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DVD title: The Final Countdown (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Modern Classic Science Fiction Film

"The Final Countdown" is one of those films that never got the recognition that it so rightfully deserves.
Blending history, military, moral dilema & science fiction together nearly perfectly, "Final Countdown" is a very powerful and thought-provoking film about a chance to change the course of history.
The modern-day nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz(an Atlantic Fleet-based aircraft carrier)stationed at Pearl Harbor goes through a mysterious electrical storm in the Pacific Ocean, the crew (Kirk Douglas, Captain; James Farentino, Airwing Commander; Ron O'Neal, XO) & a cilvilian advisor (Martin Sheen)soon realize through a series of events that they have gone back in time to December 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor!
After rescuing survivors of a yacht blown up by Japanese Zeros, the crew of the Nimitz is faced with a decision that would change the course of history...whether they should destroy the Japanese Fleet BEFORE they attack Pearl Harbor.
For those of you who've seen the movie, you know the ending.
For those who've never seen "Final Countdown", I won't ruin what is a great ending!
I've been waiting for years for "Final Countdown" to come out on DVD. Hopefully it will be loaded with extra features never found on the rare VHS version from Vestron.
The footage aboard the USS Nimitz is fantastic. No movie since has shown in such detail the action aboard a modern-day carrier.The flightdeck scenes are breath-taking. You'll see aircraft markings on the F-14s & other aircraft that look absolutely awesome!
This is a movie you will want to watch over & over again.

Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Don Taylor
Kirk Douglas
Martin Sheen
Katharine Ross

DVD title: Dr. Seuss - The Cat in the Hat (Original Television Episode)
Productgroup: DVD
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From a 3 1/2 year old...

This is the version of "The Cat in the Hat" that I remember, from constant re-runs on HBO in the early 1980s. This is the version of "The Cat in the Hat" that I think of, in the same way that my nephew, now 3 1/2, will think of the Mike Myers' movie as "his" "Cat in the Hat". So, I had to buy this DVD... not just to show him, but also for myself, because I hadn't seen the whole thing in about 20 years, and recapturing my own childhood is almost as important as influencing his!
First, I watched it by myself. Hmm. 1971 was a lot less jarring in 1983. In 2003, the music seemed a lot... more corny, I guess. The "Fun" song, the one song on the soundtrack not performed by Allan Sherman, is pretty bad. However, the rest of it held up just as I remembered it. I appreciate the special feature sing-along version of "Calculatus Eliminatus", a song I had committed to memory 20 years ago, and then forgot (displaced, no doubt, by the useless Paula Abdul song lyrics that crowded up my brain in the intervening years).
Then, I screened it for the nephew. He sat through the whole thing, mesmerized, looking away only occasionally to play with the tiny Thing 2 toy he got from Burger King. He was upset when it was over and kept asking to watch the extra features (the "Calculatus" sing-along, and the two-minute promo for the Myers movie). We essentially watched the whole cartoon twice.
The final verdict is that the 1971 "Cat in the Hat" holds up very well today, as both a 30 year-old and a 3 1/2 year-old see it. Obviously the animation is flat and dated -- but it's faithful to the book, and, of course, this is Dr. Seuss's own version (Ted Geisel was producer and scriptwriter for the affair). The music is also dated (of course), but kids won't notice, and the Sherman songs are still delightful. The educational component is also funny -- the Cat sings his name out in seven or eight different languages, and several more made-up ones.
In other words, add this katze-in-a-hut to your collection today.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Hawley Pratt

DVD title: The Legend of 1900
Productgroup: DVD
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Quirky and engaging

Tim Roth is always engaging and here he takes center stage. Although the story is not believable (hence "Legend" in the title) it is well worth viewing, and Tim is completely believable.

Although this is not a famous movie, some of the scenes will be etched on my mind forever. Some movies (e.g Matrix2 which I saw the day before) spend millions on special effects that are not as memorable, however, the piano rolling around the dance floor will stay with me (and probably my young son) forever -- incredible! The inclusion of the real jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton as a character is a nice touch, and the piano competition is quite wonderful (better than the wonderful guitar duel in "Crossroads") and very clever. Another memorable moment is the angelic little urchin-cum-prodigy turning around to his first stunned audience and responding to being chastised (I won't spoil it by quoting it here!).

This is probably a 4* movie but I give it 5* because you really should see it.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Tim Roth

DVD title: Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Productgroup: DVD
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I'd forgotten what an excellent concert this was. If you've got a DVD with 5.1 stereo--you should own this. It's the next best thing to being there.

Studio: Palm Pictures
Director: Jonathan Demme
David Byrne

DVD title: Psycho Beach Party
Productgroup: DVD
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It's a funny classic , a clever spoof

When I first saw the title I was thinking it was one of those 60's beach movies..But then I saw actors and actresses that are current, so I tuned in and I must say I am greatful I did. Psycho beach party is a funny and witty movie. That makes fun of the beach movies of the 60's ( It's about time).It's a Psycho/Manic-mixture of 50's Suspense and "DUH" 60's beach movies,and 70's Halloween/friday the 13thish slasher flixs My favorite actress Lauren Ambrose ( HBO series Six feet Under) is Florence (Chicklet) Forrest who really wants to be a surfer chick and be part of the Malibu beach crowd and also win the heart of StarCat, Plus also fight some inner demons and problems which is due to the fact her personality is spilt like a sliced pizza. Her personalities are wacky as she is, but as diffrent as night and day, there is Anne Bowman a sexy and forward & dominate personality that see's herself as the dominatrax empress of the planet earth. So don't mess with Anne Bowman and don't try to escape her power. Than there is Tylene Carmicheal Carmel who is a tough chick that works the check out at the safeway who has a blade who will cut you , so don't mess with this personality of chicklet's. Lauren Ambrose is a great actress who makes each one of her diffrent personalities sound and act so diffrent from each other that makes you wonder how this actress can do it. She makes being a perky and Zany surfer chick with multi-personality issues seem easy and fun. Nicholas Brendon who's claim to fame is Buffy the vampire slayer's Xander. In Buffy he plays the Not popular-dense comedy one liner, but in psycho beach party he plays StarCat...who is the great Kanaka's handsome right hand man and the coolest and hottest surfer in Malibu, StarCat is smart and has a background in Psycho Analytic theory , the perfect golden boy of the Malibu beach crowd. But he is still a goof ball with deep rooted complex anxiety and feelings, who doesn't see the cool in chicklet. Plus doesn't know if he can trust Chicklet due to the fact she may be the slasher of malibu beach. Then there is Thomas Gibson who is the Greg in Dharma & he plays the king of the beach Kanaka, the smooth surfer who has a shack on the beach who more than anything lives for mother wave. But with a unknown fetish of being dominated until chicket uncovers the slave boy side of him. Who also had a thing with Captain Monica Stark, who just wants to live for the moment and then surf the waves.All the actors and actresses are funny and superb. Psycho Beach Party is so funny and wacky I can't wait till this movie is on vhs so I can watch this movie any time I want to. This movie is a cool and clever & stylish movie. You don't know who's the slasher, it has hilarious comedy lines and moments this movie is sure to be a classic.. I give it two thumbs up & *****5 Stars..I highly advise anyone who likes movie spoofs and just wants to laugh to go out and buy or rent this movie. It Rocks!!!

Studio: Strand Releasing Home Video
Director: Robert Lee King
Lauren Ambrose
Thomas Gibson
Nicholas Brendon

DVD title: Seabiscuit (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Please.... it's OK to just enjoy a movie, isn't it?

Seabiscuit was an under-advertised movie that surprised me in how good it was. It starts off slow telling a lot of backstory, and the main character doesn't appear nearly soon enough, but if you overlook those problems it's a wonderful and literally beautiful film. I loved the horse and wished we could have seen more of it and even more races. The races were breathtaking. Yes, it's a feel-good movie but a deep one, not superficial, and a genuinely good story.
I don't know why, but I rented this DVD and watched it four times and then could barely part with it, so I ended up buying it. The horse and characters are endearing. The races, even if you aren't into horse racing, are filmed so great you feel you are in them, riding in them or close by in the stands. The stars of this ensemble cast were perfectly cast and did a fine job. Tobey Maguire was nearly unrecognizable as a skinny little red-haired jockey, but he did a terrific job. Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper were fantastic as well and perfect for their parts. This DVD also comes with some great extra features. I'd say buy it now,- you won't regret it a bit. It's a movie that will stay in your heart a long time, and will be thought of years later as one of the best of 2003.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gary Ross
Jeff Bridges
Chris Cooper

DVD title: Black Sheep
Productgroup: DVD
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Chris Farley and David Spade are at their best!!

Dont pretend to be a movie critic and write bad reviews on this film just to pretend your Roper and that other movie critic. This movie is a fun movie. Chris Farley is a hoot along with David Spade. No this movie is not Academy Award Winning Material, but its not ment to be. Its ment to entertain us and get our minds off of the stressful everyday grind. It does just that. If you're in the mood to just relax and laugh with your family, this movie is a must have.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Penelope Spheeris
Chris Farley
David Spade

DVD title: The Manchurian Candidate
Productgroup: DVD
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One movie that must be seen to be believed.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, this film is an enigma wrapped in a riddle inside a conundrum, and the slow unveiling of the plot, with its many surprises--both shocking and hilarious--will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. John Frankenheimer's reputation as a director is based largely on this movie; he's never come close to equaling it, but that still doesn't detract from the brilliance of his achievement here. The excellence of the acting--particularly Angela Lansbury as the ultimate dragon mom, Laurence Harvey as her victim-son, and James Gregory as her buffoonish senator husband--is beyond praise. The screenplay is spectacularly witty (wait till you see how Gregory and Lansbury make their final determination of how many Communists there are in the State Department). David Amram's contrapuntal score is the perfect finishing touch to this film, which was perhaps the one good thing to come out of Cold War paranoia.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: John Frankenheimer
Frank Sinatra
Laurence Harvey

DVD title: Top Secret!
Productgroup: DVD
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classic zucker and abrahams

I saw this film for the first time when I was in high school and it immediatly became my favorite film by Jim Abrahams and the Zucker Bros. I recently caught it again last night on TNT and it's still as funny as I remember.
If you're a fan of Airplane or the Naked Gun Movies then you owe it to yourself to see this movie! I don't believe it is as well known as the previous mentioned titles but I feel it is far funnier. Plus, the songs are pretty darn good for parody tunes. Val Kilmer gives us a glimpse of the vocal talents he showcased in the doors and this only proves that besides being a decent actor he is also a very versitile vocalist.
So hurry up and see this flick. Some of the gags are a little dated but they still hold up.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Val Kilmer

DVD title: Gone With the Wind
Productgroup: DVD
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Gone With the Wind

This is probably the most meormable movie of the 20th Cenutry and has the most popular love story ever brought to screen : the love between Scarlett O' Hara and Rhett Butler. The movie is about a southern belle named Scarlett O' Hara ( played by a beautiful Viven Leigh ) who deals with the Civil War and how it effects her. It takes place over a 12 year period, and during this time we see Scarlett's achievements and dissappiontments in her life. But still throughout her life, she still remains that determined, boundless engery, bold young woman she always was. There are also some great supporting characters : Rhett Butler ( played by Clark Gable ), Melanie Wilkes ( Olivia De Havilland ), Ashley Wilkes ( Leslie Horward ), and the sassy Mammy ( Hattie McDaniel ). With a meormable ending, this movie is classic and will always be remembered for being one of the silver screen's biggest achivement.

The DVD quality is great, the picture comes out crystal clear. The sound quality is good, you could hear EVERYTHING. I highly recommend this movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Clark Gable
Vivien Leigh

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