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DVD title: Neon Genesis Evangelion - Death & Rebirth
Productgroup: DVD
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Hurtin my brain

This is a real pleaser for alot of anime fans. But if you didn't see the whole series it will hurt your brain and confuse you. I still saw the anime series but there were so many freakin flshbacks in this. The animation is petty good. And if you are a fan of evangelion you'll want to add this to your collection

Studio: Warner/ Elektra/ Atlantic Video

DVD title: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Productgroup: DVD
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all-time best rudolph movie

this claymation christmas movies, is an all-time best. nothing can beat it, it will never grow old, or unpopular. I watch it every year along with "the christmas story", "the grinch" the cartoon one is soo much better,"and frosty."Nothin can beat the misfit toys, the abominable snowman, or the elf who wants to be a dentist.

Studio: Sony Wonder
Burl Ives
Billie Mae Richards

DVD title: Laura
Productgroup: DVD
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Justifiably a classic.

Laura is a classic example of film noir at its best. But it's also an outstanding film from the Golden Age of movies without regard to genre. The plot is full of unexpected twists and turns, and the cast -- including, Gene Tierney as Laura, Dana Andrews as the detective assigned to investigate her alleged murder, and Clifton Webb as her arrogant admirer -- play their parts well. I can't imagine how any true movie fan could not like this classic film -- even if you generally don't like film noir. And, once heard, can the song "Laura" ever be forgotten? Please don't miss this one.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Gene Tierney
Dana Andrews

DVD title: Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Time to Play

Take all of the delightfully sickening gore of the original Hellraiser, multiply it ten times or so, throw in a deliciously wicked new source of evil, and then provide some background on the origin of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites, and you have Hellraiser 2: Hellbound. I love the original movie, but this sequel is even better in so many ways. It essentially picks up the story from the end of the first movie (providing almost too many flashbacks to make sure you are up to speed), where Kirstie (Ashley Laurence) has seen her uncle return to life sans skin to team up with her wicked stepmother to kill her father, and she has somehow survived two encounters herself with the Cenobites. Little did she know that her troubles were really only beginning. We find her in a mental hospital run by the cold and calculating Dr. Cannard (played to the hilt by Kenneth Cranham), who, as luck would have it, has been secretly delving into the secrets of the puzzle box himself. He manages to get the bloody mattress upon which Julia died and brings her back to life with the help of some of his most insane patients. He and Julia use a young girl unable to speak but gifted at solving puzzles to call forth the Cenobites and enter their world to satiate the mad doctor's deep need to "know." Kirstie and the mute girl follow them into the infernal labyrinth where they encounter Kirstie's old friend Pinhead, who allows Kirstie time to explore because, after all, "we have eternity to know your flesh." When Julia takes Dr. Cannard to Leviathan, lord of the labyrinth, god of flesh, hunger, and desire, he becomes a new force for evil in that realm. Before the movie ends, there are some very dramatic events that add much depth to the entire Hellraiser series.
This is a gory movie; make no mistake about that. If you don't want to see the human body mutilated in a number of fascinating ways, this is not the movie for you. As a horror fan, I love the blood and guts, especially since it seems necessary rather than gratuitous to satisfy the requirements of this story. Some of the special effects are a little cheesy toward the end, but one must remember this movie came out in 1988. The original movie seemed pretty limited in scope, providing just a peek into the Cenobites world. This sequel broadens that scope immensely and leads us on a visual journey of wonder and horror through the labyrinth which the Cenobites call home. While the first movie naturally made one wonder where the Cenobites came from, this sequel provides many answers. We learn much about Pinhead in particular, getting visual evidence of the manner in which he earned his nickname. There are aspects about the movie's conclusion I did not particularly care for, but these issues are less important for those who are not hard core horror connoisseurs. This is not a slasher film; those who squirm their way through a Jason or Freddy movie may find themselves unprepared for the extent of the horror in this movie. Those of us who like our horror bloody and disturbing, though, will use this as the benchmark by which we compare all future gory movies.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Tony Randel
Ashley Laurence
Doug Bradley

DVD title: The Day After Tomorrow (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie

The Day After Tomorrow is a very good movie on things that could really happen on the Earth. It had great special effects and great acting the writing and directing could have been better, but other than that, I recommend it to everyone.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Roland Emmerich
Dennis Quaid
Jake Gyllenhaal
Emmy Rossum

DVD title: Mary Engelbreit's The Night Before Christmas
Productgroup: DVD
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Just got a copy of Mary Engelbreit's The Night Before Christmas DVD! As a huge fan of Ms Engelbreit's art for years, I'm excited to see that she is not only into children's books, but animation as well. The DVD is FANTASTIC. The songs are great and the characters are adorable. My little girl is delighted with the Elliester fairy character and wants a doll just like her right away! Kudos to the Engelbreit team for making something special for kids.

Studio: Good Times Home Vide
Mary Engelbreit
Clement C. Moore

DVD title: The Haunted Mansion (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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the greatest movie yet

Don't waste your money on this one! The plot was severly lacking and the acting itself was less than desirable. The movie had a few "almost funny" moments but this didn't make up for the rest of the time.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Rob Minkoff
Eddie Murphy
Marsha Thomason
Jennifer Tilly

DVD title: She's All That
Productgroup: DVD
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Fresh and Fruity!

She's All That is a modern Cinderella story. Zack, the class president, loses his girlfriend, but he still believes he's hot stuff! To prove it, he bets his friends that he can turn anyone in the school into the next prom queen. His friends take him up on the offer, but boy is he sorry! They choose Laney, the introverted school artist, an impossible case. He works his charm, but without realizing it, he falls in love with this strange flower of a girl. Will she buy it? Watch it and see. Rachel Leigh Cook puts in an excellent performance as Laney. I recommend this one for your video library.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Robert Iscove
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Rachael Leigh Cook

DVD title: Barbie as Rapunzel
Productgroup: DVD
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Another Beautiful Barbie Tale

The animation is beautiful, the music pretty. My girls, ages 6 and 4, adore this movie - they especially like the 'dressup Rapunzel' game on the DVD. The extra's are interesting, too and worth watching.
This is one movie that any young (or old)barbie fan will enjoy many times over.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Owen Hurley

DVD title: The Devil & Daniel Webster - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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THE DEVIL and DANIEL WEBSTER is a "heavenly" movie treat!!

When it was first released in 1941, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (originally released as ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY) found itself buried under the controversial shadow of Orson Welles' classic film, CITIZEN KANE, which came out at the same time. Adding insult to injury was the fact that this classic adaptation of the Stephen Vincent Benet tale would suffer cuts and trims that would dissipate the film's impact. Now, thanks to a first-class restoration effort by Criterion, this stylish quick-witted film can be seen in all its original glory.
The film tells the story of Jabez Stone (James Craig), a struggling New Hampshire farmer, who curses his ill-luck to the point of offering his soul to the devil. No sooner does he voice his wish, when a sinister little man named "Mr. Scratch" (Walter Huston) appears. Needless to say, the seven year deal for good luck and money is struck and the kindly farmer is soon corrupted, despite the best efforts of his wife and his mother. Eventually, Jabez comes to bitterly regret his deal and it is up to famed orator Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold) to defend him in a hellish court before a jury of the damned.
Director William Dieterle (who previously helmed the classic 1939 version of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME) does a wonderful job in presenting his tale through the powerful use of shadow and contrast. Bernard Herrmann compliments the film with a stellar score which won him the Academy Award that year. The acting, for the most part, is also top-notch. While not the best actor in the world, James Craig is solid enough as the hapless Jabez. Ann Shirley is equal parts warmth and steel as his loving wife. Jane Darwell, who earned praise as Ma Joad in the classic THE GRAPES OF WRATH, is solid in another "salt of the earth" role as Ma Stone. Simone Simon is absolutely sexy and appropriately sinister as Belle, the demon lady that Scratch recruits to keep Jabez in line. Edward Arnold, who replaced Thomas Mitchell after an on-set accident, is top-notch as the larger-than-life Daniel Webster. Used to playing ruthless businessmen and pompous fathers, Arnold makes the most of this plum role, and his final speech to the unholy jury is a definite highlight. When all is said and done, however, it is Walter Huston's marvelous portrayal of the Devil that will remain in the memory long after film's end. With a folksy, puckish demeanor, Huston creates a fun-loving, even likable character. However, when Jabez tries to wheedle out of the deal, Huston drops the smiling facade, showing us the true nastiness of his character. It is a definitive performance.
As with many of Criterion's DVD releases, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER has extras that will please both fans of the film and the original story. Along with an informative film commentary by noted film historians, there is a wonderful audio recording of the original tale read by Alec Baldwin, along with 2 old radio dramas covering both the original and another, "Daniel Webster and the Sea Serpent." There is also an excellent essay feature focusing on Bernard Herrmann's wonderful score which uses clips from the film to highlight certain points in the essay.
Overall, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER is a classic that definitely is a must-have for your film collection and one that I highly recommend. It's a "hell" of a movie!

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: William Dieterle
Edward Arnold
Walter Huston

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