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DVD title: Automatic Magnetic 1.0
Productgroup: DVD
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Automatic Magnetic 1.0 Rocks!

This DVD has my favorite bands such as Milemarker, Crooked Fingers, Dismebmerment Plan, Pleasure and Sweep The Leg Johnny. This DVD has punk and metal bands. I would get this if you like Coalesce, The Faint, and Pleasure Forever, etc. I love this

Studio: Music Video Distribu

DVD title: Scream
Productgroup: DVD
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i loved scream!(and scream 2) it's one of my favourite movies. but, i don't think it was much of a horror.....more of a thriller. and if you got really scared by this movie, you obviously haven't seen the movie The Exorcist(1973) that is true horror! i couldn't sleep for a week!

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Wes Craven
David Arquette
Neve Campbell
Courteney Cox
Skeet Ulrich

DVD title: Saving Private Ryan
Productgroup: DVD
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Shakespeare in Love?

This movie was shafted at the 1998 Academy Awards. Just goes to show you that Hollywood doesnt have the depth to understand a film of this magnitude. Gross injustice is the best way I can describe the snub. Sure there are some parts of the film that appear to be a little unbelieveable and perhaps a bit embellished. All in all the film is an amazing portal into the Normandy invasions and spares us the Hollywood glitz that too many war movies in the past have shown. Tom Hanks best role and Stephen Spielbers finest moment on the silver screen. The tandem is golden and certainly showed in the "follow up" Band of Brothers. This ranks in my top 5 films of all time. Words cant express its emotional stranglehold on your heart and soul. The buzz is there will be an HBO miniseries preimering in 2005 focusing on the Pacific theater of WWII. Should make for some mind blowing viewing.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon

DVD title: Smallville - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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The Pride Of Your Special Heritage

For it's third season, Smallville continued to make for good television, taking even more risks with the well known Superman mythology and turning it inside out a bit. Even though we know what happens to Clark, Lex, and Lana in the end, the series makes the the trip more interesting, because your not always sure what will happen while on the path to their destiny.

Still under the influence of Red Kryptonite, Clark Kent (Tom Welling), now calling himself Kal, continues to work and play in Metropolis. His parents, Jonathan (John Schnieder) and Martha (Annette O'Toole), are desperate to get him to return home. Jonathan makes a deal with the esscense of Clark's Kryptonian father, Jor-El (voiced by Superman movie alum Terrence Stamp), that will have reprecussions down the road. Lex Luthor's (Michael Rosenbaum) fate was left unclear by second season's end as his "wife" Helen (Emmanuelle Vaugier) put him in a dire situation. His return marks a turning point in, not only their relationship, but the one he has with his scheming father Lionel (John Glover)--their games with each other continue. Knowing Clark's secret isn't the only thing that's troubling pal Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) Chloe (Allison Mack) may live to regret going against Lionel. Lana is injured in an accident and meets Adam Knight (Ian Somerhadler) who shakes things up for her and Clark. Other highlights include Asylum, where three former foes return. Clark meets two men slated to impact his future: Perry White (Michael McKean) and Morgan Edge (the great Rutger Hauer) We learn more about Lex's past in Memoria and Dr. Swan (special guest Christopher Reeve in his last appearance) has a visit from Lionel in Legacy.

The season did have a few "clunkers", every year does, but they were few and far between. The show's producers also made sure the epispdes continuing plot threads were clever enough to be entertained by them. The third season DVD box set contains all 22 episodes and a wealth of extras in the same vein of the season two set. There are 3 episode commentary tracks: Exile, Memoria, and Truth, featuring either the show's producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, cast members Glover, Rosenbaum, and Mack, as well as directors James Marshall and Greg Beeman. These are fine tracks Rosenbaum is always a kick to hear from. I wish there were more of them though. There are quite a few deleted scenes from selected episodes with optional commentary. These are good to see but offer nothing earth shattering in terms of plot. The featurette Producing Smallville: The Heroes Behind The Camera is a nice look at the folks who make it work from week to week. Allison Mack starring in The Chloe Chronicles: Volume II - Webisodes from season 3 is ok but I liked volume one better...A brief but fun gag reel, an easter Egg has cast member Michael Rosenbaum interview one of the crew as they role play for a DVD interview in a fun exchange, and DVD-ROM capabilities with links to the show's website tops off the set. A season 3 episode guide booklet is also included.

Smallville season 3 is another winner of a box set.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Tom Welling

DVD title: Gladiator
Productgroup: DVD
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I wouldn't do this movie justice if I spoke too much on it, I am afraid of not giving enough praise. This movie was just beyond incredible. Everything was perfect. The action... intense and extrememly well executed... the story line... incredibly breath-taking... I have watched this movie many times. I even bought the movie on my college budget because I think it was almost necessary to own. Don't even worry about renting it before you buy, You WILL love this movie.

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

DVD title: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Productgroup: DVD
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HAL Giveth and HAL Taketh Away

Stanley Kubrick's 2001- A Space Odyssey is the breathtaking result of his story-writing collaboration with legendary science fiction writer Arthur C. Clark. It is one of very few films that transcend standard cinematic evaluations. It's not just a movie, it's a genuine, master-level work of art -- the product of a rare confluence of craft and vision.

At its core, 2001 is a creationist story that blurs the line between the secular and religious experience. In the form of a dark, alien obelisk appearing throughout the movie, we are shown an enigmatic, omnipotent technology of unfathomable design and motivation. Like the apple in the Garden of Eden it provides a spark of understanding that lifts Man from among the animals and, for good or ill, gives him power to manipulate his world. That this power was first used to kill, demonstrates that, at the very least, the storytellers have an unflinchingly clear grasp of human nature. That people also use this power to achieve spectacular creative feats brings us to the crux of this film -- that "humanity" and logical-comprehension, though intertwined, are mutually exclusive.

Man is an organism driven by visceral compulsion, emotion, and, sometimes, logic. The fact that logic can be repressed, or offset by rationalizations, allows people to happily proceed through life without dwelling too much on the pointlessness of their existence and the inevitability of their demise. This keeps most individuals within one or two standard deviations of center on the bell-curve of sanity. But, as the movie shows, the greatest experiential heights are often reached by those who repress rationalization-driven subjectivity to cultivate and wield knowledge and logic more effectively. This is shown in the form of the movie's two astronauts, Dr. David "Dave" Bowen and Dr. Frank Poole. These men are logical, intelligent, and driven -- the very apogee of humanity. They eagerly cast themselves into the unknown vastness of space in the well-calculated hope of learning even more. With a group of three, hibernating scientist they travel to Jupiter hoping to unlock the mysteries of the Obelisk.

But they are not alone.

They are accompanied by a computer named Hal. HAL 9000 to be precise. Its function is to run the spaceship Discovery and help the crew make decisions vital to the mission's success. Though a machine, Hal is self aware and able to dynamically respond to its surroundings in a way that closely resembles human thinking. But unlike humans Hal is fundamentally driven by logic. He is not built to rationalize and this turns out to be a fatal flaw. As an entity consisting of pure information, Hal logically sees the attainment of additional information as the most valuable pursuit, to which all other considerations must be subordinated -- even the lives of the humans in Hal's care. In the complex calculus of Hal's consciousness the human components of the crew become a detrimental factor to the success of his mission. Therefore, Hal concludes, they must be eliminated.

Why Hal decided this is left pointedly open to speculation. There was no behavior by the crew that would indicate they threatened Hal or the mission. Hal just started killing the crew. Perhaps He saw them as extraneous; perhaps he considered them dangerously-unpredictable variables in his formula for mission success. It's one of the enduring strengths of the movie that the audience is allowed to decide for itself.

And as for the question of whether these homicides prove Hal to be insane: I don't think so. If anything it shows Hal's sanity and true, non-simulated intelligence. By demonstrating non-programmed decision making Hal exhibits intellectual independence in the most dramatic possible way. It also closes a crucial circle in the story. When primitive Man is exposed to the obelisk at the beginning of the film, he has logic added to his self awareness. Somewhat predictably, his first act was to kill. A million years later Hal is exposed to the obelisk, he has self awareness added to his logic and, again, a murder occurs (albeit a coolly calculated one). So, if nothing else, 2001 explores the gradient between destruction as the result of animal rage and destruction as the result of rational decision making. Which is the more savage is, again, a question left to the audience.

There is, however, one unambiguous message coming out of this film: violence and creativity are inextricably connected -- and even in the sanitized confines of a hermetically sealed, super-modern spaceship, we are still apes standing on the precipice of eternity screaming into the abyss for an explanation.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Keir Dullea
Gary Lockwood

DVD title: Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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super super fan

I do not understand why 90210 has not come out on dvd, I have been waiting and waiting for this. I enjoy looking at the old shows on cable, but it would be even better if I could have my on collection to watch whenever I like. I can think back when it was the high school graduation me and my best friend was hanging out and I told her I had to be home before 8:00, she didn't understand so I left her at the place we were hanging at. This show mad me cry at times, and also made me laugh. When I had to work on nights it was on my friend tape every show for me,I want to buy the complete season 1-10 I do not care about the price, so please hurry hurry. I can not wait to sit down on a rainy day and watch each show.

Jason Priestley

DVD title: A Beautiful Mind (Full Screen Awards Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Punshing Crowe got Robbed!!

Although Crowe's behavior might have cost him the Oscar this does not take away from his brilliant performance as John Nash. I still don't understand how "A Beautiful Mind" could win best supporting actress and best picture and Crowe not win for best actor when his performance makes the movie. Conelly although good as Nash's wife is by no means better than Crowe and the movie would not have been what it is (a masterpiece) without Crowe's Performance. If your interested in the Psychology of the human mind or if you just want to see a great performance you should run to see "A Beautiful Mind".

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Russell Crowe
Ed Harris

DVD title: Out of Africa
Productgroup: DVD
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A cinematic meditation

Either you love this movie or you hate it. I love it. Sydney Pollack has certainly made some of the great movies of our time (Tootsie, Electric Horseman, Three Days of the Condor).
My wife and I have watched it literally dozens of times and every time I see something new in it. You may wonder how can you view it so often? This movie is like great music, it gets better the more you listen to it. And listening is what makes it great--to the dialog and to the score.
The beauty of movie is a delight to see and the story develops the depth of the characters and their special relationship with each other, something Pollack is just wonderful at doing.
Even if you think the movie is long, watch it a couple of times and then see what you think.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sydney Pollack
Meryl Streep
Robert Redford

DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Fantastic Interpretation

Granted, it's not anything like the first two films - but that's definitely not a bad thing. Alfonso Cuaron's interpretation of the third book in the Harry Potter series surpasses its predecessors in introspection, intensity, and emotion. Cuaron manages to extract the raw feelings and meanings inherent in the novel and paint them across the big screen in a film where "dull moments" are non-existent.
The "child actors" of the film are all-grown-up, and their abilities, while not anything fantastic, convey the angst and trials of becoming a teenager (and facing them as a wizard) with skill, particularly scenes where implications and subtle actions are far more important than the main dialogue.
The star-studded cast - Rickman, Oldman, Thompson, Smith, etc. don't disappoint - and handle their respective roles with experience. Notable performances from this group include Thompson and Oldman, the former capturing the batty Divination professor (Trelawney) perfectly, and the latter striking a balance between the youthful spark readers of the series note in Sirius Black along with the desperation of someone who has spent twelve years in Azkaban prison.
Overall, the movie captures the spirit of the novel perfectly - it doesn't come out feeling condensed, but rather leaves one feeling as though they now truly understand what the novel was getting at, murderers and hippogriffs aside.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)

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