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DVD title: Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me (New Line Platinum Series) - movie DVD cover picture

Anyone who thinks AP2 stinks is either 1) dead; 2) believes Al Gore has a 'terrific, swinging' personality.
The Spy Who Shagged Me may not reinvent cinema verite, but it is a universal panacea for depression (or a nasty market day, or both), delivering Austin's raunchy bad humor, atrocious overbite, swinging scene, Dr. Evil, and the inimitable Mini-Me. Possibly one of the most delightful performances (and disturbing) is handed in by Rob Lowe, who plays the younger version of Robert Wagner's #2 with a little *too* much alacrity.
What could you possibly find in Little Women or Pride & Prejudice that isn't in this movie, baby, YEAH!
God Bless Mike Myers.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jay Roach
Mike Myers
Heather Graham

DVD title: U2 Go Home - Live From Slane Castle (Limited Edition Packaging)
Productgroup: DVD
U2 Go Home - Live From Slane Castle (Limited Edition Packaging) - movie DVD cover picture
a must have for true U2 fans..

this is a must have for all true U2 fans..the show from Slane Castle was unbelieveable and the band plays all of their hits from earlier cd's such as the Joshua Tree all the way through to the latest from the All That You Can't Leave Behind cd...this dvd will help you realize why you fell in love with them in the first place

Studio: Universal Music & VI

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Spectacular! Spectacular!

I would have given it 6 stars but unfortinintly it only gose up to 5. This was the best movie it seemed like it just flew right by in no time at all. It kept you interested from the very beggining until the very end there was not a dull moment it was "the best" and I higly recommend that you see this amazing movie trust me you wont regret it.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

DVD title: Star Wars - Clone Wars, Vol. 1 (Animated)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars - Clone Wars, Vol. 1 (Animated) - movie DVD cover picture
Begun, the Clone Wars have.

This is probably the BEST and most ambitious animated series ever created for a specific genre. It helps bridge the gap between Episodes II & III by showing how the Jedi led the fight against the Separatists and young Anakin's maturity to becoming a full-fledged Jedi.
Well-written and drawn, this chapter (along with the second part due out soon on DVD) is the pefect way to visualize things that took place during the Clone Wars. It doesn't tell the whols story, but that's what the novels are for, to fill in the gaps.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Mat Lucas
James Arnold Taylor
Jerome Beidler

DVD title: Step Into Liquid
Productgroup: DVD
Step Into Liquid - movie DVD cover picture
Sensory overload that's good for the soul

We first tried to see STEP INTO LIQUID at the Taos Mountain Film Festival 2003. After waiting in a record-breaking line, we finally made it into the building and shuffled painstakingly a few feet down the aisle. The theater was literally wall-to-wall with people. Not being surfers ourselves, we didn't want to stand up in the aisle for two hours to see the film so we went home. Now that I've finally seen it, I understand the reason for the crush. This movie's worth crushing for.

The variety of people, places, and types of surfing was truly a mind expander. I could not have imagined that many novel types of surfing: everything from kooky to heroic to physically phenomenal to spiritually healing and all points in between.

This is more than just a movie; it's a cornucopia. By the end of the film, my senses were totally burnt out. I couldn't watch the additional footage; we had to go back for that the next night as I just couldn't take in any more splendor.

You don't have to be a surfer, or even a sports lover, to enjoy this movie. I'm neither myself, but I rate this movie as among the best I've ever seen.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Dana Brown (II)
Laird John Hamilton
Layne Beachley
Dan Malloy (II)

DVD title: A Walk to Remember
Productgroup: DVD
A Walk to Remember - movie DVD cover picture
A beautiful love story that really touched my heart

Hard to believe what a director can do with a perfectly decent novel. Nicholas Spark's book of the same name was rendered so shamelessly into a teen weepie that looks like a research effort on all the teen movies of the 90s; it probably has the about a hundred scenes swiped from them to show for itself.
Think Love Story, Carrie, the Grease series, etc etc, perhaps all of the names you can think of contributed heavily to this sachharine drivel about a guy and a girl who start out oh-so-at-odds with each other in high school (she's a nerdy choir girl and he a prankster dude, but of course tides turn) and then perfectly predictable events ensue.
To its minor credit, the film at least keeps away from typical teen movie gags and goes about its business with a predictable rhythm. It's probably a decent date movie, but not something you'd enjoy too much if you're over 20 (mentally).

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Adam Shankman
Shane West
Mandy Moore (II)

DVD title: A Clockwork Orange
Productgroup: DVD
A Clockwork Orange - movie DVD cover picture
Are you narrow-minded and lacking intelligence?

Then don't bother watching this movie. In fact, don't bother watching any of Kubrick's films. Stick to "You've Got Mail" and "The Matrix" for your brainless entertainment. This film is nearly beyond words.
A seemingly post-apocalyptic world...a young man (who was but 15 years old in the book) who's greatest source of joy is found in the supposed ills of, drugs and violence. After being sold out by his droogs, Alex is arrested and incarcerated. He then chooses, despite warnings of the dangers therein, to subject himself to a new "treatment," declaring "I want to be good," in an obviously less than sincere manner. He is then put through nothing less than an array of horrifying treatments to "cure" him of his violent tendencies. The result is a drone, a "Clockwork Orange," who is capable of only what has been programmed. He is subject to revenge and, unable to deal with the repercussions of his acts, attempts suicide. After surviving, the media discovers the horrible results of his "treatment," and expose it for what it is.
A brief synopsis of Burgess's fabulous work of fiction...but words cannot describe what Kubrick has done. It can only be experienced.
Many reviews I've read shows a sort of disgust wit this film, claiming it to be little more than a shock fest. Of course, these people fail to realize the reasoning for displaying such, even disgusted at how the scenes of violence are glorified. THAT is how Alex feels while acting out these crimes. He finds joy, pleasure, excitement! "I'm...ready for love!" To have displayed it for what it truly is would detract from the expressionism of how Alex perceived it. To him, it wasn't a horrible was fun! And to think that the sole message of this film is to feel sorry for criminals...well, I'm sorry that you watched it. You missed it completely. This film isn't about crime and punishment. On the surface, perhaps. But below this lies a bold statement about human nature and relates closely to Carl Jung's statements about evil. Kubrick must be a huge fan of Jung's work, because I see it in most all of his films. Jung believed evil was purely subjective. What is more evil? Beating an old man with sticks or having your thoughts and beliefs programmed into you? Obviously, if you've been brainwashed into Christianity, you'll prefer the former...but consider not being able to choose how to live. Consider being sickened when you see a beautiful member of the opposite sex. Consider not being able to defend yourself from an attacker. Consider a beautiful piece of classical music driving you to suicide. THAT is what the movie is; to me at least. Jung's idea of subjectivity towards evil.
Of course, Kubrick's cinematography is nothing short of brilliant. The scores are appropriate and add to Alex's playful moods.
A word about the nudity. There is, admittedly, a lot. Most of it, however, is represented in artwork. Painting and sculpture. Why does that offend people? Is nudity not perfectly natural? Are we all not nude under our clothing?
And the sex...would any of us be here without it?
Free your minds, people.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Malcolm McDowell
Patrick Magee

DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season - movie DVD cover picture
best season of them all

Buffy has had its share of good seasons (and a couple bad) but none surpass the second season. In this season, all the elements come together -- the Scoobies have bonded, the quippiness is dead on, and the romance, drama, and tragedy of the Angel-Buffy storyline are simply beautiful. I had recorded 14 episodes on tape; 10 are in this set. Sensational.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Joss Whedon
Seth Green
Charisma Carpenter
Sarah Michelle Gellar
David Boreanaz

DVD title: Godzilla 2000
Productgroup: DVD
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this is definitely the godzilla of old.

We all were looking forward to the Japanese verion with english subtitles and the additonal 9 minutes on this DVD. Well it may be there in the form of an easter egg. On the main menu - you will see "midnight Club" - can you get there? Why is it there??? Does this unlock the Japanese movie version????
All in all the american version is good and Zilla is back the way he should be! NO Sony "atomic lizard" but the man in the suit!
Also like all Sony DVD's this one defaults to Dobly Pro Logic - so do not forget to do the Audio Set-up and put it in Digital Dobly 5.1

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Takao Okawara
Takehiro Murata
Hiroshi Abe
Naomi Nishida

DVD title: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Productgroup: DVD
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - movie DVD cover picture
I've never seen anything quite like this

This movie made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to stop breathing. I mean, I always though ether was used for knocking out paitents going into surgery. What a trip, one constant stoned adventure scary at times. Make sure you take at least 10 hits off the bong before watching this one

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Terry Gilliam
Johnny Depp
Benicio Del Toro

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