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DVD title: Koyaanisqatsi / Powaqqatsi (2 Pack)
Productgroup: DVD
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Life Changing


Truly stunning film. No words, other than the refrain of "Koyannisqatsi", no story, in a traditional sense, just incredible cinematography, Glass' superb score, and a series of images that will probably never leave anyone who sees the film. There is obviously a substantial demand for this film to be re-released, so I find it's continued absence on the market baffling, and a terrible shame. The other Reggio-Glass collaborations, Powaqattsi and Anima Mundi are also excellent, though Koyaanisqatsi stands in a class of it's own. Of the three, apparently only Anima Mundi is currently being released on DVD & Video.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Godfrey Reggio
Actors:
Philip Glass



DVD title: MTV - Viva La Bam - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Crazy @$$ white boy


Yo Bam is my man yo this mutha ***** is crazy he be doin all the fun sh** and doin alot of crazy things but it all cool im gettin this DVD!

Studio: Paramount Home Video



DVD title: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Dvd!


Buy this for your collection. You won't be disapointed.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Ang Lee
Actors:
Yun-Fat Chow
Michelle Yeoh
Ziyi Zhang




DVD title: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Nobody Buckles the Swashes Like Errol


"You speak treason!""Fluently." - Maid Marion and Robin Hood, respectively
Still one of the best lines between love interests in cinema history. I've been watching this movie since I could talk. When the VCR would boot up, I'd put on my blanket/cape, leap on my plastic rocking horse, grab my cardboard sword, and act out the best Robin Hood movie ever made as it played out on the screen.
'Course, I don't do that any more (not sober anyway), but when I first saw the DVD edition of the Errol Flynn classic, it truly made me feel like a kid again. And that's something that I can say for a handful of other movies, if that many. Many have tried to recreate the magic of this movie over the past sixty years, but none has been able to come close to being as good.
Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood. But this 1938 film told the definitive story of the knight who turned rebel when the evil Prince John and his #1 lackey, Sir Guy of Gisborne (played to perfection by Basil Rathbone) cross the line in villianhood. It's not just Errol Flynn's irrepressable performance as the legendary outlaw that makes the film. Olivia Dehavalen (yes, I KNOW I spelled that wrong) played the slightly unorthadox, for the time, Maid Marion, and the rest of the cast, from Much the Miller to Little John to Friar Tuck were perfectly cast and marvelously performed. It wasn't just the wonderful duels or tense chase scenes, it was the people who populated this world that made you truly BELIEVE, despite the green tights, that this was the true vision of Robin Hood.
The DVD was worth the wait. The video looks better than it has. . . well, ever. There have been numerous restorations on this movie (it was made more than 60 years ago), but this is by far the best. The colors leap off of the screen, from the greens of the forest to the pearly white of Flynn's smile. It doesn't look like a contemporary film by any means, but honestly, it doesn't really need to. Like a good wine, this film silmply gets better with age.
The audio is equally impressive, from the redone score to the cleaned up audio track. Gone are the muffled and indistinct voices of a dated VHS. Every line comes out crips and clear thanks to the digital sound, and the music makes you want to join in the swashbuckling just for the fun of it.
This is a must-have for anyone who enjoys the Robin Hood legend, and especially for anyone who saw Prince of Thieves (ick), just to see what England's greatest archer was really like. They truly just don't make movies like this anymore.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Errol Flynn
Olivia de Havilland




DVD title: Jurassic Park (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful All the Way Around


Imagine an eccentric coming up with a way to resurrect the dinosaurs and then building a theme park around the idea. Imagine further that a couple of scientists get invited to look over the park before it opens. Imagine as a final step that the visitors, along with some kids, are on a tour of the park when a saboteur brings down the security systems and the giant monsters are let loose. The only thing left is the tremendous technical challenges to make all of these imaginings come to pass. Spielberg pulls it all off.

It is a fight for survival when they are caught in the park when the power goes down. The only thing the people have going for them is their intelligence. Unfortunately, some of the dinosaurs are intelligent themselves. They can learn and they are hungry. They are also hacked off at being cooped up. Everyone has to run for it.

The story presented in this film is interesting and fun to watch. Just as interesting and fascinating in its own right is watching these flights of fancy come to life on the screen. The dinosaur footage is worth the price of admission all by itself. It is truly miraculous. The dinosaurs are the real stars of this show. The excellent performances by all the rest of the cast are just the icing on the cake.

This version of the DVD has a "Making Of" featurette. This too is worth the admission.


Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Sam Neill
Laura Dern




DVD title: The Fifth Element
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome!!!


This movie is a must have. Awesome special effects and wicked explosions. This movie is great.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Luc Besson
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Gary Oldman
Milla Jovovich




DVD title: The Red Violin
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm not an art movie fan, BUT...


I am a guy's movie guy, no doubt. Anyone who knows me can tell you that. My wife and I rented this movie on a night she got to pick and she talked me into it because Samuel L. Jackson is one of my favorite actors and the jacket made it sound like a different movie than it is.
Having said that, I must now say that this is a phenomenal movie with a terrific story that I couldn't wait to get through. As I am not accustomed to this type of film, the style took a little geting used to, but the way that the story flows through time was extrordinary. I read other reviews that thought the flow was disjointed and forced, but I thought that the central point of the movie was reinforced by that style. I felt that there was just enough character development to make the viewer understand the people whom the violin touched without causing the movie to get mired down.
Keep an open mind about this movie and don't judge it when you hear that it is an "art movie". It's tremendous, in both story and acting.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Fran├žois Girard
Actors:
Carlo Cecchi
Jean-Luc Bideau
Christoph Koncz




DVD title: Cube
Productgroup: DVD
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incredible


Some of the worst acting I've ever seen in a movie. I'm astounded by how many people give this high ratings. I hesitated even giving it 2 stars. Yes, it's an interesting premise for a movie, and an interesting set, but that's about it. The characters were weak, the acting was worse than weak, the plot was weak, nothing is resolved or explained in the end (a weak attempt by the writer and director to appear purposely ambiguous is my guess). This could have been a good movie if it had been developed properly. Don't waste your time buying this one. Instead wait for it to show up on the Sci-Fi channel. If you want a good movie get Pi.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Actors:
Nicole de Boer
Nicky Guadagni
David Hewlett
Andrew Miller
Maurice Dean Wint




DVD title: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 - Freddy's Revenge
Productgroup: DVD
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RESTORED SONG IS THE GREATEST: THANKS NEW LINE


When A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE was released to home video in 1986 the music track had been altered.
The song "HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DREAM WALKING" by BING CROSBY (which played over the end credit scroll) had been removed for legal reasons, and replaced with music from the films opening title score. This DVD release is the original theatrical version and restores the missing Crosby classic. THANKS NEW LINE!!!!
Incidently, I'd like anyone who dislikes this film to give it a second look.
Its really a pretty good sequel. Fans of the original who disliked this one usually site the fact that Freddy's Revenge has a different premise than the original and is nothing like it. True. But that's why I like it. Its a fresh
take on the same character. Retreading the same material over and over is what made later instalments of the series so weak and repetative. Freddy returns and tries a diffent approach to getting more victims. If his tactics in the first film failed, it makes sense for him to try something new. Get it? Try watching it without comparing it to the original and you may enjoy it. I have to admit that of the original trilogy,
Part 2 is the weakest. But that's not so bad when you consider how great 1 and 3 were. Also consider that had it not been for the huge popularuty
of Freddy's Revenge there would have been no Dream Warriors. Freddys Revenge establishes the character of Freddy that we know today. In part one he was very different, in appearance and personality. He was alot more serious and (in prints of that era) not even visible really (Newer prints are alot brighter than the ones in the 80s. Back then you couldnt really even se Freddy in part one). The make-up, costume and wisecracks that we asociate with Freddy were all established in Part 2. Thanks Jack Shoulder! (and thanks for The Hidden also:)) Freddy's Revenge may not be as good Part 1 or Part 3 but as horror movies go, its pretty damn good. Next time you see it, say to yourself "I could be watching Creepshow 2" and youll feel alot better about Part 2.
Also, next time your watching Part 4: The Dream Master, say to yourself
"This movie doesn't make a lick of sense" and you'll relise that is also true.

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




DVD title: The Dreamers (R-Rated Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Date-Movie for the Intelligentsia


I have always found the beauty and sensuality of Bertolucci's films to be extremely seductive.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Actors:
Michael Pitt (II)
Eva Green
Louis Garrel




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