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DVD title: Excalibur
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't miss this one !!!

I love movies like this that shows the ages of knighthood.I think it was done as best as anyone could of hoped for. I have seen the VHS and DVD versions and own them both. If you like the classic tales of the past, You will love this one. I gave it 5 stars due to the way it makes you feel throughout the entire movie. THUMBS UP !!!!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: John Boorman
Nigel Terry
Helen Mirren

DVD title: Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries)
Productgroup: DVD
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An unexpected pleasure.

I found the original Battlestar sort of cheesy--however, the new version from 2003 was smart, funny, wry, and witty. It also brought into much sharper contrast the struggle between light and dark within each of us, something the original series tried to do but was just too bubble gum to accomplish. If you're a Sci-Fi fan or even if you're not, go out and buy this one and enjoy yourself.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Michael Rymer

DVD title: Repo Man
Productgroup: DVD
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The Most Quotable Movie

Maybe the most quotable movie in history, probably more than any early Hollywood classic, and definitely more than anything in the last fifty years. How else would we know how to call a plate-o-shrimpism?

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Alex Cox
Harry Dean Stanton
Emilio Estevez

DVD title: Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost
Productgroup: DVD
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Who's next for Daphne?

With Mary Kay berman's death last year which I not sure of the cause of death, who's next to play Daphne if another film is made with Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma and Fred? Or will Scrappy Doo make a comeback. Here's another with Scooby Doo Where are you?. Which is sung by Billy Ray Cyrus. And a film that is about 70 minutes long. The first 3 ran 90-99 minutes long. But now it has been knocked down short. Scooby Doo and Shaggy (Scott Innes) is back. And this time they meet Ben Ravencroft (Tim Curry) and Velma is a big fan of Ben Ravencroft.
As the movie opens Velma (B.J Ward) meets Ben Ravencroft in a museum during a case before the persons behind two people are behind a case is reveled. Ben invites them to Oakheaven his hometown which he comes back once a year. But Ben doesn't know there is an Autumn Harvest Festival going on in his hometown. Daphne (Mary Kay Bergman) and Fred (Frank Welker) along with Scooby Doo and Shaggy aslo heads down to Oakheaven. And a concert is going to be in the same town featuring the Hex Girls. (Jennifer Hale, Kimbrely Brooks, and Jane Wiedlin). A local band.
Ben learns from the town's mayor (Neil Ross) that Ben's ancestor Sara Ravencroft is hauting the town. When its really a tea short man (Peter Renaday) is behind the mask. Kiki's Delivery Serivce's Tress Macneille is the voice of Sara Ravencroft.

Studio: Hanna-Barbera
Director: Jim Stenstrum

DVD title: Nothing to Lose
Productgroup: DVD
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An unlikely, but effective duo in this laugh riot !

The cultural and linguistical clashes between the middle and working class are hysterically explored in Nothing to Lose, where a high rolling advertising executive (Robbins) and an out of work, would-be carjacker(Lawrence) are brought together under pressing circumstances. The humor is witty, yet silly and the acting, as you'd probably guessed, is a clear reflection of Lawrence's and Robbin's ability!

Studio: Buena Vista
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Martin Lawrence
Tim Robbins

DVD title: Sooner or Later
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Birthday Gift Ever!

I can't wait to get this DVD! For over 20 years I have been waiting to see this movie again. I saw it at age 12 when it first aired and, like others my age, immediately fell in love with Rex Smith. In my dreams, I was the girl in this movie. A few years ago while grocery shopping, I heard one of the songs from the movie, "You Take My Breath Away," (one of my all time faves), and right in the middle of the grocery store I started to cry! I couldn't help it! After almost 20 years, all those adolescent emotions were still there!...

Studio: Hen's Tooth Video
Director: Bruce Hart

DVD title: Roy Orbison - A Black & White Night (DTS)
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm in love with the female backround vocalists...

..their singing and dancing on "Dream Baby" is out of a dream.
And, by the way, this video also contains the BEST performance by the GREATEST singer that ever lived.
Thank you Roy...we miss you.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Tony Mitchell (II)

DVD title: Pleasantville (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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"Nothing's gonna change my world"

The song at the end of the movie is called "Across the Universe" and is sung by Fiona Apple.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Gary Ross
Tobey Maguire
Joan Allen
Jeff Daniels

DVD title: Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play - (Boxed Set 2, Seiryu)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Stuff!

Well, I'm writing this under the assumption that all readers are considering buying/have bought and watched the first half of the Fushigi Yuugi series. I'll start right now by saying that I've only ever seen it in Japanese, so I can't give you a fair opinion on the English dub.
In brief, what I thought of Fushgi Yuugi in general- well, I really quite liked it. It's not a favourite of mine, and I don't think it ever will be, but its still incredibly cute and funny.
What I thought of this set:
Well, excuse me while I go bang my head against a wall. Don't get me wrong- the second half is definately not bad, and for the most part is very, very enjoyable. There are, however, certain aspects that have inspired within me the urge to hurt something.
1) The complete shifts in characters. Miyaka started out as a likeable character. Granted, she was a ditz, but the character had spirit and passion, and was done very well. By this point in the series though, her personality has shifted completely. Gone is the girl who was willing to fight a gang in an alley because she didn't have to worry about teachers yelling at her. (This was in episode 3, I believe.) Enter Miyaka, weak priestess, who wanders around wailing and blushing, waiting for people to cater to beck and call....
Tamahome suffered the same personality shift as Miyaka. Like her, I really loved Tamahome at the start of the series. His character was portrayed as being shallow with a good heart underneath it all. Like Miyaka, he was hilarious, and incredibly likeable. I shamelessly admit that I was cheering him on the whole time, hoping he'd 'get the girl'. By the time the second series rocked up though, he had Miyaka and had become a simpering mess. He was completely whipped, no longer the strong character I liked. It was extremely disappointing.
We get to see more insight into Yui, but not much into the Seiryuu Seven, which is vaguely disappointing, but can be forgiven. We see the Byakko Seven- well, three members- and slowly find out more and more in the dark past of 'The Universe of the Four Gods', which I have to say, is excellently done. Sadly though, there is very little Hotohori- in my opinion, a real shame, as his character was wonderful and his Japanese voice actor is one of my personal favourites.
The plot is still engaging. It doesn't focus on the other members of the Seven as much as I'd like, in favour of screams of 'Tamahome!' 'Miyaka!' but each character does get their brief spot in the limelight. The drawings are still excellent, and the animation flows as well as the first season. When it's not trying too hard to be deep and meaningful, we see that wonderful Fushigi Yuugi humour, which was originally the first thing that caught my attention. There's still plenty of fanservice, which was kind of misplaced, considering this is a series that targets girls, but is still funny.
All in all, the second series is enjoyable, and is a nice way to round out the series. The ending leaves a bit to be desired, but that's what the OVAs are for. If you've seen the first half of Fushigi Yuugi (which was, to me, superior) this half is a necessity. I don't think that, on the whole, you'll be disappointed. Still, if you're anything like me, you'll wish that certain parts had been revised.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Fushigi Yugi-Mysterious Play

DVD title: The Twilight Samurai
Productgroup: DVD
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sweet Moses this is good stuff!

This movie is a kind of beautiful combination of the existential concerns of Kurasawa's Ikiru with his Samurai films. It reminded me of the mission and I was instantly in love with the protagonist's two daughters. This is a drama. The fighting means nothing except in it's contrast with the two daughters. Swords to Plowshares - is there nothing more beautiful than watching children grow?
Highly recommended.

Studio: Empire Pictures
Director: YĆ“ji Yamada

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