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DVD title: Like Water for Chocolate
Productgroup: DVD
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Very few times the movie is as good as the book

If you read the book, you're gonna love it. It has all sorts of recipes that you feel like trying, but might refrain from doing, just because you'll think they are some sort of sci-fi of cooking.
The book was like a delicious meal in itself: i couldn't stop reading it from the minute I started.
Now, came the second part: what about the movie? "Will it give me anything else?", I asked myself at the time. Well it DID! Very few times I've seen this happen: a movie being as good as the book it is based upon. Actually, I find the movie and the book as complementary, because there are times when the book has a hard time conveying some of the visual imagery, and that's were the movie excells.
I highly recommend it!

Studio: Miramax
Director: Alfonso Arau
Marco Leonardi
Lumi Cavazos

DVD title: Murder by Death
Productgroup: DVD
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I remember watching this movie as a child and it absolutly terrified me. The dark setting; the maid who was unable to speak or hear; the murders; these were all so much for a young girl to handle. However, when I was away at college and since we were unable to afford cable my roommates and I would occasionally buy videos and watch them over and over and over... When I found a copy of Murder By Death for sale I thought of this as an opportunity to overcome the scarring this film had left me with as a child. We went home and popped the video in the VCR and for the next 94 minutes we laughed until we cried. I absolutly loved this movie! The casting was excellent! I couldn't imagine anyone else but those incredibly talented actors/actresses playing the richly developed characters. The setting was well done and the script is hilarious!!! By today's standards some of the jokes/lines can be considered to be very politically incorrect and the idea of a caucasian (Sellers)portraying an Asian would probably receive much protest. But considering the time the film was made this is not an issue for me personally (I'm part Asian). The set is beautiful and yet haunting and the costuming is wonderful. I dream of having a beautiful dress like the one worn by Dora Charleston (portrayed by the incredibly talented Maggie Smith). I can honestly say that I watch this movie at least once a week and I know this film so well I can almost follow the dialogue line by line when watching it. I was so happy when it was finally released on DVD and I appreciate all of the little extras found on the DVD but I really would have enjoyed a Dirctor's Commentary to follow along with the movie. Overall I highly recommend this movie for anyone in need of a very good laugh.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Robert Moore
Peter Falk
Alec Guinness
Peter Sellers

DVD title: Oasis: There and Then
Productgroup: DVD
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Great DVD , mixing three of Oasis's best performances ever . Recorded in Manchester and London , this DVD has their best ever songs , like Morning Glory , Don't Look Back in Anger , Champagne Supernova , Wonderwall and Masterplan . Great exclusive interviews during the songs intersections are also great . Really Worth-Buying

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Dick Carruthers
Liam Gallagher
Noel Gallagher (II)

DVD title: To Sir, With Love
Productgroup: DVD
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Strange Occurance on the DVD

This has always been one of my all-time favorite movies! I could watch it anytime! Sidney Potier has also been one of my all-time favorite actors!! I think he's brilliant. I think every scene in this movie is great, but my favorite is where Judy Geeson's character dances with Sir. That's a great song in that scene!
My copy of this DVD also had the Japanese film on the 2nd side. How disappointing!!! I don't know how most people are about letterbox format, but I like it. I was looking forward to seeing this film in that format, but I couldn't. I returned the disc. I'm really hoping to find a correctly pressed copy of this disc.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: James Clavell
Sidney Poitier
Judy Geeson

DVD title: Lost In Translation (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Adrift on Scarlet Twilight.

Imposing Tokyo is a city of too much crowded streets and too much empty ones. Down town surrounded by everlasting lights and continuous movement on every sighting, everyone follows their own path. I suppose after a while living here, you take everything for granted. It may become tedious. Its overwhelming technology constituted and penetrates every skyscraper and advertisement. A night stroll through this marvelous city aside a love one can picture perfect how intimacy can be achieved by huge surroundings of people and endless movement. Why? Romantic love between a man and a woman is a constant of two, a third one means crowd. So, this two are immerse on each other enjoying this touring through Tokyo. The strolling goes on as the characters talk, laugh, and fool around each other. Simple mundane seduction, the unique of it is in the difference of each others persona. In their sorrow and meaningless existence they are aware of this mundane stroll. They fall in love, no longer mundane but unique. Now they are Bob and Charlotte, not that lone Wife and the depressive Actor, what ever his name is (Bob Harris isn't it?). More strolling as the couple gaze at that Big Pink Dinosaur. Some jokes here and there, when at last they understand that they are alone with each other. That's all the comfort one needs. Still surrounded by massive amounts of people strolling through the streets (got the picture?).
To cheer you up, to hold you save, still strolling through Tokyo and its overwhelming architecture, the couple feels the bond. What a great time to be with each other! Bond together. Time for a Whisky. Cheers!
Wake up, it's late already! Got to work. Where is my Husband? That damn Translator sucks big time! Some fancy actress, I just can't stand her stupid smile! At least I'm getting paid for this commercial. At least there is Tokyo right outside the window. Tonight's plan will take us to one of those popular bars where you can be alone with your friends and have a good time. Karaoke! Now I know you better. I don't want to be alone tonight, so stay with me please? We'll share the sorrow. It's about the dept of your gaze and the sharing of our silence. It pleases me to be with you. Bob and Charlotte. Yours truly!
Don't feel sad, we'll come together again. Now Charlotte strolls alone in Tokyo, and Bob impatiently awaits for her to come back to America. Then we'll sketch a dinner or something and begin an affair. Remember the way we where back in Tokyo?
No stereotypes, no clich?s, and by no means the standard romantic comedy formula is used in any to way to cheapens this carefully constructed atmosphere of lonesome existences and frailty of the soul. Reality is at every moment present to express a direct mood of despair. Sweet jokes and mundane speeches, just a man a woman coming together as in real life happens. That's why it's simple but sober script penetrates the viewer with gallantly and emotiveness. Never in this picture a glimpse of hypocrite manipulation is seen to force a tear in the spectator. Sophia Coppola's pace and cinematic composure is perfect and flawless. The acting level is simply splendid. Highly in shape, Bill Murray is the perfect muse, natural, complex, as far as I am concern, this is no acting but a real life person caught in motion. Tender Scarlett Johansson pleases the eye with every gesture and word, sexy and lone, a breathtaking performance my dear. The photography is no post-card but a realistic color depict of the great Tokyo gathered with an exact camera movement. Music to assists the images and increase the great balance achieved in this less that 30 days shooting. A.K.A.: Lost in Translation.
And so, the excellent DVD transferring offers DTS sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, A conversation with Sophia and Bill, the Making Of, an extend version of that weird Japanese T.V Show, plus some more goodies.
The climax comes when Bob soft spokes some words to Charlotte, gaining an instant smile on her face. That's one of the best depictions of hope ever caught in Cinema History. He comes back to the limousine with a big sense of fulfillment. She continues her stroll, alone yes, but with a huge gaze of happiness and satisfaction. Simply an unprecedented kind of beauty never shown before on the big screen. Then the end credits appear: Directed by the great Sophia Coppola, featuring the amazing performances of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, etc, etc.
It's about people we met briefly in our lives, but how we can talk about them forever, and never get tire of it.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sofia Coppola
Scarlett Johansson
Bill Murray
Giovanni Ribisi

DVD title: Blazing Saddles
Productgroup: DVD
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"My name is Jim, but most people call me...Jim."

One of Mel Brooks best movies ever. I had wanted to see the deleted scenes ever since I had first seen the movie. Well, now I am happy.
I believe that everything said about this movie has been said, so now I am taking up space to say 1,000 words. Oh, MAX of 1,000 words, I thought that was the MIN.
If you like this, go get YOUNG FRANKENSTIEN.
Now, go read a longer review.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Mel Brooks
Cleavon Little
Gene Wilder

DVD title: Much Ado About Nothing
Productgroup: DVD
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This, without a doubt, the funniest film that I have seen Kenneth Branagh do. True, it was no match for his four-hour masterpiece HAMLET, but MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is almost as great. Branagh shows us that his acting abilities can range from heroic to comedic. But please, let us not talk of the very bad performance he gave in the insanely crazy, and just as stupid WILD WILD WEST. Another thing that suprised me about the film: Keanu Reeves as a bad guy. This film also proves that Reeves, who plays the sinister John the B-----d, can play a wide variety of characters (from THE MATRIX's Neo, to BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE's Bill Es Preston Esquire.). The other supporting actors (Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Emma Thompson, Brian Blessed, among many others) gave what could be called their finest performances ever. The movie, which is insanely funny, also has some dramatic moments, so as not to make it too ludicrous. Anybody who has a thirst for Shakespeare, or just wants a good laugh, should see this movie. Trust me, you'll be singing HEY, NONNY NONNY 'til you die. Grade: A+

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
Emma Thompson
Keanu Reeves
Kate Beckinsale

DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A humorous movie for everyone.

This movie may too dark for some, but it's a Disney Movie for crying out loud! It officially qualifies as an Action/Adventure movie, and it is, but it also has a lot of humor. It is quite funny. Johnny Depp plays a pirate who seems to have left his mind in his other pants you might say. He plays a great part, and along with several other actors, some brand new, and some very distinguished in the movie business.
I highly recommend this movie to all who just want to sit down and laugh, and enjoy a Disney movie with the whole family.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce

DVD title: Scrubs - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Oneof the Best Shows I've Ever Seen

This show is consistantly one of the best shows on television, and for a number of reasons. The character development is nothing short of excellent, witch each character containing both positive traits as well as human flaws; these characters seem like they cound easily be modeled after real people, and their individual personalities connect to ones in real life.

Additionally, the casting is great. I don't think that anyone knew that Zach Braff would be as good as he has been, but the supporting characters such as the Janitor, Dr. Cox, Dr. Kelso and even Todd, Laverne and Ted make this story excellent.

Obviously the writing is witty and funny, but the absolute BEST and MOST INNOVATIVE thing about this show is that it is a comedy set in a hospital. Hospitals tend to be very sad places...and with good reason. Yet, this show manages to take the lives of health care workers and use medicine in a humorous and uplifting light. It is definately an interesting spin and setting for a comedy show. And it works.

Overall, this show is just spectacular. It is one of the few gems on TV that I will actually watch on a consistant basis, just because it is simply that good. Maybe you won't particularly care for it...but I'm sure that many people you know would absolutely love this show. I mean, just look at all the other raving reviews - they're there for a reason.

I'd recommend this show to anyone...get the DVD...when it's available.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Zach Braff

DVD title: Bellydance Fitness for Beginners: Slim Down
Productgroup: DVD
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I love this DVD! It does give you a workout. I have the Twins Basic Dance Video so I knew how to do some of the moves. The moves are easy enough so that someone who has never done bellydance before can catch on. The sound is great, video quality is really good. It even has some footage of Marina dancing. She is not as good as the twins but it helps you to see dancing in action. The twins have done a great job. They are both very beautiful & elegant.

Studio: Goldhil Home Media I

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