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DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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this is the best movie EVER!!!!!!!!!


this is the best movie ever i saw it 13 times and u must buy it u have to

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce




DVD title: Speed
Productgroup: DVD
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Speed


This is how action movies should be made. From the beginning to the end, the movie didn't allow you to breathe, there's always something happening. The elevator opening scene provided a sort of prologue for the movie. And yes the movie gets even more exciting the following minutes.

The bulk of the movie focused on Keanu Reeves attempt at preventing the bombing of a public bus by being actually on the bus. That was just pure fun, you've got all the possible roadblocks (traffic, broken bridge, gasoline etc) to keep the movie going.

And then there is the closing scene in the train that serves as sort of epilogue for the movie. The movie wrapped things up quite well. When all the action was done, the movie actually ended in a postponed and obligatory romance between Reeves and Bullock.

Engaging performances from everyone, tight and skillful direction from Jan de Bont, exciting stunts, and some funny moments! You can't go wrong with this movie.

Grade: A-

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Jan de Bont
Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Dennis Hopper
Sandra Bullock




DVD title: Die Hard 2
Productgroup: DVD
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The best of them all!!!!!!!!!!!!


The second entry in the legendary action "Die Hard" trilogy movie seems to get an unfairly high number of unfavorable reviews by many when compared to the first "Die Hard" movie. Many say that "Die Harder" is significantly weaker than the first one. As for me, I couldn't disagree more. "Die Hard 2" is every bit as good if not better than the first one and is one of the best movie sequels in movie history. The directing reins are passed from McTierman who did the 1988 original, on to Renny Harlin and I have to say that Harlin did an excellent job directing this movie. This is no sequel slump by any stretch of the imagination.
After the extremely exhausting events of the first one involving the spectacular demise of the L.A. terrorist leader Hans Gruber and the rescue of the surviving hostages exactly one year ago (according to the storyline), John McClane is on a trip back home to his home city of New York City for the Christmas Holidays on snowy night during Christmas Eve but the pleasures of the holidays are completely destroyed when a vicious band of New-Nazi military men turned traitor terrorists lead by Colonel Stuart seizes control of the airport while numerous planes are stranded in mid-air with plummeting fuel levels and one of those planes stranded in mid-air is carrying John's wife Holly McClane who is still recovering from the last events of the incident at the L.A. office high rise. The mercenaries are demanding the release of a notorious and dangerous drug baron being extradited to the U.S. and now the terrorists threatening to crash airlines with the hijacked air controls if their demands are not met and with the plane Holly McClane beginning to run low on fuel, it's now a frantic race against the clock to stop the evil deeds of the terrorists and save the lives of the countless passengers on the planes.
Police Officer Al Powell who was there to help Mr. McClane is back to mentor John but they both face another relatively rough path as the police and anti-terrorist force is headed by a VERY disgruntled and inept head of NYPD forces named Captain Carmine Lorenzo(Dennis Franz). McClaen clashes bitterly with Lorenzo and numerous other inept bureaucracies and other police forces, making the whole mission much more dangerous.
Once again Bruce Willis brings in another amazing acting character with the oddly eccentric but tough guy John McClane as he uses his incredible wits and cunning battle against the mercenaries. It's difficult to really say which "Die Hard" movie one he did the best acting in but for the most part, this awesome movie trilogy is Bruce Willis' crowning achievement even with some great movies since then. The "NYPD Blue" star Dennis Franz is awesome playing the constantly [upset] Caption Carmine Lorenzo, head of the airport Security. It almost makes me wonder if Lorenzo is about to give himself a stroke one of these days with his constantly foul mood and temper and also of constantly being angry. :\
I personally love the change of atmosphere in this movie. The first one involved a building and now it's a large airport but an airport being held hostage can be every bit as shocking and dangerous as a large building. The first one was almost like warm sunny desert with the setting in L.A. and "Die Hard 2" is much colder with it taking place in snowy Dulles Airport. I strongly disagree with a previous reviewer saying that it should've taken place in another high-rise office tower. Harlin took a good chance at a new place and really pulled it off very well and the result is another excellent and unforgettable classic with one of the best explosions in movie history. Even elements of Mother Nature (Icicles anyone?) come to the aid of McClane in his battle against Stuarts goons.
I would almost go far enough to say that while the first movie was great, "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" is even better especially with it's chilly winter landscape and awesome action sequences. In some ways, this movie has gotten a bit unsettling these days because of real life events much worse than have happened these past few years. But even then, it's still a lot of fun to watch and have a large bag of popcorn to eat and soda to drink! "Die Hard 2" is a action movie to enjoy for it's intelligent dialogue and brilliant storyline or just to have adrenaline drenched fun! This is a must have sequel and is an excellent follow-up to the 1988 classic original. Buy this movie today!
The DVD edition comes in the form of two discs. The first disc has the original movie on it as well as the original theatrical trailor. The movie itself benefits from an excellent transfer to DVD and the picture quality improves the original VHS edition. The second disc contains commentary by director Renny Harlin, interviews with the actors who played in the movie, some deleted scenes that weren't put into the movie and commentary on the making of this movie. I'm not a big fan of deleted scenes so I'm in no rush like there's no tomorrow to replace my VHS edition.
The series continued to a great conclusion with the 1995 finale "With A Vengeance". If you can, get the Ultimate Collection Trilogy with the silver packaging. You can get all three movies in one!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Renny Harlin
Actors:
Bruce Willis
William Atherton




DVD title: Those Who Hunt Elves - Ready, Set, Strip! (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Superb


I will start my review by fully admitting my bias toward elves, and more particularly, naked elves. While there is not actual nudity in the series, naked elves are implied, and that's close enough for me!
This series is great. When you watch it, you need to keep in mind that it's 1/2 comedy 1/2 ... other stuff. Animation is decent, though I've seen better.
The characters are what really stands out about this series. Each of them, even the insignificant characters you only see in one episode then never see again are all very detailed and have their own story and unique personality.
NOTICE (to people who plan to watch this on their Computer as opposed to a standalone DVD player): The interface is kind of flawed. I tried running it with PowerDVD, and only got the opening FBI warning/adv intro. When you switch it to file mode and play the files directly, you can only listen to the dubbed version (dub-overs suck bad in this anime). I had to resort to InterActual player to get this to work. I hate having to use InterActual because there's no volume control.
Report Card:
Animation: BCharacters: A+Setting: AVoices (sub): AVoices (dub): D----------OVERALL: A

Studio: A.D. Vision
Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama



DVD title: Bridget Jones's Diary
Productgroup: DVD
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Best fight scene EVER!!!


This may be more of a chick-flick, but I can't imagine any woman out there NOT liking this film and wanting to watch it again and again. The fight scene is worthy of awards. Why this scene didn't win best fight scene on the MTV video awards is beyond me. The fight takes place in the street and in a busy restuarant with "It's Raining Men" by Ginger Spice. It is a MUST SEE!!!

Studio: Miramax
Director: Sharon Maguire
Actors:
Renée Zellweger
Colin Firth




DVD title: Mad Hot Ballroom
Productgroup: DVD
Mad Hot Ballroom - movie DVD cover picture
When will they have the DVD


I have seen this movie twice already and I love it so much. Will they have the DVD published. I want to buy it.

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Marilyn Agrelo



DVD title: Sade - Lovers Live
Productgroup: DVD
Sade - Lovers Live - movie DVD cover picture
Quintessential Sade


There is something about Sade that gives her the distinctive edge over other Divas. Her song soothes and relaxes but doesn't lull you to sleep; grabs you but doesn't overwhelm. It's subtle, sensual, and instinctive. When you are used to listening to Sade for years and see her live in this concert, the combined audio and visual effect is electric. The sweetest taboo, By Your side, No Ordinary Love, Is it a Crime are quintessentially Sade's - it's hard to imagine anybody else.

Studio: Sony Music Entertain
Actors:
Sade



DVD title: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Great Movie


A great film for the whole family. Very exciting and a good story with lots of action.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Gore Verbinski
Actors:
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley
Jonathan Pryce




DVD title: The Tuxedo (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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the Tuxedo is a wonderful, funny and brilliant film!


I thought the Tuxedo was a great film! Jackie Chan plays Jimmy Tong, the New York city cab driver that earns the Tuxedo and pretents to be the top secret agent Clark Devlin. The plot is somewhat silly and ridiculious, however what makes up for the movie is the character interactions between Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt as Del Blain. I like there on screen relationship as Del Blain Realizes that Jimmy Tong is not Clark Devlin. The Tuxedo is very silly but is absolutly funny and entertaining. Highest Possible Recommendation!

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Kevin Donovan (III)
Actors:
Jackie Chan
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jason Isaacs




DVD title: Math Video Tutor - 10 Hour Course - Fractions Thru Algebra!
Productgroup: DVD
Math Video Tutor - 10 Hour Course - Fractions Thru Algebra! - movie DVD cover picture
Number 1 on my list of back to school items!


I bought this DVD for my daughter a few weeks before school started. She has already watched most of the DVD and for a change is actually looking forward to the school year. It has really lowered her anxiety level about the dreaded subject "algebra". Recommend to all!

Studio: Tapeworm



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