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DVD title: Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great film

Okay, I didn't love Episode 1, but I don't think there was a solid plot to it and Lucas was just trying to introduce the characters. However, Episode II is great. Everything a Star Wars movie should be. We get to see Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala fall in love, the Clone Wars begin, Anakin become darker after the death of his mother (which I think was the best acted and most powerful part of the film), and Chancellor Palpatine slide closer and closer to ultimate power over the Republic.

Most of the complaints you'll hear are from people that grew up watching the original trilogy, not people below 18. Lucas wrote this the same way that he wrote the first three, with cheesy dialogue and "simplistic" characters. With Star Wars, it is a fun time with underlying deep tones, but it is NOT the Godfather, Star Trek or other movie series made especially for adults. Almost all the complaints of bad acting, cheesy dialogue and simplistic characters could be applied to the original trilogy as well.

Ultimately a very good film. It's not the best movie in the series, so it should get a 4.5, but I couldn't dare give it a 4.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman

DVD title: Alien Quadrilogy
Productgroup: DVD
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The best DVD Box Set Ever!

First things first...
The Alien Quadrilogy set is worth every penny and is the best box set I have ever seen.
There are some out there with better and "cooler" designs, but nothing beats the contents.
They aren't kidding with all these featurettes, photso, interviews, various EVERYTHING. All you wanted to know on these films has been covered and yes, really, you DO get about 50 hours of entertainment watching these.
From reading the scripts, to acting out takes, the behind the scenes stories, this set is worth it for ANY Alien fan!
People have said they would have liked a bit more juicy stuff concerning Alien3, and I do agree that Fox screwed us over a little bit on that regard.
However, it's definitely not enought to take away any points when you see the rest of this fan's dream come true.
I enjoyed all the movies to an extint, part 4 being by far the least enjoyed. The first was horrifying, the second perfectly action-packed, the third dark and depressing (but fantastic), and the fourth a major let down that changed the formula. Still, I didn't "hate" it.
All in all I have never seen this much effort put into a set. Especially to make 2 different versions of each, and the little bonus book was great fun as well =)
Some have complained on the packaging...well, I can see where it *IS* annoying getting dvds out of the plastic containers from time to time. I see this in most DVDs I buy now though. It wasn't anything different in the way they make individual or box cases.
And I actually liked how they did the fold out. Unrolling something that keeps going and going and making your friends and familys mouths DROP is always worth a good time =)
I wasn't crazy about some of the artwork on the box, but then again some of it still blew me away.
Those are the only complaints I have found out of hours and hours of Alien history.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Sigourney Weaver
Ridley Scott

DVD title: The Village (Widescreen Edition) (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Dont Listen To Dummies

The movie isnt out yet, there was no screenings yet, just pathetic losers wanting to give a movie that doesnt appeal to them a low score

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Bryce Dallas Howard
Joaquin Phoenix
Adrien Brody
William Hurt
Sigourney Weaver
Judy Greer

DVD title: Jesus of Nazareth
Productgroup: DVD
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A Masterwork

I saw "The Passion Of The Christ" last friday, and though I likedit, Franco Zeffirelli's "Jesus Of Nazareth" remains the best filmon Jesus I've ever seen. This film changed the way I looked at Jesus. I remember seeing it a few times when I was a child. ThenI rediscovered it in my twenties on vhs. Though I was already aChristian, this film made me passionate about Christ, and a fanof Zeffirelli's work. It is a faithful, and near literal adaptionof the Gospel text, and has a rougher, more realistic look than the Hollywood epics that came before it. The cast is top notch,Robert Powell, in particular, in the title roll. The score and camera work are exceptional as well. If you've seen Mel Gibson'sfilm and liked it, but want to see the whole story, see this film.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Robert Powell
James Mason
Laurence Olivier

DVD title: Possessed
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than the Exorcist

Having the opportunity to see The Exorcist on big screen last fall was a sweet high light of last year. After recovering from the shock value of the film, I began to curiously obsess over the idea of diabolical possession. I quickly hunted down the (at the time) hard-to-find book by Thomas B. Allen, "Possessed," that was the foundation for Blatty's fictional account of an exorcism. Allen's book was phenomenal, and faith-changing. As a soon-to-be-Catholic, I've had my personal struggles with coming to God, and what more evidence for the existence of God is needed when evidence of the Devil could not be more apparent and available? It follows the dichotomous logic that if the ultimate evil can reign as it did in little boy Robbie, then eventually so can the ultimate good. Allen, an agnostic himself, was incredibly objective, careful with his sources, and sensitive to the topic and all the characters and witnesses involved. For Allen, I give 5 stars -- I'd give him the sky if I could.
So as you can imagine, seeing this in the video store during my winter break was absolutely delightful. I begged my company to watch it with me, and all agreed, trusting me that it would be as good as I thought it would.
Wrong. The movie was a perversion of the book the entire way through. I couldn't even believe that the director and writers had the nerve of even suggesting that the movie was "based" on the book by Allen. William Friedkin's portrayal of Blatty's The Exorcist was more accurate and true to this "true story" than this movie that claims to be based on the book. They liberally changed events and facts around, including the characters of the priests and the boy and his family, as well as the very important details surrounding the exorcism. Furthermore, the exorcism scenes were ridiculous and unconvincing. From reading the book, it is quite clear that Friedkin's Exorcist was much much closer to the real-life description so eloquently portrayed in Allen's book.
If you want to learn about what diabolical possession really is and what it is like to witness one, don't watch this film. You will pee in your pants because you will be laughing too hard. Instead, read Thomas B. Allen's Possessed, and watch William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist. Also check out Malachi Martin's Hostage to the Devil and M. Scott Peck's People of the Lie.

Studio: Showtime Entertainment 2
Director: Steven E. de Souza

DVD title: Angels in America
Productgroup: DVD
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An amazing film, Meryl Streep as Ethel Rosenberg haunts me.
Jeffrey Wright as Belize has got to go down as the greatest actor of his generation.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Mike Nichols
Al Pacino
Meryl Streep
Emma Thompson

DVD title: Quack Sat Vocabulary Success (2pc)
Productgroup: DVD
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Quack! Rocks!

I bought this DVD for my son who LOVED it and was even using the words over the dinner table. He was laughing so hard when watching it that I ended up watching and learning as well.

Studio: Teachers Discovery
Quack Sat Vocabulary Success

DVD title: Almost Famous
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favorites of all time

This movie is fits in every genre possible without it being a complete mess, and it works so perfectly. THe story, which centers around a 15 year old who writes for Rolling Stone, is very interesting, and even more intriguing when you know that this story is based on the Director's life. The music is way cool, and captures the era well. Francis McDormand is very outstanding as the know all mom who has to deal with her growing son. Billy Crudup is great as the guitarist/star of the ficticious band: Stillwater. The movie is worth the price itself, but the DVd contains many interesting extras like articles written by Cameron Crowe back when he was kid, that were published in Rolling Stone. There's a making of documentar that's standard and interesting. There's also a cool Stillwater video. If you are "iffy" about buying this forget it, and just by it, it's got it all.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Cameron Crowe
Billy Crudup

DVD title: Les Miserables - The Dream Cast in Concert
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the most amazing live concert I've ever seen. It's magical. The voices are great and the cast is fantastic. You'll get thrilled by the first finale and don't miss the closing with a world wide Jean Valjean cast. You'll be giving a standing ovation right in the middle of your living room.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Caird

DVD title: Clifford
Productgroup: DVD
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Martin short is hilarious in this movie, his evil ways to try and get to Dinosour World will keep laughing the whole movie. Its a movie you will want to watch over and over.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Paul Flaherty
Martin Short
Charles Grodin

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