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DVD title: Snowball Express
Productgroup: DVD
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Family Fun at its Finest!

I have such fond memories of watching this movie with my parents and my sister. We watched this movie every time we went on a skiing vacation or whenever we needed a good laugh. I am disappointed that the film is not released at this time. I hope that Disney will release it again soon so that I can share this film with my family again and, eventually, with my own children!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Norman Tokar
Dean Jones
Nancy Olson

DVD title: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Productgroup: DVD
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Welcome to The Chocolate Factory, 1 man's total environment

The iconoclast has created his own kingdom according to his precise design, at the same time providing a wonderful world of reality / fantasy crossover for children of all ages.
This movie is indeed Satanic, & let Me explain why. Each participant harbors rather rotten personality traits, either insensitivity towards others, Letharginator neurosis, obnoxiousness, excessive gluttony, &/or disobedience. Total self-uncontrol. And the parents were spineless. Basically, they are all brats ----- except for one. The chosen one. He who demostrates deportment & consideration.
I Am reminded of Dr. LaVey's sign on the bookshelf in the purple parlour, "Do not remove books from shelves. Anyone caught removing books from shelves, will have their hands amputated." This is in fact, the exremely simular way in which Mr. Wonka operates his factory. Unfortunately for them, they did not bother to really read the disclaimer at the beginning of the tour. The question is, would it have mattered anyway?
For about the first 45 minutes or so, we become acquainted with the characters' predispositions towards the afore-mentioned traits.
There's Varuca Salt, an unsufferable brat devoid of manners. There's a TV-loving cowboy kid whose entire existence seems to be centered around the boob-tube. There's a gum-chewing girl who does not listen to advice when given, & then there's a German boy who can't get enough food ---- whatever it is. In every case, they exhibit irresponsible & just annoying tendencies that need to be abated. Every one of these, after being tested, meets with an appropriate & poetic fate, all commandeered by the resident God, Willy Wonka.
The infamous "Golden Ticket," the instrument of their greed, brought them to The Chocolate Factory, but this is natural, for what candy-loving child can resist a trek into the wonderful world of Wonka?
Indeed, all of the events leading up to the gates seemed planned.
Within the hallowed walls of that chocomantium, there are total environments at every turn, each with their respective rides & attractions. Mr. Wonka makes a wonderful host; animated & witty. We get to see the "Umpa-Loompahs" from "Umpahland", & become familiar with their lore ----- it seems that kind Mr. Wonka took them in because they were being preyed upon by "Pernicious Knids", & other marvellous creatures from Umpahland. The Umpahloompahs provide moralistically compelling questions to the viewer with delightful little dances & songs.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is a semi-musical & comical production, providing interesting insights & alternative techniques of moral instruction.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Mel Stuart
Gene Wilder

DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - Babidi - Rivals
Productgroup: DVD
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Another Sweet DVD Of Dragonball Z

These three episodes are some of the best eps in the history of dragonball. We see why vegeta hates goku so much, and after he explanes his pain you're not sure who to root for. Babidi's insanity and the terror on The S-kai's face as majin buu comes out is great! buy the uncut version for a funny urination scean, {watch this, I can write my name!.}
p.s. the really cool music plays in the last episode.

Studio: Goldhil Home Media 2
Director: Daisuke Nishio

DVD title: Labyrinth
Productgroup: DVD
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Music and story are excellent for children of all ages.

This movie has an excellent moral for children. The characters form friendships and solve problems together. A super movie that should be in every family's collection. I hope it will be re-released in video sometime in the future.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Henson
David Bowie
Jennifer Connelly

DVD title: Married with Children - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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I love "Married ...with children"!

I have never seen Married.. with children until I catched an episode in syndicating in the mid-90s, and let me tell you I was hooked since that moment, the Bundy feels so familiar and funny and each joke made me laugh like crazy.

Season 1 stared in 1987 as a season-replacement show, with 13 episode, in a network which at that time was kinda of new and maybe this aspect let the show creaters use a lot of jokes and situations that were ricky at the time.

During this season each caracther is trying to find her/his rythm, so it seems slow at times but anyway you find very funny and riske.

If you are new to this show (where have you been!!) this is an excellent way to taste the show, since I am not very into details I really liked that the 13 episodes are in olny two discs so I do not to change discs every 6 episodes, just put one on an enjoy 9 shows in a row!! Great.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Ed O'Neill
Christina Applegate

DVD title: The Wiggles - Live Hot Potatoes
Productgroup: DVD
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The Wiggles have done it again, they made Live Hot Potatoes a huge sucess. Each different song was so wonderful I, had to keep on singing along and not stop until-it was finished.

It was fun to see Captain Feathersword fly like an eagle while the Wiggles were performing "Eagle Rock". I also liked "Hoop-Dee-Doo", "I Wave My Arms and Swing my Baton", and "Play Your Guitar with Murray".

Live Hot Potatoes is A BIG WIGGLY CONCERT MOVIE!!.

Studio: Hit Entertainment, P

DVD title: Femme Fatale
Productgroup: DVD
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Truly erotic and truly thrilling

I thnk Brian DePalma invented the erotic thriller.I don't mean the lamers that substitute blood for thrills and flashes of skin for eroticism. This film defines the genre.DePalme weaves and intricate and initially confusing and incredible plot line then sprinkles hints and giveaways throughout the movie that leads to a wonderful surprise that will have you wondering why you did not guess it.I love DePalmas blend of imagery, score and dialog, as another reviewer mentions, the score alone rates this film at 5 stars.The story is mesmerizing and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos does a remarkable job in the dual role of Lilli/Laure.When you get to the end you will want to watch it again immediately and if anything it is more enjoyable the second time around - can't say that about many mystery thrillers.
Buy this movie and enjoy.
I would buy the soundtrack CD in a heartbeat.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Brian De Palma
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Antonio Banderas
Peter Coyote

DVD title: Welcome to Sarajevo
Productgroup: DVD
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Welcome to "Hell" created by serbs

Being a war journalist in a war where civilians,soldiers,police,criminals are against humanity is a living nightmare. This movie explains it all.A British war reporter comes across a war orphanage and then one Bosnian child steals his attention and he gets too emotionally involved with her as much as he is with the absurds of the war serb started and still controlled it. He does the best he can to transfer her to England to his own home - even if it means that he has to adopt her.
Highly Recommended

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stephen Dillane
Woody Harrelson
Marisa Tomei

DVD title: A Clockwork Orange
Productgroup: DVD
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"...he ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice"

A Clockwork Orange is among Stanley Kubrick's most analyzed films. In a way, it is a sort of political Rorschach test. An essay in a major newspaper contemporaneous with its release proclaimed that Liberals should be outraged with the film and make a point of staying away from it. Other reviews claim to find evidence that it clearly slams right-wing Conservatives. So which side is correct?
After many, many viewings, I would say both. Stanley Kubrick, although he seemed basically left of center (as are most artists), was, above all, intellectually honest. He seemed to understand that extremes in political thought, regardless of ideology, end up taking us to the same, unpleasant territory - one where freedom evaporates and a ruling elite controls everything.
In the film, a young street punk named Alex (Malcom McDowell) and his "droogs" (friends) systematically victimize a number of people in graphically horrible ways. He is caught, sent to prison, and "reformed" with a horrific (and plausible) bit of operant conditioning (known as the Ludovico Treatment) that makes him physically sick at even the thought of committing a violent act - even in self-defense. This, of course, opens an opportunity for those he victimized to get their revenge in the third act, without fear of reprisal by the "reformed" Alex.
Conservatives who like the film claim that the Minister of the Interior who champions the Ludovico Treatment must be a flaming Liberal, trying to "turn the bad into good" by "converting" Alex into a model citizen. He is clearly opposed by more Right-wing "establishment" types - the prison Chaplain, and the prison Governor. Yet - if this is so, then Mr. Alexander (who exacts near-fatal revenge on Alex while furthering his own political causes) would have to be a conservative, too, and clearly, he is not.
Liberals who claim the film as their own point to the Fascistic undercurrents of the Very New Broom - the just-elected government that hires young hoodlums into the police force, practices brainwashing, and then tries to cover it all up by manipulating the press.
In truth, Kubrick was very careful not to indicate very clearly what side was being skewered by his satirical rapier at any given time. Both Left and Right have periodically taken up "reform" or "law and order" or "personal liberty" as causes. What I take from the film is that brainless adherence to any particular ideology is foolish at best, no matter how well intentioned.
The key to understanding A Clockwork Orange is a speech given by an unlikely character, the prison Chaplain. He is, until this scene in the film, portrayed as a bit of a buffoon, and not someone we should take seriously. He becomes the moral voice of the story, saying, simply, that when a person can no longer choose between right and wrong, he or she ceases to be a person in any meaningful sense of the word. Robbing someone of moral choice is a grave sin - at least as bad for society to commit against the criminal as whatever sins the criminal may have committed against society.
Really, people who call themselves Liberals OR Conservatives could find reason to be offended by A Clockwork Orange. People who try to think for themselves, regardless of their political leanings, will find something of value in it.
The new digital video transfer and remastered Dolby 5.1 audio are welcome improvements over previous video releases. The film may never have looked or sounded better. There are, however, no extras on the disc, save a theatrical trailer and the expected alternate languages and subtitles.
In all, it is a perfect companion to Anthony Burgess? novel ? itself a brilliant piece of political and social satire.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Malcolm McDowell
Patrick Magee

DVD title: La Bella y la Bestia (Beauty and the Beast - Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A 5 star film on a 5 star dvd

Wow! Being a huge dvd freak, for a while I refused to watch tapes. Except one...this. I wore out two copies (the second one, since it's oop, we had to buy on eBay for over 20). Then the dvd came out. One the first day, I bought it. This is one of those dvd's that took a long time, but was well worth it. You get not only the theatrical version, which pays for itself, the new IMAX version with commentary and an extra deleted music sequence ("Human Again" It was okay, but I see whay it was cut; if you want to see why it was cut for pacing reasons, go to disc 2), but a third version called a "Work in progress edition" that combines the original pencil sketches, animation layouts, storyboards, computer demonstrations, and the final product to create an amazing filmmaking experience. This was first shown in New York in 1992 in front of critics who gave it a standing ovation. Before the film, the director gives a brief video commentary describing it. I'm amazed by the restoration job done on the normal film; colors are very superflous and vibrant. The film was restored, remastered (video and sound), and remixed in 5.1 for sound. Plus, it was given a super high definition transfer. Now you have dvd quality with surround sound and three different versions of the film, all with there own unique style with commentary, artwork on the disc, and brilliant animated windows for mere pennies, or even cheaper than the vhs. If you want to buy this and you have a dvd player, I strongly urge you to by the dvd. If you only have a vcr, the vhs looks much better than the older version, and has some features to make it worth your while. Getting back to the dvd, there are also (on disc 2) trailers, The Story Sehind the Story, a Character Profile Game, "Disney's Enchanted Environments," The Broadway Musical (portions only, of course), Disney's Animation Magic, Chip's Musical Challenge Game, the Beauty and the Beast Music Video by Jump 5, a Break the Spell Adventure Game (pretty neat), short documentaries on the story, the art, the characters, and the music (I recommend these), penicil version: transformation, animation tests (very cool), setting the stage, camera move test (really neat), a layout and background gallery, "tricks of the trade," and a segment of trailers, re-release trailers, tv spots, poster and ad designs, and release and reaction (this is another good feature), and last, but certainly not least, widescreen! Buy this now before Disney discontinues this on January 31, 2003. Don't worry, if you but this version, you'll never need another one. Thank you for taking the time to read my review and feel free to leave me a helpful/not helpful feedback. God Bless America!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Robby Benson
Paige O'Hara

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