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DVD title: Cirque du Soleil - Quidam
Productgroup: DVD
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Quidam is Cirque perfection


I just finished viewing "La Nouba" and I have to say that it displaces "O" as my second favorite Cirque du Soleil show. "Quidam" remains my favorite and the gold standard against which all other shows must be measured. In addition to these three, I've seen "Mystere", "Zumanity", "KA", "Varekai", "Alegria", "Saltimbanco", and "Dralion". It's no coincidence that my top three picks are all creations of Franco Dragone, who unfortunately, has left the company. All three also feature the music of Benoit Jutras. The artistry, surrealism, visual imagery, and music are all earmarks of a Dragone/Jutras show. There are some similarities between Quidam and La Nouba which might be the reason they are my favorites. They share some of the same acts such as the "German Wheel" and "Diabolos". The German Wheel acts are a bit different because in Quidam, there is only one wheel whereas in La Nouba, there are two. The result is that the single performer in Quidam maintains a faster, more acrobatic, pace where the duo in La Nouba act in sync. The Diabolos acts are virtually identical in both shows, except that Quidam's version has a spectacular ending that is lacking in La Nouba's. In both shows, the finale is the main event of the show - "Banquine" in Quidam and "Power Track (PT)/Trampoline" in La Nouba. Although "PT/Trampoline" is absolutely superb, "Banquine" remains my favorite of any act in any Cirque show. The combination of artistry, music, costumes, and unbelievable acrobatic ability in Banquine is sheer perfection. The weakest acts are the "Cloud Swing" in Quidam and "Cycles" in La Nouba. I've never really liked the clown acts in any of the Cirque shows and these two are no exception. Most Cirque shows have one or possibly two acts that are good enough to be the main event. La Nouba has two - "PT/Trampoline" and "Flying Trapeze". Quidam has three - "Banquine", "Skipping Ropes", and "Statue". Most main event acts feature large casts of at least 8-10 people and usually more. "Statue" is perhaps the only main event-quality act that has only two people. The one other advantage that Quidam has over La Nouba, at least on DVD, is the singing voice of Audrey Brisson-Jutras who is the daughter of musical composer Jutras. The lead vocalist in La Nouba is amazing, but there is something magical and haunting about Audrey's voice that sends chills up my spine every time I view Quidam. The reason that "O" drops to third place is that, as wonderful a show as it is artistically, the acrobatics are weak compared to most other shows. "O" does not contain a main event-quality acrobatic act. One other difference between Quidam and La Nouba is that La Nouba, with acts such as "High Wire", "Balancing on Chairs", and "Flying Trapeze" more closely resembles a traditional circus than Quidam. Both Quidam and La Nouba are "must have" DVDs for anyone who enjoys the Cirque du Soleil.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: David Mallet



DVD title: Sonny
Productgroup: DVD
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A FANTASTIC ACCOUNT OF THE UNDERWORLD LIFE IN NEW ORLEANS!


THIS FILM IS AN EXCELENT ACCOUNT OF THE TRUE REALITY OF THE UNDERWORLD LIFE THAT EXISTS IN NEW ORLEANS. I AM NOT TAKING THE SIDE OF THE FIRST TIME DIRECTOR NICHOLAS CAGE BUT SPEAKING BY EXPERIENCE. I HAVE LIVED IN NEW ORLEANS FOR 12 YEARS AND AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, I CAN TRULLY SAY THAT THIS FILM IS EVERY BIT TRUE TO THE REAL NEW ORLEANS. FOR A FICTIONAL STORY IT IS VERY CONVINCING AND THE CHOICE OF ACTORS COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BETTER. NEW ORLEANS HAS BEEN NICKNAMED "THE CITY THAT CARE FORGOT" AND THE STORY IN THIS FILM SIMPLY SHOWS THAT. THE CHARACTERS IN THE FILM AND THE REAL LIFE RESIDENTS COULDN'T BE MORE COMPARABLE. THEIR PERSONAS IS WHAT GIVES THIS INCREDIBLE CITY ANOTHER NICKNAME: "THE BIG EASY". FOR THOSE WHO WERE QUICK TO JUDGE THIS FILM, I SUGEST THAT THEY PACK THEIR BAGS, GET OUT OF THEIR SANITAZED WORLD AND TAKE A TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS AND GET A REALITY CHECK. THERE'S MORE TO REAL LIFE THAN PRETTY PICTURES.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Nicolas Cage
Actors:
James Franco
Brenda Blethyn
Mena Suvari




DVD title: The Long Gray Line
Productgroup: DVD
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Long Gray Line


My wife and I stumbled across this rare gem a few days ago on AMC. It began late in the evening, but we were unable to stop watching. It is a truly wonderful story, based on what I've come to learn is a book entitled BRINGING UP THE BRASS that was based on Technical Sargeant Martin Maher's life. The movie has all of the classical elements of John Ford including humor and poignancy, and I shall heartily recommend this film to my family and friends. It's nice to see patriotism and honor on film, even though it was 45 years ago!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Ford
Actors:
Tyrone Power
Maureen O'Hara




DVD title: Ted Nugent - Full Bluntal Nugity Live
Productgroup: DVD
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Motor City Madman Kills Again!


ted is playing better than ever...with a stripped down 3 piece band, he is rocking at his very best, with better than ever riffing, licks, leads, and TONE! Nuge fan's get this one!

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Actors:
Ted Nugent



DVD title: Star Trek The Original Series - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Jim and the boys are back . . .


I started getting the VHS version of Star Trek and soon stopped because of the price. Yes, the Star Trek sets are mostly higher than other series, and yes, over the years, the sets will probably get the *Star* treatment, and yes, they will probably be less expensive in years to come.

But I am watching mine now, and they look great, not perfect, but I will enjoy mine while you wait for perfection. It has been 10 years since the VHS version. Do you really want to wait until the 50th anniversary edition to finally enjoy the show again?

Not me

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
William Shatner



DVD title: Radiohead - Meeting People Is Easy
Productgroup: DVD
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sheer horror


The worst musical film which I saw...... Only director's delirium..... It is better to make more concert performances, instead of cut off pieces
The clips instead of bad director's job are necessary to the fans

Studio: Emd/Capitol
Director: Grant Gee



DVD title: End of Days
Productgroup: DVD
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A great movie to watch.


I Have been a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies for a long time and when I first saw End Of Days I Loved it. It had everything a Schwarzenegger film needs Action,Suspense, and an awesome threesome between Gabriel Byrne as the devil and two other woman. No matter what so called critics said This film was a lot better than The 6th Day.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Peter Hyams
Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Gabriel Byrne
Robin Tunney




DVD title: Inspector Gadget
Productgroup: DVD
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Very satisfied.


I was very satisfied with the product and it was received in a timely matter.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: David Kellogg
Actors:
Matthew Broderick
Rupert Everett
Joely Fisher




DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Gloriously different!


Don't miss this movie! Baz Luhrmann's vision is different than any other director's. In the same way that Tim Burton's movies all have something distinctly Burton about them, Luhrmann seems to infuse his movies with something that makes them his, even from a distance.
Kidman and McGregor both have lovely voices, and there is real on-screne chemistry between them. Leguizamo is funny and tragic and perfect.
Don't sit in the front row for this movie; it's too big - you'll miss something. And see it on the big screen, preferably in a theatre that has a good sound system.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Actors:
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor




DVD title: Ravenous
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Sneaky!!


Someday this movie will find its audience. A film this good cannot remain hidden forever. Although I personally want Ravenous to remain in it's obscurity. I know it can't.I want to selfishly be the one recommending this movie to others. I went to this film hoping above hope that it would be just good enough so I wouldn't have to walk out on it.I spent the next ninety-minutes with a big stupid grin on my face. Ravenous rocked! And continues to rock every time I break it out of the DvD cabinet for another spin. The soundtrack is the film's real star. Like no other I have heard before or since it will always be a close personal favorite. The story itself has many, many turns. (And not in a Witless-Hollywood-Wild Things-way either.)Things change. Characters develop. And people get eaten.I so do love this movie.(I should mention that I am neither a gore movie fanatic, nor an admirer of the "B" movie genre.)

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Antonia Bird
Actors:
Guy Pearce
Robert Carlyle




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