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DVD title: The Prince of Egypt
Productgroup: DVD
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Places you alongside Moses during the Exodus...


I don't watch a lot of animated movies, and I hate Disney's animation. However, Dreamworks SKG offers a better type of animation, and in my opinion, one whose plots are geared more toward adult audiences (while still remaining suitable for children). A prime example is The Prince of Egypt; entertaining, dramatic, emotional, and beautifully animated. After seeing it in theatres, I was immediately impressed, and bought it on DVD as soon as it was released. To my surprise, it was even better on DVD! Now, maybe that's just because my DVD home theatre system is awesome in it's own right - but the experience of watching The Prince of Egypt on DVD compares to no other movie viewing experience I have known. The colour is awesome - bright, rich, and vibrant. There is no distortion, and the clarity is superb. The sound is my main reason for loving this movie. With an unbelievable score by Hans Zimmer, and great songs throughout, this movie is worth watching again and again just to listen to. The DTS edition delivers the best sound quality I have heard to date on DVD. (Again, this is also thanks to my system). There are two scenes in the movie that give me goosebumps and tear-jerked eyes. The sound just seems to engulf you and carry you away - and you can feel the emotion that they are trying to project in the film (again, great job on Hans Zimmer's part). I have had my DVD system for almost one year now, and I have over 100 titles in my collection. Of all the movies I have to choose from, I watch this movie at least three times a week - It's just a feel good movie with great sound, picture, and an all-star cast of voices, including Sandra Bullock and Ralph Fiennes (two of my favourites). Since watching The Prince of Egypt, I became hooked on Dreamworks' animated features. The Road To El Dorado, my second favourite movie offers the same great sound quality, picture clarity (great colour contrast and saturation in this movie), and overall entertainment value. Dreamworks is also responsible for Joseph: King of Dreams, and the claymation feature, Chicken Run. Recently they produced Shrek - Available on DVD November 2! I just wish that they would make more animated movies. They only have three so far, but every one of them is awesome. If you like Disney at all, be prepared to be blown away by Dreamworks. And for one of the best, most dramatic, feel-good stories ever - The Prince of Egypt is my number one reccomendation! Everyone I know who has seen this movie, DVD or not, has loved it. I cannot tell you enough how great it is, and on DVD how much more enjoyable it is. If you buy any movie for yourself or your kids, or anyone - this is guaranteed to be a hit! Also note that The Prince of Egypt won an Oscar for best original song (again, great job Hans!), and was nominated for best picture. Trust me, you'll love it!

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Actors:
Val Kilmer
Ralph Fiennes




DVD title: Casper (Full Screen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I really like this movie and can't wait for the DVD version.


This wonderful example of a children's movie done right succeeds on an overwhelming number of levels. Not only is this film an enormously entertaining comedy with slightly off-the-wall characters and a bit of slapstick thrown in for good measure, but also it manages to bring up many deep and even frighteningly serious and heartbreaking philosophical ideas that make this movie worth watching for audiences of all ages. Gloriously presented in a high-tech stytle that is, fortunately, possible in today's cinema, Casper is an all-around masterpiece and, possibly, the best kids' movie of the decade.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brad Silberling
Actors:
Bill Pullman
Christina Ricci
Cathy Moriarty
Eric Idle




DVD title: The Machinist
Productgroup: DVD
The Machinist - movie DVD cover picture
Christian Bale delivers again


Foreign films usually suck...and suck hard. By foreign films I don't mean "Lord of the Rings" or "Michael Collins", which were shot with well-known actors and substantial budgets. By foreign films, I mean the ones shot in Whereveristan, funded by local quickie-mart collection trays, and doomed to flounder in film festival abyss until blurred and forgotten in the dredlocked reflections of its pot-smoking viewers. Perhaps my uber-low expectations of any foreign cinema shot outside the UK or her satellites prejudiced me to award an otherwise undeserved five stars to this film upon discovery that it actually heralded quality acting and a plot not detectable after the first thirty seconds. Perhaps not. Only the macabre recesses of my darker angels know for sure.

Having said that, I found "The Machinist" definately worth the rent and a recommendation to not just enemies. I read other reviews saying they were disappointed because they had expected "Fight Club" and gotten something else. I had never been told to expect "Fight Club" and therefore do not share in this disappointment, though I was not as motivated by "Fight Club" as the prepubescent anarchy-is-so-cool-and-I'm-a-rebel-becau se-I-mumble-obscenties-to-my-dad-when-he 's-just-out-of-earshot types. I thought "The Machinist" was a bit more like "Jacob's Ladder" than anything else, with the time lapses back and forth, and the whole thing about demons eating the main character's life away until he accepts what really happened to him. The symbolism was laid thick, and that Wonka-like carnival ride actually freaked me out a little bit.

Much has been made about Christian Bale's appearance as the overly skinny insomniac. The director is clever by introducing the audience to his freakish condition early on, but not letting it distract us later in the movie. Bale's condition without the plot wouldn't have worked, just has the plot without Bale's condition wouldn't have worked either. They compliment each other without imposing on each other in a manner that makes the film successful.

I have yet to see Christian Bale in a bad movie. Johnny Depp and Jack Nicholson held the same respect from me until they showed their faces in "Chocolat" and "About Schmitt", respectively. "The Machinist" will keep you in suspense without an overbearing anxiety nor the dull repetition of teenage-bimbo-being-chased-through-fores t-by-machete-wielding-freak-who-can't-be -killed continuity. If there is a foreign film to risk watching, it's this one. If you don't like it, don't listen to my reviews anymore.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Brad Anderson (II)
Actors:
Christian Bale
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón




DVD title: Nickelback: The Videos
Productgroup: DVD
Nickelback: The Videos - movie DVD cover picture
A must have for any Nickelback fan


The only bad thing with this DVD was that it didn't have more songs on it. But the choice of songs and the film that accompanied it was worth it. All my favourite songs were on this DVD with my favourite song "Someday".

It's a must for any fan of this young new group in the alternative rock scene. Bring it on Nickelback.

Studio: Universal Music & VI



DVD title: Empire of the Sun
Productgroup: DVD
Empire of the Sun - movie DVD cover picture
Spielbergs best film... ever... hands down


This is Spielbergs best film, nothing he did before or since has the feel and humanity as this film. Less hamfisted and artificial than Saving Private Ryan and more convincing than Amistad and less "POINT" filled as Schindler's LIst (which is my second favorite spielberg film). The Photography is simply amazing, and the cast is one of the best ever assembled, and the score is John William's best, the script (by Stoppard) is a wopnderful re-thinking of Ballards book. Everything about this film is worth watching. (BTW, it isn't really Christian Bale singing, it's a member of the welsh boy's choir)

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Christian Bale
John Malkovich
Miranda Richardson




DVD title: Best Man in Grass Creek
Productgroup: DVD
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Welcome home!!


When I first saw that this movie was coming to theatres I was so excited! Not only am I a huge indy film fan, but I am an Indiana girl as well, right in the heart of the nation. The Best Man in Grass Creek is set in, well, Grass Creek, Indiana (a real place, it's about an hour from my hometown) and is the story of a man afraid of commitment and the crazy but comforting people he meets along the way.
In this touching story Adam (John Newcombe, writer/director) agrees to be the best man on a moments notice for a man he hardly knows in order to sell a comic strip to the Indianapolis Star. Adam has a horrible fear of weddings since he was left standing at the alter a few years before. Set in the gorgeous farmland country, the viewer gets an exaggerated look at the life of "country folk" and the strength each character holds, and gets the chance to see a man overcome his fears and embrace his future.
A definite must see...

Studio: Heartland Film Festi
Director: John Newcombe



DVD title: Halloween 4 - The Return of Michael Myers (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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You Can't Kill the Boogeyman


After a one movie hiatus Michael Myers is back. Pure psycho-slasher fun. Laurie Strode's (orphaned?) child has been placed in foster care. Little Jamie is having bad dreams and misses her mommy so. The boogeyman, her uncle, haunts her sleep. And even in the waking she is being pursued by a maniac mistakenly set loose. Back to Haddonfield the monster comes. Dr. Loomis, the Van Helsing of Horror Movies, hunts the beast with the fury of hell in his eyes. The terror is excruciatingly real, the after effect one of a midnight nightmare fondly remembered. The pacing, level of bloodshed, and claustrophobic script forced this film to the top of my favorite horror flick list. "Speak not for the innocent, less you be heard"

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Dwight H. Little
Actors:
Donald Pleasence
Ellie Cornell




DVD title: The Apostle - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Robert Duvall Deserves the Oscar for this one


It was refreshing to see how superb a film could be made without spending mega-millions of bucks. Just good acting, script, and realism--and no unnecessary gore or violence. Robert Duvall's acting is a revelation. He should have received the Oscar!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Robert Duvall
Actors:
Robert Duvall



DVD title: Ever After - A Cinderella Story
Productgroup: DVD
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ENCHANTING!!!


THE PREVIEWS TO THIS MOVIE DOES NOT GIVE THE MOVIE JUSTICE. IT JUST DIDN'T LOOK LIKE A MOVIE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE YOU ALREADY KNEW HOW IT TURNS OUT. BOY, WAS I WRONG. I WENT TO SEE EVER AFTER WITH A FRIEND ONLY BECAUSE SHE SUGGESTED IT. I WAS ENTRANCED WITH THE DIALOGUE, THE DRESS AND OF COURSE DOUGRAY SCOTT. HE AND DREW MADE THE MOVIE. THEY WERE BOTH SO ELEQUENT IN THEIR MANNERISMS. I REALLY LIKED THE WAY YOU FIT IN THE PART OF LEONARDO IT TIED THE TIME TOGETHER. THE ONLY THING I WISHED YOU WOULD HAVE DONE WAS LET US SEE THE WEDDING. I GUESS YOU CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING. WHEN THE MOVIE WAS OVER I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE, I WANTED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT, HOW DANIELLE MIGHT HAVE HELPED HENRY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS DAD MAYBE. THE MUSIC JUST PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER, IT MADE FEEL WHAT THE CHARACTERS WERE FEELING, I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO TOUCHED BEFORE BY SUCH BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL MOVIE. P.S. I WOULD WATCH ANYTHING WITH DOUGRAY SCOTT IN IT. THANKS FOR INTRODUCING DOUGRAY IN SUCH A WONDERFUL WAY.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Andy Tennant
Actors:
Drew Barrymore
Anjelica Huston
Dougray Scott




DVD title: Say Anything...
Productgroup: DVD
Say Anything... - movie DVD cover picture
It's Too Bad They Don't Make Movies Like This Anymore...


First, I wanted to say that just about all the customer reviews here were really pleasing to read. "Say Anything" is without a doubt one of my all-time favorites, but as much as I love John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler, I do not love this film because he is "the ideal boyfriend", but because all the characters are so well-drawn and thoroughly human, a quality that is lacking in teen films of recent years. As much as I like 90s teen films like "American Pie", we simply do not get to know characters on a deeply-personal level. Cusack, Ione Skye and John Mahoney all portray many dimensions to each of their characters, just as humans are complex in real life. I love this film because it is so deeply human and relatable. Anyone who has seen this film and doesn't love it is probably crazy, or just an aspiring screenwriter who is bitter at Cameron Crowe for so beautifully and effectively conveying the emotions of the human spirit onto the screen.
Plus, a bunch of great quotes come from this movie: "You must chill! I have hidden your keys! Chill!"; "Joe Lies, Joe Lies, While he cries, while he cries..."; "Friends with potential"; "If you were Diane Court, would you honestly fall for Lloyd Dobler?" "Yeah..."; "You're shaking" "No...I'm happy"; "Don't be a guy. The world is full of guys--be a man"; "Let him do what he wants"
Another great 80s love story is "Some Kind of Wonderful" with Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson. Though not as thoroughly enjoyable as "Say Anything" it is very similar being in the "unlikely love" category and is especially great to catch if you have ever loved someone who was in love with someone else.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Cameron Crowe
Actors:
John Cusack
Ione Skye




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