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DVD title: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 - Freddy's Revenge
Productgroup: DVD
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Leave this film alone.

This film is a scary movie. I've seen movies that couldn't scare an infant, The Ring, and I have to say that this is taking too much heat. What is wrong with it? I don't see any problem with it. When do you watch a horror movie for the acting or story? You watch horror movies to see jumps, scares, gore, sex, drugs, nudity, and especially a sick sense of humor that when you think about it when you laugh, you feel like you must be the most evil person ever. ... I don't care if a horror movie has bad acting, the acting should make you just want to watch to see their fate. I want enough to get the the scares, gratuitous nudity, drugs, sex, and gore. I don't care if the story is Citizen Kane, horror movies are meant for people to just shut their brains down and watch something that they can talk with their friends about later. A popcorn movie. Enjoy this MASTERPIECE because one day this film will be out of print. Hurry!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jack Sholder
Mark Patton
Kim Myers
Robert Englund

DVD title: Nosferatu, The Vampire
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best films ever made.

This is one of my all time favorite movies. It's a million times more atmospheric (scary and eerie) than anything they can make now. 1921 may be a very long time ago, but this is still one of the best films ever made. Period. -In any genre !. It holds up today, and it always will, I'm sure. It never seem to lose any of its power; in fact it only gains with time. In many ways, the movie is very much like a vampire itself. -It may look worn, but it never dies. Just think what we would've missed, had they really destroyed all the copies back then. By the way, why is this version only 64 minutes long, when there's also a 90 minute German version in existence ?.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: F.W. Murnau
Max Schreck
Greta Schröder
Ruth Landshoff

DVD title: Funny Games
Productgroup: DVD
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A brilliant masterpeice! A must have movie

an excellent movie! however i do not recommend Clean, Shaven along with it. Man Bites Dog is a great film to buy in addition to this one.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Michael Haneke
Susanne Lothar
Ulrich Mühe
Arno Frisch
Frank Giering

DVD title: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the Best!

A genuinely classic retelling of the boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and boy finds her again tale sung to Michel LeGrand's great jazz score. As another reviewer correctly notes, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" is a movie operetta, set primarily during the Algerian War of Independence. The brightly colored sets have a definitive 1960's look, yet do not seem dated at all. The performances are all first rate, especially Catherine Deneuve's. If you see it at home, then you should purchase this VHS tape; however, it should be seen instead at your neighborhood revival film theater.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Jacques Demy
Catherine Deneuve
Nino Castelnuovo
Anne Vernon

DVD title: The Ten Commandments
Productgroup: DVD
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A uniquely great & timeless classic, improved by DVD techn.

Monumental timeless picture, improved by DVD picture quality (excellent by any standard), and surround sound music (very good). This is a must have for all families for an annual celebration for Passover, Easter, or thanksgiving. Review:
Cecil B. DeMille's "Introductory Commentary" gives great insight into his purpose and perspective in making the movie. Very importantly, the meaning of the movie as presented by DeMille in his introduction is about freedom; and specifically freedom to worship. The striving for freedom that all men have.
DeMille obviously had several thoughts of freedom on his mind when he made this film in 1956. The world had just suffered through WWII with all its tragedies, including the murder of 6 million jews in death camps and the killing of over a hundred million people; the Korean war where North Korea invaded South Korea; the Cold War was in full swing and the Iron Curtain dropped in Eastern Europe depriving hundreds of millions of people of all their freedoms; coincidently the USSR invaded Hungary in October, 1956. Communism was brutally telling people how to think and how NOT to worship. The list goes on.
At that time, the US had its own internal war beginning to explode against this country's own bigotry and prejudice that robbed millions of African Americans, Jews and other minorities of their freedoms as clearly defined in the Declaration of Independence, "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights", and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. And, very, very importantly, Israel was fighting for its very existence and its own freedoms to exist and worship within the borders established for it after WWI by the victorious British Army (which established all ex Ottoman borders ad hoc).
Hollywood Era Epic:
With regard to knowledgeable Jewish reviewer's (Rabbi Y. G.) issues, he is essentially correct! But, I have to point out that while 1956 reflected only nominal sensitivity to the points he brought up, there was also very nominal knowledge, at that time, as well. I would think that very few people knew what the traditional customs, or mannerisms were; the only Jewish dialect most people every heard was with a distinctively New York; or possibly European accent. Hebrew was just re-emerging as a spoken language in Israel. And, Hollywood only used the actors the studios had under contract, rather than filling the part authentically. Finally, this era's acting was more theatrical, making it less realistic. Personally, I see the acting styles of this movie more positively. These older styles are better able to better carry us to another time and place.
It is only recently Hollywood has focused on true authenticity down to the dialects, customs, mannerisms, people. Personally, I don't feel these take issues away from the movie.
I am grateful that Rabbi Y. G. discusses his issues because I cannot see a modern re-make emerging anytime soon to supplement, or replace this film classic. His points are important if we are to know the historical truth, and therefore "be free". Ignorance can only tear at man's freedoms like a cancer.
Where history differs with his statement that the film views Passover through a Christian viewpoint. I would like to humbly share that Christianity is solely, "completed Judaism" (Dr. Fructenbaum, "Jesus was a Jew" pp 103) and this occurred through the fulfillment of the Passover by JHWH. But, this only makes sense if one reads the Talmud, Midrashim, Zohar, Babylonian Talmud, Midrash Thanhumi (and other texts) that claim that Mashiach ben Yoseph and Mashiach ben David are one and the same; and that Isaiah 53 was properly interpreted by the early century Rabbi's including Jonathan ben UzzielSimon ben Yochai, Rabbi Eliezer Kalir (7th century), Moses ben Maimon (11th century) and others when they claimed it spoke of the Messiah.
But, for my interest, the movie is about man's desire and right to freedom and self-determination and it is excellent in virtually every manner and outpaces many great movies made decades later.
Compare it to "The Patriot", a recently released and great film that will become a classic. Everything - costumes, background landscapes, ships, armies, etc. - was very authentic, except the British accents! Yet, of all these authentic items, only the costumes were real. Everything else was computer generated!
Notes on Background Credits:
The movie is exceptionally well researched (for its time). While the movie only used the "one paragraph" from the Book of Exodus, DeMille openly states in his prologue that he also used a number of historical books and the credits show a number of archeological experts were consulted. This includes books written by Josephus, Philo, Eusebius and the Midrash. Also, "Prince of Egypt" by Wilson, "Piller of Fire", by Rev. Ingragm, and "On Eagle's Wings" by Southon. Consulted were Rabbi Rudolph Lupo of the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, and the Library of Antiquities, Luxor Egypt.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Charlton Heston
Yul Brynner

DVD title: Shrek (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Shrek is the Best

What can you say? There aren't may films that are as entertaining as this one for kids or for adults.The kids will love the comic like storyline and will recognise the fairytale characters throughout the film, the adults will remember the nursery rhymes of old - Do you know the muffin man? and anjoy the satirical humour - If I dropped one donkey you wouldn't be living!This has to be one of the funniest and best made films of all time, a future classic.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy

DVD title: Seabiscuit (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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An excellent movie about second chances in life

In addition to what others have written here, I saw Seabiscuit as a wonderful story about second chances in life - something we all need. There were second chances for Seabiscuit, the owner, the trainer, and the jockey. They all endured much and suffered through many obstacles in life.
I loved the director's use of David McCullough to narrate at the beginning to give it a doumentary touch. Many of us were familiar with his wonderful narrative voice from "The American Experience" and Ken Burn's "Civil War". That let the audience know this was a true story.
If all of that isn't enough, I learned the author of the book, Laura Hillenbrand, suffers with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and endured much to research and write the book.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gary Ross
Jeff Bridges
Chris Cooper

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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What can I say? Wow! Emotional...heartbreaking...a wonder to behold. This film completes one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. I've heard some people say that they were slightly annoyed by "false endings" at the end of the picture. The ending went entirely over these peoples' heads. It's only one endings. It concerns the hobbits. The story comes full circle as it should be. However, my only concern about the film comes at the expense of the ending as well. It was too abreviated. So many great chapters and scenes from the book didn't make it into the film, post-Mt. Doom. I want more. And I hear we're in store for a treat when the extended version comes out in November of 2004.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood

DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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The film of the century, nothing has come close in a long time! I am a sci-fi nut and haven't seen such suspense, special effects or great plot and story line since Alien or Terminator. Although watching it again and again does turn tedious, the film is one of the best. A great film and a great buy.

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

DVD title: Urusei Yatsura - TV Series 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny and extreimly odd.

Urusei Yatsura Vol.1 is pretty funny and engaging. The drawings not that good, but that can be expected from a 1981 anime show with a low budget.But I must say that this is a very odd tv show, for the charaters and people and aliens. But, if you can get past the poor drawing and oddness, as I did, then I am sure you will enjoy it.

Studio: AnimEigo

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