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DVD title: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Productgroup: DVD
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Quite possibly the finest western of all time


INTRODUCTION:
In 1962, the classic western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was released. The film combined two of the biggest stars of the day - John Wayne and James Stewart. The film also featured some of the other top actors of the day, including Lee Marvin and Andy Devine. Does this film live up to the "classic" reputation that people have given it over the years? Read on for my review.

BASIC PLOT:
An attorney (James Stewart) has traveled west to set up a law office. Unfortunately, along the way, he is attacked and robbed. Once he arrives in town, he discovers that the man who attacked him is Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin) - a local menace who has been making life in town a living hill for quite some time. The local sheriff (Andy Devine) is a total coward, so it's up to the attorney and a local gunman on the side of the law (John Wayne) to put an end to Liberty's reign of terror.

FILM OPINIONS:
I have seen a number of westerns over the years (mostly because my father is a fen of the genre), and I can honestly say that this is the best one I've seen so far. The amount of depth is one of the most excellent attributes of this film - many westerns just follow the typical "hunt down and kill bad guys" formula, but this one is different - there's plenty of character development, for one thing. The actors are another great thing about this film. When you put John Wayne (the best actor to ever star in westerns, period) and James Stewart (who can fill ANY role well) in the same film, the results can only be good. Andy Devine is great as the cowardly sheriff, and Lee Marvin is an excellent bad guy.

DVD:
The DVD release of this film is disappointing for two reasons. First and foremost, there aren't any extras. This was to be expected, though - by the time this DVD came out, most of the stars were dead. My other main gripe with the DVD is the description on the back of the DVD case - THE LAST SENTENCE OF THE SUMMARY GIVES AWAY THE ENDING! I urge you, if you have not seen the film yet, DO NOT read the summary.

OVERALL:
What can I say that hasn't already been said? If you're a fan of the genre, you're going to love it. If you're not, this is the film that is liable to change your mind - and if it doesn't, chances are you'll never grow to like the genre. There are a lot of great westerns out there, but this one is virtually unrivaled in its sheer greatness. Highly recommended. Five out of five stars.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: John Ford
Actors:
James Stewart



DVD title: The Life of Verdi
Productgroup: DVD
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5 stars for content, *1* star for dvd quality


The greatness of Verdi is detailed meticulously in this brilliant miniseries/documentary. If you're a Verdi fan, this is definitely a must see. However, the DVD transfer is horrible. It would seem like that the source of the transfer is an old VHS tape. There are sections where the entire screen and audio are chewed up. This problem occurs frequently in episodes 3-6. Would it have killed Kultur to remaster the source?

Studio: Kultur
Director: Renato Castellani



DVD title: Northern Exposure - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Get a Grip People. It is Only a TV Show.


Backbone? Please.

Look folks, I really don't care if Universal replaces some song that was playing faintly in the background on the Brick jukebox while Chris and Shelly are having a conversation. What on earth difference does that make? Thus far all the music that has been replaced has been for situations such as this and I, and the vast majority of "Northern Exposure" fans would not even notice the change (...).

If, at some point, Universal replaces music that is pivotal to the plot, say Procoul Harem's "A White Shade of Pale," which Chris flings the piano, or Iris DeMent's "Our Town" which closes the show's final episode, there would be cause for complaint. But for now the whiners come across as little more than "Star Trek" geeks who argue for hours which captain is superior or just how something should be properly translated into Klingon, or "Star Wars" nerds who camp out for weeks in line to be sure they get tickets for the first showing of a movie that will play at their local cineplex for six months.

Don't like the "Northern Exposure" DVD packages to date? No one is forcing you to buy them and no one can prevent me from doing so. That's life.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Rob Morrow



DVD title: 24 - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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Nail Biting, Heart Pounding, Excitement!


Best drama on TV, ever!!!! I am not one to watch much television, particularly action movies. However, a friend talked me into watching Season 1 on DVD. My husband and I are both hooked!!!! Keifer Sutherland (is he sexy or what?) is great as federal agent Jack Bauer. I really do sit on the edge of my seat while watching this show! After watching the finale of Season One my heart was still racing 45 minutes later. I have since purchased Season 2, and Season 3. I refuse to watch any more of Season 4 until we are finished with 2 and 3. My recommendation --- BUY, BUY, BUY and watch it when you don't have to get up early the next morning...cuz you can't watch just one episode.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Kiefer Sutherland



DVD title: In Pursuit of Honor
Productgroup: DVD
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very good movie


This is a great movie where men of our country disobey an order in Pursuit of Honor to save horses that are part of the Cavalry and have been for years. They have been ordered to put to death Cavalry horses that are no longer needed in the Army now that times are changing. These men feel the horses deserve better than to be put to death for serving their country, even though they're horses, not men. Although these men have been disobedient in the past, I think they become true saviors, heros and honorable men when they disobey this particular order. They decide they're going to try and save their country's horses and travel miles north to the Canadian border to set them free. They feel these horses deserve a retirement from the Army not be put to death for serving it. It's a rough and rugged trek north being pursued by the Army for disobeying. The news gets spread throughout the country that this is happening and the whole country becomes interested in this pursuit. There's laughter and tears as they travel north In Pursuit of Honor. I thoroughly loved this movie and have searched for over a year to own it. Now I can watch it over and over. This is a great film for adults and for children to watch with supervision for what honor means in this country. A wonderful movie. I recommend it to anyone.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Ken Olin



DVD title: The Godfather
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a movie you can't refuse!


This film has changed the way we look at mafia life, and has become the benchmark for other mafia films, and the highly-rated TV series, The Sopranos.
I can honestly say, I can't think of one thing I did not like about this film.
Practically perfect acting, music, and visuals.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors:
Marlon Brando
Al Pacino




DVD title: The Omen Collection
Productgroup: DVD
The Omen Collection - movie DVD cover picture
The best horror movie, and sequels ever...


Forget Omen 4 the Awakening, it dosen't even belong in the original set and story. Omen 4 is absolute made for tv fodder compared to it's predecessors, but it's still part of the set. I guess! The omen follows the rise and eventual downfall of the anti-christ, in the biblical sense. But not really a religious type movie as (THE OMEGA CODE). With graphic violence, nudity(THE FINAL CONFLICT), and some foul words about God, The Omen films are simply not for everyone.
The acting in the firt two THE OMEN, and DAMIEN OMEN 2, is superb, Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, and William Holden, are perfectly cast as well as could be. The Story is totally engrossing, makeing it seem very plausable that this is really happening in the world today. Or will happen.
What I really don't understand is the story line from Omen 3 The Final Conflict. The first two followed the biblical sense almost to the letter or verse for that matter, but Final Conflict dosen't, which throws the story of the first two off a bit and dosen't follow the biblical aspect as well. But the first two have earned a place in my opinion as probably the two best horror films ever created. It's hard for a horror picture then or today to compare to the harrowing score of Jerry Goldsmith, and the absolute most frightning scene ever filmed,(when Gregory Peck, and photographer David Warner discover what happened to Peck's real infant, and at the same time discover who Damien's real mother was). Never the less if you are easily frightned, it would be good advise not to watch these films alone.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Gregory Peck



DVD title: Ultimate Fighting Championship Vol. 1 - UFC Hits
Productgroup: DVD
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LETS GET IT ON...


If you love the UFCs and Real Fighting - you have to have this DVD There are great fights and what is great - you can choose different camera angles.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Actors:
Ultimate Fighting Championship



DVD title: How to Deal (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
How to Deal (New Line Platinum Series) - movie DVD cover picture
wonderful


This movie was so good. Having read the 2 books it was based on before seeing it, I knew what I was in for- a very dramatic movie. I can't say enough about mandy's acting talent and the rest of the casts as well. They took the two books and made it a great movie. I wish the movie could have been in the theaters for longer than a week to give it a chnace to be seen by more people. I think people prejudged the movie because of having Mandy Moore as one of the cast members but it was an incredibly well done movie that deserves more credit than given by the public.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Clare Kilner
Actors:
Mandy Moore (II)
Trent Ford
Dylan Baker




DVD title: Back to the Future - The Complete Trilogy (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Back to the Future - The Complete Trilogy (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Excellent and entertaining.


I have always liked this series. Now that I have the set and have watched all straight through all I can say is, WOW! This is a great and clean adventure that inspires imagination. The DVD's have great content but lack the subtitles that we like to have in the DVD. The rest of the content is great though with great narations and behind the scene history. Highly recommended for the family library.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Michael J. Fox



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