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DVD title: Pearl Harbor
Productgroup: DVD
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Blown Away

I went in hoping this wasn't going to be "Armageddon 2" and I was very pleased when I walked out. From what I've heard and read the events that take place are not 100% accurate (mainly with how the Japanese approach the attack), but they are pretty darn close which is to be commendable. The action and sound are fantastic, the acting is great and their sorrow is believable.
I liked it a lot better than "Saving Private Ryan" mostly because after the storming of the beach in Normandy, the movie was kinda slow for me. I really liked Alec Baldwin as Doolittle. He was just how I pictured him in the History Books. Aggressive and looking for revenge as by the example of putting the peace metals on the bombs as well as writing messages on them before the bombing of Tokyo.
I really liked this film. I saw it opening night and sat behind a row of WW2 war veterans, most who sobbed during the bombing of Pearl. (Which was really hard to see) I have the utmost respect for war veterans and I figure if the accuracy of the bombing of Pearl Harbor was good enough for them, it was good enough for me. I'll be buying this on DVD when it comes out. Thank you veterans for all the hard work and sacrifice that you have given us to keep us a free country.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Michael Bay
Ben Affleck
Kate Beckinsale

DVD title: The Richard Pryor Show, Vols. 1 & 2 plus Bonus Disc
Productgroup: DVD
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Richard Pryor's DVD Set Makes Him the Black Andy Kaufman

Yes, that's right,if Andy Kaufman were a black American, he'd be Richard Pryor. Just like Andy, this DVD set made me happy,sad,angry,confused, and even scared from bewilderment! I laughed at "Star Wars Bar," as well as, his "White Head in a Cage" skit. I cried when I saw the sincere heartwarming love shown in pieces like "Satin Doll" and even more so in the endearing "the Day the Circus Came to the Ghetto" skit. I got angry at his various skits where he uses racial slurs, like the "n" word,etc. But oddly, I almost got a panic attack from watching probably the wierdest thing I've ever seen on a video which was a skit (if you can call it that) where Richard pretends he's Little Richard singing on a piano, then suddenly, we see a sort of pirated signal of an insanely weird monologue(?) of a self-confessed lesbian apparently talking to herself in a living room, yet telling a string of fibs about being first a victim of sexual stalking, but then finally admitting that she was the actual stalker herself(?????).WHOAH!! Jesus Christ, that weirded me out! Can somebody explain that one to me? Send me an e-mail please! And I see ALOT of weird 70's movies and shows, let me tell you!Well, regardless, I recommend this if you want to know what psychotronic t.v. is like! Get these DVD's!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Richard Pryor

DVD title: Psycho
Productgroup: DVD
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Way better than the first!!

this movie should have been the real psycho instead of that sorry, cheesy, good for nothing piece of crap of the first psycho...lets face it,, the original was good back in the day,still i dont understand why people tend to say "original is best"..well, that is not of the things that i like about the new psycho is the trailer that shows the eye along with an owl flying away ,it really looked creepy and original....the shower scene was excellent,,it shows it like it was meant to be...not with that silly tune the first movie used has....i always support re-makes because in a way,,,they help correct the mistakes that originals other words,,they take the corny stuff out, and give it a new gloss....the fact is THE OLDER THE MOVIE THE CHEESIER IT IS like it or not...Then you have this other type of people that compare the movie to the book....ENTERTAINMENT IS NOT ENGLISH LITERATURE 101, GET IT OVER YOUR HEADS!!!! its just a movie......I give the new psycho a 5 and recommend it to anybody......

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gus Van Sant
Vince Vaughn
Anne Heche

DVD title: Disco Inferno
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic Disco

I bought this disc last year in Europe. This is the Best you can get from the Disco Era! Before videos where made, you made the tours of the various TV stations around the world. This disc is from an old TV show from West Germany "Musik Laden". Reason why I bought it was for Kelly Marie. A real treasure to see! The reason this was not 10 stars was the fact that the end of all the tracks are always cut short:). Mostly I believe since the host came out and spoke. All are preformances with the exception of Lipp's Inc.(video)Tracks:1: Village People, YMCA 2: Kelly Marie, Feels Like I'm In Love 3: Lips Inc., Funkytown 4: Odyssey, Use it up 5: James Brown, Rapp Payback 6:Donna Summer, She Works Hard For The Money 7:Baccara, Yes Sir, I Can Dance 8:Alicia Bridges, I love The Nightlife 9: Chic, Le Freak 10:Sugarhill Gang, Rapper's Delight 11:The Gap Band, Burn Rubber On Me 12: Imagination, Changes 13: Billy Ocean, Love Really Hurts W/O You 14: Kool & The Gang, Celebration 15: Sister Sledge, All American Girls 16: Gibson Brothers, Mariana 17: The Jacksons, Blame It On The Boogie 18: Evelyn Thomas, High Energy 19: The Four Tops, Don't Walk Away 20: Bony M, Daddy Cool 21: Odyssey, Going Back To My Roots. All are treasures! The sound and video quality are A+++ Well worth the money if you like and miss the disco sound.

Studio: Ventura Distribution

DVD title: The Heiress
Productgroup: DVD
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'Bolt the Door, Maria!'

THE HEIRESS is a surprisingly complex drama of paternal brutality, starry-eyed love, and bitter revenge. Director William Wyler adapted Henry James' short novel WASHINGTON SQUARE and during the film's nearly two hours managed to convey the collision of conflicting dreams. Each of the three major characters: Ralph Richardson as Doctor Sloper, Olivia de Havilland as his dowdy daughter Catherine Sloper, and Montgomery Clift as the mercenary Morris Townsend all dance a three-partnered minuet in which emotional ties clasp and unclasp in ways that are suggested more by gentle innuendo than by overt deed. Doctor Sloper is a uncaring brute who rules his house with vicious wit and the threat of withheld inheritance. To him, there are two kinds of men: those who have already made their mark in the world (like him) and those who have not (like Morris) but seek to obtain it deceitfully through marriage to plain but rich women (like Catherine). The more Sloper puts Catherine down with harsh barbs, the more he increases the inevitability that Catherine will someday rebel by latching onto the first glib male golddigger, thereby proving himself right all along. Sloper's problem is that his paternal tunnel vision does not allow the possibility that Catherine might be more than a one-dimensional stick figure forever doomed to spinsterhood. For Catherine, life is a gilded cage, plenty of the physical necessities, but not a whit of the emotional ones. The more she is starved for affection, the more she will reach out even to those men like Morris who are likely mercenary. One of the film's bitter ironies is that her father's oft repeated warnings about Morris's motivations might yet be valid. When Morris promises to elope with her, then abruptly changes his mind after finding out that Catherine will be disinherited, his disappearance results in one of filmdom's most tragic of underplayed scenes--that of her waiting forelornly for a doorknock that does not come. For Morris, his motivation as a gigolo is not crystal clear. He may very well be as mercenary as Doctor Sloper accuses, or he may humanely have concluded that it is better to dump Catherine at the mock alter of the Sloper door than to risk leaving her destitute.
THE HEIRESS is a movie of several memorable scenes, nearly all of which take place within the Sloper living room. When Morris fails to appear, Catherine expects a modicum of understanding from her father. Instead he delivers yet his most vicious of cutting remarks. Catherine replies that she would have married him anyway, knowing that he did not love her, if only he would have offered the illusion of warmth and human contact. The closing scene in which Catherine orders her maid 'Bolt the door, Maria,' shows that the passing of time has done more to harden her heart against a man who just may be as greedy as charged--or perhaps his earlier explanation that he wished not to impoverish her may be true. We never know his motivation, but THE HEIRESS makes clear hers. When she defends her decision to seek revenge against Morris, Catherine replies coldly, that of cruelty, 'I have been taught by masters.' The bolting of the door is the symbolic equivalent of the closing of her heart. It is no surprise that Morris's loud pounding on the Sloper door does not resonate with a heart that has learned only too well the lessons taught by Doctor Sloper.

Director: William Wyler
Olivia de Havilland
Montgomery Clift
Ralph Richardson

DVD title: The Count of Monte Cristo
Productgroup: DVD
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The Count of Monte Cristo

A thrilling experience! Well put together and will most likelysee this movie again. Highly recommend this film.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
Director: Kevin Reynolds
James Caviezel
Guy Pearce

DVD title: The Changeling
Productgroup: DVD
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the changling

This film has one of the two scariest scenes that I have ever seen. It's so low-key that you will wonder why I thought it scary at all: but the buildup of George C. Scott's character from total unawareness, to unbelief, to total belief is so powerful and non-sensational that the "wet ball rolling down the dark stairs" scene is a heart-stopper: seeing that ball at his feet just about stops poor old George's heart, you can tell; and if you were relating with him, it would just about blast your sanity if it happened to you that way. The whole thing is excellent: a sleeping-murder and ghost story rolled into one. Superb acting all around. Well-crafted plot. Not over-done at all; if anything, under-stated, and that is part of what makes The Changeling work so well.
(So what's the other - first or second - most scary scene I have ever seen in a film? Think, The Shining.)

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Peter Medak
George C. Scott
Trish Van Devere

DVD title: A Clockwork Orange
Productgroup: DVD
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A flawless masterpiece!!!

A clockwork orange is one of Stanley Kubrick's best films ever. It gives us a different vision of the future. The direction and the screenplay is brilliantly handed by Kubrick, there he shows us why he's one of the best directors in filmhistory. We may not forget about Malcolm McDowell's superb performance as Alex. There he plays a violent thug whos two main interests are the ultra-violence and Beethoven. I think everybody should own a copy of this stunning film.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Malcolm McDowell
Patrick Magee

DVD title: A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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you won't be bugged by these bugs

A bugs life, one of the best animated movies I've seen in a long time. In comparison to Antz, this movie was much brighter, and kid friendly. It's kind of creepy to think of Woody Allen as a cartoon character. This is definitely a two thumbs up, must see "flick."

Studio: Disney/Pixar
Dave Foley
Kevin Spacey

DVD title: Beautiful Thing
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Gay themed movie I have ever seen.

I just finished watching the "Beautiful Thing" DVD that I rented. I must say that going into this movie I was not expecting much, so I am completely surprized how much I fell in love with this movie. It is a sweet, romantic and realistic look at what adolescence can be like for a gay kid. This movie reminded me of what being young and in love is all about. It was also the first gay film that I have seen in years that is not full of self-loathing, tragic characters. Don't get me wrong these characters still have their share of problems, but they are not jaded and this is not about "the scene". It is much more about being true to yourself and just loving in spite of problems. I really loved it. I am buying it right now!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Hettie MacDonald
Linda Henry
Glen Berry

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