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DVD title: The Death of the Incredible Hulk
Productgroup: DVD
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Sad but good movie

Well it all ended here for fans of the TV Series and Bill Bixby's attempt to resurrect it in sequel movies (a la Perry Mason Returns, etc.). This was the 3rd sequel film to the series, and as I stated before should have been released with the other 2 which are sold together on the Anchor Bay label (although I recently noticed near my home that some cheap dvd maker has made separate copies). This film of the 3 that didn't bring other comic characters to compliment the story, and as it happened, it didn't need them. It told a good story to finish what the pilot episode (also on DVD on the Universal label) started. Buy this with the 2 pack, the pilot and the special 6 pack and hulk out all you want. Then for a more modern appproach buy the 2003 movie too.:-)

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Bill Bixby

DVD title: Starman
Productgroup: DVD
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A surprisingly touching sci-fi/love story

Usually when I hear the word "science fiction," a shudder runs down my spine. Films that have $50 million in special effects, and no plot whatsoever drive me crazy. This film, though labeled as "science fiction," is in fact more of a great love story. It is like E.T., because it involves an alien (Jeff Bridges, in one of his most incredible performances) being stranded on Earth. The alien takes human form and coerces a woman, Jenny (Karen Allen) into driving him to his final destination. If he does not get there in three days, he will die. Of course, they fall in love along the way, and of course, they are being chased by government agents. But what makes this sci-fi so different from the rest is that it concentrates less on dazzling special effects and more on the story between Starman and Jenny. What you end up with is a touching love story with one of the most bittersweet endings I've ever seen. I love this film, and I think that everyone else will, too.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Carpenter
Jeff Bridges
Karen Allen

DVD title: Manchester United - Play Like Champions
Productgroup: DVD
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Review from BBC website

The official Manchester United Training and Skills Programme
Menacing in midfield? Deadly in defence? A stunning striker? Now comes the unique opportunity to hone your soccer skills in the style of true champions. BBC Worldwide are proud to announce the release of, in association with Manchester United Football Club, the first official Manchester United training and skills video.
Introduced and linked by Sir Alex Ferguson and Academy Coach Rene Meulensteen, Play Like Champions offers fans, and aspiring football players alike, the chance to see inspirational key skills coaching sessions featuring a range of the club's best players including Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and many more.
Play Like Champions features over 100 minutes of specially recorded footage filmed on location at Old Trafford, The Manchester United Training Facility in Carrington and during the club's tour of America. Alongside key skills segments such as Free Kicks, The Scissors and The Step Over, Premier League footage is analysed with multi-angles and slow-mo to see the skills in match winning action.
The players, coaching staff and past footballing legends (including Sir Bobby Charlton) are also interviewed to give a further insight into the magic of Manchester Utd. With nutritional and fitness advice, as well as how to handle the legendary mind games of football, Play Like Champions is the ultimate guide to making it in the big league.
The DVD features a golden boot of extras with thirty minutes of extra footage, including two additional skills, outtakes, biographies, a photo gallery, history of Man Utd and a link to the official Man Utd website.

Studio: BBC
Alex Ferguson

DVD title: 8 1/2 (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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What does it all mean?

I saw 81/2 when I was quite young and I was dazzled by it. Now when I view it I can relate to adult themes and I can comiserate with Fellini's lead character who is full of self doubt, regret, and yearns for the simple pleasures of the past. But 81/2 is not a great movie because it has a profound story; it's a great movie because it is a profound movie experience. Dreamlike, it is both exotic and familiar at the same time. Fellini presents his story without explanation or judgment so we are free to experience with him. Fellini's great artistry & theatricality open our eyes anew. And if that sounds too high minded to you it's also alot of fun. Fellini's contribution to film is immense and he is still truly unique. There isn't a film maker who lived through the Fellini era that won't admit that they were influenced by Fellini. Yet, there no other filmmaker remotely like him; his films are a testament to his devotion to make films that express his personal vision. There is a childlike quality to Fellini's films. Fellini understood that film has ability to create a unique experience for the viewer. I think that to see through someone else's eyes is one of our most cherished dreams and Fellini tries to provide that for us. I think what Fellini wanted was for us was to leave behind our own pretensions and assumptions and see the world innocently and with a sense of wonder.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Federico Fellini
Marcello Mastroianni
Anouk Aimée

DVD title: Fraternity Vacation
Productgroup: DVD
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First american teen comedy in USSR

It was a first american teen comedy legally purchashed in USSR and even after 15 years it still stands amazing. Simple, nice, gentle and funny. Hollywood isn't able to make such films anymore...

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: James Frawley

DVD title: Once Upon a Time in the West
Productgroup: DVD
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rcg2 is an idiot

what great potential the DVD format has, a full and complete film could well have fitted nicely on a DVD, great music and all. The cuts made to the DVD are obvious, to suddenly jump from the train scene to a cave in some rocks is without meaning, a clean shaven Bronson suddenly gets a scar, why. A non-Directors cut version would be marvelous as I suspect that whoever had the scizzors in this version was not sober. The music of Morricone is wonderful. Frank Just.NZ.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Sergio Leone
Henry Fonda
Charles Bronson

DVD title: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Special Platinum Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Classic


Studio: Disney Studios
Lucille La Verne
Harry Stockwell
Adriana Caselotti

DVD title: Full Metal Jacket
Productgroup: DVD
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Best War Film

Nearly everyone was impressed with the brilliant theater of the first half, starring a sadistic institutional drill sergeant. However many did not like the ensuing unfocused & surreal Vietnam episode. The visual & verbal images I will retain forever are mostly from the first half. However Kubrick couldn't just end with the assassination of the sergeant - the film's scope would have been too narrow & it would have seemed unsatisfactory. We had to wind down in a sick & crazy war in Vietnam. This front-loaded film worked for me in its entirety.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Matthew Modine
Vincent D'Onofrio
R. Lee Ermey

DVD title: Dogma
Productgroup: DVD
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The Wizard of Oz meets the Pope

Two fallen angels (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) are homesick for heaven and receive a mysterious mailing: a newspaper clipping about a RC church in New Jersey celebrating it's hundredth anniversary by offering a plenary indulgence to all who walk through its portals. The angels strike upon the idea: why not transubstantiate to human form, go through the portal, die and go home. One problem with this is that heaven is wary about just such a possibility and a call is send out (via the Archangel Metatron [yes, Virginia there is an archangel Metatron, he's just obscure] (Alan Rickman)) to the hero who is expected to save the day, one Bethany Sloan (Linda Fiorentino) a RC who works in an abortion clinic. She also has a secret identity that is so secret she has to be told of it. Anyway the fallen angels start from Milwaukee and Bethany and the two prophets (did I mention them?) start from somewhere in Illinois and head for their confrontation New Jersey. On the road they meet Rufus (Chris Rock) the thirteenth Apostle who didn't get written up in the Gospels because he was Black. Jesus was Black too, but since he was the Son of God, they put a spin on his ethnicity. They also meet Serendipity (Salma Heyek), a muse (she's no Sharon Stone). And to complete the cast, the part of God is divided between Bud Cort (of Harold and Maude) and Alanis Morrisette (she's better looking than you thought). This movie is a theological romp on the level of Bedazzled or Time Bandits combined with the story of the Wizard of Oz. Only it's relation to Catholicism keeps it from having that charmingly vacuous straw brained quality for which Baum is so famous.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Kevin Smith
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck
Linda Fiorentino

DVD title: Annie Hall
Productgroup: DVD
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Annie Hall

I'm not a fan of Woody's, but after watching Annie Hall I can clearly see why is that: he is a genius. No one can talk so seriously about psichoanalysis, sex and love, and make people laugh at those things at the same time. In no other picture you'll find dialogues like this: "Sex with you is a Kafkaesque experience" (Woody's girlfriend said after making love),"Thank you so much", "I mean it as a compliment." Or: "Have you seen an analyst?", "Yes, for 15 years".

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Diane Keaton

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