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DVD title: X-Men Collection (X-Men/X2 - Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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X-Men Rock!

This is basically the Xmen 1.5 and X2 dvds at a great price. Two great movies handled with the respect the book deserves. even if it does center around wolverine they're still great

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Patrick Stewart

DVD title: Moby Dick
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful, adventure on the high seas

Eversince my dad bought this movie four years ago, I have been hooked. Hookline and sinker. It is a wonderful, emotional movie that leaves you dreading the moment that it will come to an end.

Captain Ahab(Patrick Stewart)is a man that is waging a constant war with his inner demons eversince the day that his leg was bit off by his arch Nemesis Moby Dick. Believing Moby Dick to be satan in disguise, and he, Ahab, Gods own avenger against such a creature. Ahab charters a ship, whose crew must unknowinly follow Ahab on his journey through the hellish darkness of his madness.

There is one man who dares to defy the utter madness of Ahab, and that is Starbuck(Ted Levine) who pleads with Ahab to forgo his passion for revenge. The Quaker in him being struck senseless by such a blasphemous outrage against God and nature.
It is a mariners tale of men against nature, and forces that he cannot, and should not try and control. It is a story of how deep one man's madness can influence others. It is a tale of one's man desire to become a god, to hold the life and death of a scant few people in the palm of his hand.

But his madness does not lead him to glory, or even the menial triumph of his victory. Instead, it leads him and his crew to a watery grave, Ahabs lust for revenge nothing more than a death sentance for those that needed not die. A wonderful, but sad movie nevertheless. The music also gives it depths that could probally be not achieved otherwise. Definitaly a must see.

Studio: Hallmark Home Entertainment
Director: Franc Roddam
Henry Thomas
Patrick Stewart

DVD title: Kill Bill, Volume 1
Productgroup: DVD
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nearing cinematic and satirical perfection

it amazes me how many people nag at tarantino for "stealing" from other films, and yet each person who does this still seems to think they are the only person who seems to notice. this film is founded on satire--tarantino is often criticized by many for being far too over-the-top as a director, yet in spite of this over-the-top-ness it seems that most viewers still miss the point entirely. if this film were meant to be taken seriously i would agree, but instead it's almost as if tarantino is giving the finger to the films that he is "stealing" from. he "steals" only to prove that he can do it better--and anyone with less talent than tarantino probably couldn't get away with it, but he does and the result is at least worth a second viewing.that said, wow. this film is as close to cinematic perfection as i think i've ever seen. everthing, every last second of this film is perfect in its timing, its cinematography, its acting, its story--and of course how can you review a tarantino film without putting in a plug for the music. tarantino is known for having the best scores out there and i think he outdid himself with this one--the soundtrack is every bit as mind-blowing as the hour and fifty minute film itself.i must also add that i cannot wait for volume 2, mostly because the more times i've seen this film the more places i see that tarantino could just be teasing us for the time being before he lays the final smack-down. volume 1 seemed to be concealing many important points to the story, only hinting at the crucial "blood-spattered bride" event that is the catalyst for everything that happens in this film. enough is said to make the viewer think he knows what happened on that day four years earlier, but the more that i've seen the film the more i think it may not be as simple as we've been led to those who have yet to see the film, i assure you this is one that you will not want to miss.

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

DVD title: Titanic
Productgroup: DVD
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Ok so we all have seen james camerons movie TITANIC which has very mad special effects and alot of history in it, though most of the historic parts from that movie were deleted for pacing. This one i might add is.. how can i put this odd. Ok sure this movie doesnt have great special effects and all since it was made for television or because the special effects people were too damned lazy to make it more realistic. But hey i aint a complainer, at least this movie has alot of historic parts in it and its about the Titanic and focused on the passengers than JACK AND ROSE in the other version. Ok in the begining it gets boring yadda yadda, though Alice Cleaver is a nut case, what kind of woman throws her baby off a train how dumb can you get (that was not shown in the movie it is talked about later on). Anyways as we continue Captain Smith talks to Officer Lowe on deck, its a bit obvious that there are only 2 funnels on the ship not four, well only in the animations or whatever they call it. Then we see Bruce Ismay walking down the Grand Staircase with a bunch of reporters, and where the hell is the glass dome? You see a round thing at the top but where is the glass dome? And the statue in the centre railing, for goodness sakes its supposed to be black or bronze not gold, also the dining room, it was supposed to be on D-deck not on A-deck. Also when the Titanic leaves Southampton wasn't the ship supposed to have a near miss with the New York, so why it aint in the movie. So some dude named Jamie stills a ticket on the Titanic and falls with some ugly cow who cant even have a proper accent for what natio her charecter is supposed to be, which by the way you can tell is American. Well Isabella who is played by Catherine Zeta Jones one of my fav people hates this guy.. then later we see them shagging, its like make up your mind you love him or not. Then we follow of actual people like the Allisons, the Astors, the Strauses ect. And also where fudge is Thomas Andrews? Then the Titanic hits the iceberg, which is kinda ok in that scene and all, then we follow through the events, and in the boiler room the water is supposed to come out from the side not from the roof, and you can tell tbat the room aint flooding. George C. Scott the guy who plays Captain Smith is ok, so we follow through the sinking, Alice takes the Allison baby into a boat, anyways i once remember that when the rockets were fired they burst into the air, but in this movie it just shows a little white ball. And the sinking effects a crap, but hey who is complaing? Laugh Out Loud. Anyways when the ship sinks it has a 2 minute mini clips of the ship sinking how bloody crap, i wanted more, which i believe the 4 hour version must have had heaps. So the ship sinks yadda yadda. The girl jamie likes gets raped by a steward played by Tim Curry, thats sad, no wonder why not many people remembers this movie. So Isabella's lover dies bowho, so she sees her husband and daughter in New York and they all live happily ever after. But as i said this movie is ok cause of the most historic parts and all, so yeh i recomend this movie to all and once you buy it enjoy. Cheers!

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Robert Lieberman

DVD title: The Big Blue (Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best films by Luc Besson

One of the early films by filmmaker Luc Besson (the Fifth Element, The Professional (a.k.a. Leon), Subway, La Femme Nikita, Joan D'Arc, producer of Taxi and Taxi 2, etc.). Who likes Luc Besson's Style will ove this movie starring Jean Reno. It's the story of two free divers (without equipment) and reaching their limits, becoming one with nature. Magnific underwater pictures. A must to be seen!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Luc Besson
Rosanna Arquette
Jean-Marc Barr
Jean Reno

DVD title: The Adventures of Paddington Bear (The Complete Time-Life Library)
Productgroup: DVD
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Enjoyable cartoon version of a classic

This Paddington Bear collection offers stories from the new two-dimensional cartoon series made in Britain not long ago and brought to America with the voices dubbed into American accents. Parents who remember the old classic stop-motion Paddington Bear series with a puppet bear, that Disney licensed from England a long while back, may wish to pick up those tapes too: the first video volume of the old series is called "Please Look After This Bear" and features the wonderfully understated narration of the late Sir Michael Horden. The puppet bear in the original series was developed by Ivor Wood, who went on to develop Postman Pat, a huge hit in Britain, and "caviar to the generals" to some North American families with small children.
Other great kids shows are: Mouse and Mole, Fireman Sam, Old Bear Stories, Brum and the Baby Carriage, Old Bear Stories, William's Wish Wellingtons, Noddy, Kipper, The Secret of Roan Inish, Big Friendly Giant, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Jeremy Brett-acted Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Princess and the Goblin.

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Misery
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Stephen King movie

This is, by far, the best Stephen King movie of all time! I have one small complaint, which is one I have about MANY classic movies on DVD: WHERE ARE THE BONUS FEATURES?! For a movie this great, I would expect a documentary about it, maybe a commentary. But that's my only complaint about it. I love this movie so much. I could watch it over and over again. We are given perfect performances by James Caan and Kathy Bates. It's hard to believe that MGM originally wanted James Caan for the part of Rocky instead of Sylvester Stallone.The movie begins with writer Paul Sheldon finishing his book at a lodge that he travels to, but on his way home he gets caught in a blizzard and crashes his car.Fortunately, or unfortunately, he is rescued by Annie Wilkes, his "number one fan", who feels that she has found a prize and will do anything she has to to keep it.I will not tell the whole story, I don't want to ruin it. All I can say is this: If you love every Stephen King movie you have seen, BUY THIS!!!; and, if you HATE every Stephen King movie you have seen, BUY THIS!!!

Studio: Polygram Video
Director: Rob Reiner
James Caan
Kathy Bates

DVD title: Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Firstly, I do like the film.It is a great watch, and pays off.
The big issue that polarises viewers of this film, is that Peter Atkins produces a very cerebral script... so it instantly goes into love it or hate it land.
It pays off if you know the background mythology, or if you can make it through Barker's written material.
The odd thing, IMO, is that Barker himself understands the visceral elements, as well as the intellectual, as evidenced by LORD OF ILLUSIONS, however, Peter Atkins seems to be wanting to emulate a book, rather than transfer a book to a film.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Tony Randel
Ashley Laurence
Doug Bradley

DVD title: The Player (Special Edition) (New Line Platinum Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Something for everyone...

Everyone else here sums up the plot, so I'll try to sum up the appeals...

It's as sophisticated as you could want it to be, but also funny and with plenty of celebrity cameos for casual fun. Granted, though, it IS especially SMART humor, but with its share of laugh-out-loud moments, if you're looking for those. (John Cusack and Burt Reynolds each deliver among the most hilarious cameos, and Whoopi Goldberg has the most hilarious "real" part.)

It'll play well to watch once, or live up to endless repeated viewings, if you like to take in a movie's layers. It can be a great thriller at face value, or self-conscious and aware to a staggering depth of complexity.

It's easy on the eyes and frequently sexy, and yet the filmwork and craftsmanship is virtually flawless. The whole production (and soundtrack) is seamless perfection, living up to both Hollywood's "plastic" standards but also the most critical devote' of film.

All the performances are slickly believable, and Tim Robbins' in particular is downright sublime. Peter Gallagher is also an underrated talent here - the power struggle between their characters and how it plays out is among the most brilliant dimensions of the picture.

As a mystery and murder drama, it'll keep you guessing but satisfy you in the end. Despite Altman's neat trick of never explicitly solving the mystery for you, but giving you the clues to figure it out for yourself. (By the end of the picture, the mystery itself has become secondary to the solution, so he can leave it be for YOU to solve.)

But mostly, this picture pulls off the most rare of film accomplishments, a Hollywood picture through-and-through, with all the niceties we expect from mainstream films (sex, violence, suspense, humor, love, etc.), and yet an undeniable and profound work of art.

Film and series about Hollywood become ever more the rage, but this historic picture really set the bar. The Player will be a wild ride for anyone keen on a good movie for its own sake, but absolutely irreplacable for anyone intrigued with Hollywood and its own market-driven hypocrisy.

So it's a rock-solid movie for an average moviegoer, but as artful, dark, and cynical as a more demanding viewer could hope for.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Robert Altman
Tim Robbins
Greta Scacchi

DVD title: The Man With The Golden Gun (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The best of Moore

This is my favourite of the Roger Moore Bond movies. It has an impressively sinister villain in Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), a professional assasin who is planning to do some very naughty things with Solar energy. The heroine, Mary Goodnight (gorgeous Britt Eckland) has more personality than is usual with Bond girls, she is more of a character than normal. There are the stunning Far Eastern locations which are a feast for the eyes, and, of course, the usual spectacular car chase.

My favourite bit is where Bond is being attacked by a host of tough Martial Arts students, and they are fought off by two teenage girls ("their father runs a Karate school" their proud uncle explains to Bond).

Suspend disbelief and just enjoy it.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Guy Hamilton
Roger Moore
Christopher Lee

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