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DVD title: Dahmer
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite Movie of All-Time!!!

Bravo! Jeremy Renner steps up to the plate and kills a homerun! Pardon the pun...I couldn't resist. Check out the featurette - it gives you an in-depth look at how far Renner was willing to go in his research of his part of Dahmer and how he got every little creepy nuance of Dahmer's personality(or lack therof) and his every bizarre subtle mannerism down to an exact science. I love the part when he's in the chocolate factory and he tells the new guy, "this job could make you go nuts...if you're not o.k. up top." Imagine making chocolate Santa Clauses for 8 hours/day and then on your lunch break eating them for lunch as you sit by yourself in the break room in solitary thinking of what guy you're going to get to pass on out on Whiskey and Coke(..and GHB) and then ... with a power drill, saw, and then dissect until you're bored with him. Only the sickest, demented, deluded, and demoniacal serial killer of eternity - Jeffrey Dahmer.

Studio: First Look Pictures
Director: David Jacobson

DVD title: Army of Darkness
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Movie Ever!

This is by far the best movie ever made. If you're reading this you already know that!!! YEAH BABY!!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sam Raimi
Bruce Campbell

DVD title: Clash of the Titans
Productgroup: DVD
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Clash of the Titans. This is one of those film I loved in my youth, only to be astounded at how poorly it has aged. But perhaps that's because the style of the film belongs to the 1950's. The dramatic deficiencies of the stilted dialogue and laughably stolid acting are highlighted by the modern era in which the film was made. And perhaps most surprising, the spectacle of Ray Harryhausen???s special effects are no where near as grand or effective as the work from his golden era. Indeed, Clash of the Titans showcases some of weakest work from the old-school FX master. Which is somewhat tragic considering that this was Harryhausen???s swan song from the film world. The grainy matte plates and obvious cuts between actor and model are nearly embarrassing. Compare the work to The Empire Strikes Back in which stop-motion was employed with the tauntauns. There was no excuse for a fledgling company to trounce a thirty year veteran in the field. In the end, for a taste of what Ray Harryhausen was really about and why he became a cult legend, be sure to see Jason and the Argonauts. A film far better than Clash of the Titans.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Desmond Davis
Harry Hamlin
Laurence Olivier

DVD title: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellente movie

...Meaning that the reaction of the viewer should be a resounding "HOLY COW!"
I must admit that I am no expert in Chinese theatre. In fact I could count on one hand the number of Chinese films I've ever seen. What makes this film so incredible, however, is that it is so accessible to a general audience.
This is the rare kind of film that leaves a lasting impression, and which is sure to cast a long shadow in the film industry for years to come.
There are some elements of this Chinese film, however, which may serve as obstacles for a comparatively staid, literalistic Western audience.
I was so struck by the blend of fantasy and reality in this film. The romantic notion of ancient warrior traditions and the fantastic flying and fighting blend amazingly well with the realistic drama and romance of the story. This reveals much about Chinese culture. It seems that in Chinese art and film, fantasy and reality are not competing artistic elements, but complementary ones. Admittedly, this is a harder transition to make for most Western audiences who have been thoroughly ingrained with narrow, scientific pragmatism.
The other superficially striking element of this film on Western audiences is the subtitles. Honestly, within a few minutes I was so drawn into the story that I forgot that there were subtitles. The story unfolds in such a compelling way that sometimes words are unnecessary anyway. I haven't seen the 'dubbed in english' version, but still I would warn against it. See this film as it was intended to be seen, endure the subtitles, and hopefully you will be able to move beyond the potential obstacles to see this great film for what it is.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Ang Lee
Yun-Fat Chow
Michelle Yeoh
Ziyi Zhang

DVD title: M*A*S*H - Season One (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Job Well Done!

Being a die-hard M*A*S*H fan (movie and tv series) I've always enjoyed the well drawn characters and their evolution. I remember having to wait a "whole" week to watch a new episode. I can honestly say the last two years, the charactors (and actors) did show some wear, but nonetheless, I still drew some enjoyment. FOX really did a good job with this release, but one drawback is FOX should've included more extras (like background information on the series itself and comentary from budding actors appearing on the show0 Young actors appeared on this show including Ron Howard and John Ritter. But anyway, HATS OFF to FOX!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Alan Alda

DVD title: The Science of Fitness with Tamilee: I Want That Body!
Productgroup: DVD
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It's great

This is a great exercise video. In each 15 minute section, she gives a tough workout. She talks during the video, by explaining the workout technique and what muscles groups you are working. I haven't found her annoying to listen to during each workout session. I've had the video for 4 months now and I've noticed that I'm more fit and toned since I started using the DVD.

Studio: Goldhil Home Media
Tamilee Webb

DVD title: Newlyweds - Nick & Jessica - The First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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absolutely the best

I love this show I own the dvd and I at least watch it once every month or so. I just can't get enough jessica and nick their absolutely hilarious and cute.

Studio: Paramount Home Video

DVD title: Katie Tippel
Productgroup: DVD
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I usually do not like foreign films...............

This isn't a 'B' movie! What are you nuts?! And it certainly isn't superficial social criticism! Leonard Maltin truly discredits himself by calling this amazing, ultra-realistic masterpiece superficial! But then, isn't this the same Maltin who gave Taxi Driver only two stars out of 5 in his video guide? Ignore him, he knows nothing.
Listen to me and I'll set you straight. Keetje Tipple is an extremely rare film that manages to capture reality as it is; it juggles a thousand elements to create a fully three dimensional, balanced, film world of utter realism that with all its naturalism and proper harshness, is nevertheless not cynical. Even Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" is less authentic and detailed and far less realistic than this amazing fact based, magnificently photographed (by Jan De Bont, director of Speed and Twister) Dutch film from director Paul Verhoeven. Verhoeven makes the mistake of having a sense of humor and a certain whimsical attitude that lends even greater realism to the film, but which superficial critics like Maltin take for 'superficiality' and 'not showing proper seriousness.' An awful two-dimensional cynical cartoon of a film like "Magnolia" that all the critics fawned over is a joke compared to Verhoeven's film.
If you've only seen Verhoeven's famous American films such as Basic Instinct, Total Recall, Robocop and Starship Troopers, you're in for a big surprise; the guy is truly an 'art' film director of the highest rank and he proves it here by drawing an astounding performance from Monique van de Ven, one of the best I've ever seen. Verhoeven's European films are much more sexually explicit than anything he made in the States. Verhoeven never shies away from showing violence, rape and full frontal nudity to drive his point home and Keetje Tipple is no exception. But if you think that he uses these elements exploitatively, you're wrong; they're just part of his attempt to shock people enough so that they realize they're not watching their typical Hollywood R-rated snoozer.
Overall, Keetje Tipple is one of the greatest films of the '70s, a highly underrated masterpiece, which I cannot recommend highly enough.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Paul Verhoeven

DVD title: Hapkido Ultimate Self-Defense
Productgroup: DVD
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Powerful Self-Defense Package

This is an impressive package for anyone into learning self-defense. I am very pleased with all the moves taught because they are set in realistic encounters that happen everyday to innocent people like myself. I am a victim of road rage and needed something like this course to defend myself if it ever happens again. Master Sexton is a tough guy who can teach his system very well and I feel more confident about taking care of myself with each viewing.

Director: N. Solorzano

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A beautiful love story!

This is what DVDs were created for. This two-disc set is simply crammed with all sorts of juicy behind-the-scenes details, as well as hidden "green fairies" and "red windmills" that you can find to glean even more dirt. And that's just on disc two.
Disc one, which contains the movie itself, gives you an option to watch the movie in full, but find the "green fairies" within the movie. Each green fairy that pops up on the screen gives you even more juicy tidbits about the scene that you're watching. (Warning -- if you actually do this, it'll take a good 3.5 hours to watch the movie. :)

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

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