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DVD title: The Magdalene Sisters
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing story - but don't miss the documentary on this DVD..

3 girls who are rejected by their families are sent to The Magdeline Sisters to clean up their tawdry lives and find out that the Sisters aren't as holy as they would appear.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Mullan
Anne-Marie Duff
Nora-Jane Noone
Dorothy Duffy
Eileen Walsh

DVD title: We're No Angels
Productgroup: DVD
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What a breath of fresh air!


Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Michael Curtiz
Humphrey Bogart
Aldo Ray
Peter Ustinov

DVD title: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Productgroup: DVD
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Unexpectedly wonderful love story

On paper, the premise of the movie sounds ridiculous. A ghost and a woman falling in love with one another? But watch what happens and you'll totally be drawn in. After Lucy Muir moves with her young daughter and trusted servant to a seaside cottage, she discovers that it's haunted. However, she is so in love with the house - it suits her in a way she can't define - that she can't stand the thought of leaving. After the ghost, a sea captain named Daniel, fails to scare her away, they reach an agreement to live amicably with one another.
The conversations between the two are initially hilarious, but gain a strong emotional dimension as the prim Victorian woman and coarse sea captain get to know each other better. Their connection becomes so powerful, you almost forget at times that the captain is a spirit. However, as right as they are for one another, there is still that physical barrier between the living and the fleshless. What's also interesting about the film is its psychology. Daniel is Lucy's ideal man - is he really a ghost, or just the product of her overactive imagination? Regardless of what you think the answer is, the question becomes increasingly important during the second half of the movie, when Lucy is pursued by a flesh-and-blood man, a suave and oily writer, who is certainly not her ideal but makes her commitment to the sea captain waver.
As Lucy, Gene Tierney is wonderful - she is great in both the humorous scenes and the troubled, emotional ones. She makes Lucy come alive as the proper, well-bred lady who also has a quirky side to her, and a resilience not found in many women of the time. And Rex Harrison is marvelous as Daniel. Though I first cracked up when hearing his gruff, earthy voice, he quickly won me over. Especially memorable is his bedside monologue to Lucy, which will bring tears to your eyes.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Gene Tierney
Rex Harrison

DVD title: The Color of Paradise
Productgroup: DVD
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a thrilling work of art

Tired of exploding cars, gratuitous violence, and mindless sex in your movie viewing? Then you're in for a real treat. "The Color of Paradise" draws deeply from the soul of Persia, and presents to us a story that is at once profoundly simple and profoundly moving. God, Nature, Humanity intersect in a village high in the mountains of Iran, and these are shown to us by a blind eight year old boy. This child, Mohammed, revels in all that is life in this poor, isolated, rugged community.
While the story takes place in a Moslem setting, I cannot help but see reflections of the teachings of other great religions, Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism. As I watched this little innocent, I thought of the phrase from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, "out of the mouths of babes and sucklings shall come words of wisdom." From Jesus, "Let the little children come unto me, for of such are the Kingdom of Heaven." And the Buddha, who taught us to stop and look at the wonder of nature all around us.
Mohammed's father sees none of this. Sadly, he is the one who is truly blind. Others look at Mohammed and see a beautiful, intelligent, gifted child, where his father sees only a child who is cursed, and that he himself is cursed thereby. The father's blindness teaches us the perils of what happens when we ignore that which is good,lovely, beautiful. This man is nearly paralyzed by fear, doubt, and self-loathing. His son would love to put out his hand and lead his father out of his misery, but the father is so short-sighted, so blinded that he cannot see the salvation that is within his own home.
This movie is beautifully filmed, superbly acted (no "precious" little kids in this film), and skillfully told.
And don't forget your hankies.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Majid Majidi

DVD title: Schindler's List (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the most magnificent films ever created

I don't think there will ever be a movie depicted as this one was. Spielberg was truly brilliant in waiting so long to make the film. If he had made the film earlier, the impact would not be as great as it was. The only negative thing was the horror and murder that was committed. We can not fathom the things that the people had to endure. We can only say that they were the bravest of the brave. And I would like to give a commendation to Oskar Schindler for the courage God gave him and the things he did. To Spielberg, let God continue to inspire you in your future works.

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

DVD title: Jane Austen's Emma
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent adaptation of Austen's work!

This movie is far superior to the one starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Kate Beckinsdale gives the part of Emma a greater depth of character than Ms. Paltrow does...and a great deal more fire and attitude - as Emma should have. Character development in this version is much better than in the Miramax version. Ms. Beckinsdale's Emma is much more lovable and understandable than Ms. Paltrow's. In the end, this makes the audience symphathetic to Emma - she deserves this. Remember, she is only a child, still finding her place in society.
The scene on Box Hill is played quite brilliantly in this version - Emma, you must remember, is very naive and is not really aware of what she is doing. You get a better sense of her blunder and of her remorse in this version than in the Miramax version, in which she seems to be nasty on purpose.
The casting (and acting) in this version is superb - Jane in the Miramax version is saucier than one would expect; her expressions were much harsher than author Jane Austen may have wanted.
A nice nod to the Pride and Prejudice version - the inclusion of Ms. Lucy Robinson (Mrs. Hurst in P&P) in Emma as Mrs. Elton was a great choice. She makes a wonderful, loud, brassy wife.
If you must insist on watching the Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow, watch that version first, and then watch this version. Otherwise, you will be very disappointed.

Studio: A & E Entertainment
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

DVD title: FernGully - The Last Rainforest
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a cute movie that supports saving the rainforrest

This is a very cute movie that teaches kids how it is important to save the rainforrest. This movie is also very funny with Robin Willams as the voice of the bat. And of course we have Tim Curry as the voive of the villian named "Hexus" which appears to be smog but is a evil spirit. Tim Curry has a great musical number titled "Toxic Love". I recommend buying the soundtreack also. A must see for Tim Curry fans!!!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Bill Kroyer
Tim Curry
Samantha Mathis
Christian Slater
Robin Williams

DVD title: The Secret of NIMH
Productgroup: DVD
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Still magical after all these years

My nephew has discovered this movie, which has forever labeled, in my mind, actor Peter Strauss as "Justin." Fun trivia: Strauss, currently appearing as a John Kerry-like president in "XXX: State of the Union" when he's not in Miracle-Gro commercials, named his son Justin after the heroic, brash, Captain Kirk-like rat.

And at the risk of being labeled a pervert, I had a crush on Justin when I was a girl. How could you not? His name fit him, the voice was fantastic, and he had a great sense of humor--appealing despite his shortsightedness about his rival Jenner, who seeks to rule a colony of genetically enhanced rats. How genetically enhanced? Dr. Julian Bashir of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" would feel right at home among them.

Like Bashir, and the monstrous Khan Noonien Singh from the original "Star Trek," the rats run the gamut of personalities and moral character, from the duplicitous, cunning power-hungry Jenner, to Justin, to conflicted Jenner accomplice Sullivan, to...ah...the regal rat leader Nicodemus, voiced by Derek Jacobi. My dad put it well: "Justin's the soldier, Nicodemus is the statesman." Also, unlike in the book this wonderful story is based on, Nicodemus is a wizard.

Again, at the risk of being labeled strange, I also had a crush on Nicodemus.

All the rat wizardry and brilliance adds to the wonder, but the emotional heart of the film is Mrs. Brisby (Mrs. Frisby in the book), a widow seeking to move her family before humans tear up the farm field where she lives. There's one problem: her son Timothy, an invalid, has pneumonia, and as the gruff herbalist Mr. Ages explains, Timmy can't be moved. What's a mother to do, especially when there's a ferocious cat, a well-meaning comic lovesick crow, and a meddling shrew (literally!) all complicating and aiding her quest? And just what does Mrs. B's deceased husband Jonathan have to do with the rats as well as the fearsome Great Owl?

I first was exposed to the movie through the graphic novel, wonderfully illustrated, and to a kid the Great Owl looked huge--of course, the drawing was from the perspective of a humble mouse. Mrs. B's courage and determination in the face of incredible odds make her the perfect heroine, a Frodo seeking to do the right thing, aided by a magic talisman, and caught in a battle to keep the magic from falling into Jenner's hands. A wonderful adventure story with brilliant visuals and a timeless message.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Don Bluth
Derek Jacobi
Elizabeth Hartman
Dom DeLuise

DVD title: From the Earth to the Moon
Productgroup: DVD
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Constantly amazed and moved by this retelling

This series took the authenticity, state of the art special effects and creative cinematic flair of Apollo 13 and expanded it to cover the entire Apollo Program. It is the series to own for all who are fascinated by NASA and the moon landings.

Studio: Hbo Studios
From the Earth to the Moon

DVD title: Farscape - The Peacekeeper Wars
Productgroup: DVD
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I love this series and made for tv movie!

I a loyal scaper and this movie is everybit the juicy culmination of a great series. You won't be dissapointed with the action, the storyline, or the development of the characters. The worlds themselves are fleshed out beyond the point of doubt. It' almost impossible to not like this movie! 5 stars!!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Brian Henson

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