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DVD title: Centennial
Productgroup: DVD
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It's hard to put into words how good this is

I've grown up with this miniseries--first as a cassette tape my mother filled with dialogue and music from the show, then as a badly taped version from TNT, and finally as the gorgeous box set. This miniseries largely shaped my strong views about Native Americans, including the way white settlers treated them, the muddled policies the US government held concerning them, and the shame of the degraded lifestyle forced on many of them today.
As other reviewers have stated, the history in this miniseries is impeccable, including many real-life parallels (and I felt vindicated when, as a junior in college, I finally was taught the real story of the Chivington Massacre at Sand Creek). The best thing about this is the way the writers and actors take real history (which to many often seems dry) and turns it into stories that make modern-day viewers laugh, cry, and shout with outrage.
The cast is full of stars like Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Lynn Redgrave, Brian Keith, Dennis Weaver, and many many more. I can't think of a single performance that was in any way lacking. From the fur traders to the Native Americans, to the ranchers and farmers, to the swindlers and immigrants, who made Colorado their home, these characters shine.
All it takes is a single strain of one of the memorable music themes to bring back vivid memories of the miniseries, and watching even a single episode is guaranteed to fill me with the wanderlust to go west, a yearning for the lost past, a homesickness for this place that feels like home to me--Centennial, Colorado, and the areas near the town.
If you're an historian, if you're a westerner, if you're like me and just wish you were a westerner, if you're interested in Native American history, or if you just like a good epic that will make you laugh and cry, pick up this miniseries. You won't be sorry.

DVD title: Cardcaptor Sakura - Star Cards (Vol. 13)
Productgroup: DVD
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Shoaran's Love for Sakura Grows!

These episodes are so addicting! If you love sweet innocent love then you'd die to see the relationship between Sakura and Shoaran! Everytime he sees her he begins to blush and can't speak straight! Too bad Sakura is so clueless to the obvious attraction Shoaran has for her! There is no fooling Tomoyo, though! Then, with Eriol in the picture it creates some conflict for kawii Shoaran! I advise all Cardcaptor Sakura Fans to buy this volume today! THe show rocks!

Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Director: Morio Asaka

DVD title: Casablanca
Productgroup: DVD
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I'd give it 6 stars if I could

You can use 1,000 words to describe Casablanca but it all comes down to superb acting from the lead actors to the bit players, outstanding writing from the Epstein brothers and Howard Koch, a great score from Max Steiner and direction from Michael Curtiz that moves a 1-hour, 42-minute movie like gangbusters from start to finish without a single special effect. Let others see Star Wars 400 times. I could watch Casablanca every day until Y3K and never get tired of it.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Michael Curtiz
Humphrey Bogart
Ingrid Bergman

DVD title: Dazed and Confused
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Teenage Movie

Dazed and Confused is an exceptional movie that speaks to anyone who has ever been through high school. You can relate to anyone of the characters in the movie and can understand the struggles they are going through. Solid performances by Jason London and Ben Affleck help bring the story together. This movie should serve as motivation to high schoolers everywhere, to go and have fun. There isn't much better than this movie but the two soundtracks come very close. Overall an excellent movie and a definite good time.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Richard Linklater
Jason London
Rory Cochrane
Wiley Wiggins
Matthew McConaughey

DVD title: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Productgroup: DVD
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Still gritty, still gripping, cinematic fable...

THE SPY is a minor masterpiece. The acting is superb.The screenplay--by Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper--is utterly faithful to the disturbing cynicism of John Le Carre's acclaimed novel. Technical execution--art direction; bleak black, murky white photography;and pacing,simultaneously direct and labyrinthine--is faultless. This may be Richard Burton's finest role as Alec Leamas; bitter,decidedly unglamorous, unsuper-SPY of the equally unglamorous British SIS.The latter is incarnated in the marvelous cameo of Cyril Cusack,the MI-6 CONTROL,who without qualm or conscience sends his transparently convictionless Field Man back into THE COLD for a final WICKED ACT of ultimate treachery. Claire Bloom is excellent as crucial pawn in the British Spymaster's gambit against East German Communist SD commanded by ex-Nazi Hans-Dieter Mundt essayed with icy venom by Peter Van Eyck. As noted, the singularly sympathetic character in the story is played by Oscar Werner,a Communist idealogue who attempts to use Leamas to ferret-out a traitor within the Communist Intelligence apparat.
If you know the story, you will not be disappointed in its unfolding as "untragic" tragedy.There is no heroism. The "hollow man" quality of principal characters strikes too close to home in characterizing "Democratic" vacuity in principle-lessdecadence. Leamas unfeigned scorn for himself is overwhelming. Director Martin Ritt cuts no slack on viewer sensibilities in presenting amorality of COLD WAR pretensions to preservation of the Good and Just. Irony of Bernard Lee--who played "M" in 007 films for more than 20 years--playing a hard-working, grocery store proprietor whose generosity to a drunken Leamas gets him viciously assaulted by THE SPY conveys an anti-Good Samaritan parable uncomfortably consonant with Post-Modernist power-trip philosophies proposing "good guys are saps". The COLD WAR may be over, but this film...beginning with gunning-down of would-be heroes fleeing to freedom; ending with should-be heroes being gunned-down climbing(The Berlin Wall)back...proposes that battlesfor freedom are spiritual struggles and when the good guys "give-up", God help peoples or nations that do not recognize or remember what SPIRIT is or value the heroism required to defend it. A great picture; a cinematic fable.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Martin Ritt
Richard Burton
Oskar Werner

DVD title: The Firm - Body Sculpting System 2 4-Pack
Productgroup: DVD
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Fanny Lifter Not Required

Other reviewers ,as would the distributors/owners, would like to have you believe that the Fanny Lifter is required to see satisfactory results. That is just not the case. You can and will see great results without the Fanny Lifter as long as you are motivated and consistent - two key elements in fitness. For more than one reason (a) If you already have a professional step that goes up to 10", this will suffice (b) if you are physically challenged i.e. obese, plagued with joint problems, etc. you may not be able to use this device and thus become discouraged from doing the workout. The Firm workouts are especially enjoyable in addition to my already packed schedule.I would also recommend Tae-Bo, Crunch Pilates and the Quick-Fix series as well as any other method that will afford you the opportunity to add variety to your workout thus ensuring interest and motivation. For those of you just getting into working out, you should work at your own pace and just get moving without regard to amount that you do or time that you spend. One workout video is not the end all be all but this is a fun place to start and its cheaper thatn a gym membership. Want more step work? Take the stairs more often or do more walking, add a jump rope even, but don't be discouraged because you don't have the Fanny Lifter. Get moving and get healthy. Numerous articles and studies have shown/stated that getting moving in one way shape or form can add years to your life. And why not be healthy and happy in the process. Be creative and innovative in taking control of your life and health. This is a great way to start without the Fanny Lifter.

Studio: Good Times Home Vide

DVD title: Collateral
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the years best!

Tom Cruise stars as Vincent, a hitman who has a Taxi driver named Max (Jamie Foxx) drive himto his hits. Tom Cruise is actually at his best when playing a villain just like in Interview with the Vampire. Vincent is a ruthless and heartless killer and no one could play him better than Cruise. Although people are just saying now, "look at Jamie Foxx he can act". I knew for awhile that he could. Infact he should've been nominated for Ali. He's great in this too as this nice guy who hates this violent situation he's caught up in. He's funny but is also really good at being a sensitive and soft spoken actor as well.

Also good in supporting roles are Mark Ruffalo (13 Going on 30) as a cop who stumbles on to one of Vincent's crime scenes. Jada Pinkett Smith has good chemestry with Foxx eventhough they only have small scenes together. She plays a lawyer that Max picks up one day and they get along so well that she gives him her business card so he can call her. Collateral is suspenseful and has lots of violence but just like in Mann's Heat these 2 totally opposite guys interact and talk and get to know each other. In Heat the cop and robber sit down and talk over a cup of coffee. Here the nice taxi driver and ruthless killer talk in-between hits.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Michael Mann
Tom Cruise
Jamie Foxx
Jada Pinkett Smith
Mark Ruffalo

DVD title: Unfaithful (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent performance from Diane Lane

This was an excellent thriller, very stylish and polished. It's what you would have expected from Adrian Lyne. I thought the plot and story development were excellent. I can't say enough for how good Diane Lane was in this movie. I look forward to the next offering from Mr. Lyne.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Adrian Lyne
Diane Lane
Richard Gere
Olivier Martinez

DVD title: The Inspector General
Productgroup: DVD
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Warm, witty and full of fun

This is one of my all time favorites. Danny Kaye is just superb in his role. The story is really well told and there is not a single boring moment in this film.

Studio: Pro-Active Entertain
Danny Kaye

DVD title: Christina Aguilera - Stripped - Live in the UK
Productgroup: DVD
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manuel romero

Milagro ya era hora de que saliera a la venta este DVD que de seguro sera un muy buen concierto ademas de que Christina canta super bien y no hace Play Back como muchas cantantes plasticas por ejemplo isabel madow que su cd es una M!@3da, pero todos los fans como yo de christina compren este DVD y muy pronto esperen el nvo cd de Christina en espa?ol y en ingles que a lo mejor trae un dueto con nelly el repero


Studio: Bmg Distribution (VI
Christina Aguilera

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