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DVD title: Noises Off...
Productgroup: DVD
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Micheal Caine and Carol Burnett shine!!! HILARIOUS!! I happened to stumble across this movie when it was on T.V one day, and i've been hooked ever since, the all star cast is amazing!! This movie really gives you the inside look on behind the scenes of stage work, and how easily it can be disrupted. This movie will have you glued to the screen!! Have you waiting for what funny mishaps will happen next!! The scenes are so entertaining, and funny, you'll die laughing. This is my FAVORITE movie ever. Funny how Micheal Caine enjoys his Gummie Bears too in this film!!! This is a definite MUST SEE!!! The only thing wrong is that it is not on DVD yet . I've been waiting awhile , but as soon at it does I will be first in line to add it to my collection!!!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Carol Burnett
Michael Caine

DVD title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This is going to be incredible!

This movie will be amazing. It may seem a little disjointed at times, but overall, it will please as many people as possible. And to "C. Lagonick-Weitzel" who wrote the first review: OF COURSE IT'LL BE DIFFERENT FROM THE BOOK. However, almost every change has Douglas Adams' blessing. Before his death, he worked with the writers and crew to make sure it was the story he wanted to tell. He even created an all-new never-before-seen character (John Malkovich) exclusively for the film! Additionally, every incarnation of HG2G (books, BBC radio, TV) has been different from other versions. Some are even contradictory. So expect changes, but keep an open mind: the essence of the story and silliness we all love will be preserved.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
Director: Garth Jennings
Warwick Davis
Mos Def
Zooey Deschanel
Martin Freeman (II)

DVD title: We Were Soldiers
Productgroup: DVD
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We Were There!

Speaking from my personal experience with the conflict in Vietnam from 1960 thru 1976, I can highly recommend the film "We Were Soldiers." No one film can tell all the stories of that war, however this one tells in a powerfully graphic story all about this battle. And it tells it pretty much like it was. Probably too graphic for most of the younger generation who do not remembmer seeing some to these scenes on the evening news during the 60's and 70's, but I feel it is a "must see" for that same and any following generations, especially in view of the current world situation involving the military.I was in a remote area of Vietnam as a civilian nurse with a civilian health organization, my husband was one of the first advisors to volunteer to go to Vietnam, and served two tours there, the last as an officer on General Westmoreland's staff, my father was in Saigon with AID from 1960 thru 1966 as an engineer advisor to the Vietnamese civilians building Tan Son Nuit Airport, so I feel I have some history with the country and the times. I remember the first American advisors who were wounded and killed, the first Marines who went down in helicopters and my first case of Napalm burns, they were on Vietnamese children. The scenes in this film " We Were Soldiers" were as realistic as they can be using special effects and special make-up. The sounds of battle, the helicopter flights, the terror the soldiers on both sides is accurate and necessary. I once rode a helicopter from Danang to our hospital with an Army Major who gave me his flack jacket to sit on, in those days, the V.C. would lie on their backs and shoot up at the choppers as they passed over them. Rounds would come up through the bottom of the choppers and those guys were more worried about that wound than any other. I also remember the first American woman killed in battle to be a famous war photographer, I attended her memorial service in Saigon. I feel honored to have known so many of the people whose paths I crossed in Vietnam and I know they would appreciate finally having a realistic film of one small part of that terrible war.I recommend seeing it if you are over 60 for one reason, and if you are under 60 for another.Those who cannot remember the horrors of war are doomed to repeat them in the coming generations. Hopefulycredible films like "We Were Soldiers" will help us to remember these lessons of war.God help our sons if we cannot learn from this war's mistakes.Barbara Boyd Moore

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Randall Wallace
Mel Gibson

DVD title: Meet the Parents
Productgroup: DVD
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Ben Stiller and Robert DeNirro are so funny

I love this movie I think Robert DeNirro and Ben Stiller are Hilarious. Theres a sequel to this movie coming out in 2004 called "Meet The Fokkers" Hopefully it will be just as funny as the first one.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jay Roach
Robert De Niro
Ben Stiller

DVD title: NYPD Blue - Season 1
Productgroup: DVD
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The Birth Of Blue!

NYPD Blue has been pegged as "TV's first R-Rated Series". Now you can see it from the very beginning. Daivd Caruso stars as Det. John Kelly. When Blue was first created, it was supposed to be based around John Kelly--but Caruso decided to get a big head and leave after season 1. Afterwards the show became more Sipowitz. I only included that in my review to let you NYPD Blue Late Bloomers know not to expect Dennis Franz in a leading role like he is on today's episodes. NYPD Blue really is a true piece of work. True to life cop and crime drama! I bought this boxed set the day it came out and instantly relived memories of the first season--when I was 10 years old. Wow it surely has been a long time!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Dennis Franz

DVD title: Renegade (aka Blueberry)
Productgroup: DVD
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Anyone who gives this movie less than 5 stars doesn't get it

This is not a Western. It's not about the details of the story either.
It's about the beautiful, mind-blowing experience that the plant spirit
Ayahuasca does to us, helps us deal with our worst demons, fears and anger.
The visuals and effects are impressive, magnificent, and mind-blowing.
A spectacular movie if it's that what you're curious about...

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Jan Kounen
Vincent Cassel
Juliette Lewis
Michael Madsen

DVD title: Deceived
Productgroup: DVD
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Dramatic turn for Goldie Hawn in Hitchcock inspired thriller

Having started her highly successful career as the bubbly blonde with the big smile and specialising in comedies Goldie Hawn took a dramatic turn when she tackled the leading role in the chilling thriller "Deceived". Inspired by the type of films normally associated with Alfred Hitchcock, this film is a terrific vechicle for Goldie's dramatic talents and really shows her great diversity as an actress which is often quite underestimated.
Not a huge success upon its release "Deceived" nevertheless is a taut and attention grabbing little thriller that succeeds throughout its entire length in keeping you on the edge of your seat and really keeps you guessing right up to its terrifying conclusion. Indeed the film's finale is so full on, exciting and indeed scary, that it can be a quite exhausting experience watching it. However for lovers of a good thriller this well made film is I think an undiscovered gem that will really hold your attention and will stay in your mind.
Goldie Hawn plays Adrienne Saunders a highly succesful career woman who has a great job, beautiful apartment, and a lovely daughter and who thinks her life is complete when she meets by chance a handsome and successful stranger Jack Saunders (played by terrific actor John Heard in a chilling performance) when a blind date doesn't show. She falls instantly in love and they marry and their life together appears to be a perfect one until strange revelations and occurences start happening that make Adrienne suspicious and begin to question who she has actually married. Through the course of the story Adrienne finds that her husband is living under an assumed name and that when he is supposedly killed in a car accident it is revealed that he is actually alive and has another family that she knows nothing about. As the true story of her husbands real identity begins to reveal itself Adrienne begins to fear for her life as Jack is also revealed as a murderer of both some hitchhikers to cover his tracks,and one of his collegues in the Egyptian section of the Metropolitan Museum where he has stolen an extremely valuable Ancient Egyptian piece of jewellery, hidden it in Adrienne's apartment and is now intent upon trying to get it back. The scenes of Jack first stalking and then pursuing his wife as she begins to find out the truth of his real identity are quite harrowing with alot of Hitchcockian elements inserted to add to the tension and shock value. Goldie Hawn is excellent in portraying firstly a disbelieving woman who goes through all the trauma of realising that she has been totally deceived about the life she was leading and the man she thought she was married too. John Heard is right on and very scary in the role of Jack who has led a double life for years and is not what he first appears to be. His acting in the exciting finale is excellent and he projects the right elements of menace and madness which is ideal for the role. He works very well with Goldie and the conclusion of the film is a real shocker, containing I believe one of the best finales of any thriller of recent years. I wont reveal here what it is for the benefit of those who haven't seen this film yet but it is truly frightening and well staged.
"Deceived" is not one of Goldie Hawn's best known films and being one of her rare excursions into the dramatic thriller genre for which she is not commonly associated , was largely passed over during the time of its theatrical release. It however is a wonderfully surprising film with lots of twists and turns in the plot, interesting characters, and a terrific finale. I strongly recommend the little known "Deceived" to you not only for its great acting by Goldie Hawn, but also as an exciting thriller guaranteed to keep your interest.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Damian Harris
Goldie Hawn
John Heard

DVD title: Bride of Chucky
Productgroup: DVD
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The BEST movie I've seen in a long time!!!!

"Bride of Chucky", what can I say? One of the most original, self aware black comedies of the 90's. A troup of well rounded, well acted vibrant characters, top notch direction from Ronny Yu and clever screenwriting from Don Mancini make this movie a vivacious little gem of the horror/comedy genre and the best of the "Childs Play" series. The fact that the movie manages to be both scary and funny when it matters makes it a unique experience in it's own right and when you've got Brad Dourif coupled with Jennifer Tilly it redefines the meaning of chemistry. This has to be the best maniacal onscreen romance since Bonnie and Clyde graced our screens way back yonder! The murder set pieces are creative and cinematic yet this doesn't take itself too seriously and knows exactly when to wink at the audience. The DVD transfer is beautifully crisp and clean of all artifacts, actually this is one of the best non THX transfers I've witnessed and the AC3 soundtrack nukes throughout the movie. As a bonus you have commentaries by Director Ronny Yu, actors Jennifer Tilly and Brad Dourif as well as screenwriter and Chucky creator Don Mancini. There's a fun behind the scenes featurette, a theatrical trailer for the movie and another uncredited theatrical trailer for "Childs Play 2" hidden is Brad Dourifs Biography. Mix this with Jennifer Tilly's hilarious on set Diary and you have one of the best, highly recommended DVD releases so far.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ronny Yu
Jennifer Tilly
Brad Dourif

DVD title: The Inspectors
Productgroup: DVD
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Finally! Postal Inspectors get noticed!

I am a Postal Inspector wannabe and was excited when this movie came out. To say the least, I was not disappointed. Both Silverman and Gossett do a great job. The USPIS doesn't get much publicity but they do here in a true-to-life story.

Studio: Showtime Entertainment 2
Director: Brad Turner

DVD title: Field of Dreams (Widescreen Two-Disc Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The perfect movie about baseball, America, & family...

Receiving a 1990 Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, Field of Dreams is as close to perfect as a movie can be (character "Shoeless" Joe Jackson's right-handed batting stance is about the only flaw that can be found). Director Phil Alden Robinson turns in a Frank Capra-esque performance with his brilliant adaptation of W.P. Kinsella's book Shoeless Joe. A rare, family-friendly movie that will captivate and inspire adults both young and old, Field of Dreams is a must-see film for any lover of life.

The story begins with a narration by Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) of his life up this point - his father's love of baseball (especially "Shoeless" Joe Jackson), his estrangement from his father at a young age, the upheaval of the 1960s, and finally, Ray's love affair with his wife Annie (Amy Madigan). In their mid-thirties, the couple takes a bold step when they purchase an Iowa farm and settle down with their daughter Karin.

In the opening scene, one of the most famous movie lines in history is hoist upon the audience. While Ray tends to his cornfield, he hears a mysterious voice whisper, "If you build it, he will come..." Realizing that he is the only one who hears the voice, Ray struggles with the idea that he is going crazy. That is, until one night when he looks out his bedroom window and envisions a baseball field in his backyard. Believing that if he builds the baseball field, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) will come to play upon its surface, Ray acquires the blessing of his wife and sets out to make his dream a reality.

Plowing up his cornfield and building a full-size baseball diamond, the whole town thinks Ray has gone nuts. After an uneventful year passes by, Ray begins to believe them. He and Annie are struggling to keep themselves together financially when Karin points out that a man is standing on her daddy's baseball field. Ray turns on the lights and goes outside to greet him. The man he meets is "Shoeless" Joe. Immediately, Annie and Ray agree that they will keep the field at all costs. "Shoeless" Joe brings other ex-ballplayers out of the mysterious corn to practice and throw the ball around, when Ray hears the voice yet again... "Go the distance," it says.

Pondering the intent of this latest voice, Ray determines that he must go to Boston to meet with Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), an influent 1960's writer whose books are being considered for a ban by the local school board. Winning over the reclusive writer, Ray and Terence travel to Minnesota to find Archibald "Moonlight" Graham (Burt Lancaster) whose name they saw emblazoned in the scoreboard lights at Fenway. When a young Archie appears by the roadside to join them on their return trip to the corn-carved ball field, truly magical things begin to take place.

Karin's life is saved by a ghost thankful for his chance to live out his long lost dream, and the farm is saved from foreclosure when Ray's brother-in-law Mark finally realizes the true value of the baseball field and thousands of visitors are drawn to its magic from parts unknown. With an emotional surprise ending sure to touch most audience members, Field of Dreams is a film for the ages...

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Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Kevin Costner
Ray Liotta
James Earl Jones

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