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DVD title: X-Men
Productgroup: DVD
X-Men - movie DVD cover picture
X-tremely well done

Being an X-Men fan from way back, I've always been leary of movie adaptations, which tend to re-package comics in a more simplified, special effects / powers emphasized over characterization, "public-friendly" form. The X-Men movie, however, managed to hang on to the decades old complex characterizations of its main characters, and show some of the depth that made the X-Men series such a good read all these years. Casting of Prof. X, Wolverine, Magneto, Toad, Jean Grey, and the young Rogue was superb. Toad actually surpassed his comic book version. The previous relationship between Rogue and Mystique was ignored in favor of a new plotline, and Scott/Cyclops seemed a tad young for Jean, but I can live with that considering how well it all turned out as a package. The Storm character was nowhere near as strong, compassionate and imposing a character as she is in the book (group leader material once Scott gets out of the way), but since she was considered a secondary character in the movie, it was probably wise not to flesh out her personality as fully as it is in the books. We would have wound up with just one too many subplots happening. Hopefully in a sequel she'll really get a chance to shine. Looking forward to the next go round.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bryan Singer
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Foxfire
Productgroup: DVD
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A beautiful, fun flick

Foxfire is a film about the intense nature of friendship forged in unusual events, and about what friendship really is and isn't. Five girls come together who weren't previously friends when one confesses that a teacher sexually abuses her. Another of the five confirms her story and they decide to make it stop. What happens next is that they all risk a great deal to be there for the abused girls, and the friendship that comes out of the experience is unbreakable. Throughout the film they take care of each other in a way that you'd expect from family, which is telling of the fact that by taking risks for each other and being true friends they have formed bonds of real sisterhood. This is a movie that adolescent girls will appreciate especially, but all people will enjoy. The chord it strikes in people who seek true friends is something not easily forgotten. This movie is more than a chick flick, and it's more than a story about female rebellion, it's a celebration of the nature of real friendship.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Annette Haywood-Carter
Hedy Burress
Angelina Jolie

DVD title: Ashtanga Yoga First Series The Practice
Productgroup: DVD
Ashtanga Yoga First Series The Practice - movie DVD cover picture
Great DVD, good instruction!

If you want to learn the primary series or be able to practice it at home with a DVD get this. His book and Short Forms DVD are also great!

Studio: Ashtanga Yoga Productions
David Swenson

DVD title: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Productgroup: DVD
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - movie DVD cover picture
I own it and the offbeat humor will have you rolling

I must say this is a wonderful film. I own it on VHS and Guy Ritchie has received much acclaim for the film. (almost as much as he did when he married Madonna) Anyway it is definitely worth your time to get and watch this movie several times. I guarantee you, if you like offbeat humor with a little shot of a British flavor,...this is all for you

Studio: Usa Films
Director: Guy Ritchie
Jason Flemyng
Dexter Fletcher

DVD title: 50 First Dates (Full Screen Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
50 First Dates (Full Screen Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture


Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Peter Segal
Adam Sandler
Drew Barrymore
Rob Schneider
Sean Astin

DVD title: Rush Hour 2 (Infinifilm Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Rush Hour 2 (Infinifilm Edition) - movie DVD cover picture

I love it when the sequel outdoes the original, and this sequel definitely does. Like most people, I walked out of the cinema with an aching mouth from all the laughter. Of course the plot is flimsy, what else could it be? But who cares, you laugh the whole way thru it. Great movie! The story is basically along the lines of the original, with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as an "Odd Couple" cops chasing the bad guys , only this time, it is Chris who is the fish out of water as the pair are in Hong Kong(great city, I grew up there) and from there the action moves breifly to LA, and then to Las Vegas, with no breaks in laughter. This one is a must-see!!!

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Brett Ratner
Jackie Chan
Chris Tucker

DVD title: Mulan (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
Mulan (Disney Gold Classic Collection) - movie DVD cover picture
Great job

I did not think I would like this film. It turned out great. Not the best, but well done. Excellant music & I loved Eddie Murphy's character. Disney did do a good job on this DVD, some extras & great picture quality.

Studio: Disney Studios
Eddie Murphy

DVD title: Dr. No (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Agent 007's spectacular debut!

I am a major fan of the James Bond movie series! I know just about everything about the world's coolest secret agent! Fans like me are synonymous with the Bond name. Clever gadgets, gorgeous women, exciting adventure, colorful villians, and cool cars are just some of the things represented of Bond. But surprisingly, the first James Bond movie, DR. NO, doesn't start out with those things we all know of the Bond movies. But DR. NO has amazing sets, creative title sequences, the astounding Bond music, bad guys, beautiful women, and the best Bond of them of all: Sean Connery.
DR. NO was the first film adapted from the books, created by the amazing Ian Fleming. Producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman bought the books from Fleming, and tried to convince studios to finance them. They had trouble there, which they called the 'Bond thing' too British, and sexual. Luckily, United Artists took a chance on DR. NO, and allocated a meager budget of $1 million.
Next, they cast a virtually unknown Scottish actor named Sean Connery. The studio wasn't too keen on Connery, who beat out actors Roger Moore and Rex Harrison. They also hand-picked the alluring Ursula Andress as the Bond girl, Honey Ryder and cast Joseph Wiseman as the title character, and the first Bond villian. With these perfect cast choices, the film would go on to be a huge hit and launched the career of Connery.
DR. NO was the one of the few films most faithful to the original story, with James Bond sent by M of MI6 to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow agent named Strangways. Bond's trail leads him to the isolated island of Crab Key, where he meets the sexy Honey Ryder. Bond is then confronted with the corrupt scientist Dr. No, from the evil SPECTRE organization who is planning to use Crab Key as a launch pad to destroy the U.S space programme and plan world domination, but of course Bond succeeds by foiling the villian's plan and saving the world... for the first time.
Sean Connery personifies James Bond with such perfection that it was hard to imagine anyone else in the role. He's tall, charismatic, demeaning, and perfectly tailored for the role of Bond, who is the connoisseur of fine food and drink, who kills in cold blood and yet is able bed and charm alluring ladies and save the day from vicious villians; it's all in a day's work for the charming British spy, James Bond, who's the perfect anti-hero.
Nobody in the world would have forseen the phenomenon that the James Bond films would become. DR. NO, the very first film, lauched the breathtaking world of James Bond to audiences in 1962, and it still stands even in 2004, where it is a part of existence among people's minds. This will be my first review of the 007 films, as I'm planning to review all of them in order.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Terence Young
Sean Connery
Ursula Andress
Bernard Lee

DVD title: Galaxy Quest - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
Galaxy Quest - DTS - movie DVD cover picture
They've got us here!

I didn't really want to see this movie, but ended up going on New Year's Eve 1999 with my family. To my surprise, this is a very funny and sweet adventure. I highly recommend it!

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Dean Parisot
Tim Allen
Sigourney Weaver

DVD title: Ali MacGraw - Yoga Mind & Body
Productgroup: DVD
Ali MacGraw - Yoga Mind & Body - movie DVD cover picture
I loved it!

This is the first yoga video I've ever tired- and I'm hooked! At first the video was difficult for me, but with time I began to master the poses. Not only did this give me a great sense of accomplishment, but I felt more flexible and relaxed as well! I recommend this video to everyone! After completeing the video your body feels so great. I can't even express the way you will feel. I've even decided to take a yoga class after trying this video!

Studio: Warner Home Video

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