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DVD title: The Warriors
Productgroup: DVD
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AMAZING movie about New York in the late 1970's

When this movie was released, it attracted such a rough crowd that fans caused riots in some theaters.

This movie is the best! They took an old concept (it's based on a story about Greek soldiers who must fight their way back through hostile territory) and put it into a modern context.

At the beginning, we are introduced to the Warriors, 9 young men from Coney Island who are on the train heading into the city for a 5 burrough wide gang meeting, hosted by Cyrus. We see shots of an old New York flash by, and tons of flashy, pre hip hop gangboys in all sorts of colorful outfits.

When all the gangs get together, something goes terribly wrong and the Warriors get framed for murder. Now they have to get back home and every gang in NYC wants a piece of them.

The strength of this movie is how it highlighted that even the toughest gang bangers could get swallowed up whole and killed by the mean streets of New York.

Although the constant fights and the internal struggles of The Warriors serve as part of the appeal, the movie is probably best known for its villain and for its climactic ending.

FInally, though the movie was made before hip hop had really taken the nation, snippets from this movie have been used in rap videos and quoted in hip hop lyrics in the years ever since.

This is a great movie for anyone who wants to understand how bad things got in urban America in the 1970's or who wants to see some great character actors in early roles.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Walter Hill
Michael Beck
James Remar

DVD title: Sleepy Hollow
Productgroup: DVD
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Not scary, but very fun to watch

I can't say I've always liked Tim Burton movies, but Sleepy Hallow is one of his better efforts (Beetlejuice & Ed Wood are his other fine movies). Johnny Depp, as usual, gives a first rate performance. Christina Ricci once again shows why she's one of our most interesting and talented actresses. And Christopher Walken as the Hessian Horseman is perfect casting. It's also great to see Christopher Lee (the first Dracula I ever saw in movies). Although his part is small Lee, along with the late Peter Cushing, is incapable of give a bad performance. Tim Burton's director's commentary is also fun to listen to. While Sleepy Hallow isn't that scary, it can be kind of gross, it's a fine halloween movie.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Tim Burton
Johnny Depp
Christina Ricci

DVD title: Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan
Productgroup: DVD
Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan - movie DVD cover picture
was dope

I am a big Friday fan, but this film was, quite simply, awful. Definitely not in the mold of the best Fridays. And WHERE is the gore! The MPAA were so damn harsh with the Friday series after Number 1, and it's a shame. I have to give credit for that boxing match with Jason though, and that guy's head flying off with one punch. Nice. Other than that, this is a pile of bunk. Go and rent Part 4, or Part 6.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Rob Hedden
Kane Hodder
Jensen Daggett

DVD title: Zombie
Productgroup: DVD
Zombie - movie DVD cover picture
Second only to Night of the Living Dead for Zombie Films

I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Night of the Living Dead one of the first and best zombie/horror movies I ever saw when I was a kid. Zombie runs a close second though... It has been called an unofficial (European) sequel to Night of the Living Dead (Not sure about it being an unofficial sequel to Dawn of the Dead. George Romero did Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead as part of his zombie trilogy, also excellent films). This movie was my first real introduction to Lucio Fulci and I've been a fan ever since. Superb Italian B Movie horror! The effects were great for a movie of this type. I have to agree with the previous reviewer and restate that the Zombie battling the Shark Scene and the Eye Gouging scene were most EXCELLENT! I'm so pleased they finally started selling it again on DVD. For a long time I could only rent a copy of this on DVD and now its available for such a low price. What a steal! Be sure to check out The Beyond by Lucio Fulci to catch some more of his zombies in action...

Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Lucio Fulci
Tisa Farrow
Ian McCulloch

DVD title: Underworld (2-Disc Unrated Extended Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
Underworld (2-Disc Unrated Extended Cut) - movie DVD cover picture
Absolutely Mind Blowing!!!

This movie is first off, one of the best vampire movies I have watched recently. This is leaving out the point which the plot is about vampires hunting down the remainder of the Lycans(werewolves). Kate Beckinsale is an absolutly amazing actress. This was the first movie which I have seen that she was in. Her part in this movie is as a Death Dealer is an extremely serious role. I do not believe she smiles even once. That takes a great skill. Back to the movie. It is about a vampire who falls in love with a human. This human, Michael, is bitten by a werewolf and begins to see flashbacks of memories of the strongest Lycan. This werewolf's name was Lucian. As Selene(Kate Beckinsale) tries to help Michael....Just buy the movie already. No dissappointment guaranteed.(For a good laugh, look at Lucian's face when Michael has his flashback at the Lycan's dwelling!)

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Len Wiseman
Kate Beckinsale
Scott Speedman
Shane Brolly

DVD title: Seinfeld - Seasons 1 & 2
Productgroup: DVD
Seinfeld - Seasons 1 & 2 - movie DVD cover picture
Seinfeld DVDs in Australia

I'm a huge fan of Seinfeld, and I'd love to own it all so I can watch it at my leisure. Anyway, I went into Target (Rockhampton, Australia) yesterday to check out the Seinfeld DVDs - I was seriously thinking about buying them. The prices were :
- Season 1&2 are $80 AUD
- Season 3 is $80 AUD

So, $160 AUD for 40 episodes. Given that there are 180 episodes, the total cost of owning Seinfeld will be about 160 * 180 / 40 = $720 AUD. And, to watch these you will be juggling anything up to 30 DVD disks.


As much as I love Seinfeld, I'm not all that keen on paying a $700+ for it, but worst of all I hate the thought of juggling 30 damn DVDs. So, I'm waiting for higher format disk versions to come out. Hurry up Blu-Ray !!

I can't imagine too many people out there spending $700 on Seinfeld - and Target's shelves were full of the first 2 packs, and no-one was buying them (or even looking at them) when I was there. Maybe when all the packs are released they will have a huge discount sale to clear all the stock that isn't moving - at least that's what I hope. $200 or less would be great for the whole 180 episodes. Then I would buy the complete set - but I still hate the thought of juggling 30 DVDs. ;)

All on 1 super capacity disc would be much better. ;)

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Jerry Seinfeld

DVD title: Shania Twain - Up (Live in Chicago)
Productgroup: DVD
Shania Twain - Up (Live in Chicago) - movie DVD cover picture
Shania's UP! DVD Well Worth the Money!

I borrowed this DVD from a friend that purchased it today, and let me say that this is one of the best quality concert DVDs I have seen. The sound and clarity is second to none. As far as the content goes, there are definitely more songs on this DVD than one could hope for, and most of them are her greatest hits, with some new ones thrown in for a little variety. Do yourself a favor and buy this DVD like I am going to do. If you're not a Shania fan yet, you probably will be by the time you are done watching this concert.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Shania Twain

DVD title: The Craft
Productgroup: DVD
The Craft - movie DVD cover picture
pleasently pagan

The Craft is a solid, yet still somewhat predictable thriller, that tried to ride the surging horror wave started by Scream.
Sarah Baily (Robin Tunney) has always felt like an outsider all her life. So, when she and her Dad (Cliff De Young) move to a new town, she finds herself having to start fresh. As the new gal at St. Benedict's Academy, she immediately falls in with the high school's female misfits. But, this group of girls won't settle for being just powerless outcasts, that nobody wants to hang out with. Indeed, Nancy, (Fairuza Balk) Bonnie, (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachel True) have discovered just how much fun school can be if you have the skills to use "The Craft" and they plan to show Sarah the way.
Director and co scripter Andrew Fleming plays things pretty safe throughout the film. The tried and true horror formula isn't tested that much. Young and trendy stars populate the cast, with moments of humor and a few jolts, thrown in for good measure. The breakout performance for me here is Balk's sassy Nancy. She is one tough witch you don't want to mess with. She helps make the film better than it would be otherwise. As with any film about the wicken way, there's also a certain female "bonding" subtext that has to play itself out, as well.
The special edition DVD substitutes for the movie only edition from awhile back. The audio commentary from Fleming is a nice mix of the tecnical and on set trivia about the film. There are two making Of featurettes on the disc. The first,is a six minute EPK style prepublicity kind of thing, while the second is a 24 minute retrospective, produced for the DVD. Conjuring THE CRAFT features "new" interviews with Fleming, Robin Tunny, Rachel True among others, intermixed with on set comments from Balk and Campbell. This is well produced. Fleming provides commentary for the deleted footage that, doesn't really amount to much as far as the final version is concerned The entire film score from Greame Revell is preserved and given its due as an isolated music track. Talent files, as well as, theatrical trailers for The Craft, among other films top off the bonus material on the disc. Addtional production notes can be found inside the keep case.
The Craft is worth a dabble, with a *** and a half star rating, as long as your expectations are kept in check.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Andrew Fleming
Robin Tunney
Fairuza Balk
Neve Campbell

DVD title: Across the Pacific
Productgroup: DVD
Across the Pacific - movie DVD cover picture
bogart--astor--greenstreet--need i say more

across the pacific stars humphrey bogart as an army officer dishonorably discharged who is actually a spy --he sets sail on a japanese freighter to the panama canal zone with fellow passengers mary astor and sidney greenstreet--a tour de force of strong performances by all--this is an extremely well written movie with several very amusing interchanges between the bogart and astor characters--if you are a classic movie buff and a bogart fan this is probably one of your favorites--if you haven/t seen it yet you are in for a treat

Humphrey Bogart
Mary Astor

DVD title: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - movie DVD cover picture
Beautiful, A Masterpiece.

This film paints such a vivid spectrum of colour, such a wonderful storyline and has such a beautiful, in-tune script, that it was the only film at the Oscars truly fitting the word 'picture' and therefore it is certainly the film to deserve the award of 'Best Picture'.
Blending traditional Chinese martial arts, an intricate storyline, romance, character connection and the features that make what many call an 'artsy' film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is much much more than just a martial arts movie.
For a martial arts movie its compassion is something unreached, its beauty is unmatched and its depth is unheard of. For never before has a film appealed to the masses in such a way, to those wanting simple pow-pow martial arts and those looking for philosophical, inner depth.
And for those who love both it is a dream. The storyline is action-packed, the cinematics are untouchable.
For someone not to have seen this film is pretty amazing. But they have to. It's wonderful.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Ang Lee
Yun-Fat Chow
Michelle Yeoh
Ziyi Zhang

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