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DVD title: Zulu (Michael Caine)
Productgroup: DVD
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Zulu


A true story, Zulu is one of my all time favorites! Acting is superb as is the realism of war and the desperate struggle of 200 British soldiers to survive against impossible odds - 4,000 fearsome Zulu warriers. You will feel the soldier's terror at the sound of thousands of warriers beating their shields with their speers as they advance on their small compound from miles away. The battle - beginning at a distance and progressing to hand-to-hand combat - and the defensive tactics used by the British commanders is excellent. Once seen, you won't forget this one!

Studio: Front Row Video, Inc
Director: Cy Endfield
Actors:
Richard Burton
Stanley Baker
Jack Hawkins




DVD title: Big Daddy
Productgroup: DVD
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Big Dady gets two thumbs up!


Big Dady is a grea movie with all kinds of laughing lines to it! I have seen this movie three times and my judgement is woth it. This is the best Adam Sandler movie yet, next in line is Happy Gillmore. I chose this one because it has an excellent squence events that flow from beging to end. The plot is a little weak,but that's the only - I give this movie. Other then That, I think this movie will mke you laugh and cry from begining to end!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Dennis Dugan
Actors:
Adam Sandler
Joey Lauren Adams




DVD title: Cosmos Boxed Set (Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Can't Wait to see it !!!


Can someone please tell me if The Cosmos Boxed Set is differentfrom the Planet Boxed Set?? Also, how can you watch the UK version if you live in the USA??? Please respond ASAP.

Studio: Cosmos Studios
Actors:
Carl Sagan



DVD title: For All Mankind - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Still the best Apollo documentary


I first saw this film in 1989 while working on my cinema production degree at USC in Los Angeles. Hosting the special screening was the film's director Al Reinert. The film's academy award nomination was already the talk of the film department, so I brought some high expectations with me to the screening. Also, being a long-time US Space Program enthusiast, and also having personally witnessed the liftoff of Apollo 11 when I was 5 years old, I was especially interested in the film's topic.
My first impression that night was typical for many Apollo enthusiasts; I thought "Hey, he (Reinert) jumbled the missions and voice-overs into a confusing montage!" I walked away unimpressed, but entertained.
About a year later, I saw the film again at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center theater in San Diego. This time, the film really hit the mark for me. I was overwhelmed by the mood & awe the film created. Alas, I "got it". And therein lies the beauty and secret genius to this film; it "gets it" too! It understands that it doesn't matter which Apollo astronaut or moonwalker is talking, or which mission is being depicted. It only matters that we planted 6 flags and sent 24 men to the moon (12 on the moon); their experience is common, their voice one. Reinert recognized this, and it is this distinction that allows For All Mankind to transcend mediocrity and become the great film that it is.
For many viewers, the film's subtlety & hissy voice over (which gives the voice over an engrossing, coffee table conversation quality) are likely to disguise its cleverness. And there is a lot of cleverness and genuinely good filmmaking in For All Mankind. I was especially impressed with the editing. Around the 1:02 hr mark there is a slow lunar pan with voice over (Apollo 17's Gene Cernan) commenting on how "you just had to steal the time to stop chiseling at a rock and contemplate where you were... and then suddenly you had to go back to work again". The slow pan ends on a moonwalker hammering a core sample into the surface. As a film school grad and filmmaker, I must say; nice editing! Simple and very effective.
Lesser documentaries on Apollo may offer you the technical aspects of this amazing feet. And few would dare to let a long, slow lunar pan play out uncut. But only For All Mankind gives you the human aspect of Apollo. Sure, it comes as the expense of some technical accuracy. But by emphasizing the human aspects of Apollo the film preserves the most important truths. And to very liberally paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke, hundreds of years from now that is all that need be remembered, because that is all that really matters.
Today when watching the film I delight in telling people which mission footage they are seeing, who's talking, etc. (And I still cringe when I see the old standard of using the shot of Buzz Aldrin descending the ladder to the moon over Neil Armstrong's famous first words - yes, that's Buzz, not Neil. I've checked it against the uncut Apollo 11 TV footage. The bright spot you see reflecting through the LEM handing gear just to the left of Buzz is Neil already standing on the surface, taking photos of Buzz descending ladder. The shot of Neil descending the ladder didn't turn out very clear. Very few people, save for Ron Howard in Apollo 13, use it when depicting the first step on the moon) But these once important details have, for me, long since become trivial in light of For All Mankind's artistic accomplishments.
I didn't know it when I first saw it in 1989, but For All Mankind is the film I'd been waiting for ever since watching the moon missions live. (and, yes, Leonard Maltin, it WAS in fact filmed on location)
John Starr

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Al Reinert
Actors:
Jim Lovell
Kenneth Mattingly




DVD title: Mobile Suit Gundam - Char's Counterattack (Feature)
Productgroup: DVD
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Mobile Suit Gundam Char's Counterattack: A film worth seeing


Mobile Suit Gundam Char's Counterattack takes place in the year Universal Century (UC) 0093, some 14 years after the devestating One-Year War ended (Mobile Suit Gundam). In this new war, Char Aznable (a.k.a. Casval Deikum) leads the forces of Neo-Zeon in an attempt to render Earth uninhabitable by dropping asteroids onto its surface, thus creating a nuclear winter. To oppose him is Amuro Ray of the Earth Federal Forces unit Londo Bell.
Amuro, using the Federation's RX-93 Nu Gundam, must engage Char, who pilots the MSN-04 Sazabi, in a final conflict that will decide the fate of all mankind.
This movie is packed with stunning mobile suit battles and a very intruiging plot. Nearly every character in this story is complex, even the characters Astanosh and Kira. The story itself is riddled with government conspiricies and there are twists at every corner, making for a very enjoyable two hours. Gundam fans will enjoy this tale, which finally closes the curtain upon the raging conflict between Amuro and Char. If there is one thing that I do find at fault in this movie, it's that the character Quess Paraya is extremely annoying, and her thoughts make no sense, especially when she tries to make observations about humanity.
Quess aside, the movie is excellent and a must-have for all Gundam fans. Hell, even non-Gundam fans might enjoy it.

Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino



DVD title: Evil Dead (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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an instant classic


yes this is an instant classic. This DVD does the movie justice you get great picture quailty, Great extras and the handsom looking DVD case which is The Book of Dead. One of Bruce Cambell's best performances. This movie had two sequals made right after it bith very funny. Check out all 3

Studio: Elite Entertainment
Director: Sam Raimi
Actors:
Bruce Campbell



DVD title: Swingers
Productgroup: DVD
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should i?


i haven't seen this movie but guys i know tell me i need to watch it if i want to understand men. :) this should be interesting.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Doug Liman
Actors:
Vince Vaughn
Heather Graham




DVD title: Boxing Helena
Productgroup: DVD
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Boxing Helena


"The film is art-directed like Architectural Digest come to life!" -The Washington Post

Fantasy, desire and manipulation make for a savory yet volatile cocktail in this psychological thriller about a woman held captive by a man who loves her. This is a haunting, erotic tale of love and lust that straddles the fine line between devotion and obsession.

Nick Cavanaugh (Julian Sands) is a brilliant surgeon who seems to have it all-money, looks, prestige-but all he wants is someone he can't have...a voluptuous, cold-hearted seductress: Helena (Sherilyn Fenn). After Nick fails to impress her with his wealth, Helena is struck down by a hit-and-run driver outside his mansion. The good doctor saves her life by amputating her legs, then seizes the opportunity of her immobility to hold her prisoner. Now, he's in conrol of Helena's body, but not her mind, for this shrewd, quick thinking vixen is hell-bent on keeping Nick on his toes in order to foil his selfish plan to have her not only as a trophy wife..but his personal Venus de Milo.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Actors:
Julian Sands
Sherilyn Fenn




DVD title: Soylent Green
Productgroup: DVD
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A nightmare every time closer


In 2022 the population's growth may reach eight billions people So the awful warning call given by Aldous Huxley ( A new visit for a brave new world) , George Orwell (Animal's farm or 1984) will suppose several restrictions about the free circulation vehicles and also an estimated amount of liters of water by each one of us.This film is a very clever scifi story about a overcrowded world, where the reduced free spaces of the world we know actually , may be more narrow.The story holds a deep reflection about the effects of a claustrophobic world, the lack of certain benefits you assumed almost naturally till now. This movie shows us about a reality not so far. This work was the last appearance of Edward G. Robinson; thanks to Heston efforts for including him in that role. The last sequence in which you watch the ancient world like it was; it depicts a bucolic landscape; and the Pastoral Symphony works out perfectly with this goal. You may feel it something tearful, but the remarkable point is the hidden message. Still we are on time to avoid it. But who'll take this dangerous flag? This film was released just one year after since Roma's club establihment, in 1972. In that age I had the opportunity of reading that fundamental work of Barry Commoner titled The circle that it closes.Watch for this one. Because with these raising reflections about the enviroment concern around the world made it possible, by instance, avoid to throw several hazardous weapons over Vietnam, whose direct and collateral effects had not studied enough. Chernobyl was just only fourteen years before and Long island twelve years.Only with this long introduction you'll be capable of understand why this film,together with Farenheit 451, Capricorn one, The Omega man, Zardoz, The planet of the apes , 2001 and Solaris were made between 1967 and 1972. We are taking about movies of film makers so distant in style and view directorial as Kubrick , Tarkovski, Truffaut, Schafner ,Hyams and Boorman, but surrounded by that cloudy atmosphere who involved the world in those days.A must for you to watch. It will let you thinking for a long, long time.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Richard Fleischer
Actors:
Charlton Heston
Edward G. Robinson




DVD title: Miss Congeniality
Productgroup: DVD
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a must see!


the movie was entertaining from beginning to end. If you haven't seen it then your missing out on a lot of fun!!!!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Donald Petrie
Actors:
Sandra Bullock
Michael Caine




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