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DVD title: Babe
Productgroup: DVD
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Pigs are Great, REAL GREAT

I rented Babe for a Friday movie night with my fiance who thought I had lost my mind...a movie about a talking pig? Well in a short time she stopped questioning my mental stability(at least as far as this movie is concerned). She strongly agreed that this was a wonderful feel good movie. We have seen a lot of current movies that just left us annoyed by the end, Babe will leave you with a smile on your face. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Chris Noonan
Christine Cavanaugh
James Cromwell
Magda Szubanski

DVD title: Three Amigos!
Productgroup: DVD
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We Ride! We Fight! We Love!

From the moment the movie started I was laughing. The three stars are hilarious, especially when they sing. This western comedy is appropriate for the whole family.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: John Landis
Chevy Chase
Steve Martin
Martin Short

DVD title: Friday the 13th
Productgroup: DVD
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Low Budget Masterpiece

I've watched this movie many times before, and I still think it was well made. It has good scares, the acting is not bad and the Music/Score is amazing (It might remind you of "Psycho" or "Jaws"). The only weakness here is the Cliche Old horror formula plot. A Major attraction in this film is the gruesome way the characters get killed, one by one! By, the way, this movie might have some elements taken from "Halloween". But this is a complete different case.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Betsy Palmer
Adrienne King

DVD title: Prenatal Yoga
Productgroup: DVD
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Living arts Yoga never disappoint me

I've been doing 'yoga for weightloss' before, but as soon as I got pregnant, I ordered this video.(even though I live in Europe, I did not have problem with playing this tapebecause I got the player with NTSC capability.)Living arts series are so professional thatyou never would be bothered by any unnecessary comments or music.It really let me focus on the practice.

Studio: Gaiam
Shiva Rea

DVD title: Cheers - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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The set we all have been waiting for

I have been waiting for this series to hit DVD since TV shows to disc have become all the rage.Finally we are getting one of the greatest sitcoms ever complete and in order.While i feel the show didn't hit it's stride till the second season this set will still be something to cherish forever.I can not wait till Paramount releases all of the episiodes.Definately a treasure.Now if we can just get Night Court on DVD.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Ted Danson

DVD title: The Undertaker and His Pals
Productgroup: DVD
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Even Betty Crocker Never Tasted So Good!

The Undertaker and his Pals, an unsung B-movie heavily hinging the horrific with huge helpings of comedic relief, was something of a joy to watch. In fact, everyone I've showed it to thusfar - myself included - has found most of it, with the exception of the occasionally overdrawn chase scene or the moments when we have too much of driving cars/roving motorcycles, utterly intoxicating. I personally liked the move because it doesn't try to hide the facts within a cheaply insulting plot, opting instead to have fun with the concepts themselves and not with the frustration of the viewer.
Our tale begins with three bikers as they begin a reign of terror, one starting with them randomly locating the name of a potential victim in a phone book lovingly supplied in their friendly neighborhood telephone booth. There they locate the name of a Ms. Lamb, cruise on over to her home in their less-than-suspicious bikerwear (leather jacket, helmet, goggles, and cute little iron-on skull-and-crossbone insignias), and promptly being mutilating - I mean operating, keeping the legs and leaving the rest. Cut to our main character, a detective that lives to love the ladies, and his secretary as they go to the local diner, The Greasy Spoon, run by the illustrious Doc and Spike. The Detective decides to order the special of the day, leg of lamb, as his spicy secretary, Ms. Poultry, gets rude with Spike. Then, as another insult, the detective refuses to try the lamb, telling Spike that he's not sure what they're trying to pass off on their customers, while Ms. Poultry threatens to call the health department before the two depart. This, of course, leads to a new specialty item, breast of chicken, later on. Over the course of the movie we also learn about the Undertaker, Spike and Docs, friend, and his shady practices, the reason that Doc was kicked out of medical school, why women shouldn't hang out with detectives if they value their lives, how meals our named to add a little sarcasm to the killing and grilling business, and that the local police department/detectives in this movie are obviously as responsible, through bumbling, for the murders as the killers themselves.
The only unfortunate that the DVD has to offer is its quality, something I would have liked a bit more of, but asking that of a cheaper movie is asking a lot. Besides, it isn't too terrible and the movie itself, rolling punchlines through a veritable valley of gore, makes this issue only a small nuisance during an otherwise overly enjoyable experience.

Studio: Vci Home Video
Director: T.L.P. Swicegood

DVD title: Yossi and Jagger
Productgroup: DVD
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Only for Sensible Gay Men

If you are tough in the outside, but sensible inside, this movie will shake your internal most deep feelings. It will redefine your idea of life. A reality check for those of us who think that the death of a loved one is nothing but tears. Yossi and Jagger trascends the physical love and affection to reach a sad, yet beautiful after death acceptance. But, like I said, if you are insensible, superficial and unreal, this movie is not for you.

Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Eytan Fox
Ohad Knoller
Yehuda Levi
Assi Cohen (II)

DVD title: Cheers - The Complete Sixth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Have a good life...............

So says Sam Malone to Diane Chambers as she leaves Cheers for the last time (until the show's final episode). I remember hearing the rumors back then that Cheers could not survive without the chemistry of Ted Danson and Shelley Long. First they lost Coach, now they lost Diane, how could the show continue with the loss of not one, but two beloved characters? I was further distraught when I read during the off-season that Kirstie Alley would play the new character to replace Sam's love interest. Back then I was asking "Who the heck is Kirstie Alley?" When a friend of mine pointed out to me that she was the woman that played Lt. Saavik, the female Vulcan on 'Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan', I hung my head. My favorite show was doomed.

How wrong I was. Kirstie Alley brought a new element to the Cheers crowd that was enjoyable, entertaining, and above all funny. Not only that but with the loss of Diane, every character had to step up. Fraiser, Cliff, Norm, Woody, and Carla did exactly that. The show seemed to get better because the characters now had to play parts and do storylines never done before. In Seasons 1-5 the on again off again relationship between Sam and Diane dictated the show and everyone else it seemed was along for the ride. Now characters had their own stories and adventures.

Looking back now I wonder if Cheers would have survived if Diane stayed. Where else could Season 5 end but by Sam and Diane getting married? Would the show still be fun? Would we really want to see Sam as a married family man. My guess is no. Sam and Diane either had to get married and end Cheers with Season 5 and a happy ending (and probably a disasterous spin-off) or carry on with a totally different storyline.

I for one am looking forward to the 'Rebecca Years'. They were great shows and Ted Danson and Kirstie Alley had a great chemistry of their own.

Can't wait for September 13, 2005.


Studio: Paramount Home Video
Ted Danson

DVD title: El Dorado
Productgroup: DVD
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Maybe the Duke's Best

I'm 53 years old and have loved John Wayne since first seeing him at the movies as "Hondo" as a boy. I loved Rio Bravo, but have to give the edge to this remake. As good as the original was, El Dorado is more enjoyable and convincing to me. The Duke is as good as he ever was in his usual role as the hired gun with a conscience whose reputation alone strikes fear into the hearts of the bad guys. Few western actresses could match the young Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo, but the male supporting cast is better in El Dorado. Mitchum is excellent, young James Caan adds charm and humor and Arthur Hunnicutt nearly steals the show in the Walter Brennan role as Mitchum's loyal, but crusty deputy, Bull. For my money, Hunnicutt is one of the great homespun character actors of all time and this is certainly one of his very best performances. Most don't know his name like they do the great Walter Brennan's but he's just as good or better. A then noname Ed Asner and Christopher George (TV's The Rat Patrol) are excellent as the main bad guys. George is actually somewhat likeable as a man willing to sell his gun to the most odious of crooks, but still possessed of a sense of fair play. Jim Davis (Jock Ewing of TV's Dallas) plays one of Asner's henchmen. This is just a great cast telling a great old west story.
A recent biography of director Howard Hawks points out that Hawks badly needed a hit late in his career when El Dorado was put together. His effort is evident. Even the opening credits are great--a series of beautiful western paintings by Olaf Wieghorst, who also appears as the gunsmith, "The Swede." The title song by George Alexander is memorable as well.
BTW, the poem Caan keeps quoting, which serves as the foundation for the title song, was Edgar Alan Poe's last poem--"El Dorado", of course. The movie was filmed just west of Tucson, AZ in what is today Old Tucson--a must tour for anyone interested in westerns. Westerns are still filmed there. Movies filmed there include Rio Bravo, El Dorado, McClintock, and Rio Lobo by Wayne, as well as many others such as Joe Kidd, Tombstone and even The Three Amigos.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Howard Hawks
John Wayne
Robert Mitchum

DVD title: The Amityville Horror
Productgroup: DVD
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It's one hell of a house!

Where do I even begin? After seeing the brand new horror epic, The Amityville Horror, with more of a mysterious background to it's story, I decided to just go see it for the heck of going to see a new horror film (hadn't seen one in a while). I had seen bits and pieces of the original, which I had thought looked stupid with the top windows on almost all the time, even in the daytime making it look as if the house had eyes (it's trademark). I was wondering where they were going with all of this, but then again, it was a movie, so what could I expect?

After seeing the new one, I was surprised to find out that the films were based on true events. Thinking this was rediculously unbeleivable, I took into consideration that maybe it was wasn't a lie. Doing some research, I also found that the new one barely even followed the supposedly true story, and that the old one was much more accurate to the Defeo and the Lutz stories, so I figured I would rent the old one and see just what really did go on in that house where the Lutzes claimed black fluid was oozing from the toilets, the walls were bleeding blood, and that there was a pit to hell in the basement. Now if that doesn't take the cake, I don't know what does.

112 Ocean Ave. was a seemingly normal and happy place. The Defeo family of seven had just moved into the large house the year of 1974, along with their oldest son Ronald Defeo Jr. who was 23. But merely 28 days after moving in, a grisly murder was commited in the house by Ronald, who killed all four of his brothers and sisters, and his parents. With a full confession, Ronald "Rodney" claimed he heard voices coming from inside the house saying to "Katch em', Kill em'", which was scribbled all over the inside one of Rodney's books.

One year later, George Lutz (James Brolin) Kathy Lutz (Margot Kidder) and Kathy's three kids had finally found a house at an almost affordable price. Being a contracter, George knows a house such as 112 Ocean Ave. is not supposed to be priced $80,000, but more around $120,000. With a price neither can refuse, the Lutzes buy the house only to find that the reason why the house is so cheap is inevitable; it's past is still haunting amityville, and hell is about to come alive inside of the Lutzes, the ghosts of the Defeos, and the demons who have taken the house for themselves.

Down to the same exact time and number of days, the Lutzes were running for their lives at the same times that the Defeos were being shot by their son Rodney, leaving everything they owned except for their car and the clothes they wore, behind. There was no way it couldn't be true. There were too many things affecting not just the Lutzes, but the Defeo family, the Lutzes friends and family, and the realtors who were selling the house. The house ended up going through 4 realtors in one year. None of them wanted to even go near the house again.

Like many others after the first two familys, there were plenty more making sensational claims, all turning out to be ablysmally fake, but none is as mind boggling as the Lutzes, who past lie detector tests, would not go back for their personal belongings, and refused to even live in New York anymore, and moved to a different state. Even the kids said the exact same thing as the parents, and no brainwashing seemed to have been taken place. All said the same thing, and no stories were changed during investigation. It seems to be another one of those things that will be left unsolved...for a while.

As for the movie, I would suggest seing the new one better. The acting and suspense in this one seems to fall short each time of what it's really trying to achieve. I give it five stars because of accuracy to the true story, but if not, it would've gotten three stars. It's got some pretty good scares, and effects, such as the pit to hell, and the bleeding walls. The ending is probably the best part. As the film tries desperately to do things, it ends up stopping on one subject, and going straight to another very fast without much being solved, but in a true story, there isn't much solved anyway for this poor family. See it. It's definitely a cult classic that will continue to move on in history.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
James Brolin
Margot Kidder

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