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DVD title: Zoids - The Battle Begins (Vol. 1)
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Zoids


Zoids rule!!!! I even sacrifice my sleeping time to get up at 5:55 AM even on vacations to watch Zoids.

Studio: Ventura Distribution



DVD title: The Office - The Complete Collection (First And Second Series Plus Special)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Office DVD Box Set - A MUST SEE!! The Most Hilarious DVD Set!!! Those Brits Really Know Their Comedy!!!


You haven't seen funny until you've watched the BBC series the office - written, directed and performed by co-creators Steve Merchant and Ricky Gervais. I bought the full DVD set after spending so much money renting and re-renting the DVD's individually that I could have bought the set three times over.

The British comedy, The Office, stars a bunch of unknowns, but that's perfect because you really believe that these people are genuine. The mock-documentary style is so convincing that you wish you could fax them your resume/CV and get a job with these people.

It has humor; so much humor in fact that you will laugh until you cry... guaranteed.
It has heart; I challenge anyone not to shed tears after the series finale (aka Office Special).

You learn to love these characters, even David Brent the smarmiest of bosses. He'll make you cringe, he'll make you laugh, but in the end you still like he guy. That's the magic brought into the role by actor, writer, creator, and above all "entertainer" Ricky Gervais (aka David Brent).

I recommend this set to everyone... both those that have worked in an office, and those who haven't had the pleasure.

Everyone can associate with the workplace hi-jinks between characters Tim (played by Martin Freeman) and Gareth (played by Mackenzie Crook)... from the let's hide all Gareth's belongings stink on Red Nose Day, to Tim's putting Gareth's stapler in Jell-O, to the long drawn out Q&A sessions on Gareth's obsession with the military with Tim using homosexual overtones to make Gareth sound like a "poof".

Then of course there is the ceaseless, and very realistic flirting and romance between characters Dawn (played by Lucy Davis) and Tim. Dawn is the sole source of joy in Tim's life, but engaged to another who doesn't appreciate her.

Then there is the relationship between David and his bosses, Jennifer (played by Stirling Gallacher), and his newly promoted supervisor, Neil (played by Patrick Baladi). Everyone who has ever felt the stress of dealing with a boss can understand how David feels towards Jennifer and Neil.

The reason that as ridiculous as David Brent is, he's still such a likeable character is due to the fact that regardless of the crude, and inappropriate comments he makes, and the wacky way he acts, underneath it all he is just a very lonely guy looking to have some friends, even if they are only his "devoted" subordinates. In all, he just wants people to like him, and tries too hard in all the wrong ways to have that occur.

If you'd like more info about The Office, you can visit the main website for The Office at http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/
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To find out more about the characters and actors who portray them see http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/ch aracters/.

Studio: BBC
Actors:
Ricky Gervais



DVD title: The Razor's Edge
Productgroup: DVD
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A wonderful movie about Life


A wonderful movie about Life, with a big 'L' - i.e., how people do or do not cope with everyday existence & search or not search for the meaning of it/way to achieve balance in it. I liked Bill Murray's portrayal - he had the right amount of levity at the right time imho. Going through life in a perpetual dour mood is assuredly not fun to watch nor fun to be around. Movies like this, and books on similar topics, are far more likely to help break the ennui of existence than yet another trip to Disney or yet another action flick.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: John Byrum
Actors:
Bill Murray
Theresa Russell
Denholm Elliott




DVD title: Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Entertaining and fun


If I watch a movie more then 3 times, I mark it down as a all time favorite. Anchorman is a movie I could watch over and over again. There are a lot of simple lines and humor that will be as everlasting as those in Dumb n Dumber, Happy Gilmore, Old School, Tommy Boy, etc... Lines like, "I'm gonna punch you in the ovary, that's what I'm gonna do. A straight shot. Right to the babymaker." or "You have an absolutely breathtaking heinie. I mean, that thing is good. I want to be friends with it."

This movie was shot in a segmented style like that of a news program. It's kind of like a movie with many mini movies within. I like it that way because I can skip to my favorite parts.

I think this movie is great fun and very entertaining.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Adam McKay
Actors:
Will Ferrell
Christina Applegate
Steve Carell




DVD title: The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Intriguing!


This is a very different thriller, with one of the most intriguing characters I have seen in a thriller. A body is pulled from the ocean with a couple of bullet holes in the back. Amazingly, the man is still alive. He is treated by the ship's physician and slowly brought back to health. The only problem is that he lost his memory. The physician finds a metal nugget in the man that projects a bank safety deposit box number.

With no clue as to who he is, the man goes to the bank and is able to get to the box with his thumbprint as his identification. Inside the box he finds a slew of passports, currency and weapons. Each of the passports is under different names. He uses the one that says Jason Bourne and when he uses it for travel, the immigration computer sets off a whole bunch of alarms to some CIA operatives that very much want him dead.

At a US embassy, Jason eludes his assassins (through some highly refined combat techniques and climbing skills) and asks for a ride from a lady he saw at the embassy. She takes him, unknowingly putting herself in danger. The two of them need to unravel Jason's mystery as to who he is, why he has the skills that he has, and why are the government agents trying to kill him.

Jason and the woman (Marie) head to Paris to an address that Jason lived at. There Jason is attacked by a hitman who has photos of both Jason and Marie that were taken back at the embassy. Suddenly Marie realizes that she is stuck with Jason fighting unknown enemies, just to stay alive.

The movie is quite different than the book of the same name but is excellent nonetheless. Matt Damon appears well cast and all the CIA operatives are excellent as well (Julia Styles plays one of them). The actress that plays Marie does a passable job and there seems to be a good chemistry that evolves between her and Damon.

A non-stop roller coaster ride with some great car chases thrown in. This movie is one of the best thrillers that I have seen!


Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Doug Liman
Actors:
Matt Damon
Franka Potente




DVD title: Mondo Cane Collection - Limited Edition (Mondo Cane / Women of the World / Mondo Cane 2 / Africa Addio - English Version / Africa Addio - Directors' Cut / Goodbye Uncle Tom - English Version / Addio Zio Tom - Director's Cut / The Godfathers of Mondo
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Mondo Cane Collection - Limited Edition (Mondo Cane / Women of the World / Mondo Cane 2 /  Africa Addio -  English Version /  Africa Addio - Directors' Cut / Goodbye Uncle Tom - English Version / Addio Zio Tom - Director's Cut / The Godfathers of Mondo - movie DVD cover picture
Powerfully compelling stuff!


Thanks to William Lustig and the friendly folks at Blue Underground, serious fans of cinematic weirdness can check out the numerous films of Franco Prosperi and Gualtiero Jacopetti. Who are Prosperi and Jacopetti, you ask? Good question. Before checking out this awesome eight disc limited edition set, I knew little about these two Italian filmmakers. I once heard about "Mondo Cane" years ago, but had never investigated further. Thanks to the voracious appetites awakened in the masses with the advent of DVD technology, I finally got the chance to acquaint myself with this film and the others that followed it. What an experience! The eight discs in the set consist of "Mondo Cane," "Mondo Cane 2," "Women of the World," "Africa Addio: The Director's Cut," "Africa Addio: English language version," "Goodbye Uncle Tom: English language version," "Addio Zio Tom: The Director's Cut," and an interview disc with the two directors created especially for this set called "The Godfathers of Mondo." So what does it all mean? According to these discs, the two filmmakers birthed a phenomenon that led directly to the current spate of reality-based media. Most of these films are documentary style epics showing our world--or at least how it looked back in the 1960s--in all of its bizarre and frivolous forms. "Mondo Cane," by the way, translates as "A Dog's World." An apt title when you see the films, to be sure.
Start your experience with "Mondo Cane," "Mondo Cane 2," and "Women of the World." These are the first three films made by the two moviemakers, and are arguably the quirkiest. These three documentaries capture some of the oddest rituals practiced by peoples throughout the world. We see strange and bloody religious rituals in Italy, the grotesque lengths women will go to retain their youthful appearance, animals dying from radiation poisoning in the South Pacific, shark hunts, the horrific effects of Thalidomide, primitive peoples in New Guinea building shrines to airplanes, and so many other diverse oddities that it simply staggers the imagination. Many scenes are tame to modern eyes, some are still shocking, and several are just plain amusing. For example, you will laugh yourself sick over the "slap the faces" concert seen at the end of "Mondo Cane 2," although the participants look decidedly unhappy over their performance. There are plenty of extras on these three discs, including poster stills, trailers, and a few other worthwhile goodies; the picture quality is so good, so crystal clear, that the colors simply take your breath away.
Perhaps the most controversial film made by Prosperi and Jacopetti was "Africa Addio" ("Farewell, Africa"), an attempt to document the changes in Africa during the time when the European imperial powers granted independence and withdrew from the continent. Ultimately accused of racism by critics for their unflinching portrait of a region gone mad, "Africa Addio" reveals in grisly detail the monstrous crimes committed by indigenous Africans against the remaining white settlers and the local wildlife. Large segments of the film show poachers brutally killing animals in the parks set up by Europeans. Moreover, the killing extends to humans as civil wars break out across the continent, with Africans killing each other, slaughtering Muslim minorities, and battling white mercenaries. Two executions caught on camera eventually resulted in charges against Gualtiero Jacopetti, who stood accused of orchestrating the killings for the camera (he was eventually exonerated). As tough as this film is to watch, try and look past the bloodshed and enjoy the panoramic scenery found in nearly every scene. Africa, despite all of its troubles, truly is a beautiful land.
Nothing will prepare you for the nightmarish images in "Addio Zio Tom," (Goodbye Uncle Tom) a film made to counter charges of racism stemming from the "Africa Addio" experience. Fashioned as a sort of pseudo documentary where the filmmakers go back in time and visit the American South during the slave era, the movie is a grim look at the degrading conditions faced by Africans brought here as chattel. Every scene is absolutely mind blasting stuff, a horrific recreation of such abhorrent activities as the breeding of slaves, the formulation of scientific racism, hunting down and killing escaped slaves, the sickening conditions of the slave ships, the slave markets, and a billion other objectionable situations. The filmmakers based their film on written records and accounts of slave life, ultimately using the issue of slavery to make a statement about contemporary (1960s and 1970s) American race relations. Be sure and watch both versions: the English language cut is an entirely different film from the director's cut. Both are grueling experiences tempered only slightly by Riz Ortolani's FANTASTIC musical score (Ortolani scored "Mondo Cane" as well and snagged an Academy Award nomination for the song "More" from that film).
"The Godfathers of Mondo" provides plenty of information about the collaboration between Prosperi and Jacopetti, Ortolani's musical work on the films, and a chronological discussion of each film. The impression I took away from the "Mondo Cane" films was the silliness of humanity in general, how we all do ridiculous things in our everyday life and never give any of it a second thought. At the same time, we are capable of particularly vicious activities that we never give a second thought to, either. With "Africa Addio" and "Addio Zio Tom" the whole scope of Prosperi and Jacopetti's documentary style changed. These films dwell on human beings as barbarians engaged in enormous bouts of cruelty and bloodshed. One of the filmmakers says in "The Godfathers of Mondo" that violence is a part of life that should appear in any attempt to document the human experience. I agree wholeheartedly, but that doesn't make these two films any easier to watch. Thanks, Blue Underground, for a truly memorable experience.

Studio: Blue Underground



DVD title: Love and Basketball (New Line Platinum Series)
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Should Have Won Oscars


I actually saw 'Love And Basketball' when it came out in theaters because I am a big Omar Epps fan and fell in love with this movie. In fact I went to the theater twice to see it,and own the DVD and the VHS tape.
The movie should have been nominated for at least 2 Oscars, One for Best Picture, and a Best Actress nomination for Sanaa Lathan.
The movie is a romance with a basketball backdrop. You meet Monica and Quincy at age 11 and get to watch the relationship develop as they move toward adulthood. This movie has you laughing, crying and cheering as you watch the events unfold.
Also seeing Debbi Morgan, Alfre Woodard, and Dennis Haysbert as part of this cast makes this a definite 'must-add' to your collection.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Actors:
Sanaa Lathan
Omar Epps




DVD title: Halloweentown/ Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
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This Movie is diffently a keeper


You may think this movie is for babies and dumb but when i hear that its coming on t.v. i count down the minutes to watch it. It is diffently one of the best movies to add to your collection. You may not want to watch this anyways but hey that is totally your loss!~`!~`!~`

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Mary Lambert



DVD title: Escaflowne - Dragons and Destiny (Vol. 1)
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The best I've seen


I've seen the whole series before it was aired on FOX. I love this Anime. The story just leaves you wanting more and more. I've seen it in sub-titled, although i don't understand japanese, the voice over acting is superb. ... about several months later FOX air's it's edited version ... man it Sucks ... the voice actors they used and some of the editing puts a very very POOR presentation to how this series should be seen. It's best seen the way it was created. If you don't understand japanese, I'd recommend watching it with sub-titles. It's one of the best stories ever told...

Studio: Pioneer Video
Actors:
Escaflowne
Shoji Kawamori




DVD title: Dear Frankie
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie


I loved this movie - I only wish studios would give us more like this - does anyone know the name of the song that Emily Mortimer sings in this movie? It was beautiful.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Shona Auerbach
Actors:
Emily Mortimer
Jack McElhone
Gerard Butler




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