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DVD title: Voices of a Distant Star
Productgroup: DVD
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deeply moving


I've had the pleasure of seeing this little piece of animated art on the big screen during an Anime convention.
I knew it was the project of 1 man and that it had won an award . I therefor expected an artsy kind of story. But what I didn't expect was a look that would resemble a big budget movie. I was amazed.
Yet only for a minute since by then I was drawn into one of the most tragic love stories I had ever seen... by the time it ended I felt tears in my eyes.
Do yourself a favor, see this. I may be short but it's beautiful... Sad yes but with a hint of hope...

Studio: A.D. Vision



DVD title: King Solomon's Mines
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the greatest adventure movies ever filmed!


The combination of authentic locales, stalwart heroes, beautiful heroine, and a search for a mythical treasure yield adventure in every sense of the word. You would follow Granger's Allan Quartermain anywhere! The locations are beautiful and treated with respect. Although the plot departs greatly from Haggard's original story, the spirit of adventure and self-sacrifice remain. This film is what going to the movies use to be all about. I'd love to see this in a theatre again! Its incredible that the earlier version of the film was given the DVD treatment and not this one. I'm not sure how many of the principals involved in the making of this film are still alive, but the potential production notes and "making of" trivia would be fascinating. If you like adventure and old-fashioned entertainment, this is your movie.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Actors:
Deborah Kerr
Stewart Granger




DVD title: Robocop - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent DVD with Great Movie.


After i bought this DVD the other day, i was outstanded and amazed by all the quality features and bonuses. yet it remains a brilliant classic.

Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Actors:
Peter Weller
Nancy Allen




DVD title: BASEketball
Productgroup: DVD
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THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER


BASEketball has its regular share of pratfalls and sight gags, and twice as many one-liners. When I recently rented it, these were expected and, as I was in the mood that day, welcomed. Where I really laughed, though, was when the humor went more subtle.
A good movie fan will love when Parker and Stone, trying to save a child in a hospital, pause to bounce movie lines off one another. The chemistry between the two, best friends in real life, shows through--even with a script that doesn't get as cerebral as "Airplane!" or "The Naked Gun". (Yes, I said "cerebral"...) The real humor in BASEketball comes out when these two very funny guys seem to be ad-libbing, whether or not they really are.
Funniest effort by Parker, Stone, or director Zucker? Certainly not. Worth a viewing for some gut laughs? Certainly.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Zucker
Actors:
Trey Parker
Matt Stone




DVD title: Born to Lose
Productgroup: DVD
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A SHOESTRING PUNK ROCK GEM!


"With a title like "Born To Lose" you can't expect this film to be a light sunny romp. What you get is a dark and gloomy look at the life of a struggling group of musicians trying to have some fun. They lurch from gig to gig, having their share of problems with drugs, money, women and just life in general. It has the raw feeling of real life without getting sentimental or preachy. The lead singer of the band, played by Joseph Rye, has a wicked drug problem that is almost as bad as his acidic personality. Like Johnny Thunders for sure. He's not the sort of person you want to have around unless you enjoy watching train wrecks or following ambulances. I can't say I ever felt bad for him after all the crap lands his way because he is his own worst enemy. But I did feel like it was real and I got involved with the struggle. There are a number of references to the Dolls and Thunders, besides the film title... "Looking for a new bass player that sounds like Billy Rath." Although this is the story of an LA based band not NYC like the Heartbreakers. Lech Kowalski's new film has a title that is very similar to this one (Born To Lose: The Last Rock & Roll Movie) and they deal with similar themes. But it would be a shame to miss this one because of the similar names. This film was released before the Kowalski picture and owes nothing to it. Similar but different. If you like one, you'll like the other.

Studio: Vanguard Cinema
Director: Doug Cawker



DVD title: Stalker
Productgroup: DVD
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The Best Film Done Ever


I think that this is the best film I have ever watched, even I can exaggerate a bit: the only film I have ever watched.

If you like action films, where there is no aim of the film, but just a fight/thief story, as Holywood films, you would not like Stalker; even you maybe not understand even a scene. So, this film is not for holywoodians.

But, if you like psychology, the art, to understand real meaning of something, you love to think, in my opinion this is the best fim done ever.

What is this film about?
The stalker with his two friends (author and the professor) goes to a "Zone", which is surrounded by military units. There is no permission, but they can able to go there. All the film is the dialogue between them in that area, and there is a strong final.

Although the above paragraph is correct, the film is much much more than any paragraph can tell. First of all stalker is you, me, and every person in the world. There are two friends as Author and the Professor, which represents our emotional and realistic feelings/mind in our lives. And and and the Zone is the happiness/the meaning of life/the religion. As it is true in todays world, all of these 3 key items of life is surrounded by the obstacles. Every person knows that he/she should think about meaning of life, but he/she unconsciously delays it. Todays world is about money and power. Relative thinking is the biggest trap that human being fell into. Every person optimizes his/her happiness with respect to a few people nearby, which lacks the rationalism... etc. etc..
In the film, when they enter the zone, the gray colors of the objects, starts to be colored; the real meaining is seen and understood. And in that zone, Author (emotional side: the heart) makes emotional decisions, goes alone without listing to the mind... etc. etc. And the professor just makes the opposite.
In the zone, every action they took, every sentence they said, meant something, could be translated to heart/mind, emotional/rational dimensions of human being.
The film ends with a very very strong closing... The wife of the priest/stalker/human, tells the reality of human psychlogy in a few words,
and the girl of the stalker, plays the best closing of a film. Its like a summary in one sentence plus 2 minutes of action; The girl moves the glasses on the table with her eye (emotional) and drops the one which is the biggest but nothing inside (rational).
Isnt it true? If a person/organization/nation is big, but there is nothing inside, that persons/orgs/nations collapse is inevitible.. either in his/her period, or just after...

The Stalker (or life) is what you watch and what you get...
I recommend to everybody

PS: There was a comment written below, which triggered me to write a review to a film I watched 2-3 years ago. In my opinion, the dog is related with the story of 7 Christians who slept for a lot of years in a cave, and then go out of that cave. (A dog also slept for years with them in that cave) For more information please refer to Bible or (more precise in:) Quran.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky



DVD title: Minnie and Moskowitz
Productgroup: DVD
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Perfect introduction to the world of Cassavetes


A little-seen treasure. I believe that this is the first official release on video, so this wonderful film can finally be seen other than on the late night movie or the occasional film festival. A charming, offbeat love story of the unlikely romance between a WASPy, middle class museum curator (Rowlands) and a slightly wacky hippie parking lot attendant (Cassel), this is one of Cassavetes' most satisfying works. Rowlands is terrific as usual, and Cassel is also great. He's one of the most underappreciated actors of the late twentieth century. The two are an odd combination, but somehow it works. Some scenes are hilarious, particularly an early date scene between Rowlands and the great Val Avery as an overzealous potential suitor. It's been said that Cassavetes couldn't do comedy, but you can't tell it from watching this movie. Minnie and Moskowitz is a great introduction to Cassavetes. It manages to be light hearted and comedic, while retaining the strong characterizations, dramatic depth, and offbeat feel of his more serious films. Four and 1/2 stars (rounded up to five). Highly recommended.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: John Cassavetes



DVD title: Ghost Dad
Productgroup: DVD
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ghost dad rules


Ghost Dad is a cult classic that was unfortunatly ignored whenever it was released. However, it is very cheap now, so today is the time to get it... before the public re-discovers it and the prices climb again!
You may notice I gave this movie only 5 stars... I would rather give it a 10, but It wont go hirer than 5. >_<
When Bill Cosby is on screen he puts you in another world. Like a world when your dad is a ghost. Bill Cosby does a good job it feels like the ghost is really there. This movie really means alot to me, and it helped me cope with my own father, who was killed in Vietnam.
Thank you Bill Cosby. Your heart warming performance saved me from a life of crime and sin. I would not be here with out you.

Studio: Good Times Home Vide
Director: Sidney Poitier
Actors:
Bill Cosby



DVD title: Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Cut (Anniversary Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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HELL IS FULL....THE DEAD WALK AGAIN


IT SEEMS THAT QUITE A NUMBER OF REVIEWERS DON'T CARE FOR THIS MOVIE.THIS 1978 CULT CLASSIC IS DEFINITELY WORTHY OF OWNERSHIP IF YOUR A FAN OF THE HORROR GENRE.THE SECOND INSTALLMENT IN GEORGE A ROMERO'S TRILOGY SEES THE ZOMBIES SEEKING OUT LIVE FLESH AGAIN.TOM SAVINI THE EFFECTS WIZARD PULLS IT OFF WITH THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF BLOOD AND GORE,CONSIDERING IT WAS VERY CONTROVERSIAL AT THE TIME.ANCHOR BAY WENT THE EXTRA MILE FOR THIS RELEASE.THE PICTURE AND SOUND FOR THIS SPECIAL DIVIMAX EDITION IS DYNAMIC TO SAY THE LEAST.THE PICTURE IS CRISP AND CLEAR AND SOUND OPTIONS RANGE FROM MONO TO 5.1 DTS.THIS VERSION IS LIKE NOTHING IV'E SEEN OR HEARD BEFORE.THE FIRST TIME I WATCHED THIS MOVIE WAS AT THE DRIVE-IN,SO THE PICTURE WAS AVERAGE AND THE SOUND WAS CRAP.SOME PEOPLE THINK THIS MOVIE IS BAD,BUT YET IT INSPIRED DOZEN'S OF ZOMBIE FILMS AND IT AND CONTINUES TO SHOCK EVEN TODAY.THERE ARE EXTRA FEATURES AND COMMENTARIES AND I FOUND THEM TO BE INTERESTING.I HOPE YOU ENJOY DAWN OF THE DEAD.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: George A. Romero
Actors:
David Emge
Ken Foree




DVD title: Scary Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Scary Movie Is Wonderfully Classic!


I have always loved parodies but this one is the one that really opened up the genre to a whole new audience in a way that is comical and appealing. I had already seen "Scary Movie 3" before watching this original and the first is definately a hell of a lot better. Anna Farris is amazing at portraying Cindy and does a hilarious job of using her abilities to help the character. The supporting cast is great too with guest Carmen Electra and then the hilarious Brenda, and Marlon and Shawn Wayans. This film is an amazing movie with enough laughs to keep you appealed but yet it has some really great "dead-pan" lines. I don't know why so many people take this film so seriously and tell everyone it is too sick. It is really not that bad, I mean I hear a hell of a lot worse things everday at school than what is said and portrayed in this movie. And really it's a comedy and it didn't effect me at all. And if this film had been rated NC-17, I think it only would have increased its appeal. Why do people make such mountains out of molehills? All I can say is: it's hilarious, it's hardly sick, and made in a fresh way that has to make everyone laugh in some way or another. And remember, this is the best of the so-far trilogy: Scary Movie 2 was very odd and didn't go anywhere with bad editing and a plot that didn't exactly say how Brenda and Ray survived. and Scary Movie 3 was just horrendous. Is it really that funny seeing people throw up and watching a "child-friendly" movie that has totally screwed up the more adult feel to the series. Overall, this is wonderful.

Studio: Dimension Home Video
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Actors:
Anna Faris
Marlon Wayans
Jon Abrahams
Carmen Electra




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