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DVD title: The King and I
Productgroup: DVD
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King of the R&H Movie Musicals

Of the four major screen adaptations of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway classics, I think this is the finest, and probably the truest to its roots, yet adds Hollywood's special gloss. Luckily, Oscar-winner Yul Brynner was allowed to re-create his role as the King and Deborah Kerr (although dubbed by the versatile Marni Nixon) was a fine substitute for the late Gertrude Lawrence as royal school-marm Anna Leonowens. In an unusual move, Jerome Robbins was allowed to re-create his original stage choreography (most notably in the "Small House of Uncle Thomas" ballet) and Jo Mielziner's opulent stage sets were topped by John DeCuir's sumptuously designed sound stages. Though well made, "Oklahoma!" didn't take root on film quite as well (especially in the Agnes de Mille ballet numbers, which looked so stage-bound on screen), and "Carousel" and especially the hugely popular "Sound of Music," though handsomely photographed on location, bogged down in sentiment. Sure, "The King and I" is a tad schmaltzy too, but fiery Brynner and feisty Kerr, ably directed by Walter Lang, bring tears that don't taste of treacle. Alfred Newman's Fox orchestra and chorus were in peak form too. It's too bad the songs cut from the film version couldn't have been restored here (mostly likely they were recorded and not unfilmed). But this remains one of the rock-solid screen adaptations of a beloved classic Broadway show. Happily, the color on the full CinemaScope 55 image DVD disc is excellent and the disc includes the Overture, Entr'acte and Exit Music that would have been heard in the original '50s first-run engagements. The sound isn't a crisp as the visuals, regrettably, but good considering the nature of magnetic recording in the mid 1950s. The other DVD bonuses include a grainy rendering of the 35mm theatrical trailer, quickie bios of the principal creators, some Fox newsreel highlights of the premiere and Oscar ceremonies (mostly blantant commercials for Fox performers and products) and three audio-only replays of tunes from the show billed as a "Sing Along" (Mitch Miller is nowhere in sight, thank goodness).

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Walter Lang
Deborah Kerr
Yul Brynner

DVD title: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Collector's Edition) (High School Reunion Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Need I Say More?

Fast Times At Rigemont High is without a doubt one of the greatest masterpieces ever made! Those of you who gave it 1 or 2 stars obviously aren't americans or haven't lived in the 80's. This movie brings back memories every time I watch it. It's a delight to see it, and when will this movie be on DVD? If anyone knows, please email me.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Amy Heckerling
Sean Penn

DVD title: At First Sight
Productgroup: DVD
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A great movie!

Walking into the filming while on vacations in NYC, I decided to get that movie in english. Just to have a souvenir. what an awesome surprise to watch such a movie! It was not only watching, it was... feeling the play of Mira Sorvino and Val Kilmer. Were they the only ones to be able to play the story in the whole world? It seems to, as they are just perfect and I believe Winkler did a great job directing them. Actors goes through so many emotions in a wonderful way. Comes from the heart and sure goes right to the heart.Make sure you don't miss it. WAOW!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Irwin Winkler
Val Kilmer
Mira Sorvino

DVD title: The Pawnbroker
Productgroup: DVD
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Steiger Unforgetable !!


Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Sidney Lumet
Rod Steiger
Geraldine Fitzgerald

DVD title: Star Wars - Clone Wars, Vol. 1 (Animated)
Productgroup: DVD
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At last the wait is over!

I watched some of the episodes on TV and has been waiting for this DVD to come out! This is way better than the actual movies, with better character depiction and development! A must buy for any Star Wars fans!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Mat Lucas
James Arnold Taylor
Jerome Beidler

DVD title: The Holy Bible - Complete King James Version - Old & New Testament
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Idea

Johnston's reading the scriptures as you read along is an excellent idea. There is a section of nice Bible pictures. There are pictures in the text that are entertaining, but I really appreciate the plain Bible reading.
Johnston reads fast and well. The scripture passages are there on screen for you to read along or not. I really really enjoy these discs. I use them when I am tired at night and I can read longer and faster along with Johnston. Now even my husband doesn't mind joining me as we substitute a silly sitcom with the Word of God. A TRUE BLESSING. GREAT FOR TRIPS WITH A PORTABLE DVD PLAYER.

Studio: Wea Corp
Stephen Johnston

DVD title: Candy
Productgroup: DVD
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Swingin' 60s Eye Candy

I love this movie. Candy is a georgeous blonde babe who goes on a wacked-out voyage of sexual discovery. Richard Burton, Ringo Starr, James Coburn, Walter Matthau, Marlon Brando and other dirty old men try to get into Candy's pants with varying degrees of success....and hilarious results. Especially Burton and Brando as, respectively, a boozey poet and a nutzoid guru. If you're a child of the 60s (like me) or you're into movies like "Dr. Strangelove", "Head", "The Magic Christian", etc. You'll dig this flick. Great soundtrack and psychedelic FX as well. The whole thing dosen't make much dosen't really have to...but I feel that if it did, it wouldn't be this much FUN.The swingin' 60s, as I'd like to remember 'em....

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Christian Marquand
Ewa Aulin
Richard Burton

DVD title: Enter the Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
Enter the Dragon - movie DVD cover picture
gotta own it...

have seen this movie almost 10 times now since i bought it 3 or 4 months ago.. very nicely reproduced using digitial technology! greate movie to see over and over...

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Robert Clouse
Bruce Lee

DVD title: Ice Age (2-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Okay, this is a great movie and I don't mean just for kids. If anything, rent or buy this JUST for Scrat that adorable prehistoric squirrel. Every part he's in is funny, and he even has his own little cartoon movie DVD that comes with this. Viva Scrat!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
John Leguizamo
Denis Leary

DVD title: Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Second Season - movie DVD cover picture
A wonderful, wonderful show

To be honest, I never thought a show would ever match up to Seinfeld, but it has finally happened. I don't know what it is with Larry David, but it's becoming very addictive. Being a college student, I dont have HBO, but i've bought seasons 1 and 2, waiting for season 3, and I can't wait. Larry David is brilliant. I loved Caztanza in Seinfeld, and I love Larry David. But seriously, if you are an avid Seinfeld fan, you will love this show. If you are the typical "Friends" comedy person, you might get a little bored...but maybe not.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Jeff Garlin
Larry David
Cheryl Hines

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