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DVD title: Christina Aguilera - My Reflection
Productgroup: DVD
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Compulsory purchase for fans

This 2nd video of Christina Aguilera is much, much better than her 1st video. It has better production, 4 music videos and of course, actual undubbed concert footage. There is a considerable amount of speaking done by Christina Aguilera here. She talks eloquently on her music before the start of almost every song in the concert (and quite a lot she addresses to the audience!). In fact, I found her demeanour to be mostly that of being earnest and down-to-earth; not much of the coquettish diva attitude surfaced. She seemed like one "mature" musician out of the multitude of teen acts out there. The selection of songs here was very good. Not only are there the usual picks from the albums, Christina Aguilera also performs "At Last", "Climb Every Mountain" and "Al Right Now", all of which are not found on her commercial CD releases. Her voice was in tip-top condition - she hit the high notes especially well in the ballads and there were interesting improvisations to some of her songs (e.g. I Turn To You has a more soulful ending). The duet with Brian McKnight, however, was a bit uncalled for. Brian McKnight sounded like he was imitating Christina Aguilera's vocal style and was overusing his falsetto tones. Interspersed between the concert performances, are short off-stage footages of Christina Aguilera with her mother, the fliming site of "Come On Over" music video, and other miscellaneous stuff, very much similar to what's found on her 1st video.
As a Christina Aguilera fan, I have not regretted a single bit buying this video. It is a MUST-HAVE if you like Christina Aguilera.

Studio: Image Entertainment

DVD title: Garden State
Productgroup: DVD
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garden state

To live in Los Angeles, one has to put themselves into a Garden State just to emotionaly survive the day - Zach Braff has an amazing eye for everyday american life, especially the long road home of searching for ones self... This has been the most gratifying movie experience I have had in 2004. I hope Zach makes many more films from the heart-

Joseph Perez - commercial film director,

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Zach Braff
Zach Braff
Peter Sarsgaard
Natalie Portman

DVD title: Portishead - Roseland New York
Productgroup: DVD
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Completely mind-blowing

I have quickly gotten into Portishead in the past week, buying their two studio albums, this DVD and also the CD that was put out with 11 of the 15 tracks from the DVD. I watched this DVD last night and it was absolutely mind-blowing. It made me want to vomit it was so good. I can't believe I didn't know of Portishead before. While I watched it (and then the extras also), I couldn't believe that a band could be so good, so cool, so dark. There's not one happy song and every song is darker than black and just DIRTY. No modern band can touch this music. This DVD is insanely good. A must for anyone who knows good music.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Director: Dick Carruthers

DVD title: Inspector Morse - Twilight of the Gods
Productgroup: DVD
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This was a very funny Morse!

It was very fuuny and sad. Poor Morse he had to learn the hard way . And I love the music and where the flimed it!

Studio: Bfs Entertainment/Mu

DVD title: The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection - His Favorite Moments from The Tonight Show (Vols. 1-3) (1962-1992)
Productgroup: DVD
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Will Never Be Equaled

A wonderful look back at 30 years of late night class. It just goes to show what an awesome talent Johnny was and how far late night TV has declined. The picture and sound quality is excellent, and the extras are good, too. Johnny's 1982 special where he visits Norfolk is fun to see again as well. My only gripe is that the music montage from the last show is missing, but this probably has to do with getting all the clearances from the artists, which can be difficult. Highly recommended for all us baby-boomers who grew up with the one and only King of late night. Johnny......WE MISS YOU!!!!

Studio: Carson Entertainment
Johnny Carson

DVD title: A Mighty Wind
Productgroup: DVD
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Christopher Guest's Best Film Yet

Since its release on Wednesday I have seen this film twice. I expect to see it several times more. Simply put, I believe that "A Mighty Wind" is the best film Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy have made. It may not deliver the most obvious jokes and provide the easiest laughs, but what it lacks in laugh-out-loud guffaws it makes up for in beautifully sincere and truthfully portrayed moments. The film features over the top hilarity from the likes of Fred Willard, but provides a beautifully subtle and straight performance by Catherine O'Hara. Rather than concerning herself with jokes, O'Hara concerns herself with being true to the character, and hands in a truly amazing acting performance. Ditto to her co-star, Mr. Eugene Levy, whose ridiculously brain-fried Mitch is somehow lovably lost. The music in the film is truly, "the icing on the cake." Every song played by Mitch & Mickey, The Folksmen, and The New Main Street Singers have actually been written by the movie's stars. Guest, McKean, and Shearer wrote all of the Folksmen's tune, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara wrote all of Mitch & Mickey's songs, and John Michale Higgins arranged all of the vocal harmonies for The New Main Street Singers. These actors have given of themselves in writing the music they play in the film, and the movie is somehow elevated to a new height because of it. If you go to "A Mighty Wind" expecting to see merely a comedy, you may be dissapointed. If you go hoping to see an excellent film with outsanding acting, "A Mighty Wind" will show you all of this and more.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Christopher Guest
Christopher Guest
Harry Shearer
Michael McKean
Eugene Levy

DVD title: The Invincible Pole Fighter
Productgroup: DVD
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Exceptionally Powerful (Dental Abuse!)

This is a truly unique film - breathtaking fight scenes and emotionally stirring acting. Within the cast, there is not a single weak link. In a genre where the priority has rarely been character development, this film shows that it is possible to combine this with action, without either suffering. Whislt this is not a remastered DVD, the price and the supprisingly `comedy-free` dubbing means that it is an essential film.
Remember: Brush after every meal....

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Chia-Liang Liu

DVD title: The Revenge of Frankenstein
Productgroup: DVD
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The best of Frankenstein.

This is a wonderful film, and Cushing is brilliant as always. I think it's actually the best of Hammer's tales about Frankenstein. It's got everything going for it; all the things we love the most about Hammer. -The ones that followed all had their very own charm, but they did not surpass this one in any way. A true classic from their golden days.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Terence Fisher
Peter Cushing

DVD title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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LXG is a gem!

Don't take LXG too seriously. It's a fantasy that takes place on an alternate world where our larger than life literary heroes and bad guys exist. It's so nice to have a movie like this to watch when one needs a good escape from reality. Give it a shot.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Stephen Norrington
Sean Connery
Peta Wilson
Tony Curran
Stuart Townsend
Shane West
Jason Flemyng

DVD title: North by Northwest
Productgroup: DVD
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Ravishing- from the opening green lion.

This has always been one of my favorite Hitchcock films, mainly because when you view the whole, you realize that it doesn't really fit into the typical suspense or horror category. It dosen't have the graphic gore of PSYCHO or the psychological eeriness of VERTIGO. It is more of an adventure film, a rollicking roller-coaster of entertainment infused with wry comedy, romance, glamour, and superb cinematography which sustains your interest, amazingly, for more than 130 minutes. And all the performances are memorable- from Grant's cynical executive to Eva Marie Saint's beautiful, smoldering agent, to James Mason's urbane, silky, villain. It comes right at the end of probably the director's greatest period of films- his 50's carousel of hits, including STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, TO CATCH A THIEF, REAR WINDOW, VERTIGO, and the redux MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. It also manages to make train travel exceedingly glamorous!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant
Eva Marie Saint

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