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DVD title: Dream Theater - Live at Budokan
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb!!!


This is the new DVD from Dream, and yes, we all had great expectations about the incredible quality of this concert. First of all, I want to say, the image quality is amazing, the sound, you can't get better from any live from them, the most important, they all playing very well! But, nothing is perfect, so I have one complain, that frustrating me, cause I'm a drummer. The camera takes over Portnoy are really bad. All the guys are very good focused. But Portnoy, you can't never see his drums completely. Just behind, by the left, or in front, by one side. And if the camera is really at the center of the stage,it's too far, behind the public. I was waiting a good take in the 3 hours of the concert, and I just can find it in one part. In the 2nd DVD, when you can see the "instrumedley" by 4 differents angles. (It's one of the best idea of this DVD, if they can do it the entire DVD like this). I finally see a good take of the drums, but in the Myung angle only (#2). That proves the camera can take a better angle.But just for 4 seconds. Instead of that, I can't say to somebody, look at his drums, because you can't see him, playing in front. But if you're not a drummer, you will not care. So, the highlight goes to Petrucci, who has the better camera takes. Long live to Dream Theater!

Studio: Wea Corp



DVD title: Heaven & Earth - Oliver Stone Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie will move mountains in your soul.


I was gasping for breath, reaching for tissues, laughing, & holding on to the edge of my seat. It is very graphic, so be aware. It is also a wonderful yardstick for self reflection. This movie is a must for my video collection.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Oliver Stone
Actors:
Haing S. Ngor
Hiep Thi Le




DVD title: Superfreak 1982
Productgroup: DVD
Superfreak 1982 - movie DVD cover picture
Excellent.


This is the only live per4mance by Rick James avaiable on the market. And this alone makes it a must-have.
Besides, the concert is kickin'.
Rick won't let you down.

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Actors:
Rick James



DVD title: Alice in Chains - MTV Unplugged
Productgroup: DVD
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Must-see performance


After singing the wrong lyrics during the 4th song on the DVD, Sludge Factory, Layne Staley asks the crowd, "What's my motivation here?" Indeed, Layne may have lacked the motivation to fully prepare for the performance, since he was overly reliant on the lyric sheets throughout. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell also seemed a little apprehensive throughout about Staley's ability to perform; he was, after all, beginning to show the symptoms of heroin abuse that AIC's music had foreshadowed. (Check out Cantrell's nervous glances at the beginning of Angry Chair, the one song in which Staley played the guitar in addition to singing...Jerry's so preoccupied with Layne that he almost forgets to start singing). Layne proved, however, that no matter how much havoc heroin can wreak on memory, motivation, and ultimately the ability to sustain life, some things are too powerful to be compromised by any substances. Staley's voice and the beauiful acoustic music he and the rest of Alice In Chains created here are examples of such things. Nutshell is one of my favorite AIC songs, and that was a great way to open. You realize that the lyric "If I can't be my own...I'd feel better dead" isn't much of an exaggeration. Nutshell is followed by Brother, a song that has maybe the most memorable 10 seconds of the entire show when the music stops completely, leaving just Staley and Cantrell to sing the mournful lyrics in harmony. After Brother, Layne greets the crowd, then says "this song is called No Excuses," as if the people there wouldn't be able to recognize one of their biggest hits. After No Excuses, Layne seems to be intensely focused on the lyric sheet while the rest of the band takes a short break. We know why once Layne breaks off Sludge Factory, leading to some humorous banter. Once the band re-loads, Sludge Factory is executed to perfection; Layne compensates for his initial gaffe by singing with some added emotion. The 5th song, Down In A Hole, was possibly the best performance of the set. Just awesome. They seem to hit their stride, and the rest of the show is almost a blur afterwards. One great song after another, a 6-song succession of hits, culminating with their masterpiece, Would. Would rivals Down In A Hole for best in the set; it's an extremely tough choice. The 3 songs after Would seem a little anti-climactic (Frogs, Over Now, and Killer is Me, the last of which was new and surprisingly good). We live in a time where it is en vogue to praise someone for giving 110 percent. I've always been more of a proponent of "hard work is for those short on talent"; I'd say Alice would agree with the latter statement as well. Save hyperbole for those rare times that it actually applies, such as this show, which undoubtedly deserves 6 stars out of 5.

Studio: Sony/Columbia



DVD title: Surviving Desire
Productgroup: DVD
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it's all here...


It was too short and the storyline was disappointing. I expected more from Hal Hartley and Martin Donovan.

Studio: Wellspring
Director: Hal Hartley



DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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YEAH!!!!!!!


This is my favorite movie. I have seen it 9 times in the thearter. I will see it again and again. and its got like 2 speacial features that the extended edition wont have. this is a must buy movie!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen




DVD title: Beauty and The Beast - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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The 2002 Criterion DVD is a stunning production


I previously reviewed Jean Cocteau's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST based on the earlier Criterion DVD, but I was just given the 2002 reissue as a gift, and I have to say that I am simply stunned at how good this disc is. It is so superior to the previous DVD that I heartily recommend anyone owning any earlier editions to sell what they have and get this new version.
The film itself has been restored to pristine condition, in the best Criterion tradition. The original soundtrack has been cleaned up to the greatest extent possible, though it does not compare well to modern films. One of the unfortunate marks of English and continental filmmaking in the thirties and forties was the fact that their sound technology was several years behind what was being done in Hollywood, and it was only in the 1950s that they largely caught up. The sound in this film, therefore, does not compare to the best in Hollywood, though visually the film stands comparison with any period. The greatest thing about the audio tracks on this new DVD is the ease with which one can switch from the original soundtrack to the Philip Glass opera composed to accompanying the film to either of two commentaries.
This DVD is so stuffed with goodies that one wonders how it all fits on a single DVD. You get documentaries, trailers of various sorts, the text of the tale the movie was based upon, the two aforementioned commentaries, and the magnificent Philip Glass opera. To be honest, the Philip Glass opera is so spectacular that it would have justified the purchase price of the disc. To have it included as a mere extra is extraordinary indeed.
I have several Criterion discs, and all are enormously impressive, but I have to say that this may be my favorite disc that they have yet put out. We hear a great deal about piracy these days, but if the various media corporations would concentrate on quality products like this they would have less to complain about. I still think the price is a tad high, but I will say that the quality of the disc at least makes one feel that their asking price is justified.
A favorite moment: Beauty has left the Beast to visit her father and family, but dawdles for longer than she agreed upon. The Beast, to encourage her to return, sends her his mirror. She looks into it and sees her face, beautiful and reposed. The surface of the mirror changes to that of the Beast, in great agony. His face fades, to reveal her face again, only now pained and dismayed. In a movie with dozens of marvelous moments this is one of my favorites.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Actors:
Jean Marais
Josette Day




DVD title: Saving Silverman (PG-13 version)
Productgroup: DVD
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The same guy who tickled your funny bone in American Pie!


One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Practically laughed myself out of the theater the first time I saw it. A definate for all comedy enthusiasts. Amanda Detmer puts the finishing touches on this flick making it a movie I just can't wait to see again.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Dennis Dugan
Actors:
Steve Zahn
Jason Biggs




DVD title: The Wedding Singer
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic Love Story


This film really takes you back to the 80's. Adam Sandler shines as Robbie, a wedding singer down on his luck and Drew Barrymore is perfect as the girl with the jerk boyfriend planning a wedding. It is destined that the two of them fall in love because the chemistry is there. The supporting cast helps make this film what it is also. The soundtrack is awesome and this is truly a first class love story that will take you back in time. This film truly recreates the 80s with the fashion, the music, the set design, just a real accurate portrayel of that point in time.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Frank Coraci
Actors:
Adam Sandler
Drew Barrymore




DVD title: Office Space (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Hehehe...Monkey LIKE Office Space!


Oh...if only life were this sweet. Gaff off work and get promoted. Hit on an indredibly hot woman and have her come to you. Tell her you're not going to work or paying bills anymore, and that you like Kung Fu and have it work out okay. This movie may not be believable, but it is inspiration. It will speak to almost anyone who has ever had a bad day on the job. Ask any enlisted Marine what a TPS report is. I bet he can tell you where he heard that phrase before.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Mike Judge
Actors:
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston




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