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DVD title: Full House - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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full house on dvd you got it dude bring on season 2

full house is still funny today and the episode quality on dvd is better then tv and the commentary is the best what would be great is if full house did a renuion special maybe abc will do it I would like that as well

Studio: Warner Home Video
John Stamos
Bob Saget
Dave Coulier

DVD title: Trainspotting
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my all time favorite movies

I fell in love with this movie the first time I saw it and I have watched it many times since.
Its a fast-paced funny, sad, moving picture. Its a great slice-of-life view of junkies in Edinburgh. The characters are all fantastic and almost all endearing.
The soundtrack was top-notch - check out the two CDs it spawned.
The original book is an excellent read as well. The movie was largely true to the book however there were a number of events that took place in the book that the movie didn't show. Reading the book clarifies a few of the things that happen in the film - for example there is a scene in the movie where Spud does some amphetamine before going to a job interview. I was unsure of his motivation (other than getting high) in the movie but in the book it was clear that he did the speed so that it would look like he was eager for the job, but wouldn't get it - so he could continue to receive his unemployment compensation from the government.
I recommended this movie highly to my parents and they didn't like it. They found it to be quite sad and depressing, which I suppose I understand, but was not something I personally felt about it.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Danny Boyle
Ewan McGregor
Ewen Bremner
Jonny Lee Miller
Kevin McKidd
Robert Carlyle

DVD title: Dark Angel - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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I had the good fortune to see every episode of Dark Angel Season One and Two on FOX when it aired in 2000 and 2001. The previews were intriguing: a pretty young girl dressed in black standing on top of a roof with the moon in the background. "From the director of The Terminator," said the previews. Cheesy . . . Cheesy . . . said my mind. But once I started watching, I was hooked. Dark Angel is intelligent, thought-provoking fare. I will say this now rather than at the end of my review: It is a crying shame this series was cancelled for a cowboy-space show called "Firefly," which did not last a season.

Beautiful in a conventional way, yet also in a way that speaks to feminist values and girl power, Jessica Alba plays Max. Max is a genetically-engineered human trying to blend in with society after she escapes from her creators, a sinister agancy called Manticorp. Manticorp is named after the mythological creature called the Manticore. The society Max lives in is post-computers-crashing everything. The government is totalitarian. Society is corrupt and decaying The lone voice of free speech and dissent is a young man in a wheelchair who broadcasts intermittently by asserting control of TV airwaves. His name is Logan Cale (Michael Wetherfield) He only shows his eyes as he speaks, and is known as "Eyes Only." Logan has money, but is frustrated by his physical helplessness.

Max gets entangled with Logan by accident. Slowly but surely she enlists in his cause. And the two begin to fall in love. Yet, they are unable to consummate it physically, for an intriguing reason.

Lots of interesting characters make Dark Angel rich. Max's boss Normal (J.C. Mackenzie) is hilarious as the uptight guy trying to keep order in a chaotic world. Normal's relaxed employees aggravate him. Original Cindy (Valerie Rae Miller) is Max's lesbian roomate. Cindy is urban sweet, and one of Max's truest friends. Perhaps the most fascinating and complex character is Lydecker (Jack Savage), a tough Manticorp drill sargeant. Lydecker seems to genuinely care for his young super soldiers, albeit in a perverse way. Lydecker wants the kids to grow up tough, resourceful and self-sufficient, so they can take care of themselves in a chaotic world. Yet he can be merciless to those who he perceives as "weak."

The sets on Dark Angel are some of the best I have ever seen on a television show. They are dark and gritty, and completely draw you in to her world. The music is lovely. The female vocals illustrate Max's isolation and pain.

Dark Angel was so special.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Jessica Alba

DVD title: All Creatures Great & Small - The Complete Series 1 Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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This Is Life As it Really Is

When it was on the American PBS series, My wife and I watched it religiously. From the very beginning from getting the job as vet, to the end, driving off to go to war it shows the passion and reality of the peoples lives during that time. In this series you will find tears and laughter, wonder and amazement.
The series is enhanced in that Robert Hardy is one of the greatest actors I have ever seen. He was the backbone of the series.
I have no complaint on the quality of the copies, its really quite good. I have no bad things to say about there being no interviews with the actors, the acting is simple perfection.
If you like to see real peoples lives, watch this series. This isnt Empty Nest stuff, its real.

Studio: BBC Video
Christopher Timothy

DVD title: Old School (Widescreen Unrated Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Movie is hysterical, but the DVD extras [are bad].

This movie is a modern day animal house. It is just that funny. The combination of Vince Vaughn's dryness, and Will Ferrels over the top comdedic posuring is just too much. These guys had everyone laughing like hyenas. I am just praying that they don't make a sequel, becuase sequels always [are bad]. If you haven't seen it, rent it or buy it and you won't be dissapointed. I purchased the DVD for the movie, not for the extras though. The cut scenes were cut for good reason. They are just not funny. There is also a spoof on the actors workshop that the three of them do, and it is pretty boring as well. Don't expect much.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Todd Phillips
Luke Wilson
Will Ferrell
Vince Vaughn

DVD title: Wing Commander
Productgroup: DVD
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An excellent movie - extremely under-rated!

Wing Commander has been generally hated by the mainstream media reviewers, and their sometimes vehement hatred of the film usually springs from simple misunderstandings that they see in the film which, when seen for what they really are in logical context, are simply silly. They criticize that it's too much like a submarine movie-- what's wrong with that! The need for sealing bulkheads is not only practical, but in the context of the movie, totally believable. This isn't "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" where little force fields are everywhere around the ship to protect it from the vacuum; shields are a big deal in this universe, and only exist in the big ships that can have the power supplies to use them. If a section of the ship is damaged, it's sealed off the old fashioned, simple way-- you seal the doors! Sound usage is something that critics also use to rip the film apart. First, we all know that space is a vacuum and that sound can't travel in a vacuum. In a movie like "Star Wars" where there's laser-gun sounds and explosions going off all over the place in space where there shouldn't be any noise, yet people don't criticize it for that unrealistic use of sound. Did anybody stop to think that maybe the "pinging" noise that the so-called "sonar" on the Tiger Claw's bridge was just the noise that its RADAR system made to indicate that it was "pinging" off of the Kilrathi Battleship? The reason why everybody needs to be "shushed!" is because they thought that the kilrathi fleet had passed by them and that they were safe. They had just gone through a rather intense battle that saw the wounding of their Captain. They were celebrating! They couldn't hear the radar "pinger" indicator going off that there was one Kilrathi ship that was still hanging around to search for them, so they had to be shushed. . . and when they hear that pinging, they have to be shushed to hear that their still being looked for. When they hear that pinging, a sign that the Kilrathi are out there still, they all go silent. Yes, this scene is a bit melodramatic with people holding their breaths, but now that the scene is out into actual perspective, it?s understood that they?re not holding their breaths to not be heard by the passing Kilrathi. ?Wing Commander? actually has a lot or realistic ingenuity in it. There were no ?laser beams? at this point, so the best natural weapon to use would be bullets (or some form of), which is even more practical when you see that the smaller ships don?t have shielding. To fire bullets is much more practical compared to the taxing and complicated technology of laser systems. The tractor systems can be explained with electro-magnetic?s, and that?s a technology that we could have developed by the time the movie takes place. A lot of people make fun of the Pilgrims ?force? ability to sense magnetic fields and make them easier to navigate. It?s been scientifically proven that inside carrier pigeons cochleas, the fluid that maintains equilibrium is magnetically charge, to a very small extent, allowing the birds to easily find magnetic north and south. That?s why they were so good at doing that. Is it not then possible, that this could happen with humans exposed to gravimetric forces over a prolonged length of time as the Pilgrims did? ?Wing Commander? is not the greatest movie ever made. It does have it?s problems. Some of the really great talent? David Suchet, David Warner, Jurgen Prochnow, and Tcheky Karyo? aren?t utilized as well as they really could?ve been. Suchet disappears halfway through the film and we?re given no information as to what happened to him, and Prochnow plays the xenophobic card a bit too much. Warner does a good job of it, and Karyo is reasonably good as the wise but rough Paladin. Freddie Prinze, Jr. is able to carry the film as the young Christopher Blair with great skill, and Saffron Burrows is the tragically tempered Angel. Ginny Holder makes a good break-out role as Rosie Forbes. Fans of the video game series (the earlier PC games) will see a lot of their favorite wingmates given breath and form here: Iceman, Knight, Hunter, etc. and Matthew Lillard does a great job of bringing the manic Maniac to life. It?s hard to think of anyone but Tom Wilson doing the part, but Lillard is able to deftly play a funny, crazy, and ultimately caring comrade to Blair, in an earlier stage of development of their relationship, when they had first graduated from the academy and were starting out in the universe. The pilots are frattish, because they?re all young. The Kilrathi are more reptilian than they?ve been in the earlier games, and we don?t see them as well as they?re obscured by smoke and machinery, so they end up looking like overgrown puppets; but they?re not that bad and easily forgiven. The effects are excellent, and hold up to those of the ?Star Wars? movies easily. The energy wave explosion effects are especially great, and the sound is great, too. Turn up the speakers high to get a full sensory experience out of the fight and jump scenes. Kevin Kiner and David Arnolds old naval military sounding score brings back the WWII movie epics while adding a good modern flair of excitement. The main Wing Commander Theme is one of the best done in movies, and the opening title sequence is beautiful and stunning. Is this movie going to win any awards? No way. ?Wing Commander? is a fun popcorn flick that has more depth than people care to give. It?s much better than the other sci-fi movie released that year, ?The Phantom Menace,? and a good DVD buy. Enjoy and have fun, don?t listen to the detractors!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Chris Roberts (II)
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Saffron Burrows
Matthew Lillard

DVD title: X-Men
Productgroup: DVD
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20th Century Fox Sure Know How To Make Special Editions.

"X-Men" is a Great Movie (4 Stars) made even Better (5 Stars) by this Brilliant Special Edition DVD. The Extras are to Die For, (deleted scenes that you can insert into the film, Hugh Jackmans screen test and a making of that isn't just an extended Trailer) and the Box is one of the Greatest Ever Made. (tied with "Fight Club" which is also a Fox release)
Aussie Hugh Jackman assures his International Success with his Wolferine, a Leader and a Loner, Tough and Vulnerable, he conveys it all. For a film about a comic book, that is alot of Character Development. The Rest of the Cast are also Great and they Embody their roles wonderfully. Bryan Singers Direction is Suitably Good and he sets up a Sequal well by leaving alot of Unanswered Questions.
A Franchise is assured after this ones Box Office Takings.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bryan Singer
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen

DVD title: Clownhouse
Productgroup: DVD
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Of Blood and Makeup

This is by far the scariest killer clown movie I've ever seen. It bests IT in almost every way, which was actually a monster movie when you think about it. There are some of the most memorable scares in this movie of the psychotic clowns sneaking around behind the poor unfortunates in the dark. Like a memorable scene in the attic where one of the boys turns on the light to which it crackles and sputters in short bursts while a clown moves quickly across the room before it comes on. But when it comes to the action it's somewhat clunky and unrealistic. Victor Salva had some trouble with the action in Jeepers Creepers as well (the shootout that should have been at the end). In retrospect it's hard to believe this was a TV movie. Perhaps that may be another factor of why they didn't splash alot of blood around. But even more surprising about this film were the certain deviencies the director committed with the 12-year-old star. It somewhat shows if you look for it, but what grabbed me by the heart were the clowns moving about in the dark. It really is the epitomy of all scary clown movies, and is a real pleasure to own after being out of print for years. So if your one of those people who find clowns unsettling or terrifying then this movie will scare you to death.

Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Victor Salva

DVD title: Iron & Silk
Productgroup: DVD
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My Favorite

I felt sad when it comes to the end of the book. It seems that I was departing away from a part of his life in China all together.
This book is very easy to read, and it is quite honest. He tells the story as if you were there to witness. And the people are all so different and interesting. His writting is not biased, or stereotyped.
Anyway, so after I read the book, I checked out his profile online. I just imaged that he would be as young as what he described in the book. He is 44 already, married to a Chinese American woman.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Shirley Sun
Mark Salzman
Qingfu Pan

DVD title: Ginger Snaps
Productgroup: DVD
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New Werewolf Mythology

Ginger (sexy Katharine Isabelle) is a reclusive goth chick who enjoys faking crime scene photos with her sister Brigitte (Emily Perkins). One night Ginger is bitten by a werewolf. After that she begins changing. At first her sex drive shoots through the roof. Then she starts changing physically. This is the best werewolf movie I have ever seen. I have always believed that werewolf movies were simple by nature ("The Howling" being an exception). "Ginger Snaps" takes it into a new direction of teenage angst. It suggests that transforming people into a werewolf is much like contacting an STD. One of Ginger's victoms becomes a wolf because they sleep together, not because she bit him. Isabelle is the driving force of the emotional roller coaster ride. She is scared at first, then grows to love her new powers, and she is convincing all the way. Emily Perkins is also very good as the smart and concerned sister 'B'. There is some disturbing violence, but no where near what you would expect from a horror movie.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: John Fawcett
Emily Perkins
Katharine Isabelle

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