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DVD title: Anthology of T'ai Chi & Qigong: The Prescription for the Future
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The Best of The Best Tai Chi & Qigong Instructional Guides

This Guide is a tremendous leap forward in the global emergence of Tai Chi and Qigong! A well-written guidebook and integral tool for beginning students, experienced practioners, and instructors.

It's a trailblazer -- opening many new and innovative pathways -- not just for those who are novices, but also for those who are are wanting to continue their studies of Tai Chi and Qigong. To me, it is the best of the best of the vast number Tai Chi books and /or guidebooks I have ever read and used.

Bill Douglas' shares his expert knowledge, skills, experience, technical guidance, inspirational personality and positive energy. I find the words seem to come alive and jump off the pages instilling a reader / learner with their own sense of positivity.

As a Master Tai Chi Instructor, Bill Douglas decisively and carefully structured the contents to guide and help ensure the reader / learner successfulness along his or her Tai Chi & Qigong instructional journey. This book is very comprehensive, containing excellent step-by-step information, the chapers flow smoothly, it is perfectly organized, and is exceptionally user-friendly.

I feel Bill Douglas is to be commended for writing such a brillant instructional guide. I am a Tai Chi Instructor, and find the contents a constant source inspiration and benefit for myself and for my students ... I use it for as a study guide, and my students call it their Tai Chi & Qigong bible. Their comments include: "Bill Douglas' writing style makes each topic easy to understand, with excellent illustrations, helpful information, outstanding tips and wonderful anecdotes."

Yes, this book is perfect for all learning levels from beginners through advanced. However, it can be an excellent resource for instructors. For we too, keep a beginner's mind remaining dynamic in our learning and sharing in the evolving system of Tai Chi and Qigong.

A reader can easily ascertain the contents of the book have been throughly researched, it is steeped in tradtion with a wondferul breath of freshness, the topics are presented cleary, cohesive and the section for locating instructors can be an especially useful tool for many. This is ONE AND THE ONLY Tai Chi & Qigong book I now use, and I most highly recommend it, and rate it five-stars++++!! My students and I thank you Bill Douglas for your dedication, your time and for sharing your Tai Chi & Qigong knowledge and skills with our world! You are a shining star and our inspiration!

DVD title: Nostalghia
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply stunning

A good friend advised me to see the film "Nostalghia" by Andrei Tarkovsky. Although not familiar with Tarkovsky or his works and somewhat leery of subtitled movies, I was finally persuaded out of respect for his eclectic tastes to borrow his copy on DVD and bring it home. As I expected, the film started in the continental fashion of dialogue with interminable pauses and long held scene shots. However, these irksome qualities were soon transformed into something quietly beautiful and cinematically poetic. I am not just saying that the film bears a likeness to poetry; it is a hybrid, which reaches not for postmodern excesses or gimmicks, but rather back to the nut, i.e. take abstract thought, emotion, contemplation to the reader in a form they recognize, slip it into their eye subtly, and let it become more, something of their own. Andrei Tarkovsky did this in film by deftly driving the versatile plot and characters with discreet surreal imagery and sound effects whose intricacies burrow deep and blossom in the imagination. Truly, this film weaves the genres of poetry and cinema into a rich, seamless, and haunting tapestry.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Oleg Yankovsky
Erland Josephson
Domiziana Giordano

DVD title: Cyndi Lauper - Live... At Last (DVD in Amray Case Packaging)
Productgroup: DVD
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This is why Cyndi is still entertaining us after 20 years

Everyone remembers Cyndi as that wild and colorful girl of the 80's, with the huge voice. Since that time, she has changed into a true class act, while not completely abandoning her wild ways. She's all about expressing herself and being true to the people she is singing to. There so are many sides to her that we get to see in her first live DVD formatted concert video. When she is not singing all her greatest hits, she entertains us with a story from time to time, between breaks(from singing). When she reaches back to the classics, it's like reliving that time all over again. It's nostalgic, but also incredible to see how her voice has changed over the years. It's phenomenal and surprisingly rough at times when she is singing Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, and If You Go Away. She sings and plays a dulcimer for a new version of Time After Time, that is gorgeous. She does a manic Money Changes Everything--pulling out all he stops, leaving the audience in awe. We also get to see her off the stage, having dinner with her friends, on a Sunday evening. And even that is fascinating to watch, because it's Cyndi Lauper. It's a look into her more personal life, which I will admit always intrigued me. Cyndi is not your average person. She is bigger than life, and a superstar talent, and a very bright star in our universe.

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Director: Jim Gable
Cyndi Lauper

DVD title: The Princess Bride
Productgroup: DVD
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This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen!

This movie is funny, sad, and everything else. It has humor, swordfighting, and many wonderfull characters. The best part, I think, is the humor, I think it is one of the funniest movies. So if you like funny movies get this movie.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Rob Reiner
Cary Elwes
Mandy Patinkin
Robin Wright Penn

DVD title: Angels in America
Productgroup: DVD
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Worth every minute

tony kushner has amazingly worked all his feelings about the important social, emotional and personal issues in this staggering work of art. It is so subtle and yet it manages to connect with audiences far and wide.. This is probably the best thing I have ever seen.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Mike Nichols
Al Pacino
Meryl Streep
Emma Thompson

DVD title: Gone Dark
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Mystery Thriller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is a great mystery thriller about the revenge of an elderly woman on her kidnapper!!! It's a must see!!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Lewin Webb

DVD title: Jungle Girl - Serial
Productgroup: DVD
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Great serial, Francis Gifford is adorable as Nyoka. The cliffhanging moments in this serial have been copied many times over-even in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, when you see it you'll know the scene I speak of and it's practically identical. Francis was also in a Tarzan movie with Johnny Weissmuller two years later called "Tarzan Triumphs" by RKO studios. I know it's not a real gorilla but who wouldn't go ape over JUNGLE GIRL. Two disc DVD sound and picture are very good.

Studio: Vci Home Video

DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Seventh Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing Finale

The seventh and final season of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", brings a conforting closure to all fans through the years.

We get to see old enemies that didn't get a chance to develope propetly in season 3 (The First), and good old friends (Faith)(and a little Angel on the final episode), Buffy finally confronts her feelings towards Spike, and Willow moves on beautifully with Kennedy.

Xander and Anya, work things out in a funny way, and Giles comes back to help the Scoobys one more time.

This season is full of surprises, and even in the darkers moments we can find that great humor in all the characters.

If you are a Buffy fan, you'll understand the true meaning of this season.

If you're an Angel fan, you'll understand episode "The Girl in Question" season 5 (and many others).

And if you are not a Buffy or Angel fan, you'll become one.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michell Gellar

DVD title: Raise Your Voice
Productgroup: DVD
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Raise Your Voice- the best movie

Raise your voice is the best movie in the world! So see it in the movie theaters!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Sean McNamara
Hilary Duff
Rebecca De Mornay
John Corbett

DVD title: 1984
Productgroup: DVD
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If you want a vision of the future, Winston.....

I saw this film when it was first released and was blown away by how great it was, having known the novel since I was a young boy in the 1970s and never completely grasping it until I saw this film, and having grown up a bit by then, it hit home HARD. John Hurt makes the perfect Winston Smith, Richard Burton the perfect O'Brien. Someone earlier in these pages makes mention that some find this film too dark, too depressing. I think we all should be forced to watch this film at some point in our lives BECAUSE it's so dark and depressing. First of all, 1984 the novel was George Orwell not predicting THE future but predicting one POSSIBLE future. If you can't grasp this you might as well not bother with the novel or this film version. Given 9/11 and recent events in our own United States (indeed "EastAsia" as well) if you don't get the message of this film, God help you is all I have to say. You'll find no happy endings here if that's what you're searching for. 1984 is about loss of freedom, loss of the individual, the intellectual, and the total annihilation of human culture, ultimately. It's about what COULD happen, not what WILL happen for certain. I can never understand why peoplecan't get the message in a film like 1984 (or the novel), and realize it's George Orwell warning us of possibilities, NOTof current or future realities. Thus, the newly minted Patriot Act in the USA COULD become The Ministry of Truth if we let it become so. The people who are too dim to understand this book or the film would be the first to succumb to Big Brother. It's not just surveillance that's the issue for Orwell, it's the government destroying all individual thought until only servile robots remain. If that's the future you want, complain that this film is too dark, depressing and disturbing: at least you still have time, hopefully, for the message here to sink in your dim brain and maybe, just maybe, you WON'T end up like Winston Smith or Julia. People can turn away at this film or book, can turn away from realizing the Holocaust happened, that the Khmer Rouge happened in Cambodia, etc., but if you turn away from these cruel facts you will NEVER get the message, and you are therefore in grave danger of ending up living the reality 1984 portrays.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Michael Radford
John Hurt
Richard Burton
Suzanna Hamilton

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