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DVD title: Spider Baby
Productgroup: DVD
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Loved This Movie

I had never seen or heard of this movie I was browsing the DVD rental store picked it up went home and popped it into the dvd player and then couldnt walk away. I thouroghly enjoyed this movie. I never rent B movies i dont know why I rented this one but I'm happy I did. The opening song was hilarious , The family was creepy, there was overacting , under acting, and good actinig Filmed in Black and White,It was probably ahead of it's time. This movie is now one of my Favorite Movies List So I orderd me a copy of this movie on DVD

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Jack Hill

DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie, phenomenal disc

I'll get this out of the way early: I've never read the book.
I'm also not going to give you my opinion of the film. Oh- who am I kidding? I like the film. But that's irrelevant. I'm here to talk about the disc. The DVD. The candy.
In my opinion, this is the single finest disc produced to date. This is the disc you buy to play for your friends to make them run out and buy their own DVD players. Not only is the transfer perfect, not only is the sound incredible, but it also has an amazing array of extra features ranging from alternate takes and deleted scenes, to behind the scenes peeks at the filming of individual sequences. And it is the presentations of these that really make it stand out above the crowd.
For instance, when you watch the alternate version of a confrontation between Norton and his boss, you not only see the alternate version, but also get to view the version in the film immediately afterwards, to place it into context. And, if you like, you can listen to an optional commentary explaining the context of the scene, why it was changed, and what they were trying to accomplish. There are also just plain deleted scenes, in which you get to see it book-ended by the scenes between which it was originally sandwiched, again with the optional commentary explaining why it was cut. And there are several of these scenes.
You can also watch the creation of many effects sequences, following them from the drawing board to execution, with alternate video and audio combinations: for instance, you can watch the creation of the plane crash, with one of two video options, or watch them split screen, with one of two audio options, or you can watch it in any combination you like simply by pressing the "audio" and "angle" buttons on your remote.
You can also watch the filming of different scenes, with different audio options, as well as the video option of watching director David Fincher scouting the scenes and explaining to his crew what is going to be going on, or, again, watch it all split screen if you choose, with different audio combinations.
There's more. There's lots more. But do I need to still go on? Have you not already clicked the "buy" button? What are you waiting for?

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt

DVD title: Foxfire
Productgroup: DVD
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...and I'm not going to say sorry, either, for giving this movie five stars. While it is much different than the book (The movie eliminated Lana as a main character, and replaced her with Violet, who was a smaller character in the book; the book was set in the 50s, the movie in the 90s, etc.), it was indeed a wonderful, wonderful film. The main plot stays the same - five girls, each with troubled pasts, gang together to stop the world from messing with them ever again. They start by beating up a teacher who sexually harasses and molests female students that he keeps after school for detention, and it escalates from there, climaxing when the girls realize they've taken things a bit too far. The girls in the movie express such power, and their close ties with each other are heart-rending, especially at the end, when Maddy says goodbye to Legs. Angelina Jolie puts on a stunning performance, as always. This is the ultimate girl-power movie. A must see for every girl who's ever tried to make a difference, or just wanted to.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Annette Haywood-Carter
Hedy Burress
Angelina Jolie

DVD title: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
Productgroup: DVD
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The Secret Weapon is one my all time favorite Rathbone and Bruce films. It's wonderful to have it on DVD! The Universal Holmes series continues to be a great source of fun and I've always enjoyed seeing Holmes and Watson transplanted into the 1940's and dealing with W.W.II intrigue and Nazi spies. The Secret Weapon adds the nefarious Moriarty to the mix! I won't argue that the Universal Holmes movies had the most logical elements, but they always highly entertained me. The Secret Weapon is no exception. I found this one to be a blast. Great stuff!

Director: Roy William Neill
Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce

DVD title: Tarzan & Jane
Productgroup: DVD
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Cute. Really.

This movie was cute. Really. More so for kids than for adults, admitedly, but still sweet.
I realize the format and other stuff (that's mentioned in other reviews) cannot be compared to the original Tarzan -- and I think you have to begin watching the movie realizing that (if you want to enjoy it). If you are expecting the movie to be on the same level (artistically and intellectually) as the first you *will* be dissapointed. But if you watch the movie understanding that it lacks the professionalism (I'm hoping that's a real word?) of the first and that you can't really compare the two -- you'll probably enjoy it. Because it *is* cute.
So, basically I liked it. (I'm giving it 5 stars instead of 4 because I feel so bad for it, I mean it deserves more than an average of 2 starts! :o( ) And, as I think was mentioned, the extra features (especially the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' game/ story/ part) were REALLY REALLY REALLY cool.
But, keep in mind that this opinion is coming from a teenager who still loves Disney movies and Saturday Morning Cartoons... 0_o

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video

DVD title: Diggstown
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best movies I have ever seen. Gossett is fabulous.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Michael Ritchie
James Woods
Louis Gossett Jr.

DVD title: The Crying Game
Productgroup: DVD
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Not what you think.

If you think this is a film that builds till a guy finds out a secret about a girl your wrong. Its a story of a man who is trying to get out of the ira. like any good ganster film they pull him right back in. The secret is found out in the middle of the film and has little to do with this films charm.keep an open mind and you might just find a film you never knew you liked.Enjoy your dayPhiPPs

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Neil Jordan
Forest Whitaker
Stephen Rea
Jaye Davidson

DVD title: Once a Thief
Productgroup: DVD
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Once A Thief

Still waiting for the tv series to come out on DVD. The pilot just wets the appetite for the rest.

Studio: Simitar Video
Ivan Sergei
Sandrine Holt

DVD title: Star Trek Enterprise - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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First season better than the rest of Trek's first

A lot of people slam this show. However, it was a brilliant concept and a great pilot episode. Too bad the people behind it lacked talent for execution of good ideas. They should have hired a better writing staff (like that of season four) and let them take the series where no series had gone before.

And while most episodes in season one were very good, about one out of every 5 were pretty bad. Terra Nova with it's not so clever alien language morphed from English was a low point. But others were super episodes including the hailed Shuttlepod One, which was one of the best Trek episodes of all time.

Out of the 26 season one episodes, at least 15 to 20 were very good, and better than the first seasons of Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, all of which took 2 to 3 seasons before the great episodes actually outweighed the bad ones in any given season.
TNG had season 3 before it found it's footing. DS9 had to let Avery Brooks Hawk-ify his role before things got good. And Voyage floundered aimlessly like Battlestar Galactica 1978-lite until 7of9 came on board. In most cases I started watching the previous series in their first season, then bailed out only to return years later when it was in syndication. Even now, I never watch reruns of seasons one two and three of any of those series when they air.
But Enterprise had me at hello. I watched it from beginning to end, and never missed an episode. Sure, season two lost some focus and had too mainly aimless episodes. And season three had it's single story arc which they couldn't keep interesting for a whole season and ended up havng filler episodes to avoid showing the holes in their storytelling ability. But season four got it all right. And just like the previous series, season four was to be the real start of better things to come. But it got cancelled.

People scratch their heads and wonder why it couldn't get the ratings to stay on. Yet no one recalls that all 3 previous series launched in syndication, not on UPN solely. In fact UPN launched on Voyager's back as a network, yet I watched Voyager on the local Fox network which played all Trek shows in syndication. SO ENTERPRISE was the first of the series to actually only have UPN as it's home. So less people were able to see it. Somehow people forget that.

And when we talk about Trek people who slam Enterprise heap praise on the original series, which I can happily say I can't really bear to watch a full episode of. For the time, it was revolutionary, but out of that time... well, it's aweful. No doubt about it. It stinks in a modern context. But then again, I was not born until 5 years after it got cancelled, so I had no original point of entry. The first original Trek cast thing I saw was ST 4 The Voyage Home. From there I became a fan of Trek.

But it is perspective. I like the New Battlestar Galactica quite a lot, but I love and adore the original which came on when I was 8. The original was a classic and will always be. Yet some of the fans of the new series who were born less than 2 decades ago, seem to have a hatred for the original, which offends me. I am sure my dislike of the original Trek offends some of those fans similarly. >But I digress.

Enterprise is great Trek. But like all Trek, is flawed by often weak writing and poor executive producer mindset. But everyone knew that going in. And if they say they didn't, they are having selective amnesia. Go back and watch Seasons one of TNG, DS9 or Voyager. Then watch season one of Enterprise. Tell me which of the four has more quality episodes. ENTERPISE. Pound for pound, more satisfying than the others.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Scott Bakula

DVD title: American Dreamer
Productgroup: DVD
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American Dreamer

Jobeth Williams and Tom Conte are delightful in this comedy. Jobeth Williams and Tom Conte allow the audience to experience a vicarious thrill. This movie is full of laughter, fun, adventure and excitement from the very beginning to the very end of the film. There are constant surprises. This is a 5 star movie . I wish I could get it in DVD.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Rick Rosenthal

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