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DVD title: Dances with Wolves
Productgroup: DVD
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Quick note about the Region coding


Just thought I would mention that the Region coding for this DVD is All Region as it states. I didn't believe this when I saw it and figured it was a misprint and my disbelief was confirmed when I saw other DVD retailers saying it was Region 1. I picked up the disc anyway since it didn't matter and was suprised to find out that the disc is indeed encoded for Regions 1 to 6. I confirmed it using a Region 4 player and it played flawlessly.
Great movie by the way and I'm proud to have it in my collection.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Kevin Costner
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Mary McDonnell
Graham Greene (II)




DVD title: Miyazaki 3 Pack (Spirited Away/Castle in the Sky/Kiki's Delivery Service)
Productgroup: DVD
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Three of the greatest anime films ever made!


I have been waiting for ages to get my hands on these and thanks to Disney they are finaly available and in English. These movies are more than usual anime, the story is a miracle of imagination, the characters are well developed and rich and the attention to detail is amazing.
I fell in love with Miyazaki movies when I first saw "warrior of the wind" an adaptation of Nausica, and I am now impatiently waiting for Nausicaa to be released as well. Those movies are masterpiaces that you will never get tired of. I can watch it over and over and always find something new to enjoy.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Miyu Irino



DVD title: The First Wives Club
Productgroup: DVD
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first wives club


I am very pleased with my piurchase and the service was very quick. I would order again.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Hugh Wilson
Actors:
Bette Midler
Goldie Hawn
Diane Keaton




DVD title: Lethal Weapon - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
Lethal Weapon - The Complete Series - movie DVD cover picture
Smart Buy


Its good to have the complete set in an organized manner. Also it is less expensive than buying them individualy and they are of good quality.

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Gibson
Glover
Mel Gibson




DVD title: Lawrence of Arabia (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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T.E. Lawrence lived
Life enough for twenty men
Blue eyes and desert

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: David Lean
Actors:
Peter O'Toole



DVD title: Donnie Darko
Productgroup: DVD
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"The dreams in which I'm dying Are the best I've ever had"


(Donnie Darko) Dir: Richard Kelly 2001
First of all I salute the director for his trend in thinking of our nature of reality and existence which really deserves the shedding of our thoughts.
Although the Eighties were relatively near era with none very signifying features to be represented by, the atmosphere of the movie is amazingly indicative, you really feel that this movie was shot in the eighties. This movie has a very original plot, especially amongst those pillars of remakes and sequels we are compelled to watch every year, here we have a unique case in demonstrating ideas, to cover the plot with a quilt of pseudoscience as a metaphor of our direct perceptions.
Mr. Kelly is hiding his original overall concept about our reality, existence, death and after all the after life. But I forgive him for he was aware that the audience will reject that all the solutions will be resolved by a dream, which is becoming a relic plot device.
At the first place let us not to forget it is the Eighties, so the world obviously did not come to an end. So the other interpretation for the rabbit's warning must have one of the following probabilities: 1) If Mr. Darko is still sane enough, so it is his own world which is going to end. 2) Or the whole dream is a part of his delusions. I choose the first probability: And now, Let us return to the opening scene when Darko is awaken and standing up from his sleep on the road (this place might be his after life residence), he awakes with a satisfactory smile filling his face that is due to his rewarding dream, the dream in which he was alternately showed what is the effect of his prolonged existence on his beloved ones would be if he had not died. Yes you began to catch Mr.'s Kelly concept which says that "every dying individual is rewarded by a satisfactory dream before he die" a dream in which the deceased one know that his time on earth is up for considerable reasons. If you do not consider my explanation, let's revise the following tips which may support my assertion: 1) Darko main terror is the fear of death 2) Watch carefully for center of the falling jet engine it has a mark of a painting of a swirl just like the type of paintings we can only see in amusement parks, it is a hint that what we are seeing is a dream sequence. 2) There elements of dream pseudo-reality: 1) Fear is not antonym to Love as it has been taught in the Lessons of spirituality. 2) Graham Greene's graphic novel is impossible to be part of the curriculum in the USA high schools during the eighties. 3) All the pseudoscience of time travel and "The Philosophy of Time Travel" book are a dream resolutions (I personally had experienced those kind of dreams in which you can fix any problem with a very then convincing solutions and just after you wake up with the pride of victory you discover it was nonsense hokum, for example my testing days of I dreamt once while I was studying for math test of equations so na?ve that I was awaken very convinced of my invention, and seconds later as they vanish, I recognize they were the daughters of my dreaming mind) 4) Watch out for Mrs.' sparrow whispering quote is a reminiscent of his personal terror (fear of death) "Every living creature on earth dies alone". 5) The song mad world reveals it all 6) All the declination of his mental state and its consequences (sabotaging the school, the death of his girl friend, killing (Frank) the rabbit and the death of his mother and sister) are better is interpreted as part of his dream. I admit very much this movie for it is a character study about the titular young man who is losing it for a not very clarified although intricate reasons.
If you like that movie I strongly recommend.David lynch's Mulholland drive, Lost highway Adrian Lyne's Jacob's ladder and of course Soderbergh's Solaris.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Richard Kelly (II)
Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary McDonnell
Jena Malone




DVD title: Calle 54
Productgroup: DVD
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A revealing journey!



Fernando Trueba initiates this heartfelt homage to the Latin American jazz pleasing to a friend who gave him a Paquito de Rivera recording in the early eighties.
And so the picture emerges as a big museum with musical pictures at exhibition. Every artist's introduction is very sober, but effective.

There are several highlights to remark. The emotional encounter between Chucho and Bebo Vald?s, for instance playing in two pianos, the astonishing performance of Michel Camilo, the admirable living legend Gato Barbieri, Don Tito Puente, Chano Dominguez and his original performance blending the flamenco and jazz, the magic of Eliane Elias make of this musical document a true reference work for the present and future generations, due the importance of the text and the intimate portrait in which every musician can express and without hindrances, his thoughts and considerations.

A fortunate handshake between a Spanish filmmaker and America and Africa musical expressions.

Fundamental treasure!


Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Fernando Trueba



DVD title: Death in Venice
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautiful, beautiful movie!


Elegant classic. A must see for anyone that loves Thomas Mann

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Luchino Visconti
Actors:
Dirk Bogarde



DVD title: Children on Their Birthdays
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Film for the Entire Family


This film is excellent and pleasurable for the whole Family. It deals with the harsh reality of racism, inequality and stereotypes with such grace. And not in a patronizing fashion. Lilly Jane comes to this small town and with classic southern charm and grace begins to wear away at the racist social structures in this town. Needless to say her group of friends also helps to rid the region of a notorious con man all the same. My children have watched this DVD for 5 days in a row and are watching it again now. Celine Dion does an excellent job with the voice over for Lilly Janes singing. Oftentimes it's hard for parents to sit through childrens movies, but this is not the case for this film. This is a excellent movie for everyone,children and adults.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Mark Medoff



DVD title: Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"Nice Spidey-Suit"


This sequel greatly improves over the original! There's more action, more humor, and more character development. The thing that makes the 'Spider-Man' movies so good is that fact that the writers and director know how to treat a character. They develop them into real people with real emotions and real problems. They just add the fact that they have super-powers in later.

Peter Parker is struggling with college and being a hero at the same time. He is trying to figure out what's important in his own life but he also feels he has a responsibility as his alter-ego. A brilliant scientist, meanwhile, is attempting an experiment to better humanity involving large metallic tentacles. Of course it goes wrong and he's turned into a freak of nature; the tentacles graft onto his back and begin to control his mind, making him insane. (He becomes Doctor Octopus). Thus, Spider-Man must stop him.

Very, very good movie. You'll be surprised with this one as I was. I was expecting more of the same with a little variation, much like the latter 'Batman' and 'Superman' movies, but this one actually takes the characters and expands their depth and stories ...and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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




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