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DVD title: Dragonheart - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Leaping Lizards


Director Rob Cohen (XXX & The Fast and the Furious) brings mythical creatures to life in the grand fantasy adventure "Dragonheart". In a medieval land, Bowen (Dennis Quaid), a fallen knight of the old code of honor, forms an unlikely alliance with a noble fire-breathing beast (voiced by Academy Award winner Sean Connery). These two sworn enemies aid a peasant rebellion against a spoiled tyrant (David Thewlis). "Dragonheart" is a truly entertaining fantasy adventure for the whole family. Its enchanting story is quite engaging and its characters are certainly memorable. The movie contains some great action, delightful humor and spectacular special effects. Dennis Quaid delivers a surprising performance. Draco is a terrific visual creation and Sean Connery is perfectly cast as the voice of the dragon. The cast also includes Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, Jason Isaacs and Julie Christie.

As one of Universal's earliest DVD releases, "Dragonheart" Collector Edition is a highly recommended purchase. The fantasy adventure is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format. The DVD contains a spectacular picture quality with striking detail and bright colors. Its 5.1 Dolby Digital sound is great with fine clarity and good bass. Unlike the DTS version, this DVD features numerous supplements including an audio commentary by director Rob Cohen, the excellent "The Making of Dragonheart" documentary, theatrical trailers, deleted scenes, picture galleries and production notes. Overall, "Dragonheart" (Dolby Digital version) has a superb DVD presentation and scores a definite "A-".

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rob Cohen
Actors:
Dennis Quaid
Pete Postlethwaite
Dina Meyer
Sean Connery




DVD title: Boogie Nights
Productgroup: DVD
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Tour de force


The critics who put this movie in a "Best-of-all-time" list probably got seduced by all the patchwork trends of the '90s.
Boogie Nights is an interesting, occasionally sloppy, generally sympathetic movie with distinct flaws. Though these flaws don't destroy the whole, it is nowhere close to being a classic of Citizen Kane proportions, though stylistically it reflects (and, I would argue, is symptomatic of) the '90s style of postmodern filmmaking.
Like most '90s films and especially indies, this movie suffers from too quirky a narrative flow and show-offy techniques. Its most grievous problem is a generic one -- writer/director P.T. Anderson, by trying to evoke too many movies that he seems to love (or, in the worst-case scenario, by trying to dog after the Tarantino approach to filmmaking), creates tonal conflicts in his movie that don't fit the story at all. For example, to chronicle Dirk Diggler's decline, he stages a ridiculous drug-dealing sequence complete with John Woo-style double-pistol action. Compared with the gentle and moving account of the Don Cheadle character's decline (unable to get a bank loan because he was a porn star), this sequence is garbage indeed. (I'm as big a fan of John Woo as anybody, but there are times to use the Woo imagery and techniques, and this wasn't one of them.) The actors are great to watch, of course -- when you get Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Don Cheadle, Burt Reynolds...and a well cast Mark Wahlberg in a movie, it'd take a lot to spoil the characterization, and Anderson, for all his faults, isn't quite that atrocious to ruin it for his actors.
So in the end Boogie Nights is an overlong though sharply observed comment on pornography and growing up in the '70s. Defiantly unusual -- and like many other films that dare to take risks, it stumbles. They're noble failures, however. Once Anderson reconciles his sense of adventure in filmmaking with coherence of tone and narrative flow, he'll achieve a true dialogue with his Muse. On Boogie Nights, he's shouting to be heard.

Studio: New Line Studios
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors:
Burt Reynolds
Julianne Moore
Mark Wahlberg




DVD title: Sonatine
Productgroup: DVD
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1 OF 2 MASTERPIECES FROM A GREAT JAPANESE ACTOR/DIRECTOR


WHAT A TERRIFIC 1998 FOR ACTOR/DIRECTOR TAKESHI KITANO. 1ST HIS GREAT "FIREWORKS" COMES OUT IN THE SPRING AND LATER THAT YR COMES "SONATINE" WHICH IS THE DEFINITE JAPANESE "GOODFELLAS". BOTH FLICKS WERE SOOOOO GREAT THAT I CHOSE THE 2 AS A TIE FOR MY #1 BEST FILM OF '98. WHICH WAS THE BEST? HARD 2 ANSWER 'CAUSE I LOVED BOTH OF THEM! KITANO MASTERS "SONATINE" BEAUTIFULLY AND THE DIALOGUE HE WROTE WAS WAY BEFORE TARANTINO. "SONATINE" HAS DIALOGUE WHICH IS MUCH EDGIER AND A LOT MORE FUNNIER THAN "PULP FICTION". WE ALSO LAUGH AT MOMENTS OF SUDDEN HILARITY AND WE FRIGHTEN AT SUDDEN MOMENTS OF VIOLENCE ESPECIALLY THE GUNFIGHT AT THE BAR (I JUMPED AND MY HEART WENT RACING). THE DARK HUMOR HERE IS INCREDIBLE. THE GAMES KITANO AND HIS CRONIES CONCOCT ARE JUST VERY FUNNY AND REFRESHING. THE SHOOTING FIREWORKS SEQUENCE AT THE BEACH IS ONE. THEY SHOOT SPARKS AT EACH OTHER WHEN SUDDENLY KITANO PULLS OUT A GUN AND STARTS SHOOTING REAL BULLETS AND LAUGHING HIS HEAD OFF. SO DID MY HEAD AS I FELL OFF MY CHAIR. YOU GET SCARED IF KITANO'S GONNA SHOOT AND KILL SOMEBODY YET AT THE SAME TIME, YOU CHUCKLE BECAUSE THE GAME TAKES A VERY WACKY TURN. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS WORK IN 2 UPCOMING FEATURES: "KIKUJIRO" AND HIS 1ST U.S. FEATURE "BROTHER". TAKESHI 'BEAT' KITANO IS A MAJOR PLAYER IN INTERNATIONAL CINEMA AND HE MUST BE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Actors:
Takeshi Kitano
Aya Kokumai
Tetsu Watanabe




DVD title: The Postman Always Rings Twice
Productgroup: DVD
The Postman Always Rings Twice - movie DVD cover picture
Naughty, naughty, naughty.


I must say, after viewing this film I find that my appreciation of Hitchcock has increased tremendously. No, his films are never quite as great as they're made out to be, and even the best of them suffer from moments of unintentional hilarity. However, if this is the sort of thing they were up against, it's not hard to see how they've achieved their reputation.
I can't say that The Postman Always Rings Twice is totally without merit, but these moments of real tension are very far and few between, and given the aimless, shambling pace of the film, they tend to be swallowed up by the rest of it. The thoroughly average actors go through the motions with relative competence, but they don't have much to do. The relationship between the two illicit lovers was obviously meant to be torrid/feverish/mad, but the truth is, it's barely there. And I don't think that this can entirely be blamed on the film code, either. Regardless of the wherefores, however, without any evidence whatsoever--no matter how veiled--of any sort of sexual tension between them, the wheels come off the whole affair. Furthermore, the act of the murder itself isn't given any cinematic gravity, and the faintly silly legal procedings that follow from it don't do favors to anyone.
The ending, it's true, works well enough, although the banana peel death on which it hinges takes away even from that. hint to filmmakers: if you're trying to invoke a sense of cosmic justice, you can't use random, predicated-on-nothing plot twists. In paying homage to the noir genre, The Man Who Wasn't There pulled it off infinitely more adroitly than is done here. And we certainly could have lived without the helpful explanation of this mechanism--and the film's title--at the end. Okay, guys, we get the picture. It ain't all that deep.
Who knows, maybe I'm wrong about this film and everyone else is right: it really IS a cinematic masterpiece. I very much doubt it, though. People are oft blinded by reputation, and much as I hate to psychologize complete strangers, I think that's what's happening here. The Postman Always Rings Twice is not a good movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Tay Garnett
Actors:
Lana Turner
John Garfield




DVD title: Men of Honor (Full-Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Movie of HONOR!!!


If a man says this movie is flop one then I would say that person is mentally Dumb, Deaf and blind!!! Exellent acting by DeNiro and Gooding! If the world still goes in two ways, following the Black and White people there won't be sucess!!! I still wonder... how many people are still there who goes like against other kinda people???

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Actors:
Robert De Niro
Cuba Gooding Jr.




DVD title: WWE Summerslam 2001
Productgroup: DVD
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Let the Bodies Hit the Floor - 4.5 Stars


SummerSlam 2001 was a very good PPV.
Edge vs. Lance Storm- Very good action. This was back when Lance Storm had a lot of heat, before they started to bury him.
Spike and the APA vs. Test and The Dudley Boyz- Good match, Spike always takes big bumps
Tajiri vs. X-Pac - before they buried Tajiri, back when he was hot. ... a good match.
Rhyno vs. Jericho- Jericho slipped on the ropes a couple of times, but still good.
DDP and Kanyon vs. The Undertaker and Kane- A squash match, not that good, but what you expect.
RVD and Jeff Hardy- Best match of the PPV. RVD missed one spot but, that was an impossible spot with a very high level of difficulty, so it didn't hurt the match at all. Great match. Much props to both men.
Booker T vs. The Rock- good match, Rock has a lot of electricity, and Booker still had heat for the match.
Stone Cold vs. Angle- This was a great match. Good chemistry between the two. Weak ending hurts, but not too much.
Bonus Feature - Extra Length Austin Appreciation Day from Raw - very good feature, see Austin develop his "What, What, What" chant. And see the Alliance looking like clowns.
Overall a very good PPV, call me crazy but I call it the best of the year.

Studio: Sony Wonder
Actors:
Kurt Angle
The Rock
Stone Cold Steve Austin




DVD title: Leon Errol Two-Reeler Comedy
Productgroup: DVD
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Long Live Leon's Legacy!


How can one short, paunchy, bald, old guy get mixed up in so many marital misunderstandings and mishaps? It's easy if the guy happens to be Leon Errol.I bought this set not really knowing much about Errol except what I had read about him. I was totally surprised at how great these short subjects were! I was expecting fair and I got great.And what's so amazing is that other stars of long-running short subject series usually experienced a decline in the quality of their series as the years went by (for example, the Three Stooges' Columbia series).However, Errol's series, which ran from the 1930's until his death in 1951, just got better as he aged. The writing and acting in these episodes were always outstanding.Errol was 70 when he died and this collection includes his last short subject, "Lord Epping Returns" from 1951, which has Errol playing duel roles. It's really a very funny short subject.Also, Errol's series didn't rely on tired situations like traveling to different part of the world so that gimmicks and costumes could be utilized.All ten of the entries presented in this collection center around Leon's home or his office. And the plot lines are some of the most complex I've ever seen in any short subject series.Many of them center around Leon's wife thinking he's chasing other women, and often Leon drops hints that he's done just that.While Leon Errol may not be everyone's cup of tea, I feel that he is in a class by himself. It's sad that today he is almost totally forgotten, but hopefully this set will focus the attention on him that he deserves.I hope VCI will come out with a second collection of Leon Errol short subjects!

Studio: Vci/Ffi
Actors:
Leon Errol



DVD title: Tommy Boy
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Chris Farley And David Spade Movie Ever


This is a classic movie. Forget those lame Ben Stiller and Jim Carrey movies. Buy the ones with Sandler, Spade or Farley. In this movie, Tommy Callahan III(Farley) avenges his father's death by trying to sell brake pads with his buddy, Richard (Spade). Watch what happens to Richard's car and Tommy's methods of selling. Here are my favorite quotes:

Tommy Callahan II: "You can get a good look at a T-Bone steak by sticking your head up a bull's ass, but wouldn't you rather take a butcher's word for it?"

Richard: "Did I hear a niner?"

Salesman: "Why do they put a guarantee on the box then?"
Tommy: "Just to show that all they sold you was a guaranteed piece of s**t."

Tommy: "There are a lot of people who go to college for seven years."
Richard: "Yeah, they're called doctors."

I can't think of anymore right now.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Peter Segal
Actors:
Chris Farley
David Spade
Brian Dennehy
Bo Derek




DVD title: The Last Man On Earth
Productgroup: DVD
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HORROR AT ITS BEST


So great, an "OWN IT" rating. The scenes, the mood, the story, the living dead..younger fans-dont let the name Vincent Price steer you clear from this movie, he is brilliant as the last surviving man after a world wide plague kills everyone. Now, so you will always trust my reviews, here is the only caveat, the ending...no matter how many times I watch it, I always get let-down with the ending..I always think it will change...now that's a good movie!!!!

Studio: Pro-Active Entertain



DVD title: Sade - Life Promise Pride Love
Productgroup: DVD
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Good Stuff


Aside from absolutely loving this music, I am always enthralled when I watch Sade sing: her look, her voice, her moves ... all so enchanting. I'd be inclined to give this DVD a 5-star rating, but I can't since I've already seen the "Sade Live" disc, which I consider to be virtual perfection in a musical performance DVD. Overall, "Life Promise Pride Love" rates a "5" for music and sound quality, and a "3" for the videos.
THE MUSIC. Timeless and still moving. I dig the songs more now than when they first hit the airwaves back in the 80's and 90's. There's a good balance of hits representing the first four albums: three each from "Diamond Life" and "Promise," and four each from "Stronger Than Pride" and "Love Deluxe." There's also a bonus hit, "By Your Side," from the most recent album "Lovers Rock." As Sade fans can well understand, it's hard to tire of this alluring music, especially in 5.1 (fantastic!).
THE VIDEOS. While this compilation makes a great addition to anyone's musical DVD library, I have to admit that I was a bit underwhelmed by the outdated storylines and mediocre production quality in several of the videos. No surprise really: the first ten tracks are vintage 80's productions, with the most common settings being bars, nightclubs and casinos, occasionally frequented by a cast of underworld characters or other mystery men (whatever). As far as I can tell, the videos are ordered chronologically, and both the production value and creativity improve as you keep watching. Most are in color, but the four b/w videos are especially noteworthy for their artistry: "Never as Good as the First Time," "Nothing Can Come Between Us," "Cherish the Day," and "Feel No Pain." Directors Sophie Muller and Brian Ward chalk up the most video credits with five and four, respectively.
DVD FEATURES. Nothing extravagant, consisting simply of a discography, biography, and a couple options involving the displaying of lyrics.
All things considered, this would be a worthwhile purchase for just about anyone.

Studio: Sony/Columbia



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