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DVD title: Scooby-Doo (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Quit the bashing...


I am so tired of seeing the horrible reviews this movie recieved. I am 20, so no, I didn't grow up in the 60's and 70's watching this show. However, I DID grow up in the 80's and 90's watching this show, so maybe I just have a different take. Okay, so Freddy Prinze, Jr. was not the most perfect choice for Fred. A lot of reviews resent his representation as an attention starved and fame hogging character, but I have to say that while the movie took it to the extreme, it by no means pulled it out of thin air. And Daphne was always getting captured and lost in the spooky old dungeons and mansions, and it was normally Velma or (Duh duh duh!) good ol' Freddy to the rescue. And the romantic connection everyone is claiming came from nowhere at the end of the movie? Were ya'll even watching?!? While Gellar and Prinze may only have been chosen for their star power and not for their excellent casting as the characters, they DO portray the relationship that we all know existed between Daphne and Fred rather well. And NO ONE can tell me Velma and Shaggy weren't brilliantly casted! The plot, while not in the "Scooby Doo, Where are you?" fashion, is more along the lines of "The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo" minus Vincent Price. The monsters are real, not masked men. And for all the Christians bashing the movie for that reason, be forewarned, if you deny the existence of evil in the world, regardless of your religion, then you open yourself to it. Being unaware doesn't exclude. Besides, this was a FUN, FAMILY ORIENTED movie, remember. The occult elements were in Scooby Doo fashion, discovering new legends associated with the area in which they are investigating the mystery.In essence, if you enjoy this movie for what it was intended to be, which was a fresh representation of fantastic characters, which remains true to the ideas implied in the series, as well as a fun film, then you'll get the point. If not, then "Zoinks" you take things way too seriously.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Raja Gosnell
Actors:
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Matthew Lillard
Linda Cardellini




DVD title: How to Murder Your Wife
Productgroup: DVD
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Thoroughly Enjoyable


This is one to own! Lemmon doesn't miss a beat as the professed batchelor/cartoonist trying to figure out how he got married and what to do about it. I have watched this movie countless times and never get tired of it.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Richard Quine
Actors:
Jack Lemmon
Virna Lisi
Terry-Thomas




DVD title: The First Nudie Musical (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great film, nice transfer.


Well, I too got a screener of this. I love this movie and this transfer so blows away any previous video versions it's unbelievable. I don't know what the "viewer" from Virginia's problem is, but I would have to say he should have his eyes examined. Of course, it doesn't look like a film that was made yesterday - it does have occasional wear, but the color is great and it's sharp (and anamorphic). Having listened to one of the commentary tracks, this was a very very low budget film - shot in 35mm but really cheap. It's not going to look like Spiderman. Anyway, I laughed throughout - and the documentary is hilarious. Haven't looked at the other features yet but have already found an Easter Egg, which is pretty cool.

Studio: Image Entertainment



DVD title: Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Red Zone Cuba
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm Cherokee Jack!


This film took several viewings to receive the full impact of itsawfulness. The immortal theme song, "Night Train to Mundo Fine", croaked by John Carradine, the tubby and begrimed Coleman Francis, the all-too-brief appearance of "Cherokee Jack", who surely has the oddest line delivery of any actor EVER! The hilarious training camp sequence (climb a rope, jump off a small sand dune, climb back up on the rope) and the tragic Bay Of Pigs invasion force, consisting of 7 guys.A guy in a big fake beard playing Castro...the weird interlude where the blind woman plays the piano as they drop her daddy down a well(for what reason I never could figure out). The jolly hunt for uranium, or whatever, ending in the shooting of an innocent woman. The eventual manhunt and long, dull death of the men who "rode all the way to Hell", or at least as far as Barstow! Rent this movie and prepare to be dazzled.

Studio: Wea Corp
Actors:
Michael J. Nelson
Joel Hodgson
Trace Beaulieu
Kevin Murphy (II)




DVD title: Love Actually (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellently made, warm movie


Somehow when I rent a DVD "starring" Hugh Grant, I expect to see a lot of Hugh Grant. Silly me! In this ensemble effort, he is in just a few scenes, playing the Prime Minister of England who is inexplicably attracted to a foul-mouthed female assistant. If that's not enough, there's a couple starring in a porn film who are too shy to even kiss on their first date. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that this movie can't decide if it's concentrating on its R rating or trying to be a feel-good movie. It tries to do both and doesn't succeed very well in either effort.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Richard Curtis
Actors:
Liam Neeson
Hugh Grant




DVD title: Goldeneye (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Distilled essence of Bond


After Timothy Dalton's decision to abandon his role as James Bond after only two films, the series was left floundering. Legal issues dogged the production of a new film. Even worse, Bond's classic enemy, the U.S.S.R., collapsed under internal pressures. The promise at the end of Licence To Kill, "JAMES BOND WILL RETURN", was sounding emptier and emptier by the mid-1990s.

However, it came together. A suave Irishman by the name of Pierce Brosnan (considered for The Living Daylights but prevented by his contract to a silly 80's detective show known as Remington Steele) was selected for the legendary role. A few characters pounded out a script and story. An assortment of mostly little-known actors and actresses was compiled. And what followed would be one of the most successful, acclaimed, and treasured Bond films ever made; in short, cinema magic.

The story follows Bond through an intriguing turn of events involving a fallen comrade (006) and a stolen Russian satellite with the power to devastate entire cities. (Apparently, the writers couldn't resist one last flick with an evil Russian.) Bond races across Europe and into Cuba to track down and foil the vicious plot to cripple the entire UK.

The casting was near-perfect. Brosnan took no time to step into the role, outdoing Moore, Dalton, and Lazenby breathlessly. (Even Connery may have to admit defeat here.) Sean Bean shines as the crisply arrogant villain. The dazzling Izabella Scorupco is perfect as the breathtaking and brilliant Natalya Simonova, a Russian programmer who saves Bond as often as he saves her. Famke Janssen sizzles as the wildly insane Xenia Onatopp, a Soviet pilot with impressive combat skills and unusually strong thighs. Robbie Coltrane and Alan Cumming, the supporting Russians, are delightful diversions. And Judi Dench comes through as the new, tough, but ultimately caring M.

The action is gripping; an assault on a Soviet chemical arms factory (with not one, but two heartpounding jumps), a mildly gratuitous car chase down a mountain, the EMP blast on a Siberian computer facility, an escape from an exploding Tiger helicopter, the breakout from a Russian jail, accompanying city-smashing tank chase, train derailment and explosion, attack on the Cuban satellite dish, and final agent vs. agent showdown; you get the picture.

Still, any movie can have sizzling action and quirky casting. But GoldenEye goes further than any of its comrades in the series. The plot is thick with intrigue, and development is paced so we are constantly in suspense. A now-famous scene between Bond and Simonova dives into just who Bond really is. (Aficionados: Don't worry, they get back to the action soon enough.)

In short, GoldenEye is the summit of James Bond movies and an achievement in the history of action movies. Not that you care; you want a flick with stunning women, blazing explosions, and slick one-liners. (It's got that, don't worry.) For the Bond lover, the casual fan, or just someone looking for a damn good movie, GoldenEye is the answer.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Martin Campbell
Actors:
Pierce Brosnan
Sean Bean
Izabella Scorupco




DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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great,love it,best movie, and more!


this movie is a type of movie you have to pay attention but it pays off so that your not confused later on the movie.it has action,fighting,and a script in which you have to listen.at the end i wanted the movie to keep going.you probaly will to if you watch it. this movie is a must see or buy if you all ready watched it.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Actors:
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt




DVD title: Apocalypse Now
Productgroup: DVD
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2nd only to godfather


spacy movie leaves a lot to the imagination dont get the REDUX all it has are spoilers

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors:
Marlon Brando
Martin Sheen




DVD title: The Wizard of Oz
Productgroup: DVD
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Deserves title of best movie ever made


I didn't remember how much I loved The Wizard of Oz until I ordered it from Amazon. The remastered color just blew me away. Movies made today don't have the exubrant texture and brillance of color as the revitilized version. Glinda is dazzling as always, the Wicked Witch will make your fists clench. The drama is brilliant. The set design is out of sight, and don't forget the hour long commentary of the behind the scenes look with Angela Landsbury, another hollywood great. Well all I can say is: Lets rejoice and the news be spread; The wicked old witch at last is dead!

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Judy Garland
Frank Morgan




DVD title: The Professionals
Productgroup: DVD
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The Magnificent Four


Fans of great westerns will love this movie. I consider it one of the best ever made. Being a fan of movies like "The Magnificent Seven", "The Wild Bunch", "Once Upon a Time in the West", "Hombre", "Valdez is Coming", and "El Dorado", I think this one is a keeper too.

By far one of Lee Marvin's and Burt Lancester's best movies. Fine performances are turned in by Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance, and Ralph Bellamy too. Claudia Cardinale is decent but nothing to write home about. She is much better in "Once Upon A Time in the West".

The action is excellently paced and the direction is masterful. Add in beautiful scenery and good music and you have a winner. The story of men rescueing someone from overwhelming odds is not new, but this is a magnificent rendition of it. This DVD is well priced and I highly recommend it.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Richard Brooks
Actors:
Burt Lancaster
Lee Marvin
Robert Ryan




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