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DVD title: Zardoz
Productgroup: DVD
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Zardoz does it!


No matter how critical an attitude I bring to it, I simply cannot dislike this film! Its premises, performances, and images are a godsend to a lover of "thinking person's" science fiction. I have no idea what previous reviewers mean when they talk of a hippie sensibility pervading the film. I saw it twice during its initial release and have just seen it again after twenty some odd years; it still holds its special relevance and the satire still connects. Plus, it's a pleasure watching a science fiction film without a surfeit of gratuitous computer generated effects. Most of the story is told with the use of splendid cinematography, interesting sets, and a simple straightforward script with a few compelling twists. Some may argue that the actors' lines are trite; they are, but to wonderful biting effect. The masks worn by the Exterminators are marvelous, as is the floating head of Zardoz. The aerial photography and sound effects are also used to great effect near the beginning of the film to set the stage for the entrance into the Vortex and Zed's "big boy adventure" among the Immortals. Though Sean Connery's Zed chews most of the scenery, my favorite character was Friend played by John Alderton, especially after he received his sentence and was banished to the world of the aging Renegades. Hilarious! Even the time lapse ending was effective. Normally this device is used as a crutch for a filmmaker simply because he/she doesn't know how to develop a denouement. Not here; it works perfectly! This DVD release is crisp and vibrant with stunningly saturated colors and fine sound. I concur with a previous reviewer; this has to be the finest use of the Second Movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony ever in a film, heard in both it's original scoring and in a special choral arrangement--slow, stately and at a funeral march tempo, the way it should be despite the composer's score markings! I haven't heard the director's narrative track and am in no hurry to do so; the film speaks well for itself.In my opinion, this rightfully ranks as a "must have" for fans of lovingly-made, imaginative, and thought-provoking films. Bring an open mind and a sense of humor along with the popcorn; you're in for a treat!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: John Boorman
Actors:
Sean Connery
Charlotte Rampling




DVD title: Ringu
Productgroup: DVD
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CHILLS WITHOUT THE OVERKILL....


Having not seen "The Ring", I chose to see this version---the original---instead. I have to say that true to the other reviews, "Ringu" is truly creepy. A bizarre urban legend about a weird and deadly video tape is discovered to be (gulp) true. And a journalist (who watched it) is on a race for her life (and her young son's) to get to the source. With the help of her psychic ex-husband, she tracks it down to an even more bizarre series of events that happened 40 yrs.ago. This film does creep you out and without all the obnoxious special effects and gore. It sets you up for the chills right from the beginning and doesn't let up. But it does so with seemingly normal and mundane things like the telephone ringing after watching the video, the weird video cassette itself with no title, static images on a TV screen, schoolgirls who know that the urban legend is true because their friends have died horribly (and no telling how many adults who won't believe them) and it appears they've been scared to death. Maybe these things have been done before but hardly this well. It all seems so fresh in "Ringu" that you find yourself getting edgy. Marvelous directing and acting, beautiful photography and an excellent music score with just the right creepiness in it. I loved it. And I loved the ending. Highly recommended all around. If you havn't seen "The Ring"...wait. See this one first.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Hideo Nakata



DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Great Trilogy


This Trilogy is well worth the money if you are into Star Wars. I got this for my nephew for his birthday. He kept borrowing my copy. I am pleased with this DVD version. It has one difference from the VHS version, when Anikin appears at the end of Jedi with Joda and ObiWan, he is the young Anikin instead of the old Anikin seen on the VHS version. I love the DVD version for the great sound it offers on surround sound.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I liked it , even with the changes .


Yes fellow Star Wars fans it is true they made some changes to the movies from the original releases, however its very worth owning. The changes that Lucas made did not change the most important thing about the movies, THE STORY ! The special effects are phenomenal , but the story is Golden. This epic tale of the eternal struggle between Good and Evil is simply poetic as placed against a back drop of Light sabers and Alien worlds. The color and sound on every film is flawless , and the changes were seamless and did not interrupt the enjoyment of the film in any way. The commentaries are fantastic and insightful. The fourth disc is packed with great extras even the art work in each DVD is great.
I do ask this to all of you who are angry with the changes. If you had the power to go back and change something in your life and make it better , wouldn't you?

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



DVD title: Joy Ride
Productgroup: DVD
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Joy Ride? It should be called Hell Ride


It was an exciting movie, and I really liked how it was kind of a horror, but instead of blood and guts, this movie had actual terror. I highly reccomend seeing this movie, in DVD. It is a movie, that should have gotten more publicity. Like, I hadn't heard of this movie before I watched it, it should have gotten as much publicity as Fast and the Furious.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: John Dahl
Actors:
Leelee Sobieski



DVD title: Alice Cooper - Brutally Live - DTS
Productgroup: DVD
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52 years of hard rock perfection... THE MASTER live!


On October 31, 2000, I had the HONOR of seeing the final show of this tour in New York City to a packed crowd, and no Halloween will ever be the same. To see a similar show on DVD proved that I missed quite a spectacle while staring in awe at the master. What a great concert. On top of some killer new songs from the epic Brutal Planet, Alice Cooper and company dig deep and dish out some rare classics. Awesome songs, stage props, the guillotine, his hot daughter as a nurse and executioner, you can't go wrong... unless your pulse is stagnant.
I've seen enough live shows to know that even on DVD, Brutally Live is better than more performers can dream to exhibit...

Studio: Eagle Vision
Actors:
Alice Cooper



DVD title: My Dinner with Andre
Productgroup: DVD
My Dinner with Andre - movie DVD cover picture
A feast for the mind


A great film forces our gaze into the mirror. We reflect on life and, on occasion, change. This is not the sole domain of a philosophical art movie. How about Star Wars, Kinsey or The Shawshank Redemption? Didn't they force us to ask the big questions?

My Dinner With Andre is a treat for the mind. Two friends discuss life in a posh eatery. As one reviewer pointed out, it's not presumptuous at all. Their values . . . their questioning of life's meaning is funny, entertaining and provocative. I liked how the tic-ridden waiter separates one discourse from the next. Wally's voice over sets just the right tone at story's start and end.

Wally might not agree with Andre's intellectual machinations, but he is surely provoked to wax nostalgically on his life . . . as we reflect on our own life choices. I especially liked Andre's moving last few lines about a boy and his father . . . and Wally's final rumination about his father.

Who thought a movie could fly by so fast without a whisper of action? The action is between the words.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Louis Malle
Actors:
Wallace Shawn
Andre Gregory




DVD title: Cardio Pilates
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Pilates workout with a twist


I love doing pilates at home and this new DVD is a great addition to my DVD collection. You do a traditional 40 minute pilates workout with great instruction and reminders on how/when to breathe. After the pilates Ana leads you through a walking sequence that really ups your heart rate (the cardio portion of the workout). It lasts 15 minutes and she leads you through different movements, lunges, etc. I really enjoy this workout and appreciate a little cardio after doing my pilates. I also have the "Bands" Gaiam Pilates video and the Mari Windsor Pilates DVDs.

Studio: Gaiam Americas
Actors:
Ana Caban



DVD title: The Corrs - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Irish Band since U2


The Corrs are a definite worldwide phenomenon. This DVD features their first big gig live at Royal Albert Hall on St. Patrick's Day in 1998. It features an exhilirating experience and electrifying performances that proves that they are the Best Irish band since U2. Their music which is a combination of traditional violin driven Irish/Celtic music and modern rock exhibits the various influences that the Corrs had since they began performing as a group in 1990. This stellar concert is their jumping point to worldwide stardom.

Studio: Wea/Atlantic
Director: Janet Fraser-Crook



DVD title: Simply Irresistible
Productgroup: DVD
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Sarah Michelle Gellar IS Irrisistible!


First of all let me say I am a HUGE Sarah fan, and this film has gotten bad reviews from alot of people. This is not a film for you if you are looking for action, if you are, don't get this, because you won't like it. If you like romantic dramas, you will definetly like this. This movie wasn't made expecting EVERYONE to fall head over heels in love with it, it was made for people who enjoy films like this. Sarah plays a young girl who has no parents, and she lives by herself, and she runs her mom's resturaunt with her aunt. When the resturaunt may have to close because rent can't be kept up, somehow, Sarah's character starts to make delicious, delectable, irrisistible food that everyone falls in love with. She meets this guy who is opening a resturaunt, and the film just flows out from there. It's a great film, and it's great for those who want to watch a good movie with their girlfriend or boyfriend or for someone who just wants a good Saturday night movie to chill and watch. Sarah Michelle Gellar gives an amazing performance as usual, and you will not be dissapointed.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Mark Tarlov
Actors:
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sean Patrick Flanery




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