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DVD title: Red Dragon - Collector's Edition (Widescreen)
Productgroup: DVD
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Lucifer Fallen

It is odd that the third best of the 'Lector' novels written by Thomas Harris should turn out to be every bit as good as the others when taken to film. Much is due to Brett Ratner's ability to stay focused on creating an unselfconscious story line that sticks to the material and the atmospherics around it. Another large amount is due to Anthony Hopkins ability to recreate a character who exudes evil and fear. But the entire cast of this film manage to play their parts well.

This is the prequel (or near prequel) to the events in Silence of the Lambs. Edward Norton plays Will Graham, the FBI agent who brought Lector to justice in the first case. He has 'escaped' from seeking serial killers and is now making an anonymous life repairing boats. But his retirement is short-lived as Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel) seeks Will out for help on a troubling case where entire families are being killed in a grim ritual. As we quickly find out, one of the things that's wanted is for Will to work with Lector again, this time with the mad psychiatrist behind thick plate glass and bars.

What we find out early in the film is that the new killer is somehow linked to the old. Lector's uncanny ability to reach out and manipulate minds is still strong, and the real story is Will Graham's struggle to evade Lector's plans while trying to identify the killer with Lecter's help. The detective and his family are the goats in a dark hunting game.

Hopkins plays Lecter to perfection. Not the slick Lecter of Silence, but as a man still developing his style. For all his ego, Lecter's real problem is his inability to see Will Graham as anything but an alter-ego. The agent, who survived catching Lecter only by accident has no such self-delusions. His honest brilliance is a counterpoint to Lecter's deviousness.

Another near perfect acting Job is done by Ralph Fienne, who plays Francis Dolahyde, the Red Dragon of the title. This isn't a hysterical portrait. Dolarhyde has his own brilliance despite his emotional ineptness, and Fienne brings this out perfectly, capturing Dolarhyde's fumbling love affair with Reba and his power as a controlled killer with surprising sympathy.

The extras consist of commentaries, interviews and the usual 'making of' film. I tend to look askance at the modern habit of expanding the credence of a film by piling on self-important tidbits, but these are well done, and enhance the viewing experience by surfacing some of the fine details that make this a successful film.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brett Ratner
Anthony Hopkins
Edward Norton
Ralph Fiennes

DVD title: Bruce Almighty (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"Smite me! O mighty smiter!"

I'm so glad Jim Carrey steered away from Drama and has come back to the world of comedy where he belongs. I haven't seen a comedy this good in a long time!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Tom Shadyac
Jim Carrey
Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Aniston

DVD title: Donnie Darko
Productgroup: DVD
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Mad World

I personally loved this movie, even though it was a little confusing i really liked it. I thought the plot was good and how it made you think he was still going on with his life, but in truth he was have a vision of what would happen if he happened to break away from what was destined for him. The only thing that truely confused me was with the plane when it did loose its engine. I also like the effects, like how it showed those things coming out of them and how that was where they were supposed to go and how frank showed him that in the end (if he did break away from what was destined for him) that he was supposed to kill him.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Richard Kelly (II)
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary McDonnell
Jena Malone

DVD title: Bewitched - The Complete First Season (Black and White)
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't mess with perfection!

Here's my take on the B&W v. colorization issue. This baby-boomer believes that you just don't alter history. The original season of Bewitched was filmed in black & white, period. Those who say they prefer the dreaded colorized version probably wish Ted Turner would colorize the begining and ending of "The Wizard of Oz". Or perhaps colorize the Dick Van Dyke series. And this would stimulate their brains? H'mmmm! Young adults can't handle B&W? Check out most music videos on MTV. Has anyone seen the only color episode of "Perry Mason" or the color Christmas episode of "I Love Lucy"? Not many, I'll bet as they don't show them very often as they just don't "fit in".

No, I believe in artistic integrety over colorization. All that aside I guess content is the most important issue and I think everyone agrees that this is one gem not to be missed.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Elizabeth Montgomery

DVD title: Commandments
Productgroup: DVD
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Strange, Bitter, Lovely ... Life :)

An exquiste descent into the heart of despair challenged with the needful interpretation of life and God. It's funny, sad, but still manages to be hopeful. It's definately a story that will teach and inspire your soul to be patient, and your heart to dream ... even when life is at it's worst.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Daniel Taplitz
Aidan Quinn
Courteney Cox

DVD title: Ella Enchanted (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Like the chip, you can't watch just once!

Ella Enchanted is a classic fairy tale with modern spin. Staring Anne Hathaway as Ella and Hugh Dancy as Prince Charmont this story is the tops for family entertainment.

As an infant, Ella is given a gift from her muddle-headed fairy godmother, Lucinda. This "gift" becomes more of a curse to the child. Forced to do everything she's told, Ella runs into much trouble when her evil step sisters realize they can control her, no matter what the command. Ella, after being forced to shoplift and denounce her life long friend, decides to find Lucinda and make her take back the cursed "gift".

Prince Charmont, in the mean time, has an evil uncle who is reeking havoc over the kingdom. Oppressing the gentle giants, elves and ogres while seeking to steal the crown from the Prince before his coronation.

This delightful story will touch the hearts and bring a smile and tickle the funny bone. From the "batox" a funny play on "botox" to the elf in love with a giant this original play on classic fairy tale adventures is simply delicious! Get your copy today and make this an evening to enjoy with the entire family! You won't be sorry. In fact, its like the potato chip of movies, you can't watch it just once. Ella Enchanted is a repeat performance!

Studio: Miramax
Anne Hathaway

DVD title: Swimming Pool (Unrated Version)
Productgroup: DVD
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better than other thrilers

This movie i would say is so much better than other thrilers. Why because most of then this year hasn't been good these days

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Fran├žois Ozon
Charlotte Rampling
Ludivine Sagnier
Charles Dance

DVD title: Jackie Chan's Who Am I?
Productgroup: DVD
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I thought it was great

This is one of the best movies that he has made. The Action is great. This is one of those movies that you can't just see 1 time.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Jackie Chan
Michelle Ferre
Mirai Yamamoto

DVD title: Ghostbusters
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply the best

This movie rules. What can I say, my childhood can be summed up into 1 word: GHOSTBUSTERS

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Ivan Reitman
Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver

DVD title: Jean De Florette
Productgroup: DVD
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Jean de Florette captures something eternal in the story about the struggle to secure a property and source of water for the garden that Jean plants. The cycle of frustration, greed and vengeance -- which is the history of mankind -- is completed in Manon des sources. So get that one too! The film itself is magical in the way we are carried away completly into the small world of a century ago in the hills of Provence, almost like being there. If you are learning French, here is something for which the language is really worth learning.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Claude Berri
Yves Montand
Gérard Depardieu

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