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Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition)
Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition)
DVD ~ Lori Cardille
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 51.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Want Zombies? Need Romero., Nov. 22 2003
They walk, they moan, they bite chunks of meat off of living human beings- What's not to love about zombies? George Romero seems to adore them because this is his third installment of the "Dead" series and possibly his best. I have to admit that I got downright giddy when I heard this movie was being released on DVD. Not only did I get to see the unrated version of the film in Widescreen format, but I also got a wealth of DVD extras. Although many are critical of Romero for setting this movie underground, I find it more than fitting. While the Dead have left their graves to frolic in the sun, the living are forced to fill them to fight amongst each other. In one corner, Romero places a band of wigged out Army goons. In the other corner, a handful of mad scientist research nerds patiently await the sound of the bell. When the bell finally rings, both groups come out swinging only to blow the ceiling off their underground refuge. The open ceiling invites a sea of hungry zombies to feast off their innards, fingers, eyeballs, gizzards, and other icky oogy body parts. It's really quite disgusting, but I have to admit that I love it.
Once you finish watching the movie, you can dive into the extras. Both commentaries are worth a listen. I highly recommend the Behind the Scenes footage of Tom Savini and his army of Special Make-up Effects Artists. Having never been a fan of digital special effects, it's good to learn how they did it in the good ole days.
P.S. I do not recommend the eating of naturally-cased frankfurters while watching this film.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Widescreen) [Import]
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Matthew Broderick
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Price: CDN$ 51.07
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4.0 out of 5 stars I don't agree with the Amazon Editorial, Nov. 10 2003
There are certain films that become timeless classics. Hughes put out two of them in the eightees and this is one of them. (The other being Sixteen Candles). I hope Amazon doesn't take offense, but I bought this at a department store over the weekend. A young bespectacled cashier, who couldn't have been a day over 16, remarked that Ferris was his all time favorite movie. Yes, your kids probably won't like this movie, but your teenagers will.....and you will too.
There is just one Special Feature on this film and it is the director's commentary. At times, Hughes delivers some interesting history behind his directorial decisions, but at other times he merely narrates the plot. Too bad the folks at Paramount didn't add a cast member to the commentary. Even without the cast member, fans of Ferris will still enjoy the story behind Cameron's fake voice.

Bullet (Widescreen) [Import]
Bullet (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Mickey Rourke
Offered by Rarewaves-US
Price: CDN$ 12.74
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Cookie Cutter Action Flick, July 26 2003
This review is from: Bullet (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)
This is a straight to video classic that I rented several years ago. It's good to rediscover it on DVD. If you're not a big fan of Hip Hop, don't let Tupac's presence in the film scare you off. There's plenty of dark humor and macho fight scenes to appeal to a broader demographic than just rap enthusiasts. Most of the dark humor is supplied by Ted Levine who portrays one of film's craziest Vietnam War veterans since Robert Deniro's Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. Fans of Silence of the Lambs will remember Ted Levine's performance as that loveable genital tucking women suit making serial killer who was always making people rub the lotion on the skin. Ted is equally crazy in this film and will have you laughing at his lunacy. When you throw in a midget, a character named Franky Eyelashes, and some great Barry White tunes, you got yourself a great original guy flick to watch with your buddies. The DVD is lean on extras but includes wide/full screen and unrated/rated R versions of the film. There are some behind the scenes interviews with Mickey Rourke, Tupac, and recent oscar winner Adrien Brody.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Widescreen) [Import]
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Marilyn Burns
5 used & new from CDN$ 16.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificently Macabre, July 7 2003
Once upon a time in the genre of horror, the audience actually rooted for the victims and wished a most unsavory death on the villians. Nowadays the reverse seems to be the trend making horror more of a graphic gross out fest rather than an honest attempt to strike the fear into bowels of the audience. This movie is definitely aimed at doing the latter. What the movie lacks in hacked off limbs, exploding eyeballs, and blood soaked entrails, it more than makes up with crazy demented villains, grotesque scenery, and eerie overall feel of the cinematography. By paying more attention to the characters than to the special effects, the makers of this film successfully force the audience to fear for the victims' lives and to hate the murderers. That being said, it is difficult to down a steak dinner after watching the film and if you don't have a dark sense of humor, you won't appreciate some of the sick attempts at making a funny.
The extras on the DVD are good. The actor who played Leatherface, the Director, and Cinematographer offer commentary over the film. The commentary was interesting at times but often annoying. The Leatherface actor makes some ugly remarks about one of his co-stars and admits to intentionally cutting an actress during the filming of the movie. He seems quite cavalier about the incident and makes you wonder about his sanity. Other extras include some...bloopers and deleted scenes. I've seen better transfers from Film to DVD but this transfer is decent all things considered.

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