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DVD title: Picnic
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Love story

I first saw this movie with my parents as an 8 year old wide-eyed kid. There are several interesting points about this motion picture: 1. William Holden has his best performance ever as Hal Carter, a drifter and charmer in the small midwestern town of Hutchenson Kansas 2. Cliff Robertson makes a spectacular debut as the "Rich Kid Next Door" and cannot believe that anyone can ever spoil his world of power, money and romance. 3. Rosalind Russell is simply fantastic as the over-the hill old maid still searching for love and feeling like she is younger than she really is. 4. Suzan Strasberg is stunning as the younger daughter of Betty Field and a book-worm turned boy-lover with the charm of William Holden. 5. Kim Novak has the plum role in this motion picture. She realizes that love is more than security and being told that she is "pretty." 6. Betty Field is the real star of the picture. As the mother of two daughters, she struggles trying to keep her oldest daughter from making the same mistakes that she made. 7. Arthur O'Connell has a great supporting role as a batchelor who finally realizes that time has run out on him.
If you have a great love of 50's motion pictures, this is a must see film of Josh Logan.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Joshua Logan
William Holden
Kim Novak

DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Movie Ever- Robbed at the Oscars

David Fincher is a master. After "Seven", I didn't think it would be possible for him to create better, but he certainly has done just that! You find yourself dwelling on this movie long after the credits have disappeared. Discussions with friends appear never-ending. A definite must-own! Don't allow the violence to steer you clear. Take the leap! You won't regret it. Just keep reminding yourself how great "Seven" was. That should do the trick!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt

DVD title: Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals
Productgroup: DVD
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Buy this DVD classic !

This is really one of the best Joe D'Amato Black Emanuelle classics there is. The best is Emanuelle in America, but I saw this one first, and it was superb. Really a great classic. The first 15 minutes is a sort of intro to the story of the film, then the next 45 minutes are full of good soft-core sex scenes, were Joe really proves himself. And the last 30 minutes are full of Horror and good cannibalistic scenes. Joe D' Amato is to me the genius of Italian Porn, Erotic and horror films. He's a real genius. I've got a lot of his movies: Emanuelle In America, Emanuelle and the last Cannibals , Porno Holocaust , Erotic Nights of the Living Dead , Caligula; the untold story , Beyond the Darkness , Death Smiled At Murder and Anthropophagus (The Grim Reaper). But buy this movie, it's all good. Joe I Love You!

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc
Director: Joe D'Amato

DVD title: Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely Masterful!

The Premire in the Lone Wolf and Cub Series, Sword of Vengence sets the stage for the following movies. For example, after "Lone Wolf's" wife is killed, he has to decide what to do with his life. Revenge is necessary, but what to do with his infant son? In a truly telling scene, he sets his son (Daigoro) between a brightly colored ball and an unsheathed sword, he tells his son to choose his path carefully. If the son chooses the ball, he will die, and the "Lone Wolf" will be free to exact his vengance from his betrayers, unfettered by familial ties. If he chooses the sword, then he follows in the footsteps of his father - Swordsman. Which does he choose? Watch and find out!

Studio: AnimEigo
Director: Kenji Misumi

DVD title: Scarlet Street
Productgroup: DVD
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"They'll be masterpieces."

In "Scarlet Street" mild-mannered bank cashier Chris Cross (Edward G Robinson) dreams of being a great painter one day. His nagging wife ridicules his hobby and constantly humiliates him. Then one day Chris meets a young woman named Kitty (Joan Bennett). He thinks she's being mugged, but she's really a 'working girl' squabbling with her slimy boyfriend, Johnny (Dan Duryea). Chris and Kitty strike up a conversation, and soon Kitty and Johnny are ready to use Chris for whatever money they can get out of him.
Chris seems to be just too nice for his own good. He's a reliable, largely underappreciated employee who plugs away daily at his desk. But painting is one thing he's passionate about, and it saves him from the sheer boredom of mediocrity. He's a rather unhappy character--first his impossible wife is kicking him around, and it doesn't take long for Kitty to sink her materialistic little hooks into Chris too. As events take place within the film, the strength and weaknesses of Chris Cross are explored. Will he exploit opportunities or is he destined to always be a slave to his character flaws? Many marvelous little touches raise this film above the average and make it memorable. I'd never heard of this film until recently when I came across the title in a book about film noir. As a fan of director, Fritz Lang's films, I sought out this film. The plot is extremely clever--full of unpredictable twists and turns. Kitty deceives Chris, but he is guilty of his own sort of deception.
The DVD quality is not great, but I am not downgrading the film for that. The DVD is produced by Alpha video at a very reasonable price. The film is not re-mastered at all, and there are no extra features. At some points during the film, a thin vertical line was visible, and the sound quality varied (seems to get louder), plus there were some crackles. The black and white picture is grainy at times. All of these defects, however, did not interfere with my ability to watch and enjoy the film. It's about the same quality as a television version of the film. If you enjoyed "Woman in the Window" (a much more famous Fritz Lang/Edgar G Robinson/Joan Bennett film) you should enjoy this one too--displacedhuman

Studio: Gotham Distribution
Director: Fritz Lang
Edward G. Robinson
Joan Bennett

DVD title: Wrong Turn
Productgroup: DVD
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Great horror flick!

This was a great horror flick, with classic potential!
In today's horror genre with it's utterly idiotic offerings such as "Scream", and "Urban Legends", it's refreshing to see a truly scary horror flick with a good storyline, a tight cast, great FX and great direction."Wrong Turn" is a return to the legendary cult horror flicks of the 70s such as "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Deliverence". It's got that 70's feel to the filming and offers a bunch of fantastic scares and some terrifying situations!It's a tale of a group of teens that happen upon a family of murderous inbreds in West Virginia.Sam Winston produced this, and I think, did a great job. I look forward to see what he comes up with next.For diehard horror fans, this is one for the collection!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Rob Schmidt
Eliza Dushku
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Jeremy Sisto

DVD title: WTC - The First 24 Hours
Productgroup: DVD
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Astounding film. Excellent eye for detail.

I purchased this DVD based on the high marks and excellent reviews given by the Sundance Film Festival, Judge P. Naugle, Michael Jacobson, and David Germain of the Associated Press. So glad I didn't miss this one. The filmmaker's talent for detail and image choices are incredible. There is no need for commentary or music - just hearing the filmmaker's breathing as he walks around the huge tire of the airplane found on a street corner is more than enough. I don't think this film was made to "entertain" its audience. What I got from it was based on reality and integrity. This film drew me in, making me feel as if I was the one walking down that street and holding that camera. What an impact.

Studio: New Video Group
Director: √Čtienne Sauret

DVD title: Finding Neverland (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Finding Neverland (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
A Masterpiece!

"Finding Neverland" is a very enchanting, emotional, and fantastic movie. I laughed. I cried. "My heart blew up like a balloon." (I'm quoting a movie there.)
Johnny Depp is such an amazing actor, and he brought J.M. Barrie to life in a wonderful way.
If you are a fan of Barrie, Peter Pan, and fantastically filmed movies that the whole family can enjoy, rent it, buy it!
You will enjoy the journey to Neverland.

Eileen Famiglietti

Studio: Miramax
Director: Marc Forster
Johnny Depp
Kate Winslet
Julie Christie

DVD title: Home for the Holidays
Productgroup: DVD
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Reminds me of home

I'm a big Holly Hunter fan but regardless of that this movie was hilarious. The situations and family interactions were all too familiar to real life whether it was my family or a friends. It is a bit on the depressing side at times, but over all you get a good feeling from watching it. Highly recommend it

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Jodie Foster
Holly Hunter
Anne Bancroft

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The movie I wanted to hate, but couldn't.

I watched this movie only after several people (whose opinions I really respect) recommended it to me, already cringing and ready to tear it to pieces. "Obi-Wan Kenobi and Tom Cruise's ex-wife in a musical? HA!" There was something so hokey about the trailers and the whole concept that I had already judged the movie and deemed it a piece of pretentious artsy-fartsy drivel before having ever seen it. It just seemed ripe for parody.
Not only that, but I hate musicals. HATE THEM! I've tried to give as many of them a try as I could stomache, but all of the ones I've seen have been terribly cheesy. It's one of the resons I hate Disney movies. There's something just basically stupid about them that I've never been able to get past, and to me, Moulin Rouge was going to be just another stupid musical to add to the list.
Then I saw it.
Ok, now I have to admit how wrong I was. The music was excellent, the sets were amazing, the story was compelling and it was really funny. It was that last part that won me over. It was funny in a very unpretentious kind of way that I found endearing. It wasn't necessarily self-parody, but the director seemed to know exactly when to add humor to break up the melodrama, and the melodrama was just enough to not seem saccharin.
For some reason all the flamboyant corniness ends up being charming instead of revolting. The flick just has heart. I was expecting something gaudy like a half-drunk, middle-aged drag queen belting out show tunes and grinding out the rent. Instead it has a sort of childlike innocence that wins you over like a kid whose voice is mediocre but sings with passion and sincerity and never blushes.
For those of you who've already seen it in the theater, the DVD is excellent. It has lots of bonus goodies like deleted scenes, lots interviews with cast and crew (including one with Fatboy Slim who I had no idea was involved), feature-commentary, music videos and behind the scenes stuff. The DTS sound is amazing and sounded awesome on my system.
Anyway, regardless of what I think, most of you are going to either love it or hate it, I think you should give yourself the opportunity to do one or the other. Don't make the same mistake I almost made. Watch it first, then judge.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

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