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DVD title: Y Tu Mama Tambien (R-rated Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Viva Mexico Cabrones

Excellent movie, shows Mexican medium/high-class society way of thinking, humor and for the first time in Mexican cinema I believe the dialogues are truly realistic, its actually like a great joke all the movie but it has great reflections inside and you shouldn't take the end so seriously it is merely a critic joke about mexican macho men. Probably the Cuaron brothers were having fun watching people suffering while watching that scene.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Gael García Bernal
Maribel Verdú

DVD title: Lennon Legend - The Very Best of John Lennon
Productgroup: DVD
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5.1 for lennon Legend

German newspapers and television stations are not well excited on the new DVD "Lennon Legend" - DVD is released in Germany on October 27, 2003 - The tenor is, that this work is more an "ego trip" of Yoko and a mystification of John than a real cool music video or a dispute with a rebellious, contradictory, difficult musician. The media claimed, that the DVD has to owe an altogether rather sentimental note probably to the strong influence of Ono. It submits the picture free of fault of a husband who idolized his wife, maked silly things with kids, went on peace demoes and loved romantical walks in the Central Park. Would John Lennon wanted to remain so in memory?
Much in the life of John Lennon speaks for the fact that he wanted to remain in such a way in memory. John said to the Rolling Stone 1980: "... but if they did not want us as pair, then we had also no more interest ". Basically the blueprint of his career as the ex Beatles had been it to merge Yoko actively in his music and performances. John identified himseld as no second in such a way with his wife. Yoko was John's muse and inspiration. John's rich artistical legacy lives on now - owing to Yoko. John's benediction this DVD is certainly sure.
Well, the music and the videos are in its quality contradictory - like the life of the "Beatle John" also - evenly no pure compilation of "the very best of John Lennon". Because, where are "Remember", "Isolation" or "God"?
But altogether this does not lead probably to the devaluation: Owing to the clear fresh music and owing to the amusing videos, this DVD without each doubt has deserved
5 of 5 stars.
From the point of the taste of music this DVD is a must to have it in a collection and it is a good present as well to everybody, who loves pretty good 70s Rock'n'Roll Music. To the evaluations in detail:
- The music
The most important element of this release is the music - and this is really known for John. Anyhow the sound is incredible: better ever The producers took carefully the possibilities of 5.1 surround sound - not overdosed, for example, one channel on both front speakers, the other on both back speakers, the third channel on the center speaker: A special kind of surround sound - really.
Most Songs are not faded out - this provides a certain charm. The songs are fresh and clear: Thus one did not hear "Imagine" anyhow ever. Impressing the recording of "Mother" are simply brilliant, as well "Watching the Wheels" and "Happy XMAS".
- The videos
Combining music and film was a passion of John and Yoko very early. Some of the DVD videos were completely revised and brought into a form up-to-date. Others were produced particularly for the DVD - these are the strongest and most emotional films, like for example:
"Mother" - in the rhythm of the music black-and-white pictures from John's complicated relations life with parents, wife and children over the screen float. The perfect symbiosis from music and picture.
"Working Class Hero" - played and original scenes from John's lives give the optical framework to one of the strongest Lennon Songs. Moving the recall of the assassination: In a scene the Cover is shown, which signed John at the day of death for his murderer. Into the next scene a blood drop falls on the first side of the novel "The Catcher into the Rye" from J.D. Salinger. Chapman was possessed of this book and referred from it inspiration for his senseless act. The next scene showed some press reports on John Lennon's death.
"Happy XMAS" - the video is already now very disputed - one may show such war scenes? Now the song reveals its true message probably only with these pictures. A song, that in the last years in the conjunction with "Wonderful Christmas time" (of Paul McCartney) and "Last Christmas" (of Wham!) on various Rock Christmas compilations came down to a Flower Power sentimental song. The film shows dead, mutilated children, crying parents on the one as on the other side of the "front". The wrong, the misery is everywhere. The film shows rubble and dust clouds. It shows people, those before it flees in the Iraq, like in Manhattan. The message is clearly - the war is (only) over - if we (all) want it.
Weak is actually only "Cold Turkey" - the absolutely brilliant studio recording of this Rocker does not fit in with the footage snippets of the "One ton One Concerts".
- The special features
The extra songs in the special feature are "only" PCM Stereo.
Strong is also here again "Working Class Hero". This special Anthology version is bristling with well-known interview footage snippets, in which John tells about his life. Together with the pictures this is surely one of the shortest Lennon biographies.
The fact, that the last Live performance of John Lennon is on these Compilation, has surely its authorization - although "Imagine" was somewhat emotionless presented.
Animations of John's drawings and a photo gallery are nice gimmicks - no "Must" on this DVD.
- The menu technology and the artwork
The menu is structured clear and works up-to-date. Was tried also here to present John not as a Flower Power Hippie but as an artists, whose music and statements have straight today its authorization.
The Artwork is simple. The Booklet is similarly as that the CD. The inside of the Inlays shows a picture gallery. Detailed information to the songs (over the usual credits) and to the videos are completely missing in the booklet and on the DVD - actually harm.

Studio: Emi Distribution
John Lennon

DVD title: The Blues Brothers (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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You want funny? Well, you found it.

Blues Brothers is a great movie, it's one of those few movies you can sit down and watch over and over again. As a true Chicago fan and a resident of a Chicago, The movie shows what Chicago is really about.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Landis
John Belushi
Dan Aykroyd
Cab Calloway
John Candy

DVD title: A Home at the End of the World
Productgroup: DVD
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Bobby's World

Simply, I Loved this Movie and everything it stood for. I thought it was Beautifuly done and went straight to the Heart...I really doubt the deleted scene of Colin's front side would of been a distraction and I feel that it should of been left in...My only disapointment to the DVD is that it doesn't have a whole lot of extras....No deleted scenes, No commentary, No input what so ever from Colin in "Go Behind The Scenes On A Journey Home"....I am wondering if there will ever be a "Directors Cut" released...I for one would love to see it in a extended version with All the Extras this Wonderful film deserves........Michael

Studio: Warner Independent Pictures
Director: Michael Mayer (VI)
Sissy Spacek
Colin Farrell
Dallas Roberts
Robin Wright Penn

DVD title: KISS - The Second Coming
Productgroup: DVD
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YES!!!!! PURE KISS!!!!!

What it is: A documentary of the events surrounding the original Kiss members' reunion and their resulting tour.
Review in a nutshell: this is a must-have for Kiss fans and highly recommended for those discovering Kiss for the first time.
Very well put together, this video starts with a short flashback to the 70s and the band's heyday. Great video, film, and still shots--both in the beginning and throughout the video--recall Kiss' early development and meteoric rise to fame. While nothing here will be news for the avid Kiss fan, it offers many rarely or never-before seen glimpses of the group and provides a great introduction for new fans--some of whom may be too young to even remember Kiss' original years. Most incredibly, the images from two decades ago, shown with those from the past couple years, prove how well Kiss has faithfully recreated their act--both musically and visually.
The bulk of the video (or I should say videos--it's a two-tape set) focuses on the band's reunion and subsequent world tour. This is where the longtime Kiss fan will be most enthralled. Having been a fan since 1976, I can truly say that we could've only dreamed of seeing the stuff that makes up this video back then. Watching them clown around and interact, there is unquestionably a chemistry between these guys not rivaled since The Beatles. While the reunion tour concert footage is great, it is the behind-the-scenes pictures that make this a "must-have." To see the guys so candidly is really cool: Gene joking around in full costume on his birthday, Paul singing and playing Latin American songs in concerts south of the border, stage flubs, their antics during photo shoots, and goofing around doing the "Macarena" dance backstage in full costume. In addition, some of the best scenes show the band relearning their old songs in early reunion rehearsals. And no Kiss fan can help but enjoy watching the guys doing a stage rehearsal without makeup and wearing street clothes with their costume boots on!
There is very little to criticize about this video. In fact, my only complaint would be that a couple of the most interesting clips were cut short. Case in point: we start to see Kiss' first TV appearance, from an early 1974 American Bandstand, and they quickly cut from this incredible footage to yet another shot of Kiss playing some arena somewhere sometime in 1997. I realize the point of this is the reunion tour, but the retrospective shots are sometimes too golden to be so quick. I would've also traded some of the recent concert shots for more behind-the-scenes stuff. The bottom line, though, is neither of these criticisms detract from the video's worthiness.
All in all, the two-plus hours of video are well worth the money and shouldn't leave anyone unsatisfied. The production values are top-notch, it's well edited, the music is of course great, and for the most part it's not overly self-important (at least not on the Kiss scale of things). Often, you get the feeling the piece could've been done as an independent documentary. It should be noted, however, for those concerned parents out there that there is some R-rated nudity: nothing too bad, just the occasional obligatory front row female fans who like to pull up their shirts. Something to know if you plan on watching it with your 8-year-old kid.
Ultimately, the video is a testimony to a group of guys who got together, put aside their past, got in shape, and put on over 200 shows and sold three million tickets in under a year. Kiss was the biggest band of the 70s and the biggest band of 1996-1997. And while some may say it's all just for money, no fan cares; Kiss gave us what we wanted and this video is no exception.

Studio: Image Entertainment

DVD title: Charles Mingus:Live at Montreux 1975
Productgroup: DVD
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Changes Group Live

This fantastic DVD supplements the great Changes recordings on Atlantic. The centerpiece performance here is an extended version of the Mingus composition Sue's Changes, which perhaps tops in excitement the recorded version on Changes One. The Adams/Pullen/Walrath Quintet is also featured on Free Cell Block F, and on the Devil Blues. (For Harry Carney is unfortunately not included in this DVD.) The concert closes with two performances adding and featuring guest artists Gerry Mulligan and Benny Bailey, performing a superb Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Take the A Train. The sound quality of the recording is quite good--Mingus is clear and in great form at all times (this is definitely before his playing declined with illness)--with?the exception that George Adams is a bit undermiked. There are many great images in this DVD. Anyone appreciative of the last great Mingus group will love this DVD.

Studio: Red Distribution, In
Charles Mingus

DVD title: Meet The Fockers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Look in the Mirror and Smile

This is the best low comedy since Mel Brooks was at the top of his game. It's far better than Meet the Parents and all of the Austin Powers efforts. It spoofs and gently satirizes seniors, hippies, super parents, unconditional love, the CIA, sexists, Hispanics, Jews, cops, RVers, and virtually everybody and everything else we seem to prize as a culture.

I saw it a theatre filled with middle aged people and seniors. They laughed at every punch line and had a ball. Bad reviews are not going to slow this baby because the critics are wrong.

The writers and director were even able to end the story without ruining it. If you like to laugh and can stand to have a little fun poked at you, go and enjoy this terrific bit of hokum. It's very gentle with very few heavy handed acts of true crudeness.

It's suitable - and highly recommended - for teens and older.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Jay Roach
Robert De Niro
Ben Stiller
Dustin Hoffman
Barbra Streisand
Blythe Danner
Teri Polo

DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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It really makes you think.......

This movie can be summed up in one word...Wow. It makes you think and question our everyday life. The "bullet-time" effect with Neo was one of the best special effects in the whole movie. It makes you want to move like him and be like him. They writers made many clever explinations and theories about what happens in our lives. For example, they explained deja vu in a way you would never think of. Anyway, it makes you wonder if we are really here, if we are actually in a real world. All the points that they made fit in together very well and almost never contradicted each other.
"What is real? How do you define real?"

Studio: Warner Studios
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss

DVD title: The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain
Productgroup: DVD
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A Wonderful Way to Spend a Rainy Day

This film is in my DVD collection. Did it have a lot of special effects on the DVD vs. VHS? No. But it does have the perfect picture of a DVD and the Perfect storyline of a Perfect British (Welsh) comedy. This film was absolutely spiritual on so many levels. Not only did it touch upon the typical "Why Work Stinks" theme, but it touches upon Love, Friendship, Loyalty, and working in unison toward a greater cause than the mere cause of self. I am neither eloquent of words, nor even spelling, but I do know, as a married man, what moves me and what stirs my spirit towards greatness, and this film inspires both. If you are an Historian of WWI, a lover of Britain, or even a lover of the human condition, then this film, be in your collection. The spirit of community manifests itself in this film. Being that I am a member of the modern era, the spirt shown here is but a DREAM of what we should be. At once the movie is hopeful for what is about to unfold, and sad; at the thought of what we have lost since the simple times of WW I. I would encourage every serious comedy AND drama lover to add this DVD to their collection. I would stake my honor upon the fact that this delightful film is for everyone. What does it take to enlighten you? Love? Honor? Respect? Humor? Dignity? This film has all AND MORE. No one can experience this film and walk away unaffected unless your heart is a cold piece of unfeeling ice. My advice for all macho men watching this with their wives? Keep a tissue handy in the dark to wipe away that sad or happy tear without your significant other seeing your humanity.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Christopher Monger
Hugh Grant
Tara Fitzgerald
Colm Meaney

DVD title: Bruce Almighty (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Jim Carrey is BACK! This movie ROCKS!

I certainly laughed until my sides hurt several times in this film (despite the fact it was not a WINGED monkey) and I can still at this relatively late date count on one hand the number of times that has happened (for the record the other three times were when the tanks came over the hill in "Jesus Christ Superstar," when Alvy Singer produced Marshall McLuhan in "Annie Hall," and when Barbara Billingsley spoke jive in "Airplane"). Any film that can have you holding your sides to keep the pain from becoming too intense is a good thing (and not all of the super laughs are provided by Jim Carey, to our surprise). You should already know by now if Jim Carey's brand of humor is to your liking, especially when he is team-up again with director Tom Shadyac ("Ace Ventura" and "Liar, Liar").
Just do not try to work out the theological implications of the set up. The movie, of course, makes no effort to hide the selling point of "Bruce Almighty," which is that God (Morgan Freeman) gives Jim Carey (who plays a character named Bruce) divine powers. The results are actually less spectacular than what happened in "The Mask," because Bruce has a very short list of things we wants to accomplish (new car, better job, great sex). Meanwhile, the new god on the block has no clue that his divine actions had repercussions: bringing the moon closer to earth to impress his girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston, whose character also has a name in the movie that is something different from Rachel) has caused flooding on the far side of the earth, wiping out the homes of thousands of people. The science of this makes no sense to me and the other obvious explanation, that those people flooded out in Asia were not Christians, is rather troubling. But then so is the idea that Bruce's attitude adjustment, clearly a necessary thing, matters enough for God to allow the destruction of all those homes anyway. After all, Bruce never really catches on that he is wrecking havoc around the world in general and Buffalo in particular and the only prayer he really listens to is one from his girlfriend.
However, none of this really matters during the course of the film while you are laughing yourself silly, and you should be well out into the parking lot before you start noticing such things. Yes, the ending seems a bit reminiscent of "Oh, God," but then the problem with most really great set ups is how to end on a high note. Besides, the ending does not come as anything approaching a surprise and "Bruce Almighty" is more about the journey and creating laughs than anything else. This might not be a classic comedy but it is a very funny movie. What more do you want in answer to your prayers?

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Tom Shadyac
Jim Carrey
Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Aniston

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