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DVD title: The X-Files - The Complete Eighth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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x-files season 8

i have every season on dvd. this was my favorite season. i watched it in three sittings. the plot on mulder is excellent.robert patrick is very good in the acting season i say.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
David Duchovny

DVD title: Dead Alive
Productgroup: DVD
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The goriest film ever made!

If you have seen dusk till dawn then your ready to meet the new champ

Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
Director: Peter Jackson
Timothy Balme
Diana Peñalver
Elizabeth Moody
Ian Watkin

DVD title: Pilates Workout for Dummies
Productgroup: DVD
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A great way to learn Pilates!

This DVD is awesome! The instructor is pleasant, the instructions are clear, and the pace is great for someone who has never done Pilates before.
After 3 weeks of using this DVD I'm amazed at the toning I have experienced, especially in my abs and legs - and that is just on the beginner section. The intermediate is even more challenging, but yet still easy and effective.
I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn Pilates.

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
For Dummies
Michelle Dozois

DVD title: Reservoir Dogs
Productgroup: DVD
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"Reservoir Dogs Lights up the Screen"

How Quentin Tarantino managed to pull off such an awsome cast for his first film is beyond me; Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn and Tim Roth (just to name a few) are all great actors.
Reservoir Dogs is about a group of thieves who rob a jewellery store, but all does not go to plan, as the police already seemed to know about it. Is there a rat in this group of theives? Did one of them inform the police? The style Tarantino uses is clever. He often goes back in time, to the time of the robbery and beyond, which sometimes shows us the background of the characters.
Reservoir Dogs catches your attention from the opening scene and doesn't stop untill the end. At the start Mr Brown (Tarantino himself) explains to his fellow theives why Madonna's song "Like A Virgin" has it's unusual name, the conversation then changes into why Mr Pink doesn't like to tip waitresses. That's just an example of a lot of the very entertaining dialouge throughout the film.
We all know how good an actor Harvey Keitel is, and Reservoir Dogs is no exeption. He plays a great Mr White, and one of his buddies, Mr Orange (Tim Roth), is equally cool. Mr Pink is entertaining - him being so anxious and paraniod is great, Steve Busemi suits this role to the bone. Micheal Madeson is great, he plays Mr Blonde, a cruel and brutal man who has a sick sence of humour, although I had to laugh when he danced to his favorite song.
Reservoir Dogs has a great ending as well. If you are the person who can get past the layer of rough language and violence in a film, Reservoir Dogs will keep you watching to the end, then leave you thinking 'That was a good movie...'

Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Michael Madsen

DVD title: Legends of the Fall (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Tristan and Brad: A Coincidence?

Ever since the dawning of "Legends of the Fall", it has never amazed me just how much of Tristan Ludlow was inside Brad Pitt and vica versa. Watching "Legends" was like seeing two sides of a two headed coin. Brilliantly acted by everyone(Pitt, Hopkins, Quinn, Ormond, and Thomas), awesome direction by Edward Zwick (Glory), and unbelieveable cinematography. "Legends" made America take note of Pitt's screen presence and his talents. Never once did Pitt steal a scene from his fellow actors--he stood out on his own. I was very impressed with his style and grace. He was Tristan and Tristan was Brad. Brad can only get better.

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Director: Edward Zwick
Brad Pitt
Anthony Hopkins
Aidan Quinn
Julia Ormond

DVD title: Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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This was one of the best funny movies I have seen in a long time, right up there with some of the classics of comedy.

(by classics, so you know where I'm coming from, I mean Marx Bros, early Woody Allen, Yahoo Serious' "Young Einstein", Frank Zappa's "200 Motels", ...)

Great writing, great performances including lots of improvisation, great directing, great casting, all around top notch.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Adam McKay
Will Ferrell
Christina Applegate
Steve Carell

DVD title: Stephen King's The Stand
Productgroup: DVD
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I have been reading the other reviews

I have spent time reading other reviews from the utterly ridiculous ( is like it was made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints comes to mind.. say something useful next time) to the average: telling who you do and don't like, to some outstanding thoughts on the making of this miniseries.

I didn't read The Stand before I saw the miniseries. In fact for the most part I had given upon Steven King many years before. I know he has a cult following that would be envied by any writer, but after reading "Christine", "Pet Semetary" and "It" I just wasn't A King Fan. I read those because I had read "Carrie" and seen the movie and enjoyed the thought provoking ideas in them. I felt some disappointment in the others. However I will not say it was because he was a bad writer, but more that he wasn't my "cup of tea" so to speak. A co-worker had recommended "The Stand" to me as he said he thought it might be something I might enjoy, with my statements of trying to undeerstand true good ane evil and such. I didn't have alot of respect for this co-worker so I sort of just let it go.
I don't know why I watched the miniseries. I am glad I did. What I had been missing in these other King stories I found in "the Stand". The real joy of finding this novel is that it lead the way to my enjoying a few other of his really fine works, "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile". These to my mind make up stories that you think about long after you see the film images. I have copies of these books, so I glad for a break to find there were indeed stories to my taste.
As to the Miniseries and the mixing of parts, and scene, people. It's my understanding this wasn't huge budget film. They were filming in American Fork, Utah. Not exactly the land of the big spenders :-) just good down home people. So part of what we see, the fact that its in the segments its in and more fleshing out and better graphics is part of the issue. For what I understand they had to work with, I think they did incredibly well. I agree in the general idea that Gary Sinese, Rob Low, The actor's portraying Tom Cullen were incredible. They are the people I picture in the book. Molly Ringwald was not the frannie in the book, but I am wondering now if it had to do more with trying to fit things on the screen and no have someone steal the thunder from the other parts. I don't have the immature need I have seen on this thread of reviews to hate Ms Ringwald. I leave that to others to work out in their little minds. She isn't the Frannie in the book, but I wonder if she is the Frannie Mr King decided to work with to play UNDER not over some of the other amazing characters.
Again the other two I question as not being who they were in the book are again probably what you get when you condense parts and try to make it work on the screen. I love Laura San Giancomo but she is NOT Nadine. I think someone said something about an Andi McDowel and I have to agree with that. However again they mixed two characters and perhaps the class, and cool and goodness of Nadine had to be nixed to try and fit it all in. Having said that, I will admit she WAS Nadine for the most important scene she had. And that was before she was thrown to her death in Las Vegas. She was essentially the Nadine of the book there. The other of course again was Harold. Harold. Where on earth were you going to find a pimply, fat, actor that people would have a love/hate relationship with?? A Pity/dread fear of? So. Harold got a little "watered" down so to speak , but the actor who played him was fine. He did just fine. It just was hard to bring out the feelings that Harold gives you.
Beyond that.. I continue to understand, and mostly because Mr King is still conflicted with the idea: what Makes a Righteous man and what makes a wicked one? The answer is so simple, but one that people still don't want to hear. The righteous man is the one repenting.

However "The Stand" is a great story and a great read. And the story is highly watchable. Enjoy!

Studio: Republic Studios
Director: Mick Garris
Gary Sinise
Molly Ringwald

DVD title: Tae-Bo Live
Productgroup: DVD
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This is a dynamic workout

I am so motivated every day to do Taebo, that my husband is wondering where the old, comfy couch potato of a year ago has gone. This DVD set is so much more affordable than the gyms in my area, and the workouts really do work the different muscle groups in a way that is very do-able. I think Billy Blanks comes across as a REAL instructor... not just a video head man. It's nice to see his interaction with his daughter Shelley as well, even their simple glances. These two are a team!
In three months, I have lost 22 lbs and gotten my stomach back from the c-section delivery I experienced almost a year ago. Thank you, Billy and Shelley!

Studio: Ventura Distribution
Billy Blanks

DVD title: Cromwell
Productgroup: DVD
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The historical epic,"Cromwell",magnificiantly depicts the turbulent era in British history in which Great Britiain was involved in its own bloody civil war. A religious as well as political war, "Cromwell" brilliantly depicts the two central figures, the doomed monarch Charles I and the passionately reverent Cromwell with pathos and accuracy. A "must" for every Anglophile and history lover.

Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Director: Ken Hughes

DVD title: Catch Me If You Can (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Leonardo's best work since Titanic

I LOVED this movie! Not only is Leonardo a total babe, but he is a great actor. He was very believeble in all of the movie, with the exception of a scene where he is supposed to be 12, but I am willing to overlook that for all of the great acting that was going on. This film really made me want to find more out about the real person he was portraying. Really interesting, and a must-have DVD.

Studio: Umvd/Dreamworks
Director: Steven Spielberg
Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hanks
Christopher Walken

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