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DVD title: American Pie (Widescreen Unrated Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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There is something about this movie that immediately reminds me of Fast Times at Ridgemont High(1982, Sean Penn, et. al)...sort of a late 90's, perverted recreation of it. It blends the day-to-day culture and situations of typical American high school students with overwhelming hilarity; at the same time covering subject matter such as "commitment," "sex," and "true love." I have to say that American Pie was just a bit more hilarious than Fast Times at Ridgemont High, while at the same time putting old 80's social issues in the background (i.e. unwanted pregnancies, infidelity) and replacing it with "pseudo-serious" issues. It is a perfect reflection of direct and to-the-point 90's comedy and far-out fun.

Studio: Universal Studios
Jason Biggs
Chris Klein
Thomas Ian Nicholas

DVD title: Alexandria Trilogy Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Great quality, at times too much art

I am going to divide my review to three parts, the basic reproduction / packaging, the subtitles and last the actual art:
The basic reproduction is good in comparison to any other Egyptian movies you can buy. Good is by no means very good nor excellent
The subtitling is very poor. It is very clear and will help keep non-Arabic speakers in the game, but it is seriously inaccurate and in my view often distorts the meaning of the movie. I was particularly amazed to see things like "damn you all" being translated into "fxxk you all". It is truly absurd to subtitle anger into profanity
As to Youssif Chahine own work, it is very clever, at times way too clever. The symbolism goes to the extreme that you just end up going in circle. See how clever and symbolic I can be
The presentation of the gay side of Mourad is certainly brave, but does not seem to be much more than a "dare" game, often it is unclear why it is there and what impact does it have on the whole thing, except for possibly the middle film
As to the camera work, direction, music, acting etc. it is all excellent, well above anything else coming out of Egypt in the last 25 years or so. The real shame is to be the only really good moviemaker in Egypt and to use this to make such narrow movies with too much symbolism.
At any rate, make no mistake about it this is great stuff

Studio: Fox Lorber
Youssef Chahine

DVD title: Striptease
Productgroup: DVD
Striptease - movie DVD cover picture
Cult classic

I like Striptease. It is such a fun movie to watch, especially on VH1. Striptease is forever a cult classic and is one of the best Golden Raspberry winning movies ever. If you are a fan of Razzie winners pick up this flick.

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: Andrew Bergman
Demi Moore
Burt Reynolds

DVD title: An Evening with the Dixie Chicks
Productgroup: DVD
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This DVD Rocks!!!!!

This DVD has something for everyone!!! The Dixie Chicks put on one heck of a live show. If you are a long time fan of the Chicks or you are just a curious music lover who wants to see what all of the fuss is about, this DVD is for you. The set list is comprised mostly of their "Home" album, but contains a few old favorites like "Goodbye Earl", "Sin Wagon" and "Cowboy Take Me Away." The Energy of this performance is off the chart, and is well worth the low price of admission. The audio is crisp and clear and was remastered in dolby digital 5.1 surround sound for all of you home theater buffs. So in short, if you want to see a group of very talented musicians play some of the best music to come out of Nashville in years, put this DVD in your shopping cart.

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Director: Joel Gallen

DVD title: Santana - Supernatural Live - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
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So tight it hurts!!!

I attended this blew me away...Smooth was a fabulous song that got a lot of airplay as did Maria Maria but there are some many tunes on this tasty DVD that just smoke and ooze raw energy that you never get tired of it. Buy it or you'll never know true music nirvana.

Studio: Bmg/Arista
Dave Matthews

DVD title: Rushmore
Productgroup: DVD
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A fresh, delightful, poignant film.

It is such a shame that this movie did not last long in the theaters. It is truly an intelligent, well written film. I am still in awe of the impressive performance of Jason Schwartzman's over-acheiving Max Fisher was absolutly incredible. I can't believe this young man of fifteen did such a fine job. The dialogue is sharp and witty. I wish there were more films like "Rushmore".

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Wes Anderson
Jason Schwartzman
Bill Murray

DVD title: Longitude
Productgroup: DVD
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A wonderful fictionalized story of the Harrison saga

I initially purchased this work for use with a 5th grade class doing an exploration of the problems surrounding the need for calculating longitude in early exploration and seagoing. My 5th grade class was riveted by excerpts from the story and always disappointed when we had to shut off the VCR to attend to the hands-on aspect of the project! They weren't alone as I have easily watched this work three times with pleasure. Based on the book by Dava Sobel, Longitude shows the typical A&E high quality stamp (particularly the network's talent for authentic sea and period pieces) by juxtaposing Rupert Gould's early 20th century restoration of the Harrison clocks with the actual story of Harrison's lifetime struggle for perfection and recognition. Both stories are compelling and the acting of high quality. A highly recommended series for private and academic collections.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Director: Charles Sturridge

DVD title: Mommie Dearest
Productgroup: DVD
Mommie Dearest - movie DVD cover picture
no more wire hangers ever

mommie dearest is one of the greatest perfomances of faye dunaways career. a superb actress who brings it all out in a 2 hour span. it's good to see the real truth behind some of the closed doors of early hollywood.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Frank Perry
Faye Dunaway
Diana Scarwid

DVD title: Joseph (The Bible Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
Joseph (The Bible Collection) - movie DVD cover picture

My God, i have never seen the story of Joseph in this light. I had no idea how commited, humble and faithful Joseph was in the bible. What watching this movie did for me is to reevalute my life and it caused me togo higher in intergrity at work, school and everywhere in my life and in addition, it made me realise how much everything i did was mediocre and how much i needed to live a life of excellence in everything that i did. It showed me that God is always faithful and that he is a rewarder of those who deligently seek him. Joseph suffered for like 13 years, but he spent the rest of his 70 something years in complete abundance in God. This movie has really been a blessing and i encourage everyone to get a copy of it. Believe me your life will never be the same.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Roger Young

DVD title: Thundercats - Season One, Volume One
Productgroup: DVD
Thundercats - Season One, Volume One - movie DVD cover picture
Can't Wait!!!

This DVD is long overdue! Finally Thundercats fans are given the respect they deserve! This is the first of Many Boxed sets for the Thundercats series and is a MUST buy! there is confirmation of volume 2 and rumours of the entire set being released by 2006, but Make sure all you other Thundercats fans buy this so that we are guaranteed to see the entire series get released on dvd! it would be such a shame for it to be slumped half way because of poor sales! so all you fans out their remember to do your part! Thundercats HOOOO!!

Studio: Warner Home Video

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