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DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fifth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Season Five, a Season of Ups and Downs

Lots of high points and low points in this season. Probably where many people really think the show started to lose its touch. While I thought Glory was a great departure for the traditional villain, I guess Buffy had just broken the mold too many times for even a character like Glory to really strike people. Some solid episodes in it though. The one about the Buffy Bot, and when Spike confronts Buffy about his past are in season five. They are all must see episodes for any fan.
All and all, I give the season a B+. I never thought Dawn found her way into the group, and I never felt any true emotion between Buffy and her. But, who knows, this was also the season where Buffy seemed to lose her girly tendencies and become just a stone cold warrior like the rest of the slayers before her (its kinda sad, considering that she consciously tried to never become them).
A safe buy for any fan. You'll enjoy.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Sarah Michelle Gellar

DVD title: Blade (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Stephen Norrington
Wesley Snipes
Stephen Dorff
Kris Kristofferson
N'Bushe Wright

DVD title: The Music Man (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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No other musical can top it!

I knew I had to watch it again after the first time I watched it. You won't sit still through this film! It was the best American musical after "Stars and Stripes Forever"! Anyone who doesn't like "The Music Man" doesn't know what they're missing! Awesome!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Morton DaCosta
Robert Preston
Shirley Jones

DVD title: Inherit the Wind
Productgroup: DVD
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I have read many of the negative reviews concerning "Inherit the Wind", and I must agree with one thing: Stanley Kramer's film is filled with too many inaccuracies to count. This sleepy town of Dayton wanted the rest of the nation to notice them, so they reinvented themselves through the 'Monkey Trial'...If Custer hadn't died at the Little Big Horn, would anyone remember him??? So the 'John Scopes' trial that matched creationists against evolutionists was Dayton's 'last stand' I guess. But let's get back to Kramer's film.
So what if "Inherit the Wind" twists all the facts and is more a work of fiction than fact. If you want to learn more about the 'Monkey Trial', read a textbook. If you want to see Spencer Tracy and Fredric March boxing each other with words, watch Kramer's great film. Gene Kelly is also featured as the sharp-tongued reporter who is sent to cover the 'trial'. And Harry Morgan, Dick York and Claude Akins also give good supporting performances.
Don't search for bits of propaganda or stereotypes in this film. You will be sure to find them. Rather, see the film as a classical work of art. The exchanges between Tracy and March are memorable, and Kramer's direction is brilliant.
"Inherit the Wind", no matter how accurate it 'isn't', is still one great piece of Americana you don't want to miss.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Stanley Kramer
Spencer Tracy
Fredric March
Gene Kelly

DVD title: Three Dog Night - Live with the Tennessee Symphony Orchestra
Productgroup: DVD
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great look at three dog night

if you like rock that was around back in the 60s to 70s this is a great show to bad only two of the guys are here but its is great to see this band playing sounds great

Studio: Image Entertainment
Three Dog Night

DVD title: The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb Monster Movie From The Atomic Age

Consonant with Everything Atomic in the 1950s, this great monster film bought into the vision completely. When a prehistoric reptile suddenly emerges to wreak havoc on civilization, conventional weapons (tanks and so forth) are ineffective, so they must kick it up a notch.
Having seen this film as a kid, I watched it again in college with a friend who majored in nuclear engineering. At the point in the movie where everyone realizes that ordinary munitions won't kill the beast, and they turned to a scientist who said, "There's only one thing that will work in a situation like this: RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES," my nuclear friend nearly choked laughing at this Hollywood-concocted absurdity.
It's doubtful, with contemporary special effects, that today's kids would find this movie appealing. But for all the boomers who grew up with this sort of thing, it's an eminently enjoyable classic.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Eugène Lourié
Paul Hubschmid
Paula Raymond

DVD title: Scary Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm Intelligent, Listen to Me

Hi. I'm intelligent. This movie is not funny, unless you are a foot fungus. I mean, cause I am smart and I know. Get it?

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Anna Faris
Marlon Wayans
Jon Abrahams
Carmen Electra

DVD title: The Haunting
Productgroup: DVD
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"I wonder if all homeless people feel this way..."

This is one of the true classics of not only spook-cinema but cinema in general... only those who demand multiple mutilations murders and graphic dismemberment will be disappointed (and, yes, there are those who fall into this category).

But the original 1963 B&W version of "The Haunting", directed by legendary filmmaker Robert Wise ("West Side Story", "The Sound of Music", "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and the editor for Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane") and based on Shirley Jackson's novel "The Haunting of Hill House", remains the touchstone psychological ghost flick in all of filmdom.
Relying on hovering atmosphere, top-notch performances, fine black-and-white cinematography, eerie score, and effective use of sound, and a strange, almost sacred sense of doom, "The Haunting" achieves its chills the old fashioned way: it EARNS them...
Without gore or overt physicality, the film tells its tale as much thru the shadows in the tormented mind of damaged neurotic Julie Harris as those within the gothic structure she and her three cohorts (Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Johnson) briefly inhabit... And the movie has the only thing a film can ever have to be really scary: its profoundness sadness.

The hopeless (but probably inevitable) 1999 remake has little in common with Shirley Jackson's book; there's nothing haunting about it. (Spielberg claimed the '63 original was one of his favorite films--- odd then that he would act as a producer [not director, mind you] of this inept and insulting re-do).

Also, dont confuse the classic "the Haunting" (1963) with the the campy "House on Haunted Hill"(1958), or the kinky "Legend of Hell House" (1973), or the "Haunting of Hell House" (1999) as well as the above mentioned '99 "Haunting" remake.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Robert Wise
Julie Harris
Claire Bloom
Richard Johnson

DVD title: Possessed
Productgroup: DVD
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Joan Crawford plunges into schizophrenia and murder

In one of her Oscar nominated roles, Joan Crawford plays Louise Howell, a nurse who becomes trapped in a loveless marriage to the wealthy Dean Graham (Raymond Massey), whose first wife died a mysterious suicide. "Possessed" is told in flashback, as Louise is brought to a psychiatric ward after being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles looking for David; the opening sequence sets an impressive tone for the rest of the film. Turning to David Sutton (Van Heflin) for comfort, Louise finds he is nothing but a scoundrel. Increasingly schizophrenic, she finally turns to murder to set things right. Curtis Berhnardt's direction of this 1947 film is technically impressive, overcoming to some degree the cold plot of despair and murder. Unlike some others I do not consider this Crawford's best acting performance, but I will put it in the top three.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Joan Crawford
Van Heflin

DVD title: Animal Farm
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliant adaptation of "Animal Farm" plus historical ending

This movie, which puts George Orwell's brilliant book "Animal Farm" in action using real life actors and puppets, is true to the book's message and the actual history of the movie. First of all, let me say that I loved the book. It is a horrifying and thought-provoking tale of what happens when power corrupts and a utopia becomes hell. This movie does so much for Orwell's message: the visualization of the animal takeover and eventual decline into totalitarianism is fleshed out in horrific imagery on pitch with Orwell's fairy tale. While some reviewers have complained about the seeming "happy ending" of the story, I enjoyed how the filmmakers took a look at the fall of the pig rule: just as the USSR fell when the foundations broke down and the walls crumbled, so does Manor Farm, or the Animal Farm, that the animals worked so hard for. It's not a happy ending aimed to manipulate the audience's outlook after the movie: it's the real life ending that Orwell never got to see. This movie does the book justice not only by visually recreating the world of Animal Farm, but also by re-enforcing the horror in all of us of what "could" happen and what power does. My only qualm about this movie (and it must not be very big because I still gave it 5 stars) was that Old Major's puppet was too hideous and overdone to make the audience really take him seriously. Read the book and, if you loved it, watch this wonderful adaptation of the story that we all need to learn from.

Studio: Hallmark Home Entertainment
Director: John Stephenson (II)
Kelsey Grammer
Ian Holm
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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