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DVD title: The Life of David Gale (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Not a True Story, But a Good Story


Usually, I am turned off by movies that are over two hours long. It takes me a long time to put one in the DVD drive. However, this movie came to me through a DVD circulation club, and the reviews from the group said that this movie was fantastic. So my husband and I sat down with it shortly after receiving it.
The movie captivated me. At first, I kept picturing Kevin Spacey's character as the same person from "Pay It Forward," which I also greatly enjoyed. And Kate Winslet I had just seen in "Quills," so I just couldn't get over the fact that this was the same person as that (new respect for her -- no longer the damsel in distress from Titanic and Quills).
But then, I got caught up in the storyline. Now, I half-guessed the end (which always gives me the extra thrill -- when it's not TOO blatant; I like playing couch potato Columbo). However, when I woke up in the middle of the night still thinking about this movie, I knew it had struck a chord. For me, this was a fine piece of cinema - a book brought to life.
Now for the bad news: I was disappointed to learn that contrary to popular belief, the story was not a true one. This always adds something to a movie like this. I wanted to compare it to Dead Man Walking (I still will -- much better).
But if you like a good drama, I recommend giving this one a try. Now that I've seen the movie, I found some negative reviews (not so hard to find them). I maintain that I really enjoyed the movie and did not see any plot holes or hypocrisies, although I can see where those reviewers are coming from. Still, I urge you to see the movie and then read the negative reviews; even with flaws, I think it's a great movie.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Alan Parker
Actors:
Kate Winslet
Kevin Spacey
Laura Linney




DVD title: The Mummy (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I loved this movie!


A fun movie. Good special effects and a story. Wow! But at 1 hr and 40 minutes into the movie the soundtrack stopped. No more music or dialogue.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Stephen Sommers
Actors:
Brendan Fraser
Rachel Weisz




DVD title: Copycat
Productgroup: DVD
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Good thriller about criminal profiling


Sitting down in front of something entitled 'Copycat', something that came out in the same year as 'Seven', it's all too tempting to write it off. Whilst not exactly a classic, this is actually a very competent and scary thriller that works on several levels. The plot has Sigourney Weaver as Helen Hudson, a renowned criminal psychologist who has developed agoraphobia after an escaped convict tried to kill her 13 months ago. Alongside this we have Holly Hunter as a hard-hitting cop investigating a grisly string of murders on which they have no clues. No prizes for guessing that the two team up. It turns out that this is a copycat killer, replicating famous murders from serial killers in the past.
Several things set this apart from others of its ilk, not least the fact that it's quite disturbing, especially thanks to a horribly insane performance from Harry Connick Jnr as the escaped prisoner in question. Of course, Sigourney Weaver is as excellent as you'd expect, and Holly Hunter is very impressive too. There's also a real aspect of fright here, drawn out very well in Helen's sense of paranoia and the sense that someone is watching her every move - the creeping suspicion that high-tech security systems won't protect you is palpable. There's even a little bit of moralising over the celebrity of the serial killer alongside the celebrity of Helen's criminal psychologist.
Of course, there's a lot here that's pretty formulaic and despite good performances and a little depth, the basic story has been done before more interestingly. Still, even if this is never as good as 'Silence Of The Lambs', that's only because that broke the mould. As it stands, 'Copycat' is a very worthwhile film indeed that deserves a second look.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Jon Amiel
Actors:
Sigourney Weaver
Holly Hunter




DVD title: Grease (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Grease is Burning up the Quarter Mile!


Cannot watch this movie enough! The acting is superior and the music is even better. It's just a fun movie that you can watch over and over!!! I highly recommend!!!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Randal Kleiser
Actors:
John Travolta
Olivia Newton-John




DVD title: Sleepy Hollow
Productgroup: DVD
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TIM BURTON'S DARK MASTERPEACE


Dark as hell and trueley spellbounding peace of cinema,this film captovates it's whatcher's to the very end. Icubod Crain is played very well by Depp playing a detective way over his head in unnormal goings on in the small town he visits. Christina Ricci is also grate as Depp's' love intrest. But the person who realy steels the screen is the headless hourseman played by a truley ugly looking Christopher Walken whith a hair cut strait from hell itself. All suporting cast are grate and the costumes and sets are out of this world,this is truley one of Burtons best to date. Can't wait to get the DVD and see whats next from Tim.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Christina Ricci




DVD title: Back to the Future - The Complete Trilogy (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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ONE OF THE BEST TRILOGIES EVER


This as got to be my most favourite Trilogy of all time, I just can't get enough of it, everytime I watch them I'm BLOWN AWAY how awsome the story and characters are, the effects are a little dated now but it still impresses me.
The music score for this film is great too apart from the odd one or so songs missing from the soundtrack. (Guess we can't win em all)
If you looking for a sci-fi fantasy, look no further, this beats all the other sci fi trilogies hands down.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Michael J. Fox



DVD title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Full Screen Edition) (Harry Potter 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Very well done. Cast wonderfully cast.


True, for a Harry Potter long time fan the movie did forget or rather (summarized) things up a bit. But even though it was summarized, it was still well done for a book that as readers and future readers know and will know, is very complex. The movie was designed to capture those that have not read the book before, while giving those who have read it a more visionary glimpse to what we imagined. The special effects was good. Yes some scenes you could tell the difference between person and CGI very quickly (Quidditch) but it's not like it was horrible or anything. Or do you really think that people can fly on brooms? It's a given. However in my opinion what pulled this movie through more then the story itself was the cast. Never did I see a cast so well chosen than this movie. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) IS Harry Potter, the looks the way he carries himself, everything! Heck, he even shares Harry's birthday. Yes, Daniel needs a little more acting skills, some of his expressions were a bit lacking, but he is young and had previously little to no experience beforehand. I expect great things from Daniel in the next movies to come. But the truth is I couldn't help but see Harry in Daniel all the way, from beginning to end in this movie. No other I think could have done better. Rupert and Emma (Ron and Hermione) were in short excellent! One thing to notice though is that Ron missed a lot of his hilarious remarks in this movie, I hope that he will be a little more witty in the next few. Hermione I think needs no improvement, Emma Watson was great as her. And Malfoy...needless to say ...too good.Of the professors, clearly the cast blew me away. Snape was PERFECT!from the utter look of disgust he has at Harry, to the extremely "hard worked" smile he sometimes might attempt to give someone, which is hilarious. The cast who portrayed the professors and gamekeeper Hagrid were amazing!
In short I highly recommend this movie. I recommend even more however to read the book before you see it. Believe me when I say that a lot is shortened out in the movie, so it will be possible to fit it within a 2 hour or so span. Or else, we're looking at a 5 hour movie. For those who haven't read the book,the story is simple and easy enough to understand, with and incredible twist in the end! Very entertaining, specially if you're a stage and cinamatography type of person (Hogwarts is awesome) the set in Christmas, Halloween and end of year celebratons are utterly beautiful! Quidditch won't bore you like the race in the Phanthom Menace did. It's quick and to the point. Don't however expect too many laughing moments. For the most part the film was not comical at all. But the story and watching the incredible cast unfold it all is what blows you away. Great movie!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Chris Columbus
Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe



DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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"Buffy" Comes Of Age


With the features-packed DVD of "Buffy" Season 2 due to hit our mailboxes any month now, it's time for a look back at the episodes that arguably turned the show from closet-watching fascination to cult phenomenon.
Season 2 was "Buffy"'s first full-length run of 22 episodes, up from 12 the previous spring. David Boreanaz (Angel) joined the cast full-time, and in his first episode, "When She Was Bad", it's clear that his feelings for Buffy have not gone away during the season hiatus. The romantic tension between the leads is intense in the season premiere, with Buffy challenging Angel to a fight (which would come back to be very important later), and Xander and Willow nearly kissing.
"School Hard" introduced the season's recurring villains, Spike and Drusilla, the "Sid and Nancy" of the vampire world. Spike hunts down Buffy through dark school characters, and Principal Snyder drops the first hint of the dark Sunnydale conspiracy of silence.
"Inca Mummy Girl" and "Reptile Boy" are two fun monster shows. David Greenwalt, later the driving force behind the "Angel" show, will give audio commentary to the latter story, and this is anticipated to provide a great glimpse of how he's influenced both shows.
"Halloween", "Lie To Me", and "The Dark Age" explore the characters of Giles, Angel, Spike and Drusilla much more thoroughly, each showing scary glimpses of their dark pasts. The first of these stories introduces the recurring warlock Ethan Rayne, an old "friend" of Giles. The second features Jason Behr, who appeared in every WB teen series ever.
"What's My Line?", a two-parter, here with audio commentary by executive producer Marti Noxon (another huge cog in the "Buffy" wheel), introduces the notion of the "second slayer", sends the Buffy/Angel romance to a new level -- and features a surprising coupling between two other regulars. It's the first of the season's three two-parters, and you'll be impressed to know that this is the weakest of the three.
"Ted" is notable for Special Guest Star John Ritter. At the time, this bit of casting was seen as a triumph for the show, just getting attention in the national media. He's a great psychopath, Jack Tripper-style.
"Surprise"/"Innocence" is the next two-parter, presented with Joss Whedons commentary. "Innocense" moved "Buffy" from Monday nights to Tuesday, getting out of the "Seventh Heaven" shadow and anchoring its own night on the WB. Buffy and Angel have their moment of true happiness; Xander and Cordelia give Willow a moment of true unhappiness, and suddenly Spike and Drusilla are no longer the only villains. These two hours are among "Buffy"'s greatest achievement.
"Phases" is a funny werewolf show, moving Seth Green's popular Oz into the inner-circle Scooby Gang. "Bewitched, Bothered and Wildered" is Xander's comic Valentine's Day nightmare, with another appearance by Amy the teen witch.
"Passion" revels again in "Buffy"'s ability to kill off regular characters. Many BtVS fans name this their favorite episode of all time.
The season ends with a final two-parter, "Becoming", and when part two aired, the four-month hiatus until Season 3 began, became unbearable. These two hours show, via flashback, the origins of Drusilla, Angel, and Buffy. The Buffy/Angel "forbidden romance of all time" comes to a shocking conclusion, and Spike comes to a sudden decision about his loyalties. Pay special attention to his fight with Buffy at the beginning of Part Two. Five years gone by, he's still with us.
The final episode changes every basic premise of the show, and if you haven't seen it before, you'll be left stunned. Indeed there's barely a rotten episode in the bunch, with only a couple of the 22 hours you won't watch more than once. With a sixth disc full of production featurettes, and hours of commentary from the production time -- and at an extremely reasonable price for a 6-disc set -- this is the must-buy DVD set of the year.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Joss Whedon
Seth Green
Charisma Carpenter
Sarah Michelle Gellar
David Boreanaz




DVD title: Shaun of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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NOW THIS IS A GREAT HOMAGE TO THE ZOMBIE MOVIE!


UNLIKE THE CRAPFILLED TURD, KNOWN AS THE DAWN OF THE DEAD RE-MAKE, SHAUN OF THE DEAD IS A GREAT ZOMBIE HORROR/COMEDY! THIS MOVIE PAYS GREAT RESPECT TO THE ROMERO CLASSIC, HAS SOME OF THE SAME MUSIC FROM THE 79 VERSION, AND A DEATH SCENE FROM THE ORIGINAL FILM AS WELL! THIS MOVIE DID LIKE AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON DID, FUNNY AND SCARY, ALL IN ONE! ANOTHER FANGO SEAL OF APPROVAL FROM THE NUMBER ONE HORROR MAG,FANGORIA AS WELL! THE ACTING IS VERY GOOD AND THE MIX OF COMEDY IS JUST RIGHT! THE SCENE WHERE SHAUN AND ED ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH RECORDS TO THROW AT THE ZOMBIES IS MY FAVORITE PART! THIS IS A VERY GORY MOVIE AS WELL, SO IT'S A ZOMBIE MOVIE ALRIGHT! CHEAP SCARE FANS YOU WON'T LIKE THIS, BECAUSE THE HUMOR IS SOPHISTICATED, THAT MEANS SMART, SO YOU PROBABLY WON'T LIKE IT. GO WATCH YOUR CRAPPY DAWN OF THE DEAD REMAKE, WHILE WE SMART ART HOUSE HORROR FANS CAN FINALLY ENJOY A REAL HOMAGE TO THE ZOMBIE MOVIES! 5 STARS! TEN STARS IF I COULD!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Edgar Wright
Actors:
Simon Pegg
Kate Ashfield
Nick Frost




DVD title: Orgazmo (Unrated Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I laughed so hard...


Like all of trey parker's films, this one is deceptively smart. If your a fan of witty humor, or just a fan of gross out humor, this film is for you. Even without extras, this DVD is worth it.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Trey Parker
Actors:
Trey Parker
Dian Bachar




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