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DVD title: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Productgroup: DVD
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It just rocks!

Bloody brilliant! Packed with so many extras they needed a second disc! From subtitles for those who don't like the movie to Japanese and Lego versions, plus brand new features, and 24 rarely seen seconds, a fan could easily spend a whole weekend watching nothing else.Plus the picture quality is so much truly does make Ben Hur look like an Epic.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Michael Palin

DVD title: The Sea Inside
Productgroup: DVD
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These are the movies we love!

I am surely not going to bore you with a long explanation (you have enough of those already;-) ). Suffice it to say, I saw this movie before it came out in the USA while traveling in Barcelona, and recognized the quality of the story-line and the actors who so well depict an issue as current to society as it is polemic. See it. These are the types of movies we all crave yet get so seldom.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar
Javier Bardem
Belén Rueda
Lola Dueñas

DVD title: Genius
Productgroup: DVD
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I found this to be a beautiful & sensitive film. It is a blessing that it was not made by a large studio as they could not deliver the subtlety of Genius.
It is a delight to watch a boy who had strugled with life, find reason & courage to turn it all arround & the lives of those around him. Who would have thought that the kid who seemed to be the dumbest could teach and change so much? While set in our real world, this story has an indefineable feeling of magic, which explodes at the end.

Studio: Mti Home Video
Kelly Walters

DVD title: Calamity Jane
Productgroup: DVD
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best picture of its time

best picture of its time. ound it very refreshing and a film the whole family can enjoy.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: David Butler
Doris Day
Howard Keel

DVD title: Lawrence of Arabia (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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An amazing film that demands repeated viewings.

This is a literate and sweeping film version of the life of T.E. Lawrence. So many elements combine to make this a timeless film. Robert Bolt's brilliant script portrays Lawrence as a complex and contradictory man. The cinematography is so perfect, you could blow up any frame of the film and hang it on your wall. This music carries you away with its grandeur. I believe this to be David Lean's greatest work.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: David Lean
Peter O'Toole

DVD title: The Bravados
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Revenge western with a "Peck" and a "Twist"

The 50's and early 60's in my opinion brought forward some of the
best of the pychological (or thinking man's) westerns and this Fox
entry into the genre never really got the respect it deserved upon
it's release but has recieved more respect among modern collectors
of older style shoot'em ups Gregory Peck plays that of Jim Douglas
who rides into a town with no reason other than to witness hanging
of four men whom he has never met before for a crime he knows they
commited only to hunt them down one by one after they break out of
jail with a hostage. And what cast with ever lovely Joan Collins as the girl from Jim's happier past who could have been his wife
and Stepen Boyd,Lee Van Cleef,Albert Salami & Henry Sylia as the
the titled "Bravados" In answer to one reviewers concern,yes the
disc contains both the wide and Full screen versions of the film
and the sound is excellent quality to promote that great opening title soundtrack.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Henry King
Gregory Peck
Joan Collins

DVD title: It's a Wonderful Life
Productgroup: DVD
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"A poignant slice of Americana"

When I was young, this movie was often shown on local television stations around Christmas time and the TV Guide listing described it s "a poignant slice of Americana." That description is the best one phrase encapsulization I have ever seen. Back when I was young, however, this movie was not considered the wonderful classic it is now recognized to be. Back then, the local stations used this movie as inexpensive holiday filler. Fortunately, the world has come to appreciate what a gem this Capra classic is. There are so many wonderful scenes of small town Amrica from the roaring twenties to World War 2.
The movie is filled with personal tension. Gerorge Baily is a small town boy who grows up with a desire for a college education and the opportunity to see the world. He wants to be an engineer and build bridges. The tension comes in his devotion to duty ... to carry on the family business when his father dies unexpectedly. George (played by James Stewart) compassionately keeps the struggling savings and loan going through the depression. However, he ultimately feels like a failure and when he has reached the end of his rope, he is given the opportunity to see how many lives he has positively effected. He sees just how much his small town goodness has enriched so many lives.
My favorite scene is one involving his romantic tension. Donna Reed plays a neighbor who goes to college while George, bound by family duty, stays home. She graduates and comes by to visit. George does not want to settle down. Rather he wants to have his chance to see the world. However, deep down, he loves her and in an incredibly emotional scene he goes from anger to tender love as the ambivalence pulls at him. He falls into her arms in the most moving and powerful love scene I have ever seen on the silver screen. This powerful love scene is pulled off without even so much as a stitch of clothing being removed and without even a hint of lewd suggestiveness. This beautiful scene is tremendously powerful in its emotionalism. The tension is all emotional, not sexual. What a masterpiece this scene is!
Obviously, I love this movie. I have seen it many times and never grow tired of it. I recommend it highly.

Studio: Republic Studios
Director: Frank Capra
James Stewart
Donna Reed

DVD title: Time Bandits - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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A Terrific early film from Terry Gilliam

I saw Time Bandits many times when it was on cable back in the early '80s, so it is nice to have it preserved forever on DVD. The commentary by Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, John Cleese, David Warner, and Craig Warnock is a nice idea, as you don't get those moments of silence that one often gets when a director does a commentary on his own. They all seem to have clear memories of the film and have interesting stories and insights about the film. The Scrapbook is ok, with photos of production and such finishing up with a photo of Gilliam and Warnock (who played the young boy, Kevin) from 1997. The trailer is terrific fun and offbeat. It's great to see a movie trailer that is out of the ordinary.The film itself is great from start to finish. The time travel element is realized in a creative way and adds a bit of excitement to the story. From Kevin almost getting the father of his dreams (as played by Sean Connery), meeting Robin Hood (John Cleese) who comes off like a member of the royal family, ending up on the Titanic, and much more. Reading the reviews of Time Bandits, people seem to really love this film or really hate it. The folks who love it seem to like to go into great detail as to why they love it and the people who hated seem to just write one or two lines of text about how the movie was awful. If you hate the movie, tell us why. A review that simply says 'This movie was awful' along with several other reviews describing in detail how great a film is will probably act as encouragement to buy the DVD.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Terry Gilliam
Sean Connery
Shelley Duvall

DVD title: Kung Fu Hustle (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent fun!

I've been to see this movie three times so far, and it gets funnier and more enjoyable with each viewing. I am overwhelmed by the superb action sequences, the comedic timing, and the serious, touching undertones, all of which integrate to produce a truly wonderful experience. I whole-heartedly recommend this movie!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow
Wah Yuen
Qiu Yuen
Sheng Yi Huang

DVD title: The Alamo (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Fine recreation of the war of Texas Liberation

The Alamo is a fine historical movie and it's also a fine dramatic movie. I'm actually an American historian, and although I specialize in the American Revolution, the Alamo has always held a special interest for me, ever since I first saw Fess Parker as Davy Crocket. That version of the Alamo is the idealized version. I love it. The John Wayne version I hated. This version is as close to historically accurate as possible. While some dramatic license is taken, I think the fact that John Lee Hancock focussed on a more character driven rather than action driven movie is too his credit. There are some great characterizations including Billy Bob Thornton as David Crockett, Dennis Quaid's Sam Houston, Patrick Wilson as William Travis and Jason Patric as Jim Bowie. The actor's take great pride in their work and the attention to historical detail is astonishing. This movie is about more than just the Alamo. It is about the entire war of Texas liberation, concluding with the capture of Santa Anna at San Jacinto. This is an astonishing movie and is very well done. It did not deserve the box office drubbing it received.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Director: John Lee Hancock
Dennis Quaid
Billy Bob Thornton
Jason Patric
Emilio Echevarría

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