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DVD title: X-Mix the Dvd Collection Part 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Xcellent DVD, not for CGA-heads though

This is a DVD you should buy essentially for music, and especially if you love techno. I mean, you get Kevin Saunderson, Hardfloor and Dave Clarke mixes all on one DVD!! Theses were defining mixes when they first came out, especially the Saunderson and Clarke ones. On top of that, you get the animation which was utterly amazing in 1999, but may be a bit dated to some. It is much much better than what you can get at your local rave by any means. Animations are short clips that fit a single song, and they are not the repetitive and abstract type you found in the early 90s. They are more thematic and tend to tell a mini-story.

All in all a must have for ravers and people looking for the best techno and electro the 90s had to produce. Obviously, people looking for cutting edge 2005 computer graphic animation should look elsewhere.

Studio: Music Video Distribu

DVD title: The Kayak Roll
Productgroup: DVD
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It works

This is the video to get if you are unsure of your roll. It provides slow motions that take you through every aspects of the sweep and C-to-C roll.
Even if you have a roll, this video can help you remove those bad habits that make a roll seemed strained.

Studio: Performance Video
Director: Kent Ford

DVD title: The Love of Jeanne Ney
Productgroup: DVD
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Sophisticated and glorious love story

"The Love of Jeanne Ney" is a glorious complex love and suspense story that has murder, politics, one loved one responsible for the death of another, and a hateful scoundrel. Jeanne Ney is the daughter of a man stationed in Russia immediately prior to the Bolshevik revolution. Before he can effect their return to Paris, her young lover and a comrade confront him over a list of Bolshevik leaders and her Father is killed in a gunfight. There are many great characters, from the conman who sold the worthless set of names to her Father, to the kindly official who tries to ease her pain after her Father's death, and on to her mercenary uncle and blind cousin in Paris. The cinematography is gorgeous and inventive, the street scenes are magnificently detailed, and the screenplay by Ilya Ehrenberg is outstanding.

Studio: Kino Video
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst

DVD title: Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Shrek 2 review

This movie was GREAT!! I loved everything about it. Here is a tip so you can enjoy it even more...once the credits start, DON'T LEAVE THE THEATRE!!! There is one more GREAT scene, I won't spoil it for you here, but it is a great surprise.

Studio: Dreamworks
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz

DVD title: Scary Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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The best comedie movie

Ohhhhhhh My god what kind of a film is that.It is wonderful It takes the viewer inside it.I watched this film 3 times in theater it is good as American Pie.When I first watched this movie I was shocked cause I have not watched a comedy film like this.Everybody should own one.Strictly Recommended.

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Anna Faris
Marlon Wayans
Jon Abrahams
Carmen Electra

DVD title: The Transformers - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent Animation and Stars voice Overs

I think this is one of the greatest movies ever made. I hate that I didn't see it in the theaters but man was this a good movie. First let me get to the good parts, of course the autobots had inferior firepower as always, what's up with the small pistols and the decepticons are loaded with cannons. I also like the fact that people actually died in the movie, I got tired of seeing people hit in the shoulder and then running away. I still hate that my boy Brawn got killed but at least my favorite autobot survived "Jazz". Oh yeah, two questions, why did Optimus Prime die but they put Ultra Magnus back together? Last question, anybody know where I can get a copy of the two thundercat movies?

Studio: Rhino Video
Director: Nelson Shin

DVD title: Happy Together
Productgroup: DVD
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The dream of being happy together

Enough has been said about Wong Kar Wai's brilliant visual direction. It might be a little too much to say that he revolutionizes the state of world cinema as there is no such revolution in the recent years the way the French New Wave changed the look and image of the cinematic world in the 60s. However, you can definitely sense that the ambition is there.
It takes courage to make a romantic gay film. It takes all the courage in the world to make a romantic Chinese gay film set in latin America. How many people in the world can actually say, 'hey, I can identify with this movie,' apart from its portrayal of love's imperfection. Unrequited love is a theme that is present in almost every Wong Kar Wai movie and it is amazing that at this point he has not worn the viewers down. It is his ability to deliver a somewhat new perspective with every film that keeps a fan like me coming back again and again to watch what he has to offer. This movie is no different.
This movie has the two best actors that Hong Kong has to offer and they don't pull any punches here. The partnership between Wong with Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Leslie Cheung Kuo Rung stretches far back. It seems that Wong has the ability to draw the best out of these two actors. Tony Leung would go on to nab the Best actor award in the Cannes film festival with his role in 'In the Mood for Love,' another movie by Wong. Unfortunately, Leslie Cheung had been typecast as an effiminate leading man once too often that this movie does not showcase his acting prowess as much as it could be.
This is perhaps one of the most romantic movie I have ever watched in the recent years. It would be a gross injustice to simply label this film as a gay flick. Wong will show you that love is universal regardless of ethicity, nationality or sexual orientation. As corny and preachy that might sound, you have to look at the odds (by the virtue of the character placements) the movie has to overcome to carry this message across. And when I still daydream about being able to catch a glimpse of the Iguacu Falls in its glory with my loved one, you can say that the movie has succeeded beyond all expectations.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Leslie Cheung
Tony Leung Chiu Wai

DVD title: Frasier - The Complete Third Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent, as the rest

I'm a big fan of Frasier and as a result am buying all the DVDs.
They are all excellent!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Kelsey Grammer

DVD title: Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
Productgroup: DVD
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Innocence shatters anime.

Setting aside the fanboy complaints about the subtitles, taking a closer look at Oshii's masterwork reveals a stunningly executed world with layers of characterization requiring multiple views to appreciate fully, and subtle master-strokes of a startling vision bathed in both romantic hope and dystopian cynicism.

Innocence occurs three years after the events in the first film. The first film was essentially about Kusanagi's conflict with the sense of identity, self, and awareness, the second film is Batou's story of what it means to be human if being human means nothing at all. Dolls are a central theme to this film, and the characters themselves are doll-like and emotionless, even though their fears and motivations are seen as echoes of their actions and word choices. It's a heart wrenching continuation of the hinted-at romance in the first film, even though the Major Motoko Kusanagi doesn't make an onscreen appearance, and Batou's longing for her is only matched by his warmth for his dog, a basset hound whose symbolic importance in the key elemental discussion of the nature of souls is often repeated. The moments Batou spends feeding his Basset hound reflect his feelings for the only innocent creature in the film, and echo Oshii's sentiments about the rare beauties left in the world, untouched by human artifice, unruined by our need to recreate ourselves in the ideal of artificial life.

Matched in this complexly interwoven plot of what it means to have a soul is what love is worth, and the story between the Major and Batou on the ship is a real treat for fans of their interactions in the first film. Star-crossed love might be the most bittersweet, but it's also most eloquently expressed here, in just a few short lines. I was breathless when Batau draped the jacket over the woman, and even more so when she said "Ikku- I'm going." This story is even more subtle than that of the first film, and viewers who are too awed by the visuals will miss it, as the technical efforts are outstanding.

Hailed as a nominated film at Cannes, this sequel shatters the genre of anime, exactingly crafted in every technical aspect and making a place for itself amongst the great films of time. With dialogue that challenges even the seasoned shakespearian viewers, animation that shames every animated film before it, (as well it should, given that IG collaborated with Studio Ghibli) and a haunting soundtrack that takes the themes from the first film and gives it an epic expanded sensibility, Innoncence continues its heritage of raising the expectations of not just great anime, but great filmmaking as well.

This movie shatters the idea of anime, and challenges the viewers to think about the themes of human's obession with technology, as well as what love means when even artifice can be real.

Studio: Umvd/Dreamworks
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Akio Ôtsuka
Atsuko Tanaka
Tamio Ôki

DVD title: Sudden Impact
Productgroup: DVD
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When I first saw this film I thought Clint Eastwood had flipped out. He took the realistic base from the first three "Dirty Harry" films and replaced it with some type of pseudo surrealistic parody that seemed so repulsive it bordered on bad taste to say the very least. However, after repeated viewing it started to grow on me and I actually wanted to watch over and over. I couldn't get enough of it. It certainly was not the same Dirty Harry but it had a very blunt approach for dealing with crime and criminals. In the first three films the bureaucrats constantly accused Harry of crossing the line yet the audience knew Harry was right and the bureaucrats were just a bunch of crybaby liberals (at least that's what the directors wanted us to think). In SUDDEN IMPACT Clint Eastwood is at the helm. Eastwood proposes a question to the audience: You like crazy? Do you want to see crazy? I'm going to give you crazy. Filmmaking is a business and like a good businessman Eastwood gives his audience what they want. Yet Eastwood is no fool. Without artistic merit this film would have been a failure. Eastwood is playing the auteur filmmaker here and he is very successful at it. This film is way ahead of its time. The fabric of a sane society is being pulled apart. Family values, if you like, are out the window. Eastwood collects the most vile, repugnant and repulsive villains for this film that literally defines the meaning of trailer trash. The Mafia hoodlums at the beginning of the film look like impotent choirboys compared to the bunch of wacko amusement park crazies he ends up exterminating by the film's end. If Eastwood had not directed this film with his offbeat humor and unconventional style, if he had played it as a straight drama, the critics would have screamed murder. This is a good film. It's a stand-alone modern day apocalyptic tale delivered for your approval by Dirty Harry. I can still remember Reni Santoni asking, "Why do they call you Dirty Harry?" Now we really know.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Sondra Locke

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