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DVD title: Rocky IV
Productgroup: DVD
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The soundtrack is nothing short of astounding!!!


The best movie music soundtrack ever!!! Nothing short of astounding!
The video soundtrack (especially the song 'Hearts on Fire') is much more complete than the soundtrack on CD.
The movie direction perfectly blends with the music. Star quality! I am waiting for DVD release.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Actors:
Sylvester Stallone
Talia Shire




DVD title: Love Actually (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Love Actually (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
It's a story people, not real life


I don't know about some of you, but I understand when I walk into a theatre that what I am seeing is a movie, not real life. This is not a documentary. The fictional characters are in obviously ridiculous, improbable, impossible situations. They are obviously all to some extent caricatures. I was no more offended by Billy Bob Thornton's philandering president than I was by the aging rock star stripping on national television.

And don't try to tell me that people don't fool around on beautiful intelligent women like Emma Thompson for "wannabes". Even in real life they do. Hugh grant fooled around on absolutely gorgeous, intelligent Elizabeth Hurley with a prostitute.

Listen up. No movie is real. Relax, suspend disbelief and laugh at it. It's a riot.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Richard Curtis
Actors:
Liam Neeson
Hugh Grant




DVD title: The Matrix Revolutions (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Matrix Revolutions (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Brilliance is Seldom so Beautiful


This movie rocks! From the special effects to the script, simply increadible! I couldn't believe the effects, they are simply the best ever done. There are many answers to the questions raised in the first two movies and yet it spawns new ones. The ending was satisfying, without runing it for those who haven't seen it, there is an end and yet room left for a future series of movies. If you liked the first two movies you will love this one. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Laurence Fishburne



DVD title: Pygmalion
Productgroup: DVD
Pygmalion - movie DVD cover picture
Excellent screen adaptation


Windy Hiller "Major Barbara" (1941) plays a Cockney flower seller. Seeking a better position sees a professor of linguistics about improving her speech.

Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) bets that he can pass her off as a duchess in six months by adjusting her speech pattern.

The Film is good however I am used to the later version "My Fair Lady" and I miss the music. This is a screen adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play based on Greek mythology. This is a must for your collection.




Studio: Aae Films
Actors:
Leslie Howard



DVD title: G3 - Live in Denver
Productgroup: DVD
G3 - Live in Denver - movie DVD cover picture
Great Guitar!


warning- i have never seen any g3 tour live, but i am very familiar with the names of these axmen. I have never actually listened to any of these musicians work tho. i was surfing the web one day and i ran across a live clip of via goin off on a 3 neck guitar. after 2 minutes of watching it i ordered it from amazon. i was really hyped. i listen to/play mostly melodic death metal style music and there are many very talanted guitarists in that genare, but i was blown away by what i saw steve via play. i got the dvd and heres what i think...well satch wasnt my style and i really wasnt diggin him. i actually own a js1000 guitar, and after watching this i want to sell it. i think they shoulda put a capo on his highest fret so all he could play is harmonics and use the wammy bar cause thats the coolest thing i think he did. and his band was a buncha old dudes. im most definatly not feelin satches outfit, but he does have the best head-bob while soloing. hes good, but dosent stand out in this dvd to me.via- ok here is the reason for my purchase. his first performance is extraordinarily superlative, untill the band comes in and he sings. I must say that there should of been no vocal mikes on the stage cause it kinda ruined it for me whenever anyone tried to sing. the camera sumtimes pans to drunk people tryin to play air guitar, and they obviously dont know the music cause they keep going when the music stops. theres a point when all 4 guys on stage start to fret eachothers guitars. at first it made me mad, but after a second it was so cheesy i had to love it. via for sure has the best guitar tone, and even better faces while string bending. he also has the best tapping, but i dont like any of his rythem guitar parts. sorry steve, capo on the 9th fret for you.\m/ yngwie \m/ - well this dude is the master of sweeps, and i love his classical style. but unfortunatly his muddy guitar tone destroys all the low end runs. after watching him play, i called my guitar tech and told him i wanted scalloped frets on my jackson rr v, but he said no cause it was bad for my neck or sumthin. his highlight is when he gets on the classical acoustic. omfg he lights it up, making it the second best performance of the night. i noticed him doing alot of hammer-ons, and it turns out he just dropes alot of pics. watch close and you will see him goin thru like 20 pics. but you cant tell from just listning, this dude owns the fretboard. oh and beware, his drummer is cowbell heavy( gag me with a trem tool!). Over all these are excellent musicians and any real guitar player must watch this at least once i think. i know that theres 2 parts i will watch over and over...

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Actors:
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Yngwie Malmsteen
G3




DVD title: La Dolce Vita (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
La Dolce Vita (2-Disc Collector's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
WHY IS THIS FILM NOT RELEASED ON DVD YET !?!?!?


Until Criterion get off their butts and remaster this (and take your time and do it "right"), ultra-legendary film classic, we will all have to content ourselves with the VHS cassettes: two chunky tapes with semi-poor audio and a grainy picture.
This film is BRILLIANT in every way, and in my opinion, if you have never seen it, you don't know much about cinema! See it as soon as you are able, and if it's been awhile, you owe yourself a treat and rent or buy it again soon!
The VHS tapes will "do" temporarily, but considering the overseas international sensation this film caused in 1960, it's puzzling why no one has released a high quality version on DVD as yet? The 1960's would not have been what they were had it not been for this movie. The city of Rome would not be what it is today if not for this movie. We would not have the term "paparrazi" if not for this movie. Why then can we not see it in all its wonderful glory as it was meant to be seen?!?!
I can only hope that the Criterion collection is preparing something BIG and giving this film the same spectacular treatment that Criterion showed to 8 1/2.When (not if), they do, buy your copy immediately. I would easily pay $100.00 for my copy without blinking an eye and feel I got a bargain! If you only own three movies in your home collection, this should be one of them!

Studio: Koch Lorber
Director: Federico Fellini
Actors:
Marcello Mastroianni
Anita Ekberg




DVD title: The Man in the Iron Mask
Productgroup: DVD
The Man in the Iron Mask - movie DVD cover picture
captivating


This was without a doubt one of the best movies I have ever seen. Leo was a bit out of place in 17th century France, but everyone else was perfect, especially Gabriel Byrne as D'Artagnan. I think Gabriel did a wonderful job of conveying his character's angst and conflict. I was really upset when he and Athos became enemies after Athos's son was killed. John Malkovich was also great as Athos, both grieving and vengeful. I thought the bond he formed with the good twin, Phillippe, was touching. Jeremy Irons seemed a little too detached as Aramis, but he still did a good job and was a perfect straight man for Gerard Depardieu, who was wonderfully crude and disgusting as Porthos.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Randall Wallace
Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jeremy Irons
John Malkovich
Gérard Depardieu
Gabriel Byrne




DVD title: Schindler's List (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Schindler's List (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
"Whoever saves one life..."


Steven Spielberg's film achievements stand unreachably tall in Hollywood, and "Schindler's List" is his masterpiece.

Oskar Schindler was not, by many measurements, a "good" man. He was a womanizer and failed several marriages. He was a german war profiteer during World War II, and failed several businesses after the war. He also took steps of bravery and personal sacrifice to preserve the lives of over 1,100 Polish Jews. At the end of the film a graphic tells us that today there are fewer than 4,000 Jews in Poland, but that there are 6,000 descendants of Schindler's Jews.

Liam Neeson also gives the performance of his career as Schindler. He is comfortable cajoling and cavorting with the Nazi's. He is initially only a businessman, and doesn't hesitate to bribe Nazi officials to get preferential business arrangements.

Ben Kingsley shines in a performance reminiscent in some ways of his luminescent portrayal of Gandhi. He portrays Itzhak Stern, an accountant Schindler hires to do all the work of Schindler's businesses while Schindler himself is glad-handing the Nazi's and "adding some panache" to the business. The central relationship of the film is between Schindler and Stern as the situation becomes increasingly grim for the Jews and Schindler realizes that he can use the same techniques that he has developed as a businessman to create "safe" jobs for the Jews. As long as the Jews are working in Schindler's factory they are spared extermination. At one point the German's are in danger of losing the ground where Schindler's factory sits and they are ordered to "liquidate" the camp again. Schindler uses all his war profits to "buy" the Jews from Goeth, then to relocate them to another factory where they will make artillery ammunition on machines that Schindler has miscalibrated. Schindler expends his entire fortune to save the Jews in an ammunition factory that never produced a shell that could be fired.

Ralph Fiennes steps out onto a limb portraying the terrible Amon Goeth, who rapes and murders and forgives himself as the camp commander over the Jews. To accomplish his goals Schindler befriends even Goeth, and in one memorable scene Oskar appeals to Goeth's vanity to have him stop being so trigger-happy murdering the Jewish prisoners.

We see horrors more terrible than any horror film. The Jews are initially all herded into the Krakow ghetto, then it is decided that the ghetto is to be emptied - Nazi soldiers stroll through the streets murdering Jews in cold blood. Later a trainload of Jewish women are mistakenly routed to Auschwitz. Their terror is palpable as they see the smoke billowing from the chimneys over the ovens. They are then stripped and herded into the showers where they have heard the whispers of the "special treatment" that the Jews are receiving. The terror of that scene is beyond any fictional machete-wielding movie madman.

Spielberg is a master of visual storytelling, and he made a brilliant decision to shoot in black and white, but to use color in just a few shots for a few specific items. In one key scene candle flames burn their brilliant orange and in another mesmerizing use of color Spielberg highlights the red coat of a little girl who is walking through the carnage of the liquidation of Krakow. When we see the red coat again an hour later, our eyes are drawn to it, and we know it's meaning.

Spielberg attaches faces to the Holocaust. The ending is one of the most powerful ever seen as surviving Schindler Jews are paired with the actors portraying them in the movie. They line up to file past Oskar Schindler's grave and we feel the impact of Schindler's actions.

He has not "saved the world", but he has saved many, many lives.


Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes




DVD title: Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls
Productgroup: DVD
Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls - movie DVD cover picture
"This is a lovely room of death"


Ace Ventura returns in this sequel. Ace (Carrey) is on the lookout for a white bat. This is before he was The Riddler in "Batman Forever" and helped his hatred of batman. Ace Ventura doesn't like bats as we find out as he tries to save Shikaka, the great white bat who has great white guano.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Actors:
Jim Carrey



DVD title: Extreme Days
Productgroup: DVD
Extreme Days - movie DVD cover picture
Hands Down The Best Film I've Seen In Awhile!


Wow, this movie was great!!! It is very, and I mean very similar to another movie, "The Moment Of Truth 2: Take A Stand". First of all, there are a few guys who start out getting jobs so they can go on a road trip (same in both movies). Then they have a vehicle which is made up of from different cars. I believe it was a Jetta with Toyota parts in it (similar to the Chevodge, or Chevy Dodge in the other movie). They also have a cheesy over-dubbed fight scene (same in both movies), but this fight scene, I noticed included some of the guys from the other movie (hmm...). And of course, both movies had the extreme sports (snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, etc.). Oh, and if you watch a lot of movies, you'll notice that two of the guys are from "Disturbing Behaviour" and play the roles of Trent and Chug. You'll also notice one of the other guys is Rufio from the movie "Hook". This was an incredibly well-made movie, and shows Christianity (Truth) to an audience of more than just Christians. It reaches out. My congrats to the makers!!!

Studio: Spartan Home Enterta
Director: Eric Hannah
Actors:
Dante Basco
Ryan Browning




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