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DVD title: The Last of the Mohicans
Productgroup: DVD
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Exceptional Film


This film is one of a kind. It contains a successful blend of the numerous aspects of film (romance, drama, action, suspense). The scenery is beautiful. The acting, as well as the producing and directing, is superb. An absolute treasure!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Michael Mann
Actors:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Madeleine Stowe




DVD title: The Private Eyes
Productgroup: DVD
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PURE JOY


If you are a Baby-boomer you grew up with the Saturday afternoon horror movies. This spoof of that era does for the Saturday afternoon Matinee what Gene Wilder did for "Young Frankenstein". Every single scene is jam-packed with satire and classic Tim Conway. The two main actors, Tim Conway and Don Knotts are PERFECT together. The scene is the classic who-dun-it with a touch of the "Clue" murder mystery game. You will laugh until you cry literally. If you try to judge it for anything other than satire you miss the point entirely! The movie is PURE JOY!

Studio: Hen's Tooth Video
Director: Lang Elliott
Actors:
Tim Conway
Don Knotts




DVD title: Shania Twain - Up (Live in Chicago)
Productgroup: DVD
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Shania Sings her Heart Out!


Shania fans are going to enjoy this DVD! She sings all of her hits and some new songs from the UP album that she performs live in this Chicago concert. The pyro technics are a site to see. She is so interactive with her audience that she even invite a few fans to sing and dance on stage with her. A must have for any Shania fan!

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Actors:
Shania Twain



DVD title: Once Upon a Time in America (Limited Edition Collector's Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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A movie for those who like the story of 'the gangster'


I saw this movie (4 hour version) in 1986 on a pay t.v. station. I have watched it once every couple of years since.

Studio: Creative Design Art,
Director: Sergio Leone
Actors:
Robert De Niro
James Woods




DVD title: Saved!
Productgroup: DVD
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right on the money.


I saw this movie and I immediately thought of a person I drove home every weekend from school. She was exactly like these people in the movie. She tried to convince me that homosexuality is wrong, spending time with a boy alone is wrong and the Christian rock is good.
This movie truly depicts the kind of people Christians are. Awesome!

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Brian Dannelly
Actors:
Jena Malone
Mandy Moore (II)
Macaulay Culkin
Patrick Fugit
Heather Matarazzo




DVD title: Pocahontas (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wingapo, Pocahontas! My favorite Disney movie returns in style.


Pocahontas was, in my opinion, the last great traditional Disney animated film. I was fifteen when it came out, at the age where Disney movies soon became a thing of the past. I was attracted to Pocahontas for a number of reasons: I had spend childhood spring breaks in Williamsburg, VA and Jamestown, I spent summers Up North running through the woods of Northern Michigan, and ever since childhood, I have been active in Native American culture and crafts: learning the Native American flute, working at powwows, teaching about Native American culture in Quebec, and giving craft demonstrations of making dreamcatchers, among other things.

Very loosely based on the real Pocahontas (who was around eleven or twelve at the time of her encounter with John Smith), Disney's adaptation features all of the Disney prerequisites: talking animal sidekicks, a beautiful, independent heroine, flashy musical numbers, and a love story. However, Pocahontas marked a departure for Disney as well: it was the first film to deviate from the traditional animation style and the first to be based on historical events rather than fairy tales.

To their credit, Disney put a lot of research into the Native American language and customs portrayed in the film. In one interview, the director mentions having a shaman visit the studio, in another segment, a deleted song about Powhatan wedding customs was mentioned for the amount of research. The film also features Native American actors in several roles, including Russell Means (Lakota) as Chief Powhatan, Irene Bedard (Inupiat and Cree) as Pocahontas, Gordon Tootoosis (Cree) as Kekata, and Michelel St. John (Cree) as Nakoma. After watching the bonus material, it is evident what an amazing amount of research and devotion Disney poured into this project. Yes, there are groups that attack the film as a commercial sell-out of Native American culture, but isn't it better to get kids interested in other cultures and traditions from a young age?

Pocahontas is a wild spirit who would rather be canoeing down the river instead of talking about marriage proposals, as her father, Chief Powhatan, wants her to (Pocahontas says of her intended husband Kocoum, "He's so...serious"). Adventure comes her way when the dashing soldier John Smith and a shipload of English settlers lands at Jamestown in 1607 (which, ironically, is nowhere near as hilly or lush as the animation would have you believe). The settlers, driven by the vile Governor Ratcliffe, are sure that the "savages" (Native Americans) have hidden the gold that is supposed to be in the New World, and are involved in a number of skirmishes with Pocahontas's tribe.

Pocahontas meets John Smith and it is love at first sight. The two risk everything to be together, but a tragedy threatens to pull them apart. Unlike most Disney films, this one doesn't have a storybook ending (and unfortunately, was yet another victim of the detestable direct-to-video sequels with substandard animation, average songs, and a plot that basically ignored everything that happened in the original film), and was left open ended.

Pocahontas also had one of the most mature and captivating instrumental scores, with a very sweeping, Native-American influenced backing of lush strings, cedar flute, and drums. I didn't care as much for the musical numbers, with the exception of "Just Around the Riverbend" and "Colors of the Wind." One neat bonus is a multi-language reel of "Colors of the Wind" sung in Icelandic, Slovenian, Polish, Korean, Japanese, German, French and French-Canadian, Turkish, Arabic, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few!

For the 10th anniversary edition, Disney has truly outdone themselves with the sheer number of extras: a two-disc set that features new animation and a new song ("If I Never Knew You," a duet between John Smith and Pocahontas), a multi-language reel, activities for the kids, including sing alongs, a "making of," and original storyboards and deleted sequences with commentary by the directors, producers, and composers. The film has been completely remastered and is presented in 5.1 digital surround, and sounds better than ever.

A truly beautiful package worthy of my favorite Disney film (and plenty to keep the kids engaged as well!).


Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Mel Gibson
Christian Bale
Linda Hunt




DVD title: Boomtown - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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in one word: complicated


This show is complicated. Even complex. Every character, every storyline, every emotion has multiple interpretations and it works more often than not, and kudos to the creators. Excellent writing and casting (some of the best on TV) with not one weak character or actor. I hope you can bring us something more along this lines, or maybe even a really complicated BoomTown movie some day.

Word to some of you, it took me until episode three to actually decide to stck with the show. I almost walked away after the first two, but I guarantee you once you let the characters in, you'll be hooked.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment



DVD title: Tenchi Muyo - OVA DVD Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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You will fall in love with this world...OVA defined


I've watched only a few anime shows in my lifetime, traditionally sticking to the classics (e.g., Akira) at the recommendations of my friends. Tenchi showed up after I tried a few other recommendations such as Ghost in the Shell and Demon City Shinjuku (neither of which got me excited, except that Ghost in the Shell had nice visuals).
Suffice it to say that this anime has so won over my heart that, in a time when I'm trying to stay conservative financially, I have already bought the special edition OVA set and all three of the Tenchi movies and am committed to buying all of the TV series episodes to boot (for those like me who didn't know, OVA stands for "original video animation", and means it was a straight to video production).
You will feel the same after watching this series as you did when you finished reading the Lord of the Rings for the first time -- you are entranced by the world...you will miss the characters like you do real people, because they are so expressive and genuine, and you'll want to go back and visit them.
Tips:
1. You definitely want to watch with the original Japanese voice track. I have watched with both English and Japanese and though the English translation was faithful to the meaning, the emotion of the characters isn't communicated like it is in the Japanese...also, the voice casting was just RIGHT. Can't really explain it in words...
2. Watch on a high quality home theater system...this thing will stress every part of the system, every disk has very high quality soundtracks and incredible colors (both the wild and the mild -- beautiful soft cherry blossoms in the foreground with a neon orange slashing death duel in the background...).
3. There is some mild nudity in this series - parts are not appropriate for kids (or at least they'll be somewhat confused) which is a real shame because some of the characters (Ryo-ohki, Sasami, and Misaki) are soooo perfect for the little ones.
Now if I could only figure out who is more alluring...Ryoko or Washu?

Studio: Pioneer Video
Actors:
Tenchi Muyo



DVD title: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Productgroup: DVD
A Midsummer Night's Dream - movie DVD cover picture
Beautiful


This movie was eye candy and beautiful! if you like midsummer or shakespeare then you will LOVE this movie! it is a masterpiece of our times, the fairies were beautiful the people were beautiful... they even made Calista Flockheart look beautiful! I LOVED IT! it's worth more then 5 stars! =)

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Michael Hoffman
Actors:
Kevin Kline
Michelle Pfeiffer
Rupert Everett




DVD title: The Professional
Productgroup: DVD
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A shocker.Unbelieveble


Jean Reno made a right decision.I believe , this was his first movie in the US,and thank,s GOD,hi picked the right one!He was already a megastar in France("Subway" was priceless),but he took this one , here.I watched this movie for at least 20 times in last couple of years,and every time it touches me (what is not easy).This is a story about professional hit man ,but he is a"good guy".This is a story about a dirty coup, a bad guy.But a little girl invited herself in, and everything made a point: we don,t know who is who. Do you want to know? Watch "professional" and you will be surprise!!!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Luc Besson
Actors:
Jean Reno
Gary Oldman
Natalie Portman




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