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DVD title: And Then There Were None
Productgroup: DVD
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You will not be disappointed!

When ten strangers all go to the secluded, island mansion of a mysterious Mr. U.N. Owen, they suddenly find that Owen wants them all dead. One by one, each is murdered in the same way as the ten little Indians in the nursery rhyme. Can the survivors find the murderer before it's too late? Watch and find out! [Black-and-white, released in 1945, with a running time of 1:37.]

This is a great movie, filled with excitement and suspense. The characters are quite interesting, and the storyline is wonderful (the movie being based on Agatha Christie's novel of the same name). I must say that, for me, Barry Fitzgerald simply stole the show, and the black-and-white film adds to the brooding tone of the movie.

So, if you are a fan of old time movies, or simply love a good mystery, then I highly recommend this movie to you. You will not be disappointed!

Studio: Vci Home Video
Director: René Clair
Barry Fitzgerald
Walter Huston

DVD title: JFK
Productgroup: DVD
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This review refers to the 2 Disc- Oliver Stone Collection- Special Edition (Director's Cut) DVD
Oliver Stone uses facts,speculation and some dramatic liscense to bring us this fascinating look back at the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination.The New Orleans District Attorney at the time of the murder was Jim Garrison(Kevin Costner), who uncovers a chain of evidence that leads back to his city and a possible conspiracy theory.He persues the evidence,witnesses, and suspects, and finally years later brings the first and only trial of the conspiracy theory to the courts.
Stone's gripping film unpeels the layers of this "mystery wrapped in an enigma" by following Garrison and his staff's endless investigation into the facts.Interviews with the witnesses that heard and saw shots coming from the "grassy knoll" area, the "magic bullet" theory,which showed that there was more than one rifle and more than three bullets shot(as previously stated in the Warren Commission report) and conflicting autopsy reports to name a few.
Garrison also has conversations with a man called"X", who relays information vital to the case that causes us to ponder not who or how many shot Kennedy, but WHY was he assasinated. Speculation on this leads to one theory, the discovery that Kennedy had set a plan in motion to pull out of Viet Nam, but there were many powerful people against this(ranging from the mafia all the way to the White House), and the day of Kennedy's funeral Lyndon Johnson signed documents that in effect brought us full force into Viet Nam.Other theories are also brought to light.
The film,based on Jim Garrison's books, is outstanding in all respects. It looks at all of the issues and will keep you intrigued until the end. There is actual footage of the day of the assassination incorporated, and the photography going from color to black and white(in the flashbacks) is excellent. There are so many fine performances, I'll just name a few. Kevin Costner anchors this magnificent cast as the low key Garrison, Tommy Lee Jones is Clay Shaw,the only suspect brought to trial. Kevin Bacon as a key witness, Joe Pesci is wonderful as David Ferrie, the paranoid link to everyone, and Gary Oldman IS Lee Harvey Oswald! Donald Sutherland is the mysterious "X". The Musical Score by John Williams adds greatly to the film.
In most cases I usually view the "extras" on a DVD as a bonus. In this case I was as enthralled by these features as I was by the film. They were welcome additons to this film of historical importance. Some included are interviews with the real"X", this was very enligthning,and new and updated information on the evidence surrounding this 40 year old mystery. There are also deleted/extended scenes with or without Stone's commentary and more. There are also subtitles in English Frensh, Spanish and Portugese if needed.The widescreen,clarity of picture and sound is as wonderful as the film. This DVD is a great addition to any film library.
Each time I view this film I discover something new. You will too!.....Laurie

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Oliver Stone
Kevin Costner
Gary Oldman
Sissy Spacek
Jack Lemmon

DVD title: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Productgroup: DVD
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Spledind! And I never even liked Sherlock Holmes stories

Absolutely wonderful movie from Billy Wilder shows us a case of Holmes' that was never revealed by his friend and biographer, Dr. Watson, because of the its personal nature. What makes this film work so well are the relationships. Particularly, the relationship between Holmes and his Belgium client who has come to him seeking her missing husband. Complex story deals with Holmes' obsession with the art of deduction, his misogyny, his drug addiction, and his relationship with Watson without ever forgetting to tell an interesting mystery. This film is both humorous and melancholy, and it is an all around great cinematic experince by one of hollywoods great directors, punctuated with fine performances. It is truly an overlooked classic.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Billy Wilder
Robert Stephens
Christopher Lee

DVD title: Edges of the Lord
Productgroup: DVD
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A Quiet Little Film with a Thundering Impact

EDGES OF THE LORD is a film that, once seen, creates in the viewer the need to call every friend and recommend their seeing it. As conceived and directed by Yurek Bogayevicz and by using primarily a Polish cast shot on location in various areas of Poland, this film appears to be a simple tale of courage of a young Jewish boy Romek (Haley Joel Osment) whose parents wisely see the encroaching genocide by the Nazis and out of love, teach their son the basics of Catholicism so that Romek can pass as a Catholic and be placed with a Catholic family in order to save him from the Nazi exterminations.

Romek lands with a family whose children include an older child Vladek (Richard Banel) and a younger Tolo (Liam Hess). The family understands that Romek is a Jew and even the young children incorporate that fact into their cohabitation. The village priest (Willem Dafoe) likewise takes Romek under his wing and in a touching scene while the priest is cutting the 'hosts' for Catholic communion from a wafer sheet, he tells Romek that the uneven portions are the 'edges of the Lord' and therefore Romek may eat them as a Jew without betraying his own religious beliefs.

The boys are part of a circle of preadolescent friends which includes one girl Maria (Ola Frycz) who slowly warms to Romek. In the priest's cataclysm class the children are assigned roles as Apostles and Tolo assumes the identity of Jesus. It is this assumption of the life of Jesus (sneaking a crown of rose thorns under his cap, tying himself to a tree ('cross'), and ultimately making a sacrifice for Romek in imitation of Christ's mission) that provides some of the more exquisitely beautiful moments in this lovely film.

The story can be watched and absorbed on many levels: the effect of the atrocities of the Nazi occupation on Polish Jews, the sanctity of the family unit and the terror of living in an occupied country in the time of war, the delicate line children tread to become adults, the inhumanity of man as contrasted to the profound humanity of man - all of these threads are woven into this Polish tapestry of tremendous emotional impact.

While the performances by Osment and Dafoe are expectedly fine, the roles of the Polish actors - especially the incandescent Liam Hess as Tolo - are extraordinary. This is truly a masterful work that deserves a very wide audience. Highly Recommended! Grady Harp, January 2005

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Yurek Bogayevicz

DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - World Tournament - Draw
Productgroup: DVD
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A Must Have!

Funimation has finally started to release VHS and DVD simutaniously! This DVD is a must have for any Dragonball Z fan! The quality is a lot better than the Pioneer versions, and they're uncut, too. This DVD contains episodes not yet aired on Cartoon Network or any other television network. If you want to see what comes after the Cell Saga, this is what you need! I recommend this DVD to any Dragonball fan, big or small.....

Studio: Goldhil Home Media 2
Director: Daisuke Nishio

DVD title: Eight Legged Freaks (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A great movie!

I went to see this movie a few days ago and it's great! It takes place in a town in Arizona that becomes invaded by giant spiders who are mutated when they eat bugs that were in toxic waste. Unlike that 50's movie where there was only one spider and all they did was cut and paste, in this movie they can jump and there's alot more of them too. The special effects were awesome! Highly reccomended!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Ellory Elkayem
David Arquette
Kari Wuhrer

DVD title: The Perfect Storm (Deluxe Collector Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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Exactly like "The Matrix"!!

Did you think "The Matrix" was a good movie on DVD, well Warner Bros. has done another great DVD masterpiece. The Perfect Storm has most of what is on "The Matrix", but more. With three exceptionally great Commentaries--Wolfgang Peterson, Sebastian Junger, and crew--that explain very well in detail how the movie was set up and the book behind the movie. If you have Dolby Digital 5.1 sound you wouldn't want to miss this either. You can actually feel the waves come crashing down on the boat and the thunder and lighting. Forget the theatre, you feel like it's real life. Well, I'm not going to explain much more, I'll let you experience it yourself! Have fun and Enjoy!

Studio: Creative Design Art Inc.
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
George Clooney
Mark Wahlberg

DVD title: Gettysburg (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent telling of the Killer Angels

Although it would be impossible to tell the story of Gettysburg in less than a mini-series, the movie (and the book), provide a balanced insight into the situation and human sacrifice. If you don't feel a cold shiver run down your spine as Jeff Daniels calls for a bayonet charge because they've run out of ammo or as the Virginians step out after the artillery duel to begin Picket's Charge, you're just not human. Recently we've discovered that we had at least three relatives at Gettysburg, serving in the 26th NC Troop (Part of Heth's Div). During the first day's fighting 588 of 800 of the 26th were killed or wounded, included two relatives. The remnants of the 26th were part of Picket's Charge, ending their fight at Gettysburg with nearly 90% casualties. My two relatives were wounded, with one passing five weeks later in a Union hospital, the other surviving to fight and be wounded again defending Petersburg in '64.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Ronald F. Maxwell
Tom Berenger
Martin Sheen

DVD title: Family Guy, Vol. 1 (Seasons 1 & 2)
Productgroup: DVD
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comedic genious

ok, that guy that only gave it 2 stars is a nimrod. this show is by far the funniest thing on tv. a true shame it was cancelled people didn't get a chance to see it truly take shape.these dvd's are amazing thoughand they don't steal off of the simpsons, that nimrod could only name two things about the show that were stolen and they were very minor meaningless ones at that.. that guy is a loser

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Seth Macfarlane

DVD title: Dragon Ball Z - Garlic Jr. - Black Water Mist
Productgroup: DVD
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"Quite possibly the greatest DBZ video shown in America"

This is so great. I loved it. The music was good, the characters were...themselves, and the plot is very good. Garlic Jr escaped the dead zone, and is up to no good (If you did not already see the movie dead zone, it is a good idea to see that first, although lots will be explained). He uses the black water mist to enslave the people of the world so his father can become the guardian of the earth, and gohan and krillin have a day to save it. They do this by invading the captured Kami's Floating Palace, and using the sacred water to negate the effects. Truly a great saga, but with a rediculous ending, which will be on another tape. This saga remains a must-see for all true fans though. This film was unedited, so it had more of Akira Toryiama's greatness. There is a new introduction on this tape, and the voices are still not as good as the original voices in America. Great news for all dbz fans...The android saga will be here soon, as shown on a preview before the tape starts. It appears funimation got serious in working on some episodes, and it looks like there will be a bright future for dbz in america.

Studio: Goldhil Home Media 2
Director: Daisuke Nishio

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