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DVD title: The Adventures of Pete & Pete - Season 1
Productgroup: DVD
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uhhh...Question


Short and simple, one of the best TV shows to grace our screens. Why is it that there aren't any shows made like this anymore? Pete & Pete was ahead of it's time and could easily have been a hit if it were to come out today on a regular network. I highly recommend this dvd set to anyone who doesn't know the show because I'm sure anybody who does know it, already bought it. NOW GIVE US SEASON 2!!!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Actors:
Michael C. Maronna
Danny Tamberelli




DVD title: The Sound of Music (Five Star Collection)
Productgroup: DVD
The Sound of Music (Five Star Collection) - movie DVD cover picture
"These are a few of my favorite things!"


Following the success of the 1964 film "Mary Poppins", Julie Andrews starred in another sensational film only one year later, "The Sound of Music". Directed by Robert Wise (who also directed "The Andromeda Strain" in 1971, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" in 1951 and "West Side Story" in 1961), the film was derived from the Broadway musical created by Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein II, in corroboration with writers Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse). It was based upon the true story of the van Trapp family immediately prior to World War II.
Taking place in Salzburg, Austria in 1938, the film begins with a cinematically beautiful display of the Alps and Julie Andrews singing the title song. Julie Andrews plays Maria, a young woman studying to become a nun; but Reverend Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) along with nuns Sister Margaretta (Anna Lee), Sister Bertha (Portia Nelson), Sister Sophia (Marni Nixon) and Sister Bernice (Evadne Baker) aren't sure whether Maria is suitable nun material. Mother Abbess decides to send Maria on a mission to be a governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a decorated hero of the Austrian Navy. Captain von Trapp has had great difficulty finding a proper governess for his children, who frequently discourage any governess from remaining by using various pranks. Initially, the children intend to treat Maria as any previous governess, but they quickly take a liking to her. Upon discovering that the children have never sung before, Maria teaches them how to sing, to the unintended delight of Captain von Trapp's friend, Max Detweiler (Richard Haydn), who is searching for fresh musical talent. However, Captain von Trapp does not intend to allow Max to exploit his children's previously unknown musical abilities. Further, unexpected feelings develop between Captain von Trapp and Maria.
Complicating matters for Maria and the von Trapp family is the political atmosphere in 1938 Austria. Some Austrians enthusiastically embrace the idea of Anschluss (political annexation) between Austria and Nazi Germany, but most (including Captain von Trapp) are totally opposed. As history records, Nazi Germany takes control of Austria in 1938, and Germany's naval command wants Captain von Trapp to take command of one of its naval vessels. Captain von Trapp instead decides to take his family to the safety of Switzerland.
Acting and singing in "The Sound of Music" are superb. Not only the abilities Julie Andrews (who received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress) eloquently showcased, but also those of Christopher Plummer and Peggy Wood (who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress). The young actors & actresses portraying Captain von Trapp's children are also very talented: Leisl (Charmian Carr), Louisa (Heather Menzies, who played Jessica in the 1977 TV series "Logun's Run"), Friedrich (Nicholas Hammand, who acted in many TV series including "The Amazing Spider-Man" as Spider-Man in 1978), Kurt (Duane Chase), Brigitta (Angela Cartwright, who also played Penny in the 1965 TV series "Lost in Space"), Marta (Debbie Turner) and Gretl (Kym Karath. who also played Maggie in the 1963 film "The Thrill Of It All"). Also putting in wonderful performances are Eleanor Parker as the Baroness, Ben Wright as Herr Zeller and Daniel Truhitte as Rolfe.
Songs from the film include:* "The Sound of Music" (5+/5, Julie Andrews). Overlooking the Alps.* "Preludium (Dixit Dominus)" (4.5/5, nun's chorus). At the abbey.* "Morning Hymn/Alleluia" (4.5/5, nun's chorus). At the abbey.* "Maria", (5/5, Peggy Wood but dubbed by Margery McCay, and the nuns). At the abbey.* "I Have Confidence" (5/5, Julie Andrews). Maria en route to Captain von Trapp's home.* "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" (4.5/5, Charmian Carr and Daniel Truhitte). A secret rendezvous.* "My Favorite Things" (5+/5, Julie Andrews and the children). During a thunderstorm.* "Do-Re-Mi" (5+/5, Julie Andrews and the children). On a picnic.* "The Lonely Goatherd" (5+/5, Julie Andrews and children). At the puppet theater.* "Edelweiss" (4.5/5, Christopher Plummer). After the puppet show.* "So Long, Farewell" (5/5, the children). Before the stairway.* "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (5+/5, Peggy Wood, but dubbed by Margery McCay). At the abbey.* "Something Good" (4.5/5, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer). Outside.* "Processional/Maria" (4.5/5, nun's chorus). Maria's wedding to Captain von Trapp at the abbey.* "Edelweiss", (5/5, Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews, children & audience.) At the Salzburg talent show.* "So Long, Farewell (Reprise)" (4.5/5, the children). At the Salzburg talent show.* "Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Reprise)" (5/5). Crossing the Alps into Switzerland.
Robert Wise earned two Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for "The Sound of Music". The film also won Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Music Adaptation and Best Sound, and received nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Costumes and Best Set Design. Overall, I rate this film with 5 out of 5 stars. Some people do not enjoy the film at all, but most people will be endeared to Maria, Captain von Trapp and the von Trapp children. I highly recommend purchase of this DVD.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Robert Wise
Actors:
Julie Andrews
Christopher Plummer




DVD title: Mystery, Alaska
Productgroup: DVD
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Get Ready To Root For The Underdogs


I am a woman, and yes I love hockey, and yes I love this movie. The cast is made up of loveable and endearing characters, not the least of which is Russell Crowe, who love hockey so much they play every weekend on their small home pond. Crowe gives a strong performance as the elder statesman of the group whose position on the team is threatened when a former resident (Hank Azaria) returns to stage a challenge of the Mystery, Alskan team agains tthe New York Rangers. All the while, Crowe is left feeling vulnerable because of the success Azaria's character has acheived, and he wonders if his wife longs for her former love.
Burt Reynolds is great as a former hockey coach who refuses to help coach the Mystery team because of personal issues.
If you love hockey you will love this movie. It's charming, inspiring, and entertaining.

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Jay Roach
Actors:
Russell Crowe
Burt Reynolds




DVD title: Firefly - The Complete Series
Productgroup: DVD
Firefly - The Complete Series - movie DVD cover picture
Firefly Absolutely Amazing


Ok, So I'm biased. I love space fiction and westerns. Thisis both in one of the most subtle mixes imaginable. Ron Glass I think summed up the experience for me in his interview on the DVD's I'm going to be thinking about howthis series effected me for a long time. Wow...buy it Pleaseplease You won't regret it

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Nathan Fillion



DVD title: Ghost in the Shell
Productgroup: DVD
Ghost in the Shell - movie DVD cover picture
Required Anime


This is truely a spectacular anime. The animation is amazing and the plot is excellient. In most anime, the plot is basically the same thing. It's either, a futeristic kind of thing with "robots" or there's the karate kind like Street Fighter and DBZ. Or, there's the magic kind of anime such as X and Rayearth. Ghost in the Shell is original as you can get. You can tell that someone sat on their butt's for a very LONG time, coming up with the plot. You have to be a VERY critical person to dislike this movie. It's the Titanic of anime, except there's not as much romance. Or better yet,it's the Matrix of anime.

Studio: Palm Pictures/Manga Video
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Actors:
Atsuko Tanaka
Iemasa Kayumi




DVD title: The Simpsons - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
The Simpsons - The Complete Second Season - movie DVD cover picture
SEASON 2 RULEZ!!!!


I love this T.V. show, "The Simpsons" and have been watching it on FOX since I was just a kid. I'm now 17, and I still enjoy it's characters and humor! Now I can finally get all my fav episodes on DVD considering that the creator, Matt Groening will be releasing all of them! Season two here, is obviously better than the first, and includes two Bartman music vids & three butterfinger commercials as a BONUS!!! All eps themselves were released from 1990-91 and include:
BART GETS AN "F" (DATE AIRED: Oct. 11, 1990.)
SIMPSON AND DELILAH (DATE AIRED: Oct. 18, 1990)
TREEHOUSE OF HORROR (DATE AIRED: Oct. 24, 1990)
TWO CARS IN EVERY GARAGE AND THREE EYES ON EVERY FISH (DATE AIRED: Nov. 1, 1990)
DANCIN' HOMER (DATE AIRED: Nov. 8, 1990)
DEAD PUTTING SOCIETY (DATE AIRED: Nov. 15, 1990)
BART VS. THANKSGIVING (DATE AIRED: Nov. 22, 1990)
BART THE DAREDEVIL (DATE AIRED: Dec. 6, 1990)
ITCHY AND SCRATCHY AND MARGE (DATE AIRED: Dec. 20, 1990)
BART GETS HIT BY A CAR (DATE AIRED: Jan. 10, 1991)
ONE FISH, TWO FISH, BLOW FISH, BLUE FISH (DATE AIRED: Jan. 24, 1991)
THE WAY WE WAS (DATE AIRED: Jan. 31, 1991)
HOMER VS. LISA AND THE 8TH COMMANDMENT (DATE AIRED: FEB. 7, 1991)
PRINCIPAL CHARMING (DATE AIRED: Feb. 14, 1991)
OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (DATE AIRED: Feb. 21, 1991)
BART'S DOG GETS AN "F" (DATE AIRED: March 7, 1991)
OLD MONEY (DATE AIRED: March 28, 1991)
BRUSH WITH GREATNESS (DATE AIRED: April 11, 1991)
LISA'S SUBSTITUTE (DATE AIRED: April 25, 1991)
THE WAR OF THE SIMPSONS (DATE AIRED: May 2, 1991)
THREE MEN AND A COMIC BOOK (DATE AIRED: April 9, 1991)
BLOOD FEUD (DATE AIRED: Aug. 11, 1991)
AND THAT'S ABOUT IT!! The music videos w/ Bart doing the Bartman rap is also a nice addition. I can't wait till Season 3 comes out! All are highly reccomended!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Actors:
Dan Castellaneta



DVD title: Three Stooges:Stooge Mania
Productgroup: DVD
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THREE STOOGES 2 DVD SET INFO


VOLUME # 1 (DVD #1)
1. DISORDER IN THE COURT (B/W)
2. THE BRIDELESS GROOM (B/W)
3. MALICE IN THE PALICE (B/W)
4. SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (B/W)
VOLUME #2 (DVD #2)
1. JERK OF ALL TRADES (B/W)
2. THREE LAUGH FILLED TRAILERS OF THE THREE STOOGES FEATURE FILMS (B/W)
3. THE THREE STOOGES COLOR CLASSICS (COLOR)
4. THE THREE STOOGES COLOR CARTOONS (COLOR)

Studio: Platinum Disc Corp



DVD title: Amor Real
Productgroup: DVD
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The whole Novela?


I don't understand how people are leaving reviews on a DVD that has not come out on release....AMAZON show: Availability: This title will be released on April 26, 2005. You may order it now and we will ship it to you when it arrives from Amazon.com

I did watch the entire Novela on Univision...It was the most beautiful/passionate love story that I have ever seen....and, the first Spanish soap opera that caught my interest...and, made me watch my clock M-F.

Can someone please let me know if the AMAZON DVD version will be the entire Novela? I would hate to buy it knowing that parts are cut off....I loved every minute of the show and can't wait to own a copy or 2. My email address is: iemontoya@aol.com

Studio: Umvd/Visual Entertai



DVD title: Smoke
Productgroup: DVD
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A pure gem!


Smoke performs a rare feat. It captivates you, and takes you on a journey. It does this without much action. This is an actors movie, Wang leaves it to the performers to move the story along. No special effects, or uneccessary action sequences here. Just down to earth charachters with flaws. The story intertwines these charachters, and we learn each of their sad stories and regrets. From Paul(William Hurt)a novelist who lost his passion, to Auggie(Harvey Keitel) a tobbaco store owner who wades through life each day. You and I know these kind of people.We see them in restaurants, on the bus, and everywhere else we go. Smoke not only is a joy too watch, but it provides a valuable lesson as well. The realization that everyone has their own story to tell.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Actors:
Harvey Keitel
William Hurt




DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
Taking movie to a whole new level.


I think this movie is a really great movie.The special effects are so asome.I think all the actors looked so cool.The fight seens are so cool.It's so cool how they make all the actors so differnt than what they're really like.I think the whole movie made very well like all the props are so cool.I like the end because that's when the effects were really cool because they had to fight the monsters are really well made.
My favorite part is in the begining when both army's are fighting.I think the effects are really cool at that part.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Actors:
Ian McKellen



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