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DVD title: Minna - Emergency Workout
Productgroup: DVD
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I love this workout!!

I chose this DVD because I liked Minna's style on the Quick Fix Abs/Arms/Buns/Total Body series. I don't have Minna's other workouts, but will likely get them soon because I enjoy this one.
There has been some criticism about the dance-cardio segment of this DVD. I would say that it is a little confusing and at times I have felt a little silly doing it, but each time I do the workout I improve and it is always fun. The challenge of wanting to do all of the steps well and not look too much like a freak keeps me coming back. 30 minutes of this cardio workout beats 30 minutes on the treadmill any day.
The toning segment is challenging enough to make me feel like I am using my time wisely, but it doesn't kill me, so I won't find excuses to skip it altogether.
I would agree with other reviewers that have said if there is a true "emergency" and you are working toward fast results for something specific, you might want something that is more intense. But for a workout that will keep you coming back everyday, this is a pretty good one.

Studio: Parade
Minna Lessig

DVD title: Ever After - A Cinderella Story
Productgroup: DVD
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Great job Drew!

This film was sweet and heart warming. Love exists in all forms in this world. Society can tend to forget that it is possible for a fish to love a bird. In some circles, one can not live without the other. Without love, the world will cease to survive. Films such as this are important for the spirit to smile. However simple it may seem, it is necessary.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Andy Tennant
Drew Barrymore
Anjelica Huston
Dougray Scott

DVD title: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941)
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is absulutely a masterpiece. A great horror movie. Frederic March gives a stunning performance, I must say. When I first saw the Hyde character, I had to wonder if that was Frederic March behind all that make up. It's not that faithful to the R.L. Stevenson novel, but it still is a great story. It focuses quite a bit on the love/lust angle, but doesn't turn into a romance. This is a great movie all around, good acting, story, cinematography, (the first transformation from Jekyll to Hyde where the camera spins was a really big innovation becase the camera made alot of sound, so they put it in a soundproof thingy and it couldn't be moved.) and very imaginative; those few parts when you see the world through Jekyll's eyes is cool. Miriam Hopkins' portrayel of Ivy is great, she is really believable. One more thing. At the party scene, where Rose Something (forgot her last name) is wearing that dress, if you look behind them when they're going out in the garden, there's a woman wearing an identical dress. This is a great movie that is really great. I liked it and recommend it to anyone, no matter what genre you prefer. At times, March's performance almost moved me to tears. Excellent!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Fredric March
Miriam Hopkins

DVD title: Akira (Limited Special Edition Tin)
Productgroup: DVD
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Once you see this movie and fully understand it, it will blow your mind. Just trust me and get it.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Mitsuo Iwata
Nozomu Sasaki
Mami Koyama

DVD title: Joe the King
Productgroup: DVD
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A sad, bitter dose of reality.

This is a vulgar, profane, painful movie about a vulgar, profane, and painful young life that, at 14, appears already to be wasted. The boy, "Joe the King," never had a chance. In the most dysfunctional of homes, where he is cursed by both slovenly mother and drunken father, in a school where he suffers severe emotional abuse (not to mention a pants-down whipping in front of the class) at the hands of a fat, ugly teacher, and onto the streets, where alienation and theft become a way of life: that is young Joe's milieu. And friends, it isn't pretty. Neither is the movie. Poignant? Yes, absolutely. But pretty? No chance. And that is exactly the hand that fate has dealt to young Joseph: no chance.
The cinematic beauty of Joe the King-easily the most moving motion picture that I have seen in many years-is the dose of gut-wrenching reality that it dishes up . . . and keeps dishing all the way to the end. And then some. Because it doesn't just go away after the credits. It stays there in your conscience to haunt you. There is no saving grace in store for that boy. No one steps forward to save him from the sordid future that appears to be in store for him. No redemption. No touch by an angel to rescue this soon-to-be-lost soul. His no-good father (well-played by Val Kilmer) is moved almost to tears, but too late . . . way too late.
You like irony? Joe ends up before a juvenile judge after being caught for burglary and theft. And what has he done with the ill-gotten gains? He paid off a pressing debt for his father, and replaced his mother's precious record collection destroyed by his father in a drunken rage. Admirably, the movie-makers don't hit you over the head or moralize about any of that, they merely show it, period.
I shall not soon forget the bitter final scene as Joe is led down the long, long hallway to begin serving the kid's-prison sentence handed down by the judge. The boy stops, turns and stares you straight in the eye. Then in heart-rending closeup he continues the wordless stare. At you. At me. At all of us who failed him.
And it hurts. It truly hurts.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Frank Whaley

DVD title: One Hundred and One Nights
Productgroup: DVD
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One Hundred and One Nights

I completely disagree with the reviewer from New York! I LOVED this video! Any fan of old french and italian cinema will love this title! What a treat to see such great talents as Mastrioanni, Depardieu, Deneuve, Moreau - just to name a few, together with American actors such as DeNiro and Eastwood. Going down memory lane with M. Cinema and having the opportunity to see old film clips from past european films is truly delicious! If you're a film history buff and appreciate the european flavor of expression, you will love this film!

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Agnès Varda

DVD title: The Blair Witch Project
Productgroup: DVD
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Scary as hell.

I thought that the idea of the movie was great. And it goes to show that you just need an idea to create a good movie.

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

DVD title: Grease (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Grease 4Ever!

Nothing about the movie, just the DVD. And not even this DVD. More the fact that I know that next year, Paramount has another DVD of Grease coming out. No word on what's on it, but undoubtedly it will be better than this DVD. That annoys me...I know you want to make money. But...any fan of this movie, I'm sure, will tell you, that no matter how much they want the movie on DVD, they would rather stick to their well-worn VHS copies for another year and get the real deal the first time around than get the movie bare-bones and cough up the dough for it only to find out later that there's a better disc, maybe even a better set of discs in store.
This is only made worse by the fact that most Paramount DVDs contain a trailer and nothing else in the way of features -- their most packed DVD is the original Tomb Raider. Bleh.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Randal Kleiser
John Travolta
Olivia Newton-John

DVD title: Good Will Hunting
Productgroup: DVD
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Engaging Story, Intelligent Script & Superb Acting

"Good Will Hunting" was one of the best films in 1997 thanks to a combination of excellent direction, brilliant writing and superb acting to create an engaging drama for the audience to embrace. Being the first film ever written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, director Gus Van Sant (who also directed "My Own Private Idaho" in 1991 and "To Die For" in 1995), created a very plausible atmosphere for the unusual story to unfold:
A young genius named Will Hunting (Matt Damon) never attended college, but read mathematical, scientific and literary books on his own for many years. Severely abused as a child in an adoptive home, Will now prefers to exist as a manual laborer living in a condemned house in a dilapidated Boston neighborhood. While working as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) one night, he solves a heretofore unsolvable mathematical problem written on a classroom chalkboard. The professor who originally transcribed the problem, Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsg?rd), is shocked to find the problem solved but doesn't know who solved it. He eventually finds Will, but Will was arrested and jailed for his involvement in a beating while on a night out with his best friend Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck), who is a true manual laborer. Determined to save Will from himself, Gerald enlists the aid of a former friend & college roommate, Sean Maquire (Robin Williams), who now works as a community college psychology teacher, to provide psychological therapy for Will. To be released from jail, Will agrees to regular counseling sessions with Sean and to work for Gerald. The initial therapy sessions between Will and Sean are very intense (more so for Sean than for Will, as Will uses his genius to tear into Sean's core and has had a lot of previous psychotherapy experience), but Sean finds ways to work with him. Complicating matters, a mutual attraction develops between Will and a female MIT student, Skylar (Minnie Driver).
Though some that watch this film may be disturbed by the violence depicted when Will relentlessly beats a man, it helps to demonstrate how deeply troubled the character is. Other well acted supporting characters in the film include Morgan O'Mally (played by Casey Affleck, Ben Affleck's younger brother) and Billy McBride (played by Cole Hauser). Ben Affleck did a good job with his portrayal of Will's friend Chuckie.
"Good Will Hunting" earned Matt Damon and Ben Affleck the Oscar for Best Writing for a Screenplay and Robin Williams won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Other Oscar nominations received include Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Original Music, Best Song, Matt Damon for Best Actor, Minnie Driver for Best Supporting Actress and Gus Van Sant for Best Director. Overall, I give "Good Will Hunting" a rating of 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a well-acted, gripping, psychological drama.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Gus Van Sant
Robin Williams
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck

DVD title: Cheers - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Cheers is my favorite show.

Cheers is my favorite show, I watched all of the episodes the first day that it arrived at my house. I love carla and ted danson. I have only one word to describe it, NORM!. LOL

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Ted Danson

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