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DVD title: Led Zeppelin
Productgroup: DVD
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Zeppelin conquers America again


This DVD is Zeps way of apologizing to all their fans for The Song Remains The Same. The book included even eludes to that fact.
If you are a Zeppelin fan this is the DVD you have been waiting for. It includes a glimpse into four periods of the bands life and some of their best performances.
The picture quality is excellent considering some of it is 30 years old. The sound is excellent except a little static out of the center channel on the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. DTS is excellent. And the $22 price tag for 5 and a half hours of live Zeppelin footage can't be beat.
I've been playing this DVD for three weeks straight now and it's still wonderful.
I can't say enough about this DVD except a big thanks to Jimmy,I can only hope he held some stuff back so we can have another DVD soon.
If you're a Zeppelin fan then run, don't walk, to your nearest store and get this DVD, you won't be dissapointed.
If you're not a Zeppelin fan, get it anyway and you will be..

Studio: Wea Corp
Director: Jimmy Page
Actors:
Dick Carruthers



DVD title: Jeeves & Wooster - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
Jeeves & Wooster - The Complete First Season - movie DVD cover picture
From the Books to the Screen


Readers who have seen my Amazon review of PGW's French Leave know I am an incurable fan of the Master. Here I will merely make some notes on the DVDs of the Jeeves and Wooster series, since other readers have already reviewed them so well. Since the TV episodes do not have titles, the shows appeared on video under various names, which made for mix-ups, and you could easily have bought the same show twice. This was particularly the case in the transition from the Masterpiece Theatre/PBS editions to the A&E sets. To make matters worse, A&E also retitled the sets variously, so you never knew what you were buying.
The DVDs are at least grouped by seasons. In the first season on VHS, the five shows,"Jeeves Arrival," "Golf Tournament," The Gambling Event," "Hunger Strike" and "The Matchmaker," also appeared as: "Jeeves Takes Charge," "The Purity of the Turf," "Tuppy and the Terrier," "The Hunger Strike," and "Brinkley Manor." The A&E boxed VHS set is called "The Very First Jeeves and Wooster."
The Second Season in VHS consisted of "Jeeves Saves the Cow Creamer," "A Plan for Gussie," "Pearls Mean Tears," "Kidnapped," and "Jeeves the Matchmaker." The Third Season on VHS was called "More Jeeves and Wooster," and included "Bertie Sets Sail," "The Full House," Introduction on Broadway," "Hot Off the Press," "Comrade Bingo," and "Right Ho Jeeves." Fourth Season titles are: "Return to New York," "The Once and Future Ex," "Bridegroom Wanted," The Delayed Arrival," "Trouble at Totleigh Towers," and "The Ties That Bind."
I find the first three seasons eminently watchable, although they go slowly downhill from the excellent first season on. The fourth season departs too far from PGW's style to please longtime Wodehousians, but some viewers unfamiliar with Plum's books might like the faster pace better.
This retitling problem occurs with P.G.Wodehouse's books also, since the American editions were often renamed from the British versions, different short story collections were variously titled, etc. etc. In his book, P.G.Wodehouse, in the Thames and Hudson Literary Lives series, Joseph Connolly gives a listing of duplicate books with different titles. I also have a review of that book in the PGW section on Amazon.com for any interested readers.

Studio: A & E Entertainment
Actors:
Stephen Fry
Hugh Laurie




DVD title: Pay It Forward
Productgroup: DVD
Pay It Forward - movie DVD cover picture
Inspirational Family Film


Expecting a overly sugary, feel good movie, I was astounded to discover instead a captivating, if mildly sappy, tale with top flight actors in a tightly scripted movie that lives and breaths. A movie that will both inspire and sadden you. The cast is exceptional, the story mostly believable and the message might even challenge you to do something really huge. Note: Have a box of kleenex really close.

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: Once Were Warriors [IMPORT]
Productgroup: DVD
Once Were Warriors [IMPORT] - movie DVD cover picture
Captivating... haunting


This movie was suggested to me - the acting was superb, the emotions, feelings the actors put out were heart wrenching. after watching this movie I passed it onto 2 co-workers and I watched it for the second time, and found it just as captivating as the first time. what talent is seen in this film to show us lifes reality and what it can do for and to the human spirit. a positive film in this age of lost souls.

Director: Lee Tamahori
Actors:
Rena Owen
Temuera Morrison




DVD title: Annie (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Annie (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Annie Rules!


I LOVE this version of Annie! It's AWESOME! I don't know why so many people hate it when this movie is clearly better than the one Disney put out in 1999. The cast is better, the songs are better, and the sets are more realistic. I really don't see the comparison between the two movies. The sets, like the mansion and the orphanage, are much more realistic in this version than the other one. The orphanage is a dump in this one, which is what it's supposed to look like. The mansion is gorgeous, which it is supposed to look like. The cast is so much better in this one, too. Albert Finney plays a much more realistic Daddy Warbuckst than Victor Garber. I love Aileen Quinn as Annie. She fits the description perfectly: 20% tough, 80% charm. Aileen Quinn looks more like Annie than Alicia Morton,too. Where are Alicia's curly locks? They don't appear until the end. Carol Burnett is a much better Ms. Hannigan than Kathy Bates. She does a much better job in the song "Little Girls." Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell, Geoffrey Holder as Punjab, Edward Herrman as FDR, Tim Curry as Rooster, and Bernadette Peters as Lily are awesome, too.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: John Huston
Actors:
Albert Finney
Carol Burnett
Aileen Quinn




DVD title: G.I. Blues
Productgroup: DVD
G.I. Blues - movie DVD cover picture
Excellent, Brilliant, Terrific


To me, this is one of the very best Elvis Presley musical extravaganza. Briliant movie - loved all the songs. What a superb DVD!!!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Norman Taurog
Actors:
Elvis Presley
Juliet Prowse




DVD title: Down from the Mountain (The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Concert)
Productgroup: DVD
Down from the Mountain (The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Concert) - movie DVD cover picture
Bluegrass Music at it's finest.


I am a fan of music that you can understand and hear the individual instruments and this DVD is OUTSTANDING music. It is almost as good as being there at the concert in Nashville, recorded in 5.1 sound and 16.9 screen format.If you even think you like Bluegrass, this will convert you immediately.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Actors:
Emmylou Harris



DVD title: Apollo 13 (DTS)
Productgroup: DVD
Apollo 13 (DTS) - movie DVD cover picture
The best scene in the movie is...


They are running out of oxygen...they cannot shut down enough switches to get their re-entry capsule to operate, their atmosphere is building up in CO2...they are pointed the wrong way to get back to earth...
Marilyn Lovell is watching TV as the entire world gripped with dread fears the life of her husband and the other astronauts...
Jim is interviewed on TV...you can feel the tension in the air....it doesn't look good....
He describes how years ago he was flying back to the carrier after a mission over Korea...his aircraft is shot up...he's in trouble....he asks God to help him...
...then his electrical power to his cockpit lights go out...he curses....
...that's all he needs at this moment...
THEN------he looks out into the darkness and sees a faint green trail.....
....its the wake the propellors of the carrier leaves and follows it home.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Actors:
Tom Hanks
Bill Paxton
Kevin Bacon
Gary Sinise
Ed Harris




DVD title: Ulysses' Gaze
Productgroup: DVD
Ulysses' Gaze - movie DVD cover picture
a masterpiece


Truly I am struck deeply each time I watch this film. Though I do not purport to understand fully the lines of the plot (the rapid shifting between languages and character transitions make it exquisitely challenging to follow), the cinematography is hauntingly gorgeous. The image of the massive statue of Lenin being lifted by crane onto a barge, and floated down the Sava River stays with me even months afterwards. Harvey Keitel is cast as a Greek-American film director/producer, returned to his Balkan home (north Greece), seeking lost reels of film shot by the Manakis brothers. He believes these to be the very first cinema images of life in the Balkans...in searching for these films, he is metaphorically searching for his own identity...a sense of deeper connection with a past with which his ties have been broken. Hungarian actress Maia Morgenstern is cast as a myriad of women whom Keitel (his character is known only as K...almost Kafkaesque in its enigmatic nature, I find this particular element...) meets throughout his journey through the Balkans...Greece, (FYR)Macedonia, Bosnia. Though it may be that I am struck by the "Emperor's New Clothes Syndrome" in purporting to understand a kernel of Angelopoulos' intent in this film, I find it particularly effecting because I, like K, am on a journey...both to find out where I am from, and to see where I am going...and perhaps these twain shall meet somewhere beyond my present horizon. In this regard, we can each only hope...more than a film, Angelopoulos has succeeded in creating a successful reflection of what it is to live...it is to journey, ofttimes in search of ourselves...but more than the search, it is the journey that is important...we all come to our Ithaca in the end; only our paths differ.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Theo Angelopoulos
Actors:
Harvey Keitel
Erland Josephson
Maia Morgenstern




DVD title: Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch Stole Christmas/Horton Hears a Who
Productgroup: DVD
Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch Stole Christmas/Horton Hears a Who - movie DVD cover picture
It's not just a movie for children...


Being an adult, or atleast a person who attempted to be one from 8 to 5 each day, How the Grinch Stole christmas has always been one of my favourite animated movies. Dr Seuss was simply a master of rhyme, and the animation of this story...priceless. The grinch, the poor little dog with the antlers affixed to his little head, and all the who's down in whoville make this a movie to be enjoyed by children of all ages :)

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Boris Karloff
Thurl Ravenscroft




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