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DVD title: Dio - Evil or Divine
Productgroup: DVD
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Dio Is The Man.

in short crap. ok..the audio was great but the video sucked. the stop motion stuff was not a great idea to add along with the black & white on & off again junk. it's sad,a man like dio who is a legend ending whats left of his career with a second rate video which didn't even look as good as joan jett! what happened with the editing anyways? ronnie sounded great but all the editing mess & terrible video quality ruined the entire dvd. the interview was not that great either. never telling us anything very important & mentioning blackmores name you think he misses him? don't get me wrong,I loved dio all these years..but giving his fans this kind of second rate garbage to me is a slap in the face. I can't believe dio can sit down & watch this video & feel good about it. his last few cd's sucked and he hasn't done anything good since sacred heart,I'm afraid now he done for.washed up.if you want to see how a REAL dvd is done I suggest judas priest live in's sad when dio's dvd can't even compare to joan jett's recent one!

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Ronnie James Dio

DVD title: Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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I love Lois and Clark!

This is one of my all time favourite shows, and since its rarely shown on TV (just being cancelled again by TBS) DVD would be perfect. You could enjoy the episodes whenever you felt like it. This would definietly be something anyone shuld own.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Dean Cain

DVD title: The Point
Productgroup: DVD
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Destined to be an all time children's classic

This children's classic compares favorably to Wizard of Oz and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The blend of charming songs by Harry Nilsson and the witty narration by his friend Ringo Starr makes this one of those movies you'll hate to see end. The message of the movie is clear, but wrapped nicely enough so that kids won't think they're being force fed a moralty tale.

Studio: Bmg Distribution (VI
Director: Fred Wolf
Harry Nillson
Ringo Starr
Dustin Hoffman

DVD title: The Road to El Dorado
Productgroup: DVD
The Road to El Dorado - movie DVD cover picture
Fun and enjoyable!

This was a really fun movie. Dreamworks really did a great job with it. The plot was one that any age can enjoy, as was the humor (my mom gave off her fair share of laughs, and she doesn't even like cartoons). That's not to say that there was no drama, though. There was a perfect blend of witty-humor and action. The lead charecters, Miguel and Tulio, were great. They were highly realistic in how they spoke and acted. They were well drawn, too. The animation for El Dorado was amazingly detailed. And the songs, well, what else? They were great! I especially liked the one Miguel and Tulio sang about being gods. I hope Dreamworks hires Elton John for another movie sometime.

Studio: Universal Studios
Kevin Kline
Kenneth Branagh
Rosie Perez

DVD title: Starman
Productgroup: DVD
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I last saw Starman when I was about 10, and I haven't forgotten it since - it's a great film that never fails to awaken 80's nostalgia. Nowadays this fact doesn't surprise me all that much, as almost all of Carpenter's films are great and nostalgia-inspiring. I guess what I'm trying to say is, Carpenter's films are the best, and having Jeff Le... Bridges is just the icing on the cake.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Carpenter
Jeff Bridges
Karen Allen

DVD title: Ben-Hur
Productgroup: DVD
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The Thinking Man's Epic

Ben-Hur is one epic that really deserves the label. Big in every sense of the world, yet it manages to be intimate and personal. The story is familiar to most: the childhood friendship of a Roman and a Jew turns sour when the two meet as adults. Judah Ben-Hur is a wealthy young Jewish prince who despite his wealth cannot deny the plight of his people. Judah's belief that the Romans are killing his people destroys his friendship with Messala, now a Roman tribune. To prove his loyalty to Rome, Messala has Judah sent to the galleys as a slave, based on trumped-up charges. Judah vows revenge and is consumed with hate for Messala and Rome. His chance encounter with Jesus Christ sets him on a path he never thought he'd walk down. There is so much to admire about this film. Charlton Heston in the title role does a wonderful job portraying the title character's torment. Stephen Boyd as Messala, gives the performance of his life. There are wonderful performances from the supporting cast: Finlay Currie (Mr. Shunderson in People Will Talk) as Balthasar, Sam Jaffe as Simonides, and Hugh Griffith as Sheik Ilderim. Griffith's performance is one of the great characterizations in this film. His sheik is wonderfully human and believable. The way he interacts with his horses provide some of the film's best scenes. Jack Hawkins (Academy Award Best Supporting Actor) is stolid and dignified as Heston's adoptive father. As the love interest, Haya Harareet is believable as Esther, a slave in the service of the House of Hur, who has loved Judah from her youth. The DVD transfer is beautiful and the sound is great. It's too bad they opted for a two-sided disc instead of two. The way they've labeled the single disc, it's difficult to know which is "Side A," (the movie) and which is "Side B," (the extras). It's also unfortunate that Warner Brothers (who seems to own most of the MGM library), again used the less than wonderful cardboard packaging. Some of the extras are worth a look. Heston's commentary during the movie is fun, especially his recollections regarding the chariot race. The screen tests of Cesare Danova and Leslie Nielsen (testing for Ben-Hur and Messala respectively) are enjoyable to watch. You'll have fun noticing the zippered back of Danova's costume. The test seems to favor Danova, since Nielsen is off camera during most of their scenes. The "screen test" of Haya Harareet seems more like a costume or lighting test. There's no dialogue and what we see is a rather short head shot of the actress. All in all, Ben-Hur is one of the most enjoyable movie epics ever made. William Wyler's skill with dramatic tension and emotional impact help the storyline direct the focus of the film, rather than the special effects, which are quite amazing, even by today's computer generated standards. The chariot race between Judah and Messala, among many others, is still one of the screens great moments. I've seen it a million times, it seems, but it always seems fresh and exciting. The biblical aspect of the storyline is handled with great care and sensitivity. The change in Judah's life because of his meeting with Jesus is one of film's emotional highlights. As is the crucifixion and Judah's reunion with his mother and sister. By all means get this DVD not for the extras or the packaging, but for the sheer power of its narrative, its great performances, its epic scale, its impeccable musical score, and that incredible chariot race! Lastly, try and view this on the largest TV screen you can find. The larger the screen the bigger the impact this film will have on the viewer.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: William Wyler
Charlton Heston
Jack Hawkins
Stephen Boyd

DVD title: The Boondock Saints [IMPORT]
Productgroup: DVD
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Boondock: Slick, Righteous Judgement Commentary.

Boondock Saints is a dark commentary on what people do when justice is out of reach or ignores. Two irish brothers working in a meat packing plant take matters into their own hands when an irish bar owner is muscled out by the russian mob. What insues is a bloody rampage through the under belly of the city and the destruction of the lower forms of life that dwell there.

Studio: Pid
Director: Troy Duffy
Willem Dafoe
Sean Patrick Flanery
Norman Reedus

DVD title: The Village (Widescreen Edition) (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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missing the picture

If you went to 'The Village' expecting The Seventh Sense, then you had the wrong movie, but this film will be debated in sociology, psychology, and political Science classes for awhile. It explores important questions about the structure of societies, cultures, and subcultures and looks at the myths used to perpetuate the immune system of groups and our participation in them. With its archetypical images of town vs forrest, watchtower and boundaries, color as uniform or taboo,and some subtle characterizations of repressed fear and desire, it is easily one of the best films of the year. The porch scene with Howard and Phoenix ( will you dance at our wedding?) is remarkably sensual and has to be one of the most understated romantic scenes to come out of the movies since Bogart and Hepburn.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Bryce Dallas Howard
Joaquin Phoenix
Adrien Brody
William Hurt
Sigourney Weaver
Judy Greer

DVD title: Prime Suspect 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Riveting Television ... The Way It Should Be Done

Helen Mirren stars as Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in this dramatic BBC miniseries.
A serial killer is at large, and Tennison inherits the mantle of investigating the lead suspect. While certain elements of the story are largely predictable, there is also an unexpected element of surprise with the way the tale unfolds. Mirren adds a definitive credibility to the vulnerable character of Tennison, struggling for any reasonable work/life balance, and she proves to be the most interesting sleuth to come out of England since Sherlock Holmes.
Time Magazine voted this, in its initial airing, the second most important television event of the year ... right behind Johnny Carson's farewell show. A must viewing for serious fans of mystery genre.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Christopher Menaul
Helen Mirren
John Benfield

DVD title: Save the Last Dance
Productgroup: DVD
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A Touching Film!

I absolutely loved this in the theatres, and the DVD is even better. It includes deleted scenes that really bring Kerry Washington's character to life.
Also, the director's commentary is pretty good (better than some I've watched). It does get a little monotonous, but if I hadn't taken the time to listen to it, there's a lot I would have missed. Apparantly the final cut of the movie ran 3 hours 21 minutes! It also helps you to understand a lot of the underlying themes in the movie (ie. getting from one place to another, trains, etc.). I'd definitely recommend this DVD to anyone who enjoyed the movie, and anyone who loves hip hop.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Thomas Carter (II)
Julia Stiles
Sean Patrick Thomas

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