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DVD title: Bridget Jones's Diary
Productgroup: DVD
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Lots of Laughs


Enjoyed the book tremendously, and went to see the film with great trepidation since most movies fall so short of the greatness of the book(Along Came a Spider). And, with a Texan playing delightful, yet misguided Bridget?? Renee Zellweger was purrfect. She even looks good with that extra(?)weight. Collin Firth was as good as he was in Pride & Prejudice. And who says a guy(Hugh Grant) who sneaks around on a great looking girlfriend(Elizabeth Hurley) also can't do it wonderfully on the screen. The sad part about this movie is that it has been tagged a chick flick. Too bad, because it is a great laugh for both sexes.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Sharon Maguire
Actors:
Renée Zellweger
Colin Firth




DVD title: Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Batman Yet


I was fortunate enough to catch the June 6th screener of this movie. Not only is this the best Batman movie so far, it's quite possibly the best comic book-based movie ever.

Fair warning - if the wild neon lights and anatomically correct suits of the previous 2 films were your cup of tea, this movie is not for you. In fact, unlike any of the previous films, this one centers on Bruce Wayne and his evolution into Batman. He doesn't even appear in costume until halfway through the movie.

Batman Begins is dark, intense, and completely faithful to the source material. Christian Bale nails the parts of Batman and Bruce Wayne perfectly. It also doesn't hurt that the supporting cast is stellar, featuring names like Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Katie Holmes, Rutger Hauer, Liam Neeson and Michael Kaine. The story flows fast and fierce, with few slow points. There is even a perfect segue into a possible sequel in the movie's final scene.

This movie comes with my highest possible recommendation.


Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors:
Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Ken Watanabe




DVD title: Gone With the Wind
Productgroup: DVD
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HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT FOR MANY REASONS


Perhaps the very first technicolor film, GONE WITH THE WIND broke lots of new technical and artistic ground in 1939.
Margaret Mitchell's story of the Old South is the epic story of a woman who can cope with everything in the Civil War, except losing to another woman the love of the man she desperately wants. David O. Selznick produced the movie starring the macho Clark Gable (Rhett Butler: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."), seductive Vivien Leigh (Oscar for her role as Scarlett O'Hara: "As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me! I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again!"), and heart wringing characters played by Olivia de Havilland, British actor Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes: "You mustn't say unkind things about Melanie."), and that wonderful African-American actress Butterfly McQueen who flawlessly played Scarlett's maid (Prissy: "Lawzy, we got to have a doctor! I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!").
GONE WITH THE WIND was being premiered against a backdrop of Adolf Hitler beginning his conquest of Europe. After acting in the movie, Leslie Howard returned to England to make movies and radio broadcasts about World War II. He was killed in 1943 when the British Overseas Airways plane he was on was shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay.
This may have been one of the most Oscar awarded movies in history: Best Actress (Vivien Leigh); Best Art Direction; Best Cinematography (Color); Best Director - Victor Fleming; Best Film Editing; Best Picture - David O. Selznick; Best Supporting Actress - Hattie McDaniel; Best Writing, Screenplay - Sidney Howard; Technical Achievement Awards (for pioneering in the use of coordinated equipment in the production); Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor - Clark Gable; Best Effects (Special Effects) - two for sound and one photographic.
For decades to follow, GONE WITH THE WIND defined the standards for movie making in the world.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Clark Gable
Vivien Leigh




DVD title: The Clint Eastwood Gift Set (A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
Productgroup: DVD
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The greatest westerns ever made - all in one box set


Sergio Leone's "Man with No Name" trilogy is classic. It made both Leone and composer Ennio Morricone famous, elevated Clint Eastwood into stardom, and invented the "spaghetti western". Now western fans can own the entire series in one DVD set.
The series begins with A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, the classic western that introduced us to Morricone's rolling, whistling score that is now associated with the genre; Clint Eastwood's cool performance of the lone stranger who takes down two feuding small town gangs; and Leone's masterful direction. Then we move on to FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, in which Eastwood teams up with an old army colonel (Lee Van Cleef) to capture the bounty on an escaped prisoner. The series ends with THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, undoubtedly the greatest western film ever made. Eastwood is flawless, Morricone's score classic, the action terrific, and Leone's direction extraodinary; you are absolutely glued to the TV screen throughout the entire 2 hours and 40 minutes. Cinema lovers everywhere and anywhere will not want to miss out on this excellent collection of the greatest western masterpieces of all-time.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Actors:
Clint Eastwood



DVD title: The Vikings
Productgroup: DVD
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a movie par excellance


This was a movie made in Hollywoods Golden age a truly Classic Movie, filmed in a time when it was the Stars that made the Movie, and not computer generated graphics as today, a movie that must not be allowed to die out, I ask the studio's to please, please re-release this most excellent Movie, both to VHS and to DVD,

Studio: MGM
Director: Richard Fleischer
Actors:
Kirk Douglas
Tony Curtis




DVD title: South Park - The Passion of the Jew
Productgroup: DVD
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Mel Gets it Good!


Now that Mel Gibsons career is over in Hollywood and his money from the worst film of all time ( quite anit-semetic as well as TOTALLY INACCURATE) is in the hands of his JEWISH Distributor (and will be held up in courts till the end of time).......its just great to have south parks brilliant bashing of said film. I laughed till I cried. Any dolt who thinks that attacking MEL and his disturbingly false, biblically and historically incorrect snuff film is Blasphemy, is a perfect candidate for the nazi party or an insane asylum. Rant all you want, minority! South Park has far more truth and accuracy than Mel's garbage/dillusions. really people, who makes a movie based on a crazy italian womans word, 2 wacko nuns, and his own ideas (completely ignoring the new testament). The only true GOD is ELVIS, so live with it!!!!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Matt Stone
Trey Parker
Isaac Hayes




DVD title: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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What a good flick!! Very original, great performances!!


I have to say this is one good flick. A story of a couple who come to an end of their relationship decide to erase their memories of their dreadful relationship. Joel (Jim Carrey) in the process of erasing his memory of Clementine (Kate Winslet) journey through memories of great times and in his mind trys to escape 'the procedure' of erasing Clementine. The acting, chemistry and the direction of the movie really intrigued me. I don't think I've ever been touched by a movie that reminds me of the troubles of love as this movie clearly reflects. Great flick, too bad that Jim Carrey was not nominated for an Oscar for this is his best performance as of yet. Great special effects with apparently no CGI!! Highly Recommend this artistic and fascinating journey!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Michel Gondry
Actors:
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Tom Wilkinson




DVD title: Day of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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W.O.W


All I have to say is WOW!!! Day of the Dead is Definatly #1 on my list of Zombie Flicks!!! I have often been told that Dawn of the Dead is a much better movie, but I totally disagree!! The Zombie's makeup, the story, and the actors are all much greater than those of Dawn of the Dead. Buy the movie when 'ya can. Definatly a classic in it's own.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
Actors:
Lori Cardille
Terry Alexander




DVD title: Charmed - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Love the Series and want to see from the beginning


I only started watching Charmed in its third or fourth season. Living in Hungary and watching from a friend's satellite system, I always look forward to catching an episode. I'd love to see the series from the beginning. Are there any witches to cast a spell and bring Charmed to DVD??? Please note that I've rated this a 5 even though I haven't seen the first season. My guess is that the first season will be as great as the others!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Shannen Doherty
Alyssa Milano




DVD title: Bob Roberts
Productgroup: DVD
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Prerequisite for Voters


How do you give a film more than five stars? For "Bob Roberts" is the best, bar none, film about politics andpower in the United States. It is entertaining; it is enlightening; it is an amusing, satirical romp that time has not rendered out-of-date. Indeed, ten years after its release, it is more timely than ever.
This is due in part to Tim Robbins' deft talent for poking all sorts of holes in the balloons of the sanctimonious prigs who comprise the right wing of the nation's political spectrum. But, above all, it is due to the presence in the film of our greatest living writer and man of letters, Gore Vidal.
Vidal's portrayal of incumbant senator Brickley Paste (D-PA), under siege from a folk-singing "rebel" Neanderthal (of course, Bob Roberts), is pointed, ironic and above all else educational. For in his regretably short time on the screen, Vidal lays open for us his view of recent American history, all in that tired but wise man of the world way he has of stating truths that no one else (save people like Noam Chomsky and Christopher Hitchens) has the guts to say.
"Bob Roberts" is ultimately a film that brings us beneath the surface of American politics; and for this reason I suspect that it will never become as popular as other great political films, such as "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "The Last Hurrah." For these are the films that depict politics as we would like it to be ("Mr. Smith") or at least as we can tolerate it to be (" The Last Hurrah"). They do not however depict politics as it has become. In this respect, "Bob Roberts" is the perfect sequel to "The Last Hurrah;" but the substance of its message is so painful that only the most ardently committed to civil liberties and a republican (small "r")form of government can bearit.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Tim Robbins
Actors:
Tim Robbins



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