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DVD title: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
Productgroup: DVD
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Unrequited Love is in the Air

Peanuts once again hits DVD with this collection of three animated specials focusing on love.
The disc starts off with "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," which first aired in 1975. Valentine's Day is coming, and the gang's getting excited. Charlie Brown is hoping for lots of Valentines this year. Linus has a crush on his teacher and buys her a box of chocolate which Sally thinks is for her. And in the middle of all this, Snoopy puts on a special Pawpet Theater show involving love. Frankly, I found this story to be a little depressing, even for Peanuts and was surprised that The Little Red Haired Girl didn't even get mentioned.
Next comes 1967's "You're in Love, Charlie Brown." It's two days before school lets out for the summer, and Charlie Brown is trying to work up the nerve to talk to The Little Red Haired Girl. This is affecting every aspect of his life, leading to some embarrassing moments and potentially the worst last school day ever. This short was filled with the humor and warmth I usually associate with Peanuts.
The final selection is "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown," from 1977. Charlie Brown is shocked to learn that part of his duties during Homecoming is to dance with the Homecoming Queen after kissing her. And the queen is none other then The Little Red Haired Girl, whose name we learn is Heather. But first, he must do his job as punter in the homecoming football game. This would be easy, except guess who's holding the football! This sweet story brought a smile to my face with the ending.
As with other Peanuts DVD's the three programs are the heart and sole of the disc. There is a computer game for another movie, and that's all. Still, the programs are ultimately what I bought it for. The picture is clear and sharp. The sound seems to have a bit of a problem, but only on the first show and only when Linus and Sally are speaking. Other wise, the sound is fine in all three.
This disc will appeal to Peanuts fans of all ages. While the first program may not have as happy an ending as usual, the other two make up for it big time. I'd never seen these programs before buying the disc, but I intend to watch them for years to come.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Phil Roman

DVD title: My Romance - An Evening With Jim Brickman in Concert
Productgroup: DVD
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An Excellent DVD and an Excellent Concert

Jim Brickman is a very talented performer, song writer, and vocalist. This concert was a pleasure to watch and one to watch again, and again, and again.

I loved too the performances by Donny Osmond. To me, that was two great artists coming together to make sweet music.

Olivia Newton-John was also a guest artist on this concert and it is great to hear her voice again and as beautiful as ever.

I loved the behind the scenes. They were hilarious and fun to watch.

This is a definite 5 and more stars DVD and a must watch, must have DVD to add to your collection.

Studio: Bmg/Windham Hill
Olivia Newton-John
Donny Osmond
Jim Brickman

DVD title: Big Eden
Productgroup: DVD
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I have to say that I was skeptical about this film but I watched it and LOVED it....the story line is one that has emotion and a real life feel to it...the actors are great and the ending is great. I would have to put this film in the top 5 GLBT ever! A MUST HAVE!!!

Studio: Wolfe Video
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Arye Gross
Eric Schweig

DVD title: Doctor Who - The Caves of Androzani
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Peter Davison story!

In this 4 part story Davison performes great and the story is getting better and better every time you watch it.
A must have for every Doctor Who fan.

Studio: BBC Video

DVD title: The Time Machine
Productgroup: DVD
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oh snap

yo this movie was phenomenal. since the movie was well directed.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Simon Wells
Guy Pearce
Yancey Arias

DVD title: Bewitched - The Complete First Season (Black and White)
Productgroup: DVD
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Simply Bewitching!

I was impressed with how quickly Amazon sent this to me...I preordered it with the free shipping and got it the next day...the packaging is great (2 slimline cases, 2 discs each case) and I think the video transfer is excellent. And the price was great too...I haven't seen some of these for many years...and I've enjoyed watching them again!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Elizabeth Montgomery

DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Pirates of the Carribbean:The Curse of the Black Pearl

Whoever thinks Pirates of the Caribbean was a disappointment must be seriously disturbed. I'm such a huge movie buff and I love old fashioned movies like that. Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom were simply breath taking. The movie was amazing, and that is an understatement! I never saw a better movie and believe me, I've seen just about everything. 5 stars? More like 5 million.
And I must say, Johnny Depp has got to be the sexiest pirate I've ever seen.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce

DVD title: Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (TV Miniseries)
Productgroup: DVD
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This is what Dune fans have waited for...

As far as I've heard, director Greg Yaitanes (not the same director as the first Dune miniseries; that was John Harrison) had *not* read the books when he decided to direct the series. he went pretty much only from the script, his intention being to make the series make sense to someone who had not read the books. So I'm gonna have to disagree with this idea of it being necessary to read the books to understand the series. Sure it'll *help*, but it's not at all *necessary*.
As far as miniseries go, this is probably the best one I've ever seen. The acting is superb considering the fairly young age of the relatively unknown cast; those unknowns actually act circles around Susan Sarandon (Princess Wensicia), who actually struck me as the most boring person to watch in the entire series. At 23, James McAvoy (Leto) did an amazing job, making Leto into much more of an endearing human character than I ever imagined possible. He did an excellent job of carrying the series, but he wasn't alone. Alec Newman (Paul/Mua'dib) impressed me and then some with his transformation from whiny spoiled brat in the first Dune series, to reluctant but persevering messiah in part 1 of Children of Dune, and finally into The Preacher; a Mua'dib who has lost his wife, his eyes and his prescience. Alice Krige (Jessica) also did a great job of making the role her own (another actress played this character's part in the first series).
The directing, editing and cinematography are beautiful, and the special effects are impressive considering what was most likely a fairly small budget. I only noticed one excessively cheesy moment, a particularly amusing Leto-running sequence where his arm movements recalled memories of Steve Martin's "suction cup aliens" scene in Roxanne. This only occurred in this particular shot though, and it's a small price to pay for such an otherwise astounding production.
While watching this series I literally forgot that I was in my living room 75% of the time; I felt like I was dreaming sometimes, due probably to the cinematography and intoxicating atmosphere of the series. It almost feels like there's Spice in the air while you're watching it. I didn't watch this series, I *experienced* it. I went on a journey with the characters and came out a better person on the other side. Get the point? ;)
Bringing this to DVD will make the perfect cinematography and immersing score even more enjoyable, and just imagine: no commercial breaks this time!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Greg Yaitanes

DVD title: Elizabeth
Productgroup: DVD
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Director Shekar Kapur takes us on a beautiful and exhilarating biography of Elizabeth the Virgin Queen. Every last piece of this film is a work of artm from the editing to the acting. The cast of actors is extravagent, but the film itself without a doubt belongs to Cate Blanchett in the Title role. In virtually every scene, she makes us believe that she is Queen Elizabeth in flesh and blood, not herself potraying her. She undeservedly lost her Oscar to Gwyneth Paltrow, but in my opinion that was because of fame, not talent. To get further evidence of her talent, check out The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Gift. She can effortlessly transform her Aussie accent into anything she wants, without fault. This film is not for the faint of heart, as it features some brutal and disturbing images, such as its opening sequence of burning three heretics at the stake. My grade: A+

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Cate Blanchett

DVD title: Dark Shadows DVD Collection 12
Productgroup: DVD
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Keeps getting better...

Not only does this show take me back to being a kid again, it holds up well against the so-called horror genre of today - faulty camera work and blown lines aside. I hardly finish watching one DVD set before I start getting anxious for the next. And no, I don't go to conventions nor dress like a vampire. But it can be greatly enjoyed as the "guilty pleasure" portion of a balanced life. And since Quentin was introduced in the storyline last set, this one is poised to really heat up. They just keep getting better.

Studio: Mpi Media Group

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