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DVD title: Bring on the Night
Productgroup: DVD
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DVD please

I'd like to open a listing for the DVD, as they have with "Hearts Of Darkness" for instance, so that they can gauge interest for the distributor. I would by this DVD too.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Director: Michael Apted

DVD title: J.R.R. Tolkien Animated Films Set (The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings/The Return of the King)
Productgroup: DVD
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These are geared for pre-teens--this isn't Orson Welles!!!

I'm glad that these films have been put to disk. Tolkein is powerful. He leaves a great wake every time he surfaces. I am just waiting for the resurgence of fantasy with the live-action "Lord of the Rings."
To begin, grown-ups should read books for grown ups. Read the books, and don't drink below the horses. These animated films are designed for younger demographics; so don't expect Shakespeare or Joseph Conrad. But do expect a whittled down retelling of the Tolkein classics. Face it, the films cannot convey the full flavor of the books--Tom Bombadil probably will never be portrayed in any "Lord of the Rings" adaptation. These books are thick, like "Dune," so they do not adapt to the "short attention-span" theater.
Secondly, the films should serve as a segue way into the books. You are given a two-hour adaptation of the long and thick book, which serves as a roadmap while you are reading. But our curiosity should not stop with the films.
The Hobbit is a good adaptation of the book, although it is designed for pre-teens, about 6-10 years old, and is punctuated by narrative singing. The animation is very stylized, and the Hobbits resemble those red-hated dwarves that were so popular in the early `80's. You get a feel for the story.
Admittedly, "The Lord of the Rings" stops abruptly, and it would have been helpful if the same animation companies would have done both films, due to continuity reasons. Frankly, I prefer the style to "The Lord of the Rings," since it was geared to a teen-age demographic, and is not as cutesy as "The Hobbit" and "Return of the King." The ring-wraiths still chill me, and the orcs really do scare the spit out of you. The orcs and wraiths in the other films remind me of Gargamel from the Smurf. You realize he is the bad guy, but he seems more like a vicious Archie Bunker.
The style reminds me of jazzed up Filmation (He-Man, Star Trek: The Animated Series), but they inter-spliced real actors in with the animation, so the film has an eerie feel about it. Especially the wring-wraiths. I am surprised that this film didn't give me a nightmare!
And this film had the better Gollum!
As mentioned, "Return of the King" does not pick-up exactly where "Lord of the Rings" left off, but thre is enough narration to cover the gaps. This was originally a TV broadcast, and not a movie, so you see a lot of commercial gaps, and allusions to "The Hobbit." Face it, TV reaches more people than the cinema, so more people are familiar with the animated Hobbit special than the film. The film focuses mainly on Sam at the expense of the other Hobbits (yes, I have read the books), but I wonder if the was a better way to edit the stories better, giving more time to the other members of the fellowship.
This film also contains the classic song "Where there's a whip, there's a way."
I recommend these films for children, or anyone who cant wait until 2003 for the boxed set to come out. The films provide a good sampling and feel for the story, but it should be remembered that there is no excuse for failing to read the books!

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Pure swashbuckling entertainment as Poetry!

Welcome To Sherwood Forest
Out of gray dust-bowl Great Depression Crystal Technicolor DreamBlack tables swell with rich-pilchard foodOrange fire licks bleeding Saxon woundsBasil Rathbone sneers blue Norman arroganceClaude Rains seethes corrupt yellow ruleEnter childhood heroForever hope-filled, boldIn passionate defeat of evil chaosStrong as long-bow hewn from ancient treeStraight as arrow splitting bulls-eye arrowIn deep kelly-green tightsLightening white-toothed cocky smileErrol Flynn brandishes poached antlered stag Fighting off stumbling Norman legions Olivia DeHavilland radiates chaste sensual lustWild forest supermen On thick oak branchesDown tankards of golden nut aleTear brown bread in white fist-full chunksDevour haunches of red simmering meatSpill ruby wine down neatly trimmed chinsSing merry songs into midnightStrip faux-Royal henchmen to their underwearRough order in absence of lion-hearted king
God Bless You Robin

Studio: Warner Home Video
Errol Flynn
Olivia de Havilland

DVD title: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Star Trek series

In my opinion, DS9 was the best and most thought-provoking star trek series. It had a more realistic view of life and the decisions that we make, and showed that the innate idealism of Star Trek was something that could not be taken for granted, nor could it be completely above reproach. Also, this series is more character-driven than the other trek series. In TNG, you would not get to know many of the characters besides how you saw them in action every week doing this or that, but on DS9 you got to know the characters as they interacted with each other more in depth. In my opinion, the characters made the show what it was, for better or worse.
Many othes have described the plot and format for the series in their review so I won't do so here, but I will give my comments on this season. I'm a poor college student so I haven't bought the DVD set; however I did watch all of the seasons on DVD from Netflix. Season one had some hits and misses as the writers tried to get a feel for the show and the characters, but there were some good stories told. The best episode of the season was "Duet" which set the tone for all the premier episodes during its 7-season run; stories that made you think, made you cry, and weren't so cut-and-dry. While it is true that the series hit its stride in season 3 and continued a high arc up through Season 5 until a slight dip in season 6 and leveling off in season 7, you won't fully appreciate what you see in those seasons until you understand where they're coming from in season's 1 and 2. For example, you can see the wonderful friendship between Dr. Bashir and Chief O'Brien, but you'll see it even better when you remember that O'Brien couldn't stand Bashir in season 1. It is so cool to see the "growth" in all the characters over 7 seasons.
But anyways, check it out here on DVD or on Spike TV, show it the love it deserved and see why this was the Best Star Trek Ever.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Avery Brooks

DVD title: La Bella y la Bestia (Beauty and the Beast - Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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best disney movie - a true masterpeice

This is the ultimate disney movie starring an awsome cast! The music is wonderful and its story line is great! this was the first cartoon movie to be nominated for best picture (i think thats the award) and a total of (including best picture) 5 awards!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Robby Benson
Paige O'Hara

DVD title: The Best of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Vol. 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Volume 3 -- Yep, It's Another Winning DvD Compilation!

Volume #3 in Image's "The Best Of The Dick Van Dyke Show" series of five single-disc DVDs digitally dishes up four more hilarious offerings from this landmark TV sitcom, which ran on CBS from 1961 to 1966.
Included amongst this disc's episodes is "Never Bathe On Saturday", which is one of the funniest episodes of any comedy series ever (in my humble opinion that is). :)
Here's this volume's list of programs (with air-date information) ..........
1.) "One Hundred Terrible Hours" (From Season 4; Air Date: 05/05/1965).
2.) "Uhny Uftz" (From Season 5; Air Date: 09/29/1965).
3.) "Never Bathe On Saturday" (From Season 4; Air Date: 03/31/1965).
4.) "The Secret Life Of Buddy And Sally" (From Season 2; Air Date: 11/28/1962).
--------------------------- A nice, funny assortment of Van Dyke Show entries indeed. These value-priced 4-episode "Best Of" discs are great for the Dick Van Dyke fan who doesn't want to necessarily collect *every* single episode via the also-available complete-season compilations offered through Image Entertainment.
These "Best Of" DVDs also contain some supplemental material, which is a pleasant surprise. Some interview footage is included here, as well as a short clip from another TV series starring Dick Van Dyke, "Diagnosis Murder", which has a "Van Dyke Show" tie-in.
Two additional "mini" extras on the disc are: "Meet The Cast" (text-only "biography" feature) and "The Ottoman Tripper" (trivia game).
Some more details & specs regarding this Best-Of volume:
"Play All Episodes" Option? -- Yes.Subtitles? -- No.Video Ratio -- Full Frame (1.33:1).Audio -- 2-Channel Dolby Digital Mono (English).Is There A Paper Insert? -- Yes.Packaging -- Keep Case.DVD Region Code -- "Zero".
If you get all 5 "Best Of" volumes, you'll have 20 of the finest sitcom episodes ever made. However, be forewarned --- purchasing these single-disc volumes will more-than-likely lead to the "I Want 'Em All" Syndrome. It's bound to happen after watching some of these well-written Van Dyke programs! You can try to resist buying them all (via the season sets), but it might prove futile. After all, a Van Dyke Show fan is only human ... right? :-)

Studio: Image Entertainment
Dick Van Dyke

DVD title: To Kill a Mockingbird (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great classic

To Kill a mockingbird tell the story of Atticus Finch, a Southern lawer, who is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged for rape and assault against Mayella Ewell. Meanwhile, Atticus's children are following with the trial and learning the mysteries of life, and trying to find out the truth about their next door neighbor, Boo Radley.

To Kill a Mocking bird is a wonderful film that teaches you an important lesson. Never judge a man by the color of his skin.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Robert Mulligan
Gregory Peck

DVD title: La Femme Nikita - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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1st step of a Classic

Yes, the show is really as good as you've read here. For once a show that treats the audience as intelligent.
The 1st season has all the elements in place that would make this a modern classic. Everyone nailed their character from the very first episode, the ruthlessness of Section 1 is well established. There are a few bits of cheesiness in the first half dozen or so episodes, I attribute this to the show still gaining it's footing. The main thing is that the show very much estabilishes it's own feel and rules, and each successive season pushes further and further in to the heart of darkness.
For Season 1 I'm still giving 5 stars because of the razor sharp video and good sound (better than I expected), and because even the weakest season of LFN is far better than just about anything else out there.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Peta Wilson

DVD title: Ordeal in the Arctic
Productgroup: DVD
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Richard Chamberlain stars as Captain John Couch, the pilot of a Canadian military transport, crashing on October 30, 1991, just a few miles short of its destination. Five of the eighteen crew members perish on impact, and though help is on the way, rough terrain and a blizzard, rendor the freezing survivors unreachable. Captain Couch valiantly risks his life, struggling against the deadly elements, to keep his crew and passengers alive in the arctic wasteland.

This was one of Richard Chamberlain's most powerful performances. ORDEAL IN THE ARCTIC, is a story of human endurance, and heroism. It will keep you emotionally engaged, and in captivated suspense, until its gripping conclusion. Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his fellow man.

Studio: Platinum Disc Corp
Director: Mark Sobel

DVD title: Cardcaptor Sakura - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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The best!!!!

This movie isn't as good as the second one, but the characters' voice is better in English than the second one. You should watch it in English than in Japanese. The story is mostly about friendship and loyalty. It is a great movie, so go and buy this and the second one.

Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Director: Morio Asaka

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