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DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
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Best of the bunch

This is by far the best of the three Potter movies to date. Yes, this isn't a "reading" of the books on the big screen, but instead is one truly great film that stands on its own merit. The acting is superb (for the most part in all three films), the cinematography is breathtaking, the mood and pacing builds a perfect sense of wonder mixed with dread, and the art/set design is the most twisted, beautiful, and magical of any HP film.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)

DVD title: Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (Widescreen Edition)
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Terminator at its best! I wasn't sure about this one after hearing it was coming out...but shortly into the movie I knew I was going to love it. ACTION, ACTION and MORE ACTION accurately describe this 3rd installment of the Terminator series. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I watched this movie. The special-effects are amazing, the action sequences are nail-bitting and the story-line is shocking. What more could you ask for? This is a must see for any sci-fi or Terminator fan.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nick Stahl
Kristanna Loken

DVD title: Black Adder II
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Incontinence pants required.

Set in Elizatbeth I's time, Black Adder is a courtier trying to scheme his way to the crown. Miranda Richardson is hilarious as the fickle queen and Rik Mayall puts in a scene stealing over the top performance as Lord Flash Heart in one of the episodes.

This is probably the best season of this very funny series, don't watch with a full bladder!

Studio: BBC Video
Rowan Atkinson
Brian Blessed

DVD title: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the funniest, most original movies to come out!

After all of the hyped Tarantino wannabe films of the early 90's, I was more than a little reluctant to see this film, because I was told that it followed that mold. However, I was pleasantly surprised and excited about this Brit gem that I feel is far superior than 'Pulp Fiction' or any of those other movies. Perhaps because it takes place in England, and it contains a lot of words and things that I have never heard before, but I just love this film to death. The story of four friends who find themselves heavily in debt after one of them loses big money to a local gangster, hilarity ensues as they figure out a way to get the money by the end of the week. Throw in two ancient shotguns, a bunch of clueless druggies, a few more badass gangsters and a huge case of mistaken identity, and you get one of the freshest films to be released in America for a long time. Everything is perfect--the cast, the plot, the characters. I was laughing so hard, tears were rolling down my face. If you haven't seen this film yet, you must. It is so funny, you'll want to watch it over and over again.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Guy Ritchie
Jason Flemyng
Dexter Fletcher

DVD title: Same Time, Next Year
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Review of Same Time, Next Year

Robert Mulligan's adaption of Berhard Slade's broadway play not only shows 26 years of American history but also the personal histories of the two main characters. The stories of their lives - togheter and apart- is preseted within a kaleidoscope of feelings; everything from funny to sad and - above all - touching. Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn brilliantly portray George and Doris and their personal crisis. Watch this and weep!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Robert Mulligan
Ellen Burstyn
Alan Alda

DVD title: The Big Lebowski
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Awesome since "8 Heads in a Duffle Bag"

Let's just say that I went and saw this three times in the theater!!!! Yes, it's that good.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Joel Coen
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman

DVD title: The Last Samurai (Full Screen Edition)
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wonderful, wonderful movie

This movie, was incredible, simply put. Such a mix of romance and honor, all beautifully blended together. Tom Cruise does a WONDERFUL job in this film, playing a troubled man who took part in killing innocent indian tribes, who takes a job in Japan training japanese soldiers who would be trained to supress rebel forces led by Samurai Katsumoto, who believed that Japan was progressing into modern culturization too fast, and resisted political advisors that were urging the Emperor to do just that, become more western, and modern. Katsumoto's tribe of Samurai defeat the unit led by Capt Algren (Cruise) and capture him. He is held in captivity with the Samurai, and thrives off the peace that is afforded him there. He begins dwell in the same way he observes the people do in the village, and learns honor with the help of Katsumoto. In the battle preceding his capture, Algren kills Samurai Horutoru, Katsumoto's brother in law, and his caretaker Kata's husband. During his time in this village, Kata is repulsed by Algren, troubled with the death of her husband. As cruise learns the ways of these people, and japanese, he gives his formal apology to Kata, who surprises him by replying that he did his duty, and so did her husband, and that the apology was accepted. As his status as a 'stray dog' is gently brushed aside, he gradually becomes accepted. When an assassin team of ninja attempt to kill Katsumoto, he refutes his american heritage and helps keep Katsumoto alive. In the end, as a desperate attempt at saving the village in which Katsumoto's ancestors had worked so hard to build and protecet, Katsumoto and Algren lead an army of Samurai warriors against the rebuilt japanese army. Witnessing this scene was so sad. A doomed attempt. Since Samurai refuse to bear firearms, they were vastly at a disadvantage, against the cannons and the new automatic turrets. As a final test of honor, the remaining samurai charge the army, only to be vicously mowed down in the heat of battle. In a final touching moment, Algren and Katsumoto, wounded, Katsumoto perhaps fatally, contemplate Katsumoto's suicide in honor, only to end in the deed being done and Algren witnessing the utmost peace in death in honor. He Presents Katsumoto's sword to the emperor, who realizes that he had been wrong to let his 'advisors' lead him around too much, and that it was wrong to forget his honor.A simply AWE inspiring film, a must see, for anyone.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Edward Zwick
Ken Watanabe
Tom Cruise
Billy Connolly

DVD title: Straight to Hell
Productgroup: DVD
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funny as Hell

I saw this twice during its too brief(one week!)run in Seattle in 1987 and i was always showing it to people later on video who thought i was INSANE, which may or may not be beside the point, but this is one of THOSE movies, like BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, that can inform you about someones personal sense of humor and taste. Either you get it or you don't. I think this movie is some kind of psychopathic classic that perfectly sends up the extreme amorality of the spaghetti westerns and prefigures the homicidal men in black suits later to turn up in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. And few films can top it for sheer nihilistic rip-it-apart glee. I am glad it is finally being seen on DVD in its original aspect ratio, because in the theaters it had very carefully staged WIDESCREEN compositions which were lost on video. The cast is uniformly weird and wonderful: Sy Richardson, channeling pure self-righteous macho bad-ass blackness, JOE STRUMMER, showing a surprisingly light touch for comedy, Dick Rude,hilariously channeling a psycho-punk James Cagney,COURTNEY LOVE (Hang in there, girl!)gives a truly committed performance as a shrill whining NANCY SPUNGEN MONSTER, the POGUES almost manage to say their dialog, ELVIS COSTELLO doesn't have much dialog but acquits himself well. I could go on and on about the rest of the cast, and there's plenty of them still to mention, including and especially MIGUEL SANDOVER, who does the greatest CLINT EASTWOOD send-up i have ever had the pleasure of watching.

Watch this film'll either get it...or you won't. I laughed like hell.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Alex Cox
Sy Richardson
Joe Strummer

DVD title: Primal Fear
Productgroup: DVD
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Primal Fear-The Ultimate Courtroom Drama

Primal Fear is an excellent movie, that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to occur next. Featuring Richard Gere and Edward Norton, These actors do a tremendous job which makes them unstoppable in the persuasion of their roles. Many law shows and movies are decent, but they lack crucial evidence to make their movie or show realistic, and things always seem to fall into place; however, in this movie you see how gullible people are and how one client can deceive the whole justice system. It is the best courtroom drama since O.J.`s case, with enough evidence and detail to support the entire movie it is by far a five star flick. The film was a hit in all aspects due to the actor's phenomenal job, the sense of truth it had to it, and the legendary storyline that is fantastic.
The acting throughout this movie was brilliant, with a surprise ending and great scenes, it was all accomplished by the magnificent performance of the actors. Edward Norton and Richard Gere deliver an excellence performance in this courtroom drama about kindness and deception. Edward Norton plays an inconspicuous character, named Aaron Stampler , that will have you questioning the outcome for the entirety of the movie. The first half of the movie introduces Edward Norton as a shy, harmless young man accused of a murdering an arch bishop. Following his incarceration, in jail, Richard Gere (Martin Vale) steps up, in an amazing performance, as Edward's high price lawyer, who takes Edward's case to gain publicity. Furthermore, as the case unfolds Richard finds himself in a predicament, due to lack of evidence, that makes him question Edward's innocence and leads him to believe the case is unbeatable. As the story thickens Edward reveals his other side, who is a ruthless, deceitful young man desired to obstruct the justice system. Unable to plead insanity, Richard Gere faces many challenges to prove Edward's innocence, which appears impossible. Edward Norton's debut in this movie is short of breath taking, as he remains dedicated and ambitious throughout the movie. Richard Gere is also To thank for the greatness of this movie as he plays a prominent part that shows off his wonderful acting skills. Richard Gere and Edward Norton combined were just unstoppable in this movie, and proved that together they can produce an astonishing, out of this world courtroom drama.
As the plot unfolds and the ending occurs you see the truth behind the movie, and that's what makes it creative. This movie has truth to it, because any criminal in life could pursue this movie and possibly have a chance at getting away; in fact , due to the sequence of events and the creativeness to the plot you would think this movie was based on a true story. Primal fear is a movie that has logical views with great strengths that make the movie entertaining and convincing. Once you conclude its relevance in the courtroom you see a way the justice system could be fooled by a single citizen. That is what makes this move and separates it from the fictional movies that could never happen. Primal Fear is a movie that makes you think about court cases and how deceptive people can be.
The movie was well thought out, with the sequence of events being intense, your mind becomes drawn in as you becomes curious what the next scene will convey. The story-line is brilliant, each seen escalates in suspense from the beginning to especially the end. Although, the very beginning might seem a little slow don't let it fool you, as they are just setting the twists and turns for the rest of the movie. Be prepared though, as you watch Edward`s character evolve, you become so fascinated with the climax, that you become anxious to see the conclusion. The most notable part of this movie is definitely the end; it delivers how creative the movie makers are, with the ultimate display of courtroom drama, as Richard Gere and Laura Linney argue over Edward Norton`s innocence, it is untouchable by any other , as Edward's fate in the movie is revealed.
In conclusion, I believe this is one of the best movies ever made, and that viewing it would be well worth your time. With good acting, a terrific story line, and truth behind it, it is by far one of the best movies of all. Well thought out and executed perfect in every seen, this is the kind of movie you will always remember and tell a friend about. This movie will be a good investment in your time and will leave you in ah as the plot unfolds and the truth comes out.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Richard Gere
Laura Linney
Edward Norton

DVD title: Bio Zombie
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one of the best zombie movies I`ve ever seen!

I first saw this movie a year ago at Otakon 2000, an anime convention, and it had me and everyone else in the audience rolling on the floors with laughter. Bio-Zombie is set around two slackers, Crazy Bee and Woody Invincible who work in a cd shop at a local mall. One night the two are running an errand for their boss when they hit a pedestrian, not being too bright they hide the body in the trunk of their car and head back to the shop. Unfortunatly the man doesn't stay dead and soon is spreading his mysterious Zombie infection through the mall. Now Bee and Woody, along with a handfull of survivors are forced to fight their way through the maze-like, zombie infested cooridors to freedom. Combining all the classic elements from cheesy horror flicks and some found exclusivly in video games, Bio-Zombie comes out as a fast paced ride of of gorry thrills, and witty humor. If you're a fan of movies like Army of Darkness than this is a movie that shouldn't be missed especially in subtittles.

Studio: Media Blasters
Director: Wilson Yip

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