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DVD title: Enough
Productgroup: DVD
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Enough Is Not Enough

Jeniffer Lopez stars as the alias name of "Slim". It starts out just like any other dream come true. When Slim discovers that the man of her dreams is an abusesive monster, she must escape with her adorable little daughter Gracie. She must always look both ways before crossing the street, Look over her shoulder every time she sees a shadow behind her and look out for husbands goons. Filled with jolts, car chasing and endless suspense until the last battle between her and him. Man against Women.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michael Apted
Jennifer Lopez

DVD title: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Productgroup: DVD
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Leatherface of Evil

Where does evil dwell? In a run-down house in the woods of Texas. And a group of hippy teens find that out in the worst way possible. They just happen to run into Leatherface. A murderous genuine psychopath who speaks only in howls and runs around with a chainsaw and a wheres a mask of skin. And when you think it cant get any worse, you meet his equally sick family and a grampa you have to see to believe. Leatherface is a lot more evil and terrifying because he seems more real and believable then Jason and Freddy because they surround him with demented, sadistic clues to his present such as rooms chock full of decorations of human bones and pieces of skeletons all over his house. It brilliantly shows how sick he is and why he is like this. It makes you feel like he is living next door and what it would be like to have him staring and walking towards you in a dark room. Best movie ever made, but made cheaply. BUT that is a big part of the greatness. The acting is great and believable. Scary, violent, sadistic and phenomenal.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Tobe Hooper
Marilyn Burns
Edwin Neal

DVD title: Aliens (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This sci-fi classic is a great addition to your collection. The DVD has good picture and sound quality, plus bonus features that make this a good value.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: James Cameron
Sigourney Weaver
Michael Biehn

DVD title: Secretary
Productgroup: DVD
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The title misled me into expecting a cheesy pseudo-comedy about the tired subject of female exploitation in work places. Then, a bit of reading pointed towards a plot based on maverick overtones of S&M (disclaimer: not really my bag), which had me expecting a psychosexual serving of "Working Girl" (that Griffith humdinger from the 80s) with bondage thrown in for good measure.
Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised to be proved mostly wrong on both accounts.
As for the hackeneyed theme of female exploitation, the protagonist's initial willingness to acquiesce to her boss' punitive ministerings could have easily made her a victim of an employer/a man/a senior. Instead, this is quite convincingly shown to be her mode of entry into adulthood, allowing her to develop the inner resources to be a self-determined woman relentless in the pursuit of what and whom she wants.
As for bondage, the depictions are not really bad at all (albeit occasionally guilty of needless nudity, imho) and in fact for better or for worse challenge our pre-conceived notions of sex. Anyone involved in a relationship knows that an essential ingredient is variable power balance -- it's inevitable, despite some people's claims that they have a completely equal affiliation. These power shifts help keep romance vibrant, most likely resulting in wisdom and self-acceptance. What men often confuse as strength -- stoicism, aloofness, obstinacy -- are, more often than not actually weaknesses leading to ignorance, avoidance and ultimate demise. Paradoxically, it's in hapless vulnerability that we actually discover what we're capable of, being able to develop emotional resilience and learning to express desire, sexual or otherwise. Gylenhaal's Lee Holloway embodies this weakness-as-power concept to the T, making an appealing case for growth by any means necessary.
In a nutshell, a delicious, fast-paced, wonderfully filmed, off-beat romantic "comedy". Not something I'd necessarily go out on a limb to buy or own, but definitely worth an enjoyable evening's rental. Twice.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Steven Shainberg
James Spader
Maggie Gyllenhaal

DVD title: Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Complete masterpiece

This film is one of the best I have ever seen. Put simply, it is a work of genius. There have been a number of bad reviews about this film and it lost almost $60m at the box office (nevertheless, it still grossed a fairly respectable $45m). When I saw the DVD I couldn't understand why the film lost money at all.
The main prejudices against this film seem to be that it carries the "Final Fantasy" title. Excited fans of the gaming series were seriously dissapointed because this film has absolutely nothing to do with any of the games and is in a completly different style to them. This isn't surprising, because the games are incredibly complex and their stories would eat up hours of screen time. Fans of the game just did not have the foresight to enjoy it as a seperate movie. I had not played the games upon viewing and so could afford to be more impartial.
The rendered characters are incredible; for computer geeks it's worth buying the DVD to see Dr. Aki Ross's (the main character) hair blowing in the wind.
The storyline is as deep as you want it to be- it works on many levels, ultimately dealing with spirituality/life and death issues. On the other hand, it can be enjoyed solely as an action movie. Another great feature is the music, which is some of the best work I have heard- particularly the end credits/love scene piece "The Dream Within".
There is not a great deal of character development, and this upset critics. Nevertheless, there is still feeling and the viewer does get attached to most of the characters.
You simply HAVE to watch this film once. It really is nothing like anything that has gone before it. Although it has not proven to be the end of human actors as predicted, it has definately paved the way for other CGI (computer generated) films and has set the standard. Even if you are not interested in the spiritualist plot, you can simply be entertained by the action and humourous banter between the two army comrades, Neil and Jane.
Overall, this film is excellent. It was a real shame that it did not perform well at the box office, but in future years it will probably be looked back upon with respect and as a classic, it is such a trendsetter.
The DVD has some great features which help buff the storyline up a bit. I would definately reccomended this to all.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Alec Baldwin
Steve Buscemi

DVD title: Seinfeld - Seasons 1 & 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Counting down to November 23rd!!

2 articles on USATODAY.COM the other day said the release date is November 23rd for the Seinfeld DVD sets. There will be 3 seasons released that day, seasons 1 and 2 are on one set, and season 3 will be in another set. The 3 seasons total will include 24 hours of extras, the article said, including bloopers and never seen before stand up acts, in addition to other things like interviews etc. All I can say is, IT'S ABOUT TIME!!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Jerry Seinfeld

DVD title: Kojak - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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i first got into Kojak several years ago when i discovered it late night on some cable station..WGN i think...i loved the show and caught as many eps as i could. well, i hadnt seen the show in a long time since then so i was elated to see the dvd release. out of all these eps there are only 2 i had recalled seeing before so this was a joy. i really hope they decide to release the other 4 seasons. it'd be great to own the entire run.

Studio: Universal Studios
Telly Savalas

DVD title: Witch Hunter Robin - The Complete Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Witch Hunter Robin is an amazing anime! I read the other reviews for it and saw people compaired it to X-Flies and such. The very first thing that came to my mind when I saw Witch Hunter Robin...was how it reminded me of the Le Femme Nikita TV series. The relationships between the characters...the characters themselves. I can't even find the words to say how wonderful this anime is...but I wanted to give another perspective on a show it relates to. :D

Studio: Bandai Entertainment

DVD title: Grand Illusion - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful movie, amazing print quality, and one of the best commentary tracks (Peter Cowie) that I have heard.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Jean Renoir
Jean Gabin
Dita Parlo

DVD title: The Assignment
Productgroup: DVD
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5 Stars is not enough

Definately an unconventional thriller. Duguay's slow but heated pacing throughout the movie was well appreciated. This allowed us never to expect when someone would die, or get blown up. Quinn's portrayal of Carlos' hatred was dead-on. His unpredictability and seething brashness was surely a reflection on the real Carlos (who by the way killed French cops in the '70s as Quinn did the KGB in this movie-by distraction).

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Christian Duguay
Aidan Quinn
Donald Sutherland
Ben Kingsley

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