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DVD title: My Best Friend's Wedding
Productgroup: DVD
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It was a great story!

It was a well done movie! It had a great message! I think every one should see it.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: P.J. Hogan
Julia Roberts
Dermot Mulroney
Cameron Diaz
Rupert Everett

DVD title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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A great addition to the franchise

I'm a huge fan of the HP books, and in spite of the criticism I have thoroughly enjoyed the movies. CoS is better in pretty much all respects than Sorcerer's Stone: the kids have matured noticeably as actors, and look much more relaxed and natural; there was some fun with special effects; and the screenplay took a bit of artistic liberty and branched out from the book this time around. With a force like Harry Potter it can be dangerous to change anything at all for fear of alienating the fans, but this movie did a great job of capturing the spirit of the books without turning into a highlights film - a common criticism of Sorcerer's Stone.
The DVD extras are fun here too - I especially loved the cast interviews where we got to see the kids out of character, and learn what the adults think about their young costars. My one criticism is that there is no feature-length commentary (nor was there in the first movie). I would be very interested to hear the thoughts some of the established actors involved, the director, or Rowling herself.
Overall, this may not be Oscar material, but it's a perfect companion to the books and makes me love the series more.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Chris Columbus
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)

DVD title: Outlaw Star - Perfect Collection Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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A story that really goes somewhere

If some of the reviewers of this show strike you as a little immature, don't let that turn you off from this very good adventure series with substance as well as action.
This show's plot has a certain trait that not all shows possess, even in the generally-superior writing we see in anime. That trait is character development.
Outlaw Star has been compared to Cowboy Bebop, with Bebop being generally considered better. But read Charles Solomon's candid review of Bebop on this site, and see the part about character development. The characters of Bebop, such as Spike, are generally static, whereas there is definitely development of OS's main character, Gene.
So while Bebop has the edge in style, soundtrack, and animation, I have to say that the ending to Outlaw Star is very much more fulfilling. You finally realize at the end of the last episode that Gene really has changed (how, of course, I will not say). But it's an inspirational moment, to be sure. There are very few shows that left me feeling so satisfied.
I also want to point out that the first episode isn't very representative of the series as a whole. The entire tone lightens up after around ep. 4, which is actually appropriate in retrospect, as it is at that point that Gene begins to leave his gritty, earthbound life for the wonders (and dangers) of outer space.
A reminder, to parents and younger viewers, that this is not the more kid-friendly show aired on Cartoon Network. The content in Outlaw Star, if airing in theaters, would be rated at least PG-13. But I highly recommend it for older teens and up (younger viewers won't fully appreciate it anyway).

Studio: Bandai Entertainment

DVD title: The Shawshank Redemption
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movies of modern era!

I saw this film for the first time on DVD, my interest having been thwarted by the title at the time of its theatrical release. Oh my goodness. Turns out, the title is perfect. Shawshank Prison IS redeemed. This film is powerfully moving and completely captivating. It is a story that will grab at your heart and not let go. The acting is superb, some of the best I've ever seen. I think about it when I wake up in the middle of the night and often find myself analyzing situations from the film and trying to figure out why this or that worked out the way it did. This is an absolute must-see. Wow.

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: Frank Darabont
Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman

DVD title: Tampopo
Productgroup: DVD
Tampopo - movie DVD cover picture
The importance of food

A widow struggles to change her late husband's ramen shop from a dingy hangout for local lowlifes to a top-flight eatery that will have the customers lined up around the corner. A truck driver takes a break from his travels and assembles a posse of experts to help her. Along the way, we are treated to a number of entertaining and enlightening vignettes about the various roles that food plays in all our lives. The satire in this film is far more gentle than it is in some of director Juzo Itami's other films, but it hits its mark unerringly. Those who have not spent time in Japan may be puzzled by a few scenes.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Juzo Itami
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Nobuko Miyamoto
Ken Watanabe

DVD title: The NeverEnding Story
Productgroup: DVD
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Imagination, Dreams, & Adventure all tied in one.

I thought the movie was great. I had the movie for so long and when ever I watch it it still gets to me. If you're not much of a dreamer this movie will make you one. It's about a young child (Barret Oliver) who steals a book from a book store and hides in the school attic and reads the book. Has he's reading the book he meets a warrior (Noah Hathaway) who was sent out to save the world Fantasia and the young child emperess. On the jorney he pulls the young child into the book. Then @ the end the young child saves fantasia and the young child emperess. It's a great movie. I loved it. Noah Hathaway was great actor.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Barret Oliver
Noah Hathaway
Tami Stronach

DVD title: The Music Man (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Among top musicals of all times

Before I complain I liked the Music Man. It is one of the most light hearted and charming movies I have ever seen and it does have good music. In the days of West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music, somewhere in their is The Music Man. It failed to be better than all the films I have mentioned above. It was more slapstick and mediocre, and somewhat reminded me of some of the musicals MGM did in the 30s and 40s. All the performances were average but not something to hand out an Oscar for. Robert Preston, Ronnie Howard, and Shirley Jones did well. All in all it is enjoyable and very likeable, but it just did live up to the other film musicals of the 1960s. I do reccomend this film.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Morton DaCosta
Robert Preston
Shirley Jones

DVD title: Shaolin Temple 2: Kids From Shaolin
Productgroup: DVD
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Shaolin vs Wu Tang

Lots of cute scenes, including when all the boy actors have to bend over for a caning.

Studio: Cav Distributing Corp
Director: Xinyan Zhang

DVD title: 7th Heaven - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome Show!!!

This show is so kewl!!! This is without a doubt the best season!!! On the season finale they find out that Mary (Jessica Biel) is pregnant but it is really Annie(Catherine Hicks)! You see Matt graduate and move away to college!!! You see Simon and Ruthie being their adorable selves. And you see Lucy trying to find her way in life after losing one of her best friends!!! This is without a doubt the best season!!! Sometimes it can be corny or cheesey but I have learned a lot and I enjoy watching it!!!

Also recommended: Desperate Housewives, ER, Lost, Medium, and Friends

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Stephen Collins

DVD title: Notting Hill (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Story, Classic Movie

In the realms of the great classics such as Casablanca, The Philadelphia Story, and even the more recent Sleepless in Seattle, this movie should be one to watch for years to come. How much better could the story be? With a normal, "basic" gentleman, the likes of which you don't see anymore in films, and with a bigger than life "Sleeping Beauty" and "just a girl" all rolled into one person, Notting Hill takes you through the puppy dog love of a brand new relationship to the life-long commitment of mature love. The sense of a fairy tale story mixed with every day life of "average" people creates a story not seen very often, but very much enjoyable.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Roger Michell
Julia Roberts
Hugh Grant

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