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DVD title: Edge of Honor
Productgroup: DVD
Edge of Honor - movie DVD cover picture
very good


this movie rocks it has Corey Felmen in it. Lots of good action and good acting.

Director: Michael Spence



DVD title: Hostage
Productgroup: DVD
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Awesome Movie!!!


I loved this movie!!!! I didn't move the entire time I was watching it. Bruce Willis is one of my favorite actors and he did it again!!!! I have to admit that I was shocked because it didn't get good reviews, but this is one movie I am glad I purchased!!!!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Vid
Director: Florent Emilio Siri
Actors:
Bruce Willis
Kevin Pollak
Serena Scott Thomas




DVD title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Full Screen Edition) (Harry Potter 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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Can't decide what movie to buy?


All right, so the movie is awesome(as are the books). I love Harry, and Ron and Hermione are very cute together. I knowmany people say it is too much like the book-- I don't understand the problem with this. The book comes alive in this first installment. The DVD itself though, is very FRUSRSTING. It was so hard for me to find the deleted scenes that I had to go online to figure it out. I like the idea of making a quiz out of finding the scens, but the way it is set up is not very logical.
So, the movie is great, but the DVD needs a bit more work.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Chris Columbus
Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe



DVD title: Seven Beauties
Productgroup: DVD
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A challenging, troublesome masterpiece of a movie.


Lina Wertmeuller was at the peak of her abilities with this film, and the performances she achieves from her actors are startling. This is definitely cinema for the head. Watch this to be challenged, not to be entertained. This ranks as one of my favorites.

Studio: Fox Lorber
Director: Lina Wertmüller
Actors:
Giancarlo Giannini
Fernando Rey




DVD title: Anne of Green Gables - The Sequel
Productgroup: DVD
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Anne of Avonlea


I am surprised at how many reviews I have read which are confused about this plot. In "Anne of Avonlea", Anne is hired to be a teacher in an all girl school. Her bossom friend Diana is engaged and gets married to Fred. I love how each character had his/her own uniqueness. In this movie Gilbert proposes to Anne twice!(you'll see) I absolutely love this!

Studio: Pid
Director: Stefan Scaini



DVD title: Mystic River (Full Screen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
Mystic River (Full Screen Edition) - movie DVD cover picture
TO LOVE MERCY MORE THAN JUSTICE


It is said the further the Irish get from the holy soil of Erin the crazier they get. Since the immigrations from Ireland following the Great Hunger, there are more "Irish" in America than there are in the Emerald Isle. Given that most "Irish" families have been American families for several generations now and the high rate of marriage with members of other ethnic groups, it is of some note that customs and attitudes from the old country persist. All three main characters are sons of Ireland living in the New World. . But their "Irishness" is also not an accident. Others liken MYSTIC RIVER to a cinematic dissection of middle class life. But this misses the point. Instead of keeping the people in this film at a distance and offering contempt for modern American life, MYSTIC RIVER holds these men in sympathy and respect while mediating on the theme of justice.

There are three notions of justice working themselves out in the imponderables of the murder of a teenage girl. Sean is a policeman who works in a world of correct processes, written and codified rules, and a system of rights created to replace the justice of revenge and "eye for an eye". Crimes are no longer committed against an individual but are transgressions against the modern civil society itself. Civil justice replaces the hot-blooded execution of revenge with the detached, cool tempered administration of law. Civil law is seen as more rational and humane-replacing the perpetual war between clans. Families and individuals cannot be trusted to carry out "justice" because their real interest lies in personal vindication and protection for which there are no clear limits in pursuing those ends. Civil justice labors to protect the accused from miscarriages of justice-swearing it is better 10 guilty go free than to wrongly punish one innocent. The dark side of civil justice is that the guilty frequently escape punishment.

Much older is the unwritten code of tribal justice. This justice is so old that it seems bred into the bone--appearing almost phantomlike from the deep forests of primordial memory. It is blood for blood. Wound for wound. Tribal justice sees revenge not as an evil but a duty full-blooded men and women must fulfill. Taking revenge is a sacred duty that sates personal rage and is an obligation. Honor must be defended. The blood of a loved one must not be spilt without vindicating his memory. But wrong blood may be spilt. The innocent may be punished. The guilty may be punished beyond measure. Vindication and revenge often stop at nothing. Yet in spite of all the advances in the administration of civil justice, it is the rare human being who does not hear the call of tribal justice.

But there is another justice that is unnamable and more savage at work in spite of the efforts and safeguards of human justice. Call it karma or fate, there is a far older, ancient justice ineffable to human understanding. It is a power that flows into the lives of men and women from some unknown place whose purposes are never understood but rules far more ruthlessly and pitilessly than we can withstand. Like a mighty river, it cannot be stopped; yet the smallest gestures can change its course.

MYSTIC RIVER is a tale of these three modes of justice weaving in and out. Sean the policeman knows of the revenge murders Jimmy has committed yet keeps these secrets to himself. Jimmy experiences crippling guilt after carrying out revenge only to find out it was the wrong man. A horrendous crime has ruined Dave's life-but neither civil nor tribal justice provided vindication-so his past drives him insane. Several times during the story, characters ask themselves "what if I had done something different long ago" questions. But these questions are unanswerable and cannot change the past. At end of the movie, primordial righteousness has wrecked its justice in the lives of Sean, Dave and Jimmy. In an odd way, everything has been put aright. The price of justice is far too high; but it will be paid and not always to our betterment. Against heartless fate, we can only tender apologies, ask for forgiveness, and offer absolution. More surely than justice, these change hearts and afford mercy.

Sean does not act against Jimmy's crimes because they were not done with "criminal" intent. Jimmy was carrying out the demands of tribal justice and not merely to advance his own self-interest. Sean is all too aware of the imperfections of civil justice. The biggest thieves are honored while the little thieves are left to rot in prison all their days. Sean does not justify what Jimmy did; but he will not destroy and further damage the effected families and community just to satisfy the demands of civil justice.

Likewise, Jimmy's wife responds to his crimes with love and forgiveness because she sees Jimmy's great heart and love for his family. As she says, Jimmy is a king and a king must do what he must. If he made a mistake it was out of love and not malice. She clings to Jimmy because she trusts his heart.

Dave's wife has no such fortune. She has no such ground to cling to Dave. She cannot trust either his motives or his word. His crime redeemes no one and does not vindicate anything more than his own personal demons. While we have sympathy for him, Dave's own madness destroys him and threatens to take down all whom he loves.

The mysterious justice symbolized by the Mystic River rolled on and has done its work. Its justice is inexplicable and unsettling. Its judgments are final and undisclosed to us. Yet in the face of all this, the most powerful words spoken are "I want you to know I'm sorry" by Sean. And it is these words that bring his life out of unhappiness into a new and gentle place.


Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors:
Sean Penn
Tim Robbins
Kevin Bacon
Laurence Fishburne
Laura Linney
Emmy Rossum




DVD title: Purple Rain
Productgroup: DVD
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THE rock musical of the 80's


This is a MUST for rock music fans of any ilk. The movie is so above average in the music dept. that its shortcomings on the narrative end are ignorable. The DVD is quite good. Taken from the interpositive, it is a crisp (but unfortunately Pan-and-Scan) transfer. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is FANTASTIC also, as is the trailer, with shots cut from the movie. I bargain at the price sold here (I bought it originally for over 20 bucks).

Studio: Warner Studios
Director: Albert Magnoli
Actors:
Prince
Apollonia Kotero




DVD title: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Productgroup: DVD
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Texas chainsaw massacre scary but fun to watch!


When I first herd they were making a remake to the texas chainsaw massacre I knew I would be the first in line to see it at the theater. After seeing it I was kinda scared but the first thing that went through my head head was "I HAVE TO HAVE THIS WHEN IT COMES OUT!". So for about two months i waited and waited for a relase date to come out. I found out early december 2003 and every day seince i checked amazon.com almost everyday so I could see when i could pre-order it. Now the day has come and i'm gonna pre-order it a.s.a.p.(I liked it that much!lol!). The movie ran through my head like a song that gets stuck in your head. It might seem wierd but this movie stuck with me and it might, might not stick with whoever else watches it but i think it was a shocking and stunning movie (but it's not for the faint of heart).
It's a toatly diffrent movie from the old one but some things are still the same. The 5 kids are diffrent and so is the family.If you thought about seeing it or just wanna watch a good scary movie you should defintly watch it.:)

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Marcus Nispel
Actors:
Jessica Biel
Jonathan Tucker
Andrew Bryniarski




DVD title: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah - Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Productgroup: DVD
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One of the best Godzilla flicks in a long, long time.


I've been waiting for far too long for the new Godzilla movies to be imported from Japan, but now they're almost here, and having seen "All-Out Attack" on tv recently, all I can say is that this is undoubtedly one of the best G-flicks in the past decade.
Going like an alternate universe storyline (new director, new universe), the story picks up 50 years after Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The original Godzilla was destroyed by the Oxygen Destroyer, but a new Godzilla has emerged from the depths to once more wreak havoc on Tokyo. Now, the spirits of 3 guardian monsters must be awoken to defeat Godzilla: Mothra, Baragon, and the venerable King Ghidorah.
This movie was every entertaining. It was considerably less cheesy than any of the more recent godzilla flicks, and the retro 1950's look for Godzilla is not only menacing, but is probably the best design ever conceived for Godzilla. The special effects were outstanding, and the story was decent and easy to follow. The only problem I had with this movie is what another reviewer has pointed out: King Ghidorah a good monster? Sorry, but that would be like making Skeletor the hero and making him fight other bad guys. King Ghidorah has always been the embodiment of pure evil, and of all the Toho 'kaiju', Ghidorah has never changed until now. To have a good King Ghidorah is very strange, and I think it was a bad, bad move to make him a good kaiju. Nevertheless, Ghidorah's look in this film is better than ever.
I thoroughly enjoyd this Godzilla flick and look forward to the new Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla movies, which are shaping up to be the best of the bunch. The bottom-line is that in all my 21 years, and of the many, many Godzilla flicks i've seen, 'All-Out Attack' stands out as one of the best, if not THE best G-flick since the 1954 original.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Shusuke Kaneko



DVD title: Glengarry Glen Ross
Productgroup: DVD
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Flawless


Wasn't sure how Mamet's play would work as a film, but this is actually one of the greatest films ever made. The cast, particulaty Lemon and Pacino are superb, with great 'blasts' from Pacino, and a Lemon character similar to that of Save the Tiger. The whole film if fiery and confident. I would say that this is Lemon's best film and really proves just what you can do with a great script alone.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: James Foley
Actors:
Jack Lemmon
Al Pacino




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