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DVD title: Go
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Thrill Ride.

Writer John August and Director Doug Liman did a teffric job in this film with the story, music, locations and actors, of course.
Teffric Performances from every one in this film,Great Cast including-Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley, Desmond Askew, Nathan Bexton, Scott Wolf, Jay Mohr, Timothy Olyphant, Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, James Duval, J.E. Freeman, William Fichtner and Jane Krakowski. Actually i name all the lead cast in this film.
DVD include Audio Commentary from the Director and Editor. 14 Deleted Scenes, including the two last Deleted Scenes is a different ending. Three Music Videos. DVD`s has fine anamorphic Widescreen(2.35:1)format and also in Pan & Scan is included. Great Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Grade:A. Super 35.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Doug Liman
Sarah Polley
Scott Wolf
Jay Mohr
Taye Diggs

DVD title: Doctor Who - The Key to Time - The Complete Adventure
Productgroup: DVD
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great gift

I purchased this set as a gift for my daughter and son-in-law. They loved it. They had always enjoyed the series when they could find it on tv. I is really nice for them to have so many episodes at their fingertips.

Studio: BBC Video
Tom Baker

DVD title: Knockaround Guys
Productgroup: DVD
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Was worth the wait

After about a year of being pushed back concerning box-office speculation and etc., "Knockaround Guys" is finally going to be wide-released this year. I was able to be at a pre-screening of this movie, and I enjoyed very much. Vin Diesel shines as he portrays "the tough guy". Plot needed some work, but performances were awesome.
Side note: My opinion of why the movie was pushed back for so long was in anticipation of Diesel's new blockbuster "XXX". Now that Vin Diesel has made a name for himself, what once could have been a movie that grossed a modest ($$$) million, could very well hit it home with ($$$) or even ($$$) million.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Vin Diesel
Dennis Hopper
Jennifer Baxter

DVD title: Minority Report (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Another masterpiece by Spielberg!!!

This is the 2nd best movie of 2002. It has ver good acting, great story, incredible visual effects, and the perfect soundtrack. The movie is set in 2054, with its central premise of "Precrime" law enforcement, totally reliant on three isolated human "precogs" capable of seeing the future. That's original, so I knew I'd enjoy this. I was at the edge of my seat in awe of how great this movie was, and it wasn't even over! Anyway, as Precrime's confident captain, Tom Cruise preempts these killings like a true action hero, only to run for his life when he is himself implicated in one of the precogs' visions. He makes one heck an escape, even has his eyes changed! Making good use of astonishing special effects, Minority Report brilliantly extrapolates a future that's utterly convincing, and pretty dang cool if you ask me. It knid of reminds me of A.I Artificial Intelligence. You must see this movie, it is so good. BUY IT NOW!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Cruise
Max von Sydow

DVD title: In a Glass Cage
Productgroup: DVD
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For Those Of You Seeking Uncompromising Cinema,

In A Glass Cage is a piece of work that should not be overlooked. When I saw the film Apt Pupil, I thought it was a decent film with some superb acting, but sadly I felt Hollywood had watered the movie down when it came to portraying the Nazi mentality, decadence, cycle of abuse, and cruelty. After viewing In A Glass Cage, I had finally seen what the other film could have become if it were not for Hollywood politics, and since then I have kept an ever closer eye on foreign cinema.

In A Glass Cage is a both a tale of mental decay and revenge. This story revolves around a German family that has relocated to isolation in Spain after the fall of the 3rd Reich, and a young man(Angelo), who as a child was abused by the patriarch of the family, Klaus; a former SS officer. Angelo has tracked Klaus down, and catches him committing another brutal act against a youth. Klaus' brutal act sends Klaus over the mental edge, and in a fit of despair, he makes a failed suicide bid, confining him to an Iron Lung with glass windows(the Glass Cage). Angelo, having gathered some sensitive journals depicting Klaus' crimes, uses this and his past with Klaus to coerce Klaus into allowing Angelo into the household to "care" for the paralyzed and helpless Klaus.

Angelo quickly begins corrupting the family, gaining the daughter's affections and simultaneously gaining the abhorance of the family matriarch, while keeping Klaus on edge by making him relive the atrocities he has tried to escape. At first Angelo does this through reading the journals of atrocities to Klaus, and eventually Angelo descends deeper into madness, and begins committing atrocities of his own. Starting with the matriarch of the house, Angelo begins to kill, and he quickly moves on to children like is described in the journals he reads. The torture of Klaus who both adores and despises himself for the very things he is now forced to watch has come full circle. His wife is dead, his daughter is controlled by Angelo, and he is forced to relive himself.

This is where the uncompromising nature of the piece really takes hold. Children are put to death in this film, and the viewer is not spared the agony of this with implications, or off-camera violence. This happens in your face, even in the very first scene with Klaus and the youth. It places a bitter slice of Nazi cruelty right in your mouth for you to taste. Eventually this cruelty is aimed at Klaus himself, and with the eerie aid of the daughter, the mental schism becomes complete, with Angelo assuming the role of Klaus in the glass cage.

I found this film to be more of a dramatic shocker than an art-house film, but the story is solid and the acting is top notch, especially when approaching the subject matter. In a Glass Cage does not shock simply to degrade the viewer, rather presents the violencce in a "this is how it went down" fashion. Nothing is glamorized and no character is particularly likeable, they simply do as they are programmed to do for better or worse, which is right on point in the context of Naziism.

If the visually-presented subject of Nazi cruelty regarding homosexuality, petiphilia, and grotesque murder of children would get you to leave a room, then this film is not for you. But for those of you seeking uncompromising cinema....

Studio: C.A.V. Distribution
Director: Agustí Villaronga

DVD title: The Chronicles of Riddick (Theatrical Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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You keep what you kill

Even if I have to apologize to my Friends and Favorites, and my family, I have to admit that I really liked this movie. It's a Sci-Fi movie with a "Mad Maxx" appeal that, while changing many things, left Riddick from `Pitch Black' to be just Riddick. They did not change his attitude or soften him up or bring him out of his original character, which was very pleasing to `Pitch Black' fans like myself.

First off, let me say that when playing the DVD, the first selection to come up is Convert or Fight, and no explanation of the choices. This confused me at first, so I will mention off the bat that they are simply different menu formats, that each menu has the very same options, simply different background visuals. Select either one and continue with the movie.

Chronicles Of Riddick takes place after Riddick's escape from the planet of monsters on Pitch Black, starting out with his recapture after being in hiding for many years. Now we are going to get a glimpse of just what is going on in the universe during the futuristic time frame of `Pitch Black'.

A large sect of religious fanatics called Necromongers are moving from planet to planet, converting others to their faith and killing those who will not convert. Necromongers are half-dead beings from many different original planets, kind of like Star Trek's Borgs except they do not loose their individuality when they are converted. Some are made into "Lensors", very cool effect of once-humans with these round blue shields over their faces, under which their faces look a little skeletal and decomposed.

Riddick gets caught up with the Necromongers after he is taken to the prison planet of Crematoria, where daylight, rather than nightfall, is the killer. Here he finds a grown up Jack (the girl from Pitch Black), now using her real name of Kyra. The girl Jack was a strong addition to Pitch Black, the adult Kyra is rather whiney and annoying, and my one complaint would be that they should have done better with Jack's development. He has to escape Crematoria and help Jack off the planet also.

Truthfully, the entire plot is Riddick running from people who want to capture him, but it's still a good movie made interesting with the addition of the half-dead race. The Lady Vaako of the Necromongers is a very `Cleopatra' type of character, with her own Marc Anthony in the form of Vaako, one of the Lord Marshal's fiercest warriors.

In some of the scenes the Necromongers almost come across like Televangelists, wanting converts so badly, and desiring entire populations to kneel before them. Just a funny comparison to mull over while you watch. There is also an Elemental in the movie, a race of beings who can phase in and out of dimensions, whose job it seems to be not to inform the Necromongers but to distract them from Riddick, at least that is the feeling that I got.

The special effects of this movie make up for the slower parts about three quarters of the way through the movie, stunning visuals of cities that are half gothic and half futuristic, great flight scenes (including a cool shot of the underbelly of one of the ships), the sunrise over the planet Crematoria is spectacular (but not quite as good as the nightfall effect in Pitch Black), the power going out all over the city, the half metal-half squishy mind readers, and that is barely skimming the effects.

The costume and set designs are visually stunning, well made without going too far over the top, and the editing is not as choppy as David Twohy warns us about at the beginning of the Director's Cut.

My one other problem is that with a loss of midrange hearing, I had to use the English Subtitles to hear some of the conversations, so if you are slightly hard of hearing you will want to use that feature. The battles are rapid and a bit confusing during the use of strobe lighting, but that is what the slow-mo button is for. ;-)

All in all, this is a pleasing sci-fi adventure movie, not to be confused with a work of art or a lesson in any socially redeeming values. It is good old-fashioned fun and a relief to us sci-fi fans who tire of critics blathering on about how sci-fi and fantasy are not worthy forms of entertainment. These are the same critics who thought The English Patient was a good movie. (gag)

As the Necromongers say, "Humans are an unguided mistake."
Enjoy the movie!

Studio: Universal
Director: David Twohy
Vin Diesel
Colm Feore
Judi Dench

DVD title: Interview with the Vampire
Productgroup: DVD
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Take it from Anne: David Geffen produced this work.

This is the author talking. The film is shattering. For me, and of course I lack objectivity, it is The Red Shoes of Horror Films. It got my book, it got my script, and the person responsible was the producer David Geffen. He is the one who drew together the finest talent in every field to do this film. He asked me to write the screen play. Was I part of "the finest talent?" I hope so. He is the one who sent me a video of the film even though I objected to casting and might have screamed. I loved it. I called him to tell him. When he sent a print of the film to New Orleans for a private viewing for me and my family and friends, I was so overwhelmed by this picture that I came out of it crying helplessly in the arms of my editor Victoria Wilson. I stood there sobbing, holding onto Vicky, as the whole crowd of concerned people looked on. I couldn't snap out of it. I went out, got in the back of my car, and was driven home. The film took me back to the night I finished the book -- 4 a.m. in the morning in the year 1973 -- in Berkeley, California, in a shabby ground floor apartment full of junk shop furniture, a beautiful place, where I sat on the couch utterly overwhelmed by the experience of "the novel," a coherence that had come out of me -- vowing to myself that if no one published it, I'd sell it out of shopping bag to people on the street. The film took me back even further, into the soul that had exposed itself in the writing. Darkness. No grace. No salvation. The film got it. It got "the glamor of evil" and that darkness, that hopelessness, that despair. It is -- and I say this now as a film buff -- a great film. Forget me. Forget the book. It's a piece of sublime work in which genius "happened" as it can in film when great directors like Neil Jordan, and great actors, and great professional on all levels are giving it everything that they can -- when they have but one goal and that is to be true to something in which the author was true to himself or herself. It worked. It's magic. And now ten years later people are discovering it. They are sharing that sublime vision. I'm thankful; I'm happy; I'm proud to have been part of it. I'm grateful. And I hope David Geffen knows. I hope he knows how the world values that film. He did that. I hope he's proud. Anne Rice, Paradise West, California

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Neil Jordan
Tom Cruise
Brad Pitt

DVD title: Victor/Victoria
Productgroup: DVD
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The Last Great Movie Musical of the Century

This is actually a musical disguised as a comedy. The beautiful part is that it all works! And, the nice thing is you'll find yourself humming the tunes after your done with laughing out loud over and over again (you may even want to buy the excellent soundtrack). Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, and James Garner are very funny...but it is Lesley Ann Warren that shines and brings out the funniest moments in her scenes with them! They really don't make em' like this anymore!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Blake Edwards
Julie Andrews
James Garner

DVD title: Mary Poppins (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Lovable, Laughable, and Enjoyable

How can one not give this film more than five stars? How about 20 stars!! An incredible feat, this first film to incorporate animation with live action. Dick Van Dyke and ensemble, not to mention Julie Andrews, who I believe is so credible as Mary Poppins, and she's so likeable, laughable that it's a shame that no other movies came along with her, but that was before sequels. I'd say that this is at the top of the heap of all the best and the brightest of movies. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! And after you've seen it, you'll all want to "...go fly a kite," as the song said. Inspiring, romantic, and it makes you feel good, too.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Robert Stevenson
Julie Andrews
Dick Van Dyke

DVD title: Brotherhood of the Wolf
Productgroup: DVD
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Wolves Rule!

Hey there, I saw this movie in the theatre and I loved it a lot. Even though it was in french i as able to get accustomed to the subtitles. Bt if you mak the dvd is there a way you can dub the voices?? It would be a whole lot easier to watch. I especially went to see it for the large mega wolf and it was awesome. Wolves Rule!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Christophe Gans
Samuel Le Bihan
Mark Dacascos

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