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DVD title: The Shawshank Redemption
Productgroup: DVD
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An Emotional Suspense

This is such a well-done movie I don't know where to start. The story is so carefully laid out that every turn first surprises you, then has you saying, "Of course!" The themes of hope, redemption and freedom are so well-explored that I still can't watch the nding without getting choked up. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are absolutely superb, nowhere more than in the scene where Robbins as Andy Dufresne delivers the line that I really ought to get emblazoned somewhere where I'll see it every day -- "It comes down to a simple choice; you can get busy living, or get busy dying."
The cinematography and editing of this film are absolutely terrific, as is the score, the production design, the lighting, and so on. It's as beautiful as film to watch as it is a beautiful story to experience. So I'm disappointed there aren't more extras on the DVD, because I would have liked to learn a bit more about the process of putting it all together. Maybe Darabont figured he had said all he needed to say in the book version of the screenplay, which I highly recommend. But the movie itself is so worth seeing I guess the omission of extras is forgivable.

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: Frank Darabont
Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman

DVD title: Ghostbusters
Productgroup: DVD
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Who ya gonna call? I saw this movie a long time ago, but it still holds up. When parapsychology students Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) get kicked out of their university, the three men decide to go into business for themselves as - you guessed it...Ghostbusters.Their first customer: Dana Barret (Sigourney Weaver), who believes that a monster named Zuul has turned her fridge into a stronghold for supernatural activity. Together with the help of Winston Zedemore (Ernie Hudson) they must go face to face with Gozer and a couple of terror dogs. You better get some chocolate bars and graham crackers for this ending. Fantastically written by Dan Aykroyd.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Ivan Reitman
Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver

DVD title: The Emperor's New Groove (Disney Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Disney's best in a long period of time!

Everything works so stunningly and effectively in The Emperor's New Groove, a fantastical, brilliantly hilarious Disney film that is the best picture to come out of the studio in a long time. It has all the ingredients to become a Disney classic - cool story, star-studded voicing and all the jokes you could want out of any genre. The script puts the characters in impossible situations which bravo cleverness, and although the film relies a little too much on Pacha and Kuzco (the two main characters) falling through things to make us laugh, it works, doesn't it? Patrick Warburton does an utterly amazing voicing job with the innocent, strong, angel guided Kronk, while David Spade puts terrific effort into the character of Kuzco. Sarcastically funny and fast-paced with its wit, The Emperor's New Groove is well worth your money at the cinema. I saw it twice, and that is sure to become three times sooner than later.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Mark Dindal
David Spade
John Goodman

DVD title: Blood Simple (Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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no bleeder !

This early film by the Coen brothers is a great example of their unique style. Read the editorial review for the story. What's so great about this movie is not so much the story, but the way in which it is told. The performances, the use of sounds and music (jukebox, windscreen wipers), the attention for details, the overall un-Hollywoodlike ordinariness of living conditions (nothing glossy here), ... A must see for the discerning movie buff. Frances McDormand is great, but M. Emmet Walsh steals the show with his performance.

Studio: Universal Studios
John Getz
Frances McDormand

DVD title: Hardball
Productgroup: DVD
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Feel-good movie is what the doctor ordered!

A powerful book. A weak adaptation. The only similarity between the book and the movie is the color of the uniforms. Read the book. Pass on the movie--a real buster.
This movie was disappointing to me because it centers more on the coach's experiences. The book centers more on the lives of the players and their experiences on the team.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Brian Robbins
Keanu Reeves
Diane Lane

DVD title: Trail of the Pink Panther
Productgroup: DVD
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Why didn't this make the top hundred best films ever made list? Any film that flogs a dead Frenchman is alright by me.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Blake Edwards
Peter Sellers
David Niven

DVD title: Donnie Darko
Productgroup: DVD
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The Rapture

The way I came across this film was so coincidental, or, ?gsynchronistic?h, if I may say as a self-assigned Jungian. It was just when I finished to watch the film: ?gA Beautiful Mind?h on DVD and was deeply moved by the extraordinary life with schizophrenia of the Nobel Award winning mathematician John Nash when my 15 year old daughter came in and said that she had just watched ?gDonnie Darko?h with her friends and she thought I should watch the film. Actually, although I knew the scary looking rabbit face on the jacket of the DVD, I knew nothing else about ?gDonnie Darko?h and it was just because I found the DVD on sale in a shop on the very next day, and the whole cast seemed promising to me, I bought it not knowing how great the magnitude the film would give me. I recognised Jake Gyllenhaal?fs face just because a week ago I just saw the film ?gThe Day After Tomorrow?h and I liked his performance. Then I was totally stunned by the back ground music ?gKilling Moon?h by Echo and the Bunnymen, who were my heroes in ?gOctober 1988?h, the very emotional period when I got married to the man who had introduced the band to me and is the father of above-mentioned daughter who was in my tummy at that time sharing my body fluid.
I watched through the film with awesome and yet strangely familiar feelings towards Donnie Darko. Actually, his character, his being, the events happened to him, the whole thing in the film, was not strange to me at all. The film was like isotonic to my body fluid. It completely absolved me. I watched the whole film three times without break. I couldn?ft help immersing myself in the film. I had become Donnie Darko.
Although I have never been under medication, I knew what is like being ?gborderline schizophrenic?h because I, too, used to see and hear things in my adolescent years like Donnie Darko does. I had an ?gimaginary?h friend who was absolutely real to me and always said what I thought the truth. Truth about the nature of human being. About the life and the ?gsupreme being?h. I still cannot figure out if he was real, or just very realistic ?gdaydream?h, or product of schizophrenia.
Like Donnie Darko met the book ?gPhilosophy of Time Travel?h, coincidentally or ?gsynchronistically?h, in the mid 70?fs, when I was a ?gtroubled?h adolescent, I met the books of Philip K. Dick like ?gA Scanner Darkly?h, ?gMartian Time-Slip?h and the ?gValis?h trilogy in early 80?fs and so on, to which in my personal view ?gDonnie Darko?h echoes immensely. Philip K. Dick, who was famously in suffering from mental illness himself until his untimely dearth in mid 80?fs, once wrote (though I cannot recall his exact words): ?gGod changes the appearances of surroundings and the environment of yours so that it looks the time has past.?h I don?ft think the ?gtheory?h should be proved mathematically, but I know it tells the truth. (O.K., I accept if you think that that is precisely because I am schizophrenic.) Anyway, through every story he wrote, I thought I got the message; the true nature of the faith is very similar to the form of insanity. In other words, you never be able to tell if a man telling you truth about God?fs message or he is just purely insane. You have to know, however, your pure ?gfaith?h (to anything) can be used by both God (or, just say ?ggood force?h) and the Devil (or, again, just say ?gevil force?h), so you got to be careful. Look at the fascist like behaviour of Mrs Kitty Farmer, an advocate of the ?gOvercome-the-Fear?h cult of Jim Cunningham, ?gcaricaturisticly?h played by Patrick Swayze.
The fear of apocalypse Donnie Darko (and I guess everybody) has is to fear of unknown. If you don?ft know what happened when you die, the death can be unbearably horrific event. Donnie didn?ft know what ?gFrank?h is telling him was actually a gospel to him, to save the life of the girl he deeply and truly loves and to save his own soul from succumbing to the fear. So, in the end (or the beginning), Donnie smiles contentedly because he now knows everything he should know as a human being. (I don?ft say that he knows ?geverything?h like the God does. No one should, nor have to, I think.) You never know if Donnie?fs Mum and little sister will still be on the plane "again", but at least he should have changed the course of lives of some people he related / would have related in the ?gfuture?h for good. I have heard that in the Bible it is said that when an apocalypse comes the God transfers his selection of people to the new world that exactly looks like the old one so the people never know they have been actually ?gsaved?h. But to some people a tiny fragment of the event remain in their memory like a dream you cannot recall. The fragments of what Donnie has done to the people ?gin the future?h are scattered onto the people?fs unconscious memory like fairy dust. I think that thought is beautiful. It makes this film poignant and yet, somehow, soothing on each view.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Richard Kelly (II)
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary McDonnell
Jena Malone

DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - The History of Trunks
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie yet

This is the best Dragonball Z film i've ever seen so far. If you don't know Trunks very well this is the film to get. When Goku dies, these 2 Androids start attacking everone and kill the Z gang..... even Vegeta. Only Gohan gets through it. Thirteen years later Gohan is now a adult and Trunks is a young boy. It's up too these 2 boys to kill the androids but as Trunks is not a Super Saiyan yet Gohan fights the 2 Androids alone and pays a fatal price for it. Now Trunks is a Super Saiyan would he be strong enough to take them on? To find out get this film!

Studio: Goldhil Home Media 2
Director: Minoru Okazaki

DVD title: Angel - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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The Greatest

Overall this was a great season. I wish there were more extras and a teaser for the next season. Little clips of the next season episodes would be nice.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
David Boreanaz

DVD title: The Transformers - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Movie Based on a Toy Line

"Transformers: The Movie" is set in 2005, and so features the death of Optimus Prime, the rise of Hot Rod as the new Autobot leader, and the evolution of Megatron into Galvatron. As a side note, it also features the first appearance of Unicron, who has only now gotten a toy form seventeen years after the movie was released.
The movie itself is filled with action and . . . well, more action. There's not much in the way of character development, and the entire battle with Unicron came out of nowhere (Season Two of the original TV show in now way lead up to the movie.) But hey, it's a movie based on a toyline. And, compared to its counterparts (Go-Bots, G.I. Joe, even Ninja Turtles,) it's the best.
On a side note, the DVD version includes storyboard sketches, as well as the infamous line by Spike ("Oh ****, what are we going to do now?)
Great for any Transformers or '80s enthusiast.

Studio: Rhino Video
Director: Nelson Shin

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