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DVD title: Russ Meyer's Up!
Productgroup: DVD
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RUSS MEYER'S UP! BOSOMANIA!


Russ Meyer, the Fellini of the sex-industry, has finally started to release his legendary films on DVD. The first series of his cult-classics to hit the digital format are MONDO TOPLESS, CHERRY HARRY AND RAQUEL, and RUSS MEYER'S UP! Although all three of these films are essential viewing, RUSS MEYER'S UP! is probably the best one, and a perfect place to start for both novices and aficionados alike!
RUSS MEYER'S UP! starts off in the inimitable Russ Meyer style... German sex-fiend Adolph Schwartz (who bares an almost uncanny resemblance to another famous Adolph) is mysteriously murdered when an unseen assassin places a piranha into his bath tub! In the meantime, a beautiful and well-endowed woman is seen jogging into town... The rest of the film is basically your standard whodunit, sparkling with witty and hilarious dialogue (co-written by famous film critic Roger Ebert), and punctuated with Russ Meyer's trademark touches... Flashy editing, top-notch direction, visual puns, indescribably humor, graphic sex and excessive violence clash together in one of Meyer's most entertaining spoofs. And just in case you get confused, Kitten Natividad shows up occasionally as an all-nude Greek Chorus, to recite the facts and pose open-ended questions, the whole time speaking in Meyer's trademark Shakespearean accent and ready to break out into an orgasm at any moment! The highlight of the flick occurs when Janet Wood and Raven De La Croix engage in what has to be one of the most memorable fight sequences to grace exploitation cinema! Bosomania indeed!
And, of course, it wouldn't be a Russ Meyer film without a colorful and offbeat cast of characters! Edward Schaaf as the aforementioned kinky nazi, Robert McLane as the sensible Paul, Janet Wood as the Sweet li'l Alice, Monty Bane as the perverted sheriff Homer Johnson, and the magnificent Raven De La Croix as the mysterious Margo Winchester are just some of the unusual personalities that populate Russ Meyer's twisted flick!
Needless to say, RUSS MEYER'S UP! is an essential purchase for all you cult-film fans out there! This was Meyer's second to last major film (BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA-VIXENS was his swan-song), and by now, the celebrated auteur had perfected his directorial style! For intelligent, hilarious, and witty X-Rated entertainment, you can't possibly go wrong!

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Russ Meyer



DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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The Matrix-Collector's Edition


Man, this movie ROCKS. The special effects were amazing. Anybody who has not seen this movie should see it. I would reccemmend it to anybody.

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss




DVD title: Rurouni Kenshin Wandering Samurai - Premium Box 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Great!


This is a great anime! My favorite! But this, as in all animes, is about 3x cheaper on E-Ba.y.
Highly recommended :]

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc



DVD title: The Ghost
Productgroup: DVD
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Woman Of Steele!


THE GHOST is my favorite Barbara Steele movie. She is fantastic as the scheming, coniving, back-stabbing wife of the seemingly weak and dying Dr. Hitchcock. With the help of the family doctor (who is also her lover), she plans on bumping off hubby for his stocks, land, and jewels. Everything goes according to the sinister plot until after Hitchcock's death by poisoning. He just doesn't want to stay dead! The rest is a masterpiece of double / triple cross and betrayal. An excellent ending makes this a perfect mystery / revenge film. Besides, Barbara Steele's in it almost the whole time! That's enough for me right there...

Studio: Gotham Distribution
Director: Riccardo Freda



DVD title: Antwone Fisher (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Healing a Sensitive and Talented Young Man - Very Good!


This is a very moving movie. I did not have any idea that it was in any way biographical until the end of the film. Who knows how much license has been taken and who cares. Derek Luke does a great job in portraying a talented and sensitive young man whose harsh life has trained him to lash out as his only means of protection. Denzel Washington, whom I can never not enjoy on screen, is naval doctor Jerome Davenport who is assigned to decide of Fisher should be discharged from the Navy as unfit after yet another brawl.
Davenport and Fisher develop a close relationship in a way that becomes rewarding but limiting for both, but Dr. Davenport has the professionalism to urge Fisher to seek out his real family. Fisher does and learns a lot about himself and gains some healing connections with his life.
Denzel Washington also directed this movie and I think he did a fine job. This is a good movie for young people (if not children) to watch. It can teach adolescents something about the problems and emotions they are facing.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Denzel Washington
Actors:
Denzel Washington
Derek Luke
Joy Bryant




DVD title: High Fidelity
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie, Barry and Dick rock.


The movie in a my opinion starts off reviewing relationships that could've happened to any normal guy. John Cusack (Rob) seems to reflect all of us. The book which is based in London, is followed faithfully by the movie.(except for the fact that the movie takes place in Chicago) We also find out that Laura,Robs faithful girlfriend has left, leaving Rob an empty shell of a man. Next we are introduced to Championship Vinyl a Semi-Failing record store that lies in a not too popular part of Chicago. Here we find the comic relief of the movie, Dick and Barry. Barry's part is played brilliantly by Jack Black. And Dick's part is played by Todd Louiso. Rob along with his two sidekicks spend the store parts of the movie, dumping on customers who have no musical knowledge and coming up with top five lists. Rob becomes obsessed with getting Laura back and eventually does. And in the end everybody's happy. But it's not corny or sugary at all. Overall the scenes in the record shop are the best and should be watched multiple times to get all the subtle references and jokes.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Stephen Frears
Actors:
John Cusack



DVD title: Duets
Productgroup: DVD
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Tremendously entertaining, great movie!


I know this movie got some very bad reviews however, I really liked it a lot! Yes, maybe the acting was not the best but bottom line is it is a movie that has imagination to it. Imagine the same 'ole role of life from day to day & all the troubled we face along the way. Wouldn't you like to have some kind of "release?" Well, that is what the movie is about...releasing from the heart by singing at kareoke bars. If you do not have a deep appreciation for music & all the feeling behind it, you won't like this movie. If you do have that special appreciation for music, you will be able to relate and to put yourself in it. Music is about people & expressing themselves, just as Duets does. I really do suggest that you at least try watching this one. No, it may not become your personal favorite, but it is entertaining with the great tracks and seeing the performances in the movie. I am impressed with Gwyneth's vocal talent! I don't care what other's have said, I feel that she sings very well. Take time and check Duets out.....it is worth it!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Bruce Paltrow
Actors:
Andre Braugher
Paul Giamatti
Huey Lewis
Gwyneth Paltrow




DVD title: Joan Sutherland - The Complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances, 1961-1968
Productgroup: DVD
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Love this but...


I absolutely love this DVD, it presents us with some of Joanie's greatest singing. But I also have to defend Callas here: "She was not a nice person", and that based on a "Live CD"?? I guess that was some interview or something, but since I have all of them I find nothing particurlarly cruel in them. And even if she HAD slipped once or twice: One cannot judge a person one NEVER met based on an interview or something she once said. All of us have and had moments of cruelty, we can still be nice people. And Caballe called Maria her "sweetest friend and advisor" for example. What does Callas character have to do with this DVD anyway? I find such comments to be off topic and rather petty. Sutherland too said some unfriendly things that were recorded, as did Domingo, Pavarotti, Tebaldi etc. So what? Tebaldi is sweetness herself. I believe that a singer's nature and feelings are their own business, not ours to judge. I wouldn't dare to judge someone I never met on something I heard on a "live CD". Following the books Callas was tense but when at ease she could even be hilarious and make mock of herself as a prima donna.

Studio: Vai (Video Artists Inter.)
Actors:
Joan Sutherland



DVD title: William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"? No, Baz's "R+J".


I remember when this movie came out, all my classmates were seeing it and talking about it, my school got free book covers with Leonardo and Clare until I could hardly stand their faces any more, and I was greatly surprised to hear my chorus teacher give it rave reviews, it was after all, a teen flick, right? But even though I had a great curiosity regarding such a strange movie, I didn't see it. It wasn't till after I had seen Moulin Rouge that I took the intitiative to see this film.
I find it fairly amusing that the "official" title of this film is "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet", everyone and their uncle knows who wrote it. Everyone and their uncle knows the story. Quite frankly, when I saw it, I was expecting to be bored. I knew how it went, I had read it twice, I had been hearing the story in every vessel of artistic interpretation all my life, from Zeffirelli to Bernstein (well, I love West Side Story). It had been played out, there's only so much mileage you can get. And to me it wasn't Hamlet or King Lear or Much Ado about Nothing which still could hold you enthralled just by a reading. "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"? What else is new? Sure it's genius, but now, quite simply, it was boring. But this isn't simply Shakespeare's movie, it's Baz Luhrmann's. It made me weep.
Where you might think a hip and slick take on a timeless story has been played out, it has elsewhere, but not here. Luhrmann infuses something into it. The film is sinister, it's intense, it's rough and awkward, it colorful, it's muted, it's passion frenzy, it's dry, it's slick and sophisticated. It's meticulous and strange and cold and white hot all at once. He shoves it all into Venice Beach and actors and those so very famous beautiful poetic lines and mixed with a complete and total disregard for convention.
Like Moulin Rouge, there's an obsession with details. The background is filled to the brim with every sort of window or bookshelf dressing or religious icon, flowers, car wheel caps, clothing styles, the way hedges are trimmed, and billboards. Nothing is left out. Luhrmann immerses you into another world, it's 1996, but it's not where we're living. Thus we can relate to these people yet still accept this insanity. And that's fitting, the world Shakespeare was evoking wasn't his own secular society either, he was trying to strip it down to the human qualities of a story.
That's why a modern American plain accented actor speaking this complicated dialogue works. We're allowed to believe that these people would talk like this. And the actors give it life and a palpability. It's excellently casted. They give every line with emotion, they act it out, using themselves, but realistically. Danes and Dicaprio are excellent. The various supports do great justice to their roles. It was a joy and a wonder to watch, to see what Shakespeare had intended, with good actors performing well on such a colorful and wacky stage.
Above all the emotional power of the story, which can be beaten out during mandatory reading periods or a repeated session with a bland and average version again and again, remains firm. Especially during the last part of the film. There are no superfluous motions or gestures on the actors' part. They act it to a tee. Baz leaves no emotion or possibility unturned. The blocking and directing gets the best out of the story. For example: Romeo walks through a dazzling and dark candlelit and flower and statue strewn chapel to find Juliet, and he weeps and weeps while saying his lines. This is the imagery and intepretation that flows throughout the movie.
This is a movie that had a lot of effort and thought and heart and honesty put into it. It has a character and a charisma that I think is lacking in many films today. No one has ever seen the version Shakespeare envisioned, he doesn't give staging or actor's notes, he didn't provide a cliffsnotes version. No one alive can pass down the directions to a performance Shakespeare was present at. Taking this into consideration, Luhrmann created a respectful yet completely unique and enlightening spin on a story that no matter how brilliant, can still get botched by poor translation. I think he extracted the essence of a timeless and beautiful story, and made something incredible. At least he finally made me appreciate it.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Claire Danes




DVD title: Princess Mononoke
Productgroup: DVD
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This is one of the best sophisticated and best Anime!


The Princess is full of morals even kids would find intresting and in fact even though with it's violence it is great for kids , Mythological ancient japense culture come into play with this extrodinary animated epic about the clash between technology and mother earth and those who would destroy it and those who would defend it one of the best if not the best japanamation epic of all time.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors:
Yôji Matsuda
Yuriko Ishida
Yûko Tanaka




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