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DVD title: Halloween 4 - The Return of Michael Myers (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent DVD transfer!

I picked up the Halloween 4 DVD yesterday.... This was my first time seeing Halloween 4 and it was pretty good. The Extras on the DVD are pretty average, but better then some Horror DVD's that are out (Child's Play, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2). It features a 17 minute documentary type thing which I thought was pretty good. The girl who played the niece (I cant remember her name)she's hot ... now. And the DVD also features the Theatrical Trailor. I wouldave liked to see a Commentary too. For the movie itself, I thought it was pretty good, except for Michael Myers Mask. It looks whack ... and he looks pretty built too in some scenes, and I think in the School house scene, he actually has blonde hair. If your a fan of the series,I would pick it up ....

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Dwight H. Little
Donald Pleasence
Ellie Cornell

DVD title: The Best of the Bachelor
Productgroup: DVD
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Love the series

I loved all the seasons of The Bachelor. The thing is, a lot of the other seasons are better.
I really liked the seasons with Charlie/Sarah, Charlie/Sara, Andrew/Jennifer. Ryan/Trista, Charlie/Sarah, and all the seasons. I hope they release every bachelor season because I liked ALL the seasons.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Chris Harrison (VI)
Alex Michel
Amanda Marsh

DVD title: Mean Creek
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautifully executed

Despite the accusations that "Mean Creek" has an unoriginal and/or predictable storyline, the film itself deserves no less than five stars for the way it beautifully executes such an ugly aspect of adolescent life and delves into it with amazingly natural acting from relatively unknown talents.

The story is simple - when young Sam decides he's had enough picking on by the school bully, he and his older brother come up with a prank to scare the bully off from doing it more. They take him out on his birthday with some friends for a day of canoeing, then plan to leave him naked on the banks to find his own way back home. As the trip progresses, however, some of them find themselves not wanting to go through with the prank. Of course, things go out of hand and they all end up having to deal with what happens.

The amazing soundtrack adds to the film's character, a subtle and somber and definitely more honest take on adolescents than you'll ever see in typical teen movies. Morals are challenged and characters are tested in their own unique ways. My personal favorite was Clyde, played by Ryan Kelley, who deals with the event in a sensitive but never overdone manner.

"Mean Creek" is one of those films that tends to pass undetected, and most who saw it in theaters last year went in not knowing what to expect but came out surprised. This movie is NOT for someone expecting something wonderfully fresh and new in the world of film stories and action, but rather those looking for something that digs deep into the world of very human characters and values. Beautifully acted, directed, filmed, and scored, "Mean Creek" is a gem yet to be uncovered.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
Rory Culkin
Ryan Kelley
Scott Mechlowicz

DVD title: Antonia's Line
Productgroup: DVD
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Part Fairy Tale, Part Family History

This film is not so much a look at the circle of life and death but the women who live it and the lives that they touch. It does not take the usual route of portraying their strength as products of a repressive society. Rather, they are each unique and strong because they are allowed to be who they are.
The humorous and tragic moments in the film are doubly effective because it is so unexpected (kudos to the scriptwriter and director). For this reason, I will not give examples. You must see it!
For those that do not like "women films," you might still want to give this movie a try because the movie is not about women but of women. Unlike some Hollywood productions, this film does not overtly try to tug at your heartstrings at every possible moment.
The cast is also great. They are superb actors. And there are some very interesting supporting characters in this story. For example, the Mad Madonna who barks at the full moon.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Marleen Gorris
Marleen Gorris
Willeke van Ammelrooy
Veerle van Overloop
Jan Decleir

DVD title: Lost In Translation (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Scarlett Johansson= 1 Beautiful Lady.

I found this movie totally empty of plot, of interest, of good acting, and of good direction. I have no idea why it won an academy award since I found nothing in the movie that was a story or good acting or good direction. I recommend anyone who is interested to save their money.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sofia Coppola
Scarlett Johansson
Bill Murray
Giovanni Ribisi

DVD title: Black Hawk Down
Productgroup: DVD
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The definitive war film

Black Hawk Down is a movie that has provoked a curiously mixed response from people. While most of the credible critics (e.g. Roger Ebert, Peter Travers) rightly gave it high marks, a few well known critics tore into it. Almost all the negative reviews are characterized by an ignorance of the movie's historical source material, or some kind of extreme political/ideological ax to grind on their part. This is unfortunate, because Ridley Scott (an Englishman, incidentally) has crafted what may be the definitive war film.

Black Hawk Down is one thing, and one thing only: a realistic depiction of the Battle of Mogadishu, principally from the point of view of Task Force Ranger. It is not an overtly political film, and I think this bothered some critics of a certain leftist or anti-military bent. By depicting bloodthirsty warlords as... bloodthirsty warlords... it will probably offend those who want to blame every possible bad thing that ever happened to anybody anywhere on American malice. Likewise, the fact that it treats the people who fought in the battle with a certain respect will offend people accustomed to thinking of American soldiers as baby-killers, or whatever.

However, a critic would have to be literally deranged to consider this a jingoistic film glorifying war. This is by far the most awful, horrifying and real depiction of war I've ever seen on film. That includes Saving Private Ryan and We Were Soldiers. I like fun action movies with senseless violence and destruction, and this movie is one of the least fun things I've ever seen. Combat is depicted, rightly, as a chaotic nightmare. I don't see how someone can be a decent human being and enjoy the violence in this film, or interpret it as something that was meant to be enjoyed. To think that Ridley Scott meant this to be cheesey fun along the lines of other Jerry Bruckheimer-produced flicks would require you to be friggin' insane. This film is deliberately, unflinchingly brutal. It is almost saying, "Look, you fat lazy bastards, THIS is what it means to send your soldiers to war. THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS." And it has no happy ending, because the real battle didn't, either.

Incidentally, it doesn't let anybody "off the hook" for how the operation went bad and wound up costing so many lives. Although not a treatise on military planning and tactics, it is clear from the film that there were fatal delays associated with U.S. forces depending on U.N. contingents for heavy ground support, and the proper contingency planning for the sort of thing that happened really hadn't taken place.

To sum up, this film is quite simply the most honest attempt to depict the actual conditions of combat that I have ever seen. I think "honest" really is the operative word. The lack of Hollywood-imposed cheese on the reality of the story is something I found very refreshing. It spoke of a certain respect for the people involved, something I appreciate as someone who was in the military myself.

The 3-disk set is packed with extras, all very good ones. You get 3 commentary tracks (Ridley Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer, Mark Bowden and the screenwriter, and several veterans of the battle), all of which are excellent. You get a documentary about making the movie almost as long as the movie itself, which is very good. And you get several historical documentaries about the Battle of Mogadishu by PBS and The History Channel. Aside from being good quality, what impressed me about the bonus materials was the impression I got that the cast and crew were determined to NOT be cheesey Hollywood scumbags about the movie, or inject thier own personal halfwit politics into the picture. They really seemed sincere about just wanting to do justice to the real-life people and events they were depicting.

I think they did right.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ridley Scott
Josh Hartnett

DVD title: The Legend of Johnny Lingo
Productgroup: DVD
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Johnny Lingo...beautiful scenery, story and music!

My husband and I viewed this movie in the theatre and tremendously enjoyed the beautiful photography of the ocean and islands. The music added so much to the movie, too! We also enjoyed the storyline. We thought it was touching and taught a good and uplifting message. We have been anxiously waiting for this DVD to be released.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Steven Ramirez

DVD title: Run Lola Run
Productgroup: DVD
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This is my absolute favorite movie. I first saw this on the Bravo channel and was intrigued by the concept. I rented it and fell in love with this movie. The actors Franka Potente and Moritz Blietzbleu(I cannot spell today) were so human in their emotions and motivation. This movie was extremely refreshing in comparison to all but a few American movies today. I loved all of the characters in this movie and the idea and reality of someone's fate being affected by time and the smallest actions of others is genius of the director. This film is a landmark in all modern cinema. Also Reccomended: La Femme Nikita, The Professional, Die Another Day

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

DVD title: Mask
Productgroup: DVD
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I saw this when I was 11 and i bawled my eyes out.

This is one of the most touching films i have ever seen. When i first saw it i cried my little eyes out.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Sam Elliott
Eric Stoltz

DVD title: Stephen King's The Shining
Productgroup: DVD
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Stephen King's The Shinning

This mini series was true to the book, which I loved. I think it is way better than the movie on from the 70's. If you read the book, you will love this one

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Mick Garris
Steven Weber
Rebecca De Mornay

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