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DVD title: Space Amoeba: Gezora Ganime Kameba (Dub Sub)
Productgroup: DVD
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YOG- MONSTER FROM SPACE, RETURNS !!!!!!!!


Space Amoeba is an excelent giant monster movie from the creators of the original Godzilla. It was originally released in America in 1970 by American International as YOG- MONSTER FROM SPACE. It features four creatures, Yog, a formless intelligence from space, Gezora, a giant land walking cuttlefish, Ganime, two giant sand crabs and Kameba, a gigantic jungle snapping turtle. There is a huge three way battle of course. The DVD will most likely be the internatinal version and will feature a different, and most likely inferior, dubbing track than the American Internatinal version. At least its great to see it available on DVD and in widescreen.

Studio: Tokyo Shock
Actors:
Space Amoeba: Gezora Ganime Kameba



DVD title: Led Zeppelin
Productgroup: DVD
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Whole Lotta Zeppelin


If you are a true Led Zeppelin fan you will love the Led Zeppelin two DVD set. It has all the favorites on it that a Led Zeppelin enthusiast would love. It's chocked full of live performances from early in the band's career to late in their career, featuring live performances from Royal Albert Hall, Madison Square Gardens, Earl's Court, and Knebworth. There are also some great extras in this set.

The 1970 performance at the Royal Albert Hall features some spectacular live versions of Whole Lotta Love and Moby Dick. Moby Dick features a quiet long drum solo by the band's drummer John Bonham. There is some great footage of this solo; especially when he plays part of the solo with his bare hands. These DVD's sound great; they don't sound like they were produced in 1970. They have both been digitally re-mastered.

The 1973 Madison Square Garden performance is my all time favorite. It starts out with a rocking version of Black Dog, and then goes into the rhythm filled Misty Mountain Hop. The DVD ends the performance with The Ocean, which is a timing masterpiece. The song bounces back and forth between 4/4 time and ? time. Led Zeppelin was way ahead of their time for doing this. They were probably the first rock `n roll band to do that.

The sound quality of the Earl's Court performance is impeccable. It starts out with a magical sounding version of Going to California. I like to put the DVD player on the five-channel audio setting that is an extra on the DVD, and let it play through my surround sound. It takes you back to 1973 and you feel like you're sitting on stage between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. This performance also features the classic, Stairway to Heaven.

The Knebworth 1979 performances were awesome. You can truly see the progression of the band and their maturation process, both musically and physically. This performance was the most recent of the performances. It starts out with the rocking song Rock `n Roll and closes out with the great performances of Kashmir and Whole Lotta Love.

This is my most favorite concert DVD in my collection. Even if you aren't a committed Led Zeppelin fan you will still appreciate this collection of nostalgic hits. They were one of the most influential bands of their time and for several future generations. These concert DVD's are not filled with some of the insipid sounds of some of the more recent pseudo music that most create these days.
You should really tune into this historical masterpiece.


Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Jimmy Page
Actors:
Dick Carruthers



DVD title: Beautiful
Productgroup: DVD
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will you still love me tomorrow sung by minnie driver


watch for the scene where minnie driver sings will you still love me tomorrow. she needs to become a singer. she has a beautiful voice.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Sally Field
Actors:
Minnie Driver
Hallie Kate Eisenberg




DVD title: The Breakfast Club (High School Reunion Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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One Of The Greatest Teen Movies Of All Time.


What do a jock, a princess,a basketcase,a nerd,and a criminal have in common?Why absolutely nothing,of course,but they can still have a life experience when they meet each other,right?Sure,it sounds stupid,but John Hughes can change your mind with this '80's classic.All things aside,all the actors give their best performances since...well,since ever!Molly Ringwald gives a great performance as a bittersweet daddy's girl(the princess),Emilio Estevez is phenomenal as the football player who is overpushed by his dad(the jock),Anthony Michael Hall is hilarious,as usual(the nerd),Judd Nelson probably does the best acting out of the bunch(the criminal),and everyone I know loves the basketcase(Alison Sweeney).And,the villain of the movie(the principal),is great as the (...) who's sick of his job.The greatness of this movie,though,is the perfect balancing of comedy and drama in here.I mean,all these students come in here,thinking they are never going to survive with these "less important" groups in their way,but come out being best friends after hours of crying and letting out stuff they needed to let out a long time ago;it's amazing how much the jock,the princess,the basketcase(who later changes into a pretty girl),the nerd,and the criminal change throughout the whole movie.And the criminal is maybe the best one in the whole movie,showing that "hoodlums"(as people call them)hurt,too,and are not just doing bad things for a good time,which really needed to be showcased at that time period.
Flaws:One of the outcomes are really shallow(Emilio Estevez's character all of a sudden falling in love with Alison Sweeney's characters after she pretties herself up),and this is really only intended for people who were teens in the '80's and later.Oh,and the film is EXTREMELY easy to make fun of,which may not really be a flaw after all.
The Verdict:A teen classic that is in most young people's "Top Ten Favorite Films" lists.
Recommended:Yes

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Hughes
Actors:
Emilio Estevez
Judd Nelson
Molly Ringwald
Ally Sheedy




DVD title: Signs (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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Classic! The very best of the best of M. Night


I think this is my all-time favorite movie. I honestly don't know what everyone is complaining about. This movie is suspenseful, perfectly executed, and its' simple theme of faith and hope and the importance of family and forgiveness is beautiful. Forget the stupid aliens who reacted so badly to water and yet decided to invade a planet made up of 3/4 water; the aliens are a mere afterthought to what the film is really about.

The real twist at the end of the film is that there isn't one! I know I was fooled, thinking all along that it all just HAD to be a hoax, somehow, until the family left the basement. And there were plenty of times I jumped in my seat in startelment. We see only quick glimpses of the antagonists (the aliens) in this, but that's enough; somehow its' even more ominous because the imagination can provide far more scarier images than what can be shown on screen. The music was also very good, the same 3 notes providing a background of tenseness and acute hyper awareness and expectation.

Most of all, though, the circle of people that was the Hess family, Graham (Mel Gibson, my favorite actor), a recently widowed Episcopalian priest who recently left his church due to a crisis of faith; Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix, my second favorite actor), a washed-up minor league baseball player in his early twenties, the younger brother of Graham (by about 18 years) who moved in with the family after the death of Graham's wife Colleen; and the two children, asthmatic Morgan and water-idiocyncratic Bo. The level of devotion, protectiveness and caring for each family member was palpable; I could truly believe this was a real family. And each of these people's distinctive traits wound up to all be for a reason. The entire theme of the movie was like a sack with a drawstring tie that slowly pulled closed and tightened together until it was closed by the end of the movie, in a very satisfying, comforting manner.

The performances of each cast member was flawless, and there were some wonderful moments of humor and silliness to offset the intensity. (Both Gibson and Phoenix have demonstrated their talents for dry wit and comedy before and used it in sparing doses in this.) I think my favorite scene was the "Last Supper", where they all went from tears and anger and impending doom and dread to simple re-affirmation of each one's love for each other.(And they all managed to do it without getting too sappy about it.) The moment when a sobbing Graham, surrounded by his two distraught children, pulls his weeping brother Merrill into their hug was both funny and very touching and poignant.

Even the children did very well, bright and precocious without ever slipping into overly cutesy or bratty.

I liked the extra "Making Of" feature and especially the deleted scenes; there was one in particular I really wish that would have been kept, where Merrill tries to block the attic door from the aliens and Graham tells him the story of when he, Graham, accidentally broke Merrill's arm when Merrill was 2 1/2.

This is a movie I am able to watch multiple times without losing interest. It's well done all around with a little something of everything, and highly recommended.

Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Actors:
Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix




DVD title: The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Scariest film since.....


The Ring features a couple of scenes that rank up there with some of the scariest of the decade - particularly the television sequence at the end. Unfortunately, the film neither commits to being a psychological horror vehical nor an Evil Bad Guy genre enrty. Either would have worked, as both the material and the settings were top notch. Acting by the principal stars was quite good. Better than most - and probably worth it for several scenes.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Naomi Watts
Martin Henderson
Brian Cox




DVD title: American History X
Productgroup: DVD
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unexpecting, real-life drama- excellent movie


Norton and Furlong were excellent. I am not racists or anything so when i first started watching it I didn't think i was going to like it. Boy was I wrong! When i saw how real life this movie was, i was hooked. I watched it numerous times and still can't get enough! Both Furlong and Norton deserve an award for portraying such difficult characters!

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




DVD title: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Productgroup: DVD
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I stand corrected...


I have always called HALLOWEEN the scariest film I'd ever seen. I thought nothing else would ever scare me more than that movie. Well, I stand corrected. Here is a movie that makes Carpenter's classic look almost lackluster in comparison (though not quite; I still and always will love HALLOWEEN). John McNaughton, an interesting and affable guy (check out the excellent, lengthy interview segment), directs the film in a sober, naturalistic style that avoids the melodrama of most Hollywood horror films. Michael Rooker plays the title character, a handsome drifter recently paroled from prison, where he did time supposedly for killing his mother. He comes to Chicago to stay with ex-cellmate Otis (Tom Towles), who also has his sister Becky (Tracy Arnold) in from out of town, trying to escape from her abusive husband. Henry is a habitual killer who manages to stay one step of authorities by avoiding any kind of pattern and never staying in one place for too long. Before long, he has seduced Otis into discovering the pleasures of random murder. The two go on a killing spree, victimizing prostitutes, fellow lowlifes, various innocent bystanders, and, in one terrifying instance, an entire family -- yes, children are killed onscreen in this movie. Meanwhile, Becky feels a strong attraction to Henry. Though he seems uncomfortable with her attentions, he probably feels some of the same feelings. Their relationship is one of the most ironic ever committed to film. I won't reveal how things turn out, but I will say that if you are easily frightened (or if you are a young woman who lives alone), I would certainly not recommend watching this film. It is certainly no cure for insomnia. But unlike garbage such as FRIDAY THE 13TH or NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, Henry is frightening because he could really be lurking in the shadows of your own neighborhood... RIGHT NOW! He could be scoping out your wife, your kids, or even you, trying to decide whether to risk killing you. It's such a frightening film because it's filled with the sort of thing you hear about on the news all the time. The opening montage, where we see the mutilated remains of Henry's handiwork, sets the tone of the film immediately: there are no moments of comic relief here, nor are any of the characters appealing or dynamic in any way. Everything is incredibly true to life (aided to no end by excellent location photography, credited on imdb.com to one Charlie Lieberman). No heroes, no melodrama, no cliches: John McNaughton's HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER is a masterpiece of horror cinema, and of cinema in general, an intelligent, objective, responsible, and ultimately moral statement about violence. Like I said, it's very disturbing, so it's not for the timid or for the squeamish, but you'll get more out of it than simple shock value (the gore is pretty strong, but not at all overdone). See this independent film classic sometime if you haven't already; it blows most films on the same subject out of the water.

Studio: Mpi Home Video 2
Director: John McNaughton
Actors:
Michael Rooker
Tracy Arnold
Tom Towles




DVD title: My Mother's Castle
Productgroup: DVD
My Mother's Castle - movie DVD cover picture
A Way to View Life


The French definitely have a way of putting life on film. I am no expert on film or French movies, but the few movies that I have seen that are made in France have a unique quality. I cannot recall seeing any American movie as having that manner of getting the viewer to renew his senses to all that is precious in life the way that the French do in a lot of their films. There is something very valuable that the American movie makers could learn from the French movie makers. "My Mother's Castle" is one movie that they should study and learn from. I highly recommend this movie for those who are tired of the Hollywood factory films.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Yves Robert
Actors:
Philippe Caubère
Nathalie Roussel
Julien Ciamaca




DVD title: Phantasm
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent


I was so glad when they finally released this awesome film on DVD. It's loaded with cool features....always a plus. After all these years it still holds up the test of time. I first watched Phantasm when I was 5 years old.....yep, very open minded parents......no sex or nudity for me (had to turn my head), but violent death was a family outing. I'm looking forward to 2 and 3 being released on DVD....in europe 1,2 & 3 are already in a DVD box set. Allthough I hate Phan 2 I still want it in my collection.....loyalty to a true genius (the production of that film was out of Coscarelli's hands). There is much more to the orginal Phantasm than on this DVD...originally it was a 3 hour movie....alot was cut. There is actually a version that was made for some of the people involved of the making of this film where everything was edited back in.....a very good job at it from what I hear...perhaps someday we'll get a taste of that one. The only thing not edited into that one was the end sequence from Phantasm 4 (Oblivion)....where Mike and Reggie ride away in the ice cream truck....understandable considering the atmosphere it gave the end of that film. (definately a rewinder)

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Don Coscarelli
Actors:
A. Michael Baldwin
Bill Thornbury




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