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Tom Norton Posted: May 17, 2006 0 comments

Start with a look at Marine boot camp not much different than what we've seen in countless war movies. Move on to a boring look at bored Marines killing time in the desert in the buildup to the 1991 Gulf War. They're depicted as dumb, disorganized, rowdy, and undisciplined. The promotional copy for the movie, included in the cover art, says that the troops are "in a country they don't understand, against an enemy they can't see, for a cause they don't fully grasp. Believe me, the troops in the first Gulf War were fully briefed on the country they were going to, could usually see the enemy (his back, typically), and understood that they were fighting to free a country occupied by the forces of an expansionist dictator. That promotional copy was clearly written as a not-too-subtle analogy to the <I>current</I> Iraq war.

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Sol Louis Siegel Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
The Criterion Collection
Movie •••• Picture/Sound •••• Extras •••
John Ford's fanciful tale of Abraham Lincoln as a young
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Rad Bennett Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
Warner
Movie •••½ Picture/Sound •••• Extras •••½
One of the many extras on this two-disc set provides a
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Rad Bennett Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
Platinum Edition Disney
Movie •••½ Picture/Sound ••••½ Extras ••••
Walt Disney's c
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Brandon Grafius Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
The Criterion Collection
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Steven Soderbergh's magnum opus - a taut, u
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Ken Korman Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments

The most surprising Oscar winner for Best Picture in decades, Crash (Lionsgate; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound •••½, Extras ••½) has a couple of secret weapons that quietly recommended it to members of the Academy. First, it captures the true look and feel of Los Angeles, where the majority of Oscar voters live.

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Mel Neuhaus Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments

The greatest kaleidoscopic experience without the benefit of hallucinogens, the terrific six-disc Busby Berkeley Collection (Warner; Movies ••••½, Picture/Sound ••••½, Extras ••••) has five of the choreography genius's best-known works: Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade (1933), Dames (1934), Gold Diggers of 1935

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Josef Krebs Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
Anniversary Edition Paramount
Movie ••••½ Picture/Sound •••• Extras •••½
The 2001 DVD
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Al Griffin Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments

David Lean's 1970 epic Ryan's Daughter (Warner; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) gets the grand treatment in this two-disc special edition. Sourced from restored 65mm picture elements, the 2.2:1 transfer is consistently crisp, revealing every crag in stone houses.

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Mike Mettler Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
  1. THE SOPRANOS (HBO, above - left). Jersey mafia don Tony Soprano: bigger than your average bear, and ten times as deadly. These movie-quality transfers set the standard, with excellent contrast, rich colors, and crisp, atmospherically lit images.
  2. THE SHIELD (Fox). Det.
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Rad Bennett Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
Disney/Studio Ghibli
Movie ••• Picture/Sound ••••• Extras •••½
This two-disc set offers three ways of watching Hay
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Josef Krebs Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
Walk the Line: single-disc edition 20th Century Fox
Movie •••• Picture/Sound •••• Extras •••
Johnny Cash was
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Ken Korman Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments
Capote Sony
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Sony
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Painfully sad but sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious, The Squid and the Whal
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Posted: May 09, 2006 1 comments

I hadn't watched Ron Howard's <I>Apollo 13</I> in years- probably since the first DTS DVD release in the late 90s. It's extraordinary that this movie remains so riveting- nerve wracking even- so long after seeing it for the first time, and having gone into that first viewing knowing how the story ends! The filmmaking, the performances, the effects, the attention to every technical detail, everything is top notch and about as good as it gets from big-time Hollywood filmmaking. A great, compelling movie, and capsule in time of one of America's most riveting real-life dramas. This is what used to be "reality TV" back in the day!

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