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DVD title: Pearl Harbor
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Movie Ever

In my opinion this is the best movie ever. No one wanted to get up the whole time because this movie was so action packed and intense they thought they would miss something. The special effects are so great it's like you are actually there, not that I was. I think this is a great movie for any war veteran, or just plain people like me. I really enjoyed this movie and there is no reason not to see it.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Michael Bay
Ben Affleck
Kate Beckinsale

DVD title: Legend (Ultimate Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Love It

At first there was the Void and the dark forces natant within it. Then Light came into being, and the world came from the Light. Demons of the Void, jealous of the Light, tried to destroy the warm, sunny world. Thus, the Light was distilled into Alicorn, the unicorn's horn, so that demons could never destroy it. Demons are scheming creatures, however. Lord Darkness (Tim Curry in heavy makeup) commands his faithful goblin servant Pox to slay the unicorn, so that all light will be extinguished. Pox manipulates innocent Lily (Mia Sara) into luring the unicorn to him, and then shatters its horn. Now it is up to Lily's mysterious lover Jack (a young, nondescript Tom Cruise) and his fairy friends to travel to the demons' citadel and recover the magical Alicorn before the world is overwhelmed by darkness.
This ridiculous fairy tale relies so heavily on cliches that when trying to be graceful and simple it only manages to be dull and predictable. The viewer can essentially guess the entire plot before ever watching the film. Light triumphs over darkness, good triumphs over evil, and love conquers all. Jack and Lily, the main characters, are especially terrible: Tom Cruise unsuccessfully shoots for "teen heart-throb" in his revealing armor (hauberk and loincloth), but achieves nothing with his tepid acting; Mia Sara's character (who wears a white, billowing robe all throughout the film to signify her innocence) isn't even cliche - because very few films justify the presence of characters so primitive and trite. Even worse, there is a lot of out-of-place pop-culture humor (like the goblins' battle cry of "Adios, amigos!").
However, "Legend" has a very strong audio-visual presentation. The sets are incredible, the lighting and the camerawork are well-done, the music by Tangerine Dream (who also contributed to "Labyrinth") is a tasteful accent, and even the dwarf characters look nice (a first in movie history.) That said, there is a lot of extraneous footage of ugly galloping unicorns, sunny glens, bubbling water and gathering clouds. You get what you pay for, I suppose.
A moderately good fantasy phantasmagoria, minus plot and characters.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Ridley Scott
Tom Cruise
Mia Sara
Tim Curry

DVD title: A Hard Day's Night
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic & Timeless - - DVD is Overhyped!!

I saw this movie on it's release at the Palace Theater in Duncan, Oklahoma. I was 9 years old. Seeing The Beatles again is a magical moment. The live performances are excellent. The enery is contagious. The Beatles are having fun and it shows. John,Paul,George,and Ringo are in top form in this black and white film. The songs sound great and the action is non stop. My 17 year old daughter has been a Beatle's fan for many years. She was delighted by this film. It was like an undiscovered treasure to her. If you are a Beatle's fan this film is a must for your collection.

Studio: Miramax Entertainment
Director: Richard Lester
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr

DVD title: Sin City
Productgroup: DVD
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The best comic book adaptation so far.

This is a fantastic take on taking comic books to film. Robert Rodriquez's understanding of the comic book medium is what makes this film so wonderful. Even if you don't like Frank Miller's writing style, you have to appreciate the technical aspects of the film in adapting his stories to the screen. So far most comic book films are just re-created into a new story that is possible for both fans and new viewers to accept. With the exeception of Ghost World, the writer and artist has no real control of the movie. But with Sin City Frank Miller was involved as a director, so the stories stay pretty true to their roots. My only dissapointment is that there are not the traditional extra features of Robert Rodriguez DVD's. Like his 10 minute film school or mini documentaries on how he makes his films. Compared to Once Upon A Time In Mexico with the hours of extra features, I felt a bit shorted on this DVD with only one small featurette.

Studio: Dimension Home Video

DVD title: Smallville - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Smallville Reveiw

I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about the SMALLVILLE television series. After all, the story of Superman, has been done so many times on both t.v. and film, that it's impossible to keep it fresh. Boy, what a surprise. Once I saw the pilot, I thought that this might be able to fly after all...
In October of 1989, a meteor shower over Smallville, Kansas brings with it, a rocket with one lone passenger. Found by Jonathan (John Schneider)and Martha (Annette O'Toole) Kent, the small baby will be called Clark (Tom Welling) but the world will one day know him as Superman. Standing on its own, the film version of the 2 part premiere episode puts enough of a twist on the mythos to keep it interesting. This works for several other reasos as well Chief among those reasons is the casting of Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, he is just great, and Rosenbaum makes the character both sympathetic and mysterious at the same time. Welling is fine as Clark too and it will be cool to see both actors play off of each other, as the series rolls along, and they get closer to fufilling their destinies as hero and villian I have found that the show has relied too heavily, at times, on the Kryptonite turns someone into a villian of the week, but I digress... The producers started off on the right foot though, by taking a page from SUPERMAN-THE MOVIE by keeping the characters "real" within a fantastic framework. Nothing can beat the first film, but the pilot film has a bit of the same flavor, and can stand on its own. Directed by veteran genre helmers, David Nutter (part 1), Michael Watkins, and Philip Sgriccia (part 2), the telefilm is in good hands
Not yet available in the U.S., the Canadian import, is a very good DVD, with more extras than you might expect for a television show. There's a very informative commentary with Nutter and producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. It also has a fun interactive town map of Smallville. There are a number of deleted scenes that usually don't make it on to the DVDs of shows in the states, a trailer, and storyboard comparisions of some of the special effects shots, and cast and crew information.
The DVD will help U.S. fans get their fix while waiting for release here The DVD is recommended.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Tom Welling

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Tolkienites, Relax

Been there, done that.
When I first saw THE TWO TOWERS, I (a hopeless Tolkienite) was in shock. What did I just see? Eomer not at Helm's Deep, but instead riding to the rescue with Gandalf? The reluctance of King Theoden to go to war against Isengard? Helm's Deep as a refuge for the people of Edoras, instead of a heavily-fortified Rohan stronghold? Aragorn going over a cliff with a warg? Eowyn a romantic counterpart to Aragorn? Arwen, Elrond, and Galadriel in the movie at all? A host of elves from Lothlorien, led by Haldir, coming to the rescue of Helm's Deep? No "moving forest" to destroy and smother fleeing orcs from the Helm's Deep battle? The reluctance of Treebeard and the Ents to go to war? Faramir, brother of Boromir, taking Frodo and Sam captive to use the Ring? The men of Gondor taking the Hobbits to Osgiliath (in the book, nothing more than a ghost town), under siege by Sauron? No showdown between Gandalf and Saruman? No disgusting, foul-smelling tunnel of Shelob?
Yes, I was in shock. How dare Peter Jackson take such liberties with this, perhaps the best, of the books in the LOTR trilogy?
Fortunately, I took a deep breath, then went to see this film again. A good friend of mine reminded me that books and movies are two entirely different mediums: what works well for one doesn't necessarily translate for the other. And I must confess, despite all my misgivings: this film is a complete cinematic masterpiece. THE TWO TOWERS is a virtual feast for the eyes--breathtaking landscapes, stunning cinematography, mind-boggling CGI (Gollum/Smeagol comes across as an actual, living creature), compelling acting, and a great, great story. It's a story that gets up and moves, from the first frame to the last; it's a story that makes its own mark, independent of the book it was based upon.
I realize the Tolkien purists are up in arms: so was I, at first. My suggestion: see this film with an open mind, and let it entertain you on its own merits. You will not be disappointed.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen

DVD title: The Professional
Productgroup: DVD
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Great all around

I have come to believe that no matter how poor the script, or how small the part, If Jean Reno is in the film, the thing's worth watching. Of all the Reno/Besson films, this is the only one I've seen where Reno is TRULY allowed to display the astonishing depths of his tallent and ability. As the character Leon, he granted the space and time to show the world that HE is this generation's MOST phenominally able performer. With the exception some absurd & unsubtle "overacting" by the performer who played the main "villian"- all the supporting performances are superb. They team up with Monsieur Reno to make an already amazing story & script into an undisputible masterpiece of filmaking. I heartily wish that Reno would make more American films, and with equal earnestness, I wish he would look to directors other than Luc Besson. Frankly, talent wise, Reno is WAY out of Besson's league; a fact that is painfully obvious in most of Jean Reno's Besson directed films. Generally, the material is beneath him; it is simply not good enough for Reno to even bother with.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Luc Besson
Jean Reno
Gary Oldman
Natalie Portman

DVD title: Shaun of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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A Soon To Be Classic!!

This film is great. It has all the elements of what an entertaining film should have: good direction, good acting, great sountrack and no attempt at taking itself too seriously or selling itself short. The backyard scene near the beginning is awesome, and one of the many highlights in the film.

The DVD special features make this even more of a worthwhile purchase. It's all good. Take it all in at once or in little doses. There is enough on the DVD to please.

The film is influenced by the original, 'Dawn Of The Dead'. There are other subtle "influences" throughout the film; check out the, Zomb-O-Meter (zombie trivia), in the special features!

This film is unique! That's hard to say for so many other films in this genre.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Edgar Wright
Simon Pegg
Kate Ashfield
Nick Frost

DVD title: Ice Age (2-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This was a great film for children, but fun for adults, too!! The three main characters were fun and at times touching, but my favorite character was Scrat. A luck-less sabre-tooth Squirrel, always searching for an excellenty place to hide his nuts, he is hilarious. I would watch it again just to see him. If they ever create a sequel, I hope they include him.

Highly recommended.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
John Leguizamo
Denis Leary

DVD title: Armageddon
Productgroup: DVD
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Bruce Willis is the best. This is his best performance since Die Hard.

Steve Buscemi is hilarious in this. And the special effects are great. Definite must-have for your collection.

Ed S.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Michael Bay
Bruce Willis
Billy Bob Thornton
Ben Affleck
Liv Tyler

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