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DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm a Sucker for Extra Footage


I'm not sure exactly what I expected from the extended edition of FoTR, but I'mfairly sure whatever my expectations were, they were certainly exceeded. Evenin the introduction there were extra clips (of Isildur putting the ring on whenattacked by Orcs)...in fact, even the placement of the movie title was changed.
The movie actually opens with Bilbo writing his book, and then loads of extrafootage from the Shire. It continues on to the part where Frodo meets Gandalf,but the dialogue is slightly different! Bilbo is actually narrating a lot of it(evidently from his book), and the changes are brilliant! I didn't even realizehow many loose ends and abrupt scene changes there were in the original FoTRuntil I saw how they were improved.
A sampling of a few additions include an extended tavern scene with the hobbits; woodelves on the trip to Bree; hobbits and Strider (Aragorn) making their waythrough Midge Swamp and a lot more. A lot of the additions were very minor and hardly noticeable - but they improved the flow of the movie as a whole; thingslike an extra second of video here, or a couple extra words there pull everything together in a great way.
The major additions would be in the land of Lothlorien. There was a lot of extra footage from the point when the fellowship leaves Moria until they get on theRiver. Not only do you get to see Galadriel giving the fellowship gifts (although Sam's box of soil seems to have been skipped...), but you also get to see Aragorn arguing with Haldir on a Flet, and you get to hear a lot moredialogue (which closes a lot of loose-ends).
After Lothlorien, you get to see Gollum swimming with his log on the river and you get to see Aragorn and Borimir angrily discussing the ring and the path they'll take (ultimately, if you had any doubts concerning Borimir's motives,they'll be extinguished here). There were also a few more snippets of fighting in the end with Borimir's death.
The additions to the movie that Jackson made were great, this release will probably make a few "Tolkien purists" reconsider the movie and possibly enjoy it a little more. A few of the detractions I had about the theatrical version were pretty much taken care of (In the original, the gifts from Galadriel and the relationship between Gimli and the elves were sort of missing).
The actor interviews, which actually weren't all that enlightening still made the boxed set fun and interesting. All of the DVD extras are amazing - I now know more about the movies than I ever thought possible...I can probablydescribe in great detail how most of the special effects in the movie were created.
This boxed set is worth the few extra dollars...even without all the DVD extras,the changes in the film itself make it a worthwhile purchase.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Ian McKellen



DVD title: 12 Monkeys
Productgroup: DVD
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More movies could be that well done.


Even though the movie is loosely based on the French "La jete," it does not really matter. "12 Monkeys" is more creative; it takes a different aspect of the original story and adds to it a more twisted plotline. Don't be discouragerd it the movie makes no sense at first. Watch it again and the meanings will speak themselves to you. Appreciating this flick will be those who like the grotesque and the bizarre as presented in many cinematographic successes of the late 1980s and 1990s. Enjoy, explore and be amazed. The acting is actually better than what can be expected from a second rate performers who starred in either weird (Stowe) or beat-me-up action idiocies (Willis).

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Terry Gilliam
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Madeleine Stowe
Brad Pitt




DVD title: Earthly Possessions
Productgroup: DVD
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Hilarious duo


I loved this movie! Stephen Dorff does an all around great job in acting the part of jake simms. I am a big fan of his work and hope that he keeps on following up movies that are as great as this one.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: James Lapine



DVD title: Absolutely Fabulous Complete DVD Collection (4-Disc Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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Hilarious British Humor


Every episode of Absolutely Fabulous has me laughing heartily throughout no matter how many times I have seen it. Finally it is available on DVD, and the picture is astounding. A must have for any fan of British comedy.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Absolutely Fabulous
Jennifer Saunders




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Epic Saga Comes to the Screen


I guess there's enough been said about 'The Lord of the Rings-The Fellowship of the Ring' that everyone whose read Christian author J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy masterpiece and have seen the movie already knows it front and backward. If those of you never seen it, or the only one movie to see or rent it-please do! For those who like fantasy with elves, hobbits, dwarves and human heros and heroines in a strange land of Middle-Earth this is a real treat. It's a tale of the forces of good's valiant stand against the encroaching evil. There are knock-your-socks-off special effects. I do like to add that part 2 of the trilogy, 'The Two Towers' is due out on 2-DVD set and VHS on August 26, 2003. Not far in the future will be final film of the trilogy, 'The Return of the King' to be released in December 17, 2003. Also on DVD (Special Edition), that will delight Ring fans is 'J.R.R. TOLKIEN: Master of the Rings: The Definitive Guide to the World of the Rings' <ASIN: B00005UPFL>. A documentary that contains many Christian allegories, rare archive footage of the author, illustrations by the Brothers Hildebrandt and 3-D animations of Middle-Earth and more. The music is by keyboardist Rick Wakeman ('Journey to the Center of the Earth') <ASIN: B000000IU3>. Plus, there's 'A Visual Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Two Towers"' <B00007KK12> and an animated version, 'J.R.R. Tolkien Animated Film Sets' <B00005UM49>. It's a nice addition to your Ring collection.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Ian McKellen



DVD title: Rear Window (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome! Great Suspense! Superb acting by all!!!!


I am a huge Hitchcock fan, I have been building my video collection of his movies for some time now, but Rear Window would be the most prized.
I love looking for Hitch in his movies and get a kick out of seeing him in one of the apartments in this movie...did anyone else see him right off, it took me a couple of viewings before I spotted him. This one is the greatest!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors:
James Stewart
Grace Kelly




DVD title: Band of Brothers
Productgroup: DVD
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Band of Brothers is Awesome!!!!!


I just loved this movie. It was the best thing that I have ever seen, this is HIGHLY recommended to watch!!! And not to mention so very educational, and its so realistic that you feel like your really there, it's the BEST!!!

Studio: HBO Home Video



DVD title: Gone With the Wind
Productgroup: DVD
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I loved it it was so romantic.


How to begin? The movie is just fabulous. It is well cast, quite faithful to the book (important to someone who counts the book as a favourite among many) and it captures the tragic love story of Scarlett and Rhett very well. An excellent few hours escapism, and an interesting insight into the early years of Hollywood's block busters.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Clark Gable
Vivien Leigh




DVD title: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Productgroup: DVD
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excellent vehicle for leone/eastwood


2 of the masters of cinema (especially western cinema) collide for the last in the man with no name trilogy. this is the most highly regarded and best of the series. brilliant, great, and awesome are the words to describe it. if you're not a fan of westerns, give this one a chance, and if you are, you've probably already seen it. too bad leone didn't make more movies

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Sergio Leone
Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Lee Van Cleef
Eli Wallach




DVD title: Amelie
Productgroup: DVD
Amelie - movie DVD cover picture
Au-dela des mots!!!


Although I have studied French @ University to PhD Level & have therefore been influenced by French cinema, I can objectively say that Amelie is a movie that can inspire & mesmerise the most hardened anglophone. Perhaps one of great cultural changes of recent times has been Hollywood's embrace of more & more foreign language movies (Life Is Beautiful, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Ring, Audition to name but a few). Amelie's appearance is therefore as timely & strategic as it is wonderful. The film embarks on a magical journey of a young & naive girl who works as a waitress in Montmartre & the quirks of her everyday life & the people with whom she encounters. Amusing & touching, & perfectly shot, the tight script & gripping colours & cinematography render this oeuvre a captivating watch which shall mesmerise again & again. Audrey Tatou plays the ingenue with such wit & charm (as the cheeky cover alone suggests) as a woman who influences others more than she wishes her own life to be influenced. Some of the most captivating scenes are Tatou dashing pebbles across the water (it's ony about 15 seconds long but majestically shot) & the character introductions at the beginning (her parents are wickedly hilarious) & the evil greengrocer & Amelie's revenge on him. If there's one movie you should consider purchasing it is definitely this. Perhaps my favourite French movie now (along with Les Visiteurs, Manon Des Sources & Cyrano de Bergerac), it shall get repeated plays on my DVD player. Great extra features too!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Actors:
Audrey Tautou
Mathieu Kassovitz




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