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DVD title: Together
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie I have EVER seen!


Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Kaige Chen
Yun Tang
Peiqi Liu
Hong Chen

DVD title: Independence Day (Single Disc Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Please like the special effects of this movie... I beg you.

It amazes me that when you spend millions of dollars on a movie that the sound is way down the line. The sound and picture go hand in hand. This movie would knock your socks off if the remastered it in DTS ES sound.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Roland Emmerich
Bill Pullman
Jeff Goldblum
Will Smith

DVD title: Miss Congeniality
Productgroup: DVD
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A must have for one's DVD collection

Miss Congeniality, I thought was one of the funniest movies out in a long time- It was funny from the beginning to the end.This was one of Sandra Bullock's best movies out, to date. It is the kind of comedy that you can just laugh along with, even if it wasn't the most realistic at times- Isn't that what comedies are about? This one lets you forget about everything areound you and just enjoy it. A must have for one's DVD collection.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Donald Petrie
Sandra Bullock
Michael Caine

DVD title: Snowball Express
Productgroup: DVD
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Family Fun at its Finest!

I have such fond memories of watching this movie with my parents and my sister. We watched this movie every time we went on a skiing vacation or whenever we needed a good laugh. I am disappointed that the film is not released at this time. I hope that Disney will release it again soon so that I can share this film with my family again and, eventually, with my own children!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Norman Tokar
Dean Jones
Nancy Olson

DVD title: The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Great Film, and an Even Better DVD!

The Royal Tenenbaums is the kind of film that you will be talking about long after you've seen it, and trying your hardest to convince literally everyone you know to see it as well.
The plot revolves around Royal Tenenbaum, played by Gene Hackman, who split up with his wife, Etheline, while their three genius children were still in their youth. Growing up each with their own special skills, they hit their peak too early on in life, and the family drifted apart. Now, quite some years later, they reunite, and all come together in a humorous, yet somewhat saddening way. Ben Stiller plays the role of Chas Tenenbaum, a genius accountant, who started buying property at the tender age of ten. Chas's two children are well-loved by their father, yet Chas himself is all-together overprotective of them. The lovely Gwyneth Paltrow gives a dazzling performance as Margot Tenenbaum, a prodigy of a playwright, who as a child, was awarded a $50,000.00 grant for one of her plays. She is now married to the fabulous Bill Murray's character, Raleigh St. Claire, who loves his wife, but has doubts as to whether or not she loves him back. Luke Wilson is absolutely stunning as Richie Tenenbaum, a tennis pro, who is only trying to keep the peace within the Tenenbaum family. Eli Cash is played by co-writer of the film, Owen Wilson, and delivers an on-screen performance that rivals his fantastic work in the wonderful Bottle Rocket. Eli is a childhood friend of the Tenenbaums, and currently a writer of incredibly cheesy western novels. He has always wanted to be a Tenenbaum, and his adult life harbors a rather dark secret. Etheline is now set to marry Mr. Sherman, played by Danny Glover, and Royal himself claims to be dying of stomach cancer, therefore bringing the entire Tenenbaum family together once again.
The Royal Tenenbaums is one of those rare films which you don't quite want to turn off, even well after the credits are rolling. The sheer pureness of the script, the cast, and the director all come together in something that is genuinely satisfying. Never since Bottle Rocket or Rushmore have I been so spellbound with a movie in my whole life. Altogether, a great film rich in heart and emotional spirit, and delivers laughs that are subtle and genuine. The Criterion Collection Two-Disc DVD loads up on well-deserved special features that include full commentary, interviews, and the great quality picture and sound that DVD owners have come to expect. Altogether, a terrific movie, and yet, an even better DVD.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Wes Anderson
Gene Hackman
Gwyneth Paltrow

DVD title: Volcano
Productgroup: DVD
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a good action/thriller flick.

This movie is good. It has good special effects. I think it is better than dante's peak. This movie also isn't very long like some disaster movies are. I like disaster movies and this one is one that wins place in my heart. Buy it!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Mick Jackson
Tommy Lee Jones
Anne Heche

DVD title: Troy (Two-Disc Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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It was Troy-riffic!

I'm not a big second time around movie goer, but I've seen this movie 4 times in theatres! The storyline is great, the ending was expected as it lines up as closely to the history of Troy as it can, but if you know the history, the story really comes alive and you feel as though you are there, watching the whole thing as a byestander. It was absolutely amazing and I definately recommend seeing it!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Brad Pitt
Eric Bana
Orlando Bloom

DVD title: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Productgroup: DVD
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Rosemary's nephew didn't get the singing gene

George Clooney can't sing like his aunt Rosemary, (it's dubbed,) but he does a fine job of acting in this Coen Brothers Cool Hand Luke-meets-Homer Odyssey during The Depression of the 1930s. It's a hoot!
There are uniquely Coen touches. A gubernatorial challenger named Homer Stokes. A bipolar bank robber. Tommy Johnson, who has sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for the ability to play, really play, that guitar. (When last I encountered this dude, his name was Robert Johnson and he was on the Rez in Sherman Alexie's *Reservation Blues.* ) There's an Oz-like Witch's Guards Ku Klux Klan meeting - in which the Klanners also execute football halftime marching band formations. Where art Frances McDormand? Holly Hunter is not convincing - Why would ANYONE grovel back to her shrew-like protrayal? (except that she is the Mother of his children.)
The "stone-washed" quality of the film is aprospos the Depression era. The soundtrack is divine and the movie is quaintly quirky.

Studio: Touchstone Video
George Clooney
John Turturro
Tim Blake Nelson

DVD title: Signs (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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M. Night Shyamalan Toys with Emotions

Graham Hess, an ex-reverand who lost his faith after his losing his wife, now lives with his two children (Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin) and younger brother (Joaquin Phoenix) in the middle of Pennsylvanian country. When crop circles begin to appear in his crops, weird things begin happening around his house, and then around the world. It's up to Graham to figure out what's going on to save his family before the "signs" reach beyond them.
M. Night Shyamalan has definitely done it again with Signs. Dare I say, even better than before (The Sixth Sense). As it was with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, Shyamalan plays with your emotions here. I went through so many emotions during Signs. The emotions were well spread out and meshed together. I laughed plenty of times at Phoenix's quirkiness and Gibson's character's shyness to cussing. I was on the verge of tears every single time someone began to shed a tear. And there was plenty of moments when I saw something on the screen that gave me thousands of chills. Shyamalan is an absolutely wonderful director. Although some people may be turned off by how much action there isn't, but no action was needed here. We had great story and character development, and great atmosphere. That's all that was needed for this movie.
Mel Gibson, once again, portrays his character wonderfully and almost without flaw. His interaction with the children was wonderful, and as I mentioned before, when his face crinkled up to cry, I had to fight back tears. Joaquin Phoenix was great as Gibson's younger brother. He supplied a lot of the humor, but it was subtle and workable humor. But he worked the drama and fear very well too. Awesome actor. Another of the Culkin family is getting into Hollywood, and he has plenty of talent. Rory Culkin plays Gibson's thoughtful son. Culkin was very well at what he did. And the little star of Signs is Abigail Breslin. She played the daughter of Gibson's character, and her calm subtleness was great! She was adorable.
Signs, in my opinion, is definitely one of the best movies of 2002. With it's emotional depth, chilling scares, and great acting and directing, it's definitely worthy of that opinion.

Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix

DVD title: James and the Giant Peach (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my son's favorites

We watch this movie, which is really quite different from the book, and he dances around, singing the songs. It's an enjoyable movie. The special effects are amazing. This DVD has a bit about how the creatures had to be moved for every screen shot; it was really interesting to watch that part.
There are quite a few scary parts to this movie. The shark that chases the peach is pretty scary for kids. The underwater scene has some scary parts (and skeletons!). The aunts are horrible people well-played by good actresses. The kid is adorable and does a good job, too.
If you know the book: there are no Cloud Men in this movie.
It's a good movie. My friend's daughter said it was "scary" and wouldn't watch it, though. My two don't seem to mind.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Henry Selick
Joanna Lumley
Pete Postlethwaite
Paul Terry (II)

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