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DVD title: Kevin James - Sweat the Small Stuff
Productgroup: DVD
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Kevin James

This is the funniest stand-up comic ever...I have honestly NEVER laughed harder in my life than when I watched this for the first time, and the best part is, IT NEVER GETS OLD

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Paul Miller

DVD title: Small-Circle Jujitsu, Vol 1 - Foundations
Productgroup: DVD
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Small Circle Jujitsu, Volume 1 by Wally Jay

Small Circle Jujitsu Volume 1 by Wally Jay

This is volume 1 of a 5 volume series of Wally Jay's Small Circle Jujitsu available on VHS or DVD. There is also a book by the same title written by Wally jay with easy to follow illustrations and text sold separately which can be used with these videos.

Wally Jay explains and demonstrates application of force used in his small circle jujitsu, which uses the physical forces of leverage in a two way torquing rotation applied against the joints of an opponent or assailant to achieve compliance through the application and control of pain.

Wally Jay lists ten principles to practice in performing Jujitsu to achieve winning results.

Wally Jay explains safety principles to the viewer to observe to protect the practice partner from injury while learning or practicing Jujitsu.

Wally Jay demonstrates sensitive pressure points of the body martial artists take advantage of in addition to the application of pressure of leverage upon joints.

Wally Jay demonstrates an arsenal of holds, wrist locks, elbow locks, arm bars, finger locks and holds. Demonstrations of moves and techniques are detailed for maximum effect. The 5 volume series of Small Circle Jujitsu is well organized and full of information. The applications of Jujitsu moves covered are credible more oriented for self defense than for competition. Anyone practicing these moves while keeping Wally Jay's 10 principles in mind should feel confident and prepared to deal with the scenarios examplified in the video. Anyone who does practice the moves and techniques demonstrated by Wally Jay with a partner should practice slowly and with care not to injure the partner since the information contained in this video has real potential for serious injury if practiced carelessly.

I think what is missing in this series is coverage on dealing with armed assailants and multiple assailants. If these things were added, the topics of self defense would seem more complete in terms of grappling solutions to assalt scenarios.

The book and the VHS or DVD series complement each other very well as excellent sources of learning. I think any serious student will be satisfied with his or her purchase.

Studio: Black Belt Magazine

DVD title: I Capture the Castle
Productgroup: DVD
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"I am never going to fall in love. Life is dangerous enough"

Based on a British novel by Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle is an absolutely marvelous exploration of teenage love and mismatched romance. Beautifully filmed, subtly acted, and charming from beginning to end, this film is touching, funny, romantic, perceptive, and full of color, verve, and character. And the film also brings 1930's England to life like no other film has managed to do in recent years.

I Capture the Castle is narrated in the first person by seventeen-year-old Cassandra (Romola Garai). Cassandra is a dreamy and wistful kind of girl who obsessively writes in her dairy and possesses a vivid romantic imagination. Cassandra is the younger sister of the flighty and more beautiful redheaded Rose (Rose Byrne). It's 1936, and they live in a crumbling, leaky, and cold rural English castle that James (Bill Nighy), their novelist dad has leased to inspire his next masterpiece.

Bad times have recently fallen on the family. Due to an accident that involved their mother, James now suffers writers block and has become a seedy, lanky, and desperate-looking man. He scored a brilliant success 20 years ago with his first novel, but now he's been artistically silent and fallow ever since, a pale shadow of what he once was. The family indulges him, hoping against hope that he'll eventually find artistic inspiration, while they try desperately to eke out a miserly and penny-pinching living.

The girls, especially Rose, despair about escaping their dank, dreary world. Only kid brother Thomas (Joe Sowerbutts) is untroubled by the family's debt and decay. Thankfully, Rose finally sees a way to escape her parsimonious existence, when two wealthy and handsome American brothers arrive at the castle to claim their inheritance.

Hardy, butch, and blustery Neil (Marc Blucas) is distrustful of the family's neediness, and views both Rose and Cassandra as gold diggers, while the earnest, bookish, and more sensitive Simon (Henry Thomas) soon falls for the money-hungry Rose. Simon also has eyes for Cassandra, as does Stephen (Henry Cavill), a handsome and sexy farmhand. Watching over the proceedings is the flamboyant Mrs. Cotton, the boys' wealthy, chic mother (played by the wonderful Sinead Cusack).

As the story unfolds, the lovely and na?ve Cassandra finds herself getting caught in the middle of smoldering passions and misguided romance. She's never quite certain what or whom she wants and spends her days trying to decide within her heart what she should do. Should she admit her feelings to Simon who is still smitten with Rose, or should she commit to Stephen who has always harbored a secret desire for her?

Unlike her radiant but avaricious sister Rose - who is faced with a character-defining choice between love and money, and chooses money - Cassandra at least grasps the countless value of the former, whose heartbreak always can be tempered by hope. For Cassandra, true Love is a risky, and unpredictable endeavor and almost always illusive.

I Capture the Castle is British film making at its best. With director, Tim Fywell, gently and tenderly transporting us to the genteel era of prewar England. Even the story's very discretion is appealing. We know that sex is going on and fueling the action, but it's mostly hidden from our view and only strategically hinted at.

But what makes this film really shine are the actors. Filled with pretty people - Blucas, Cavill, and Thomas are especially attractive; it's actually the appealing young actresses who play Rose and Cassandra who really steal the film. Like delicate English roses they constantly light up the screen, one as sturdy and as robust as the earth, and the other, in love with love, unapologetically obsessed with dreams of money and wealth. Mike Leonard July 05.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Tim Fywell
Rose Byrne
Romola Garai
Bill Nighy

DVD title: Sin City
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome Flick

This movie was quite unique. I'm dissapointed in the advertisement of this movie, based on how well it was put together. I would have like to have seen it on the big screen, but the comercials and ads were appealing enough to go see. There is enough crappy movies out there, that it's not worth your 8-10 dollars a person to see.
Everything Quintin touches, seems to be worth seeing. This movie is unlike anything you've seen so far. It's pretty wild how it really looks like a black and white comic book, but yet the characters are real. You have to see it for yourself, but you don't have to be a comic book fan to like this film, you have to be a movie fan. One who sees this film, can and will appreciate the cinematography and writing.
Enough said, it's a must see.

Studio: Dimension Home Video

DVD title: Love and Basketball (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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i saw the movie in the theaters and this is one of the best b-ball movies and romance movies ever. it takes a hard look at gender roles (the relationship between the monica and her mom) and who should get the glory (quincy has to accept adjust to the fact that he is not necessarily the center of her world). it's good on so many levels.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Sanaa Lathan
Omar Epps

DVD title: The Last Samurai (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Live by the sword, die by the sword

The year is 1876. Tom Cruise portrays Captain Nathan Algren, a Civil War era soldier who is disillusioned with life and is haunted by his dishonorable actions perpetrated against the American Indian nations. Facing an uncertain and directionless future, he is asked to travel to Japan to assist in training their Imperial army in modern combat using modern weapons. This comes at a time in history when Japan is attempting to obliterate the Samurai system.
After much training and eventually engaging in an initial battle against the Samurai, Captain Algren is taken prisoner by the enemy and thrust into the unfamiliar world of a Japanese feudal society. In the following months of captivity, Captain Algren becomes immersed in the Samurai culture where he eventually adapts to and embraces the sacred code of honor known as Bushido. Using what he has learned and regaining his self-respect and dignity, Captain Algren and the Samurai confront the Japanese army in an epic and final battle that will determine the survival or demise of the Samurai warrior class.
I'm of the opinion that this role is not a career best for Tom Cruise but he does come across admirably and carries himself well. The rest of the cast also performs very nicely and the story holds together for the movie's duration. The cinematography, costumes, props, and scenery are all quite appealing through and through. Open field battle scenes are beautifully choreographed and practically rival those of such movies as Braveheart, Glory, and The Patriot.
In regards to the DVD itself, the sound and picture are crystal clear and a joy to experience. The second disk in the set offers numerous special features which are both educational and entertaining alike. This is a quality adventure movie all the way around and I recommend it to everyone.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Edward Zwick
Ken Watanabe
Tom Cruise
Billy Connolly

DVD title: Reiki Master Attunement Become a Reiki Master
Productgroup: DVD
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Steve's Programs Are Amazing!

I highly recommend that you check out Steve's attunement videos......"Reiki MASTER ATTUNEMENT" and "Reiki PSYCHIC ATTUNEMENT"...They are simply amazing! I first bought the Reiki Master Attunement video and was completely blown away! After taking the attunement the first time, I felt a very warm glow all around my head for the next couple of hours! I have taken the attunements twice since then, and have experience more of that same warmth, as well as noticing a slight change in the energy when I channel Reiki.I recently purchased the Reiki Psychic Attunement video and was equally astounded! I have only taken the attunement once, (you can take the attunements many times for reinforcement, but with this attunement Steve recommends waiting 3-4 weeks between attunements), but have had a couple of very vivid dreams since that day! As I said....amazing!Thanks again Steve!

Studio: Body & Mind Producti

DVD title: The Wild Bunch - The Original Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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See This And Mourn the Death of a Genre

Sam Peckinpah gave the western the greatest epitaph/euology with this film - no Western since is so stylized, so seminal, so sentimental, so powerful, so damning, so controversial.
Willima Holden gives one his best performances ever - right up there with Jake Gilles in SUNSET BLVD. and Sefton in STALAG 17. Why are there no actors like Holden today? A hopeless cynic with a heart and morale code, and as Dutch in THE WILD BUNCH he crystalized his screen persona. The rest of the cast is stellar too, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Ryan anchor the film and film this spartan film with the gravitas that is rarely seen in a Western.
Any director to use high-speed camerawork in an action scene owe a debt to Peckinpah and this film, and its the lastest time we saw this kind of relentless, psychotic blood-shed in a mainstream film in an unapologetic way and is still considered art - at the highest level.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Sam Peckinpah
William Holden
Ernest Borgnine
Robert Ryan

DVD title: Sports Night - The Complete Series Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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I almost wanted to cry

I watched the final disc of this set last night and was half-way between crying that it was over and cursing the network that dropped it after two seasons. I feel partly to blame since I'd never seen the show when it was on the air and I wish I could go back in time. This show needed more time to find an audience. I seem to remember "Cheers" not being very popular the first couple seasons but NBC stuck with it. This show needed more time. I need more episodes.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Peter Krause

DVD title: Titanic
Productgroup: DVD
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Great film

So, it is now "cool" to think poorly of Titanic, so I write a review praising it because I still consider it to be a very powerful, beautifully crafted epic.
Unlike Pearl Harbor, the love story in the film works and adds dramatism to the fate of the lives aboard the ship. We are there with the protagonists, and we don't want them to die!
You don't make 1,6 billion at the box office with a crappy movie. Enough said.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: James Cameron
Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet

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