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DVD title: The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / Horse Feathers / Duck Soup)
Productgroup: DVD
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Zeppo kicks many a buttocks

Oh, what a nice 40th Birthday present I received!
This set is so cool. I agree though that the film to DVD transfers don't look so great, but I'm thinking that considering how old these films are, we're lucky to see them on DVD at all!
I didn't know that they had already been on DVD in 2000?

I'm so glad Universal Studios, the owner of the films has reissued them for DVD, so that they are preserved for future generations to enjoy. It's fabulous to see the Marxes early work, all done from 1929-1933. They were the hardest working comedy team in the business!

Many of the skits seen in these films were Marx Bros. Broadway plays (Animal Crackers & The Cocoanuts)and other skits for other films were tested out in front of live audiences in theaters before they were filmed as movies to see what got laughs and what didn't. The Marx Bros. were comedy geniuses!

They had the best writers in the business working for them too, and that really makes the difference. That's one reason why these films are Comedy Classics!!

The Warner Bros. DVD's of their later films DO have lots of nice extras like comedy shorts and cartoons, and interviews with people that worked with Groucho, Chico & Harpo, which I find interesting-- The Bonus material in THIS 5 film set is very limited, but also cool.

The Marx Brothers are an all-time classic comedy team, and if you can find a copy of Groucho's 1959 Autobiography 'Groucho and Me', you should definitely check it out to learn all about the Marx Bros. lives and careers. Check here on Amazon or at your local Public Library....

Long Live The Marx Bros. Movies!!!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Marx Brothers

DVD title: The Birdcage
Productgroup: DVD
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"Sweetie, you're wasting your gum!"

In 1996, Mike Nichols (director of the 1967 film "The Graduate") directed and produced the film "The Birdcage", an American remake of one of the best known French comedic films of all time, "La Cage aux folles" (1978). Named after a fictitious gay nightclub of the same name in South Beach, Florida, the film stars Robin Williams as the nightclub's owner, Armand Goldman. Also starring is Nathan Lane as Armand's partner of 20 years, Albert, who is known by nightclub patrons as the Birdcage's main star named Starina. Their home, located above the nightclub in the same building, is taken care of by their servant Agador (Hank Azaria). One night while Albert is performing, Armand gives the night off to Agador so that he can have a private meeting with a young man who turns out to be his 20-year old son Val (Dan Futterman). Val has returned from college to announce that he is planning to get married. Val's fianc?e, Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart), is the daughter of the ultra-conservative, right-wing U.S. Senator Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman) and his wife Louise Keeley (Dianne Wiest). Afraid to tell her parents whom Val's parents really are, Barbara makes up stories about them to make them sound more appealing. When an unforeseen circumstance places Senator Keeley into a very unwanted negative media spotlight, Louise views the impending marriage between Barbara and Val as a means to restore their family's integrity. To the dismay of Val, the Keeley's decide to immediately travel to South Beach to meet Val and his parents. To save Val's engagement, Armand reluctantly agrees to pretend to be the person that Barbara described to her parents. Val also wants his parent's home to appear less flamboyant and for Albert not to be there.
Some viewers of "The Birdcage" considered the film's portrayal of gay men to be too stereotypical and offensive, and some were put off by Val's selfishness; but most viewers find the characters (especially Albert) to be endearing and funny. Some of the best scenes in the film include Albert's argument with Armand about a palimony agreement, Albert rehearsing with Celsius (Luca Tommassini), Armand trying to teach Albert how to act manly, the arrival of 'Mrs. Coleman' (Albert pretending to be Val's mother), Senator Keeley dancing with 'Mrs. Coleman', the arrival of Katherine Archer (Christine Baranski, who plays Val's birth-mother) and the Keeley's secretive departure from the nightclub. Other characters contributing to the film include National Enquirer reporter Harry Radman (Tom McGowan), his photographer (Grant Heslov) and the Keeley's Chauffeur (Kirby Mitchell).
Overall, I rate "The Birdcage" with 5 out of 5 stars for its constant humor, wonderful acting (especially Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman) and engaging story. The film also demonstrates that families with gay parents can be just as positive (if not more so) than nuclear families. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Set Decoration. It also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedic/Musical Film. Nathan Lane, who practically became a household name thanks to this film, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedic/Musical Motion Picture. I cannot guarantee that you will enjoy the film if you haven't seen it, but chances are very good that you will find it very entertaining and funny. Therefore, I highly recommend watching it at least once.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Mike Nichols
Robin Williams
Gene Hackman
Nathan Lane

DVD title: Gummo
Productgroup: DVD
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You WILL be impacted.

First off, forgive me if this review appears a bit jumbled. I guess I feel that if the movie doesn't have to make sense, its review doesn't either. ;)This movie is a black hole of hopelessness. Everything is so drawn out and there seems to be no real point to anything...which is the way life seems at times. No solid plot, unexplained characters and events(?), dirty, dingy surroundings.. I would say that Gummo is an important film because it answers no questions but raises many... Are there really people who live this way? Has anyone ever escaped this town/fate? Do I ever come across that way? Is it ok to be like that? What do I think about people like this, and does that make me a bad person? In other words, it forces you to examine yourself and the way you view others. Also, on the grander side, it asks what qualifies as a legitimate film? When does a movie become something other than art? Gummo is definately more than art, because it captures very difficult sensations from real life and unapologetically subjects the viewer to them. In conclusion, I would not recommend this movie to those who have a problem with unflinching ugliness, disorienting situations, and sincere self-examination.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Harmony Korine
Nick Sutton
Jacob Sewell

DVD title: Back to School
Productgroup: DVD
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Rodney, we all love you!

This is one of those movies. Everything is good about it, I love Rodney because as an actor you get the feeling that's really him. I have seen this movie literatly dozens of times. There are so many funny moments, it's not even funny. Rodney is great, he's rude, he's funny, he's loud but hay, he's Rodney! That is what makes him so charming. The story here is actually pretty good, when you look past the obvious humor. You have Rodney trying to get close to his son, which doesn't seem to work well, well because he's obnoxious and too care free. Where his son is focused and serious. I think the chemistry between them is a thing of beauty. There are moments where you almost believe they are father and son, and moments where you feel the son's embarrassment of his "pops" Lots of slapstick here, there's not really much bad langauge, and only about 1 second of nudity. I wouldn't say it's the best movie for kids, but I would have no problem letting my kids watch it. Lou, Rodney's limo driver, and body guard is WONDERFUL! Some of his lines blow me away"your fathers tough, but a good guy. Like me, I'm good but I'm tough. I put one of my kids through college, and I put the other threw a wall" haha priceless. This is a must own for everyone if you ask me. As Thorten Mellon Rodney shines, I can't get enough of this movie.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Alan Metter
Rodney Dangerfield

DVD title: VH1 Divas Live
Productgroup: DVD
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Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Michael Simon

DVD title: Pilates Workout for Dummies
Productgroup: DVD
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This was my first attempt at pilates ever and all i can say is once i roll back, I can't get back up. But overall I think this was a great overview of basic moves, and was a good length. Simply to follow and good directions.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
For Dummies
Michelle Dozois

DVD title: Rushmore
Productgroup: DVD
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Rushmore: great film.

Seriously, this movie really bad. All parts about i can t explain. the rushmore guy hangs out with that little kid and then rushmore all like wants this older girl who i seen in the sixth sense. now their's good movie. i also don't like how rushmore writes these plays and then he all solves things with them, people wouldn't really think rushmore is that good of play writer, he's only supposed to be like 13. i thought the movie would get good when rusmore says hey dj put on this song, i thought like sparks and cool rap song would play for sure, instead it is song with guitar and like music stuff. for real i don't know what bill murray thinks when he does movie like this. if bill murray finds interesting in places to go, then he come over to my house, cause up here at Michigan State University we party with style and rap music. i will forever remember this movie about rusmore and he own crazy green suit, yet he doesn t understand the true style of green, because that is what i bleed. GO green go Whit

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Wes Anderson
Jason Schwartzman
Bill Murray

DVD title: Chicago (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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It'll Leave You Razzel Dazzeled

I swear to all you people that this is the best musical, wait..this is the best movie I have ever seen! It's so awesome! The whole cast did such a wonderful job. I was really hoping that Renee Zellweger would get the Oscar. She was robbed, I absolutely HaTeD The Hours, it was such an odd movie. Im was overjoyed that Catherine Zeta Jones won though, she did the best out of all the cast! If you haven't seen this yet in theaters then try to find it somewhere because its a great movie going expierence. I really cant wait untill its out on DVD. I wish they would've left Class in it because I rEaLlY LoVe that song! Its hilarious! Anyways I suggest that you see it.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Rob Marshall
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Renée Zellweger

DVD title: Heart and Souls
Productgroup: DVD
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Heart and Souls

An excellent movie, entertaining, funny and heartful! This movie, although a comedy, touches deeper issues of the heart that are like a rich tapestry of what is good in man. Very colorful and excellent acting from every one. Something to watch over and over again.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Underwood
Robert Downey Jr.
Charles Grodin
Alfre Woodard

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Good movie - fantastic DVD

Although not quite as successful as the "Star Wars" films, "The Fellowship of the Ring" is a very good motion picture that puts the recent entries into the fantasy genre such as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".
A young hobbit, Frodo (Elijah Wood), reluctantly inherits the task of bearing a beautiful golden ring that has a dark mind of its own. There, he, his friend Sam (Sean Astin), wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and two other hobbits, Merry (Billy Boyd) and Pippin (Dominic Monaghan) embark on a long and perilous journey to destroy the evil ring in the fires of Mount Doom.
First - let me state that I have never been a fan of the Tolkien books myself, they were overlong and never seemed to gather any momentum (plus the fact that I have only read 'The Hobbit' and only half of 'Fellowship' before I abandoned the books altogether). Nevertheless, the movie adaptation is more stirring, more exciting, and indefinitely more enchanting than what the books conjured up.
Never has a movie been so perfectly cast. Elijah Wood does an exceptionally good job as Frodo, Viggo Mortensen effortlessly captures the rugged toughness of Aragorn, and the other actors do a fine job as well. The person who outstrips everyone in the movie (including Cate Blanchett) is the mind-blowing performance of Ian McKellan who immerses himself effectively in the role of the wise, wizened Gandalf the Gray - earning himself a deserved Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.
"The Lord of the Rings" boasts strong directing by Peter Jackson, stunning cinematography and astounding visual effects that makes us believe that we're actually in Middle-earth. Never had I had been so breathlessly entranced.
The writers - Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson - effortlessly condense the 365-page book into a smooth, intelligent script. Some of the liberalties that they have taken with the movie are not as obvious in the book (such as the fireworks display at Bilbo's birthday celebration), they're more like something Tolkien would have added. Alas, despite all the lavish praise, "The Lord of the Rings" loses steam and momentum during the final 30 minutes and character threads are left open - not to mention that the sudden dropoff is especially anticlimatic. Nevertheless, "The Lord of the Rings" is a breathless, enrapturous piece of modern cinema and holds up extremely well after repeated viewings.
The special edition 4-disc DVD collection is truly a special edition of the film, it is packaged in a special box and there is a lavishly illustrated booklet telling where you want to go. On the first two discs there is a special extended version of the film (30 minutes longer from the theatrical version), with missing/extended scenes seamlessly integrated into the whole, which breathes more life and understanding of the picture. This version gives a whole new meaning to the picture, but it's no less entrancing or diminished.
In the special features section, there are three audio commentaries that you can listen to over the film. One has the commentary track of the cast, the next a commentary from the visual effects department and the final commentary from Peter Jackson and fellow screenwriters.
The other two discs contain documentaries on how the movie was made and how long it took. Also included are documentaries on the actors during their filming duration in New Zealand... all of them are worth watching, just to see how the trilogy of films were made and the labor of love it took while getting there.
Buy it - it is worth the money to pay for this lavish 4 disc DVD set of this film. Never since the release of "Beauty and the Beast" on DVD came out, have DVDs been so grand and lavish before. Good movie - fantasic DVD. Either way, you will be pleased.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

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