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DVD title: Rain Man
Productgroup: DVD
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Rain Man


When I first saw this movie, I was 14 and would've loved any film Tom Cruise was in, regardless of its quality.

Looking bakc at this movie, it's hard not to look down on it as 'kitch'- after viewing so many other movies that had used the same techniques to squeeze some more emotions from the audience.

Once all that 'background noise' is out of the way, this movie i's pretty good. It has a great cast - Dustin Hoffman deserved an oscar for his performance, while Tom Cruise (even at such an early stage of hisw career) ?s a pretty good actor, too. And once we ignore the cliched 'a road trip is a metaphore for emotional journey' and 'at first I wanted the money, now I want my brother', the message is nicely laid out.

There are no special features on this DVD, even though some (including a commentary) would've been nice.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Barry Levinson
Actors:
Dustin Hoffman
Tom Cruise




DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Time well spent...


This is a movie made the way they used to make them. It is entertaining from beginning to end. The acting is perfect with an amazing performance from Johnny Depp. Any fan of adventure, action, comedy, etc... will enjoy this film.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce




DVD title: Touch of Evil (Restored to Orson Welles' Vision)
Productgroup: DVD
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Welles Rewrite


The Wellesian film is a truly unique experience .
Marlene Deitrich is here to offer Welles, character his own fate " you have not got any" !
When you fist see the first reel of this film you are not sure where the director is going with the material..however this is Welles..and nothing is standard on his set.
Joseph Calleia plays the sympathetic detective and his close ups are daring. Mercedes McCambridge has a most bizzare part as the drug queen.This is one of the greatest film editing jobs ever. Not Universal chop job but the montages in the film itself. Uncle Joe Grandes scene in the hotel..and the finale is like a Greek tragedy..
How does one explain the un explainable ? You cant just catch this film..

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Orson Welles
Actors:
Orson Welles
Charlton Heston
Janet Leigh




DVD title: Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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5 Stars, YEAH, baby, YEAH!


This has got to be THE most shagadelic film in history, baby. You will laugh. You will cry from laughter. And it might even make you a little HORNY, baby. YEAH, BABY, YEAH! Bring your Swedish [...] Pump and some Weetabix and let the GOOD TIMES ROLL, baby!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jay Roach
Actors:
Mike Myers
Elizabeth Hurley




DVD title: The American President (PBS Box Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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more education than mere entertainment


This video series is notable for its coverage of the "obscure" presidents, its fascinating collection of pictures and photographs, and its reflection of modern theoretical conceptions of the presidency. Other reviewers have questioned the format (which looks at presidents according to what they share in common, rather than the traditional chronological approach), but this format reflects an important theoretical approach in political science that compares presidents according to their position in "political time," rather than historical ordering. This organizational format may certainly make the series more complicated and harder to understand for the general public or for high school students. The series may be best understood by college undergraduates who have encountered work by Stephen Skowronek. In short, the series features wonderful material, but the organizational approach forces the viewer to actively think as he or she watches, not merely passively view the series. In effect, the series is more education than entertainment, and prospective buyers may want to keep this in mind.

Studio: PBS Home Video
Actors:
American President



DVD title: Eyes Wide Shut
Productgroup: DVD
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Visual Masterpiece


This proved, beyond a doubt, that Kubrick was one of the last great auteurs, the likes of which we will never see again. I agree with the previous comments that you will either love it or hate it, depending on if you understand it.
As for the full-screen format goes, few people know but Kubrick actually hated the idea of "widescreen" format, and pretty much demanded that none of his films be released widescreen. As much as I repect Kubrick as a filmmaker, let's all hope the studio overrides his wish and someday releases this in widescreen.
To the great perfectionist and masterful auteur: we will all miss your stunning eye and phenomenal grace -- the world has lost an artist.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors:
Tom Cruise
Nicole Kidman




DVD title: The Fly - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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The Fly Soars the Wings of Sadness


The Fly (1986)

The Fly Soars the Wings of Sadness.

By

Nick Schwab



Structured like the most recherch? Shakespearean Tragedy, the elegance of The Fly (1986) gives off a bright glow of ingenuity. The film is a lively blend of wisdom, brilliance and smarts, and is in a class of its own in horror films. It is a film that demands the horror genre to be a filmmaking medium not to be looked down upon, and makes director David Cronenberg to be a pioneer of imaginative horror films.

The film is about a scientist named Seth Brundle, who toys with the power of transportation. In an experiment gone awry, his DNA is intersected with that of a housefly, and he then slowly begins to crumble away to the inner and outer makings of this housefly. During this, his girlfriend Veronica (Geena Davis) watches in turmoil as her love is made into something that isn't human, it's monstrous.

Remade from a 1950's movie of the same name, that film was strictly a B-movie that had many good ideas, yet the execution was a mishmash of bad elements, and never reaches an ounce of the power that the 1986 remake not just achieves, but then brings to new heights. The Fly is a film in which the power is achieved by its roots planted in the genre of drama, but then given a dark twist of terror, to achieve its place as one of the few masterpiece horror films of the 1980's.

The Fly is almost like setting new rules, and designing new rooms to a genre that is believed to only fit in a small confined, almost claustrophobic space. It takes a simple plot, and turns it into a film of uncommon power and terrifying horror, as the film then takes a big chomp out of the viewers' heart, spitting it out with one solace in mind...the liquor cabinet.


The aura of sadness in The Fly is achieved by a number of reasons. One, the acting is riveting, giving the film the perfect cue of dramatic somberness, into the somewhat gross-out aspects. The male lead, Jeff Goldblum, gives off a performance that is, wild-eyed, excited, exaggerated, three dimensional, sympathetic and meaningful. While his character is also too sure of himself, depressed, reckless and insecure; though he is exceptionally smart. These elements combine to make his acting one of the most moving in horror film history.

Goldblum stays in your mind, because he is a scientist who is almost entombed inside his work. Goldblum's character is almost like a warning to the medical community, as the film can be interpreted as a parable of one man toying with science and getting caught in its possible pitfalls of the maker's wrath.

The line, "I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it...but now the dream is over... and the insect is awake," is a line that perfectly caps off the film's meanings and metaphors. The line comes in a point in the film that Goldblum knows he will succumb to the fly and will take on its image and mind. So, metaphorically speaking, the underlying meaning is that in all human beings lives an insect of predatory instincts, and it's just a matter of chance or even time that these evil urges come alive to take over one's mental and physical state.

His struggle in the film can also be interpreted as a timely tale about disease, and how someday it might again seep into human kind's nature of balance, and disrupt the very happy life that we love, when it may forever change into a fallout of black-death like epidemic.

Accentuating and brandishing through the parable allegories and metaphors, then rising in astute artistic fashion, is David Cronenberg's direction. Cronenberg generally underplays his shots, and he knows that the most important thing in this film is the characters and not fancy camera work. Yet, he has complete control over every element that adds to this film, giving one of the best directional jobs in horror film history.

The Fly is a landmark masterpiece, that is poignant, heartbreaking, and pungently tragic. The Fly is a film that is one of the most touching in cinema.

Grade- A+







Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Cronenberg
Actors:
Jeff Goldblum
Geena Davis




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best battle scenes EVER!


I was very impressed with this film. Peter Jackson didn't take as many liberties with the script as he did with "The Two Towers," which will make fans of the Tolkien books very happy. I would have to say that "Return of the King" is my second favorite movie in the trilogy ("Fellowship" being my favorite), and the battle scenes in this film are the best I've ever seen in ANY film, hands-down. I'm glad that I don't have to wait until August to get this movie on DVD.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood




DVD title: Blade II (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Donnie Yen in Blade II!!


"Blade" has always been one of my favorites, and I admire Wesley Snipes, and now here comes...DONNIE YEN!! I'm so stoked by this ultimate match, cant wait to watch it and see them work together. I know this movie will rock with action and awesome fighting! (Donnie Yen is action!!)

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Actors:
Wesley Snipes
Kris Kristofferson




DVD title: Let It Ride
Productgroup: DVD
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Outstanding - will buy when it comes out on DVD!


A friend of mine loaned me his well-worn VHS copy 3 years ago. I've been waiting ever so patiently for the DVD version. I'm afraid I'd wear out the VHS version in a year! This book has the flavor of Churchill Downs.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Joe Pytka
Actors:
Richard Dreyfuss
Teri Garr




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