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DVD title: Tour of Duty - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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I just received this item 2 days ago and Ive watched all 5 dvd's already. IM LOVING IT !!!! ITS AWESOME. This show was so amazing for its era. I first watched it in Guatemala where I'm from and I actually taped on vhs most of the 3 seasons it aired; but theres nothing like having it on dvd. GReat buy !!!! Hope the remaining 2 seasons make it on dvd as well.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Terence Knox

DVD title: The Poseidon Adventure
Productgroup: DVD
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The First And Last of the Best Disaster Films

The Stats: This DVD is very basic but has the film dubbed in three languages (very entertaining) with the original theatre preview which, unfortunately, truly dates it. The "Scene Menu" even has an upside-down ship with 'glugging noises' to entertain you while you decide if you want to see the ship turn over or see a heavy Shelley Winters underwear. However, for the first of it's genre, it is still a great film. We are treated to some major and minor stars all thrust into a drama at sea, where the best special effect is Shelley Winters swimming underwater to save Gene Hackman who is stuck under 10 pounds of tin foil. To be fair, the scene of the ship turning over in the ballroom is thrilling, even though the editing of the angles of the actors falling doesn't quite jive. A large earthquake caused swell is possible, but breaking exactly at the point the ship is turning one minute after New Years Eve? Okay...Hollywood. "Poseidon" is a well-balanced script, slowly knocking off one actor after another and the upside-down kitchens, toilets and hallways make for funhouse thrills. When the horrors and the drama almost become tedious, the writers throw in good laughable lines that save the story. Just to see Stella Stevens say, "I'm going next, in case fat-ass gets stuck" (Shelley Winters) is worth the DVD. Color quality is excellent and everyone looks so young, except Ernest Borgnine, who remains, uh, ageless. Oh yes. The better actors all get killed.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Ronald Neame
Gene Hackman
Ernest Borgnine
Shelley Winters

DVD title: The Princess Diaries (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"One of the Funniest Movies Ever!!!"

I am 23 years old and I loved this movie. It is for every girl or boy, man or woman. Along with Pearl Harbor and Remember the Titans, this is my favorite movie!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Garry Marshall
Julie Andrews
Anne Hathaway

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy (Special Extended DVD Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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As a whole...THIS MOVIE KICKS ASS!!!!!

This is without a doubt the best movie trilogy ever. I can't get enough of it. The cinematography is breathtaking, the cast is simply amazing, and everything is just perfect! It's the perfect movie. Mere words cannot describe my passion for The Lord of the Rings. I cannot begin to describe the movie as a whole and therefore shall write separate reviews for each part of the movie. Not each separate movie, each part of the movie! Well done, Mr. Jackson! Rot in heck, Orlando Bloom!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood

DVD title: Exorcist II - The Heretic
Productgroup: DVD
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Not To Be Ignored


Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Boorman
Linda Blair
Richard Burton

DVD title: The Little Mermaid II - Return to the Sea
Productgroup: DVD
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Another great Disney flim!

im very sorry to do this but this video sucked! all the characters were different and ariel looked horrible, she didnt have the same face or anything i know shes meant to look older but come on! eric wasnt as cute and he was ugly which was weid coz when i was little i really fancied songs wernt as good i think that the moment song was ok but nothing can beat under the sea, kiss the girl and part of your world!!!! any way i think that disney ruin the first film by making a second (except toy story 2) like alladin return of jafar and lady and the tramp 2 this is mean!!! coz i really love little mermaid and still do but when i watch the orignal all i think of is the boring second one! anyway if you agree with me feel free to send me and e-mail and i can tell you a few mistakes i found in the movie and give you some cool pictures of disney films

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Jodi Benson
Tara Strong
Pat Carroll

DVD title: The People Vs. Larry Flynt
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie, definitely worth seeing

I can understand that a lot of people on this board don't like the topic of this movie, but that shouldn't keep them from enjoying a fantastic movie. I personally found this movie absolutely hilarious--Larry Flynt is definitely a colorful character, as is Althea. Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton give outstanding performances. It's really amazing to see how a dirt poor red neck kid can end up being a millionaire. You'll be left wondering what stunt is Larry Flynt going to pull next. So what if Hustler is disgusting to you? As Edward Norton said, you have the right to not buy it. A brilliant, brilliant film. I would definitely recommend picking this one up.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Milos Forman
Woody Harrelson
Courtney Love

DVD title: Barry Lyndon
Productgroup: DVD
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Gordon Gekko in 1767

Barry Lyndon is traditionally seen as Stanley Kubrick's weakest film. Yet a certain number of newer reviewers - and Martin Scorsese - are only now beginning to see that this film has been terribly underrated.
When I first saw this movie I sided very much with those who believed the film to be pointless eye candy. I couldn't see any point to this movie, which seemed to consist of more or less random events with no real beginning or end, and nothing worth remarking on in between.
Of course, years later I began having flashbacks of this movie, and was sorely tempted to buy the DVD, a purchase I finally made (the DVD is very good).
"Barry Lyndon" is as much a Greek tragedy as Godfather Part II or the second half of Gone with the Wind. Here Barry Lyndon is trapped by fate, after a series of events set off by aspects of his own character. His very attempts to make himself still richer, towards the end of the film results in an awful mess that is suspiciously reminiscent of Gone with the Wind. I think Margaret Mitchell may possibly have read the novel.(*spoiler!* Hmm, where have I seen a child falling off a horse before?)
Barry Lyndon, as a nouveau riche social climber desperately trying to find what we would call "the American Dream" is strangely modern as a figure. The story of his rise and fall is like that of any modern, money-hungry social climber, and is quite relevant to our present world.
At any rate, the film is also a masterpiece of atmosphere and style. The care with which the film was made was clearly excruciating, with scenes as carefully plotted out and filmed as any oil painting. Despite Kubrick's reputation as a rather emotionless director, there are plenty of funny scenes. My favourite scenes in this regard are the scenes showing the Chevalier de Balibari playiong cards - the innocent look on his face as he cheats his opponents gets funnier every time you see it. Of course, there is the famous Schubert Trio scene, where Redmond Barry seduces Lady Lyndon in an incredibly long, slow, but well-timed scene. The movements of eighteenth century aristocrats through their ritualised world is truly as absorbing to watch, as the incredibly slow space pod scenes in Space Odyssey.
Of course, there is no Star Gate here; no profundity of theme or mysticism; no deep truths. Barry Lyndon does not try to be as deep as Clockwork Orange, in the same way that Scorsese's Age of Innocence did not aspire to the depth of Taxi Driver. That is not the point. The film could be said to be more style than substance; but in that case it could be said to join Citizen Kane and Blade Runner. It's still damn fine filmmaking.
The original novel frankly bears little resemblance to the finished film. (I am reading it now). The novel Barry Lyndon is truly a picaresque novel with a rascally, lively narrator far removed from Ryan O'Neal's very understated portrayal; and in fact the general atmosphere of the book reminded me much more of Oliver Twist or Gulliver's travels than the stately and classy environment of the film. In this respect Kubrick has taken the skeleton of plot from the novel, and laced it with copious amounts of Kubrickian flesh.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Ryan O'Neal
Marisa Berenson

DVD title: Friends - The Complete Fifth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Still The Best of Friends

I know Friends gets reviewed by series on its weaknesses more than its strenghts these days but Series 5 really is one of the show's strongest seasons. I can't condense this into less than 1000 words but watching the plot arc unfold as the Friends find out about Chandler and Monica's burdening relationship after the disastrous and dramatic wedding between Ross and Emily, the series had plenty of fodder for some laffs....from Chandler's fake work laugh to Rachel tormenting herself over her love for Ross as he despairs over a 2nd failed marriage, the Friends give plenty of laughs as well as tears. By now they have become our Friends...we know and love them. Some tremendous classic scenes though....the One Where Everyone Finds Out is still to date my favourite Friends episode with loads of physical comedy as Phoebe tries to outflirt Chandler while Ross talks-up Ugly Naked Guy to get his apartment, it makes this series worthwhile. The 80s flashback is also a hoot for its sheer visual comedy of Rachel's nose, Monica as obese and Ross and Chandler in their Miami Vice outfits. Kudos also to the ball-throwing episode and the inside-out cat....Jennifer Aniston proves her acting prowess beyond a shadow of a doubt....fantastik comic range. Wonderful series. While Sex and the City, Will and Grace for example may now have outshadowed Friends in many ways, this series testfies the wondrousness of Friends and its place int he cult comedies of our era. I have all 9 Series to date on DVD and for one will miss these Friends when they leave us later next year. A series well worth relishing

Studio: Warner Home Video
Lisa Kudrow

DVD title: Zulu (Michael Caine)
Productgroup: DVD
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Still a magnificent tale

I first saw this as a young boy, spending his pocket money on films. Somehow, the feeling of bravery and manly quality stayed with me. I do not know how I have not seen it in nearly 40 years. I must be one of the few. However I have just bought and watched the DVD version. The feelings came flooding back. Natal was once more a real - and beautiful - country in front of me. The young Michael Caine was again both young - and expressive - clearly destined for stardom. I have since read the true story, and whilst not quite the story shown on film, the film nevertheless gives the feeling of heroism that those Welsh soldiers clearly diplayed that day at Rourke's Drift. I am not an accomplished critic of films. I simply enjoyed the film immensely.

Studio: Front Row Video, Inc
Director: Cy Endfield
Richard Burton
Stanley Baker
Jack Hawkins

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