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DVD title: The Man from Snowy River
Productgroup: DVD
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Best of the best


This movie offers so much beautiful enjoyment of breathtaking scenery, a honest heartfelt story, wonderful acting and directing backed up by award winning music. And all of that without any cussing or gratuitous sex! It is one of my top 5 movies of all time. In fact, my daughter was named Jessica as a tribute.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: George Miller
Actors:
Tom Burlinson
Kirk Douglas




DVD title: Clue
Productgroup: DVD
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Clue-one of the best!


Undoubtedly one of my favorite films. It's a great comedy, featuring hilarious jokes (though some are slightly stupid) and actors with a talent for cracking jokes. Anyone who likes the game is sure to be delighted with the film, and even if you don't like the game you'll like it. There are three surpsise endings, and each has a different murderer! The cast (in alphabetical order):Eileen Brennan was simply hilarious as Mrs. Peacock ("No, just death. Isn't that enough?"). She really cracked me up every time she made a statement. Tim Curry made an excellent Wadsworth, the butler ("If I were the murderer, why would I reveal to you how I did it?"). My FAVORITE of all the charactersthough has to be Madeline Kahn as the sultry Mrs. White ("It's a matter of life after death. Now that he's dead, I have a life"). Michael McKean sparkled as the dorky ... Mr. Green ("How can we possibly figure out which of YOU did it?!"). Martin Mull was a perfectly loveable Colonel Mustard ("You mean there isn't any confusion, or this isn't any one else in the house?"). Christopher Lloyd was good as the suave and silent Professor Plum ("Oh, shucks."). And finally, Lesley Ann Warren shone as the diamonds-best-friend gal Miss Scarlet ("Great! We'll all go to the chair!"). It's witty, funny, and laugh out-loud slapstick comedy. I urge you to see it!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Actors:
Eileen Brennan
Tim Curry




DVD title: Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (Special Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Tomb Raider Rocks!


Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft. She sounds like her, has the lips, breasts, body, charm, and attitude of Lara. They couldn't have found a better actress to play Lara. I'm a big fan of the TR games and of Angelina, so I was really anticipating Tomb Raider: the movie. The only thing I was disapointed in was that there wasn't enough action. The action scenes that were in it were good, but I was expecting more. The movie revolved more around story, like Final Fantasy did. The special effects were decent, but for this day and age they should've been a lot better. Like for example the big statue that came to life. It looked very fake and made the scene kind of cheessie, like a couple of the action scenes. Overall, I being a fan was not disapointed. And since I'm a big Angelina fan too, it makes it even better. I'd give the movie 4 stars, but since Angelina is the perfect Lara, I have to give it 5 stars. Hats off to her for bringing Lara to life and doing so well on her english acsent.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Simon West
Actors:
Angelina Jolie



DVD title: Relative Values
Productgroup: DVD
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Witty, Charming, Hilarious -- Absolutely Wonderful!


I'm not sure what the intended plot was for this movie. William Baldwin and Jeanne Tripplehorn play a caricatures of American celebrity couples of the era. For a caricature to work, it has to be funny and I'm afraid these weren't amusing at all. Julie Andrews muddles through as the matriarch of a stately British family and she appears to merely walk through each scene and smile sedately. The more amusing performances were of Colin Firth, Stephen Fry and Sophie Thompson in their lesser roles. I'm afraid the movie would be a total loss if it weren't for their humorous antics. I was very disappointed.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Eric Styles



DVD title: The Pianist (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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BEST MOVIE IN YEARS!


#1 best movie in years! Went to see it the first day it was out and got the DVD the first day too.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Roman Polanski
Actors:
Adrien Brody
Thomas Kretschmann
Frank Finlay




DVD title: Coupling - The Complete Seasons 1-4
Productgroup: DVD
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As clever, witty and intelligent as comedy gets.


Those who compare this British series to the American "Friends" do it a disservice. That's saying a lot since the American sitcom was one of the shining moments of US comedy in the last ten years. Coupling writer/director Steven Moffat and producer and wife Sue Vertue are models for the series' primary couple, Steve and Susan. The dialogue is crisp and hysterical and the acting first-rate. Each of the seven actors [main cast of six with one change for series 4] is superb. The women are incredibly sexy and funny at the same time. Richard Coyle's "Jeff" is one of televisions best characters and Richard's work is unbelievable. However, the rest of the cast and the script are always so sharp that even when "Jeff" was replaced for series 4 with "Oliver" the show had no drop off in humor or story. I'm a proud American, but have always found British humor much more clever and this series is in my book up there with Python, Fawlty Towers, Young Ones, Absolutely Fabulous, The Office and dozens of other shows that were ahead of their American counterparts at the time. Even after viewing each episode dozens upon dozens of times I still find Coupling fresh and very, very funny.

Studio: BBC
Actors:
Jack Davenport



DVD title: Rodan
Productgroup: DVD
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Darker, more Menacing Toho Classic


More so than later Toho offerings, Rodan is darker, creepier and takes itself more seriously. This is also the only one of their pantheon that gave me bad dreams as a kid after watching. The claustrophobic terror in the partially flooded deep mine 8 is menacing. The death of the miners at the hands of the caterpillars was then and now equally disturbing, mixing the chatter of the creatures and the cries of pain and terror. Twin Rodans are discovered once the final underground barrier is broken through, they dine on the caterpillars and soon begin hunting for human flesh. Another dark moment occurs when the two school age lovers are swept up and killed [eaten?]. Despite the wires I always enjoyed when Rodan lands on the building in slow mo during the city destruction scene, seems nicely choreographed. I do find the explosion scene a bit too long in the end, needs some editing down before the volcano kicks in. In all though, a great, nostalgic look back when Toho was still trying to push the morality button about what kind of backlash is unleashed by man's tinkering w/ nature. Recommended.

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Director: IshirĂ´ Honda



DVD title: Flirting With Disaster
Productgroup: DVD
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IF YOU'RE A WOODY ALLEN FAN


If you're a Woody Allen fan you'll love this one because it's quite simular to an Allen film. You have Ben Stiller who's playing a very neurotic young man in search of his real parents. Although this is the basic plot; the real/underlying story is about a man who's not satisfied with his life, but is resurrected to excitment when he meets a beautiful, but strange woman. Great film. The cast is ALL STAR....and there are really good comedic performances here. Patrica Arquette for instance is great in her role as the supporting but getting fed up wife. If you like her in this film I would suggest watching LOST HIGHWAY where you get to see her in a very different kind or role (weird horror/thriller film..she goes topless in it also). As far as Ben Stiller goes you have to ( if you haven't already) see SOMETHING ABOUT MARY.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: David O. Russell
Actors:
Ben Stiller
Patricia Arquette
Téa Leoni




DVD title: The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Productgroup: DVD
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Who cares if he's old!


It's becoming that Woody Allen can film nearly anything and I will find myself enthralled, as if in a hypnotic trance, yet knowing full well that nothing is happening on the screen. So what is it in "The Curse of The Jade Scorpion" that kept me comfortably staring at the screen as if I was enjoying it? Is it the heartfelt sentimental homage to detective yarns and mystery serials from the 1930s and '40s reminding us that some of these cheapie flicks were tautly directed by men on a shoestring budget with an expert's eye for detail and timing? Charlie Chan comes to mind. Is it the gorgeous brown-hued set designs demanding attention to the fads and fancies of the 1940's generation, as if to realize they were at one time a very young people? Is it the aging Woody himself like a soldier on a mission, marching into trivial movie territory again in an apparent attempt to streamline his fan base? Is it the expertise of the supporting cast who despite their perfection, can't conceal a glow of admiration for the little funny guy in the center of things making the movie? I really don't know. There were about fifty of us in the screening I saw for "The Curse of The Jade Scorpion". Some of us were there forever hoping to see another "Annie Hall", some hoping to just be amused, but we were all there to enjoy a quality we can't find in other films. Could it be love? This film is richly textured in authentic detail, you can almost reach out and touch 1940 New York City. The music is snappy good-natured jazz that buoyantly glides the picture along. But the intrigue, well ... Charlie Chan would have had this wrapped up in no time.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Woody Allen
Actors:
Woody Allen



DVD title: The Parent Trap
Productgroup: DVD
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WOW!


For several years,my favorite movie has been "The Sound of Music"----that is, till I saw the "The Parent Trap". The acting was AWESOME,the soundtrack was fabulous,and my, I just loved it! I cry when the Annie and Elizabeth leave Napa,and I laugh my head off at the tricks the twins play on Meredith(Nick Parker's hot fiancee)and the ones they played on each other when they first met.And of course there are the touching scenes such as when the twins hug.
I highly recommend this video for ages 2-100. It is truly a hit.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Nancy Meyers
Actors:
Lindsay Lohan
Dennis Quaid
Natasha Richardson




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