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DVD title: The Time Machine
Productgroup: DVD
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hell yeah

yup this movie was way way better than star wars a new hope. since that movie was boring and a waste of time.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Simon Wells
Guy Pearce
Yancey Arias

DVD title: The Last of the Mohicans
Productgroup: DVD
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Great DVD, but some DTS problems

"The Last of the Mohicans" ; when you watch this movie, you never forget the view of the dark green, snowy mountains, meaning of brotherhood and the genocide of American Indians. But the most unforgetable thing in this movie is the great music.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Michael Mann
Daniel Day-Lewis
Madeleine Stowe

DVD title: Illuminata
Productgroup: DVD
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Inticing the Senses...

A very interesting movie that needs to be watched more then once because of the different genres that reside in this movie. Having been on the set and watching the film build and unfold, it is a beautiful movie with its wonderful costumes and ideas.
Don't rate this movie by what we, the reviewers have said, rather watch the movie yourself and see what you get out of it. It is hard to understand at times but sometime movies need to be deeper then the fashes of action and explosions that catches our "attention span of a tick." Sit back and just enjoy something that is either meaningless or thought envoking.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: John Turturro

DVD title: Runaway Train
Productgroup: DVD
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A Superior Action Drama

This 1985 classic ranks with The Terminator and The Road Warrior as one of the greatest action films of the 1980's. However, the script and the acting in this film is a notch higher, I think. This one has an unforgettable, powerful -albeit a little pretentious- ending. But remember, all great films are a little pretentious, or they wouldn't be "movies," would they?

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Jon Voight
Eric Roberts
Rebecca De Mornay

DVD title: The Piano
Productgroup: DVD
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Wickedly Beautiful

"The Piano" stars Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel, and Anna Paquin. It received several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Its brilliant quality proves that every nomination was deserved. The plot of a mute woman, Ada, whose only form of expression is through her piano was written beautifully. Jane Campion's Oscar winning efforts express her highly creative outlook in film. It combines drama, mystery, and romance. Many twists and turns arise as Ada falls in love with a mysterious man not her husband. The movie's gloomy theme blends perfectly with every event; past, present, or future. It reminds the audience of the danger that certain characters are in, regardless of what they say or do. The cinematography and the editing wonderfully contribute to this effect.
The art design proves that the artists researched the European styles of the 1800's. Every detail is flawless. The costumes were equally wonderfully crafted. Every detail on the set contributes to the movie plot, adding its necessary theme.
Every actor performs their roles beautifully. Holly Hunter's Best Actress Oscar winning role, Ada, was highly emotional. Only one other performer has won the Oscar for a lead role for playing a mute person(Marlee Matlin, 1986). She never holds back a drop of heart and soul through her character. Her task of expressing her character's emotions through only non-verbal means is highly difficult. She mastered it. This is her best role in her career. Anna Paquin's Best Supporting Actress Oscar winning role, Ada's daughter Flora, is amazing. This made her the second youngest Oscar winner for acting efforts(age 11). No words can describe how amazing and how underrated she is. Her European accent is as flawless as her acting. Harvey Keitel offers his own mystery theme in his Oscar nominated role as Ada's gothic non-husband lover. Sam Neill's role as Ada's wife is brilliant. His character's rage scenes are perfect. All other actors, major or minor, also perform their roles wonderfully.
"The Piano" offers an amazing roller coaster ride, though some scenes may become highly depressing. Those looking for a power drama should watch this movie. This offers high emotions that forces the audience to feel what that characters are feeling. Many viewers will be entertained throughout. Some may have to watch this movie multiple times to fully understand the events thoroughly. Many have watched this ten times, and they continue to discover new, interesting details. "The Piano" will be a classic in the upcoming years.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Jane Campion
Holly Hunter
Harvey Keitel
Sam Neill

DVD title: Romeo Must Die
Productgroup: DVD
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Hero in a nutshell

What can I say? You have Jet Li and Aaliyah, God bless her soul and you have the same great intense action you get from Marix.You know what I'm talking about! When you first saw Matrix in theatres and the janitor could have swept your jaw into a dust pan!

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Jet Li

DVD title: The Music Man (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Upbeat, memorable sing-a-long. Ron Howard's debut

If you have only one musical in your video collection, this is the one to have! This version includes a long introductory retrospective (did you know that Shirley Jones was pregnant during the filming?) which is interesting...but not something you want to watch every time you want the exuberance of this film.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Morton DaCosta
Robert Preston
Shirley Jones

DVD title: The Legend of Bagger Vance
Productgroup: DVD
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An excellent movie!

A golf movie, a philosophical tale, but I wasn't enthralled by it. It did recieve a lot of press and since it was a Redford movie, became the darling movie to see. Was I impressed? Not really. Will Smith seemed out of character. Morgan Freeman may have been an older, better choice. The wisdom of the youthful Smith seemed out of context. This one even smells like Hollywood. A golf version of Titanic or Pearl Harbor... a believable fake.

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Robert Redford
Will Smith
Matt Damon

DVD title: Wonderfalls - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
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I just rented the first 2 DVDs and ended up watching them all in one night.

I'm not going to go into details about what the show is about (because there's plenty of descriptions by others), but this show certainly surprised me. I rented this because it was suggested by netflix after renting Dead Like Me. The first and all following episodes left me laughing so hard I almost cried. I only wish that Fox hadn't cancelled the series before it could get the success it deserved. This is the funniest show I've watched in a LONG LONG time.

If you enjoyed Dead Like Me, then for sure you'll love this series. It's too bad there's nothing on TV now like it.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Katie Finneran

DVD title: Angela's Ashes
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent movie - Judge it on its own merits!

Before you read this review: I have NOT read the book so can't make comparisons between it and the movie, so I'm judging the movie in it's own right and not as a comparison to the book.

Firstly, I must congratulate the director (Alan Parker) on deciding to cast Robert Carlyle and Emily Watson. Both of these actors bring a realism to this movie that is missing in many other movies with less than credible actors (like Cameron Diaz and Leonardo Di Caprio in Gangs of New York for instance). The Irish kids (their numerous children through the years) are also excellent and being Irish themselves also make it a pleasure to watch. No fake accents in this movie.

But, that is a minor consideration, casting, accents etc... the story itself is excellent. Adapted from a Pulitzer Prize winner and with Frank McCourt's 'blessing' on it as well, this film kept me glued for the two plus hours it runs for. Even though it was sad seeing the poverty that McCourt grew up in, it makes you realize that there are many factors that keep people in poverty, part of it is a 'fault' of the economic system and part of it, the poor themselves. One cannot help but feel anger towards a father who decides to spend the children's money to 'help the Guinness family' or has a pint on top of his dead child's casket while his children wait to bury their brother. There are so many sad moments in this film, that it's hard to keep track of them or remember them all. But through all those moments when you feel that they have reached the bottom of the heap (e.g. when they got evicted with no place to stay) something happens and they manage to pull through it to see another day. This is a movie of the power of the human spirit to endure and come out of those trials and tribulations stronger.

There are those moments in the film where there is some comic relief and most of these moments centre around the misunderstanding perpetuated by the petty prejudices of being Irish catholic. For instance when the McCourt's grandmother blames the texture of his hair on the fact that he's a protestant from the north, or when McCourt throws up after his first communion there is the grandmother's concern about what they should do since he spewed out God (completely non-biblical concept I might add).

The ONLY thing that might be disappointing is the ending, it didn't feel complete but apart from that I don't think I can praise this movie enough, very excellently done and a perfect 6 out of 5. This is definitely one of those movies I am going to own and not rent and it gives me some faith in the Pulitzer people choice of winners. Watch this movie, highly recommended!

Studio: Paramount Studio
Director: Alan Parker
Emily Watson
Robert Carlyle

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