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DVD title: Fist of Legend
Productgroup: DVD
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5 stars for the movie, not the DVD


This is one of the best martial arts movies ever made. They toned down the cable work for this movie, and it is a showcase of really great martial arts. Truly a classic. But...and there is always a but...this DVD stinks. One of the hallmarks of DVDs is the ability to have a choice...what language you want to hear, do you want subtitles or not. This DVD is useless, they give you the dubbed version and no choice.

It took me a while, but I managed a few years back to track down the version from Hong Kong, with the choice of language and subtitles. I don't know if it is still possible to find, because Disney bought the rights to the Jet Li films here in the US, and blocked all sales of the international versions. But, if you can find it, I recommend it highly over this version. Still, one of the best.

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Gordon Chan
Actors:
Jet Li



DVD title: The Haunting
Productgroup: DVD
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A Masterpiece


I don't know about the rest of you, but I thought that this movie was scary. You know why? Because it is so different from the bloody horror pictures we see today. It is so intriguingly odd that it sends a chill down your back. The acting, scenery and directing are superb. It has some very strange moments that will make you think twice before going to sleep at night. Let's start with the house. The mere fact that someone would build a house that huge and so scary-looking on purpose is strange. It had hundreds of rooms for children, that ended up dead, and even a carosel to entertain them. It reminds you of a haunted fun house. The acting, directing and ornate scenery were superb. All hail to Lili Taylor for her fantastic performance of Nell, the MAIN character. Jan deBont once again fascinates with his creative, odd and frighteningly entertaining revival of this Shirley Jackson classic novel. The story is somewhat different, odd, and freaky. That fact that it is just so strange is what makes it scary. And the scenery is the icing on the cake. While some may think that the magnificent house was overdone, I found it beautiful, haunting, and a lot of fun to search through. So, for those of you who want a good mystery to watch with your kids, buy THE HAUNTING. It is suitable for childrens eyes because of it's Fun House qualities. But it can freak you out. It haunts you as you watch it, but it really is a fun movie. The noises scare you as the ghosts of the children have a little bit of fun with you. You'll love it!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jan de Bont
Actors:
Lili Taylor
Liam Neeson
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Owen Wilson




DVD title: The Little Prince
Productgroup: DVD
The Little Prince - movie DVD cover picture
Hillarious! Smoke something first...


cute movie! If you've read the book, you'll be slightly disappointed by this adaptation. The story is interwoven with cheesy musical numbers. However, it does well to capture the charm of the story. Plus, the Little Prince is a really cute kid! When you hear the laughter in the stars, your heart will melt. It's a good video, but probably one that you'll only watch in your English class.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Stanley Donen
Actors:
Richard Kiley
Steven Warner




DVD title: The Alien Legacy
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Sci-Fi Series Of All Time!!!


I previously had the Laserdisc versions of the first two movies. The DVD knocks these out of the water visually and audibly. The extras are also great.
My only criticism is that I live the UK and am therefore ineligible for receiving the fifth disc as there is no option for mailing to England even though I would gladly pay the extra cost.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Actors:
Sigourney Weaver



DVD title: Snatch (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the Best!


'Snatch' has many similiar story elements to 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' but has a better cast and, in my opinion, is just as much fun to watch. In the immediate wake of Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction' it seemed that every shootemup movie was being compared to Tarantino's work. While I would still place PF and RD slightly above Ritchie's movies, I love them and feel that they can both be fairly compared to Tarantino's.
'Snatch' has a great soundtrack and the DVD will even let you turn on subtitles exclusively for the pikeys. One thing that I like about Snatch is that, like in Lock Stock, all the scenes of violence are never shown directly. While there is still more than a healthy amount of violence in these movies, it is nice that you never actually have to see someone getting shot or stabbed.
Oh and, I almost forgot to mention, this movie is hilarious. Rent it first to see if its your kind of movie, but if you really love Tarantino and were disappointed by the last few incarnations of 'from dusk til dawn.' you may just want to go ahead and buy this one.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Guy Ritchie
Actors:
Jason Statham
Brad Pitt




DVD title: The Fifth Element
Productgroup: DVD
The Fifth Element - movie DVD cover picture
what an entertainment


This is one of the funniest action movies i've ever seen along with Die Hard. You gotta love Bruce Willis...
I loved it even though the movie is based on a stupid story... it was made for entertainment only and did its job superbly

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Luc Besson
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Gary Oldman
Milla Jovovich




DVD title: The Thin Red Line - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
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A cinematic Requiem


After so many war films concentrating on action and battle sequences it is refreshing to see one which allows a deeper reflection on the futility of war and each soldier's role in it. A long film, but it is impossible to think of any one moment which could be taken out without subtracting from the entire experience. I came out of the cinema from my first viewing emotionally drained and exhausted, and the second time I saw it repeated the process at a new level. Completed with a brilliant score and wonderful native chants, you'll excuse my getting carried away if I say that it almost took on the feel of a Requiem! The cinematography is right up there with 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'The Man Who Would Be King', so this one is definitely widescreen or not at all.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Terrence Malick
Actors:
Sean Penn
James Caviezel
Nick Nolte




DVD title: Bridget Jones's Diary
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautiful Diary


This is one of the best comedies released in 2001. At the same time, it has a few touching scenes, which is a good thing. The producers know when to be serious and when to be funny, and it fits perfectly. This is especially necessary when dealing with weight issues as on this movie. This is Renee Zellwiger at her best in her career, earning her a well-deserved Oscar nomination. Without her, "Bridget Jones's Diary" would not have the same magic it has, though all other aspects are wonderful. Why didn't the movie get any other Oscar nominations? Who knows.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Sharon Maguire
Actors:
Renée Zellweger
Colin Firth




DVD title: Junior
Productgroup: DVD
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Ivan Reitman's study of inversion


Without question, an under-rated, subversive, classic farce, and a study of total inversion. Examples of the latter include
Arnold - the Last Action Hero becomes a sensitive "Mommy"?
Danny DeVito - usually plays the heavy; now plays the major sympathetic role in the movie
Emma Thompson - takes a break from the Shakespeare in favor of physical comedy
As many other reviewers have stated, this movie is also a realistic and side-splitting look at pregnancy.
The subversion is its underlying pro-life theme: "My body, my choice", inverted. This is so politically incorrect that I often wonder how Reitman got away with it.
To the Aussies who reviewed this a while back: What the hell were you expecting? A Predator sequel, maybe? Yeah, I remember when I had my first beer.....

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ivan Reitman
Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Danny DeVito
Emma Thompson




DVD title: Frog and Toad Are Friends
Productgroup: DVD
Frog and Toad Are Friends - movie DVD cover picture
Sweet, companionable, intimate, happy


I simply loved this stop-action animation when PBS broadcast it. I was over 25 then but still I taped the two little films and viewed them repeatedly. I am quite upset that they are not currently available. I gave my tape to relatives years ago.
If you have read the books you know that they are made of short, little episodes about the lives of two emotionally committed amphibians, two friends, who find it necessary to confront some of life's serious dilemmmas together. For example, how do you manage to share a basketful of cookies that are simply VERY good; or how do you cope with the loss of a button from a beloved coat. The solutions that these two bright and compassionate characters come up with are surprising and compelling.
I have read the book, but as much as I have enjoyed and loved other readings of Arnold Lobel's authorship, it was through the film that Frog and Toad became my friends. Their personalities are so beautifully resolved in this film and the musical parts are actually audible. Delightfully so.

Studio: Tapeworm
Director: John Clark Matthews



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