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DVD title: Indochine
Productgroup: DVD
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Fabulous Film!

In 1930s Indochina, a woman manages her rubber plantation but loses her French lover, a naval officer, to her adopted Indochinese daughter. The story is memorable. The lush scenery is spectacular. The acting is outstanding. And history comes alive in this great movie. Sincerely, Diana J. Dell, author, "A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories."

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: RĂ©gis Wargnier
Catherine Deneuve

DVD title: Nadia, Secret of Blue Water - The Adventure Begins (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Wonderous Beginning to an Adventure Series

Just enjoy. Nadia is a great, rollicking adventure series that will keep you watching; it's one of the most fun and compelling anime series I've seen. It has a romance between two likeable characters, a motivated supporting cast, Jules Verne-inspired 19th century tech, and enough comic relief to remind you it's aimed at kids. Jean, an invention-minded orphan, and Nadia, an orphan sold to the circus as a girl, meet in Paris in 1889. The bad guys are after her family keepsake jewel, Jean helps thwart them, and the adventure is off and running.
Nadia is a highlight of late-80s anime. Like most Japanese-origin animation, it has mild sexual situations, and plenty of gag humor; it also has great mechanical designs, and clean, 80s-style characters. Sit back and leave the analysis machine off for these early episodes.
When you want to turn analysis back on, there are some pretty interesting comparisons. This series came out in 1990; Hiyao Miyazaki's classic movie Laputa: Castle in the Sky came out in 1986. There are just too many similarities to ignore, including the boy's personality and the not-so-criminal gang. Lots of anime boards have filled with complaints over the borrowings from Nadia in Disney's Atlantis; the complainers should remember how much this series took from Laputa, and all of them took from Jules Verne directly. It's also interesting to speculate whether the namesake gymnist character was named after Nadia Comenici, the Russian gymnist from the Montreal Olympics. And of course it's completely impossible to tell Captain Nemo from the Macross' Captain Gloval! (why design a new captain character when there's such a good design close to hand? ;-)
Gainax's more recent Evangelion is a much more significant achievement as a series. It takes many of the same biblical references as Nadia (the characters are surprisingly judeo-christian in both) and works them for a deeper and more disturbing story. Happily, I hear (haven't seen the end yet) that Nadia actually has a cogent ending; something Gainax didn't achieve with Evangelion.
If you've seen the shorthand version of this series put out by Streamline pictures as 8 episodes, I can particularly recommend coming back to watch the real deal. The storyline in this version of the series has been an unexpected joy to watch unfold.
The DVD treatment from AD Vision is competent but not outstanding. Language choices are well-handled (subtitles for me; I haven't tried the dubbed track yet). Previews are mostly of their other series, the first three volumes haven't included any worthwhile extras.
I haven't watched all the way through the series to see how it ends yet, but I'm enjoying it tremendously. I look forward to seeing the rest of it, and if you start watching this tremendously likeable series I bet you'll want to as well.

Studio: A.D. Vision

DVD title: Cradle 2 the Grave (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best American Jet Li film ever!!!

This is the best movie that Jet Li has been that was written/created in the US. It is more entertaining than "The One" with a less farfetched plot, and with DMX and Tom Arnold the movie is very entertaining. I recommend it to anyone who likes action movies. ie Guys. This movie rocked, best action movie out right now. Definately a good buy, even for $...

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Jet Li
Mark Dacascos

DVD title: Theater of Blood
Productgroup: DVD
Theater of Blood - movie DVD cover picture
It's fun to watch ham play a ham

Distraught over not winning the Actor of the year award, Richard Lionhart (Vincent Price) takes gruesome revenge on the theater critics who gave the award to someone else. With tongue placed firmly in cheek, this film zips along at a fast pace with a shocking yet well staged murder taking place every few minutes. Lionhart is a genius at planning the murders and its fun to see how he gets away with them. All of the murders adhere (or try to) scenes from Shakspears plays. My favorite is the one where the queen had to eat her children baked in a pie. It is sick, sick, sick but fun watching Lionhart kill one of the critics using this method. Price gets to ham it up and chew scenery every time he is on screen which is a delight to watch.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Douglas Hickox
Vincent Price
Diana Rigg

DVD title: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Special Platinum Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Snow White receives the DVD treatment she deserves.

This is probably one of Disney's greatest movies, and today's Disney company released it again and a majestic way, this time it was brought back to the small screen as part of the new Platinum Edition line. Disney really did a great job on this release, now if they would just give The Rescuers a DVD like this...Anyway, about the film itself, I always loved it, even if it did scare me a little when I was a kid. Snow White is the best of Disney's princess line, and the villain, The Evil Queen is a very sinister character, but she goes even better when she turnes herself into a horrendous witch. The dwarfs add a lot of humor to the film, but the prince barely said anything besides singing, I think there shuld have been a little dialog between the prince and Snow White. The animation is awesome and the music was great also.It was really worth the money to buy this DVD, I was really satisfied.

Studio: Disney Studios
Lucille La Verne
Harry Stockwell
Adriana Caselotti

DVD title: Cellular (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Unlike some people, I watch movies for entertainment. I do not require that movies be entirely factual or realistic. I enjoyed Cellular very much. It had a lot of action, failed attempts to beat the bad guys, and excitement. I did not find it to be a Cell Phone ad, but an interesting movie, with good acting. It was fast paced and held my attention the entire time. What more do you need from a movie. It is good entertainment and that is what I wanted from this movie. I did not find Phone Booth nearly as good, but that's what makes the world go round.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: David R. Ellis
Kim Basinger

DVD title: U2 - Rattle and Hum
Productgroup: DVD
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My advice is unless you cannot avoid it, order through not I have made various orders through both shops. is ALWAYS much faster to ship the product that I find it quite annoying that there is no way for me to send an email and complain. This is the best I can do.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Phil Joanou
The Edge
Adam Clayton
Larry Mullen Jr.
B.B. King

DVD title: Boat Trip (Unrated Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely hilarious

'Boat Trip' is the ultimate gay film for straight people. It's a wonderfully witty and irresistable comedy about two straight men (Cuba Gooding Jr. and Horatio Sanz) who take a Caribbean cruise, hoping to get lucky, only to discover that they were accidentally booked on an all-gay cruise instead. When Jerry (Gooding Jr.) falls for the dance instructor on the cruise, he must put on a charade and pretend to be gay. Nick (Sanz), on the other hand, falls in love with a Swedish model when her suntanning team is rescued and brought aboard the ship.
Being gay, the first question on my mind about 'Boat Trip' was: Will the movie be offensive? The basic plot alone is like nitro glycerin for the easily offended, but, while `Boat Trip' doesn't travel lightly on its subject, it does move carefully. The film is a silly exercise in hetero panic, and is not, for one frame of film, mean-spirited in any shape or form. The film wants to be funny, not hateful, and understands that trafficking in stereotypes can be dangerous business, so it picks its targets cautiously. Some obvious stereotypes aside, soon enough it is clearly established that the most sensible characters in the entire film are the homosexual ones, thus negating any call to arms against the film.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is charming, and Horatio Sanz is hilarious. Roselyn Sanchez is wonderful as the dance instructor, and Vivica A. Fox is a nice addition as Jerry's ex-girlfriend, who has come on the cruise to win him back. Lin Shaye is HILARIOUS as the overprotective couch of the suntanning team, and former playmate Victoria Silvstedt is perfect as Nick's Swedish love interest. Roger Moore and Richard Roundtree are a surprise addition to the superb cast.
This is definitely not a critic's film. While the critics seem to hate this movie, the audience was laughing out loud and most of them seemed to be pleased by film's end. If anything, 'Boat Trip' is good for a few laughs on a boring Saturday night. It's a crowd-pleasing film, and a pure pleasure to watch. I absolutely adored it. Marvelous!!!!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Mort Nathan
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Horatio Sanz
Roselyn Sanchez

DVD title: Mean Girls (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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hilarious and far too true

Cady has been homeschooled by her missionary parents while living in Africa for 16 years (they never say which country) when they return to the United States. Now she must navigate through a whole new jungle -- the American high school.
Cady is a "regulation hottie", as she is informed by her new friends Janice, a Goth chick with a biting sense of humor, and Damian, a flamboyant, openly gay guy (and possibly the person most comfortable within his own skin in this school.) Thus the Plastics (the mean girls), headed by beautiful blonde Regina, will want to take her under their wing. Janice advises Cady to play along and leanr the Plastics' secrets so they can expose their true selves to the school.
Cady doesn't care about clothes and she is very smart, but even she is seduced into the glamourous ways of the mean girls. She starts dressing up and dumbing down, particularly to impress a boy she likes, who happens to be Regina's ex.
Regina is the Barbie doll Cady never had, and even though Cady hates her, she still wants Regina to like her. Therein lies the high school conundrum, WHY does everyone care so much about a mean nasty but beautiful girl and let her have her way all the time? As one dorky girl puts it "Regina once punched me in the mouth. It was AWESOME!"
The best scenes involve Damian and another peripheral character called "Kevin G" who fancies himself a ladies' man while being a "Mathlete". Screenwriter Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live fame is also great.
Lindsay Lohan is all right -- I can think of many other teen actresses who could have played her or the Plastics, but that's not really the point.
The point, and therefore the beauty of this movie, is that everyone knows exactly who and what a Plastic is, and will basically superimpose those people onto the Plastics, and themselves in Cady's place. It makes it all work while delivering great comedic value. Worth your time and money to see it twice!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Mark Waters (VIII)
Lindsay Lohan
Rachel McAdams
Jonathan Bennett

DVD title: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Productgroup: DVD
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Killer Klowns Kicks some @$$!

This is one of the most amusing sci-fi/horror movies I've ever seen! The effects are great for such a low budget and the Klowns have character! I have to say, this movie wouldn't be the same without John Vernon. He is perfect as the "bad cop". This one is fun to sit back with some buddies and chill with. Watch out for the popcorn though...Hey, has anybody seen a copy without the spanish subtitles?

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Stephen Chiodo

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