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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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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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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 26, 2005 0 comments

<I>Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, Gloria Stewart, David Warner, Victor Garber, and Bill Paxton. Directed by James Cameron. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1. 174 minutes (film). 1997. Dolby Digital 5.1EX, DTS 6.1ES, and 2.0 Dolby Surround (English), French, Spanish. Paramount 03135. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 31, 2005 Published: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

<I>Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, Japanese), Dolby Surround (French, Spanish, Portuguese). 126 minutes. 2004. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 05503. PG-13. $49.95.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 03, 2005 0 comments

<I>Avoid a Blue Tuesday by capping off your holiday weekend plans with the end of the world! Whether we will become extinct as a species from within or without is the subject of two movies on DVD, one an environmental-disaster flick of dubious distinction, the other a classic loosely based on the Victorian novel that in turn has inspired a current remake. Thomas J. Norton and Fred Manteghian report on 2004's </I>The Day After Tomorrow: All Access Collector's Edition<I> and 1953's </I>The War of the Worlds.

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Robert Deutsch Posted: Jun 06, 2005 0 comments

<I>Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1. Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), Dolby Digital 1.0 (French, Spanish). Four discs. 552 minutes. Sony Pictures 09774. NR. $49.95</I>

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Corrina Y. Jones Posted: Mar 05, 2005 0 comments

<I>Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Oscar Shaw, Lillian Roth, Thelma Todd, Louis Calhern. Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1. Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. Five films/6 discs. 6 hrs. 43 mins. 2004. Universal Studios Home Video 21250. G. $59.98.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 05, 2005 0 comments

<I>Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese Gibson, Miranda Otto, Hugh Laurie. Directed by John Moore. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). 113 minutes. 2004. Dolby Digital 5.1 and 5.1 DTS (English), Dolby Surround (French). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 27, 2005 0 comments

<I>Directed by David Hand. THX-certified. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1. Two discs. 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (English Dolby Digital 5.1), Dolby Digital 2.0 original mono theatrical mix, Dolby Digital 5.1 (French, Spanish). 67 minutes (film). 1942. Buena Vista Home Entertainment. G. $29.99.</I>

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Joe Leydon Posted: Feb 21, 2005 0 comments

Editor's Note: This year's Oscar nominees for Best Picture feature the work of two acclaimed directors operating at the top of their game, Martin Scorsese's <I>The Aviator</I> and Clint Eastwood's <I>Million Dollar Baby</I>. So it seemed liked a good time to revisit reviews from <I>UAV</I> contributor Joe Leydon of earlier films from these same artists: Scorsese's <I>GoodFellas</I> and Eastwood's <A HREF="/moviereviews/205unforgiven"><I>Unforgiven</I></A>. The reviews cover the two-disc Special Edition of <I>Unforgiven</I> and the single-disc release of <I>GoodFellas</I>. A 2-disc Special Edition of <I>GoodFellas</I> is now available for $26.99.

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Joe Leydon Posted: Feb 21, 2005 0 comments

Editor's Note: This year's Oscar nominees for Best Picture feature the work of two acclaimed directors operating at the top of their game, Martin Scorsese's <I>The Aviator</I> and Clint Eastwood's <I>Million Dollar Baby</I>. So it seemed liked a good time to revisit reviews from <I>UAV</I> contributor Joe Leydon of earlier films from these same artists: Scorsese's <I>GoodFellas</I> and Eastwood's <I>Unforgiven</I>. The reviews cover the two-disc Special Edition of <I>Unforgiven</I> and the single-disc release of <I><A HREF="/moviereviews/205goodfellas">GoodFellas</A></I>. A 2-disc Special Edition of <I>GoodFellas</I> is now available for $26.99.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 13, 2005 0 comments

<I>Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige. Directed by Hugh Hudson. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1(anamorphic). 124 minutes. 1981. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital mono (French). Warner Brothers 31908. PG. $26.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 13, 2005 0 comments

<I>Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Peter Chelsom. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). 106 minutes. 2004. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English and French). Miramax 39202. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 24, 2005 0 comments

<I>Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie. Directed by Kerry Conran. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1(anamorphic). 106 minutes. 2004. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (French). Paramount Home Entertainment 34341. PG. $29.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 11, 2005 Published: Jan 12, 2005 0 comments

<I>Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Donna Murphy. Directed by Sam Raimi. Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English, Spanish). 127 minutes. 2004. Columbia TriStar 05149. PG-13 $29.96.</I>

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