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DVD title: The Four Seasons
Productgroup: DVD
The Four Seasons - movie DVD cover picture
Real Life, Love and Vivaldi, too!!!!


Alan Alda (best known as the wisecracking Hawkeye from the long-running TV series M*A*S*H*) wrote and directed this brilliant film which, for me, is the perfect homage to the successful marriage.

The story centers around the close friendships of three middle-aged couples who always take their vacations together. A huge problem arises when one of the husbands (played with gusto by Len Cariou) abruptly sheds his longtime, devoted and quirky wife (played by the brilliantly gifted late actress Sandy Dennis) for a much younger and pretty woman (portrayed by Bess Armstrong.) Dennis suddenly becomes the odd-woman out of the group while Armstrong takes her place in the traditional group vacation.

Everyone feels the effects of the switch, and their reactions and adjustments (or lack thereof) to the situation create the movie's tension and raise universal questions about love, commitment, marriage, honesty and aging.

Alda's wife in the film, played by the legendary Carol Burnett, struggles to make sense out of what happened, and worries that all aging women (including her) may be cast aside without remorse by their husbands stuggling with the mid-life blues who want younger, sexier partners. In one revealing portion of the story, Alda joins in a soccer game "with the boys" and plays to the point of exhaustion and even injury to impress Armstrong. Burnett withholds her sympathy for her wounded mate and is furious instead, forcing him to realize what he was doing through witty, poignant and hysterical dialog.

Multi-talented Rita Moreno and Jack Weston are the third couple also caught in the tortured but humorous and telling web of self analysis and doubt.

Armstrong feels the tension from a completely different perspective, having fallen in love with a man who refuses to vacation alone and whose closest female friends refuse to accept her as part of the group but resent and mistrust her instead.

The humor, and it is a very funny film, comes from the honesty the situation forces on the participants for them to be able to survive the vacation with their relationships and/or marriages intact.

Ultimately, the younger woman is accepted on her own terms and the other couples understand more fully their love and dedication to their mates, while embracing true friendships with everyone in the group.

Vivaldi's classic Four Seasons is the perfect soundtrack for the film and the inspiration for its title.

I strongly urge anyone in a relationship, whether new or of long-duration, to see this film. It is very rare, indeed, when any studio produces a coming of age film FOR ADULTS that has humor, heart, respect for the middled-aged and absolutely NO teen angst! Bravo!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Alan Alda
Actors:
Alan Alda
Carol Burnett




DVD title: The Thin Red Line - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
The Thin Red Line - DTS - movie DVD cover picture
A Great Accomplishment


There's an excellent reason Mr. Malick doesn't make many movies and this boredom factory of unrealistic war talk, piercing and irritating music, long dragging close ups and singing pygmys is that reason. The people of this planet should unite to get a restraining order barring Malick from being within a five thousand foot radius of any kind of camera. Steven Spielberg had entire audiences shocked and educated on the horrors of war and Malick turned the whole war experience into a poetry reading. Don't get me wrong, but I'm sure just before Tom Hanks took the beach in Saving Private Ryan, he could have taken time out to think about his wife sitting on the swings or maybe even sing with the local natives to pass the time until the next bullet wizzes by. And I love the realism created when an entire army with machine guns can't take a well secured enemy shelter, yet one guy with a six shooter takes them out without any resistance. Mr. Malick, for the love of film goers everywhere, take a lesson from Spielberg, Coppola and Stone and realise that dirty men and a fleeting shot of an amutated limb a war film does not make. What you have conveyed in two hours of 'poetic' dribble, Tom Hanks can communicate the exact same message with just his face in a second. Thin Red Line is easily the most painful movie experince that I have ever had to endure. War is not hell, this movie is.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Terrence Malick
Actors:
Sean Penn
James Caviezel
Nick Nolte




DVD title: House of Cards
Productgroup: DVD
House of Cards - movie DVD cover picture
Simply the best


though i may be a bit biased as i have worked with adults with developmental disabilities for years & was working with a woman with autistic tendencies when i saw this movie for the first time, i must say i *really* liked it. in a society where we're all so detached & compartmentalized, it was great to see a story where a woman who isn't an "expert" be motivated to try to understand her daughter instead of trying to "fix" her. i can attest from actual experience that this seems to be the most crucial element to reaching anyone (autistic or not). it was also refreshing to see options other than medication be explored (i personally believe drugs can be wonderful blessings, but that they are turned to far too often & far too quickly in this day and age)
it was simply the luck of the draw that i came across this movie, but want to share my fortune with others ~ enjoy the movie!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Michael Lessac
Actors:
Kathleen Turner
Tommy Lee Jones




DVD title: Wings of Desire
Productgroup: DVD
Wings of Desire - movie DVD cover picture
amazing


This movie was thought-provoking, romantic and triste. I loved Peter Falk in this movie. It was like a visual poem. It's one of those movies that is so wonderful in ways that I cannot describe with words.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Wim Wenders
Actors:
Bruno Ganz
Solveig Dommartin
Otto Sander
Curt Bois
Peter Falk




DVD title: The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Creepy, but not the scariest.


The Ring is a remake of a japanese film, Ringu. It is about a reporter (Naomi Watts) whos neice dies after watching a video tape that kills you 7 days after you watch it. This movie is a psychological thriller that will keep you up thinking about it. You will have to watch The Ring multiple times to catch everything this mystery has to offer. I am 13 and love scary things and i had heard that this movie was the scariest thing ever. But when i watched it i found that it was definately creepy but more of a mystery movie than a horror. I think that this movie has an amazing plot that will keep you entwined all the way. The only thing i disliked about The Ring on DVD was that it included NO special features or deleted scenes. I see why Dreamworks Entertainment did this though: they want you to be scared...you will.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Naomi Watts
Martin Henderson
Brian Cox




DVD title: The Simpsons - The Complete Fifth Season
Productgroup: DVD
The Simpsons - The Complete Fifth Season - movie DVD cover picture
Thanks for the laughs....


You've made all of our lives a bit funnier. That's no small feat for a TV show.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
Actors:
Dan Castellaneta



DVD title: U2 - Elevation Tour 2001 - Live from Boston
Productgroup: DVD
U2 - Elevation Tour 2001 - Live from Boston - movie DVD cover picture
Just buy it.


If you are a U-2 fan, just buy it. Do not contemplate your decision. You will not be disappointed. It will charge up your life, especially if you in a boring area.
I saw U-2 on this tour, sat close, but the DVD is better.

Studio: Uni/Interscope
Director: Hamish Hamilton



DVD title: Office Space (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great, easy transaction


The item was in perfect shape, the transaction was easy, and the product was received quickly.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Mike Judge
Actors:
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston




DVD title: Worship at Red Rock
Productgroup: DVD
Worship at Red Rock - movie DVD cover picture
AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!


John Tesh's "Worship at Red Rocks" is one of the most inspiring concert videos ever. The energy and emotion of this event is electrifying. You can feel the love and the power of God in John Tesh's outstanding arrangements of some of the best worship songs ever written. If you are a fan of John Tesh, or love to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ, then this program is definitely for you! Grade: A+

Studio: Wea Corp
Actors:
John Tesh



DVD title: Widespread Panic - Panic in the Streets
Productgroup: DVD
Widespread Panic - Panic in the Streets - movie DVD cover picture
awesome live band


I absolutely love this dvd. The audio is great and the footage is wonderfull. This dvd begs you to crank it up. The talent from these musicians is just incredible.

Studio: Bmg Distribution (VI



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