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DVD title: The X-Files - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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X marks the spot!


Now THIS is truly the way to watch the X-Files, on DVD with the clearest of picture quality and all of the first season episodes present. You'll get no commercial interruptions, no staticy pictures and no on screen distractions, just the best quality episodes you can get.Okay, so some of the stories are a bit campy, and certain elements that were found in later seasons aren't present in the first season, but don't forget they were still setting up the groundwork.For those who may have missed a few episodes that weren't coveredin the video tape run, this is an excellent way to get all of those missing first season episodes. For those who were in a cave, or were avoiding the series early on, again this is a good way to get these into your collection.The price makes it easy to get them too WOW!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Actors:
X-Files
David Duchovny




DVD title: The Score
Productgroup: DVD
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Hi my Name is Willy


THE SCORE delivers. All the ingredients of a fine escape story are here - an impossible technical theft, an exploraton of the minds of heisters, visual tension that is matched by a fine musically scored atmosphere. Add to this mix the bravado acting talents of Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Angela Bassett, and the amazing Edward Norton and you have a terrific little diversion of a film that is reminiscent of that fine film standard TOPKAPI.The twists and turns of these very real characters keep you on the edge of your seat, and what more can be asked of films of this genre?

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Robert De Niro
Edward Norton




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I Can't Believe it!


After wating years for the first in the series to be released i must say it does not dissapoint in the least. Being a fan of detail i did notice a few discrepencies between the book and movie but over all, this is worth the wait and the watch.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Ian McKellen



DVD title: Requiem for a Dream - Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
Requiem for a Dream - Director's Cut - movie DVD cover picture
One everyone needs to see.


This is a great movie and is not just a movie with great performances even though it has that too. This movie shows addiction through 4 different people all with dreams and hopes of accomplishing something, but all of that is washed away because of their addictions. A good movie to see, I would recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a thought-provoking and haunting movie........A

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Actors:
Ellen Burstyn
Jared Leto




DVD title: The Marx Brothers Collection (A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store)
Productgroup: DVD
The Marx Brothers Collection (A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store) - movie DVD cover picture
"There ain't no Sanity Clause!"


Well, my sanity for one, is finally back to normal (if such a thing is possible with the Marx Brothers) with the release of this Warner Bros. set. I was knocked out at how great the transfers looked on DVD. I thought the audio was GREATLY improved as well, (Harpo's playing is even MORE beautiful-didn't think that could be possible) but yet the original charm of the movies is there as well, not an easy task to achieve. I didn't mind the extras. It made me feel like I was back in the 30's and 40's, in a movie theater seeing it all for the first time. My faves in this collection: "Opera","Races","Casablanca", and "Circus". But, one of my favorite scenes is when Chico and Harpo have a piano duet in "The Big Store". Take a close look at those two. If you can't see how much those two brothers loved each other, then you need spectacles! Of course, then they try to outdo each other, as all siblings do.......... that scene is so funny, never fails to get a laugh out of me. There are so many moments, such as "Tootsie Frootsie Ice Cream" in "Races". Can't even begin to discuss them all. Out of this set, if you are new to the Marxes, start with "A Night at the Opera", to get a feel for them. And yes, I also wish the first 5 Paramount films would be re-released on DVD PROPERLY this time around, but of course, we're talking about two totally different film companies. But as a purist, I think it's about time to see those films done properly. Universal should take a LONG look at how Warners' did this set. We Marxists deserve better (are you listening Universal?) OK. Rant over. Buy this set. You won't be disappointed. These are truly comic gems from an era when movie makers didn't think that you needed to use a string of four-letter words and bathroom humor, to be hilarious. I'd take ONE of Groucho's stinging one-liners ANYDAY over the garbage that people try to pass off as humor nowadays. These movies hold their own after 70 years. There's a reason for that.....it's because the Marxes were truly comic geniuses, ahead (way ahead) of their time, and that NEVER goes out of style. "And make that three hard-boiled eggs!"

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: Tuck Everlasting
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the greatest movies of all time!


Eternal forces that seduce with life and death rewards have always been a staple of film stories.
TUCK EVERLASTING is beautiful to look at and has already been hailed as a classic, although not a box office success.
Loosely adapted from Natalie Babbitt's book, this fable about the Tuck family who have been blessed -- and cursed -- with everlasting life after drinking from a fountain of youth. The fine cast includes Sissy Spacek, William Hurt and Ben Kingsley. A teen romance plot, not in the book, finesses the idea that life is a magical gift and every moment counts. Amen.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Jay Russell
Actors:
Alexis Bledel
William Hurt
Sissy Spacek
Jonathan Jackson




DVD title: Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
Productgroup: DVD
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EXCELLENT


This movie captures the simplistic complexity of the west Texas culture. It appeals to every restless heart of a small town inhabitant. It is funny, touching, and embodies the spirit of adventure! I loved it!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Tim McCanlies
Actors:
Breckin Meyer
Peter Facinelli
Eddie Mills (II)
Ethan Embry




DVD title: Stand by Me
Productgroup: DVD
Stand by Me - movie DVD cover picture
Some perks about this edition!


I have always been fascinated by this film. I saw it as a first-run theater surprise, I bought the VCR edition later, and today I bought the Deluxe Edition because it seemed to offer some more stuff because it had a 2nd disk.

As a writer in this thread observed, the second disk is just the soundtrack, but there are two spectacular specials on disk ONE where Rob Reiner is the MC, so-to-say. Rob goes into hilarious detail about the train-on-thebridge scene and Rob's remarks are spliced with Stephen King, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Dreyfuss, and that sweet boy, Will Weaton (now grown to manhood). The editing on these interviews is superb and a Corey Feldman remark, for instance, segues perfectly with a remark from Jerry O'Connell now grownup, too; the editing gives the viewer the impression that these folks are in the same studio at the same time. There's a sad moment when the cast alludes to the death of River Phoenix who died from a drug overdose several years after the filming of Stand By Me.

I have always felt that Stand By Me had a homoerotic subtext, but there wasn't a nod from any of the participants about this issue, so I'll just pass.

I might add the subtitles are in 7 languages--- an almost unheard of event these days.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Rob Reiner
Actors:
Wil Wheaton
River Phoenix
Corey Feldman
Jerry O'Connell




DVD title: 1941 (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Get A Life and Laugh, People!!!


Steven Spielberg's 1941 had a lot of potential, before it hit theaters, in 1979. It was excutive produced by John Milius, who wrote the screenplay for Apocalypse Now, its own script came from the team of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, who would go on to greater success with Back To The Future and its sequels. The film also had a large all star cast, with both "old time" and so called "new Hollywood" represented. Unfortunately, the film didn't win very many viewers over. I was interested whether or not I would still feel lukewarm about it myself, after all these years, in between viewings.
Set in Los Angeles, just days after Japan launched the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and plunged the U.S. into World War II. It is a time of fear, panic, and uncertainity. Folks are convinced that Japan is planning a full scale invasion. General Stillwell (Robert Stack) is ready for anything as the citizens let loose to defend a nation.
Based on many different stories documented later, the film is a hodgepodge of those events. Fashioned after the comedy epics of the 50's and 60's, like It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, that's what 1941 tried to be. After all these years some of the more confusing stuff now makes better sense. Thanks to some restored footage not seen in the theatrical version. Some of it still falls flat but it's not as bad. Part of the problem is that they tried to throw "everything up in the air" to see what worked. As I said, it's not all that bad if you take it as is.
The Collector's Edition DVD lifts its best bonus material from the laserdisc release. The 103 minute documentary, produced by Spielberg documentarian Laurent Bouzereau includes most of the primary crew but none of the surviving cast. Hmmm...It's still a fine retrospective though. You'll also see home movies and on set footage shot by Spielberg, outtakes, deleted scenes, storyboards, photos, theatrical trailers and other marketing materials. The most interesting extra though, was reading the often scathing reviews offered by some of the critcs back then.
Spielberg and company acknowledge 1941 may not be their finest hour--and while I agree--I also think this restored version is still worth a look with a *** and a half star rating.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Tim Matheson
Treat Williams
Nancy Allen




DVD title: Jackass - The Movie (Widescreen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Jackass - The Movie (Widescreen Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
its like the jackass show except its uncensored.....


If you like jackass the show then you will definitely like the movie. i was not disappointed at all. it has tons of extra footage after the movie and even outtakes. it also has the "We want fun" video by andrew w.k..

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Actors:
Johnny Knoxville
Bam Margera
Chris Pontius




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