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DVD title: Better Off Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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Unrealistic, unbelievable . . . and hilarious.


This is a good film from the 80's. It's my favorite John Cusack film. I viewed it recently and enjoyed it almost as much as I did when I first saw it. Some of the story is unrealistic and unbelievable, but it's so funny from start to finish, you won't care. I loved the 80's music, too.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Savage Steve Holland
Actors:
John Cusack
David Ogden Stiers




DVD title: I, Claudius
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best Series of all time.


I, Claudiius charts the life the Emperor Claudius from the reign of Augustus Caeser to that of Nero. It is compelling on several levels, first as a story about post-Republican Rome, annd secondly as the story of one man's life and rise from obscurity to become Emperor of Rome. Even those not interested in Rome, will find it be great entertainment.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Actors:
Jacobi
Phillips
Hurt
Stewart
Derek Jacobi




DVD title: Baby Tata; Infant Massage, Exercise, and Play DVD
Productgroup: DVD
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Easy and Fun!!


I started doing Baby Tata on my daughter when she was 7 months old, she loved it from the beginning! Now at 1 yrs. old, she claps and gets excited when I turn on Baby Tata! She looks forward to the routine. It is so easy to follow, the music is great and my daughter loves the images too. Baby Tata is a great gift for new parents!
P.S. I think she sleeps better at night after she's had a little Tata during the day!

Michele and Sammie

Studio: Baby Tata Productions
Actors:
Monica Doshi



DVD title: Angel - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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A+


Dark,brooding,and full of fun - Angel takes the Buffyverse to the darker side, but still leaves all the fun!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
David Boreanaz



DVD title: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Criterion Collection (2-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic Anderson


I like Wes Anderson's quirky and some times dark usually subtle sense of humor, his arty treatment to film and his concentration on interpersonal relationships. He has the skillful literate ability to show people as buffoons while at the same time being very touching. His banter between characters can be hilarious. It is a winning formula that continues in The Life Aquatic.
Famed marine explorer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) has a number of problems. His best friend was recently eaten by a shark, his fan base is shrinking and his rival is getting all of the available grant money. Then out of nowhere Ned Plimpton (played by Owen Wilson) appears to his rescue - however Plimpton just might be Zissou's son (the father-son theme is something we find reoccurring in Anderson films).
Off the wacky crew (some of Anderson's standard players) go to find the shark that killed Zissou's friend. Murray and Wilson are magical together. The retro (and sometimes psychedelic) special effects add more of the weirdness for which Anderson is famous. And like in many of Anderson's films a liberal use of familiar tunes is used, this time a lot of David Bowie (nice odd ball early Bowie - Anderson is definitely a man after my own heart) and one Iggy and the Stooges classic, which typical to form are incredibly appropriate. A great cast (which includes William DaFoe and Bud Cort) helps to make this movie a winner.
Second discs are now in vogue in selling DVDs and the second disc depending on the movie is sometimes a hit or miss. The extras in this package are exceptional and add to the package.
Recommended

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Wes Anderson
Actors:
Bill Murray
Owen Wilson
Cate Blanchett
Anjelica Huston




DVD title: Fight Club (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Incredible use of special features


This movie was really incredible. It completely captured the GenX disillusionment with our pop-bubblegum culture (to paraphrase from the movie a little). The dialogue is witty and intelligent. Having watched the movie a few times now, I enjoyed picking out elements throughout the beginning half of the movie that supported Jack's revelation later. Then I looked at all the special features included with the DVD. This DVD set easily makes the most and best use of the DVD format. They definitely provide enough great stuff to warrant a 2 disc set. If you enjoyed the movie at all, I recommend getting the DVD, if just for all the great special features.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: David Fincher
Actors:
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt




DVD title: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Productgroup: DVD
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This is my favorite movie in the whole world!!!


This movie may not be the greatest of all time, but it will always have a place in my heart because it introduced a then 12 year old girl to Aerosmith. Up until the performance of the Future Villian Band, I actually had a crush on Peter Frampton. The numbers by Steve Martin and Alice Cooper are weird, but still enjoyable.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Michael Schultz
Actors:
Peter Frampton
Barry Gibb
Robin Gibb
Maurice Gibb




DVD title: Arabian Nights
Productgroup: DVD
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Arabian Nights


If you enjoy fantasy, myth and lore--Arabian Nights is for you. Falling in a genre with such movies as Merlin and Jason and the Argonauts, this movie will take you on a magic carpet ride (Yes, there is a magic carpet) with beautiful special effects! I felt the beginning was a bit slow but once I realized that there were some wonderful stories to be told, I became entranced. My 7 year old daughter has me return to Aladdin and Ali Baba over and over again (thank goodness for DVD) A must have for any DVD collector! This is fun filled with great story telling by Mili Avital as Scheherazade. Of course, John Lequizamo as the "Genie of the lamp" is one of the premier character actors of all time. 5 stars for Arabian Nights!

Studio: Hallmark Home Entertainment
Director: Steve Barron



DVD title: Split Second
Productgroup: DVD
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fun and exciting, an excellent mixture of the occult and sci


I thought it was very entertaining, and I enjoyed it! I would recommend it to all and sundry.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Actors:
Rutger Hauer
Kim Cattrall




DVD title: Sliders - The First and Second Seasons
Productgroup: DVD
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Sliders is the best


Though the first two seasons are the best, I enjoyed themall. And it's about time this set is coming out.Here are my personal grades and info on the episodes fromthe first two seasons.
Here is what you get with the first two seasons.
1. The Pilot Part 1 ( still the best episode) Quinn first discovers that his sliding technology works. Then he tells the proffesor who at first does not believe him. But later comes around. Along with Wade Wells the three of them test out sliding. But when doing so they accidentaly pull in soul singerRembrant Brown.( Episode Grade A+ )
2. Pilot Part 2 ( The sliders find San Fran. under an ice age,and The U.S under Soviet Communist rule. ( Episode Grade A+ )
3.Fever ( The sliders travel to a world that has never developed Antibiotics.Evereyone around them is sick so they must do something before time runs out.(Episode Grade A-)
4.Last Days ( Sliders find a world where an asteroid is about to destroy the earth. The professor saves the day by showinga fellow scientist how to build a nuke.( Episode grade A+ )
5.Prince of Wails ( In this world America is still under England's Colonial rule.( Episode Grade B )
6. Summer Of Love ( Sliders find alternate world where We areat war with Austraila and Remy replaces his dead alternate self as husband to a old high school crush. ( Episode grade C+ )
7.Eggheads ( In this world intellectuals are treated like athletes, and Quinn competes in A weird sport that tests your intellect. ( Episode grade B- )
8. The Weaker Sex ( Sliders enter a world where women are the dominant sex. Arturo makes men believe that they are equals when he runs for office. (ep grade A- )
9.The King Is Back ( Sliders find a world where Rembrant is treated like Elvis. ( Ep grade B- )
10.Luck Of The Draw- (Sliders find a world where money is free if you play the lottery. But the catch is you must give your life in a form of population control.(Ep Grade A+ )
Season 2
11. Into The Mystic ( Sliders enter a world of witchcraft.Quinn is sick and gets healed by a witchdoctor. Quinn refusesto pay and the Grim Reaper himself serves Quinn a subpeona.ep.( Grade A+ )
12.Love Gods ( Quinn,Arturo,Rembrant are in a world with a shortage of men. They are being used as studs to repopulate.( grade B+
13.Gillian Of The Spirits (Quinn is stuck on an astral plane,and only a psyhcic girl can see him. ( grade B-
14.The Good The Bad And the Wealthy ( Sliders enter a world not unlike the wild west. Where stocks are exchanged through gunfights. ( grade A- )
15. El Sid ( Sliders find a world where the city of San Francisco is a prison. ( grade A+ )
16.Time and Again World ( Sliders enter world where there is no U.S. Constitution to be found except on one little floppy disk.( grade A+ )
17. In Dino Veritas ( Sliders enter a dinosaur wild life reserve) ( grade A- )
18. Post-Traumatic Slide Syndrome ( The sliders think they are home. Rembrant then goes to a psyhciatrist and discovers they are not. ( grade B+ )
19. Obsession ( Sliders find world where everyone can read minds.( grade B- )
20. Greatfellas ( Sliders find world where the mob controls evereything. ( grade C+ )
21. The Young and The Relentless ( Sliders slide into the backyard of an alternate Quinn and Wade. In this world the youngrule and at a certain age you lose your rights.( grade B- )
22. Invasion ( Sliders first encounter with the Kromags and unfortunatley not the last. Though this is a quality episode.The writers seemed to use it too much in later episodes.( grade B- )
23.As time goes by ( On this episode thse sliders slide 3 times.Quinn tries to prevent a murder. And the Sliders find time is moving backwards. ( grade A- )
Overall This is a great package with or without extras. Wewill have to wait and see what Universal adds.
Finally I can get rid of those tapes.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Actors:
Jerry O'Connell



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