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DVD title: King of Kings
Productgroup: DVD
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"King of Kings", directed by Nicholas Ray ("Rebel Without a Cause"), is an underrated film that is marked by some dazzling cinematic moments (Pompey's desecration of the Temple, the death of Herod, and an extended Sermon on the Mount). Miklos Rozsa ("Ben Hur") is responsible for the moving score and Orson Welles provides some tasteful narration at the film's beginning. Jeffery Hunter delivers an adequate portrayal of Jesus although the cynical critics at the time savaged his performance. Robert Ryan and Siobhan McKenna are too old to play John the Baptist and Mary respectively and Royal Dano is ridiculously miscast as Peter. However, film buffs will delight to see a young (and thin) Rip Torn as Judas Iscariot and Harry Guardino as Barabbas. Fans of Nicholas Ray should see this film as should students of epic cinema. As a portrayal of Jesus' life and mission, "King of Kings" falls far short of "Jesus of Nazareth". However, "King of Kings" was made for the large screen and I think that lovers of the cinema will appreciate its strengths and overlook its faults.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Nicholas Ray
Jeffrey Hunter
Siobhan McKenna

DVD title: Empire of the Sun
Productgroup: DVD
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A Story of Courage, Hope, and Survival

This movie is awesome. EMPIRE OF THE SUN is the true story of an upperclass boy who is oblivious to the world around him and obsessed with airplanes. Instead of continuing in his oblivion when he finds himself separated from his family in World War II China, he somehow digs deep within himself and matures into an alert and intelligent boy, not only helping himself survive but helping others around him survive also. The screenplay, cinematography, and motion picture soundtrack are all awesome. This movie is a rare gem.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Steven Spielberg
Christian Bale
John Malkovich
Miranda Richardson

DVD title: Das Boot - The Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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Das Boot

No doubt the best submarine movie ever made. In fact, the best war movie ever made. In my opinion, this is probably the best movie of any type ever made, surpassing Private Ryan (which I believe is the second best), among many others. See this one with at least a 35" screen and good stereo. The depth charge effects through good stereo penetrate your soul. Quad sound allows you to hear sounds from in front and behind you. The actors portray their excitement, stress, fear, and other emotions to the point that you can actually feel how they feel. I've seen the original, and I've seen it dubbed, and no doubt watching the directors cut with subtitles brings true reality in the German language. For another review of this movie, see the movie section of, which explains a little more of the intricate details that went into making this movie....including building a u-boat from original plans. I typically do not like seeing a movie more than once, and I have seen this 4 times so far, and plan on seeing it at least twice in the next 3 months. You will be pleased.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Jürgen Prochnow

DVD title: The Abyss (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastic - buy this DVD set now!

WOW! This set is great, brilliant movie (special edition version) excellent extras and well designed menus (there's even a hidden trailer for Strange Days - well sort of hidden) You are crazy if you don't by this set, stop reading this and buy it now!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: James Cameron
Ed Harris
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

DVD title: MI-5, Volume 1
Productgroup: DVD
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If a show were to capture the actual nature of being a (security service) spy, this is probably it.

Take advantage of bad situations, be morally dispassionate, infiltrate any activist organization larger than a football team, avert or CREATE disaster to suit your political needs, and kill anyone who gets in your way. There were numerous times I found myself clapping out loud, yelling: "That's EXACTLY what they do!!"

And of course, the best way to kill a Statesman is to simply steer their airplane into a mountain (Oh yeah, THAT hasn't happened about a dozen times). And the best place to kill a VIP (or royal) is in a road-tunnel where you control the variables. SO BLOODY BRILLIANT!!

You will bite your nails, sweat your palms, and gain an insight into the trade that the English have mastered for over 500 years. They taught us, even though our Company is far more ruthless. And if you think I'm kidding, go learn how to to read.

Thankyou BBC!!

Studio: BBC
Matthew MacFadyen

DVD title: Braveheart
Productgroup: DVD
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best of Mel Gibson

This film was so powerful and had moved me so much after watch it 4 times on TV, I went to buy the vedio. It was story about Sir William Wallace, and how the scottish people bravly won their freedom, great movie. You simply must watch it, especailly if you are a Mel Gibson fan.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
Sophie Marceau

DVD title: Twister
Productgroup: DVD
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Great action, including the tornado FX

Was this a 5 star movie, all in all? Some think not, but the worthy parts are extremely worthy, and bear watching over and over again -- one of my top criteria for a 5-star flick.
The acting is good, and occasionally excellent. I have to say that while Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton are good, the most memorable characters in the show are members of Hunt's support team. You may be wondering, do people like them actually exist in the world? You bet they do!
I spent long enough in graduate school to know that individuals like those portrayed in Twister do exist -- maybe not exactly like the ones in the movie, but the American graduate student crowd includes extremely intelligent, creative, driven, talented, and sometimes eccentric individuals.
The story line was not totally original, but it is timely, especially if you happen to live in the tornado belt (I grew up in Kansas and now live in Indiana -- both prime tornado habitats). While the basic storyline may have left something to be desired, the character development was great (again, especially among the supporting cast).
Finally, the special effects are awesome! The FX gurus who worked this film did a super job of recreating tornados. Just watch this movie and see for yourselves.
I have watched this video several times, and I know that I will come back to it again and again.
5 stars in my book -- for fun, FX, and interesting characters.
Alan Holyoak

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Jan de Bont
Helen Hunt
Bill Paxton

DVD title: Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best horror shows of 2003

The movie Freddy vs. Jason is a good motion picture, because the person that acted as Jason made you think that he existed in real life. Jason, in this movie made us think he could not die. Only because of how many times It look as he should have died. Freddy should have played a better role in this movie, because he did not seem like a mass killer. The fights in Freddy vs. Jason needed to be longer. because the fights needed to appear longer. The killing that those two did should have been better, because the killing did not seem like anything in the other movie they've made in the past.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Ronny Yu
Ken Kirzinger
Robert Englund
Kelly Rowland

DVD title: The Terminator
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best scifi thrillers ever

Arnold Schwarzenegger , yes the Governor of California, became an internation superstar with the "Terminator".

Originally James Cameron's most famous project besides "Titanic",
"The AByss" and other hits almost never got made. All the major
movie studies to Fox to Paramount rejected it as shown on the
E Special behind the scenes. Then came "Orion Picturez" yes
the same Orion who also distributed the famous Robocop with Peter

Orion not a household name deserves a ton of credit for giving
the best scifi movie in the 80's.

We have seen from then on a multitude of Terminator copied
movies, but this one started it all.
A cyborg from the future is sent in to kill SarAH Conner
(Linda Hamilton who also married Cameron) because Sarah will
give birth to John Conner a leader who in the future will fight
back against the deadly cyborgs like Terminator.

Meanwhile a soldier from the future, Kyle Reese (Michael Bien)
is sent in to save Sarah and make sure she gives birth to John

Wow, visually speaken this is the best looking scifi film
since Star Wars. Cameron spent an enormous budget and put
onscreen for us.

His casting choices of Bien, Hamilton and Arnold were right on the money as it became a huge success.

The dvd comes with a number of deleted scenes , a featurette,
and commentary. Get it now.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Biehn
Linda Hamilton

DVD title: Mulholland Drive
Productgroup: DVD
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You just don't get it.

If you like your films wrapped up in pretty little Oprah-approved packages, don't bother to see this film. If you like to actually use your mind when you watch a film, you will not be dissapointed with Milholland drive. I am a big Lynch fan, but not a blind one. As others have said, Lost Highway was a dud for me, with to much "art" and not enough plot. That said, M.D. DID have a complete plot, and many here obviously did not get it because it is non-linear and makes you decipher what was real and what was a dream. Personally, I like movies like Momento and Pulp Fiction that reveal why things happend AFTER the fact, so you get more of a sense of the progression of story and time. M.D. does this very successfully, and it takes a full viewing and some thought afterward to sort out what really happend and what didn't. I will buy the DVD and I'm sure I will see more upon every viewing, and thats what I love about Lynch. If it's not your bag, go see Shrek. If it is, you will love Mulholland drive.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Lynch
Laura Harring
Justin Theroux

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