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DVD title: Sleepy Hollow
Productgroup: DVD
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Critics are stupid, this movie ISN`T!


This is the movie that introduced me to Tim Burton`s phenomenal gift of creating visually stunning films. Though the critics seem to think that he cheats by making everything look good with the absence of other good elements in his movies, as Tim states in "Burton on Burton", "What`s the big deal? It`s a movie, for christ sakes, not a radio program. It IS a visual thing." I`ve always loved the story of Sleepy Hollow and saw it as an incredible movie just waiting to happen-there was always something missing from the story everyone already knew, and Disney turned the moody and dark story into some kind of a big joke with their animation (no offence, I know that Burton himself always LIKED the cartoon.) And when I saw a preview for the movie, looking so dark and crawly and spooky, I was basically trembling with excitement. Well, it surely fulfilled my expectations. Tim Burton does great justice to what The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is supposed to be: spooky, not funny. This entire film looks GREAT, not to mention it has wonderful performances (expecially Johnny Depp, whose role as the nervous wreck Ichabod Crane is worth the entire price of the movie and then some) and some of the best music Danny Elfman has ever composed for a movie. I understand that some people disected the movie into pieces so tiny you couldn`t choke a cricket with them and found all these problems-the ending was too lame, it wasn`t scary, the special effects were cheesy, Miranda Richardson was chessy, yada yada yada. I guess those people just aren`t Tim Burton people; after all, his idea of "scary" is kind of a friendly spookiness. SCARY movies are directed by rain people, but Tim Burton is a snow person. If you get what I mean. So if you`ve seen some other Burton movies and liked them, definitely check this one out. I think it`s one of his best masterpieces.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Christina Ricci




DVD title: Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny, Scary, Suspense


I think that this one is very good but, it is not as good as the others. The funny part about this movie is the way he kills the kids. Like Spencer the video game with the power glove, that was funny. Carlos with the chalk board rioting. The sadest part of the movie was when Freddy died. And when John fount out that he wasn't Freddys kid. It was pretty funny how he got killed though. And the van seen where Carlos can't find his way out of the map. This movie is a must for the ultimate Freddy fan.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Rachel Talalay
Actors:
Robert Englund
Lisa Zane




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Instant Classic


These films will be remembered forever as the greatest trilogy besides Star Wars. Every shot in the movie is breathtaking. THe Battle of Helm's Deep is one of the greatest battles ever to be filmed. The only battle more magnificent is the one is The Return of the King. I have watched everything on all 4-discs and i am very pleased i bought this DVD. It was worth every penny. If you ever look at the screen and wonder how they did that the answer is somewhere on the DVD. I also must mention how the sountrack to this film is beautiful.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen




DVD title: The Phantom of the Opera
Productgroup: DVD
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The best restoration of the 1929 version....ever,ever,ever.


This 2 disc-set of milestone by far not only the best edition for the phantom of the opera,but also the finest restoration I have ever seen in my life for a movie. First,the 1929 version-Allow me to say it's tinting is great,the sharpness of the picture is by far the best I've ever seen,the orchestral score by carl davis makes you thrilled enough,and,of course-the 1929 soundtrack,makes this movie much more alive then ever.I admire the phantom's shdow voice quite much.the opera sequences are perfect,among everything else.I am so relieved now that I could finally hear the 1929 surviving soundtrack,he really is worth all the set.And as for the movie,allow me to say,best silent horror movie ever made,from the very reason that it's a horror film that also persents the hero not only as an eager beast,thanks to Lon Chnaey,the god of horror films ever,who knew how to bring life and soul to erik.
The 1925 version,allow me to say,shocked me.It was so fabolous!There were such a wroth-watching scenes that it's a shame they were removed in 1929.This version,however,is closet to the book,has more plot,and looks much more intresting.Every phantom fan must have the 1925 original version.that is to say.
"THE MASTER SHALL LIVE YOU YET-TO HIGHT OF IMMORTAL GLORY. THENCEFORTH-YOUR LIFE BELONGS TO HIM."

Studio: Image Entertainment
Actors:
Lon Chaney
Mary Philbin




DVD title: Head Over Heels
Productgroup: DVD
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Critics are insane!


I have seen this movie TWICE in two days! I love it! I have always been a huge Freddie Prinze, Jr. fan and looked forward to seeing this movie when it came out in the theaters...however it didn't last long because of what I believe to be a lack of interest by the "critics"... I finally got the chance to see it for the first time yesterday---it is amazing! No, it is not a thought provoking movie, but who said that an entertaining movie had to be THOUGHT PROVOKING?! Shalom Harlow, Sarah O'Hare, Monica Potter and the rest of the models did an excellent job in a very funny romantic comedy!!! To all the critics who gave this movie a bad wrap---lighten up---just have fun with the comedy of the movie and you'll love it!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Mark Waters (VIII)
Actors:
Monica Potter
Freddie Prinze Jr.




DVD title: Poison Ivy II: Lily
Productgroup: DVD
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"Aching for you"


I felt that the movie was wonderful. I thought it was done intaste. It was a good way to show how things can get out of control,when she tries to be someone else. Very thrilling, kept me on the seat of my pants. It was awesome.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Anne Goursaud



DVD title: Spirited Away
Productgroup: DVD
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Ghibi studios has outdone themselves.


In my opinion this doesn't necessarily make the movie better. I supposed I was expecting to see this movie and be utterly blown away a la "Princess Mononoke," and in some ways I was. It moved me and made me think, and the movie's artistry let my imagination soar free just as with "Mononoke."
However, my first impression is that the coherency in that earlier Miyazaki film is missing here. Being that this and "Mononoke" are the only two films of his I have seen, maybe this kind of movie is really more of his style and he isn't usually as lucid or accessible as he was with "Mononoke," yet I still think that film set a standard for storytelling, emotion, and beauty that few, if any, movies have matched since. The plot progressed at a thrilling pace, and the conclusion was perfect and utterly satisfying.
"Spirited Away," on the other hand, doesn't progress nearly as smoothly. In fact, the only real (coherent) plot development occurs in the first 45 minutes or so of the movie, with the changing of Chihiro's parents to pigs, her introduction to the bath house, her meeting with Haku and Yubaba, and her meeting with No Face. After that, to a certain degree, the movie seems to meander plot-wise. Though characters are put into dilemnas here and there, you never really get the feeling that they're in true danger, or that any of the plot elements really are that crucial. Despite the fact that I admire the gray-area nature of good and evil in Miyazaki's films, I think it would've served the movie's plot and development better if Yubaba had been more maliciously cast. Might be fault of the translation, but I don't know...
There are some elements that make little sense with the overarching themes and plot line of the movie, as well. No Face is possibly the biggest example of this. He/she/it just seems to be thrown in to add meat to the plot, and little more. It's an interesting diversion, but it makes little sense with the story, besides highlighting the theme of greed, possibly. Which brings me to another aspect I didn't like so much: themes of maturation and love were (pretty) well dealt with, but the theme of greed was probably too overdone, especially with Chihiro's parents turning into pigs and No Face's handing out of gold to everyone.
Being as I've viewed it all the way through only once, it might need some time, but so far I just don't see the coherency of "Mononoke" here.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Miyu Irino



DVD title: The Exorcist (25th Anniversary Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Version You've Never Seen


This is such an awesome movie....and the transfer to DVD is amazing! To say this movie was made in 1973, the quality of this picture is outstanding. Although it is dated, it still has to ability to scare....or disturb the viewer a bit. I was VERY pleased with this movie. To watch it all over again, with a few scenes added back in, was amazing. The spider-walk is a MUST SEE! I watched this movie after dark; perfect atmosphere to a wonderful movie.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: William Friedkin
Actors:
Ellen Burstyn
Max von Sydow
Linda Blair




DVD title: Damaged Care
Productgroup: DVD
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An unusual film!


This picture is a little gem. It hasn't special effects; there are not technological advances, and in this sense you could say this is an old fashioned work. And nowadays that's by itself, signifies something.
The story deals about the ethic deficit in which the world is immersed. Is the health susceptible to be considered another market service by itself? Or perhaps if the goal of any enterprise related with such delicate subject as the public health is reduced to a double statement: maximum benefits and reduction of costs?
Laura Dern makes a convincing portrait of a doctor who is incapable to understand the mechanism of the actual state of things and decides to act like a voice in the desert. She is not convinced about certain rational decisions permeated of the sweet smell of the success: Somerset Maugham stated once: "In times of hypocrisy, the sincerity is considered as cynicism". So our lonely character seems to have chosen the most difficult way: she argues and refuses what in her ethic is out of context and becomes immediately in "The enemy of the people" .
She renounces to her two previous jobs due serious painful cases that simply don't follow the established rules.
Passionate script, that will leave you thinking for a long, long time.
This movie means to Laura Dern her best artistic achievement to date.
"If we do the things just for believing that other person expects we do it, and he or she expects because he believes it that we expect that he expects it, we'll finish doing everything what nobody wants to do, which it is a ridicule way of proceeding" Georges Bernard Shaw


Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Harry Winer



DVD title: Good Bye, Lenin
Productgroup: DVD
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HEARTWARMING WHAT-IF TALE OF COMING TO TERMS


Goodbye Lenin takes a sliver of recent history (reunification of Germany) and weaves it into a tender, bittersweet tale of farce and romance. Presenting a world that no longer exists is hard enough, but making it convincing to the viewer with gentle hints of humour requires a stroke of genius.

We may not know of the precise nostalgia felt by East Germans when the products they grew up with were replaced by spiffy modern imports from adjoining nations. But these moments are so beautifully handled, and the son's alternative approaches so cutely frantic, that we cannot avoid relating to similar emotions from our own contexts.

The film goes on for a bit in the middle with goofy antics and knowing jokes, but it is richly textured in its nods towards other directors like Fellini and Kubrick.

Don't let subtitles put you off from seeing this heart-breaking yet oddly comforting film. One of the best movies I've seen in 2004!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Wolfgang Becker (II)
Actors:
Daniel Brühl
Katrin Saß
Chulpan Khamatova
Florian Lukas




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