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DVD title: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Productgroup: DVD
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To be honest, I really only wanted to see this movie because I am a HUGE fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar (from upcoming hits "Cruel Intentions," "Scream 2" and "Simply Irresistible.") She is a truly great actress and I was SO mad when she got...oh don't let me spoil the movie. But all I need to say is that if you read the book it's nothing like the movie but both book and movie are great so just enjoy the whole concept of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Gillespie
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Anne Heche

DVD title: Team America - World Police (Special Collector's Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Quick, hassle-free service

Everything went as planned. I paid, I got my stuff, and it was in good shape - end of story. Quick and hassle-free. Thanks!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Trey Parker
Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Elle Russ

DVD title: Kung Fu - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Forget the Aspect Ratio, Forget the 'Racism'

"Kung Fu" is one of the best television Westerns ever done. I was 22 when the series started in 1972, just at the best age to appreciate the amazing confluence of Eastern ideas placed into a wild Western setting.

However, after viewing this series - the second season - on DVD, the force of it is even more obvious.

Now, I am in agreement with those who condemn the aspect ratio editing; a TV show - unless filmed originally in widescreen should be shown in the stand TV 'full screen' format. However, the DVD sets are better than nothing at all.

I also agree that Bruce Lee was ill treated by the producers of "Kung Fu." However, Bruce Lee died in the summer of 1973! And how did he die? A film star known the world over, whose films are still regarded as seminal within the genre. Besides, as one who has mingled in the Hollywood (of the late 70s, when things changed to an extent) milieu, writers, actors, directors, et al, get cheated and ignored all the time. Sure, race can be part of the theft or mistreatment, but "Hollywood" is a cut throat place all too often, where there is no 'rule book' on anything. So, would the critics of the alleged racism and mistreatment of Bruce Lee rather have had him do only the first season of "Kung Fu" before he died, or become the world renowned martial artist whose legend has endured for over three decades after his death? The answer is obvious! They didn't kill him, they made him a legend! There are just too many moral lepers with too much power in "Hollywood", and yet, there are also people like Spielberg, Paul Newman, the Reiners, Ron Howard, who are as close to solid gold as it gets in this life. "Hollywood" is just not the place to go expecting justice; the whole film and television industry is based on relatively temporary general popularity, not the ethical treatment of those involved in making the 'product.' A lot of the decisions that are made have strong social components - people who have worked together on other efforts - rather than just artistic perspectives in common. Anything from "Hollywood" is a collaborative effort of people whose careers live and die on the whims of the general public... and it makes everyone involved skittish or edgy and often cynical. Too much is out of control, so they tend to go with what seems safe (for them) or what the 'execs' or the bag men (follow the money trail) require. The people in "Hollywood" know how unstable their work is and they expect others to know that as well. It's quicksand.

That "Hollywood" could have produced such a fine series as "Kung Fu" deserves praise, not condemnation over the fate of Bruce Lee in a TV series.

Now, to anyone with martial arts training, the first season in particular was almost amusing because so much of the martial arts had to be supported by slowing down the camera speed and using unusual angles to hide the inabilities of David Carradine. Over the course of the three years, Carradine did improve greatly, though he was never going to be in the same class as Lee.

Carradine was the perfect choice, martial arts skills aside, to convey the message of the creators of "Kung Fu." He made "Kung Fu" his series in a way that I doubt Bruce Lee could have.

It is also interesting to note that David Carradine played the lead in an Oscar winning film biography of Woody Guthrie just after the "Kung Fu" series ended. Anyone watching that film could see the "Kwai Chang Cain school of acting" skills being applied to his presentation of Guthrie.

Bruce Lee was amazing in "Green Hornet" and his films, but he was not right for the lead in "Kung Fu." Carradine was.

Studio: Warner Home Video
David Carradine

DVD title: Gasaraki - The Circle Opens (Vol. 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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Even better than the first

This was a great tape. The animation is still the best. And the dub is still good. The first episode picks up were the last one left off. And we get to see some robot vs. robot action. With Yushiro fighting the girl in his dreams. You will be pleased. We also learn more about the other TA piolets. Then in the second episode we see Yushiro meet the girl. With introducing new characters as well. Even though there isn't as much action in this one until the end, the story will still keep you intrigued. And the action is great to. I am not going to spoil it, But it isn't in the robots this time. The third episode is my favorite. As Yushiro is heading back to Japan, with the rest of the piolets, with the Ta's in a big plane, get attacked. (forgive the run-on sentence) And how they handle it will keep you on the edge. This is a great series, and is highly recomended.

Studio: A.D. Vision
Director: RyƓsuke Takahashi

DVD title: The Pianist (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Masterpiece, an epic told with great lyric intensity

I hesitatated going to see THE PIANIST because I could not imagine how another holocaust story could shed new light on this the darkest moment in human history but this film does shine new light and what light!
I also thought Polanski had finished making great movies when he made Chinatown back in 1974. Wrong again. This film--which is a French, German, and British production--is as technologically impressive as Spielbergs great holocaust film Schindlers List. It is also a film that comes straight from the heart and soul as the film is directed by a survivor of the holocaust(Polanski)and is based on the memoir-novel written by another survivor--the films main character the pianist played by Adrian Brody. The scope of the film is immense covering the war from beginning to finish but the feel remains an intimate one as the events are all related through one mans eyes. The audience only sees what the main character sees. Thus the power of the film as we cannot help but empathise with him and perhaps even become the main character ourselves--we feel we share his every experience and sensation and thus it feels these things are happening to us. It is an English language film but through vast stretches there is very little dialogue just the sensory experiences of one man who is alone and such visceral intensity has rarely if ever before been brought to the audience with such profound results. The film is a great technological achievement and yet what really shines through is its lyric precision. No matter how powerful all the machines of war are and how much destruction they bring down on Poland the greatest instrument, the one that is most powerful is the one that speaks to and of mans highest nature, the piano. Few films make you feel you actually experienced an event but this one leaves you feeling you were there, and the music that plays at the close of the film feels like nothing less than a deliverance.
The very highest recommendation.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Roman Polanski
Adrien Brody
Thomas Kretschmann
Frank Finlay

DVD title: The Bad Seed
Productgroup: DVD
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Why would I tell and get killed?

This movie is simply a masterpiece. There are no better words to describe it. The chilling morbidity of Rhoda Penmark, and the emotional ringer Christine goes is wonderful! I am a fourteen year old girl who doesn't like the Varsity Blues and Scream movies of my generation, I love the Bad Seed. Most of my friends, however, have never heard of it and don't want to see it. I try to explain to them what a wonderful movie it is, but most of them just don't care. All my generation has grown up seeing slasher films. None of them can truly appreciate The Shining, Psycho, or the elusive simplicity of the Bad Seed. I have seen it many times and know it word for word. It's not a stupid slasher film, or even just a simple murder mystery. It is a solid psycological thriller. I adore it. I love LeRoy and his wonderful ability to be droll, I love Monica and her "I know everything" frame of mind, I love everything about the movie! My dream is to be in the play. Who knows? It could happen... :c)

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Nancy Kelly
Patricia McCormack

DVD title: Warrior Queen
Productgroup: DVD
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A must see

This is a movie about a Warrior Queen, Boudica, who really did exist and led a massive uprising against a Roamna army in Britian in about AD 60. It is and excellent movie. Lots of action and at the same time good character development. Really gave the feeling of being in the Medieval times. Costumes and sets were great. Alex Kingston (From ER) plays the Warrior Queen did a great job.

Studio: Wgbh
Director: Bill Anderson (III)

DVD title: Wild Zero
Productgroup: DVD
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Wild Zero fun rock and roll zombie movie

Night of the Living Dead meets Rock 'n' Roll High School, this film's giddy energy and unrepentantly silly story line are a hoot and a holler of fun. Guitar Wolf, along with his bandmates Drum Wolf and Bass Wolf (all three of whom were reportedly blind drunk during the length of the shoot), make for convincing punk rock superheroes; in one scene Guitar Wolf dispatches with a gaggle of zombies with a hail of flying guitar picks, while in another he cleaves a UFO with a samurai sword stashed in the fret of his trusty instrument. Other characters, such as Makoto Inamiya's womanizing lounge-lizard villain and Haruka Nakajo as a sexy bazooka-wielding assassin, are equally pungent and delightfully bizarre. Shot in Thailand, the film's army of the undead was reportedly played by Thai military staff and their families. While not a film for the Steel Magnolias crowd, Wild Zero is an exuberantly weird and entertaining flick that is totally enjoyable and a fun movie to watch.

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Tetsuro Takeuchi

DVD title: Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill
Productgroup: DVD
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Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill

This is a must own for anyone who likes intelligent comics. Eddie combines his vast knowledge of history and cultures and blows the audience away. Looks are definately deceiving about this chap, so trust the millions of Izzard fans worldwide and buy this great show. If you like George Carlin or Lenny Bruce don't miss this one. Absolutely fantabulous!!!!

Studio: WEA Corp.
Director: Lawrence Jordan (II)
Eddie Izzard

DVD title: Xena Warrior Princess - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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I bought this for my wife, and she loved every episode on it.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Lucy Lawless

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