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DVD title: Signing Time! Volume 6: My Favorite Things
Productgroup: DVD
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Volume 6 is awesome! I love learning the colors of the rainbow and fun foods that my daughter loves! This is been my sanity saver because my daughter doesn't have tantrums she isn't frustrated since she can communicate with me! I recommend this to everyone!

Studio: Two Little Hands Productions
Director: Doug Chamberlain

DVD title: Imitation of Life
Productgroup: DVD
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Film classic & Lana Turner, Hollywood's premier glamour girl

My five star rating is for the film itself, not the quality of the DVD transfer. This film is a true classic and though it has some script and scene flaws it still exemplifies the kind of film that Hollywood "used" to make so well: Strong believabe plot (single mother yearns for success in the theatre and will do just about anything to achieve it), Sudden romance that gets in the way of career goals, sub plot involving a black domestic with a daughter who has serious identity problems, sudden fame and fortune and ever degenerating family problems and finally realization that fame and fortune are empty achievements when family and love is sacrificed. This film closely parallels star Lana Turner's own private and public life, at the time, and was a better screenplay than IMITATION. That fact might be the main reason she was chosen for the role and the film scored so big at the boxoffice.
In addition to the glitzy cast, Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee and Robert Alda, relative newcomers Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner round out an impressive cast. This undoubtedly was Turner's biggest and most successful role, revitalizing a waning film career. The film, under Ross Hunter's direction, will show younger audiences what "real glamour" and "star power" is all about. Lana was the epitome of the "star", always carried herself like a queen and commanded the attention on the screen in every scene she was in (Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz note). The sets, wardrobe, jewels and makeup are sumptuous. The romantic interludes suggest rather than hit you in the face, graphically. The last thirty minutes of the film will leave the most hardened viewer emotionally drained. My family has seen it countless times, we enjoy it each time and are tear filled at the end. The lesson it conveys is timeless and the film exemplifies great movie making of a bygone era magnificently.
Dick Bobnick

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Douglas Sirk
Lana Turner
John Gavin

DVD title: The Good Girl
Productgroup: DVD
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the good girl is a portrait of modern day filmmaking at it's very best. of course it's weird and depressing take on justines life could use some comedy. other than being dark i thought it was an masterpiece.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Miguel Arteta
Jennifer Aniston
Jake Gyllenhaal

DVD title: Little Laureate's For the Love of Art
Productgroup: DVD
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A family favorite

I got this from my mother-in-law and have never been so happy with a video for small children. Instead of the mind-numbing, non-educational stuff you see on the other tapes, this video is well-done, highly engaging and has wonderful, stimulating content. Good television watching habits begin with you. What are you showing your baby? Even 5 minutes of this tape is a wonderful addition to your family's home educational plan. Art, classical music, movement, colors, shapes. For the Love of Art = perfection.

Studio: Consumer Vision, Inc.
Heather Maclean

DVD title: Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2
Productgroup: DVD
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One Freaky Movie

This film truely gave me the creeps. Unlike giving a bad case of motion sickness! I loved it and the cast. I believe they did a great job filming and acting this movie. The gothic girl, Kim, was my favorite. She was awesome, just like her movie!

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Joe Berlinger
Jeffrey Donovan
Erica Leerhsen
Stephen Barker Turner

DVD title: Tenchi the Movie - Tenchi Muyo In Love
Productgroup: DVD
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Anyone who doesn't like anime hasn't seen Tenchi

Tenchi Muyo is, without a doubt, the greatest anime ever spawned from the anime elite. I'd recommend seeing the television series first, but even those that havn't will love Tenchi's unique blend of comedy, drama, action and mystery. A must see for anyone who has a sense of humor, a taste for fun, and a penchant for sitting on the couch (not always a bad thing). Watch Tenchi and treat yourself to a good day.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Hiroshi Negishi

DVD title: Led Zeppelin
Productgroup: DVD
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what's the freaking point??

I mean, why even bother posting reviews for this? We all (and when I say "we all", I mean "we who have a clue") know it's one of the most satisfying musical purchases since...well, EVER. Everyone's got their own favorite segments (mine is the Earls Court footage...never get tired of the "In My Time Of Dying" and "Trampled Underfoot" one-two punch), but regardless, you can toss the remote control aside & watch it all the way through. The audio is mindblowing...if you didn't know any better, you'd have thought alot of it was recorded last WEEK, never mind 25+ years ago. Visually, it varies (of course, b/c the performances were pulled from various concerts & eras), but painstaking efforts were made to deliver a very impressive cleaned-up finished product. So chalk up another 5-star review from another proud owner. And if you don't already own this, what's the holdup??

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Jimmy Page
Dick Carruthers

DVD title: Shrek (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie for kids and adults

Shrek is a great movie overall. It has a cool plot and funny characters. It's basically a movie that parodies all the fairy tale [stuff] we read and watch in elementary school (like Cinderella, Snow White, the GingerBread man, the whole chivalrous thing with the princesses and knights).
But the unlikely hero of this movie is a green ogre named Shrek. He's a huge, scary monster who lives alone in his swamp, guarding it from any intruders. But in this land where the movie is set there are lots of other fairy tale creatures.
One strange animal is the Donkey, who knows how to talk. He's been rejected by his owner, and now he meets Shrek. What ensues is a hilarious and cute friendship that brings these two characters together to save the princess for the prince.
This movie looks great and is all computer animated. They did a beautiful job making the scenes. The dialogue is witty and interesting.This is definitely a watch-again movie.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy

DVD title: Forrest Gump
Productgroup: DVD
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A wonderful film about one person's life.

In the life of a Simple Man of Forrest Gump (Oscar-Winner:Tom Hanks). His life follows thought the years of the mid-fifties to the early eighties. Despite his low I.Q., no one seems to notice, how Forrest is actually an smart person.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Contact) is one of his best directed films, He did also win for Best Director. Tom Hanks win his Second Oscar for this role. The film also win an Oscar for the Great Visual Effects, Best Adapated Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Picture. It was Oscar Nominated for Best Supporting Actor:Gary Sinise, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound, Best Make-Up and Best Original Score by Alan Silvestri. One of the few early great films from the ninties. Forrest Gump has become a Instant Unforgettable Classic for the Early Nineties. Panavision. Grade:A.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright Penn
Gary Sinise
Sally Field

DVD title: Tales from the Gimli Hospital
Productgroup: DVD
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My favorite movie of all time

Poor Einar the Lonely (another of Guy Maddin's hapless heroes) has fallen a victim to the disfiguring pestilence that has been dropping from a great height onto the Canadian/Icelandic community of Gimli, Manitoba. He drags himself to the Gimli Hospital, a strange place where puppet shows are used in place of anaesthetic and the 13-year-old nurses ignore Einar in favor of Gunnar. Gunnar is the occupant of the bed next to Einar's; Einar's initial jealousy turns to friendship... but as the two men begin to exchange confidences, a secret comes out that makes them deadly enemies.
Although the story is set in "a Gimli we no longer know", there really is such a place as Gimli, and there is a real Gimli Hospital. The Gimli of the film seems to exist in a time warp in which it is always 2 A.M., 1930; there is a late-night atmosphere over everything, and even the sun seems to give off an artificial light. The production values and the overall look of the film recall the early days of sound films ("White Zombie", "Vampyr", etc.). Maddin has taken great pains to recreate the technical limitations of those old movies, right down to the scratch and hum on the soundtrack.
Imagine either SCTV doing a parody of Ingmar Bergman or Ingmar Bergman doing a segment for SCTV-- in fact, in certain shots Kyle McCulloch (Einar) and Michael Gottli (Gunnar) resemble Joe Flaherty and John Candy. There's a great deal of deadpan silliness to this film, but you can't help but like the characters (Gunnar is hapless too); there's no directoral irony that invites us to look down on the cast. This is a film that walks a fine line between honest emotion and kitsch.
In that vein, one of the extra features provided with the DVD is the short film "The Dead Father", which has its comedic moments but is ultimately touching and will resonate with those who have lost a family member only to have him or her show up in their dreams. It's a serious film with funny overtones; sort of the flip side of "Tales of the Gimli Hospital". The last ten minutes are especially poignant.
Maddin provides a rollicking, often digressive commentary; it may not tell you everything you want to know, but it's a lot of fun to listen to.

Studio: Kino Video
Director: Guy Maddin

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