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DVD title: The Mummy Returns (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful Popcorn Film

This movie fulfills the most basic goal of a film. It entertains. It is a true horror film in the Universal sense that it doesn't take itself that seriously. Neither should the viewer. There are no messages or high lofty goals at work here. It takes all of the story of the first mummy and moves on with itself and doesn't look back too much. You are going to want to check you reality at the door with your coat and just sit back and enjoy the show.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Stephen Sommers
Brendan Fraser
Rachel Weisz

DVD title: East Is East
Productgroup: DVD
East Is East - movie DVD cover picture
An absolutely phenomonal work

I admit, I cried during this movie. It was difficult to watch the entire Khan family, all seven kids plus mom Ella and dad George, struggle with an identity that not only identified them as individuals, but as a family. It hits a chord not only with immigrant families, but all families. It relates the struggles of finding a balance between parental power and individual control. But despite all that mushy stuff, it's absolutely hilarious. Not only are the accents adorably amusing, the children remind you of what it was like to be young again and caught by your parents doing something you shouldn't have been. The opening scene lends to this as it follows the kids running through alleys so their father, a strict Muslim, doesn't see them marching in a Catholic parade. You can't help but laugh at their antics. The film is able to embrace both tradition and progress without becoming too boring. Definitely an A+!

Studio: Miramax
Director: Damien O'Donnell
Om Puri
Linda Bassett

DVD title: The River
Productgroup: DVD
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don't pay attention to most of these other reviews

It seems like most everyone else reviewing this film missed the point entirely. If the film seems dead like the dummy, then why do you think the dummy was in the film in the first place? The characters are emotionally dead, floating down the river (of life?) like the dummy. Everything means something. Tsai Ming-Liang is not interested in how crazy he can make the camera move. He is one of the few directors I have seen whose films are a reaction AGAINST action, and by action I mean the Tarantino/Rodriguez-style. Which is not to say I don't admire those directors. Ming-Liang's films just hold so much SUBTLETY. The long shots and little camera movement force the viewer not to merely watch but to participate. Why is the camera set up this way? What am I watching? Why am I watching it? In other words, he forces the viewer to make the associations normally presented surface-level to the viewer of most other films. Apparently Wong Kar-Wai is supposed to be the new Godard. But Godard was always more into filming "essays" and filming in such a way that was supposedly not "allowed." So I believe Ming-Liang's films are much closer to Godard's style in that they are reactions against the current norm. He is the son of Ozu and Antonioni, with a complete aesthetic, technical, and emotional motivation behind his style. Ming-Liang is one of the most slept on directors working today. If you have a true love for cinema, not just Kevin Smith, Tarantino, and David Lynch, if you can appreciate a thin line between comedy and drama, if you can allow yourself to be sculpted into a new form of viewing cinema, just as the directors of the Nouvelle Vague once did, then... you get the idea.

Studio: Wellspring Media, In
Director: Ming-liang Tsai

DVD title: Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Videos (Keep Case)
Productgroup: DVD
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HI,I just want to say GUNS N' ROSES are dead,it's hard to say but,we're realisticts & we've to understand the truth,I REALLY REALLY MISS THOSE GUYS,ILREALLY MISS the best W. AXL ROSE,I'm so sorry,cause they're gone & us the fans,what 'bout us?.I HOPE ONE OF THESE DAYS GN'R COMEBACK & they could be the same of 7-yrs-ago.We can write 'em and tell 'em "COMEBACK PLEASE"

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Guns N' Roses

DVD title: King Kong (2-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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It sure was swell!!!

I think King Kong is really swell. It is really boss. I like the part when King Kong eats the native.

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: Friedrich Gulda - Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 26
Productgroup: DVD
Friedrich Gulda - Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 26 - movie DVD cover picture

Excellent performance throughout!! Mr Gulda totally immersed himself into the music and gave a very spirited performance. The orchestra was superb too.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Munich Philharmonic
János Darvas
Friedrich Gulda

DVD title: Cracker:Series 1
Productgroup: DVD
Cracker:Series 1 - movie DVD cover picture
One of the best

If you go in for police procedurals and the psychological mysteries, this is about as good as it gets. The writing and acting are superb. Also, for those complaning about a missing Episode III in "One Day A Lemming Will Fly", I checked. There is no Episode III. Not in the UK, and not in the US. That was the the way it was meant to end. In this show, like in life, you don't always tie up all the loose ends.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Robbie Coltrane

DVD title: The Beatles Anthology
Productgroup: DVD
The Beatles Anthology - movie DVD cover picture
As enjoyable as the Beatles Bootleg Videos -- Only Better

Well, what can I say? This is an amazing collection of anecdotes, stories, clips, and historical info told by the Beatles themselves. It is an amazing series which blows my mind. I'm literally speechless. This has to be one of the best DVDs ever made. LONG LIVE THE BEATLES!

Studio: EMI Music Distribution (Pre-Release)
John Lennon

DVD title: Baby Einstein - Baby Neptune - Discovering Water
Productgroup: DVD
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Thank goodness for Neptune and keep them coming!

This video has all of the things that make babies fascinated. I think that the creator's got a little lazy though because they used some of the same exact music that is featured in other Baby Einstein series videos. Too bad. There is a wealth of classical music and this was a ruined chance to provide small children with its exposure. Otherwise, the video was great.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video

DVD title: Xena Warrior Princess - Season Three
Productgroup: DVD
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Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!!!

In my view, Season 3 was the best season of XENA. The quality of the show was at its pinnacle, sometimes achieving true brilliance (THE BITTER SUITE, for instance). The mix of drama, action and comedy was perfect -- this was the season that gave us some of the show's darkest and most tragic episodes (THE FURIES, THE DELIVERER, THE DEBT, MATERNAL INSTINCTS, WHEN IN ROME, SACRIFICE) as well as some of the most sparkling comedies (BEEN THERE DONE THAT, THE QUILL IS MIGHTIER..., FINS, FEMMES & GEMS). Epic drama in which gods battle each other and the fate of the world itself hangs in the balance blends effortlessly with the personal drama of friendship and maternal love.
As always, Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor are great as Xena and Gabrielle (with O'Connor very effective as Gabrielle's evil daughter Hope). The late Kevin Smith shines as Ares -- seductive and dangerous as the God of War, sexy and funny as the mortal Ares in THE QUILL... Hudson Leick gives some of her best performances here as Callisto (in MATERNAL INSTINCTS and SACRIFICE). Ted Raimi manages to be both funny and touching as Joxer (and excellent in a dual role as Joxer's twin brother Jett). There are also quite a few fine performances in the lesser supporting roles. A special mention goes to Marton Csokas, superb in dual roles as Borias (THE DEBT) and Khrafstar (THE DELIVERER). There's also Karl Urban as Caesar, Alexandra Tydings as the ditzy Valley Girl-ish Aphrodite, Darien Takle as Xena's mother Cyrene, the scarily excellent Amy Morison as the child Hope, Jacqueline Kim as Lao Ma, and Jennifer Ward-Leland as Boadicea.
A word about this DVD set: Third time's a charm -- finally, the extras are fantastic! I haven't seen them all yet, but the deleted/alternate footage from SACRIFICE II was a pleasure to watch (I just wish they'd added some deleted/alternate scenes from other episodes as well), and the interviews and commentary by actors, producers, directors, and other Xenastaff members are almost invariably interesting and informative. I particularly enjoyed watching Rob Tapert, Liz Friedman and RJ Stewart's commentary on THE FURIES.
If you are a Xena fan, this is a must. If you aren't, this DVD set just might convert you!

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Lucy Lawless

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