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DVD title: The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
Productgroup: DVD
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Your children will love it, and most likely you will, too

This movie features a real children favorite: Elmo, from Sesame Street.
In this movie, Elmo will learn, though his adventures in Grouchland (where Oscar comes from, for the Sesame Strees "experts"!), that it's very important to be able to share, and how this will enrich you as a person and better your relationships. A useful lesson for many, and not only for children!
The movie contains many songs, performed by various characters; all of them will be fun to learn, and many of them are also very motivational and with nice words.
All children will love this movie, and as a parent, you will be happy that for once, they are learning something while watching TV.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Gary Halvorson

DVD title: The Godfather
Productgroup: DVD
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The Godfather of All Movies

A masterpiece for it's own time and the present, the Godfather is the greatest movie ever made.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Marlon Brando
Al Pacino

DVD title: Titus Season 1 & 2
Productgroup: DVD
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Buy this DVD WUSSY!

There is a God in heaven, I have been waiting for this show to hit DVD FOREVER! Finally my prayers have been answered and Titus, Tommy,Dave and the curvacious Erin and of course Ken are hitting my DVD player...and in the words of the awesome Ken Titus...

"come on now, don't be a wussy!"

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertain
Christopher Titus

DVD title: The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark/The Temple of Doom/The Last Crusade) - Widescreen
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome Films, Awesome DVD Set

The three films are good enough, the extras are just bonus fun. Obviously a few of the best movies ever made. With all of these extras and the awesome remastering...

This DVD set is a must have.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Harrison Ford

DVD title: Brimstone and Treacle
Productgroup: DVD
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The enigma of a distasteful tale.

Dennis Potter is for many the most challenging and thought proving dramatist of our generation. Brimstone and Treacle does not quite reach the heady hights of "Pennies from Heaven" or the "Singing Detective" in terms of its dramatic invention but possibly exceeds them in its power to challenge thoughts surrounding conventional morality. Who is the villain in this piece? Is it the Sting character preying pervertedly upon an innocent, or is it the father whose infidelity triggered off the whole chain of events in the first instance. The intervention of the "pervert" releases the heroine from her coma, liberates the mother from a life of drudgery and exposes the father as an adulterer. In reality no harm is done to the girl. Is therefore Sting a Devil or an Angel, does harm sometimes need to be done to create good? The film improves enormously on the TV play with brilliant casting, an evocotive atmosphere and excellent music. Sting was perfectly cast. Watch it and start to think! It is criminal that this video is not available in Britain although it does appear on TV very occasionally.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Richard Loncraine
Denholm Elliott

DVD title: Titanic
Productgroup: DVD
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An incredibly moving motion picture experience

I write this review principally for those who have vowed to never watch Titanic. No fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, I used to be one of those people; then, on the spur of the moment, I felt compelled to buy it and watch it. I am so thankful I responded to that sudden urge because this is truly the most moving motion picture I have ever seen. I immediately fell in love with every single thing about it, even the love story of Jack and Rose. I know this film cost a fortune and took forever to make, but every cent James Cameron spent was worth it. Titanic is incredible. There were really no Jack and Rose onboard the ship on the night it went down, but their story opens our hearts to the real story of that great tragedy, the fact that hundreds and hundreds of very real people from all walks of life suffered and died in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. When we think of some of the lives that were lost, we too often see them not as people but as myths-the unsinkable Molly Brown, Captain Smith, the scoundrel Ismay, John Jacob Astor, the Guggenheims, the musicians on deck, etc. In this epic, we see the humanity of everyone on board, from the first class passengers to the third class folks below deck to the hard-working men in the pits of the ship who bravely kept the lights on for so long in the face of certain death. This motion picture reinforces the humanity of every soul lost, for that is where the real tragedy lies.
Some people don't like the love story in the film, but I found it magical. DiCaprio, as much as I hate to admit it, is an incredibly talented actor, but it is really Kate Winslet who shines the brightest in my eyes. The complexity of Rose, engaged to wealth and status but yearning for something real that cannot be bought, calls out to the humanity in all of us, and we delight in her forbidden romance with the poor and socially inferior Jack Dawson, ready to take up arms ourselves against her rogue of a fianc? and his dastardly henchman. Some of the purity of this love was lost for me inside the car in the storage room, but no one can deny the power of Rose's love for Jack when she sacrifices her own survival to stay by his side. This is the kind of all-encompassing love we all seek but a rare few of us ever find.
Equally powerful is the extraordinary presentation of the Titanic's final hour. One feels as if he is actually there feeling the shudders as the iceberg rips through the great ship's hull, detecting the list of the decks as the front section begins to settle under water, watching with fascinating unbelief the water as it begins its climb from the lower to upper decks, getting a sense of the complete and utter panic that ensues once Titanic's fate becomes clear to all onboard, and watching numbly from afar as the smokestacks break off, the hull splits, and the fractured ship dives beneath the waves en route to its eternal resting place. The surreal aspect of it all, with the music playing in the background while brave men say a final goodbye to their wives and children in the lifeboats and less fortunate men, women, and children stop to embrace death in whatever way they can, is truly magical and tugs at the heart-strings of anyone professing to be human.
The incredible music accompanying this film is also intensely moving, whether it is reinforcing the passion of true love newly found or lamenting the tragedy of souls lost. If the love story and tragedy do not bring tears to your eyes, the extraordinary music will. I wonder how many men in particular sat through all of the closing credits in the theatre hoping their tears would dry before the lights came back on. The ending is to my eyes absolutely perfect and truly beautiful. This movie affects me greatly no matter how many times I have already watched it. I hope that some of those individuals vowing never to watch Titanic will reconsider their decision; I feel sure that many unbelievers would find themselves as captivated and completely in love with this motion picture as I am upon experiencing it.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: James Cameron
Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet

DVD title: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Productgroup: DVD
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I Feel Depressed...

...if I don't get to see this each year. I've been watching it since I was knee high to a grass-hopper. Snoopy and the gang are great but what really made this is the Vince Guaraldi Music.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Bill Melendez

DVD title: Samurai Deeper Kyo Premium Box Set
Productgroup: DVD
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Meteoric Events

This is a surprising twist on the Samurai legends of arising in the battles that marked the rise of the Tokugawa Shogunate. In the carnage of the critical battle of Sekigahara a feared Samurai - Demon Eyes Kyo - comes face to face with another powerful swordsman - Kyoshiro Mibu. Just as Kyoshiro took the upper hand for the last time, they are struck by a meteor. All that is left is some dust and Kyo's sword - Murimasa.

The scene shifts to years later, and we find Kyoshiro in the part of a feeble minded itinerant apothecary, seeming the innocent victim of his own misadventures. Then the intervention of Yukimora Saneda triggers a terrifying change, and Demon Eyes Kyo's spirit regains consciousness - in the body of Kyoshiro. Suddenly we are catapulted into a drama of clan warfare, demonic ninjas and balletic (and ballistic) swordsmanship.

What makes this story even more unusual is that it quickly becomes apparent that appearances and reality shift without warning. At first Kyo seems evil, but then we get glimpses of something deeper. Is this the influence of the unconscious Kyoshiro? Or is the relationship between the two of them something else entirely.

In fact, motivations are a constant theme in the interplay of characters in this brilliant bit of Japanese alternate history as Kyo goes on a quest for his original body, which has been magically preserved. Gradually a group of followers gather around Kyo, but they are not all there for altruistic reasons. And support sometimes comes from those who appear to be enemies. Inevitably, this one man's quest for revenge turns out to have world-shaking repercussions

I found the dubbing persistently irritating, not just because of mistranslation and some dubious acting. Reaching for authenticity, the dubbers chose to use various American and foreign accents to simulate the regional Japanese accents of the original. It doesn't come over all that well (especially the character who sounds like Dracula). I wound up listening to the Japanese with subtitles; this is actually a stronger experience.

Everything else is superb. Art, animation, choreography of the fight scenes, and character strength are levels above the current standard for samurai fight anime. While not the least bit like Rerouni Kenshin, this series is the first real competitor for the top spot in the genre. And unlike the picaresque Kenshin, Kyo is the very height of attitude. Add in a tremendous, dramatic finish and you have every ingredient for a top anime series.

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc

DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best seasons ever

I am so glad I finally own this on DVD. The tension between Buffy and Angel is so real it's painful. Angel makes one of the best Big Bads ever. BUY THIS SEASON!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Joss Whedon
Seth Green
Charisma Carpenter
Sarah Michelle Gellar
David Boreanaz

DVD title: Clueless
Productgroup: DVD
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man, i feel old

This is a great movie to watch if you are in the mood for something that is not too serious. It is based off of the great classic Emma so you may wish to watch...or read Emma and draw comparisons. Individuals who enjoyed "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" would likely enjoy this film as well.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Amy Heckerling
Alicia Silverstone
Stacey Dash
Brittany Murphy
Paul Rudd

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