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DVD title: The Fantasia Anthology (3-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Not for young viewers

The Fantasia dvd is a beautiful collection of music and of some of Disney's cartoons spliced together. I have to say that although it is a Disney Collection-my kids really did not pay attention to it too much when I bought it last year, along with the Fantasia 2000 DVD -they are just starting to watch it now-they are 3 3/4 and 5 1/4 years old.
It is a beautiful collection, but may not be for younger viewers to watch-they dont understand the concept of it all and may not keep their attention for very long.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Leopold Stokowski

DVD title: The L Word - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Jennifer Beals

DVD title: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Productgroup: DVD
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Pure Fun

This is not a film full of meaning, it is pure meaningless comedy!

It's characters are well done, and the writing is good. Good film to see with your wife, to reduce tension in the household.

Studio: HBO Home Video
Director: Joel Zwick
Nia Vardalos
John Corbett
Michael Constantine

DVD title: Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai
Productgroup: DVD
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A Dying Breed

this film is about two old-school codes for which modern society has not allowed a space. One being the Code of the Samurai, the other the code of the Cosa Nostra (the italian mob). Adherants to these codes are a dying breed and Ghost Dog illustrates this with wit, humor and elegance. The film also pays heavy attention to the culture of hip hop that seems to embrace and keep alive the dying ethics of the two codes. Jim Jarmusch's writing and direction of this film is poinient and funny. The acting is great in its humor and subtlety. One of the best elements of the film is the music. Produced by Wu Tang Clan elder, The RZA, the music flows in and out of the film carrying scene to the next scene on waves of dopeness. you cant help but bob your head.
this is a great film for anyone who apreciates the works of Jarmusch... and for all those who love hip hop..

Studio: Republic Studios
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Forest Whitaker
Henry Silva

DVD title: Blue Velvet
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the most unique and unsettling films of all time!

David Lynch's masterpiece film, Blue Velvet is an overpowering look at the evil that lurks amongst the normalities of everyday life. Boiled down to the basics, Blue Velvet is a good-guys vs. bad-guys crime story, but the subplots and emotional tensions create a film unlike any I have ever seen. This is not a film for those who are easily disturbed by troubling images, however, I think that anyone who watches it must be impressed by its total originality in the way it tells a story. As a matter of fact, this film is much more accessible to film lovers than many of Lynch's other films, in that the underlying plot is actually very straight-forward, and wraps up in a logical conclusion. Compare this to the mish-mash of something like Lost Highway, and it is easy to see why Blue Velvet has been hailed as such a brilliant piece of work. I must admit that the acting (except for Dennis Hopper's tremendous performance) overall is not of the highest caliper, but the overall force of the story renders this a moot point. This is a great movie, and any film lover who has not yet seen it should check out this fine DVD edition.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: David Lynch
Isabella Rossellini
Kyle MacLachlan
Dennis Hopper

DVD title: The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Although I say it is the "greatest" motion picture ever made, it is not the "best" motion picture ever made. Why is it the greatest? Impact. Of the myriad films that I have seen in my life, none has had such a gripping effect on me physically, mentally and spiritually. I left the screening with a knot in my chest. What, in fact, was the "impact?"
Certainly the graphic scourging of Jesus Christ, one of the most painful and truly agonizing sequences in film history, has much to do with it. The brutality of the Romans, who were masters of the art of torture, is depicted so realistically (and quite probably toned down in the film) that watching it was overwhelming. This is isn't meant to be a spoiler: just put on your seatbelts when you go see this movie. And you really should see it if you have a passion for the cinema. It's an astonishing piece of work, and the acting is flawless.
It has one weak scene that should simply be edited out: a brief flashback to establish that Jesus is a carpenter, in which he has just finished building a "modern" table, and his mother Mary says that the idea or concept will never catch on. That scene is a piece of creative license that I wouldn't have taken, although it's not entirely unforgivable. It's the film's only light moment. From there on, get ready for the most harrowing visual experience in human suffering that has ever been brought to the screen.
[...] Returning to the film, I found the violence extremely disturbing, but not the sort of violence that would breed or encourage violence. Let me explain: the violence in this film cannot be compared to the violence in movies like XXX, for example, which is purely for entertainment purposes in that type of pop-corn flick. The violence in The Passion is not intended to entertain. I cannot conceive a child or an adolescent wanting to immitate the violence in this film, as supposedly has been the case in connection with other TV shows and movies in the past. The depiction of violence here shows the extremes of man's inhumanity to man.
This motion picture is a difficult, painful, incredibly disturbing an enlightening experience. It took me at least a few hours to come down from its effect. Yes, it will deeply affect you, especially if you are a Christian as I am. Yet, I cannot classify it as a religious movie. It's the story of a man who preached perfect love, forgiveness, and peace, and who fell victim to envy and, consequently, was killed for no other crime than "love thy neighbor". That is the human aspect of the movie.
There is also the spiritual: the constant emotional and psychological flogging of the devil, played by a brilliant actress whose name escapes me; the reason why Jesus, called Yeshua, allowed himself to be captured, tortured and crucifiedwhen, as the Son of God, he had the power to prevent what he willingly did--to sacrifice his life for the redemption of mankind; and how he stripped the devil of all power by his death on the cross and resurrection. There is much, much more, but each viewer, based on her or his beliefs, will interpret the spiritual impact of the film upon them in their own way.
For students of film, this is a must. No movie is as powerful as this one. Period. It is a perfect example of the "power" of the seventh art, which is the cinema.
If there is a must-see movie thus far this millennium, it is this masterpiece! Parents should take heed to the R rating!!! It's visually too overwhelming for small children. But for mature adults, highly recommended! But do fasten your seatbelts, as I said. It is one astonishing ride!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Mel Gibson
James Caviezel
Monica Bellucci

DVD title: Elf (Infinifilm Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Is it true?

At first,I did'nt think this movie would be good at all,Especially in the begging.But,when it got into the middle of the movie me and my friend started to laugh,Especially when he gets run over by a car!!I recommend this movie to everybody,even the soundtrack.Kids and grownups will laugh at elf(Will Ferrell)and his hillarious sense of humor.When Will wants to find his dad,he realized he is in the nauty list.Will tries to cheer his dad up with his hallarious sense of humor.I think this is a very good movie and whoever thinks their too cool for this movie but think they are good enough for Yu Gi Oh(might be spelling mistake)they are wrong.this is a good movie that both kids and grownups will like that I have seen in years.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jon Favreau
Will Ferrell
Bob Newhart
Edward Asner

DVD title: Verdi - Nabucco / Muti, Bruson, Dimitrova, Burchuladze, Becaria, Pierotti, La Scala
Productgroup: DVD
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World-class entertainment

The production is superb, the singers are excellent. I have seen this opera "live" but must confess that this DVD was more satisfying than the ones I attended (and we had the best seats in the hall). Based on a review I read here before buying it I expected poor quality sound and picture, but I still wanted it for the cast involved. I must say that on my equipment the sound is great and the picture quality is very good (and I am very fussy on both these qualities). If you love this opera, get this DVD. You will want to play it often.

Studio: Kultur
Director: Brian Large

DVD title: The Last of the Mohicans
Productgroup: DVD
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Michael Mann's best movie!

Director Michael Mann's best film was without a doubt the The Last of the Mohicans. His adaption of James Fenimore Cooper's literary classic is fantastic... (though he wasn't wholy faithful to the original.) The cinematography is a work of genius and the musical score is beautiful... It really conveys the pioneering anti-authoritarian colonial spirit that America was built on. It's timely message also shows you why the self-reliant individualist has difficulty choosing between "wrong" and "wrong." Hawkeye is the personification of the laissez-faire individualist that longs for liberty, while seeking refuge from those who want to control, dictate, and ruin the lives of himself and his loved ones.
This movie will forever remain in my unofficial top 5 five flicks of all time list. In response to the last reviewer, one only has to read the political writings of Cooper to surmise that Hawkeye being "counter-culture" is a little off-base... This movie will remain a timely classic for the ages.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Michael Mann
Daniel Day-Lewis
Madeleine Stowe

DVD title: Stargate SG-1 Season 1 Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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Better Than the Movie!

If you liked Stargate the movie, you'll adore this series. If you found the movie a bit slow and pedestrian, you'll be very pleasantly surprised by the first season of this series which has the rare distinction of being better than the movie it is based on.
Stargate, SG-1, the series currently on cable and syndicated on FOX is a terrific scifi adventure show. In brief, the "Stargate" is an ancient relic which allows travel via worm-hole to numerous other planets. The classic sci-fi obstablce of language is creatively handled by the premise that these other cultures were "seeded" by the same aliens which potrayed ancient gods back in the time of the pharaohs (the same who built the pyramids). (Later is season one we are introduced to other aliens, including the Roswell greys such as "Thor").
The cast benefited from some useful changes from the movie to the series. "Jack" the leader is now played by Richard Dean Anderson (originally played by Kurt Russel in the movie). He is less sullen and has a "daffy side" which makes an otherwise straight military character more intersting. David Spader has been replaced by Michael Shanks ("Daniel Jackson"). The cast is nicely rounded out with two new additions. Amanda Tapping plays the brilliant physicist "Capt. (Dr.) Samantha Carter" (a millitary woman to the core, but with a soft side) and Christopher Judge playing "Teal'c" a jaffa turned good guy who makes good use of ironic facial expressions.
The series begins right where the movie left off. The first episode Jack has to go back to Abydos to retrieve Daniel Jackson, who is now married to a local woman. By the end of the first episode the team is a well established entity and the action is fast and engaging. The series clips along at nearly the pace of the TV series "24". Each episode builds on the last, yet stands alone nicely.
The series culminates in a 3 part cliff hanger with the fate of SG-1 and indeed all of earth in the balance. You can sit and watch this series all the way through and not be bored. Before you start you'll want to order the second season!

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Stargate Sg-1
Richard Anderson

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