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Toy Story 3 - Movie Poster (Toys At Play) (Size: 22 x 34) Poster Print, 22x34
Toy Story 3 - Movie Poster (Toys At Play) (Size: 22 x 34) Poster Print, 22x34

5.0 out of 5 stars Good poster, good price, February 21, 2013
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I bought this poster for my nephew's new "Toy Story" themed bedroom. I had looked at the poster on other online retailers, but this was the best price. It looked great and was a perfect addition to the room decor.

Sleeping Beauty Movie Poster (22 x 28 Inches - 56cm x 72cm) (1959) Half Sheet -(Mary Costa)(Bill (William) Shirley)(Barbara Luddy)(Taylor Holmes)(Verna Felton)(Barbara Jo Allen)
Sleeping Beauty Movie Poster (22 x 28 Inches - 56cm x 72cm) (1959) Half Sheet -(Mary Costa)(Bill (William) Shirley)(Barbara Luddy)(Taylor Holmes)(Verna Felton)(Barbara Jo Allen)

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful poster, February 21, 2013
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This was a gift for my niece for her new bedroom and she (and her mom) loved it. It was a nice printing and the right size for her poster frame.

Saturday Night Live - The Best of Adam Sandler
Saturday Night Live - The Best of Adam Sandler
DVD ~ Christopher Guest
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a viewing just for Opera Man, November 19, 2003
Opera Man is just one of the many lovable characters you will see featured on Adam Sandler's "Best Of" DVD. Before he became the huge, very well-paid comedy moviestar he is today, he toughed it out with many other geniuses on SNL. Honestly, this is some of his best work.
You get classic sketches, like Schmitt's Gay, Canteen Boy, the Zagat's guide (Chris Farley outshines him in this one though), and Gap Girls. You will also see the origin of some of his most beloved songs, such as the Hanukkah Song, Red Hooded Sweatshirt (in the extras), and Lunch Lady Land. The highlights are his Weekend Update appearances as the aforementioned Opera Man, Cajun Man, and as himself offering suggestions for inexpensive Halloween costumes.
So what keeps this from being a five-star DVD? To find out, look in the extras and watch the Conan O'Brien interview. Sandler appears to be either drunk or stoned and makes some quite tasteless jokes. This portion takes away from the overall vibe of silliness on the rest of the disc.
Nevertheless, if you are a Sandler fan, you will love seeing his humble beginnings. Enjoy! "Opera Man.....bye BYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEE!"

Tenacious D - The Complete Master Works
Tenacious D - The Complete Master Works
DVD ~ Jack Black
Price: $11.89
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raunchy musical fun!, November 19, 2003
"Tenacious D: TCMW" offers a sick and twisted look into the world of an underachieving yet completely committed rock duo, consisting of current movie megastar Jack Black and his musically talented sidekick Kyle "KG" Gass. Disc One features an hour-long concert for London's Brixton Academy, as well as all six episodes of the 1999 HBO comedy series. The concert is a brilliant spotlight for the boys' true talent. Plus, it was nice to see that the D's following spans across the Atlantic, as audience members loudly sang along with nearly every song. The episodes were equally hilarious, showing the D's humble beginnings as bar singers. They also let viewers in on the origins of a few of their songs. My favorite was the episode featuring Lee, Tenacious D's superfan (and song namesake). The band actually ends up stalking HIM, instead of vice versa!
Disc Two is labeled "For Psycho Fans Only," and it features three HBO short films, a studio documentary, TV appearances, and music videos complete with behind the scenes mayhem. The shorts stand out on this disc because they go beyond the series episodes and plunge into the realm of disgusting. I had to turn away from the screen in a few instances, I must admit. But they are funny, in the most naughty sense. The studio documentary is less musical footage and more of the boys just messing around and talking smack about each other. I guess this is what happens when you give the D a camera. I had seen some of the TV appearances and videos before, but I enjoyed the extra glimpses nonetheless.
If you have a Tenacious D fan in your life, I recommend this as a gift for their next birthday/Christmas/wedding/bar mitzvah. But if you think this is fun family viewing, think again. If you won't let your teenager listen to their album, then you probably won't want them subjected to this even spicier DVD. This is clearly for adults only. To mature fans of the D: laugh along!

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336 of 365 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Love actually is all around...", November 19, 2003
"Love Actually" is just the right mix of romantic comedy and drama to leave you with that warm, fuzzy feeling as you leave the theatre. It's an ideal Christmas movie for moms and dads who want to see something else while the kids venture into more PG films.
Writer/director Richard Curtis enlists a plethora of some of the finest British actors (and a few noteworthy Americans) to tell several different love stories. While it seems that there may be a few too many characters at first, the overall flow of the film allows the viewer to keep track quite easily. The cast is led by the ever-so-charming Hugh Grant as the British Prime Minister. While some critics have called this casting unbelievable, Grant actually pulls it off by portraying a more human, but yet stronger PM that we would all love to have leading us. His dance to the Pointer Sisters' "Jump for My Love" borders a bit on ridiculous, but it is nevertheless fun to watch. In the film, the PM is caught between leading his country with a clear head, or giving in to his feelings of attraction to his tea server Natalie (played by musical actress Martine McCutcheon).
And then there's Emma Thompson, who plays Karen, sister to Grant's PM and a long-married devoted mother. She suspects that her husband Harry (Alan Rickman) may be cheating with a sexy co-worker. Her performance, simply put, is a revelation. The scene where she is in her bedroom is an example of phenominal acting. Hollywood Foreign Press and Academy members: please take notice!
Another strong performance award goes to Bill Nighy, who provides most of the film's comic relief as aging rock star Billy Mack. He puts out a cheesy Christmas record and then publicly bashes it. But in classic Hollywood ending style, he does have an epiphany and realizes his wild musician life has been missing true affection.
Liam Neeson shines as widower Daniel who tries to help his young stepson win the heart of a popular school crush. Equally sweet is Colin Firth as Jamie, a man recovering from a broken relationship in France who falls for his monolingual Portuguese maid. You know what? This film is such an abundance of great performances that I will run out of space discussing them all! Everybody shines! My only cast complaint is that Rowan Atkinson should have been given more screen time.
What I also love about "Love Actually" is that Curtis doesn't, if you'll pardon the pun, wrap up each story in a happy little Christmas package. There are a few sad, realistic moments, particularly in the Karen/Harry subplot and in Laura Linney's turn as Sarah, an assistant who has waited so long to be with the man she loves. She realizes, in some of the film's key dramatic instances, that family matters are getting in the way.
All in all, Curtis has struck gold again, in tradition of movies like "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Bridget Jones' Diary." Yeah, some of the love stories may be a little far-fetched, but aren't they all in fantasy movie world? What matters is that they are sweet and not without their share of obstacles. This film is a nice departure from some of the more disturbing violent films as of late. But be warned: it is a little more adult than most other comedies in theatres. The innuendos, language, and nudity earn the R-rating. So see it without the young kids, but do enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still remarkable after nearly 25 years, November 7, 2003
Any horror film buff absolutely must see "Alien: the Director's Cut" on the big screen if they get the chance. If you have seen it before, you will love watching it again with remastered sound and extra never-before-seen footage from director Ridley Scott. If you have never watched it (i.e. it was before your time), you may not be overly impressed by the horror factor. But as a newbie, you must realize that this film is almost 25 years old, and it was one of the first films in the genre to apply the "jump scare" technique. You can appreciate that it was a truly groundbreaking film for its time, and it still holds up as a deliciously frightening movie today.
The film is about the crew of the spaceship Nostramos, who decide to answer a distress call on their way back to Earth. They find an abandoned ship with something a little creepy inside. You will be on the edge of your seat as you watch the crew fight for their lives as they try to escape from a very sinister and grotesque alien.
Look for brilliant early performances from now well-known actors like Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, and Sigourney Weaver. Of course, Weaver stands out as the tough but terrified Lt. Ellen Ripley. She has become one of the most popular strong female characters in cinematic history.
The transfer back to screen gave way to fairly decent picture quality. It does seem to shake in moments, as other reviews have commented, but it eventually subsides. Some imperfections can be expected when a print is remastered from an old one, but the film itself is so brilliant that you probably won't notice.
If you love "Alien" and your local theatre doesn't offer the new version, you can look forward to a DVD release as part of the "Alien Quadrilogy" on December 2. Either way, you'll be able to be grossed out all over again by the alien popping out of Kane's stomach. Have fun!

Eight Crazy Nights (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Eight Crazy Nights (Two-Disc Special Edition)
DVD ~ Adam Sandler
Price: $6.99
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and a bit crude, November 3, 2003
I'm usually a supporter of Adam Sandler comedies, even if a lot of them are the same. His films have innocent, escapist humor that just allows you to forget about your troubles and laugh at pratfalls. This time, Sandler dabbles in animation, and it unfortunately does not achieve the same effect as his live-action comedies.
Sandler voices the three main characters in this cartoon: a grumpy criminal prankster named Davey, a tiny and kindhearted old man named Whitey, and Whitey's crazy wig-wearing sister Eleanor. Davey actually looks and sounds like Sandler himself, while the brother and sister duo have the most grating voices possible and wacky appearances. This could annoy you so much that you may want to turn the movie off...I almost did.
The plot is unimportant because gross-out humor and mean-spirited jokes take precedent in this film, but I will explain it anyway. Davey goes around town terrorizing people until his crimes catch up with him: he knocks down huge Menorah and Santa ice sculptures. The town judge sentences him to be supervised by Whitey, who plans to get him involved in a youth basketball program to turn his life around. It turns out that a tragedy from Davey's past is what has caused his bitterness towards the holidays, and this topic is finally explored after much mayhem and many gags.
It only has a few truly funny moments, and it is overwhelmed with product placement ad nauseum in a mall sequence. It kind of makes you wonder if all of those advertising fees were necessary to get this film produced in the first place. It's artistic and comic merit alone are simply not enough. This movie is pretty pointless and misdirected towards a younger audience. Parents be warned: the movie earns every ounce of the PG-13 rating. It has naughty language, innuendo, and plenty of humor centering around excrement.
The Sandler purist may love this film and see it for the sometimes strange and sickening comedy it is. For me, it was just not as funny as I expected. The reason that I didn't give it one star is because I liked the cameos from Sandler staples Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz and Kevin Nealon, AND because of the hilarious new version of "The Hanukkah Song" featured in the end credits. In conclusion, this animated feature is hit-or-miss, depending on your taste. Just don't expect comic genius.

Savage Garden
Savage Garden
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and addictive synth pop, October 29, 2003
This review is from: Savage Garden (Audio CD)
Savage Garden were the underappreciated Australian stepchildren of the late nineties pop revolution. While the Backstreet Boys and NSync were building an army of screaming teenage girl fans, SG were exploring different sounds and lyrics while still staying true to the catchy pop formula. Their debut album is almost a tribute to the 80's sound developed by pioneers like Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, and Human League. But with Darren Hayes' unusual but soothing vocal style and Daniel Jones' brilliant ear for melodies, SG turned out to be more than your average boy band.
This album features many gems, including:
1) To the Moon and Back - A clever song incorporating a spaced-out, futuristic feel. Guaranteed to get stuck in your head.
2) I Want You - The "chica-Cherry cola" song. It blew me away when I first heard it. I love how the lyrics are sung at a break-neck speed.
3) Truly, Madly, Deeply - The first American number one for the boys. It is a sweet, romantic song that became a mainstay at many proms, dances, and weddings that year.
4) Tears of Pearls - Lyrically, it's one of the best songs on the album. Key changes are at just the right moments. Practically flawless.
5) Universe - SG sauces things up a little bit with this sexy ballad. With racy words and a grinding melody, this song is perfect for "extra-curricular activities."
6) Carry on Dancing - This one is really a filler track. It's not as genius as some of the other tracks, but it's still nice and catchy.
7) Violet - This one sounds like it could have been written by Prince (and I'm not just alluding to a purple reference). It's very funky with a subtle sexual quality.
8) Break Me, Shake Me - This is a rougher, more desperate track. I'm not sure if it sticks out or stands out on the album, but it is a departure from the other tracks.
9) A Thousand Words - My favorite song from this effort. It reads like a beautiful, frustrated poem. Great harmonies and lyrics make it worthy of multiple listens.
10) Promises - This one is more downbeat than the previous tracks, more groovy. It's a good bouncy quality and a great chorus.
11) Santa Monica - It's kind of a loving tribute to the pier, ripe with references of inline skaters and coffee on the promenade. But the chorus doesn't seem to match up. It's a good song, but kind of weird.
So, if you love pop with substance, than you must take a trip to Savage Garden. These two handsome Aussies will soon win your heart, and this might become one of your favorite albums.

Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (Special Edition)
Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Reese Witherspoon
Price: $6.59
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dumb blonde?, October 29, 2003
The main reason I was so disappointed in "Legally Blonde 2" was because I enjoyed the first one so much. What could have been a humorous and heartwarming look at Elle Woods' first journeys into the real world of law turns into a ridiculous parade of sorority sisters, pink dresses, outrageous hairdos, and gay dogs.
In the first film, I liked how Elle started off as a superficial character and really had to prove that she was a smart, capable human being. It was like she became an entirely different, more admirable person at the end of the movie. In this sequel, she still has a heart of gold. The whole premise of the film centers around her battle to make animal testing illegal so she can save the mother of her canine companion Bruiser. What Elle IS missing in this film is the maturity level she reached upon graduating from Harvard Law. I think this grown-up quality was necessary so as to not make her character seem so out of place in Washington DC.
And BOY does she seem out of place! But since we have to suspend disbelief for the sake of Hollywood dramatic license, Elle does not get laughed right out of Congress (which is what would happen in real life). It takes a little time and some silly stunts, but the older, more conservative figures do eventually embrace her and her position on the treatment of animals.
You may notice that there are a lot of simillarites to the first film. First of all, there is a rude coworker, played by Regina King, who tries to rain on Elle's parade. Selma Blair anyone? There is also a hotel doorman named Sidney (Bob Newhart) who gives Elle vital information about the members of Congress. He basically picks up where Luke Wilson's character left off in the first film. But the biggest similarity of all is the plot. Elle must once again dodge insults and nonbelievers in order to make her point. In the end, it is her knowledge of beauty products (in the first film: perms, in this film: facials) that exposes the truth about a wrongdoing.
On the whole, "Legally Blonde 2" is completely farfetched. It does have a few funny moments and lines of dialogue, but it falls flat and becomes too silly to be legitimate. I've seen worse, but I think this film could have been so much more.

Measure of a Man
Measure of a Man
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent first effort, October 19, 2003
This review is from: Measure of a Man (Audio CD)
Clay Aiken's debut album may not be the most inventive or original, but you can't deny that this young man has a unique and powerful voice that commands your attention. Less than a year after grabbing the first runner-up position on American Idol II, he still has a bit of maturing to do vocally, but he has a sense of what his fans want to hear and delivers just that.
Let's review each track one-by-one:
1) Invisible - I'm not sure if I would have put this song first. It's not necessarily a bad song. It does start off kind of cheesy, but it picks up with the chorus and the breakdown and becomes quite catchy.
2) I Will Carry You - This sounds like a song Clay would have used to bring down the house on AI. It's a nice inspirational ballad, along the same lines of "This is the Night." Great song for his voice.
3) The Way - Because this song was co-written by Enrique Iglesias, it does have kind of a Latin ballad feel. It's sweet, but any Latin singer might have been able to pull it off.
4) When You Say You Love Me - This one was co-penned by former Savage Garden lead singer Darren Hayes. Therefore, it's got an obvious SG pop flavor to it along with unique lyricals. It's one of the standout tracks on the album.
5) No More Sad Songs - Lyrically, it's very stereotypical. There is definite vocal variety, allowing Clay to show his great range. But some may find the high notes severe.
6) Run to Me - This is one of the stronger songs. It's a clever ballad that manages to show his vocal talent without being overpowering. I like the key changes in this one.
7) Shine - A very romantic, sweet song. It's more subtle than other love songs on the album and has great lyrics.
8) I Survived You - Good break-up song for broken hearted girls (or guys, I suppose) to identify with. Not groundbreaking by any means, but does feature a nice harmony with background vocalist Danielle Brisebois.
9) This is the Night - Previously featured on his first single release. I liked the song then and I still like it now. It appropriately sums up his journey from American Idol to a musical career. Inspirational.
10) Perfect Day - THE best song on the entire album. The sound departs from other tracks. It's clever and fun, and there should be more tracks like it on his next album. I hope it's released as a single.
11) Measure of a Man - In contrast with the above track, this song is the weakest from this effort. It's got good lyrics, but they get lost because this song is not suited for Clay's voice at all. It seemed out of place amidst the other tracks.
12) Touch - Nice funky feel to this one. Again, it's different from the rest of the album. GREAT lyrics, a definite highlight.
Overall, the CD has a few flaws, but it's a great first try for a budding new singer. I can only see Clay improving in the years to come, and I look forward to what he offers on future albums. If you enjoyed Clay on American Idol, you will most likely enjoy his debut.

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