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DVD title: The Deer Hunter
Productgroup: DVD
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de Niro at his best!!!

the deer hunter is one of my all-time favourites. de niro shows once more his great talent. his appearance was worth an oscar but in that year he did not get it. pike of movie is a scene when de Niro and Walken are involved in russian roulette.

Studio: Umvd
Director: Michael Cimino
Robert De Niro
Christopher Walken

DVD title: Ren & Stimpy - The Complete First and Second Seasons
Productgroup: DVD
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They're back... Happy ... Happy ... Joy ... Joy!

Simply stated, Ren and Stimpy seasons 1 and 2 were classics in every sense of the word. In those two seasons, John Kricfalusi re-invented the entire cartoon genre. He did this by going back to basics, following the spirit of the great cartoons of the 40s and 50s.

Ren & Stimpy were REAL cartoons, not like the "Animated Sitcoms" that people often confuse with a cartoon. The differences are black and white. Unlike today's bland world of animation, where there are limits to what can happen, a REAL cartoon like R&S has no limits. Gravity in a cartoon is optional (it generally vanishes when you don't look down). It also means that characters can explode, shrink, be shaved bald, eat fire, spit fire and even shoot fire out their rear end.

Seasons 1 and 2 were exceptionally good because those seasons were finely crafted by the mind of the show's creator, John Kricfalusi. In subsequent seasons, he was given more and more pressure to censor the content. As time went on, he eventually lost his battle (and his job), and the network cranked out a bunch of sterile cartoons with no heart and soul.

Last year, Time/Life attempted to put out a set of DVDs containing 42 or so episodes. The quality was crisp and clear, but the set was still censored and unfortunately it had production problems and was hard to get... eventually it vanished.

Buy this set while you still can. If history repeats itself, these may not be out too long.

Studio: Paramount Home Video

DVD title: Elmo's World - Springtime Fun
Productgroup: DVD
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A Brillant Elmo Performance

I have always been a Elmo fan and so is my baby sister. She always watches Elmo's world on Sesame Street so my Mom got her this DVD. She loves it. Mr. Noodle adds a funny touch to Elmo's World and so does the lady on Elmos's TV. She laughs when the Bird song comes on. This is definitly one of Elmo's greatest performances.

Studio: Sony Music (Video)

DVD title: Cop on a Mission
Productgroup: DVD
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Suki Kwan/Shooky Kwan Sau Mei

Daniel Wu was a hopeless cop. Eric Tsang Chi Wai is the chief of Hong Kong mafia (Hung Heng). Suki Kwan Sau Mei (Pauline) was the wife of Eric Tsang. Suki Kwan Sau Mei has always acted as big mafia's wife. Only Suki Kwan Sau Mei has the kind of quality to portray a beautiful, intelligent, and powerful woman.

Daniel Wu was having breakfast in a restaurant with her annoying girl friend. Eric Tsang was having gathering with other mafia bosses. Eric Tsang is very proud to bring Suki Kwan Sau Mei with him wherever he goes (who wouldn't). Suki Kwan Sau Mei will socialize with other bosses. All the other bosses will only envy Eric Tsang, not for his powerful status but his beautiful woman. As the most powerful man in Hong Kong and a triad leader, Eric Tsang never goes for prostitution. Suki Kwan Sau Mei has it all.

Suddenly, wines are spill at Suki Kwan Sau Mei's dress. The captain quickly escorts Suki Kwan Sau Mei to a room to clean up. Daniel Wu accidentally entered the room and peep at Suki Kwan Sau Mei. Suki Kwan Sau Mei undressed and started wiping her body. Suki Kwan Sau Mei was so sexy. Daniel Wu was very high.

After that night, Daniel Wu is obsessed with Suki Kwan Sau Mei. He masturbates and thinks about Suki Kwan Sau Mei's dazzling look and sexy body. Daniel was asked to go into Eric's triad as undercover. One night, Suki Kwan Sau Mei came out from a nightclub and few people attempt to attack Suki Kwan Sau Mei. Daniel quickly protects Suki Kwan Sau Mei from being wound and sensibly uses his own body to wrap the entire stab. Whoever who is attempting to hurt Suki Kwan Sau Mei is insane.

Daniel Wu gained the trust of Eric Tsang. One day, in Macau, the triad boss took Suki Kwan Sau Mei as hostage and asked Eric Tsang for a negotiation. Eric Tsang send Daniel Wu there and even instructed not to lose face even if it means losing Suki Kwan Sau Mei's life. Eric Tsang is really insane for saving his face to sacrifice Suki Kwan Sau Mei.

Anyway, Daniel Wu is determined to save Suki Kwan Sau Mei. When Daniel Wu went in to the room, Suki Kwan Sau Mei was being tied up. The boss said, Eric Tsang has the greatest woman in the globe, and he's not treasuring her for sending such jerk for negotiation. He asked his men to rape her. Suki Kwan Sau Mei was very scared. Then, the boss offered a deal to ask Daniel to have sex with Suki Kwan Sau Mei in front of all his men and he will let them go. Daniel agreed with the offer. Who wouldn't? The other entire guy was erotic to see such scene. They all want to have sex with Suki Kwan Sau Mei. While paying undivided attention to the act, Daniel's men arrived and killed all of them. Beauty is saved.

When Suki Kwan Sau Mei came back to meet Eric, Eric does not want to talk to her. Suki Kwan Sau Mei was surprised. With her sexy tone, she said "Eric." but Eric asked her to go away. Suki Kwan Sau Mei was totally stunned. This is really unreasonable. Suki Kwan Sau Mei was in such a dangerous situation and Eric did not send his whole troops to rescue her. Now, Suki Kwan Sau Mei is back with no scratch! Eric should be down on her knees kissing every inch of Suki Kwan Sau Mei. Suki Kwan Sau Mei even lean her face towards him but he rejected her?

Suki went out of the room and have sex with Daniel. But later, Eric found out her secret. Suki admitted that she had sex with Daniel. Under tradition, as the woman of the head of triad, Suki should be brutally punished to death. Of course, Eric let her go without even harming her or scolded her. That's the kind of privilege no other woman can get.

At the end, Eric found out Daniel's plan of betraying him and wanted to burry him alive. Daniel begged for help. He begged Suki to ask Eric to let him go. Eric said "If Pauline (Suki) says so, he'll live". Again, only Suki can order the boss to change his directive order in front of all his people. But, Suki didn't help and just let him die.

Daniel's first erotic dream came from looking at Suki's face. The last image he sees before dying was also the beautiful Suki. Considered a very lucky man.

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Marco Mak

DVD title: Bridget Jones's Diary
Productgroup: DVD
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V. Enjoyable!

What a wonderful film! This is a quirky, sweet movie about a regular woman, which is rarely seen in Hollywood. Ren?e Zellweger is fabulous in her part, as is the rest of the cast. Of course Colin Firth is amazing, as Mr. Darcy is the only role I really see him fit to play. He is perfect in his role, although I don't think anyone else could have played it. Hugh Grant, whom I normally don't like (with the exception of Sense & Sensibility), is wonderful in his role as Daniel. I've never liked him much as a good guy in movies, but he makes a perfect jerk.
This movie is a must-see, whether or not you've read the book. There are a lot of subtle references to P&P that can easily be missed and are fun to find. Such as the first time I watched I didn't notice that the publishing company was called Pimberley. I didn't notice until I saw the logo on the wall in one of the scenes. I'm sure if you've read the book, this doesn't seem so subtle, but it's still fun to recognize these things.
Also, this has the one thing no other P&P film, mini-series or sequel has - terribly fake, but hilarious fighting between Darcy & Wickham/Daniel to 'It's Raining Men.'

Studio: Miramax
Director: Sharon Maguire
Renée Zellweger
Colin Firth

DVD title: Platinum Comedy Series - Dave Chappelle - Killin' Them Softly
Productgroup: DVD
Platinum Comedy Series - Dave Chappelle - Killin' Them Softly - movie DVD cover picture

This guy is soooooooooooooooooooo funny! You'll love this DVD. I've been waiting and finally it's here!

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Dave Chappelle

DVD title: Helen of Troy
Productgroup: DVD
Helen of Troy - movie DVD cover picture
Helen of Troy, a real classic

I remember seeing this movie back in the fifties and being completely in awe of it. I read where Warner Bros. searched all over for the face that could launch a 1000 ships. I thought they succeeded with their choice of Rosanna Podesta. I remember seeing this movie many times and thinking it was as great as I remembered it. As I boy I sent a letter to Warner Bros. in Hollywood for a picture of Rosanna Podesta along with a lot of stamps for sending the picture back. I didn,t receive the picture then, but 7 years later I received a picture of Rosanna along with inscription in Italian " to my little boy". When I watched this movie again in latter life, I realize it wasn,t as great as I thought it to be but the memory still is. P.S. The review above was for the VHS version. I purchased the DVD of this movie and once again -IT WAS GREAT!!! Rosanna Podesta was truly tremendously feminine and beautiful whilst still being a bit of young girl whom we all fell in love with in our youth.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Robert Wise
Rossana Podestà
Stanley Baker
Brigitte Bardot

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Finally, my favorite book made real!

With the many, many reviews written concerning this movie, there is little for me to add. I saw the movie in the theatre, but being deaf, had to wait until this came out for me to really enjoy it. I read the trilogy four times when I was younger. They could not have done a much better job bringing this to screen, and I can hardly wait until the next part of the trilogy. Thank heavens Peter Jackson had the intelligence to wait until the technology was such that he could make Lord of the Rings as it is written. McKellen as Gandalf is superb, Elijah Wood has an unbelieveably poignant face and mannerism (I never thought much of him as a child actor, but then maybe it was the choice of scripts he got and the directors?). His sadness at having to do such a hard task alone is enough to break your heart!
Again, those of us with hearing loss enjoy films best when they are in letterbox format. The captioning that we need is then not interfering with the beauty and plot on the screen.
I plan to wait until all three movies are out, and then I will get the boxed version with all the outtakes. One thing I must bring attention for once, all the outtakes, the specials, etc. are captioned so I can enjoy them with my hearing family members. I really wish members of the directors and film communities would figure out that captioning of all parts of the DVDs make it worth while for us deafies to buy the blasted things. I was horribly disappointed with The Grinch since only the film itself was captioned!!!!
I still maintain, if A Beautiful Mind had not been in the running, Lord of the Rings would have won much more at the Oscars. A truly beautiful movie.
Karen Sadler

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: The Young Girls of Rochefort
Productgroup: DVD
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If You Like This Movie You Will Like It

For the first twenty or so minutes the movie feels awkward but once this past, it became a charming musical.The best thing about this movie was Francoise Dorleac and Catherine Denevue. They play twins in this movie and this was the only time the sisters were able to work together. They make a great team. Dorleac though was so much prettier than she is presented in this movie. She was almost as beautiful as Denevue. But with a bad wig and some fake wrinkles it is hard to tell this. One has to see Cul de Sac or The Soft Skin to see her beauty. Also Gene Kelly didn't belong in this movie, much too old for Dorleac. He felt as misplaced here as in Xanadu. Danielle Darrieux's performance as the mother who is also looking for love is an extra bonus.

Studio: Miramax

DVD title: Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Fourth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Everybody Loves Raymond Season 4!

This is the way seasons should be rolled out on DVD. In a consistent and timely manner. Here's the episode guide for ELR Season 4:

1. Boob Job - Debra fakes a boob job because she thinks Ray has a thing for big breasts.

2. The Can Opener - Ray and Debra have a fight over a new can opener.

3. You Bet - Ray discovers that Frank's newfound interest in him is because he's been betting with the inside information Ray's giving him.

4. Sex Talk - Ray and Debra turn to Frank and Marie for advice when their sex life diminishes.

5. The Will - Ray and Debra talk about who will get the children should they die.

6. The Sister - Debra's sister visits with news that she's becoming a nun.

7. Cousin Gerard - Ray can't stand the fact that everyone thinks he's as annoying as his cousin Gerard.

8. Debra's Workout - Debra's increased sex drive raises questions with Ray.

9. No Thanks - Debra tries to handle Marie's criticism but she blows it and Marie still thinks Debra's in the wrong.

10. Left Back - Ray's afraid that he's passing on his lack of knowledge to the twins.

11. The Christmas Picture - Ray decides to get his parents a family portrait for Christmas and they love the idea, until Debra's parents show up to be in it too.

12. What's With Robert? - Everybody starts to question Robert's sexuality when he breaks up with Amy again.

13. Bully on the Bus - Ray and Debra find out that Ally's bullying a little girl on the school bus.

14. Prodigal Son - Ray is condemned by his family for not attending mass on Sundays.

15. Robert's Rodeo - While on duty, Robert is gored by a bull.

16. The Tenth Anniversary - Ray and Debra renew their wedding vows after they find out that Ray accidentally taped over their wedding with the 1991 Super Bowl.

17. Hackidu - Ray goes too great lengths to get Ally a certain Hackidu card when he negates a deal she made with another kid.

18. Debra Makes Something Good - Ray's family is amazed when Debra finally makes something good to eat.

19. Marie and Frank's New Friends - Ray and Debra's plan of getting Frank and Marie their own friends backfires when instead of going to their house they bring their friends to Ray and Debra's.

20. Alone Time - Ray starts to wonder if his marriage is in trouble when Debra wants some time alone.

21. Someone's Cranky - Ray, Debra, Marie and Frank try to figure out why Robert's been so cranky lately.

22. Bad Moon Rising - Debra is having mood swings and Ray thinks it might be PMS but whenever he brings up PMS she gets even moodier.

23. Confronting the Attacker - Robert returns to the job but loses his nerve and quits the force to become a telemarketer. He rejoins the force however after confronting the bull that gorged him.

24. Robert's Divorce - In a flashback episode we see the events surrounding Robert's divorce.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Ray Romano

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