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DVD title: The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
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One amoung the best


This is one amoung the dvds I prefered the best of home music entertainment. Recorded in both dts and pcm stereo I could play it on both dts and ordinary reciever or amplifier.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller



DVD title: Beautiful Thing
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautiful youth, beautiful Linda


I first saw this movie about four years ago and I am not sure if it's romanticism made me realize what I was not getting in my relationship, but shortly after viewing it for the "n"th time, my long-standing partnership came to an end. The beautiful things about this movie include the fact that neither boy is "beautiful" and therefore their relationship becomes a beautiful thing in and of itself. Mama Cass' music is also beautiful (surprises one to hear old music as in Muriel's Wedding wherein Abba's music delighted)and used very effectively. Linda Henry is probably the most beautiful thing in the movie. Her character is a role reversal with her boyfriend (i.e. male vs. female) and her performance leaves one breathless. Linda Henry belongs to that pantheon of award-neglected performers that includes the likes of Nichole Kidman in "To Die For" and the mother in "Muriel's Wedding." These actresses make one realize how utterly banal award ceremonies are and the beautiful thing about this movie is that you can watch it over and over again and find something new and beautiful in it each time. The cockney is thick but so are the emotions. This film is truly a beautiful thing and that cannot be repeated often enough.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Hettie MacDonald
Actors:
Linda Henry
Glen Berry




DVD title: Godzilla
Productgroup: DVD
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It was alright


I listen to alot of alternative music, but I thought Puff Daddy's song was pretty good. "Brainstew",by Green Day was awesome.I'm a big Green Day fan, so I thought "Brainstew was great.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Roland Emmerich
Actors:
Matthew Broderick
Jean Reno




DVD title: Message in a Bottle
Productgroup: DVD
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Not quite as good as the book, but still better than Titanic


This movie is one of the best love stories of all time. Although it is not quite as good as the book, this movie comes very close. The storyline begins simply enough, but turns into one of the most powerful movies ever made. If you like truly great cinema that delves into the hearts of the characters, Buy This Movie. Otherwise, buy the latest Pok?mon or Teletubbies release.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Luis Mandoki
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Robin Wright Penn
Paul Newman




DVD title: Schindler's List (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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An Unforgettable Work


Masterfully Directed, Vividly Depicted, and brimming with emotion and history, Stephen Spielberg's Schindler's List is a pure work of genius and a sobering look at a horrible time and realm of human history - early twentieth century Europe and the Holocaust. From frame one to its powerfully climactic conclusion, the film running 184 minutes long evokes for over three hours the viewers very humanity while tracing the life of one man - Oskar Schindler (Liam Nisen) in his experience and development throughout the war. It is a work of absolute grandeur and historic retelling, important both in its subject and delineation of a horrible time in human history. The film is hauntingly presented with a recurring theme of John William music that serves to draw the whole together and cast an eerie loom of darkness throughout the film. It is disturbingly open in its depiction of people place and events, a movie worth much more than most of its kind, inspired, and truthful. The film traces one man, historically based Oskar Schindler in his development throughout the war - World War II - and Holocaust. He is an unique individual, oven shown in the light of a hero, yet humanized by his own flaws among which alcoholism, womanizing and personal greed dominate. Not the immediate figure the viewer will identify as a hero, nor the modest gentle soul that he is often associated with, Oskar Schindler is a man in the war to make money and become rich, Jews, Nazis, conflict all foreign and unimportant aspects to an ultimate goal of success. A tall and built man that rises above the rest in his audacity and determination, not to mention collective and sociable character, Schindler is throughout the film a continual conflict to himself and his aspirations for success. A likable character that undergoes profound change throughout the film, Schindler becomes the hero the title of the movie suggests having given up his wealth and livelihood to save a few insignificant Jewish live ands having in the end played the Nazis for his own benefit. Yet, the film is most important in the way it depicts Oscar Schindler overall, as a well adapted man to war, and resourceful entrepreneur. He is popular and well liked, with high ranking powerful friends, and the wealth to enjoy all the benefits of social mobility and bribery in a time the world has seemed to have fallen apart. He is an impeccable character in impeccable dress, openly a member of the Nazi party, yet increasingly opposed - if on a personal level - to Nazi atrocities. Nonetheless aimed at success, he is a able to culminate mild relationships with authorities to gain favors, all the while determined to exploit the war and the Jews for cheap labor. However, Schindler's ingenuity truly lies in his prowess at forming relationships and skill at scheming. Able to effectively exploit the Nazis in an increasing way throughout the film, he forms his industry under the work and experience of Jewish Itzhak Stern who played by Ben Kingsley formulates Schindler's business as a way to save his fellow Jews from a certain death. Stern recruits and aims at Jews most likely to be the target of Nazi anti-Semitism and cruelty, while providing for Schindler "skilled" labor, in order to generate his aspired wealth. However, above all Stern's relationship to Schindler as a Jew targeted by the party Schindler is openly a member is something of great importance to the film. Not only does he serve to change Schindler from a entrepreneur bent on success to a humanitarian solely caring for his Jews, but he seems to embody the whole of Jewish suffering from an indirect point of accountant. Based on the Holocaust however, the film does in an important way depict this horrible historical event. Whether it be through Spielberg's on-site filming at - Auschwitz and Schindler's factory among the notable others - or the horrible depiction of human suffering and cruelty focused in haunting black and white, the film adequately shows for perhaps the first time in Hollywood cinematography the true atrocities of the Holocaust and its effects on people. Focusing even more directly on a Nazi labor camp commandant Amon Goeth and his representation of absolute evil and depravity the film shows a man take Jews as target practice, kill twenty-five men for the actions of one, and devastatingly destroy the whole world of a people and one girl - Helen Hirsch - whom he falls in love with ironically, sparing only on his impulse of false affection. Regardless, in the end he is depicted as the ultimate atrocity, the manifestation of Nazi evil, and a symbol of the more widespread and horrible atrocities that made up the Holocaust. Above all a genius work of cinematography, acting and screenplay (Steven Zaillian) Schindler's List is not a celebration of people or history, but a solemn tale of darkness and depravity, outlining one of humanity's most dark and disturbing periods. It is a wonderfully crafted and depicted work, based on the novel of Thomas Keneally, it is hauntingly open in its depiction of Holocaust conditions and personal experiences. Its final powerful conclusion of a generation united with the survivors of the human atrocity is an exceptional and powerful conclusion to an phenomenal film, that ends in honor of Oskar Schindler and to all those who perished in the Holocaust. In the end however, the film leaves you in amazement and awe, the slow tune of William stirring in the depths of your mind evoking memories of a film that seems too realistic and harsh to be even remotely true. It leaves the forcible impression of suffering and heroism, and a important reminder of human good. "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire," the tagline of a momentous movie and catastrophic story, of a devastated people and changed man - Oscar Schindler.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes




DVD title: The Leading Man
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent


As Bon Jovi fans we thought Jon was brilliant in the Leading Man. He is obviously as good an actor as pop star, we just wish that here in England we could buy the video and get to see his other films. Very enjoyable film, well done Jon!

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: John Duigan



DVD title: Gettysburg (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Hill was there


I am no expert, but I KNOW that AP Hill appears in the movie. He greets Lee and company in Cashtown, outside Gettysburg. He is outfitted in his signature red shirt. Look for him.
Also, I believe -- again I'm not an expert -- that it is Divisons in Hill's Corp. that are involved in the attack on Day One.
An Alabama Regiment in Hood's Division attacks Little Roundtop on Day two. This is clearly depicted in the movie. It's not just Virginians.
A great movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Ronald F. Maxwell
Actors:
Tom Berenger
Martin Sheen




DVD title: Ice Age (2-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Yet Another Great Animated Kid?s Comedy


In the grand tradition of great prehistoric kids movies like "The Land Before Time" and "Dinosaur," "Ice Age" is yet another great comedy-adventure appropriate for the kids and the whole family.
THE STORY:
As the title implies, set in the Ice Age, Manfred the Woolly-Mammoth (voiced by "Everybody Loves" Ray Romano) Sid the Tree-Sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo) along with unlikely travel partner Diego the Saber-Toothed Tiger (voiced by Dennis Leary), find a lost human baby and endure the harsh weather conditions and assorted weird (and sometimes dangerous) creatures of the Paleolithic world as they attempt to reunite the baby with its human family (who maybe even more dangerous to them than their harsh environment).
THE COOL THINGS:
In all, if you're a fan of pre-history or the Discovery Channel you'll get to see tons of really cool prehistoric animals like mammoths, sloths, early Rhinos, sabretooths, dodos, other assorted cool animals as well early homo erectus man.
In addition to seeing the wonders of the early earth (including all the glaciers and volcanoes), the story itself is pretty touching as well as the cast of characters learn the value of family and friendship.
Like most kid's movies of late, slapstick as well as other forms of comedy abound in this movie as the unlikely and wacky cast of characters make their way around coming across tons of hilarious situations including a flock of weird do-dos and a down on his luck little critter.
WARNINGS:
Pre-historic earth, while wondrous, has its share of dangers. There are a few violent scenes (mild) that may be a little much for some of the younger kids including some vicious saber-tooths and (*GASP*) some equally violent human hunters.
THE VERDICT:
Overall though, you can't go wrong with this one. Much like others in this genre like Shrek, Monter's Inc, and the Land Before Time, the nice story combined with lovable characters and off-beat comedy is sure to be a winner with all viewers. Whether you're a family with young children, a couple out on a date of just friends catching a movie, this movie should please.
Highly Recommended

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Actors:
John Leguizamo
Denis Leary




DVD title: Monstruos, Inc. (Monsters, Inc. - Spanish Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!


One of the best of the Pixar animated films yet! "Monsters, Inc" is funny both for kids and adults.
Being a computer animation buff since the early days (TRON, Liquid TV, etc.) I was blown away by some of the visuals in this film. Sully's hair is the most realistic to date in CG films. The scene in the snowstorm blew my mind! The lighting, Sully's hair blowing everywhere, etc. was a real visual treat. The rendering of water was also the most realistic I have seen to date. "Renderman", the software Pixar uses to render the 3D animations has to be one of the greatest inovations in movie making in 20 years. Can't wait to see what they come up with next.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
John Goodman
Billy Crystal




DVD title: Somewhere in Time
Productgroup: DVD
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It lasts forever!


I first saw this movie many years ago and have not been able to forget it. On a regular basis I track it down and revive the beautiful memories. It is my dream to go to the island where this film was set. It may not be technically perfect, but it is so worth viewing!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Actors:
Christopher Reeve
Jane Seymour




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