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DVD title: Doctor Who - The Caves of Androzani
Productgroup: DVD
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Quite simply one of the finest Dr. Who stories ever !


Superb acting , great sets , suspense , heart-pounding cliffhangers , and the best regneration sequence ever ! Peter Davison's final story ranks as one of the best stories in the series history. Don't miss it !!!!

Studio: BBC Video



DVD title: Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (TV Miniseries)
Productgroup: DVD
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A grand achievement.


My expectations were fairly high for this sequel/continuation of the Dune saga. The first miniseries was excellent, the trailers and previews were outstanding, and I looked forward to seeing what the Sci-Fi Channel could concoct after learning their mistakes the first time around. After viewing this four-and-a-half hour rendition, I must say I'm immensely pleased and impressed. It's every bit as compelling as the Dune miniseries was, and from a technical viewpoint, is actually far superior. The production design, the special effects, the cinematography are all a distinct improvement over both the original miniseries and the David Lynch disaster.
The story picks up twelve years after the conclusion of Dune; war continues to ravage the galaxy, Paul "Muad'Dib" Atreides (Alec Newman) is now seen as something of a curse by the people, as his name is now associated with bloodshed and violence. Conspiracies grow around him, his life is threatened at every turn. At the heart of it is Princess Wensicia (Susan Sarandon), daughter of Emperor Shaddam IV and sister of Irulan (Julie Cox). Her plans include preventing a new heir on the Atreides throne, sending a ghola of Duncan Idaho (Edward Atterton) to kill Paul, and to have a giant sandworm captured to begin a new spice cycle. With so many plots, Paul's main concern still centers around Chani (Barbara Kodetova) and her accelerating pregnancy.
Children of Dune's biggest asset is its talented cast. Alec Newman, who was very good in the original, has matured the past three years, his performance as Paul Atreides is excellent. Those who had doubts about him before will have them silenced with his great performance here. Daniela Amavia makes for a spirited and appealing Alia, Edward Atterton is definitely superior to James Watson in the role of Duncan Idaho, and Julie Cox is terrific and sympathetic as the conflicted Princess Irulan. Steven Berkoff, Barbara Kodetova, Alice Krige, and P.H. Moriarty are solid in their roles, with Kodetova showing improvement over the last miniseries.
Children of Dune's compelling plot is executed with precision by director Greg Yaitanes, who does a bang-up job over his predecessor, John Harrison. As a matter of fact, though Dune Messiah's story is naturally a bit weaker than Dune's, the superb execution here makes it superior to any previous adaptations of Dune (it's at least as good as the terrific miniseries, far better than the horrible Lynch film). The cinematography distinguishes itself with darker colors, while still maintaining the vibrancy the original miniseries had. Brian Tyler's beautiful score is evocative, particularly during a wonderful montage segment of literal birth and death. If there's anything in this miniseries that will definitely remain imprinted in my memory, it's the wonderful "Inama Nushif" theme that plays during the scene.
The special effects are the best I've seen for a made-for-TV sci-fi project (well, maybe tied with Taken). The city and planetscapes are dazzling and the desert bluescreens are convincing, wisely ridding of the painted backgrounds that marred the original. There's a terrific, visually breathtaking sequence in which the Space Guild kidnaps a giant worm from the desert, doing so in a rather clever and believable manner.
Parts 2 and 3 of Children of Dune take the miniseries on a wildly unpredictable course (and one can begin to see where George Lucas drew his inspiration for Return of the Jedi), but complete with the same potent themes of loyalty and love. It's here James Mcavoy comes into his own as Duke Leto II, delivering a superb performance that evokes the strength and burden of flawed humanity.
There are a few flaws; I would have preferred more screen time for Julie Cox and more focus on her warm mother/children relationship with the twins. Irulan is arguably the most interesting individual of this entire bunch, but similar to her relationship with Paul, she's occasionally given the short shrift when compared to some of the cast. That she lives her life virtually celibate is an intriguing detail that really isn't touched upon (she never slept with her husband and it's implied she never carried a physical relationship with anyone after he disappeared).
It remains to be seen whether or not the Sci-Fi Channel will continue adapting the Dune novels. I've never read the rest of the bunch, mostly because I'm a bit annoyed by Herbert's constant time-shifting (I think these books keep jumping thousands of years into the future, makes it hard to stay focused on any one character). But if they can be made into as engrossing a production as the two Dune miniseries, I'm all for it.**** 1/2 out of *****

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Greg Yaitanes



DVD title: Big Trouble
Productgroup: DVD
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What is that one guy talkin about


Crude sexual humor? This movie is practically squeaky clean, i recomended it to my conservative religious parents, it is as others say ingeniously quick non stop comedy, its characters are played well, and the writing is perfect, i was surprised to like it and i hope you will be too

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Actors:
Tim Allen



DVD title: Kiki's Delivery Service
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply beautiful...


Sweet storyline and interesting characters. Phil Hartman is charming as the cat. I'm glad he voiced it before he left us. More than anything I enjoyed the detail and care taken in the animation. The wonderful backgrounds, the characters expressions, the blowing grass as Kiki lies listening to the radio. I'm grateful to Mr. Miyazaki for giving American viewers another chance, after some of his other films were so poorly translated. I know how he treasures his work. I anxiously await the release of Nausicaa by Disney ( avoid the English translation Warriors of the Wind ).

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Minami Takayama



DVD title: Lizard in a Woman's Skin
Productgroup: DVD
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Where is the Film


I'm waiting to see this film, I want to buy it!

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc
Director: Lucio Fulci



DVD title: Blink 182 - The Urethra Chronicles, Vol. II: Harder Faster Faster Harder
Productgroup: DVD
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THE BEST DVD EVER!!


if ur a blink fan this is 4 u!this is the most funniest thing i ave ever seenit's 100% worth every penny!if u dnt like blink 182 still buy it because its funny my bro h8s blink but he saw the DVD and went out n bought his own copy because it rocks!get it plz!every blink 182 fan must ave this!!

Studio: Universal Music & VI



DVD title: Brother Bear (2-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best of the season


We didn't expect much... but boy what a surprise! This is a deeply moving movie that the kids and adults will both love. Lots of fun, a lesson to be learned, and far removed from the typical romantic theme. Bring tissues - this will touch your heart!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Joaquin Phoenix
Jeremy Suarez
Rick Moranis




DVD title: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah/Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
Productgroup: DVD
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A very good way to end the series


This movie was wonderful. It didn't have the action like MechaGodzilla II, but it really had it's moments. I'm glad that this movie really rebounded from "Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla," which in my opinion was the worst new series Godzilla movie. This movie wasn't cheesy at all and I liked how they added in Godzilla Junior in all of this.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Kensho Yamashita



DVD title: Spongebob SquarePants - Tales From the Deep
Productgroup: DVD
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Now we've got MermaidMan and BarnacleBoy on DVD!


If you want to start seeing the series of "MermaidMan and BarnacleBoy" episodes, the first volume, "MermaidMan and BarnacleBoy" is in this DVD. The DVD also has the double-length episode, "House Party", the episode, "Tea at the Treedome" in which SpongeBob first meets Sandy, and one of my favorite episodes, "I Had an Accident" with a cute finale-seeing people watching the show on a TV with rabbit ears(or were they watching the episode on this DVD?) made me want to see SpongeBob come to regular TV, like the Nick on CBS.

Studio: Paramount Home Video



DVD title: WWE Summerslam 2000
Productgroup: DVD
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WWF SummerSlam 2000


This is the biggist event of the Summer and it was awesome im telling you no one does PPV like the WWF with the amazing TLC Tables Ladders and Chairs Match which i think is beats all the other matchs that these 3 teams have had so far, Also the 2 out of 3 falls match was a really good match but it could of used in extra 5 minutes into the match but still a great match, Also the wwf championship was on the line in a grueling wwf tile match with Triple H vs Kurt Angle Vs The Rock i a Triple Threat Match! Also there was the Match with Shane McMahon and Steve Blackman which fetured the amazing 30 feet fall Shane took but besides that the match it's self was a bit slow and boring but still a decent match, And Kane Vs Undertaker was not too bad but there was no winner but undertaker going for Kanes mask will keep you on your seat if it's your frist time watching it, The rest of the card was decent not that great but not that bad with the mixed tage for the IC title being a pretty good match overall SummerSlam is one of the best PPV i have seen yet a Must buy for any Wrestling fan.
Rating from 0% to 100%
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X-Pac Vs Road Dogg-59%(Could of been much better)
Mixed Tag Match Val&Trish Vs Chyna&Eddie-78%(Good Match)
Tazz Vs Jerry "the King"Lawer-60%(Alright Match)
The Kat Vs Terri Thong Stink Face Match-N/R(This really was not a match)
Shane Vs Blackman Hardcore Title Match-70%(Decent)
TLC Match Hardys Vs Dudleys Vs Edge&Christian for the Tag Team Championship-95%(Amazing Match has too been seen to beleave)
Two out of Three Falls Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit-88%(Great Match)
Undertaker vs Kane-69%(Decent Match the Mask thing was cool)
Triple Threat for the WWF Championship (Champion)The Rock Vs Kurt Angle vs Triple H-88%(Great Title Match with the Rock working very hard in the Match)
Overall PPV 90%

Studio: WWF HOME VIDEO/TITAN SPORTS
Actors:
Triple H
Chris Jericho
Jerry Lawler
Undertaker
Chyna
Kurt Angle
Dudley Boyz
The Rock




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