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DVD title: The Patriot
Productgroup: DVD
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Jeez lighten up !!

I agree with one of the earlier, most recent reviews, stop nit-picking the thing to death; egads all these gripes and comparisons regarding the plot pace, the scenery, the battle scenes, etc. ad nauseuum, and just enjoy the movie. No it wasn't perfect but it kept me on the edge of my seat and held my interest. The vision and sound of Benjamin Martin using his tomahawk on the English soldier while his 3 sons watched will stay with me for a good long time and his final battle with the murderer of his 2 eldest sons had me rooting him along at the top of my voice.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Roland Emmerich
Mel Gibson

DVD title: The Grinch (Deluxe Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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When I first saw "the Grinch" at the theatures, I couldn't wait until it came out on video. Not surprizingly, when we went to rent it, all the copies were long-gone. So we bought it instead. I come from a family of 10, and allthough there is one objectional moment in the film, our entire family enjoys every second. As a writer, I can not say that the diolouge is anything to scream about. However, Hollywood viewers have been suffering through movies that focus on action sequences and pretty girls instead of comendable diolouge, for many years. Even with all of the problems that so many critiques have pointed out concerning this film, I think we should give Jim Carrey a nod of recognition for his absolutely stunning performance. He makes the movie what it is. It's a pleasure to watch him because today's movie stars are not actors, only models of fake perfection. SO I suggest you go out and buy "the Grinch" right now - it's a reall treat. Thanks for reading!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Jim Carrey

DVD title: Family Guy, Vol. 1 (Seasons 1 & 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely the FUNNIEST show EVER

There's really not much else that I can say,that hasn't already been praised about this show.It really IS extremely funny,and this DVD set is a great collection.You get 28 episodes which is ALOT of show and alot of laughs... about 14 hours worth of viewing.It's a great way to just forget your problems and have fun!
I love how the show will just pan to some hysterical situation(the bert and ernie scene and also the scooby doo murder files!)and of course Brian the dog and Stewie rock!Why Fox took this show off the air is a mystery... did they really think something like American Idol would be better?!?

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Seth Macfarlane

DVD title: Charlie's Angels - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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More Please

I am thrilled with the release of Charlie's Angels on DVD..but let's hope that Season Two is released..after all I do consider Cheryl Ladd a original Charlie's Angel...

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Farrah Fawcett
Jaclyn Smith
Kate Jackson

DVD title: Revelation
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb and bold

Any movie that looks at the end times through the lens of Christianity (even as badly focused as this one) deserves at least a look.
It does help to know a little about the Knights Templar/Masonic order to follow the story line, but only a little. The movie has a lot of faults scripturally yes, but the whole..."I can't tell you now...but decode the disk and you will understand" plot was really the lamest part of the movie.
For folks who have their own theories or conjectures about end time events... the conception of a new christ by a Wiccan priestess on top of a Star of David floor mosaic, is probably not one of the more popular ones.
The chick did have a nice bum though.
There was something about the movie though that did raise some interesting points. The struggle for power using Christ as a tool rings true for nearly 2000 years.

Studio: First Look Pictures
Director: Stuart Urban

DVD title: Apocalypse Now Redux
Productgroup: DVD
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Dark, depressing and wonderful

I watch this movie whenever I feel depressed (and have a lot of extra time on my hands!) After having read over 100 of the previous reviews (many of them fascinating-THANKS!), I guess I fall into the category of not really minding about the extra scenes. After having seen the Redux a couple of times, I just fast forward through them, as I, too, think they disrupt the flow. Plus, they're boring. As much as the plantation scene adds intelligent background to our reasons for having been in Vietnam, it IS nearly unintelligible, and, like I said, boring too. I suppose it would have served the movie best to have this extra footage as deleted scenes, and added the documentary as part of a special features package. Commentary should be included as well. At this point, I don't watch this to see a coherent movie. It's like taking drugs for me-a place I can visit when I want to get away from the outside world and I need a friend who understands the mood I'm in. Plus, the fact that the movie has the power to stay with you after you've turned it off is helpful (to me), just like a good drug. As far as Sheen's performance that another reviewer ragged on, it's masterful. He looks great, his voiceovers make a huge difference on the film's impact, and his acting has never been better. Also, I agree with those who say this isn't a war movie. It's a psychological (and metaphorical) one. Its power isn't in its violence. Its power lies in its depictions of emotions, philosophies, characterizations, and commentaries-specifically how they reflect what's in the psyche of man. What also makes it so powerful is that these depictions are allowed to breath, so the viewer has plenty of time to let the impact sink in. Love it or hate it, whatever form it's in, this is essential viewing for serious movie fans. Lastly, I highly recommend (as some other reviewers have) the documentary on 'Apocalypse Now'. Made by Coppola's wife, and released in the 90s, it's as mesmerizing as the movie, sometimes more so. Hopefully, that will be on DVD soon...

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Marlon Brando
Martin Sheen

DVD title: Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation
Productgroup: DVD
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Nobody Care Like A Bear...Even After All These Years!

I must have seen this movie at least 200 times as a little kid! And I had pretty much put it into the back of my memory bank until a newspaper assignment for the school paper sent me in search of information on old 80's cartoons. That was when I remembered a time when I not only had care bear videos but stuffed animals, bed sets, wallpaper, and picutes! I called up my local suncoast video and quickly orderd a copy of care bears 1 and 2. I recognized this movie from the verry first notes that were played...why I even found myself singing along perfectly with every song! This cartoon drips of high spirits and great musuc. I mean...sure sometimes it might get a little sappy at times but little kids like that. And sure, it may have been part of a scheme to sell toys but that does not diminish its great entertainment value! The animation is stunning, the music is beautiful, and the storyline charming. Children will be enchanted by the story of the magical land of Care-a-Lot as I was when I was a kid. This movie IS a classic. So if you have children or just want to stir up some nostalgia, this is a must have! It's sentimental value far exceeds its its price tag!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Dale Schott
Maxine Miller
Pam Hyatt
Hadley Kay

DVD title: Ralph's World - Say Hello!
Productgroup: DVD
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An Insant Classic

Quite simply, this is my two-year-old's favorite DVD. "Walph's Wold -- Walph's Wold. I want Walph's Wold, Daddy!" She sings along with every song, and dances through the family room with energy I wish I had. The only problem, the songs get in your head and don't go away. Recently, my wife left for a dinner party humming "Freddy Bear," and returned three hours later still humming.

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Storm of the Century
Productgroup: DVD
Storm of the Century - movie DVD cover picture
Give me what I want and I go away

Stephen King is very popular in the Netherlands. His books and their videos are on the most watched list. Especially his long movies, like The Stand, The Shining, Shawshank redemption and now the Storm of the century, breath a fantastic atmosphere. Even my parents like to watch his movies (more than once) because they have such a nice display of the characters involved. And when it begins to snow you can feel the cold yourself and the time is flying by. I was the only one who saw Stephen King himself in the movie, in a small role. Let's see if you can find out yourself where that was.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Craig R. Baxley

DVD title: The Bride With White Hair
Productgroup: DVD
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DVD Version is a MUST for Fans of This Film!

"The Bride With White Hair" is the film that turned me on to Hong Kong cinema. If you are one of those Hong Kong aficionados who has enjoyed this movie on VHS, I highly recommend the DVD version because of its subtitles. Now---while I admittedly enjoy the awkwardly translated English subtitles in Hong Kong films, this is one film that I love enough that I've always wanted to see the grammar, spelling and sentence structure cleaned up! That is the wonderful surprise I found when I saw this flick on DVD! In addition, if you want to turn friends on to this film, and they're the crowd who just doesn't enjoy a flick with subtitles, then this DVD has an English dubbed version that is fairly good (especially compared to badly English dubbed jobs of great Hong Kong films like "A Better Tomorrow"). For those unfamiliar with this film, "Bride With White Hair" is one of those rare fantasy features that actually makes my eyes a bit misty. What initially strikes me about the movie is the way the story is set up; we see Leslie Cheung (who starred in "Farewell My Concubine"), having sat hunched in desolate state of guard over a healing plant for many years, wondering if "a woman" knows that he regards her as holding great importance, even greater than that of the emperor. A great and tragic story is then told as a recollection, beginning from his childhood when he firsts encounters the mystical girl who saves him from a pack of wolves by charming them with her song. They are drawn together again as adults (Bridgette Lin is both gorgeous and fantastic as The Bride!). The complexities come as both characters are torn by devotion to their clans, barters they have made with others, and by their vow of love to each other. This is beautiful and well told story, visually astounding, and the surreal nature of the film works. I highly recommend you treat yourself to this DVD!

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Ronny Yu
Brigitte Lin
Leslie Cheung

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