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DVD title: Hercules (Limited Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Zero to Hero


When the evil Hades, god of the underworld, learns that if Zeus and Hera's newborn son Hercules fights his world takeover plan, he will fail, Hades' idiotic helpers Pain and Panic kidnap the tyke in an attempt to turn him mortal and kill him. But before baby Herc could drink the last drop of the potion, a middle aged couple intersept. They take young Hercules in and raise him as their own. The only problem Hercules has is his god like strength, which he retained because he did not drink the last drop of the potion.
Hercules grows up feeling like he doesn't belong and goes on a journey to find his true identity. When he discovers that he is the son of Zeus, he is told that the only way he can regain entry to Mount Olympus is to become a true hero.
So with the help of Phil, a satyr, and Pegasus he begins training to become a hero. He ends up meeting Meg, a young woman who sold her soul to Hades, and falling in love with her. Meg is torn between loyalty to Hades and her growing love for "Wonder Boy".
When Hades strikes a deal with Hercules to give up his strength for 24 hours, Hades frees the Titans to take over Olympus. Due to one technicality in the deal, Hercules regains his strength and defeats Hades. But when he learns of Meg's death, he strikes a deal with Hades to rescue her and take her place in the underworld.
A little bit too modern for a story set in Ancient Greece but this movie contains all the essential elements of a true Disney classic.

Studio: Disney Studios
Actors:
Tate Donovan
James Woods
Susan Egan




DVD title: The Transformers - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Still the BEST after all these years


I was browing thru my collection of cartoons recently and found my old Transformers : Movie tape. Unfortunately it was filled with fungus but I manage to watched it anyway. Definately the BEST and still is the all time cartoon. Then I got on the net and started searching info on it and found out that a DVD version will be released. Well hopefully it will be out very soon. Go Get It :)

Studio: Rhino Video
Director: Nelson Shin



DVD title: Baby Einstein - Baby Monet - Discovering the Seasons
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful - ignore negative reviews


My 8 month old has loved this one since she was 6 months old. It it adorable, engaging, shows the change of seasons quite well, and just as good as Baby Noah, Di Vinici, and Macdonald. I highly recommend it.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Jim Janicek



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The best action movie of the past few years


When I went to the theatre to watch this movie I did not expect a movie with a very intellectual plot. All I wanted to see is a fun action movie with good fighting scenes. If the director for this movie could have developed the story line better I would give this movie 4 or 5 star. Stallone did a good job carrying this movie. I did not like how they were trying to make Carter(Stallone) be a bad guy and a good guy. Even though I am giving this movie 3 star I will still buy the DVD because I liked the action in this movie.




DVD title: Three Mo' Tenors
Productgroup: DVD
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Three Mo' Tenors


I watched this on PBS and was just amazed! It was the best show I have ever seen...I couldn't have enjoyed it more if I'd been in the theatre where they performed! These gentlemen are some of the greatest talents I've seen in years... I'm thrilled to be able to purchase this video. I have told eveyone I know about it.

Studio: Bmg/Rca Victor
Actors:
Thomas Young
Roderick Dixon
Victor Trent Cook




DVD title: Almost Famous
Productgroup: DVD
Almost Famous - movie DVD cover picture
Love GOOD music? What a movie!


Crowe captured every feeling I had for the music represented in this stunning movie. Anyone who can remember first hearing The Who's "Tommy" (especially if it was by a "cool" older brother or sister) will definately appreciate the reminder to how essential the music is to one's life. This is the best movie that has came out in a while, very possibly, Coppola's "Virgin Suicides". Rent and enjoy!

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Cameron Crowe
Actors:
Billy Crudup



DVD title: Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (Special Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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thiz movie was great is great...


Thiz Movie is soo good I Loved it im going to buy the DVD as soon as it comes out yes i am ...

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: McG
Actors:
Cameron Diaz
Drew Barrymore
Lucy Liu




DVD title: Re-Animator (The Millennium Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The best horror movie of the 80's.


Actual Rating:*****out of *****=excellent.
Plot:Dan Cain has it all, he's a bright medical student,he's on good terms with the dean and he's dating the dean's pretty daughter. But everything comes to a halt, when a eccentric,brillant med student named Herbert West comes to room with him after he got thrown out of a Swiss University for the accidental death of his mentor.Things get out of control when Dan finds out Herbert can bring dead animals back to life using a green glow in the dark serum. Soon, West wants to try his serum on dead human beings,but their's only one problem these dead people aren't too happy when their brought back to life,which ends up causing a lot of mayhem. But, their work dosen't go unnoticed, Dr. Hill, a chief nero-surgeon and teacher who has butted heads with West since his arrival,realizes Herbert's potential and wants to steal West's green serum for himself,so he can become famous. Of course, West isn't about to let that happen, so Dr.Hill ends up being decapitated.Curosity kills Herbert, since he's never brought dead parts to life,so he ends up sticking his green goo into Hill, the result is, Herbert gets knocked out,Hill gets away and steal's his re-animaton work. Now West has to get his work back, with the help of Dan(Hill also has it out for Dan, since he lusts after Dan's girlfriend, Meg and has now kidnapped her)and all this leads to a gory climax.
Review: Re-Animator is a rare breed, considering all the slasher movies that came out in the 80's,it was something completely different.It took the old mad scientist genre and the zombie genre and put a fresh spin on it. The result was reviviting, scary, horror comedy. It was the perfect balance between horror and some subtle comedy. This is what the abysmal CABIN FEVER tried to be last year, but failed completely.The movie is also scary and suspenseful, who wasn't scared when the cat in the basement jumped out of nowhere or seeing Dr. Hill's head in that tray? BRRRRRR. Those are just a couple of the horrifying moments throughout the movie.
The movie also works on a character level because screenwriters Dennis Paloi,Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris,gives you time to get know everyone on screen.The result is you care about every character.The most interesting one of the bunch is no doubt, Herbert West.Sure, he's cocky and egocentric,but we never learn he has any kind of evil motive for he what's doing, he just wants to put an end to death.Another cool character is Dr.Hill, he's relentless in pursuit of what he wants. Even after he's been beheaded, he still wants to have sex with Meg,which leads to the movie's most infamous scene and gives new meaning to giving head.We also find a perfect romance between Dan and Meg. Which is very well drawn out and is never cheesy.
The characters also wouldn't work as well on screen, if it wasn't for the actors protraying them. Jeffrey Combs is no doubt the highlight of the movie. His protrayl of the wide eyed, intense West is dead on. Bruce Abbott gives extremely solid performance as straight-laced Dan Cain. His chemstry with Combs is impeccable. Barbara Crampton does well as the pretty girlfriend. She and Abbott have wonderful romantic chemstry together.David Gale also steals the show as Dr.Hill,he had a Karloff like presence to him.Robert Sampson is also great as the dean of the medical school.This is one the best assembled casts ever in a horror movie.
First time director Stuart Gordon directs the movie very well,it's compently helmed and well paced,it's a very good job.While their's a few nices shots here and there, the movie is not extremely stylish,but it's still very well done.Gordon also knows how to time suspense and knows how to scare you. Their's also no false scares in this movie which is a huge sigh of relief,since horror movies heavly rely on that so much. There's also an uneasy atmosphere through out the whole movie,putting you on the edge of your seat.Photograher Mac Alhberg, who did most of the work for movie, is fantastic,he gives the basement scenes a dark look and gives the moruge scenes a creepy florescent look.A job well done in the photography department as well.
The gore F/X is also great, considering that they were working with a limited budget. The F/X by Anthony Doublin, John Naulin and John Carl Beuchler are excellent. The gore is layed on thick and the climatic gory morgue scene is something legends are made of.
While it rips off the Psycho score, Richard Band's music for the movie is wonderful.The score is nicely done and enduring. You should definatly pick up the soundtrack for this movie,although it's somewhat hard to find.
In the end, Re-Animator is a horror classic and my #3 favorite movie of all time. It's too bad horror movie these days don't even come close to greatness of this movie. Instead were left with movies like CABIN FEVER, and JEEPERS CREEPERS 2, just to name a couple.Horror movies these days just don't have what it takes to be good.All in all,go and see this brilliant masterpiece,you won't be disappointed.
Elite Entertainment has released an excellent 2-disc Millennium Edition of this movie. It contains a widescreen(1:851) transfer,remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1,DTS 5.1, there's also the original mono soundtrack for all you purists out there.There's also Richard Band's isolated musical soundtrack presented in Dolby Digital 5.1,two commentries, one with Director Stuart Gordon, the other with producer Brian Yuzna,actors Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott,Robert Sampson and actress Barbara Crampton. Disc two has the 16 extended scenes from the R-rated version and the infamous dream sequence deleted scene. It also contains new interviews with Stuart Gordon,Brian Yuzna,Screenwriter Dennis Paoli,two diffrent segments with Composer Richard Band and an interview with Fangoria editor Anthony Timpone. We also get 3 storyboard to film comparsions, a behind the scenes photo gallery ,extensive bios of the cast and crew, the original theatical trailer and five tv spots.If you love this movie buy the DVD it's worth it.

Studio: Koch Vision Entertai
Director: Stuart Gordon
Actors:
Jeffrey Combs
Bruce Abbott




DVD title: Lost In Translation (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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I loved this movie


This movie DOES require a specific mind-set. Most films hit you so hard over the head that they require nothing of the viewer. This film asks a lot of the viewer, the characters don't share every though and feeling in long, overly scripted monologues. Two disenfranchised people find solace in one another's company. It's so simple a premise, yet there is so much going on, on an emotional level. If I don't get this film for my birthday I'm going to hugely disappointed.
I'm not going to try and generalize. I'm not going to say all people who like this film are this, and all people who hate this film are that. Things affect people differently.
oh, yeah... ee cummings is dead. please use the shift key. no caps = annoying to read.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Sofia Coppola
Actors:
Scarlett Johansson
Bill Murray
Giovanni Ribisi




DVD title: Top Secret!
Productgroup: DVD
Top Secret! - movie DVD cover picture
Even funnier if you know some German


Very funny movie! Even funnier if you know some German because almost everything the Germans say in this movie sounds perfectly German - but it isn't.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Val Kilmer



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