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DVD title: Zoolander
Productgroup: DVD
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Zoolander -- One of the funniest ever movies!


I thought Zoolander was one of the funniest movies I had ever seen. I thought every joke was funny and I laughed a lot. The walk-off scene was especially funny, and the build-up to that scene was hilarious. Other funny scenes where the model of the "Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good" and the "Earth-To" scene. I think Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), Hansel (Owen Wilson) and Mugatu (Will Ferrell) were excellent and another funny charecter was Billy Zane (Himself) altough he had a really small part. A few people have given Zoolander bad reviews. I can't see why. I think that you have to have the right sense of humour to like this. I reccomend this to anyone who likes stupid comedy. A must buy.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Ben Stiller
Actors:
Ben Stiller
Owen Wilson




DVD title: Dances of India - Bharata Natyam Arangetram Dances
Productgroup: DVD
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Another to add to your repertoire


Padma Chebrolu's gracefulness and poise is on display for all to witness in this video. It reflects her remarkable understanding of the art as well as a keen sensitivity to her students, regardless of their ability.

The video showcases her exceptional talent in a soothing way, while at the same time being extremely informative and comprehensive. She commands the screen, yet you never feel as though your cannot catch on. I highly recommend this to anyone, at any level so they too may enjoy the vast culture of India.





Studio: Cultural Centre of India LLC
Director: David Morrison



DVD title: Gladiator
Productgroup: DVD
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SPQR


Director Ridley Scott has made a movie about dying that lives up to its subject: two of his leading actors died, one before finishing his performance and another following the completion of his. For these two old hard-drinking friends, Oliver Reed and Richard Harris, "Gladiator" was their film finale. How fitting that they have left us in a popular movie of astonishing scope and splendor.

"Gladiator" is a savage sword-and-sandal spectacle (it revived the genre), a rumination on the politics of then and now, a chronicle of dysfunctional royalty, and a revenge tragedy that turns into a happy family reunion in Heaven. Cecil B. DeMille would have given his last bullhorn to have made this movie, but he lacked the skill and artistic sensibility which Scott has in abundance.

Not that DeMille would have fancied the Freudian dynamic of the script, but neither was he the storyteller that Scott is. In relinquishing power, an aging Roman emperor (Harris) bypasses his son (Joaquin Phoenix) for a popular general (Russell Crowe) to rule the empire as a republic. After an act of patricide, the son later reviews his dilemma: "the general who became a slave, the slave who became a gladiator, the gladiator who defied an empire."

As the general-cum-gladiator, Crowe commands the screen impressively and got an Oscar for it. Phoenix gives the most complex performance and should have won one (he was nominated); Connie Nielsen, as his wary sister, spends most of the movie thwarting his incestuous moves. Derek Jacobi probably was born a Roman senator. There isn't a weak performance in the picture and several are outstanding, including those by Harris and Reed.

Computer graphics provide some of the most potent images ever created: amassed warriors on battlefields, bustling streets of the ancient world, sweeping views of citizens in cityscapes, and a Forum overview that includes the entire Coliseum; when gladiators enter it, the camera circles them, giving us an eye-popping view of the interior crowded with Romans screaming for blood.

Scott has an artist's eye for composition and juxtaposition. He knows when to pull his camera back, when to thrust forward. The production design, art direction, costuming and music for this movie are brilliant, as this extended DVD version attests. The supplements on the three discs are generous and non-repetitive, and the extra 17 minutes of footage deepen and finish the film.

"Gladiator" is an intimate epic, if there can be such a thing, and a large scale piece of big box office entertainment. Is there anything the movies can't do?


Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors:
Russell Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix
Connie Nielsen




DVD title: Toy Soldiers
Productgroup: DVD
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One GREAT film!


This is a good movie to watch and prepare your self incase terrorists were to take over your son or daughter'sschool.There's not a whole lot of action in this but it'sgot some very good drama performance's buy Sean Astin.Sean is one of my favorite actor's and this is one of hisbest starring role's.I have not gotten this on dvd yet nordo I own the vhs.But it's been on the movie channel's alot.If your a Sean Astin fan you'll love this movie.It's anunder rated film but it also has some great actor's in it.I suggest for every Sean Astin fan to own this on dvd or vhs.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Actors:
Sean Astin
Wil Wheaton




DVD title: Cheers - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the greatest sitcoms in television history!


One of the greatest television comedies in history, Cheers is an absolute "must see" for anyone who's ever had a regular hangout "where everybody knows your name". The shows centers itself around the friendly neighborhood Boston bar named Cheers. The bar is owned by former Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Sam Malone (Ted Danson). Sam has two employees - bartender Ernie "Coach" Pantusso and waitress Carla Tortelli. Things are great for Sam until he hires a jilted graduate student named Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) to waitress in the bar. Regular barflies Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin round out a strong supporting cast.

The first season DVD offers patrons their first glimpse of the most famous bar in America. The character's identities are slowly unveiled as fans watch Sam in full "babe hound" mode, Carla in her usual pregnant state, Coach in his usual state of confusion, Norm in his usual drinking spot, Cliff spouting his usual arcane trivia, and Diane is her usual mode of telling everyone about everything.

Below is a list of the episodes included on the Cheers (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Give Me A Ring Sometime)
Episode 2 (Sam's Women)
Episode 3 (The Tortelli Tort)
Episode 4 (Sam At Eleven)
Episode 5 (Coach's Daughter)
Episode 6 (Any Friend Of Diane's)
Episode 7 (Friends, Romans, Accountants)
Episode 8 (Truce Or Consequences)
Episode 9 (Coach Returns To Action)
Episode 10 (Endless Slumper)
Episode 11 (One For The Book)
Episode 12 (The Spy Who Came In For A Cold One)
Episode 13 (Now Pitching, Sam Malone)
Episode 14 (Let Me Count The Ways)
Episode 15 (Father Knows Last)
Episode 16 (The Boys In The Bar)
Episode 17 (Diane's Perfect Date)
Episode 18 (No Contest)
Episode 19 (Pick A Con... Any Con)
Episode 20 (Someone Single, Someone Blue)
Episode 21 (Showdown 1)
Episode 22 (Showdown 2)


The DVD Report

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Ted Danson



DVD title: Requiem for a Dream - Director's Cut
Productgroup: DVD
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feel the pain


A lot of movies try to explore youth and drugs. While most make some kind of bookish statement about how parents should pay attention to their kids, peers should be more accepting of each other, etc., this outstanding film shows the real hopes and aspirations of a lot of people who live a drug life. Indeed, there is an escape element that we typically associate with drugs, but we also see youth's fantasies for love, success, pleasure, and relief from the restrictions placed by conventional recipes for life. Moreoever, and this is where 'Req.' demolishes previous drug movies, the old mother also obtains a drug addiction of her own, reliving some of her younger dreams. Invariably, this woman has failed to satisfy her young yearnings despite living up to conventional models. Every viewer should leave this movie with doubts and questions, not answers.
Indeed, this is a depressing movie, extremely painful. However, it illuminates questions in life via drama (not philosophical asides). Therein lies its ultimate strength: as if this were nearly a snap shot of life shaping moments we all experience but often fail to see how our choices will affect our outcome. Hopefully, this movie can help us feel the dangers we risk today, rather than simply processing them through automatic cheese grater-like cliches.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Actors:
Ellen Burstyn
Jared Leto




DVD title: The Persuaders!, Set 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Going back in the past with style


For those who love old TV series this is a dream come true ! The Moore and Curtis combination is dynamite!!! I am just waiting for the second season !

Studio: A & E Home Video
Actors:
Roger Moore



DVD title: Jaws (Full Screen Anniversary Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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THE film of the 70s


Jaws directed by Spielberg is so well known it hardly needs an introduction. When you think of the 1970s this film always comes to mind. Saturday Night Fever may have been the favorite of the trendoids but this was undoubtedly the greatest film of the decade. In Australia it came out prior to the summer of 1975. There was a radio ad featuring the classic quote by Richard Dreyfuss "a shark is attracted to the exact kind of splashing that occurs when every human being goes for a swim, you cannot avoid it". I remember being on the beach and the radio was playing over the public address system. This ad came on and within 2 minutes almost everybody had left the water. It speaks volumes for the film that every film production class studies it at one time or another. It strikes a chord with everybody who sees it. Brilliantly directed with competent acting performances this is a film which automatically qualifies for the time capsule of the 20th Century.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors:
Roy Scheider
Robert Shaw
Richard Dreyfuss




DVD title: Valmont
Productgroup: DVD
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A less dangerous adaptation of "Dangerous Liaisons"


Valmont, far better than Dangerous Liaisons. With a younger cast, more lush photography, sexy surroundings, and the sinister Annette Benning. The cheesy Malkovich act is not here, thank God for that. Replaced by Colin Firth, though I really did not care for him, he did a much better act than Malkovich. But the big, brightest change in this film is Annette Benning. Playing the "Catherine Tramell" act on Glenn Closes' idiotic and ugly performance in Dangerous Liaisons, Benning shines above all and is superb! Buy it!

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Milos Forman
Actors:
Colin Firth
Annette Bening




DVD title: Dark Angel - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Straight to DVD


You ask me, (and okay, you didn't) they should make a 3rd (4th, 5th, etc...) Season that's just straight to DVD, hell with Fox (or whatever channel was hosting it before). I'd snatch it up in a heart beat if it was on DVD (Don't bother with TV anyway).

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Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Jessica Alba



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