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DVD title: Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut)
Productgroup: DVD
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Zombies are back with a vengeance!!!!

So much has been said by the purists who viewed this remake as a blasphemous insult to George Romero. All kinds of rhetoric and propaganda came down the pike months before this movie even debuted in theaters. People were condemning it to immediate failure and had made statements to the effect of wishing the director a slow and merciless death.

Well, I think it's safe to presume that all those naysayers are now eating their words. This movie wound up turning the entire collective horror community on its ear. Director Zack Snyder single-handedly did the one thing that so many were quick to swear blind he could never do: He gave us a full-fledged, in-your-face, and hardcore zombie movie. Not only does this re-imagining pay respectful homage to Romero's standout original, it also provides genuine thrills and hyper-kinetic action that is plain and simply second to none.

Yes, the zombies in this movie run. Allow me to assure you that this will not deter from your enjoyment one iota. It does, if anything, make for an even more hair-raising good time. Try and imagine maneuvering through a school of hungry sharks, and you'll have the general idea of what the zombies in this film are all about. To say the effect is merely intense would be a vast understatement.

The principal leads, headed by Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley, are all top-notch. Very believable performances, I must say. I actually found myself gripping the edge of my seat and, having seen many horror films throughout my 34 years of existence, I can honestly tell you here and now that I have never previously done that.

I had an overwhemingly awesome time with this, from start to finish, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants a refresher on what a true horror film is supposed to be. The unrated DVD is the one you should go with. Lots of cool extras you have to see to believe.

Buy this movie now!!!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Zack Snyder
Sarah Polley
Ving Rhames
Jake Weber
Mekhi Phifer

DVD title: Friends - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Ok i have seen all 180 some episodes of Friends (HAVE NO LIFE). I know so much usless info about the show. I have been to the set, for the WB stuido tour.I own the FRIENDS PEN, I Love Courteney Cox, but ANYWAY...:), I this really is a must have for any friends fan. The gang back in season One. I mean it's about time the relsead "Friends: Complete seasons", The uk has almost all eight out. Yeah I do have the Best OF Friends, but thoses are just best of, they fill-up the disc's with useless, [junk]. Here, Volume One-two they have The I'll be there for you video twice, and on Vol. 3-4 have the discovy channle The One that goes behind the seens, of 601. So a word To the Wb nice going. The bad thing if you have the BEST OF FRIENDS VOL.1-4, you will have 5 double episodes. I just hope that they will put these out fast, we won't have to wait a year like for the Best Of friends. I want season 7 to be out, and i hope that they put that NBC 20min Special "Friends the stuff you haven't seen". Anyway Friends T'll the friends t'll the end. and i hope, Ross&Rachle get back together, and Monica has to have a baby.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Lisa Kudrow

DVD title: Hellraiser
Productgroup: DVD
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Clive Barker's deranged and brilliant imagination brings to life a story of the darkest recesses of Hell. The gates are opened with a puzzle box key, letting loose the denizens of the Outer Regions of the Universe, the Cenobites. Creatures whose sole existence is to bring pain to those who summon them.
Gore-laden special effects and the first film appearance of the now Horror film staple, PinHead, make this a must for Horror fans. The story of dark seduction, murder and betrayal and the terrible price to be paid is classic Barker! The torturous designs of the Cenobites and their malicious glee in bringing pain are some of the most disturbing images ever brought to a world wide theater going audience. Essential viewing for every Horror fan. Written and Directed by Clive Barker. "No tears please, it's such a waste of good suffering".

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Clive Barker
Andrew Robinson
Clare Higgins

DVD title: Damien: Omen II
Productgroup: DVD
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"The boy has got to die!!!" -Richard...(a truly underrated horror laden classic long deserving of an intelligent & just review)

Seldom does one discover a movie as underrated and unfairly criticized as one does in the truly brilliant sequel to "The Omen" called "Damien: Omen II". The fact that this movie is a sequel may have a lot to do with it being hammered by critics, but the truth of the matter is that this movie is brilliant and absolutely terrifying. It never ceases to amaze me that critics and horror movie fans alike continuously hammer this movie into the ground while praising some kind of trash like "Hellraiser IV" or "Candyman Farewell to the Flesh" goes without saying that I have no respect for such a person's opinion about quality horror cinema.

"Damien: Omen II" picks up almost exactly where the original left off. The basic plot to this sequel centers around Damien as early adolescent child living with Robert Thorn's brother named Richard Thorn. Damien appears like any other 12 year old boy, but the audience knows the truth about his identity. Richard Thorn and his family want to forget about the tragedies associated with Damien's past and the supposedly "mentally ill" Robert Thorn who was killed trying to kill Damien in the original classic. However, there are those that remain unsatisfied and concerned about Damien's past and Robert Thorn's motivations attempting to murder what everyone perceived to be his own son.

Similar to "The Omen", the plot of "Damien: The Omen II" centers around those persons who gain knowledge of Damien's true identity like Bubenhagen, Joan Hart and eventually Dr. Warren including those who only suspect something just is not right about the child like Aunt Marion and Dr. Cane. The creators of "Damien: The Omen II" simply and yet intelligently place the audience in the position of those with knowledge or suspicions of Damien's identity and the horror, madness and danger associated with such knowledge...ths plot is credible and realistic in every way. Indeed, it would be a normal and very human reaction by anyone to be skeptical that Damien or anyone else for that matter is the Antichrist, yet, this truly horrifying possibility is exactly what every protagonist in this movie must face...the danger associated with the possession of such knowledge regarding Damien's true identity is simply the deadliest and most evil danger in the world, the raw power of Satan and the Antichrist which translates to a horrible death for any such bearer of such horrifying information as Damien's proverbial birth certificate. Also, as Richard eventually says, there are those around him, protecting him, keeping him safe...indeed, there are those apostates of Hell and Satanists who love the evil and the despise the holy.

Like the original, this sequel to "The Omen" also does a terrific job with some absolutely brilliant death scenes in this movie that will impress even the saviest of horror movie veterans. Still, it is not the death scenes which defines "Damien: The Omen II" as a masterpiece of horror cinema and one of the greatest horror movies of fact, it is the brilliant atmosphere (which is crucial to any horror movie's effectiveness), mood and the subject matter itself which is so horrifying to a knowledgeable and sophisticated audience...the brilliantly horrifying and imaginitive death scenes only work to magnify and supplement the horror that is so obviously present in this movie. The beautifully dark and sinister score/soundtrack by Goldsmith associated with this movie also works to accentuate the elements of horror to produce the most terrifyingly yet enjoyable horror movie viewing experience. Just put yourself in the position of Joan Hart and think about what this world would be like with the Antichrist among us and what is even worse is for you to be the only one with this horrifying knowledge of the truth regarding the beast's identity and the danger associated with this knowledge.

The key to any objective review of any movie is to evaluate it for its face value and individual merits whether it is a sequel, an original piece or a rip-off of a prior classic. Sequels are often made to cash in on the success of an original classic and a disappointed audience is usually the result...such is not the case with this masterpiece of terror called "Damien: Omen II". The acting in this movie is top notch especially with William Holden as Richard fact, as a side note, Holden was offered the lead role in the original classic called "The Omen", but he declined...however, upon recognizing the first movie's brilliance, he quickly accepted the lead role in "Damien".

In some ways, this sequel even surpasses the original with regard to its merits and qualities of sheer terror...please understand that I am not saying that this sequel is better theatre than the original classic, but it is right there with it in terms of its ability to inspire fear and terror in the audience...all of the elements for a great horror movie are present in a magnificently terrifying cinematic structure which is "Damien: Omen II". It is hard to create a sequel that is as good or close to as good as the original, but "Damien: Omen II" pulls it off quite convincingly notwithstanding the ignorant and largely nonsensical criticisms of one of the greatest horror movies ever.

The original "The Omen" may be a slightly better movie as a whole than its sequel, but not much...essentially, "The Omen" and "Damien: The Omen II" are two of the greatest horror movies ever made and I cannot recommend these movies high enough. It is a shame that "Damien: The Omen II" is dumped on and its brilliance so neglected and strangely misunderstood, but the fact of the matter remains that this sequel is and always will be a horror movie classic and a must own for any serious and sophisticated horror movie fan.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Don Taylor
William Holden
Lee Grant
Jonathan Scott-Taylor

DVD title: Tenchi Universe - Volume 7 - Space III
Productgroup: DVD
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Tenchi strikes again...

There are 2 words that come to my almost speechless mouth when I think of this particular series- "sheer perfection"! After unfortunately seeing Tenchi in Tokyo, this has proved to be a real pick-me-up. The Tenchi Universe is one of the best anime series availible, I'd go as far to call it a pure classic. For those of you that don't know the plot, it follows a completely different storyline to the "Tenchi OVA" or the "Tenchi in Tokyo" series. I won't spoil the plot too much, but needless to say that Tenchi finds himself surrounded by female company from the very beginning. Just watch out for the flash-back ending to the series, it's one of the best endings you could wish for.
The good -
Tenchi Masaki: Well, "Tenchi Muyo!" roughly translates into English as "no need for Tenchi!" so say hello to the lead character. Just an ordinary high school teenager, until one day Ryoko appears...
Ryoko (Spelt Ryouko, sometimes): Most anime fans will agree that Ryoko is the best character in the series and certainly the most detailed when it comes to her personality. This is seen near to the end especially.
Ayeka (Spelt Aeka, sometimes): Second most prominent character after Tenchi in most people's opinions. She's still the princess of planet Jurai, like in the OVA series, but this time she's quite ruthless and not so "fragile" (see episode 2, the space battle sequence).
The bad -
Kagato: one of the most incredible villains of all time, if you ask me. He was first featured in the OVA and now this "multi-purpose bad guy" is back for the Tenchi Universe. Both cunning and extremely powerful, this is one villain you won't forget.
That about concludes today's lesson, all that is left to say is that if you don't get this you'll probably regret it. DEFINETELY well worth saving up for! :)
~Andy (with nothing better to do)

Studio: Pioneer Video
Tenchi Universe

DVD title: The Forgotten
Productgroup: DVD
The Forgotten - movie DVD cover picture
Not a Spoiler

I have not seen the movie yet but I bought it. Please people!!! If you didn't know, reviews are for people who have not seen the movie to use your input and determine if the movie is worth buying or seeing etc. Please do not give away the movie before we see it. Why would I read a review of a movie that I am anticipating buying or watching if some idiot gives the whole movie away. Think People Think!!! thank you to the people who do know how to write a review correctly. Goodness Gracious!!!!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Joseph Ruben
Julianne Moore
Dominic West

DVD title: Diva
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie ever made

If you focus entirely on the story, the intertwining plots occasionally cause Diva to drag a bit, particularly when it focuses on the political intrigue. That's the wrong approach to take to this film.
Instead, what you should do is sit back, enjoy the music, the visuals, and the characters, and let the film happen. Do that, and Diva is captivating.
I was fortunate enough to find a copy on laserdisc last year, just before most of the places that carry laserdiscs started phasing them out...

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Frédéric Andréi
Wilhelmenia Fernandez

DVD title: Dead Poets Society
Productgroup: DVD
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WOW: A movie I had to watch in school that was GOOD!!!!!!!!!

I'm not really into drama movies, but I had to watch this in English class. Usually during school movies I'm daydreaming away, but this was one movie that really kept my eyes open! I'm not that big of a fan of Robin Williams, but he did a good job in this movie.
This movie DOES have its funny moments: The "phone call from God", haha, what a dumb prank!
Perhaps the most moving part of this movie was toward the end, when Neil killed himself cause his dad was pressuring him to become a doctor when he really wanted to be an actor. The part where everyone discovers that he's dead: I'll be serious, I am NOT very emotional toward movies AT ALL, but that scene almost brought me to tears!!! Yes, I'm a teenage guy, and teenage guys arent supposed to cry from movies, but this one, THATS A DIFFERENT STORY!
I really felt bad for Mr Keating: he really enjoyed teaching his way and showing the kids to be free and be yourself, and he got fired just cause of Neil's suicide!
Whatever kinds of movies you're into, comedy or horror or whatever, SEE THIS MOVIE: YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! ANY movie that has the power to bring tears to an 18-year-old guy whose favorite movies consist of Baseketball and Bio Dome is DEFINITLEY worth seeing!!!!(Thanx Mr McGill!! :)

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Peter Weir
Robin Williams
Robert Sean Leonard
Ethan Hawke

DVD title: Fahrenheit 9/11
Productgroup: DVD
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I was never a political buff growing up, but since my parents both are and my brother works at the Fed. in D.C. I've become much more interested. With that being said, I loved this movie! Moore certainly has a way of taking all the facts and putting them in a perspective that is very captivating. kudo's for Moore... Nice job!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Michael Moore (II)
Michael Moore (II)

DVD title: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
A Total Classic Not to Be Missed

This movie was realeased in 1977 and still packs the same magic charm as it did back then.The performances are top notch and oscar caliber,Dreyfuss won best actor for Goodbye Girl in the same year but should have won it in this movie because of his wonderful portrayal of a man wanting to know what is out there and get answers,he becomes possessed by what he saw one night and it splits his family apart,The special effects live up to today's standards.Speilberg does a wonderful job as director leading us up to the awesome climax with the mothership,watch it.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Richard Dreyfuss
François Truffaut
Teri Garr

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