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    1. Sergeant York
    $11.66
    2. Casablanca
    $9.77
    3. Gettysburg (Widescreen Edition)
    $13.65
    4. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned
    $9.88
    5. Top Gun (Widescreen Special Collector's
    $17.99
    6. Anne Of Green Gables - The Continuing
    $9.99
    7. The Incredible Mr. Limpet
    $13.88
    8. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (30th
    $13.88
    9. Gone with the Wind (Two-Disc Edition)
    $14.88
    10. Life Is Beautiful
    $11.19
    11. The Cruel Sea
    $139.99
    12. M*A*S*H: Martinis and Medicine
    $9.99
    13. Empire of the Sun
    $9.53
    14. A Little Princess
    $18.99
    15. The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons
    $13.99
    16. Saving Private Ryan (D-Day 60th
    $14.88
    17. Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)
    $13.77
    18. Full Metal Jacket
    $34.99
    19. The First World War - The Complete
    $10.99
    20. Cabaret

    1. Sergeant York
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (07 November, 2006)
    list price: $26.98 -- our price: $20.19
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    Asin: B000HWZ4CA
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Gary Cooper plays Alvin York, the real-life country lad and sharpshooter drafted to fight during World War I but blocked from killing by his pacifist sentiments. Howard Hawks makes a rousing, heroic film out of the tale, and Cooper gives one of his best performances (for which he won an Oscar). The 1941 feature seems as much a valentine to wartime America (and a not-so-subtle piece of propaganda) as anything, with Hawks capturing splendidly shot scenes of life in York's home state of Tennessee, which in turn provide a striking contrast to the battlefield. A key scene in the film, in which York is presented with an argument in favor of killing in war, is still thought provoking. Read more

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    Reviews (67)

    5-0 out of 5 stars WHEN OSCAR MET COOPER....A TIMELESS TRIUMPH!
    For those who wonder why it took so long for SERGEANT YORK to make his journey to DVD, all you have to be familiar with is how AWFUL this movie looked when TCM ran it on TV. Like so many older Warner pictures, it needed to be restored, and over and over again, the grand old studio founded by the brothers Warner is restoring is glittering gems for DVD to look and sound terrific.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Took them long enough!!!
    4-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY
    This is really a classic American movie and it boggles the mind why it took the studio so long to release it. Sgt. York is played by Gary Cooper in what I personally believe is his best performance. Walter Brennan is fabulous as the folksy preacher. I particularly remember the turkey shooting contest in which York demonstrated his skill with a rifle. Recently, American Rifleman magazine published a great story on Sgt. York that is well worth reading! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Drama    2. Feature Film-drama    3. Movie   


    2. Casablanca
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (15 February, 2000)
    list price: $19.98 -- our price: $11.66
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    Asin: 6305736650
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A truly perfect movie, the 1942 Read more

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    • Black & White
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    Reviews (443)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic
    This film has been revered by critics for over 50 years, and it still stands up as one of the best films in history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jewish exodus from Europe.
    The African city, Casablanca has become a refuge point for rich Europeanattempting to escape to America. Casablanca is Morocco's biggest city andchief port.Rich Jewish family emigrate To France, Canada, United States,and Israel. The fees for travel passage came in the form of barteredJewels, cash payments, and favors.The Rick's casino provided a networkvenue too arrange passage out of the country.
    5-0 out of 5 stars As Time Goes By ...It's Simply One of the Best
    I'm no film critic, but I do like older movies, especially Hitchcock, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Humphrey Bogart. Casablanca bears watching again and again. It's wonderful love story, a mystery, and a war movie. Watching Casablanca the first time is an experience to be savored.
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    Subjects:  1. Drama    2. Feature Film-drama    3. Movie   


    3. Gettysburg (Widescreen Edition)
    by Turner Home Ent
    DVD (03 February, 2004)
    list price: $14.98 -- our price: $9.77
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    Asin: B00003CXA6
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Three days in the summer of 1863, at a place called Gettysburg. Although it received a theatrical release, this four-hour depiction of the bloody Civil War battle was shot as a made-for-television film. But no taint of cheapness or shortcuts should stick to this magnificent picture (well, except maybe for those phony-looking mustaches). Based on Michael Shaara's book Read more

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    Reviews (414)

    4-0 out of 5 stars No Doubt It's Great
    There is no questioning this film is done very well. That said, it should be pointed out that it may not be for everyone. If you are not a fan of cliches, stay away from this. There are TONS of monologues that go on for long periods of time with epic music in the background, and maybe not everyone can handle that. Most of the performances are incredible, my favorite happens to be Jeff Daniels. One performance that doesn't do it for me is Martin Sheen. He shares a lot of scenes with Tom Berenger and it seems like Berenger is the one keeping those scenes afloat. C. Thomas Howell has a steady part but you won't recognize him as the kid from the Outsiders. Great battle scenes, especially the big one in the open field at the end.

    5-0 out of 5 stars We do what we must do.
    After the heart-rending nobility of Abraham Lincoln's verbal tribute to Gettysburg's fallen, there is not much else that could do those men justice.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    Before I give my review I would like to say that everyone who says that Martin Sheen is a bad R.E Lee, or that the movie is inaccurate, or that the movie is too accurate and gives to many stupid details, or that the movie moves to slowly, is a dumb idiot who cares more about hollywood depictions of the Civil War than true depictions. The movie is positivly lovely to watch.
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    Subjects:  1. Action    2. Action / Adventure    3. Adventure    4. Drama    5. Feature Film-action/Adventure    6. Movie   


    4. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Special Edition)
    by Sony Pictures
    DVD (27 February, 2001)
    list price: $19.94 -- our price: $13.65
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    Asin: B000055Y0X
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold-war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Read more

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    Reviews (366)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing Better
    For me, this movie is both classic in a theatrical sense and in a personal way. As the daughter of a Hitler historian, I spent my childhood listening to my father discussing not only 'Der Führer,' but the opposite end of the spectrum in Josef Stalin. He discussed the Cold War in depth with me, and by the time I was in middle school, I knew more about the Red Menace that most of my classmates combined. For me, however, the Red Menace was almost like a joke--the Cold War was over, communism didn't have a good foothold anywhere, and it seemed like the end of the story.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother With 40th Anniversary Edition
    Get the cheaper verion.The 2nd disc in the 40th Anniversary Edition is virtually worthless.There are the usual previews, etc., and some film critics, plus McNamara babbling, and, and Spike Lee.I gotta tell ya.I can't, for the life of me, figure out what Spike Lee has to contribute regarding the period or commentary about the film.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Dark Comedy
    The time period for this movie is the Cold War but the comedy will endure for all time. I have no doubt that future generations will enjoy this creative masterpiece as much as us cold war babies have. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Comedies    2. Comedy    3. Comedy Video    4. Feature Film-comedy    5. Movie   


    5. Top Gun (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)
    by Paramount
    DVD (14 December, 2004)
    list price: $14.98 -- our price: $9.88
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    Asin: B0002WZTOI
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Jingoism, beefcake, military hardware, and a Giorgio Moroder rock score reign supreme over taste and logic in this Tony Scott film about a maverick trainee pilot (Tom Cruise) who can't follow the rules at a Navy aviation training facility. The dogfight sequences between American and Soviet jets at the end are absolutely mechanical, though audiences loved it at the time. The love story between Cruise's character and that of Kelly McGillis is like flipping through pages of advertising in a glossy magazine. This designer action movie from 1986 would be all the more appalling were it not for the canny casting of good actors in dumb parts. Standouts include Anthony Edwards--who makes a nice impression as Cruise's average-Joe pal--and the relatively unknown Meg Ryan in a small but memorable appearance. Read more

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    • Collector's Edition
    • Color
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    • Widescreen
    • DTS Surround Sound
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    Reviews (40)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Why in the world is this movie still popular?
    I watched Top Gun for the first time since I was a kid the other day, and I just have to ask, what's so great about this movie?It's utter garbage.The plot makes no sense at all.Who are they fighting in the war at the end?And the war only lasts 15 MINUTES?And Tom Cruise ends the war?Huh?The film is also very gay at points.What was with the guys standing around in their underwear and hugging each other throughout the movie?And I won't even get started on the volleyball game.The dialogue for the movie is completely lame and stupid, filled with nothing but sexual references and cursing.It takes real brains to come up with that type of "witty" dialogue.And finally the acting is so hammy and chessy, you actually wonder why this movie made big stars out of Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, and Tim Robbins.This piece of trash should have ended all of their careers.And most people probably would have wanted their careers to end.In the end, Paramount didn't even want Tom Cruise on their payroll.
    4-0 out of 5 stars 2 Disc Special Edition is a winner!!
    This review is of the two disc special edition of Top Gun, not the prior one disc edition.Top Gun is essentially about a naval pilot's journey through fighter weapons school.He must resist his rebellious individual nature to become the best pilot and also a team player.If you're reading this review, chances are you've already seen the movie so I'll focus on reviewing the dvd.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Most Overrated Film Ever
    I've seen this several times over the years and still can't make sense of why it's such a favorite. The acting is subpar, the drama cheesy and in my opinion as an active duty sailor, fails quite miserably to capture the true spirit of being in the Navy. To think that lunatic Tom Cruise practically built a career off of this garbage...sigh... ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Action / Adventure    2. Drama    3. Feature Film-action/Adventure    4. Movie   


    6. Anne Of Green Gables - The Continuing Story
    by Sullivan
    DVD (07 September, 2004)
    list price: $24.99 -- our price: $17.99
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    Asin: B00005Y7AM
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    In a departure from L.M. Montgomery's book series, this third TV moviejumps ahead to World War I and puts Anne and her beloved Gilbert smack in themiddle of it. Instead of marrying Gilbert after her teaching days--as she doesin the books--Anne spends a disillusioning year with him in New York City, andthen the couple quickly marries before the good doctor ships out to France. (Inthe book Read more

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    • Original recording remastered
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    Reviews (223)

    1-0 out of 5 stars So incredibly disappointed....
    I have to echo the comments everyone else seems to have made about this movie. What a disappointment, both from the point of view of a fan of the movies and a fan of the books. I could ALMOST have gotten on board with the Anne/Gilbert in WWI thing IF they had just used some of the story from Rilla of Ingleside (let's remember that her CHILDREN were in WWI, NOT Gilbert!!!!)... but they didn't even do that. When L.M. Montgomery has given us so many fantastic stories, why invent your own? That's not what Anne is about at ALL!!!
    3-0 out of 5 stars The nice thing about DVD's...
    Is that you can skip the parts you don't like much faster than fast forwarding on video.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Not a nicer place

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    Subjects:  1. Children    2. DVD    3. Drama    4. Family    5. Feature Film Family    6. Kids & Family    7. Movie   


    7. The Incredible Mr. Limpet
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (01 October, 2002)
    list price: $14.97 -- our price: $9.99
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    Asin: B00006JMSL
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Ever wonder what would happen if the imaginary worlds of Read more

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    • Full Screen
    • Live
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    Reviews (33)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Mr. Limpet
    Excellent movie, good oldfashioned movie without adult language,
    5-0 out of 5 stars love this movie
    this has been my favorite movie sence i was younger. i have children who also love this movie. what is suprising is my teenagers & their friends liked it too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Don Knotts Favorite
    Loved this movie. Like all of Don Knott's movies. He is such a good character actor. This is quality family fare. Fun to watch. Worth the purchase price. A movie that is great towatch over and over again. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Comedies    2. Comedy    3. Comedy Video    4. Feature Film-comedy    5. Movie   


    8. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (30th Anniversary Edition)
    by Walt Disney Video
    DVD (20 March, 2001)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $13.88
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    Asin: B00004R9A4
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When a mail-order apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) is saddled with three sibling refugees from London during World War II, the outlook is grim. But the kids soon discover her secret and sign on for adventure in the name of England. With the aid of a magical bed, they track down her fraudulent headmaster (David Tomlinson) to find the spell that will aid the Allies. Fascinated that she has actually achieved results with his lessons, he joins forces. The quintet does battle with corrupt booksellers, animated-lion royalty, and, eventually, invading Germans. Songs include Lansbury's Oscar-nominated "The Age of Not Believing." This film is often compared to director Robert Stevenson's earlier effort, Read more

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    Reviews (95)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Daughter is Addicted to this movie.
    Bedknobs gets 5 stars because it's one of my daughter's favorites. It gets played over and over again. It's a simple magical story with silly songs. I don't quite understand why this movie is so special to daughter. She is autistic and one thing I know about her tastes is that she gets bored very easily with contrived, canned entertainment. If it comes from the heart, she really takes it to her heart. Maybe the ensemble that put together this movie had a lot of fun doing it and she picks up on that. She prefers it over Mary Poppins and much prefers it over Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang

    4-0 out of 5 stars Is this version117 Minutes or 139 Minutes?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Angela Lansbury Shines as a Witch
    This movie is one of those family charmers that has something for everyone.There is an exciting animated portion for the children.There is a love story for the ladies.And there is a battle with World War II Germans for guys of all ages.Tying all these different aspects together is a wonderful concept; Angela Lansbury is a mail-order witch!
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    Subjects:  1. Children    2. Family    3. Feature Film Family    4. Movie    5. Musicals & Cast Recordings   


    9. Gone with the Wind (Two-Disc Edition)
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (31 January, 2006)
    list price: $19.98 -- our price: $13.88
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    Asin: B000BYA4LA
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    David O. Selznick wanted Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Forget PC Culture for a Few Hours and Just Enjoy the Movie!
    I still remember the first time I read "Gone with the Wind".I was in my native Georgia, in high school, and spent a weekend in bed with the book.Once I started reading it, I could not put it down.Margaret Mitchell's characters were sparkling with vitality and a contagious energy that made you feel as though they were your own neighbors and family!
    1-0 out of 5 stars Oh, those poor racists lost their slaves, how sad!
    (1) Scarlett O'Hara is the least likable "heroine" I've ever seen. She has no redeeming qualities.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Long and laborious, and so very stupid... how is this a classic?
    This is another of those movies I wonder "HOW is this a classic?". Maybe the book was a lot better than the movie! I was watching this, not expecting much, but expecting to earn my respect, the way "Scarface" or "Casablanca", movies I don't like but have earned my respect as classic movies.
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    Subjects:  1. Drama    2. Feature Film-drama    3. Movie   


    10. Life Is Beautiful
    by Miramax
    DVD (09 November, 1999)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $14.88
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    Asin: B00001U0DP
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Italy's rubber-faced funnyman Roberto Benigni accomplishes theimpossible in his World War II comedy Read more

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    Reviews (602)

    5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute masterpiece
    This film is better than anything else I've reviewed this week, or in a very long time. But you want details, so here we go.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Film
    Life is Beautiful is a film by Roberto Benigni, which really showcases his talent before he made an embarassing stab at playing Pinocchio. "Life is Beautiful" is probably my favorite Foreign film (I've only seen probably 5 though); It's funny, heartfelt, has wonderful performances, and is all around a joy to watch. It also happens to be a layered film, that goes in one direction before veering off into another but never losing it's charm. Benigni plays Guido, a waiter with a humorous streak. After Guido contantly stumbles into Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), he falls in love with her and the movie (with no warning) flashes forward a number of years. This first half of the film (which is a little over 50 minutes) is pretty much a romantic-comedy. The second half is quite different. In the second half, Guido and Dora (who now have a young son named Joshua) live in Italy which is overrun with Germans. Subsequently, Guido and Joshua are taken into a concentration camp; Dora also goes to the camp, but under different circumstances which are a bit unbelievable but still a nice part of the story. Anyway, Guido employs his quick-wit to keep his son from the horrors of the camp; Guido tells Josh that it's actually an elaborate game and that he must avoid being seen. If, at the end, he does everything he's told and racks up the most "points" he will get a tank. Benigni (who is also the co-writer and director) does something that's never been done. He takes a horrifying setting (a concentration camp) and turns it into a comedy, without exploting anything and without losing heart.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Be happy that weare HERE.
    Despite the holocaust that can happen to anybody,this movie shows deeply that as a child,everything you see around you is in it's nature.The heart of a child can feel the joy of living,while we (grown-up children) often look for the shade or nuance of everything....we judge,compare,condemn and critic.We are duped by all the happenings around.
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    Subjects:  1. Drama    2. Foreign Film - Italian    3. Foreign Film [Dub Or Subtitle]    4. International    5. Movie   


    11. The Cruel Sea
    by Anchor Bay
    DVD (17 October, 2006)
    list price: $14.98 -- our price: $11.19
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    Asin: B000H1RFQ4
    Sales Rank: 795
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A film that takes you there.............
    Over the years I have worn out several copies of this film on VHS I have watched it so many times.I am so happy it is coming out on DVD.[I almost bought the box set but at release it was $80.00 plus]
    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Acted account of life at sea during war
    One of two brilliant wartime naval films, the other being "In Which We Serve" starring Noel Coward.Jack Hawkins gives one of his finest performances as the Captain of the Compass Rose, a merchant seaman who finds himself captaining a ship with a crew with little or no naval experience, having to battle not only German U-Boats, but the sea itself.Fine performances also by Donald Sinden and the late Denholm Elliott.Terrific film.

    5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING WW2 NAVAL MOVIE
    This is a review of the movie only but past experience with Anchor Bay tells me the quality will be pretty good. This movie tells the story of the officers and men of the HMS Compass Rose during WW2 as they escort convoys in the Atlantic. (in nautical terms the "compass rose" is the face of the compass dial aboard a naval ship)VERY realistic and a very good war movie. This is a true classic!! ... Read more

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    12. M*A*S*H: Martinis and Medicine Collection
    by 20th Century Fox
    DVD (07 November, 2006)
    list price: $199.98 -- our price: $139.99
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    Asin: B000HT3P5Q
    Sales Rank: 696
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Fox Opportunism.
    As far as I'm concerned MASH only lasted three seasons and wasn't worth a dime after Wayne Rogers and McClean Stevenson left, however, I am as angry as al those who've been buying up those heartwarming Alda-written/directed seasons. I want the bonus material, but there is no way I'm shelling out $200 to get it. Besides, what would I do with all those gentle father and son moments between Radar and Col Potter, or those hilarious quips between Klinger and Soon Lee? Sorry Fox, I guess my cynicism just about matches yours...

    5-0 out of 5 stars FOX - please show your loyal customers some respect!
    I want to echo the sentiments of several of the other comments posted here. I am one of the loyal who have been buying the individual M*A*S*H season sets over the past few years. Fox, for those of us who have been supporting the continued releases for this landmark series on DVD, please arrange an option to get the bonus material and complete series packaging.
    5-0 out of 5 stars FOX - Be a Hero and Reward Loyal M*A*S*H Fans
    First, I have to give five stars for the overall "Martinis and Medicine" product.What a fantastic collector's item!Now, for all of us who've faithfully purchased the season sets ($30 each x 11 seasons = $330 investment), you really need to consider releasing the 3-DVD bonuses set -- in the same packaging as the single season sets, please!Will we pay another $30 for the DVD bonuses set?OF COURSE!We're dedicated fans of M*A*S*H.
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    Subjects:  1. Comedies    2. Movie    3. TV Shows    4. Television   


    13. Empire of the Sun
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (06 November, 2001)
    list price: $14.98 -- our price: $9.99
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    Asin: B00003CX9U
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Roundly dismissed as one of Steven Spielberg's least successful efforts, this very underrated film poignantly follows the WorldWar II adventures of young Jim (a brilliant Christian Bale), caught in the throes of the fall of China. What if you once had everything and lost it all in an afternoon? What if you were only 12? Bale's transformation, from pampered British ruling-class child to an imprisoned, desperate, nearly feral boy, is nothing short of stunning. Also stunning are exceptional sets, cinematography, and music (the last courtesy of John Williams) that enhance author J.G.Ballard's and screenwriter Tom Stoppard's depiction of another, less familiar casualty of war.Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Falls a Bit Short of Being a Masterpiece. Malkovich is Wonderful.
    "Empire of the Sun" is directed by Steven Spielberg and has the makings of a masterpiece. It's got Spielberg directing it, it's a semi-war film, and its got John Malkovich in it. Problem is, it's too long and it seems glossed over a little bit. That doesn't mean it's not a good movie though and it is. The movie is about a young British boy named Jamie (Christian Bale. Yes, Christian "Batman" Bale), living in China (or Japan, I forget which) as a war rages on. Jamie ends up getting separated from his parents and ends up with two Americans named Basie (Malkovich) and Frank (Joe Pantoliano). After Jamie (who Basie redubs Jim) gets caught by the Japanese, with Basie and Frank, they all get sent to concentration camps. The movie's not sure if Basie is a good guy or a bad guy. Immediately in the film, he's made out to be a bad guy that you can kind of like. But later in the film, the screenwriters seemed confused. I'm not going to go into much more detail about the plot, except almost an hour and a half (of it's 2 hours, 30 minutes running time) is spent in the camp. The film has a couple tense, action scenes though. Anyway, Bale showed a lot of promise (that he would live up to) in this film although his character does become annoying frequently. Malkovich is, as always, fun to watch (although he doesn't have a lot of screentime. He actually does, but the movie is so long it seems like he doesn't). The movie's biggest flaws are its running time and its happy ending. I have no problems with long movies, but this was just way overbloated. The happy ending seemed so out of context to, it seems almost as if a studio overpowered Spielberg. Anybody who loves John Malkovich or Steven Spielberg should like the film though, it is worthy of checking out. I want to add; Ben Stiller also appears in the film as a minor character. It's kind of interesting to see him.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Oha ... another Spielberg
    One of the worst movies ever ... unconvincing and exhaustively boring. Spielberg's brilliant at popcorn movies like "Back to the future" and "The Duel", the rest (seen "AI"?!) is shallow at best ... i still wonder how he managed to NOT completely ruin "Schindler's List"??

    3-0 out of 5 stars No work for spoiled rich kids
    I liked the movie until they got to the main camp and you see people playing golf and women doing laundry like there at weekend camp site. I guess the Japs just housed and fed these people to be generous. I guess they had enough Japanese civilians to do all the work in the factories. ... Read more

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    14. A Little Princess
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (19 November, 1997)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem of a movie!
    Wow!This was one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life, perhaps, the best, in terms of emotion, enchantment, innocence, and slightly "magical".
    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful and powerful.
    We just picked this up at the library as a family friendly movie.We are ordering it ASAP.I don't know how many times I cried during this movie.The little girls in the movie were so genuine - especially the main character.The whole package was just enchanting and magical.No special affects.Just a good old fashioned story of the strength of the imagination and the power of friendship.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    Watch this movie with your family. Watch this movie by yourself. Watch this movie before you go to bed. Watch this movie with your sister! Quite simply watch this movie!
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    15. The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
    by Sony Pictures
    DVD (11 May, 2004)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Fog of War -- We're In It Again
    Last night, I watched the documentary, Fog of War, about former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. MacNamara, the Harvard-educated whiz kid who many call the architect of the Vietnam War.It is the portrait of a brilliant, but profoundly troubled old man who weeps about selecting a plot of ground in Arlington in which to bury JFK, but is steel-eyed as he recounts bombing sorties that destroy hundreds of thousands.While fighting hard to stay composed, it is evident that MacNamara is haunted by his own dark deeds and the human condition but remains stubbornly out of touch with the part of himself that orchestrated them.
    4-0 out of 5 stars mein fuhrer, i can walk again!
    the oscar winning documentary studies the career of robert strange mcnamara, savior of ford motor company, architect of the viet nam war, patron saint of the golbalization economy, self-justifier par excellence, and (imho) one of the greatest villains of the 20th century.(ok, hes not on a level with stalin or hitler or walter o'malley, but hes close).the film manages to remain even handed about its subject, something i would never be able to do, and on that level it should be appreciated.i think his fans will come away seeing him as a tragically flawed hero, and his detractors (like me) will come away seeing him as the vile [...] he is.the movie demands that you think, and for that alone it should be seen by any person interested in americas role in the world.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Lessons
    A great behind-the-scenes look at decisions that shaped history - and nearly killed all of us.
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    16. Saving Private Ryan (D-Day 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition)
    by Dreamworks Video
    DVD (25 May, 2004)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Not enough bonus material
    Let me start of with this, This movie is proibably my favorite and among the best war films ever made. I decided to write a review because many people were saying "this is not factual" and things of that nature so I just had to rebut. I'll get to that later though.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Realism=Great movie
    I have always had a fascination with WW2, something about it just interests the hell out of me. There has been countless movies made about WW2, each with there pros and cons. In my opinion alot of war movies you see are watered down and made to have a sort of gung ho feel to it("The Longest Day"), rather than trying to create a realistic portrayal of the events. The problem with doing that is that it takes most of the realism, emotion and grittiness out of the film("The Great Raid"). You will find none of that here.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning still and a great edition DVD
    Never has a war related movie has ever moved me such as Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg really went all out and served up the benchmark of war movies. His dedication to the project and respect to the WWII. veterans is honorable.
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    17. Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)
    by Universal Studios
    DVD (09 March, 2004)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars There Will Be Generations Because Of What You Did.
    Schindler's List is Steven Spielberg's 1993 motion picture account of, German businessman, Oskar Schindler's role in the rescue of over a thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust. Nominated for twelve Academy Awards, it won seven, including "Best Picture" and "Best Director" for Spielberg. The director refused to collect any commissions for the film, claiming it would be like "taking blood money". He went on to give all proceeds to The Shoah Foundation, a non-profit organization with the goal of providing an archive of filmed testimonies from Holocaust survivors, so that their trials will not be forgotten. Since its release, admiration towards the picture has only grown; it is claimed to be one of the decade's finest as well as a bold change and mark of growth for Spielberg.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Important Film
    I guess the title of the review says it all, but I'll be a little more specific for an information hungry audience. If you look at the top 10 films on The American Film Institute's Top 100, you'll find that none of the films were made past the 1970's. In fact, only one of them is even made in the '70s. Eight of the films weren't released after the '50s. The only film in that top 10 to bypass those two eras is this film (which is at #9). Why though? This isn't the first or last film about the Holocaust. Is it because it's one of the most commercial of those films? No. Is it because Steven Spielberg is in the director's chair? Again, no. There are many contributing factors to this film's popularity and brilliance and few of those reasons are because of something you may think. To make a completely accurate film that displays every horror of the Holocaust would be impossible. It's the same with September 11th, which is why two films (United 93 and World Trade Center) have built stories around the event...Which is exactly what this film does. It takes a tragic event and instead of using it as the plot, merely uses it as the setting. It builds from this, the story and plot. The main character, Oskar Schindler, is played in an Oscar-worthy performance by Liam Neeson. An actor most people may know by now as Qui-Gon Jinn in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace." Schindler had no success in business before or after the holocaust and if not for his braveness, would no doubt not be remembered today. Schindler lives in Poland and is a part of the Nazi party. When we meet Schindler he is at a nightclub filled with Nazi officers. He sends them drinks and is soon sitting at tables with them. Spielberg (or is it screenwriter Steve Zaillian) makes it clear from the beginning, without really telling you...Schindler is a conman. As thousands of Jews are killed left and right, Schindler begins planning on opening a factory. The factory will make pots and pans, the workers will be jews. They won't be paid a cent and he will profit from it. He sounds like your typical Nazi, which is exactly what his Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley, who is amazing) thinks as well. You probably already know this, but I'll tell you anyway. Schindler's plan was not to make money off the Jews, but to save them from death.
    5-0 out of 5 stars It took me over a decade to actually watch this film...
    ...though I rented it at least five times. I knew that with Spielberg directing it was going to be Affecting, and I wasn't sure how I was going to actually function in the world afterwards.
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    18. Full Metal Jacket
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (12 June, 2001)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars wow stan could sure make a powerfull movie but what else is new
    great powerfull movie this was,, i really enjoy how stan dosent have to add a score to make the drama more powerfull thats how good the directing is. i also enjoy the story very much. i really dont see many movies that show the break down people feel in boot camp. the only bad thing is it was full screen but still i love this film!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Real
    The first half of this film is the most accurate portrayal of USMC boot camp I have ever seen, outside of actually being there. I've read that R. Lee Emery, who played the senior drill instructor, was initially hired to coach other actors for the role. But he did such a perfect job himself that Stanley Kubrick hired him for the job. If the film had ended after the first half alone, it would have been phenomenal.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Probably a good film for the psychology student...
    I do not wish to compare this movie to other films about the Vietnam War -- I'll leave that to others who have seen a number of these films or have themselves been war veterans.What I do want to talk about is the horrendously psychological brutal and vicious treatment of the soldiers, acted out in the first half of the film, as they begin their training, prior to being sent off to war.Its no big secret that young recruits are put through intense training and perhaps this is necessary to a certain point in order to properly prepare them for eventual battle.That said, the drill sgt in this film was more than brutal -- he was unnecessarily sadistic in his treatment of these young men, and this was of course most prominent with his treatment of Private Gomer Pyle.
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    19. The First World War - The Complete Series
    by Image Entertainment
    DVD (30 August, 2005)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Best documentary of the Great War
    Best treatment yet! Previously unseen film archives from Eastern European sources. I won't repeat other excellent reviews.
    4-0 out of 5 stars WWI viewed by an historian
    Colorful presentation and expert coverage of WW-I from an historian's point of view. The Eastern front occupies a more important place than in any other WW-I series I've seen. I found the numerous comments taken from the agendas of soldiers who died on the battlefield interesting and touching.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The fFrst World War,Harbinger of a tumultuous century

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    20. Cabaret
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (19 August, 2003)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Director (Bob Fosse), Best Actress (Liza Minnelli), and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey), Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars On time and just fine!
    The product arrived a little ahead of expected delivery date ,and is in brand new condition--couldn't ask for a better experience.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUT THIS DVD!
    If you own a widescreen television, or plan to one day, DO NOT BUY THIS DVD! It is mislabled "Enhanched for Widescreen TVs (aka Anamorphic Widescreen), and it is definitely NOT! And the picture qualitiy on a widescreen T.V. is abysmal! I'm returning it and demanding a refund!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cabaret Lives!
    I hadn't seen this film since it came out decades ago. It's as fresh as ever. Who, seeing this Cabaret, wouldn't want to attend performances every night! Loved it!
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