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DVD title: Passport To Paris
Productgroup: DVD
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A must have for Mary Kate & Ashley Fans!

This movie is great if you are the type of person who like to see people have crushes and carry on a regular type life! Go see it if you haven't! It is great!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Alan Metter
Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen

DVD title: Rugrats in Paris - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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This DVD is of one of the best movies ever. Plus there is a lot of special features you can only find on the DVD version! Buy it now!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Christine Cavanaugh
Elizabeth Daily
Cheryl Chase

DVD title: Cloak & Dagger
Productgroup: DVD
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This movies rocks man.

This movie was the shiznit when i was a kid

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Richard Franklin
Henry Thomas
Dabney Coleman

DVD title: Malcolm in the Middle - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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A very funny and creative show.

With a cast of superb actors teamed up with a winning script Malcolm in the middle is a kick butt sit com. It has great characters that will have you in stiches from Hal the wacky dad, to the psycho mum, to the very funny youngest child dewey. If you haven't seen this show I can't reccomend it to you enough... if you have seen it, what are you waiting for buy this great tv show to own forever on dvd!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Frankie Muniz

DVD title: Lost in Space - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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You'll be "Lost In Space" without this box set!

Here you will find a cross between two cool Sixites sci-fi series. Lost In Space is sort of a combintion of the original Star Trek and the original Batman, there's just the right mix of comedy and drama.And what more could a viewer ask for than having the former Zorro and the former Timmy's Mom running around in tinfoil space suits? Okay, add a handsome spaceship pilot, three lovable kids, a comical villain, and a robot that looks like a washing machine.Oh, and let's not forget an alien monkey with big ears named Debbie.All this adds up to great fun and old-fashioned cliffhanger excitement in each episode. For the most part, the picture quality is sharp and clear and the sound is excellent. It's just too bad that the first season was shot in black and white and not out-of-this-world bright Sixties color like Star Trek and Batman. But never fear, the other two seasons were in color and will probably be coming to your TV screen in the near future.Buy this collection and you won't be disappointed. It will be fun for the whole family.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Guy Williams

DVD title: Gladiator
Productgroup: DVD
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Family, values and loyalty

This is the first rated "R" movie I've seen that did not have one foul word or any gratuitus sex scenes and built its foundation on postive values even when confronted with such horrible, cruel power. Russell Crowe truly represented all those great things we would like to be ourselves. Joaquin Phoenix's acting exploration into the character of Commodus was artful. The graphics were, of course, great and gave an astounding "view" of Rome at its height of beauty at its depth of immorality. Zimmer's music brought out the scenes with thought provoking melodies, orchestration and rhythms (e.g. waltzing during a battle) that helped carry the broad strokes of the story, the acting and the directing. Few movies compel me to watch it again and again, but this one is it! To have all the background information via DVD will be an absolute plus to any movie afficianado's collection.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Russell Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix
Connie Nielsen

DVD title: Mission Impossible 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Outstanding Action Movie

Mission: Impossible 2 is sleek, sexy and stylish. After you see, you might decided, as I did, that it really isn't that good of a movie, mainly because the plot isn't all that interesting. There are a lot of neat things in the film which almost but not quite overcome the weak story.
Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, spy extraordinaire for a shadowy international organization. A rock climbing vacation is cut short when his boss, Swanbeck [Anthony Hopkins] summons him. A renegade ex-agent, Sean Ambrose [Dougray Scott] has kidnapped a doctor off a commercial flight from Australia to Atlanta and in the process has caused the plane to crash. It takes awhile for Hunt to figure out what the doctor had that was so valuable. When he does, he finds that millions of lives may be at risk. At Swanbeck's insistence, Hunt recruits a beautiful thief named Nyah {Thandie Newton] to help him. It is not until after they have fallen for each other that Hunt learns the true reason Swanbeck wanted her. She is Ambose's ex-girlfriend. Swanbeck intends to use her to infiltrate Ambrose's house. This is a situation that Hunt is not at all happy with.
Cruise plays Hunt differently than he did in the first Mission: Impossible. He is cocky and sure of himself this time, and I think this works better. He is required at times to get into situations no mere mortal would live through, but consider the title. His scenes with Newton sizzle. You can almost feel the chemistry. Ms. Newton gives her role her best shot. She is required to go from independent and spirited to being your basic damsel in distress. Dougray Scott is quite convincing as the nefarious Ambrose. Anthony Hopkins has only two scenes as Swanbeck, but, as usual, he makes the most of them.
Director John Woo should be credited for giving Mission: Impossible 2 a look and feel it probably doesn't deserve. Such visual beauty is most often reserved for more thoughtful fare. The shots of Hunt climbing a rock face in the desert are awesome. The movie's many explosions are well executed. The shootouts are highly stylized and have the look of a well choreographed dance. If the story had been as ingenious as the photography, this would have been a classic.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: John Woo
Tom Cruise

DVD title: Limbo
Productgroup: DVD
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the best movie of the year by far

I've been a fan of Sayles' work from way back and am glad to see that he is still as quirky, original, and full of genuine human feeling as ever. Success has not spoiled Sayles.
"Limbo" surprised and pleased me at every turn. All the characters, from bit parts to the principals, are sensitively and accurately written. Sayles never fails to get a little scathing social commentary into the picture, and his throwaway dialogue about the Disney-fication of Alaska is true enough to hurt.
You could call "Limbo" the antithesis of Lone Star. In Lone Star, one protagonist reassures the other at the end, "Forget the Alamo," meaning that we can cut free from our past and live for the present; in Limbo, all the characters are marked and haunted by their history, especially Strathairn's leading man (a remarkably appealing bit of acting).
I was angry with Sayles, like many viewers, at the end [warning, spoilers!] -- so much suspense has been painstakingly developed, and then, agh, you never know whether these characters, about whom you have come to care deeply, will survive. However, I respect his decision to avoid a cliche in either possible resolution.
"Limbo" is quite simply unforgettable, and a reminder that cinema doesn't have to be noisy and stupid, or exclusively focussed on pretty young people, to be fine and memorable. I recommend it to any serious film fan and particularly to those already charmed by the Sayles style.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Sayles
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
David Strathairn
Vanessa Martinez

DVD title: The Mask of Zorro
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie

If you're looking for a good movie, find The Mask Of Zorro. There are very funny and interesting parts. There must be only one scene on this movie I don't like.
The funny parts: The sword fights, the ancient style freak dancing, and the "Perverted" part. That girl kinda liked him and then he used the sword on both sides of her shirt, which took off her shirt, then she screamed.
The interesting parts: Almost everything I haven't mentioned yet.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Martin Campbell
Antonio Banderas
Anthony Hopkins
Catherine Zeta-Jones

DVD title: Wildboyz - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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The Kratt Brothers on Crack!

For those who don't know, the Kratt Brothers are those two guys who do that annoying PBS show called Zoboomafoo, the show with the creepy stuffed and talking lemur. Prior to that, the Kratt Brothers had a show called Kratt's Creatures. Both shows consisted of Chris and Martin Kratt traversing the globe to find interesting animals to display for their young audience. Many lessons would be taught, chief among them being respect for the animals!

I say that Wildboyz is "The Kratt Brothers on Crack" because in it hosts Steve-O and Chris Pontius, both alumni of the hilarious and controversial MTV show and movie Jackass, roam the world in search of interesting animals to expose their audience to, but no pretense of learning is present. Least of all is any respect shown! I mean, this show includes footage of Steve-O being doused in salmon sperm, the two boys putting zebra dung in their mouths and then seeing who can spit it the farthest, encouraging scorpions to sting Steve-O's bare cheeks (and I don't mean the ones on his face), debating over which animal is biggest "down there." In short, it's a lot more fun than anything the Kratt brothers have ever had to offer. The result is that, in an odd way, one gets a sense that Chris Pontius and Steve-O feel a true camaraderie with the animals and view them more as equals, rather than being merely interesting specimens to be "displayed" for the audience.

I've always had a feeling that an underlying message of many nature documentaries is that man is superior to the animals; Chris Pontius and Steve-O, in their palpable and animalistic humanity, do not allow for such pretensions. We humans are only animals as well. And, if Chris Pontius and Steve-O are any indication, we may not actually be the smartest!

Despite the laughs, Wildboyz is also scary at times. Steve-O and Chris Pontius occasionally risk their lives, and it is obvious in many shots that the boys are often under the influence of, well, something. (Who knows, the title of this review could literally be correct!) And occasionally I am disturbed by the risks they take with the animals, fearing that Steve-O and Chris may unwittingly be leading the animals to their deaths. In one particular scene the boys try to see how close they can come to an Alaskan grizzly bear without being attacked. My understanding is that any grizzly that attacks a human must be euthanized. That's a pretty harsh sentence for a mere MTV stunt. I hope that either, (a) I'm wrong in my understanding of this, or, (b) these wild boyz will think twice before doing such stunts in future episodes.

The other constant theme in Wildboyz that is a marked departure from anything the well-mannered Kratts have had to offer, is the blistering homoeroticism! Jackass was known for occasionally indulging in gay innuendo (recall lead Jackass Johnny Knoxville's proclamations of having been Cheney's lover, the group visit to the sperm donor clinic to see who could "finish" fastest, etc.), but Jackass' gayness has nothing on Wildboyz! Chris Pontius and Steve-O are nearly naked throughout most of these episodes, with Steve-O's favorite outfit being his pair of Speedos, or more often a thong. Some of the gayest moments include both boys dropping their pants and dancing off together into the sunset of a tropical beach. I'm not sure what the meaning behind this is, but I have a sneaking suspicion it's perhaps the hosts' way of addressing and lampooning the homophobia of most young males of the MTV generation.

So, anyway, suffice it to say that Wildboyz is an acquired taste. Or perhaps more appropriately, a specified taste: if you enjoyed Jackass then you'll like Wildboyz. If you enjoy the Kratt Brothers and PBS-style nature shows, then stay away from this DVD!

Oh, and on a very "gay" note, I must add that I love these wild boyz. Courtney Love once said that she has a theory that everyone is the opposite of the image they project on the stage or screen. With this in mind, I have a feeling that Chris Pontius and Steve-O are actually highly sensitive, gentle, and intelligent young men.

Then again, who knows ... maybe I'M the one on crack!

Andrew Michael Parodi

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Jeff Tremaine

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