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DVD title: Horatio Hornblower - The Adventure Continues
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful continuation

Let me just say, my "to read" list is very long and Forester's Hornblower series is on there somewhere, quietly inching its way up. So, this review will be based solely on the merits of the movies.
Having seen the whole series, I may be inclined to say that *Retribution* is my favorite. And this is not because the plot is the best--in fact, the first set of movies were perhaps better in this regard. But there was a strength in this set, especially the latter, that drew me in.
That strength came in the form of the characters themselves. To say that this was because of fine acting would be redundant as so many of the other reviewers have pointed this out. Yet what I've seen mentioned so little is the presence of strong emotion. One would think that that fine naval code, the strict sense of rank, would leave scarce room for feeling. So why is it that when Pellew lets slip how much he cares for Hornblower I found myself in that vague state of misty smiles? The bond between the men, all of the men, is at its most touching here. And I found myself reacting more to that than anything else in the series(even though the action was stirring and the sense of suspense sweet.)
I was thoroughly pleased with the series as a whole and *The Adventure Continues* offered even more entertainment. Ioan Gruffudd is wonderful as Hornblower, though Gregory Peck he is not, and I truly hope to see more of him both as Hornblower and not.

Studio: A & E Entertainment
Director: Andrew Grieve

DVD title: The Office - Season One (US/NBC Version)
Productgroup: DVD
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Not Easy to Amuse

I am not easy to amuse, but this show has such smart comedy and easy to like (and hate) characters! Cant wait for the season to be released on DVD

Studio: Universal Studios

DVD title: When Worlds Collide
Productgroup: DVD
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Just Good Fun... for a disaster movie.

Truth be told, if you listened to the negative reviews of this film, you would be cheating yourself out of a fun adventure. Yes, it's dated. Yes, the story is tawdry. But the point of this kind of film is about expressing the spirit of science fiction, the flat out incredible nature of the crisis and how people respond. No, it's not at all realistic, but who cares? It's a great little film even with all it's supposed flaws.

I've read the books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I still like the film even after reading them. The whole idea of science fiction in that day, just as with 1950's "Destination Moon", an equally ridiculous film if you listen to the detractors, was to entertain people with the "idea" of "what if" supposition.

Critics of these kinds tend to be exactly the opposite with more modern fare, thinking films like "Red Planet" and "The Astronaut's Wife" are great art because they have a more realistic depiction of space and space ships and alien terrains, but lack the essentials of good story telling.

I find the incredible lack of imagination that goes into modern science fiction films to be disturbing to say the least. Films like "When Worlds Collide" stimulate the imagination to think beyond the possible and to embrace the impossible.

Who didn't like "Armaggedon"? It was completely ridiculous. But I loved it because it didn't take itself too seriously and the pile of improbable events and "They would never do that" moments could make the film unwatchable to the critical eye.

So a film like this to be compared with "When Worlds Collide" is valid because both films not only dealt with impending doom of humankind, but also used, in practical terms, improbable solutions to save humanity. Hurrah for the imagination.

And hurrah for "When Worlds Collide". It's as much fun today as when I first saw it over thirty years ago. If you like good story telling, you will like this film.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Rudolph Maté
Richard Derr
Barbara Rush

DVD title: Tom & Jerry
Productgroup: DVD
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Great cheap collection of rare cartoons.

This DVD is a great bargain for the price. This DVD contains rare cartoons of the original Van Beuren studio's Tom & Jerry. If you are a fan of Fleischer Studio and other east coast style animation you will really enjoy these shorts.

Studio: Genius Entertainment

DVD title: Yu Yu Hakusho:Ghostfiles Born Anew Vo
Productgroup: DVD
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This DVD will definetely be the best of the entire chapter black saga! I haven't seen it in japanese but i have a rough idea about what is going to happen. A lot of cool stuff happens in this one. You get to see Puu in a whole new way. You even get to see Yusuke in a whole new way. And, the best part (for me at least) is that you finally find out who Yusuke's second parent is. All you see on the tv is his lush of a mother. You have got to get this DVD and I promise you, it will be the bomb!

Studio: Funimation Productio

DVD title: Black Hawk Down
Productgroup: DVD
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Think about it

If the experience in Somalia had not occured, there would not have been a book about it and subsequently, no movie. If you need a reason to support this nation's military, see Black Hawk Down.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ridley Scott
Josh Hartnett

DVD title: Hey, Happy!
Productgroup: DVD
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Ravers, Gays and Nymphos Unite !!

Hey Happy ! is that rare type of film that crosses all boundries but in a metaphysical way. It is the journey of a very hot DJ named Sabu (played by Jeremie Yuen) that is on a mission to bed 2000 men. He encounters every type of person in our culture along the way but still completes his mission when he meets Happy. I don't want to spoil the ending but for anyone curious about the outer fringes of the Gay culture this is a must see film ! I was lucky enough to catch it on Bravo and hopefully someday [...] I want this in my permanent DVD collection....

Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Noam Gonick
Jérémie Yuen
Craig Aftanis

DVD title: Armageddon
Productgroup: DVD
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kickin' movie

this movie sits you on the edge of your seat. it has a mixture of susspense, comedy, romance, and a sad part at the end.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Michael Bay
Bruce Willis
Billy Bob Thornton
Ben Affleck
Liv Tyler

DVD title: Field of Dreams (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Capra in the Corn

Here's a wonderful movie for all those people who complain that "they don't 'em like they used to", a sentimental, inspiring fable about an ordinary man who achieves quiet grace through love and faith. This is exactly the type of affirming and upliftingly American story that Capra would have filmed in his heyday with Gary Cooper in the Mr. Deeds/John Doe "Everyman" role here played so effectively by Kevin Costner. Costner is ably supported by Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield and the great James Earl Jones; there's also a touchingly effective performance by Burt Lancaster, who masterfully creates a beautiful and complete characterization in just a few short scenes. Only Amy Madigan seemed to me a little out of key; she comes off as too intensely strident in a couple of moments, although overall she's fine as Costner's supportive and capable wife.
The Universal Collector's edition DVD is a pleasure to watch, thanks to an immaculately clean and sharp film-to-video transfer, and the wealth of extras on the disc. Particularly enjoyable was the documentary on the making of the film; it offered some interesting insights into the "magic" of visual effects, and the pressures of filmmaking in general. Here's a lovely presentation of a genuinely sweet and heartfelt film that's almost guaranteed to leave a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye. Curl up and enjoy!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Kevin Costner
Ray Liotta
James Earl Jones

DVD title: Once Upon a Time in the West
Productgroup: DVD
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The DVD version = Everything and more

Just received the DVD version. WOW! For the movie itself, A+ color, image quality and sound. FINALLY!!!!
Includes two DVD's with 4 hours of add-ons.
Some of the scenes are among the best ever filmed. At times the music and the imagery combine to amazing effect (e.g. when Mrs. McBain waits for no one to pick her up, walks into the train-station and then the camera pans over the roof out onto the city-center. Absolute perfection.).
Low price. 2 CDs. One of the greatest movies of all time. Get it.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Sergio Leone
Henry Fonda
Charles Bronson

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