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DVD title: Sleeping with the Enemy
Productgroup: DVD
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My reading group says: read the book.

Nancy Price is a spell-binding writer who knows how to dodge every Hollywood clich?, as well as any happy ending Hollywood can imagine. Julia Roberts had only one man to run from-the Sara Burney in this novel has three. The first man she must escape is her husband, a controlling martinet who wants a child-wife to discipline and abuse. But two other dangerous men wait where Sara tries to hide-every woman in my reading group has met men like these: men who see women as the adversary to be tamed and used. The boy next door craves a sex object. The young professor distrusts women: he wants a housekeeper-wife who will further his career. In the world they see, everyone sleeps with the enemy. But Sara isn't a child, an object or a servant. She senses her danger and escapes, covering her tracks, leaving no dead man inside her door for the police to find. She's going back, Martin Burney's widow, to claim her happy ending: the home she had to abandon. Sara dreams of it as the book closes-every room's light and scent, every creak of the floor, every dish in the cupboards. My reading group cheered as we imagined Sara, home safe, ready to look for a marriage not shared by enemies.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Joseph Ruben
Julia Roberts
Patrick Bergin

DVD title: Gargoyles
Productgroup: DVD
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Gargoyles is a film definitely way ahead of its time. It features glimmers, at times of Alien and Jeepers Creepers. You decide for yourself if these two films were possibly influenced by Gargoyles. An eerie mood and score with one sexy lead gargoyle make this a must have for any horror aficionado. Not to mention the nostalgia factor. Although towards the end of the film, there are too many shots of gargoyles clearly in rubber suits within the deep caves. This may remind one of the great show Land of the Lost. However, the king gargoyle's effects are quite realistic and menacing, as they were done by Stan Winston.

Studio: Vci Home Video
Director: Bill L. Norton

DVD title: Shaolin Temple 2: Kids From Shaolin
Productgroup: DVD
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A great movie with shaolin kung fu and wu tang sword!

Its one of the best jet lee movies ive seen yet

Studio: Cav Distributing Corp
Director: Xinyan Zhang

DVD title: Shall We Dance
Productgroup: DVD
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Shall We Laugh?

This film is primarily a screwball comedy with dance and song numbers thrown in for good measure. The story concerns a ballet star(Fred Astaire) and a stage performer(Ginger Rogers) who may or may not be married depending on whom you ask. Given the celebrity of the two parties involved hijinks and scandal ensue. Both Fred and Ginger are in top comic form with their verbal sparring. Need we redundantly state that they dance together exquisitely. Good supporting cast includes the perpetually nervous Edward Everett Horton, the droll Eric Blore, and Jerome Cowan("The Maltese Falcon"). Good score by the Gershwin brothers. You do not hear much about this film in the annals of screwball comedy probably because the principals are known primarily for their dancing. Check this film out if you want to see a first rate comedy.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Mark Sandrich
Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers

DVD title: Moon of the Wolf
Productgroup: DVD
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David Jannsen Rules!! Nice Film!!

I originally owned a two-pack VHS of both Moon of the Wolf & Scream of the Wolf, and I recently got both of them on DVD. Moon of the Wolf is a great film to pass the time with, even if the monster looks very similar to Lon Chaney in the "Wolfman". I recomend this movie to anyone who is a fan of early horror movies like myself.

Studio: Brentwood Communications
Director: Daniel Petrie

DVD title: About Schmidt
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Portrayl of Real Life

This movie was so facinatingly boring that I had to watch it to the end to see what would *not* happen! bleh!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Alexander Payne
Jack Nicholson
Hope Davis
Dermot Mulroney

DVD title: Cocktail
Productgroup: DVD
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One of his best!!

This is one of the funniest movies that I have ever seen in my life. Imagine this....cast your mind....Tom Cruise plays an aspiring business student who is looking for ye olde get rich quick scheme. Along the way he discovers that he needs money to do things and decides to take up bartending. He goes under the tutelage of a bartender he meets named Douglas Cogland. Cogland then tells him the rules of the bartending game...."Cogland's Law." He acts as if he's this all knowing wiseman but he's really a diluded dumba$$ who thinks he has everything figured out.
They become a big hit tossing bottles back and forth at some high class bar, but Cruise soon wants out of this. So he leaves and goes to Jamaica. Whilst in Jamaica he meets Elizabeth Shue who he falls in love with. They get off to the most typical start possible...she doesn't like him at first because he's a bartender. Then Doug reenters his life and tells him he has gotten married and is rich....only because his wife is rich. Doug found the easy way to the top but the flavor is more than he can handle. Doug realizes that his life is shallow and meaningless, and that he knows nothing. So he breaks this 40 year old bottle of bourbon and cuts his throat....but he leaves a lovely letter in which there is narration when Tom Cruise reads it. Bryan Brown does some great narration by adding an inappropriate laugh in the midst of discussing his way out. Like young Flannigan is going to think about how Cogland reads the note to him if he were still alive. That's writing at it's finest and acting that is dinosaurs. Now before all of this happens Flannigan (Cruise) has a wonderful time with Jordan (Shue), has [physical activity], goes to bed with another woman, upsets Jordan, goes back to New York, sees her, tries to talk to her, she pours food on his head, she then tells him that she's prenant with his child, he tries to get her back but her father is the stereotypical father who "won't let his daughter throw her life away," ....
This movie had me laughing at every turn because the writing was so atrocious. There's nothing funnier to me than a bad script with no plot. The movie is over an hour and a half and any person who is breathing and conscious can deduce the meaning of the movie in three seconds.
Doesn't the poster of the movie tell you all you need to know? Tom Cruise standing under a neon sign that says Cocktail. Add those factors up and that equals horrendous movie. This is a crime against humanity but at least you get a mountain of unintentional laughs out of it.
"Cogland's Law!!!: ...

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Director: Roger Donaldson
Tom Cruise
Bryan Brown
Elisabeth Shue

DVD title: TaeBo II: Get Ripped Basic Workout
Productgroup: DVD
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Sweat, Power, Enjoyment

I used this DVD for combination ideas a year ago when I was teaching cardio kickboxing. Today, I still workout with it when I want a good sweat. It's easy to follow, and I have it memorized in counts so I can play my own music to it because his counting gets a little dull, however it is great for people who need to focus on the moves and rhythm of the movement. You will work up a sweat with this one.
I also reccommend his recent ones with Bootcamp style, because it involves music and strength. Just a warning though: he goes a bit too fast with the resistant band at times. Stay with a steady safe pace so you are sore in a good way and not a bad way.

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Billy Blanks

DVD title: Separate But Equal
Productgroup: DVD
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this Film is Timeless Why You Might Ask? Because Not Much has Really CHanged.this Film is Very Well Acted&DIrected Very Strongly.this Film Deals with the Battle FOr Justice&Equality which is still a Fight to this day.this FIlm Should have Gotten More Juice it's A Timeless Classic.A Must See for Not only as a Film but also History.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: George Stevens Jr.

DVD title: The Color of Paradise
Productgroup: DVD
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Cinema at its FINEST!

For a child whom perhaps Life forgot, this film had me frozen to the seat, not moving, listening intently, trying not to breathe. The theme of a blind child groping for his place(so to speak)whilst having the weight of thistledown for his father, brings the story to a conflict of selfishness and struggle. For me, the sound made the film. The sounds were acute and precise, a fascinating parallel between Muhummad's vision impairment and his connection with his surroundings. Using the woodpecker as a morse code-esque symbol was a beautiful touch. Perhaps, the only unnerving part of the film was it's dramatic and in my view uncalled for finale involving the horse. The subtitles in their Middle Eastern text would also make it very difficult for Western animal welfare organisations to complain! A masterpiece of sound from Iran.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Majid Majidi

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