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DVD title: The Eagles - Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne
Productgroup: DVD
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Joe Walsh saved the Eagles

The Fairwell 1 Tour is an excellent quality concert video. All of the popular hit songs are on it. The Eagles sound better now then they did when the songs were hits on the music charts. Joe Walsh is simply outstanding, on lead guitar. That new guy on guitar, Stewart (somebody) plays the old songs to a T. The whole experience is very much like being there. It was done that well.

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: First Blood
Productgroup: DVD
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Its been a while but....WOW!!!

Don't let Rambo's reputation fool you. If your only familiarity with that name is from the press or it's use in modern lingo, you probably would have come to expect that "First Blood" is a mindless gore-fest. That couldn't be further from the truth.
John Rambo is a Green Beret who was held in a POW camp in Nam. Having been brutally tortured there, he suffers from post-traumatic stress, which causes his encounter with a small town sheriff to go awry. Stallone portrays Rambo with the perfect mix of sensitivity and stoicism to make him both human and the warrior he was trained to be.
Rambo enters the little Pacific Northwestern town searching for an old war buddy whom he learns has died. After being arrested by Sheriff Teasle, horrible flashbacks of his POW experience send Rambo into a panic in which he violently attacks the police officers and flees. Teasle is determined to hunt him down, but his efforts are thwarted by Rambo's traps and war survival prowess. When Rambo's trainer, Trautman, appears on the scene, an intriguing dynamic develops between he and Teasle as they argue over Rambo's fate.
The characters are well-developed and well-acted, and the film makes some interesting statements about war. The violence, which is tame by today's standards, is used as a tool to tell the story without being gratuitous. This is one of the best of the classic '80's films and i highly recommend it to anyone who likes action movies with substance.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Sylvester Stallone
Richard Crenna
Brian Dennehy

DVD title: The Legend of 1900
Productgroup: DVD
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By far, the best film I've ever seen!

This is a beautiful movie. The acting is beautiful. The cinematography is beautiful. The music is beautiful. Tim Roth is one of the most amazing actors, and his performance as 1900 is absolutly astounding. I highly recommand you buy this wonderful film.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Tim Roth

DVD title: The Animatrix
Productgroup: DVD
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Very good

I wasn't expecting much from this DVD after suffering through the horrible "Director's Cut"-style editing of "Matrix: Reloaded" (despite the Wachowsky brothers' enthusiasm for Japanese anime, they have not caught on to the philosophy of minimalism). However, I feel that they have redeemed themselves with this creative effort through their favorite medium - anime.
What is so brilliant about this collection? It would help to remember all the movie-based cartoons that were aired on TV. The animators were restricted to plots that were solely made to market the franchise (do you remember any Star Wars based cartoon that left any impresson on you?). The results were invariably a derivative of the live-action original. Instead, the brothers respectfully allowed each producers to interpret their world in the producer's own style. The result is simply amazing - the collection's central theme is a framework rather than restriction, and the creativity and the skills of these animators really shine through.
The collection is good for the most part. There are some weak points: Matriculated relied too much on visual elements that were better told in spoken words (besides, robots do understand words and reason, don't they? And so does the audience). Detective Story was stylish but got choppy and was hastily ended at the scene on the train. The Program was the most disappointing, with many repeating visual elements that points to lack of effort, and the quality falls far short of the producer's earlier work, "Cowboy Bebop". The rest is okay.
The most outstanding work is "The Second Renaissance I & II". It deals with the one of the main theme of the Matrix series - the fraility of human kind. The compressed imagery has the pace of an Osamu-styled (a la "The Phoenix") manga - many of the scenes are taken from our recent history but re-styled for cohesive storytelling. This will explain why many young viewers will not understand the message that is conveyed by the choice of imagery.
Also, the origins of the idea of interdependence of man and machine (also presented in Matrix2) is presented as the rational extension that follows the miseries brought on by both sides - an idea that confused many revieweres here.
As far as violent nature of the imageries goes - since many images are re-take of the actual events in human history (just replace humans with robots), it is far from gratuitous and it is meant to get your hands dirty. I would understand that children and the undereducated will have a hard time understanding this. That said, just take it easy and enjoy the ride, this is simply an entertainment!

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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ET meets Clockwork Orange

I'd read a few of the previous reviews, and Robin McDonald seems to have the best background info about this film. Personally, I had read great reviews, and some friends could only tell me how boring it was.Well, if you know Kubrick at all, you know that you can't blink for a minute, no matter how boring it might seem, you're gonna miss something ("Barry Lyndon" was brilliant for ME, tho not others) There are phenomenal things happening all the time. For me, the scenes in Rouge City were most impressive, sets, etc., and the appearace of Jude Law, the perfect oily snake-droid with a bit of heart. I guess the basic idea while watching this film is to let your mind go with the flow and see where it takes you.I can't remember seeing the actress Frances O'Connor, who plays the kid's "mother" but she's absolutely wonderful. I agree with Mr. McDonald, that young Mr. Osment deserves an Oscar nomination, but, to me, William Hurt has become detatched from his characters in recent years, and seems the same here. Jude Law is terrific!The sweetness of "E.T." is noticeable, but the grimness of "Clockwork Orange' is apparent, more than a bit of futility but so many loads of hope and happiness that you can't help be a bit moved. I was. Many weren't. Another reason to see for yourself.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Haley Joel Osment
Jude Law

DVD title: Dreamcatcher (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Love it or hate it, it's like nothing you've ever seen

There appears to be only two opinions of this movie, based on what users have already posted. You love it or hate it.
Me, I loved it. Forget what others have said. This is a solid movie, very well acted. The effects are just fine, and not really that important. And the story was just out of this world. I mean crazy. I can't imagine anyone not being stunned by the sheer jaw-dropping uniqueness of this story. It's almost insane how original it is.
This is one of those movies that gets dogged when it comes out, but mark my words, ten years from now it will be considered a groundbreaking classic. Snooty film enthusiasts will scoff at the notion that it didn't do well and was poorly recieved, when they will most likely be some of those who bashed this movie. This will be just like Blade Runner, or Point Break, or Strange Days - mixed views upon their release, but now regarded a classics of their genre.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Morgan Freeman
Thomas Jane
Jason Lee

DVD title: The House of Yes
Productgroup: DVD
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"I'm in a box, and I can't get out"

Parker Posey was once quoted as wanting to stay in the independent film genre and not moving into the big budget films, and I say "Thank God!" We want her here! She is probably one of the smartest actors of our time, and this is probably one of the most brilliant scripts we may encounter. The fact that this movie relies on dialogue, and not sinking ships or laser wars, makes me think that there is hope for the cinema. I finished watching this film, rewound and watched it again, but not before shuddering at the fact that I found a movie that showcased incest so incredibly funny. Get this movie if you are interested in the fine art of acting because movies like this are what make it still an art.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Mark Waters (VIII)
Parker Posey
Josh Hamilton

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Ewan Mcgregor! Need I say more?

What a cool movie! I really liked the style. I was afraid based on the music video sleeze of the Lady Marmalide quartete that it would be tacky, but praise God not! Ewan Mcgregor a singer who would of thought. But as a leading man definitely! He is sexy plus innocent in this role. I love this movie! It is our Wizard of Oz for our generation.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

DVD title: Stalker
Productgroup: DVD
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Accurate and faithful

The other reviews capture the meaning. I want to speak about this disc: It is accurate and faithful. The original film was shot in 1.33 aspect ratio (sometimes called "Academy Ratio", or 4:3, or, even "full frame"). So that is how this disc is presented.
There is a re-mixed (for 5.1) soundtrack, but the original mono is the way Tarkovsky intended. Luckily the original is included here.
It's not the best transfer possible, though it is the best looking print every copied to video. In particular, the fact that it was mastered in PAL and converted to NTSC is not ideal.
But you've never seen Stalker look this good.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

DVD title: Reboot - Daemon Rising / My Two Bobs
Productgroup: DVD
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Conclusion to a show ahead of its time

It's a cryin' shame this series didn't continue. I hadn't watched Reboot for a couple of years and managed to watch part of Daemon Rising on vidcaps. When I realized this DVD was out, I was finally able to watch the last few shows in glorious crisp details and colours. was beautiful. I miss this show. Game Over couldn't hold a candle to it!

OK, so after Daemon, they were reaching for stories. If they'd stopped right there, it would have been a great ending to the series. My Two Bobs just didn't seem as tightly written or well thought out.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain

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