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DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - Lord Slug Feature
Productgroup: DVD
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Dragon ball z-the movie-Lord slug

I liked it very much. I watched it on my mom's new dvd player.I'm 11 so I think 7-12 year olds would like it.

Studio: Goldhil Home Media 2
Director: Daisuke Nishio

DVD title: The Sea Inside
Productgroup: DVD
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An Outstanding Film that treats the issue with dignity

Having just seen this marvelous Spanish film (in Phoenixville, of all places, home of The Blob), I am entirely moved by the passionate sympathy brought to all sides of the euthanasia issue by this extraordinary writer and director. I'm completely unfamiliar with anything else he has filmed, but shall pursue his films more arduously based on how wonderful is this one.
In the heat of the Terry Schiavo fury surrounding that poor soul and her family and her husband, this film is certainly topical, but it would resonate even if the Bush Fascists weren't trying to ramrod their putsch down the throats of one and all.
This is the story of a man who has become quadripelegic as a result of a swimming accident, and now in his middle age would like to end his life. He has been a burden to his family, though they fulfill their care for him with great love and devotion. He is a source of hope for a lonely woman, and then falls in love with the lawyer who seeks his judicial approval. All of the emotions you could possibly summon are on display here through the dynamics of the various relationships. There is a sanctimonious priest who initially comes off as absurd, but then quite comically reaches a sympatico with the protagonist, not that he endorses the request for euthanasia, just the two men come to understand each other without any malice. What a concept, eh, all in its own right....
The older brother can not agree with his younger brother's decision because in his heart and soul he is convinced that for all that he gave up, he'd continue to do it to care for his brother because it is the right thing to do. The protagonist wants someone to love him just enough to release him from his bonds.
The music is enchanting and haunting, with the plaintive gaita of Suzanne Seivanne and Carlos Nunez on the score. The scenery of Galicia, the Celtic part of northwestern Spain, is beautiful. The acting is sublime. You will talk about this movie a lot. Its even handed treatment of the moralities involved is unblinking and compassionate and so this is a film to watch with your family, well, maybe not the kids, but anyone with whom you will be making decisions about yours or their care as Bush strips away the safety net for all Americans under a certain income level.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar
Javier Bardem
Belén Rueda
Lola Dueñas

DVD title: Mighty Gorga / One Million AC/DC
Productgroup: DVD
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One Million AC/DC: Not Up To Ed Wood's Usual Quality

Often overlooked on the DVD is a little piece of R-rated tripe called 'One Million AC/DC' a very bad and un-erotic sex comedy written by no other than Ed Wood. I actually don't really like this genre too much, and wish Something Weird had put something else on the disc. I do like Ed Wood though, so I watched it. Those were 65 painful minutes. The set of the cave looks like the jungle room and Graceland, as it features green shag carpet extensively. There is no plot to speak of, there's a virgin sacrifice (not what you think), guys fighting with rocks and clubs, and gratuitous hippie references. There is also a romantically involved ape in a very bad monkey suit that makes a sound like a buzz saw. There is a lot of black and white (tinted sepia, so we wouldn't notice...right) stock footage that any B-movie connoisseur will recognize of iguanas and gila monsters fighting. There is, unfortunately, also a tyrannosaurus rex, which, if you can believe this is even lamer than in 'Gorga.' I won't even speculate on what brand of child's toy it is. I especially love the scene when the toy eats a girl. Yum!
The film continues the theme on the DVD of annoying background music. Here it is composed for the unlikely quintet of harmonium, zither, bongos, doorbell, and spoons. (I wish it was as soothing as John Cage, but it is not.) There are typical caveman scenes: people lounging and eating grapes and BBQ ribs, cat fights, the old rubber lizard in a loincloth gag, and a chase scene that kind of looks like what would happen if Doris Wishman directed '10.' There are a couple of puns that will make you blanche, for instance "I'm off to see the lizard" (everyone knows that cavemen speak perfect English, occasionally with an Italian accent.) At the end the ape and his girlfriend are welcomed to the community of hominids with warm handshakes all around.
This is really below Ed Wood's normal level of quality and craftsmanship.
There are a lot of extras on the DVD as well, including some great trailers. Trailers of note include 'La Islas De Los Dinosauros" and the abysmal "Sound of Horror", a movie I saw on VHS and is the most pathetic dinosaur movie ever made.
Also featured is an amateur short so bad that I can't even bring myself to discuss it. It is called 'Nightmare', and I will say only that it gives claymation a bad name, and features the lamest prop newspaper ever seen.
There is also a short called 'Prehistoric Daze' featuring comedian Hank Henry (who?) in a hilarious henpecked stone-age romp. It is very embarrassing to everyone involved.
Finally, there is the single stupidest excuse for a short that I have ever seen, 'Diane the Jungle Girl and Jungle Girl and Her Gorilla of Love'. I won't even speculate on why anyone thought this was a good idea to spend money on.
Thanks, Something Weird! Another splendid job bringing us only the finest entertainment!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Ed De Priest

DVD title: Apollo 13 (Widescreen 2-Disc Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great science fiction

Apollo 13 is an exciting film about a trip to the moon, filmed "documentary style" as if it really happened. of course the whole thing was faked, and here's why-Facts about the Moon
An average days temperature on the moon ranges from 260° F to 280° F, too for film to survive. At those temperatures, film crinkles up into a ball.
About 20 miles about the Earth, there is a radiation belt named the Van Allen belt. No human can get through this belt, If you try than you get hit with 300+ rads of radiation. Unless they are surrounded on each side by 4 feet on lead.
There are millions of micro-metors traveling at speeds up to 6000 MPH, which would tear the ship to pieces.
If you look at the pictures/video of people on the moon, you will never see more than 3 stars.
When the LEM set down on the Lunar surface, it gave out 3000 lb. worth of thrust. This would have created a massive hole underneath the Lunar Module, but in pictures of the Lunar Module, the ground underneath is untouched.But why would they do it?
I have come up with three reasons why NASA would fake a landing on the moon:
MONEY. NASA gathered about 30 billion dollars pretending to go to the moon. That means that someone is getting a lot of money in their pockets.
ATTENTION. If you ever saw the movie "Wag the Dog", the president has sexual relations with a 12 year old. This information goes out to the media 1 week before elections. So, to get the publics mind off of the little Girl, the president stages a war with Albania. The moon shots were the same concept. People did not like what was going on with the Vietnam war, so, to get the publics mind off of all the bad things going on in Vietnam, the US faked a moon landing. If you check your dates, we abruptly stopped going to the moon around the same time the Vietnam War Ended. (
TO WIN THE SPACE RACE -- Back in the late 60's early 70's, Russia and the US were in a heated battle to see, well, pretty much who was better. Once the US realized that they couldn't send a man to the moon, they couldn't just say, "OK Russia, we give up."
I recommed this movie if you are able to forget all the facts and just enjoy a well told story.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Tom Hanks
Bill Paxton
Kevin Bacon
Gary Sinise
Ed Harris

DVD title: Transformers - First Season Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Transformers RULES!!!

"Autobots! Transform and rollout!" Chi-quah-quah-quah!!!! Oh the memories! I haven't seen these episodes in, what? 18 years?! Watching the Transformers cartoons and collecting the toys during the 80's were the happiest times of my life! I'm so glad Rhino decided to re-release them. If you remember watching each episode after school, in the afternoon, every weekday, the sound and picture quality is as good as it was when they first showed it on television. Way to go Rhino! Now all we need is a complete dvd collection of the 2nd season!!!

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Saturday Night Live - The Best of Will Ferrell - Volumes 1& 2
Productgroup: DVD
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I want to hug this man

Whether you hail Will Ferrel as a genius or a Herculean god, I'm sure you'll love these DVDs. How could you not? I'm pretty sure you'd have to be Satan if you didn't love these. Satan, or maybe Dick Cheney or something...
Anyway, I don't think I've ever been filled with more joy than I have been while watching these DVDs. My birth?--nope. Christmas morning?--nope. Eat'n ice cream fresh from the trunk of a stranger's car?--nope. All of those joy-filled times outdone by the wonders of Ferrel.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Will Ferrell

DVD title: The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Passion Is Powerful

There has never been a movie that has impacted me on such a personal, emotional, and spiritual level as this film, properly titled "The Passion of the Christ". This movie, filmed with a degree of authenticity that has been praised by Christians world-wide, and clouded with as much contoversy, is by far the most brutal, most devastating, and indeed, the most powerful depiction of Jesus Christ's path to the cross.
Filmed in Aramaic and Latin, the genuineness of this movie is almost unquestionable. It focuses on the Scripture found in the new testament of the bible, specifically those chapters of the gospel that deal with the arrest, scourging and crucifixition of the Christ. Opening in the garden of Gethsemane, the movie shows the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, and follows the brutal suffering of Jesus when he is arrested by the Jewish Pharasees and later handed over to Pontius Pilate and the Roman army where he is brutally scourged and beaten down in a sequence that is heart-wrenching as much as it is brutally, graphically violent. Many sequences in this film are shown in flash-back, including the Last Supper, when Christ shares the first eucharist with his apostles, and teaches that he is the "bread of life." The movie's climax centers around Jesus's crucifixition and death on the cross.
Although many critics have admonished that this film is not for the faint of heart, I would like to suggest that this movie comes at a time when faith seems to waiver. For my own part, I found that the film moved me on a very personal level, and left me weeping, not out of horror, but out of the immensely powerful message that Christ died for. Ultimately, this is a film that serves not as entertainment, but as a healthy reminder that Christ died on the cross for our sins, that man might be spared.
Although some critics have argued that the film is anti-Semetic, I would counter that the film is anything but. Remember that Christ was a Jew, as were his apostles. Further, Simon, who is pulled by Roman officers out of the crowd to help Christ carry his cross when his own battered body can no longer support it, he shows Christ mercy, standing against the Roman gaurds when they begin to beat him. The depiction of mercy is present, even in the horror of Christ's crucifixition.
Be warned that, though this film may arguably be the most honest and accurate depiction of Christ's passion ever, it may not be appropriate for younger audiences. It is violent, and full of acts of human horrors that, though historically accurate, may be distrubing to younger viewers.
That said, this film, in this reviewer's very humble opinion, should be seen by the masses. It is profoundly moving and very inspiring. I give my highest praises to Mel Gibson and the cast and crew of this film for taking a risk in making such a remarkable and powerful film.
-Scott Kolecki

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Mel Gibson
James Caviezel
Monica Bellucci

DVD title: Henry V
Productgroup: DVD
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Branagh does Shakespeare: Outstanding!

It takes a bit of pretentious audacity to take on a play that William Shakespeare penned. It takes further boldness to undertake this production and transform the play to a motion picture. But, in 1989, a full 380 odd years after Henry V was written, Kenneth Branagh managed to pull it off with grace, class, and style! Both directing and starring as Henry V, Branagh makes an absolutely brilliant debut in this incredible film.
Branagh has three other outstanding Shakespearian actors in this film that most certainly aided him, and probably helped inspire him, to make this film. They are Derek Jacobi, who plays the narrator Chorus, and Brian Blessed, who plays Henry V's uncle Exeter , and the aged John Scofield, who plays the French King. All of their performances, espeically Branagh's and Jacobi's, are some of the most inspired and brilliant that I have ever seen! Emma Thompson plays the French princess, and does a fine job as well.
I went back to see Sir Lawrence Olivier's performance of Henry V, and this compares very favorably with it. I would venture to say that Branagh does a better job than Olivier, but maybe that would be debatable and going a bit too far. Remember that most Shakespeare plays put to motion picture aren't the entire play, they are edited, and this is no exception.
All in all, this is one of my all time favorite movies, and I highly recommend it. If you like this, check out Branagh in the 1995 version of Hamlet, and the other Shakespeare plays Branagh has put to film, including Much Ado About Nothing, and Othello.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
Derek Jacobi

DVD title: Crunch - Pick Your Spot Pilates
Productgroup: DVD
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Perfect for toning those problem areas

This video contains four workouts. There is a total body workout that employs exercises for all areas, then the abs segment, butt segment, and thigh segment. You can do this video straight through for a 40 minute workout or pick the segments you want to do. I love pilates and have been doing Winsor pilates for months. i love rotating Winsor pilates with Ellen's pilates tapes (Burn & Firm Pilates, Fat Burning Pilates, and Pick your Spot Pilates) because Ellen's videos have exercises in them that the Winsor pilates tapes do not, like the frog for example which is a killer leg workout. Ellen is very sweet, gives great cueing, and is pretty much the fartherest thing from annoying. I love her so much as an instructor that i wish she was the istructor in all of my workout videos!!

Recently i have tried Yoga becuase i really enjoy pilates and felt Yoga would be something i would enjoy. I was right! i have a new daily routine now that i love and i reccommend it to everyone.
i loosen up in the morning with Crunch Candlelight Yoga, i then move onto the Crunch Burn & Firm Pilates for more of a sweat abd burn. i then cool down and stretch out by doing a segment from the Pick your Spot Pilates video (rotating abs, butt, and thigh). this is a great routine that stretches you out, loosens you up, builds a sweat and then focuses on toning and stretching a problem area!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Ellen Barrett

DVD title: Love Hina - Summer by the Sea (Vol. 5)
Productgroup: DVD
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Strange yet entertaining dvd!

I have been collecting this series for a very long time now. I have enjoyed this dvd series for the longest time now and now it is finally complete. This dvd starts with motoko going on a exocist mission and the group ends up finding out that it was a set up by keitaros buddies shirai and haitani. Thanks to them Naru now thinks that Keitaro is a major pervert (not like she wasn't thinking that earlier). Naru is now starting to show some emotions towards Keitaro even though some of those emotions are hostile. New things start to heat up at the hinata apartments when kaolla's older brother comes into the picture and wants to marry Su. The problem is that does Su really want to marry him? Your gonna have to watch this dvd to find out and a new promise has been introduced. This one seems to be the most awkward, but a promise is a promise. This one happened to be a promise to a doll named Moe. No its not pronounced MOE, its pronounced Mo-e and its a girl doll so theres nothing funny business going around. I highly recommend this dvd to those who enjoyed the first 4 dvds of this great series!!!

Studio: Bandai Entertainment

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