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DVD title: Casablanca
Productgroup: DVD
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Humphrey Bogart at his Best!

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman win all the honors with this film. Bogart captures honor, love, and humor all in the same picture. Few films have combined the human emotions of love and honor as perfectly as Casablanca. The film is a necessary addition to any DVD collection. I give it the highest possible rating and a definate buy!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Michael Curtiz
Humphrey Bogart
Ingrid Bergman

DVD title: The Ultimate Bob Hope Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Thanks For the Memories, Bob!

Check out Bob Hope: The Ultimate Collection - you won't be disappointed! This is mostly the TV stuff from his years on NBC. Spreading more than seven hours of entertainment over three discs, the collection obviously isn't designed for one viewing, so it can be daunting to the viewer uncertain where much of the material fits within Hope's legacy. In celebration of Bob's recent 100th birthday, it nonetheless paints a breathtaking picture of a true American original. Included in the incredible amount of material are a compilation of moments from Hope's famous USO tours, vintage short films from the 1930s, an array of photos from Hope's personal collection, a massive amount of bloopers, outtakes and miscues, and a laundry list of celebrity guests. Ultimately, watching this collection provokes two-fold feelings - first, a twinge of sadness, because no one quite like Hope exists today, and then, conversely, a feeling of to-scale warmth and yes, hope. Here's a guy who loved America and making people laugh, always together, always in that order. As Hope himself is quoted on the package cover: "If you haven't any charity in your heart, then you have the worst kind of heart trouble." Beautifully put, Bob. I salute you.

Studio: R2 Entertainment
Bob Hope

DVD title: Baby Dolittle - World Animals
Productgroup: DVD
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My son and I both love this!

My son is almost 9 months and both of us loved this the first time we saw it. We also have Baby Neptune, Baby Galileo and Baby Mozart, but I like the World Animals best. Although he likes them all now, my son also took to this DVD quicker than the others. I think the footage of animals is just a bit more captivating than in the other DVDs. I think the song in the middle is great and my son bobs his head in rhythm to it.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Julie Aigner-Clark

DVD title: Evil Dead (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favorites and a word to Horrorman

This movie has it all gore good scares laughter and completely insane. I have been obsessed with it since I started junior high I still watch it quite often and I was shocked how many people I found in school who loved it to. I will never get tired of it and it is a classic I don't care what any one says.
With that let me say to Horrorman horror movies aren't meant to be F**ken Shakespeare they are meant to be fun silly and that's the way fans like em if you want serious Movies go watch Casablanca or Citizen Kane if ya want a few hours of good fun then watch this or something else of the like. I mean I find it strange you call yourself horrorman yet almost all your reviews are negative I think I speak for the majority of horror fans worldwide that you are a F**ken joke. I ain't no horror enthusiast and don't claim to be I am simply a fan buff. But I have a love and respect for these movies. that's my two cents

Studio: Elite Entertainment
Director: Sam Raimi
Bruce Campbell

DVD title: The Princess Bride
Productgroup: DVD
The Princess Bride - movie DVD cover picture
Sit back and enjoy the adventure.

The Princess Bride has created a fairytale, with all of the classic ingredients, and yet not nearly as painful to watch as most.
The characters in general are excellent, including a surprisingly good performance by the late Andre the Giant as the "gentle giant". There is a fast pace maintained throughout the film and literally a laugh a minute, along with 1000 quotable quotes for those of us who enjoy annoying everyone ceaselessly with that sort of thing.
This film really does have something for everyone, and is one of those great films that you can just watch over and over. I bought it on DVD lest I wear out the actual video tape. Get it, watch it and prepare a good laugh.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Rob Reiner
Cary Elwes
Mandy Patinkin
Robin Wright Penn

DVD title: Forrest Gump
Productgroup: DVD
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It Stands The Test Of Time

I usually do not remember movies from year to year. However, this one is a strong exception. Whether it was the dramatics, the dry humor, or the general time sequence of watching Forrest grow up, this movie is captivating on all accounts and then some. Definitely worthy of repeated viewings. This is an all time classic.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright Penn
Gary Sinise
Sally Field

DVD title: Ultimate Fitness for Martial Arts
Productgroup: DVD
Ultimate Fitness for Martial Arts - movie DVD cover picture
Kim ably demonstrates exercises and techniques

In Ultimate Fitness For Martial Arts, martial arts expert Sang H. Kim combines the content of three videos on one DVD, resulting in a well-rounded presentation on how to optimize personal physical power, flexibility, and speed. Kim ably demonstrates exercises and techniques in weight training, running, isometrics, and more that have helped him remain limber for over 20 years. A special features on dynamic breathing rounds out this superb high-activity fitness instructional which is recommended to martial arts students and non-specialist general viewers with an interest in optimizing their physical health and well being.

DVD title: Training Day
Productgroup: DVD
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MAN UP !!!

I first saw this movie in the theater when it first came out. I didn't know really what to expect. But to this day I can still enjoy this movie like I was watching for the first time. Most women I know for some reason don't like this movie. Maybe because their dear Denzel shows his true talent in being an excellent heel in this movie. It's not your regular Denzel, well I guess it was the beginning of a change with movies like Out of Time and Man on Fire he was grimey in all of those movies. But it's a great movie one movie the fellas can enjoy any time of the day. Screw what the hateful ladies are bit%hing about kick back and enjoy and tell them by time your done cooking dinner the movie will be over.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Denzel Washington
Ethan Hawke

DVD title: Himalaya
Productgroup: DVD
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An extraordinary, unique film

"Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" is the crowning achievement of French anthropologist Eric Valli who for years has researched and documented the trade routes and yak caravans of the remote, isolated inner Dolpo region in north-central Nepal. This is NOT, as one reviewer has stated, a film about "tibetan merchants harvesting salt". The yak herders in "Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" are from Dolpo, where for centuries salt, which is abundant in Dolpo, has been traded for grain and black tea from the Tibetan high plateau, across the hazardous high passes leading to Tibet.
The central theme of the film is the rivalry between an old but experienced yak herder whose son was village chief but has just been killed while on caravan, and a young, inexperienced but very strong herder who believes the leadership role is his due.The film captures masterfully the unforgiving harshness but breathtaking majesty of the mountains and the challenges of surviving in a rigorous environment.
But above all, one is taken inside a village and its people in inner Dolpo and provided with a vivid portrait of life in the high, remote Himalaya, a life full of hardship but also full of clarity, simplicity, and joy.
Himalayan Mahayana Bhuddism is an integral element here, represented by the dead chief's brother who is a monk. There are no references to Bon-po, the ancient religion that predates Bhuddism by several centuries and which is still practiced in Dolpo.
To be appreciated fully, "Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" should be seen on the big screen. It will lose a lot if ever converted to video.

Studio: Kino International
Director: Eric Valli
Thilen Lhondup
Gurgon Kyap

DVD title: The Evil Dead
Productgroup: DVD
The Evil Dead - movie DVD cover picture
The Best Horror Movies.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm a total Evil Deadhed all the way through. I was just disappointed in the features that should have been a bang-zoom kind of explosion that ended up being some type of Roman candles. Okay, but not what I was expecting.
First the good -- the cover is excellent. Kind of this squishy latex foam (stinky) cover to simulate human skin -- it's also chock full of Tom Sullivan's drawing. Artistically, pretty cool but not great to stack with your DVDs.
FANanalysis, the documentary by Bruce Campbell was great. Bruce takes Evil DeadHeads behind the scenes at conventions and offers an intimate portrayal of himself interacting. Although it was very short (23 minutes) I thoroughly enjoyed watching this little gem of an addition to this DVD. A must-see.
The sound and picture of the Evil Dead is outstanding. Considering this was a cheaply made film, MAN did they clean everything up and clarify all the details of the movie. Probably the best I've seen.
Plus, there are some Easter Eggs in this DVD. At main menu: Egg 1: go to EXTRAS highlight "trailer" > arrow left that should highlight a fish, click it (this will play a screen test for the animation of one of the zombies)
Egg 2: at EXTRAS click "more" highlight "fanalysis" > arrow left that will highlight a skull, click it (this features a short film of a discussion of Evil Dead. Robert Tapert and the actresses who play Linda and Shelly discuss a little about what went on during the filming. Robert briefly mentions his wife <who is the actress who plays Xena for those of you who didn't know> Also talks a bit about their next film collaboration that could be the 4th Evil Dead)
Now, the not-so-great. Well, unfortunately, the prequel "Within the Woods" was apparently pulled by some yahoo guy at the last minute at Columbia. Why, we don't know but I know a number of fans were really ticked about this. Don't despair! Surf the web and you'll find ways of getting a bootleg --albeit a crappy copy, but it's out there. And you have GOT to see it -- you will see all the inspiration for Evil Dead including the parts that ended up transferring over to the next two flicks.
The commentary was cut into two sections: Bruce by himself and Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi on the other. If you have the Evil Dead 2 special edition, you'd appreciate the commentary for the way they kid each other. Bruce is great with technical details but I think they should have had him comment with Sam and Rob. Sam has a tendency to get into his flicks and go quiet so there were long pauses despite the fact Rob was with him. They should have had the three of them together for one commentary as it is too much fun listening to them all kid each other and laugh about how they pulled Evil Dead off. At one point, Rob questions why they separated them for the commentaries (which tells me it wasn't their idea) and I missed their friendly bantering.
The outtakes section was interesting, but boring. I got the impression it was them messing up and laughing, but alas, it was merely unused takes and footage. Not bad, but probably interesting for die-hard fans only.
Overall, it's a good DVD, but incomplete. I get the impression that "Within the Woods" is thought of by the studios as a money-maker which might be why they pulled it at the last second. If this is apparent, then hopefully the hesitant studios will realize that the Dead series is a money maker and offer the funds for a new flick.
Good for die-hard fans, decent collectable.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: Sam Raimi
Bruce Campbell

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