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DVD title: Pokemon - The Mystery of Mount Moon (Vol .2)
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie was good, and it was awesome


I liked the part where I got to see Claferie, and I liked when Onix knocked over Team Rocket. That's all.

Studio: Pioneer Video



DVD title: Ever After - A Cinderella Story
Productgroup: DVD
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The best romance ever and a classic to hold on to!


I was very surprised to find myself enjoying this film, as I had thought this would be another typical Cinderella story. I mean how many fairy tale versions of this can there ever be until someone calls it quits. Well, this'll be the one to end them all. Drew Barrymore as Danielle (aka Cinderella) and Angelica Huston as her stepmother both give excellent and moving performances. Some have commented on Drew's English accent as being a bit off, although her performance far outweighs that fault, if it does exist. Angelica is a real treat to watch as well and may be, for some of you, the more focal point of the film. What sets the storyline apart from all other versions is in the character of Danielle herself. Contrary to the old fairytale, she is an independent young lady fully capable of saving herself from predicaments using her own skill and wit. The attempt of the valiant prince insisting on being her savior adds the comical twist to the tale. Through her tasks, Danielle establishes a strong sense of worth and aptness to her Cinderella character, which the other tales have failed to do. And while the underlying hint of feminism is apparent, it doesn't detract from the film, but rather creates a more delightful plot and sweet romance. Watch this movie, preferably on widescreen for the beautiful scenery, and you'll find yourself falling in love and enjoying it more than you thought you would. This really is a classic to buy and hold on to. Enjoy!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Andy Tennant
Actors:
Drew Barrymore
Anjelica Huston
Dougray Scott




DVD title: Ronin Warriors - The Call (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Ronin Warriors return


I stumbled onto this show by accident, and it was already well the sixth episode, but I taped it and got hooked instantly. I was brutally dissapointed--and I wasn't the only one, either--when the series was taken off the air just as quickly as it premiered, but Cartoon Network had the good taste to snatch it up and add it to Toonami. Now it's finally here to enjoy on DVD, and it looks great. Bandai deserves a lot of praise for releasing this as a dual DVD, and including the original "Yoroiden Samurai Troopers" episodes too. The voice-acting for the Japanese cast is good, but the American dub is very well done in my opinion. Matt Hill,(Ryo) Ward Perry,(Rowen) Jason Grey-Stanford,(Kento) and Michael Donovan (Sage/Cye) are all excellent in their respective roles.

Studio: Bandai Entertainment



DVD title: La Femme Nikita - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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THE BEST BUY EVER!!!


Finally LFN is avaiable on DVD. I can't wait to buy other seasons. It is the best TV show ever made. Don't miss it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Peta Wilson



DVD title: Signs (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Positive Sign


"Signs" is a movie not to be missed. This is not just a sci-fi flick; it is about spiritualism and faith as well. Mel Gibson plays a minister who has lost his faith in a well crafted story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and will surprise and amaze you at the end in much the same way as the director's earlier film "The Sixth Sense." No Hollywood ending here, just a very satisfying and significant ending.

Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Actors:
Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix




DVD title: Memento (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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spectacular film, average dvd bells and whistles


Alfred Hitchcock was the master of Cinema's Rule One: 'Do not tell. SHOW.' Director/screenwriter Christopher Nolan takes that philosophy a step further in this film noir masterpiece by controlling not only the viewer's visual sense but their perception of time as well, reconstructing the protagonist's attempts to make sense of his world by reading the clues he leaves for himself (and us) and deciding who to trust in order to understand not only what occurs, but why. In effect, Nolan has rewritten the rule: 'Do not show. EXPERIENCE.'
The cast is exceptional, Guy Pearce in particular, and traditional film noir elements are executed very well, with haunting music, taut cinematography, smart dialogue, effective voiceover, and a constant search for motive. Humor is used sparingly and effectively. This is really an editor's film, and Dody Dorn deserves an Oscar nomination for editing this gem.
As for the DVD edition, it is a mixed bag. Though operationally a bit buggy, cinematically and artistically the special features are creative and fun. For instance, interesting scenes run behind the menus, and many film clips appear framed as Polaroid camera shots, both fun to watch and relevant to the film's concept. The original idea for the film was supplied by the director's brother Jonathan, who wrote a short story based on the same idea and designed the film's web site; information rendered from outside the time frame of the film, viewable on the DVD as newspaper clippings and notes by Guy Pearce's Leonard, are adapted from that web site. Also included are Jonathan Nolan's short story, an Independent Film Channel interview with Christopher Nolan, trailers from Memento and an earlier Nolan film, cast and director biographies, subtitles in English or Spanish, and a tattoo gallery (which looked interesting, but I couldn't get it to work on my Power Mac G4). I wish more DVDs would incorporate this kind of material.
I was disappointed because I'd heard that on the DVD you could watch the film as if it was shot running forward but that is not here, unless you count running the chapters in reverse from the Chapter Selection feature. I would also have liked to have seen behind-the-scenes footage, especially storyboards.
This is a great film to watch with a group (as long as they don't talk during the film) so you can talk about it afterward. Nolan and crew can be proud of this fine film. The DVD extras could have been better, but they are still fun to play with.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors:
Guy Pearce
Carrie-Anne Moss
Joe Pantoliano




DVD title: The Big Lebowski
Productgroup: DVD
The Big Lebowski - movie DVD cover picture
Shut the F**k Up, Donny!


I caught a glimpse of this movie in 2001 and haven't stopped watching since. These are what comedies are made of, not only because Jeff Bridges' performance of The Dude is probably the best stoner characteer ever translated to film, but because it carries everlasting brilliance that many critics and movie-goers didn't see at the time. The Coen Brothers succeeded in making an eccentric film that could make you laugh at your own mother's funeral, and with memorable scenes and bits of dialogue loaded throughout, this is a movie not to be missed and belongs in any movie fan's DVD collection, so shut the f**k up, break out a glass of White Russian and enjoy yourself.

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Joel Coen
Actors:
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman




DVD title: The Usual Suspects
Productgroup: DVD
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Who really wants a predictable ending anyway?


Many people are upset to find out they were completely wrong about guessing what the hell is going on. That makes some viewers cranky. Well here it is, if you guessed wrong, then the director and producers won. Since when do you want to know the end 15 minutes into the movie anyway? Well my opinion, good action and great suspense with the combinations of gimpy, temperamental, witty, and threatening characters make it diverse and great.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Bryan Singer
Actors:
Gabriel Byrne
Kevin Spacey
Chazz Palminteri




DVD title: Band of Brothers
Productgroup: DVD
Band of Brothers - movie DVD cover picture
Living History


My father was a veteran of the D-day landing on Normady Beach and I had very little understanding of his experiences. Like most WWII veterans, he never talked about it. I think this DVD set is an exceptional collection that gives us an appreciation of the sacrifices "The Greatest Generation" made to the modern world. The film, Saving Private Ryan, and this collection should be required viewing of all high school and college American history students. Absolutely an outstanding production!

Studio: HBO Home Video



DVD title: Desperately Seeking Susan
Productgroup: DVD
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Madonna plays herself...and it works!


Madonna, the goddess of pop music, has always wanted to be a movie star. Unfortunately, she has not had near as much success in movies as she has in music. DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN is one of the rare exceptions to the apparent rule that Madonna must make bad movies (the other two exceptions are TRUTH OR DARE and EVITA).
The plot is simple: a bored housewife (Rosanna Arquette) becomes absorbed in the life of a Susan (Madonna), a woman who will not be kept and whose [aspiring] rock star...boyfriend has made an art out of trying to keep up with her. He usually places adds entitled "Desperately Seeking Susan" in a national tabloid, telling Susan where to meet him when he is in town. The bored housewife admires the independence of Susan, and for a time becomes a kind of voyuer into her life, showing up where the adds specify just to get a glimpse. Through a series of mishaps, Rosanna comes to be mistaken for Susan and ends up living as Susan for a time. Throw in a scandal about a stolen pair of ancient Egytian artifacts and you have a fun movie! Add to it the debut of Madonna's hit song "Into The Groove," which is used in the disco sequence.
Madonna was not yet a superstar at the filming of this movie, but "Madonna mania" was in full swing by the time DESPERATING SEEKING SUSAN was released. Rosanna Arquette, technically the star of the show, had unwittingly become the first "Madonna [copy]." This movie is therefore something of a centerpiece for an era in Americana (remember back when every teenage girl in America was dressing like Madonna?). But I'm not too sure if anyone but a Madonna fan would find this movie interesting because in some places it feels a little choppy and is hard to follow, and the logistics of the plot seem to warrant a lot of suspension of disbelief.
I give it five stars, however, because I *am* a Madonna fan and it may very well be the best movie she ever made.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Susan Seidelman
Actors:
Rosanna Arquette
Madonna




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