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DVD title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Full Screen Edition) (Harry Potter 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Harry Potter Movie

I really loved this movie. It was excellent! I would like to give a big well done to Chris Columbus and Daniel Radcliffe. It is a very realistic movie. I would also like to thank the Warner Brothers. I hope the Warner Brothers make movies based on the other books of Harry Potter which Joanne Rowling has written. I would give a last thanks to Scholastic.
I hope you like this movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Chris Columbus
Daniel Radcliffe

DVD title: His and Her Circumstances (Vol. 1) - With Series Box
Productgroup: DVD
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A Great Highschool Comedy/Romance

This is one of those rare anime series that is able to capture both serious moments of romance and drama one moment and still be completely wacky and funny the next. The best part about this show though is the characters. This show has some of the best character development I've ever seen. All of the characters (even the supporting ones) are explored well beyond just the surface. A good example of this is Tsubasa and Maho (neither of who are introduced in this DVD unfortunately), who start out hating the main character and trying their best to ruin her (although both in different ways). However they both have reasons for feeling the way they do and eventually they become friends. I'm really glad to see that this series if finally getting the commercial translation that it deserves (now if only we could get Hana Yori Dango as well). And for anyone who is interested in a funny romantic anime series, I then this DVD should not be passed up.

Studio: A.D. Vision
Director: Hideaki Anno

DVD title: Transformers Season 3 Part 1 Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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Season 3

Ok, lets just set the record straight about season three of transformers. The is the best season of transformers without a doubt. I think those that hate season 3 need to be more honest as to why they hate which is simply the absence of optimus prime. Overall, this season had as much bad animation as the previous season and was the only season that attempted to make sense of the transformers history. The series "grew up" during the third season making a lot more enjoyable than the first two season. Gone are the kiddy silly story lines as well as the wonderful silly phrases like megabum, decepticrumb, and deceptikitty. The is the first seaosn that actually had any real continuity written into it giving us the origin of the transformers and staying constitated. One of the great errors in the entire transformers series was the abrut return of optimus prime after his zombiefied body was destoyed in dark awakeing, which was an well-written and awesome end to optimus prime. Those that hate season three obviously did not view the entire season and so incorrect comments are made about the season putting in a bad light with those that havent seen the season. Season has some of the best characters, stories, and battle scenes of the entire series. The autobots now are less handicaped and dont have to wait for optimus prime to come and save them. The decepticons are not plotting some hairbrained scheme to still energy from earth. Both groups are fully functioning armies as they should be. The additions of the quintessons adds to the overall quaility of the show and we see that the autobots/decepticons war is a threat to the entire galaxy and not just earth and cybertron.I strongly recommend this to all transformer fans especially those that have a grude against season 3. This is the season that made transformers memorable

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Jonny Quest - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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A Saturday Morning Classic Comes to DVD!

I remember when I was a kid in the 70's, I would hop out of bed on saturday mornings and run to the TV with wide-eyed anticipation---looking forward to watching all of my favorite cartoon shows. Iwould tune in to the classic humor of Bugs Bunny,the future-iffic comedy of the Jetsons, and the trippy-cool live action adventures of Marshall,Will,and Holly in the Land of the Lost---just to name a few.But of all of the great shows I remember watchingthrough the years,none could compare to the awesome adventures of Jonny Quest! Now, that I'ma father of two kids myself, its such a joy to know that I'll finally be able to share some of that magicwith them on DVD! Simply put, they just don't makeem like these anymore. Many thanks to the late,greatDoug Wildey for creating such an entertaining and smartly-written series that will live on in the hearts of Quest fans everywhere! --- Jim Scott

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: The Chronicles of Riddick (Theatrical Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A New Universe With Deft Touches

I went to this movie with two things in mind: 1) Finally, another genre-based flick that doesn't come from a comic book, novel, or something else I already know about. And, 2) I'm in the mood for something epic and entertaining.
This movie succeeded in more-than-satisfying the second criteria, and fulfilling the promise of the first.
In all honesty, I haven't enjoyed myself this much at a science fiction movie since The Matrix. There the comparison ends, so don't expect any mind-bending concepts or topical references in this movie.
Still, I want those fans of the first Matrix movie to remember what it was like to see it, especially in those first few weeks before the buzz really caught on. Remember the thrill you got from a fresh vision heretofore unseen or told? Those scenes that reached down your gullet and snatched your breath right out of your belly?
This is the experience I got from The Chronicles of Riddick. And I'm not ashamed to admit it either, despite the rampant criticism this movie has accumulated since opening. Forget all of that. This is a movie made by people who have had their share of adventurous science fiction, taken the excitement that media sparked, and injected their own ideas and creativity into a film that holds its own amongst the ranks.
This film has a style that's consistent throughout; whether it's Diesel's portrayal of Riddick, who is fast becoming one of my most beloved of heroes; or the interesting locales for the action; or the use of rusty, steam-spitting, dirt-encrusted tech that people wrench and smack and torque into operation - you just get a feel for a universe that's all its own.
Not only that but the film is riotiously entertaining. The story is well-balanced with the frenetic action scenes, and the dialogue and character-development, though drifting into cardboard-tasting cheesy territory, nonetheless holds up. In fact, so much is introduced in some scenes, you just want to learn more about it.
And then there are those deft touches that you'll find in a movie with a thinking director. Like the way the bounty hunters' ship brakes its landing on Crematoria; the technology that the Necromongers use, whether they're making battle plans, or reading someone's mind; Riddick dispatching a baddie by tapping his foot in time with overhead lights that pass by during a mining-cart-esque run. All of this adds up to a compelling sense of 'Holy s*** I haven't seen this before!'
I just read in an interview that one of aspects of this film that piqued Vin Diesel's curiousity most was the idea of establishing a mythology around a single, central character. Hence the title of this film and potential series springboard. That is exactly what this film serves to do, and for those people who loved Riddick in Pitch Black, they will get their dose - and much, much more, from this film. For those remaining cinema-goers, this is a sci-fi epic that takes you on a trip to a place you've never been.
Personally, I hope this movie does well, because I'm eager to see more.
Now I can just think about the word 'Furion,' and remember the thrills this movie gave me. That is a sure sign of good storytelling, and I will throw down with anyone who disagrees.

Studio: Universal
Director: David Twohy
Vin Diesel
Colm Feore
Judi Dench

DVD title: Centennial
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best

I saw this when it first aired. This was the most well done of any of the mini-series. I worked evenings in a hopital then, and we'd all find reasons to visit the patients--and their TV's. We'd wait until the next show aired to watch the story unfold. These characters were very well acted and developed. I wish the oncoming adaptations would have been as well done. I bought the book later and was pleasantly surprised how well the series had stayed true to the book in detail. I had seen it air again several years later and was just as impressed the second time as the first. I only recently found this was available and it is certainly now on my list to buy. The attention paid to the story makes this timeless. I'd encourage anyone who hasn't seen this one to watch it. And for the James Michener books fans, if you haven't seen it, I don't think you'd be disappointed in it.

DVD title: Falling Like This
Productgroup: DVD
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I loved this film.

I really liked this film. The way "Boyd" looked at "Katie" was amazing. When she wasn't looking at him, he was looking at her with this look that just made it seem like he was thinking "Wow she is so beautiful." Vaughan and Wilson put on great performances. The story was sad but touching. I liked it so much that I want to go out and buy it on DVD!

Studio: Vanguard Cinema
Director: Dani Minnick

DVD title: North and South - The Complete Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Mini-Series in a long time

I don't remember seeing this series in the 80's but I was hooked after the first 2 hour installment. An excellent historical fiction. They were right on track with Benny Havens!! I highly recommend this series to all Civil War buffs!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Patrick Swayze

DVD title: The Wire - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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The real reality show...

The greatest difference between the Wire and other police procurals is not necessarily quality, though the Wire is superbly written and acted, but rather the level of sheer authenticity it brings to the table. There is very little suspension of disbelief required here; this is the world as we know it and people, warts and all, as we know them. Unlike the fake, scripted 'reality' of reality television; the Wire gives us an artistic representation of reality. Now back to your regularly scheduled review.

Season 2 of the Wire is an even more intricate (though not necessarily superior) tapestry than Season 1. All of the major players are back, though some (like D'Angelo Barksdale) have been relegated to supporting rolls. To this mix is added a large number of new point of view characters, a number of supporting cast and a few movers and shakers lurking in the shadows. The seasons principal threads start off very distant, particularly that of the Barksdale crew, but are slowly and meticulously woven together as the season progresses. The stevedores on the Baltimore docks often have center stage and their is something Shakespearean in their inevitable fall. The only mistep here is in the character of Ziggy, who inspires visceral loathing from his first moments on the screen. The detectives from the first season of the Wire, start off scattered (mostly to unpleasant duties) but are slowly drawn back as the stakes of the investigation rise. Once again they make enemies (particularly McNulty who has a genius for it), and once again they decide to do the best job that they are allowed to by their superiors. The Barksdale crew have their own problems that don't intersect much with the other groups until the final episode. The stage is set for their involvement in Season 3 though, and Stringer Bell is shaping up to be a more formidible crime lord than Avon Barksdale ever was.

By the end of Season 2 of the Wire noone is really happy. The investigation is largely sucessful, but fails to apprehend the major players who had been using the stevedores. The stevedore's hopes for the future are shattered, their union crippled, and their personal lives in ruin. There is really no clear winner, though there are many losers; once again much like real life.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Wood Harris

DVD title: South Park - Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Productgroup: DVD
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Another slam dunk for Trey Parker and Matt Stone

There is not much that can't be said for the Matt Stone/Trey Parker classic South Park:Bigger,Longer,Uncut that probably hasn't been said already. Trey Parkers solid music writing along with witty and dead-on satirical dialog is destined to become a modern day classic. This cartoon, though loved by my 16 and 13 year old boys, is definately not for everyone and all should be aware that it is not written for kids. Trey Parker has always been very up front on his writting for adults. Just look at "Orgazmo" and "Cannibal - The Musical". Be a responsible parent, if you don't want your child hearing cartoon children using foul language, don't let them watch. But don't let that stop you from a side-splitting good time with Cartman and the gang.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Trey Parker
Trey Parker
Matt Stone

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