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DVD title: Get Carter
Productgroup: DVD
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Get Caine's best performance in this gritty film.

This little seen gem features one of Michael Caine's finest performances in a taught, dark, perfectly realized character study of a professional killer who seeks revenge --no matter how high the cost may be.
The film was obviously a direct influence on several latter British films such as Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa. Films that unflinchingly focused on character, rather than story and presented a full dimensional portrait without justification or apology to the audience. It was remade as a blaxploitation film called The Hit Man too.
You can see it's influence on recent films such as Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Limey with their simple revenge driven motifs. Those films however add gimmicks and tricks to the mix. Get Carter trusts its material and it's actors and stays disturbingly quiet, and on the surface simple-though internally quite complex. It's a bit of a stretch but there are influences of Get Carter in Taxi Driver as well.
Get Carter remains a very English (as in British) film. It's a film which was undoubtedly influenced by John Boorman's 1967 classic Point Blank.
The way Michael Caine plays Carter will remind you of a darker, more cynical and somewhat more mature Alfie (the cheeky Casonova from the 1966 film that made Caine an international star). He's an over-confident, immoral, womanizing hit man who'll snap his fingers and demand a pint of bitter in a thin glass and then later have phone sex, while being observed with his mistress, Brit Eckland (a cutting edge scene in '71).
Some of the events in the film are inspired by real life events, but ones few Americans have ever heard of (concerning British gangsters). The film is purposely stripped of any visual poetry and shows us a drab, Newcastle. There are seedy pubs, run down row houses, sloppy construction projects and polluted beaches peopled by working class people who have little hope, few dreams and little money. You won't find noir influenced shots of shadows and light, fog or atmosphere. Director Hodges is being stylish by carefully avoiding a sense of style, observing methodically, like footage shot for some unimaginative city planning board study. It creates an underlining feeling of despair and takes us to places almost absent of any charm, whose only character is one of slow rot. Of course this makes a good analogy to what Carter is internally. He's crossed over all ethical and moral lines in his life too many times to remain untouched. And he can't ignore what he's become when it's caused his brother to be brutally murdered.
At times Get Carter is a brutal film. There are sudden explosions of violence in the film which are ugly as violence truly is. When we realize there is a bit of good in Carter, it means we also realize he's made choices which have doomed him to this life. As the film progresses we realize that several choices he's made have created an inner-turmoil and horror Carter barely lets us see.
The film is slowly, not manically paced and invites some degree of contemplation. It becomes a rich film experience, though not a pleasant and breezily entertaining one.
It's a film of shadows, of thugs and gangsters who are not glamorous, or romantic in any sense of the word. The humor comes from the desperate bitterness of the characters we meet. Characters played to perfection by Ian Hendry, Bernard Hepton and John Osborne (who wrote the play Look Back in Anger).
Caine, is superb. He refuses to remind us he's acting and wears his role effortlessly. He never forces a line or a look or tries for audience sympathy or understanding. Anyone who relishes great performances will find this one among the best on film.
So even if you have seen too many gangster films, and even if the prospect of seeing a rather bleak one doesn't interest you all that much, perhaps the fact it contains Caine's best performance will convince you to watch Hodges' 1971, GET CARTER soon.
--Chris Jarmick, co-Author of The Glass Cocoon with Serena F. Holder (- a steamy cyber thriller available January 2001. Please pre-order it today.)

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Mike Hodges
Michael Caine
Ian Hendry

DVD title: Peter Pan (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Easily the best version of Peter Pan ever made

Do we really need another Peter Pan movie? I had my doubts before I saw this first live-action version of the original story. But watch just a little bit of this film, and you'll be hooked. This is the version you've never seen before. Unlike the comparably simple Disney film or those awful live-action spinoffs (like Hook), P.J. Hogan created a full-scale, lavish production that truly captures the sense of adventure and wonder that was found in the original story. The beautiful special effects and the cinematography draw you in (and they are so well crafted, it's a wonder why Oscar overlooked it). But more importantly, kids and adults will relate to the deeper messages about childhood and growing up that J.M. Barrie intended.
Hook is played superbly, and the pirates bring sufficient suspense and intrigue into the story (and may frighten some kids -- hence the PG rating), but the real gem is in the brilliant interplay between Wendy and Pan. This is one for the family, and one for anyone who ever felt the mixed emotions of growing up.
Of the ample DVD bonus features, the most interesting is the alternate ending, where a bewildered Peter Pan returns to find that Wendy has sadly grown up. But the adventure continues as Wendy shares her childhood adventures with her daughter. Nice work there.
Peter Pan was a small film at the box office, probably a victim of bad timing with other kid flicks. It has mostly unknown, but exceptional actors, and is definitely a great choice for DVD. It's just too bad that it was never on the radar screen for any awards.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: P.J. Hogan
Jason Isaacs
Jeremy Sumpter
Lynn Redgrave
Olivia Williams

DVD title: Rammstein: Live aus Berlin
Productgroup: DVD
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I give it a 5 star rating 'cause...

I really enjoyed watching band as it is my all time fav. The pyrotechs are swee' and the sexual taunts are funny, to an extent =p. I would recommend buying it, even if you don't understand German.

Studio: Uni/Island
Director: Hamish Hamilton

DVD title: The Great Muppet Caper
Productgroup: DVD
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Ester Williams, eat your heart out.

Only kidding Ester, but the swimming sequence with Miss Piggy to me is worth the whole entire movie. The song is beautiful and the orchestration is powerful and mind blowing and the 5.1 stereo sound with Charles and Kermit battling over for Miss Piggy in that swimming scene gives me goose-flesh every time i watch it.Artistically these muppet movies are a wonderful combination of live people, great props and scenery, lavish costumes, wonderful music and really great story lines. Even at age 54 i find these movies a wonderful escape from hectic days and are just a joy to watch. Who would ever think "the muppets" would endure these several decades. Jim Henson was a wonderful man and to bad his life was cut so short.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Henson
Jim Henson
Frank Oz

DVD title: WWE Hall of Fame 2004
Productgroup: DVD
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On March 13th 2004 - the night before Wrestlemania XX - World Wrestling Entertainment held a very special ceremony to induct 11 legends, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Don Muraco, Big John Studd, Junkyard Dog,"Superstar" Billy Graham, Sgt. Slaughter, Tito Santana, Harley Race, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Pete Rose, into its hallowed Hall of Fame. These are highlights of that ceremony.
Three Hours of DVD Extras...
Seven legendary matches: -"Superstar" Billy Graham vs. Bruno Sammartino -Sgt. Slaughter vs. Pat Patterson (with alternate commentary) -Don Muraco vs. Pedro Morales -Jesse Ventura vs. Bob Backlund -Big John Studd vs. Andre The Giant -Greg Valentine vs. Tito Santana -Junkyard Dog vs. Harley Race
Plus: Pete Rose's three Wrestlemania appearences, classic interviews, promos and vignettes.

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Billy Graham
Pete Rose

DVD title: Mystic River (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Most Powerful Film of the Year.

Mystic River is probably the most powerful film I saw this year. It deals with the lives of three friends grown up after one of them is sexually abused as a child. Thoughts of the incident continually distress the abused child, played by Tim Robbins, while the other two are haunted by the wonderment of why it wasn't them. Kevin Bacon, and Sean Penn play these two now grown men, Penn in the best male performance of the year. He plays his character so perfectly; his emotion so powerful. When he experiences a deep loss within his own family, he begins for the first time to start dealing with what he lost a child as well. It's an outstanding film directed by Clint Eastwood that gave Penn the Oscar he deserved.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Clint Eastwood
Sean Penn
Tim Robbins
Kevin Bacon
Laurence Fishburne
Laura Linney
Emmy Rossum

DVD title: The Wraith
Productgroup: DVD
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Good car movie

The movie is a good one to watch and the car is slick in desigh i want that car it was great to watch it after so long a must see movie

Studio: Platinum Disc Corp
Director: Mike Marvin
Charlie Sheen
Nick Cassavetes

DVD title: WWE Wrestlemania XIX
Productgroup: DVD
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Something Weird Is Going On

--Not A "WM19" Review:

About 2 weeks ago, WM21 and WM20 each cost about $20. Then a few days later, WM20 cost about $30, I was shocked. So I decided I would buy WM19 (which was $20 at the time) and WM21 INSTEAD OF WM21 and WM20. Then a few days later, WM19 cost $30, I was extremely shocked. So I decided I would buy WM18, for $20. Then 24 hours later, WM19's price changed back to $20, I was a little shocked but happy. ToysRus, please raising the prices of the products. Leave the prices the way they are. (Unless you are lowering the price, of course!) What if I buy WM18 b/c WM19 & WM20 cost $30. But then the next day, WM19 cost $20! I'd be shocked because if I would've waited ONE DAY longer, I could've gotten WM19. And nobody suspects you to do that!!! QUIT IT. Leave all the WM prices at $20. Why the heck does WM20 cost $30!!! Quit It! I'm gettin' tired of this.

P.S. If this keeps happening, I will turn my interest to Target's shopping website!!!

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Director: Kevin Dunn (III)

DVD title: Bring It On
Productgroup: DVD
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Oooh YES!

I really enjoy watching movies about High School girls, and brother, this is one of the best. They're cheerleaders!
Why wouldn't it deserve 5 stars?

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Peyton Reed
Kirsten Dunst
Eliza Dushku

DVD title: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Productgroup: DVD
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Ferris Bueller is as good s it gets!!

I disagree with the person who said u're kids wouldn't like it as much as you did. My dad and I just watched this on TV and it's my new favourite movie! I loved it! It's so funny and Mathew Brodderick is just SO GOOD in it!! I loved this and I know a whole bunch of kids who love it also! It's hilarious, especially when he sings Twist and Shout atop a parade float in downtown chicago! I reccomend this to anyone with a sense of humour!!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: John Hughes
Matthew Broderick
Alan Ruck
Mia Sara

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