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DVD title: Aelita - Queen of Mars
Productgroup: DVD
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A fascinating look at an era and style

Surprisingly watchable, for a silent film, and very well preserved. The Constructivist sets and costumes are amazing, a revolutionary art style before the later supression of expression and innovation in the Soviet Union (this film was later banned by Stalinist critics). Even the images of life on Earth, in the early days of that nation, are quite interesting.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Yakov Protazanov

DVD title: Classical Baby 3pk Set
Productgroup: DVD
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Worth the price

We don't have TiVo; taped the show on VCR when it came out on HBO & our 2-year-old loves it. He's two now - has been watching it only a few months, since it came out on HBO, so if you're wondering whether this will keep an older child's attention the answer is definitely "yes." PLUS he's learned about opera and ballet, which is GREAT because now we listen to opera in the car and he enjoys it. This is by far the least annoying of any other kid video or kid music (Because it's not Kid music), so I'm happy to put it on for my child. I think that he will enjoy it for at least another year, so I am getting ready to order it now. Even if we only got the first CD, I would pay $20 for that alone; the quality of this content is high enough to make it worth the price.

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: Jimmy Eat World
Productgroup: DVD
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Worth checking out for any fan

Although not a full-length DVD, the JimmyEatWorld DVD EP delivers more than enough bang for your buck. The DVD sells for less than ten dollars at most places and includes 3 music videos, all coming from their latest and most successful album "Bleed American" (aka "self-titled," changed after September 11th). "The Middle" is a pretty good video, even if it's been played about a million times and the song is just a little more than annoying by now. "Bleed American" is an excellent performance video and is the first video from the album. "Sweetness" is the latest video, and probably the best of the three. It's a performance video combined with some trippy graphics and odd images. The live video "Get It Faster" comes from the full-length DVD which comes out later this year (you might have seen this performance air on MTV last summer). The audio section is nice, although I wish they could come up with a way so that you could listen to it like a CD. You get live versions of "For Me This Is Heaven," "Bleed American," and "Authority Song." And as if that's not enough, you also get a cover of Wham's "Last Christmas." All in all, if you are a JimmyEatWorld fan, you should definetly pick this up. It is definetly worth the money.

Studio: Universal Music & VI

DVD title: Amateur
Productgroup: DVD
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Finally on DVD

I saw this movie many years ago and have been waiting for it to come to DVD. This story is especially relevant today, as the country hears more and more about terrorist cells within our midst. It was interesting to see how an everyday Joe trains (Hollywood style) to become an assassin and to follow the action as he avenges his sweetheart's death.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
John Savage

DVD title: Lolita
Productgroup: DVD
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a kubrick style case study of adult infatuation

This movie can entertain as well as educate. The flashback as a way to introduce the story and attract attention seems strange but effective. Excellent performances with Sellers again assuming many disguises, a brilliant case study but can get tiring at times. Kubrick made this film when others were putting to screen stories about lovesick teenagers. Buy it, watch it, treasure it like any of Kubrick's films.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
James Mason
Shelley Winters
Sue Lyon

DVD title: WWE Summerslam 2000
Productgroup: DVD
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I was there!

I was there and it was amazing. Shane's bump made mick foley look like a amature. T.L.C. was the best match between these three teams ever. The WWF title match was o.k. but could have been better. Benoit vs. Jerico was there best match but that's not saying much. But overall a great it

Triple H
Chris Jericho
Jerry Lawler
Kurt Angle
Dudley Boyz
The Rock

DVD title: The Endless Summer 2 - The Journey Continues
Productgroup: DVD
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A Good One

Great cinematography. Inspiring, even for the non-surfer. I wish it were on DVD, because the sound and picture quality would be incredible.

Studio: Monterey Home Video
Director: Bruce Brown
Patrick O'Connell (III)

DVD title: Sitar Tutor #1 - Introduction To Sitar
Productgroup: DVD
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Thank you Ashwin!

This is a good video to introduce those new to the sitar to things you will need to know. The Dhun at the end is also entertaining.

Studio: Batish Records

DVD title: Pleasantville (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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An Enlightenment Movie!!

Two Thumbs Up for this excellent spiritual plot about waking up to reality. By 'reality' I mean wake up and 'smell the coffee' or wake up and 'smell the roses'.

Our world often seems to be living in Pleasantville as society (most especially religion) deems laws and rules that prevent one from advancing their knowledge and curiosity. Since many other reviewers have disclosed the plot, I won't have to. Therefore, I'll just add my comments.

The movie made me laugh and smile and gave me a sense that the director really had a hold of something subtley worthwhile. As people became 'enlightened' their appearances changed. Isn't that what happened to Moses? But this movie is set in the 1950s era, which makes it one of innocence and pure enjoyment. All rolled into one great theme, Pleasantville is a winner! A+ roles for Tobey McQuire, William Macy, Reese Witherspoon, and Jeff Daniels.

I loved it. My late husband loved it. We watched it a number of times, always getting the same warm enjoyment and I'll continue to do so as the years go by. My personal opinion is that this movie is a Classic.

Gail Gupton, Author: 'The 31-Day Diet of Spiritual Enlightenment', and 'Seekers of Truth'.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Gary Ross
Tobey Maguire
Joan Allen
Jeff Daniels

DVD title: Rosemary's Baby
Productgroup: DVD
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"Pray for Rosemary's Baby"

This is the greatest horror film, and one of the greatest films ever, period.
Everything in it works. From that terrific tag line to the creepy poster art, to that off kilter lullaby Mia Farrow croons, to every single performance, line of dialogue and scene. The cast is perfection. The terror is palpable. The extras set the movie in its time, but the movie has surpased its time and become, like all true classics, for the ages. The Bramley will never be razed for a parking lot. Ira Levin's superb novel was blessed by Roman Polanski's film. Both are landmarks touched with more than a little genius.
The movie is wickedly funny, deliciously entrancing, groundbreakingly "real" because it's horror is set in present day New York; also, the elderly couple next door, who are the coven leaders, are played to the hilt by nosey Ruth Gordon and the intriguing Sidney Blackmer; therefore, it's easy to come under their spell. Blackmer especially gives an almost noble performance that is rich and wise. The entire cast is at the top of their game.
Maurice Evan's Hutch is the hope and comfort of the film, the logical reality against what is inexorably happening, while Ralph Bellamy's Dr. Saperstein (he was on "Open End," you know)is that soft spoken easygoing evil that you just know hides a little below the surface of most of his ilk. It's also fun seeing Hope Summers (Clara Edwards of "The Andy Griffith Show") as a Satanist. Not out of character here, really. Did Aunt Bea ever find out?
It's ironic that the movie probably could not be made today. The current crop of puritans would rail against it; odd, since the bare bones of the plot hew to what they say they believe. But while those lame Left Behind movies and the others artlessly propound beating foolish stuff into its audiences heads, "Rosemary's Baby" plays knowingly with fiction, with what ifs, with the paranoia come true, all in a twisty gripping eerie exciting film, produced by the great William Castle, who has just the right cameo that comes with the chill first, then the laughter.
Mia Farrow's heart wrenching Rosemary Woodhouse leads us into her terror and pain, then into her first goosebumpy nightmare come true reaction to her son, propelling into that final reaction, maybe even scarier, as the camera wisely pans to the window and the outside of the Bramley. There are some fine character actors as well, always dependable Elisha Cook, Jr. Philip Leeds and Patsy Kelly.
John Cassavetes, as Guy Woodhouse, also creeps us out as he sells himself and Rosemary, and I guess, their baby, and the world, to Satan, to further his acting career. Being in bit parts in "Luther" and "Nobody Loves an Albatross" can only take an actor just so far. Priorities, after all. So settle down with some "plain old Lipton Tea," a bowl of "chocolate mouse" and a Vodkda Blush, and watch a classic again or for the first time. Watch out for mouse bites, though.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Roman Polanski
Mia Farrow
John Cassavetes

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