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DVD title: Saturday Night Fever
Productgroup: DVD
Saturday Night Fever - movie DVD cover picture
DVD's great, but the dvd jacket is cardboard!

Just be aware that the cover is made of cardboard, so even as new it looked worn at the edges. How Paramount could do this to such a classic movie is beyond me. The industry standard would have been alot better.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: John Badham
John Travolta

DVD title: Eric Clapton: In Concert-Benefit for the Crossroads
Productgroup: DVD
Eric Clapton: In Concert-Benefit for the Crossroads - movie DVD cover picture
Clapton having fun

This is a state of the art DVD production with great performances, The picture and sound quality are excellent. What is more important Eric and the ban seem to be having a good time, even Bob Dylan smiles at one point. What a band! I understand that a lot of footage shot at the show was cut from the final product, perhaps we can have a special edition with the complete show. If you like Clacton you will not be disappointed.

Studio: Wea/Warner Bros.
Eric Clapton

DVD title: Lost in Space - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
Lost in Space - The Complete First Season - movie DVD cover picture
'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished!

Yes, Dr. Smith quoted the Bard, almost as often as Samantha's father Maurice on Bewitched. Long live 60s TV!
But the dearly departed Jonathan Harris also ad-libbed and re-wrote many of his lines to include alliterative insults, gourmet cravings and precious gems and metals. Ah, Plat-i-num!
This was quite a revelation for a 7 year old in 1965. I've carried these things to adulthood and impressed several teachers, profs, students and employers along the way...
Beyond the wonderful camp (I learned what camp was from LIS), Lost In Space had a recurring theme that love was the most powerful force in the universe, that has also served me well with family and friends. Who says Star Trek was more philisophical? "Is there in Beauty, Truth" or whatever...
Besides the great writing, music, casting and performances are the ultra-cool gadgets and vehicles like the Chariot, the Space Pod, different versions of laser guns and even IDAK (Instant Destroyer and Killer android). But there is nothing more thrilling than seeing the flying-saucer-shaped Jupiter 2 in flight, crashing or extending its landing gear. It's simply perfect.
And the ultimate piece of machinery, the Robot. You will fall in love with this 'bubble-headed booby' and see how he became one of the most legendary characters in TV history.
I am counting the days till I receive my DVDs and hope for seasons 2 and 3. Oh Joy, Oh Bliss!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Guy Williams

DVD title: Stargate SG-1 Season 6 Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
Stargate SG-1 Season 6 Boxed Set - movie DVD cover picture

Even though we have the 'death' of Dr. Daniel Jackson, we see him so often that he is not really missed. The new team member Jonas, blends in well and brings his own touch to the show. Refreshing.
WOW! It seems like the writers finally woke up and remembered the reason for the STARGATE and the reason for SG-1. Exploring NEW worlds, obtaining technology to fight the Gaou'ld [? Spelling? ]. Making new friends.
I especially like the episode DISCLOSURE when the existence of the Stargate was revealed to other nations. [About time I thought]. Even though this was a 'clip' show, it was interesting, exciting and even funny. The ending was in a word 'checkmate'.
These series reminded me of the earlier series of adventure and excitement. A lot better than season 5 with its soap opera style wishy washy shows.
THIS IS A DEFINITE must HAVE. When I reached the last episode, I delayed washing it for about 2 weeks...just to savour the final episode and it was well worth it! True Sci-Fi.
WELL DONE SG-1, "Impressive... most impressive"

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Richard Anderson

DVD title: Nadja
Productgroup: DVD
Nadja - movie DVD cover picture
A fresh look at vampires

To begin, when I first rented this film I was so engrossed that I watched it a second time the very next day. It is a small low-budget film that shows what you can do without money or big studio backing. Elina Lowensohn is breathtaking as Nadja, daughter of Dracula. Peter Fonda adds a humourous tone as Prof. Van Helsing. And the rest of the cast is very very strong. This is a thinking persons vampire flick with equal parts 40's film noir and 90's disconnected self exploration. The dearth of a spirituality to call ones own is the major theme here. Combined with the gorgeous soundtrack, kitch humour and glorious black and white film this is a keeper that has not collected much dust since I purchased it. Another film that stars Lowensohn and Martin Donovan from Nadja is Amateurs by director Hal Hartly. It is also well worth watching if you enjoyed this one (or even if you didn't).

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Michael Almereyda
Elina Löwensohn
Peter Fonda

DVD title: Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
I'm Batman

I won off a radio station tickets to see the premire of this movie, The movie was awesome in general, I also saw the I-max version which was the 1st I-max movie I have ever seen that was not about dolphins. The movie itself was incredible, you see how Bruce became Batman, his training and why he is Batman. You him take on the Scarecrow (who looks like the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz and any one in the band slipknot had a child), If you have a chance go see this movie as an I-max, You will not be dissapointed

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Christopher Nolan
Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Ken Watanabe

DVD title: The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete First Season - movie DVD cover picture
Mary deserves this and so do her fans

When season One was released I celebrated and paid full price. You can imagine when I felt that the other seasons were cancelled.

All I'm asking the "POWERS THAT BE" is that you release the rest of the Mary Tyler Show seasons on DVD. Affordabilty always plays a part in your (and my) decisions.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Mary Tyler Moore

DVD title: Miracle (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Miracle (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
This is a Miracle Worth Seeing!

I had not expected to watch this movie. After all, I had watched the 1980 US Olympic hockey team live on TV as they played their way to a gold medal. No movie could improve on that. Wrong.

My son's enthusiastic recommendation that I rent the DVD finally sent me out to get it and for a few hours on a rainy afternoon I went back in time - and what a time it was.

The character of Herb Brooks is captured completely by Kurt Russell and the work that went into making the movie authentic was outstanding. The DVD version shows how the filming was done and that is almost as entertaining as the movie itself.

The movie captures the feeling of the times and the impossible task awaiting our Olympic hopefuls. The hockey scenes are the best ever done. Do you believe in miracles? Yes! Blieve me this one is worth seeing again!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Kurt Russell
Patricia Clarkson
Nathan West

DVD title: Sexy Beast
Productgroup: DVD
Sexy Beast - movie DVD cover picture
Not Exactly Noel Coward

Lovers of bright, airy, farcical British humor are apparently not Jonathan Glazer's target audience. If you enjoy the occasional foray into the dank, dark underbelly of grimy black comedy, however, this should be right up your alley.
No plot spoilers here, but would say that there are certain parallels between what befalls the evil, soul-chomping antagonist, Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) and what eventually happens to the equally insensitive British mobster, Albert Spica (Michael Gambon) in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. Kingsley is definitely the menacing lynchpin holding this movie together, though Ian McShane is not far behind him in his portrayal of a believably evil crime lord. Ray Winstone is an inspiration to middle-aged, beer-bellied Buddhas everywhere. Amanda Redman is a revelation as Gal's ex-porn star spouse. She plays the slow boil to perfection. Julian White is also superb playing the wife of Gal's slightly dim buddy, Aitch.
Which brings us to one of the minor qualifiers I have to warn viewers about. Unless you've grown up in one of the grubbier, East End sections of London, a lot of the dialogue is going to be incomprehensible to you. This is particularly true of Aitch (Cavan Kendall, Kay Kendall's brother). I would definitely recommend the DVD, as opposed to the VHS purchase, as the DVD has a subtitle feature. I can honestly say I was lost without it, before I utilized the function. Kendall also mumbles his lines, as do several other characters. Mumbling and thick, cockney accents do not make for easy comprehension on the part of American viewers.
This film has a workmanlike plot, with strong performances from all hands. It's great, gritty, black comedy. The funniest thing I've heard for a while is the statement made by Kingsley that he based his character of Don Logan on his grandmother. She must have been quite a lady! I've also discovered, via IMDB, that there may be a link between the guy in the bunny suit and the anti-Harvey in Donnie Darko.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Ray Winstone
Ben Kingsley

DVD title: Staying Alive (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Staying Alive (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture

No matter what the "critics" say, I love this movie and always will. The dancing and music are superb, although "Satan's Alley" is hideous -- from the costumes to the music to the choreography.
John Travolta is one of my all-time favorite actors and SNF one of my all time favorite films. While Travolta is clearly not a trained Broadway Dancer, he holds his own due to slick photographic angles that enhance his moves. Additionally, he is one heck of an actor!
Finola Hughes is a beautiful and talented dancer -- she is absolutely breathtaking to behold. I can't help but wonder where she is today and what she is doing. She plays the Karen Gorney (Stephanie Mangano) type of woman, albeit more vain, arrogant, and affluent. The man who plays Mark (her lover who is shown briefly when Travolta shows up at her apartment building unexpectedly) resembles a Lab Rat/Count Dracula.
Cynthia Rhodes is a wonderful dancer and singer and displays quite a bit of acting range given the limitations of her character. Rhodes portrays the "downtrodden female" stuck on Travolta. Her role mimics that of Donna Pescow's in "Saturday Night Fever" Like Pescow, she is long suffering and permits Travolta to walk all over her.
I got a huge kick out of Frank Stallone. I don't know why, but he makes me laugh just watching him! I love the line where Travolta tells Rhodes that Stallone looks like a demented fighter pilot! It is hilarious because that is exactly what Stallone looks like to me!
I also enjoyed the person who played the role of the Director of Satan's Alley -- he is such a bundle of nerves and arrogance! What a Goober! He smoked so much, I can't help but wonder about his lungs today!
OK, I could have done without viewing all the smoking, but it IS a fact that many dancers and performers smoke for weight control and this movie was filmed at a time when cigarette use was ubiquitous and freely portrayed in film. But I could not help but feel choked when all the tobacco smoke was flying around the dancers who were obviously working aerobically.
All this said, why do I love this movie? The Bee Gees songs, the dancing (especially that of Finola Hughes), the glamour and glitz, John Travolta, and that demented fighter pilot, Frank Stallone.
No doubt this is a shallow sequel to "Saturday Night Fever" -- I would have liked to know what happened to some of the main characters in SNF.
But despite all the flaws and kitsch, I love this movie!
I love the dancing and the music and continue to view this movie again and again!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Sylvester Stallone
John Travolta
Cynthia Rhodes

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