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DVD title: The Last Samurai (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Kiyaaaa!!!!


But never really hooks the viewer. Good action but contrived.

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




DVD title: Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Tied with return of the jedi, and revives the sieries but...


still not as good as A New Hope or Empire Strikes back. And all you loosers who seem to have some deep hatred for the prequal trilogy just because its not as good as the originals, screw you! you cant expect a fregin movie to be as good as the originals! oh and all you people who say Peter Jacksons take on Lord of the Rings was great, but Episode III was laughable, i mean jesus, i was cracking up every scean with gollum in it, peter jackson totaly messed up LoTR and you are whineing about sw Episode III JUST because its not as goot as the originals? how bout sein the movie again and this time ACTUALY WATCHING IT!!! Well, about the movie, it was pretty damn good, way better then episode II, as long as you can get some...wierd moments in the acting. most of them include most of hayden christionsons acting, palpatines "NO...NO NO YOU WILL DIE!" and vaders "NOOOOOOOOOO0000000000000oooooooooooooo" at the end, but besides that the dialauge was much better then the other 2 prequals, i loved the darker theame, and even though the drama is alittle clumsy sometimes, it is still pretty decent. I am a huge star wars fan, especialy of the originals, and i regret not being bourn at the time to see them at there release, but i do love the original movies more than any other movies ever made, so dont tell me i am some prequal lover who doesnt know about the original trilogy, bielieve me, i almost screamed in anger when i saw hayeden christionson at the end of return of the jedi on the dvd's, but i will say, to all you sw fans who have lost hope, this movie may not be the best sw movie, and may not be as good as the originals, but it is a comeback and it is much of an improvement, defenetly a great movie!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Hayden Christensen




DVD title: Horatio Hornblower Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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You go A&E!!


Hornblower and Co are trapped in port under a siege by a Spanish fire ship(huge mortor-like vessles). In a strange twist of fate this is also the time for Hornblower to become an actual Lt, and not just an acting one.
A&E does it agian, if you like Richard Sharpe you will like this DVD.

Studio: A & E Entertainment
Actors:
Horatio Hornblower
Ioan Gruffudd




DVD title: The Madness of King George
Productgroup: DVD
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What What?


I was thrilled when Nigel Hawthorne was nominated for the Best Actor oscar for his performance as George III in this film, not only because this was a stunning performance, but because of his history on the stage (which I was privileged to attend often in London) and with BBC productions. Sir Nigel (as he is now fashioned) is perhaps best known by television audiences as Sir Humphrey Appleby, the scheming civil service mandarin from the Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister series. I have admired him for years (and most recently got to see his great performance of Lear in London).
This film also starred such British acting heavy-weights as Helen Mirren as the queen (think of the Prime Suspect series on the BBC/PBS Mystery, among others), Ian Holm as the physician (most recently noted for his performance of Lear, now available on video), and Rupert Everett as the chomping-at-the-bit Prince of Wales.
The drama was intensified by collapsing or conflating actual historical events (alas, the play and movie would have one think that good king George actually recovered his wits and ruled; the truth is more sad, that he had recurring bouts of delirium and hysteria until finally succumbing to a dementia that lasted for years, and thus the Regency was established).
Poor George has gotten a 'bum rap' in America for being the 'tyrant' against whom the colonials rebelled; history shows, however, that far from the being the evil dictator, he was in fact perhaps the kindest and most enlightened monarch in Europe at the time, well loved by the people, and concerned for government more than his own pleasure. Artistic, well humoured and well mannered, George was perhaps the last monarch in Europe who should have been so tarred by the negative history with which he has been saddled.
This movie gives a little insight into that character of man. Set after the war with the colonies, George begins a slow process of deterioration. Seen here are the inhumane treatments prescribed for such people (I wonder if our modern medicine with machines and contraptions will look similarly barbaric 200 years from now?).
Lavish sets and costumes accentuate the film to give a very royal feel. Political intrigue, disfunctional family dynamics, and social class consciousness all arise in differing measure to make this a truly intricate plot; however, much of the politics and psychology are more for modern audiences than are actual re-creations or representations.
My favourite scene has to be the one in which George is reciting, in the gardens at Kew, a scene from Lear, in which Lear is slipping into madness.
'Lear!? Is this wise?' 'I don't know, I'd never read it!' came the doctor's response.
To see the king slip into sanity so subtly as his performance of Lear presents a slide into insanity is a treasure.
The postscript at the end, a direct criticism of the royal family, in which the king pronounces that their main purpose is to be a model family (and the hint in the closing that the disease of porphyria, George's most-likely ailment, is hereditary) is amusing if not entirely appropriate.
In all, a fabulous film.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Actors:
Nigel Hawthorne
Helen Mirren




DVD title: The Terminator
Productgroup: DVD
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Now THIS is what I call Special Edition.


If you are a fan of the Terminator Series, or a DVD producer wanting to see how to properly release a Special Edition, look no further. The SUPERCLEAN video is the best I have seen....this looks like it was filmed yesterday! They said this was a Digital Master from a Hi-Definition transfer, well I GUESS SO! And the added 5.1 audio is a nice bonus. Not on par with todays movies audio, but considering it was originally MONO the improvement is fantastic...and definitely close enough to make it sound great. This one's a no brainer.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: James Cameron
Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Biehn
Linda Hamilton




DVD title: Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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I want the original verson on DVD. Not the Directors cut!


Whilst I concur that, indeed, the original release in the film noir style was the better movie, the Director's Cut has grown on me - an essential addition to any set. The DVD release is nothing special - the "additives" are low, giving you pretty much the plain movie. But the movie - well, certainly in the top ten movies of all time for me.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors:
Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer
Sean Young




DVD title: Corrina, Corrina
Productgroup: DVD
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where have you been?


i have watched this movie at least five times and each time, it touches me. i also lost my mother at a very early age and could have used a corrina in my life.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jessie Nelson
Actors:
Tina Majorino
Ray Liotta
Whoopi Goldberg




DVD title: The Philadelphia Story
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite Movie Of All Time!


I love this movie! I normally get bored with black and white movies because I grew up in a world of color, but this movie is full of color. Katherine Hepburn is wonderful as Tracy a bride to be, but to which man in her life? This is one of the funniest movies of all time. My favorite part is the very first scene with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn on the porch of the house. It is hilarious. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves movies.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: George Cukor
Actors:
Cary Grant
Katharine Hepburn
James Stewart




DVD title: Playmate Pajama Party
Productgroup: DVD
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I was siting at home one day and I went and rented it.


I was bord siting at home doing nothing so I went and rented it and watched it in my VCR.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Scott Allen



DVD title: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Productgroup: DVD
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See this movie


If you haven't seen it yet, you are missing the only film in it's genre. There isn't anything else like it. This is one of my all-time favorites, and my two year old daughter's as well. Truly a movie for all ages. I absolutely love Danny Elfman's songs in this film - haunting, yet empathic. This movie is not as boisterous as Beetlejuice, but is more subtle in it's message, like Edward Scissorhands. Kids will love the fun characters and music; as an adult I love the artistic rendering that has been given to the set, characters, and music. Where stop-motion animation is concerned, it is, technically, by far the best ever made to date. The movement is very fluid, not at all like the Christmas classics I grew up with. I am surprised by how many people I have met who have never seen this movie- in our household, it is not only a semi-annual tradition (shown on both Hallowe'en and Christmas) but is also a day-to-day favorite, good for viewing anytime you want to watch a fun film. This DVD edition contains more worthwhile extras than almost any other DVD I've ever owned, including great short films, documentaries and commentaries.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Henry Selick
Actors:
Danny Elfman



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