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DVD title: Lift
Productgroup: DVD
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Love, theft, and the choices that make or break a life.


Just like life, every character in this movie has flaws... including the intelligent and clean-cut main character who's shoplifting big-ticket items even though she has a nice job. Her mother requests an expensive necklace, which will require a jewelry store heist to acquire. She decides to go ahead with the robbery, although her boyfriend begs her not to do it. To complicate things, she then learns that she is pregnant. Is she willing to risk everything to please her selfish mother? This movie gets into the psyche of each character, which is really the reason I loved watching it. It's not about stealing as much as it is about family, forgiveness and love.

Studio: Showtime Entertainme



DVD title: Babylon 5 - The Complete Fifth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Babylon 5 Season 5 - The final incredible chapter...


Can mere words do justice to the phenomenon that was Babylon 5, the show that critics said wouldn't make it past its pilot episode and then they said it wouldn't make past season after season? Critics obviously don't always get it right do they? Simply stated, Babylon 5 was an incredible series, the memory of which lingers on today and well into the future.
No television series since the original Star Trek had created such an outpouring of support like Babylon 5 has. The reasons are simple; a five year/chapter arc on an amazing epical story stirred the imagination from the very first episode of the first season to the last episode of the last season; incredibly intelligent dialogue that was both entertaining and humorous at times; a larger than life character in Captain John Sheridan; shocking CGI graphics that were a credit to the shows producers considering when the series was made and ultimately the care and attention to detail that the shows creator and main writer, J. Michael Straczynski put into every episode.
The one and only true disappointment of the fifth season was Claudia Christian's decision to not return as Ivanova! It's rather strange that in Sci-Fi shows there seems to be a point when major actresses who are integral to the show like to leave before the party is over.
While the fifth season, "The Wheel of Fire" didn't quite always have the epic style of the fourth season which was a difficult season to follow up considering how amazing it was, it does have its own flavor of intrigue that fans of the series came to love.
As much as J. Michael Straczynski and the shows producers are to be commended for the creation of this wonderful series, the actors who made it possible deserve as much credit and acclaim as well! Without the incredible performances given by the following actors, Babylon 5 might've been "just another" space opera: Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Bill Mumy, Tracy Scoggins, Stephen Furst, Jeff Conaway, Patricia Tallman, Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas.
Highlights of the fifth and final season:
-Captain Elizabeth Lochley (Tracy Scoggins) takes over as commander of Babylon 5.-The new Interstellar Alliance struggles in its early days but ultimately proves worthy of its goals.-Londo Mollari sees his prophetic dreams come true as he ascends from Prime Minister to Emperor but he must pay the terrible price that his dreams foresaw.-Every member race of the Alliance endures mysterious attacks on its civilian cargo transports...-Garibaldi faces one of his worst fears as an old problem renews itself.-The pending war between telepaths and mundanes sees its early stages.-G'Kar becomes a religious icon-The "Fall of Centauri Prime."-"Sleeping in Light"- An incredibly poignant and wonderfully well portrayed final episode. Oddly enough, due to fears that the show would end at the end of the fourth season, this episode was filmed at that time but put on the backburner when the fifth season was approved.
Overall, I highly recommend not only this season but the first four seasons and the pilot episodes which are on DVD and any future releases of Babylon 5 on DVD. Few shows have ever kindled the imagination and fed the fires of Science Fiction fans such as this series has! {ssintrepid}
Episode List:
Season/Chapter 5 - The Wheel of Fire
-No Compromises-The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari-The Paragon of Animals
-A View from the Gallery-Learning Curve-Strange Relations-Secrets of the Soul-Day of the Dead-In the Kingdom of the Blind-A Tragedy of Telepaths-Phoenix Rising-The Ragged Edge-The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father-Meditations on the Abyss-Darkness Ascending-And all my Dreams, Torn Asunder-Movements of Fire and Shadow - Commentary by Bruce Boxleitner, Peter Jurasik, Patricia Tallman and Tracy Scoggins-The Fall of Centauri Prime - Commentary by J. Michael Straczynski-The Wheel of Fire-Objects in Motion-Objects at Rest-Sleeping in Light - Commentary by J. Michael Straczynski
Special Features:
-Digital Tomorrow-Beyond Babylon 5-The Universe of Babylon 5-Data Files:*Drakh, Interstellar Alliance, Book of G'Kar, Day of the Dead, Fall of the Centauri Alliance-Personnel Files:*Captain Elizabeth Lochley, Byron, Ta'Lon, Minister Virini, Mack & Bo-Gag Reel-Additional Scenes

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Bruce Boxleitner



DVD title: Bzots - Escape A Go-Go!
Productgroup: DVD
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Bzots ROCK!


my five year old son can't get enough of these giant robots and neither can I! the video is like nothing I've ever seen before. it's part man-size muppets, part cartoon, part monty python. the video is super high energy and full of both obvious and subtle humor, none of it gross or violent (unless you count getting splashed in the face with mustard gross & violent). the songs are catchy, the robots are totally urban hip (I'm even learning some new words!) and the video is fun enough and detailed enough to actually be okay watching it over and over (and over and over). I've bought this video as gifts for all our nieces & nephews & friends' kids, and they all love it, too (and are buying it for THEIR friends...). it's a lot of fun. can't wait for the next ones to come out!

Studio: Starlight Home Enter
Director: Dave Skwarczek



DVD title: Fahrenheit 451
Productgroup: DVD
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LOVE OF A GREAT MOVIE


I loved every thing about this movie. It would be difficult to make a bad movie to such a great book. The people who criticize it obviously don't know the true meaning of this book. It teaches a lot about the wourld and the things in it. It sends out a great message and should be taken seriously.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Fran├žois Truffaut
Actors:
Oskar Werner
Julie Christie




DVD title: The Heiress
Productgroup: DVD
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Perhaps one of the finest screen performances ever


The recent unsatisfying film adaptation of James' WASHINGTON SQUARE starring Jennifer Jason-Leigh only shows how wise William Wyler was to film the Goetz's stage version rather than retain James's original storyline. James's little novel about an Old New York heiress, Catherine Sloper caught in a tug-of-war between her heartless father and her fortune-hunting suitor (Morris Townsend) ends with a very Jamesian ending: Catherine learns to grow beyond her father's and Morris's petty battle, and in so doing shows her superiority to both of them. In adapting this novel for the stage, the Goetzes decided that such an ending (admittedly sublime on the printed page) would be hard to do onstage, and instead retain the Balzacian melodramatic air James drew upon by allowing Catherine her vengeance on father and Morris alike. The result is spellbinding. William Wyler crafted out of this melodrama one of the most hard-to-forget films of the Hollywood era, a masterful little exercise in emotional cruelty that has been championed by (among others) Martin Scorsese, who regularly lists it as one of tyhe five films that most influenced his own work.
The sets are superb, and there's a lovely film score by Aaron Copland. But what really makes the film is the acting. There are only four major performers--Olivia De Havilland as Catherine, Sir Ralph Richardson as her father, Montgomery Clift as Morris, and Miriam Hopkins as Aunt Penniman--and all four give their best performances ever here; they seem to spur one another on to better work than you'd imagine them capable of doing. De Havilland is the one who most stands out: at first, though suitably old, she seems too beautiful to be effective as Catherine. But her fine portrayal of Catherine's crippling shyness makes her unattractiveness to both Morris and Dr. Sloper exceptionally believeable. When Catherine undergoes her awful education, De Havilland very bravelly allows herself to change a great deal so that while she's still Catherine you're aware of how radically she's changed. The highlight of the entire film is Catherine's showdown with her father, when she more than outmaneuvers him and utterly devastates him: De Havilland here does some of the acting the screen has ever seen. The scene begins with De Havilland's words "Morris jilted me," which she manages to deliver with about a hundred different levels of feeling, from shame at herself to almost bemused exasperation at Morris's shallowness to fury at her father. It ends with her dramatic (and surprisingly terrifying) declaration to her broken father, "That's it , Father--you'll never know, will you?", which leaves you aware not only of how thoroughly Catherine has beaten her father but at what a cost to her own soul. I can't imagine even one of the great stage actors doing more with this scene than De Havilland does. It's the performance of a lifetime.

Director: William Wyler
Actors:
Olivia de Havilland
Montgomery Clift
Ralph Richardson




DVD title: Night Calls-Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Unbelievable!


Both of these women are exceptionally beautiful. It is a very entertaining adult video, that has comedy and surprising wit.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Robert Kubilos



DVD title: The Matrix Reloaded (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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pretty cool


i admit it's nothing compared to the original but it still is allot of fun special effects filled action. it is a great movie but it's not as good as the first.

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: The Jungle Book 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Jungle Book 2- Not Given a chance..


The first Jungle Book was wonderful and classical. Though I have yet to see the second I'm sure it will be highly enjoyable. There is alot of negativity about Part 2. I think it is unfair that people dismiss or criticise what they have yet to see. Part 2 explores Mogley's other side which was inevitable. It may not be as action packed as the first but I'm sure it will still be good. One must keep in mind that it is a different type of movie. One must also remember that this movie is mainly yo entertain or children and grandchildren not us adults.

Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Director: Steve Trenbirth
Actors:
John Goodman
Haley Joel Osment
Tony Jay




DVD title: The Grateful Dead Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Greatest concert movie EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is the best theatrically released concert film ever! It's compiled from five nights of performances at the Winterland in San Francisco, from October of 1974. At the time, the band announced these shows as their final concerts, as touring with the Wall Of Sound PA (you'll see why they called it that in the soundcheck footage that comes after Going Down The Road Feeling Bad) became too cost prohibitive.

This features some excellent versions of many of the bands classics, including Eyes Of The World and Morning Dew. The animation is brilliant (it's often been said that the opening animated sequence the precedes the actual concert footage could have been released as in it's own right as a short film, and in fact, a sizeable chunk of that have footage has been shown on MTV and VH-1 Classic as a video).

There's too many great things in this film, but musical and otherwise (the scene where Phil's custom Alembic bass starts picking up a weird hum/feedback from one of the cameras is a particular favorite bit).

I'm looking forward to finally have a state of the art DVD transfer of this film, as the old VHS wasn't that great.

I would only hope they've included some footage that got left out of the original movie (the film would have been over 15 hours if they had including all of the music that was played during those five nights, and that wouldn't even count the non-musical stuff).

Studio: Monterey Home Video



DVD title: The Punisher
Productgroup: DVD
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Not Violent Enough, but very good nonetheless


For those that are complaining that this movie is "too violent", I would recommend you scope out some of the ultra-violent Japanese movies that use gallons upon gallons of fake blood in movies involving swords, M82A1M .50 caliber sniper rifles, machine guns, pistols, bombs, rockets, and grenades sometimes all in the same movie.

I was a fan of The Punisher comic books and thus wanted to see how the second movie turned out. Overall I was impressed. A lot of the scenes were reminescent of the comic book drawings (his stance, some of the dialogue, etc...)

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Actors:
Laura Harring
Thomas Jane




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