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DVD title: Contact
Productgroup: DVD
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5 stars is as far as it goes?!?

I loved this movie. From the moment we hear the "whomp whomp" sounds until Ellie lands on the beach, the movie just fills you with a sense of wonder and discovery. I couldn't wait to find out what happens next.
Sure the part about when she meets the "alien" was kind of lame, but the rest of the movie was great.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Jodie Foster
Matthew McConaughey

DVD title: Big Daddy
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than first glance would suggest!

My initial impression based on the trailer was that this would be another crass Sandler flick (Sandler is cool, don't get me wrong), but might have potential. I was surprised - It was very good! Adam Sandler adopts a 5-year-old boy to prove to his girlfriend he's ready for the next stage of his life. She dumps him anyway, and Sandler realizes that he doesn't know what he's doing, and so tries to give the kid back. While he's got him, though, they do all sorts of crazy things and have a lot of fun. Rob Schneider provides excellent comic relief, as does Steve Buscemi, who has a cameo in this film. In short, a normally irresponsible man grows up by having to deal with the joys of parenthood. A thumbs-up for heart, and two thumbs up for humor and entertainment! Special features include an HBO First Look which is worthwhile viewing.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Dennis Dugan
Adam Sandler
Joey Lauren Adams

DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fourth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Why I don't listen to over obsessed idots!

Is all anyone know how to do is piss and moan about this season,you people really are mentally slow aren't you. Josh didn't make this season for the fans,he made it as an introduction to new fans. Joss didn't make this show for inmature whiners who will never forgive him for splitting up Buffy and Angel, nor did he make this show for people who only like horror or vampire shows. Josh has a limitless and profound love for sci-fi, horror, and fantasy in all it's forms. Which is why he made season four the way he did, he even once quoted that it was his favorite season at that point and time(the interview in question took place before seasons 5-7 were made). Season four is a season for the men not the women, anyone that loves a good action movie will find things they like this season. I even got people to start watching the show that swore they never would after showing them the episode primeval. What Joss was trying to do was expand the fan base by trying new and unorthadox things that had never been done before. And I know it worked for me! You see I used to be one of the nay sayers. I thought Buffy was just another Sabrina or a lame spinoff of the original movie which I had seen and didn't like. After seeing the awesome monsters(and yes I liked Adam, kiss my butt if you don't like it), action, and ofcourse the hillarity of Spike who would quickly become my favorite character I was hooked! I suddenly wondered what I had been missing out on! So I went back and watched all the previous seasons and kept watching as seasons 5-7 unfolded. And from the first season to the last I love this show!

Season 1
A brilliant introduction to the world of Buffy and its characters.

Season 2
The season of romance, I dare you to find someone who didn't cry at the end of Becoming part 2. I did and I'm a guy!

Season 3
A nice combination of what made the first two seasons great!

Season 4
A season for the guys! Tons of action, monsters, and special effects! Thank you Joss for realizing that Buffy does have a male fan base!

Season 5
The characters start to grow up and face new challenges in both the real world and the supernatural. Who could ever forget "The Body" and "The Gift"!

Season 6
Probably my least favorite season but thats not a bad thing, thats just Joss being creative and versatile by once again taking the show in a new direction just like with season 4. Our schooby gang is brought to the brink of despair truly testing them.........that plus Dark Willow was awesome!!!!

Season 7
The final season goes out with a bang or should I say a boom along with the Hellmouth! Yeah I know the potentials were annoying and I wasn't particularly impressed by Caleb but I still liked this season too.

In closing I would just like to say that Joss didn't make this show for any one person or any particular group. He tried to make a show that people of all ages, genders, and demographics could enjoy. Which is why some seasons seem so different or offbeat compared to others, but alas you can't make everyone happy but God bless Joss for trying!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Sarah Michelle Gellar

DVD title: A Face in the Crowd
Productgroup: DVD
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Elia Kazan's 1957 movie "A Face in the Crowd." It just came in mail today.
I honestly can't believe I've spent almost 38 years of a life not having seen this. Imagine something just as powerful, vulgar and explosive as "A Streetcar Named Desire," then multiply it by two. You'll get this movie. Patricia Neal, as always, alluring, full of bedroom eyes and that gorgeous voice, which I prefer even to Lauren Bacall for its dusky sultriness. What a woman! She was married to Roald Dahl, you know. My favourite photograph of the two of them was taken by Eli Wallach; quite fitting.
Walter Matthau, in one of his early screen roles, tones it down, really low-key and gets the last laugh at movie's end.
But, let me tell you about Andy Griffith. I don't know whether it's his own genius, or Kazan's, but it is as good - or better - than Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski. A further limb to go out on: It's better than Robert deNiro in anything, including "Taxi Driver" or "Raging Bull."
Maybe it's just coming off the drunk I had after watching this movie, downing a shot as potent as Bacardi 151, thinking it was ice water. But, when this movie was over a lightning-quick chill ran through my blood, and my spine straightening, my neck snapping. This was one hell of a movie, and I mean that literally, not figuratively.
Who would've thunk? Andy Taylor, Sheriff of Mayberry? Matlock? Yet, there he is, getting more and more vicious, lapping up the adulation, exploding into this force of populist politics. He's every Southern snake-charmer politician and evangelist I hate -- Jerry Falwell, Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, Jesse Helms and Jimmy Swaggart - rolled into one.
This movie comes at you from a liberal perspective, but that's not the message; the politics are immaterial. What's important here is how a some cracker barrel homespun, seemingly innocent hick, can so easily twist politics into a vehicle for a fascist takeover of America. It reminded me a lot of Sinclair Lewis' novel "It Can't Happen Here," in which folksy senator Buzz Windrip sells the people on a toxic tonic of sentimentality laced with bigotry.
Nothing left to say, except SEE THIS!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Elia Kazan
Andy Griffith
Patricia Neal

DVD title: Empire Records
Productgroup: DVD
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Empire Records

This movie is the absolute best. It shows how strong music effects our lives. Total teen flick. I love it and advise anyone who loves music to watch this one!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Allan Moyle
Anthony LaPaglia
Debi Mazar

DVD title: Army of Darkness
Productgroup: DVD
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Army of Darkness

Hilarious!!!! I saw this film before I saw either of the evil dead movies and it does fine on it's own (it did get me to rent the other two though). Don't go looking to get scared here. This movie is not a horror film but, rather, a sarcastic spin on all those bloated, bigger than life, action hero movies (which I usually like as well) in a horror film wrapper. My favorite line.... "Lady I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store." How many films could make losing your hand funny?

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Raimi
Bruce Campbell

DVD title: Farewell, My Lovely
Productgroup: DVD
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Director Richard Rush presented us a valentine with this incredible film, the third version made from the the 1940 Raymond Chandler novel. At least seven actors have portrayed Philip Marlowe. Robert Mitchum, played the part twice. The first time, in this film, he was nothing short of brilliant; just world-weary, battered, meloncholy, and tough enough to spark this tale into a full flame. His voice-over narrative hit perfect pitch; all gravel, too many smokes, and cheap booze. Mitchum, himself the veteran of several Noir classics, played the gumshoe as comfortable as one's favorite overcoat; a perfect fit. He shuffled lazy-lidded yet irascible and alert, as ready for a sap behind the ear, as he was to be the recipient of the sexual energy radiated off of Charlotte Rampling as Helen, the femme. She, likewise, postured perfectly in the Noir 1940's clothes and hairstyles. John Alonzo, fresh from shooting CHINATOWN, presented us with an LA bathed in just the right mix of golden light and shadow. Jerry Goldsmith delivered another spectacular score, overlapping jazz, blues, and swing, underscoring the action and dialogue masterfully. John Ireland, also a veteran of classic Noir, Anthony Zerbe, and Harry Dean Stanton gave tremendous support with their roles. There was even a couple of glimpses of Sly Stallone ( pre-ROCKY ) as a viscious punk. Some of the critics felt that this lush color film had to try too hard for that Noir feel. I disagree. This movie is a modern Noir classic, even in living color.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Dick Richards
Robert Mitchum
Charlotte Rampling

DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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Watch this movie with an open mind

This was the best movie I've seen all year. Period. Keanu Reeves, who I'm not a real fan of, plays the part of Neo perfectly. His slow-to-catch on, reluctant hero type couldn't have been played better by anyone else. The rest of the cast is great especially Laurence Fishburne. But the real reason the movie works is the story and the fx. The story, like the Terminator movies, is disturbing because it's not that far-fetched from what the future could be when artificial intelligence surpasses human intellect and reasoning. And the special fx are just that "special". It was a treat to see this on the big screen and I can't wait to get it on DVD.

Studio: Warner Studios
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss

DVD title: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Productgroup: DVD
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Great psychadelic experience

I didn't know what to expect from this movie. I don't even know why I rented it, but i'm sure glad i did! what a f-ing trip! I watched it really late at night by myself, and the whole time i thought i was on drugs myself. Don't Do Drugs. Do Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Terry Gilliam
Johnny Depp
Benicio Del Toro

DVD title: Dersu Uzala
Productgroup: DVD
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Something isn't right here..

The movie is a of Kurosawa's best films. Even better than some of his older works but something definately stinks here. How is this DvD actually worth [money]? I mean, make no mistake; this is a Kurosawa, but the quality sometimes looks worst than a bootlegged VHS. Kurosawa's older movies like Hidden Fortress and Seven Samurai look much better than this and those movies are 44 and 48 years old respectively, COST LESS and are black and white.
Sadly this isn't the first Kurosawa movie I've seen been massacred by a poor DvD transfer. Remember Ran? That DvD was a utter disgrace. So was Madadayo and Sanjuro. I'm so sick of these companies seeking a quick profit so they take works of art and destroy them with half assed ports and then charge over inflated prices on top of all that. It makes me sick. And then there are movies like Kagemusha, Ikiru and Throne of Blood (some of the greatest movies ever made) that have yet to be released on DvD and that I find completely unacceptable.
I'm sorry this is beginning sound like a rant but no way is this half assed transfer worth that much money. The movie gets 10 stars but the DvD gets NONE.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Maksim Munzuk
Yuri Solomin

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