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DVD title: Dr. Phibes Rises Again!
Productgroup: DVD
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Long Time Love for Dr Phibes

I first saw the Dr Phibes two picture series years ago and taped the "Dr Phibes rises again" sequel as the best of the two. I recently bought the DVD from Amazon and was amazed at the improved resolution and clarity over my treasured tape version. So if you have a tape version of either movie, get the DVD as it is a great improvement. As for the movie, what can I say. Vincent Price is a master of satire and plays it to the fullest in this movie. In spite of the horror you will laugh your head off at the way he lampoons the more serious horror movies. It's all preposterous but a great show, will keep teenagers glued to the screen for hours as well as me and I'm in my 80's.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Robert Fuest
Vincent Price
Robert Quarry

DVD title: The Big Lebowski
Productgroup: DVD
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That had not occured to us.

You will watch it again and again. So many little details that escape you at first but will make you burst out laughing next time. Awesome off-the-wall humour. Yes, there is excessive use of the f-word, but in case it hadn't occured to you, that's how some people talk. And in this movie it is deliberate and serves its purpose well.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Joel Coen
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman

DVD title: Deep Impact
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Disaster Film Ever!

What can I say? Great acting. Great directing. Great script. Great special effects. A gripping story with very human elements. The best part, in my mind, is that the science is better than the average Hollywood sci-fi movie. Certainly better than that wannabee movie "Armageddon." PLEASE! Deep Impact blows the walls off of Armageddon!
Bottom line: Drop everything and order this movie today!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Mimi Leder
Robert Duvall
Téa Leoni
Elijah Wood
Morgan Freeman

DVD title: Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wow, Amazing

Not ten minutes ago I returned from seeing this movie. Holy crap, it rocked. It was the darkest and most sinister movie I have ever seen in my life, I mean, NON---STOP---DEATH. I swear, there wasn't one happy scene in that entire film. Sure, there was some comic relief, but no happiness, just death. I wanted to cry from all the pure evil taking place (I believe some people actually did cry during the film). Some scenes were shocking and disturbing as well, at least for me they were. I applaud George Lucas for not giving in to all those complaints about the movie being PG-13 and whatnot. Like he said himself, he is trying to tell a story the way he intended, and I believe he has done it perfectly, despite the stupid reviews. Critics have under rated this movie by far. And all you people out there who think it sucked, wow, that's sad. And all of you who think the actors were terrible, I believe no one else could have played the parts. They set the whole mood of the film. Hayden Christensen was astounding. I have never seen anyone act so sinister, ever. I believe it is safe to say this movie was meant to be sad, not to mention pure evil. Most people miss the point of it though. This final film was the connecting point, the time when all the secrets leading to the future are to be revealed. Too many people dwell on the stupid little things like how Yoda was digital this time around, or how "bad" and actor may seem at their part. The battle scenes rocked (which took up a lot of the movie), the saber duals rocked (pure amazingness), the actors were fantastic, and the whole atmosphere of this movie made it entirely different from the rest. Everything was done perfectly, and I believe it was one of the best films of the series. I applaud you George; you did a fine job!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Hayden Christensen

DVD title: Getting Started on Drums Featuring Tommy Igoe DVD - Setting Up / Start Playing
Productgroup: DVD
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Getting Started On Drums-Setting Up - Start Playing DVD

This dvd is exceptional. It is for the complete beginner or someone playing a short time that needs some direction. The instruction is very clear and well paced. Having the material on dvd makes it very easy to use and get right to the section you want to work on.
I am also going to use it with my son, who wants to start playing the drums as well. I thought I would work with it first. Highly recommended.

Studio: Hal Leonard
Director: Paul Siegel
Tommy Igoe
Rob Wallis

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Delightful but Definitely Not What I Expected

From the previews, I thought that "Moulin Rouge" would be a more traditional movie musical with a classic love triangle between the beautiful woman, the poor artist who truly loves her and the rich man who can give her everything she wants EXCEPT true love--no doubt ending tragically. In fact, the anticipation of a tragic ending kept me from seeing "Moulin Rouge" when it was in the theaters. I just wasn't in the mood for that at the time.
Boy, did I misread the tone of the movie! What a shock I had when, shortly into the film, I caught strains of "The Sound of Music." Just what were those hills doing "alive" in fin-de-siecle Paris?, I wondered. That was just the first of many songs from more recent decades that made surprisingly fun appearances in "Moulin Rouge." At first, I wondered what was going on, and then I relaxed to enjoy the hilarious ride.
In "Moulin Rouge," director Baz Luhrmann (of the equally funny "Strictly Ballroom") sets out to revive the musical. He does a stellar job of it! The outlandish sets and glamorous costume are a feast for the eyes.
The plot never slows down, and the musical numbers never leave you feeling that the action has stopped for someone to sing. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor--yes, reportedly we hear their voices, no Milli Vanilli-esque lip-syncing--sound amazing. They also show a real flair for physical commedy. An early scene in which Kidman mistakes McGregor for the wealthy duke, and then has to conceal him when the real duke arrives in her dressing room is reminiscent of similar "hide-the-lover" scenes in "The Marriage of Figaro."
My only regret was not seeing it on the big screen. What was I thinking?

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

DVD title: The Year Without a Santa Claus/Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey/Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Productgroup: DVD
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animagic comes alive

What a difference that a DVD makes. The company that released this film has cleaned up the visulas and sound to look like it was filmed just yesterday. It is an eyepopping WOW! that can compete with any of the new computer generated films for visual. But the great colors, memorable songs, and nostagia factor make this a better film. Actually there are 3 films on this DVD, making it well worth the purchase price. I had the feature story on vhs and I just can't get over the difference. Rankin & Bass always made great films for our generation in the 60's and 70's. Whether it was their stop-animation, or fully animated films, they are fun for all ages.

In closing, I was born in 1963, before we had full time cable TV, satellite, VHS, cartoon network, etc. The Rankin/Bass studios made the best holiday specials. It was a time when kids and even whole families plopped down to the TV specials at Christmas and it was an EVENT! We only had kid shows on Saturday mornings back then, and you had to wait a whole year to see these great shows again. We are very lucky to be able to buy these now and to enjoy them without the tons of commercials. I remember rushing to get snacks or bathroom breaks during commercials too. Now my son is enthralled with these shows that have passed the 40 year test of time.

If you want to see more treasure by this great studio, search for films by Arthur Rankin, or Jules Bass. Some are animated, some are Animagic but they all have great story, design, and music. Not all have made the jump to DVD yet, but buy the ones that have so they will be encouraged to release more of their library. I highly recommend:
"Here Comes Peter Cottontail"; "The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town"; "The Hobbit"; "The Year Without a Santa Claus" this DVD also has a rare treat "Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey"; "The Flight of Dragons"; "The Mad Monster Party" (a 90 minute theatrical film); "The Daydreamer"; "The Wacky World of Mother Goose"; Little Drummer Boy Book 2"; "The Emperor's New Clothes"; "Rudolph's Shiny New Year"; "Mouse on the Mayflower"; "Twas the Night Before Christmas"; "The Stingiest Man in Town"; "The First Christmas"; "Jack Frost"; and more all available at

There are also 2 books sold here that I know of on this studio and their films, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Making of The Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic", and "The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass".

Studio: Warner Studios
Shirley Booth
Mickey Rooney

DVD title: Portishead - Roseland New York
Productgroup: DVD
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It's live Portishead, what more do you want?

The concertPortishead, live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC. I'd consider this a "best of", as well as a live album, as it's the better tracks from both their self-titled and Dummy. There's a 17-piece violin group, trombones, violas, cellos, and a whole pile more instruments playing that gives it a very big sound. This was the first Portishead album I bought (on CD, in late 2001), and the rest of them sound... "weaker" by comparison. I didn't even know that there was a DVD of it until a few months ago, when Xenex told me that JB-HiFi had a pile of them in stock.
...The Portishead one seems a lot less distant, with the cameras wandering though the performers while they play, cutting to closeups of the crowd, but at the loss of a "professional" feel. The video is somewhat grainy, but I don't think it would feel right with crystal-clear imagery. The spaces between tracks are filled with colour washed footage of New York, and there's even an improv hip hop piece about halfway through the set list. If you're a Portishead fan, you'll want this... If you're thinking about buying a Portishead album, this is probably the best one to get.
And hey, it's worth the price just to see Beth sneeze champagne while trying to drink and laugh at the same time.
1. humming
The violins set up a nice theremin-esque sound at the start of this one, with John Baggot providing backing on the keyboards. Geoff Barrow seems to set off the main part of the song with his decks, but you can't see any of the guitarists in the shot, so I'm not sure.
2. cowboys
Synth, guitars (with the chorus pedal firmly pressed) down, and Geoff doing some background scratching. Beth's vocals are radically different than in the last song, managing to sound anguished without being over-done.
3. all mine
Baritone/alto saxophones, trombone, and two trumpets give it a "big band" feel. Beth's vocals, are, as always, excellent.
4. half day closing
Bass guitar intro, with violins just on the edge of hearing (honestly, you wouldn't know if the camera wasn't pointed at them). The vocals are fed through some sort of weird reverb/compression filter, giving them a metallic edge.
5. over
Starts off with just Beth and Adrian on acoustic guitar, before Clive Dreamer starts drumming. Geoff picks up later on with some scratching, and the keyboards kick in.
6. only you
Heavy, plodding bass guitar to start, with Geoff's scratching starting off the other instruments. ...
7. seven months
Nice violins at the beginning, with a sort of funky guitar. The vocals seem to be fed through the same filter used on Half Day Closing. Excellent distorted guitar work near the end from Adrian.
8. numb
Quick fly-through of the stage, before cutting to footage of the equipment being placed. This track doesn't seem to have been an actual concert one, as the band are mostly focused on individually ... and you can't see an audience. Jumps to piano/double bass bit and some hip hop at the end.
9. undenied
Some backstage footage here, descriptions of the audio setup, before moving on to concentrate on the performers. Somewhat, anyway. There's some grainy footage of some New York streets thrown in, too.
10. mysterons
The annoying "ticking" drum beat on the album version, while still present, doesn't sit in the foreground and distract you from the rest of the song. There doesn't appear to be a theremin lurking anywhere on stage, so I'm guessing that the creepy alien noises were done with a combination of violins and some samples scratched by Geoff.
11. sour times
A fast, upbeat, almost jazzy version of the track. I prefer this one to the album version. Both Geoff and Clive play drums on this (with an excellent solo at the end), while Andy Smith (their other DJ) does the turntable work.
12. elysium
Geoff jumps back on the decks, Beth picks up a guitar, and they start playing again. The closeups of Beth's vocals look so serious until you notice Adrian chewing gum in the background with a huge smile on his face.
13. glory box
Nice and mellow; the crowd seems to love this one. Beth's vocals are less extreme than on the album version, which seems to work better.
14. roads
Initially feels quite sad, but picks up at the end.
15. strangers
The band really get into this one, and the crowd is up and bouncing around. A great song to "finish" with. Lots of nice footage of the crowd, and a few words from Beth right a the end.
16. western eyes
Run backstage to have a beer and a smoke, then break out the champagne and hit the trombonist to up for a quick solo. The song starts playing just as the credits roll.
Beth Gibbons: vocals, guitar - Geoff Barrow: decks, drums - Adrian Utley: moog, guitar, kabassa - John Baggot: keyboards, piano - Jim Barr: bass, double bass - Clive Dreamer: drums, percussion - Andy Smith: decks - and others...
* road trip
Looks like they put a camera on a motorbike and rode it around for a bit, fading to a new scene when the old one got boring. The music is a very, very scratched-out instrumental version of Only You, and it gets annoying very, very quickly. As much as I like scratching, I can't stand five minutes of the same thirty seconds played over and over again.
* wandering star
Concert footage from their 1995 Seattle show mixed with stuff from inside a tour bus and some shots of buildings. Kinda cool.
* to kill a dead man
I can't really say much about this one without spoiling it.... Basically, it's a spy movie about an assassination, and what happens afterwards, starring some of the people from Portishead (mostly Beth and Adrian). The song is called, funnily enough, 'theme from "to kill a dead man" '.
The video clipsI've only watched these once each, and only because I've never seen them on TV. They just seem more like filler material than anything else.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Director: Dick Carruthers

DVD title: My Best Friend's Wedding
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Romantic, Screwball Comedy in Forty Years!

Once upon a time, there lived some very concerned and fast talking Hollywood Agents, witty Managers and one very powerful Film Studio Chief that adored an actress named Julia Roberts. She was fortunate to star in a major film that became a box office success with her co-star, Richard Gere. Unfortunately, Julia began to follow the "bad luck" path and footsteps of another great actress, Katherine Hephurn, and was on the verge of a similar label... "Box Office Poison". After a string of "yawning" mediocre dramas and box office profits, the mighty Hollywood entourage finally woke up to realize, and (thankfully) convinced Julia Roberts, to put her "pearly white brites" were her money was (and still is)... in comedies, not dark dramas.
Thank God Julia Roberts chose to star in this (now) romantic classic film. "My Best Friend's Wedding" was the movie that made me fall in love with and admire all of the incredible "colors of emotions" portrayed by this incredibly intuitive and soulful actress. Not only is "My Best Friend's Wedding" a superb comedy, creatively filled with slick - thought out comical scenes, it contains one of the top emotional and romantic scenes in motion picture history. The scene involves Julia Roberts (Julianne Potter) and her old flame, Dermot Mulroney (Michael O'Neal) as they cruise down the Chicago River. Dermott Mulroney (Michael) conveys the importance of verbalizing the three most powerful words... "I Love You" ... to someone special if they really cared. The entire moment of that particular scene was filmed, acted, directed, and musically scored in the most astounding cinematic way. It always brings tears to my eyes when Dermott (Michael) gently rocks Julia (Julianne) in his arms as he softly sings "The Way You Look Tonight". As they continue to dance, we see Julia's (Julianne's) face with several tears gently gliding down. This scene is worthy to be included for, (and if) The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences should ever present, a romantic comedy retrospective. Watch it. I think you'll agree.
Julia wasn't even nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, however truly deserved The "Best Actress" Oscar for a triumphant comeback as the "Queen of the contemporary screwball, romantic comedy".

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: P.J. Hogan
Julia Roberts
Dermot Mulroney
Cameron Diaz
Rupert Everett

DVD title: Excel Saga - The Weirdness Has Begun (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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This has to be the most hyperactively insane crazy anime, or anything for that matter I've ever seen. I love it! Watch it! Buahahahahahahahaha! Go now!

Studio: A.D. Vision
Director: Shinichi Watanabe

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