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DVD title: Battle of Britain
Productgroup: DVD
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Death in the summer skies of England...

...and never has death in aerial combat been portrayed so dramatically, either before or since this movie's release in 1969. Graphic, visually stunning and emotionally powerful. Two scenes come to mind. The unfortunate German crew member who climbed up into his perspex gun mount atop his Heinkel bomber to get a better view of the battle. With the shatter of glass and goggles and the spraying of red, we know that he won't be seeing anything ever again. On the Allied side, we have an RAF pilot, his Spitfire shot up, smoke and flames licking at him in the cockpit, oil smearing his windscreen; now struggling, straining to free himself, gloved hands now on fire, panicking then screaming as he knows only seconds are left.
WWII buffs and aviation fans will appreciate the use of vintage aircraft in many scenes and models in others, with pretty good special effects that still stand the test of time. All this in support of dramatic scenes like those above, go together to make this movie a cinematic treat.
But let's step back in time to summer of 1940 for a minute. What was the Luftwaffe's plan of action for the Battle of Britain? Destroy the British radar installations, flatten the airfields, wipe out the RAF in the air, obliterate London? All of these strategies were employed at some point. The movie is true to history by accurately and realistically depicting, to some degree of detail, all of these events.
The Battle of Britain was about more than strategic targets though. It was about men. A few hundred young men, on both sides. Some crossing the cold, gray channel waters only to meet their deaths over England. Others from the grassy airfields of the countryside, alone in their small Spitfires and Hurricanes, rising to meet the enemy, and for many their deaths also.
An all star cast, although powerful and portraying their characters with passion, is only incidental to the movie. The plot is also of secondary importance. The acting and storyline are there only to serve as a launching platform. There to take the planes, the pilots and us, up into the English skies where the real story of the 'Battle of Britain' unfolds.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Guy Hamilton
Michael Caine
Trevor Howard

DVD title: Madonna - The Girlie Show (Live Down Under)
Productgroup: DVD
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Back on.. to say.........

I just watch it 3x then put the blond ambition tour that i recorded live on 08/5/90 HBO.. And yes These shows are very different from each other,even madonna looks different. But what im really back to say is I think Cher took lessons from Madonna, on putting on great show's. Cause all this was before cher came back in to the main stream about 5 years later. I think.....

Studio: Wea/Warner Bros.
Director: Mark Aldo Miceli

DVD title: Coach Carter (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is a poweful true story and if you like sports it was a well sports movie too!!!! I would rate this movie a 10 instead of a five,because of what values it deals with in every day society!!!! It shows you that you should go to school and try to get your education instead of wasting time ditching school!!!! Samuel L. Jackson was truly a wonderful actor to play Ken Carter which turn these boys lifes around forever!!!! My friend said to me you really need to watch this movie and i didn't want to waste my time at first,but i'm glad that i got to see this movie and if you have not seen it yet you should watch this movie and parents you should have your kids watch this movie too!!!!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Thomas Carter (II)
Samuel L. Jackson
Robert Ri'chard
Rick Gonzalez

DVD title: Vampire Hunter D
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best Japanese Animated films of all time

A combination of chilling horror, twisted with an imaginative sci-fi edge, Vampire Hunter D is one of the most exceptional works ever to come out of the Japanese Anime genre. Lined with some beautifully crafted imagery and animation, ( Not to mention some scenes with incredibly intense violence) this film is a treat for all the senses. Even though the style and film techniques seem somewhat dated (1985 picture), it is still worth the viewing for anyone interested in a good action packed gothic thriller. The plot is somewhat simple. In the far future, humans are reduced back to a menial feudal system in which vampires become the ruling class, and subject the humans as slaves. One of the local girls in a village, Doris becomes targeted by Count Magnus Lee, the local ruling vampire. In distress she hires a vampire hunter known only as "D", to protect her. Graphic, but visually stunning film. Not recomended for children, but use viewer discretion.

Studio: Urban Vision

DVD title: Valdez Is Coming
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a great unassuming film--and Elmore Leonard wrote it

I've always enjoyed Burt Lancasters work, and I like his more recent stuff the best, with the exception of Elmer Gantry! This is a great underdog movie--the low-profile good guy being pushed around by the arrogant big-bucks villian. But Bob Valdez has a past. Especially great is Barton Heymann as El Segundo--an old San Francisco Mime Troupe veteran who I have never seen in another movie. This one deserves checking out

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Edwin Sherin
Burt Lancaster
Susan Clark

DVD title: The Batman Legacy (Four Film Giftset)
Productgroup: DVD
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Batman: Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 on October 18th 2005

If anyone out there is thinking on purchasing the BATMAN LEGACY SET including all four films; you've got another think coming. The greatest superhero films of the 90's are coming in boxed set or individually 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVDs. The anticipation of the BATMAN dvd's are finally coming on October 18th, 2005; along with BATMAN BEGINS in late October. The following are a complete list of the SPECIAL FEATURES for BATMAN1, 2, 3 and 4.

BATMAN (1989)
audio commentary by diector TIM BURTON
On the Set with Bob Kane
Legends of the Dark Knight: the history of Batman - The Batman comic book saga as reinvented and
reinterpreted over nearly seven decades
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3
- The Road to Gotham City
- The Gathering Storm
- The Legend Reborn
Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery
- Visualizing Gotham: The Production Design of Batman
- Building the Batmobile
- Those Wonderful Toys: The Props and Gadgets of Batman
- Designing the Batsuit
- From Jack to the Joker
- Nocutrnal Overtures: The Music of Batman
Music Videos by Prince: Batdance, Partyman and Scandalous
The Heros and The Villians Profile Galleries
Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence
Theatrical Trailer


Audio Commentary by director Tim Burton
The Bat, The Cat and the Penguin - Cast amd crew members recall the making of this equally spectacular
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Part 4
- The Dark Side of the Knight
Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery
- Gotham City Revisited: The Production Design of Batman Returns
- Sleek, Sexy and Sinister: The Costumes of Batman Returns
- Making up the Penguin
- Assembling the Arctic Army
- Bats, Mattes and Dark Nights: The Visual Effects of Batman
Face to Face Music Video by Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Heros and The Villians Profile Galleries
Theatrical Trailer


Audio Commentary by director Joel Schumacher
Additional Scenes (150 minutes total)
Riddle Me This: Why is Batman Forever? - How a new director and cast created a new version of Gotham's classic good and bad guys
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight
Part 5 - Reinventing a Hero
Batman Beyond Documentary Gallery
- Out of the Shadows: The Production Design of Batman Forever
- The Many Faces of Gotham City
- Knight Moves: The Stunts of Batman Forever
- Imaging Forever: The Visual Effects of Batman Forever
- Scoring Forever: The Music of Batman Forever
Kiss from a Rose Music Video by Seal
The Heros and The Villians Profile Galleries
Theatrical Trailer


Audio Commentary by director Joel Schumacher
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight
Part 6: Batman Unbound
Additional Scene "Alfred's Lost Love"
Beyond Batman documentary gallery
- Bigger, Bolder, Brighter: The Production Design of Batman & Robin
- Maximum Overdrive: The Vehicles of Batman & Robin
- Dressed to Thrill: The Costumes of Batman & Robin
- Frozen Freaks and Femme Fatales: The Makeup of Batman & Robin
- Freeze Frame: The Visual Effects of Batman & Robin
Four Music Videos
- The End is the Beginning is the End by the Smashing Pumpkins
- Foolish Games by Jewel
- Gotham City by R. Kelly
- Look Into My Eyes by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
The Heroes and The Villians Profile Galleries
Theatrical Trailer

I've got to see it to believe it; not to mention that all four films will be presented in a brand new digital transfer; and the additional scenes will be intigrated into the films. We knew they were coming, now here they are.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Tim Burton
Michael Keaton
Danny DeVito
Michelle Pfeiffer

DVD title: Tarzan, the Ape Man
Productgroup: DVD
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Sexy Ape Man!

I've been going to movies for more than 40 years now, and this one is surely the worst I ever paid to see. A friend who lusted seriously after Bo Derek dragged me to see Tarzan, the Ape Man, for which I have never forgiven him. Bo is certainly a stunning woman, and after I saw 10, I thought she might be a promising actress too. But then I saw Tarzan the Ape Man, and was disabused of that notion forever. This film lacks any redeeming value whatever, except unintentional laughs. As Tarzan, Miles O'Keeffe may be a hunk, but that begs the question, "A hunk of what?" (I vote for granite.) But the ineptitude of Derek & O'Keeffe pales against the ridiculous scenery-chewing of Richard Harris, giving what must be the worst performance ever by a big-name actor. Harris' big moment comes when he says to Derek, "That...APE...that...BEAST...wants. ..YOOOUUUU!!!" As for Derek and O'Keeffe, THEIR big moment comes when they stand up to their necks in the water of a lagoon. O'Keeffe, who never speaks during the entire film, stares at Derek with the glazed look of a stuffed gorilla. Derek, eating a banana (YIKES!), says in her kewpie-doll voice, "I probably shouldn't tell you this (munch, munch), but I'm a virgin." If this sounds like your kind of movie, be my guest. But don't say I didn't warn you.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Derek
Bo Derek
Richard Harris
Miles O'Keeffe

DVD title: A Beautiful Mind (Full Screen Awards Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

No matter what anyone else says, this one will remain one of the best films for a long time to come. Crowe's reputation will rest on it for the rest of his life (a couple more like this and he can join the great ones - it would help if he can keep his home in Coff's Harbour though!)
This DVD version belongs in every serious film collector's library. It also belongs in every teacher's collection because of the message it brings and the way it touches our humanity.....why we have achieved what we have and what the hope is for our survival. And finally (and most importantly) because it makes an academic a hero....and we need so much more of that in our lives.
Personally I found this film to achieve everything that Shine didn't. The DVD version is great because it gives you a crystalline soundtrack without too many extras packed onto it. You won't regret adding this one to your collection, believe me!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Russell Crowe
Ed Harris

DVD title: Only You
Productgroup: DVD
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Only You - Chemistry Galore

Ever wonder why some movies hit that special spot and other make you snooze. Well, a lot of that has to do with chemistry. Chemistry between actors and the originality of the plot all combine to make a movie either a hit or a dud. Only You, succeeds on that front do to the fact that Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. have that connection that most of us only dream of. And of course what better way to make full use of the chemistry, but set your story in the most romantic country on Earth, Italy. This very original and witty plot follows Faith, the young school teacher, as she flies half way around the world in search of her true love. Thrown in, are wonderful panoramas of the Italian Lanscape and little subplots to make the whole experience even more enchanting. Hopeless romantics will certainly watch this entertaining movie with awe and envy, as the star crossed lovers search for ways to please, tease & win over the heart of their true love. Watch this with someone you care for and plan your next trip to the most wonderful place in the world to fall in Love...

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Norman Jewison
Marisa Tomei
Robert Downey Jr.

DVD title: Biography - Amelia Earhart (A&E DVD Archives)
Productgroup: DVD
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An excellent look at Earhart's entire life

This is an excellent look at the life of the legendary Amelia Earhart. It does not dwell on her disappearance, as it gives equal attention to every part of her life. It is also an honest and fair look at the woman behind the myth; it points out the fact that she was not really the most talented female flier of her era, that she had a number of accidents and had a tendency to cut corners, and it lists many of the bad decisions she made in pursuit of her ill-fated flight around the globe. It also provides an objective look at her marriage to G.P. Putnam, a marriage of convenience that may have grown into something more with a man widely despised by other female fliers as a pushy promoter who lived on the glory of someone else.

There's good information on her childhood, including several clips from a 1987 interview with her sister, and how her somewhat troubled family life helped make her the rebel she became. Accounts of her early flying days, perhaps inspired by her World War I nursing duties taking care of war pilots in Toronto, are especially interesting, as we learn that there were other talented female fliers pursuing their own dreams at the same time. Elinor Smith, one of those pilots who is interviewed here, is an incredibly engaging woman I would like to know more about. The documentary then recounts some of Earhart's more important milestones, starting with her first flight across the Atlantic - this flight aboard the Freedom Flight made her famous and brought her together with G.P. Putnam for the first time, but she really didn't do anything on the journey except take care of the log while two men flew and navigated. A few years later, she did become the first woman to cross the Atlantic on a solo flight, touching down in a cow pasture in Ireland after suffering some mechanical problems. A little later, she became the first pilot (male or female) to cross the Pacific.

Amelia needed money in order to keep flying, and husband G.P. Putnam kept her busy doing promotional and other marketing gigs, leaving her little time to actually fly and wearing her out as she raised the money for her final exploit. Her attempt to become the first pilot to fly around the world following the equator was not without its harbingers of doom. Her plane crashed on landing in Hawaii, for example, and she had to start again after repairs were completed. By this time, she had only one of her three crewmen still with her - Fred Noonan. The pair would make it three-fourths of the way around the globe before disappearing into legend somewhere in the Pacific. This documentary briefly mentions some of the conspiracy theories that surround the mystery, but it spends more time detailing the mistakes that could have been averted. Neither Earhart nor Noonan excelled at navigation, the plane flew without a trailing wire antenna and its Morse code key (neither Earhart nor Noonan even knew how to transmit in Morse code), and Amelia's countless hours in the cockpit had already made her so sick that her husband recommended she abort the final two legs of the flight.

As one of Amelia's cousins says, though, Earhart should be remembered for all the daring things she accomplished, not for the mystery of her disappearance. She was one of the most famous, most engaging women of the 20th century, and I have to say that this A&E Biography treatment of her helps remind us of the qualities that made her such a larger-than-life personality.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Amelia Earhart

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