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DVD title: The Flesh and The Fiends
Productgroup: DVD
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Flesh and the Fiends

Another marverlous performance by Peter Cushing as a doctor whose visions overshadow morality. This may be the best role Donald Pleasance ever had. Fresh bodies being more in demand and worth more in cash, Pleasance (Hare) and his partner Burke decide to "manufacture" a few bodies. The DVD contains the U.K. version and the more violent and adult (nudity) Continental version. If you like the Hammer Horror films, you will love this movie.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: John Gilling

DVD title: The Who - The Kids Are Alright
Productgroup: DVD
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I love this video!!! It's the best birthday present ever.

Having not seen the film in nearly 20 years, I can see that not only was it one of the best rock film soundtracks (now on CD, sans booklet - shucks) but one of the most compelling rock biog's as well. But - here's the thing - I could swear I remember other clips, other songs - like Entwhistle's killer "My Wife," "Boris the Spider," "I Can See for Miles," and so on. I don't remember that songs faded in the middle, and I definitely don't remember the SECOND (or third?) rendition of "My Generation." "My Wife" and "See for Miles" are even listed on the packaging - so where are they? Otherwise... Townshend's no-punches-pulled opinions are a real hardcore viewing experience, and seeing the band members in action on and off the stage is a real revelation. This is still a great film, much too long delayed to video.

Studio: Bmg Special Products
Director: Jeff Stein
Roger Daltrey
John Entwistle
Keith Moon
Pete Townshend

DVD title: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Dating Dead

Jim Carrey is not Jim Carrey in this film, if for that alone this would be a unique film. What it does with computer graphics, shows you they aren't just for spaceships and hobbits anymore. The story is real enough to understand, and think about your own memories and hopefully cherish them a bit more, including the "bad ones".
I hope this film will be a classic 20 years down the road.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Michel Gondry
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Tom Wilkinson

DVD title: Romeo Must Die
Productgroup: DVD
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MATRIX style action means MATRIX style fun!

JET LI stars as Han Sing, a Chinese kung fu master who's brother was murdered. Now he is seeking revenge on the man who murdered him. But what he doesn't know is who the killer is and what kind of scandal is going on between the Americans and Asians. Now he teams up with a young woman who must be protected from dangerous Chinese enemies, who would do anything to stop LI.
"Just because JET LI is attached to cables doesn't mean [anything]. KEANU REEVES was attached to cables in The Matrix but no one was complaining. You don't have to believe in the movie, you just sit back and enjoy the non-stop action. Humor and Kung Fu come together to make this joyride that isn't necessarily a perfect movie, but is just fun to watch. So check this movie out, even though you know some of the karate is fake, just remember it is a movie, meant for entertainment. Judge it how you want, but ROMEO MUST DIE is a sweet a-- ride of action adventure!"- MJV & the Movies.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Jet Li

DVD title: Fellini - Satyricon
Productgroup: DVD
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It's About Time

This movie does not need my praises. It's simply a must for its depiction of an exhuberantly ironic if amoral way of living as well as some of the most arresting images ever put on film. It should have received 5 stars. I rated it 3 because it does not appear that the transfer to DVD was from a pristine negative.... there is more detail than the VHS,of course, and it's in Italian, not English-dubbed, but if they are going to reissue a film like this, they could have gone the full mile. I hope that when they get to 8 1/2 they do..... in fact, I hope Criterion and not MGM puts it out.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Federico Fellini
Martin Potter
Hiram Keller

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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No disappiontments!

I honestly have no idea as to why everybody hails this movie as a masterpiece. I think its a good movie but not as good as all the hype makes it up to be. Anyway I like the action sequences and other stuff but one downside is it's WAY too long! It does have its good points to it. It's very emotional like when Sean Beans character dies I cried and I was sad when I thought Sam was dead. But anyway its pretty good but in my opinion not great.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Planet of the Apes - The Complete TV Series
Productgroup: DVD
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I used to run home to watch this...

I used to run home to watch this show after school back in the day. I was really curious to see if I would still enjoy it all these years later, and I DID!!! This series really holds up quite well, and the DVD presentation (and price) is perfect. Why would this show get cancelled?

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Planet of the Apes
Roddy Mcdowell

DVD title: Empire of the Sun
Productgroup: DVD
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Weird and unique Masterpiece

Usually people love or hate this movie, indeed is impossible not to be hit by `Empire of the Sun' in one sense or in another. Personally I think that it's a unique movie and in its way a masterpiece, but not easy to understand. Indeed to understand well the movie it's good to read the book `Empire of the Sun' by J. Ballard ( one of the most important and controversial writers of our age ). In the book J.Ballard recall as a semi-autobiographic story his early years in Shanghai ( China ) when, after Pearl Harbour at the age of eleven, he was imprisoned by the Japanese in a concentration camp outside Shanghai for three long years. It's not a common story, Ballard recall his memories and tell what he saw as a child with the perspective of a child, it's a psychological trip and in this sense it's a true story. This is the first thing that I want to point out, for all it's strangeness and absurdity this is a true story. The book and the movie tell what really happened in the mind of Jim ( James Ballard ) during those years. As the book does, also in the movie, things and facts are distorted by the point if view of a child with a lot of imagination. A strange child intrigued by the loneliness and sadness of the Japanese. The movie doesn't procede with an objective representation of reality, what you see is what Jim see, or better, his hallucinations, the reflex of reality in his mind. The Movie is full of these hallucinations and symbols. The first is the `City of clowns' . The rich British living isolated in the International settlement of Shanghai, surrounded by some million of poor chinese coolie fighting to survive. Jim feels that they are out of place and strange as clowns in the eyes of the Chinese. Then there is the abandoned house, where Jim live alone like a ghost for some time. Footprints in the talc is all what remain from his disappeared parents. Slowly his previous secure world recede from him like the water recede in the pool in his garden. At first Jim's growing survival instinct is jammed by the moral restraints of his education. But soon, when he meet Basie, he learned what he has to do to survive. Basie is not a character, he is a ghost creature, an mirror of Jim's own dark side: the ability to do everything to survive without suffering any moral consequences. In the movie this is well represented when we see Basie and Jim wandering the detection center like vultures, but the book is more explicit in this point. When Jim arrives in the camp, where he will stay for three years, he is already a `survivor' like Basie, and find easy to adapt to the camp's life, while the adult British live like ghost with their mind immersed in their memory of England ( like the Victors ). He become what they call `the war child' and they despise him because he has learned to enjoy the camp. In some interviews Mr. Ballard told that this was exactly what was his feeling with camp. It's strange, but not so strange if you think that Jim was born in Shanghai and never went to England. Soon all what remain to him from his early years is a faded image of his parents and the sad song he used to sing as a choir boy. After years of imprisonment the only world he knows is the camp and its simple rules, his heroes become the Japanese pilots of the nearby base. They are his enemies, but they represent the impossible dream of escaping the misery of his life. Again what we see is not a real representation of Japanese pilots, what we see in the movie is the dream like image of the Japanese pilots in Jim's mind, an idealized representation of the solitary and brave men he admires , dreaming to be one of them. With this view you understand why are wrong those people that say in the movie there is lack of reality, this is not the pont. Many also find absurd that Jim, in a clandestine way, thinks that it's better that the Japanese win the war so that the camp can go on. But J. Ballard himself told this was what really happened to his mind. After years of imprisonment the only world that existed in his mind was the camp, and the Japanese were the people that bring the food in the camp, without Japanese there will be no's absurd but true. Ballard himself told that the most difficult thing for him was not going in the camp, but was going out of the camp and facing the reality of the world outside. I think that no other story like this shows how absurd can be the war, especially for a child. Many criticize the absurdity of some situations in the movie, but this instead it's the heart of the story. All what happens around Jim and in his mind is so absurd, but, in same time, it's true as the final hallucination: the flash of the Atom bomb. I think that it was very difficult to transfer a so deep and dark book in a satisfactory movie, but Spielberg did a very good job with the story and with the young actor. For me, this is one of the best movies I ever saw, but it's not a movie for everyone. If, after watching the movie, you feel a deep sadness and you are willing to watch it again, as it happens to me, then you entered in the spirit of the movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Steven Spielberg
Christian Bale
John Malkovich
Miranda Richardson

DVD title: The Transformers - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Trip Back in TIme with a Glimpse of The Future

This is one of my all-time favorite movies and always will be. Partly because of the memories it brings back, and partly bcus of the sensation you get from truly watching the movie. Today Japanese animation is the big rage, but what most people dont realize is this is what started showing americans japanese animation. The scene where Prime says Megatron must be stopped, is pure action. If you have seen alot of anime (japanese animation) you will see traces of it in here. It is a non-stop thrill to the senses. The soundtrack is all 80s rock which is really the best type. All in all, a great viewing experience. Enjoy!

Studio: Rhino Video
Director: Nelson Shin

DVD title: The Insider
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the top three best of '99

"The Insider" was the first great film I had seen at the movies last year and I had to wait until practically the very end of the year to see one. Russell Crowe gave the preformance of a lifetime as the title character and the real-life hero Jeffrey Wigand and won an Oscar nod for his work. He is certainly my favorite contemporary and one of the most believable actors to come around in a long time. Al Pacino although given top billing was somewhat shoved into the background when the reviews appeared in the papers and on tv but Christopher Plummer was given the worst shaft of all when he didn't get an Oscar nomination as supporting actor for his brilliant portrayal of "60 Minutes" giant Mike Wallace. The film is easily one of my three favorite films of '99 (second only to "American Beauty" and followed by "The Green Mile"). See it and you will not be sorry in the least. It is a great film with a stellar cast!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Michael Mann
Al Pacino
Russell Crowe

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