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DVD title: Kinsey
Productgroup: DVD
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Honestly exploring the limits of science and morality

"Kinsey" celebrates the life and work of Alfred Kinsey -- and obscure gall wasp researcher turned sex scientist. Kinsey, son of a puritanical and emotionally abusive minister, is shown struggling with the inaccuracy of information about sex in the first half of the 20th century. In his day, sexual expression outside of marriage, as well as non-procreative sex within marriage, were considered immoral, even though widely practiced. Illicit sex was burdened by guilt, and discouraged by lurid (mostly false) tales of the horrible consequences of engaging in it: blindness, infertility, madness and disease. The film shows Dr. Kinsey attempting to learn the truth about sex and communicate it first to his students, and finally to the entire world via his landmark studies on male and female sexuality.

The film is very frank about its subjects and very graphic visually. Kinsey (portrayed marvelously by Liam Neeson) is a scientific hero, battling forces of ignorance and mediocrity. He is also rather naive emotionally, unable to perceive the emotional, moral and spiritual facets of sexuality. His wife Clara (Laura Linney -- great job!) is his able and open partner, encouraging his research and suffering the toll of Kinsey's sexual experimentation using himself as a subject. Kinsey's research staff, the first subjects of his "sex histories," lack Kinsey's self-restraint about sex, and confuse crudely sexual speech with frankness about the subject.

"Kinsey" is a thought-provoking, even a disturbing film. It shows that science is not simply a broom that sweeps clean, but leaves a long-lasting choking cloud of dust, even as it clears old and grime-encrusted rooms. "Kinsey" rightly exalts the scientific method, but I am pleased that it also shows its limits. Science can count things very well -- the number of homosexuals in a community; the prevalence of various sexual behaviors -- but it can't tell us which are morally correct, and in which contexts. "Kinsey" is a bold, honest movie about a subject that continues to perplex us.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bill Condon
Liam Neeson
Laura Linney
Chris O'Donnell

DVD title: Big Brother 3 - The Complete Season
Productgroup: DVD
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I love this DVD! this is just a generally great tv show!

Studio: Ventura Distribution

DVD title: The Grinch (Deluxe Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Grinch (Deluxe Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Wonderful movie!

Ron Howard's remake of "The Grinch" has to be an instant holiday classic! Jim Carrey did a wonderful job with his portrayal of everyone's favorite Christmas character! The visuals and the set pieces of Whoville made the movie even more stunning. Sure to be a movie that kids and adults will love for generations to come! I also liked how the film portrayed the Grinch as a child, and the events leading up to the films finale. Wonderful in every way!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Jim Carrey

DVD title: Party Monster
Productgroup: DVD
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Throw a little glitter on it and go dancing

I LOVED this film. I knew of Alig and had seen "Party Monster-The Shockumentary" and wanted more. Well, "Party Monster" delivered.

Mackauly Culkin and Seth Green have both received scathing reviews of their portrayal of the wacky Club Kids Michael Alig and James St. James. They have been called plastic, over the top, and just plain too queer. Well, what better describes these two real-life larger than life characters? The actors' affected, stiff portrayals are a brilliant interpretation of the constant theatre put on by such infamous Club Kids. I used to be annoyed by Culkin, but after this, and "Saved" he has joined his brother Kieran at the top of my list of great actors. I can even forgive Seth Green his MTV affiliation after this performance.

To continue, the casting was sublime and Marilyn Manson was a stroke of genius to fill the sparkling platform shoes of Christina. The costuming was dead-on and avoided looking too "Hollywood" by maintaining that home-made quality to the outfits that were originally fashioned by broke kids. The soundtrack was appropriate but never obvious, a trap many 1980's period films fall into. The script was funny, objective, shocking and even touching at times. The cinematography was well done and I especially enjoyed the film angles in the hotel room bathroom and out of the rat's hole.

In short, I loved it.
Favorite line: "That's not a crack hole, it's a rat hole. Rats on crack attack!"

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Seth Green
Macaulay Culkin
Wilson Cruz

DVD title: Dragonheart - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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This Was Great !

I love fantasy films set in medieval times and this one is no exception. It's a great example of how good things can become twisted and how even the most dire circumstances can turn for the better and be seen in new light. What do I mean? Bare with me and you'll see.
This movie starts off with an emotional bang. A war is in progress and the King, the much despised Freyne, is mortally wounded in battle, His son Prince Einon witnesses his death and becomes King, taking the crown for himself. However he has no time to revel in his reign as a deadly wound threatens to take his own life
Now comes an interesting thing. To save Einon's life he is given half of the heart of a dragon to heal him, while swearing that when he is king he will be merciful and kind and live by the Old Code, being a better man and better King than his father. However, King Einon actually turns out to be much WORSE than the old King Freyne
Believing the dragon to be responsible for Einon's change in heart, the knight Bowen vows to hunt the dragon down and kill him. During their fight they develop a grudging respect for one another that blooms into genuine friendship, and the dragon is given a name, Draco, courtesy of Bowen. The dragon is named after a constellation of stars.
The rest of the story concerns the heroic efforts of Bowen and the band of villagers he knits together with Draco's help and that of Kara, a local village woman, as they try to oust the villainous King Einon from power. The gripping thing is that to do this, Draco must allow himself to be killed since half his heart empowers Einon but as Draco says "in my heart beats the life source". This moment is among the most moving in the film and made me cry. I am not ashamed to admit that. Bring your Kleenex
The performances here were great. Dennis Quaid brought a gritty down to earth realism to Bowen. David Thewlis was utterly crass and cold, as appropriate for Einon,. Dinah Meyer had strength and warmth and a fierey spirit suitable for Kara. Pete Postlethwaite was a welcome comic relief as the hearty monk-turned-warrior Brother Gilbert. And of course Sean Connery lent his excellent voice to give undeniable power, nobility and compassion to the character of Draco. The music here is rich and majestic and heart-stirring, and the photography beautiful as well, whether in a grand meadow, homey village, or a grim and gloomy castle.
All in all, if you love fantasy films like me, and you want a good story with lots of heart and fun that just makes you feel good to watch it, give DragonHeart a look. I'm pretty sure that you will not be disappointed in it at all. Peace.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rob Cohen
Dennis Quaid
Pete Postlethwaite
Dina Meyer
Sean Connery

DVD title: Mindhunters
Productgroup: DVD
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An excellent thriller!

This movie is great! It brings to mind elements of films like "Identity" and "And Then There Were None". Throw a group of profilers on an island, add a killer to take them out one by one, and you have a great thriller! I have to admit that I saw the previews and thought that maybe it was all a set up to test them, but after the first death, you know they aren't faking it! If you like last-minute plot twists, you'll love this movie. Fair warning that the deaths are incredibly graphic sometimes so no eating while watching. It was great to see Val Kilmer and Christian Slater back in action, even if they were in small parts (Kilmer has maybe 10 minutes of screen time).

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Renny Harlin
Val Kilmer
Christian Slater
LL Cool J

DVD title: Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Is It a Bird, Is It a Plane - No ! Its Finally on DVD

At last. Lois & Clark, the New Adventures of Superman comes to DVD. This wonderful series deserves the DVD treatment much more than most of the series that get released today. Why did we have to wait so long? Please don't make us wait ages for seasons 2-4. Very pleased to see that Dean Cain is providing some commentary for the pilot. For me, season 1 was not my favourite, much preferring Seasons 2 & 3. However, it will certainly take pride of place in my DVD collection. Also, as a UK viewer, when they originally aired, many of the episodes were cut, due to both transmission times (5pm for seasons 1-3 with repeats on a Saturday morning on kids TV) and for timeslot reasons. Rather than being allocated a full hour (44 mins I think excluding commercials), it was reduced to 40 mins (with no commercials). Now I'll get to see which bits I missed - only had to wait 12 years !!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Dean Cain

DVD title: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Productgroup: DVD
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A Timeless Classic That Is Still One of My Favorite Movies

After watching the new movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" I knew that I had to get the original movie on DVD, and that's exactly what I did. I'm now in my early 20's, so I grew up watching the original movie, but never have bought it until now and I'm glad I did.

The movie is just as fantastic as when I watched it originally, it's just one of those classics that never get old no matter how many times you watch it. From the incredible acting of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, to the oompa loompas to the fantastic scores, this movie really does have it all, even though it doesn't really follow the novel as well as the new movie does.

I have to applaud the team who worked on this DVD. When watching the movie, my entire family noticed how the picture was so colorful and clear. In my entire life, never have I see this movie in such color. I'm used to the aged, faded versions that always come on TV, but they have restored the movie perfectly on DVD. It's so colorful; the next best thing is to literally be there in person. Especially when they enter the candy room with the chocolate waterfall, it really is a feast for the eyes.

The Menu Screen for both the main page and special features are extravagant, simply amazing detail on both screens.

This DVD also has some very good special features

Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory- This documentary lasts around thirty minutes long and gives us a look into the making of this timeless film. In it, there are new interviews with the director, Gene Wilder and all five children now grown up. It's interesting to hear how everything was made and hearing they kids', now adults, opinion of the film. The most interesting part is that the documentary tells where and what Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket) and the others have been doing since the end of this film. This also includes footage of Roald Dahl, the author of the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", on the set of the movie but it doesn't have him speaking any.

4 Sing-Along Songs: It's what it says, four songs from the movie are shown and the lyrics to the songs are at the bottom of the screen as they sing so you can sing along too. This feature is very interesting; the four songs that are shown are "I've Got A Golden Ticket", "Pure Imagination", "I Want It Now", and Veruca's Oompa Loompa song. It's nice that they give the lyrics so we know what they are saying, but sadly for some reason they don't have lyrics for the last song. I guess they figure that the words that pop up every now and then during the Oompa Loompa song is considered lyrics and none need to be added, but they should have. Even though the last song doesn't have full lyrics, this is still a pleasure to listen too, especially if you like the songs of the film.

Vintage 1971 Featurette: This is a shorter and old version of the making of the movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory". The film is very grainy, which is understandable because it is so old. This short, under ten minute, documentary mainly focuses on the set during the Chocolate room scene. Overall an o.k. addition, but the previous "Pure Imagination" documentary is far superior. But it's still nice to have an old documentary included that you can't find anywhere else. The more extras the merrier!

Still Gallery: 18 black and white pictures that show scenes from the movie taken on set. It's interesting to see a few behind the scenes pics but the majority of the pictures are just black and white pictures of scenes from the movie.

Theatrical Trailer: A longer than expected trailer for the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". A very good trailer, but once again the film is faded and grainy. It goes to show how far superior the actually movie on this DVD is compared to the original film and what is shown a lot of the times on TV.

The movie also has audio commentary with the Wonka kids

Overall it is easy to tell that this DVD was a labor of love. Everything on this is fantastic and wasn't just slapped together for a fast release, but you can tell that the people who worked on this DVD took their time and made this the best it could be, and it is. I was very impressed with how well this DVD came out! It is a must buy for everyone who loves Roald Dahl's incredible story about one kid who had nothing and ended up having it all. And he lived happily ever after.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Mel Stuart
Gene Wilder

DVD title: AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A really cool move, dont listen to all the bad reviews!

Dont listen to all the bad reviews bout this movie. People wanted an AvP movie, and they got one. The movie has a good plot and plenty of bloody fight scenes. What more could an AvP fan ask for?

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Sanaa Lathan
Raoul Bova
Lance Henriksen
Ewen Bremner

DVD title: Pokémon 4Ever
Productgroup: DVD
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I think this is the very best Pokemon movie so far I have seen. I like the music the best especially in "Pikachus Pikabu".

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Veronica Taylor

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