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DVD title: National Treasure (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Kick "A" fun! (dont listen to the critics!)

I saw this movie in the theater and loved it. Nick Cage is great and there is a ton of good old fashoned adveture wrapped up in a good historical mystery! I have already ordered my DVD. If you liked "Raiders of the lost Ark", "The Da Vinci Code", or any of Clive Cusslers Dirk Pitt books then this is the movie for you! And dont listen to the reviewers who try and put this movie down because it is not factual or meet their high artistic standards. This movie is Kick "A" fun!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Nicolas Cage
Diane Kruger
Justin Bartha
Sean Bean

DVD title: Waking Life
Productgroup: DVD
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Psychedelic, Philosophical, Existentialist, and Libertarian

This is a masterpiece. At first it seems that the animation is merely an intro; however it carries on and sets a trippy mood. The basic idea is Dreams Within Dreams. Like a chocolate cake, Linklater must dig his way out of multiple layers of dreaming to finally wake.
Along the way there is a ton of philosophy dealing with reality, fate, free will, divinity, and existence. When will he finally awaken? Not before passing through an almost hilariously heavy load of mysticism. Characters levitate and light switches won't turn off, lending proof that, indeed, he is in a dream world. The dialogue is very dense here; it almost feels like a book at times. There are very controversial questions that many an intellectual may have asked him/herself at some time: what comes after death? Is life but a dream? Do we have control over our destiny or is atomic physics in control of our decisions and our actions? These heavy questions are sure to open up some mental floodgates.
I found it hilarious that Linklater packed the film with dialogue relating to libertarianism. Characters advocate free will throughout. Angry political protesters complain about too much statism. The animation moves about on the screen, suggesting hallucinogenic drug use. And there is talk of using firearms to fight back against tyranny--one of the more revolutionary beliefs held by some modern libertarians. If you share this ideology you'll be cheering and applauding in the theater like the audience did at my sitting.
If you like Kevin Smith this is a great choice. If you want an original style film with almost no developed plot, you may vibe here. If you have ever questioned reality or personal autonomy you will find out you're not alone. And if you voted for Harry Browne in the last election I doubt you'll disagree with the political sentiment expressed by the people.
I have never seen the same shadow that this movie casts over its atmosphere. Very unique and tending to raise issues; expect to leave the cinema inspired to pursue your dreams and ambitions in the real world.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Richard Linklater
David Sosa
Wiley Wiggins

DVD title: Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Cut (Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I reviewed the new one and was disapointed a little but some things wher good. This the original masterpice is just great and even tho it was a low budget on the film George A. Romero did a great job. It is not Night Of The Living Dead but it is better than the hollywood crap that was spewed onto the big screen. This movie seemed that if i had saw it back then when it araived then i would have been scared out of my friggin mind. Well george is awsome and you can never remake a classic film like this one. This movie features the bet line in any horror movie and it is still haunting to think about today. "When there is no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth." not as good a line as "There comming to get you barbra" but still good in it's own way. all in all this film is great and should bee woned by all. CLASSIC! bye!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
David Emge
Ken Foree

DVD title: Brassed Off
Productgroup: DVD
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See It

This movie features a colliery (coal mine) band that mustn't be missed. It is unbelievably good. In the days of active mining, many mines had their own brass bands and this real band is probably the best ever assembled from among uneducated men who spend their working lives in the dank, dark passages of a coal mine and practice their music at night.
The story centers about the band and the miners who have been laid off because Margaret Thatcher has close hundreds of collieries who could not compete with foreign coal any longer. The government officials pretend that they want the mine left open, but they have already been ordered to close it. The story line is not only correct in what actually happened to mines, but it also contains a budding love affair between Tara Fitzgerald and Ewan McGregor.
Like all movies of this type, this one turns out well, but the road to the ending is tense and very entertaining.
Well worth while video to have.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Mark Herman
Pete Postlethwaite
Tara Fitzgerald
Ewan McGregor

DVD title: Splash
Productgroup: DVD
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Lots of mermaid fun! In this movie, you have a chance to see a young Tom Hanks in one of his earliest major roles. Even then, you could see that he had already developed into quite an actor. You can really feel his emotions in each scene. You can't help feeling that he should have been doing more serious work at that time in his career. To tell the truth though, we all fell in love with him in these goofy comedies and fantasies of the eighties. If you like Tom, this should be in your library.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Ron Howard
Tom Hanks
Daryl Hannah

DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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You'll probablylove what you see but won't "get it"

Based on a book by Chuck Pahlinier(or something, didn't check spelling), Fight Club is basically a movie that has a central plot but also tries to tell the audience a little something about life, a lesson or moral if you will. There are certain moments in the film you may not understand or it's too pretentious but you'll just keep watching, even if you hate the thing.

The Narrator(his name is not Jack or Rupert; Jack was from a book of health definitions e.g "I am Jack's medulla oblongata" and it isn't Rupert as that was one of his fake names) lives a very meaningless life. He works in a job he hates to buy new sofas and furniture that "defines him as a person". He also has a really bad case of insomnia. He finds support groups with a certain theme like cancer groups or any other kind of disease group and people dealing with it. He ends up find a weird peace where he's able to cry and actually even sleep.

Until she walks in. Marla is also a "tourist" who just goes to the groups for entertainment and free coffee. His life goes back to normal with the insomnia until his condo blows up. Well good thing he met Tyler Durden, a soap maker and worked on film reels splicing porn shots into children's films for only a few frames. Together they start Fight Club, where men can go and get out their aggression with life by beating the **** out of each other. Only Marla has a relationship with Tyler and the Narrator starts something that he can't stop or control.

To be honest, I kind of hate preachers or self help gurus that tell you to take charge of your life and seize the day etc cause most of us don't want to "take charge", our lives while difficult at times, are what we make of it and we wouldn't have it any other way. The film almost takes a anarchistic view of things by telling you you're not your job, quit it if you want, meet new people and basically live life. Only thing is our job we hate ends up paying for the roof over our heads, the food in our guts, the clothes we wear and our children's toys and clothes and other assorted stuff. As much as we hate consumerism and the idea that buying more useless stuff is good, part of our lives can't function without it, which the film doesn't address as much.

It's also quite interesting looking at Brad Pitt's performance as Tyler. He is capable of doing some good films, he just sometimes picks the wrong ones. In this film he kind of plays that friend you always despised in high school that grew up to be a smartass: he has answers for the questions you never ask and comes off as a know-it-all. He's quite pompous and a bit pretentious but it works. Edward Norton gives also a good performance as almost mouse-like and slightly awkward(I still find it funny that to "threaten the cops", he uses the term 'lead salad'.) Helena Bonham Carter(who recently had a child with Batman director Tim Burton FYI) is quite a standout as that weird girl who chain smokes, has weird morbid thoughts and has that bad girl image down.

And it's about time David Fincher starting working with effects because they're quite good. They don't overwhelm the story(I'm looking at you George Lucas) but merely enhance it.

The film is quite good to watch although half the time you might not make sense of it all or criticize certain things. It's not for everyone, true. I guess if Tyler Durden were to write a review on a film based on changing your life, he'd say "why watch the film? Just go outside and change your life yourself?". It sounds nice but most of us will just watch our good movie.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A promising DVD

I have seen many films over the years, but this film is a pleasure to watch, and the acting is first class.It may take nearly 3 hrs to watch but you are glued to the screen for the entire film. I was not a fan of Tolkens work so when I went a saw the film I was not sure what to expect, in the end there is only one word to discribed this film. Amazing.I will look forward to buying the DVD and watch this many times over.I am counting the days till the second film is released.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Dream Theater - Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York
Productgroup: DVD
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Un buen producto para una Excelente banda

Todo el disco "scenes from a memory" interpretado excelentemente.
Algunos extras incluyendo la cancion de 25min "A change of seasons". Lamentablemente no esta todo el concierto, deberian haberlo hecho dvd doble o algo asi ya que se hecha de menos algunas partes incluidas en los 3cds. Pero bueno recomiendo este producto 100% para los fans de Dream Theater.

Studio: Wea/Elektra Entertainment

DVD title: Rat Race
Productgroup: DVD
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This is the first PURE comedy out in a really long time. It isn't predictable in my opinion and it was the first movie I have walked out of and be still laughing. Basically all of these people are in Las Vegas and they all win this coin. They find out that they are on a race to win a ton of money. There are a ton of funny moments that happen because of someone's innocence or stupidity. I don't wanna give away the ending but GO SEE IT!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Jerry Zucker
Breckin Meyer
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Vince Vieluf
Whoopi Goldberg
Jon Lovitz

DVD title: The Princess and the Pirate
Productgroup: DVD
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Maybe the best non-"Road" Hope movie

I just love this movie - genuinely funny start to finish. THIS is why Bob Hope is a legend. It is perhaps the best movie Bob made apart from his "Road" cronies. Strongly recommended.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Bob Hope
Virginia Mayo

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