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DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Sixth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Like a Champ!

I think this is one of the best seasons in the the Buffy series, esp. the Once More With Feelings episode. All in all it's a great series, this is a must have for any Buffy fan and collector. Well worth what you'll spend for...


Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Sarah Michelle Gellar

DVD title: Phantasm
Productgroup: DVD
Phantasm - movie DVD cover picture
Different to me now than when I was a kid.

I don't know what it is, but this film has captivated me since I bought it on DVD. I don't remember it being so deep when I was a kid. I remember my uncle (10 yrs my senior) ranting and raving about what a badass movie it was when I was 10, but its pretty deep also.
I went right out and rented the three sequels and I'm in the process of watching them now. Phantasm 2 was decent. I really hope Coscarelli gets the cash to get #5 made. Its really a shame he hasn't been able to get into the stream and pump out some bigger budget films as I think he's a good solid director. I have a lot more respect for him now after watching all the extras on this dvd.
See it again if its been a long time. See it if you haven't. Thats really all I have to say.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Don Coscarelli
A. Michael Baldwin
Bill Thornbury

DVD title: Horatio Hornblower - The New Adventures (Loyalty / Duty)
Productgroup: DVD
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Can't wait for the next adventure!

With all the garbage out there, this is simply a great adventure! It's fun! It's not out to shock with crude language or sexual innuendo, it's simply fun. It's a family movie we can't wait for the next adventure!!!

Studio: A & E Home Video
Director: Andrew Grieve

DVD title: 8 Mile (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
8 Mile (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture

that was a great movie. I just watched it yesterday and I realized that it was one of my favorite movies. It really shows what the "bad" part of Detroit is like. Rabitt is fun to watch rap. Eminem really pulls this movie off. Some musicians can't go from music to moivies, but Eminem can. Also, beneath all the anger and toughness of Rabitt there are some sweet scenes with his little sister, Lily that make the movie even better. It's a great movie and I recomendit to any Eminem fans or anyone looking for a good movie.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Curtis Hanson
Kim Basinger
Mekhi Phifer
Brittany Murphy

DVD title: The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Must See!

I have just read a few of the reviews and I am amazed that some people just don't get it, but I guess some never got it then either! I thought Mel, did a great job at this film, I'm impressed. I am a Catholic and thought it was something that I needed to see regardless of what the reviews were. I am so glad I did... I was overwhelmed. I've advised all who have a faith in Christ or are curious about Him should see it, with gore and all. As for the subtitles, I'm used to them, so I can understand if people have a hard time reading the story as they are trying to watch the movie. But I am fimiliar with the story of the passion too. But as a general guide give it a chance... I want to see it again, and it left me wanting to know more about what happened next....

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Mel Gibson
James Caviezel
Monica Bellucci

DVD title: Wind in the Willows - The Complete First Series
Productgroup: DVD
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A delight not to be missed

The first volume of this series (on two DVDs) comes as a pleasant surprise. All but three of the episodes have been available in the past on VHS, but with four more volumes to go, there appear to be many as yet unexplored delights ahead for fans of this excellent series. Due to the age of the original, there is a slight murkiness to some of the scenes, but the sound is quite clear.

This series was extremely well done. The original adaptation of the book adhered to the original fairly well - omitting a few parts, which were then taken up in some later episodes in the series. The artistry of the Cosgrove Hall team was first-rate throughout, with detailed scenes, subtle gestures, and great care taken to evoke the atmosphere found in this classic tale. The incidental music is one of the highlights; much of it sounds as if they dug up previously unknown works by the great Edwardian master Sir Edward Elgar. The songs composed for this series were very charming and memorable. I find myself humming them often! The vocal characterizations for each of the characters fit admirably (I don't think Badger or Toad could have been better chosen).

For the most part, the various episodes that followed the adaptation of the book were very much in the spirit of Kenneth Graham's original. There is much good humor, and a number of well-taken, gentle lessons about life and how to live it well.

All-in-all, this is one of the finest series available on DVD for families. Our family has adopted many of the phrases found in it for our shared life; indeed, it has become something of a staple. It won't appeal to those who live on caffeine and constant noise: it is for those who enjoy or desire quiet, compassion, and the simple things of life.

Studio: A & E Home Video

DVD title: X2 - X-Men United (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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More than human

Mutants can't live with them, can't live without them seems to be the preveiling theme of the marvelous X2. Building on the momentum of the first film Director Bryan Singer continues to graft contemporary issues (although, to be fair, the original comic did so as well but not in such a compact fashion)to the X-men story. The major theme of the second feature, like the first, is prejudice and tolerance. Singer handles the themes and the film's story well. Although many of the original elements from the graphic novel involving Stryker have been changed, those changes work dramatically for the film.
When we last saw the X-Men, Wolverine had left Xavier's School For Gifted Children and the X-Men compound to discover his origin. He ends up at an abandoned research facility so it appears, on the surface, that his search has reached a dead end. Rogue mutants have become bolder making an attempt on the life of the President. This assassination attempt allows William Stryker the opportunity and excuse he needs to convince the President to sign an order giving him troops to invade Xavier's school and take the X-Men (and the children at the school)captive.
Encased in a plastic prison cell, Magneto is a caged bird. When Stryker arrives with a special serum to force Magneto to cooperate in revealing information about Xavier's school and the compound, Magneto sings giving up his old friend to a mutual enemy.
Jean Grey's abilities have blossomed in a frightening way since her encounter with Magneto at Ellis Island. Her abilities indicate that she might be more powerful than ever before. She and Storm go in search of the Presidential assassin so they can get to the bottom of who is trying to create a war between humans and mutants. Meanwhile, Stryker attacks Xavier's compound and with Wolverine the only adult around, he goes into high gear fighting them off. All of this becomes central to the conflict between Stryker, Magneto and the X-Men.
The performances are all exceptional in particular Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Famke Jannsen, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan and Brian Cox give considerable power and presence to the various roles they play. Unlike some films, the actors here are clearly committed to the material and aren't going through the motions.
The DVD looks exceptional although I did notice a bit of edge enhancement. Still, it's nothing serious and doesn't mar an otherwise exceptional presentation. The colors are rich and, unlike the film the Santa Clause (another recent release)the transition from one layer to another in the disc isn't disruptive.
The extras are an improvement when compared to the first edition of X-Men on DVD (and comparable to 1.5). On disc one there are two running commentaries with Bryan Singer, Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel and a second audio track with various comments from a variety of the actors and producers.
Disc two focuses on a wide variety of extras. The Nighcrawler Attack sequence is a multi-angle interactive sequence that is actually quite cool although I doubt you'll go back to it again and again. The Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight Rehearsal provides the nuts and bolds of choregraphing a difficult and demanding fight sequence. The documentary The Second Unanny Issue of X-Men (cleverly titled I might add) is quite good and provides a good glimpse into the production process. It's not the best documentary I've seen included as an extra but provides considerable insight.
The Featurettes include The Secret Origin of X-Men, Nightcrawler Reborn, The Adventure Before X2, Introducing The Incredible Nightcrawler and character studies. As before there are deleted scenes although I haven't had the time to investigate all of these fully so can't completely comment.
Parents should be warned that there is a bit of bad language and also some suggestive sexual situations in the film.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Bryan Singer
Patrick Stewart
Hugh Jackman
Ian McKellen
Halle Berry
Anna Paquin
Brian Cox

DVD title: King Arthur (PG-13 Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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How could anyone not love this movie?

Mythology has been tweaked by each generation for as long as there have been people telling the stories. This version of the King Arthur myth reaches into archaeological discoveries and historical theories about the nature of King Arthur. The recepie for this film takes in several ingredients:
(1) Experts concede that if Arthur lived, he would likely have been a military leader.
(2)Writings from Roman invaders in Britan described the fierceness of Celtic/Pictish warriors who would paint themselves blue, go naked into battle and run toward their enemies with a war cry to shake the sky. Add to that the increasing awareness that women probably fought alongside the men and you have a pretty good base for a story.
(3)The writers of this film took all of this, managed to liken King Arthur and his knights to an ancient Special Forces team, and added in the very contemporary "girls kicking [...]" mentality of popular entertainment in the mold of Buffy and Sydney Bristow from "Alias".

They came up with a fun film. If you believe there is only one version of this story --and how anyone could believe there is only one when there are conflicts even in the earliest versions--you probably won't enjoy this. If you're open to new interpretations, this is great fun!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Clive Owen
Keira Knightley
Stephen Dillane

DVD title: White Christmas
Productgroup: DVD
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I Still enjoy "White Christmas" this time of year

I remember the first time seeing "White Christmas" at my Aunt Helen and Uncle George's house on Goals Road.They lived in the country,and it was snowing,and Christmas was two days away.What a great film to welcome the coming holiday.The funniest part is when Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are in drag doing the "Sisters" number.I read that Danny started to ablive,and when he was hitting Bing with the feather,Bing started to break up,so they reshot the scene,but kept the original one.I'm so glad they did.The only Actor that couldn't sing was Vera Ellen.They used another singer for her numbers,but Vera could sure dance.Rosemary Clooney is the only living cast member,and still tours the USA with her band.Irving Berlin songs are fantastic."Snow,Will Follow the old Man,"and my favorite,"Count your Blessings." I loved Bing Crosby's voice,and Danny Kaye had a Unique style of dancing.If I could remake this film today,I would cast John Travolta , Madonna, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez .I think it would be a huge hit.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Michael Curtiz
Bing Crosby
Danny Kaye
Rosemary Clooney

DVD title: Peter Pan (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Peter will always be awesom!!!!!

I haven't read the real story of Peter Pan(the original book by J.M. Barrie), but since I was little Peter Pan has given to my life the spirit to believe in fairy tales and to imagine and think that this world is an awesom place to live and create stuff you can't ever find in this world like flying, pirates, mermaids, etc. The first movie that I saw of Peter Pan was the Disney Classic, the second one was the musical and the third one is Peter Pan(2003). In this movie you can find a more deep Peter Pan. He gets more deep with Wendy, because he kind of falls in love with her, you can also see his leadership with the Lost Boys and the connection he has with the mermaids. Also how the island of Never Land works with or with out Peter and according to he's fellings. In conclution I think thismovie is great and no matter how old you get you will always love Peter Pan.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: P.J. Hogan
Jason Isaacs
Jeremy Sumpter
Lynn Redgrave
Olivia Williams

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