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DVD title: Let's Make Love
Productgroup: DVD
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Underrated!


I don't understand why the critics hated this film so much, this is my favorite Marilyn film! They said that she looked tired and heavier than usual in the films, but I think it's the best she ever looked. Wonderful musical score. Loved the storyline!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: George Cukor
Actors:
Marilyn Monroe
Yves Montand




DVD title: An American Rhapsody
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie


I don't have the DVD yet but I just saw this movie on The Movie Channel just because Scarlett Johansson was in it and she's just arresting. The movie is great. You just don't know what kind of sacrifices people close to you make in order for you to have a better life than they did. It's hard also to move on and leave the ones you love.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Éva Gárdos
Actors:
Scarlett Johansson
Nastassja Kinski




DVD title: Final Destination (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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tired of teenager slasher movies? here's a dvd for you.


What sets this teenager slasher movie apart (and above) the others is the villain. After endless Jasons, Freddys, Michael Myers, Scream Ghosts, it's hard to imagine a creative new bad guy. Enter "Death". In the hands of lesser film-makers, we would have had to sit through a whole flick of a cloaked, dark figure a la, "I know What You Did Last Summer", but here we get to see, or experience, death as a natural force. Because you can't see the figure, and because it can be ubiquitous, it makes the "shock" killings all that more shocking. This is a suprisingly tight, well-made movie. It's perhaps no surprise that it's the brain child of X-Files alumni Wong and Morgan. While other reviews have balked at the mix of humor and gore, I think it plays really well. It doesn't fall into pastiche comedy-horror, but rather titilates the audience with a teasing sense of humor. While you can assure yourself that there's no Freddy or Jason under your bed and get a good night's sleep, this movie makes you realize death is on its way and there's no escape. How confrontational is that for a teenager slasher? Kudos to the film makers for something different and enjoyable. Also, the DVD provides the original ending and a documentary on the "test screening" process and why the ending got changed. One of the best DVD supplements I've seen.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: James Wong (IV)
Actors:
Devon Sawa
Ali Larter




DVD title: Serial Experiments - Lain: Knights (Layers 5-7)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best of the Four - Knights


If you buy only one tape of Serial Experiments Lain(Which is a really bad idea), make this the one. Not only does this raise the most interesting questions, but some of the best plot twists occur here, including what happens to Lain's sister, Mika.
If you want an anime to keep you up at night, either with thought or with chills, make this it.

Studio: Pioneer Video



DVD title: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (25th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie.


wow. this definitely has to be one of my favorite movies of all time. the simple fact that ive seen it a virtually countless amount of times both live and at home yet it is still a movie that attracts my absolute attention whenever its playing stands out in my mind as great. its hard to believe that this movie is 25 years old and still holds its impact so much more than when it was released. but as for this DVD edition.... ITS ABOUT TIME! i found out when it was to be released and i had my schedule memorized with "buy rocky dvd....... buy rocky dvd..." and all the special features included are great! definitely a keeper! even if you've never experienced the live show this is the 2nd best way to watch this movie! BUY IT!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Jim Sharman
Actors:
Tim Curry
Susan Sarandon
Barry Bostwick
Richard O'Brien




DVD title: Much Ado About Nothing
Productgroup: DVD
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Very romantic and joyful Shakespearean comedy adaptation


One of Shakespeare's most popular and romantic comedies is brought to screen and I can't imagine seeing one that was more fun, full of life and happiness, and simply charming than this one. I haven't read the play myself but seeing this makes me want to.
The opening itself cries out heroism and revelry, as the sight of Don Pedro and his men returning on horseback from wars, the women quickly going to their baths within their chambers at the same time the men bathe outside, until both sides greet each other. Don Pedro and his men accept the hospitality of Leonardo for ten days. In the process, Count Claudio is instantly smitten by Hero, Leonato's daughter, while a war of acid wit is played out between Benedick and Beatrice, Hero's cousin. Indeed, when speaking against the merits of love, Beatrice says, "I had rather my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me." To which Benedick replies, "God keep your ladyship still in that mind so some gentlemen or other escaped a predestinated scratched face." "Scratching could not make it worse than for a face such as yours were." And so it goes.
Here, in this idyllic garden-like setting, the protagonists seek to put Cupid out of a job. Don Pedro promises to speak to Hero and Leonardo on Claudio's behest, while those four conspire to match Benedick and Beatrice. The way they do it as amusing and harkens to its theatrical roots even though it is set in a nice outdoor atmosphere. What's just as priceless is the reactions of both targets when they overhear. It all comes down to both sides putting aside their pride, contempt, scorn
However, in every garden of love, there is a serpent, and it is Don John, brother of Don Pedro. He plots with his lackeys Bracchio and Conrad to sabotage the matching of Hero and Claudio, and the way he does it is insidious from the effects.
Shakespeare's lines are well-preserved in this adaptation and as such the witty and memorable lines flow like an effervescent stream. "She speaks poniards and every word stabs. If her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her. She would infect to the North Star." That bad, huh?
Kenneth Branagh indeed does go a bit OTT as Benedick, but he is by no means the only strong player in this Shakespearean adaptation. Emma Thompson proves every bit as his sweet Beatrice, but looking at this film is a bittersweet reminder of when they were still together.
It's wonderful to see Richard Briers (Leonato) in a prominent role as such a loving father to Hero. After Good Neighbours ended, it seemed a shame for him to be forgotten to the US in the 1980's, but thanks to Branagh's Shakespearean adaptations, Briers has been resurrected once again.
Brian Blessed is remarkably restrained, sort of, as Leonato's brother Antonio. That girth, beard, and that explosive toothy grin when he laughs is unmistakably Voltar from Flash Gordon or Yrcarnos from Doctor Who-Mindwarp.
I've only seen Robert Sean Leonard in Dead Poets Society, but he does well as Claudio. And after seeing Kate Beckinsale (Hero) before she turned Hollwood is apropos: "Can the world buy such a jewel?"
Michael Keaton's bad teeth, scraggly hair, and deranged performance as Dogberry the constable is either funny or irritating depending on one's mood. And don't forget what kind of animal he is.
The only one who lets down is Keanu Reeves as Don John, who does have an unpleasant character, but can't act his way out of a sonnet even if it was written for him in 50 pt font. His lines are delivered woodenly. "Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be medicinal to me,... DUDE!" Actually, it would be very funny if he said that in the movie a la Ted, but he doesn't, and the only bar, cross, and impediment here is his acting.
A must for romantics of all sorts. Others beware!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Actors:
Kenneth Branagh
Emma Thompson
Keanu Reeves
Kate Beckinsale




DVD title: Iron Monkey
Productgroup: DVD
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Not new...but better than Tiger!


I'm not going to name names and stuff life that.
My boyfriend and I bought this DVD from a store because it was fairly expensive for a DVD and it HAD to be good. Yes, a silly reason, but we were NOT disappointed.
The martial arts in this film was really entertaining. The stunts were incredible and I enjoyed the "Robin Hood" plot. I suggest people see/buy Iron Monkey. Crouching Tiger, it ain't and if you keep an open mind, you'll be happy about that.
PS - Do NOT buy Monkey 2.

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Woo-ping Yuen
Actors:
Rongguang Yu
Donnie Yen




DVD title: Caligula (Unrated Version)
Productgroup: DVD
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a classic for the future


when the censors are finaly put to rest this film will be recognised as a classic piece of film i felt that i was living in the rome of caligula. brilliant in the filming and realistic in the potrayal of the exeses of the ruling classes.I JUST LOVED IT AND CANNOT UNDERSTAND ANY CENSORSHIP OF THE TRUTH

Studio: Image Entertainment
Actors:
Malcolm McDowell
Helen Mirren
Peter O'Toole




DVD title: Clue
Productgroup: DVD
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It WAS the third ending! (major spoilers)


Clue is a great film, especially considering it is based on a board game. Madeline Kahn gets one of the best lines of her carrer when she explains why she killed Yvette. Now, here is why I think the third ending is correct.
A painting in the dining room shows "Mr. Boddy" in a butler's uniform.
Yvette says she is afraid because she also drank the cognac. According to the first ending, she was killing the cook in the kitchen while the guests were discussing the possibility of the cognac being poisoned.
In the second ending, Mrs. Peacock turns off the electricity, but when it is turned off she is still in the basement.
I believe that "Wadsworth" got wet in the shower, ran downstairs, shot the girl, and then ran back upstairs so he could return from his floor with the others to avoid suspicion. Mr. Green called the cops offscreen and probably did some manipulating to further confuse the case and keep everyone busy.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Actors:
Eileen Brennan
Tim Curry




DVD title: Secretary
Productgroup: DVD
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Unconventional Love Story


Young Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) gets her first job as a secretary in the law office of Mr. E. Edward Grey (James Spader). Shy, frumpy and unsure of herself, Lee initially has trouble coping with Mr. Grey's perfectionism. The boss and secretary's dependency on one another grows and evolves into an overt dominant-submissive relationship. Through this relationship, Lee gains self-confidence and is able to put the self-destructive habits of her past behind her. Both Lee and Mr. Grey find the love and understanding that they crave in this unconventional but mutually fulfilling relationship.
Secretary is equal parts love story, psychological drama, and sex farce. In some ways, it is a classic romance: Two needy people discover that what they need is each other. But in Secretary, the characters' emotional needs are extreme, and their ways of expressing love are eccentric. The film treats the subject of dominant-submissive relationships with humor and generally good nature. It doesn't equate these relationships with dysfunction, but instead asserts that dominant-submissive behavior can be a way for some people to overcome dysfunction, or at least to transform it into something harmless. The performances are terrific. James Spader is wonderful as Mr. Grey, a middle-aged divorced lawyer who is distrustful of love and sometimes afraid of what his own desires might mean. Maggie Gyllenhaal is radiant, funny, and totally convincing as the bright but troubled young secretary.
Secretary isn't graphic, but it is kinky, and it does not moralize. If you don't like the idea of "alternative" lifestyles, you won't like this film. If you don't mind breaking with convention, I highly recommend Secretary. It is funny, touching, provocative, and boasts some great performances.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Steven Shainberg
Actors:
James Spader
Maggie Gyllenhaal




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