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DVD title: The Best of Abbott & Costello - Volume 1 (8 Film Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Quality Family Entertainment

I would watch these early Sunday mornings and laugh myself silly. Now I enjoy watching and hearing my children appreciate "dad's old movies". It's great to know that humor doesn't have to be vulgar and include foul language. Now, if we can get Dean and Jerry on DVD!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Arthur Lubin
Bud Abbott
Lou Costello

DVD title: Crooklyn
Productgroup: DVD
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You have to see this movie

Spike Lee made an amazing film about the life of an african american family. The casting is brilliant and this is a must see movie. This is one of my all time fav.'s and I'm sure that anyone with some good taste will fall inlove with this movie, like I did.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Spike Lee
Alfre Woodard
Delroy Lindo

DVD title: Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Movie - Perfect balance!

I started reading Spidey comics as a boy, buying them from the convenience store on Main Street in little Leslie, MI. Spidey is hands-down the greatest comic book superhero. I can't imagine a better treatment than the one Sam Raimi has given these movies. Spider-man 2 just plain rocked.
I strongly disagree with Kerry from Berkeley's 2-star review. I especially liked the very things he didn't. I guess we all have different tastes and expectations.
The scene where Peter's landlord's daughter asked Peter if he'd like a piece of chocolate cake was worth the price of admission. Took a lot of courage for her to ask him! :) That's the kind of magic touch and sublime acting that make good movies great.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Sam Raimi
Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst
Alfred Molina

DVD title: The Island of Dr. Moreau (Unrated Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
David Thewlis
Marlon Brando
Val Kilmer

DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Pirates Rock!

I've read many reviews on Pirates of the Carribean and have come to the conclusion that a lot of those people have no taste and don't know what a good movie is. I thought when I first saw the previews of Pirates that it would be good, but not one of the best movies I've seen, but that's just what it is. I enjoyed this movie all the way through and never lost interest. Johnny Depp was more than Awesome as was Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom. I thought that when I came out from seeing the movie that I would be in love with Orlando, but instead I love Johnny Depp. His costume and the way he talked and acted made the movie as funny as it is and if he hadn't been in it, it probably would have been a dud. But also Orlando makes it great and especially Keira, whom is the perfect "damsel in distress" with beautiful dresses, great character and an awesome attitude. Orlando played perfectly also, with his great swordsman ship with Johnny and how well they acted together. The movie was, as I've said, greater than Awesome and I for sure will go to the theatre again and again to see it until they either take it out or until they finally put it on DVD.I loved this movie and I recommend it to everyone. And I can't wait to have it on DVD!!!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce

DVD title: Storm of the Century
Productgroup: DVD
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Has to be the best ever.

Storm of the Century is very well done. It has a way of captivating you to the point where you simply forget how long the film is (about 4 hours) and you just want to see what's going to happen next. I would like to see a prequil and a sequil to this film and maybe even have it become a series about the people on Little Tall Island (as long as Steven King has to do with it).
On my personal top 100 favorite movies list, "Storm of the Century" comes in at #1. (No Kidding)

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Craig R. Baxley

DVD title: Apocalypse Now
Productgroup: DVD
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One helluva film, not to mention it's quality on DVD

I rented this on a worn out pan n scan VHS copy, but even then it didn't stop from hitting me with a strong impact. It is not a film that is to be taken literally, this is not a Platoon or even Full Metal Jacket. The Vietnam war; the inner turmoil of war in general, is used as a metaphor of insanity in this film. It's not about the brotherhood formed between soilders, or even the relationships between them. And the DVD... This is one DVD to not be with out. Regardless of how little extras are on it, the sound quality and cristine visual quality are incredible, it actually makes up for the lack of extras. Goodbye.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Marlon Brando
Martin Sheen

DVD title: SCTV, Volume 1 - Network 90 (5 Disc Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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Its About Time!

This collection of genius comedy is an absolute must for the collection. Unlike SNL, the vast majority of the skits are comedic brilliance. I have been waiting twenty years to throw away my old scratchy VHS recordings of this unique show.

Studio: Shout Factory

DVD title: Giant (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Digipack)
Productgroup: DVD
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More Relevant Than I Once Thought

Not having read Edna Ferber's novel on which this film is supposedly based, I am obviously unqualified to comment on how faithful it is to the original material. George Stevens directed the film, working with a screenplay co-authored by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat. I saw it when it was first released in 1956, immediately put off by what I viewed as the boorishness of the native Texans, especially Vashti Synthe (Jane Withers) and Uncle Bawley (Cill Wills), who bear at least some resemblance to members of the Jed Clampett family. Then and now, I think Rock Hudson is only infrequently believable as Bick Benedict. Not so Elizabeth Taylor as Leslie Lynnton Benedict. Gordon Bau and his staff must be faulted for the sometimes ineffective make-up work, notably on the Benedicts and Jett Rink (James Dean) in their later years. At any moment, I expected an elderly and enfeebled Charles Foster Kane to appear, announcing that he is Fuz Benedict, the long-lost cousin of Bick and his sister Luz (Mercedes McCambridge).
While viewing this film again recently, however, I appreciated much more than I had before efforts made in it to address some very important and highly controversial racial issues. Keep in mind that this film was released only two years after the historic Supreme Court decision which declared racial segregation unconstitutional and therefore illegal. At least the larger ranches in the Southwest, plantations in the Deep South, and mining communities in the Southeast were, in effect, empires with well-entrenched and fiercely defended social and economic hierarchies. Throughout all levels, everyone was very class-conscious. Any challenge of the prevailing values was perceived as a threat to the entire culture.
I was fascinated by Bick Benedict's gradual, sometimes grudging acceptance of new perspectives on race and "place." That progression is largely explained by his son Jordan's marriage and parenthood. Slights to Jordan's wife prepare us (and Benedict) for the climactic scene in the diner which clearly indicates how significantly his perspectives have changed. Oh sure, his response to the proprietor reflects Benedict's family pride and macho temperament but I think his behavior makes an important statement which brings the film to an appropriate conclusion, one which I had not previously appreciated.
Some portions of Giant still seem corny and mushy to me; other portions seem dated. However, on balance, I think the film makes an important contribution to understanding where our society has been and where it seems to be now so that, hopefully, we will be better-prepared to resolve whichever issues are still divisive. With all due respect to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as to the Supreme Court, there are certain matters which can only be affirmed and sustained by the human heart. I was again reminded of that while seeing this film again.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: George Stevens
Elizabeth Taylor
Rock Hudson
James Dean

DVD title: Moses (The Bible Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Loved this movie

This was one of the best bible movies I have ever seen. If you love this bible story, but can hardly stand all the "pomp" of Charles Heston's, The 10 Commandments, you will delight in this movie. Good acting and special effects, and far more biblically accurate than any other movie I've seen on the Exodus. This movie has all the passion without all the "cheese" typically seen with many bible movies. If you enjoyed Jeremiah and Esther of the Bible Series, you will love this movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Roger Young

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