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DVD title: Vision Quest
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Wrestling Movie


In two hours, this movie shows the true dangers in high school wrestling. It is a great movie, Modine is excellent. Buy it and watch it.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Harold Becker
Actors:
Matthew Modine
Linda Fiorentino




DVD title: Women of the Night
Productgroup: DVD
Women of the Night - movie DVD cover picture
Just Amazing


Once is just not enough when it comes to seeing this film. It is a story told in a way none has ever been...Each time I experience this film, there is something else that clicks into place. It's beautifully written, directed and performed. Sally Kellerman adds that final touch that makes this piece of art complete.

Studio: Avalanche Video
Director: Zalman King



DVD title: The Temptations
Productgroup: DVD
The Temptations - movie DVD cover picture
The Best Movie Ever!


i have to be honest i really wasn't all that interested in the movie,at first anyway...i first saw the movie while i was in the wonderful city of detroit, michigan... i went to hitsville, usa,(the motown museum), i found the location where paul williams shot himself, where david ruffin was buried, where all five the the classic five lived, and basically roamed their old stomping grounds. this was an amazing experience for me, probably the most interesting... during all of this chaos of me getting all exited about everything there is to see in detroit, i had the honor of speaking with one of david ruffin's children, david ruffin jr. well that topped it all off...this was all before i watched the movie, so of course i didn't know how truly amazing it was standing in studio a where they recorded until i watched the movie... i was bawling by the end, it was an amazing movie although it isn't all completely true, like on the new years scene al really sent paul to the hospital, and melvin really passed on in a hospital in los angeles, it was the best movie i've seen... so to all the actors who where in this movie, you really gave me a completely different look at motown, thank you otis, and everyone who produced the movie... and i have to say, Leon, you were wonderful in the five heart beats, little richard, i have watched your movies, you're an amazing actor and i hope to see you in more movies in the future...

Studio: Hallmark Home Entertainment
Director: Allan Arkush



DVD title: The Fifth Element
Productgroup: DVD
The Fifth Element - movie DVD cover picture
S, Shaw, wandman@hotmail.com


The Fifth Element- what can I say? It's a movie you can watch over and over again, seeing and hearing new bits and pieces every time you watch the movie. The first release was a five star in the 5.1 Dolby Surround. The picture was stellar, but the (Superbit Collection)is a 10. You can see and hear the difference. Trust me, you will be very glad to have it in your DVD collection.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Luc Besson
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Gary Oldman
Milla Jovovich




DVD title: Ellen DeGeneres - Here and Now
Productgroup: DVD
Ellen DeGeneres - Here and Now - movie DVD cover picture
Beyond words


I rented this dvd and I couldn't stop laughing. It was so good, I bought it. Her jokes on real life situations are so funny, it is hard not to laugh. I watched it over 20 times and it still makes me laugh. It's a must-buy for all you comedy fans!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Joel Gallen



DVD title: Alias - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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A perfect blend of style and substance


In a TV landscape dominated by not-so-reality TV, there is still hope as long as there are quality shows like Alias. I remember when critics, including myself, who dismissed Alias as little more than a 'La Femme Nikita' (USA network version) knockoff when it first aired on ABC. After all, the underlying premises of the shows seemed so similar. It is with not a little bit of surprise, then, that I got absolutely hooked and found it to be far superior than LFN.
It is all too easy to dismiss Alias, even today, as a glossy action thriller that appeals only to men. However, if you look past Jennifer Garner's pretty face and what she happens to be wearing--as difficult as that may be for us men--you'll find that Alias is a well imagined, written, and acted television series worthy of every award it has garnered so far (no pun intended). JJ Abrams is one of the best writer/producers in the business, and he elevates the suspense, pace and tension of this excellent series like no other TV show I've seen.
In layman's terms, this show is just too cool. It's got espionage, gadgets, humor, romance, dysfunctional family drama, and mythical artifacts. Plus, it moves at a breakneck pace that rivals any Pierce Brosnan Bond flick with the twists and turns of a Hitchcock thriller. If you missed any part of Season One, buy this DVD set. Now.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Actors:
Jennifer Garner



DVD title: Harrison's Flowers
Productgroup: DVD
Harrison's Flowers - movie DVD cover picture
Awesome Movie


This is a great movie. Very graphic details of the war. Shows great courage and the love and determination that comes with loving your spouse so deeply. My husband is deployed OCONUS right now so hits home a bit. I know it's good as I was up at 2am and stayed awake til the end. I would watch it again and recomment to anyone. You should definately check this one out.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Elie Chouraqui
Actors:
Andie MacDowell
Scott Anton




DVD title: Gun Frontier:Gun Pack
Productgroup: DVD
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I love a show that has the word 'gun' in it


Tochiro should just don't worry about looking for his long lost sister and her crew of Japanese gunsmiths because they were kidnapped. They deserved it cause they were making super firearms, AND THATS WRONG. Tochiro should just stick to looking for the survivors of Samurai Creek.

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc



DVD title: Lain - DVD Box Set
Productgroup: DVD
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"Hello, Navi."


How do I even begin reviewing a show like "Serial Experiments: Lain?"
To start with, this is one of the most visually amazing, compelling, twisted, sci-fi-ish, dramatic, different and confusing anime series I've ever seen. It all centers on Lain, who, in all respects, appears to be a normal, if not independent (read: loner) young girl. She doesn't have super powers, she isn't anime-style sexy, and she doesn't own or operate a giant mecha -- but she does wear the cutest little teddy bear outfit: ears, tail, and all.
The story begins with the suicide of one of her classmates. A short time later, she's emailed by this classmate, from "beyond the dead..." Lain, having likely never powered on her Navi (think future, voice activated Macintosh -- it even run's the "Copland OS"), clears off her desk and sets the machine up. And she's hooked. She asks her "Papa" for a new Navi, as her's is a little old and dated. With her wish granted, she's soon cruz'ing the Wired (the future Internet) in her brand new Navi. By chance (or is it?) she comes into posession of a Psyche Processor, and reads up on how to install it. That Processor is only the beginning, and soon her room is transformed into a dark cave of twisted wires and green, bubbling coolant.
The series, like I said, is confusing. If you had a hard time with "Eyes Wide Shut," you might pass on "Lain." It's difficult to review, because of everything that happens in it. True, there are only 13 episodes, but those episodes contain so much story line, that missing one is like missing two hours of a movie that's two hours and ten minutes long. Only until the last disc makes it into your DVD player do you begin to understand some of what's going on. And then, the story line changes on you again, and you're once again thinking, "Huh?"
If you've never seen "Lain," I wouldn't recommend this box set. I also can't recommend the purchase of just the first disc to "try it out," as the good, confusing stuff doesn't start happening until the next disc's episodes. You might want to try a rental store or friend, to give it a test drive. If you already own all the DVD's, there's really no reason to buy this box set, as all you'd be getting is a box (and, of course, a second copy of each DVD).
Repeated viewings of "Lain" are recommended. Personally, I think a little "viewer companion" for us American audiences would have been a nice touch. "Serial Experiments: Lain" should be watched by all anime fans, as it provides a different approach to anime, but some may come away feeling lost and dazed. Lain will do that to you.

Studio: Pioneer Video



DVD title: Alexander Nevsky
Productgroup: DVD
Alexander Nevsky - movie DVD cover picture
A Kept Promise


Russia in the 13th century: The opening shot shows the relics of the last invasion: moldering uniforms, human skulls, a horse's skeleton. Prince Alexander Nevsky (Nikolai Cherkasov) chased the swedish army away and impresses the mongol ruler to such a degree that he proposes to promote him to the rank of captain. But Nevsky replies: "Die on your homeland, but don't leave it". He wants to fish, build ships and trade. But he also warns of a more dangerous enemy: nearer, meaner, and no possibility to buy oneself out: Germany. Their objective is Novgorod. They have already reached Pskov. Mothers and Daugthers suffer for their fathers and sons. The marauding occupation forces distribute the looty among each other. Rich merchants want to purchase their liberty (always place for some anti-capitalist p.r.), but the "common people" are ready to fight and want Alexander as their leader. Pskov is burned to the ground. The teutonic knights feel invincible and have just a smug smile for the russian women who witness helplessly how their fathers and sons are butchered. Babies are thrown in the fire while high dignitaries of the church look on and remain idle. In Novgorod: Olga Danilovna has two admirers: Rich and staid Gavrilo and tall and jolly Vasili. She promises to marry the most valiant. Vasili calls on Alexander Nevsky in Perejaslav: the prince decides not to wait for the attack, but to strike at once. Even women put on a chain armor. The invaders want to bait the "russian bear", but Nevsky's stratagem stands the test: Lake Peipus is his war zone: his men know the territory, but the germans, who are heavier, will break through the ice...
Open your eyes and watch the most impressive battle-scenes ever filmed. It's not just the multitude of extras (who were, I think, pressed in this patriotic exercise), but Eisenstein's masterful management of such a large number of individuals. He displaces divisions like pieces on a chess-board and nearly every shot looks like a composition for a painting of Rubens or Rembrandt (including horses in phantastic outfits). Russia in winter looks intimidating in itself, but Eisenstein's visual imagination is hors concours. Heaps of corpses are plunged in cosmic light under an endless horizon. At nighfall Olga and other women search with torches for survivors. A devoted falcon sits on his master's dead body while a crow waits for the right moment to pick out the eyes of the deceased. Eisenstein's direction and Prokofjev's score make ALEXANDER NEVSKY the "Rolls Royce" among propaganda films. Nevsky is, of course, Stalin (who commissioned the film), and the russians are tall, good-looking, heroic, and they have a perfect hairdo. The germans are bearded savages and look like members of the Ku-Klux-Klan. The actor who plays Vasili gives a one-man-four-characters performance: first wavering, then heroic, youthful lover and comic relief. Cherkasov's main duty is to look heroic: At the end Nevsky-Stalin displays his generosity: He pardons the little soldiers and barters the knights for soap. Only a bearded killer and a traitorous cleric are turned over to the mob. He does not forget a final warning: who comes with the sword will die by the sword...He kept his promise...

Studio: Image Entertainment
Actors:
Nikolai Cherkasov
Nikolai Okhlopkov




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