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DVD title: Pumpkin
Productgroup: DVD
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Taken too seriously

If some of you haven't noticed, this movie isn't meant to be hardcore reality. Its supposed to be a story, and thats what the directors wanted. Not a detailed look into the life of a surroity, not a perfect student, just a normal girl who falls in love but doesnt want to really. I thought this was a really good movie. It's supposed to show almost a sense of surreality. I never would have thought everyone whould have such negatory reviews toward it. Perhaps all these people are just like the people in the movie. Afraid of something diffrent.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Christina Ricci
Hank Harris

DVD title: Newsies (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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People might think that disney movies are...well...kiddie. But i saw this movie and loved it. i want to be in a musical just like it. Buy it 'cause it's the BEST!!!

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Kenny Ortega
Christian Bale

DVD title: Pink - Most Girls/There You Go (DVD Single)
Productgroup: DVD
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music dvd s = good stuff

Pink's RnB songs are great and the videos make them better. fuse them with pure high quality dvd you get a good buy, worth every bit or your money

Studio: Bmg/Arista/La Face

DVD title: The Red Violin
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a superb film in which the star of the film is a violin known as "The Red Violin'. It is a story that begins in Italy in the late seventeenth century and ends in the twentieth century. The violin is crafted by an Italian violin maker for his unborn child and is a work of sheer love. The viewer sees this distinctive red violin travel in time, as it becomes an integral part of the life of a variety of owners, transcending culture, race, class, and talent. It ultimately ends up as an offering at an auction house.

The story is told in a series of intricately woven vignettes that are justaposed to the past and present in a series of well placed flash backs and flash forwards. The past is set in seventeenth century Italy, where the viewer sees what happens to a master violin maker's beautiful pregnant wife and unborn child. The present is set in the twentieth century at a posh auction house in Montreal, Canada, where a host of characters, who have a connection to the red violin's extraordinary and mysterious past, have gathered to bid upon it.

The film is a lushly beautiful one due to its notable cinematography. The music is exquisite, its impressive soundtrack made so by the superlative playing of violinist, Joshua Bell. The acting is uniformly stellar. The vignette of nineteenth century Victorian England virtuoso, Frederick Pope (Jason Flemyng), is wildly sensuous and erotic. There is even an quality of mysticism about the film, as the story in Italy begins with a fortune teller's predictions, which the violin maker's pregnant wife mistakenly thinks is about her, when in reality the fortuneteller is foretelling the future that lies in store for the red violin.

In the twentieth century, Charles Morritz (Samuel L. Jackson) is an expert violin appraiser who has an appreciation of the now legendary red violin and covets it. While authenticating it for the auction house, he learns the secret of the distinctive red varnish that earns this instrument its sobriquet, though the viewer will, no doubt, guess its origin, long before he does. Morritz also does something that ensures that the red violin will stay with one who appreciates its value, so that the violin will have almost come full circle. In the end, all the elements come together beautifully, as the director, Francois Girard, deftly and seamlessly, weaves the violin's past with its present. There is not one discordant note in this richly complex and brilliant film. It is simply a masterpeice. Bravo!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Fran├žois Girard
Carlo Cecchi
Jean-Luc Bideau
Christoph Koncz

DVD title: X-Men
Productgroup: DVD
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Surprisingly entertaining

This isn't 'just another superheromovie'. Not at all, this movie is very well done. A good cast, amazing special effects and a good storyline makes this a classic in its genre. Sometimes it's even touching, for example Rogue: she can't ever touch or be touched by a human being. That's so sad! This movie is definitely much more than I expected!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bryan Singer
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 4
Productgroup: DVD
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Homicide at Zenith

The quality here is almost indescribable. So many great episodes, so much fine acting from the entire cast to match the top-notch writing and production. Fortunately, much of the quality is sustained through Season 5, so I'm waiting for the DVD release of it and Season 6 (which was still better than 99.99% of the other stuff on US TV at the time).

Studio: A & E Home Video
Yaphet Kotto

DVD title: Requiem from the Darkness - Turmoil of the Flesh (Vol. 1) + Series Box
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Anime! but not for everyone

I've read some of the reviews for this title and I have to say after watching the anime itself I for one just loved it from the first episode on now I know that it will not appeal to everyone visually and in way of story it's very dark and sometimes twisted but original from anything else out there right now the thing that I like about it most that it doesn't become tired or formulaic it always leaves you wondering what happens next which is a rare thing to find in most animes today.

Studio: Geneon Entertainment

DVD title: Nashville
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best movies ever made

Nashville is one of the most interesting, intelligent and compelling movies to ever come out of Hollywood. Featuring bravura performances from each of the 24 main characters, it is a brilliant examination of American society, politics, religion, showbusiness and culture. This 157 minute film tackles all of these issues at a steady pace (the director's control is absolutely superb), leading up to a shattering denouement. Despite being made in 1976, Nashville still packs a hell of a punch - its themes are still relevant today.
The eponymous setting of the movie is synonymous with politics. From the start of the movie, a campaign wagon for a presidential candidate drives all over the town spewing political slogans and ideals to the residents: this wagon links all of the characters together. As Robert Altman follows it, he focuses on all of Nashville's protagonists using brief vignettes that each tell a short story of their own - gradually, all of these characters intertwine and eventually, converge on the eve of a political rally.
Each of these vignettes are so concise, so telling in their exposition of the character, that the viewer almost immediately fathoms an understanding of what each protagonist is like. Who to fear; who to admire; who to respect; who to pity. Altman peppers the movie with over one hour of music - after all, Nashville is the home of country/western. The lyrics ring true with certain characters and elicit emotional responses from the viewer. "We [Americans] must be doing something right to last two hundred years," sings one character at the start of the movie - later on, scenes that show a woman forced to strip, as well as a shooting, deliver a sharp ring of irony to the lyric.
All of the performances in the movie are brilliant, the most notable of which is Lily Tomlin. She is especially good as the mother of two deaf children, all the while struggling with her marriage. Her husband makes no effort to translate his deaf son's story of swimming lessons: "what's he sayin'?" he asks. Her sorrow translates beautifully to the screen with the help of Nashville's score. Each actor conveys their character's emotions to the viewer with relative ease, which consequently heightens understanding and compels the viewer to watch on with interest. Because the viewer can connect with each of the characters, the finale is that much more heartbreaking. Ultimately, Nashville is a brilliant character study of epic scope and proportions. The technical brilliance behind the movie in conjunction with the excellent performances culminates to create one of the most rewarding and intelligent movies in motion picture history. Nashville leaves the viewer with one clear impression: each of us, whether we like it or not, are part of a society that is both good and bad - behind all the politics, the foul play and the heartbreak, we can still manage to carve out an existence of sorts, and ultimately be happy.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Robert Altman
Karen Black
Ronee Blakley
Keith Carradine
Shelley Duvall
Allen Garfield

DVD title: The Shining
Productgroup: DVD
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Do you believe in God? I thought so

Okay, for starters, ignore both of the 'star' reviewers.

The Shining is not availible in wide screen, because it was not filmed in wide screen. Neither were Eyes Wide Shut or Full Metal Jacket. When they are shown wide screen in theatres, the top and bottom have been truncated.

And as if it has not been stated enough, this movie doesn't follow the book. Everyone always states that as if it is so surprising. There is a great story about Kubrick calling up Stephen King at 3 am and asking him 'Do you believe in God' and when King said yes, Kubrick said 'I thought so' and hung up.

Why is this significant? Every change that Kubrick made was to totally remove the religious conscience that hides behind the words in the book. Kubrick presents us with an entirely atheistic and amoral film where Jack Torrence never comes around to save his son's life, and in his typical manner he heavily deletes details to make the story ambigious. He also down plays the supernatural element (for example, instead of having hedge animals come to life, (which is sort of stupid) he instead has Jack chase Danny through a hedge maze. It sounds at first as if it wouldn't be as interesting, but it is a very effective scene) I do not recommend ever reading any of the books that Kubrick based his films on; just like with Hitchcock, he was very good at taking a hack writer and producing a great film from it. (Verdi excelled at this also, only not films) Also it is to your best interest to laugh a lot when you watch this film. It is one of the funniest movies ever, and if you don't appreciate the humor, you'll never be scrared of the film. (The scene in the car, where Jack tells Danny that he should have eaten his breakfast is an absolute classic) Also, unlike every other horror movie in the world, this one gets scarier the more you watch it.

As for the comments about the removal of material from the book explaining the images, see 2001 A Space Odyssey. Kubrick enjoyed finishing his films, and then drastically cutting them. We are accustomed to having every detail explained to us, and Kubrick doesn't do that. He doesn't feel it's necessary to make us understand how and why all of these things happen. An interesting note: the average ratio of film shot to film kept for a film is about 1:5 to 1:10. For the shining it was something like 1:250... meaning for every 250 reels of film Kubrick shot, he kept one. Realize that when you watch it; every single shot is exactly as he wanted it. Also, in the words of Stephen King, Kubrick liked to make films that hurt people--it's a very good observation

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Jack Nicholson
Shelley Duvall

DVD title: Reno 911 - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Weigel - an unfortunate looking woman, "confused" Dangle...

...And a hooker, pile of garbage that would make even Satan weep, just some of the things that make this show memorable. The first time I watched it, I thought "Well, it's funny." Then I watched more of it, and realized that this is a masterpiece of improv. Buy this if you haven't.

To some that claim they paid too much for this to have the nudity and cursing cut out, I have a following message: This is why you buy it at Wal-Mart the week it comes out, when it's $15, not $25.

Also, I feel that the fact they blur out nudity and cut out cursing is great because it gives it more of a sense of reality show we see on TV, like the Cops.

All in all, just an awesome show, great season one - even with Mexican werewolves sneaking into the country and selling extacy to kids - and even a better season two coming up.

Studio: Paramount Home Video

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