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DVD title: Fear
Productgroup: DVD
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When you see a movie edited on tv and you say "I have got to own this movie!" then you know that it is really good. I was afraid to commit to it since it seemed like a CRUSH rip-off and I didn't want it to outstand my beloved favorite movie. It didn't. But, it's still a creepy little thriller about obsession, love and murder.
Meet Nicole Walker. A 16 year old girl with sex on her mind. Her father just married a woman and has a new stepbrother. Her girlfriend Margo Masse and her friend Gary decide one day, to be late for school and to go get some food at a gritty coffee shop. Nicole glances at David but doesn't really meet him until a party later that night. When the party becomes a riot, Nicole escapes with David to sit around and talk. It's love at first sight.
One night, Nicole tells David that she's ready to have sex. He says he's with some friends and has to do something. She tells him it's alright and to come over after and she tells him the code to the front door. Well, David comes in and they have sex. A day later or so, David goes to Nicole's school to pick her up, he see's Gary hug her. Not good in David's eyes. He goes over and beats the crap out of Gary and in the process, hits Nicole in the face, giving her a black eye.
Nicole's father is more than pissed. David seems to give him the creeps. When he confronts David, David says "You know, Mr. Walker-you really aren't a f***ot." Mr. Walker tells David to stay away from Nicole. After Mr. Walker leaves, David starts hitting himself in the chest. He tells Nicole that her father hit him. So she runs off with David, feeling sorry for him. He asks her if she wants to go to a party when he brings her back to her house. She tells him no. But after a few seconds, when he leaves, she decides to drive over herself. She goes there, and looks in a window to see Margo being abused and about to be raped by her "true love" David.
She now discovers David's true dark side. She won't talk to him so he "attacks" her in a bathroom at the mall. Mr. Walker's red car gets smashed up with a note on the broken window saying "Now I've poped both your ........!"....Mr. Walker finds out where David and his gang lives and ruins the place. When the group finds the place in ruins, David knows exactly who it is. And by their law "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a ...... tooth" they decide to pay the Walker family a little visit...
What worked in this movie was the psychotic attitude of David. He's a soid good actor and a damn good liar. You know he's bad but you really like him. He seems perfect. You try to like him after his accidently hitting Nicole but it becomes harder and harder.
RECCOMENDED TO FANS OF: Fatal Attraction (1987) The Crush (1993) The Stepfather (1987)
CAST Mark Wahlberg...........David McCall Reese Witherspoon....Nicole Walker William L. Petersen.....Steve Walker Amy Brenneman..........Laura Walker Alyssa Milano..............Margo Masse
THE MOVIE: 3/4
THE PICTURE QUALITY: 10/10 Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with only a very very very small amount of grain. Basically, perfect.
THE AUDIO QUALITY: 10/10 5.1 surround is perfect for my TV's sound system. No upping the volume for me! There is also a Dolby Surround French track.
THE SPECIAL FEATURES: Production notes on the film, cast & crew bios and film credits (Only pre-FEAR movies are shown), a trailer with a lot of grain and Universal Weblinks (basically pointless).
SUBTITLES: English and spanish.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: James Foley
Actors:
Mark Wahlberg
Reese Witherspoon




DVD title: Swordsman with an Umbrella
Productgroup: DVD
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NO SPOILERS POSTED JUST GOOD OLE REVIEWING GOIN' ON HERE


This film video owns so much I want to cry. If you order it from amazon.com, cause that's DEFINITELY the way to get it, then watch it with friends, cause when you do it alone it's not as fun. Just seeing the scenes unfold with such precision grace and beauty evinces a real master at work. The movie opens, and this SURELY is not a spoiler cause it happens within the first 30 seconds but not really cause the first 30 seconds is really just walking which pretty much is the whole movie oh man you're doing it again just stick to the material, with a woman's entrapment in a bar. When she's asked politely to drink wine, true persecution is surely at work in such a brutal feudal Japan, or China, or Laos; and Iron Umbrella totally loses it on all of them. Wielding his umbrella with his infamous catch phrase, "SHUT UP! TAKE CARE!," along to one of the most lovable movie soundtracks of all time, KELLY's HERO's, Iron Umbrella man surely embodies everything heroic about the word, umbrella. So when you grab this movie, and get pumped up beyond belief, don't blame me when you get so pumped up you told your principle SHUT UP TAKE CARE and lost it on him cause this movie should have a disclaimer its so incindiery and controversial. Also recommended: FIST OF LEGEND, TOUCH OF DEATH. Yep, absolutely no spoilers.

Studio: Bci Eclipse Company



DVD title: Life of Ninja
Productgroup: DVD
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Modern Day Ninja!


I've had this film on VHS for quite a few years (under the alternate title of "Deadly Life of a Ninja"). It was one of the first ninja/kung fu films I ever purchased, and even in pan n' scan, I thought it was a blast.
Unintentional comedy is evident in a few scenes, most notaby in the opening montage of Ninja history and training. For some reason, female mud wrestling is a secret Ninja skill according to the movie. In another segment, a Ninja battles his nemesis while wearing a gold lamme outfit!
The 1983 film contains one of the most interesting assassination techniques I've ever seen; a Ninja waits to attack his victim until she is taking a shower, and then kills her with a poisoned ICICLE! The hot water melts the murder weapon away, and the wound goes almost unnoticed during the autopsy.
The police are baffled by strange killings like this, and they call in a martial artist who is both an expert on Ninja, and is secretly is a good Ninja who fights for justice. The leader of the bad Ninja killed his Master many years ago, and so he works with the police to battle the Ninja assassins and have his revenge.
There is some nudity, but not to excess. The print is scuffed, but not overly poor, and does appear to be complete. As usual with older films like this, the dubbing is pretty funny to listen to. My biggest squawk is that the print is not in widescreen, although the film appears to have been shot that way.
For all you Grizzly Adams / PETA types, you might not care for two scenes. In one, two pigeons are skewered while on the wing during Ninja training. In another, a snake is beheaded on a kitchen table (this one is a bit graphic).
There is some kendo on disply, and even some wire work. When the hero goes to the Ninja lair, there's some great combat in their garden and surrounding woods, and the final combat with the bad Ninja leader is also great.
There is an excellent commentary by Ric Meyers of "Inside Kung Fu" magazine that is very informative on the real history of the ninja vs. the ninja history as portrayed in the movies. Turns out that the producers actually did a little research into real ninja, which made this film that much better.
Meyers' commentaries on these Martial Arts Theater DVDs are almost always worth watching the film twice back-to-back; first without, then with, the commentary track running. If I have a choice between kung fu movies to buy, the presence of a Meyers commentary track always helps me decide which one to spend the money on.
For the price, I'd say that this is a good addition to your kung fu collection, despite the drawbacks of the print.

Studio: Tai Seng Video
Director: Tso Nam Lee



DVD title: Murder on the Orient Express
Productgroup: DVD
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Best movie of a Christie mystery


I saw this movie in the theater when it was released in 1974. It's great to finally see it on DVD. The all-star cast and lavish sets make this a delight to view. And unlike some movie adaptations, this one is very true to the book.

Finney is certainly the second best Poirot, Suchet is the most true to character. But I expect a new Murder on the Orient Express movie staring Suchet would be disappointing compared to this masterpiece. (Judging by comparing the two Death on the Niles).

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors:
Albert Finney
Lauren Bacall
Ingrid Bergman
Sean Connery
Anthony Perkins




DVD title: Sports Night - The Complete Series Boxed Set
Productgroup: DVD
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This is what TV is missing


Great writing, involving characters, fast paced emotional drama and comedy...what was ABC thinking when they took this off the air? Hats off to Aaron Sorkin who wrote almost all the episodes. If you liked the lighter hearted moments of A Few Good Men, An American President and The West Wing, then you will love this show. I haven't met a single person who has watched this show and NOT liked it. It's not about Sports, it's about people doing a sports show. Get it? Got it? Well then go get it now!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Actors:
Peter Krause



DVD title: Fitzcarraldo
Productgroup: DVD
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" Life without music would be a mistake"---Nietsche.


Documentaries have been made about the love/hate relationship between the greatest German director and the greatest German actor of the twentieth century. Kinski claimed that he kicked Herzog during the making of this film and that "Herzog groveled." For his part Herzog claimed that when Kinski threatened to walk off the set, Herzog took a high powered rifle and swore to Kinski that he would shoot him as his motorboat passed around the bend.( They were filming in the The Amazon ) Kinski stayed.
Only these two superbly talented megalomaniacs could have pulled off this tour de force of directing and acting.
Fitzcarraldo is, quite simply , one of the greatest films of all time. No other actor could have played the lead as well as Klaus Kinski, and no other director could have conceived eschewing props and actually hauling a 300 ton steamship over a mountain, or, for that matter, hiring warring tribes of headhunters as extras.
It works.
The story is set in the late 19th century when rubber (and robber!) barons created great wealth in the remote jungles of South America, built on the monopoly of the rubber plant. We moderns know that this artificially created civilisation will soon collapse, when the plant is smuggled out; so what better setting than these ephemeral cities of gold and palaces of opulence to tell this tale of man's capacity to dream?
Here is a world where elegance mingles with crudity. In one scene, a millionare, proud of his collection of rare carps, tosses them them large bills, while he jokes in front of an impoverished Fitzcarraldo about how fond the fish are of the taste of money.
Fitzcarraldo has a passion for opera. If the viewer does not share this, the film can still makes sense, provided the viewer has a passion for SOMETHING. If not, forget it. It'll be incomprehensible to anyone without blood in his veins. Just the story of a nut.
Not that Fitzcarraldo is not er . . .speculative in his business schemes. When he announces to his lover, a successful brothel keeper, (Claudia Cardinale) " I have an idea! " She responds with: " Oh, no! Not another one! "
But she bankrolls him, nevertheless. Now all he has to do is--well, as Einstein once eloquently said, to achieve the impossible, we must attempt the absurd.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Werner Herzog
Actors:
Klaus Kinski
Claudia Cardinale




DVD title: Carrie
Productgroup: DVD
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A Touching, Beautiful Film!


Well, I know it's a horror movie, but even though the ending is thrilling and awesome to behold, I love this movie for everything that happens BEFORE Carrie snaps. Spacek does such an INCREDIBLE job portraying a broken, shy 16 year old (at 30!), that when her character finally starts to come out of her shell, I always get all emotional! The scene where Tommy teaches her how to dance is one of the most achingly romantic things I've ever seen on film EVER. (I wish I could get that song) I'm right there with her as she suppresses her disbelief and excitement to get up the nerve to dance with him. It's so beautiful that it makes what happens next so much more horrible!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Brian De Palma
Actors:
Sissy Spacek
Piper Laurie
Amy Irving
John Travolta




DVD title: Trance Vision:First Trance Opera
Productgroup: DVD
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Great sounds with great visual stimulation


I have known about the release of this DVD for some time, and could not wait to get my hands on it, but the wait was definatley worth it, the sounds are unique and extremly pure i would recommend this DVD/Soundtrack to anyone interested in Trance, a must have in any trance collection!!!!

Studio: Red Distribution, In



DVD title: Melvin Goes to Dinner
Productgroup: DVD
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So great!


Bob Odenkirk was hilarious in Mr. Show and Melvin Goes To Dinner is no exception. This is one of the best and funniest movies you will ever see. Melvin Goes To Dinner is based on such a simple concept that it could have turned out horribly but in the hands of Bob Odenkirk he has crafted it into a masterpiece. On the DVD side it has the best feature a DVD could have audio commentary also a few other interesting tidbits but is definitely worth the 20 bucks. I will end this review with a few short phrases. Classic. Top Quality. Masterpiece. Brilliant. Non Stop Laugh Factory. Funny.

Studio: Sundance Channel Home Entertainment
Director: Bob Odenkirk



DVD title: Moulin Rouge (Single Disc Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Moulin Rouge


"Moulin Rouge", produced, written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, is a tragic love story that encompasses the beliefs of the twentieth century Bohemian revolution. With popular works, such as the 1996 production of "Romeo & Juliet" under his belt, Luhrmann has grown artistically and once again used his unique style of popularizing primitive works to illuminate this story. With remarkable detail, choreography, and up beat renditions of popular music, Baz Luhrmann has once again has left his fans satisfied with his new production and eagerly awaiting his next masterpiece. The story of "Moulin Rouge" is set in Montmartre, Paris around the turn of the twentieth century. As the Moulin Rouge is a nightclub for gentlemen, it is also a brothel that revolves around the main character Satine (Nicole Kidman) who is the "Sparkling Diamond" of the whole production. Satine, apart of an elaborate plot to entice a Duke to invest in the decadent nightclub, accidentally falls in love with the handsome bohemian artist Christian (Ewan McGregor), who writes the theatrical production "Spectacular, Spectacular" for Moulin Rouge, who also narrates the story. Satine and Christian become encased in each other and are faced by the challenge of keeping their affair hidden from everybody; which tragically sparks explosive consequences. The two also add unique flair and spirit to the movie through they're amazing vocal abilities that reach out into the audience and grab their attention. Throughout the whole film there are many renditions of popular songs that contribute to the movie's notability; the variety includes many songs, ranging from "Roxanne" by Sting to "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston. In including elaborate amounts of pop culture, it ultimately reflects the involvement of Luhrmann who regularly popularizes and or modifies older artistic works. The music in this movie will capture the audience and almost force them to sing along, as the aura created by the soundtrack of this film is one of complete glee. Contrasting with the heart wrenching story line of the film, the soundtrack is very well comprised and illuminates the amazing detail in every aspect of this film. As the movie begins, the audience will be bewildered by the strong effects and immaculate detail, which will play a very important role in the identity of this movie. If you have happened to stumble upon the Luhrmann version of "Romeo & Juliet" you will recognize the director's rare style which prevails through obsessive detail in absolutely everything. This happens to be highly evident with in "Moulin Rouge", down to the last bit of lace on the can-can skirts to the sparks when Satine and Christian kiss for the first time, Mr. Luhrmann has out done himself obsessing over every tiny detail once again. From the gifted producer Baz Luhrmann, "Moulin Rouge", a tragic love story about a courtesan and a bohemian artist, is truly a piece of art. In my opinion, it should be shelved in the rental store along side the renowned musicals such as, "The Sound of Music", "Grease", "The Little Shop of Horrors", and "West Side Story", as I believe it will be considered a classic musical in future generations. With the combination of its dazzling artistic and articulate detail, a mind-blowing soundtrack, a brilliant story line, perfectly selected cast, amazing choreography, and an overall sparkling aura, this movie truly can be called "spectacular spectacular."

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Actors:
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor




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