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DVD title: Unlocking The Mystery Of Life
Productgroup: DVD
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the moment opens your eye

This is an EYE-OPENING video. It shows facts and evidences to lead us thinking about the very truth behind. I understand that minds are hard to change, even evidences are so obvious (that's why some people gave this a one star!) Friend, if you love to seek and know the truth in a SCIENTIFIC way, if you're a responsible person for yourself, you should watch this video. You're the one who determins what to believe, after seeing all the evidences.

Studio: Randolph Productions
Lad Allen

DVD title: The Clint Eastwood Gift Set (A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
Productgroup: DVD
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In Like Clint

The Trilogy Set of the "Man with no name" is, if not, the finest western set one could get. A definite "must have" to any Clint Eastwood fan. "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" is excellent with a fantastic cast of Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef. Get it!

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Clint Eastwood

DVD title: The Women
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a film that has withstood the test of time. It is every bit as entertaining, as when it was first first released back in 1939. The film is an outstanding example of pre-World War II opulence and elegance with its gorgeous art deco sets. Based upon a play by Claire Booth Luce, it boast a snappy and witty screenplay by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin. In the hands of legendary director, George Cukor, this film is sharp, funny, and memorable with stellar performances given by the entire cast. Boasting an all female ensemble, with nary a male in sight, the film revolves around men. How to get 'em. How to keep 'em. How to lose 'em. How to get 'em back.
The film details the marital travails of Mary Haines, played by screen great, Norma Shearer. Mary has a coterie of bitchy, gossipy, back biting friends, and included in that group is her cousin Sylvia, played with madcap zaniness by Rosalind Russell. Mary is happily married to wealthy Stephen Haines, or so she thinks. Apparently, her perfect husband is stepping out on her with perfume salesgirl, Crystal Allen, played with bad girl abandon by Joan Crawford, and it seems that all New York knows it.
Mary's so called friends ensure that Mary finds herself in a position to discover her husband's betrayal. Mary's mother, Mrs. Moorehead, played with characteristic stateliness and grace by Lucille Watson, counsels her daughter to handle the matter the old fashioned way, promising that the affair will soon burn itself out. She advises her daughter not to betray her feelings about the affair, not to mention it to her husband, not to discuss it among her friends, and to turn a blind eye to the whole matter.
Mary reluctanly tries to adhere to her mother's counsel, until a chance encounter with the now full of herself Crystal Allen causes Mary to lose control, and the fur begins to fly. Mary, now taking a more contemporary approach, totally disregards her mother's advice and refuses to overlook the affair or forgive her husband for the pain and humiliation he has caused her. Leaving him, the inevitable happens, but all's well that ends well. The performances by this all star cast are to be lauded, as each and every one of those cast in this film contribute to making it a truly great film.
Norma Shearer is perfectly cast as the somewhat prim and proper Mary Haines. She plays her role with studied restraint, until the final shot in the film, when she crosses the line. While the fact that she was the widow of Irving Thalberg, a well respected studio head who had died about two years prior to the filming of this movie, may have contributed to her getting the lead, she certainly deserved it in her own right, as she had been a leading lady for many years (Romeo and Juliet, Marie Antoinette, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Private Lives, etc.) and a big star. Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford were actually real life rivals and had never much liked each other, so I am sure that playing rivals in this film was not a stretch. Joan Crawford is wonderful as the "man trap" who steals Mary's husband. She plays the role of Crystal as a hard edged girl from the wrong side of the tracks who grabs for the brass ring. Though she does not have all that many scenes in the film, her presence is such that the viewer does not immediately realize it.
Rosalind Russell, in her first comedic role is terrific. She had previously done only dramatic roles and actually auditioned for the role of Sylvia, playing it three different ways. She played it straight. She played it with a light comedic touch. She played it with total, over the top, comedic abandon. When George Cukor selected her for the role, he told her that the third way was the way he wanted her to play it. At first, Ms. Russell balked, thinking that such comedic excess would be the end of her career. He convinced her that madcap zaniness was the way to go, and she complied, giving an over the top, zany performance that was an instant hit. This film kicked off her start as a comedic actress.
Kudos also go to Mary Boland, as Flora, the Countess DeLave ("l'amour, l'amour"), as well as to Paulette Goddard, as Miriam Aarons, the divorcee who steals Sylvia's husband, and to Joan Fontaine, as the sweetly naive Peggy. Ms. Fontaine looks remarkably like her estranged sister, Olivia DeHaviland, in this film. Marjorie Main plays the role of Lucy, the crude, rough, no nonsence country woman. It is a role reminiscent of a young Ma Kettle, a role she would play in the 1947 film, "The Egg and I." It would be a role that she would take to the bank, as it would spin off into a wildly popular series of "Ma and Pa Kettle" films for Universal Pictures.
Virginia Weidler is affecting as little Mary, the Haines' young daughter. Butterfly McQueen, of "Gone With The Wind" fame, has the small part of Lulu, the cosmetics counter maid. Keep your eye open for Hedda Hopper, the real life gossip columnist. Staying true to form, she plays the role of Dolly Dupuyster, a gossip columnist, who appears towards the very end of the film. Don't blink, or you'll miss her. The film is shot in black and white, though it has a fashion show segment that is shot entirely in color. The elegant and chic wardrobe for the cast is provided by the noted designer, Adrian.
This is a film that will be enjoyed by viewers who enjoy vintage films, as well as by those who simply love a great movie. Bravo!

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: George Cukor
Norma Shearer
Joan Crawford
Rosalind Russell

DVD title: Ah! My Goddess - The Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent, emotional film

I actually purchased the import DTS version of this movie, and if the video quality matches the quality of the Japanese release, this should definitely be a great title to own.
At times, the story is so moving that I almost felt compelled to cry, which for me is no small feat. Even hearing everything in Japanese and following a script I had printed out from the internet left me with nothing but praise for this film.
If there is one thing I am disappointed in is that they aren't releasing a DTS version of the movie here in the states. This was the way the movie was originally presented in the Japanese theatres and as such, we should be given the option to view (or more appropriately, listen to) it in that manner. Minor gripe, but then, that's why I imported.
The music is by far the best part of this release, the soundtrack actually becomes overbearing in regards to the voices at times, but this usually only happens in really emotional areas, the school clinic scene for instance (watch it in Japanese and you will see what I mean). It makes for a better viewing experience in my opinion as it helps convey the emotion of the scene.
If you're an anime fan, pick this movie up. If you're an action fan and hate "chick flicks", you may be better off avoiding this.

Studio: Pioneer Video
Director: Hiroaki Gôda

DVD title: The Joy Luck Club
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie, DVD could've been better

This is one of those movies that I fell in love with back when in it first opened. Over the last couple of years, I had been seeking this title on DVD, searching the Chinatowns of San Francisco, New York, and Vancouver to no avail. I had the same bad luck when I visited China earlier this year, as I could not find one copy in any of the major cities. FINALLY, this DVD has been released, and the picture and sound are just fantastic. Only problem Chinese subtitles, which is an odd creative decision given the scope of this movie. I was really hoping to share this movie with my mother-in-law and father-in-law. Oh well. When you purchase this DVD, you get great picture, sound, and English subtitles, but NO extras. Still better than the VHS version, though.

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Director: Wayne Wang
Tamlyn Tomita
Rosalind Chao

DVD title: 8 Seconds
Productgroup: DVD
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8 Seconds was very heartfelt and emotional. A movie for all to watch. This movie will make you realize that you should always go for your goal, no matter what the risks.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: John G. Avildsen
Luke Perry
Stephen Baldwin

DVD title: Styx - Return to Paradise
Productgroup: DVD
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rediscover styx i know i did !

i suppose there must be a lot of styx fans from the early to mid eighties who lost track of the band and i did learn from the dvd that that prior to this concert they hadn't done much for over 10 years this is a great dvd and if you ever liked styx you will love this , i am thinking about buying the cd of the concert to play in the car

Studio: Bmg/Sanctuary Records Group

DVD title: BASEketball
Productgroup: DVD
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Great comedy classic

If you're looking for a good 90 minutes of non-stop laughter, look no further. This is it, BASEketball is a great film. Not Trey, Matt, and Dian's best. That one goes to "Cannibal The Musical", but this one is great because it's very touching and you really learn alot about the ... that goes on in professional sports that really is destroying what they game is really about. I think this film was done really well. I just wish that people wouldn't fall over every time they got psyched out. I really don't get it. But, anyway, GREAT MOVIE!!!!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: David Zucker
Trey Parker
Matt Stone

DVD title: Blue's Clues - Blue's Big Musical Movie
Productgroup: DVD
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The best Blues Clues video

My 2 year old daughter absolutely is mesmerized by this video. She loves the singing and dancing. THis video has Ray Charles as G-clef. My wife and I really like it too.
If you want any Blues CLues video choose this one first.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Todd Kessler

DVD title: The Apartment
Productgroup: DVD
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They don't make them like this anymore!

I just watched this for the first time last night. Definitely one of the best movies I've ever watched. Once again, Billy Wilder sets a high bar for other directors to reach, and unfortunately, so few do.

Studio: MGM/UA Video
Director: Billy Wilder
Jack Lemmon
Shirley MacLaine
Fred MacMurray

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