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DVD title: Sweet Liberty
Productgroup: DVD
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Patiently waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting

I am a fan of most of the Alan Alda films, Sweet Liberty included. (A clue of this might be found in my sign-on name - "Hawkeye".)

Unfortunately, apparently this DVD is only the pan/scan version - modified to fit the soon-to-be-obsolete 3x4 TV screens.

My wait goes on for widescreen DVD's of some of the best of the ALAN ALDA films, including Sweet Liberty, A New Life, and especially The Seduction of Joe Tynan (my favorite of these three yet to be released)!

Come on studios - It's way past time to release these and many other classic (and still very popular) films of the 70's and 80's in WIDESCREEN!

Incidentally - I do not necessarily agree with all of Alan Alda's politics - but I find his expression of them to be sincere, honest, and intelligent. I do not agree with the reviewer that found a hidden guilt as the subconscious motive for Sweet Liberty. Yes, there were some "liberties" taken on M*A*S*H - however, I never found them to be insulting to the audience as would be the liberties taken in the movie-within-a-movie in Sweet Liberty. I believe that SL is more of a commentary on Hollywood's apparent inclination to twist facts to their own liking (and profit taking). M*A*S*H on the other hand, from what I have read and understand about the show, particularly after the first couple seasons, made a very real and concerted effort to research actual M*A*S*H units, interview patients and doctors, etc - in order to present the stories as authentically as possible. I may not have always agreed with the message, but I do not have any criticism for the way the message was delivered. This was not intended to be a review of M*A*S*H, but, since I consider it to be the best television show of all time, and a show which just gets better with time, and that got better with each subsequent season, I just wanted to reply to the reviewer that seemed to be criticising it.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Alan Alda
Alan Alda
Michael Caine
Michelle Pfeiffer

DVD title: For the Boys
Productgroup: DVD
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I Love this movie

I think this movie is up there with Beaches. I just love it. The music, the acting, the story... all work wonderfully.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Mark Rydell
Bette Midler
James Caan

DVD title: Ma Vie En Rose
Productgroup: DVD
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Wacky and funny

This movie is odd, yet I really liked it. In a way, it has a touch of Pee-Wee Herman, because a giant French version of Barbie is always flyin' around. Despite it's utter goofiness, it really deals with some recent topics. I throughly enjoyed it. I think more movies should deal with lesbanism and gays.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Alain Berliner
Michèle Laroque
Jean-Philippe Écoffey
Hélène Vincent
Georges Du Fresne

DVD title: Badder Santa (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Black Comedy At Its Best

Not for the faint of heart -- but Billy Bob Thornton is a genius at portraying the low life Willie who indeed discovers that he has a heart of gold despite himself, and John Ritter is truly marvelous as the store manager. I particularly loved the ending, and Chloris Leachman as the addled granny, and the scene when they are decorating the Christmas tree, and the scene where Willy is setting up the lumeria, and the scene where the little kid discovers the aspirin in his Advent calendar..... I wouldn't recommend this to my mother or anyone else's mother, and probably wouldn't admit to most of my coworkers that I thought it was funny from beginning to end (yes, even the nasty parts).

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Billy Bob Thornton
Lauren Graham
Bernie Mac
John Ritter

DVD title: Sideways (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Any Which Way....Fantastic!

Believe all the hype that you have heard on this film it is absolutely wonderful in so many ways.

Meet Miles (Paul Giamatti) and his engaged friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) as they embark upon a last effort at freedom before Jack heads down the aisle. Miles is a hapless writer struggling to overcome a breakup with an old flame and Jack is every woman's worst nightmare...that really stupid, overly sexy man who lies like a fiend! The friends end up going for a tour of wineries, Miles is obsessed with Pinot Grigio and Jack with sex. As they spend a week together things start to unravel because of lost dreams, new lives and selfish indulgences that lead to broken hearts along the way. The boys meet a couple of bright and wonderful women who add to the fiasco. A waitress (Virginia Madsen) coming to terms with a divorce and a new way of life describes wine as only a true poet can. While a wild and exuberant wine pourer (Sandra Oh) indulges herself in more than one area. So it is a week of laughter, disappointment, rage and discovery for all the parties involved. But the wine is the true star!

This film is written lyrically and it flows like the wine which remains its sub-textural subject. It deals with the complexities of relationships the same way that wineries deal with their crops, some are quick and tart while others have to sit before they build their full bouquets. The acting is phenomenal offering both comic and emotional depth in each of the characters. Madsen is luminous and has the best lines; her character probably the best soul. Giamatti is subtle yet hilarious as the unconfident man with a heart of gold. Church makes women swoon and then cringe but he also makes viewers laugh out loud. And Sandra Oh has the best revenge scene ever go girl! Together the blend has an essence of vanilla, a touch of oak and absolutely no horrible aftertaste because it is aged and cared for just like a fine body of wine shelved sideways.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Alexander Payne
Paul Giamatti
Thomas Haden Church
Virginia Madsen
Sandra Oh

DVD title: Lotte Berk Method For Beginners - Hip Hugger Abs
Productgroup: DVD
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Little movement, big results

The only advice I can give: concentration. If you concentrate on truly holding your abs in, your breathing, and your form, this DVD is truly amazing. If not, if you simply go through the motions, it's no better than any other one out there.
That being said, this DVD truly gives you something to work towards. While none of them have the scary 6 pack abs found on female body builders, they all have shapes to be envious of, and Barbara? The woman held the plank pose the entire time! I was shaking the first time I did it after 30 seconds. If you want the streamlined dancer's look, and the sleek, hard abs of someone with core strength, this is for you. The extra blast at the end is not for the easily intimidated--it's much harder than it looks. Great value for the money!

Studio: Goldhil Home Media I
Lotte Berk

DVD title: Jurassic Park III (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Jurassic Park III

I was very happy with Jurassic Park III. I found it more interesting than Jurassic Park II.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Joe Johnston
Sam Neill
William H. Macy
Téa Leoni

DVD title: The Who - The Kids Are Alright
Productgroup: DVD
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Oh my gosh this is awesome. If you like the Who, you will love them after watching this and if you already love the Who then you will be on cloud nine! They are THE BEST!!!! Awesome restoration! GET IT!!!!

Studio: Pioneer
Director: Jeff Stein
Roger Daltrey
John Entwistle
Keith Moon
Pete Townshend

DVD title: Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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A great film of fun

Growing up, I loved the Nightmare on Elm St. series. I also really liked the Friday the 13ths, but Freddy, due to his nature of being in dreams, was always in the more visually and emotional of the films. Ever since the end of, Jason Goes to Hell, most of the fans of both series have been eagerly awaiting this film. Flash Forward 10 years later and most of us in our late 20's or 30's flocked back to not only see what New Line came up with, but also in some ways to feel like that teenager again who got thrilled when their favorite villian took out some annoying person. Well, the studio did not disappoint. I truly believe Bob Shaye wanted his studio to make the best film possible out of this material and with Ronny Yu at the helm, they succeeded. This film is fun, surrealistically bloody and over the top, but it has to be or it would just be ponderous and lame. I believe with the extras offered but mostly for the film itself, this dvd will sell very well. I know I already ordered my copy. For any of you who grew up with these francises and worried about the studio dumbing it down for kids, well I can tell you that they made it for us first.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Ronny Yu
Ken Kirzinger
Robert Englund
Kelly Rowland

DVD title: Escaflowne - Dragons and Destiny (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Escaflowne is the best!

First, my english is not very good( sorry: I am french), but I really want to review this anime. Escaflown has a fabulous scenario, where fate, honor, courage, madness, betrayal...are finely treated. ( I forgot love; it's very important when love is adequatly treated)
Moreover, drawings are of a rare quality. And the end of the story is "extraordinaire" I adore this anime.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Shoji Kawamori

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