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DVD title: Zombie
Productgroup: DVD
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ANYONE who claims they have seen a better Zombie movie that "ZOMBIE" has no idea what they are talking about. ZOMBIE is so incredibly kick-[rear]! This movie is a total trip, check this out:
01. There are "tracers" when the actors move. Mostly in the beginning, like when that NYPD officer gets neck-chomped... His face moves a bit then his cheek moves around a bit more. The tracers alone are worth seeing this movie.
02. The Italian to English dubbing is so horribly wonderful. "The skipper of that boat must be a real turkey" die hard zombie freaks know what I'm talking about, If not listen for it. The dubbing is off just enough to make it even just that more trippier.
03. The score to the movie is great, couldnt be better. Nice and creepy. The voodoo drums thumping throughout the flick is classic and builds up tension.
04. Nothing but eye candy! I have a fairly impressive zombie movie collection and hands down LUCIO FULCI is the man. The effects, make up and the entire "shark v/s zombie" thing OWNS! The gore in the movie is realistic and the eye popping scene gets me every time, I always question why the girl doesnt pull to the left or the right?!... but she's a trooper and takes it right in the eye. Then the splinter breaks off at the base and she's nothing but "Zombie Chow" after that.
05. This is the movie that you have to have, invite your
friends over and pop this puppy into the DVD player. ZOMBIE has everything you ever wanted in a horror movie. Bad acting, confusing story, bad dubbing, great music and lots of gore. This DVD comes loaded with stuff too, some of my other zombie movies just have a opening screen with a simple "start" icon.
You aint cool unless you buy this dvd. All the cool people do it, thats right. Call up that cool guy you know, I bet he owns this movie.

Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Lucio Fulci
Tisa Farrow
Ian McCulloch

DVD title: Worst Witch - Set 4
Productgroup: DVD
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Enchantingly charming!

Join Mildred for her second year at Cackle's Academy full of enchanting mischief and fun. Set 4 is the second/last part of the 2nd season and includes these episodes:

Carried Away
The Dragon's Hoard
The Genius of the Lamp
Up in the Air
Fair is Foul and Fouls are Fair
Green Fingers and Thumbs
The Millennium Bug

There is also a few special features: Photo Gallery and Georgina Sherrington (Mildred) Interview - the same as was on Collection Set 2 (Miss Cackle's Birthday Surprise) - Cast Trivia and a brief overview on Making Potions and Casting Spells

I find The Worst Witch series delightfully charming and hope that they will soon get Seasons 3 and 4 on DVD as well!

Studio: Bfs Entertainment/Mu

DVD title: Zulu (Michael Caine)
Productgroup: DVD
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Even Better Now...and More Vivid in DVD

I well recall the first time I saw this film. It was during the summer of 1964. My family and I were vacationing with another family, sharing a rental house on the New England shore. Zulu was the only film available to see at the village theatre. My friend and I could not convince our wives to join us so we went alone. (The title deterred them.) After the deliberately slow introduction of setting, circumstances, and characters, director Cy Raker Endfield begins to accelerate the plot developments and soon our emotions became wholly engaged in the subsequent action. Later, the more we raved about Zulu, the more reassured our wives became that they had not missed anything special. They still think that and I could not disagree more.
The film recreates an especially important segment of British military history: the siege of the Rorke's Drift outpost in Natal, South Africa, in January of 1879, when a company of 120 Welsh soldiers defended the outpost against more than 4,000 Zulu warriors. Their commanding officer (a lieutenant played by Stanley Baker who also produced the film) and one other officer (played by Michael Caine) had no prior combat experience. Fortunately, they are supported by Color Sergeant Bourne (masterfully portrayed by Nigel Green) as they and their comrades beat back one ferocious attack after another. The carnage is substantial and graphic but never gratuitous. As some indication of the defenders' courage, the viewer later learns that from 1856 until 1964 when the film was made, only 1,344 Victoria Crosses had been awarded...eleven to men in the Rorke's Drift contingent. (Of special note is the fact that the voice-over narration which includes this information is provided by Richard Burton.) Aside from the combat itself, the film offers so much else. For example, the relationship between the two officers which proceeds from initial discomfort to mutual respect. Also the sub plot involving the Reverend Otto Witt (Jack Hawkins) and his daughter Margareta (Ulla Jacobsson) who are allowed to depart a Zulu camp in peace, arriving at Rorke's Drift before the Zulus do. Witt tries but fails to convince Lt. John Chard (Baker) to avoid a military confrontation. Finally, special credit must be given to James Booth for his indelible portrayal of Private Henry Hook, a malcontent and malingerer who (in the crucible of ferocious hand-to-hand combat) becomes transformed into a reluctant but admirable hero, one of the eleven Victoria Cross recipients.
As my friend and I departed the village theatre almost 40 years ago, we said nothing to each other. Only later, in response to our wives' inquiries, did we express our reactions to what we had experienced, albeit vicariously. Then and now, we agree, although the film celebrates courage among both the Welsh troops and their Zulu adversaries, it does not celebrate the circumstances at Rorke's Drift which require it. Endfield and Baker leave no doubt about this point at the film's conclusion. Nor do I wish to when completing this brief commentary.

Studio: Front Row Video, Inc
Director: Cy Endfield
Richard Burton
Stanley Baker
Jack Hawkins

DVD title: Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A New Universe!

This movie is so hard to talk about without giving away the fine plot details as it's just such a beautifully constructed film in the series of Star Wars movies.
This film opens the floodgates known as the Star Wars universe. People who have seen the original trilogy, yet have never grasped the scope of the universe of this franchise will be amazed, and thrilled by this movie.
There is no doubting that Episode 2 will open the eyes of old fans, and give them much to have goosebumps about, but i must contain myself.
There is SO much to be seen in this movie that one sitting is nowhere near enough! You will need to conversate with friends, and get other views just to understand all the intentions that George Lucas had, the plot is that deep.
You may think you have a grasp on the Star Wars universe, but after viewing this film you will realize that it would be a shame to not make any more after the next one is complete.
The visuals are believable, they are like a painting come to life, and the CGI in this film "while it can be iffy", is quite a triumph, especially considering the scope of this film.
There are parts in this film that will have old time fans howling with glee. Did you not care for Jar Jar Binks? No worries, the Jedi are back in full force, and everything has been situated elegantly by Mr. Lucas.
C-3P0, and R2-D2 are back in full force for comic relief, and the movie has an overall tone of the previous trilogy. The action sequences in this movie are nothing short of massively well conceived pieces of art.
Many people will say the acting is not "dead pan", many people do not cherish the Star Wars universe as *my* generation, and will miss the many subtilties, and references. Like i said, this movie can not be critiqued from one viewing, it's much too large in scope.
Popcorn movie seekers should get joy from this film as well as it's quite an enjoyable film even if you are not well knowledged with the Star Wars universe, but fans are the ones who are truly going to benefit from this fantastic artistic vision known as Episode 2, and better yet as Star Wars.
Thank you Mr. Lucas for not letting us down, and keeping this fantastic franchise alive, and beating with more energy than all of the sellout franchises out there.
Go see this movie!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman

DVD title: Baron Baptiste: Live - Soul of Strength
Productgroup: DVD
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I can't get enough of Baron!!

I bought this DVD after some hesitation. I usually practice with Shiva Rea, Eoinn Finn, Bryan Kest. For some reason, I thought Baron was all about ego.

Well, I was wrong. His practice is wonderful in this DVD. I love the way if flows, and it really hits all the body parts. It is a very balanced practice, working the major standing poses, balance poses, twists, backbends, forward bends, stretches, and some flowing salutations. It will get your heartrate pumping. The only downside is that the relaxation segment at the end is pretty short.

I would say this DVD is great for the intermediate student, or perhaps an experienced or athletic beginner.

If you loved his book, which I did, you will love this DVD too. He makes references to ideas in the book, which just help make the points all the more meaningful and present.

If you consistently do this workout, you will see amazing results. If not today, when???

Studio: Good Times Home Vide
Baron Baptiste

DVD title: Lone Star
Productgroup: DVD
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Perhaps the best film of the '90s

John Sayles is one of the best--and certainly among the most interesting--American directors working in film today. Self-financed on a small budget, using his large number of talented friends as cast and crew, Sayles crafts films that owe allegiances to no one but himself. Virtually never does he make the same film twice, and almost all of them are a great pleasure to watch.
"Lone Star" is Sayles' masterpiece. It succeeds on every level: as mystery, as romance, as social commentary. Set in a Texas border town, it creates a rich world peopled with characters and situations we understand and identify with.
There is plot, mood, color, drama, passion suspense and even humor, but if pressed to say what it really is about, I would say that the theme is how the present is a product of the past, and how people are given opportunities to be imprisoned by it or to transcend it.
"Lone Star" is one of only two American films of this decade (the other is "Shindler's List") to which I would give a '10'. It's been a long time since I have felt so thoroughly challenged, entertained and satisfied by a single piece of art.

Studio: Castle Rock
Director: John Sayles
Chris Cooper
Elizabeth Peña

DVD title: Transformers - First Season Collector's Edition
Productgroup: DVD
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Transformers - The REAL Transformers - Are Alive And Well

...- I'm an avid Transformers fan, and was a strong lobbyist for Rhino bringing the series to DVD in seasonal boxed sets. I hope this trend continues, and that we can expect to see the whole series on DVD like this eventually. Support Rhino, show your Transformers support, and pick up THE animated boxed DVD set of the year: Transformers: Season One.

Studio: Wea Corp

DVD title: Jane Austen's Emma
Productgroup: DVD
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Jane Austen's Emma: the Preferred edition

I've seen Emma with Gwynneth Paltrow!! Oh, what a pitiful Emma Gwynneth made, she was pathetic! Kate Beckinsale on the other hand is brilliant as Emma and this version of the novel is certainly the best of the two, just as the film Persuasion was a better film than Sense and Sensibility which I liked very much by the way but Persuasion was my favourite pick of the adaptions at the time.

Both 'Knightley' adaptions were wonderful. I think Jeremy Northam and Mark Strong portrayed him wonderfully well and enjoyed both men in this part.

These two adaptions have their own good bits, although I didn't like "Paltrow" as Emma, I enjoyed other actors characterisations in that adaption and I will say it is also worth watching but "Jane Austen's Emma" is much closer to the novel I think and Kate is the better Emma, definitely.

Studio: A & E Entertainment
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

DVD title: Lost In Translation (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I Feel Sorry For You!

I feel sorry for all those people that don't like this movie. I would have given it 10 stars if I could have! All the hostility toward this movie only proves that people attack what they cannot understand. Scarlett and Bill were fantastic and Sofia did a great job as writer/director. I must admit, even though I thought The Virgin Suicides was good, I was not too impressed with Sofia's direction. However, with Lost In Translation, you can bet I am waiting axiously for her next project.

For those of you who didn't like it, stick to your Scooby Doo 2 and all the other hollywood crap that comes out every year.

Alrato! Peace...

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sofia Coppola
Scarlett Johansson
Bill Murray
Giovanni Ribisi

DVD title: Sleepy Hollow
Productgroup: DVD
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Sleepy Hollow rocks

Through my wife I'm becoming more and more of a Johnny Depp fan, and this movie has added to that. Plus being a fan of Christina Ricci and Chritopher Walken made this a no-brainer. The atmosphere is spooky, the characters wonderful yet a certain surrealism pervading everything (which is dead-on for a spooky ghost story!). Wonderful and inventive re-telling of the legend.

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Tim Burton
Johnny Depp
Christina Ricci

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