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DVD title: Hanson - At the Fillmore
Productgroup: DVD
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This is an excellent video!!!! Especially if, like me, you're from Australia or have never had the chance to see them perform live!!!!

Studio: Uni/Island

DVD title: Verdi - Otello / Solti, Domingo, Te Kanawa, Royal Opera Covent Garden
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Otello on DVD

There are so many wonderful facets to this version of Verdi's Otello, and once you see it there will be no doubt in your mind that it's easily the best production out.
First, the cast. Placido Domingo was THE Otello of the last thirty years or so, and he shows it here. He has the age and experience to be Otello, but his voice seems to not have gotten the memo---his high notes ring with clarity, and his low range is just as secure. Kiri Te Kanawa as Desdemona isn't the monumental Verdi role that you'll see in some of his other operas, but she holds her own and provides some intense moments with Domingo and complements him in their duets. Sergei Leiferkus (as you can see from the other reviews) is somewhat of an offbeat Iago, but by no means inferior to any of the other recordings on DVD. He has somewhat lyric qualities to his baritone, which most won't want to see in Iago, but his voice is at the same time clear, powerful, strong, and convincing as the villain. All three act superbly, especially Leiferkus, who although at first glance most wouldn't pick as their Iago of choice, has become mine after watching this production only twice. They blend well on stage, know when to recede and let the more important character shine, and carry the opera on their backs---all things difficult to find on the operatic stage.
Even the less often seen characters in this opera shine; namely Georg Solti, the ROH Orchestra, the production crew, and the transfering job. Solti generally keeps in stride and status quo with his tempi, and lets the principles guide him when he knows they are "feeling it." He lets himself be known, but doesn't force the issue. The sets are generally traditional, and the camera shots are never eerily unneccessary (i.e., some Bayreuthe productions). The best part is the tranfer from video to DVD, though---this could easily be the best musical recording of the opera as well if you wanted to simply close your eyes.
Solti, Domingo, Te Kanawa, Leiferkus, Covent Garden. Amazing acting, wonderful staging, wonderful sound and a quiet audience. What more could you ask for?

Studio: White Star
Director: Brian Large

DVD title: Lost in La Mancha
Productgroup: DVD
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กกก Terry Gilliam's Worst Nightmare !!!

It isn't surprising to see the attraction Terry Gilliam has to Cervantes' Don Quixote. A tale of an old man on his death bed who dreams of being a knight. One day he gets out of bed, slaps some tin on his body, hops on an old horse and becomes a swashbuckler. Don Quixote suffers from disillusion and in Lost In La Mancha our director does as well.
Terry Gilliam has a notorious record of going over budget. On Munchhausen he was ten million dollars over on the sixth week. In the case of Don Quixote he had 34.1 million dollars for a film that should easily cost twice as much. The sad thing about watching this fragile house of cards get blown away is knowning this thing never had a prayer to begin with. These guys were a week before production without even locking down the actors, what did they expect? I know we hear all these success stories in cinema about how so and so director made this film for no money under brutal conditions and came out with a masterpiece but what we don't hear about are the much more prevalent UNSUCCESSFUL stories and so it's great to watch this thing and see the more realistic side of the coin.
This is a great documentary, great for Gilliam fans, film students, cinephiles, and anyone who has even a slight interest in films. Way better then that project Greenlight.

Studio: New Video Group
Terry Gilliam
Johnny Depp
Jeff Bridges

DVD title: Since You Went Away
Productgroup: DVD
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"Since you went away" is a must see

excellent movie. has been a holiday classic in our home since i was a little girl.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Claudette Colbert
Jennifer Jones

DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - The Movie - Tree of Might
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie!

This is the best DBZ movie yet.The fights were at there finest and the story line was very clever.I would recomend this movie to DBZ fans of all ages.Go rent it today!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Daisuke Nishio

DVD title: Best of Rowan & Martin's Laugh in
Productgroup: DVD
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What a joy to see these things (mostly) uncut after 30 years' time. When I was a grade-schooler growing up in the late sixties, my parents always sent me to bed a 9 p.m. Mondays, so they could watch "that dirty show." Now I can fully appreciate this show from its "heyday" period (when I was "old enough"--circa 1971--producer George Schlatter was practically pressured out). Unbelievably zany, inside-out visual humor: co-host Dick Martin said they didn't desire to do "televised radio," and made it as visually imaginitive as they possibly could, and THEN some.Believe me, the visually boring"innovations" of Norman Lear ("All In The Family," "The Jeffersons") are a fraud in comparison to the provocative stuff that Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, George Schlatter & the gang could do every week. And what a cavalcade of great comedic talent! Do we have ANYONE today who can measure up to Jo Anne Worley, Alan Sues, Arte Johnson, and Ruth Buzzi?

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries)
Productgroup: DVD
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Different doesn't mean bad

Is this the Battlestar we grew up with, not quite? Is it awesome? Oh, yeah.The story was good, in some ways better thought out than the original. I never quite swallowed the peace conference/surprise attack scheme working after a 1000 year war. The effects were magnificent. The characters were the same and different from the original. Edward James Olmos is a different Adama in many ways but he makes the show and filled Lorne Greene's shoes very well. Personally I missed Athena but oh well we had Number Six. She makes the idea of Cylons seem almost palatable.I won't spoil the twist to the ending, but it bodes well for a series.It's not perfect but just give it a chance. It took nearly three years for DS9 to find their footing.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Michael Rymer

DVD title: 8 Mile (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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this was a gr8t movie

Eminem is no "Vanilla Ice" or "Mariah Carey"...BUT, That's a good thing! Great first movie, I hope he does more. I thought the story was good, that the characters came across real. What more can you ask for?

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Curtis Hanson
Kim Basinger
Mekhi Phifer
Brittany Murphy

DVD title: A Man and a Woman
Productgroup: DVD
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First time I watched this film, it was forced on me by my French teacher who was madly in love with this film. I am sure he meant well, but, despite the simplicity of the storyline, it was a torture for a student who was only two weeks into his first French course.
I returned to the film later (with subtitle, mercifully) and kept coming back for more ever since. The film is a very intimate study of the relationship between man and woman. There are items in the film that dates it firmly in the 60's (like songs and clothes) but the charm of this film is timeless as it deals with that "Fundamental Thing" Sam was singing about in Casablanca.
My French is still bad but it is not the film's fault.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Claude Lelouch
Anouk Aimée
Jean-Louis Trintignant

DVD title: Mr. Hulot's Holiday - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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The most hilarious film ever!!

I saw this film only 5 times. Because it is an old movie, it was not often shown in cinema. Today, after years of searching, I am ordering this movie, and starting to laugh. If you have never seen this movie, be prepared, because you may get tired of laughing. You may also be advise to watch the movie in a sound-prove room, if you don't want to have problems with your neighbours, because you will laugh loudy.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati
Nathalie Pascaud

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