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DVD title: The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns
Productgroup: DVD
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PBS - Please Release THE CIVIL WAR on DVD NOW!


When I first saw this documentary almost ten years ago, it renewed my interest in this most crucial part of American history. I never tire of watching it, whether my local PBS station is running it, or watching my very used videotapes! It's not just the wonderful photographs, the actors reading the words of those who were there, or even the historians bringing their considerable expertise to us. Throughout the documentary, it is evident how much the whole subject of the Civil War meant to the makers of the film. If only more filmmakers took as much care as Ken Burns and his co-workers did with their product. . .! A DVD version would be wonderful for all of us Civil War buffs!

Studio: PBS Home Video
Actors:
Ken Burns



DVD title: Edward Scissorhands (10th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Edward Scissorhands (10th Anniversary Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Don't shake his hand


"Edward Scissorhands" is a pretty good movie. It's about a man that was created by a scientist named Edward, that doesn't have regular hands, but huge scissors. He is taken to live in a home with some regular people, and that's when the story begins. He finds out that he has a natural talent for shaping sculptures out of bushes and for cutting women's hair. However, sometimes when he's trying to help somebody he might accidentally cut them and make everybody think that he's trying to hurt them, including the girl that he loves, Kim (Winona Ryder). He will also do other things that will get him into trouble.
"Edward Scissorhands" is a good story, and parts of it are also funny such as when Edward accidentally pokes a hole in a waterbed. It's not really a horror movie like you might think it is, it's more of a drama or a fantasy one. If you like good movies, I recommend at least watching "Edward Scissorhands."

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Winona Ryder




DVD title: The Tingler
Productgroup: DVD
The Tingler - movie DVD cover picture
We all lifted our feet!


I enjoy hearing about the gimmicks William Castle used in his horror films. For "The Tingler" every few seats in the theater were rigged to vibrate at certain times so that its unlucky occupent would feel a tingling sensation and think they were being attacked by The Tingler! (This was called Percepto.) There's also one scene with a lot of bright-red blood (the rest of the picture is in black and white). And near the end of the movie "The Tingler" finally attacks YOU - the audience! - and you must listen to Vincent Price's instructions or you'll never be rid of it!
The DVD includes a nice little 15-minute or so behind-the-scenes look at the movie, featuring Darryl Hickman (Dave). His recollections of William Castle and the plastic Tingler creature used in the movie are especially funny. There's also the drive-in version of the narration in the scene where you are attacked by The Tingler. And the trailer is fun to watch.
If you like this, go out and get "13 Ghosts" and "House on Haunted Hill" - and pray that they don't try to remake any more of these movies!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: William Castle
Actors:
Vincent Price
Judith Evelyn




DVD title: Groove (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Groove (Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Get a Grip People...it's a movie.


First of all let me start by saying I loved this movie! ... my wife listens to christian country and it's now her favorite movie she watches it more than I do, and she has NEVER been to a rave.The acting is great for the production, those of you complaining about the visual quality and sound- This movie did not have a million dollar budget, if you want hollywood crap go rent men in black 2 again. This film gave a great depiction of the party scene, yes it does condone drug use, but responsible use. If you had seen the movie you would see that it also shows one kid who is being irresponsible and who winds up having someone stay with him so he dosent die. My only complaint is the reviewers that keep saying over and over this isn't what a rave looks like! REALIZE THAT A RAVE IS DIFFERENT IN EVERY TOWN.Out here partys are held in cow pastures, I have never been to california but I have a pretty good feeling that the depiction is spot on.For the gifted PLUR...for the haters U.F.O.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Greg Harrison (III)



DVD title: Thundercats - Season One, Volume One
Productgroup: DVD
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finally


this was my favorite cartoon at the end of my childhood.cant wait till it cames out.wish he-man would come out as complete set and not a 10 favorite episode set like they are doing.he man was my favorite cartoon before thundercats

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: Shakira - MTV Unplugged
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply the best


To appreciate all that Shakira is, you MUST see this concert. Having missed it when it aired on television, I only had the live cd to listen to; the DVD is 10 times better. Not only is it in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, but there is also an option for english subtitles (for people like myself with a very limited Spanish vocabulary) as well as a behind the scenes featurette. The clarity of the sound in dolby digital makes it seem like you're really at the concert. And then, theres the performance. Shakira makes singing look so easy. You can tell that she is a master of her art (even though this concert is 3 years old) and knows how to captivate an audience. My personal favorites are the reworked "Estoy Aqui", "Inevitable", and "Tu", which is the greatest song a person can sing to another human being. Get this cd, turn the lights off, light a candle, and prepare to be amazed.

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Director: Milton Lage



DVD title: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Productgroup: DVD
A Nightmare on Elm Street - movie DVD cover picture
Forget The Sequels!


When A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET came out, there was nothing else like it. I'd seen Friday The 13th, Halloween, etc., but here was a different kind of "slasher" flick. Unlike it's peers, ANOES is not just about a mindless murderer on a rampage. This guy is a long-dead child killer who comes back after the kids of the folks who did him in. The idea of a serial killer who attacks his victims in their dreams was original and fascinating. I liked the way the heroine Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) actually had a brain and was not afraid to use it in combatting the hideous evil of Fred Krueger. The way that Craven overlapped dream and reality was mind-bending for it's time! The nightmare sequences are actually terrifying, especially when Nancy is visited by her dead friend Tina. Please forget all about the ridiculous sequels. This is the ONLY Nightmare necessary...

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Wes Craven
Actors:
Heather Langenkamp
Johnny Depp
Robert Englund




DVD title: The Buddy Holly Story
Productgroup: DVD
The Buddy Holly Story - movie DVD cover picture
Gary Busey brings Buddy Holly to life!


I'm a huge fan of Gary Busey, who may not be a "star" but is nevertheless a great actor. This is by far his best performance, & I feel he deserved the best actor oscar more than Jon Voight (who won for Coming Home). Few people know that Busey was a musician before he was an actor, so in this awesome musical biography of Buddy Holly we get to see just how talented he is. The film is mostly factual, although some screen characters are actually composites of two or more people. The energy in Busey's performance is what makes this a winner. Not only did he sing, he did it while being filmed live! That's what gives this such a realistic look to it & it's why this stands out among the other musical biographies as one of the best. There was also a lot of unscripted dialogue that makes this even more entertaining. The best thing about the dvd is the hilarious & very informative commentary from the director Steve Rash & Gary Busey, which is almost as good as the film itself! This is an excellent tribute to a lengendary rock & roll icon & it won an oscar for best score adaptation. Do yourself a favor, add this great film to your collection!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Steve Rash
Actors:
Gary Busey



DVD title: Red Dragon - Collector's Edition (Widescreen)
Productgroup: DVD
Red Dragon - Collector's Edition (Widescreen) - movie DVD cover picture
Hopkins Does It Again


RED DRAGON is one of the best movies if its year, and provides a wonderful capper for the Lecter trilogy. I know that there are a great many fans of MANHUNTER who still feel that it is a better movie, but I am definitely not one of them. Brian Cox is a wonderful actor, but he never captured the true malevolence of Lecter, only his remarkable stillness. Anthony Hopkins is simply (in the words of the NY Times) "the best [screen] actor working in [film] today." Even though Lecter is a minor character in the the original novel, you remember him long after putting the book down. Anthony Hopkins does the same thing for Lecter in the movies. If it hadn't been for the inevitable comparisons between the two films, Brian Cox would hardly be remembered at all for his portrayal of Lecter. Although Tom Noonan is especially creepy as the villain of MANHUNTER, Ralph Fiennes equals, if not exceeds, his creepiness, and Ed Norton brings everything you would expect from an actor of his calibur. This movie is simply a MUST SEE, and I can't wait until the DVD arrives.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brett Ratner
Actors:
Anthony Hopkins
Edward Norton
Ralph Fiennes




DVD title: Moonlighting - Seasons 1 & 2
Productgroup: DVD
Moonlighting - Seasons 1 & 2 - movie DVD cover picture
Moonlighting is a welcome set, however buyer beware!


I loved the show when it first aired, recoreded every episode and still watch them on occassion. Now that the DVD is out for seasons 1 & 2, I had thought I could get rid of my tapes. While I do love the picture quality, the commentaries and the fact that there are no commercials in the DVDs, I am very disappointed with Lions Gate for being in such a rush to release the DVDs and to secure rush for the rights to the music, they changed some of the incidental in the episode "The Lady in the Iron Veil." The is no William Tell overature in the climatic chase scene. And quite frankly, it sucks now as it has lost a portion of the humor. I also believe that the music is different in another episode, and the bloopers of the Dr. Suess-ish rhyme is not at the end of the episode, "The Murder is in the Mail." Guess I have to save my VHS copies now. All I can say to Lions Gate Entertainment is the following...

"How dare you guys fool around with the sounds and humor of "Moonlighting. You guys are evil and should be destroyed."



Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Actors:
Cybill Shepherd



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