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DVD title: X-Men
Productgroup: DVD
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X-Men! X-Men! You impressed yet another customer!

Well, this is an awesome movie. Many of my favorite characters are in it, like Wolverine and Magneto, my two favorite characters in the X-Men universe, and it is greatly well done and made quite good too. Oh, and you should have seen the fight scenes and humorous moments. They were out of this world all the way to Uranus! Okay, nuff said! Buy this movie and enjoy, fellow X-Men lovers!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bryan Singer
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Christina Aguilera - Stripped - Live in the UK
Productgroup: DVD
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Sight Unseen ----This Is Great!

The latest release date is SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 according to AMAZON, I hope you update the listing soon. A great concert dvd from a very talented singer.

Studio: Bmg Distribution (VI
Christina Aguilera

DVD title: Caught
Productgroup: DVD
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A real sleeper

Highly entertaining neo-noir with all the familiar elements but with a joker in the deck-the terrific Steven Schub. This film is wicked fun.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Robert M. Young
Edward James Olmos
Maria Conchita Alonso
Arie Verveen

DVD title: Hitch (Fullscreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Surprisingly Good

This was surprisingly good. I generally don't like romances. Unless they're funny and not too syruppy. This certainly fit the bill. Gut-breaking funny at points, sad, sincere, optimistic. Not to mention great acting. Not just a date flick, but a fun laid-back movie. Give it a try.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Andy Tennant
Will Smith
Eva Mendes
Kevin James (III)

DVD title: The Golden Girls - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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I can't believe it!

I've been waiting for the Golden Girls to come out on DVD ever since this craze of DVD's came out..i don't know how long ago that was! This is what I'm asking for as a gift at Christmas time. I can't wait to watch it over and over again!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Betty White

DVD title: All in the Family - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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A blue collar bigot makes television comedy relevant

When "All in the Family" premiered on CBS on January 12, 1971, "TV Guide" introduced it as "A Lighthearted Look at Prejudice," warning viewers "Situation comedy takes a giant step with this adult social satire." In retrospect, even that declaration is an incredible understatement. Other than the "Texaco Star Theater," which made Milton Berle "Mr. Television" and sold millions of television sets, there is not another show in the history of television as significant as "All in the Family." Before its abbreviated first season there were "idiot" situation comedies like "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Hogan's Heroes," and "My Mother the Car." After "All in the Family" came relevant shows like "Maude," "The Jeffersons," and "M*A*S*H" and nobody doubts that it was AITF that changed the rules of the game.
Produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, "All in the Family" was based on the British series "Till Death Do Us Part." The family in question were the Bunkers, which consisted of bigoted Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), his kindly "dingbat" wife, Edith (Jean Stapleton), their naively idealistic daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers), and her husband, Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner), an argumentative liberal "meathead" who sorely tries Archie's deeply conservative soul. Archie Bunker was unlike anything ever seen on television: he held every negative racial or ethic stereotype in the book and used slurs never before heard on television. But the series also dealt with serious issues. "All in the Family" is the only television series in history to finish 1st in the Nielsen's five years running and all four stars won multiple Emmys in their respective acting categories.
Included on this DVD are the thirteen episodes that made up the first season, when the show was a mid-season replacement: (1) "Meet the Bunkers," written by Norman Lear, where a surprise anniversary party for the Bunkers is just another excuse for Archie and Mike to have a fight; (2) "Writing the President" finds Mike and then Archie writing President Nixon on the state of the Union; (3) "Archie's Aching Back" finds Archie hiring a Jewish lawyer to get a large settlement in a minor traffic accident; (4) "Archie Gives Blood," although he is afraid his blood will get mixed with those of a different race; (5) "Judging Books by Covers," thinks one of Mike's friends is gay, but it turns out that it is one of Archie's drinking buddies instead; (6) "Gloria Is Pregnant," but suffers a tragic miscarriage in the first television show I remember making me cry; (7) "Now That You Know the Way, Let's Be Strangers," has Mike inviting a hippy friend to spend the night; (8) "Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood" despite Archie's efforts to keep a black family from buying the house next door; (9) "Edith Has Jury Duty" in a sitcom version of "12 Angry Men"; (10) "Archie Is Worried About His Job" and nobody can sleep that night; (11) "Gloria Discovers Women's Lib" and angrily leaves the house when Mike refuses to treat her as an equal partner; (12) "Success Story" finds Archie reevaluating his definition of success when he runs into an old Army buddy; (13) "The First and Last Supper" has the Jeffersons coming to dinner at the Bunkers, except husband George (who is not seen until season 3) refuses to enter the house of his white neighbor.
"All in the Family" is one of the greatest television series of all time and I do not know of two many television critics or historians who do not have it down as one of the five best situation comedies ever aired. Too bad this DVD does not include the two failed pilots Lear put together for ABC, but the greater shame is that this is a bare boned edition with just the episodes. Yes, they are uncut, but a show as culturally important as "All in the Family" would certainly be worthy of commentary from the talented actors, writers and staff who changed television forever.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Carroll O'Connor

DVD title: Urbania
Productgroup: DVD
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Beautifully moving

Having spent alot of time viewing gay themed films recently, I found it depressing that so many were based around 2 dimentional charactures who chuck smart one liners to be liked. I had my reservations about Urbania, but decided to rent it anyway. What I discovered is a powerful, heart breaking story about love, obsession and loss, told with understanding and originality. Jon Shear has created a visual requiem, with charatures who are complex and real. Take a chance with this film.

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Jon Shear
Dan Futterman
Paige Turco
Scott Denny

DVD title: Cat Ballou
Productgroup: DVD
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A Showcase For Lee Marvin's Many Talents

CAT BALLOU is a movie about a school teacher who organizes a small gang of misfits to avenge the death of her rancher father who is murdered by a hired gunman. The heroine is named Catherine 'Cat' Ballou. Her gang includes her own hired killer who is played by Lee Marvin. Marvin also doubles as the noseless shooter who kills Cat's father.
The film sets a standard for parodies of the Old West. Marvin's dual performances are memorable to say the least - particularly his antics as the inebriated Kid Shelleen. His ability to play a drunk is unmatched. Do you recall the marriage scene in PAINT YOUR WAGON?
The novel device of using Nat "King" Cole and Stubby Kaye to amplify the story with original ballads is more than just unique. It represents a brilliant matching of two great talents and it stands the test of time very well.
Lee Marvin won the Best Actor Oscar for his twin roles. CAT BALLOU received Academy Award nominations for Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Adapted Music Score and Song ("The Ballad of Cat Ballou"). The big competition for Oscars in 1965 came mostly from THE SOUND OF MUSIC and DARLING.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Jane Fonda
Lee Marvin

DVD title: Memento (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Suspense, thrills et all wrapped up in one video cassette

Memento is an absolutely thrilling movie based on an original screenplay written by Christopher Nolan. Memento (Latin for "Remember"), told in a clever backward/forward reverse sequence in 10-minute or so segments, exemplifies quiet brilliance in a completely innovative style that replicates the confusing sequences viewed from the perspective of the main character (Guy Pearce).
Guy Pearce plays Leonard Shelby who witnesses his wife's rape and murder and in the process, loses his ability to retain short-term memories. From hereon end, Shelby is intent on avenging his wife's death - but he's hampered through his inability to retain any knowledge and relies solely on tattoos and Polaroid photos to ensure the "truth".
From the opening scenes where a gun is fired and a man is killed, a fast pace is picked up and maintained. However, the true exaltation felt is not in watching a scene unfold, but rather in discovering why the scene unfolded. Critics rave over the astuteness demonstrated by this film as complex characters reveal new sides of their personality throughout the film.
The revelations shown in the final seconds weave the finale to the fascinating storyline that will inevitably catapult a chain of similar films to follow. In retrospect, the audience can only follow so far as Leonard Shelby can and that's enough to keep you mesmerized in this film for a while to come.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Christopher Nolan
Guy Pearce
Carrie-Anne Moss
Joe Pantoliano

DVD title: Follow Me, Boys!
Productgroup: DVD
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AHHHH those were the days...

The days when a man could be a boy scout leader and no one suspects hanky panky. it's sad, isn't it? how we got to be so corrupt and suspicious. anyway, the movie - it's GREAT! back in the day when a boy could play outside and get dirty, and have friends, and go camping and hiking - instead of being planted in front of the dam boob tube, or Nintendo - grrrrrrrrrr!!
Fred MacMurray is wonderfull, the kid - Kurt Russell's debute, by the way, was sweet and believable. the mom, sweet and so June Cleaver-ish. the heartach, the joys - it's all good.
i guess i can say, i really like this movie. buy it.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director: Norman Tokar
Fred MacMurray
Vera Miles

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