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DVD title: Small Soldiers
Productgroup: DVD
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VERY underrated movie

Spoilers.Read carefully.
Small Soldiers is one of the most underrated movies of all time and that is NO joke.It's an excellent movie that doesn't get the credit it deserves.The toys are brilliant and highly imaginative.The Gorgonites are a little dumb,but somehow,you like them.The special F/X are pretty cool.Commandos wielding weapons,a deformed Gorgonite driving an assault vehicle and a motor cycle chase scene that resembles the chase scene from Terminator 2.The weapons the toys use are brilliant.Flamethrowers,chainsaws,nail guns,flame cannons and many more.It definitely brings back memories of when I played with my commando action figures.The cast is EXTREMELY impressive and as you would expect,their great.The stuntwork is pretty neat too.But of course,SS does have it's share of rough spots.The script is quite weak and nearly all of the events are predictable.The film is disappointingly short and the ending is pretty inconclusive.However,despite those flaws,the film is extremely entertaining and packs plenty of laughs.Despite most reviewers comments of the level of violence,the film nearly isn't as violent as people say it is.There are a couple of intense scenes (one scene has a teen climbing a power pole and dangling and another has two teens on a motor bike assaulted with various weapons,which range from metal washers,corn cob holders,skeet-style saws and more,so it is recommended the first time around you watch it with the kids and if you feel it's OK for them,it's alright to let them watch it alone the second time around).SS is a very funny and entertaining movie and the last really good 90's flick.With rockin' good special F/X,an impressive cast,awesome G.I.-Joe-style toys and lots of other cool stuff,this is a can't miss movie.It's especially enjoyable if you have boys (8+) who are in desperate need of something new.This desperately screams a sequel.Buy it now! Rated "PG-13" for very comical action violence and very little profanity (very very little!).

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Joe Dante
Gregory Smith
Kirsten Dunst

DVD title: Dead Man on Campus
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is pretty funny throughout the entire video, but about 45 minutes-1 hour into it, Cliff O'Malley comes in. This guy is crazy. He makes the movie for me. Also, there is a guy in the movie who is a poser. He is funny as well. He pretends be a gothic guy who is in a band, but, whenever he is also, he sings showtunes, and thinks about his idol, MTV commentator Kurt Loder. If you have never seen this, at least go out and rent it, but I recommend buying it, so that you can watch it whenever you want.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Alan Cohn
Tom Everett Scott
Mark-Paul Gosselaar

DVD title: Driving Miss Daisy
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful film - pity about the aspect ratio

A wonderful and engaging film. Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman gave fantastic performances - this was a film which could have easily slipped into something sugary sweet, but managed to maintain an earthy, realistic tone. This was also Ackroyd's breakthrough dramtatic performance. Weel worth watching. It is a shame, however, that such a beautifully filmed piece was not presented in widescreen.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Bruce Beresford
Morgan Freeman
Jessica Tandy
Dan Aykroyd

DVD title: The Outer Limits (The New Series) - Time Travel & Infinity
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best on TV

Because of its complex plots and fantastic plot twists, not to mention that most episodes are family appropriate, the Outer Limits shines as an example of great television. However, like most great TV shows these days, I've only ever seen it on a non-network channel, which means it will never get the publicity it deserves (unlike annoying shows like Sinefeld and Friends).

The show is a lot like the Twilight Zone from back in the sixties (when the original 'Outer Limits' originally ran), but with more bizare plot twists and, more often than not, a great moral at the end. This DVD is not a collection of all episodes from a particular season, but is instead a set of episodes related by the fact that they all deal with time travel (although there was one season in which time travel was featured quite prominently, although I'm not sure which it was).

The highlights of this set would have to be Patient Zero and Time to Time (I haven't watched Deja vu yet, so I can't comment on it). Patient Zero is somewhat predictable, although watching the pieces fall into place is almost as entertaining as not knowing what will happen. Time to Time is probably my favorite episode of the show, and features some great cinamatography and a perfect ending, although I found it somewhat predictable. As I sat and saw the pieces fall into place, I smiled with a sort of evil glee to see where the story was going.

The only episode I didn't really care for was the Gettygsburg episode, because it didn't really have a great plot twist, interesting characters, or even that great of a plot.

If you're a fan of the show, or just interested in stories with involving plots and great twists, this set will not disapoint.

Studio: MGM/UA Video

DVD title: A Wrinkle in Time
Productgroup: DVD
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Great screenplay and casting

This movie actually improves on the book in some ways. The movie's rendition of the ending is a superior dramatization to the book's ending. I think the screenplay writer deserves great credit here. I also liked the casting. I think they found the essence of each character in each actor, and I especially liked the normality of everyone's looks. Oops - except the Dad, who is a too hunky. This was a difficult book to bring to film because it is much more profound than most children's stories. A job very well done. It might not suit the sci fi junkie as much as the book, but it captures the story extremely well.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director: John Kent Harrison
Katie Stuart
Gregory Smith
David Dorfman

DVD title: Overnight Delivery
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the BEST romance/comedy movies I've ever seen.

I absolutely LOVE this movie. Reese Witherspoon as Ivy Miller is so irresistable and charming and works wonderfully with the under-rated "Tripps". I hope it comes out on DVD so I can enjoy it again and again! Please release this on DVD! If you like comedy/romance movies, you *HAVE* to see this movie. Reese Witherspoon alone makes it worth watching.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Jason Bloom

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Sam cable get a LIFE!!!!!!!

Mr. Cable needs to wake up THIS IS A MOVIE. Two towers does a nice job of capturing the SPIRIT of the book. Well written with an excellent cast and locations. Yes there are comprimises made for the sake of time/story flow but on the this is a wonderful movie. I have enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy for over 20 yrs, but some fanantics think the movie must follow the book Verbatim. Just enjoy the movie for what it is A MOVIE!

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

DVD title: Labyrinth
Productgroup: DVD
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Perfection. . .

I've always loved this movie and now, after waiting and writing to the Jim Henson Company, its finally coming out! This is an amazing flim, with a wonderful cast and script. For all you fantasy lovers out there, this is the film for you. And any Henson fans too; snatch this deal up as soon as you can. If it were possible, I would give it more than five stars.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Henson
David Bowie
Jennifer Connelly

DVD title: Chasing Amy - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Not what you might expect from Kevin Smith

This is certainly not Kevin Smith's laugh-out-loud funniest movie, but it features something his other movies don't: character development. These are the most believable, most human characters to be seen in a Kevin Smith film.
The first half of the movie is a bit clunky--scenes seem to alternate between typical Smith banter (which, as clever as it is, never seems to sound quite right coming out of the actors' mouths, no matter how talented they are--Clerks came off as amateurish not only because the actors couldn't act but also because the lines they were given were sometimes impossible to make sound natural) and a deeper, almost melancholy feel.
The second half, however, really comes into its own. The film dispenses with the cheap jokes in favor of a character-based sense of drama. To be honest I would have rated this movie a bit lower if it were not for the harsh, very real choices and lessons that are meted out to the characters in the last 45 minutes.
I do have to say that I think this is primarily a "guy movie" in some ways. Not that it will only appeal to males, or that women won't get it. I just think (and the movie touches on this as well) that it is a characteristic mainly of men to be outraged and personally insulted by a new girlfriend's prior sexual experiences. A woman may understand that but I don't know that she will experience the same visceral recoil I felt in sympathy for Ben Affleck's character when he finds out about Alissa's past. It is that very same reaction that Chasing Amy portrays as insensitive and irrational, and it is a much harder-hitting point when you're able to really feel what Affleck's character is going through. I know that I am exactly the type of guy that Kevin Smith is urging to grow up.
This and Dogma are Kevin Smith's most thoughtful, intelligent movies. And, also like Dogma, there is something much more meaningful going on here beneath the comedy. In the end, that is the biggest flaw in both films: both flick back and forth between low-brow comedy (which is still very funny) and heartfelt, message-laden drama. The lack of flow makes this a slightly disconcerting experience, but a powerful one nonetheless. Even without extras this would be well worth the low pricetag, but the fact that it is part of the Criterion Collection makes this a no-brainer. If you're a fan of Kevin Smith (because, despite everything I've said, this is still very much a View Askew movie) or are at all interested in the psychological aspect of the male/female dynamic, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Kevin Smith
Ben Affleck
Joey Lauren Adams

DVD title: Initial D - Battle 1 - Akina's Downhill Specialist
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome Show

I love both Japanese and English version. I read all the reviews here and it seems like some of the reviews are personal attack and imature. I don't think any anime fan will write that kind of review. If you don't like the English version, watch the Japanese version. I thought the English version was very well done, maybe a few little things, but no big deal. If you love drama and cars, watch it, buy it, rent it, whatever....

Studio: Tokyopop Inc

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