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DVD title: Geronimo - An American Legend
Productgroup: DVD
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We don't need to know someone is, or was royalty to know they have, or has blood of kings in their nature. It was horable the way life has been taken for granted in them days. But, it's also good to know that the conflict haven't effect the busy to complete the project. Excellent movie for everyone to learn a lesson from. GERONIMO should be more than a name that's yelled across the sky before someone jump from a plane. He is trully a legion.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Walter Hill
Jason Patric
Gene Hackman
Robert Duvall

DVD title: Kids
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is SO real it's scary

I first saw this movie on Cinemax late at night. I had no idea what the hell it was going to be about but i figured...hey what the heck. When it started out, it just looked like some dumb, hella fake movie with no point. But as i kept watching it, I saw how true to life this movie really was. Take it from a teen himself...this really shocked me. It was very good. I liked it so much, that i bought it. And you don't see me buying very many movies.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Larry Clark
Leo Fitzpatrick
Justin Pierce
Chloë Sevigny

DVD title: Bauhaus: Gotham
Productgroup: DVD
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Bauhaus descends upon NYC

I had the good fortune to catch the 2nd NYC show, and had some friends that caught the first night, so I didn't think twice about ordering this video (if only to try and catch a glimpse of one of us). I was not disappointed. All the "expected" songs are included, as well as entertaining little tidbits thrown in between songs (interviews w/ band, fans, etc...) I especially appreciated the fact that there was lots of footage of Kevin and David J. But I feel the most impressive aspect of this tape is that it doesn't look like a normal live video. The tape often switches from color to b/w and back again in a very smooth manner. There are numerous camera angles and perfectly placed special effects. This video is nothing short of a visual feast.

Studio: Metropolis

DVD title: Open Your Eyes
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply incredible...

If you like films that keep you guessing until the end, you'll love this Spanish film. The editorial review gives as much a synopsis of the plot as possible, to give you more of the story would be unfair. It is only after the last 5 minutes of the film that you realize exactly what's going on - but the ride there will keep you enthralled. It is one of the best psychological thrillers I've ever seen, taking you deep into the twisted "reality" of a disfigured man (Eduardo Nuriega), haunted by his love for the beautiful Sofia (Penelope Cruz at her finest!) But if you think this is a film that just depicts a man dealing with disfigurement, you've only touched the surface.
I found myself thinking about this film days after watching it the first time, and now after having seen it at least 5 times it still invokes questions inside of me on some of the deeper aspects of life. "What is success, beauty, love and happiness?", "Who would we be and what would we do if everything was taken away from us?". In the end, I analogize this movie to a lesson on reincarnation. Think of that during the last 60 seconds of the you find yourself covered in goosebumps.
Buy this film, because you'll have to watch it at least twice.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar
Eduardo Noriega (II)
Penélope Cruz

DVD title: Spider-Man - The Ultimate Villain Showdown (Animated Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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80 Minutes of Web-Slinging Action!

This is no doubt the best Spiderman animated series ever. This dvd sure brought back memories of how much I've missed this show. It was a lot better than the series that followed (Spiderman Unlimited I think it was called) which didn't last long, now I hear MTV might have a new version soon. I highly doubt that will compare to this. My only disapointment with is that the show finale ended pretty week. Instead of us getting Spiderman having a big battle to get Mary Jane back he enters an alternate reality where he meets his creater Stan Lee.....give me a break.
Well anyway there's 4 episodes included on the disc, including an episode from the 60's cartoon series. All 4 are entertaining, they first 2 features Spidey battling the Doc Oct, the 3rd has his first outing with the Green Goblin and the 4th is entertaining but doesn't feature a super villain which is some-what disapointing. Instead it has him facing a gang who battles Spiderman with a new weapon technology. Although this dvd surely gets you ready for the movie, it leaves you wanting to see more episodes of this great show.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Sara Ballantine

DVD title: The Complete Prisoner Megaset
Productgroup: DVD
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Rover Come Home, All is Forgiven

"The Prisoner" is an upset tummy in the head. A fairy tale
gone awry. Or wry. It is never far from the nursery, the
rocking horse; at the same time it manages to be a
cerebral chess game. Intensely personal. Internal. The
Village is every childhood dream of long ago, gone melted
and razor blade at the neck dangerous. This place of
ginger bread houses and turrets and architecture that
seems made of spun sugar, good enough to eat. And all
belying the stark horror underneath. Colors that burst,
perfect sharp edges, picture and sound and series itself.

Patrick McGoohan as Number 6 is splendid. Sardonic,
subtle, quirky; he can go from placid to deliciously
demented it seems at a moment's notice, then back again.
He has such a unique, brainy bent and style. You can
actually see him thinking. He does not have to say a word.
So many of the words said in the Village are broken
sentences, fragment votives of sound, sometimes
fragments of nursery rhymes. Fragile words as though
spoken with an ear to china dishes softly crashing down
somewhere, giving another clue, perhaps, however
enigmatic, about this place and who is running it and why
Number 6 is there and what won't he tell them. I found
myself listening and watching so carefully. It's so great to
do that with a TV show again.

All of it a Mad Tea Party. Some episodes directed and
written by McGoohan, especially the penultimate and the
final one are just such great gluey masterpieces. They are
giddy. To see and hear McGoohan and Leo McKern as
Number 2 go at it in a nursery setting, all tilted in the
mind, all sick tummy in the head, like the Grimm brothers
have finally lost it, each man tearing out his and his
opponent's deepest fears, needs, the wanting to go back
to the beginning and cradle rock and this time get it right,
whatever identity might be shuffling about--such tension
and tight acting, and close ups of two of the finest actors
one can be honored to enjoy--this is the ultimate secret of
the series, I believe. You just want to dwell there.

Even when Number 6 manages to escape the Village for a
time, we see it still and all inside his head. Many of the
words said by Number 6 and Number 2 and the other
characters in the final two episodes are not really
necessary. You can read it in them, like you've gone
inside their bones. And when their bones become "dem
dry bones," it is a sensory explosion, and if anyone thinks
it's anticlimactic to find out who Number 1 may be, or is,
is it another practical joke?, is to miss the series' whole
point. Escape? I at least couldn't wait for him to get back
to the Village, so it will continue.

Because it was so much FUN there. Children's games.
Brightly colored umbrellas. Wouldn't you really love to
have clothes like the prisoners wore there? All the
captives and captors powdered and rouged, and torn apart
from the inside out, all their souls, especially Number 6's
and all the Number 2's as well. But with such usually tea
cozy British politeness of course.

There is Rover and tiddly insanity. It's a mad society gone
madder. Life as we know it. The rules keep changing. The
treats and the seductions turn us one way and then in a
heart beat or less, just the other. It is flannel nightie or soft
comforting blankie, but with a rattlesnake, no matter how
polite, underneath who might just possibly be as scared as
we are. In short, it's us and them, fun house reality.

Everything works. The machines and the clean lines and
the tick tock of the clockwork and the outrageousness of
the episodes, that do everything from parodying Sergio
Leone movies, to a quick nod to "Mission: Impossible,"
and more than that to "The Avengers"--another smart
cerebral nursery room series in its own endearing way--its
contemporaries. But the true madness of the Prisoner's
rationale is hidden in his madness, for it is something so
between that and sanity, that it really doesn't matter what
the mind conceives, it is just the getting caught up in the
thing that counts.

Freedom is what you make it. And when Number 6
makes it, or of course does he?, then we have lost a good
friend. And if we can run full blast across a busy London
street with No. 6 and the butler from the each episode,
played brilliantly by Angelo Muscat, so minimalist and
self-contained, and NOT FORGOTTEN, as a cruel writer
said he had been, if we can join hands with them and
bound forth between cars in glorious free sunlight, if we
find ourselves, as I did, weeping at this point, then no
need to wonder why, no need at all.

For we are losing our friends. But happily they've come
home, in this brilliant DVD mega set. The intimacy of it is
perfect for taking into our hearts right there, in our own
Villages, otherwise known as home, or as true
protections against the outside world which is the Village.
Chinese boxes within Chinese boxes. Never the secret
revealed. As McGoohan has said, if you explain the
analogy, the symbolism, then what's the point?

Perhaps some summer afternoon when the grass is too
green and the houses around me seem colored with cake
frosting, I'll pick up a paper outside the general store
where I've gone to get a map; the paper of course will be
"The Tally-Ho" with the front page story of the Prisoner
speaking his mind, news to him. And always that
possibility that our hero too will crack, for the danger of
madness beyond the next rounded pink housed corner
might come shambling out for him also. Keeping in mind
we really don't know who Number 6 is, either. It's just a
TV show you are watching.

Or is it watching you? Could that be how they all got into
this grim, sly, fanciful, edgy fairy tale in the first place?
Then "Fall Out," and fairy tale over. Or beginning. Good
night kiddies, everywhere, the Prisoner says. B C'ng U.

Studio: A & E Entertainment
Patrick McGoohan

DVD title: Princess Mononoke
Productgroup: DVD
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A great movie!!!!

I am pleased that people still watch GOOD Anime like this. The story and artwork are great. The main theme of Princess Mononoke, that Man should live in a balanced state with nature, has become even more relevent due to the changing political climate in this country.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Yôji Matsuda
Yuriko Ishida
Yûko Tanaka

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Best Movie Ever

THE FILM: I would give The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 10 stars if possible! This movie is absloute perfection, and I think that it is just plain better than A Beautiful Mind. Every single cast member does an outstanding job, and I really do think that J.R.R. Tolkien's book was adapted as best as possible. The colors on this DVD jump out at you, the film translates beautifully to the small screen. While this movie runs three hours long, I found myself wanting so much more of the story- although I guess I'll have to wait until December 18th when The Two Towers is released.SPECIAL FEATURES: I found the special features on the FOTR DVD of better quality than most people did- obviously the preview of The Two Towers is the best and most anticipated. I really enjoyed watching the trailers, featurettes, and the music video in a good quality, they are very nice to have. I would have liked even a bare bones commentary, but that's what the extended version is for, I guess. Overall, good quality specs.MY GRADE: A+

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Duel (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"You Can't Beat Me On The Grade!!"

Wow! Who says you need blood, guts and gore to make a good horror movie? Sometimes all you have to do is place yourself in a person's shoes and feel their utter terror in order to experience true horror chill through your bones. I still can't believe that this is director Steven Spielberg's first film. He should have gotten the 1971 "Rookie of The Year" Award.

Ever experienced road rage? I have. Usually it was in the form of an obscene finger gesture. But road rage comes in other forms; forms such as gigantic semis with "Caterpillar" diesels roaring at your car bumper. With 1971's "Duel," you are literally put in the drivers seat with Dennis Weaver on one of the most hellish highway races around. I remember watching in horror with my heart doing flips in my chest during my first encounter with this movie on television years ago. I've seen this movie several times since.

Dennis Weaver, perfectly cast for this role with his panicked deer-caught-in-the-headlights eyes and his chilling hysterical shrieks, plays a salesman named David Mann who is on the road to an important meeting. On the way, he finds himself coughing behind the fumes of a huge semi in front of him. We find out pretty quickly that it does not take much to piss this semi-driver off. After they each take their turns of passing one another, the semi driver promptly leads David Mann on into an on-coming car. Okay. This is not your ordinary Sunday-drive on the road.

The suspense builds as the semi virtually rides Mann's bumper down the road at at least 100 mph in a seemingly endless saga, forcing Mann to go beyond all limits and finally come "crashing" into a nearby "Chuck's Cafe" where he treats his severed nerves with cool water in the restroom. But upon walking out of the restroom, he is met with a surprise. Yep, you guessed it; just outside the window sits the dreaded beast that tried to kill him. What follows is one of the more humorous parts of the film when Mann becomes suspicious of everyone in the cafe being this dreaded driver, and ends up getting into a fight with one of the customers. Word to the wise, if someone tells you to "Just cut it out" and then slaps your sandwich out of your hand, you best put up your dukes and fight like a man!

Unfortunately the time comes for David Mann to be on his merry way, and he's off like a dirty shirt; sweat stains and all, back on the road again in that little red Plymouth that I personally fell in love with and wish I had. Anyway, I bet you can pretty much guess what lies ahead for the poor salesman. Actually there are many things lying ahead for David Mann from a stalled busload of kids, to a fast-moving train, to the freaked-out elderly couple, to the reptilian gas station. Of course, the dreaded semi is there every step of the way. The semi driver was intent on creating a "duel" to the death with David Mann. I mean let's be honest, there were several times where that semi could have squashed Mann and his Plymouth like a bug; the most obvious of those times coming when the huge beast tries to push Mann into an on-coming train.

And why should Mann be allowed to come into human contact in the hopes of help? Afterall, that would totally ruin the plans of a "duel." Again, a bit of comic relief takes hold as Mann struggles to give a school bus of kids a push with his little red car only to be literally chased away by "Mr. Diesel." Adding to the comedy is the elderly couple whom Mann tries to stop and tell to call the police. Mann only succeeds in freaking them out and is chased away by the mighty ton on wheels. Then there's that classic reptile gas station, and I must say, I felt so bad for the woman running the place. Here is a middle-aged woman who is passionate about her caged snakes, lizards and spiders surrounding the station. She's clear out in the boonies and probably gets hardly any business at all. Needless to say, she is overjoyed when David Mann pulls up to let her check under the hood of the car while he checks into a phone booth to call the police. But the semi driver thinks that is a fat chance. As Mann begins to talk to the police, here comes the diesal flying in crazily, crashing into all the reptile cages as well as the phone booth leaving the devastated woman to retrieve her reptiles. Obviously, Mann needed to heed Dr. Diesel's wishes and get back on the road of terror where he belonged.

The most terrifying part comes toward the end of the film when Mann is being chased by the semi up a grade and he blows his radiator hose. The hissing of steam, the sputtering of the car, the visions of the speed dial dropping, the spine-tingling screams and pleading from David Mann ringing in your ears and the reality of the engine being fried all come together to create one of the most edge-of-your-seat experiences around.

For those of you who have not yet seen this movie, I will leave you with a few little details. #1: You will learn just how handy a brief case can be when you're in a jam, #2: A fire's blaze can be quite blinding, and #3 Living on the edge will eventually leave no edge to live on. Unfortunately you may just realize it when you're flying off a cliff.

Something that is definitely worth a mention is the music of the film. It is intense, frantic; the music of an adrenaline rush echoing the rapid pounding heartbeat of someone on the run with racing thoughts filling the head. Urgent and screeching violins and other haunting sounds; I really MEAN HAUNTING, completely engulf you that much more into the terrifying world of David Mann and the deranged madness of the truck driver. Even the truck itself looks mean; dirty and metal-colored with a face only a mother could love. In this case, the truck and driver make perfect partners in crime. Also definitely worth a mention are the highway shots throughout the movie. We get some excellent footage of the truck's tires grinding against the hot pavement as well as its foreboding bug-smashed grill. The quick shots of the speedometer dropping and speeding up in Mann's car is a fantastic touch, and the overall chasing scenes down the highway are very well done. You can feel the speed, the terror rise, and you'll be guaranteed to get very anxious.

Dennis Weaver does an EXCELLENT job in this film as we see some amazing close-ups of terror-drenched face and his hysterical yells at the truck driver and at his own car to go faster. The close-up shots of him looking back frantically to see how far the truck is behind him really add to the mounting terror. Weaver is a very versatile actor in that he can swing from the calm man listening to the radio on his way to the meeting, to the frantic man literally driving for his life.

The extras in the movie are worth the price as you get a complete history on how the movie came about, and the making of the movie with all the techniques, tricks and styles that Spielberg chronicles for us in his commentary. You'll even find out how he picked out his actors/actresses for the film, as well as the truck! It is quite interesting indeed.

I tell you, even though this is Spielberg's first full-length film, it is one his very best works let alone early works. As my heart raced and panic rose during my first viewing of the film, I remember my mom telling me that this was a Steven Spielberg film. Then I, totally engrossed in this amazing 1971 film, turned to her and said, "Well that explains it."

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Steven Spielberg
Dennis Weaver

DVD title: Fahrenheit 9/11
Productgroup: DVD
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Every American MUST See This Film!

Every Democrat, every Independent, and every Republican in this country should see this film. The depth of Michael Moore's love for this great country and his fellow average Americans is clearly evident in Fahrenheit 9/11. Far too many of the policies being adopted by our "elected" government officials are created behind closed doors in secret - and contrary to what the majority of Americans want. This film gives the average American access to more actual information - rather than the filtered news, empty sound-bytes and catch phrases that are repeated ad nauseum. With so many multi-millionaires in his cabinet, is it any wonder President Bush is out of touch with the "common man"? Michael Moore does a masterful job of exposing the lies and inspiring Americans to get off their butts and exercise their privilege to vote with a better grasp of what's going on today in our country.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michael Moore (II)
Michael Moore (II)

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