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DVD title: Notting Hill (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Movie to take you from the blues


This movie will pull you from the depths and put a smile on your face. The supporting cast is what brings humor and reality to this movie. I love the book store employee and his droning on about Ringo Starr. Or the quirky sister. I saw this movie when it first came out with a friend, then dragged dh to it the next day. He laughed just as much as I did.
Not your normal love/comedy. Bravo to the supporting characters!!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Roger Michell
Actors:
Julia Roberts
Hugh Grant




DVD title: Pokemon - Jigglypuff Pop (Vol. 14)
Productgroup: DVD
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Jigglypuff--need I say more


C'mon, try to think of a better cartoon character than Jigglypuff. Can't, can you? Finally a video that puts Jiggles in the spotlight.

Studio: Pioneer Video



DVD title: Two Champions of Shaolin
Productgroup: DVD
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"THE GAME OF CHESS/IS LIKE A SWORDFIGHT.......


This Movie is one of the best martial arts movies ever made by the shaw brothers. From the opening cinematics of the Wutang soldier battling the Shaolin warriors, this movie will have you at the edge of your seat. For all you hip hop headz i'm sure you will remember some of the quotes of this movie in various Wu-Tang Clan albums.
RECOMMENDATION: MUST HAVE!!!

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Director: Cheh Chang



DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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dont understand


actually im just trying to layout an alternatives for you guys. to make it clearer to you all,this is NOT G.LUCAS DEFINITIVE OR PREFERED DVD SET'.all together there're 3 version of this movies:the originals(which lucas stated wont be release at all),the special edition(the 1 in display now and at the time of their rerelease,none of the crew visualise them as a DVD format)& the deluxe/director/ultimate edition{or whatever it will call} which added more redos featuring brief footage of Hayden,Portman & etc. into these favorite movies.obviously trying to put them(these movies)on the same league with the prequels in terms of actors and quality(special effects).So for u guys who've waited so long,this SE version is really the cure. as for me,because i have a whole list of movies to buy and trying to get a lot sense of value from my money..I'll wait for the next one.trying not to buy the same thing twice(lord of the rings is a different matter,u know what i mean)and in the meantime,i just watch this series from my VCR. PS:4 stars because i love these 3 movies best.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



DVD title: X-Men
Productgroup: DVD
X-Men - movie DVD cover picture
Wow! Behind the Scenes Is Amazing!


Worth the few extra "cents," if you love behind the scenes footage and interviews - this dvd set won't dissapoint! Too bad the creators of Harry Potter didn't do the same with their dvds!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bryan Singer
Actors:
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen




DVD title: Scream 2
Productgroup: DVD
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just as good as the original


for once a sequel to a horror movie is as good as the oringinal once again you are in the dark as to who the killer is the movie is well written and well acted

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Wes Craven
Actors:
David Arquette
Neve Campbell
Courteney Cox




DVD title: The Lost Battalion
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent film--but missed an opportunity


This is an excellent film, and I am impressed by the technical and historical accuracy. The inexperience of the men, the backgrounds of the officers, and even the props were correct to a fine degree of detail. Everything covered in this film was covered well, but the film makers neglected to mention what happened to the battalion commander, Charles Wittlesey, after the war. Under the circumstances, I suggest that this should not have been left out. It could have at least been addressed by some of the text at the end of the film--so cheaply that I have to conclude that the ommission was intentional. If so, this is to be regretted.

As pointed out in the text at the end of the film, Major (later Lieutenant Colonel), Charles Wittlesey was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, along with two of his officers, after this awful battle. But this was not the end of the story.

Other honors were bestowed upon him. After the war, General Pershing called him one of the "three outstanding heroes of the AEF." He served as a pall bearer for the opening of the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" in Washington. He was Chairman of the Red Cross Roll Call. But most telling of all were the circumstances of his death, almost exactly three years after the war.

Depressed by requests for help from soldiers and widows, about whom he felt responsible and helpless at the same time, he commited suicide on 29 November 1921, after putting his private and professional affairs in meticulous order.

It is regrettable that this fact was not at least mentioned in this very fine film. It was considered important enough at the time to be mentioned at LTC Wittlesey's memorial observance by Major General Alexander, Commanding General of the 77th Division during the war, in the context that LTC Wittlesey was as much a casualty of the war as he would have been had he died in the trenches.

It would have been simple to include this, and it is a pity that this was omitted. Otherwise, I have nothing but praise for this film--one of the best about the Great War.


Studio: A & E Entertainment
Director: Russell Mulcahy



DVD title: Shanghai Knights
Productgroup: DVD
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It's funny, perky, filled with action...What can I say?!


This movie was o.k. but I didn't care for it as much as I did Shanghai Noon. In Shanghai Noon I couldn't stop laughing but I didn't find that I laughed but a time or two in Shanghai Knights. The bloopers at the end gave me many more laughs then the actual movie did. I thought the vase scene was way to fake & didn't make a whole lot of sense. I don't plan on watching it again. To be honest, I just saw the movie yesterday & can't remember most of it. It's just not a movie that's going to stick with you. I'd say skip this movie.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: David Dobkin
Actors:
Jackie Chan
Owen Wilson
Fann Wong




DVD title: The Santa Clause 2 - The Mrs. Clause (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than the first


I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone could sit through this pile of unoriginal--and unfunny--drivel. I had to tell my two children to give it a chance after each of them, about 5 minutes in, turned to me and said that they wanted to sit in the car. It's that formulaic, that predictable, and that boring. God, even Ice Age, as lame and unoriginal as it was, didn't drive us from the theater like this steaming bowl of tripe. Hollywood, believe it or not, has really hit a new low with this awful stuff. But, for all of you who love mediocrity, enjoy.
I feel so much better getting this off my chest.
And if you want to see a real film for children and adults alike, with real intelligence and real humor, go see Spirited Away. Problem is, most theater chains don't give their audiences enough credit to show such films.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Michael Lembeck
Actors:
Tim Allen
Elizabeth Mitchell
David Krumholtz
Eric Lloyd
Wendy Crewson
Spencer Breslin




DVD title: Gargoyles - The Complete First Season (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Gargoyles Finally on DVD! Allright!


Gargoyles is really unique. American animation gets put in the "kiddie bin" too often, and Gargoyles breaks out of that bin as easily as the Gargoyles shed their own stone skin.

Jonathan Frakes lends what I can only describe as the best Villian voice of any animated series, ever, hands down. Better than Mark Hamill's deleriously disturbing Joker, better even than Jim Cumming's skin-crawlingly menacing Scar. He's smooth, sophistocated, and exactly as evil as is necessary given the situation.

My praise of the voice acting can not stop there, because Kieth David knocks one far, far out of the ballpark with Goliath. The dramatic impact of this guy's voice can not be overstated. Rich, brooding, and powerful, it takes every line and adds two or three more layers of meaning. Goliath himself is a beautifully rendered tragic hero, betrayed despite his best intentions, then betrayed again despite his best efforts to guard against it.

There are no "duds" in the voice acting. All the voices are good, although Xanatos and Goliath are definitely the shining stars here. Michal Dorn's part as Coldstone was, as one would expect, brooding and cool, but better, Dorn is doing this whole Marry Shelly's Frankenstein act which really works when you're a thousand-year-dead gargoyle resurrected as a cyborg. Marina Sirtis does some deviously scary acting as Demona, the centuries-hardened ex-love of Goliath. I had no idea Sirtis could pull off that kind of anger. (Tragically, we don't get to see the episode where Demona and her 1000-year younger self meet in season 2; it's obvious Sirtis is making them the same person, but you could close your eyes and Still. Tell. Them. Apart.) And I couldn't possibly forget Salli Richardson's -amazing- tough-cop act; she knows exactly when to let her vulnerability show through the tough exterior.

None of this would matter without the animation, though, which never fails for a second to do justice to the brilliant, brilliant voice acting in this series.

An amazing set of stories with awesome animation and even more incredible voice acting. I bought two, in part because it'll make a great gift, and in part because I want them to put out the rest of the series on DVD so I can get ingenous episodes like The Mirror, Avalon, and Future Tense.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment



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