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DVD title: Baby Einstein - Baby Beethoven - Symphony of Fun
Productgroup: DVD
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My daughter loves both Mozart and Beethoven videos. And my husband and I find the duck-dog puppet "plot" quite hilarious. My daughter also loves the "marching" puppets of Wellington's Victory. I feel like this video is even more synchronized to the music than baby Mozart.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid

DVD title: Jurassic Park III (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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cool movie

After I saw the Making Of of Jurassic Park 3,my anticipation was very high.And when I left the cinema,I thought "THIS was Jurassic Park 3?"like other reviews already said,all that's done in the movie is running away from something.OK,it was adrenaline-pushing,but,in my opinion,it was definitely not thrilling like the original Jurassic Park (let's forget about Lost World,ok?).Also,the finish was very very very unspectacular.The Spinosaurus is simply running away and Dr. Grant lurs the Velociraptors away.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Joe Johnston
Sam Neill
William H. Macy
Téa Leoni

DVD title: Taxi Driver (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Collector's Edition DVD

If you haven't seen the movie it's good in any format, and there's no need to tell you why. Just watch it and enjoy. Because many film buffs have already seen the flick, it's probably better to discuss the bells and whistles contained within the DVD. I have an old VHS copy that was beginning to lose its luster, so I added the Collector's Edition DVD to my library. Here are my thoughts on the "extras":

There is an excellent "the making of" documentary. De Niro, Scorsese, Foster, Brooks, Boyle, Sheperd, Keitel, and even the screenwriter add their anecdotes. Find out exactly where they found the weird street drummer guy who's seen performing during Betsy and Travis' big date. Other tales are told with regard to the making of the film.

This DVD claims to contain the WIDESCREEN VERSION of the film; however, I find no difference between this version and my VHS full screen copy. Perhaps you see a quarter of an inch more of the picture, but nothing more. Why letterbox the full screen version? Either the theatrical release closely resembles the Full Screen version, or the Producer of the DVD thought no one would notice.

Although the Widescreen is nothing more than Full Screen inside a letter box, the Photo Montage surprises in a very good way. Instead of a silent slide show, the producer of the cd provides additional commentary on the making of Taxi Driver. You'll learn how the screenwriter named every character, and what lengths De Niro went to prepare for his performance.

If you're looking for a DVD to replace your VHS edition, then this is suitable; however, if you want a real Widescreen edition complete with audio commentary, then you should wait until the next "Collector's Edition" is released. With 2006 just around the corner, a 20th anniversary edition is sure to come.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Cybill Shepherd
Jodie Foster

DVD title: The King of Queens - The Complete Fourth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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King Of Queens Season 4

Season 4 left nothing dissappointing. All the characters you love are there and the laughs are endless. It is everything you would expect from the show and more.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Kevin James

DVD title: Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Productgroup: DVD
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Peter Seller's Best

This film is my favorite with Peter Sellers in it, in most other of his movies, he is an annoying personality. But in this Kubrick masterpiece, he shines as Merkin Muffley, the U.S. president; Captian Lionel Mandrake of the RAF; and the ex-nazi scientist, Dr. Strangelove. This movie is so funny, that when Dr. Strangelove was trying to controll his rebellious right arm and stop it from heiling Hitler, even the Russian ambassador couldn't keep a straight face! Yes sir, this movie is top-notch entertainment, and like all Kubrick films, makes a statement about society, and how really ridiculous war really is.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers
George C. Scott

DVD title: The Ninth Gate
Productgroup: DVD
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One big adventure for Depp into the unknown

I watched this not knowing what was in store for me, and at the end of the movie, I was completely in awe of this powerful story. Johnny Depp's acting is good, but his somewhat scrawny body and his aged looks just weren't the reason why this movie kept me in my seat throughout. No doubt the story isn't very realistic - its basically about the forces - mainly the evil forces - in life - greed, lust, power... and Johnny Depp plays an underhanded book dealer who is employed by Balkan (Langella) to go on a trip to Europe to research an ancient Satanic book's authenticity. This entire movie is about Johnny Depp taking one long and life-threatening adventure tackling issues beyond what he normally avoids in real life.
Emmanuelle Seigner (and this is just some gossip for you - she's Polanski's wife in real-life!) plays the mysterious woman who appears to help Depp everytime he's faced with a life-or-death situation, and this casts suspicion on her true identity - is she human or is she not? What is she? These are all the questions that Polanski poses to the viewer as you go through the film watching Depp go through his journey which seems to be like a cat-and-mouse chase between him and the greedy people who are after the book's secrets. Seigner is completely mesmerising in her own right. She is very interesting to watch and so charismatic - and rightly so because Polanski filmed her in such a way that drenched her in an even deeper aura of mystery. Olin is good too, she is very convincing in a somewhat shallow role as an out-and-out money-grubbing chic French tramp who bites (literally).
There are certainly loads of questions left unanswered in the movie, but I think this is the intention of the director who wants you the viewer to make out the story how you want to see it. If you like a movie that features a great cast (albeit not your usual "teen heart-throb" Hollywood stars) shot in an European countryside backdrop, and a theme about the "dark forces" that leaves you thinking a bit - then you're sure to enjoy watching this. This movie has good pace. There's always something happening around the corner for Depp, and then there's always the question of "Who exactly is that *girl*?" I loved this whole movie and would recommend it to the right person.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Roman Polanski
Johnny Depp
Frank Langella

DVD title: Cradle of Filth - Heavy Left-Handed & Candid
Productgroup: DVD
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Buy This Now!

Cradle of Filth are amazing live! This DVD has a total of eleven live songs on it (all of which are brilliant). It also includes a documentary, a trailer for Cradle of Fear, three music videos, and much more! Stand out live songs include "Her Ghost In The Fog", "Cruelty Bought Thee Orchids", "From The Cradle To Enslave", "Lord Abortion", "Ebony Dressed For Sunset", and "Dusk and Her Embrace". This is COF's best DVD release. If you don't already have this, buy it! Trust me, you won't regret it.

Studio: Abercadaver
Cradle of Filth

DVD title: The Legend of 1900
Productgroup: DVD
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An Incredible Movie

This movie, which reeled me in with its mysterious premise- a baby found abandoned on a ship, who grows into a man who never steps a foot on land- turned out to be spectacular.
First off, the camera work was fabulous, the film sumptuously shot. This isn't a movie where you bounce from frame to frame. I love movies that take their time and explore what they've created, not zip through it once lines have been said. Virtually every shot, every frame has an essence, a feeling, be it gaiety, romance, sadness, etc. That alone made it a joy to watch.
Tim Roth was fabulous as 1900- those big, thoughtful eyes can convey such emotion. Though some will sight this movie as being too sad, with a terrible ending, I cannot agree. The only sadness comes from 1900's predicament- having lived his whole life on a finite ship that finally cultivated a paralyzing fear of the rest of the world. Other complaints have their merit- the girl for whom 1900 finally tries to get off the boat has really no relationship at all with him, making it odd to take such a big step for someone he hardly knows. Yet I like to chalk it up to her representing something to him- love, companionship, a home, and a family- even if she isn't the one, she brings up these feelings in him. There are logical gaps in the movie- where did this baby come from?, why in the world did one of the workers get to keep it?, 1900 could just sit down as a kid and play?, did the boat never go in for repairs, in which case 1900 would have to get off?, how did 1900 manage to survive when it was so decrepit and ready to be blown up? But the movie is mythical- after all, a legend. The details melt away in the grander vision of things. I cannot say that the movie will let you leave feeling good. It could have ended with 1900 finally getting off- maybe seeing the girl from the boat again somewhere- but it wouldn't have fit.
The movie is just so magical. I couldn't keep this silly grin off my face when the piano began to spin in the ballroom as the ship rocked and rolled, with 1900 playing- it was perfectly whimsical. I cheered when 1900 won the piano duel by lighting the cigarette with the strings hot from his playing. I loved the way he observed people and made up little songs to suit them. I gasped to hear him say "F*** the regulations." These little things just stick in my head. Watch this movie. You won't regret it.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Tim Roth

DVD title: Before Sunrise
Productgroup: DVD
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Sweet Sorrow

Doesn't everybody at sometime want this? It's a sweet memory in the making, the story that you will tell your friends/lovers for decades to come (and it will get better with age). It is perfect in its brevity. Both characters know that they will go back to their lives, probably never see each other again, and want to hold onto the moment.
I stumbled upon this film on dish, and I was not immediately drawn in as I was not too familiar with the actors, but it grows on you. It is hard not to imagine yourself in the same situation.

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy

DVD title: Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great art without any limits

This film is a masterpiece. The last tycoon of the first half of the twentieth century. A power and an influence entirely based on newspapers and a new way to practice journalism : journalism as a reality show. Kane has the tendency though to think he can mould the opinions of people as if he controlled them through his papers. The film is a sad demonstration of the impact of such journalism and at the same time its limits and its failures. Actually he is destroyed in his political career by the same papers and journalism that all the other papers immediately imitated because the circulation of Kane?s papers was menacing the others to be crushed down into oblivion. But the film also explores the personal dimension of the character, his pharaonic ambition, his cult of collecting artistic artefacts or any other collectibles, his love for his second wife and its inevitable end because she could not live up to his dream of being some kind of king or god on earth. She felt abandoned and crushed by the famous palace of Xanadu and finally decided to leave. Strangely enough the film does not emphasize the death of his son, from his first marriage, a death that must have been particularly dramatic to Kane. The film is also a masterpiece by its technique and the way the story is unveiled and developed. It tried all kinds of story-telling techniques, a film in the film, a musical in the film, a jounalistic investigation within the journalistic world of Kane, and a completely exploded plot line that follows the investigation more than chronology. Things come apparently haphazardly though in an absolutely planned way. The structure is not clear cut and onesided, but rather a multifarious and multifacetted structure that gives to the film a tremendous power and dynamism.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten

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