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DVD title: Bagdad Cafe
Productgroup: DVD
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Bagdad Cafe


Absolutely marvelous. Have watched it at least 8 times, and enjoy it more everytime.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Percy Adlon
Actors:
Marianne Sägebrecht
CCH Pounder
Jack Palance




DVD title: Scent of a Woman
Productgroup: DVD
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Scent of a Woman


I put on the TV on a school night and saw this film. The result was I was sooo tired the next morning I fell asleep in history class. But it was worth it. This is honestly one of the best movies I've ever seen. AL Pacino is brilliant. By the way, this movie reminds me of the song 'Chelsea Hotel No.2' by Leonard Cohen. Don't know why, but anyway: GREAT FILM: buy it, rent it, steal it, whatever: but WATCH IT!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Martin Brest
Actors:
Al Pacino
Chris O'Donnell




DVD title: All in the Family - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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WAITED FOR THIS FOR YEARS


I was wondering when they were going to come out with something like this. I always knew that this type of product will go over real good, I would like to see all seasons of this program get put on VHS and DVD's. I waited for this for years.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Actors:
Carroll O'Connor



DVD title: Freddy Got Fingered
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the greatest comedys of our time


The only people who don't like this movie are closed minded, ignorant winers who simply don't like movies. This film is brilliant. absolutly brilliant. it's also completly irelavent which i think is why it makes it so damn funny. Tom Green is a genius. screw anyone who says otherwise.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Tom Green (III)
Actors:
Tom Green (III)
Rip Torn




DVD title: Frankie Beverly - Live in New Orleans
Productgroup: DVD
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Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly: Live In New Orleans


Having purchased the album, the cassette {twice} and now the DVD, I can truly say that I'm glad they released it!
No one can perform like Frankie and the boys do live, they have a simple set, but a sound that moves you into feeling like you're not at an arena, but that you're swept away to one of the biggest family reunions there has ever been; all that's missing is the bar-b-que, and this concert makes that happen in the luxury of your own living room or wherever you have a DVD player. The songs are done with the precision of a studio set, and the chemistry will make your jaw drop. With so many groups losing their focus as to how to please their fans, Maze knows right where to place their ears... right on our hearts. Buy the DVD!

Studio: Emd/Right Stuff
Actors:
Frankie Beverly



DVD title: Pocahontas (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Pocahontas is a True Classic


Meeko, Flit and Percy, these the are names of the animal friends who get in and out of mischief, befriend each other and accompany Pocahontas in the vast panorama of pristine North America that is the setting for "POCAHONTAS." No Disney animated film would be complete without these familiar looking creatures and rightly so. These are films for the whole family, but "POCAHONTAS" was a notch above many of the animated films from Disney over the past two decades.
"POCAHONTAS" was a change-of-pace from the recent trend of animated films from Disney in 1995. This is one of my favorite Disney films and one of the best since the 1960s. It has substance and deals with real issues. We see the Native American Indians at peace and harmony with the land and nature. This is beautifully captured with the exceptional animation of vibrant green forests and flowing blue rivers. These scenes have a breath of fresh air about them that you can almost feel. When the European settlers arrive we know that it is only a matter of time before they begin to erode this paradise. The Europeans with closed minds did not realize how much they had to learn from the Indians and tried to impose their brand of civilization on them. Their brand of civilization is to subjugate or annihilate the "savages" and ravage the land.
We see the two cultures meet in one of the finest animated scenes ever presented by Disney. Captain John Smith and Pocahontas come face to face by a waterfall. Smith lowers his rifle, as Pocahontas stands erect and unafraid. Their eyes meet and he no longer sees a "savage" but a human being. Their eyes tell us that they immediately fall in love. As Pocahontas "listens with her heart" as Grandmother Willow has taught her they both communicate with each other. Soon their differences become apparent, but it is John Smith's ignorance revealed by inadvertently referring to Pocahontas as a "savage" that is the focus of the rift. He states that there is so much the "savages" can learn from the English. Pocahontas asks, "If the savage one is me, how can there be so much that you don't know?" During the "Colors of the Wind" sequence John Smith learns first hand the value and reverence of nature and that it should not be exploited out of mere human greed.
The message of "POCAHONTAS" is that European settlers leveled forests and imposed their own vision of a "civilized" society, whether or not it was welcome by the Native Americans. The corrupt Governor Ratcliffe is shown gleefully using cannons to level forests while his other men wield picks and axes in a mocking musical number. The brown piles of shoveled up earth stand in contrast to the majesty of the green untouched forest. When the settlers open fire on the Indians, they retaliate by capturing John Smith and prepare an execution for him. Only Pocahontas, who can empathize with both sides, can bring them to see their transgressions and teach them that violence only breeds violence.
The dramatic structure over which the film's message is delivered deals with her father's disapproval of the man she loves, because he belongs to a different race. The film thus takes on more significance as it deals with ethnic discriminations as well. Her father wants her to marry a member of the tribe, who she dislikes because "he's so serious." A similar theme is taken up in "THE LITTLE MERMAID."
"POCAHONTAS" is based on legend, rooted in murky historical events. In real life, Pocahontas was about 13 when she first met John Smith. Smith claimed in his journals that Pocahontas saved his life. John Rolfe was the Englishman that she eventually married. She did indeed get to go to England (See "POCAHONTAS II"), where she was treated as a princess. She died in Europe, near 21 years of age.
What is particularly good about "POCAHONTAS" is the artistry of the animation. The virgin land of towering green forests, sparkling blue steams and rugged cliffs are drawn with a freedom and energy that posses real power and reverence. Very effective is the jutting rock that overlooks the landscape giving the entire film a feeling of sweep and grandeur. Anyone viewing the finale of this film can not help feel an emotional outburst as the "colors of the wind" blow past this precipice toward the horizon. I know I did. The image is unforgettable.
The songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz include one unrestrained emotionally charged standout, "Colors of the Wind." This is an unforgettable song that can be appreciated on so many levels. It is a consummate example of melody and lyrics that make you "Listen With Your Heart."

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Mel Gibson
Christian Bale
Linda Hunt




DVD title: Visitor Q
Productgroup: DVD
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Miike's one sick mutha!!!


By far Miike's most disgusting and vile entry, but also very interesting and entertaining...even though, and I should warm you...not for the faint of heart or those with weak stomach, this film will test audiences to the limit! I couldn't explain the amount of grotesqueness in this film...almost every frame is as vile and sick as a garbage truck, but it is a masterpiece in its own right. you almost get the feeling that you 're actually watching a reallity show ...but a very nasty one. Takashi miike is a cinematic genious and this is his most disturbing and creative film so far. I won't review it because I hate reviews...but if you are not familiar with Miike's work, try Audition or Ichi the killer first. If you are able to finnish watching those films, or by any chance find'em entertaining (which they certainly are!!!) then move for Visitor Q ...but be prepared...this will shock the living crap out of you!

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc
Director: Takashi Miike



DVD title: A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie ,I thought That the Frederic Da was great!


A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries is one of those few films that manages to transcend its existence as film and move out into the realm of poetry and high art...what film should be.
The film is based on the life of Kaylie Jones, marvelously retold from her autobiography by James Ivory who is at his absolute best here, standing back from the action, refusing to pass judgment (as too many directors do) on his material. The audience experiences the action as its protagonists do.
Add to this strong foundation a comfortably satisfying plot, outstanding acting (especially by upstart Leelee Sobieski who will surely carve out a place in art film -- and hopefully not fall prey to the false promises of mainstream Hollywood), a multilingual dimension that is telling and poingant (especially to those who speak French too), and a confident sense of cinematographic know-how--and you get one of the best films of all time, rivaling Godard's "Le Mepris" for apt poingancy and a deep, meaningful treatment of theme. This film is worth its inflated first-release price--a must own for anyone who loves art film and GOOD film.
--Justin Laird Weaver <uweavj02@umail.ucsb.edu>

Studio: Usa Films
Director: James Ivory
Actors:
Kris Kristofferson
Leelee Sobieski




DVD title: The Little Prince
Productgroup: DVD
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Just See It!


This is a wonderful and not widely known musical adaptation of St. Exupery's marvelous book, The Little Prince.
The score, by songwriting duo Lerner and Loewe, is unforgettable, and the acting (Gene Wilder-the fox, Richard Kiley-the pilot, Steven Warner-the Little Prince, Bob Fosse-The Snake) is marvelous.
One to cherish and treasure for years!
Highest recommendation! END

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Stanley Donen
Actors:
Richard Kiley
Steven Warner




DVD title: Mr. Holland's Opus
Productgroup: DVD
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The Great Sacrifice


This is such a poignant story. The story involves a musician whose greatest dream is to compose, and see performed, a classical work of musical expression. But as with many in life, the demands of reality force him to put aside his dream and take a job as a teacher. He faces frustrations and disappointment in his career, family, and his music and does it with courage. As he struggles for 30 years, with the many conflicts in his life, he is still able to share his appreciation for the art while clinging to his dream. He touches many hearts with music, defining it's significance in our lives. But, this isn't just about a teacher, it's about everyone, and the sacrifices made for the important things in life. Each of us can identify ourselves in some way. We see how one man learns to accomplish it all, while giving back a part of himself. And finally there is the realization of how far his talent can reach, when amazingly it is revealed who he has touched most. It is heroism at it's most fundamental state. This movie is about everyone who holds on to their dreams, never giving up. This movie gives hope to all who chance to dream, and encouragement to those struggling to find a dream to hang on to.

Studio: Hollywood Pictures
Director: Stephen Herek
Actors:
Richard Dreyfuss
Glenne Headly




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