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DVD title: Suspiria
Productgroup: DVD
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I'm so glad I decided to get this set. It's great.
Anyone who loves the film should get it, it's definetely worth it.
An added bonus was the extra cd with the music on it and of course the extra dvd with the interviews. They even included some prints from the film and a nice booklet.
This is definetely a bargain.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Dario Argento
Jessica Harper
Stefania Casini

DVD title: Driven
Productgroup: DVD
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Driven Rules !

one hell of well- made entertaining movie !do not focus on story, JUST enjoy speedy actionthen, No regret.. No doubt !

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Renny Harlin
Sylvester Stallone
Kip Pardue
Til Schweiger

DVD title: Clerks (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Clerks (Collector's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture

This is Kevin Smith's first flim and it is my favorite out of all of them. It was made on a very low budget with no experienced actors and was shot in black and white. There is hardly a plot, but its about two "clerks" dante and randall who hate their jobs and the people that come into their stores. That is basically the plot. It works well cause there all inexperienced actors, and it is just a funny funny movie. Recommended to anyone.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Kevin Smith
Brian O'Halloran
Jeff Anderson

DVD title: The Wire - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Writing That's So Good You May Want To Turn On The Subtitles

"The Wire" is so good that it's essentially a 12-hour film that happens to be conveniently divided into 1-hour segments.

Watching it on DVD - one episode right after another - can be a transcendent experience, akin to getting swept away by a great novel where you are completely transported into another world and lose yourself in a fascinating universe with vivid characters and a totally absorbing plot that unfolds unpredictably over time.

Another bonus of watching "The Wire" on DVD is that you can literally see how good the writing is for this series - just turn on the subtitles (I certainly did throughout its entirety). The bar scene with Ziggy and the stevedores in the first episode of Season 2, for example, is one of the funniest pieces of writing I've seen anywhere - novels, films, and theater included. David Simon and Ed Burns together created the storyline for the entire series so every episode is meaningful to the overall arc - there are no "standalone" episodes that have been farmed out to other writers (as with other shows) that turn out to be interesting detours but do not evolve the main characters or plot.

Comparisons with "The Sopranos" and "The Godfather" just make sense. This is a show that can enjoyed casually on its surface but also rewards close viewing for those who wish to explore its many layers. This show is so well-conceived and executed that it could be a topic of literary study in a college course - no kidding.

On top of all this, the cinematography is simply gorgeous.

Spend twelve hours with "The Wire" and in all likelihood some of these characters, scenes, images, and plot twists will remain with you the rest of your life.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Wood Harris

DVD title: Three Colors Trilogy (Blue / White / Red)
Productgroup: DVD
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Cinema to treasure

In his "Three Colours" trilogy, Kieslowski takes a handful of people whose destinies are irretrievably welded together as an expression of liberty, equality, and fraternity, and presents their lives and the decisions which have led them to come together.

The trilogy is a wonderful piece of art. Relating the three colours of the French flag to the mantra of the French Revolution (liberty, equality, fraternity), Kieslowski explores these virtues not as ideals or as morals to be evoked in each of the films, but as values which have largely been swept aside by modern consumerism and the pursuit of self-satisfaction and self-indulgence.

Kieslowski used a different cameraman for each film, used different thematic colours for each (different filters, different colours featuring heavily in each film ,etc.), and constructs three films which have radically different moods and feels to them. (Please see my individual reviews for greater detail.)

Juliette Binoche dominates "Blue", totally, in an acting tour de force which sweeps you off your seat. Zbigniew Zamachowski gives a witty performance in "White" (the weakest of the trilogy), with Julie Delpy playing a supporting role. And in "Red", the honours are shared between Irene Jacob and Jean-Louis Trentignant. Kieslowski can thus change the internal dynamics of the film to suit his needs - he nowhere relies on conventional male/female leads. Rather he deconstructs the relationships of his leading actors and uses these to emphasise the themes of each film.

It was a brave move to shoot all three films so quickly (they overlapped in shooting) and in pursuit of such a tight schedule. Though the characters are ultimately linked, and incidentally cross one another's paths beforehand, Kieslowski does not attempt to create a single character or group whose story we can follow across the three films. The unity is in the thematic link.

The trilogy works because of the quality of the ensemble Kieslowski uses. Acting, photography, lighting, editing, and direction are superb, although so very different across the three parts. The stories are enigmatically scripted - "White" is, as a film, possibly the weakest of the three, but its storyline is perhaps the one which most intrigues you, the one which is most likely to have you playing 'what happens next?'

This is cerebral cinema at its very best. This is cinema which can cross cultures and explore universal themes. This is liberating cinema, cinema you can sit back and think abut at length. The themes are painted before you, but you are equal to the director and actors in your ability to read into them your own understanding. And it's an understanding you can enjoy, but which is best shared in discussion with others: these are films to be watched together with friends and loved ones ... then argued about late into the next day over a few beers or glasses of wine. This is cinema to treasure.

The three DVD's in the trilogy are each supplemented by extras in the form of master classes by Kieslowski and interviews with the leading actresses - curiously Julie Delpy, not Zbigniew Zamachowski, is given prominence in "White". And the package contains a fourth DVD, "I'm So-So" - a long interview with Kieslowski in which we can see his interplay with his ensemble of cameramen and technicians. Overall, a superb package which no cinema buff should miss.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Juliette Binoche

DVD title: Sweet November
Productgroup: DVD
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Keanu Reeves has always been my favorite.

Knowing Keanu from the stage where he got his start, it really doesn't matter what he does. He can just stand in front of a camera for two hours and i'll give him a outstanding review. But seriously, he's one of Hollywoods most gifted actors. Whatever he touches turns to gold even if the critics don't think so.This is a good film. A film with sole and heart. Not as good as the original but seeing Keanu is always a good thing. Just sit back, relax and enjoy this one. It's just plain nice.

Studio: Warner Brothers Home Video
Director: Pat O'Connor
Keanu Reeves
Charlize Theron

DVD title: Halloween H20 - Twenty Years Later (Dimension Collector's Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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I love it so much I can't stop watching it!

This chapter of the Halloween series is the best yet with the thrills of people popping out of nowhere and the stalking of Michael Myers. This is the best Halloween yet. I also give Jamie Lee Curtis's performance five stars. If you like to see Michael Myers at his most violent you'll like this movie...

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Steve Miner
Jamie Lee Curtis
Josh Hartnett

DVD title: Blow-Up
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the great pop-culture films of our time!

Saw the film when it came out and have since seen it at least a half-dozen times. Wonderful plot, and full of the insiders look at trendy London in the 60's.
The film left me with that tantalizing paradox of questioning one's own perceptions - the exact message I got from the film.
What's real, what's not? Antonioni used the Mimes to portray that question.
Great movie!!!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Vanessa Redgrave
David Hemmings

DVD title: Blue Ridge Fall
Productgroup: DVD
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Great little film!

It was a rip off of many other movies. Unoriginal and just plain crappy dont get it

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: James Rowe

DVD title: Tales of the City (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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True to the Book

It's not often that a movie or any filmed version of a book is so true to the written page. 'Tales of the City' is. Almost frighteningly so. The filmmakers captured almost everyone as the way I read them - which is really odd when you think about it. But I guess Maupin did a good job of creating characters and scenes that could be translated to video.
The cast is great. Truly gifted and cohesive - which became a problem w/'More Tales of the City' and 'Further Tales of the City'. I found you couldn't replace Chloe Webb as Mona. She *was* Mona. Just as Paul Gross *was* Brian and Marcus D'Amico *was* Mouse. The replacements for the aforementioned actors seemed very 2nd rate. At least Laura Linney and Olympia Duakis stayed on - but in my mind the sequels were a lost cause.
The other actors here are great almost too many to mention, but I will for Barbara Herrick as DeDe and Parker Posey as Connie Bradshaw - both really stand out.
I got 'More Tales...' as a gift a few years back. I will get 'Tales...' as a gift to myself. It's worth owning.

Studio: Acorn Media Publishing Inc.
Olympia Dukakis

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