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DVD title: Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack)
Productgroup: DVD
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What a Toy Collection !


When Walt Disney oversaw his production team in the early days, the thing he empasized most about his cartoon shorts and features were the gags. He hammered into his people the need to squeeze as many gags as possible into every frame, so that a viewer would hardly catch his breath from one explosion of laughter before he is overcome by another.
Toy Story and Toy Story II were both made decades after Walt had left his company to others; yet - when you watch it - you get the sense that even after all these years, the folks at Pixar and Walt Disney Studios remember how important it is to make us laugh. When you see these movies, you will giggle, you will chortle, you will snicker and chuckle and cackle and roar. When it's all over, if your sides aren't splitting and you mouth isn't sore from the constant grin, then you have a serious malfunction in the 'sense-of-humor' section of your brain.
And it isn't just funny and touching and exciting in the classic Disney sense - it's also chock full of subtle gags and nostalgic toys. Most young adults will immediately recognize the supporting cast, from Mr. Potato Head, to the etch-a-sketch, to the Slinky dog. Tiny plastic green soldiers march in formation straight from our imagination onto the screen. And even Jaws, and Godzilla, and a barrel of monkeys make their appearence. If you have even the smallest degree of fond memories of your childhood, you will love these movies.
Oh, yeah... your kids'll probably love 'em, too.

Studio: Disney/Pixar
Director: John Lasseter
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Tim Allen




DVD title: Police Academy 6 - City Under Siege
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Police Academy movie of the 7


Police Academy 6 City Under Seige is by far the best movie of all time!!! It totally makes Police Academy 5, which was previously my favorite movie, seem like Gigli. Marion Ramesy preformance was outstanding as Sgt. Laverne Hooks, her best role yet. And who could forget the classic memorable acting skills as Darryl Honriques who played the man in a hurry. His talent showed that no other actor could pull out such an outstanding preformance. You could tell by watching his acting skills that he was in a hurry. No doubt about it. And who could forget Allison Mack who played the little girl. In past movies she played characters such as little crying child or girl with ice cream cone. This was her major breakthru preformance as the little girl. She has now gone onto play in movies with such roles as teen in classroom and girl with braces. And Gerry Lack who played an unforgetable role as an old lady. The makeup job done to transform this 56 year old woman into a 58 year old woman was supurbub. Lots of time, money, and effort was put into perfecting this transformation. It was said in a rumor that half of the budget of the film was part of her makeup job. And she pulled of the role perfectly. Most older actors have a problem of acting too young for their roles. Like Wilfrid Brimley in Cocoon or Scatman Crothers in Twilight Zone the Movie. But not Gerry Lack, she pulled off the role of being old perfectly. Michael Winslow is also one of the coolest actors of all time. Like that time in Police Acedemy 1 where he makes a siren noise and nobody has any idea it was him or that time in Police Academy 2 where he makes a different siren noise, which sounds similar to the first siren noise but has an extra "E-rahh" at the end instead of "E-rahh, E-rahh". Don't get me started on that siren sound from Police Academy 3, that one was a classic. I am also thinking of starting my own Police Academy fan web site where people from all over the world can send pictures of their favorite characters. Also I will be starting a petition to have an 8th Police Academy movie made. Yes, an 8th movie. It will be made even if it means me directing it. I can not wait to get this movie on DVD watch it with my surround sound. Right now I only own this movie on Beta and VHS, so I am missing out on the DVD quality sounds of the police cars driving, the time where they shoot the guns, and Michael Winslow. And at a price of only $12.73, you can't go wrong. I would truthfully spend anywhere from $25-$35 for this movie. I am such a big fan of the series that I even have the rare one and only copy of Police Academy 1 signed by Bob Guttenburg which says is the cousin of Steve Guttenburg. I had even spent $128.13 on E-Bay to recieve this one and only copy which is sought after by many collectors. And for those of you that think Ski Patrol or Meatball IV is the best movie of all time, you're wrong. What are you thinking its obviouly POLICE ACADEMY 6: CITY UNDER SEIGE!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Bonerz
Actors:
Bubba Smith
David Graf




DVD title: Transylvania Twist
Productgroup: DVD
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You gotta love that bowtie.


This movie is what you'd get if Airplane! had crash-landed in Transylvania. The general plot: A young man must fulfill his Grandfather's dying(?!?) wish to hunt down a rare and dangerous volume of Occult rituals with the aid of a plucky young actress descendant of the man who'd checked out the book. Together, the trio must brave the Transylvanian countryside and the vampiric Count Orlock along with his Tall Man servant (played by Angus Scrim) to regain the book before the count can use it to reserect an ancient, world destroying demon. Lots of site gags, sound gags, bad jokes and psuedo-cameos; more than enough to choke a Frankinstien.

Studio: New Concorde Home Video
Director: Jim Wynorski



DVD title: Dark City (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Surreal and spooky -- two thumbs up!


This movie draws you in and keeps you there. "The Strangers," Dark City's spooky keepers, are freakishly fascinating and add yet another dimension to a unique movie full of twists and turns. Incredible special effects and a city that's never the same just top off this great sci-fi feast.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Alex Proyas
Actors:
Rufus Sewell
Kiefer Sutherland
Jennifer Connelly




DVD title: Christine
Productgroup: DVD
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What's Under This Hood Is Purely And Simply EVIL


Stephen King's novels have formed the basis for a great many horror films over the last quarter century. Some have been superlative (CARRIE, THE SHINING), others just terrible (PET SEMATARY, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE). CHRISTINE can be counted among the superlative ones. Under the expert hands of HALLOWEEN director John Carpenter, this film provides the requisite chills and atmosphere minus a lot of unnecessary blood and gore.
Keith Gordon stars as a geeky high school student named Arnie Cunningham who is always getting picked upon by the local school bullies (sound familiar?). But when he eyes a rusted old 1957 Plymouth Fury, his life really turns around. Over the objections of his best friend (John Stockwell), he fixes it up at a local garage (run by a salty-tongued Robert Prosky) to a point where the car is as good as new. Gordon even starts up a relationship with the high school dream queen (Alexandra Paul). There's just one problem, though. Christine won't let it go that far.
For this '57 Fury is definitely possessed, and pretty soon it takes possession of Gordon. When the school bullies retaliate against Gordon by trashing Christine, the car repairs itself and goes after the perpetrators one by one. But the car also reacts in a jealous and homicidal way against Paul, who nearly chokes on a hamburger at a drive-in with Gordon. And when Paul and Stockwell come to realize that Gordon is indeed totally over the edge, they plot to destroy the car, using a bulldozer inside Prosky's garage. Unfortunately, Gordon dies in the final melee. And although Christine itself seems to be crushed to a metal cube, in the tag end scene, a metal piece can be seen repairing itself...
Although the setting of the film is changed from King's novel (there, it was western Pennsylvania; in the film, it's southern California), CHRISTINE for the most part stays true to the basic essentials of the book in its depiction of high school bullies and teenage life during 1978-79, which is the era depicted. There is a certain appropriateness to having Christine's radio play nothing but early rock and roll records, like Little Richard's "Keep A Knockin'", and Thurston Harris' "Little Bitty Pretty One", while most of the other songs are of the late 70s ("Runaway" by Bonnie Raitt, "Bad To The Bone" by George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers).
Carpenter makes sure that the emphasis on the movie is on the situations in Gordon's life that lead him to Christine, and how letting his life get totally dominated by that car eventually scares the living daylights out of Stockwell and Paul. Furthermore, he does this in the same suspenseful fashion that made HALLOWEEN work to such a tee. His and Alan Howarth's synthesizer-dominated music score lends further atmosphere to the proceedings. Some may complain about the slight excess of profanity in the screenplay, but it is typical of King's work and appropriate in the way it depicts teenage behavior.
CHRISTINE does, as many point out, bear a resemblance to the much underrated (or much maligned) 1977 thriller THE CAR. But it is unique in its own way. And for those seeking something more than mad slashers and buckets of blood, CHRISTINE is well worth watching.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Carpenter
Actors:
Keith Gordon
John Stockwell




DVD title: Oldboy
Productgroup: DVD
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Very good film, where is everything?


This is one of the most original and well done movies I've ever seen. I am not going to be able to say anything about it that hasn't already been said, other than...where is everything? Why is it that we (USA) get the crappiest, cheapest versions of foreign films on DVD??? Where are the deleted scenes, the documentaries, the making of and the commentary. Go on over to Amazon.co.uk and by the 2 disc version. It's a little more but well worth it. Oh, and please don't by this movie just because it says it has Tarantino's approval, Tarantino hasn't done a good film since...hmmm...has he ever done a good film?

Studio: Tartan Video
Director: Chan-wook Park
Actors:
Min-sik Choi
Ji-tae Yu
Hye-jeong Kang




DVD title: Vampire Princess Miyu - OAV (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Masterpiece


This one is the classic Vampire Miyu OVA in late '80s (there is a new series in the late '90s). A master piece made by AIC/SouEShinSha/Hirano Toshihiro. The original story came from Gakino, who married Hirano later.
The animation made a unpreceded success in illustrating Miyu's soul. The music is astonishing, made by Kawai Genji, and still very popular today. There are four episodes in this series, and the episode 3 is a really good one.
Here is the introduction for all of the 4 episodes: Episode 1 - The background, introduces Miyu and Himiko. Episode 2 - The plot, shows Miyu's skills to handle things around her. Episode 3 - The life, talks how Miyu thinks about her life, both as a vampire and as a lady. Episode 4 - The shock, which looks back into the history and gives the truths - that how and where Miyu came from, and what Himiko really is.
In the 1980's the golden age of Japanimation (before the bubble bursts), this one is literally a must-see for japanimation fans. I couldn't recommend you more that you got to experience this one; However, the pack format and schedule are arguable. If they can put all four episodes out at once, it will be much better.

Studio: AnimEigo
Actors:
Vampire Princess Miyu



DVD title: Hand Maid May - Product Recall (Vol. 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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Big Things Come in Little Pakages


Hand Maid May is an excellent show. If you are a fan of New-Age Anime this is a must have for your collection. I'd recomend it to anybody who want's a laugh. It's has alot in common with shows like Love Hina and Tenchi so expect alot of charater development and off-the-wall situations. Now on DVD, the deal is even sweeter. 75 minutes of HMM along with some DVD extras makes this a great buy. The only other thing worth mentioning is that it has quite a bit of Fan Service, so if your looking for another Pokemon, steer clear, But otherwise, it just makes it even funnier. Buy it. Watch it. Laugh and smile because it's one of the best new shows out there.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Shinichiro Kimura



DVD title: Better Than Chocolate
Productgroup: DVD
Better Than Chocolate - movie DVD cover picture
My all time favorite flick


I seen this great movie on HBO some time ago and just had to own it.What can I say besides like If These Walls Could Talk2 in a society that can judge and show such bigotry why not just watch,learn,and respect all?? I love both of those films.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Anne Wheeler



DVD title: Alexander - Director's Cut (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Alexander is Great!


Excellent movie carefully trailing the greatest moments or perhaps the whole life of Alexander of Macedon. The conqueror of the grandest part of the "then known" world. His pains and joys, his relations with many historical figures, his molding to become a great ruler, and his exceptional character are well portrayed in this epic aga which may as well be "Oliver Stone's Iliad".

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Oliver Stone
Actors:
Anthony Hopkins
Angelina Jolie




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