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DVD title: Oasis: There and Then
Productgroup: DVD
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LIVE LIVE LIVE!!!!!!!!


The best music video out on sale. The awesome concert from Maine Road, Manchester, England. It shows the great oasis perform to there home town fans and what a show it was with exclusive footage of behind the scene activities, this video is an absolute definate to all oasis fans! END

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Dick Carruthers
Actors:
Liam Gallagher
Noel Gallagher (II)




DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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Mr. ed's review


i'ts cool, it was a great movie! great actio

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss




DVD title: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)
Productgroup: DVD
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Glorious


This is a terrific movie.

Never before in my whole life have I seen a movie about people who were supposed to have lived two millenia ago and felt that we were all part of the same society. That they could have walked right into my house, or I into their, um, igloo. It was a cinematic tour de force that should be a classic for this reason alone. I liked it all: the clothes, the sunglasses, the choice of Inuit as a language with beautifully translated subtitles.

Perhaps the most difficult part of the movie is to convey the superstitiousness of the Inuit in a way the audience can relate to. Again, the film is triumphant.

And the scenes are simply unforgettable: can a Man really kick a sled dog? Or take a second Wife? And the klutzy hero: can he really escape from three men who want to kill him and then simply take them all on at once and outfight them?

If you think you might like it, get it.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Actors:
Natar Ungalaaq
Sylvia Ivalu




DVD title: Profit - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
Profit - The Complete Series - movie DVD cover picture
Delightfully Twisted Entertainment


Wow, I can't believe "the powers that be" have put this twisted little gem on dvd. It gives me hope that other short-lived but equally deserving shows will make it too. It's not going to be to everyone's taste but I knew I was hooked the minute Jim Profit walked into his apartment and passionately kissed a blonde haired woman then pulled away and said, "Hello Mother" This show is daring and perverse and I loved it!! If you want to see something out of the ordinary with a wicked sense of humor then give Profit a try. You can't beat the price.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain



DVD title: Doc - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
Doc - Season One - movie DVD cover picture
Wonderful DVD


If you've not had the opportunity to see any of the "DOC" shows, you are missing out on a lot of good, clean, family fun. My husband and I watch it, as well as our 3 children ages 8, 9 and 10 and they love it, too. You'll laugh a lot, cry a little, get angry and forgive all in one episode. I would recommend this for any age group. :-)

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Actors:
Billy Ray Cyrus



DVD title: A Christmas Carol (Colorized Version)
Productgroup: DVD
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Alastair Sim as the quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge


The 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol" comes down to the performance of Alastair Sim (To set the record straight, this film was released as "Scrooge" in the United Kingdom and as "A Christmas Carol" in the United States). Other versions have better known supporting casts and are in color, but this one has Alastair Sim. This British actor did other films: "The Belles of St. Trinian's," "The Millionairess," and "The Ruling Class." But you probably do not remember noticing him. There have been lots of great Scrooges, from George C. Scott and Mr. MaGoo to Scrooge McDuck and Patrick Stewart, from all of them had other roles. George C. Scott will always be Patton and Patrick Stewart will never stop being Jean-Luc Picard, no matter how many times he plays Professor X. But Alastair Sim was "only" Ebenezer Scrooge.
This is not to diminish the rest of the cast. Michael Hordern is the match of Alec Guiness as Jacob Marley and his ghost, Hermione Baddeley is as fine a Mrs. Cratchit as we have seen, Francis De Wolff is a boisterous Ghost of Christmas Present, and Glyn Dearman is a perfect Tiny Tim. But we keep coming back to the point that Alastair Sim is Scrooge. This film is only 85 minutes long, but it covers the entire classical story by Charles Dickens. Screenwriter Noel Langley sticks close to the original (he would adapt "The Pickwick Papers" the following year), but tampering with this one is not advised. Director Brian Desmond Hurst's film is in black & white, but that hardly seems important (and colorization is a clear cut case of heresy) given C. Pennington-Richards's beautiful cinematography and Ralph Brinton's gorgeous art direction recreating old London town.
But we keep coming back to Sim in a performance that sometimes has you wondering why anybody ever dared to essay the role again. Whether he is playing the heartless boss of Bob Crachit, the stingy miser who wants the poor to hurry up and die, the terrified old man confronting the ghost of his dead partner, the remorseful old man looking back at the happy days of his youth, the sobered figure looking at his own grave, and the giddy soul who keeps Christmas in his heart all the rest of the days of his life. You can enjoy many different versions of "A Christmas Carol," but this one remains extra special, and we all know who gets the credit.

Studio: Vci Home Video
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Actors:
Alastair Sim
Kathleen Harrison




DVD title: American History X
Productgroup: DVD
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This film was flat out amazing!!


Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) loses his father Dennis (William Russ), who is a firefighter , that died putting out a firefighter in a crack house. Ever since then, Derek has been filled with hate, rage, violence, and racism. He joins up with Cameron Alexander ( Stacey Keach) who is the leader of the Nazi movement in Los Angeles. One night Derek catches three African American men breaking into his car, and he kills them. Derek is sent to prison for six years. While inside, Derek reluctantly becomes friends with an African American prisoner named Lamont (Guy Torry). Over time, Lamont causes Derek to realize that all his hate and anger never made his life any better. Now he is out and a changed man. Unfortunately , his brother Danny ( Edward Furlong) is headed in the exact same direction Derek was, and loves the life of a Nazi. Now it is up to Derek to save his brother and teach him the true meaning of redemption.
"American History X" is one of the best films that I have ever seen. The story is amazing, all the actors are outstanding, and the script provides for shocking scenes and great dialogue overall. The film takes an extremely controversial look at racism and shows just how damaging it can be. Watching the film unfold will leave you in awe. The parts dealing with Derek's past are shot in black and white to give them more of an ominous appeal. The present is shot in color to give the appearance of hope. Edward Norton gives the performance of his career as Derek Vinyard. He plays both sides of the character great. He is very convincing as a skinhead, and after prison shows that redemption is possible. Edward Furlong in my opinion did the best job in the movie. Furlong supplies extremely realistic emotion to let the audience know the inner conflict that his character is dealing with. The reason the character has such an impact on the film is because he is only trying to be like his brother. The rest of the cast was filled with excellent actors that include Stacey Keach, Avery Brooks, Ethan Suplee, Beverly De Angelo, and Fairuza Balk.
"American History X" is a highly controversial and disturbing film. It has shocking scenes and a realistic look at racism. But the story and characters are emotionally driven, and Derek's fight towards retribution is inspriring! It is an entertaining film, but an important one as well. A truly memorable classic.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Tony Kaye
Actors:
Edward Norton
Edward Furlong




DVD title: Ghostbusters 2
Productgroup: DVD
Ghostbusters 2 - movie DVD cover picture
Take a look. That's not Gainsborough's Blue Boy there.


This is definitely one of the 5 best films ever made. The cast are excellent, and it contains some of the funniest scenes I've ever seen in a movie. Pre-order your DVD copy, because 10 years on since its creation, it still breaks me up every time. Oh, and VigoVonHomburgDeutchendorf@Yahoo.com, the sponge vibrated about a foot and a half.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Ivan Reitman
Actors:
Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver




DVD title: Trigun Vol. 1 - The 60 Billion Dollar Man
Productgroup: DVD
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Just right


Many people who try this anime say they are surprised but pleased with the light tone. Most expected just action and blood. Let me tell you, the creators made it just right. The earlier episodes alternate between action and amusement and keep you guessing for awhile.
However, be warned that there is far more to it than that. As the series progresses, more ideas and conflicts about morals will come up, and more people will be hurt. But just when things might get quite heavy, there is always some humor; however it is never garish and strikes just the right note.
This is an excellent anime which is actually about something... definitely watch it if you ever wonder about the morality of taking a life to save others--or about war--or crime--or guns--or really anything involving people being hurt.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Actors:
Satoshi Nishimura



DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Why we see movies


To the poster below who urges viewers to see films by Sayles or Leigh INSTEAD of Starwars:
Let me guess, you're a freshman in college who just read Nietzsche for the first time. What a silly, pretentious review. Sayles, Fellini, Goddard are great, but to compare the tone and subject matter of Starwars to Cries and Whispers, for example, is completely missing the point.

Starwars is GL's ode to Saturday matinees, flash gordon, and swashbuckling rogues w/ touches of myth, samurai warrior code and spaghetti westerns.
NEWSFLASH: movies are ALSO about having fun. No films better represent the sheer exhilaration, wonderment and escapism of what movies are all about than the original starwars trilogy.

RE: Edits to the trilogy
If the reviews on Amazon are any indication, many die-hard SW fans are outraged by the alterations GL has made post-release. While I sympathize w/ this viewpoint to some degree, I don't think the changes are significant enough to warrant the outrage. Most of the changes are cosmetic (having little to do w/ the characters and grand scope of the story) and according to GL, would have been included in the original if not for the technical and logistical limitations.

The optimal solution would have been a release of the original movies along w/ the changes as extras on the DVD. But either way, the trilogy remains a classic.




Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



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