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DVDs That I Own


DOMESTIC RELEASES

Animal Farm (John Stephenson, 1999). It's done live action, like the Babe the Pig movies. See those pigs show their true fascist nature! Be sure to eat bacon and ham sandwiches while watching this (if you are Jewish or Muslim, then just eat popcorn or something). (01/05/03)

The Arrival (David Twohy, 1996) and Arrival II (Kevin S. Tenney, 1998). I got this DVD because once in my past I had a real bad Charlie Sheen obsession, and The Arrival represented the height of the power the man had over me. It still brings me warm fuzzies to watch the film. And the film itself, even disregarding Charlie Sheen (which I know is very hard to do!), it's still a pretty interesting and well thought out flick. I have not seen The Arrival II yet because it has no Charlie Sheen in it. Perhaps I should check it out sometime. (01/05/03)

Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975). I still cannot figure most of the metaphors in this film! But the important thing, is I keep on trying! (01/05/03)

Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 2000). This is one of those movies that when I first saw it, I thought it was great, but then on subsequent viewings, I do not find it so great. Oh well, such is life. (01/05/03)

Charlie's Angels (McG, 2001). This flick is like a breathe of fresh air. On the commentary you find out that the Cameron Diaz angel grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, making the movie sancrosat! I have so many great memories wound up in this flick that its exhausting just to think about it. The movie is a classic and almost every frame holds pleasures beyond the imagination. (01/05/03)

Exodus (Otto Preminger, 1960). This DVD has sentimental value. It was the first DVD I ever purchased over the Internet. It was also my first purchase on eBay. I got the DVD for about $2. The postage cost more than the DVD! I felt so lucky. Turns out it was an Exodus edition from Hong Kong. It has English, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese) and Indonesian subtitles! The indices are all in Chinese! But I figured out everything. I felt so exotic and cosmopolitan having it. But let's get to the content. I have always had a thang for Leon Uris and Israel. I find the founding of Israel to be a very compelling and marvelous story. The stuff of legends! And here it was, a movie from a Leon Uris novel about the founding of Israel. Can it get much better? Well, had Liev Schreiber been in it, it would have been perfect. But he was was not even born then. And yes, Paul Newman as an Uber Jew is inspirational (heck, if he can be a Jew---ANYONE CAN BE!), and John Derek (the Svengali of the 60's) as the "nice" Arab is beyond description. I also went through a minor Eva Marie Saint thang after seeing this movie, but then I found her earlier and later films never reached the heights of this flick, so that obsession died out rather fast. She could have been a contender! Hee hee. (01/05/03)

Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999). Haven't seen it yet. Actually got it for Wes, but this is California, a community property state, so a 50% undevided interest in it is mine. (01/05/03)

Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980). I have no idea why I have a copy of this movie. Honest. (01/05/03)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Collector's Extended Edition (Peter Jackson, 2001). It's true! You have not lived until you have seen the extended version of LotR I! (01/05/03)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Widescreen Version (Peter Jackson, 2001). I was an idiot and bought the widescreen before the extended. Duh. I will NEVER make that same mistake (I know, I know, famous last words). (01/05/03)

Spider-Man (Sam Raimi, 2002). Who doesn't have this DVD? (01/05/03)

Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, 1997). An under appreciated classic! (01/05/03)



TELEVISION SHOWS

Eerie Indiana (1991). "Forever Ware", "The Retainer", amd "ATM With a Heart of Gold". This show demonstrated pure paranoia in a more profound and fun way than X-Files ever did! The best show of the DVD is "Forever Ware", where a neighbor's happy housewife mother keeps her sons young and fresh by making them sleep in tupperware at night. Oh, and the show was way creepier on a fundamental level than X-Files ever was too! (01/05/03)

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys The Xena Trilogy "The Warrior Princess" (Bruce Seth Green, 1995), "The Gauntlet" (John Perez, 1995), and "Unchained Heart" (Bruce Seth Green, 1995). Watch in disbelief as you see Xena go from petty thief, to great military tactician who can't get the boys to follow her, to the most enthusiastic Hercules cheerleader you could ever find! Yes, they were really trying to decide who Xena was, and they still had to start from sratch when they created the Xena series. But, it's still fun to see them thinking about her and trying out new stuff. (01/05/03)

The Prisoner, Volume 1 (Don Chaffey, 1967). "The Arrival" and an alternate version of "The Chimes of Big Ben". Yeah, in retrospect it was a silly show with an even sillier ending (more silly than the re-make Planet of the Apes ending, but that score was to die for. What a neat theme! (01/05/03)

Sharpe's Honour (Tom Clegg, 1994). Later in the series, Sharpe is falsely accused of murdering a Spanish aristocrat! How will he get out of this fix? (01/05/03)

Sharpe's Rifles (Tom Glegg, 1994). Before there was James Bond: Goldeneye and before The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Sean Bean was doing the Sharpe series of telemovies. From a novel series chronicling the Napolenoic Wars in Spain at the turn of the 18th century, when the British Army was slowly beginning to allow promotion on merit and not merely on birth and class standing, regular old grunt Sharpe saves the life of Wellington and finds himself promoted to being an officer. It's a fun series and a long one too! (01/05/03)

Space 1999, Volume 1 (Lee H. Katzin, 1975). "Breakaway", "Matter of Life and Death", and "Black Sun". Kind of like a real life Thunderbirds, and don't even try making sense of the physics...but the re-use of UFO ideas and sets make it still fun. Text. (Added DATE)

Xena: Warrior Princess Series Finale Director's Cut (Rob Tapert, 2002). Sigh. A little bit better than what was aired, but still missed its mark. Oh, what could have been versus what was. Very sad. From the episodes "A Friend in Need I" and "A Friend in Need II". (Added DATE)



MISCELLANEOUS

The Original Hardware Wars Collector's Edition (Ernie Fosselius, 1977). "You'll laugh, you'll cry...you'll kiss three bucks goodbye." Or who can forget the immortal line, "But Basketball is a peaceful planet." (01/05/03)



BOLLYWOOD

Devdas (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002). Wow! What a shaggy dog story. This film has not been released in the US yet, but after reading a glowing review in Film Threat, I got the DVD from an Internet Bollywood import store and before you could say "Devdas!" in that longing breathless way that is overplayed in the film soundtrack, I was watching the film. It's a film that could do with some serious editing. It is India's most expensive production, and it shows. It is a gorgeous film with lots of color and incredible sets. However, it is s-l-o-w. I wanted to slap all the characters every which way because they were just acting too stupid. Well, it's melo-drama. What did I expect? Shahrukh Khan (Devdas) does his usual tragic passionate young man presentaton, but who really steals the movie are Kiron Kher (Sumitra) and Aishwarya Rai (Paro). Kher has an incredible dance number when she thinks her Paro is going to be wed to Devdas (that turns out not to be true and leads to the tragic end of the movie). Rai starts out the film being a very annoying self-centered twit along with Devdas, but midway makes an interesting and believable transition into a mature and silent suffering woman. But the film seemed to take FOREVER to say whatever it wanted to say. Pretty to watch, but the the characters are so spoiled and self-centered at the beginning that it is hard not to enjoy their downfall in the second half, but cheer it on as well. (02/04/03)

Taal (Subhash Ghai, 1999). I have not seen this yet, but it's on the list! Music by A.R. Rahman starring Aishwarya Rai. (01/05/03)

Dil Se (Mani Ratnam, 1998). I have not seen this yet, but it's on the list! Music by A.R. Rahman starring Shah Rukh Khan. (01/05/03)



HONG KONG/CHINESE

Dut yeung nin wa [In the Mood for Love] (Kar-wai Wong, 2000). Text. (Added DATE)

Foo gwai lit che [Millionaires' Express] (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, 1986). Text. (Added DATE)

Guo bu xin lang [Paper Marriage] (Alfred Cheung, 1988). Text. (Added DATE)

Huang gu shi jie [Yes, Madam] (Corey Yuen, 1985). Text. (Added DATE)

Luan shi er nu [Shanghai Shanghai] (Teddy Robin Kwan, 1990). Why did I get this? It had George Lam in it. Two years ago I was going through a minor George Lam thang. It also includes Anita Mui, the "Asian Madonna". It also has Sammo Hung. It takes place in 1930's China and includes a wacky pedal driven flying machine. (01/03/03)

7 jin gong [Wonder Seven] (Siu-Tung Ching, 1994). Text. (Added DATE)

Sheng dan qi yu jie liang yuan [It's a Drink, It's a Bomb] (David Chung, 1985). Text. (Added DATE)

Siu lam juk kau [Shaolin Soccer] (Stephen Chow, 2001). Text. (Added DATE)

Song jia huang chao [The Soong Sisters] (Mabel Cheung, 1997). The Rev. Charlie Soong had the luck of being the sire of three extraordinary young women. One became the wife of a pioneer entrepeneur who would help create the economic engine of Hong Kong (Soong Ai-ling, played by Michelle Yeoh credited as Michelle Khan), who was the sister who was said to have married for wealth. Another became the wife of Chiang Kai-Shek, who founded the rival nation-state of Taiwan (Soong May-ling, played by Vivian Wu), who was said to have married for power. And the third became the wife of Sun Yat-Sen, the founder of the Republic of China, and after his death, his wife supported the Communist government of China and remained in China until her death (Soong Ching-ling, played by Maggie Cheung), who was said to have married for love of China. Yeoh, Wu, and Cheung do a pretty good job, but Wen Jiang steals the movie as Charlie Soong. (01/05/03)

Tian mai chuan qi [The Touch] (Peter Pau, 2002). Text. (Added DATE)

Tong fong sam hop [The Heroic Trio] (Siu-Tung Ching & Johnny To1, 1992). Text. (Added DATE)

Tong tian da dao [Easy Money] (1987) (Stephen Shin, 1987). Text. (Added DATE)

Wo hu cang long [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] (Ang Lee, 2000). Text. (Added DATE)

Wong Fei-hung chi saiwik hung si [Once Upon a Time in China and America] (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, 1997). Text. (Added DATE)

Wong ga jin si [Royal Warriors] (David Chung, 1986). Text. (Added DATE)

Xin liu xing hu die jian [Butterfly Sword] (Michael Mak Dong-kit, 1993). Text. (Added DATE)

Yi jian zhong qing [Sausalito] (Wai Keung Lau, 2000). Text. (Added DATE)

Yong Chun [Wing Chun] (Woo-ping Yuen, 1994). Text. (Added DATE)

Zhong hua zhan shi [Magnificent Warrior] (David Chung, 1987). Text. (Added DATE)



JAPANESE/GODZILLA

Escaflowne (Kazuki Akane, 2000). 26 episodes. I doubt I could make it through all 26 episodes. Ira liked it. He can't shut up about it!(01/05/03)

Escaflowne (Kazuki Akane, 2000). Released in the US in 2002. I first heard of this film when at Comic Con last year (August, 2002). They were showing it at night. My anime-crazy son wanted to see it. Alack, we were not able to catch it. However, he became obsessed with it, so he bought from an Internet Hong Kong DVD store the entire television series and the movie, in one non-stop action set! He made me watch it. I have to admit I had problems following it. My son said not to worry. No one really understand anime, you just get into the colors, the design, and the other cool stuff. Uh-huh. Anyways, this is about a suicidal high school girl, a wild and woolly guy with wings, and a dragon robot called Escaflowne, who everyone wants to control, but very few have the ability to do so. I guess I should have paid more attention. I think I would have perferred a movie on the Excel Saga, instead. (01/04/03)

Godzilla 2000 (Takao Okawara, 2000). This DVD has one of the best commentaries on a movie I have ever heard. If you want a course on Godzillology, this commentary is for you. (01/05/03)

Godzilla King of the Monsters (Ishiro Honda & Terrel O. Morse, 1956). This is the US re-make of the 1954 classic, Gojira. It has Raymond Burr getting zapped and stomped in Tokyo. (01/05/03)

Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaijű soukougeki [Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack] (Shusuke Kaneko, 2002). This has not been released in the US yet, and it is a Region 3 DVD. I am torn by this flick. They take Ghidorah and make him a good guy and make Godzilla into a very unsympathic character. The Godzilla in this flick has absolutely no redeeming qualities. I prefer the ambiguous Godzilla, not the evil Godzilla. If yo are into major monster whomping, this movie delivers. However, I found the characterizations disturbing. It just did not feel right. I wanted Godzilla to whump Ghidorah's hinder not the other way around! (01/05/03)

Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jii Sh˘metsu Sakusen [Godzilla vs. Megaguirus] (Masaaki Tezuka, 2000). This was my first DVD Region 3 DVD. I got it by accident. Yet because of it, I eventually went out and bought a DVD that plays different regions. Whoo-hoo! Has my standard of living increased now that I have the power to watch any DVD manufactured on this planet. I feel at last like a true World Citizen. Anyways, this was by far the best modern Godzilla film I have ever seen. The scene in the flooded city where the military guys come across a skyscraper full of resting insects is beautiful yet creepy. It's silly of them to fire at the billions of insects, but that's another story. (01/05/03)

Seih˘ buky˘ Outlaw Star" [Outlaw Star] (Bandai, 1998). 26 episodes. My first anime. My son made me do it. It is actually rather entertaining. I can actually watch this, as opposed to Escaflowne. (01/05/03)



FRENCH

Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996). Text. (Added DATE)





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