe that has to do with the fact that I myself tend to be more interested in the aesthetic aspects of the end product rather than how much the characters resemble "real" people. Real people are, frankly, dull.
Another major criticism of Tarantino -- the more arbitrary and petty, as I see it -- is his willingness to employ graphic violence in a stylized way. I have never been able to grasp why anyone should have to defend this element of Tarantino's work. Because, A) It is no worse than the violence employed in any mainstream, R-rated action movie -- it is simply presented without slow-motion effects, super-human eye-popping stunts, and dramatic background orchestration. Consequently, it is more what violence would actually be like. Personally, I think this simply makes it a less pretentious and more decidedly commanding element. If it's sometimes disturbing, well good -- it probably should be. And reason B) It's a movie. It's not real. If there are really some idiots out there that think it'd be cool to mimic the behavior of these fictional characters, then they are accountable for their idiocy, not Tarantino. The majority of us are mature enough to be able to make the distinction between fantasy and reality. Movies are, to my mind, aesthetic creations. They are not educators, they are not moral guidance counselors, and they are not parent-substitutes. If you think that they should be, I would assume it's because you're a weak person who either can't make such decisions and distinctions for themselves, or can't stand the thought of other people being allowed to without their self-righteous say-so.
Though perhaps less than thrilled with Tarantino himself, Reservoir Dogs remains a startling, confident, aesthetic, inventive, and impacting creation.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors:
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Michael Madsen




DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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this is the best movie EVER!!!!!!!!!


this is the best movie ever i saw it 13 times and u must buy it u have to

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce




DVD title: Red Dragon - Collector's Edition (Widescreen)
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic Thriller!


This Thomas Harris adaptation is equal to "The Silence of the Lambs". It is superb! The cast is almost perfect. (I disagreed with Harvey Keitel as Crawford..Scott Glenn was better in "Lambs"). Ralph Fiennes was chilling and sympathetic at the same time. Lecter was perfect as usual and gave the movie a notch up in "spookiness!". Ed Norton was as usual fantastic. He has turned out to be a wonderful character actor, never disappointing his fans. I suggest one read the book first, then see the movie. The movie of course has to condense the story and the book is one of the all time best.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brett Ratner
Actors:
Anthony Hopkins
Edward Norton
Ralph Fiennes




DVD title: Ah! My Goddess - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
Ah! My Goddess - The Movie - movie DVD cover picture
AwEsOmE


Well to start off with I thought this movie was excellent!! If you have not read the manga or seen the OVA thats ok.I watched this movie with only a little bit of knowlege of what its about.But I do recommend that you find about a little bit about it or you may get a little confused of how Belldandy and Keichi meet.Even without seeing the OVA or manga you can still enjoy this great movie like I did.
The main plot is there is a fairy princess named Morgan Le Fay.She had released a crimnal who is a god named Celestine. Not too long after that Celestine infects Belldandy with a virus that affects all of heaven and later earth. Morgan stays on earth as a student at Neckomi Tech the college Keichi goes to and watches them. The virus affects Belldandy in a way that she only loses her memory of Keichi. I think I will stop here so I don't spoil the movie for you. You will just have to see the movie yourself and you won't regret it.
The animation is really nice only cause its a theatcal release. But the character designs are different of that of the OVA and Manga. Pioneer did great with this DVD. The extras include the first episode of the Adventures of the Mini Goddesses which if you don't understand alot of japanese humar and culture you may not like it or understand it. Then you have some artwork like with most DVDs and some original japanese trailers. In all this is a great movie and one to keep if your a fan of Oh My Goddess or looking at it to see if its for you. It is a great place to join in the fun!!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Hiroaki Gôda



DVD title: B.A.P.S.
Productgroup: DVD
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Fiiiinnne and yo' sef


Monster's Ball is ain't but then again, was it really intended to be?Lots of fun, far from serious, light and entertaining. It was nice seeing Martin Landau in such a different role, too. I do think the intent of the movie was satirical and therefore meant to be enjoyed with all the sense of humor one could muster--(with that in mind)I laughed all the way through.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Robert Townsend
Actors:
Halle Berry
Martin Landau
Natalie Desselle




DVD title: Brassed Off
Productgroup: DVD
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GCB when you know - humanity wins


This is nothing less than the finest musical / political / tragedy / drama ever! (and that includes Costa Gavras' "Z")
Buy four and see what happens when you loan one out!
Great performances by every actor, musician and technical staff in the picture -- flawless and with a soundtrack to die for.
A fitting response to Maggie Thatcher's policies.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Mark Herman
Actors:
Pete Postlethwaite
Tara Fitzgerald
Ewan McGregor




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