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DVD title: My Dog Skip
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Emotional Classic

My brother recommended this movie to me, and I am very glad he did! Skip the dog really helps this youngster through some tough times. The more I think about it--the more I am starting to think Skip the dog represents the young boys feelings. This is a very emotional movie, but I would recommend it to everyone.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Jay Russell
Frankie Muniz
Diane Lane
Kevin Bacon

DVD title: The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Great collection

As with any collection everyone has a different favorite. The nice thing about this collection is some of the movies may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there are no duds snuck in the pack.
It consists of:

"Oklahoma!" (1955) Gordon MacRay and Gloria Grahame
"Carousel" (1956) Gordon MacRay and Shirley Jones
"The King and I" (1956) Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner
"South Pacific" (1958) Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor
"The Sound of Music" (1965) Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer

I do not want to get involved in screen format wars but the films them selves will take you to far off lands and far off times. For a better feel you may want to look at the individual reviews.
You will find yourself singing all the songs through the day.
By the way if you already one or two of these already it is still worth buying as a set.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Rodgers & Hammerstein
J Andrews
Y Brynner

DVD title: Gandhi
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb! Both entertaining and informative!

Ben Kingsley was an excellent choice to portray one of history's most celebrated martyrs. As with all other films of this type, a familiarity with the history of the nation and life of the central character is necessary to fully appreciate the quality of the picture. Viewing this film is like watching history come alive; everything presented here so vividly accounts for the life of the man who vigorously sought non-violent ways to obtain the independence of his country and people. Watch it, and see why it was the Motion Picture Academy's choice for Best Picture.

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

DVD title: The Iron Giant
Productgroup: DVD
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Just another review, but some new, non-repetitious input

I have seen this over a dozen times, thanks to my toddler who loves it and recites the script as it unfolds. I must comment on the incredible attention paid to detail, from Hogarth's chipped front incisor to the G.I.'s slack jaws held perpetually agape at the sight of the Giant. The voice-acting is no less superb. Who could not love Kent Mansley's condescending, "Mmm boy!" when Hogarth insists his family is eating dinner, or his obnoxious, yet enjoyable quips about the town's homecoming queen, or his sidesplitting referral to the Giant as, "...a dandy! ". The voice-actors inflection, timing, and intonations are absolutely superb, and I love every character, and would not be happy if they were destroyed. (I know that sounds sick, but in some productions, there are just those insipid characters who would not generate so much as a flinch if they were hit by a Mac truck.) Thus, if a production is filled to the brim with indespensable characters, you've done a marvelous job!
I watch animation all the time, mostly Japanese, since most American stuff is rubbish. Even my toddler prefers Japanese. However, The Iron Giant is right up there with Japanese quality because rather than relying on computer animation as Disney and Dreamworks mostly does, it radiates elegance, unsurpassed facial expression and body movement, and a happy lacking of archetypical doofus sidekicks who could have jumped out of a Tex Avery cartoon (shudder).
I also must point out this movie is also lacking in the seemingly requisite big-name-singer-theme-song department. No Elton John or Mariah Carey here, just suitable instrumentals and enlivening period "rock" music.
I shed tears at the end of this movie, and am genuinely touched by the endearing moments that are so honestly human in their nuance, simplicity, and tangible ordinarianess. I will always hold close to my heart the Giant, with his fists on his hips, chest "puffed" out saying, "I'm Superman," while a scrap-yard "S" hangs from his chest. Only a slab of asphalt could not be touched by that.
The team who created The Iron Gian did a truly commendable job, and considering my viewing fodder is usually such things as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Hayao Miyazaki films, that is a real compliment (if I do say so myself). This movie is so seamless, well-designed, and perfect that it strikes me as a work of love. I'm serious. WB had better get its act together and consistently produce such quality films, or I will will lose all hope for American animation. Disney formulas and Dreamworks one-liner-scripts just aren't going to cut it. This is one of the very best movies I have ever seen, hands down.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Brad Bird
Harry Connick Jr.
Eli Marienthal

DVD title: Freddy Got Fingered
Productgroup: DVD
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how could you give it 1 star???

This movie is absolutely wicked how could so many people give it only one star, it is just so funny!!!!Seroiusly if you havent seen it ask someone that owns it if you can borrow it or go to your local video, but trust me you will love at least some parts (if not all of it!!)

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Tom Green (III)
Tom Green (III)
Rip Torn

DVD title: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Productgroup: DVD
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Scary, hip and bloody

This movie is the greatest horror movie ever!!! It has allot of gore, suspens, beautifull girls,... This is the first movie with a good storie, not just slash, slash, slash, but real scary moments. The hook is also original, not just a large kitchenknife. If you haven' t saw this movie, go see him!!!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Gillespie
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Anne Heche

DVD title: Jersey Girl
Productgroup: DVD
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Jersey Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Raquel Castro, is a sweet movie of loss, temptation, redemption and love. Ben shows a wide range of emotions in Jersey Girl and as he has said, I think this might be the best movie he's made.
If I were a little girl, I would want Ollie Trinke as a father, too. Handsome, fun and loving, Ollie makes the best of a very sad and sobering situation and although tempted to return to the life he left behind in New York City, he makes the wise decision that love and family mean more than anything else in this world.
Hopefully, this will put Ben Affleck back into the good graces of the reviewers (...). I think the public has continued to be loyal to Ben and his movies because they know he's a good actor. I liked him in Gigli and I liked the movie Gigli. I think it was given poor reviews as a Bennifer backlash.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Kevin Smith
Raquel Castro
Ben Affleck

DVD title: Sordid Lives
Productgroup: DVD
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Diversity - thy name is "Sordid Lives"

I am fortunate enough to live in the Palm Springs area and have seen this movie 3 times. Each time it is funnier than the last, so I want to have this DVD in my collection. It is rip roaring funny but with a beautiful sub-text about diversity in life styles and acceptance of the differences in people. One minute you are laughing uproariously and the next you have tears in your eyes over a touching scene. I highly recommend this DVD to those of you not fortunate enough to live in Palm Springs and able to see this film. It has played here for over a year and shows no signs of wearing out its welcome. It is the movie for "gays and gray's and all those in between".

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Del Shores
Delta Burke
Bonnie Bedelia

DVD title: The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Complete Set
Productgroup: DVD
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Divorced, Beheaded, Died...You Know the Rest

" The Six Wives of Herny VIII" is a compelling historical drama in which Keith Mitchell, in the title role, recreates the King's life from his athletic youth to his agonizing death, all the while carrying the viewer on an exciting journey of the political and religious intrigues of the day. Accompanying us on this journey are six actresses and sundry supporting cast members who are all worth their mettle. Annette Crosbie plays Henry's first wife, Catalina D' Aragon, the youngest daughter of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who becomes a competent regent in her husband's abscence and a devoted wife and mother despite Henry's infidelities. After 20 years of marriage, she is cruelly betrayed by an obscure verse in the Book of Leviticus because of her previous, but allegedly unconsumated marriage to her husband's late brother, Arthur. Her decline in status is tragically reenacted, redeemed by the way she is eulogized by and official at her death. Dorothy Tutin's Anne Boleyn is a boisterous gossip when she first appears on the scene. Her rise in status begins during the first episode, largely because of her role as Catherine of Aragon's most prominent Lady-in-Waiting. Despite her arrogance, and Henry's desire for her, she fails to give Henry a living son, as did Henry's first wife. Her tale moves in a glittering gallop, and she gives Henry the child who will become the greatest of his successors, Elizabeth. But her tale ends with her discreditation, largely with the help of the unscrupulous, Thomas Cromwell, her arrest at a tournament, her imprisonment, trial, during which she displays extreme gallantry despite the false accusations of adultery and incest leveled against her and her brother, George, and finally, with her execution. My heart went out to Mark Smeaton in this production because as I watched this innocent court musician lay his head on the block, what made an impression was the way his eyes were bruised and blackened by the torture imposed on him by Cromwell. Anne's replacement is Jane Seymour, whose gentleness and piety are marvelously emphasized by Anne Stallybrass. This Lady-in-Waiting to Henry's first two Queens begins to feel guilt about replacing a woman she believed to have been wrongfully executed as the King's wife. When her episode begins, we see the dying Queen attending her infant son's baptizim, and the principals of the court over which she presided in attendance, including Alison Frazer's sweetly portrayed Mary, the prodigal daughter to whom Jane restores to her husband's good graces after years of exile in the wake of the King's divorce from her mother, Catherine. While the career of Thomas Cromwell,(played by an appropriately conniving Wolfe Morris, whose resmblance to the real Cromwell is remarkable) may have advanced because of one Anne (Boleyn), another Queen Anne would prove to be his downfall. Seeking to ease his heartbreak over the loss of a wife he truly loved, as well as to strengthen political ties with a Protestant nation, Henry agrees to marry Anna Von Cleves, played by an enchanting and ebullient, Elvi Hale. But he soon realizes that Holbein's portrait of her was more flattering than factual, and the unsophisticated young bride is soon put aside.-The second Foreign-born Princess to be divorced by Henry VIII. In his anger, Henry turns on the very man who helped increase his power over the years, and the end of Henry's fourth marriage finds the unscrupulous lawyer, Cromwell imprisoned and sending the King letters in which he pleads for mercy, something that Anne Boleyn, over whose execution he presided, didn't do even though she had been married to him. Angela Pleasance is the naive young girl who was Anne Boleyn's cousin and Henry VIII' s fith wife. For a modern viewer, her life invites comparisons to the life of Princess Diana.--A promiscuous blue-eyed blonde(although Catherine was promiscuous before her marriage, and Diana wasn't)railroaded into an unhappy Royal marriage at an early age, who finds comfort in the arms of other men, which eventually cost her her life, and when she went down, she took two guys out with her. In Catherine's case, the two guys were Thomas Culpepper and Francis Dereham. Like her cousin before her, Catherine Howard was executed for adultery, but unlike Anne, the charges against her were not trumped up. Lady Mary Rochester, who had covered for her during her extramarital flings, is condemned with her. Last but not least, is the "survivor", Catherine Parr, who was twice wed and twice widowed before marrying the King. While she is a very fine actress, Rosilie Crutchley bears little resemblance to the real Catherine Parr, a redhead like himself, and like his first wife. Her own desire to marry Jane Seymour's brother, the Lord Admiral Thomas Seymour must be put on hold because of the King's desire to marry her. She tends to the ailing King in his last years, and befriends each of his three children, but barely saves herself from a charge of heresy. After Henry's death, she vows to marry Thomas Seymour, but, like his sister, Jane, her own life would terminate in childbirth. And so, this odyssey involving three Catherines, two Annes, and one Jane comes to an end. While it occassionally goes out of sequence, it is a meticulously created series, with solemly portrayed events in British history.

Studio: Bfs Entertainment & Multimedia
Six Wives of Henry VIII
Keith Mitchell

DVD title: Carlito's Way
Productgroup: DVD
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De Palma at his best

when I first saw this movie I never knew that pacino could be so human and vunerable yets so brutal he is a lover and a fighter trying to do good in this movie unlike Scarface Pacino shows his range as a dramatic actor and how he can give diffrent sides to the parts he plays this is the same caliber acting that made movies like dog day afternoon and serpico and the ultimate the godfather 1&2 so successful but alot of the success of this tour de force belongs to Brian De Palma which presents this world to us in such a vivid way the feel of 1975 New York from the music down to the lingo of the time this is a movie you can watch time and time again and never grow tired of.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brian De Palma
Al Pacino
Sean Penn

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