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DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
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Review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

By far the most best movie I have ever seen including the 1st and 2nd one, J.K. Rowling is the one of the best writers. As the charcters also gorw throughout the movies. And Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliff) looking sooo hott ,hahaha

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)

DVD title: A Walk on the Moon
Productgroup: DVD
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Upon second viewing, the flaws in "A Walk on the Moon" are even more evident. A simple, entertaining story set in the Catskills circa 1969, this movie has atmosphere and heart to spare, with two realistic, convincing performances from Liev Schrieber and Anna Paquin. What the movie is sorely lacking is a much-needed scene in which we see what Pearl finds so irresistible in the Blouse Man. We see a sexual relationship in which one substantial conversation never seems to take place. Because of this, it is hard to understand her wanting to leave her family for this man. Diane Lane's performance is at equal turns strong and unconvincing. Just check out her response to her husband's discovery of the affair to see missed opportunities in her emotional range. Liev Schreiber gives an Oscar-worthy, subtle performance as Pearl's husband; Anna Paquin is also memorable as the daughter. When all is said and done, the movie smartly shows us the ramifications of Pearl's actions without resorting to melodrama. But by failing to provide us with the basis on which to evaluate her feelings for the Blouse Man, the movie leaves a gaping hole in its credibility. Definitely worth seeing for the performances and overall feel for the time period. However, I wish the screenplay had scratched farther below the surface.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Tony Goldwyn
Diane Lane
Viggo Mortensen

DVD title: All About You
Productgroup: DVD
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A Pleasurable Experience

I rented this movie after seeing it recommended several times when making other purchases off of amazon. I was indeed pleasantly surprised. The music is so good. In fact immediately after viewing the movie I came back on here to read the reviews and find out how to order the soundtrack. I cannot wait for it to arrive. My favorite scene is the Spring Concert where he sits behind her. Too cute. Overall great movie and I plan to add it to my DVD collection.

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Christine Swanson

DVD title: Dogtown and Z-Boys
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This movie brought me back to a time I had almost forgot about. In high school we lived to skate (Cape May area (NJ)). Actually the surfers did not skate much. The less pretty of us from the surrounding areas built the half pipes and did all the riding. Back then I studied every issue of Skateboarder magazine. I stared at the images and the faces of the people. In the film I saw the exact same photographs! I remembered so many of the shots from the magazines. Now I was able to see those images talk, skate, become real people. It brought back way too many memories of my youth. We had a crew of riders from all over the county and one guy was black (unheard of back then!) We rode on my wooden half pipe, on the street, and anywhere else we could get the wheels on. We were even featured on a local TV show. It was more a culture than sport for us. I had an Alva board. My pipe had Alva's name painted on it! Skateboarding was a popular commodity but we lived the lifestyle. It was not about clothes-the look. Soon they built a indoor skate park in Cherry Hill, NJ. It was reputed to be one of the best, if not the only park on the upper East coast. There was also a small park in Sommers Point, NJ. I mention these places only for those who knew and loved them. If any of you remember me post a response. The people in the film really were the founders of the moves you see. OK, maybe somebody somewhere else did it first or would do it eventually but they got the "patent" so they wear the crown. Yes. I still skate at 41.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Stacy Peralta
Sean Penn

DVD title: Third Watch
Productgroup: DVD
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Cant Go On!!!!

I have a tivo full of the the first 5 seasons but i missed the season premire of the 6th so i wont watch the rest until i have seen it. So i have to wait until A&E plays season 6. They need to hurry up and put it on dvd, because A&E tends to skip episodes too. So if anyone from the studio is reading these please release it.

Skipp Sudduth

DVD title: A Fish Called Wanda
Productgroup: DVD
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Stands the test of time

I still remember the first time I saw that crazy heist caper called A Fish Called Wanda. My high school drama class went to see a sneak preview double feature of Wanda and Monkey Shines (which I will only go as far as to say that it was pretty awful) and I was floored.
I knew about Monty Python and has all the episodes that my PBS affiliate would broadcast, but was relatively unfamiliar with any work the troupe's members had done outside of the series (I don't even think I had seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail yet), except for a late-night cable run-in with Michael Palin's The Missionary, a mild sex comedy about a missionary and a home for fallen women.
I had no idea what to expect. Palin had always been my favorite Python (and still is), so I was very curious to see what he would do outside the Python realm. I got more than I bargained for.
Written by John Cleese from a story by Cleese and director Charles Crichton (various Ealing comedies including The Lavender Hill Mob), A Fish Called Wanda is a comedy about four crooks (Jamie Lee Curtis: Wanda, Kevin Kline: Otto, Tom Georgeson: George, and Michael Palin: Ken) who are all trying to double-cross each other by linking with other members of the group. Wanda in particular has the cards stacked in her favor, as she is--in one way or another--attempting to seduce all three men.
The humor comes from several directions. As the old lady is the only one who can ID any of them, George asks Ken to eliminate her. Unfortunately, he keeps killing her pet dogs instead--one at a time. As an animal lover, this leaves Ken in no end of distress. Very black humor, indeed. Meanwhile, Otto is trying to get information from Ken by pretending to be gay. Ken isn't either, but Otto doesn't seem to care. He continues to come on to him. (Kline won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar that year for his performance as Otto.)
Surprisingly, A Fish Called Wanda has stood up well over time. It is still one of the films that I continue to return to for dependable belly laughs. The promotional short for the film was one of the funniest things I saw that year and Wanda deserves a full DVD treatment. Until then, though, I guess I'll have to make do.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
John Cleese
Jamie Lee Curtis

DVD title: The Village (Widescreen Edition) (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Not M. Night's best, but a worthy addition nonetheless

Once again, M. Night Shyamalan delivers a story of great value. Much like "Signs" is set at an innocuous farmhouse and the surrounding community, "The Village" could be any place - if that place happened to be an Amish community. Set in a secluded pre-industrial village, the movie is more-or-less about reluctant adults making way for maturing youth. Upon opening, the movie first appears to focus on the village's plight of lack of medicine. Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix) approaches the village elders and requests to journey through the woods to the town to retrieve medicine. The elders, though not outright about it, blow him off. Soon, we are introduced to blind Ivy (Bryce Howard) and slow Noah (Adrien Brody), Lucius' friends. Through a series of nights, strange creatures referred to only as `those who shall not be named', ghastly looking beasts in red cloaks, visit the village. After a series of unfortunate events, it is Ivy, not Lucius, who makes the journey through the woods, learning the secrets of the village along the way.
I must say, though not one of M. Night's best, "The Village" is an interesting movie. The setting is beautiful, the mysterious creatures are intriguing, and the atmosphere with which the characters respond to the threat of them is quite exhilarating. However, it seemed Mr. Shyamalan rushed this particular film in order to provide his fans with his every-other-year movie quota. One problem I had was Ivy's trip through the woods. Because of the overuse of flashbacks, there was no fear of the unknown. For a girl who lived in a specific area all her life and never having gone out of that area, Ivy didn't seem afraid one bit...even if she knew a little of the truth. There was no feel of dread or fear with her journey. M. Night is one who delivers scares, but Ivy's trip through the woods seemed like a regular walk in the park. There were no sounds of twigs breaking, no rustling in the bushes, no movement of shadow. I was expecting to get a sense of "The Blair Witch" forest, instead it was practically a picnic until the `creature' showed up.
The twist of the movie is a great idea, but it came too soon so it felt as if the movie was over before the actual ending. It seems as if at the point at which it was decided to have Ivy go for medicine, the answers and truth came too quickly. It was as if M. Night dropped subtle suggestion in favor of outright explanation, as if he completely forgot the art of inference. It would have been much more surprising had, if at the point in which Ivy climbs the vine-covered wall, the flashbacks of her knowing the truth been seen, instead of all that time before her arrival at the wall. The truth was given to the viewer much too soon. Then, after she climbed the wall, the movie could have focused on the elders grouping outside and the circumstances regarding Noah. Then, the end would be the real twist of the newspaper clippings and the group photo. I'll be honest, though an excellent movie that touches on a lot of life's issues of growing in maturity and relationships, the handling of the twist is nothing compared to "The Others". But it's still worth the money to have it in your collection.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Bryce Dallas Howard
Joaquin Phoenix
Adrien Brody
William Hurt
Sigourney Weaver
Judy Greer

DVD title: Star Trek V - The Final Frontier
Productgroup: DVD
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I loved this movie! Even if Shatner did write it

Maybe I'm too much of a Star Trek geek for my own good, but I must admit that the Final Frontier has always been one of my personal favorites. First we find out that Spock has a half brother, and this selfsame half brother is trying to take over the Enterprise in search of God. The outer reaches of space never seemed so dark or mysterous as the crew battles their own personal inner demons on the way to helping Sybok destroy his own.

Yes the romance between Scotty and Uhura seems rather sudden, but I found it rather charming, its time someone apreciated her.

The banter is as humerous as ever as the holy Trinity (Spock, McCoy and Kirk) start of the movie sitting around a campfire, introducing Spock to Whisky and song. Row Row your boat for that matter, while Spock synthesizes marshellow's to roast.

In short, I guess what I'm trying to say that this movie is wonderful, and a definate must see.

Let it take you into realms where no man has gone before

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: William Shatner
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley

DVD title: Freaky Friday
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Freaky Friday is Fabulous

Go see this film. It was so much fun. For me, it was the suprise sleeper of the summer. Great cast, wonderful story and excellent performances. Just see it and go have a fun time.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Mark Waters (VIII)
Jamie Lee Curtis
Lindsay Lohan
Mark Harmon

DVD title: Seinfeld Limited Edition Gift Set (Seasons 1-3 with Original Script, Salt & Pepper Shakers, and Playing Cards)
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U.K. First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just got back from Scotland and saw all three seaons in stores. What's the deal???!!!! America made the show, so why isn't it here first??!!! Clearly the greatest show ever and the UK enjoys it before we do. Good job US distributors. Thanks.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Jason Alexander
Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Michael Richards

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