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DVD title: Thirteen Ghosts
Productgroup: DVD
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More fun than Scary


I love this movie because rather than bore the audience with multiple complicated plots and real life situations, it gives a fun kinda feeling for the whole of the movie. The ghosts, though you never get to see them clearly even though thats why most people wanted to see the movie in the first place, were spectacualr. I especially loved the Jackal. Him and the Angry Princess were the most spotlighted characters and for good reason: She runs around with a butcher knife, completely naked for the whole movie, and he has a large cage on his head and the tattered remains of a straightjacket. For those of you who haven't seen the movie yet, just by reading the description, you wanna go out and buy this film!
The sound was awesome (creepy, resident evil type stuff), but the acting was a little weird, but other than that, this was a great, fun film!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Steve Beck
Actors:
Tony Shalhoub
Shannon Elizabeth




DVD title: Clarissa Explains It All - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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Great! You got to buy this1!!! Clarissa is the best!


Clarissa Explains It All is a great show! I love the dvd! It has her on cribs while she was filming/doing or after Sabrina! Her house looks great! And she has a huge pool w/ waterfall! She loves art! The picture quilty is awsome contrary to what others has reported! It has 13 eps from the 1st season! She looks sooo young lol I was sooo excited when i saw these in the mail yesterday! This a 2 disc dvd set! disc 2 has a picture of clarissa and freg on it. disc 1 has a picture of clarissa laying on her bed. rated g by canadian home video. Also it has the Nick Time capsle on disc 2! It is sooo great! It has about 10 old nickelodeon ads/shorts with the nick logo at the end. Please go out and buy this dvd! Its 18.00 in most online and real stores! Thats i way better price then i got lol i paid 25. So u can say u got it cheap/on sale and its a great show with great extras!!! BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT lol

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Melissa Joan Hart



DVD title: The Day After Tomorrow (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"The Day After Tomorrow" is great!


"The Day After Tomorrow" is a great disaster movie! The movie is intriguing and suspenseful. The movie has to do with the effects of global warming and a second ice age. Dennis Quaid is Jack Hall, the climatologist who predicts that something like this will happen 100 years from now. But what he doesn't know is that it is going to happen in at least a month. Jake Gyllenhaal is Sam Hall, Jack's son, who is in New York for a scholastic competition. Emmy Rossum is Laura Chapman, one of Sam's teammates and his love interest. Dash Minok is Jason Evans & Jay O. Sanders is Frank Harris, Jack's climatologist co-workers. Sela Ward is Lucy Hall, Jack's wife & Sam's mother. Ian Holm is Terry Rapson, a fellow climatologist who believes that Jack's theory is going to come true. The performances from the cast are well executed. The directing by Roland Emmerich is excellent. The screenplay by Roland Emmerich & Jeffrey Nachmanoff & The story by Roland Emmerich is excellent. The music by Harald Kloser is excellent. The cinematography by Ueli Steiger is excellent. The film editing by David Brenner is excellent. The casting by April Webster is excellent. The production design by Barry Chusid & costume design by Renee April & Matthew Jerome is excellent. The art direction by Martin Gendron, Michele Laliberte, Claude Par?, R?al Proulx, Tom Reta, & Gerald Sullivan is excellent. The set decoration by Victor J. Zolfo is excellent. The visual effects and animation by Industrial Light & Magic & Digital Domain is brilliant and deserve an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. The movie is well done and the visuals are remarkable real and brilliant. This is what a disaster movie should look like. Go see this movie, if you want to.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Roland Emmerich
Actors:
Dennis Quaid
Jake Gyllenhaal
Emmy Rossum




DVD title: Pink Floyd - The Wall
Productgroup: DVD
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This is AWESOME!~*


Hey! The first time I saw this video was when I was only 12 years old....and I loved it then! It's so great, Pink Floyd is the greatest band ever! It's unusual and strange, but it's very unique....I recommend buying it for anyone!

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Alan Parker
Actors:
Bob Geldof
Christine Hargreaves




DVD title: Demolition Man
Productgroup: DVD
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oh man this is great


Ok, where do I start. Before I rented this movie, I wasnt expecting much as it had a selvester stallone and snipes. However, when I watched it, I was dumbfounded. This isnt at all like any of stallone's cheesy action flicks or like the incredibly stupid "Blade" with snipes, this was by far one of the most enjoyable movies I have ever watched, closely rivaling "the matrix". Stallone is still a little wooden as far as his acting goes but I think he fits the part well, and Snipes, in my opinion is exelent in this one. The main reason i liked this movie so much is the plot. The plot is so fun, thought-provoking and original, I would have seen the movie just for the idea. If you havnt seen this movie, see it now! if you have seen it, see it again! if you dont own it, buy it! you wont regret it!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Marco Brambilla
Actors:
Sylvester Stallone
Wesley Snipes
Sandra Bullock




DVD title: Event Horizon
Productgroup: DVD
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Hat's off, easily one of the creepiest movies ever made..


Event Horizon was not only one of the most visually stunning movies of all time, but also one of the creepiest and warped movies EVER! I think Sam Neil played his character brilliantly, it definitely kept me in suspense until the bitter end. Which of course I thought would never come...

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Actors:
Laurence Fishburne
Sam Neill




DVD title: Xena - The Series Finale (The Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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XENA - THESIS OF SHOW AND THE SERIES FINALE


XENA THESIS OF SHOW AND THE SERIES FINALE


The Director's cut of "A Friend In Need" Series Finale. At the very least the aired versions "A Friend In Need" parts one and two.

I know a lot of people didn't like it. I thought Rob Tapert did an EXCELLENT job. After all Xena (Lucy Lawless) said (in I believe it was the first season) in response to Gabrielle's (Renee O'Connor) comment about being old and gray together that people like us don't get old and gray. Meaning that when one lives that kind of life style it tends to be short.

It was very realistic when Xena died. Let's face it given the life she led. It was Karma really. She took so many lives in her evil years. Sometimes the show didn't give enough weight to the fact that had someone really done the things she did, they would have been sentenced to capital punishment. I don't believe in the death sentence, but I would have committed her to life without the possibility of parole.

She was truly EVIL. She killed for sport for god sakes. Her motto was basically death to them all kind of deal. She had no regard for the miracle or sanctity of life She had a passion and lust for power and didn't care who she had to destroy to get it. She murdered all the Amazon leaders because Alti promised that she would become The Destroyer Of Nations. The fact that she wanted to wear that as a mantle says it all. She wanted to wipe the Centaurs off the map and would have had it not been for Borias stopping her. She liked that people feared her. Sounds very much like a female version of Hitler.

It's also why she was so very good at fighting evil, because she was it, she understood it. She knew how evil people thought and therefore was really almost better equipped to fight it than most. She knew just how far some people were willing to go to get what they wanted and understood the mind set that takes and how to get in it's way.

It is also what made her character so very interesting. She was not a female version of Hercules. He was goody, goody all the time and let's face it that gets boring entertainment wise, not in reality. Her character had many layers and probably made it more fun for the actors to play. That is why the character of Gabrielle wasn't as good at fighting evil as Xena, because she didn't have it in her to be evil and at times didn't believe what lengths a person would go to get what they wanted. It's not because she wasn't as good a fighter or could be, it was because she just did not have that much of a dark side to her.

I thought Renee played Gabrielle extremely well. As Lucy did Xena.

Do I believe she could redeem herself? In reality no. Nevertheless, this is TV and there were times even in her evil years that she did show some compassion. So given that it's TV, yes I believe she could, but not without paying the ultimate price and she did. Her life. It pretty much had to end that way to give any substance to the series. Especially the way she died. The violent nature of it. It was the ultimate self sacrifice and to redeem herself she had to die, and die violently so that others (souls) will be freed. Others that she herself had condemned to eternal suffering.

Honestly, I believe I could write a thesis on the finale and how it gave the entire show meaning. It enriched every episode. After seeing it and then watching the show again from the trilogy on Hercules to the very first and through to the last episode of Xena knowing how it would all end, well it just made everything that much better.

I know the show is all fantasy and entertainment and I myself enjoyed it very much when it aired and still on occasion watch the DVD's, but realistically it pretty much had to end that way.

I consider myself a person that likes good story telling, acting, directing, just art in general. I don't however label myself a fan. I don't go to conventions or any of it. However, I liked the way that it ended so well that I wanted to put my two cents in.

Some fans did not like Gabrielle going off alone in life without her.

Well people wake up and smell the coffins. People we love die all the time. It's a part of life. Why is it that we all know intellectually that we will die and some how are shocked when it happens. Do you ever notice how people say IF I should die. There is no IF people, just WHEN. Yet that's all we ever hear.

I guess having cheated death myself several times, I have a better grasp than most on my own mortality.

The real point being that "A Friend In Need" was Epic in it's own right. One need never see any episodes and still enjoy it as a movie by itself. She was directly responsible for the death of 40,000 innocent people. Given the artistic license of the soul theory, (I personally believe we have a soul but, not everyone does) it only made sense that if all she had been working to do was to help others and eventually redeem herself. This was the perfect opportunity for her to let's say put up or shut up.

It gave more meaning to her life with Gabrielle and everything that she had learned from her through out their time together. She knew that if she was ever going to save her own soul that she had to be willing to put it on the line in the end. It gave her years of searching for the greater good meaning. I really believe the character learned more from Gabrielle than the other way around.

Gabrielle learned that in the end one must fight for what they believe in for she already understood Love and self sacrifice. Xena on the other hand learned that if she was ever going to find the peace and redemption that craved so much that she had to learn that Love and self sacrifice was the only way to achieve that goal.

Xena is one of the main reasons that "LORD OF THE RINGS" was filmed in New Zealand. Quite a few actors as well as crew and the clothing designer that worked on Xena worked on "LORD OF THE RINGS", and were nominated for Oscars. That in and of itself says a lot. In closing I must say that this is most definitely watching a movie of EPIC proportions. There is nothing just television about it.

The Director's cut is a MUST BUY!!!


Studio: Usa
Actors:
Renée O'Connor



DVD title: Good Neighbors - The Complete Final Season / Royal Command Performance
Productgroup: DVD
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Well, thank you very much. . .


Penelope Keith is the TV equivalent of film's Maggie Smith. Going from brittle and castigating to touching and sincere, Keith's Margo Leadbetter is a brilliant creation of character and attitude.
This ensemble show has been a staple on PBS for years and deserves a long video life. It is a surprise that no one considered remaking this for American TV. I don't think it would work as well since part of the fun involves the very British barbs and personalities in each episode.
The peak episode of the series involves a windbreak that Margo wishes to install in her garden. Keith has a brilliant three-minute monologue on why she has no sense of humor that demonstrates her skills as an actress and the unexpected depth of the script.

Studio: Acorn Media Publishi



DVD title: The Long Good Friday - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Buy this movie!


I bought this movie on a whim, and am very glad that I did. It is great all around; the story, acting, music, direction are all very well done. Bob Hoskins is terrific-his teeth have a pretty large supporting role too. There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said about this movie...the picture and sound on the DVD are very good, and it's a film you'll want to see again and again. Order it now.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: John Mackenzie
Actors:
Bob Hoskins
Helen Mirren




DVD title: The Magnificent Seven (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Old Film, But Villagers Behaved Unilaterally


The scenario is simple: A bunch of rampaging criminals are terrorizing the peaceful occupants of a village. Those villagers enlist the services of gunfighters, to wipe out that threat.
Viewers have not been critical enough with these villagers. The villagers, in evaluating the terrorists, never asked themselves, "Why do they hate us?" The villagers didn't consult the U.N. to form a coalition, or allow more time for inspection -- they simply arranged, in unilateral fashion, to fight the terrorists, destroy them and neutralize the threat. Is this compassionate, tolerant, inclusive or diverse? Or is it like cowboys would act? Never mind that the villagers got their problem solved, and the criminals got wiped out -- there are greater social issues here. These villagers needed to learn some tolerance and understanding. If you just assemble a force and destroy the attackers, what sort of compassionate social lessons do attackers learn from that?

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: John Sturges
Actors:
Yul Brynner
Steve McQueen
Charles Bronson




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