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DVD title: I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
Productgroup: DVD
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A very excellent picture.


i enjoy this film, in a day of shrinking values . this was breath of fresh air so too speak, i'm surprised that i had'nt heard of this gem before. it's a story that guys & girls can relate to, it's got a great kissable cast does a great job. highly recommended!

Studio: Front Row Video, Inc
Director: Robert Marcarelli



DVD title: Harlem Nights
Productgroup: DVD
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harlem nights


DO NOT LISTEN TO THE CRITICS!!!This is one of the funniest movies ever.The level of comedic talent here may never again be seen in one movie.If you love to laugh get this movie.Especially now that it's finally coming to DVD.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Eddie Murphy
Actors:
Eddie Murphy
Richard Pryor




DVD title: Masters From the Vaults
Productgroup: DVD
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I don't think the Focus fan could ask for more...


...but then again, I'm not familiar with the source material to determine if there _was_ more to choose from. A mid-'70s TV special offers "La Cathedrale de Strasbourg" within the hour-long documentary, plus a 16-minute "Hamburger Concerto" as a bonus. The "Medley 1973" is in fact an abridged version of "Anonymus II", we get an Old Grey Whistle Test performance with Philip Catherine on guitar, David Kemper on drums, alongside Thijs and Bert for a very Mahavishnu Orchestra-like track (minus the lightning-fast runs) referred to as "Angel Wings" by the announcer... two early promo films of the "Moving Waves" line-up miming tracks from "In and Out of Focus" ("House of the King" and "Focus (vocal"), several performances taken from within a Dutch castle (an electric version of "Le Clochard", "Eruption" with variations from the recorded version (also played live in another segment, with other variations), as well as a segue into "Hocus Pocus" (which explains the Hocus Pocus-like mini-segment on the album version), and a delightful number sounding like traditional Dutch folk which shows the band in the kitchen/dining area of the castle whilst the owner cuts cheese (and bread?). And I believe three "Old Grey Whistle Test" performances are documented in full here, as well as the same performance of Sylvia from which individual band member shots were taken for the US edition of the "Focus 3" album.
Overall, the performances are what you'd expect from live Focus from that era. To counter a previous reviewer, from what _I've_ read in accounts, I've only been able to determine that Jan was unreliable as a live musician, period. Certain nights would see him soar, while others he was obviously struggling to get the notes out. As to blaming this on drug issues, I would have to say that much of the previous reviewer's comments noting Thijs and Jan's on-screen interaction comes down to reading way too much into things. I didn't notice exactly where Thijs looks "searchingly" for Jan (oftentimes, it looks like Thijs is visibly demonstrating a great amount of respect for Jan), and the segment where Jan walks off-stage (and tries to tell Thijs musically to stop the take, while Thijs stumbles in disbelief, not understanding the musical cue the rest of the band members give him at least twice, then continues on) is because Jan's guitar strap has become disengaged, and perhaps even broken. Jan can be seen picking up a second strap off his guitar amp and locks it in before resuming guitar. In fact, during that performance, there are others in the band who look way more "under the influence" than Jan, though I won't name them here.

True, there is most likely very little love lost between Thijs and Jan (and I've heard this from people who know either/or personally... I came close to meeting Thijs due to one of these people!), but thankfully you don't see it here. Instead, you get a charming memento of the best years (composition-wise) of the band, as well as appearances from over 75% of the musicians that passed through Focus in the 1970's (only Hans Cleuver, Martin Dresden and Eef Alberts (spelling?) aren't visually present... although at least the "Focus (vocal)" track mimed to is actually played by Hans and Martin, and Thijs refers to them by full name in his interview segments).

The only caveats are the visible age of one of the performances from the castle, as if that particular performance was taken from a previously viewed projector reel, although the sound is quite good (good fidelity with no dropouts). While the two earliest performances ("Focus (vocal)" and "House of the King") are mimed, these happen very early in the DVD and therefore minimize any negative feelings amongst viewers, of which most are probably seeing Focus play (on TV) for the first time!

Overall, a very, VERY worthwhile purchase for the Focus fan, and (from what I've heard as available over the years), all-inclusive.


Studio: Classic Rock Legends
Actors:
Focus



DVD title: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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An Underrated Masterpiece!


If you like movies that are adventurous, original and go back to the glory days of film, then Sky Captain is for you. Superb visuals, lighting, acting, amazing special effects and action sequences, it's simply stunning. Excellent by all means. I recommend it.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Kerry Conran
Actors:
Gwyneth Paltrow
Jude Law
Angelina Jolie




DVD title: Identity
Productgroup: DVD
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Disturbing


This movie requires our brain to be fully alert as it is NOT of those slasher flicks like "Friday 13" or "Freddy" where even a drunkard can enjoy without actually thinking.The director has done a terrific job especially in the way he introduces the characters which gives us a hint about Schizophrenia on the prowl.He,the director,does not seem to attach much importance to the elements of gore,blood and suspense in the way the victims are being killed.All the killings are done by a schizophrenic individual and the killings are like to an outside individual, as if they are performed under the depths of sea..Am i confusing ?.Anyway this movie is a treat to those who want to see a good movie not neccassarily a horror movie..

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: James Mangold
Actors:
John Cusack
Ray Liotta
Amanda Peet




DVD title: Bubba Ho-Tep (Limited Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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classic bruce


The plot is as silly as it sounds, but there is a certain pathos to the movie, a wistful longing for youth and the rueful woes an elderly man forced to rely on others must handle on a day-to-day basis, that elevates this film above it's b-movie aspirations. I certainly didn't anticipate walking into this movie expecting any actual insight into the plight of the geriatric set, but "Bubba Ho-Tep" (largely due to the quality of the source material by Joe R. Lansdale) transcends it's genre trappings and comes out a winner. I especially liked the attention to detail concerning the past lives of Elvis and JFK; there are discreet references to peanut butter and banana sandwiches, as well as less discreet displays of martial arts (..). The characters act as though you'd expect people with the pasts of Elvis and JFK to behave themselves, and it's this playing it straight when most films of this type would have gone for over-the-top gore and humor that makes "Bubba Ho-Tep" an instant cult classic.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Don Coscarelli
Actors:
Bruce Campbell
Ossie Davis
Bob Ivy




DVD title: The Silence of the Lambs - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Hilarious!


Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ted Tally(they won the gongs for this movie and deservedly so) achieved what, in Hollywood, is pretty much the impossible. They took an excellent book, turned this excellent book into a fantastic film, and, along with Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, has spent the last decade knowing that this remarkable film is now a classic.
The story begins stylishly and gracefully, introducing viewers to FBI agent-in-training, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster). Ambitious and intelligent, FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford, who is head of the Behavioural Sciences Profiling Unit, requests that she conduct an interview with eminent psychiatrist and convict serial killer Dr "Hannibal The Cannibal" Lecter. (In reality, of course, a trainee G-Person would NEVER be asked to do this).
But I digress. The film REALLY begins with Starling and the monstrous Lecter's initial encounter. Lecter, while definitely imprisoned in a heavily guarded cell, still manages to ooze malevolence out of every pore. He can't get at Starling, can't POSSIBLY get at her - at least our logic dictates this to us - but we are always fully aware of his dangerousness and like the intrepid Clarice, we want to get the hell away from him as quickly as possible. But Lecter won't allow that. He is intent on delving into the bourrows of Starling's psyche, unearthing and unravelling her deepest secrets, fears, and memories of her unsettled childhood. The tradeoff? He MIGHT help the police and the FBI capture another brutal serial killer who has been nicknamed "Buffalo Bill" (he was given this moniker because "he likes to skin his humps."). This is a surreal world made even more evil and nightmarish by the fact that such people do exist and such things do happen, it's no use pretending that they don't, and there is no way out for the viewers once they begin watching. Yes, there are a few gory scenes, but the implied wickedness, the spine-tingling suspense, and the electrifying, terrifying chemistry between the two leads will keep you on the edge of your seat (or as in my case when I saw this movie at the cinema, BEHIND your seat).
Along with the 1960 scare-ama "Psycho", "The Silence Of The Lambs" is the best suspense/thriller movie ever made. It features a clever blend of modern fears and ancient curses, along with two superb, deservedly Oscar-winning performances of a lifetime (and in the history of motion pictures, in my opinion) by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Demme
Actors:
Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins




DVD title: Black Hawk Down
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the Best Modern War Movies of This Decade


Definitely a great action movie, acurately re-creating the gritty, desert combat in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. Amazing sound: this movie is best seen with a huge woofer to capture all the amazing low frequency RPG explosions. Not only is the action amazing, but it is a sad, thought-provoking look at the horrors of war. Slightly gory, but not anywhere near a Private Ryan or a Windtalkers. My only gripe is a small one: there is an almost constant whine of sad African music playing in the background. But some people are into that stuff, and it is appropriate when depicting sorrow. In any case, this is a movie that any action lover or war buff SHOULD NOT MISS OUT ON. And if you like the movie, read the book, too.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors:
Josh Hartnett



DVD title: Snake in the Monkey's Shadow
Productgroup: DVD
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A classic...


This is a great kung fu movie; gentle use of wires with some really talented martial artists going with genuine techniques from the styles they represent (monkey, drunken, snake). Really cool, subtle "special effects," too, such as a snake-stylist stripping bark from a tree with his fist, monkey-stylist leaping from tree trunk to tree trunk, etc.
Of note, however, is the censoring of a scene with a monkey fighting a cobra; probably removed at the behest of animal rights activists, I would be disgusted if the scene were filmed *today*, but hate to lose such a unique piece of film in a movie twenty years old. Tragically overzealous. The uncut original should be re-released.

Studio: Xenon Studios
Director: Sum Cheung



DVD title: Clueless
Productgroup: DVD
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The funniest, cutest, funniest, stylish, funniest movie ever


CLUELESS is so hilarious. It's like my favorite movie(it's up there with My Best Friends Wedding). I could watch it a million times in a row. If you have never seen it, buy it NOW! I can't believe some people don't like it. They just have to stop compairing it with other movies, and not to mention get a sense of humor! I love this movie and whoever dosen't is weird!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Amy Heckerling
Actors:
Alicia Silverstone
Stacey Dash
Brittany Murphy
Paul Rudd




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