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DVD title: Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
Productgroup: DVD
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The critics are FOOLS! You will not only watch this movie repeatedly, but also quote lines of dialog with your friends at work again and again! Can you say that about Citizen Kane?
Watch this movie along with BASEketball to understand the true meaning of ART.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Steve Oedekerk

DVD title: The Daniel O'Donnell Show
Productgroup: DVD
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Daniel O'Donnell

We first discovered Daniel O'Donnell on PBS TV last year and immediately became fans. We find his unique style of entertainment uplifting and enjoy him more than words can express. The Danniel O'Donnell Show is absoultely fantastic. I have watched it over and over and never get tired of it!

Studio: Dptv Media
Daniel O'Donnell

DVD title: My Man Godfrey - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Sheer Delight!

Surely one of the best of classic comedies, we here meet with the easy flowing of William Powell, the winning insouciance of Carole Lombard, the perfect haughtiness of Gail Patrick, and the best of the best of character actors of all time: Alan Mowbray, Eugene Pallette, Mischa Auer, etc., etc. The story literally dances its way through the film, and one wacky incident upon another leads the viewer to a surprise (or perhaps not such a suprise) ending, albeit a hoped for one. If there were six or seven or ten stars, I would rate it ten.
The complex performances behind the apparent ease of the acting are unfathomable.
A study in delight!

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Gregory La Cava
William Powell
Carole Lombard

DVD title: The Night Flier
Productgroup: DVD
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They finally got it right!

This movie rocks, man. I'm so happy that they finally produced a Stephen King script almost entirely true to the original story. More than that. It's about 99% accurate. They added some stuff like a new female character played by Julie Entwistle, that wasn't in the book, but it turned out to be integral to the enhanced ending. Normally I'm very critical of people who watch these movies without having read the books first, but this time I think I can confidently say that even non-readers should like this movie. It's a masterpiece of suspense and gore. Rent it, folks, and call him the "Night Flier."

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Mark Pavia
Miguel Ferrer
Julie Entwisle

DVD title: Tech N9ne Experience
Productgroup: DVD
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Learn about Mr. Tech N9na

I loved this DVD. I admit, I wasn't a Tech N9ne fanatic in any way before purchasing this DVD. I know Tech N9ne has a flow and lyrics that can't be touched and considered myself to be a fan of his music.

After watching this DVD you learn to appreciate what Tech N9ne has had to do just to get his music out to you, the listener. If at any point was someone not completely dedicated to hip hop and had love for their music, they would have quit after going what he had gone through. Although Tech didn't quit, he persisted and lost money, friends, and in some cases respect from his hometown to get to the level he is today. Does this mean he sold out? Not in any way. He attempted to bring all those that love him on this journey he's gone through, but the hatorade that comes along with the game strikes again.

The DVD itself is a great documentary and is reminiscent of the Beef documentary as the voice sounds a lot like Ving Rhames, and they drop the drama and exciting parts the same. There are very good production funding put forth into this DVD by Strange Music and the production reflects that. There are also some interviews from some of my favorite rap artists (Jayo Felony, Yukmouth), and a video recording session from the late great Roger Troutman (for you rookies that's Mr. Computer Love himself).

The music videos are great, Slacker is a humorous video of, well... Tech N9ne being a slacker. I'ma Tell is by far the best video on the disc, and has become one of my favorite music videos. The extras are decent, made worth while by a funny interview with Yukmouth, well you'll see what I'm talking about.

If you are a hesitant fan of Tech N9ne, or a fanatic, there is no question, get this DVD. It's cheap, Tech N9ne is a rapper that deserves support, isn't being played by radio, TV, plays the game right, and always provides us with the siccest flows and lyrics possible.

COP THIS DVD. 5 stars out of 5.

Studio: Red Distribution, In

DVD title: Titan A.E. (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This Movie Is AWESOME

The last half hour of this movie is like nothing else you have ever seen. Absolutely stunning. This movie deserves the highest awards for achievement in animation and special effects. The DVD makes up for having missed this in the theaters, if only it was full screen.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Matt Damon
Bill Pullman
Drew Barrymore

DVD title: Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries)
Productgroup: DVD
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An epic journey, take two...

Last year, the SciFi Channel in America brought back an old series in a new format - the late 1970s series, 'Battlestar Galactica', born on television to attempt to ride the coattails of the popularity of 'Star Wars' in the cinemas. There are some similarities, but major differences. The SciFi Channel floated a four-hour miniseries of the new Battlestar Galactica to gauge reaction, and it came back favourably. The new series is in production (fortunately the network had the presence to sign the actors to continuation agreements should the series get picked up).

There won't be any spoilers here (there can't be, as the series isn't finished yet), but the stage is set from the miniseries, which now serves as the series pilot. However, first a brief description of the original series is in order.

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Original Series
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In the original series, the saga opens at a peace conference, ending the 1000-year war between the humans, congregated mostly on twelve planetary colonies, and the Cylons, a machine race bent on galactic domination. Due to treachery by one of the colonial leaders (Baltar, played by John Colicos), the peace conference is in fact a trap, and a Pearl Harbouresque attack destroys all but one of the primary warships (the Battlestar Galactica). Meanwhile, the undefended colonies are similarly ransacked, left indefensible and uninhabitable. The commander, Adama (Lorne Greene), assumes leadership of a ragtag fleet of several hundred ships that sets out for a distant world known only in legend - Earth. The series continues throughout the course of the year with adventures of the human fleet encountering minor human settlements and lots of Cylons along the way - lots of space battles feature the Viper pilots Apollo (Richard Hatch) and Starbuck (Dirk Benedict), who have relationship situations with Casseopia (Laurette Spang), Serena (Jane Seymour) and Athena (Maren Jensen).

The original series ended before the journey ended; there was an earlier attempt at resurrecting the series in 'Galactica 1980' which mercifully fell victim to well-deserved bad ratings rather quickly, and purists never considered a true continuation of the series. This, of course, sets the stage for the new series criticism.

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New Series
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In this series, with a few nods to the original ideas, there are still humans on twelve planets who have an advanced civilisation, but an aging military fleet. They've been at peace for twenty years, since the Cylons (here the humans' own creation) departed, having never signed a formal peace treaty. There is no peace conference here - rather, the aging battlestar Galactica is about to be decommissioned, when an unexpected attack by dramatically more advanced Cylons takes place, incorporating not only direct military strikes but also computer internet/network hijacking, facilitated by the mentally unbalanced but ingenious Dr. Baltar. Adama takes the Galactica to a safe location while the rest of the colonies fall quickly to the Cylons; various ships in the interstellar routes survive, including one with a cabinet minister elevated to the presidency due to the emergency, Laura Roslin. The ragtag fleet assembles at a forgotten supply depot, and does a sort of light-speed jump to safety after fighting (and essentially losing) against a new Cylon death star.

There are small nods to the old series - on the Galactica preparing for decommissioning, a museum has been set up, which has models of old Cylon death stars (these are models from the original series). The specifications for Cylons show the old metallic storm-trooper, but we are also informed that no one has seen a Cylon in twenty years (they've outgrown their shiny metal armour). In one scene, the museum chatter about the history of the Galactica mentions a Commander Hatch as its first commander, an obvious nod to Richard Hatch, the star of the original series.

The character of Laura Roslin is new, and the figure of Adama is a very different one from the original. Perhaps the most shocking change is that Starbuck here, while still a cigar-chomping, swaggering, swearing, card-playing rogue of an ace pilot, is also a woman.

The pilot shows people to be very human - whereas in the original series, they were almost playing archetypes of hero, villain, father-figure, etc., in this new show the roles are nowhere as distinct. The characters have flaws, and not Persian-carpet flaws, but real, honest-to-goodness problems and personality quirks. Adama is adamant about keeping the Galactica safe but also in engaging the enemy; his clashes with the authority of Laura Roslin, a president essentially without a nation, promises to be an interesting one. Apollo is still the solid captain of the fighter squad, and Starbuck and Boomer his able lieutenants, but there are secrets lurking here, too. And then there is Dr. Baltar, in whom the line between genius and insanity is constantly being redrawn.

The fleet is assembled, and heading off toward Earth. Here, however, Earth is not the ancient migratory memory of Adama as in the original series as much as it a mythical invention to give people hope in the fleet - this could set up a very different character to their run from the Cylons. Also, the fact that the Cylons are ultimately the creation of the humans, and now look like the humans, will factor heavily into a revised story line.

Stay tuned!

Edward James Olmos .... Commander William Adama
Mary McDonnell .... Colonial President Laura Roslin
Jamie Bamber .... Captain. Lee Adama (Apollo)
Katee Sackhoff .... Lieutenant. Kara Thrace (Starbuck)
James Callis .... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer .... Number 6
Grace Park .... Lt. Sharon Valerii (Boomer)
Michael Hogan .... Col. Paul Tigh

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Michael Rymer

DVD title: Seven Samurai - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Lest anyone be dissuaded from purchasing this masterpiece because they believe it is not presented in its original aspect ratio, it should be known that THE 1:33:1 ASPECT RATIO ON THIS DVD IS CORRECT. Akira Kurosawa did not begin working with the widescreen format until later in the 1950s. Anyone who asserts otherwise is mistaken.
This is a true 5 star films that ANYONE will enjoy. It's particulary recommended to those who would never dream of watching a movie with subtitles. Anyone looking for a great action movie should take a chance on this. Unlike that copy of Armageddon you watched once and is now collecting dust on your shelf, this is something you'll watch again and again. For those who love John Ford-type westerns, The Seven Samurai puts a marvelous spin on that classic genre. Even if you don't like action movies, you'll respond to this movie. It offers genuine human drama with an insight into a different culture and time that becomes increasingly fascinating with repeated viewings.
Of course, it's also recommended to those who already know and love this film. The picture on this DVD is much sharper and crisper than the one you're used to seeing on that worn-out VHS tape. As a bonus, it has a very insightful secondary audio track with commentary from a Japanese film historian that will help you develop a new appreciation for one of your old favorites.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune

DVD title: Sorcerer
Productgroup: DVD
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An Intense, Underlooked Film....

I agree with most that this is a underlooked classic.....extremely intense, with scenes that really make you did they do that??? Way before special digital effects were ever used...this stuff was staged to make your jaw drop......I always loved this movie, have the Laserdisc copy....and am going to get the was framed at 1.66:1 on laserdisc, which was how Mr. Friedkin wanted it shown (according to laserdisc), so a full frame version is not missing very much this movie if you liked the original it is based on "Wages of Fear", or just want to be rivetted to your seat for a few hours.......this is great storytelling, done my a master......

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: William Friedkin
Roy Scheider
Bruno Cremer

DVD title: Sailor Moon R - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Sailor Moon R

Ok.If ya bought the subtitle version,but was confused with the sentence structure(my fav:Mamo-chan saying "this is?"when petals fall from the sky)yall like the dub.Minna doesnt call anyone a pervert,and Jupiter does not curse.of course they added lines,and Darien gets the worst.He goes on and on about how flowers make him feel happy.I found it best to by both movies,and watch the sub first, then try the dub.Yall get much more out of it.And that way yall get a dose of REAL sailormoon,not just DIC sailormoon.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara

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