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DVD title: A Hard Day's Night
Productgroup: DVD
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Quit your complaining!!!


This movie is excellent with some really funny scenes in it in addition to the musical numbers. Plus I only saw the VHS version of it that came out last year and for me the quality was still great. The music sure sounds clean and crisp to me and does sound like it's in true stereo, not the fake stereo or mono versions that others have said. I think DVD's are truthfully highly overrated anyway. As long as you have a decent tv and speakers hooked up, even VHS movies look and sound great. I have seen many DVD movies and none of them blew me away because of their sound and picture quality. I'm not saying that We Were Soldiers, Windtalkers, Mr. Deeds, and Spiderman weren't great, but the quality and sound wasn't much different than the countless other VHS movies I've seen. All you DVD fans are nuts in my opinion. DVD is not the wave of the future or other nonsense that others have led you to believe. VHS is still great and worthwhile period. DVD's are only great in that the discs are more sturdy than VHS tapes, but only a few tapes I've had have gotten messed up--with most of them being just fine. Keep your VHS movies everyone and don't let the complainers get you down. A Hard Day's Night is a wonderful movie in every way, especially in VHS!!!

Studio: Miramax Entertainment
Director: Richard Lester
Actors:
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr




DVD title: Nowhere to Run
Productgroup: DVD
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A sweet action movie. Van Damme rules!


Nowhere to Run is absolutely stunning. Jean Claude van Damme plays a role of an escape convict who landed in a fatherless family that draws to their affection to him. The dining table scene was just awakening when the children discussed about his big peepee. But mother, Rosanna Arquette utters in and said was average. Stimulating as it seems to be, the skinny dipping scene in the lake was a great model shot of Van Damme. Hoooh! What a bud! Rosanna Arquette, although irresistible in her great looks, played a lonely mother. I mean real lonely and surely got what she's longing for. Great action flick! I give it 5 stars.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Robert Harmon
Actors:
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Rosanna Arquette




DVD title: Cinderella (Disney Special Platinum Edition Collector's Gift Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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Don't miss the next Disney release!


Cinderella
This favorite Disney classic has enchanted generations of children. It has the message that if you dream, your dream can come true.
"A dream is a wish your heart makes." --Cinderella sings
Cinderella lives in a run down house and sleeps up in the tower. The view of the king's castle is like a beacon of hope for her. Hope for something in the future gives children meaning in life and promotes optimism. They can also relate to the sibling rivalry between the sisters! The cat is just so naughty and the mice adorable.
Cinderella also sees the good in life. Even though she has to clean, cook and is basically the maid in her own home, she still even finds good in life and even the evil cat, Lucifer. While she is washing the floor, she sings and bubbles float in the air. Each bubble carries an image of her scrubbing the floor and the harmony is just beautiful as you hear many voices (all hers) singing.
The pumpkin transformation is my favorite part and Cinderella's dress is just sparkling. I never noticed it before but there is sparkling everywhere like diamond dust. It really adds a touch of magic to this enchanting story.
Perfect for October! Even at 33, I still love this movie.
Listen to your dreams - those are the sounds no one else can hear. -Kobi Yamada

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Actors:
Ilene Woods
James MacDonald (II)




DVD title: Fraggle Rock Live By the Rule of the
Productgroup: DVD
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Great for Fraggle fans!



EPISODE LIST:

1. Catch a Tail by the Tiger
2. Believe It or Not
3. All Work and All Play

Plus a hidden bonus episode "The Great Radish Caper". Also, 2 bonus animated episodes and other behind-the-scenes pieces.

Advertisement inside the case: "Coming Fall 2005, Fraggle Rock Season 1 Box Set"


Studio: Hit Entertainment, P
Actors:
Gerard Parkes



DVD title: The Rundown (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Pretty Good


I actually really liked this movie.. it's a fun action flick!
The Rock is great as the lead character - Beck - who has been working with some low-life loan shark type guy as a retreiver of sorts when people don't pay back their loans. He wants to leave the business and run his own restaurant, but he gets stuck on one last assignment - bring the loan shark's son home because he went and got himself in trouble.
So Beck heads down to South America to get the son, Travis (played by Sean William Scott, aka Stiffler from American Pie). It turns out to be a little harder than he thought because Travis is off searching for an artifact in the jungle and the local bad guy (Christopher Walken) wants to nab the artifact once Travis gets it. Rosario Dawson plays the eye candy bartender with a hidden agenda.
The action scenes are great - especially the climactic scene at the end. They are especially fun because Beck hates guns, so he has to kick butt without using them. There are a few scenes that I felt the film would have been much better without - the main ones being the monkey scenes which I just felt were unnecessary, juvenile and NOT funny.
Despite the minor issues, the film was overall pretty decent. It was fun to watch, but its never going to be the kind I want to buy on DVD and see again and again. It's worth renting or buying if you can get it cheap.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Peter Berg
Actors:
The Rock
Seann William Scott
Rosario Dawson
Christopher Walken




DVD title: Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball
Productgroup: DVD
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A great voice


I'm a very big fan of Sara Mclachlan and for me this concert is the best i ever see. I want sara give a concert in portugal soon

Studio: Bmg/Arista
Director: Sophie Muller



DVD title: Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Episode III-Revenge of Lucas


Let's face it,Episode I was weak, and Episode II an improvement that doesn't even come close to the original trilogy.But Episode III-Revenge of the Sith, the darkest of all SW movies is where George Lucas finally get's it right.Filling in the gaps between the two trilogies,Episode III brings the entire saga full circle.The script, although flawed, and the story,although we know the outcome, is stronger than it's predecessors.
The loose ends are tied up neatly as Anakin's seduction to the dark side,the destruction of the Jedi,and the rise of the Empire are finally revealed.Add into the mix the end of the Clone Wars,the new villian General Grievous, and a scene on Kashyyk (featuring a pre Millenium Falcon Chewbacca, a soldier during the wars) and we have the movie fans have been witing for since 1999.

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




DVD title: Angel's Dance
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny AND intelligent thriller with lots of twists


[A slightly modified version of this review was originally posted to the alt.tv.twin-peaks newsgroup in Feb '99 because Sheryl Lee starred as the murdered prom queen Laura Palmer in the "Twin Peaks" TV series and prequel movie.]
This comedy-thriller stars Sheryl Lee, Jim Belushi, and Kyle Chandler (from the TV show "Inside Edition").
It is an absolutely wonderful film that showcases Sheryl's acting in a way that none of her films has since "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me." Her character, Angel, goes through a series of transformations that is astonishing, hilarious, and touching. If the film had gotten a major theatrical release, it could have been the "breakthrough" role that would have made a lot of critics and moviegoers recognize her real talent.
It is also that rare thing: a funny *and* intelligent thriller that not only shatters movie cliches, but keeps the viewer engaged for the entire length of the movie.
School for Assassins
The story opens on the streets of Chicago, where a businessman is being stalked by a mob hitman. Just as he is about to strike, the hitman is run over by a truck! We learn that the businessman is the former accountant for the mob boss, Uncle Vinny (Jon Polito of "Miller's Crossing"), and he is entering the witness protection program in order to testify against Vinny.
A new hitman is needed pronto, and Tony Greco (Kyle Chandler), who once took a bullet to protect another mobster, is elected. Tony is sent to California to train with Stevie Rosellini (Jim Belushi), the most-feared assassin in the country. But Stevie turns out to be a laid-back California dude who lives on the beach and quotes Nietzche, so there is plenty of humor involving the clash between their personal styles and values.
After training Tony for a while, Stevie reveals the final test Tony must pass before he can return to Chicago--killing an innocent victim selected at random from the phone book. The victim selected is Angel Chaste (Sheryl Lee), who turns out to be a mortician at a funeral parlor.
As Stevie and Tony start tailing Angel, they learn that her life is a bit more complicated that it appears. When Angel discovers what is going on, she uses her intelligence and wit and turns into a far more formidable target than the assassins ever encountered. I won't reveal any more of the plot, as there are several delicious surprises and twists, and an ending that had the audience cheering when I first saw it at as the opening night film for the '99 Cinequest Film Festival.
Surprising Production Qualities
In addition to Sheryl Lee's superb performance, Jim Belushi is dead-on in his portrayal of Stevie. In a question and answer session after the screening, the writer/director David Corley revealed that Belushi was his first choice for the part, and how he fought with the producers to get Sheryl Lee for Angel after seeing her performance in "Backbeat."
Corley also told of the five-year struggle to get funding for the film, and the reluctance of the Hollywood studios to finance a film with such a strong and quirky female lead character. This time allowed him to hone and perfect the script, however, and the film is perfectly paced for its 102 minutes. The musical score and cinematography are also impressive for a first feature effort. Corley's prior experience was producing industrial films for Silicon Valley companies and running a video rental store. One can only imagine that he watched a *lot* of videos to come up with a script this original!
Unfortunately, the film did not acquire a US theatrical distributor, was bought by HBO, aired a few times on cable with minimal promotion, and was then released to video.
Don't miss this "hidden treasure"!

Studio: York Home Video
Director: David L. Corley



DVD title: Trading Places
Productgroup: DVD
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"It Was The Dukes!!...It Was The Dukes!!.."


This review refers to the Widescreen Collection/DVD edtion(Paramount)of "Trading Places"....
If you have already seen this fabulously fun film, then you know the scene I am referring to in my title of this review.It is just one of the many, many laugh out loud moments that Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd and the rest of the brillant cast treat us to. If you haven't seen it and you like to laugh..this is a must see, one that will brighten your holdiays and leave you grinning ear to ear whenever you think of it.
The very wealthy brothers Randolph and Mortimer Duke portrayed by legends Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche, are sitting around their exclusive club having a little tiff on the theory of Heredity vs. Enviroment. After bestowing a very generous Christmas bonus of five dollars to the man who sees to their needs year round, they make a little wager. The bet...take their most trusted employee(Aykroyd), and play with his life until he becomes an outcast. Take a street-wise con-artist(Murphy),and give him a taste of the good life. Who will prevail? Will the Harvard grad, still be the person he was, after losing everything, or will he turn to crime? And what about the con man? Will his new enviroment make a new man out of him or will he still resort to his old ways? Watching these two "Trading Places" is one of the most fun 2 hours you can spend. The story takes place between Christmas and New Years so it's a great Holdiay film to add to your collection as well.
The cast is marvelous.Dan Aykroyd is the perfect snob, and Eddie Murphy, well he's just great at being Eddie Murphy. Jaime Lee Curits is the hooker with a heart(who's looking to increase her bank account and get off her back),Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy show they haven't lost what it took to become the legends they are, and Denholm Elliot is perfectly cast as the butler in on the action. Adding to the fun are Bo Didley,Paul Gleason, Frank Oz and James Belushi. Directing this wonderful cast is John Landis, who doesn't miss a trick and the music by Elmer Bernstein sets the tone perfectly as usual.The movie is rated R for some some scenes of nudity(do we expect any less from Jaime Lee?).
The DVD is a great buy. The anamorphic widescreen picture is gorgeous. Clear and bright with beautiful colors, the film does not appear to be 20 years old already. You have the choice of Dolby Dig 5.1 surround sound or stereo surround sound, both are excellent. There are English subtitles and it may be viewed in French(mono). There are no special feautres though.
So how much was the wager they made? A whooping one dollar! Who wins?.....I'll never tell!
Seen it?..you know you gotta have it!...Haven't seen it?....Go for it!...You'll love it!...enjoy....Laurie

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: John Landis
Actors:
Dan Aykroyd
Eddie Murphy




DVD title: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm not dead! I FEEL HAPPY! I FEEL HAPPY!!!!


"I THINK I'LL GO FOR A WALK!" This is as silly as And Now For Something Completely Different.Very good "knight" movie. It starts out with King Arthur and Patsy traveling through the land of England seeking out other knights that will join him at the Round Table and it goes on with him being successful with some of them such as Sir Lancelot and Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin the-not-so-brave-as-Sir Lancelot, and Sir Galahad. The end is sort of surprising. The killer rabbit is cool, too. That's later in the movie. This movie is worth being enjoyable. You will agree too. You will enjoy it yourself the whole entire time.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Actors:
Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Michael Palin




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