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DVD title: Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour 1974
Productgroup: DVD
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Irish Tour the film.What can one say.This film depicts what we have been listening to these past 28 years on the vinyl record double album then titled Irish Tour '74.To be honest if you come from Cork City,like I do it makes the film that little bit more sentimental.Viewing old footage of Cork City and remembering these shops when I was younger just like Rory,it brings back lots of fond memories indeed.The film is fantastic in so far as we get to go backstage with the band in the dressing rooms,tuning the guitar for Rory,the old bottles of Guinness being drunk,and the band hanging out with their old buddies in Cork.We see Rory and Donal walking the streets of Belfast in the height of the troubles.Probably what stands out for me really is the great relationship two brothers shared.It must have been some buzz for both Rory as the performer and Donal as manager to successfully steer his career from these early,almost primitive days in 1974 to what he finally achieved before his sad and untimely death in 1995.It's obvious they had a special relationship.The concert footage is also a great insight into the Ireland of that particular time.It's hard to explain to people outside of Ireland,but what the Gallagher brothers(the original Gallagher Brothers) were doing back in those days was the start of something huge.Rory has influnced U2 along the way,among others.This film is a must have for any self respecting music fan,let alone Rory fan.Do yourself a favour,go out and buy it before it's all sold out.

Studio: Bmg Special Products
Rory Gallagher

DVD title: Grumpier Old Men
Productgroup: DVD
Grumpier Old Men - movie DVD cover picture
Why we miss Jack and Walter

Two old friends/rivals go at it again in this hilarious epic that was among the last works of the great Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon team. The appearance of siren Sophia Loren as love interest for grungy fisherman Matthau only adds to the humor. Full of priceless one-liners, including the timeless "bacon" monologue by Burgess Meredith, this is one to watch over and over. We miss ya guys, but you'll live forever in our hearts and on DVD.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Howard Deutch
Walter Matthau
Jack Lemmon
Sophia Loren

DVD title: Commando
Productgroup: DVD
Commando - movie DVD cover picture
very good action movie

i bought this dvd recently. this is the third time i look into this movie based on dvd software. i have the VHS and VCD and compare the audio format/sound the dvd is much more better than the other two.
i have a comment here that, i'm dissappointed after i found that the dvd audio format is not the dolby digital 5.1 surround format such as the terminator 2.
hope to receive your comment why this dvd is not in 5.1 surround system.
if this movie is in the 5.1 surround format i think it will give more sound impact and the enjoyment to the end of this movie.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Mark L. Lester
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rae Dawn Chong

DVD title: Eyes Wide Shut
Productgroup: DVD
Eyes Wide Shut - movie DVD cover picture
A Mystery of questions.

Raises a string of mysterious questions,to be explored by the viewer. One that has generated much talk among myself and friends, is the possibility that nicole may have been one of the attendees at the costume orgy. Look closely at nicole peering up at Tom as he returns home, the mask on her bedside- did she pick it up at the orgy? Is nicole really the red head who worns Tom to leave the orgy? Is nicole in fact part of this secret society? View this awsome picture a few times and see how it begins to unravel before your wide eyes. It's an engrossing masterpiece from the master himself, Kubrick.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Tom Cruise
Nicole Kidman

DVD title: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed - Momentary Silence (Vol. 6)
Productgroup: DVD
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Even a clip show deserves credit....

This dvd features one of the greatest fights in the series (personal favorite)but you only get 4 episodes because the first one is just a clip show but let me tell ya even the clip show is awsome, sure its a recap of all that we all well know but what makes it great for me has to be the music played out trough the whole episode and dvd. It's really a great series and even a clip show deserves credit...^_^

Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Director: Mitsuo Fukuda

DVD title: The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns
Productgroup: DVD
The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns - movie DVD cover picture
Possibly the best.... one thing missing

This 9-volume set of videos brings the Civil War to life. Using photos, readings from diaries and other documents from participants, and commentary by experts such as Shelby Foote, the videos effectively communicate a sense of what the war was like. The documentary focuses particularly on the experience of ordinary people, especially the soldiers, whose valor and commitment is truly awesome. Even at 9 volumes, the video provides only a general overview. It whetted my appetite to learn more. Unfortunately, the companion book by Geoffrey C. Ward is not the best place to go for a more in-depth treatment.

Studio: PBS Home Video
Ken Burns

DVD title: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Productgroup: DVD
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Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life!

From birth to death, this is a hilarious view at the time we spend inbetween. The established cast of actors, in and out of drag, poke fun at everything from religion to vital organ transplants. My favorite scene is where "the fattest man in the world" pigs out at a fancy restaurant and eventually explodes to the disgust of the other guests. Another good one is where 3 couples at a house party get a visit from the grim reaper and give him several clever arguments befor finally following him to heaven. This is The Monty Python Gang at their very best. The little ditty at the end of the movie is priceless! This film is an absolute must for fans (but then again, if you're a fan, you've already seen it anyway). Five stars for this one!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Terry Jones
Terry Gilliam
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Michael Palin

DVD title: The Film Noir of Anthony Mann: T-Men/Raw Deal
Productgroup: DVD
The Film Noir of Anthony Mann: T-Men/Raw Deal - movie DVD cover picture
Noir at its best

I had been trying to obtain a copy of this dvd for some time and was delighted to finally purchase it via amazon. It is a beautifully presented dvd with three superb examples of what makes film noir (a movement, not a genre!). Aldrich's direction is as tight and claustrophobic as you would expect and the cinematography of John Alton can be seen to define all the charactersitics associated with noir. Long may films such as these be available on dvd.

Studio: Roan Group
Director: Anthony Mann
Dennis O'Keefe
Alfred Ryder
Wallace Ford

DVD title: Ellen DeGeneres - Here and Now
Productgroup: DVD
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Hilarious show!

This is a really good DVD of a HBO special that Ellen DeGeneres taped last year. I really enjoy her sense of humor, and she packs a great punch with it. I find her humor to be more subtle, she just sort of lays it out there with her comments about every day life, and things we can identify with. There were a lot of good jokes, like the ones about those motion sensor toilets and sinks, there was a great joke about "go-gurt" and just everyday things. I really enjoyed the DVD, she is not explicit. Her delivery is great, she is trying to be funny and make jokes obviously but she does it so effortlessly you don't even realize she's doing it, it just comes out of her mouth like anything else. Really good DVD, you'll love it if you're a big Ellen fan, and if you're not then you should check this out and I'm sure you'll find something you'll love about it!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Joel Gallen

DVD title: RahXephon - Synaesthesia (Vol. 5)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Payoff...RahXephon Viewers Get Paid Off

Viewers hit their first "RahXephon" cliffhanger at the end of the last volume, "Dissonance." With "Synasthesia," fans who have been patiently wading through the second and third volumes will finally start reaping their rewards.
As a recap, the title character is a giant robot with yet unexplored but sound-related abilities, and uniquely pilotable by teenager Ayato Kamina. Kamina has just been freed from the space-time bubble surrounding Tokyo-Jupiter (where time runs at a rate years behind) and has been told that what he thought was reality is a construct by an alien race of Murians. The battle for Tokyo-Jupiter and its numerous human inhabitants is waged with Dolems--the Murian giant robots--and RahXephon, on behalf of the "real" Earth.
Two major developments took place in the last volume: anti-hero Ayato is revealed, to no one's surpise, to be a himself a Murian, the very controllers of the Dolems he battles. Not only does he have to struggle with everything he has found out about reality, but now has to struggle with tremendous identity issues. Second, Ayato takes off in RahXephon, the strange Quon Kisaragi in tow, and heads back to Tokyo-Jupiter with Vermillion, the outside world's new battle robot, in hot pursuit. With the last eight, nearly nine, episodes devoted to building up tension and developing characters, "RahXephon" is due for an explosion, and "Synasthesia" comes through beautifully.
A battle wages between a Dolem seemingly bent on protecting RahXephon, and the pursuing Vermillion, piloted by Elvy Hadhiat, with Haruka Shitou having stowed away in the robot. The Dolem succeeds in stopping Vermillion, then opens a pathway for Ayato, Quon and RahXephon to re-enter Tokyo-Jupiter. Vermillion recovers and uses its new technology to breach the time-space bubble as well. Inside, Ayato and Quon wake up in a hospital; Ayato's fuzzied awareness allows him to remember just enough about reality, but has it blurred enough that he has to take time to wade through his thoughts. He acts as though nothing has happened, even when he runs into classmates Asahina Hiroko and Momaru Torigae...although Asahina exhibits the symptoms of someone who has been brainwashed--forgotten things seem familiar, and her sense of paranoia seems more than justified. Things seem to have settled down for Ayato, however, and he feels a calm as he cuts himself at home and sees that his blood indeed runs red. He goes into a shivering trance when his mother cuts her finger and runs blue blood down his chin.
The second episode involves the recovery phase--be sure to listen and take note of where, and exactly what Captain Shitou says when she reminisces about her now taken-over homeland. A Dolem fight erupts, and once the pilot-less RahXephon (seeming to react to Ayato's trauma) destroys the Dolem, its "controller," who exists outside of the Dolem and floats in the Murian headquarters, screams in pain and dissipates. This is extremely important in showing the link between certain Murians and the Dolems. Ayato manages to escape in the Chaos, and runs into Asahina, also in a frenzied state having seen Momaru and herself bleed blue. Ayato makes a rendezvous with RahXephon, and escapes Tokyo-Jupiter with Asahina in his hand.
The third episode may be one of the most tragic single episodes from an anime series, perhaps even rivaling the tragic "Rurouni Kenshin" episodes featuring Kenshin's and Soujiro's childhood, or even "Real Folk Blues Part 2" from "Cowboy Bebop." To go into detail as I have with the other episodes would spoil this, one of, if not the most powerful episode of the series.
The volume concludes with tensions running high at TERRA headquarters as Vermillion units begin to be mass-produced, rendering Ayato and RahXephon virtually useless.
RahXephon has beautiful art, part of the new, modern style of anime seen in "Full Metal Panic," "Gasaraki" and ".hack//sign"--flat, thick-lined, clean illustrations with computer graphics imbedded nicely into the shots. The music finally hits perfect stride, the sad piano notes carrying emotions into overdrive.
Unlike most series, you might actually be able to watch this volume on its own and still have some idea of what's going on in "RahXephon." It might be good to read up on what's been going on previously, but this is a good sampler for those wanting to get into the series (the first volume, of course, being the best sampler). I can't emphasize enough how well done the third episode is, with its focus on Asahina and Ayato, and the beautiful, frenetic cuts within the final battle of that episode. The series doesn't peak here; the final episodes have plenty in store, including an ending that, while not as deep as "Neon Genesis," requires some head scratching and rewinding.
Highly, highly recommended for anime fans, whether or not you've been hooked or are wanting to get hooked on "RahXephon."

Studio: A.D. Vision
Director: Yutaka Izubuchi

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