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DVD title: Return to Innocence
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Powerful


When you aren't expecting much from an indie movie, sometimes you can be caught off guard the way I was with this one. These scenes were so powerful and in your face that it was hard to take at times. I liked the attorney the best. He was calm throughout the difficult scenes. I also thought the main boy did a nice performance. Good job all around including the dark music, which only added to the darkness of the movie.

Studio: LifeLine Entertainment, Inc
Director: Rocky Costanzo
Actors:
Andrew Martin
Steve DeForest
Madeline Culp




DVD title: Dancehall Queen
Productgroup: DVD
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A Some What Classy Movie For A Rasta Fan.


I Have seen this movie on cable a few time then i had to buy it on DVD. This Movie to me was not some raunchy reggae movie. The dancers Danced with some class. They didn't remind me of strippers. I am not a Reggae fan but this movie got my attention. The story line was Interesting. It was kinda supensful to see the outcome. it was kinda hard to follow the dialect for someone who don't understand the rasta lauange. but after watching the movie a few time I was able to follow it. So my over all review is its a GOOD MOVIE :)

Studio: Ryko Distribution - Video
Actors:
Audrey Reid
Carl Davis (IV)




DVD title: The Jazz Channel Presents Earl Klugh (BET on Jazz)
Productgroup: DVD
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A must-have selection


First of all, Earl Klugh's style is original, his technique is awesome, and his melodies melt in your heart, not in your ears. Secondly, the quality of the DVD is great. I watched it on my PC monitor and found smooth video graphics. Whether you like jazz or not, you'll enjoy this selection. The only thing missing is the credits for the band members. They're awesome performers and a pleasure to watch, be it in improvising or backing. I hope the producers won't forget to include them next time.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Actors:
Earl Klugh



DVD title: Diana Krall - Live in Paris
Productgroup: DVD
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I Wish I Was There


I am a big Diana Krall fan and have all her cds. She came to Sacramento once, but I missed the concert and have been kicking myself since. Now I have her in concert for me to enjoy over and over. An advantage a live concert has over a studio recording is jazz is best when it's performed live. The musicians tend to be freer with their solos and are more creative and willing to take risks musically. Diana Krall's last two albums were a little lacking in the edginess of her earlier albums, but with this concert performance, she affirmed that she is truly a jazz musician. Her sidemen were excellent as well.
The dvd didn't have that much in the way of features: two music videos and a look at some rehearsal sessions. The videos are not that interesting, but I liked watching the rehearsals.
Overall, I highly recommend this dvd to any Diana Krall fan.

Studio: Eagle Eye/Pioneer Entertainment
Director: David Barnard



DVD title: Edward Scissorhands (10th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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stunning modern fairy tale


This fable has all of the beautiful hallmark visual touches of Tim Burton handled with a truly gentle and loving hand. But it also has a truly sympathetic hero in Edward and a cast of supporting characters that might in some cases be little more than stereotypes, but work wonderfully well to create a touching movie experience as Edward's life is turned upside down and his experiences in suburbia veer from the positive to tragic. The visual colour contrasts look fantastic on DVD. The extras aren't all they might have been but this is a wonderful film that warrants five enthusiastic stars.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Tim Burton
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Winona Ryder




DVD title: Dirty Pretty Things
Productgroup: DVD
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An Ensemble Of Stars


They're in the shadows, the people that no one sees. "Dirty Pretty Things" can be classified as many things -- horror, drama, thriller, social commentary or some combination of the above -- but in the end it is merely a wonderfully gritty, realistic film that will leave you thinking.
Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Nigerian immigrant in London, lives with (but is not involved with) prickly Turkish immigrant Senay (Audrey Tatou), both of whom struggle against immigrant officials -- and their own feelings. Okwe works by his own strong morals, hampered by a dark secret. But one day Okwe makes a grisly discovery in the hotel where he works -- a clog in a toilet that turns out to be a human heart.
His boss Juan (Sergi Lopez) tells him to not say anything. Does Okwe obey him? Of course not. He digs deeper, and soon uncovers a sinister web that hits close to the heart: Desperate immigrants sell their organs in exchange for forged papers and passports. As the immigration officials start to close in on Okwe and Senay, they must figure out what to do about the organ smuggling ring.
A lot of movie moralizing is contrived and poorly-scripted. But Stephen Frears manages to stick the moral dilemmas in the faces of the viewers and make them stick. Okwe's conflicted feelings when he discovers the organ trafficking are wonderful, especially as he himself is a doctor who could help people, but working for an evil man. Similarly we see Senay, a religious girl, in a slow, inexorable downward slide.
We see many immigrants, all with different dreams, goals, and pasts. And Frears makes them all come alive. He shows London as a city with a dark underbelly, with plenty of sinister big buildings where immigrant workers struggle to remain anonymous. Most sinister of all: That people will sell their organs or their bodies in order to find a better life.
Audrey Tatou shatters the public perception of her in "Dirty Pretty Things," shifting into the role of a trodden-on Turkish maid. She's absolutely masterful, fragile and sad. Chiwetel Ejiofor brings wonderful expressiveness and dignity to his role, but doesn't have quite the dimension of Lopez or Tatou. Sergi Lopez is one of the best screen villains in quite some time, absolutely making the screen sparkle. But you'll hate his guts. Also good is Sohie Okonedo as an upbeat hooker and Zlatko Buric as the likable doorman.
Not for the faint of heart, "Dirty Pretty Things" left me staring at a semi-dark screen when the film had ended. Powerful, gritty, and stark. One of the must-sees of the year.

Studio: Miramax Films
Director: Stephen Frears
Actors:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Audrey Tautou
Sophie Okonedo




DVD title: Bound
Productgroup: DVD
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" I can see again" - Corky


Ya that right I can see it again and again, because i loved the movie so much i HAD to buy it. The camra shoots in the move were done so beauitfully (especually the bed seen...wink wink) the movie changed my life and it will change yours so if your thinking about buying it than do it because it is well worth the investmet. It will keep you on the eadge of your seat and you woulden't even think about getting up to pee even if you drank 8 glasses of watter 4 hours ago and now it wants to come out for alittle visit you would rather wet your self than get up to go to the bathroom.

Studio: Republic Studios
Actors:
Jennifer Tilly
Gina Gershon




DVD title: Popular - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Popular - Perfect


Even though I only caught the second season of this show when it originally aired on The WB, I immediately fell in love with it. There's so much good to say about it that it would really probably bore anyone who's never seen the show.

When I heard it was coming out on DVD, I honestly wanted to cry. I thought for sure it had disappeared forever (kind of like another show I loved from around the same time period, "Cupid" on ABC).

At any rate, the DVD has arrived, and, since I have never seen the first season, it's a whole rediscovery of the show for me. And all I can say is "Wow."

I praise Buena Vista for finding the courage to release this on DVD. I say that only because I'm sure while there's a lot of people out there who are familiar with the show, there are even more who aren't. So they had to risk not making money on this release.

Apparently though, one way they did "cover themselves" was to not pay to have the original songs as heard in the show. The songs we know and love (except for the Title Song and End Credits song, which the latter was apparently going to be the Title Song at one point) have been replaced with Cover Versions of the songs (a generic studio band) or different versions entirely. It's cheaper to buy the rights to a "song" instead of "the song as sung by the original artist."

Having not ever seen season one, it doesn't bother me too much. What will bother me is when I don't hear "Abracadbra" ever time Michelle Lee is on during Season Two, or hearing "True" as sung by Spandeau Ballet.

But if it's not having original songs or not having the DVD's at all, I'll have to choose the former instead of the latter.

*EDIT*

Having seen a comment from another reviewer and having listened more carefully to the songs in the show, I have to say that I am indeed wrong in my above statements about "song replacements." Indeed, most of the original songs are intact. In fact I just watched the BRILLIANT episode "Ch-ch Changes" and there is no doubt in my mind that it was David Bowie singing his heart out.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Actors:
Leslie Bibb



DVD title: Nosferatu, The Vampire
Productgroup: DVD
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THE Horror movie


Well, this is probably the first real horror movie classic, and it's still better than the majority of the 90's films! Look at the genious camerascenes and ...well everything! It is genious!

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: F.W. Murnau
Actors:
Max Schreck
Greta Schröder
Ruth Landshoff




DVD title: Bully (Unrated/ Theatrical Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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leaves a mark...


Good film, the kind where after it's over you feel somehow affected by it and when that wears off and you drift back into reality, from this chaotic 2 hour trip you just had, it definately will leave its mark in your memory (a la Kids.) Definately worth the time and money... and one of the few movies I've gone and ordered right after watching I liked it that much. Fairly disturbing as well though (Requium For a Dream-esque.) Go ahead and at least rent it...

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Larry Clark
Actors:
Brad Renfro
Nick Stahl




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