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DVD title: Die Hard
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Christmas Action Movie Ever

Okay, so maybe there isn't an overflow of action movies set around Christmas...or maybe there are, but the only one really worth watching is the 1988 blockbuster, and still the original, "Die Hard." It's the film that made Bruce Willis a career and John McTiernan a director.
New York Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is headed to L.A. for the Christmas holiday to meet up with his wife and kids. Meeting up with his wife at her company's Christmas party at the fabulous, yet still unfinished Nakatomi Tower, where the mayhem ensues. Hans Gruber and his band of terrorists crash the party, take everyone hostage, and are ready to see their plans go smoothly, except for the one fly in the ointment....John McClane. The action picks up from there and doesn't end until the credits begin to roll.
"Die Hard" is a terrific action movie. It's got the endless amounts of bullets, the witty dialogue, the insurmountable confrontations, male bonding, and the damsel in distress that needs to be rescued. If you're looking for a classic action flick now on DVD that looks and sounds sharper than ever that will have you laughing and cheering, then get yourself a copy of "Die Hard."
And when you're done with the first one, go and check out the sequels, which are equally entertaining. Welcome to the party, pal.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: John McTiernan
Bruce Willis
Alan Rickman

DVD title: La Femme Nikita
Productgroup: DVD
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Did you say violence?

This original Besson' s movie caves in relief once more the slender difference between the violence motor and violence victim. The film scrupulously analyzed and seen in perspective has undeniable shadows of the Clockwork orange but seen from other perspective. Many issues are put on the table for a further discussion: Who wins with the violence? Is the violence by itself a cause or a consequence of the established order? Is the violence condemnable when you are an outlaw placed on the opposite side of the Status Quo, but it's accepted and even prized when you are part of the good team? Does it really innocence exist in the human being? . Do you still believe the world is composed by good and bad guys? .

The man denies due he' s weak; those words come from Rashomon when the wife talks to the members of the Jury. Define violence is the crude answer of a character in that Wender's film : The end of the violence.

Our starring Nikita will experiment a dramatic change of forced attitude; she will be exerting the violence for cleaning the world of certain worms and precisely in that brutal re adaptation process she will feel in own flesh the violence in its most elemental nature. A woman without love and searching it unconsciously . The film will play with the ancestral codes of victim and executioner immersed in a complex and cold world with the pragmatic approach. The enemy of today may be my future fellow friend depending who bets in the casino.

"The civilization does not eliminate the barbarism ; it excels it". Voltaire.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Luc Besson
Anne Parillaud

DVD title: Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls
Productgroup: DVD
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funniest movie ever!!

I bought this movie and I watched it about 50 times because it is so funny. Whenever my friends sleep over we watch it.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Jim Carrey

DVD title: Chocolat (Miramax Collector's Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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An engaging way to spend two hours

My expectations for this movie would be that it would be one of those uplifting but ultimately shallow movies where a predictable and heavy-handed plot would drag the movie along. I was pleasantly surprised that this movie was far more than I had originally thought it would be. This movie tells the story of a dull French town which has existed in a tradition of religious piety and colorless humility for centuries. Only the arrival of Juliette Binoche who opens a chocolate shop can change the town. Binoche is one of those actresses that seems to radiate an inner beauty in films. Just watching her is a pleasant experience since she seems so lovely (and not just on a physical level). At times the plot did seem somewhat predictable, but I fell in love with this movie anyway. The setting was lovely and I thought that many of the actors were just perfect for their roles, particularly the child actors. I will admit that the accents were sort of strange, you had real French actors with believable accents interacting with British and American random accents, plus Johnny Depp's Irish accent was a bit off target. And the voice-overs were heavy-handed, seemingly to explain things in the movie that you'd have to be sleeping through the movie to not have understood. But I enjoyed this movie and found it genuinely moving and sincere. I hate reading a review that retells the plot of the movie and spoils it for someone who has never viewed it, so just go out and see this movie and you'll see what I mean!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Lasse Hallström
Alfred Molina
Juliette Binoche
Judi Dench
Johnny Depp

DVD title: Mahogany
Productgroup: DVD
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Why must we wait so long ... Do you know ?

"Success is nothing without somebody you love to share it with" says Brian to Tracy ... Well, many Diana Ross fans around the world were desperately waiting for this DVD to share her second movie success !

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Diana Ross
Billy Dee Williams

DVD title: Black Adder IV - Black Adder Goes Forth
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply wonderful

As a long time fan of the Blackadder series, I feel confident to rank "Goes Forth" as second only to the third series. The comedy is more visceral rather than cerebral in "Goes Forth", which is not necessarily a bad thing, but over time, some jokes do tend to wear as thin as the canned laughter.
The Western Front 1917 - Blackadder has been reduced to the ranks of Captain in the British Army. Of course, he joined when it was little more than a travel agency for men with overactive libidos, and when the type of enemy favoured were peace-loving pygmies armed only with sharp fruit. He really does not care for this soldering business anymore since everyone seems to get killed in the first fifteen seconds of battle by machine gun fire. Yes, he's not all that keen on going over the top. So with a cunning plan or two from his batsman Baldrick and the assistance of the quite possibly inbred Lieutenant George, each episode he desperately attempts to avoid yet another offer to have his brains blow out for Britain courtesy of General "Insanity" Melchett. Naturally, hilarity ensues, with trials of treason (for shooting Melchett's own carrier pigeon, Speckled Jim), flights of fancy which turn quickly into distinctly boring situations (i.e. landing behind enemy lines), and a chance to get to know a pretty nurse are just some of the stickiest situations Blackadder finds himself in since Sticky the stick-insect got stuck on a sticky bun.
Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Fry all reprise their roles from previous seasons (Baldrick, George, Melchett respectively). Tim McInnery returns once again to the series, though not as Percy, but as the equally annoying Captain Darling. Miranda Richardson (fondly remembered as the egregious Queenie from the second series) makes a guest appearance in General Hospital, where Blackadder finally wins her heart only to have their affair end in tragically comic circumstances! Keep an eye out too for Gabrielle "Bob" Glaister, Adrian Edmonson, Rik Mayall, and Geoffrey Palmer who also appear in guest roles. And if you couldn't guess by the fact his face and name are on the cover, Rowan Atkinson returns to his greatest role as that Black-something-a-rather-guy.
My only complaint about this DVD, is the distinct lack of special features - no commentary, no biographies, no interviews, no...anything actually. Unless of course, you, like the BBC, consider scene selection a special feature, you won't find enough special features to cover a small water biscuit. Quite a shame really, as I'm sure all fans would like at least some insight into the making of the show, the writing process, rehearsals. I can only assume that either none of the team was interested in talking about the show, or that perhaps they had no say as to the production of the DVD.
That aside, this DVD is essential viewing and purchasing for any fan of the series. As highly recommended as a highly recommended thing that's been highly recommended.

Studio: BBC Video
Rowan Atkinson
Brian Blessed

DVD title: Planet of the Apes (Widescreen 35th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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They finally really did it

See Charlton Heston in space.
See Charlton Heston splash down.
See the woman crew member forget to put on facial moisturizer.
See the ship sink.
Swim, Charlton, swim.
See three astronauts attacked by apes.
Run, astronauts, run.
See an astronaut labotimized.
Drool, astronaut, drool.
See Charlton Heston escape into the forbidden zone.
Run, Chuck, run.
See the statue of liberty on the beach.
Pound the sand, Charlton, pound the sand.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Charlton Heston
Roddy McDowall

DVD title: Full Metal Jacket
Productgroup: DVD
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The Real Deal

As someone who went through Parris Island and was in the battle of Hue City, this flick is the real deal, or at least as close as Hollywood can get.
I saw this film when in opened with a few Marine buddies. We thought the boot camp scenes were hysterical. We laughed so much we were annoying other folks in the theatre. For those who opined that this type of training is dehumanizing; believe me the movie was very mild compared to the real thing. And the fact is that Marine training, while brutal at times,it is the best character building exercise there is. Although sanitized, Kubrick managed to well capture the type of training it takes to make men willing to attack and destroy an enemy.
There was much about this movie that was technically flawed, but much of it seemed deliberate. Kubrick was not portraying technical perfection, he was trying to capture the real attitudes of men in war; and on this level he succeeded nicely. Kubrick was the master of black humor, and much of Vietnam was black humor. It seemed easy to overlook the fact that very little in the movie even looked like Vietnam.
The cast is outstanding.These guys truly reminded me of a squad of Marine grunts.
I have only one criticism of the movie and it is this: The story is from a novel called "The Short Timers" by Gustaf Hasford. The movie is reasonably faithful to the book until the end. Hasford created a far more poignant ending in the novel, with an ironic twist that is unforgettable, but Kubrick chose to completely leave this out of the film. It will always be a mystery to me why he did this, because I think the film would have been even better with the original ending.

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

DVD title: La Bella y la Bestia (Beauty and the Beast - Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite Disney Classic

Belle is bored with life in her village. Her only escape is her books, and she longs to have an adventure of her own. When her father heads out to a fair, he gets lots, and Belle finds him in an enchanted castle. The objects are thrilled, because if she and their master, the Beast, fall in love, they will all be freed from the enchantment. But will Belle be able to see past the outward appearance? And what about the handsome bore back home who wants to marry Belle?
I feel in love with this movie the first time I saw it, and that love has only grown over the years. The story is the right mix of fun and uncertainty. Gaston was a wonderful addition to the mix because his story was the part I was most uncertain about the first time around. The artwork on the film catches your eye from the first shot of the castle, and doesn't let go. Beside the incredible background shots are wonderful drawings of the characters. I especially love the boyish excitement they manage to give the Beast in several scenes. Finally, there's the music. Every song adds to the story and is memorable in its own right.
This DVD is perfect for any fan of this movie. Disc 1 includes three versions of the film. The first is the "in progress" version shown to the New York film festival 6 weeks before the premier of the movie in 1991. While it's fun to have, I won't be watching it regularly. The second version is the original release. And finally comes the special edition, with the added scene and "Human Again." Ironically, this is probably my least favorite of the songs added to the Broadway version, but it does advance the story. And, there's always the option of watching the original version. Obviously, the version that you are supposed to watch is the special edition, as the audio commentary and sing along bonus features only work with this option. All three come in Dolby 5.1 sound, which sounds great.
The second disc features hours of bonus material. Most of it focuses on the making of this movie. Everything is covered, from original idea through characters and the Broadway version and special edition. Galleries show character designs over the course of the project. Also featured is the original treatments for "Human Again" and "Be Our Guest." Celebrity voices give background on the original story and Disney versions of classic tales. And there's a fun documentary as the stars of "Even Stevens" take a backstage look at all the work that goes into making a feature animated film.
This is the only film so far to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Watching the film, the reason is clear. This is something the entire family can enjoy. Don't miss your opportunity to catch this classic film.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Robby Benson
Paige O'Hara

DVD title: The Shawshank Redemption
Productgroup: DVD
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A great redemption

This movie I've seen 100 times.This movie is the greatest thing to hit the big screen ever.Morgan Freeman gives his best performance of his life in this classic movie.This movie has everything Great cast,Great acting,Great writting,and Great Directing.If you haven't seen this movie,see it 100 times over and over.I give it a 5/5 rate.

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: Frank Darabont
Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman

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