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DVD title: The X-Files (aka Fight the Future)
Productgroup: DVD
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X-treamly great for fans as well as first-time watchers


I absolutely loved this movie! I am a die-hard fan and i think they did a beautiful job on this film. It answered questions, while posing more; it brought first-time viewers up to date without boring the people who have seen every episode. I've heard people say that it was like a 2 hour episode, but i hardily disagree. The X-files movie brought out details of the relationship between Mulder and Skully as well as the deeper conspiracies in the government. This is a must have movie and i could watch it a thousand times without getting bored. Rent the movie or buy the tape, because there are new scenes added that clear up some questions that have been plegueing viewers for years and it also adds to the plot for people who don't watch the show.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Rob Bowman
Actors:
David Duchovny
Gillian Anderson




DVD title: Spider-Man (Full Screen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Yes. An action movie for the family


So many movies have to be skipped when deciding what i can buy for my family, given that I have 3 sons and 2 daughters. Ol spidey had action for the boys, and a love interest for the girls, without over doing either.
Given that My review is the 882nd review for this movie, and no one win read this, I guess my 5 star vote is the most important contribution of this review. The movie contributed for to out family, than I can contribute to it.
Please do a good job on the sequel!!

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Sam Raimi
Actors:
Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst




DVD title: The Boondock Saints [IMPORT]
Productgroup: DVD
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WORTH EVERY PENNY AND MORE!!!!


This is a must buy for anyone. I recommend this to everyone I meet. the film style is unique and well worth it based on that alone. I have had 5 copies go out to friends and I never see it again! Thats right, friends break friendships over this movie. I will be buying two copies of the DVD. I was sad to hear most stores in States stopped selling it because it isn't popular.
"And Shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. We shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be. In nomine patrie, et fili, et spiritu sancti."

Studio: Pid
Director: Troy Duffy
Actors:
Willem Dafoe
Sean Patrick Flanery
Norman Reedus




DVD title: American History X
Productgroup: DVD
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American History X


Tony Kaye disowns this masterpiece, he should never be allowed to direct again. Okay this is well documented about the director's unorthodox antics, with the studio.In my opinion he walked away from a daring film, not seen since the likes of 'A Clockwork Orange'. He is not Stanley Kubrick or Terrance Malik on the perfection stakes. He just has a major ego and is a pretenious exhibitionist.Aside all of this and Edward Norton's alleged post production tinkering. This is one of those rare films shock and compell youat the same time.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Tony Kaye
Actors:
Edward Norton
Edward Furlong




DVD title: Map of the Human Heart
Productgroup: DVD
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My favorite movie ever!


I love this movie! It's heady sequencing and memory-intensive subtleties make it the most intoxicating film that I have ever seen! It's drama and intertwined themes of love and loss grab the heart (endearing it with qualities usually reserved for "chick flick") while its historic war sequences and swift changes make it as exciting as many action movies. While Amazon.com's reviewer speaks of its, "clunky transitions and the melodramatic excesses of the storytelling," I contend that those with an open mind will find this movie absolutely mesmerizing.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Vincent Ward
Actors:
Jason Scott Lee
Anne Parillaud
Patrick Bergin




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Better Than The Books


Personally I think the movies are way better than the books. To be honest, the way Tolkien wrote the books I felt like I was at the dentist having all my teeth pulled. His way of writing reminded me of the only teacher I have ever had who put me to sleep in class. Therefore, I think any departure from the way the books were orginally written is not a bad thing. After all, the first movie had things that were not true to the story as well and yet it was hailed by even the "purists" as a wonderful movie. If any of you remember the actual story for the first movie, Arwen actually had a very very small role in the book. Yet in the movie her role is greatly expanded. The council of Elrond was much much longer in the book than in the movies and the part with the Watcher was a much smaller threat in the book than in the movie. So I really think that the deviation from the book in the second movie really benefits the story just as the deviations in the first movie benefitted it.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen




DVD title: Soylent Green
Productgroup: DVD
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A great film beautifully restored


The DVD release of this great Charlton Heston classic is a marvel to behold. It's in widescreen format and all the TV/VHS fog is gone, gone, gone; the images and sounds are as clear and crisp as the dawning day.
This film deserves such treatment. Along with _Planet of the Apes_ and _The Omega Man_, it's part of Heston's series of three 'last man' films, and it's much better than _The Omega Man_. (As movie buffs know, it's also the touching final film appearance of the late Edward G. Robinson.)
A classic in its genre, this film is based on Harry Harrison's 'Make Room! Make Room!' and is a somewhat heavy-handed morality play on the subject of Malthusian population dynamics. It's amazing that it works as well as it does. But it really does work; this is one of the all-time greats of SF filmdom, right up to and including its famous closing moments.
Put this on your shelf next to Heston's _Planet of the Apes_.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Richard Fleischer
Actors:
Charlton Heston
Edward G. Robinson




DVD title: Scream
Productgroup: DVD
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scream is a classic horror movie


I admit that I didn't see this movie when it first came out, as I wasn't interested in it. But then I began to hear how popular it was--not to mention how cute all the actresses were--so I decided to give it a try. Reluctantly, at first. But I was hooked at the opening moment. We're talking a thriller filled with horror, suspense, action, and humor, combining it all into a great movie. Neve Cambell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox are a great team, and make the sequels excellent, as well. Sydney Prescott (Cambell) is at the center of a series of gruesome murders. She is a young woman with several skeletons in her closet, the doors ready to be opened by reporter Gale Weathers (Cox) who is in town to cover the murders. Sydney's past and present collide when her boyfriend is the suspected killer, and yet the murders continue. Officer Dewey (Arquette), a not-so-hip cop who has a crush on Sydney, begins to fall in love with Weathers, and still the bodies pile up. Try to guess who dunnit, and then try to stay in your seat as the climax approaches. An engrossing thriller from the master of the genre, featuring a talented cast and an intriguing plot. Don't miss it!

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




DVD title: Nosferatu, The Vampire
Productgroup: DVD
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Mesmerising cinema


By not having any, FW Murnau's visionary film Nosferatu succinctly demonstrates how severely dialogue can dilute and trivialise a piece of cinema. Even disregarding the technical and artistic limitations prevailing at the time this film was made (if by 1929 cinema was no longer in its infancy, it was certainly still pre-adolescent), this film is one of the most astonishing pieces of cinema I have ever seen.
What is greatest about it - and pretty much everything about it is truly great - is the visual imagery and the beautiful way in which every scene is framed. I think I'd have missed a lot of this if I'd been focusing on a linear narrative, which is what an audio dialogue would have obliged me to do. At first the absence of dialogue seems an imposition on the modern viewer (it wasn't one on the director, for I am certain he felt no need for it) for it forces one to concentrate on looking. It seems an odd thing to say, but in these enlightened cinematic times, I really don't think we look properly any more. And what a treat it is when you do.
Not a frame is wasted. Each shot - even such innocuous scene-setters as morning light falling across Hutter's face and Ellen relaxing with a kitten by a window - anticipates another, and creates or reinforces motifs as the film carries on. Murnau subtitled Nosferatu "a symphony of horror", and (though it must sound frightfully pretentious to say so) the construction of this film really is symphonic.
While it forged countless cinematic devices which have since become cliches of the horror genre, when you view it as a symphony, it really isn't a horror at all. In this day and age it isn't frightening, but it certainly is haunting, and beautiful, but more than anything else, it's sexual. Despite having seen many different versions of the Dracula story (including Coppola's overtly sexual reading), I had never appreciated how deeply this story is an essay on sexual repression and potency. When you look at it this way - Nosferatu is really just a personification of Hutter's absent sexuality - the horror falls away. And this is unquestionably how it was intended: Watch Ellen's first approach to Hutter at the commencement of the film. We see the closed door, resembling a coffin lid. She opens it and creeps around the door, and approaches Hutter - from stage right - with her talons outstretched. When he accepts her embrace she nuzzles into his neck ... action for action, it is exactly how Orlock first approaches Hutter in his castle. Given how carefully every scene was framed (from time to time they resemble paintings, they're so well constructed), this could not possibly be a coincidence.
Aside from the bloodsucking (which apart from the final scene, is all implied), there are many truly haunting images: darkness seeping like blood across the Carpathian valley; darkening skies behind the rugged mountains; the black ship of death silhouetted against the sun; a procession of funerals down an otherwise abandoned Wisborg street; Ellen waiting amongst partially submerged crucifixes on a desolate ocean beach for her loved one to return (note to file: it is Orlock who is coming by sea; Hutter, by contrast, is coming round the mountains); and one quite extraordinary shot in which, as the black horse-drawn coach carries Hutter to Orlock, the frame is suddenly plunged into the negative - but eerily, the Coach and Horseman remain black...
The version I viewed had an extremely enlightening narrative from a satin-voiced Australian film critic, and some interesting featurettes about the history of the locations in which Nosferatu was filmed.
the only point on which I'd mark the film down - and then only really on "authenticity" grounds - is for its curiously (and ironically) dated sounding electronic soundtrack, which sounded like it was generated some time in the eighties. While it is a moody, discordant piece which fits the film well, the obvious anachronism does jar a little at first.
Werner Herzog made a fairly faithful "talkie" remake of Nosferatu in the late 1970s with the great Klaus Kinski as the count and Wagner's Gotterdamerung providing the soundtrack. This is well worth checking out, but in terms of building your film library, Murnau's original is a keeper.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: F.W. Murnau
Actors:
Max Schreck
Greta Schröder
Ruth Landshoff




DVD title: I Remember Me
Productgroup: DVD
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A COMFORT TO THOSE WHO SUFFER


Those of us who suffer from this disease can attest to the fact that part of the tragedy and suffering is caused by the lack of understanding which we face from those close to us and the medical community. Make everyone important in your life watch this great movie. If you are a victim of the disease, you will find comfort in knowing that you are not alone and you are not crazy. We need more movies like this to bring awareness of the severity of CFS to the general public. Then, possibly, more funding would be available for research. Personally, I believe that CFS, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, IBS, MVP and a host of other "vague syndromes" are all just symptoms of one base disease. I like to call it "Devastation Disease".

Studio: Zeitgeist Video
Director: Kim A. Snyder



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