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DVD title: Leaving Metropolis
Productgroup: DVD
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Good film good film

I was just really able to appreciate this film. Sure there were some lines that I didn't like and and I was a little unclear about some plot aspects and I wished we could have seen what happens to the characters after the film ended. But overall, I really loved the message of the film and the originality of it. This is a film about love, sexuality, and relationships. It was really beautiful. Most of what I must praise highest is the acting. Every single person was casted perfectly for what their unique talents offered. Corazza's is a VERY believable and truthful actor. His acting lends himself to innocence and sympathy -- just what Matt needed. Taylor was brilliant. She exudes power and assurance. And she played every one of her very difficult lines absolutely perfectly. She was perfection. Allison was surprising convincing and excellent. I say surprising because for a man dressed in woman's clothing, this is the first movie where I actually LIKED the character and this character was believable and not a stupid stereotype. Shannon was real person for me. Boyd was absolutely excellent. She seems to be the most experienced and a clear veteran of the art. They were so lucky to get her for this. She's a world-class actress.

This film was just really enjoyable. I really found the writer's (Fraser) commentary to be especially interesting. This film was daring, original, and well-directed. A little unbelievable at points, but enjoyable none the less.

Studio: Wolfe Video
Director: Brad Fraser

DVD title: Bogus
Productgroup: DVD
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It makes you love any child in this world

Bogus is a movie that makes you feel that every child deserves to be loved and cared for. The actor Haley Osment is the real soul of this movie. He acts so well that he is the best actor to be casted on this movie . Recommended and highly rated by most of our community here !

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Norman Jewison
Whoopi Goldberg
Gérard Depardieu

DVD title: Rhapsody in August
Productgroup: DVD
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Autumn Radiance

I saw this film on the big screen and, as usual of most Akira Kurosawa's films, it left a lasting impression.
Made in Kurosawa's twilight years, the film is aptly mellow and contemplative, reflecting as it is on one of the horrors of humankind - the Second World War culminating in the release of the atomic bomb.
When this film was first released in US, it generated some controversy when US critics questioned Kurosawa's motivation in two comments in the film relating to the bombing. The critics should not have been concerned, the film's theme indeed is one of reconciliation and bridge-building, laying no blame on the US but the evils of war.
The film is skilful in the way it draws the viewer into the children's discovery and realisation of the horror of the bombing as experienced by their grandmother. The viewer could feel the same anticipation and mystery as the children in their attempt to fathom the old lady.
The film is also delightful in its quiet satire on the middle generation.
Indeed, Rhapsody is a very good film that is every bit an enjoyment of Kurosawa's mastery of story-telling. It has a pace and richness that flow with the excitement of a child's adventure of discovery. And I must say the film contains one of the most indelible images of the film medium when the viewer finally sees what the grandmother and her brother saw on that fateful day in August.
Rhapsody is indeed a fitting completion to the huge and beautiful spectrum of great films from this great, great director.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Sachiko Murase
Richard Gere

DVD title: Halloween II
Productgroup: DVD
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"You don't know what death is!"

Laurie Strode is having a very long day...

... will this Halloween never end? Will this creep in a William Shatner mask (yes, it's designed to be William Shatner) ever stay dead and stop strangling her...? Baby, doll, not tonight.

Say what you will about inferior horror sequels AND the fact that Carpenter does indeed hate this film, dismissing it as a tax shelter for legal losses from the original "Halloween"'s debts. This is undoubtedly one of the best horror sequels I've gambled on.

Part II THROTTLES out of the gate with a clever and creepy use of "Mr. Sandman". We find ourselves recapping the final five minutes of "Halloween" complete with the original footage and all original cast members. While Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) gets carted off to Haddonfield Memorial from her ordeal, my man Mike brushes the grass and bullets off, arms himself with his weapon of choice from 3 years prior: the kitchen knife. Later, he graduates to syringes, IV tubing (my favorite kill), nasty whacks on the head, and a hydrotherapy tub bubbling scalding hot water.

Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance) runs around like a rabid dog searching for confirmation of Myers' demise, of which there seems none. Mike overhears little sister's whereabouts on a kid's ghetto-box, and you can fill in the blanks...

Rick Rosenthal his first time out made some very wise decisions concerning this sequel. Written by Carpenter and Debra Hill ("Halloween"), shot by Dean Cundey ("Halloween", "Jurassic Park"), edited by Mark Goldblatt ("Starship Troopers", "The Terminator"), art direction by J. Michael Riva ("Lethal Weapon", "The Color Purple"). See, this was his first film out, so he hired the best in the business to help him as much as possible. I believe this movie to be equal parts everybody involved.

Good deaths, clever, more than the first, though the blood still has that pastel tinge to it made famous by Sam Peckinpah. Kudos to the hot-tub hottie nurse that meets an elongated and painful departure, she's wicked hot. Dean Cundey and Ray Stella bring out their magic bag of Cinemascope camera tricks with REALLY GOOD atmos lighting and smooth, dreamy Panaglide movements. The visual texture almost tastes exactly like the original, so if that was what floated your boat in the first, you're really gonna dig this sequel.

The music, unfortunately, gets too produced. Written and performed by Carpenter and Alan Howarth, just like Part I. All our favorite skin-crawling themes are there, but are layered with the trend du jour of 1981: synthesizer effects. The minimalist approach to the music in Part I is what made that score the quintessential slasher soundscape.

However, it took this sequel for me to realize just how much Carpenter appreciates Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Mario Bava. The hot-tub kill is ripped directly from Argento's "Deep Red". Also noteworthy is a very uncustomary eyeball gag that smacks of Fulci. Go ahead, Carpenter! This is how good this man USED TO BE back in his heyday. He could take a paycheck writing a sequel that he hated, turn it into a STAPLE HORROR SEQUEL and an effective thriller, without even really trying. Just having fun with it. He and Hill wrote the script in under a week.

Just one question: I thought hospitals never closed. Doesn't anyone know where the fusebox is in that place? But that's just nitpicking.

4.5 stars. Recommended for the ultimate horror double-header, "Halloween" and "Halloween II" stretch 1 day into 2 eternities. Nice. If you're a REAL FAN of the original, you ought to be legally bound to like this one, as well.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Jamie Lee Curtis
Donald Pleasence

DVD title: Gettysburg (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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this must be taken for what it is... Hollywood

I have read many of the reviews about this movie on this site, and most people are not very bright obviously. They dont understand that, this is a hollywood movie and not a documentary, and expect it to be exactly true and they dont understand that things need to be changed to make it more entertaining, that is done with most movies like glory, patriot,peral harbor, and many more. If they made it with nothing but complete historical accuracy's it would not be as entertaining, and these people need to do what they can to make it entertaining or they dont money and noone watches it.I watched this movie as what it is.. a form of entertainment and not a historical documentary, and I loved it. I have studied much on the actual battle and and have a large collection of documentary's I would love to share the titles names with whoever asks, but remeber always this is for entertainment. Next time you see one of these period pieces remeber that and dont go looking for historical inaccuracy's. It ruins the point of the film, have fun!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Ronald F. Maxwell
Tom Berenger
Martin Sheen

DVD title: Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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It's A Groovy movie. Baaaby

Dr. Evil has a new sidekick(Minieme). He wants Austin Powers' mojo and all the money. It's funny, great , and outrageous as you watch them mooovie of the 90's

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jay Roach
Mike Myers
Heather Graham

DVD title: TV Classic Westerns: Bat Masterson/Death Valley Days/The Rifleman/Wagon
Productgroup: DVD
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I must tell you I thought I was getting only one episode on "The Wagon Train" and another one on the "Death Valley Days". To my delightful surprise, that is a double sided DVD and brings you not only two of the best tv classic westerns ever made, but four tv classic westerns: "Death Valley Days" ("Dear Teacher" & "Sego Lillies"); "Wagon Train" ("The Dr. Denker Story"); "Bat Masterson" ("The Fighter" & "Stampede at Tent City") and "The Rifleman" ("Outlaw's Inheritance" & "Mail Order Groom"). Without a doubt, that is one of the best DVDs in my modest, but selected collection. It comes in a very nice case with short, but great information on the shows. It has an interactive menu, scene selector, dolby digital, trivia quiz and biography of the famous stars of the classic western shows in it. It was digitally mastered and was made in Canada. The 7 (seven) episodes on the DVD were nicely and competently chosen among the various good episodes on the shows. If you are a tv western classic fanatic like me or even if you want to have a really good DVD just added to your collection, that is a must!

Studio: Platinum Disc Corportation
TV Classic Westerns

DVD title: Born on the Fourth of July (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"The Church blessed the war. Communism, the insidous evil.
They-they told us to go. Thou shall not kill women & children. Thou shall not kill women & children, ma. Thou shall not kill women & children. Isn't this what you taught us?" - Ron Kovic melts down in front of his parents in "Born On The Fourth Of July"

Oliver Stone's powerful film, based on the true story of Vietnam Vet., Ron Kovic, still packs a punch after fourteen years since its Christmas 1989 release and has the best performance that Tom Cruise has given in his entire career. Sadly, the film didn't sweep the Oscars like "Platoon" did, and, no, Cruise didn't win that year for Best Actor (that honor went to Morgan Freeman for "Driving Miss Daisy". Say it with me people, "What the *u*k!?!).

"Born" starts out in the late 50's as we meet a young, impressionable Ron Kovic who plays war with his pals in the backyard and has a sweetie named Donna. The film sets up the major characters & Kovic's family and then jumps to his Senior Year in High School, in the early sixties.

A visit from the local Marine Recruiter at his high school easily convinces Kovic and some of his buddies to join the Marine Corp., fully aware that they may be the first to head into battle, and the nightmare that would be Vietnam.

The film segues to the year 1967 & Kovic's first tragedy trying to come to grips with accidently killing a fellow soldier in the heat of battle & then his commanding officer telling him to, basically, forget what happened. In 1969, his personal hell begins as he is shot twice, one in the heel of his foot and with a second shot to his upper chest, severly damaging his spinal column, Kovic is paralyzed for life from the waist down.

With such a severe injury, Ron Kovic is sent home, but just as he has found that war is hell, the road home has its nightmarish twists & turns. Coming to grips with all that has transpired & with the ever changing world around him, Ron Kovic quickly learns its a long road home.

This is easily one of Oliver Stone's best films side-by-side with "Platoon". While "Platoon" gives us the sweaty, gory, backstabbing, hellish nightmare that was the Vietnam War, "Born On The Fourth Of July" gives us the other side of the nightmare, the war at home, in its all its unflinching darkside glory.

Stone's direction is top-notch. "Born on the Fourth of July" is shot with red, white, & blue hues (red for the battle sequences, blue for the tragic scenes and white for the dream sequences). The film doesn't capture the essence of the 60's & 70's, it embraces it (the scenes of Massapequa in the 60's is all Americana while the Massapequa of the 70's seems lost, trying to forget or demonstrate against the war. The town's innocence is truly lost). The Vietnam action sequences are filmed documentary guerrilla style.

The cast is absolutely outstanding. Tom Cruise is at the top of his game in this film. Rumor has it, this film destroyed his marriage to Mimi Rogers. Cruise spent a lot of time in the wheelchair, getting all the movements right & preparing for the role, so when filming began everything came second nature to him. Also, keep an out for small roles from Billy Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Holly-Marie Combs (T.V.'s "Charmed"), Vivica A. Fox (she's the hooker in the hospital ward at night), Michael Wincott ("Alien Ressurection" & "The Crow"), John McGinnley ("Scrubs" & "Platoon") & Wayne Knight (Newman from "Seinfeld" & "Jurassic Park").

As for this third DVD release for "Born On The Fourth Of July", I really wish it was a special edition, but, its not. This version combines the previous two (before this release, you had a choice between the 30 dollar Dolby Digital version, or the 30 dollar DTS version) with Dolby Digital & DTS audio with a commentary track by Oliver Stone. The only special feature is a NBC backstory segment that delves into the network's archives retrieving interviews with Stone, Cruise, & Kovic from the film's press junket in 1989. Its a half-assed affair with, of all people, Bryant Gumble hosting.

With "Born" ending with Ron Kovic speaking at the National Democratic Convention in 1976 & the film itself being released 13 months before the first Gulf War, it would be interesting to catch up with Kovic & to see his views on the war in Iraq, stem cell research, & how he feels the country is doing. Sadly, "Universal" doesn't share these ideas and the DVD presentation sucks. The picture definitely needs to be remastered. The audio is decent with 5.1 surround.

"Born On The Fourth Of July" is like the colors of the American Flag.
They don't run.

For Truth, Justice, & The American Way.

God Bless Our Troops & American Veterans.

Above All, God Bless America.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Oliver Stone
Tom Cruise

DVD title: Daft Punk & Leiji Matsumoto's Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
Productgroup: DVD
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When French Meets Japanese

"Musicians are magicians. That's what I always say," says legendary anime creator Leiji Matsumoto at the beginning of the film. It's a musical. It's anime. I had a hard time finding it in the store, but when I got it, I watched it continuously at home. The French duo Daft Punk (my favorite electronica group), meets the Japanese artist Leiji Matsumoto (I love his work). I already owned many electronica albums and many anime DVDs, so I thought I'd give this a try because I was a big fan of the music videos from Discovery. Now, this is currently my favorite DVD yet! It's about a band from another planet in a faraway galaxy. An evil man from Earth, sends his army to bring the band to Earth, brainwashes them, and gives them human appearance. They are a major success and become #1, but when a man from the same planet as the band tries to rescue them, they all try to stop the evil man from conquering the universe. This whole story is told entirely without dialogue. Don't believe me? Go buy it and see for yourself! I still keep on watching it continuously. It has a lot of replay value. I highly recommend it to fans of anime and electronica.

Studio: Emi Distribution

DVD title: Once Upon a Time in Italy - The Spaghetti Western Collection (A Bullet for the General / Companeros / Four of the Apocalypse / Keoma / Texas Adios)
Productgroup: DVD
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Must own for Italo-Western Lovers

This box offers a fistful of great spaghetti westerns with very good picture and sound quality and a score of extras and all that at a fair price.
If you love Spaghetti Westerns, as I do, and maybe missed buying the Blue Underground Box, which is sold out now, then grab this one. You can't make anything wrong with this. An unforgettable pack of great gems of Italian cinema

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain

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