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DVD title: National Lampoon's Animal House
Productgroup: DVD
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hilarious!!!


this movie was non-stop hilarity from start to finish, navy life is similar for us out here in japan, and this just fuelled our good times, although i really didnt like how half the people who put in reviews didnt review the movie, they only commented on the credits in the beginning, we delt with this problem through vhs and its still continuing. deal with it, i find this movie and all the others worth it.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Landis
Actors:
John Belushi
Karen Allen




DVD title: Downfall
Productgroup: DVD
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The most accurate representation of the last days of Hitler ever made.


For some unknown reason, I have been fascinated with the last days of Hitler and the last days in the Berlin bunker. I have read many books on the subject and have seen all the other films which deal with these events of 1945. I am also a collector of militaria and consider myself well informed regarding uniforms, insignia, etc.

This film is, in my opinion 99% accurate in all respects. Much thought went into the historical accuracy in this film. I, of course, really appreciate that, plus it gives credibility to everything else. You actually feel that the events were portrayed exactly as they occured if you could have been in a time machine and could watch the actual events.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who has an interest in these events of World War II. I purchase very few movies, but this is one which I purchased and added to my collection

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Actors:
Bruno Ganz
Alexandra Maria Lara
Corinna Harfouch
Ulrich Matthes
Juliane Köhler




DVD title: The Dark Crystal
Productgroup: DVD
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A gem of fantasy, a true cinematic masterpiece.


Those who haven't seen The Dark Crystal have been missing out on what may be the greatest live-action fantasy film of all time (or at least the '80s). A completely alien world is presented as vivid, believable reality via the deceptively "simple" technique of puppeteering. The result is very unlike a Muppet film as some might expect, much more like something truly out of this world; it is a storybook brought to life. The tale is simple and enjoyable enough for children, but deep and layered enough for adults as well.
Fans of the movie should own this DVD not just for the exceptional crispness of the picture and the virtues of the ultra-widescreen format (2.35:1) but for the bonus materials. In particular the documentary explaining the production process gave me a whole new appreciation for the difficulty of making this film, and the incredible artistry and talent that was poured into it. The complexity of getting everything to work just right seems to have given the piece a strong sense of unity; the creature effects don't fight the plot nor do the characters fail to convey emotion in ways ordinary actors might. Because the technical challenges of working entirely with puppets have been somewhat scrapped in favor of CGI over the last decade, I think we're unlikely ever to see another movie like it--more's the pity.
If you liked the movie on VHS, buy the DVD. If you just like fantasy and would like to see a worthy film in the genre, buy the DVD. If you're a fan of the late Jim Henson's work and want to see something different from his other stuff, buy this DVD. This one is worth every penny.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Actors:
Frank Oz
Jim Henson
Kathryn Mullen




DVD title: Classical Pilates Technique - The Complete Mat Workout Series (Modified Basic / Basic / Intermediate / Advanced / Super Advanced)
Productgroup: DVD
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Like Many Others


Like many others, I really think this DVD is good. I have a portable DVD player that I take with me on summer vacations, and when I travel for work. It's cool because this video has a guy doing Pilates. There are two excellent women demonstrating as well.
I usually practice the intermediate workout series because it's challenging, but not too difficult. Even though the woman who demonstrates is flawless, I don't get discouraged. She makes Pilates exercises look beautiful and graceful. Exercising becomes more interesting when you feel attractive doing it. If you feel attractive working out, then you feel better about yourself through the rest of the day.
This video has also helped me get in shape for the summer bathing suit season. People notice. In a good way! So, I'm happy and healthy. Who can ask for more than that?

Studio: Classical Pilates, Inc.
Actors:
Junghee Kallander
Jamie Trout




DVD title: The King's Whore
Productgroup: DVD
The King's Whore - movie DVD cover picture
Definitely on my Top Ten List


I rented The King's Whore many years ago, and it's been on my list of top 10 ever since. I recommended it to a friend in the "fair south" and found that the video was re-titled "The King's Mistress" in Texas. (It'd be easier to recommend a fabulous movie to friends if it didn't have the word "whore" in it). Aside from that, the movie is flawless and beautiful and tragic. The acting is fantastic, the scenery and costumes are superb, and Timothy Dalton is at his best. It may require patience of some to watch (it's not an action thriller), but it has an incredibly soulful ending. Highly recommended.

Studio: Platinum Disc Corp
Director: Axel Corti



DVD title: Kill Bill, Volume 1
Productgroup: DVD
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Five reasons why Kill Bill Vol.1 was one of the best of 2003


1. If you're a serious movie fan then you've probably spent some time hanging out with friends talking about waht you'd do if you made a movie. Alot of people, myself included, talk about putting in icons from movies that we saw when we were younger but don't get alot of work anymore. You'd suspect that alot of filmmakers have converstions like this before they break into Hollywood....but for some reason they never follow up on those ideas. They've apparently forgotten what it's like to be a movie geek. Not Q.T. In Pulp Fiction he got Travolta. In Jackie Brown it was Pam Grier. And here in Kill Bill he got Carradine. All 70s icons. You just know that Tarentino was sitting around at one point with some friends talking about how he'd get Carradine in his movie no matter how old he was. Q.T. keeps it real.

2. Game of Death costume. Again, as with No.1 it's the ultimate geek fantasy to pay homage to some of your favorite films in your own film. The biker suit that the Bride wears during the House of Blue Leaves fight is a replica of Bruce Lee's suit in the movie, Game of Death.

3. Hatori Honzo. Sonny Chiba played a character named Hatori Honzo in a Japanese TV series called Shadow Riders. The thing with this show, however, is that each season contained the same characters but a completely different story that had no relation to the previous one. Q.T. decided to carry on the legacy of Hatori Honzo in his own movie by getting none other than Sonny Chiba himself to play Honzo. A true testament to Tarentino's dedication to classic filmmaking.

4. Gordon Liu. What can I say. If you've ever seen Shaolin Master Killer....then you were no doubt freaking out at the presence of Gordon Liu in BOTH Kill Bill volumes.

5. The Fights! Yeah we all know how incredible and intense the House of Blue Leaves fight is. My favorite shot being the silhouetted fighting in front of the blue backdrop similar to scenes in Samurai Fiction. But how about the brutal and realistic fight between the Bride and Vernetta Green? Since when have you seen two women fight in a movie and end up ACTUALLY SWEATING AND BLEEDING afterwards? Awesome.

Of course, there are many more reasons to love this movie....these are simple reminders as to why everyone should own this film.

Studio: Miramax
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors:
Uma Thurman
Lucy Liu
Daryl Hannah
David Carradine
Michael Madsen




DVD title: Pink Floyd - Pulse
Productgroup: DVD
Pink Floyd - Pulse - movie DVD cover picture
DVD release date??????????????????????????


May & June came by and still no news about the release of this concert on DVD.

Director: David Mallet



DVD title: The Man in the Iron Mask
Productgroup: DVD
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This has got to be the greatest movie of all time


Special note for the viewer from new zealand: He was Louie the fourteenth, not Louie the third.
I love this movie. It is by far Leo DiCaprio's best movie. I saw Titanic and What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Marvin's Room, all wonderfully done, but they just can't compare to this.
In case any of you are airheads who think all twelve year old girls have their heads on backwards and love Leo DiCaprio are reading this, I'm setting the record straight. I can be a fan of his and not think he's 'adorable'. Any number of adult DiCaprio fans will agree with me, my dad included.
But it is the best movie I think I've ever seen. I wish I owned it. Unfortunatly, I don't. But I might soon if I can't stand not seeing it a few more times. Anyway, the bottom line is, see this movie and cry over it, then reccomend it to a friend.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Randall Wallace
Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jeremy Irons
John Malkovich
Gérard Depardieu
Gabriel Byrne




DVD title: Marc Anthony - The Concert from Madison Square Garden
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the great ones!


Being a singer myself, I know when I see great talent! I've been told I have a bedroom voice, but my voice no longer has the range that this man has. He deserves to be where he's now and has earned to be mentioned amongst the greatest Salsa singers. He will take my kind of music well into the future. Keep up the good work Marc and God bless.

Studio: Sony/Columbia
Director: Marty Callner



DVD title: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Productgroup: DVD
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LICK MY PLATE!!


If Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the King of Redneck Horror, here reigns the Duke. Take one serving of Leatherface, add in some Dennis Hopper, and kick it in the teeth with Bill Moseley as Chop Top, and you have a winning recipe for your next batch of cannibal chili. The secret's in the meat, friends.
While it lacks the serious, wet-your-pants horror of the first movie, this humourous spin has what it takes to make mouths happy. This chainsaw fan can't argue with anything involving Dennis Hopper wielding twin chainsaws in order to send his arch-enemies back to hell, while Leatherface shows his softer side and woos a disc-jockeying chickie. Even more fun is the random addition of Chop Top(Bill Mosely, of House of 1000 Corpses fame) and his Vietnam veteran antics.
If you're ready to settle down and take your TCM a little less seriously, slop yourself up a bowl-full of this film. It aims to please.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Tobe Hooper
Actors:
Dennis Hopper
Caroline Williams




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