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DVD title: Pitch Black (Rated Version)
Productgroup: DVD
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You're not afraid of the dark, are you?

Ludicrously enjoyable - Pitch Black is an engrossing, well-plotted, well-acted, well-paced hell ride of a movie, with solid characters and fantastic visuals. It also happens to be a very well-made film.
A group crash-land on a planet with three suns and for the first part of the film, everyone is looking for the psycho killer (Vin Diesel in terrific form) convict who escaped in the crash. Then the film suddenly changes pace and the real problems start - a breed of hideous aliens, comprised of mainly razor-like teeth, eating alive anyone who happens to cross their path. The good news? These aliens hate the light and can only survive in the dark. The bad news? The planet is about to go into a solar eclipse, where the planet will become 'Pitch Black' and all hell breaks loose.
But the real essence of this movie is watching it; the effects are incredible; the suspense sometimes unbearable. Fantastic!!
Watch on the big screen if you can, if not buy this (unrated) version now. In fact, stop reading this review right now and start watching a brilliant and exciting sci-fi shocker.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Twohy
Vin Diesel
Radha Mitchell
Cole Hauser

DVD title: Seinfeld Limited Edition Gift Set (Seasons 1-3 with Original Script, Salt & Pepper Shakers, and Playing Cards)
Productgroup: DVD
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Lets Get Nuts!!!

This is quite the abnormal doesn't have a 'growing through the years with the family' type of style...its simple, and the episodes don't really run into each other...the stories are amazing...I watch a lot of shows, reruns in particular...but this is the only one that I can laugh at even after I know the episode in and out...some how, all 4 of the main characters go in a whirlwind adventure that magnifies common life, but yet makes it funny...and make you go...I never thought of that before...and during each adventure (all 4 have one in every episode) they somehow tie into each other, and the stories intersect...and its not the typical 'i thought she was in the room with my roommate doing it, even though they were moaning from lifting something...ala Threes Company'...

its a show about nothing...for example...

George is trying to impress a he tells her he is a marine biologist...Kramer decides to practice his golf swing on the beach...he stinks at it, but he did get one good shot off into the ocean...later that day, George and his girl are walking along the ocean...and a whale was washed up with a crowd gathering, someone yells out 'is anyone a marine biologist?' George, who really likes the girl is forced to help the way..."The sea was angry that day my friend"...George tells his story to his friends (including Kramer), and how he knew something was obstructing the whale's breathing, so he reaches in, and pulls out the obstruction...and he shows his friends...the golf ball Kramer hit earlier..."A hole in one"

I mean that right there beats most shows out, but its even better when you watch it, just because you know how the characters are and their way of showing their adventures...

Jerry is the basic guy, gets girls, but can't stand the little things (he dated a maid...but when he paid her for cleaning his house his friends suggest that its more like a prostituion, she just cleans because she is his girlfriend, but is getting paid for sex)

George is the short tempered, miserable guy, with no patience...and he basically gets screwed over

Elaine is the chick that dates the oddest guys, most memorable being David Putty...she just runs into situations that would annoy any woman, and ends up starting problems unintentionally

Kramer is the neighbor of Jerry, he has been on strike for 12 years, and mooches off of Jerry...he is the whacky character that always makes a memorable appearance and exit

The bottomline though, is that the show is well put together on every episode, and I honestly don't dislike any episode...I don't know what would of happened if they didn't have that particular cast because the chemistry is amazing, and they just fit their character freakishly well...

I mean don't you hate it when you scratch your nose, and a friend is watching from a bad angle and thinks you're picking it? it proves costly in one episode...and how about you go out with a chick with a weird laugh?...and a girl that looks like his friend Jerry...and how the friends tease him and drives him nuts...what can you do?

its just things that are very possible in life, that doesn't have that 'I would of done that instead' affect on you like almost every other show does...its more of a laugh, enjoy, and you simply can't nitpick...

if you don't want all 3 seasons for money wise, and you're uneasy on trying this show out, try one of them, it won't disappoint you, too many memorable moments, episodes...enjoy Seinfeld, only other memorable characters from a sitcom for me is Lowell and Brian from Wings...

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Jason Alexander
Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Michael Richards

DVD title: The Public Enemy
Productgroup: DVD
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The greatest of the great

Paul Muni in Scarface; Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar - these are now interesting but dated performances in interesting but dated movies. Almost seventy years later, Cagney's performance is truly fresh, as is the movie. Public Enemy is the one unmissable gangster movie from the early thirties: its violence is always suggested rather than stated (always more effective); most of the acting seems strikingly contemporary (Sara Algood is of another age, but Jean Harlow could saunter onto a contemporary screen and not seem in any way anachronistic); and there is no mood music: what music there is on the soundtrack can be explained by way of live bands or the presence of a radio. This fact contributes to one of the most chilling endings of any American movie I've ever seen. Above all, there is Cagney! What a great actor! Today there is Russell Crowe: even in the old days, only Spencer Tracy came close to this kind of ease and naturalness. Enough! About James Cagney I have said - and can say - nothing. Rent it, and see for yourself!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: William A. Wellman
James Cagney
Jean Harlow

DVD title: Iron Monkey
Productgroup: DVD
Iron Monkey - movie DVD cover picture
Incredibly entertaining!

This is the kung fu movie that started my obsession! I had always been a fan of action/fight films(Arnold, Van Damme, etc.), but Iron Monkey changed it all. Now my favorites are badasses like Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan. This movie is full of jaw-dropping fights and great humor! You must understand that Chinese humor is not like ours but you cannot help smiling at their antics in this film. Some of it is pretty funny, not just silliness as in some older Jackie Chan films. The fighting is all choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping which automatically means it is some of the best on film. There is probably a fight scene every ten minutes ranging from one on one matchups to group fights to weapons battles. This one has it all.

Donnie Yen is phenomenal! He is so good in this that you will be dying to see more of his films. Iron Monkey could be his best though. His lightening quick kung fu will keep your eyes glued to the screen and he is not even the main character! Yu Rong Guang as the Iron Monkey is second to none as the Robin Hood of China(except this hero will just beat you senseless, and then rob you). As fast as Yen and amazing with weapons, he shows you why he is the hero of the people and the enemy of the corrupt leaders.

As for the DVD, the picture is in anamorphic widescreen and is a very high quality. The sound is very good and can be heard in its original language with subtitles or dubbed in english. As far as dubbing goes, this is definitely above average. The only drawback to this edition is some of the scenes(both regular and fight scenes) are cut short a little bit. The HK version(the one with the green cover) is uncut but does not have as high of a video quality.

This is a must have for kung fu fans, and if you aren't one, this movie may change that.

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Woo-ping Yuen
Rongguang Yu
Donnie Yen

DVD title: They Live
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is so good it is the inspiration for the propaganda artist Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant fame.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: John Carpenter
Roddy Piper
Keith David

DVD title: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Special Platinum Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great DVD

This is a great DVD. My 6 year old daughter seemed a little bored with it though. i think it appeals more to adults who have seen it a long time ago.

Studio: Disney Studios
Lucille La Verne
Harry Stockwell
Adriana Caselotti

DVD title: All the President's Men
Productgroup: DVD
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grabs your attention, makes you think about politics

This is truly one of the all time great journalism films ever made. Not only is it an accurate depiction of the events that led up to the resignation of a U.S. president, it's a great story that keeps the viewers involved from start to finish. I saw the film several times in the theater when it was released in 1976, and after more than 20 years, the movie still holds up on video - as excellent cinema and as an inside view of one important era of American history.
The attention to detail in this film is amazing. The Washington Post newsroom was recreated as exactly as possible on a soundstage. The process of tracking down leads, interviewing sources and getting the story was portrayed extremely well. While some names have been changed in the film, it accurately represents the original book by the two Post reporters.
Redford and Hoffman spent time studying their roles with reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Having read nearly every Watergate book published in the 70s, I felt that the portrayal of every key character in the film was as close to reality as film could be. The casting of this film was perfect. In addition to the performances by Redford and Hoffman, outstanding performances are made by Jason Robards as Post editor Ben Bradlee, Jack Warden as Harry Rosenfeld, Martin Balsam as Howard Simons and Jane Alexander as the bookkeeper. Hal Holbrook keeps the mystery alive surrounding the anonymous source known as Deep Throat.
While the significance of the body of work of the late director Alan Pakula is tremendous, All the President's Men can easily be classified as his finest film.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Dustin Hoffman
Robert Redford

DVD title: Evil Dead (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A classic.One of the BEST horror movies ever

This is one of the best horror movies that I saw that got me into the whole horror genre. Well you know the plot from above: guys and their girlfriends go camping in the woods, a reading from the Necronomican makes zombies take over the lives of everyone, people die, lots of blood, and scary moments. The blood was made from basic household Corn Syrup,a little non-dairy creamer, red fod coloring, little yellow food coloring, and a little blue food coloring. And to think, this great movie was made on a low-budget and with a bunch of teeneage friends from Michigan. It stars my favorite actor (Bruce Campbell), and his friend (Sam Raimi) the director. I could say much more but theres too much to say. Buy this incredible movie and buy Bruce Campbell's book: If Chins Could Kill Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor. Later,

Studio: Elite Entertainment
Director: Sam Raimi
Bruce Campbell

DVD title: The Amityville Horror
Productgroup: DVD
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I just love how almost every person who wrote a review for this film seems to think they are an authority on the true Amityville story. LOL! This film, and the book from which it was based on, are American Classics ... and always will be. No amount of debunking or denouncing the actual events from which this story was written will ever change that. Get over it, people!
The book was by far more frightening than the film, however, the house used for the shoot, and Lalo Schifrin's brilliant score are the real stars, in my opinion. For those who have been watching any VHS copy, or even the laserdisc for the past 15-years, owe it to themselves to pick up the DVD. MGM did a very impressive job with the digital remastering of the film, and the tiniest details which were lost in the analog transfer's of the past are now crystal clear. I was a bit disappointed that there were no alternate camera angles, or deleted scenes added to the disc, which would have been cool to see, but having a widescreen version and the overall quality pretty much makes up for it.
For me, the story is still every bit as frightening and intriguing to this very day as it was 25-years ago, and it's even more enjoyable in all it's restored widescreen glory ... despite what the "experts" have to say about it.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
James Brolin
Margot Kidder

DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - The History of Trunks
Productgroup: DVD
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history of trunks, the best

the history of trunks is an almost perfect dvd it tells you everything about trunks except how he got his sword. plus the first time he goes super saiyan is amazing

Studio: Goldhil Home Media 2
Director: Minoru Okazaki

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