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DVD title: The Animatrix
Productgroup: DVD
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Can words describe it?!!


This DVD is incredible!! An absolute must for the Matrix fan, anime fan, or just plain fun fan!! Everyone who comes over gets a taste of Final Flight of the Osiris on the big screen, surround sound. Even people who haven't even seen the Matrix sat in awe as the episode's roller coaster ride swept them away. Along with the extras and other awesome episodes, this is one of the great DVDs in my collection!

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Indeed it is the best cartoon movie ever


I love Shrek and Shrek 2. They are the best family movies ever!
It is just so funny nonstop, all the way through the movie that you harldy get to catch your breath. Shrek 2 is definatly a must have/.



Studio: Dreamworks
Actors:
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz




DVD title: Baywatch - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
Baywatch - Season One - movie DVD cover picture
My All Time Favorite TV Show


I have seen every episode of Baywatch, including Baywatch Nights and Baywatch Hawaii. Baywatch was my favorite tv show and I was hooked from the very first episode! Child of the 80's, what can I say? I have been waiting so long for my chance to own the entire collection of episodes on dvd. Fremantle and Fox don't know what a cash cow they are sitting on. It's the only TV series that I would spend money on to own. Call it cheesy, corny, pseudo-pornography...either way, Baywatch will forever be my favorite show.

Actors:
David Hasselhoff



DVD title: Satanis the Devil's Mass / Sinthia the Devil's Doll
Productgroup: DVD
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MORE FUN THAN A BARREL OF MONKS


Oh ya gotta get this one. Early LaVey before his post mortem debunking by his daughter Zeena. And the naked ladies are just right for a serious nip and tuck, making this saga a saggy one. Warts and all. And...is that nerdy kid Isaac Bonewitz--the author of Real Magic and the first guy to graduate from Berkeley with a degree in Magic and Thaumaturgy? Stay tuned and find out. Take out the chalice of bourbon and sit back and enjoy, plus you get some great bonus material. A guy with the worst hairpiece in the world watches a tv (that's television) stripper back in the days when cellulite was a turn on, you get trailers for movies that should be seen only by people who live in trailers (...) It just don't git no better'n this. Ave Satanas and Hava Nagila and turn up the volume cause good old ASL tends to mumble a bit.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Ray Laurent



DVD title: Unstrung Heroes
Productgroup: DVD
Unstrung Heroes - movie DVD cover picture
A parable of modern life


This is one of my favorite, all-time movies. I have read the book and while the book is probably more accurate in recounting the actual family experiences, the movie can be seen as a parable reflecting some of the cultural tensions today. The mother, who represents humanism, is dying, leaving behind the scientific method (the father) who is eccentric because he is less than human. The mother and father balance one another. The son is an everyman figure, imitating his father at times, but also taking on the warm, humanistic tone of his mother at times. The recording of experiences with the camera is perhaps the memory of the boy, seeing the injustice of life (the caretaker) but also the warmth of his mother and the craziness of science without the human component.
The boy eventually goes to live with his uncles, who represent postmodern thought--a little crazy, sometimes paranoid, and open to religion (the father is anti-religious, while the mother is open to the more positive aspects of religion, as is often the case with their respective views of the world). With his uncles, the boy tries on their roles of paranoia and craziness, as well as religion, and finds the fit is not too bad, injecting some scientism borrowed from his father to avoid the apartment owner. The death of his mother brings the symbolic throwing away the home-made movies of the mother by the father--the attempt to erase the memories of humanism, but the boy grabs the tapes and takes them to the synagog to relive the memories of his mother. It seems that religion provides one last place to feel deeply in modern life, since humanism is so quickly vanishing. The last scene is deeply moving, as the camera (again recording life and existence) has the father, son, and uncles united, as a humanized science allows companionship with postmodern thought because of the everyman's acceptance of both.
Funniest scene--in the restaurant. This is a classic moment, regarding the multiple meanings of words an the individual's "take" on life (a very postmodern concept).
I hope it comes out on DVD one of these days. I have watched the movie many, many times, and almost every time I see a bit more of the parable coming to the forefront. That seems to be the result of the film version (whether intentional or not), as the parable does not fit the original book. A great film; it should have received awards for many more things than just the music!
Don Ratcliff, Ph.D.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Diane Keaton
Actors:
Andie MacDowell
John Turturro
Michael Richards
Maury Chaykin
Nathan Watt




DVD title: The Mummy (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great story greater f/x


I feel that The Mummy, just the name itself implies an action thriller. The special effects were good, but that doesn't make a movie good. The storyline was ok, but the persistent comedy was annoying. Not that it wasn't funny, but when I go to see a movie called "The Mummy", you would think its an indiana jones type thriller. Indiana jones had comical moments, but nothing like in the mummy. Overall, the comedy detracted from the quality of the movie as a whole.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Stephen Sommers
Actors:
Brendan Fraser
Rachel Weisz




DVD title: The Last of the Mohicans
Productgroup: DVD
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#1 Most historically entertaining film!


Wow. Let's hear it for Michael Mann!
The most beautifully portrayed and directed historical film of 1992, Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans" carries an uneraseable memory in 20th Century Fox's motion picture industry. Even the music score theme throughout the film was appropriate and especially breathtaking at the starting opening title.
LOTM helps us to take a deeper look into the historical struggles of war-torn families in the latter years of the 17th Century, as well as show the emotion that just seems to gush from the widescreen. Not only does it relay war facts of the past, but it shows how it affected all individuals involved.
Based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, the main star Daniel Day-Lewis plays the adopted son Hawkeye, who was raised by the last of a vanishing people. And the lovely and gorgeous Madeleine Stowe plays as Cora, one of the British general's two daughters, who would later meet Hawkeye and fall in love.
Being trained in combat as an Indian, Hawkeye helps his "father and brother" fight off the many war parties/battles (indians who at the time were allies to the French) that swept New England against the British.
The film LOTM overflows with violent war action, suspense, romance, and obviously the struggle for survival beginning in the year 1757. It was a time when you were on one side or the other, but never neutral ground. If you refused to accept being drafted, you were labeled a coward and you deserved to die. Fight or die was the heartbeat of the age, and you fell under one category or the other.
But as mentioned above, this timeless epic was not just about war, but about life, love, and freedom. It shows us what our ancestors and forefathers fought for that we might enjoy our nation's independence.
*This motion picture was rated R for graphic war violence. Please note this restriction to children under the age of 17, who should be attended by an adult parent or other guardian. Available on VHS and DVD in widescreen format.Take it home today.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Michael Mann
Actors:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Madeleine Stowe




DVD title: 1941 (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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look 1941 and laugh you butt off


Well, not everyones taste, if you in for the real MAD and UNBOUND Humor, social not so correct, you will have the time of your life. Its a 2 Hour rollercoasterride, Way better than it rep. and a real good cure after been lobotomized by the movie formerly known as Pearl Harbor.

If your in for the so called "Real Hero" Movie Stuff, well try something else. For me Spielbergs best Movie,his only with Belushi, Lee and Pickens.

Hope they have the Making of, running time over 100 Min and nearly as funny as the movie, on the Disc.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Tim Matheson
Treat Williams
Nancy Allen




DVD title: Traffic
Productgroup: DVD
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Even-handed snapshot of the drug war...


In the liner notes of Traffic, the director states that his goal was to create a simple picture of the drug trade, not to make a political statement about who was winning. I think he succeeded masterfully.
The one thing that I really enjoyed was the depiction of Law Enforcement, both the Mexican authorities and the Americans. Benicio Del Toro was wonderful (duh, he won an Oscar) as a mostly-good Mexican cop. His scene in the pool with the 2 G-men is borderline hilarious. Don Cheadle and Miguel Ferrer also gave great performances, as the most direct arguments for and against the drug war.
The plight of the Douglas character's family was a wonderfully interesting story as well, from permissiveness and hypocrisy of adults, to the slow spiral into addiction and acceptance by youth. Really a good story.
The one thing I thought was far-fetched was the final press conference involving Michael Douglas's character--in the history of government, how many people have ever done that?--but that's my only complaint. Catherine Zeta-Jones's character is involved in a Cheech & Chong "Up in Smoke" moment as well, but that's certainly forgiveable.
All in all, this is a fantastic film that gives a very even-handed view of the "War on Drugs."

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Actors:
Benicio Del Toro
Michael Douglas




DVD title: Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Looks like an excellent DVD.


I loved Episode II in theaters and after viewing the special features listed here at Amazon, I can hardly wait for the DVD. Why, oh why did everyone hate Attack of the Clones so much? I went with my older sister who said she didn't enjoy it too much but then again, she was never a real Star Wars fan to begin with and only agreed to go because I practically begged her to drive me over to the theater cause I had gotten free pre-screening passes.
Only true Star Wars fans can appreciate the new trilogy, I've learned. I must admit that The Phantom Menace wasn't all that great but I still liked it cause, well, it's STAR WARS! The actors were superb in Attack of the Clones, but the one to watch is definitely Hayden Christensen (and not just cause he's totally hot!), but also because he is an amazing actor and played the teenage Anakin Skywalker at his best...he put Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker to shame, man!
The storyline was a little shaky but that's OK. George Lucas was never aiming to win the Oscar for best original screenplay to begin with. The dialouge was, well, Star Wars dialouge. The special effects were outstanding! I saw this film on both a digital screen and a regular movie theater screen and I could definitely see the difference--digital IS better for this kind of film.
For those who thought The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones were bad...watch out for Episode III! I hear it's supposed to be one of the best in the whole saga. So definitely give Attack of the Clones a second chance and buy the DVD when it's available--you may find that you enjoy it more the second time around. And give Mr. Lucas one last chance and see Episode III in 2005!!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman




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