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DVD title: The Salton Sea
Productgroup: DVD
The Salton Sea - movie DVD cover picture
Criminally Overlooked


Glad to see most of the reviews are favorable- "The Salton Sea" is one of my favorite movies. Why? The movie tells a special story in a unique way. Danny (AKA Tom) is on a personal mission that takes him into the squalidity of addiction and crime in LA. The story is unfolded in tangental vignettes, hyper-bizarre incidents and vivid flashbacks, and those of you with a keen eye for detail will recognize the logic of how and why the plotline is revealed this way. A lot of people will find some of the characters strange and over-the-top, and some of the incidents shocking, but that is the charm of the movie- never a dull moment. My favorite aspects deal with the main themes of the movie: the value of true love, evil & hypocrisy, unlikely heroes and gutter saints. A Beautiful Film.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: D.J. Caruso
Actors:
Val Kilmer



DVD title: Finding Nemo (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Finding Nemo (Collector's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Hilarious, Breathtaking, Cute,...A MUST SEE!!!


I LOVE this movie!!! I'm 37 years old and JUST received this movie as a gift from my boyfriend because I WANTED this for my movie collection!
This movie will have you laughing,almost crying because its just so C..U..T..E!! The animation is FANTASTIC!(Beautiful underwater world) What a WONDERFUL story! I LOVED EVERYTHING about it!!!
My favorite character is Dory. Ellen DeGeneres was a PERFECT match to bring "Dory" alive!!! She has me laughing so hard!!
I can't stop watching this movie. If you haven't seen this movie yet,....PLEASE see it!!If I could give this movie 10 stars,...I would!!!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Albert Brooks
Ellen DeGeneres
Alexander Gould




DVD title: Batman Returns
Productgroup: DVD
Batman Returns - movie DVD cover picture
A Brilliant Film


This is one of the few cases where a sequel is on par with the original. Like its predecessor ("Batman"), this is a very powerful, psychological, dark, and thought-provoking film. The cast is brilliant, the music is superb, and the art is beautiful. The subject matter is very haunting and the ending is very moving; this is a modern classic, just like the first one.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Michael Keaton
Danny DeVito
Michelle Pfeiffer




DVD title: Grave of the Fireflies
Productgroup: DVD
Grave of the Fireflies - movie DVD cover picture
This anime classic has no match.


Even non-anime viewers will enjoy this moving and heart-touching film. It clearly shows that in war it is the civilians who suffer, especially children who are helpless about what's going on around them. The musical score (or lack thereof in some cases) does a great job setting the tone of each scene. The animation style is more realistic than other anime, helping to set the serious tone of the film. The characters are such that viewers will empathize with those suffering the effects of war. Grave of the Fireflies is truly one of the best anime I've ever seen.

Studio: Cpm/Us Manga Corps
Director: Isao Takahata
Actors:
Tsutomu Tatsumi
Ayano Shiraishi
Akemi Yamaguchi




DVD title: Salem's Lot - The Miniseries
Productgroup: DVD
Salem's Lot - The Miniseries - movie DVD cover picture
Great movie


This 2004 remake of Salem's Lot is excellent. I'm a big fan of the 1979 original, but the remake is much better. The choice of actors and the modern special effects make this current version a definite hit. Rob Lowe's narration and the focus on the individuals and the makeup of the town lend very well to character development and story telling. I highly recommend buying this dvd.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Mikael Salomon



DVD title: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Productgroup: DVD
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A Kids Classic that isn't Disney


I remember when this film first came out, parents hated it. They thought it was too dark and scary for children. The movie cost 3 million to make and was, in the end, able to squeak out only 4 million domestic. Not bad, but not great. In fact it could have easily been forgotten had it not been for the popular book, written by Roald Dahl, and a rabid fan base.

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is the story of a famous but eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka. Wonka works in obscurity, no one has ever seen inside his factory, in fact, no one has ever really seen Wonka. The movie starts with Wonka announcing that he will open up his factory, but only to 5 lucky people...the ones who find 5 golden tickets hidden in his chocolate bars. In the end 5 children find the tickets, the spoiled Veruca Salt, the annoying Violet Beauregard, the gluttonous Augustus Gloop, the obsessed Mike Teavee, and the salt of the earth Charlie Bucket. The second half of the film is a tour through the mad but fascinating chocolate factory where Wonka's guests quickly start to disappear one by one.

The extras on this set are illuminating a 20-minute or so documentary explores Gene Wilder's (Willy Wonka) motivation and offers up fascinating facts like Quaker Oats being the major funding for this movie. In fact Quaker Oats was hoping to market Wonka Bars in tandem with the movies release but the bars could not maintain their shape on store shelves and quickly melted into obscurity. The commentary is one of those "You Must Listen To" features if you're a fan of the film. All the children, now in their 40's, share memories and swap stories from thirty years ago on set. We learn what that chocolate river was really made of, who had crushes on who, and that, at times, all the kids really thought Gene Wilder was insane.

Today the movie is still quite dark, but with its quirky and fun soundtrack, it's almost innocent looking sets, and strong moral message few would argue that this movie is not appropriate for even the youngest of children. I would say four and up should appreciate it, though the boat scene still freaks me out. It is a wonderful family film that holds up to repeated viewings for this generation and generations to come.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Mel Stuart
Actors:
Gene Wilder



DVD title: Pulp Fiction
Productgroup: DVD
Pulp Fiction - movie DVD cover picture
Amazing


Simply great movie. I'm sorry that so many people cannot see it because not of age but they must surely purchase it as soon as it is legal for them.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors:
John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson
Bruce Willis




DVD title: The Pink Panther
Productgroup: DVD
The Pink Panther - movie DVD cover picture
One of the funniest films ever gets better on dvd


A screamingly funny slapstic, The Pink Panther is great, if a little outdated. Peter Sellers plays Inspecter Clousseau-an lovable detective that can solve the case-if he can still open the door! Peter Sellers also starred in A Shot in the Dark and Dr. Strangelove that year, both of which I would recommend. The film is a classic in which the comedy is funny on it's timing-and this film has perfect timing! Even Leonard Maltin liked this one. When this film didn't appear on the AFI's top 100, it was a real "shot in the dark."
Movie: 4.5/5 A little outdated, but as the spotlight review says, "Deliciously Funny."
DVD: 4/5 I know what your thinking, about no special features, mono, and non-anamorphic, but it comes with one of my favorite trailers, gives two viewing modes, sounds great during the film's score, is sharp at times, and has a great pamphlet about the film. I never saw this film on vhs, so I have nothing to compare it to.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review and feel free to leave me a helpful/not helpful feedback. God Bless America!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Blake Edwards
Actors:
David Niven
Peter Sellers




DVD title: Manhunter (Director's Cut, Limited Edition Set)
Productgroup: DVD
Manhunter (Director's Cut, Limited Edition Set) - movie DVD cover picture
Smell Yourself....!


This film kinda took me by surprise as being one of those films of which I remember most of the lines of the antagonists. Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecter I think was more menancing than Anthony Hopkins portrayal. The incorporation of rock music (easy rock to heavy metal)places this movie as a definite eighties classic. Not gory or flashy with special effects, this film plays more on psychological themes...well obviously. There's no glorification of the killer or too much philosophizes on why the killer "the tooth fairy" kills. It's a simple yet complex film, that's a lot better than it is generally credited as being.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Michael Mann
Actors:
William L. Petersen



DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Bring Back Biggs!!!


Hello! Before I even say anything about this DVD set, I will inform all who are reading this review that I am CEO of The International Alliance For Biggs. You see, what none of you can realise or comprehend is that Biggs is still alive! You see, as the laser blast from Darth Vader's Tie Fighter hit Biggs' X-Wing, Biggs accidently hit the hyper drive. This sent him roaring through space and perhaps even time... itself! (Thank you Dr. Scott!) Now, Biggs is now a cool Private I. who lives in NYC's East Village. He and I have become great friends and we often sit around watching that wacky Britcom "The Young Ones" whilst drinking Jolt Soda and making prank phone calls to Dirk Benedict (you've gotta love Starbuck!). Biggs himslf has informed me that he wants the scenes with him and Luke early on in Episode IV to be put back in. He also informed me that if they were NOT put back in SOME "Special Edition" of Star Wars soon, that he would hire Kuzak, formerly of the Law Firm Of Leland, MacKenzie and Brackman to sue everyone on the staff of Lucasfilm Ltd. for breach of contract and hurt of feelings. Just thought you all should know. Now, in the immortal words of Eddie Izzard... "Ciaaaaaaaao`!!!"(...). Thank you.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



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