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DVD title: 'N Sync - PopOdyssey Live
Productgroup: DVD
'N Sync - PopOdyssey Live - movie DVD cover picture
Awesome DVD!


Ok, so we all saw the show of 2001 and NSYNC does the next best thing....BRINGS IT HOME TO VIDEO AND DVD. My only problem. I saw the show twice and luckily remember a lot. The disappointing part of it was that alot of the video clips between the songs that you may remember are cut off a bit,(to save time I guess) which really bummed me out. Also, I remember the guys putting a little more "dirty" into the pop and it seems toned down and a lot of the "nasty" moves were omitted. BUMMER. lol. But it is a GREAT keepsake for fans and none the less, and AMAZING show. I just wish they will put the "CELEBRITY TOUR" on video, cause that one BLEW POPODYSSEY out of the water! Hope this helps!

Studio: Bmg/Jive/Silvertone



DVD title: Everest (Large Format)
Productgroup: DVD
Everest (Large Format) - movie DVD cover picture
Popularity Not Misplaced


After reading all of the drivel concerning this DVD I have an opinion I'd like to share. Upon hearing of Everest I immediately built some expectations, namely I wanted to see compelling, dramatic footage of the mountain that's killed so many. What I got was much different than I had expected, to say the least. After I had recovered from the damage of my expectations I realized that the footage the crew captured was truly breathtaking, not so much because of great cinemaphotography but more over because they had gotten any footage at all. I loved this DVD because I was shown a part of the world I'll likely never see and I am grateful a crew risked their lives to bring this to film.
If you want drama, read Krakauer's book, if you want a view of the top of the world with an interesting story, buy the DVD.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Actors:
Liam Neeson



DVD title: The Wrong Man
Productgroup: DVD
The Wrong Man - movie DVD cover picture
Is the DVD coming out soon?


Alfred Hitchcock again shows his mastery of the art of film making. "The Wrong Man" is done in a true documentary style..and Henry Fonda is so perfect he is scary.
With Fonda's superb low key style you will find he isnt acting at all.. he IS Manny Balestrero !. Fonda's inner rage is completely under control..and one wonders if it will ever explode..this fact sets up the tense drama to a breaking point.
The emotional breaking point is visited on his wife played by Vera Miles. The films plot has overtones of another film called " Call Northside 777" with the Police on one side and the rest of the characters on the other.
One of a kind film experience !CP

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors:
Henry Fonda
Vera Miles




DVD title: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 - Stardust Memories (Vol. 2)
Productgroup: DVD
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 - Stardust Memories (Vol. 2) - movie DVD cover picture
The Best Gundam Series there is


I own this on vhs, and I love it... it makes gundam wing look like a baby. There is alot of battles and the mobile suits are alot believeable, they don't fly around like toys, they move like they weigh what they do. The main characters are very good, and the dub is perfect... there is a very complex story, and it just is great buy it, and you will understand why gundam is the best there is.

Studio: Bandai Entertainment



DVD title: Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (Director's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (Director's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Star Trek II Rocks


I own this movie and it is the best out of all of them. It is about a man named Khan (we first met him in Episode 24 of the orignal series its name is Space Seed). Who wants Revenge against Kirk for marooning him on Ceti Alpha 5. He takes Chekov as his slave and the battle starts. By the way this is Kristie Alley's (Cheers)first movie as she plays Lt. Savik. It is a great movie with a Surprising ending.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Actors:
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley




DVD title: Babe
Productgroup: DVD
Babe - movie DVD cover picture
An Enchanting Movie for People of All Ages!


This film, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1995, is fabulous, on both the DVD and DVD-DTS versions now available.
But why in the world would Universal Home Video take one of its golden movies from its great library and slap it onto a DVD in a full aspect ratio (TV Land) format? The video and audio quality are terrific. Otherwise, the "no-widescreen" decision doesn't make sense at all.
Is this a "trend" adopted by some home video divisions at the studios in California to accommodate the still larger group of non-purists who prefer seeing movies in the dumb pan and scan or what I laughably call the "HBO format?"
Go over to AMC and Turner Classic Movies on cable and the trend over there, for people who are movie purists, is in a completely opposite direction. More of their films are being shown on cable in the widescreen format.
"Babe" is the second major crtically acclaimed Universal studio release on DVD that is being offered without the widescreen format. The other, and you'll choke on this when you hear this, is "The Sting," the intricate "con" film that WON the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1973.
Even more puzzling is Universal Studio's decision to release the sequel, "Babe: A Pig in the City," which was little seen in theaters, in full widescreen format on DVD.
Why widescreen on one and not the other? I could understand it if the studio released information indicating to consumers that the awful 1:33:1 aspect ratio (the 35mm norm for nearly all films released in the United States before 1953) was the original theatrical issue, but I don't believe this was the case for 1995's masterful "Babe."
Another atrocious miscue by another company, is being commited by Fox Video for its DVD version of Alan Parker's gloriously intoxicating film, "The Commitments," another film that deserves the widescreen treatment and not crummy pan and scan.
Please, fellow Amazonians out there, get on the bandwagon and clamor for the studios, at the very least, to offer both formats on DVD, and not one at the exclusion of the other! This is the way most of the major DVD releases are done right now anyway (widescreen on side A and pan and scan on side B).
Perhaps Universal's handling of "Babe" was to cater to the "kiddie crowd." But that's insulting if the film's popularity hadn't crossed over to adults, it wouldn't have made as much money as it did and just as important, it would not have been nominated for Best Picture in 1995.
But the lack of a widescreen DVD for "Babe" is truly, truly a puzzle, a riddle, a baffling decision by Universal. I can think of no acceptable explanation other than they didn't want to spend the money to treat one of its gems on DVD the way it treated it for the currently available widescreen version of "The Sting" on VHS. Does anyone at Universal/MCA at Universal City, California have an answer that makes sense?
This is truly a travesty for DVD fans!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Chris Noonan
Actors:
Christine Cavanaugh
James Cromwell
Magda Szubanski




DVD title: The Corner (HBO Miniseries)
Productgroup: DVD
The Corner (HBO Miniseries) - movie DVD cover picture
This will leave you emotionally drained and speechless.


I accidently turned to this miniseries while channel surfing and was immediately hooked on this riveting insight of the effects of drug abuse on not only the addict but the family as well the neighborhood. I watched the miniseries time and time again most recently with my son and nephew they were shocked what a small amount of dope could do to a person and the people who surround them. It provides the viewer with not only what we see or read about in the evening news, but a first hand look of the people involved. You really run the gambit of emotions in viewing this miniseries from despair to pride and then hope. This should be required viewing for schoolage children to show what "alittle dab will do"! Too bad the actors and the series did not receive the accolades that they deserve. Brillant piece of work.

Studio: HBO Video
Director: Charles S. Dutton



DVD title: Beaches
Productgroup: DVD
Beaches - movie DVD cover picture
Best Bette


Bette Midler strikes again in this excellent Comedy/Drama about friends. Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey star in this movie about an singer(Midler) and a ritzy uptight lawyer(Hershey) who as kids became best friends ( they wern't singers and lawyers then). But, I would tell you about the ending but it would ruin it for you so.............

So long,
Bettelover

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Director: Garry Marshall
Actors:
Bette Midler
Barbara Hershey




DVD title: The Secret of NIMH
Productgroup: DVD
The Secret of NIMH - movie DVD cover picture
Don Bluth's best


After the scathing review I gave Titan A.E., I feel it is necessary to go back and look at what Bluth used to be. The Secret of Nimh is easily his best work, and will forever remain so. When he did this movie, he didn't feel pressured by formula and created from the heart. It shows, too. With this movie, we get expertly crafted and lavishly made animation, and this was created before the days of fancy computer work. But we get more than that. We also get a simple and charming story about a mother's quest to save her son mixed in with a great adventure unlike any other. There is no modern Disney stuff here. You'll find no bad jokes, and the humor is light. The Secret of Nimh also wasn't afraid to show kids some of the darker realities without going too far and scaring them. Okay. So maybe the story is a little on the thin side and a few parts get rushed. But this is better than most animated movies coming out today, and so long as they continue to look like Dinosaur and Titan A.E., we'll never see animated movies like The Secret of Nimh ever again.

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




DVD title: Big Fish
Productgroup: DVD
Big Fish - movie DVD cover picture
Tim Burton knows how to tell a Tall Tale!


Interesting casting choices in having Scottish Ewan McGregor play the young version and Brit Albert Finney play the older version of Alabama Tall Tale Teller Edward Bloom. There is a payoff, though, because Edward Bloom is a man larger than life and both of these actors successfully bring this character to the screen in larger-than-life fashion.
Edward Bloom loves to tell stories and his favorite ones have Edward Bloom as the main character. His stories are entertaining to folks the first time they hear them. His grown son loved the stories when he was young too, but now they are both older, the stories are no longer charming, and the son feels that he doesn't know his "real" father at all.
This scintillating film by Tim Burton lets us see the legendary side of Edward Bloom, and in bits and pieces it lets us in on where the fiction ends and the facts really lie. The elderly Edward Bloom isn't against telling the truth, but he recognizes that there is more fun if there is "flavor" in the stories as well.
Danny Elfman's score, as usual, provides the perfect compliment to a Burton film. Supporting roles are wonderfully cast, such as Jessica Lange as the grown-up Mrs. Bloom and Alison Lohman as the younger version of the same character. Danny Devito plays a circus ring-leader with a secret or two. Steve Buscemi plays a beloved poet laureate who goes looking for adventure because of the example of our Hero. Helena Bonham Carter is wonderful in essentially three roles, as an old witch with a glass-eye which tells you how you're going to die if you look into it, then as the young and older versions of a woman who takes a fancy to Edward Bloom in the mythic town of Spectre Alabama. Ten foot giants, giant catfish, Siamese-twin vaudeville singers are only a small part of the narrative which weaves back and forth between a wonderfully inventive fantasy world and the reality of the world of Edward Bloom.
Only recommended for those with imagination who want to be entertained.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Albert Finney
Billy Crudup




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