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DVD title: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Productgroup: DVD
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5 stars is not enough!

Another gem for the low budget, cult collection.
TCM is a great horror film PERIOD!
Leather face and his family is a family you will never forget.
Forget the spin off movies from TCM. The first is the best and only the best will do for NIPSEY!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Tobe Hooper
Marilyn Burns
Edwin Neal

DVD title: Amelie
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautiful, enchanting

I was sckeptical about loving this movie, because I'm not a big chick-flick fan. But when I saw this movie, I just fell in love all over again. This movie will not make you cry, but it will make you laugh out loud and will move your heart. This movie now tops my list of best movies ever! Beautiful cinematography and music as well. Vive la France!! C'est belle!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Audrey Tautou
Mathieu Kassovitz

DVD title: Berserk - Season One (The Complete Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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My first anime series

Wow, this series is incredible. The amazing dialogue keeps me wanting to watch every episode. I never thought I would become a fan of the anime genre but this one is really masterfully done. I love the character of Griffith the most. And Guts is just, well...Guts.

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc

DVD title: The Return of the Pink Panther
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic humor burried inside an interesting plot

I liked this movie!! There are brilliant actors especially Peter Sellers and Christopher Plummer!! It has funny lines like when Peter Sellers lost his pants in The Phantom's study's chair!! I also have heard that Julie Andrews got a cameo role but ended up on the cutting room floor!! It is very wonderful film for the entire family!!

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Blake Edwards
Peter Sellers
Christopher Plummer

DVD title: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Productgroup: DVD
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simply amazing, halarious, and kewl

this is an amazing movie if you like comady, you are going to love this movie, and dont forget to watch out for death, with its white fur, and big pointy teath, (the killer rabbit). Buy the movie and find out more about camellot, the knights of the round table,and the trojan bunny. i guarante you WILL love this movie. infact all of the monty python movies and series would make a perfict gift.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Michael Palin

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome spectacle!

I would like to start with a quote by C.S. Lewis: "Here are beauties that will pierce like a sword or burn like cold iron. Here is a story that will break your heart."
I saw this movie on opening day, and I have not been able to write about it until now because I was so shocked. This film picked me up in the first few minutes and carried me along with it. I experienced everything the characters went through; my whole system went on overload. Before I start nitpicking, however, I would like to state two facts.
1. If you go expecting to see the movie be just like the book, you're going to hate it. A movie CANNOT be a book, and a book CANNOT be a movie. It is perfectly impossible, unless you can make an apple an orange and vice versa.
2. This is only act 1 of a three act drama.
Good. That said, we can continue.
This is a wonderful movie, period. Since a film consists of three elements: background, characters, and effects, I shall cover all 3, including complaints I have seen.
The first is background, and I'll put the script into this topic. New Zealnd is Middle Earth. I was simply awed by the closesness of the two. The Shire is beautiful; it has that lush, green, homey sense Tolkien has in his books. Rivendell was also neat. It demonstrated nicely the collision of two cultures, Elven and Man, for Elrond was both. It is mostly Elvish, for example everthing is outdoors. However, there are very human elements as well, like warm beds and rich indoor decorations. Moria is suitably grand, yet morbid. Lorien is beautiful with lots of trees, and I liked the way there were so many lamps lit everywhere at night. Isengard is cold and impersonal, and the mining is one of the best parts of the film. I don't see why everyone says this movie has a bad script. It is not Tolkien, but Tolkien's dialogue works much better to the page than the reel. However, statements are taken right from the book, like "shortcut to mushrooms," "...if by my life and death I can protect you, I will." "Fool of a Took," etc. Some of it is missing, true. I would have liked to hear the part about looking fair and feeling foul. But, all in all, it works.
Next, and most importantly, are the characters. Don't forget that there are many, many characters in this story, and not all will be fleshed out in the first act. Frodo is done admirably well by Elijah Wood. The scene after the balrog brings tears to my eyes, as when he is trying to slip away from the fellowship. Sam is of the same caliber. He is not dog-like, yet the message is clear. He will do anything, even suffer through a journey worse than death for Frodo. Merry and Pippen are simply hilarious. I admired the script a lot for this, for in such a dark movie humor is almost impossible. However, it is done and done gracefully and successfully. Trust me, these two will steal your heart. Aragorn is a tough and silent ranger, and I know we'll see his character grow throughout the story. I was dissapointed with Legolas and Gimli's lack of time, but I think that Aragorn and Boromir needed center stage for obvious reasons. I would bet money that the Elf and Dwarf will be main characters in the next film. For all of you fans, Legolas does walk on snow! It is a sight to see.I have heard people say that Boromir was freaky. I disagree. For me, he was one of the most well-developed characters in the first film. He is a brave and courageous soldier who is tempted through his good intentions. We see his kindness when he teaches the little hobbits to fight, but we see his pride when he tries to seize the Ring from Frodo. In the end, in one of the best scenes, he redeems himself. He fights like a man possessed to save his friends (and his soul?), and in one of the most heart-rending scenes in the film, the fighting Uruk-Hai finally get the better of him. (It's not easy, trust me!)Gandalf, too, was amazing. Among the Hobbits he is a nice grandfatherly old man, but watch out! He will show his ferocity when faced with Saruman or a balrog. Saruman is also very neat, a very hateful villain who goes power-hungry.Some people say that Elrond is too mean, but I found him only stern and a little fierce. Elrond was these, for he was not in an easy position throughout the whole book. Galadriel was interesting, to say the least. I am not sure if I liked her interpretation all in all, but I think that the mirror scene where she morphs into that thing is a perfectly valid interpretation, for all of you who are complaining. It might not be yours, but the book does say that she grows terrible in the books. I rather liked that aspect, even though I am not quite sure if I agree it was that drastic. Arwen's role is small, so don't worry about any Xenarwen. She is onscreen for about 10 minutes total.The orcs are disgusting, the hobbits are beautifully simple, and the Black Riders are terrifying.
Lastly, there are effects. I will be the first to tell you I am no computer guru, but, as the average Elf on the street, I can honestly say that I didn't think "oh, effects" when I saw them. Indeed, I didn't even notice! (Big relief after Star Wars E. I, I can assure you.) The cave troll was an ugly troll, and the balrog is awesome, even if it does not agree with your own personal interpreation. The size differences are seamless. Not once did I get jarred back to reality. Frodo really looked 3'6. Gollum, though we only see his face, outline, or hands, looks like a flesh and blood creep. If I didn't know through common sense that one cannot do a balrog any other way, I would not have known that CGI exists in this story. Also, I liked the zoomy cameras. Battles are hectic and confused things, and that technique helped to further the feeling that you are there. I suppose we could have seen the conventional overhead shots, but is that what, say, Aragorn saw as he was fighting for his life?
Concerning Gandalf and Saruman's duel: I think it is a valid interpretation. We don't know all that happened, and I'm sure that the two wizards didn't simply talk over coffee. The scene doesn't last very long anyways. I found it a good way to show how powerful Saruman was. He overpowered Gandalf pretty quick. Keep in mind, that in The Two Towers, the tables will turn, and I think the contrast will help understanding.
I know this film moved faster than the books. There is a reason for that, I think. The book was, with the exceptions of the Shire, Rivendell, and Lorien, a continuous battle or chase. The events in the film were tightened up to ooze that very feeling. My only complaint is Lorien is hardly a place of rest. Oh well. I know that parts did have to be sped up, even though more time there would have been nice.
Yes, this movie has its faults. They are very small ones, thank goodness. However, I don't think I can single any out until I see at least "The Two Towers," because until then I cannot say for sure what was lacking. One cannot honestly critique Les Miserables, for example, after only the first act. The story has just begun!
My only big complaint is that I have to wait a whole year to see the next film.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: True Romance (Unrated Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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Christian Slater, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gandolfini, Val Kilmer, Patricia Arquette, Gary Oldman, Tom Sizemore, Chris Penn, Michael Rappaport, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Bronson Pinchot, Ed Laughter, Sal Rubinek, my God what a cast! This is a great movie! It has also adged very well considering that it's practically a decade old already! This movie will satisfy fans of Tarantino and those who aren't! Amazing, amazing, amazing! This WILL be the best money you ever spend on a DVD, not to mention the gretest DVD in your collection! BUY THIS TODAY!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Tony Scott
Christian Slater
Patricia Arquette

DVD title: The Hitcher
Productgroup: DVD
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YOU WILL NEVER PICK UP A HITCH-HIKER AGAIN!This movie will stick with you forever. VERY terrifying!One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE suspense flicks! Lotsa Blood...but it fits with the's not Gore for the sake of being Gore.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Robert Harmon
C. Thomas Howell
Rutger Hauer

DVD title: The 13th Warrior
Productgroup: DVD
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An essential test dvd for darker than black

Aside from the fact that this is a great epic historical drama of a meeting of two very different cultures and the legend that became recorded for the ages, this dvd will really test any display systems ability to handle very dark scenes. I recently bought a new DLP/LCD front projector and had remembered how much this dvd challenged a previous LCD projector I had when this movie first came out. MY CRT projector at the time could do it justice , but it really demonstrated to me how poorly LCD projectors handled black. I now believe that DLP projectors can handle the blacker than black scenes pretty well and definitely can give CRT technology a run for the money.

I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone wanting to really test their display system.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Antonio Banderas
Diane Venora

DVD title: Walking with Dinosaurs
Productgroup: DVD
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Wow - almost like being there!

For young and old who are fascinated with dinosaurs this video is a treasure.
You'll sit and watch this over and over wondering "how did they do that?" The graphics and realism of these recreated dinosaurs are truly a marvel to behold.
My 4-year-old son and I watched it together and neither of us can stop talking about it. I can't shake the image of the ocean's largest carnivore coming up out of the water to take down a large meat-eater standing on the shore.
Far better than Jurassic Park!

Studio: BBC Video

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