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DVD title: Sarah Brightman - La Luna (Live in Concert)
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Satisfied

She has one of the most beautiful voicies I ever heard, and multitalented. Her music is a bit bizzare sometimes, but it is art. I feel what she saying, and I think that's her goal. I'm happy. Very organized layout of the menus and you can view the lyrics while she sings. This disc gives a "very Good presentation."

Studio: EMI Distribution
Director: Bruce Gowers

DVD title: The Best Years of Our Lives
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Years of Our Lives

A winner of seven out of the eight Academy Awards it was nominated for, 1946's THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES was the biggest box-office draw since 1939's GONE WITH THE WIND. Unlike many old hits, though, BEST YEARS holds up remarkably well.
It's hard to know where to begin when you want to praise everything. The script is honest, and in its honesty avoids some obvious dramatic highpoints. There are times when most movies would have troubled characters, and the three returning vets are all working through complicated readjustments, collide and explode in a Big Emotional scene.
For instance: infantry sergeant/civilian banker Frederic March returns to a wife he loves and two children who have grown into young adults in his absence. He gives his teenage son a Japanese flag and samurai sword, but the son is more interested in atomic energy and jet propulsion and whether the world is going to be blown to smithereens in the next war. The maid left three years ago and daughter Teresa Wright has replaced her after taking a few domestic science classes. It's not the family he left, and he registers his distress by pacing, smoking. Sit down, dear, wife Myrna Loy says. You'll be more comfortable. I'm comfortable enough standing, March says. Say, can't a fellow get a drink in this house?
It was right around then, early in the movie, that I thought the film would deliver the first Big Emotional scene. A fight between Loy and March, perhaps. And then it fooled me. March suggests Loy and Wright and he paint the town red to "Let me know I'm alive." And away they go, visiting one nightclub after the other, March's character getting tipsier and tipsier. The opportunity for the BE scene continued to build.
Then they enter Butch's (Hoagy Carmichael) caf?. The inebriated March asks Hoagy to play an old tune and asks his wife to dance and the scene series ends with shots of them dancing, cut with medium close ups of the actors' faces radiating quiet bliss.
Frankly, I think this is a brilliant movie that is almost perfectly constructed.
One oddity. Harold Russell, a real life war veteran who lost both hands in the war, won two Oscars in 1947 (the only time that's ever happened, by the way); one for Supporting Actor, and an honorary one "For bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives." Russell is a very good natural actor, and the scene in which he shows his fiance, played by Cathy O'Donnell, how he has to prepare for bed that is as moving as anything I've ever seen.
The oddity - the extra on this disk is a theatrical trailer and Russell's character doesn't appear in it. The trailer was probably made before the movie was released, but it seems strange that they wouldn't have included him at all.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: William Wyler
Fredric March
Dana Andrews

DVD title: The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash
Productgroup: DVD
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Monty Python's Life Of Beatles

This is an example of that most unusual art forms : an affectonate parady. Eric Idol had followed up his success as part of the Monty Python team with the TV series "Rutland Weekend Television" from that came a guest spot on "Saturday Night Live" where the idea for the Rutles was born.
Idol, as usual, plays a slightly put-upon television journalist who tries to re-trace the steps of the pre-fab-four and augments the story with archive clips of the band performing their hit songs. The songs, which are reminicent the real thing, were written and performed by Niel Innis who had his own TV series in the U.K. the early 80's.
Considering the limited budget, or even not considering it, the "archive" clips look great and even more are very funny. The annimation on the"Yellow Submarine Sandwitch" sequence is particularly well done.
Some of the sadder aspects of the Beatles story are glossed over or ignored like the Brien Epstien character's homosexuality and his eventual demise; but you can't realy blame the makers for that and of course "All You Need Is Cash" was made before John Lennon's murder so the "Nasty" character is less sympathetic than you might expect as he kicks one of the crew off the Rutle Corps roof at the start of the "Get Up And Go" sequence.
The guest apperances by among others Paul Simon, Mick Jagger and even George Harrison perpetuate the joke but ultimatley the joke is not on the Rutles but on the media hysteria that surrounds them.
Rhino have done a great job restoring this and have gone to great lengths to make sure even the FBI warning at the start is funny. A must-have for any Beatles fan with a sense of humour.

Studio: Rhino Video

DVD title: Chariots of Fire (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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An Inspirational And Unforgettable Movie

CHARIOTS OF FIRE is a movie about two British track athletes who compete in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. The acting is excellent and the tension building up to the climactic races is superbly managed. Ian Charleson and Ben Cross have the leading roles. The cast also includes Ian Holm, John Gielgud and Lindsey Anderson. The score is memorable to say the least and the movie itself is nothing short of inspirational.
CHARIOTS OF FIRE won Oscars for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Score and Costume Design. It was also nominated for Best Director, Supporting Actor (Ian Holm) and Editing.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Hugh Hudson
Ben Cross
Ian Charleson

DVD title: Seane Corn - Vinyasa Flow Yoga - Uniting Movement And Breath
Productgroup: DVD
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True Voice of Yoga

I love this DVD! The depth of Sean Corn's spirituality is inspiring... she is a perfect example of what yoga is all about. I highly recommend this DVD because of the emphasis Sean puts on breath as well as movement. To all of the people who are reviewing this DVD and complaining about it being boring and too beginner, well, I think all of you need to ask yourself what exactly it is you're trying to get out of yoga, because if you are simply after the physical workout I think maybe you should be going to the gym instead. Your practice is what you make it; you should be able to go to any level yoga class or practice with any level of DVD and get an appropriate experience. Those criticizing the DVD as boring and "too beginner" are missing the point entirely.

Studio: Living Arts

DVD title: Berserk - God's Hands (Epi. 22-25)
Productgroup: DVD
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No Disappointment AT ALL... quite the contrary!

Going by other posts, many people (including the amazon reviewer) were disappointed in the ending for the series. I found it's over the top attitude beautifully disturbing. After watching it i couldn't get some moments out of my mind. I could think of no more powerful way for a demon king to be born or act. He didn't start shouting "I am Reborn!" or "My enemies will rue the day they...blah blah". He didn't say a word. I found his silence far more chilling. All compassion was melted away, and to those that compare what happened near the very end to Legend of the Overfiend or scenes in Wicked City. I couldn't say they were more wrong. There was not lust or desire in his eyes at the end. He only did what he did to hurt Guts. That's who he was watching.
The only place that disappoint should be pointed at is the fact that the series ends here. It doesn't seem likely to ever build off of these events. That's the only thing that makes the horror of this betrayal and the potential lines of power from it, less than perfect.

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc
Director: Naohito Takahashi

DVD title: Philadelphia
Productgroup: DVD
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Must see film

One of the first films to deal with HIV and AIDS to hit mainstream America... Very sad but effective... Probably still Tom Hanks and Denzels best roles... Must have for any DVD collection... Extras get an A+

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jonathan Demme
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington

DVD title: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Productgroup: DVD
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since when must comic mockery be historically acurate?

I would just like to clear up a few issues that some of the sadly misled reviewers seem to harbor about this brilliantly funny film. First of all, I am deeply puzzled as to why an obvious farce (key word here: "farce") of medieval high-romance-type-stories must retain any modicum of historical accuracy.
By admitting confusion about the "mistakes" made in featuring a Trojan Rabbit, depicting Arthur and his knights as not having real horses, the fautly information regarding the actual weight African swallows are capable of carrying, and (here's a shocker) there IS NO castle Anthrax (!!!), some reviewers run the risk of making themselves appear terribly, terribly (and I am very sorry to have to say it) stupid.
For those of you who have apparently been losing sleep over these, and other questions raised by the movie, I offer a response. (And I'm really hoping the guy who was confused about the swallows carrying the coconuts was just kidding.)
The hilarity of this film is appreciated best by those of us WITH a solid understanding of British history and the actual legendary accounts of Arthur and his knights in medieval Britan. What makes it so funny is how it spoofs off the often ridiculous excesses of the tales. Knights being so incredibly "chaste" and determined to find the Holy Grail as to ignore a castle stuffed with gorgeous swooning virgins are found all throughout the pages of Malory's "Morte d'Arthur" and the tales of Chretien de Troyes. Read anything about Sir Galahad and you realize how intelligent the comedy is. A few other historical spoofs: seemingly impossible-to-kill knights (the black knight), Lancelot's vigor with his sword getting him into trouble as he valiantly kills scores of people with one stroke, mysterious knights in woods who demand a sacrifice (the knights who say "ni!")... etc...
Of course, there are a few extra Monty Pythonisms thrown in, such as amazing Killer Rabbits, Tim the Enchanter (who is Merlinesque, anyway) snubbing Frenchmen and a ridiculous witch burning, but everything is directed to the intelligent viewer who can watch it all and laugh out loud while still respecting the legends and stories the Pythons are making delicious fun of.
Oh, and by the way, clapping coconuts together instead of having real horses? That's FUNNY!! It isn't meant to be confusing! Please locate your missing sense of humor as quickly as possible!
I think this movie is hysterical, and worth watching. Those of you who feel otherwise, well, "I blow my nose in your general direction!"

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Michael Palin

DVD title: A Bronx Tale
Productgroup: DVD
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A wonderful coming-of-age story in little Italy

A fantastic drama about two completely different men, one who lives in the poor neighborhood in bronx and the other who owns it. Calogero grows up with two different role models: his father, the hard-working bus driver Lorenzo (acted by R. De Niro) and on the other hand the local gangster boss Sonny(acted by C. Palminteri). A shooting witnessed by Calogero is the starting point of a lasting bond between the gangster and the small boy.This is a wonderful movie about friendship, racial prejudices and love.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Chazz Palminteri

DVD title: The Dark Crystal
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantasy come to life

The story about a young hero's quest to save the world from destruction has been told many times, but never like this. This film is pure imagination, the kind of movie that never gets made anymore. Jim Henson truly went all out with this one. The use of puppets to tell the entire story was incredible. I still remember how I felt the first time I saw this when I was a child;I still feel that way now. As a conceptual arist, Brian Froud's work speaks for itself. This is truly one of the most original and fascinating films to ever be created, the result of an incredible vision. It's too bad that Henson died before any more of these visions could be seen.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Frank Oz
Jim Henson
Kathryn Mullen

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