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DVD title: The Karate Kid
Productgroup: DVD
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What movies were supposed to be like.

I love this movie and it's era. No movie today can give you the same affect as this movie can (except for maybe Rocky). The music score done flawlessly by Bill Conti and the chemistry between all the actors. Back then people loved "against the odds" kind of movies and Karate Kid delivered wonderfully.
Of course if this movie was to come out today, kids would laugh and scoff at it because they would prefer to see blood, sex and stupid humor (see Road Trip). Sigh, to go back in time and sit in a movie theater...

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John G. Avildsen
Ralph Macchio
Pat Morita

DVD title: Sex and the City - The Complete Series (Seasons 1-6)
Productgroup: DVD
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Sex and the City

Sex and the City is a magnificent tv show starring four New York women. In the show you learn about the love and the lives of these women. If you are having a great love life or an awful one this show has the potential to make you feel great. It goes perfect with a box of semi-sweet chocolate or a carton of Ben n' Jerry's.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Sarah Jessica Parker
Kristin Davis
Cynthia Nixon

DVD title: The Breakfast Club
Productgroup: DVD
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Parents should share this movie with their teens & then TALK

I watched this movie with my son. We both loved it! Afterwards we talked and talked. Not only did I learn a lot about my son but he learned I was able to understand him and we now have a very open line of communications!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Hughes
Emilio Estevez
Judd Nelson
Molly Ringwald
Ally Sheedy

DVD title: Caddyshack II
Productgroup: DVD
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A Tour de Force

This was such a surprise! Who would have thought Jackie Mason was such a force. Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield;Phew!Jackie is the man! Why there wasn't a Caddyshack III is beyond me. Jackie"Can you hear me" DO MORE MOVIES!I'm leaving my computer right now and going back to my TV and watch "CADDYSHACK II" one more time.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Allan Arkush
Jackie Mason
Robert Stack
Dyan Cannon

DVD title: Princess Nine - Double Header (Vol. 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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*can't contain the excitement*

!!^_^!! I absolutely loved this! Princess Nine is an incredibly wunnerful series to boot, and this disc just keeps you on the edge of your seat~!!!
I won't try to spoil it, but my heart went out to Keiko and Izumi... *sniffcrysob*
Somehow the dub script is a bit more forward than the original Japanese one. (As in Keiko's first question in the interview...*cackle*) But it's super effective!! I love the voice actors. ^^ Kudos to everyone who was associated with the series!

Studio: A.D. Vision
Director: Tomomichi Mochizuki

DVD title: Landmarks of Early Film, Vol. 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Comprehensive list and excellent transfer

Each chapter is a very high quality transfer. Worth much more than the purchase price. All are complete (not just clips) and many preserve the original hand-coloring. Because the list is not above, here's the content: 1. Muybridge series photography 1877-1885, 2.EDISON KINETOSCOPE FILMS 1894-1896: The Kiss, 3. Serpentine Dances, 4. Eugene Sandow, 5. Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing), 6. Cockfight, 7. The Barber Shop, 8. Feeding the Doves, 9. Seminary Girls, 10. LUMIERE FILMS 1895-1897 Exiting the Factory, 11. Arrival of Train at La Ciotat, 12. Baby's Lunch, 13. The Sprinkler Sprinkled, 14. Dragoons Crossing the Saone, 15. Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Bot. Gardens, 16. Childish Quarrel, 17. Lion, London Zoological Garden, 18. Demolition of a Wall, 19. Transformation By Hats, 20. Carmaux: Drawing Out the Coke, 21. Poultry-Yard, 22. Snowball Fight, 23. Card Party, 24. New York: Broadway at Union Square, 25. A Trip to the Moon (1902), 26. ACTUALITIES 1897-1910 Pres. McKinley at Home (1897), 27. Pack Train on Chilkoot Pass (1898), 28. Sky Scrapers of New York City... (1903), 29. San Francisco: Aftermath of an Earthquake (1906), 30. The Dog and his Various Merits (1908), 31. Aeroplane Flight and Wreck (1910), 32. The Great Train Robbery (1903), 33. The Whole Dam Family & the Dam Dog (1905), 34. The Golden Beetle (1907), 35. The Policememn's Little Run (1907), 36. Troubles of a Grasswidower (1908), 37. Nero, or The Fall of Rome (1909), 38. Winsor McCay and his Moving Comics (1911), 39. The Girl and Her Trust (1912), 40. Bangville Police (1913).

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Alice Guy

DVD title: Kill Bill, Volume 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent movie...

I actually preferred Volume One because there was a lot more action in it. My favorite scene was when she fights the Crazy 88's, which is weird for me, because I don't usually like fight scenes. Plus the music in Volume 1 was far superior with the Tomoyasu Hotel and Nancy Sinatra and all that. The second one was pretty damn good, though, (although I still can't watch the beginning when she gets shot...eek...too real for me). The fight with Elle definitely kicked some serious arse and when she meets B.B. is heart-wrenching, but there was a lot of Quentin's trademark dialogue in it, which, IMO, was a little overdone, i.e. the wedding rehearsal. It all depends on which you prefer, I guess. But both movies were excellent and I can't wait for the DVD of extras to come out.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Uma Thurman
Lucy Liu
Daryl Hannah
David Carradine
Michael Madsen

DVD title: Festival Express
Productgroup: DVD
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Extra tracks worth the price ...

I saw the film in the theaters and enjoyed it quite a bit. The Band and Janice are top notch; I was a bit disappointed by the Dead cuts - not quite the monster jams they often delivered in '70. Then I viewed the DVD release with the additional material -- wow, this stuff was great. The two additional Dead cuts are both great Pigpen pieces played to the hilt and the best Pigpen videos by far that I am aware of. The Janice pieces are great, as always. I always liked Seatrain and know of no other video recording of them in existence. But being a bit of a folkie the other fantastic tracks are the Ian and Sylvia and Tom Rush tracks. Both dramatic performances.

I don't understand at all why they bundled these great tracks on disk 1 leaving disk 2 totally worthless. We would have all been happy campers to pay for the two disk set if they just put the 50 minutes on disk 2. Also wish they could have found something from the Band to add to the extra cuts.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Bob Smeaton
Janis Joplin
The Grateful Dead
The Band

DVD title: Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Productgroup: DVD
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David Byrne & Jonathan Demme, A Match Made In Heaven

I am not much of a rock music fan but seeing this extraordinary concert film of the Talking Heads in performance in 1983, when it first came out, sent me rushing to the record stores where I bought every CD of the Talking Heads ever made! The two most significant people behind this event were David Byrne, the front man and composer for the group, and director Jonathan Demme, who would go on and on to ever bigger heights in the film industry. Byrne crafted some of the most amazing offbeat lyrics with music of vast appeal to those who see themselves as Outsiders. Additionally, the numbers are all sung by the one person capable of delivering these strange new sounds: himself. Byrne also has extraordinary stage presence, which hits its crowning moment when he appears in the "Big Suit," a huge suit made by his then girlfriend and now wife, Adele. If Byrne were a visual artist instead (and he was when he was studying at the Rhode Island School of Design where he met the rest of the band), you would call his work Absurdist and Minimalistic. He makes it all work and with Demme filming the show, it is all caught perfectly. There are other fans who appreciate the other Talking Heads (3 members of the band) as much but it always seemed to me that there were many other musicians who could have filled their shoes. Byrne has continued to grow as a musician and a composer in the years since the band broke up. He quit the rock scene as a younger man's game and went on to compose soundtracks and then expand into other musical genres as well, including Latin music.

Studio: Palm Pictures
Director: Jonathan Demme
David Byrne

DVD title: Bugsy Malone
Productgroup: DVD
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I would just like to inspire and influence you to watch this fantastic film. It is a classic containing only the best stars as children. The sing-a-long music ohh I can not desribe how many times I have been told to shut up in the shower! Please watch my favourite film and you will like it as much as myself! Whitney

Studio: Msi Music Corp
Director: Alan Parker
Scott Baio
Jodie Foster

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