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DVD title: The Song of Bernadette
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply the Best

Bernadette Soubirous' heart portrayed sincerely by Jennifer Jones. People of any faith should find Bernadette's adherence to the truth inspiring. What makes a saint, a mystic or a prophet? Is it miraculous powers and far reaching visions? Or is it the decision to love a single aspect of God completely, unconditionally and openly?
Each of us must decide for him/herself. Enjoy this portrayal of love that continues to draws hundreds of thousands on pilgrimage to Lourdes, France.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Henry King
William Eythe
Charles Bickford
Jennifer Jones

DVD title: Rashomon - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Quite simply, the greatest film of all time

In Akira Kurosawa's classic film "Rashomon," a woodcutter, a thief, a wife and a dead husband each relate in turn a "rape" and "murder." Everyone has seen this movie ripped off (or homaged) on television shows from "All in the Family" to "The X-Files," so seeing the original at this late date is certainly a distorted endeavor. However, the important thing to remember is to WATCH THIS FILM TWICE. Not that further proof of the mastery of Kurosawa is needed, but each narrative in this film is told in a different cinematic style. The second time around pay attention to how the composition of the shots, the music in the background, the editing technique are all unique to each version of what happened in the woods. There are those who say this film is about the ambiguity of truth, arguing that what really happened is never depicted in the film. I do not buy this interpretation at all. At the end we do indeed get the "truth," which is why a second viewing of the film is so wor!thwhile, for it allows us to reinterpret each narrative to reach an understanding of why each person distorts their telling of the tale. Their distortions, omissions and lies are not random, but strategic given each individual caught up in this situation. The historical note that this film "introduced" Japanese cinema to the Western World is an interesting footnote. But this is a psychological drama that transcends culture, which is to say that the film is not as inherently "Japanese" as other Kurosawa efforts (and I make this comment cognizant of the stilted American adaptation of the tale which was set, like most adaptations of Kurosawa, in the old West).

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune
Machiko Kyô

DVD title: The Patriot
Productgroup: DVD
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A Story of True Patriotism

In this film Mel Gibson plays Benjamin Martin who is a colonist who re-discovers his love for his country through his love for his children. This is a wonderful story of a parent's love, a man's strength, as well as what he feels is his loyalty and duty.
The costumes are perfect and guide the veiwer to another time and place. The cast is masterful at what they do, and the writers have truly made a movie that has brought the story full circle as well as developed a plot making the audience think about the true value of family, and patriotism, and how the two work together. Let us not forget the villans who are vital to any good movie. This movie comes complete and hasn't left them out. They are believable and you truly will hate them as much as you love the good guys. A warning for all of you soft of heart like myself, be prepared to cry. There are a few scenes that will break your heart.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Roland Emmerich
Mel Gibson

DVD title: Clueless
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a classic teen girl movie that every teenage girl must see. It's set in Beverly Hills, where the main character Cher goes through her daily life while trying to help out, her way. There is nothing like this movie. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Amy Heckerling
Alicia Silverstone
Stacey Dash
Brittany Murphy
Paul Rudd

DVD title: The Pianist (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.

The Pianist is the true story of a Polish Jewish pianist named Szpielman, who had a bright future ahead of him - until the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. From that point forward, Szpielman and his family endured the Nazi repression of the Jews and ultimate confinement to the Warsaw ghetto. Upon losing his family to the death camps yet miraculously being himself spared the same fate, Szpielman's struggle turns into one of survival as he attamps to avoid the Nazis and the simultaneous destruction of Warsaw during the Second World War.

The story is beyond inspirational, there is truly something to be learned from it. A man who literally lost everything, yet in the end still had his dignity and his passion, perhaps the only thing that kept him alive. It is the triumph of a man in the face of great adversity. The movie itself provides a distinct, unique viewpoint of the environment and events in Warsaw during the war, with great pictoral effect as well as accuracy. From an historical standpoint the film is right on the money, and doesn't sacrifice anything. The acting is also superb, particularly with Adrien Brody as Szpielman.

Truly a great film and an amazing story. Highly recommended.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Roman Polanski
Adrien Brody
Thomas Kretschmann
Frank Finlay

DVD title: Beavis and Butt-head Do America
Productgroup: DVD
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The World's Funniest Movie

I ADORE this movie! Beavis and Butthead are the most hottest and coolest guys in the movie business. Buy this!!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Mike Judge

DVD title: Wit
Productgroup: DVD
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A face that says everything

Two wonderful works are highlighted in "Wit" -- one of John Donne's Holy Sonnets ("Death be not proud") and "The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown. "Wit"'s author, Margaret Edson, pulls these two seemingly distant texts into her script and uses them in the most amazing (witty?) way. Donne's metaphysical sonnets are notoriously difficult and are often approached as beautifully wrought puzzles -- puzzles that are so intellectually daunting the emotion that underlies them is sometimes missed. "The Runaway Bunny," on the other hand, is probably seen by many readers as a very simple tale full of feeling but not particularly challenging. Yet Edson shows us how deep and multilayered a children's tale can be while also demonstrating the basic human feeling underneath the most cerebral of poems. The simple becomes complex; the complex, simple. We get the most out of literature when we approach it with our full humanity engaged, ignoring neither our thoughts nor our feelings. "Wit" tells us that we get the most out of life when we approach it in the same way. Emma Thompson's cancer-stricken English professor, Vivian Bearing, ultimately triumphs over death by surrendering to it -- and it is this Donne-ish paradox that "Wit" illustrates so well. In the end, "Wit" wisely questions the notions 1) that intellect and emotion are two separate faculties and 2) that simplicity and complexity are necessarily opposites. (One hallmark of Donne's "wit" -- a term Donne's contemporaries would've understood as creative invention -- was its examination of semantic antonyms.) "Wit" also reminds us that the infinite can be both large and small.John Donne knew this stuff, and apparently so did Margaret Wise Brown. And, luckily for us, so does "Wit"'s author, Margaret Edson. By the way, if you've never read the above-mentioned Donne poem, here it is: Holy Sonnet ("Death be not proud") by John Donne Death be not proud, though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe, / For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow, / Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee; / From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee, / Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow, / And soonest our best men with thee doe goe, / Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie. / Thou'art slave to Fate, chance, kings, and desperate men, / And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell, / And poppie,' or charmes can make us sleepe as well, / And better then they stroake; why swell'st thou then? / One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, / And death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Mike Nichols
Emma Thompson

DVD title: True Believer
Productgroup: DVD
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True believer

another of those non-mainstream James Woods movies that turns out to be the one you remember forever. I honestly don't know how Woods can get so much emotion into a character.
This is probably his greatest work (with Diggstown right there) and you will be able to experience his characters Frustration, pain, and relief right along side him. A touch of humor to lighten but mostly the best dramatic court scenes and flat out grit will have you recommending this to strangers on the street.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Joseph Ruben
James Woods
Robert Downey Jr.

DVD title: Dead Alive
Productgroup: DVD
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Oopsy Daisy! I Slipped & Fell Into The Bloodbath!

WARNING: This film contains Bodily mutilations, Dismemberment, Decapitations, Impalings, Cannibalism, Electrocution, Zombie-love, Zombie-conception, Zombie-infant attack, Zombie-mom, Tranquilization, martial arts, sacrilege, and general murder and mayhem. There, you have been warned! Now, DEAD ALIVE is also one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. I laughed most of the way through, pausing only to groan or wince once in a while. You may already know the story: Sumatran (Skull Island) Rat Monkey in zoo bites old woman, causing her to turn into flesh-eating zombie. Lionel (dominated son of old woman) must try to control her and the others she's zombified, while attempting to date his new girlfriend, and keep his disgusting uncle from calling the police. The whole thing ending in an ocean of blood and innards. However, words cannot convey the reality! See it! The blood-soaked finale is a wonder to behold. The love story is sweet and oddly fitting. The characters are hilarious, especially mum, Lionel, the rotter uncle, Piquita, and the kung-Fu Priest! See- the fantastic cemetery showdown! Witness- the incredible beer bash / zombie holocaust! Watch- as humans are reduced to a zombie-buffet! Cheer- as true love triumphs! Yes, the zombie-baby is ridiculous, but I still cannot recommend this one highly enough, but heed the warnings! Heh-heh-heh...

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Peter Jackson
Timothy Balme
Diana Peñalver
Elizabeth Moody
Ian Watkin

DVD title: Scrubs - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Incredible Show.

Ok, I've seen maybe one or two episodes before the DVD came out, because I'm either not home, or not watching TV when this show is on. The two episodes that I did watch were clever enough to pique my interest. So when someone asked if I wanted to borrow this DVD set, I thought "Sure, why not!?"

I watched all 24 episodes in 2 days. I was hooked, as soon as one episode ended, I wanted to watch the next one. 2 1/2 hours later I realized I had finished the first disc... The performances of John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn steal the show. The cast, in general, is great, and the writing is spectacular. By far, this is my favorite show on the air right now.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Zach Braff

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