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DVD title: Clerks (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Extremely funny and well written!

If you've ever worked in the service sector you will enjoy living vicariously through these twenty-something characters who contemplate life, love, and happiness while terrorizing their clientele. This movie is by far Kevin Smith's best film. An ingeniously written script, great delivery by Kevin Smith and the supporting cast, and devoid of Hollywood sentimentality. Be forewarned - this movie is extremely vulgar and not for the faint of heart. (Quotable quote: "37 Times?")

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Kevin Smith
Brian O'Halloran
Jeff Anderson

DVD title: National Velvet
Productgroup: DVD
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Although not terribly like the book (also excellent) is still a fantastic movie and the VHS is excellently restored. Velvet is just like her character in the book and the actors are good. The Pie is a beautiful horse and Miss Ada is old but charming. This starts out slow, but gets more exciting as the racing scence nears. The horse in THE BOOK was a piebald (black and white pinto) but in the movie is a chestnut TB. Four stars because it isn't like the book and it starts out slow, but it also gets exciting, has wonderful horses, good race footage, and is excellently restored.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Clarence Brown
Mickey Rooney
Elizabeth Taylor

DVD title: Haibane Renmei - New Feathers (Vol. 1) With Series Box
Productgroup: DVD
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A Perfect Start

This first DVD of the series defies description... No, really, I'm not quite sure what its draw is.
It just seems that the first DVD seems to simply click. The music, the characters, the animation all of it seems to blend seemlessly or near enough so as to not matter. The music is etheral and splendely blends with the series itself.
Brought to you by the creators of Lain and Niea under Seven, Haibane Renmei is exactly the quality you would expect from these names. Now I may not be the greatest of Otaku, but I have seen more than my fair share of anime and this one is one the most impressive ones I have seen in a long time...
I am eagerly looking forward to the next DVD...

Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Director: Tomokazu Tokoro

DVD title: The Pallbearer
Productgroup: DVD
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A Marvelous Dark Comedy

The Pallbearer is an interesting story of a man (David Schwimmer) who is called out of the blue by the mother (Barbara Hershey) of a 'friend' from high school. There's one little problem. He didn't know the guy! Instead of telling the mother the truth, he lied and performed his duties with his best friends in the 'audience' laughing their butts off at him.
His little lie led to two relationships. One was with the dead guy's mom, who somehow is able to lure him into a kind of sickening sexual relationship that he can seem to manipulate his way out of. The other is with his high school crush (Gwenyth Paltrow) who was less than amused that he chose to lie to the dead guy's mom.
His lies end up getting twisted and he has to work out the problems they've caused.
This movie also stars: Michael Vartan and Michael Rappaport.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Matt Reeves
David Schwimmer
Gwyneth Paltrow

DVD title: Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai
Productgroup: DVD
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A fantastic movie

I heard about this movie from a friend, who rather emberrased admitted that this was one of is all time favourites. It's a kind of hiphop-movie (not the "BLING BLING!! WIT DA BOOTY AND DA $$$"-kind. I mean the serious, more intelligent hiphop), and my friend was quite the opposite of a hiphop fan, but still he saw the brilliance in it. Some "Josh Leman" wrote a review here giving it 1 star, and from what he wrote it is obvious that some people just don't get it. If you are one of the people who actually have some sense of appreciation for life philosophy however, disregard whatever slaughters you read of this movie completely. It is not only a brilliantly made movie with regards to the emotions it brings out (I am a macho kind of taekwondo-instructor that hadn't cried to a movie since I was below ten, but I found myself weeping and hurting at the end of it), it also gives you profound perspectives of an ancient japanese philosophy you are probably not familiar with, and you are left with the option to sympathise with or pity the main character at the end. You will have this movie in the back of your head for weeks, maybe the rest of your life. If you have an open, functioning mind, this is a masterpiece.

Studio: Republic Studios
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Forest Whitaker
Henry Silva

DVD title: That '70s Show - Season Two
Productgroup: DVD
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The best show ever.

I am a person who doesn't watch alot of TV anymore, to many commercials. but the day i first saw this show i was hooked. i am a 1960's-1980's freak. every thing from those times fasonates me, nothing from now interestes me. the commercials did get annoying, so when the first season came out, i was so happy, i told my friends and they were like you are so weird. when i found out that season 2 was coming out, i shook the house. i preordered it on January 25th, like with the first one which i preordered on august 28th. i can't wait to have all 7 seasons in my DVD collection.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Ashton Kutcher

DVD title: Peter Pan (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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love it

'Peter Pan' is one of those classic books, like 'Alice in Wonderland', that everyone knows and almost no one has read. Those familiar with Barrie's Peter Pan have bemoaned the lack of a cinematic adaptation of the original tale that didn't hide, alter or reject many of the story's deeper and darker allusions of childhood. The execrable 'Hook' and Disney's overly-sanitised version of Barrie's classic only borrowed the characters and climactic plot-points. P.J. Hogan has adapted the story to film for the first time without apology; at last we are exposed to the real Peter Pan with all its wickedness and violence and sadness. This is a beautiful film, made with great love for its subject, and the slight alterations to the script are minimal and not at all out of accord with J.M. Barrie's intent.
Don't be surprised if much of the film startles: 'Peter Pan' was not just about a boy who never grew up, it was about the need for maturity, the benefits of growing up and the subsequent regret that comes with the loss of innocence. The blossoming sexuality of Wendy is in the original story, even more overtly than in the film. She is the real center of the story; a heroine as adventurous as Peter, but the one who goes through the true catharsis of adolescence. Peter is a boy who can never reveal his deep loneliness, and it was not by accident that Barrie chose a boy as his title's hero. Peter is not a boy who can't grow up: he is a boy who refuses to grow up, and unlike Wendy who is able to stand more firmly on her own feet, he is doomed to a life of solitude and lovelessness.
These are Lost Boys who kill pirates, girls who kiss boys, boys who are sometimes brats and sometimes heroes. Barrie often commented that what he admired most in children was not their precociousness, but their sense of anarchy. Children are selfish, self-centered and often cruel; it's only when they grow up do they understand their roles in a bigger world, and break out of that selfishness into someone capable of compassion.
The film is just wonderful, a great script, BEAUTIFUL performances from all the children and adults, spectacular special effects and a great night out. Don't hide your kids from it; they'll be much better for it.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: P.J. Hogan
Jason Isaacs
Jeremy Sumpter
Lynn Redgrave
Olivia Williams

DVD title: House Calls
Productgroup: DVD
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It made me roar

Walter Matthau was in a spate of comedies, spoofs, farces, and romantic comedies, and this might be the best of the bunch. Art Carney plays a fuddy-duddy Medical Director, with Matthau as an experienced doctor who sees himself as a romantic, Glenda Jackson as his love interest and nemesis, and Richard Benjamin as the young doctor/straight man of the team. Is it silly? Yes. Is it meaningful? No. Is it funny? Absolutely!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Howard Zieff
Walter Matthau
Glenda Jackson
Art Carney
Richard Benjamin

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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All Hail the King

I just read the review of the fellow who said he just realized that this is all one movie... Absolutely right. Truly the greatest novel and the greatest movie of all time.
Yeah. I'm a fantasy geek. Get over it.
My wife truly loved Return of the King after just sort of liking the first two movies. She cried a few times. Hell, how could you not?
If you don't like fantasy or epics you will not like this movie. Then again, I don't go and see sappy romances because I know I will not enjoy them. But if you have an open mind and want to be entertained, this is certainly a great movie even beyond my prejudices in its favor.
Now I'm waiting for them to go back and do the Hobbit...

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood

DVD title: The 3 Worlds of Gulliver
Productgroup: DVD
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The guy from New York is an idiot...

...The 3 Worlds of Gulliver was shot in 1:37 format, whichis almost exactly 4:3 ratio (see the IMDB), so there never wasa "widescreen" version of this film. In 1960, very few filmswere shot in widescreen 2:35 or 1:85. People should educatethemselves about film, instead of spreading their ignoranceon the Internet.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Jack Sher
Kerwin Mathews
Jo Morrow
June Thorburn

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