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DVD title: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Productgroup: DVD
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Pure entertainment


One of the most thoroughly entertaining films in recent memory. Ritchie follows in the footsteps of Quentin Tarantino and effortlessly outdoes him. The plot may be a little hard to follow at first, but stick with it. The pay-off at the end is terrific, the cast is perfect. Sting has a nice cameo appearance as a pub owner. Vinnie Jones is also particularly good.
Ritchie's follow-up, "Snatch", is due out in theaters on the 19th and was a huge box office smash when it opened last year in the UK. I'll be first in line...

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Guy Ritchie
Actors:
Jason Flemyng
Dexter Fletcher




DVD title: Chocolat (Miramax Collector's Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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IT JUST MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH!


FEAST AND FABLE
Movie Review of Chocolat
Chocolat is a sumptuous feast for those with a cinematic sweet tooth. A single mother (Juliette Binoche) driven by the restless wanderlust of her Navaho mother's spirit, moves to a quiet French town with her six year old daughter and opens a chocolate shop in the middle of Lent, the Catholic fast before Easter. Her free spirited atheism enrages the sanctimonious mayor (Alfred Molina), and a battle commences for the hearts and minds of the villagers.
There is magic swirling around Binoche and her chocolatery, blurring the lines between real and unreal and giving the story the feel of a fable. However the gritty performance of Lena Olin as a battered wife keeps it from floating too far from earth. Swedish director Lasse Hallstr?m (My Life as a Dog) once again paints a convincingly chilly portrait of small town life, aided by the capable acting of Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp in particular. Be warned, however, the real star of this movie is the chocolate. Don't go on an empty stomach or you may find yourself worryingly distracted from the narrative flow. The story is light on dramatic urgency, but the cast stirs in their own spicy fruit into the half-baked script and the result is delicious enough to satisfy the most gluttonous of appetites.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Lasse Hallström
Actors:
Alfred Molina
Juliette Binoche
Judi Dench
Johnny Depp




DVD title: Antz
Productgroup: DVD
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A brilliant animated movie!


A witty worker Ant named "Z" switch places with his friend " Weaver" so that he can win the hand of the sexy " Princess Balla" and finds himself in many adventures out of the colony.A highly entertaining and memorable animated movie done in realistic CGI made by PDI ( the company that animated "Shrek"), it's one of the finest animation movies done by Dreamworks during the same year when "Prince of Egypt" came out and another similar insect story from Disney/Pixar called " A Bug's Life" came out. This is far more for adults than " Bug's Life", it's one of the best animated movies i've ever seen. The voice acting was great with Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken, Jane Curtin, Dan Ackyroid, Anne Bancroft, Gene Hackman and Jennifer Lopez makes this a Must See!Also recommended: A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Watership Down, Transformers: The Movie, The Secret of NIMH, The Flight of Dragons, Toy Story, The Hobbit, Toy Story 2, The Last Unicorn, The Dark Crystal, Rock & Rule, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Metropolis ( 2001 anime version), Final Fantasy: The Movie, Monsters Inc, Roujin-Z, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, Heavy Metal.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Actors:
Woody Allen
Gene Hackman
Sylvester Stallone
Sharon Stone




DVD title: Rock & Rule
Productgroup: DVD
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Rock and Rule - Finally Re-Released


I had recalled the movie "Rock and Rule" a few years back and started looking for information online, alas to find very little. I did happen upon a site which rumoured that it was going to be re-released on DVD. When it was finally available it did not disappoint. Thanks Amazon for carrying this. My only regret was that the Canadian version was not able to be remastered due to the destruction of the original master.

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Clive A. Smith



DVD title: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Productgroup: DVD
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Seek this Treasure


In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Cohen Brothers have given us a joyful pageant of incredible wit, unforgettable characters, and indescribable music. The film takes place in a mythical South during the Great Depression, where the Klan lynches with impunity, politicians campaign with midgets, and the best way to get a car is through grand theft auto. Everett, a long winded man addicted to one brand of hair gel, has broken out of jail with the men he was, by chance, chained to: Pete, trusting and loyal, and Delmar, dull, yet kind-hearted. Together, they set out across the land, to reach the treasure that Everett had stolen before a dam flooded the land where it was buried. But that is just the pretext. Along the way, there are baptisms, arguments, a betrayal or two, near lynching, the sale of souls, and an end encounter with the sherriff... and something more. I won't say who, but keep your ears open. It is wonderfully subtle, but when you know who he truly is... It's powerful. That subtle hint is one of the many signs of genius present throughout this film.Of course, the singing is justifiably one of the best known and best loved parts of the film. Although Disney seems to have currently stepped out of the ring, O Brother proves that musicals are still a delightful form of movie. From the opening credits and "Big Rock Candy Mountain", to the haunting rendition of "Oh, Death" at the Klan Rally, up until the prophet's singing of "Angel Band" as he rolls toward the horizonThe characters are rich, one and all. Everett's commentary on why a blind man with no name would have trouble finding work, Delmar's remark that while Pete would be 84 when leaving prison, "I'll only be 82." , and Pete's apologizing to God before betraying his friends, reflect wonderful characters rare to find in any medium, created in a labor of love . And not just the main ones: from the incompetent election officials, to George Nelson, each character becomes unforgettable, instead of the vague stereotype all too common in films.As for the wit... well, as Pappy O'Daniel says, there's no accounting for taste. But from Delmar's repetitive offering of a roasted gopher to Everett to the exclamation in the midst of the haunting Klan rally that "The color guard is colored!" the rich dialogue and wonderful sight gags (i.e. the sheer amount of Dapper Dan Everett uses, seen at the end) lighten the darkest scene, and further show the honed Craft of the Cohen'sIn short, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a joy of a film. With a rich world brought to life, it is one of the finest films to grace the silver screen.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Actors:
George Clooney
John Turturro
Tim Blake Nelson




DVD title: Kathy Smith - Timesaver Lift Weights to Lose Weight
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm very impressed and I'm getting good results!


I couldn't stand her annoying voice and screams -- I didn't even think she was capable of continually doing what she was instructing. No warm up, no emphasis on technique, no smooth transitions...please...don't buy this tape! I purchased several videos for a well rounded workout targeting abs and aerobics(Denise Austin and Leslie Sansone), body sculpting (this ugly tape) and sheer fun aerobics (Richard Simmons) and by far, the best was on Denise Austin. Anyone interested in buying a useless tape?

Studio: Sony Music (Video)



DVD title: Rebecca
Productgroup: DVD
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When did u first realize you loved movies?


Alfred Hitchcock's great interpretation of Daphne du Maurier's much loved novel "REBECCA" finally arrives in a two disc set that's jam packed with extras including, make up tests, hundreds of production and publicity photos, three radio broadcast of the story and a wonderful commentary by film scholar Leonard Jeff. Joan Fontaine is the plane Jane new wife of handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Lawrence Olivier). Only problem is, his mansion Manderlay on the Cornwall coast is still in the grip of the late Mrs. de Winter. The scary housekeeper is the unforgettable Judith Anderson. A lavish production and pristine transfer of an opulent David O. Selznick production. The ultimate version.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors:
Laurence Olivier
Joan Fontaine




DVD title: Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing Look at a Great Artist Behind the Scenes and Onstage


For anyone who has eclectic music tastes, and/or considers Johnny Cash one of the great artists of our times, this DVD will impress. One can be grateful that this footage from the late 60's was released.

The title, The Man--His World--His Music, is accurate. The behind-the-scenes, backstage and at home, show a man with a lot of heart. We get to see Cash performing at various concerts, including before a prison audience. In the studio, we see him recording with Bob Dylan during the Nashville Skyline sessions.

I found this to be an excellent portrait of a great artist and his music.

Studio: Cherry Red/Anagram
Director: Robert Elfstrom



DVD title: Spaceballs
Productgroup: DVD
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engorging


it made my pee-pee har

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Mel Brooks
Actors:
Mel Brooks
Rick Moranis
John Candy




DVD title: Hidalgo (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A work of art reveals the Truth beyond fact and fiction


Forget the controversy over whether the main theme of this marvelous movie is fact or fiction. Great art surpasses this superificial debate. Without true artists, there would be no inspiring legends and mythological figures to lift us above and beyond the mundane and the ordinary. This movie takes us far beyond the artificial debate of "did this really happen." The gifted screenwriter, John Fusco, along with the remarkable performance of a true horseman, Viggo Mortensen, have transported us all to a world few of us would ever have visited-- - the desert world of extreme challenge and adventure, a world of stark beauty and unforgiving natural law, where only acts of great will and compassion can triumph over seemingly overwhelming odds, where the love between a man and his horse can make the difference between life and death, between winning and losing. I could not believe how this Disney movie could actually place us in this world and make it so authentic and immediate. There was no doubt in my mind that this was real. That the message of the film came from one heart directly into our hearts. And, believe me, this is the stuff from which legends are made. They uplift us all. They carry us to new levels of consciousness. And this is a Truth beyond fact or fiction. You can trust me on this. I have travelled in the desert on horseback. On a mustang. I was there, so I know that this movie IS based on a true story. And no one else can say that!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Joe Johnston
Actors:
Viggo Mortensen
Zuleikha Robinson
Omar Sharif




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