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    1. Surviving Picasso
    Director: James Ivory
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    After their brilliant collaborations on Howards End and The Remains of the Day, director James Ivory and Anthony Hopkins reunited (along with producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala) for this controversial film about the life and loves of the great artist Pablo Picasso. Hopkins is outstanding in the title role, portraying Picasso as a brilliant, manipulative egotist who used his power over women to fuel his artistic impulse and voracious sexual appetite.

    But Surviving Picasso is not intended to be a screen biography and, as many critics noted in mixed reviews, this 1996 film fails to provide any substantial insight into Picasso's complex personality. It's more about Françoise Gilot (Natascha McElhone), the aspiring artist who was one of the few women to "survive" Picasso's love and emerge as a stronger, more confident person with a life of her own outside of Picasso's often destructive sphere of influence. McElhone is impressive in this breakthrough role, conveying the seductive effect Picasso had on women, but also holding her own against the artist's unpredictable temperament.

    Surviving Picasso was based on the unflattering book Picasso: Creator and Destroyer by Arianna Huffington, so the Merchant-Ivory team did not have the cooperation of Picasso's estate. The result is a film that shifts its focus away from the artist and onto his positive and negative effect on those who entered his inner circle. It's a fascinating portrait of a fascinating man and his equally passionate lovers, fueled by excellent performances. Even though you know you're not getting the whole story of Picasso's best and worst behavior, the movie grabs and holds your attention. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Enduring Picasso
    I find Anthony Hopkins to be a master at becoming whatever he intends to create. He was just as believable as President Nixon in "Nixon", as he was a madman in "Silence Of The Lambs". Here again, he does not dissapoint me. The movie is dark, and I would tend not to agree with the accuracy of the historical aspects of the film, but I did find Hopkins to be a compelling Picasso. And, yes once again, I found myself watching Pablo Picasso. I enjoy biographies of painters and creative souls, and I would be hard pressed to find a biography that is uplifting and has a happy ending. I found the same in "Surviving Picasso". It is a little long in the tooth, but I found the cinematography to be beautiful and again, Sir Anthony Hopkins' performance is beautiful. I would reccomend this for any Hopkins lover.

    3-0 out of 5 stars No me gusta all that mucho
    While Anthony Hopkins is a good actor, you know, he's really not like Lon Chaney, Man of a Thousand Faces. By which I mean, there's a limit to his versatility, and "Surviving Picasso" is a case in point. I really didn't believe him as the Spaniard painter. He sort of reminded me of Otto Preminger's Mr. Freeze from Batman rather than the most famous painter of the 20th century. Try it for yourself to see if you survive to the end; I almost didn't.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is there anybody better than Anthony?
    If you love Anthony Hopkins and you love stories based on real (and very interesting) people, you will love this movie. Its a movie with a story of a man that has it all and wants more, he loves hard and paints beautifully, and Anthony Hopkins pulls it off beautifully playing Picasso. I was amazed at his ability to be romantic and seductive one moment, playful the next, and suddenly turn to a madman. It was beautiful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars MOSTLY A GREAT ARTIST
    It's a common fact that great artists often make poor human beings, unable to connect with real life in a decent way.It was certainly the case with PABLO PICASSO and we knew that before this movie was made.The film seems to say that he only loved women for the sake of his art.Being SPANISH, he was a latin man with a deep inclinaison towards his own ego.His control over the people he knew really destroy them in many ways.While it is a work of fiction, the performances keeps it interesting ,even if we don't have to take it all too seriously.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
    I've watched this movie many times because I'm fascinated by the man, especially hoping to get a better understanding of what his life was like. The more I learn about him though, the more this movie is so one dimensional and inaccurate. It was based on the harshest biography of Picasso which is unfortunate because it gives a false impression of what he was really like. I would still buy it because the scenes are filled with his studios and artwork, however it would have been one of my all-time faves if it focused more on his work and his passion. ... Read more

    2. Digimon Digital Monsters, Volume 3 - Beware the Black Gears
    Director: Hiroyuki Kakudo, Hiroki Shibata, Naoki Miyahara, Minoru Hosoda, Harume Kosaka, Tetsuo Imazawa, Takao Yoshizawa, Tetsuharu Nakamura, Keiji Hayakawa, Takahiro Imamura, Takenori Kawada
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    This third installment of Digimon finds the seven lost campers and their Digimon on an unfamiliar island. In "Ikkakumon's Harpoon Torpedo," Joe climbs Infinity Mountain to get a better look at the group's surroundings, and encounters flying black gears that turn normally friendly digital monsters into combative foes. Luckily, the group follows him, and Gomamon digivolves into Ikkakumon to save the day with his harpoon torpedo. In "Evil Shows His Face," the kids discover that they are "the digidestined": the ones chosen to preserve the existence of the digital world. An encounter with Devimon, the evil ruler of the underworld, and his subjugates Ogremon and Leomon, teaches the group the value of teamwork, and lends insight into the mystery of the flying black gears. Thanks to a little help from a digivice and a host of digivolved Digimon, the kids survive the attack, but find themselves scattered among several different islands.

    In "Sub Zero Ice Punch," Tai and Agumon land on an icy island, where they encounter a gear-influenced Frigimon. Agumon dissolves the gear and Frigimon returns to his friendly self, helping the pair find Matt and Gabumon on a nearby island. Initially the two boys disagree about how to proceed: Matt wants to search for their missing friends and Tai argues that the key to everyone's survival is to first defeat Devimon. Only the next episode will tell if their agreed-upon path will be successful.

    Digimon is incredibly similar to Pokémon: Both are good-looking animated series starring powerful children accompanied by monsters that evolve into more powerful creatures. Digimon differs from Pokémon in that it focuses more on the concept of teamwork as a powerful defense against a specific enemy rather than on one kid's quest to become a trainer of monsters. If you're looking for true adventure, a great story line, and dandy animation, Digimon is for you. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Digimon Adventure Continues
    This installment is the third in the Digimon series, and picks up right where the second video left off.
    At this point the background and setting has been set, and the characters have had time to establish themselves, so the plot gets a chance to become more complex. The pace picks up, there's more room for adventure, and you really get sucked into the Digital World. The dialogue is improving and the characters become more natural.
    Digimon will someday be hailed as a classic, as it has all of the elements that make for a lasting show. It's a lot of fun, and stays interesting, so kids and parents can have a great time watching it together.

    1-0 out of 5 stars pokemon clone....
    pokemon is so uch better than this trash and I'm not even a fan. When this first came out I knew that it was gonna suck and wolla it did. I like charizard, he'd kick greymon's sorry behind. Pkemon kicks butt. Scooter the happy pony could beat wargrwymon.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This shouldn't be allowed on tv...
    Digimon is so overated. Its a pokemon clone. Theres no difference, in characters, monsters or anything, I'm glad that it wasn't very popular.

    3-0 out of 5 stars old digimon
    its cool i guess i like the new digidestend their asome pokemon digimon dragonballz im the girl of them all rika ken kari

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally! Devimon arrives and the story picks up....
    Do not simply ignore Digimon: Digital Monsters as a knock-off of the infamous Pokemon. It is nothing like it. It is highly original, and contains more depth and emotion in its storylines and characters.

    Simple summary:Seven kids get transported to a parallel universe that is digital, where they befriend small creatures called Digimon who can digivolve into powerful forms to help defeat the evil forces that threaten the Digital World and our own.

    In this video, the kids have now encountered Devimon, the main evil on File Island, the place where they first arrived to. Here is the first mention of the DigiDestined, the term used to describe the children and which will lead on to a more complex story. Using the power of the Black Gears, Devimon spilts the island into several smaller pieces and all of the children are separated. From there, Tai and Matt will begin to show their hostility towards one another as they try to rejoin the others, and Izzy and Mimi will encounter Centarumon, who will give insight into their digivices and their power.

    The video is, as Izzy would describe it, "Prodigious". From here the series picks up the momentum and soon the children will have to confront Devimon and learn the true reason to why they were taken to the DigiWorld. It is very entertaining, very funny, and can be dramatic if you get involved with the series. I highly recommend it for children who crave for fantasy and action/adventure, and who have grown tired of the irritating yellow mouse known as Pikachu. ... Read more

    3. Best of Saturday Night Live: Jerry Seinfeld
    Director: Gary Weis, Bill D'Elia, Dave Wilson, Walter Williams (IV), James Signorelli, Tim Robbins, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Christopher Guest, Mike Judge, Robert Altman, Adam McKay, Eric Idle, Andy Warhol, Robert Marianetti, Claude Kerven, David Wachtenheim, Paul Miller, Albert Brooks, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Smigel
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    4-0 out of 5 stars This tape is a collector's item.
    This tape is more of a "must have" for Jerry Seinfeld fans or diehard SNL fans. For others, you may want to think twice before spending good money on this one. That is only because of the length, a mere 32 minutes (and that includes the video company's opening credits). The comedic skits and comedy bits are very good. I believe this originally aired in 1992, a couple of years BEFORE the TV show "Seinfeld" hit its prime. Jerry's fans will like this tape a lot. Especially the "Superman" sketch and the "game show" sketch (where the contestants answer questions, using Jerry's trademark delivery style). Again, if you're a fan of anything "Seinfeld," grab it while you can. It already seems like a collector's item to me. If you're an SNL fan, be aware that the only skits on this tape (except for the opening bit, before the monologue) are the ones in which Jerry appear. The episode's other skits are not included. For fans of both Seinfeld and SNL, definitely purchase it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable. Jerry at his Jerry-best.
    This is a very enjoyable video if you are a Jerry Seinfeld fan. It starts with a sketch (4.10 minutes) with Phil Hartman playing Clinton and Dana Carvey playing Brown. They are talking about a political debate they are about to have.

    Then comes Jerry Seinfeld's monologue (6.1 minutes), which consists of some material any fan will be familiar with because it is also covered in his book SEINLANGUAGE and in his stand up act I'M TELLING YOU FOR THE LAST TIME (available on VHS and DVD). My favorite part of this bit is when he talks about the water at the edge of the runway at La Guardia Airport. I know exactly what he is talking about; it is kind of freaky to be in a plane going down a runway that ends at a body of water. Jerry suggests that they put piranha in the water to make the experience even more pleasant.

    "Stand Up and Win" (8.26 minutes) is the first sketch we see Jerry in. In this sketch, Jerry is the talk show host of a game that tests contestants' knowledge of commedian catch phrases. Jerry gives a question, and the guys have to answer with a "Jerry" response. Also in this sketch are: Dana Carvey, Rob Schneider, and Adam Sandler.

    "Make You Think" (6.28 minutes) has Jerry as an exasperated high school teacher. His students are incredibly dense as he tries to teach them about World War II. I really enjoyed this sketch because one of my favorite SNL alumni is in it, Ellen Cleghorn. And Jerry makes a very good teacher, if only his students weren't so dumb (one student being Chris Rock, and another being an even-skinnier-than-usual David Spade).

    Probably the best part of the video is "Superman" (4.32 minutes). In this sketch Jerry plays the man he will always be famous for wanting to be: The Man of Steel. Jerry as Superman is being interviewed on the radio by a radio personality played by Phil Hartman.

    "Goodnight" (1.31 minutes) is just the standard "Thank you for watching, Goodnight" thing that all SNL hosts do after the show with the cast standing behind them. Apparenlty Annie Lennox was the musical guest that night, because she is in the crowd.

    I'm not exactly sure what the original air date was, but it was obviously in the very early 90s - probably 1992 or 1993. And my only complaint is that I believe that they failed to include all sketches that made it into the original airing. .

    Other than that, what Jerry fan could ask for more? The Patron Saint of Mr. Average playing Superman. This is why we love him.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A real classic - collector's item
    If you can still get your hands on this one, do it. This features Jerry at his younger comedian days along with the talented crews at Saturday Night Live. See how his nothingness evolved into His Royal Nothingness.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for a Seinfeld fan.
    Except for the monologue, it had some pretty weak material, I thought

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is great, Seinfeld on SNL.
    This video is awsome. Jerry does his act, and hosts the show. If you like SNL and Jerry this is the video to buy. In one part of the show Jerry is a teacher of a slow-witted class. Where he tries to teach history. After he gets a couple of stupid anweres he gives up on the class. Chris Farley also stars in this episode. The video is also very inexpensive. ... Read more

    4. Rumpelstiltskin
    Director: David Irving
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Treasure of Childhood
    Musicaly fairy tales. What more could a kid ask for. One of the classic and coveted Cannon Movie Tales series, although admitedly not one of their best (The Frog Prince and Sleeping Beauty are arguably better), still a member of something amazing. A bit of a twist on the old tale that succedes in bringing the characters to life, as many revisions of fairy tales often try but fall short of doing. Throw in a dash of sweet, catchy tunes that kids likely will be humming in those small quiet moments, even 10 years from now, when they've techinically "outgrown" childhood loves. As a child this movie was one of my most treasured possesion, and still holds a deep and beautiful place in my heart. For a 5-12 year old kid, especially one that likes fairy tales, this is an unmissable, everlasting treasure. Better even than the fairie tale theatre creations. I mean it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great movie - IT OUGHT TO BE RE-RELEASED!!!!!!
    I loved this movie since I was a kid. It took me, if you can believe it, 5 years to track down a copy, and even now it's not available from where I found it. Amy Irving is delightful and, surprisingly, can sing very well. Clive Revill is a riot as the king and for once the prince really is charming. The script has taken quite a few liberties with the story, but it's so cute I really didn't care-- Anyway, this was my favorite movie when I was a kid and I still love watching it. ... Read more

    5. Cinderella (Wide World of Disney)
    Director: Robert Iscove
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    Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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    More is not necessarily better. A glitzy Hollywood cast and a big budget did not improve the wonderful 1957 teleplay (or its equally charming 1964 remake) upon which this version is based. This is partly because Brandy, cast in the title role, cannot act. Not helping matters are Whoopi Goldberg as the prince's mother and Jason Alexander as his valet. Their shtick wears thin very quickly. However, Paolo Montalban is charismatic as the prince, and Whitney Houston plays a fairy godmother with pizzazz. The production cost millions, and is certainly lavish, but the whole affair feels forced and overdone, reminding one of a prom queen wearing too much makeup. It does deserve credit for a multi-ethnic cast, the addition of two new songs and a hip attitude. However, the 1964 version (the original was not taped) is much sweeter and more romantic. Originally released as Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. --Rochelle O'Gorman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I watched this movie when it first aired and loved it so much that I bought the video. I have since watched it numerous times.

    Brandy does not have near the voice to do a Rogers and Hammerstein. I still don't understand why she was cast as Cinderella. I hope she will not attempt another musical in the future. Whitney was Whitney. She succeeded in turning the fairy godmother into her image.

    Fortunately, the rest of the cast more than make up for them. Overall, the acting was good. The singing (beside Brandy) was excellent. Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber were great as Queen and King. Whoopi was hilarious, but I wish she didn't have to sing. I agree with the other reviewers that Bernadette Peters stole the show as the wicked stepmother. Her singing and acting were superb. Jason Alexander was OK as the Prince's Valet, but why did he need that accent??? The two stepsisters were funny.

    The real fairy tale is newcomer Paolo Montalban. He was exceptional in his TV debut and what a fantastic voice. I hope to hear him sing again. His prince was perfectly charming, and he could dance too.

    Lastly, the mutlicultural casting is ingenious. All the actors and actresses were cast by their singing (except Brandy) and acting (except Whitney) ability. Disney didn't make this an all-white or all-black Cinderella so children of all races can enjoy it. For the people who think that this is not realistic, remember THIS IS A FAIRY TALE. If mice can change into horses and pumpkins into coaches that fly then why can't a white king and a black queen have an asian son. We don't need an scientific explanation to everything. Just enjoy the movie. ~

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great film!!
    This version took a big risk and, eventhough its tough to see, it was a woderful film. True, Brandy doesn't have the best voice for R&H but her Cinderella was a stronger character and more believable, instead of the usual weak Cinderella. Having great B'dway stars like Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Paolo Montalban and the two step sister brought life, woderful acting, and wonderful singing to the film. Even though Whitney Houston wasn't the best choice for the Fairy Godmother she produced the movie and you have to admit she can sing. The sets, costumes, and special effects were amazing and brought out the story book mood, something the other versions never did and R&H's score was beautifully brought back to its full glory that just wasn't in the 1965 production. Though the film has a few flaws it's a great film!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
    My 2-year-old daughter and I have so much fun singing along with this video. She even asks me to dance during the ballroom scenes. It is a fabulous production.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great voices but ok acting
    I've seen the version with Leslie Anne Warren and thought that anyone could sing and be Cinderella better than her, and with Disney's 1997 version someone did. Brandy brings to this role some much needed sophistication and class that, unfortunately, Leslie Anne did not. The movie is filled with great music and overall ok acting, but still can't anyone make a musical that is not corny or cheesy? Did the great musical end with Grease? Paolo was absolutely fabulous and a great find. His voice resounded with greatness. It's too bad that a musical can have such great singing talent, but not much in the acting department. Still, it makes for great background noise while reading or studying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars multi-ethnic cast shines!
    Having grown up with the magic of Lesley Anne Warren as Cinderella, I wasn't sure the Rogers and Hammerstein musical could be topped, but the whole family was impressed with this one. Brandy does a wonderful job as Cinderella: demur, wistful, and understated, and her singing is beautiful (and I wasn't a fan before). The set and costumes and the supporting cast are all excellent! All of the actors manage to convey a sense of their characters' humanity (with the possible exception of Jason Alexander). The "evil" stepsisters are a hoot, Bernadette Peters is inspired, the royal parents capture every parent's concern for their offspring, and Paolo Montalban as the prince is someone anyone could fall in love with.... In short, this updated, multicultural Cinderella is worth putting in your DVD library. ... Read more

    6. Mission of the Shark
    Director: Robert Iscove
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story of the Indianapolis
    This movie is a very good adaptation of the events surrounding the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. I was impressed with the attention to detail that the producers paid in the movie. For example, it is known that the ship's doctor burned his hands to the point of uselessness while trying to open a door, and sure enough, this scene was excellently covered in the movie. Stacy Keach stars as Captain Charles McVay, and he does an excellent job throughout the film. Richard Thomas portrays the ship's doctor. The scenes of the sinking and the subsequent struggle to survive on the sea is vividly portrayed. I was also impressed with the attention payed to the rescue and Captain McVay's court martial. In fact, this movie does a better job of covering the court martial phase than many of the books I've read on this subject. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who knows or has read about the story of the USS Indianapolis.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Mission of the VCR
    I was interested in the Indianapolis disaster after seeing the movie Jaws, where it is discussed. I was hoping this VHS film would give me some more information, and it might have, if the tape had been of sufficient quality to actually watch.

    Unfortunately, the company that copied the tape for distribution, which must have been "Bubba's Backstreet Tape Copiers and Stormdoor Company," apparently used one of the first VCRs ever made to do their copying. The tape is recorded on Super Long Play, and I don't care how good your automatic or manual tracking is, your VCR can't keep up with the grainy, flipping images of this tape. The thing is unwatchable. You can just hit yourself in the head with a hammer a couple of times and get the same headache. Save your money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like JAWS, only real, and worse
    This film is quite upsetting, perhaps because the real event on which it is based was probably worse. It is not as if the makers didn't do their best to tell this true horror story. I believe they did, or if the didn't, I don't wish to see a more upsetting version. Don't expect to sleep well after you see this. ... Read more

    7. A Room With a View
    Director: James Ivory
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    The prestigious filmmaking trio of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala had made other critically acclaimed films before A Room with a View was released in 1985, but it was this popular film that made them art-house superstars. Splendidly adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster, it's a comedy of the heart, a passionate romance and a study of repression within the British class system of manners and mores. It's that system of rigid behavior that prevents young Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) from accepting the loving advances of a free-spirited suitor (Julian Sands), who fears that she will follow through with her engagement to a priggish intellectual (Daniel Day-Lewis) whose capacity for passion is virtually nonexistent. During and after a trip to Italy with her protective companion (Maggie Smith), Lucy gradually gets in touch with her true emotions. The fun of watching A Room with a View comes from seeing how Lucy's thoughts and feelings finally arrive at the same romantic conclusion. Through an abundance of humor both subtle and overt, this crowd-pleasing "art movie" rose to an unexpected level of popular appeal. The Merchant-Ivory team received eight Academy Award nominations for their efforts, and won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, and Costume Design. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Merchant/Ivory bursts onto the scene
    One of the most charming films of the last century was this chamber love story. Extremely literate and intelligent, this Victorian story is easily accessible as an extremely well versed John Hughes could easily write the simple boy-meets-girl storyline. Fortunately for us, he was unavailable and the resulting film, made outside the Hollywood Studio system, avoids many current clich├ęs and uses smart character to propel the story. Well, this is a Merchant Ivory film so propel might be too big a word. There films are usually soft character driven stories with a lack of speeding cars, ricocheting bullets or clever profanity. If you can tolerate small, romantic character pieces, this is one of the best. Great performances by Denholm Elliot, Maggie Smith and Judy Dench sturdily support the love triangle of Daniel Day Lewis, Julian Sands and the phenomenal Helena Bonham Carter. With beautiful classical music and nice cinematography, this view is a pleasant one. The DVD has a shaky video transfer and sufficient audio. It offers no extra material.

    This exquisite classic of Merchant-Ivory is sensually explores the struggle between the tight exterior of the British upper crust and the seething passion that lurks just beneath in the increasingly powerful middle class. You've seen a movie or two for sure that veer around such themes, but very few films have captured this combination of class struggle and personal liberation any more evocatively!

    Our protagonist is a young, passionate and repressed Miss Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter in possibly her best role ever) who exemplifies this unspoken inner-outer conflict. As she struggles between what is expected of her, to marry the effete and obnoxious Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day Lewis in a richly textured performance), and what she really wants, to be with the yearning, romantic George Emerson (a soft and unfocused Julian Sands) Miss Honeychurch must juggle class concerns and personal desires.

    As with any Merchant Ivory product, the all-round cast is vivid and intriguing. Maggie Smith never leaves a dull moment in any of her movies, a credo she maintains here as well as Lucy's nervous and confused escort -- for which she received a well deserved Oscar. As George's bewildered and sweet father, the marvellous Denholm Elliot steals every scene in which he appears. Lastly, Simon Callow as the ebullient, robust Reverend Beebe captures all that is good and true about humanity.

    A word for the DVD. The cinematography in this movie sparkles, and the DVD does complete justice to Ivory's camera skills -- the shots are so pure you will want to taste the dew resting atop the grass in the sumptuous English gardens.

    What a complete movie, full of life, love and hope! Highly recommended for your collections, you'll watch this more than once.

    5-0 out of 5 stars They do not come better than this
    James Ivory's "Room With a View" is a tour de force. Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by E.M. Forster, "A Room with a View" is a shining example of Merchant-Ivory's ability to achieve maximum quality and opulence at minimum cost. It shows the life of Lucy Honeychurch starting from Italy, going through England and ending in Italy. This is a thoughtful movie that requires one to understand the standards of England then to realize that it is fighting against the set rigid style of life. This style of life is eternal and can be seen in movies like "Guess who is coming to dinner". Denholm Elliot raises his son to not care about anything but truth and beauty. The acting and screenplay is wonderful. Daniel Day Lewis does a superb job as Cecil. Judy Davis is superb as the novelist, Eleanor Lavish as is Maggie Smith.

    Even the humor in the movie is unusual. When the English chaplain in Florence, Mr Eager shows a chapel and mentions, "Remember that this was built by faith in the full fervor of medievalism", it prompts, Mr Emerson to say, "Faith indeed. It simply means that the workers were not paid well." The movie has understated humor that is refreshing compared to the usual slapstick. Scenes were the brother and sister are together are especially funny.

    A lot of people found the movie too slow. Well, this is not a cop movie, it requires one to think about what goes underneath each person. The movie is based on one of the special books that breaks down class distinctions, though it is subtle and dignified. I personally felt that this was the best movie of the year and easily bet "Platoon" in its class. A winner of three Academy Awards, "A Room with a View" is not what one could call fast-moving, but fans of the Merchant-Ivory team will enjoy luxuriating in the film's leisurely pace and stimulating cast of characters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films!
    I saw this film when it first came out, in the theater, and it has remained one of my favorite films. It was the first film I bought when I got a VCR. This is one of those elegant Merchant-Ivory productions (which also include Maurice and A Passage to India, other E.M. Forster adaptations to film) that sets the late Victorian/early twentieth century world in upper- to upper-middle class England in such gracious light.

    The stars of this film include Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy, the heroine, and Julian Sands as George Emerson, her free-spirited suitor, who shocks everyone by doing such risque things as running around without a jacket, or kissing someone (willing) in a field of poppies. The official suitor of Lucy is the stuffed-shirt Cecil Vyse, whose personality seems like it is jammed in a vise. There are great performances by Judi Dench (as a conventional free-spirit, one who likes to be freespirited but not at the expense of reputation), Rupert Graves, Simon Callow, Denhom Elliot, and an outstanding performance (as always, she just has to walk on the set and the film gets an extra star) by Maggie Smith, as the gossipy and fretting aunt and chaperone to Lucy, who eventually comes round to recognizing and rejoicing in the true love of Lucy and George.

    The sets are beautiful, the costumes all very much a part of the period, as are the small touches that make up the style of English society that Forster was trying to expose and celebrate in different ways both at the same time. The music is enchanting, with the glorious opera piece "O Mio Bambino Caro" sung by Kiri te Kanawa.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Are you serious?
    I heard such wonderful things about this movie and was really looking forward to seeing it. I had a couple friends over to watch it and out of the four of us I was the only one left awake to see the end. I was so disappointed. The movie was too long and left me feeling cheated at the end. So gald I didnt buy it. Rent it first before buying... ... Read more

    8. The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley - The Case of the Sea World
    Director: Neal Israel
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    1-0 out of 5 stars BURY IT AT SEA!
    This is standard fare. Any film, story or book with the world's most famous twins is predictable. Everything will come up roses. This is no exception. One point of distinction is the songs are worse. "Who Would You Be" is by far and away the worst. "Who Would You Be A Kennedy" is stupid and insulting. That lousy effort should be buried at sea.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ITS GREAT!!!
    You must watch the case of the SEA WORLD ADVENTU

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best case of all!
    Sea World adventure is the best of all Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley. Especially when you watch it together with it's sequel: The case of the mystery cruise. END ... Read more

    9. Moving Violations
    Director: Neal Israel
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Moving Violations a Very Moving Comedy!
    A movie notable to me and our family personally because a distant relative (an uncle) ended up being cast as an extra in one of the classroom or courtroom scenes of the film. We never found out about it until the movie came out on cable a couple of years later and we happen to see him in the scene. He's the asian guy with glasses sitting next to John Murray's character (Dana Cannon) when all the other characters in the film are being sentenced to traffic school. They actually exchange glances with each other when Murray is rattling on with one of his smart remarks during the scene. Otherwise, MOVING VIOLATIONS aims for a low brow audience and delivers. A simple and funny plot where various people with multiple traffic violations are sentenced to traffic school and have their vehicles impounded until they pass traffic school. They then band together when they uncover a scam by the police officer (James Keach) giving the traffic school course, to sell the impounded vehicles. They have to stop and expose his plot to the authorities. John Murray's character is a rehash of all characters of the more famous and older sibling Bill, from his previous work in SNL, STRIPES and GHOSTBUSTERS. However, because he is a "Murray" it is to be expected and his character is pretty funny as the as the [truck driver]. Good supporting cast from Jennifer Tilly, Fred Willard, Wendi Jo Sperber, Sally Kellerman, the "WHERE'S THE BEEF?" elderly lady from the old Wendy's commercials, and Robert "THE WILD,WILD,WEST" Conrad. Also, look for actor John Cheadle (BOOGIE NIGHTS, TRAFFIC,OCEAN'S ELEVEN) in a small role as a fast food drive-in window attendant. Note: Classic line: "When the going get's tough, the tough get's goin' the pants!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars I laughed so hard, I cried
    This movie just happened to be on tv one day, and I taped it. My sister stopped by and I asked her if she wanted to watch it. It was so funny, neither of us could stop laughing. We had tears streaming down our cheeks, and I laughed until, I thought I was going to die. This is the funniest movie I have ever seen and I am not that easily impressed. My sister was trying to tell a friend about it, and she couldn't stop laughing, while just talking about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I do love the stupid
    This is one of those movies that should not be funny. It's something that should've looked decent on paper, but never worked. But it does!!

    I think it works because the situations are so goofy that they come out funny, as opposed to relying simply on the actors to deliver the jokes. Watch this film and you'll understand what I mean. It's one of those I have to stop and watch every time it's on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a Stupid Movie. I LOVE IT
    You'll laugh your behind off watching this film.I still bust a gut,and I've seen the movie twenty times. "Where's the Meaf" lady has a cameo,and Bill Murray's younger brother John,is the star.He's great,but looks and acts alot like Bill. I would never pay the price there asking for this video.Just go out and rent the film,or wait untill its on TV. They play this movie at least ten times a year.

    4-0 out of 5 stars one of the best comedies of the 80's
    This movie is about some people who lose their driver's liscence's and have to go to traffic school to regain them. Of course, the instructor (James Keach) does't want that to happen. It sars Bill's brother John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, Fred Willard, and Sally Kellerman. My only complaint is the fact that it's not worth the $'s. Why so expensive? The movie is not THAT good. Don't buy it for that price. Save your money. Just find a video store and rent it. It's worth a couple of dollars to watch once or twice. ... Read more

    10. Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 102: Darmok
    Director: Larry Shaw, David Carson, Gabrielle Beaumont, Timothy Bond, Kim Manners, LeVar Burton, Richard Compton, Jonathan West, Marvin V. Rush, Michael Vejar, Robert Becker, Chip Chalmers, Peter Lauritson, Joseph L. Scanlan, Alexander Singer, Robert Iscove, Gates McFadden, Winrich Kolbe, Robert Wiemer, Robert Legato
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    The Children of Tama are a mysterious, rarely encountered race whose language is indecipherable even by the Universal Translator. This is because Tamarians speak in metaphor, which is strange and poetic, but, without a frame of reference, also gibberish. After yet another failed attempt at communication, the Tamarians take drastic measures: they kidnap Picard and beam him to the surface of a hostile planet along with their own captain. What follows is an interesting, well-acted story of the struggle to understand.

    Don't be put off by the premise. "Darmok" is one of the best episodes of TNG. It's action-packed and holds its own next to "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I," "Time's Arrow," and "Descent." Thanks to Joe Menosky's brilliant teleplay and Paul Winfield's solid acting, this uphill battle in futility shows what probably would happen when two truly alien races attempt to communicate. There is genuine desperation in Dathon's (Winfield) eyes when he attempts to explain "Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra" for what seems like the millionth time. Watching Picard struggle to understand is downright painful, as is the inevitable confrontation that follows. The viewer comes to care what happens to the Tamarians. We want to know this alien race; but at the same time, we also know we'll probably never comprehend them.

    In series television, it's almost unheard of for a show to depart from canon. TNG takes a huge chance with "Darmok" and the end result is worth watching again and again. --Kayla Riggney ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best TNG episodes
    Next to "Best of Both Worlds" or "Yesterday's Enterprise," "Darmok" is one of the most intelligent and vibrant episodes of the entire Next Generation catalog. Picard's attempts, and eventual success, to communicate with the Tamarian captain, wonderfully portrayed by Paul Winfield, is splendid. Obviously, most Star Trek stories, whether they be the original series or TNG, offer socio-political commentary on our own society, this episode is no different. It basically teaches that communication with peoples or entities that are different than us can be accomplished if one is willing to try. "Darmok" is Patrick Stewart's finest hour in TNG.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In order to read, you must have read.
    Have you ever read The Canterbury Tales? Allusions to classical literature abound. These references were a sort of shorthand or jargon of the time, a way of saying much by saying little. To refer to Zephirus, for instance, is to mention the warm, sweet breezes of Spring and to conjure up that time of year, with all of its freshness and new life.

    Episode 102 presents a culture in which this sort of idiom is carried to the extreme. The words are getting through, but the meaning is not. The struggle of the two captains, the alien and Picard, to bridge the gap is brilliant and fascinating.

    This is my favorite Star Trek episode of all time, of all generations.


    5-0 out of 5 stars The best episode from the 7 years of ST:TNG
    "Darmok" remains the best of the best of the seven years ST:TNG was on the air. In a short 55 minutes, one has learned a new language. Think of it: at the time Picard speaks with the Tamarian First Officer, the language exchange (if you paid attention to the whole episode) is completely understandable. There is no need for a translation scroll at the bottom of the screen...and was wisely done that way.

    Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A testament to the excellence of season 5...
    "Darmok" captures what is the heart and soul of Star Trek: discovering new races and learning to coexist with them. In this episode, that is no easy feat for Picard, who is trapped on a planet with an alien captain who talks different from everyone else. The two cannot understand each other, but as a monster hunts them down, it becomes apparent that the two must learn how to communicate. This is a phenominal episode, downplaying the action and instead building on the characters of the alien captain and Picard. It's not just good Star Trek, it's great science-fiction. While the monster effects are very subpar (they always are for Star Trek), the being itself is of little importance to the story. What is important is how Picard and the other captain learn how to communicate. Truly a wonderful episode.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An example of how Star Trek can be a good base for new ideas
    One of the things I like about Star Trek was the ability for it to be a platform of new ideas. This episode certainly shows that strength- it's not loaded with special effects and technobabble but it shows good acting and an outstanding idea in having a race which talks solely by example. Though I've not watched much TREK recently this is one of the episodes I remember. ... Read more

    11. Crazy Horse
    Director: John Irvin
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Crazy Horse, a special leader of his people.
    This was a really good movie. Michael Greyeyes, Wes Studi, Frankie Avina and many other talented actors were excellent in this movie. The movie shows us a sad time in the lives of Native people when they have a give up everything and their lives were forever changed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    Michael Greyeyes was a great actor. He protray Crazy Horse realy will , in how he act and feel about loseing everything they known of the land and the way of life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crazy Horse, A Warrior I Honor !!
    This is a really great movie and by far the truest of all movies that I've seen for the Custer battle. Crazy Horse is my hero and I still study a great deal of him and the Lakota/Sioux tribe.
    I have watched this movie many times and always enjoy watching it, I have also read the book by Sandoz of Crazy Horse. They both are very similar to all the battles, life and trials of Crazy Horse. I wish I could of rode along side of Crazy Horse during these battles.
    I highly recommend this movie to everyone who wants the clearest knowledge of what really happened. I have finally found this movie with's help, and I am a proud owner to own this movie even though the price of it was a little much.
    I think it is highly worth every cent, and I hope everyone that buy's this movie and or has seen it enjoys this movie as much as I have myself.
    History is a virtue and this event was inevitable, What happen to Custer, he deserved! And it wasn't in anyway fair what happen to Crazy Horse, but history has played it's part here and can't be replaced. I respect that this film was made carefully, especially at the time Custer was shot the first and second time killing him, because no one knows for sure whom it was that killed Custer, but Crazy Horse was blamed, and Crazy Horse paid the price for Custer's death along with the USA's Calvery. Like I said, they deserved what they got and thats the way life goes.
    Michael Greyeyes as well as Wes Studi played excellent roles for Crazy Horse and Red Cloud, Along with all the other characters that played their parts as Spotted Tail, Sitting Bull, Black Shall, Black Buffalo Woman, Little Big Man, as well as Custer too.
    Great movie and a must see !!
    ~ Robert ~

    2-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Geez!
    Didn't like this one. Glad to see Native actors/actresses, but this portrayal of Crazy Horse way off the mark as far as I was concerned. Maybe not quite as bad as the first one--Chief Crazy Horse (from the 50s with Victor Mature), but not much better either. Too much Hollywood here--lots of paint horses and feathers. KL

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
    A wonderfull movie! Attention to detail, for example some of the statements made by Crazy Horse and Custer, period costume and battles. It is interesting to note that Custer had cut his hair before the battle of the Little Big Horn, which appears to be the only movie to portray this accurately. Custer dies somewhere during the battle and not in the 'classic' back to back end of the battle senario as is popularly portrayed in the 'hero' literature.

    Red Cloud and Spotted Tail are portrayed in a rather negative light. I am not convinced that this is accurate. Sitting Bull hardly gets a mention although it is a fact that he was the major role player at the time.

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    12. Best of Saturday Night Live - 1992 Annual
    Director: Gary Weis, Bill D'Elia, Dave Wilson, Walter Williams (IV), James Signorelli, Tim Robbins, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Christopher Guest, Mike Judge, Robert Altman, Adam McKay, Eric Idle, Andy Warhol, Robert Marianetti, Claude Kerven, David Wachtenheim, Paul Miller, Albert Brooks, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Smigel
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    13. Faerie Tale Theatre: Cinderella
    Director: Gilbert Cates, James Frawley, Tony Bill, Roger Vadim, Peter Medak, Tim Burton, Emile Ardolino, Ivan Passer, Howard Storm, Graeme Clifford, Nicholas Meyer, Francis Ford Coppola, Jeremy Paul Kagan, Eric Idle, Mark Cullingham, Robert Iscove
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fairie Tale Theater rocks, especially Cinderella!
    I love Fairy tales. The first time I saw this movie (and thisone Cinderella especially) I was enchanted and I loved it from thenon. Jean Stapleton gives this movie humor, Jennifer Beals gives it enchantment, and Matthew Broderick gives it a taste of what is still a celebrity in the late 90's! This movie ROCKS!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Faerie Tale Theatre: Cinderella
    One of the most romantic episodes in the excellent Faerie Tale Theatre series, this one is the classic rags-to-riches story of Cinderella. Jennifer Beals beautifully portrays the role of Cinderella, and Matthew Broderick makes a delightfully witty Prince Henry. The appearances of Jean Stapleton as the fairy godmother and Eve Arden as the wicked stepmother are superb. The costumes, sets and music are truly divine in this wonderful faerie tale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Happily Ever After start HERE!
    What happens when you have Jennifer Beals playing Cinderella and Jean Stapleton as the fairy godmother? MAGIC!!! This is a wonderful film in the Faerie Tale Theatre series. Each actor/actress gives very memorable performances from Matthew Broderick playing the prince who is looking for love to Eve Arden who plays the unfair dictating stepmother. A perfect family film. A movie that no family or fan of fantasy should be without!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
    These videos were my absolute favorite as a kid, and at 20, I'm still watching them! They're all so beautifully done and have such wonderful actors! I'm saving all of my copies to show my children some day!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    Wonderfully modernized version of the classic tale of Cinderella brought to life with wonderful actors. Great movie . Highly reccomend. ... Read more

    14. Best Of Saturday Night Live - Belushi & Aykroyd
    Director: Gary Weis, Bill D'Elia, Dave Wilson, Walter Williams (IV), James Signorelli, Tim Robbins, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Christopher Guest, Mike Judge, Robert Altman, Adam McKay, Eric Idle, Andy Warhol, Robert Marianetti, Claude Kerven, David Wachtenheim, Paul Miller, Albert Brooks, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Smigel
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    3-0 out of 5 stars great stuff but a crappily made
    Belushi and Aykroyd are amazing no complaints about the skits except maybe some more.

    The videotape itself is really crappy though. It plays in EP. In my opinion all factory made, store bought videos should be in SP. I have the video about 5 years and I have trouble playing it now. It plays like a video you've had for ten years that was taped in EP off of TV

    5-0 out of 5 stars SNL the funny years
    Yes, this is what SNL should be. All you people who think SNL has been consistently funny the last 10 years (they've had their moments, but they are few and far between): buy, rent, borrow or steal these videos. Now. You will learn the truth. ... Read more

    15. Saturday Night Live - Game Show Parodies
    Director: Gary Weis, Bill D'Elia, Dave Wilson, Walter Williams (IV), James Signorelli, Tim Robbins, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Christopher Guest, Mike Judge, Robert Altman, Adam McKay, Eric Idle, Andy Warhol, Robert Marianetti, Claude Kerven, David Wachtenheim, Paul Miller, Albert Brooks, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Smigel
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    This thematic video, featuring the best game-show parodies presented by Saturday Night Live, concentrates mostly on the later years, with regulars Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Julia Sweeny, and Chris Farley dominating the proceedings. And though some of the skits have their moments, such as when guest host Joe Pesci menaces seriously out-of-place contestant Chris Rock on "Bensonhurst Dating Game," an inevitable feeling of sameness can creep in. Perhaps that's mostly forgivable, as the individual sketches were not written or acted to be seen one after another. Besides regular cast members, guest hosts were regularly put to work in game-show skits, with varying degrees of comedic success--Garth Brooks (in drag in a misbegotten parody titled "Old French Whore"), Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks, and Quentin Tarantino. Gilda Radner and Bill Murray appear all too briefly in a snippet of a sketch from the early years, but seeing Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, and Chevy Chase in "Jeopardy 1999" from the show's first season is a treat. For a fan of 1990s vintage Saturday Night Live, this tape does have its winning moments, but it may be best watched in small doses. --Robert J. McNamara ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Where's the Jeopardy?!!!!!
    All right, I have always loved SNL, and especially the Celebrity Jeopardy's. There was only a single CJ episode at the end of the tape! I feel that with the exception of the guess the word game, the tape should be wiped clean of the waste on it now and filled with stuff that...gasp!...people actually want to see! My ideal: I must agree with another [person] when I say a tape full of Celebrity Jeopardy. Do not waste your money on this, simply tape skits off the air if it means that much to you.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Well it wasn't bad
    Overall it was just an average video. The title is somewhat deceiving since not all the skits were game shows. What was disappointing was in some sections they didn't show all of the game shows they were parodying.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Varies wildly from hysterically funny to downright awful.
    As you might expect, this "Saturday Night Live" tape is a lot like the show. Some of the skits are fantastic while others fall flat on their face.

    The tape both starts and ends on a high note. The first skit is one that skewers our characterizations of French prostitutes. Garth Brooks (whom I didn't recognize at first) is in drag and is very funny. The final skit is the classic "Celebrity Jeopardy" episode where the contestants are supposed to be Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler (played FLAWLESSLY by Jimmy Fallon) and Sean Connery. Will Ferrell, playing Alex Trebek of course, delivers some of his best dry humor ever.

    Regarding the rest of the tape, it's interesting to note that the best clips are those that shouldn't even be included...skits that have nothing to do with game shows. The best of the bunch is a mock promo advertising a new show coming to NBC called "Princess & The Homeboy". Tim Meadows is completely outrageous as G-Dog. It's some of the edgiest stuff that the writers of SNL ever came up with.

    It's true that most of these SNL tapes don't seem to be chock full of the best that the show has had to offer. However, at least this one is able to provide a fair share of laughs and is worth a rental or a purchase at a cheap price.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Collectoin of SNL sketches
    I definately recommend you buying this collectoin of SNL Game Show Parodies. It features some of the greatest SNL sketches ever. One is Dysfunctional Family Feud, which features Chris Farley at his greatest. Also, you'll enjoy Jackie Roger Jr.'s $100,000 Jackpot Wad, which features Billy Crystal as Sammy Davis, Jr. Pay attention to Rajeevs face when Saammy gives the clue for asparagus. And David Spade gives a great performance in Geek, Dweeb, or Spazz. The only thing that I think hould've been included is the rest of the Stand Up and Win sketch. Overall, this really is a great video.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Video!
    The is a pretty good video. The only bad thing about it is that there is not enough good games shows. Some of them are very, very stupid. But all in all, it's a good video. ... Read more

    16. Heat & Dust
    Director: James Ivory
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb
    I watched the movie almost twenty years back on Indian TV and was entranced by the romance of British India. I then ordered it on UK Amazon site, bought a code free DVD player, just to watch this movie. This is one of those rare instances when the movie is far better than the book. May be that has to do with the fact that the author was also the script writer. The cinematography is incomparable. The backbone of the story is the beautiful Greta Scachchi and her romance with an Indian prince.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Heat And Dust
    This film should have an Oscar. Breathtaking and carefully crafted one of the best films I have seen. The film very cleverley shows the end of British as well as the end of Old mughal Nawabs in northern India. Though muslims by faith, the Nawabs or the Princes were far away from their faith and beliefs. It was an eye opener for me as well which explains the fact that such a great Mughal Empire just crumbled within a century.

    4-0 out of 5 stars THE HEAT OF THE ROMANCE...THE DUST OF ITS ASHES...
    This 1982 Merchant Ivory production is a lush, atmospheric period piece based upon the well written book of the same name by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who also wrote the screenplay for this film. Set in two distinct eras, colonial India of the nineteen twenties, during the time of the Raj, and the independent, freewheeling India of the early nineteen eighties, during the time when India was a mecca for disenfranchised youth, it explores Anglo-Indian relations through the power of romance. This is subtley done through the story of two women.

    One story is that of Olivia (Greta Scacchi), the young and beautiful wife of Douglas Rivers (Christopher Casenove), a minor district official in colonial India. The film tells of her arrival in India, newly wed and in love with her husband, her subsequent boredom with the staid, British Colonial community, and her blossoming infatuation with the Nawab (Shashi Kapoor), a very handsome and charming, local Indian prince. It is her romance with the Nawab that is to result in a life changing action, one that would forever cause a permanent rift with Douglas, changing her life forever.

    The second story is that of Anne (Julie Christie), a beautiful and independent woman, a descendant of Olivia's sister. Nearly sixty years after Olivia's transgression, fascinated by the story of the deceased Olivia, Anne goes to India, visiting those locations where Olivia had lived and those which would have been a part of her existence at the time. As did Olivia, she falls under India's spell. As did Olivia, she, too, has an Anglo-Indian love affair. Hers is with her landlord, Inder Lal (Zakir Hussain). Anne's life essentially picks up where the thread of Olivia's life left off, giving the viewer a powerful sense of de-ja vu and a suggestion of reincarnation.

    This film is a beguiling story of two women from two different generations who come under the spell of India. It is is evocative of British colonial India, as well as of India of the early nineteen eighties. During both eras, Anglo-Indian relations are pivotal to the budding romances and the film is evocative of the rythyms of Indian life in all its richness and tumultuousness, as well as its lingering poverty and superstitions. Redolent of a time gone by, it is also an interesting dichotomy of the good and bad in both cultures, Anglo and Indian, and the influence that both cultures have on these two women, who are so different, yet so alike.

    Julie Christie is perfect as the thoroughly modern, beautiful, free thinking, young woman who retraces her ancestor's footsteps. Greta Scacchi, in her introductory film role, is luminous as the lovely Olivia, a woman who did not let prejudice and narrow mindedness blind her to the charms of India, its people and its culture. Shashi Kapoor is perfectly cast as the handsome Indian Prince, whose veneer of culture and sophistication belies an injured pride, chafing under British colonialism. While the role of Inder Lal is well played by Zakir Hussain, there does not appear to be much chemistry between him and Julie Christie, in contrast to the smoldering chemistry there is between Scacchi and Kapoor. The seeming lack of chmistry btween Hussain and Christie is the one weakness in this film.

    The film, one of the earlier Merchant Ivory productions, is beautifully shot. Gorgeous period costumes contribute to the sense of a time gone by. While the story bounces along between the past and the present, it is effectively done, as one sees the transformation of the past to its present. This is a film that will appeal to those who love period dramas, as well as those who simply love a good, entertaining story. Unfortunately, it is no longer available in video. It is, however, deserving of having its print transfered to DVD, as it is a film well worth having in one's collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heat & Dust
    This beautifully crafted film, largely set in India during two time periods, was referred to as a "sleeper" shortly after its release. In my opinion, it should have won an Oscar. The sets and costuming were beautiful, but most interesting was the story itself. Two women, having similar experiences in India sixty years apart. It ended with the subtle suggestion of reincarnation. Just beautiful. I've been attempting to purchase the video for two years now, to no avail. Why are the producers/studio not reissuing this outstanding film on video? I do hope this changes soon. ... Read more

    17. Magic Island
    Director: Sam Irvin
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    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Cute...
    ...and corny, and anachronistic, and rife with hammy acting. And the mermaid's tail wasn't very believable, and the sand shark patently stunk.

    But at least the acting was *deliberately* least on the part of the three or four actors that I recognized by sight. (I *know* that all of 'em have enough talent to not make fools of themselves by *accident.*) And it's a great improvement over other Paramount kiddie fare (the "Josh Kirby: Time Warrior" flicks come to mind).

    Watch this movie from a kid's perspective, and you'll enjoy it. Trust me on this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I remember when this movie was just a little baby
    I was 10 when i saw this movie and i thought it was my movie i kept dreaming of it as a baby movie holding it in my arms rocking it to sleep holding it's bottle singing to it till it sleeps on my chest i keep thinking about this movie it's to bad i was seperated from it when i got older let me tell you about the story of how we got seperated it's really sad on my 11th birthday i was planning to record it then when it was that time 8:00 pm i saw the most devestating replacement it was your a good man charlie brown. I backed away from the T.V i turned of the T.v and cried on my bed and skipped my Iresttible 11th birthday and now i'm turnover 12 and i can't forget that time it turned away from behind my back but i still love it in my heart

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for pirate lovers
    We rented this for my five-year old and he loved every minute- we watched it three times in three days It is funny and action-packed without being overly violent. The premise of the story is cool and anything with Blackbeard is a hit for young pirate lovers! It was a sleeper for us since we had never heard of it. Too bad it's out of stock!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very good film!
    This a great kids movie which stars one of today's up and coming stars! I recommend you see it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars i think the book is cool
    all the movies or books that zachery is in are so cool because zachery ty bryan is cool END ... Read more

    18. Best of Eddie Murphy - Saturday Night Live
    Director: Gary Weis, Bill D'Elia, Dave Wilson, Walter Williams (IV), James Signorelli, Tim Robbins, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Christopher Guest, Mike Judge, Robert Altman, Adam McKay, Eric Idle, Andy Warhol, Robert Marianetti, Claude Kerven, David Wachtenheim, Paul Miller, Albert Brooks, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Smigel
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    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not a true Best of Eddie Murphy video
    The first thing one needs to know about this tape is that it is not a Best of Eddie Murphy collection by any means. This video contains the bulk of two SNL episodes hosted by Eddie Murphy: one when he, still a cast member, filled in for an ailing Nick Nolte, and one marking his return as host to the show he had recently left (oddly, they are shown in reverse chronological order). SNL just wasn't a very good show in those years; Eddie Murphy had basically been carrying the show on his own shoulders. Since all of the skits on this tape don't actually include Eddie Murphy, you get some pretty bad segments to go along with the good ones. Murphy even warned the audience in his first monologue that some things on the show would not be very funny, and he wasn't lying.

    There are a few memorable skits on this tape, however. Buckwheat lives again to have an odd reunion with Alfalfa, Eddie delivers one of his vintage Stevie Wonder impressions, Mr. Robinson returns to the neighborhood, and Murphy goes undercover as a white man in his memorable documentary White Like Me. Throwaway skits such as Milestones (with Eddie as Desmond Tutu) and Hairem Skarem (with Eddie as an effeminate hair care professional) manage to dreg a few laughs out of the indifferent material. Gumby gets his own Christmas special, but the bad moments outweigh the good in this particular skit. The real highlight here, in my opinion, is Black History Moment. Eddie fudges his lines a couple of times and compensates with some very funny ad libs.

    With the good comes the bad. Harry Anderson's eight minutes of comical magic seems to bring the video to a crashing halt. Lifestyles of the Relatives of the Rich and Famous, with Martin Short playing Jerry Lewis' niece, is bad; The Stairs, with Martin Short as a soldier who has no clue as to how to climb stairs, is even worse; Julia Louis-Dreyfus' A Christmas Message is simply atrocious. Eddie Murphy fans will certainly find some good material on this tape, but it comes with some pretty unfunny baggage. Don't let the title fool you: this is a far cry from a Best of Eddie Murphy video.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best compilation of Eddie Murphy material
    This video is probably the funniest compilation of SNL skits with Eddie Murphy. A college friend of mine had a copy and we spent many a night watching it over and over. Then we'd hit the bars and perform skits in our drunken stupor. I have been looking to purchase this video for the past couple of years, and would like to find it!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This video is HILARIOUS
    If yuo want an insane laugh, go for this tape anyday. It is blatantly offensive and very 80's, but that is what makes it so much fun- and neat, that he was great then and is great now as well! ... Read more

    19. The Flash
    Director: Robert Iscove
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    Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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    This made-for-TV pilot of the short-lived series is a decent screen interpretation of the DC Comics hero. While investigating a case involving a dangerous street gang called the Dark Riders, crime lab specialist Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) is involved in a freak accident. One stormy night, lightning strikes his lab, electrifying his body and shattering chemical-filled beakers all over him. The ensuing reaction radically alters his physiology, bestowing him with the power to race at superhuman speed. Baffled by his transmutation, he follows the guidance of scientist Christina McGee (Amanda Pays) to comprehend his new physiology. After the nihilistic Riders murder one of his family members, Allen utilizes his new power to seek vengeance against them. Even though this TV movie has many of the exaggerated comic-book scenarios and average acting of other superhero films, The Flash is fun because of Shipp's charming, vulnerable protagonist and Pays's feisty, brilliant scientist. The effects are pretty good, too. --Bryan Reesman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Superhero Movie
    Even though he wasn't a well-know hero to the general public, The Flash was given his own show none the less. It wasn't that bad either. Good special effects, a Danny Elfman score, and notable names make this 2 hour pilot interesting. I used to watch the show when I was a kid and loved it. Some episodes were good, and some bad. Still, it was interesting enough to hold my attention. Still, it would have been nice if the show was kept up to date with the comics, being that Wally West was (and still is) the current Flash at the time. Unlike big Hollywood productions, there weren't as many changes to the character. One characteristic I thought was funny was that everytime he was through running, he would have to eat 10,000 TV dinners or pizzas to keep his energy in check. In the show, I would've liked to have seen a relationship develop between Barry and Tina. They always came close, but never did. Let me end off on one little piece of trivia: Years ago when this show was on, I read an insider trade magazine that stated the show was given a renewed fall season, but CBS changed their minds at the last minute. Oh well. It was good while it lasted.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Movie--Especially for comic book buffs
    This is the first episode of one of my favorite TV series. It came out after the highly successful first Batman movie, which you can tell some of the similarities between the 2 (like the flash symbol against the backdrop of the moon). This is one television show I wish they would at least bring back in reruns, I never got to see all the episodes and would like to add them to my video collection. Anyway, if you liked the first Batman movie better than the rest, or are looking for a good adaptation of a comic book hero, you want to get this movie!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Show Rules
    I remember when this show first came out. I didnt think it would be any good, but i was wrong. The pilot kinda starts out a little slow but it builds up really well, and lets u get to know the caracters. The main thing is the costume...its a really good looking costume and not one of them cheap costumes that doesnt even look like the carachter. The theme music is really good as well, Danny Elfman does the theme and is really good. This show should have gone on longer than just one season.
    Thanks for listenin....

    5-0 out of 5 stars Flash is the king
    This movie is the best super hero movie ever

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best superhero ever!
    The Flash is one of my favorite heroes. The movie is a fantastic adaptation of the comics. John Wesley Shipp plays the Flash perfectly. The movie has a great story. And who can forget the amazing theme song by Danny Elfman? If you are a fan of the Flash, superheroes in general, or even just action, there is no reason why you shouldn't see this great movie.
    So what are you waiting for? BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

    20. Best of Saturday Night Live - 1980 Annual
    Director: Gary Weis, Bill D'Elia, Dave Wilson, Walter Williams (IV), James Signorelli, Tim Robbins, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Christopher Guest, Mike Judge, Robert Altman, Adam McKay, Eric Idle, Andy Warhol, Robert Marianetti, Claude Kerven, David Wachtenheim, Paul Miller, Albert Brooks, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Smigel
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The final season for the Not Ready for Primetime Players
    If you love the Not Ready for Primetime Players then you'll love the best of 1980. Although it's the first season without Dan's also the last season with Lorne before his hiatus. Bill Murry sings his heart out as Nick the Lounge Singer. Gilda, Jane Curtain, and Lorain Newman also display their comedic genius with Teri Garr in the Mr. Potaoehead sketch. Kirk Douglas and Buck Henry are excelent hosts as well, and hilarious performences by Tom Davis and AL Franken make this tape a classic. ... Read more

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