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DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Nothing is ever as it seems...

People like to rag on this movie for being too violent, too subversive, wholly pointless, or empty. I bit my lip, and sat down to watch Fight Club, more than a little afraid that I would find I had wasted my money on the DVD. I hadn't. The movie itself is fanstastic, gross and violent, but fantastic. Reviews against the film claim it is "overly violent", or preaches a twisted mentality. The violence? Not as bad as, say, Saving Private Ryan, but more personal. The typicaly fight in a movie may have blood, but few real sound effects. These guys get hurt, you see and hear to fist-on-face-on-concrete effects. The audience is supposed to wince. As for Tyler's mentality-- That's up to interpertation. But the movie doesn't seem to revel in it, instead, Fight Club points toward thinking for yourself. Blindly following the orders of anyone is condemned, be they boss or leader of a revolution. The visuals, the dialogue, the cast, the soundtrack. All of it is perfect. Something you really have to see to believe. As for the DVD presentation? Also amazing. It's made to look like something tossed in a paper sack, but this DVD set is definately a keeper. Aside from the luxury of being able to pause on the exact frame of the early-movie anamolies (Which is pretty fun to do the second or third time through), the 2-disc set is loaded with fancy extras. Four seperate commentary tracks, deleted scenes, behind the scenes, technical explanations, trailers, teasers, commercials, PSA's, and even a THX television-optimization section. The only downside? Cardboard packaging. Cardboard wears out, and with the number of times I keep returning to this set, I'll need a new case by the end of the year. All in all, a solid DVD release. A must have for fans of the movie, and worthwhile to check out either way, just to see the true potential for DVDs.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt

DVD title: Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
Blade Runner (The Director's Cut) - movie DVD cover picture
Most are wrong ...

I give this a 1-star rating for Director's Cut. The original version rated 5 stars. The DC removed much vital information, like the background to the exchange when Decker is picked up to be forced back into work as a BR. The DC also inserted an idiotic scene of a unicorn trapsing through a glade - looked like it was lifted directly from "Legend."
I would venture that some preponderance of the intelligentsia expressing preference for the DC saw the OV first, thus they have already been exposed to the background info before seeing the DC. If you see the DC first, good luck. I wouldn't recommend seeing the DC at all. The OV is one of my favorite films. I resent that people who feel they know what the rest of the population's tastes "should" be have determined which version we may view.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer
Sean Young

DVD title: Sailor Moon Super S - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
Sailor Moon Super S - The Movie - movie DVD cover picture

Everyone says this movie was sooo bad! But I think its the best! I like the S movie is the second best! SuperS is more action-like, and makes more sense. Plus I just like Chibiusa and Usagi ;D

Studio: Pioneer Video

DVD title: Dirty Dancing (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Dirty Dancing (Collector's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Good Movie...BETTER on DVD!!!!

This movie is the BEST that it's ever been. The color, sound and quality are crisp and clean, especially the sound. There are great extras including music videos of "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", "She's Like The Wind", and "Hungry eyes",a Behind the Scenes, the trailer, the live in concert and a making of featurette. Watching this made me fall in love with Dirty Dancing all over again. Get this DVD, it is a great example of what a DVD should offer!

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Emile Ardolino
Jennifer Grey
Patrick Swayze

DVD title: The Last Unicorn
Productgroup: DVD
The Last Unicorn - movie DVD cover picture
The Last Unicorn - it stays with you...

One of the best things about this movie is how faithful an adaptation it is from the book. And no wonder. It was scripted by Peter S. Beagle the man who wrote the fantasty classic. So many phrases and happenings mirorr exactly the book that it's a good idea to have a copy while you're watching the movie. The animation isn't great here but the voices suit the characters well and it ends up being a great movie. Buy it!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Jeff Bridges
Mia Farrow
Angela Lansbury

DVD title: The Wrong Guy
Productgroup: DVD
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Hilarious Movie...A Bizarro Fugitive!

What I love about the "Wrong Guy" is its twisted sense of humor--which you expect from Dave Foley who was in Kids in the Hall. It is also written by David Higgins (from the ELLEN show and Higgins Boys & Gruber) and Jay Kogen (who wrote a lot of the best Simpsons episodes from the early seasons). The premise is essentially "What if you thought you were wanted for murder but nobody was chasing you?" What starts as a broad farce evolves into a clever satire of The Fugitive movie and TV series. There is one hilarious joke that creeps up on you when Foley finds himself caught in a classic feud between a farmer and the local bank while hiding out in a small town. Buy it now and laugh.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: David Steinberg

DVD title: The Awful Truth - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
The Awful Truth - The Complete First Season - movie DVD cover picture
have fun and revolt at the same time!

If you're a Michael Moore fan, this is essential for you. Roger & Me should probably be the first thing you see, but after that the best thing I think would be the first season of the Awful Truth. Moore goes after all the targets you thought needed to be attacked, and a few you wouldn't have thought of. (Who outside of Ohio had heard of that chicken coop with 11 million birds?) If you're liberal at all, you'll have a ton of fun seeing Moore heading into corporate headquarters and demanding a change (his specialty) and, surprisingly, getting his way a lot of times, going after those pesky Clinton impeachment folk, and otherwise trying to give the working man his fair share. You'll be a better person having seen it.

Director: Michael Moore (II)

DVD title: True Believer
Productgroup: DVD
True Believer - movie DVD cover picture
A must for all James Woods junkies!

As a lawyer who has been both prosecutor and public defender, I have to say this is my favorite movie about lawyers and my favorite James Woods performance. I get goosebumps every time I hear his speech about ..."the only good fight is one you win!", said with the passion and spite that only James Woods has perfected. His comment on plea bargaining, that "..this isn't ... Yale, he [the client] doesn't care if we go down but go down nobly. He's looking at 40 years of hard time, and he bet it all on me!" James Woods looks good with a pony tail, and the opening scene where his new intern, played by Robert Downey, Jr., mistakes him for the cocaine dealer is hilarious. So is the scene where Downey tells Woods he is quitting because he is "tired of using exalted legal principles to get off guilty little pricks". (I bet Downey was glad for those exalted legal principles in his own case.) I have to disagree with the comment that this movie realistically portrays the "insidious relationship between police, district attorneys and their snitches". I wholeheartedly doubt that the frame at the heart of this movie is routine anywhere in the United States. But the movie does say something meaningful about the tragedy that happens when good people with good motives go too far. I knew this movie was a touchstone when someone used Downey's line on me during a job interview where I was seeking to hire an assistant district attorney. He didn't get the job, but I haven't forgotten him-and you won't forget this movie.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Joseph Ruben
James Woods
Robert Downey Jr.

DVD title: The Ugly Dachshund
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Norman Tokar
Dean Jones
Suzanne Pleshette

DVD title: The Woman in Black
Productgroup: DVD
The Woman in Black - movie DVD cover picture creeped ME out.

I liked this movie a lot. The atmosphere, the woman in black, the story, but it didn't scare me at all. I think I've been ruined when it comes to ghost stories. I can't find anything that scares me anymore. When I was a kid I had the daylights scared out of me by the Exorcist. Now when I watch it I don't even flinch. Strange how things change. I love ghost stories and this one delivers quite well for being a made-for-TV movie. I especially liked how the movie immerses you in the period and the house is so interesting I wish I could have walked through the set. Maybe it's just England, but the creepy atmosphere really adds to the movie. I agree with other reviews: They could have used more of the house to further the story and they could have gotten more in-depth with the story of the woman in black. This movie would have been a lot better if there had been more story and more scary scenes. As it is, it's an excellent film, but it just didn't scare me like I wanted. Maybe that's not saying much. <shrug> 4 stars for atmosphere, minus 1 because I wasn't scared at all. Just because it didn't scare me doesn't mean it won't scare you. It's definitely worthy of any horror collection.

Studio: Bfs Entertainment & Multimedia
Director: Herbert Wise

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