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DVD title: Zorro, the Gay Blade
Productgroup: DVD
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Zizzling zorro


...I would have missed out on so many great movies!! I first saw this on HBO when I was 12, and I thought George Hamilton was a "hottie". Funny men have always done it for me. Ask my husband.
Anyway, I saw this movie last weekend...I'm now in my 30's...and it hasn't suffered any with age! George is still spectacular in two quite different roles; from virile, Spanish playboy to British, preening queen, he does not disappoint. The soundtrack is wonderful...borrowed, I believe, from "The Adventures of Don Juan". The genre is definitely screwball/spoof. You will laugh at the funny dialogue and probably enjoy the action of the fencing sequences as well.
I recommend also viewing the original "Mask of Zorro" with Tyrone Power. It's illuminating to see where the "Gay Blade" crew got their inspiration...also interesting to watch Mr. Power playing a "fop". Enjoy! I did.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Peter Medak
Actors:
George Hamilton
Lauren Hutton




DVD title: Looney Tunes - Golden Collection, Volume Two
Productgroup: DVD
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Disc arrangment


The disc order for this DVD has now been revealed! It goes like this...

Disc 1 - Bugs Bunny

"The Big Snooze", "Broomstick Bunny", "Bugs Bunny Rides Again", "Bunny Hugged", "French Rarebit", "Gorilla My Dreams", "The Hare-Brained Hypnotist", "Hare Conditioned", "The Heckling Hare", "Little Red Riding Rabbit", "Tortoise Beats Hare", "Rabbit Transit", "Slick Hare", "Baby Buggy Bunny", "Hyde and Hare"

Disc 2 - Road Runner & Friends

"Beep Beep", "Going Going Gosh", "Zipping Along", "Stop Look and Hasten", "Ready Set Zoom", "Guided Muscle", "Gee Whiz-z-z-z", "There They Go-Go-Go", "Scrambled Aches", "Zoom and Bored", "Whoa Be Gone", "Cheese Chasers, The Dover Boys, "Mouse Wreckers", "Bear for Punishment"

Disc 3 - Tweety & Sylvester & Friends

"Bad Ol' Putty Tat", "All Abir-r-r-d", "Room and Bird", "Tweet Tweet Tweety", "Gift Wrapped", "Ain't She Tweet", "A Bird in a Guilty Cage", "Snow Business", "Tweety Pie", "Kitty Kornered", "Baby Bottleneck", "Old Glory", "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery", "Duck Soup to Nuts"

Disc 4 - All-Stars on Stage and Screen

"Porky in Wackyland", "Back Alley Oproar", "Book Revue", "Corny Concerto", "Have You Got Any Castles", "Hollywood Steps Out", I" Love to Singa", "Katnip Kollege", "The Hep Cat", "Three Little Bops", "One Froggy Evening", "Rhapsody Rabbit", "Show Biz Bugs", "Stage Door Cartoon", "What's Opera Doc", "You Ought To Be in Pictures".


Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: Fleetwood Mac - The Dance
Productgroup: DVD
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A gem to add to my collection!


As a quasi-fan of Fleetwood Mac, I happened to catch the end of The Dance on public television a couple of months ago. I was fascinated not so much by the sound (I was only hearing it in stereo), but by the fun Mick Fleetwood was having on the drums. He was absolutely fantastic. The others former members of the band, Stevie Nicks, Christie McVie, John McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham were absolutely enjoying their reunion of sorts. It really showed. Well, that short clip made me go out and buy the DVD. When I watched the concert in its entirety, I was in awe. The 5.1 soundtrack is awesome, Mick's drum playing is one of the best performances I've heard, and Lindsey's guitar playing is, well, a work of art. The vocals of Stevie and Christie are timeless. If you haven't seen or heard this concert, do yourself a favor and buy the DVD version. You won't be disappointed.

Studio: Wea/Warner Bros.
Director: Bruce Gowers
Actors:
Lindsey Buckingham
Christine McVie
John McVie
Stevie Nicks
Mick Fleetwood
Lenny Castro
Brett Tuggle
Neale Heywood
Sharon Celani
Mindy Stein




DVD title: The Incredibles (Widescreen 2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Tremendous Fun!


The Incredibles" really is a great film for real children and those merely hiding in grownup bodies. The combination of director Brad Bird and Pixar have created a fun excursion into the world of superheroes, complete with relevant modern-day tribulations thrown in for good measure. Every time other film production companies feel like they are catching up to Pixar, the renowned CG animators make a great leap forward with something like "Incredibles", leaving the competition in the dust again.

"Incredibles" is about superheroes who have lost their relevance in a world of lawsuits and spoiled wannabes. Our heroes been forced into mundane lives of drudgery. The two children have inferiority complexes because they cannot show their superpowers, and dad (Mr. Incredible) has to put up with a brainless, narrow minded boss at the insurance agency. Mom (Elastigirl) spends her life ironing and dealing with dad's frustrations at not being able to assist the helpless! Ah, but evil still lurks in the hearts of men! A dastardly force is about to be unleashed from an uncharted island, and Mr. Incredible and his super family are their to save the world in the nick of time!

The direct-to-digital transfer is a marvel to behold. Even on my 10-year old Toshiba 36" CRT, the picture simply leaped off the screen. It is clear to see just how far the CG animation envelope has been pushed beyond even the impressive work Pixar did in "Finding Nemo". In point of fact, what really separates Pixar from the pack is the quality of the storytelling in their films. One really cares about the characters and the journey they go through to reach the climactic battle with the giant robot at the end of the film. There is real emotion here, things that anyone from 4 to 104 can relate to.

5 big stars for Pixar hitting the nail on the head again with "The Incredibles"!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Brad Bird
Actors:
Craig T. Nelson
Holly Hunter
Samuel L. Jackson
Jason Lee




DVD title: The Wiggles - Wiggle Time
Productgroup: DVD
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The Wiggles - Wiggle Time WONDERFUL, MUST HAVE!


My son 18 months, LOVES this movie. There are no boring parts, it's fun and uplifting. This is one of the BEST Wiggles videos.

Studio: Hit Entertainment, P



DVD title: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Productgroup: DVD
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Outstanding, a total delight!


This video is spectacular. It is as if you were at the theatre, but watching it from your comfortable couch. Unlike other "made for tv" theatrical productions, there are no real special effects, rather the theatrical props.
My twin 3 year old boys saw the play in the theatre and were just as amazed by the video.
A Must rental!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Mallet



DVD title: Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (Snap Case)
Productgroup: DVD
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (Snap Case) - movie DVD cover picture
An excellent value for the money!


My 5-year-old son adores this video! The Mystery Gang chases a computer virus through a video game, during which they meet the incarnations of themselves that I remember watching on TV when I was a child. The additional pieces where characters talk about their favorite parts of the adventure sparked several discussions with my son. Also, the sequence about how the film was made is fascinating. Excellent work!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Scooby Doo



DVD title: From Hell
Productgroup: DVD
From Hell - movie DVD cover picture
Important note, this is not a documentary!


My wife and I saw this movie just last night and it was a very effective thriller, which is exactly what it was supposed to be. And let me warn everyone reading this that if you are a Ripper historian you will be dissappointed, you'd be much better off watching a Discovery channel special. The movie does present most of the murders and facts the way they actually happend but it's Hollywood and so they also changed a few things but, as I previously stated this was never supposed to be a documentary, if you can get over the fact that it's just a very well made thriller you should enjoy yourself emensely. Johnny Depp (Whom I didn't even like until I saw "Sleepy Hollow") is superb as Inspector Abeline and the man who plays the Ripper does an equally good job as well. In closing let me say that if all you want from this movie is blood and guts, you're likely to be dissappointed there too, because while there is plenty blood on hand (especially the Rippers) this movie also takes time to build it's plot too. So if you want a good creepy story, I highly recommend seeing this, you won't be dissappointed.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Heather Graham




DVD title: Zulu (Michael Caine)
Productgroup: DVD
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Singing Zulus: The Bloody Gore of Zulu


There are several reasons that mark Zulu as the greatest action movie of all time. Many critics point to the realistic battle scenes, the cinematic comraderie of the Brits at Rorke's Drift, and the fine acting of Michael Caine and Stanley Baker. If Zulu had only these, it would still be a magnificent battle movie. Yet what sets Zulu apart from other action movies is that a face and a voice are attached to the swarming Zulus. Even in the midst of the most ferocious battling, none of the Zulus is permitted to blend into the faceless blackness that so often fills movies that present Africans fighting Europeans. See, for instance, any Tarzan movie in which the ugga-mugga blacks who attack the white caravans are indistinguishable from one another. In Zulu, each black warrior is shown as a fierce and proud individual who has chosen to sublimate his individuality into the formidable discipline of the "Horns of the Bull." The grizzled chieftain controls his men with the same iron control as the British officers do their own red-coated men. And then there is the singing, which forms a cultural subtext to the movie. The Zulus had different songs for attacking the enemy before battle and praising the enemy after battle. I could sense the cohesive Zulu culture from their songs, even if I could not understand the words. When the Brits responded with their own songs, I felt their bravery in the face of impossible odds. The only other movie that I have seen that could sway a listener with battle songs like this was "The Battle of the Bulge" when Nazi tank commanders led each other in a rousing, foot-stomping rendition of 'Der Panzerleid.' Thus, Zulu is the rarest of all action movies. It shows the viewer that in war the enemy often has a face and a voice.

Studio: Front Row Video, Inc
Director: Cy Endfield
Actors:
Richard Burton
Stanley Baker
Jack Hawkins




DVD title: The Big O (Vol. 3)
Productgroup: DVD
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Big O Comes Back


The third dvd in the Big O's first season is quite possibly the best of the four, and it's easy to see why. While the first two discs have us action, style, and mystery, the character development didn't really kick in fully. Now we finally get some REAL insight into the characters of Roger and Dorothy... and a certain Military Policeman who's caught in the stuggle to keep order in a city constantly under attack.

The first episode starts with Dorothy finding a stray cat (a rare and valuable creature in Paradigm City), and it seemingly unlocks memories from inside of her. She starts showing affectionate behavior toward the cat, and starts whistling a tune and speculating about what her life means. The great thing is that both her and Roger start thinking about whether the memories that seem to be surfacing are hers... or come from the dead girl she was modeled after. All that is just preparation for another mystery to be solved and another maniac to stop however, as it is revealed that the cat was created by a gene-manipulating madman psychopath (who proceeds to kidnap Dorothy). A great episode overall, if only because of the increased character development, interaction (chemistry) between Roger and Dorothy, and some exquisite dialog.

The second episode is all about everyone's favorite greedy kidnapper, Beck. This time he's after the millions of a rich old man who loves his son dearly (and has a few secrets to hide). The cat and mouse game between Beck and Roger is great stuff, but the story really moves up a notch when we discover the reason why the rich old man wanted to keep everything so hush-hush. There's also a great scene where Beck tries to use Dorothy to kill Roger, and it both had my eyes watering up and my brain trying frantically to figure out what just happened (did Dorothy say that she loved Roger because she was under mind control, or because she was trying to escape it?). There's great action in this one (I love Dorothy and Roger jumping out the window into the moving car together), great storyline (would you fall in love with someone if you just happened to be in the same room with them when you lost your memory?), and some truly inspired dialog (Dorothy's questions to Roger are fantastic).

The third episode though, really takes the cake. When good old Dastun finds his reoccuring dream of a foreign film scene in black and white linked to a series of mysterious bombings, it's film noir at its absolute best. Dastun starts questioning his own sanity, and as the series keeps jumping into and out of his dreams, we start to wonder just what is real and what is imagined. What makes this episode a true work of art (aside from perfect direction, artwork, character usage, music and dialog) is the way that reality starts to mimic reality. The progression of events keeps you guessing as to WHY everything is happening the way it is, right until the final shot which reveals everything to the viewer and answers the question. BRILLIANT.

If you're a fan of The Big O, there is absolutely no excuse not to buy this volume. Arguably, if you only buy one volume it should be this one. Great interaction between Dorothy and Roger, great plot, great music, and superb direction and dialog to develop characters and tell tight stories that stand on their own. This show is anime/sci-fi/noir nostalgia at its best. Look forward to the final volume in the first series.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama



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