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DVD title: X2 - X-Men United (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Xellent!!


Movies don't get much bigger and better than Xmen united. After the enormous success of the first film, Bryan Singer has again given us an action packed spectacle. Hugh Jackman shines as Wolverine again and it's great to see him in action agian.
In X2, the good mutants, lead by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) find themselves threatened by a new enemy by the name of Stryper (Brian Cox) and need to join forces with the bad mutants led by Magneto (Ian Mckellan). For an action film, the story is very interesting and well written. There are some fantastic set pieces in this one and the action does not really let up. There's also some interesting social commentries going on as the subjects of intolerance of anyone different comes up again.
For exhilirating entertainment you can't go past this one,
Thanks for reading and enjoy.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Bryan Singer
Actors:
Patrick Stewart
Hugh Jackman
Ian McKellen
Halle Berry
Anna Paquin
Brian Cox




DVD title: La Chèvre
Productgroup: DVD
La Chèvre - movie DVD cover picture
Good Silly Fun


Give Francis Veber a whole lot of credit. He's able to exploit the comic talents, latent or otherwise, of Gerard Depardieu as the straight man to Pierre Richard's fall guy (literally--Richard's character takes more pratfalls than one of our late presidents--the impeached kind--in a room full of old banana peels). As the Jonah to end all Jonahs, Richard teams up with Depardieu to find the daughter of French tycoon, kidnapped in Mexico. And she herself is subject to all kinds of misfortunes.
Knowing this, the tycoon's head company psychologist theorizes that it takes a Jonah to find one, so suggests to his boss that Richard go to Mexico--accompanied by Depardieu's private investigator--to find the girl.
Hilarity ensues. There are so many funny bits in here that it's hard to fault this comedy for any reason. Those of you not fond of the Marx Brothers and other zingy slapstick, steer clear. Those others who find wacko comedy refreshing and downright fun (like I do), dig in. This is right up your alley.
Richard is perfect and Depardieu is equally great as his sometime patsy. Or should I say pratsy? Zingy, dingy, and the perfect antidote to the recession blues.

Studio: Kino International
Director: Francis Veber



DVD title: Carl Perkins and Friends - Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session
Productgroup: DVD
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Rocking the House!


As an inveterate, avid, intense Beatle fan, I was thoroughly delighted with this dvd! Hats off to Carl Perkins not only for being a driving force during the inception of Rock & Roll, but for influencing George Harrison! George Harrison ROCKED! He tore the place up with his guitar playing! If you think he sounded phenomenal on this dvd, be sure to listen to "Beatles Live at the BBC" and George's guitar playing sets the place on fire! Check him out on "Youngblood!"

Although the transfer ain't great, the music and the artists are. Ringo keeps a steady beat and his former bandmate, the nonpareil George Harrison will have you rockin' your blue suede shoes or your Beatle boots off! His revival of his 1965 cover of "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" brought many smiles to many faces. Gear up that 1963 Ford Falcon and take a trip to 1965 with George!

If you love Rock & Roll, the Blues and some EXCEPTIONAL guitar playing, this is the dvd for you. It is just plain fun and you will find yourself singing along with it and don't be surprised if you find you've started dancing!





Studio: Music Video Distribu
Actors:
George Harrison
Ringo Starr
Eric Clapton
Roseanne Cash
Carl Perkins




DVD title: Alias - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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James Bond meets Buffy meets Perils of Pauline


As my review title indications, this fast-paced series comes across as a stylish blend of a James Bond spy flick, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER girl-powered heroine, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE capers, and PERILS OF PAULINE cliffhangers. The latter is not peripheral to the series: like old style film serials, almost every episode of Season One ends with a shock. I have only recently discovered the series on DVD, which I believe is merciful. Had I been watching it on TV as it first came out, I would have found the week-in, week-out cliffhanging endings to be exasperating. The show is brilliant at breaking the action at precisely the most thrilling instant each week. I know this: if I had been watching this on TV, I would definitely have tuned in the next week. As it is, I immediately pop in the next DVD just to see what happened next. Like both MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and I SPY, the show features locales from all over the world, though obviously most of the scenes consist of a single remote shot to establish the country, with the rest of the scene most likely shot on a backlot or in a studio. Nonetheless, even this gives the show a very cosmopolitan, exotic feel.

I'm one of those who thinks that the best thing that ever happened to TV is the long story arc TV show that was popularized by THE X-FILES, and carried on by such shows as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, and FARSCAPE. The one way that TV surpasses cinema is in its ability to tell a long, carefully detailed story in a lovingly nuanced and unrushed manner. ALIAS has a host of storylines, but it isn't forced to develop any of them all at once. One week might find a small development in Sydney's ongoing attempt to work as a double agent in SD6, a larger development in Will's investigation into the death of Sydney's fiance in the first episode, and a tiny bit on some non-espionage friendship. Movies have to rush such things, or at most present the illusion of not having to rush. TV can truly take its time, and the overall effect in the best shows can be exhilarating.

Everything about this show clicks. It is visually as slick as anything that has ever been on TV. The writing is absolutely brilliant. The cast is rock solid, and features some great acting on the part of several performers. Among my favorite are Victor Garber as Sydney's father, Kevin as Marshall J. Flinkman (basically SD6's equivalent of Q), and Ron Rifkin as Sloane. But the heart of the show is Jennifer Garner as double agent Sydney Bristow. Sydney is idealistic, brilliant, and enormously competent, but also haunted and conflicted by her family background and tragic events in her life. I love the contrast between her professional competence and her emotional fragility. A lesser actress wouldn't be able to sell that combination, but she makes it the key to her personality.

It is difficult to overpraise the writing on the show. Even compared to shows like BUFFY it has almost completely avoided the episodic approach to television. In fact, the episodes spill over into each other to such a degree that it is almost as if the entire season were a single story, except for the way it spills over as well. Not every storyline gets equal attention, but overall the balance they achieve is astonishing. Some reviewers decry the show as derivative, but I find the particular combination of familiar elements to be quite unique. Other shows do some of the things that ALIAS does, but not all of them.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Actors:
Jennifer Garner



DVD title: The Land Before Time
Productgroup: DVD
The Land Before Time - movie DVD cover picture
LAND BEFORE TIME II


My sons, 4 & 2, love this movie. My oldest one loves how the young dinosaurs are like him & his friends. He watches the Land Before Time series movies about everyday. His favorite is Land Before Time II & V, because of Chomper & the other T rex's. I think it is a great Dinosaur movie with not a lot of violence, but deals with a lot of issues.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Don Bluth
Actors:
Gabriel Damon
Pat Hingle




DVD title: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"Technically the Procedure IS Brain Damage"


This film is one of the most brilliant and original movies ever made. It takes the conventions of the romantic comedy and twists it into oblivion to create a masterpiece that truely moves you. What makes the film so great besides the story and the fantastic performances by both Winslet and Carrey, is the message it conveys; one that has never really been explored in a romance movie before.

Carrey plays a man who has just discovered that his girlfriend of many years (Winslet) has just underwent an operation to erase him from her memory. Completely heartbroken, he decides to have the same operation done to himself to forget about her, but once the process begins, he changes his mind and tries to stop them from erasing her from his mind.

The greatest thing about the movie is the point of the whole film: memories, good and bad, are what make us who we are. We may think we want to forget someone we've shared time with occasionally, but why would you really want to? Why would you want to completely erase some of the most beautiful moments in your life simply because you have had a falling out with your significant other? These are the things explored here. The character's entire relationship is explored, played out backwards as each shared memory is erased. I ended this movie feeling great, it has a terrific message that truely makes you look back and appreciate some of your own memories in your life. One of the great romances in cinema.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Michel Gondry
Actors:
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Tom Wilkinson




DVD title: Young Frankenstein (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Suit yourself...I'm easy.


By far the funniest of Mel Brooks' movies. After having seen it at least 35 times, I am amazed that while watching it, I can still find something in the background that I hadn't seen previously. Most people are familiar with the main characters, but I am amazed how many people are unfamiliar with who plays the blind man. (Hint: he played Popeye Doyle in the French Connection) My newest revelation is the name of the magazine Dr. Frankenstein is reading on the train to Transylvania. (The Lancet) Keep looking...you'll see things you didn't see before and wonder how you missed it. And you'll see some quirky things. (Like, how, when throwing 5 darts, does one get thrown backwards, yet when the car is pulling away, there are over 9 darts visible between the 3 tires and helmet of the driver.) Sit back, turn on the DVD and have a cup of Ovaltine and enjoy.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Mel Brooks
Actors:
Gene Wilder
Marty Feldman
Madeline Kahn




DVD title: Indiscreet
Productgroup: DVD
Indiscreet - movie DVD cover picture
Outstanding Romantic Comedy


This is a great romantic comedy and couldn't have been better cast. Bergman and Grant are excellent as two star crossed lovers. The plot is made even more interesting by the fact that Bergman went through this type of predicament in real life. The photography is also top notch. It was done by the late Freddie Young--just before he photographed Lawrence of Arabia. Dialouge and supporting cast is also excellent--everybody who is a fan of bergman/grant should watch this classy film.

Studio: Republic Studios
Director: Stanley Donen
Actors:
Cary Grant
Ingrid Bergman




DVD title: WWE WrestleMania X-Seven
Productgroup: DVD
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WWF at its prime!


The 17th annual Wrestlemania extravaganza broke more ground in 2001 than ever. Here is WWF at its prime, with the best superstars, and the best matches.
The opening match is the Intercontinetal Championship match between the champion Chris Jericho, & William Regal. The match is farely quick paced and is won by Jericho with a Lionsault pin. The second match is a 3 man tag team match between the APA, Tazz & Jaqueline at ringside vs. Right to Censor. Ok match. The highlight for me is when Jaqueline gets in the ring & DDT's Val Venis. Match is won by Bradshaw with the Clothesline From Hell
A Hardcore Championship Match is next pitting to super heavy weight, Big Show & Kane, against the champion Raven. Pretty decent hardcore match featuring shattered windows, blood, & even a couple of golf carts. Kane wins with a spectacular leg drop on Big Show. Next is two of the all time greats in a awesome match. Chris Benoit, & Kurt Angle truly give the fans there money's worth.
The most forgetable match of the night is a European Championship match between champion Test, against Eddie Guerrero. Guerrero wins in true heel fashion by cheating with a distraction from Dean Malenko. The 9th world wonder, Chyna is next, beating the hell out of Women's Champion Ivory. Ivory doesn't stand a chance and loses the belt in record time.
One of the best matches of the night belongs to Vince McMahon & Shane McMahon in a brutal Street Fight. This match truly tells a story with a wide variety of superstars including guest referee Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon, Trish Stratus, & Vince's wife Linda McMahon extracting her ultimate revenge.
Match of the night belongs to 3 young tag teams in the second ever TLC(Tables, Ladders, & Chairs) match. The Hardys, Edge & Christian, & the Dudleys give a spectaculor match that went down in history as one of the best.
The 1st main event of the night pits Triple H against the phenom himself, The Undertaker. This match basically turns into a hardcore match when Taker knocks the referee out. Taker keeps his winning Wrestlemania streek alive with a vicious Last Ride to HHH.
The main event is a WWF Championship match against Champion The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin. Great match starting the Steve Austin heel stage.
Extras on the DVD include and extra match from Sunday Night Heat. Steve Blackman & Grand Master Sexay vs. X-Pac & Justin Credible. Also the DVD shows the wrestlemania aftermath on the next nights RAW. GReat DVD, & great pay per view.

Studio: Sony Wonder
Actors:
Steve Austin
Triple H
The Rock




DVD title: This Boy's Life
Productgroup: DVD
This Boy's Life - movie DVD cover picture
One of the best movies of the 90's


i liked this movie bobby d. was real erie...but i really liked the soundtrack and unforunately theres no soundtrack available,,but one song in particular is "wild one", a guy named iggy pop remade it but i would like to know who did it on this film, any help would be nice, no i dont own the film...

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Actors:
Robert De Niro
Ellen Barkin
Leonardo DiCaprio




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