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DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great For Fans of the Book!

For anyone who was disappointed with the theatrical version of The Fellowship of the Ring because it did not follow the book exactly the way they thought it would, this special extended version of FOTR may be good to watch, although it does leave out Tom Bombadil and the Old Forest. It does contain several new and exciting sequences, such as an extended sequence of Hobbiton, with Bilbo Baggins writing a document entitled "Concerning Hobbits" which happens to be what the prologue of the book is. Other new scenes include, extended shots of Caras Galadhon and also a sequence in which Galadriel imparts gifts to each member of the Fellowship of the Ring. There is more character development, although it is mostly character development for Aragorn, showing his burden of lineage in a greater light. Other new scenes include Extended coverage of Frodo's journey with Samwise, Merry, Pippin and Aragorn before they reach Weathertop, where the four Hobbits are attacked by Ringwraiths, additional conversation scenes at the part where the Fellowship reaches the Gate of Moria, the Council of Elrond sequence is enhanced and lasts a bit longer.
This special extended version of the theatrical film is not to be missed by anybody who is a devout Lord of the Rings fan, as I am. This extended version conveys more of J.R.R. Tolkien's world lending even more credit to the book.
Also included at the end is a special feature, "A Day in the Life of a Hobbit", which takes you behind the scenes 6to the making of Fellowship and includes interviews with Elijah Wood (who plays Frodo Baggins) Dominic Monaghan (who plays Merry Brandybuck) Billy Boyd (who plays Pippin Took) Sean Astin (who plays Sam Gamgee) and Peter Jackson (the director).After that, the trailor for The Two Towers plays.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Rudy (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Life changing movie

I didn't find Rudy the most entertaining movie of all time. However, I fully believe that people can do whatever they want, as long as they believe it themselves, they are willing to work hard for it, and they are persistant.
This movie brings that message together and delivers is perfectly. I truly believe that if this idea is implemented it will change your life--it did mine. Thanks Rudy!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: David Anspaugh
Sean Astin
Jon Favreau

DVD title: Ghost
Productgroup: DVD
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Lionel From Los Angeles California,Oct 28,1999

Please Please Please Put this Movie on DVD,Before the year of 2000. Because it's a Classic. Please Add Special Edition ,Special Features,Audio Commentary,Digital Master,New Dolby 5.1 Soundtrack Please,Please Please

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Jerry Zucker
Patrick Swayze
Demi Moore
Whoopi Goldberg

DVD title: The Man Who Wasn't There
Productgroup: DVD
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Film Noir: Coens style

"The Man who wasn't there" is yet another great addition to the Coen brothers list of movies, always differing in style the Coens chose this time to make a noir film shot in black and white and greatly succedded. As usual the script, directing and acting are fantastic. Billy Bob Thornton was very good at playing Ed Crane, the barber who decided to end his boring life and try something new only to end up in disaster. As in the other Coens movies there are so many twists and turns that they will make your head spin and this one is no different. Recommended for fans of film noir, the Coens brothers, and independent film. My rating 9/10.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Billy Bob Thornton
Frances McDormand

DVD title: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Productgroup: DVD
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Everything a New York thriller should be.

If you're feeling nostalgic for gritty, rude, 1970's New York, then you should watch this movie. Every detail seems absolutely spot-on, from the location shots and flourescent-lit interiors, to the dialog and characters (check out the sniffley, vote-counting mayor and pragmatic deputy mayor.) Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw give terrific performances in the main roles (not to mention the redoubtable Martin Balsam) but it's the gallery of character actors and walk-on roles that give this film it's hyper-watchable texture and charm. Jerry Stiller and Tony Roberts are great, but there's a trainload (if you'll pardon the expression) that I can't even name, all of whom seem like they stepped right off the Manhattan sidewalk, circa 1974. The guy who monitors the subway display board and keeps asking "What the Hell's going on here?"----he was also in The Hot Rock, as the bank employee who get hypnotized. The time-limit of one hour that the train-jackers give before thay start shooting hostages provides much of the suspense---think of a mid-70's Speed with brains and nuance. The absurdly pulse-pounding score will leave you feeling manipulated and loving it. There's narry a wasted moment in this very economical yet densely detailed film, right down to the perfect, meaningful look Matthau gives at the end. The many humorous touches don't ever threaten to turn it into an outright comedy, since many of them center on how the city works. Call it a light-hearted suspense-thriller; it must have seemed like a shameless piece of urban exploitation when it came out, but now it looks like a masterful, pleasurable time capsule.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Joseph Sargent
Walter Matthau
Robert Shaw

DVD title: Taxi Driver (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Regarding the Soundtrack

I don't think I need to say any more about the movie itself - that's pretty much covered by the other reviewers. But something MUST be said about the incredible soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann. I have seen a lot of movies in my time, and there are some great soundtracks out there, but this one is beyond compare. It is dark and seething and apocalyptic in a way that no other soundtrack I've heard has been able to achieve. It adds such depth and dimension to the film that there are moments where you almost feel as if you are drowning in the atmosphere that is conjured. If I were to rate all of best film soundtracks according to how perfectly they match the mood and the undercurrents of the film, this would be, hands down, #1.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Cybill Shepherd
Jodie Foster

DVD title: Gone With the Wind
Productgroup: DVD
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Eloquence on the human spirit unmatched

There is a poetry about a great film that has resonance for all time. The best example of this may be "Gone With the Wind". Noble and ignoble characters stand side by side in this breathless story of Scarlett O'Hara and the reasons she invented, found and followed to propel her spirit and body toward survival. Admirable, this heroine? No, not always and so she is a keen reflection of the essence of humanity and the inner workings of a mind that has gallantry and self-obsession working hand in hand. Sometimes fascinating, sometimes despicable--but always human and more to be pitied than despised for having gained the world and lost her soul.

For the new Ultra Resolution dvd release, Warner Home Video has pulled out all the stops and made this film look sharp, dazzling and served with the best spectrum of color ever. The dvd shows the film practically without a scratch on it and the sharpness of the production design aides the story and characters more than ever on their long trek to self-realization.

Costume textures look as if you could touch them and the detail springs out as never before. The colors all around are glorious and show more shading in the complexions of the actors and inform the time of day or night of the action better than ever.

There's no real need to go on about the great actors and the evergreen themes that involve the audience. It's always worth repeating that Vivien Leigh is perfect as Scarlett O'Hara and that it is perhaps the most timeless performance in movie history.

The extras are all quite nice-"Making of A Legend" is always one of the most fun docs ever of this genre. Behlmer's competent commentary will only be truly informative to people who haven't read the many books devoted to the film. The bios on Leigh and Gable are fine. The preview trailers interesting. But the delight of this is the interview with Olivia De Havilland. We are lucky to hear about life in and around the filming straight from Melanie.

For anyone interested in films, who loves movies, this will be the one that convinces you that maybe it's not about "old" or "classic" films...that, perhaps, it's all just films--bad, good and-like "Gone With the Wind"-great..

Studio: Warner Home Video
Clark Gable
Vivien Leigh

DVD title: Cousin Bette
Productgroup: DVD
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Ok. When I first had to see this movie with my girlfriend, I wasn't expecting much: just another one of those "chick-flicks". But the time period was re-created wonderfully, Elisabeth Shue played better than I've ever seen her, and the plot twists are- perfect! I strongly recommend this movie to anyone: watching a glamorous society family slowly fall apart by the doing of one devious woman was captivating. if you like that sort of thing, go see it!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Des McAnuff
Jessica Lange
Elisabeth Shue
Bob Hoskins

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Hollywoodisation - Yeah right mate!

PJ, is a New Zealander, perhaps the greatest film maker we have produced. The Hollywoodisation of the film, has been executed by those in hollywood. Watching the extended version of the film, I felt somewhat relieved that PJ had in fact shot the film acurately, and the producers cut it down, leaving out many small, but important features. All the same it was an excellent film that on its own, and with its two earlier films will take a long time to top.
Having a lot of the film literally filmed in my back yard (example the scene in LOTR: FOTR - the forest where the hobbits hide from the Nazgul) - Mt Victoria.
As a proud New Zealander I encourage all Kiwi's to buy part of this history.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood

DVD title: Choices II: The Setup
Productgroup: Music
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Kings of memphis...... another hot release

im not writin some long review, like all the ppl claiming it lacks "variety"? haha thats funny...... if u like Da Unbreakables, or any project pat/ three 6 mafia album, then get this one.

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