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DVD title: The Parent Trap (Vault Disney Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
The Parent Trap (Vault Disney Collection) - movie DVD cover picture
Yes - but will modern kids like it?

Will modern children like it? This is a 50 year old Disney movie about
a divorced couple with twins. The twins meet at camp and trade places.
The plot is classic, almost Shakespearean. The actors are all better
than the Disney average. The music, if you call Bobby Darren's work music, is
so dated that it sounds like a parody, but that will not be noticed by
the target audience, which is kids and nostologic oldsters.

The 8 and 10 year old that watched it with me were literally bouncing
around the room since they found the film so funny and exciting that they
could not sit still.

Well, that's the bottom line. They insist it get 5 stars. Anything more to be said?


Those two kids are white, live with both their biological, married parents, and
have been brought up to believe that marriage is good, and divorce is bad. They are
the optimal audience. If that doesn't describe your kids, "The Parent Trap" is probably
not a good idea. Movies like "The Parent Trap", provoked the making of "Mrs. Doubtfire",
which is usually floating around in Kid's Movieland. If your kids have seen that, your
might want to show them "The Parent Trap" so that they can make some sense of the Robin
William's long weepy speeches there.

One other yellow flag. One of the marital problems, which in the end is just ignored, is
that the wife occasionally socks the husband in the eye. This is not treated as a
physical abuse, or even a serious issue, and attributed to the wife's fiery Irish background,
signalled by red hair. If your kids have had to deal seriously with this problem, this movie
might not be for you. Other stereotypes of the era are there as well. Both husband and wife
are fabulously wealthy, dress up for dinner, and don't do any work. There are plenty of loyal
domestic servants, but they are all white so the at least there is no "Mammy" problem with the

This is a popular story and there have been many remakes, but all the ones I have seen
are terrible. I am told that the "pre-remake", a 1950 BW German film, is quite charming,
but unless your kids are bilingual old-movie buffs, that's irrelevant. What makes the remakes
terrible is what saves this work, which is that it is not a message movie, is not at all preachy,
and there are no moral lessons wrapped up in fake dialogue.

This is a old fashioned Disney film, so there is none of the flatulence/groin humor
kids have come to expect from the Disney experience.

The DVD is sharp and nice as far as the movie goes. The controls follow the typical
Disney method: Every time you put the dvd in the machine, they block your controls and
force you to watch a ream of advertisements before you can get to the main menu, where
'play' is down in the corner of the screen and hard to get to, so that if the kids make
a mistake they instead get the features, which are, of course, more advertisements. Of
course, the 'play' key is blocked.
If you stop the film, that counts as if the dvd has been ejected, so when you restart you
have to watch all the advertisements again, as well as the charming FBI warning threatening
you with not only a 250K fine but 3 years in jail. For kids movies this is a especial pity,
since they will typically watch the same movie many times, and so are stuck not only watching
long loud advertisements in a movie they own, but the same ones, over and over and over.
You might want to spare them the pain and make a videotape of just the movie for day to day
watching. (Ask you teenagers how to do that.)
[Of course, the other studios are doing the same things, but Disney's are noticeably worse.]

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: David Swift (II)
Hayley Mills
Maureen O'Hara

DVD title: Melba Moore - A Night in St. Lucia
Productgroup: DVD
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Melba Moore Live

What a great show, Melba Moore fan's and even if your not,pick this up it;s on VHS as well very nice show, cd will be out June 25,2002 pick this DVD up.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Melba Moore

DVD title: Verdi - Requiem / Margaret Price, Jose Carreras, Jessye Norman, Ruggiero Raimondi, Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra
Productgroup: DVD
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Mors Stupebit

An excellent performance and recording taped before an audience at Usher Hall in Edinburgh in 1982. The solists are in top form, and they are properly miked so that they don't sound too distant or too immediate. A choice of six- or two-channel audio tracks is provided. The visuals are solely of the performance, but even they manage not be tedious since the camera focuses mostly on the singers and avoids the deadpan instrumentalists. One flaw of the DVD is in not providing subtitles in Latin or English nor a booklet containing the text. The producers must think everybody who's going to watch this has the Latin mass memorized.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Claudio Abbado
Jose Carreras
Margaret Price

DVD title: UHF
Productgroup: DVD
UHF - movie DVD cover picture
What a hoot

I want to be Stanley Spadowski! An enviable treat for fans of stupid cinema. Don't go in expecting too much and you'll come out rewarded. This is a very funny movie for the 12 year old boy in all of us.
...I'm off for a twinkie-weiner sandwich....

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Jay Levey
Weird Al Yankovic

DVD title: Far and Away
Productgroup: DVD
Far and Away - movie DVD cover picture
Wonderful movie

This is one of greatest epics of the 1990s. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are excellant. I thought their Irish accents were great, plus the cinematography and soundtrack are excellant. It is a classic story of how two different Irish immigrants achieve the American Dream. They make mistakes, overcome adversities, and find each other despite their differences and flaws. Some say this movie perpetuates negative Irish sterotypes, but good grief, they are the hero and heroine of the story. Say what you will about stereotypes, they do usually have SOME truth in them. Finally, the movie has intimate love, not just constant sex. A great movie about that era.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Tom Cruise
Nicole Kidman

DVD title: Bratz - Rock Angelz
Productgroup: DVD
Bratz - Rock Angelz - movie DVD cover picture


Studio: Fox Home Entertainme

DVD title: Best of the Best
Productgroup: DVD
Best of the Best - movie DVD cover picture
My only gripe is that I missed it at the theaters!

Listen up. It was interesting, the characters and plot were believable, the choreography was excellent and the sparring realistic. The end is a surprise, which makes it all the better. And the soundtrack! "Something so strong" is cool and "Best of the Best" (video and song at the end of the movie) ranks as one of the top "training songs" ever made! Don't listen to the hubbub. It isn't about revenge, it isn't a formula film. It can and does stand alone.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Robert Radler
Eric Roberts
Phillip Rhee
James Earl Jones
Sally Kirkland

DVD title: Strollertime: A Complete Workout With Baby in Tow
Productgroup: DVD
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Wow....great workout!

I am really surprised by how much I love this workout! Since having my daughter I have been either too busy or too tired to even think about returning to the gym, but I am so out of shape I knew that I had to do something.

What I love most is the flexibility that this DVD offers. I choose not to walk with the CD that comes wit the program. I just oush the stroller as fast as I like for 30 to 45 minutes. (I live in the desert southwest, so this part is easy for me.) When I return to the house, I plunk my daughter in her highchair, put her dinner on her tray and while she eats she squeals at the objects that pop up on the screen.

The toning part is my favorite, though. I love that I can easily repeat segments so that I can focus harder on a certain muscle group if I like. After doing this workout the first time, I was a little sore the next morning. That was all the push I needed to continue!

I highly recommend this workout to ANYONE...not just new mothers!

Studio: Bee Home Video, LLC
Director: Rob Sucato

DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
SO GREAT! It's amazing it got made at all, it is SO GREAT!

Enough Cannot be said! Moulin Rouge, is Great! It has it all! Really, story, music, acting, effects, costumes.....Every part of this film is Top Quality. I call it Mind-Choreographed it is as if you dreamed it. How this could have been made? Only one answer.Every single person involved in this production must have LOVED To make it. THANK YOU! Every Person who WORKED on this Film !!!!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor

DVD title: Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Wyrd Sisters
Productgroup: DVD
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If you like the books, you'll love the video!

At long last the Discworld comes to the small screen; in this the first North American release of the Brit TV series. All the humour and brilliant dialogue of the novel translated very well to this visual medium. Character visuals while not always quite as I imagined, still carried off the right impression. Voice casting is superb and included both Christopher Lee (as Death, of course!) and Jane Horrocks. I can't wait until Reaper Man and Soul Music are released to hear Chris Lee in a featured role.
No the animation is not state of the art, but still manages to exceed the basic needs of the story. This isn't about slick animation, but superb dialogue and inventive storytelling. It is about time that we got to see these brilliant stories and imaginatively crafted characters realized on screen.
Buy this video and show your support of the Discworld series. If sales on this are good, we'll likely see more released in the near future.

Studio: Acorn Media
Director: Jean Flynn (II)

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