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DVD title: Shaun of the Dead
Productgroup: DVD
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Zombie movie for people who laugh at zombie movies


Mutilating zombies has never been funnier than in Shaun of the Dead. Taking a page from the Evil Dead franchise, this film provides plenty of blood, guts, and gut-busting comedy. But what's really brilliant about it is that it doesn't limit itself to comedy and zombie-killing, but also makes subtle commentary about real-life zombies: us.

The main character, as the title tells us, is, of course, Shaun (Simon Pegg), a 29-year-old slacker who works in an electronics store with a bunch of teenagers and spends his nights at the Winchester Tavern, getting drunk with his buddy Ed (Nick Frost), who is also crashing at his place, and his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), whose patience with his general apathy is wearing thin.

One night, Shaun fails to make proper dinner plans, and Liz dumps him outright, so Shaun and Ed go to the Winchester yet again to drown their sorrows. The next morning, a severely hungover Shaun walks to a nearby convenience store in a trance, not even noticing the carnage around him that has been caused by the walking dead. When he gets back to his house, Shaun and Ed finally figure out that these pale-faced creatures are not, in fact, just drunk, but are actually deadly zombies, and so, after some failed attempts to dispel them by throwing bad records and other such household objects at them, Shaun takes up a cricket bat, and Ed a shovel, and the two of them start whacking zombies. Shaun comes up with a plan: (1) steal roommate Pete's car, (2) pick up Liz, (3) pick up Shaun's mom and kill his step-father who has been bitten by a zombie, (4) go to the Winchester, which is somehow secure, (5) ummm... wait until they go away? Okay, so it's not the best plan in the world, but nobody else seems to have any better ideas.

Shaun of the Dead successfully lampoons every bad zombie movie that was ever made, by taking the cliches from them and turning them on their heads. For example, when Shaun procures a shotgun and starts firing on the zombies, he can't hit any of them--of course he can't, he's never even touched a shotgun before! And the screenplay is smart: these characters react as people really would react; they don't immediately know all the answers and they don't come up with great plans for destroying them. They come up with bad plans and then have to figure out step by step what to do to keep from being bitten and becoming zombies themselves.

Writer-director Edgar Wright and his co-writer (and star of the film) Simon Pegg decide to take their time in the beginning of the film to establish the characters and their quirks, and this is an excellent strategy, because it sets up everything else that follows. When Simon's strategy is to set up camp at the Winchester, well of course it is, because we know that that's how he thinks. I laughed hysterically for nearly the entire length of the movie, especially so at the end when the fate of the zombies is revealed. It's the perfect ending to an excellent film.

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Edgar Wright
Actors:
Simon Pegg
Kate Ashfield
Nick Frost




DVD title: Door to Door
Productgroup: DVD
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Meet The Real Bill Porter


William H. Macy did a wonderful job of bringing forth the story of Bill Porter, a man with Cerebral Palsy, who sold Watkins products from "Door to Door"... in fact, he was the last "Door to Door" salesman that Watkins had (when Watkins like most other Multi Level Marketing Companies started to go over to telephone ordering and the internet). To find out more about Mr. Porter, you can visit his website ... . Knowing Mr. Porter, seeing this film with Mr. Macy's acting, and from a family with a member who has Cerebral Palsy, it was easy to see how well this film was done. Very true to life, and a true credit and honor to the man who is Bill Porter.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Steven Schachter



DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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The BEST dvd yet!


This is the movie of 1999 and the also The new special effects standard. Forget the Phantom Menace-The sequel to The Matrix is the MOST anticipated sequel in movie history and it will deliver unlike MENACE!. The documentry "bullet time" is one of My favorite features of the dvd, showing You how They did those incrediable special effects. Big thanks to The Wachowski Brothers-You are forever on My cool list!

Studio: Warner Studios
Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss




DVD title: Angels in America
Productgroup: DVD
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An Outstanding Achievement


Mike Nichols' adaptation of Angels in America for HBO is an example of truly great filmaking. Ambitious and all consuming on stage, I never imagined it possible to do a screen adaptation of this incredible story. Yet, here it is. All the humor, heartbreak, politics and fantasy intact and beautifully rendered. His brilliant cast gives everything they have to this adaptation - a worthy acknowledgement to the brilliance of the material. Streep, Parker, Kirk, Wilson, Wright and Pacino are all phenominal. Amazing in that it got made at all - a great gift that it was done with such accomplishment.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Mike Nichols
Actors:
Al Pacino
Meryl Streep
Emma Thompson




DVD title: Monarch of the Glen - Series Three
Productgroup: DVD
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YAY!


You've made the boglie population (in this neck of the woods) very happy with finally releasing Series 3...when do we expect to be able to order Series 4? ;) If you love, Series 1 and 2, you'll love Series 3! :)

Studio: BBC
Actors:
Richard Briers



DVD title: Sailor Moon - A Heroine Is Chosen (TV Show, Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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In the beginning...


This is a must have for anyone who has ever liked Sailor Moon. This is the beginning of the collection from Episode 1 of Series 1. It shows how it all began. It shows the meeting of the scouts, it shows.... Well, see for yourself. I wasn't a fan until I began watching the series a few months ago and I will buy the whole 82 episode series as soon as they all be come availabie.

Studio: A.D. Vision
Director: Junichi Sato



DVD title: Dead Simple
Productgroup: DVD
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Julian from ?


I'm a fan of noir in general and of comic noir in particular, so it won't surprise you that I REALLY enjoyed the film. Im fact, I really can't think of any recent direct-to-video release that I've liked more. I rented the video on a flier, mostly because of the cast. The core of the film is the plot twists, which work exceptionally well - I had to stop the video twice (when the wife is shot and for the electrocution scene) just to catch my breath. The obvious comparison is with the Coen Brothers work, but I was also reminded of WILD THINGS and CLAY PIGEONS. It's beyond a crime that utterly worthless crud like TOMCATS and RUSH HOUR II makes it to the multiplex and this film is relegated to a video only release. It would easily make my top ten of the year - and I'm a pretty mainstream person with tastes pretty much the same as people like Roger Ebert. I'll recommend it to all my friends and keep my eyes peeled for the director's next release. Oh, and the music is actually good - good enough to stand on its own -- and I'm not a big country fan. Overall: BRAVO! And thanks!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Jason Bloom



DVD title: The James Bond Collection, Volume 3
Productgroup: DVD
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Please tell me what is wrong with the Living Daylights


As with the gentleman below, would someone please notify me with what is wrong with the LD DVD. I have heard that there are missing subtitles. Is this all thats wrong? If it is then are the subtitles missing during the course of the film or only when the subtitle option is enabled? Thank you.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Actors:
James Bond
Sean Connery
R Moore




DVD title: The Twilight Zone: Vol. 14
Productgroup: DVD
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Great stories, wonderful performances!


Volume 14 of "The Twilight Zone" offers four episodes of the celebrated television series written by Rod Serling, most of which deal in some way with approaching death or the last days of your life. Serling scripted "One for the Angels" especially for Ed Wynn, who plays Lew Bookman, a sidewalk pitchman who learns from Mr. Death (Murray Hamilton), that he will die at midnight. Bookman convinces Death to not take him until he completes the Big Pitch, a masterpiece of salesmanship that would be "one of the angels." "The Man in the Bottle" is a rather lackluster story of a curio shop owner, Arthur Castle (Luther Adler) who gives an old woman a dollar for a worthless bottle that turns out to have a genie (Joseph Ruskin), who declares he will grant four wishes. After wasting a wish on having a cracked display case fixed and having his wish for million dollars in cash not work out the way he planned, Arthur comes up with something he thinks is foolproof for his next wish: to be the ruler of a foreign country in the 20th century who cannot be voted out of office.
"The Arrival" features Harold J. Stone as Grant Sheckly, a FAA investigator who tries to solve the mystery of Flight 107, which arrives from Buffalo with no one on board. Sheckly, very proud of his perfect record of having solved every incident he has investigated in 22-years on the job, refuses to let this mystery beat him. Jack Klugman and Billy Mumy return once again to the Zone for "In Praise of Pip." Klugman is Max Phillips, an alcoholic bookie who learns that his son Pip (Bob Diamond) has been seriously wounded in Vietnam. Remorseful, Max returns $300 to a bettor and for his good deed gets a bullet from one of his boss's gunmen. Making his way to a closed amusement park, Max encounters his son Pip (Mumy) as a boy. However, this happy reunion takes a fatal twist at the end. This 1963 episode opened the fifth season of "The Twilight Zone" and may well be the first television episode to deal with American soldiers dying in Vietnam. This is the best episode on this disc, with a very moving climax. Once gain, this volume does not offer any classic Zones, but certainly has three solid episodes.

Studio: Image Entertainment



DVD title: Tune in Tomorrow
Productgroup: DVD
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Great music, great cast, writing and Keanu!


Fast and funny. Great feel to movie really brings out New Orleans as it is. Keanu us very good in this light hearted comedy. A fun 2 hours.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Jon Amiel
Actors:
Barbara Hershey
Keanu Reeves




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