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DVD title: Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Living Color
Productgroup: DVD
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Sheer Perfection


In my opinion, the early color cartoons of Mickey Mouse, are some of the best works by Walt Disney. This collection of many of them is amazing. The only thing I can say against it is that the DVD design is not very well done. The DVD always starts with Leonard Maltin's commentary on Mickey Mouse, and if you've seen it once, that is probably enough. It would be nice if it went directly to the cartoon. Despite that, though, this is an amazing DVD. The cartoons are great, and presented in wonderful condition.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: David Hand



DVD title: Frequency (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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"Frequency" proves that movies can still be magical.


What can I say about Dennis Quaid! I just watched him in Traffic, where he played a sleaze. In Frenquency, he played a loving and devoted father and husband at home and a guy's guy at work and at play (baseball). He pulled both of them off with flying colors. When he's straight and sincere you can't help but to feel it. When he played the "baddie", you can't help but to feel the chill. He can be showy yet he can be subtle. What a great actor! Don't miss The Rookie ... for another one of his grounded and realistic performance.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Actors:
Dennis Quaid
James Caviezel




DVD title: Elvis - That's the Way It Is (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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sensational


I purchased the vhs version years ago, and I must say that the dvd version is nothing short of sensational. The impression that I got after viewing the show ( with the sound good and loud ) that it was just like being there. Apart from the visual improvement, the sound is absolutly fantastic and a big leap from the original VHS. I can strongly recommend this DVD to any Elvis fan or anyone that enjoys great music of this genre.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Denis Sanders
Actors:
Elvis Presley



DVD title: The People Under The Stairs
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Wes Craven film, still with no DVD... in the U.S.


This is the last film Wes Craven made before he went on his pitiful and too unpersonal "Scream" series. And miracle, this is also his best film, and one of his most personal! It's a fine and hard mixing of the most repulsive 'gore' images we can see on the screen, and the funniest humor we can hear. And it's also a social and racial pamphlet.
Like in "The last House on the Left" or "Hills have Eyes", Craven describes a family of degenerate people, actually a white couple who get rich by using the misery of the L.A. black ghetto, who steal babies (the movie could have been titled "Baby Snatchers") and feed themselves and also their ferocious dog with human flesh. If I add that the 'couple' is actually a brother and his sister, the last ones of a generation of definitely insane folks, then you'll see better what I'm talking about. About to be evicted with his mother and sister, a young black boy from the ghetto (Brandon Quintin Adams, seen before in "Moonwalker" with Michael Jackson) gets in their big house, looking for gold coins, and soon gets trapped in what is to be a real fortress and hell. Unceasingly chased by the crazy, savage man of the house, in his leather suit, he manages to escape thanks to the help of two kids among those who were kidnapped (especially a young, still fresh girl). But he'll come back to rescue her and all the others rotting under the stairs, along with a real treasure... millions of dollars, taken from the ghetto.
For the first - and last? - time, Craven includes a social message in a personal work and this makes this movie much better and interesting to the others. This exercise is perfectly conducted from the beginning to the ending, the humor never misses, neither does the horror. Once again, the mixing is very successful. The artistic result is a total success, along with the casting, including the powerful and too rare Everett McGill ("Quest for Fire"), hilarious as the nutcase among all - BURN IN HELL! -, Ving Rhames, two years before "Pulp Fiction", and Alice J. Langer - as Alice -, the main actress in John Carpenter's "Escape from L.A.", four years later - remember, she's the President's rebel daughter. With "The People under the Stairs", we're not very far from a real masterpiece.
Fellows, if you want the DVD, come to Paris...

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Wes Craven
Actors:
Brandon Quintin Adams
Everett McGill




DVD title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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Harry Potter Does It Again and Better


This movie was fantastic. The graphics were phenomenal. The lead actors were great making you really believe that they are Harry Ron and Hermione.
There was a lot more action this movie with blazing magic. It was nice to see Malfoy, played by well Tom Felton, get his this time.
One thing I noticed is that Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, is coming into his own. He has grown up to his magic and is a lot more confident with himself. The steely eyed look in his eye when he face Draco and his father as well as the beast in the Chamber.
Adding Moaning Myrtle was nice in this movie as well but that character was more important this time.
All in all I thought that this movie really let you see what the wizards of Hogwarts was all about. Wouldn't mind having Dumbledore on my side either.
I give this movie five stars for action, acting, graphics, and good story line. Could have done without the spiders but I hate those things. Yuck! The ones in the movie were scary. And the care was great.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Chris Columbus
Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)




DVD title: Supercar - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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This is why I bought a DVD player


What I consider the real `marvel of the age" is that at long last I now own all 39 episodes of my favorite 60's TV show and pop culture touchstone in beautiful clear editions. I get to dump all my horrid multi-generation standards converted VHS copies into the trash! Cool!
Better still: this is a better put-together set than the "Fireball XL5" box from a few months ago. There is one non-episode specific commentary track from Sylvia Anderson on the pilot episode, "Rescue", in which she describes the state of the company in 1959 and how they were able to get Supercar financed and on TV. There is also a great 30 minute documentary on the late special effects supervisor Derek Meddings with behind the scenes shots and reminisces from his former crew, a brief video tribute to Meddings from "Lord Of The Rings" director Peter Jackson, a 4 1/2 minute audio recording of a fan-club flexi-disc issued by a chain of petrol stations, a production stills gallery and a send-away coupon to receive a free copy of the new Supercar comic book. The episodes themselves are beautifully remastered, and look sharp and clear with little to no film defects. Thanks heavens they took good care of their negatives thru the years! It's also nice to be able to see the here-to-fore impossible to find second season episodes, with the revised opening theme and slightly modified vehicle design. (I do note, however, that my JVC brand DVD player has some difficulty navigating around the discs smoothly).
I've no idea why this show continues to bring me so much enjoyment over four decades since it first aired. But I'm grateful to be able to visit Black Rock Lab once again, and to be able to carry this icon of my youth with me into the future. So, Gerry Anderson (and A&E Video), a five year old boy salutes you with increasingly arthritic 48 year old hands.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Actors:
Gerry Anderson



DVD title: Heavyweights
Productgroup: DVD
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ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES!


This movie is hilarious!! Someone reviewed this movie on cd now and said that the messege to the movie is that fat kids are better then everyone else and all the healthy kids are stupid, and that it's full of stereotypical stuff. Well, if you happen to pay attention to the movie a little then you'd see that the messege to the movie was that over weight kids can do just as much as skinny kids and it also says that you shouldn't make fun of someone just because they are bigger and more heavy. It also says to be happy for who you are, even if you are a big kid. Anyway, I love this movie, I watch it whenever it is on and I end up telling my self, "I gotta buy this movie". So I'll have to buy it sometime. Ben Stiller is hilarious in "Heavyweights". Ben Stiller Plays the new owner of Camp Hope, and he puts all the kids on really unsafe diets. Like 20 mile hikes, food deprevation, and more. All the kids at the camp decide to rebel against him! I'd give this movie more stars if I could. Really great movie!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Steven Brill
Actors:
Tom McGowan (II)
Aaron Schwartz (II)




DVD title: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing - Operation 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Gundam Wing- Cold Battlefield


Gundam Wing Vol. 3,Cold Battlefield, is a great purchase for any Gundam Wing fan. The violence is limited to robots getting blown up. For you adults, that means it's good for kids! Great for anyone who likes manga also. It's great because it has a mix of action, suspense, and espionage.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Actors:
Gundam Wing-Mobile Suit



DVD title: Lord Of Speed - d
Productgroup: DVD
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Wow he's fast!!


This was a very interesting DVD, learning Bruce Lee's methods from one of his students, and even if you never plan on moving as fast as Bruce Lee (...me...) then it is still a worthwhile watch.

Studio: RISING SUN PRODUCTIONS
Director: Y. ISHIMOTO



DVD title: John Q. (Infinifilm Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Thank you for making this film


My family has endured not only the painful experience of slowly losing someone to a progressive, terminal illness but also has endured the unbelievable experience of being dumped by insurance companies, being deemd "ineligible" for disability benefits from the government, and constant reductions in medicaid- even as our family member's condition worsens and actually requires more care.
Are we such a heartless nation that our health care providers and insurance providers value profit more than life or quality of life for those who are unfortunate enough to contract lengthy, painful diseases? Shouldn't health care be available to all and not only to the very rich?
I want to thank the makers of this film, and the famous actors who participated in its creation for helping to bring people to see the film and increase awareness of the desparate state that many americans unfortunately find themselves in.
Thanks for reading. There are many more reviews that give greater detail around the film. I just wanted to let people know that apart from the drama in the movie, the painful issue in the story is all too real.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Actors:
Denzel Washington
Robert Duvall




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