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DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition Collector's Gift Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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Release dte and price

Word is that the release date for this item will be Dec. 14th, 2004 and will retail for $39.99.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood

DVD title: Space 1999, Set 1
Productgroup: DVD
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A unique sci-fi "blast from the past"!

Space 1999 Set 1 gives us the the opening episode Breakaway which establishes the characters and premise for the first season. Although perhaps not totally science literate, S199 was nevertheless an enjoiable series with intetesting concepts and good drama. Space 1999 never depended on the "technobabble" that has been so charataristic of Trek. Barry Morse (The Fugitive) shine as Prof. Bergman
The final episode of the set "Another time, Another Place" is one of my favorite of the series.

Studio: A & E Entertainment

DVD title: Mulan (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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A brave heart

Disney really reclaims itslef with Mulan. After the disturbing sexual innuedoes in the Hunchback of ND, Mulan brings a strong self of character to Mulan. Mulan takes her fathers place in the Chinese army and in the process disguises herself as a man. The switch proves to be both hilarious but shows the strength and love Mulan feels for her family. The dragon (voiced by Eddie Murphy) injects even more humor and choas in this delightful tale. In addition, the colorful backdrop of China's countryside and villages weaves a comfortable blanket around this story in which to enjoy. In Mulan, Disney has created a character were young girls can find independance and heart.

Studio: Disney Studios
Eddie Murphy

DVD title: Day of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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i loved thos movie so much! and now its coming august 19th to dvd! here is what it will have:documentary: the many days of day of the deadtrailers and tv spotscommentary by romero and otherscast and crew interviews
awesome! and there will be more special so excited about this new dvd! its gonn be awesome!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
Lori Cardille
Terry Alexander

DVD title: Veronica Mars - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars encompasses everything great in television - humour, tragedy, romance and mystery and compresses it into one compelling hour of must-see viewing. The cast is absolutely amazing and the concept, flawless with our teen heroine, Veronica Mars, employing, not brute force or promiscuity, but quick wit and intelligence to solve the many cases on her agenda - from locating a girl's lost dog to solving who really killed her best friend.
For anybody who wants to be genuinely entertained and astounded a the same time, forget about heavyweight shows like LOST or The OC. Go watch Veronica Mars instead.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Kristen Bell

DVD title: The Wicker Man
Productgroup: DVD
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Truly the best and unique film ever made

The Wicker Man takes you on a journey to a fantastic island where sexual orgies exist, naked women leaping over bonfires, and a beautiful Britt Ekland singing and dancing naked--a strange scene but beautiful to watch. What you have is a film that is a musical, horror, drama, mystery--it is everything. And it contains a surprising ending that will fool the first time viewer the same as how the protagonist was fooled in the film. This limited edition DVD is definitely worth the money. If you are a true film lover, then you will not be disappointed with your viewing of The Wicker Man.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Robin Hardy
Edward Woodward
Christopher Lee

DVD title: Alexander - Director's Cut (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"Everybody just stop the whinning and accept a good movie"

Alexander has been one of the most brilliant,warrior ,conquerer. etc...Oliver Stone did prove it and show a wonderfull masterpiece..
I'm tired of everybody whinning and crying about a stupid movie it was...But they're wrong...There are no real homosexuality scenes in this movie...Yeah so what if he was homosexual, How many movies do we see that have all of this ascpects, GAY, Lesbian, homos, etc...but nobody saids nothing....then Oliver Stone makes Alexander and everybody want to jump
anyway Alexander is a great movie, Good acting, good battle scenes . And REAL STORY......
that's all I have to say....

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Oliver Stone
Anthony Hopkins
Angelina Jolie

DVD title: Lost - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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A "must-have" for the LOST fan!

I just got done watching all 7 of the DVDs included in this boxed set and was very pleased with the experience! This set gave me the chance to watch a few of the episodes I had missed during the season, and allowed me to "catch more details" on the episodes I had already seen. I really enjoyed watching the audition tapes of the various cast members (Hurley originally read for Sawyer's part, Sun read for the part of Kate, Michael Keaton was slated to play the part of Jack.....) and was interested to learn how characters were actually created based on the actor and actresses auditions! For example, Sun read for the part of Kate - she wasn't right for that character, so they actually created a character for her because they were so impressed by her tape! I'm a big fan of "bloopers" so I would have liked to have seen more than the 5 minutes or so of what was provided, but they were fun to watch none-the-less! All in all, if you are a fan of the show, this is a great behind-the-scene look at a show that really must be seen more than once to get "the whole picture"!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Matthew Fox

DVD title: Gone With the Wind
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Movie EVER

The title says it all: there is no comparison to Gone With the Wind. The absolute presentation of the South during the pre-Civil War, Civil War, and post-Civil War years is so precise, and the script is pristine. The directors didn't, for the most part, fail to make the screenplay of one of America's most treasured novels paralell to the author's original story. The movie is powerful and engulfing. THIS IS A MUST SEE!! If you haven't seen the movie or read the book, then what hole have you been hiding in?

Studio: Warner Home Video
Clark Gable
Vivien Leigh

DVD title: Sanjuro - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Akira Kurosawa spoofs the samurai genre he made famous

It is not often that a master film director spoof the genre that made his reputation, but that is really what we have with Akira Kurosawa's "Sanj?r?." If you see only one samurai film then it would have to be "Shichinin no samurai" ("Seven Samurai"), which has always been on the first hand I use when I start listing the greatest movies ever made. But this is also the director who introduced Japanese cinema to the world with "Rash?mon," and made the classic films "Kumonosu j?" ("Throne of Blood"), "Kakushi toride no san akunin" ("The Hidden Fortress"), and "Ran."

Once again Toshir? Mifune returns as the same arrogant hero he played in "Yojimbo" (which means "Bodyguard"). The name he gives, when forced to do so, is Sanj?r? Tsubaki. It was Sanj?r? Kuwabatake in the first film, which told the story of a crafty and cynical wandering ronin who comes to town being fought over by rival gangs and exploits one against the other to make some money and free the town. "Yojimbo" was based on Dashiell Hammett's novel "Red Harvest," although it is uncredited in Kurosawa's film. "Yojimbo" was remade in the West several times, most notably by Sergio Leone in "Per un pugno di dollari" ("A Fistful of Dollars") and most recently in the Bruce Willis film "Last Man Standing."

There were certainly moments of grim humor in "Yojimbo" (such as when Mifune kills two samurai and cuts the arm off of a third and tells the Cooper "Two coffins...No, maybe three"). But in "Sanj?r?" Kurosawa has fun with just about everyone and everything from the start. Mifune's samurai is highly skilled but relentleslly crude, even when he is forced to deal with genteel ladies. His sleep at a shrine is interrupted by nine young samurai who are trying to rescue the uncle of their leader, who has been taken by a corrupt official. These young samurai are hopelessly idealistic and totally naive (they mistakenly think they know who the corrupt official is because he is the one who is not good looking). Sanj?r? decides to help them, not just because their cause is right, but because these kids are going to get slaughtered if he lets them run off to save the day.

Sanj?r? keeps heaping scorn and contempt on the young samurai who show a collective inability to do the right thing and usually to make things worse. It does not help that Sanj?r? rarely explains his plans to his young allies, which makes it easier for these kids to interfere with his plan. Meanwhile, our hero makes an impression on Muroto (Tasuya Nakadai, in a role similar to what he played in "Yojimbo"), the chief samurai of the corrupt officials, which allows him to do a little inside work to help move things along in the desired direction. You would think that Muroto would catch on that the young samurai are not good enough to keep defeating our hero and tying him up, but that just serves to reinforce the idea that Kurosawa is playing this one for laughs.

That being said, in the end "Sanj?r?" is memorable because of the final scene, which offs a shocking and bloody contrast with the rest of the film with one of the most unforgettable duels in all of samurai films. Talk about putting an exclamation point at the end of a film. Kurosawa might have been having fun with his characters and the genre, but in the end he certainly reminds us he is a master.

There are those who argue that it does not matter which in which order you see these two films and since I first came across them in the wrong order I can honestly say that I sort of prefer seeing them backwards simply on the basis of the way Mifune's character arcs from one film to the next. But in terms of going from the known to the unknown, watching this classic 1962 film after "Yojimbo" would be the way to go. Seeing both of them, along with Kurosawa's other masterworks, is what is ultimately important.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Akira Kurosawa

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