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DVD title: Mission To Mars
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautifully crafted cinema.


Beautifully crafted cinema of exploration, love, sacrifice and discovery.
This film will not satisfy the hormone sotted, immature male minds in today's audiences, whose paramount desire is sex and violence depicted mostly by the tedium of chases and more recently, flying bodies pummeling and kicking each other. For the rest of us above the age of consent, director Brian De Palma has created a precious return to the earlier and more enduring cinematic values of humanity. The story is a quantum leap above earlier forms of the genre. A good cast delivers top, professional performances in the rendering of the story. It is supported and enhanced by an excellent music score and realized in seamless compositing between traditional art, computer graphics and photography.
The story begins at the level of normal interchange between the explorers who are well represented. As we move along with the crew into the exploration of the most interesting planetary neighbor in our solar system, we encounter love, sacrifice, and valor. The result is the achievement of an uplifting and inspiring cinema experience.
This film depicts an erudite theory that is growing in popularity among many of the scientists of its time. This is so especially with the most recent discoveries, revealed after the film was made, of the evidence of water on Mars in long past epochs. The film culminates in the glory of incomparable possibilities. For those of us who saw the film on the large screen and went on to acquire the DVD, it is well worth while in not just revisiting this finely made film. The DVD includes a wonderful documentary on the background construction of the movie.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Brian De Palma
Actors:
Gary Sinise
Tim Robbins




DVD title: Strange Brew
Productgroup: DVD
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It's a Jelly!


This movie is outstandingly hilarius!!! What ever you do watch it with a group of guys and do not pay attention to the plot. Just watch the actions of The McKenzie Bros and listen to their dialouge. Otherwise this movie is a keeper. Excellent for parties. have fun or I'll crush your head like a nut!!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Dave Thomas
Rick Moranis




DVD title: Eyes of an Angel
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Moving


I saw this movie several years ago on HBO, but have never been able to find it to purchase. Fantastic story, but the best character in the story is the Dobe. As one who has had at least two for the last 20 years, they are that loyal. They look mean, but for "their people" they are big softies, and they will get to you. Early Travolta, but good.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Robert Harmon



DVD title: Shogun
Productgroup: DVD
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A Memorable Mini-Series


Even after 25 years since its original release, the 10-hour adaptation of James Clavell's 'Shogun' is as good as ever with a great screenplay and direction carefully revised and supervised by the author himself. The lavish production is further supported by an excellent cast of American and Japanese actors.

Chamberlain is John Blackthorne, a 17th-century English captain of a Dutch trading vessel that found itself run ashore on the coast of feudal Japan. Blackthorne soon finds himself in the middle of a war between two samurai warlords struggling for dominion of the island kingdom. Although initially suspicious of him, Blackthorne is soon appreciated by Toranaga (Toshiro Mifune) who takes him as a confidant to help him against his rival, Ishido: having much use for a man who knows a lot about war ships, fire arms, and many other things Japan might otherwise need from the West. Although initially overwhelmed by culture shock, Blackthorne soon becomes as Japanes as can be with the help of his patron and the beautiful Lady Mariko (Yoko Shimada.) Despite his rapid learning and loyalty to the new Shogun, Blackthorne is still a foreigner who is unaccustomed to the subtle and rigid customs of of his host country; he also realizes that this island will forever be his prison.

This is an excellent mini-series with a good screenplay, great direction, a lavish production, and a great cast. Chamberlain performs his manly role as a hardy sailor quite well despite his being a dandy in real life: all the marks of a good actor. This is a great mini-series to rent or own which the whole family can watch.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Richard Chamberlain



DVD title: Beyonce - Live at Wembley (DVD with Bonus CD)
Productgroup: DVD
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i saw this concert!!!!at glasgow


i went to see this concert at eh glasgow braehead arena and it was amazing, she is my idol

she was absolutly fantastic, i bought the dvd too when it came out, but it doesnt compare to being at the concert!!!!

Studio: Sony Music Entertain



DVD title: Full Metal Jacket
Productgroup: DVD
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This and Apocalypse Now--best war films known to man


Probably Kubrick's most underrated film and probably met with the most indifference, and I can't understand why. I can't understand why it wasn't on AFI's top 100 (same with Barry Lyndon and The Shining). I can't understand why Lee Ermey didn't nab an Oscar, and the movie didn't win best picture or at least best screenplay. This world is just so unfair. On the outside it first appears to be one of the most cynical, hard-hearted, unsentimental movies ever made. But look closer: the subtext in this movie is so gutwrenching and emotional, it's like the film is crying INSIDE. Just look at Private Pyle's murder/suicide scene--so tragic, so honest! It blows me away.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors:
Matthew Modine
Vincent D'Onofrio
R. Lee Ermey




DVD title: Saving Private Ryan
Productgroup: DVD
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Hanks at his best,(again).


a very graphic depiction of a very bloody battle. When it comes to war movies it doesnt get any better than this.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon




DVD title: Of Mice and Men
Productgroup: DVD
Of Mice and Men - movie DVD cover picture
Still the best version of this classic story


In an earlier life I was an actor and I was in "of Mice and Men" in a stage production a number of years ago. Since then I have made the show somnething of a hobby. This is the best version I have seen. The acting is wonderful, the movie is at once alarming and touching, warming and frightening. If you love Steinbeck and want to see his works the way they should be presented, this is the "Of Mice and Men" to own.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Lewis Milestone
Actors:
Burgess Meredith
Lon Chaney Jr.




DVD title: Blondie Vol 2
Productgroup: DVD
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"Blondie" films 6-10 available on DVD. Blondie Volume 2.


Platnium Disc Corporation comes up with another cute cover for Volume 2 of the "Blondie" film series. The back cover has a typo. While they do spell correctly "Danny Mummert" in one entry, the "Blondie Goes To College" entry on the back cover has mispelled his name as "Memmert". All well. "E" for enjoyable and entertainment and that is what the next five "Blondie" films will bring you.
BLONDIE HAS SERVANT TROUBLE (1940) 69 min.
Daisy can't get the newspaper because a black cat went across her path (Daisy is actually a male). Baby Dumpling (Larry Simms) knows his parents all too well and Alvin (Danny Mummert) comes in to offer his good morning advice.
One thing I would like to point out here is Fay Helm played "Mrs. Fuddle. She played Alvin's mother in four Blondie films this being her last Blondie film. Fay Helm passed away on September 27, 2003 at the age of 89.
This film, the sixth in the series, is real cute, however some scenes might be too much for children to watch. The Bumsteads stay in a haunted house with secret doors and secret passageways. Watch the fun begin.
Can you find the upside-down corn flakes box?
WARNING: Includes scenes of a child holding a gun.

BLONDIE PLAYS CUPID (1941) 67 min.
It's July 3 and Baby Dumpling wants fireworks for the Fourth of July. Dagwood (Arthur Lake) bought a whole sack full, but Blondie (Penny Singleton) disapproves. They decide to go to the country, but their trip isn't exactly trouble-free. Blondie helps a young Glenn Young get back with his fiancee. The scene after Baby Dumpling drives away in the car, Blondie and the others rush out on the front porch. There you will see a properly-hung American flag with only 48 stars. The movie was filmed in 1940. Alaska and Hawaii had not entered the Union until 1959. There is your history lesson for today.

BLONDIE GOES LATIN (1941) 67 min.
This is the 8th film in the seires of 28 (1938-50). Alvin is nice enough to visit the Bumsteads and give flowers to Blondie. He has a poem to read titled, "The Bumsteads Go To South America". The Bumstead family gets to go on a six-week cruise to South America thanks to Mr. Dithers. Well, a telegram comes for Mr. Dithers. To close a deal at the office, someone must be at the office Tuesday. This is Mr. Dithers health cruise, so that means Dagwood must leave the ship to be at the office. After all, Mr. Dithers is Dagwood's boss. But Dithers insists on Blondie, Baby Dumpling and Daisy too to stay on the ship with him with his compliments. Dagwood says a tearful goodbye. Well, as you will see, Dagwood doesn't quite make it ashore. He is still on the boat and is trying to hide rom Mr. Dithers. Baby Dumpling meets a little girl (Janet Burston) and they sing a duet. Penny Singleton gets to sing three beautiful somgs and dances too.

BLONDIE IN SOCIETY (1941) 75 min.
Dagwood comes home to find the police waiting for him. Someone has forged Dagwood's signature on his check, but as it turns out Dagwood did it himself to get paid back. What on earth was Dagwood thinking? Now you know why they call him Dagwood. Blondie sure is upset. Alvin drops by and lets Blondie know he heard the argument all the way in his house. Baby Dumpling and Alvin begin to use slang, much to the disapproval of Blondie. Dagwood buys a show dog that causes havoc in the Bumstead house. The mailman is hiding in the tree this time and we all know why. William Frawley plays a dog owner. This role was 10 years before the "I Love Lucy" tv series. This film is perhaps a bit unpleasant at times to watch. Too much serious Bumstead arguing and yelling.

BLONDIE GOES TO COLLEGE (1942) 73 min.
This is the tenth film (of 28) in the Blondie film series. The Bumsteads go to the football game, but Baby Dumpling is a bit disappointed. The seats are right in the center of the goal posts and he can't see a thing. But Baby does manage to catch the special football. Dagwood decides he wants to go to college for the first time. Later, Blondie wants him to stop dreaming and not be late for work this morning. Blondie decides to talk to Mr. Dithers. Dithers thinks it's a great idea for Dagwood to go to college to get it out of his system. He thinks Blondie should go to. But Blondie has another idea. She's going to have another baby. Dagwood doesn't know yet. Lloyd Bridges plays a college student. Sid Melton plays "Mouse". Notice the scene when Dagwood tells Mrs. Dill that he dreamed he was a baby, and then yawns. Notice Larry Simms laughing abit at Arthur.
DVD contains no extras, no bonuses, no insert.
If Blondie Volume 3 is released, it will begin with the next film BLONDIE'S BLESSED EVENT.

Studio: Platinum Disc Corp
Actors:
Penny Singleton



DVD title: Parenthood
Productgroup: DVD
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A Wonderful Family Masterpiece


I can't express how much Parenthood is a great film. It's a beautifully crafted story with comedy and drama all woven together in a perfect movie gem. The film centers around a large family who are just going through the trials and tribulations of life. Kids, sex, jobs, relationships, divorce. You name it. Steve Martin headlines this film that has an undoubtedly brilliant unsemble cast. Dianne Wiest stands out in a hilarious and yet, very real performance. She has trouble adjusting to son in law Keanu Reeves. She has a few classic scenes that are undeniably funny and brilliant. The legendary Jason Robards is on hand as the family patriarch. He is solid and wonderful. The remaining cast is outstanding: Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Hulce. You can't go wrong with any of them. Director Ron Howard is a master at putting this film, with different story arcs, together. This is his best work. Steve Martin also shows at how good he can do dramatic parts. If he is deserving of an Oscar, then he should've been recognized for this. Parenthood is a stylish, clever, funny, and teriffic film on family life. See this movie and you'll feel good in the end.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Actors:
Steve Martin



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