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DVD title: The Last Unicorn
Productgroup: DVD
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Still my favorite movie of all time!

This movie never ceasses to amaze me. Sincere, imaginative, and engrossing, The Last Unicorn provides both kids and adults a chance to sit back and become involved in a fantastical story with a great cast of characters. The film stays simple and direct, making it easy for younger people to follow. Yet The Last Unicorn contains adult issues as well. Even teenagers can relate to the main characters' problems with love, identity, and integrity. And although lacking in high-tech wonders, the film still manages to convey a sense of magic and enchantment. The Last Unicorn is one fantasy movie that everyone should own.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Jeff Bridges
Mia Farrow
Angela Lansbury

DVD title: The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
Productgroup: DVD
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May the luck of the Irish be with you!

I am Irish and I LOVE this movie. You may think that because I am Irish I love it but I bet that you will love it too. Go ahead and rent it or buy it I guarantee you are not making a mistake(If you like comedy and adventure with real humans and lepercauns. If so PLEASE LEAVE THE ROOM WHILE THIS MOVIE IS RUNNING I REPEAT PLEASE LEAVE THE ROOM WHILE THIS MOVIE IS RUNNING! ) I really hope my review is helpful to you!

Studio: Hallmark Home Entertainment
Director: John Henderson

DVD title: Treasure Island
Productgroup: DVD
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One of Disney's Best

There have been several movie versions of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, going all the way back to the silent era, but I feel Disney's film is the best. Every version has a decent "Long John Silver" - among them Wallace Beery, Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, and even Mr. Magoo. But the entire mood of this film rests on Robert Newton's inspired "Long John". No other portrayal of a pirate has influenced more actors than Newton's, and his characterization has become the stereotype of every pirate performance ever since. Even a bit of "Long John" filters into Newton's portrayal of "Mr. Fix" in Michael Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days".
One important note: The cinematographer on this film was Freddie Young, who would later win Oscars for his camera work in "Lawrence of Arabia", "Doctor Zhivago", and "Ryan's Daughter".
Though this is a Disney film, there are some moments which may be a little too violent for younger children, hence the "PG" rating. Far better for Disney to give us the complete movie as originally filmed than to whack the print with a cutlass.
A must for any collection of seafaring flicks.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Byron Haskin
Bobby Driscoll
Robert Newton
Basil Sydney

DVD title: The Black Cauldron (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing...but is this Disney?

First off let me say that "The Black Cauldron" is filled with all the elements that make a great fantasy film: goblins, skeletons, an evil sorcerer, a princess, a cute little creature that no one knows anything about, and a single purpose that unites them all -- the quest and possession of an object of unspeakable evil. The animation and artistry were superb, particularly anything having to do with the Horned King's Castle! The animators really managed to capture the dark, wicked, Gothic element that most "evil" lands of fantasy have. Hats off to you guys! The plot jumps along a bit fast, but this isn't so much of a problem, particularly if you're like me and want to get straight into the quest. My only real concern is that this film -- being a Disney one and all -- tends to have several "mature" scenes and that Horned King is really scary...a little too scary, I guess, because the movie was slapped with a PG rating (unheard of for a Disney cartoon!) Still, lovers of epic fantasy films should grab this one.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Grant Bardsley
Susan Sheridan
Freddie Jones

DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Star Wars: Now and forever

To misappropriate an old quote: a person who doesn't like Star Wars doesn't like life.
What is there not to love? Star Wars is perfection in celluloid form, a gourmet blend of comic books, pulp sci-fi novels, soap operas, westerns, swashbucklers, sword and sorcery, the Wizard of Oz, and the best of our own cultural mythologies. As a result, it's one of the few "space" movies where being a science fiction nut is not a prerequisite to enjoying the film.
To call Star Wars "technically innovative" is an understatement for the effect it had on audiences in 1977. No one had ever seen anything like Star Wars before: when I saw it for the first time that year as a 10-year-old, my mouth dropped open within the first five seconds of the movie and didn't shut until well after the final credits. It must have been the same feeling for audiences the first time a "talkie" replaced a silent film -- sheer, unadulterated joy at seeing something that had never been seen before.
I saw Star Wars in the theatre a good 25 times on its initial run, and it never lost one iota of its power and fascination for me, or for the rest of the audience, who applauded after each showing, even after it had been playing for well over a year.
In fact, Star Wars just seemed to get better -- and more real -- with each viewing. Although everyone knew that it was "only a movie", what kid didn't want to live on Tatooine, and join the Rebel Alliance to go after the evil Empire? To this day, there is an entire "Star Wars generation" who can't pick a stick up off the ground without thinking of the sound a lightsaber makes.
And that's part of the fun of watching Star Wars today. Not only does the film have the power to transport you to that galaxy far, far away, it's become so ingrained in our cultural consiousness, it's impossible not to also be transported back to childhood and the first time you were ever mesmerized by that giant Imperial Star Destroyer as it swooped down from the top of the screen.
Star Wars' story is deceptively simple. The good guys fight the bad guys for control of the galaxy and get in and out of scrapes along the way. Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are the prince charmings, Princess Leia is the damsel in distress (with attitude), Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi is the father figure, and R2-D2 and C-3P0 are the comic relief.
The film's grandeur, however, is mostly in the details. Starting the series at "Episode IV" was a great way to build buzz for Episodes I to III a good 20 years before they'd even be a glimmer in Lucas' eye, but it was also something more. It gave the film an instant "history" -- that we were unaware of that history made the "mystery" of Episodes I to III that much more compelling.
The worn-out look of the spacecraft and vehicles only added to that mysterious sense of history. The X-Wing fighters looked like they'd been kit-bashed from nine or 10 different spacecraft and Luke's landspeeder reminds me of the 1977 Chevy Nova I drove in high school: pretty in its day, but well past its prime by the time I got my hands on it.
Nowhere is the scope of George Lucas' vision more vividly presented than in Star Wars' famous cantina scene, which features aliens of all shapes and sizes, some drinking, some fighting, some falling in love, and some just hanging around -- one look, and you know the possibilities in the Star Wars universe are as big as the universe itself.
Star Wars is one of the few films ever made that's at once artistic and entertaining, ground-breaking and familiar, critically acclaimed and popular. With apologies to Cats: Star Wars is now and forever.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Harrison Ford

DVD title: Immortal Beloved
Productgroup: DVD
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Immortally beautiful film

I have seen this film countless times. After my first viewing in January 1995 at the theatre I felt that gary oldman deserved to get an oscar for his performance as Beethoven and the film should have easily received the osacr for best movie. however, the film was very quietly received by the public at large; on the other hand, it has generated an almost cult following among Beethoven fans. The story is based on the biographical account of Schindler and offers one of sevarl possible versions of beethoven's private life. Quite apart from any inaccuracies the film is wonderfully shot and one of the final scenes that mixes excerpts of Beethoven's childhood, his father and the first performance of the 9th simphony is amazingf.. Critics complained that the music, performed by Georg Solti - who makes a camei appearnce as the conductor of the 9th, was performed according to 20th centurt standards and instruments, rather than the less evolved varieties of Beethoven's day. i found that to be completely irrelevant. The point is that the music written almost 200 years ago played on whatever instrument will osund u equivocally beautiful. The film is very romantic but never sirupy or oinctuos. Immortal Beloved is Amadeus ' equal in beauty and effect. The soundtrack of course speaks for itself. as a side note those familiar with Tolstoy's short story 'The Kreutzer Sonata' will find some familiar material. The fact that Bernard Rose directed the film version of Anna Karenina only 2 years later -- with a beautiful soundtrack of Rachmaninov, tchaikovsky and other Greats -- does not surprise me and suggests that Mr. Rose has excellent taste in music, literature and loves beauty in general. I look forward to his next work

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Bernard Rose
Gary Oldman
Jeroen Krabbé

DVD title: A Room With A View
Productgroup: DVD
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Get Out And Enjoy The View

In this period piece, Helena Bonham Carter and her aunt Maggie Smith go on vacation in Florence, encountering novelist Judi Dench, Reverend Simon Callow, and Denholm Elliot and his son Julian Sands. Smith cuts the trip short after witnessing a passionate kiss between Bonham Carter and Sands. Back in England, Bonham Carter ends up engaged to stuffy, serious snob Daniel Day-Lewis, while Sands and his father end up living in town. Needless to say, all of this leads to complications.
As one would expect from a Merchant-Ivory film, the performances are all top standard. Bonham Carter is excellent as the girl struggling against the growing passions inside her. Smith excels as the fussy, proper, but deeply concerned aunt. Day-Lewis is terrific in a most untypical role, while Sands is very strong as his counterpoint. The supporting cast are all terrific as well.
As one would also expect from Merchant-Ivory, the attention to period detail is amazing and the script is very literate. It is a bit slow in parts, but the development of the characters and the manner in which thoughts and feelings are conveyed without words makes up for it. The meaning of the title becomes only too evident by the end. Everybody on a trip loves a room with a view. But the same should apply to our everyday life. Why shut yourself into loneliness or unfulfillment? Get out and enjoy the view!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: James Ivory
Maggie Smith
Helena Bonham Carter

DVD title: Dawson's Creek - The Complete Fifth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Another great season of DC

I know there are many disappointed fans out there when it comes to the decline of momentum in the fifth season, but I really loved this season. We have already seen all of Capeside and its inhabitants at this point. We already know the in depth history of each and every one of the main characters. We have already seen the same people thrown into the same situations again and again (Not saying that I didn't love every minute of it). It is just nice to see how they react to a new environment and new people. Also, the fifth season has some of the most heartbreaking storylines of the entire series, including the episode where Mitch dies and the one where Joey gets mugged. For anyone questioning whether or not to buy the disc set, let me just tell you that the previous four were well worth it for me. I do have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the change in music. I understand why certain songs had to be changed, but it just isn't quite the same when you see the opening credits come on and you don't hear "I don't want to wait" by Paula Cole along with it. I would certainly pay a little more for the set if it had at least that one song included.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michelle Williams
James Van Der Beek
Katie Holmes
Joshua Jackson

DVD title: Farscape - The Complete Fourth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome The Best Show On TV..

I love this show, it is the best show on tv today even in reruns, thank god it is coming back on some local channels this fall. To bad it was cancelled, but the good news is there is talk about bringing it to the big screen, that would be cool. The stories and characters were all amazing, the special effects were awesome. I think it is still better than just about anything else on tv right now, stargate sg1 is a close second. Battlestar galactica is being billed as the best space series on tv, in my opinion it is not even close. Ican't believe sci-fi channel let this go, can we say dumdasses.
Well in any case all the seasons were great. The only thing that I wish was that the complete seasons 2,3,4 were truly complete and had the deleted scenes already edited back in like in the complete season 1. Other than that all is good.

Studio: A.D. Vision

DVD title: Armageddon
Productgroup: DVD
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A True Classic

Bruce Willis is great in this movie. A great combination of humour, action, suspence, romance and drama. One of the best endings in movie history.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Michael Bay
Bruce Willis
Billy Bob Thornton
Ben Affleck
Liv Tyler

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