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DVD title: The Total Singer (Deluxe Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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You must own a copy today.

I love this voice training kit! It includes everything I need to educate myself about vocal technique and it includes a DVD describing it all in detail. This kit also comes with a book of Voiceworks techniques that I can use as a reference manual and 2 voice lessons on CD. I have my own vocal coach on call. It has been my greatest investment yet.

Studio: Voiceworks

DVD title: Gladiator
Productgroup: DVD
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Ridley Scott does it again!

Once again Ridley Scott, one of the best directors in modern cinema, resurrects an old and trite genre. He did for Roman epics, what Alien and Blade Runner did for their respective genres. In this movie, he brings the fanatic and edge of your seat excitement that Saving Private Ryan and Braveheart had to the epic roman battles. This film had it all, from a great cast to wonderful cinematography and editing. The only fault I could find was the somewhat anti-climactic ending, but I heard that it was due to some storm that destroyed the sets for the grand epic battle. I wonder if they will shed more light on that subject, but still it was a great movie. It made a star out of Russell Crowe, a great actor who has been in some very good movies, among my favorite, is LA Confidential.
The special edition DVD is defiantly worth a look at, I can't wait to buy it!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Russell Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix
Connie Nielsen

DVD title: You Can Count On Me
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the year's best films!

Kenneth Lonergan has written and directed a film here that will be studied for years by film school types, enjoyed by audiences, and surely receive an Oscar nod. The question is how to take a nice story and elevate it to the level of a truly great film. The answer is in the talent and artistry of those involved. From the acting to the editing, Lonergan delivers a film that is lean, muscular and as close to perfect as you're likely to see all year.
Sammy Prescott (Laura Linney, Truman's wife in The Truman Show) is a tightly wound single mother working at a bank in a sleepy little town in upper New York. Her brother Terry (Mark Ruffalo) on the other hand is the sort of drifter that the family only sees on every third Thanksgiving, earning enough money from the odd construction job to get him through to the next adventure in Alaska or Florida or wherever he may find himself. Despite this, the two remain close after a car crash killed their parents when they were teenagers. And when Terry announces his return home, Sammy is ecstatic. Not only does she look forward to seeing him but her son Rudy (Rory Culkin, Macaulay's little brother) could really use a guy around for a while. And of course that's where the trouble starts.
Now on the surface, this is your standard 'Bad boy returns to a small town and shakes things up' set up, but it grows into something else that we rarely see: a true to life portrait of a brother-sister relationship. When Terry admits that he really came back to borrow some money, Sammy lets loose on him in a restaurant but the beauty is the build up. Lonergan's script perfectly conveys that awkwardness of seeing a family member after a long time away and the acting is simply superb all around. As the story progresses and Terry bonds with her son, we see Sammy start to revert back to her wilder days, having a giddy affair with her new (and married) boss at the bank (Matthew Broderick in his second real adult role). Terry, meanwhile, relates to 8 year old Rudy like a drinking buddy, making him promise he won't tell his mom about their little clandestine trip to the local pool hall. Of course he's also infuriatingly unreliable and often misguided in his attempts to treat the boy with the respect you feel he may have been missing as a child. Through all the bickering though, there's so much deep seated emotion between the three of them that it's sometimes painful just to watch.
This story would also lend itself to melodramatic speeches and weepy musical interludes, but Lonergan's direction is a study in restraint. In one scene, Terry tries to console Sammy: "You remember what we used to say when we were kids? You remember?" She mumbles, "Yeah, I remember" and hugs him, but it's never revealed to us. He's taken each scene and whittled it down to the very essence, where a tug at Sammy's clothing, or an outstretched arm holding a fishing pole takes the place of pages of dialogue. The effect is a marvelously paced and plotted film that can spend it's time on the things that are important, not on beating the emotions out of us with a club. And in this weak year for movie lovers, it's a refreshingly welcome surprise.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Laura Linney
Matthew Broderick

DVD title: Pink Floyd - The Wall
Productgroup: DVD
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A fan's perspective review on Pink Floid the wall

I have always enjoyed Pink Floid The wall; first as a vinal LP and then on Cd. Now, of course, the film; and in 5.1 channel sound at that. While the video was much plagued with noise in the soundtrack, this DVD is much cleaner in all 5.1 channels of sound. Although I am unable to comment on any aspects of the video (being blind) I am asured that it meets the standards of this format. A word to blind purchacers of this disk, the menues are accessed without using the enter key on your remote as is common for DVDs. To access a menue choice. use the up arrow keys to enter a selection. the only difficulty I have with this DVD is the commentary. An Anti war theme is much to prevalent threw out, and it is not as technically informative as I would have wished for; however, if you can get past the rampent liberalism with which this commentary drips, you'll find a movie which is nice and dark and very enjoyable: if only for the music alone. Now, the 5.1 channel sound is just great on this film. The center channel is not used except for what very few speaking parts there are and a few lead vocals. The suttle use of the saround channels is quite effective. There is no doubt that anyone who purchaces this DVD will enjoy it very much!!!

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Alan Parker
Bob Geldof
Christine Hargreaves

DVD title: Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Second best Star Wars film to date

Once there was a man named Lucas, he made movies. He made a film saga called Star Wars. My favorite and by far the best one was Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. This year the second best and some would say the last film came out. This was called Episode III Revenge Of The Sith, this movie was FANTASTIC. If you don't mind the many scenes where Palpatine preforms horible acting, this would be as good as TESB. Giving a V out of V buy this now.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Hayden Christensen

DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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The Complete Collection Finally Arrives

Picking up just a few months after the movie left off, (which starred Kristy Swanson), season one evolved around the appearance of many of the now key characters of this series.
The first was Buffy Summers, who in the series is played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is far superior as Buffy than Krusty. She begins as being resentful as being "The Chosen One", and thought her vampire slaying days were at an end. A stroke of fate placed her directly on the Hellmouth when she switched schools, forcing her to again slay all of those nasties.
The second is the dark, mysterious and brooding "vampire with a soul" apropriately named as Angel aka Angelus. He is portrayed by David Borandaz, who can ignite his character with both charm and terror sometimes at the same time.
Next up is Ruport Gyles, (Anthony Stewart Head) on the outside a Clark Kentish mild mannered, occasionally dim-witted libriarian. But in reality he is Buffy's watcher, who at times has a strength (both outer and inner) which he may not realize he has.Not to forget her two best friends, Willow and Xander (Alyson Hannagan and Nicholas Brandon), they both have their strengths, Willow her computer wizardry and Xander his . . . um well, he's just one of the girls [as Buffy so aptly points out in one of the episodes in this set].
We can't forget Cordellia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), while she fancies herself as the self-imposed queen of the school, and a nemisis of Buffy, when push comes to shove, she finds herself standing alongside Buffy fighting the demons (when she herself isn't being held captive by one that is).
Finally the seasonal characters, in this season it's the Master (Mark Metcalf). Everything that a Vampire is, is in him, thought to be one of the last "true" vampires, he rises from his sub-terrianian grave ready to be released from his sub-terrianian prison, waiting to kill the only thing that stands in his way . . . the Slayer.
On this three disk set are all 12 of the 1st season episodes:01. Welcome to the Hellmouth02. The Harvest03. The Witch04. Teacher's Pet05. Never Kill a Boy on the 1st Date06. The Pack07. Angel08. I Robot -- You Jane09. Puppet Show10. Nightmares11. Invisible Girl (aka: Out of Sight out of Mind)12. Prophecy GirlI'm glad that they decided to follow the patern of the X-Files and Avengers, in that they package the series in seasons, rather than individually, as it makes it less expensive for the customers.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Sarah Michelle Gellar

DVD title: Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Productgroup: DVD
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Festive, Darling, Truly a Gem!

"Here Comes Peter Cottontail" is one of those holiday programs that can actually be enjoyed at any time of year, with its charming story and characters, pastel colors and splendid songs. If this isn't a part of your collection, you are missing one of the very best, for children and adults alike. Delightful, colorful and outstanding!

Studio: Sony Music (Video)

DVD title: Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Outstanding Print & Commentaries

Without venturing into the debate as to whether this is the greatest film of all time (which is of course a matter of personal taste -- what is undeniable is that the film has enormous historical importance), I would like to advise prospective buyers that this 2-DVD package is an excellent buy. The print, as other reviewers have noted, is remarkably crisp and clear -- this release is comparable to some of the better Criterion releases. Also, I found the commentaries to be quite interesting. Robert Ebert's commentary was as good as any I have seen, to my considerable surprise. The included documentary is also quite good. The other special features were well-executed if somewhat superfluous.
If you are going to purchase this film, to my knowledge this is the best available release and I highly recommend it.

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

DVD title: Robert Mirabal: Music From a Painted Cave
Productgroup: DVD
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A Soul Searching Journey for the "Mind-Body & Spirit"

I first watched "Music from a Painted Cave" about two years ago on PBS. I myself am Cherokee/Blackfoot. After watching this program several times, I was not only moved to tears by the oneness of the "Native American Spirit" which was displayed "Beautifully"(unfortunately in modern society you never really hear about), I also felt a flowing calmness which can't be described. I fully intend to buy other pieces of work by "Robert Mirabal". Tradition is all to often lost. Thanks to Robert Mirabal and many other Native American Artists-All Is "Not" Totally Lost.

May the Spirits of our Ancestors "Protect and Guide" you All.

Studio: Wea Corp
Robert Mirabal

DVD title: The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Top of the line

I fail to understand the negative reviews of this film. Two reviewers called it "boring" and took to timing the lengths of the action sequences.

I suppose these types of reviews are inevitable in this day and age of non-stop violent video games and those ridiculous John Woo conflagurations.

This film is however anything but boring. I don't exactly recall then the book was first published but I read it when it was new and felt it raised the bar for spy stories. Remember that this book is at least 25 years old. Updating the story and making changes to better fit a film format is not only understandable but should be expected, even demanded.

Anyway, I rate this movie as excellent in almost every way. While it may not be exactly like the novel ( why would anyone want that anyway?) I think it reflects the spirit of the novel wonderfully.

I was very impressed with Damons portrayal of the amnesiac assasin and the director played out the scenario of discovery as well as anyone could ever hope for. I thought the action scenes were exactly what I would have wanted to show the skill and programming of a Treadstone killer. No these were not over-choreographed John Woo silliness that go on and on. Bourne gets the job done quick, the other guy is down NOW.

Look carefully at the sequences. When Bourne was threatened or went into action he did it automatically amost robotically like he was eexecuting a subroutine and came right out of it when it was over. I thought this was perfectly done and helped the viewer understand better what the Treadstone project was.

The apartment scene in Paris is one of my favorites. I loved seeing Bourne and Marie acting like two high school kids alone for the first time disvcovering each other and not sure what to do next, thne Bourne popping into his killer/fighter mode instantly, put the attacker down then get the girl out. Potente for her part played it out so well, from being coyly interested to fear, to fright, to shock and then recovery. Very realistic in my opinion. Just the way you might expect a real person to react in that situation.

I though the chase scene was likewise realistic, and I loved it when they parked the mini after alluding the last policeman. Watch Marie's range of facial expressions when Bourne is telling her what they have to do next. I loved it. Potente did a marvelous job of communicating real feelings with just her face a few short syllables.

Director Liman also did an excellent job of brining out the mystery slowly, where each answer only led to more questions. It kept the viewer guessing all along.

This movie was extremely well done and a fine tribute and introduction of the Bourne saga to the big screen.

Ignore those shallow reviews that only want more kicks, punches and rounds expended and fight scenes laid out like a line dance at a disco. Leave that brainlesss nonsense to John Woo movies. This is a thinking persons spy movie.

Plus I loved the ended. Wonderful. Maries last line is absolutely priceless.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Doug Liman
Matt Damon
Franka Potente

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