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DVD title: The Thin Man (Snap Case)
Productgroup: DVD
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Nick and Nora outside the studio......


As an aside, I read a funny little story about how well William Powell and Myrna Loy got along in real life. Somewhere about 1937 or 1938 a magazine ran a nationwide poll to determine the most popular actor and actress in Hollywood. The response to the poll was huge, with Clark Gable and Myrna Loy winding up being the winners.
William Powell finished 4th in the actor's category, and wasn't about to take this lying down. He sent Myrna a long, florist box filled with sour grapes. The attached card read "Congratulations, from William the Fourth".
Gotta love it....... ;-)

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Actors:
William Powell
Myrna Loy




DVD title: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply Amazing


Every time I see this movie, I think to myself: "I wish my parents had taken me to see this in theater, I saw batman and batman returns didn't I,". Oh well, I saw it for the first time last year and it is my favourite movie. Buy the soundtrack. GO.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Henry Selick
Actors:
Danny Elfman



DVD title: Touching the Void
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing twists


As someone who has little interest in mountain climbing I have to say this doesn't help my desire. I would love to Bungee jump or jump out of plane with a parachute but not mountain-climbing. However, the level of climbing in this movie is expert so maybe hill climbing would be better for my sense of adventure. The best part about this movie is you can't guess what will happen next. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. As an ex-military guy who was on a special team of rescue swimmers I can say I too never called on any god when in trouble. It just never occured to me.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Actors:
Brendan Mackey
Joe Simpson (II)
Nicholas Aaron
Simon Yates




DVD title: Raise Your Voice
Productgroup: DVD
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all you expected in more


I was really attached to her brother, so when he died i cried. All of the cast was great. WARNING TEAR JERKER!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Sean McNamara
Actors:
Hilary Duff
Rebecca De Mornay
John Corbett




DVD title: Songcatcher
Productgroup: DVD
Songcatcher - movie DVD cover picture
A nice change..


This movie is one of those movies that one can simply enjoy. There are no torrid sex scenes, no filthy language, no violence for violence sake. In this movie, we are taken back to a part of the United States that for many people was a mystery...the hill billys, the primitives, the savages that needed teachers and missionaries to save them. A culture of pioneers that isolated themselves and maintained a simple, beautiful but harsh way of life. The music throughout this film is haunting, the acting superb, and the message of the film is very clear. For those interested in the history of our American south, or interested in the folk music of the American south...then see this lovely movie. There are some tough scenes...a gruesome birth which was probably not untypical of that era...a lesbian relationship explored from the views of that time....some infidelity... I throughly enjoyed this movie and it is one I will buy for my collection.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Maggie Greenwald
Actors:
Janet McTeer
Michael Harding (III)




DVD title: Don Juan DeMarco
Productgroup: DVD
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For the hopeless romantic in all of us


This movie is absolutely one of my favorites of all time. Depp's character is an over-the-top romantic who finds the perfect word for the perfect time. The opening scene where he seduces a woman in a hotel restaurant is absolutely great, and it sets the tone for his character for the rest of the movie (after sleeping with her in her hotel room and walking her back to her table, he kisses her hand and walks away saying "Oh well, time to die." A great scene!!). You won't be disappointed seeing this film, and I suggest buying it for those nights when you need the spark ignited again in your heart for romance - no matter what your age.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jeremy Leven
Actors:
Marlon Brando
Johnny Depp




DVD title: Cheers - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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happy


thank the studio for releasing the 3rd season so fast after the 2nd one - i hope all the rest of the seasons come sooner

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Ted Danson



DVD title: King Arthur (PG-13 Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Story and movie I ever Seen


I can't add anything more then the other reviews. It is a great story, telling the life of King Arthur and his knights. How he fought evil and became the king of England. It shows how people was suffring from Romans when they were ruling by the name of religon while they where not religous. (using the religon and church as a way to get thier demand and greed.

At the end, this movie worth every cent you would pay. IT IS GREAT.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Actors:
Clive Owen
Keira Knightley
Stephen Dillane




DVD title: Local Hero
Productgroup: DVD
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An absolute classic


This is one of those quirky films that you might finish watching, then take a few days to decide that you really liked it, then want to see it again. One of the most intelligent, feel-good, subtle movies of the 1980s, at a time when movie-makers seemed to be coming up with a lot of populist B-Grade fare that has not stood the test of time like this has.
Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert are outstanding in the main roles - both are transformed by the events that unfold on the Scottish coast - though it is Riegert who feels it the most.
One of the best aspects of the film is the soundtrack, by Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits fame). This is one of his best endeavours (though the soundtrack for 'Cal' comes pretty close), with wistful melodies and spectacular aural 'auras' that emulate the aurora Riegert is told to watch out for on his trip.
Do take a look - but don't decide instantly that it has too little to say if you are not captivated by the first viewing - give it another chance - it'll grow on you!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Bill Forsyth
Actors:
Burt Lancaster
Peter Riegert




DVD title: Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"Becoming one with your fears"


Dark, mysterious and visceral, maverick director Christopher Nolan has single handedly reinvented the Batman franchise, and almost certainly set a new standard for the superhero cinematic genre. Batman Begins is an astonishingly beautiful film, full of richly nuanced and powerful performances, and marvelously orchestrated special effects sequences that never overwhelm the gritty integrity of the story.

This is an enigmatically introspective and meditative film, a dark exploration of grief, loss, and anger, as the wealthy Bruce Wayne (an engrossing Christian Bale) faces the demons of his past and comes to accept the senseless murder of his parents. He's a divided hero, a man torn by guilt and fear, who seeks a way to turn these negative emotions into a positive force for fighting evil.

The film begins by showing us, plausibly and pragmatically, how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman - the dark, shadowy retaliator of the night. It's a journey that is fraught with conflict and pain: from the terrible experience of witnessing his parents' murder, to traveling through the underbelly of Gotham City and educating himself in the art of the criminal mind. Only through acknowledging his anger and grief can Bruce rise above the criminal underworld that has so irrevocably surrounded him.

Sent to a hellish prison in the Far East, Bruce is eventually rescued by Duncard (Liam Neeson), a mystifying warrior, who sends him to a rooftop sanctuary high atop the Himalayas. He instructs Bruce how to master his emotions and gives him the mental and physical discipline to fight his enemies. In reality, Duncard wants Bruce to join the League of Shadows, an underground vigilante movement headed by the stoic Ra's al Ghul (Ken Watanabe). Bruce refuses and becomes the League's mortal enemy.

Bruce returns home to take up residence in his parents' country manor, with the family's intrepid butler Alfred (Michael Caine) assuming the role of manservant and tutor. Bruce finds his father's once charitable and altruistic Wayne Enterprises now in the hands of a voracious, and malevolent CEO Richard Earle (Rutger Hauer), and Bruce's beautiful childhood friend Rachel (Katie Holmes) has become an assistant D.A.

Meanwhile, the city of Gotham is being torn apart by corruption and vice. Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson), a malicious drug lord has infiltrated and paid off the upper echelons of the City. There's only apparent honest cop, Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), but he's up against a brick wall; know one has the fortitude or incentive to round up the bad guys.

Gradually Bruce, who sees a landscape of sleaze and wickedness lying before him, begins to morph into Batman with the help of the resourceful Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). Lucius has developed all the tools Bruce will need to fight crime. The impervious body armor, the Batmoble and the Batcave are all featured, but they're presented literally and are totally realistic in their design.

As Batman begins his campaign to root out corruption in Gotham, he finds that there are much more sinister forces at work. Gotham City is actually on the edge of extinction. A terrifying and frightening force has infiltrated the city, fronted by cunning psychiatrist and medical experimenter Dr. Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy).

This is a role that the beefy Christian Bale was born to play, and he looks just great. Instilling his character with just the right amount of angst and gutsyness, Bale's Batman is a man who becomes the caped crusader through careful planning and psychology.

Fights and chases occur in a gloomy, rainy, fear-drenched landscape of urban anarchy. The primary weapon everyone uses is fear, but Batman effectively turns this fear back on the criminals, not through superhuman abilities, but through intelligence and cunning. There's certainly nothing-comic book about this Batman.

Boasting one of the most memorable music scores that I've ever heard, and cinematography that is absolutely unsurpassed in contemporary film, Batman Begins is a perfect ode to the juxtaposition of good and evil. Gotham is a nightmarish place that reeks of despair, but you can sure count on Bales' Batman, who is more than up to the task of saving this city from the brink of destruction. Mike Leonard June 05.


Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors:
Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Ken Watanabe




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