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DVD title: The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Very cute and charming!


This was a great follow-up to the first one (which in my opinion was HELLA boring!). It takes off at Mia's graduation from college, where we get flash backs and a voice over of what's been going on. I just wish Michael (Mia's friend Lilly's brother, the one in the band in the first one) could have actually BEEN in the movie as opposed to a picture in her diary. I also thought that she was going to marry HIM. But that was before I had any common knowledge of the movie. But I did enjoy it very much and found it very sweet and romantic. I did like the turn out at the end. You should see it if you already haven't, you'll LOVE it! :-D

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Garry Marshall
Actors:
Anne Hathaway
Julie Andrews
Callum Blue




DVD title: The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Spectacular


First off, I will admit I have never seen the Broadway production but I have listened to the Broadway soundtrack for years. I could spot every word change of every song in the movie. But they were all changes for the better, I believe.
I was afraid after all these years of wondering what it would be like to finally see the songs I loved be performed on screen, I might be disappointed, but I definately wasn't. I believe this will go into my collection, as one of my most prized DVDs.
Emmy Rossum was incredible as Christine. Her voice was flawless. Minnie Driver was comedic as Carlotta. The only thing that disappointed me a bit, at first, was that Gerard Butler was, as was quoted in another review here, "the man who was NOT Michael Crawford". His voice was very different from Crawford's but I do not believe Crawford could have given the sensual performance that Butler did. I really would have had a hard time chosing, had I been Christine, between the Phantom and Raoul. All in all, I think Gerard Butler did a great job.
The backdrop of the theater and surroundings were so eerie, yet beautiful. I think my favorite part was Christine singing "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" in that cemetary setting. Very haunting.
I just wish I could thank Joel Schumacher for bringing all the spectacle of the Broadway musical into my home, as I am someone who, I am sure, will never see it performed on the stage.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors:
Gerard Butler
Emmy Rossum
Patrick Wilson




DVD title: The Wizard of Oz
Productgroup: DVD
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Tiny corrections


In response to a previous post, I'll share the following:

1. Films WERE released in stereo prior to 1953. MGM recorded several of their musical numbers in stereo in the 1930's -- just to entertain themselves? I doubt it. The fact that Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940) was released in an early form of stereophonic sound only bears out my statement.

2. When the soundtrack to TWOO was restored in the 1990's, the entire score was found recorded in several "stems", microphones placed throughout the studio that would certainly provide a stereophonic sound. Why the powers that be chose to release the two CD soundtrack in mono is anyone's guess. (Perhaps because a few "stems" were missing, which is duly noted in the deluxe set's booklet. Missing or not, it could quite easily be mixed down into stereo mix -- if not quadraphonic or some other multi-track system.

In fact, if memory serves correctly, the score HAS been mixed into stereo. The current single CD of the music and songs is in stereo. There's really a lot of stereo surrounding this project.

Let's not put "The Robe" into a more important slot than it deserves.

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Judy Garland
Frank Morgan




DVD title: The Ipcress File
Productgroup: DVD
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The making of an icon


This is the film which established Caine as an icon. He is good looking, yet wears glasses, he is young and trendy, yet listens to classical music, he is a cockney, yet he has class. He is a bachelor, yet an accomplished chef, and he is a member of military intelligence, yet casual and insubordinate. Based on a thriller by Len Deighton, this sometimes cynical story keeps the viewer with Caine's Harry Palmer at all times, from his first introduction to a spy headquarters behind a fireworks company facade down to the end of the film where neither Harry, nor we know who to trust. Caine is ably supported by Gordon Jackson (Playing, not for the first time in his career, a character called 'Jock') and Guy Doleman and Nigel Greene as the slightly creepy spy bosses he has to report to. A good start to the series of Harry Palmer films, and a boost to Caine's fledgling career|

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Actors:
Michael Caine
Nigel Green




DVD title: Sarah Brightman - Live from Las Vegas
Productgroup: DVD
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Her most spectacular show yet


People have spoken of the video quality of the dvd. That notwithstanding, this is an incredible show. As usual, her voice is first rate (although it is kinda funny to see her right eye get lazy when she hits some of those high notes :-)) This is easily the most visually presentational tour she has put together. It's easy to tell Sarah really had fun during this show as she gets into it alot more than I'm used to seeing her. Definitely a must see.

Studio: Emi Distribution
Actors:
Sarah Brightman



DVD title: Real Men
Productgroup: DVD
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Funny with a capital "F"


Admittedly, this movie is not for everyone, but man do I laugh when I see it. It's the most hilarious spy spoof I've ever seen!

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Dennis Feldman
Actors:
James Belushi
John Ritter




DVD title: Wit
Productgroup: DVD
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Heart Breaking


Emma Thompson's performance provides new respect and empathy for anyone who has battled cancer. It is heart wrenching to see the pain, suffering and indifference that the story portrays. Yet it brings a refreshed appreciation for each moment of life that we have. The fact that Ms. Bearing has seemed to lead a life that keeps most at arms length through a demanding drive for control, reaffirms how important it is to welcome friends and family into our lives. Other reviewers have said it better than I- this is worth seeing but be prepared.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Mike Nichols
Actors:
Emma Thompson



DVD title: Kathy Griffin - Allegedly
Productgroup: DVD
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This woman is a rare genius -- truly!!!


Kathy Griffin is simply the most brilliant person working in comedy today. Although her HBO Special "Hot Cup of Talk" was probably a bit funnier, this is truly hilarious stuff from a gifted comic genius. Her pool of material borders on the infinite, as is the generosity with which she shares each nuanced moment.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Director: Keith Truesdell



DVD title: Beach Party
Productgroup: DVD
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beach party


these is also a great movie, my whole family likes the beach party movies

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: William Asher



DVD title: Star Trek - Nemesis (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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To boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before


Nemesis was a good movie despite what everyone says about it. It most likely is the Next Generation's Final Journey and it a fitting end to a good series. because lets face it, only die hard Trekkie's are into DS9 and Voyager. Im my opinion, Star Trek ends for a while with the end of this movie. Enterprise is another avenue, but again is not as popular as The Next Generation. It would be nice if one final Next Generation was made, but I don't think it will happen. Star Trek needs to unfortuantely disappear again into deep space for another 10 or 15 years and be remember, but not forgotten and then a new series or movie can possibly come out with a good story that will enterain viewers yet again to the Star Trek saga. I think that is the only way it will be able to live long and prosper the future. Its been overdone and needs a slight rest. To watch Nemesis is sad because I think we all know deep down, this is the last Trek we will be on for quite a while. A job well done to the performances of the Next Generation crew. They get better in every movie and I grew up with this series watching it and they have given me more than most people I've met in my life. I'll miss the Next Generation crew -Mike

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Stuart Baird
Actors:
Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Brent Spiner




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