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DVD title: Ice Age (2-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Yet Another Great Animated Kid?s Comedy


In the grand tradition of great prehistoric kids movies like "The Land Before Time" and "Dinosaur," "Ice Age" is yet another great comedy-adventure appropriate for the kids and the whole family.
THE STORY:
As the title implies, set in the Ice Age, Manfred the Woolly-Mammoth (voiced by "Everybody Loves" Ray Romano) Sid the Tree-Sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo) along with unlikely travel partner Diego the Saber-Toothed Tiger (voiced by Dennis Leary), find a lost human baby and endure the harsh weather conditions and assorted weird (and sometimes dangerous) creatures of the Paleolithic world as they attempt to reunite the baby with its human family (who maybe even more dangerous to them than their harsh environment).
THE COOL THINGS:
In all, if you're a fan of pre-history or the Discovery Channel you'll get to see tons of really cool prehistoric animals like mammoths, sloths, early Rhinos, sabretooths, dodos, other assorted cool animals as well early homo erectus man.
In addition to seeing the wonders of the early earth (including all the glaciers and volcanoes), the story itself is pretty touching as well as the cast of characters learn the value of family and friendship.
Like most kid's movies of late, slapstick as well as other forms of comedy abound in this movie as the unlikely and wacky cast of characters make their way around coming across tons of hilarious situations including a flock of weird do-dos and a down on his luck little critter.
WARNINGS:
Pre-historic earth, while wondrous, has its share of dangers. There are a few violent scenes (mild) that may be a little much for some of the younger kids including some vicious saber-tooths and (*GASP*) some equally violent human hunters.
THE VERDICT:
Overall though, you can't go wrong with this one. Much like others in this genre like Shrek, Monter's Inc, and the Land Before Time, the nice story combined with lovable characters and off-beat comedy is sure to be a winner with all viewers. Whether you're a family with young children, a couple out on a date of just friends catching a movie, this movie should please.
Highly Recommended

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Actors:
John Leguizamo
Denis Leary




DVD title: Resident Evil - Apocalypse (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Totally Awesome


This movie is (like the title of this review) totally awesome. This one has a lot more action and is more suitable to the Resident Evil series. It touches more on the coolest monsters in the Resident Evil series, the Lickers. The ending is awesome. Good thing thier going to a third one cause I can't wait.

P.S. - Does anyone else but me think that Milla Jovovich is a little flat chested?

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Alexander Witt
Actors:
Milla Jovovich
Sienna Guillory
Oded Fehr




DVD title: Big
Productgroup: DVD
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Great comedy.


"Big" is a funny movie and it is Tom Hanks at his very best. Josh Baskin (David Moscow), a young boy, made a wish to be big at the carnival, and when he woke up in the morning, he found out that he was an adult (Tom Hanks, Oscar-nominated). He and his best friend, Billy (Jared Rushton), go to New York to find a machine at the carnival, to make him go back into a kid. I have this movie on video, and I strongly recommend it.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Penny Marshall
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Elizabeth Perkins




DVD title: The Simpsons - The Complete Sixth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Just a note on packaging


Hi. Love season 5, nothing new to add. Just in case anyone from Fox reads these I would also like to gripe about the packaging. The individual cases for DVD sets, ala Family Guy, KOTH, Futurama, are really much better than the fold out cases of the past five Simspons sets. On the individual cases each episode on the disc is listed on the back, making it much easier to find the episode you're looking for. So Fox, how about breaking with tradition and doing The Simpsons packaging the right way next time?

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Actors:
Dan Castellaneta



DVD title: Zombie
Productgroup: DVD
Zombie - movie DVD cover picture
Where Zombies can be Zombies


Too often, zombies are portrayed as toss-away menaces to society that frighten, gore a bit in some boring, very predictable manner, and then die all too soon. We usually never get that zombie that goes the extra mile, throwing its weight and obviously undead stature behind it. Well, with Lucio, the main characters simply aren't born under a lucky stars that birth dimwitted zombies. From the beginning of the movie, we find ourselves perched on the thresholds of flesh-eating and, by the end, we find ourselves totally immersed in it. It goes without saying that the portrayal of the zombies, from the ways they move when they hunger, to the effects, with many a throat ripe for the plucking, combine with an excellent storyline to balance out and keep the viewer's attention in one way or another.It goes without saying that this movie, with its wonderfully Lucio ending, is fun for the whole family to enjoy. Its a definite to show to little Timmy just before naptime.

Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Lucio Fulci
Actors:
Tisa Farrow
Ian McCulloch




DVD title: Dead Poets Society
Productgroup: DVD
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Inspiring and poignant. Robin Williams at his best!


I recently viewed this movie for about the third time, and I loved it no less than the first viewing. In fact, the older I get, the more this movie speaks to me with its message about the fleeting nature of our lives, and of our opportunities to live them fully.

Robin Williams is absolutely brilliant as John Keating, a new teacher at the Welton Academy, an all-boys' preparatory school. Welton (also called "Hellton" by the students) is a place of deep tradition and strong discipline, where scholarship is exalted and frivolity of any kind is discouraged and promptly squelched. Conformity is the order of the day, and that order is rigidly enforced by the entire Welton staff.

By all, that is, except Mr. Keating. Keating approaches life with an eager heart and an open mind as he pursues his motto, "Carpe Diem", seize the day. As a teacher of English poetry, he makes language and literature come alive, not just as a means of communicating ideas, but as the very stuff of life -- love, passion, adventure and mystery -- dripping from the pens of poets long dead. He inspires the teenage young men to look beyond cultural pressures and demands for conformity, and to live life with an irrepressible zest while there's still time. Too many men, Keating reminds his students, live lives of quiet desperation, and he exhorts them not to follow suit.

The students resurrect the "Dead Poets Society", a secret and unauthorized group of bon vivants who choose to live out the "carpe diem" philosophy. Meeting in a remote Indian cave, the "Poets" breathe new life into the poetry they read, and allow it to breathe new life into them, as "spirits soar, women swoon, and gods are created" in their sessions.

The movie is also one of conflict and immense loss. Neil, one of the students and a leader of the Poets, realizes his passion, and his gift, for acting. When he chooses to "seize the day" and pursue his calling, he encounters sharp and unrelenting opposition from his stern father, who is a foil for "the system" that holds the souls of men in the dreary bondage of conformity. Neil is taken to the heights of ecstasy and the depths of despair as he is caught in the battle between his heart's desire and his father's demands. The result is tragic.

For those who have never seen this movie, by all means do! If you already have seen it, watch it again, and remind yourself how to live.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Peter Weir
Actors:
Robin Williams
Robert Sean Leonard
Ethan Hawke




DVD title: The Greatest American Hero - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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Order several, they'll make great gifts!!!


From the people who brought you "Wiseguy", "The A-Team", "The Rockford Files", "21 Jump Street", "Hunter", "Hardcastle and McCormick", and many, many more...comes one of the most underappreciated and misunderstood shows in the history of television.

I often think of it as a complementary piece to "The A-Team". It was produced in the two years immediately preceding the premiere of "The A-Team", by the same creative personnel. But whereas "The A-Team" was a straightforward concept executed in a very outlandish style, "The Greatest American Hero" was an outlandish concept executed in a very straightforward style. The show is often misidentified as a comedy, spoof, or satire, but it isn't; no more than any of the other series I mentioned in the first sentence.

It was a series whose premise was difficult for the masses to "get"; and, apparently, impossible to explain to someone who didn't see the pilot episode. This is the one place where I would fault the producers. After the pilot, the series never really recapped the premise in a way that would help a brand new viewer understand the show (ala The A-Team's opening narration, or the OCB briefing sessions at the beginning of many Wiseguy episodes).

High school teacher Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) and FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp) are partnered to "...change things, save this planet from destruction", by aliens who give Ralph a suit that will give him unearthly powers when he wears it. However, before he can even get it home, Ralph loses the instruction book the aliens provided to properly operate the suit and it's powers. The first time he tries to fly, he crashes into a brick wall and knocks himself unconscious (while a homeless man makes of with his street clothes, no less). Sound like a silly premise? It's not.

It's a show about ordinary people in extaordinary circumstances. It's about struggling against adversity when you don't always have the necessary resources; or when you do have the nesessary resources, but no idea how to use them. In short: it's The Human Condition...in 49 minutes, set to a jaunty Mike Post score...

Was it an early 1980's, prime-time, action-adventure show? Sure. Was it a satire, a spoof, a kiddie show? Never! The seriousness with which "The Greatest American Hero" was written and acted (the respect for the premise and the characters, keeping it all rooted in reality) is what makes this show unique, unforgettable, and a must-have for everybody's home video library. The best episodes in this set are written by series creator Stephen J. Cannell, and director Rod Holcomb helps set the tone with his brilliant work on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th episodes

Co-starring: Connie Sellecca, Michael Pare, Faye Grant, Don Cervantes, Jesse D. Goins, and Brandon Williams.

...and, if you don't blink, you'll even see a young Danny Glover as plain clothes cop in the episode "Fire Man".

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Actors:
William Katt



DVD title: Pollyanna (Vault Disney Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
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Quintessential Disney -- Excellent DVD presentation


Anyone who can watch this movie and not be moved by it is made of ice. This movie is not outdated. I started watching it with my children before we went out to eat and we ended up watching the whole thing. My children are very picky and do not like goody goody movies or movies that where not released yesterday. They loved this one. Whether you like Disney movies or not, if you have kids or simply want to watch a great movie, this is the movie!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: David Swift (II)
Actors:
Jane Wyman
Hayley Mills




DVD title: The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Passion of The Christ


The Passion of the Christ: The word 'Passion' has many meanings in this film. It can mean the Love of the Christ, the Suffering of the Christ, and the literal Passion of the Christ. Nonetheless, they are all represented by 'THE' Christ.The movies hardcore brutality against the Christ shows the reality in His death. Believe it or not, the movie doesn't show the TRUTH about the scourging from the Romans. From verse, it is said that the Christ was beaten 'beyond recognition'(NIV). In the movie, you could well see he was the man that had been spit on earlier. In real life... it was ten times worse.Everything in this movie, without a doubt, is acted extremely well. I reccommend that you be of open-mind and without children (and possibly have a paper bag, should you easily become weary) before you ever watch this movie.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Mel Gibson
Actors:
James Caviezel
Monica Bellucci




DVD title: Sesame Street - Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
Productgroup: DVD
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A positive Christmas Lesson for Children!


I had the pleasure of watching this Seasme Street classic every Christmas Eve as a child. Even today, Christmas just doesn't seem complete without it! There is the purest quality of "good will toward muppetts" for children to enjoy. Especially in the sacrafices made between Bert and Ernie so they could buy eachother presents! This video is not only fun to watch by all ages... but it displays the true meaning of the holidays to kids! A Must Have!

Studio: Sony Music (Video)



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