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DVD title: Brain Donors
Productgroup: DVD
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Riotous, laugh-a-minute romp from the Zucker brothers


Don't believe anyone who thinks this was a turkey and went straight to video. (When the producers changed studios, their former studio dumped this.) It's actually a very, very funny comedy, with great dialogue (by Pat Proft) and spirited performances by John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, and Nancy Marchand. Standout scenes are the connecting-room routine, the contract scene, and the opening-night scene -- all inspired by The Marx Brothers but shown here with all-new gags. It may be too silly for some, but friends whom we've shown this to are still quoting from this picture.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Dennis Dugan
Actors:
John Turturro
Bob Nelson (II)
Mel Smith
Nancy Marchand




DVD title: Of Human Bondage
Productgroup: DVD
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Take notice Warner Brothers


I purchased this DVD for rental at my store and not only was i pleased with the price and the film transfer but I was thrilled at the amount of extras on this edition. This DVD contains about 20 minutes of "bloopers" from early Warner Brother films. Granted, these "blopers have shown up on "Hollywood Outake" tapes but it was a nice addition to this DVD. The "newsreel" section was interesting as well, even though historically out of context with the film. . This DVD package is one of the best I've seen of older Warner Brothers films. Wouldn't it have been nice if "Jezebel" and "Now Voyager" had such extras? Take notice Warner.
Gary Dennis,
Movie Place, New York City

Studio: Madacy Entertainment
Director: John Cromwell
Actors:
Leslie Howard
Bette Davis




DVD title: The Man With The Golden Gun (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"I sure am going to buy it, boy!"


THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN is probably the biggest clunker in the Bond series after MOONRAKER and is only worth watching for Christopher Lee's performance as the lead villian. Bond (Roger Moore) while on a job to help a scientist, who may have the key device to solving the energy crisis, has been made the next target of world class assassin Francisco Scaramanga, (Christopher Lee) a man who kills with a unique golden gun at $1,000,000 a job. Scaramanga is in league with a Hong Kong crime leader who is also after the device for his own use. Traveling to Hong Kong and China, Bond tracks down Scaramanga and the device and Bond is challenged by Scaramanga in a duel to the death. Much like LIVE AND LET DIE, GOLDEN GUN is a little on the slow side with a lack of any real good action scenes in between. This movie also boasts some of Bond's worst characters. Mary Goodnight is a clumsy and annoying Bond girl, who even manages to turn James away, Nick Nack is Scaramanga's diminuitive henchman who is irritating and as far as henchman go, is very unthreatening and finally Sheriff Pepper returns as a tourist who throws his weight around Hong Kong and is still a pain. On the other hand, Lee oozes charisma and class as the villain Scaramanga, maybe the best villain, or at least best played villian in the series. It's too bad he wasn't put in a different Bond movie, for if he had, there would probably be no reason to watch this rather dissapointing Bond entry. For Bond fans only, anybody else skip it.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Guy Hamilton
Actors:
Roger Moore
Christopher Lee




DVD title: Rugrats in Paris - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Cool.


This was a good film.I liked cocoa the best.(Is that how you spell her name?)

Studio: Paramount Studio
Actors:
Christine Cavanaugh
Elizabeth Daily
Cheryl Chase




DVD title: Aliens (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent use of DVD


Having seen but failed to buy the special edition when it first came out I've been looking for it ever since. And now I found it on DVD. The film itself is of course excellent so of more interest is the use made of DVD. And in a word it's brilliant. The "Behind the scenes" and the Design Photographs are very revealing. It does lack a commentary track but the interview with Cameron is a good alternative. The picture and sound clarity are amazing. Probably the crispest picture I've seen. All things considered a definite must buy for any fans of the film.. even those who own the tape version.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: James Cameron
Actors:
Sigourney Weaver
Michael Biehn




DVD title: Fire in the Sky
Productgroup: DVD
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Fire in the sky


Excellent movie. A friend recommended this movie to me and I wasn't disappointed.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Robert Lieberman
Actors:
D.B. Sweeney
Robert Patrick




DVD title: The Ten Commandments
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a "Big" movie!!!


A previous reviewer from New York had a question about the correct aspect ratio for "The Ten Commandments". It was actually shot at about 1:75:1, Amazon.com's review is giving it as 1:78:1 which is basically the same as far as the eye can see and looks correct on my moniter. This ratio allows sufficient expanse for DeMille's epic, but allows the picture to be cropped and framed for TV without losing half the picture! Having actually visited some of the filming locations in Egypt makes this wonderful film more thrilling every time I watch it.
I found the sound ok, but at times I thought my now ancient laserdisc actually gave the score a little more punch. The picture was another matter. It was excellent, sharp and detailed with almost no marks on the print. Colors were rich and vibrant, fleshtones were more accurate. Extras are dissapointing. Only three trailers from the movie. No running commentary, no interviews, not even cast and production notes! Picture gets an A, sound gets a B, but extras get a C. Still, a wonderful film comes to DVD. Thanks, CAL

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Actors:
Charlton Heston
Yul Brynner




DVD title: The Moody Blues - A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Comeback Performance


...Well, actually the Moodies never went away...
This 1992 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater (outside Denver, CO) re-established the Moody Blues as a prime touchstone for ageing Boomers; so many of the artists that carried the 60's flame have burnt out, sold out, broken up or, in the most unfortunate cases, died. The Moodies, however, avoided most of the snags that undo older "legacy" rockers and gracefully moved with the times, while still maintaining the heart of their sound. Indeed, their latest studio album ("Strange Times") is their best since the Mellotron era. "A Night at Red Rocks" features most of the tunes that casual fans know as well as a few from their 80's period; played with love and appreciation for the huge and loyal fanbase that's kept them going into the 21st century...Not really needing the money, they keep the spark true.
Note: this DVD features more tracks than the "Hall of Fame" (Albert Hall) disc, so it's perhaps a good place to start your Moodies video collection. However, the Albert Hall DVD has better sound and visual "look".

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Actors:
Moody Blues



DVD title: The Irony of Fate, or "Enjoy Your Bath"
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome flick


This movie is simply wonderful. Other reviewers have covered the details, so I'll skip that portion of the review. It's the ultimate chick flick that guys can really enjoy. After watching so many Russian films that were done in fine style, yet were almost always lacking in the "technical" (read budget) department, this movie has it all. Great script, great acting, a director who was matched for this movie in Heaven, and an all around superb production. Even if you don't understand a word in Russian, this movie will not let you down. The subtitles serve to highlight what the screenplay already told you, and the musical scores fit the storyline perfectly. One viewing and you will understand why this movie has become a perennial classic. Buy it and see for yourself. When this DVD arrived today, it turned a so-so workday evening into a great night. By the way, it has an English dub track, but I hve not listened to it, as there is usually too much lost in the translation. Listen to it in Russian, and just let the English subtitles fill inthe gaps. Enjoy.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Eldar Ryazanov



DVD title: Heavenly Creatures
Productgroup: DVD
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Absolutely incredible


From out of nowhere, seemingly, came this, one of the most absolutely original and astonishing films of the 1990s. Peter Jackson's film takes as its starting point the real-life murder committed by two teenage girls in Christchurch, New Zealand in the 1950s, but transforms it into a brilliant meditation on the role of escapism and fantasy in daily life and their sometimes devastating consequences. The film takes you into the bizarre Bront?sque fantasy worlds of the two young women, Pauline Rieper and Juliet Hulme, as they come to turn to each other for support against the dreadful realities of adolescence and their parents' unhappy lives, and allows you to feel their mounting intensity of hysteria as their dreamworld spins out of control. Lynsket is remarkable as Pauline, but the real find in this film was Winslet, whose ripe beauty only enhances her complex portrayal of Julie, replete with all the paradoxical sensuality and innocence, charm and spitefulness, of a young woman on the verge of adulthood but avoiding the responsibilities it will entail. The ending of the film has haunted me for years. Don't miss it.

Studio: Miramax Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Melanie Lynskey
Kate Winslet
Sarah Peirse




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