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DVD title: The Hobbit
Productgroup: DVD
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JRR Tolkien's classic comes to life!


This film, although it has some differences in the plot (small details that JRR's fans will recognize) was made beautifully, and is a must-have for all fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The animation is well made (even for a 1977 film!). I suggest, anyone who likes to explore new worlds should buy this movie (and read the books!), you won't regret it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
John Huston
Cyril Ritchard
Brother Theodore
Orson Bean




DVD title: Thirteen Days (Infinifilm Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Extras on the Infinfilm DVD are Excellent


As I write this, there are over 150 prior reviews of this movie, so I am not going to belabor a synopsis or casting. I vote two thumbs up. Yes, there may be a few minor flaws. Kevin Costner's attempt at a Boston accent is a little over-the-top. The actor playing JFK doesn't even attempt the accent, and doesn't look that much like him - but he has the back ache part right.
Get this Infinifilm DVD for the movie and for the excellent extras. Watch the movie. Then watch it again in the "Historical Figures Commentary" mode. You'll hear explanations by JFK himself, Sergei (son of Nikita) Krushchev, Pierre Salinger, Robert McNamara, Marvin Kalb, Sam Donaldson and others. You'll learn human aspects of the Cuban Missile Crisis, like: unattended Briefing Boards in the Cabinet Room sometimes came to have a mysterious blue substance on them (Caroline and her crayons.) And there's an interview that Sander Van Ocre did with Kenny O'Donnell (in which not even Kenny himself sounds as "Boston" as Kevin Costner's Boston.)
This DVD is an excellent recreation of the intensity of the times. Can I come out from underneath my desk now?

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Roger Donaldson
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Bruce Greenwood




DVD title: Out of Sight (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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George Clooney is the best


I am think George is playing wery wery good in this movie and Jennifer Lopez.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Actors:
George Clooney
Jennifer Lopez




DVD title: The Ten Commandments
Productgroup: DVD
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It is what it is - and what it is is great entertainment!


Let's face it, folks. Moses was to Mr. DeMille what Alexander the Great was to Medieval authors: a stepping-off place. This film is not meant to be Scripture, history or biography. DeMille, right in his personal introduction, states that historical sources and Scripture inspired his story. "Inspired" is the operative word.

_Commandments_ is also not meant to be some sort of "gritty realism" movie. Its dialogue and characters are as stylized as those in a mystery play performed five hundred years ago. There is good and there is evil; there is wealth and there is poverty; there is pride and there is shame; there is hope and there is despair.

Aw, shucks, I'm starting to write like they talk, aren't I?

The dialogue is one of the reasons I never tire of watching this film. (I see it several times a year.) Like Shakespeare, it's full of those "quotable quotes" that everyone recognizes, particularly if you are good at imitating the actors' cadences.

"So let it be written; so let it be done."

"Moses, Moses, Moses."

"Your tongue will dig your grave." (Yuck!)

"The city that he builds will bear my name; the woman that he loves will bear my child."

"A rat's ear and a ferret's nose"

Yes, it is a mystery play, but there is also the willingness to question. Moses asks many of these questions, among them, "If your God is almighty, why has He kept you in bondage?" When he rescues the Hebrew woman who is his real mother, she tells him that the Lord has lightened her burdens. Moses replies that He would have done better to remove them. The Princess who has adopted Moses, trying to sway him to remain as Prince of Egypt, asks (very sensibly, I think) if he wouldn't be of more help to the Hebrews as ruler of Egypt than going to live among them as a slave.

The cast of thousands is impressive, I suppose, but I am far more impressed by the dozen or so principals who truly bring the story to life. What a gathering of stars! Edward G. Robinson as the disloyal Dathan, Yul Brynner as the stubborn, jealous Ramses and Dame Judith Anderson as the grumbling maidservant Memnet were always favourites. But Sir Cedric Hardwicke as the "old crocodile" Seti wins my heart!

I first saw this movie as a teensy little kid and I remember my biggest disappointment was that they didn't show ALL the plagues. I really, really wanted to see the frog one. Well, frog plague aside, DeMille has pulled out all the stops to make this a beautiful and stylish production.

Just a note: to learn more about this and similar films, check out Jon Solomon's _The Ancient World in the Cinema_.

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




DVD title: Fahrenheit 9/11
Productgroup: DVD
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Well presented film...there were errors and quirks though


I'm not a big Michael Moore fan at all...but I did see the movie and was impressed. As a History student, I observed that much of what was presented in the movie was true...about 99.9% of the facts in the movie have been verified and are true by leading History and Poli Sci Professors and other academics.

Keep in mind though, there are errors in the movie such as the whole newspaper headline doctoring that has been in the media. Such things only ruin someone's credibility. HOWEVER, as I said in the last paragrah, about 99.9% of the information is true and has been verified...and have been known for quite some time.

I urge all of you that view this movie to do your own research. The facts presented only provide a starting point...only barely touch the surface...if you delve deeper, you will find that it just gets filtier and filtier.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michael Moore (II)
Actors:
Michael Moore (II)



DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Succeeds on multiple levels


This film will have a lasting impact, and, as the text inside the packaging points out, is indeed probably the movie by which all others of the 21st century should be compared.
I saw this movie first on pay-per-view; I then had to purchase it. After seeing it for the first time, at the last frame I proclaimed to myself "This is the best movie anyone has ever made." I was a film minor in college, and love to critque films, finding inconsistencies, technical faux pas, etc. This film has none. It is beautifully rendered and simply chock full of complexity that takes multiple viewings to appreciate.
Once I got the DVD, I opened it and laughed out loud. The packaging, printing and texture are so unique and multi-layered I was startled.
Just see Fight Club. At least you'll be trying to hit rock bottom, and that's a start right there. Be wowed by its imagery and chuckle as it pulls all these tricks on your mind...and succeeds. It tries to say many things, and nothing, and doesn't give a damn if you get it or not. You're not supposed to. So don't buy it. Hey, that DVD is my hand. Not yours.
Finally, to paraphrase Rolling Stone (again as found in the packaging), Just how good is Fight Club? All the defenders of the faith are yelling "Stop! Don't see this movie!" It is, in fact, that good.
Wash up.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Actors:
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt




DVD title: The Thing - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Prosthetically Bewitching


If someone's never tasted the wonders of John Carpenter at work in his golden years, they should. Here, he joins with a Kurt Russell at his prime to fight off the wonders of "The Thing from Another World." To call this a great movie is kind of shortchanging it because the effects, combined with a truth to the original short story, relives a horror that could be called, by a person who witnessed this at the age of five, delightfully scarring. Show it to you kids and show them what could be hiiding in their snowmen! Seven stars, yummy!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Carpenter
Actors:
Kurt Russell
Wilford Brimley
Keith David
Richard Masur




DVD title: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
Productgroup: DVD
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a GREAT movie


This refers to the DVD version only. This is absolutely the worst quality transfer to DVD that I've ever seen. I don't think that even GoodTimes could have done a worse job.

Studio: FOCUSFILM
Director: Roy William Neill
Actors:
Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce




DVD title: The O.C. - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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"WELCOME TO THE O.C. BITCH!!"


This has to be one of the best shows on t.v. Each episode feels like you just watched 6 episodes of a show and leaves you wanting more. For anyone who has never seen the show you should pick up the DVD it's worth it. Remember Season 2 starts November 4, 2004 on Fox.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Peter Gallagher



DVD title: GoodFellas
Productgroup: DVD
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A superb tour de force !


I am not a fan of Martin Scorsese . He is a very talented film maker but with his last works he seems to be in a zero atmosphere . From Cape fear to his last work ; something 's wrong seems happen .
But fortunately before this strange path happened , he made his last giant work .
Warning that 1990 was a battlefield in the mob movies ; this one ; Godfather III (the worst of all the saga) ; State of grace and the best of that group (Miller's crossing) .
Goodfellas is an extraordinary organic piece . Filmed with artistic commitment but also with a superb flowness and naturality that it lets you astonished .
Scorsese adds a high dosis of black humor in all his characters . They are all involved in such kind of divine madness , that you copnsider the sucesive murders as something completely natural .
What can we say of De Niro in this role . When De Niro works with Scorsese , there is something inside the soul of Robert which seemed the happy result of that ?ong chemistry among them through the time . De Niro is not the same poweful and natural actor under other director . This rapport is so clear (Casino , Mean streets , Taxi driver ; Ragging bull ; New York , new York)that it looks like more than evident to conclude this overwhelming phenomen is just casuality .
Pesci is so great , so cynical and Ray Liotta in his finest role to date .
The film is artistic a real jewel . They are good kids , good sons , they are excellent gourmets and unique husbands , and they do their job as you or me ; they kill and you can refy}use this behavior ; but for them is a matter of living . That is their job . So what's the point with that ?
If I had to take two films of Scorses to the desert island ; I would take this and his masterpiece : Taxi driver .

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors:
Robert De Niro
Ray Liotta
Joe Pesci
Lorraine Bracco
Paul Sorvino




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