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DVD title: The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A film that does exactly what it intended....

I was very unsure about the story of the crucifixion being glamorised for the sake of Hollywood and 'cashed in on' so i went to the film full of apprehension. I am so very glad i went, i cannot explain how moved i was, how humbled and full of awe. I am glad it was violent, i am glad that i saw so much blood and pain and weeping. I am glad that Mel Gibson didn't shy away from the harsh reality that was Christs death, and i am glad that in parts i felt quite sick. I have only been a Christian for a year, and have heard so many times that 'Jesus suffered on the cross for my sins' but could never really comprehend that. We live in such a sanitised way, and the real brutality of the crucifixion is glazed over each Easter, but we should know, we should be aware of the sacrifice that was made for us. I have never taken communion, simply because i couldn't understand what it meant, sometimes it just felt like words, Now I can't wait, now i am as close to understanding the sacrifice as I could be.
I think that the criticisms of the film are ridiculous, It never occurred to me that the film was anti Jew, I was shocked to hear that people thought this after i saw the film, most importantly I don't think that Jews were portrayed badly, no worse than anyone else, (no-one is complaining about it being anti Roman) but secondly; its history, the next time they make a film about world war two will they criticise the director for being anti German?
I read a review in my local paper, apparently the Bishop of my borough has said that the film dwelt too long on the violence of the crucifixion, i was shocked by this, surely to understand the sacrifice we must dwell on it, the Christian faith is about Jesus, he was born the son of God, he died for us a horrific death and rose from the dead. How are we not supposed to dwell on this?
Anyway... go and see the film, take your friends to go and see the film, and watch how everyone acts once its over.

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

DVD title: His Girl Friday
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my very favourites. Howard Hawk's masterpiece is a culmination of the "screwball" comedy tradition of the thirties. Here, it's the dialogue rather than the plot which gives this gem its distinction. Roz Russell as Hildy turns the newsroom upside down as she throws her well-padded shoulders around. She's a fast-talking dame who's accepted by the newsmen as "one of the boys"; she's a fast talker with a quick retort for each and every wisecrack. The character of Walter Burns is made-to-order for Grant. Here, his stunts are verbal; his insults fly like daggers; the pace is somewhat frenzied, yet the film doesn't suffer from its weak thread of a plot. Time dances frantically by; the comedy is copious and varied; the gags are rapid-fire. The sarcastic banter between Hildy and Burns is the soul of the film. and it is this clever repartee that captures the audience. HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a fast, furious classic version of the Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur 1928 hit play "The Front Page". This movie is a unique example of Hollywood's golden years of film-making. The dialogue is delivered at breakneck speed with overlapping and clever inside jokes throughout. Rosalind Russell is a most inspired choice for Hildy Johnson (originally the character was a man) and she makes the best of her new-found niche in films; she's irreplaceable. Cary Grant has never been better and he even got to use his real name (Archie Leach) in one of his lines. Ralph Bellamy, an actor I usually don't care much for, fits right in here and the chemistry between the three is nothing less than exciting. There are serious undertones and John Qualen gives his most famous performance; he and the hysterical Helen Mack are chilling in their portrayals. Must be seen!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Howard Hawks
Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell

DVD title: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Productgroup: DVD
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Greatest Muppet Movie

But this is one tale that never even approaches the sights of boredom. A truly fantastic film, personally by far my most favourite Muppets' caper, with the likes of Michael Caine as the tight fisted Ebenezer Scrooge; in search of the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future.
The Muppets are reassembled for this musical version of Charles Dickens' classical tale, and are out in force with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and not forgetting Rizzo, all delivering hilarious and moving performances; the men up high, or rather underneath should be praised.
Having thoroughly enjoyed Patrick Stewart's latest Television/Stage Version, it is great to just get back to the madness and fun of this Muppet outing. It makes me cry with tears of laughter and sadness everytime, ultimately an amazing film.
Are you a Muppet fan... this is still their best yet.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Brian Henson
Michael Caine

DVD title: Cats
Productgroup: DVD
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Who out there can think of words to describe the pure magic that laces the air surrounding Cats? I'm not even entirely sure *why* such an aura exists, but something...something about Cats is pure magic. There's no better word for it. Those who haven't seen it won't truely understand, and even some who have won't know what I'm talking about. Be forwarned, there is hardly any plot to this masterpiece. If you're the type who likes to have everything handed to you on a silver platter, you probably won't enjoy Cats, and you have my pity. But, if you have a strong imagination and like to fiddle around in a universe rather than just sit back and observe, then more than likely you'll adore it. The characters are strong, but vague enough that you can add your own touches to make them whatever you want them to be. The music ranges from rock to jazz, to classic broadway tunes like the ever-popular Memory. Oh, and a special treat for dog lovers is included in the video! What I'm trying to say is, there's something for nearly everyone with a heart, a soul, and an imagination. Now...and Forever.

Studio: Universal Studios

DVD title: Secondhand Lions (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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second hand lions

So many times we go to see a movie and have to worry about whether or not we need to close our kids eyes or even our eyes for that matter. It is very refreshing to see a quality film that made us of good acting and story writting without sexual and other immorality being shaken into the mix. Thanks

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Tim McCanlies
Michael Caine
Robert Duvall
Haley Joel Osment

DVD title: The Wild Geese (30th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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when do we get the DVD in North America????

This is an excellent film, and I will be in line to buy it when it is released to DVD, which has been available in Region 2 encoding (Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East including Egypt) since may 2004.
My question is when do we get our DVD, and who do I have to complain to? in order to get it.

Studio: Tango Entertainment
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Richard Burton
Roger Moore
Richard Harris
Hardy Krüger
Stewart Granger

DVD title: Zombie
Productgroup: DVD
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Zombie Classic

Throughout the years, zombie movies have gone from bad to worse, but even with these failures have come classics such as Lucio Fulci's Zombie, and George Romero's Dead Trilogy. Anybody who gives this movie one star isn't a fan of zombie movies because this movie is one of the few rare gems of the zombie era. Fulci does a wonderful job in developing a movie that contains a good storyline and great zombie effects. The movie flows real well from the beginning as the zombies are very quickly introduced. If you're a fan of zombie movies, then this movie should definitely be something to look into. Also look into City of the Living Dead and The Beyond

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

DVD title: Pygmalion - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Pygmalion A Wonderful Story of Self Confidence!

I bought this video after hearing I had received the role of Eliza in my drama club's presentation of Pygmalion. This is a wonderful story! I found much better than My Fair Lady because it didn't have any non-realistic sugar coating. It helped me out with my accent and proved a wonderful movie! I'd reccommend it to anyone!

Studio: Criterion Collection
Leslie Howard
Wendy Hiller

DVD title: 50 First Dates (Full Screen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A successful comedy, memorable performances.

The story, first of all, was great. It was really fun watching Adam Sandler make Drew Barrymore fall in love with him everyday. The film was both funny and sad, no cheesy leaks. I enjoyed it very much, I thought they would spoil the ending though, but that turned out be decent as well. Brilliant!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Peter Segal
Adam Sandler
Drew Barrymore
Rob Schneider
Sean Astin

DVD title: Day of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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The Ultimate Zombie Movie!

George A. Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD proves once and for all that when it comes to making horror movies about the dead coming back to life and chowing down on the living, Romero is the best there is. Hell, DAY OF THE DEAD makes all other zombie movies, especially Lucio Fulci's excellent zombie movies, look like child's play. My favorite character was Bub, played to perfection by Howard Sherman; his moments, including his discovery of Beethoven, are the best moments in the whole movie. Isn't that interesting, having a zombie as my favorite character in a zombie movie? Yet that makes sense considering most of the other characters in the film; however, Joe Pilato was great as Captain Rhodes, and the late Richard Liberty stole it as Dr. "Frankenstein" Logan. I also liked John the Jamaican helicopter pilot, played by Terry Alexander, who is the most sympathetic human character; his speech to Sarah (Lori Cardille, daughter of the reporter in the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Chilly Billy) about the zombie situation is the most intelligent moment in any horror movie. Gary Klar also steals the show with his performance as nasty Private Steel.Ah, but the gore in DAY OF THE DEAD is the real meat of this grue sandwich here! Tom Savini really poured himself into the effects (along with Greg Nicotero, who appears in the film as Johnson), and it shows. The scenes involving intestines sliding out onto the floor are guaranteed to upset your stomach. I really can't say enough about the climax that hasn't been already expressed; simply put, it's the greatest instance of gore ever filmed in movie history! Truly disturbing what happens to those unfortunate to cross paths with these zombies; it all makes Fulci look like Walt Disney! Savini won a well-deserved Saturn Award for his effects on DAY OF THE DEAD, the culmination of his awesome makeup effects work in all those splatter films he did in the late '70s and early '80s!Anyway, this 2-disc set rocks! Stunning picture quality, like it was filmed yesterday! The extras are really awesome, especially the documentary "The Many Days Of DAY OF THE DEAD" featuring interviews with Romero, Savini, Nicotero, Cardille, Sherman, Pilato, production designer Cletus Anderson, assistant director Chris Romero (George's wife), and co-producer David Ball; their anecdotes on the production are really interesting and informative. There's also 2 commentaries, one with Romero, Savini, Anderson, and Cardille, and the other with director and Romero fan Roger Avary; a radio interview with Richard Liberty (shortly before his death in 2000); behind-the-scenes gore footage; photo gallery; trailers; and TV-spots. Oh, and I love the little booklet that looks like a legal pad with notes by Dr. Logan which contains liner notes from Michael Felsher on his view of DAY OF THE DEAD. A groundbreaking yet underrated horror movie whose reputation is steadily increasing, DAY OF THE DEAD is a definite must-watch!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
Lori Cardille
Terry Alexander

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