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DVD title: Zoids - The Battle Begins (Vol. 1)
Productgroup: DVD
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zoids rule the galaxy!

It absoulutley rules.if you had it and watched it youll become a quick fan.cause you cant resist zoids.see yasusip.s:oh, and if its to much to ask for, for those zoid publishers ild like a character like me in there.this is a description of me:my names:susi mayerage:13colour hair:dark browncolour eyes:dark brownattitude:careing,loving,kind hearted.i where glasses too.nice purple/pink outline, oval shape.colour skin:olive(medium brown like moonbay)i wear a 'flikflak watch'.made in swissland.thanksp.s.s:and i know this is too much to ask for but PLEASE OH PLEASE make a new character like the description above.and if you do make my wish come true please send me a messege.and mabe ill be able to play that role of the character. :>my post address is:po box 305 Australia, QLD, gold coast, labrador,4215.or just give me a ring at:0411517288.thank younice speaking with youp.s.s.s:my friends are getting bored with the old and not so old characters.(i have 28 friends)sincerely yourssusi mayer

Studio: Ventura Distribution

DVD title: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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With these words begins the greatest movie ever made. Period. As a rule, not many movies stand the test of time well, more often than not you can see a movie as a child and see it again as an adult and wonder what you liked about it,this is the exception to that rule. I was only 10 when I had the privilege of seeing this masterpiece when it was released in 1977 and have been a fan ever since. And in 1997 I saw the re-release of it and I got to be 10 again for 2hrs and 15 minutes. I was just as awe struck by it as ever! No other movie has ever had that effect on me, and I don't think any ever will (except for its sequels.) This movie is a true experience on every level, the acting, the f/x and story are brilliant. It is hard to imagine any one not having seen it, but if you haven't and want to experience a true cinematic masterpiece, skip "Titanic" and all other recent movies and head straight for this! You will understand the hype and why it is beyond a movie and is a true legend among movies. May the Force be with you, always.

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
Harrison Ford

DVD title: Versus (Special Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Unpredictable fun!

This movie was one of the best I've seen in a long time...A bland mix of unlikely comedy, martial arts, yakuza-esque gangsters, gore and zombies...Great acting, fighting sequences, and a great story line with alot of unpredictable moments that seem to pop out of nowhere..Great characters...great cast!A must have!

Studio: Media Blasters, Inc
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

DVD title: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Even better than theater release--Extended best choice!

I forgave much of the necessary artiistic licence of the director because P.Jackson delivered magnificently in the major scenes and cleverly combined original elements that though "invented" maintained many essentials of the original narrative. The extended DVD(though still not a literal translation of the book) contains many of the moments and subtleties that I so wanted to see in the theater. Though still a compromise relative to the book the additional detail of the extended version adds much more to the story than the extra 20 minutes of footage implies (some additions in places amount to 1/2 to 15 seconds of footage within a scene, yet they contribute much greater depth to the story). The commentaries provided are fun, fascinating and quite welcome to the acting/filmaking enthusiast. The production-side documentaries and reports are a huge treat--sets, props, costumes, makeup and the insight into everyones dedication show clearly the huge commitment made by the crew and their concern in staying true to the source material as much as possible whilst also translating practically the tale from written word to film faithfully.There's nothing really wrong with the theater release, but for home viewing even on a small screen the extended version is simply better and more engaging.I couldn't help but buy the standard version of The Two Towers--tired of waiting--but I have just ordered the extended version of it as based on my experience with FOTR Extd. I know TTT Extended will also be superior to the theater release (and with TTT it ought to be--the editing was a bit choppy).The extended version is a great value if you want all the extras it provides, and even if you don't, the additional footage is an improvement on the original release and thus worth it.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Director: Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen

DVD title: The Mighty
Productgroup: DVD
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The Mighty

"The Mighty" was a very good movie that could make you laugh and cry at the same time. It makes you realize how to make and grow your relationship with your friends. The friendship between Max and Freak makes us realize that both of them would go to any length to help each other. We gave it 5 stars to show that the directors and the actors did a really good job at showing how a friendship should turn out. A good example of what a friendship should turn out be is when the boys, the bullies who picked on Max and Freak, put Loretta's purse down the sewer. Max and Freak went to get Loretta's purse out of the sewer and had returned it back to her. In the event of them retrieving the purse the bullies had shown up and had threatened to hurt Max and Freak, but both of them worked together to scare off the bullies. This was our favorite movie because even though it seemed they don't like each other they continue to grow in their friendship.

Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Chelsom
Elden Henson
Kieran Culkin
Sharon Stone

DVD title: Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus / Bonynge, Cox, Ashton, Royal Opera
Productgroup: DVD
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A shower of bravas for La Stupenda

The retirement party to end all retirement parties. The applause and bravas just wouldn't stop for La Stupenda, the reigning diva of her time. I find myself teary eyed as I write this review. All the superlatives I can think of have been lavished on Dame Joan, but she remain not only Prima Donna Assoluta (only one in the world at a time), a very nice person, very humble. She sings with Pavorotti, the Traviata duet in the first act. And she sounded surprisingly lovely for well over 60, and looks fabulous too.
You can tell by the video just how much Pavorotti adores her. For him and Horne to come to this gathering and not be paid for, alone, is remarkable. We all know how much Pavorotti an Horne charges LOL. But they wanted to pay tribute to their Joan, and I can see why. Many great artist get rave reviews from critics, but Dame Joan Sutherland gets rave reviews from other great singers. This is what Pavorotti said about Joan in the video "La Stupenda".."Joan Sutherland is certainly the greatest singer of this century, she is a great artist, Australian, and artistic." The great director Franco Zefferelli said of Joan..." "She was the phenomenal singer of our time...she was stunning, sensational". Te Kanewa said of Joan.."No one did it as well as Joan...glorious voice". And Marilyn Horne said that Joan's 1961 Lucia was " great, great singing", something you tell your grand children about.."that "of all of her colleagues, no one has meant as much to her as Joan". Know why she is so beloved by other singers who could have been her rivals, but they're not. We're talking about Pavorotti, Horne, Te Kanewa, and Zefferelli, all of them legends.
Other legendary singers are also said to think the world of our diva. Tebaldi wrote in her book about the amazing coloratura ability of Joan. Plus Tebaldi is also a good friend of her's. Domingo was quoted as being in awe of the diva's dazzling coloratura, and his singing Edgardo to her Lucia early in his career was one of the best learning experience of his life. Caballe is another great admirer, such so that she sang Adagisa to her Norma, a humbling feat that I still couldn't believe. then there's Anna Moffo, great Lucia herself who after hearing the diva in a Met rehearsel, lavish her with phrases, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, ask her director husband to hire Sutherland for the legendary Don Giovanni with Giulini...also Schwarzkopf, a friend of Maria Callas, was quoted as saying that in the rehearsal for Sutherland's 1959 Lucia for Covent garden, that Callas jaws dropped in disbelieve when she heard Sutherland, then there's Birgit Nilsson, George London who got her her met audition which she amazingly failed in 1958, singing Caro Nome in english, Simionato, Alfredo Kraus, Robert Merrill, who raves about her by the way. I can go on and on, but you get the point. The greatest singers in the world all bow to her because of her fantastic voice. And the great Bruno Walters came out of retirement to conduct Don Giovanni with Sutherland as Donna Anna because he thought she was the best Donna Anna he's ever heard.
Of course she had critics too. Callas said Sutherland turned her standards for bel canto that she had so painfully set at least a hundred years, and Callas is a formitable force indeed. Others find La Stupenda's voice beyond criticism and choose to attack her diction and theatrical attributes instead. All jealousy, in my opionion.
But the years took a lot of toll on the Sutherland voice. By the time of this recording only half a voice is left. But still not bad. But from the late fifties to the late seventies she had a gorgeous voice that was incomparable, with high notes that got bigger and bigger as the notes get higher and higher..the high notes actually blossoms. And she had that precise trill, that staccato, perhaps the fastest one I know, the fioratura that resemble pearls in a pearl necklace, so precise and defined it was. Even Callas was second to her in the coloratura area. And La Stupenda's ability to sing beautifully night after night turning in bravura performances without a single flaw is unique.
Sorry that I go on and on. But to have heard her in person, it was my priviledge. She remains a diva who knows who she is, and her place in the history of opera, she knows she is a glorious singer, but she doesn't show it. Her farewell operatic role was the Queen in La Huguenots. NOT because it's a showpiece for her, all her great scenes are in act 1, then she disappears for almost 2 hours, but because it'll show off the talents of other singers from her Australian Opera house. That's how humble she is.
Again, a stupendous farewell for Dame Joan Sutherland...she already has a unique place in the history of opera as the Queen of Bel Canto, and within our lifetime we will likely not hear anything like her again. Bravissima, diva.

Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Humphrey Burton

DVD title: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Productgroup: DVD
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Candy girl

If you are a fan of old fifties quasi sci-fi monster movies then this will be right up your alley. It was made in the same vein as the blob with the same antagonists. However you may notice that Officer Mooney (John Vernon) is still playing "Animal House" (1978.)

The theory that this may be the source of people being spooked by clowns is plausible after watching this movie.

Finally a movie where the popcorn sticks to your ribs, and what ever. The cotton candy has a 50's spin to it. And this movie will clown around with your mind. You won't be disappointed. See Suzanne Snyder (Debbie Stone) again in "Weird Science" (1985).

The DVD is loaded with the standard goodies. Thirteen year later the directors discus the original intent and some unique problems. There are out takes. And may other pieces of information to make viewing the movie fun.

Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Director: Stephen Chiodo

DVD title: River of No Return
Productgroup: DVD
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Marilyn Monroe and the Canadian Rockies!

.While this is certainly far from Marilyn Monroe's best performance, it is nonetheless an interesting film to watch.
Amazingly, the somewhat artificial beauty of Marilyn Monroe shown floating on a raft down the "river of no return" with a backdrop of the Canadian Rockies can capture one's imagination and make you forget what a truly awful film this is.
Marilyn steals your attention in every scene, and the sheer beauty of her presence more than makes up for the ridiculousness of the plot.
MM sings a couple of numbers in her dance-hall girl phase of the film, most notably, "I'm Gonna File My Claim", about a gold-digger during the gold rush days.
Any Marilyn fan would have to see this movie just for Marilyn's sake. Anyone else can probably skip it.
MMMmmmarvelous Marilyn!

Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Robert Mitchum
Marilyn Monroe

DVD title: Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Fourth Season
Productgroup: DVD
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Episode Guide

1. Boob Job: Debra is upset because of Ray's reaction to her friends new and improved boob job.

2. The Can Opener: The whole family takes sides when Ray and Debra fight over a can opener.

3. You Bet: Ray discovers that Frank's new interset in him when he's betting the info Ray's giving him

4. Sex Talk: Ray and Debra's sex life isn't what it used to be. So they talk to Ray's parents about it.

5. The Will: Ray and Debra are trying to figure out who would be the best gurdian for the kids if something happend to them.

6. The Sister: Debra's sister visits. Debra is upset.

7. Cousin Gerard: Ray hires his annoying cousin Gerard to be his assistant.

8. Debra's Workout: Debra does a workout.

9. No thanks: After how well the Barones get along together on Thanksgiving, Debra tries to get to make friends with Marie.

10. Left Back: Ray and Debra have to hold Michael back another year in pre-school. Then Ray is shocked when he hears he was held back at that age.

11. The Christmas Picture: Ray decides to get a portrate done of the family for his parents. They love the idea until Debra's parents show up to be in it.

12. What's up with Robert: Amy thinks Robert is gay.

13. Bully on the Bus: Ray and Debra have a problem with Ally because she is bullying a younger kid on the bus.

14. Prodigal son: Everybody gets on Ray's nerves because he doesn't go to Church on Sunday. Frank starts to go so then Raymond does. He knows why Frank goes. Here's a hint, It's not the sermon.

15. Robert's Rodeo: Ray starts to feel guilty when he cancels his plans with Robert. Robert goes to a Rodeo.

16. The tenth anniversary. It is Ray and Debra's tenth anniversary and they argue when they fing out Ray taped over it with the 1991 Super Bowl.

17. Hackidu: Ally gives away a "Scramisaur" card that is worth a lot of MONEY.

18. Debra make something Good:Debra shocks everybody when she finally makes a dish that good.

19. Marie and Franks new Friends: Ray and Debra try to get Frank and Marie new friends. The plan backfires so when they have friends over Frank and Marie come over with theri friends.

20. Alone time: Ray doesn't understand why Debra want her "Alone Time"

21. Someone's Cranky: Still healing from running in with a bull, Robert drives everyone crazy.

22. Bad Moon Rising: Ray tries to stop Debra's moods.

23. Confronting the Attacker: After starting work again. Robert quots.

24.Robert's Divorce: Robert run's into his ex wife.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Ray Romano

DVD title: A Beautiful Mind (Full Screen Awards Edition)
Productgroup: DVD
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Brilliance Triumphs over Illness

Ron Howard's interpretation of the life of John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Prize winning economist and mathematician, based on the biogragphy of the same name, is fantastically enthralling as it acts as a kaleidoscope into a mind so abstractly imaginative it lost its grip on reality. Without spoiling Howard's approach to achieving the audience's appreciation of paranoid schizophreneia, I will say that he manages this with great success, so much so that the audience midway through the film questions his own understanding of what is real and unreal. All the performances are commendable--Crowe's gentlemanly West Virginian speech patterns and exquisite hand gestures remind us of how different such great minds are--whether or not they actually are the hallmarks of Dr. Nash are irrelevant; they add dimension to the personality Crowe perceives in his own mind. I don't think I've seen Jennifer Connelly perform this well since I first saw her in "Once Upon a Time in America--her integrity in this shines through with a rare radiance. Ed Harris is particularly threatening as the G-man who elicits Dr. Nash's expertise in looking for and cracking codes in 50s mainstream publications. Fantastic casting!The musical score is wonderfully appropriate--intricate, haunting, triumphant with an odd little edge--hopefully a sure thing for an Oscar like many of the other components of this film.Do go and see this film, not because it accurately portrays the life of Dr. Nash--it is a film after all--an entertainment that is also a work of art with its own theme and purpose in its own right--if biographial accuracy is what you want read the book--see it because Dr. Nash's accomplishment is simply astonishing and should be shared and applauded.

Studio: Universal Studios
Director: Ron Howard
Russell Crowe
Ed Harris

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