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DVD title: Andrei Rublev - Criterion Collection
Productgroup: DVD
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possibly the greatest film ever made


if not the best, certainly the most beautifu

Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Actors:
Anatoli Solonitsyn
Ivan Lapikov




DVD title: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 - The Dream Child
Productgroup: DVD
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A Worthy Sequel!


This film is one of the best I've seen considering that this is the part 5 of anything. The plot is still the same but still works because of the likable characters and the awesome special affects. Although this is not my favorite in the series, it comes pretty darn close. If your a fan of the series you will love it. This film explains more about Freddy's mother Amanda and tells how Freddy came to be. This is a great sequel and though its not as great as 3 or 4 it's still an excellent movie and definetly worth seeing.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Actors:
Robert Englund



DVD title: Dead Poets Society
Productgroup: DVD
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"And what will your verse in the poem of life be?"


"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." (Henry David Thoreau, "Walden.")
Hands up folks, how many of us discovered Thoreau after having watched this movie? *Really* discovered I mean, regardless whether you had known he'd existed before. How many believe they know what Thoreau was talking about in that passage about "sucking the marrow out of life" cited in the movie, even if you didn't spend the next 2+ years of your life living in a self-constructed cabin on a pond in the woods? How many bought a copy of Whitman's poems ... whatever collection? (And maybe even read more than "Oh Captain! My Captain!"?) How many went on to read Emerson? Frost? Or John Keats, on whose personality Robin Williams's John Keating is probably losely based? Judging by the vast majority of the reviews on this site alone, you just can't fail to notice that this movie has a powerful appeal like few others; "inspirational" is probably the most frequently used word in the opinions represented here. And justifiedly so, despite the fact that charismatic Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), one of the movie's main characters, tragically falters in the pursuit of his dreams, in the wake of apparent triumph. Because although Neil's story is one of failure, ultimately this movie is a celebration of the triumph of free will, independent thinking and the growth of personality; embodied in its closing scene.
Of course, lofty goals such as these are not easily achieved. Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) in particular, the last scene's triumphant hero, is literally pushed to the edge of reason before he learns to overcome his inhibitions. And Thoreau said in "Walden:" "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; That is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." Anyone who takes this movie's message to heart (and Thoreau's, and Whitman's, and Emerson's, Frost's and Keats's) knows that success too easily won is often no success at all, and most of our truly important accomplishments are based on focus, tenacity and hard work as much as on anything else. And prudence, too ... dashing Charlie Dalton (Gale Hansen) pays a high price for his spur-of-the-moment challenges of authority; although of course you just gotta love him for refusing to sign Keating's indictment. "Carpe diem" - live life to its fullest, but always know what you are doing, too.
You won't enjoy this movie if you are afraid of letting your mind and your feelings run free. Shot on the magnificent location of Delaware's St. Andrews Academy, "Dead Poets' Society" is visually stunning, particularly in its depiction of the amazingly beautiful scenery (where the progression of the seasons mirrors the progression of the movie's story line), and it is as emotionally engaging as it invites you to mentally reexamine your position in life. Robin Williams delivers another Academy Award-worthy performance (he was nominated but unfortunately didn't win). Of course, Robin Williams will to a certain extent always be Robin Williams ... "Aladdin's" Genie, "Good Morning Vietnam's" Adrian Cronauer and "Good Will Hunting's" Professor McGuire (the 1997 role which would finally earn him his long overdue Oscar) all shimmer through in his portrayal of John Keating; and if you've ever seen him give an interview you know that the man can go from hilarious and irreverent to deeply reflective in a split second even when it's not a movie camera that's rolling. Yet, the black sheep among Welton Academy's teachers assumes as distinct and memorable a personality as any other one of Williams's film characters.
Of its many Academy Award nominations (in addition to Robin Williams's nomination for best leading actor, the movie was also nominated in the best picture, best director [Peter Weir] and best original screenplay categories), "Dead Poets' Society" ultimately only won the Oscar for Tom Schulman's script. But more importantly, it has long since won it's viewers' lasting appreciation, and for a reason. - As the Poet said: "Camerado! This is no book; Who touches this, touches a man" (Walt Whitman, "So Long!"), this is no movie; who watches this, watches himself!

Studio: Touchstone Video
Director: Peter Weir
Actors:
Robin Williams
Robert Sean Leonard
Ethan Hawke




DVD title: A Fistful of Dollars
Productgroup: DVD
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An atmospheric classic!


Sergio Leone gives us an atmospheric, unflinchingly graphic update of the Akira Kurosawa classic Yojimbo. This time, on the other hand, the backdrop is the Old West and not feudal Japan. Clint Eastwood stars as the infamous "man with no name," a gun-for-hire who arrives into a town being ripped apart by two feuding families-the Baxters and the Rojos. Instead of leaving like the local bartender suggests, Eastwood sets up a plan to destroy both families with the help of his .45 pistol. The realism of this film is astounding, no death-defying heroism is shown, no one taking a bullet and surviving(there is one exception to this, but I don't want to give anything away). Eastwood creates an unforgettable image in his first collaboration with director Leone, who later directed classic westerns such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Once Upon a Time in the West. The amazing fact is that this movie was rumored to have only cost two-hundred thousand dollars to make!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Sergio Leone
Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Gian Maria Volonté




DVD title: Black Hawk Down
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome!


It is a shame that such a great movie comes from such a horrible real-life event. Everyone should be made to watch this film as well as read the book. I finished the book about a month ago and the film stays 99% accurate. Both are a must!!

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors:
Josh Hartnett



DVD title: Battle of the Bulge
Productgroup: DVD
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What a movie!


I really love war movies! And I saw a lot of war related films for more than 15 years since I went to elementay school. It is out of doubt that 'Battle of the Buldge' is one of the best movies among those made in 1960s. One reason I like this movie is spectacularity! A lot of tanks and actors are mobilized for making this movie more watchable and various kinds of american as well as german characters play their roles successfully! Many war movies use small amount of materials for battle scenes in order to save money. But in this Hollywood epic, a lot of extras, tanks and military equipments make audience feel interested. Additionally, the story that German panzer brigade with new Tiger tanks attack GI troops after long series of defeat is very interesting. Of course, there are some flaws in this wonderful drama. For example, M-48 tanks doesn't look like Tiger tanks in the eyes of such a war-movie fan as me. None the less, many battle scenes appeal to my sense of reality compared to other films. They deserve 'supper' enough if we take it into account that this movie was created in such an olden time in 1965. If you are a real war movie fan, I want to recommend you this movie with all my heart!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Ken Annakin
Actors:
Henry Fonda
Robert Shaw
Robert Ryan




DVD title: Glory
Productgroup: DVD
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The best movie ever made.


There are a great number of excellent movies out there, but this one is the best. The cast is amazing. I have read the book that inspired this movie, and the film is for the most part, historically accurate. Everyone should see this movie.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Edward Zwick
Actors:
Matthew Broderick
Denzel Washington
Cary Elwes
Morgan Freeman




DVD title: Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Very, very funny


This movie is just funny and charming. I loved so many of the more "adult" references and jokes, such as the knights grinding pepper into Shrek's eyes in lieu of pepper spray, and the picture of Justin Timberlake hanging above Fiona's bed. And I absolutely howled when the Fairy Godmother broke into "I Need A Hero". I was laughing louder than just about anyone in the theatre. The only complaint I have about the humor is that there seemed to be a bit too much "underpants" type humor...it was a bit overly-juvenile at times. However, this movie is supposed to be for kids and adults alike, so I'll take it with a grain of salt.
The extras on the DVD are cute, "Idol" is funny although it kind of grated on the nerves after a while...I got the joke and it was funny, but it just kept going on and on and got a bit boring.
This really is a very funny movie which I plan to watch again and again.

Studio: Dreamworks
Actors:
Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz




DVD title: Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Epic Series (Limited Edition Cylon Head Packaging)
Productgroup: DVD
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Its about time


Yes it is true. I am one of those millions who saw that TV guide picture of Maren Jensen and just got drawn to the show.And for the first 3 episodes of Battlestar Galactica, it was just pure joy....and it looked like Maren/Athena was going to be one of the main characters of this show. But...the producers or writers started going in the opposite direction. They decided to ignore the dynamics of the Adama family and added new characters that had nothing to do with the original premise that at least drew me and many who had hoped to see more of the Adama family show and it's success....Mainly Athena for me.
Yes, Glen Larson who created and produced this show and maybe others...decided Athena and Maren...was not what he or they wanted....(Big mistake IMO.) As the season went on, it just got more frustrating...as Maren/Athena was getting less stoyline...along with the quality of the show...which went down hill after the first 3 episodes.
And the last 4 episodes only had Maren Jensen in the credits...GRRRRRRRR.
I personally struggled in deciding to buy this set....Why should I buy this DVD set if the original show gave me so much frustration??
Then I heared about the 3 hours of deleted scenes and outtakes....and I also heard that the pilot would be restored to it's original form,(Maren's two scenes that were cut when it was on cable TV, and the movie DVD.)
I finally decided to buy it...and Maren Jensen fans....the scenes are back....and more!!!!
She is as stunning as I remembered seeing her the first time...and there are many outtakes with her in it..:) Yippie!!
Also there is commentary from Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, and Herb Jefferson....they are great and hilarious. They really put the movie in perspective and context. They in fact say everything most fans think of the show. And I loved the great things they said about Maren...that she was really sweet in person and just as stunningly beautiful. And they also were dismayed about the fact that Glen Larson's and and maybe others, decision not to use Maren anymore in the latter part of the series.
There are many good things about this DVD. Lorne Greene and all the actors that helped make this show. And the Maren Jensen parts of this DVD set makes up for the frustrating decisions that ultimately killed this series IMO. Yes I am thankful that Glen put together this show....but I am truly dissapointed in his and who ever was responsible for taking Maren out of this series.
Yes get this DVD series if you love to see Maren Jensen. You will see it is worth the large sum of money.
And Maren if you are reading this, you still have a lot of fans waiting to see you come back to the acting field...we miss you.
I give this DVD set 4 stars instead of 5 because Maren is not in the latter part of the season......hee hee.

Studio: Universal Studios
Actors:
Lorne Greene



DVD title: North by Northwest
Productgroup: DVD
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Love this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


"North by Northwest" (1959) was the fourth and final collaboration between director Alfred Hitchcock and actor Cary Grant -- and it's easily the best. Both men were at their artistic zenith when they made this superb comic thriller, which screenwriter Ernest Lehman promised would be "the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures." Lehman's script incorporates some brilliant setpieces that the Master of Suspense was unable to work into his previous films, such as the famous crop-dusting chase and the surreal Mount Rushmore climax. However, the highlight remains the Chicago auction sequence. Grant's screwball humor and dark charm make him the ideal Hitchcock leading man -- complemented by excellent performances from Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau. "North by Northwest" was Hitchcock's sole effort for MGM and he makes the most of the studio gloss. It's a top-notch production in terms of set design and matte work. In fact, author Ian Fleming considered "North by Northwest" to be the stylistic prototype for the James Bond series and wanted Hitchcock to direct the first 007 production (he turned down the offer). To fully appreciate this classic film, it should be seen in the letterbox format that Hitchcock intended. One of the all-time greats.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors:
Cary Grant
Eva Marie Saint




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