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DVD title: Babe/Babe-Pig in the City
Productgroup: DVD
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Babe - Is not Only for little Babes


Babe and it's sequel are two gems on film. Children's movies are usually loud and pointless. This is truly a magnificent film, it has no violence, no foul language, and no nudity. Additionally, the story makes sense and has a message that is not heavy handed. The only problem I foresee, is that the sequel is a little darker than the first and may scare a few tykes.
The first is about a pig who wants to be a sheep dog. All the other farm animals laugh at him but with determination, he makes his dreams come true.
In the sequel, farmer Hogget has an accident and to save the farm, Babe must go to the city to participate in a fair for a cash prize. Unfortunately, everything goes wrong and Babe must stay in the city a little longer than expected. He meets a group of cute as well as a few mean animals.
I highly recommend both movies, but I'd probably advise parents to watch the sequel before showing it to their kids. It has a much darker tone and is rated PG as opposed to the original's G rating. The reason for this is a few scenes which can be a little scary or too intense for younger ones.
In the end, both movies are enjoyable and I'm sure that both parents and children can enjoy them together. Adults will be pleasantly surprised!

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




DVD title: The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Ring (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Wow


This is what horror movies should be like!
There is a mysterious video tape that kills everyone who watches it. Once the tape is finished, the victim's phone rings immediately...then..."You have seven days to live".A young journalist is trying to make sense of this all, soon after her niece gets killed.
PLOT = ExcellentENDING = Very GoodACTING = Couldn't be better
A must watch movie for all horror fans.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Naomi Watts
Martin Henderson
Brian Cox




DVD title: Jacob's Ladder
Productgroup: DVD
Jacob's Ladder - movie DVD cover picture
What is Real?


Basic story line: Vietnam vet haunted by strange twists to reality. PTSD? MK-ULTRA? Agent Orange? Something more sinister? This intense movie doesn't deserve a horror classification. It's one of the best ontological thrillers ever made.
How will Jacob defend himself? How will he sort out reality from illusion? This movie hits so hard because we all need to ask ourselves these same questions. Normally, we're trying to sort out emotional illusions, not full metal jacket flashbacks, but we still suffer with Jacob. How do we know what to believe? Everything our senses tell us? But our senses don't tell us anything--we interpret our senses. Do we dare believe our own interpretations? Fear, anxiety, rage, can produce psychotic emotions every bit as disquieting as Jacob's "flashbacks."
This movie is filled with incredible symbolism. Note the role of the chiropractor in the movie. A chiropractor adjusts the spine, the basis of our physical being. Notice his involvement in the movie.
The pros dissed this flick as bungling an "An Occurence at Owl Creek" ending. Horsepuckey! This movie stands on its own. Both movies play with reality. Owl Creek manipulates the audience into ignoring what is "real." Jacob's Ladder challenges the audience to discover what holds them back from participating in "reality." Owl Creek "tricks" the audience. Jacob's Ladder challenges the viewers. Both worthy movies in their own right, neither diminished by the other.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Adrian Lyne
Actors:
Tim Robbins



DVD title: Piglet's Big Movie
Productgroup: DVD
Piglet's Big Movie - movie DVD cover picture
Very Sweet Movie


I took my 5 year old son and his friend to see this movie. My son is a HUGE Piglet fan and sleeps with him every night. His friend could care less about Piglet, but what the heck it's an opportunity to eat popcorn. I am happy to report both children really enjoyed the movie, as did all of the children in the theater from what I could tell. The whole gang goes looking for Piglet after he wonders off during a honey hunting escapade. At his home they find a book of wonderful pictures of their time together. They believe if they follow the pictures it will lead them to Piglet. Each picture leads to a new story. And that's the best part, they are NEW stories. Not just Disney rehashing the old for the sake of making a buck. There is a great sequence in the end involving all the friends coloring pictures for Pigelt and I could just imagine little one's thinking they couldn't wait to get home and color. There's no foul languange, no potty jokes, no violence, just wonderful characters, sweet songs, and friendship. It was a great break from today's stressful world.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director: Francis Glebas
Actors:
John Fiedler
Jim Cummings
Peter Cullen
Ken Sansom




DVD title: The Criterion Collection Gift Set 2004 (Amazon.com Exclusive)
Productgroup: DVD
The Criterion Collection Gift Set 2004 (Amazon.com Exclusive) - movie DVD cover picture
What a collection!


I review (and own) a lot of Criterion DVDs, and I personally feel that most Criterion discs are of better quality (in terms of the movie, extras, scholarly content, etc.) than the discs from more mainstream companies. Look over the titles in this MEGA-HUGE collection, and you'll find many of the greatest films ever made.

Still, $5K is a waaay-outta here price for most consumers except crazy film buffs (like me) who are also extremely wealthy (not me, sigh). And of course, your postal delivery person won't be too happy at you for ordering this and breaking his/her back. But, the value ($17.7 per disc, 282 in all, or $20.7 per title, 241 in all) is quite good for Criterion discs.

If you have cash to burn, this is a solid value. Keep the films you like and auction off the few you don't.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Various



DVD title: The Alien Legacy
Productgroup: DVD
The Alien Legacy - movie DVD cover picture
THE MOST POPULAR SCIENCE FICTION SAGA EVER!


Yeah, the box is cool looking. But the discs it contains are meaty! Each disc comes with a bunch of extras including concept drawings, making of featurettes, etc. And finally you can watch the directors cut of Aliens! Why they cut the scenes out we'll never know, but now you get to see them. This has been one of my favorite movie franchises (right along Star Wars and Indiana Jones) and this DVD set is a shining example of why this set is so great.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Actors:
Sigourney Weaver



DVD title: Battlestar Galactica - Season One (2004)
Productgroup: DVD
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The best sci-fi show on TV now, hands down


Once upon a time, I heard of a TV show called Battlestar Galactica, but had no idea what it was about. I was only 2 years old when the original was on TV, and I had never seen it at all. Eventually, I saw the first season of the old version in the bargain DVD bin at WalMart, and decided to check it out. I couldn't watch it. I started to watch it, I tried to watch it, but it was just too corny, too dated, too..."eighties", for want of a better word. I decided to leave it for fanboys/fangirls, and I moved on with life.

Later on, I heard of the SciFi channel's plan for a re-interpretation of the original show. This did not make me want to see it at all. The only good Sci-Fi productions I had ever seen were Dune and Children of Dune, and everything else was pretty much cheesy crap, a la "Mansquito" or "Chupacabra." So I didn't even know when the miniseries had premiered, nor did I care.

Then one fateful weekend in January 2005, I found myself at home on a Saturday night with nothing on TV to watch. I was flipping through the channels when I saw the intro to the miniseries pilot pop up on NBC of all places. Now I hate NBC (see my review of "Boomtown" to see why), but the intro was pretty interesting and not as corny as I expected a Sci-Fi production to be, so I decided to give it a couple minutes. Nothing else was on anyways, and it was a SciFi show, not an NBC show.

Two hours later, I was looking up the calendar and marking the premiere date therein. No way in perdition I was going to miss an episode of this TV show if I had anything to do with it.

First off, this show is not escapist TV. It is not intended to be an optimistic view of the goodness of humanity a la "Star Trek everything but DS9", and it is not intended to be a rollicking space western with a clearcut good guy to cheer and an obvious bad guy to boo and hiss at. If you are looking for such a show, then this isn't your kind of show and it never claimed to be. This show filled a void that was missing from TV since the demise of Star Trek Deep Space Nine; the void of gripping character-driven science fiction. It has been stated that this isn't a science fiction drama, this is a drama that happens to be set in a sci-fi environment and the strangest thing is that the science fiction takes a huge cut in importance to character interactions and philosophical enquiries. What does it mean to be alive? Can a machine love? Are the human-looking Cylons really just "machines"? Who is hotter, Grace Park or Tricia Helfer? (that's a really tough one...my preference for Asian ladies vs. my desire for ladies that are as tall as I am...Starbuck is more cute than hot, like the girl next door...the jury's still out :D)

Anyways, the acting on the show is excellent, as other reviews have stated. Edward James Olmos owns the role of Bill Adama, Mary McDonnell brings a steely yet feminine resolve to the presidency, James Callis is deliciously sneaky as the slightly...no, the totally demented and totally self-centered Gaius Baltar (and why does he so resemble Alexander Siddig?) and everyone else is really great in their roles. The stories and characters are all interwoven with each other and even now, watching season 2 on Scifi I am not yet sure of what will happen...

I don't know why anyone would want to bring back the original when it was so cheesy and cannot compare at all to the excellent re-imagining of Ron Moore. There is no comparison between the two at all, so you shouldn't come to it expecting the original's vibe. I hope that they keep running it for a long time! This is the best show that SciFi has ever produced, and to my mind is in the top 5 TV dramas produced in this decade that I've seen, along with The Wire, The Sopranos, Lost and Boomtown.

Forget everything you may have thought you knew about Scifi and a star wars knocko called Galactica, and go check this show out. Just watch the pilot miniseries episodes, and then see if you can avoid watching the rest of season one. I dares ya :D

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Edward James Olmos



DVD title: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors
Productgroup: DVD
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great movie


the second best of the series. body count 1.arms and legs riped open then controled by freddy and falls off tower. 2.blood sucked out of her. nancys dad.3.hit with shovel then thrown agesnt sphere. 4.head thrown thru t.v. 5.stabed in heart. girl joey liked. 6.diapers persumed killed by freddy. 7.girl on tv chped to pieces. christians mother 8.head cut off. 9.black doctor disapers persumed killed by freddy. b nancy 10.stabed in stomace bloody.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Chuck Russell
Actors:
Heather Langenkamp
Robert Englund




DVD title: Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
A classic!!


After over 60 years, this is still one of the best movies out there. This movie was released in 1941 by a young (25 year old) Orson Welles. It is long, but its well worth the effort of watching it, and the actual story behind this film is fascinating. Highly recommended to those willing to invest some intellectual thought in this movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Orson Welles
Actors:
Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten




DVD title: Baby Einstein - Baby Van Gogh - World of Colors
Productgroup: DVD
Baby Einstein - Baby Van Gogh - World of Colors - movie DVD cover picture
LOVE THIS DVD!!


I never thought I would find a DVD my 10 month old would like as much as Baby Neptune, but I was wrong! She loves this DVD. Her favorite part is during the sequence for the color red. The racecars make her laugh out loud. Great addition to any Baby Einstein collection!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid



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