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DVD title: American History X
Productgroup: DVD
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Una mirada casi objetiva ante el racismo

This film is a gripping account of racism in modern America. The character of Derek is brilliantly written and developed. Edward Norton was amazing. Furlong also turns a magnificent performance. A definite must see, but not for the faint of heart.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Tony Kaye
Edward Norton
Edward Furlong

DVD title: Poltergeist
Productgroup: DVD
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A Strange Blend

In spite of its flaws (and there are a few) this is one of the greatest horror flicks of all time. At the same time, I find it difficult to put Poltergeist in the same genre as other classics like Psycho and The Exorcist. That's because Poltergeist is really a strange blend of humor (both blunt and subtle) and terror. It's a mixture that seldom works (see April Fool's Day, among others), but is orchestrated perfectly here.
The film's opening scene is unforgettable, with little Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) being summoned in the middle of the night by creepy, droning voices emanating from the television. The next 30 minutes are rather light-hearted and jocose as we are introduced to the Freelings, a middle-class suburban family enjoying a seemingly normal, happy life. Yet a threatening backdrop hovers over this little piece of Shangri-la. As we bear witness to several brilliant foreshadowing techniques, especially the scenes with the clown and the tree, disquieted feelings of an impending nightmare enter our sub-conscious. And then, almost without warning, the incubus reveals itself...and true hell commences. Watch this film and you'll see how well it plays upon some of the worst childhood fears -- have you ever been scared of what may be hiding in your closet or under your bed? Those fears are likely to return after watching Poltergeist.
The movie has a fine supporting cast and the special effects (by 1982 standards) are superb. Jerry Goldsmith's score is both enchanting and haunting at the same time. Also pleasing to note is how the producers managed to make a grade-A horror flick without a single character death. I find it difficult to make the same claim of any other "horror" film made in the last 25 years.

Studio: Turner Entertainment
Director: Tobe Hooper
JoBeth Williams
Heather O'Rourke

DVD title: Caddyshack
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the better comedies out there!

Although the four masters (Murray, Dangerfield, Knight, and Chase) are the main stars of this film, another person seems to play a very big role. I am talking, of course, about Danny Noonan (Michael O' Keefe). As a matter of fact, the story seems to revolve around him more than anyone else.

This film features Danny kissing up to Judge Smails in an attempt to get a caddy scholarship so he can go to law school. As the film goes through this story, a few new people get in. One of the other big roles is Al Czervik, who is very rich and has an ulterior motive to buy the country club. The other is Ty Webb, who plays mentor for Danny, and then there is Carl Spackler, who fanatically hunts a clever gopher.

The move is excellent in itself, but do not expect it to be something random. Aside from Carl Spackler and the gopher, most of the movie seems to play as a slow comedy. You know, it employs ridiculousness rather than insanity to make people laugh. It works for the most part, but there are times when it might get too slow for some people, especially in the beginning. The movie doesn't really pick up until the moment Rodney Dangerfield appears, which is a little less than 20 minutes into the film, but it felt like an hour to me.

Anyway, this film has very few problems. Dangerfield is fantastic as the rich, vulgar swinger and Murray is excellent as the fanatical groundskeeper. Knight is very good at being the snobby rich man who doesn't like Dangerfield and, except for a few flaws, Keefe is great as the kid who needs a scholarship. My only complaint lies with Chase and Cindy Morgan, actually. Maybe I'm just not a fan of Chevy Chase, but aside from a few lines, I didn't really think he was that funny in the movie. Concerning Morgan, she didn't seem to play any big role either. All she seemed to do was get a few people in trouble with Judge Smails and then disappear until she wanted to get another person in trouble.

Aside from those two, I can't say there is much to complain about. The scenes were great, the comedy was expertly done, and the atmosphere was well made. Rodney Dangerfield completely stole the show, so you kind of miss him when he's gone, but he's there for the most part.

Excellent movie, I highly recommend it!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Harold Ramis
Chevy Chase
Rodney Dangerfield
Bill Murray

DVD title: X-Men - The Legend of Wolverine
Productgroup: DVD
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My favorite episode

This collection has my favorite episode of all times. The one with Nitecrawler. It is without a doubt one of the most frank dealings with christianity I have ever seen in all my times in comics. I mean Kurt hands Logan a bible for goodness sake. This dvd is worth the money for that 1 espisode alone. On the down side I'd rather have these episodes released 1 season at a time. Oh and there's no mention of "Cold Vengence" which is probably one of the best X-men cartoons ever.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Cedric Smith
Cathal J. Dodd
Lenore Zann

DVD title: Walking With Prehistoric Beasts
Productgroup: DVD
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An Amazing Documentary!!!

WOW!! This is one of the most amazing documentaries on prehistoric life I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of documentaries on prehistoric life)!
Walking With Prehistoric Beasts starts off 50 million years ago, just a few million years after the extincion of the dinosaurs. In the beginning of the show, the narrator introduces the small mammal called Leptictidium, a swift six foot tall bird called Gastronis, and other beasts. after on, the documentary shows a primitive whale that was 30 tons and four times the length of a great white shark, the planet's largest predatory land mammal (which is interestingly enough related to ungulates like sheep and goats), a two story tall rhino which was the largest land mammal ever on earth, a nasty scavenging hog (one of the most fearsome and ugly creatures in the show), and several other weird, fearsome, and magnificent beasts that once ruled the earth. Later in the documentary, the ice age comes, as well as an amazing and somewhat hairless ape... Man.
I could go on and on talking about this show, but I won't :-). Let me sumarise this amazing five star documentary to you, the reader, in three words: BUY IT NOW!!

Studio: BBC Video
Director: Nigel Paterson

DVD title: Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan
Productgroup: DVD
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Decent, and highly underrated!

THE STORY: Two teens in a loveboat set the anchor to make love. But the achor scrapes on a giant cable, witch is next to the defeated Jason. He gets revived, kills the teens, and boards a boat heading to New York.

MY THOUHTS: Although a bit cheesy, this is one of the better Friday flicks. Some nice gore, cool kills, and the fact that Jason goes to NY makes this work watching.


A lot of people are wondering how the hell toxic waste could turn Jason into a little boy again. Well, it didn't. The boy was another of Rennie's hallucinations. Jason washed out to sea, along with his slightly melted mask.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Rob Hedden
Kane Hodder
Jensen Daggett

DVD title: Return of the Dragon
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie, but get the ORIGINAL!!!!

In my opinion this was Bruce's best movie based on his fight with (...)Norris...boy was I glad to see him get his hair pulled out and all...originally this movie is called Way of the Dragon and thats the version I suggest all of you to get instead of the american dub Return...even the sound is better on the HK version because the American release is still mono sound (bleh)'d figure that Fox would improve the sound on their dvds but this is not the case with Return...However, the best version of the film to get is the Hong Kong Legends dvd release of Way of the Dragon which requires a region free dvd player with PAL converter...this is a PAL (not NTSC as in US over here) dvd...if you got the equipment, this is the ultimate version to get because the sound and picture are all remastered to the fullest possible extent and you'd be surprised of the clarity of the redone picture and the loudness of the sound...nevertheless, this movie shows bruce at his best and in his top form...this film is the only film that Bruce directed entirely by himself and it broke records at the box office at the time in HK...the fight between bruce and norris alone is reason enough to own this masterpiece...this fight used to be tops for me until i saw Drunken Master 2 and of course Fist of Legend (the best kung fu movie ever by the way)...this is the only film I know of where double nunchakus are used and this scene was just magical...story?...pretty simple, Bruce must go to Rome where a sort of family restaurant business is being harassed by some gangsters that want their territory...his mission is to basically help them if you want to see chucky get his (...) beat, this is the movie to get...wanna see bruce's best movie, here it is, but I cant urge you all enough...GET THE HK OR THE HONG KONG LEGENDS VERSION OF WAY OF THE DRAGON!!!!While you're at it, get all his other movies too (ENTER, Fist of Fury, Big Boss, Game of Death)...afterall, he's probably the best serious martial artist caught on film.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
Chuck Norris

DVD title: The Third Miracle
Productgroup: DVD
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Thought Provoking Excellent Film

"The Third Miracle" is not an easy film to describe. Yes, the plot can easily be stated, but behind the simple story are so many thought provoking ideas and images that it becomes a multi-layered experience. To tell the details of the plot (and many very amateurish "reviewers" take delight in doing this when the first rule of a good review is to NOT tell the story!!!)negates the real impact of the film. The plot can seem trite, but the way it is acted, the way the scenes are presented and the wonderfully sublte touches make this film one that can be viewed over and over with new meanings coming each time.

I do admit that it will have the biggest impact on someone who knows and believes in the Roman Catholic Church.

The casting is wonderful. Ed Harris should have received multiple awards for this film. Anne Heche is a revelation. I had never thought of her as a real actress but more of a publicity icon. This film proved that she has a depth and technique that belong to fine actors.

For those looking for the "third miracle", it is stated in the last scenes that the third has not yet happened. The viewer can make up their own mind as to that miracle. In the director's comment track, she says that a number of endings were tried, but only the one used came close to being right.

For me, the third miracle is that of Faith. Faith restored, Faith deepened and Faith in what can not be explained.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Agnieszka Holland

DVD title: The Princess Bride
Productgroup: DVD
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I want this on DVD!

I am writing as an adult who loves this movie with all the verbal and visual comedy. I hope it comes out on DVD soon.

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

DVD title: Psycho (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie was a great film! I just loved it. The black and white version is great. Im reading the book, too. Anyways, in this film, there is this girl Marion Crane (in the book Mary) that steals about 40,000 dollars and goes to stay at the Bates motel where no one goes that much since the new road was built. This guy, Norman Bates, is obsessed with his mother which lives on the house on the hill. (the big one). They are both maniacs, and im not giving away any endings. I've seen most horror films and this one was one of the bests!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Anthony Perkins
Janet Leigh

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