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DVD title: The Corporation
Productgroup: DVD
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overwhelmingly informative


Most of the reviews here are as long as the movie. We live in a society controlled, for the most part, by corporations. It's in your best interest to learn about them, whether or not you support them. This movie is a documentary in the truest form. It has a strong message, but lets you draw your own conclusions.

The film's packed full of information, and while it has the slew of talking heads, the video imagery that accompanies what is being spoken about is often striking. Speaking of talking heads, some of the leading minds against and for corporations are used in this truly awesome film.

Studio: Zeitgeist Video



DVD title: The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen - Legendary Science Fiction Series (It Came from Beneath the Sea / Earth vs. the Flying Saucers / 20 Million Miles to Earth / Mysterious Island / H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon)
Productgroup: DVD
The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen - Legendary Science Fiction Series (It Came from Beneath the Sea / Earth vs. the Flying Saucers / 20 Million Miles to Earth / Mysterious Island / H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon) - movie DVD cover picture
earth vs the flying saucers


I AM A CLASSIC SCIENCE FICTION FANATIC AND THIS IS ONE OF
THE BEST OF IT'S TIME. BLACK AND WHITE AND I WOULDN'T WANT
TO WATCH IT ANY OTHER WAY.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Actors:
Ray Harryhausen



DVD title: X-Men
Productgroup: DVD
X-Men - movie DVD cover picture
A Wealth of Cinematic Knowledge


Byan Singer really pulled no puches in supplying the goods on this jammed packed 2-DVD set! Which, incidentally, includes a free ticket to see either X-Men 2 or the sooner-to-be-released Daredevil movies. So it's really, really worth the purchase! For those who really enjoyed the film and want to know literally everything about the making of it to those studying film or filmaking, I highly recommend this DVD... even if you have the first release. NOTE TO PARENTS: The interviews are very candid and a lot of the scenes contain R-rated language.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Bryan Singer
Actors:
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen




DVD title: Dance with a Stranger
Productgroup: DVD
Dance with a Stranger - movie DVD cover picture
Oscar Worthy Performance By Miranda Richardson


If there is one problem with Dance With a Stranger it has to be that inevitably one becomes so mesmerized with the performance of Miranda Richardson there is a danger of missing the other performances. The nuances of her character's brittle emotions are perfectly pitched with the arch of penciled eyebrows, the tightening of blood-red lips, and the lisp of her tense voice. A total victim of her own weakness she is drawn into an emotionally and physically abusive relationship, but is powerless to escape. Even under the wing of a man who truly loves her, she throws his devotion aside in a reckless and indeed masochistic spiral. In Richardson's potrayal Ruth Ellis seems almost to crave the violence and mercurial passion, watch her eyes and face as Blakely hits her. The movie drips ambience, wonderfully creating the London nightclub scene in the early 50's. Costumes and makeup are impeccable. Superlative performances from Ian Holm and Rupert Everett, and indeed all members of the cast. Mike Newell has taken a wonderful slice of an evocative era and portrayed a tragedy that we must hope, could never have reached such an awful conclusion today. Breathtaking.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Mike Newell
Actors:
Miranda Richardson
Rupert Everett




DVD title: The Doris Day Show - Season 1
Productgroup: DVD
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A BRILLIANT NEW (DORIS) DAY


Doris! The perky big band singer of whom Oscar Levant once quipped "I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin." I thought back to my visit to Carmel, California, a few years ago, where I dropped by the golf course to glimpse her house ...briefly visible from hole three. (Listen real carefully and you can hear her dogs barking.) I thought back to my beloved Great Dane, she with the baby blue eyes --- was named in honor of Doris, though Dory (for short) was actually named by the breeder from whom I purchased the 186-pound beauty.
And I thought back to the first (and only time) I had chatted with Doris Day. It was the January 28, 1986 --- the day the Challenger had exploded, killing her seven crew members (including Sharon Christa McAuliffe, America's first teacher in space), 73 seconds after launch.
I called Doris at her Carmel, California, home, and was in tears.
"Can you believe what happened," she asked her voice muffled and mournful. "I am so shocked. Those poor men and women. Their families ... the children ..." The tears flowed freely for several minutes. She cried. I cried. We both cried. This, I thought between tears, is going to be some challenge.
After a few minutes, she sniffled one last time. And so we began to chat about her life and loves and long career --- Doris was starting a new talk show, and Rock Hudson --- then so deadly sick with the AIDS virus --- was the first guest), her films, her music and of course, her animals. She told me how she cooked her own dog food, steaming rice and boiling chopped beef, then skimming off the fat, before blending in freshly cooked vegetables and a hint of spice. At the end of the conversation, I was salivating and ready to drop to all fours and beg for a taste.
As luck would have it, I am not the only one thinking about Doris Day these days. Paramount Home Video has just released Teacher's Pet, the 1958 comedy in which Clark Gable stars as a hard-nosed newspaperman who's smitten with journalism teacher DD. Not a great film --- gee, did Gable really so badly? --- though the title song is super, as is Mamie van Doren, as Gable's galpal who sings "The Girl Who Invented Rock and Roll." A better flick is Day's last one: With Six You Get Eggroll, also from Paramount Home Video, the 1968 blended family comedy, with Day solidly supported by Pat Carroll, as well as Alice Ghostley, George Carlin, Barbara Hershey, Jamie Farr and the once-hot rock group, The Grass Roots.
Warner Home Video has just released the box set, Doris Day Collection, a slipcased collectible featuring six new-to-DVD titles: Young Man With a Horn (1950), Lullaby of Broadway (1951), Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1962), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) and newly restored versions of Love Me Or Leave Me (1955) and Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)--- both of which feature new Dolby Digital soundtracks making Doris seem as fresh as, well, a new Day; along with Calamity Jane (1953) and The Pajama Game (1957), both of which have been repackaged for this collection. All the discs are packed with bonus features, including vintage shorts (including two starring Ruth Etting, whom Day portrays in Love Me or Leave Me), featurettes, cartoons and trailers.
But the best is saved for last. On June 28, MPI Media Group unveils the long-awaited The Doris Day Show: Season 1, the heart-warming comedy series that ran on CBS from 1968-1973. This was Day's TV series debut, and she proved that her big-screen likeability transferred, quite well thank you, to the small screen ... even if some of closer-ups seem a bit too gauzy for our tastes. Day played Doris Martin, a widowed mother who leaves the city to raise her two young sons on the Mill Valley, California farm of her father Buck, played by Dukes of Hazzard icon Denver Pyle. The four-disc box set includes all 28 original episodes from the show's first season, as well as never-before-seen bonus material. The bonuses offer additional insight into Day's warm, off-screen persona: there are TV promos and messages to network affiliates, as well as her two appearances as the "mystery guest" on What's My Line --- the first spot, from 1954, marked Day's TV debut, and her attempts to disguise her voice through a series of hi-pitched squeaks is a sheer delight.

Studio: Mpi Media Group
Actors:
Doris Day



DVD title: Lost and Delirious
Productgroup: DVD
Lost and Delirious - movie DVD cover picture
The best movie I've ever seen in my whole life!


This is a story about Paulie and Tory, who are room mates on an all-girls boardingschool in Canada. They're secretly in love with each other, and if someone finds out, there will be a living hell... so, one day, a shy girl called Mouse comes to the school. She will share room with these two love birds. She sees their love for each other, of course, but she doesn't care. It's when Tory's little sister sees them in bed naked, the hell begins. Tory tells Paulie they can't be together anymore. Never again. This breaks Paulies heart. She is hysterical... starts to quote Shakespear, starts to think that committing suicide is the best thing...
What happens after that, you can see in the movie. I strongly recommend you to see it, because it's a memory for life, and you will definitely cry all your tears out in your body, this is a really tragical, wonderful movie with a BEAUTIFUL soundtrack, such as Ani DiFranco - You had Time, and a wonderful indian-sort-of song that I don't know the name of...sorry for my bad english but I'm just a girl from sweden... :)

Studio: Studio Home Entertainment
Director: Léa Pool
Actors:
Piper Perabo
Jessica Paré




DVD title: Batman Forever
Productgroup: DVD
Batman Forever - movie DVD cover picture
VERY VERY GOOD


3rd film in hit series. Joel Shumacher does fine job of directing. Val Kilmer takes over role from Michael Keaton and delievers SPECTACULAR performance. Chris O'Donnell swell as "ROBIN". Nicole Kidman fine in role. Jim Carrey & Tommy Lee Jones BOTH FANTASTIC role of "RIDDLER" and "TWO-FACE". 5 STARS once again.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors:
Val Kilmer
Tommy Lee Jones
Jim Carrey
Nicole Kidman
Chris O'Donnell




DVD title: The Fantasia Anthology (3-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Fantasia is art that you hear and watch.


I've written past reviews of Disney movies, and I may have mentioned that Disney has a tendency to dumb things down, but after seeing this movie, I can safely say that that has only become true in recent years. There is more nudity in this film than there was in Peter Pan by close to 10 times. More, in fact, than in any non-anime movie I've seen thusfar. By today's standards, that might be indicative of a film one shouldn't put in the "Kid's" section of your video rental store, but then, they did things differently back when Walt was alive. First off, I don't think Walt was aiming "Fantasia" at kids. I think that aside from the Mickey Mouse sketch, most kids would find the movie to be largely boring. However, I think that even if a kid were to sit through this movie, they would be in no way scarred. Although this movie contains images of nudity, violence, death, demons, magic, love, and many other things normally reserved for adults, the aformentioned material is never the subject of the piece. It's used in the same way all the visual material in Fantasia is used, to help convey the mood of the music. I think this gives me a beautiful insight into the mind of Walt Disney. He saw nothing wrong with approaching such concepts, even for kids, but he knew how to approach them tastefully.And really, that's why I gave this grade the perfect score. Fantasia is quite tasteful. You may wish to deny this. I urge you to try. But Fantasia will beat you at every turn. No one can deny the tastefulness of such segments as "The Nutcracker Suite" despite the rampant nude fairies, because it gives us a look into a world of wonder. Same with the mythical setting Walt gave to Beethoven's sixth, and possibly the most contraversial of the segments; "Night on Bald Mountain" cannot be denied to be tasteful when looked at as what it is; a depiction of evil spirits, and how they are driven back. Eventually, I totally forgot to worry about the naked centaurettes and the flaming skulls and focused on how it made me feel, and I think that's what this movie was meant to do. If it can do it for me, you can find something of yourself in this movie as well. I think that's more than enough to earn it the grade I gave it.If you're still worried about the damage it might do to your kid's psyche, watch it first, then if you find it tasteful (you will) show it to your kid. That's the wonderful thing about young children. If they focus on the images of some of the segments, they may see it just as Walt saw it. Worlds of mystery and wonder, waiting to be discovered.This film is not perfect, but only because it's so old. Again, large parts of it hinge on personal taste, but it won't kill you to watch it at least once. And maybe, just maybe, while in the presence of Dinosaurs, Zeus, Mickey Mouse and Chernabog, you'll learn a little something about yourself. I know I did.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Actors:
Leopold Stokowski



DVD title: Angel - Season Four
Productgroup: DVD
Angel - Season Four - movie DVD cover picture
Amazing Season


Season 4 is my favorite season of Angel, beating out all seasons of Buffy as well. I'm puzzled as to why it got such low ratings. OK, so Connor is annoying. However, I don't think that he ruins the season at all. He complicates things, but the complications of this season are what are so great to watch. In fact, I loved the episode "Inside Out" which was largely Connor based. I find the character obnoxious, but he makes things interesting. Plus, this season has the privelage of having Steven S Deknight as a writer and director! I highly recommend this season.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Actors:
David Boreanaz



DVD title: Garfield - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
Garfield - The Movie - movie DVD cover picture
this is on non stop in my truck


My daughter has an obsession with cats..she's 6 and owns over 100 stuffed ones. Garfield comes back around and well it was love.
She loves the Garfield cartoon dvds and this she watches when ever she can. I can't tell you how many times she has watched it. My husband and I also watched it..it was funny,innocent and nothing I have to worry about with my kids in the room.

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Director: Peter Hewitt
Actors:
Breckin Meyer
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Stephen Tobolowsky




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