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The Odd Couple: Centennial Collection – 2 Disc

The Odd Couple: Centennial Collection – 2 Disc

DVD Review

The Odd Couple: Centennial Collection – 2 Disc

Directed by: Gene Saks
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Rating: G
Due out: 3/24/09

Plot: Based on Neil Simon’s award winning play, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are Felix and Oscar, two best friends who decide to live with each other out of necessity. Hilarious chaos ensues when their radically different lifestyles begin to drive each other crazy.

Who’s It For? Fans of comedies and overall great films. This re-release of The Odd Couple will invite and re-invite viewers into the famous filthy apartment co-habitated by the neurotic Felix and the disgusting Oscar.

Movie: The chemistry of Lemmon and Matthau has prevailed in other movies, but here it’s easy to see why this is

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I Love the 80’s – Coming to America, Naked Gun and more …

I Love the 80’s has released another bevy of must-have films. These aren’t the end-all be-all perfect editions of films that are loaded with extras … These are the DVDs you put in your basket while you are in the check out line. You don’t have to give much thought (or much money) and you know you’ve made the right decision. And as an added bonus, most have a CD with songs by a-ha, Echo & the Bunnymen, INXS and more. Here’s a handful of selections from the new, available titles.

Coming to America
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones

Movie: Is Eddie Murphy the biggest star from the 80’s? I know it’s hard to think about now, with his less than stellar movie choices over the past 15 years. But

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Stoned Age

DVD Review

National Lampoon’s Stoned Age

Directed by: Adam Rifkin
Cast: Adam Rifkin, Ali Larter, Talia Shire, Hayes MacArthur, Gary Busey
Running Time: 1 hr 28 mins
Rating: Not Rated

Plot: Follow the exploits and conflicts of brainy caveman, Ishbo, (Adam Rifkin) as he seeks the love of his life Fardart (Ali Larter). Unfortunately, Fardart is already spoken for by Ishbo’s older, stronger, caveman brother (Hayes MacArthur). Ishbo struggles to advance the human race through his inventions and by keeping his tribe safe from rival tribes.

Who’s It For? College guys bored after a night of drinking or relatives of the actors in the movie.

Movie: Adam Rifkin directs, writes, and stars in this slow moving comedy that will leave you asking for your money back. You might think a movie with

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Funny Face: Centennial Collection — 2-Disc

Funny Face: Centennial Collection — 2-Disc

Directed by: Stanley Donen
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson
Time: 1 hr 30 min
Rating: Not Rated

Plot: While looking for the new, fresh face of Quality Magazine, a photographer (Astaire) and the magazine’s publisher (Thompson) discover a hidden beauty in a reticent bookstore clerk (Hepburn).

Who’s It For? Anyone who loves Gershwin musicals and Audrey Hepburn fanatics.

Movie: It’s Audrey Hepburn, folks—you could roll her in grime and dip her in dirty feathers and she’d still be an unrivaled phenomenon. And if that wasn’t enough, her charisma in this film is off the charts. She is daring and sweet and absolutely fearless: watching Hepburn contort and boogie her way through a strange, modern dance routine in a smoky Parisian café is absolutely astounding; I cannot picture any movie

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Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited

Directed by: Julian Jarrold
Cast: Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon
Running Time: 2 hr 10 min
Rating: PG-13

Plot: Middle class Charles Ryder (Goode) befriends Sebastian Marchmain (Whishaw), son of a titled family who owns the titular Brideshead. After visiting Brideshead, he becomes enamored with the family, particularly Julia (Atwell), Sebastian’s beautiful sister. But Lady Marchmain (Thompson) believes her daughter isn’t right for the unaristocratic, athiest Charles so they marry other people. But Charles is tied to the Marchmain family for life.

Who’s It For? The film’s a period piece but more E. M. Forester than Jane Austen. It’s fairly subtle and pretty deeply dependent on the English class system for it’s storyline so it would help to know a little about that. The film rewards patience, I felt it was going

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Centennial Collection – 2-Disc

DVD Review

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Centennial Collection – 2-Disc

Directed by: Blake Edwards
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Ebsen
Running Time: 1 hr. 55 mins
Rating:  Not Rated
Due out: 1/13/2009

Plot: Based on Truman Capote’s book, Holly Golightly (Hepburn) is a  New York socialite who is getting by on her charm and looks. Along comes Paul (Peppard) as a struggling writer. Her goal is to marry a millionaire, his is to get back to writing, but Holly is pretty easy to fall for.

Who’s It For? The easy answer is that this one is for the girls. But pretty much everyone should sit through this film at least once.

Movie: Holly is a brilliantly damaged character, especially since it was written over 40 years ago. And it’s great to see Peppard in a non-“A-Team” role

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Operation Filmmaker

Operation Filmmaker
Directed by: Nina Davenport
Cast: Muthana Mohmed, Nina Davenport, Liev Schreiber
Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
Rating: Unrated

Plot: Muthana Mohmed attends film school in Iraq until it is bombed during the invasion of Baghdad in 2003. In an act of charity, Director Liev Schreiber invites him to work as a PA on the set of Everything is Illuminated. There, instead of stepping up to the challenge, he flounders. After they’re done filmming, Mohmed decides he doesn’t want to return to Iraq, where conditions have deteriorated. He then struggles to maintain travel visas and support himself financially in Europe.

Who’s It For? Viewers who enjoy documentaries where the filmmaker plays a large part. People interested in another perspective on the Iraq war. Those who don’t mind cursing.

Expectations: The DVD box had a line

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