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DVD title: Bubblegum Crisis - Tokyo 2040 - Genesis (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic anime series reborn for the 21st century.


Bubble Gum Crisis 2040 is a show about 3 women who can put on hardsuits (body armor) and fight against a type of android that has the chance of going crazy called Boomers. These boomers are all over the city because they were created to help clean up after a major earth quake. After the quake people bought these boomers for labor and such, but they flip out sometimes and can change forms to become vicious monsters and wreak havoc on the city. That's where the girls of bubble gum crisis come in and do their thing. The animation is incredible and it actually carries a descent story line. I would recommend it for those who like the sci-fi and fun of the robotic battles.

Studio: A.D. Vision
Actors:
Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040



DVD title: Zentropa
Productgroup: DVD
Zentropa - movie DVD cover picture
A milestone in cinema, a gravestone for the human condition


Zentropa is simply the greatest film since "Citizen Kane." An American works as a sleeping-car conductor on a German railroad in late 1945. Viewers should note carefully the course of a dinner conversation early on in the film where neutrality is condemned by a priest: this is the theme of the film, with a profound relevance to today's political events. Try as he might, the American's attempts to be a understanding "nice guy" serve only to tighten the noose. Yet to be passionate and follow one's beliefs wherever they lead is shown to lead to disaster as well. We are doomed to go through the night of mass murder and war if we are to see the light of day.
The cinematography, utterly commensurate with the claustrophobic theme, brilliant in its conception, an encyclopedia of noire technique; most of the acting; and the conclusion, rivetingly harrowing as any in cinema--all come together in a magnificent work of art that belongs on the shelf of anyone who understands the power of cinema to speak to the heart and mind co-equally.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Lars von Trier
Actors:
Jean-Marc Barr
Barbara Sukowa
Udo Kier




DVD title: The Message
Productgroup: DVD
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I SAW THIS GREAT MOVIE FIRST TIME ALREADY IN 1976


Preceding the film is a note saying that two groups, scholarly groups from Egypt and Lebanon, checked the film for historical accuracy and checked it for accuracy with the Quran. Not being Muslim, I found this reassuring because I feel that I am getting a fairly objective explanation of the history of this religion.
Due to religious purposes, the figure of Mohammed is never seen or heard in the film. If the other characters are talking to him, then they are either looking just off camera or looking at the camera. He is assumed to be there, but you will need to work with the film. I don't think that it detracts from the film at all.
The movie starts prior to Mohammed's vision and finishes when his followers arrive in Mecca. If I had to think of an equivalent for the production, I would compare with the Ten Commandments. Both movies are done on a grand scale. The music reminds me of Lawrence of Arabia.
It is a long movie, but it is worth the time.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Moustapha Akkad
Actors:
Anthony Quinn
Irene Papas




DVD title: And Then There Were None
Productgroup: DVD
And Then There Were None - movie DVD cover picture
The Best Film Adaptation of Agatha Christie


A marvelous cast, script, and direction make this by far the best adaptation of Agatha Christie's work (though the ending and a couple of characters are tampered with). Based upon her devilishly clever mystery, also adapted as a play, "And Then There Were None" finds ten strangely mismatched people headed to a lovely guest house on Indian Island, a small desert island off the coast of Devonshire, England. Once there, the curious guests find that about all they have in common is a vague invitation to spend the weekend on this island by someone--a friend of a friend--named Una Nancy Owen, or Ulick Norman Owen (not to be mysterious, always U. N. Owen), until after their first meal, a gramophone record is played, naming each of them and accusing one and all of a murder that the law couldn't touch. Then one of them dies mysteriously, and...well, that would be telling, wouldn't it? Mystery, suspense, a bit of satire on British society circa 1940s, and a surprise ending the like of which has rarely been equalled, this is a great, fun film for rainy winter evenings with popcorn and hot chocolate (or something stronger), and one you'll want to see more than once.

Studio: Vci Home Video
Director: René Clair
Actors:
Barry Fitzgerald
Walter Huston




DVD title: Kansas - Device, Voice, Drum
Productgroup: DVD
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THEY DON'T MAKE BANDS LIKE THIS ANYMORE! WOW, WHAT SKILL!


If you only know Kansas for Carry On or Dust in the Wind, think again. They had many hits like "The Wall", "Point of Know Return", "Fire with Fire", "Play the Game Tonight". This band has more talent and skill in their little finger than all the 3 chord bands we see today. Absolutely the best progressive rock band from America. This DVD covers music across their 27 year career and is flawlessly played, filmed and packaged in the DVD. It captures the essense of Kansas as a live performance band. You know those the bands that you hear the CD and live they stink. Well Kansas plays and sounds just like the CD. Every note in place and perfect. It's a pure joy to see veteran rockers enjoying what they do and still be on top of their game. They surely are destined for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Studio: Compendia
Actors:
Kansas



DVD title: Forrest Gump
Productgroup: DVD
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Stupid is as stupid does...


And people are probably leaning towards the stupid side if they don't have "Forrest Gump" in their collection.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright Penn
Gary Sinise
Sally Field




DVD title: Fat Actress - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
Fat Actress - The Complete First Season - movie DVD cover picture
Laugh Until You Cry - Evil Genius !!


If Kirstie Alley were not lampooning with sly genius the same people that have tortured her for the past 15+ years, this show would be sinful. Instead, it is a sardonic trashing of Hollywood virtues that will have you laughing so hard that there should be a warning to stop the DVD before you attempt to eat or drink. All the reviews that complain that it is boring or embarrassing miss the point: this is sophisticated, brutal, witty, sharp comedy of the highest level with great actors, including many of Ms. Alley's friends. She is in on the joke, she has had enough, and she is ready to speak out. Stand back. I have heard that Showtime wants to bring the series back, but is unsure whether to do so now that she has lost weight. You knuckleheads!! Kirstie Alley will figure this out! Bring the whole entourage back and let's get going! We need to find out what happens next.

Studio: SHOWTIME ENTERTAINMENT
Director: Keith Truesdell
Actors:
Kirstie Alley



DVD title: Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Marlowe lives


Powers Boothe is perhaps the best Marlowe ever, and that's saying a lot. He's smart, world-weary, and sardonic, tossing off Chandler's scintillating lines with aplomb. Talking about an upwardly mobile lowlife, Marlowe remarks, "The guy had a mansion in Bel Air and all the old-world charm of a cop beating up a drunk."

This DVD set includes all 11 episodes of the HBO series: the five from 1983 and the six from 1986. The 1986 episodes have cheesy opening titles and closing credits, but possess a much stronger noir sensibility than the earlier eps (fine as those are). Classic noir chiaroscuro is much in evidence in the later installments, while the first five eps are slightly marred by conventional studio lighting. Throughout the series, attention to detail is excellent. The darker shades of 1938 Los Angeles are vividly brought to life.

One oddity: the sound is weirdly unbalanced in a few episodes. However, two versions of the soundtrack are provided (Dolby 5.1 and 2.0), and at least one of the two is always fine.

Enthusiastically recommended in any case.



Studio: Goldhil Home Media I
Actors:
Philip Marlowe



DVD title: Buena Vista Social Club
Productgroup: DVD
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Bueno!


Before I saw this movie I was already planning a trip to Cuba with a Spanish group. After seeing the movie, I felt even more thrilled to go see this country. Now that I've gone and visited Cuba for a month(which was just a long enough time for that place), I feel the need to own this movie to remember all the memories I experienced in Havana and in other towns and cities around Cuba.
I found the music to be greatly alive in Cuba and it was about the best part of experiencing this country. Other than that, I found the country to be quite interesting, and the great thing was that the Cuban people had nothing against us Americans personally, it was mostly the government.
I recommend anyone wanting to know more about Cuba to watch this fantastic movie, especially for people who are interested in music. I believe Cuba is the core for most latin music.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Wim Wenders
Actors:
Ibrahim Ferrer
Rubén González (VII)




DVD title: G.I. Jane
Productgroup: DVD
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Extreme Motivation


Pretty soon I'm going to find out if I can hang with the big boys of basic training in Cape May, NJ. I know that the U.S.C.G. is a cinch when compared to the S.E.A.L.S, but watching Demi Moore pump out those one-armed push-ups and hanging crunches is all the motivation I need to prepare myself for what's to come. Thanks, Demi!

Studio: Hollywood Pictures
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors:
Demi Moore
Viggo Mortensen
Anne Bancroft




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