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DVD title: The Legend of Bagger Vance
Productgroup: DVD
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Quite a Legend in the Making


"Bagger" is quite the Legend in the making in my opinion.
It is rare for a movie to come along that is both Inspirational on a deep level, and at the same time Extremely funny.
Will Smith gives an oscar worthy performance in one of the best movies of 2000 in my opinion. Matt Damon is equally great, making the transition from shell shocked war veteran to alcoholic, to comeback kid on the green.
This is a great movie, don't miss it!

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Robert Redford
Actors:
Will Smith
Matt Damon




DVD title: Fireworks
Productgroup: DVD
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FIRST-CLASS DVD FOR A FIRST-CLASS DIRECTOR


Winner of the Golden Lion of the 1997 Venice Film Festival, HANA-BI aka FIREWORKS is the movie that revealed japanese director Takeshi "Beat" Kitano to the international movie audience. Only a few curious movie lovers knew then Takeshi Kitano through SONATINE, A SCENE AT THE SEA or BOILING POINT.
Firstly, I would like to point out the superb quality of this DVD presentation of New Yorker Films. Theatrical trailers (american and japanese), filmographies of the main actors, an excellent featurette presenting Kitano at work during FIREWORKS shooting, a gallery of Kitano's paintings and, last but not least, interviews of the director discreetly hidden in the scene access department of the DVD. Thank you for these bonus features that allow us to know a little better this very interesting director.
Like in Kitano's precedent movies, FIREWORKS describes the consequences of a crucial decision taken by the main character of the movie. Takeshi "Nishi" Kitano has had a bad year : his wife is slowly dying at the local hospital and his best friend is confined in a wheelchair, shot while Nishi was visiting his wife. Nishi robs a bank and decides to offer to his wife a trip into the japanese countryside before facing the consequences of his act.
A good introduction into the imaginary world of this first-class director.

Studio: New Yorker Films
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Actors:
Takeshi Kitano
Kayoko Kishimoto




DVD title: The Sweet Hereafter (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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It was about a bus.


Atom Egoyan is a master of human emotions: grief, love, loss, avarice -- the good and the bad in people. I wanted to see this movie as soon as it came out, but it didn't play in any theaters next to where I was. I was finally able to see it for the first time in a small, packed theater in Paris, France. Having the video is great, but nothing beats seeing it on the big screen. The crash scene is riveting -- there was a collective gasp in the small screening room. We all knew it was coming, but still all wished it didn't happen. Yet, we all watched as if hypnotized by the images in front of us. Sarah Polley is a wonderful actress, and a pleasure to watch (she is also terrific in "Go," out in the Spring'99). She also has a delightful voice, and the original score is mesmerizing (I strongly recommend the soundtrack). Beautifully photographed and edited, a horrible tale greatly told. The Sweet Hereafter was definitely the best movie of 1997.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Atom Egoyan
Actors:
Ian Holm



DVD title: Full Moon in Blue Water
Productgroup: DVD
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full moon in blue water


The loss of a loved one, especially a spouse or a child, can be devastating on the one left behind; and without some kind of closure, that same love, combined with the loss, can lead to an unhealthy obsession in which the object of that devotion can emerge as something so perfect that none among the living could ever hope to measure up to it. And it's just such a situation that is explored by director Peter Masterson in "Full Moon In Blue Water," the story of a man who, even after many months, cannot come to terms with the loss of his wife, and has, by clinging so vehemently to her memory, effectively removed himself from the world of the living, despite the efforts of others who are close to him and depend upon him, including the woman who would love him-- if only he would give her the chance.
Floyd (Gene Hackman) is the owner of the Blue Water Grill, situated on the coast of the Texas Gulf in the small town of Blue Water. He's made a living at it since ending a stint as a merchant marine, and it's pretty much all he knows. And for a time, when he shared it all with his beloved Dorothy (Becky Ann Baker), it was the perfect life. But it all ended when Dorothy disappeared one day out on the gulf, and was presumed drowned; a tragedy from which Floyd has never recovered. Now he spends his days watching home movies of his wife, reliving the moments they shared, which become even more perfect with every day that passes, and with each additional viewing. He's let his business slide, and doesn't realize-- or perhaps just doesn't care-- what a dangerous, downward spiral he's on.
Floyd may be content wallowing in his discontent and misery, but there are those who need him and love him, and refuse to give up on him: His invalid father-in-law, The General (Burgess Meredith), would be lost without Floyd, as would Jimmy (Elias Koteas), the simpleton Floyd provides with a living by employing him for odd jobs around the restaurant, and as a companion for The General. But most especially, there's Louise (Teri Garr), a woman who cares deeply for Floyd, but just can't get through to him-- she simply can't live up to the image of perfection Floyd holds in his mind of Dorothy. But there's something else troubling Louise, too. She knows that real estate broker Charlie O'Donnell (Kevin Cooney) has made an offer to buy Floyd's place, and for a sum that's half of what it's worth. And in his diminished mental state, Floyd may be about to make one of the biggest mistakes of his life; Louise, however, is determined to avert it from happening. If only she can get through to Floyd in time; if only she can break through that wall of Dorothy's memory.
Masterson delivers his story in a straightforward manner, without attempting any frills, tricks or exaggerations in an effort to heighten the drama. He simply gives you a story that is what it is; a look at the twists and turns life can take, and how when something happens to one it affects, not only that person, but those around him, and in turn, those around them. Subtly, but very definitely, it underscores the symbiotic nature of mankind and succinctly drives home the point that, indeed, no man is an island. As this film so aptly demonstrates, whether we choose to believe it or not, there is no such thing as absolute autonomy. Somewhere along the line, directly or indirectly, the behavior of one is going to have an effect on someone else. It's the underlying message of this film, and it's presented quite effectively by Masterson, although his approach is a bit too academic, perhaps. Human emotion forms the core of the story, and yet the film is not as emotionally involving as it could-- or should-- be. Masterson manages to maintain interest, but without that hook that would have really engaged his audience. Still, it's a good job, the film is well delivered and offers a satisfying experience, albeit one that could have been much more.
As Floyd, Hackman gives a solid performance, creating a character that is believable and real. He gets neither too maudlin nor morbid with his portrayal, even in the depths of his depression, which tells us something about who Floyd really is: a guy who feels deeply, but is capable of bouncing back. Hackman makes him someone with whom you can empathize, but without getting too close. Everyone will be able to relate to Floyd on some level, inasmuch as loss is something we all have to deal with at one time or another, though that sense of identity is more of an inherent aspect of the story rather than due to anything that Hackman brings to it. It's Hackman's expertise, however, that maintains the film's credibility and makes that sense of identity accessible. And that's why Hackman's a star; he makes what he does convincing, as he does here, with a performance that is, in it's simplicity, natural and affecting.
Teri Garr is effective, as well, turning in a sympathetic performance through which she successfully conveys, not only her love and concern for Floyd, but her frustrations in coping with the intangible and impenetrable image of Dorothy that Floyd has created in his mind. Garr is entirely convincing as Louise, lending her a blue-collar charm that she sells with her natural, charismatic screen presence.
It's the supporting efforts by Koteas and Meredith that really makes this film click, however. Koteas finds just the right tone and shadings to make the hapless Jimmy convincing, and Meredith is a delight as the lovable old curmudgeon embraced by Floyd, in that he is his last link to Dorothy. "Full Moon In Blue Water," then, is a meditation on life; and one that's definitely worth a look.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Peter Masterson
Actors:
Gene Hackman
Teri Garr




DVD title: Spongebob Squarepants - The Seascape Capers
Productgroup: DVD
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SEASCAPE CAPERS


This DVD has:
FRY COOK GAMES 4/5
BUBBLESTAND 2/5
SQUID'S DAY OFF 5/5
SPONGEBOB MEETS THE STRANGLER 5/5
PRANKS A LOT 5/5
ARTIST UNKNOWN 5/5
GRANDMA'S KISSES 3/5
KRUSTLY LOVE 4/5
KRAB BORG 4/5
SMOKING PEANUT 5/5
So my favorite episodes on this are:SQUIDS DAY OFF,SPONGEBOB MEETS THE STRANGLER,PRANKS A LOT,ARTIST UNKONOWN AND SMOKING PEANUT.

Studio: Paramount Home Video



DVD title: Starwoids
Productgroup: DVD
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Better than I thought.


When my boyfried brought this DVD home I groaned, I am sick of all the fanboy stuff he brings home. I have to say, I loved this film. I was extremely surprised that there could be a documentary about fandom that was not only interesting but also extremely funny. I recomend this film to not only fans but also to the friends and family of fans.

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Dennis Przywara



DVD title: The Penalty
Productgroup: DVD
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Maybe The Best !


Other than "The Phantom of The Opera" this is Chaneys' best work. I have viewed most Lon Chaney films (All that are in print). I must admit, some of his films are corny, one hour melodramas,that I would only recommend to dedicated fans. However, this story, the acting, and the "Kino" soundtrack, will make this one to remember. Better than "The Hunchback" (and that's saying a lot)

Studio: Kino Video
Director: Wallace Worsley



DVD title: Big Fish
Productgroup: DVD
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Oversized Outstanding Yarn on Life


Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor as the older and younger Edward Bloom are outstanding. This is a wounderful and hauntingly beautiful movie on the meaning of truth as we sum up our lives and try to put meaning to it all. This may be one of director Tim Burton's more important works.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Albert Finney
Billy Crudup




DVD title: The Fantasia Anthology (3-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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collective genius


This has got to be one of Disney's best. My kids watch it in batches, and I am astounded at the experimentation and the layers of the experience. Music has, in part through this film, entered their souls. I am never bored by this film and neither are they. It is the ultimate edutainment and it is pioneering as well.

Get it!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Leopold Stokowski



DVD title: The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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who understands the ending?


i thought this movie was a really good thriller, and the fact that it took time to explain how the movie was made and where it originated from was a great plot... however the one part of the movie that i don't understand is the ending..... y did a second copy of the movie have to be made to stay alive?????? please someone one tell me......

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Naomi Watts
Martin Henderson
Brian Cox




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