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DVD title: Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
Productgroup: DVD
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One of My Personal Favorites - Zombies Chills + Some Humor


I own multiple copies of every version of this film available on VHS, LD and DVD. VCI's version on VHS and DVD is the most complete version I've seen (running 87 minutes, 1 - 2 minutes longer than previous pre-records) AND it's letterboxed, and nicely packaged.
CSPwDT is one of those rare horror films that is truly terrifying. I've often tried to pinpoint exactly what frightens me the most about this film: the atmospheric, creepy setting; a remote, island cemetery where tufts of mist sweep across an eerie graveyard, or the weird electronic synth music with shrills and screeches, and human moaning in the background, or the incredible 'revival of the dead scenes' with some of the most effective make-up ever committed to celluloid, or the wild cinematography and lighting, ...
It all works together to create, in my opinion, an impossible-to-forget masterpiece. Reportedly the film cost $70,000 to make in 1972, but it has more scares and is more effective than any recent big-budget horror film that I can remember. I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Watch it tonight alone with the lights out!

Studio: Vci Home Video
Director: Bob Clark (III)



DVD title: The Godfather DVD Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Godfather DVD Collection


I received the Godfather DVD Collection on Wednesday and am currently in the process of viewing each of the movies again and watching the bonus material. I highly recommend this set for fans of classic film. It fits right into my DVD collection alongside The Wild Bunch and Pulp Fiction.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors:
Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Al Pacino




DVD title: Roswell - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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YEAH YAY YEAH!!!


oh my word. i am so freaking happy. roswell is like my favorite show and was sad when it ended so quickly and even more when they release dumb show like once and again or sports night but now it is happenig. i hate reviews that spoil the show so i am gonna say the the actors were great like jason behr and majandra delfino and just awesome well bye bye

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Actors:
Shiri Appleby



DVD title: Mr. Arkadin
Productgroup: DVD
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Home Vision/Janus version is the only one that makes sense!


Having now seen all the commercially available versions of Mr. Arkadin/Confidential Report, I have to say that the VHS version from Janus Films/Home Vision Cinema, isbn 0-7800-2063-4, is the only one in which the story makes any real sense. This is the original English language release version, released in Europe in 1955 (a Spanish language version, with some different actors, was released first, in Spain). It is longer than the other versions with many of the holes in continuity filled in with missing footage and dialogue. The image ond sound quality is far above other available versions--beautiful.
This is the one you need to buy. Janus Films releases many films on DVD with Criterion, and I have no idea why they haven't done so with this facsinating film as well.
But, don't buy this expecting to see the "director's cut." Welles never created a final cut. The film was taken from him by his European backers, who had it cut their own way. Reportedly, Welle's version was more like Citizen Kane, with a series of out-of-order flashbacks told through the point of views of different characters. This version is more linear. Peter Bogdonavich wrote that he had seen a copy of the film in the US that restored the flashback format, but that version, if it survived, has not seen a video release.
To confuse the question of "what was Welle's original vision for Arkadin" even more, there was also a novel based on Welle's screenplay that came out before the film was completed and a radio play with the same plot years earlier.
In any case, for now, this VHS from Janus is the best way to go (and, unfortuntely, the most expensive).

Studio: Gotham Distribution
Director: Orson Welles
Actors:
Orson Welles
Peter van Eyck




DVD title: Murder, My Sweet
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic Noir


This one of my favorite movies. Years ago I rented a VHS of it and made a dupe at home. The quality was lousy but I liked it and played it often, but I learned my lession about making unauthorized copies. My daughter's puppy urinated all over the tape. This movie is so good it even survived that.

This is classic noir, with Phillip Marlowe. The plot is about stolen jade, hidden identities, blackmail, love, treachery and murder. The story is complicated, the casting is great, the photography and voice-over narration carry things along. It has style. The ending is satisfying. And the dialogue is some of the best ever written.

Powell broke through into serious roles with this film. Even in all the singing roles he had up to this movie he exuded cocky confidence, and that aspect of his personality is perfect here. As an aside, if you enjoy his singing movies, and I do, watch how he can smile naturally while singing; that's hard.

Claire Trevor, it seems to me, almost always played bruised roses (Stagecoach, Key Largo) or rotting orchids. You cared about her because she was one of life's losers, or you wanted to go to bed with her even knowing you might not wake up in the morning. The scene when we (and Marlowe) first meet her is just as good as the scene when MacMurray first meets Stanwyck in Double Indemnity.

Mike Mazurki as Moose Malloy is great, probably the best role he ever had. He was no actor, but he is effective and sympathetic as a slight pyscho who genuinely is in love; he's starring in his own version of Romeo and Velma.

One of the key ingredients in making this movie work is the dialogue. Quantities of it must have been lifted verbatim from Farewell, My Lovely. When Moose talks about Velma being "cute as lace panties" the imagery is vivid. Raymond Chandler, in my view, is the best author of private eye mysteries yet. If you haven't read him, dive in. Ross Macdonald and Hammett come close, but it's no three-way tie.

See the movie. Read the book.

The DVD transfer is first rate. There's a commentary by a fellow named Alain Silver which is adequate, and not essential to enjoying the film.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Actors:
Dick Powell
Claire Trevor




DVD title: Eurythmics - Peacetour
Productgroup: DVD
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Living Proof That Not All Artists Are Made In A Studio


I've read other reviews posted here and what I think they have all failed to touch on is this: Live is the proof in the pudding! If you can listen to the stripped down to guitar versions of some of their most popular songs they render here like only they can, and NOT have chills listening to Annie break her heart up into pieces and vocalize it, then you are the one who placed the chill in her heart.Watch Dave look at her as she sings and pick up on when she is going to hold a note out and when she is not while backing her with nothing but a few strums of a guitar! THAT! Is the meaning of ART. Listening to the different arrangements they have come up with for some of their most popular songs is reason enough to buy this DVD.

Studio: Bmg/Arista



DVD title: Pride & Prejudice
Productgroup: DVD
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Very cute!


I had never seen this movie until I received the DVD for a Christmas gift this year. I was pleasantly surprised. I have always loved Jane Austen books and movie adaptations. Just remember in watching this, that it is not intended to mirror the book or A&E version exactly.

A lot of reviewers say this movie is only for teenage girls, but I'm a mom with two kids and thought it was just wonderful. The acting wasn't always perfect because it was a low-budget film, but I found it clever nonetheless. I think the actors did a great job in portraying their individual characters.

For those interesed, an Easter Egg is available on this Pride and Prejudice DVD. It contains the uncut version with extra LDS humor in it. You can find instructions for finding it at:
www.eeggs.com/items/42442.html
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the screen. The first set of instructions is wrong, so you have to go to the correction listed below.

You'll be left with a good feeling after this movie is over. It's worth at least a rent and I hope many will agree that it's good enough to own. I am putting it right on my DVD shelf next to the Colin Firth A&E version.



Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Andrew Black (III)
Actors:
Andrew Black
Kam Heskin
Orlando Seale
Lucila Solá




DVD title: Wrong Turn
Productgroup: DVD
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very GOOD movie


Iam a huge fan of bloody , gorey movies so of course I liked this movie . The mutated hicks were cool .

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Rob Schmidt
Actors:
Eliza Dushku
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Jeremy Sisto




DVD title: A Bronx Tale
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful Movie!!


The first time De Niro shows us what else he can do and it's a hit. His young son must choose between his fathers ways or that of the local mob leader. As his son grows up he learns the leasons of both lifes. The story is great you learn a little of all the charaters in the movie, but to much were there is still some unknow parts of them. Look for the surprize actor in the one of the many great secens.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Robert De Niro
Actors:
Robert De Niro
Chazz Palminteri




DVD title: Ravenous
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favorite horror movies


This movie is amazing in its capacity to shock, horrify, and entertain. I loved its portrayal of the characters and how well it showed the horror of John Boyd at what he experienced. My favorite part was when Robert Carlyle said, "If you die first, I am definately going to eat you."

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Antonia Bird
Actors:
Guy Pearce
Robert Carlyle




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