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DVD title: Go Tigers!
Productgroup: DVD
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Go Tigers is great documentary!


I saw this film at the Sundance Film Festival, it's first showing in the country. As a Massillon native, this does document well the city's passion for football.
If you are a football fan, it is an interesting must see about high school football and a small midwest town.

Studio: New Video Group
Director: Kenneth A. Carlson



DVD title: I Know Where I'm Going! - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Who would not be wanting to go to Scotland to find love?


In "I Know Where I'm Going!" stubborn Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) embarks on a long journey north to marry the wealthy Sir Robert Bellinger on the Scottish island of Kiloran in the Heberdies. However, the fates and the Scottish weather work against her plans and teach here the folly of the title sentiment and the song that goes with it. Originally deterred from reaching the island by fog, Joan encounters naval Lieutenant Torquil MacNeil (Roger Livesey) who talks her into spending the night at the house of his friend, Catriona Potts (Pamela Brown). The next day the fog is gone but a fierce gale has taken its place. Joan and Torquil move to the Tobermory Hotel to better wait out the gale but not before passing Castle Moy where we learn of a curse that forbids any of the Lairds of Kiloran from entering the place. Torquil, it turns out, is the one of the Lairds but is forced to rent the island to Bellinger just to pay the bills. At this point we know exactly where this movie is going, even if it takes Joan and Torquil a bit longer to figure things out.
There are two things that make this a most enjoyable romance. First, the fact that Hiller and Livsey are considerably more real in looks and actions than the actors we usually find staring in such films. When Joan and Torquil have their big fight about her trying to cross over to Kiloran by boat, they are of course talking about everything except how they feel about each other. It is such a mature conversation, for lack of a better word at the moment, and reflective of the entire film's approach to the idea of love and romance. Second, there is a real sense of Scotland in "I Know Where I'm Going!", both in terms of the stunning location shots but also the large supporting cast of characters. This film does for Scotland what "The Quiet Man" did for Ireland, although that comparison immediately brings strong feelings of regret that this film is not in color. Still, it is no wonder that fans of this film make a pilgrimage to the Isle of Mull. This Criterion Collection edition of "I Know Where I'm Going" provides all of the insights we have come to expect. There are still photographs and home movies shot by Michael Powell with commentary from his widow, as well as a documentary on the making of the film. The most astounding revelation is that leading man Roger Livesey never went to Scotland for filming because he was in a West End play at the time. Every shot you see of Torquil out and about is a double and the fact that the interior of Castle Moy was a studio interior is rather stunning given how little film time it is given (albeit the payoff for the entire film). Ironically, James Mason was originally cast in the role but turned it down because he was going to have to "live rough" on the islands of northern Scotland. Actually, this is a somewhat atypical Criterion Collection in that it caters more to the "ordinary" fan of the film rather than the usual student of cinema.
Personal Note: Seeing Pamela Brown in this film was a special treat because she was the actress who originated the role of Jennet Jourdemayne in Christopher Fry's wonderful verse play "The Lady's Not for Burning." I have seen Brown in a few other film roles, such as "Richard III" and "Cleopatra," but this is the first time I got a sense of the actress as she would have been in that play and I fully understand the comment that the actress had eyes you can drown in. Along similar lines, keep an eye out for young Petula Clark as Cheril (the little girl wearing glasses who looks up from her book to ask Joan about her impending marriage).

Studio: Criterion Collection
Actors:
Wendy Hiller
Roger Livesey




DVD title: Depeche Mode - One Night in Paris (The Exciter Tour 2001)
Productgroup: DVD
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UK's (or the world's?) best kept secret...


For me, Depeche Mode has been the best live concert yet, and I'm estatic to own this DVD. I gave it a five-star rating simply for Martin Gore's vocals on "Sister of Night", and the energy of Dave and Martin.( Martin is the most underrated singer AND songwriter, and he deserves the praise). Dave's antics on stage always makes for good viewing, he's so charismatic and energetic...and the blend of those two make great music. Yes, Dave sounds strained, but after months of touring, it should be no suprise. Personally, I think they should have recorded a live show earlier in their tour, but overall, I love this DVD. However, I've seen where there is supposed to be a scene with Martin "singing in his dressing room"...but maybe that is only on the DVD from the UK?

Studio: Universal Music Video
Director: Anton Corbijn



DVD title: Blackbeard's Ghost
Productgroup: DVD
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THIS IS A MUST FOR YOUR COLLECTION


To me despite what other people might think is a Walt Disney Classic that I saw when I was just a kid. This movie stars Award-winning actor Peter Ustinov along with Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette. This movie had me laughing right from the start. Dean Jones is hired by a small New England town to be their track coach. While standing in the lobby of a hotel, Walker accidentally bids on an old fashion bun warmer that was used by Blackbeard Ghost. After Walker gets to his room he accidentally sits on the bum warmer and breaks the handle. That's when the real fun starts as Blackbeard Ghost comes alive and the only one that can see him is the track coach. What does Steve Walker have to do to get rid of Blackbeard? Will people think that Walker crazy after being seen talking to ghost that no one else can see? Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette offer fine performances as Steve and Jo Anne; Elsa Lanchester is her delightful-best as Emily Stowcraft, one of the old ladies who call themselves the 'Daughters of Blackbeard'!. Also featuring Elliott Reid, Norman Grabowski, Michael Conrad and Lou Nova. This review is based on the DVD in my home collection which you can get right here on Amazon.com. I give this movie 5 weasel stars.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Robert Stevenson
Actors:
Peter Ustinov
Dean Jones




DVD title: Jabberwocky
Productgroup: DVD
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Delightful children's poem


Nonsense!? Who says this is nonsense!? This is the story of a boy hero who slayed a dragon. The delightful rhyme uses impressive nonsense words which have great phonetic appeal. My seven year old daughter requested rereading of this poem many times. The moral content is tremendous.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Terry Gilliam
Actors:
Michael Palin



DVD title: Cardcaptor Sakura - Vacation Daze (Vol. 5)
Productgroup: DVD
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good series


i have bought a fan sub of this series and let me tell you if you like sailor moon you will love this this series while it may seem simple is really quite deep with plot and a touch of goofiness and romance so buy this series on dvd you wont be disapointed. but if you like a more action based anime this is not for you but it gets five stars in my book. oh here is a spoiler in the final episode li says he loves sakura and sakura never really says it to him but you know li finds out by the way she looks at him when he is about to leave for hong kong

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Morio Asaka



DVD title: American Pie (Widescreen Unrated Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Welcome American Pie


Ohh my God what type of movie is that how can be a movie like this.Would you belive when I firstly watch this film on cinema I stoped myself so hardly not to pee my short.It is the most entertainig film I have ever watched.What a brain I would like to celebrate the writer of this movie.It was so funny I remember that after the movie ended I ran to to buy tickets of the next hour to watch it again.I belive that everybody who watched this film are laughing when they saw a picture of this movie anywhere any time.Strictly Recomended.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Jason Biggs
Chris Klein
Thomas Ian Nicholas




DVD title: The Dish
Productgroup: DVD
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"Tranquility Base .... The Eagle Has Landed."


A very good film. Sam Neill stars as the head man at an Australian tracking station responsible for transmitting the first live television images from the lunar surface in July 1969.
In this writer's estimation, Mr. Neill gives a very solid, understated performance here. The perfect touch given Neill by the filmmakers was the addition of his ever-present pipe. He's rarely without his trusty companion. IMO, that pipe gives his character more "character", if you will. It seems the perfect prop for this characterization.
An assortment of adept supporting players are on hand here as well, providing genuine moments of humor, and tenderness, throughout. The neighborhood "boy soldier" (who's dying to get into some sort of military duty) is a howling treat!
This film offers a near-perfect blend of laughs and drama. Plus a very nice 60s musical score to boot!
I thoroughly enjoyed this 101-minute ride to the moon on "The Dish"!
Although offering little in the way of extra features (save the trailer and some cast notes), I would also give the DVD performance a thumbs-up as well. Nice full 5.1 surround sound, and an excellent anamorphic widescreen picture are on tap here.
If you haven't yet, check out "The Dish"! It's an amazing little gem.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Rob Sitch
Actors:
Sam Neill



DVD title: The Fear
Productgroup: DVD
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Decent movie


The soundtrack to this movie is a 5 star appearances by Esham N NATAS make the soundtrack better

Studio: Simitar Video
Director: Vincent Robert
Actors:
Vincent Robert
Eddie Bowz




DVD title: Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This was Great


Ok, first of all, I would like to say that all of the people out there who went to this movie expecting it to be exactly on the same level as the older trilogy, and left feeling disappointed by the story, or the characters, or anything else. You can't expect it to be the same at all. The first trilogy was set during a civil war, during a dark time. The characters were varied. You had a rogue, a princess, a wookiee co-pilot, an old war hero jedi, and a young antagonist with hidden potential, who all came together to defeat a common enemy. Now, flash back a few decades. It is a peaceful time, but with a stirring in the air, of a coming change. The government is becoming stale and corrupt, and the Jedi are losing their mystique and grandeur, because they are attached to the stale government. So, you can expect a few things. Dense political plotlines, corrupt individuals, Jedi who aren't in touch with their powers anymore, and a more old school soceity. You must understand this. Han Solo would never blend in an environment such as this, he wouldn't match. The characters in this movie were superb in my opinion, because they fit the times that they were set in. Obi-Wan (Ewan) was much more fleshed out, and you could tell that he was scared for Anakin, and his fear would lead to failure in his training of Anakin. Anakin ( Hayden) also came to full veiw. No longer the child who screamed "wizard!", He had come into the light as a troubled young man who would become The Darth Vader we all know. And Yoda, I know there are a few people out there who said that yoda's fight was sacrilige, I disagree. Yoda has trained for hundreds of years, His skills would reflect that. And add the fact that he wasn't at the end of his life like he is later. Padme was the same, but for good reason. Mace had more screen time, and Dooku was a good addition to the story, it's good to hear some smack talking in a fight. I miss that. The movie exceeded my expectations in many ways. I now have to wait a couple more years to see the empire rise to power and the climactic lightsaber battle that is inevitable, but I can make it now, thanks to the second chapter not sucking. Now I can watch a newer Star Wars DVD without wincing, the years will pass more easily that way.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman




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