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DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Truly one of a kind


"The Fellowship of the Ring" is a movie in a million: It has outstanding acting, directing, special effects, plotting, has romance and action and deep messages that still resonate today, decades after the books were published. It lives up to every ounce of the hype, and has deservedly made a huge mound of money. Now New Line has released it as it should be: Uncut, with plenty of extras for the raving geeks among us.
Frodo Baggins is an innocent young hobbit living in the idyllic Shire. But when his uncle Bilbo vanishes suddenly and leaves him all he owns to his nephew -- including a golden ring that makes the wearer invisible -- Frodo is told by the wizard Gandalf that his ring is the One Ring, the tiny indestructable token that contains the power of the demonic Dark Lord Sauron. The only way the Ring can be destroyed is to throw it into the volcano where it was forged, in the middle of the land of Mordor. Frodo volunteers for a perilous quest across Middle-Earth to destroy the Ring, even though he is small, weak, and not a warrior or a wizard. But he has no idea of the hideous powers that are chasing him, with the Ring threatening to turn the Fellowship of the Ring into a battleground.
"Lord of the Rings" is one of those books that you think could never be made into a good movie. If this had been made only for the money, that would have been true. But Peter Jackson, the cast and crew obviously love the story and wanted to make it as good and as real as possible, and for that I am deeply, deeply grateful.
Elijah Wood is outstanding as the tiny, unlikely hero Frodo Baggins, who is a wide-eyed innocent whose strength is all on the inside. Wood does an outstanding job of showing Frodo's childlike trust, joy and innocence being chipped away, and his growing desperation as things start to fall apart around him. Sean Astin is loyal and loveable as the extremely difficult-to-play Sam Gamgee, Frodo's best friend. Dominic Monoghan and Billy Boyd play Frodo's somewhat ditzy but well-meaning cousins. Orlando Bloom has a macho-ethereal air as the elf archer Legolas, and John Rhys-Davies is wonderful as the everything-big-but-height dwarf Gimli. Ian McKellen is the quintessential gray wizard, crabby and kindly at the same time. (Like Dumbledore? You ain't seen nothin' yet!)
The movie is extended, including a lot of material from the books that never made it to theaters, such as the Sackville-Bagginses, greater insight into the Arwen/Aragorn relationship, the awful Midgewater Marshes, more about Gollum, Frodo and his cousins dancing and singing at the pub, Aragorn's past, Gimli and Legolas's budding friendship, greater insights into Frodo and Sam's friendship, more of Sam's shy interest in Rosie Cotton, Bilbo and Frodo's sweet father-son relationship, and a "gift" scene where we see Galadriel's softer side. The movie stretches over two of the four DVDs, which also include audio commentaries that you can turn on. (Plenty of entertaining anecdotes with the actor commentaries, such as the year-long prank that the other hobbits played on the unsuspecting Elijah Wood)
The third and fourth DVDs are also treats. The third DVD focuses on Tolkien and the background of "Lord of the Rings." And the fourth DVD is also great fun: It focuses on behind-the-scenes of the movie. There is "Fellowship of the Cast," which outlines the main actors, serious and silly stuff (Dominic Monoghan can't stand pain, Elijah Wood can sleep anywhere, Sean Astin is a worrier, Liv Tyler made Orlando Bloom drive her around in New Zealand), as well as things about the supporting actors, and the scale doubles used for Gimli and the hobbits.
There is "Day in the Life of a Hobbit," which shows the makeup-feet-ears that were done for the hobbit actors, how they filmed, and what they did in their time off. (It involves a lot of bleeped-out cursing) There is then a careful run-through of how they shot the different locations, followed by studies of the "big-atures" (enormous scale models), special effects, and computer-generated creatures. After a slightly monotonous section on editing the film to how it showed in the theaters, we get a glimpse of how the movie was received across the world.
Hypothetically this movie should be for Tolkien geeks -- the in-depth studies of Tolkien and a fair amount of the extra movie material center on things that won't make sense to those who haven't read the books. But if you don't mind not knowing, for example, who Morgoth is or where Valinor is, then it won't bother you at all. "Fellowship of the Ring" and its extras are funny, touching, cute, intense, smoother and richer than before. A must-buy, for geek and non-geek alike.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Ian McKellen



DVD title: Monsoon Wedding
Productgroup: DVD
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Lovely


This movie was a charming surprise, had excellent story, actors, the music is great (I also bought the soundtrack, I highly recommend it).

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Mira Nair
Actors:
Naseeruddin Shah
Lillete Dubey




DVD title: A Billy Graham Music Homecoming, Vol. 2
Productgroup: DVD
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A worship experience


I own a few Gaither DVD's - but I enjoy this one the most - by far. This DVD was recorded in a smaller room - jam packed with talented Christian artists. It seems, due to it's smallness, to be much more intimate. The artists draw you into the worship experience - and it's a joy to experience true worship with them on the DVD.

Studio: Emd/Chordant
Actors:
Bill Gaither & Gloria
Bill & Glori Gaither




DVD title: Fandango
Productgroup: DVD
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Please Release on DVD


This is one of the best coming of age films I have ever seen. Every once in a while you find a movie that strikes a chord, a spot in the movie when you realize you dont want it to end. I have worn out 2 copies of the VHS version. From the actors to the soundtrack it is one of Hollywood's best kept secrets.PLEASE Warner Bros. RELEASE IT ON DVD!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Judd Nelson




DVD title: The Sunshine Boys
Productgroup: DVD
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East 42nd St.....THIS IS WEST 42 nd st!!!


Hilarious, incredible, cynical and just about every emotion and nuance are on display in this vibrant film about that great comedy team.
Matthau is simply at his zenith as W. Clark, king of all Kvetchers and mostly everything else. You should be warned...Matthau,s gate contains so much body language that you cant resist.Once in a great while he does listen to a very frustrated Dick Benjamin( who is terrific). Mr. Clark, cant open his own door easily, gets trappped in elevators..cant read directions ..cant find or read the copy...and lives in a world where seemingly everyone has gone mad..except for him.??
Through the laughs we see some meloncholy...just a bit mind you but enough. Burns is droll as ever as Mr Clark's old partner..During one of the most funniest bits ever Clark gets " Fingered" and " Spritzed" Al this while he issues his revenge with a high pitched " ENTER"..
Truly a one of a kind film..its almost heartbreaking to know that a film like this can never ..never be made again..EVER!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Herbert Ross
Actors:
Walter Matthau
George Burns




DVD title: Sailor Moon R - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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A long episode


I was a little annoyed that this was just a two part episode joined, when I was hoping for something new. That rant aside, I adore this DVD. Definately use the Japanese with English subtitles, as the American voice actors get VERY irritating very quickly. This DVD is a culmination point of the Sailor Moon Series R, so it has everything a good Anime should. Sailor Moon is my favourite anime because it was one of the first anime to show that females are each different, and those differences are a positive and valuable characterestic of someone.
Oh yeah, I love Sailor Mercury. Got to be into an Anime girl with brains who doesn't just stand there, look half naked and squeal waiting to be saved by some prepubescent guy.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara



DVD title: The Godfather, Part II
Productgroup: DVD
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De Niro Outshines Pacino


Robert De Niro proves he is a far superior actor than Al Pacino in this outstanding film. Sure, he has a vastly different role, but you can see the superior determination, coordination, control, power in De Niro while Pacino has the vulnerability and a sense of powerlessness about him which dosen't make him Brando/De Niro/Vito's equal. Maybe Michael Corleone was supposed to be like this but, in Heat (1995) De Niro also proves he is far superior. If they pair together in another film, Robert De Niro deserves to come before Pacino in the credits because he is better, more popular, more films and more awards.
Oh yeah, and Godfather II DID win best picture 1974.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors:
Al Pacino
Robert Duvall
Diane Keaton
Robert De Niro




DVD title: A Knight's Tale
Productgroup: DVD
A Knight's Tale - movie DVD cover picture
None too Serious


This movie, walks a fine line, that not many others have been able to walk. The Film takes itself seriously, but not so seriously as to seem pretentious, and yet not so loose, as to seem to have had any of the Wayans Brothers Involved at any level of it's production. It's a good meat and potatoes flick, especially if you're into one of the following:
1. Cross Genre Film2. Old Guy Rock3. Renasance Period Stuff
But are willing to take the other two with the one you like. Besides... It's all supposed to be about having fun isn't it?

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Brian Helgeland
Actors:
Heath Ledger
Mark Addy




DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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Cast and Crew of Harry 3 Movie


#3 should be just as good as the rest, as long as they keep the original cast in it! Of course I've not seen the movie yet, since it doesn't come out until next year, but here is an article from harrypotter.com. Hope this helps!
Renowned actors Gary Oldman (Hannibal), Timothy Spall (Nicholas Nickleby), Michael Gambon (Gosford Park), David Thewlis (Timeline), Pam Ferris (Matilda) and Paul Whitehouse (star of the BBC's The Fast Show) have joined the esteemed ensemble cast of the film, which is being directed by Academy Award nominee Alfonso Cuar?n (Y Tu Mam? Tambi?n, Great Expectations, A Little Princess) and produced by David Heyman, Chris Columbus and Mark Radcliffe.
The executive producers of the film are Michael Barnathan (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone*, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and Callum McDougall (Die Another Day). The screenplay is by Steve Kloves (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone*, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione return as teenagers to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard.
"We couldn't be more excited about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban being in the hands of such a relentlessly imaginative director as Alfonso Cuar?n and are thrilled about the new actors he has assembled to join our already established cast," said David Heyman.
"To be entrusted with such rich and beloved material, and given the opportunity to collaborate with this extraordinary cast and crew on the next Harry Potter adventure is an honor," Alfonso Cuar?n said. "I look forward to bringing this intricate story to the screen and sharing it with film audiences around the world."
"I'm so proud to have been involved in this truly amazing film series, both as a director and a producer," added Chris Columbus. "I look forward to seeing it grow as Alfonso and the cast and crew further our imaginations with their truly inspired work."
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gary Oldman plays Sirius Black, the eponymous prisoner whose escape is thought to pose a great threat to Harry Potter; Michael Gambon plays the role of Professor Dumbledore, Hogwarts' venerable headmaster; Timothy Spall portrays Peter Pettigrew, an old friend of Harry's father, James Potter, from their days at Hogwarts; David Thewlis plays Professor Lupin, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor who harbors a mysterious secret; Pam Ferris plays Harry's overbearing Aunt Marge; and Paul Whitehouse portrays Sir Caddogan, a Knight who becomes the temporary guardian of Gryffindor Tower.
Reprising their roles from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are Daniel Radcliffe in the title role; Emma Watson as Hermione Granger; Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley; Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid; David Bradley as Argus Filch; Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy; Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon Dursley; Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge; Alan Rickman as Professor Snape; Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia Dursley; Dame Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall; Julie Walters as Mrs. Weasley; and Mark Williams as Mr. Weasley.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a Warner Bros. Pictures and P of A production, will be distributed worldwide in 2004 by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)




DVD title: Funny Girl
Productgroup: DVD
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THE GREATEST STAR


This is the hotest film debute ever.Streisands enterance is treated like such stars as Garbo and Crawford were once treated.a TOWERING OPENING LINE, FUNNY AND ODDLY MOVING.A few minutes later an extreme close up extremely flattering to Barbra before the film length flashback. Then with"I am the greatest star" She set a new standard for Musical comedies.This is the most tremendous moment in Musicals ever.Her talent exploded beautifully with this dazzling song and remains the best performance of a heartfelt song in films.The rest of the score sails.And Streisands first screen kiss is incredably touching and beautifully shot.Wyler made Streisand look like a Goddess in this film.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: William Wyler
Actors:
Barbra Streisand
Omar Sharif




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