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DVD title: Bio Zombie
Productgroup: DVD
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one of the best zombie movies I`ve ever seen!

I first saw this movie a year ago at Otakon 2000, an anime convention, and it had me and everyone else in the audience rolling on the floors with laughter. Bio-Zombie is set around two slackers, Crazy Bee and Woody Invincible who work in a cd shop at a local mall. One night the two are running an errand for their boss when they hit a pedestrian, not being too bright they hide the body in the trunk of their car and head back to the shop. Unfortunatly the man doesn't stay dead and soon is spreading his mysterious Zombie infection through the mall. Now Bee and Woody, along with a handfull of survivors are forced to fight their way through the maze-like, zombie infested cooridors to freedom. Combining all the classic elements from cheesy horror flicks and some found exclusivly in video games, Bio-Zombie comes out as a fast paced ride of of gorry thrills, and witty humor. If you're a fan of movies like Army of Darkness than this is a movie that shouldn't be missed especially in subtittles.

Studio: Media Blasters
Director: Wilson Yip

DVD title: Dora the Explorer - Dora's Halloween
Productgroup: DVD
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Dora's halloween

I was very happy with the Dora halloween dvd. I have been trying to find movies to sort of introduce halloween to my 18 month old. Well I dont know if it has helped introduce halloween to him but he cant stop talking about dora. Dora this and dora that! Its all he wants to watch now. He has many diferent volumes as well.

Studio: Paramount Home Video

DVD title: Reservoir Dogs
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantastic Movie.

I was in high school when I first saw this, and I remember as the credits rolled on the screen, I sat in the theater wondering what the hell to make of it. It really was not like anything I'd ever seen. Of course I loved it. Despite some really terrible acting, the dialogue, action, and plot all keep you completely engrossed. And I emphasise the word "gross." There's some seriously explicit violence here. It is used both to shock the audience and to make them laugh. The movie proceeds way out of chronological order, adding to the intrigue as you try to piece together what's going on. An excellent, moody, disturbing piece of work. It's too bad that it and it's follow up, Pulp Fiction, have inspired so many second-rate knock-off movies to be made. But that's the price for breaking new ground.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Michael Madsen

DVD title: Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Thumbs up all the way

There's something a little disappointing about this movie. One reviewer remarked how it leaves you "empty" after watching it, and I really think that sums it up completely for me. I've never played any of the games, so I don't know if I'm missing some sort of big meaning in the movie, but I doubt it. Non gamers won't have any problems understanding what's going on, it's obviously made with a view to a bigger audience than game devotees. But that might be part of the problem, the movie's plot and characters are just too simple, too straightforward. Movie studios are hardly the sources of creativity and originality, I know, but surely it's not impossible to make a movie without following a paint-by-numbers plot line.
Having said that, it is so good to see a movie dealing with important issues like death and loss and betrayal. Even the undercurrent of Eastern philosophy - unity of spirit between all life forms and the earth - is an intriguing departure from the (blockbuster) norm. But after a little too much (needless?) death one is left wondering why on earth we're even along for the ride. If we're all going to be happily at one with the earth and each other after death, who cares if we all die sooner rather than later? What are they all so worried about in the movie? The underlying idea of the spirits, then, makes the human struggle for survival a bit pointless and futile. Movies like this, where humanity's survival is at stake, walk a thin line between being depressing and inspiring, and for me at least, my feeling was that of the former.
To compare it with another recent game-to-movie, "Tomb Raider", while the story in "Final Fantasy" is far superior in terms of its cohesion and strong narrative, TR ends up being more hopeful in its conclusion and thus (for me) more enjoyable. Neither movie is particularly brilliant, both examine (in superficial ways) ideas of Eastern mysticism, personal sacrifice, and past romances that have stalled, not to mention women in heroic roles. I'm not suggesting that TR is a masterpiece, but at least it didn't take itself too seriously. In their highest forms movies ought to entertain the audience while giving them something to think about, but "Final Fantasy" seems to major on the heavy issues without much of the entertainment.
Overall I give it three stars. The computer generated effects are great, at times the characters look utterly real (although I kept trying to imagine the movie with actors instead of pictures), and there were definite moments of promise in the movie, moments where it could have developed in more complex ways rather than straight along the lines. Give the audience something to feel positive about, develop the characters and plot, and there's the five stars.

Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Alec Baldwin
Steve Buscemi

DVD title: The Secret of NIMH
Productgroup: DVD
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Wonderful Movie

This is a truly good movie from back in the day before Disney became so commercialized (...) instead of concentrating on the art and story. This is in general, yes there have been some good releases since, but we are off topic. As a child I had always been fascinated with this movie. Great character development, beautiful artwork. Who would think you would ever love rats and think of them as wise and choragus? Anyway, just buy the movie if you haven't seen it, it can be as entertaining for adults as it will be for your children.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Don Bluth
Derek Jacobi
Elizabeth Hartman
Dom DeLuise

DVD title: Metallica - S & M with the San Francisco Symphony
Productgroup: DVD
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Great job by Metallica

The great and leyendary Metallica play amazingly great with the San Francisco Symphony not that they need 50more musician's to be an amazing band. Every work that Metallica has done has been amazingly great. But don't think that the symphony take's away Metallica's rough hard core metal sound , the mix of the two makes an amazing concert for any Metallica fan.

Studio: Wea/Elektra Entertainment
Director: Wayne Isham

DVD title: The Complete Superman Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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The Man Of Steel Is Real!

This collection is an uneven offering, meant only for the SUPERMAN completist. While it is common knowledge that the films themselves are of varying quality, you might wrongly assume that the mediocre sequels might at least be redeemed in this collection by tons of extra features.
They are not.
Indeed, SUPERMAN II-IV are little more than VHS transfers to DVD. It's bad enough that SUPERMAN III and IV offended the sensibilities of even the most casual SUPERMAN fan when they were released theatrically. Here, Warner Brothers only deepens the insult. It's not just that there are no extra features on II-IV; it's that the transfer itself is of a much inferior quality on the three sequels. Where SUPERMAN is a gloriously enhanced, remastered gem, SUPERMAN II-IV show their age to the point that you'll blieve SUPERMAN I was made AFTER its sequels.
Unless you really need the convenience of being able to surf to a specific scene in Superman IV, save yourself some money. Get only the Special Edition of SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. Leave the other sequels to a nostalgic trip through your VHS collection.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Christopher Reeve

DVD title: Sesame Street - Big Bird Sings
Productgroup: DVD
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If you love Big Bird, this is for you!

In this 30-minute video, you will find some of your favorite Big Bird songs. Included are great classic '70s songs like "AB-C-DEF-GHI", "I Just Adore Four", and "Wheels on My Feet". Other fine songs contained here are "The Map Song", "Big Bird Can't Fly", and "Rhyme Out". For those into nostalgia, there is an extremely rare clip from the late '70s of Big Bird singing "What's Your Name?" inside a school. If you love Sesame Street, and Big Bird, you have to check this out! END

Studio: Sony Music (Video)

DVD title: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
Productgroup: DVD
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Truly Magical Concert

Why ISN'T this available? I used to always see it at my video store. Luckily I bought it when it first came out. This is a classic concert that should be available for any music fan. All the musicians were great, but I must admit the appearance of Liza Minnelli at the end made the show for me. That took a lot of balls, and she was super.

Studio: Emi Distribution
Director: David Mallet

DVD title: Can't Buy Me Love
Productgroup: DVD
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an 80's film from the heart

I first this movie in the theatres when i was child back in the 1980's. This film is about Ronald Miller, a regular guy from Arizona who mows lawns and goes to High school. One lawn in particular belongs to Cindy Mancini, the most popular girl in town,who does not even acknowledge Ronald's existence. Well, Cindy goes to a party wearing an expensive outfit that her mother forbade her to wear when she asked her. One of the jocks gets careless with his red wine and throws it right onto Mancini's outfit. Now, Cindy is in trouble when she can't get the stains out or a replacement dress. Then, Ronald offers to pay for the dress if she goes out with him because he is certain that it will instantly make him the most popular guy in school and he is right. But,when Ronald makes friends with the jocks his somewhat dorky ex-friends resent his ignoring them and Ronald eventually is pressured into throwing crap at his best friend's house on Halloween. Then the best part of the movie comes, Ronald realizes that they were all friends when they were younger and gives a GREAT speech when one of the jocks get angry that a dork is tutoring one of the hot cheerleader chicks. The jock says "this guy is pulling a Ronald Miller" and Ronald smashes a bat and admits that he changed as a person when he became popular. After that, nobody thinks that Ronald is a Dork for what he did anymore and begin to feel his pain. He is back to being same old Ronald, who Cindy falls for because she see's him for who he is.THIS MOVIE IS GREAT. A TRUE TEEN CHARMER

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Director: Steve Rash
Patrick Dempsey
Amanda Peterson

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