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DVD title: The Man Who Changed His Mind
Productgroup: DVD
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this is a wonderful film. fantastic production values from gainsborough films in england, a wonderful print, and a good performance from anna lee, who starred later with karloff in "bedlam." p.s. when are the val lewton films coming out on DVD????
and karloff of course great. the release of this and a mint print of THE GHOUL add greatly to the karloff oeuvre of the 30s.
now when are they going to release THE BLACK CAT and THE RAVEN on DVD???????

Studio: Shanachie
Director: Robert Stevenson
Boris Karloff
Anna Lee

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Is this's "Most Reviewed Movie?"

Here are the statistics thus far. Out of 1,877 total reviews:
1,463 @5 star = 78%176 @4 star = 9%88 @3 star = 5%66 @2 star = 4%84 @1 star = 4%
The message seems clear (and it's not "just my opinion") - this is a truly GREAT FILM; one of the greatest in the whole history of the cinema - and this is only the first installment of three!! I doubt more than a handful of films have even gotten HALF as many reviews at as LOTR! I truly pity anyone who did not thoroughly enjoy this film, for whatever reason, because they missed the ride of a lifetime. Ever since I read the books back in the early 70's, I've been waiting for the film adaptation. After Star Wars, I thought, "hmmm, couldn't they do it, now?" And after ET, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, etc. I kept hoping Lucas or Spielberg would get on the stick and just do it, but nothing happened.
I thank the Valar for Peter Jackson and Company! Now, all I have to do is live long enough to see The Two Towers and Return of the King, and I'll at last be able to die a happy man. ;-)

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: The Wild Geese (30th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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It's the BEST WAR drama

The WILD GEESE demonstrated, unequivocally, that Officers are indeed GENTLEMEN. These men (Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krooger, etc,) are extra-ordinary mercenaries, they have scruple. These bunch would not do just anything for money, they are on the side of good, and goodness saw them through all the dangers they faced in the jungle of South Africa when they were abandoned. It is not just a war about killing, but of killing evil dead in all its forms. There are many real life issues that touched the heart, and are so very well dramatized that every scene arrests a viewers attention. This movie has every emotion in it, humour, actions,espirit de corps, sorrow, losses, recovery of humanity and new understandings, etc. It started with Roger Moore refusing to be a cocaine pusher, to Richard Harris failing to fulfill his promises of a wonderful Christmas holiday to his only son because of a heart wrenching tragic event, to Hardy Krooger (a black hating South African)finding a new understanding of humanity and friendship in the black president Limbani they went to rescue. It ended by paying treachery in its own coin. Just when the doer proclaimed peace a sudden distruction landed on him. A clear lesson for discerning minds. It is a movie I have watched over and again many years ago, and still long to see it again. BRING IT OUT AGAIN, and "Shout at the Devil".Many would love it for Christmas. I am hoping it would come out in DVD version suitable for the USA viewers.

Studio: Tango Entertainment
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Richard Burton
Roger Moore
Richard Harris
Hardy Krüger
Stewart Granger

DVD title: Bjork - Volumen
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a great collection from a wonderful artist...

This was a wonderful DVD, each video is amazing in its own ethereal way... each is like a separate visually stunning movie short that I would probably watch even without the backing of Bjork's beautiful voice and cathartic synthesized tunes... on the flipside, I often pop this in to listen to without having the TV on. The only disappointment was that this collection didn't include her latest two videos; I am ordering the All Is Full Of Love single DVD upon completion of this review...

Studio: Wea/Elektra Entertainment

DVD title: The New Avengers '77
Productgroup: DVD
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A different view

Ok maybe 4.5 stars, but I couldn't pick that. Since I would give avengers 76 5 stars, 4 and 1/2 would be appropriate for this. I agree the stories aren't quite up to the first year, (although I have plowed through the first 12 episodes in a little more than 24 hours; I did have to sleep) but they are entertaining none the less. I still remember 2 of the stories("Angel of Death", "Emily") from 25 years ago when this was shown late Friday night on CBS. I was anxious to get them just to see those two again. Sure, "Emily" is silly at times, but the best avengers stories bordered on the absurd at times but still kept you enthralled(remember the Emma Peel episode where they knock down the walls at the end?)"Obsession" allows Purdey to show some real emotion and while it is a change of pace to see the avengers in Paris and Toronto, Steed looks dashing wherever he is and there is lots of good interplay between the three characters. Still well worth purchasing.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Patrick Macnee

DVD title: Friends - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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like a bowling game full of strikes...

Friends is my all time favorite sitcom. I love it so much! The first episode was actually the only one where they didn't say The one with in it. Rachel the funniest girl and Joey's the funniest guy. It's funny to see their acting then compared to now. I'm so sad that it's the last season. I won't have anything to watch on Thursdays besides Will & Grace. I think we all can learn something from Friends as it was a great show.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Lisa Kudrow

DVD title: The Hours (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Bring your Lithium...

While this movie is a multi-layered masterpiece, viewers must be warned - you will be depressed. Even if you are the happiest go-lucky person before you walk in, you will feel a malaise when you walk out of the theater. Anyone who is clinically depressed or has thoughts of suicide should not see this movie. Many disturbing themes are interwoven into the story: depression, suicide attempts, suicide, abandonment, sexual identity confusion and persistent loneliness.
That being said, the acting is superb and the film is a masterful work and a great movie to study for aspiring filmmakers, actors and directors. Nicole Kidman's role tends to get the most attention due to the prothsetic nose she wears - but all the actors, from the youngest child on up are at the top of their game.
In the final months of her life, Virginia Woolf wrote the story of "Mrs. Dalloway," a lonely housefrau who eventually takes her life and surprised everyone... because she did it "for no reason." Her novel reveals much of her inner turmoil - that she is a person that can be understood by no one, not even herself. Her depression so consumes her, that she cannot see clear from it. More than just consistantly mopey, she is almost devoid of any emotions, but when her emotions peak, they are of loneliness and sadness. She experiences guilt for the emotional baggage she has thrown into the lap of her husband and has such a low self-esteem that she lets her housekeepers openly mock her.
The film shifts forward and back in time - opening w/ Woolf's suicide, then jumping to 1951, where Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) is a lonley housefrau herself, reading Woolf's novel. The film then moves to 2001 with an equally lonely divorcee, now lesbian, who is such the embodiment of Woolf's depressed character that her best friend refers to her as "Mrs. Dalloway." Ed Harris plays her best friend and ex-lover who is in the final stages of full-blown AIDS. He, too, struggles with loneliness and depression, as most of his so-called friends have abandoned him to his terminal illness.
The theme that each person is an island and that we all truly die alone is persistent throughout.
Like Woolf (who was sexually abused as a child by her own step brothers), all the principal characters have major sexual identity issues. They do not know whether they are gay, straight or just asexual... and this causes some extremely awkward scenes that will make you squirm in your seat. They all behave as though they do not fit in their own bodies. While they know how to "play the game" to fit in with "normal" society, they are alien to it and play with the though of death as the "great escape" from the prison of what their lives have become.
This is a superb film, but it is an experience that is not for the faint of heart. Those who have lost a loved one to suicide will find no solace in this story, and those who are suffering from depression should avoid it altogether. As someone who is not suffering from depression, I walked out of the movie feeling like a wet dish rag.
Fans of Kidman, Moore and Streep will not be disappointed. Toni Collette's performance, while brief, is also powerful. This is not a film you just see - it is an experience.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Stephen Daldry
Nicole Kidman
Julianne Moore
Meryl Streep

DVD title: Firefly - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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Better then Star Trek

I must admit I am an avid Star Trek TNG fan. I grew up watching that show. It defined the science fiction genre for me. Since it ended very few shows have come close to competing with it. And I will agree with many of you in saying that TNG was very hokey and fake at times, but even so nothing since then has been able to compete.

Then came Firefly. At first I was a little skeptical of this show mainly because everyone I have talked to that watched tried to push the show on me almost as if it was an addictive drug. Finally, the other night, one of my friends convinced me to watch the first episode and I was hooked. The show was amazing, and you can hardly tell it is even a science fiction show. It is the genre a space western at its best. I watch most of the rest of the series before I went to bed (I stayed up late).

If you like science fiction, even if it is only a small amount, you will love this show. It is by far one of the best dramas of any kind I have seen, period. Even better this DVD is cheep. Very much worth the price considering it contains 14 episodes of some of the best television out there.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Nathan Fillion

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Prophet JRR Tolkien would be pleased, and so will you

After seeing the film today I will share this with you all, from the view point of someone personally involved:
While a few special emotional moments were missed in favor of pacing, (especially a scene between Sam and Frodo when Frodo finds out Sam has told Merry and Pippin about Frodo's quest, and Aragorn's sword not being broken) over all this was a delightful experience and I totally enjoyed how much of the original story did survive.
True, if Universal or MGM had had the vision to make the movie, there are undoubtably little "movie things" that would have been better, (ie: Disney's Pearl Harbor was made by guys would never heard a gun really fired)but they did not, and all of us who love these stories must take our hats off to Mr. Jackson & Company, (Thorin & Company, if you will) and in my case, that's quite a hat.
I would gladly recommend this film to anyone.....and I expect to buy all the DVD's, if the good Lord allows me to live that long.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Cher - The Farewell Tour
Productgroup: DVD
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I bought this along with the cd and I can't stop playing this DVD. The packaging, songs, dancing, her entrance, the audience, her monologues, and everything else makes this the best concert dvd! You're definitely getting your money's worth with this! Her costume changes reflect her many different moods throughout the show and you feel it right along with her! She's at her sexiest (to me) with her disco dress oufit for "Take Me Home". I'm at a loss for words...other than my subject line...she, the dancers, band and everyone else involved gives it their best and it shows right through.

Studio: Image Entertainment

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