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DVD title: The Way of the Gun
Productgroup: DVD
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Quite simply the greatest movie of its genre

If you saw it in the theatre (like I did) count yourself a true fan of quality cinema. I introduced this classic to my co-workers after I had purchased it on At first most were leary of watching a movie that they had never heard of before. Jokes were thrown back and forth and my taste in movies was questioned. Then they saw it. End to end it is a solid picture with no glaring flaws. Ryan Phillipe was a good actor in bad he has been immortalized along with a superb ensemble cast. Gritty, thought provoking, frenetic, classic.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Benicio Del Toro
Ryan Phillippe

DVD title: Gods and Generals
Productgroup: DVD
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Much more than a war movie

I bought this dvd because I liked Gettysburg. Now, Gods and General is even better than Gettysburg. It looks like the authors took advantage of the former experience in many ways. Battle scenes look better and rythm (what I consider the weak point of Gettysburg) is faster. What I like mostly in Gods and Generals is the ethical deepening of its characters and Stonewall Jackson especially. It is not only the performance of S. Lang. Script and dialogues are 1st rate. The result is a movie that is not only entertaining but a lesson of life too. The sympathy for the reb cause is evident and the reasons of the secession are not deepened like we may expect but Gods and Generals has the merit to open a dialogue on the crucial question of freedom and democracy. The quality of video, audio and extra is excellent. I strongly suggest it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Ronald F. Maxwell
Jeff Daniels
Stephen Lang
Robert Duvall

DVD title: The Man Who Knew Too Much
Productgroup: DVD
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I could never understand . . .

why so many movie "critics" feel the first version is superior to this terrific, entertaining, exciting color version. Besides the suspenseful Albert Hall sequence, there are so many truly Hitchcock moments: the dark make-up coming off the man's face onto Stewart's hands symbolizing, if you wish, transferrence of the dangerous and burdensome secret that is whispered for Stewart's ears only (but the audience gets to hear); the search for Ernest Chapel; and the climactic sequence in the embassy that echoes the staircase climax in "Notorious". As Doris Day sings louder and louder for her young son to hear the song that he loved to hear her sing as she put him to bed (and that's the reason for the song initially, to set up this climax!) her voice gets farther and farther away as Hitch's camera cuts (not moves, as in "Frenzy") up the staircase and through the halls as we get closer to the boy and his captor(s). I used to wait until this film was shown on TV (even in B&W) and then take the phone off the hook so as not to be disturbed. Then I got my copy on tape and then laser, all of which were very good. And there is no disappontment in the DVD. Excellent Hitchcock, and even he prefers the re-make over the original, they say!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
James Stewart
Doris Day

DVD title: Labyrinth
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favorite movies of all time!

I grew up watching this movie almost daily. I absolutely love it.
Sarah (A young an then unknown Jennifer Connelly) plays Sarah, a teenage girl wrapped up in a dream world who wishes that her baby brother be taken by the Goblin King (played by David Bowie). But when he is actually taken she is shocked. "I didn't mean it!" she says! The Goblin King gives her 24 hours to find her way through the labyrinth which leads to his castle, where he is keeping the baby - if she does not make it he will turn her baby brother into one of his goblins forever. So, Sara embarks on a journey where everything that could go wrong does go wrong all while making a great bunch of muppet friends along the way.
Everyone that I know that has seen this movie has a ton of fond memories of it. How could you not? It's one of Jim Henson's greats! Recommended for the whole family! Young and old!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Henson
David Bowie
Jennifer Connelly

DVD title: Farscape Season 1, Vol. 2 - Exodus from Genesis / Throne for a Loss
Productgroup: DVD
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Buy this DVD

This is a great disk to get if your just getting into Farscape or you want to show it someone who hasn't seen it.
Exodus from Genesis is a really funny episode! It reminded me why I first started wating this show. Lots of great moments.
Plus the commentary on both episodes a really entertaining as well.
And everyone should be watching Farscape by now!

Studio: A.D. Vision

DVD title: Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Only Now, At The End, Does He Understand...

First, let's get the obvious about "Revenge of the Sith" out of the way.

Yes, George Lucas is completely clueless when it comes to writing dialogue.

Yes, many of the scenes are so visually incredible that it almost seems as if they were made that way to distract you from the fact that George Lucas is completely clueless when it comes to writing dialogue.

Yes, there is a great gap between the really good performances (Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McDiarmid) and the true clunkers (Hayden Christiansen, Natalie Portman).

Having said that, IMHO, "Revenge of the Sith" is what the two "Star Wars" movies that preceded it should have been. There's a certain maturity Lucas seems to have found as a director that was lacking in the other films. While he still seems more comfortable with the technology than the artistic aspects of directing, he's also shown great improvement in that area as well.

All of the actors seem to have found their strides. One of the problems I had with "Attack of the Clones" was that I couldn't see how Anakin and Obi-Wan could ever have become friends. Here, I still don't know how they got there, but I can believe that they are. Ewan McGregor is in full Alec Guinness mode, and the only thing more enjoyable than seeing him onscreen is Ian McDiarmid's slow seduction of Anakin. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like Natalie Portman's Padme, it seemed to me that she was trying too hard to channel Carrie Fisher's Leia (even to the point of adopting the Cinnabon hairdo).

All in all, if you haven't seen this movie, by all means do so.

NOTE: Much of what has been said about "Sith" being somewhat graphic is true, but the only truly disturbing scene IMHO was Anakin's immolation and reconstruction as Darth Vader. I think that while it is unbearable to watch, Lucas wanted to illustrate how terrible Anakin's fall was and how it could happen to anybody--even someone close.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Hayden Christensen

DVD title: Uncovered - The Whole Truth About the Iraq War
Productgroup: DVD
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Finally! True insight about the Iraq war!

This movie was absolutely mind boggling. How in the world can the media get away with telling lies to the American people. Over and over again the Bush Administration has pounded into people's heads that Iraq posesses weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. There has been absolutely no evidence found that they do have any weapons of mass destruction of any kind, and yet still, the Bush Admin. are looking for the benefit of the doubt that the facts are proven otherwise. This movie is just one resource of many that starts to give understanding and realization into what is really going on in the real world, with hard facts from the people that organize and run our country.

Studio: The Disinformation Company
Director: Robert Greenwald
Robert Baer
David Albright
John Dean (III)

DVD title: Con Air
Productgroup: DVD
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A slick, over the top, spectacular action movie to die for..

A fantasticly overblown action flick aimed for those particular people who just like to sit back and enjoy the ride (or flight). Con Air has so many things in its favour - brilliant stunts, an incredible cast, some top one-liners and the whole spectical of the film. OK the plot's pretty thin - but never mind, get cosy, relax and as the marketing people say "Buckle up"!

Studio: Buena Vista
Director: Simon West
Nicolas Cage
John Cusack
John Malkovich

DVD title: Batman Forever
Productgroup: DVD
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Like the Coat, it keeps me safe whilst im jogging at night!

Well, what can i say, as a big Jim Carrey Fan and a fan of Batman, i have to say that it is the best Batman film out of the 5. Batman+Robin is dull! This one is so funny as it was casted perfectly! Recommend to any batman fan!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Joel Schumacher
Val Kilmer
Tommy Lee Jones
Jim Carrey
Nicole Kidman
Chris O'Donnell

DVD title: North by Northwest
Productgroup: DVD
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This is the greatest movie I've ever seen

I would definetely recommend this video for all Alfred Hitchcock fans. It is very exciting. I like it how Hitchcock makes an appearance in all his movies (in this one he missed his bus at the beginning). But the whole plot of a businessman getting drugged because he is mistaken for someone else is great. It has a lot of twists in it. Hope you see this great movie!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant
Eva Marie Saint

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