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DVD title: A Better Tomorrow II
Productgroup: DVD
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John Woo's best volume 2!!!

This is another one of John Woo's finest films!!! This is the second volume of the Better Tommorrow series and it's action packed!!! Will make a great companion to volume 1!!! Anchor Bay's DVD of this clasic Hong Kong film is awesome!!! 16:9 widescreen,2 trailers,multiple language tracks,great subtitles and production notes round out this grea DVD!!! A+

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: John Woo
Leslie Cheung
Yun-Fat Chow

DVD title: Married with Children, Vol. 2 - The Most Outrageous Episodes
Productgroup: DVD
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best show

i think this dvd could be better if it was in box sets of the seasons. i am a huge fan of married with children. we want the box sets the dvd could be better.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Ed O'Neill
Christina Applegate

DVD title: Donnie Darko
Productgroup: DVD
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Mind Bending

I rented this movie on a whim one night after winning a free rental. I didn't really expect much out of it, but it ended up being a phenominal watch. It might be a little confusing, but you can interpret it as you will - a reason why some people who like a no-strings-left-untied ending will balk at this film. The DVD was packed full of extras, and a commentary that will really put the whole film into the right perspective if you have a lot of questions left over. The same goes for the cut scenes - they help you if you're confused with the movies ending, also.
Everyone in the movie gives a stunning performance, and the overall feel of the movie will stick with you.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Richard Kelly (II)
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary McDonnell
Jena Malone

DVD title: Demons/Demons 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Two classics for the price of one...

These are two of the best Italian horror flicks that you will ever have the pleasure of feasting your eyes upon. They are simply fantastic. The special effects more than make up for any plot holes you might encounter here. These movies are truly a feast for your eyes, not necessarily your brain.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Lamberto Bava
Urbano Barberini
Natasha Hovey

DVD title: American Beauty
Productgroup: DVD
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Astounding film

This film breaks all barriers as we know it in the movie industry. It portrays innovative concepts that up until now, most producers have been afraid to make because of the possible knee-jerk reaction the public might have to it. It's true that this movie is not for everyone because it is new and controverial. But if you keep an open mind, you will thoroughly be entertained. Kevin Spacey gives a performance like none other and makes you wish he was your next door neighbor. This film is filled with great metaphors and visual beauty which makes for a great DVD to own to watch over and over again. The special features are amazing, which is worth the price alone. You will not be disappointed by this movie.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Mendes
Kevin Spacey
Annette Bening

DVD title: Rebecca
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Gothic Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock's first American film, produced by David O. Selznick, is a wonderful adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's bestselling novel. When a shy, young woman (Joan Fontaine) falls in love with the sophisticated, but moody Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) during a trip to Monte Carlo, she begins to wonder if she has made a terrible mistake after they are married. Maxim is the heir to a family fortune which includes the magnificent Manderley estate in Cornwall (England). Upon her arrival, Fontaine discovers that the shadow of Rebecca, Maxim's late first wife, is a long and dark one and is a threat to her marriage. Rebecca's former servant, Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), is the supervisor of the estate and she has an unnatural loyalty to her dead mistress. Danvers has such contempt for the new Mrs. de Winter that she'll do almost anything to intimidate and embarrass her. What is the secret to Rebecca's powerful hold over people...even from the grave? In one of her first starring roles, Fontaine is right on key. Her characterization of a woman trying to save her marriage from a spectre from the past is wonderful to behold. As the picture progresses, she becomes more and more assertive, finally able to stand up to the formidable Danvers. But to what end? Rebecca is a wonderful example of mystery and suspense. A beautifully mounted film that used all the resources and technology Selznick's bank account could offer. Great performances from all the principles, including George Sanders as one of Rebecca's many lovers, Florence Bates as Mrs. Van Hopper, Gladys Cooper as Maxim's sister, et al. Olivier gets top billing and he is appropriately dark and moody, the way every hero of a gothic romance should be, however, it's Fontaine's delicate and balanced performance that anchors the film and gives it much of its richness. A wonderful job all around and the only Hitchcock film to ever win an Academy Award for Best Picture. Note: Foreign Correspondent released the same year was also nominated for Best Picture of 1940.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Laurence Olivier
Joan Fontaine

DVD title: Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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Watch this movie!

Director's Cut is the new kind of horror, fast, bloody and unrelenting. This film isn't just a bunch of good looking faces getting killed (which is enough), it also has a cool plot and odd characters. The box cover doesn't give this movie justice. If you like horror you will want to know this movie because it will come up in conversation.

Studio: Tapeworm

DVD title: First Blood
Productgroup: DVD
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First Blood (Special Edition)DVD

This is my all time favorite Stallone Movie. Many serious movie watchers pass this film up as just another "shoot em up" action film and they see Sly as a dummy because of his work in Rocky, but that is a narrow minded opinion. You shouldnt judge so harshly untill you see this film. Sly plays a vietnam war hero drifter who gets more then a hard time from the local police force in a small town. This film shows the ignorance and disrespect that our vietnam vets were shown when they came home and how they delt with harassment, friends who died in battle and the horrific flashbacks that plauged some of their lives. First blood stirs alot of emotion and is action filled! Its a work of art! Its a shame that the Rambo sequals made people forget that Rambo 1"first blood" is more then just action.

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

DVD title: Latter Days (Unrated Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best gay movie out there!

Ok, so maybe the acting isn't the best at times, and the camera work isn't anything to write home aboue, but what this movie lacks in the visual aspects it more than makes up for with the soundtrack. THe soundtrack is similar to that of Vanilla Sky, successfully speaking for the characters' emotions and desires.

The story was very well written, including a few surprises. It successfully had me and several friends going between crying and cheering, as it's easy to find parts of yourself in a variety of the characters. The added humor only makes it that much more enjoyable, and helps to create sympathy with the characters.

It's a far cry from anything like "Trick" or "L.I.E." in almost every way, and manages to be depressing and uplifting at the same time (a rather odd feeling). My general rule for a good movie is that it should leave you wanting to find out what's going to happen next for the characters. If it does that, then you've identified with them, suspended your disbelief, and thus have experienced the world onscreen with real emotion. Latter Days does this with flying colors.

Studio: TLA Releasing
Director: C. Jay Cox
Steve Sandvoss
Wes Ramsey
Amber Benson
Jacqueline Bisset
Mary Kay Place

DVD title: Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play - (Boxed Set 2, Seiryu)
Productgroup: DVD
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Fushigi Yugi

I have to say that for a good portion of this half of the series, I was Less Than Impressed.
First of all, the writers seemed to forget about their WONDERFUL supporting cast (except, of course, for when they were killing them off, but I'll get to that) and focused a great deal of this half to JUST Miaka and Tamahome. While I can find it in my heart to stand Miaka, I hate her and Tamahome as a couple. Probably mainly because somebody forgot to give Tamahome a personality. There's a good ten episodes (the figure could be off; I never actually counted) where I seriously considered just giving up on the series all together; it got repetitive and annoying.
However, I stuck it out, and I'm really hoping that anybody else who spends any amount of time on this series will do the same. Except for the middle section, this half is a REAL emotional roller coaster. It has the same comedy as the first half (though in this half there were quite a few awkward gags that would have been better left out, and there might have actually been more fanservice in this half than in the first, which, if true, would really be saying something), but there are several episodes that will leave you in tears, even watching them a second or third (or more) time. There are deaths, and a lot of them; they increase in frequency the later in the series it gets, and for saps like me, the last few episodes will get really hard to watch. While these episodes are very dramatic, it's a shame some of the best characters are killed off as this leaves them unavailable to provide relief during the rocky middle section.
On the plus side, we also get to learn more about the history of the Universe of the Four Gods and the Priestesses who came before Miaka and Yui; this information was intriguing enough to keep me invested.
I got to the last three or four episodes thoroughly believing that no ending could really satisfy me, and I am VERY happy to say that I was proved wrong. While an attempt at garnering sympathy for Nakago failed and I still don't like Tamahome, I was otherwise blown away by the ending. It was wonderful, and I was very glad that I did stick with it. Take my advice on this one; I'm sure you won't regret it.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Fushigi Yugi-Mysterious Play

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