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DVD title: Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Kicks ...!

If you know Star Trek The Next Generation, that should be an explanation of the content in and of itself. My only complaint is that some of the episodes vary in quality from fair to very good, depending on how dark the scene is. Sound is excellent, though, having been remixed in Dolby 5.1, and the extras, though conservative in quantity, are quite good.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Patrick Stewart

DVD title: Deranged/Motel Hell (Midnite Movies Double Feature)
Productgroup: DVD
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i loved motel hell. i never saw the kmovie deranged but now i plan on it. excellent.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Kevin Connor

DVD title: Band of Brothers
Productgroup: DVD
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A must have

If you have "Saving Private Ryan", you need to get this DVD set. It follows E Company of the 2nd Bn/506th Reg of the 101st Airborne Divison throughout their European campaign. Excellent cinematography blended with special effects. Characters are reasonably well developed, but there are a lot of them to follow. Direction and attention to authenticity are excellent. They went to great lengths to make sure all equipment and vehicles looked like the real thing down to the correct number of wheels. Great scenes and action from D-Day, Operation Market Garden and Bastogne. A "must-have" for any WWII buff.

Studio: HBO Home Video

DVD title: Lost in Space - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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It's about time!

It's about time they put this out on DVD! Although the series had a lot of flaws, its heart and family values more than made up for them. I can't picture John or Maureen not having time to attend their son's science fair. I too think the first season was the best - it was more of an ensemble piece than the Dr. Smith/Will/Robot show it later became.
Speaking of Smith, I liked him the best in the first six or seven episodes. He was a competent scientist, able to save Maureen's life when she responded badly to the suspended animation. It's hard to reconcile that Dr. Smith with the spineless ninny he later became in the second and third seasons.
I wonder if My Friend, Mr. Nobody, will still be my favorite? How will the characterizations stack up in these more enlightened? times. Maureen was a doctor of some kind but I don't remember seeing her do much of anything but housework. Penny was cool, Judy was just there like a Barbie doll. John was what every leader should be, Will the young warrior eager to prove himself, and Don argued a lot.
I can't wait to see these episodes again and all of the aliens!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Guy Williams

DVD title: Annie Get Your Gun
Productgroup: DVD
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An Entertaining and Wonderful Musical

It's been a long wait, but at last, this November, 'Annie Get Your Gun' is being released on DVD. Both the film and the soundtrack have been tied up with copyright problems for more than 20 years. Although Irving Berlin wrote 'Annie', musical rights are controlled by the Rodgers and Hammerstein estate, which stuck to Berlin's request that the film be effectively removed from the market. Why? For no other reason, the legend goes, that he hated Betty Hutton in the role. He wanted Ethel Merman, who was too old. He accepted Judy Garland in the role, but she was 'unwell' and couldn't film it, even though she did manage to record most of the songs. So Betty got the part, starring alongside Howard Keel, and the result is one of the most rambunctiously joyous, energetic and downright wonderful musicals ever made. A must-buy, even if Irving Berlin loathed it! I'll be getting the DVD, and I might even replace my well-played CD -- a home-burnt CD taken off a very old LP! Now my hope is that Warners, which controls the old RKO film library, will finally get around to releasing on DVD the greatest of all American musicals -- the partnerships of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers -- 'Top Hat', 'Swing Time', 'The Gay Divorcee' and all the rest. Anthony Clarke

Studio: Warner Home Video
Betty Hutton
Howard Keel

DVD title: Rat Race
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny Funny Funny!

I did not find this movie funny. Not only is this a so-so remake of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" or, if you like, a reimagining; some jokes are crude and the actors cannot save the film and they seem conscious of this.

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

DVD title: Run Lola Run
Productgroup: DVD
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An hour 20 minute WORKOUT!

In today's world of big-budget, formula movies, it is refreshing to come across a movie that tries to be a little different. Run, Lola, Run starts with slow music and a quote from TS Eliot. Almost immediately, the beat kicks in and a techno soundtrack envelopes the viewer. And once the techno starts, so does the action. Lola receives a desperate phone call from her boyfriend, Manni, who is working on a shadowy business deal. All he has left to do is pay 100,000 marks to an associate, but he's lost the money. In a panic, he tells Lola that he has twenty minutes to pay or he's dead. Lola then panics and tells Manni to stay put. She doesn't know how, but she'll bring him the money. And thus, Lola begins running.
From this point on, the movie becomes three slightly different stories, each telling how Lola gets the money for Manni and each with a different ending. All three stories have many common elements, used to emphasize how a few moments difference can change an outcome. The first two stories are great and well executed; but the third story is a little far-fetched and somewhat slower in pace. Still, the energy of all three is overwhelming.
This movie has several great qualities: the directing, the visual appeal, the interesting story, the incredible music (which adds to the feeling of urgency) and Franka Potente (Lola). Franka is very convincing as Lola and pulls off the endless running scenes looking like she could have been in the Olympics. With these qualities, this movie is a knock-out.
The one major flaw of this movie (in my opinion) is that it doesn't quite tell you what the point is in telling the three different stories. Perhaps I'm not used to fine film-making and simply cannot figure out the theme of this one. The other thing I did not understand was Lola's screaming. On several occasions, Lola screams and shatters glass. Why or how is not clear to me. Perhaps you can figure it out. And even if you don't, you'll still love this movie.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Tom Tykwer
Franka Potente
Moritz Bleibtreu

DVD title: Kurt & Courtney
Productgroup: DVD
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Best documentary ever.. Period!

I dont get the negative reviews that all of you are giving this film. It is GOOD. Its not the best, But I give it 5 stars, merely because I like the way he goes through Seattle, and quite frankly I love Seattle, the music, etc. Nick Broomfield's deficit in the directing/filmmaking department is made up by the hilarious and interesting interviews from Courtney's head shaking father, who quite frankly passed his strong willed demeanor onto Courtney, and the fact that 85% of the people interviewed in this film seem to be under the influence of, uh substances... I recommend this, sure its quite mediocre in the way its made, but if you want to get to know Kurt or Courtney, and see how she REALLY is, rent this at your local Blockbuster. Heck, I bought the film. The music from the bands Earth and Theatre of Sheep is amazing, just amazing. There was no album of Theatre of Sheep, but there certainly was of the music from Earth on this film. It was on Pentastar: In the style of demons. And its REAL music. People are recommending Heavier than Heaven, boooooooooooooooo! dont buy that. Its fabricated. I recommend Earth: Pentastar in the Style of Demons

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Nick Broomfield
Nick Broomfield
Kurt Cobain
Courtney Love

DVD title: Cradle of Filth - Heavy Left-Handed & Candid
Productgroup: DVD
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First off, I didn't have to wait long for this evil gem to gracemy presence,I waited a few days and it showed up in perfect condition. This DVD will take over be warned. Left Handed is filled with great COF footage,including a great 74 minute concert shot in Nottingham. Left Handed & Candid is full of lots of extras, it gives a new perspective on the filthy band members,these guys don't sit around at home worshipping satan because their too busy killing eardrums getting rowdy at bars and having a bloody good time, Left Handed is filled with laughs,especially the damned stilt walkers throwing up "i love you" signs ,instead of "metal".Oh well everyone can't be perfect like us Cradle of Filth fans,but Heavy Left Handed & Candid comes close enough,enjoy over and over."shades of dusk,cruelty and myth, the tribes of christ will not forgive, and shall not suffer their kind to live"--TSA,COF

Studio: Abercadaver
Cradle of Filth

DVD title: Beavis and Butt-head Do America
Productgroup: DVD
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Probably the happiest memory of the whole marriage...

New Year's Day, 1996, I made a rather foolish, STUPID mistake, and "married" a woman who - she said - had been "chasing" me since 1980 (refer to Eccleasiastes 7:26 in your Bible). I mention this, because concurrently I discovered Beavis & Butthead, courtesy of my betrothed's 9 year old son. Of course, I was immediately captivated, and, as I've mentioned in several other reviews, since I've pretty much eschewed "popular music" since about the time Elvis died, it made me very, VERY HAPPY to view videos with Beavis & Butthead and learn that I wasn't the ONLY one who didn't particularly care for "Winger" or "Faith No More." You get the idea, rock and roll's been dead since 1977, and its "remnant" has all pretty generic since. Anyway, by February, my stepson and I were quoting entire blocks of dialogue from B&B (which, of course, went over like the proverbial **** in the punchbowl with my "wife"), and I was taking the ersatz "remote" off the B&B book, "This Sucks, Change It!" with me to work. So you can imagine how happy it made me to learn that "Beavis & Butthead Do America" would be released a couple of weeks before Christmas that year. I took my stepson and his cousin to see it, and it took the three of us until probably February of 1997 to quit acting out entire scenes or laughing about the movie. Needless to say, I caught unmitigated hell from my stepson's relatives and from the folks with whom we attended Church. But, truth is, except for that one line in the movie where Beavis takes the Lord's name in vain while he & Butthead are visiting the Hoover Dam, there was absolutely NOTHING worse in the movie than what my stepson heard EVERY DAY at school. Enough babbling: "B&B Do America" was and is the funniest movie I've seen since 1987 ("Raising Arizona"), and the series' subsequent absence has removed ANY justification for MTV's existence. OK, I've whined enough. Buy this movie, sit back and view it when you're in a..."happily irresponsible" (you know what I mean) mood, and I can guarantee you the most thorough, the most hysterical, tears-down-your-face laughter you've experienced since (this's gonna give my age away) your first Marx Brothers movie. The scene in the desert when B&B meet their fathers is, probably, alone worth the price of the movie, but the running gag about hapless neighbor, Tom Anderson, or the scene where B&B are dancing to "Love Rollar Coaster" in Las Vegas, or - especially - where they run amuck in the White House, and Butthead tries to flirt with First Daughter, Chelsea, are hilarious, too. "B&B Do America," along with "Raising Arizona" and/or Chevy's Chase's "Modern Problems" will do the exact same thing for you that Prozac is supposed to do, and IT doesn't require a doctor's prescription.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Mike Judge

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