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DVD title: Codename Kids Next Door - Sooper Hugest Missions File One
Productgroup: DVD
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The 13-year-old's review sruck me highly amusing...

First, I would like to say that Kid's Next Door is one of the funniest cartoons that is around today.

Second, I would like to say that I found the 13-year-old's review (posted on April 27, 2005) very interesting.

In the Kid's Next Door, when the child turns thirteen they are brainwashed of all their experiences with the Kids Next Door and they become a bunch of stupid teenagers.

Think about it, the reviewer was thirteen years old, he USED to like the show, but now he doesn't, he recommends dentists, he says that the villains in the show are not threats and that the characters in the show are immature.

Could it be that that reviewer was a brainwashed Kid's Next Door operative?

It's worth thinking about, at any rate...

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Tom Warburton

DVD title: Jesus Christ Superstar
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best

Jesus Christ Superstar is fantastic. From the story to the score it's all great. The performers are superb.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Norman Jewison
Ted Neeley
Carl Anderson (II)
Yvonne Elliman

DVD title: Bill Maher - Victory Begins at Home
Productgroup: DVD
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Not so funny, but true :-)

The words that follow show how hard it is to quantify this disc:If you're in a dark mood (or a Republican, like me), this dvd is almost painful to watch. The subject matter is heavy, and the status quo is criticized, without many alternatives presented. (Okay, legalize pot and get someone better than Bush, and drive smaller cars, and... okay he does provide alternatives... but those are painful too :-). Watching while in a brighter mood, the dvd enlightens, but doesn't provide a lot of laugh out loud moments (for me). The audience laughs and applauds, and often the applause says, "We agree -- Bush, religion, policy X is moronic."
Maher's jokes often seem logical and right, and he makes strong, clever cases for his points. The punch-lines hit with a "truth," that stuns with insight and opens your eyes. If you agree with the points and/or you're not uptight, you'll laugh. If you're less willing to strip off tradition and "mainstream" conditioning, the "truth" may be harder to take. If you're Republican, it will be harder to laugh. And it's hard to laugh about 9/11 and the grim aftermath.... But Maher gives it a brave go in a cohesive, well thought out set. I recommend the disc for hearing interesting points (that you will rarely be exposed to elsewhere), and as a primer to unshackle yourself from convention. In short, this dvd is definitely not wacky escapism. Maher is dead serious, but smart and funny enough to make it (somewhat) enjoyable:-) and liberating. Noone else in politics or entertainment does stage sets this smart and ballsy -- five stars. (Also check out Al Franken's stuff... but you already new that).

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Moffitt

DVD title: Futurama, Vol. 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Not exactly the GM exhibit...

It's hard not to love a TV series whose first episode posits a future in which Suicide Booths are available on every corner -- for just 25 cents you have your choice of "quick and painless" or "slow and excruciating." But my initial reaction to "Futurama" was cool. It broke a basic story-telling rule well-articulated by Disney's animators -- characters should have "appeal." That doesn't mean they should be likeable -- rather, they should be interesting.
Trouble is, it's difficult to get involved with most of the "Futurama" principals -- they're so dumb, foolish, immoral/amoral, and/or self-centered -- not to mention combative -- you often wish you were somewhere else. That there's only negative chemistry among them and that few seem to serve any story purpose other than as a fount for a particular sort of joke, doesn't help, either. (The evil "Mother" -- whose robot oil dominates the future robot industry the way Windows currently dominates personal computers -- was one of the few appealing characters, and was supposed to be a recurring villain, but was dropped for reasons I'm not aware of.)
Fortunately, "Futurama" grows on you. Like "The Simpsons," it's more about attitude than plot or characterization (a point the Simpsons writers seem to have forgotten). Once you accept the fact the characters aren't worth getting involved with, you can kick back and enjoy the humor. Which, I am pleased to admit, comes closer to Matt Groening's dark, dour view of the human condition than "The Simpsons" gets. Groening is a post-modern Billy Wilder, but without the latter's tendency to slip into mawkish sentimentality.
I've gotten through only the first 12 of these 22 episodes, but there are some great moments, especially for physicists. When a horse race is too close to call and has to be decided by quantum analysis, Farnsworth tears up his betting tickets in a rage -- "They changed the outcome by measuring it!" I won't spoil another physics joke that involves a brand of beer with a dirndl-clad lass on the label. I couldn't stop laughing.
I've listened to the running commentary for only "Amazon Women in the Mood." I was expecting a revelation of all the inside jokes, but a subtle one that referenced a controversial scene in "The Lion King" was ignored.
I don't like Amazon's rating system (horrible, lame, average, very good, great). On an absolute scale, "Futurama" falls somewhere between very good and great. But I've given it a "great" rating because it's terrific satire, funny as hell (Groening reference intended), and assumes the viewer has _some_ intelligence.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Matt Groening

DVD title: The Art of Joan Sutherland
Productgroup: DVD
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Everything I hoped for

This DVD consists of 2 recitals, each about an hour long. I personally preferred the 1st one because the 2nd was sung to a piano accompaniment, and I always find this a letdown, preferring an orchestra. Nonetheless, both were great. These concerts were filmed in 1963 and 1969. (Sutherland looked much the same in the 80s as she did in the 60s, her husband tended more to show his age, though he is a personable, ingratiating, completely professional man nonetheless, and I love him.) Except the piano, I have only one quibble with the whole thing. The first recital (once it gets off the ground) is narrated by Sutherland, and she gives thumbnail sketches of the great female opera singers dating from the mid-19th centrury. Then in photograph-like frames, she sings an aria made famous by each of several of these women. It was fascinating. My gripe. Two or 3 arias were sung before this history, this premise began, and there was applause as though they were live performances. Once Sutherland began her narration, there was no applause. This prelude was incongruous to the rest of the program. That bothered me. But the rest was glorious. The 2nd recital was live to a packed hall, and there was not one cough or yawn that I noticed from beginning to end. It was sublime (as popular American song lyricists of the 1st half of the 20th century have redefined that word, perfectly pleasant and agreeable). This DVD is about $10 more expensive than the average opera on DVD from Amazon, but I recommend it anyway, even if you go hungry. Sutherland was beautiful. The 1st recital was fascinating, interesting. The 2nd recital was sweet and perfect. The 1st recital is arias from operas. The 2nd one is songs, according to the man who introduced it, favorites of Sutherland. Of course it is all a dream of bel canto, coloratura.

Studio: Video Arts Internati
Richard Bonynge
Canadian Opera
Joan Sutherland

DVD title: First Shot
Productgroup: DVD
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Far above "The Untouchables"

Unfairly accused of being a shameless HK "The Untouchables" clone, First Shot rises far above the almost comic book feel of its supposed source material.
The story of the fight against widespread corruption in the Hong Kong police hierarchy in the 1970's, this film stars the estimable Ti Lung as "Tamerlane", an unflinchingly honest cop. Tamerlane is shot in the neck by one of his own men for his refusal to overlook the corruption of his colleagues.
After his release from the hospital, he is approached by Maggie Chung's Annie Ma who has been deputized to pursue and prosecute corrupt cops on the HK police force.
Assembling a group of fellow "incorruptibles"--including, paradoxically the very officer that shot him (Simon Yam's Sam Mok)--repentant and reformed Tamerlane and his secret squad go after "Faucet" (Waise Lee Chi Hung)--the triad boss who is the financial source of the widespread bribery, murder and mayhem.
The cast is universally excellent--Ti Lung is a strong, dignified--yet haunted Tamerlane. Maggie Chung is a strong female presence, the focal point who holds the group together when tragedy and treachery threaten its existence. Simon Yam has never been more appealing as the tormented but ultimately heroic Sam and Waise Lee Chi Hung plays the evil Faucet to chilling perfection.
For a compelling look into an anti-corruption squad with a story every bit as compelling as Ness's crew--forgo the big screen "Untouchables" and give "First Shot" a watch. You won't be disappointed.

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: David Lam

DVD title: Fatal Attraction (Special Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A lesson to never commit adultery!

I bought this movie becuase of Micheal Douglas. I love his acting. I love the way he acts when he's under pressure and when he is mad. When I saw this movie for the first time, I had to have it. Glenn Close does a fantastic job as a crazy women who seems innocent, but then turns clingy and demanding. She will go beyond anything just to get what she wants. The storyline is wonderful. It keeps you in suspense at all times and the director does a great job at doing that. If you want a thrill ride with suspense, then this movie is the ticket. Enjoy!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Adrian Lyne
Michael Douglas
Glenn Close
Anne Archer

DVD title: Third Watch
Productgroup: DVD
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The Third Watch

What is the hold up? Come on already its been 6 years, PLEASE PUT THIRD WATCH ON DVD.

Skipp Sudduth

DVD title: Cinema Paradiso
Productgroup: DVD
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A beautiful film about the love of movies and life

I continue to be moved and deeply touched by this beautiful film from Italy, and I never tire of watching it. I share the lives of Toto and Alfredo, the small Sicilian boy, who loses his father in the second world war, and the older man who runs the projector at the local cinema. Toto lives in a world of make believe, movies, adventure. His dreams take him away from the small Sicilian village where he lives with his mother and sister. Alfredo becomes for him a surrogate father, and the movies, his paralell existence. It is a deceptively simple film, which sweeps you up and carries you along. You never want it to end. And, when it does end, it is with such heartbreaking simplicity, I cannot help being moved to tears. Young Salvatore Cascio is a marvel as the small Toto, a mischievous, impish, adorable child. Phillipe Noiret is unforgettable as the sly and heart-warming Alfredo. You grow up with Toto, until he becomes a famous film director in Rome, and returns to the small village after many years for Alfredo's funeral. It is the story of life, lost love, devotion, friendship, and family. It is unforgettable.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Enzo Cannavale
Philippe Noiret

DVD title: The Boondock Saints [IMPORT]
Productgroup: DVD
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Hysterical, Smart, Violent, Clever!!!

If you liked the way Pulp Fiction told it's story in sort of a "figure eight" TBS tells it's story in multiple figure eights. With bright colorful characters and members of the band The Booddock Saints actually in the movie, this is one movie that definately belongs on your shelf of MOVIES FOR MEN. My wife just shakes her head when she see me watching this movie again for the 30th time. If you like the movie and any of the music in the move, track down the album "Release the Hounds" by the band The Boondock Saints.

Studio: Pid
Director: Troy Duffy
Willem Dafoe
Sean Patrick Flanery
Norman Reedus

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