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DVD title: Pulp Fiction
Productgroup: DVD
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Nick likes it.

Quentin Tarantino. Quentin Tarantino. Quentin Tarantino. Ready to buy the movie yet?
If not, you've obviously never heard of him or seen any of his works. Writer, director and amateur actor, he melds colour, music and video into one. The Pulp Fiction soundtrack is quite terrible to anyone who hasn't seen the movie, but after you have, each tune reminds you of a scene from the movie - from Travolta trippin' in his car to the (hilarious) rape scene, where Bruce Willis saves himself and his arch-enemy from shot-gun weilding hicks. The twisting, multi-protagonistic plot is excellent and enjoyable for layman and intellectual alike.
This is my favorite movie from the last 10 years (a close second to Apocalypse Now), buy it now and enjoy it for years.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Quentin Tarantino
John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson
Bruce Willis

DVD title: Steve-O Video Vol, 3: Out On Bail
Productgroup: DVD
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I hope Vol. IV is on the way!.!

This 2 disc set DVD was awesome it has the Out Of Bail DVD and PCP Saved My Life DVD they are both funny and great. The stunts were the nastiest. I own all three volumes so far. I hope there is more to come. The nudity in this DVD when i bought it from Borders was uncensored you can see all the nudity no censoring. There probably is a censored version too. I'm pretty sure Steve-O is going to make a vol. 4. A lot of the stunts has to do with s**t. It was real funny though. This is a DVD all Jackass fans even Steve-O fans should own!

Studio: J & N Media
Director: Nick Dunlap

DVD title: Kung Fu - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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"And From the Dragon, We Learn To Ride The Wind..."

This review refers to the DVD edition of Kung Fu: The Complete First Season"....

I loved rewatching the first season of this fabulous series.
Filmed in the early seventies, as a Western series, "Kung Fu", imparts the wisdom and teachings of the Shaolin priests in a most entertaining fashion. After studying for many years, under the masters of the Eastern philosphy, "Caine"(David Carradine) begins his journey West. Sought after as a wanted man, for the killing of a royal(self-defense),and also seeking the half-brother he never knew, his travels take him through the old West of the United States.

Most episodes begin with flashbacks of the young Caine, studying at the temple("When You can snatch the pebble, Grasshopper, it will be time for you to leave"). As he journeys, he runs into many different and dangerous stiuations, and we see flashbacks of the particular lesson he learned that he will use to help him through the prejudices he faces. The soft spoken and humble Priest, only uses his defensive training when necessary, (usually about once or twice an episode). The filming of these scenes are beautiful. Often in slow-mo we can see the beauty of the moves, and the anguish on the faces of the opponents as they must sometimes fight for the lives. There are always great lessons of life to be learned in each story.

The season opens with the Pilot Movie(2/72), his Shaolin beginnings, and the start of his journey, and 15 episodes. They include "King of the Mountain", "Dark Angel", "Blood Brother", "An Eye For An Eye" (Vengeance begets vengeance..can Caine stop the violent cycle?), "The Tide", "The Soul is the Warrior", "Nine Lives", "Sun and Cloud Shadow"(a Karate master intends to capture Caine), "Chains", "Alethea'(this is the one with a little Jodie Foster who shows great talent early on), "The Praying Mantis Skills", "Superstition", "The Stone" (Young boys want to hire Caine to kill the piano player that jilted their mother), "The Third Man" and "The Ancient Warrior".

There are 3 two sided discs and also included are two documentaries."The Tao of Kwai Chang Caine: Production and Beyond" and "From Grasshopper to Caine: Creating Kung Fu". These are enlightening and entertaining. The transfer is beautiful(and in widescreen), there are subtitles in English, French and Spanish for those who need them. Beautifully packaged, all in one pull out case and an outer sleeve. AND NO COMMERCIALS!

"All creatures, the low and the high, are one with nature. If we have the wisdom to learn, all may teach us their virtues" (Master Kan) ...Enjoy...Laurie

Studio: Warner Home Video
David Carradine

DVD title: The Girl in the Cafe
Productgroup: DVD
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definitely impressive

i just happened across this movie on HBO, noticing the main character as the step-dad in "Shaun of the Dead". although an entirely different character, i'd say one more memorable and easier to relate to as well, i was intrigued enough to watch it. it really struck me as a strange movie to base a story on, the whole G8 conference and political decision making... but it worked. if you're a fan of movies where awkward and bizarre love blossoms into something so great and legitimate, i'd suggest this movie. i'm a sucker for strange romantics and quriky movies. thanks HBO for still having good enough taste to produce this film and air it on your network.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: David Yates (II)

DVD title: Crossfire
Productgroup: DVD
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Redefining the Enemy

Unlike most film noir, Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire, adapted from a novel by Richard Brooks, is not nearly as concerned with its murder mystery, which, at first sight, might seem superficially formulaic to the casual viewer, as it is with the complex motives of its characters and the oppressive ambience of its accurately rendered post-WWII setting, evoking feelings of disorientation, loneliness and entrapment. Under its classic noir exterior, it is about hardened and aloof veterans' struggle with postwar reintegration, utterly unable or unwilling to put their traumatic experiences behind them, and about their desperate attempt to redefine their goals. For those who define themselves by who their enemies are, such as hateful loner Montgomery (the brilliant Robert Ryan), this necessitates establishing a new one, a role filled here by Jewish intellectual Joseph Samuels (Sam Levene), who becomes the regrettable victim of a senseless hate crime.
At first the film appears to simply be going through the motions: After the ambiguously shot opening murder scene all evidence points, for reasons I cannot presently remember, to Corporal Arthur Mitchell (George Cooper). Captain Finley (Robert Young) investigates and is soon joined by the idealistic Sergeant Peter Keeley (Robert Mitchum), who is certain of Mitchell's innocence. Two minor military characters, Floyd Bowers (Steve Brodie) and Bill Williams (Richard Benedict) are also somehow involved. Monty murders the former, while the latter, after a stern, Hugh Beaumontesque talking-to, reluctantly aids Finley and Keeley in setting a trap for the dastardly ne'er-do-well. Or perhaps it was the other way around -- I watch so many movies that Bowers and Williams might as well have been stranded in the South Seas and mistaken for Gods by the natives. Or, possibly, they have to spend a night in a haunted house before they can claim their inheritance, where they find a monkey that can play baseball and helps the local team win some games. At any rate, there's also the obligatory femme fatale Ginny Tremaine (Gloria Grahame) and a compulsive liar (Paul Kelly, delivering a wonderful performance) who might or might not be her husband, and exists mostly for local color and comic relief.
However, the real meat of the piece is the complex characterization of the veteran archetypes. Mitchell, for instance, suffers from a classic case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (often also referred to as "shell shock," "war neurosis" or "combat stress") and, like many suffering from this condition, is taunted and branded as a coward by his fellows. He has become utterly self-loathing and fears the return to normalcy. The scene in which is wife finally gets him to confront these fears and enables him to return to her (and his art) is one of the film's many highlights. Then there's Peter Keeley, perhaps the most positive military archetype on display here: the natural born leader. He is extremely charismatic and persuasive, has great concern and compassion for his fellow soldiers, and manages to bring out these qualities in others. It is Keeley's considerable understanding of both human nature and his compatriots' dilemma that makes him so valuable to Captain Finley, the only other character of equivalent moral fiber. Their polar counterpart is Montgomery, a sadistic, racist bully who vents his frustrations by mocking and humiliating his fellow men. Left without an enemy, he creates elaborate rationalizations to justify his hate for a substitute. This really could be the member of any marginally different group (in the novel, I am told, the victim is a homosexual), but in this case it happens to be a Jew. While one's initial reaction might be that Montgomery obviously fought on the wrong side during the war, it is important to remember that, at the time, anti-Semitism was far from limited to Nazi Germany. Indeed, after World War One, the financial and societal crisis of the Great Depression caused anti-Semitism to reach its zenith, and violent attacks on Jews were quite commonplace in many major cities. Later, the U.S. refused entry to countless German-Jewish refugees, interpreted by Hitler as a clear sign of approval for his Final Solution.
Still, as Captain Finley correctly points out, practically anyone would have done as a victim for someone like Montgomery.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Robert Young
Robert Mitchum
Robert Ryan
Gloria Grahame

DVD title: Alice in Chains - MTV Unplugged
Productgroup: DVD
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Alice in Pain, so powerful and beautiful, it's amazing

I do not need to even get into details. This DVD performance is so important to the Alice in Chains legacy. Also, it is perhaps the most meanful MTV Unplugged release of them all. Layne is at his tormented best, so deep in pain, you get chills just hearing him sing. Oh so sad, but yet he makes it sound so sweet and beautiful. Jerry is just equal to Layne, never adding too much nor taking much away. Layne and Jerry I think are the last great dou to emerge from the whole 90's rock explosion. Get this DVD, all you need to do is love music, not even be a fan of AIC's, just love music. Put this DVD in your player, push play, then close your eyes. Let me know how you feel afterwards.

Studio: Sony/Columbia

DVD title: Rurouni Kenshin - Shadow of the Wolf
Productgroup: DVD
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Enter the Wolf

Even though I don't own this, but it's the one I'm working on getting, I've been watching this on Cartoon Network, and I have to say, this is the one that starts it all. This DVD starts off Season 2 of 3 and a man from Kenshin's past as a manslayer(if you've seem Samurai X:Trust and Betrayal)comes back to take revenge on him. During the revolution, there was a group of warriors known as the Shinsagumi and in it was Saito. He is a well-skilled man and fights Kenshin in this DVD,which I think is one of the best I've seen thus far, up to episode 56, which is where I am on Cartoon Network. We're also introduced to a new warrior, who is known as Shishio, which is also in Samurai X at the end when he takes over Kenshin's job when he disappears and then is wanted as a killer. Along with him is a well-skilled boy known as Sojiro, which is in episode 54, you'll find out why he's always smiling, and why he's so skilled, because that episode is all about his past. One more thing(which I don't know if it's on here or not, and I don't spoil it for some)but Kenshin does leave Tokyo to go off and fight the fight that might mean he will have to kill. Well, all you Kenshin fans, keep watching and buying, because I will.

Studio: Media Blasters
Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi

DVD title: The Princess Bride (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Is there a better movie than this?

I bought this DVD after realizing I hadn't seen the film in years. When I watched it, I realized I remembered about 90% of the dialogue. Eminently quotable, totally enjoyable! Is there anyone who hasn't yet seen this movie? There shouldn't be!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Rob Reiner
Cary Elwes
Mandy Patinkin
Robin Wright Penn

DVD title: Agent Aika - Final Battle
Productgroup: DVD
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You're damn stupid if you don't buy this video!

A hell of a movie! A must see! Hot chicks, a SUPER TRANSFORMING BRA, chicks with guns, mild nudity, and the movie is extremly hilarious! BUY IT, DAMN IT! An awesome movie. Aika is really hot (hanging my tongue with my mouth wide open). This is a movie that everyone should see! Go and buy it, or just rent and see the movie damn it!

Katsuhiko Nishijima

DVD title: Urusei Yatsura - Movie 2 - Beautiful Dreamer
Productgroup: DVD
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Lum=good movie

This is a great movie with a wierd plot. It is about an alien princess named Lum, who is in love with an earth boy named Ataru. Lum's little cousin (brother?) Ten is very mischeivious and finds a little pig who looks pretty wierd. A wish granting demon, Ten, Bakuu, and Lum.

Studio: Cpm/Us Manga Corps
Director: Mamoru Oshii

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