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DVD title: Breakdown
Productgroup: DVD
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Viewer gets involved!

This movie was just like one of my favorite Dean Koontz or Richard Laymon books.

Besides the non stop action and my level of interest not dropping even once, it was nice to see a movie that did not make my cry for two hours lost in my life, because many movies I have seen lately new or old did just that.

What makes this story so gripping is the fact that Kurt Russell's character is someone you begin to like really fast and you don't want anything happening to him. Also the action begins on a desert road, with no people around, so this reminds me of those " lost in the woods" story, where someone is escaping and there's not many places to hide, besides being all alone and in trouble.

When Russell's car breaks down and his wife hitches a ride with someone from around there to get help, and never comes back, he decides to take the matter into his own terms, and let me tell you, I yelled at the TV a few times, and I never do that, because he gets on a bumpy ride to discover the towns little dirty secret, and he doesn't stop.

Excellent move for any time of the day can't wait to watch it again soon.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Kurt Russell
J.T. Walsh
Kathleen Quinlan

DVD title: Rush - Rush in Rio
Productgroup: DVD
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Rush - Bow to Alex, Geddy and Neil

OK, the reason I decided to write this review is that s_mccrea from Henderson, NV actually had the chutzpah to mention Clay Aiken in a review of a Rush CD. So, let me deal with that first.
. . .OK, now that I have that taken care of. . .
This is classic Rush. Turn your subwoofer down 1-3 notches, turn it up loud, and enjoy. I am 40. The first RUSH show I saw was the Grace Under Pressure tour, and I've seen them 3 times since. I will see them again 6/13 in Kansas City on their 30th anniversary tour. I can only dream that they'll play such an awesome set list.
Regarding the sound, I don't know what to say. When I'm seeing them live, they always sound perfect. When I listen to live albums or this video, it's not perfect, but it's still incredibly intricate rock and roll played to the 9's. It's not "bad," it's just "live." It's different. Deal with it. The folks that want live concerts to sound like the records don't get it.
I have the Boston Acoustics/Kenwood "unity" DVD system. With a very minor manipulation of the speakers, it sounds AWESOME. A little less bass. Play with the rear speakers, as the majority of the crowd noise is located there. If you want to hear them, keep them level or increase. If you want to minimize, then decrease. It's not complicated or difficult (as long as you know how to use your $20,000 remote control. . .heh heh heh).
Rush is an AWESOME band. A live experience like no other. This DVD is the epitome (to date) of a very significant career. I only hope they record this summer's tour. I'll buy that and enjoy it, too.
Regarding the crowd in this show: unbelievable. Their familiarity with the music, especially given the paucity of available RUSH music in Brazil: amazing. Their energy as they rush the stage when they are let in: palpable. The fact that they know every lyric and every note in the instrumentals: quite frankly, moving. The girls: not like the girls at the Kansas City and Chicago shows I've seen, that's for darn sure!
If you've never heard RUSH live: you need this DVD
If you've seen them once, ten times, or follow them like a "Dead-head:" you need this DVD.
Deal with the issues!

Studio: Rounder
Director: Daniel E. Catullo

DVD title: Anne of Green Gables
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best pictures of all time

If anything (and here purist fans of the novel may want to stop reading) Kevin Sullivan improved upon the novel. He cleaned it up structurally, and, best of all, deepened and enriched some of the major characters, most notably Gilbert who tends to get lost in the series as a sort of semi-defined "shadow person." Sullivan deftly handles the Victorian melodrama and Follows gives a no-nonsense performance of a character that could have come off as so dreamy and unrealistic as to be sickening. There's nothing sickening here, however. The film is pitch-perfect throughout. It is true to its era, it is meticulously and humorously scripted, and brilliantly acted. Dewhurst and Farnsworth are revelations in their roles. This is a superior production that creates such a sense of genuine, earned warmth (right down to the lovely music score) that you will be compelled to watch it again and again. It's a real crime that Megan Follows is not featured more often in American film and television; in this film and the sequel she exhibits the kind of performance authenticity too rarely scene in young actors. (For an equally impressive mini-series based on a classic book, be sure and see the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version of "Pride and Prejudice.") This production comes together so perfectly as to elevate the film to a level that I suspect even the filmmakers never expected to achieve.

Studio: Uav Corporation
Director: Kevin Sullivan
Megan Follows
Colleen Dewhurst

DVD title: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live at Slane Castle
Productgroup: DVD
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chili's are flaming red hot!!!

This dvd is awesome. I watch it whenever I have a free moment.I just absolutely love it. would recommend it to anyone who is a music fan. Anthony's voice is amazing. So strong and clear and john is just playing from the heart. The way the band shows their love for their music is something wonderful to watch. You can just tell that they really love what the are doing and the crowd is amazing.

Studio: Wea Corp
Red Hot Chili Peppers

DVD title: Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (Director's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Critic accalmed as the best of the series,The Wrath of Khan puts Admirial Kirk against his mysterious long-lost enemy Khan,a geneticly altered late 20th century leader.Khan and his party are discovered when a small science team beams down to the wrong planet,and from their, a chain reaction is started.This second Startrek picture was the kind of excitingly familiar yet twistedly new film that fans of all ages were waiting for.A must have for any movie collector.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Nicholas Meyer
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley

DVD title: Rat Race
Productgroup: DVD
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$ The Best Movie Ever Made $

Two words for you. INSTANT CLASSIC!!! Two more. JOHN CLEESE!!! Get won't be disappointed.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Jerry Zucker
Breckin Meyer
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Vince Vieluf
Whoopi Goldberg
Jon Lovitz

DVD title: Phone Booth
Productgroup: DVD
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this movie was great. colin farrell's performance was amazing, even though his accent was kind of weird in the beginning. though this movie doesn't really have much of a plot and the setting is in one place, a phone booth, it was still a pretty good movie. the ending was kinda creepy though... well, this movie was really good and colin farrell is a great actor

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Joel Schumacher
Colin Farrell
Kiefer Sutherland
Forest Whitaker
Radha Mitchell
Katie Holmes

DVD title: Buster Keaton Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Five Star Presentation. Four Star Material.

THE CAMERAMAN is one of my favorite Keaton films and it's great to have it in about as good a shape as we're ever likely to see it with a suitable new score from Arthur Barrow. This film illustrates what Keaton's career at MGM could have been like if only the top brass had listened to him. SPITE MARRIAGE, Buster's last silent and almost as good as THE CAMERAMAN, is in great shape and features its original 1929 soundtrack which is also in good shape although I would have liked the option of a modern track to choose from. There can be no choices regarding FREE AND EASY. Being Keaton's first talkie the soundtrack is an essential part of the film and showcases what was to be Buster's downfall, the move away from visual to verbal gags and the transformation of his character from resourceful self-sufficiency to a hapless boob who no longer gets the girl. This transformation is clearly shown in the new Photoplay Productions documentary SO FUNNY IT HURT: BUSTER KEATON AT MGM which rounds out this 2 DVD set. As in TCM Archives earlier offering of Lon Chaney films, this is a first class presentation with quality packaging and loads of bonus material. Interesting as entertainment and fascinating as history as you see how sound and the corporate mentality almost destroyed one of the greatest comedy talents of all time. Now it's time for TCM Archives to issue a restored package of Greta Garbo's best MGM silent films to celebrate her 100th anniversary in 2005.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Buster Keaton

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A movie can never match a book, but a good job none-the-less

The opening minutes did an excellent job of covering a lot of material and preparing the viewer. Unfortunately, due to the time constraints of a movie, the flight from Hobbiton to Rivendell was changed significantly and lost a lot of richness in the process. 17 years were condensed into seemingly a day, but the story did need to be selectively shortened and I doubt I could have done much better. I feel that they did an excellent job of expanding on important parts of the story (Saruman) and eliminating parts that don't play into the main storyline (Tom Bombadil). I suspect a viewer without prior knowledge of the Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings may misunderstand Bilbo as his character isn't very developed. Finally, the screenplay was very effective at revealing aspects of the story that are only hinted to in the Fellowship of the Ring. I found that roots Elrond's mistrust of men is better explained by the movie than in the book. Maybe the other movies will offer similarly revelations. I can't wait.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Best Film Ever Made

Baz Lurhmann created a masterpiece film that was filled with great art direction, cinematography, music, actors, and of course, Shakespeare. This sexy up-dated version of the classic play helps youth discover and relate to the timeless story. It's brilliance captures me everytime I watch it...and I always watch it. It's a movie that you can talk about for weeks, and watch all the time. Leonardo DiCaprio proves his acting potentional with his performance and Claire Danes is exact as Juliet.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Leonardo DiCaprio
Claire Danes

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