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DVD title: 7th Heaven - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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7th heaven is the best show that was created

Hi, I am 7th heaven's number one fan.. and after telling you why I think you would agree with me. I have three episodes on tape which I watch over and over again without getting tired of them. I'm always singing the theme song around the house and it drives my mom nuts hehe! But what does that matter to me? just kidding. Well anyway lets get on with the subject. Why hesitate to put 7th heaven on DVD? Well all that I have to say is DON'T HESITATE! There are so many 7th heaven fans out there that want this DVD to come out... it's their dream come true. Well at least it's mine. But seriously... soo many people are waiting for the opportunity to buy it! It's been the best show on the WB for 4 seasons and I cannot believe there is still not a DVD out for the show. That's CRAZZY! The show is so touching and great for the family that there should be no reason to doubt that no one is going to buy it. You would have to be nuts to think that. This show is great... and to all the 7th heaven cast memebers out there GOOD LUCK! And keep it up!! it's the best show ever created... and I would never miss an episode. I LOVE YOU GUYS. And fans.. keep trying to get this dvd out on the store shelves because it means a lot to me and I'm sure it means much to you too! :) Thanks again Amazon I hope you consider my request xoxo! 7th heaven RULES. <3 :)

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Stephen Collins

DVD title: Map of the Human Heart
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the few I'll buy for my personal collection

Someone once said, "A story doesn't necessarily have to have happened to be true." This is a wonderful story that provides a unique perspective that rarely is provided in a Hollywood movie. One can study facts and statistics about history, but it takes a story like this for one to begin to understand how it all tied together to define one person's life. Many people can tell you about the US involvement in World War II and the Eskimo culture, but few know how they affected each other. This film does just that with sincere compassion and beautiful cinematography. When two cultures collide the "assimilation" of one into the other has profound effects. If one assimilates completely into the dominating culture they will lose their heritage. On the other end, if one does not assimilate at all then they will be destroyed, thus not be able to pass on knowledge of their heritage. This movie does not try to make a point about right or wrong, but rather focuses on the human realities of such a conflict. If you enjoyed the book, A Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter, you'll love this movie. Also, this film has moving cultural aspects as did "Dances with Wolves," but without making the "White Culture" look so ignorant and callus. Finally, for you country music fans, this movie has a plot line somewhat close to that of the song "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" by Johnny Cash (which is a true story). That's all I'm saying - you'll have see it yourself. The first time I watched this movie was in Alaska with a Siberian Yupik (Eskimo) friend of mine. From both of are perspectives we were impressed with how historically and culturally accurate it seemed to be. The interesting part came at the ending - he expected it, and it caught me with an emotionally gripping surprise I'll never forget. I own about ten DVDs. I only purchase DVDs if they are magnificent and hard to find. This one is both.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Vincent Ward
Jason Scott Lee
Anne Parillaud
Patrick Bergin

DVD title: The Experiment
Productgroup: DVD
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Corrupted power

This movie is a deep look into the human condition: what is to be done when man has power over others? Is it possible to keep things in peace. A scientist and his staff bring together a group of men to stay behind bars during two weeks, while another group is meant to look after them. The prissoners must obey and the guards must keep things in order without physical violence. Money is seen at the end of the path. Things start quite peacefully, but as the prisoners don't take things too seriously and the guards do, violence finds a way out. Humilliation and degradation begins to be inflicted on the prisoners on the part of one of the guards, who seems to have kind of a B.O. problem. The movie increases gradually the violence and tension and ends in a terrifying chaos, which is unraveled as the guards take control of the experiment and turn the scientists into prisoners. This is a great german movie, which is worth having.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Moritz Bleibtreu
Christian Berkel
Oliver Stokowski

DVD title: Breaker Morant
Productgroup: DVD
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best courtroom drama ever filmed

This film, shot on a modest budget, touches a subject that very few contemporary films have the courage to handle - that the single most dangerous position that soldiers can place themselves in is to surrender. As the defence lawer summerizes in his closing arguements, the shooting of prisoners does happen, regardless of how it looks in the history books. This delicate subject is handled with maturity and intelligence leaving the viewer to decide if warefare is governable and soldiers responcible for actions while actually in the field. This film should be standard viewing for any director tackling "War" as a subject. It will stand the test of time while other jingoistic films will long be justly forgotton.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Bruce Beresford
Edward Woodward
Jack Thompson

DVD title: The Cat's Meow
Productgroup: DVD
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The Cat's Meow

Peter Bogdanovich's "The Cat's Meow" is without doubt in my mind one of the year's best films. Granted it's been a slow year, but "The Cat's Meow" is a lavish film with lively, colorful characters and proves Bogdanovich is back with a bang! Most people know what the plot is about, but, just in case. "The Cat's Meow" tells the story of what exactly happened in 1924 on William Randolph Hearst's (Edward Herrman) yacht concerning the death of film producer Thomas Ince (Cary Elwes). The story has of course has never been properly told due to the lack of information concerning all of it. There are some universal truths though. Number one, Ince did die (I believe that's something we could all agree on lol), two, Hearst was never questioned or charged with anything. Three, no one was ever questioned about the incident except for a doctor aboard the yacht. Four, the story was kept out of the press. Why did all of the following happen? That's a good question. And while we may never be completely sure as to what did happen that day screenwriter Steven Peros has given us what we are told, "The Whisper Told Most Often". Lets for the moment forget that this film is based on rumors and gossip of the past, and just pretend it's all make believe (Because it just very well may be), the film still succeeds due to it's wonderful acting, and I do agree with most when they say this is Kirsten Dunst's best performance. She is truly amazing in this. Bogdanovich's directing is wonderful, showing that his talent has not slipped since the 9 years that passed from his last film. And what about the mood the film creates! Bogdanovich & company have to be given credit for bringing back the feeling of the times. They really recreate the era quite nicely. Which is what I guess really makes the film. So, yes, there is more than the mystic of the film's story to enjoy. When I first heard about this film I became instantly intrigued to see it. I love hearing stories about the 20's. There's something about the decade that fasicinates me. I also thought that Dunst might not have been a good choice to play Marion Davies. But, once I saw her in the film, I came to realize, you know what? She does sort of look like Davies back in the 20's. A lot of people have a problem with Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin, I don't. I think Izzard did a fine job. Edward Herrman really brought heart to the Hearst character. It was a side of Hearst many people thought didn't exist. I know it may be early to say this, but, I would love it if this film got nominated for some Oscars like best supporting actress (Dunst), best adapted screenplay (Steven Peros) and best costume design. Also, once you see the movie you may want to buy the soundtrack which includes songs like "The Charlston", "Avalon", "Whispering" & "After You've Gone" to name a few. Bottom-line: A lively colorful film with vibrant characters demonstrating that Bogdanovich still got it! One of the year's best films.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Kirsten Dunst
Cary Elwes

DVD title: The Night Stalker/The Night Strangler
Productgroup: DVD
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Thoughts on MGM's DVD release

The Night Stalker: Movie: ***** DVD Quality: ***** Extras: ***
The Night Strangler: Movie: ***** DVD Quality: ***** Extras: ***

Two beloved made-for-TV movies (which later inspired a short-lived series) are given the deluxe treatment on this MGM single disc release. Both films feature the inimitable Darren McGavin as veteran newshound Carl Kolchak, who has a special gift for sniffing out stories with a supernatural angle; and Simon Oakland as Vincenzo, Kolchak's skeptical and exasperated editor. In "Stalker", the two are in Las Vegas and become involved in a series of vampire murders; in "Strangler", the men have been chased out of town and meet up in Seattle where a very strong (dead) man is strangling young women and removing their blood! Produced by "Dark Shadows" veteran Dan Curtis and scored by "Dark Shadows" composer Robert Cobert, both films offer genuine chills perfectly balanced with just the right amount of humor, and both feature fantastic supporting casts of veteran character players, all of whom play their parts with relish.

The MGM DVD features superb video and audio transfers of each film. The soundtracks are crisp and clear, and the visuals are sharp with perfectly balanced color (you don't often see TV movies from the early 1970's looking this incredibly pristine, and I would guess that these programs did not look this good during their initial network television broadcasts). Each film is accompanied by a short interview segment with producer Curtis who provides nuggets of information regarding the making of these specific movies, his own career, and the process of making telefeatures in the 1970's versus today. Highly recommended as a worthwhile addition to your home video collection, this is a double feature you'll enjoy watching again and again.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Darren McGavin
Carol Lynley

DVD title: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie, along with Goodbye Girl and the fantastic JAWS, are all excellent showcases of Richard Dreyfuss's amazing talent. The movies he's been in lately have been so disappointing in comparison. If you haven't seen this movie you are probably much younger than I am, since it was right up there with the Star Wars trilogies as the THE movie of the time, and I have to highly recommend it. Beautifully done, and the ending is a good surprise. I would have done the same thing he did!
Rent it first. If you love it, buy it!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Richard Dreyfuss
François Truffaut
Teri Garr

DVD title: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Productgroup: DVD
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the best movie of all time.

This is a very strange film. it is regarded as one of the most violent horror films ever made (that it is), yet, strangely, there is not a lot of blood in it. I expected non-stop gore from this film, but got something completely different but twice as horrifying; a truly psychological horror movie. The movie is basically about five young people who are driving around deep texas, finding a house that is part of an inheritance. They find a complete dump, but start wandering around, until meeting the neighbors, a horrifying, inbred family of cannibals who kill them one by one. The worst of the group is a huge, disgusting man named Leatherface, who wears a mask made out of human flesh. Only one of the people, a young woman (marilyn burns), is given the chance to run, but she too is caught by them, and forced to sit with the family at the dinner table with for dinner. With her hands tied down, the viewer gets to see what true horror looks like as they do unspeakable things to her. The camera goes in close to her eyes and you can see the veins popping out. Effective stuff. And Marilyn Burns is simply outstanding, and has screaming ability equal to shelley duvall in, 'the shining.' The last two scenes in the movie are equally scary. The first on is of marilyn burns sitting in the back of a pickup truck, covered in blood, and laughing hysterically as she makes her getaway. And the last is of Leatherface whirling his chainsaw around madly. So SEE THIS MOVIE! you will probably never be the same.

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

DVD title: Spaceballs
Productgroup: DVD
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My most-quoted movie

Yes, it's corny. But it's funny as hell

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
Rick Moranis
John Candy

DVD title: Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie

Rent it, buy it.. The DVD I heard has some problems although I own it on DVD and it's fine. Most people who don't think this is funny are probably under the age of 19 and think that burping is an art form. George C Scott is awesome in this film. Mr. Sellers is superb. BUT... My hat is off to Slim, his role and acting ability make this film... Watch out for that CRM 114!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers
George C. Scott

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