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DVD title: Man of Miracles
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Christian Movie full of miracles!

This is the story of Joe Cass, a small town Minister. Joe preaches at a church with 4 members, his family is struggeling to stay together, and he is training as a volunteer fireman. During a fire, a miracle happens to Joe, while saving a boy from a burning building, that the whole town, except Joe, believes was Jesus Christ himself. This incident blesses the town and brings them closer together... I don't want to give any more away. This is a very touching movie, and I feel all should watch this movie, Christian or not. You can't go wrong for the price. Buy it, watch it, and see for yourself.
God Bless

Studio: Uav Corporation
Director: Larry Peerce

DVD title: Suspiria
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm so glad I decided to get this set. It's great.
Anyone who loves the film should get it, it's definetely worth it.
An added bonus was the extra cd with the music on it and of course the extra dvd with the interviews. They even included some prints from the film and a nice booklet.
This is definetely a bargain.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Dario Argento
Jessica Harper
Stefania Casini

DVD title: Quigley Down Under
Productgroup: DVD
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The American Wild West Meets The Aboriginal Dreamtime

An American sharpshooter (Tom Selleck) with a powerful, experimental rifle takes to the high seas in the late 1800's and sails across the Atlantic Ocean to Australia. His name is Matthew Quigley and he has been hired by Elliot Marston (Alan Rickman) to rid the wealthy landowner down under of the numerous packs of dingos (wild dogs) attacking his livestock. At Least that's what Quigley thinks he's being hired to do.

Shortly after arriving on this foreign shore Quigley learns the horrible truth about his assignment. The cruel and despotic Marston doesn't like Aborgines wandering through across his land and has decided to solve the problem by exterminating them. Quigley has been hired to carry out the job. His refusal to take the job marks the beginning of an epic battle between Marston and his men against Quigley as he fights to defend the indigenous population.

Action/Adventure in its truest tradition, with the lines clearly drawn between the forces of good and evil. You will find yourself rooting out loud for the "good guy" before the movie is through!

Along with the typical action sequences you expect to find in a good Western, there are also plenty of poignant and sad moments which center around both the plight of the aboriginal culture and the personal tragedy shared by Crazy Cora with Quigley in one of the most tender moments of the movie.

Great performances by all. Tom Selleck was born to play this role and anyone familiar with Alan Rickman knows that nobody is better at playing the "bad guy" than he is. And let's not forget Laura San Giacomo as Crazy Cora who supplies both the comic relief and eventual love interest of Matthew Quigley.

This was a tremendously original concept for a film which was carried out to perfection. This is not only one of my favorite Westerns, but one of my all-time favorite films.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Simon Wincer
Tom Selleck
Laura San Giacomo
Alan Rickman

DVD title: Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Visionary Masterpiece

One word can describe this film, beautiful. This film is absolutely beautiful. It has THE perfect cast, brilliant writing, and is an intellectual challenge. This was one of the best edited films I've seen. It also had a hint of Kubrick flavor to it. The slow music playing in the background the entire time was wonderful. I found myself repeating over and over "I love this movie." P. T. Anderson crafted this jewel perfectly. This movie gets seven stars!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Tom Cruise
Julianne Moore
William H. Macy
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Baker Hall
Jeremy Blackman

DVD title: Grave of the Fireflies
Productgroup: DVD
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Tragedy to make Shakespeare turn in his pen

Interestingly enough, I didn't notice any technical problems with the DVD sound or picture quality that other reviewers have mentioned. Perhaps the DVD has been re-mastered, or maybe just the tears in my eyes? The color and lighting, except for certain scenes, is somewhat flat and brownish, reminiscient of an old sepia photgraph. However, this is clearly intentional, and the picture was sharp and clear even so. Telling the story in animation allows more freedom than live action could ever hope to accomplish.
All the old cliched phrases used in movie reviews - "touching," "wrenching," "powerful" - come to mind, but are simply inadequate to describe this movie. Wonderfully, beautifully done, but an emotional nightmare to watch. My husband and I put a comedy into the player after we watched it, in hopes of being able to sleep soundly. No good, of course, although it did get us to stop bawling.
The director ignored the question of which nations were guilty of what, and tells the story of Seita and his desperate attempts to care for himself and his sister. Give the characters a different landscape and names, and they could be children in any time or place at war. Although you come away from the film with some understanding of the horrors of war, the message is not applied with a sledgehammer, but seeps into your consciousness.
It was hard for me to convince myslef that I wasn't watching the lives of real people on film. Seita makes mistakes, and isn't perfect, but his mistakes are the result of being forced to make decisions and take on responsibilities that no child should ever be forced into. In fact, this is part of what makes the viewer care for him, and the story so tragic.

Studio: Cpm/Us Manga Corps
Director: Isao Takahata
Tsutomu Tatsumi
Ayano Shiraishi
Akemi Yamaguchi

DVD title: Memento (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie of 2001

I go to the movies about twice a week, half of them independent films, and this is the best movie I have seen in the past year. I saw this movie three times in the theatre, and was excited to buy a copy for home.
I almost hesitate to write a review of Memento, because part of the beauty of this movie is watching the plot slowly unfold in interesting and unexpected ways, so beware: do not read too many reviews, as they will spoil this wonderful element of the movie!
Without giving too much away, the movie is about a man with a condition known as 'anterograde amnesia.' This is a bona-fide neuopsychological disorder in which the victim cannot form *new* memories after becoming afflicted. They can remember everything from before their injury, but after the injury they forget things five minutes after they happen. This movie tackles many interesting philosophical questions about the construction of the self, memories, and the world using anterograde amnesia as a vehicle. If you liked The Matrix, you will *love* Memento.
If you get off on movies that make you think, movies that leave puzzles hanging in mid-air only to be taken up again much later in the movie, this is for you. If you like a movie that forces you to think about philosophical issues, this movie is also for you. If you want a lighter movie that is not intellectually demanding (as we all do now and then), then I'd hold off on Memento, but only for a little while!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Christopher Nolan
Guy Pearce
Carrie-Anne Moss
Joe Pantoliano

DVD title: Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew
Productgroup: DVD
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Mewtwo Strikes Back

I loved this movie! It was like watching a episode but a little longer.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Veronica Taylor
Rachael Lillis
Eric Stuart (III)

DVD title: Look Who's Talking Now
Productgroup: DVD
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A kids' film for the grown-ups!

What can I say? Possibly my all-time favourite film, it comprises childish playfulness with mischeivous adult humour whilst reinforcing core values of love, loyalty, family and best of all, Christmas! Not a film for stuffy old scrooges, but if you can get past the talking dogs (and at one point talking sperm as well!) you will see it as one of the most beautiful and heart-warming films ever made. A part of the Look Who's Talking series, but 's really no need to watch the other two films first, Look Who's Talking Now stands alone as a masterpiece.
James Ubriacco (John Travolta) is a happy-go-lucky chap who gets through life mucking about and making people laugh. Not the usual example of one of life's high-flyers, James gets offered his dream job as a pilot but only because the rich blonde president of the company, Samantha LeBon, fancies him! But she's got her work cut out trying to seduce him, as James is already married to the beautiful Molly (Kirstie Alley) who he adores, and although she gets a little frustrated with his joking around, the two are very much in love, living happily with their two endearing children, Mikey and Julie. On hearing how desperate Mikey is for a dog, Samantha gives James her French poodle, Daphne (a bitch in every sense of the word) just as James has bought Mikey a mongrel dog, Rocks, from the rescue home. This annoys Molly who didn't want a dog in the first place, and she is lumbered with two dogs while scheming Samantha is flying James all over the world and never letting him home. But as Samantha's plans become more devious and James is forced to spend Christmas away from home, will temptation overcome him or will he make it home for Christmas? Or will Christmas make it's way to Daddy...? With two intelligent dogs that secretly talk to thrown into the equation, anything's possible!
The story between the dogs is just as captivating as the story between the people, the humour is of a dry, intelligent nature, the children and dogs are very cute and the chemistry between Travolta and Alley is unsurpassable! A true gem of a film, Look Who's Talking Now will make Christmas complete, whether you're young or old this film is bound to crack a smile! :-)

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Tom Ropelewski
John Travolta
Kirstie Alley

DVD title: Journey to the Center of the Earth
Productgroup: DVD
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A fantastic adventure

Journey to the Center of the Earth is just as great of a movie has the book of the same name. The character names have been changed. The plot has somewhat been changed also. The "Dinosaurs" in the film are actually lizards with fake frills put on them. Nevertheless, they still look like how Dimetrodons possibly looked millions of years ago. Another good thing about the dinosaurs is that they are not all over the place. They take up a little less than 15 minutes of screen time. The sets are simply breathtaking. A funny part of the movie is when the professor taps Morse code to a duck. Also, he walks by a bagpipe band without even knowing it!
The movie is somewhat sexist ("All women hear things. Up there!"). But that is probably similar to what happened in the late 19th century. Journey to the Center of the Earth is a great movie for fans of Jules Verne's novels or for people looking for a good family film (I would also recommend Full Metal Jacket for a family film. Just kidding!).

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Henry Levin
Pat Boone
James Mason

DVD title: The Animatrix
Productgroup: DVD
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You have 9 rabbit holes to choose from

It was violent, insane, graphic and in some parts grotesque. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. This is what animation should be like in america, not that junk they show you on Cartoon Network or The WB. The dvd has 9 short films about The Matrix, not the movie but the place (although 4 of the films are tangled into the first 2 matrix films, Final Flight of the Osiris, The Second Renaissance I & II and Kid's story). I'll be rating the films individualy, as in the highest score is 5 stars, lets begin.
1. The first film "Final Flight of the Osiris" tells you who sent Jada Pinket Smiths character the info about the machines digging in "The Matrix: Reloaded". All CGI, great animation and great story (5 stars).
2. The Second Renaissance I and II- This tells the story of how the machines came into power. This is the one that is graphic and not really for kids but I let my 5 and 10 year old cousins see it and they seemed to like it. What they didn't understand I explained to them and it sounds like most of you people who didn't like this DVD need to come over to my house so I can explain all of these 'simple to understand if your above 10 years old' plots for you. Great animation and great story (5 stars for both).
3. Kids Story- It's about a teen that knows there's something more out there. He knows about Neo, Trinity and the rest but he doesn't know how to get to them. I liked the action on the skateboard and the kind of animation they used was new to me, I had not seen animation like that before (5 stars).
4. Program- A women is in a training program and her Boyfriend enters, telling her that he is tired of living in the real world. He tells her that he knows a way back to the Matrix and asks her to come along. Kind of like the Cypher character in the first Matrix movie. When she declines, he decides not to take no for an answer. He then decides if she's not leaving with him then shes not leaving the program alive. Cool story and great fight scenes (5 stars).
5. World Record- A man entering a race in the Olympics races to beat the world record. But as he races on he wakes up in and out of the Matrix and the real world. The Agents around him do there best to keep him in the real world, going so far as to destroying all the muscles in his legs making him unable to walk again. Great animation and a pretty neat premise (5 stars).
6. Beyond- A girl looking for her cat in her neighborhood finds an abandoned house which gives her and some neighborhood children special powers (floating, breaking and repairing a glass bottle, seeing rain fall were there are no clouds). The premise of the story is that the house is basicly a glich in the Matrix and soon Agents come to fix this glich. It was ok and the animation was pretty good too but there was something about this film that I just didn't like, I don't know why, maybe it was just to cutesie for me (I'd say between 3 and 3 1/2 stars)
7. A Detective Story- The Agents are having trouble finding a hacker named Trinity, so they hire the services of a local P.I. So far three Investigators have tried looking for her. One killed himself, one went insane and the other vanished into thin air. It's gotta 1940's feel to it (like a Humphrey Bogart movie) and it's all in black and white (some color). It's like a 40's period piece but the charcters use todays technology. I liked the script and the black and white went well with the feeling of the film. Also great animation and I love 1940's period type films (5 stars).
And finally 8. Matriculated- Some people in the real world take down and capture a machine sent to hunt and destroy. They then take the machine and download it and them selves into an alternite reality (kind of like a Matrix for Machines) to try and convince it to join them in their fight. The animation has a weird feeling to it in the alternate wolrd sequence and it is a little creepy and I still don't really get the ending (I had to watch it a few times before I understood most of it, I think the machine falls in love with one of the girls) but I did like the tribute to Warner Bros. cartoons (you'll know it when you see it). It was well made and had great looking machines (3 to 3 1/2 stars).
There are only commentaries for four of the films, The Second Renaissance I and II, Program and World Record. There's a feature called "From Scrolls to Screen", it's basicaly about the history of anime. The Creators feature are Bios about the creators of the films (directors, script writers, etc.) and the Execution feature gives you a film about the individual director and script writer of the movie they made. They also give you a glimps of the "Enter the Matrix" video game. You can also put this in your dvd-rom for more features.
So if you enjoy Anime and The Matrix then I suggest you buy this DVD. If you don't like Anime, you just might after you see these films (DVD- 5 STARS).

Studio: Warner Home Video

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