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DVD title: Wonder Woman - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonder Woman: The Final Set

How about that? 2 weeks after my copy of Season 2 (or the first contemporary season for literalists) arrives in my mailbox, I get to place my pre-order for the final season and at the same price to boot. There are some who say that this season's villains are not as comic strip like, but it's a toughie to call. Some of the things you notice in this final collection. 1) Charles Fox's music has been "jazzed up" a tad for during both the opening and closing credits, leaving Norman Gimbel's lyrics from both previous sets just a memory of the recent past. 2) Steve Trevor Jr's unexplained rank of "Major" (his father's rank from the war series) said to him first by Andros in the next to last segment of part 2 of "Mind Stealers" just as inexplicably becomes "Colonel". As Diana says in, "Flight To Oblivion" "Congratulations you finally got a promotion". 3) Some of the clips from the Opening Credits are different than in the last set (1 even includes the Rover). The clips with Lyle Waggoner are the same just showed in reverse of the way they were shown in set 2. They are completely removed in "The Man Who Couldn't Die" since he didn't appear in it (I still believe this was the finale despite the order these episodes will appear on disc), and replaced with clips from that episode (which were used in a previous episode as well). 4) The opening segments before the credits on some of these episodes are longer than on when they started using this format with "Man Who Made Volcanoes" in set 2 (the longest timewise I think is on "Deadly Sting" (which I still feel was the season premiere, listen to the music on the ending credits on this episode vis a vis any other in the collection and you'll hear why). 5) For the first time in the contemporary series, an actor reprises a role (in the war series Carolyn Jones played the Queen and Debra Winger plays Drusilla in both "Feminum Mystique" and "In Hollywood" making the only reprisal of a character by the same actor in the war series). Here Ed Begley Jr returns as Harold Farnum (the smitten college student in "Diana's Disappearing Act") in "Fine Art of Crime". However, for literalists, his famous father has gone from being a "Congressman" (referencing the House of Representatives) to a "Senator". In this same episode you also see Rover is not as pesty as you think when you first meet him, when he locks Harold in a closet when he tries to secretly get to see Ira after Steve says no. Rover also comes in useful in "Formicida", a bravura "speaking job" by the then popular husband/wife "mime" team of Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell". Ok enough disecting this final DVD set of 1 of my favorites tv shows. BUY IT AND COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTION (or if you haven't started already, order all 3 together). NOW!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Lynda Carter

DVD title: Planet of the Apes
Productgroup: DVD
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What good sf is all about.

Planet of the Apes is a great sf film because it is about ideas. It uses its far-fetched premise to make a few biting comments about the stae of affairs of humans on earth. In this case, the movie is about the inflexibility of dogma, the narrow-mindedness of the status quo, and the pettiness of those on which we confer power. It is about individuals who will never allow an issue to become clouded by something as annoying as a fact. It is about people who claim to be the custodians of Truth, but would rather destroy Truth if it turns out to be something other than what they were expecting. It's spiritual anscestor is Swift's Gulliver's Travels.The ending is far more troubling than what is reviealed in its initial shock. If inflexibility, hatred and fear are what destroys the humans on this planet, what will become of its simian inheritors?

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Charlton Heston
Roddy McDowall

DVD title: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Productgroup: DVD
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How Unexpected Was Thou?

I'm not going to try and be profound. Simply, this movie was an unexpected delight. I had no idea what the plot was - didn't even read the box. The story is based on Homer's Odyssey set in the 1930's, but that's really irrelevant. Clooney was great and I applaud him for taking a role so unlike anything he's done before or will ever do again. Wonderful supporting cast - why don't we see Holly Hunter in more things? Sit back, pour a glass of wine, and do something really different tonight. Watch this film.

Studio: Touchstone Video
George Clooney
John Turturro
Tim Blake Nelson

DVD title: Jumpin' Jack Flash
Productgroup: DVD
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Data Entry Types Beware!

I can't agree with the critics. This film was well done. Nice pacing, the high of Whoopi's escape from the British consulate and the low of her apartment being ransacked. I watch it at least once a year.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Penny Marshall
Whoopi Goldberg
Stephen Collins

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Extended Edition Flows Better

My wife and I won tickets to see this on the Big Screen via a contest, so we got to see it a week before the DVD release.
The added scenes really help flesh out the story. By and large, there are few really extended scenes, more like seconds or tops minutes are added to scenes already in the film. Granted there are enough of these to tally up to an extra half hour.
Things that helped flesh out the story are a better background on Hobbits, more depth for Borimir, and a better understanding of Aragorn and his relationships.
The only downside of seeing this on the big screen is that my wife and I noticed some of the "new" special effects stuck out pretty bad. Granted we saw it on a 54 foot tall by 96 food wide screen, which is a tad bigger than even the biggest home theater display. (If you have larger, drop me a line, because we're coming over to watch movies at your place.) We were a little closer to the screen than we usually sit in the theaters and it was also Digitally Projected, so those could have also helped highlight any imperfections that are normally hidden by film and our normal seating distance.
The added features will put this over the top in regards of value.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: The Silence of the Lambs - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Amazing Commentary

I am a huge fan of commentary tracks on DVDs, and I believe "Silence of the Lambs" delivers the all-time best. Not only is Hopkins, Foster, the director and the writer involved (all academy-award winners), but there is a track of a real life FBI agent.
Some of the extras on the DVD are somewhat lame. The deleted scenes are not entirely necessary, and the picture and sound quality are awful. There is a long section of quotes by famous serial killers, most of which are haunting, but (and I may sound pathetically lazy) you have to read them, and I would much rather watch a documentary while I'm scanning the extras on a DVD.
The picture on the DVD is good but sometimes the sound is lacking, and there are a lot of mumbled lines but no subtitles for those who really want to listen to the entirety of the movie.
And anybody who doesn't know that "Silence of the Lambs" is an essential thriller and groundbreaking film needs to pick up a copy of this out-of-print DVD. Don't settle for anything else - buy this DVD used or from the collector's shop. You won't regret it.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Demme
Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins

DVD title: De La Calle
Productgroup: DVD
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Gritty Powerful Story of Drug Dealer Trying to Escape

This superbly filmed and acted film is better than almost all recent fare coming from Hollywood, with exceptional production values, narrative, and acting. Years of being steeped in Mexico's lurid telenovelas has resulted in a crop of Mexican filmmakers that rank among the finest in the world and have also resulted in the crafting of a story and film that ranks among the best anywhere.

This is the story of a single mother and her boyfriend who become embroiled in a series of missteps and ill-fortune on their starry-eyed attempt to break free of urban squalor to live by the sea. However, it becomes clear that this vision is doomed from the start--unlike the heroines of Sin Dejar Una Huella.

The story is captivating compelling and enthralling. It paints a realistic image of what life is for people who live on the margins or fringes of society and struggle to come to grips with reality even as they hold dear similar types of homes and dreams common to all humanity.

Overall, a must-see film.

Studio: Maverick Entertainme
L.F. Pena

DVD title: Bad Day at Black Rock
Productgroup: DVD
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Spencer Tracy as the mysterious man in black. What is he doing in a small middle of nowhere desert town? It's film noir in color! It's absolutely fascinating and when it's ended, one has to see it over again because it's almost a perfect movie. There are no wasted shots. And the music score by Andre Previn is a perfect compliment to this widescreen thriller. It has Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, and Robert Ryan at their nastiest!! It's great!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: John Sturges
Spencer Tracy
Robert Ryan

DVD title: The Simpsons - The Complete Sixth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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For Those Who Hate The Box

...and even for those who don't. Visit his website its funny.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Dan Castellaneta

DVD title: Donnie Darko
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie I have seen in awhile!!

What a great movie! I watched it 4 times in 48hours, i just couldn't get enough of it! It is definetly worth buying!!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Richard Kelly (II)
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary McDonnell
Jena Malone

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