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DVD title: Dallas - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Dallas season 3

I cant wait for this boxset to come out. I was bought the season 1 and 2 boxset for christmas and since I finished watching them I have eagerly anticipated the release of this one. I only wish that they would release more than 1 a year as I have been told is going to happen. Dallas is truly the best of it's kind and still holds up years and years after it was first concieved.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Patrick Duffy

DVD title: Shattered Glass
Productgroup: DVD
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"A complete whopper"

The career of Stephen Glass, wunderkind of American journalism came crashing down in May 1998 when it was discovered that he had perpetrated one of the "greatest journalistic frauds in history." Glass (Hayden Christensen) worked as an assistant editor for the New Republic magazine--one of the "snobbiest rags in the business"--and had just written another one of his highly entertaining and popular columns. This particular column was the story of a young computer hacker who'd hacked into a software company, and the tale grabbed the interest of fellow journalist Adam Penenberg (Steve Zahn). Penenberg promptly discovered that the story was completely fabricated, and the career of Stephen Glass began to unravel.

The film "Shattered Glass" is a fascinating story on so many levels. We see scenes in the conference room with the New Republic staff pitching their stories to one another. Everyone seems to wait with baited breath for Stephen's latest idea--and these ideas always involve fantastic, colourful characters. Stephen's fellow journalists had long accepted the fact that he had this unique skill for locating these one-of-a-kind characters. While all stories are subject to fact checking, Stephen had discovered that there was a "hole in the fact checking system", and he exploited this to the max.

As Stephen's deception comes to light, he falls from one fabrication to another--layering deceit onto deceit--hoping to convince his workmates that he's been guilty of some sloppiness at most. Stephen's desperate maneuvers are painful to watch, but then it's also painful to watch other New Republic journalists who at first want to believe Stephen has been duped by unreliable sources. It just seems too hideous to accept the fact that Stephen has lied, lied and lied again. It's no coincidence that it took someone from another magazine to unravel the mystery behind Stephen's great stories. The film illustrates how hard Stephen worked to form favourable impressions and build positive relationships with workmates. This aura of trust, however, did not extend to other magazines, and once other journalists started examining the stories, the game was up.

Peter Sarsgaard plays Chuck Lane, Stephen's editor who confronts, finally, the massive deception. Chuck Lane's style is so different from Stephen's. While Stephen shines and excels at story pitch, Lane is portrayed as much quieter, and much more serious--often failing to entertain. Stephen pitches his stories with the energy, relish, and perfect timing of a seasoned comedian. Ultimately, Stephen seems extremely troubled but hollow--and desperate to be liked.

The DVD extras include a 60 Minute special, which interviews some of the real-life characters. The 60 Minutes episode is essential to the story as it delves into the elaborate lengths Stephen went to in order to create the details for fact checking. This is a highly entertaining and well-structured film, and if you have the slightest interest in journalism, I recommend it highly--displacedhuman

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Billy Ray
Hayden Christensen
Chloë Sevigny
Steve Zahn

DVD title: National Lampoon's Animal House
Productgroup: DVD
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Animal House is all too often lumped in with a multitude of inferior films that it inspired, which is rather unfair. The movie sported the greatest cinematic finale of all-time, each of its scenes have countless moments of comic inspiration and suprise, and it is probably the most quotable and hilarious movie made in the last quarter of the last hundred years.
This was Belushi at his best with a bravura performance reminiscent of great comics before him like Chaplin, Marx Brothers, etc., and he did it with aplomb. His character of "Bluto" Blutarsky is often emulated and imitated but often the persons doing so have no idea what it was that made him and his performance so great.
Tim Matheson as "Otter" and his other frat house buddies were also prototypes that were much imitated too, and again often without success. Otter was the quintessential smooth talker, always working an angle on everybody, especially the ladies. When a woman tells him that his lovemaking wasn't that great, he cocks his head, points a finger at himself and mouths the words, "not great?" in mock disbelief. Before Tom Hanks got "Big" he made a career out of playing this character. Also John Vernon set a standard for straight men with his portrayal of the beleaguered Dean Wormer, plagued by his "zoo fraternity."
Not all of the movie's humor is below the belt (voyeurism) or just above it (beer)...some of it is actually quite suave. The screenwriters and director John Landis did a great job evoking Kennedy-era America and they found a lot to laugh at.
An unqualified classic by the simplest definition -- it makes you laugh, long and loud -- this is easily a required addition to your collections. And it holds up its own to repeat viewing.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Landis
John Belushi
Karen Allen

DVD title: Friday Night Lights (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent movie and book

Brought feelings back from playing high school football myself, nostalgia, pain, and tears welled up inside me. I miss the brotherhood of Texas High School is something unique that definitely doesn't exist on the college and NFL levels. This book goes to the heart of Texans and our treasure that we hold dear on Friday nights, High School Football, community, love, pride, spirit. I definitely recommend this book and movie to anyone who loves football and especially anyone who played in High School, namely the only real high school football, Texas Football.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Peter Berg
Billy Bob Thornton
Lucas Black (II)
Derek Luke
Jay Hernandez

DVD title: The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Productgroup: DVD
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Take A 'Trip' With The Beatles...

Give four guys more fame than God, more money than the Pope, and more drugs than Keith Richards, what do they do? Make the most awesome trip movie ever conceived by man. If you get into altered states of conciousness, such as acid or shrooms, then you have no idea what you're missing if you haven't seen this film. I've had this movie since I was young, and I always thought it was great, just rather nonsensical in a "Oh, those Beatles" sorta way. The first time I took a trip with this movie, all I kept thinking over and over was "I finally understand..." So, have you ever been experienced?

Studio: Repnet
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
John Lennon
George Harrison

DVD title: Dancin' in the Street: Detroit's Greatest Legends Live on Stage
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Legends still live - Dancing in the street

I've owned this dvd for awhile and I've watched it atleast ten times. As stated by so many others, Mary Wells and Martha Reeves were not the reason that I purchased this item. Mary Wells tried hard and her voice wasn't too bad, just disappearing due to her illness. Martha Reeves on the other hand sang in a shrill voice that was a little scary and unfamiliar. The guys (David and Eddie) were the true stars. Indeed, Eddie's voice was cracking on some of his songs, but his enthusiasum and his dancing was far superior to anything I saw him do in the 60's and 70's. David, oh David! He is a true showman,his voice was still sounding good, even though he had to scream a little while singing "Statue of a Fool", which was one of the highlights of the show. They both gave a fantastic performance, "Showmanship" was the name of that game, pure and simple. They still had it. Time changes all of us as it did them. It's still worth buying and you will feel good about it. If not at first watch it again. It grows on you!

Studio: Image Entertainment

DVD title: Kalifornia
Productgroup: DVD
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David Duchovny

I have searched everywhere for a book version of this film. Only one book called Kalifornia shows up and it's not the one! I'm so bummed because I really wanted to read it! Oh well! This film literally had me glued to the seat. First, I think it fair that I tell you I've seen it over 100 times. Without a word of a lie. That's how much I enjoy it. Funnily enough, it's not the actual story that keeps me watching, it's the fabulous character that Brad Pitt plays! Early Grayce. He seems like the male version of Streep the way he can go into any character at ease. I didn't even recognize him at first. Well, the movie's about four people (2 college lovers and 2 riff-raff types) who share a ride to LA from the East Coast. From the moment David Duchovny's (Brian Kessler's) girlfriend, Michelle Forbes (Carrie Laughlin), see's Brad and Juliette (Adele Corners), she wants to turn around and leave without them. They just look so scruffy and out of place standing on the curbside. Without giving too much away, this movie turns into a thrilling, heart beating film. I can honestly say, unlike other movies I've seen, there wasn't a SINGLE dull or lull moment in this entire movie. You were up on your toes as the four people took a quick tour of murder sites because Brian needed the info for a book project he was working on. His girlfriend, Carrie, was taking the photographs. The only reason for Early and Adele being there was to help with the gas bills etc. Early's not even supposed to be out of state because he's on parole so he really doesn't care what goes on as they travel toward LA. At first, it's kind of hard to separate Pitt from the scum ball, Early but eventually, you do. This movie proved to me once again what a fantastic actor Brad is. Now, if only someone would give him another fantastic script like this one!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Dominic Sena
Brad Pitt
Juliette Lewis

DVD title: Black Hawk Down
Productgroup: DVD
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sweet movie!

alright i just saw the first showing for this movie today, the big draw for me was that Ewan McGregor was in it. But besides that it was yet another rad war movie. i think because it was based on a real story it made a much bigger impact on me than most movies do.but if you love war movies you'll love this one. even though it's really sad for a while it has it's funnie moments that lift your spirits a while. but then there's those tragic scenes of what goes on in war that make you feel for those who actually had to live through it.i loved this movie and i'd recommend it to anyone. hey, i was just there for Ewan but everyone else with him make this movie one of the best i've ever seen. i'd put it up pretty close to Moulin Rouge.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ridley Scott
Josh Hartnett

DVD title: Apocalypse Now
Productgroup: DVD
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War is regressive

Strangely enough this film is not about the Vietnam War itself, in spite of what it may seem, in spite of the decor. It is about man confronted to war. On one side you have Captain Willard (willing to do what he is ordered to do) of the special forces in Vietnam. He only lives through the actions and missions he gets involved in. When out of action he plainly gets crazy. When in action he is as cool as a cat and then no obstacle can stop him : he is ready to do anything, including killing innocent people, to reach his target, to fulfill his mission. Even his life does not count anymore except that it is necessary to retain it to reach the goal, which makes him prudent. This man becomes a simple thinking machine that does not consider any element that may stand across his road, except as an obstacle to be removed. He uses his intellect to solve his problem, but ethics are beyond him and he even agrees with Colonel Kurtz and yet he fulfills his mission and terminates him. In other words this man is so faithful to the mission he has received that his ethics are suspended, his intellectual positions are pushed aside. Ethics and agreement or disagreement have been entirely delegated to and deposited in his higher-ups. He works on a delegation of perspective. But the real lesson about human nature in war comes with Colonel Kurtz. He did not delegate his ethics or his intellectual powers. He is a pragmatist and he looked at a situation, analyzed it, came to conclusions and implemented the measures that these conclusions entailed without any consideration of wrong or right, good or evil. His only law was to be effective in the war he was in. All means are then made acceptable, even if not palatable, by the concrete effectiveness of them. It is a regression, caused by war of course. War pulls people down and brings them back to some ancient view that says survival and the destruction of enemies are the only goals to be taken into account, once the enemies have been clearly determined. Man in such a situation does not question the goal, the means or the results. He can only make sure the results go the way imposed by the goal. So he comes to the idea that to win a war is to utterly destroy the enemy : drop the Bomb and kill them all. Death then becomes a decor in wartime and to kill becomes a daily tool in this situation. A warrior in such a war becomes a poet of death : he has to invent new ways of killing, as cruel as possible in order to create fear, the only way to impress the enemy and bring them down, though the only road to victory is to annihilate that enemy. The only thing that this Colonel Kurtz, his shortness in a way that his name implies, is that what will come out of such a method is not peace, is not an integratable country, but a pocket of unmanagable dictatorship based on the law of blood, of shedding blood, of feeding blood to the minds of the victors and to the land of the territory. And this regression will not know any end. It will have to go on forever. On the other side, the other method is not better because in such a war, a war of liberation (and both sides are using the word), it is the side that will be crueller that will win. Hence the Americans are defeated both ways : either creating a no man's land of cruelty or being defeated by a higher level of cruelty. That is what a war of that type, what any war produces in any circumstances and conditions. Human nature is a fragile fabric that can be brought back to ancient barbaric stages easily because humanity retains, collectively and individually, all the phases of its history in its present development, ethics, behaviors and actions. It takes nearly nothing to bring back the barbarian to the surface and the only way to retain some sanity is to delegate ethical questions to a higher level and to implement orders without even questioning them. To be a soldier is to be a slave, and like all slaves, soldiers who have initiative will be put to death because they go against the will of their masters. As Jim Morrison sings at the beginning : ? All the children are insane ?.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Marlon Brando
Martin Sheen

DVD title: The Kids in the Hall - Complete Season 1 (1989-1990)
Productgroup: DVD
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i love those guys so much. these guys are the best things ever happened to canadian comedy!!!! anyway, i have been a kith's fan every since the early 90s. i had seem all the episodes on tv and had them recorded on tapes before the release of this dvd. still, i bought this dvd and i got what i expected. watching kith on the digital form, its great!! however, i found that caption was not available for this dvd set. it really put me down. cause i think these guys wrote some of the best comedy script there ever existed. damn why is there no caption??? i dont get it?? is it just my dvd player? whats wrong with my dvd player? all i want is soem captions? why is it so hard?? i am going insame!

Studio: A & E Home Video
Dave Foley

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