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DVD title: Videodrome
Productgroup: DVD
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Beware reality T.V!

'Videodrome' was a movie way ahead of its time. It flopped on its release in 1982, but the the themes it deals with are more pertinent now than they've ever been.
James Woods plays David Cronenberg's alter-ego Max Renn, a character who eventually becomes more and more in thrall to the sinister messages that come from his T.V. and induce LSD-like hallucinations. A Marshall McLuhan type character by the name of Brian O'Blivion spouts off his media theory from a homeless shelter called 'The Cathode-Ray Mission' (emission). His belief is that television is reality and real communication is impossible which is why he favours appearing on television using the monologue as that is the only way people will listen to him. His office in the mission however is filled with spiritual statues and symbols that somehow seem to reflect a longing to escape from the cathode ray's grip.
As always in Cronenberg's pictures, the body and the flesh start to rebel against the brain. Cronenberg has always been fascinated by the body's ability to slip away from the conscious control of the mind and revolt like colonies taking over their mother country. In 'Videodrome' Max's mind falls into greater and greater subservience to his physical drives until his flesh becomes one with the T.V. technology, creating 'the new flesh'.
Some minor asides in the film proved to be quite prophetic for the future to come. Max states how the production costs for most of his shows are non-existant, a foretaste of the reality shows that now prevade our screens. There's even a hint of virtual reality when Max tries on his hallucinagenic helmet.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Cronenberg
James Woods
Deborah Harry

DVD title: Never Been Kissed
Productgroup: DVD
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DREW is funny. 15th april 2004.

Drew barrymore plays a confident but funny person in this movie, nearly all the way through there is a laugh somewhere. Not only is she the best actress in the world, but she is absolutely brilliant in this. Josie geller[her], works for the chicago sun times, she is doing a script so she as to pretend she is 17again. Except everybody used to call her josie grosie. She puts a brave face on and does it, it's like shes at south glen high again but she is only there for the script she is doing. Josie shows how smart she is to get people to like her, she as to make friends with 3 most popular girls in the class. So she does it, she gets them to like her and shows how ace she is. She wins prom queen, gives up the script she is doing to save her friend she lost from getting dog food all over her by them 3 girls. She and her teacher fall in love, and now everyone knows how old she actually is for real.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Raja Gosnell
Drew Barrymore

DVD title: South Pacific
Productgroup: DVD
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Va-va-voom! A Perfect Film!

Hallelujah! Finally, Fox has retired the CinemaScope print versions previously used in its two video incarnations and gone back to the TODD-AO 65 mm negative to bring us the definitive edition of SOUTH PACIFIC. The THX digitally restored film (available in both pan and scan and widescreen) is impeccably beautiful. The colors are all true and rich and deep. No more grain or bleed as we had in the Scope versions, especially in the controversial color filter sequences, which now render powerful and true as they were intended (and which netted cinematographer Leon Shamroy an Oscar nom). The widescreen version is the one to get, however - the sweep and beauty of the scenery and composition of the players meld into a perfect whole. I've seen this dozens of times but was mesmerized with this print as if seeing it for the first time. Most of the controversy over the film's casting and acting and direction stem from the small screen pan and scan - you NEED the widescreen lush backgrounds to understand the story, why the natives are attracted to it and why it holds the naive Americans in its seductive sway. RUN to get a print of this while they last - a great musical (remember it ran in its TODD-AO versions for over a year in the major city roadshow releases - audiences of the day LOVED it, despite the critics' lukewarm responses). This is a true WINNER! For the record this also contains the original Overture (Some Enchanted Evening, A Wonderful Guy, Nothin Like A Dame, Younger Than Springtime); the Entr'acte (Younger Than Springtime, Gonna Wash That Man, Bloody Mary, Bali H'ai); and Exit Music (Younger Than Springtime, A Wonderful Guy, Some Enchanted Evening, Bali Ha'i) all set against travelogue vista outtakes and title card backgrounds.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Joshua Logan
Rossano Brazzi
Mitzi Gaynor
John Kerr (II)

DVD title: The Concert for Bangladesh
Productgroup: DVD
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All Star Perfection!

Everything about this show was top shelf. Bob Dylan in his finest live performance ever recorded. There was nothing not to enjoy here.

Director: Saul Swimmer

DVD title: Just Married
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny cute movie! Great for couples!

My hubby and I actually saw this a few months after we got married. Of course we couldn't relate to honeymooning in Europe but it was great just the same. :)
Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy are ADORABLE together, and Ashton Kutcher is hilarous as usual! Sometimes his character reminds you of Kelso on That 70s Show!
I was very glad that eventually in the movie they showed that the hardships of marriage consisted more of a screwed up honeymoon.
This movie just plain fun to watch again and again and I really recommend buying it...the bonus material is alright I guess. Deleted scenes, interviews...that sort of thing.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Shawn Levy
Ashton Kutcher
Brittany Murphy
Christian Kane

DVD title: Mark of the Devil
Productgroup: DVD
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I thank the movie was good but not for a weak stomach because some of the parts were graphic. thank you

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

DVD title: The Singing Detective
Productgroup: DVD
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The Singing Detective

Early in the history of television there were projects that resembled unrestrained theater production more than what we know of as television today. The Singing Detective is a high point in this unrestrained theater of the tube. What television can be when it isn't creating programming for the masses and solely concerned with selling as much commercial air time as possible is demonstrated in The Singing Detective. This masterpiece comes from one of the more obsessive and introspective minds that ever wrote for television, Dennis Potter. This work is not for everyone. It is extreme in many regards and it's use of language and sexuality would - and did - exclude it from American commercial broadcast and only a few PBS stations ever aired the 6-part work in its entirety. A journey into the mind of its creator as portrayed by the great Michael Gambon, The Singing Detective is a detective story of the mind. A tale of multiple stories that begin to intertwine and commingle until we are compelled to complete the journey - not for the sake of knowing whodunit but for the sake of finding our own sanity within the mind of the protagonist, Philip Marlowe. A rare gem and truly a work of genius that, if you seek the edge of expression and not the mainstream, will be a centerpiece in any DVD collection.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Michael Gambon

DVD title: Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Cut (Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best of the Dead Trilogy!

George does it again. Could we see a 4th movie? DOD Is the best zombie flick of all time. Love the touch of humor in this flick (pie fight)
Please check it out!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
David Emge
Ken Foree

DVD title: The Godfather
Productgroup: DVD
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it defines greatness...

After reading one day that this mafia epic was listed number three on the American Film Institute's 100 greatest movies of all time, I decided to put all my opinions behind me and see what all the commotion was about. After the movie was over and the credits were rolling I just sat amazed of what I had just seen. I had never cared much about the majority of mafia movies that I had seen before I watched The Godfather. Before I had biased opinions on the movie and why it was so acclaimed. The Godfather had all the qualities that the other mafia films lacked. The Godfather had an amazing actor, Marlo Brando, playing a role that was meant for him in every way. Marlon Brando played mob boss and godfather Don Vito Corleone. His acting was superb and he well deserved the Best Actor Oscar. Other notable qualities includes a powerful musical score that blends perfect with the crime scenes being played in the movie. Francis Ford Copolla masterly directed this film based on the novel. I highly reccomend this movie as one movie lover to another. I am not saying this is the Greatest movie of all time, just that is clearly one of the best of it's kind. Anybody can enjoy this masterpiece in filmaking.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Marlon Brando
Al Pacino

DVD title: Rushmore
Productgroup: DVD
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"Rushmore" will restore your faith in movies

That's a bold statement, but it's true. I could complain about how Bill Murray and everyone involved was robbed by not receiving any Oscar nominations, but with a film like this, it doesn't matter. In a year with two Elizabethan dramas and two World War II pictures nomated for Best Picture, Rushmore stood out as a true original. I read glowing reviews for the movie when it played for one week in LA and missed it, but caught it the second time it came out. I was eager going into see it, having loved Wes Anderson's first movie "Bottle Rocket" (also, Owen Wilson co-wrote both scripts with Anderson). I was amazed at what I saw. This is definetly one of the funniest American movies in a long time, and Max Fischer is one of the great characters of all time. Wes Anderson has a sensibility in his films of dry humor paired with true emotions and feelings. The characters in "Bottle Rocket" and Max Fischer share naive dreams that are impossible, but they're so damn likable you're heartbroken when they come up short. For weeks, I couldn't stop talking or thinking about this movie. So many scenes still are fresh in my mind, like the introduction of Max in all of his clubs, and Bill Murray doing the cannonball into his backyard pool. The cinematography and editing are great, and the soundtrack rocks. In just two movies Anderson has set himself apart from the Tarantinos of the indie film world and has proved himself to be one of the best writers and directors working today.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Wes Anderson
Jason Schwartzman
Bill Murray

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