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DVD title: Forbidden Planet
Productgroup: DVD
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It all started here

Forbidden Planet is where it all started. There were science fiction movies before this (although aside from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" they were pretty mediocre), but this one is special. First, until "Star Wars", this was the ONLY science fiction movie ever made that had nothing to do with Earth. It is mentioned a couple of times, but that's as close as it gets.

The relationships between the captain, his first officer, and the doctor may look familiar NOW because the original Star Trek triad came from here. The movie makers hired an animator from Walt Disney Studios to do the special effects because nobody else could achieve what the director wanted. And this movie was the origin of Robby the Robot.

But at the heart of the film is still Shakespeare's "The Tempest" -- an intelligent and thought-provoking premise brought up to date with grace and style. Oh, there is some "50s baggage" -- the scientist's daughter is necessary for the formula movies of the time, and even Walter Pidgeon overacts from time to time -- but none of it detracts from the excellence of the film.

That much is about the movie. The DVD package is special in other ways as well. The wide-screen presentation is necessary to appreciate the movie's grandeur. The color restoration means that the sky is again green instead of blue. (The green sky is homage to "After Worlds Collide", the 1930s sequel to the novel "When Worlds Collide". In the sequel, the sky on the new planet contains a species of algae that produce hydrogen in a sac that allows them to float in the air.) If you haven't seen this movie in all of its original splendor, you are missing a great deal of what made it special.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Walter Pidgeon

DVD title: The Wash
Productgroup: DVD
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Another interpreted opinion

I borrowed the movie The Wash on DVD and I enjoyed it so much, that I went out and purchased a copy for my own collection. I've read the reviews for The Wash and was fairly surprised by the comments. However, I had to consider that not everyone loves a good laugh no matter how unique the plot may be. In addition, not everyone can relate to the life style or mannerism of "some" minorities. In my opinion, the writing as well as the acting was very good and I'd love to see more movies written and directed by DJ Pooh. In addition, it was nice to see Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg portray more than just menacing thug roles but roles that show a lighter, humorous and entertaining side. Too many Afro-Americans are typed cast in such sinister, thuggish roles and honestly, it's shameful. DJ Pooh did well to portray "some" (not all) lifestyles of Afro-Americans. Yes, "some" of the characters in this movie used illegal narcotics, but yet, he touched on a sense of some realism while adding humor. After viewing any movie, depending on the genre, I have to first consider if it could actually happen and if so what are the odds. In addition, I have to be able to relate to the characters and their plight. I weigh out what I would do myself as well as what would people that I know personally, would actually do in the same predicament. Could these events actually take place? Maybe, maybe not, but non-the less, I enjoyed Dee Loc acting unalarmed while sending a cowardly Sean up to the door to get their dates. Dee Loc displayed an unreal character when the police are at the door while he and his friends are breaking laws. I could go on, but I won't; just that it was a great hefty laugh and I appreciated it. I will end this message and say that DJ Pooh selected his characters very well and each scene was directed right on time. So, if Mr. Pooh ever reads these, let him know that there are some true fans out here and that he should look at Shades of Bright Pale. Though not too comedic, it is a must see. Thank you. Signed, a supporter and fan of DJ Pooh

Studio: Lions Gate
Director: D.J. Pooh
Dr. Dre
Snoop Dogg

DVD title: Dangerous Liaisons (200-Minute Version in English)
Productgroup: DVD
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Mature and fun

One of the reasons I adore this film with Catherine Deneuve is because as a baby boomer I appreciate seeing a woman who isn't 'old' but is elegant, sexy, sensual, and beautiful beyond just her looks. Alas I feel the same about Italian actress Sophia Loren. And in an era where so many American films have only actresses under the age of thirty-five, it is always refreshing to see international films highlight older (over age 40) women.

Studio: Wellspring Media, In
Director: Josée Dayan

DVD title: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Productgroup: DVD
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Breath-taking print for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

This film was always a favorite of mine since the first time I saw it.
Visually the print on this DVD is extraordinary. The colors are vibrant and the images are incredibly sharp, crisp and clear.
In particular, you can really appreciate Ray Harryhausen's Special Effects that he laboriously produced for this film. They don't look blurred or out of focus as they have on previous prints. They are presented here as they were intended to be seen in their entire splendor and brilliance. It is amazing what he did with an eight-inch tall stop-motion model of a skeleton.
Ken Kolb's screenplay elevates this film beyond the boundaries of what could have been just another fantasy monster movie. He brings depth to the characters and uses dialogue to increase the suspense of the story. Along with director Nathan Juran and all the other filmmakers an epic fairytale unfolds and is preserved on film.
Bernard Herrmann's score is a showstopper and as always accentuates the images on the screen adding mood and enhancing the overall visual effect for the viewer. Herrmann went on to score three more Harryhausen films: "The Three Worlds of Gulliver," "Mysterious Island" and "Jason and the Argonauts." Bernard Herrmann's collaboration with Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles Schneer equaled that of his collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock.
Kerwin Mathews is ever so stoically heroic as Sinbad. He is very good in this role as he brings energy and conviction to the part. He is a man with mission and will not bend or be swayed until he brings it to finality. It is a shame that Mathews never went on to greater screen accomplishments.
Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Shakespearean actor Torin Thatcher is the consummate evil magician, Sokurah. He too brings conviction to his role as he is dedicated to the forces of evil and darkness.
Visually this is far superior to the Laser Disc version. The Laser Disc was issued in full-frame and not quite as sharp. However, the Laser Disc version was issued with the soundtrack in stereo. I was very disappointed that this DVD was not issued in stereo. That would have made it completely satisfying.
However, the images are so spectacularly presented here it is almost a minor point. Thank the gods for Dynamation.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Nathan Juran
Kerwin Mathews
Kathryn Grant
Richard Eyer

DVD title: Oasis - Familiar to Millions: Live At Wembley
Productgroup: DVD
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Next Best thing to the real one

Before the DVD i brought the Audio CD and since then i wanted to see these guys playing the music, so i brought the DVD and it was awesome. The concert atmoshphere could not have been captured any better. The Audio and Video quality is excellent. Some of the songs also have multi camera views which you can choose. I liked the extras that came with the DVD.
VERDICT: I would definetely buy it, a must for any rock lover

Studio: Sony/Epic
Director: Dick Carruthers
Liam Gallagher

DVD title: Mulholland Drive
Productgroup: DVD
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A Hilarious, Hypnotic Thriller

First off, no more talk about "no chapter stops". Are you people so ADD that you can't watch an entire movie straight through? David Lynch does not use chapter stops. Period. So quit whining. Also, David Lynch will not do any interviews, director dialogue, nothing for his movies. So stop complaining that there are no extras. Enjoy the freakin' movie.
This movie is unconventional. Yep, it is. If you don't like thinking, go back to "Rush Hour 2". But this movie will require your attention. The movie seems very complicated at first, but after a second viewing, the plot does start to fall into place. Again, this is Lynch, so be patient.
It's a shame this didn't get picked up as a series. I've had about enough of shows like "Will and Grace" and "Frasier" being considered good television.
Enough of my whining. Anyone who is a David Lynch fan (and you would probably already know this) should go to You can pick up a DVD of his early films (well worth the money), and Eraserhead is supposed to be released any day now (although it's been on back order for months).
Long story short, this is a great movie in the era of fluffy garbage ("Pearl Harbor", anyone?). Please just give it a shot, then go read a Kurt Vonnegut novel (I suggest "Breakfast of Champions"). You'll be a better person in no time...

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Lynch
Laura Harring
Justin Theroux

DVD title: Lost in Space - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Let's hope season 2 is just around corner!

This is treuly a dream box set for fans of Lost In Space. It brought back so many great childhood memories. Thanks so much to those involved in getting this DVD set on the street!
This set is highly recommended to any sci-fi fan -- and is off the charts for Lost in Space fans!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Guy Williams

DVD title: Home Alone 2 - Lost in New York
Productgroup: DVD
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best of the home alone series

I own all of the Home Alone movies on dvd, and the 2nd is by far the best. #1 is not funny enough, and #3 doesn't have Macaulay Culkin in it. The scene where we see the bandits for the first time is my favorite. I wonder, how could the "Fish" scene be done without everybody laughing their heads off? In all, it's the best in the series.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Chris Columbus
Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci
Daniel Stern

DVD title: The Office - The Complete Collection (First And Second Series Plus Special)
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely incredible

I read one review on here that wasn't very complimentary. If you don't find The office funny, you simply just don't get it and I would suggest watching something like "Friends."
The beauty of The Office is that it's subtle. It is not 'in your face' obvious humor. Actually, a lot of British humor isn't. I find American comedy a lot more obvious. The office is quite possibly (in my opinion) the best comedy ever written. You can identify with a lot of the characters and you can't quite believe what comes out of David Brent's mouth. Rickey Gervais is nothing short of genius. Not sure how many American awards The Office has won, but its won quite a few in the U.K and watching Ricky Gervais accept an award when he's in character is bloody hysterical!

Studio: BBC
Ricky Gervais

DVD title: Kathy Smith - Kickboxing Workout
Productgroup: DVD
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A Fat-Blasting Cardio Workout!

I just finished this workout and came straight to my computer to write this review. For those of you who love kick-boxing but find Billy Blanks hard to follow, this is your workout! It's every bit as hard as Billy's TaeBo, but so much easier to follow. Kathy's counting is right with the music, and you actually work the same number of sets on each side, unlike the "other" one, who's counting is sometimes off and one side is worked more than the other. Plus, there are 6 different segments, featuring an "all music" segment, where you can actually do the workout with no talking or counting. I'm sooooo happy and pleased that I bought this workout DVD. By far, my favorite!!!!

Studio: Sony Wonder
Kathy Smith (III)

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