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DVD title: Anne Of Green Gables The Continuing Story
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best in the trilogy.


I loved this movie! Perfect romance/drama.even my boyfriend thought it was good b/c of all the war scenes. But the struggle to reunite Anne and Gilbert was so heartfelt that it almost made me cry when they do... LOVED IT. ONE OF THE BEST YET NEXT TO THE FIRST ONE IN THE SERIES. So def watch this one.

Studio: Uav Corporation
Director: Stefan Scaini



DVD title: Feeling Minnesota
Productgroup: DVD
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Cameron Diaz is amazing!


One more unbelievable film by Cameron Diaz. The story is a little violent and perhaps boring when you don't see Diaz, but buy this movie anyway.You can't help having tears in your eyes when you think that Cameron is dead!! It would be such a lose for the world!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Steven Baigelman (II)
Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Cameron Diaz
Vincent D'Onofrio




DVD title: J-Men Forever
Productgroup: DVD
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1937


My wife and I loved this movie when it was on USA's Night Flight. We managed to record it but that recording was getting pretty worn out. We've been making a list of all the clips we've found in their original movies. This DVD has some nice extras including an interview with Commando Cody, aka George Wallace.

Studio: Music Video Distribu
Director: Richard Patterson



DVD title: Regarding Henry
Productgroup: DVD
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A tear-jerker


Despite being less well known, "Regarding Henry" is one of Harrison Ford's best works. The film demands a wide spectrum from this great actor and he delivers convincingly. For the most part, the other performers take their cue from Ford's "Henry" and render a near perfect glimpse of a life that could have been.
The tile character, Henry Turner, is introduced to us as a top-flight litigator for a large New York legal firm. He is well groomed, dressed in a designer suit and he is seen speaking sincerely to a jury about human desires and justice. Our opinion of him changes as soon as Henry leaves the court. He quickly makes a call to his interior designer to berate her for having the wrong table delivered to his palatial home. He is just another lawyer, after all.
It is hard to watch this movie at the start. Henry is one of those men we all love to hate. He is selfish, self centered, successful and confident. His daughter is frightened of him and his wife is a pale reflection of him. Luckily we are not forced to watch this Henry for very long. He makes the classic movie exit and "goes out for some cigarettes."
What follows is a scene that is perfectly directed. Henry walks into a corner store demanding his brand of cigarettes, unaware that the other patron is robbing the owner. Henry does not become scared but before he can even attempt to control the situation, he is lying on the sidewalk with two bullets inside his body and the wail of approaching sirens in the background. This event is the cusp of Henry's life.
Annette Bening plays Henry's Wife, Sarah. She may not be in love with her husband anymore but she needs him. As her financial position becomes clear, she realizes she needs him very much. But she is not unaffected by it all. This is the man in her life, the father of her child, a good provider and protector. Seeing him lying motionless in a hospital bed, drooling and staring vacantly, is probably the most painful thing she has ever experienced. But there is some hope of recovery.
Henry's long rejuvenation at a specialty medical center is like a rebirth. He remembers nothing, coming into his new world without the power of speech or the ability to walk. His midwife/physiotherapist, Bradley, is wonderful. He is full of life, energy and enthusiasm. As Henry is taught to walk and speak and function, Bradely becomes the mainstay of his life. Sarah keeps her distance and Henry doesn't get to see his daughter, (Rachel), at all until the day he is deemed fit to go home, a scary separation from the only people he trusts.
But the Henry that returns to a home he barely remembers, is not the same man that left for cigarettes. He is a little shy, very calm, forgiving, gentle and above all, nice. His transformation is interpreted in different ways by different groups. The movie serves as an interesting depiction of how society views disabilities. His boss is patronizing, his daughter delighted, his mistress is distraught and for the longest time, Sarah doesn't know what to feel.
The ending may be predictable but in this case, it is the journey that we love. Most of us feel we have lost our innocence and that our honor has been a little tarnished by life's decisions. Henry takes us on a trip to see what might happen if we surrendered all the hard won prizes in our life and instead, chose to embrace life itself. This is a film that will make you feel. Some days, that's just what we need.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Mike Nichols
Actors:
Harrison Ford
Annette Bening




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition Collector's Gift Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great cinematic achievement


The Lotr trilogy is simply a great achievement in cinema. I must echo the sentiment that these are FILMS, movies, and must be enjoyed as such. I read the books after the movie version The Two Towers because I couldn't wait for the Return of the King. The book is wonderful of course, and I was imagining each shot on the screen as I read. But that created the problem when I saw Return of the King, I was unconsciously comparing the movie to the book. Yes some stories were cut and lines were switched, but most importantly I was just waiting to see what I already know is going to happen. I think I understand a little bit about the disappointment of expectation when juggling between the book and film, or one's own imagination and someone else's vision.

Yet from all that I saw in the theater, DVD, as well as magazine and online reviews, I'm convinced that Peter Jackson and Co. have made these films with love, respect, dignity, superb creativity and skills. There are so much attention to detail, think about casting, costume, weapons and make ups, not to mention cinematography, scores, FX and acting. Perhaps I'm just a kid at heart, but I was, and still am, moved when Frodo volunteer to take the ring to Mordor, terrified at Helm's Deep and touched again when all bowed down to the hobbits...now if that's cheesy so be it, I ENJOYED every minute of it!
I have watched the films over and over again (Fotr is still my favorite) and have not lose one bit of excitement but have actually discover something new each time. So I too, appreciate and thank Peter Jackson and all that was involved for the great cinema experience!


Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Elijah Wood



DVD title: 30 Years to Life
Productgroup: DVD
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Just Viewed on SHOWTIME...JUST PURCHASED MY OWN!


I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I just caught it on SHOWTIME but missed the first 5 minutes and feel it is a must have. I really appreciated the humor in the relationships as well as the serious sides. I found it very interesting that they were able to capture the sweet and bitter points of relationships and growing older while making this a positive thought provoking movie which moves along nicely. A movie definitely worth viewing.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Vanessa Middleton
Actors:
Erika Alexander
Melissa De Sousa




DVD title: Jane Eyre
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Version of Jane Eyre


This review contains many spoilers, so you might not want to read it if you haven't read the book.
First of all, Jane Eyre is my favorite book. I love it so much because it is romantic, feminist, exciting and mysterious. It would be extremely difficult for any movie to do the novel justice.
Still, this version COULD have been better. Charlotte Gainsbourg did look very much how I imagined Jane, but she always came across as so cold. It's true that in the book Jane does not always express how she feels, but she is not as stony as Miss Gainsbourg portrays her.
William Hurt wasn't the best Rochester, either. I don't know what they were thinking, casting a blonde, conventionally handsome actor to play the dark and brooding Mr. Rochester! It even says on the back of the box something like, "Jane Eyre falls for her rich and HANDSOME employer..." I'm sure Charlotte Bronte would have been insulted that her character was changed to the point of blasphemy. Elle McPherson as Blanche Ingram was pretty bad too.
I did like Anna Paquin as young Jane though, and the elderly woman who played Mrs. Fairfax was perfect.
It's not just the acting that bothered me...I think they ruined three of my favorite scenes. The first is the scene in which Mr. Rochester dresses up as a Gipsy woman to find out if Jane loves him. This is a WONDERFUL passage in the book, and every version of Jane Eyre I have ever seen always leaves it out! I have a feeling that they originally filmed this scene, but they ended up having to cut it so the movie wouldn't be too long. So I was disappointed about that.
The second scene I didn't like was when Mr. Rochester proposes to Jane. When I read it in the book it brought tears to my eyes, because it was so beautiful and passionate, but in this movie it just falls flat.
Mr. Rochester: Duhhh, I love you. Will you marry me? Jane: Mmm, sure, why not.
OK, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but that's how it felt to me. That scene was severely downplayed; it didn't move me at all. And why didn't they film it in the garden by the big tree, like it is in the book? I thought that was an important detail.
I also thought it was cheesy how they showed Thornfield burning down JUST when Jane was leaving! Please, she just walked out the door and she doesn't even stop or notice when the mansion catches on fire? I think this was done for dramatic effect, but it came across to me as ridiculous.
Still, I give the movie 2 stars, because although Mr. Hurt didn't really look his part, he did an OK job of playing it. And I did like how they did the scene in which Mr. Rochester admits to having been married before, and presents Bertha Mason to everyone who was attending his and Jane's wedding. That was pretty well done, and pretty faithful to the book. I'd recommend this movie for that scene alone.
I think that above all, if a movie version of Jane Eyre is to be made, it MUST be faithful to the book. The novel is wonderful enough that they wouldn't have to change anything.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Actors:
Charlotte Gainsbourg
William Hurt




DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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Review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


By far the most best movie I have ever seen including the 1st and 2nd one, J.K. Rowling is the one of the best writers. As the charcters also gorw throughout the movies. And Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliff) looking sooo hott ,hahaha

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)




DVD title: Jules and Jim
Productgroup: DVD
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Essential


This is only an adequate DVD release (where are the extras?) but at least Fox Lorber acquired a restored print. The movie itself is Truffaut's best in my opinion, with wonderful performances by the three leads.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: François Truffaut
Actors:
Jeanne Moreau
Oskar Werner




DVD title: A Hard Day's Night
Productgroup: DVD
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Hard Day's Night


To me, A Hard Day's Night is sheer entertainment. It is a movie you can just sit back and enjoy. Watching it takes me back to when I saw it the first time at the age of 13. There is plenty of action, but no violence. Even when the girls on the train realize who the boys are, though they become giddy, they don't set out to tear off the boys clothes or such. In addition, all of the characters are neatly dressed and clean looking - nothing like what pop/rock stars today look like. There is also no profanity in the script - a far cry from today's movies when every sentence seems to have one or two curse words. Though by today's standards the movie may seem lame, at the same time, as far as clean entertainment goes, it's a lot of fun and I enjoy watching it over and over. Even my kids (24,22,13) like it. I wonder if the same will be said for movies today by my grandchildren years from now.

Studio: Miramax Entertainment
Director: Richard Lester
Actors:
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr




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