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121. Dinosaurs Vol. 1
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122. Anne of Avonlea
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123. Morrie - Lessons on Living
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124. Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss
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126. Disney's Sing Along Songs: Aladdin
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127. DuckTales the Movie -- Treasure
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128. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
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121. Dinosaurs Vol. 1
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Re-release the series
This series is has great writing and depth, a little pressure from you (the customer) may persuade Disney to re release the series, on DVD? and VHS... When it is re-released I'll review the series. (Review copies Disney?)

5-0 out of 5 stars BRING TO DVD!!!
this is a classic! the only problem is that all the episodes are not in one place. when the series was on tv, i recorded it onto videotape, but now those tapes are virtually impossible to watch for the disintegration. thank goodness someone put them on prerecorded video! i watched them years ago with my niece, and now that i have a son he needs to see them as well! i hope the people who are in charge of bringing series' to dvd will include this priceless one - - i want to be one of the first on the list! thanks for the video, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars dinosaurs
Please put this series out on D.V.D. I would buy them all!!!!! I wish nickelodeon would show them....Please hear our pleas.

1-0 out of 5 stars IT IS on DVD
I keep reading reviewers wishing Dinosaurs TV series was on DVD, it is available from a website on DVD's a quick search reveals it. You can purchase all the episodes for $70 or by seasons for $25 each.

5-0 out of 5 stars These aren't on DVD? A SHAME and a CRIME.
The paranoid part of me has come up with a theory on why this would be held back from DVD release:

Disney, who has made its *last* hand-drawn animation film (something about an Alamo -- apparently, nobody cared), are afraid to release such a masterwork of magical puppetry, because it's just gonna make us fall that much more OUT of love with Computer Generated Imaging, the wave of the future.

(Mind you, I'm not one of these anti-CGI cranks. Much as I love "Dinosaurs", or "Labyrinth", I also dug "Attack Of The Clones." Go, computers. Yay.)

But it's a shame, shame, shame -- because not only is this brilliant puppetry, it's EXTREMELY good *writing* and *acting.* Funny as can be! Laugh upon laugh for the kiddies and adults!! Me, I have no children, and I would buy up ALL the theoretical Complete Season DVD box sets, to sit proudly among "The Simpsons" and "South Park."

I don't know how typical I am -- but Disney folks, do you really want to TAKE THE CHANCE that you are MISSING OUT on tapping the Simpsons/South Park fan base?!?

Are you THAT sure of yourselves? Seems to me you guys keep missing the mark. ... Read more


122. Anne of Avonlea
Director: Kevin Sullivan
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Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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This video is the sequel to the beloved children's book and video Anne of Green Gables. It continues the story of Anne Shirley, an imaginative and headstrong young orphan in 1890s Canada, whose hot temper matches her red hair. Anne of Green Gables told of Anne's adoption by an elderly brother and sister, Marilla (Colleen Dewhurst) and Matthew Cuthbert, and her childhood adventures in the idyllic village of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. Anne of Avonlea takes up the story soon after Matthew's death, when Anne has graduated from college. It follows her struggles and adventures as an aspiring writer and English teacher in a private school on the mainland. Girls seven and older, as well as adults, will enjoy this intelligent and beautifully made film, first shown on PBS. It's filled with themes parents can discuss with their daughters--including self-reliance, generosity, and perseverance. It also gives a realistic portrayal of the situation for women during this historical period, through characters that are multifaceted and human. Anne's struggle to find her voice as a writer, to handle difficult people maturely, to stay optimistic despite setbacks, and to nurture her students are both thought provoking and entertaining. Girls will also enjoy Anne's romantic travails, as she tries to decide between two suitors: her childhood friend Gilbert, and a rich, handsome, and mysterious widower. The film is beautifully filmed, and the costumes and settings portray an idyllic time and place. The cast is excellent. Megan Follows as the spirited Anne and Dewhurst as the gruff but tender Marilla give especially fine performances. --Elisabeth Keating ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's Very Good!
Anne of Avonlea, also called Anne of Green Gables the Sequel is a wonderful movie and just as good as the first movie! In this movie Anne leaves home to take a job teaching English to some snotty rich girls who give her a hard time but she soon wins them over and soon Morgan Harris the father of one of her students falls for Anne and courts her. The father played by Frank Converse is quite a bit older then Anne and my aunt kept rooting for him but having read the books and knowing who Anne's true love is I of course rooted for her beloved Gilbert. Megan Follows once again gave a wonderful performance as Anne and I highly recommend this movie and also the first movie. The only movie in this series that I was disappointed in was the third movie the Continuing story but the first two movies are very good! I could be wrong but I don't recall the character Morgan Harris being in the books and I think he may have been an added character to the movie. I do think that the actor playing him was quite handsome in a rugged sort of way but Jonathan Crombie who played Gilbert was cute too.

5-0 out of 5 stars The movie was magnificent
Growing up as a child, I have watched this movie, with my grandmother, over and over again, along with Anne of Green Gables. Normally you can't find a sequel that lived up to the first movie, but this one broke that barrier. It lived up to every imagination that you came across in the first one. It made me laugh and cry time and time again. I recommend it to everyone. The acting was beautiful, along with the setting. The movies didn't follow the books to the tee but they were written perfectly all the same. I have watched these movies since i was little and now that I'm fifteen I'm finally going to buy them. I just got the books for Christmas last year. The third movie (Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story) just aired on PBS the last two weeks, and it was great too. It didn't follow the book at all, but i wouldn't have changed a thing. It's too bad that Colleen Dewhurst didn't live to be in the last one, she would have done a great performance. They were all great.

For anyone who loves to laugh, cry and be inspired these movies are definitely for you. (Young or Old)

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel
If you like Anne of Green Gables you have to have the sequel. It is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Growing Up In Avonlea
I mainly have known this story to be Anne of Avonlea. I also might add I haven't the pleasure of reading L. M. Montgomery book series of Anne of Green Gables. But this has been one of the best sequels I have ever seen. The new additions to the cast is great. We still follow the life of Anne Shirley as she matures and intends on graduating college and becoming a teacher, and a writer. She also has to help with Green Gables now that Mathew is gone. Her friendship also blossom's with Gilbert B. however, she isn't ready to fall in love with him yet. As it becomes a hard decision she is comfortable with Marilla living with Rachel at Green Gables as she goes off to teach at a private girls school which is a new chapter and new adventures. She then becomes involved with a young girl Emmeline Harris and falls into a very close relationship with her father Morgan Harris. She makes the town fall in love with her despite them disliking new comer's to the town. However, she realizes that she is very much home sick and that she belongs back home in Green Gables and she also realizes that her and Gilbert belong together. Again it's always fantastic to see all of the actor's and characters return to this amazing sequel. There are a few characters very much missed, but remembered in this film. And all of the relationships between Anne and her friends grow stronger and stronger. The new additions are just as wonderful with the private school and the other characters of the new town. It really is a wonderful piece and a nice conclusion to this series. The DVD quality I guess some have complained about, but I don't see anything wrong with it. It has all of the same extra's, except in a new version with this sequel that the first DVD set had. Again I highly recommend this for any Anne fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars DVD quality fine
I don't know whether Sullivan Entertainment remastered the DVD and re-released it as a two-sided disc (and thus I have a different version than the one reviewed below) or whether my eyes are different from those of that reviewer, but as I wrote in my review of the first "Anne of Green Gables," the encoding on my copy is just as good as the vast majority of DVD's out there, and better than many. I did notice some minor compression artifacts on this disc, but the negative reviewer below should watch "The Last Emperor" before s/he awards "worst DVD encoding ever" to this fine DVD of a wonderful film. ... Read more


123. Morrie - Lessons on Living
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Two years before Mitch Albom wrote his bestselling book Tuesdays with Morrie, Ted Koppel did a series of three interviews with the extraordinary Morrie Schwartz for ABC's Nightline. Schwartz, a retired sociology professor from Brandeis University, was dying of Lou Gehrig's disease; before he passed away, he wanted to share the wisdom that comes from the experience of knowing you are going to die, and to give advice to others on how to behave when facing death. His most important message--choose how you want to confront your death, and don't let go of that--comes through over and over in everything Schwartz says and does. Consistently cheerful, remarkably clear, and mentally strong, Schwartz touches with his special view of the world. Although in each interview he is progressively sicker, his words are uplifting and meaningful. With bluntness he tells Koppel of his physical situation, and the two grow obviously fond of each other. Both sad and wise, this video is a must-see, as it is an experience we all shall face, hopefully with the grace and attitude of Morrie Schwartz. --Jenny Brown ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I am a sociolgy instructor at SUNY New Paltz. I use the book, the feeling and the emmotion of morrie. Is strive to be like him daily. Wathing this interview was stunning, and has placed my life into a higher place. Morrie continues to be a mentor for me and this video was the icing on the cake ... Read more


124. Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss
Director: Richard Bartlett
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Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ollie Hopnoodle: Sequel to a Great Christmas Classic
Hi, movie fans! This 1988 hilarious TV movie about a summer vacation to Michigan is based on the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, another hilarious movie. This is a movie narrated by Jean Shepherd, who also narrated Christmas Story and wrote novels, which his movies werer based on. Ralph Parker(Jerry O' Connell) and his family including his father(James B. Sikking) go on a vacation to a place with cabins by a lake called Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss. I think Sikking does just as good of a job of playing the father in Christmas Story(Darren McGavin). They both do great. This is a great movie. Get it! It's REALLY funny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Poignant comedy that entertains both adults and kids.
Like A Christmas Story, this movie holds the attention of both kids and adults. Boomer parents re-experience their childhood summer vacations. But the humor is ageless, and present day kids also are riveted. There are classic scenes regarding a kid getting his first summer job (with the father, James Sikking, wryly making cracks about the glories of physical labor). As in the movie, my brothers and I traveled in the family car to vacations on Lake Michigan. Jean Shepard, the author, is unsurpassed in capturing mid-century middle-American family life. Our Beta tape version is getting threadbare; I'd buy a new VHS or DVD in a second, given the opportunity.

3-0 out of 5 stars Another Bee Trauma...
I think I first saw this movie on the Disney channel years ago. The one thing that's always stuck with me is the image of the windmill perched on top of the Parker's car, shearing trees and slamming into signs...

Watching it now, I can't help but think what a little more production money and script tightening would have done for this picture. The dog going missing is a waste of time. The summer job is okay, but the best part is when they're on the road.

Now, here's why I'll always love it. The bee in the car! Dorothy Lyman's hysterical reaction is worth the fifty dollar purchase price you'll probably have to pay to get your hands on this one.

And for fun, watch when the Parkers are chasing the Rolls Royce...especially after the car turns around. What's that, a Nova? And a Chevette? I thought this was a 40s-50s movie!

5-0 out of 5 stars A family classic
Fuzzhead!
I love this movie and have since I was a kid (not that many years ago).
My whole family loves this movie, and now that I'm a big kid, my fiance and I love it.
Great movie, and one you should definetly watch.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ollie Hopnoodle and the Haven of Bliss
I believe that this was the third installment in the Ralphie trilogy, and unfortunately the least well done. As a joint venture between Disney and Boston's Public TV station, WGBH, it's characters didn't seem fully developed and the acting seemed shallow in comparison to "A Christmas Story." It came across as a low-budget effort.

I also had a little trouble with the title, which most of this 100 minute movie didn't actually deal with. Jean Shepard's cameo role as Ralphie's first boss was . . . different, with his character appearing visually stunning and a cross between an Hasidic diamond merchant and Gimli the Dwarf in "Lord of the Rings." No human being has ever had this amount of facial hair.

By today's standards this certainly wasn't a bad movie, but it didn't have the attention to detail the first two did and the various story lines had the potential to be taken so much further. ... Read more


125. Peter and The Wolf (Walt Disney Mini Classics)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Peter and the Wolf
This is a very old story, set to music by Prokofiev. It was adapted by Disney as one of ten segments of the animated feature film, "Make Mine Music" in 1946. Narrated by Sterling Holloway (the voice of Pooh) it is the story of a young boy who goes with his pet cat Ivan, duck Sonia, and bird Sasha to catch the wolf. The music has always been a popular way to teach people the value of classical music, and how music can be expressive and teach a story. Each animal and person in the story is expressed by a musical instrument, such as Peter by a string quartet, Grandpa by the bassoon, and the hunters by kettledrums. The piece is hilarious and very well animated. It was edited into a short featurettte for the first time in 1955. ... Read more


126. Disney's Sing Along Songs: Aladdin - Friend Like Me
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Sing, dance, and play along with your favorite Disney songs! Learning the words is fun and easy as you sing along to the on-screen lyrics and join your favorite characters in their most memorable musical moments from classic Disney animated and live action films. Disney presents a pair of Academy Award(R)-nominated songs from the spectacular, show-stopping musical ALADDIN, best song nominees "Friend Like Me" and "A Whole New World"! It's a sing-along celebration of friendship also featuring a delightful assortment of songs from Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE JUNGLE BOOK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You aint never had a video like this.
I remember renting this video when i was in 1st grade and i enjoyed it very much back then,i do not own anymore disney sing along videos as some of them broke or they were gaven away and there where 2 strange things about this video.

1.A non standered musical score was used during the title presintation and not the theme song.

2.After the theme song there was no intro with professer owl saying "And now here's our friend, Jiminy Cricket"after the theme we see Jiminy right away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun
My grandma got me this video when I was only three years old. But now I gave this video away to someone who could use It. I was too old for this video. My grandma says I used to love this video.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun...fun...fun...
We have all the "Disney's Sing Along Songs" videos but my daughters love this particular video the most. I honestly enjoy it very much myself. I also like the theme of the video, which is friendship and getting along. It is really a lot of fun to watch...and sing along. ... Read more


127. DuckTales the Movie -- Treasure of the Lost Lamp
Director: Vincent Woodcock, Clive Pallant, Mathias Marcos Rodric, Paul Brizzi, Bob Hathcock, Gaƫtan Brizzi
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Another of Disney's efforts to create a quickie animated feature film out of one of its daily TV shows, this one plays like a low-rent reworking of Aladdin. Still, with Scrooge McDuck (voiced by Alan Young) and nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, there's fun to be had. And that includes the genie (voiced by comic Rip Taylor) and the villains voiced by Christopher Lloyd and Richard Libertini. The plot centers on Scrooge's search for lost treasure; the kids come up with the magic lamp with the genie in it, which is sought by an evil magician. Everyone gets into the act of making wishes and seeing them come true, until the bad guy gets a hold of the lamp. Mostly for young viewers. --Marshall Fine ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Cute Movie, But Limited Viewability
I was always a fan of the DuckTales series as a child, but even then found this movie to be dissapointing. It's a cute movie, and has great characters to work with, but it lacks the charm and fast pace of the show. Kids may become restless watching it (I know I always did) as it tends to drag its feet a bit. Most of the jokes of the Geenie are stale and fall flat.
The familiarity of the classic characters does make it a good comfort movie. I don't care for the central villain, Merlock, who never comes across as particularly menacing, but his sidekick Dijon is a nice addition and provides some comic relief while fitting in with the true DuckTales style.
This movie is worth viewing once or twice, but you might opt to rent it rather than purchase it, as it's not something that will hold your interest if you watch it often.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Movie
If you are a fan of the older disney movies, than Treasure of The Lost Lamp is a must have. Even today, I still love to watch this amazing movie. DuckTales Treasure of The Lost Lamp is great for all ages.

The only improvement needed is to make Treasure of The Lost Lamp a DVD. Even on the old VHS, it still deserves a 5 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars i love it!!
this is the best & most underrated disney movie ever... love it as a kid... i wish i would see it ungain... i especially like the part where weddy stuffed animals come to live & attack the genie & run rampant... funny part & the rest of the movie is perfect... dont miss it if u love this stuff

5-0 out of 5 stars Disney's feature-length DuckTale is a lot of fun
The first of Disney's attempts to make some quick bucks from a feature based on one of their daily TV series, "Treasure of the Lost Lamp" sprawned from the enjoyable 80's cartoon series DuckTales and is likewise animated by the TV department. In this big-screen goround, Scrogue McDuck (Alan Young) travels with his nephews and niece Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby (all Russi Taylor) in search of Collie Baba's legendary treasure. They are persued in this quest by powerhungry sorcerer Merlock (Christopher Lloyd) with the reluctant assistance of his henchmen Dijon (Richard Libertini) and escape with their lives - but without most of the treasure. The kids release a geenie in the lamp when Webby is cleaning her "teacup" and have fun making crazy wishes (such as turning Webby's stuffed toys into real live animals.) But Merlock, the geenie's former master, is hot on their trail and hell-bent on reclaiming the lamp and the power of the geenie at any cost.

All this plays out like a workprint version of Disney's classic "Aladdin," which debuted two years after the DuckTales release, but that's not nessesarily a bad thing. There's a lot to like about "Treasure of the Lost Lamp," and a lot of fun to be had here, including many comic moments. Also, the breezy 74-minute runtime is just right for young viewers' attention spans. While the visiuals and somewhat choppy editing are nothing compared to the Feature Animation-created Disney efforts of the time, the movie recaptures the look, feel, and spirit of the TV show, making it good fun for fans and a very worthile watch for others. In fact, it's best to think of this as an episode of the TV show with an extended runtime. When you use that point of view with this film, you'll have a lot of fun following the epiosodic adventures of the characters. The opening sequences while searching for (and finding) the treasure feel a lot like an animated Indiana Jones and it's a shame there wasn't more time put into this part of the story.

All in all "DuckTales" provides a solid, simple and entertaining story, great vocal delivery from all the cast (most noteable in this department is Christopher Lloyd as the villian), and a lot of laughs with genuine humor behind them. Highly reccomended viewing for a lazy afternoon, but this might not stand up to repeated showings unless you're a big fan of the show. If you are a fan, don't hesitate to buy this - you'll be pleased. Others who just want a taste of what the show was like, this will fit the bill nicely and is suited to a rental.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best movie!
This movie was a childhood classic. This movie is funny, interesting, and it grabs your attention. It's hard to walk away from once you start it, and even though I've seen it dozen's of times there is always something new or something that you never really "saw" what it was. This is definetly a movie every kid should see....at least once. ... Read more


128. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
Director: Rob LaDuca, Darrell Rooney
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Another made-for-video sequel to a Disney masterpiece. As with the Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas sequels, most of the recognizable vocal talents return, creating a worthwhile successor to the highest-grossing animated film ever. We pick up the story as the lion king, Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick), and Nala (Moira Kelly) have a new baby cub, a girl named Kiara (Neve Campbell). Like her father before, she seeks adventure and ends up outside the Pridelands, where lions loyal to the evil Scar (who died in the original) have lived with revenge in their hearts. The leader, Zira (a spunky turn from Suzanne Pleshette), schemes to use her son Kovu (Jason Marsden) to destroy Simba. As luck with have it, Kiara has bumped into Kovu and fallen in love.

This all sounds familiar since all of Disney's straight-to-video sequels have played it very safe, nearly repeating the originals' story, tone, and pace. Perhaps there were too many cooks for this production. Besides the two screenplay credits, there are eight other writers credited for additional written material. The look of the film has none of the surprise of the original but is far superior to other animated videos. In fact, the film played in European theaters.

For kids, the sequel will be a favorite. The comic antics of Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumba (Ernie Sabella) are enjoyable, as is Andy Dick as Nuka, the mixed-up older son of Zira. And there's plenty of action. The best element is the music. Relying on more African-influenced music, the five songs featured are far superior to those in Disney's other sequels. Zira'ssong of revenge, "My Lullaby," was cowritten by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. The standout opening number, "He Lives in You," was created for the Lion King Broadway smash and now finds a whole new audience. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Six stars out of five!
The Lion King II-Simba's Pride is a better than excellent movie! I really loved it. I watched it at a friend's house a few months ago and we all loved it. Simba is grown up and has mated with his childhood sweetheart Nala. He has a daughter, Kiara, who wanders onto the territory belonging to Scar's mate, Zira. She starts playing with Zira's son, Kovu, but soon Zira finds out and she snarls and all. Simba comes to the rescue and forbids Kiara to go there again. Kovu is sent to Simba's territory to live there and kill him. But, like any Disney movie, Kovu and Kiara fall in love! It's about the relationships between Kiara and Kovu and Simba and Kovu. In the end there is a fight, but I'm not going to tell you who dies or lives! Watch this movie that brings The Lion King back to life!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark...dark is good...
Okay. I loved the "The Lion King". I was tickled silly when I heard of "The Lion King 2". I rushed to Blockbuster and rented it when I was eight.

I...was...hooked...

Then I saw it at a friends house four years later.

I...was...still...hooked...

Now I have it on DVD and I watch it whenever I get the chance.

There isn't really anything bad I can say about this movie. However, I would not recommend it for children under seven. I'm actually quite surprised it's not rated PG at the very least.

"The Lion King 2" is actually a pretty dark story, about Kovu, Scar's heir who was destined to follow in his pawprints and become king.

Nuka, Kovu's brother and Scar's son (Kovu is NOT Scar's son!), is quite jelous and is always trying to impress his mother, Zira, to make her change her mind.

Zira is the bad lioness of the story.

Meanwhile at Pride Rock Simba's daughter, Kiara, is destined to become future queen. But Simba is a little...over-protective.

Zira trains Kovu to kill Simba.

But as the story progresses, and his chances of killing Simba and Kiara grow nearer, Kovu cannot bring himself to do it.

You know, the usual stuff.

This is a VERY dark and emotional story. But good just the same!

Rent or buy? - Buy. No questions there.

2-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Disney, Why?
Lame.

The concept was nice enough, I suppose. But I found the move to be lacking in so many ways. The music made me wince - that was probably one of the worst things in the film. The songs were completely forgetable, and cheap.

Don't get me wrong - I adored the Lion King. And I thought it was interesting to have the daughter fall in love with Scar's son. But it was a poor follow up to that wonderful first film.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well, I guess it's ok....
I've never really liked Disney sequels (ie, Peter Pan 2, Pocahontas 2, Little Mermaid 2, etc...), but this one is an exception. The story follows the adventures of Simba's daughter, Kiara. All she wants to do is explore the Pride Lands unsupervised, but her father fears for her safety. One morning little Kiara goes wandering off too far, ends up in the forbidden "Out Lands", and meets another young cub named Kovu. They become great friends against Simba's and Zera's (Kovu's mom's) wishes. It's pretty much a total conflict between the Pride Landers and the Outsiders, ending up with Kiara and Kovu having to solve the problem. The story isn't too bad, but Disney sequels can always use some improvement, as usual. My sister and I still have fun pretending to be Kiara and Kovu. And the animation isn't top notch, but it's good. To round it all out, I think the kids will probably enjoy it. Go ahead and give it a try, but I can't promise you that you'll like it. Me and my sis have always enjoyed it ever since we bought it though, so I'm sure somebody in the family will love it. :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Sequel to the 1994 Classic
Yeah, I know that this direct-to-video sequel was put out to cash in even more so on the original, which itself grossed over $300 in U.S. box office receipts to become the most successful Disney film ever! However, after watching this a couple of years back and revisiting it today, I know that there was another, much better, reason: four years after THE LION KING, we were all missing the characters...and we were hungry for more. As much as us fans of the original did not want the possibility of having the franchise tainted by an inferior sequel, it seemed to be worth the risk.

And it was. In 1998, Disney got most of the principal voice-over actors back from the original---Matthew Broderick as Simba, Moira Kelly as Nala, Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella as Timon & Pumbaa, respectively, and of course, Robert Guillaume as the hilarious Rafiki---and made THE LION KING II: SIMBA'S PRIDE, which follows our favorite Lion hero (and King) & family as they pick up from where they left off in the first film. Now Simba is the King and his young offspring is a lioness cub named Kiara; he's the worried dad in this one, always fearing for the safety of the young precocious girl, but they're nevertheless a happy family just the same. Of course, danger lurks in the shadows, as Zira (Suzanne Pleshette---yes, *that* Suzanne Pleshette), the villainous ex-mate of Scar, is training her young son Kovu to grow up to avenge Scar's death by killing Simba. However, Rafiki, the silly-acting but nevertheless wise monkey, finds out to his horrified amazement that Kiara and Kovu are destined for each other. Sure enough, Kiara and Kovu meet each other as cubs and take an immediate strong liking to each other. Can true love overcome true evil?

This film, by itself, is very well-written and acted, with excellent production values for the fact that it is a direct-to-video sequel. It has really no flaws of its own, just one obvious inconsistency between it and the first film: Scar's 'ex-mate' Zira (and, by extension, Kovu) simply did not exist in the original THE LION KING! She was obviously made up just to have a sequel. However, this is the only major thing to overlook, and if you can forgive this movie for it, then you should be able to easily enjoy yourself. As I said, this is a good animated movie, and I recommend it for any fan of the original. This sequel isn't quite as dark; however, I still would not recommend showing it to very young kids. Suzanne Pleshette does a surprisingly good job as the evil, scheming, vengeful Zira (basically a female versdion of old Scar himself). Neve Campbell does a solid job as the voice of the adult Kiara, and Jason Marsden does excellently as the conflicted Kovu, who wants to do good, but...he made a promise to his mother...didn't he?!

Listen, THE LION KING II: SIMBA'S PRIDE is not the masterpiece that THE LION KING is...however, it is much better than it perhaps should be. Fans of the original should definitely own it.

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129. Summer of the Monkeys
Director: Michael Anderson
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Twelve-year-old Jay Berry Lee has one goal this summer: to buy his ownpony. He plans to work long hours in his grandfather's general store toearn the money for it. But business is slow in this Great Plains farm town circa 1910, and his dream seems unreachable until the day he discovers a group ofescaped circus monkeys. Despite his father's warnings and his mother'sanger over his irresponsibility, Jay Berry tries everything in his powerto capture the comical monkeys and claim the handsome reward offered bytheir owner. During his efforts, he learns important lessons abouttenacity, charity, prioritizing his values, and, yes, monkeys.

Based on the award-winningnovel by WilsonRawls, Summer of theMonkeys brings together a snug ensemble of capable actors. The mostrecognizable cast members include Wilford Brimley (Cocoon) and the mild-mannered Michael Ontkean (Twin Peaks). Corey Sevierhandles the role of Jay Berry Lee with the right blend of preteenadrenaline and emotion. Under the direction of Michael Anderson(Around the World in Eighty Days) the characters treat this moderately paced period piece with great care.Both the story and the dialogue are sensible without being sentimental, aquality that should appeal to all family members. Its clean, upbeatstyle may remind adult viewers of Disney's wilderness family classics ofthe 1970s. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Movie with a sweet message
This movie is not really about monkeys but a story about a young boy growing up and out of selfishness. It's wonderful to watch this boy take a big step to becoming a man by the things he experiences one eventful summer. I was satisfied to have my children watch a film with such a great message.It was also nice to watch a film with clean language. You won't be sorry you watched it.
A Concerned Christian Mom

5-0 out of 5 stars A family classic with a rich story and wonderful humor.
Academy award-winning director, Michael Anderson ("Around the World in 80 days) brings his considerable talent to this family classic, based on the Wilson Rawls novel of the same name. Beautifully photographed in a stunning period pieced drama, this new Disney release is something the whole family will love. With charming performances by Corey Sevier (Lassie), Katie Stuart (The Crow) and Wilford Brimley (Cocoon), the movie takes viewers through a summer of growing up for Jay Berry Lee, a fourteen year-old farm boy. Through his encounter and humorous attempts to catch a rascally group of escaped circus monkeys, Jay ends up learning far more important lessons about life than he ever dreamed. Winner of numerous film festival awards, and the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, "Summer of the Monkeys" will keep you coming back for more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
Like a previous reviewer stated, the title didn't catch me. The cover (I was 8 and judging by the cover was the way to tell) looked bored and showed off a boring deal. It didn't help that it looked rural. It just looked dull!

How wrong I was! I haven't watched this movie in probably five years, but I remember it's magic. It was just a great, simple movie. You could relate to Jay-he was the troublemaker, yet often felt ignored. Corey Sevier is one of those actors that you see everywhere but you can't quite put your finger on it--but he's great!

The highlights of this movie are simple scenes, really. Unlike most, there's no HUGE event that leads the movie. That said, it's a simple movie that even young kids can enjoy. Kids who's favorites movie list upon the Fast and the Furious, may not like it because it's not that kind of movie-but sensitive children are sure to love it!

1-0 out of 5 stars How far off can you get.
I always try to be fair to movies where the book is involved. Movies like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are perfect example of a faithful adaptaion of the book. Summer of the Monkeys sadly does not measure up. I am forced to ask the question: how far from the book can you get and still use the same title? Obviously really far. The two biggest glaring errors are the main character's age. From the book, very first page and very first line, "Up until I was 14 years old." In the movie he is 12. This is what really bugged me; the book specifically placed the setting in the Ozak Mountains on the banks of the Illonis River in Oklahoma. Hmm... I don't think that was a prairie yet the movie filmed it in what looked like Nebraska. I would recomend renting this movie. Buy the book, as it is one of my all time favorites. Even as an adult I come back to read it and enjoy it thouruly every time. In short the movie makers did not come even close to capturing the book and it is not worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Be Brave.
During the storm scene while Jay and Daisy's Ma was reading the scripture from the bible Daisy was clinging on too her Pa Jay was praying and there Pa was holding onto Daisy so tight .They made it through the horrid storm without breaking a single bone or without getting hurt even though the storm wrecked there house they were just glad God blessed them with a miracle .Like it said on the ad a story with laughter and faith. ... Read more


130. Cinderella (Wide World of Disney)
Director: Robert Iscove
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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


131. Freaky Friday
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In the tradition of THE PRINCESS DIARIES, Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY is the extremely funny and heartwarming comedy everyone will love.Dr. Tess Coleman (the hilarious Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) have one thing in common -- they don't relate to each other on anything.Not clothes or men or Anna's passion to be in a rock band. Nothing. Then one night a little mystic mayhem changes their lives and they wake up to the biggest freak-out ever.Tess and Anna are trapped inside each other's body! But Tess's wedding is Saturday, and the two must find a way to switch back -- fast! Literally forced to walk in each other's shoes, will they gain respect and understanding for the other's point of view? Filled with comedy, rock 'n roll, and lots of heart, FREAKY FRIDAY is freaking fun everyone can enjoy together. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Super Freaky
The original Freaky Friday, released in 1977, starred Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, as a mother/daughter, who pull off the old switchero. The sprited 2003 remake is as much fun as the earlier incarnation and is a great showcase for the comedic talents of its two female leads.

Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her 15-year-old daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) are not getting along all that well. The pair butt heads over everthing from boys, household chores, to mom's upcoming nuptials to Ryan (Mark Harmon). However, everything changes when two identical Chinese fortune cookies cause a little mystic mayhem and Tess and Anna find themselves inside the other's body. And with Tess's wedding only a few days away, the two have to find a way to switch back before the big day.

Under the direction of Mark S. Waters, Freaky Friday, has what many of the identity crisis comedies of the past did not--good chemistry between the leads. Curtis and Lohan make quite a team. I was very impressed with the way they were both able to transform into each other. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have a clever and witty script, to back you up. After seeing Curtis strut her stuff, her Golden Globe nomination for her performance, was well deserved.

The DVD has a solid assortment of extras, but I really wish the stars had recorded an audio commentary, that probably would have been lots of fun. Waters offers an introduction for a deleted scene and no less than three alternate endings. I'll let you decide for yourself, which ending works best. Actress Lindsay Lohan grabbed a DV Camera for some fun backstage moments with the cast and crew during the making of the film. There's also a three minute blooper reel that's worth a look, two music videos from the film's soundtrack: Lillix's "What I Like About You" and Halo Friendlies' "Me Vs. the World", a few DVD-ROM weblinks, and the usual Disney sneak peeks. The actual theatrical trailers for either Freaky Friday film, however, didn't make the disc. Viewers can watch the movie in either the full-screen or widescreen formats

This is a lighthearted family comedy that made even this somewhat cynical reviewer smile. Recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars SWITCHEROONIE
FREAKY FRIDAY is a movie of revelations. First, we have the breakout performance for an actress who has always done well, but in this movie, well she finds her niche. Jamie Lee Curtis is absolutely delightful in the role of Tess Coleman. She brings a comic ability hardly evidenced in her earlier films; she also has the maturity to cut loose and play her teenage daughter with all the stops pulled out. If this was a perfect world, Jamie Lee would find herself with a Best Actress oscar nomination this year. Likewise, Ms. Lindsay Lohan---incredible performance, going from the self-centered teenybopper to the more sophisticated and mature personage of her stressed out mom.
Lohan and Curtis work brilliantly together, and in this same perfect world, Lindsay would also be Oscar nominated.
Director Mark Waters kept things moving at a frenetic pace, and had me chuckling throughout the movie. We can't overlook, either, the wonderful actors in their supporting roles: Mark Harmon was his usual stuffy self, but there was innate warmth lurking there, too; Harold Gould was charming as the hard of hearing grandfather; Ryan Malgarini was perfect as the brother from hell; Dina Spybey was perfect as the too perfect classmate, Stacey; and my favorites: Rosalind Chao and Lucille Soong as the Chinese ladies who get the ball rolling with the switching. They are so full of life, they give the movie incredible bursts of fun and humor. Ironically, Chad Michael Murray worked best in his scenes with Jamie Lee; he seemed to have more maturity and self-confidence.
This is a very entertaining movie, and in its own way, much better than the original.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND OSCAR DON'T BE SUCH A STUFFSHIRT!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
Great family movie! Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan once again prove what great actresses they are! The movie is very funny and the chemistry between the actors is amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fillm for the whole family
I was very happy when I got Freaky Friday for christmas and I enjoy every moment of it. It has a little of everything for the whole family. Rock, love and comdey it just a feel good movie for any age.

4-0 out of 5 stars Average Flick
I have to say I liked the book better. The movie is kind of shallow. I like Lindsay Lohan a lot, but for some reason this movie didn't serve a purpose for me.
They twisted the story of the book, which was much better might I add, to make 'Anna' a rebel punk rocker with a bad attitude and a belly button ring. I think I may have appreciated this movie more if it had some more meaning.
Some parts of the movie were really good and some parts were kind of stinky. No offense, but after Chad Michael Murray's character entered the movie, that's when the movie got boring. That's the word. Boring. Not bad, just kind of boring.
Don't get me wrong though, it's a lot better than that Lizzie Maguire movie and What A Girl Wants, and I guess maybe littler kids might like it more than I did. But here's the breakdown.....
THE MOVIE: Definitely worth watching, Definitely worth checking out of the library, Worth renting, Maybe not worth buying until you've seen it.
AGES?: 4-6, probably wouldn't get it. 7-9 May like it. 10-13 - my age group....It was okay...kind of predictable. 13+ - most likely will find it boring.
MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS: Mean Girls (PG-13) for younger kids, The Parent Trap and Cheaper By The Dozen.
OTHER: I recommend Freaky Friday, the book, wholeheartedly. ... Read more


132. 102 Dalmatians
Director: Kevin Lima
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Get ready for outrageous fun in Disney's 102 DALMATIANS. It's a brand-new hilarious adventure, starring the audacious Oddball, the spotless Dalmatian puppy on a search for her rightful spots, and Waddlesworth, the wisecracking, delusional macaw who thinks he's a Rottweiler. Barking mad, this unlikely duo leads a posse of puppies on a mission to outfox the wildly wicked, ever-scheming Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close). Filled with chases, close calls, hilarious antics, and thrilling escapes all the way from London through the streets of Paris -- and a Parisian bakery -- this adventure-packed tale is wacky good fun your entire family will want to howl over again and again. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worthy Enough To Be The Sequel To Such A Great Film!
This movie was wonderful. Kid's will love it! Cruella Devil is finally being released from prison. They have experimented on her and assume that she is cured from her dog hatting days. In fact, they have turned her into a dog lover. She even goes out and buys an abandoned dog shelter. Her peroll officer, whos dog's have just had a litter of dalmation puppies including oddball who has no spots, Meets the owner of the shelter and falls in love with him. But when Cruella hears the bells of Big Ben, something goes wrong inside her head and she goes out to get revenge. This time she wants a hooded spotted dalmation puppy coat, hence it will take 102 dalmations to complete it. The only dalmation that isn't captured is Oddball because she has no spots. It's up to her and her parrot friend who thinks he's a dog to follow the kidnappers to France and save the day! Your whole family will love it! Buy it today!

5-0 out of 5 stars First 101 dalmations now 102 dalmations,,,wonderful!
I recived this one as a Xmas present *Dec01*, I watched it before I got it, cos we rented it... and I loved it, and i will always love this movie. It's such a cute movie! My favorite dog is "Oddball" my worst character is Cruella De Vil. As u can tell why! Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil.. if she doesnt scare u no evil thing will! I've seen the cartoon version of 101 Dalmations... and I love the cartoon more than the real version on 101 Dalmations. But 102 Dalmations is much better. I also have 101 Dalmations *Not the cartoon version*, and that one is not as good as 102 Dalmations.. (Believe Me))))) Well anyways please do yourself a favor and buy "102 Dalmations" today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cute puppies. 16th april 2004.
I have never really seen the first propally, but i could imagine the second been that bit better. Great for anyone, really cute doggies, and ther are 102 of them on a adventure near to the end.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a horible movie
I thought it would be a delightful flick with cute pupies running away from a nasty lady but it's not that way. old tired jokes get used agan agan and agan. BOTTOM LINE: it stinks

1-0 out of 5 stars A puppy's day
An evil Cruela Devil does the same plan like in the original movie. This movie sounds the same like the original. They repeated everything including the plot, the story and made different characters take care of the dogs. It should be the same people like in the first 101 Dalmatians. Disney made a really bad look out type of movie. This movie should be called 102 Dalmatians Cruela Devil Returns. An extra this movie should be Rated R for evil violence, overacted, and disaster images that are usually garbaged. ... Read more


133. Miracle at Midnight
Director: Ken Cameron (II)
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Disney triumphs with Ken Cameron's 1998 World War II TV movie basedon true events that will grip viewers from the first moment to the last. Setin September, 1945, (five years after the German occupation of Denmarkbegan) word gets out that the Nazis will begin arresting Danish Jews, whichignites a citizens resistance movement. Dr. Koster (Sam Waterston) and hiswife Doris (Mia Farrow) find themselves in the middle of the chaos and mustchoose between ignoring the Jewish plight or helping their neighbors. Theychoose the latter, risking their lives to hide Rabbi Abrams and his family.Soon, the Kosters are front-runners in a clandestine operation to transportover 7,000 Jews to neutral Sweden, while averting Nazi arrest. Waterston andFarrow are brilliant in roles both convincing and complex. Also noteworthyare Justin Whalin and Nicola Mycroft, who play the coming-of-age Kosterchildren, Henry and Elsa. The story is equally theirs as they developpersonal convictions to take a stand against Nazi atrocities. In many ways,the film is a sanitized version of wartime events (there are hints, but nofootage of concentration camps), yet caution is advised when considering itas a family film. Gunfire, suicide, imprisonment, and death may be disturbingto children under age 10. For all other audiences, it is a must-see movie, apoignant drama of courage and inspiration in the face of persecution,demonstrating that, as Dr. Koster narrates, "In every language and religion,to be humane is to love your neighbor." --Lynn Gibson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment, yet more than that
This was a very captivating movie.
A Danish family becomes involved in helping Jews. The son (Henrik) is in the resistance and keeps it a secret from his family, sure they would forbid him to continue because of the danger.
The father, a doctor, decides he must do what he can to help the Jews when he hears of the news of the Germans coming to route out and kill Jews. He hides a family (friends of theirs) in the attic.
There are many tense and action-packed scenes. The acting is great.
I wish the people didn't feel they had to lie to save the Jews, though. (Corrie Ten Boom is a good example of someone who hid Jews and told the truth, being put in a concentration camp herself. What strong belief that is.)
There were also a couple of kisses (if you worry about that kind of thing), but nothing more than that.
Overall I give this movie a solid thumbs up and it is a striking example of the bravery of many people during the war. (A four and a half would be more my rating. I usually vote on the low side of things, leaving room for movies that are the absolute best.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Miracle at Midnight
: The movie "Miracle at Midnight", directed by Ken Cameron, is about one family's effort to save Jews in Denmark. The father of this family, Dr. Karl Koster, works at the local hospital. When he hears his Jewish friends are going to be deported by the Nazis, he starts hiding them in the hospital. Meanwhile, his son, Henrik Koster, a university student, joins the local resistance. At home, Karl and his family hide the local Rabbi, Ben Abrams, and his family. Eventually Karl is able to secretly send the Jews, hiding in the hospital, into Switzerland on fishing boats. Karl and his family have to flee to Switzerland because the Nazis found out what he was doing, but Mrs. Koster was taken by the Nazis.
It is very exciting and is extremely tense in several scenes. Which literally makes you sit on the edge of your seat. The movie moves along at a good pace and is only an hour and a half. The plot is quite interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular preformance, Outstanding script, Fabulous video
I love anything there is to do with the Holocaust and I've seen many movies, read many books on the subject. But this is one the the best vidoes on the subject I have ever seen! I love it! There is no better way to put it! Many times, Disney has been far below my standards of a good movie, but this is better that regularly high rated movie productions. Few books,or movies, successfully protray what happened to Denmark during WWII and before, if at all, but this beautifully shows how hard it was to stay alive in that time in the world, especially Europe. The actors and actresses were wonderful and convincing. This is a movie that.... I will be proud to have apart of my Holocuast book/movie collection. This is a must see for a person of any age. Thank you for such a tear-jerking, chair-gripping work of art.

5-0 out of 5 stars A time we must not forget.
This movie was amazing and well acted. Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston do a great job of making us understand that the Danes protected their Jewish neighbors and friends at great risk to themselves. It is a movie that I recommend be shown in high schools. We cannot forget the past and the sacrifices that ordinary people made during this period in history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching, Uplifting Movie
The story of Christian Danes who risked their lives to save their Jewish fellow citizens from the Holocaust is not well known. This movie tells the story of one such Danish family, their struggles against Nazis and collaborators, and their efforts to save Danish Jews. Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow give outstanding performances. The story is gripping. More important, it will touch your heart. ... Read more


134. Oprah: Make The Connection...It's About Changing Your Life
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For all of us who get discouraged from time to time (and who hasn't?)--especially feeling out of control and frustrated with yo-yo dieting--America's No. 1 inspirational speaker, Oprah Winfrey, provides real hope. Winfrey, so adept at making emotional connections with others on her talk show, turns that spotlight squarely on herself in an emotional and revealing hour. Despite her incredible success, she says, for years she was deeply unhappy. But in May of 1992 she finally reached the decision that helped her move forward in clarity. As she says, "I've learned that time is the one thing you cannot waste.... I hope that somebody will see this and connect in a way that will save them time." Oprah's Connection is one not to miss. --Anne Hurley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Dr. Phil! Proceeds to go children schools!!
Oprah's videos proceeds go to children! Her video is inspiring because SHE is a woman who understands yo yo dieting!

Several women also share in this video..which ends with a detailed 10 point guide to weightloss!
Someone said Oprah should listen to Dr. Phil. .It is refreshing to see WOMEN being the experts...we do have different metabolisms!
Let Dr. Phil counsel the men...I want to hear from someone who understands what it means to be a woman!!!
And besides HER profits go to children!!

1-0 out of 5 stars WHY SET YOURSELF UP!
I HAVE TO POSE THE OBVIOUS QUESTION, WHY SET YOURSELF UP LIKE THIS OPRAH! YOU LOOK SO DESPERATE IN THIS VIDEO TO APPEAR LIKE YOU'VE WORKED ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS OUT, AND THAT YOU ALONE HAVE FOUND THE ANSWER, YOU ONLY END UP SOUNDING SO DESPERATE , IT'S QUITE SAD. I'M NOT WRITING THIS TO DEFLATE YOU OR IN ANY WAY DISCOURAGE YOU, BUT, IN ALL TRUTH, I FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO DR. PHIL, MR. TELL IT LIKE IT IS, TO FINALLY NAIL YOUR WEIGHT ISSUE. I SPEAK AS SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLED FOR YEARS, THEN FINALLY FOUND MY TRUTH. GOOD LUCK ELIZABETH P.S. I SINCERELY HOPE YOUR "YES" PEOPLE DON'T FILTER THIS EMAIL OUT. YOU DESPERATELY NEED SOME "NO" PEOPLE AROUND YOU TO RETAIN SOME SEMBLANCE OF BALANCE. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS

5-0 out of 5 stars very touching, moving, inspiring, funny
I just watched this last night. I was a little worried about it for some reason but now I'm so glad I bought this. I'm sure I'll watch it many times and lend it to friends. You thought you knew Oprah? She really bares her heart and soul here in the name of helping others come to the realizations she's come to. Very inspiring. Beautifully shot and produced. Solid information on exercise, but unfortunately touts a very low fat diet, which latest research and many people's experience have proven is not healthy over the long term. But if you get sound nutrition information from Beyond Pritikin or The Diet Cure, you can follow the other recommendations in this video and find inspiration in Oprah's struggles and triumph. It inspired me to get up before 5 this morning to exercise! (Only because I have to be to work by 8.) Do it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Oprah changed my life with this video!!!
This is not a work-out video. Buy this video if you are looking for practical tips on how to like yourself, get physically active and control your weight. Oprah shares personal lessons about her weight and offers ideas on how to come to terms with how we look. So inspirational, it will help change your life, I watch it over and over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly inpirational!
If you have ever battled with being overweight, this video will truly inpsire you. I'm not typically interested in the "self-help" genre of books and videos, but this was a gift from a friend.

I listened to this globally admired woman who has fame and fortune, express the same profound pain and sadness I felt as I battled with my weight problem. I really did "make the connection."

This video will inspire those who think they are hopeless to stop their self loathing and do what is right for their health, bodies, and mind.

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135. Music of the Heart
Director: Wes Craven
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Two-time Academy Award(R)-winner Meryl Streep (ONE TRUE THING) stars with Angela Bassett (HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK) in a heartwarming, acclaimed true story of how one woman's musical gift affected those who least expected it! A single mother with little more than talent and the determination to make a difference, Roberta Guaspari (Streep) overcame the skepticism of everyone who didn't think she should be teaching violin to students in a tough inner-city neighborhood. But even after a decade of ever-growing popularity and countless success stories, Roberta and her kids must rise to meet an even greater challenge: budget cuts aimed at shutting down her valuable program for good! Also starring Aidan Quinn (PRACTICAL MAGIC) and Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan in a stellar cast, this extraordinary story will inspire anyone who's ever thought their dreams were too far out of reach! ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating true story gets lackluster film treatment
Meryl Streep got her twelfth Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Roberta Guaspari in Places in the Heart. Her performance is excellent [when has she been anything but?], yet it is not enough to bring the movie completely to life. This true story, which has been filmed before as a documentary called Small Wonders, is about a teacher who created a music program in the schools of the impoverished East Harlem area of New York. A single mother of two boys, Guaspari, who was trained as a classical violinist but who had little teaching experience, was given a job as a teacher in the 1980s by Janet Williams, a principal at one of the schools. There was no real budget for a classical music program, so she was hired as a substitute. Guaspari herself supplied the first violins. Ten years later, she had taught 1,400 youngsters. When the program was in danger of being axed due to a school budget crisis, Guaspari enlisted the aid of some friends, who arranged for her to give a benefit concert with her best students at Carnegie Hall. Famous violinist like Isaac Stern participated, and the Program was saved. In 1999, money was found by the city to assure its continuation.

I don't know who was responsible for Music of the Heart's rather uninspired telling of the story. It certainly wasn't Ms. Streep. It may have been director Wes Craven, who until now has made his mark in the horror genre, with creepy teen fare such as Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream trilogy. His choice to make a straight drama raised a few eyebrows, and perhaps he was overly cautious with the material. Some of the problem lies within the screenplay. Writer Pamela Gray concentrates on the main character almost exclusively. Ms. Streep is in nearly every scene. Except for some fairly good interaction between Roberta and her boys, most of the characters float in and out, acting almost as stage props. There is little that is memorable about them, and, as a result, we wind up not understanding Roberta Guaspari very well. We see what she does, and we understand that her work is noteworthy and inspirational. Yet the picture does not fill us with inspiration. It's not that it's a bad move, it's that it never soars, as movies about noble, dedicated people can when well done. While it is not a given, what usually provides the drama for such true tales is understanding what personal sacrifices an individual must make to fulfill a difficult goal. I feel certain that this happened to Ms. Guaspari in real life, but we see almost none of it in this movie. It is strongly hinted at a couple of times, but then the film simply glosses everything over and moves on the something else.

Music of the Heart is certainly worth watching for Ms. Streep's performance. The story is a fascinating one, but much of what makes a good story is the way in which it is told. Music of the Heart is not that much of a story teller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story and bravura performance by Meryl Streep
This is a powerful, moving and triumphant true story, which springs from a documentary about a music teacher and her students. This is the story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras (Meryl Streep), a violin teacher who single-handedly created a program to teach violin to inner city kids in East Harlem, New York. The film follows her from the dubious inception of the program, which started as a substitute teaching job, through the ensuing 10 years where so many children wanted to be in the program that it had spread to three schools in the district and a lottery had to be held each year to limit the number of students. The last part of the film is devoted to her fight to continue the program after the board of education killed its funding. It culminates in a triumphant benefit concert supported by some of the greatest violinists in the world to raise private funds to save the program.

This film celebrates the dogged determination and courage of one woman who proved that a single individual can make a difference. Her life was not a pretty picture. Her husband left her for one of her friends, turning her into an emotional basket case. Music was her only solace and teaching was her gift. Unfortunately, her lack of experience in the education system made her unqualified to get a position. So on the recommendation of a friend she convinces an East Harlem principal to give her a chance as a substitute violin teacher. She even supplies the violins.

The story from there is an example of life often being more remarkable than fiction. The results she achieved with these children were astounding. My only criticism of the story was that it contained a little too much treatment of her personal life. Almost her entire relationship with Brian (Aiden Quinn) could have been eliminated without hurting the story. I know that director Wes Craven was trying to give us some character development on how tough her life was and how difficult a person she was, but it was superfluous and the digression only bogged the story down. The real story here was about her and the kids. He should have stuck to that. Otherwise, Craven did a fabulous job of directing, delivering an emotional story with great power and effect. I was quite impressed, especially given the fact that prior to this film, he was almost exclusively a one genre director (Horror. Think 'Scream').

The acting by Meryl Streep was nothing short of brilliant. I have read criticism of Streep's performance as too harsh, it seeming as if she didn't really LIKE the children. In actuality her performance was dead solid perfect. I was lucky enough to rent the Collector's Series DVD of this film which included a separate disk of the original documentary about the real Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras and her students, including the actual concert at Carnegie Hall. If you watch that documentary you will be in awe of how well Streep utterly nails her character. We get to see the real Roberta teaching her students and she is like a drill sergeant barking orders, throwing kids out of practice for not having their violins, reproaching them angrily about plucking their strings while she is speaking, and generally tolerating no nonsense. She is impatient with them and completely intolerant of anything but their best.

The children who made comments about the real Roberta said things like, 'I wouldn't have the discipline I have if it weren't for Roberta. That discipline not only helps me with the violin, but with everything else.' Another child said, 'I have to pay attention to what I'm doing or Roberta will get mean. But if I do good, she is pleased and that make me feel good.' Yet another, 'I want to work really hard so Roberta will be proud of me.' Clearly, these are not the comments of children who were being negatively affected by Roberta's no nonsense style.

Streep said in the featurette included in the DVD that it is very difficult playing a real person because there is no leeway for artistic interpretation. Translation: If she was to play Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, she had to become Roberta. This she accomplished with stunning accuracy. Streep captures not only Roberta's irascible demeanor, but the essence of her drive and passion for drawing the students very best. Roberta is a complex and difficult character to play and Streep throws herself into the role, delivering a tour de force performance that very few actors have the range and depth to accomplish.

This film is a must see for anyone who loves the arts and anyone who can appreciate a great actress giving a career performance. I rated it a 9/10, subtracting a point for Craven's unnecessary digression into Roberta's private life. That is, however, hardly a reason to miss this bravura performance and an inspiring story.

2-0 out of 5 stars Most unrealistic portrayal of a classroom ever on film...
Whoever wrote this screenplay had NO idea what the inside of a classroom looks like.
My goodness. I've seen more realistic depictions of school life in a few B-movies.
It's like the makers of this particular movie were SO interested in making a movie about MUSIC that they paid very little attention to making a movie about SCHOOL.
I could go on and on and on about how this movie falls flat on its face in the depiction of a contemporary classroom, particularly an inner city classroom, but let me just demonstrate but ONE ridiculous unreality this movie commits: In this movie, the school children all pretty much speak proper English. What?!!??? In the inner city???? School children not using barbaric slang in the inner city but instead speaking proper English and doing so naturally, like that's what they do all the time???
Yikes. You've got to be kidding me.
The 5 star reviewers on here ought to be ashamed of themselves for settling for such cartoony realism; better yet, they and the these out-of-touch moviemakers ought to actually go spend some time studying their subject matter, the actual daily war zone that is the contemporary American inner city classroom.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wes Craven Shines!
Can you believe this film was directed by Wes Craven? What a moving story! Everyone should see this movie. One thing-why is Gloria Estefan on the cover???!! Don't get me wrong I love her music, but she hardly had any part AT ALL! Maybe she had 7 lines in all, so it kind of doesn't make sense. Anyway, this movie is great-so watch it, NOW! :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding.
Streep and Bassett are wonderful in this heart-felt drama about a music teacher who "belives" and makes a tremendous difference in the lives of young inner-city children. Funny and poignant.

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136. Ella Enchanted
Director: Tommy O'Haver
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4-0 out of 5 stars very 'Enchanted' by 'Ella'
I notice that many people did not enjoy this movie, mostly because they found the book superior; but I have never read the book, (but am looking forward too doing so) so I'm strictly speaking as someone who hasn't.
the movie is a variation of Cinderella with an interesting twist, about a young woman named Ella (Anne Hathaway) who was given the "gift" of obedience at birth by a dizty fairy (Vivica Fox), which forces Ella to do anything anyone tells her to. But the gift seems like more of a curse to Ella, especially when her father marries an evil woman named Dame Olga (Joanna Lumley), and she must put up with Olga's two petulant daughters (Lucy Punch and Jennifer Higham) who take advantage of her when one of them learns of her unusual gift. Then one day when Ella must do something terrible because of the gift, she decides to set off and find the fairy who gave her the curse so she can take it away. Ella is given a talking book that was once human (he was Ella's house fairy Mandy's boyfriend, but was turned into a book by her botched spell) that can show you anything but can't tell you where it is. She is also joined on her quest by an elf who wants to become a lawyer, but he can't because elves aren't allowed to be anything but singers and dancers. Ella is also added by prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy), who she doesn't really like because his uncle, the king, (Cary Elwes) keeps ogres and elves and giants segregated from humans, and she is a sort of activist against this. But of course, they soon fall in love, and Ella is plunged into royal intrigue, and must do the worst thing the curse has ever made her do if she doesn't find the fairy lucinda in time.
'Ella Enchanted's cast is great. Anne Hathaway is a very talented young actress and her talents were wasted in the unfunny and cliched 'The Princess Diaries', but 'Ella' is very good material and she is very charming and funny in it. I also think Vivica Fox made a very nice turn as the harebrained fairy Lucinda, the two stepsisters were completely hilarious, and Hugh Dancy was very convincing and charasmatic in his prince charming role. I also liked the visual style, which mixes storybook kingdom and kind of like what 'Shrek' would look like in real life. I also found the modern influences on the film very funny, like the prince having a fun club, the mall opening in the mideveal town, and a hilarious situation involving the wicked stepmother and "batox". There is also genuine suspense in a crucial scene sometime before the end, and I'll be darned if it didn't have me on the edge of my seat.
The one thing that really annoyed me though, was how some of the characters just show up when theyr'e needed to move the story along. Ella's father for example is a very thankless role, and during the few times he came onscreen I would think "hey I forgot he was in this"; and the awesome Joanna Lumley (from the TV show Absolutely Fabulous) as the wicked stepmother is tragically underused, and should have had more scenes. Also, Parminder Nagra (Bend it Like Beckham) plays Ella's best friend, and has a key role in an important scene, but we don't see much of her after that.
But these problems are pretty minor, especially for a lighthearted and breezy movie like this. 'Ella Enchanted' is also one of those rare species of family films that is actually enjoyable for the whole family, and I feel parents will like it just as much as the kids will.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ella Enchanted: friend or foe?
I've loved the book ever since i read it 4 years ago. SO naturally, when i heard about the movie, i was excited. After seeing the trailer, though, i became a little apprehensive about the changes being made to a perfect story. Despite my intuition, i forced myself to see the movie; i must tell you, i was pleasantly surprised. Although the story line is completely different from the original, the story was extremely funny, and added whimsy to the fairy tale world. Characters were cut and pasted-changing them to fit the new plot, as well as some added characters (that the story could have done without, but were added to the humor). For fans over 10- Cary Ewells from the princess bride was an extra bonus, as well as the guy from Monte Python. Although some of the scenes seemed a little Shrek-wanna-be, it made me laugh all the same. It is a completely different story being told than in the book, which allows book fans to forget the connection, and instead to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

1-0 out of 5 stars VERY BAD
THE FILM STUNK IF I WANT TO SEE THE MOVIE ILL GO BUY THE BOOK I READ THE BOOK IN SCHOOL AND IT WAS AWSOME! I SAID THAT I WAS GOING TO BUY IT BUT I SAW IT IN THE MOVIE THEATERS AND IT WAS BAD!!!!!! WARNING DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS GO BUY CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN AGE DRAMA QUEEN! THIS FILM STINKS IT SHOULD NOT EVEN GET A STAR AND THATS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING: WASTE OF MONEY!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
The book was so good and then they had to go out and make a movie that was a completely different story!!!!! if you have not seen this horrible rip off, then Go read the book and don't waist your money!!!!!!!!!! I am never going to watch another miramax film ever agen! Oh, and this film does not even deserve 1 star!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best movie ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I loved ella enchanted it is about a girl who has to do everything she is command to do. It is very funny and anne hathaway is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


137. The Moon-Spinners
Director: James Neilson
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Hayley Mills was well on her way to adulthood when she found intrigueand chaste romance on the island of Crete in this 1964 Disney attempt atHitchcock in one of his lighter moods. That means the principals do wind up in a hearse trapped on a narrow street by celebratory but ominous maskedparaders. And that seemingly good guys can and do turn out to be bad guys andvice versa. But it's Disney and Mills, so there are no deaths in thismystery, although gunplay and some scariness do earn it a PG rating. Based onthe Mary Stewart novel of the same name, this 118-minute film finds Mills andher aunt visiting a Cretan village on holiday. In the face of hostility fromtheir innkeeper's brother (Eli Wallach), the pair befriend a fellow Brit. Theyoung man's escapades with jewel thief Wallach draw a beguiled Mills into asometimes perilous adventure involving a harrowing ride upon the sails of awindmill, hiding out in an underground crypt, and a showdown with acheetah-loving millionairess (the scene-stealing Pola Negri) aboard heryacht. Probably a little too sophisticated for those under 8. --Kimberly Heinrichs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hayley in her element
Hayley Mills stars in the Disney thriller THE MOON-SPINNERS, a sinister and menacing story set against the dramatic backdrop of the island of Crete.

Nicky Ferris (Hayley Mills) and her aunt (Joan Greenwood) are travelling through Europe. Her aunt is a music historian from the BBC and is recording folk songs from the remote villages.

They travel into Crete, staying at the Moon-Spinners Inn, run by a kindly lady (Irene Papas) and her young son. However, some shady dealings are being done, with the owner's brother (Eli Wallach) heavily into astrology and smuggling.

Nicky finds herself thrown into a world of espionage and theft, and finds the love of her life.

Also featuring Pola Negri in a rare film appearance, THE MOON-SPINNERS is one of Hayley Mill's best Disney films.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MOVIE
I first read the novel "Moon Spinners" by Mary Stewart and enjoyed the book thoroughly. When I saw that there was a movie based on the novel I was a little skeptical, but Disney usually does a great job so I decided to give it a try. If you like Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries, you will definitely enjoy this movie. Hayley Mills is wonderful as usual and the movie contains great suspense and mystery with just a touch of romance. I liked it so much, that I purchased the movie so that I could watch whenever I wished.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now I want to go to Crete and have an adventure!!!!
The Moon-Spinners has to be one of my favorite movies of all time. Hayley Mills is the all-american girl....err...except for the fact that she's English (it makes no sense, but it is completely true). She gives a genuine performance and most girls can relate to her. I will not deny that this movie is completely cheesy, but it is all in the best way. This movie has everything; adventure, romance, drama, mystery, and is set in the beautiful isle of Crete. The love story is unique and original and will make you smile all over. This movie was acclaimed for being Hayley Mill's first onscreen kiss and I have to admit that it's a good one. I love how this movie embodies the essence of crete, with the beautiful beaches and little villages. I recommend this movie to people of all ages.

1-0 out of 5 stars I love this movie, but...
I will not buy the DVD until I can get it in a W-I-D-E-S-C-R-E-E-N Edition!!! What good is beautiful Crete if it's panned, scanned,sliced, diced, and squashed? I want the whole picture, not 2/3rds!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great movie! Full of exitment and adventure!
I think this is a wonderful movie that can be seen again and again! The acting is very good and there are some exiting moments to add suspense.
Hayley Mills and Peter McEnerny are both exellent in their roles and the acting of Irene Papas and Eli Wallach was also very good. You should get this movie and watch it with your children, it will be a great experience! ... Read more


138. Spot - Discover Spot
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Spot the dog leaped from the pages of Eric Hill's books to the Disney Channel some time ago, and now he has his own full-length video. The 13 animatedsegments (each 4.5 minutes long) feature the puppy, his parents, and pals Helen the hippo, Steve the monkey, and Tom the crocodile in such everyday adventures as building a tree house, camping in the back yard, and donning costumes for a homemade theatrical production. Lovers of the simply illustrated books will recognize such familiar landmarks as the stairway, the rug, and the sofa, as well as the same understandable themes (share, cooperate with adults, follow through). In a universe away from his Oscar-nominated turn in The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment provides Spot's voice. Each short story includes an original song and is followed by a brief live-action segment in which kids extrapolate Spot's lesson with their own in "Spot's Garden," an outdoor set that incorporates nature with dress-up boxes. This 74-minute video can easily be viewed in segments by toddlers and preschoolers. --Kimberly Heinrichs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Spot videos
This is our son's favorite video. He's 2 and a half and has been enjoying it for about a year now and never tires of it. I bought a couple of other Spot videos (not to mention other sesame street, barney, thomas the train, bear in blue house etc.) but this remains his favorite.

After watching some of the others, it is my favorite too - it is sweet without being nauseating (like Barney) and it is quiet and calm and teaches nice simple values. Spot's parents and grandparents are great role models - patient, loving, and empowering, and we could all learn a lesson from them. In one episode Spot makes his own breakfast (to let his parents sleep in) and spills an egg, a loaf of bread and cereal and milk on the floor. When his mother comes in, he says, "Look mom, I made my own breakfast!" and she, unfazed by the mess, says something like "Yes, Spot, I can see that, can you help clean up too?" in a pleasant tone of voice. I'd like to be a parent like that.

After watching this video repeatedly, we bought a couple of the Spot books and were disappointed. The books are almost completely devoid of content. The warmth and interpersonal relationships are missing in comparison to the videos. My son likes them anyway, but only because he is already fond of the characters from the videos.

This tape has 10 short episodes on it, interspersed by real kids doing various tasks. I've seen other reviewers complain of these diversions, but my son likes them and never wants me to turn off the video until the "kids" are done.

Spot on the Farm is nice too. Sweet Dreams, Spot, is not as good, in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Child's Favorite Video
This is my 2 year old's favorite video by far. To all the people who gave this video a bad review and said they found it annoying - my first thought is who cares if YOU don't like it - what matters is if your child likes it or not. The songs and lyrics probably aren't annoying to your child. For the last year it has been my daughter's favorite and she will sit quietly and watch the entire video without getting up. It is a great video to put in when you need to get things done around the house. This video gets 5 stars from us.

2-0 out of 5 stars Social engineering with liberal politically correct subtext
This full-length release is Disney's attempt at "updating and improving" Spot. Its real intent is to exploit Spot's popularity to insert a liberal socialization agenda. There is a conscious attempt by the producers to make Spot more like Sesame Street in that it explicitly and implicitly teaches children politically correct lessons. The video is made up of 13 short stories featuring Spot and his friends. After each story, there is a segment where children play various instructive games prompted by a narrator. They are very careful to make sure that at least half the children are minorities.

There is a shift in emphasis towards learning through social interaction instead of from parents, which was the predominant theme in the older Spot videos. The parental roles have changed from teacher and disciplinarian to that of supporter and enabler. Parents are seen as an audience for Spot's various games where they look on and clap enthusiastically. They never disapprove of Spot's childish behavior as they did in previous videos. Most of the lessons Spot learns are now from his friends as he conforms to their behavior.

Among the "improvements" in this new version of Spot are new music and the introduction of a song in each short story. The music is annoying and the songs are worse. The songs are mostly sung by the child they use for Spot's voice who cannot carry a tune. The songs are poorly written and arranged, and the overall effect is extremely grating. Finally, at 75 minutes, this video is long for toddlers and interminable for adults.

On the plus side, there are a number of instructive lessons on various topics that help young children to learn practical lessons. The general tone is mirthful, so it is fun for kids to watch.

I rated this video a 3/10. My principal objection is the politically correct subtext. The parental role has been trivialized in favor of social conformity and group behavior. I feel that the older Spot videos were more constructive, emphasizing proper family values and dynamics, showing the parents as supportive but setting clear boundaries. The message here is that the parents' role is to make the child happy, and that most of life's important lessons come from peers. This reduces the parents to just another one of the child's pals, like Columbine killer Dylan Klebold and his dad, who described Dylan as his "best friend". My recommendation is to purchase Spot videos produced in the early 90's before Disney started its attempts at using Spot for social engineering.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful video
This is my 21 month old daughter's favorite video. She requests this one every day! It's very low key, the music is nice and catchy (I find myself humming it throughout the day), the voices are very clear and graphics are simple. The short stories are very well done. One thing that I love about this video is the way Spot, his parents, and his friends interact. Spot and his parents are very loving and respectful towards each other, and Spot and his friends are all curteous to each other. There is definitely something to be learned from that! I plan on getting more Spot videos. This is THE best children's video we own.

1-0 out of 5 stars Oy. Insulting overload. Gave me a headache.
Relentless repetitive unimaginative music, intro sequences that flash images so fast as to disorient and confuse, short 'stories' that go nowhere and are followed by pointless 'real-life' episodes...a text of how to make an 'educational' video that promulgates short-term, superficial thinking and acceptance of mediocrity (I'm being kind) in art. Any Blues Clues video is miles better. The room felt so much calmer when we turned it off. ... Read more


139. The Brave Little Toaster To the Rescue
Director: Robert C. Ramirez
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5-0 out of 5 stars A very worthy part 2 of the trilogy.
This movie is good on several counts. First, it may be the third installment in the Brave Little Toaster trilogy, but it's obviously intended to be inserted between the original and "Mars," to tie together the Master's departure for college and his marriage to Chris/fatherhood to Rob, Jr. in "Mars." That development seemed to come much too soon, leaving us to wonder just what occurred in between. This movie carries a wonderful message about animals and their rights, focusing rather heavily on a snake named Mergatroid, a devoted white mother cat named Maisie, a disaffected rat named Ratzo, an elderly ape named Sebastian, and a sweet Chihuahua named Alberto. Despite the fact that the film often borders on corny, with "animals in danger" for some reason flashing on the computer screen when they're taken away by the evil Mack, to be shipped to a lab, the music in this movie isn't too bad, considering it's a sequel. We're introduced to some new appliances as well; a modem, female computer, some printers, a security camera in the police Dobermans' pen. On the whole, the main characters retain their personalities true enough to form, but don't have quite enough funny or poignant lines to allow this to come close to matching its original. Not that anything ever could. This is a worthy sequel. The Master is studying to be a veterinarian, a suitable profession. The interaction of appliances and animals is interesting.

Oh, and let's not forget Wittgenschtein, the old super-computer! This movie was obviously planned before "Mars," because it explains how he came to live in the museum. Brian Doyle-Murray does a great job as the voice of this funny, nice guy. And it's a touching moment when Radio sacrifices his own WFC-11-12-55 tube to save him. The Toaster hasn't been the only brave one throughout these movies. The others have done some pretty brave things themselves.

Overall, not a bad sequel. Cheesier than the first, it might not satisfy older viewers, but the younger ones should find most of it cute if nothing else.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disney's animal rights message?
I was enjoying this movie until I noticed that part of the plot involves villains stealing animals to be sold to an animal research lab (that Toaster and his friends rescue). This not only perpetuates the myth that scientists walk the streets trying to steal your pet for experimentation, but conveys the message that animal experimentation is wrong. If you are are an animal rights supporter, then this movie is for you and your kid. Instead, if you support the responsible and humane use of animals in medical research avoid this movie at all cost.

I can't believe Disney's writers didn't notice the underlying message in this movie. I can only conclude this represents their opinion on the subject. Very sad.

3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not up to the original
Looking for something to entertain the kids on a wet night? This installment of the Toaster series will fit the bill quite nicely. Although it's not as well written, directed or produced as the first film (or even the second), To The Rescue does deal with a number of moral issues and difficult decisions that the Toaster and his pals have to make to save the life of some lab animals.

More of a slapdash affair than the first film (or, in my opinion, the convoluted sequel), Rescue is a poor relation to the original film. THe characterizations and conflicts are still strong and suspenseful but the plotting is sloppy. Most younger children won't notice but a few older ones might. Luckily, kids can suspend their disbelief a lot easier than adults.

Kids won't pay attention to the quality of animation as much as adults and the gaps in the plot probably won't be an issue. The songs are entertaining and almost to the quality of the first film. The best vocal performance comes from Brian Doyle-Murray (Bill Murray's brother and another Saturday Night Live/Second City alum) as the computer. His distinctive gravelly voice and performance add quality to this average sequel.

Just a note for parents this is the second film in the Toaster series. It was planned and written after the third film Goes To Mars and is the only one in the series not inspired by Thomas Disch's children's stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars The only Toaster sequel worth watching
Like many other grown-ups who are kids at heart, I am a big fan of the Brave Little Toaster. For the completely uninitiated, it's a series about anthropomorphic appliances, and other mechanical things (are computers and streetlamps and giant evil magnets etc. really "appliances"?), who come to life a la the "Toy Story" toys when people aren't around. For good measure, traditional Disney-style anthropomorphic animals are included in a bit part in the original movie, and in "Rescue" the animals can talk and are in effect the "human" equals of the appliances.

For some bizarre reason known only to Disney and whoever else produced the Toaster movies, "To the Rescue" was released AFTER the other direct-to-video sequel, "The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars." So "Rescue" is often referred to as the third chapter in the series, or Toaster III, etc. But as should be pretty obvious to anyone who has watched all three movies and paid minimal attention to the plot, "Rescue" is clearly the SECOND chapter in the series, with events taking place directly after the theatrical release. In the original movie, Rob McGroaty, the "master" of the appliances, is going away to college. In "Rescue," he's a college senior wrapping up his thesis (titled "The Secret Life of Animals," humorously enough... oh, how little Rob knows!) in veterinary medicine. In the god-awful bad "Mars" movie, Rob has married longtime girlfriend Chris and is an established veterinarian with a baby on the way.

I don't think that "Rescue" is on the level of the original movie, but it's definitely worth a look. (When it comes out on DVD, I think I'll actually buy it!) Its failings could best be described, I think, as "sloppiness." Whereas the first movie was pretty groundbreaking with the totally non-organic cast, who were NOT familiar, human-shaped playthings like the Toy Story toys, in the 10+ years between the original and its sequels the producers must have realized that Hey, kids love the Toaster, so why not make their parents buy some slapped-together sequels!?

Despite some jokes and references clearly meant for adults - nothing DIRTY, people, so chill out - and some songs that are actually pretty good, "Rescue" has a slap-dash feel to it, with TV cartoon-quality (as opposed to movie-quality) animation, and plot holes you could drive a truck through. Or maybe, I should say plot *discrepancies.* (Grown-ups use big words, you know!) Once you get over silliness like Rob losing a 600 page thesis due a power outage - he typed the entire thing in one sitting, without saving to disk ONCE?! - or the notion that Eville animal vivisection people will pay lots of dough to acquire any old collection of miscellaneous animals, there's an enjoyable and even exciting story to be found, very much in the spirit of the original movie. Unlike "Mars," which totally runs off the rails with its cockamamie stupidity and creepy extension of human sentience to seemingly everything (like balloons, yikes!!), "Rescue"'s shortcomings never threaten to tank the whole movie.

Aside from the appliances saving some cute talking animals, "Rescue" brings Radio, Lampy, Kirby and the gang into the Information Age. In the first movie, "high-tech" is pretty much synonymous with evil, with the "evil appliances" at Rob's parents' apartment (who have replaced the old gang left at the summer cabin) singing their hilarious "cutting edge of technology" song, infomercial-style. "Rescue" carries over the stern disapproval of rampant consumerism, and also acknowledges that even "cutting edge" machines are quickly abandoned by the always-looking-for-something-better masses.

By way of a crash course in modern technology, singing and dancing computers, servers, and modems perform a musical number ("Information Superhighway") for the benefit of Rob's elderly appliances. It's a catchy, goofy tune, and yet it has a genuinely moving message about the power of the internet to bring isolated people into a larger community. Even more affectingly, this song is reprised by an abandoned pre-transistor (1st gen) computer that Rob's appliances discover in the university basement.

The abandoned computer - named Wittgenstein, as in the polymath philosopher for some unexplained reason - is actually one of the highlights of the movie. Wittgenstein has, hands down, the best songs, and the sub-plot to bring him a new part helps prevent the movie from being all about the cuddly wittle animals and what a dweeb Rob is. "Rescue" eschews much of the emotionally tough material of the first movie, and as such I expected that every character who needed to be rescued or repaired in some way would get help, but I was still very happy to see Wittgenstein (Brian Doyle Murray, in one of his better voice roles IMO) get his due. Not to mention, it's refreshing to see a NON-EVIL sentient computer for once! :)

Alack, the comically brilliant Jon Lovitz does not return to reprise his role as Radio, my favorite character, but his replacement is pretty good. And the voice of Tony the Tiger (I'm not going to try to spell his name) happily returns as Kirby the vacuum cleaner. If you haven't seen the original Toaster, go rent or buy it ASAP! If you like the Toaster, chances are you'll like this sequel as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars We love the toaster!!!
Ok. Well, I'll admit it! The toaster rocks! My son and I dance to the songs and he asks to watch it on a daily basis. What a cute movie, with fun songs and a good story. The animation is well done and the voices are perfect! Enjoy! ... Read more


140. Bill Nye the Science Guy: Reptiles & Insects
Director: Michael Gross (III), Darrell Suto, Mitchell Kriegman
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Science goes "Boing!" when Bill Nye shows up, and this fast-moving installment of his popular show is no exception. Reptiles & Insects--Leapin' Lizards! uses the Science Guy's trademark wacky sounds and visual effects to get across a wide range of facts about some of our cold-blooded relatives and, as an added bonus, makes science and scientists look cool. We get to see venomous snakes, hissing cockroaches, and angry crocodiles in the safety of the living room. Nye knows that our first response is to say "Yuck!" but he gets past that by asking questions: What do lizards eat? How do bees see? And what's really going on inside that ant farm? You'll find all the answers in Reptiles & Insects--Leapin' Lizards! --Rob Lightner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars favorite for all ages
This is one of my 5-year old son's all time favorite videos. He watches it over and over again, and unlike most kids shows I don't grow tired of watching it with him.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Educational!
My Classmate Johnny Loves Bill Nye The Science Guy so I figured he likes this video. My teacher put's this video into his VCR sometimes with the series. He used to be on PBS but now is on Noggin. ... Read more


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