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DVD title: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! - The Complete First and Second Seasons
Productgroup: DVD
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Zoinks! Like, it's About Time We Saw This!


For a 35 year old cartoon, Scooby is still going strong, so it was a shock that the only episodes that were being released were sporadic, selected episodes on such collections as "Scooby Doo's Spookiest Tales" or "Scooby-Doo's Greatest Mysteries." Until now.
THis comprehensive DVD contains every episode from the first 2 seasons (1969-1970, 1970-1971)all beautifully restored and digitally remastered. When watching this DVD in comparison to "Greatest Mysteries" (which I also own on DVD) the difference in quality is astounding. Even when compared with the reruns on Cartoon Network, it is obvious that these were retouched. The colors are once again vibrant, but yet, not so vibrant that they would detract from the spooky effect of the show.
There are 4 discs in the set, and the bonus featuers begin on the second disc. One has all the classics, such as character bios and trivia, but also a special treat on disc 2--a look into the private collections of Scooby collectors. One of the featured colllectors is SCott Innes (the voice of Scooby and Shaggy in the old direct-to-video movies) but for the most part, the people featured are averaga citizens.
Does the show still work in the 21st century? By all means, yes. It is wonderful to see these episodes finally released on DVD, and perhaps the trend will continue ad we will see the pther seasons as well.
Zoinks, like, I'm grabbing me a box of Scooby Snacks and popping this thing in the player!

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: Heavy Metal (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Movie of the '80s and the Best Animated Movie Ever!


One bright and sunny day Heavy Metal came to a local theater for a brief period of time, and on a Friday, my girlfriend and myself went to see the movie. Being midday, we had the theater all to ourselves. Eating bagel dogs we watched the show and had a really great time watching that flick; a brilliant movie that's a superb collaboration of sensuous visual imagery and great rock music. Well, the girl is gone but now Heavy Metal is out on DVD and I relish the chance to see it again along with the things I didn't see in the theaters when it first came out.



Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Actors:
Richard Romanus
Joe Flaherty




DVD title: Bond - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb form and substance


The problem with musicians looking good is we underestimate their true talents - we tend to focus on the form not the substance. The Bond obviously has both. My misgivings on their real talents totally vanished in Korobushka; without the din of the drums and the orchestra, it was amazing to see their individual talents showcased in cascading display of violins, viola and cello virtuosity. But aside from being superb technicians, this group also flashes creativity in composing some of their music - Gay-yee's Kismet and Eos' Bella Donna are hauntingly exquisite. Before Bond, I never realized that a "String Quartet" could be that exciting.

Studio: Uni/Decca



DVD title: Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Sci-fi movie ever made


This was a very good star wars film it tells about the clone wars like how obi-wan told luke about it.This was a Great movie i was blown away when i saw it it had alot of action and u see more of the jedi and it tells a good stroy i loved th part were u finally get to see Yoda fight for the first time and it also had very good Romance so i think this is a very moive my whole family loves this movie.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: George Lucas
Actors:
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman




DVD title: Dot and The Kangaroo
Productgroup: DVD
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This movie is the best!!!


I am from Australia and remember watching this when I was a kid. Now I'm pregnant with my first and wanted it for our future son. It is an awesome movie, plenty of stuff for kids and some great Aussie culture in there.

Studio: Hen's Tooth Video
Director: Yoram Gross



DVD title: Dead Ringers
Productgroup: DVD
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Even if you have Criterion's DVD, you'll want this one, too.


First off, the commentary on this DVD is brand-new. It is Irons by himself, and if you're like me and rank Dead Ringers at the top of the DC heap, you will find this Warner disc well worth the money just for the commentary alone.

Secondly, the sound is much better. The Criterion disc -- and the Canadian 15th Anniversary edition, which simply duplicated all of Criterion's contents -- used the same 2.0 mix found on Anchor Bay's VHS and DVD releases from 1997/1998. The high end on the string instruments crackled and sounded fuzzy, the low end was completely missing. The emotional impact of the score in the film's devasting final image was simply ruined. Both the 5.1 mix and the new 2.0 mix sound much better on this disc.

One partial caveat: the nitwits that they are, Warner once again released the film in the matted ratio that THEY prefer -- which is always 1:85.1 -- and not DC's preferred framing of 1:66.1. (This particularly enrages me with their release of Hammer movies like Horror of Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein.) But fortunately it doesn't seem to make that much difference here, possibly because Dead Ringers was filmed with the knowledge it would be masked for various aspect ratios; and the picture quality seems to be a little bit better than Criterion's.

If you can pick this up discounted, especially in a larger order with no shipping charge, I would recommend this to all DC viewers who still remember and cherish the day 17 years ago when they stumbled out of their local movie theatre in complete flabbergasted numbness as a result of experiencing Cronenberg's melancholy masterpiece.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: David Cronenberg
Actors:
Jeremy Irons
Geneviève Bujold




DVD title: Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Best T.V. Show EVER! (IMHO)


Dark Shadows has gone down in history as one of the most popular daytime tv dramas ever. Whatwith cheap and sometimes moving sets, visble boom-mikes and a tremendous amount of dialog flubs , this show is still the best!
My only complaint with this DVD release is that they did not start from the beginning. While some consider the first 200 or so episodes as non-essential and rather dull(which they were), I cannot imagine someone coming to Dark Shadows for the first time without seeing them. I consider them essential in the development of the series!!
Lets see those on DVD soon, please!! And the 2 Dark Shadows movies too!! AND the remake seies(all 13 episodes even though it wasn't given a chance by the studios, too)YAY!!!!

Studio: Mpi Media Group
Actors:
Jonathan Frid



DVD title: The Changeling
Productgroup: DVD
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A true classic of the horror genre


I doubt I will be the last person in history to praise the enjoyable creepiness of "The Changeling," the near-peerless haunted house thriller that slithered out of Canada in 1980. To this day, I still have a difficult time watching this film alone. I can recall viewing this flick with a girlfriend on a dark and stormy Halloween night. About halfway in, she literally left the room crying, asking me to turn on the light.
I think the mood is extremely important to "The Changeling." The opening tragedy that befalls the protagonist's family is about as terrifying a prologue as ever seen in film. The Canadian locale (I believe this was filmed in the Vancouver area) is dark and overcast, with an old house that looks about as far from a Hollywood backlot as any house could possibly be. The extraordinary cast, including Academy Award winners George C. Scott and Melvyn Douglas, also lend a respectable air to the eerie proceedings. Frankly, this is good old-fashioned horror that proves the great axiom - `Less is more.' You will find no gateway's to hell or murdering witches or serial killers in "The Changeling." Just a ghost - the ghost of a murdered child.
Scott plays a grief-stricken musician who moves into an old dark house, working as a professor at the nearby university. He eventually begins hearing weird sounds in his dusty abode and, after a bit of investigation, discovers a hidden room in the attic - a hidden room with a wheelchair. Scott begins to research the house's history, eventually discovering a dark secret stretching all the way to the local Senator (Douglas, of course). And did I say there was the ghost of a murdered child? Not wanting to give away the scares, let's just say vignettes involving the wheelchair and a rubber ball are some of the spookiest scenes ever filmed. And, of course, there's the seance.
British director Peter Medak (having done "The Ruling Class" previously) has done a superb job in building the tension of this film. Camera angles peering around corners, leering from above and rapidly moving up the stairs towards dark, hidden rooms, cause the proceedings to be almost unbearable. And of course, you have George C. Scott, an actor who never really gave a bad performance in a film. "The Changeling" is no exception. One of the greatest American actors of all time, Scott is matching wits with an extremely indignant ghost. As a lover of the supernatural genre, I am lucky this great talent chose such an unusual project to participate in. Quite simply, "The Changeling," like "The Haunting" made 20 years before, is one of the greatest horror films of all time.

Studio: Hbo Studios
Director: Peter Medak
Actors:
George C. Scott
Trish Van Devere




DVD title: Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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To conteract the bad reviews given by that English Guy


This movie was good and deserves a 4.5 but there are on 4 and 5 so I have to give it 5 (to counteract the bad reviews given by that Londoner) Otherwise I would give it a 4 becaue I saw it on my TV instead of in the theatre and the movie should really be seen in a theatre. I thought it was going to be a stupid blockbuster but It was really a entertaining well rounded film that I will recommend. (im pretty picky aout my movies)-snobby if you will.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Peter Weir
Actors:
Russell Crowe
Paul Bettany
James D'Arcy
Billy Boyd




DVD title: Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Once upon a Dream


This movie is my all time favorite. I love the story, the classic one about the handsome prince and his princess, but I also think that Maleficent is the most beautifully drawn bad girl forever and ever! I love the song and what it means. Buy it you'll love it, and your kids too...

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Clyde Geronimi
Actors:
Mary Costa
Bill Shirley
Eleanor Audley




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