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DVD title: The Abominable Snowman
Productgroup: DVD
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Ice Screams!!

This is an unexpectedly involving movie with a great look.
Forrest Tucker is greedy Tom Friend looking for a new side show attraction in this pristine black and white widescreen transfer of a gripping, thoughtful, artistic Hammer Films classic from the 1950s.
Tucker, aided by Peter Cushing's sensitive scientist Dr. Rollason, set off into the Himalayas to find the legendary eponymous creature in a surprisingly intelligent adventure.
Vast, lonely mountain vistas and a large, finely detailed monastery make a believable setting in which the hunters ponder life, their dilemma and the great yeti - who apparently has the ability to play mind games until the hunters become the hunted!
The sound design, including the hair-raising, echoing, whale-like moans of the yeti and the oriental music score add considerably to the authentic atmosphere.
In the entertaining bonus audio track, Droll director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale make reference to the similar adventures of millionaire Tom Slick as a source of inspiration.
When it's all over, you will long remember the sad, wise eyes of the snow beast and will have no doubts about who the real monsters are. This is the best of the sub genre of bigfoot/abominable snowman films. And yes, there are others. (DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, no regional code restrictions, not rated, 88 minutes)

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Val Guest
Forrest Tucker
Peter Cushing

DVD title: I Was a Zombie for the F B I
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best midnight movie/zombie party dvds

After a long run as a regular "cult classic" on USA Network's Night Flight, "I was a Zombie for the FBI" has finally re-emerged on DVD. Updated sound mix and visual effects along with chapter headings create a new experience for fans of this tongue-in-cheek tribute to the monster and G-men serials of the 50s. This is a great midnight movie for college parties or b-movie fans.

Studio: Rykodisc
Director: Larry Raspberry

DVD title: How To Marry A Millionaire
Productgroup: DVD
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the classic movie i loved, but alas....

I was unable to understand the sexy and funny plot lines of this movie. This is due to the regrettable absence of the actors' lines upon the screen. So sad, I saw the whole movie, and never figured out if she married a millionaire or not. I love closed captioned movies, and it's unfortunate that not every single classic movie sold by warehouse internet companies aren't captioned. I would buy more classics if they were captioned.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Jean Negulesco
Betty Grable
Marilyn Monroe
Lauren Bacall

DVD title: Sesame Street - Learning About Letters
Productgroup: DVD
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Variety and simplicity

If you are looking for an introduction to letters for your child, this is a wonderful video. Through entertaining skits and a variety of visuals, the Sesame Street Gang go through the alphabet while coming up with words that begin with each letter. The sequence of photos of street signs and billboards which zero in on each letter in order is a real favorite with our 28-month old and has led to his interest in street signs and letter recognition in our own neighborhood. The pace is leisurely enough for toddlers who are just learning sounds, yet contains enough music and animated sequences to capture the attention of squirmy kids--if you happen to have one of those. Please note: There is no Elmo in this video, which to my mind is a plus but may be a disappointment to rabid Elmo fans.

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Jim Henson

DVD title: Vietnam - A Television History
Productgroup: DVD
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This is visual war history without precedent

After seeing the series, one by one, and every which way, I can only come to the conclusion: unparalleled history. Only a doctrinere bigot and a mad-dog at that, would see how it tries to be balanced-- any rational being would see as America's greatest surrender and tragedy--so far--the Irag debacle is still underweigh. Of course, one is expected to read more, to not think this is the last word on the Vietnam War. How ridiculous! Previewed in 1983, no one should think there should be more evidence presented. Only in time, well-tested opinions and with all the evidence in, can a clear perspective be seen of the whole. I lived in that era, the Nixon era to be exact, when I understood what was happening. Before which, in my teens and brought up in rural Maine, I thought America could not be wrong, the government was right, Communionist were evil haters of our way of life. When I understood, I was against. But I was not all the way, my disagreement was fully conditional. It was Watergate and finally Reagan that made me see my intuition against the Vietnam War was right. It was not a good feeling. I did not want to think it was all in vein. I did not want to accept the inevitable. This documentary is the best balanced visual history of its kind on a post-WW2 (cold gone hot) war, from the first misunderstand to the last revisionist spin.

Studio: Wgbh

DVD title: Black Caesar
Productgroup: DVD
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Perhaps The Very Best Of This Genre

Growing up in the early 1970s, I never really took Shaft, Black Caesar, or Superfly seriously. Thirty years later, my perspective has changed drastically. Black Caesar, starring Fred Williamson, is a masterpiece and represents the absolute elite of this genre. Williamson does a fabulous job portraying the rise and fall of a NYC gangster. Many have referred to Williamson as "The Black Burt Reynolds", but I'm quite hard pressed to come up with a Reynolds performance that is actually better than Williamson's in Black Caesar.
It's a shame Williamson wasn't given access to a broader array of high quality scripts. In a lot of ways, Williamson is more accomplished, educated, and polished than Reynolds.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Larry Cohen
Fred Williamson
Gloria Hendry
Art Lund

DVD title: Newsies (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great musical! Fun!

This musical is a hit with my 13 y.o. daughter and her 10 y.o. brother. A friend of my daughter's brought a copy over and then my daughter had to get *her* copy (and she tells me some of her other friends love the musical, too). My son and daughter bought cd's of the musical, as well. I like it because the musical has good dancing and singing - and I even mentioned it to some third graders when I talked about how Ben Franklin invented the printing press. I told them they could see a real printing press if they rent/buy this dvd. The musical has a little bit of a love story mixed in with valiant newsboys trying to fight the system. Fun to watch! I liked seeing Doogie Howser's pal (from Doogie Howser, M.D.) in it, too.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Kenny Ortega
Christian Bale

DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - Bardock: The Father of Goku
Productgroup: DVD
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Bardock father of the legend

This is a great DVD and a must have as everyone knows that Goku(kakkarot)is the main and most popular character and he leaves some questions about his past and this answers it. A must have for goku fans you will see some amazing similarities between them and makes you wonder if only Bardock became a super saiyan.

Studio: Goldhil Home Media 2
Dragon Ball Z

DVD title: Zulu (Michael Caine)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Alamo, only done the British way...

Aside from the 60's glitches this film is an ultimate classic. It is possibly the first film that aknowledges the fact the British have a truly proud and GLORIOUS military history, certainly out does our (U.S) military history by a million miles.

80 fighting fit British soldiers hold of a horde of just over 4000 Zulu's who have been trained in combat since birth. The true story has it that the commanding officers Bromehead and Chard were not actually in command, one of the inferiors took over but that's not the point. The fact is that this is a brilliantly cast film with a dialogue that beats the hell out of all the Hollywood films made today.

Meh, all I can say is GOD SAVE THE QUEEN! I want to become a British citizen.

Oh and just to get one thing straight, 3/4 of the British forces in the battle were English and 1/4 were Welsh.

Studio: Front Row Video, Inc
Director: Cy Endfield
Richard Burton
Stanley Baker
Jack Hawkins

DVD title: Labyrinth
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best fantasy movies I've ever seen.

This movie is excellent. The story line is great and shows that sometimes you get what you wish for, so be very careful.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Henson
David Bowie
Jennifer Connelly

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