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DVD title: Dogma
Productgroup: DVD
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Dogma Rules!

Kevin Smith is right on track with this hilarious comedy. Ben Affleck and Matt Damond star as two renegade angels trying to get back into heaven. Linda Fiorentino is the person chosen to stp the angels. Alan Rickman is an angel helping Linda, Chris Rock is the 13th apostle left out the bible, tagging along are Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as Jay and Silent Bob. Jason Lee is Azrael, a demond helping Ben and Matt. This movie rocks, buy it.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Kevin Smith
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck
Linda Fiorentino

DVD title: Yes:9012 Live
Productgroup: DVD
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By continuing to postpone official release,bootleggers get the last laugh

Perhaps the owners of the program "Yes-9012 Live" are not aware of it,but there already is a DVD of the program;a technically legal Brazilian NTSC bootleg DVD copied from an official Japanese Laserdisc,with more than acceptable sound and picture.The official release had better have surround sound and some extra program content.Otherwise,there would be little reason to buy the program on DVD again.It's time for the program owner to stop playing games:either release the official disc or don't.Make up your minds.

Studio: Image Entertainment

DVD title: The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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It is Great To Have the "Good Ol' Boys" Back

It is very exciting to have the original series, "The Dukes of Hazzard" available on DVD after so many years. The shows absence on television, due largely to its contriversal "star" the confederate flag bearing General Lee, has been a generations long frustrations to fans of the series who grew up with the show as part of their childhood culture. The fact is, the show presents about as much racism as it does deep intellectual thought...this was a show about being a couple of "good ol' boys" fighting the system to help anyone they could. The show itself presented family values, the triumph of good over evil and more laughs and action than anything available on television today....and all without the crude (and often graphic) portrayals of drugs, sex and violence that is synonymous with todays media programming.

The central story surrounds Bo and Luke Duke, two cousins who are sent to live with their uncle Jessie and cousin Daisy after being placed on parole for running moonshine in a "dry" county. The boys, reckless and mischevous, go about the affairs of their family while trying to keep their noses clean, despite the best efforts of Boss Hogg and Sheriff Roscoe to bring them down. Hogg, Hazzard's "criminal mastermind" heads up the corrupt (but ever bumbling) police department, and is always scheming to bust the Duke boys for anything possible, since he, too, was a moon-shiner in competition with the Duke family.

Confused? Well, its hard to pack seven years of backstory into a couple short paragraphs. Let me say that this is a series for all ages...created in a time that was more innocent than the world of today. Boys will love the bright orange "01 General Lee" which is as much a leading member of the cast as is any of the actors themselves. Girls will love the Duke Boys, Bo (John Schneider (SMALLVILLE)), and Luke (Tom Wopat (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN)). Parents will love the comedic, often silly, antics of the show combined with the appearant lack of "all that stuff" that makes T.V. viewing so jaded today. Its a family friendly show with a little bit of something for everybody.

This DVD set contains the complete second season of the show along with outtakes, audio commentary from the cast and enough extras to keep even hardcore Dukes of Hazzard fans coming back for more. The digital "clean-up" of the show has restored the original quality of video and audio to as good - or even better - than it originally looked and sounded in 1979-1980.

THis is a must have for fans of the show, and for anyone looking for something fun to watch with the whole family. Give it a try...I am sure you will love it.

-Scott Kolecki

Studio: Warner Home Video
Tom Wopat

DVD title: The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Intelligent and terrifying at the same time.

This movie scared the *hell* out of me. And this is coming from someone who was totally unmoved by BLAIR WITCH. This movie is the scariest one I've seen since SIXTH SENSE, and for pretty much the same reason: rather than going for the grossout, with blood, guts and startle responses, this movie creates and manifests an air of psychological horror, and it does so in a unique way.

*spoilers below*

THE RING was adapted from a Japanese film RINGU, of basically the same plot. Carried over into the adaptation are some themes common to much Japanese fiction (especially manga and anime) about humanity's relationship with technology--in particular communications technology--and the ambivalent attitudes we have towards tools that at the same time connect and isolate us from each other, and whose functioning we barely understand. THE RING manages to play on many aspects of this relationship--the anonymity of unseen voices coming over cell phones, what exactly it is the camera captures when pictures are taken, etc.--to excellent, and terrifying effect.

But perhaps the best-expressed and best-thought-out theme is our relationship with television, as both containment and medium for our most powerful urges, a communications tool that modern society is drawn to but often barely seems under our control. The most striking moment in the film--the moment when Samara "breaks the fourth wall" and comes out of the television after Noah--is a stunningly iconic and modern representation of one of humanity's worst and oldest nightmares--the dark side of our psyche, our fantasies and fears, brought to life and running amuck. In this case, having literally broken out of the safe little box in which they were contained, i.e. the TV set. If Samara can get out of Noah's television, then perhaps she can get out of the viewer's as well. And, even more to the point: if *Samara* can get out of the TV set, then what *else* can get out also?

Original, dazzling, and frightening. Watch it. You'll never look at your TV set the same way again.

Seven days.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gore Verbinski
Naomi Watts
Martin Henderson
Brian Cox

DVD title: Once Upon a Time in China 2
Productgroup: DVD
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The best in the series...

Director Tsui Hark continues his tale of Wong Fei Hong in Once upon a time in China II (1992). Starring Jet Li as Master Wong, Rosamund Kwan as Aunt Yee, Mok Siu-chong ('Fire Dragon') replacing Yuen Biao as Foon, and Donnie Yen ('Wing Chun') as a Ching minister. This film delivers the goods. Wong travels to Canton where he meets nationalist Dr. Sun Yat Sen, a revolutionary during the last days of the Ching Dynasty. Together, they go up against the govt and the anti-western "White Lotus Cult". Non-stop action. Jet Li is particuliarly good in two scenes against the cult followers and leader. Lots of great wire work. Plus the anticipated Donnie Yen match-up does not disappoint. Donnie Yen rules! The film gives good insight into this period of Chinese history. A very troubled time, with groups from all sides trying to take over China. Aunt Yee continues her quest to gain the favor of Fei Hong, setting up some humorous scenes. Good plot, all-star cast, first class action... Jet Li's greatest role. You've got to buy this, it is awesome!

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Hark Tsui
Jet Li

DVD title: Stroszek
Productgroup: DVD
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Werner Runs Wild In America

The venerable Werner Herzog offers his commentary on the red, white, and blue in this mightily endearing chronicle of three outcast sourkraut lovers en route to the United States. Bruno S. turns in a fine performance as the errant accordianist whose dreams fall flat in the American heartland. Also featured: a knock down instrumental rendering of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix."

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Werner Herzog

DVD title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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14 Years Later, Still Gritty, Still A Feel Good Flick

I pulled out my old tape last night, that my parents bought me when I was 8, almost 14 years ago. The first movie I ever owned. I can't believe it still plays, remarkably well too. From the opening Pizza Hut commercial (old school fans know what I'm talking about) to the cheezy T.U.R.T.L.E. Power song (where he calls Raphael the leader!) I love this movie so much. It still gets me riled up, wanting to kick some serious foot clan ass, as they seem to just keep on coming. The idea of a faceless, numberless enemy, and this loveable, ass-kicking quartet, that makes it so effortless, is so fun to watch. When you're a child its everything you want to be, four brothers/friends, a great old sensai (Splinter) an intimadating but friends helper (Casey Jones) and of course the babe (April O'Neil), they fight best together, as you see when Raphael cannot defend himself alone on the rooftop, and the one-liners are still as funny as ever: "Whoa, time to switch to decaf April!" It's true I can quote this entire movie, it's true I watched it every single day when I was a child, but the fact I can still pop it in and enjoy every second, that's a classic flick. There's also a gritty edge to it, its not just a kids movie, they really stayed in line with the original comic in that sense, its dark and smart, and well made. I love this movie, I can't wait for a multiple disc Special Edition to come out, I would give anything to just have a few outtakes or bonus scenes, that'd be...AWESOME!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Steve Barron
Judith Hoag
Elias Koteas

DVD title: Oliver & Company (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Justice to Dobermans

Although this was a cool movie,the potrayal of Dobermans was unfair

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director: George Scribner
Joseph Lawrence (II)
Billy Joel
Cheech Marin

DVD title: The Changeling
Productgroup: DVD
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When my father recommended this movie to me, I thought I would watch it just to kill some time. I was terrified throughout the whole movie. My favorite part was when the empty wheelchair started chasing the female lead down the hall and down the stairs. It was an incredible movie, and current filmmakers should use it as a model. This movie is much scarier than "Scream" or any new horror films, and without the gore!! I definitely recommend this movie to everyone.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Peter Medak
George C. Scott
Trish Van Devere

DVD title: Let It Ride
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic Comedy

Choc full of racetrack humor, antics and dreams.....a classic comedy and the very best of Richard Dreyfuss.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Joe Pytka
Richard Dreyfuss
Teri Garr

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