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DVD title: Snatch (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Undoubtedly Worth It, especially on DVD


Snatch has got to be my favorite movie. I bought it on VHS almost 2 weeks ago, and i watched it about 10 times and never got tired of it. About one week ago, I bought the DVD for all the extras. The VHS is wonderful, but the DVD is even better. On DVD, you have behind the scenes (with the actors and special effects), deleted scenes, pictures, filmographies, comments.. just great stuff, especially if you like the movie. The only thing I would change about it is the fact that it didn't show enough Benicio del Toro. But that's my opinion. The movie is still completely AWESOME and everyone should go buy it now, its worth it.
(the effects are great, the plot is great, everything about the movie rocks, plus brad pitt has his shirt off in a few scenes -- don't worry though, this is NOT a "chick flick".. thats just a bonus) .. *AND this movie is HILARIOUS -- clever too, not stupid like Dude Where's My Car?*
PS: The SOUNDTRACK to this movie kicks [butt]!!!!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Guy Ritchie
Actors:
Jason Statham
Brad Pitt




DVD title: Sailor Moon R - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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A fave movie for everyone


It is the best movie I've ever seen. It's romantic and It teaches a big lesson in friendship. It shows how Darien got his power for roses and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with how he did.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara



DVD title: Lord of the Wu Tang
Productgroup: DVD
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Bad hair day


Some people didn't like this movie for various reasons; too much wire work, confusing plot, etc. Personally, I didn't like the wigs some of the guys were wearing and I understood the plot only in broad general terrms, but I still have to give this movie 5 stars, even if it sometimes did feel more like The Lord of the Rings instead of Hong Kong Cinema. As for too much wire work or not, the fights were still great and you didn't have to wait long to see one. And as for the wire work itself...without it, we'd be back to the seventies Shaw Brothers Kung Fu theatre formulas, and while some of that stuff was pretty good, it was still one dimensional and got to be fairly monotonous after a while. Hell, even the Cantonese got tired of it. And without innovation, stagnation sets in. As for the characters...admittedly, Jet Li did look like a Chinese Luke Skywalker in his all white costume in the last fight scene, but as always his moves were a fine combination of fluidity and force, like a combination of Mikhail Barishnakov and Bruce Lee. It's always a pleasure to watch him, even if the movie you're watching him in isn't that good. Chigmy Lau (sp?) as always looked good (although her hair style made it look like she had jug handles on her head), and Tsui Kam-Kong looked unusual only because he had his clothes on (He often shows up in the softcore porn of HKC, like the Sex and Zen series and Erotic Ghost Story). And of course, last but never least, I liked Sammo's sometimes grouchy, sometimes affable, always lethal Chang Sang-Feng (FYI, in case you don't know, the same character Jet Li played in Tai Chi Master, and the Taoist monk who supposedly created T'ai Chi). His on the spot T'ai Chi/Wu Dang lesson to Jet Li at the end was both entertaining and probably the best description of T'ai chi I've ever heard in a movie; "without form, beginning or end, forget all your forms", or words to that effect. When the script allows him, Sammo can really make himself stand out on the screen. So, all in all, Kung Fu Cult Master is definately worth seeing, bizzare hairstyles or not.

Studio: Front Row Video, Inc



DVD title: Scrubs - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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HILARIOUS TV SHOW!!


This show is by far one of the funniest shows on TV! I can't wait until it comes out on DVD! - It should already be on DVD!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Actors:
Zach Braff



DVD title: Phantom of the Paradise
Productgroup: DVD
Phantom of the Paradise - movie DVD cover picture
"Trust me!"


Hilarious spoof of horror films, ranging from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (especially the Hammer version with Herbert Lom), FAUST, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, THE BLACK CAT, FRANKENSTEIN, with a little bit of DAY OF THE LOCUST and GIMME SHELTER to sweeten the mix. Paul Williams proves himself a jack-of-all-trades, writing and producing the marvelously catchy score as well as perfectly personifying the oily, devious Swan. William Finley gets the role of his career as Winslow Leach, a man with more trust than control of his temper, and he effectively and touchingly portrays the ripped-off artist. Jessica Harper in her first film proves herself an excellent actress and singer as the not-so-innocent Phoenix (but oh those crummy, stiff dance moves while she's singing her audition song! Ouch!) and went on to star in SHOCK TREATMENT, the more-or-less sequel to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. (Has anybody else noticed that 20th Century Fox produced both POTP and RHPS? An interesting coincidence.)
The satire is laid on thick and heavy, with Gerrit Graham taking the part of the rival songstress (yes, I said songstress) terrorized by the Phantom so his ingenue can have the lead. And look closely at the list of Swan's contractees when the receptionist is checking to see if the Phantom is on the "allowed to see the boss list" --- a quick glimpse reveals Bette Midler, David Geffen, Kris Kristofferson and Dick Clark!
George Memmoli as Philbin is particularly good. His comic timing works especially well with Gerrit Graham's. However, while the credits say that the John Chambers (PLANET OF THE APES, NIGHT GALLERY, etc) did the makeup design, it's pretty hard to believe, looking at the Phantom's putty eye and the suddenly-aged Swan's bloody visage --- but what the heck, it doesn't really hurt the film.
De Palma never made a better film. He even uses his trademark annoying mannerisms (multiple split-screen image, a la THE BOSTON STRANGLER, and the inevitable Hitchcock "homage") to excellent effect here.
Don't miss this one, you'll never forgive yourself. Trust me!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Brian De Palma
Actors:
Paul Williams (III)
William Finley




DVD title: Edge of Seventeen
Productgroup: DVD
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Too honest for words...


This is the most honest look at coming-out in the 80's. For those of us who where coming-out then, the movie really is too honest for words. It is funny, witty, sad, brutal and touching. And, it shows a time when our "Aunties" (older gay men) were an important and significant part of our culture.

Studio: Strand Releasing Home
Director: David Moreton



DVD title: Carly Simon - Live from Martha's Vineyard: The Classic Concert
Productgroup: DVD
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Truly, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of


Having worn out my copy of the VHS, this concert was always high on my wish list. Imagine my excitement when I heard Howard Stern do a spot for it. I ordered it on Amazon and got it in two days. I haven't stopped playing it. Carly has never been better then when she performs live, which is such a rare treat.Listening to "Coming Around Again," "You're So Vain," "You Have To Hurt," and "Nobody Does It Better," live and in surround sound is amazing. The picture is crystal clear and brings back fond memories of watching it for the first time on HBO. The special features are really top notch, I especially thought theinterview intercut with behind the scenes footage was well done and interesting. And how great is it that "The Right Thing To Do," which wasn't on my vhs is included. Kudos to everyone involved in putting this DVD together. To the reviewer who wrote about Grandstand, you can check them out on their sitegrandstandent.com.

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Actors:
Carly Simon



DVD title: Nosferatu the Vampyre
Productgroup: DVD
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A Masterpiece


I don't know why the people at Widescreen Review rated this DVD so poorly, because as far as I'm concerned this transfer is marvellous. Details and colours are extremely rich, the cinematography is astounding, the soundtrack is clear in dialogue and atmospheric in musical score. Herzog's vision is a complete masterpiece - serving as both an homage to Murnau's still-astonishing original and as a reinterpretation and reassessment of the Nosferatu myth. Kinski's performance as the Count is both terrifying and achingly sad. He gives us more insight into the barren, haunted soul of the vampyre than I have ever seen in a film of this type. Adjani, as Lucy, is a beautiful doomed heroine. Adjani is an actress who never gives less than the most powerful performance, she inhabits every character she plays, and her Lucy is a passionate, sensual woman, acutely vulnerable and intensely courageous, whose disturbing psychosexual bond with the Count serves as the undoing of both of them. She illuminates the screen. Finally, Ganz's Jonathan Harker is a revelation. For once, it is a pleasure to see a completely three dimensional interpretation of Harker's character when, in most other movies, he is relegated to little more than glorified extra status after his initial foray into Castle Dracula. 'Nosferatu The Vampyre' is a perfect example of a director and actors coming together at the top of their craft, and what they have created here is nothing less than spectacular.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: Werner Herzog
Actors:
Klaus Kinski
Isabelle Adjani
Bruno Ganz




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I truly hope...(MINOR SPOILERS)


Alright, I know I'm once again breaking the rules by writing a review for the trailor instead of the movie, but in my defense I'm not the only one impatiently awaiting the next installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and if Amazon.com didn't want input before the movie's release, then they wouldn't have this webpage up! Anyway, if you don't find my review for the brand new trailor helpful, I hope at least that you find it interesting.The brand new trailor, not yet shown in theatres, once again got my heart pumping due to the incredible amount of new scenes, new dialouge and new characters that were held within it. It's much better put together than the first trailor which was a bit clumsy and choppy (as some reviewers have noted) but this new one can be found at the official sight and I strongly advise heading down there to download it.It begins much as the preview did, with Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas on the hunt for the captured Merry and Pippen - only in this one they are stopped by the Riders of Rohan and we get our first good look at Eomer who questions them on their presence suspiciously, but sends them on their way (and all of this filmed practically on my backdoor!) It moves to include shots of Merry and Pippen in the orc's imcampment and Frodo and Sam descending into the Emyn Muil who comment on their lack of direction. With all the broken Fellowship accounted for, it immediatly launches into shots of other characters.
Many include furthering the relationship between Aragorn and Arwen - there are many shots of them together and Elrond sternly telling Aragorn - "Our time here is ending. Arwen's time is ending. Let her go" and telling Arwen - "There is nothing for you here, only death." There is certainly pressure on them to part ways, but Arwen quietly answers her father -"There is still hope," even after Elrond predicts that Aragorn will not return. Purists at this point may be concerned at these extensive love scenes, none of which appear in the book, but let me explain: although there are rumours that Arwen appears at Helm's Deep, we can be fairly certain this is *not* true. Instead the elves abandon Rivendell for the Grey Havens(there is a beautiful shot of their departure in the trailor) and Arwen takes the still un-forged Shards of Narsil with her.
But the trailor doesn't focus solely on the love story - along with Eomer there are many scenes of Eowyn and the much anticipated Bernard Hill as King Theoden, who is being conselled by Gandalf and Aragorn to prepare for war. He is reluctant, but much of the dialouge includes talk of the Uruk-Hai and their purpose to wipe out the world of men. Theoden declares: "I will not risk open war!" and Aragorn replies: "Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not." Eowyn to gets some good scenes - Theoden orders her to led the refugees from Rohan, we see her looking quite feminine at one stage and there is an intriguing scene with her and Aragorn where she asks him - "Who is she? The one who gave you that jewel?" It would seem Peter Jackson is heightening the love triangle between Aragorn, Eowyn and Arwen, though for better or worse remains to be seen.
And thankfully, there is more of Frodo and Sam. There was very little of them in all previous previews for the Two Towers, but here there are some very VERY amazing scenes of them struggling with Gollum and appointing him as their guide through Mordor; Frodo brandishing a sword; Frodo falling face-first to the ground (possibly fainting?) and Sam crying out that the Ring "is taking hold of you!" (P.S. thanks to the reviewers who wrote in explaining Frodo's role in the next book, but all I meant in my previous review was that there was surprising little of him in the *preview* - I assume because his journey through Mordor isn't as visually exciting as the rest of character's travels).
Now brace yourselves, as the last portion of the trailor picks up speed, and to incredible music flashes through scenes of: the blazing eye of Sauron atop Barad-dur; an awe-inspiring shot of the orc legions; Saruman and Wormtongue; fleeting but clear glimpses of the Wargs; an ent swooping down and lifting Merry off his feet; an oliphaunt; tantalising glimpses of Gandalf's battle with the Balrog; Shadowfax; battle sequences on horseback; Gandalf's return to the three hunters; and more of incredible battle at Helm's Deep. Track this trailor down - you won't be sorry, as it adds even more exicitement for December!
From the trailor - "The Fellowship has broken...the Power of Darkness Grows...All Will Be Sacrificed...All Will Be Lost...Unless All Unite Against Evil..."
P.S. - If your reading this AFTER the movies' release, please don't vote, as obviously this review will be obselete.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen




DVD title: Wild Reeds
Productgroup: DVD
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Just so beautiful


ONE OF THE BEST FILM EVER THAT CAME OUT OF FRANCE. A WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENT!!! gAEL IS BREATHTAKING IN THIS MOVIE!
cATCH HIM IN HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT IN "full speed"

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: André Téchiné
Actors:
André Téchiné
Élodie Bouchez
Gaël Morel
Stéphane Rideau




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