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DVD title: The Lion King (Disney Special Platinum Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I feel the love...

I see the breathtaking beauty and magic that is Disney and The Lion King. This summer we spent a truly magical week at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in WDW. Then in September we saw the Broadway Lion King in Chicago. I now have a new sense of what it means to people when they say Disney is Magic and Africa is the most beautiful place on Earth. I watch this dvd with a new respect towards Africa and her wildlife, a renewed sense of being in the circle of life.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Matthew Broderick
James Earl Jones
Jeremy Irons
Whoopi Goldberg

DVD title: China Strike Force
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Action--Acting? I dont speak a lick of Chinese

The action in this movie is outstanding, the helicopter/glass pane scene is unreal, I loved it!--I am pretty sure the acting is pretty bad but I have watched this twice, once with Cantonese and the second time with the Mandarin DTS track (my girlfriend speaks Mandarin so when I saw it again with her she was happy) and I had to work with English subtitles. The DTS encoding is superb and the Lfe channel made my couch move a few feet to the right. And I can't forget Norika Fujiwara, she is one of my favorite foreign actresses, not to mention the fact that she is gorgeous (sharing the level of beauty with Shu Qui and Zhang Zhiyi)--and she is outstanding in this movie, you can't take your eyes off of her.

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Stanley Tong

DVD title: The Blair Witch Project
Productgroup: DVD
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Out of all the movies that I have seen, "The Blair Witch Project" has to be the scariest and best horror to date which will leave you feeling uncertain as to whether it is based on real events or one big made up story but whatever way you look at it, it will stay with you for days after viewing.
The reason that I liked this movie was because "The Blair Witch Project" was made with very little money, and it concentrates more on suspense and making your imagination go out of control rather than concentrating on gore and cheap laughs.
It also contains suberp acting from the cast and even when they are improvising, it still looks very effective on screen as they were genuinley scared and running out of rations to keep them going for the last days of filming.
Two thumbs up to the Directors for creating a chilling and almost believable movie which will no doubt inspire up and coming Directors to branch out and try new ideas even if they have a very tight budget to work with.
"The Blair Witch Project" is a must for all movie fans and you will find yourself being drawn into that trap of "What would I do if I were in the position of Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua Leonard". Although if you suffer from motion sickness problems, restrain from sitting in the first five or six rows of the cinema.
This movie will be sure to put you off camping in the woods ever again.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Heather Donahue
Joshua Leonard
Michael C. Williams

DVD title: Gattaca
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie of the millennium, inspiring for the next

An most inspiring and esthetic movie The movie can be viewed as a great thriller, but there is much more... Very humanistic, Gattaca describes a non too distant future and raises many questions about the future of mankind, and how technology can become dangerous. We like people for their qualities but we love them for their flaws.. Excellent soundtrack.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Andrew Niccol
Ethan Hawke
Uma Thurman
Jude Law

DVD title: Fafner - Arcadian Project (Vol. 1) + Series Box
Productgroup: DVD
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Just what we need another science fiction anime

Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed.

16 up: bloody violence, bad language, nudity

Studio: Geneon Entertainment

DVD title: The World of Henry Orient
Productgroup: DVD
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Thw world of Henry Orient

When these two teenagers meet and form a friendship, you are taking on an entertaining and heartfelt journey. Valerie Boyd and Marian Gilbert(played by Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth, respectively) are two unlikely friends who share a zest for life. When the two girls come across the eccentric pianist Henry Orient, played by Peter Sellers, infatuation ensues. Thus begins the pursuit for the infamous Henry Orient. Henry Orient is a madly altruistic ladies man who has been trying to seduce a married woman, Stella (played by Paula Prentiss). Strange things are happening which cause him to believe her husband has found them out and that they are being spied upon. Little does he know that Val and Gil are the ones doing the spying. The girls create a situation which causes some confusion among the adults in the movie. When Val's parents, played by Tom Bosley (Happy Days) and Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote), become intimately involved with the girls hijinks and Henry Orient, the girls are forced to grow up and face life as more than just fun and games. I watched this movie and felt an intense feeling of nostalgia. I was reminded of the days of being young and careless (Ahh. . . the simpler times.). I recalled the feeling of living at home and chumming around with friends. Ahh the good 'ole days... Okay, so I'm not that much older; I still goof off with my buddies and yes, I have friends that still live at home. What I am trying to say is that this movie left me with a longing of days that seemed more innocent. Although you may not get the same vibe I did, I think it is still a classic movie for anyone to watch.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: George Roy Hill
Peter Sellers
Merrie Spaeth
Tippy Walker

DVD title: Life as a House (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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This Is One Of The Best Movies Ever!

What can I say? Great script, great director and an All-Star castMake this movie great. Kline and Christensen are perfect and Jena Malone is a wonderful girlfriend. Not for all ages but a great movie with a very positive message at the end! A must see!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Irwin Winkler
Kevin Kline
Hayden Christensen

DVD title: We Were Soldiers
Productgroup: DVD
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Great and emotionally devastating war flick

I have to confess that I wasn't quite prepared for this film. I was expecting something at least decent, but instead saw what I believe to be one of the best war films that I have ever seen.
This is the latest in a string of films that attempts to make the combat sequences as accurate and as life like as possible. I have read a number of books about wars, warfare, and battle, and in them one constantly reads about the amount of smoke that there is on a battlefield. Most films take cinematic liberties, however, making the battlefield as clear as possible in order that the viewer can follow the action. In WE WERE SOLDIERS, however, much of the battle takes place is an artificial fog.
One of the best things about this film, as opposed to other battle films, is that you get to see how the battle looked from both sides. The Vietnamese are not presented as faceless, almost inhuman forces as in most films, but we get to see them as human beings, and their own strategy and tactics are displayed. One shot in particular stood out for me. A Vietnamese soldier pauses in the hollowed out part of a tree, breathing hard, changing the clip on his rifle, and then putting on the bayonet. Then, he stands for a second, battling his fear, before forcing himself to move from cover and attack. You can probably count the number of war films on one hand that would have portrayed the enemy in such a human light.
The film as a whole, despite containing some very intense battle sequences, is as concerned to focus on the human dimension as much as the military. This may be the most purely emotional war film that I have ever seen. It is also filled with many individuals acts of moral courage, such as when Col. Moore's wife demands that the cab company deliver all the telegram's from the war department to her instead of the individual wives, telegram's that informed them of their husbands' deaths.
The cast was, for the most part, excellent. Mel Gibson was as solid as usual. Barry Pepper was marvelous as reporter (and real life book co-author) Joey Galloway. I wonder why we don't see more of him. He has been thoroughly enjoyable in everything I have seen him in. Sam Eliott has always been on of my favorites, and he stood out in this one as Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley.
A very good movie, and while I would caution that it is very, very violent, and graphically so, I would also urge anyone who has been putting this one off, to give it a try. I think they will be moved and astonished.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Randall Wallace
Mel Gibson

DVD title: Narrow Margin
Productgroup: DVD
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Sit on the edge of your seat movie!

Narrow Margin starring Gene Hackman and Anne Archer is a wonderful action and adventure movie and has some nail biting suspense aboard a train! This is definitely a movie I could watch again several times and not get bored with it!

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Peter Hyams
Gene Hackman
Anne Archer

DVD title: Accattone
Productgroup: DVD
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It all started here.

Accatone is an interesting film because Pasolini exposes to his audience a particular lifestyle and social class which would not be accurately touched on in an American picture. If Hollywood had ever discussed Accatone's subject matter they would display it with all their stereotypical adornments and falsities which most US moviegoers are accustomed to. Pasolini is not afraid to present the grittier side of the subproletariat as is epitomized in the film's main character, Accatone, who struggles with his profession of pimping and becoming more sensitive to his women and to the world. Pasolini's debut is delicately permeated with political concepts and allegories, yet we can see that he is experimenting newly with the technique of film and developing a filmic narrative structure. More of Pasolini's full-fledged sociopolitical allegories would be pursued in films like The Gospel and Hawks and Sparrows. The film stars Franco Citti who at the time of making of the film was a nonprofessional. However his performance is substantial considering him being a novice and having his voice overdubbed by another actor. Citti would soon become a Pasolini regular, starring in Oedipus Rex, Arabian Nights, and other supporting roles. However, as the film progresses the attention is centered on the female lead, who plays the naive soon-to-be callous farm worker who is duped by Accatone into prostitution. Before Pasolini ventured into the cinema he had a knack for writing. In his first two novels Pasolini had utilized the language of his mother's homeland, Friuli, for colloquial discourse amongst his characters who lived in subproletariat communities. It is not surprising that the subject of these novels would be the focal point of Accatone. In addition I believe Pasolini had rendered his ideas (from his literature) appropriately for his film, yet not becoming too carried away with fidelity and technical aspects which are profuse in films today. To this day there are apparently no film directors so consciously aware of his country and goverment as Pasolini was and that would transcend these beliefs into his art with controversy yet at the same time subtlety.

Studio: Water Bearer Films,
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Franco Citti

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