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DVD title: Father Ted - Complete Series 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Hysterically funny series

How lucky I was to come across this series on BBC America earlier this year. In my opinion, it is the sharpest and funniest British sitcom since BlackAdder. I haven't laughed this much in a long time. The cast is excellent. Father Dougal is a hilarious dim-bulb, but my favorite is definitely Mrs. Doyle. Every scene in which she appears is a comic gem. If you want to see exquisite timing, take a look at the scene in the episode "The Passion of St. Tibulus" when the actor playing Bishop Brennan first arrives. The scene is played out without dialogue, but the tension is hysterical. Highly recommended.

Studio: BBC Video

DVD title: Phantasm
Productgroup: DVD
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The Mother of all Psychotic Christmas Tree Ornaments

I don't quite understand this film. It's odd but certainly original. It is just so weird I don't know how to describe it. The whole film is like this bizarre dream. It's great to see it get such fab treatment on DVD though with tonnes of extras. Although the commentary is recycled as the cast and crew constantly refer to it as as "Laserdisc". This is probably why it is non-anamorphic too. None of the cast seemed to amount to much except the sequels (none of which I have seen). This film pre-dates the stalk 'n' slash genre of the '80's incase you didn't know. The sequels must be released on DVD soon.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Don Coscarelli
A. Michael Baldwin
Bill Thornbury

DVD title: Seinfeld Limited Edition Gift Set (Seasons 1-3 with Original Script, Salt & Pepper Shakers, and Playing Cards)
Productgroup: DVD
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I grew up on this show

I was only three years old when Seinfield first aired and I used to watch it when i was around 7. I would watch the new episodes every week and was sad when the show ended. But with the introduction of the DVD box set I can watch all of Seinfield whenever i want and not just reruns. Best decesion every to come out with Seinfield on Box Set. Laugh out loud comedy all the way.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Jason Alexander
Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Michael Richards

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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get jiggy with the hobbits, y'all

wonderful and excellently made movie with great scenery footage and powerful performances all around. It shouldve one best picture, boo hoo for Chicago(sucked the ass of the movie critics). Viggo rocks as Aragorn and so does Orlando as Legolas. Andy Serkis has a standout voice performance as the skitzo Gollum who looks like he could hit the gym(no offense im sure Gollum is dynamite with the ladies in the sac). also Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd kicked as Merry and Pippin as well. thought Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Liv Tyler should of had some what of a bigger part(im just saying they should of). but the real surprise is to see Brad Dourif in this movie, I mean he's done some pretty horrible movies in the past and some pretty good ones as well, but he really was evil and nasty in this one. PEter Jackson did a great job and im leaving it at that. oh and Elijah Wood and Sean Astin kicked too. bye. LONG LIVE BILBO!!!!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen

DVD title: The Rock
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Hollywood Pictures
Director: Michael Bay
Sean Connery
Nicolas Cage
Ed Harris

DVD title: The Return of the Living Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie,little bit comedy more horror

Ah,I've always loved this movie!I caught it the first time at a midnite showing when it first came out.I ended up seeing it a few more times,then more when it came out on video.Sadly,the video was out of print for many years,while it's insipid sequels were readilly available.NOW it's on dvd!It looks and sounds great!The extras are good.The commentary track is enternaining as well.Fans will need this for their collections.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Dan O'Bannon
Clu Gulager
James Karen

DVD title: Crazy Richard:I Can't Even Think Stra
Productgroup: DVD
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I know most everyone else hated it....

I thought this movie was amazing. The lead actor playing Richard was of the best preformances I have seen in quite a while. I though the movie was very interesting; although many other reviewers thought it was all about the drugs and sex I think they might have missed the point a little. I think the film was more about voyerism and our cultures obsession with celebrity, and even more so it is about the people who like being watched. I would reccomend this movie to everyone, but do not start watching it expecting your regular Hollywood movie; this movie is out there, but still very enjoyable if you look at it through the right lens.

Studio: Ariztical Entertainm
Dominic Mcdonald

DVD title: Diary of a Serial Killer
Productgroup: DVD
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the many faces of arnold vosloo....

this is a must see movie for any vosloo fan!! yeah, i know, i know, he's a psycho in this movie, but he's just so darn sexy as lunatic...oh yeah, i'm getting off track. i definetly recommend this movie to anyone who's in the mood for a freaky experience, or someone who's looking for a hot friday night date.....

Studio: Simitar Video
Director: Joshua Wallace
Gary Busey
Michael Madsen

DVD title: Eerie, Indiana - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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eerie indiana what a rare Gem for any collection

This is one of those little known shows, back where i hail from you had to search the tv guide just to find it, i dont think it was ever on the same time twice-i managed to see most of the episodes and got the DVD to see the rest -its a great little show- probly to smart for its time-but were all grown up know and can enjoy the charm and decent show premise. get and enjoy it and let your kids watch them and tell all your friends.. if you ever wondered whatever happens to those missing socks that never come out of the dryer- the answer is within this set.....

Studio: Gotham Distribution
Omri Katz

DVD title: The Three Musketeers/The Four Musketeers
Productgroup: DVD
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All for one - the true classic Musketeers in a fantastic set

Anchor Bay deserves a great deal of credit for this informative and entertaining double feature of the two classic Musketeer films from the early 1970s.
Originally planned as one long epic movie (including a then standard intermission in the middle) the decision was made at some point during the production of THE THREE MUSKETEERS that they would either have one four hour movie or two separate movies. Rather than cut out some of the fantastic scenes that had been shot to make the movie more manageable the production company made the more sensible decision to cut the production in two releasing THE THREE MUSKETEER' one year and then THE FOUR MUSKETEERS shortly after.
Not everyone involved in the production of the movie was happy about the decision. Actress Faye Dunaway publicly stated that (had she known about the splitting of the movie into two) she would have refused to do it since her role in the first was so small. The move led to some litigation and was eventually settled but today movie contracts include what is termed "The Salkind Clause" (named after the Salkind's who produced the MUSKETEER movies) to protect actors from such moves.
It is perhaps for this reason that Faye Dunaway is one of the only still living members of the main cast who does not appear on camera for the excellent hour-long documentary THE SAGA OF THE MUSLETEERS that Anchor Bay has put together for this release.
Perhaps a deliberate reflection of the movie (or perhaps simply due to limited space on the DVDs) the documentary is split into two half-hour parts on each disc. Recounting their memories of the production are actors Charlton Heston, Raquel Welch, Michael York, Frank Finlay and Christopher Lee who cover nearly every aspect of the production from their casting to some of the close calls and injuries the actors sustained performing their own stunts and swordflighting with real, very lethal swords.
Lee, himself an expert swordsman, had to remind a rather over enthusiatic Oliver Reed (who abandoned the staged moves for a fight for some more improvised swings) that it was "only a movie."
Also on camera for interviews are producers Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (who would both go on to produce SUPERMAN) who discuss not only the actual production of the movies but also where the initial idea came from and the recruiting of Director Richard Lester. Salkind recounts how Lester initially turned down the invitation to direct the movie, referring to it as "a children's book" (as it was seen at the time). It was not until Salkind actually sent him a copy of the actual Alexandre Dumas novel that Lester became excited by the prospect of directing the adaptation.
With a screenplay by George MacDonald Fraser (of the FLASHMAN novels and later of 1983's OCTOPUSSY) these two movies work remarkably well. Even though there are some surprising stylistic differences (surprising since it was originally meant as one movie). The first movie is definitely more comic in tone and the second darker and more dramatic. This is not to say the second movie is lacking in humor - just witness the Musketeers eating lunch as the prefer for battle with the Protestants.
Of the two I actually prefer the second movie much more because I feel the characters are more drawn out and the intrigue more involving, The climatic sword fight and Oliver Reed-Faye Dunaway subplot are both highlights in my opinion. The second movie also features the shocking deaths of two of the more likeable major characters.
Overall, a fantastic job by Anchor Bay. One can only hope that the third movie in the series, 1989's THE RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS which was also directed by Richard Lester and included the majority of the original cast, will one day be released on DVD.
Well recommended.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Richard Lester
Oliver Reed
Raquel Welch
Richard Chamberlain
Michael York
Frank Finlay
Christopher Lee

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