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DVD title: Risky Business
Productgroup: DVD
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Risky Business


Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Paul Brickman
Tom Cruise
Rebecca De Mornay

DVD title: The King and I
Productgroup: DVD
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An all-around wonderful family musical

"The king and I" is an exellent version of quality family entertainment. The plot and characters are truly spectacular. People of all ages can really appreciate the value of this musical. The actors,costumes,and sets are ful of color and life. I would definately recommend this movie to others. Hernando High School will be putting their form of the play on March 25, 27, and 28. Come out and see our version of the Rodgers and Hammersteins' treasure,"The King and I"

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Walter Lang
Deborah Kerr
Yul Brynner

DVD title: Castle in the Sky
Productgroup: DVD
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A Feel-Good Movie of Great Humor, Wit and Adventure

Castle in the Sky was conceived, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese anime genius responsible for Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, among others. It tells the story of Sheeta, an orphan whose grandmother has gifted her with a pendant that is a relic of the legendary floating city of Laputa (the Castle in the Sky of the title). Sheeta is kidnapped by evil government agents who want to use her and the pendant to find Laputa and loot its technological secrets.
When the Dora Pirate Gang, consisting of the matriarchal Dora and her band of daring but not terribly bright sons, raid the military transport carrying Sheeta and her captors because they want the pendant for themselves, Sheeta falls off the transport, from immense height....and right into the arms of Pazu, a resourceful boy of her own age. Pazu lives in a mining town, as assistant to an engineer. He spends his days working to keep the machinery of the mine running. After many adventures and near escapes, from both the government/military and the pirates, Sheeta and Pazu decide to join the Dora Pirate Gang (who are really not such bad folks after all).
There are so many things to like about this movie. Sheeta and Pazu are both plucky and determined, a true young heroine and hero. They're living examples of the old saying, "If you're handed lemons, make lemonade." They take turns of fate that would have most people fuming and whining in stride and, through their innate decency, somehow magically turn them around into positive experiences. As just one example, when they join the pirates, Pazu is put to work maintaining their flying ship's engine room; Sheeta is shown a filthy, degenerate kitchen and told this is now her domain, it's up to her to produce five meals a day for the pirates. These both hardly sound like appealing fates. But Pazu thinks the engine room is really cool, he loves machinery, and immediately pitches in with such real enthusiasm and skill he soon earns the respect and liking of the ship's irascible chief engineer. Sheeta so charms the male pirates with her beauty, grace and sweet personality that these rough hewn, dangerous men fall all over themselves to help her, and soon her kitchen is full of pirates peeling potatos, cleaning pots, etc. Not only does this make her job much easier, but everyone's having a great time.
The artwork and animation throughout this movie are both uniformly excellent. The best of many thrilling scenes, in my opinion, occurs when Pazu, who makes Young Indiana Jones look like a wimp, along with Sheeta as passenger, pilots a kite through an electrically charged hurricane. The sight of Pazu's face, wearing flying goggles almost bigger than he is, features illuminated by lightning bolts, his expression of mingled determination and wonder, is one of the most arresting images I've even seen in any medium.
I would describe this movie as "a great viewing experience for the entire family" were it not for the fact there's stuff in here that might be a bit rough for some younger children. There are several scenes of Sheeta and Pazu being hit by much larger adults, so hard it results in unconsciousness at times. And although we never see anyone die on-screen, there are many instances of people caught in explosions, or falling from such a height it's obvious, whether we actually see it or not, people really are dying here, violently.
For all that, Castle in the Sky is a great viewing experience, not just one of the best pieces of animation you could ever see, but one of the best movies, period. I give this film my highest recommendation. If you watch it, you will love it.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

DVD title: Flight of the Phoenix (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Flight of the Phoenix

New Dennis Quaid movie, Flight of the Phoenix...darn good! I remember the original with James Stewart and I like this remake a lot...has some new twists...well done! I have a question...I know the music score is done by Marco Beltrami; however, in the movie there are two songs that I recall: "I've Been Somewhere" by Johnny Cash and "Gimmie Some Lovin" an old Blues Bros. /Steve Windom song...does anyone know if
these 2 songs are on the movie soundtrack CD and are they done by the original artists?

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: John Moore
Dennis Quaid
Giovanni Ribisi
Miranda Otto

DVD title: Once Were Warriors [IMPORT]
Productgroup: DVD
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Brutal, but a truth we must face

This is one of the most moving and yet inspirational films I have seen. Set in the Government Housing area of Aukland,New Zealand (Aotearoa). while much of other reviews covers the simple view of the film, they cannot convey the powerful story/message as well as watching Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison, Taungaroa Emile, Mere Boynton and Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, and the rest of the cast.The Film highlights not only the Maori story, but as mentioned by Rene herself (in an interview on the DVD I have). it highlights the problems of women children and men worldwide, most people can relate to the characters, many of us know a Beth Heke, a Boogie Heke, a Jake (The Mus) Heke, even a Grace Heke. they need not be Maori, but we all can relate, no matter our origins, this is a story of the human condition that is all too common, and in the eyes of this reviewer, shows that too often when we try to be strong, we get it wrong. if you like Hollywood's greatest, then don't get this film, because this film is not a flight of fantasy, this film is reality.

Director: Lee Tamahori
Rena Owen
Temuera Morrison

DVD title: D2: The Mighty Ducks
Productgroup: DVD
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The Mighty Ducks....Reducks!

If you can chew gum while you skate or merely
like to see Scandinavians be defeated in
pseudo-Olympic competions that no longer exist
then you will love D2: The Might Ducks.

After a year of rest and working at Mall of
America, half of the Ducks come back to join
forces with a Magic School Bus-like cross-section
of interracial of hockey players and regional

But even 28 year old Dean Portman and a large-eared
cowboy may not be enough to stop Team Iceland who,
basically, is allowed to cheat.

Even after picking up a black kid from inner city
Los Angeles, can a pre-pubescent racial melange possibly
defeat a eugenically perfected gene pool of aryan

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll never mock skate
sharpening again!

So grab some of Han's egg meal and D2 today.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Sam Weisman
Emilio Estevez
Kathryn Erbe

DVD title: Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Productgroup: DVD
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2 Times the Fun

Took my 6 year old grandson, he was either on the edge of his seat (not squirming) or laughing the entire time. Cameo appearances of all the original characters made the movie more fun to watch and recall the original. Several huge laughs, lot's of humor. If you liked the first, 2 is equal or better

Studio: Dimension/Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Antonio Banderas
Carla Gugino
Alexa Vega
Daryl Sabara

DVD title: Amelie
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best french movies made!

I'm learning french so I figured "Amelie" would be a great movie to watch to improve my fluency. It did more than that, it also broadened my horizons as a writer. I didn't know anything so unique was possible. This is a masterpiece! Audrey Toutou's heartfelt performance as a lonely young woman proved that we'll be watching more of her in the next many years. Why did "Amelie" lose the Oscar for Best Foreign Film over the boring "No Man's Land"? Nobody knows.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Audrey Tautou
Mathieu Kassovitz

DVD title: Pride and Prejudice (BBC TV Miniseries)
Productgroup: DVD
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An A & E's Masterpiece

Yes, it took a five hour movie, but someone did do justice to a Jane Austin book. This is my favorite book as well as my favorite movie. I recently ordered the widescreen DVD and will be watching it twice a year until I go blind from too much reading of old novels!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Simon Langton
Colin Firth
Jennifer Ehle

DVD title: Matinee
Productgroup: DVD
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The Mant man

This movie was pretty cool I think that it was good and there was no violence in it. I liked it when they showed it when the man who gets bit by a ant and turns into a Mant and grows to become a very ugly monster and it starts to climb buildings i give this movie a thumbs up.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Joe Dante
John Goodman
Cathy Moriarty

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