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DVD title: Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
Productgroup: DVD
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Jim Henson, how we miss you

This movie is a perfect example of the magical entertainment that only Jim Henson's Muppets could achieve. Kids and grownups alike can enjoy the tale of young Emmet Otter, his mother and their selfless love for each other. Delightful musical numbers, memorable characters, and a story that can still make me cry after countless viewings. This should be a perennial Christmas classic in any home -- reserve a spot on your shelf right next to It's A Wonderful Life.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Henson

DVD title: On the Waterfront (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A dramatic triumph!!!

"On the waterfront" is one of my favourite movies of all time. Marlon Brando is superb in this film and the dramatic tension throughout the entire production is a testament to the filmaker's skills. The acting, cinematography and script are all top-notch here.
To the guy who wants this in widescreen, widescreen was not used greatly in 1954, the previous year saw the first use of it with "the Robe" so I wouldn't be holding my breath to see this one released in widescreen! For the other guy who won't watch it unless it's in colour, I hope your joking!! Talk about spoiling a great film.
Thanks for reading and buy and enjoy this dvd.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Elia Kazan
Marlon Brando
Karl Malden

DVD title: Yojimbo - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Toshiro Mifune Was "Clint" Before "Clint" Was Cool.

If you are a film fan, you know that this film served as the inspiration for Sergio Leone's "Fistful of Dollars," the Clint Eastwood western that made him a household name. "Yojimbo" is the movie that helped make Akira Kurosawa a filmmaker of repute in Hollywood, and contemporary directors, such as George Lucas and Steven Speilberg, all agree that "Yojimbo" deserves a prominent place in cinematic history.
Toshiro Mifune portrays "The Man With No Name" better than Clint, but he also does it with distinctly more wit and charm. And when Mifune unsheaths his katana sword to dispatch a few thugs in a ramshackle town in Japan, you are dumbfounded by his grace, but you are entralled by his skill. Mifune was a clear inspiration for Lucas, who seemed to pattern certain sword moves in his "Star Wars" films after Mifune's performance in this film.
It is black and white, and it is in subtitles, however, if you let that stop you from watching this epic film, you don't deserve to see it in the first place. I cannot recommend this film enough. Buy it now!

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune
Eijirô Tono

DVD title: Echo and the Bunnymen: Live in Liverpool
Productgroup: DVD
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ECHO on DVD..........OH Man Life is GREAT!!!!!

Okay here is the complete truth on this DVD. IT is EXCELLANT. WHY?? because it is Echo&The Bunnymen live in concert (minus Les and Pete{God rest his soul}of course) and it is reasonably priced.

Now as for the idiots who have trashed this DVD. I have been a ECHO fan since 1982 and I am now in my forties as IAN & WILL are. I don't know how long you complainers have been fans, nor do I care. However years ago I would have given my right testy for a video of ECHO. Thankfully I was never put to such an extreme loyalty test. People have complanied about everything from the sound to the imagery. DO NOT LISTEN to them. The visual quality while not the best is FINE... No!! it's better than that it's very good and as for the ones who complain about the visual effects and such during songs (i.e. overlays of the bands historical footage,liverpool footage and the concert crowd) this is all done for a reason. It is called atmosphere. It invokes nostalgia in me to see vintage footage of the band. As for the crowd and other overlays, they are meant to help with the feel of the concert. If your idea of a good DVD concert is simply straight forward shots of the band playing on stage and nothing else. Then for god's sake don't buy this video. If however you are a big ECHO fan and want to see great footage of the band (circa 2002) in concert with some mixing here and there of old footage and have a good time reliving some great classic ECHO songs with a few new ones thrown into the mix. BUY IT NOW!!! Trust ME the overlay footage is not annoying as others describe it to be.

Some great songs on here including classics like THE CUTTER, OVER THE WALL, SILVER, MY KINGDOM....etc 22 songs total some great footage of WILL as he plays those classic ECHO chords. The crowd really gets into it in some songs like THE CUTTER and then chills out at other times as they play moody classics like THE KILLING MOON and OCEAN RAIN.

Overall this is wonderful for any ECHO fan to add to there collection. As for IAN'S voice I would say that it has changed a little from years of cigs, but not for the worse. He sounds fine and if you really wantt to enjoy this show watch it on a large screen tv with a good sound system. Don't listen to the naysayers though ,as there are those who will find something to complain about in everything.

BE happy to have a DVD of one of your favorite bands from your youth, slip it into the player, pop a cold one and pretend your standing amongst the crowd. Oh Yeah! by the way check out the beautiful blonde singing in the crowd during NOTHING LAST FOREVER. I want to marry her.

Studio: Music Video Distribu
Echo and the Bunnymen

DVD title: Heart and Souls
Productgroup: DVD
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Every emotion in just one movie!

First off, oh my goodness! Let me just say that I absouloutley LOVED this movie! At first, when my mom told me that we were going to rent it and told me the name, I was like "'Heart and Souls?' Sounds pretty dumb to me, probably the typical romantic comedy, I'll hate it," and then I watched it! I couldn't take my eyes off the screen! I laughed, I cried, I jumped for joy, it was an all over fantastical film! Robert Downey Jr. gives and excellent performane (as always, and Alfre Woodard and the rest of the cast just dazzles! One of my favorite parts (and one of the funniest) is where Downey's character is dancing down the middle of the street with the ghosts (Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Tom Sizemore) singing "Walk Like a Man." It would be strange to see, conisdering that the only one who can see that ghosts are Downey himself, so all the rest of the world would see would be one crazy man walking down a street singing to himself! Oh, this movie is definitley in my favorites collection! I'll never get tired of it! :) Buy it, rent it, just watch it! You won't be disappointed!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Underwood
Robert Downey Jr.
Charles Grodin
Alfre Woodard

DVD title: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Productgroup: DVD
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Whimsical and fun.

I love this musical!Whilst plain and sometimes colourless, it is very well written and the way Finch climbs the corporate ladder is clever and sometimes hilarious.I recommend it for all musical buffs who want to see a spoof of the business world

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: David Swift (II)

DVD title: Paths of Glory
Productgroup: DVD
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Friendly fire

Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" is the best war movie -- or, rather, the best anti-war movie -- ever made, and that includes "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Grand Illusion". Based on a novel by Humphey Cobb (which in turn was based on a real event), the story follows the fates of three French soldiers accused of cowardice in 1916. "Paths of Glory" was not exactly a box office smash when it was released in 1957; and evidently it completely puzzled the Academy -- though, strangely enough, an anti-war epic, "The Bridge on the River Kwai", was chosen 1957's Best Picture, but that fine film was in color and wide-screen. (I knew an ex-Marine who was horrified by "Paths of Glory", though he basked in the CinemaScope sentimentality of 1955's "Battle Cry".) Directed by Kubrick when he was only 28 from a screenplay written by himself, Jim Thompson, and the shamefully under-rated novelist Calder Willingham, the film's plot hinges on its first scene, a meeting between two French generals, expertly played by Adolphe Menjou and George Macready, the latter's facial scar emphasized by overhead lighting. Menjou has come to Macready to discuss the absolute importance of Macready's men capturing a strategic (and impregnable) German outpost -- mentioning, en passant, that Macready is up for a promotion, provided. Macready's character is one of those paragons of impatience who speaks of troops as though they were mat?riel. During the harrowing and unsuccessful attack on the enemy's bastion, he is so infuriated by the lack of advance he commands his battery to turn their guns on their own men, an astonishing order that plays an important part in the plot's outcome. Menjou's character is more mysterious: it's difficult to tell if he tempting people or testing them. The star of the movie is Kirk Douglas as the humane Colonel Dax, commander of the regiment ordered to take the "ant hill". It's a strong performance of restrained idealism; only near the end is Douglas allowed one of the big outbursts for which he was noted. It is he who must act as defense lawyer when Macready insists that three men of the Colonel's regiment -- one man from each battalion -- be placed before court martial, charged with cowardice in the face of the enemy. The three actors Ralph Meeker, Timothy Carey, and Joseph Turkel are excellent, playing three very different soldiers, all of them facing a French firing squad. The supporting cast includes Wayne Morris, who played College Joe types in the Thirties, giving a subtle portrayal of a weak alcoholic, and Richard Anderson, Mr Nice Guy at Metro, thoroughly unlikeable here as the court martial's prosecutor. "Paths of Glory" was photographed by George Krause with an eye for the atmosphere of the Great War; the only thing lacking is sepia. There's an exciting cut in the film's second half. Colonel Dax is in his quarters, tired and depressed, when a battery commander enters, saying he has information which may have a bearing on the court martial. Dax immediately perks up and says "Come in". Then the camera cuts, not to the commander but to a smiling, somewhat oily retainer crossing a ballroom floor to the strains of "The Emperor Waltz". It's a stunning depiction of the contrast between trench life and the luxury in the upper ranks on the Western Front. Nothing about "Paths of Glory" presents war as anything like la gloire idealized by the French, and the mood of the entire movie, including the climatic scene, is summed up in the title, when one realizes it is taken from a poem by Thomas Gray: "The paths of glory lead but to the grave".

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Kirk Douglas
Ralph Meeker

DVD title: The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
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Timeless harmonies and musical talent abound!

A great entertaining look at one of the best bands in the land. Overlooked and under appreciated, The Eagles still have all of the great talent to release chills and goose bumps when listening to their music. This video is a great look at how the band brings it all together to put on an outstanding show. You get the appreciation for their hours of rehearsal and attention to detail...the sense that they want to truly put forth their best effort and not settle for some sloppy feable attempt. Old classics are blended with new works, once again show-casing the band's wonderful harmonies. They may not be living life quite as fast as Life in the Fast Lane, but one thing remains for certain: The Eagles' music will go out of style when "Hell Freezes Over."

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller

DVD title: Firefly - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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Why didn't I buy the Firefly box set sooner?

Anyone unsure of whether to buy the Firefly tv series should wait no longer - it's worth it.

I wasn't a big fan when Firefly came out on Fox, mainly because the scheduling was erratic and the episodes were shown (as I later found out) out of order. The confusion and frustration I felt made me finally give up. I blame that entirely on Fox, because I know of Joss Whedon's storytelling skills.

So, after the dvd set came out, friends of mine kept telling me how crazy I was not to watch Firefly. I remembered some interesting episodes and good acting, but just wasn't sure it was worth it to buy - especially since it was a season cut short.

Well, when I saw the Serenity movie trailer and had some gift certificates to spend, I finally took the "chance" and bought it. And then I proceeded to watch episode after episode, night after night, engrossed in a great storytelling. Watching ALL the episodes in the CORRECT order really made this a fun experience. Shame on Fox for poor decision making.

The Firefly DVD is worth every penny. Though the series' life was cut short, hopefully the Serenity movie due out in September 2005 (along with the comic series that will hit summer 2005) should continue the adventures of the Serenity crew.

You won't regret buying this series.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Nathan Fillion

DVD title: The Ghost Breakers
Productgroup: DVD
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Ghost of a good time

I bought this movie because I love "Ghostbusters," "Ghost," and any other movie with a genuine ghost theme that's not meant to terrify but to entertain and challenge our belief in the ghostly world. I had heretofore not seen a Bob Hope movie--only knew he was a great entertainer. He is such in this. He's youthful and vital and warm and funny in this always entertaining and sometimes just-scarey-enough movie. His quip re Democrats is hysterical!

Paulette Goddard holds her own with Hope and is gorgeous, coming close to the 1940s pin-up girls in her slip-dress scene at the hotel, wearing a necklace with pendant that should be reintroduced by some jewelery designer! "It's exciting, isn't it!?" she glows as she flings open the hotel window to the thunderstorm that starts Lawrence Lawrence's (his parents had no imagination) and her exciting, scarey, and funny ghostbreaking vacation to discover if the ghosts in her recently inherited haunted mansion really are the bad guys! (It took me several viewings to sort out all the bad guys!)

Bonuses: A young, handsome and passionate Anthony Quinn has a small and interesting part. Willie Best is very supportively humorous as Mr. Larry's (Hope) "ol' family detainer."

This humorous mystery movie will have you believing in zombies and ghosts, and have you sailing on an evening cruise ship loaded with steamer trunks headed for a tropical vacation to--Cuba! Only in the movies!!!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: George Marshall
Bob Hope
Paulette Goddard

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