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DVD title: X - Live In Los Angeles
Productgroup: DVD
X - Live In Los Angeles - movie DVD cover picture
X hasn't lost a step


Just brought this DVD home, and it rocks. Those uninitiated to this great band don't know, but the fans understand, that this is a band that never disappoints live, and I can vouch for this having seen them 25+ times with and without Billy Zoom, solo, and in their Knitters incarnation. The cool thing about this DVD is that it does not feel nostalgic - unlike the recent Blasters DVD (also by the good folks at Shout!). The Blasters were and are a fine band, but one look at the audience on that DVD shows that the thrill is, if not gone, definitely waning. No so with X. Fans are still passionate, the playing and singing are still passionate, like the band still totally believes in what they are doing, and it shows. So, fans will love it, but can this win over some new fans? That's the question. If you love the band, this DVD is a must buy. For those of you with tangential interest, or who love other great bands like The Ramones, The Clash etc., or all of you on the east coast not too familiar with the band, take the plunge. This DVD rocks. Dare I ask....rock and roll hall of fame anyone????

Studio: Sony Music Entertain



DVD title: Pilates Workout for Dummies
Productgroup: DVD
Pilates Workout for Dummies - movie DVD cover picture
Strictly an introduction, but a great one


I've just started to exercise regularly and needed something that I could stick to. This is a great video for us beginners. The instructions and moves are easy yet challenging. I've never stuck with any kind of exercise plan before, but this introduction to pilates is great. I figured once I get used to doing the beginner's section and the intermediate section that I'll move on to something more intense. The only downside is that if you're constantly watching the beginner section, most of the time is eaten up by the instructions, and the intermediate section uses some similar and some different moves.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Actors:
For Dummies
Michelle Dozois




DVD title: Il Postino
Productgroup: DVD
Il Postino - movie DVD cover picture
Such sweet sarrow mixes humility with heroism


A painfully humble postman, who longs to hone his inarticulate desires, and a famous poet, a world-renowned master of romantic and sensual words.
A bicycle, a pen and paper, a village, a country house, a view of the sea - and what might be... Il Postino juxtaposes bumbling murmurs and ingenius metaphors, knowing and wanting to know, confidence and overwhelming insecurity. It helps that I love bicycles and the coast of Italy as well as the poetry of Pablo Neruda, one of the greatest (and most widely read) poets of the 20th century. Il Postino is a wonderful fable of longing and lust, stolen glances, shyness and gambles, reading and risk taking.
And as Pablo Neruda himself made clear, Il Postino reminds us that poetry and politics are for peasants and well as the powerful, perhaps even more so. We peasants need to be engaged in expressing ourselves and, even if we're shy, even if we shake in our shoes, standing for passion and principle.
Il Postino is one of my very favorite movies of the 1990s. It makes a worthy Italian double feature with Life is Beautiful.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Michael Radford
Actors:
Massimo Troisi



DVD title: Hellfest 2000
Productgroup: DVD
Hellfest 2000 - movie DVD cover picture
A must see!


For those who are in search of something different, and fun to watch, this is a must see. Hardcore or not, you will enjoy the fast pase moving of this show. A must see by all! stop reading this and get to getting it already!

Studio: Trustkill
Actors:
Va-Hellfest



DVD title: Sliders - The First and Second Seasons
Productgroup: DVD
Sliders - The First and Second Seasons - movie DVD cover picture
I thought it would never happen...


This show was BRILLIANT! I will agree with the other reviewers that Seasons 1 and 2 are the best - really striking at the heart of political and social commentary through awesome "what if" situations. One of my favorites is still the episode where the women took over the government and there was no more war. Makes me want to check the box on Hillary when she finally decides to run!
Yes, Season 3 got silly, but after that, SciFi really made it a new adventure, working through casting snafus and really making the unused Remmy quite the hero near the end. And...has no one yet commented on the fact the the grand finale left us a major cliffhanger. Remmy jumped back to Earth Prime with the disease for the Kromagg's in his blood - leaving Diana, Mallory and Maggie stuck behind with no sliding technology? There were hints that Quinn could still be inside Mallory - we know Wade is still around in some weird liquid form from a previous episode, and Arturo could still be alive...don't forget "Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome" - we never found out if the correct professor jumped along with the other Sliders! - and who cares if Quinn's brother remains unstuck - he was a baaaaaad actor!
Universal! Step up to the plate! Release ALL of the seasons on DVD and give us at the very least a 2 hour SciFi channel movie wrapping up the series, bringing back all of the series regulars!! The possibilities are endless especially when you have this many fans out here hungry for MORE!!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Actors:
Jerry O'Connell



DVD title: Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Very dark, touching, challenging, and wonderful ending to the Star Wars saga


As one of the most awaited movies in history, it would be very hard to live up to the hype that surrounded Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. But it does - and does so very, very well. If Episodes I and II were the appetizers, Episode III is the main course and the desert for the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

If you don't know, the Star Wars prequel trilogy was designed to be the story of a good man's decent into evil - eventually leading him to become one of cinemas most iconic villains: Darth Vader. In Episodes I and II we see glimpses of this character as Anakin Skywalker fights off his inner anger and fear in the face of turmoil. In Episode III, these feelings become even stronger because of the love he has for his secret wife, Padme, and his allegiance to Chancellor Palpatine. As the Republic falls apart at the hands of Palpatine, so does Anakin. It is truthfully painful to watch our hero's decent to the Dark Side of the Force, but the part is played magnificently by Hayden Christensen.

Anakin is truly and thankfully the central character of this movie, but the other characters in the movie are pivotal as well. Ian McDiarmid (the aforementioned Chancellor Palpatine) delivers a wonderful, Oscar-worthy performace as Skywalker's "friend" who twists Anakin's mind and heart leading him to his eventual destruction. Ewan McGregor also does an incredible job as Obi-Wan Kenobi, as he did in Episodes I and II, who plays a pivotal role in the movie as a protector of the galaxy and as Anakin's mentor, friend, and conscience. The scenes between Anakin and his wife, Padme (played by Natalie Portman), are very good, heartbreaking, and touching. Anakin discovers Padme is pregnant (with twins, unbeknownst to them - eventual Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia) which makes it all the more difficult for them to continue this marriage in secrecy. Portman delivers a wonderful performance, although her screen time is limited compared to the previous two prequels. Both of the droids, C3PO and R2-D2, are back as well, as well they should be. They are as essential a part of the saga as anyone is and any scene that they are in is definitely enjoyable. The supporting cast of Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Christopher Lee as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus, and the voice acting of Frank Oz as Yoda are wonderful as well.

Being the last of the Star Wars films and the movie that connects the prequel trilogy to the original one, anyone familiar with Star Wars can see the end in sight when watching Episode III. As George Lucas has said, this movie has most of the plot that he had envisioned when he decided to go back and do a prequel trilogy - and the plot does shine. This movie totally pulls you in from start to finish. From the awe-striking space battle, through the multiple incredible lightsaber and ground battles, through Anakin's heart-wrenching struggle to choose what is most important to him and all of the confusion that these choices cause, and to the heartwarming, yet tear-jerking end - this movie is absolutely incredible and one for the ages.

If you are a Star Wars fan, or even if you have never really checked it out before - this is an incredible movie for all audiences. It may be a little scary and violent for younger viewers (hence the series' first PG-13 rating), but all of these movies are incredibly clean with no objectional content whatsoever (other than what I would call "mild" violence with no blood or gore). I would recommend seeing the others before seeing this one, but this movie can definitely stand alone as a truly great movie. This is definitely a MUST SEE, in my opinion, and is a MUST BUY for anyone who has been on the incredible ride that Lucas started in 1977 with a little movie that no one thought would succeed called "Star Wars".

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Hayden Christensen




DVD title: The Goonies
Productgroup: DVD
The Goonies - movie DVD cover picture
5 Gazillion Stars - the classic that defines classic


Who doesn't love this movie?! It begs the question - why aren't more movies like this made? My sister and I will always remember that euphoric feeling we'd get when watching this flic. It made us want to run off and find an adventure - to be brave, and bold, and stick by your best friends through the thickest and the thinnest.
It's a familiar formula: a group of underdog kids (Chunk, Mikey, Data, Mouth) battle out thieves and dark forces. Ah - but the Goonies do it with the gadgets, attitude, bravado, and quirky flare that only Harry Potter (well, possibly) could compete with on the big screen.
Dead pirates, treasures, underground caves, boody (I mean booby) traps, bats, murder, great music, phenom cast, and a very lovable monster are only lightening-speed highlights of this comedic-adventure extravaganza. Play. Rewind. Play again. Rewind. You get the picture.... Maybe when they put this on DVD we'll get the deleted Octopus scene.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Richard Donner
Actors:
Sean Astin
Josh Brolin




DVD title: Scream
Productgroup: DVD
Scream - movie DVD cover picture
"WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SCARY MOVIE! "


This movie revived the teen horror genre. You have to give Williams credit. He was working with gold here,sheer gold! When I first went to see this film,I really didn't know what it was about. But I found that I actually enjoyed it! It has everything you could want from a movie:Horror(of course!),suspense,comedy,what more could you want! There were scenes I actually found myself laughing out loud! As we all know this was followed by a sequel(which lacked originality) and now a thrid film(I just saw it yesterday! Trust me you want be disappointed! You'll never guess who the killer is!)I don't think I really have to explain the story,I'm almost sure just about everyone has seen this movie. But anyway,it's a bout a girl played by Neve Campbell. Who is being stalked by a serial killer. Some time before Campbell's mother was brutally killed! So this brought out the question,why would someone be doing this to her! A reason that was purposed was that Cambell accused the WRONG man of killing her mother,and NOW maybe the ACTUALLY killer was still at lose! I don't want to give it all away to someone if there is someone who hasn't seen this. Soon Campbell finds her life in serious danger! What will she do? WATCH THE MOVIE AND FIND OUT! TRUST ME YOU'LL SCREAM!

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Wes Craven
Actors:
David Arquette
Neve Campbell
Courteney Cox
Skeet Ulrich




DVD title: Heavyweights
Productgroup: DVD
Heavyweights - movie DVD cover picture
you better believe it!


"just father sky, mother earth, and your dear old uncle tony"..."looks like my man's packin"..."fall back son"..."kids, at age 12 I weighed 319 lbs. I had bad skin, low self-esteem, and no self-respect. Now I eat success for breakfast - with skim milk"..."oops, butterfingers"..."you'll all be doing this by labor day"..."this pleases me"..."i'm doggin it Pat!"..."and I am Lars!"..."sorry to hear about your little friend Josh. well, he's dead"..."Garner, Gerald. age 11, 141 pounds"...

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Steven Brill
Actors:
Tom McGowan (II)
Aaron Schwartz (II)




DVD title: The Goodbye Girl
Productgroup: DVD
The Goodbye Girl - movie DVD cover picture
one of Richard Dreyfuss funniest movies.


Dreyfuss was incredible in this movie .
A movie that will always stay in my heart. There definetly should be more of these romantic comedies in the mellenium. One of Richard Dreyfuss funniest movies.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Herbert Ross
Actors:
Richard Dreyfuss
Marsha Mason




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