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DVD title: Quigley Down Under
Productgroup: DVD
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Quigley is a fun adventure with some weak parts

"Quigley Down Under" is an entertaining movie with some great parts and a great score. The cast is excellent with Tom Selleck as our hero sharpshooter Quigley and Alan Rickman as the villain. The story takes us to Australia when Quigley takes a job from a man involving his sharpshooting. The job isn't great, and Quigley quickly finds himself in a tough spot. The story is a little slow in the middle, but the climax is as exciting as any other. You'll just have to see it yourself...

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Simon Wincer
Tom Selleck
Laura San Giacomo
Alan Rickman

DVD title: Shaolin vs. Ninja
Productgroup: DVD
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straight butter

If you love kung-fu movies that are so cheesy, so bad, so hilariously rediculous, then this is the one for you! When this movie was transfered from widescreen format to box format, the original subtitles were slightly cut off. As a result, when the movie had to be dubbed in English, no one knew what the heck they were supposed to be saying. So, the actors who over-dubbed it made it up as they went along. This movie will have you rolling on the floor with laughter with such lines as, "Why you shukin' an' jivin me?" and "My Wife Test Drove one of those american cars...IT'S AIRBAG EXPLODED! And that's why, Mr. Mitsubishi, I want to kill you for your business..."
Anyways, it kicked a**!

Studio: Ground Zero Entertainment
Director: Mai Chen Jsai

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Just a small opinion.

I first read the Lord of The Rings trilogy while in college in 1982. Even during the first reading I realized this was an epoch worthy of a major motion picture! After viewing the animated "Hobbit" film and the first animated installment of the trilogy, I was left wanting more.To date, I have read the trilogy at least twelve times and was excited to finally hear about the making and release of this literary masterpiece.Having seen the film three times (once alone then twice with my two sons) I realized that to match Tolkien's vision of Middle Earth we had to wait for today's cinematic technology to bring this masterpiece to life; and this was done very well in this film. From the opening in the beautiful Shire to the escape from Moria you are held fast in your seat. The effects, cinematography, actors, scenery and action all came together to make me admit this was worth the wait. It will you, too.
Frodo lives!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Carrie
Productgroup: DVD
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Creepy Carrie! Creepy Carrie! Best Prom EVER!

Let's face it - puberty is scary. Your body changes, your emotions run high, and you're scared you won't fit in. That's the real beauty of CARRIE. Underneath the telekenisis is a tale that could apply to anyone. Stephen King knows how to find terror in the mundane, and Brian DePalma knows how to make it look incredible. Combine this with great acting, good special effects, and a psycho on acid score! The DVD has two featurettes that run about as long as the actual movie. In an interesting move rather than doing a commentary they give you a wonderful look inside the movie where you get to see the cast now talking about the film. Very very well done! A timeless classic! Superior to any re-makes or sequels. Probably the best Stephen King film adaptation ever. Even if the tv version is more literal this one is just stylish and well done.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Brian De Palma
Sissy Spacek
Piper Laurie
Amy Irving
John Travolta

DVD title: Cast Away (Widescreen Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Tom Hanks Gets the Job Done!!

From the opening scene to the ending scene, I sat in my small theatre seat captivated with the troubling and uplifting story that was told. I found myself from time to time, gripping the sides of my seat. Especially during the fifteen minute plane crash. Tom Hanks always picks the best of the best to be in and when his name appears you know that the movie is going to be good. At first, I didn't think that Hanks could pull off a one man show. And the trailers to me looked like a remake of Robinson Crusoe. I find myself completely wrong on both counts. The story is about Hanks, who works for the FedEx company and is called out on Christmas. After telling the love of his life,"I'll be right back", he boards the plane. Of course the plane crashes in the pacific halfway through the flight. After that is when we get to see Hanks transform into a completely different person from the pudgy man that he once was. He becomes self sufficient and keeps his wits by talking to a volley ball named Wilson. This movie has to be one of his best. The teaming of Hanks and Zemeckis really packs an Oscar punch once again.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Tom Hanks
Helen Hunt

DVD title: William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Can't Not Like It

I was first introduced to this movie when I was a senior in high school. I didn't understand it at all and, furthermore, thought that it was silly and juvenile. However, after developing a love for the performing arts and actually reading shakespeare, I have developed an appreciation for this movie that is hard to explain to the casual viewer. I believe that Baz Luhrman's take on this is brilliant! Mercutio steals the show, but is only highlighted by his introduction and death scene (which is the pivotal point of the story). Teenage angst and true love that no grown-up can remember experiencing rules the roost here. Guns are brilliantly substituted for swords and daggers, and the word-play is only enhanced by the film's use of the cast's modern nuances. I find myself watching this every couple of months and loving it! As for the director's use of Shakespeare's dialogue, I belive it is nothing short of genius. To blend the modern with the elizabethan is a difficult task, and luhrman does it with a grace that shows confidence and true emotion, which resonates in shakespeare like a great bell being rung through all our time.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Leonardo DiCaprio
Claire Danes

DVD title: Vanilla Sky
Productgroup: DVD
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You've got to be mentally prepared...

The first advice I'd like to give anyone who ventures out to see this movie is-don't question anything...just go with it.By questioning it you'll only confuse yourself more.But, to me, this is the beauty of it all.Its a great movie for those who enjoy thought provoking movies.In the recent years Cruise has stepped it up a notch with the "deep" movies, i.e. Magnolia and Eyes Wide Shut.He only proves even more that he is successful in doing so with this movie.I really enjoy this kind of movie and if you're in for a challenge and a thrill I strongly suggest seeing it!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Cameron Crowe
Tom Cruise
Penélope Cruz

DVD title: Monstruos, Inc. (Monsters, Inc. - Spanish Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Monsters Inc and Travelin Tyke

Hasn't everyone already seen this movie? I was FANTASTIC in theatres and I assure you that the entire family will love this one as well. ...

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
John Goodman
Billy Crystal

DVD title: Last of the Summer Wine
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic British Character Comedy!

Anyone who has ever watched Open All Hours or Keeping Up Appearances will already be familiar with writer Roy Clarke's distinctive brand of humour, and if you've enjoyed the type of humour in either of these two shows, Last of the Summer Wine is certainly worth checking out. Humour aside, however, this series is somewhat different from the other two. It's overall a very laidback, gentle series filled with some extremely scenic views of the Yorkshire dales and the loveliest theme music of any Britcom. One ought not to expect, therefore, to find a powerhouse (like Arkwright or Hyacinth) leading the show (oh, they are here--and in greater numbers than in the BFS boxed set which contains the earliest episodes--but they're relegated to supporting roles!). Rather, the series revolves around the humorous adolescent antics and "philosophical" musings (if one can call it that) of three carefree, lay-about geriatric men.

Most memorable is the tatty, peg-toothed Compo Simonite (Bill Owen, who sadly died at age 85 of pancreatic cancer in 1999--like most, he was with the show till the very end), who's spent his life on the dole, is the most rangy-tang and mischievous of the lot, and is forever dreaming of his neighbour, Nora Batty--wrinkled stockings and all. Then there is Norman Clegg (Peter Sallis), a man who's terrified of women--which is unfortunate as he is constantly called upon by his neighbour Howard (the epitomy of a hen-pecked husband) to assist Howard in communicating with his "young lady" friend, the man-eating Marina. Lastly is Foggy Dewhurst (Brian Wilde), a humorously regimental (but totally inept) ex-military man, without whom the other two would never do anything and there'd be no show! Wilde, who left the show for a brief period from 1985-90, retired permanently in 1997.

Though series is still in production after more than 30 years, the years from 1990-1997 (the Howard & Marina/Foggy Dewhurst years) were among the strongest for the series. This BBC boxed set, subtitled Vintage 1995, falls within that classic era and includes ten 30-minute episodes (the complete second series of episodes to be filmed during 1995) plus the 60-minute Christmas special entitled "A Leg Up for Christmas."

Special features include "30 Years of Last of the Summer Wine", a 60-minute look back at the show, the characters, how the series came about, the scoring of the music, etc.--even the odd blooper is included. The producer, writer, and many of the actors share their thoughts. Also included are a 6-minute skit entitled "The Funny Side of Christmas" (which dates between 1976-1985) and an enjoyable 30-minute "Tribute to Dame Thora Hird", who was unforgettable as the "motor-vehiclely challenged" Edie Pegden, the battle-axe wife of Wesley (who rarely appeared without his greasy overalls and could always be found tinkering in his shed with something mechanical--usually to a disastrous end!). Sadly, Gordon Wharmby (Wesley) passed away at age 68 in 2002 from lung cancer, whilst Dame Thora died at age 91 in 2003 after suffering a stroke.

This series is a classic example of British character comedy--and what a wealth of characters there are. Apart from the aforementioned, who can forget wily Auntie Wainwright, who sells antiques like a venus flytrap catches flies; or the hilarious antics of blind-as-a-bat Elie (sadly Danny O'Dea also died in 2003 aged 91). From the ladies' coffee mornings, to Compo's amorous advances towards Nora Batty, to Howard's ill-fated clandestine romance with Marina, this is a series our entire family enjoys (it's my dad's favourite). Although we enjoy the current episodes, with the loss of so many memorable characters, the 1995 Vintage hails back to a time when the series was truly at its zenith. One can only hope the BBC will continue to bring more episodes to DVD.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alan J.W. Bell

DVD title: 24 Hours in London
Productgroup: DVD
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Not Over Rated !!!!!!!!!!

This film is about Two thugs turned business Gangster in Englands Crime world. They have a crew of men and women who sadistically carry out there dirty work and as per a deal to become parteners with an american Crime figure they are taking out all of there competion, the russions, and two other gangs of crooks that have been getting uppity, throw in a couple of medical practioners sedating and selling body organs on the human market and all kinds of comical action and what you end up with is an awsome action movie that takes place over 24 hours in london.
If you have seen either "Hard Men"(Ross Boatman, Vincent Regan, Lee Ross), or "Lock Stock And Two smoking barrels"(Jason Stratham-of'the Transpoter', Jason Flemyng-of 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen')You will Know that them Brits' can knock up some super classic movies!!!

Studio: First Look Pictures
Director: Alexander Finbow

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