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DVD title: Moon Over Broadway
Productgroup: DVD
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God Bless Her


Moon Over Broadway co-directed by legendary documentary director D.A. PENNEBAKER and his wife Chris Hegedus, is a behind the scenes documentary of the making of the Broadway Show Moon over Buffalo which starred Phillip Bosco, and Carol Burnett and was written by Ken Ludwig. From the announcement of the play being produced, to the beginning of rehearsal, to the disasterous Boston run, to the opening on Broadway. The access to the creative process the film-makers got is pretty amazing and what they captured is a rare behind the scenes warts and all glimpse of how a Broadway show is shaped. It doesn't take us long to realize we seem to be watching a train wreck occurring in slow motion.
Well things perhaps don't turn out as bad as you might believe. The show did wind up being moderately successful and audiences seemed to enjoy this bit of theatrical fluff.
Particularly interesting is the inter-play between the writer Ludwig, director Tom Moore, and the stars. There's a few truly candid moments caught with the producer and some of the show's backers as well. Being privvy to the whole process is a fascinating and educational experience.
But if you are lucky enough to have the DVD of the film, we are from over. As Paul Harvey would say... and then there's The Rest of the Story. . . .
The DVD has a commentary track that is no holds barred and reveals much more than the film ever could. The commentaries from the various actors, directors and producers, two to three years after the show closed, and a year or so after the documentary was released are remarkable frank, candid and revealing. Carol Burnett does contribute (via phone calls) to the commentary track as well. You'll gain even more insight and realize how deep wounds go by re-watching the film with it's invaluable commentary.
The movie is very good. The DVD package is remarkable.
Chris Jarmick Author of The Glass Cocoon with Serena F. Holder - A steamy cyber thriller. Available January 2001. Please order today. Thank You.

Studio: New Video Group



DVD title: Hellsing - Complete Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Best anime ever


I loved Hellsing. It was so well done. Too bad that it only had 13 episods but who cares it was still awsome. alucads guns kick so much ass. so does selas's gun.

Studio: Geneon Entertainment



DVD title: Star Trek - The Original Crew Movie Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Pay no attention to the others DVD's are all special edition


You don't know how hard I have tried to like these movies. But let's face it it is not the REAL thing! You can't just sit in front of your tv set and PRETEND that you are watching the real and original Star Trek. These super Hollywood productions can only be a pale imitation of the original. And something is lost while robbing off the tv series. Very similar to the Avengers disaster in 1997. The philosophy, the 'spirit' has been left somewhere in 1969. What Gene Roddenbery was aiming to do can not be seen here. Actually, in Star Trek he was aiming to show the audience the problems of their day. Sensitive social issues of 1960s (which would be a trouble to show directly because of the censorship of the day) were taken to the future, to the Star Trek Universe and then reflected to the audience.And I think, this is what that makes Star Trek so special and so timeless despite of the elementary special effects of a time before CG. Yes, the characters are the same; It is the same Kirk or Spock and not played by another actor but how can one believe that these grandpas go where no man has gone before? May be in their youth. This reminds me of Roger Moore's James Bond in 1980s.Pretending to be a super spy in his late 50s. You can't like these movies. You just watch them because you feel pity for your favourate characters who have lost the glory of their youth.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
William Shatner



DVD title: Brother Bear (2-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This Movie is a MUST SEE!!


I figure since I wrote a review for the soundtrack,might as well do it for the movie as well. Which I saw on opening day to a packed house,and currently no.2 top movie in the USA at the moment. ^_^
As described by the other Amazon members,it's about a boy named Kenai who loses his oldest brother to a bear,and after killing the bear,is transformed into one. Kenai befriends Koda along the way. And towards the end,they look upon themselves as brothers and learn the importance of brotherhood.
This movie actually has values in it. Which is good. Seeing as how some movies today are mindless dribble that do poorly in the box office soon after they hit. Brother Bear is really good and for sure will be a Disney hit.
Go see this!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Joaquin Phoenix
Jeremy Suarez
Rick Moranis




DVD title: Friends - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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friends the second season


Friends is so Great!! It shows you how people from culturally diverse backgrounds can get along and live together, not like most tv shows where they'd have you believe everyone in the world (let alone big cities like New York) is white. Also I like it when the Friends go to events, concerts, new restaurants, ethnic festivals, etc., and really explore the city and world around them. Not like most shows where the main characters just sit around the same place and talk. How boring, right!?
Friends is truly an enlightening revelation in the tv world!!!
So get Friends Season Whatever on dvd now!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Lisa Kudrow



DVD title: Valley Girl
Productgroup: DVD
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Cheesy but in a wonderful way...


Back in the day, my best friend and I would have Valley Girl weekend marathons, still our favorite...

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Martha Coolidge
Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Deborah Foreman




DVD title: Cherish
Productgroup: DVD
Cherish - movie DVD cover picture
watch this movie


If you grew up in the 70's 80's you will get this movie. Robin nails the feel. I was really moved watching how this insecure girl grew into this sure woman.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Finn Taylor
Actors:
Robin Tunney
Tim Blake Nelson




DVD title: Labyrinth
Productgroup: DVD
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A truly enthralling, spinning crystal world of fantasy!


Saw it with my sister and my favorite aunt on the video almost 10 years ago and we all really ENJOYED it! We truly did relished in all those funny Muppet characters, that wicked humor, such creative visual gags, and all that glittery magic to grace such a movie! And I love it about how the beautiful dark-haired young heroine suddenly goes tumbling into the otherworldly land to search desperately for her lost baby brother that she had wanted to get rid of in the first place and encountered all those wonderfully fantastic creatures to befriend along the way! And oh, that David Bowie would make you really blush! Wow. As a result, my beloved aunt and I were temporarily drawn under his very seductive spell and survived! But I'm still thankful the lovely Jennifer wasn't really looking for romantic love in the the first place like all the other teenaged fairytale heroines, nevertheless. So go ahead and enjoy such an enchanting ride, folks!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Henson
Actors:
David Bowie
Jennifer Connelly




DVD title: Kite
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Anime Featuring Realisitic Characters


There quite a few amazing things about Kite... First off, the characters all seem real. Not just usual anime real, but you feel (and after you see the movie, this may make you nervous) like you could meet them while just walking down the street. Its a great story about two (maybe more since they mention "replacements") students who have been forced and manipluated into being assassins. They ride out this bizzare combination of student/assassin and change as the movie goes... if this is anything like La Femme Nikita, I'm planning on seeing Nikita soon! Don't pass up Kite!

Studio: Media Blasters
Director: Yasuomi Umetsu



DVD title: The Thin Red Line - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
The Thin Red Line - DTS - movie DVD cover picture
Haunting


Yes, this is my second review for this movie, not only because I have some more things to say, but I also read some other reviewers thoughts and would like to comment on them too.
I am sick and tired of comparing this to Saving Private Ryan, which is just an average remake of Seven Samurai with a nicely photographed D-Day sequence.
People critisize this movie for the reason that there is no plot. That none of the characters are allowed to develop. Well, here it goes...
The plot is nonimportent, as are the characters. The movie is one big emotion. What matters are the images we see, the words we hear. We see faces, hear names be barked out, but none of them matter.
Malick approaches the characters as one. All of the characters are part of one soul, one face. They all represent the thoughts that come to our mind. Furthermore, the emotion belongs to Malick, who tried to approach the movie as objectively as possible, and mostly succeeded. Instead of finding enemies and heros, Malick shows us that no man is one alone, but both. It certainly isn't cliche.
For Heaven's sake, stop saying that this movie is historically incorrect. That's not even the point of the movie, and those who believe the biased/prejudiced truthes of the directors perceptions are idiots. Cinema can be realistic, yet it's truth is something that is subjectiv, as is truth in general.
For those patriots who keep saying that this movie feels sorry for the Japanese and makes the Americans evil- the movie makes modern world evil, a useless evil done for nothing. We are presented with good and beauty in the form of the islanders we encounter in the beginning of the movie. Better said, we are given the description of good as in culture. Or even better, emotion.
Which is why I love this movie, because it defends what I defend: There is no fact, there are no trues, except in our emotions, because we feel them. Fear, Love, Greed, Passion, they are the only trues that can be disputed by us alone. They are not supposed "historical facts" that change from person to person, that are exposed to our interpretations.
Perhaps the movie is too long, yet I watched it breathlessly, just flowing with Hans Zimmer's haunting music and John Toll's beautiful cinematography. You could consider the poetic license of the movie to be pretentious, yet that too is a personal decision. I loved them, for the fact that they are just sad and beautiful. Espacially Ben Chaplin's strike me as subtle and a great companionto his surreal flashbacks.
I do not consider emotions to be banal. Then you will say why I considered Pearl Harbor banal. That I cannot explain. I see grace, beauty, horror in this picture. I feel for it. The other I cannot connect to, lacks grace, intelligence and subtlety.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Terrence Malick
Actors:
Sean Penn
James Caviezel
Nick Nolte




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