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DVD title: The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark/The Temple of Doom/The Last Crusade) - Widescreen
Productgroup: DVD
The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark/The Temple of Doom/The Last Crusade) - Widescreen - movie DVD cover picture
Genre Perfection


Saturday-morning serials were, on the whole, awful. Cheaply made, with numbingly unimaginative and repetitive plots, they were filler that encouraged weekly movie attendance. A 15-part "thriller" could be cranked out for $100K to $250K (the total running time was rarely more than 90 minutes), so it easily returned its investment.
The worst thing about them was that, as "cliffhangers," very little actually hung over the cliff. The near-fatal situation the hero found himself in at the end of each episode was revealed at the beginning of the next to be not particularly threatening, as he (or she -- think of Pearl White) had gotten out of the way _before_ the explosion, gun shot, rock fall, car crash, etc, etc.
In one Buster Crabbe serial there's no way he can _possibly_ escape death -- and, indeed, the opening of the next episode is a complete reshoot that allows him an escape! Yet the kids never seemed to learn, and came back week after week. The two Superman serials -- why hasn't Warners reissued them on DVD? -- are well-above-average in this respect, as Supes could save the victim from just about any danger. Not to mention getting into a few tight spots himself.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" was the Saturday-morning cliffhanger serial millions of kids deserved, but never got. It's the epitome of this genre, and is unlikely ever to be exceeded, let alone equalled. It delivers the real thrills those cheap serials didn't, and remains a hoot, especially when the Nazis get what they so richly deserve at the end.
Opinions on the sequels vary. "Temple of Doom" is a terrific adventure film, but many viewers objected to its dark tone (which was Spielberg's and Lucas's intent -- they didn't want to repeat the first film). Its real problem isn't the violence (it's no more violent than "Raiders," which initially received an R rating for Belloc's head explosion), but its lack of any dramatic substance. It's 95% action -- there's little personal interaction or conflict. (Classic-serial fans will note that most of the "gags" are taken from a Republic serial, "Manhunt of Mystery Island." Which is one of the serials trashed in Firesign Theater's "Hot Shorts." It, too, deserves a DVD issue.)
Anyone who doesn't enjoy "The Last Crusade" is nuts, because we have the great fun of seeing Sean Connery as Indy's father. Connery is that rare combination of a really good actor _and_ a legitimate "movie star," who steals every scene he's in. "Crusade" lacks the startling novelty of "Raiders," but it's the best-plotted of the three films, tightly connecting the Grail search with Indy's and his father's lives.
The transfers are wonderful, especially "Raiders," which has never looked so vivid and rich. Spielberg and Lucas haven't altered the films, not even changing the title card of the first (which now "officially" has the "Indiana Jones and the..." prefix). Nor, alas, have the special effects been redone. You can still see the matte/Rotoscope lines, which are especially noticeable in the "supernatural" effects at the end of "Raiders." Considering the extensive (and sometimes unwelcome) changes Spielberg made to "E. T.", this is surprising.
The Indiana Jones movies are three wonderful excuses for fattening yourself on popcorn. The real stuff, not microwave.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



DVD title: Dante's Peak
Productgroup: DVD
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Explosive


What an amazing treat. The perfect mix of love and disaster to keep me interested throughout the entire movie. This takes the long done out genre of romantic comedies, and adds a new feature-an erupting volcano. Like the mix of baking soda and vinegar, it comes out to be quite a delicious cliche of character, love, death, and a whole lotta lava. Very good, especially all the miniatures. You also love the characters.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Roger Donaldson
Actors:
Pierce Brosnan
Linda Hamilton




DVD title: Sleepy Hollow
Productgroup: DVD
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SLEEPY HOLLOW


I found this film extremely good. Johnny Depp played a very good Icabod Crane. The suspense was excellent.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Christina Ricci




DVD title: Follow Me, Boys!
Productgroup: DVD
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Inspiration for Eagle Scout


First saw the movie with my dad in 1966. After the movie, we talked about Boy Scouting and the wonderful time that he had.
Of all the things that I remember as a boy, this one really stands out. After the movie at home, Dad opened his dresser drawer and pulled out a small black box. Inside was his Eagle medal and a letter he wrote prior to his court of honor. I remember when things got tough in scouts, opening that drawer and looking at the medal and realizing that I can achieve Eagle.
I made Eagle in 1976 and my Dad pinned his medal on me. I still have the medal and look at it regularly. By the way, my son is a Star scout today and I hope to have 3 generations of Eagles available when he finishes.
Can still sing "Follow Me Boys" and drive the Scouters crazy!
By the way "I use to be a bobwhite..."

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director: Norman Tokar
Actors:
Fred MacMurray
Vera Miles




DVD title: Kool & the Gang - Live from House of Blues
Productgroup: DVD
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front row seat


This is the best sound by far on dvd I have heard. This was recorded with the dvd format in mind at The House Of Blues in Chicago. From begining to end you will be there live. The show is high energy starting with Emergency, Hollywood Swinging and Jungle Boogie then goes into some jazz funk with Chocolate Buttermilk, Sea of Tranquility and Let The Music Take Your Mind. Kool and the Gang are joined by some great musicians to make this a full surround sound dvd. So invite some friends over, put the dvd in... and party front row.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Actors:
Kool & the Gang



DVD title: Spider Baby
Productgroup: DVD
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Loved This Movie


I had never seen or heard of this movie I was browsing the DVD rental store picked it up went home and popped it into the dvd player and then couldnt walk away. I thouroghly enjoyed this movie. I never rent B movies i dont know why I rented this one but I'm happy I did. The opening song was hilarious , The family was creepy, there was overacting , under acting, and good actinig Filmed in Black and White,It was probably ahead of it's time. This movie is now one of my Favorite Movies List So I orderd me a copy of this movie on DVD

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Jack Hill



DVD title: Pooh's Grand Adventure - The Search for Christopher Robin
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Pooh movie by far!


This movie is excellent. Fans of the classic Pooh cartoons ("Blustery Day," "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree," "A Day for Eeyore" and the like), and of "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" will love it. Wonderful songs embellish this perfectly created Pooh story. Some complain that it is dark, scary, and such. Certain parts are, but definitely not overly so. It's necessary to the plot and the message of the film; not every second is 'terrifying' and even for young children, no scene should be too 'scary.' The sad emotional quality of this movie sets it apart a little bit too, but again, it is not too sad for kids, nor is it much more 'depressing' than many other Pooh tales. There is a happy ending with a fun song just as should be expected. From beginning to end 'Pooh's Grand Adventure' is truly grand and should not be missed; the only possible problem I can see is the disclusion of Gopher!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Karl Geurs



DVD title: The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best horror films I have ever seen!


This movie left a mark on me forever. I have seen many horror movies that could scare me and/or creep me out, but this movie did more. THE RING, surprisingly, has an overall impact. It is one of those movies where you leave the theater thinking what you just saw was real...and in fact, from what I have seen, this is the very first movie like that.The tape that the movie revolves around is the best part of the entire movie. It's nightmarish images gives a quality a horror movie should have, inabling a person to simply look back on all of their nightmares they've had ever since childhood.This movie is a very realistic, very true-to-life movie. I think the entire thing is a possiblity to have occured for some reason.When I left the theater tonight, I felt fulfilled and impressed.This movie left a scar...a deep one.*****+!!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Naomi Watts
Martin Henderson
Brian Cox




DVD title: Tenchi Muyo - OVA DVD Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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Great And Cool


This is the collection if you are a Tenchi Muyo lover. I love watching all the episodes and they are all worth it.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Actors:
Tenchi Muyo



DVD title: That Thing You Do!
Productgroup: DVD
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A great look at fame and fortune, and what's important


This is a wonderful musical film, following the brilliant rise of a band--despite the rocky personalities of some of the members.
A young man is taken into a band when one of them gets sick or injured or whatever (I forget--it's been a while). His amazing drum skills rapidly take the band to local stardom--and then to national stardom, where they remain for a long, long time. But all good things must come to an end, and when one member storms out, life must be restructured for them all.
Tom Hanks is the band's agent (and he does a darn fine job too) and Liv Tyler plays the oft-ignored girlfriend of a band leader. She does a good job--her character's plight is very sympathetic, and you cheer at the end.
My only quibble is that the band guys all seemed to look alike--it made things quite confusing. But the songs are both fun, danceable, and horribly catchy (I still hum "That Thing You Do", even though it's been a few years since I saw this)
Bravo Mr. Hanks--this is a wonderful film. It may not be famous, but it makes up for that in quality.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Tom Hanks
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Tom Everett Scott
Liv Tyler
Charlize Theron




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