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DVD title: Gosford Park - Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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They sood up and applauded


This is a Brilliant film....It's a who done it...a great murder mystery...Taking advantage of a splendid cast, a sharply focused script and the fresh English setting, GOSFORD park emerges as one of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures, What makes the achievement of GOSFORD PARK all the more remarkable is that Mr. Altman is 76....The energy that crackles from the screen suggests the clear-sighted joie de vivre of an artist still deeply engaged in the world,an all-star British ensemble cast, the film recalls both THE RULES OF THE GAME and THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, with a midpoint shift to an Agatha Christie whodunit. In November 1932, a phalanx of moneyed guests arrives for a weekend shooting party at the estate of Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas). Mary (Kelly Macdonald), a fresh-faced, na?ve new maid accompanies the sniping Countess of Trentham (Maggie Smith), and is shown the ropes by the house's worldly head housemaid, Elsie (Emily Watson). While the masters engage in various financial and sexual intrigues upstairs, the world downstairs has its own curiosities--namely, the predatory valet to a Hollywood producer, Henry Denton (Ryan Phillippe), and the mysterious, cagey servant, Robert Parks (Clive Owen). Mary soon discovers that the image of servants living vicariously through their masters is a false one, and that the upstairs-downstairs worlds are often shockingly interwoven. With GOSFORD PARK, Altman delivers a fascinating, blackly comic look at the treacherous yet poignant gamesmanship between the classes. This is fresh and original movie...very subtle funny...with, scandal, mystery, murder this is a must see.
Synopsis...from Gosford parks Offical Website:Robert Altman, one of Americas most distinctive filmmakers, journeys to England for the first time to create a unique film mosaic with an outstanding ensemble cast.It is November, 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello and an American film producer who makes Charlie Chan movies. As the guests assemble in the gilded drawing rooms above, their personal maids and valets swell the ranks of the house servants in the teeming kitchens and corridors below-stairs.But all is not as it seems: neither amongst the bejewelled guests lunching and dining at their considerable leisure, nor in the attic bedrooms and stark work stations where the servants labor for the comfort of their employers. Part comedy of manners and part mystery, the film is finally a moving portrait of events that bridge generations, class, sex, tragic personal history and culminate in a murder. (Or is it two murders?)Ultimately revealing the intricate relations of the above and below-stairs worlds with great clarity, Gosford Park illuminates a society and way of life quickly coming to an end.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Robert Altman
Actors:
Maggie Smith
Ryan Phillippe




DVD title: Babe - Pig in the City
Productgroup: DVD
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Thank the Pig!


Gene Siskel is not alone in proclaiming this picture as best of the year. As a sequel, this movie travels in a completely different (albeit, darker) direction than the original without losing a bit of the wit and charm of its predecessor. Don't let the "G" rating fool you. It is every bit for adults as it is for children. This movie is very smart, exciting, and surprisingly mature. Anyone who enjoyed the first "Babe" is sure to be pleased by this amazing sequel.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: George Miller (II)
Actors:
Magda Szubanski
Mickey Rooney
Elizabeth Daily




DVD title: Paul McCartney - Back in the U.S. (Live 2002 Concert Film)
Productgroup: DVD
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The highlight of his career and my life


I was at the San Jose concert April 3rd and the Sacramento concert on October 21st. All I can say is that this was the event of my life. Paul McCartney is in full form and sound on this tour and I just can't wait for the release of this DVD so I can relive it over and over again in my own livingroom. Paul summarizes his musical career in this show with the greatest live rock show I have ever seen and I believe will ever see again. He doesn't miss a note or a key. BUY THIS DVD!

Studio: Emi Distribution
Director: Mark Haefeli



DVD title: C.S.I. Miami - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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MUST BUY...


I love CSI Miami or Vegas... My husband bought me season one and two and in a matter of 6 days I had watched all the episodes. I wasn't the only one I loaned them to two of my friends and my sister and aunt and they all agree... I was actually hopeing to preorder season 3 when I came across this aweful review about how the show is no good. This show is great you get real addicted to it. Yes, Horacio Caine is star struck but come on its a TV show get over it the characters all have their own personality. I honestly think this show is awesome!! Vegas is awesome too just in it's own way... Either one is worth the money... hope you enjoy it as much as I do!! I also hope this review is at least a little bit helpful!!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
David Caruso



DVD title: The Edge
Productgroup: DVD
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A thinking person's thriller


It's been described as "Jaws" with claws, but this movie is so much more than that. Hopkins and Baldwin give fine performances that will keep you guessing until the credits roll.
I particularly enjoyed Hopkins' character. He's a man who remembers a lot of seemingly useless facts, until he's forced to rely upon some of them for his survival. His character is also a man of virtue - the kind of character not found in most motion pictures today.
A very enjoyable film.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Lee Tamahori
Actors:
Anthony Hopkins
Alec Baldwin




DVD title: Invader ZIM - Horrible Holiday Cheer (Vol. 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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In response to Jorge Barboza Retana:


Nickelodeon was never going to let Zim go. Why? Because when Nick let go of Doug, guess who got it? That's right--Disney. And do you know how rich Disney is now? They're not gonna make the same mistake twice, so rather than drop IZ completely, they just hung onto it so no one could buy it. Plus they show reruns on the Nicktoons channel, but you need digital cable for it (which I don't have). MTV or Comedy Central? Yeah right. That is all.

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc
Director: Steve Ressel



DVD title: Cold Mountain
Productgroup: DVD
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Quite possibly the best movie ever!!!


I saw this movie and was stunned the whole way through! The story was fantastic, the setting breath-taking, and the characters steeped in perfection! Academy Award winning performance was given by Renee Zellweger (as usual). In fact, if she doesn't win for this movie I may never watch another movie again. And everytime they cut to another scene there was another big-name actor/actress playing quirky bit parts like they were leads! I am watching this movie again and again. It was real, just plain real. The events in the movie did, at times, contain sex, violence, and debauchery, but it was not overdone in the traditional Hollywood style. Nothing was too much or too little! If you don't watch this movie then I would consider having your head examined.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Anthony Minghella
Actors:
Jude Law
Nicole Kidman
Renée Zellweger




DVD title: The Patriot
Productgroup: DVD
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The Patriot a perfect Fourth of July rouser


What is it about American wars that brings the best out of otherwise trivial filmmakers? Ten years ago, the glorious Glory came from "thirtysomething" creator Edward Zwick. Now, Godzilla's Roland Emmerich, about the last director from whom we could expect full-bodied characters, brings us The Patriot--in every sense of the word, the most beautiful movie of its year.
Part of the credit should probably go to screenwriter Robert Rodat who, as Saving Private Ryan proved, surely knows which patriotic buttons to push. Whoever should be credited, there's not a false move in this rousing three-hour tribute to American spirit. When they say "They don't make 'em like that anymore," point to this one as an example of how it can still be done.
And who knew Mel Gibson still had any actorism left in him? As Benjamin Martin, a reluctant war veteran who is finally moved to fight in the Revolutionary War when a redcoat kills one of his sons, Gibson sheds his familiar love-me mannerisms like an old winter coat. He never relies on cutesy tics, and not once does he strike a false note. His character elicits laughter, tears, and bloodshed, and for the first time in years, Gibson emotes an honest-to-gosh person on the screen.
The movie's basic point--stated outright by Martin early on in the story--is that the Revolutionary War was won by wily militiamen who served as a direct counterpoint to the straight-on British manner of battle. But that's about the only thing in the movie which is stated so blatantly. The dialogue, rather than being laden with jingoism, is appropriately sparse, letting the movie's considerable action tell the story. And as such, this movie is a perfect argument against gratuitous movie violence (despite its R rating)--it shows the devastating effects of war (Martin loses a great deal of his family, one by one) and yet doesn't linger on its horrific effects.
Gibson's magnificent underplaying and Rodat's spare screenplay seem to have invigorated the rest of the cast as well. Everyone from Jason Isaacs (the British colonel with a bug up himself about Martin) to Tom Wilkinson (terrific as British warlord Gen. Cornwallis) to Trevor Morgan (the actory smart-aleck in The Sixth Sense) as one of Martin's sons, seem just as juiced up as Gibson is.
I haven't told a great deal about the plot, have I? (I haven't even touched upon Caleb Deschanel's beautiful cinematography, or John Williams' best movie score since E.T.) And this is as it should be. Please just trust that you should devote nearly three hours to one of the most perfectly realized movie visions you're likely to see for a long, long time.
The Patriot is rated R, mostly for very graphic violence, though in context, a PG-13 would be far more appropriate. Its only dramatic effect is to get kids talking about the story, an opportunity that I'd imagine most history teachers and parents would welcome.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Roland Emmerich
Actors:
Mel Gibson



DVD title: Man of the Century
Productgroup: DVD
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Perfect for fans of the Jazz Age


If you enjoy history of the cinema or the Jazz Age, you will enjoy this movie tremendously. It's a lot of fun, and in contrast to formula movies where someone stuck in the past can't make it in the present, he does just fine in our age, thank you, thanks in part to the real world picking up some of the fantasy from the early cinema. The acting, and action, is hilarious. Much that's in here has been done before, in the original, but it all comes together here in a very unique way. The only flaw I found is that although the language and situation "formulae" are from 1928-32, the dress is closer to 1926-27. Highly recommended.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Adam Abraham



DVD title: The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark/The Temple of Doom/The Last Crusade) - Widescreen
Productgroup: DVD
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Great set.


There have been several one star reviews here claiming a variety of falsehoods about the "Indiana Jones" DVDs, including ridiculous exxagerations and downright falsehoods.
(1 - "Missing Scene") This reviewer claimed that an entire scene was missing from "Raiders of the Lost Ark", that being the scene in which Indy finds out that Miriam was not killed. This is completely false and I can offer no other refutation than to state that I just viewed it with my own eyes. This reviewer also chose to accuse the producers of this DVD of intentionally leaving out the scene so they can sell a "special" edition later.
(2 - "No full screen") One reviewer claimed that the "Indiana Jones" series is not available in full screen. It is, unlesss I am hallucinating the dozens of copies I saw at a local store or the listing for it right here on Amazon.com. Please do some simple research before you write a one star review falsely claiming this.
(3 - "Not enhanced for 16x9") One reviewer claimed that since it is supposed to be enhanced for 16x9 televisions that there should be no black bars on widescreen TVs. Nonsense! The "Jones" movies were filmed in 2.35:1, which means that the film is wider than a film that would completely fill up a 16x9 TV. Therefore, there are black bars on the top of bottom of your widescreen TV.
(4 - "Little extras") This is absurd. A two hour documentary (divided into three parts, one for each movie), four bonus featurettes and 8 trailers is a small amount of extras? Ridiculous. A commentary would have been nice but after watching the documentaries I think they pretty much covered most everything. My only problem is the lack of deleted scenes. People have come to expect so much extras from DVDs but the reality is that most so-called "special features" on DVDs are uninteresting garbage added to beef up its' "resume".

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



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