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DVD title: Boys Don't Cry
Productgroup: DVD
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Brutality and sadness and the price of being different

This very powerful movie is based on the true story of Teena Brandon,
a troubled young person who saw herself as a boy. At the age of 21,
she cut her hair, does what she can to change her identity and moves
from Lincoln Nebraska to another small town 70 miles away.
Brandon, not Teena, who the audience sees, as he struggles with his
identity in an area of the country where alcohol is the liquid of
choice, dead-end factory jobs are the rule, and a violent machismo
sub-culture dominates the landscape.
It is here that Brandon falls
in love, finds happiness for a very short while, and is then raped and
Directed by Kimberly Peirce, Brandon is brilliantly played
by Hilary Swank. It is obviously an extremely difficult and demanding
role and she has been nominated for an academy award, along with the
Chloe Sevigny who plays the young lady who falls in love with
This is the kind of film that is brutal in its intensity,
not just in the scenes of violence, but also in the depiction of
relationships between the characters and the stark and sad world they
live in. It is also an example of filmmaking at its best, from the
casting to the close-ups of the subtleties of young love. In
addition, it makes a social statement as to the price that Teena
Brandon had to pay for being different.
Excellent. And a movie I
will long remember.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Hilary Swank
Chloë Sevigny

DVD title: Byron Cage Live
Productgroup: DVD
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The Power of Praise!!

Spiritually uplifting album!! Wonderful praise & worship DVD. It's almost as if you were right in the New Birth Cathedral with the crowd gettin' yo' praize on!!! With Kurt Carr's jubilance and slick production, this album and DVD is a must have for anyone who loves powerful praise & worship music.

Studio: Bmg Distribution (VI
Byron Cage

DVD title: The Cure - Trilogy
Productgroup: DVD
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For the Cure Fan

This is a great DVD. However, you must be a long time Cure fan to really enjoy this DVD set. As with any live DVD in my opinion.

Studio: Red Distribution, In
The Cure

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Very good follow up to Fellowship.

I thought it was a very good follow up to Fellowship of the Ring. Great effects, great score, great characters, and one of the most exciting hours at the end including a truly mind blowing battle. My only problem with it is that I didn't think the pacing was all that good. Where as Fellowship was 2 and 1/2+ hours and seemed like an hour and half or so to me (being so enthralled), The Two Towers, bein ga 3 hour movie, really did seem like one. Too many ups and downs and flashback scenes of aragon and Arwen that I really just didn't find all that interesting. I'm not sure why, but I really don't like how the love relationship is handled. Anyway, its a worthy chapter in the Trilogy and I recommend it immensely.
On a side note I hope they make The Hobbit. I Think it will definitely be made after the success Fellowship had and the success that TTT and Return of the King are bound to have. I do think it is a better movie to do later though because the dragon is really going to be a hard CG character to make look real. I had just recently saw Reign of Fire and I thought they did a decent job on it considering they only had a mid-level budget. Jackson has 100 million for each of these movies and with success only comes bigger budgets so if they do make the Hobbit the dragon should be really amazing. Thanks for reading. ;)

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen

DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Stop whining, people

No film, let alone a series of films, has been released on home video as often as "Star Wars." I personally own three versions of the film: the original release, the THX remastering and the special edition. What does not cease to amaze me is, in spite of this, the never-ending complaining about the special editions. *This* is how Lucas wanted the original films to look like and since this is *his* story, not yours, and he's allowed to do whatever he wants.
Stop your whining. Buy the DVDs or don't buy the DVDs, I don't think any of us really cares. If you buy them and you still insist you need to watch the original version then dust off your VCR and pop the tapes in. Let the rest of us enjoy what is clearly going to be an amazing experience without your constant belly-aching.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Harrison Ford

DVD title: Family Guy, Vol. 2 (Season 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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After watching Family Guy in its previous television state and purchasing the vol. 1 DVD set, I can tell you that Family Guy is one of the funniest shows ever made. Family Guy is like a combination of The Simpsons, South Park, and Futurama. The Characters are well developed, and they are very funny. Also, the show has great paradies of other T.V. shows and movies like Star Trek and NYPD Blue. If you do not believe my review, than look at the countless other viewers that gave Famliy Guy 5 stars. The humor and twisted story lines in Family Guy will make Vol. 2 a great buy. Pre Order this now. I know I will.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Seth Macfarlane

DVD title: The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The scariest film in the last two years.

I normally hate remakes. This film, however, made me question which version was better. I had the priveledge of seeing this in theaters and I was genuinely frightened. The imagery and stark photography was enough, but coupled with phenomenal acting and an ending that simply blows your mind, this is definitely one of the best psychological horror films I have ever seen. The cold atmosphere and confusing story result in a very effective and thought-provoking film. Verbinski's camera-work and directing on this film are simply unmatched by most modern filmmakers in the genre. Overall, this is an extremely terrifying and intelligent film. I would not reccomend it to anyone who does not like to think about what they are watching.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gore Verbinski
Naomi Watts
Martin Henderson
Brian Cox

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Towering Achievement On DVD

As the final installment of the trillogy makes its theatrical debut, The extended 4 disc DVD set for The Two Towers, is here as well. Based on J.R. R.Tolkien's epic tale, The Two Towers picks up imediately where The Fellowship ended and continues the story. Frodo (Elijah Wood) and his friend Samwise (Sean Astin) are headed for Mordor to stand against evil. The duo enlist the help of the sneaky Gollum and his good alter ego Smeagol (both voiced by Andy Serkis) as their guide. This, as Saruman's (Christopher Lee) army surrounds the other members of the Fellowship, in the hopes of obtaining The One Ring, and making Saruman ruler of Middle Earth.
Directed once again by Peter Jackson, The Two Towers may have a lot of special effects, but at no time, do they overshadow the film's story. Take Gollum, he is a CGI creation, but thanks to Andy Serkis he blends in seemlessly and is "real" enough. The human cast, once again, makes it work. Unlike a certain series of prequels, these performances, are far from wooden or emotionless. Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, and Ian McKellen, are all back and up to the challenge. The production matches its predecessor and then some. I would have to say that I enjoyed Towers even more than I did Fellowship.
The 4 disc DVD exteneded version set of The Two Towers is set up in much the same fashion, as The Fellowship set was. Here's how everything breaks down. Discs 1-2 concern themselves with the film itself. An extended version of the second installment includes 43 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film. As director Jackson says in the ads for the set, the new cut does give you an advantage. There's even a richer tapestry than before. The film boasts no less than 4 different audio commentary tracks. All areas of the production team are represented at some point. The first commentary track by writer-director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, the second track is done by members of the design team. the third track features members of the production/post-production team and finally, the last track has comments from 16 different cast members. To be honest, I haven't heard a complete track yet, but I can tell you with some certainly that both the writer/director track and the actor track outweigh the other two tracks.
Discs 3-4 offer a comprehensive and even more entertaining look behind the scenes at The Two Towers. What's nice here is that the extras are set up in order of when things were completed.
Disc 3 offers the following featurettes: Adapting the book into a screenplay & planning the film, Designing and inspiration for locations in Middle-earth, Storyboards to pre-visualization, a Weta Workshop visit where you can watch sculptors in action as they create weapons, armor, creatures, and miniatures from the film. There's a cool Atlas of Middle-earth, that continues tracing the journey of the Fellowship and an interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process. Rounding out this disc are a wealth of galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists.
Disc 4 starts off with detailing the cast's "journey". Sending the actors into battle, discusses the art of sword fighting and stunts, while, Stories from the set, takes us through principal photography. The next section is all about digital effects, motion capture, and miniatures. Look for extensive stuff on Gollum and how he came to life here (my favorite part of this section). Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos, two more featurettes on editing it all together and the final sound design mix. Topping off the disc and the set is a lot of exclusive online material with even more bonus material.
Like the theatrical version of The Two Towers, I enjoyed the extended version even more over the extended cut of its predecessor. The extras provide a complete look inside the film and are more than just a bunch of fluff. Those that have come this far with the Rings saga wont be disappointed with this set. Highly Recommended

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen

DVD title: The Emperor's New Groove (Disney Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I wish I could give this 10 STARS!!!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I love this movie! While I always enjoy Disney movies, this one added some adult-focused tidbits that gave it some extra punch. Do you remember Rocky & Bullwinkle? Fractured Fairy Tales? There's a feel of these in Groove that takes it beyond just a kid's movie. The extras on the DVD are also great. The best part? The evil Isme in adorable kitten form. Get this movie whether you have kids or not - why should children have all the fun?

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Mark Dindal
David Spade
John Goodman

DVD title: The Pirate Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Like others, I thought I was the only one who had ever seen this movie. I've been searching for it for years. Now I find all of these fan clubs and etc for it. Thanx for letting me know I wasn't crazy. It is (like someone else said) "the best worst movie ever".

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: Ken Annakin
Kristy McNichol
Christopher Atkins
Ted Hamilton

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