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DVD title: What's Up, Doc?
Productgroup: DVD
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Zany Comedy delivers on all levels


When Barbra first read the script for this movie, she basically thought it was an unfunny peice of glop, and threatened not to make the movie. Fortunately she decided to become a part of Bodganocish classic, and we are all the better for it. Whats up Doc is a delightfule comic romp, which not only provides its principals(streisand and O'neal) with many hilarious lined, but well served the multi-talented ensemble cast. Madeline Kahn, as Howards, eccentric, obsessive and whining, fiancee steals nearly every scene that she and her sturdy red wig are a part of. The only downside to her brilliance is that she isnt in every scene of the movie. Highlights include a hilarious dinner, and chase scene in which Bogdnanovichs expert comic timing, shines through.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Actors:
Barbra Streisand
Ryan O'Neal




DVD title: Requiem for a Dream - Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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A unforgettable and haunting film.


I rented this movie not knowing what I would be in for. I read the back of the cover and it seemed interesting. When I watched it I was amazed to say the least. It is a film about a mother obsessed with TV and she then gets a opportunity to be on TV. So she wants to wear this red dress when she is a contestant on television. However, the dress no longer fit her, like it once did. So she takes a diet and is unhappy with it. Then she goes to a doctor to get pills but before she knows it she is addicted with them. Also, it is about her son and son's friend who are drug addicts and drug dealers. Lastly, there is the son's girlfriend who is a drug addict and slowly becoming a prostitute. The movie is really real. People actually do go through these situations which makes this film so depressing and haunting. It will stick with you for a very, very long time. Be warned that it is tough to watch however. ContentViolence: 5/10 (gun shooting, arm gets amputated, and drug related violence.)Sex: 10/10 (Graphic sex scene, prostitution, 1 disturbing and graphic scene of prostituting.)

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Actors:
Ellen Burstyn
Jared Leto




DVD title: The Decalogue (Complete Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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So excited this is out


I'm so glad the Decalogue was finally released! I saw the series at a film festival in NYC about 7 years ago, and then (cough) acquired a video copy. But I'm so glad it's out on DVD - the quality is amazing.
The stories are touching and poignant (a word I thought I'd never use!) - and relevant to this day. Each is based on one of the ten commandments, and each story intertwines with the others in subtle ways (characters from one film appear in others, there's a mysterious character who watches all but 2 of the films from the outside).
So well done - Kieslowski was a phenomenal director (see the Blue, White and Red trilogy for more examples).

Studio: Image Entertainment
Actors:
Decalogue
Krzystof Kieslowski




DVD title: The Ninth Configuration
Productgroup: DVD
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The Mystery of Goodness


This movie, as with the book (which it very nearly parallels), explores what Blatty calls, 'The mystery of goodness'. Why, in a purely material universe, would anyone ever put his life at risk for a fellow human being? One should simply do whatever it takes to allow him to move up the pecking order and survive - period. The basic antagonism is between faith in God and existentialism (as Bob Dylan so eloquently put it, 'You've either got faith or you've got unbelief, there ain't no neutral ground!'). The 'insanity' evidenced in the patients can only be termed 'insanity' if one embraces faith, for the most basic tenant of existentialism is that life itself is absurd - ergo there can be no such thing as sanity in the first place! Do this or do that, it makes no difference whatsoever except in the moment. This is the position acted out by the patients, all of whom are high-ranking military officers who, presumably, are intelligent and disciplined, thus making all the more puzzling their 'insane' behavior. The various scenes with psychiatrist Keach reasoning with patients run amok (one casting a Shakespeare play with dogs, another 'punishing' a wall because it would not allow him to fit his atoms between the spaces in its atoms, etc.), would seem to prove that the patients are indeed mad - but only in a universe with meaning! Astronaut Wilson challenges Keach at every turn to give meaning to the obvious pain and suffering of life, which to him proves that 'Foot' (God) is either a sadist or simply doesn't exist, in which case everything that he or any of the other patients does is no more or less 'sane' than anything anyone else might do. Wilson meets each example provided by Keach with a logical counterpoint, erasing any real meaning to the argument put forth. The mathematical argument against the spontaneous appearance of even a single protein molecule is pure logic, yet in and of itself it is insufficient to impart the meaning Wilson is seeking. Wilson asks for just one real-world example of a reason not to be insane! I won't spoil the exquisitely beautiful and profound answer. Blatty posed the question, 'Does madness come from evil or does evil come from madness?'. The answer is the former, and the evil is a lack of faith in God.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: William Peter Blatty
Actors:
Stacy Keach



DVD title: Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Mitchell
Productgroup: DVD
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Heh heh! You can't grow steaks


The best MST3K I've ever seen (and I've seen quite a lot of them), Joel and the Bots are downright hillarious. A few samples: "Hot merging action!" "Oh, my goodness, they merged succesfully. My heart was in my throat." "Hey, it's the Starship Enterprise in drydock."
plus a special cameo from
"Andy Kaufman?"
If you haven't seen this episode, you haven't lived.

Studio: Rhino Video
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen



DVD title: Ocean's Eleven (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Ocean's eleven


this movie is excellent, best robbery movie i have seen in a long time, the movie had some action, but it was more comical. One thing for the people that have seen this movie, did you guys notice that in about everyseen that Rusty(Brad Pitt) was in he was eating something, i thought that was funny. Oh well, all i have to say is buy it or rent it, it is well worth the money.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Actors:
George Clooney
Brad Pitt




DVD title: The Omen
Productgroup: DVD
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Scary!!!!


Son of Satan..need I say more? Great performance by the legendary Gregory Peck. This movie is of course about the anti-christ (who, as I understand will appear shortly) and the possibility of him living in our day in time. After The Exorcist sparked a lengthy trend of supernatural thrillers, this 1976 horror film scored a hit with critics and audiences for mixing gothic horror and mystery into its plot about a young boy suspected of being the personification of the anti-Christ. This movie isn't scarier than The Exorcist, but it is scarier than another horror classic by the name of Rosemary's Baby. This one has to be taken seriously for the viewer to actually get scared in it. The Omen gained a lot of credibility from the casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a distinguished American couple living in England, whose young son Damien bears "the mark of the beast." The Omen has the scariest soundtrack to any movie, and the acting in this movie is incredible, even from the kid! This is one you HAVE TO WATCH ALONE IN THE DARK for the full effect. This is a classic chiller and should be seen by all who are in need of a great scare.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Richard Donner
Actors:
Gregory Peck
Lee Remick
Harvey Stephens (II)




DVD title: The Wedding Banquet
Productgroup: DVD
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Great for those with an asian background.


This is a great movie about the merge of two cultures. It's about two men, who are partners in life. On of those men is chinese. Because of his mother's constant match-making and his father's need to have a baby, the protangonist is forced to marry. This movies tells about the ups and downs that many asians parents (like mines) have problems when dealing with having a "happy" child. I greatly recommend for those people who want to understand the mix of cultures.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Ang Lee
Actors:
Winston Chao
May Chin




DVD title: The Mad Butcher
Productgroup: DVD
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great


weird movie but good lots of nudity.RATED-R FOR GOREVOILENSE AND NUDITY.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Guido Zurli



DVD title: Wives and Daughters
Productgroup: DVD
Wives and Daughters - movie DVD cover picture
Finally!!


We bought this on the strength of other reviews here, and the awesome Pride and Prejudice series. It is great. If you enjoyed P&P, you will enjoy this.

Studio: BBC Video
Actors:
Annis
Gambon
Carmichael
Waddel
Francesca Annis




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