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DVD title: E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Buy this DVD!

This is one of my all time favorite films. As a kid, I thought this movie was coolest ever. It was about regular kids in a regular neighborhood who have a chance meeting with a Extra-Terrestrial, "E.T.", and become his friend. To this day, I still love it... it still makes me teary-eyed!
I bought this DVD even though I had never seen the new version. The first thing I did was watch it. I must say the additions were jarring to me. First of all, E.T. hopping like a bunny rabbit to escape really bothered me (One of the funniest parts in the original was E.T.'s heart light zooming through the grass! You knew he was terrifed)! Secondly, E.T.'s digitally enhanced faced was freaky/scary! There was actually too much animation in his face. Thirdly, those extra scene seemed watered down and unneccesary. I thought to myself "No wonder they were cut out of the original". Especially the added Halloween scene with the bonfires... that seemed totally out of place in the film.
If I had a choice, I would still say the original is THE BEST version. But in all fairness, I've seen the original over 10 times and the remake only once.
I still am really happy with my Collector's Set. It is amazing to see how they were able to change the original. Also, the extras are really interesting... the reunion with the actors was an added bonus! I recommend it!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Henry Thomas
Drew Barrymore
Peter Coyote

DVD title: Great Balls of Fire!
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie!

This movie rocks and rolls from the very beginning. You see a young Jerry Lee being exposed to his early the making of a rock n roll star in Memphis, home of cool. Dennis does a fabulous job portraying Jerry Lee. All the way down to his mannerisms to those golden curly locks of hair! Just a great movie with an unbelieveable soundtrack too!

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Jim McBride
Dennis Quaid
Winona Ryder

DVD title: The Kid / A Dog's Life
Productgroup: DVD
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Well done reissue - sorry to see it out of print

This film was masterfully restored by David Shepherd for the Chaplin family, and was released in this version on Laserdisc and, later, DVD. The quality is awesome, and Shepherd was able to restore several cuts that Chaplin made in later reissues, cuts that changed the motivation of characters at several key moments. The quality of the film is astounding, especially for an 80+ year old film!
As far as the story goes, it is rather lean on gags, but big on heroics, with many amusing situations and a couple of unforeseen plot twists. Even children will like this film, despoite the fact that there's no color and no talking!!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin
Edna Purviance

DVD title: Sonic the Hedgehog - Super Sonic
Productgroup: DVD
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SatAM Sonic Returns!

I have been a fan of this series ever sense it first aired on ABC.Then it get taken off and was then put on the USA netwrk and was completely chopped to pieces.Now its coming to DVD.Although it has not been released yet.I believe it will be a hit.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Jaleel White
Bradley Pierce

DVD title: Target Earth
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Theater Movie

I was lucky to see this fantastic movie at the Fox Theater in the 1950's. I was in the 3rd grade and remember this film...several of my buddies and I couldn't wait to see this film. In those days you only new about a new movie a week or two before it came to your theater.
We were so scared, the military looked so up to date, and they were helpless. The movie was set to modern times, so we felt like we could be attacked next. Made for many many sleepless nights. a young boys delight!

Studio: Vci/Ffi
Director: Sherman A. Rose

DVD title: 12 Angry Men
Productgroup: DVD
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Back to basics! This is a must see for any movie lover...

When I watched this movie I did not now much about it, other than it was old. I couldn't imagine it would be one of my best movie experiences of my life. But it was, and still is.
Either you like old movies or not. If you belong to the first category chances are you have seen this one. If not, do it! This is the thriller of thrillers!
If old movies do not appeal to you either listen up or miss something really special! This movie goes back to basics, where the moviemakers actually had to think to create an exciting plot (No offence but most movies today tend to compensate a lousy story, bad dialogue or acting with hitech effects). They had to carry the stories on with well thought dialoges and characters.
I mean, we are talking about a movie talking place in one room (!), has the same 12 actors in it, an obvious ending (at least that is the impression you get!) and it is still so exciting that you forget the clock ticks! It's a thrill to see the story develop and to get to know the characters and what motivates their behaviour!
This movie has few modern counterparts, but I know one -- the usual suspects. If you like movies like that, go for it! If not, give it a shot anyway!

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Sidney Lumet
Lee J. Cobb
Henry Fonda

DVD title: Yu Yu Hakusho - Yoko Kurama (Uncut)
Productgroup: DVD
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This is the best series of Anime in my opinion. This DVD which features the epic battle between Kurama and Karasu has one of the most suprising outcomes imaginable. It features several extras along with the great story. The animation is great and the voices aren't bad either. I would highly recommend this DVD if you enjoy anime.

Studio: Funimation Productio
Director: Noriyuki Abe

DVD title: Stalker
Productgroup: DVD
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Yes, I do have better drugs....

I love the trash review directly below! And I always stupidly thought it was drugs and sophomoric attitudes that made films like this impossible for some people.

Working with next to nothing, Tarkovsky conjures up a unique film experience. Imagine a visually magical film about the search for the Grail filmed in someones backyard--it's kind of like that. In some respects it's a bit like Godard's Alphaville...but only in some. It's certainly not a film to "get," but one to get lost in and I think that's why it frustrates a lot of viewers who sometimes think every intelligent film is a puzzle that needs to be worked out. Some film-goers need to understand that one can't always be poetic and linear/literal (I say "can't always" to be ironic). Hard point to make in the world's most unpoetical linear/literal society.

Tarkovsky is a master of the tangential, the sublime, the surreal--anything but the direct. I've watched this film nearly a dozen times and I can't tell you what most of it is about--especially the ending (which is utterly devastating and quite beautiful). Well, that's not totally true, I've a fair idea what it's vaguely about; in some ways the meaning's as clear as French criticism. It's just elusive too, because people's souls are slippery eels, and souls seem to be an obsession with Tarkovsky.

I'd put hard money on this being a great film but it's tough to prove it, especially using the Procrustean critical and analytical tools we find scattered around the garage today (The "Boring-ometer," or the "Left-handed PC Gauge") People who strongly dislike it seem to be of two camps: one is the sort of ADD group that can't handle long, slow movies with little visceral stimulation; it's a valid lifestyle for many but insufficient grounds for condemning anything*. The other camp consists of a type that's been with us since the cave man or woman discoverer of the wheel was given one star on Amazon.rock for creating a pointless spinning thing that made folks dizzy. There's no response available to complaints that a complex, advanced, or visionary work of art is "boring," "artsy," or "pretentious." The reviewer is writing--quite validly and no irony intended--to his or her equals and they should listen keenly. My dog, Alphonse, once reviewed a Beethoven symphony and described it as "meaningless and annoying low-frequency noise with no hope of dinner or treat implied in its raucous ending" and since that was published (in The New Yorker, no less!) no other dog has bothered to listen to the "Eroica." My cat hates paintings by Mondrian because the artist didn't leave enough texture on the canvas to sharpen ones nails on. The mice, however, love Pollock. To each according to their needs and abilities.

[* I recently suggested to the Turner folks that since colorizing worked so well to bring boring old black and white films to the attention of the easily distracted (Or "Differently Attentive" as the PC folks say), that we should, uh, "stimulize" slow-moving old films. This would involve say, adding footage of car crashes and explosions, maybe even a graphic decapitation to "Twelve Angry Men" or re-editing "Jane Eyre" so that it looked like an MTV video. We could easily digitally minimize clothing so that "Miracle on 42nd Street" could get an R rating and an audience. Just a thought]

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

DVD title: Wings
Productgroup: DVD
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An Oscar First

"Wings" is one of the best silent films ever made. It deservingly became the first movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture (1927-1928). It stars Clara Bow, Charles Rogers, and more, including a cameo appearance by then-unknown Gary Cooper. This film was ahead of its time with its visual effects, cinematograghy, and plot. Few other films at the time successfully made such elaborate scenes realistic looking. They obviously made great use with the technology that they had then. Few films were able to take a chain of events and spread them out to keep the audience's interest for over two hours. This plot is brilliant! It explores two friends who travel to Germany to fight WWI. Little do they know is that they left the same girl behind in the US. The drama and the war theme combine beautifully, keeping the emotion intact. The lucky charms add an added interesting touch. The acting is wonderful. Clara Bow, the 1920's "It"-girl(and the Marilyn Monroe of the 1920's), beautifully and emotionally plays her role as a woman left behind by her "friend" fighting in the war who struggles to get him to realize that she's in love with him. The men who play the soldier friends add their own harsh was realisms into the film. Such performance the movie its added enjoyment. "Wings" is a great movie for those looking for war sequences. Even those not interested in silent movies will enjoy this. Those who watch it will easily figure out why this movie is a classic.

Director: William A. Wellman
Clara Bow
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers

DVD title: Tenchi Forever - Tenchi the Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Tenchi Muyo In Love 2: Tenchi Forever Is One Of The Best!

I think, that in my opinion that this movie is one of the best Tenchi movies ever. I know that there are some people who did not think highly of this movie, but, just like them, I have my own opinion. I do not like how some people push their opinions on others and say like, "This movie wasn't great, etc." because everyone has their own opinion and I would like to state that my opinion is that, I really enjoyed this movie quite a lot.
The first part of the movie was great, how Tenchi got out of a fight between Ryoko and Aeka, like always. This movie truly portrays how people sacrifice what they hold most dear, so that others might go on. I do not wish to say more than this because it might ruin some of the movie.
But to conclude, I truly enjoyed this movie and how this movie interacted with the series, on how Ryoko and Aeka fought for Tenchi. You'll be surprised what the ending has to offer...
This truly must be one of the best anime movies, that I, in my opinion, have seen ever, and will ever see in my life time.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Hiroshi Negishi

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