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DVD title: Doc Hollywood
Productgroup: DVD
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NOT letterboxed like the laser disc

It's all worth it for Julie Warner's opening scene.....Yippee!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Michael J. Fox
Julie Warner

DVD title: High Noon
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best westerns ever made, I,m sure!!!

High Noon is a classic tale of a man who is torn between his duty and love. Gary Cooper stars as Will Cain, a sheriff of small town Hadleyville, NM, who has just gotten married to Amy played by Grace Kelly. Amy is a Quaker and in deference to her pacifist beliefs, Will is turning in his badge. But just as the newlyweds are preparing to leave town for a new life, Will learns that a criminal, Frank Miller, he put behind bars is being paroled and arriving in town on the 12 noon train for a showdown. Tension fills the air as the anticipated showdown draws closer. Amy begs for Will to leave with her, but he knows he can't run away. He must stay and defend the town and his honor. Will finds himself alone in the battle as everyone in town, including his deputy sheriff Harvey Pell, played by Lloyd Bridges, have turned away from him. The film is just a little over 80 minutes long and it unfolds in essentially real time on the screen. Director Fred Zinnemann effectively uses clocks to convey the time ticking away towards the battle. The movie is filled with tension as the showdown draws near and Mr. Cooper brilliantly plays his part for which he won his second Best Actor Oscar. Tex Ritter, John's father, sings the Oscar winning song, "Don't Forsake Me" which perfectly captures the essence of the film. High Noon is not only a classic western, but a classic American film.

Studio: Republic Studios
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Gary Cooper
Grace Kelly

DVD title: Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Even Better Than The 1st--Great Antonio Banderas Performance

With a cast that includes John Cleese and Julie Andrews as Princess Fiona's royal parents, Rupert Everett as Prince Charming, both Antonio Banderas AND Jennifer Saunders stealing the show as Puss-In-Boots and the Fairy Godmother, respectively, SHREK 2 actually manages to do the seemingly impossible: build on---and even improve upon---the original! Usually, the first in any film series is the best, being fresh & original; sequels almost never live up to the original story. However, SHREK 2 plays not like a sequel; it's really more of an extension of the wacky SHREK. It actually throws more at you this time around, and resultingly turns out to be a laugh-a-minute animated comedy that blows you away. It is startingly original, inventive, edgy, satirical, rude, crude, romantic, cute---all at the same time! Mike Myers still does an incredible job as the voice of Shrek, as does Eddie Murphy as the motormouth Donkey and, of course, Cameron Diaz as the feisty Princess Fiona. I couldn't count all the great lines there are in the film! Also, as visually stunning as the 3-D CGI animation was in the original, it is even more amazing this time around: for example, Prince Charming looks so real that you have to remind yourself that he's not CGI. SHREK 2 is a feast for the eyes, yet you don't even realize how much it is because you're too busy laughing at the hundreds of gags, of which I will not dare to reveal!
As with the original, this film is not appropriate for kids under the age of 8. As with the original, more than 20 million kids under the age of 8 will have seen this film by this time next year. That's just a fact of life, I guess! Already SHREK 2 is breaking box office records, most notably the coveted five-day-opening-weekend record, earning over $125 million. It will undoubtably end up with an over-half-billion-dollar take at the U.S. box office alone, easily surpassing that of the original. But really, it isn't all hype: SHREK 2 definitely earns its standing as the most anticipated movie sequel of the year. Add to that the best comedy of the year!

Studio: Dreamworks
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz

DVD title: Dark City (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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one of the very best

Truely one of the best Sci-Fi movies of all time. Beautifully brought to life by the entire cast. What can I say, everything is perfect. Top director, superb camera work, great lighting, good actors. If you haven't seen this movie before and you like new ways of looking at the adventure/sci-fi genre with a philosophical twist, this one is for you. You need to have this in your collection. You won't get bored, not even after watching it for the 12th time.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Alex Proyas
Rufus Sewell
Kiefer Sutherland
Jennifer Connelly

DVD title: The Crow - Salvation (Dimension Collector's Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Pretty damn decent, as far as sequels go

I love how some people will proclaim "I'm such a big fan of the Crow series!!!", and yet will bash this one because it's not "Crow-ish" enough. Well kids, obviously your not as huge a fan as you claim. Salvation tells the tale of vengence from beyond the grave..just in a different way from the first two movies, so that it's rather unique. Instead of being killed right out in cold blood, Alex Corvis is framed, executed, and must seek revenge for the murder of his girlfriend, and consequently himself. Rather a decent telling, if you ask me. As much as we all love Brandon Lee, and nobody can ever replace him as far as these movies are concerned, I think we can all agree we do not want another cookie-cutter Crow sequel. Eric Mabius delivers a great performance that's believable and entertaining, and certainly not as unprofessional as some people would have you believe. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, this is true. However, instead of watching it once and immeadiately bashing whatever comes to mind quickest, why don't you sit down, try and enjoy the movie, and analyze just why this rendition was made the way it was. Uniqueness kids. It's what make great movies great.

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Bharat Nalluri

DVD title: Blast from the Past
Productgroup: DVD
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Unearth a classic romance

Most "duck out of water" stories focus on the duck's perspective. How will he cope? Can he manage in a world so different? While "Blast From the Past" is definitely in that category of stories, the focus is almost reversed. We never really have any doubts as to whether our hero will cope with a strange new world, the question is, how will the world cope with him.
Brendan Fraser is perfectly cast as a young man seeing the world for the first time, after getting the ultimate sheltered upbringing; fall-out shelter that is. During the Cuban missile crisis his parents, Calvin and Helen Webber, retreat to their backyard shelter. This turns out to be a good idea as it saves them from a plane that crashes into their perfect 50's home, but the explosion only serves to convince them that the atomic war has commenced. Thus begins their 35-year exile under 20 feet of rich, suburban soil.
While not critical to the plot, we are treated to the birth and upbringing of young Adam Webber, as her learns science, languages and boxing from his genius father, Christopher Walken. His somewhat stressed and tipsy mother, Sissy Spacek, teaches him the fine art of dance and imbues him with impeccable 50's manners. It is like a sociology experiment. How will a man develop if he is exposed to the minimum range of consistent stimulus possible? This is especially true given that his unworldly parents actually try to shield him from the few harsh truths they do know, such as a nasty four letter word, "from the archaic French, meaning roughly good".
The clock ticks over and eventually Adam must face the new world. Armed with good intentions, good manners and a great shopping list, he ventures into the unknown... and immediately gets lost. But don't despair, he is half-heartedly rescued by a beautiful if cynical blond by the name of Eve, Alicia Silverstone. Once again, this is perfect casting. Adam and Eve develop a touching chemistry that forces us to buy into the whole kismet thing.
Eve and her quietly gay but witty companion Troy, guide Adam through the dangers of downtown Los Angeles, while he goes shopping for supplies and a wife. But while Adam learns quickly from his new tutors, they learn even more from him. They learn to feel again, to be honest and polite. They start to see the world as if through Adams eyes and are the better for it. The message here may seem to be one of rosy nostalgia for the good old days but I prefer to think of it as a comparison between cynicism and sincerity. You walk away from this film wondering if all that protective armour we wear, might only be weighing us down.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Hugh Wilson
Brendan Fraser
Alicia Silverstone

DVD title: Ice Station Zebra
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the Best Cold War Adventure films

ICE STATION ZEBRA is an outstanding piece of cinema. It is as breathtaking as the day it was released. It does not grow old but continues to grow on you. This is one of Rock Hudson's best performances and the photography and sets are outstanding. Good to have it on DVD at last.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Sturges
Rock Hudson
Ernest Borgnine
Patrick McGoohan

DVD title: Space 1999, Set 7
Productgroup: DVD
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Space: 1999/Doctor Who Parallels Reimagined...

Interesting analogy from the reviewer from Australia. But I think the comparisons with Doctor Who are off the mark. UFO is like the Pertwee era. Earthbound action with a paramilitary organization battling alien invaders. Space: 1999-Season One is like the Tom Baker era. Dark, mysterious, deep spacey with a tendency to wax philosophical about everything, and with a detached coldness between the leads a lot of the time. Season Two is like the Davison era. Rather more relationship-driven. Less obviously philosophical but still expressive, and more action-oriented. Characters who care about each other and a more human hero at the centre, with one of his crew being the last survivor of a dead planet. "The Dorcons" is the "Caves of Androzani" of Space: 1999, going all out on all thrusters as our beloved lead risks his own life to save his friend from enemy attentions and certain death. If the Colin Baker years can be equated to anything it's to the post-Series Two Space: 1999, characterized by over-the-top, arrogant fans in camp mode, bickering constantly with each other, and with a Valeyard-like revelation that the worst enemy of the show and its fans are... themselves.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Tony Anholt

DVD title: Superman - The Movie (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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What other DVD would have extras including: both director and creative consultant commentary; the entire film digitaly redone (including the deleted scenes); more deleted scenes that show Lex Luthor's deadly "babies"; a recent documentary that has new interviews with the crew and cast (including Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman!...); the teaser trailer, original trailer, and t.v. commerical, the masterpiece John Williams music only soundtrack plus more songs (the "Can You Read My Mind?" pop version); finally, it's one of the most entertaining films of all time. And the disc is only under $20!... Do yourself a favor, get this DVD and Part II, and you'll have a excellent night of viewing for the whole family.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Richard Donner
Gene Hackman
Christopher Reeve
Margot Kidder

DVD title: Lawrence of Arabia (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Review on Lawrence of Arabia

An excellent, dateless, ageless film--wonderful, thrilling and moving. The countless extra footage is priceless; each actor's performance better than the next. No wonder the film won so many awards. Too bad so many of today's same-genre films substitute noise and special effects for the excellent filmaking displayed in this film. I loved the dvd so much, that I'm ordering one for my 26 year old son.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: David Lean
Peter O'Toole

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