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DVD title: Joan Sutherland - The Complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances, 1961-1968
Productgroup: DVD
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6 Stars again Dame Joan

I am obvously a big fan of Dame Joan.Her coloratura is definitely incomparable. The video and sound is reasonable, bearing in mind it was recorded forty years ago ( Hence that captured her absolute prime ).I don't want to be lengthy, as most customers already gave this a great review.Just buy it and there'll be no regrets---garanteed.

Studio: Vai (Video Artists Inter.)
Joan Sutherland

DVD title: The Others
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie has "classic" written all over it!

Unlike many other "cheap-thrills" modern horror movies; this masterpiece of a film bases itself more on atmosphere than on fake scares and mindless gore. It's a story taking place around World War 2; about a secluded family living in a large mansion that think their house is inhabited by ghosts.
Nicole Kidman does an excellent job in potraying the worrying, over-protective mother of two children infected with a rather rare disease. Kidman is undoubtedly one of the most talented actresses present in Hollywood today; and this movie is yet another proof of her remarkable talent. If she wasn't nominated for an academy award in "Moulin Rouge"; I'm sure she would have been nominated for this movie instead.
Some would complain that this movie is too slow-paced for their taste; but that's just the beauty of this picture. The dark atmosphere present in the movie and the great performance of Kidman will somehow keep your interest till the end; even if the lead characters seem to spend nearly half the movie wandering about in the mansion and opening and closing doors. And for all those who taught the ending wasn't surprising at all; and that they figured everything out halfway through; blame the critics. It was them who felt the need to reveal to the readers that the ending was very much similar to "The Sixth Sense". Reading something like that would not take much to figure out what was really going on. Luckily, I didn't read any reviews before I saw the movie; and I was very pleased with how it ended. Recommended to every serious DVD collector out there!

Studio: Miramax
Director: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar
Nicole Kidman
Christopher Eccleston

DVD title: Never Again
Productgroup: DVD
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So Funny!!!

One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Loved it!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Eric Schaeffer
Jeffrey Tambor
Jill Clayburgh

DVD title: Tunes of Glory - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Alec Guinness In One Of His Best Roles

A clash of wills and personalities between two men, one a psychologically scarred idealist, the other driven by ego and his own needs to the point of cruelty, is examined in the peacetime military drama, “Tunes of Glory,” directed by Ronald Neame and starring Alec Guinness and John Mills. Major Jock Sinclair (Guinness) is the acting Colonel of a Scottish regiment, but as the story begins he has been notified that he has been passed over for promotion and his replacement, Lieutenant Colonel Basil Barrow (Mills) is en route to take command. Sinclair is a soldier’s soldier, a man’s man loved and respected (with some qualifications) by his men. He has clawed his way up through the ranks, was once a piper (he would’ve been happy as a Pipe Major, in fact, but Hitler-- as he says at one point-- “Changed all that”), and feels strongly that he should have been made Colonel of the regiment. Barrow, on the other hand, is an aristocrat and a third generation officer of this particular regiment. He suffers, however, from his experience in a prisoner-of-war camp, and has never fully recovered, the impact of which is succinctly expressed when he tells his Captain that he never really came back. From the beginning, it’s an almost impossible situation, and from the moment Barrows arrives the atmosphere is thick with tension as he and Sinclair square off in a contest from which it is readily evident that neither will emerge unscathed in one way or another .
Working from a tight, intelligent screenplay by James Kennaway (adapted from his own novel), Neame delivers a taut, insightful character driven drama that explores the diversity of human nature, and illustrates the good and evil contained within us all and the traits which ultimately determine which will be the prevalent manifestation of the individual personality. Through the device of placing the protagonist and the antagonist-- each the antithesis of the other-- in a no-win situation, the film examines motivations, actions and reactions that can lead the story in any number of directions, none of which are positive, but all of which are logical and which finally leads to a conclusion that is extremely powerful, incisive and totally believable.
As Jock Sinclair, you see Alec Guinness in a role quite unlike anything else he’s ever done; it was, in fact, his own personal favorite of all of his cinematic creations. Sinclair is a man who is course and rough-hewn, an egoist who, when the personal need arises, will wantonly subject those around him to psychological cruelty in order to elevate himself and his position and to assuage his own ego. At mess, for example, he derides a young officer for not smoking his cigarette like a man; he orders every “man” to drink whiskey, implying that to do otherwise constitutes an assessment of an individual’s masculinity. Boisterous bravura and ribald behavior are his tools of navigation through life, coupled with an attitude of doing things his way or the wrong way. And Guinness plays it to the hilts. Beginning with his whole perspective and attitude, he IS Sinclair, while physically he embodies and expresses exactly who this man is and what he stands for. At times, his eyes fairly bulge with an enthusiasm that suggests a lasciviousness underlying the cruelty; when he walks he strides purposefully, and carries himself in such a way that when he enters a room he veritably fills it and makes his presence felt so that the very air seems oppressed by him. It’s a performance that, even in a strong year of Oscar contenders (Trevor Howard, Lancaster, Lemmon, Olivier and Tracy were all up for Best Actor-- Lancaster won) he deserved to be among them. In this film Guinness is quite simply unforgettable in one of his most powerful roles.
John Mills, as well, delivers a superb, introspective performance as Barrow, capturing the way in which this man must live so inwardly to survive, and conveying how difficult it is for him to continue on while attempting to live up to his heritage and the expectations of a position to which he is clearly unfit in his current mental state. In Barrow we see reflected the prevailing attitude of the times that “might makes right,” and that anything less is akin to unacceptable negligence, that same military mind-set that put Jake Holman at odds with the world in “The Sand Pebbles,” and led to the unfortunate incident depicted so eloquently in “A Few Good Men.” It’s an excellent, understated, sensitive performance by Mills, who plays brilliantly off of Guinness’s brutishness.
The film also boasts a number of excellent supporting performances, especially Dennis Price, as Major Charlie Scott, whose stoic assessment of himself as well as the situation at hand serves as the film’s conscience; Gordon Jackson as the sympathetic Captain Jimmy Cairns; and Duncan Macrae in a memorable turn as Pipe Major Duncan MacLean.
Also included in this outstanding supporting cast are Kay Walsh (Mary), John Fraser (Ian), Susannah York (In her film debut as Morag Sinclair), Percy Herbert (Riddick), Allan Cuthbertson (Eric) and Angus Lennie (Orderly). A powerful film that so successfully demonstrates the devastating effects of dysfunctional human relationships and conveys the need to look beyond ourselves, “Tunes of Glory” presents a story to which everyone will be able to relate because the theme is applicable to any setting involving human interactions. A thoroughly involving film featuring a number of memorable performances (especially by Guinness) that will give you reason to take pause and reflect, and hopefully add some perspective to a world too often mired in unnecessary turmoil.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Ronald Neame
Alec Guinness
John Mills
Susannah York

DVD title: 13 Going On 30
Productgroup: DVD
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Be Careful What You Wish For

Thirteen-year old Jenna is gawky, unpopular and flat chested. She is also beginning to be ashamed of her best friend, Matt, the slightly chunky boy next door who is a photography buff. After a humiliating run-in with the most popular girls in school, Jenna wishes to be "thirty, flirty and fabulous" after she is sprinkled on the head with magic fairy dust.

Jenna wakes up the next morning - thirty as wished for - and the comedy ensues. Jennifer Garner glows as the dreamy Jenna in a grown-up body. She has the mannerisms of a thirteen-year-old down pat. (As I heard someone remark - it's like Big, but with a smokin' hot chick.)

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Gary Winick
Jennifer Garner
Mark Ruffalo
Judy Greer

DVD title: Dennis the Menace
Productgroup: DVD
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A funny, fantastic, family movie!

My entire family just loves this movie. I really can't see how someone would be scared to show this to his or her children. The reality is, there ARE NASTY PEOPLE out there in this world like the villain in this movie!!! And if kids are scared of him while watching it, GOOD! Then they will be more afraid to talk to strangers. I think the actor who plays Dennis is adorable and did a fantastic job of being mischievous yet innocent at the same time. And Walter Matheau, well he really makes this movie a joy to watch! I've watched this movie a dozen or more times and I still always find myself laughing throughout the whole thing. This is a great movie for kids and adults alike.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Nick Castle
Walter Matthau
Mason Gamble

DVD title: Die Hard Trilogy
Productgroup: DVD
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The movies are fantastic, with superior sound quality.I had actually seen Die hard one on vhs tape, but it was nowhere near the dvd quality. I also like the extras. The commentaries are also a useful insight into the whole movie making process as a whole.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Bruce Willis

DVD title: Star Trek - Nemesis (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Truly Amazing!!

Ever since Star Trek VI, the series has been losing momentum. After the TV show TNG ended, Star Trek has been a monotonous and ridiculous franchise that is desperately trying to hang on. The culmination of this is the ninth film, Star Trek Insurrection which was so bland and uninteresting I can't believe they didn't send it straight to video! But wait, here comes director Stuart Baird, who has single-handedly breathed life into a dying series.
Star Trek Nemesis has everything you could want in a sci-fi film. A cool-looking dune-buggy chase scene, an evil and interesting antagonist, awesome special effects, real characters and one of the best plots in the Star Trek series. The look of the film is dark...just dark enough for the plot. The cinematography...especially in the desert different from anything Star Trek has seen, but it's exactly what it needed. The only thing that's out-of-place is where Data's clone came from, which ignores the possibility of Lore's return, but the rest of the film makes up for that (after all, they ignored the storyline of the Borg being individuals when they made First Contact).
All in all, this film is great! For every sci-fi fan!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Stuart Baird
Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Brent Spiner

DVD title: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Take a trip back to the 60's

Great performances, sound quality is very good better than most new music cd's. You can't go wrong with this DVD. If you like the blues at all this will become one of your most played.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Willie Dixon
Memphis Slim

DVD title: Wild Things
Productgroup: DVD
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Underrated Film

I feel "Wild Things" is such an underrated film. I have new respect for its Executive Producer, Kevin Bacon, who does a great job in his role. There is no reason to discuss the plot....just watch it from beginning to end and don't miss a single detail. Its writing is strong, and its script is full of surprises every step along the way. Bill Murray steals the show as a two-bit hustling lawyer who hits the big time, and even a good, matter-of-fact performance by Robert Wagner (who we rarely see these days)
To all the movies' performers: You made a good choice in taking the roles.
"Wild Things" is a truly unique movie that will keep you entertained, regardless of how many times you see it. The DVD has excellent sound and picture quality. The recurring main theme song instrumental is hauntingly appropriate. A good deviation from the "formula" movies popular in the past decade or so.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John McNaughton
Matt Dillon
Kevin Bacon
Neve Campbell

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