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DVD title: Trainspotting
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastic


The definitive edition of an amazing film. An incredible view inside the twisted destructive lives of junkies.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Danny Boyle
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Ewen Bremner
Jonny Lee Miller
Kevin McKidd
Robert Carlyle




DVD title: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Productgroup: DVD
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Characters make it charming


Gilbert is caring and giving. unfortunely his family doesn't agree. Great acting by the whole cast. Depp is a star !

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Lasse Hallström
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Leonardo DiCaprio




DVD title: Desperado/El Mariachi
Productgroup: DVD
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Desparado


This movie was GREAT! In my opinion one of the best action movies of all time.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Actors:
Antonio Banderas
Salma Hayek




DVD title: The Third Man (50th Anniversary Edition) - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Finally A Classic As It Was Meant To Be Seen


Carol Reed's classic of intrigue and black marketeering in post World War II Vienna needs no rehash from me in praise of a fine cast of actors, great script and masterful production. What the viewer needs to know is what they are getting here.
Most people who know "The Third Man" know it from bad prints on tv, bargin basement vhs tapes made from deteriorated prints or the same on DVD. What Criterion gives here is a minor miracle. After seeing "The Third Man" for 30 years I have, thanks to Criterion, seen it for the first time. The print is beautiful and the soundtrack cleaned up. Most of the film takes place in night time Vienna. Many thought that's why the previous home videos or tv prints lacked detail. Not so and detail you will see here as Criterion has restored the picture to its prime condition.Like myself I think you will really feel like you are seeing the film for the first time. Among the added features is a short documentary on the Vienna Sewer Police whose work provided Graham Greene with much of the inspiration for his story. Criterion's price may be high but you really get what you pay for. Go for a $6.95 version and you really won't be getting "The Third Man".

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Carol Reed
Actors:
Joseph Cotten
Orson Welles




DVD title: Double Indemnity
Productgroup: DVD
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A 4 Way Classic!


It seems safe to offer the opinion that "Double Indemnity" is a 4-Way Classic! The 4 categories would be noir movies, those directed by Billy Wilder, films that unfold in flashback and pictures shot in beautiful black and white. Granted that DI might not represent the cream of each of those species, but it is highly representative of the best they can put on the silver screen. DI opens with Fred MacMurray, obviously in need of medical attention, making a confession into an office Dictaphone. DI flashes back from there. Even though the viewer senses that MacMurray is deep in trouble, the suspense actually builds! How did he get himself in such a fix?? It quickly develops that he is an insurance salesman caught in a scam of his own making. His partner in crime has to be female. (This is noir!). Barbara Stanwyck, - an unfaithful wife and wicked stepmother -plays that dual role to the hilt. This reviewer does not agree with my amazon friends who feel she is sexy! Any man should run from this evil woman! She has TROUBLE stamped all over her! Under the guise of renewing her husband's car insurance, Macmurray sells the spouse a life insurance policy with Stanwyck as the beneficiary. The two then plot his death! One weak point to DI is that Macmurray immediately pins the wife as a con artist yet still agrees to the scheme. They set up the poor guy's demise as a fall from the rear observation platform of a moving passenger train. (It was probably the Southern Pacific's old "Coast Starlight" when trains actually had observation platforms. That old SP drumhead is a wonderful touch!).This reviewer won't divulge the details of that crucial event but the manner of staged death is very sloppy indeed! That is a second and critical weak point! Any self -respecting insurance company would pounce on this contrivance. Surely-albeit slowly- that is exactly what transpires. The insurance claims manager is Edward G. Robinson, who like Stanwyck, plays the role masterfully as he wises up to the fraud dumped on his desk. This reviewer cannot remember Mr. Robinson playing any role in any movie to less than perfection. Viewers should closely watch the cigar/cigarette lighting banter between the leads! That little man inside the avuncular Robinson suspects, as the viewers already know, that something is fishy. He dares Stanwyck to actually collect! At this point MacMurray, for less than altruistic reasons, "befriends" the stepdaughter only to fathom the type of fiend that Stanwyck truly is. Who would know better than a stepchild! MacMurray's subsequent decision to "take action" against Stanwyck leads to the film's climax, which this reviewer won't reveal! It certainly closes the circle! MacMurray's late gratuitous efforts to reunite the stepdaughter with her boyfriend mark him as a good guy, the perfect noir foil for the wicked Stanwyck. It also seals his fate when he could have dashed for the Mexican border! According to Silver and Ward's "Film Noir", the original fadeout was shot with MacMurray in the gas chamber. It's safe to bet most viewers will believe that the eventual ending fits the plot more appropriately. DI was nominated for 4 Oscars: Best Movie, Director, Screenplay and Actress. It lost the first 3 to "Going My Way" as the U.S. tried to feel good during WW2. Stanwyck lost the final category to Ingrid Bergman's role in "Gaslight"- a vastly more sympathetic part to say the least! DI would have fared better in peacetime! The bottom line is the headline: This is a 4 Way Hollywood classic with something to interest virtually any classic movie lover. A final thought: Isn't it interesting that not a single police officer or detective appears in DI?

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Billy Wilder
Actors:
Fred MacMurray
Barbara Stanwyck
Edward G. Robinson




DVD title: Night of the Living Dead (Special Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Quintessential Horror Movie


this review refers to the MILLENNIUM EDITION of this movie. this is the quintessential horror movie. this is the one that ressurrected horror films as a popular genre. it was filmed in gorgeous definitive black & white. this is truly director George Romero's MASTERPIECE. filmed in 1968, it still endures as a true classic horror movie. it doesn't date at all. when compared to today's horror films, it "holds its own". it blends drama, suspense and graphic violence perfectly. one scene in particular is still excessively graphic and gruesome even today. some scenes including this one are difficult to watch.
as for the DVD, the picture transfer is excellent for a film over 35 years old. the audio is just as good. this one is a definite must for anyone who likes horror films.

Studio: Elite Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
Actors:
Duane Jones
Judith O'Dea




DVD title: The Ultimate New York Body Plan
Productgroup: DVD
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Great overall body workout


I love this workout! It's divided into sections (core, upper body, lower body, etc), so it's easy to accomodate your time. If I only have 45 minutes, I do the core program; if I have more time, I add on one of the 15 minute upper or lower body programs. The core program is definitely for an advanced exerciser - it is a wonderful overall body workout complete with weights, stability ball and medicine ball. You'll have to purchase those items - they're a basic part of the programs. I love the way it makes me feel and the results I get.

Studio: David Kirsch Wellness, Inc.
Director: Cal Pozo



DVD title: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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not Hudson n Day but Hudson and Mcconaughey


Ah this film took me back to the glorious days of Rock Hudson and Doris Day, films like "Lover come back"and"Pillow Talk"or "That touch of Mink"with Grant
One of those flicks where you can cuddle up on the sofa with your other half, puppy dog, whatever and just escape into some delightful fairytale.
Really enjoyable and fun.
The chemistry and acting was great and the editing sound everything made it very smooth and a perfect vehicle for escapism.
A few others like this for fellow fans are "The Wedding Planner" "Serendipity" and "Pride and Prejudice" to name but a few.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Donald Petrie
Actors:
Tamara Gorski
Kate Hudson
Matthew McConaughey
Adam Goldberg




DVD title: The Opposite of Sex
Productgroup: DVD
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A Heartless movie with a REAL HEART


Once in a while there is a movie with that magical mixture of good cast, great direction, and just charming in its delivery. It's nice not to see formula and it made me feel humble by the experience it gave to me. Thanks to you Cast, Director, and your whole team. This is a great one. I am really grateful - I am not the kind of person that could give this a bad review.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Don Roos
Actors:
Christina Ricci
Martin Donovan (II)
Lisa Kudrow




DVD title: Wrongfully Accused
Productgroup: DVD
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RIGHTFULLY HILARIOUS


My sides are still aching from laughing at WRONGFULLY ACCUSED, Leslie Nielsen's most consistently funny work since the NAKED GUN days. From the start to the finish, there are countless sight and verbal gags to keep you holding your side from the sidesplitting laughter. As in the best Nielsen spoofs, this one has references to other hit movies, some insanely scripted lines and one ridiculously funny scene after another. Joining Nielsen are Richard Crenna, Sandra Bernhard, the luscious Kelly Le Brock and Melinda McGraw; Aaron Pearl as the one-armed, one eyed, one legged killer; and even Michael York as the murdered victim. The humor is sometimes slapstick; sometimes crude, but always on target. Director Pat Proft (a writer from the NAKED GUN days) should be slapped on the back for giving Nielsen his best vehicle in years. And Leslie rises to the occasion with his usual brand of off the wall, over the top hilarity. I loved this movie and recommend it to anyone who has found some of Nielsen's post NAKED GUN movies not that funny. This one is great.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Pat Proft
Actors:
Leslie Nielsen



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