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DVD title: Garfield and Friends, Volume One
Productgroup: DVD
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Garfield Is The Best

I am so glad to see this is coming out. I love Garfield and I loved the cartoon show. If you are a Garfield fan, this is an absolute must have. Garfield Forever!!!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme

DVD title: The War of the Roses
Productgroup: DVD
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A Classic Dark Comedy.

I think those born into divorced families will enjoy this film, especially if you have a sense of humor. This dark comedy has a great story, great performances and great directing. What happens to two people who meet, marry and then grow apart? This film highlights the ridiculousness of love and the institution of marriage. Plenty of emotional scarring here, but it leads up to a great point. This is a must have for any film collector.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito
Michael Douglas
Kathleen Turner

DVD title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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STILL a great movie...

Back in about 1988, a phenomenon erupted. Nobody knew exactly what was so cool about this phenomenon, but every kid in the country had to have the figures, video games, board games, Halloween costumes, etc. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have unfortunately grown old, briefly resurrected by an unwelcome live-action Fox Kids television program a few years ago. But, oh, during the turtle hype... what a glorious time for kids it was. And when their first feature length film came out, kids dragged their parents to go see it. The kids (myself included) naturally loved the film. It was the hot topic during lunchtime in the school cafeteria. The Turtles were dominating EVERYTHING...
Ten years later, for me at least, the film is still as entertaining as ever. When I first saw it, I couldn't have cared any less about the script or plot. I just wanted to see the four boys in action. Yet watching it now, I'm impressed at how well-made it actually is (the lighting, in particular). Is it technically five-star material? I think so. Some would disagree, but you simply can't down a franchise that you grew up with. And you can't expect a 40 year old movie critic to rave about the movie when he has no idea where it's derived from.
What shocks me the most is how people talk about how bad the script is. I'm now 19 years old, and some parts of this movie had me cracking up. ("The only thing safe in the woods... would be the trees!") And it's not just the humor, either. The dramatic elements in the movie are much more tense and involving than they have any right to be.
The bottom line is that this film is VASTLY underrated. And people shouldn't down it just because it was loved by millions of kids across the globe. If you ask me, children have the upper hand when it comes to watching a movie. They want nothing more than to be entertained, and are less demanding than adults are. Give the movie a shot and don't be such a prude. If you're expecting a "kiddie" movie sprinkled in abundance with watered-down action and stupid dialogue, then you're in for a big suprise. This is one of the moodiest PG movies I've ever seen.
"I have always liked... 'Cowabunga.'"

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Steve Barron
Judith Hoag
Elias Koteas

DVD title: Cindy Crawford - New Dimension
Productgroup: DVD
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Boy was I pleasantly surprised!

I love this work-out. It is divided into 3 work-outs, A, B, and C, and you definitely get your money's worth with it, and not only that, you can get into pretty good shape doing any of the three, (C being the most intense, and has more cardio), 3x a week! And Cindy looks better than ever! This is for anyone who wants to get back in shape, or get a pretty good work-out from doing work-out C. And the scenery is great, and so is the music..

Studio: Good Times Home Vide
Cindy Crawford

DVD title: Saving Private Ryan
Productgroup: DVD
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Steven Spielberg should do porn movies

Ryan's three brothers were killed in the war now Tom Hanks character (Captian Miller) and his crew are on a mission to find Jame's Frances Ryan to bring him home during this movie they do nothing but fight in World War 2.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon

DVD title: Concert for George
Productgroup: DVD
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You Don't See Me Cryin'...You Don't Hear Me Sighin'

Thank you, Eric Clapton, for giving us the blessing of this beautiful and moving concert in honor of George. I grew up listening to the Beatles, and always had a particular affection for George and Ringo, the two 'stabilizing' members of the band. I always appreciated George's quiet consideration before speaking, and his thoughtfulness and the fundamental goodness of his heart. When George died, I was deeply saddened like many millions of others, and thought that no tribute or monument could ever do him justice.
I was wrong. The Concert for George, primarily organized by his long time friend Eric Clapton, provided just the catharsis that his friends and fans needed. I was amazed that these close personal friends and relatives (Dhani was on stage the entire set) didn't get choked up at any point during the show, because I sure did (during 'Photograph'.) In fact the show was hard for me to watch the first time as I wanted to hear George singing. Eric said it best in an interview, though, when he explained that at first rehearsals were tough to get through, but the rehearsals and show provided a mechanism of grieving to all his personal friends. That explained it brilliantly: They had time to work through it, while the viewer at home did not. (Who says rock stars can't be truly insightful?) The musicians obviously worked very hard to get this just right and they succeeded brilliantly: this DVD beautifully captures it all.
There are actually two DVDs in the set, one is the unabridged concert, and the other is the edited concert for theatrical release and some short subjects. I recommend watching the unabridged concert first. It opens with Anoushka Shankar playing some Indian music, which, of course, George loved. I don't really care for it, but it was soulful and well performed. George was a huge Monty Python fan, and the Pythons were up next and performed "The Lumberjack Song" after a heartwarming spoof of a eulogy by Michael Palin that George would have loved. For me it was all good, but some of it was amazing. Ringo was a standout with "Photograph", which is still the best Ringo song, and a song that Ringo and George wrote together, and "Honey Don't", an old Carl Perkins song that George loved. Eric Clapton was wonderful on everything he performed on; I particularly liked his pseudo-duet with Paul on "Something", and with the whole ensemble on "Wah Wah", which had breathtaking percussion, and, of course, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", a song veritably made for him.
Without question though, the greatest performer in the show was Joe Brown, a major institution in early British rock, but today relatively unknown in the US. Joe's main set started with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of "Here Comes the Sun", and then went to "That's The Way It Goes", a song I have always loved, but never got the acclaim it deserved. Joe also closed the show with the dreamy "I'll See You in My Dreams", and he sang it like he meant it. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the beautiful "Isn't It a Pity" by the multitalented Billy Preston, who would have won the best dressed award.
There were a couple of weaker performances to be seen. None that were overtly bad, but they certainly were not up to the standards of the rest of the show. The primary offenders here were Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who are normally great, but came across as lifeless and flat. I also found Jeff Lynne's voice to sound a bit tired, especially when he sang a verse of "Wah Wah" and to a lesser degree on "The Inner Light." I (really) hate to say it, but I also found Paul's version of "For You Blue" a bit dull. I think it's interesting that Paul picked a song of George's from "Let It Be", an album where tempers ran high and contentiousness prevailed; perhaps that has clouded my vision a bit on the subject. Despite that, it was wonderful seeing Paul and Ringo play together again, and I have to wonder if that's the last time we'll be able to see that.
Extras include a behind the scenes and rehearsal video, which is very interesting, a wonderful interview video, and a backstage video of the Monty Python crew. All are well done and worth watching.
For any fan of George's this is a must. I never thought that I could like this DVD as much as I do since I knew I would miss hearing George on the songs. After a few viewings, though, I now feel happy when I watch it, and have found it to be a fitting tribute to a great man. While we will always miss you, George, I will always be grateful for this beautiful and befitting tribute.
I'll see you in my dreams.

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: David Leland

DVD title: The Who - The Kids Are Alright
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastic DVD

The WHO is the greatest rock band ever. Some people say the Stones or Beatles or Led Zeppelin and I LOVE all of this great bands to. But for me the real Greates Rock band ever is The WHO and this GREAT DVD profs it to any one who whuld dissagre. No one will get dissapointed with this Fantastic Classic rock movie it's simply awsome. And all the extra stuff are realy great 2. buy it, you know you whont it.

Studio: Pioneer
Director: Jeff Stein
Roger Daltrey
John Entwistle
Keith Moon
Pete Townshend

DVD title: The Grateful Dead Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Just so amazingly good!!! Get it - you'll be glad you did.

I cannot express in words how awesome this dvd set is. They did an excellent job with it in every way. The sound will blow you away, especially if you have a 5.1 system (you don't need it, there is a regular stereo sound option too) but the surround sound is insane.

The extras are all top notch - stuff you actually want to watch. I have to say that this is probably the best music DVD purchase I have ever made - the content, the packaging the little booklet - it's all of the highest quality. Very highly recommended!

Studio: Monterey Home Video

DVD title: Three Dog Night - Live with the Tennessee Symphony Orchestra
Productgroup: DVD
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Very impressive

First of all I would like to point out that this isnt an ez-listening "put you to sleep" type concert. I was very surprised of how high the energy level is on this performance. Cory Wells and especially Danny Hutton's voices have held up extremely well over the years. Guitarist Michael Allsup and keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon havent lost a thing either. LIAR and ELI's COMING and MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) simply rock. The orchestra blends in with the band much better than I had expected, as shown on ONE and BLACK AND WHITE. OUT IN THE COUNTRY and EASY TO BE HARD are particularly gorgeous. Of course it would have been great to have Chuck Negron along, this lineup easily stands on it's own. This concert is essential for all TDN fans.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Three Dog Night

DVD title: There's Something About Mary
Productgroup: DVD
There's Something About Mary - movie DVD cover picture
I have never laughed so hard at any movie.

If you haven't seen it, do it now. This is a must see for anyone who loves a good laugh at any cost. From the pizza delivery guy, to Matt Dillan's teeth. You can picture yourself in any situation that occurs in this movie. Watch it with someone you love. Anyone got any hair gel?

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Cameron Diaz
Ben Stiller

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