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DVD title: Young Frankenstein (Special Edition)
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a classic comedy!!!!


my uncle is peter boyle (young frankenstien's monster), and i asked him what it was like to film this movie."it was horrible" is what he said.well......IT SURE WAS WORTH IT!!!!this movie has all the ingredients of a great comedy.....a spoof, sex, pain, stupidity on the characters part, and Mel Brooks!!!!this had to have been the greatest comedy ever made,because if it wasnt, it wouldnt have a 5-star rating average.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Mel Brooks
Actors:
Gene Wilder
Marty Feldman
Madeline Kahn




DVD title: The Shell Seekers
Productgroup: DVD
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Angela Lansbury starring in "The Shell Seekers"


People, you know that movies are never as good as the book! This is no exception. However, in terms of the movie itself, I liked it. It was fun and interesting to compare my own personal images of Penelope, Nancy, Olivia, Noel, Antonia, and Danus to those in the movie. Sure, there were a lot of differences, but if you LOVE Rosamunde Pilcher's novels as much as I do then you can appreciate this movie and how it tried to grasp the feeling of the story, if not the exact plot. I highly recommend the book Coming Home if you enjoyed The Shell Seekers, and the movie Coming Home is excellent, too!

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Waris Hussein



DVD title: Office Space (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Yeah...


Um... yeah... I'm going to have to kind of recommend this movie... yeah... um, if you could just buy it and watch it, that would be great.... yeah...

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Mike Judge
Actors:
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston




DVD title: Ray (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A respectful tribute to a great musician


How to make a movie about a legend like Ray Charles? Hard to walk the line between a maudlin soap and a superficial celebrity tell-all.

Somehow, the makers of this movie found the right balance.

I was surprised at what a wonderful job Jamie Foxx did--just never thought of him as a great actor. His performance of Ray suffering through heroin withdrawal was wrenching. I noticed in the closing credits that most of the musical performances were dubbed by Ray Charles's own recordings, but some of the performances were sung by Jamie Foxx himself; darned if I could tell the difference!

As far as biopics go, I felt this movie had considerable depth. They did not gloss over how Ray treated his family and his drug problems, yet they treated him respectfully with some understanding of the pressures and tragedy of his childhood that led him to do the things he did. Foxx did a great job at making the character appealing despite his flaws. I'll admit I pulled out my hanky for a couple of tearful moments near the end. I left the theater feeling uplifted. I'd like to see it again.

Powerful performances by some of the supporting cast: Sharon Warren (a beautiful woman), playing Ray's mother, created a beautiful portrait of a poor but proud woman who stood up for herself. Ray went blind at the age of 7, but his mother forced him to stand on his own two feet and to take life on his own terms. "Promise me you'll never let anyone make you a cripple!"

Recognize one of the Atlantic Records executives, Jerry Wexler? He's Richard Schiff (Toby) from TV's West Wing. Looks a little different with hair and no beard!

Tremendous performance from Kerry Washington as Ray's wife--a strong and proud woman who rises above Ray's road romances.

On a technical note, the production design of the movie was superb. Cars, clothes, furniture, houses, were very accurate for the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The color correction was designed to give everything an over saturated, soft look that reminded me of early color home movies. I'm sure this was quite intentional--perhaps to subtly place the movie in time or perhaps to unify modern scenes with the flashbacks to Ray's childhood which were EXTREMELY over saturated to the point of surrealism, which might be the case if a blind man remembered scenes from when he was a small child when he could still see color.


Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Taylor Hackford
Actors:
Jamie Foxx
Kerry Washington
Regina King




DVD title: Affliction
Productgroup: DVD
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VIOLENCE AS AN ADDICTION


"Do you want a Big Mac?" Wade asks his young daughter as he drives her away from her mother's house "We could sneak one behind mommy's back like we used to." His duaghter declines "Mommy said junk food is bad for you." Wade's face starts to contort, visibly resisting the urge to explode. He is fighting it, and is therefore at hearta brave man. But why is it a monumental battle of will for him to risist as millions do the world over? WHY IS HE HAVING WITHDRAWEL SYMPTOMS? In agony, like a heroin addict resisting the drug, the release that an outburst of violence would provide. Perhaps he does because he is an intelligent man and can see the consequences , but many drug addicts ae intelligent people too. Perhaps because he's been on the recieving end of his father's vicious beating, a fact that makes brute force repulsive to him, but also makes it come naturally.It is in his genes now. Like pregnant mother using heroin, in a way voilent fathers pass a drug to the children they beat, one that like its chemical counterpart requires rehab. Wade (Nick Nolte) the tragic center of Paul Shrader's film tries and fails to fight his upringing or as it is referred to here Affliction. In one of the film's most harrowing scenes when Wade finally beats up those who are close to him, his father (James Coburn) looks at him and says "There's my boy." Later Nolte hits him on the head with a log of wood and says "I love you" and MEANS IT. Nick Nolte's performance is perhaps one of the decade's finest. He roams through the streets of this little town, gradually losing control, nursing a vicious toothache, begging for dignity and respect of the townfolk. He acts childish, paranoid, vicious and angry all in one monumental performance. By the end of the film he is almost literally possesed by the old man's spirit, with those face contortions he starts to look like what he has become, his father. If the film has one flaw, it is the character of Rolf (Willem Defoe) who was the protected brother that the father wouldn't touch. He seems a tad hipocritical when in the voice-over narration he acuses his brother of chasing fantasies about a murder plot, when at the time he suggested it, it made sense to him and to us as an audience. Still this is a minor contrivance to make a thematic point about Wade's decent. Don't be put off by this film's early slow pace, because its performances alone make it a brutal, thought provacative journey into a diseased soul.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Paul Schrader
Actors:
Nick Nolte
Sissy Spacek
James Coburn




DVD title: Sailor Moon - Season Two - Uncut (Japanese Language Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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classic sailor moon


Episode List:((The titles in () are the English names of these episodes for those of you who've seen the American episodes or those of you who've never seen either one but may be interested in the dubbed verison. Any episdoe with this * is an episode I personally recommend.))47. Moon Revives! The Mysterious Alien Appears (The Return of Sailor Moon) 48. For the Cause of Love and Justice! The Sailor Senshi Revive (So You Want to Be in Pictures?) 49. Who is the White Rose for? Tsukikage no Knight Appears (A Knight to Remember) 50. Usagi in Danger! Disabled Tiara (VR Madness) *51. Renewed Transformation, Usagi's Power Up (Cherry Blossom Time) 52. Targeted Children! Venus in Action (Kindergarten Chaos) (In this English version, I love the part where Mina goes "VENUS!!" when she's really upset.) 53. Mamoru and Usagi's Babysitter Mayhem (Much Ado About Babysitting) 54. The Cultural Festival Just for Me!? Queen Rei Sings All Out (Raye's Day in the Spotlight) 55. Is Seijuro the Moon Shadow!? Mako-chans Firing Up(Food Fetish)*56. Steal Mamoru's Kiss! Ann's Snow White Strategy (Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall) 57. Beware of After School! The Target Usagi (Detention Doldrums) 58. The Disagreeing Feeling of Love! The Mikaiju's Anger (Secret Garden) *59. The True Love Awakens! The Makaiju's Secret (Treed) 60. Angel? Devil? The Mysterious Girl Who Fell from the Sky (Serena Times Two) *61. Usagi's Big Shock! Mamoru Announces that He is Breaking Up (The Cosmic Caper) 62. The Friendship of the Senshi! Goodbye Ami-chan(Mercury Moving On?) 63. Girls Should Be Strong and Beautiful! Rei's New Attack (Gramps in a Pickle) 64. After the Silver Crystal! Chibiusa's Secret (Trouble Comes Thundering Down) 65. Dispute About Love! Makoto and Minako's Argument (A Charmed Life) 66. Usagi's Parenthood? The Curry Triangle Relationship (A Curried Favor) 67. Ocean, Island, Vacation! Senshi's Day Off (missing episode)*Already explained. *68. Protect Chibiusa! The Fierce Battle Between the 10 Warriors (Naughty and Nice) *69. Awaken the Sleeping Beauty! Mamoru's Distress (Prediction of Doom) *70. Confronting the Flame of Love! Mars vs. Cooan (Enemies No More) *71. For Friendship! Ami and Beruche Clash (Check Mate) 72. Rubeus' Emergancy! The Loss Of 4 Sisters (Sibling Rivalry) 73. Rubeus' UFO Appears! The Sailor Senshi Taken Hostage(Rubeus Evens the Score)
74. Go and Beat Up Rubeus! A Battle in Space (Rubeus Strikes Out) *75. A Mysterious New Soldier! Sailor Pluto Appears The Secret of the Luna Sphere *76. Power of the Evils, Invation by Esmerado (Emerald Takes Over) (One of the funniest episodes of this season, English dubbed or orginial.)*77. The Thoughts are the Same! Usagi and Mamoru in Love Again (Promises Fulfilled) (I'm not a big Usagi/Mamoru fan but I definatly loved this one.)*78. Venus-Minako's Nurse Mayhem (No Thanks, Nurse Venus) 79. The Adventures of Artemis! The Evil Animal Kingdom (Dog Day for Artemis)*80. The Illusion of Terror. Lone Ami (Lonely Amy)*81. The Dark Gate Opens? Grade School Targeted! (Child's Play) 82. Journey to the Future. Battle in the Corridor of Time (Future Shocked) **83. Battle in the Future! Demondo's Ambition! (Legend of the Negamoon) (My second favoirte episode of the season. I just love the episodes when we go back into the past...) 84. Wiseman's Dark Hand. Destroy Chibiusa! (Jealousy's Just Reward) *85. Queen of Darkness! The Birth of the Black Lady (The Birth of Wicked Lady) (Who saw THAT coming...;op )***86. Death of Safiel! Wiseman's Trap! (Brotherly Love) (And this is my favorite episode of the season. It was sad and very touching and I definatly recommend this one.)87. Believe in Love and the Future! Usagi's Will Power (Diamond in the Rough) 88. The Last Battle Between Light and Dark! Vow to Tomarrow's Love (Final Battle) 89. Usagi's Final Desision! Prologue to a New Battle (Follow the Leader) (This episode was really more of a highlight of the past two seasons and a preview for Sailor Moon S. It was actually very awsome because it showed a lot of clips that were cut from the orginal (if you watched the dubbed version).)
Sound:It definatly could be better but if you can adjust your tv, you should be fine. But then if you have the 1st season box set, then it really isn't a big surprise and you get used to it. However I will admit: I expected it to be better. But then it was recorded in mono, and I believe only the last season, Stars, was recorded in sterio orginally.
Picture: Still shakey and still rather annoying, even it it did do that in the first box set.
Box Art:Beautiful, better than the 1st seasons.
Music:That comes the with sound argument. If you can hear it clearly,the music it's often pretty and most of the song rocks.
Extras:::laughs:: What extras? They REALLY should have had more than ADV promos...Overall review:This is a very great season and a must have for all fans of the series. Yes it has minor flaws and even a missing episode but trust me, its worth buying with them. Even though the second season isn't my favorite (as the orginal is will alwasy be my fav.) its still very much worth buying and great start. And for those of you who have seen the dubbed verisons (the cut english by dic) than I must INSIST that you buy it. You won't be sorry.
Worth the Money:
The biggest question of them all. Honestly, I would definatly say its worth the money, but I would advise you trying to find it less in Amazon market place if you (and probably) can.
Hope I helped.

Studio: A.D. Vision



DVD title: Unforgiven
Productgroup: DVD
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Probably the last great western


This is my favorite western of all time. An oscar-caliber cast, smart writing, action that makes sense and real drama all wrapped into one! Great.
At the heart, this is the story of a ruthless gunslinger with a touch of tenderness in his cold, black heart. That dichotomy, and tension, between Eastwood's good and bad sides are at war in this movie, and the end result is riveting.
The DVD by the way looks and sounds great, with few frills. This is a must-have in any collection. Buy, don't rent!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Gene Hackman
Morgan Freeman




DVD title: Gorky Park
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gorky park


"Gorky Park" is based on the novel of the same name by Martin Cruz Smith. It's a flawed attempt, but otherwise excellent film. William Hurt plays the hero, Arkady "Arkasha" Renko, a righteous detective with the Moscow Militia, the Soviet capitol's local police force. His latest case involves three mutilated corpses discovered under a blanket of fresh snow in the woods of Gorky Park. Renko is barely on the scene when he's joined by KGB Col. Pribluda. "That could be you one day", the smiling killer tells Renko. With little doubt that the case "reeks of KGB" involvement, Renko at first seeks a way to dump the case, thinking it a trap laid against him by the KGB as revenge for Renko's earlier attempts to implicate the grinning KGB colonel in a multiple homicide. A dogged persistance won't let him drop the case, and he pursues leads that have nothing to do with the KGB - including a one-time student dissident (Joanna Pacula) whose name is scratched into the skates worn by one of the corpses, and Jack Osborne (Lee Marvin), a wealthy American tycoon with an interest in genuine Russian Sables. Soon, however, Renko finds himself the prey, when a mysterious American, who turns out to be a NYPD Detective (Brian Dennehy), arrives on the scene, convinced that his younger brother may be one of the victims and Renko one of his executioners. Unclear who he has to fear, especially when his men and his witnesses begin dying, and unsure who to trust, Renko goes practically underground, the American Detective his only real ally.
Flawed by a script that ambitiously tries to comprise all of Smith's multi-layered plot, "Park" makes a great go of it. With the help of the late and great Dennis Potter ("the Singing Detective", "Pennies from Heaven"), Michael Apted's superb cast goes a long way to realizing author Smith's vision. There is the amiably amoral Pribluda and Dennehy as the brutish Detective Kerwill. Joanna Paculla will break your heart while Lee Marvin is cheery as the rich American who smoothly reaffirms the Soviets' faith in the evil that is the United States. Hurt's duel of wits with Marvin (Renko wastes little time making the rich American a prime suspect) provides the most tension of the film. Renko tries to elicit Osbourne's response by comparing the murder of the faceless trio with the American's favorite hobby - a hunt for Sable. Their exchanges are key because they highlight Osbourne's amorality and his mastery over Renko and the systemic rot of the Soviet hierarchy. Even minor charachters like Alexi Sayle as Fedor Golodkin and Ian Mcdiarmid as Prof. Andreev are hard to forget. Golodkin is the cheerily slimy smuggler who informs on Pacula's charachter for the KGB while Andreev, a dry academician with no time for police forensics, reluctantly agrees to reconstruct identities of mutilitated corpses. Mcdarmid, for his screen time is also fun, especially when meeting Renko and the detective's high-mindedness for the first time. "I fear that you are not long for this world, my friend", the dry academician tells Renko, evoking the same foreboding Macdarmid displayed as Darth Vader's boss in "Return of the Jedi". I caught a TV cut of the film and the editing was horrible. Don't settle for the Bravo version - get this tape today.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Michael Apted
Actors:
William Hurt
Lee Marvin




DVD title: Zombie
Productgroup: DVD
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2 Discs, 2 Cool


Media Blasters have been a godsend to us outcasts who like these kinds of films, but they've usually played second fiddle to the giants, Anchor Bay and Blue Underground. Well, this new 2 disc edition of Zombi 2 is gonna put them right up there in the big leagues. I'm not gonna review the film coz no one willing to buy the 2 disc version hasn't already seen Zombie. I've heard that Blue Underground's transfer is fantastic, though I haven't seen that one myself. If Blue Underground's is as fantastic as they say, it must be the best transfer of all time, coz Media Blasters' is great. I can't imagine Blue Underground's being that much better than this one if better at all. Media Blasters always work their butts off to offer some kind of interview on all of their dvds. Even if it's only with the Key Grip of the film, they manage to get someone. On disc 2 of Zombie 2 they manage to get just about everyone involved with the film with the exception of the cast and Fulci(obviously). They interview everyone right down to the guy who plays the wormy zombie on the film poster. Also the fat zombie from the boat in the beginning! It's over an hour and a half long and very informative....maybe too informative. Hope you like to read coz it's all subtitled. Plus you get an additional interview with the costume designer. Why this is not included in the documentary and is it's own special feature is a mystery to me. Plus you get to hear Dakar, who played Lucas in the film(and also looks about 106 years old), sing a couple of his musical numbers on acoustic guitar. Of course you get all the trailers and still galleries as well. I haven't listened to Ian's commentary yet, but I can only hope it's better than his commentary on the Anchor Bay version. Very highly recommended only if you're a hardcore fan, otherwise I'd suggest grabbing Blue Underground's version.

Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Lucio Fulci
Actors:
Tisa Farrow
Ian McCulloch




DVD title: Joseph (The Bible Collection)
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Outstanding and Biblically Correct


TNT has put together a surprisingly good account of the Biblical story of Joseph, betrayed into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers. Martin Landau as Jacob and Ben Kingsley as Potiphar give their usual first-rate performances, with the role of Joseph also well-acted. Leslie-Anne Down is the lustful wife of Potiphar, who unsuccessfully tries to seduce Joseph, and lands him in the Pharoah's prison. This film offers a very credible depiction of life in the ancient Near East, from the desert tents of the Hebrews, to the claustrophobic walled towns like Sichem, to the lushness of civilized Egypt and the Pharoah's court. The film is faithful to the Biblical account, and succeeds in making it come alive on the screen. A well-acted, well-scripted, and entertaining film. END

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Roger Young



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