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DVD title: The Thin Red Line - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
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You are my sons. I will carry you in my heart wherever I go.


This is not a horrible movie, but it is far from good. I will discuss the bad first.
1. The characters were terrible. While this film has a big cast, many of the them only have a few scenes, and those even with longer screen time are not developed. There's nothing to these guys at all.
2. The voice-overs are obnoxious. Not only are they often incoherent, but the thoughts are pointless at best. Voice-overs work well in books, not on film.
3. The story: Who needs it? This is a paper thin story. Lots of time is just wasted where there's absolutely nothing going on, which brings me to
4. Overlength. If there ever was a movie that needed to be cut, it is this. This could've been done far more effectively in two hours.
5. This film is not useful for a student of history. Little to no insights.
6. The ending was very anti-climactic.
The good:
1. Excellent visuals. The cinematography was great, and there were some very good action scenes as well. The action had a very grand, sweeping feel to it. While it's not up to par with the realism of Spielberg's Private Ryan, it still was well done. Also, the DVD picture quality was first rate.
2. Excellent sound. The gun fire and explosions were awesome, and I don't even have 5.1. You'll definitely be impressed here.
That's about it. I highly recommend that you skip this and watch Saving Private Ryan instead. Or even Full Metal Jacket. The Thin Red Line is too long, with no point, and bad characterizations.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Terrence Malick
Actors:
Sean Penn
James Caviezel
Nick Nolte




DVD title: The Even Stevens Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Must Have


This movie is hilarious, nice it's being put out on dvd but the fans want the 3 seasons of the SERIES a lot MORE... fine, we'll buy this...it will hopefully get good sales...and then they will put it out? Let's hope so. Cross your fingers.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Sean McNamara



DVD title: Evil Dead (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Why aren't movies like this made today?


I was lucky enough to see this film at a drive in(remember those?)when it 1st came out! I didn't really know what to expect except the small amount of knowledge(that it was a Horror-Zombiemovie)that I got from trailer's on tv. WOW! What a pleasant suprise, & scare! Yep scare; this was probably the last Horror film I saw that did scare me!
I took a girlfriend w/me to the drive-in that nite. There was another 'horror' film on 1st, but because "Evil Dead" was such a great film & suprise I cannot recall the other film. About 1/3 of the way through the film, we had an incredible,(but thankfully very brief)lightening & thunderstorm descend upon the drive-in! The lightening was so intense for several mins that it actually enhanced the overall 'spooky' feeling of this film! The girl simply kept her eye's covered with her hand, after the 1st violent act occured!!
Anyway, Sam Raimi(imo)hasn't made any decent films(Except "Evil Dead II" I didn't care for "Army of Darkness")since this one, even though my 22 year old son tells me another 'Zombie-horror film' is in the works from Raimi! Why not? He went on to make a ton of money, & could have used some of it to do what he does best, make another true horror film! But no. We get schlock like"Spiderman" & all the other junk he's directed.
Where have all the smart young director's of real horror films gone? Why not make a horror film 1st, take chances like Raimi did, & experiment. I can't recall what "Evil Dead" originally cost..my son told me, & it was a ridiculously low figure, a figure that most independent film director's can work wonders with if they're truly talented! Another good example is Robert Rodriguez' "El Mariachi", or Tarrentino's "Resevouir Dog's". Now the last was a higher budget independent film but you get the idea. Where are the director's willing to take a chance on showing their genius(like Raimi did here)in a horror film.
The performance by the cast is phenomenal, including that by Bruce Cambell. However, the unique placement of the camera's(the overhead tracking shot while Bruce is walking or running through the house, along with the 'wooshing' sound each time he passesthrough a door, reminds me of Scorsese's great end seaquence of the brilliant "Taxi Driver", when Travis has killed everyone & saved Jodie, & sits on the couch while the police arrive. Martinactually cut out a huge section of the upstairs floor to get his shot, & I would imagine Raimi learned his technique from that?)and the excellent very creepy, segments in the house's basement, along with the great use of fog & gore make this probably the greatest Zombie film ever made.
I sure hope my son's right? Raimi needs to return to 'what got him going in the 1st place', & new,1st time director's NEED to give the Horror genre a 'shot in the arm' & revive it, by making it their 1st film. One can only hope. What a wonderful, clever well thought out film by a 1st time director& a group of no name actor's! Bravo. But please, we want more.

Studio: Elite Entertainment
Director: Sam Raimi
Actors:
Bruce Campbell



DVD title: Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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90210 please


i hope that this letter gets in the right hands: 1st i would like to start out by saying that if all 10 years of 90210 were released today i would clear my bank account and borrow the rest of the money to purchase them all. I am a devoted fan from the original cast to the finale and I think that it is time to release the DVDs so that my life can finally be complete!!!! Thanks for your time and i will hopefully chillin @ my house kicking back and watching all of the seasons. This letter is also a reflection of my roomate heather thank you!! DEB Taylor

Actors:
Jason Priestley



DVD title: Sullivan's Travels - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Sturges' Travels well worth the journey


Any Preston Sturges film even the lesser ones are worth watching for their snappy dialogue and comedic sequences alone. With "Sullivan's Travels" we catch Sturges at the top of his game. Joel McCrea the everyman of the 40's turns in a terrific performance as the bright but lightweight director John Sullivan (Sully to his friends). Sully wants to make serious pictures after a career of churning out lightweight comedies. His next project "O Brother Where Art Thou" (wittily referenced in the Cohen brothers film of the same name nearly six decades later)will be a socially conscious look at the suffering of the common man. The only problem is that Sully knows absolutely nothing about suffering or hardship. Sully decides to rough it as a hobo and discovers much more than he wanted to about suffering. He meets "The Girl" (Veronica Lake lovely as ever)and discovers more about the world than he ever imagined.

Sturges fell into drama when he became ill and read about creating dramas while recooperating. His first major play "Strictly Dishonorable" became a huge Broadway hit in the 30's. As a child Sturges' mother became "friends" with Isadora Duncan and Sturges was dragged around with the two of them and had a very unconvetional upbringing nicely profiled in the original PBS Emmy winning documentary "Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer". "The Power and the Glory" Sturges first written screenplay earned him over $17,000 in the 30's against the profits of the film by producer Jesse Lasky. Sturges already had made enemies in Hollywood by becoming wildly successful as an independent writer and later director. Featuring interviews with friends and Sturges' last widow, vintage footage, stills & footage from his productions and home movies of Sturges, Kenneth Bowser's excellent documentary provides insight into Sturges' career as a writer and film director.

There's also storyboards, blueprints for the sets, original publicity materials, the original theatrical trailer, a Hedda Hopper interview with Struges, recordings of Struges' original song "My Love" and poem "If I Were King", this is one of the best Criterion releases out there. The image quality on the disc in this new digital transfer is beautiful looking. While the price is a bit steep, this terrific DVD is well worth it



Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Preston Sturges
Actors:
Joel McCrea
Veronica Lake




DVD title: Beast Cops
Productgroup: DVD
Beast Cops - movie DVD cover picture
ONE OF THE BEST


this is definately one of the best hk films you will ever see. the reason for this is that the script is way better than most hk films. GORDON CHAN did it with first option and know he has done it again. it probaly helped that he had a good group of actors. ANTHONY WONG, MICHEAL WONG, ROY CHEUNG,and SAM LEE all give excellent performances. the story deals with a group of mismatched cops who try to stop a gang of young, out of control triads. the story doesnt sound that new,but, the characterations are where this movie really shines. any fan of hk movies needs to see this film.

Studio: Tai Seng Video



DVD title: Hot Shots!
Productgroup: DVD
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The ultimate comedy of all time


Put simply, this is one of (if not THE) greatest spoof comedies off all time. I have literally seen this movie over 50 times and it NEVER ceases to make me laugh uncontrollably. Lloyd Bridges has to be the funniest character in the movie...hands down. This movie needs a 10 out of 5 star rating, but this is as high as I can select :0)
Where in the heck is the DVD???????????

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Jim Abrahams
Actors:
Charlie Sheen
Cary Elwes
Valeria Golino
Lloyd Bridges
Kevin Dunn




DVD title: Carnival of Souls/Dementia 13
Productgroup: DVD
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TWO GREAT HORROR MOVIES


T.A. HANSON must work for Platinum Disk... Craig Cosgray, President - Marengo Films. WE WORK HARD AT PROVIDING QUALITY FILMS... THIS IS A BARGAIN AND A FINE ADDITION TO YOUR COLLECTION.

Studio: Marengo Films-Video/Dvd
Director: Herk Harvey
Actors:
Candace Hilligoss



DVD title: L.A. Story
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favourite movies of all time


Steve Martin is a genius! I have watched this movie over a dozen times and it still charms me to this day and never becomes out-dated. A must see for anyone who appreciates how ridiculous life can be.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Mick Jackson
Actors:
Steve Martin
Victoria Tennant
Richard E. Grant
Sarah Jessica Parker




DVD title: Jonny Quest - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Good vs Evil traditional values


Four or five years ago I stumbled across some VHS classic Jonny Quest episodes released by Turner Home Entertainment. My kids loved them, and I loved them too. I will now be able to expand that small collection with all 26 episodes. I can't watch most modern day cartoons with my kids without being thoroughly disgusted with the values and content. These classic episodes portray good vs evil kind of values. Interestingly enough these cartoons have many interesting similarities with the Scooby Doo cartoons. In one episode the bad guys dress up in frog-man costumes to scare the too curious. The inclusion of bandit into the plot is another similarity. One can see where ideas from this series influenced the original Scooby Doo cartoons. Unfortunately these Jonny Quest episodes are one of a kind, and nothing with similar content is likely to come along. The things that make them great like real bad guys and real explosions and real bullets just won't happen in the politically correct world we now live in. If you are a liberal and trying to raise complete passifist kids, run like hell and turn on the latest episode of Dragon Tales. If you want to influence your kids values without them knowing it (which is the best way, since they never question it) then sit down and watch some of these cartoons with them.

Studio: Warner Home Video



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