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DVD title: XXX (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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XXX-cellent action flick!

This movie kicks so much ass. Vin Diesel is in top form as Xander Cage and this movie is tailor made for him. Some of the best parts were when he steals the car and drives it off the cliff, when he's in that training exercise in Colombia, when he takes out the leader of Anarchy 99, and when he destroys Ahab. The action is great here and Samuel L. Jackson does a great job showing off his versatility playing Agent Augustus Gibbons. One of the most entertaining movies you'll ever see and definitely a must buy for Vin Diesel fans!

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

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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PACE RATING(out of 5):P-Plot: 5, a great story about love and betrayal.A-Action:3, great fast-paced dancing scenes and also the abuse scene with the Duke.C-Characters:4.5, Beautifully developed and acted characters.E-Ending:4, A tragic ending following up one of the best stories ever told.
Average Score: 4 or 4.5, an exquisite movie.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

DVD title: Dracula's Daughter/Son of Dracula
Productgroup: DVD
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So Many Draculas

Dracula's Daughter, staring Gloria Holden, is the first sequel to Bela Lugosi's Dracula. The movie starts with the final scenes from Dracula, where Edward Van Sloan continues in the Van Helsing role (he is arrested for the murders of Dracula and Renfield). As Dracula's daughter, she is condemned to be a vampire but wants to be free. She seeks the help from a psychologist, Otto Kruger, that advises her that she must confront her problem if she wants to be free.In Son of Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr. plays Count Alucard; Dracula spelled backwards, the second sequel to Bela Lugosi's Dracula (after Dracula's Daughter). Alucard is set on establishing himself, out of Transylvania and into Louisiana, by marrying the daughter of an upper-class family. He proceeds by turning his new wife into a vampire. Lon looks at ease in his role, has a cool moustache, transform to a bat, and moves as a puff of smoke.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Lambert Hillyer

DVD title: The Untouchables
Productgroup: DVD
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this is my favorite movie of all time

The performances are great and the action is terrific. Need i say more

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Brian De Palma
Kevin Costner
Sean Connery
Robert De Niro

DVD title: Big Eden
Productgroup: DVD
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loved it

This movie was great. I lived in Montanna for a while and the movie shows a great area with intesting people. Trys to tell you that being gay is normal. A lot of people coudl learn that lesson. Check it out

Studio: Wolfe Video
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Arye Gross
Eric Schweig

DVD title: House of Flying Daggers
Productgroup: DVD
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A Must Own Epoch Love Story

This is one of the best films of the year! One of the most beautifully designed love stories ever seen. It is worthy of viewing on a regular basis.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Yimou Zhang
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Andy Lau
Ziyi Zhang

DVD title: Grave of the Fireflies
Productgroup: DVD
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My God...

I have been a fan of anime for the last 6 years or so and I have never seen an anime film quite like this one. It is one of the sadest and most moving things that I have ever seen. The story takes place close to the end of WW II, and we see the suffering expeienced by Japanese citizens through the eyes of Seita and his little sister Setsuko. Seita and Setsuko's mther gets badly burned in a fire bombing attack, and soon after dies from her wounds. Seita and Setsuko are forced to move in with an aunt who is less than happy having two more mouths to feed. She constantly reminds Seita that he is just a freeloader and doing nothing for the war effort. Seita and his sister eventually leave the aunt's home and try to survive on their own in a bomb shelter. Things start to go really bd from there. This is a beautiful movie with some of the most beautiful animation that I have ever seen. It shows the cruelty of war, and that children in such trying times still try to enjoy themselves. Parents please watch this film with your children, it is a view of WW2 that many americans never see. please watch it.

Studio: Cpm/Us Manga Corps
Director: Isao Takahata
Tsutomu Tatsumi
Ayano Shiraishi
Akemi Yamaguchi

DVD title: Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 7
Productgroup: DVD
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While I appreciate the revewers' comments regarding the dvd quality, I think they are too focused on details, perhaps a little too quick to criticize, and not focusing on the whole intent of the Little House on the Prairie show. Michael Landon gambled his "Bonanza" earnings on this venture when everyone in Hollywood told him a "wholesome" series like this wouldn't fly. But Michael stood his ground and did it his way. The show is his lasting legacy and his testimony to have something wholesome the whole family can watch instead of the trash that's thrown at us from the tv and movie industry today. And yes, the show even mentions God,in a reverent manner, something which, unfortunately, is a no-no in today's ridiculously politically-correct society. The Little House on the Prairie tv show did deviate from Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, but then, truth be told, her books were not 100% fact either. Big deal. What we have is a show with homespun values, where God, family, and home actually meant something and took top priority in people's lives. And as a homeschooling family, we have used the show as a learning tool in many ways. (And by the way, our daughter happens to be named Laura Elizabeth, after, guess who!) To sum up, what this show does is give us all an appreciation for our country's early days and the struggles, hardships, and joys they faced. To quote a line from a LH episode, "It was a hard life, but it was a good life". Every family should sit down together and view at least some of the episodes and then have "family time" and discuss the differences between "then" and "now". The LH show is a true American treasure.

Studio: Goldhil Home Media I
Michael Landon

DVD title: Das Boot - The Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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A DVD Review

One of the best restorations of an older film around. All great movies 20+ years old should be redone this well. The sound was re-taped to 8 tracks and the extra footage, over an hour, was seamless. The documentary was only 6 minutes long and was more of a trailer for the restored Director's Cut version. The commentary is very good with the director commenting on the film plus you get J?rgen Prochnow, the Captain, commenting on his experience making the film and the producer of the restored version commenting on the restoration process. You learn some really interesting stuff about the actors, locations and other fascinating facts about this film that was over a year in production. A great DVD to add to any collection.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Jürgen Prochnow

DVD title: Angela's Ashes
Productgroup: DVD
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Not A Good Advertisement For The Tourist Industry In Ireland

This would have to beone of the most depressing fims I have ever sat through. It concerns the childhood and adolescence of writer Frank McCourt who grrew up in Limerick , Ireland. In that dump of a town Limerick it is always raining or it is going to rain. We see Frank's father as a hopeles alcoholic who never actually got off his lazy drunken ass to get a job and support his family. Then he abandons his family when his wife refuses to grant him anymore sexual satisfaction. Both him and his wife can afford to smoke tailor made cigarettes but they can't afford to pay the rent or feed their kids.One gets the impression that the condom manufacturers would find a HUGE market in Ireland. I give this movie 5 stars because Frank had the sense to jump on a boat and head to the USA where he everntaully found a job as a teacher and then a career as a successful writer.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Alan Parker
Emily Watson
Robert Carlyle

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