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DVD title: The Art of Violin: The Devil's Instrument - Transcending the Violin
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Good, not perfect

As a violinist, I have watched this video many times, probably over 10. Every time, I have learned something new from it. My only complaint would be that there are not enough clips for some of the performers like Heifetz, and too many videos of Menuhin. The sound quality of these recordings are all very good.

Studio: Wea/Nvc Arts
Director: Bruno Monsaingeon

DVD title: Justice League - Secret Origins
Productgroup: DVD
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A Definate Must Have For DC Comic Book Fans!

I grew up on the "Super Friends" and even as an adult have enjoyed watching the Justice League on the Cartoon Network.A definate must have for fans of Superman,WonderWoman,Batman,Flash,Hawkgi rl,Green Latern and the Martian Hunter.Though I don't remember Hawkgirl or Martian Hunter on the "Super Friends".Back than it was the Wonder Twins and that silly dog!

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: Charmed - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Charmed is the best show i have ever seen. The show is so interesting and very exciting to watch. I watch the show everyday and cant wait to see it everyday. The show is great regardless of what anyone says. There needs to be a Dvd of this series!!!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Shannen Doherty
Alyssa Milano

DVD title: Pink Floyd - The Wall
Productgroup: DVD
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Best music film ever

The film has been extremly well cleaned up for the DVD release. It is a vast improvement on the VHS edition, it looks like an entirely new film. The film itself is as fantastic as ever. The visuals are stunning and the music breathtaking. The film is one of the most underated ever if not the MOST.
Their are some great extras on this DVD release. The interactive menus are brilliant with shots of the film playing in the background. This is also where the secret buttons come into play. In the corner of each screen you will see a picture in a box. If you press your number nine key it will play some music from the part of the film shown in the box.
Their are two documentaries on the DVD. One is old - 'The other side of the wall' this was made during the film and shows some back stage footage, it is quite informative, but dosen't look very good. 'Retrospective' is a new documentary made especially for the DVD. It is a lot better than the other one.
Their is also the 'Another Brick in the wall part 2' video, which to be honest is a bit rubbish. The trailer is also included as is the 'Hey you' film footage, (This is the unseen footage, it is not inserted into the film). The footage is quite interesting to watch although a lot of it was actualy re-edited into the film. The commentary from Roger Waters and Gerald Scarfe is fabulous. It is very interesting to hear what they think about the film. It also sheads some light on the scenes that you may just have misinterpreted.
Also included are some pictures of cartoons drawn by Gerald Scarfe, and some photos from production. You also get four lobby cards. All in all this is a well worth purchase. Even if you don't like Pink Floyd's music this is a great film visually.

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Alan Parker
Bob Geldof
Christine Hargreaves

DVD title: Mafia!
Productgroup: DVD
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It made me laugh all the time

Very funny movie. I loved it, fantastic. Just the perfect parody for 5 perfect movies. Lot's of fun.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Jim Abrahams
Jay Mohr
Christina Applegate
Lloyd Bridges

DVD title: Dark Angel - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Dark Angel - The Complete First Season

Good theme, acting, picture, sound; a lot better than the second season; this one had a terrible ending like a cut off the season right in the middle and had to end it in a hurry and in any possible way.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Jessica Alba

DVD title: Alabama - For the Record: 41 Number One Hits Live
Productgroup: DVD
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Exceptional Compilation DVD!

This DVD illustrates why Alabama has been referred to as a 'Supergroup" for the past few years. From the first to the last, Alabama's 41 #1 hits take us through the evolution of the band's various styles, each one built on the last but unique in its own right. This is a band for all seasons, and for all musical tastes - there is something here for everyone. There's no better time to own it now that Alabama has launched its American Farewell Tour. To date, Alabama's music is unparalleled.

Studio: Bmg/Rca

DVD title: The Office - The Complete First Series
Productgroup: DVD
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I haven't laughed this hard in SOOOO long

My BIL just returned from a 2-year stint in England and he brought this DVD with him. I sat down to watch this and didn't get up until I had watched the whole thing. I was laughing so hard that I was sore the next day.
I'm a big fan of the Office Space movie, but this takes the office experience to a whole new level.
Basically, this is a show of office workers doing boring, tedious work. The boss, David, thinks everyone is SO happy, because he's such a hoopy guy. In fact, the entire office is obviously miserable BECAUSE the boss is so out of touch.
A great show. A must see.

Studio: BBC Video
Ricky Gervais

DVD title: Finding Forrester
Productgroup: DVD
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interesting movies

Harlem is a place where even the police are afraid to patrol at night. Scene's of car fires highlight the darkness of the evening as Jamal walks home in the pouring rain. Jamal and his brother live with their mother in the apartment projects. Jamal's brother works as a parking supervisor. Jamal's father is no longer with them, he had a problem with drinking and one day, his father got tried of trying and abandon the family. The family homelife and environment does not become a dismal factor in the movie.
For the most part, the director moves the characters environment into a rich private prestigous academic setting and Forrester's book filled think tank home. Forrester apartment becomes the holy sancuary for the exchange of ideas, it is a place where social idioms are excluded.
Jamal mimicks an strong adoration to be the next Michael Jordon. Basketball is a vehicle for gaining acceptance with his friends, but writing is his real passion. To remain popular Jamal maintains average class room test scores but his intelligence test scores reveal phenomenial intelligence to everyones surprise. Jamal's mother is shocked at her son's performance and tells the principle that she sees Jamal's constantly reading books and writing but never believed he was so intelligent. Jamal defiance surrounding a young black boy stereotype painting him as ignorant; this annoys him as so he humilates the owner of a BMW with historical BMW triva. Jamal seems very vocal about hipocracy and patronization.
The director explores some of the common stereotypes about young black boys. But stereotypes is not what this film is about, so alot of the darker realities are disquised in humor or confrontation.
Jamal's scores attract the attention of a private school who is willing to pay for his tutution in return for him coming to learn and play basketball. Why do they want Jamal: Brain power build prestige, prestige attacks money, and money keeps the school going. So why did Jamal need to play basketball? The story line breaks into two themes. Jamal must prove he has something to offer the rich private school community: A basketball state champions and quality submission for the annual writing contest. Forcing the theme, "an athletic scholar." It seems like the basketball had very little to do with the story.
The director created a very believable scenerio about how Jamal meets Forrester. Jamal plays basketball with his friends on the basketball court outside his apartment. The friends talk about Forrester, who seems to watch something, everyday from his balcony window. Jamal later learns that Forrester is a bird watcher. The original strangeness of Forrester behavior leads his friend to a challenge him to take something from Forrester's apartment. Jamal takes the dare. The challenge goes bad, as Forrester spoils Jamals dare by surprising him. In the process of fleeing, Jamal drops his backpack in Forrester's home. Later Forrester puts the backpack in the window taunting Jamal. Eventually Forrester throws Jamal his backpack. Upon inspecting the contents and notes, Jamal realizes Forrester has add comments to his notes. Jamal returns to Forrester's apartment and wants him to read more of his writing. Forrester tells Jamal to write five thousand words why you should stay out of my house.
Forrester agrees to review some other writings by Jamal. Jamal engages in small talk for which Forrester tells Jamal that "Asking questions is to get information you need."
Start typing, sometimes the rythm of punching the keys will start the flow of ideas. Forrester encourages confident telling Jamal to punch the keys. Forrester gives Jamal a publisher article to copy and creating into his own story, telling Jamal sometimes using another story will help create a story that is uniquely yours. Jamal sits in confusion. Forrester tells him when your creating the draft write from your heart. After your done proof the writing with you head, concluding the best feeling in the world is when you've finished your first draft before the editors cut it up and change it. Forrester viewed writing as intellectual liberation.
Jamal assumed Forrester's book was not popular which lead to a challenge for him to acquire a copy. The public library had twenty four copies of his book and all the copies were checked out, so Jamal had to be put on the waiting list.
Jamal follows Forresters technique in using a conjunction to start a sentence.The F word is used as an emotional expression, first by Forrester when yelling at Jamal for breaking into his home, and second by Jamal when Forrester refuses to defend him from the board.
Harlem changed, Forrester didn't. Its been fifty years since Forrester went out among people. His first experience going out into public was a basketball game that lead to a disaster with Forrester cowarying in a supply closet until Jamal found him. Jamal takes Forrester to a baseball stadium built by Babe Ruth on his birthday.
Why did Forrester only write one book? Forrester and his brother were very close before the war. They would go to the baseball games together. After the war, his brother start to drink heavily. Forrester promised his mother, he would help his brother through this time. The nurse tells Forrester his book meant so much to him as his brother was dieing.
Friendship and privacy provide the cohesive element to Jamal and Forrester relation. Jamal promises to protect the identity of Forrester. Jamal promised the writings created in the apartment would stay their. Jamal comes under scrutiny from the private school professor because of his dramatic improvement in writing skill. Jamal comes under the influence of dangerous terms with the professor, he has embarrassed. Jamal submits work labeled under a title Forrester has published in the New Yorker. The professor researches the title and wants to expel Jamal. Jamal want Forrester to clear him, but Forrester wants to maintain his anonymous nature. Friction developes between the mentor and student.
Later a trade is negotiated between Jamal and the board. Jamal will help the school win the basketball championship and everything will be dropped. Jamal throws the game. Obviously, academic excellence becomes more important than athletics to Jamal. This seems to be the director's secondary theme's intent. Forrester comes to Jamals school and reads a letter sent to him after the failed game. Charges against Jamal are drop by the chairman of the board. Jamal is esteemed as a brilliant sixteen year writer. Forrester leaves for his home land of Scottland and dies of cancer.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Gus Van Sant
Sean Connery
Rob Brown (VI)

DVD title: Saving Private Ryan
Productgroup: DVD
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among the best

Tough, unrelenting look at war, with fine performances by all and top notch production values. Its always wonderful to see the sacrifices previous generations have made to insure the freedoms we enjoy in the good ol' USA., i.e. in a top-rank production such as this. There are two or three generations of Americans, myself included, who have never been in combat, who need to understand the realities of life faced soldiers in foriegn wars. Having seen SPR, I now know what Tom Brokaw meant when he labeled my parents' the greatest generation


Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon

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