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DVD title: Doctor Who - The Ark In Space (Story No. 76)
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic Doctor Who

The Ark in Space is one the best shows in the history of the series. Although the season was beset by budget difficulties, this story is tight, intelligent, and the acting is some of the best up to that point. Baker's performance avoids the overacting that mars many of his later adventures, and he hits the perfect blend of alien and human. It also features Harry and Sarah, one of the best companion combinations in the show's history. Overall, a fantastic bit of Doctor Who, and one of the stories considered a classic by the fans. A must own for any Doctor Who fan ... even with the popper-plastic Wirrn grubs.

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: Mean Girls (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful and realistic

I knew nothing of this movie before I saw it. In fact I only went to see because I have a crush on Lindsay Lohan and I really liked her in Freaky Friday. So it was quite a payoff when it turned out to be quite fun film and nothing like the dreadful teen comedies we've suffered too much off in the past five years (making love to pies, losing ones' car and certain Scary Movies).
The story has Cady Heron go through her first day of sixteen. She's been homeschooled all her life and lived with her parents in the African bush. She has known nothing of the deceitful, backstabbing and ugly world of high school. Upon arrival she makes friends with a level-headed goth and a fat guy gay. They instruct her on who is naughty, nice and full of vice. The 'in' group of the school are 'The Plastics' (because they're so fake), a trio of cheerleaders who make everyone's life hell.
The leader is Regina George, the nastiest girl in the universe and at her side and the dumb and airheaded Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith (played by the impossibly cute Amanda Seyfried). In order to take them down Cady must become one of them. She takes great pride in ruining Regina only to take her place. Much like Arnie did in Predator, she became a monster in order to destroy a monster.
With loads of observational humor and satire, Mean Girls ends up being a very intelligent movie, sort of a 'Clueless' that's not so nineties. A lot of attention is paid to character and performance, not something hastily thrown together and chucked out there. Originally it ended up with an R rating and had to be toned down. I would have loved to see that cut of the film.
Another interesting thing is that I've always though Lindsay Lohan looked like the character of Ginny in Friday the 13th Part 2. So it was weird when the movie was featured in Mean Girls and had Cady startle her pals watching it by bursting through the door as soon as Jason bursts through the window.
I will probably buy this on DVD (especially if the R-rated version is made available) when it comes out and I suggest you see it on the big screen. My showing was pretty packed and everyone seemed to enjoy it a lot.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Mark Waters (VIII)
Lindsay Lohan
Rachel McAdams
Jonathan Bennett

DVD title: The Girl Next Door (Unrated Version)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Date Flick

This is a very sexy and steamy movie,
perfect for a hot date that you want
to get even hotter. Especially if you
are inteding to use the techniques in
the DVD "NEW SEX NOW" to your
advantage. Buy it.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Luke Greenfield
Emile Hirsch
Elisha Cuthbert

DVD title: The Princess Bride
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent, A Must See Film!

If you have not seen this then you better because if you don't then you are a communist sympathizer........

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Rob Reiner
Cary Elwes
Mandy Patinkin
Robin Wright Penn

DVD title: Spice World
Productgroup: DVD
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I thought I was going crazy before i started browsing the customer reviews of "SpiceWorld". Like Barry from Emory, I am a huge classical music fan, and was convinced that either I was insane or the rest of the world was for not hearing what I preceived as the angelic beauty and guiltless joy that is part and parcel of Spice Girls music. It's good to know I'm not crazy. Or maybe I am. Hey all you fans of 'Viva Forever,' check out Harry Christopher's choral group "The Sixteen", album title "Music from the Eton Choirbook, Vol. I: The Rose and the Ostrich Feather" and tell me if it's not made of the same magic.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Bob Spiers
Victoria Beckham
Melanie Brown
Emma Bunton
Melanie Chisholm
Geri Halliwell

DVD title: Sixteen Candles
Productgroup: DVD
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Ringwald's BEST

Sixteen candles is like, the best film (besides the Breakfast club, of course!) It's funny, witty, and lets the viewers glimpse life through the eyes of your every day teen; crushes, worries, family. Molly Ringwald is a great actress, and you should at least rent Sixteen Candles, even if you don't buy it!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: John Hughes
Molly Ringwald
Anthony Michael Hall

DVD title: Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 25, Episodes 49 & 50; A Piece of the Action/ By Any Other Name
Productgroup: DVD
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Volume 25 of the Star Trek DVD collection has two great episodes from the second season. Although season 1 of Star Trek was far more diverse and fresh, season 2 just happend to spawn some of the series most classic and memorable episodes. This DVD contains just two of these great episodes.
A PIECE OF THE ACTION may very well be one of the top five most popular episodes of the original series. The Enterpirse crew arrives at Sigma Iotia II to find a civilization similar to the Chicago Mobs of the 1920's. The planet itself has been divided by gang wars and Kirk feels he must reunite the planet so it can have good relation with the Federation. Kirk resorts to him and Mr. Spock donning mobster gear and talking in slang which leads to A PIECE OF THE ACTION being one of the funniest Star Trek episodes. The episode itslef is quite good and very entertaining especially Kirk driving the old jalopy, the card game and Spock acting like a gangster. However the episode wraps up unevenly and it really makes you think: Kirk completely disobeyed the Prime Directive in this episode! However this episode doesn't fail to please and the end left this plot open for a sequel. Unfortunetly it has never been produced. A PIECE OF THE ACTION is an excellent episode of Star Trek though.
BY ANY OTHER NAME may be one of the strangest episodes of Star Trek ever! Kirk and the crew are abducted by Kelvans who take on a human form. The Kelvans demand control of The Enterprise so they can take a voyage to find a planet suitable for colonzation since there own ship was destroyed. The Kelvans are so ruthless they even go to the extent to killing an innocent enterprise crew member to get what they want. This makes BY ANY OTHER NAME seems like a serious episode that is until the crew discovers the Kelvans weakness: human sense and emotion. This results in Kirk flirting with the beautiful Kelinda, Spock making Rojan feel jealousy, and Scotty getting himself and another Kelvan drunk. This results in BY ANY OTHER NAME to be a comical episode of Star Trek but it's strange how the mood changes. The first half hour is somewhat dark whereas the second half hour is bright and funny. The episode ends with The Kelvans making peace with the Federation even after the death of a crewmate. BY ANY OTHER NAME is an uneven but above average episode of Star Trek.
In conclusion I highly recommend this DVD for it does have twoo great episodes. The picture and quality are fine too! Highly recommended!

Studio: Paramount Studio

DVD title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Quality Deep-Dish Action!

Yes, I'll always be a child inside. And if you're like me, boys and girls, you will love this movie. Like Mortal Kombat, the script is kind of funny, but dialogue doesn't always make a good movie. I was five years old when this movie first came out, and remember seeing it on TV later on. I had the comics, the action figures, watched the cartoon and loved all the movies. The truth is, TMNT never really went uncool, and it never will. I now own the DVD and still watch it regularly.
The first movie follows the comics closely at first, and a little more loosely later on. I thought it was excellent, and it doesn't ruin the intentions of the comic book. It is not by any means a serious movie. That is what made it such a huge and long-lasting success.
Just as in the comics, Rafael, Michealangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello live in a sewer with their mentor, a mutant rat named Splinter. They fall in with April O'Neill, a TV news reporter, to find the Foot Clan and its leader, their arch-enemy The Shredder. Casey Jones ("Wayne Gretzky? On steroids?") comes in later to help them find the band of thieves. The Shredder has his own elaborate underground hideout (complete with arcade and mini-skatepark), and recruits kids to join his army by allowing them to do whatever they want in there, on one condition. They have to follow his orders and train to become one of the "elite" ninjas. It's pretty funny that the kids playing poker and smoking all look about 10 to 12 years old. The pizza-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ultimately have to fight to stop The Shredder and break up the Foot Clan.
I can't even tell you how cool this movie is. See it if you haven't, buy it if you love's radical, dude!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Steve Barron
Judith Hoag
Elias Koteas

DVD title: Carnivale - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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A brilliant program

In a short period of time, "Carnivale" has grown into my favorite television show. Structured like a dense, epic novel, the production values are sumptuous, the acting uniformly ingenious, and the central mysteries complex and involving. The series, ostensibly about the final battle between good and evil, as wonder gives way to reason, is so firmly rooted in a three-dimensional, realistic world with three-dimensional realistic characters that I would classify it as more magical realism than science-fiction or fantasy. The characters drive the plot, rather than the other way around, which is a difficult feat to accomplish in such a complex narrative that includes shadowy symbolism and prophetic dreams. There have been complaints that the first season did not wrap up any loose ends, but why should it? Season 1 is but the prologue to this novel-for-television, and narratives are never concluded in the prologue. Be forewarned, though, if you are looking for a television show that does not tax your intellectual muscles and does not ask you to do some work to understand it, this is not the show for you. If, on the the other hand, you are looking for a show that is fascinating, multi-layered (the symbolism alone could be discussed for hours), and intellectually stimulating, with fantastical situations that still manages to maintain a strong verisimilitude of character and the time period in which it occurs (1934, the Great Depression, in the Dust Bowl), I would urge you to watch this DVD set immediately, so you can be caught up for the second season, which premieres January 9th. The video quality of this DVD set, by the way, is among the finest I have ever seen. I would rank it up there with "The Lord of the Rings" Extended Edition sets for a near-perfect picture.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Rodrigo Garcia

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Greatest movie of all time!

Moulin Rouge is a dazzling presentation of color, art, dance, music, and cinema. Ewan Macgregor and Nicole Kidman are phenomenal in this film, and both deserved Academy Awards for their performances, as did director Baz Leuhrmann. The story is about the love between Christian, the penniless writer, and Satine, the star of the Moulin Rouge, which is blocked by the duke who desires Satine for himself. The research that was put towards this film is beyond human belief (along with the accuracy), the bohemian lifestyle is portrayed respectibly, and the movie is an all out 10. Rent it, purchase it, fall in love with it. Moulin Rouge is truly the greatest film of all time.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

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