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The Rules of the Game (Criterion Collection)
The Rules of the Game (Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Marcel Dalio
Offered by MusicMoviesAndMore
Price: CDN$ 39.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 23.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Great DVD, April 10 2004
Don't listen to the people who badmouth this film. The context of the time and place have to be taken into account. But even so, it is not an irrelevant or dated film. The camerawork and choreography of the action are still impressive.
The transfer is good and the supplements are extensive. Criterions are expensive because of their limited audience and the amount of work they put into them. Rules of the Game won't be selling Bad Boys II numbers. For the film buff this DVD is worth the price.

Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India (Widescreen)
Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Aamir Khan
4 used & new from CDN$ 24.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Rousing Film, Feb. 24 2002
Okay, I won't go into the plot, since I'm sure it has been posted here many times, but I will review the film and DVD.
The story is simple, but enjoyable. The performances, especially of Aamir Khan and Paul Blackthorne are excellent. Aamir Khan, who is the producer of the film, is good at acting as a simple villager and Blackthorne is just a hair shy of being a cartoonish villain. There are many emotional points in the film and while you may think you know the outcome of the film, Ashutosh Gowariker's script and direction often make you question your prediction. And of course, A.R. Rahman's music is excellent. Well shot, well acted, well written and directed, Lagaan is worth your time.
Now, onto the DVD.
Lagaan is almost four hours long. Unfortunately, Columbia has chosen to squeeze the whole thing, plus about 10 minutes of cut footage, onto one dual layered disc. There are some compression artifacts, such as pixxelation, as a result. Some digital noise reduction has been added, which results in the image blurring when the camera moves (and the camera moves often) or when there is fast movement. I saw green flashes during some of the splices, and the print, at the beginning, has a few dirt and lagging hair problems. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is very powerful, rendering the dialogue and music well. About 10 minutes worth of a deleted scene have been included, and it is easy to see why it was cut. Select filmographies round out the disc.
My verdict? I loved this film. No, it isn't the most complex story, but it touched me without resorting to corniness or oversentimentality. The DVD is much better than other Hindi DVDs. Recommended.

Dc Cab [Import]
Dc Cab [Import]
VHS

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Fun, Dec 28 2001
This review is from: Dc Cab [Import] (VHS Tape)
"D.C. Cab" may not be high art, but it is cheesy fun. Does the plot really matter here? Nah. The cover makes it look as if Mr. T is the star of the film, but he's not featured in the film that much, though he is entertaining when he is onscreen. Also, watch for Gary Busey, Bill Maher, Marsha Warfield, and I believe that's director Joel Schumacher in the joke after the end credits. Hey, there are worse movies you could watch.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Widescreen)
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Grant Cramer
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 5.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie, Great DVD, Dec 24 2001
"Killer Klowns from Outer Space." Need I say more? This is a fun, tongue-in-cheek horror/comedy. There aren't any overt jokes, but the humor is situational. A cult classic that is a lot of fun.
On to the DVD.
MGM went all out for this one!
There are 5 featurettes:
-The Making of the Film
-Behind the Scenes/On the Set
-Komposing The Score
-Visual Effects
-Chiodo Brothers' Earliest Films
2 deleted scenes with optional commentary
Bloopers (Not that funny really)
Storyboard Gallery (somewhat extensive, but you can't click on an individual storyboard for a closer look)
Extensive galleries with conceptual art, some poster art.
Finally, the commentary with Stephen, Edward, and Charles Chiodo is very informative.
At this price, it is a steal!

Electric Pocket Radio
Electric Pocket Radio
Offered by @ ALLBRIGHT SALES @
Price: CDN$ 43.99
8 used & new from CDN$ 6.63

4.0 out of 5 stars It Grows On You, Dec 14 2001
This review is from: Electric Pocket Radio (Audio CD)
Moses Leroy's "Electric Pocket Radio" may sound odd at first, but it grows on you. I like his diversity. He pulls off different styles of music marvelously. Each song is very entertaining. This album is a lot of fun to listen to.

Pearl Harbor: 60th Anniversary Commemorative Gift Edition (Widescreen) [3 Discs]
Pearl Harbor: 60th Anniversary Commemorative Gift Edition (Widescreen) [3 Discs]
DVD ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 91.14
9 used & new from CDN$ 26.91

1.0 out of 5 stars Sad, Sad, Sad, Dec 8 2001
This is a popcorn war film. And that is not a good thing. Popcorn war films should not be made about real events. Satire is a different thing. Pearl Harbor reduces that fateful day to a silly, hammy, terribly-written love triangle and a video game-like attack sequence. You can't really care about the characters. Who are the [people] that gave a film about such an important event to Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer? You should be horrified by violence in a war film. You aren't supposed to say "Wow, that's some [amazing] graphics and surround sound!"
Leave war films to the grown ups, Bay and Bruckheimer.

The Brothers McMullen
The Brothers McMullen
DVD ~ Jack Mulcahy
Price: CDN$ 11.71
47 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars What Can I Say?, April 23 2001
This review is from: The Brothers McMullen (DVD)
The people who criticise the film for not having a plot or storyline miss the point of this film. We watch the Brothers McMullen struggle with morality and love. It is nice to see a film that deals with love and sex on a deeper level than just love and sex. Edward Burns has a great ear for dialogue, keeping the dialogue real-sounding and never stilted. It's too bad that as a filmmaker, he has not reprised the artistic success he had with this film.

Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
by Robert Rodriguez
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.72
47 used & new from CDN$ 4.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Filmmaking, March 19 2001
"Rebel Without a Crew" is hands down the best book on filmmaking I've ever read. Rodriguez was the only crew member on "El Mariachi" (hence the title of the book). This is an inspiring tale of how a guy from Austin made a movie with little money, a borrowed camera, and "90% perspiration, 10% inspiration." Any aspiring filmmaker who is depressed about their prospects should read this. And get the "El Mariachi/Desperado" double feature DVD. They both feature commentaries by Rodriguez.

East Is East (Widescreen)
East Is East (Widescreen)
DVD ~ DVD
Offered by DealsAreUs
Price: CDN$ 69.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 DVD is Better, Oct. 8 2000
This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)
"East is East" is a great film on the tensions that interracial families often face. Often, the children will prefer one parent's culture over the other's, and the latter is hurt. This is a funny, yet bittersweet picture that everyone should see. (Note: You need a little background in Islamic culture before you see this. For example, the bride and groom in the arranged marriage are not allowed to see each other until the day of matrimony.)
Now, on to the DVD. The video and audio quality are very good. However, the supplemental area leaves a lot to be desired. The region 2 disc has many extras, including a director's commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, and TV spots. Buena Vista only put a theatrical trailer on the region 1 disc. Since this was such a good film and was a huge hit in its native Britain, they should have included at least some interviews.
My advice: See this film! It is excellent. If you have a player capable of playing all regions, get the region 2 version of "East is East" for its supplements.

Police Squad  Help Wanted
Police Squad Help Wanted
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Underappreciated and Short Lived, Aug. 12 2000
"Police Squad" was made by the famous Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker trio that made "Airplane!" and "Kentucky Fried Movie." They later made "Police Squad" into the "Naked Gun" films. Unfortunately, only about 6 episodes ran. See, you have to pay attention to the screen in order to enjoy this, and TV is more of a passive medium. Many of the sight gags are lost on an audience that isn't paying much attention to what is going on.
Fortunately, "Police Squad" has become more popular due to the success of the Naked Gun trilogy and occasional airings on Comedy Central.
The laughs start from the opening credits. I'm not going to give anything away, but I can assure you that the opening (and closing) credits are hilarious.

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