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DVD title: Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Race
Productgroup: DVD
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I cannot over-recommend this title.


I watched the series on Family Channel, and it has always been one of my favorites. I only wish more of the series was out on DVD. This DVD is formatted as a single movie by tying the first two episodes together. Though it leaves the primary conflict somewhat hanging, and there is a clear division between the episodes, enough is resolved to make the story stand alone. The quality of the writing and acting is among the best done for television, and is superior to that of the movie "The Man from Snowy River" and its sequel. There is a good mixture of drama, comedy, and a little adventure. It is something of a western (set in Australia), though it is no shoot-em-up. The story was sufficiently interesting to keep me watching, until I moved somewhere that didn't have the Family Channel. (a grave disappointment) I am amazed that the show hasn't gone much into syndication.
For the general viewer:If you are looking for a captivating story with some action, romance, and drama, this is good. If you're looking for an action-thriller or heavy sex, pass it up.
For Parents:* no gratuitous sex or violence* no objectionalbe(to me)morals* story probably not too interesting to small childrenNote: There is some minimal physical violence. There was fisticuffs between two young rivals for a girl's affections, and an angered parent roughly handled a teacher that had physically abused his daughter. (Nothing excessive - He was clearly reigning in his justifiable anger. The abuse itself was not shown.)

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment



DVD title: Rounders
Productgroup: DVD
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The Greatest of All Time


What up gangstas. I''m here to say that Rounders is the best movie I've ever seen. If you haven't seen this movie then you have know life and deserve to be eliminated from society. Matt Damon is a great actor and a very convincing poker player. He helps his buddy Worm pay of debts after he is released from jail. Damon who play Mike McDermit is a law student who is wiped clean of poker until he starts again to help Worm. This ruins his relationship with his girlfriend, but he just keeps on rounding. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: John Dahl
Actors:
Matt Damon
Edward Norton




DVD title: Gone in 60 Seconds
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Car Movie


This is a good old fashioned, down and dirty car movie. They haven't made a film like this in years! Faced-paced, in-your-face, this movie has it all. Cars, story, cars, action, cars, chaces, cars, laughs and cars. Eat my dust! Get this one!

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Dominic Sena
Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Angelina Jolie




DVD title: What a Girl Wants (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Cool,hip,and simply great entertainment


ok i gotta admit ,
when i saw the title "What A Girl Wants" i imediatelly thought of chick flick and teh thought of skipping it crossed my mind.

but am i glad i didn't,
it is a very entertaining and cool movie,
with great cast,and a soundtrack that rocks.
definitely one of the best comedies (if not the best comedy)of the year 2003.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Dennie Gordon
Actors:
Amanda Bynes
Colin Firth
Kelly Preston




DVD title: Full Metal Jacket
Productgroup: DVD
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Outstanding


I've seen a lot of comments from people trying to say that there are movies superior to this one. As a vetern of this war, I can say with some authority that this one very accurate film, well acted and staged. I never thought that I'd enjoy watching a film on this topic. But I find I never tire of seening this film This is not to say that there aren't other films of this calibre, ie. Saving Private Ryan, Hamburger Hill, Pork Chop Hill, All Quiet on the Western Front, Sahara, etc.,etc.,etc. Quite simply these are all great films and trying to say one is greater then the other is an exercise in futility. We all have favorite films, but we need to be able to recognise when more then one film excels

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors:
Matthew Modine
Vincent D'Onofrio
R. Lee Ermey




DVD title: Das Boot - The Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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The Most Profound and Riveting War Movie Ever


Don't let anyone tell you this is a "guy" movie. When my sister and I first saw this during its original release (in German with subtitles), we realized there was no way we could take it all in in just one viewing (except that you don't just "view" this movie - you feel it). So we ended up going again... and again... until it finally left town, and even then we both skipped work for that one last time. And we weren't alone. When we saw it again in revival, I looked over my shoulder at one point, and the whole audience was mouthing "Gute frage" ("good question") along with the Captain. (Those who love this movie will know exactly where I mean.) One of the rewards of seeing this so many times was getting to know all the crew. Of course, it took just seconds of Juergen Prochnow as the Captain to know this was a man you would follow anywhere, who would get you out alive if anyone could. That quiet, steady presence; those amazing, compassionate blue eyes.... But then there was the Chief, and Johann, and the Second Lieutenant (you have to hear his smart-alecky voice in German, not dubbed in English!), and Dietrich, and.... How many movies are there, let alone war movies (where so often, the men are indistinguishable), where you can remember the lesser characters' names, or even want to? But this isn't just a war movie, or even an anti-war movie (which it certainly is). It's simply among the best movies ever made. You don't for a moment see these men as actors. What is happening to them, and to you in your emotional connection with them, is completely real. No matter how many times I see it, I still react to the ending as if it might change... Oh, thank God! He's still on his feet! And then you see.... But you are absolutely there. After burning the original into my brain - every look traded between characters, every taut-knuckled gesture - the Director's Cut seemed not quite "my" "Das Boot" at first, but not for lack of quality. My only quibble (because this movie also inspired us to learn some German) is that the subtitles just aren't as good as the original release: less pithy and on-target, with a little of the earthiness and wit left out. Such a small substitution as "God" (the new version) for "the Good Lord" (the original) does matter - when you can hear the Capitain saying the latter in German - not to mention "all wind and piss" being much better than "know-it-alls"! On the other hand, to have another hour of seamless film, another hour to spend with these people (especially the Captain), and sound so perfect I found myself looking around the living room for the speaker I don't even have (I would swear, there were bolts popping in back of me), is worth any translation issues. And did I mention how gorgeous the soundtrack is, not to mention unbelievably sensual? One plea: set aside an evening to watch this with no distractions. You won't regret it.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Actors:
Jürgen Prochnow



DVD title: Newsies (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Newsies


I LOVE this musical. I saw it when I was a sophmore in high school. And we did it as a marching band show my junior year. I love the music and the acting! It was great to be able to play this movie and have people ask what it was about! I recomend this musical to anyone!!!

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Kenny Ortega
Actors:
Christian Bale



DVD title: Fanny and Alexander (Special Edition Five-Disc Set) - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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The greatest film ever made.


Bergman wrote in The Magic Lantern that this was his dispensation--he allowed himself one movie to express all the optimism that he had suppressed in his earlier works. The result, from the very first frames of the movie, is a richly-textured, lavishly-colored, extraordinarily long (it was 8+ hours in the original) story of suffering and salvation. In all of his movies, women have been the source of hope and redemption, but they are especially so in this one. As in the rest of the Bergman oeuvre, there is no God to save the characters, but here, he is replaced by the bonds of familial affection. The uncle's toast at the end of the movie is a beautiful and optimistic summary of Bergman's philosophy. He put everything into this movie.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Bergman Ingmar
Actors:
Allan Edwall



DVD title: Coach Carter (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Coach Carter - a good movie!


This is a very inspiring movie with a great message. It is very realistic and good for most audiences. I would definitely recommend it.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Thomas Carter (II)
Actors:
Samuel L. Jackson
Robert Ri'chard
Rick Gonzalez




DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Movie Shines but the DVD glares


One of the top grossing summer movies of 2003 surpassed only by Disney's "Finding Nemo". Where the movie shines, the DVD leaves a glare that I find a little unforgiveable at times.
As far as this being a movie goes you'll be amazed. It's good fun for the whole family to enjoy. Kudos to Johnny Depp for playing such a fabulous role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
This is a Pirate movie and what's the famous plot and story of a Pirate movie? Buried Treasure of course...and finding that treasure. This is different. You've still got your treasure but this movie takes the whole "X marks the spot" to a whole new level. The movie centers around a trinket of value that band of Pirates need in order to lift a curse that has been bestowed upon them.
What makes this storyline so successful is how it comes together in the end. The characters make this a very enjoyable film as well. Will Turner played by Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings) gives you hope for the good guys. Bloom certainly has a lot of talent and its good to see that it wasn't wasted on Lord of the Rings.
The main reason to come back to Pirates of the Carabean is simply just to see Johnny Depp play his role as Jack Sparrow. Jack Sparrow is a character that anyone can love. Jack Sparrow fills the movie with comedy and always tends to answer the questions on your mind.
However, every movie has its bad points. For example, the love story the movie tried to incorporate failed miserably. It was one of those "Boy meets girl but is too scared to ask her out." Of course in the end he gets the girl but it was like seeing a highschool romance unfold.
While the movie is good I can't say that I got all I expected from the DVD. The DVD is full of extras but the whole "Ten hours of hours of bonus features" is a lie. Several comments from the actors are repeated over and over. The extended scenes were a nice treat and the bloopers were a laugh out loud joy. But the historical commentary I could've gone without. The DVD doesn't quite have ten hours of bonus feature. Not to mention that once you've sat through all the bonus features you won't care for too many of them anymore and you'll only want it for the joy of sitting through the movie.
Overall the movie is a joy and while you won't be wanting to come back to those bonus features a whole lot the movie is still a joy.
Movie Grade: B+DVD Grade: B

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce




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