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DVD title: William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Special Edition)
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as star-crossed lovers...

Wow! I hadn't seen anything about Romeo and Juliet since freshman year of high school. I have always loved this tragic play. The movie just brought it all back to life for me. It is really a creative way to think about Romeo and Juliet. My favorite scene has to be the "aquarium scene"--like out of a fairy tale or something. Also, it was actually the second (the first being Basketball Diaries)movie I saw with Leonardo DiCaprio...I was really impressed...what a contrast, huh? I have loved Claire Danes since My So-Called Life. I would tell anyone to buy this...Before Titanic, it was the movie that I rented ALL THE TIME! :o) I found myself always saying: (He)speaks...Oh, speak again bright angel! Buy this will not regret it.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Leonardo DiCaprio
Claire Danes

DVD title: Light It Up
Productgroup: DVD
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The movie that made me cry.

This was 1 of those powerful movies that you'll see that will keep you thinking about it after you watch it. The beginning starts out with the 6 seperate characters goin through their course of the day. The only 3 characters I can remember are Lester,Ziggy and Ronnie. Ziggy has a small run in with a very cocky police officer (who is assigned to the school to "make his presence known" which I must say he does too good of a job at) and when Lester goes to assist Ziggy the cop tells Lester to "assume the position" Basicly the whole deal with the hostage situation happens when the real smart "prissy" female student is suspended for bad mouthing to the principal about the poor conditions of the school. Another confrontation with Lester,Ziggy and the cop results in the officers gun discharged and the officer wounded. This is now when the school is evacuated and police and swat officers arrive. The officers attempt to enter the school which as their headed up to the frount doors DMX provides an awesome musical background. Its now up to the hostage negotiater(Vanessa Wiliams) to try and end the situation peacefully.During the whole hostage situation the group of students become kind of famous with their point of view on the shooting and their demands sent out to reporters VIA the internet. At this point Lester reveals a dark somewhat powerful secret. His father was gunned down by white cops and I believe 2 weeks before the shooting/hostage situation Lesters family lost their wrongful death lawsuit. This part with the wrongful death suit reminds me of the Diallo shooting last year in NYC where 4 white cops shot an african american 20 times for allegidly being armed. Both of these cases(video and reallife) prove that maybe there is a little bit of racism in police departments. What happens then???? Well watch the movie to see what happens. 1 last thing, im not the type to get chocked up watching movies but after watching the end of Light it Up I found myself with some teary eyes. This is a powerful movie that definitly is a reccomendation in my book

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Craig Bolotin

DVD title: The Simpsons - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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While the simpsons got funnier as it progressed,fans must own this!Simply because it is the first season!You get 13 episodes and many extras!Recconmended

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Dan Castellaneta

DVD title: Pitch Black (Rated Version)
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cool sci - fi flick

i rented this expecting bad acting , cool effects , and not scary looking monsters. boy am i surprised. i loved it. vin diesel is my fave actor. the only change would be make it longer. hello its 1 hour and 10 minutes long.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Twohy
Vin Diesel
Radha Mitchell
Cole Hauser

DVD title: Red Ryder - Double Feature Vol 10
Productgroup: DVD
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"Gabby Hayes rides the trail with Little Beaver and our hero Red Ryder"

VCI Entertainment and Republic Pictures present the first of a double feature..."Sheriff of Redwood" (1946) (digitally remastered in Dolby), long running Red Ryder series turned out in the early '40s...the story line is excellent with outstanding as usual productions with hours worth of entertainment....Bidwell the town leader plans to steal the money that has been set aside for blasting a mountain tunnel to bring the new railroad to Redwood Valley...the money is stolen and they blame it on the "Reno Kid" who has just broken out of the state prison to clear himself of the charges that sent him up ...will the "Reno Kid" be able prove his innocence and get back the ranch he lost...when Red Ryder is wounded will "The Kid" help or will he try and get rid of Red...does Ryder believe someone else is responsible for all the holdups and murders...don't miss any of the thrilling adventures.

Under director R. G. Springsteen with screenplay by Fred Harman and Earle Snell...the cast include Wild Bill Elliott (Red Ryder), Robert Blake (Little Beaver), Alice Fleming (The Duchess), Bob Steele (The Reno Kid), Peggy Stewart (Molly, Reno's wife), John Wayne Wright (Johnny, Reno's son), Arthur Loft (Harvey Martin), James Craven (Bidwell), Tom London (Sheriff), Keene Duncan ( Jackson - Henchman), Bud Geary (Strong - Henchman), Tom Chatterton (Doc Ellis), Frank Mc Carroll (Pete - Henchman)...another thrilling Red Ryder B-Western provided by Republic Pictures during their heyday of the early '40s.

The second feature on the double bill from VCI Entertainment and Republic Pictures is "Marshal of Reno" (1944) (digitally remastered)...there is a feud going on between two towns of who will be selected to be the County Seat...does Editor Palmer have a gang working to make sure his town wins...Red Ryder poses as an outlaw working his way into the gang hoping to find out who the leader is...Red is exposed by Palmer and they learn Ryder's true identity...Red and Gabby are then taken prisoners by the gang...does this look like the end for our hero and his sidekick...all this and much more follows the adventures of the "Marshal of Reno" as Red Ryder trails and brings the outlaws to justice.

Under director Wallace Grissell with screenplay by Taylor Caven, Anthony Coleway and Fred Harman...the cast include Wild Bill Elliott (Red Ryder), George "Gabby" Hayes (Gabby), Bobby Blake (Little Beaver), Alice Fleming (The Duchess), Herbert Rawlinson (Editor John Palmer), (Editor John Palmer), Jay Kirby (Danny Boyd), LeRoy Mason (Faro Carson), Blake Edwards (Lee), Fred Graham (Drake), Jack Kirk (Kellogg), Keene Duncan (Adams - Henchman), Bud Geary (Ward - Henchman), Tom Steele (Stagecoach Robber), Tom London (Sheriff), Tom Chatterton (The Judge)...William Elliott had a long and prosperous career as a B-Western star well into the 1950s.

1. Photo Gallery (Red Ryder Lobby Cards - Dell Comic Book Covers)
2. B-Western Promo:
"Bad Man from Red Butte" (Johnny Mack Brown)
"Satan's Cradle" & "The Darling Caballero" (Duncan Renaldo (Cisco Kid) & Leo Carrillo (Pancho)
"Under California Stars" & "Bells of San Angelo" (Roy Rogers & Trigger)
3. Allan "Rocky" Lane Promo:
"Rustlers of Devil's Canyon" & "Sante Fe Uprising" (Allan "Rocky" Lane as Red Ryder)
4. Adventures of Red Ryder Serial: (Chapters 9 & 10) (Don "Red" Barry as Red Ryder)
5. Bios & Filmography:
Wild Bill Elliott
Bobby Blake (aka Robert Blake)

If you enjoyed "Volume 10" why not pick up of "Red Ryder Double Features Volume 9" featuring "Marshal of Laredo" (1945) and "Tucson Raiders" (1944)...also the latest Bobby J. Copeland's book on "Bill Elliott:The Peaceable Man" is chuck full of answers to all the questions his fans had from early on...plenty of thrills, adventure and loaded with action. My personal favorites were the "Red Ryder Series" or "The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" an ongoing character that would appear in many films to Hickok and Wild Bill Saunders. Elliott was a natural for the western, his riding abilities and fight scenes were the caliber of Buck Jones, Johnny Mack Brown and Bob Steele...good reading for all you wranglers out there...I found myself being transported back in time, Mr. Copeland's book has opened my eyes to what a wonderful unselfish person Bill Elliott was...only wish I could have met him. He was one of a kind...a peaceable man!...published by Empire Publising and available on Amazon and Empire Publications Inc.

Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more of the same from the '40s vintage...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment, stay tuned once again with a top notch B-Western from VCI...just the way we like 'em!

Total Time: 107 mins on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment 8412 ~ (8/30/2005)

Studio: Vci/Ffi
William Elliott

DVD title: A Shot in the Dark
Productgroup: DVD
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A Shot in the Dark -- One of the Funniest Films of All Time

Peter Sellers was a comic genius, and nowhere is this more evident than in A Shot in the Dark, the first of the Pink Panther series to exclusively feature Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. It's one case where the sequel is superior to the original! This film can only be described as gaspingly funny. I've seen this move several dozen times, but it still makes me howl with laughter every time I see it. It's amazing to think that Sellers also made The Pink Panther, Dr. Stangelove, and The World of Henry Orient the same year (all titles I would highly recommend as well). The fact that "Shot" is now on DVD in widescreen makes it that much more special. The supporting cast (Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom, George Sanders, and Bert Kwouk, among others) is perfect and provides a perfect ensemble foil to Sellers. The "Camp Sunshine" scene alone makes "Shot" worth seeing. This film is so funny, I can recommend that you purchase it without having seen it first -- it's that good!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Blake Edwards
Peter Sellers
Elke Sommer

DVD title: Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie! Great Comedy! Good 3D! Bad Horror.

I brought many mixed feelings to the theatre with me when I originally saw this film back in late 1991. On the one hand, I was thrilled to get another chance to watch my man Freddy doing what he does best; on the other hand, I was emotionally traumatized by the thought of this literally being the end of Freddy Krueger. Still, I enjoyed the film immensely, and now ? knowing that Freddy wasn't finished after all - I can go back and really have fun with this film. A lot of fans find fault with Freddy's Dead, but I am not one of them. It does go a little overboard a time or two, but this film exhibited ? from start to finish - a different character, atmosphere, and feel from all five of its predecessors, breathing vivid new life and infusing great energy into all things Elm Street. It's really a quite different Freddy that we find in this installment. Jumping ten years into the future, we find Freddy pretty much fat and happy; he has been very busy in this lost decade, pretty much wiping out the young people of Springwood and infesting what is left of the town with his insidious spirit. This Freddy is strong and powerful, going out of his way to really enjoy his soul-reaping escapades. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 made the mistake of going to extremes somewhat half-heartedly; Freddy's Dead also goes to extremes, but it does so with gusto and without the pretences that weakened Elm Street 5. Freddy truly enjoys himself in this installment, making this perhaps the most entertaining of all the Elm Street films.
The most significant aspect of Freddy's Dead is the remarkable insight we get into Freddy's past. The movie drops something of a bombshell on the audience, showing us a part of Freddy's history we never knew before. This plot point doesn't work perfectly (suffering slightly from "what came first ? the chicken or the egg" syndrome), but it does work. We also gain insight into Freddy's childhood (Alice Cooper plays his step-father), which was not a particularly happy one. While many a victim of such childhood abuse would now go on Oprah and sob for the cameras, Freddy chose a different path. He didn't want apologies or understanding, he wanted revenge and blood. Personally, I think he made the right choice.
Don't look for any players from past movies, as there is no direct continuity between Elm Street 5 and Freddy's Dead. Here we get to start all over again, in a world where only one Springwood teenager still lives. He tries to run, but he can't hide, and Freddy soon pulls him back where he belongs. Freddy wants a ticket out of town so that he can continue killing on a much larger scale ("Every town has an Elm Street"), and there is only one way out for him. This makes for a strong and attractive storyline, one which is even further enhanced by the film's explanation of the source of Freddy's nightmare powers. Of course, a few kids have to die, and they do so in the most ingenious of ways. Freddy's first appearance in this film is a must-see, and the kills he cooks up are elaborate, comical, and pretty darn satisfying. Fred's almost playful at times, truly delighting in his murderous handiwork. The video game kill sequence takes a good idea a little too far, but I thought the other kills were all very impressive ? much different from what has come before, but very satisfying.
Honestly, I find this a much better film than Elm Streets 2, 4, and 5. It's sort of a huge going away party for one of horror's greatest icons. Even Roseanne and Tom Arnold show up to be part of the fun (but, sadly, neither fall victim to our anti-hero). The big 3-D sequence that closes out the film is also great fun and wonderfully different from the "same old same old" endings of past years. I'm not completely satisfied with the method of Freddy's supposed destruction, but Freddy's Dead is basically a celebration of Freddy's unique contribution to the horror genre. I'm still not sure why the studio set out to end Freddy's reign of terror for good, though. A lot of experts seem to think that fans love to hate Freddy, so a desire to see him given a decent send-off might fit well into such modes of thought. There are plenty of us, though, who not only love Freddy but actively root him on. For us, Freddy's death was a hard pill to swallow; thankfully, Wes Craven returned home in the nick of time to save Freddy from a premature "death," giving him the chance to soar to even greater heights in Wes Craven's New Nightmare and Freddy vs. Jason.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Rachel Talalay
Robert Englund
Lisa Zane

DVD title: The Sixth Sense (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent, Chilling, A must see!

The Sixth Sense is a somewhat slow moving, but perpetually intriguing suspense film in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. The plot was without flaw, the cinematography excellent, and the acting (especially by Haley Joel Osment) was outstanding. This film is a must see, twice! The first time to have the plot revealed to you in your utter ignorance. The second time to reassure yourself that the plot truly is flawless. I look forward to more great work from Director/Writer Shyamalan.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Bruce Willis
Haley Joel Osment

DVD title: Three Colors Trilogy (Blue / White / Red)
Productgroup: DVD
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Kieslowski is quite simply one of the greatest directors of the 20th century. His relatively small body of work should not be held against him as everything he has done is absolutely brilliant. Blue is a dark somewhat depressing tale that is a bit more cerebral than its companions in the trilogy. Nevertheless it is a beautiful piece of work. White is a touching story of how lives can change and how tradgedy can turn to comedy in an instant. As much as I like White. Red is the best for me. With Red Kieslowski achieves a humanist tone I only see in Kurosawa's work. The visual technique and the way Kieslowski weaves his stories in Red is something many western filmmakers will never hope to duplicate. I try to get everyone I know to see all these movies and if they only see one, I try to get the to see Red. Its the first one of the series that I saw and it is still my favorite.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Juliette Binoche

DVD title: Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
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Paradise Lost is definitely one of the most mind-blowingest movies I've ever seen.

Not that it's in my list of all-time favorite films; it's just that this is the kind of film that really knocks you back: it'll change your mind about a few things and really make you think. You won't be able to forget it.

So why haven't these people issued it on DVD? What's wrong with them? I keep recommending it to people but they can only find it on VHS, which nobody wants to buy anymore. This has to be one of the most memorable films I've ever seen. What are they thinking?

Without telling you too much, here's what you need to know: there has been a murder in rural Arkansas, and some local boys who don't quite fit in (i.e., they have been dressing in black and listening to Metallica) are fingered for it. The film, a gut-wrenching documentary, follows them through their trial and analyzes the evidence for and against their innocence. The film is especially recommended if you enjoy documentaries that get into forensic evidence.

Have you ever been in a plane when, just for second, it abruptly loses some altitude, and your stomach seems like it dropped through the floor? You're gonna feel like that for a couple of days or so after seeing this movie.

I should also note that, in addition to a direct-to-video followup film, the internet is STILL abuzz by people who were affected by this film and ardently follow the fate of the "West Memphis Three."

No connection, incidentally, with the Milton epic.

Studio: New Video Group

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