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DVD title: Road to Perdition (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Hanks is a legend


Tom Hanks represents to me the only lving legend today In "Castaway" he wad a geniouos and he did not have to prove himself anymore, howeber in this film he just want to how versatile he was playing a gangster.The relationship between him and his son was moving, and the stoey developed into a an examination of human nature and how fast the impresions seldom count for anything. To me this film use go to show how a genious can play a completly different characters. For me Toma Hanks is ranked up the with the likes of John Wayne and so on .] James

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Mendes
Actors:
Tyler Hoechlin
Tom Hanks




DVD title: Schindler's List (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Easily one of the best movies of all time


What a truly AWESOME film! Moving, exciting, well-acted and well adapted, this is a must for those who want to understand the true horrors of the holocaust. I love the black and white (colour would look wrong for a sad film like this) and the harrowing scene with the girl in the red coat. Liam Neeson was good- but Ralph Fiennes was amazing. One of the finest acting performnances I have ever seen. I didn't mind the killing either- a holocaust movie without death would be like star wars with no space ships. If you want to see a truly epic film, forget Ben Hur, Titanic et al, Schindler's List is THE BEST

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes




DVD title: The Time Machine
Productgroup: DVD
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A must see


...I elected to go see a movie that would take me away to another place and let my imagination go along for the ride. I was pleasantly given that ride and I must say all my expectations were met. There were many tremendous and intriguing special effects, and plenty of moments that make you wonder in awe about the amazement of Planet Earth. You get a really spectacular point of view on how our next few thousand years go. There are one or two "gimmies" where you may not believe a certain thing could happen, but you gotta let it slide to make the story work. Definitely go see it if you are the type of person who can "give in" to a movie, and let it take you for your own ride...into time. Enjoy!Your Pal Chad Ashley

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Simon Wells
Actors:
Guy Pearce
Yancey Arias




DVD title: Chasing Amy - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie!


This is my favorite film by Kevin Smith. I'm attempting to make movies now, and Chasing Amy was a real inspiration. The fact that Kevin Smith wrote the film about fairly true events, I decided to do the same. I just thought this movie was perfect. Ben Affleck is very good in this film, and has convinced me that he's a fairly good actor. A man named Dwight Ewell plays Hooper, the gay black guy who acts like Malcolm X to promote his comic book. There's a hilarious scene where he describes Star Wars as a rascist movie that had me falling out of my chair. Joey Adams played Alyssa, who the movie is about. I thought she was a good actress, but it's a shame that she dropped Kevin like a bad habit. But the real star of the show is Jason Lee. I can't get enough of that guy. He is the best young actor hollywood has, and they don't use him enough. He needs his own movie. He just has countless funny lines and actions that really bring the character of Banky to life. Kevin Smith's understated directing lets you pay more attention to what's being said then what is being done. all in all a perfect movie. Go see it.
P.S. - The DVD's outtakes are hilarious!

Studio: Miramax
Director: Kevin Smith
Actors:
Ben Affleck
Joey Lauren Adams




DVD title: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie!


The ending is ok I even liked the little talking statues,but the rest of the movie was boring and it was a waste of my time watching it. "Do not buy this movie".

Studio: Disney Studios
Actors:
Demi Moore



DVD title: Led Zeppelin
Productgroup: DVD
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Are you a Led Zep fan? If so, buy it!!


First off, I play drums and the legendary John Bonham has been a huge influence on my playing. So I could hardly wait for this DVD to come out. My first review here several months ago must have broken some kind of rule or gotten lost in cyberspace or a server crash. Either way, here's another try.
The whole DVD is quite simply a work of art. Some of the scenes do seem a little dated (Page and his bow), but compared with all we had before this ('The Song Remains the Same' movie); this is state of the art stuff! As I stated, I am a drummer. So of course, I love Bonham's prominence in this DVD set. It appears Page went out of his way to appease us drummers, and I'm very grateful. But I'm also a frustrated bassist, vocalist and guitarist, so I was equally enthralled to witness the genius of each band member. Of course Bonzo and his bombastic wall of sound and very scary bass drum work (with a single Ludwig Speed King pedal folks, how the...!!??) is Nirvana to me. But I also loved watching John Paul and Bonzo reign in Page as if in some kind of mental telepathy! Page would be wandering a little too long with some guitar solos, and Jones would tolerate it for awhile, then he would glance at Bonzo and they would force Page back into the real world with a vengeance. 'Achilles Last Stand' is a good example of this; and a blistering version also because I truthfully didn't think Bonzo could pull this one off live, but he showed my mortal self just what a real, technical hard rock drummer can do!! I watch it over and over because he nails the time changes and rolls perfectly! Not to say I don't love Page's playing, because I do. He was and is a master of the guitar and writing rock music.
I also love Plant's vocals, and you've got plenty here on this DVD. But they aren't as clear and up front as I'd like, since Plant really is an underrated vocalist. I love trying to mimic his primal, sensual squeals and complete abandon, so I was a little disappointed the vocals weren't more prominent, but it's a trivial thing because the footage of Bonham more than makes up for that minor irritation.
So, if you love Led Zeppelin or any of the band members (or all of them, like myself), you have to get this DVD! You'll laugh at some of the dated parts, but the jaw dropping musicianship will leave you in complete awe and make you realize just why you started playing an instrument in the first place, and why there will never be another Led Zeppelin without Bonzo. We drummers are a dime a dozen, but a select few are truly great artists, and Bonzo was a master artisan, just as Page, Jones and Plant were and are at their crafts.

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Jimmy Page
Actors:
Dick Carruthers



DVD title: Beloved
Productgroup: DVD
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A MUST SEE MOVIE


Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover were at their best in this movie. This movie is the best movie that I have seen yet. It is creepy at the beginning and very sad in the middle and the ending is great. I would recommend this movie to anyone.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Jonathan Demme
Actors:
Oprah Winfrey
Danny Glover




DVD title: The Green Mile
Productgroup: DVD
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Who'd have thought I'd shed tears at a Stephen King flick?


When I heard that "The Green Mile" would be turned into a Tom Hanks movie, I groaned outloud and silently cursed the movie industry. Yeesh, all the luck that man has been carrying around in the movies for the last eight years just grates at my nerves. The fact that "The Green Mile" is, in my opinion, the best novel written by King since "Different Seasons," made me all the more antsy but at the same time drew at my curiosity. So I went. Sitting in a dark, crowded theater watching Hanks drawl in a semi-decent Alambama accent for three hours seemed like a smiggen of hell waiting to happen. Honestly, the most I expected was to maybe appreciate the film; I didn't expect to walk out of the theater crying and quietly applauding all the people that worked in and on it. Safe to say, I ate my words.
I have to say, "The Green Mile" is possibly one of the most brilliant films made in 1999/2000 from start to finish. The direction is brilliant, the entire cast give memorable performances all around, and the imagery is so eerily like that mentioned in the novel that it's at times creepy but nothing short of satisfying. What pleased me the most about this movie was it's unexpected faithfulness to the novel itself; no other adaption of a King novel has ever been this close to the book, with the possible exceptions of "Delores Claiborne" and "The Shawshank Redemption."
There are several stand-out performances throughout, such as those by Micheal Jeter (as lovable prisoner Delacroix), Doug Hutchison (as jail guard from hell Percy Wetmore), and a chillingly sinister turn by Sam Rockwell (as resident bad guy Billy the Kid). But the movie itself belongs to Michael Clarke Duncan, who managed to upstage Hanks in his role as the gentle giant John Coffey. Playing simple-minded Coffey, you'd have thought Duncan stepped straight out of the pages of the novel itself. From the moment he steps onscreen, he gains the curiosity and affection of the audience, garnering an ocassional snicker and many tears.
Another thing that surprised me was the magic that surrounded the film. A sequence in which Coffey is in the prison theater watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers dancing to "Cheek to Cheek" in the classic Top Hat is among the films sweetest moments. Maybe what makes scenes like that so terrific is that they're not obvious; they're seamless. The expression on Coffey's face as he watched the dancing duo glide across the screen *alone*, beats any 2-hour special effects extraveganza.
Before you see this film, be aware that this isn't King's usual all-out frightfest. Though it does have it's share of violence (including a particularly gruesome electrocution scene), it's sure to make you laugh, cry (A LOT), and cheer on non-stop for Edgecomb and Coffey. A beautifully done picture by Frank Darabont, who managed to surpass his sucess on The Shawshank Redemption. A lovely film, and one of my favorites for years coming. I can only hope The Academy gives this jewel the recognization it deserves.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Frank Darabont
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Michael Clarke Duncan




DVD title: Blazing Saddles
Productgroup: DVD
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Side-splitting humor...


...in one of the best comedies ever made. Mel Brooks' mixture of sophomoric humor and satire provides a biting indictment of ethnic prejudice.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Mel Brooks
Actors:
Cleavon Little
Gene Wilder




DVD title: The Fantasia Anthology (3-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Walt Disney's Masterpiece (Also kinda boring)


I'm gonna keep this review short, because many of the other reviews cover the details. This is the best piece of animation seen on screen- ever! It has no worthy rival. And the DVD does it justice with its wide selection of special features. Still, for some reason I always get bored watching Fantasia. For some reason, every time I watch it I find some reason to leave the room or fall asleep. I guess the feast that is Fantasia can be a little overwhelming. Still, if you do manage to stay focused on this Walt Disney Masterpiece, you really will enjoy the sheer brilliance of Disney's art.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Leopold Stokowski



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