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DVD title: Baby Einstein - Baby Van Gogh - World of Colors
Productgroup: DVD
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Never bored with watching

My daughter and I run a home daycare business. The kids watch all the Baby Einstein videos. They NEVER get bored with any of them, just may argue which one to watch. And after all the kids go home, my grandson wants to watch one again. He goes into our bedroom and he knows how to put the tape into the vcr. He figured it out at 18 months of age, by trial and error. Now at two years, he knows which one by the cover he wants to watch. All the daycare kids are picking things up from the videos. Saying what they see. They all like the music and sound effects. Some of their moms have bought a few of the videos so their child can enjoy them at home with mommy and daddy. Thanks Julie for making learning fun and enjoying at the same time.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid

DVD title: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Productgroup: DVD
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Watch That Man...Oh, Honey Watch That Man

When this stuff was current, Bowie was the hottest, the coolest, the glam-est. Now it looks so dated, you laugh in an affectionate sort of way. It's a great memento of that era, but the video is so bad and the whole thing has such a cheesy feel that it's probably not something you'd come back to over and over. Still, it's good fun, and the hits of the day are there; it's worth a viewing or two.

Studio: Image Entertainment 2
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
David Bowie

DVD title: Showdown in Little Tokyo
Productgroup: DVD
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Kinky Interracial sex scene was funny, and cool...

The scene in which Japanese-American actor Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa (who also played the father in the children's TV series, "Johnny Tsunami") and the actress playing a *smoking-hot* blonde drug addict engage in sexual "foreplay" with the kantana blade was actually very hot, in a cheesy yet very original and sexy sort of way. Totally worth the viewing just for that scene!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Mark L. Lester
Dolph Lundgren
Brandon Lee
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Tia Carrere

DVD title: The Day After Tomorrow (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"The Day After Tomorrow" was the best movie ever

There has perhaps been no other film that has the quality of special effects as seen in "The Day After Tomorrow". The vision of tornados venting destruction upon Los Angeles or monumental floods seeping across New York City are truly spectacular. Few will forget the scene of a cargo ship floating aimlessly down a flooded Manhattan street until it is stopped below the surface by the debris of wrecked cars and buses.
Yet films cannot rely upon special effects alone. Indeed, it is on this point that the film fails. The plot is flimsy at best. The "facts" are so implausible as to be ridiculous. It would take a particularly gullible mind to accept that the world's climate can change to a monumental degree in just a few days. However, it is this line that the film's makers want us to believe!
I must state now that I am no greenie so there may be some who claim my views are jaundiced. Be this at may, the film's undertone is very preachy. If only we stopped using cars and so forth and the world could be saved. Oh really! Take a reality check!
In spite of my criticisms, the film is worth seeing...but only just. Special effects can only take a film so far. At some point, plot and acting ability must raise its head. Unfortunately, this film never quite reaches that point.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Roland Emmerich
Dennis Quaid
Jake Gyllenhaal
Emmy Rossum

DVD title: Six Feet Under - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Your Fans Are Dying For This....PLEASE RELEASE :)))

I LOVE SFU, this show gripped me from episode one. It's quirky, clever, original. The acting, writing and direction...everything about it is fantastic. I have every episode taped, I got SFU season one immediately when it came out. I just checked in here to see if it was available to put on my Chistmas list and was dissapointed to see it hasn't even been produced yet? Well....put me on the list of people who are "dying" for it to come out. I'm in withdrawals on Sunday nights until God knows when it's coming back? ALSO...sorry just my opinion BUT, WHEN is Peter going to win an Emmy? His portrayal is always excellent. But this season his character grew as a person and showed so many more facets of his personality and ran the gamut of emotions. FIVE STARS! Every episode is good, not a bad one in the bunch. PLEASE RELEASE Thank you....

Studio: Warner Home Video
Peter Krause

DVD title: Once Upon a Time in the West
Productgroup: DVD
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A Spaghetti-epic. Sweeping, intimate, brilliant.

One of my top three favorite films since childhood, 'O.U.A.T.I.T.W.' is a dark, mysterious, exasperating, exhilirating, moving, funny, and ultimately very satisfying Western classic that both respects and rejects the genre while reinventing it. Although a personal favorite, I don't think as others have written that it's the genre's crown jewel, let alone one of the greatest films ever-let's be serious. What it is is a challenging and highly personal attempt to create a western where several established genre stereotypes' lives and motives intertwine and play out in a dangerous and changing environment, an environment that will retain only one of the leading characters at film's end. Having made three spaghetti-westerns dealing with greed and loyalty prior to 'O.U.A.T.I.T.W.',('A Fistful of Dollars', 'For a Few Dollars More', and 'The Good the Bad and the Ugly') Leone incorporated several recognized genre characters in this epic, earth mother(Cardinale), the scruffy loveable scoundrel(Robards), the mysterious and haunted stranger(Bronson), and the black-hearted (and hatted) villian(a devastatingly effective Fonda). Their lives dovetail for a brief period- partnerships form and break apart for numerous reasons, some genuine and noble, some simply to further a cause. As was normal for Leone in his works, not much is designed to be warm and comfortable. Characters motives are often unclear and questionable, and in Bronson's case-in a brilliant and unique use of flashback-the motive is teasingly hinted at for a good two-and-a-half hours(!) The performances are uniformly outstanding, the direction sure-handed and masterful, the score, well the score is an essay unto itself(Morricone is God) and there are at least several scenes that will undoubtedly stay with viewers and fans for the rest of their lives. Not for everyone, not for those seeking simple entertainment, but for those who demand more, 'O.U.A.T.I.T.W.' is a gem unlike most.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Sergio Leone
Henry Fonda
Charles Bronson

DVD title: Style Wars
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best One yet

This "documentary" was horrendous, in every sense of the word. It perfectly symbolizes mainstream America's acceptance of lower-class culture. The film glorifies stupid conversation and incorrect English, being spoken by inner-city, minority youth. Unfortunately, uneducated black and Puerto Rican kids in the '70s and '80s allowed their idiocy and their total lack of knowledge to spread across America like a wildfire; a fire which has since engulfed all areas of a once-better, though not wonderful, society.

Studio: Plexifilm
Director: Tony Silver

DVD title: North by Northwest
Productgroup: DVD
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"Paging George Kaplan...."

It's difficult to believe that a film which includes the knifing of a United Nations ambassador as well as several different attempts to murder an innocent man could be described as delightful entertainment...but that is true of this film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and featuring Cary Grant in the lead role. Roger O. Thornhill (Grant) is the aforementioned innocent man. Hitchcock delineates consequences of mistaken identity, misplaced trust, being somewhere "at the wrong time," acting on assumptions that later prove false, etc. These are devices which Hitchcock uses skillfully throughout many of his films. Who is "George Kaplan"? Whom does he threaten? Why? No brief commentary such as this can possibly do full justice to this film's immensely complicated plot. The acting is superb. Grant and Saint develop a unique on-screen chemistry which seems natural. I especially appreciate several of the scenes, notably when Thornhill is attacked by a crop-duster plane in a rural area in which there are no crops, and, the film's conclusion among (of all places) the faces of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore. The plot's pace is brisk but unhurried as Thornhill pursues understanding while fleeing from real or imagined dangers. Hitchcock allows Thornhill little of the self-assurance we associate with Grant's characters in other films. We share his confusion and frustration as he muddles through in one of Hitchcock's most entertaining films. Given the circumstances, perhaps survival is the best Thornhill can hope for.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant
Eva Marie Saint

DVD title: Le Amiche
Productgroup: DVD
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Underrated gem

Although it may not be considered "classic" Antonioni as much as his Sixties films, the interplay of the four or five lead actresses in Le Amiche is fascinating to watch, particularly Eleonora Rossi Drago as Clelia, who exudes a very grounded inner radiance. She is often more in the observer role to other people's dramas, yet finally the film is about her and her own quiet achievement of full independence. I find her a satisfying precursor of the Monica Vitti character in Antonioni's mature films. Le Amiche is atypical Antonioni because it's full of dialogue and crowded with characters, as opposed to spare and formalistic, but it's none the worse for that. I suspect this film has been somewhat underrated as it predates the full-blown development of the director's characteristic style. I find it compulsively watchable; it's definitely worth owning.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

DVD title: The Fast and the Furious (Widescreen Tricked Out Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rob Cohen
Paul Walker
Vin Diesel

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