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DVD title: Scarlett
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a very good mini-series. The book is even better. I am a true fan of Scarlett O'Hara and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer did a magnificent job of portraying her. I have seen the movie twice, and I'm about to buy it.

Studio: Hallmark Home Entertainment
Director: John Erman
Joanne Whalley
Timothy Dalton

DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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This was one of the best sci-fi movies I've ever seen. I've seen it about 4 times so far since I have the movie on tape. The movie has a stellar cast and what I really liked is the fact the movie had a storyline with as much punch as the special effects. I highly recommend this movie!

Studio: Warner Studios
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss

DVD title: Jason and the Argonauts
Productgroup: DVD
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A worthy successor to the original

This is the newly revised NBC miniseries now being released onto DVD.
With improved visual effects and more details into the actual storyline.
The story tells of Jason and his band of heroes on their quest to find the Golden Fleece.
The monsters and deities were reconstucted using CG imagery and even though posidon wasn't your expected trident weilding god, the story still holds.
If you've liked previous grand fantasy miniseries (which always seem to creep up on sweeps), this one's for you.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Nick Willing

DVD title: The Goonies
Productgroup: DVD
The Goonies - movie DVD cover picture
This movie is great!

OH SO GOOD! Remember being a kid and telling stories about the grouchy old lady that lived at the end of the block (you were just positive that she was really a witch)? A nostalgic romp that really grabs your heart and soul to truly make you feel good. The kids go on a treasure hunt to save their homes from getting bulldozed for a golf course. Kids love the movie, but you will love it too. A mixed bag of kid and adult jokes (just like Shrek) blended with perfect timing so that you will both walk away with something different. Great family fun, you will love it, I promise.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Richard Donner
Sean Astin
Josh Brolin

DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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What about the DVD?

I'll never understand why people only comment on the movie here when this is not for the THEATRICAL release, but for the DVD!!!
Anyways, here's my best attempt of reviewing the DVD release - focusing on the EXTRAS since everybody else seems to focus on the film (which is obviously brilliant).
<Commentary by director Gore Verbinski and Star Johnny Depp>This is the feature I was looking most forward to yet it was probably the least interesting! The other commentaries are much more interesting and entertaining. Gore and Johnny mostly comment on whom they know in the film rather than how they did it. "Hey look! It's so-and-so!" & "so-and-so is a beautiful beautiful person." was typical throughout. Boring!
<Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Stars Keira Knightley And Jack Davenport>This was in fact the most entertaining of the commentaries! I don't really even like Keira Knightley very much but she was so funny in the commentary. I don't remember hearing Jerry Bruckheimer AT ALL in this commentary. As I recall it was only Jack Davenport and Keira. Jack is a very funny man and loved making fun of his character throughout. You can tell that he and Keira get along very well and had a good time with the film.
<Commentary by writers Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert>This commentary track was very interesting. I thought it would be more boring than the ones with the cast but it wasn't. They talked about the writing process and what was in the various drafts of the film. They also point out many of the more subtle nods to the ride.
<An Epic At Sea: The Making of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl">Typical "making of" featurette with all you expect from them.
<19 Deleted and Alternate Scenes>Most of these were really "alternate" scenes and not completely new. There were more nods to the ride that I really wish made the final cut of the film. An interesting change they made was to the scene when Jack meets with Mr. Gibbs in the bar. Orlando's character was standing by a pole waiting for them to talk in private and an ugly fat woman comes up to him and he finds her repulsive. Well, in the alternate version it was an attractive woman instead. And there were more cuts to Orlando and his reactions.
<"Moonlight" Scene Progression>Showed a bit on how much work went into the special effects. They had to film each scene (that contained skeletal pirates) three times: once with all actors, once with only the uncursed (humans) and once with motion-control for the pirate actors so they could copy their moves into the computer for the skeletal reproductions.
When Keira did her scene where the skeletons throw her around it was only her alone with nobody else on set. The skeletons were all added later (obviously).
<"Below Deck" - An Interactive History Of Pirates>LOADS of information and facts about real pirates. It's basically an interview with a knowledgable professor-historian-expert dude, but it's chopped into pieces and categorized so you can only watch the parts that interest you instead of watching a lengthy interview. The downside is they removed the possibility to rewind or fast-forward so if you miss something, you have to start the clip over.
<"Fly on the Set" Featurette>Interesting footage of some of the action sequences uncut and before the cgi.
<"Diary of a Pirate" - Behind-the-Scenes look with cast member Lee Arenberg>This is DV footage by the very funny actor who played Pintel (the shorter, stockier pirate who was sidekick to the tall, lanky one with the wooden eye).
<"Diary of a Ship" Video Journal>A journey that the ship (used as the Commodore) took getting to the island where they needed it for filming. The crew on the ship went through quite a lot in getting the ship there - storms, passing through the panama canal, dolphins and more.
<"Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" - Archival TV Program>This is an AWESOME look back in time to when the Pirates of the Caribbean ride was first "unveiled" at Disneyland. Hosted by Walt Disney himself (from the early 60's), it shows us the entire process in planning, designing and building the ride. It also takes us on a tour through most of the ride so we can see direct comparisons of some of the scenes from the film. It's been a few years since I was last at Disneyland so I had forgotten some of the features of this ride. Watching this I found at least 4 or 5 more "nods" from the movie.
<Producer's Diary Featurette With Jerry Bruckheimer>I didn't know Jerry was such a good photographer. I thought this would be boring, but it's really great! It's basically a slideshow of several pictures Jerry took while filming. He does a great commentary throughout the "slideshow".
<Blooper Reel>This was HILLAREUS! Nearly all the outtakes included Johnny Depp. He is a very funny man! My favorite was the part when the pirates catch him in the cave and he tries to remember the word "Parlay". Except in the outtake, he and Lee Arenberg (Pintel) adlibbed a long section where Johnny went into a Indian accent (something about curry) and then on to French foods (something about Mayonnaise). A total riot!
I don't have a DVD-Rom so I can't speak for those features.
Hope this helps a bit! :)
Johnny Depp really makes this movie! He is completely mesmerising to watch and steals every scene he's in. I can't wait for the sequel!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce

DVD title: Darkman
Productgroup: DVD
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A very special movie

Sam Raimi doesn't ever seem like it's hard for him to make movies this good, probably because he has natural talent to make his movies funny, fun and full of excitement. Close viewers and movie buffs will fully realize the larger-than-life style all of the characters in this movie have. Actors like Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand put alot of power into this flick, and Raimi puts so much over-the-top style into it, it's not just a Batman spin-off, it's able to hold it's own as a great superhero movie. Extra nodds to Raimi and Neeson, who really are apart of what made Darkman a spectacle of cinematic viewing. P.S. Also look out for Bruce Campbell at the climax.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Raimi
Liam Neeson
Frances McDormand

DVD title: Rabbit-Proof Fence
Productgroup: DVD
Rabbit-Proof Fence - movie DVD cover picture
Best movie I've seen in a long time, or ever

This movie is by far the most amazing film I've ever seen. I was completely stunned and shocked by its basis on a true story that happened within the last 100 years in what is considered a "civilized" country. There are amazing parallels between the events in both the US and Australia regarding their native peoples, and this film really brings that point home.
I actually cried during this movie, and when it was over my friend and I couldn't speak for a while due to the emotions that we were feeling. When we finally did speak, it was in hushed voices with reverence for the characters and their plight, and the knowledge that this was just one story of many children who suffered the under the same circumstances.
The reason I consider this to be a wonderful movie is for the emotions it invoked. It's not the type of movie that you'd call good for mind-numbing entertainment value, which is what usually passes for "good", but it was a wonderful movie for bringing you into its world and making you feel real emotions. I also like that it brought the knowledge of the "Stolen Generations" to a wider audience, an audience that might not have even known of the Australian policies towards their native peoples in the recent past.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Phillip Noyce
Everlyn Sampi
Tianna Sansbury
Kenneth Branagh

DVD title: The Cars Live - Musikladen 1979
Productgroup: DVD
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A Rare Gift From The Past

This DVD is purely for the enjoyment of a true CARS Lover.

Not for a technology fanatic, or an audio & video assessment.

If these latter reasons were what piqued ones curiosity to a

purchase,then they had no place writing a review here.besides

being a heck of a sweet bunch of guys (especially the late &

irreplaceable Ben Orr) They gave millions and millions of fans

years of listening pleasure.Finding live material of them

especially performing is rare,and this DVD even with it's

time-based flaws (that arent so bad) is a real Gem and a

must have for any Cars fan young or old.

Studio: Rhino Home Video
David Robinson
Ric Ocasek
Ben Orr
Greg Hawkes
Elliot Easton

DVD title: Mr. Holland's Opus
Productgroup: DVD
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I love this movie. I really do. On January 19, 1996 it opened in theaters across the country and people gave it a standing ovation at the theater where I saw it. This movie set a precedent for me -- I saw it 5 times in the theater, something I have never done before. I REALLY LOVE IT.
The movie starts out in the 1964-1965 school year. Mr. Glen Holland (Richard Dreyfus) plays a musician forced to table his musical career for economic reasons. His wife is pregnant and he has to find stable work. An opening for a music teacher at the former Grant High School (now Kennedy) in Oregon has become available. Mr. Holland applies for and gets the job.
Reluctant to put his dream on the back burner, Mr. Holland enters the classroom. He is confronted with an array of students ranging from naturally talented to tone deaf. After initially getting nowhere with his pupils, Mr. Holland tries a new approach. He encourages them to talk about the music they like and uses this as a way of establishing an interest in music. One young clarinetist catches his attention and he works 1x1 with the girl, extracting hard work and talent for her. He helps her find her voice. He tells her that he can "teach her music and notes on the page," but as for "all that other stuff," he cannot teach. It has to be felt. ....
The movie does an excellent and convincing job of covering a three-decade time span. One of my favorite scenes was when Mr. Holland borrowed the Driver's Ed class' 1965 Dodge Coronet (an especially cool car) and drove it like the proverbial bat ...
The movie is really about love. Love for music, love for people and love for the best people have to offer. The high school coach who befriends Mr. Holland early in his teaching career helps him work with his pupils in marching band drills. The coach also helps the administration continue their tradition of hosting school shows....
I really love this movie. I even bought the tape. It is a loving work of genuine art.

Studio: Hollywood Pictures
Director: Stephen Herek
Richard Dreyfuss
Glenne Headly

DVD title: Jurassic Park & Lost World Collection (2-Disc Set) - Widescreen
Productgroup: DVD
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An Instant Classic!

One of the most amazing movie experiences of my life. It was a ground breaking movie for CGI and paved the way for some of todays biggest blockbusters! I would recommend these films to anyone who loves a wild ride because that's what this movie is! The sound is so good you will be ducking and hiding from T-Rex!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Sam Neill
Laura Dern

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