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DVD title: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny Farm


Director Milos Forman's 1975, multiple Oscar winning adaptation of Ken Kesey's, best selling novel of "Cuckoo's Nest", is a film that everyone needs to see at least once. I believe that the best way to appreciate the film is by viewing the double disc DVD set.
Small time crook Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is a bit of an anarchist. In order to avoid jail time, he is instead, sent to the state mental hospital. Upon his arrival, he imediately turns order into chaos, with his demands that patients deserve better treatment. He butts heads with almost every member of the hospital staff. However, his one true nemesis at the hospital is the wickedly cool, Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher). If there were no other cast members were in the film, but Nicholson and Fletcher, it would still work--they are that good together Fortunately though, the rest of the cast in the film is also top notch, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd (in his film debut), and Brad Dourif, add many unforgettable moments. The movie has drama, comedy, and bitting social satire. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, is among Nicholson's best roles and is not to be missed.
The special features for the set include a fully remasterd print using original elements (the film looks great by the way). There's a 48 minute retrospective documentary, that has all key cast (except Jack) and crew, sharing their thoughts about the film and the making of it. As for the audio commentary track, Forman and producers, actor Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz, repeat some stuff from the documentary. But overall, it does a good job, and takes us through the film's evolution. Finally, there are a handful of deleted scenes, some of which are quite good, and are great to see. The Cuckoo's Nest special edition DVD is a must own for anyone's film collection

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Milos Forman
Actors:
Jack Nicholson
Louise Fletcher




DVD title: View from the Top
Productgroup: DVD
View from the Top - movie DVD cover picture
"View From the Top"


This was such a great movie. Don't listen to the critics. Its harmless, fun, free, funny, and overall great! I saw it with my girlfriend and we both loved it. Mike Myers is as funny as when he is in Austin Powers! See this movie its light and fun. Candice Bergen was so funny and it was a great escape! See it. Im going to buy the DVD!

Studio: Miramax Films
Director: Bruno Barreto
Actors:
Gwyneth Paltrow
Christina Applegate
Mark Ruffalo
Kelly Preston




DVD title: The Wizard of Oz
Productgroup: DVD
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CLASSIC!!!!!!


This film really enchanted me as a kid, so I wanted to see if the old magic still held up in adulthood. Well... it does. Dorothy and her newfound friends like the Cowardly Lion will charm you in this amusingly fantastical tale of good conquoring evil.
David Rehakauthor of "A Young Girl's Crimes"

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Judy Garland
Frank Morgan




DVD title: Muppets From Space
Productgroup: DVD
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5.99 love it


I bought my copy for 5.99 last night at a stare and love it! live video commentary with kermit gonzo, rizzo, and director tim hill. I love the muppets

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Tim Hill (III)
Actors:
Dave Goelz
Steve Whitmire




DVD title: The Emperor Jones
Productgroup: DVD
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Well Worthy Of Praise.


Having regard to the fact that "Emperor Jones" is Robeson's first major film role, the quality of both picture and sound is outstanding and far above copies of later films, which I purchased at the same time. The "Tribute" is extremely moving and informative and an absolute MUST for any Robeson fan. I have nothing but the highest praise for its quality. Home Vision are to be commended.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Dudley Murphy



DVD title: Hamlet
Productgroup: DVD
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Mel IS Hamlet!


I own this VHS and use it regularly to teach the play in my college courses. The students watch the Brannaugh version first and then watch Mel Gibson's metamorphosis into the being of Hamlet. The general consensus is that the Gibson version is far superior to the Brannaugh version simply because Mel brings more depth to the character of Hamlet via the juxtaposed emotions of quiet contemplation, stinging wit, and raving anger. Brannaugh's Hamlet tends to be steadily caustic in nature and speaks (shouts) all of the lines at mind whirling pace! Gibson's delivery of famous soliloquies is natural and laced with appropriate emotion, which allows the watcher to completely comprehend each scene. Mel Gibson does not play the role of Hamlet - Mel Gibson BECOMES Hamlet! Truly Mr. Gibson's portrayal of the Prince of Denmark is one of the pinnacles his acting career. To those who scoff at the notion of Mad Maxx playing Hamlet, I have a word of advice - "Watch it, and you'll change your mind!" While this film has been roundly criticized by so-called movie "experts" due to Zeffirelli's cutting and rearranging of certain lines and scenes, it would do those "experts" well to learn a little about Elizabethan theatre. An average Elizabethan audience NEVER saw the entire play all at once as they relied on natural lighting in the theatres of their day. The Elizabethan directors (including the Bard himself) had to eliminate scenes in much the same way as did Zeffirelli. So, upon closer examination, it appears as though Brannaugh's version of Hamlet is the less "correct" version. Don't get me wrong...I still admire Brannaugh's Hamlet. I am just weary of the constant criticism Mel Gibson's portrayal garners. This version of Hamlet also contains incredible performances by Helena Bonham-Carter as the naive, young Ophelia and Glenn Close as a less than virtuous Gertrude. The scenery and costuming is absolutely captivating! Finally, the portrayal of the ghost, a role which Shakespeare wrote for himself to perform, is carried out brilliantly by Paul Scofield who is forceful yet subdued. We are left to wonder, as would the Elizabethan audience, whether this ghost is pure or a devilish incarnation - which is THE KEY to what drives the plot of the play Hamlet. Buy this dvd if you want to see a stunning version of Hamlet! I know I am (to replace my vhs).

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Actors:
Mel Gibson
Glenn Close




DVD title: The Last Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
The Last Dragon - movie DVD cover picture
Greatest Action/Comedy Movie of All Time!


This was one of my fave movies since I first saw it. The plot is great, the Taimak (Leroy) is awesome, and Sho'nuff is simply PIMP! I was fortunate enough to find the cassette version of the soundtrack, but I really would like to find the CD, plus a DVD version of the movie. If you're into Action, Comedy, plus a great storyline, rent, buy or pick this movie up wherever you can find it, and watch it!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Michael Schultz
Actors:
Taimak
Vanity




DVD title: Dick Tracy
Productgroup: DVD
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EN VOGUE


Madonna does Dietrich--AND DOES IT BETTER

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Warren Beatty
Actors:
Warren Beatty
Madonna




DVD title: Stepmom
Productgroup: DVD
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I Love It!


I loved this movie! It's very touching, it's sad and made me cry at the end, but it does have some funny parts thax to the cute young boy in the movie!) It's basically about a 13 yr old girl and her little brother who dislike their stepmom and, like all, absolutely love their real mom. You watch and see the rest.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Chris Columbus
Actors:
Julia Roberts
Susan Sarandon
Ed Harris




DVD title: Reservoir Dogs
Productgroup: DVD
Reservoir Dogs - movie DVD cover picture
A classic movie


RESERVOIR DOGS has been re-released on a special limited addittion set. I had to buy this. This is one of the best movies ever seen, this is just my opinion. The plot of the movie is a jewel heist gone bad. We see how the theives interact with each other afterwards, we get some background info on the plot and info on the theives and how it all went to pieces. The cast is a top notch one with Micheal Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn acting their hearts out. The bonus material on these two disc is a plus. The alternate takes of the "ear" scene make it almost worth the price itself. The cast remembers Lawerence Tierney who passed away not to long ago. At times their stories are funny and amusing. This is a must have for any fans of great movies out there

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors:
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Michael Madsen




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