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DVD title: When in Rome
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm not really sure what I expected when I bought this movie. I thought it was going to be another typically foreign Olsen movie, go away, meet some boys, fall in love, but I didn't expect it to be so good. We got to see the Olsen twins as two teenage girls not just concentrating on boys and their love-lifes but their internships. I loved the chemistry Mary-Kate and Ashley had on screen and the storyline was not as sketchy as previous films! I have to say the best Olsen movie so far!!!! Brilliant!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Steve Purcell (IV)
Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate Olsen

DVD title: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Ray of Sunshine!!!

(See the synopsis above for film description)
I feel it's important for me to say that I DO NOT LIKE watching Jim Carrey on film. Not since Dumb and Dumber. Every time a new film comes out, reviewers tell you `how straight he plays it' in this film. And every time I've thought, `Okay I'll give it a go'. And every time he's exactly the same as every other film. Exaggerated facial expressions, over-acting and unable to play to play it straight.
For once, I was very pleasantly surprised. He really IS different in this film. And I must say that he is excellent, along with every other member of the cast. This film is funny (without it being a blatant comedy), heart wrenching at times, and always interesting and definitely original. Without a doubt one of the best, if not THE best film of 2004!
Kudos to all involved!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Michel Gondry
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Tom Wilkinson

DVD title: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Classic Adventure/Epic of Robin Hood

In 1938 Australian-born motion-picture actor Errol Flynn won the heart of Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) and defeated his evil foes as Robin Hood in "The Adventures of Robin Hood", a legendary motion picture about a Saxon knight who steals from the rich and gives to the poor oppressed people of England, based on the wellknown english medieval legends. Released in 1938, the film won 3 Academy Awards for art direction, film editing, and musical score, and it was nominated for that of Best Picture. It was also Selected for Registry by the National Film Preservation Board (1995). "The Adventures of Robin Hood" is listed among Warner Bros. Studio's classic films and biggest hits and solidified Flynn's image as the dashing young swashbuckler hero who always saves the day. Robin Hood (played by Errol Flynn) fights against the villainous Prince John (Claude Rains), who took control of the kingdom as regent when King Richard (Ian Hunter) was captured in Austria during his return from the Holly Lands after Third Crusade's end . Prince John conspires with Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) and certain Norman Knights against his brother Richard the Lionheart so to become a King and oppresses the poor, yet faithful to Richard, Saxons. Robin Hood and his brave men waylay caravans that travel through Sherwood Forest, including one carrying Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland). Robin Hood woos Maid Marian and helps King Richard regain his throne. Even based on legends, the movie has a quiet accurate historical set and a very interesting depiction of the conflict between Norman conquerors and Saxon vassals, in medieval England. In my opinion this is one of the greatest film ever made in Hollywood. Undoubtebly it's the definitive Robin Hood version, where Errol Flynn surpassed Douglas Fairbanks who had played the same role in 1922. Kevin Costner's remake of this movie and newest version (1991) on the same medieval legend, although is quiet interesting and entertaining, seems to be inferior and mediocre in all comparison to this excellent, and brilliant large-scale epic. Flynn's accent, (which sounded very English to most Americans), and the fact that he brought athletic exuberance, dashing good looks, and a sense of boyish fun, made him a natural choice to star as Sir Robin of Locksley. He plays one of his best roles with bravado and charisma ,appearing his great talent that made him a legend. Olivia de Havilland (who's really of Norman descent!!) gives an other great performance as the definitive Maid Marian, a sweetly beautiful romantic Norman heroine who's loyal to Richard and Robin's love interest. Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone, Melville Cooper (the coward High Sheriff of Nottingham) and Montagu Love (as the Bishob of Black Canons) are simply perfect as villain conspirators and Rathbone displays his great talent in swordfighting in the magnificient final fencing between Gisbourne and Robin Hood which is one of the most famous scenes in cinema's history. Great and brilliant performances too from Alan Hale(Little John),Eugene Pallette (astonishing as Friar Tuck), Una O'Connor (Bess), Herbert Mundin(Much the Miller's Son) and Patrick Knowles(Will Scarlett) as Locksley's loyal companions. Curtiz's direction is marvellous and authentic, art direction and costumes are splendid, Korngold's music score is unique and the Cinematography Color is astonisingly beautiful so that deserved to be awarded. The movie is excellent and give it all the stars that I can.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Errol Flynn
Olivia de Havilland

DVD title: Jeff Costa's Cardio Striptease Workout
Productgroup: DVD
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Great for beginners!

This is an excellent workout tape for women who are not use to working out and who'd like to add some basic, spicy moves to their workout. Buy a boa and sexy g-string and get into shape with Jeff!

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Jeff Costa

DVD title: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Productgroup: DVD
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excellent movie!

I would have given this a higher rating...however I remember when this movie came out in the theaters. To avoid giving away any spoilers, let's just say if you've seen the movie in the theaters and then on video, you know exactly what is missing. And those missing elements, IMHO, gives the video version a much different tone than the theatrical version. I've never been a big fan of any video that has been cut down without informing the viewer as such (hence the rating, my own pet peeve mind you). I have no idea why this was released on video edited...if anyone can tell me, I'd be happy.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Donald Pleasence

DVD title: The Village (Widescreen Edition) (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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M. Night's Best

I just finished watching The Village and I must say with all sincerity that it is M. Night Shyamalan's best work. Not only is it his best film but I will go so far as to say it may join the ranks of my favorite movies of all time. The acting was perfect, real, touching. The sincerity and realness of each of the characters made me feel for them personally.
The writing and dialog was beautiful and moving. The simplicity of the characters made the power of their essence all the more profound. The atmosphere and cinematography created the perfect mood in each scene. And the direction was genius. There was never one moment where I was disappointed or felt the director had sold out or given in to a Hollywood device.
And this film kept me on the edge of my seat. It really did scare me and make me jump out of my chair a couple of times!
The final resolution of the film I felt was perfect, inspiring and I was touched to tears. I give this film my highest marks for acting, cinematography, music (which was just right and never in the way of the movie nor did the movie rely on it) story and direction.
Excellent job Mr. Shyamalan.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Bryce Dallas Howard
Joaquin Phoenix
Adrien Brody
William Hurt
Sigourney Weaver
Judy Greer

DVD title: Love Hina - Secret Lives (Vol. 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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Naru becomes a pop-star!

In episode 9, Keitaro, the manager of the Hinata Inn has all of his money in a little case. When he comes back to his room, the money is gone! So, Kitsune and Su start seeing who the thief was, but it was nobody at the Hinata Inn. Then, Kitsune says she did. And she has a very clever way, too. To find out who she did it, buy this DVD! In episode 10, Everytime the red moon comes out, there's a mysterious woman with an alligator. Kentaro Sakata is going to give flowers to Naru, but on his way, he discovers the girl, and gives them to her instead. She refuses the flowers, and her alligator beats him up. We discover that Kaolla Su turns into an adult version of herself when the red moon is out. Kentaro says that that girl is Su, but she is not. Instead, she is Su's sister, Amalla Su. She wants Su to come back with her, but Su refuses. This is also another one of my favorite episodes. In episode 11, Naru becomes a pop-star. She gets tired of singing, so she decides to go back to her normal life. In episode 12, Motoko's clothes have been washed, and she has nothing to wear. So, she ends up wearing girl clothes, which she does not like. That episode was really cute!

Studio: Bandai Entertainment

DVD title: Much Ado About Nothing
Productgroup: DVD
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Much Ado About Nothing

I haven't read Much Ado About Nothing, so I can't really comment on how the movie works as an adaptation, but as a straight up movie, it is quite good. Aside from a mediocre performance by Robert Sean Leonard as Claudio and the totally wrong choice of Keanu Reeves as the villain Don Juan, the acting was excellent. Really have to admire Branagh for bring Shakespeare alive on film. I have to wonder, though, whether he had some reservations about how well the movie would appeal to a modern, potentially youthful audience, and, with the sensational breast scene in the 1968 production of Romeo and Juliet in mind, threw in some partial nudity at the beginning (not to mention cladding the female characters in loose, low-cut and, at times, somewhat transparent costumes) to lessen the boredom. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed the movie and recommend it highly.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
Emma Thompson
Keanu Reeves
Kate Beckinsale

DVD title: Meet The Fockers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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See it!

This is one of the worst sequels in recent memory. The movie is painfully unfunny and the humor is tired and forced. Robert DeNiro looks embarrassed and what's happened to poor Blythe Danner? So talented but so wasted.

The only shot of energy in this film comes from Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand. It's great to see them on screen together, particularly Streisand who has not been in a film for several years. She has star quality to spare but she deserves better than this garbage.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jay Roach
Robert De Niro
Ben Stiller
Dustin Hoffman
Barbra Streisand
Blythe Danner
Teri Polo

DVD title: Berserk - Season One (The Complete Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Once you start, just can't stop watching...

I don't write too many reviews, but this certainly warranted a write-up. Excellent series, but not for the kiddies. There are some very powerful themes happening here, including ambition, war, homosexuality(?), love, devotion, honor, rape, and consequences of one's choices...things which I'd say the under-13 crowd might not quite get or truly appreciate. Also lots of blood...LOTS of blood...squirting all over the place in every episode, but this IS about a band of mercenaries during wartime, so what do you expect? Some excellent humor that's absolutely perfect when it appears, but overall the series has a very serious tone (watch the outtakes on each DVD of the boxed set...they are a riot). I have to agree with some comments that the ending is a bit frustrating, but it's a typical anime ending, and it actually loops on itself. Episode 1 begins after the end ends... One more thing: the music is great, both in the episodes as well as during the beginning and ending. In other anime series, after several episodes I usually start skipping over the intro, but I never skipped this one's got a toe-tapping fun about it.

Overall, it is a truly excellent series - gritty, real, honest, and brutal. Not for the Sailor Moon crowd at all...but very well worth a watch. I had to stop myself from watching the whole thing in one sitting. And Guts' sword...gets bigger with every episode, but you'll have to see it to get the joke. :)

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc

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