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DVD title: Close to You - Remembering the Carpenters
Productgroup: DVD
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5 stars


As the 15th anniversary of Karen Carpenter's death came and went, a number of TV networks produced specials commemorating her brother- sister act. The best of them was PBS's "Close to You." It was more atmospheric and less sensationalistic than the others, for example VH1 and E!. If you want hard or morbid details about her long struggle with anorexia, you won't find them here. What you will find are longer-than-usual musical excerpts from their various TV and concert appearances. Her distinctive voice is the star rather than her tragic story. The ending, in which Petula Clark and Richard Carpenter are shown separately performing the same song, will break your heart.

Studio: Mpi Home Video
Actors:
Carpenters
Karen Carpenter




DVD title: The Pirate Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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the pirate movie rocks!


...that both me (in 40s) and my daughter (who is 9) love watching this movie again and again. The movie is exotic, extremely humourous, entertaining and with lovely songs that you will catch yourself humming days after you have seen the movie. It is so very sad that the producers do not even have a plan to bring this on DVD. I am an avid DVD fan, and I can claim this with full confidence that this movie has so much staying power that it is going to be a well selling DVD for many many years to come. So guys, just get the DVD out!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: Ken Annakin
Actors:
Kristy McNichol
Christopher Atkins
Ted Hamilton




DVD title: The Shield - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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The best ever!


After much hype by FX, the Shield debuted on cable television last year. It quickly became a hit, with its gritty and controversial characters, top-notch writing, and superb acting. There have been many attempts to do police dramas, but the Shield elevates the bar. With Michael Chiklis plays the lead role of Vic Mackey, the leader of a special strike team that does things in legal and not so legal ways at times to get the job done.
One of the most interesting aspects of the show is wondering what Vic will do next. He does some questionable things at times, but you can't help root for him and his team. With a Captain out to expose Mackey for the "dirty" cop that he is, every episode has you hooked and eagerly anticipating the next. Rounding out the superb cast, is the mentioned Captain, two detectives that get to solve many interesting cases, and two patrol officers, one a female training officer teaching the job to a new rookie. Intertwining them all is expertly done, and each actor knows their character so well, that you can feel it each time they speak.
The Shield pushes the limits of what can be shown on TV, though not as blatant as the Sopranos (which has to be shown on HBO), it has it's share of swearing and some brief partial nudity, as well as dealing with subject matter that is not for the kids. It's about time that a police drama is shown this way. NYPD Blue touched on this, but The Shield in the first season manages to take it up a notch.
The DVD set of the first season includes 4 discs containing the 13 episodes of season one, and includes a making of documentary and commentary on the episodes. Video quality is fairly good, but at times some artifacts are present. All in all, a good set and the quality of the show itself makes this set shine brightly. An award winning show with an Emmy and two Golden Globes (best Drama series and Michael Chiklis, Best actor Drama), you can't go wrong here.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Actors:
Michael Chiklis



DVD title: Mikey
Productgroup: DVD
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A Decent Thriller...


Suspenseful and frightening. Mikey provides what a movie of this genre is expected to. An absolute 'must see' for Brian Bonsall fans. The scary nature of this particular character he portrays, does not diminish Brian Bonsall's overwhelming cuteness in the slightest. He is truly one of the most adorable 'young boy' actors of all time. I also recommend the following Brian Bonsall movies and hope that they are all available on DVD soon: 'Desperate Motive', 'Blank Check', 'Father And Scout', 'Fatherhood' and 'Lily In Winter'.

Studio: Studio Home Entertainment
Director: Dennis Dimster



DVD title: Armageddon
Productgroup: DVD
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Greatest Movie Ever


This movie was one of the best movies that I have ever seen. It is filled with a bit of everything: action, sci-fi, comedy, and of course the romance between Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler was so real it amazed me. I only wish it could have been me!!! I own this movie and I watch it all of the time, and I suggest everyone else do the same!!

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Michael Bay
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Billy Bob Thornton
Ben Affleck
Liv Tyler




DVD title: Fandango
Productgroup: DVD
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Releasing this as a DVD is a given...


...but re-releasing this to theatres is a long time coming! Like one reviewer said, this movie can't be watched enough. As a Texan, I thought I was biased about this significance of the movie but this movie is for anyone with plenty of depth seasoned with just the right amount of fun and laughter. I too am losing my second copy of the VHS to wear, so PLEASE release the DVD and to Amblin Entertainment: Do yourself a favor and release this to the general public is theatres across America! You've got Costner, great writing and great acting what more do you need!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Judd Nelson




DVD title: Brotherhood of the Wolf
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best movies i've seen, foreign or not.


I was a little skeptical once I realized that I would have to be reading most of the movie. But I have to admit, the cinematography was incredible and so was the story. Shortly into the film, I didn't even notice I was reading anything, and the story line grabs you so tightly, you feel like your in a French man living in time period yourself. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good action movie, with a little romance and suspense mixed in.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Christophe Gans
Actors:
Samuel Le Bihan
Mark Dacascos




DVD title: School of Rock (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful!


I enjoyed every minute of this film. Jack Black is on fire in this one. Mike White's script is very very strong and well written as I would have expected. Linklater's direction is spot on throughout particularly in the scenes involving the music. The kids are astonishing. All of them should have gotten some kind of ensemble award. This is a very entertaining film that is definitely worth owning.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Richard Linklater
Actors:
Jack Black
Mike White
Joan Cusack




DVD title: Virgins of Sherwood Forest
Productgroup: DVD
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Virgins of..Worthy..


I am into collecting all the older movies such as this and find
them funny as well as interesting and the ones I have bought are
becoming part of my collection. I would recommend this one if
you are into a funny, sexy, nude version of Robin Hood.

Studio: Shadow Entertainment
Director: Cybil Richards



DVD title: Thundercats - Season One, Volume One
Productgroup: DVD
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THUNDERCATS OOOOOH


finally the dvd we've been waiting for our whole lives---god bless whoever put this out!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video



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