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DVD title: UHF
Productgroup: DVD
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Hilarious


This film in underappreciated. I really can't comment on the DVD as it is not out yet, but it looks good so far. I really just wanted to make one simple comment: the film did not bomb because it 'didn't work.' It bombed because it was released at a bad time(if I remember correctly, it went up again Batman and another box-office bestseller which I cannot recall just now). Another aspect is marketing. Just because a film does not do well does not mean it is a bad film; and a film that does great does not a great film make. Monetary success is not a measure of artistic success, and people keep forgetting that. Even critically-acclaimed films like "Mystery Science Theater 3000"(which even Siskel and Ebert liked) did poorly. Why? Because the company that released it spent no money on advertising whatsoever.
The point is, there are many factor involved in whether a movie is a success or not, the least of which is whether it works as a movie. Its success is usually based on controversy(put a lot of sex and/or violence in and people will generally flock to it), lots of explosions and action or great special effects(if i had a penny for every time I've heard "The plot [stunk], but if you just want to see good special effects..."), a famous star("stop bashing that movie! It has Bill Cosby in it, so it must be great" which I have heard before, believe it or not) or just the media ramming it down your throat.
I digress. View this movie and see for yourself. I can see how some people might not like it; it has little plot admittedly, and the jokes are downright silly. But if you like that kind of thing, this movie is for you. If you like the Airplane! films or anything with Leslie Neilson, if you like Mr. Bean or Monty Python, you'll probably like this movie. Otherwise, you might or might not want to give it a shot. Personally, I thought it was a great movie and can't wait for the DVD. In a comedy, to me, plot is secondary to whether or not it makes me laugh. For those of you who want plot in your comedy, check out "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," it is really funny and has a decent plot.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Jay Levey
Actors:
Weird Al Yankovic



DVD title: 84 Charing Cross Road
Productgroup: DVD
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A thoroughly charming and enjoyable film


This is one of the few movies made in the last 20 years or so that really is thoroughly charming and intelligent that you can't help but see it many, many times. Sir Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft are such great characters in this movie that you can actually feel yourself in the company of them and totally forget you are watching a movie. It is a movie that spans over 20 years and still the relationship that these two enjoy is just as exciting and fresh as when they first were "introduced" to each other. A fantastic friendship by mail develops and a deep friendship that few in today's world enjoy. Their love of books is quite believeable in this movie, because I too have a passion for great literature. This is a movie that makes me appreciate the books that I enjoy reading, whether they are old or new, tattered or in impeccable shape. Both Hopkins and Bancroft give stellar performances and the supporting cast is outstanding as well. I highly recommend this for those who love to sit and become involved in a movie that has charm, wit, and a captivating plot.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: David Hugh Jones
Actors:
Anne Bancroft
Anthony Hopkins




DVD title: The Sixth Sense (Collector's Edition Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Film of 1999


Bruce Willis is shot in the beginning. It leads you to believe that he doesn't die, but he does. That's why he never speaks to his wife. I mean c'mon! It's a Bruce Willis movie and he dies! No way am I gonna give it more than 2 stars! He's the Jackal for god's sake! He prevented Armageddon and was the Last Man Standing! Make no mistake about it, this is NOT a horror movie. This is a "spooky" drama, not a jump out of your seat chiller. It's okay, but not as great as the hype proclaims it to be.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Haley Joel Osment




DVD title: The Last Detail
Productgroup: DVD
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You Can See Different Worlds When You Join the Navy


Jack Nicholson is a performer with the rare ability to completely immerse himself in a chosen role and convince the audience of the stark reality of his performance. Playing Navy Signalman First Class Billy "Badass" Buddusky in Hal Ashby's 1973 film rendition of Darryl Ponicsan's novel, "The Last Detail" is a sterling example of that uncommon talent. Rough-edged but understanding, crude but compassionate, Buddusky and fellow "lifer" Gunner's Mate First Class "Mule" Mulhall (skillfully portrayed by Otis Young) are "detailed" as armed Shore Patrol guards to escort a young sailor, Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid) from Norfolk, Va. to a naval prison in Portsmouth, NH in order to serve an eight-year sentence after being convicted at a court-martial of petty theft. The five-day journey northward is an adventure for all three. Sympathizing with Meadows's plight, apprised of his utter naivete and realizing his sentence far exceeds the severity of the offense, Buddusky and Mulhall conduct their version of a cram course in traditional male rights of passage--ranging from a drunken spree in Washington, D.C. to duking it out with Marines in New York City and getting their charge sexually initiated with a Boston prostitute--if for no other reason than to give him some taste of what he will not be experiencing for a long time and to teach him in some small way to assert himself as an individual. The novel and the film (which was released almost immediately after the book hit the racks) was initially hailed as a polemic against what many believed was the cold indifference of the military establishment. However, since that time, it has been judged more a compelling "slice of life" drama about the complexities of everyday human behavior and how it is shaped by our own decisions and by entities beyond our immediate purview. And, more importantly, it forces us to think about how our ever-more-complicated society is increasingly unable to find ways to help its young people constructively mark transition into adulthood. END

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Hal Ashby
Actors:
Jack Nicholson
Randy Quaid




DVD title: Go
Productgroup: DVD
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The boy from OZ


I loved this movie, I wish I was in LA!!! Anyway like pulpfiction this movie follows the story of the people in the moive.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Doug Liman
Actors:
Sarah Polley
Scott Wolf
Jay Mohr
Taye Diggs




DVD title: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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(No Title)


A recent film journal noted that Spielberg missed an opportunity with "A.I." to provide something other than a predictable 'Hollywood happy ending'. The inference was that Kubrick, had he directed the film, would have created a more realistic (if dispassionate and cynical) vision..and that this would be more true-to-life.
It is difficult to be dispassionate about this film. Doubtless Kubrick would have created a different vision; I would have been curious to see it, but am frankly glad Spielberg made this particular film.
A.I. is a retelling of "Pinnochio", but in its briefest form is a story about a boy whose deepest desire is to go home -- to be loved, understood, and from that perspective to have the world make sense. I believe that image, and the emotions surrounding it, are deeply woven into American culture. It's powerful because it is also personal.
A number of critics, assessing Spielberg's creations as an artist and with their own ideas of what film as an art form should be, might dismiss this observation as unsophisticated. I couldn't care less. I tend to vote with my heart and my feet; I've seen A.I. tiwce. See this film.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Haley Joel Osment
Jude Law




DVD title: Everest (Large Format)
Productgroup: DVD
Everest (Large Format) - movie DVD cover picture
Perfect


If you ever want to take a journey that enables you to feel every emotion this DVD is for you. Don't forget to watch the interview it is better than the actual picture.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Actors:
Liam Neeson



DVD title: Les Miserables - The Dream Cast in Concert
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply Amazing


For any Les Mis fan this is a must have. Of all the recordings I have ever heard this video truly has the best performances. I only wish I could get this on a cd. The performance of Lea S. as Eponine is the best I've heard and put together with the other performances on here it is the only version that truly satisfies me anymore. For anyone who loves Les Miserables this is the video I recommend to you.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Caird



DVD title: Mobile Suit Gundam - Movie II (Soldiers of Sorrow)
Productgroup: DVD
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See the anime that changed the history of anime


This is the second installment to the first Gundam trilogy. The movie is edited version of a TV show that is 20 years old, but the depth of the story and the characters far exceeds some of anime or even sci-fi movies today. This is the anime that changed the history of anime. This is the must see not only for anime fans, but those who thinks anime is for kids.

Studio: Bandai Entertainment



DVD title: Untamed Heart
Productgroup: DVD
Untamed Heart - movie DVD cover picture
A well-acted, wonderful little movie


I saw this movie in the theatres when it came out. I loved it that night, and I loved it again tonight. (It is on BRAVO tonight) I realize I had forgotten how excellent the acting was in this movie. Such a tender story about how two people can bring out the best in each other. How if you listen you can really hear what's important. How words aren't always best. How love endures. A great movie. I plan on buying it for my collection.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Tony Bill
Actors:
Christian Slater
Marisa Tomei
Rosie Perez




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