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DVD title: The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Perfect movie


It's a great adaptation of the brodway show, I like it so much, It's one of my favorites musicals.

I love how Gerard Buttler, show us a very nise phantom,It's a very good movie ,but don't have the same impact than chicago at the Oscars but steel a great movie.



Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors:
Gerard Butler
Emmy Rossum
Patrick Wilson




DVD title: The Ultimate Matrix Collection (The Matrix / Reloaded / Revolutions / Revisited / The Animatrix)
Productgroup: DVD
The Ultimate Matrix Collection (The Matrix / Reloaded / Revolutions / Revisited / The Animatrix) - movie DVD cover picture
a complete collection at a great price


wow, 10 discs!! This set is definitely complete, enough to "reload" my 5 disc carousel twice, haha. Ok, I'm a matrix fan that owned all 3 movies already on DVD. I immediately sold them upon hearing news of this set. I'm very happy to hear of the new digital transfers.

I keep hearing a lot of ppl complain about both reloaded & revolutions. I don't know why they complain at all, I thought they were great. The visual effects and music are top notch. Maybe it's just cuz I'm a fan or maybe it's because I don't over analyze it and think I could've made it better. Respect the directors and THEIR vision for how it progresses. I agree though, it does kinda suck how production companies release a movie then a year or two or three down the road offer a new better more complete version or a longer unrated directors cut, but what can you do? There's no way to really know for sure what they someday will release to the public. That is just a sneaky little industry trick to boost their profits and unfortunately happens far too often. Anyways, to all fans of The Matrix, get this set... it's loaded!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Keanu Reeves



DVD title: Pygmalion - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
Pygmalion - Criterion Collection - movie DVD cover picture
This is the edition to own


The Criterion/Home Vision edition of this wonderful film is definitely the one to own. It is taken from a pristine print and the sound quality is amazingly vibrant for a film that is over sixty years old. The other available versions are all from worn public domain prints that are better left sight unseen and prove the old truism "you get what you pay for."
I have always been a fan of Leslie Howard: his delightfully cynical Higgins was no surprise. The real revelation for me was Wendy Hiller as Eliza. I was previously primarily familiar with her later roles, such as Paul Scofield's wife in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. She is absolutely luminous in this film.
If you are a fan of MY FAIR LADY, this is a must-have motion picture.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Actors:
Leslie Howard
Wendy Hiller




DVD title: Tokyo Babylon Vols 01 & 02
Productgroup: DVD
Tokyo Babylon Vols 01 & 02 - movie DVD cover picture
Tokyo Babylon is arguably CLAMP's greatest tale!


Tokyo Babylon is a magnificent, heartbreaking CLAMP story (and a personal favorite) about young Subaru Sumeragi, his twin sister, Hokuto, and their friend, Seishiro Sakurazuka. Together, the three explore Tokyo City, commenting upon the hypocritical and unthinking masses and the damage group mentality can cause the individual. Subaru Sumeragi, as an onmyouji (a Japanese medium and exorcist), is privy to things that a normal sixteen only imagines. In Tokyo Babylon, Subaru is the protagonist of a tale that interweaves an existentialist Tokyo with traditional Japanese mysticism.
Unfortunately, the seven-volume CLAMP manga series will probably never be commerically released in the United States, as it is primarily a societal criticism with some male-male romantic underpinings between Seishiro and Subaru. Combining the knee-jerk reaction in the US toward any suggestion of homosexual romance and the culture-bound nature of the criticism makes for a story that is unlikely to sell. However, the anime demonstrates neither of these (despite the cover art's insinuation), so this two-part anime certainly the most assessible manner in which to enjoy Tokyo Babylon. Unlike many anime OVA series based upon manga titles, the anime comprises original stories, which, incidentally, were not created by CLAMP.
The first volume details Subaru's confrontation with Negumo, a young businessman with uncanny good luck that seems to leave anyone in his way dead. After Negumo's luck leads to the death of a colleague, the man's sister seeks revenge, using spiritual means that endangers everyone. Subaru must help this woman, but how can he reach a woman in deep mourning?
In the second volume, Subaru witnesses a grisly murder on the subway. A postcognitive woman also witnesses the murder with her powers, and Subaru immediately feels a connection to her. Caught up in a horrifying web of murder and madness, Subaru is forced to meet the serial killer face to face. This episode also includes a beautifully interpreted animation of the famed "Sakura Barrow" scene.
Thus, though the anime contains many of the surface features and motifs of the CLAMP creation, it lacks much of the depth and passion that made Tokyo Babylon so great. For example, in both parts 1 and 2, Subaru needs physical rescuing. In the manga, he is a onmyouji of great competence and professionalism; when he needs rescuing, it is typically from himself, not others.
Also, the anime is open-ended. None of the underlying story arcs are resolved or explained. US Manga Corps changed the dub significantly to try to resolve these issues, undoubtedly appalling purists, but, in the sub, the ambiguity has been preserved. In either case, though the complex relationship between Seishiro and Subaru is sublimated and not at all well-represented. This relationship between the two is explained and developed in another CLAMP title, X. For this reason, this anime is a must for those familiar with X (X/1999 in the US).
Why, then, is the series called, "Tokyo Babylon"? Such a question is not necessarily made clear even upon repeated viewings of the videos but is essential to truly understanding the story. The title is a metaphor, likening the city of Tokyo to the Biblical city of Babel and criticizing the hubris of the modern populace. Their selfishness and arrogance is compared to the purity and innocence of Subaru. The Tokyo of the anime is dark and oppressive; buildings loom high overhead, threatening those under them and people brush past without a second glance.
Nonetheless, the Tokyo Babylon anime is a delightful story, subtle and impressive. It has a provocative, if disturbing message, one that will surely move any who take the time to view it. I highly recommend it to anime lovers interested in a story that transcends super-powered robots and big-breasted women and definitively label it a must for all CLAMP fans.

Studio: CENTRAL PARK MEDIA
Director: K├┤ichi Chigira



DVD title: Time Changer
Productgroup: DVD
Time Changer - movie DVD cover picture
Good movie, fantastic lesson about truth and right & wrong


The movie moves quickly and keeps your interest. Its good for young and old. It is very Christian (the J word is actually used in its fullness). Blessings to all!

Studio: Hannover House
Director: Rich Christiano
Actors:
D. David Morin
Gavin MacLeod
Hal Linden




DVD title: Snatch (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Snatch (Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
I now see pigs in a whole new light...


I love this movie. Lots of action, but not in the usual formulaic way, great characters, perfect actors for the parts, and it's really, REALLY funny. Brad Pitt does a great job as Mickey, and Bullet Tooth Tony is awesome. If you like action and/or British movies give this one a try. Guy Ritchie is, for the most part, a good director. Now if we can just keep Madonna from influencing any more of his movie making decisions, lest we be subjected to another "Swept Away"...

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Guy Ritchie
Actors:
Jason Statham
Brad Pitt




DVD title: Saving Private Ryan
Productgroup: DVD
Saving Private Ryan - movie DVD cover picture
This is a movie that everyone should see!


I give this movie a 5 star rating and think that you will do the same. We take advantage of our daily freedoms and sometimes, we just need to be put right back into reality! It will make you take more time and give more love to yours and your community.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Close to perfection-LOTR!


Nothing is perfect in this world, although hollywood would have us think otherwise. Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lord of The Rings to film is as close to perfect as you could get!! Staying true to the book/trilogy Peter Jackson allows the characters to develop, as in the book, and combines real-life elements with "Middle-Earth" magic like no other fantasy movie I've seen. Even if you haven't read the LOTR trilogy you can get a sense of the story as the movie progresses; And ending it as it should have ended gives the viewer more of a yearning and longing for the sequel!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Ian McKellen



DVD title: Star Trek - The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Trek - The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Magnificent


I have always regarded this film as a diamond in the rough, a thoughtful (and grossly unappreciated) story on an epic stage. And now... there are still some rough edges, but the film is significantly tighter and cleaner. As was the case with the 1978 Superman movie, the ideal cut was somewhere between the original theatrical release and the overloaded "kitchen sink" TV version. We now have a better sense of V'ger's motivations, and why it chose Ilia to be its voice. The visuals are all the more fantastic, but are still mindful of what was possible in 1979... unlike the uneven mishmash Lucas made of Star Wars. Thankfully, the web rumors were wrong, and Spock's spectacular V'ger fly-through was not removed. This film can now truly take its place among the very best science fiction motion pictures of all time... arguably, second only to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Shatner
Nimoy
William Shatner




DVD title: The Kentucky Fried Movie
Productgroup: DVD
The Kentucky Fried Movie - movie DVD cover picture
This is the funniest thing I have ever seen.


I doubt you will ever see a movie like this again.It starts off with a bang. When I first rented it a few yearsago, I watched it with a few freinds. And after the opening theme song, which is strange enough. A reporter comes on andsays "The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in."One of my freinds nearly choked on a ciggarette from laughter.
There are so many funny moments to this movie. One is where a family makes there dead kid part of the family again. As they take him to the dinner table and ball game. Another is a spoof of a porno called "When Catholic Girls Go Wild" This is just too funny, I laugh as I'm typing thinking about it. My 3rd favorite is The Joy of Sex which is like an instructional video on how to have sex narrated by Shadow Stevens formerley of American Top 40. I could go on and name scene after scene. But they are all funny.
If you like sketch comedey and have a open mind to humor.This is a must own. It is old but this is a classic.
I love this stupid movie.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: John Landis
Actors:
David Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Jerry Zucker




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