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DVD title: Kung Fu - The Complete First Season
Productgroup: DVD
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xavierinstitute has no idea

everybody must buy the dvd's, unlike what people are saying you will not loose any of the picture, in fact you will enhance some through widescreen anamorphic format, wich is in the description or details of the dvd's. If you know anything about widesceen there will be know loss of picture on these dvd's, and just because there are black bars on the top and bottom of the picture doesnt mean they cut the picture. It is anamorphic, 100% original, plus a remastered picture makes this series of dvd's so much better than it was in it's original broadcast.

Studio: Warner Home Video
David Carradine

DVD title: Amelie
Productgroup: DVD
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the surprising romance of photobooths

Supposedly charming movies I have hated: "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Pretty Woman," "Serendipity." Of course, serial infidelities and street prostitution *are* pretty delightful, so it's probably just me being a pill...
Instead of taking rather ugly situations and insisting without any particular proof that they are adorable or romantic, "Amelie" shows the effect that a particular mindset can produce, making the very ordinary into something magical. While not exactly an advertisement for the Power of Positive Thinking, the advantages of a mischievous, curious approach to life are certainly amplified here.
"Amelie" is not all sweetness and light. Despite her appeal, the character Amelie is sly and secretive and has an unsettling disregard for the consequences of her actions. Her playfulness takes on an air of cruelty in her treatment of the mean-spirited greengrocer, and I began to wonder if she orchestrated the romance for her co-worker out of friendship or spite... However, it is her playfulness that, for better or worse, makes things happen.
Unlike most movies meant to entrance audiences (i.e., like those named above), "Amelie" takes place in a recognizable world where all the ordinary rules apply. Except for the contrivance of Amelie's occasional asides to the camera, demonstrating the workings of her busy mind, nothing happens in this movie that could not happen in real life. The charm of this film rests on these practical underpinnings, and it is Amelie's imagination which provides the glow.
Having never been to Paris, I can only say that the Paris of this film looks and feels exactly like Paris is supposed to: twisty little streets, tilty old buildings, wheezy accordions, and ample evidence of le chic which happens to be very shabby. And so far as the look of Amelie herself, so much has been said about Audrey Tautou and her doll-like, anime-eyed darlingness that I needn't say anything more on the subject. Oh, OK, one more thing: she makes a very sexy Zorro!
So Amelie's love interest works in a porn shop. So people in France have (not-very-graphic, actually) sex. The sexual content is minimal and struck me as being mostly farcical - it's romance that is taken seriously here. I have no kids, but I think many would find it OK for older children, especially since there's so much else to enjoy - I would be more concerned about a child's ability to read the subtitles and keep up with the story!

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Audrey Tautou
Mathieu Kassovitz

DVD title: Breaking the Waves
Productgroup: DVD
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His name is Jan. Her name is Bess. How and when they met is unexplained. It doesn't matter. She wants to marry him even if her religious community disapproves. It happens and then begins a whirlwind of events which sets her life spiraling out of control. Jan goes away to sea only to return paralyzed. Depressed because he is unable to make love again, he makes a pact with his young bride. Go and have sex with other men. Tell me about and I will live. Who but Satan would make such a pact to an innocent naive woman child?
Breaking the Waves is a brilliant story detailing the chapters of Bess's life as she tries to live up to the pact of the man that she truly loves. This picture can be interpreted on many levels of good and evil. Our setting is a place that is cold and brutal. Its people follow suit. Forgiveness, love and joy are foreign words in her small religious sect. Repression, being strong and doing one's duty are their gods.
You will also find a heavy display of sexism and control of women in the movie. These episodes range from the elders of the church, Jan, the doctor and the sailors. All feel the need to contain the voice of women. Bess can't shut up. She is to good. Her determination to please out of a sense of helping the one she loves defies all logic. Her role playing as god's voice is harsh at times and very judgemental but through that playing she is able to bring some sense to her situation. Bess steps into a world of madness in her attempts to please and be that good girl?
The cast of characters did a fine job in weaving together a story that is surreal and highly complex. Such a psychological drama challenges women to claim their own voice. It was magnificently done. Enter into the mind of this woman and see if you too can turn out whole.

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Lars von Trier
Emily Watson

DVD title: Walking With Prehistoric Beasts
Productgroup: DVD
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BBC and Discovery are a great team!

I've been a prehistory fan for some time now and all of the BBC/Discovery documenteries have been great but the "Walking with" series is just fantastic! Sure, some of what they make sound as fact is really only speculation but that is expected. I own all of the "Walking with" DVDs available and have watched each one of them at least 4-5 times. Certainly worth the purchase for anyone with even the slightest interest in prehistory, dinosaurs or even just the excellent special effects.

Studio: BBC Video
Director: Nigel Paterson

DVD title: Alien 3
Productgroup: DVD
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you'll never watch the theatrical again

The new (original) assembly cut is fantastic. Fincher knew what he was doing all along, and Fox is a bunch of morons for cutting his film the way they did. This "assembly cut" of Alien 3 shows much more character development, so you actually care when someone dies. The picture is seamless, but there are very mild audio issues, because virtually the entire movie was done with post-synched dialoge. Meaning, the actors come into a studio and re-read their lines while trying to sync themselves with how they did it on the set, solely for better sound quality. FYI, 75% of Lord of the Rings was done post-sync'ed. The reason for this in Alien 3 is that there's scenes with steam blowing or background noise that is sometimes louder than the actors themselves. The new assembly cut scenes were not post-synced since the scenes were originally cut. Out of the 30-40 minutes of added scenes, there's only about 10 seconds of bad audio during the first scene, which they subtitle (optionally). But I do not feel this retracts from the enjoyment of what-could-have-been Alien 3, and I guarantee that you'll never watch the theatrical version again.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: David Fincher
Sigourney Weaver

DVD title: Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera / Levine, Pavarotti, Nucci, Metropolitan Opera
Productgroup: DVD
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Only those who know will agree

In this modern age of acceptability with anything passing as a voice, especially in Verdi, this DVD is balm. Pavarotti is lyric but so wonderfully poised and golden toned
and really at his peak in this captured gem. Millo IS the real thing. Novices harp on
anything to SOUND like they know, they don't. This is the best modern Ameilia of her
day. Warm, rich tone, NO HINT of vibrato,fearless high notes and piani superbly supported and evocative in color.... for those of us who know the Italian sound and who expect it when he hear Verdi....Milanov,Tebaldi, voices with cut and velvet.
She is a thrilling throwback to the day when people knew how to phrase with beauty and poetry, and fill that out with luxurious, molten gold. She and Pavarotti are a match
for each other pouring out reams of melody and gorgeous singing. Miss Millo is neither plump or fat here, and looks stunning in this production of Faggioni. Nucci is
a little blustery but always authentically Verdian in phrase and utterance, and Quiver
offers a good reading of Ulrica,a role a little too low for this lovely voice. Levine reminds he is the best in opera with a sensitive, often thrilling reading of Verdi's great score. This is the one to buy.....for those who know.

Studio: Universal Music & VI
Director: Brian Large

DVD title: The Wizard of Oz
Productgroup: DVD
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For Those Who Can Not....

Having read most of these reviews, I feel sorry for those few who, not necessarily for lack of intelligence, but for lack of imagination and the spirit of the human heart, cannot succumb to the uplifting enjoyment that this movie evokes. They have truly lost all innocence, replacing it totally with cynicism.

Then there are others whose critical ability lies in judging a work of art in mathematics....the greater the number of explosions and super-realistic special effects , the better the movie. These poor souls should not be allowed to reproduce.

Studio: Warner Studios
Judy Garland
Frank Morgan

DVD title: Saving Private Ryan
Productgroup: DVD
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When I first saw this movie opening day,I had a lot of expectation because the film was being directed by my favorite director Steven Spielberg but also because of the great cast that was involved. Plus, it was a World WarII, something that Iam very interested in but when the movie started nothing could have preparded me for what I feel is the greatest motion picture ever made. The movie really does go beyond word, I saw the movie four times and each time after the movie had ended no one got up and the theater was dead silent, the only thing that could be heard was weeping throughout the audience. The opening sequence is just...well, I can't found any words that can really describe it, powerful to say the least. The movie really does emotionally drain you, from beginning to the end. To me this is almost a perfect film. DVD is very much needed!!

Studio: Dreamworks Skg
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon

DVD title: The Matrix
Productgroup: DVD
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what is real and what not after you saw the movie?

This is a movie that can not be described very easy. I loved it the first time I saw it. On the next day I went again to see it for second time. After so meny stupid hollywood action movies and dramas this one was as a miracle! If you haven't seen the movie on the big screen you MUST buy the tape and see it at home at least. You wouldn't sorry. I just hope that they will continue to make films like this one.

Studio: Warner Studios
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss

DVD title: Session 9
Productgroup: DVD
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Very Creepy. Very cool.

Session 9 is a smart, dark, chilling feature compared to the otherwise torturous banality found in most horror/thriller films.To begin, it has a unique plot line; it's a film about an asbestos clean-up crew hired to remove the substance from an abandoned asylum. That is cool enough to get my attention. How many films have you seen about asbestos workers? But it gets better...The crew has it's various characters, all a bit extreme in one way or another: the mid-life crisis, the dense teenager, the jealous ex-boyfriend...and a few others. These characters set up the tension of the film at the start. You can see they each have some form of conflict and anguish going on in their lives at the start. Which causes them to be a little bit on edge. On top of that, they have to work around this intensely hazardous material on a daily basis. And still further, their current hire is to work in the creepiest place you can think of.The abandoned insane aysylum. It only gets creepier from there.
It's full of surprises,and INCREDIBLE cinematogrpahy.It' just a pleasure to absorb using all your senses.
The actual location was an old insane asylum. No sets were used. And that is half of what makes the movie as great as it is. If you are fortunate enough to watch the DVD version with all the extras such as commentary, and featurettes, you will learn that the actual location had a serious effect on the actors while they were there. The more you listen to their actual experiences the more the film takes on a new light and may very well make you watch it again with a different perspective. You begin to realise that a lot of the actors didn't have to do much "acting" when they were supposed to be frightened in their scenes and that has such an amazing effect on the film. I found it to be so much more entertaining to watch a film where the actors were just as creeped out as the audience. That gave it a realism most films will never have. It's over-all just the most pleasure you can derive from being freaked out!

Studio: Universal Studios Ho
Director: Brad Anderson (II)
David Caruso

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