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DVD title: Nurse Betty
Productgroup: DVD
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Nothing is as Simple as it Appears

I have read that this movie is described as a comedy. It is true, and it is hysterical at times--really fun-- but it is MUCH more than that. I think that the screenplay for this movie is a full tilt bust out origional faboo blast of a screenplay, almost Shakepearean in depth (now don't get turned off!!!), and the actors rose to the occasion in the way that only Morgan Freeman, who is a true great adding depth to everything he touches, Chris Rock, who is stunning in a mostly dramatic and more sinister role than usual in this, and Renee Zellweger, one of our most underrated actresses--a total peach who got the part of a lifetime in Nurse Betty ,and my personal favorite second banana, Greg Kinnear, who is divine in this film--the man can do anything thrown his way--Anyway, what I am trying to say MUST see this. They rose to the occasion and blew it out for us. And then think abut how nothing is as it seems. For that is the point of this charming, yet sometimes quite graphically violent movie. This movie is unique. The people are not who they are, the story is not what you think, and you're in for the ride of your life. By the time you're halfway there, chasing amiable, if driven, amnesiac Betty accross the country, it seems that picturing her in Dorothy from Kansas' gingham dress while standing in a dimly lit Grand Canyon with hitman Morgan Freeman looking adoringly at her is going to make plenty of sense. And why not indeed.
Now see this movie. It is a remarkable morality play with incredible charm, class, and demented fun and what you read into it, yourself, in every aspect.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Neil LaBute
Morgan Freeman
Renée Zellweger
Chris Rock

DVD title: The Comedy of Terrors / The Raven
Productgroup: DVD
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Actually, these are TWO superb "Comedies of Terror!"

_I don't usually review many films, but this double feature by MGM's Midnight Movies is just too marvelous an experience and value to not comment on. These are two of my favorite films from a time when a Vincent Price horror movie was a trusted and reliable product of quality. I still remember watching these films as a boy at the Saturday matinee.

_First of all, you have the great Vincent Price at the top of his form. If that is not enough for you, then there are such movie greats as Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone as costars. They all excel at playing genuine, unforced comedy- who knew? You even have Jack Nicholson early in his career. The scripts for both are by the master of the unconventional tale, Richard Matheson.

_"The Raven" is a story of rival sorcerers in the late Middle Ages. There is something about the comedic interplay of the characters that makes it rather more believable than less so. And the special effects are truly well done for a film of this period and budget. Corman is on the record as saying that this is his favorite of the films that he did of the series.

_"The Comedy of Terrors" is an excellent tongue in cheek farce of the traditional gothic and horror genre. It deals with a 19th century family of undertakers that go out of their way to "create" business when things get a little slow....

_The special features are truly a cut above on this offering. First of all, you get the theatrical trailers for both films (and American International trailers were an art form in themselves.) Then you get Roger Corman talking about these, and the related films, of this period. But, by far the best feature is the writer of both films, Richard Matheson, reflecting upon them. This interview goes far beyond the usual with reflections on the metaphysical ramifications of his writing- and even the purpose of life. It hit me as a shock some years ago to realize just how many of the films, television shows, and books that I have loved throughout my life were all written by this one great, great storyteller.

_Even the case of this DVD is excellent with its depiction of the original movie posters.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Vincent Price
Peter Lorre
Boris Karloff

DVD title: Descendants of Darkness - Demons Reckon (Vol. 4)
Productgroup: DVD
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It's HI-SO-KA!

Erm... First off, his name is HISOKA. ^^Secondly, this series is an amazing one. Sadly, I do not believe there is a sequal. If you're a die hard fan, I suggest watching the subbed version, as the Japanese vocal work is considerably more enjoyable than that of the English version. (This is my opinion, and is shared by many fans I've talked to...)As mentioned in the "review" (which as another reader gripped before, is essentially a spoiler), homosexuality is implied. Whether it limited to the twisted 40 year old rapist/murderer Muraki, depends on the viewer's interpretation. To shounen-ai fans, it seems quite obvious there is an underlying "something" between Hisoka and Tsuzuki. But this could be just as readily taken as a strong platonic partnership between the two. So if you're looking for frequent make-out scenes between two guys, might I suggest a little series called "Gravitation?" ^^~Narusegawa Megumi

Studio: Central Park Media C
Director: Hiroko Takita

DVD title: American Pie/American Pie 2 (Unrated/ Widescreen)
Productgroup: DVD
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Good value for great comedy

The two-pack of American Pie and American Pie 2 is a good value for the money. The bonus material on the DVDs is a nice addition to this collection.

Studio: Universal Studios
Jason Biggs
Chris Klein
Thomas Ian Nicholas

DVD title: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957 Television Production)
Productgroup: DVD
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at last!

This release of the original telecast of RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA has been well worth the wait! After being one of the most-requested home video titles, at last we can add this historic programme to our collections.

In 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein penned their own musical version of Charles Perrault's fairytale 'Cinderella', to be performed live on television. Julie Andrews (who was starring on Broadway in MY FAIR LADY at the time) was selected to play the title waif. The score and script were largely tailored to her unique talents.

The supporting cast included Broadway 'royal couple' Dorothy Stickney and Howard Lindsay as the King and Queen, with Ilka Chase as the Stepmother. Alice Ghostley and Kaye Ballard played Stepsisters Portia and Joy. Jon Cypher played the Prince with Edie Adams a glamorous and witty Fairy Godmother.

The script by Hammerstein is tight and clever (easily better than Joseph Schrank's for the 1965 television remake). The book is sharp and witty, full of hilarious scenes for the Stepsisters and the King and Queen. Julie Andrews is far more defiant and heartbreaking in the role of Cinderella than Lesley Ann Warren (and let's not mention Brandy).

As much as I adore the Lesley Ann Warren version, I like this version much more. The only reason why the 1965 version has got it's reputation is because the original was out of circulation. Now we can all make up our minds which version is the superior, though the conclusion is obvious!

This DVD includes some great extras with a documentary featuring new interviews with Julie Andrews, Edie Adams, Kaye Ballard and Jon Cypher, as well as an optional filmed introduction by Andrews. There are also some image galleries and the Rodgers and Hammerstein appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Impossible things are happening every day, and they must be for this original version of CINDERELLA to finally be released on DVD!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Ralph Nelson
Julie Andrews
Ilka Chase
Edie Adams

DVD title: The Avengers - The Complete Emma Peel Megaset
Productgroup: DVD
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Emma Galore!

I can still recall the first time I saw Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel. This was a breath of fresh air for female stars of this period. Honor Blackman's Kathy Gale had opened by eyes, a woman dressed in leather and pants(!) and could hold her own, was intelligent, and did not always need the male to ride to her rescue, WOW! This was totally missing from the women role models on telly in that era. Diana Rigg took that foundation and really made it her own, so everyone quickly forgot about the woman who came before Mrs. Peel. Young girls of today cannot begin to understand what reinforcing role model this was to the "new image" of women. They have no idea how it was frowned upon for women to wear pants. I recall being in the US at a restaurant in the late 60s and it has a sign up behind the register "women in pants will not be served"! Hard to believe, but yes that was the attitude for women's dress of that day. So Emma was the new wave for the independent woman. And what a role model! She was charming, beautiful, but depended upon her mind more than her body. She dressed in Carnaby street stylish jumpsuits, boots, drove like a demon and fought like a man. The whole time with a twinkle in the eye! She was gorgeous, but in a very real way, and wow, did I want to be Emma Peel when I grew up!

I have many of these episodes on tape, but to have them in pristine condition on DVD, it's just a thrill. She and Patrick Macnee, created sparks, though they romance was kept at a distance, and more importantly, they respected each other. So this was a series that was ahead of it's time and with two classy actors, that took the world - and my heart and imagination - by storm.

I still wanna be Emma Peel!!

Studio: A & E Entertainment
Diana Rigg

DVD title: Undercover Blues
Productgroup: DVD
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an all time great movie

We watch this movie over and over and never get tired of it--we can practically say it line for line. It is very funny--a good movie to watch after a long day.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Herbert Ross
Kathleen Turner
Dennis Quaid

DVD title: Blood Reign - Curse of the Yoma
Productgroup: DVD
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better then average

Not perfect but, great mystery surrounds the whole movie because the Yoma are never fully explained. There could have been more conflict and fighting; this is no Vampire Hunter D or Ninja Scroll. The artwork is beautiful and the Yoma themselves are interesting, taking the forms of regular animals on earth and still containing their supernatural abilities.

Studio: A.D. Vision

DVD title: Treasure Planet
Productgroup: DVD
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There's a reason it's now my favourite movie ....

Moviegoers cannot glance once at this movie and criticise or review it. Yes, it's a Disney film; yes, it's based upon {what I believe to be} a wonderful, classic novel; yes, most would look at it as your typical cartoon. Personally, it stole my heart.
I don't believe in comparison - comparing anime dubs to the original, the book to the movie - and the same goes for this. This cannot compare to 'Treasure Island,' and vice versa, not only for the fact that they aren't the same. Don't ever compare; it's like comparing apples and oranges and finding the orange better because it's orange. This is my disclaimer.
I love the plot, of course. The characters were incredibly lovable to me; I was guilty of finding myself completely charmed by John Silver's hearty chuckle; I giggled madly at Morph and his adorable nature; Captain Amelia just made me grin wickedly on the inside at her wit; I despised Scroop, as you're supposed to - I believed in his malice; I was proud of Jim, I felt for him; even BEN - probably the only part of the movie I wince a bit at - I think was cute and lovable in his own little robotic way. The animation is just beautiful; astounding, even. The effects and the work put into it is phenomenal.
I'm not entirely biased; I saw this movie fifteen times, and am namely obsessed, but I do see its flaws. And they are there. But I believe that if you're open-minded and can see its adorable Disney messages within this wonderfully put-together film, then it's a perfect recommendation. If Morph doesn't charm the pants off of you, the sight of Monstressor or Treasure Planet ... or the RLS Legacy ... will. This movie is spectacular - go get it. ^_^

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Martin Short
Emma Thompson

DVD title: Jerry Maguire
Productgroup: DVD
Jerry Maguire - movie DVD cover picture
One Of My Favorite Movies.

I love this movie. I'm writing this review just after I've viewed the movie. I usually write longer reviews, but I don't feel this movie calls for one. It's funny, serious, and will definitely leave you feeling good. The acting is just wonderful, and the three main characters (Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Renee Zelwegger) are all great and memorable (as is the nanny, haha. Or, "Child Technician". Yeah, anyways...). Buy it, rent it, borrow it, whatever. Watch this movie. I don't think you'll regret it. That's all I wanna say.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Cameron Crowe
Tom Cruise
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Renée Zellweger

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