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DVD title: The Longest Day
Productgroup: DVD
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You don't need to mess with history to tell a great story


Compared to more recent films, the Longest Day is something that is more than just entertainment. A true tribute to the "Greatest Generation" the film is packed with facts; and is a story we can all learn from. Based on the excellent book by Cornelius Ryan it goes into both the tactical and strategic decisions aswell as showing the problems faced with the GI's/Tommies.
One interesting fact. Richard Todd (who'se most famous role as Wing Commander Guy Gibson in the Dambusters) plays Major John Howard, who glider unit the first unit in action on D-Day. Richard Todd was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Elite British Parachute regiment at the time who dropped into Normandy on the same night and was the unit that linked up with the glider assault at Pegasus Bridge.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Actors:
Richard Burton



DVD title: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Productgroup: DVD
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The sequel is coming.


I was researching on the computer two months ago and found out the chiodo emails so I said"what the hell"and I contacted them.

The sequel is about a nasa space ship being shot down out of outer space then these clowns(klowns)land in none other but Cresent Cove.They have come for three reasons.
1)To get more Cotton Candy Blood Juice
2)To seek revenge on the ones that defeated them the last time they landed.
3)To save(rescue)the little buddle of joy they left behind.

Big Red,Little Greeny,Mr.Funkiller,Mr.Cool,Macho Klown,Yellow Mellow Shooter all return.(They took off in another ship.The other was like a decoy to distract the humans.)

And no Klownzilla is not the leader.Big Red is.Do ya'll really think that thing could possibly lead that group of misfits?I don't think so.

I got this information from the Chiodo Brothers themselves in an email.I still have the email too.
Hope this helps.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Stephen Chiodo



DVD title: Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) / Symphonies D'Instrument Vent / Boulez, London Symphony Orchestra
Productgroup: DVD
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wonders of barbaric modernity,immaculate,clean,electrifying


You may recall the Nonesuch recorded vinyl of Maitre Boulez,with the Cleveland Orchestra I beleive. It was pristine,immaculate,clean,and precise,with no sacrifice of the barbarity,irrational transgressivness this score retains/contains. Boulez pushes your head through a primieval/petrified forest, allowing one to see the details, the encrusted,thorny textures, and instrumental colours of Mother Russia, as opposed to Bernstein's more birdseye view from the heights traversing the terrain,warp speed in a 2001 Space module. At long last this magnificence is here for one to select within the convenience of one's abode, how many years has this technology takened, 30 years.? Well it never was available for viewing. And still there is nothing on VHS or DVD of Boulez as conductor. The Salzberg Fest with Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic is no longer available. The staple/pillar of modernity, the Symphonies for Winds as well is here for for pedagogical value, the mosaic structure, of a succession of colours,first woodwinds then brass then particles of flute then clarinet duets, and trios. Stravinsky learned this linear richness from Mozart the Trio from the G minor Symphony comes to mind.This work is dedicated to the death of Claude Debussy, in a reverent manner,more a hommage to another Maitre of timbral dimension.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Actors:
Pierre Boulez
London Symphony Orchestra




DVD title: Million Dollar Baby (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank and a great boxing tale


This movie is based on one short story taken from a collection of boxing tales by (author:F.X O'Toole). In this particular story, a manager is trying to turn a woman into a top boxing contender.
This could so easily have been a smarmy or unbelievable film but, thank goodness, Eastwood has the directing and acting chops to pull it off and Hillary Swank proves yet again that she is an excellent actress, as she portrays a young woman desperate to make something of herself and with few other options in life. Eastwood is her manager and, as you'd expect, he is rather hardened and gruff and not open to managing a woman boxer (at first). He doesn't believe women should be boxers, period..end of discussion...and how and why he changes his mind is believeable.
As he does so well, Eastwood manages to stay away from sentimentality, letting his feelings (especially the softer ones) show only at critical moments in the film - and even then, he never overplays the moments, trusting viewers to get the point, respecting his audience.
Swank makes the most of her angular features and hard edges and is convincing as a poor girl who is desperate for a break, someone who has run out of options. She looks and acts hungry - for a break, for success, for some way out of her dead end life.
The tone of the film is equally wonderful and the lighting and cinematography are crucial to setting the right mood. I really loved this film and recommend you make time for it as well.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Hilary Swank
Morgan Freeman




DVD title: The Fugitive
Productgroup: DVD
The Fugitive - movie DVD cover picture
A Great Thriller for your DVD Collection!


There is a kind of magic when a superb cast, a truly gifted director, and a literate script with equal parts 'over-the-top' action, riveting suspense, and rich characterization, come together. The end result attains a luster that only grows through the years, as new audiences, through DVD and VHS, experience the same excitement we felt, viewing it on a theater screen. In the last decade, only a handful of suspense films could be called 'great'...and on top of the list is THE FUGITIVE.
Based on the popular David Janssen TV series, the film faithfully follows the same premise; a doctor is convicted of his wife's death, but escapes before his execution, and tracks down the 'one-armed man' responsible for the murder, as a driven law officer attempts to recapture him. Being a big-budget film, however, the scale of everything is expanded...Dr. Richard Kimble is now a brilliant vascular surgeon, at a major Chicago hospital; the handicapped killer is a dirty ex-cop working on orders from crooked board members of a billion-dollar pharmaceutical firm; and the lawman is no longer a solitary police lieutenant, but a deputy United States Marshal, and his team of agents! While some fans of the original series complained that the 'intimacy' the series had was lost, director Andrew Davis only used the 'bigger' aspects as plot elements, placing the focus, wisely, on the dual stories of Kimble's search, and Gerard's pursuit.
Despite the esteem the film has achieved over the years, Harrison Ford has gotten a bad rap for his very understated performance as Richard Kimble. While Tommy Lee Jones certainly had a far flashier role (earning him an Oscar as 'Best Supporting Actor'), Ford's intent wasn't to play 'Indiana Jones', but a man whose whole life was dedicated to his career as a surgeon, and his wife (played, in flashbacks, by the lovely Sela Ward). Seeing his wife brutally murdered devastated him (his scene in the police interrogation room, going to pieces, was largely improvised on the set, and displays some of his finest acting). His search for the killer was not the confident quest of an action hero, but based on uncertain, spur-of-the-moment decisions made by a desperate man, whose medical background was his only tool. Fear does not lend itself to flashy theatrics...
Jones, as Marshal Sam Gerard, on the other hand, was a seasoned veteran, the best at what he did, and pursuing a fugitive was 'old hat' for him. With a confidence bordering on arrogance, he ordered people about like chess pieces, multi-tasked without breaking a sweat, and still could charm with a wicked smile and sarcastic remark. Of COURSE he wins the audience's heart!
Featuring some of the most spectacular action scenes ever recorded on film (the train/bus wreck that frees Kimble, the dive off a dam into the churning maelstrom of the reservoir), as well as two slam-bang fistfights when Kimble finally gets 'justice', THE FUGITIVE still is remembered primarily for the suspenseful Jones/Ford 'cat-and-mouse' chase, cross-country, and the grudging respect that grows between them...which, ultimately, was what the TV series was best remembered for, as well.
There is magic, here!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Andrew Davis
Actors:
Harrison Ford
Tommy Lee Jones




DVD title: Ghostbusters
Productgroup: DVD
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LET ME JUST TELL YOU HOW GREAT THIS MOVIE IS-I LOVE BILL


THIS MOVIE IS SOO GOOD, I GREW UP ON GHOSTBUSTERS AND THE EXTRA SCENES MAKE IT EVEN MORE AMAZING! I THINK BILL IS THE GREATEST ACTOR AND THE HOTTEST SO GO SEE IT AND BUY IT

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Ivan Reitman
Actors:
Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver




DVD title: Schoolhouse Rock! (Special 30th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful!


I love this set....we had the VHS that had the top 20 "best of" on it and the kids wore it out. I was happy to get this. It's fun and educational...I don't feel bad putting in this DVD for them.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Tom Warburton



DVD title: A Christmas Story (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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"Ok, Black Bart, now you'll get yours!"


Jean Shepherd's classic A Christmas Story was not a big hit when it was released to theatres in 1983 (in fact, I don't remember any advertisement of it that Christmas). However, thanks to Jean Shepherd's narration and story telling and Peter Billingsley's performance of the shy and scheming Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder BB gun more than anything else in the world, it's become a cult classic (shown ad nauseum on a certain Cable TV station). When my father 1st saw it on video, he was amazed at how much the father (sometimes grumpy, sometimes flamboyant, but always respected- or else) reminded him of himself (what real life father couldn't relate to a man whose obscenities flew over Lake Erie for years?). The mother is a lot like my own, except for the "Pretend you're a piggie and this is your trough!" scene which my mother certainly wouldn't have tolerated! Ralphie, of course, reminds me of myself. Although I never asked for a Red Ryder, there were plenty of other presents Santa had to bring or it just wasn't Christmas! Scut Farkus is pretty real, too, as the menacing bully, as well as the no-nonsense teacher ("Those of you who put Flick up to this know who you are and I'm sure you feel terrible!") and the Bumpus neighbors' annoying dogs (one gets their tail caught in the door but they get their revenge!). Ralphie's kid brother is realistically whiney: "I can't move!" Then there's Ralphie's buddies, the conniving Schwartz and the hapless Flick, whose double dog dare acceptance gets him in big trouble! The fantasy sequences are quite amusing! Which brings me back to the BB gun- Ralphie makes his request known to his mother and his teacher ("You'll shoot your eye out!") and finally hopes Santa can bail him out, despite an attitude bigger than his belly and 2 ornery elves helping not so jolly Santa at Higbee's department store!

As for the extras, there's a commentary on the movie with the producer and Peter Billingsley (5 stars, you learn that Jean Shepherd has a cameo in the movie). There's an advertisement for the Red Ryder BB Gun (3 stars). There's a corny advertisement for the leg lamp (1 star, see it only once if you must). There's a Where Are They Now? sequence featuring Schwartz, Scut Farkus, Flick and Ralphie (5 stars, the childhood actors still look like they did as kids; since Jean Shepherd and Ralphie's father passed away, they're not featured). Also, there are 2 short stories as read by Jean Shepherd (4 stars, if you can sit through them, but don't hit the buttons on your remote control while the story is being read or you'll go right back to the beginning of the story).

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Bob Clark (III)
Actors:
Peter Billingsley



DVD title: Beverly Hills Cop (Special Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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EDDIE MURPHY REALLY HIT BIG WITH THIS


IN THIS 1984 ACTION/COMEDY, A COP [EDDIE MURPHY] GOES TO BEVERLY HILLS TO SEEK OUT THE MEN WHO MURDERED HIS BEST FRIEND. ANOTHER GREAT BLEND OF VIOLENT ACTION AND COMEDY. THIS IS VERY COMPARABLE TO ''48 HRS.'' GREAT MOVIE, GREAT MUSIC, AND GOOD PLOT. EDDIE MURPHY IS REALLY HILLARIOUS IN THIS MOVIE AS THE DETROIT COP. AND BROSON PINCHOT MAKES A HILLARIOUS CAMEO AS A[N]... ARTWORKER. A CLASSIC BY ALL MEANS. EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A FAN OF EDDIE MURPHY, BUY THIS. YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID. FOLLOWED BY 2 SEQUELS.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Martin Brest
Actors:
Eddie Murphy



DVD title: Waking Life
Productgroup: DVD
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See a dream through Waking eyes


Buy this DVD, and watch it one or two chapters at a time. I say this only because the dialogue can get really tedious, and sometimes it seems to be trying to hard to be profound. The good thing about that is I find a new interesting thought every time I watch the movie. Also, the animation is quite beautiful, but the constant undulating shapes can get to you after a while.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Richard Linklater
David Sosa
Soderbergh
Wiley Wiggins




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