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DVD title: Crazy as Hell
Productgroup: DVD
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Loved it, loved it!!!


I love Michael Beach and Eric Lasalle. This movie was a philly cheese steak and a bag of chips...with a soda!!!! Meaning...it was all of that!!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Eriq La Salle



DVD title: Alabaster's Song
Productgroup: DVD
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SINGS TO YOUR HEART AND SPIRIT


This is one of the most beautifully illustrated, delightful stories I have had the good fortune to encouter. Alabaster, the spirited little angel, touches the life a boy with positive results. The message in this gentle story is that when good is done, pass it on. It is so lovely, so moving that it might make one misty eyed. This book is a real treasure. Max Lucado and the illustrator have used their talents to enrich the lives of others.

Studio: Thomas Nelson Publis



DVD title: Chicago (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Stop Comparing These Two!


Now, I love both Chicago and Moulin Rouge to bits. They are both masterpieces in their own rights! But, I dont understand why all the people who hated Chicago keep comparing it to Moulin Rouge! Voicing their opinions and saying Moulin Rouge is better. Why do you keep comparing these two movies together? Just because they are musicals made around the same time doesnt mean they are anything alike. They are totally different from each other. You might as well compare West Side Story to Chicago or even the Sound of Music!!! Its absurd, so please stop doing it!
Anyway, Chicago is an extraordinary film! Unlike most musicals, yes! But that is part of its charm!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Rob Marshall
Actors:
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Renée Zellweger




DVD title: Lawrence of Arabia (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Breathtaking - Never seen anything like it, never will


The title of my review says it all. I saw it for the first time when I was about eight years old, and seven years (and many viewings of LoA) later, I believe it still hasn't lost its magic. It's the most amazing film I've ever seen, with a FANTASTIC score (the main theme with the strings is GORGEOUS) and probably the best acting I've ever seen in my life. Never before have I admired a character like I have with Peter O'Toole - purely phenomenal acting (and Omar Shariff was wonderful, too!) I will always think very highly of this film.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: David Lean
Actors:
Peter O'Toole



DVD title: Out of the Past
Productgroup: DVD
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premiere film-noir


Everything about this film, the cast, dialogue, scenery, photography, plot, characterizations etc, combine for a tour de force. Mitchum has never been better cast, and Jane Greer is the perfect counterpoint for him. Paul Valentine as Joe is terrific, and how about some of the one liners! I have seen this over 15 times and with each viewing it just gets better.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Actors:
Robert Mitchum
Jane Greer
Kirk Douglas




DVD title: Get Real
Productgroup: DVD
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Touching and Inspiring


Watching this movie, as a homosexual, was a profound experience. I honestly cannot describe how much it touched my heart. I think that it's greatest strength as a film was to deal with such a prevelant issue in such a format. Coming out of the closet is a deeply moving and scary thing. I think people who haven't gone through it can't appreciate how hard it is, and they then cast it aside as less than important. I found this film to deal with a real life situation in a way that a lot of closet-cases would love to have it. Two boys meet, they fall in love, what could be more perfect? And then the tragedy as something so nebulous as life comes between them...
I loved it.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Simon Shore
Actors:
Ben Silverstone
Brad Gorton




DVD title: Bad Education (Original Uncut NC-17 Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Almodˇvar Illustrates the Aftermath of Bad Education...


To see is to believe, some say, yet what one sees in Bad Education should not be trusted, as everything has a sinister characteristic. All of the characters are ominously sleazy, even the protagonist of the film offers an element of darkness around him, which seems to stem from a criminal background. This dark theme suggests that the story offers a film noir experience. However, even the concept of film noir does not give this film justice, as it goes beyond the known borders of this genre while venturing into a new territory. Pedro Almod?var creates a refreshing cinematic experience that takes sudden turns when least expected while traveling into a dubious world. Many of Almod?var's previous films offer laughter and contemplation, yet most of them deal with a dubious theme, as does Bad Education. His personal insignia with colorful photography still leaves traces throughout the film, even though it is slightly subdued.

Enrique Goded (Fele Mart?nez), who some might have seen in the bloodcurdling Thesis (1996), or in the mesmerizing Open Your Eyes (1997), is on the rise in the Spanish world of cinema as he has recently made a successful film. Nonetheless, he is now struggling to come up with an equal or better idea for his next film when Ignacio Rodriguez (Gael Garc?a Bernal), from Amores perros (2000), Y tu mam? tambi?n (2001), and the recent Motorcycle Diaries (2004), appears from out of the blue. Together Enrique and Ignacio used to attend a private catholic school where sexual and physical abuse was predominantly common while the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco heavily tainted the school regulations. They were close friends, but they also discovered their first love in one another in the unforgiving school run by Catholic priests. Now years later they reunite, as Ignacio offers him a film script that he has written based on their time at the Catholic School.

At first, the film seems to focus on the Catholic School where Ignacio was a victim of severe sexual abuse, which is told through the screenplay. This is a clever curveball that Almod?var throws at the audience, but it is necessary to understand what happens as the development of the story rests in the past of Ignacio and Enrique. However, this review will not elaborate on the notion of what happens next, as it would skew the initial experience with the film. Nonetheless, the script that Ignacio gives to Enrique portrays a world where Ignacio seeks a way to have an operation to reach what he desires the most - to be a woman. Cleverly, Almod?var throws out the gender boundaries of film noir, as he exchanges his femme fatale for a man that seeks womanhood through modern technology. This displays Almod?var's ingenious way of telling a captivating story, as it does not follow the conventional rules that often make films one of dozens.

As mentioned previously, the film does not concentrate on the Catholic Church, but instead the aftermath of Ignacio's education. Through several turns the film illustrates what happen to Ignacio. Much of this goes back to his years when the head priest sought him out for his own pleasure, which continues to trouble Ignacio well into adulthood. This seems to be the reason why Ignacio wrote the script in the first place, as he tried to exorcise his demons while trying to find an existence that fits with his upbringing and education. The story drifts between Enrique reading the script to the present time with occasional flashbacks that provide additional information in regards to the story. Initially, it might seem a little confusing, however, Almod?var has been nice enough to add a couple of side bars whenever there is a flashback or a scene from the script that Enrique reads. Eventually, the audience will have gone through a very troubling, yet spellbinding tale that makes All About Eve (1950) seem like a Cinderella story.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Pedro Almod├│var
Actors:
Gael García Bernal
Fele Martínez
Javier Cámara




DVD title: Live and Let Die
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Start


Roger Moore makes this movie his perfect bond debute, the excellent story Live and Let Die. With awesome chase scenes memorable villians and a fresh bond face, this movie is my favorite bond ever. Not to mention Paul Mc. theme song. The underground drug trade in this movie with its network of spies and assasins makes this movie nothing but suspenceful. I loved it and so will you

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Guy Hamilton
Actors:
Roger Moore
Yaphet Kotto




DVD title: Suddenly
Productgroup: DVD
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Sinatra Exhibits Superb Acting in Suspense Film


This is a great, taut little suspense film (75 minutes long - 1954). Frank Sinatra plays the role of a psychotic assassin. Film noir regular, Sterling Hayden, plays the town Sheriff, the town being Suddenly, CA. Sinatra's acting is so realistic it is downright scary at times. The plot is good, and Hayden is good, as always, but it is Sinatra's performance that lifts this film above being just another average B-movie.

Some words of warning: this film is in public domain now - it is best seen on VHS in b&w - any DVD version, except the colorized version (best avoided) mentioned in one of the reviews below, is going to look just like the VHS version. If you just prefer DVD in general, don't expect it to look any better than an old movie on VHS. But that is part of its charm - an old b&w film in slightly shabby condition that is surprisingly GREAT!
Make no mistake, it's very watchable, just not remastered nor the best print available. Still very enjoyable!!

Studio: Delta Expedition
Director: Lewis Allen
Actors:
Frank Sinatra
Sterling Hayden




DVD title: Yngwie Malmsteen - Live!
Productgroup: DVD
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YNGWIE'S REVIEW


I RECENTLY PURCHASED THE BOX SET,"ARCHIVES" WITH TWO DVD DISC'S. YNGWIE MALMSTEEN "LIVE", AND YNGWIE MALMSTEEN "LIVE AT BUDOKAN", AND THE LIVE ALBUM IS EXTRORDINARY. I'VE BEEN TO EVERY SHOW HERE IN SAN ANTONIO, TX. AND WHEN YOU WATCH IT ON DVD, IT'S LIKE YOUR THERE. THE SOUND IS CLEAR AND CRISP. THE CLOSE-UP'S OF YNGWIE'S SOLOS ARE BREATHTAKING, AND THE OVERALL SPECTICLE JUST BLOWS YOU AWAY. I'LL ADMIT, I'M A HUGE FAN OF YNGWIE'S MUSIC, AND I JUST LOVE ANYTHING HE CREATES, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A FAN TO APPRECIATE HIS MUSIC. FOR EXAMPLE, MY FREIND DAVID WAS WATCHING THE DVD WITH ME AND WAS SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH HE WAS FASCINATED WITH THE WHOLE SHOW AND MEZMERIZED BY YNGWIE'S ABILITY TO PLAY.THIS WAS KIND OF ODD BECAUSE HE DOSE'T LIKE THE KIND OF MUSIC I LIKE, WHICH IS METAL, LET ALONE YNGWIE'S HARD-CORE SOUNDS.SO IT SURPRISED,AND MADE ME HAPPY TO HERE SOMEONE TRULEY ENJOYED THIS DVD.IT WILL SURPRISE YOU AND MAKE YOU HAPPY.AND MAYBE EVEN TURN YOU INTO AN YNGWIE FAN.

Studio: Dream Catcher
Actors:
Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmstten




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