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DVD title: Crossroads
Productgroup: DVD
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You don't need to be a Britney fan to enjoy this movie.


Despite the criticism regarding pop stars trying to be movie stars Britney proves her potential as a budding actress in this film.
Crossroads is a good movie with realistic characters in realistic situations. The concepts addressed in this film are very easy for most 18-year old girls to relate to. At 22 and approaching college graduation I find myself relating to Kit, Mimi and Lucy and the challenges they face in growing up.
This is definitely a girl's movie, but it's definitely geared more towards Britney's peers rather than the stereotypical 12-year old pop fan.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Tamra Davis
Actors:
Britney Spears
Anson Mount




DVD title: A Walk to Remember
Productgroup: DVD
A Walk to Remember - movie DVD cover picture
wow


Im not a big fan of teen movies, and I thought this one would be cheesey but I was so wrong. I read the book first and thought it was very well written, and just recently I saw the movie and all I can say is wow. The story is amazing, mandy moore was pretty good as Jamie and Shane West was so heart felt and a rare and talented actor, I hope to see much more of him in the future. This is a tear jerker so make sure you have a box of kleenex with you when you watch it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Adam Shankman
Actors:
Shane West
Mandy Moore (II)




DVD title: E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (Widescreen Collector's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
It's good


THERE ARE NO OTHER WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS INCREDIBLE FILM OTHER THAN IT HAS TO BE THE GREATEST FANTASY EVER FILMED. IT HAS A STORY WHICH IS TIMELESS AND WITH FABULOUS DIRECTION, ACTING & ALL PRODUCTION ASPECTS INCLUDING JOHN WILLIAMS BEST MUSICAL SCORE. I AM A GREAT FILM BUFF, YET NO FILM HAS EVER MADE ME FEEL SO MUCH EMOTION AS E.T. ALSO I'VE ALWAYS FELT IT WAS A GREAT SHAME FOR E.T. NOT TO HAVE WON THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE and BEST DIRECTOR BACK IN 1982. IT WAS 100X BETTER THAN gandhi (did I spell that correctly? Ah, who cares) I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE RERELEASE IN 2002 AND ALSO CAN'T WAIT UNTIL IT COMES OUT ON DVD. I LOVE THIS MOVIE AND WILL WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN FOREVER. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MOVIE, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE MISSING. I KNOW THAT THE CHILDREN OF TOMORROW WILL ALSO FEEL THE SAME WAY. A GREAT FILM!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Henry Thomas
Drew Barrymore
Peter Coyote




DVD title: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete Fifth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Klingons, Changelings, And Tribbles, Oh My


The fifth season of Star Trek Deep Space Nine continued to offer top quality episodes. The ongoing story arcs took some unexpected and very entertaining twists. The level of creativity of year five ran circles, in my opinion, around the then concurrent Star Trek spin off, Voyager, that in its third year was on life support.
As the season kicks off, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) and an undercover team infiltrate the Klingon empire, in order to determine whether or not a changeling has taken over. Dax (Terry Farrell) and Worf (Michael Dorn) look for love in all the wrong places. Kira gives birth to the O'Brien's child and finds time to take on the Founders. Dr Bashir (Alexander Siddig) reveals a shocker of a secret in the great "Dr. Bashir I Presume?" The lovely Vanessa Williams guests as the crew goes for a little R+R on the pleasure planet Risa. Security Chief Odo (Rene Auberjonis) discovers a less developed shape shifter in "The Begotton" Quark (Armin Shimmerman) finds out his family is truly disfunctional in "Ferengi Love Songs" The best show of the season though is without a doubt, the original series tribute called "Trials And Tribble-lations" Its clever use of the first tribble episode footage from 67 and new stuff ala` Forrest Gump, is a marvel. It's a well written romp that's a classic, whether you like Trek or not.
Given that ground breaking episode's impact, two of the 7 disc box set featurettes focus on that episode. "Trials and Tribble-ations: Uniting Two Legends": traces the origins of the episode, while, "A Historic Endeavor": is an examination of the technical challenges of the show and bringing back the original classic series look. Two more featurettes take a look at the production design of the Promenade with Mike Okuda; As well as make up effects guru, Michael Westmore's work for season five. A crew dossier on Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney) and the usual "section 31" hidden files top off the bonus material.
For DS9-ers don't stop now Season 5 is a recommended trip into space

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Avery Brooks



DVD title: High Plains Drifter
Productgroup: DVD
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AWESOME movie, one of my favorites


"High Plains Drifter" (1973) is one of the best and most original westerns of all time. It is also of of the best films that Clint Eastwood has ever made. It was only the second film that Eastwood ever directed, yet it is a western masterpiece, as it funnels all of the violent, harsh, and brutal images and themes that were first seen in the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns (which made Eastwood an international star) into one picture. No other film blurrs the lines of good and evil like this one. No other film has humor that is so dark and so black. No other film tests and re-defines the nature of screen heroism, as Eastwood plays his darkest and most enigmatic character ever. This film strips the western to its most brutal, raw, violent, and merciless essence, revealing the old West to be a truly immoral and corrupt land. Eastwood's compulsive, surrealistic imagery is both haunting and powerful, and it works in pefect tandem with Dee Barton's eerie score. Filmed around Mono Lake, California, the hellish locations of the film add to its haunting atmosphere. The western town, constructed by Henry Bumstead out of raw wood is a classic, and helps to reveal the mean-spirited hypocrisy and vicious economic determinism of the townspeople. The film has an unexpected, spontaneous, and completely anarchic quality that eliminates the western's typical predictablity and simple cliches. It is extremely challenging, unnerving, apparitional, allegorical, and curiously memorable. This is Clint Eastwood at his most daring and outrageous, as both an actor and director, testing the audience to see if it will support this most radical of anti-heroes. "High Plains Drifter" is my favorite film of all time, and it is not to be missed! END

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Verna Bloom




DVD title: Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Productgroup: DVD
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SICK!!!!


Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I find the manic camera movements and rapid-fire edits exhibited in the overwhelming majority of music videos and concert movies not only to be headache-inducing but detrimental to the underlying performance. Instead of focusing on the quality of the music being played and the musician's presentation, the viewer inevitably becomes distracted by the show-offy angles and technical gimmicks. What this approach ultimately reveals is the director's lack of confidence both in the performance's ability to stand on its own and in the viewer's ability to focus for more than a few seconds at a time. It's as if the makers envision their product being viewed predominantly by an audience of attention-deficient fidgeters who are hopped up on Jolt Cola.
A stunning exception to this trend is Stop Making Sense--the majestic concert movie featuring the Talking Heads (circa 1983) and directed by Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia"). Demme has the good sense (not to mention, humility) to realize that the music and stage presence of the Talking Heads--and especially the band's leader, David Byrne--are more than capable of carrying the film. Instead of injecting himself clumsily into the proceedings, Demme unobtrusively and effectively captures the amazing music, the spare but striking imagery, and the unrestrained energy of a Talking Heads show. And, oh, what a show it is!
The concert begins with David Byrne performing a hypnotic, stripped-down version of "Psycho Killer," featuring only Byrne's acoustic guitar and pre-recorded beats played on a boombox. From the moment we first see Byrne on stage--his head bobbing with each beat and looking equal parts stylish, nerdy, and eerie--his mesmerizing stage presence is immediately apparent and becomes the focal point of the film. Following this stunning opener, Byrne is joined by an additional band member for each subsequent song until the line-up is fully fleshed out. This simple yet innovative device builds the excitement slowly so that by the time the full band belts out "Burning Down the House" and "Life During Wartime," the viewer is about ready to jump out his skin and dance around the living room (or whatever room the DVD is playing in).
Each of the songs in the concert is excellently arranged and expertly played, outshining by far their studio versions (which is saying something). And the joy and energy with which the songs are played become contagious. (I dare you to try and sit still through the entire film.) Subtle lighting and scenery changes ensure that each song has its own distinctive look and feel. Some of the Talking Heads' lesser-known songs stand out as some of movie's best: "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel," "Found a Job," "Making Flippy Floppy," and "This Must Be the Place (Na?ve Melody)" are each remarkable. Other stand-outs include "Once in a Lifetime," "Slippery People," "Swamp," and "Take Me to the River."
Through it all, Demme's steady camerawork documents the unbounded excitement of the concert without intruding upon it with excessive quick-cuts, annoying audience reaction shots, and backstage interviews. Demme's greatest gift to the audience is that we don't even realize he's there.
Stop Making Sense is the best concert film ever made and gives Hard Day's Night a run for its money as best rock-n-roll movie of all-time. This is one raucous musical celebration you won't want to miss.

Studio: Palm Pictures
Director: Jonathan Demme
Actors:
David Byrne



DVD title: Napoleon Dynamite
Productgroup: DVD
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SWEET!!!


SWEET! I love this movie. You have to go into the movie with a clear and open mind. Just don't bruise your neck meat!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Jared Hess
Actors:
Jon Heder
Jon Gries
Efren Ramirez




DVD title: The Wiggles - Wiggle Time
Productgroup: DVD
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Great 1st video for your youngster


My son just loved this video. We would watch it with him before he went to bed (part of his bed time ritual) every night and still do. This was the only video he would sit down and watch for any length of time. He is now 18 months old and still loves this video (of course we have them all now). He can watch it every night and never gets bored of any Wiggles videos. I have never seen him so mesmerized by anything except the Wiggles!!! And now my 3 month old daughter likes watching it-better than the baby mozart videos! I totally recommend this video to children of any age!

Studio: Hit Entertainment, P



DVD title: Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade
Productgroup: DVD
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade - movie DVD cover picture
A True MasterPiece


By watching this movie, I feel I have been part of a Anime Film History.
This film amazingly uses one of the most well known story in the world to describe one human's darkest struggle with his animal instinct and human emotion.
A truely masterpiece scripted by the director of Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor 2: The Movie.

Studio: Bandai Entertainment



DVD title: Biography - Katharine Hepburn (A&E DVD Archives)
Productgroup: DVD
Biography - Katharine Hepburn (A&E DVD Archives) - movie DVD cover picture
Wonderful depiction of the life of Katharine Hepburn


This is a great movie that provides a look at the life of a remarkable actress. This film is packed with clips from almost all of Katharine Hepburn's movies, interviews with family, co-stars, and Hepburn herself. I enjoyed hearing all of the stories about the movies and watching the clips. This is a must-see for any Katharine Hepburn fan.

Studio: A & E Home Video
Actors:
Katharine Hepburn



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