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DVD title: The Matrix Reloaded (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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this truly is a great film, and i think the reason for the mixed reviews is that this film makes you think, you cant watch this film if you have a short attention span. As well as some truly inspired action scenes the architect scene and other scenes like it will easily hold the attention of anyone in the leat bit intelligent and with an even rudimentary interest in philosophy. The only thing i could find wrong was it was that the action scenes did drag on a little. Although keanu reeves may not be the best actor i think he is entirely suited to the part, and he keeps true to neos humble begginings as thomas anderson. great

Studio: Warner Home Video

DVD title: Queer as Folk - The Complete Second Season (Showtime)
Productgroup: DVD
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Closer to Real Life than What You'd Want To Admit

As a 42 year old who has been out for virtually 24 years I have experienced the hatred of high school jocks like the character Justin, the self-sexual animosity of Emmett, the first real security of that "fantasy father" that Michael finds with David, and, most destructively, the jaded corporate mutant so chillingly portrayed by Brian. I watch Queer As Folk at the local pub when it airs. It is a leveler, stratifying people along layers of emotional development. Yet, eventually the situations and emotions portrayed occur to all, either personally or through friends. This is Queer As Folk's unique sensitive gift to a sensitive audience. We are so fortunate that it is so damned intuitively written.

Studio: Showtime Entertainme
Hal Sparks

DVD title: Clue
Productgroup: DVD
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One of my favourite movies.

Clue is a great movie. It's one of my favourites and I have probably seen it about 15 times. It has a very good cast including Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Brennan, Michael McKean and Madeline Kahn. Clue is also an interesting movie. It's a mix of comedy, suspense and mystery. I particularly like the three possible endings. I have met few people who have seen Clue and I think it's a very underrated movie. The critics didn't really like it that much either. Leonard Maltin only gave it an average review. Maybe you just have to have a certain sense of humour to like Clue.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Eileen Brennan
Tim Curry

DVD title: Run Lola Run
Productgroup: DVD
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Running In German

From all the other reviews, you'll see this is an exiting slice of Euro Cinema. It's clever, funny and moving, and it's use of photographs to show the future of various minor characters is like nothing I've seen before.
What I would recommend though is you watch it with the subtitles activated rather than listen to the terrible english dubbing. The voice actors are particularly wooden and you lose something of the characters' appeal in listening to them. I know subtitles can be a pain but it's worth the effort to hear Lola's real voice, when she isn't running that is!

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Tom Tykwer
Franka Potente
Moritz Bleibtreu

DVD title: Enemy of the State
Productgroup: DVD
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Outstanding - to say the very least

The film pulls no punches. This has to be close to the finest film Will Smith has ever made, and it's hard to see why it didn't do a lot better at the box office.
If anything, its even more relevant than the day it was released. None of the technology is fictional, (despite some comments) it's all in deployment right now.
Ironically, since the enactment of the Patriot act in the USA, and the second act more recently, this film has assumed a quite weirdly prophetic status. Many comments recently made about the changing character about America (See Tim Robbins recent address to the National Press club) are very to the point here and can't be ignored. It's so easy to see that people like Jerry Falwell are now coming very close to issuing the kind of frightening rhetoric seen in this film - art has met the horizon of reality all too quickly.
Perhaps though, the film's single most biting comment is on the nature of the lobby system and the problem of the separation of judicial and executive powers in the USA, which if anything is far more malefidious and dangerous than what the film depicts.
But, sufficient to say, all this is nothing compared with Hackmans gem of a performance of terse and cranky sainthood. He excels at the hero - putting everything into his character. This only gives the film more authenticity and a really hard edge.
I just can't fault this movie. The ending is so good, it's impossible really, but there can be no end of sofas being thumped way out there in suburbia and enthusiastic whoops. There's no doubt this film absolutely deserves such.

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Tony Scott
Will Smith
Gene Hackman

DVD title: The Blair Witch Project
Productgroup: DVD
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See the film, see the documentary and read the book!

It's amazing how BWP has actually split people evenly into the pro/"I love it" to the con/"What the hell is this?" crowds. I for one loved this film for it's "chill" factor. I've been watching horror films (Hammer, etc.) and reading horror books and comics (King, Barker, etc) since I can remember, and I still think that BWP is by far the scariest piece of fiction ever made largely due to it's realism and the way it prompts viewers to "visualize" the implied terror in Heather and crew's film.
For maximum effect (especially for those who "just didn't get it" including a number of my friends with whom I have been heartily debating this for quite some time now), I'd suggest buying this DVD (it's really worth it especially given the fact that it's loaded with special features such as the fake documentary et al coupled with its low price relative to higher priced DVDs whose only so-called special features are interactive menus - as well as one or two theatrical trailers) and watching "Curse of the Blair Witch" first before viewing the feature film. Then, as a recap, try getting a copy of the BWP Dossier which more or less goes a step further in providing an epilogue of sorts to the film with a post-investigation "seance" of sorts conducted by Buck Buchanan and party at the site (Rustin Parr's house), with spine-tingling results! At best, you'd really, really get scared and at worst, you'd probably find the whole thing still unintelligible but still you can't deny and keep from being impressed at the overall effort and creativity exhibited by the maker of BWP in propagating the whole mythology.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Heather Donahue
Joshua Leonard
Michael C. Williams

DVD title: What the Bleep Do We Know!?
Productgroup: DVD
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Great movie when viewed with an OPEN mind

First, I've never even heard of "Ramtha" or whatever this is until reading these reviews, so somehow, I personally don't feel that this movie had the horrendous effect of developing a mass-cult of Ramtha-followers.

I think this is just an enlightening movie for all to view. Rent it/buy it with the intentions of viewing it with an open mind. I know some people would find a lot of the theories discussed in the film to be controversial, or even downright "looney".

I just personally applaud the overall message - which what I felt I received - about being mindful of how you send forth your feelings and spend your time concentrating on positive and negative events in your life.

Nothing wrong with that message. I think anyone could use that advice be they a Ramtha follower or a died-in-the-wool atheist.

Great movie, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Marlee Matlin
Elaine Hendrix

DVD title: Wolf's Rain - Recollections (Vol. 4)
Productgroup: DVD
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The haunting fairy tale continues beyond excellence!

After an interlude of developing some of the side charactors, this volumne gets back into the main journey of the pack. Finally, we get to see some of the long awaited former life of Kiba and how his journey began. Interesting charactor developement proceeds on the rest of the pack...especially on Tsume, and Tolboy faces a crises in which he snaps.
I was a bit somber on Volumne 3. Hubb (the detective), his ex-wife, Cher, and Quint (the wolf hunter) are very interesting charactors, but it's truly Kiba, Tsume, Hige and Tolboy (and the flower maiden, Cheza) that have truly driven this story. Not to mention, Blue, who we begin to see in ways we have never seen before. The tention and the story really begin to build in Volumne well as the new developements. Has Kiba truly found paridise? What has really happened to Homina (Lord Darsha's love who has been stricken by Paridise). And above all that, enter the most vile of villens...the nobel behind the mysery of all...Jagera
The only other thing I can add is just wait for Volumne 5! Volumne 4 is the build up to the climax, but I guarentee every episode in Volumne 5 will have you cheering, crying, or wishing to step through the screen to throttle the villeness Jagera.
This is one of the most unique anime series ever produced. If you like something very different, with some of the best story telling ever written, some of the best sound track music (Yes, there are some new tracks in this volumne, and Yoko Kanno continues to top herself), and some of the best anime ever contained within a television series, Wolf's Rain is a must. Studio Bones (also producers of Cowboy Bebop)is truly one of the most ground breaking anime groups ever!
One last request to Studio Bones...please...please don't do to Kiba and the pack what you did to Spike at the end of the Cowboy Bebop series!!! Also...Please make a feature film of Wolf's Rain (Like the Cowboy Bebop movie...not just a re-hash!)

Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Director: Tensai Okamura

DVD title: Tarzan
Productgroup: DVD
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This is one great movie. However, the 5.0 (that's right--no LFE channel--don't worry, it's not needed here) Digital Sound track has a few flaws that are documented elsewhere on the web. It seems dialogue that should pan from the center channel to the left-front channel doesn't. Instead, it pans to the left-REAR channel. It happens mostly in scenes with the Doctor and most scenes thereafter. Disney is aware of the problem, I've read, and is shipping a new batch of DVDs. I do not know of a replacement policy as of yet or how the new discs will be identified. Disney has done this before with "The Black Hole" which as no sound from the right-front speaker. That new "fixed" disc has a red seal or symbol on the back of the case. Just a note to you audiophiles out there. Most people will not notice the audio "problem" with Tarzan that you and I noticed right away.

Studio: Disney Studios
Tony Goldwyn
Minnie Driver

DVD title: Band of Brothers
Productgroup: DVD
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A Must See for everyone

I thought this was an excellant mini series. We watched this as a family and we did not miss an episode. It portayed that era very well. My father served in World War II and it made me appreciate what he and all of the other soliders did for our country. That was some of my Father's proudest moments in his life. I think that every teenager should watch it to make them appreciate the older generations.

Studio: HBO Home Video

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