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DVD title: Home Alone
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the all time greats


For me it just isn't Christmas without Home Alone. Every year I pull out Home Alone and watch it and it always puts me in the Christmas spirit. A classic film written and directed by John Hughes (Breakfast Club, Weird Science) and Staring Macaulay Culkin (Getting Even With Dad, My Girl), Daniel Stern (Celtic Pride, The Wonder Years) and Joe Peci (My Cousin Vinnie, Leathal Weapon) The movie is a christmas themed family flick with many laughs and warm fuzzy moments! One of the all time biggest box office successes and with good reason! No DVD collection is complete without this classic!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Chris Columbus
Actors:
Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci
Daniel Stern




DVD title: Black Hawk Down
Productgroup: DVD
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Best darn docu-drama !


My wife and I watch this really great movie again every month or so, right along with Gladiator and U-571. I must declare right up front that I am a military veteran. What I see in these movies relates to an oft told description of bravery: It is ordinary people acting in extraordinary ways while under extreme stress, usually involving the overwhelming odds that they will lose their life.
The movie sound and fury are absolutely marvelous. I have a widescreen (53") tv and the sound is hooked up to my stereo system driving two very healthy speaker systems. When the heavy .50 caliber machine guns start firing it's almost like being back on the firing range again. The heavies kind of Thud when they fire and the sound track picks that and all the other sounds up superbly. The visuals are just great too. I spent twelve years overseas, alot of it in the third world. This is what it looks like.
Some scenes in the movie were pure "Hollywood," such as having to throw an infrared marker up on the roof to mark the bad guys. What a joke - anything on the roof was a bad guy! Oh well, you gotta allow Hollywood a few here and there. Otherwise there were so many 'good' scenes I could fill up another page or two. One of my favorites was the door gunner raining hot brass down on the Ranger from his electric gun. My wife didn't get it when the Ranger started hopping around trying to dig out the ones that went down his shirt. But I'll bet just about every Veteran did. Been there, done that - on the firing range with automatic weapons <G>.
I greatly enjoyed the portrayals by such a wide group of 'main actors' of the usual chaos of war and how men in combat deal with it. I developed an immediate love for Tom Sizemore's colonel. I would readily follow the man he portrayed into any place he cared to lead. His crack about "... well let's get it over then." Makes me chuckle every time the scene plays. I feel that the heart and soul of the American miltary man is displayed many times in the movie, but not any better than the scene of the two Deltas that dropped into the crash site to try and protect any of the crew that survived. That's based on the true story as told by the pilot who survived. I give this movie full marks for portraying the American miltary men as the brave and honorable people I knew while I served, and in years since.
For those who stated that the movie should have developed why we were there, what was the state of the world politics, etc., etc. I can only surmise that they were either asleep that year or only old enough to watch Big Bird on Sesame Street. I can't imagine any literate American adult that doesn't remember at least the general facts of the debacle in Somalia brought to you by the Clintonistas and their female Quasimodo - Madeleine Half-bright.
Oorah !

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors:
Josh Hartnett



DVD title: Dark Blue
Productgroup: DVD
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I love it when a pig goes down...


Great to see a movie that portrays the racism that pervades police departments across this good ole USA. It's interesting that this movie came out around the same time frame as Training Day and was damn near swept under the rug and straight to DVD, but Denzel gets an Oscar for playing a criminal cop. Like Arsenio used to say...Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Ron Shelton
Actors:
Kurt Russell
Scott Speedman
Ving Rhames




DVD title: Deep Rising
Productgroup: DVD
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What's eating you? Go and gulp down this bloody thriller!


Boy, I do love the combination of ships and blood-fests. I thoroughly enjoyed both Virus and Ghost Ship, and now another favorite arises from the depths.
Despite no big name stars, get ready for some truly great performances from the cast; Treat Williams as Captain Finnegan, Kevin O'Conner (The Mummy) as Pantucci, Una Damon as Leila, and Jason Flemyng as Mulligan, just to name a few.
A group of would be robbers armed with torpedoes set out to terrorize and rob a luxury cruise ship, hiring Captain Finnigan and his ship and crew, who hire out to anyone with the cash, no questions asked. The cruise ship is sabotaged by an insider on board, but before the pack of robbers can make it onboard, something else takes control of the ship: the big squid thing.
Already on board is Trillian, played by Famke Janssen, a fairly incompetent female thief who manages to get herself locked in the vault before being able to steal a necklace she was after.
With Finnegan's ship disabled from running into a stray lifeboat, they all board the cruise liner, meet up with Trillian, and one by one fall victim Mr. Squid. Very action packed, rapidly moving, gorily fascinating splatter fest that is a five star must see. Especially when Mr. Squid vomits out the half digested guy who is still alive, one of my all time favorite horror movie scenes.
There are crunching skulls, folding metal, bursting pipes, rapid gunfire, and some pretty funny dialogue that manages to not sound out of place like so many flat one liners in horror films. All of the messy, gory, bloody lower levels of the ship, bending and peeling metal, various and sundry body parts, combine to announce the arrival of the squid-like monster with immense strength and an appetite to match. All in all, a wonderful journey with a surprise, funny ending. Enjoy!

Studio: Hollywood Pictures
Director: Stephen Sommers
Actors:
Treat Williams
Famke Janssen




DVD title: Doctor Zhivago (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A cinematic classic transcending the years


I purchased Doctor Zhivago purely on an old memory of a spectacular movie I once watched with my parents many years ago. I am a great fan of David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia' so epic type movies appeal to me. But I must say it was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch my latest DVD purchase the other night, hoping that I hadn't wasted my NZ$39.95 on a dated movie, to add to my carefully selected and slowing growing collection of DVD's. My fears were quickly cast aside shortly after the original opening score finished. I found myself in Russia and sucked into the movie right from the start. What a glorious movie this is. The colour, the scenery, the grandeur, the action, the love story, the scope and the spectacle. This truly is an epic movie made and acted with passion. The movie just hasn't dated, it has only aged like fine wine. To compliment the movie the DVD has some very good extras with some awesome historical interviews with the actors, narration by Omar Shariff and an introduction to the movie by him which appears to have been done for the DVD. What an absolutely outstanding package which does credit to one of the all-time great movies.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: David Lean
Actors:
Omar Sharif
Julie Christie




DVD title: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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It's About Time!


All I can say is - it's about time.

For those of us who have been capturing the episodes from SciFi channel, or buying sub-par DVDs, this is a welcome announcement.

I just about fell out of my chair when I read the "Dr. Theopolis shaped box" comment. What a great idea!

If you enjoyed Battlestar Galactica, Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Star Wars, or Star Trek (maybe even Magnum P.I.), then you will probably like Buck Rogers. He's a likeable character who has some fun adventures. The women in this show are beautiful, and the storylines can be engaging as well as enjoyable.

I do agree that the first season is much better than the second season. There are only a couple of episodes in the second season which are any good - I can immediately think of The Guardians, Mark of the Saurian, Testimony of a Traitor (one of my favorites), and The Dorian Secret.

From the first season, definitely check out Plot to Kill a City, Unchained Woman, Space Vampire, Happy Birthday Buck, A Dream of Jennifer, and Space Rockers (cool music!). I've left out a couple of episodes which I'm sure others will agree are pretty good too.

It's great to see this classic series finally get to DVD. The decision to remove the commentary is unfortunate, but they evidently did it to save money. Bottom line is that we will get our episodes in DVD quality, so we should be grateful! Buck Rogers lives on!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Actors:
Gil Gerard



DVD title: Baby Dolittle - Neighborhood Animals
Productgroup: DVD
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Couldn't have lived through the earache without it


The whole Baby Einstein videos are EXCELLENT!!! My daughter absolutely loves them. She will be screaming for whatever reason and you can turn these on and she is instantly engrossed in the sights and sound of the movie. She recently had a terrible ear infection. She wouldn't eat, wouldn't sleep, and was understandably fussy. When she was so fussy, we could put in Baby Einstein and she was fine. We could get her to eat while she was watching it, and eventually, she would drift off to sleep. These videos are heaven sent!!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Actors:
Julie Aigner-Clark



DVD title: Fatso
Productgroup: DVD
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the intro was the essence of the whole movie......


being from Mulberry St.,N.Y., this was the closest anyone came to identifying the Italian way of life...Leonard Maltin, should spend some time in little Italy...I have seen this about 5 times and am always looking for a cannoli...Being in California you can't get the good stuff, all those wonderful cookies and pastries and good pizza... thanks for the memories Ann.

Director: Anne Bancroft
Actors:
Anne Bancroft
Dom DeLuise




DVD title: The Race to the Moon (History Channel)
Productgroup: DVD
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GREAT SPACE DVD SET FOR THE PRICE


First off let me say that the price is extremely low considering that the History Channel and A&E sells their videos at ridiculously high prices. Failure is not an Option is the whole reason that I bought it 'cuz I loved it so much when it was on TV. However, it is alot different from the book. I really recommend listening to the commentary track as well because it is just as informative as the regular program. Apollo 13 was equally good and is very distinct and clear about what happened - something alot of other documentaries do not do. Project Orion was almost too ambitious to be real (for example, humans traveling to the outer planets) and interesting simply because of how ludicris the whole idea is. I am not really into the space shuttle that much so that program was just alright and average.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Actors:
Gene Kranz



DVD title: Guilty by Association
Productgroup: DVD
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5 star crap


hahahahahahahahahaha! anybody with a great sense of humor would love this movie. omg, the little girl acting like she was dead on the slide....and still smiling...hahahahahahaha. Why the fcuk was Morgan Freeman in this movie. Why LORD!!!!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment



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