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DVD title: Inu-Yasha - Season 1 Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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Inu-Yasha Season 1 DVD Box Set OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes finally InuYasha Season 1 comes out. I've been a big fan of InuYasha ever since I watched a episode on [adultswim] I feel in love with the series its cutting edge humor the lecurious pimpin monk Miruku. Good awsome villian awsome heros and checks good action basically anything a die hard Anime-Manga fan can ask for. I cannot wait until I get my copy of Season 1 I pre-ordered it I think u InuYasha fans should do the same thing. The DVD Box Set contains 5 discs containing all 27 episodes from the first season I can't until they anounce the realese date for Season 2. Anyways this is a must have!!!!


DVD title: Zulu (Michael Caine)
Productgroup: DVD
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Zulu - a tolerable DVD of a great film

Zulu is one of the greatest historical action movies ever made, and one of the great war movies. It is based on what historian Michael Glover terms "the most highly decorated battle in British history", the defence of Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War of 1879. Eleven of the defenders received Britain's highest award for military valor, the Victoria Cross--the rarely awarded counterpart of the US Congressional Medal of Honor. The movie is a landmark in the art of cinema for its extraordinary combination of location, cross-cultural engagement, a real story, good script and fine cast. This 1964 film never looks tired, despite my many years of rerunning it in 16mm, the Criterion laserdisc, and now the Front Row Entertainment Inc. DVD. Anecdotally, military colleges have used Zulu to show the power of directed massed musketry, and leadership and teamwork in combat.
Zulu is the greatest achievement of the career of British actor Stanley Baker, who co-produced with US-born, formerly blacklisted director Cy Endfield. Nothing else in the genre really measures up, including Endfield's so-called "prequel", Zulu Dawn, or other epics based on British colonial wars, such as Khartoum. It was filmed on location in the grandeur of Natal, South Africa, with descendants of the Zulu warriors who took part in the original action portraying their forebears. The prominent Zulu politician and traditional chief, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, plays the Zulu leader, his distant relative Cetewayo. Mass Zulu participation in the project guaranteed the uplifting dignity and authenticity of cross-cultural characterisations of the film. Early magnificent scenes with masses of Zulu extras show the Zulu royal kraal, with a mass wedding of warriors in progress as news arrives of the annihilation of a strong British force at Isandhlwana. These unique scenes probably never could be filmed again because of social and cultural change. The nearest conceptual comparison in the war genre that comes to mind is the cross-cultural aspect of Tora! Tora! Tora!
Stanley Baker believed so strongly in Zulu, despite difficulties in raising finance, that he sank much of his own money into it. Playing a British Army engineer officer thrust by events into leading a desperate defensive action following the disaster of Isandhlwana, he heads a strong cast, including a young Michael Caine as an upper crust infantry officer. There are wonderful cameo roles by Jack Hawkins as an alcoholic missionary; Nigel Green as the imperturbable Colour Sergeant Bourne, always ready with a calming order or a bayonet; James Booth as Private Hook, portrayed as a malingerer who is perhaps the least likely Victoria Cross winner; Patrick Magee as Surgeon-Major Reynolds, continuing up to his elbows in surgery even as Zulus try to break in. The narration by Richard Burton is very fine, and in character with the Welsh origin of the British soldiers. Welsh and Zulu singing on the cinematic battlefield is spine-tingling.
This film deserves the very best frame-by-frame and soundtrack digital restoration and DVD transfer that technology can provide, working from an original 70mm print. Meanwhile, the Front Row Entertainment Inc DVD, about the equal of the Criterion laserdisc, will have to do. The image quality is much less sharp than we now expect of new DVD releases. The color and audio are just passable. It is in widescreen format.
Stanley Baker died in 1976. Cy Endfield died in 1995. Other players who have passed on include Jack Hawkins in 1973; Nigel Green in 1972; and Patrick Magee in 1982. Before all key players in this project die, a retrospective on the making of the film--interviews, at least, with participants like Michael Caine and Mangosuthu Buthelezi--should be compiled for a new collector's edition DVD. At the time of writing, Sir Michael Caine (age 69) seems to be enjoying the afterglow of his prolific career in cinema and dabbles in restaurants, and Dr Buthelezi (age 74) is Minister for Home Affairs in the Government of South Africa. James Booth (age 69) continues on stage and screen.
Michael Glover's book, "Rorke's Drift" (Wordsworth Editions 1997) is recommended reading for anyone with a detailed interest in the historical background.

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

DVD title: Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2
Productgroup: DVD
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I wonder what it was like when it first came out....

Having been far too young to watch the first seasons as a kid (I had to pick my battles and the X-Files was at the time on the top of my I have to watch this list) I missed the first three seasons of this groundbreaking series. I watched a lot of cop dramas in my house and growing up in NY, it was easy to see that NYPD Blue was not shot on location but Law&Order was. I never really liked NYPD Blue though it in theory probably paved the way for this series to make it to the small screen at all. Which segways hopefully into the awesomeness that is Homicide Life on the Streets, shot entirely on location in Baltimore...and hopefully doing justice to the feeling of that city as well.

Based on David Simon's excellent novel Homicide: A year on the Killing Streets (also recommended), the series follows the cops of the Baltimore homicide unit as they solve crimes and live their lives.

A few noteworthy things which set this series apart from many of the rest...the first two seasons were shot entirely in 16mm film and retain a gorgeous quality I somewhat missed in the later seasons. The jump cut idea is introduced here, and while jarring at first, lends a uniqueness to the series as well. And most importantly...because this is based on a book, which was based on true experience, the cliche's are almost totally out the window. Utterly refreshing. There's no "black cop" episode, no "black and white partner" episode in fact there are none of those typical "cop" archetypes in any episode. The issue is brought up, and dealt with time and again throughout the series, but is never the focus of an episode. That sets this apart.

There are technical issues with the DVD, most noteably the lack of closed if that is an might be hard to follow the story. Otherwise I would highly recommend this unconventional cop series.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Richard Belzer
Ned Beatty
Andre Braugher

DVD title: Jaws 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Jaws 3

A great movie.I especially like the part when the shark shatters the glass.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Joe Alves
Dennis Quaid
Bess Armstrong

DVD title: Airplane!
Productgroup: DVD
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This is air travel?! gimme the Toonerville Trolley

Jim Abrahams and the Brothers Zucker, a/k/a the Unholy Trio, are responsible for this belly-laugh-a-minute film that is one of the funniest movies ever to come out of Hollywood. It has the most fragile excuse for a plot and doesn't need much more. From the wacky opening sequence (the theater audience where I first saw this movie fell into the aisles when the theme from "Jaws" started playing and the plane's tail see-sawed ominously through the clouds), to the hilarious credits (be sure to stick around for these), the movie goes from one laugh to the next and never lets up. "Airplane!" spawned the spoof genre, and it's still the best of the pack. The movie lambastes airline disaster films, TV commercials, Hollywood blockbusters, airline food (wouldn't you know the fish would go bad?), Tupperware parties, religious nuts, and about everything else you can think of. The actors, most of them strangers to comedy, seem to be having the time of their lives. There are a couple of scenes that gave this movie a PG rating (a topless lady in the mass hysteria scene when Julie Hagerty asks the passengers via the PA system if anybody on board knows how to fly a plane, and a priceless scene when Hagerty has to give emergency service to Otto, the plane's automatic pilot), but actually this film is nothing a 6th grader couldn't watch. My son saw it when he was 11 and hit the floor laughing, along with everyone else in the theater. The movie doesn't even pretend to take itself seriously; it's an hour and a half of pure unadulterated fun. Grab the popcorn, sit back and enjoy the ride of your life. (And just be glad it's only a movie!)

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Robert Hays
Julie Hagerty
Leslie Nielsen

DVD title: Coupling - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Laugh out loud funny - if only there were more like this

We had been taping this show since the beginning and are very happy that it is now on DVD.
All I can say, as an addition to the reviews already posted by others, is:
GET THIS. You'll enjoy it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Martin Dennis

DVD title: Rage Against The Machine - Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
Productgroup: DVD
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Is there any doubt?

There is certainly no doubt in my mind that this DVD will be another great addition to the Rage Against the Machine Concert bank. Although it follows almost the same playlist as The Battle of Mexico City it has some new tracks, and I'm sure that it will blow us away with the band's unmatched energy and devotion they put into their songs. I already pre-ordered it, and I hope you do the same as well!

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Rage Against The Machine

DVD title: Coming Home
Productgroup: DVD
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So Good that it Should Air on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre!

This adaptation of COMING HOME is absolutely captivating! Though the story is a little different from the novel (in the same way that "Message in a Bottle" differed), I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the series. The cast was brilliant, and the scenery was breathtaking.
A friend of mine in the UK recommended this video to me after it aired there and received rave reviews, and I am stunned American television has not picked it up yet. It should air on Masterpiece Theatre, especially since it was produced by producers of "Rebecca." The quality is as exquisite, if not more so.
If you like period drama, if you are a Pilcher fan, if you are an MPT fan, if you liked Emily Mortimer in the recent Academy Award-nominated film "Elizabeth," or if you are just looking for a wonderful movie for the weekend, THIS IS IT!

Studio: Acorn Media
Director: Giles Foster

DVD title: Being There
Productgroup: DVD
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Being There

This has to be one of the most entertaining Peter Sellers movies I have ever seen. At first, I was reluctant to see this movie since I am not a Shirley MacLaine fan, but at the urging of a friend I borrowed her copy and watched this movie and I'm glad I did. Soon thereafter, I just had to go out and buy myself a copy. I highly recommend to all.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Hal Ashby
Peter Sellers
Shirley MacLaine

DVD title: Pay It Forward
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderfully conceived and brilliantly acted!!

This is an extraordinarily moving and thought-provoking film with a terrific cast. It's shot in a simple, straightforward way that doesn't get in the way of the story. The film is best seen with no preconceived notions of the plot or the story, so this review will not showcase either of those. The film asks a question: How can an individual dissatisfied with the world as it is go about making it a better place? Provided within the film is an answer, as simple as it is revolutionary, and as inspiring as it is illuminating.
This is a compelling movie, and watching it has been a profoundly moving experience. The cast is excellent, the acting is first-rate, and the direction is subtle and masterful. This is a film that deserves to be studiously watched and widely distributed. Seeing it can be a life-changing experience - it was for me!
Get this wonderful film, and give it the concentration it deserves, and then think deeply about the scenario within and the issues that are involved!! Highly, highly recommended!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video

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