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DVD title: Days of Heaven
Productgroup: DVD
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Sanctified Season.


In 1916, Industrial change takes on, man moved by the will to undo their poverty became the hand that moved the machine in exchange for money, their employers became more richer and powerful, they don't need you, if you go, they can have someone else do your job. Harvest (according to season knowledge), is sanctified, Amen, beginning the masses to account the vast fields of corn with naked hands, in summer and in winter, sun and ice aside your specified work, you are sweating in heat or shaking in cold, your brothers and sisters, your father and mother are here to stay as long as the fields are given their fruit. Micro cells of friendship are made, you are their companions and they are yours to talk, play, she becomes your wife, your son is born here, and so you must work today and tomorrow, everybody looks back, every day before seems alike today. At last, the harvest season is over and you go empty handed, it wasn't worth it, the money will last for some small luxuries, not enough to break away form this miserable life, new world of profits for the already rich, you have nothing, next year you will be back to barely support your self with the low payment, isn't your back broken and wasted?Days of Heaven is made out of three essential masterful patterns, first the smooth and haunting photography created by the great Nestor Almendros (winner Best Photography, 1979 Academy Awards). The vast golden fields shot with the Magic Hour technique enlightened with a sensual slow camera movement, makes every frame both delightfully exuberant and elegant. The second essential pattern is the music, Camille Saint Saen'z Aquarium (From Carnival of the Animals) is not only used as the main theme, Ennio Morricone conveys smooth variations and tempos, recomposing the piece with such a delicate taste that the visuals manifest the narration explicit of Silent films, the poetic result of celluloid impressions, plus Leo Kotte's music is used to transmid the flavor of this people's lives. Finally, (and most important), director Terrence Malick (winner Best Directorial Achievement, Cannes Film Festival, 1978), takes this two patterns, and magnifies them with his unconventional direction, slow pace with an lyrical structure of landscapes in between the characters, delivering a modest masterpiece of film History, just like every great director, his the mastermind behind this, and Malick's narration becomes aware of the simple lives of its characters who won't be missed by no one else but then selves. The cast exposes the loneliness and perils of such a forgotten social class, Bill, Abby, the Farmer, and Bill's little sister, are representative of their time and its people's personalities, some family for sure experienced what they experienced as the very low working class, unlimited free and in love, caught in misery by God's will, money unfortunately in this conditions, is the difference, you lack of it and so you are mark as disposable; What else can you do but pray for a miracle?Days of Heaven is a very simple but very beautiful story, composed in a real cinematographic way, the right images with the right music (with just the enough speeches from the actors to expose the plot), resulting in nothing more than the visual potential of storytelling, only this time, is both a film and poem.The DVD edition has an optimal transfer, Widescreen Edition and Dolby Digital 5.1 sure merits to take home this version, nevertheless the studios have the capacity and money to invest in the movies that really matters (like this one), and give away to their customers a better product, with more attention to details and enhanced visuals.Pale Autumn days, streams of water aside golden corn landscapes, hell by outcasts of heaven, next season will come no, matter what.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Terrence Malick
Actors:
Richard Gere
Brooke Adams




DVD title: Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great!


This movie is great to watch on a rainy day. The Italian countryside is beautiful, and the camera tinting really helped to make it feel all warm and glowy (?) It's nice to finally see a movie that isn't gloomy, and the plot-line that's simple and sappy but gives you a good feeling and ends right on the line. Some feel-good movies don't end very well at all, so I give credit for the book and the director for the tie-ins at the end. I the starred reviews, and I think that some people like to pick and pick at things. I'm surprised that they have a whole list of complaints about this movie, when it is obvious that noone can expect much out of it anyways. I mean come on, it is very very rare to have a good romantic comedy when the story line is such as it is. I guess the reason why they are top reviewers is because a lot of people agree with them, but, here's one person who likes to escape for one, and not be realistic. Besides, that's what movies are mostly for, to escape from things mostly and leave you with a good feeling.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Audrey Wells
Actors:
Diane Lane
Sandra Oh
Raoul Bova




DVD title: But I'm A Cheerleader
Productgroup: DVD
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Getting that "gay thing" straight


17 year old Megan (Natasha Lyonne) comes home from school to a surprise; an intervention, whereby, she gets shipped off to a rehab used to turn gay teens straight. Her and eight other campers venture into the undesired world of heterosexuality, but on her "path to righteousness" Megan falls in love with fellow female camper, Graham {Clea DuVall). "Cheerleader" is a charming movie for those who can see the foolishness of ignorance. The film provides everything wonderful about storytelling: passion, humor, anger, love, and a means for anyone to find their 'true direction'. Definitely a movie worth owning.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jamie Babbit
Actors:
Natasha Lyonne
Clea DuVall




DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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It's Genius


This is a film that should be first-priority for everyone. It has it all: Violence, a philosophy, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. BUY IT.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Actors:
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt




DVD title: Planet of the Apes
Productgroup: DVD
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hi there


No movie compares with this! If you like monkies, Charlten Heston, And sci fi you will think that this movie outranks everything like A CHIMP!!!!
E-mail me for any quiestions about the movie. -Andrew Baker (call me Kaka)

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Actors:
Charlton Heston
Roddy McDowall




DVD title: Twelve O'Clock High
Productgroup: DVD
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12 O'Clock High, a great film about leadership


12 O'Clock High is one of the best films on leadership ever made. The story opens with the return to England of American bomber pilots from a daylight bombing mission over Nazi occupied Europe. Colonel Keith Davenport (Gary Merrill) is the commander of a squadron whose task it is to destroy German military installations. He is a competent professional officer who cares deeply for his men. Unfortunately, in his zeal to keep them from being killed, he forgets his mission and is relieved of his command.
Col. Davenport is replaced by General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck), who says to the pilots at his first meeting with them, "Consider yourself already dead." This speech signals a completely different approach to leadership. General Savage relentlessly trains the pilots and succeeds in building a first-rate fighting unit. His hard line does not come without a price. His men rebel and want to be transferred out of the unit. Only with the help of his adjutant (Dean Jagger) does Savage hold the group together and begin to build competence and esprit de corp.
The effects of contrasting leadership styles have seldom been so effectively portrayed. Colonel Davenport is a first-rate officer who over identifies with his men and fails miserably. The moral of the story is that the appropriate leadership style is essential to accomplish challenging goals and objectives. It is not enough to be hard working, conscientious, and caring. Leaders must analyze the situation, know the competence and commitment of their people, and then select the style of leadership appropriate for the task at hand.
The dramatic scenes between Davenport, Savage, and the American pilots are expertly written and filled with tension. Actual war footage is used for several of the action scenes and the film moves forward at a steady pace. The performances of the entire cast are excellent with Gregory Peck, always a reliable actor, at the top of his form. Dean Jagger took home the Academy Award for best supporting actor in a film that deserved similar honors.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Henry King
Actors:
Gregory Peck
Hugh Marlowe




DVD title: Rurouni Kenshin - Fire Requiem
Productgroup: DVD
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The Legend of Kyoto epic comes to a fiery conclusion


Season Two and the epic "Legend of Kyoto" story arc comes to an end on "Rurouni Kenshin: Fire Requiem," the fourteenth collection of episodes of the Japanese anime, as Kenshin Himura fights for the future of the Meiji era against Sishio:
Episode 58, "The Age Chooses Shishio?: Kenshin's Greatest Crisis," finds Kenshin down and out, with Saitoh and Sano in not much better shape to face Makoto Shisio. But they go up against him nonetheless to stop Shisio's quest to rule Japan. Episode 59, "Not Out of Luck!: The Revival of a Fighting Spirit" finds that only Aoshi Shinomori, already weakened by his fight with Kenshin, is left to stand against Shisio. Meanwhile, Kenshin's thoughts on the edge of death turn to Ms. Kuro. Episode 60, "The Man Who is Chosen for Victory: Shishio Verus Kenshin, Finale" tells you from the start that all the death matches between Kenshin and Shishio are finally going to come to an end. Despite all of his evil deeds, Shishio saves the worst for last before meeting a most fitting fate. At this point in the series Beethoven's 13th Piano Sonata ("Midnight Blue") is introduced as a recurring music theme that is used to good effect throughout the rest of the season. Once again the villain has an Achilles heel that saves the day for our hero, but at least this time there was a physiological twist that had to do with how Shisio was so badly burned.
Episode 61, "The Juppongatana who Remain: A Choice for Life" begins the two-part epilogue to the Kyoto storyline as Kenshin and the others are finally reunited and take time to heal before considering where their paths must go next. Episode 62, "Kyoto, the Engraved Memory: Begin with a Wish" finds Kenshin and his friends finally returning home to Kuro's dojo, but not before Kenshin makes a visit to a very special place. The characters might be back together again, but given everything that has happened they are changed, and we should see some interesting developments off of this in the third season of "Rurouni Kenshin" (to wit, Kenshin and Kuro might finally talk to each other about their feelings). Extras on this DVD include the usual Liner Notes and a good sent of ad-libbed Outtakes, but this time there is also an Attack List that translates each of the attacks of Kenshin, Anji, Sanosuke, Saito, Misao, Aoshi, Shishio, Chou, Henya, Hannya, Raijuta, Jinei, Kamatari, Okina, Usui, and Yahiko. So now you can appreciate the difference between the Ryu-tsui-sen (Dragon Hammer Flash) and the Ryu-shou-sen (Dragon Fight Flash), and, of course, the Sou-ryu-sen (Twin Dragon Flash). There are also messages from the various characters that make for a nice touch at the end of Season Two.

Studio: Media Blasters



DVD title: Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Freddy Vs. Jason is an excellent horror movie!


"Freddy Vs. Jason" is one of the excellent horror movies I have ever seen. Robert Englund returns in his signature role of Freddy Kreuger in this well made horror film that is a part of both the "A Nightmare On Elm Street" and "Friday The 13th" movies. Ken Kirzinger takes on the role of Jason Voorhees. Kirzinger is superb in his role as Jason Voorhees. Englund is just as superb as Kirzinger is. The directing by Ronny Yu is excellent and the screenplay & story is great. The production and costume design, the make-up and special effects, the cinematography, and the music are brilliant. Go see this movie now, I mean, right now!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Ronny Yu
Actors:
Ken Kirzinger
Robert Englund
Kelly Rowland




DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Phwarr!


Ok, seriously this is one of THE best movie I have ever seen! It has Everything! Comedy (Johnny Depp is absolutely hilarious!), Love, Drama, Adventure, Action. It is a fabulous movie! I have only talked to one person out of about a hundred who didn't enjoy this movie! A MUST OWN!!!!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce




DVD title: Dogma
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie.Great DVD.


This movie is funny as hell,it mite not be the best Kevin Smith movie but it's still [very good].Jay(Jason Mewes)and Silent Bob(Kevin Smith)are funneier in this than any other Kevin Smith movie,....There is a lot of language in it but that's what makes it funny.This movie is hallarious.
Dogmas got a sweet DVD too.It's got sweet deleted scenes that I personaley think the editor's should have kept in the movie,some are funny as hell and some have nudity.It's got some cool Special Features and two disc's,well the special edition does anyway.Rent it,see it,like it,buy it,I did.

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




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