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DVD title: Unfaithful (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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It was the Best of times...it was the Worst of Times


Adrian Lyne is not known as the king of subtlety, as in his "Fatal Attraction" or "Flashdance." He showed remarkable restraint in "Lolita"; giving the film a beautiful and reverent patina of intelligence and honor especially in Jeremy Iron's portrayal of Humbert. Why the major distributors did not take on the mantle of "Lolita" will forever remain a mystery.In Lyne's newest film, "Unfaithful," he finally comes into his own with a film that is not only provocative but also one that resonates with clear headed thought and remarkably subtle performances."Unfaithful" is the story of Connie and Richard Sumner (Diane Lane and Richard Gere), happily married for eleven years with one son living in White Plains, New york. One day, Connie is in NYC for business in the middle of a hurricane-like windstorm when she literally runs into Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez). After Connie scuffs her knees in a fall, Paul invites her into his apartment in Soho for some tea and thus begins a torrid, ultra-sexual love affair. Everything up to this point is Lyne-like with Lane and Martinez never looking more beautiful and sensual in their entire careers amid scenes of photographically perfect lovemaking.But Lyne throws a wrench into his usual mix of infidelity amd marital indiscretion by adding a murder and thriller plot that adds dimension and breadth to the film. Is it any wonder that this cast was interested in doing this film? Especially Richard Gere who is extremely picky about the projects he undertakes.Even though Diane Lane has been making movies since she was twelve, she does wonders with her character here. Her Connie is in love with her husband and her life but simply cannot resist the charms of her "amour fou" Paul. There are no big decisions to be made here, Connie is bowled over by Paul and does almost nothing to resist his charms...he is French,handsome and young after all.The reprecussions of Connie's affair are played out with Hitchcockian suspense yet without Hitchcock's 50's sensibilities and Calvinist modes of retribution. The ending is left remarkably open to interpretation.Even though Diane Lane has been making movies for 30 years, she has never had a better part than that of Connie and she makes the most of every one of her scenes. She is a revelation in her reticent yet all-consuming realtionship with Paul and with her intelligent and sympathetic dealings with her family. We truly care for her and her situation: she transforms what could have been a negative part into something positive and life-affirming. Both Gere and Martinez are also first rate and empathetic: we care for both even though they are far from perfect human beings.Adrian Lyne has had a rocky career with several lows ("Lolita") and few highs ("Fatal Attraction"). "Unfaithful" shows us all what a fine, accomplished, subtle film maker he is and what a diligent and persuasive director of actors he can be.

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




DVD title: The Ten Commandments
Productgroup: DVD
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One of Hollywood's greatest films ever.


Cecil B. DeMille remains one of the greatest filmmakers Hollywood has ever seen. DeMille & Hitchcock are probably my two overall favorites. And DeMille's Biblical epic "The Ten Commandments" remains one of the greatest films ever to come out of Hollywood. Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner both shine in their respective roles as Moses and Ramses. And there are so many other great performances as well from Anne Baxter, John Derek, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Yvonne DeCarlo and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, among others. The epic tale of Moses leading the Hebrews out of slavery never gets old, and I still get goosebumps when I watch the parting of the Red Sea! "The Ten Commandments" is a masterpiece, a timeless epic, and I hope that many generations will continue to enjoy it in the years to come.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Actors:
Charlton Heston
Yul Brynner




DVD title: Spanish Night From the Berlin Waldbuhne
Productgroup: DVD
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Night of Sarah Chang...Fantastic!!!


I bought this dvd because I had wanted to watch Sarah Chang perform for so long. I was so lucky to find this "gem" dvd. She, a young Korean-American virtuoso, beautifully played such popular pieces as "Zigeunerweisen", "Carmen-Fantasie" and "Meditation from Thais". I noticed her way of playing the violin was different from other violinists including Gil Shaham, whose "Carmen-Fantasie" I own on dvd is also great. Her rendition was precise, strong and soft with such detail. As soon as I got this dvd, I watched the three pieces more than three times in a row. I mean, I just couldn't stop watching her perform. Even though her playing was interrupted by audience's clapping in the middle of "Carmen-Fantasie" and also by a child's crying in "Meditation", her redition never stopped being brilliant. In particular, her "Meditation" was the most peaceful and beautiful one I've ever listened to. Watching Domingo and the soprano was also enjoyable. Berlin Philharmonic always makes sound great.

Technically, this dvd is at top notch. Great vision quality with 16:9 anamorphic widescreen. Great audio quality with PCM stereo and dts/DD 5.1. The production was also almost perfect with the wonderful camera work. The studio is "EuroArt" (not Naxos of America) and region free (0).

Conclusion? You will love this dvd especially if you like violin music. As the other reviewer below, I just hope more Sarah Chang concerts dvds will be released...pretty soon.

Studio: Naxos of America
Actors:
Berliner Philharmoniker
Placido Domingo
Ana Maria Martinez
Sarah Chang




DVD title: Swimming Pool (Unrated Version)
Productgroup: DVD
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The problem with being a mystery writer...


As I left the cinema after watching Francois Ozon's latest film, "The Swimming Pool," it seemed as though one half of the audience was patiently explaining to the other half what the film was all about. The film left a great deal of the viewers confused, and tedious explanations of the plot (and there were multiple explanations) were heard all the way to the exit.
So what is "The Swimming Pool" about?
It's the story of a successful mystery writer--Sarah Morton. Sarah (Charlotte Rampling) is middle-aged, attractive, and she lives with her aged father in a house that could be the front office of a funeral parlour. Sarah isn't a particularly nice person. She's bitter, very difficult, and rather resentful of a new writer who seems to be getting a little more attention than he deserves from publisher, John Bosload. Bosload suggests that Sarah needs a break to help her find inspiration for yet another book in her popular detective series, and he offers his vacant home in the French countryside for Sarah's use. So Sarah leaves for France and wheedles a reluctant and vague commitment from Bosload that he will try to join her for a weekend.
Sarah quickly settles in, and the beautiful, quiet home is remote enough for Sarah to begin work on her new novel, but then in the middle of the night, a young woman arrives. The newcomer is Julie--Bosload's daughter. She's pouty, promiscuous, and disruptive, and Sarah takes an immediate dislike to her. The situation unravels rapidly, and Sarah watches Julie bringing men home night after night, but just why is Sarah so interested in Julie?
Charlotte Rampling as Sarah is perfect as the rather up-tight spinster who resents, disapproves, and secretly envies Julie's wild ways. There are dark depths to Sarah's mind, and Julie's presence brings this to the surface. Charlotte Rampling starred in another film by Ozon "Under the Sand," and if you've seen it, you may recognize that "The Swimming Pool" has a certain familiarity to it; Ozon used the same writer--Emmanuele Berheim for both films, and the films could serve as companion pieces. Both films focus on solitary women who convert reality into a sort of existence they can accept, and both films are quite surreal. As for what the film is really about--well, that is for the viewer to decide. I have my theories, but why spoil the fun? I loved this remarkably intelligent film, and I intend to watch it again when it is released on DVD, (and I should mention that I've found the director's name spelled two different ways on the internet). However, even though I really enjoyed this film, I recommend it for hard-core French film fans only. Its meaning is elusive and vague, and viewers are going to have to spend some time thinking about this film when it is over--displacedhuman.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Fran├žois Ozon
Actors:
Charlotte Rampling
Ludivine Sagnier
Charles Dance




DVD title: Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 17 - Zatoichi Challenged
Productgroup: DVD
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Zatoichi Challenged


Let me start out by saying that If I knew about this, Shintaro Katsu would have gotten props from me a long time ago for his superb swordsmanship. Zatoichi Challenged was one of my absolute favorite episodes. Lush scenery, easy to follow plotline, and some of the most unparalleled REALTIME swordplay that this aspiring swordsman has EVER seen. To put it bluntly, this whole series is simply eye-popping. A fair warning to those who don't like to miss much with their movies: When watching ANYTHING from this series.........DON'T BLINK.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Kenji Misumi



DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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The Movie to Define the 90s


IN the 1990s there is not a single better sci-fi movie. I can't wait for Matrix 2 and 3

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss




DVD title: Third Watch
Productgroup: DVD
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Third Watch


NBC MUST NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR RUN IN THE RATINGS....HOW COULD THEY REMOVE A SHOW THAT WAS SUSPENSEFUL, EXCITING, THRILLING THAT ONE OF A KIND SHOW THAT KEEPS YOU WAITING FOR THE NEXT EPISODE. THIS SHOW GAVE US THAT INSIDE FEEL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST UNDERPAYED AND UNDER APPRECIATED FIELDS OF EMPLOYMENT. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVEN'T EVEN RELEASED THE FIRST SEASON ON DVD BUT THE APPRENTICE IS ALREADY OUT ON DVD.....WHAT AN INJUSTICE...NBC YOU NEED TO MOVE QUICKLY AND GET OUR SHOW OUT ON DVD SINCE YOU DID NOT GIVE US BUT 6 SEASONS!!!!

Actors:
Skipp Sudduth



DVD title: The Big Lebowski
Productgroup: DVD
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Let me go find a cash machine...


Okies, so there are a ton of great quotes in this film. So many of them have been used in these review titles that I was laughing out loud just skimming through the reviews.
I loved this movie, and in all honesty, could be one of my favorite movies of all time. I have watched this movie at least 30 times and sometimes as many as 3 times in a day. Yes, I need to buy more DVD's for my collection, but that is besides the point.
If you like cohen brothers movies, or you liked fargo, or you just like to laugh.... Then this movie is for you.
If you are one of the very few that dont like this movie, well, I genuinely feel sorry for you, because you must not have a sense of humor. I dont think the comedy in this movie is centered around drug use, although there is plenty of marijuana smoking. Mostly its just a bunch of crazy people trying to get by between bowling matches.
enjoy!

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Joel Coen
Actors:
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman




DVD title: Meet the Parents
Productgroup: DVD
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Meet a movie that should have won Best Picture


Meet the Parents is a movie that should have won Best Picture. It would make a wonderful play. It's got plenty of comedy and a touch of sadness at the end. It could play at the Plymouth Theatre where Jekyll and Hyde used to be playing. It is a fabulous movie. There are only two deleted scenes but they're worth it. They are hilarious. Buy the movie. You'll thank me.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jay Roach
Actors:
Robert De Niro
Ben Stiller




DVD title: Burn the Floor
Productgroup: DVD
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Unreal


I saw Burn the Floor on PBS and was mesmerized. I'm thinking of flying to LA to see the show live. I sat and shook my head in disbelief at the energy these dancers have. The variety was wonderful. Makes you want to take a couple of dance lessons. UNREAL!

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Burn the Floor
Fergus Login




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