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DVD title: Seven Samurai - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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A breath taking masterpiece of Japanese film making....


After many years of only seeing this timeless work on VHS tape, to finally have and to own " The Seven Samurai " on DVD presented in 1:33:1 format, presented by the reknowned Criterion Collection...it is indeed a true pleasure for this film fan. Plus the bonus of the additional audio commentary by the Japanese film historian, Michael Jeck, provides a much deeper insight into the history of the production, it's messages and themes, Akira Kurosawa's directorial style, and the attitudes of Japanese film making in the early 1950's.
From the very first time I watched this film I was spellbound by it's power and glory....Kurosawa painstakingly assembled a team of actors with wonderful synergy and expression that are at the core of this unforgettable tale of hopes & dreams, death & revenge and honor & trust. Kurosawa's explosive and dynamic battle sequences, some filmed in driving rain, are equally balanced within the films context by the sadness and emotion of the heartfelt scenes, such as where Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune) reveals his upbringings to the rest of the Samurai.
This moving, provacative and challenging film is an epic that still stands head and shoulders over many others nearly 50 years after it's initial release...and a film that you can watch time and time again, and uncover another gem within it's rich tapestry upon each repeated viewing. I've shown this movie to many friends who were either not interested in older black and white productions...or not keen on subtitled movies...and they have all enjoyed it and remarked how they never knew that they could relish a 50 year old movie so much !!
This film truly belongs in any persons movie collection who considers themselves a true afficiando of cinema...an experience in emotion, energy and vision that will not be forgotten by those who view this wonderful work.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors:
Toshirô Mifune



DVD title: Princess Mononoke
Productgroup: DVD
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The BEST anime movie ever...almost


I must say I was worried about this movie. I had seen Miyazaki's other movies (Porco Rosso, Nausicaa, My Neighbor Totoro) and decided that those couldn't be beaten. Then I saw this. It IS amazing. One of few anime movies with real deep, developed characters and story. I think Miyazaki outdid himself with this one. The ONLY anime movie that beats this is Totoro (if you haven't seen Totoro buy it! Trust me). Even Porco Rosso or Akira didn't compare. This is destined to be the most known anime movie ever, and certainly one of the best.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Yôji Matsuda
Yuriko Ishida
Yûko Tanaka




DVD title: Hush
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie


I bought this dvd ana watched it for the first time. The only reason I bough it was because Gywneth Paltrow played in it. I had no idea if it would be a good movie ar not so I took a chance. This movie is about a young lady who marries this nice young man and returns to his family hertiage and help his widow mother keep the family ranch. The only thing is that the mother-in-law has a problem letting go of her son whom she is very controlling of. She desires to be the only lady in his life. When Paltrow becomes pregnant (jessica lang) will stop of nothing short of eliminating her (paltrow) from her husband and grand childs life. Does she succeed or fail. Will she remain the only one in her Son' and Grandson's lofe? Watch and see.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jonathan Darby
Actors:
Jessica Lange
Gwyneth Paltrow




DVD title: Blood - The Last Vampire
Productgroup: DVD
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Short but very sweet!


I just "aquired" this movie and I was instantly captivated by it. The well written opening "train" scene was mesmerizing and it left me excited for what was to follow. Saya's character is strong and graceful and you won't want to blink when she is in action.
My only regret was that the movie was soooooo short. What is saya's story? Why is she the last? and whats with the sword fetish? more, more, more.
I am truly a "blood" junkie in need of another fix.

Studio: Palm Pictures/Manga Video
Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Actors:
Youki Kudoh



DVD title: Body Chemistry 4 - Full Exposure
Productgroup: DVD
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Marcia Clark, Eat Your Heart Out!


Okay, so this is hardly TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD... you're not watching this video for high courtroom drama, but Playboy model-turned-actress Shannon Tweed turns in her now-regular well-curved exposure, while escaping the clutches of the D.A., expertly played by a real actress, Elaine Giftos. Worth seeing if not believing.

Studio: New Concorde Home Video
Director: Jim Wynorski



DVD title: Super Size Me
Productgroup: DVD
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DONT Supersize Me


I thought that this movie was incredible and educational. It may be hard for some people to view because no one in current times wants to take responsibility for their actions. People do not know or care enough about nutrition these days and they do not take their life seriously. I applaud everyone who went into making this movie. It's the truth and this obesity epidemic needs to stop!

Studio: Hart Sharp Video Llc
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Actors:
Morgan Spurlock
Dr. Daryl Isaacs




DVD title: Fargo
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant!!


This is by far the most original black comedy I have ever seen. The cast is wonderful and the dialogue is hilarious. There is some blood and gore (it is a very very black comedy), but stay with it until the very end.
The cast is headed by the wonderful Frances McDormand who won a well deserved Oscar is the very pregnant policewoman. William H. Macy co-stars as the car salesman who hires Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare to kidnap his wife. Trust me I'm not giving anything away. Just watch and see for yourself.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Actors:
William H. Macy
Steve Buscemi




DVD title: The Last Wave - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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"Are You A Fish? Are You A Man? Are you Melkur?" - Beware Taxicab Drivers With Boney Sticks


David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is a well respected lawyer and family man living and practicing in Sydney, Australia. Of Occidental origin and Anglican faith, David has never been one overly concerned with the intangible, unexplainable mysteries of life. However his predictable, concrete world has recently been disrupted by a series of vivid and disturbing dreams that have called into question the very nature of reality. Unable to sleep for fear of more night visions he buries himself in his work.

His Stepfather, Reverend Burton (Frederick Parslow), notices the change in David's demeanor during a weekend visit with the family and questions his Stepson on the matter. David confides in him with the statement, "I'm having bad dreams." As a conversation ensues David is reminded of a series of repetitive nightmares he had as a child. He would awaken in the morning to tell his parents that taxicab drivers came to him in dreams and took him on long drives during the night. That's why he was always tired in the morning.

Despite the ongoing dreams and a serious lack of sleep life must go on. He is assigned his first homicide case, he is to defend a group of aborigines in what appears to be a tribal ritual murder. The night before he is to meet his new clients he is visited by a young aborigine in another vivid dream. The unidentified man is holding a triangular rock containing some cryptic carvings and symbols. He stretches out his arm towards David as though offering him the stone.

This dream unexpectedly and dramatically takes human form the next day when he meets Chris Lee (David Gulpilil), one of the murder suspects. Chris just happens to be the aborigine in his dream. David invites the young man to his home for dinner in an attempt to discover the truth not only about the murder case, but the meaning of dreams. When Chris arrives for dinner that evening he is not alone. He has brought Charlie (Nandjiwarra Amagula), an aborginal "clever man" or shaman (who earns a living in the city as a taxicab driver).

Thus is the beginning of a journey into a reality that Western Civilization has all but forgotten about. This is the "The Dreamtime" a separate but equally valid stream of consciousness existing alongside our waking world. David is soon to discover that his dreams are inexplicably connected to this archaic world and he is about to play an important role in either the continuation or destruction of both worlds.

In my estimation this is without question director Peter Weirs' signature film. He has captured on film something I wouldn't have thought possible, giving us a brief but illuminating firsthand glimpse into the very heart of aboriginal shamanism. The conversation concerning the 'nature of dreams' between David, Chris and Charlie is one of the most fascinating and mesmerizing mystical moments in cinematic history.

Richard Chamberlain is perfect in the role of David Burton. His ability to express his inner turmoil and fear of the unknown with the absolute minimal amount of dialogue or gesture attests to just how accomplished an actor he is. David Gulpilil (Walkabout, Crocodile Dundee & Rabbit-Proof Fence) is also the undisputed best choice for the part of Chris, providing a most striking contrast with Richard Chamberlain in both worldview and physical appearance.

However the real star of the film is Nandjiwarra Amagula. This of course is the ultimate in typecasting because Nandjiwarra is in fact an authentic aboriginal shaman. Truly a man of immense spiritual and physical magnetism, his mere presence on camera is capable of evoking the Dreamtime experience. If you have ever had the desire to pursue the shamanic path look deeply into the countenance of Nandjiwarra before you decide. Those eyes will tell you everything you need to know.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Peter Weir
Actors:
Richard Chamberlain



DVD title: Animals Are Beautiful People
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing Film. Truely one of the best films ever made.


This is an amazing film. Its truely one of the best films ever made. Capitvates the beauty of creation and all its abundance. brings one in touch with the lost innocence. It is a pity that this film is not available in PAL/ Secam or Mesacam format - I would love to see it again and also preserve it for the next generation. Jamie Uys is a truley marvelous person, what with films like the above and Gods Must be crazy and even his candid camera show - Funny People. ...

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Jamie Uys



DVD title: Equilibrium
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie of the year


I knew nothing about this film. I went based on ratings I saw online, since I trust regular smoe's I went. Me, along with my 2 friends were blown away. I saw it yesterday and I am still shaking me head in amazement. At first I thought it was going to be another 1984, thought provoking, weird film, then the film went from 1st to 5th gear, skipping the others inbetween. Camera angles and uses were extremely well done and I suggest you RUN don't walk, but RUN to go see this movie. Pass the world around, it did not get much adverstisement. This is the film that hollywood should make. It takes the Matrix type ideas and gives it an andrelanine shot. BRAVO!!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Kurt Wimmer
Actors:
Christian Bale
Sean Bean
Taye Diggs
Emily Watson




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