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DVD title: The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 2 (City Lights / The Circus / The Kid / A King in New York / A Woman of Paris / Monsieur Verdoux / The Chaplin Revue / Charlie - The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin)
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The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 2 (City Lights / The Circus / The Kid / A King in New York / A Woman of Paris / Monsieur Verdoux / The Chaplin Revue / Charlie - The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin) - movie DVD cover picture
Nothing Short of Excellent


The French have done it again! A French company nontheless, have remastered and put-together these brilliant and extremely well-crafted DVDs of Charlie Chaplin's great movie classics. These aren't just the movie, done satisfactorily - these are DVDs that fully understand that Chaplin was a genius and his works were masterpieces to be preserved for all time!
Fans could wish for little better than this box set. There's almost too much here - but none of it is overkill, redundant, or "fluff" in any way. The movies within this box set should set a precedent in standards of exactly how to preserve a legendary film masterpice and prepare it for the mass-market in a way that is profitable, attractive, and yet all the while deserving of it's material in every way.
The mastering on these DVDs is done to perfection and the picture & sound quality is top-notch! Thankfully, someone got the rights to distribute this material who isn't just in it for a quick buck. In other words, Chaplin's films fell into the right hands who treated them right and gave them the level of respect that they deserve to be shared with fans everywhere to enjoy in the fullest and richest way possible to date.
Too often, quick & dirty moneymaking beancounters get their filtty vampire hooks into a great classic and put it out cheaply to simply cash in quick, all the while robbing the fans of quality and presentation in the name of corporate "profit" alone. Not so with these DVDs of Charlie Chaplin's output! Quite the contrary: every effort seems to have been made to do this "right". God bless them too.
If you are a Chaplin fan, you surely will agree and be as thankful as I.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Charlie Chaplin



DVD title: White Christmas
Productgroup: DVD
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I don't care what generation you're part of...


...or what your tastes in movies or TV usually are. I care even less about anyone's threshold for what some people call "schmaltz". This story of two World War II Army buddies (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) and their postwar show business career has been a Holiday tradition for half a century now, and shows no sign of fading in the forseeable future. Unlike a lot of musical extravaganzas, this one has a not-too-shabby plot. Crosby and Kaye are manipulated into auditioning a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) in Florida and end up in a more than professional relationship with the girls. So they wind up in Vermont at the next stop on the sisters' tour, at a struggling ski lodge owned and operated by their old general (Dean Jagger). It doesn't help the success of the Old Man's civilian business venture that there's been no snow in the area since Thanksgiving. Crosby's fine baritone shines as per usual, Kaye reminds us that his main talent was always dance, Clooney was in perhaps the finest voice in her career, and I'm suprised that dancer/ singer Vera-Ellen wasn't that well-known outside this film. I think this film was the stepping-stone for Jagger to his role as the principal in TV's "Mr. Novak". Anne Whitfield is adequately sweet-young-thing as the general's granddaughter Susan, much in the manner of Elinor Donahue in "Father Knows Best". We all know the signature tunes here. The title song, of course. The Clooney/ Vera-Ellen duet "Sisters", which also enjoyed radio success at the time. But a few other numbers here bear note as well. The Kaye/ Vera-Ellen dance number "The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing". The pointedly satirical "Choreography", a telling shot at the artsy direction stage dance performance was taking at the time. The signature Clooney torch song "Love You Didn't Do Right By Me". With all that in the show, it isn't too diffucult to let the rather trite "What Can You Do With a General" skate a bit. As a movie fan, I'm into Trek, Bond, flicks of Tom Clancy origin. I'm bonkers about the new "Lord Of the Ring" trilogy. As a music fan, my main addiction is progressive, I've loved Miles and Brubeck since junior high, I have a certain nostalgia for blues metal trios like Grand Funk and Cream. But I feel that an appreciation for "White Christmas" transcends genre boundaries. Sure it's brazenly sentimental. But isn't that what Christmas entertainment is supposed to be?

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Michael Curtiz
Actors:
Bing Crosby
Danny Kaye
Rosemary Clooney




DVD title: Family Guy, Vol. 2 (Season 3)
Productgroup: DVD
Family Guy, Vol. 2 (Season 3) - movie DVD cover picture
Lucky there's a Family Guy.....


When I first saw this show, I couldn't get interested. Probably because I wasn't ready at the time for it's humor. But a year later I caught an episode that absolutely floored me. That episode would be season 3's "Screwed the Pooch". I laughed so hard at this one particular episode that I literally stopped breathing for a full minute. So I had to hunt the rest of them down to see what I had been missing, and have not been disappointed. I went through [alot] to get volume one (2 Best Buys and 2 Circuit Citys were sold out...they had no idea it was so popular), but I have it in all it's creamy yellow goodness. Now let's see if I can survive the laughter until September...

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Seth Macfarlane



DVD title: The Road to Morocco
Productgroup: DVD
The Road to Morocco - movie DVD cover picture
The Best


I have seen all of the Road to's and I think this is the best on yet.I can watch it over a million times and still think that they are funny. They are the best team ever.They have many more great songs in this movie like..... "moonlight becomes you"A hole in my shoe" and my personal favorite "Were of on the Road to Morocco"I think the best scene is when Bing and Bob are in the desert, and they see a Dorthy Lamour mirage, and all three of them sing "moonlight becomes you" and they all exchange vocies. It is a utterly slap-happy picture.I advise anyone who like Bing and Bob to buy this movie! not to rent because you can't ever see it enough!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: David Butler
Actors:
Bing Crosby
Bob Hope
Dorothy Lamour




DVD title: Troy (Two-Disc Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Spectacular


Troy is a thrilling movie that recreates the world of Homer's Illiad. Brad Pitt does an excellent job as the troubled hero Achilles. He brings a lot of passion and energy to the role that many other Hollywood actors wouldn't be able to do. Eric Bana also performs well as Hector, the pure hero of this adventure. His honor and loyalty to his family will bring a tear to your eye. The battle scenes are well made, and in particular, the battle between Achilles and Hector is spectacular. It has a solid reality that we haven't seen recently in this age of wire action. Reality is the focus of this movie. The gods and the supernatural elements of the story have been eliminated. In my opinion, this is a good thing. If the gods had been inserted, we would have been subjected to some severely cheesy special effects and lots of men with white beards wearing togas. The supernatural element works well in the book, but it would have been unsuitable on the silver screen. Basically, if you enjoyed Gladiator, you'll enjoy this. The feel of this film is pretty close to that of Gladiator.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Actors:
Brad Pitt
Eric Bana
Orlando Bloom




DVD title: Fail-safe (Special Edition)
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Gripping and Devastating !!


Awesome film. What got me hooked was Henry Fonda playing the President negotiating with the Russian President with the use of Larry Hagman as the interpreter. The ending ( which to me was totally unexpected) blew me away completely. A classic. A+.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors:
Walter Matthau
Fritz Weaver
Henry Fonda




DVD title: Antonia's Line
Productgroup: DVD
Antonia's Line - movie DVD cover picture
This is by far my favorite movie . . .


. . . which is actually quite extraordinary, since I usually like so many different things for their own individual reasons that I can never choose favorites. If you are a lover of the beauty that can evolve within a story, watch this movie. You will not regret it. In fact, like me, you may even find yourself renting it over and over and over again until finally you find yourself searhing for it in cyberspace during the wee hours of the night!

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Marleen Gorris
Actors:
Marleen Gorris
Willeke van Ammelrooy
Veerle van Overloop
Jan Decleir




DVD title: Velvet Goldmine
Productgroup: DVD
Velvet Goldmine - movie DVD cover picture
i love'd it


i love the movie velvet goldmine...it shows the 70's at the greatest...it truely shows glam rock at it's best!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Todd Haynes
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers




DVD title: Pickup on South Street - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
Pickup on South Street - Criterion Collection - movie DVD cover picture
A FILM WITH A HARD EDGE.


A rough and brutal melodrama set against the backdrop of New York's seedy underworld which delves into the secret workings of federal agents and Communist spies. Widmark plays the petty crook, the proverbial three-time loser, whose actions are motivated solely by greed. When he lifts a wallet from the purse of Jean Peters, he gets himself into deeper trouble than he could ever imagine...A truly provocative film, PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET was originally a simple story about drug pushers. Originally cast in the Peters role was Betty Grable(!). Shelley Winters was also considered (a much better choice). This film is quite complex with some intricate depth: miles beyond a mere anti-Communism film - this was filmed during the infamous McCarthy era - it unfortunately is viewed as such by many. Thelma Ritter steals the show as the seedy but much-loved Moe. The viewer is captivated by her natural acting technique: when she dies by Kiley's wicked hand while listening to the phonograph, the viewer is spellbound. Ritter won an Oscar nomination for her outstanding work.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Samuel Fuller
Actors:
Richard Widmark
Jean Peters




DVD title: The Fast and the Furious (Widescreen Tricked Out Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Fast and the Furious (Widescreen Tricked Out Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
The best movie ever


This Is so far the best Vin Diesel movie i have ever seen. I love Vin Diesel's charactor Domanique, Dom. It is the best.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Rob Cohen
Actors:
Paul Walker
Vin Diesel




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