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DVD title: I, The Worst of All (Yo, la Peor de Todas)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent biography, Not a "Lesbian" Love Film

The video states that the film is about hot lesbian love inside the convent walls. Wrong! There are a few implied moments but nothing graphic. This film gives the viewer an accurate depiction of the life of one of the best authors of any genre of literature. I first saw this film in a Latin American literature university classroom. It is so good that I would like to show it in my high school classroom. Sor Juana was quite adept at placing a mirror in front of the faces of the male hierarchy and they didn't like it. She paid for it and we gained from her pain. There is great historical value in this biographical film as well. It gives the viewer an idea of what life was like during the Spanish Inquisition in "New Spain" or Mexico.I know the vendors believe that sex will sell this film. But, they are billing it all wrong. It is an intellectual foreign film. Why cheapen it by giving potential buyers a deceptive description of the content?

Studio: First Run Features
Director: MarĂ­a Luisa Bemberg

DVD title: Sweet Valley High - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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i too grew up highly addicted to the sweet valley series...sweet valley twins more than sweet valley high. but, me and my older sister were ecstatic when, in 94, we heard about the show. but yeah, the networks were very confusing about when it aired and this and that, so we only caught SOME episodes of seasons 1 and 2, and nothing more. i almost fell off of my computer chair when i saw that the dvd was coming!!! luckily, i had only found out just days before its release, so i didn't have to wait THAT long.

now i am almost through the second disk...ahhh i don't want it to end...haha.

the show is, as everyone says, not very much based on the books at all...the prince arthur episode wasn't even based on sweet valley high. (it was actually in sweet valley twins.) but still...anyone who grew up reading about the wakefield twins and wishing they lived in sweet valley as well...will adore this show.

actually, i think the show is corny, the characters all look too old to be in high school, and the situations presented only barely touch on what high school life is really like today...(or even in 1994). but, still, you gotta love sweet valley. i have to bust out laughing at every episode for how corny some of the things are, but it is an upbeat and fun show...a show that you can sit down and watch when you just really need to take a break, laugh, relax, and get caught up in the scandals and drama of someone ELSE'S life! even if you have no clue what sweet valley even is, it's a fun show all the same. i would have watched it regardless b/c i love twins...and brittany and cynthia were very good as jessica and elizabeth...very beautiful...only downside is, of course, they were very mature looking, nothing like 16...made things kind of un-realistic sometimes.

and as someone else said, it is VERY 90''s so hilarious to have such a blast from the past with the clothes and all...and jessica and lila, the "fashionable" characters, oh times they looked brilliant, but some of the clothes were so funny! but i love it :)

it makes me feel like i'm 12 years old all over again when i see this. i remembered more about the show than i thought i did. and i definitely missed more episodes than i saw, so it's really great finally getting to catch up on the others.

bottom line...if you have no clue what sweet valley is, then i'll tell you straight up, it is nothing like the OC. the OC has very realistic portrayals of high schoolers today. but sweet valley high has pretty people, funny people, and entertaining situations. and of course, the show centers around the sisterly twin bond love of jessica and elizabeth. you can't really go wrong with this show...i've laughed...i've cried...seriously.

and i can't wait for other seasons!!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Brittany Daniel

DVD title: Men of Honor (Full-Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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this is an outstading movie that did NOT get the credit it deserved! the acting/directing is unbelievable and is really a quality movie! i haven't talked to one person (ages ranging from 14-82) who has NOT liked it! it IS definately worth your time and worth purchasing! you will enjoy this film!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Robert De Niro
Cuba Gooding Jr.

DVD title: The Company
Productgroup: DVD
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Beauty is a cruel dream

Robert Altman tries to give us a human vision of a ballet company in Chicago. The first great quality of this film is the dancing itself. A magical world of visual emotions that bring together the feeling that dancers are like birds that try to fly off the ground and conquer the world on one hand, and the beauty of colors and movements that engulf our imagination in a voyage into what can emerge from a maelstrom of recollections and contorsions coming from the deepest and highest strata of our love for the unknown on the other hand. But the film goes beyond this marvelous experience. It reveals the intense cruelty of this profession. The cruelty of a profession that is so short-lived that it is nearly finished before ever starting, the cruelty of an art that demands the impossible from dancers who may be unable to go over the frontier that bounds their fears and their hopes. The fear of aging. The fear of becoming stiff. The fear of falling and hurting their limbs. The fear of engulfing themselves in some deep emotional relation that may lead to an awful disease and death. The fear of displeasing the maestro that commands them. And yet the hope to become so light that the earth may retract and let them fly over the stage. The hope that they will be best and they will know the thrilling experience of a clapping and applauding audience. The hope that the world may be only an emotional trip into love and pleasure. The hope that they will be eternally young and beautiful. And Robert Altman sprinkles his film with the hard moments of reality that darken the beauty of this dancing sky. A fall that hurts or breaks a limb meaning the end of the adventure. A desire that is negated by the maestro, the choreographer, the director and the frustration that will come along with this negation, a frustration that knows no appeal. You can satisfy the tyrant that governs your work or you can't. And if you can't you have to leave, no matter whether you have become too old and have not seen it coming, or you have not been able to ply your limbs into the movement that is required. There is always someone in the wings that is prepared and waiting to take over at any time because the show must go on and you are nothing but a screw in a complex machine, and the screw you are can always be replaced. The only hope you may have, if you are a girl, is to love someone from outside this magic world who will be able to lift you up and take you to a second life. The only hope, if you are a boy, is not specified in the film. Dancing is a lot crueller for boys than it is for girls. So few will be able to become choreographers or directors. So many will have to go along their own ways into some uninteresting and dull feeding jobs somewhere outside. And the audience will not even see you or recognize you, except if you become a star, and the sky of the ballet has so few stars that are shooting stars anyway. And all that cruelty is wrapped up in some golden paper that justifies the chiefs of the tribe who can say they are humane, friendly, loving, though it is only an attitude, a language, a hypocritical stance covering the intense heartlessness of this world. A world of intense hopes, short thrills, constant fears and long frustrations. And no one will care when you are finished.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Robert Altman
Neve Campbell
Malcolm McDowell
James Franco

DVD title: Gartel- Trance, Dance and Other Living Things Vol. 1
Productgroup: DVD
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When I saw the Paul Van Dyk and Gartel DVD offered together, I obviously knew who Van Dyk was (love his music), but had never heard of Gartel. When I checked the reviews of fellow Amazoners (and I did not think they would have any reason to steer me wrong), I bought the package. Gartel is slammin, the sound, the visual, the presentation. It made me want to go get a drink, and I do not drink. Images fly by so fast, I needed to play it in slow motion to see the bad, very very bad Gartel invisionment of life. This dude has some serious issues, but I loved it.

Studio: SEI Corp.
Director: Laurence Gartel

DVD title: Steve Vai - Live at the Astoria London
Productgroup: DVD
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This DVD is absolutely mandatory for any Vai fan

This DVD is unbelievable. Not only is Vai one of the best guitarists ever, but his entire band also rises to the occasion. The songs are great, and Vai manages to make them excellent as only he can.It looks like people are complaining about the camera work of the video, since Vai himself produced it. Something should be said about seeing his performance the way he intended us to see it. Would you honestly want to watch his hands and technique the whole time? No, man. This is not a guitar lesson. If you just watch the guitar the whole time, you're missing half of the show. Vai is one of the most animated performers you'll ever see, and this DVD will prove that. The special effects only complement the already superb performance.This DVD is mandatory for any fan of Steve Vai and is highly recommended for aspiring guitarists.

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Steve Vai

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The fellowship of the Rng movie review

Well, I was browsing, and I came upon the review left by the " Critic" that claimed that the Fellowship of the Ring was ripped off from the Willow. HELLO? The Fellowship of the Ring was freaking written before George Lucas and Ron Howard were beginning to pick up a camera! It was written way before the Willow was created. So, Mr. Critic, please abstain from flaming things when you obviously have no real idea what they are about. The Fellowship is an amazing book, and makes for a lovely movie. J.R.R. Tolkein's world is richly painted with Peter Jackson's deft direction of this movie, it really captures the emotion of the book, if not, perfect canonical rendering. The cast is great- Viggo Mortensen especially, he created a Aragorn that I think no one could have possibly played again. The first movie is but a taster...the rest just get better, and better. The story is timeless, and the film is as well...bringing back a little spark of the ideals which can be so easily lost in the chaotic world we live in today. The length intimidates people- but it is completely worth it. And anyways, you have to see the first movie to get to the second, and the second to the third [which I think is best], don't you? Better get watching...believe me, you'll find yourself hooked into the characters, and the storyline before you know it...

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Pink Floyd - The Wall
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie, like pink floyd, rules.

I have seen this movie countless of times. It tells a story of a culture far removed from our own. One exposed to the drama of war and hate. It tries to remind us of something we have never known. A classic masterpiece. No collection is complete without this one.

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Alan Parker
Bob Geldof
Christine Hargreaves

DVD title: Baby Bach
Productgroup: DVD
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Baby Einstien Baby Bach

This video is my daughter's favorite! I believe she really enjoys it because it is not over stimulating like other cartoons or children shows.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment

DVD title: Once Upon a Time in China #1
Productgroup: DVD
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This is Definitely a Classic

This movie was astounding and a great achievement in Kung-Fu movies. The scenes are definetly new, unique and innovative. There's plenty of action and some of the cast is pretty funny. The quality of picture wasn't that good, but that didn't stop me from giving this film 5 stars. I love the Cantonese music to this movie. I can sing it by heart. The two most innovative scenes were the fight scene in the rain where Wong Fei Hung fights Master Yim and the final fight between Master Yim with the ladders. The action was beautifully well timed and Jet Li's skills really did shine. Obne thing you might find distressing is the anti-foreigner feelings that are shown, which is pretty realistic coming from a Cantonese Family. Both of these scenes were unbelievable. This is a must have for all Jet Li fans. This is Tsui Hark's greatest movie i have seen. If you are into Chinese Kung Fu movies, it is a necessity to watch this. If you don't like flying and fantasy type fights, then don't buy this.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Hark Tsui
Jet Li
Biao Yuen
Rosamund Kwan

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