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DVD title: XXX (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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X, X, X...Vin, Vin, Vin


The man makes the movie. No question about it. Although they had the money, and the energy, and able scriptwriters. This combined to produce a formulaic action thriller with a twist of wry comedy that harkens back to: DID EVERYONE SAY BOND ALL AT ONCE???
But without Vin Diesel, who actually is a very good actor ("The Boiler Room","Saving Private Ryan") they don't got much ado about nuthin, here. Just another movie with Prague in it (holy cow, am I sick of Prague after the tour I got with Chris Rock in HIS most recent movie) and a big pile of snow.
I love Vin. He is cute, I love his stomach--it doesn't look too much like he works out relentlessly as much as it looks like he just sort of is meant to look like he does...he has a great voice, kids and men can like him too, he does his job cheerfully, and he is believable.
That is, if you are buying the bill of goods he is paid to sell.
Here's MY Money...:)

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Rob Cohen
Actors:
Vin Diesel
Asia Argento




DVD title: The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Fall in love all over again


If you try, repeat, TRY, you MAY be able to spot a flaw or two in this movie. But why would you try? From the opening scenes to the final credits, one is swept up in the awesome beauty of this film. Just wait for the rendition of "All I Ask of You" on the roof of L'Op?ra Populaire in the midst of a gentle snowfall. The fact that such a work of art will be sitting in my collection by mid-May (for $20.97!) will only make the rest of February, March and April seem that much longer! The Broadway to Hollywood transformation has never been made so successfully. Treat yourself to this fine film.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors:
Gerard Butler
Emmy Rossum
Patrick Wilson




DVD title: Run Lola Run
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome Film


Get the German Version with the English Subtitles. Yes, the techo music gets annoying but it's a really good movie. You'll see lots of recurring themes of this in the near future. How everything you do, regardless of how small, has some impact on the rest of the world. There's a show on the Discovery channel called Connections with James Burke that details how everything is related to everything else. Yet it all appears to be a big mess of chaos. It's beautiful in it's insanity.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Tom Tykwer
Actors:
Franka Potente
Moritz Bleibtreu




DVD title: The Postman Always Rings Twice
Productgroup: DVD
The Postman Always Rings Twice - movie DVD cover picture
Love Drove Them to It, and Fate Condemned Them for It.


"The Postman Always Rings Twice" was based on the novel by James M. Cain, whose work inspired several quintessential film noirs. Frank Chambers (John Garfield) tells us his story in voice-over narration as it plays out on the screen. Frank was a drifter who never could stand to stay in one place for long. While hitchhiking to no particular destination one day, he stops at a roadside diner that happens to be looking for hired help. Encouraged by the affable proprietor Nick (Cecil Kellaway) and intrigued by his beautiful young wife Cora (Lana Turner), Frank takes the job. Cora is aloof at first, always enlisting Nick's help in improving the business, for which she has some ambition. But Nick and Cora's mutual attraction is eventually more than they can resist, and they plan to run away together. But Cora is unwilling to condemn herself to a penniless existence, having invested so much energy in her husband's diner. And her situation becomes desperate when Nick decides Cora should spend her days taking care of his invalid sister. So the two lovers plan a murder that will net them the business and the freedom to be together.

This is a wonderful role for John Garfield, who excelled at playing street smart tough guys. Frank is an uneducated man, not really very smart, who has a callousness to his character as well as a genuine earnestness. Garfield's mannerism, speech, and intensity get all of this across. Frank is unscrupulous, but genuinely in love with Cora. Or perhaps love-hate. Lana Turner looks fabulous. She's not much of a character actress, but she's believable here as an icy blond, an ambitious woman who nevertheless has a soft spot and great passion for this unlikely vagabond. Hume Croyn steals the scenes that he 's in, as Cora's clever, unprincipled lawyer, Mr. Keats. "The Postman Always Rings Twice" comes down harder on the legal profession than it does on the criminals. Neither Mr. Keats nor the District Attorney (Leon Ames) have any concern at all for finding the truth. Courtroom battles are competitions among themselves, fought for their personal interests. But Keats couldn't be sharper. "The Postman Always Rings Twice" is a great film noir that incorporates the femme fatale and amour fou traditions with a heavy dose of fatalism. It's also sexy, entertaining, and has a few surprises.

The DVD (Warner Brothers 2004 release): There is an "Introduction by Richard Jewell" (5 minutes) in which the film historian and USC professor talks about the film's cast, performances, and highlights. I don't recommend watching it before viewing the film, since it contains some spoilers. The "Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery" is a slideshow of movie stills and publicity shots for the film. "The John Garfield Story" (1 hour) is the main attraction among the bonus features. This is a documentary about John Garfield, produced by Turner Entertainment Co. and narrated by Garfield's daughter, Julie Garfield. It follows Garfield's life from his birth to poor immigrants in Manhattan's Lower East Side, through his success in New York theater, his arrival in Hollywood in 1938 that began his long contract to Warner Brothers studio, to his death in 1952 at the age of 39, shortly after being blacklisted in Hollywood and hounded by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Julie Garfield's narration is interesting and sympathetic. There are many interviews with John Garfield's contemporaries and admirers. It's an interesting documentary about a talented and sometimes fiercely independent actor. There are also theatrical trailers for the film and for the 1981 remake (both 2 1/2 minutes). Subtitles are available for the film in English, Spanish, and French. Dubbing is available in French.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Tay Garnett
Actors:
Lana Turner
John Garfield




DVD title: Rocky
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie


This is one of the best movies ever, far better than the four sequels, although they are worth checking out as well.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: John G. Avildsen
Actors:
Sylvester Stallone
Talia Shire




DVD title: Dial M for Murder
Productgroup: DVD
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Claustrophobically Good


"Dial M For Murder" may not be Hitchcock's best movie, but it is the director at his best: telling a simple story, with some fine twists, a peculiar sense o humor and a catching plot. But as it is based on a stage play, it suffers from the same problem most films of this type do: it has few chatacters, not so many sets that makes it claustrophoic. Most of the actions takes place in one apartment, or better saying, in the living room of this place, what gives us the feeling of being locked there.
An ex-tennis player who is now having some money problems hire an ex-school mate to kill his wealthy and not faithfull wife so he can receive her heritage. The complex plan is detailed set, but he doesn't count on one suprise: she is not killed, instead she can kill the assassin. To make things worse she accused of murdering. From this moment on the film becomes a mouse and cat game trying to prove her innocent.
The cast is small but perfect. Grace Kelly plays the ingenous wife with so much beauty and dignity that it is impossible not to fall for her. On the other hand, it is impossible no to repulse her husband, perfectly played by Ray Milland. He is so false and disgusting that everybody roots for him get discovered. The script is perfect: everything makes sense and everything is in its right place.
Hitchcock's direction is irrepressible. Even though it is based on play and suffer from some problems, as I aforementioned. The plot is so interesting and catching, that these 'problems' get invisible through the movie. Moreover, hsi peculiar sense of humor makes the film lighter and better to watch. The murdering scene is amazing, and I suggest you not to even blink, in order not to lose any moment of this sequence. The after-murdering develops in a incredible speed, Grace's trial is one of the most inventive of the cinema. Pay attention to her expressions and body movement during this specific scene.
This film has been remade a couple of times. I suggest you to check "A Perfect Murder" featuring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. Both movies have the same premisse, but are led to different consequences. And the two films are good in their own way.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors:
Ray Milland
Grace Kelly




DVD title: Jaws (Full Screen Anniversary Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I know a taxidermist


that's going to have a heart attack when he sees what I brung him!" So says Quint near the climax of Jaws, the first summer blockbuster and one of the greatest, most exciting movies ever made. Face it, few other movies can match the intensity of the narrative, or the credibility of the characters. The shark, when it is finally seen, looks rather fake, but the characters seem real and that is what sells this movie and makes it surpass the likes of Armageddon. The scene where Brody (played by Roy Scheider) is being mimicked at the dinner table by his youngest son, the scene where his wife calms him down about yelling at his older son to get out of a boat, only to change her mind after looking at a picture in a book Brody was reading, the scene where 2 fishermen hook a roast & throw it off a dock to get more than they bargained for, all are strong examples of the verissimiltude that this movie carries with it.
But along with the characters this movie also boasts scientific accuracy, at least as much as will be permitted to let the plot function. Territoriality, for example, is a theory that has been applied to sharks, but there has also been evidence to suggest that it is inaccurate. In general, sharks do not develop a taste for human flesh. However, the anecdotes of the shark experts ring true, & provides insights of their different personalities--Hooper chuckling over how a shark ripped apart his first boat & how it fascinated him vs. Quint's chilling narrative of The Indianapolis.
The picture has never been clearer than on this dvd (I keep odd hours & have roommates, so I must keep the volume down & therefore will not rate the audio quality) The documentary is likewise terrific & makes up for the lack of audio commentary. Some of the deleted scenes were used in network broadcasts of the movie, others look like alternate takes of scenes. All in all, the only thing I found mildly disapointing about this movie were the bloopers. We only get 2.
But still, it's Jaws, the most exciting movie released this year (excepting North-by-Northwest) whether it be the movie theater or video. And a quintessential popcorn muncher. See it before you go into the water.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Roy Scheider
Robert Shaw
Richard Dreyfuss




DVD title: Family Guy, Vol. 1 (Seasons 1 & 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Ever


This is the funniest cartoon for adults ever made; in fact, you may accuse me of hyperbole, but it might be the funniest TV show ever made period. As far as cartoons go, it even beats out my beloved "Bugs Bunny" of the 40's and 50's - "SouthPark" and the "Simpsons" come in 3rd and 4th IMHO. This series is the reason I finally bought a DVD player.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Actors:
Seth Macfarlane



DVD title: Incubus - The Morning View Sessions
Productgroup: DVD
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I almost cried with joy...


Well...yeah, I really did almost cry! I was just so happy that I finally got this dvd. It was really worth the [money]. Like any die-hard IncuFan, I had high expectations for the dvd, and they were met. The dvd contained everything any fan could've asked for. An awesome concert in new york, the director's cut video of wish you were here, and a bunch of other goodies like extensive footage of the guys in the malibu mansion. The dvd sound was so enhanced that I felt like I was actually at the concert. My favorite part of the dvd was on the living at morning view section, where Jose's saying, "I got lonely. So I asked these guys if they would move in with me. They basically clean up after me, cook. Mikey's my secretary."...haha. I'll never get over that. Well, anyway, enough cheesy chit-chat. If you're a fan and you don't already have this dvd, then go get it before I cry!

Studio: Sony Music Entertain



DVD title: Alan Jackson - Greatest Hits Volume II, Disc 2
Productgroup: DVD
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here's the list


hey amazon: please list the CD tracks and DVD songs so we know what we're getting! Here's the songs (I got from www.alanjackson.com) on AJ Greatest Hits Disk 2:
1. Remember When
2. Who's Cheatin' Who
3. Little Man
4. Pop A Top
5. www.memory
6. Drive

Studio: Bmg Music
Actors:
Alan Jackson



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