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DVD title: Monk - Season Two
Productgroup: DVD
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Monk: Season Two... missing booklet?

I just received 2 copies of Monk 2 and both are missing the booklet in the inside pocket. Anyone else have this problem?

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Tony Shalhoub

DVD title: The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Love It!!!

I thought that the Lizzie Mcguire Movie was one of the best movies I have seen in a really long time. It related to a teenagers life I think and it was good for even little children to watch. I thought it was hillarious and had a good plot to it. I think that the movie was well written. I can't wait to get the dvd and I can't wait to get HIlary Duff's new cd that is coming out. I recommend teenagers to go see the movie and they went and they thought it was excellent!!! The Lizzie McGuire movie was just awesome and I recommend anyone to go see it!!!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director: Jim Fall
Hilary Duff
Adam Lamberg
Clayton Snyder

DVD title: Army of Darkness
Productgroup: DVD
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So bad it's good!!!

This is a classic B-Movie: low-budget, sometimes cheesy acting, special effects that are SUPPOSED to look fake, and of course, Bruce Campbell, one of Hollywood's best and sadly least-seen action heros. Personally, i think the producers should have kept the original title of "Medieval Dead"

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Raimi
Bruce Campbell

DVD title: Les Miserables - The Dream Cast in Concert
Productgroup: DVD
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To the VIEWER FROM USA, I just wanna tell you that this concert is the best......Eponine is also one of my fave characters and Ms. Salonga's voice did not ruin this fairness to you, Frances Rufelle was also great and I should say that this role was just made for her as KIM is tailor-made just for Lea Salonga....she's one of the best Eponine....and her voice is the only suitable voice for KIM! I am recommending this concert to everyone!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Caird

DVD title: Moonlighting - Seasons 1 & 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Some Walk By Night, Some Fly By Day..........

I never thought I would be hearing the original theme song again. I NEVER missed an episode of Moonlighting, NEVER! It was a well written show that did not get enough mention. Even with today TV, few shows can be put on the same level as Moonlighting. This show is a must have and is long overdue. And for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of seeing Maddie Hayes & David Addison (Cybil Shepard & Bruce Willis respectively) in action, Get the DVD, pop some popcorn, press play and wait until you here, "Some Walk By Night, Some Fly By Day...." Enjoy!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Cybill Shepherd

DVD title: The Grapes of Wrath
Productgroup: DVD
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Henry Fonda in John Ford's version of John Steinbeck's novel

I have absolutely no problem with the idea that the greatest ending in American literature comes on the final pages of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath." The symbolism of the final image of Rosasharn and the starving man is as potent as anything every found in an American novel, whether you are talking white whales or green-tinted glasses and silver slippers. But there is no way on earth that a Hollywood film made in 1940 was going to film that scene and Nunnally Johnson's adaptation of Steinbeck's novel, which had only been published in 1939 when the censors were in apolexy over Clark Gable saying the word "damn," has to come up with a suitable but obviously inadequate substitute.

While Johnson remains remarkably faithful to the novel for most of the film, it is helpful to remember that a year earlier he had written the screenplay for "Jesse James," and there is clearly a sense in which the Tom Joad of this film is a "good" outlaw in a similar sense. The difference is that instead of joining the Confederacy this Tom Joad becomes a union man. Tom (Henry Fonda) has just gotten out of prison and hitches a ride home in time to find that his family is being forced off of the Oklahoma farm that they have been sharecropping. So the entire Joad family, Pa (Russell Simpson), Ma (Jane Darwell), Grandpa (Charley Grapewin), Rosasharn (Dorris Bowdon), and the rest pile into the family truck, joined by Casy (John Carradine in by far his finest role), a defrocked preacher who has a new, more human gospel to preach. The truck heads for California, the family hoping that this is the Promised Land it is claimed to be in the handbills blowing across the Oklahoma landscape.

Tom was in prison for killing a man who had stabbed him in a barroom brawl and at the end of this film he will kill again when he reaches a breaking point in the treatment that the migrant workers are enduring at the hands of the thugs wearing badges. In the difference between those two murders is the transformation of Tom Joad from a brawler in to a fighter and more specifically a fighter with a cause. Along the way is a journey that is as much a descent into Hell as the one Virgil took Dante on in "The Inferno," with the horror being that this is taking place in America and (for the original film goers), in the present as well. The Joads struggle to stay alive and stay together, and it seems that they are not going to be able to afford pride or dignity.

The flaw in the film, if you are inclined to see it that way, is that Joad becomes a Christ-figure (with Casy forced into the John the Baptist role). But pay attention to Tom's memorable closing speech to Ma Joan: "I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be there in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be there in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they built - I'll be there, too." Yes, Tom Joad is out there fighting for the little guy, but the problem is that since Tom Joad is out there, we do not have to be. We wish him well and certainly root for him as he walks out to meet his destiny, but like Ma Joad we are going to stay behind and leave it to our hero to go fight the good fight. The film's final line, which belongs to Ma Joad, sounds like something we would expect from a Capracorn movie.

Director John Ford directs this black & white film with the same sense of human spectacle set against the grandeur of the American landscape that he displayed in his westerns "Fort Apache" and "Rio Grande." Put this is the end of that grand Old West, where cattle barons and sodbusters have given way to giant, nameless companies who gobbled up the land even when the winds have turns it into a Dust Bowl. The black & white cinematography by Gregg Toland provides a documentary like nature, recalling Dorothea Lange's famous 1936 photograph "Migrant Mother."

Ford and Darwell won Oscars, but Alfred Hitchock's "Rebecca" and Jimmy Stewart in "The Philadelphia Story" won for Best Picture and Best Actor respectively. Yet today it is clearly "The Grapes of Wrath" and Henry Fonda's performance that are a quintessential part of our American film heritage (Did you know that until 1958 it was "The Grapes of Wrath" that was considered the greatest American film and not "Citizen Kane"?). For a decidedly different but no less effective version of the story adapted by Frank Galati for the Steppenwolf Theater of Chicago check out the 1991 stage version with Gary Sinise as Tom Joad which ends as the novel does, with the mystical smile on the face of Rose of Sharon.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: John Ford
Henry Fonda
Jane Darwell

DVD title: Dances with Wolves
Productgroup: DVD
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Oh, by the way...

This DTS version DOES have the Kostner/Wilson commentary soundtrack that is contained in the non-DTS version. It also has both the Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks to chose from. What it doesn't have is non-english soundtracks. A small price to pay...

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
Mary McDonnell
Graham Greene (II)

DVD title: The Ninth Gate
Productgroup: DVD
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I thought this movie was excellent!

Excellent movie, intelligent and new. If you are an intelligent, literate person this movie should have tons of appeal for you. However if you are a brainwashed commercial consumer, you will hate because it often forces you to think.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Roman Polanski
Johnny Depp
Frank Langella

DVD title: Speed
Productgroup: DVD
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SPEED with KEANU REEVES, SANDRA BULLOCK and DENNIS HOPPER is a great thrill ride does REEVE'S character keep a busload of people from blowing up? I'm not going to say just watch and find out. DENNIS HOPPER is great too as the villian how physchotic he is just watch and see you'll see what I mean. Don't miss SPEED or you'll regret it.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Jan de Bont
Keanu Reeves
Dennis Hopper
Sandra Bullock

DVD title: Conspiracy Theory
Productgroup: DVD
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Just because you?re paranoid...

Just because you are paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you.
The title says it all and you have seen it a million times. You have to figure out who the good guys are and who the bad guys are shades of the "Bourn Identity" appear as Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) must find out not only who they are but who he is? And will Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts) believe him or not or is she the bad guy or a target?
Aside from the plot is powerful acting by powerful actors. How do they handle trust?

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Richard Donner
Mel Gibson
Julia Roberts

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