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DVD title: Without Limits
Productgroup: DVD
Without Limits - movie DVD cover picture
Excellent Performance by Billy


I have to say that when i went to get out a video there wasn't much to choose from on the shelves, then i came across without limits. I watched this movie twice in a row and could watch it many more times and still totally enjoy the movie. I may not be a runner or into sport at all but this movie has inspired me in life itself. Just in the fact of what one can achieve. Before i watched this movie i had no ider who Steve Prefontaine was, but his running and his life has inpired my own career and what i want out of life. I thought that Billy deserves an academy for his performace, it has been a long time since i have watched a movie with inpiring actors, with Donald Sutherland as the coach they make a great team. The fact that Billy is not bad on the eyes,makes the movie even more watchable.More movies should aim to be of this high level of achievment and maby so much garbage won't be made. Also i am suprised why i hadn't heard of this movie before i saw it at the video shop. It should of been given much more publicity. If any one knows of Billy Crudop fan club mail address or any thing about him please email me at mwright@networksmm.com.au

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Robert Towne
Actors:
Billy Crudup
Donald Sutherland




DVD title: K-PAX
Productgroup: DVD
K-PAX - movie DVD cover picture
The Produce Alone is Worth the Trip!


Is Prot from K-Pax or just the most convincing delusional ever? That's what a psychiatrist wants to know when he meets the self-proclaimed space man ... a traveler from a distant galaxy that moves about on beams of light and eats fruit with a zeal that compares to nothing else on this planet.
When Prot is first discovered in a busy train station, his vague answers to police questions find him placed in a mental institution where he keeps the staff on their toes and makes the patients happier then they've ever been. But one person that needs changing as well is the doctor that is determined to help Prot find out who he really is and set him free from his make-believe world. But before he can make Prot believe it's possible that he's not who he thinks he is, he must also come to terms that Prot may really be from K-Pax.
But no matter where this mysterious, yet immensely likable, person comes from he will change your views on life ... his, yours and everyone else's. There should be a little bit of Prot in all of us!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Iain Softley
Actors:
Kevin Spacey
Jeff Bridges




DVD title: X-Men - Sanctuary Parts 1 & 2 / Weapon X, Lies and Videotape / Proteus Parts 1 & 2
Productgroup: DVD
X-Men - Sanctuary Parts 1 & 2 / Weapon X, Lies and Videotape / Proteus Parts 1 & 2 - movie DVD cover picture
Original X-Men Rules!


This X-Men Animated Series DVD is a collection of five animated episodes from the X-Men TV show from the early nineties. The episodes included are Parts 1 & 2 of Sanctuary, Parts 1 & 2 of Proteus, and Weapon X, Lies & Videotape.

"Sanctuary"
Magneto has built a peaceful haven for mutants - an asteroid in space, titled Asteroid M - and has decided to relocate any and every mutant willing to go. His plan is entirely peaceful, but the governments of the world see only hostile intent when they learn that Magneto has 250 missiles at his disposal, something he claims is only for defense. Professor X, Gambit, and Beast all volunteer to accompany Magneto to Asteroid M in order to prove his peaceful intentions to the world. But one of Magneto's followers, Fabien Cortez, has a different plan, a plan of destroying humankind with the missiles, and unless the X-Men can stop him, the world will declare war on Asteroid M.

"Proteus"
Moira MacTaggert's son Kevin is Proteus, a fact that she's hid very well from Professor X. Her ex-husband left both Moira and Kevin when he was born to avoid the stigma of having a mutant for a son. Kevin has lived in isolation from the world for 17 years, and when he busts out, he wants nothing more than to find his father, and discover why he was abandoned. His father, who is now running for political re-election, wants nothing to do with Kevin. The X-Men are contacted and brought in to find and capture Proteus before anyone is hurt, but in the process, can Professor X help Kevin overcome his rage and anger, before it consumes him?

"Weapon X, Lies & Videotape"
Wolverine, who is suffering from painful memories of his past, sets off to the Weapon X lab in Canada to try and uncover the truth behind them. Upon his arrival, he is greeted by his other Weapon X companions - Silver Fox, Maverick, and Sabretooth - and the four of them discover that some of their memories are false. In their quest for the truth, they activate Tallos, a failsafe program whose mission is their destruction.

I loved the X-Men series as a kid and seeing the Phoenix Saga on DVD last year really brought back some memories. I really enjoyed seeing Weapon X, Lies and Videotape again; it's a great episode that is partly based on Wolverine #50 and X-Men #'s 4&5 (all great comics too!). The box art, however, has nothing to do with any of the episodes included, as it has a picture of the Hulk fighting the Juggernaut. Why it was chosen, and why it looks so cheesy is anyone's guess.

Picture:
The X-Men episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full frame, as it appeared on TV. The animation is quite good for a mid-nineties American cartoon with vibrant colors and solid blacks. The picture does have a few specks, some grain, and some visible edge enhancement, but it looks terrific compared to what I remember seeing on TV.

Sound:
The X-Men episodes are presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround in English. Dialogue is crisp and clear throughout the five episodes with active surrounds as well. Optional English Captions and French or Spanish subtitles are also available.

Extras:
No extras.

Summary:
Both this and the other X-Men Animated Series DVD come recommended for fans of the X-Men comics and especially for fans of the series. Recommended.





Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Cedric Smith
Cathal J. Dodd
Lenore Zann




DVD title: Shaun of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
Shaun of the Dead - movie DVD cover picture
Effective blend of horror and comedy


While "Shaun of the Dead" wasn't as drop-dead funny as I'd hoped it would be, in the end it amounted to much more than the dogpile of semi-related gags my preconceptions would have necessarily entailed it to be. The movie starts off a bit slow, the laughs early on coming few and far between for the first half hour, but in hindsight this is all legitimate character development. When I say that the film turned out to be something more than it promised to be, what I mean is exactly this: whereas most filmmakers would have focused on the slapstick possibilities inherent in a world full of slow moving, incompetent zombies, "Shaun of the Dead" instead treats this as a mere backdrop to illustrate the quest for one man's redemption. Shaun is a man who, through a combination of moral sluggishness and a willingness to be walked on by those more assertive than he, finds himself entirely behind the eightball in life at nearly every turn. The first scene in the film shows Shaun already on thin ice with his girlfriend. To the viewer, it becomes obvious that Shaun's boorishness comes from a fear of going outside the box of his everyday routine, and why should he when even in the course of this routine things never fail to go wrong? But his girlfriend doesn't quite see it this way, and whatever sympathy she may have for Shaun is rapidly eroding away under a veneer of strained patience. To placate her, Shaun cooks up a romantic evening at an upscale restaurant to celebrate their anniversary, then conveniently forgets to call in the reservation until the day of the gig, at which point, of course, the question of a table is decidedly OUT of the question.It's against these events that the zombies first begin to make their appearance, at first as individuals who are easily mistaken for drunks and the homeless by the hapless Shaun and his roommate. The zombies begin to gradually increase in number until a fateful encounter in the back garden convinces Shaun of their lifelessness, at which point the movie becoms a rescue mission to salvage his mom and his (now ex-)girlfriend. There are a number of other auxiliary characters, most of which are fleshed out quite well considering most horror flicks would relegate them as faceless flesh-bait for the antagonists. To say too much more would be to lessen the effect of some of the key plot twists, although to be honest most of these twists will be familiar to fans of previous zombie films. But the film isn't to be noted for it's plot, but for the way it handles it's characters, particularly Shaun, who is shaken out of his cocoon of inaction by the even greater incompetence of his friends and family. Once survival itself is at stake and things are no longer just a matter of comfort and convenience, Shaun finds a resolve inside himself that he likely didn't know he had (his entourage certainly seems surprised). And yet the movie never descends into an over-the-top Rambo cliche, like the American version surely must when Hollywood inevitably gets around to remaking "Shaun of the Dead", and it's the small scale of the human drama that makes it that much more realistic, and hence more effective.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Edgar Wright
Actors:
Simon Pegg
Kate Ashfield
Nick Frost




DVD title: Lonesome Dove
Productgroup: DVD
Lonesome Dove - movie DVD cover picture
Best Western Ever Made, But Poor Video Quality


There is no need to comment on this movie's quality as a drama and a western. It is the best that has ever been done.

It is most unfortunate that this copy, apparently produced by Hallmark, has the video resolution of a poorly produced VHS. It is virtually unwatchable on a large screen TV. What a travesty.

Studio: Lions Gate
Director: Simon Wincer
Actors:
Robert Duvall
Tommy Lee Jones
Danny Glover




DVD title: Princess Mononoke
Productgroup: DVD
Princess Mononoke - movie DVD cover picture
not bad


I was reading some reviews for this movie and came across one that said princess mononoke reminded the person of another anime film called "valley of the wind".The actual title of the movie he was refering to is "Warriors of the wind".And he was right.The lead character wears the same outfit hat and all,and at one point when mononoke refered to "giant animals in the forest" I could've sworn I was watching w.o.t.w.2.Even the "curse" the character must find a way to cure was covered in this 1982 anime.Check it out,if you can find it.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Yôji Matsuda
Yuriko Ishida
Yûko Tanaka




DVD title: Pay It Forward
Productgroup: DVD
Pay It Forward - movie DVD cover picture
The producers filmed a wonderful movie, now pay it forward


This isn't the most emotional movie throughout, but the cast and storyline make up for it. The writers offer many great twists and turns; one minute, lives are wonderful, the next, lives break. The acting is wonderful. Had the casters chosen anyone other than Haley Joel Osment to play Trevor, "Pay It Forward" would have been spoiled. He proves that he's one of the few child actors with talent. The make-up team brilliantly desplict Helen Hunt's character as a struggling stressed-out mother, as does Hunt obviously. They make Mr. Simonet's, burns look as if they belonged to Kevin Spacey's. One may think at first glance of this movie that it's low budgetted. There's much more put in this than it appears. That's a good thing. One will end this movie with a new sense of hope and fulfillment. There's no disappointing scene.
And....if you've read this, you must pay it forward.

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: The Hills Have Eyes
Productgroup: DVD
The Hills Have Eyes - movie DVD cover picture
THE HILLS HAVE MORE THAN EYES!


IMAGINE BEING STRANDED IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE,BUT NOT REALLY BEING ALL ALONE.THE THING WITH THIS MOVIE IS THAT IT COULD REALLY HAPPEN.THIS MOVIE SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER.IT DOESN'T SCARE ME TODAY, BUT I STILL FIND IT VERY CREEPY AND UNSETTLING.ANCHOR BAY HAS TO BE COMMENDED ON THIS ONE.THE PICTURE IS CRISP AND CLEAR AND BETTER THAN ANY VERSION OF THIS MOVIE IV'E EVER SEEN.THE SOUND IS IN 5.1 DIGITAL EX AND 6.1 DTS AND THE 5.1 IS AWESOME.THE 5.1 SOUND ADDS A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION TO THE CREEPINESS OF THIS MOVIE.THIS IS A TRUE CULT CLASSIC FULLY RESTORED FROM THE ORIGINAL NEGATIVES AND WORTHY OF OWNERSHIP.DISC TWO HAS LOTS OF BONUS FEATURES.TURN OUT THE LIGHTS,CLOSE THE BLINDS AND PREPARE TO BE CREEPED OUT.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: Wes Craven
Actors:
Susan Lanier
Robert Houston




DVD title: In Dreams
Productgroup: DVD
In Dreams - movie DVD cover picture
In Dreams ( I would compare it to Candyman )!


In Dreams, I seen it when it was short lived in the theater back in it's January release, and i was very impressed! Although some parts could have been a little stronger, the movie as a whole was really enjoyable. Annette Benning did great, and Aiden Quinn was also a good one. If you liked Candyman w/ Virginia Madsen, then see this. Annette is close behind Virginia's footsteps in the horror genre world! Enjoy..........

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Neil Jordan
Actors:
Annette Bening
Robert Downey Jr.




DVD title: Carmen Electra's Fit to Strip
Productgroup: DVD
Carmen Electra's Fit to Strip - movie DVD cover picture
Electra-Fying Genius


These Fit to Strip dvds are amazingly brilliant. The combination of the sexy Electra with the fun workout really has my wife transforming her body in the most entertaining way I've ever experienced. And what is so brilliant about the dvd is how EASY and SIMPLE the whole thing is. But the impact (when you follow the program) is tremendous. Great Job!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Edward Lachman



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