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DVD title: The Full Monty
Productgroup: DVD
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Nobody laughs at yah with a grand in your pocket.


This is a great movie. After the local steel mill goes bankrupt, most of it's former employees find themselves with out a job, and without hope. Five unemployed men find themselves thrust together by circumstances to learn to become strippers. During their ardous training, they develop a close bond, supporting each other through individual tragedies. A fun movie, though with strong language not suitable for children. I enjoyed it thoroughly and highly recommend this movie for mature vewiers.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Actors:
Robert Carlyle
Mark Addy
Tom Wilkinson




DVD title: Jawbreaker
Productgroup: DVD
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The best dark comedy since Heathers


This has got to be the best dark comedy since Heathers.The movie is so briliantly funny.It was so funny.Rose McGowan was perfect as the leader of the group.Rebecca Gayheart did a great job as the good girl.Julie Benz was perfect as the dippy one in the group.The movie was perfectly cast.I don't understand why this movie got such trasky reviews.It's awesome!!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Darren Stein
Actors:
Rose McGowan
Rebecca Gayheart
Julie Benz




DVD title: Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Good movie overall


I haver been waiting for this movie for years. I was not disappointed about the movie but some of te people who sad that it could of been better, only a few of them could be right. I really rate this film a 4.5 out of 5. on some parts of the movie was boing. Dooku died to easily at the begining. I was expected a better fight out of that one. The fight with General Greivous went down to quikly with the cyborg's many light sabers and all. Some of romance lines sounded corny. don't get me wrong that the movie does connect the new triogy with the old one. The way anakin went over to the darkside kind of had a purpose. every one is going to say different things about the movie so expect to hear the good and the bad just like every other movie. The movie still kind of bothers me a little on how it came out knowing that it is the last star wars movie that will be made. whether you like the movie or not I have no doubt that it will make its money but it is just the out come of this.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Hayden Christensen




DVD title: Jack
Productgroup: DVD
Jack - movie DVD cover picture
Awesome!!


Well, I saw this movie a long while ago, but I still would love to watch it again (even though I don't own it, poo)..."Jack" is the cutest movie I have seen! Robin Williams is the all-time greatest comedian, and I especially love how they put Bill Cosby in it! This movie is funny, sad, and very touching, especially twoards the end. Everyone who is a child at heart should go out and buy this movie! Who can turn down a great Robin Williams film?

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors:
Robin Williams
Diane Lane




DVD title: Helen of Troy
Productgroup: DVD
Helen of Troy - movie DVD cover picture
Homer's Greek heroes stride onto the screen in epic glory!


The Greek heroes of Homer's Iliad are gloriously portrayed in this great classic epic. The impossibly beautiful lovers Helen and Paris find themselves trapped in the Greek siege of Troy and eventually victimized by their cunning ruse to destroy the city. Authentic sets, period costumes, an intelligent script and a great cast. Don't miss this one, the best of epics!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Robert Wise
Actors:
Rossana Podestà
Stanley Baker
Brigitte Bardot




DVD title: The Guys
Productgroup: DVD
The Guys - movie DVD cover picture
Fitting Tribute


This is a very touching and moving film and a fitting tribute to the many heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during the 9/11 attack on America. The acting is as it should be, conveying bits and pieces of so many lost lives for the viewer to reflect upon.

This should by no means be considered entertainment, but rather a sincere tribute and thank you to those who gave their lives!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jim Simpson
Actors:
Sigourney Weaver
Anthony LaPaglia




DVD title: Trigun - Puppet Master (Vol. 7)
Productgroup: DVD
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Nail-biting Suspence!


This will be the 7th volume of Trigun leaving only 1 volume (4 episodes) left with this series. This DVD was really good, new plot points and you learn new things about some charactesr. But it didn't feel like this series would end anytime soon at the end of the last episode. So with that, it will be interesting to see how the series will end. Maybe it will leave it open for another series.
The video quality is like the previous volumes. The transfer looks nice, sometimes little parts annoy me. The audio is well done. I listened to the English dub, haven't heard the japanese track yet. I am sure both of them are really nice. The dub for Trigun is amazing in my opinion. I really respect this dub because the voices match the characters very well and that doesn't happen much in many English dubs.
The three episodes are obviously involving, 'The Puppet Master,' one of the Gung-ho Guns led by Legato. You learn some more about the evil people and their evil deeds (a lot of evil deeds in this DVD). You learn some more about Vash's past. Vash gets accompanied by Wolfwood and ditched Meryl and Milly. But they eventually find him as always. More humor, more drama, more action!
Final Note: The DVD menu for this volume was simply amazing! It has the same interface as the other past ones but the nice music accompanying the nice background was amazing. The menu is a photo album that opens up and flips through a few pages to get to the other pages. It just looks really nice and works really well with the subtle BGM.

Studio: Pioneer Video



DVD title: Abba - The Definitive Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Two hours of ABBA goodness!


The face of music was forever changed in 1981 with the debut of MTV. Suddenly, artists who had not been exposed to a wide audience were being seen -- and heard -- by millions. The music video format did not begin with MTV, though. Prior to MTV, bands created what were then known as "promotional clips." This was not a particularly common practice, although groups like The Beatles took advantage of film as a promotional tool.
ABBA, a band not fond of touring, were early pioneers of the music video format. "ABBA: The Definitive Collection" gathers a decade's worth of these videos as released by the band and its label, Polar. The bulk of the clips were directed by Lasse Hallstrom ("My Life as a Dog, "The Cider House Rules"), and are now finally available collectively on DVD.
The budgets for most of the clips were miniscule. Time has not treated them well, and the DVD format only reveals those flaws. But that's beside the point. This is not a DVD for the video purist. Although the packaging states the videos were re-mastered from the original negatives, it's hard to tell at times. Grainy with artifacts and washed out colors, this is not the DVD to pop into your new progressive-scan player to impress your friends, unless your friends are all ABBA fans. Still, this is probably the best these clips have ever looked, and given the production values, some of them look pretty good. The colors in "SOS" are actually pretty vibrant, and "The Winner Takes it All" also looks great. Director Hallstrom, unfortunately, shot many of the videos against a white background, which when presented with the clarity of DVD, is fairly blinding.
Starting with 1974's "Waterloo," and concluding with the group's last video, "Under Attack," "The Definitive Collection" is a must-have. Almost all of the songs have been remastered to 24-bit sound (according to the packaging), so while the video quality is poor, the sound quality is pretty good. I'm assuming Dolby Digital 2.0, as the songs don't sound like 5.1, nor is that fact mentioned on the DVD packaging.
It's also a kick to see the 1970s wardrobes on display, which range from almost normal to the bizarre. It's all part of the ABBA package. Nearly all of their singles are here (with the exception of "Lay All Your Love on Me"), as well as a few Spanish-language clips intended for the South American market, and an appearance on Swedish television, in period costume, performing "Dancing Queen" for Sweden's King Gustaf.
The DVD extras are sparse, the usual band biographies and still photographs. The liner notes booklet is actually very well done, about 17 pages, with lots of photographs and background information on the clips. It doesn't make up for the lack of a director's commentary track, but it comes close.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Director: Lasse Hallstrom



DVD title: Tai Chi For Expecting Mothers
Productgroup: DVD
Tai Chi For Expecting Mothers - movie DVD cover picture
Excellent instructional DVD for pregnant women


Thank you for an excellent instructional DVD of Tai Chi ~ very well organized and extremely informative. Any mother can apply this form of exercise in her prepareness for delivery, and even beyond pregnancy. It is made for all levels of exercisers...even non-exercisers.

The instructor covered not only the history of Tai Chi and the benefits of doing these exercises daily, she also demonstrates how easy it is to be fit and ready as an expected mother.

Overall, found the DVD very professional with an easy-to-follow menu, even offering a choice of instruction with or without her cueing.

Studio: Tiger Lily Media
Director: Warren Skeels



DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Beautiful!


I've waited until I thought the time was right, but now feel I must speak. People who have read my reviews know that the writings of JRR Tolkien are and have been very important to my life. Thus, I have eagerly awaited the release of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring". I award the movie a very solid 4+ stars.
Things I liked:
Item: Most of the casting decisions. Gandalf, Bilbo, Saruman, Gimli and Sam all get 5 stars; Frodo, Boromir, and Strider all get 4. All in all, brilliant choices were made by Peter Jackson and crew.
Item: The Shire. Bag-end was wonderful! I'd move there tomorrow. The hobbit-holes were very well done.
Item: The cinematography. Spectacular. Absolutely spectacular. Orthanc, Moria, The Gates of Argonath, Amon Hen. Just WONDERFUL! (While noting one glitch, namely the view of the mountains from the Shire. This was a continuity problem which should have been caught.)
Item: The Soundtrack. Again, wonderful. (I'm listening as I write this review.)
Item: The special effects. Again, wonderful. From Gollum, to the Orcs, to the Nazgul, to the huge battle scenes. Truly a tremendous effort.
Item: The relationship between Frodo and Sam. Wonderfully filmed, wonderfully acted. Absolutely splendid!
Things I would have liked to have seen done differently:
Item: A better indication of the time that passed between Bilbo's party and Frodo's departure.
Item: More time in the journey from Hobbiton to Bree (including Tom Bombadil!)
Item: Arwen's replacement of Glorfindel. I know why it was done, but I'm enough of a purist to wish that it hadn't been!
Item: Better character development with Elrond and Galadriel. These characters got short shrift, in my opinion.
Item: Over-the-top special effects. Yes, the effects were spectacular. In a couple of cases, though, I thought that there was too much. The Watcher in the Water was far more scary in the book than in the movie (when all you saw were tentacles). The giant multicolored octopus from hell was a little much! Ditto with the cave troll sequence. Ditto again with the final departure from Moria. But I'm nitpicking here.
Overall? I understand and respect the Tolkien family's hesitation to endorse this (or any other) attempt to visually portray "The Lord of the Rings". But Peter Jackson has done well - indeed, he has exceeded my expectations considerably.
I will immediately purchase the DVD when it becomes available, and (like last December) will be in line at midnight to see the opening of "The Two Towers".

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Ian McKellen



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