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DVD title: The Usual Suspects
Productgroup: DVD
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What can I say....predictable...hmm?

ok ok i know that people rave and rave about this movie...don't get me wrong..I LOVED it was predictable...the only part that wasn't predictable. The only thing that I was suprised one was the uh..well not to ruin anythign "suspected first ending"...people who have seen the movie understand what I'm sayign there I hope. This was not a bad movie by any means, contrary to what the title of this review suggest, I will show you how i analyzed it. I tryed watching it one time and I only got to Komayashi, then I watched it again in enterity and there was just something odd about that first scene with the burning and all that I predicated which charcter it was. Though it is a deffinatly a top 200 film on IMdB and well should be, Spaceys performace was great...deffinalty rent or buy.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Bryan Singer
Gabriel Byrne
Kevin Spacey
Chazz Palminteri

DVD title: Farscape - The Peacekeeper Wars
Productgroup: DVD
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"I Wore a Bomb, a Nuclear Bomb, In a Field of Flowers."

We all know the drill. JC, astronaut, is shot through a wormhole and joins up with a crew of a ship, a living ship, as they blast through space one season at a time. Along the way they run into multiple baddies, destroy a wide array of bases, depositories, and even a few civilizations, and they also become something of a family. Sometimes that makes for humor, sometimes for seasons of sadness, and sometimes for thrilling adventure.
Such is Farscape.

For those who don't know about the series all that well, it is one of the few I'd tout as a complete product that can't be hyped enough. Following the exploits of John C. and the crew was a thrilling whirlwind to take part in because it evoked so many emotions and rewarded you, the viewer, for riding shotgun through the wormhole. You saw the transitions from character introduction plots and awkward travels to the becoming of crew labelled with words like "notoriety," "infamy," and a message filled with the hope for a better tomorrow. You even had the "little things" handed to you, from references to brushing teeth and how alien lifeforms could communicate, and you got it all with an Earth twist. Personally I've never pulled for "the good guy" before, not really one to touch base with the cliche characters in most shows, but the crew of Moya was different. They actually touched me with their plights and the ways they could always turn a bad situation into something worse and still come out alive, and I found myself addicted to it by the end of Season Two. That all seemed to come to an abrupt end when the plug was pulled on the series, though, and many people weren't happy with the cliffhanger ending. So, amidst a flurry of protest and the knowledge that Farscape sells, the Peacekeeper Wars was born.

Vaguely commenting, the storyline picks right up where we left off, taking into consideration a few things I didn't think of and setting off a war that everyone watching knew was going to come. You could smell it brewing, the Scarrans threatening too many people and Scorpius standing too close to that end, and when it falls it falls beautifully. I was actually taken by all the digital love the series was shown in this miniseries, shocked in a way by the amount of currency I saw circulating in those lovely ship battles, and I loved it. Added to this is the continuation of the tale of the main characters, with even Rygel getting a little news of home and the promise of things to come. And those these comments have to be vague, I can say with certainty that the storyline flowed and wasn't forced. If you liked the series, you'll love the taste of this brew as well, with all its emotional kicks in tow.

One other thing to note in all of this is that EVERYONE was back and taking part in this epic piece. I'm not talking about the crew and the main biggies, either, but I'm instead filtering through the "little guys" and happily noting their faces. Bracca, possibly one of my favorites, is joined by an array of people that take part in the series, again rewarding people that were perhaps wondering where they'd all gone. By and large, it is a complete set of faces to admire (and without that "guest spot" taste).

So, in a nutshell, buy this BUT ONLY if you've kept up with the series. If not, it would be akin to reading the final chapter in a book and trying to taste the textures. To those who wanted it, though, it has come and it felt good to have more. By the frelling gods, I'm still pumped up from seeing it.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Brian Henson

DVD title: The Great Muppet Caper
Productgroup: DVD
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This is simply the best!

Any movie that features the Muppet gang is going to be great, but the ones produced while Jim was still below the scenes are the best. This movie has so many wonderful moments -- the background nonsense during "Hey, a movie!", Gonzo's demonstration of how to hail a cab, Statler and Waldorf's heckling, the way people can't tell Kermit and Fozzy apart, and a hilarious cameo by Peter Falk...just to name a few. And it even has Charles Grodin before he became a boring late night talk show host. Terrific fun!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Jim Henson
Jim Henson
Frank Oz

DVD title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Harry Potter 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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The best of the three Harry Potter Installment to date....

I hope everything I commented is not illegal, but it's true, Harry Potter 3 DVD was released here in the Philippines in November 18, 2004 (November 17, 2004 in U.S.A.). This is by far the best installment to date, but I am waiting for the Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix - My most favorite Harry Potter stories. About the deleted scenes, just wait on the 23rd for you to find out. Of course it is too unfair if I disclosed it to all of you (hehe). It's up for you to find out....

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson (II)

DVD title: Hannibal
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent but disturbing

When I saw Hannibal, I was a little concerned about Jodie Foster's absence. It turns out that Julianne Moore was as good, if not better, than her predecessor. Anthony Hopkins gave another Oscar-worthy performance as the charming yet frightening Doctor Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter. While the film has several moments of extreme gore, it is an overall enjoyable film. The only thing that really made me jump was footage from a video that Clarice was watching of a previous attack by Hannibal. I highly recommend this movie for any horror fan, or anyone who enjoyed the first one.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Ridley Scott
Anthony Hopkins
Julianne Moore

DVD title: The Wayans Bros - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Without a doubt a landmark comedy that jump-started the WB network. The DVD is filled with 13 episodes that will make you coming back for more. Although there are no special features or commentary by John Witherspoon or Anna Maria Horsford, just having the luxury to pop in an episode of "The Wayans Bros." is worth the $20.99 and a true blessing for all fans!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans

DVD title: Eric Clapton - Live in Hyde Park
Productgroup: DVD
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EC at his best!

I bought this DVD a number of years ago when it was first released and I get more from it each time I watch. There is an obvious chemistry between Eric and the band.

My only criticism is not of the performance of the band, (brilliant), but of the director.

Why, oh why, did the director of this DVD think we wanted to see long shots of the stage, close-ups of the crowd, or the back of EC's head, when he's in the middle of some of the best guitar solos you're ever likely to see?

Studio: Wea/Warner Bros.
Director: Julia Knowles

DVD title: The Matrix Reloaded (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Only makes you want more

After watching this movie, my first reaction was, "That's it!?!" I believe that it was the reaction the wachowski brothers were going for. The plot gets deeper and, though it may go over some viewer's heads, proves very compelling. I won't give anything away, but it shakes the foundation of what you thought in the first installment. It took several viewings to completely catch the meaning of the architect's loquacious rant, but it's very interesting once you get it all. I loved this movie. The only complaint I have is that, during 'the burly brawl', Neo is at times obviously cgi. It is an easily overlooked fact, however, considering the pace of action.

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: The Nutty Professor
Productgroup: DVD
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Jerry Lewis is as nutty as can be

Paradox completists eventually must turn to la mystere de Jerry -- why is it that French film masters such as Godard and Truffaut so loved Jerry Lewis? The Franco-Lewis thing has become a well-worn joke -- something to swig down with Freedom Fries -- but it's a safe bet the directors weren't thinking of the braying, pratfalling side of the American comedian.

Instead, the new wavers cited Lewis' work from the early 1960s -- including what arguably are his best films as an actor and director: "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy."

Paramount, Lewis' longtime studio, has released both titles in splendid widescreen versions, along with seven of his other films. Some titles come with full or partial commentaries from Lewis and his pal Steve Lawrence; other modest bonus features are spread about the collection.

"The Nutty Professor," from 1963, looks amazing in widescreen, awash in hot circus colors. Seeing Lewis' film in its original aspect ratio reveals the director's dedication to offbeat and rewarding visuals. The film earns its Special Edition tag with a vivid transfer, feature-length commentary, making-of featurette and a half-hour career survey called "Jerry Lewis at Work." Screen tests, outtakes and promos complete the package. Paramount isn't known for breaking a sweat with catalog-title extras, but this is a solid collection.

The plot -- a buck-toothed college teacher brews up a formula that transforms him into an obnoxious ladies' man -- allowed Lewis to revisit the yin-yang comic dynamic he first developed with smoothy Dean Martin. Lewis played both roles.

Speculation that the professor's swinging chemical creation, Buddy Love, was based on the real-life Martin elicits an emphatic denial. "This could never be Dean," Lewis says. "I loved Dean." Love was "a conglomeration of every unkind, nasty SOB I had seen all of my life."

Lewis gives love interest Stella Stevens a lot of credit for the film's success, saying she made scenes sparkle by listening so intently to his dialogue. "She was about the best actress I had ever worked with." Edith Head's sensual outfits and cinematographer Wally Kelley's close-ups intensified Stevens' already potent sex appeal.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Stella Stevens

DVD title: Man of the House
Productgroup: DVD
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Man Of The Hizzouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tommy Lee Jones is back in action like he always was.
No question a 5 star film. The girls are HOTT!!!!
This is a must-get movie or you won't get to see the HOOTTIIEESS!!!!
g2g, It should be called Man Of The HOOTTIIEESS!!!!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Stephen Herek
Tommy Lee Jones
Christina Milian
Kelli Garner

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