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DVD title: Shaun of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
Shaun of the Dead - movie DVD cover picture
Half-musical, Half-Comedy, Half-Horror and even half romance

All of those halves add up to so much of a total movie viewing experience, it is incredible. If you enjoy snarky drunk video game playing slacker humor, this is for you. If you like to see parallels between "zombie-like" activity (from everyone using cellphones and wearing business suits, to all those skaters wearing hoodies and bouncing in step to their portable cd-players) and actual zombie activity, it's for you. If you love great dialogue almost always with a touch of humor, and can wait for set-up in the beginning of the film to establish real character relationships before they start kickin' some serious zombie ass--I repeat, this is for you. I absolutely love this film and it's main characters, there are some hard sad scenes but since they are mixed with gore, it's harder to get too depressed over them...

But all in all, go see this movie!! I don't want to ruin it for you. ^__^

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Edgar Wright
Simon Pegg
Kate Ashfield
Nick Frost

DVD title: A Christmas Carol (Colorized Version)
Productgroup: DVD
A Christmas Carol (Colorized Version) - movie DVD cover picture

I own this one & the one with Patrick Stewart! I like them both!

Studio: Vci Home Video
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Alastair Sim
Kathleen Harrison

DVD title: Finding Neverland (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Finding Neverland (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture

A criticism frequently leveled against this film is that it isn't very accurate biographically. In my opinion, this totally misses the point. First, the film was never postured as "The Life Story of J.M. Barrie." It is a fictional speculation, inspired by actual events, as to what might have gone into the creation of PETER PAN.

I know from reading interviews with writers that one of the questions they are most frequently asked is: "Where Do you get your ideas?" This movie shows how that sort of thing can inspiration comes from circumstance coupled with imagination. It's a beautiful evocation of how artists experience events and how their work is informed. Obviously, each artist is inspired in different ways, but the movie feels RIGHT in its delicate tone when it comes to how J.M. Barrie might have conceived PAN.

There's also a wonderful story here about how important the child in all of us might be. J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp, the best argument for the importance of the child within the man), a famous playwright, has discovered that his work has become a drudgery. He isn't inspired by his life of wealth and position. He isn't inspired by his attractive wife...who is willing to put up with a lot from Barrie (to her credit), but doesn't offer him much in return (to her debit). Barrie accidentally meets up with a young widow and her several sons, and is immediately drawn to them. The widow (a radiant Kate Winslet) is swept up by meeting a "celebrity" and the two develop a relationship that is never sexual, but is a deep friendship, built around the fact that Barrie loves her sons, and is able to play with them in a way that no man ever has before. He knows how to spark the imagination of the kids, and they spark his. He takes them on elaborate flights of fancy. Winslet is thrilled to be with a man who can make her kids happy again. And he dotes on her. Her mother, played by Julie Christie, disapproves of this man who has entered the lives of her family. The relationship is unseemly, and the "playing" is unseemly too. So the movie offers a tug of war between being "mature" and "manly" with "fun" and "childish." It argues, very well, that a rounded person needs a bit of both.

Barrie certainly is a man who perhaps has kept a bit too much of the child in him. But, the film also shows that it's this very childishness that enables him to conceive of PETER PAN. The story of PAN has resonated with children for over a century, despite all the generational changes. He obviously tapped something deep in the human psyche. He couldn't have done it without his impish side. Yet, late in the film, Barrie must be strong and mature...and the man in him knows when to come out and take charge.

The movie itself is a treat. Beautiful sets and costumes, including some really terrific looks at backstage life and the way shows created special effects over a century ago. It's lighted in lovely, rich tones. When the film ventures outdoors, it's suffused with life. The acting is impeccable all around. Depp and Winslet are great. Young Freddie Highmore, as Peter, is really, really good. If you liked Haley Joel Osment in SIXTH SENSE, you'll appreciate Highmore even more...his emotions are even more open. Rhadha Mitchell, as Barrie's wife, is good...she manages to be both sympathetic and villainous at the same time. Dustin Hoffman has fun in a small role, and Julie Christie is really good...terrific to see her in a substantial role again.

I really couldn't find any major faults in the movie. It is not fast paced, but never drags. It's okay for kids. And it is tear-jerker of epic proportions that actually earns its tears. There is a scene near the end when Winslet's character gets a private showing of PETER PAN. From the start of that scene until the end of the movie, I challenge you to keep the tears away. And the final image of the movie...well, all I can say is that in the movie theater, we heard more than a few people gasping back their tears simply to prevent out and out weeping. And what's great is that even though we isn't a depressing movie. I can't recommend it highly enough!

Studio: Miramax
Director: Marc Forster
Johnny Depp
Kate Winslet
Julie Christie

DVD title: Firefly - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
Firefly - The Complete Series - movie DVD cover picture
Best over looked Show from TV

Firefly was an amazing show that wasn't given a chance by Fox when it was originally broadcast (episodes were shown out of order!). If you haven't seen the show you should pick it up, it well worth the price! It's a smart show, with sharp characters, great sci-fi effects, and amazing and fun dialogue. You won't regret picking up this show.


Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Nathan Fillion

DVD title: The 24th Day
Productgroup: DVD
The 24th Day - movie DVD cover picture
a masterpiece of modest porportions

having seen THE 24th DAY, i must tell all serious film goers that this film although done on a small budget is one of the best films i've seen in years.the story is very intense and the writing sensational. very rare in the schlock that the industry seems to be turning out lately. should anyone reading this know of the actors Scott Speedman and James Marsden's past work, trust me when i say these two performances will blow you will leave the theatre drained with MUCH to talk about for quite some time. i will not mention the story line due to all the turns it makes. after 10 minutes i trust that no one will be able to turn away. its that powerful. glad i could be the first to write something on this little masterpiece.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Tony Piccirillo

DVD title: The Golden Girls - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Watch something you know you'll enjoy!

I've always loved TV, but I'm always skeptical of buying DVD compilations of old TV shows I used to watch. What if the show isn't as good as I remember it to be? Why waste the money? I had the same concerns when I decided to buy the first season of 'The Golden Girls.' As soon as I popped in the first DVD, however, I knew my money was well spent.

With all the current TV shows being the way they are (bad reality TV or shows about fashionably angsty teens), watching 'The Golden Girls' again was like a breath of fresh air. I forgot how great the jokes and the comedic timing on this show were. I caught myself laughing out loud several times (I probably laughed louder than I did when these episodes originally aired)! This show had a great cast and writers who KNEW how to make you laugh!

For those who're bored with the current programs on TV, why not watch something you know you'll enjoy? Instead of being forced to watch the umpteenth show about plastic surgery makeovers, why not watch a show that celebrates the beauty of friendship and living your life to the fullest? Watch something that makes you enjoy life and humanity, not loathe them.

If you watched this series with friends and/or compared each other to a particular Golden Girl (I, myself, was the Sophia of our group), then this would make a great gift for them... That is, if they haven't already bought a copy for themselves.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Betty White

DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
A Classic

The original Star Wars trilogy is a classic. I won't rehash how the films have changed the film industry, films in general (push for blockbusters), merchandising, etc. I'm writing to mention the documentary included with the bonus materials. It is very good, especially in light to Lucasfilms' prior "extra bonus materials" stuff. I had the Star Wars Trilogy Definitive Collection laser disc set (of which I paid $250), and the extra materials were a joke. This documentary shows footage from Lucas' original THX-1138 (his STUDENT film), interviews with a wide assortment of people involved, and other notables. For example, David Prowse (Darth Vader) talks about his "casting session." Warwick Davis & Kenny Baker discuss how Warwick got the Ewok lead the day of shooting when Kenny came down w/food poisoning. Alan Ladd, the exec at Fox who supported Lucas, discussed the political battles at Fox when nothing was going right during the shooting of Star Wars. Walter Cronkite & Bill Moyers talk about the impact that the trilogy had on popular culture, Lucas' interest in Joseph Campbell, etc. The list goes on and on. It promotes Lucas heavily, but the scope is wide, it shows a lot of previously unreleased material, and it is a wonderful complement of the films. The series stands for itself. The extra materials really are a bonus.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Harrison Ford

DVD title: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Second Season - movie DVD cover picture
A Complex Season!

This was the season that won me over to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine! I became a "Niner" (subset of Star Trek fans) after I watched the repeat airing of the season finale "The Jem'Hadar". I had never seen anything like it on TV before. "The Jem'Hadar" featured an intriguing "who are they?" story about the fearsome Jem'Hadar - the soldier race of the Dominion, coupled with the grandest space battle (at that time) that I had ever seen on TV. Sure, the space battles would improve in later seasons, as would the characters and writing, but it showed me enough to keep me on board.
Later on I would see the remarkable three-part season opener - commonly referred to as "The Circle Trilogy" - along with other gems like "Blood Oath" (which brought back three of the original Star Trek's best Klingons: Kor, Kang and Koloth), "The Maquis, Parts I & II" (for better or worse, this is where Voyager began), "The Wire" (one of the best Garak stories) and "Crossover" (DS9's first visit to the classic Mirror Universe).
This was the year that Ira Steven Behr, Peter Allan Fields, Robert Hewitt Wolfe and James Crocker started to fully realize what the Dominion was and what it would later become. This quadrant-spanning empire was first mentioned during the first season, but this is where the ongoing story arc truly started. If you like SF that is daring, vivid and thoroughly complex, DS9 is the series for you.
*A special note: May God bless the families of the seven brave astronauts who died on board the space shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. And may He forever hold them in His warm embrace.*

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Avery Brooks

DVD title: Land of the Lost
Productgroup: DVD
Land of the Lost - movie DVD cover picture
Great Nostalgia Trip

I hadn't seen episodes of Land of the Lost in 15 years or so. What a wonderful way to relive bits of my childhood. I still love this series as much as I ever did. Yes of course the special effects don't stand up to today's standards, but the story is still effective and I still love the clay dinosaurs. Now I just hope they will release more volumes or a box set of the complete episodes!

Studio: Rhino Video

DVD title: Alias - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Alias Should Be Released on DVD

I extremely agree that Alias should be released for DVD!!! This T.V. series is one of the best and I believe that if you release them on DVD, hundreds of people will purchase them, because that's how much people really love the show. The same thing for Dark Angel: Season 2, Mutant X, She Spies, and La Femme Nikita: Season 5. I have recorded almost every single episode of Dark Angel: Season 1 and 2, Alias, She Spies, and La Femme Nikita on VHS. I would LOVE to buy them on DVD. Millions of fans will be dying to buy these T.V. Series on DVD, especially Dark Angel: Season 2 and La Femme Nikita: Season 5. So please understand what I'm saying. Please release these shows on DVD and millions of people would buy them.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Jennifer Garner

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