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DVD title: State of Grace
Productgroup: DVD
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Blood, guts and betrayal in gritty neon Westside New York.

From the opening scenes where a hood describes how to punish a disreputal dog you get the feeling that State of Grace is not going to have a happy ending. What it does have is an array of outstanding performances, an intricate feel for place and a dark brooding atmosphere that engulfs all and sets the tone for the blood thirsty tradgey. The basic plot (which reveals itself after the throwing opening) has Sean Penn inflitrating a gang of Irish/Americans who are on the verge of setting up an alliance with the Mafia. Penn, a childhood friend of the ruling Flannary brothers (Gary Oldman and Ed Harris) and ex lover of their sister (Robin Wright) returns to Hells Kitchen, Manhatten. Ten years away and now an undercover cop, he rejoins his old friends participates in the typical wild and reckless lifestyle of ambitious gangsters and resumes his love affair with Wright. Duty,friendship,love and honour are all challenged as Penn gets sucked into a violent vortex. The "State of Grace" that he looks for ultimately comes in bullets. What makes State of grace stand out from most gangster movies is the ferousity of the performances. Gary Oldamn as the younger Flannery brother, Jackey poetrays a character that is unforgetable.How Oldman did not even get nominated for an Oscar is beyond me. Jackey Flannery with his worn out black leather jacket, greasy unwashed hair is a volcano of negative energy.He smokes non stop,embraces violence like some berserk warrior and swears moans and loves as if everything is his last breath. Oldamns success is however that when he is murdered by his equally vicious more ambitious and calculating brother, we feel for him. For all his violence Flannery loves his friend and like a dog to his master clings to what he knows. the crux of the movie is that all he knows is changing, his sister has moved away, Frankie is collaborating with the "Guineas" who he believes killed his friend Stevie and Yuppies have taken over his neighbourhood "not even leaving ten blocks for the Irish" A violent world gone alien with Oldman even stating at one stage that he feels like he is on Mars. Oldman here with a flawless Irish/New york accent is captivating with his death representing the end of the gang, the resolution of Penns anger and the end of a way of life for that part of the world-money over loyality. Harris and Penn backed up by an excellient cast add to Oldmans sterling work. The film is loosely based on the activites of the Westies(a real life Irish/American street gang) who clashed with the mob. The set piece in the movie are brillienly staged notibly the Hands in the fridge,the sprint through a burning building, the the near annilation of a Mafia boss to the slow motion shoot out at the climax useing the St Patricks Day parade as a backdrop. This is film amking at its best, great performances, with the past and present used to establish tone. the dialog is rapid fire and course and Ennio Morricones haunting score as the closing credits appear, adds to the shock and numbness that of what has just accoured. A truely affecting movie and one I cant recommend enought.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Phil Joanou
Sean Penn
Ed Harris
Gary Oldman

DVD title: Rushmore
Productgroup: DVD
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Great comedy - a spectacular movie

Rushmore is easily one of my favorite comedy movies . . . ever. The cast is amazing and the movie is very well-written. This is a very enjoyable movie that can be serious and funny at the same time. Great . . . also a very very good soundtrack. All around good movie, a must-see.

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

DVD title: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre" is a great classic. Directed by John Huston and featuring stellar performances by Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston, this is a must-see movie for movie aficionados.

Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt) are a couple of drifters living in Tampico, Mexico; one day, they collect a delayed payment, and both decide to search for gold on the Sierra Madre, with the companion of wise old man Howard (Walter Huston); they actually found a lot of gold on the mountains, but also they are going to find greed, lots of dangers, like a bunch of thieves, and the paranoia will make them a final and ironic joke.

"The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre" earned Academy Awards for the Hustons, both father (Walter, actor) and son (John, director) and deservedly so. The movie hasn't aged a bit, because the subjects that the story introduces will remain as long as the humanity exists. A very recommendable movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Huston
Humphrey Bogart
Walter Huston
Tim Holt

DVD title: Cabin by the Lake / Return to Cabin by the Lake
Productgroup: DVD
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Cabin by the lake two-fer dvd set is a winner!

T his is the best to date made for tv movie with judd nelson i have seen. it is really good for a televized film. nelson stars as Stanley, a twisted writer who pens his novels that he actually commits, and stores his victims bodies in his " underwater garden" in the middle of a lake. very suspenseful, wish a third was in the works. an excellent performance by nelson.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Po-Chih Leong

DVD title: Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
Productgroup: DVD
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favorite from childhood

This is a favorite from my childhood. PLEASE help us find a source for it

Studio: Goodtimes Home Video
Director: Abe Levitow
Jim Backus

DVD title: Kavanagh QC, Set 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Glorious acting and superb courtroom dramas

This entire series has given me endless pleasure from start to finish. Each episode presents a different perspective on the British (and very occasionally the American) legal system. You will also find changing perspectives on British culture and British life. The acting is superb, as is the music. Highly recommended to those who like gripping and well constructed courtroom dramas.

Studio: Bfs Entertainment/Mu

DVD title: The Gnome-Mobile
Productgroup: DVD
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Utterly Charming, delightfully whimsical!!!!

The Gnome Mobile is an utterly charming motion picture that is an absolute MUST for disney collecters. Like Darby O Gill- Robert Stevenson directed this for Disney as well. Remember this is 20 or thirty years before computer and compositing effects - the special effects in this movie are seamless. The movie is bright and colorfull enhanced with the Mary poppins children Karen Dotrice and Mathew Garber. It has been locked away for far too long. Aquaint your children with this delightful piece of whimsey, it has a spirit of joy and innocence that is lacking in most modern day disney films, and for that reason alone worthy of being in your collection....Truly deserving of five stars..
When it comes to tales on the wee folk Disney is often remembered for Darby O Gill, but this film is equally adorable.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Robert Stevenson
Walter Brennan
Matthew Garber
Karen Dotrice

DVD title: Blade (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Blade was grovving. he's the bomb knight and amor.

Blade my knight amor.the bomb

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Stephen Norrington
Wesley Snipes
Stephen Dorff
Kris Kristofferson
N'Bushe Wright

DVD title: Emergency - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the greatest medical shows!

I remember watching "Emergency!" when I was a little kid. When it resurfaced on TV Land in the late 90s, I started taping as many episodes as I could. But now that its going to be released on DVD, I am SO excited. This show had everything. Sure its a drama show, but there were some humorous moments in just about every episode. My favorite character for sure has to be John Gage played by Randolph Mantooth. The excitement never stops from start to finish. This show was the reason there was a surge in the number of people who wanted to become either a firefighter or a paramedic. Paramedics especially got recognition for their work from this show. I absolutely recommand this series as a keepsake DVD collection. It's timeless!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho

DVD title: Identity
Productgroup: DVD
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The newly released thriller, Identity, is without a doubt the best movie I have seen in years! John Cusack and Ray Liota both give outstanding performances. The plot has such an incredible twist that it leaves you in amazement and appreciation for the creativity and cleverness of the writer. It's a must see!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: James Mangold
John Cusack
Ray Liotta
Amanda Peet

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