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DVD title: Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Oh my God! I can't believe there is a "Save By the Bell" DVD released, let alone that it was released before anyone could think of releasing 90210. That show was the biggest hit show before Friends started to air. Someone has to release this DVD set. I guarantee that it would be constantly SOLD OUT! I loved that show!

Jason Priestley

DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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OK first off, if you want a movie that's just fighting and violence then this is not for you. But if you want a movie that's full of dark black humor and lines that will stay with us forever then you're in luck. Edward Norton is at his finest playing an insomniac who goes to support groups as a means to fall asleep, and later ends up creating his own (Fight Club). Along the way he runs into Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt's best role since True Romance) and that's when the fun really starts. I don't want to get to into it because that would ruin some great scenes but watch for a cameo by the lead singer of Live. The commentary is great with Edward Norton and David Fincher (Brad is pretty witty himself) but I could do without Helena Bonham Carter's commentary. She's too full of herself and I think that she had to do it seperatlly because the others hated her... that's what I think at least. The internet promos are cool, the public service announcements are to die for, plus the Spanish adds are cool. You can even see a few adds they geared towards women. There is a nice video for the Dust Brothers video (watch it after the movie) and pictures of the promo catalog that they gave out to hype the film. The booklet on how to start a fight is one of the few DVD booklets worth reading. All and all this is why they made DVD players, for all the bonus material. So much they made two discs.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt

DVD title: The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great story, but little in common with the book

Okay, I saw the movie before reading the book. Loved the movie so much that I ran out to get the book only to find that the plot-lines went down separate paths right after the second page. Sure, there are similarities, and the fact is, both the movie and the book are excellent. As long as you don't try to make one follow the other.
I am glad that I bought the DVD, this is an excellent movie. It is fun to watch it over again. The sound on this movie is one of the best edits ever.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Doug Liman
Matt Damon
Franka Potente

DVD title: My Cousin Vinny
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't Drink Water!

This movie is soooo funny I almost...well....I want this critique posted so I'll let you fill in the blank!
I have been a VERY BIG fan of Ralph Macchio since I was a teenager over 15 years ago. Needless to say, I just had to see this movie when it came out. I died laughing. It's as simple as that. Mr. Macchio, of course, wasn't the only humorous actor/character in the movie. Marisa Tomei's foot-stomping, "my biological clock is ticking" scene is probably what won her the award. Every woman in America, who is at THAT stage in her life most likely thought "That's me up there" when they saw it.
Having lived in the country most of my life allowed me to laugh at the "city folk" and how they had to learn to transition themselves to life in the boonies ("What is a grit?"). I haven't viewed my video in a while (but almost bought a copy of it at the store last night-mine is taped from TV) but thinking about it makes me want to find it and have myself a good laugh. I promise that you will find this movie hilarious and if you don't, I question your lack of a sense of humor. :-)

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Joe Pesci
Marisa Tomei

DVD title: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Productgroup: DVD
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Is the Monolith supposed to represent God?

What can I say? It's one of those movies that just grows on you after time. Being a sci fi fan myself I loved all the scenes aboard the Discovery starship. Although the ending was a bit being reborn into a new life was a visual masterpiece. I have to wonder why there wasn't more of a background story for the monolith.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Keir Dullea
Gary Lockwood

DVD title: Joy Ride
Productgroup: DVD
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joy ride

this is what great suspense/horror movies are all about. when it first came out i was a little skeptical about it. i mean come on a trucker trying to kill some kids because of a joke? but i saw it for the first time, and i was like S*@t. they made this totally believable. not only that, but totally creepy. Ted Levine's voice as "Rusty Nail" is perfect. if you don't know who that is, he's Buffalo bill in silence of the lambs. but his voice has matured a bit, in a creepy way. This is a great movie, i watched it twice in a row to see if i could believe it twice in a row and i'll be damned if it wasn't better the second time around. Great acting from all 3 actors, though at times i felt like paul walker was a little too valley for my taste. steve zahn continues to crack me up even in a movie like this. Buy it, rent it, borrow it from a friend...just watch it. oh and if you borrow it, just make sure you return it. i hate that!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: John Dahl
Leelee Sobieski

DVD title: Gremlins (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Gremlins (1984)

Director: Joe DanteCast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McClain, Polly Holliday, Glynn Turman, Dick Miller, Keye Luke, Scott Brady.Running Time: 106 minutes.Rated PG for non-PG worthy-violence and some language; keep in mind that the MPAA Rating System created the PG-13 rating in 1985 largely due to this film and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom".
"Gremlins" gets its title from the nickname given during World-War II to mysterious malfunctions that took place on American fighter planes. No one could explain some of the break downs, so they determined that evil little monsters created by Japan were the culprits. The 1984 film which is directed by Joe Dante ("Piranha"), written by Chris Columbus ("Home Alone") and executively created by the one-and-only Steven Spielberg ("E.T.", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"), inducing much media acclaim and criticism alike. It is an extremely violent film for the rating and especially dark, but overall is a touching, terrifying story that works on all levels and became one of the most popular formula-producing horror films of the entire decade.
A quirky inventor (Hoyt Axton) brings home a mysterious furry creature as a Christmas present for his son (played very well by newcomer Zach Galligan), not knowing the horrors that the purchase would later produce. The furball is named Gizmo, which looks like a cross between a Kuala bear and a Cabbage-patch kid, is not only unique in appearance-it multiplies when exposed to water, hates the sight of light, and creates horrific, flesh-eating creatures when it is given food after the clock strikes midnight. When Galligan accidentally feeds some of his pet's furry buddies, the little creatures morph into green, scaly little monsters that proceed to wreck havoc on the city and ruin Christmas.
Excellent special effects, a wonderfully hilarious script-writer Columbus, an exceptional musical score from composing genius Jerry Goldsmith, and top-notch direction from the veteran Dante-making "Gremlins" a ghoulishly scary comedic romp that is like no other. Phoebe Cates is very good as the love interest of Galligan and Dick Miller is humorous as a paranoid, cranky war veteran. A petrifying, splendid finish. Special Note: The film gives some special insight to the true spirit of Christmas-SHOULD NOT be viewed by children anyways, but especially those who still believe in Jolly Old Saint Nick.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Joe Dante
Zach Galligan
Phoebe Cates

DVD title: The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
Productgroup: DVD
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True to History?

Maybe this film is not historically accurate. Then again, maybe it is closer to the real thing than most want to realize. Like the life of Jesus, Joan's life is vague on the printed page, and Hollywood has had a history of its own trying to fill in the gaps. No two films about her are alike.
So I guess it comes down to the viewer's faith, whether Joan was a saint or just a simple peasant girl who inspired a nation.
This film presents a more human approach to her story, and whether it is historically truthful is beside the point. After all, this is a Hollywood film, not a documentary. And as a Hollywood film, it works very well for me. The look of the movie is stunning, and that alone should make it worth, at the very least, a one-time rental. But the acting is so fine, with Milla Jovovich doing a superb job of creating a most difficult role.
If a more religious, faith-based treatment is required by the viewer, stick with the cardboard performance by Ingrid Bergman.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Luc Besson
Milla Jovovich
John Malkovich

DVD title: Ninja Scroll
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply fantastic !

No doubt this is truly one of the best manga anime i have ever watched ( besides Ghost In The Shell ).The action sequences are 100% astonishing and the art is well done. Not for young viewers though, but i am sure no anime fan's collection will be complete without Ninja Scroll ! Must watch.

Studio: Palm Pictures/Manga Video

DVD title: Forbidden Planet
Productgroup: DVD
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It all started here

Forbidden Planet is where it all started. There were science fiction movies before this (although aside from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" they were pretty mediocre), but this one is special. First, until "Star Wars", this was the ONLY science fiction movie ever made that had nothing to do with Earth. It is mentioned a couple of times, but that's as close as it gets.

The relationships between the captain, his first officer, and the doctor may look familiar NOW because the original Star Trek triad came from here. The movie makers hired an animator from Walt Disney Studios to do the special effects because nobody else could achieve what the director wanted. And this movie was the origin of Robby the Robot.

But at the heart of the film is still Shakespeare's "The Tempest" -- an intelligent and thought-provoking premise brought up to date with grace and style. Oh, there is some "50s baggage" -- the scientist's daughter is necessary for the formula movies of the time, and even Walter Pidgeon overacts from time to time -- but none of it detracts from the excellence of the film.

That much is about the movie. The DVD package is special in other ways as well. The wide-screen presentation is necessary to appreciate the movie's grandeur. The color restoration means that the sky is again green instead of blue. (The green sky is homage to "After Worlds Collide", the 1930s sequel to the novel "When Worlds Collide". In the sequel, the sky on the new planet contains a species of algae that produce hydrogen in a sac that allows them to float in the air.) If you haven't seen this movie in all of its original splendor, you are missing a great deal of what made it special.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Walter Pidgeon

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