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DVD title: Christina Aguilera - Stripped - Live in the UK
Productgroup: DVD
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Great live !

After hearing the wonderful album "Stripped", we can finally see the concert !

It's simply great.
Christina can sing, there's no doubt about it.
Just look at her vocal performances in "At Last", "Impossible", "Walk Away" or at the end of "What A Girl Wants", she has a great voice.
And she doesn't lypsinc !

We find on this DVD all her singles ("Dirrty", "Beautiful", "The Voice Within", "Can't Hold Us Down" and "Fighter").
She also remixed some of her older songs, like "Genie In A Bottle" and "What A Girl Wants".
She sings an acoustic version of "Come On Over", so better than the original version.

The show begins with "Dirrty" and then "Get Mine, Get Yours", some dancing songs, and it finishes with an acapella version of "Beautiful", so emotive.

Christina has so many faces, she can make you dance or make ou cry in just one hour and half.

The concert is almost perfect, but maybe there are not bonus enough on the DVD.
Some interviews and so on; perhaps a good documentary or a CD with unreleased songs like "I Will Be", "That's What Love Can Do" or "Dame Lo Que Yo Te Doy", the spanish version of "Get Mine, Get Yours" would have been more interesting.

But this DVD deserves its five stars, the concert is so exceptional.

Studio: Bmg Distribution (VI
Christina Aguilera

DVD title: Congo
Productgroup: DVD
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Congo is exciting, entertaining, scary in parts, and the acting IS good. I have seen countless movies rented during times that I was snowed in, so I KNOW by Odin. The critics came down way to harsh on this film and need to learn how to enjoy movies. The look of vicious anger on the gray gorillas' faces was terrifying. Watch it and watch it again

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Frank Marshall
Laura Linney
Tim Curry

DVD title: Spider-Man (Full Screen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Widescreen Spider-man is great on the home theater

"Spider-man" is a very good send-up of a comic book hero. The director Sam Raimi filmed many scenes in such a way as to almost seem like paging through a comic-book's storyboard while watching the exciting action and stunts. (For example, there's a scene where you see the DNA being mutated and this is what you'd see in a panel on a page in a comic book, explaining how Spider-man got that way.) Tobey Macguire is believable as Peter Parker, nerdy teenager who becomes a superhero, and Willem Dafoe is always reliably nasty as a villain. His facework in the scene showing the dual Dr. Osborn-Green Goblin is worthy of an Oscar. A bit role played by by J. K. Simmons as "J. Jonah Jameson, Daily Bugle Editor" was particularly amazing--he looked exactly like the comic book drawing.
The surround-sound was quite distinct in this DVD--in fact, sometimes it seemed a bit contrived, as you could hear vehicles pulling up behind you, but they were clearly forward of the action on screen. However, for the explosions and special effects, the surround sound plus the wide-screen format made the action film very exciting on the home screen. We didn't regret that we missed this in the theater.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Sam Raimi
Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst

DVD title: Midnight Run
Productgroup: DVD
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Wow! Amazing!

Wowowowowowowowowowowowow!I have been writing many reviews to share my experience but I'd like describe my experience of watching this great movie like that. Wowowowowowow.... I have been a admirer of De Niro (but after seeing the heat, I try not to expect much...sad). Just amazing and I believe 100 will find 100 favorite scene of their own. My favorite would be the scene with his daughter in it. It is very sad and chilled my heart like a iceberg. This movie is like this. It has many different faces of our emotion, which makes funny parts more funnier but still makes me think about life seriously (Strange, huh?). Like many previous reviewers, I cannot recommend this gem enough. Go and buy(or rent) it. It instantly became one of my best 10 movies.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Martin Brest
Robert De Niro
Charles Grodin

DVD title: All Over The Guy
Productgroup: DVD
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A wonderful snuggle up, feel-good movie

This film is completely watchable. It's based on a play written by one of the stars of the film, Dan Bucatinsky. At the opening and for the first several minutes one thinks, "Oh boy! Another cutesy little gay film with cutesy guys and cutesy jokes and punchlines!" But then it fools you on more than one occasion with a breakthrough. There's even a high hoot or two in the movie. But my criticism of this notable effort is the same as it is with so many gay films. (..) One of the main characters in the film has a severe drinking problem. He's cute and buff and something to take home. The only way - apparently - alcoholism manifests itself is by making a person reticent to commit. (...) True, this film doesn't try to be "Lawrence of Arabia," but I hunger for a greater sensibility in gay films. One that reflects gay life back to us the way that it is and not the way it would be if we all lived in Gay (...).

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Julie Davis
Dan Bucatinsky
Richard Ruccolo

DVD title: I Am Cuba
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't forget that USSR banned this film!

I had the pleasure to view this film on wide-screen at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts cinema venue back around 1996 or so. It was utterly breathtaking...and a special treat for me since I also speak Spanish and Russian as foreign languages (I for one, didn't mind the subtle Russian dubbing following the sentences in Spanish & English). I notice most of the reviewers comment on it's role as a "communist propoganda film". Yes, well, the film tries hard to follow the "Socialist Realist" of 'official' Soviet Art, but it (thankfully utterly) fails to do so and slides breathlessly into a "Magical Realist" mode with elements that Soviet critics would have disdained as "metaphysical". Indeed, the remarkable thing is that this film was BANNED in the USSR *and* CUBA shortly after its release. Didn't sit well with the Politburo, etc. The cinematography is wonderful. Yes, it is critical of the Norteamericanos, but the film does not demonize them. Think of the scene w/ the American sailors...I was anticipating a fight and a violent rape...but it doesn't happen. The film could have been much harsher on the US than it was. I may very well buy this film on VHS. I'm happy to see it available for rent at my local Blockbuster's.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Mikheil Kalatozishvili
Sergio Corrieri
Salvador Wood

DVD title: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Productgroup: DVD
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I love Bette Davis

This is a great movie. Bette is Queen Elizabeth'

The clothes are just beautiful And it is a wonderful story. Errol Flynn makes a perfect Essex. If you love this period & love Bette this movie is a must.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Michael Curtiz
Bette Davis
Errol Flynn

DVD title: Southern Comfort
Productgroup: DVD
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A Must See

'Southern Comfort' is frequently viewed as being an allegory to the Vietnam War. This is not entirely true.
Although there are references to Vietnam in the film and the stock squad-of-grunts-patrolling-the-jungle motif, in reality the film touches two essential elements of the Anglo-American psyche, beliefs that are rooted all the way back in Colonial days.
The first belief is in the American citizen-soldier, the 'minute-man' who (unlike mercenary professional soldiers) bears arms and submits to military discipline only because he believes in God and Country, and is willing to drop his plow and bear arms to defend his family and property.
The second is the old Puritan hatred of North America's vast wilderness areas, the deep-seated idea that the dark woods must be the abode of Satan, and therefore the forests and anyone living in them is evil.
So you take a squad of these good old-fashioned National Guardsmen, put them in the primeval Lousiana bayou on a training exercise and watch what develops.
Although it is easy to draw parrallels with Vietnam in 'Southern Comfort,' (in fact, when I first saw it on t.v. several years ago I came in halfway and first thought it was in Vietnam), I find it is a much more disturbing film if the viewer keeps in mind that it is set in (relatively) modern day America and questions the validity of our nation's perception of itself, independent of any foriegn influences.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Walter Hill
Keith Carradine
Powers Boothe

DVD title: The Pit and the Pendulum
Productgroup: DVD
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readers review

I just about fell over backwards when I bought my copy of this DVD. As part of the special features, it includes an audio commentary by Roger Corman!
MGM Midnight Movies keep coming out, and my collection keeps growing. When I think of Vincent Price and Roger Corman, this gem is the movie that comes to mind. It is the perfect late-night horror film. If you've seen this movie on VHS, you know what I mean, but you're not getting the whole thing until you get this widescreen DVD.
The quality of the film it perfect. I saw no noticable wear of picture quality. The sound it fantastic. Vincent Price's perfomance as the tortured and soon demented son of a mad Spanish Inquisitioner is perfectly played out. The lonely castle setting is pure gothic. The interiors of castle give the feeling of wondering in a huge and rambling castle. Barbara Steele is pefectly wicked and sexy. The love story between the hero and heroine never really developes, but who cares! We want to see Vincent go mad and take his revenge.
After I watched the film, I watched it again with the audio commentary turned on. It was fun hearing Roger Corman explain some of his movie tricks for giving depth and beauty to one of his low-budget masterpieces. Normally, the MGM Midnight Movie films only include scene access and the theatrical preview as the extras, so this was a fantastic extra for no extra cost!
Keep 'em coming MGM. You put them in the store, I'll put them in my collection!

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Roger Corman
Vincent Price
Barbara Steele

DVD title: Triumph of the Spirit
Productgroup: DVD
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Even better than "Schindler's List"

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and, alongwith Life is Beautiful, the best Holocaust movie made (in myopinion). Unlike Schindler's List, this movie portrays graphically what was really going on in the Auschwitz death camp (and other camps as well). It showed people undressing, preparing to enter the gas chamber. It showed the hellish daily life of the camp inmates--the agonizing work they had to do for the majority of each day, their horrific sleeping conditions, their deprivation of food, and the incredibly frequent beating and murdering of the prisoners by sick, sadistic Nazis. What really got to me the most was how the main character was actually getting thinner from starvation as the movie went on!
Scindler's List was a very dramatic, moving, well done movie, but it didn't accurately portray the true horrors of the Holocaust. The director was probably afraid to show anything that would be too graphic and disturbing for the general public and film critics. Spielberg was right in being cautious, as few people would be able to stomach a movie like Triumph of the Spirit. That is probably why this movie is virtually unknown.
My only complaint about this movie is that the main character gave a rather limp performance. A better actor in his place would have made this an absolutely perfect movie.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Robert M. Young
Willem Dafoe
Edward James Olmos

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