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DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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pleasant surprise


Well, I had heard all of the rumors that George Lucas was changing our beloved trilogy even MORE for the DVD release, so it was with some fear and trembling that I watched them for the first time. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Many of the changes undid or softened some of those from Special Edition that everyone hated. Now in A New Hope for example, Han and Greedo pretty much shoot at the same time, and it looks much less awkward. Jabba looks a whole lot more like Jabba, and they finally made Darth Vader's lightsaber red in those places where it once was white! I think there are a couple of places in ROTJ where the score was changed for the 'Special Edition' and has now been changed back. This is good for me because the new music was always a little disorienting, it wasn't supposed to be there. The lightsaber duel of ANH looks 'worlds better' than any previous release. In fact the visual quality in general is stunning! The same goes for the other movies as well! The snow battle on Hoth looked really nice, I think they added a great quantity of blaster fire being exchanged... The visual quality alone I think was worth the price. Watching it on wide screen helped me feel more 'in' the movie. There were a couple of points in Ep.IV at which the sound was kind of funny, but that may have been a result of watching it on my laptop - I'm not sure. Also the special features were nice, watching the old trailers was a bit nostalgic. The menus on the DVDs and all of the art work is VERY well done, I must say. On the whole, I feel like I got much more than my money's worth - the Force is definitely with this one!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Harrison Ford



DVD title: The Last American Virgin
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the top teen flicks from the 80's.


It's nice to give 5 stars, it's been rare for me lately... Buried underneath great 80's teen films like "HEATHERS (1989)", "FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)", and "THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)" this amazing movie seemed to take a back seat. How did I miss it? I guess it had something to do with the fact that I was 7 years old when the film came out, But on the other hand "FAST TIMES" came out at the same time and it was all over the place. Perhaps this film was ignored due to "FAST TIMES" advertising tactics. When in fact this film is better. "THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (1982)" is loaded with likable actors playing likable characters, an above average script, and a soundtrack that helps tell the story. The soundtrack is full of 80's rock favs., it works on all levels. As does this classic film that is more than just another teen movie. ~~>80's teen flick recap (all easy to find here on AMAZON.com) "Heathers" ***** ~~> "Fast times..." **** ~~> "The Breakfast Club" **** ~~> "The Last American Virgin" ***** the end

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Boaz Davidson
Actors:
Lawrence Monoson
Diane Franklin




DVD title: Infinity
Productgroup: DVD
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A VERY good film


Not being a terrific movie buff, I accidentally found this to watch over cable. I've ordered it. Feynman was irrefutably one of the great minds, and characters, of the 20th century. I was most fortunate in having seen him lecture and even getting to interact with him as a student. However impossible it might have been to bring forth his personal mannerisms, Broderick did a job which was overly impressive. The drama of Feynman's love with Arline, to me, was unbearably poignant. Science was presented fairly well. The era of the war was captured, regarding those remaining stateside. New Mexico scenes were extroadinary and very accurate. I didn't know a thing about Broderick, but I say a great film was developed under his acting and directorship.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Matthew Broderick
Actors:
Matthew Broderick
Patricia Arquette




DVD title: Mary Poppins (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious


Wonderful story of a nanny who comes riding on an umbrella into the lonely lives of two children to transform their world and that of the entire household with her whimsy, her magic, her love and songs and spoons full of sugar.Julie Andrews plays the magical nanny of the film's title; Dick Van Dyke with the rubbery face and legs is her clownish beau Bert, the chimney sweep. Ed Wynn plays the uncle whose waves of giggles carry him soaring up to the ceiling. Set in Victorian England, the pompous father and fatuous mother are transformed by Mary Poppins' special brand of love, compassion, and understanding.This movie was a blend of animation and live action, one which creator Walt Disney considered to be his crowning achievement. And then, of course, there's the music: A Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds, Chim Chim Cheree, etc.This is one to own and watch over and over with kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, neighbor kids. Pass out the cookies and milk and sing along.

Studio: Disney Studios
Director: Robert Stevenson
Actors:
Julie Andrews
Dick Van Dyke




DVD title: JFK
Productgroup: DVD
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A remarkable work


A fantastic movie, a great job from a director which is no more as great as he was for JFK.
The demonstration of the plot is really good. The reenactment impressive.
We all know that the USA had problems during the 60's. The Cold War permitted the rise of the mob, military and political extremists.
But if nobody can deny that the USA was the protector of the free world and that it gave hope for humanity (I'm European), every American have to admit that this balance of power seduced bad people who used it for their own purposes instead of those of the country.
We all have our dark side. I'm not a fan of Oliver Stone anyway, I don't really like some of his summarizes in JFK, especially about Vietnam (Stone argued about the military lobby, forgetting that USSR existed with nuclear power and that the US national security was in the balance) but I cannot deny what he concluded about JFK's assassination.
To anyone, see the Zapruder's movie again, in JFK or anywhere else. See the limo driver seeing back to JFK bleeding, turning the head straight on the road, calmly, turning back a second time, seeing JFK's head exploding and then beginning to hurry the car...! Amazing and disgusting.
Evidences are overhelming. You cannot deny it is something really wrong, or you have bad faith.
JFK's affair is really bad, but we have to admit it. It is a lesson for every democracy. Stone's work is a good example to the world that the USA, the best democracy in the world, has the courage to allow a production that gives real critics on its government.
As a stranger, I know a lot of antidemocratic affairs that happenned or are happening in Europa without such denounciating works, without this search of seeking the truth, without this freedom of expression.

Stone's work gives US democracy a manner to accept his previous, and grave, mistakes, and build a new, honest era. You are on the right way.

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Oliver Stone
Actors:
Kevin Costner
Gary Oldman
Sissy Spacek
Jack Lemmon




DVD title: Brief Encounter - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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Purely Thought-Provoking for Even the Puritanical


Brief Encounter is an emotionally wrenching movie for the viewer who has, at one time or another, experienced personal struggles to contain desires that need not come to the forefront. Among these passions are the perpetual excitement and euphoria that one feels in a relationship to the extent that this association could develop into an extramarital affair.

Highlighting the aforementioned complexities in this highly acclaimed drama are the main characters, Laura Jesson, played by Celia Johnson, and Dr. Alec Harvey, played by Trevor Howard. Laura is portrayed as a housewife married to a man whom she loves but who seems, in many ways to her, cold and distant. Alec is a travelling doctor who is, himself, in a marriage that is not satisfying. Upon a chance encounter at a train station, Laura and Alec quickly develop an affiliation that progresses from two people who merely exchange polite greetings to virtual soul mates. Realizing that there is a magnetic attraction between them, they decide to meet every Thursday to enjoy each other's company, whether it be at the movie theater or at a private stroll in the park.

As the story proceeds, the ties that bind Laura and Alec strengthen and so do the consequential and overwhelming feelings of guilt. One can only sympathize, perhaps empathize, with Laura as she tries to come to terms with how events in her life have transpired. Experiencing heightened levels of contrition for her ever-surmounting affection for Alec, she asks herself how an ordinary woman could become, in so many words, a deceitful creature who now has so much to hide. And as this internal battle of self-condemnation flourishes, she comes to a proverbial fork in the road. She tells herself that since she is married to a good household provider, she has acquired levels of security and comfort that are higher than one could reasonably hope for in a marriage and should be entirely fulfilled. However, as she attempts to convince herself that life is complete with her husband and her children, she cannot drown out the perceived lack of romantic fulfillment in matrimony, and thus her adoration for Alec intensifies.

As the days pass, Laura must decide whether she will maintain further involvement with Alec. Though she has been overjoyed by her get-togethers with Alec and, intermittently, could convince herself that there is nothing wrong with these weekly adventures, Laura, upon each departure to head back home to her family, reflects upon her actions and subsequently acknowledges that these excursions kept secret from her husband should no longer persist.

With the transitions from one scene to the next, as masterfully laid out by David Lean, the movie is, quite arguably, a sexually charged masterpiece. Though there is neither nudity nor bed scene, there are, nonetheless, emotions laid bare to the extent that the viewer can sense the racing heartbeats and the overpowering agonies and ecstacies that simultaneously entrap these two lovers.

In sum, Brief Encounter is a series of emotional rollercoaster encounters. One moment, the communication is, essentially,"We must end this now! Let's not see each other, again!!"; the next, it is along the lines of "I want you, regardless of what God, man, or beast may think!"

Though this movie was produced back in 1945, it has, I think, a message that is for all times and for all age groups. To me, it was conveyed that when you love someone the right way, you should never take that passion for granted, or else, it will erode or be transposed into unsuitable relationships.



Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: David Lean
Actors:
Celia Johnson
Trevor Howard




DVD title: The Experiment
Productgroup: DVD
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Worth buying


Most of the other reviews here describe the film, and I agree with most of the reviewers that DAS EXPERIMENT is a masterpiece (with a few flaws). But should you buy it? After seeing the film in a cinema, I was impressed but also a bit shaken, and didn't feel that I would want to see it again. As it turned out, a friend borrowed it on DVD for us to watch, and it was even better the second time round, despite knowing and fearing the plot. A lot of details come into focus, and although it is still powerful stuff, you have more time to think about the bigger picture, to laugh at the humour (it's there!), and to take a bit of shameful pleasure when tables turn. In fact, I now consider it to be a film to watch at (longish) intervals, and it is high up on my DVDs-to-buy list.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Actors:
Moritz Bleibtreu
Christian Berkel
Oliver Stokowski




DVD title: Korn: Live
Productgroup: DVD
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must buy


This is the best music dvd you can buy. without a doubt it is worth every penny go buy it RIGHT NOW. This show is untouchable

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Director: Jim Gable
Actors:
Korn



DVD title: The Iron Giant
Productgroup: DVD
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A classic that was ignored at the box office


So you say animated movies are for kids? Complete rubbish I say! Finally, another movie this summer worthy of five stars! Aside from the screaming children, the woman in front of me grabbing my foot thinking it was her purse (umm . . . okay), and the horrible, horrible bowels of the theatre we had to enter to watch this gem (what was that on the floor?), this has to be one of my favorite movies of the summer. Disney could learn a thing or two from this movie . . . one being "We don't need any stinking singing to have a great animated movie!" I seem to recall from the cobweb draped corners of my mind, where reside my childhood memories, that I had the book that this was based on . . . but I can't be certain. Even though on the surface I'm a very insensitive guy, I found myself caring for this big lost lug (no pun intended). Great story, great animation, great voice acting . . . a movie that tries to, and successfully does, recapture the gee-whiz feeling of all those sci-fi movies from the '50s. Forget the kids! Get a babysitter and go by yourself! Don't have kids? Go anyway. Trust me, you'll like it!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Brad Bird
Actors:
Harry Connick Jr.
Eli Marienthal




DVD title: Miss Congeniality
Productgroup: DVD
Miss Congeniality - movie DVD cover picture
Wow!!!


This was a great movie, one worth watching over and over. Candice Bergen, William Shatner, & Michael Caine were hysterical and perfectly cast. Benjamin Bratt was an imperfect yet likeable "hero". And Sandra Bullock was phenomenal! Her transformation from klutzy FBI agent to klutzy beauty pageant contestant was a hoot to watch! As someone who can trip walking across an empty room I really identified with her! She's one of my favs and I loved her in this movie

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Donald Petrie
Actors:
Sandra Bullock
Michael Caine




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