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DVD title: Equilibrium
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie of the year


I knew nothing about this film. I went based on ratings I saw online, since I trust regular smoe's I went. Me, along with my 2 friends were blown away. I saw it yesterday and I am still shaking me head in amazement. At first I thought it was going to be another 1984, thought provoking, weird film, then the film went from 1st to 5th gear, skipping the others inbetween. Camera angles and uses were extremely well done and I suggest you RUN don't walk, but RUN to go see this movie. Pass the world around, it did not get much adverstisement. This is the film that hollywood should make. It takes the Matrix type ideas and gives it an andrelanine shot. BRAVO!!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Kurt Wimmer
Actors:
Christian Bale
Sean Bean
Taye Diggs
Emily Watson




DVD title: Jimi Hendrix - Blue Wild Angel (Live at the Isle of Wight)
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite Hendrix DVD


HENDRIX BLUE WILD ANGEL This is one of my favorite Hendrix DVDS. In the mist of the 1970s Hendrix was trying to create new music. This concert proved to be one of his best performences ever other than the woodstock concert. Hendrix opened up with God Save The Queen an amazing thing bout the opening song was that Hendrix forget the song and asked one of his road managers before he went on How Does God Save The Queen Go? And his road manger sounded it out. Hendrix then went on stage and played it creativly great. Hendrix then had his Marshall Stacks bout 5 of them all go dead I mean no sound what so ever. Finally the roadys or whatever you like to call them fixed the amps and Hendrix started Spanish Castle Magic wow this was a differnt solo then Hendrix usually played. Hendrixs version of all along the wacthower took place next to me I loved wacthing Hendrix play this song Live it was a dream come true it was great. Hendrix went on with alot more songs I loved seeing Hendrix also play his new material like Freedom, Dolly Dagger, also In From The Storm. When Hendrix played Machine Gun that night he played his heart out running over 20 minutes I think this song was better played live at The Isle Of Wight than The Fillmore East. Hendrix played on Lover Man, and Message to Love. All together Hendrix played about 17 songs and this concert marked to be one of the latest and best concerts ever. BLUE WILD ANGEL:LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT ON DVD is a must have for a Hendrix fan better than all the rest DVDS ENJOY

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Actors:
Jimi Hendrix



DVD title: The Surge
Productgroup: DVD
The Surge - movie DVD cover picture
awesome movie!


ok, just to voice a question I have, did all the other reviewers watch the same movie? 'Cause, like, one of them talked about the kids "holding the stone", which never, uh, happened. Likewise, I never heard anything about the stone being "from the gods" or anything. Okay, first of all, I thought this was a great movie overall. For pretty similar reasons to those that have been stated before, namely the plot and also just the sheer coolness factor (who wouldn't want to read their teacher's mind when they get called on to get the answer?). Anyway, I just have some things to say in defense of this movie.
For one, yes, the special effects were nowhere near the level of those in something like The Matrix or Lord of the Rings, but for one, they still got the job done (the glowing eyes still looked cool IMO even if it was obviously low-tech), and two, this movie had nowhere near the budget that those other two had.
The other thing I heard complaints about was the realism. They're sitting on a huge magnet, and they find this stone that produces strong electrical impulses (at a low amperage, obviously, or they would have been dead). Hey, we know the brain uses electrical signals, so why would electrical activity affect the brain? Ok, I know it's unrealistic that something like that would give you psychic powers, but come on, Star Trek breaks laws of physics all the time, and the geeks who watch that show, who ought to know said laws, don't complain. You want your movies to be perfectly explainable scientifically, how do you explain Harry Potter? How does mumbling Latin and waving a stick around cause something to fly? Face it, movies are by their nature unrealistic, or they would be documentaries.

Studio: First Look Pictures
Director: Steve Taylor (IV)



DVD title: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Productgroup: DVD
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A DVD zone YOUR LIBRARY


If one excepts the Indian production, Jacques Demy's masterpiece THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG is one of the rare musicals made outside Hollywood. And, rather curiously, the film ages a lot better than 95 % of the industrial american production of the 40's and the 50's. How's that ? Maybe simply because the film has also been written by its director who was able to put in THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG a piece of himself.
Even if the Fox Lorber DVD is not perfect, as often with this company, the colors of the movie sets will explode on your screen and amaze you in the same manner they have enchanted the 1964 audience. Catherine Deneuve's tears, Michel Legrand's music and a perfect cinematography are sufficient reasons to buy this DVD, to show it your friends and your children and, then, to place it on a special shelf of your library.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Jacques Demy
Actors:
Catherine Deneuve
Nino Castelnuovo
Anne Vernon




DVD title: Aliens (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb sequel and a sci-fi cassic in its own right


Emulating Ridley Scott's 1979 classic was always going to be tough, but incrediably Cameron did it and not only that but created a superb film that stands on it's own. 57 years after the original nightmare unfolded, Ripley, played to perfection by Weaver, wakes up and reluctantly leads the Marines back to the planet where she first encounterd the dome headed monster only to find that there is not just one of them but hundereds. After the build up of about 40 minutes, that includes a chilling recount by Ripley of the events in the first film while the faces of the dead crew flash up on a screen behind, its off into the depths of the universe to kick some butt! Cameron plays the film superbly and also produces easily the best script that he has ever written to date and develops themes from the orginal, that really ever sequel should do. These include Ripley's character, as she nutures the young Newt, her fear of andriods and turns her into a tough herione, more than the damsel in distress that was forced to struggle to survive in the first film. Other themes that are taken further are the beasties themselves: the face hugger can actually scuttle along by it legs and the xenomorphs are in their multitude. The main draw backs from Scott's film is the fact that the tension is unfocused and Cameron the suspense is not quite as nail biting as the orgianal. This is a small price to pay though for the effects laden, terrifying blast fest that Cameron employs as he takes your worst fears too their extreme. Two and half hours fly by like 90 minutes to lead into a memorable show down at the end.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: James Cameron
Actors:
Sigourney Weaver
Michael Biehn




DVD title: Crimson Tide
Productgroup: DVD
Crimson Tide - movie DVD cover picture
My personal favorite


I love this movie from beginning to end. It's action packed and doesn't miss a beat. By some strange stroke of coincidence, Crimson Tide also happened to be my high school mascot. Much props to this movie. Denzel at his finest! END

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Tony Scott
Actors:
Denzel Washington
Gene Hackman




DVD title: The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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brilliant and true to life


Some reviews skewer The Royal Tenenbaums as unrealistic and unfunny. Certainly it isn't in the style of realism -- it's more of a fairy tale -- but has the spirit of 'real' life. A documentary couldn't be as entertaining as The Royal Tenenbaums and probably wouldn't ring as true for those of us who know the pain of expressing love in all the wrong ways as this movie does. The humor in The Royal Tenenbaums isn't for belly laughs, but for dry, knowing chuckles that make the heavy parts easier to swallow. This movie makes me blink back tears and giggle simultaneously -- a sure sign that it has the resonance of some type of reality or truth.

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




DVD title: Gladiator
Productgroup: DVD
Gladiator - movie DVD cover picture
A Great Epic Told


In summary: A Great Epic Don't be swayed by the so-so review given by USA Today and other few film critcs. One must see this movie to realize its fullest - Great acting, intense action, a story with richness and symbolisms that remind one of the classics, and stunning special effect that left my jaws hanged open for many occasions and made me wondered: how do they do that? First the acting - Russel Crowe continues his superb performance that we first took notice starting in LA Confidential. In the Gladiator his Maximus commands the movie with such intensity and emotion that literally draw the audiences into the world within the movie. I cannot imagine anyone else who can replace him as the heroic Maximus. Other supporting casts Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed - deserve the highest praise as well. Second - The action sequences - whether in the battlefield or the Collasium - are spectacular. Though they are violent - they "get the point across" without becoming grotesque. Third - The Story - it's true that there are moments in the movie that one may recall the moments in Ben Hur, Spartacus, or Brave Heart - however the Gladiator can hold its own. Full of details from Maximus picking up dirt prior to his fights, the dreamy wheat fields, or Maximus's expression of inner self-hatred after his first coliseum massacre - these contributes greatly to the story lines. There are times during the movie that I wonders "why is this conversation taking so long" - now looking back they merely make the story even more rich and clearly differenciate it from the typical Hollywood Hack'n-kill action movies. Fourth - Special Effects - One has to see the Coliseum in this movie to fully realize how much glory it must had been back in the Roman times. The aerial shots of the Coliseum and recreation of the street of Rome are breathtaking. In addition, the firing of flaming arrows in the opening battle left me at awe of the awesome power of the Roman army. Yes there are many areas of this movie that MAY be improved (part of it come from the story line itself, part of it come from the artistic style of the director - you either like it or hate it) but if you sum up all the virtues it is easily a masterpiece. A must see for the summer and years to come.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors:
Russell Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix
Connie Nielsen




DVD title: Midaq Alley
Productgroup: DVD
Midaq Alley - movie DVD cover picture
Enjoyable


I think if you`re into latin films, this is a must see, because of the great acting, and drama.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Jorge Fons



DVD title: Shaft
Productgroup: DVD
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a classic


one of the first black action heroes.very timely and a classic soundtrack by issac hayes.the film is still solid after all of these years.it's a must see.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Gordon Parks
Actors:
Richard Roundtree
Moses Gunn




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