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DVD title: Millennium - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Loose Ends

I am so pleased to see that this fabulous TV series is finally going to be released for sale on DVD. I have been waiting for this day a long time and hope that the 2nd and 3rd seasons will be available soon.This is a must see series for everyone. Thanks for offering it at such a great price at Amazon.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Chris Carter

DVD title: Into the Woods
Productgroup: DVD
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Definitely Brilliant!

I bought this tape because I loved the score. Well I didn't expect a good book, because it's the weirdest story anyone could come up with. But, I was pleasently surprised by the brilliantly humorous and intriguing script. I was a bit disturbed that it was that L-O-N-G. Yes, long but worth it for these amazing performances by Peters, Gleason, and especially Westenberg!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: James Lapine
Bernadette Peters
Chip Zien
Joanna Gleason

DVD title: An Evening of Fourplay Vols. 1 and 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Sencillamente gratificante

Es sencillamente increible y gratificante c?mo se puede hacer tan buena m?sica con pocas personas, cada integrante del grupo sabe lo necesario para lograr estos niveles de calidad en jazz. Hab?a escuchado antes a Forplay en CD's pero definitivamente es otra cosa verlos en video, si gustan de forplay en CD's esto es sencillamente gratificante.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Evening of Fourplay

DVD title: Yes - Symphonic Live
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Yes DVD so far

When I first heard that YES was going to tour with an orchestra I was very skeptical about the quality of the orchestra arrangements. Some members of YES tried a few years ago to orchestrate a few songs from the Yes catalog and the result was something like Yanni meets the Moodies with extra Cheese! This DVD has none of that. It is a powerful performance with very appropriate arrangements. The delivery of Gates of Delirium and Ritual are perfect. Tom Brislin is brilliant on keyboards , his stage act reminded me of Patrick Moraz and Keith Emerson. Anderson's voice has never been better, and I can say the same about each one of the guys, they all master their instruments. They band sounds fantastic. I am VERY glad about the option to remove the animations from the concert, the animations just get in the way (I really dislike the KEYS DVD because of that, who wants to see a woman hanging from a cliff when Rick Wakeman is playing the minimoog at the speed of light?). The picture quality is the best I have seen so far for any DVD concert (including Stings newest), the sound is also very well equalized. You can hear orchestra and band perfectly. If you are going to buy only one YES DVD or ANY concert DVD per say make this one your choice.

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Jon Anderson
Steve Howe

DVD title: Dead Man Walking
Productgroup: DVD
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An emotionally charged masterpiece

I saw this in my High school law class. We had just finished discussing the death penalty. I had always been an eye for an eye person, but this movie is so brilliantly presented. It never assumes the role of being too sympathetic to the condemned Sean Penn nor does it outright say he deserves to die. Instead of doing the usual, director Tim Robbins presents every side of the issue, allowing for one of the best masterpieces of the film. The murder scene is never too graphic but is still chilling. My favorite scenes were Sarandon's attempts to win Penn over to Christianity, Penn's moments with his family, and Sarandon singing to Penn as he is being led to the execution chamber. I havenot yet bought this, but it will be in my collection very soon.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon
Sean Penn

DVD title: The Girl of Your Dreams (La Nina de Tus Ojos)
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny, clever, even possible!

This film was a great surprise for me. I had no idea it existed until I saw it at the local store ("already-viewed" and at a reduced price) and had to buy it. A Spanish theater troupe is invited to Nazi Germany to film a musical in both Spanish and German. You can just imagine what ensues when their expectations are met with the reality of Nazi Germany!
This film is quite funny, with many ridiculous situations. In addition, if you are a Pen?lope Cruz fan, you should watch her singing scenes! Nazi Germans are trashed by the Spanish theater troupe. The film director (who also directed the wonderful film "Belle Epoque") cleverly mixes everything up until there is no way back but ... I am not telling you more.

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Fernando Trueba

DVD title: The Aviator (2-Disc Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Well-Deserved Praise....

The Aviator is undoubtebly one of the best films of the year 2004, thanks to its spectacular cast, splendid story, and immensely detailed sets and wonderful special effects. Director Martin Scorsese brings the glamorous world of the early to mid 20th century to life with a slew of vibrant colors and galant costumes that reflect the era very closely. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a magnificent performance as the tormented airplane mogul Howard Hughes, with Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale are marvelous in their supporting roles as world-renowned actresses Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner, respectively. A must-see film gets the special edition treatment by Warner Bros. which includes a number of featurettes, documenaries, a deleted scene, a feature commentary, plus more. This Oscar-winning film is an essential piece of fine movie-making that deserves a place on any film lover's collection. Overall, an amazing spectacle.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Martin Scorsese
Leonardo DiCaprio
Cate Blanchett
Kate Beckinsale

DVD title: Bread and Roses
Productgroup: DVD
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Si se puede!

This film is a must-see for anyone with an interest in how life can be lived in the United States in this new era of globalization. I am a sociologist with a professional interest in undocumented Mexican immigrants who was also a long-time resident of Los Angeles during the period, 1999-2000, in which the events of this film take place. Accordingly, I am well familiar with the Justice for Janitors campaign with its powerful slogan, Si se puede! Maya, the heroine of the film, is young, beautiful, and determined, if not unscrupulous. At the film's beginning, we see her entering the United States from Mexico in a group guided by two coyotes. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, she is expecting her sister Rosa to have the money to pay for her clandestine passage. However, her sister, because her husband is very sick with diabetes, does not have the money to pay the coyotes. The two toss a coin to decide which of them will spend the night with her so that she can repay her financial debt in kind. The winner takes her to his apartment. While taking a shower, he anticipates her seduction. However, she robs him of all his money, steals his fancy cowboy boots and escapes. She obtains a job as a janitor in the large downtown office building where her sister also works. Because she is undocumented she has to pay her supervisor, Freddie Perez, her first month's salary, divisible in two parts during her first two months of work. Unknown to Maya at the time, her sister only got the job for Maya after Rosa had agreed to sleep with Perez. Working in the office building, Maya soon meets the two men who provide the romantic action for the film: Sam Schapiro, the young and intellectual union organizer, and Ruben, a fellow Mexican immigrant janitor, who has hopes of attending the University of Southern California on a scholarship. The contrast between Maya's status and that of Sam is extreme. In one of the most poignant moments of the film, Maya asks Sam, "What do you have to lose?" The bitter-sweet ending left me in tears.

Studio: Studio Home Entertainment
Director: Ken Loach
Pilar Padilla
Adrien Brody

DVD title: Being John Malkovich
Productgroup: DVD
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this movie is heart-breakingly beautiful.

the title of my review says it all. i know the characters are somewhat unlikable, but isn't that how life is sometimes? their circumstances are obviously surreal, but their reactions are totally believable. this movie has magic. i wish i could see it again for the first time... carter burwell's themes are some of the most beautiful pieces of movie music i've heard in a long time... the direction is perfectly unobtrusive (that's actually good sometimes!) The whole thing reminds me of one of my favorite director's work: terry gilliam... see it. see it twice. buy it, if you must. it's a portal to another dimension... hang on!

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Spike Jonze
John Cusack
Cameron Diaz
Catherine Keener
John Malkovich

DVD title: Alien Quadrilogy
Productgroup: DVD
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Packaging of UK version is superior

For anyone who has a multi region DVD player purchase the UK region 2 version of the "Alien Quadrilogy 9 disc box set" as the packaging is far superior to the US region 1 version box set. (See listing for photo of packaging)

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Sigourney Weaver
Ridley Scott

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