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DVD title: While You Were Sleeping
Productgroup: DVD
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A fun romantic comedy


This is such a cute movie. Its a modern classic! I'd definately reccomend it to anyone, I can watch this movie over and over again. Just because its so good! The cast is so amazing. Lucy saves a guy's life, a guy that she has a crush on but never actually talked to! Anyway, at the hospital they mistake her for being his fiancee, and one thing just leads to another, until she meets his brother Jack and begins to fall in love with him...

Studio: Hollywood Home Video
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Actors:
Sandra Bullock
Bill Pullman
Peter Gallagher




DVD title: Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Productgroup: DVD
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A perfect ending to the long running series


Wes Craven created one of the horror genre's most recognizeable and unforgettable characters when he wrote and directed the original Nightmare on Elm Street, and after 5 following films (all of which were rather dull except for the third film), Craven returned to the director's chair to finish what he started ten years before. The story is this: Heather Langenkamp (star of the original film and Part 3) plays herself in the real world. She is an actress whose young son begins uttering Freddy-esque threats as the city is rocked by earthquakes. Soon we learn from Craven (playing himself, look for New Line CEO Robert Shaye as himself as well) that Freddy is manifesting himself into our reality. While this does sound a bit questionable on paper, the idea is executed almost flawlessly, and Freddy is no longer the wise cracking one liner spewing freak we all came to know and love; he is much, much more demonic and menacing, and he looks great. New Nightmare is the scariest film since the original (and maybe the scariest of the series) and thanks to Craven we get one of the most entertaining horror films of the 90's. Robert Englund and John Saxon star as themselves and they're movie counterparts, and all together New Nightmare is the most intelligent film of the series, and is an essential film to horror fans, whether they like the series or not.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Wes Craven
Actors:
Heather Langenkamp
Robert Englund




DVD title: 40 Days and 40 Nights
Productgroup: DVD
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Suprisingly funny and sweet film


I was actually quite suprised this film, I originally saw this for something to do one night and because I fancied Josh Hartnett. But I found my self proudly laughing out loud in a quiet cinema, which is quite a suprise for me, cos it takes alot to get me to laugh in the cinema, particuarly when no one else is. But this was a genuinly funny film, with some classic quotes that my friends were repeating to our selves most of that night such as "You stupid, stupid, silly little person!!" and the part about the girl and her butterfly tatoo, its hillarius. Also the interaction between Matt and Eria is incredibly sweet and a pleasure to watch. I found part at the end with his old girlfriend quite confusing and I am still waiting expectantly for someone to explain to me, how exactly she managed to sleep with him without them breaking up. The film should of ended at the laundret, sinse the part at the end at the guys house wasn't that funny. But still, its a great film, good acting, some really funny moments, a definate film to cheer you up!! I highly recommend it!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Michael Lehmann
Actors:
Josh Hartnett
Shannyn Sossamon




DVD title: True Romance (Unrated Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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Long Live Floyd the Stoner!


This is a film filled with memorable moments and wonderful dialogue. The plot centers around the love affair between Clarence(Christian Slater) and Alabama(Patricia Arquette) and the merry mixups that occur when, after shooting Alabama's pimp, Clarence grabs the wrong suitcase. Thinking he was grabbing his wife's bag of clothes, he instead grabs the suitcase full of coke the pimp was moving for a local mobster. And thus ensues a cross country adventure that involves the mob, the DEA, a movie producer, and a cool looking purple cadillac. Oh well, these things happen sometimes.
Anyway, there are too many standout moments to count them all, but the two most memorable are:
Dennis Hopper explaining Sicilian heredity to mobster Christopher Walken
and of course
Brad Pitt smoking a fatty bong load out of a honeybear when the mobsters come to ask directions.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Tony Scott
Actors:
Christian Slater
Patricia Arquette




DVD title: Clerks (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Great Beginning to the New Jersey 'Trilogy'


Clerks was Kevin Smith's first movie, and it shows. It's video and audio are terrible, the directing is less than perfect, the acting is wooden, etc.
It's perfect. Dante is a whiny loser, and he's great as the central character. Randal is a cynical video clerk; hates his customers; even sells children cigarrettes.
This is the first movie to feature Jay and Silent Bob and they are quite different from their later appearances. They are much rougher than in MALLRATS, for example. In Mallrats, they are cartoonish characters, but in this one, they are loud (Well, Jay is) and drug dealers. They're drug dealers in all the movies, but this one features it at the most prominent.
The film is quite funny. The "37" scene is classic. Only a few moments are not up to par with the rest... But those are so few, they won't be bothered with...
The DVD is quite good. It has a great commentary (In which Jay sleeps through most of it), deleted scenes, and a music video. Sure, it's a direct port from the Laserdisc, but the laserdisc was a good one.
The only problem is that the film is non-anamorphic. Hopefully, in the upcoming anniversary edition disc they will fix this problem...

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Kevin Smith
Actors:
Brian O'Halloran
Jeff Anderson




DVD title: Star Trek Voyager - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Great start for an often overlooked or maligned series


Season one of Voyager has several excellent episodes. The show really hit its stride in seasons four and five but this set was very enjoyable to watch. I know some people have complained about the packaging and such but, it holds the discs well and takes up little space on the shelf...the cosmetics don't really matter to me. The content is what is important and I think the cast led by Kate Mulgrew and the stories seemed even more engaging than I remembered. Hopefully the releases of the remaining seasons will come as promised over the next 9 months.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Kate Mulgrew



DVD title: One Hour Photo (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Sy is my hero!


Well over a year after having first watched this movie, I am still perplexed by it. The story is clearly an indictment of our pathological society, values and alienation, in which Sy Parrish is a hero of considerable stature - as well as a victim of the pathologies of others (and of society). That's the story. A classic Henrick Ibsen-style indictment of society, along the lines of A Doll's House or The Master Builder. But the treatment is something else entirely: it is an intentional villanization of this simple moral hero, in some perverse attempt to vindicate the insanity of our commericalized culture. And because of this treatment, most people don't even see the story. Some do, although Victoria Alexander, at [...], was the only reviewer I found who had the insight to understand that the villain of the piece was not Sy Parrish, but the cultural environment in which he lived (in which we all live). Most people are too much a part of that environment to see themselves.

It is so clear to me that Sy is a hero, that I wonder about writer/director Mark Romanek and actor Robin William's unstated motives in making it as they did. The backstory features on the dvd indicate that they were clearly making it as a horror picture in which Sy was the villain ... yet it is so masterfully done, I wonder if they were, perhaps, intentionally duplicitous - in order to get produced, distributed, and gain market share (and good reviews) by an entire society of producers, revieweres and consumers who are simply too witless to grasp that the joke's on them - and that their ability to be thus hoodwinked proves the thesis of the movie. If that's the case, it's likely we'll never know.

Sy Parrish is patently the odd-man-out, as would any sane person be, in what passes for human values in the uSA. There are, hopefully, many such sane people still in this country ... characters who would be right at home - and respected - in some such period as the Canadian tv series "Avalon" ... or, in general, society of 100 years past (or in the third world), yet who are too moral, too sane, and too internally healthy, to be able to cope very well in a SavMart spaceship/society, especially inasmuch as the majority of the inhabitants are seemly adjusted to their alienation, and think they possess and practice human values, rather than artificially contrived ones - leaving the hero alone and grasping at straws for "human" companionship, if only as fantasies.

Many of the Amazon.com reviewers say that they found the scenes with Sy and the young boy creepy and unsettling, and I can appreciate that any disruption of their artificial universe might be threatened by someone like Sy ... or someone from the third world for whom the commercial conventionalities of our world were seen-through, or seen as pathological. Of course, the other point is that, in regard to the technical devices of filmmaking, the makers of the film were intentionally manipulating these scenes to appear creepy to the average movie-goer by pushing all the stock Hitchcockian buttons - and doing it smoothly. Yet, if you know anything about filmmaking, you know that "creepiness" can be invoked by the camera without anything being amiss in the actual situation/dialogue/scene. And that's what is so amazing about this film - it is all a matter of perspective (except the basic story itself, which is, as mentioned, classic Ibsen, and, as such, reveals a whole different "backstory").

Sy, in doing the moral thing, after much gut-wrenching soul-searching - at the cost of his job and his freedom - is clearly a hero of rare dimensions in the modern world. So much so as to be unrecognizable by those who are used to more relativistic and amoral entertainment. True, his martyrdom was not a major thing to him - as living in our society was a form of ongoing dehumanizing martyrdom anyway for this "brother from another planet." One Hour Photo is possibly one of the greatest films of the past century, whether it was intended as such or not. And - whichever way you are able to view it - it is certainly one of the most disturbing!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Mark Romanek
Actors:
Robin Williams
Connie Nielsen
Michael Vartan




DVD title: Once Upon a Time in America (Limited Edition Collector's Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favorite films


The reviewer below cant count to five because this film is not 6 hours long. The film is 3 and 1/2 hours long. I suspect they have weak powers of concentration in Australia.

Studio: Creative Design Art,
Director: Sergio Leone
Actors:
Robert De Niro
James Woods




DVD title: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Productgroup: DVD
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great film and great music


i think this film is a great film. the cinematography is superb and the acting is good. i realize that i'm running out of adjectives, having written several of these reviews today, but out of what's left in me, i recommend this film, though it's one of those--you either hate it or love it--type of films. i love it.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Actors:
George Clooney
John Turturro
Tim Blake Nelson




DVD title: Half Baked
Productgroup: DVD
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FUNNY!


I loved this movie alot. The humor is pure and not cheap or cory. Each actor has his own type of humor that when put together makes one of the funniest movies you will ever see. You can watch this movie over and over and still laugh as hard as you did the first time. A real cult clasic among my geration. hehehe oh boy. Laughing just thinking about. You should watch it.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Tamra Davis
Actors:
Dave Chappelle
Guillermo Díaz




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