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DVD title: Firefly - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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Unique TV Show - Worth owning

Ok, here is another glowing endorsement. I am a SF fan, but did not catch Firefly when it orginially aired. Space/cowboy show? Sounded corny. This week a friend bought me the DVD set. Wow, I am a new convert. I watched all the episodes in about 2 days. I am starting to watch my favorite ones over again. I would not discribe it as SF. It is a unique fictional entertainment that is adult fun at a very high level. It does have enough technology/science to get the charactors from one planet to another, but tech/sci does not get in the way of the story. Magic tech/sci tricks don't get our charactors out of trouble. They get into trouble because of actions driven by human nature, they get out of trouble through thoughtful decisions, strong will and luck. The 9 central charactors work together as a team, but have conflicts and known and unknown motives for their actions. I cared about the charactors. Tears sometimes came to my eyes for short term charactors that were only in one episode. The series had fun, humor and danger and mystery and just enough good space scenes to keep an old SF fan like myself dazzled. I promise you if you buy this DVD set, you will not be sorry. I expect this will be a classic in fiction for decades to come.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Nathan Fillion

DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fifth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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My thoughts.....

In my opinion, I feel that this season was probably one of the best seasons out of all seven. It touches on all the subjects that really matter.
First of all, it deals with a death in the family. It shows that everyone reacts differently to it, and that no way is wrong. It answers questions that some people are afraid to ask, or even touch on.
Second of all, it touches on the question that everyone asks at least once in their life. I know I have. And that question is, "Why am I really here?" It shows that you're not alone in the world, when feeling like that.
Now, about Dawn. I've been readin that a lot of people don't like her. Honestly, I feel she brought somethin to the show. Like one previously said, she brought the sister relationship to the show. And it wasn't fake. Believe me, I have an older sister, and we act the exact same way as Buffy and Dawn. I could personally relate to them. My sister and I are always bickering, but when it really counts, we'll always be there for one another, no matter what. That is what real sibling relationships are like, and that is what Joss portrayed. I gotta give him props for that one.
I loved the fact that Spike started falling in love with Buffy in this season. I always felt they had that chemistry, and was hoping that they would touch on that in the show, and they finally did.
All in all, I say this and season seven are the best ones.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Sarah Michelle Gellar

DVD title: Heat
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie ever.

Heat contains two of the greatest actors that the world has ever known, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro. These two alone make the movie buy worthy. The plot, acting, I loved everything about this movie. If you haven't seen it, I suggest that you do.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Michael Mann
Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Val Kilmer
Jon Voight

DVD title: Ramtha - Create Your Day: An Invitation To Open Your Mind from Mark Vicente, Director of "What The Bleep Do We Know!?"
Productgroup: DVD
Ramtha - Create Your Day: An Invitation To Open Your Mind from Mark Vicente, Director of "What The Bleep Do We Know!?" - movie DVD cover picture
What Will YOU Create Today?

"To let life happen to you is irresponsible. To create your day is your divine right." -Ramtha

You're always creating your day-and your reality-regardless of whether you consciously intend to do so. That is, your thoughts affect your reality just as the Observer affects the Quantum Field. Our attitudes, assumptions, and expectations reinforce the neural net of our brains. The good news is that we can expand-and change-this neural net by consciously creating our day.

Before we fully awaken, we are dis-identified with our "identity". We literally re-orient ourselves to familiar ruts when we begin to think along the same lines day after day. However, before we "bond" with our neural net, we can literally choose to create our day according to what we'd like to experience. Ramtha gives a word of caution, however: "create only those things you are willing to accept."

According to Ramtha, Quantum Physics is the only science that factors in your opinion. This is why you-and your thoughts-matter so much. In fact, Ramtha says that you matter, and would be greatly missed in this time if you weren't here.

This 45 minute DVD is purely Ramtha speaking to the camera (though J.Z. Knight). Although Mark Vincente had a hand in it, neither he nor any of the individuals featured in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know?! are featured in this DVD. I love the fact that there are no "fillers" or grand introductions to this DVD. The video begins-and ends-with Ramtha speaking about how we can create our day with awareness.

In this delightful invitation to open your mind, Ramtha explains how thought is the architecture of reality-and how to MAKE life happen...rather than have it happen TO us. The superstitious, as well as those who think this is all hogwash, are creating their day. Everyone gets to have what they deem necessary, says Ramtha.

Ramtha also addresses our notions of God and how we've created Him in OUR image, rather than the reverse. "Pretty soon", says Ramtha, "you'll graduate God from something mean and fearful to something sublime...The greatest worship we can have for God is to live LIKE God. The greatest gift we have is not what God can give us, but to celebrate live every day."

My favorite parts of this DVD are when Ramtha explains what doubt well as the definition-and purpose-of hope. "Doubt is a word describing a desire not to participate. Doubt keeps you from changing your life, your beliefs, you religion..." Hope, on the other hand, is "the permission to think beyond restraint-to live without confinement...Possibilities ring the bell of hope. Is it possible to live beyond my confinement?"

Ramtha answers this question with a resounding YES. Yes, indeed, you CAN live beyond the restraint of established thought and the environmental reinforcement of those thoughts!

You were just waiting for someone to encourage you to be the "more" that you are, weren't you?

Today, I will have an encounter with the unusual.

What will YOU create today?

Studio: Ramtha's School of Enlightenment
Director: Mark Vicente

DVD title: Hellfest 2000
Productgroup: DVD
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Attention all hardcore metal fans: Buy THis Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who ever started this concert fest thing is the most guy on the face of this planet. I have never seen a cool show in my life before and now i wish to attend the hellfest one of these days. The bands include Bane, Poison the Well, Converge, Walls of Jericho, Shai Hulud, Every time i die and more!!!! If you like one or all of these bands, i suggest you to get this now!!!!

Studio: Red Distribution, In

DVD title: The Truth About Cats & Dogs
Productgroup: DVD
The Truth About Cats & Dogs - movie DVD cover picture

This is a great movie... giving the everyday woman out there hope that there is a man that thinks we are beautiful on the outside because we are beautiful on the inside.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Michael Lehmann
Uma Thurman
Janeane Garofalo

DVD title: Madonna - Truth or Dare
Productgroup: DVD
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Are you filming this! Are you!

Come on can someone possibly review this and stay partial? Of course fans of Madonna are going to say what a fabulous queen she is and unenlightend folks are going to qawk at her every stunning move and proclaim that "Truth or Dare" is the most boring and trashy thing they have ever seen in their life ...have they seen a Mariah Carey perfomance? Well the truth is that "Truth or Dare" is not boring and that Madonna is really that fabulous! Would we want to see anyone else go on a rampage when their microphone screws up? Would we want to see anyone else recall their first sexual experience in detail and watch the guiltly sqirm in her pants? Would we want to watch anyone else dis Kevin Costner-oh scratch that one...nevertheless NO! We want Madonna. Sure she has her moments that make you want to slap her(or fall at her feet) but who doesn't! Madonna (unfortunatly) is only human and so are we...and that is why we love watching her...

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Alek Keshishian

DVD title: Desperate Living
Productgroup: DVD
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The movie that shows John Waters is the King of "trash"!

This is John's trashiest and best work. I thought it would be hard to top Pink Flamingoes, but this one does it. I love Grizelda and who can't love Edith Massey as Queen Carlotta. This movie is a must have for Waters' fans.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Waters

DVD title: The Wiggles - Yummy Yummy
Productgroup: DVD
The Wiggles - Yummy Yummy - movie DVD cover picture
Great attention getter

This video is tops in my eyes! My daughter from the age of 10 months started watching it and still can't take her eyes off the screen at 18 months. She dances around and watches the Wiggles very intently. I love this video the best and love singing the songs, my husband is even singing along,lol.

Studio: Lyrick Studios

DVD title: Gandhi
Productgroup: DVD
Gandhi - movie DVD cover picture
"We must be the change we wish to see."

"Gandhi" is a brilliant encapsulation of the life of the man who must be counted among the greatest, most admirable figures in the history of humankind. Starring Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen, Rohini Hattangady, Roshan Seth, John Gielgud, and Trevor Howard, and directed by Richard Attenborough, this 1982 film is a stunning achievement - without doubt one of the finest biographical epics ever made. It garnered six Academy Awards, including Best Picture; Best Actor (Kingsley); and Best Director (Attenborough). This film beautifully fulfills the goals set out in the film's preface: " be faithful in spirit to the record and try to find one's way to the heart of the man..."
As this film demonstrates, Mohandas K. Gandhi, always faithful to his principles of equality, justice, and peace, uses non-violent civil disobedience as a means to gain equality for his nation's oppressed. his weapon. He is repeatedly assaulted by police and is imprisoned - usually on trumped up charges - several times because of his political beliefs and activism. Yet this always gentle and humble gentle man never loses sight of his main goal: helping his people achieve political and economic equality. Although only marginally successful, Gandhi becomes famous throughout the world for his work in South Africa and India.
In this masterfully produced, directed, written, and acted film, the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi is painted against the backdrop of some of the most momentous events in twentieth century Indian history. "Gandhi" shows how the Mahatma (Great Soul) leads a nation of 350 million people to freedom from British colonial rule using non-violent means. We see Gandhi at the outset, making speeches in his low-key style, but even then espousing his clearly defined doctrine of peaceful non-cooperation against a repressive British colonial rule. Contrary to many public perceptions of the man, this film shows that Gandhi was not just a simple, humble man in a loincloth. He was a shrewd, pragmatic man who knew the value of good press in the furtherance of his cause. He knew how to confront his political enemies in ways that got his point across while garnering from his foes a grudging respect.
Throughout all these tumultuous events, Gandhi never wavers from his belief in non-violent civil resistance as a means of achieving justice, equality, and freedom for the Indian nation.
January 30, 1948: a supreme irony: Mohandas K. Gandhi - the man of peace who consistently espouses the dignity of all people; the proponent of non-violence, equality, justice, and peace - is violently gunned down by an assassin working for a fanatic Hindu group.
There are simply not enough superlatives to do adequate justice to "Gandhi." Every aspect of this film is masterfully done! Ben Kingsley's portrayal of Gandhi is one of those singular performances that is so good that it defies description. His meticulous preparation for this part is readily evident in every scene in which he appears. His physical resemblance to the real Gandhi, and the way he mimicked Gandhi's mannerisms, is so realistic as to be positively eerie. Kingsley's performance is always sensitive, even slightly understated. Yet there is always present a powerful intensity that conveys the deep spirituality and integrity of the man he so lovingly portrays.
Other performances, although nowhere near as wide-ranging, are no less outstanding. Among them: John Gielgud as the slighly addled, pompous British viceroy, Lord Irwin; Trevor Howard as the British judge whose respect for defendant Gandhi leads him to rise from his seat in deference to the man he is about to sentence to prison; Roshan Seth as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the staunchly loyal disciple and future Indian Prime Minister; and Rohini Hattangady as Gandhi's loving wife.
A NOTE ABOUT THE DVD: "Gandhi," a 20-year old film, was only released on DVD for the first time in October 2001. This a truly magnificent restoration and remastering of this great film! It's the first time that "Gandhi" appears on recorded media in its original 2.35:1 widescreen format. Video and audio quality are both simply outstanding! There are plenty of "extras" included on the DVD, including a "Making of Gandhi" photo montage and several newsreel clips showing Gandhi at several important points in his life. "Gandhi" is a film that belongs in every movie lover's DVD collection

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Richard Attenborough
Ben Kingsley
John Gielgud

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