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DVD title: GoBabies Alphabet Road - "F" is for Farm-Do you know where milk comes from?
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Toddler DVD

A fabulous and fun DVD. Adorable and friendly characters take you on an adventure to a farm. The animals and people are real, the characters are puppets. We loved the songs, the story and the characters. It is a great toddler DVD that is intellingently put together and presented!

Studio: Burkewood Communications Corp.

DVD title: Legend (Ultimate Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This is one of my favorite fantasy movies of all time. It is the only one I know of that actually has a story about unicorns in it, and TOM CRUISE! I saw it the first time on HBO after it left the big screen, and I'm happy to know there are other people out there who feel the same about this movie. It may have flopped at the box office but in my heart it is indeed a success!!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Ridley Scott
Tom Cruise
Mia Sara
Tim Curry

DVD title: Bill Engvall's New All Stars Vol 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Sidesplitting in deed!

I'm a huge fan of the Blue Collar Comedy show, so I immediately went out and bought all of the DVDs of these comedians. Volume 2 of this series is just as good as the first. Earl David Reed stands out among the other all stars! Highly recommend!

Studio: Starlight Home Enter
Bill Engvall

DVD title: New Zoo Revue 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Best of Childhood

I watched the New Zoo Revue when it was in syndication and loved it as a child. Thinking of it takes me back to childhood, when a kid could be a kid. These days some of these television shows for children are find to find; if you only have cable! I didn't have cable and children's shows were always in an abundant supply. The previous reviewer doesn't know what he is reviewing. It's not sissy stuff. It is entertainment for the kid and the kid in the adult.

Studio: Delta Music Music in

DVD title: Gladiator (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I think this movie is grate. It's the best movie ever done for all this years. The actors Russel Crowe (Maximus) and Joaquin Phonex (Commodus) were exelent. All the graphics were well done. This movie has slow and fast motion and I can't call it boring, because its take you from the start to the end of the movie and you can't pretend what is going to happend. It dosn't matter it 3 hours, because the time go fast when you see this movie. I think this movie deserves the oscar nomination.

Studio: Umvd/Dreamworks
Director: Ridley Scott
Russell Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix
Connie Nielsen

DVD title: L'Aventure C'est L'Aventure
Productgroup: DVD
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great classic

This DVD has been available in Europe for quite some time. Nice transfer. Good, clean family fun (although one scene does depict a convention of prostitutes). Keep your eyes peeled for "L'emmerdeur," released as "A Pain in the Ass" on VHS in the US. It's an even better showcase of Jacques Brel and Lino Ventura. I don't think it's on DVD even in Europe, though.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Claude Lelouch

DVD title: The Deer Hunter
Productgroup: DVD
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I was shocked and horrified. But I couldn't stop watching!

Robert DiNiro is the star. His name is featured, even above the title on the video box. There's doubt that he's a fine actor and his performance is exceptional. But it was Christopher Walken, in a supporting role, who won an Academy Award. And John Savage, the third of a trio of friends from and Pennsylvania industrial town who go off to Vietnam, was equally as good. Meryl Streep, as the sweetheart back home is good too, but her role is small and she's basically just a backdrop for the real story of the three men, who are all full of macho vim and vigor at the start of the film. There's a long wedding scene followed by the men's deer hunting expedition to the woods later. These scenes developed their characterizations so well that I felt as if I knew each of them personally. Then, when the scene suddenly changes, plunging the viewer into the depths of battle resulting in captivity, the shock is horrific.
Whether or not the scenes of Russian Roulette that the men are forced to play for the amusement of their captors was real is a moot point. The film makes it seem as if this practice was widespread. I don't know if that is true. But even if it is symbolic, it sure felt real. I found myself experiencing a quickened heartbeat as each man was forced to put the gun to his own head. And I was filled with a new appreciation of the deep psychological wounds of those who survived.
Everything in this film is taken to extreme. Robert DiNiro's character is just too good to be true. The sadism of the Vietnamese goes too far. The sordid result of Christopher Walken's trauma seems too twisted. And the extent of John Savage's fear and eventually injuries are heartbreaking. Even the meaning of the deer hunt itself is confusing. And it's not even clear whether this is an anti-war movie or one about patriotism and what it means to be an American. But it sure is about the bonds of friendship, the only thing left in the midst of the cruelty of the world. All put together, the result is a stirring and frightening film. No wonder it won an Academy Award for best picture. Highly recommended, but certainly not for the squeamish.

Studio: Umvd
Director: Michael Cimino
Robert De Niro
Christopher Walken

DVD title: Wolf's Rain - Leader of the Pack (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Refreshing...intellegent anime

This series truly grabbed me. It's animation was beautiful, music catchy, and plot engrossing. I fell in love with Gravity (end title song) immediately. It was the perfect musical composition that captures the mood of this journey. The plot and characters were mature enough to capture me (woman in my 30's). One of the biggest difficulties I find in viewing anime is that its too adolescent or silly (Ranma ?). I am an original Macross fan (Robotech) who is just returning after fifteen years or so to sample some current Anime. (Yes, Its been a while.) The last anime that grabbed me was Macross Plus.
I love the concept of wolves who can disguise themselves as human. I really enjoyed the sub plots of Hubb & Cher and Quint and Blue. The characters are so true to life. Tsume's attitude is perfect for an adolescent street hood. Alcoholic, Quint's obsession is right on. Toboe's innocence is wonderful. Cher's dedication and drive for her career... Hubb and Cher's characters are in opposition to traditional roles of male and female. This is especially refreshing in Japanese media! The fifth episode was well executed, I was just as horrified by the resident wolves working as slave labor as our main characters. Each episode keeps you wanting to see the next. I couldn't wait to view the next episode, I had to watch the whole disk in one setting. I was hooked from the start!

Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Director: Tensai Okamura

DVD title: The Purple Rose of Cairo
Productgroup: DVD
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Good As It Gets

Take a Woody Allen movie where Woody politely stays BEHIND the camera. Add a perfectly cast Mia Farrow as a waif-like dreamer of a girl, living in the grinding poverty of the 1930's Depression and married to an blustering, brutal man. Top it off with a brilliant dual performance by Jeff Daniels who is a cinematic film hero who steps out of the screen and the actor who plays this hooky playing fictional character.
Cecilia (Mia Farrow) works as a waitress (on the verge of being fired). Her life is grim, living in a tenement with her no-account husband (Danny Aiello). Her one pleasure is the movies that she attends daily. Her favorite is "The Purple Rose of Cairo," and the explorer character "Tom Baxter" brings radiance to her eyes that never leave him. After multiple viewings, one day "Tom" falters in his lines, seems distracted, then steps out of the film and joins Cecilia in the audience. The cast and audience are suitably stunned; the cast enjoining him to get back on the screen so they can finish the movie, and the audience grumbling they didn't pay good money to watch the cast arguing among themselves. "Tom" is resolute, and out they walk, he in his pith helmet and explorer togs, Cecilia radiant. The movie industry is appalled. They worried about litigation and insurrection if characters start walking off the screen. Gil Shepard, the actor who played"Tom" is sent to the scene to talk "Tom" into getting back onscreen where he belongs. "Tom" clearly is innocent of what the "real" (as opposed to "reel") world is about. He is in love with Cecilia and she allows that he "is the perfect man. Of course, he's fictional." Real life "Gil," Tom, and Cecilia meet. The ending is surprisingly intense.
Jeff Daniels is dazzling as Gil/Tom. He handles both roles to perfection. The interaction among Daniels, Farrow, and Aiello is flawless. Much as I wanted to thoroughly despise Aiello as the low-life husband, he managed to make me laugh and feel sorry for him with his bravado performance. All the jokes and humor work in "The Purple Rose of Cairo," which isn't the case in many Allen movies. I believe this is Woody Allen's valentine to his beloved movies. It couldn't be better. Even if you are a dedicated Allenophobe, see this movie. You won't be disappointed.-sweetmolly-Amazon Reviewer

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Woody Allen
Mia Farrow
Jeff Daniels

DVD title: Donnie Darko
Productgroup: DVD
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Its a Wonderful Life in reverse

I was struck by the reverse similarity with "It's a Wonderful Life". With Jimmy Stewart we have an angel helping him see what his community would have been like without him and this convinces him that it is a wonderful life thus saving him from suicide. With Donnie Darko we have the opposite scenario. Donnie uses quantum physics through the aid of his science teacher and a street wandering centenarian who has written the book on time travel. This enables him to see why everyone will be better off without him and he saves them from himself by using the portal to wipe away his life and the subsequent destruction it causes. The special effects and relationships are certainly different. The family argument at the dinner table is different. But especially different is the moral implication that life for everyone else would be better without Donnie. What a paradigm shift this is. Do our depressed kids need this kind of suggestion?

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Richard Kelly (II)
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary McDonnell
Jena Malone

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