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Boogie Nights (Widescreen)
Boogie Nights (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Mark Wahlberg
Offered by niff78
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the arrival of a truly great director, June 10 2004
This review is from: Boogie Nights (Widescreen) (DVD)
although Hard Eight was the first time people may of heard of Paul Thomas Anderson (and a really great movie also) Boggie Nights was the film that truly marked the arrival of great director..for my money this movie is a well made and ENTERTAINING (something many film makers forget about) as almost any films to come out in the last 10-15 years. great story arc..well written script..authentic feel, without trying too hard for that 70's cheesiness it just seems natural..and just flat out stellar performances from a huge cast...too me while not on the same level it has the same sweeping through the gutter, rags to riches to rags feel as Goodfellas..and like that movie gives realness and depth to a group of people who live outside of the world the rest of us live in..but are still effected by it...P.T. Anderson with his next movies Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love cemented his place as one the great directors in hollywood...check out Boogie Nights to see where it started

High Fidelity
High Fidelity
DVD ~ John Cusack
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too Close To Home, June 10 2004
This review is from: High Fidelity (DVD)
this movie nailed it on the head, well for me anyway..from being obsessed with making mix tapes..to not knowing where your life is heading..to troubled realtionships and the struggles that come from it..i think i might be Rob Gordon..which i dont know is a good or bad thing..but i do know i love this movie..
if your a music fan or have spent any time scouring used record shops while your wife or girlfriend is at home pissed because there is no room for anymore records. then you will love and relate to this move...its a true to life love story.. a story of trying to figure out where you screwed up in life..and a very funny comedy.

Almost Famous: Untitled (The Bootleg Cut) (3-Disc Director's Edition)
Almost Famous: Untitled (The Bootleg Cut) (3-Disc Director's Edition)
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll Fantasy, June 10 2004
although a based on a true story, Almost Famous plays like every 16 year olds rock and roll fantasy. i love this movie.
i cant vouch for its authenticity but you want to believe its all true...who wouldnt want to run away with a rock band..live among the stars and fall in love with Penny Lane..even for a short time..the movie shows the ups and downs of a touring band trying to make it big..in the still some-what innocent times of the 1970's. humor, tears, and hey even a happy ending..just a great movie for anyone who loves music..the dvd has great extras too the deleted scene with "air-drumming" to stairway to heaven is absolutely hysterical.

Carlito's Way (Collector's Edition) [Import]
Carlito's Way (Collector's Edition) [Import]
DVD ~ Al Pacino
Offered by Warehouse105
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pacino and Penn give great performances, June 10 2004
almost a sequal to scarface..Carlito Brigante is Tony Montana after doing 15 yrs and having a change of heart...I cant beleive there wasnt some thinking on those lines from the actor and director of both movies...Sean Penn nearly steals this movie as David Kleinfeld Carlitos lawyer is more crooked than the crooks he defends..and Luis Guzmán as Pachanga shows why hes one of the best character actors working today...

Donnie Brasco (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
Donnie Brasco (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Al Pacino
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, June 10 2004
Al Pacino learns what its like to be Fredo Corleone in this movie..being stepped on, stepped over, getting no respect, and finally getting killed by people he trusted...he plays a loser trying keep his head above water with great conviction. Johnny Depp holds his own on the screen and gives another great performance as well..

Miller's Crossing
Miller's Crossing
DVD ~ Gabriel Byrne
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coen Brothers Best, June 10 2004
This review is from: Miller's Crossing (DVD)
Fluid, Dreamlike but with its feet firmly in the gutter.
Ive always felt this was the Coen brothers best film, the script is quirky, funny, savage, and flows perfectly the cast gives amazing performances, and the films look is unique but classic, timeless.
it has everything in it that makes the Coen brothers such wonderful film makers.

Goodfellas
Goodfellas
DVD ~ Robert De Niro
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great film, June 10 2004
This review is from: Goodfellas (DVD)
A real life look inside the lives of true gangsters..an almost flawless movie. i dont think there is one wasted second in the whole film. Im looking forward to the deluxe edition coming out soon..no more flipping the disc..its a shame this didnt win for best picture..and Mr Scorsese for best director

The Godfather DVD Collection (5 Discs)
The Godfather DVD Collection (5 Discs)
DVD ~ Marlon Brando
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, June 10 2004
A timeless piece of work. film making at its best. Not much more can be said about these films that already hasnt been.
Although i think part 3 while not in the same league as 1 & 2 is not as bad as people say it is..it can hold its own against many films out there..its just that its in the shadows of true masterpieces. the dvd package itself is great..lots of extras..id love even more.

The Monster Legacy DVD Gift Set
The Monster Legacy DVD Gift Set
DVD ~ Boris Karloff
Offered by Canadiana
Price: CDN$ 189.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection, May 26 2004
Whine Whine Whine ....the dvd's i recieved were in perfect condition..people love to find something to complain about.(like most reviewers here)..this is a great box set..great packaging..one of the best designed dvd cases ive seen..and the minatures are fabulous.
the movies themselves are the star..no need to get into them
we have all seen and love them and they are presented wonderfully...will make most movie fans smile

The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles Anthology
DVD ~ The Beatles
Price: CDN$ 106.49
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Even Better, May 26 2004
This review is from: The Beatles Anthology (DVD)
although its very well made and i did enjoy it, i feel like so much was skipped over..lots of details about the Beatles and their lives..many things were left out..
-talking about early member Stu Sutcliffes death
-more insight into Brian Epstiens vision when he became manager
-dealing with the Beatles in their times and thier relationships with contemporaries (the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys etc.)
Mick Jagger appears many times throughout the documentary but no mention ever about the 2 bands rivalries which is a compelling part of the story
-little talk of the musical progression from the early years through the more complex ablums and how the band got there
-absolutley no mention of their relationships with their wives girlfreinds etc. til disc 8 when they couldnt avoid the "Yoko situation"
-very little talk of thier song writing progress, weve all heard the songs a million times and loved them..but over 8 dvds some stories about the inspiration for songs or how they came about would have been great..(there are a few, Dear Prudence, Hey Jude..but far too few)
-the recording process, no talk of the mess the let it be sessions were and how Phil Spector came in and cleaned things up so to speak
-failure to discuss the fact that Let It Be was released after Abbey Road
-the breakup, the solos albums, etc..all very much glossed over
overall if your a fan id recommend the Anthology, the perforance and news reel footage is great, but it seems like the "story" of the Beatles and their lives is a bit watered down and could have been delved into even more
for my money still the best documentary ive seen on the beatles is The Complete Beatles..about 6 hours shorter but for some reason i didnt get much more out of the 81/2 hr Anthology than i did from the Complete Beatles documentary
it just seemed because the beatles were the producers some things were skipped over, some things were left out.

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