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DVD title: The Punisher
Productgroup: DVD
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Not going to be bad!!!!

now i never seen the original but i'm gonna but by the look's of this it look's like it will be an action flick with alot of unique fight sequences that we are not used to. also its gonna be neat to see kevin nash (in popye outfit) squar off with the punisher. this movie is for action fans with a good plot.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Laura Harring
Thomas Jane

DVD title: A Night at the Opera
Productgroup: DVD
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The best comedy in Hollywood!

The Marx Brothers have done their absolute best in this picture. I couldn't stop laughing! A couple of scenes I like is when Groucho is ordering food from the steward and he's telling him what to order, and Chico is inside Groucho's room which is a porthole: "..and two hard-boiled eggs." Harpo sounds his bicycle horn making a deep honking sound. "Make that three hard-boiled eggs." Groucho replies. A couple of scenes were boring, especially the ones with the opera singers. I also like it when the director of the opera company and the police go after the Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and an opera singer. Harpo is behind the curtain swinging around on the ropes trying to get away from the police only to make a real mess out of it. This movie will absolutely satisfy you with laughs from one of the greatest comedy teams ever!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Groucho Marx
Chico Marx

DVD title: Home Alone
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie for the family.

I absolutely loved this move, as well as my husband. It seems like everytime it's on we watch it. We think the best part is how he accomodates himself to being alone, like going to the grocery store and to the drugstore to buy a toothbrush. We also like the part where he befriends the neighbor who everyone thinks is crazy and wicked when he really is just lonely. We have friends whose 4 year old watches this movie at least three times a week and practically knows all the words by heart. So this makes it a very great family film and great to watch at family get-togethers or over the holidays!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Chris Columbus
Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci
Daniel Stern

DVD title: All About Eve
Productgroup: DVD
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All about everything

Of course, All About Eve is more than a chick flick even though the men, Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill) as Margo's beau, and Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) as a writer (and husband of Margo's best friend, Karen, played by Celest Holm) headed for Hollywood, take a back seat to the main action which is the playing out of the eternal power struggle between (take your pick: they all fit psychologically): youth and age, the daughter and the mother, the bride and the mother-in-law, the upstart and the established talent, the new and the old.
Bette Davis is excellent of course, and the role fits her like a glove. But what transfixed me as a child was the contrast between the wholesome good looks of Anne Baxter and her sneaky treachery. Could someone so pretty be so bad? I may have wondered who I would have preferred for a mother, Davis or Baxter, and perhaps have come away not knowing. For Bette Davis the luster had gone from those famous eyes, and so it was only natural that her character Margo feared the loss of love from men. Even that I understood as a child. And in Baxter, youth would be served and perhaps she could be forgiven the lies because time does not stand still for anyone, especially it does not stand still for a starlet.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Bette Davis
Anne Baxter

DVD title: Nip/Tuck - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Once I started watching nip/tuck I was HOOKED, it is so interesting and WAY better than the EXTREMELY OVER-RATED 's-- + the city'(R u going to hand over your $ 2 hear 4 dumb women talk about shoes (it doesn't matter if they r manolos!). As the series is about the lives of 2 plastic surgeons (Dr Christian Troy + Sean Macnamara), of course it contains graphic surgery scenes but if you don't mind that I think you'll find this really enjoyable. TRUST ME, THERE IS NEVER A DULL MOMENT (that is rare in most T.V shows around). I don't want 2 give anything away in case u have not seen the entire series.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Dylan Walsh

DVD title: Taxi Driver (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A gritty superhero story?

As I watched Taxi Driver for the first time in twenty-odd years, I was reminded of M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. Not because Unbreakable comes anywhere close to Taxi Driver in terms of cinematic merit, but because Taxi Driver seemed to be aiming at the same broad theme--a comic book-style hero in a gritty, adult world. Because, if anything, Travis Bickle seems to fit quite closely a real world Batman, enraged by the injustices of the world, unable to fit in, and ultimately taking the law into his own hands. He has a raw honesty--in sizing up people, in not being offended by a porn movie--and an uncontrollable urge to act on a primal sense of right and wrong.
Clearly, Travis is also more complex--and more disturbed--than the average comic book hero. After all, Scorcese is aiming for real life (as to which Unbreakable is a pale, upper-middle-class imitation), and Travis' own, flat reaction to his apparent "psychosis" (his lamentations about having "these thoughts" was particularly impressive) betray a condition that at least fits our preconceived notions of what it means to be mentally "ill." But, unlike so many "sane" people, Travis does the unthinkable--he speaks to people honestly and openly, he gets enraged by injustice and immorality (no one else in the movie seems to care very much about 12 year old prostitutes), he has a nobility about himself (not giving in to sexual temptation from Jodie Foster's character). And his apparent planning to attack a presidential candidate (the movie is never really clear as to whether he intends to harm the man, or even scare him) seems driven by the falsity of the candidate's message--his "we are the people" mantra echoing in a world where the common people (at least those encountered by Travis) are the last ones you'd want running things.
The ending is fascinating. Is it real or a fantasy? The clippings of newspaper articles, as the camera scans across the board, say Travis is dead, and then later that he is comatose, but recovering. I suspect that the ending is a dream, the hallucination of a dying man who has his nobility vindicated in the end by appreciative parents and a city that needs more men like him.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Cybill Shepherd
Jodie Foster

DVD title: Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker / Lezhina, Baranov, Kirov Ballet
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent traditional Nutcracker

With the complete absence of videos from the major Russian ballet companies after 1992/3, this live recording at the Mariinsky Theatre of Vassili Vainonen's "Nutcracker" as danced by the Kirov Ballet in 1993, has now attained the status of treasurable rarity. Headed by that magnificent little jewel Larissa Lezhnina (long since a leading ballerina with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam) and the charming Viktor Baranov, this recording gives a fair idea of this particular production which remains since its creation in 1938 one of Russia's most beloved "Nutcrackers". Part of Vainonen's lasting appeal is his ability to devise a choreography which superbly matches Tchaikovsky's at times monumental musical inspiration. The masterful Waltz of the Snowflakes, the Waltz of the Flowers, and the final Grand Pas de deux are excellent examples of his art.
A remarkable asset of this performance is the presence of the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, conducted by the incomparable Viktor Fedotov, one of the most able ballet conductors of our time.
Good video transfer and excellent digital sound.

Studio: Uni/Philips
Director: Igor Talankin

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent DVD of a Great Movie

I have seen The Fellowship of the Ring four times in theatres and now twice at home since purchasing the DVD on the first day it was available. I could watch it twice a day for the rest of my life and not get tired of it.
You don't need to have read the book. The story explains itself admirably as it goes along. If there's something you don't understand, just be patient-- it will get explained eventually. Yet it isn't overexplained either-- very little pure exposition.
I have only two complaints: (1) The movie is too short. (2) In remastering the soundtrack to issue the DVD they made the music too soft in comparison to the dialogue. One of the joys of the movie is the music, and there are times on the DVD where you can barely hear it.
Some people have complained that the movie isn't faithful to the book. OK, yes, there are changes in detail, and some events have been left out. Yet the net effect is to tighten up the plot and better justify some later events that otherwise seem to spring out of nowhere in the books. I think Tolkien himself would have liked it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Sex and the City - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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One Small Complaint

I don't think I can ad any more praise for this show. There are many rave reviews already listed. I love the show. It just keeps getting better every year. I bought the second series the instant it came out. I just have one small complaint. In the episode "Four Women and a Funeral", Samantha is saved from the bottom dwellings of New York society by John F. Kenedy Jr. while working to build Javier House. When the episode ran in reruns after the plane crash the show changed Carries narration to say Leonardo Di Caprio. I was hoping they would change it back to the original.

Studio: HBO Home Video
Sex & The City
Sarah Jessica Parker

DVD title: Gone With the Wind
Productgroup: DVD
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The Cinematography is....

Enough to rank this as a five star movie, but it so much more than that... I'm fascinated by its beauty and ability to romanticize a part of American History that was quite bloody and cruel!

It's an epic. One of the biggest Epics ever! A historical backdrop, with a twisted/unrequited "double" love story woven into its fabric. Not just the chance or hope of love from another, but love of the land and of a certain lifestyle.

It's a movie of growth for Scarlett and for our nation. It's a movie of great greed and selfishness, for Scarlett and our nation! It's also a story of lost chances and rueful regrets. The grass always looks greener on the other side, but beware! You could be pining after your neighbors' yard and miss the love growing and blooming in your own. Such was the case with Scarlett and Rhett.

Fantasies are a hard thing to let die, which is why I think Scarlett clung so tightly to her fantasy of Ashley. He represented all that she once new and I think in her eyes, he was a link to their once "golden" past and she didn't want to release that dream. What a spoiled brat she was...loveable one though... I did enjoy her tough, whatever it takes resolve. She's a twist of a heroine and a selfish indulgent child and Vivian Leigh played it to the hilt.

This film offers war, love, death and the endurance of the human spirit in the face of defeat. While it is written from a "romantic" Southern point of view, you can't help but to enjoy it. Not many films in those days encompassed such a range of the human experience. It was groundbreaking, as it should have been.

What I love most about GWTH it endures as a classic. When I started collecting DVD's this is one of the first I purchased, and when I'm feeling a certain kind of way, I pop this in..curl up under the covers and revel in its complicated beauty.

There is no way, I could have been a Southern Belle in those days, but I love this film nonetheless. It could have been so much more brutal and bloody, but instead, it is beautiful....and somedays, you just need high gloss and an imaginary dance with history. If I wish otherwise, I can watch a documentary, or seek out other "authentic" Civil War inspired films.

Sometimes, it's okay to coat a pill in sugar...and GWTH does just that.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Clark Gable
Vivien Leigh

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