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DVD title: Zombie
Productgroup: DVD
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Second only to Night of the Living Dead for Zombie Films


I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Night of the Living Dead one of the first and best zombie/horror movies I ever saw when I was a kid. Zombie runs a close second though... It has been called an unofficial (European) sequel to Night of the Living Dead (Not sure about it being an unofficial sequel to Dawn of the Dead. George Romero did Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead as part of his zombie trilogy, also excellent films). This movie was my first real introduction to Lucio Fulci and I've been a fan ever since. Superb Italian B Movie horror! The effects were great for a movie of this type. I have to agree with the previous reviewer and restate that the Zombie battling the Shark Scene and the Eye Gouging scene were most EXCELLENT! I'm so pleased they finally started selling it again on DVD. For a long time I could only rent a copy of this on DVD and now its available for such a low price. What a steal! Be sure to check out The Beyond by Lucio Fulci to catch some more of his zombies in action...

Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Lucio Fulci
Actors:
Tisa Farrow
Ian McCulloch




DVD title: Bonsai (Thriving Bonsai)
Productgroup: DVD
Bonsai (Thriving Bonsai) - movie DVD cover picture
very informative & enjoyable (even relaxing)


After my first bonsai (bamboo) plant faded away after a few months, I came across this DVD. I'm a beginner and I enjoyed the interactive medium and very informative, easy to learn instructions. The nicely ordered format for the instructions, the relaxing background and a story-like narrative on how to nurture a bonsai plant are some of its best features.

Studio: Bonsai Etc.



DVD title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Full Screen Edition) (Harry Potter 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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A DVD to promise along with a fantastic film


On May 28, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will finally be released in a Special Edition 2-disc set, available in a Full Frame (why can't full frame die!) and Widescreen edition. For a movie as big as Harry Potter, you're going to have a very packed DVD. It looks like they're packing it as much as they could, with many extra features and DVD-ROM games along with the original theatrical film. But first, let's talk about the movie. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is an adaptation of J.K Rowling's fantastic and successful novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (original UK name; movie and book dubbed in America). When I first saw the teaser Trailer, I was screaming! Harry Potter looked so fantasic on film! But when I saw it in theaters, it was far from the teaser trailer but still, it was a great movie. And the film was so true to the book, probably even more true than Peter Jackson's epic, The Fellowship of the Ring. Almost everything from the book is in there, with a few scenes and a particular character cut for an overlong running time (the movie's 152 minutes). Besides the faithfulness, they've cast some of the best British actors to play Hogwarts Staff and supporting characters. But the actors were looking at is the main trio. Harry is played by the extremely well look-alike, Daniel Radcliffe, Ron by funny Rupert Grint and Emma Watson playing the bossy but clever Hermione Granger. Surprisingly, the children hold up a definite performances, with most emotions expressed. The adults play well too. Maggie Smith plays the strict Professor McGonagall and Richard Harris playing the old and wise Professor Albus Dumbledore. But by far, the best performance of the whole film was Alan Rickman, playing the silky and sinister Severus Snape, the Potion's Master. You simply couldn't get a better Snape. He expresses everything Snape contains, sly, sinister, moody, mysterious and striking. Perfect cast, really. And you simply can't review this film without talking about John Williams' score. He's definitely not been original the last few years but still, he gives off the Harry Potter feel almost fully (Howard Shore's Fellowship of the Ring score takes best). The CGI effects are some of the best in recent filming, from a troll, to a baby from, to a CGI villain wizard bent on destroying poor Harry. Though some CGI effects could've been tightened up a bit. You could definitely see poor computer generation when a CGI Harry interacts with the CGI troll and The Quidditch Match. But then, Radcliffe did do most of his stunts. Now, the DVD. The DVD is to promise a lot of things. You can buy the original theatrical picture Widescreen edition or an evil Full Frame edition. But enough about that. The features, along with the film, is to bring Harry Potter to life. The British are absolutely jumping at its features. You have interviews with director Chris Columbus, producer David Heyman and (I think) screenwriter Steve Kloves. You have a 360-degree tour of Hogwarts School, introduction to the ghosts, information on characters, Hogwarts School and the grounds. You have interactive Quidditch games, many Diagon Alley mini-games, Hogwarts "classes" containing games and seven scenes that didn't make it into the film. Most British are giving it thumbs up, but are a bit tired with some of the menus and tasks... Overall, this DVD is going to be packed, with extra features galore, DVD-ROM features, a few little novelties with the package (Snitch and Broom) and of course, the feature film...

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Chris Columbus
Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe



DVD title: Back to School
Productgroup: DVD
Back to School - movie DVD cover picture
Rodney Dangerfield is a scream!!


I recommend this movie to anyone who is attending an educational institution. May that be staff, students or alumni and friends. For everyone else, don't even think about it. I'm not attending school, and so I didn't watch this film. Thank goodness I didn't. I would've gone against my own recommendations.




Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Alan Metter
Actors:
Rodney Dangerfield



DVD title: John Mayer - Any Given Thursday
Productgroup: DVD
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Not a one hit wonder....


If you listen to the commentary--John talks about a woman calling him a one hit wonder, which he isn't. His whole cd is a hit and he should of had more than 3 singles. I would recommend this DVD to any true John Mayer fan. I got it for my birthday and that was 3 months ago and I still watch it! He is great in concert, but even better when you can watch him any time you want.

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Actors:
John Mayer



DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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VERY GOOD MOVIE IF YOU LIKE PIRATE MOVIES.


This was a very entertaining and fun movie to see.The location scenery was beautiful and the action scenes were well done.The story was great and the acting by all the cast was good.I would recommend this movie to anybody with an interest in pirate stories.

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




DVD title: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, Set 1
Productgroup: DVD
The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, Set 1 - movie DVD cover picture
One of the best.......


Ngaio Marsh was one of the big three mystery writers who kicked off the genre for women writers in the 20th Century. She was a New Zealander who migrated to England around the time of WWII and who, along with Christie and Sayers, developed a version of the upper crust male protagonist dectective modeled on Sherlock Holmes.

Sadly, few of Marsh's stories were dramatized for PBS Mystery Theater, though I a number of them have been turned into "talking" books. I recall that there was some discussion at the time of the release of the PBS films about the suitability of Patrick Malahide for the part of Inspector Alleyn. I don't know if that was a factor in PBS not showing more episodes or not, but I think Malahide was just fine.

The first episodes of the Alleyn series cover his early days as an Inspector for Scotland Yard where he teams up with DI Fox (William Simons - Inspector Cribb) and meets his future wife, the artist Agatha Troy (Belinda Lang --To Serve Them All My Days). Troy is a suspect in a murder case Alleyn investigates involving a collection of artists one of whom is a victim of foul play.

Marsh was involved with the world of art including the theater and many of her books reflect her extensive knowledge of stage craft. Comparable to Christie with her poisons, Marsh relied on her background knowledge to shape her cunning plots.

Acorn can't get these mysteries released fast enough for me. I have read all Marsh's books, but unfortunately far to few of them were dramatized and fewer still are available on DVD.



Studio: Acorn Media Publishi
Actors:
Patrick Malahide



DVD title: Inu-Yasha - The Scars of Battle (Vol. 10)
Productgroup: DVD
Inu-Yasha - The Scars of Battle (Vol. 10) - movie DVD cover picture
More Story Unfolded for the Inu-Yasha Gang


I think that this one is one of the best Inu-Yasha DVD yet. Each member of the Inu-Yasha Gang has his or her own struggle as they all come united against Naraku, the big bad bully. Sango seeks to save her dead brother, while Inu-Yasha and Kagome have to find balance in their relationship. What about Miroku, you ask? Well... I guess that his wind tunnel is currently his biggest concern now. What's more, the whole gang faces another trap by Naraku. I'd say this is getting very good and very deep in an emotional way. You've got to see this!

Sayonara!

P.S. Some nudity and sexual languages are involved here. Beware!

Studio: VIZ VIDEO



DVD title: Fahrenheit 9/11
Productgroup: DVD
Fahrenheit 9/11 - movie DVD cover picture
A Must See For Every American


All I can say about this movie is Buy this one and watch it with
everyone you know.

The Country you save may be your own, and we need to get Mr.Bush and his buddys out of office.......and maybe even send them to
Jail ......

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michael Moore (II)
Actors:
Michael Moore (II)



DVD title: Spice World
Productgroup: DVD
Spice World - movie DVD cover picture
Spice Girls #1 Fan


The Spice World Import CD has bonus track: Step To Me, which isn't available on their American version of Spice World. Its manufactured by Toshiba-Virgin LTD.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Bob Spiers
Actors:
Victoria Beckham
Melanie Brown
Emma Bunton
Melanie Chisholm
Geri Halliwell




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