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DVD title: Schindler's List (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Shattering, Lasting Cinematic Experience


After seeing recent films like LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and THE PIANIST, I still have to say that the definitive Holocaust film, if such a thing exists, is SCHINDLER'S LIST.
Steven Spielberg, already the most commercially-successful director of all-time, rises to the level of a master storyteller by making numerous brilliant choices. The first: by telling this story through the amoral Oskar Schindler, a German profiteer, Spielberg delves into the complexities of evil, especially in the scenes between Schindler and the frightening camp commandant, Goerthe (played with chilling precision by Ralph Fiennes). The black and white photography, everything--it all works. Many moments still come to mind: the little girl in the red coat, the documentary look and feel of the gunshots, the dreadful looks of realization on the faces of people as ashes snow down on them, the haunting final scenes.
The refrain of the survivors has been, "Never Again." The lasting impact of Spielberg's film will be, "Never Forget."

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes




DVD title: Road to Perdition (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Thought Provoking Film...Impressive DVD


This review refers to the DVD Widescreen edition(20th Cent Fox/Dreamworks) of "The Road To Perdition"...

There are so many informative and perceptive reviews here pertaining to this film and the incredible cast, and I don't want to repeat what's already been said, so basically I am going to review the DVD package itself for those who may be interested. I can hardly restrain myslef though, from saying that I loved this dark and thought provoking character study of an icy killer, who we watch slowly melting into a warm human being and caring father as the film progresses. It is one of those rare films I wanted to watch again immediatley.

This DVD package, is what all DVD packages should be. It has everything possible available to make it a joy to view by all.
The picture in anamorphic widescreen is always crystal clear. Considering that much of the story takes place on dark and stormy nights this is a big plus. The colors of the film, which are more muted then most films these days, really make you feel like you are back in the depression era, and are well defined on this DVD. The sound is excellent in the DD5.1. There is also an option for 2.0, or French 5.1. Every raindrop, every footstep, every rat-a-tat-tat of the tommy guns, and every word of dialouge clear and distinct. There are subtitles in English, French and Spanish, and has descriptions spoken for visually impaired as well. It may be viewed with or without commentary by directed Sam Mendes, and has the option of the commentary in Spanish and French as well(written words).

Special features include an informative and entertaining 25 minute look at the "Making Of" documentary, with thoughts from the cast, the director, and we are fortunate enough to hear the thoughts of cinematographer Conrad Hall, who's filming was as dramatic as the story. There are several deleted scenes, which may also be viewed with commentary, and may fill in some questions about the storyline for you. Also included are cast and filmmaker bios, production notes and a photo gallery. There was also an option for the CD soundtrack, which I got all jazzed about,(I thought I could isolate Thomas Newman's magnificent score), but this turned out to be just an advertisement for the CD. The price is more then reasonable compared to what you get(or don't get) on other DVDs.

The exquisite cast, including Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law, will have you mesmerized. The film will leave you thinking. The DVD, impressive.
Enjoy....Laurie





Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Mendes
Actors:
Tyler Hoechlin
Tom Hanks




DVD title: Law & Order Criminal Intent - The First Year
Productgroup: DVD
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Dick Wolf hones his art


Criminal Intent.

The third stream in the Law and Order franchise and the most polished of Dick Wolf's work.

Where "Law and Order" explores the full process of the justice system from investigation to conviction, "L&O: Special Victims Unit" examines the ethical deliberations that can come with it... Dick Wolf's new spin-off, "L&O: Criminal Intent" seems to focus now on the complexity of the premeditated crime.

Dick Wolf's style of narrative has been enhanced significantly from his previous two works to encompass the complexity of these mind-twisters. With such a huge amount of information to give the viewer, his new opening sequences can leave many people scratching their heads in confusion. The fast paced litany is always made clear in the end, though, and it is testimony of how far Wolf has come from the first Law and Order stream.

Like most good super-slueth stories, the main detective of this series, Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio), is eccentric, brilliant and resourceful. His investigations advance beyond simple "smoking gun" deductions and move on to complex circumstantial evidence and criminal psychology... Bith in which Goren excels.

D'Onofrio is arguably the most skilled actor gracing television today, and Dick Wolf had the insight to let him both mold the character Robert Goren however he wished and to give him, quite simply, the freedom to act. Many of his more memorable quirks have been pure spur of the moment improvisation, causing a great deal of confusion to the camera men and other actors.
Goren/D'Onofrio's eccentricity and unpredictability makes this series an incredibly enjoyable one to watch, however, and you'll be hard pressed to find someone who does not appreciate it.

Though some might declare Detective Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe) as the Watson of the duo, she is not quite as ornamental as the little doctor had been. Eames grants both stability and reality to the often dizzying thought processes of Goren. She excels at her role of being both the muscle and practical mind of the pair, and Kathryn Erbe has a unique talent for making lists of information interesting... Someone has to state the facts, and she just happens to be the best at the job!

Though I enjoy all of the Law and Order series, (L&O for its diversity, SVU for its characters and ethical explorations) Criminal Intent is my favourite...


Watch one interrogation scene featuring D'Onofrio at his best, and you'll see why.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Actors:
Vincent D'Onofrio



DVD title: Logan's Run
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Entertaining, isn't that was movies are about.


The gist of this movie is what happens when a society takes youth worship too the extreme. I've bought several copies for friends on their big 3-0, and this movie always provides the needed counter-balance to the "I'm getting old" self pity. Plus this is a fine example of good old fashioned B-movie sci-fi that is funny by trying to be so earnest.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Michael Anderson
Actors:
Michael York
Jenny Agutter




DVD title: The Fast and the Furious (Widescreen Tricked Out Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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wow


WOW, i thought that this film was good, amazing. Great cast, amazing cars, an excellent night in, loved watching it, had me on the edge of my seat right up to the end, wanted it to go on forever. i would recommend it to anyone. I rented it and watched it 3 times over a weekend, now going to buy it. GET THIS FILM AND YOU WON'T BE DISAPOINTED.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rob Cohen
Actors:
Paul Walker
Vin Diesel




DVD title: Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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I have never seen a more gut-bustingly funny flick!!!


I loved this movie! I havent laughed as hard at any movie! I was amazed at the pace the jokes kept coming and each was funnier than the last. I would reccomend this movie to anyone who enjoys good saucy comedy, even if you dont like Mike Meyers, this one is a classic. Bring on Austin 3!!!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jay Roach
Actors:
Mike Myers
Heather Graham




DVD title: Anger Management (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Nicholson at his sexiest and funniest!


I thought that this was a hilarious movie..with 2 great actors: jack nicholson and adam sandler!! i would recommend it to anyone w/ a sense of humor!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Peter Segal
Actors:
Adam Sandler
Jack Nicholson
Marisa Tomei




DVD title: Tenchi Muyo - OVA DVD Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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Tenchi is Timeless


The series has now been totally completed and there does not look like there will be any more tenchi movies out there can you really afford to let this little piece of Anime history to slip through your fingers? This is the series that started it all other serieses are based on this one it sets the standard it is a bummer that the OVA will probably never be finished as the others were, this has more than the average anime series it has the action and drama you would expect from anime but it also has a sense of humor that keeps you on the edge of your seat and begging for more not to mention Ryo Ohki could school any pokemon on the market! Just do IT!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Actors:
Tenchi Muyo



DVD title: Pearl Jam - Single Video Theory
Productgroup: DVD
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very good pearl jam vid


I thought this video was just awesome. I shows some beautiful shots of Eddie and is a must own for any big fan. I loved it and I think you will too. *wink wink* *big cheezy smile*

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Actors:
Pearl Jam



DVD title: Mission Impossible 2
Productgroup: DVD
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M:I-2 Mission Impossible 2


Tom Cruise has hit the box office with his last latest hit M:I-2. With lots of action. He returns as Haunt. He has been on a mission to search the killer. The killer plans to destroy the city but when Haunt around, the killer gets killed as Haunt compeleted his mission and save the girl as he heads on towards his next mission that shall come out 4 years later- M:I-3 Mission Impossible 3.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: John Woo
Actors:
Tom Cruise



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