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DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Fincher, Norton, Pitt make an excellent trio

This movie left me speechless. I left the theater knowing that I had to see it again as soon as possible.
Am I the only person that started throwing their quarterly IKEA catalog in the trash because of this movie?
I hope not.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt

DVD title: The Groove Tube
Productgroup: DVD
The Groove Tube - movie DVD cover picture
Outrageously hilarious!

I first saw this, taped from late-night cable, when I was 12 and thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. The opening sketch with the goofy guy running after the cute hottie through the woods, and what happens to him is something that'll have you rolling on the floor in hysterics! "The Dealers" is also pretty damned funny as well, and no-one can ever forget the Public Health spot toward the end. Ken Shapiro also directed "Modern Problems", starring Chevy Chase, and while it may not be for everyone, I still think it's got some funny stuff in it. I have no idea what else he's done between these two films, or afterwards.

Studio: Hen's Tooth Video
Director: Ken Shapiro
Ken Shapiro
Richard Belzer
Chevy Chase

DVD title: Signs (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Goosebumps abound!: Skillful, crafty, sly, but beautiful.

Every year there is a point where I (mentally, at least) give up on mainstream American cinema and relegate myself to enjoying classics or smaller budget, obscure, foreign, or indie films. Imagine my surprise when I found myself hooked to the first 3 minutes of this film, and then enjoying it.
But first, factoids on the DVD: This DVD is good, above average even. The DVD itself is not as packed as some DVD's are these days, but it's definitely worth the money as you will undoubtedly learn interesting facts about this film. Deleted scenes are interesting to watch, like most deleted scenes are. It does have a lengthy behind the scenes special (never shown on TV, made especialyl for the DVD) which includes interviews with cast and crew and lots of commentary by Shyamalan. One of the more fascinating, and slightly ironic, tidbits revealed here was how the first day of shooting was to be September 11, 2001. What was suprising was what they were planning to shoot (won't divulge, a spoiler scene), how they shot it, the vigil they held, and how that moment effected them, were all poignant and slightly eery.
Back to the film. The film is scary, it's very scary, and it delights in the stuff that scares people and little kids on a day to day basis: reflections, sounds, music, intense paranoia (paranoia is a very big factor in this film). But believe me, the threat of alien invasion is hardly what this film is about. Many scary films these days rely totally on their scare factor, this film made the wise decision not to. It uses what is scary in the film as a tool to hammer in a bigger point about faith and trust and family.
Where that may sound as though it's delving into the awfully sappy world of Hallmark Hall of Fame, it's not. The film rather reminded me of The Twilight Zone (though, strangely, Shyamalan does not list that series as a basis or inspiration in the documentary). The film centers around the Hess family who suffered a devastating blow after a rather gruesome tragedy. The portrayal of grief and death and everyone's estrangement is cold and sharp, there's nothing sweet about this movie. The tone of the film has a deadpan humor to it. Everything is stricken and old looking (Graham Hess, Gibson's character, is a preacher, and a lot of his Victorian country farmhouse looks like it's full of hand me downs), except for the muted and lush visuals of the gorgeous countryside. The music (especially at the beginning, which in a theatre was loud and shocking), is deliciously creepy and chilling yet at the same time works for dramatic purposes, kudos to James Newton Howard for such a skillfull piece of work. Tak fujimoto's cinematography milks the fear, bleakness, and sarcasm from the air by the gallons. Bravo! And finally, the fears of the family about the strange occurences, and their desperation when the super sci-fi situation seemingly gets out of hand, feels very, very real, and keeps you juggling, just like the characters, for a good while as to what is real and what isn't.
The actors are the same. They're honest and blunt with their styles. They all gel their performances and characters together to create a world onscreen that becomes realistic, they are realistic. It's a horror movie, it has to be believable. The characters are flawed, with idiosyncrasies, they aren't perfect specimens, they all have something that's wrong with them, physically, mentally, spiritually, they are human after all, yet we still accept them. This really fleshes the movie out and makes it more believable and them more endearing, and ultimately, rewarding. For example: the devestated Graham Hess' interaction with his children is often listless, he worries about them, but often can't express his feelings, so they tend to turn to their uncle for any solace (wonderfully played by Joaquin Phoenix in a rare role for him as the normal, suave, and slightly comedic Merrill Hess, a man who embarrassingly failed at minor league baseball). Cherry Jones turns up in a wonderfully played supporting role as a local police officer and friend of the family's. It's not often that you watch someone get so much out of a limited supporting role and give so much back to the benefit of the film as Ms. Jones does with her role. And you remember her character and performance. Kudos to her.
This film is unpretentious and sly. Everything about this film works towards the goal, in the end everything fits like a jigsaw puzzle, I can't say much lest I give away any vital plot points, but let me say that it makes you believe it's all about one aspect of the movie, then hits you with a larger theme and message, but you're so wrapped up with the scary part, you forget about the latter. The "big twist" is not supernatural but human. The ending is one of the more ingenious and truly beautiful endings I have seen in years.
Like Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, this film craftfully weaves drama with horror. Where I found the other two films applaudable and superbly crafted, I found "Signs" was truly endearing to me. There's something about how it gives you goosebumps during the frightening parts, yet also the human "drama" parts that was different from many a film I've seen. I rarely get goosebumps watching people interacting with each other, most of the time films can be so banal, pretentious, and cliched, human drama loses all effect, but not here. And ultimately, when the scare factor rubs off, the film retains it's rewatchability. It's a fun entertaining movie that was perfect as a summertime hit, yet it's also a stunning, stirring film that wasn't afraid to use unconventional means to get a higher, more profound, message across.

Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix

DVD title: Sliders - The First and Second Seasons
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best shows ever

First I'd like to say that THIS IS the complete first two seasons. They were short seasons. Some people think that some episodes that are at the beginning of season three were in season two.

Season One:
Pilot, part one- 6/10
Pilot, part two- 7/10
Fever- 5/10
Last days- 8/10

The prince of wails- 6/10
Summer of love- 6/10
Eggheads- 7/10
The weaker sex- 7/10

The king is back- 6/10
Luck of the draw- 7/10

only 10 episodes

Season Two:
Into the mystic- 4/10
Love Gods- 8/10

Gillian of The Spirits- 9/10
The Good, the bad and the Wealthy- 7/10
El Sid- 4/10
Time Again And World- 6/10

In Dino Veritas- 9/10
Post Tramatic Slide Syndrome- 8/10
Obsession- 5/10
Greatfellas- 6/10

The Young and the Relentless- 8/10
Invasion- 1/10
As Time Goes By- 7/10

Only thirteen episodes

There is a play all option

Commentary on the pilot (in audio)

A making of sliders documentary- including atleast Jerry O'Connell and Cleavant Derricks (Quinn and Rembrant)

There is a photo gallery on the dvd

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Jerry O'Connell

DVD title: Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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Blade Runner

Of concern is that as of yet is not forseen an edition of Scott's Blade Runner in DvD with audio features such as 5.1 or better DTS. Are the technical problems really so unsourmantable? Every problem has a solution, perhaps further research, work, thinking and planning are required. Really hope so. Thank You for allowing this "ideas" space Sincerely Yours E.A.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer
Sean Young

DVD title: Boogie Nights
Productgroup: DVD
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A bit artsy, but otherwise highly entertaining

This really isn't a movie about the porn business; its a movie about people. And what people... and what a movie! An outstanding film in every sense: acting, cinematography, writing, directing, music, and implementation on DVD. The full-length director commentary is a must-hear and adds greatly to the enjoyment of the film's second viewing. The image transfer and 5.1 digital soundtrack are superior on this RSDL (dual-layer) disc. Featuring what is without a doubt the pinnacle performance of Burt Reynold's career and proving that Mark Wahlberg is a serious actor capable of working in any genre, Boogie Nights is a carefully crafted work of art that belongs in your permanent collection of DVDs. END

Studio: New Line Studios
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Burt Reynolds
Julianne Moore
Mark Wahlberg

DVD title: Bram Stoker's Dracula
Productgroup: DVD
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Creepy and Romantic

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a great retelling of the classic Dracula story, plus they added some good special effects and eeriness. Gary Oldman is great as Dracula, and Winona Ryder, Anothony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves are likable as the main characters. Not only is Bram Stoker's Dracula creepy, it also has romance, which most horror movies don't spend enough time developing. This is a great DVD, though there are no special features, and it has a great price.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Gary Oldman
Winona Ryder
Anthony Hopkins

DVD title: Thelma & Louise
Productgroup: DVD
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Alex! I'm Thelma and you are DEFINITELY Louise!

Let's go on the road! I'm packing now! LOL! (But hey, maybe someday!) ;):b :smokin !
We are definitely both on a Journey aren't we Sis? LOVE IT!
Ok, now a review! This movie is fantastic. Five stars without a second thought. Why? It makes the viewer think about CONSEQUENCES! My daughter will definitely watch this, when I feel she is mature enough!
ALL WOMEN should see THELMA AND LOUISE! We MUST look ahead and see what the end result of our actions Could be BEFORE we ACT! (Problem is, no one knows how they affect other people...we can't read minds! I wish men knew this!) However, IF we can accomplish this, (thinking about the possible end results of our actions) then Susan, Geena, Brad and Ridley didn't fail in their efforts. This movie has an amazing lesson! Watch it and learn...I am going to watch it again...RIGHT NOW!
I hate the alternative ending! I wanted them to LIVE! I want a Thelma and Louise II! Maybe I should write the script this time! Hey Ridley! Gimme a call ok? :)
Kellye Joy

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Susan Sarandon
Geena Davis

DVD title: The Dark Crystal
Productgroup: DVD
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Even with all the advancements in animation and special effects, very few recent movies have stirred me as deeply as this one, made in 1982. I first saw this movie at the age of five, and I give it full credit for my warped imagination and my interest in creating other worlds. It's only now that I realise how profound it's effect on me really was.The characters are designed by the wonderful fantasy artist Brian Froud, and each seems to have a soul of it's own. The sound track is chilling, the scenery is spectacular, and the voice-over actors are perfect.The critics who panned the script as 'shallow' were obviously not sensitive to how moving a simple, neatly-crafted story can be.I have never seen another movie that has drawn me so completely into it's world. A few more films like this would do us all good.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Frank Oz
Jim Henson
Kathryn Mullen

DVD title: Secretary
Productgroup: DVD
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Totally Believable, HOT Film..

Fascinating and insightful look into today's ofice society. I must admit, if I had my own personal secretary, I would be tempted to explore this fantasy on a personal level.
The main risk of sexual harassment comes from federal laws sponsored by particular civil liberties groups or the crude power-sharing proposals currently being considered by corporate America, which threaten to entrench ethnic or religious differences as well as sexual preference.
The most important step towards the further development of a common workplace behavior would be the instigation of a corporate summit that involved all levels of workplace authority. For the subordinates, crucially, that would hold out the promise not just of retaining real autonomy but also gaining fair participation in setting the standards for workplace morality.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Steven Shainberg
James Spader
Maggie Gyllenhaal

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