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DVD title: Saving Silverman (PG-13 version)
Productgroup: DVD
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Most people love it or hate it

For me, this is a "feel good" moive. I have to watch it whenever it's on a movie channel (I don't like the edited version). Funny gags, Jack Black, great cameos, funny gags. No body gets hurt. Happy ending. Just a fun, comedy. Some of my women friends don't like it. Just FYI, I guess it may be a guy flick :)

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Dennis Dugan
Steve Zahn
Jason Biggs

DVD title: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Dimension Collector's Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Nothing worse than a spoiler..

...therefore, I will not give away anything!
I have had the priviledge of seeing this film in an advance screening, and let me tell you, I can't WAIT until the nationwide release so I can see this again!
I'm sure by now you've all seen the trailers and can kind of pick out bits and pieces of the plot, so I feel no need to give a plot synopsis or a recommendation as to whether or not you should go see this. I can sum it all up very quickly:
If you are a fan of Kevin Smith's earlier films, you are going to be VERY pleased with this one. The same type of humor as in the previous films is here, and believe me, much like "The Simpsons," he DOES reward you for paying attention! Even if you're not a huge fan on the level of many people, you're still going to like this film! Jason Mewes finally proves (much to my surprise, even) that he has what it takes to carry an entire film, and even to be a ROMANTIC LEAD!!! Yes, that's right, but I will tell no more...
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are at their personal best in this film. The chemistry these two have really shines through in this movie, and their friendship comes through in the entirety of their screen time. And believe me, these two are an HILARIOUS addiction to this movie! Their sense of humor really adds to the scope of the picture.
Of course, there are others of your favorites reprising their original roles from the four previous film, but I won't give too much away! As I said earlier, those of you who who have been paying attention will be greatly rewarded!
In all, if I may repeat myself, if you like Kevin Smith films, by all means, line up on opening day and SEE THIS MOVIE. If you don't like his films, then don't even bother. You probably won't get it anyway.

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Jason Mewes

DVD title: The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 1 (Modern Times / The Great Dictator / The Gold Rush / Limelight)
Productgroup: DVD
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Four of the best

Four movies. Three comedies and one drama. These are not merely four of Charlie Chaplin's greatest films; they are four of the greatest films of all time. They're funny, they're sad, but most of all they're passionate. Chaplin has often been criticized for putting too much sentimentality into his films, and it's a fair complaint. But for my money, no one did it as successfully as Chaplin.

The four films in this collection represent a sizable range. The comedy is astonishing, of course, but so is the amount of emotion. Watching them all in a short space of time really highlights Chaplin's strengths as a director. I love the way he lets people's faces tell the story; no overuse of dialog cards is required. Look at the scene in MODERN TIMES where the unemployed father wonders how he will feed his children. The camera lingers on his face, which tells everything. Or look at the New Year's Eve sequence in GOLD RUSH where the lonely tramp gazes upon the happy expressions of the partygoers. It's touching and is played flawlessly.

One of the great things about this set is that three out of four of the movies contain, if not outright sound, a synchronized soundtrack (and even THE GOLD RUSH contains a "sound" version that Chaplin dubbed for the 1942 re-release). Speech isn't the thing to note here -- it's the music. Chaplin's musical abilities are often forgotten about in lieu of his acting/pantomiming, writing and directing skills. But just listen to the soundtrack to something like MODERN TIMES. It's catchy, funny, and fits each scene perfectly. Wonderful.

Each of these four movies has been restored so the picture and sound quality are excellent. Out of this set, the big revelation for me was seeing the original version of THE GOLD RUSH for the first time uncut and with the picture in decent shape. Jokes that I had missed before were suddenly revealed, and I got to appreciate some gags that the previous poor picture quality had hidden.

The DVD extras are fantastic (each individual movie also comes with an entire second disc with nothing but special features). Deleted scenes are included, as are theatrical trailers (most of which are from later re-releases of the films). But the best features are the mini-documentaries included with each movie. They're quite good managing to maintain a good balance between interview footage and modern interpretation.

This set is invaluable for Chaplin fans. Chaplin was a genius of filmmaking and his movies finally have the release that they deserve. I'm now eagerly looking forward to delving through the second box set in this Chaplin DVD series, and I can only hope that it's as brilliant as this one is.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Charlie Chaplin

DVD title: Cardcaptor Sakura - The Final Judgment (Vol. 12)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Final Showdown....

This is a really cool video. I mean I like all the detail they put on this. Anyways this is about Sakura who captured the last and final card "The Earth". She is now happy and all but Julian transformed into a powerful person named Yue. Sakura did not want to defeat him sense he had his other body as Julian. Sakura had to. This was the final showdown as Sakura used one of the clow cards "The Wood" and thought that this would end but she was wrong, Yue had used his powers and turned The Wood card back to her. She thought that she was going to loose but then her teacher Mrs. Mackenzie helped her when Mrs. Mackenzie used one of her powers. (Its some kind of thing she holds in her hand but anyways) When Sakura got untangled from the vines of The Wood card Sakura hold the staff up and turned the staff into a star staff. Sakura used one of her cards "The Windy" and the card transfromed into a star card. The Windy captured Yue. Yue was now friends with Sakura and Sakura's friends. Now as Sakura turns clow cards into star cards her journey will end. (This is not in this video but after Sakura had done all this there was a transformed student from England named Eli, Sakura thought there was something strange about Eli.) Anyways this video contains three parts: Part 1, Part 2 and The Final Judgement. You will enjoy this video. (This is in english subtitle but its the best of them all)

Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Director: Morio Asaka

DVD title: Sherlock Holmes - The Scarlet Claw
Productgroup: DVD
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The Baskerville Hound Cleverly Revamped

The single most famous Sherlock Holmes well as the most, without a doubt, "The Hound of the Baskervilles". It has been in publication forever and is anthologized, eulogized, and satirized endlessly. And it has appeared on film almost as much as it has in print. Likely no other Holmes story has seen more screen incarnations as this one.
In the late 1930s Twentieth Century Fox did a classic version of this story with Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson...and created a version of this detective team that became the long-standing yardstick for judging Holmes/Watson screen portrayals.
Oddly, though, Fox didn't really seem to have an inclination to carry on with this concept in series format, and so "Hound" was basically a "one-off" for them (Though they DID do one weak sequel, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", which paled in comparison). Not so with Universal Pictures, however. They liked the idea of a Rathbone/Bruce series and cranked one up in the 1940s that did well.
In the mid 1940s Universal decided to re-tool "Hound" and this film, "The Scarlet Claw", is the result. The Baskervilles got dropped from the storyline, as did Dartmoor and the giant "hellhound"and its demonic legend.The story got moved to a desolate marshland in Canada and the hound became a ghostly,glowing, manlike "marsh monster"(in "Hound" the villain paints the killer dog's mouth with luminous paint, in "Claw" the villain wears luminous clothing...a twist on the original, but very effective). Some characters,relationships and motives got reworked and Holmes & Watson were then set on the trail. The Result? The hands-down BEST film in the Universal Holmes series. Without a doubt. Tense, eerie, exciting. "Claw" is all of these things and more. If you like Sherlock Holmes then you'll love this. A real Keeper on DVD.
What was that??? Did you hear something behind you???? Maybe you should walk a little faster with this fog creeping in.

Studio: Mpi Media Group
Director: Roy William Neill
Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce

DVD title: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Productgroup: DVD
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Best telling of The Story ever

There is little to criticise the dancers in this beautiful production. The use of children, often absent in other productions, brings the brilliant show closer to an important audience: the children themselves. The music is good enough that it isn't distracting, although a little more rubato would have been appropriate, particularly in the waltz.
George Luca's special effects are extremely well done, leaving the first-time viewers convinced that these effects can actually be done on stage (they weren't)
I said there is little to criticise the dancers. Macaulay Culkin cannot be described as one of the dancers and he can't dance, walk, or even move in the manner dancers do. The producer deserves the bulk of the criticism for selecting him. He just can't dance. George Ballanchine must be rolling in his grave. If someone who can actually dance played the nutcracker's part, my rating would have been 5 stars.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Emile Ardolino
Darci Kistler
Damian Woetzel
Kyra Nichols

DVD title: Modern Times
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite Charlie Chaplin Movie!

I can't help but have a big smile on my face whenever I watch Charlie Chaplin. Maybe it's because whenever I see him I think back to when I was younger, and spent several hours in front of the tv watching his movies, or maybe it's simply because, the man was funny! This movie has what I feel is one of the most heartfelt endings in movie history. As we see "the tramp" and his then wife, the very beautiful Paulette Goddard walk into the sunset. They have no idea what the future will bring for them. They have no money,and no jobs. But what they do have is their love for each other. And if all of this were not enough, Chaplin wrote, what is probably his best known song, though "Eternally" is a close second, "Smile" is playing in the background. It's a very emotional scene. And it's hard to believe that a man who made so many laugh over the period of his career was able to make just as many cry. That was the Chaplin touch. He could create some of the most funniest things ever filmmed and at the very same time could think of the most heartfelt. But it's not just the ending scene that remain memorable, no, there are many many other highpoints as well. We have Charlie actually getting caught inside one of the machines! And we have his song and dance, which actually did have sound, besides this scene and the music, there's no other sound. This was, as many know Chaplin's last silent film. This is a movie filmlovers of all ages should watch. A wonderful movie by one of the funiest people that ever lived. A real treasure for everyone to see.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin
Paulette Goddard
Henry Bergman

DVD title: Sesame Street - Learning About Letters
Productgroup: DVD
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Lots of educational fun for parents and kids

My 21-month old has become a Sesame Street fanatic, with Cookie Monster being his favorite Muppet. He also has loved to recite the alphabet since he was around 16 months old. So I thought that this DVD would be a natural for him, and it was. Unlike the current Sesame Street show that airs on PBS or Noggin, this DVD has a few "retro" skits in it that I remember as a kid growing up in the 1970s (especially Cookie Monster's "C is for Cookie"), and unlike many other children's TV programs (Barney, Jay Jay the Jet, etc.), it doesn't dumb down learning for kids or broadcast midless pap that drives parents nuts. The plot of this DVD has Big Bird and Ernie hosting a celebrity roast honoring Cookie Monster. Some of the humor is right out of old "Muppet Show" episodes! I actually enjoy watching this with my son, and he has yet to grow tired of it.

Studio: Sony Music (Video)
Jim Henson

DVD title: The Man Who Would Be King
Productgroup: DVD
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A cracking movie, bold, impressive and unusual...

This wonderful movie, unlike any other (Zulu was good but this is in a different class althogether). Great visuals, stunning scenes, beautiful cinematography, a compelling script & story and the some of the very best actors (particularly Connery & Caine) at their best. This is not formula Hollywood dross. Nice finishing scene too. Highly recommended.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: John Huston
Sean Connery
Michael Caine

DVD title: Sakura Wars TV - Opening Night (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Good Series and Excellent Dubbing! ADV films Rules

Sakura Wars is a great series. ADV films did a fantastic job realsing this series.Sakura Wars is a fantastic series you wont be disapontedThe ova and movie can be boring but the tv series rules.

Studio: A.D. Vision

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