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DVD title: Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 9 - Adventures of Zatoichi
Productgroup: DVD
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ZatoIchi blind Robin Hood of feudal Japan-great fun to watch


Zatoichi - blind swordsman of feudal Japan is a surprisingly believeable yet unlikely hero. Despite vices of drink, smoking and gambling -- he consistently defends the weak and powerless during this hour and a half, fun filled movie that shifts seamlessly from fast action to humor and finally to deep human sentimentality in a way that is not often shown in Japanese movies. I recommend this movie highly for anyone interested in a light hearted mixture of action and humor.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda



DVD title: Mission To Mars
Productgroup: DVD
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An excellent - and often unfairly underrated - sci-fi


Mission to Mars - which might be the most underrated film ever made - is a pure science fiction movie.
This movie has a way less flaws than it has been claimed by many, who often unfavourably compared M2M to other sci-fi films. For instance, in order to generate tension in the movie, even in the superior 2001 Bowman did not wear his helmet either - although he should have (check, please, the stills showing his fully space-suited crew-mate in a similar situation). Besides, three Russian cosmonaut died IN REAL LIFE as they, in accordance with the plans, did not wear any spacesuit and the air leaked out from their space capsule - someone in a rush situation, such as Jim in M2M, could behave even more unreasonably. Also, the decent Contact (another measuring stick) is a much appreciated sci-fi flick, yet Contact has a way more implausible plot (e.g., a space traveller, unlike real-life astronauts, does not have any device showing the elapsed time - a wristwatch, e.g.).
As regards to the originality of M2M, this film is as unique as any sci-fi film can be - the film was just ADMITTEDLY influenced by some movies. Similarly, 2001 was affected by George Pal's Conquest of Space, Contact borrowed ideas from 2001 as well as This Island Earth, and regarding Alien, well, sci-fi writer A.E.Van Vogt won a claim that plot of the film was taken from one of his short stories.
Many blamed M2M for the commercials in the movie. Firstly, there are so-called "commercials" in virtually every movie - even in the superb 2001. Secondly, there is (and WILL ALWAYS BE) advertising in REAL space missions, as well. Besides, astronauts have to eat/drink/use something [produced by certain companies, who happen to like displaying their names on the product].
As regards to scientific accuracy, M2M is much more correct than an average science fiction film. In the contrary to the common believes, the movie is also right about using liquid propellant for the spaceship, as, in OUTER SPACE, no spacecraft would be equipped an old-fashioned solid rocket. Likewise, any gauge or instrument can malfunction aboard a spacecraft. Again, some of the reviewers compared M2M to 2001; however, without questioning the obvious exceptional value of Kubrick's unparalleled masterpiece, 2001 has perhaps more scientific errors than M2M does (e.g., three different earth-phases in the short moon-sequence, the captain of Aries rests his elbows on Floyd's chair-back in weightless environment, the pod did not move an inch when Dave blows its hatch in space). As for faulty scientific logic, a REAL Mars probe has just crashed because of an unbelievable scientific error [mixing up different units on ground].
Mission to Mars continues the tradition of the imaginative hard science fiction films evolved in the fifties. Since Destination Moon and Rocketship X-M there have been just few really great SCIENCE-FICTION movies produced - and Mission to Mars is definitely one of them. This movie accurately predicts upcoming Mars missions -- as for the end, well, after many tasteless and we-will-scare-you-to-death sci-fi fakes, it is a real treat nowadays.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Brian De Palma
Actors:
Gary Sinise
Tim Robbins




DVD title: Jason X
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent!


I JUST SAW THIS MOVIE THE OTHER DAY.I HAD TO WATCH IT A COUPLE OF TIMES TO GET USED TO IT I'M USED TO THE WHOLE WOODSEY THEME OF THE MOVIES.BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY VERY GOOD.SOME REALLY [bad] LINES BUT NONE THE LESS I LIKED IT.EVRY FAN OF THIS SERIES SHOULD OWN THIS DVD SO BUY IT TODAY DON'T WAIT.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: James Isaac
Actors:
Kane Hodder
Lexa Doig




DVD title: The Last Unicorn
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Tolkien Lord Of The RingS Like *Magical & Mystical*


ABOUT TIME "The Last Unicorn" is released on DVD this is way long overdue.FanS of such movies as the Lord Of The RingS triology will also love this movie.For even though it starts like the children's movie that it is said to be.But after first 10 minutes or so it gets very much in same line as Lord Of The RingS..In matter of fact the "bull" in this movie resembles a lot the demon that is battled in one scene of the 1ST Lord of the Rings Movie..So grownups don't be weary of this movie.It is for all ages.With a soundtrack by the classic band AMERICA..Long before Elton John did "Lion King" or Phil Collins did "Brother Bear" or Bryan Adams did "Spirit".There was America doing the music for this movie.This is just one of the best Fantasy filmS of all time..And it takes a soon to be released live action remake to get this out on dvd.Which is what i been hopeful about..This movie is very special to me coz this was one of my beloved Mandy's favorite movies (Mandy was KILLED by a drunk driver in 1997.STOP DUI).So buy this movie watch it as a family and be captivated by the Magical Mystical Wonder that is the Last Unicorn.And i am sure that you too will add to one of your favorite movies.And FanS of Lord Of The RingS watch this Tolkien-esque tale.If could choose more then 5 stars this would be a lot more not enough stars to exspress the greatness and brillance of this Fantasy Film Classic

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Actors:
Jeff Bridges
Mia Farrow
Angela Lansbury




DVD title: Schoolhouse Rock! (Special 30th Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Nothing out there today compares with these short vids


I read a bunch of the reviews for the Schoolhouse Rock DVDs before buying them, but knew I would get them anyway. And I'm glad I did.

Our three kids, 11, 8, and 5, all love these and have hardly stopped watching them since they arrived. That's fairly typical with new videos or DVDs, but this is the first one we've bought where the kids walk around singing about adjectives, the shot heard 'round the world, how electricity works, and interplanet Janet.

Face it. Anyone who watched Saturday morning cartoons in the 70s and 80s probably can still recite the preamble to the US Constitution. And tell you where the piece of paper in "I'm just a Bill" is sitting. And with a bit of coaching, could tell you what the function of conjunctions is. ("Hookin' up words and phrases and clauses," for those who never saw them.)

I haven't seen anything out there today that compares with these as far as teaching kids useful information in an entertaining way. My kids love them. My wife and I still love them. And there are a couple of new ones, including one about the electoral college, and an even better one about Tyrannosaurus Debt, the US deficit, how it started, and how it keeps growing.

I had no trouble with the jukebox format or navigating my way around. I was surprised how easy it was based on some of the other reviews, but no problems here.

If you ever watched these when you were a kid, get these DVDs. If you have kids, get these DVDs. If you've never heard of them but want to watch some entertaining, short, educational cartoons, get these DVDs.

Darn, that's the end.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Tom Warburton



DVD title: THE WINTER WAR (Talvisota)
Productgroup: DVD
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Commenting on Previous Review


Indeed! When the Soviet juggernaut attacked tiny Finland, democracy itself was under attack. And the United States and Britain stood by and pledged "moral support"! Shame, shame on us and all the reason to obtain this little known film and watch it with our heads hung low.
Just a correction though. Finnish males between the ages of 17 and 25 are required to serve 6-11 months. Nobody is actually required to keep guns and the gun control laws in Finland are relatively strict. But if guns were ever needed in the hands of law-abiding citizens, that was the time.
See this movie!

Director: Pekka Parikka



DVD title: Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
Productgroup: DVD
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One Of The Best


I really liked this movie because: it showed that you can laugh at yourself. I also liked the whales too!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Actors:
Leonard Nimoy
William Shatner
DeForest Kelley




DVD title: Pearl Harbor
Productgroup: DVD
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Pearl Harbor


This action/romance film is sure to please all with its stunning performances and special effects. Ben Affleck portrays Rafe, a lovesick soldier fighting for the British in World War II . Kate Beckinsale plays Evelyn, a beautiful nurse who falls in love with Rafe. Danny, played by Josh Harnett, is shy when it comes to girls; however, when he finds his true love that soon changes. These actors wonderfully capture their characters which is really what makes the movie so great and allowed me to identify with them. The special effects are incredible during the scenes when Pearl Harbor is attacked. Rafe and Danny, life long friends, join the Army Air Corps together. When Rafe falls in love with his nurse Evelyn he volunteers to fight with the British Royal Air Force where he is shot down and thought to be dead. While he is fighting abroad Danny and Evelyn are shipped to Pearl Harbor where they receive the news that Rafe has been killed. Due to this tragedy they become closer and develop a serious relationship. However, once Rafe returns the only thing that can save their friendship is the attack on Pearl Harbor. This much anticipated film is not only an action film but also a romance. Some consider this film to be a poor display of a war film and that it dishonors those soldiers that died at Pearl Harbor, but what was enjoyable for many is the fact that it wasn't just a war movie. The love story helped more people to identify with the characters and some events that took place. It has a very well written script that had me both laughing and crying. This movie is definitely worth seeing; and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a little love mixed with war.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Michael Bay
Actors:
Ben Affleck
Kate Beckinsale




DVD title: What's New Scooby-Doo, Vol. 1 - Space Ape at the Cape
Productgroup: DVD
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This is ssssssssssssssoooooooooooooo fun!!!


I have the Scooby Doo Golden Collection and I think it's great to have loads of Scooby Doo episodes together in one collection. These new episodes are great but giving us 4 at a time is not a good idea and I really think Warner would have been better off investing their time (as we would invest our money) in a First Season Box Set.
What we are given for now are four episodes running 22 minutes each. A couple of them have below average stories but the other two are up to scratch. The animation and color pallet are very bright and modern as is the soundtrack which incorporates more original music than the old school shows (which tended to re-use temp scores and source music over and over) but manages to work in familiar themes.
For Scooby Doo purists there is no sacrilege here. Shaggy and Scooby/Fred are performed by Casey Kasem and Frank Welker so there's not too much of a divide between this and old school to distance older fans from the new show.
For what it is, the DVD presents the show absolutely flawlessly in 1.33:1 full frame with pretty active Dolby 2.0 surround and some minimal fluff extras. Buy it cheap and hope for a Season Box Set.

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: Ever After - A Cinderella Story
Productgroup: DVD
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the most romantic movie


I've said in other reviews i've done, Drew Barrymore is my all-time favorite actress. She portrays a sweetness and honesty to her characters. She does great in Romantic movies and this is my favorite romance movie she's done even though I also love Mad Love, The Wedding Singer, and Never Been Kissed. This is my all-time favorite version of Cinderella I think it's one of the few times where a different version than the original was 10 times better. My fasination with the story of Cinderella really started with this there is so much they did that made the movie better than the original did not.
Drew Barrymore plays Danielle Debaberake (sp?) AKA Cinderella. Her mother died when she was a baby and for 8 years it was just her loving father and her. That is until he remarried and suddenly Danielle is left to get used to having a stepmother and two stepsisters around her age. Well 5 min. within the movie her her father dies and her stepmother makes her a servant and constantly verbally abuses her. When Cinderella is 18 is when Drew comes into the picture and she plays a very independent wise spunky and beautiful Cinderella.
Anjelica Houston is priceless as the wicked stepmother and adds so much to the sterotype character. Anjelica while playing a mean and self-centered stepmother also adds a tiny touch of tenderness and feelings to the character the main scene you can see this is when Danielle is brushing her hair and the stepmother talks to her. Anjelica is such a classy graceful actress and I can't imagine anyone playing the stepmother better. She is almost worth watching this movie by herself.
Dougory Scott plays the prince of france Henry he is very easy on the eyes and is believeable as a prince. The prince is unintentionaly arrogant and at the first of the movie comes off as a little jerky. But that all changes when he meets Danielle. Her stepmother sold one of her fathers long-time servants to the americas when she couldn't pay her taxes and Danielle puts on a nice dress and does her hair and pretends to be part of the court in order to get him released. This is where she meets the prince who is automaticaly and obviously smitten and dumbfounded by her spirit and the fact she's the only "courteer" that has told him like it is and hasn't sucked up to him. Watching the two bump heads at their first few meetings as he at first always comes off jerky to her but the two are still smitten with each other is quite amusing to watch.
Her stepsister Margeritte (sp?) is blonde beautiful and bitc*y. She is constantly favored and spoiled by her mother and has her eyes on the prince simply because he's a prince. She ridiculously flirts with him everytime they are together and despite her great amount of effort it's obvious to the viewer that she'll never match up to Danielle. Margerette and her mother is still willing to "take care" of any competition that comes along and spends most of the movie scheming on how to get the princes affections.
I love how they made one of the stepsister's nice. Jacalenne is Danielles other stepsister who is actually very sweet softspoken and sympathetic to cinderella but at the sametime wants to please her mother. She is also verbally abused by her mother and is only a level up from Danielle in her mother's point of view. Even her dress is only a slight fancier than Danielle's. Every scene she's in she brings sweetness and innocence.
Also unlike the original, the prince and Danielle met long before the "ball" and so they already built affection before then. When she opens up her heart to "Henry" she starts standing up to her stepmother and to Margerette. When I first saw this, this made the movie for me. I myself am a very fiesty "no crap" woman and I found myself getting totally frustrated when someone is mistreated and they just stand there and take it. I kept saying "IF THAT WAS ME I WOULD OF TOLD THEM WHERE TO GO" so when she starts mouthing off back to them I thought "you go girl it's about damn time" one of the most satisfying scenes is when she socks Margerette in the eye. I found myself wishing she could of gotten in a couple more hits because like I said throughout the movie Margerette is a complete bit**.
This movie is funny, touching, romantic, dramatic, and just overall entertaining. Everyone in this movie holds their place and whoever cast this movie knows what they are doing cause I can't imagine anyone of these roles being played by anyone else better.
This is a great movie for anyone but I do think girls will appreciate it more because of all the romance and the "independent woman" vibe cinderella holds.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Andy Tennant
Actors:
Drew Barrymore
Anjelica Huston
Dougray Scott




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