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DVD title: Farscape Season 1, Vol. 9 - Through the Looking Glass / A Bug's Life
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Farscape is wonderful

Farscape is a rarity in the Sci-Fi genre. It not only blends a rich tapestry of other worldly creatures and civilizations, but it also manages to tie the themes of this magnificent universe to our own existence here on the (relatively) "backwards" earth. Henson's creature shop works marvels with the aliens and cities and jungles of various worlds. Also because it shoots in Australia, the supporting cast and one shot charactors have great accents that add a rich feel to the dialouge. Truely a great Sci-Fi show.

Studio: A.D. Vision

DVD title: The Mummy (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great acting and action. It was great special effects.

Some may say it was predictable and it was in parts but you actually got a few surprises. It was fun to watch and a movie that I can see over and over. The development of the characters was great.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Stephen Sommers
Brendan Fraser
Rachel Weisz

DVD title: Before Sunrise
Productgroup: DVD
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Pure Romance...simple, but true!

I'm your average non-macho, atypical male! Romance has been a part of
my life since I first realized in 6th grade you can get a giddy feeling
in your tummy by looking at a cute female. That 6th grade romance was
on and off again until 8th grade and then I took the plunge for six
years with the same woman. Did we marry? No, but I've loved romance
ever since.

Both 'Before Sunrise' and 'Before Sunset' are two of my five favorite
movies of all time. I actually saw them in reverse order, as I'd never
heard of either of them and at the rental store, they only had the
latter. After seeing Before Sunset, I had to see Before Sunrise. Lo and
behold, they didn't even have Before Sunrise, so I went to Amazon and
proceeded to purchase them both. Since owning them, I've watched them
four times since!

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy couldn't have been better cast by anyone
else. She and Hawke's youth (they were both 23 when filmed) and
innocence were perfect. The ability to take 90 or so minutes and
complete a whirlwind romance was a tremendous feat for Linklater. The
entire premise of the chance meeting on a train speeding towards
Vienna; the quick glances, the ability to watch like a voyeur the
evolution to the first words, lunch in the dining car; the persuasion
of Delpy to get off the train and spend 16hrs. walking through Vienna
with Hawke were spellbinding.

The chemistry of not only the characters, but what had to have been a
new professional friendship with Hawke and Delpy was very classy. The
companionship seemed as real as any two characters I've ever seen in
my 51 years. Possibly Tracy and Hepburn comes to mind as the dialog,
the quips, and the laughter were all very genuine and non-contrived as
were many of the classic Hepbrun/Tracy pictures of old.

After watching it the first time, purchasing both DVD's and then
watching the sequel, I immediately took the following two evenings and
watched again. The second time, the true brilliance of the performances
became very apparent. I paid particular attention to the non-verbal
'acting' and it was so true to realism, I genuinely felt I was immersed
as a mouse in the corner watching the evolution of an actual love
story. If I would have read that Hawke and Delpy had become real life
lovers, I would have applauded their new found love and completely
understood. If I were playing opposite Ms. Delpy, I would surely have
fallen in love with her charm, wit, quiet sexiness, and the delicate
balance between a strong woman, yet one that desperately longed for a
man in her life.

Pay particular attention to the very subtle actions of their glances,
touches and how their acting really wasn't acting, but how their
scenarios would have played out in real life. The scene in the record
store was perfect as the two of them squeezed into a listening booth
and were listening to a jazz recording. It was a very awkward moment,
but the tension between them just dripped with reality! Should they
touch? Should they look at each other? I kept saying under my breath,
"kiss her you fool"!.

Another amazing part of this movie is the lack of nudity, raw sex and
just a few seconds of 'adult' language. The way Linklater closed the
film was so appropriate to their parting at the end. Taking slow shots
of the areas they had strolled through the night before and showing the
emptiness of it was very sad and made you even more aware of what
they'd developed in just a few short hours. Seeing the empty champagne
bottle and glasses in the grass at the park was so metaphorical it
brought tears to my eyes. The question, "Would they ever see each other
again?" was on my mind as was, "Would they give addresses, phone
numbers or would this be a fluke"?

I could write paragraphs about how this film played on my senses, but
if you and/or your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or someone you
want a better relationship with see this, things will change for the
two of you. If they don't, it's time to move on to a different

Make plans to at least rent this movie and its sequel, Before Sunset.
See them with your significant other. It can't help but bring you
closer, possibly patch up some differences, or realize it's time to
look deeper into your relationship. These movies can show that it's
ok to be vulnerable and open with the right person. These movies show
where a new friendship can quickly evolve into a romance with the right
person. Taking such a path can lead to a lifetime of mature and
enduring love, yet even in absence, the heart does indeed grow fonder!

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy

DVD title: Pet Sematary
Productgroup: DVD
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Stephen King Does It Again

This effective horror movie that doesnt shy away from the bloodshed/brutality, and the chills and thrills is sure to keep you up all night long! Be prepared to be plunged into a non-stop whirlpool of shocks and chills that just wont let up! When a new family moves into a new house in Maine, everything seems perfect. But what they dont know, is that behind their house, lays a secret so deadly, so horrifying, that only the master of Horror Stephen King could concoct

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Mary Lambert
Dale Midkiff
Denise Crosby

DVD title: Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker
Productgroup: DVD
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A great dark and grim Batman movie

I'm a little late in watching this, but I just got this uncut PG-13 version over the weekend while Christmas shopping for my family (sorry, I just *couldn't* resist), and I'll give you some of my thoughts on it.
The plot: The new Batman, Terry McGinnis, encounter a street gang called The Jokerz (influenced by the Clown Prince Of Crime himself) who are stealing high-tech satellite equipment. From there, we see that The Joker himself has returned, and is leading the gang. Mister J himself makes an appearance along with his gang at a party held in honor for Bruce Wayne's return to Head Of Wayne Enterprises (where the last piece of satellite equipment is located) and the former Batman is shocked to say the least. From there, it becomes a mystery for the new Batman to solve (how did Joker die in the first place, how did he return, what is he planning, and how does he know Bruce Wayne is Batman). The answers to some of these questions in this unedited DVD version will shock you.
Originally, this was heavily edited due to WB corporate executives concern over the dark scenes and mature content, and was a pain ... for the producers of the movie (who also produced the Batman Beyond TV show) to edit. Long time fans of Bruce Timm's Batman Beyond series demanded the unedited version to be released and even signed an on-line petition. In April 2002, the unedited version was released on DVD.
Seeing this on DVD is great. This movie looks great in wide-screen format (just gives the uncut version that professional touch), and sounds great too. I can hear the little sounds that a VHS recording couldn't pick up and it really just adds to the enjoyment of the movie (kind of like viewing it in a theater (or close to it anyway ;) ).
The story comes off better in its original form (with the flashback still being the best part). The voice cast performances were awesome, with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill peaking their long time roles of Batman and The Joker respectively. I know some fans were disappointed that Dana kind of disappeared from the story (as were the producers), but I am not, as the story was about Bruce, Terry, Tim, and The Joker anyway.
The extras:
The deleted storyboarded scene was nice, and kind of a shame that it didn't make the final cut. The commentary track was interesting and had great info (and Bruce Timm sounds like Wes Craven, which was weird) and shows the love that the creators and producers and writers have for these characters. The documentary was nicely done, and Kevin Conroy kinda talks like Al Gore in real life, which is also weird for me. Haven't watched the music video or trailers yet, but I'm probably not missing much. Oh, and Paul Dini (the guy who wrote the screenplay for the movie) is a wonderfully sneaky little devil for writing Harley Quinn (Joker's henchgirl) back in the way he did after he was forced to kill her off in the flashback scene. Congrats Paul, your check is in the mail. ;)
Final thoughts:
All and all, this was a great viewing experience. Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, & company should be handling the next live action Batman movie because they know these characters and how to bring them to life (forget Burton or Shumacher).

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Curt Geda
Will Friedle
Mark Hamill

DVD title: The Emperor's New Groove (Disney Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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funny and touching from start to end

great story. great characters
great cast
great plot
great comedy
great touching story movie
watched it 9 times on my dvd player already
I laugh harder and harder every time I see this movie
it's really a great Disney movie
if Walt were alive today
he'd be proud of this
and other ones in ode to him with his Signia. or insignia
see this movie
I saw it once on tv on channel 4. and said to myself "I have to get this on dvd it's a really really really funny movie. and you know something. I was soooooooo right

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Mark Dindal
David Spade
John Goodman

DVD title: Sarah Brightman - Harem Desert Fantasy
Productgroup: DVD
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Harem Concert

My wife and I were at the Harem Concert Jan, 24th here in Ct. at the Mohegan Sun Arena. If the DVD is even close to the concert quality buy it.I just did. I will probably receive it in a couple of weeks.I have been fortunate to see her perform in three concerts. She just out does herself each time.Tears in my eyes and goose bumps on my back I enjoyed every second of her show.I guess my review is basically about the tour not the DVD because I haven't seen it yet. But I am expecting a wonderful DVD.

Studio: Emi Distribution
Sarah Brightman

DVD title: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie, great dvd, but where's the music video?

This movie is impressive and is something that i enjoyed. I don't need to tell much about the movie because the other reviews covered it. The dvd is great, even has english dubbed for those who don't want to read for two hours. It also has plenty of extras too. Another thing i was hoping for was the music video because i've never seen that video and just wanted to see it, but its not on the dvd or it is and i can't find it. Other than that its still an impressive film.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Ang Lee
Yun-Fat Chow
Michelle Yeoh
Ziyi Zhang

DVD title: Alias - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Show on TV Last Season

Season two of Alias was awesome. That's one of the best ways to describe it. I picked this DVD up on a Friday, and watched it over the next two days. I couldn't turn it off. The show has all the right twists in all the right moments, all the drama at exactly right time. This season we see the end of the Alliance, in one brilliant assault at the same time across the globe. Thus, Rambaldi becomes the focus of the CIA for the remainder of the season. There are many plot twists and dramatic moments which made me scream at the screen. If the first season of Alias was the build-up, then the second season is definitely the downward slope of the roller coaster. The episodes are: 1. The Enemy Walks In2. Trust Me3. Cipher4. Dead Drop5. The Indicator6. Salvation7. Counteragent8. Passage (pt. 1)9. Passage (pt. 2)10. Abduction11. Higher Echelon12. Getaway13. Phase One14. Double Agent15. Free Agent16. Firebomb17. Drak Turn18. Truth Takes Time19. Endgame20. Coutdown21. Second Double 22. The Telling

Jennifer Garner

DVD title: Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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You're missing the point

Superficially, this movie is indeed sappy. However, look beneath the surface.
What I see is that Diane Lane's character is playing the Superego. Sandra Oh plays the ego. And the Fellini Fatale is playing pure ID.
They all play their part to explain love, despair, dissappointment and lust.
The buying and remodeling an old house is just like cleaning out the cobwebs upstairs. Clean house to move something new in.
I believe this movie is made more for what it is representing than what is flat out shows you.
It is a good psychological study of the human mind and the ups and downs that it goes through in a lifetime.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Audrey Wells
Diane Lane
Sandra Oh
Raoul Bova

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