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DVD title: Tarzan
Productgroup: DVD
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I never thought I would ever utter such a profanity! This DVD is packed to overflowing with behind the scenes info. Detailed character development, Phil Collin's demo tape, the treatment, film-to-storyboard. After an hour I gave up! I realized that I didn't like this movie enough to know so much about it. This is excellent news for devout Tarzan fans though, and it's only $29.99! A Bug's Life is still $39.99, so it looks like Disney is coming down a little on the price. Still, this should have been available with the original release so people wouldn't have to buy it twice. Now the big question, how about Tron, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty & the Beast, The Black Hole, The Lion King, Toy Story 1&2 Collector's Editions?

Studio: Disney Studios
Tony Goldwyn
Minnie Driver

DVD title: Run Lola Run
Productgroup: DVD
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This film made my heart stop. I subconsciously held my breath in parts, for fear of disturbing its incredible movement and beauty. What an innovative succession of events! Just when you think it's over, Lola stuns you again. Watch this film ALONE. Pay attention. The first experience is key.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Tom Tykwer
Franka Potente
Moritz Bleibtreu

DVD title: Dawson's Creek - The Series Finale (Extended Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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Ending overall not great, but good storyline, acting

Ahhh Dawson's Creek! Over the span of five and a half years we watched the four interesting teenagers grow into predictable college sophomores. Don't get me wrong the sixth season was okay (I would buy it if there was a DVD), but we soon grew tired of hearing about Dawson's cheap horror movie and that girl Natasha, Joey's "relationship" (and I use the term loosely) with that guy named Eddie, Pacey's stock broker job, Jen's storyline about becoming a peer counselor (Michelle deserved more than this), and I'm still trying to forget that terrible episode that centered around Pacey and Joey in a K-Mart (Hardly enough storyline to fuel a whole episode, show us some Jen, Jack, or Dawson). All of the actors deserved more interesting bits. In this finale they got them. All of the cast handled this difficult material relistically and deserve praise for their work. The ending was not great, however. The Dawson-Joey-Pacey love triangle was put to a very unclimatic end and if you listen to the audio commentary on this set you'll find out why. You can tell that the dialogue between Joey and her final choice in the kitchen scene at the end (if you've seen this you'll know what i'm talking about; if you haven't seen this one, but have watched an early episode before, you can point it out) are written for someone else, but the people have been interchanged. And the ending shown onscreen just doesn't fit with the rest of the series. But I guess the ending is left very open for you to choose your own ending if you want to (after all if Joey is still the same, if you think about the span of her lifetime, she'd run back to Dawson like she had throughout the series). I would have actually accepted this ending, had it been sincere and given closure to the series. The core storyline redeems this ending though (and convinced me to go with a five-star rating). One of the main characters faces death head on and the actress does a fine job of playing that out onscreen. Definitely pick this one up.
What You Didn't See (or Hear) on TV*Andie makes an appearance*Scenes relating to Joey's job*Joey stumbles upon a ring in her current boyfriend's sock drawer*Joey and Dawson's first meeting in five years*Scenes from the pilot that were reshot after the series was picked up*The Audio Commentary (definitely worth a listen)

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom

DVD title: The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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What's the big deal about Paramount Commercials?

I don't understand the gripe of some reviewers of this DVD set... Who cares if Paramount put some commercials on ONLY THE FIRST disc??? All you have to do is use the "skip" button to fast-forward through them. I'm just happy to have the set and have it include the original sponsor spots.

this set is well worth the great price

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Andy Griffith

DVD title: Miami Vice - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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A Must-Have DVD Set for the Vice-Fan

Let's face it, if you're a "Vice-fan", then this DVD set is a must have.

It is an outstanding value considering what other "Season" sets cost.

You can tell that the series wasn't shot in High Definition (it is a bit grainy on my HDTV), but the sound quality is truly excellent and Disk one has some really neat extras.

As a long time fan of the series, I can't wait until Season 2 is out!

Studio: Universal Studios
Don Johnson

DVD title: Shania Twain - Up (Live in Chicago)
Productgroup: DVD
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buy it

I bought it and I am so happy I did, you will be too!!!

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Shania Twain

DVD title: The Clash - Westway to the World
Productgroup: DVD
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A must have!

I have not seen the DVD yet, but I have a bootleg copy on VHS from the UK. This is the MOST spectacular documentary of any band. You'll almost cry at the end just like Strummer almost does.
If you like punk, raggae, ska, or the clash, this is a must have.

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Director: Don Letts

DVD title: Sex and the City - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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This DVD is awesome! It was very informative for me, I wanted to find out what all had transpired since I just started watching on New Year's Eve when they had 12 episodes - one whole season - of Sex and the City on HBO. Anyway, one of the things that sticks out is the way Sarah Jessica Parker's hair is always changing. I think this is great for the personality she portrays. You find out that Mr. Big was there from the beginning and you watch all these men go in and out of these 4 women's lives. My husband was HOOKED, ladies. He thought it was nice how the stories pick up where they leave off. It is alot like opening a book when you pop this CD in your DVD player. Awesome quality picture, we were very impressed with the clarity. Hope this helps......

Studio: Hbo Studios

DVD title: Motley Crue - Lewd Crued & Tattooed
Productgroup: DVD
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Motley Crue Heaven

I just received the Motley Crue DVD and it rocks. The picture and sound are crystal clear and shot, movie like in letter box format. As with any live concert it takes a few songs for the band to warm up and this one doesn't disappoint. A true gem for any DVD collection, "watch Mick Mars tear down the house, slide on Mick". Tommy Lee is not drumming on this but Samantha Maloney from Hole fills in well. I will be rockin to this DVD the rest of my life and after that too. Long Live Motley Crue, Nicki, Vince, Mick and Samantha, Thank You for a great piece of work...and if you don't buy this you are not a true Motley Crue fan...

Studio: Uni/Beyond
Motley Crue

DVD title: The Silence of the Lambs - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Dining with Hannibal Lector, M.D.

The film starts off with a jog through the woods with about to be made Special Agent for the FBI, Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster in what is undeniably her best performance ever. Then we go into the office of her superior and we see newspaper clippings about a serial killer named Buffalo Bill, a man who not only kills his victims, but picks them big, starves them, and skins specific parts of their bodies for reasons that still make me squirm in my seat. Clarice stands before her boss as he gives her her first real assignment: To obtain the help of a psychological genius (who happens to be a federal criminal) who would be able understand the case for the FBI - Doctor Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lector. Then the movie really begins...
It all starts with a descent down into what looks like a dark cellar. There are security doors and guards and cameras everywhere, watching every move of anyone who goes in or out. Nothing happens without the say-so of the gatekeepers in this place. Then Clarice is instructed that Dr. Lector's cell is the last one down and to "keep to the right." She follows instructions, and we see things from her point of view as this man comes into view, standing perfectly still, not really at attention, not really waiting, but more like... resting... resting like a lion after a hard-earned kill, recharging so he can kill again. Clarice begins her conversation with Dr. Lector, who is so obviously the smartest person not just in the prison but possibly the smartest person she's ever met, and we see it sometimes from a distance and sometimes through her eyes, which is the mastery of the cinematography by Tak Fujimoto (who photographed "The Sixth Sense"). Hannibal Lector's eyes are so dead and yet so piercing, full of calculating energy, that he immediately lends tension to a film that mostly doesn't even involve him. Anthony Hopkins' performance is so precisely delivered (modeled after Hal 9000, the computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey") during his mere fifteen minutes of screen time that no matter what happens during the rest of this film, which would've been a great movie all by itself in the hands of Jonathan Demme, we will remember Hannibal Lector and that great Anthony Hopkins performance forever. This is why "The Silence of the Lambs" is one of the greatest thrillers ever made, because it not only works on the levels of its main plot, which is the capturing of Buffalo Bill, but it works on a completely different level which involves the riveting relationship between Clarice and Hannibal. When they are together, it's like watching two genius chess players squaring off, but we as the audience know that Hannibal could checkmate Clarice at any time if he wanted to, but that's not his game. His game is getting inside her head. After all, he was a psychologist before he was a cannibal: It's what he does. The dialogue between Lector and Clarice could've been a movie all on its own, kind of a sadistic "My Dinner with Andre." Their conversations, especially when the tension builds and Clarice finally spills about her past, are the true heart of the movie, and for a movie that contains not one but two psychopaths like Buffalo Bill and Hannibal Lector, to find a heart amongst it all is an achievement all on its own.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Demme
Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins

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