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DVD title: Betty Blue (Unrated Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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You've GOT to see this film!


If you like foreign films, or films that make you think about them long after you have see them, then you must see this film. I had rented it on VHS years ago on the advice of a British friend, who said it had the sexiest opening sequence ever filmed. Well, I wasn't bowled over by the opening, but the film was brilliant. Then a few years later the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan was screening the uncut version of this film, with an hour restored to the film. After seeing that, I couldn't imagine why someone chose to cut that hour out. The film really needs that extra hour of the story to flesh it out (no pun).

Rent this as soon as your local video store has it. You'll probably be buying it soon thereafter.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Actors:
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Béatrice Dalle




DVD title: Picasso: The Man and His Work - Part 1 (1881-1937)
Productgroup: DVD
Picasso: The Man and His Work - Part 1 (1881-1937) - movie DVD cover picture
Made with the complete collaboration of Picasso


Picasso: The Man And His Work is a two volume DVD anthology that painstakingly researches and portrays the life of revolutionary modern painter Picasso. Part 1 covers 1881-1937 and Part 2 covers 1938-1973. Originally made with the complete collaboration of Picasso himself, this artistic presentation unfolds in flashback format, alternately showing scenes of Picasso's life, and in turn displaying how his life experiences deeply affected his work. An absolute "must-have" for fans of Picasso's pioneering style, Picasso: The Man And His Work: Parts 1 & 2 is very highly recommended viewing. A core addition to art school and community library Art History collections, each DVD biographical documentary is in black-and-white, with a running time of 45 minutes plus 60 minutes of bonus features including art galleries, director's memoirs on Picasso, bonus music, and more.

Studio: View, Inc.
Actors:
Edward Quinn
Pablo Picasso




DVD title: Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
Productgroup: DVD
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins - movie DVD cover picture
Got what I expected!


By looking at the cover and seeing commercials advertising this movie I knew not to expect a whole lot. Obviously this is not the Toy Story quality animation we are used to seeing, nor deserving of any Oscar nominations. What do you exect from a straight-to-video movie?
I rented this movie because my son loved the first two Toy Story movies. He expected Buzz Lightyear and that is what he received. I bought this movie based on his reaction. This movie is definitely aimed towards kids, as it is the version that Andy would watch to become a Buzz Lightyear fan.
As I said, don't expect to much and you won't be disappointed. Keep in mind that is direct to video and its meant to keep the kids occupied not the adult.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Tad Stones
Actors:
Tim Allen
Sean P. Hayes




DVD title: Titanic
Productgroup: DVD
Titanic - movie DVD cover picture
TITANIC IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!! IT DESERVES 5 STARS!!!


Titanic is definetly the best movie in the history of the world! No movie is more touching, or captures the true meaning of a tragedy than "Titanic" I am a 14 year old girl who has went to the theatres to see "Titanic" 9 times. And it is not just because of Leo!!! I went because I LOVED the movie itself, and it made me very interested in the real Titanic. This movie is sooooo sad and I cried and cried when I watched it! those of you who write bad things about it and only give it 2 or three stars or less have absolutely no heart! It is NOT about the movie being long and "not being able to go to the bathroom!" Nonsense!! If thats all you thought about, then you obviously could not have been too interested in the movie itself, which means you SHOULD OF just gone to the bathroom! The movie focuses on a great tragedy, and if the length of it, or the stunts is all you can think of, then you don't care much for the sad part of the movie! I think anyone who has feelings for these people that died in the disaster would have been totally into the movie, and would have cried their eyes out! "Titanic" is a masterpiece, and deserved it's 11 Academy Awards and other awards it has won! Those of you who don't think so shouldn't even bother posting, because the only reason you think that is because you weren't paying attention to the REAL meaning of the movie! TITANIC IS AWESOME!!! NO MOVIE IS BETTER!!!! EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS GIANT BLOCKBUSTER MASTERPIECE!!! DON'T NOT WATCH IT BECAUSE IT IS TOO LONG, BECAUSE YOU CAN ALWAYS WATCH HALF OF IT, AND THE OTHER HALF LATER!!!

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




DVD title: Les Miserables - The Dream Cast in Concert
Productgroup: DVD
Les Miserables - The Dream Cast in Concert - movie DVD cover picture
Great!


Love this concert! Lea Salonga is as perfect as Eponine as she is as Miss Saigon's Kim. Wonderful to watch over and over again!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: John Caird



DVD title: The Believer
Productgroup: DVD
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Fascinating portrayal of a split, megalomaniacal personality


This movie was incredible, the most interesting and well-acted presentation of neo-nazism and post-WWII judaism that I have seen. I was a little surprised that some reviewers mentioned American History X. The two films have little in common, other than the politics of their protraginists. Though American History X was enjoyable, it was not the powerful film (despite the infamous curbing scene) that The Believer is.
Inspired by a true story, Ryan Gosling plays Daniel, a self-hating Jew who denies his heritage and joins up with an American fascist, neo-nazi movement. One reviewer has said that his self-loathing comes from the perceived inability of the Jews to fight back against their attackers, and this is certainly part of the equation. (In one of the more powerful scenes - though there were quiet a few of those - he tells Jewish survivors of the Holocaust that they ought to have "killed their enemies".) However, the flashback the movie provides of Daniel telling his teacher at Hebrew School that he alone recognizes G-d for the "conceited bully" that He is suggests that Daniel's flaws run deep indeed. For it is Daniel, as the movie's first scene shows, who is the real "conceited bully". Brought up with an idea of a punishing G-d, a G-d who would order the Jews to kill their own children, he becomes that G-d by completing the task that Abraham began.
Needless to say, the psychology of the protaginist is the main draw of the movie and what will leave the viewer wondering for hours afterwards. Ryan Gosling's performance is simply incredible, and he gives perfect voice to the twisted rational of modern anti-Semitism. His accusations are refuted, here and there, by other Jews, but the movie doesn't once stoop to the level of preaching. Simply an excellent, excellent film.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Henry Bean
Actors:
Ryan Gosling
Summer Phoenix




DVD title: The Great Dictator
Productgroup: DVD
The Great Dictator - movie DVD cover picture
Brilliant film, flawed DVD


This is one of my absolute favorite films of all time. However, I'll confine myself to the DVD here.

Warner usually does unmatchable DVDs of classic films, which is why this one is such a disappointment. The restorations of all of Chaplin's films were done in France, where they use the PAL system for televisions.

Because this DVD is mastered from a French master, it runs, like all PAL videos, 4% faster than normal. As if this were not annoying enough, the difference in speeds causes a sort of multiple exposure problem with the images, since frames don't match up to each other.

It's a real pity, because the restoration was done with great care, and the bonus features are great. However, what matters to me is seeing the film in the best possible way. For that, you'll have to do like I did and track down the out-of-print Image DVD, which is mastered at the correct speed and does not have the PAL ghosting of the image.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Charles Chaplin
Actors:
Charles Chaplin
Paulette Goddard




DVD title: Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume One (1934 - 1941)
Productgroup: DVD
Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald, Volume One (1934 - 1941) - movie DVD cover picture
Finally Donald Duck on DVD


Finally donalds Shorts on DVD from 1934 to 1941 and since this is volume one there will be another volume next year so i hope you will all enjoy this delightful DVD of Donald Duck shorts.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Jack King



DVD title: The Rock
Productgroup: DVD
The Rock - movie DVD cover picture
The Best Action Movie Ever Created!!!


The Rock was so awesome, it is by far the best action movie i've ever seen. AN EXCELLENT PURCASE IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GOOD ACTION MOVIE!

Studio: Hollywood Pictures
Director: Michael Bay
Actors:
Sean Connery
Nicolas Cage
Ed Harris




DVD title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fourth Season
Productgroup: DVD
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fourth Season - movie DVD cover picture
Still a strong season, but not the best


Buffy's 4th Season was, until Season 6, the "scapegoat" season. That is, the year that everyone could bash on mercilessly without fear of retribution. Between Riley, the Initiative, and ADAM, there was enough for fans to hate. Of course, what it all boiled down to was that Riley wasn't Angel, and the Initiative and ADAM didn't work as well as the villains from Seasons 2 and 3 (possibly the best years of the show). Throw in lots of change (and not necessarily happy change, either), and you get a year everyone hates.
However, Season 4 is still quite good.
The early "college life" episodes ("The Freshman", "Living Conditions", and the Parker episodes) are excellent deconstructions of college life, and stand up to the best of the "high school life" episodes. The breaking up of the Scoobies works well, although the changes would lead to not-so-good things in the future.
The biggest change (besides the loss of Cordy and Angel) is the addition of Spike. In this year, he's great, serving less of an ally as an enemy forced to help (which he only does grudgingly, at best). Later years would see Spike toe-ing the "Fonzie line" between key supporting character and character that takes over the show, though.
Second is, of course, Willow's relationship with Tara (which begins at mid-season) and the revelation that Willow is, in fact, bisexual. (Things would also get ugly when the W/T relationship ended, but that's another story for another time.)
Xander begins dating Anya, and while the "ignore Xander" plotline this year works, it'd eventually backfire when the writers began to happily ignore him. And, of course, Buffy ends up with Riley, the normal boyfriend who isn't really normal at all. Other than the maligned Riley, the new additions to the show fill the gap left by David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter (and then some).
The problem, though, is that (as I've implied), the changes that work this year don't necessarily work in future seasons, causing a scapegoating effect on how Season 4 is viewed. (Especially given that the debates about the changes first seen here-debates about Spike, the Buffy/Spike relationship, the neglect of Xander, the shifting of Giles' role in Buffy's life, and the debate as to whether Willow is gay [as she vehemently states after this season on occasion] or bisexual [the answer seemingly backed up with the most evidence] will be fought for years to come.) However, given the quality of the individual episodes and elements of the overall plot, this is selling Season 4 extremely short.
The special features are much more plentiful this time, with commentaries on the most pivotal episodes (including the first-ever appearance by a cast member on a commentary) and a number of featurettes to explore once you've finished watching the episodes themselves. Also of note is the message from Joss Whedon in regards to the fullscreen vs. widescreen debate over the DVD sets, which is hilarious (and sets the record straight that fullscreen Buffy is the way to go). All in all, an excellent release for Buffy fans casual and hardcore alike.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Sarah Michelle Gellar



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