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DVD title: Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse Club
Productgroup: DVD
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You can't go wrong!!!

I fondly remember watching reruns of the MMC on our ABC affiliate when I was only five. I was so inspired by the singing and dancing of the young cast, and cried after each
episode. Viewing the episodes as an adult was fascinating. Both of these disks represent a 1950's America--a time capsule of sorts. It's wonderful to see Jimmy Dodd espousing virtue and morals. And, it's refreshing to see a simpler less sophistaced way of life. There is a great introduction by Leonard Malten. In it, he mentions that these original episodes may be considered quaint by today's children. To test this theory, I sat my three year old in front of the screen. He smiled, and tried to sing along with the mouseketeers!! He also enjoyed the mouse cartoons! Fortunately, here's one child who didn't find the material quaint, but very entertaining. I loved the bonus material, which included interviews with some of the mouseketeers conducted by Leonard Malten. Both DVD's are very well done, formatted with an easy to use menu.

This was truly taking a trip back in time for me. I can only hope that Disney will release more of these original MMC shows. This DVD does indeed live up to the "Disney Treasures" label.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

DVD title: The Other Sister
Productgroup: DVD
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Touching movie

THE OTHER SISTER is a fine movie you should add to your library. A drama starring Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Tom Skeritt and Giovanni Ribisi. Carla (Juliette Lewis) is a wealthy mentally handicapped person who comes home after attending a special school for many years. Just as she arrives at home her mother (played by Diane Keaton) wants her to play tennis and do certain things, which Carla automatically objects to. She goes to school, and meets a mentally handicapped young man named Daniel (Giovanni Ribisi). Carla learns a lot from Daniel and a friendship grows between the two. She learns that he lives on his own, so she decides she wants to get her own apartment, to the chagrin of her mother. Carla and Daniel decide to deepen their friendship into a loving relationship. The movie was well done, they played every beat in the story, how it affected the family. Watching the movie you will most likely find yourself sympathizing with Carla and Daniel, and feel their struggles dealing with their handicap. There were some really sweet moments, some funny ones, overall it was just a really great movie.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Garry Marshall
Juliette Lewis
Diane Keaton
Giovanni Ribisi

DVD title: The Diabolical Doctor Z
Productgroup: DVD
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Sharp fingernailed Miss Death will haunt you...

For those of you who know Franco for his late 60's/early 70's amateurish horrotica/eurosleaze flicks, this will come as one big surprise.The cinematography on "Le Diabolique Docteur Z" is as lavish and gorgeous as if it had been directed by one Mario Bava (and god knows how much I admire the director of "Whip & The Body"). The casting is good, especially the creepy Howard Vernon, the script is OK, the dialogs sometimes quite amusing (especially Franco's own character) but most of all the lightning, photography and direction are simply breathtaking. Although I find some of Franco's later films thoroughly enjoyable (especially the splendidly surreal and jazzy "Venus In Furs" - among the best experimental erotic films of all time, screams for a DVD reissue! - more than the overrated "Vampyros Lesbos"), I can't help but regret that he didn't put as much love and care in his later projects - and some of them looked promising on paper - and especially that he didn't cast the spanish goddess Soledad Miranda in a similarly crafted film. "Diabolical Doctor Z" could very well be Franco's ultimate masterpiece, along with the aforementioned "Venus In Furs". I say "could" because I have "only" seen about 30 of his 180 odd entries and I am always ready to see some burried gem resurface some gloomy friday evening at the cinemathèque of Paris (I keep my fingers crossed...)About this DVD reissue... The image and soundtrack (especially important in a Franco film as the score is as always simply beautiful) are crisp and the overall impression is that the guys at Mondo Macabro have done their job quite seriously. The bonus documentary is interesting but quite out of place on this DVD as most of the people interviewed keep on insisting on Franco's amateurish approach to making films which is nowhere apparent on the painstakingly-crafted "Dr Z". I also regret the lack of exerpts from the various films mentioned - I suppose they couldn't get the rights - as most of them are not available on DVD. But don't let that put you off - after all, you don't buy a DVD for its extra features, do you? - Dr Z is a masterpiece!

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Director: Jesus Franco

DVD title: Smallville - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Tom Welling

DVD title: Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
Productgroup: DVD
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Having a Whale of a Time

"The Voyage Home" was the fourth of the Star Trek films and hit the movie screens in 1986. It focuses on the crew of the original series, commanded by James Kirk, and ties up a few loose ends from the previous two films.

The film opens in 2286, three months having passed since the end of "The Search of Spock", with the approach of a strange probe - apparently on a course to Earth. The first Starfleet vessel to encounter it is the USS Saratoga - unfortunately, the energy signal being transmitted by the probe leaves the Saratoga powerless and drifting in space. Affecting every starship and starbase it meets in the same way, it finally reaches Earth. Settling into orbit, it directs its signals towards the planet's oceans - which are promptly ionised, leading to raging storms around the planet.

Having stolen - and subsequently destroyed - the Enterprise, visited an off-limits planet and commandeered a Klingon Bird of Prey, Kirk and his crew are on Vulcan preparing to return to Earth. In preparation for the trip, they have carried out a few minor alterations to their captured ship. Fully expecting to be court-martialed when they arrive at Earth, McCoy has also renamed it the HMS Bounty. They only hear about the probe's approach and its effects en-route, however. Spock - whose rehabilitation is not yet complete - analyses the probe's signals and believes the language to be that of humpback whales. Unfortunately, given that the species is extinct in the 23rd Century, there can be no response. This leaves the crew with only one option : they must travel back in time to a period to when humpback whales weren't extinct, capture at least one of them and return with it (or then) to the 23rd Century. Using the 'slingshot' method they discovered during their famous 5-year mission, Kirk and his crew travel to the late 20th century. There, they decide to target two whales living in captivity in San Francisco. Naturally, there are complications...

Directed by Leonard Nimoy, "The Voyage Home" also saw Nicholas Meyer (director of "The Wrath of Khan" and "The Undiscovered Country") contribute to the screenplay. Meyer - whose involvement in a Star Trek movie is practically a guarantee - initially wanted the bulk of the action to take place in Paris, rather then San Francisco. Nevertheless, despite the odd 'serious' point - most obviously, the damage caused by humans hunting the humpback to extinction - this is still a very funny movie. The comments on, and the attempts to use, the period's vernacular are sure to raise a smile, while the interplay between Kirk, Spock and McCoy has rarely been bettered.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
William Shatner
DeForest Kelley

DVD title: Fahrenheit 451
Productgroup: DVD
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How can it lack passion?

Fahrenheit, the book, is the ramblings of a young and inexperienced writer. The film on the other hand is a masterpiece. It is in no way lacking any passion, Werner's acting is abundant in this. The film appears bleak because of the reality of such a thing happening. As a society we would be powerless to stop it. The idea of this especially in the form of a film is frightning so we shut it out and dismiss it as being "lame" while we give rave reviews to such trash as "Sream" and
"Titanic". Is the latter thought provoking and passionate?

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: François Truffaut
Oskar Werner
Julie Christie

DVD title: L'Homme Blesse
Productgroup: DVD
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Whatever else this film may be, it is basically the story of love denied and the incredible pain that denial causes. Heart-wrenching to watch. The entire cast provides incredible performances, especially Anglade as the young, heart-broken Henri. The film really transcends it's homoerotic theme to the larger theme of the horrible suffering of being unable to connect with someone you are in love with, a theme seen throughout the film and not just in Henri's tortured life. Excellent film...painful to watch...

Studio: Cinevista Inc.
Director: Patrice Chéreau

DVD title: Day of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
Lori Cardille
Terry Alexander

DVD title: Independence Day (Single Disc Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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B movie at its zenith

This movie, for me, was a disapointment. Good special effects, yes, but that only goes so far. This was also some sort of send-up of sci-fi movies of the past, but they played it so straight-faced the actors come off looking more like cliches than anything else. The dialogue was laughable and you knew what was going to happen before it did. "Mars Attacks" is a way better movie to me because they went all the way with the camp humor and sci-fi references and it came out as it should be: a lot of fun. This movie tried that, but it also tried to be dramatic at the same time, so it failed at both.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Roland Emmerich
Bill Pullman
Jeff Goldblum
Will Smith

DVD title: Heartbreak Ridge
Productgroup: DVD
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Clint Eastwood as John Wayne

Clint Eastwood's current success with his new movie Mystic River, and the reissue of many of his older works in triple packs, caused me to return to some of his movies that I haven't watched in a long time. You should do the same.
While watching this movie I suddenly realized that Eastwood was playing a 100% John Wayne role (I mean this as praise not scorn) and doing it very well. The overwhelming strength of his personality gives credible life to his role and unites the film, and is reminiscent of the final part of Unforgiven where he dominates an entire town by willpower alone.
This is very much a feel-good movie, but it has plenty of subtle nuances and sub-themes as well. Recommended.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Marsha Mason

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