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DVD title: You've Got Mail
Productgroup: DVD
You've Got Mail - movie DVD cover picture
You've Got a Sale

I bought this movie as soon as it came out on video..I love Meg Ryan in anything...She and Tom Hanks always pair up Great..She is small bookstore owner that is being squeezed out of the businessby the "Big Evil Bookstore Corp"..which of course Tom Hanks family owns..Meg falls for a guy online and Tom falls for Meg...Who is Megs internet Love?

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Nora Ephron
Tom Hanks
Meg Ryan

DVD title: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Productgroup: DVD
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - movie DVD cover picture
a multilayered, not-to-be-underestimated classic who drown in chocolate, turn into blueberries, get trapped in the tv set? strange dwarves with poofy hair who pop out to sing about morals?...
as odd as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory still seems after nearly 30 years, it remains a rare breed of classic: one that seems comfortable simultaneously appealing to children and their parents with 'lesson-a-day morality' while appealing to the ages by simultaneously lampooning the means (threatening, brainwashing, etc.) society employs to teach morals... all in all, the movie isn't directed much at kids -- just check out the psychodelic boat scene which references hell itself -- as much as at their adult 'teachers'... in the end, everyone is incompetent and true morality, if corrupt, at least deserves a lifetime supply of chocolate (a vice in itself)... indeed, Willy Wonka, who seems quite at ease in his role as heavy-handed teacher, utterly content to march his failed pupils off to the furnaces, is himself flawed to the point of madness... a sobering film deep down, but on the surface drop-dead funny! enjoy this... just don't think too much!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Mel Stuart
Gene Wilder

DVD title: Classic Albums - Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Productgroup: DVD
Classic Albums - Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - movie DVD cover picture
Behind the yellow brick road...

Don't miss this opportunity to explore the songwriting process of what became a landmark pop album of the '70s. Elton John and Bernie Taupin were truly at their creative peak when this double album was released. Song by song, these tunes should be required listening for anyone remotely interested in pop music.
Not only have these songs stood the test of time but continue to be the bench mark upon all future releases the dynamic duo would be judged. Hey, they almost pulled it off again two years later with '75's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. But the latter was less commercial in it's approach and told a more personal story of their humble beginnings.
Wanna know why Elton John is important? Buy this dvd and see. And hear. Together with virtually everyone involved (excluding bassist Dee Murray who died of cancer in '92), you won't miss a single detail about how this album was crafted. This "music factory" was basically, Elton, Taupin, the band and producer Gus Dudgeon (who also has died since this was taped). Together they were responsible for the string of classic Elton John albums and singles from 1970-1975.
From Elton's ability to easily craft melodies from Taupin's story book lyrics, the deft hand of Gus Dudgeon guiding the process, and the incredible band that took each song to new heights (not to mention the soaring backing vocals), you'll find yourself buying the cd immediately if you don't already own it.

Studio: Eye/Pioneer
Classic Albums
Elton John

DVD title: Clue
Productgroup: DVD
Clue - movie DVD cover picture
The Greatest

I must go along with the majority of the other reviewers and say that this is definitely one of the best comedies EVER. And how could it not be? The cast is superb, especially Madeline Khan and Eileen Brennan. Clue has some of the best one liners every written for the screen. A definite must see for those who haven't. (And shame on the American Film Institute for not even including Clue on the ballot for their 100 Best Comedies! I mean, how could you not include Clue? I want a new list!)

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Eileen Brennan
Tim Curry

DVD title: Charlie's Angels
Productgroup: DVD
Charlie's Angels - movie DVD cover picture
An all around delight

coyote ugly meets the original series. the three girls have fantastic chemistry on screen, and make what might seem to be a cheezy remake spoof into a truly hilarious great film with cute and clever little tidbits from the original series. two thumbs up. not to be missed. you can be sure im going to go see it again.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: McG
Cameron Diaz
Drew Barrymore
Lucy Liu
Bill Murray

DVD title: The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
Productgroup: DVD
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms - movie DVD cover picture
50-Ton Lizard Hits NYC! Details At 11...

Ray Harryhausen's masterpiece is a fun-filled monster fiesta! The beast arises after one of our top secret A-bomb tests wakes it from cryogenic slumber, under tons of ice at the north pole. Once this critter's atomic alarm goes off, the onslaught begins right away. Tom Nesbitt (Paul Christian) is a scientist who must watch his colleague get buried under an avalanche caused by the beast. Nesbitt sees the monster and gets knocked unconscious. He wakes up in the hospital, where everyone thinks his story is crazy, especially an army colonel (Kenneth Tobey), who searched the arctic site, finding nothing unusual. Nesbitt seeks out a leading paleontologist (Cecil Kellaway), who also thinks he's nuts, until Nesbitt brings in a man willing to coroberate his story. This is done with the help of a beautiful assistant paleontologist (Paula Raymond). Now, the real star makes his full-fledged entrance, coming ashore in NYC, crushing cars, smashing buildings, and eating people like so many dino-treats! The military moves in, unable to do more than scratch it's thick hide. Also, when the monster bleeds, it releases a deadly disease that causes coma and death! The behemoth's frenzy continues until it winds up at Coney Island, where only Lee VanCleef can save us! It's up to him to fire a radioactive isotope into one of the creatures open wounds. This is my favorite Harryhausen flick. Check it out...

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Eugène Lourié
Paul Hubschmid
Paula Raymond

DVD title: M - Criterion Collection (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
M - Criterion Collection (Special Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
A vast improvement in quality!!!!!!!

The original Criterion Collection DVD release of M was somewhat of a letdown, the one title Criterion released that I would have wanted them to improve upon. It's picture and audio quality was somewhat sketchy and there were absolutely no special features. However, the new edition of M is a delightful surprise in every way. This masterpiece is now given the digital treatment it deserves, with minimal scratches and tears that existed before. In the previous edition the picture was blurry and it was difficult to appreciate the dazzling camera work this film exhibits, but now the image is crisp and clear as it should be. Audio is also improved as well. Now as far as special features are concerned, I was happy to hear that it was getting a audio commentary, but now it has a great range of features that help the viewer appriciate the film even more. So don't even think twice in buying this edition over the previous one.

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Fritz Lang
Peter Lorre

DVD title: Notorious
Productgroup: DVD
Notorious - movie DVD cover picture
Solid, masterful Hitchcock.

A film where everything matters. Nothing is superfluous and nothing is out of place. A tight, solid suspense/thriller from the master of the genre.

This is definitely a plot-driven film. It lacks the action of "North by Northwest" and has little of the visual drama present in "The Birds" or "Vertigo." You'll either enjoy this type of film, or be indifferent. In any case, pay attention or risk getting lost!

Technically, camera work runs the gamut from the merely masterful, to a handful of really stunning shots. One word: stairway. The acting is what you'd expect for the era.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant
Ingrid Bergman
Claude Rains

DVD title: The Mirror Has Two Faces
Productgroup: DVD
The Mirror Has Two Faces - movie DVD cover picture
Bai Kan Bu Yen

The above Chinese saying means "after seeing hundred times, you still won't get tired of it." This is how I strongly feel about this film. I've played Barbara's teaching scene again and again, and appreciate every line. I nodded, I smiled, I clapped while listening to her, just like I was at that very class. Rose is surely an ideal image of a professor, with humor, with wit, with nature of warm sharing.
I like Jeff Bridges very much ever since I saw him in "The Fisher King". He deserves more appreciation for his wonderful performance in both of these characters.
There are too many scenes I love about this film. Barbara is such a talented director to give her wonderful touch to those details. Here I'd like to bring up something about her performance which might not be noticeable -- Barbara "holds" tears in her eyes without letting them go. For instance, she saw Barry, whom she turned down his dates, kissing his fiancee with passion. Also the last scene, she has tears in her eyes after hearing Gregory saying that she's beautiful while she's in pajama with her hair messy. It's so true in our real life that we have strong feelings sometimes, yet, don't want to show to others, we then hold the tears in our eyes very hard. They are actually the most touching moments.
To me, this is a movie about people's struggling of "rationality vs. sensibility", and "living in others' eyes vs. being what you are". It gives me high sense of loving sweetness and wisdom.
Thanks, Barbara and Jeff, also the original French script. Great Work of Art !!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Jeff Bridges
Lauren Bacall

DVD title: Serial Experiments - Lain: Navi (Layers 1-4)
Productgroup: DVD
Serial Experiments - Lain: Navi (Layers 1-4) - movie DVD cover picture
Totally freaky

i think this is one of the best animes i've ever seen. the storyline is complicated, which makes it very hard to grasp the 1st time you're seeing it. but the visual and audio techniques used in the anime pull you in. the plot does take a while to reveal itself, but i think it makes the story even more intriguing. one must have a lot of patience while seeing this anime, especially if you like fast paced ones. but personally, the visual displayes and not knowing what'll happen next is what makes me think this is one of the best animes yet.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Ryutaro Nakamura

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