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DVD title: Crazy Little Thing
Productgroup: DVD
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Hilarious and Clever

I am looking forward to this DVD very much. I was only able to catch this movie on the Oxygen channel a few months ago and have had trouble tracking it down (it's other name is "A Perfect You").
I thought this movie was hilarious!! The scene where she thought he was a gigalo and he thought she was a prostitute, had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. I am completely unfamiliar with Jenny McCarthy (wasn't she some MTV personality before?), but she really was this character to me - positively perfect for the part. This film really is in my top 10 of favorite films... and only now will I be able to see it whole, unbeeped (cuss words) and without commercial breaks (I taped it off the tv in case I wasn't able to find it elsewhere!).
I have no idea how another reviewer could have found this boring!!?? It had good, quick pacing; the characters and the story were interesting as well as hilarious. Even my husband thought this moview was well written even though it's not his usual storyline of choice (girl meets boy, boy/girl have conflict, boy/girl keep meeting, work through it and finally see each other as the true people they are... **sigh** it's been awhile since I've enjoyed a romantic comedy so much!!)

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Matthew Miller (II)

DVD title: Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Cut (Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best of the Best

The first time I saw Dawn of the Dead I fell in love(or at least I had a strange feeling on my stomich). now all I do is somehow relaited to it. Yup this movie wrecked my life!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
David Emge
Ken Foree

DVD title: The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns
Productgroup: DVD
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Most Excellent!

The Civil War Series that Ken Burns Wrote, was the best in all the civil war movies that I have seen. When it came out on pbs I taped it and held it for myself. I know the hole thing by heart and most of the time I will watch it on a rainy day and just curel up with it like a book. It by far should have won an ocsar or a academy award for it's showing. Ken Burns out did himself in this and future generations have a excellent source of historical knowledge to understand what happened in the mid 19 centry in america. Again I give this a FIVE star rating.

Studio: PBS Home Video
Ken Burns

DVD title: The Blair Witch Project
Productgroup: DVD
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Clever, Sharp, and Witty!

While a lot of people have complained "This movie is dumb" or "It gave me motion sickness" they don't realise the true brilliance of this film. It starts out as a group of 20 somethings trying to break the ice while shooting a documentary. But after a few nights in the woods they don't want to be around one another. They just want to be home.
The last 30 minutes are not only the scariest part of the movie it ias a truly chilling and scary end. It isn't only the scariest movie since "Halloween" and "The Exorcist" it is the cleverest movie evey made. Don't you wish you made it?

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Heather Donahue
Joshua Leonard
Michael C. Williams

DVD title: Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill
Productgroup: DVD
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A True Comedic Genius

I first saw Eddie Izzard in the Cat's Meow, playing Charlie Chaplin and found him incredibly sexy and charming. The next time I heard of Eddie Izzard, he was on a national morning talk show and I was surprised to find out he was a transvestite. The hosts were extolling his performance in this show and Eddie was just as hilarious on the talk show as he is in this routine. But I never saw Dressed to Kill until I was going through the cable channels and saw it listed. My husband and I laughed so hard we were crying. I LOVE this man's ability to spin history into an unbelievably funny comedy routine. I mean, I love history, but not many do, and can you believe that it would be interesting or even hilarious? Eddie Izzard's free-association delivery makes Robin Williams look almost geriatric (hmmm...maybe not, I don't think he'll ever slow down!)

I suppose the only gripe I have about this show is Eddie's choice of dress...come on Eddie, you looked like some middle-aged housewife from the suburbs!! Let's have more flash: drop those clunky wedge sandals and "just screaming 60's polyester" blouse and put on some sexy spiky heels, a leather skirt and a tight sweater! Ohh, maybe that's too Ed Wood. Ya know, I find it somewhat disconcerting that I'm this attracted to a man who dresses like a woman...

If you like intelligent humor the dry wit of this British genius is for you.


Studio: WEA Corp.
Director: Lawrence Jordan (II)
Eddie Izzard

DVD title: Cecilia Bartoli - Live in Italy
Productgroup: DVD
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Cecilia Bartoli is in a class by herself.....

I was so happy when this concert was first aired on PBS in 1999. For me, Cecilia is one of the brightest, most energetic, and beautiful mezzo sopranos around today. This concert represents her versatility and charisma as a performer.
It is hard to say what the highlights of this concert are. She sings all of the songs with so much expression, juice and enthusiasm. I loved her aria from Bizet's Carmen where she became that bewitching gypsy from the tobacco factory. I hope opera producers and directors were watching that! She would make a wonderful Carmen for the new generation of divas. I also loved her interpretations of Mozart, Rossini and all of the French songs. Cecilia can bring tears to your eyes or a great smile to your lips. She has you at "Buona Sera." Don't miss this treat.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Director: Brian Large

DVD title: Empire (Miniseries)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great TV

When I first heard that ABC was going to be putting on a historical drama about the Roman Empire, I made sure that I was going to see it. I was not disappointed.

Empire takes a heavily fictionalized account of the time after the assassination of Julius Caesar. It is a compelling story and was very worth my time to watch as Octavian grows from the bratty patrician, to a criminal, to the leader of the Republic. While the cast is not well known, they still pulled their parts off quite well. And the decision to shoot in Italy was a wise one, as it gives a certain degree of authenticity to the show.

Now, those who are expecting a smaller version of Gladiator will be sorely disappointed. While Gladiator was primarily an action movie, Empire is a drama, and furthermore, is without Russell Crowe. The series is also best viewed with a degree of historical knowledge, so it may only appeal to history dorks like me. Though if you do decide to view it, I believe you will not be disappointed.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid

DVD title: DEAD BOYS - Live at CBGB's 1977
Productgroup: DVD
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pseudo punks should watch this till they get it.

Unfortunately I was too young to be a part of this when it was hapenning. I had to live through my older friends that went to the clubs in Cleveland and Younstown too see these guys. I am a huge fan of all genres of rock and roll but this in my opinion is the ultimate in what Punk rock is all about. Todays weak (explitive deleted) bands need to take a lesson from Stiv , Cheetah, and the boys. The quality is poor and I don't think that the Dead Boys would have wanted it any other way. I long for the days when you had to dig through your parents clothes going to goodwill and then with a good pair of scissors and a magic marker make your look just right. Not go to a store in the mall and feed money to a bunch of whiney posers that put out a clothing lable to make yourself look like everyother cookie cutter wannabe in the mall. it wasn't aboput how many peircings you had or how green your hair was. it was about being a snotty jerk and not caring what anyone else thought. Not some marketers idea of what is cool this week. Thank Hilly Kristal that the Dead Boys existed, and thank the creator that someone captured this on tape. if you care for rock and roll at all and are not some image concious jerk then buy this and worship it like any other cherished relic in your collection.

Studio: Music Video Distribu

DVD title: The Seventh Seal - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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I hope I never get old so I get religious . . .

Ingmar Bergman never kept his fears about death hidden; his opinions about God and His non-existence were well-known. That having been said, I don't feel it is necessary to summarize The Seventh Seal -- anyone who is curious about the film's plot can read that above. I do feel the need, or perhaps I should say, I have the desire to comment on just how talented a filmmaker Bergman truly is. Sure, his movies are not for everyone, hell, most of his movies aren't the kind that will bring you out of a depressed mood. If however, you are looking for a truly thought-provoking and beautifully shot film, then The Seventh Seal is your answer. An afterlife, God, death and man's fear of it, life .. all issues that Ingmar Bergman masterfully touches on in this film. He truly puts himself into this movie -- some have criticized him for that (labeling him as self-centered), but I disagree. I think that Bergman, with this movie, touched upon all of our fears and regrets.

Any other of Ingmar Bergman's movies I would recommend, but specifically, watch Wild Strawberries (featuring a flawless, heartwrenching performance by the veteran director Victor Sj?str?m).

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Gunnar Björnstrand
Max von Sydow

DVD title: Proof of Life
Productgroup: DVD
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Exciting and Believable Drama ... A Must See

I stumbled on this movie by chance so had no idea of the contentboth story and star-wise. From the first screen images of our hero in Chechnya I was hooked and remained on the edge of my seat for the rest of the movie. Great all around performances from top to bottom (remember the little housemaid crying as she reveals she knows the voice of the enemy negotiator?). I likedRussell Crowe's understated performance and the interplay betweenhis character and those of his professional colleagues (nice eccentric performance by Danny Carusso). Meg Ryan's performancewas excellent and a rewarding change from her usual cutesy roles.Equal caveats to David Morse and Pamela Reed. Photography and direction were first rate; editing excellent. Storyline and dialogue refused to sag into commercial soppiness, leaving the audience free from over-sentimentality and predictable romance that lesser directors might have deemed necessary for the box office. A treat of a movie.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Taylor Hackford
Meg Ryan
Russell Crowe
David Morse

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