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DVD title: A Very British Coup
Productgroup: DVD
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Dated Yet Timely


On first sight A Very British Coup seems impossibly old fashioned, dealing as it does with a left wing British Prime Minister who believes in public ownership, non alignment, and a non-nuclear strategy. He borrows money from the Soviet Union and tells the United States to take its bases out of Britain. As a result right wing elements in Britain, with ample assistance from the US government, do all they can to sabotage his government and force him out of power.
So why watch this now, more than ten years after the end of the Cold War, during a British Labour government that sometimes seems more Thatcherite than Maggie herself? Well, first its a dynamic political thriller with tension that lasts right up until the final, rather equivocal moments. Secondly, it asks some difficult questions about the nature of democracy and the relationship of power and privilege. Thirdly, I think for us American viewers it provides an eye-opening look at how the rest of the world sees us, and its not all that flattering. (Most of the American officials look like prize fighters and bully boys, which is what they turn out to be in the end. The Ugly American indeed!)
The DVD version doesn't have many extra features, just some filmographies of the principal stars and an audio interview with the author, Chris Mullin M.P. This seems to have been originally broadcast on radio and is rather scratchy, but you can hear Big Ben in the distance, which is a nice touch. So I recommend this DVD for political junkies, Anglophiles,and any Americans concerned about our international reputation.

Studio: Acorn Media Publishi
Director: Mick Jackson



DVD title: Miami Vice - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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We REALLY Need this UNIVERSAL!!!


Come on guys, I'm getting the Smuggler's Blues waiting on the series to come out on DVD. Why in the world is Universal dragging their feet. I saw that Wonder Woman the series is out on DVD ... COME ON!!!! Miami Vice is so great and so hard to come by. Please bring it back to life ala DVD Universal.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Don Johnson



DVD title: Bed of Roses
Productgroup: DVD
Bed of Roses - movie DVD cover picture
Piercing Right Through You.


I have watched this movie again and again. I even owned the vhs and LD for it too. Bought the dvd now with ... Beatiful movie. Touches every single bit of one's life. Great love movie of my entire life so far. Nothing beats this yet. Well just to tell you how I really love the movie and how great a movie to me is, I owned every part of it, Even the poster too from U.S. Christian Slater have turn the world around for me!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Michael Goldenberg
Actors:
Christian Slater
Mary Stuart Masterson




DVD title: Lost - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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LOST- THE WORLDS GREATEST SHOW


I have seen every episode of the first season and I can not wait for the 9th-12th of september so I can get my dvd. I am SOOOO excited.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Matthew Fox



DVD title: Vangelis: Mythodea - Music for the NASA Mission, 2001 Mars Odyssey
Productgroup: DVD
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Lift-off to DVD Heaven !


Stunning ! I got this about a week ago now and have played it through every evening since then,and I'm still held spellbound by the sound (glorious,by the way) and spectacle (truly a visual feast) of it all.
Vangelis's music was the my first audio love in my teenage years and I must profusely thank the late,great Carl Sagan for been the conduit that brought this composing colossus to my attention.I'll never forget how I was absolutely transfixed by the opening theme ("Symphony to the Powers" from "Heaven & Hell") of his wonderful "Cosmos" series,when it aired on the BBC back in 1981,and from been a rather musically indifferent 16 year old,I was immediately transformed into a rabid Vangelis aficionado,who could not get enough of music that was imbued with such deep passion and profundity and yet at the same time touched me on almost a spiritual level.It wasn't until I got heavily into classical music in my mid-20's that I discovered the same intrinsic qualities in things like Bach's Passions,Haydn's Masses,the great Requiem settings and Handel's oratorios.With that kind of cultural hindsight,I understand now that he has inherited much of the qualities that made these composers great.Mind you,I've always felt that Vangelis has the unique way of making you feel that he is taking the very pulse of the Universe through his work and,via his keyboards,liberating themes that have been frozen in time and space for eons.So,you can well imagine that this "Mythodea" of his which marries all that is unique and special in him and allies that to the classical idiom,is sheer serendipity to me and a union made in music Heaven. The concert setting of the Temple of Zeus in Athens could not be more atmospheric if it tried and those cosmic and Hellenic artefact images projected onto the backdrop are superbly integrated with the music.Whoever edited the footage deserves an oscar,because every fade,cut-away and image-meld is executed with a supremely expert eye and ear,and more than one image will stun you with it's breathtaking beauty.Very well done to all concerned ! Aside from the man himself dominating centre stage at a most imposing keyboard "altar;the other forces involved are the London Metropolitan Orchestra (excellent band,and I'm really developing a crush on the nymph-like harpist,whom the camera obviously loves,and with her partner [they are placed either side of Vangelis] make such an important contribution to the texture of the piece),The National Opera of Greece Choir (bravo ! to you,ladies and gentleman),two timpani ensembles (very dramatic in both a sonic and visual sense) and two sopranos (none other than the world-renowned Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle;both of whom clearly relish their respective roles,and this constant delight in the gorgeous parts written for them is apparent on their faces throughout ).All these brilliant performers are held on a tight rein by the slim,dapper figure of the conductor Blake Neely who is a most charismatic figure on the podium and his baton seems more akin to a magic wand at times,the way it appears to conjure up musical enchantment at will.Also,kudos to him for a superb orchestral transcription of the original score,that is more than successful in conveying all it's inherent power and majesty.
If you come to this work as an established fan of Vangelis,but with no real experience of the classical repertoire;you may struggle to fully appreciate what is so wonderfully achieved here and I strongly recommend that you watch it through at least twice before passing judgement (or hasty reviews to Amazon !) on it.Although not derivative in the least of any single composer's work,I do hear echoes of Haydn in such things as the magnificent "sunrise" (or "water-rise" on Mars,according to the visuals) crescendo that deservedly gets a standing ovation from the audience.Also,the very fine string and woodwind parts summon up the ghosts of Mozart and Berlioz at times.Verdi's robust spirit also hovers near,and in some of the mightily impressive choral sequences,the "Libera me" from his Requiem is easily brought to mind.The ravishing soprano aria executed so perfectly by Jessye Norman in "Movement 6" has echoes of such sacred gems as Schubert's "Ave Maria" and indeed Mythodea as a whole has a very sacred feel about it,and shorn of the Mars connection could easily be perceived as a modern oratorio in every respect,apart from that of scale and a merciful abscence of tedious recitative ! I wonder,could the great man ever be persuaded to set the text of the Latin Mass ? There is a libretto that would fully exploit his talent to the utmost and on the merits of this current outing,with all it's blatant excellence in the writing for instruments,soloists and choir:we have all the necessary elements already in place that make him eminently suited to been just the man who could whip-up a modern,liturgical firestorm.I'll keep my fingers crossed in the meantime and will take heart in the fact that Haydn didn't write his greatest settings of the Mass until his late 60's,and I think I'm right in saying that our Greek maestro doesn't turn 60 until next March.Plenty of time for us to get up our petition to him ! Whatever your background or taste in music;whether new age or classically conservative,I strongly urge you to buy this DVD immediately.In terms of artistic and production values it has set a benchmark that I don't expect to see surpassed anytime soon,and it is wonderful to finally see in action one of the most exciting composers that the planet Earth can boast in the 21st Century.
P.S:The single (shame !) encore is marvellous and the shout of recognition that goes up as those oh-so familiar horn motifs sound out is magical .

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Actors:
Jessye Norman
Vangelis
Kathleen Battle




DVD title: XXX (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Mmm... shirtless Vin.


Ok. So this is definately not oscar material, but it still gets a big thumbs up from me. Granted I am completely infatuated with Vin but I still think that the movie can stand on its own. I've never been much for spy movies so I can't compare this to any of the old Bond flicks, but I think that is one of the attractions about this movie. All we heard about this movie was "a new kind of secret agent" (which got a little old). But it was true I think they did a good job of appealing to this up-and-coming generation of extreme-sportsers and the like. Box office numbers don't lie. Plus the best part (the part that keeps giving and giving) shots of Vin shirtless. Yum.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Rob Cohen
Actors:
Vin Diesel
Asia Argento




DVD title: Queen - We Will Rock You
Productgroup: DVD
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Wow


I have to say I am a HUGE Queen fan. I gave this to someone as a christmas present. I later borrowed it from her, because I had never seen it. I must say I was embarrassed that I gave it to her. Freddy Mercury has a voice that you either love or hate (and I love it), but on this he sounds like he is singing underwater. The show itself is good and I like Freddies camp style (which is why I give it two stars instead of one)

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Saul Swimmer
Actors:
Freddie Mercury
Brian May (II)




DVD title: Boy Meets World - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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On a scale of 1 to 10 this show gets a 50


I love this show more than any other! I'm so excited that its now on DVD and have preordered it. I was so bummed that its only on TV at like, 10:30 on the Disney Channel. Now i'll be able to watch it whenever I want! Undapants!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Actors:
Ben Savage
Rider Strong




DVD title: God and Buddha - A Dialogue
Productgroup: DVD
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Two Smart People, Quietly Thinking on Their Feet


The DVD "God and Buddha: a dialog" is a 90-minute long co-production of Mystic Fire Video and Tibet House. Mystic Fire Video is a publisher of works on a wide range of topics in the life of the mind, including experimental video art, documentaries on ancient cultures, portraits of accomplished spiritual leaders and interesting works on the holistic sciences. Tibet House, of New York City, is dedicated to the proposition that the wisdom and art of all human civilizations will vitally enrich the emerging global culture. Within this, they focus on a special concern for Tibet.

This dialog is a document of a live presentation between Columbia University professor Robert Thurman and Deepak Chopra MD, a student of Indian Philosophy and author of instructional books. Mr. Chopra presents views from Vedanta, one of the six classical systems of Indian philosophy. The term Vedanta refers both to the wisdom of the Upanishads, which makes up the last section of the Veda, and to the realization of its ultimate significance. Mr. Thurman presents views from Buddhism, which is a kind of reform movement within Hindu thought that has become an independent pluralistic tradition of it's own.

Within the first 20 minutes of the program, Mr. Chopra sums up the core teaching of Vedanta. He describes some of the causes of human suffering and also describes some of the suggested paths to discovering the true nature of reality. Most of the rest of the program is a kind of free-flowing meditation on the implications of these teachings.

Mr. Chopra, with a background in the field of medicine, conveys his insight and knowledge through a kind of systematic, formal approach to verbal communication. Mr. Thurman, with his years of experience in engaging skeptical college students, takes a more anecdotal approach. He works to win the attention, and ultimately the heart, of his audience.

"God and Buddha: a dialog" , presented against a backdrop of beautiful tapestry art at Tibet House, will provide many interesting insights to those who already have some background in Eastern philosophy. For a better introduction to these two traditions, however, this reviewer recommends the "Religions of the World" tape set, narrated by Ben Kingsley for Schlessinger Media.

Studio: Wellspring Media, In
Actors:
Deepak Chopra
Robert Thurman




DVD title: But I'm A Cheerleader
Productgroup: DVD
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Get Funny


This is hilarious, good setup and style. Funny and witty. Great actors doing some great acting. Open to all audiences with a sense of humor.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jamie Babbit
Actors:
Natasha Lyonne
Clea DuVall




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