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DVD title: Lantana
Productgroup: DVD
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very impressive

a stirring, well-acted film filled with psychological twists and riveting drama.
The movie creates a highly interesting web of relationships and keeps the viewer guessing what will happen next.
So many of its actors deliver the best performances you have seen in quite a while.
Truly a remarkable film.

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Ray Lawrence (II)
Anthony LaPaglia
Geoffrey Rush

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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The Two Towers - quite possibly the greatest sequel ever!

I have just arrived home from the cinema after watching The Two Towers. It is all I can think about! I absolutely loved The Fellowship Of The Ring and thought The Two Towers couldn't possibly be any better - but I was proved wrong! Words can't begin to describe how amazing this film is. The Two Towers has gone straight in at No.1 in the US Box Office grossing a staggering $61 million in its first five days of release - did anyone expect anything less? There may be spoilers ahead in this review, so if you don't want to know about it, don't read on!
The most noticable change about The Two Towers from The Fellowship Of The Ring - for me - was the increasing addition of violence, power, war and darkness. There is much more of it than in the first edition of The Lord Of The Rings, which is not surprising considering all the stuff that needed to be squeezed in. Speaking of this, I was delighted when realising that The Two Towers isn't full of half an hours' twaddle-talk like The Fellowship Of The Ring; the story begins straight away without any hesitation. At first it seems strange, but after the first twenty minutes or so, you forget all about it and succumb to the powers of this extraordinary film. After The Fellowship was left broken at the end of the first enstallment, there are three main storylines in The Two Towers that follow in the order of Frodo/Sam, Merry/Pippin and Legolas/Aragorn/Gimli.
In the Frodo/Sam subplot, the two continue their quest to return the One Ring back to Mordor - the dark and hellish realm of the Dark Lord Sauron - and destroy it in the fires of Mount Doom. The longer Frodo (Elijah Wood) has the ring within his possession, the more chance he has of succumbing to the evil powers of the One Ring. On their way, they meet up with Gollom - the monster who has been following them hoping to claim the "precious" ring for himself. Hinted at in the introduction of The Fellowship Of The Ring, Gollom (superbly voiced by Andy Serkis) was once the ring bearer but his greed and need for the ring over-powered him and turned him into the monster he is today. The pathetic wretch offers to guide the Hobbits to the dark realm, his tortured mind wavering between servitude and treachery. Sam (Sean Astin) is reluctant to trust Gollom at first, but Frodo is instantly willing for him to help them in their quest to arrive at Mordor. Gollom and Frodo have a special connection that no one else has; they were/are both ring bearers. This friendship, however, threatens the one Frodo has with Sam. Gollom is, quite simply, the greatest CG-creature in cinematic history. It's incredible how a few pixels can turn into a lovable character of whom you share emotion and pity. There are many scenes where it is obvious to the untrained eye that Gollom is computer-generated, but the fascination and interaction with the character overpowers this. In the Merry/Pippin subplot, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) are trying to find them after they were captured by the fearsome Uruk-hai at the end of the last enstallment. The pursuit of Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) takes Aragorn and company to Rohan, a kingdom of Viking-like horsemen. Rohan's king, Theoden (Bernard Hill), has fallen under the spell of the evil wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) through the manipulations of his adviser, Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif). Meanwhile, Merry and Pippin manage to escape and seek cover in the mysterious Fanghorn Forest. While there they meet a strange a surprising army amongst the ancient trees. For me, the Aragorn/Legolas/Gimli plotline was the best because of its power and strength - not only in battle scenes, but in the emotional side of things. The romance between Aragorn and Elf princess Arwen (Liv Tyler) has been further embellished, drawing from the trilogy's appendix. I was rather disappointed of the amount of screen time Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) has. She didn't have much in The Fellowship Of The Ring, so I was expecting more in The Two Towers - but no! The three join forces with Gandalf (Ian McKellen) (who was presumed dead at the end of The Fellowship Of The Ring) to rescue Theoden from the spell of Saruman and guide the people of Rohan to the strongholds of Helm's Deep. However, on their way to Helm's Deep they are attacked by Orcs on wargs. Aragorn and company are joined by hundreds of Rohan village people to attack and defeat an army of 10,000 Orcs. Quite possibly the most intense and awesome battle ever seen on film, it lasts for up to 45 minutes and took months to film. The scene is incredibly dark, but still manages to add the odd pinch of humour from Gimli. This fight scene is the climax to the Two Towers and is experty done.
Like The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers was filmed in New Zealand with its stunning scenery. With the scenery a main object of the first enstallment, The Two Towers can focus more of the love/hate/emotion side of the story - and it does, to awesome effect. Peter Jackson is definitely the "Director of the Moment" and rightly deserves all the praise he is recieving. The Two Towers is bound to be even more of a success than the first enstallment, which will leave you on tender hooks for the third and final enstallment - The Return Of The King. Roll on December 2003...

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen

DVD title: Six Feet Under - The Complete Second Season
Productgroup: DVD
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MY whole life is leading up to.. 6FT UNDER SEASON 2 on DVD!!


Studio: Warner Home Video
Peter Krause

DVD title: Alias - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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This show has amaZing character development, fast paced action and superb actors. PLEASE release this on DVD!

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Jennifer Garner

DVD title: Mission To Mars
Productgroup: DVD
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"Mission to Mars" sets the bar for science fiction movies to an all-time high! From the opening party sequence to the non lift-off sequence to Mars. Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise) is in top form leading his squad of astronauts on a mission to find life on Mars. Even though the year is 2020, the movie feels like a 1950's B-movie. The movie is pure intellect! The squad (Connie Nielsen, Jerry O'Connell, Tim Robbins and the MIA Don Cheadle). A strange face was formed in the sand and water was found on Mars! The explanation for the human species was dumbfounding! What an extravagant piece of filmmaking! Brian De Palma tries to pull a Stanley Kubrick and does better! The CGI is breathtaking, watch the aliens transform into dinosaurs and then people! What an impressive, captivating, enthralling motion picture! Everybody needs to experience this masterpiece!

Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Director: Brian De Palma
Gary Sinise
Tim Robbins

DVD title: Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
Productgroup: DVD
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Call me...Bet-ty.

O.K.; warning...I am of the Airplane/Top Secret school of comedy...dumb jokes make me laugh. I went to see this in the theater and laughed my socks off, while some people angrily left the room. You will either love or despise this movie.
To make this, Steve Oedekerk shot new scenes for and redubbed an existing 1970's Chinese Kung Fu movie. All the obligatory jokes are made regarding mismatched dubbing of voices, including a dog whose bark you hear 2 seconds after his mouth moves. The virginal heroine is made provocative and kooky, thanks to some hilarious editing trickery. And, of course, what movie of the early millenium would be complete without a "Matrix" spoof/homage?
DVD includes audio commentary by Oedekerk, deleted scenes, footage from original Chinese movie, and some really weird music videos and shorts. Highly recommended!

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Steve Oedekerk

DVD title: The President's Analyst
Productgroup: DVD
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President's Analyst - the cautionary comedy saper

Where to start? Where to start?! Perhaps, in my humble opinion, one of the funniest and snappiest comedies you will ever see. Think the Blazzing Saddles of the cold war... Think The Apartment of psychiatry! James Coburn glides shark-like through an ensemble piece of American Dream cold war paranoia. Shocked to find his star patient is actually a government agent and sometime state sactioned hitman, we find our happless hero propelled into a psychadelic rollercoaster ride as he realises he has been chosen to become the eponimous President's Analyst. Chaos ensues as the world's goverments try to kill or kidnap him. Even his own FBR want him dead. The fact that CIA and FBI were changed in postproduction (sometimes clunkily) to FBR and CEA stands tribute to how strangely subversive a movie we have here. The set pieces in the restaraunt and the attempted assassination at the hippie commune at amongst the best scenes in sixties pop culture ever to make it onto the big screen! I would take this movie into space with me if i could take no other form of entertainment!

Studio: Paramount Home Video
Director: Theodore J. Flicker
James Coburn

DVD title: O
Productgroup: DVD
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Excellent movie

I went and saw this movie with my friend and her aunt. We're both 13. I wanted to see it because of Josh Hartnett and Julia Stiles. Watching that movie in front of her aunt was embarassing. I felt almost embarassed walking out of the theatre. That movie was deep, dark, and disturbing. We were both shaking on the ride home.Besides the fact that it scared the hell out of me, I really liked the movie. Josh Hartnett's acting was wonderful as he played evil Hugo Goulding. Mekhi Phifer's acting was pretty good especially near the end. Julia Stiles was a big disappointment. In many of her other movies, she was a girl with an attitude. In 'O', she sat their like a bug, as if she was just watching everything around her.I would go see this movie again and I'm glad I saw it

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Mekhi Phifer
Julia Stiles

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition Collector's Gift Set)
Productgroup: DVD
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.....*(GOLLUM)*......!!!! (COUGH! COUGH!)....aheam...sorry..

if you liked the movie's theatrical release, this will blow your mind. actually, it is primarily designed for lovers of the book as it includes a great many things that some viewers felt were needlessly left out. for instance, the final moments of saruman could easily have stayed in the finished print. there's some love from lords fans about aragorn working in the houses of healing, but really it is not even all that important. you hardly even get the gist of why he is there or what he is doing. there is a cool scene between the witch king and gandalf but we didnt need it. and the scene between the good army and the mouth of sauron started off cool but pretty much ends with the mouth looking like to complete sucker. still, it is crisp and clean and chock full of all the behind the scenes extras you've come to love from the other two extended pieces.

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Jackson
Elijah Wood

DVD title: Bad Boys
Productgroup: DVD
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The cast is bomb. Smooth and entertaining. The special effects are tight. No one could of played a better bad boy then Will Smith. A delightful and awesome cast. Anyone who loves Will Smith as I do will enjoy this hit. Definitely a part of a movie collection. The best part of the movie is when Will Smith and Tea' are hand cuffed together. Unpredictable.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Michael Bay
Martin Lawrence
Will Smith

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