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DVD title: Lupin the 3rd - The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the few great Lupin features

After watching Secret of Twilight Gemini, I thought that this was a trend Lupin TV specials would be following. Boy, was I wrong. Harimao's Treasure is one of the funnest Lupin features I've seen since Castle of Cagliostro.
The story has Lupin and the gang off on a treasure hunt for the hidden treasure of Harimao, a renegade of World War 2. Lupin, Jigen and Goemon go searching for the three statues to open it while Fujiko gets some info on the treasure from the owner of the British spy mueseum, accompanied by his grandaughter. These two groups eventually cooperate to find the treasure. Add in some Neo Nazis and you've got one heck of an adventure.
The film, in my opinion, was pretty good. It's directed by Osamu Dezaki (Black Jack) and it really shows if you're familiar with his other work. Unlike some of the other features, Lupin's love-interest in this film is one that doesn't quite like him, which makes for some fun antics. One of the funniest gags in this film is that poor Zenigata never actually gets a chance to eat his ramen. That really helps the story.
The music reminded me a lot of the original series. Most of the music in the film is dead on in comparison to original series making it all the more appealing to older fans. Goemon doesn't get as much screen time, but he does manage to impress Lupin a couple of times throughout the feature. Fujiko isn't quite as kick-butt in this feature, but that doesn't mean she isn't willing to take some matters into her own hands. Animation-wise, the film is above average when compared to Gemini, so fans should be happy with that.
The extras aren't really anything special. Just bios on the characters and English voice actors. The menus work perfectly, but the text is so tiny and blurry, you might not even know what your selecting. The packaging is pretty cool and also includes in insert.
Overall, Harimao is a great film I would recommend to World War 2 fans, Bond fans, Dezaki fans and Lupin fans in general. Highly recommended.

Studio: Funimation Productio

DVD title: Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play - (Boxed Set 1, Suzaku)
Productgroup: DVD
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It rules! SEE IT!!!

You won't regret buying this movie...the basic plot is mezmorizing!!!!
Miaka and her best friend Yui, are one day in the Library! Miaka, after claiming she heard a bird, wandered into the referance room, and Yui followed. They found a book called 'The Universe of the 4 Gods', then they turned the first page, and the story began! It's The one of the best Anime I have ever seen. This set is only the first half though. The ending clifhanger will leave you begging for more!
For any of those romance lovers out thier: YOU WANT THIS SERIES!! The love between Miaka and Tamahome is amazing, then add in the problems with Hotohori, Yui, and Nuriko, and you've got the perfect story right there.
This is NOT a anime to say no to. It's wonderfully written, the design is beautiful, and the characters are very amusing. All in all: GET THIS MOVIE!!!!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Fushigi Yugi-Mysterious Play

DVD title: Spook Who Sat By the Door
Productgroup: DVD
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A black movie, not blaxploitation

In an era where a nation blindly follows a drug addict, coward turned president, it's it's easy to see why a movie like "The Spook", could never be made today without reverting back to comical minstrel themes. Movies of black content are referred to as blaxploitation mainly because though the faces on camera are black, the people behind the scenes typically weren't. All too often these movies were paraded as black films 9 times out of ten they weren't. Enter R.R.Moore, Melvin Van Peebles, and more importantly Sam Greenlee. They produced movies from a black perspective, which didn't always have a happy, homie, slave type ending. With the budgetary constraints, and restrictions he endured, Greenlee should be proud of his work. The Spook Who Sat By The Door is more relevant today, than ever before. Like Israel, Iraq, and around the world, this movie shows that our stuggle as Blacks in America continues.

Studio: Monarch Home Video
Director: Ivan Dixon

DVD title: Cher - Live in Concert
Productgroup: DVD
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Do You Believe In Life After Love?


Studio: Wea/Warner Brothers
Director: David Mallet

DVD title: Sailor Moon R - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is absolutely fabulous. If you have ever been unsure about Sailor Moon or anime in general, then this will surely change your mind to the right direction. It's a wonderful love story about Mamoru and Usagi. You actually get to see when Mamoru and Usagi FIRST MEET! The music for this movie is wonderful especially Moon Revenge the storyline is perfect. A must buy.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara

DVD title: Interview with the Vampire
Productgroup: DVD
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A French CULinary masterpiece! (it's what's for dinner!)

I haven't read Rice's novel, so I don't know whether this is a good adaptation or not, but personally, I found the picture a little silly and with lotsa loopholes. It certainly contradicts most of what I know about vampires, which isn't much (I didn't know they were gay?). However, for fans of megagorgeous French beauty Laure Marsac, it is definitely a MUST. She practically steals the movie as the ...ehr, main course! YUMMMMMMMIE!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Neil Jordan
Tom Cruise
Brad Pitt

DVD title: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Productgroup: DVD
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After viewing the film, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I believe that it was very well done. The actors were great, and the detail of the scenes was brilliant! If your in the mood for a horrific movie, this is certainly the one to see.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Marcus Nispel
Jessica Biel
Jonathan Tucker
Andrew Bryniarski

DVD title: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Seventh Season
Productgroup: DVD
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You just can't get much better than this from ANY Star Trek series ... and I am a diehard fan who grew up watching the original in syndication (was born in 1973 -- lol), The Next Generation (which is also fabulous, but still not as good as Deep Space 9), Voyager and Enterprise.

Season 6 & 7 are darker than dark. Due to the Dominion War you see a transformation in the characters that is perfect. By the time you end out the season and the complete DS9 series, you know so much about these characters that they feel like family!

You get to see how the war is taking its toll on the Captain and its crew when all their colleagues are coming home in body bags, you see how 1 lone alien who is part of the race who started the Dominion war struggles with what his people are doing then is inflicted with a deadly disease by a secret section of The Federation (the infamous SECTION 31, lol) to wipe out the Dominion aliens; You see how Captain Sisko's connection to the religion that adopted him (since he was never religious until he came to DS9) builds and plays a huge role in his life and where the path of The Prophets lead him.

You see how Gul Dukat (former glorious military leader of Cardassia, now cast out and shamed) becomes mad and starts to lose himself and his mind in the evil religion of the people he helped to occupy and destroy (Bajorins and the occupation of Bajor); his closest aid (Gul Damar) changes from a proud soldier of Cardassia under Gul Dukat's rule, to a Dominion collaborator, to a freedom fighting revolutionary against the Dominion and ultimately a war hero to his people.

I could go on and on and on ... There is so much depth in the later seasons of Deep Space 9 that you could drown.

Seasons 6 & 7 are fabulous ... even if you purchase them on their own without the rest of the seasons (although not quite sure other than money why you'd do that).

I've said it to my friends before and I will say it to Amazon readers now -- there is absolutely no way that DS9 should not be considered the best Star Trek series of all the Star Trek series! I love them all, but *HANDS DOWN* DS9 * IS * THE * BEST. If you are not engulfed by this series then you just don't like dark dramas. I've heard a lot of TNG fans rag on DS9. There are some major differences between them, one being that the TNG crew is constantly moving and the DS9 crew is stationary. You know what I think? The writing had to be deeper and more involved on DS9 because of the very fact that the crew was stationary -- -- I'm sure it was a much greater challenge to write for them.

You TNG fans... Don't rag on DS9!! You cannot compare apples to oranges. Have faith in the Prophets... They will guide you!! LOL ;)

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Avery Brooks

DVD title: The Hunt for Red October
Productgroup: DVD
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Good Movie

I've already reviewed this item before, so I won't bother to repeat myself. I wanted to add some additional details as to why I bought this movie on DVD vs VHS.First off, I have a brand new laptop w/ DVD player. So, I wanted to pick up some of my favorite movies so I could watch them during lunch at school.Second, the picture quality isn't THAT bad. It's reasonable for an eleven year old film, recorded without the aid of any digital technology, then being transfered to a DVD. (Sort of like when you record a CD to casette tape- you lose a lot of the sound quality and pick up background noise)Besides that, I'm sure that the junk in the picture is on the VHS, too, only you can't see it because tapes offer a much lower video quality.Finally, I bought this movie on DVD because video discs don't degrade with age. As a VHS tape is watched heavily, the picture quality worsens. Eventually, you would have to buy a new VHS. I don't know what the difference in cost between the DVD and tape is, but it can't be that much.If you like this movie, pick up the DVD. It's worth it.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: John McTiernan
Sean Connery
Alec Baldwin

DVD title: Everybody's All-American
Productgroup: DVD
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I loved this movie but no one mentions Timothy Hutton in their reviews. I thought he nearly stole the show, and I loved every scene with him. Very entertaining with a mix of live action sports romance and great 50/60 tunes. Lange is gorgeous.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Taylor Hackford
Jessica Lange
Dennis Quaid

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