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DVD title: In Dreams
Productgroup: DVD
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In Dreams will give you nightmares!

The acting was excellent and I could really sympathize and feel Claire's(Annette Benning) madness. The cinematography was beautiul, especially the underwater scenes. The murders are quick and so this is more of a thriller than a horror film and it definetely was entertaining. Some of the uses of apples was so funny and wildly original. The scene with young Vivian killing the nurse and escaping as Claire follows is absolutely breathtaking. This is a serious looney film and Downy Jr. is really cool as the psychopathic maniac. I rented this first and then I brought it on DVD. I'd reccommend.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Neil Jordan
Annette Bening
Robert Downey Jr.

DVD title: Chariots of Fire (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Masterpiece of British Cinema

Before the opening titles are even finished, accompanied by the excellent and haunting musical score by Vangelis, the viewer feels almost swept back in time. This is the fairly simple (and based on true) story of Harold Abrahams (played by Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charelson) and their exploits before and during the 1924 Olympic games. The two main characters could not be more different in that Abrahams runs for himself, and greater glory, and to prove his worth in a society that accepts, but eschews his Jewish heritage. The other is a missionarys son who believes God has made him fast for a purpose, and runs to please and honor the almighty. Both have their respective faith, and nerves tested to the limits, often to the detriment of those close to them, but the movie cleverly stays away from pretentious social comment, or philosophical undertones. Producer David Putnam, Writer Colin Welland, and Director Hugh Hudson evoke a time of gentlemen, fair play, decorum and esprit de corps that stays with you long after the end titles roll. There are some excellent supporting roles from a host of well knowns, including Ian Holm, Nigel Havers, and Alice Krige and the film reminds us of a far better and simpler time in the world of sports almost. Deserving of the 4 Oscars bestowed upon it back in 1981 (as a surprise winner)this new widescreen release to a polished DVD format with Dolby sound is a long wait finally over. There are lots of extra's to enjoy on the second disc, making the all round package more than worth the money. Often regarded as the quintessential "British" movie, it certainly has that flavor but is much more, and should appeal to anyone with a love of true drama. Undoubtedly 5 stars. Enjoy

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Hugh Hudson
Ben Cross
Ian Charleson

DVD title: Tom Horn
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant Performance By McQueen

A dramatization based on the true story of a legendary frontiersman, "Tom Horn" depicts the final years in the life of this tracker, interpreter and hero of the Apache Wars. Steve McQueen portrays Horn, who drifts into Wyoming Territory in 1901. There he makes the acquaintance of cattle rancher John Coble (Richard Farnsworth), who brings Horn's presence to the attention of the "Cattlemen's Association." There's been an ongoing problem with rustlers, not to mention the encroachment of sheep ranchers, and the association has been endeavoring to find a solution. In Horn, whose reputation precedes him, they see the answer to their problems, much to the consternation of Marshall Joe Belle (Billy Green Bush), who feels slighted in the matter; his ego, it seems, is even more pronounced than his own reputation. They hire Horn as a "Stock Detective," and give him free rein as to how he must deal with cattle rustlers; whether to shoot, or bring them in, is entirely up to him. In little more than a year's time, the rustling has stopped; Horn has done his job well. Too well, in fact. It seems that he's become a bit too "high profile," and after an incident in town, during which Horn kills a man in self defense, the members of the association, as well as Joe Belle, conclude that Horn is now their biggest problem. The last thing they want is to have their names appearing in newspapers, connecting them in any way with Horn or any of the recent killings. They want to be rid of him, and for good, but they don't know how to go about it. Soon thereafter, on one of the nearby sheep ranches, a fifteen-year-old boy is shot and killed in cold blood, by a rifle shot from a distance of two hundred and thirteen yards. Though an obvious set-up, Horn is subsequently arrested, and put on trial, for the murder of the boy. McQueen gives a performance here that is nothing less than remarkable. He deftly captures the essence of the rugged, loner cowboy, with a subtle, somewhat subdued approach that gives total credibility to his character. Horn is a cowboy, a product of the old west who has spent a lifetime killing and avoiding being killed, and like so many others of his time, is merely trying to adapt to a new century, a new era. Just another guy looking for work; and this is the Tom Horn that McQueen delivers to the screen, perceptively avoiding any feigned heroics or superfluous contrivances that would have given him that sense of being larger-than-life. His Tom Horn is a proud man, without being steeped in ego; and it's that down-to-earth attitude that makes him real, and gives distinction to this film. Director William Wiard does an exceptional job of formulating an appropriate atmosphere, and maintaining it throughout the film, which underscores the stoic nature of the story. He's made a pensive, penetrating western, realistically integrating the necessary violence into the natural fabric of the story. There's nothing gratuitous here; another aspect for which Wiard should be commended, because it adds even more to the impact of the climax. With an excellent supporting cast which includes Linda Evans (Glendolene), Slim Pickens (Sam), Roy Jenson (Mendenhour) and Geoffrey Lewis (Walter Stoll), "Tom Horn" is an honest study of life during an era of change; of the politics and prevailing attitudes that contributed to the shaping of a new century. And of the individuals, who in the final analysis, made a difference.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: William Wiard
Steve McQueen
Linda Evans

DVD title: The Last Unicorn
Productgroup: DVD
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An absolutely enchanting movie!

I really love this movie ever since I was born in 1984 and that is when I first saw it. I always see it once in awhile. It is the perfect movie for a little girl who belives in unicorn and magic. This is the best family movie there is(I am a little bais).

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Jeff Bridges
Mia Farrow
Angela Lansbury

DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Movies is as Great as ever

I have seen so many complaints about the changes I had to speak out. I love the newer versions and actually agree with how and why Mr. Lucas did what he did. The sounds are wonderful, i have surround sound and it drives my neighbors crazy. The picture is much crisper and cleaner and just so easy to watch. The changes everyone complains about is so wasteful for such a great series.

Of course its better to have a young Anakin at the end of Return of the Jedi then the older man. Through out the whole first series they mentioned how Anakin essentially died when he became Darth Vador. Even Obi-wan tells Luke that Vador killed his dad. So why would he be there one with the Force as an old man? Sure Luke saved him as an old man but his true jedi self died when he was young so it makes so much sense for the change

The Greedo shot is the funniest arguement i heard so far. in the original, Han Solo shots greedo(bounty hunter for Jabba). In the new version, Greddo shoots first but misses(at close point range) then Han shoots. I agree with Lucas that kids as well as adults enjoy this movies and having Han(Our hero remember?) look like a murderer because he was in a bind is not a cool thing.

There was also a inclusion of Naboo at the celebration in return of the Jedi which i loved. Naboo played such an important role in parts 1,2,3 that it also deserves to be shown celebrating.

There are a few other changes but none should take away from the story. I do have the orignal tapes that i will keep just to have but i will always watch the new versions. I even got my wife hooked on the series. its a must buy!!

p.s. To all the fans that REALLY think they own a movie because they brought a ticket or some merchandise please relax. It is HIS movie because we did not help fund it when he had his dream of a Star Wars. I really can't wait to see the complaints when he brings them out on 3-D in 2007

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Harrison Ford

DVD title: WWE Survivor Series 2000
Productgroup: DVD
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The greatest PPV ever!!!!!!!

This is my favorite PPV!

Test and Albert (T&A) with Trish V Crash and Molly Holly Tag with Steve Blackman
I LOVE Crash, and Molly is cool with the Leathel weapon to tag. Molly pins Trish for the win

William Reagle V Hardcore Holly
more Holly? cool, it was an Okay match but the Europian Belt was on the line so Reagle really wanted to cheat.

Ivory V Lita
Womans belt on the line and my favorite Diva (Lita) was assume.Steven Richirds helped Ivory though.

Angle V Taker
Angle Vs Kane...WHAT Undertaker? Oh ya! This match ended like 10 times before it really Finished.

Edge,Christian, Bull Butch,and Goodfather V Hardyz & Dudleys
Hardyez teamed with Dudleys WHAT MORE CAN YOU WAN'T A Holly reunien? Go Buh Buh. I hate Right To Cencore becuse of what happened to Gunn.

Austin V HHH
no disqualificaition. I got two words for ya! Totally Sweat.

Rock V Rikishi
Big Kish did great. Rock was the winner.

There were some other matches that you"ll see But these were very cool and I'm a busy man, with a slow computer. Like Bill Gates. (HA HA HA)

Studio: Sony Wonder
The Rock
Triple H
Stone Cold Steve Austin

DVD title: Victim
Productgroup: DVD
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Taut, well played film

A landmark film in 1961, it brought homosexuality out into the open. Well written by Janet Green and John McCormick, the plot tells of a blackmail ring that involves the lives of many "victims". Peter McEnery is a young gay man who is blackmailed and is desperate to avoid his blackmailers and the police. Dirk Bogarde, in a daring move career wise, plays the closeted barrister Melville Farr who had a brief liasion many years ago with McEnery.When McEnery needs his help, Bogarde rebuffs him which results in tragedy for the young man. As character after character become embroiled in this crime their lives start a downward spiral. Everyone in the film becomes a victim of this heinous crime.Filmed in black and white against a grey London winter, the cinematography sets the right mood. Dirk Bogarde took quite a risk to play Melville Farr. Homosexuality was still very taboo and could have broken his career. Instead it opened up many more serious parts for him. His performance is intense and very downplayed. Sylvia Syms, as his loving wife, matches Bogarde's performance in quality. Her part could have become a bit melodramatic but Syms and director Basil Dearden avoided that pitfall.This film also reminds viewers of the narrow thinking that prevailed in the early 60's. This was before Stonewall and Gay Liberation. In England you could be imprisoned for many years. The law was repealed in 1966. It is thought that this film was innovative in getting the repeal.
A bonus to the DVD is an interview with Dirk Bogarde.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Basil Dearden
Dirk Bogarde
Sylvia Syms

DVD title: Child's Play
Productgroup: DVD
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have to keep telling myself "it's just a movie"

Charles Lee Ray "Chucky" is a serial killer who gets shot and killed in a toy store. Thinking his life wasn't over, before he dies he transfers his soul into a Good Guy doll.
Andy is a 6 year old boy who wants a Good Guy doll for his birthday. His mom (Catherine Hicks) buys him one off of a homeless man. She brings the doll home and Andy is thrilled, but what Andy and his mom doesn't know is that the homeless man sold her the doll with the evil spirit of Charles Lee Ray.
My favourite scene is when Andy's mom finds out that Chucky is alive; the doll is working without batteries. She threatens Chucky to throw him into the fire unless he talks. He has a tantrum just to get out of her grasp. Chucky leaves the apartment...
This movie was scary but at the same time funny. Chucky keeps getting shot and he is still moving...what the heck??? I give Child's Play 5 stars because the story was very unique.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Tom Holland
Catherine Hicks
Chris Sarandon

DVD title: 12 Monkeys
Productgroup: DVD
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Gilliam & Willis' Best ... Sci-Fi Excellence

12 MONKEYS is one of my favorite films. It features one of Bruce Willis' best performances. And, most importantly, it moves me every time I see it. The last few minutes (which I will not reveal here!) are the culmination of hints dropped throughout the film -- a reaccuring dream that Willis' character has. The end is beautiful and sad all at once.
Terry Gilliam (who provides wonderful narration on the bonus DVD audio track) has worked his magic on the film. His usual themes of madness are back, this time embodied by Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis. Both give excellent performances. Madeleine Stowe is wonderful as well.
The film deals with time travel. Willis must glean clues from Earth's past in order to figure out when a deadly virus was released -- a virus which left the Earth decimated and sent its inhabitants underground. The film unfolds like a wonderful jigsaw puzzle. It is definitely a brain-tickler (my favorite kind of sci-fi!).
Watch 12 MONKEYS! There are no space ships or shoot-outs. You will find, however, a wonderful film about love and memories. And some pretty cool sci-fi ideas too!

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

DVD title: Akira (Limited Special Edition Tin)
Productgroup: DVD
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Multiple Viewings Required

AKIRA requires multiple viewings so it's a good idea to buy the DVD. It's one of the most visually and mentally demanding films I've ever's absolutely multi-layered. TETSUO continues to echo in my mind and it will in yours. I first saw AKIRA when it first came out more than a decade ago and I still feel excited to see it again...there are many, many, many images that still linger in my subconsciousness... the ending is jaw-dropping and haunting...Unquestionably beautiful.

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

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