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DVD title: Return of the Living Dead 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Dead guys and Mindy Clark!

If you're into the living dead, body piercing, or Mindy Clark this one's for you! A horror classic!

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Brian Yuzna

DVD title: Disco - Spinning the Story
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Documentary

This was a fascinating program with a lot of great interviews. The music was entertaining but it also was used to illustrate the points made by the narrator (Gloria Gaynor who looked great) and those interviewed. Very insightful look at disco music without falling into the trap of being stereotypical. I am biased because I lived Disco in the 70's and it brought back a lot of memories, but this is so much better than anything else on the subject. A great addition to any DVD library.

Studio: Passport Video
Gloria Gaynor

DVD title: The Last Castle
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is creative, but at a less intuitive rate. There is much to be gathered here, despite the predictability on the surface. I think it speaks much to the next 20 years of the United States. Give it a viewing and then give it a couple days to grow on you.
The acting is very good, as is the cinematography. The editing is very good, as is the transfer to DVD.
Overall, one to put on your second-tier viewing list.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rod Lurie
Robert Redford
James Gandolfini

DVD title: The Love Letter
Productgroup: DVD
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I thought this movie was great.

I just got done watching the video and and jumped on the computer to see if I could find it in a book. I just can't get enough. I want to find out more about Lizzy and Scott. I Love the movie !! Something the whole family can watch. If anyone knows of the book version... PLEASE PLEASE email me.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Dan Curtis

DVD title: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Productgroup: DVD
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Walter Mitty needs to get a life!

After reading this book I wonder how many of us lead a private life similar to that of Walter Mitty's. It is great eye opener. Perhaps there should be a Walter Mitty Fan Club - their motto might be: Don't worry if you feel that you have just passed up on the opportunity of a lifetime: there will be many more opportunities of a lifetime to pass up on in the future. There is a place and time for dreams, and there is a place and time for action. This book is valuable in that it may spur the reader who is currently just a DREAMER on to take ACTION when they know they are ready to do so. END

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Danny Kaye
Virginia Mayo
Boris Karloff

DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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the movies are great, yeah yeah... but is it true that the only version available on dvd will be the 1990's special editions? that's a travesty if its true, as i suspect it is. i hope everyone knows by now that george lucas is one of the shadiest figures in the history of film. i hope he doesn't own any famous paintings or anything - he may want to update a da vinci or picasso with some photoshop technology that wasn't available during the artists' lifetime.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Harrison Ford

DVD title: Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Productgroup: DVD
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Stop worrying and love this movie

Could a sane man initiate global mass-destruction? Can any political system that would destroy all life on earth as it valediction claim the moral high ground, now that we've entered a murder-suicide pact so absolute it even involves all future generations of life on earth? Liberalism, conservatism, capitalism, communism- they all become moot in the face of extinction.
So we have "Dr. Strangelove," the movie that dares point out how our drive to destroy ourselves just might be some sort of twisted outgrowth of our libido. Hardly a moment goes by in this film without sexual text or context. Even the two bombs in the B-52 (named by its crew, "Leper Colony") are scribbled with what were then considered come-on lines. Deranged Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) has sent his air wing into the Soviet Union because he felt a "loss of essence" during the "physical act of love," and is certain this is caused by flouridated water.
Peter Sellars plays three roles, wimpy President Muffley, RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake and the title character, the bizarre, wheelchair-bound not-so-former Nazi advisor to the President. The awesome George C. Scott turns in a marvelous performance as Gen. Buck Turgidson, who has difficulty hiding his enthusiasm for Ripper's plan.
But the revelation here is Hayden (veteran of many a manly role), playing a character so concerned with losing his virility, he sets the world on course for an explosive and very final climax. Hayden's performance is a masterpiece of subtle derangement- no drooling or chewing the scenary. Watch for Sellar's reaction when he realizes Hayden's burly, muscular symbol of American power, in his medal-bejeweled Air Force uniform, is completely, irretrievably round the bend. It's a moment of pure, comic horror.
Sellars' characterization of Dr. Strangelove is the epitome of the post-nuclear man as monster. He's completely comfortable, almost gleeful, when talking about mass-murder as an abstraction and a political expediency.
Beautifully filmed in black and white (which gives it a certain Cold War veracity) and featuring some impressive sets and effective, documentary-style combat footage, "Dr. Strangelove" is one of Stanley Kubrick's finest films, uncompromising as it condemns hubris and macho posturing on all sides. And it does it with a weapon hopefully more effective in the long run than A-bombs and H-bombs. Humor.
Watch for Slim Pickens as twangy-voiced Maj. "King" Kong: his final scene has become iconic, and will remain in your mind for days. This movie also features James Earl Jones' movie debut, and yes, even then he had that impressive voice.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers
George C. Scott

DVD title: A Better Tomorrow II
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautiful transfer for a John Woo classic!

If you're like me, you're used to an old, grainy, pan and scan VHS version of ABTPT2. This disc is a welcome improvement! It is finally in the correct aspect ratio and the colors practically jump off the screen. The transfer is top-notch too (very little "artifacts"). The sound (while mono) has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 for extremely clear audio. Did I mention the NINE different subtitles and dubbing into Cantonese and Mandarin? All this plus some cast highlights and the trailer. Well worth the price, if you even have a fleeting interest in John Woo this is the only way to go!!

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: John Woo
Leslie Cheung
Yun-Fat Chow

DVD title: Rat Race
Productgroup: DVD
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Insanity at it's finest.

Rat Race is probably the funniest movie of 2001, if not the funniest in over a decade! Rowan Atkinson, Seth Green, and Jon Lovitz put on amazingly hilarious parts and make this movie a wonderful experience. If you aren't sure yet, rent this movie first. It's guaranteed that you'll want to buy it afterwards.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Jerry Zucker
Breckin Meyer
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Vince Vieluf
Whoopi Goldberg
Jon Lovitz

DVD title: The Legend of Drunken Master
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie, so-so DVD

Most people still consider Drunken Master II (a.k.a. The Legend of the Drunken Master) to be Jackie Chan's best movie ever, and I agree. The sad thing is this edition is dubbed in English. There is no Chinese version. When I first saw this movie, I watched the laserdisc edition (which is in Chinese, but unfortunately has white subtitles that are often over a white background). While I'm greatful for the opportunity to finally figure out what they're saying, the acting was definitely better in Chinese. I'm hoping that one day they'll put out a special edition with both versions, but I'm not gonna hold my breath. In short, if you ever get the chance to see it in Chinese I say go for it, but for now get this version. It's still a great movie!

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Jackie Chan
Ho Sung Pak

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