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DVD title: Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
You don't understand, it really IS the best film ever made.

People say it's an OK movie with a good plot and good acting, but its hardly the best ever made. Thats because all of the lighting and camera angles and other "risks" of the time were put to use in Citizen Kane. No other movive has broken so many standards in a single attempt. So do yourself a favor and put away the Matrix and Hollywood Homicide and treat yourself to some real cinema.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten

DVD title: Deep Purple - Perihelion
Productgroup: DVD
Deep Purple - Perihelion - movie DVD cover picture
Old soldiers never die......

As a purple fan for many years I was interested in finding out what one of the original "monsters of rock" bands were up to lately. While signs of age are clearly present there is still a confidence and professioal swagger that exists within the very core of this band. The sound and picture quailty is exceptional and the program selection which mixes classic purple with new material holds up throughout the entire show. Guitarist Steve Morse is like a shot of adreneline and he looks like a kid in a candy store playing these classic tunes. The added comentaries are revealing and it is apparent that Blackmore's leaving was not met with any tears. A five star performance from one of the originals.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Deep Purple

DVD title: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Productgroup: DVD
Terminator 2: Judgment Day - movie DVD cover picture
He's Back

I recently saw this movie for the first time. I had no idea what to expect, and I thought that I was in for a stupid plot with lots of things blowing up. I was so wrong. This movie is great! The visual effects are mind blowing and the story is definetly there. In the first film, Arnold is a killer robot who is sent back through time to eliminate Sarah Connor, the woman who will give birth to a boy that will lead the human resistance in a future war against these machines. In the future, John sends back his best friend to protect his mom, and he becomes John's father. Now, another Arnold bot is sent back, along with Robert Patrick. But now Arnold is reprogrammed to save John, who is now 10. Patrick is a new prototype called the T-1000, made of liquid metal. If Arnold was hard to kill in the first movie, this guy should prove interesting. Go see this movie if you want thrills and action. I guarantee you will be satisfied.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton

DVD title: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Unique, clever, addictive, crazy film even YOU will enjoy!

My friends and relatives have been chatting about and quoting these books to me for a few years now, and I've become a fan of Daniel Handler (ehem, Lemony Snicket) and his remarkable cleverness and dark humor by proxy, since I've never gotten around to reading a book (prologues and paragraphs here and there) BUT I also had absolutely no idea of how the story went or the intricacies of the plot. Ah, the woes of the lazy reader. I was a bit suspicious going into this movie. I was also prepared for a stale, watered down, boring studio adaptation aimed for kids...but the trailer was good enough that I gave it a go.

The movie is excellent, from what I know of the books it stays true to the personality and tone of the series but stands on its own, as its own film, lucidly and seamlessly condensing it for film so that newcomers can enjoy it.

But really the reason to see this is for how crazy and clever it is, and quite often suprisingly heartfelt. It feels like a film with its own mind and imagination, and not the pawn in an executive's agenda. It's a psuedo film noirish mix of Tim Burton, Roald Dahl, and Terry Gilliam, but toned for families and immensely approachable. You just absorb it. It's dark (gloriously silly and sharp dark humor, gotta love it), mysterious, fantastical, and very smart. It takes place in an era and location that is an amalgamation of the last two centuries; and the ride we go on is Dickensian to the extreme with highly eccentric characters, intrepid young antagonists, several shadowy mysteries dripping with intrigue, and an encompassing sinister but wittily humorous tone. But what really makes this work is that these elements are not from some kiddie juvenile stock. The filmmakers followed the book in its understanding that young folks are more intelligent than usually treated as, and so follow themes, plots, and styles that are mature and universal -- much like Grimm's Fairytales -- and not childish.

The costumes by Colleen Atwood are the best I've seen all year. A miraculous whimsical and entirely listenable Thomas Newman score. Big, great, ensemble cast including a delightful Meryl Streep in the kind of character role we rarely get to see her in (plus she and Jim Carrey together make magic! Who would have thought?). The kids who play the Baudelaires are suprisingly sincere and capable young actors who stand their own with the vets in the cast and easily evoke honest empathy from the audience. Jim Carrey's talents as a chameleon do not overpower the film or aggravate and are genuinely funny.

I suppose it helped not really having high expectations going in. But great fun considering it's a "kids" movie, and it was one of the best films I've seen all year. Really gives your imagination and smile a workout and your grownup, sensible side a vacation.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Brad Silberling
Jim Carrey
Jude Law
Meryl Streep

DVD title: The Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
The Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Collector's Edition - movie DVD cover picture

I just purchased the 2004 MLB PLAYOFF REDSOX COMPLETE BOX SET and other than not having the pre-game show on each DVD, each game is fabulous and a MUST buy for Redsox fans. It may be $100 or more but on average per DVD it is only $9 per DVD so it is not that expensive. I thought the NESN DVD was great and the MLB DVD on the World Series was great. Having this DVD makes the collection complete. I give this DVD 5 STARS

Studio: A & E Home Video
Curt Schilling
Manny Ramirez

DVD title: Whale Rider
Productgroup: DVD
Whale Rider - movie DVD cover picture
Myth and modern realities mixed defty in this lovely tale

Set in a remote Maori village in New Zealand, a chief struggles with the death of his grandson and daughter-in-law. She's given birth to twins, died in childbirth, and the boy twin, first-born son of his first-born son, is dead along with his mother. The girl twin survives, but the grandfather practically blames her birth for the tragedy. Who will succeed him and carry on the traditions that stretch back through time? Now the sacred chain of sons of sons has been broken.
The love-hate relations of the entire family, grandfather, grandmother, sons, granddaughter are heartrending and heart-warming at the same time. The fight to carry on the Maori traditions in the face of losing them in a modern world, and the struggle of a girl to ascend to chiefdom when girls are forbidden to do so makes for a mythical tale.
The young actress who plays Paikea, named for the whale rider who arrived from Hawaaki to found their tribe, is so good, you won't believe this is her debut. Keisha Castle-Hughes is interviewed as an extra feature on this DVD; you will marvel at her brilliance and perception. The footage of whales used plus the models of whales for the most dramatic scene of a whale beaching are astonishingly real.
This is one of the most enjoyable films I saw in 2003 and I recommend it highly.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Niki Caro
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Rawiri Paratene
Vicky Haughton
Cliff Curtis

DVD title: Scarface
Productgroup: DVD
Scarface - movie DVD cover picture
This is Al Pacino at his best

If you havent seen this, your missing out.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Brian De Palma
Al Pacino
Michelle Pfeiffer

DVD title: Jawbreaker
Productgroup: DVD
Jawbreaker - movie DVD cover picture
best parts of the film

This movie is, without a doubt, the WORST movie I have ever seen. I was scrolling around, to see if anyone gave it 1 star... and..... 1 person did? Damn. The only reason I saw it, is because my cousin wanted to see it.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Darren Stein
Rose McGowan
Rebecca Gayheart
Julie Benz

DVD title: Saving Private Ryan
Productgroup: DVD
Saving Private Ryan - movie DVD cover picture
too good

i can't start to say how incredible this movie is! Seeing it on a smaller screen does not change the dramatic punch that is delivered with this movie at all. It is sad, surreal, graphic, stunning, and thought-provoking! Steven Speilberg put an unbelieveable amount of effort in creating this war epic! The acting is another thing, it is simply awesome! Tom Hanks does an outstanding job and so does everybody else! If you can handle extreme violence and like your movies to have a big dramatic impact get this. If you are sane, get this. If you are human, get this. Bottom line: BUY IT NOW!!!!

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon

DVD title: Cold Comfort Farm
Productgroup: DVD
Cold Comfort Farm - movie DVD cover picture
"I Saw Something Nasty In The Woodshed!" The Starkadder Fam!

Originally broadcast in 1971, the telly production of Stella Gibbon's 1932 novel, "Cold Comfort Farm" helped to launch the first season of PBS's signature series, "Masterpiece Theatre".

This is a great remake and is director, John Schlessinger's acclaimed 1995 film adaptation starring a TERRIFIC Kate Beckinsale as the recently orphaned, Flora Poste.

Set in the 1930's, in England, Flora writes to all of her relation, hoping someone will take her in as she has no real drive or ambition, save for possibly becoming the next Jane Austen. Flora accepts an offer from The Starkadders Of Cold Comfort Farm in Howling, Sussex. She thinks that she just might like farm life and it might be good for her writing career. However, once she arrives she finds out that the farm has had a curse upon it along with all of the inhabitants, human and animal alike.

The Starkadder family is comprised of Amos & his forelorn wife, Judith, & their two virile & rakish sons, Seth and Reuben. As Flora says, "Highly sexed young men living on farms are always called Seth or Reuben."

Also living at Cold Comfort is a lovely waifish sprite of a cousin, Elfine, the hired help, Adam Lambsbreath, Urk, Rennet & Mrs. Beetle. Also locked in her chambers is an old crusty hermit of a grandmamma, Ada Doom (appropriately named). The Starkadders & the rest of the clan are pure country folk with pure country ways. Their lives being quite primitive in contrast with Flora's.

Flora sets out to change it all though and with some priceless and hilarious scenes ensuing. Flora tries to bring everyone around to a higher common sense and does it with great gusto.

With lines in the film like:

Amos Starkadder: Seth, drain the well. There's a neighbor missing.

Violet: She b'aint worf it Urk, she jus b'aint worf it!

and the two most repeated and beloved lines in the film:
Ada Doom: I saw something nasty in the woodshed! & "There has always been Starkadders on Cold Comfort Farm."

This film is a gem, a fabulous adaptation of the novel and a great and wonderful surprise for it's viewers. A great cast and performances with the great Ian McKellen,Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Eileen Atkins and Rufus Sewell. I highly recommend "Cold Comfort Farm"!

Happy Watching!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Schlesinger
Eileen Atkins
Kate Beckinsale
Sheila Burrell
Stephen Fry

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