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DVD title: The Limey
Productgroup: DVD
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Kick Arse


Let me tell you...this movie kicked some serious boo-Taa!Totally worth the $$$$! I haven't seenthe Dvd Version yet..however...in this professional reviewers eyes: It just beats out Jaws The Revenge! 10 out of 10 my friends.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Actors:
Terence Stamp
Peter Fonda




DVD title: Donnie Darko
Productgroup: DVD
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Donnie Darko


Great movie with many neat twists. Definately a movie worth watching over and over again. Everytime you watch it you will discover something that you hadn't noticed the previous times. Funny but sad movie..

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




DVD title: Secret Honor - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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An American Archetype?


I just finished viewing this incredible, astoundingly intense motion picture for the very first time after hearing about it for 20 years. Philip Baker Hall (who played the character of "Library Cop" on "Seinfeld") essays the part of Richard Nixon in an unforgettable one actor performance. The film had been shot at the Univ. of Michigan, the crew composed largely of UM students, while director Robert Altman was doing a short hitch as filmmaker-in-residence there and has the interesting, "you are there" immediacy and intimacy of a filmed stage play or TV show.

The set is a large, wood paneled office, apparently in Nixon's home in San Clemente, a few months after his August 1974 resignation from the Presidency. An angry and restless Nixon nervously paces back and forth with a glass of scotch whiskey in one hand and a loaded revolver lying on his desk, yelling angrily into a running tape recorder about the details of his childhood, adult life, controversial political career, his deep and unhealed resentments and miseries, repeatedly hurling a stream of caustic invective at portraits of Dwight Eisenhower, Jack Kennedy and Henry Kissinger, reserving most of his vitriolic (yet fascinating and perceptive) bile for Kissinger, rarely (typically) blaming himself for his own misdeeds, all the while intermittently and nervously scanning a battery of CCTV monitors whose cameras are already observing and recording him. Nixon on several occasions mentions the mysterious "Bohemian Grove" located in rural northern California (a subject of much "conspiracy theorizing" in recent years.)

This film is a must see, if for no other reason to experience Hall's stunning and overwhelming performance as the desperate and doomed Tricky Dick, to appreciate Altman's unique cinematographic and directorial style and to vividly grasp the nature of an bafflingly influential human and cultural "focal point" in recent American history. Additionally, whether one is or isn't a Nixon hater, after finishing this film one may gain some understanding of and deeper insight into if not grudging respect or sympathy for this undoubtedly gifted and highly skilled yet incredibly tormented and angry man whose character, behavior and personality was a rare and corrosive but powerful and unforgettable blend of all of the tragic protagonists that had ever emerged from the works of Shakespeare, Dostoevski and Conrad to Fitzgerald, Beckett and Pirandello.

Hall's Richard Nixon, like Marlon Brando's character of Col. Walter Kurtz in 1979's "Apocalypse Now" is a poignant and intense collage of what some might term a classic "American archetype;" a brooding and obsessive "failed overachiever" whose single-minded drive to reach that nebulous yet seductive goal of "being somebody" had been completely and irreparably derailed at the final bend by the same volatile forces that had also driven him relentlessly and vindictively toward that goal, leaving all sorts of tragic wreckage, human and political, in his wake. Was Nixon good, bad, both, neither or something else altogether? And finally, from the opening scene of "Secret Honor," a more specific and pointed question arises, one that persists all the way to the film's final two words: Is there a little bit of Dick Nixon in all of us?

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Robert Altman
Actors:
Philip Baker Hall



DVD title: Phil Collins: Serious Hits - Live
Productgroup: DVD
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THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN HIS FAREWELL TOUR


I saw this video 13 years ago in a freind house.that was the first time I saw Phil Collins and I loved it.I came to canada and the first CD I bought was Serious Hits...Live.since then ,I was asking everybody for that video ...
any way ,I have it now! it's worth every penny...Thank you Phil.

Studio: Wea Corp
Actors:
Phil Collins



DVD title: FLCL (Fooly Cooly) - Vol. 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Television


This series is some of the best television youwill find. It is one of the rare times thatthe script expects the viewer to be able tofollow a story without conventional plot pointsor clich?s. The graphic style is refreshingand unusual. Like "The Prisoner" or "The SingingDetective" this series is best understood afterviewing the entire series. While there aresome subtle culture references that we in the U.S.may miss, the story is universal and very human,despite Anime and Sci-fi trappings.

Studio: Broccoli Intl Usa, I
Director: Kazuya Tsurumaki



DVD title: The Incredible Hulk - The Television Series Ultimate Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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This DVD set is excellent


I really enjoyed this series and I'm glad Universal is bringing some of the episodes into DVD. It comes in a nice presentation box, although a booklet would have been a welcomed addition, especially since the episodes are presented out of sequence, are not identified on the DVD's themselves and don't even match the sequence on the cover box. There are also no extras on any of the DVDs. The programs are presented in English-mono, with possibility of English-captions and subtitles in Spanish or French.
The saving grace is to watch the episodes themselves and they are well selected. To assist buyers who'd like to watch these episodes in the order of airing dates, here is a list:
Episode 2:"A Death In The Family" (95 minutes, November 28, 1977 - Disc 5)Episode 7: "747" (April 7, 1978 - Disc 5)Episode 16:"Rainbow's End" (October 13, 1978 - Disc 1)Episode 18: "Another Path" (October 27, 1978 - Disc 1)Episode 21: "Stop The Presses!" (November 24, 1978 - Disc 3)Episodes 27 & 28: "Mystery Man" (2 parts) (March 2, 1979, March 9, 1979 - Disc 3)Episode 29:"The Disciple" (March 16, 1979 - Disc 1)Episode 31: "Kindred Spirits" (April 6, 1979 - Disc 2)Episode 52:"The Psychic" (February 22, 1980 - Disc 6)Episodes 58 & 59: "Prometheus" (2 parts) (November 7 & 14, 1980 - Disc 6)Episode 61: "Dark Side" (December 5, 1980 - Disc 4)Episode 62: "Deep Shock" (December 12, 1980 - Disc 4)Episodes 69 and 70: "The First" (2 parts) (March 6 and 13, 1981 - Disc 2)Episode 71:"The Harder They Fall" (March 27, 1981 - Disc 4)
Note that episode 1 and 13 are available on "The Incredible Hulk: The Original Television Series Premiere" DVD (ASIN: B00008WFTU),Episode 1: "The Incredible Hulk" (95 minutes, November 7, 1977) Episode 13: "Married" (95 minutes, September 22, 1978)
Like others, I hope Universal will release a second boxset with additional great Hulk episodes. Meanwhile, this one is a great entry in the series, with complete and commercial free episodes.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Bill Bixby



DVD title: Dinosaur
Productgroup: DVD
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Better graphics than Toy Story!


This is an excellent story for kids and is almost exactly like the original "Land Before Time" movie. This is certainly a better script and the animation is wonderful so it will also appeal to older kids as well. Do be ready to explain science's current theory for why dinosaurs went extinct. Good rec for the 6 to 10 set, and for anybody who appreciates CGI as an artform in itself.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
D.B. Sweeney
Samuel E. Wright
Julianna Margulies




DVD title: Ulysses' Gaze
Productgroup: DVD
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A - all of us


I love this movie , although it is very long compared with other movies. Nevertheless I had no problems enjoying it.It's like Bertolucci's 1900 : it has a wonderful pace!!Falling asleep is just impossible because everything in this movie is so beautiful.The movie's about life and what it's like to live.You recognize that although life can be very complex, it is always very simple. Love and understanding can be found everywhere ,and (like the main character)every human being is in search for them. Although the world may seem to be in a hopeless state you can still find happines. Life is hard but worth living.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Theo Angelopoulos
Actors:
Harvey Keitel
Erland Josephson
Maia Morgenstern




DVD title: The Man With The Golden Gun (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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worth a thousand bucks!


this is one of the Best bond movies of the seris.it has great action like for example the boat chase down the river and the back to back fight in scaramanga's island hideaway.and bringing back J.W peper was great. this movie is great buy it.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Guy Hamilton
Actors:
Roger Moore
Christopher Lee




DVD title: Lady of Burlesque
Productgroup: DVD
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SHE SINGS! SHE DANCES!


Yes, Barbara Stanwyck sings and dances in her very first scene in the backstage story of burlesque performers involved in murder called LADY OF BURLESQUE. Based on Gypsy Rose Lee's silly, charming novel "The G-String Murders," the movie is a guilty pleasure for me. I have never stopped loving it since the first time I saw it. Stanwyck is, to me, one of the best actors Hollywood has ever produced: top of the line in comedy (see THE LADY EVE) and in serious drama (see DOUBLE INDEMNITY). Watch her tame Gary Cooper in BALL OF FIRE and weep along with her in STELLA DALLAS. William Wellman who also directed superb films such as WINGS, PUBLIC ENEMY AND BEAU GESTE has a fine time with the various backstage types in this grainy black and white tribute to a dead art form.
There has never really been a perfect edition of the movie for public consumption. I've even seen an edition minus any credits whatsoever and usually the editing seems like it was done with a pinking shears. This DVD version is probably the best one can buy right now and there are no special features, unless you consider Stanwyck performing "Take It Off The E String--Play It On The G String" a special feature. It is. She bumps, she grinds and the camera stays chastely above her waist.
There are several musical numbers and a few comic sketches that give us a taste of what burlesque must have been. The supporting cast is terrific. It includes Pinky Lee as a comic, Iris Adrian as a tough but friendly stripper and Michael O'Shea as Stanwyck's love interest. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for show business fans. If you're looking for a good murder mystery, look elsewhere.

Studio: Gotham Distribution
Director: William A. Wellman



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