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DVD title: Miami Vice - Season One
Productgroup: DVD
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miami vice season one


It has finally arrived. I just received mine and I am pretty impressed all of the music is intact. They should of had better x-tras. The only poor video quality is in the pilot. It is a little grainy at spots and as for the girls just want to have fun song I have the original video tape of the pilot and I listened to them both and they sound identical. It was a cover in the original. The rest of the episodes are picture perfect. It is soo much fun to watch miami vice and not have to fast forward through the commercials. This season has been a long time coming and I hope it doesent take another 20 years for season 2 to come out.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Don Johnson



DVD title: Faraway, So Close!
Productgroup: DVD
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here I stand transfixed listening to the sounds of the WINGS


not as powerful as Wings of desire yet Wim's second best movi

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Director: Wim Wenders
Actors:
Otto Sander
Bruno Ganz




DVD title: Pulp Fiction
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Cast / Story(s) / Music / Dialogue - It Has It All...


This ground breaking movie has been endlessly discussed, praised, damned, ripped off and copied so many times that you can easily lose sight of the fact that what you have here is a genuinely original, exciting and important work of art that when experienced for the umpteenth time STILL never fails to thrill and amuse.
This movie is one of the few I would describe as perfect. I honestly cannot fault a thing about it. The brilliant dialogue has become legendary, the elliptical structure of the script has been much imitated and will continue to do so. The fantastic group of actors, who range from has-beens (at the time) to cult favourites, are all uniformly excellent, and the soundtrack is one of the coolest and most eclectic ever assembled. In short, this is a modern classic, and required viewing for all movie fans. 'Pulp Fiction' is as good as any movie you care to name. To (mis)quote Flavor Flav - "believe the hype!"

Studio: Miramax
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors:
John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson
Bruce Willis




DVD title: My Cousin Vinny
Productgroup: DVD
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Crystal clear


I have for the past 10 years seen DVD movies and I BET, without any apology that this very one is one in all, very unique in terms of clarity and quality. It is PERFECT. Big up massive.Humble Lion say so.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Actors:
Joe Pesci
Marisa Tomei




DVD title: An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful Experience


Brian Wilson has shaped and changed the way music is heard and understood. This tribute DVD is one of the most amazing concerts I've ever seen. Vince Gil does Warmth Of The Sun as well as it can be done, and the rendition of Good Vibrations by the Wilson Sisters and the Beach Boy's Band with the Harlem Boy's Choir is simply the finest piece of music you can imagine: the beautiful voices, the flawless rendition of this difficult work and the full benefit of the choir is not something to be missed.
This is an hour and a half of pure enjoyment and completes with a wonderful performance by Brian himself. Any Beach Boy's Fan will appreciate this Video sojourn into the works of one of the Masters of Pop Music.
If there is any downside...it's that this album is not available on CD audio...or I'd be giving it to all my friends for Christmas.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Bruce Gowers



DVD title: The Last Waltz
Productgroup: DVD
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If you were awake in the 60's, or even now, a "must have"


This may come off sounding like a tribute to Bob Dylan, but it's not (or it could be). I didn't see Dylan perform until the 80's, but I was always aware of The Band. Having had a subscription to Rolling Stone from '67 until the early 70's, I was at least informed. I had even remembered how they came up with the name, The Band. Rolling Stone provided all kinds of trivia.

I did not follow The Band (Hawks) or Dylan in the early 60's. I was 10 when Dylan's 'Free Wheelin'" came out. (I think that was his first). But I do have a distinct memory of a friend of my brother bringing this album over (Dylan) with such excitement and insisting he listen to it pronto. I was right there waiting with such anticipation, the memory is branded in my brain. From the first words I heard come out of the new "stereo", I did not get it. At 10 I did not appreciate or like folk music. I had been forced to watch "Hootenanny" (sp?) and my brothers collection of Peter Paul and Mary, did not impress me. I love music but the only thing I had access to was AM radio. My parents had no collection of Billy Holiday or the such, but they did have old 78's of the singing Pioneers, I used to like those when they would bring them out. At 10, I was not ready for Dylan, he was not Mick Jagger or even The Beatles. It was only a few years later when FM radio was being used for "us" before I got it. It didn't take me long to discover Dylan was not a folk singer in the way Peter Paul and Mary was.

So, for me to see The Last Waltz (and never having heard any of the sound track) was such a delight. I have listened to Dylan for years (I recently purchased The Essential Bob Dylan and it's great, even if you have every album/CD, it's a great compilation of his works) with much respect and Van Morrison has become my favorite for many reasons. I do own The Best of the Band and knew all the songs, but the greatest tribute to The Last Waltz is that my husband got hooked and watched two thirds of it, saying, "I didn't know they did that song", too many times to mention before he went to bed. Now that is only worth mentioning because we have very differnt orintations to music. He graduated from University of Texas with a degree in fine arts and was used to doing and singing Broadway musicicals. He really was captivated by the performances, which is the biggest reason I rate this so high, other than the fact it deserves it.

Tujunga, CA

Studio: MGM
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors:
Emmylou Harris
Robbie Robertson
Muddy Waters
Neil Young
Bob Dylan
Van Morrison
Eric Clapton
Neil Diamond
Joni Mitchell




DVD title: First Blood
Productgroup: DVD
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"Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don't turn it off!"


The film centers on John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), a vietnam vet and Congressional Medal of Honer winner, who has gone from a Green Beret to a drifter upon his return from 'nam. He has recieved the same harsh treatment by people who, if they went to Vietnam with Rambo, would understand the whole thing better, and know what they were talking about. After trying to visit a war buddy, and finding out that he recently died from Agent Orange, he tries to pass through the small town of Hope, Oregon and is given trouble by sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy), who, after Ram,bo tries to re-enter town after Teasle drops him off at the city limits, arrests him for vagrancy. Leaving Rambo to the deputies, one of them who takes delight in abusing him, he is beaten, sprayed with a fire hose, and nearly shaved - dry, which would really hurt, by the way. These incidents trigger his 'nam memories, and he escapes, heading for the woods. Teasle takes a posse into the woods in pursuit, and they all end up injured, with one dead due to his own stupidity and no fault of Rambo's. After the battle has been on for a while, the government sends Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna), the colonel who trained Rambo and his unit, to try and get Rambo to surrender. When he won't give up, he tells Teasle that he needs one thing when he deals with Rambo: "a good supply of body bags".
This special edition DVD from Artisan has a lot of goodies, plus great sound and video. The extras start with a commentary by the novel's writer David Morrell, who, among other things, tells the differences between the book and the movie (which includes the ending, which I will not spoil here. Plus he did the novelizations of the two sequels, which have the characterization that was needed.). He is a good speaker, and the track is fun to listen to. Next up is a documentary entitled DRAWING FIRST BLOOD: CREATING JOHN RAMBO, where the creators of the movie talk about the adaptation of the novel to the screen. Then the usual production notes, cast and crew information, and trailers. all in all, not a bad package. I also recommend the novel and the soundtrack for the excellent closing credits song and Jerry Goldsmith score.
FIRST BLOOD(1982, R)John J. Rambo: Sylvester StalloneCol. Sam Trautman: Richard CrennaSheriff Will Teasle: Brian DennehyCapt. Dave Kern: Bill McKinneyDeputy Sgt. Arthur Galt: Jack StarrettDeputy Balford: Michael Talbott
Director: Ted KotcheffWriters: David Morrell (novel), Michael Kozoll, Will Sackheim, Sylvester Stallone
MOVIE: 5VIDEO: 5AUDIO: 5EXTRAS: 5MENUS: 5OVERALL: 5

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Actors:
Sylvester Stallone
Richard Crenna
Brian Dennehy




DVD title: The Matrix Reloaded (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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A++ Movie: Artistically Delightful


Matrix Reloaded is an exceptional film for people who appreciate the art of the moving image. The director deserves high praise for being able to show this film with incredible angles, special effects, and scenes that have never been created before (i.e., the freeway speed chase).
PHILOSOPHY. The philosophy of The Matrix is that we are connected to a web, a maze of interconnected fibers within the world that pre-determine what actions we will take within the future. There is no reason to stop an event from happening; once it is meant to happen, it will happen. As one scene mentioned quite thoughtfully, there is no point in stopping an event from happening, but you can try to develop a sense of meaning as to why it happened. Meaning is far more important than trying to change human events.
The issue of predetermination has been debated for many, many years, but few films try to understand the issue with as much depth as this one does. At the same time, The Matrix questions existance itself -- as there are parallel "existances" -- and reality is a questionable and temporary part of the universe.
Then, a word on the freeway chase: I have never seen a freeway chase presented with such close angles on the scenes themselves. It was absolutely stunning and quite interesting for the mind to take in. When watching this film, you get the sense that your mind is embarking on a grand experiment -- one in which you are to notice the artistic renditions, which are pleasing to the mind; to understand the philosophical overtones of the movie, and yet, still, enjoy the plot as it unfolds. Certainly ought to qualify for a movie of the year in 2003. Look forward to seeing Matrix Revolutions.
Michael Gordon

Studio: Warner Home Video



DVD title: Buena Vista Social Club
Productgroup: DVD
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Extraordinary musical \ documentary picture


Portraits very unique philosophy of live

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Wim Wenders
Actors:
Ibrahim Ferrer
Rubén González (VII)




DVD title: The Sixth Sense (Vista Series)
Productgroup: DVD
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A Timeless Masterpiece


This is definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen. The plot is awsome. Each actor and actress in this film has extraordinary talent.
Chances are you know the storyline. If you don't know, the story line is very, very simple. Bruce Willis plays a child psychilogist. He gets a patient that claims to see dead people(Haley Joel Osment). Bruce Willis does not beleive the child, but spends the movie trying to help him. However, this movie is filled with twists and turns in the plot that make this movie an absolute work of art.
It is difficult to say how awsome this movie is without giving the movie away. The writer/director, M. Night Shyamalan, did an supurb job with leaving suttle hints throughout the movie. The movie is written as any great movie is; you feel every emotion that the character goes through, you feel the fear and turmoil that the child goes through. The suspense leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire movie.
This movie is a definite must see, no matter what type of movie you love!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Haley Joel Osment




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