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DVD title: Commando
Productgroup: DVD
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90 minutes of pure Ah-nuld awesomeness

This one of those movies that doesn't need a plausible, intelligent plot to be an amazing and awesome movie. In fact, it kicks ass more than a great deal of intelligent movies! But I digress, Commando is awesome. The story is that a deposed dictator and a group of renegade military thugs kidnap Schwarzeneggar's daughter and will only give her back alive if he assassinates the dictator's country's president in less than 24 hours. After given this warning, he boards a plane with a thug watching his every move, but while sitting down he loses his focus on Arnold and starts to relax, then Arnold leans forwards, swings his massive forearms back as hard as he can (knocking the thug out), and breaks his neck, and no one notices! He then jumps off the moving plane into a puddle like he jumped 6 feet. That's just a taste of how the implausibility of this movie is what makes it incredible in the end. The prime example of this is the last half hour of the movie when Arnold storms the dictator's island hideaway and takes out a whole army by himself, like a first-person shooter with god mode on. Insane. I won't spoil the rest, this movie kicks ass, watch it!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Mark L. Lester
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rae Dawn Chong

DVD title: Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
'"Much to learn, you still have..."'

Episode II was everything I had hoped it would be. Full of humor, action, intrigue and suspense, I could not be happier with the second film of the prequel trilogy. John Williams masterfully combines elements from the previous films with new and compelling musical pieces. He truly makes the film connect with the rest of the story. The acting was wonderful. I have read reviews from people saying the actors were "wooden". I have to disagree. In any Star Wars film, the acting/dialogue take a back seat to the action and special effects. However, Episode II features believable acting from the entire cast. On par with A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, this film will not disappoint Star Wars fans.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman

DVD title: Roy Orbison - A Black & White Night (DTS)
Productgroup: DVD
Roy Orbison - A Black & White Night (DTS) - movie DVD cover picture
An experience that every human being has to witness.....

Those of us that have been lucky enough to live on this planet Earth for the last 30-50 years have witnessed many historic events. We have seen the Industrial revolution, relative Peace on Earth, we have also witnessed the production of our history's most finely produced music. This DVD is testament to the latter. Roy has some of the world's finest sharing the stage in this concert and the result is the same with all of them. Everyone is left in a hypnotic transe. I have collected music very seriously for the last thirty-five years and this is without question the finest production that I have ever had the pleasure to sample. If you own a DVD home theatre system, you owe it to yourself to make this purchase. You too will be left in a hypnotic transe. Finally.......a production that does justice to this wonderful man.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Tony Mitchell (II)

DVD title: Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball
Productgroup: DVD
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Top Shelf Concert DVD

I am shocked that the reviewer was unhappy with the quality of the DVD. I probably have 30 or 40 concert DVD's and I have to put Mirrorball up there with Hell Freezes Over by the Eagles and Fleetwood MAC (quality-wise). I without a doubt consider it one of my top three.
Basically, if you want to pop in a DVD and listen to beautiful music performed on a beautiful set, I don't think you can do much better. If you like Sarah McLachlan, you will love this DVD.
(I have gotten every penny's worth of value out of mine, which is not something I will say for most of the concert DVD's I own.)

Studio: Bmg/Arista
Director: Sophie Muller

DVD title: The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Passion of the Christ

A powerfully portrayed movie of Mel Gibson's thoughts on the last twelve hours of Christ life here on earth. For months he thoroughly researched the Gospels in order to give the viewer something to think about. It gave me the feeling that I was actually participating in the events. I feel it accurately reveals from a humanistic stand point what Christ went through for us. Not only from the anguish and pain of the blows He suffered, but also the pain from taking on our sins. We have been blessed to step through this small window and take a look @ our past. Through God's help, Mel Gibson has painted an epic picture for all mankind.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Mel Gibson
James Caviezel
Monica Bellucci

DVD title: The Dead Next Door
Productgroup: DVD
The Dead Next Door - movie DVD cover picture
Coming soon on dvd...............

I really liked this movie and Anchorbay will be releasing this on dvd in summer 2005.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: J.R. Bookwalter

DVD title: Wit
Productgroup: DVD
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Nothing Tops it

I've never been so moved by a movie in my short 19 years. Watching Wit gave me a new look on life. I highly recommend this move to anyone and everyone. Have a box of tissue ready!

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Mike Nichols
Emma Thompson

DVD title: The Three Stooges - Goofs on the Loose (Colorized / Black & White)
Productgroup: DVD
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I have never seen these shorts look better than this...

I may be a numbskull, but I love these collections!!! I notice some people really don't like the idea of color for the stooges. But being a true fan of stooge-mania, there is really a lot to like. These 4 amazing shorts look spectacular and I've never seen any stooges short look better, either on DVD or the old VHS tapes that I own. The picture is crisp and there is little if any distortions between the four twenty minute shorts. Even more amazing, all have also been colorized with the power of computer technology and it looks quite amazing, was this filmed in 05?? Wow! The 4 shorts, all from the 30's druing the prime time of the stooges era (All Curly), are of unmatched quality. Columbia painstakingly removed the scratches and blemishes that have progressed throughout the years and they got a hold of the original prints and touched them up to boot.

The color factor of the collection is the main selling point, and although Columbia got a bit lazy as 4 shorts may seems pretty skimpy (about 60 minutes),but seeing them in color and the remastered original prints look is worth your hard earned dough. Some feel the color seems fake or washed out, but I personally love the color addition. It really makes you feel like the short was filmed in color. It doesn't look too synthetic or fake, the realistic color with skin tones, color backdrops and every thread of clothing is a site to behold. Some shorts look better than others, the indoor scenes seem to suffer the most, but when they're outside, it seems to look more natural. When you view the shorts, take a close look at the trees, it's amazing how a computer can bring the color to life. At times I thought the skin tones of the stooges was a bit off at parts, they sometimes have a sunkist orangy tint, but considering the age of these shorts, what is not to like? Don't want to bother with the color? No problem. With the press of the "angle" button on your remote, you can instantly go back to the remastered black and white originals.

The shorts are all during the prime years of the stooges when they are all at their best. Playing the Ponies was never released on DVD before and was a nice inclusion. Curly has more time on the short and is well deserved for sure. Men in Black, one of their first shorts which was nominated for an Oscar, is one of Curly's best performances. The Sitter Downers contains enough slapping and bashing of Larry and Curly to do most stooges fans in, Moe really lays into them and the smacking and eye-poking and is as funny as ever. Pop Goes The Weasel, a bit of a take off of the other future (boxing/wrestling) short called Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937), is a short that was never released on VHS and a rare find for stooge fans. One mentioned the fact that this short was censored or edited out, I 100% guarantee it is uncut and very uncouth, you won't be disappointed. The ending sequence he was referring to that was left out was regarding "Grips Grunts and Groans" which was released later in the 30's.

I seriously like what Columbia is doing. They want to give us the best possible Stooge collection and this is a good start. The shorts really are remastered and being a fan of the stooges for 20 years, I can honestly say I've never seen a single short look better than these four. One can say Columbia is just out for a quick buck to re-release the shorts and claim they look better, but believe me when I say, they seriously do look better. The colorized versions are very well done and they were painstakingly conceived by some real savvy people and computers. I hope the two DVD's offered are not the last, as I would love to have every stooge short ever made (remastered) and in color on DVD. If it takes years to have this accomoplished, I would be willing to wait. Well worth your dough if you're a fan especially if you want the absolute best. Moe, Larry and Curly would be proud.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ray McCarey
Moe Howard
Larry Fine

DVD title: The X-Files - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb from beginning to end.

I became a fan of the X-Files the moment it aired. I loved this complete first season because I hate commercials and local network interruptions. I don't need to give you a synopisis because you probably know what the show is about( why else would you be looking at this item?).
The DVD extras are especially fun because you can watch the episodes with or without the deleted scenes. I enjoyed all of the extras. A Must For Any Fan of the show.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
David Duchovny

DVD title: Wallace & Gromit: The First Three Adventures (1990-1995)
Productgroup: DVD
Wallace & Gromit: The First Three Adventures (1990-1995) - movie DVD cover picture
One of the best shows you will ever see!

the beauty of these three animated films lies not just in the hard work that has been put in making them but also in the thrill and joy one gets while watching these award winning masterpieces!being an animator, i feel i've never seen something as cute as this!!!!hats off to nick park and aardman for creating one of the best or should i say THE BEST animated film ever made!!!
this dvd, comprising of all three adventures, is a must see and must have for everyone!!

Studio: Audrey L Ward
Director: Nick Park

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