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2.0 out of 5 stars Shame on the people selling this..., January 28, 2008
Okay, it's not just these guys, it's every single person besides Amazon direct that should be ashamed. First thing first, I worked at a video game store for 2 years. i know how people work. It's about making money. And we used to do things simlar to gain the extra buck. Here's the deal, people, including small private companies are going to walmart, picking up a few consoles a week, one month, one day at a time, what have you, buying them at regular price, then selling them at outrageous prices. Mostly I blame the private owners on eBay, and yes individuals on Amazon who sell. Once again, its' not Amazon doing this, it's the individuals. Sad thing is, people are buying it that the demand is so high, they have no choice. This includes eBay, Yahoo Auctions, overstock, and yes, on Amazon. I'm not saying the console is not in high demand, it is, but the main issue is people like that are buying a load of consoles, then selling them for nearly double on what the console should be worth. It's not going to stop until people stop paying for this, you need to just wait for the fair deal, if we all did, they wouldn't be selling a single console for so much! Like someone said, be patient, retailers eventually will get them in, you just have to know when and helps if you got a friend that works at the store too. Don't have one? Then make a friend.


Poltergeist
Poltergeist
DVD ~ JoBeth Williams
Price: $5.87
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warner Bros. fails to give the fans what they want, again., January 1, 2008
This review is from: Poltergeist (DVD)
Documentaries of real Poltergeists and Hauntings, don't want it. Yeah, we get a full featured "Real World of Poltergeists" included with this special edition, but who is Warner Brothers kidding here? This is not Unsolved Mysteries, this is a classic movie. Where is the making? Where is the story of the poltergiest curse which includes death of cast members and some poeple in involed with the movie? Where is the story of Heather O Rourke's sudden death? Where is the controverisal heated story between the director Tobe Hooper and producer Spielberg? You're not going to get anything about it. No cast interviews, no storylines about the movie's infancy, nothing about the making of the movie, just another decent documentary about hauntings and poltergesits and contacting the dead which has nothing to do with the movie itself. In all seriousness, there is nothing wrong with the documentary included with the film, but it just doesn't belong here.

As for the movie itself, we know how awesome it is, and yes, it does look like it's been cleaned up quite a bit. Boasting it being digitally restored and remastered it probably true. It's defintely the best looking poltergeist I've ever seen on my TV. The audio even seemed to get an upgrade too. As fans know, this came out 25 years ago in 1982, wow, has it been that long, but amazingly, it has still withstood the test of time as is still considered to be one of the best movies ever made. I personally believe the movie is Spielberg's best, more than E.T., Close Encounters, you name it, Poltergeist is probalby his best work. While Tobe Hooper takes credit for being the director, that's where the controversy starts between Hooper and Spielberg. And I can honestly that's why WB has ignored a full fledged making of the movie knowing the controversy it may spawn between Hooper and Spielberg. But even without the interviews or making of the movie, if you haven't bought this movie yet, now is probably a good time, just don't expect any good extras that have anything to do with the movie.


Power Supply for Xbox 360
Power Supply for Xbox 360
Offered by Better Than New!
Price: $49.95
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, stick with the Microsoft power supply. You pay more, but so what?, May 22, 2007
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
I bought this thing thinking I could have a nice backup power supply so I could hook my 360 at my leisure on another TV. Simply stated, it does not work. It doesn't even include the dang power cable to plug into the wall? Are you kidding me? I've tried other cables and the system doesn't power up correctly. Stick with Microsoft's Power Supply, it's difficult to find and it costs more, but at least you know it works.


NBA 2K7 - Playstation 3
NBA 2K7 - Playstation 3
Offered by DAGI SALES
Price: $13.05
143 used & new from $0.01

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best basketball game in video game history., January 27, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I've been playing video games since the Atari 2600 days, been through dozens and dozens of basketball games and I can honestly say NBA 2k7 is the best b'ball game I've personally ever played. I think you'll love it too. NBA 2K7 is the most realistic basketball simulation ever. It looks and plays like a real NBA game and I can't get enough of it. The graphics are stunning, gameplay is tight and the sound is awesome.

Graphics: Not comparing to NBA 07, NBA 2k7 in it's own right is a spectacular looking PS3 game. The mostion caputred move are smooth as silk and transition from one motion to the next looks flawless. Watching players do their signature free throws and shots are sweet added touches. The reflective polish of the courts looks much brighter and shinier than it it does on the 360. The stadiums look incredible and the fans in the stands are even fun to watch when you're not playing the action. You'll see cameramen, mascots, cheerleaders and lots of fans throughout. The players faces look a bit better than the 360 version, as at times they looked like zombies. But on the Ps3 things are much improved. There are some sweet montion captured moves including countless dunks throughout the game. Signature dunks, signature moves and signature free throws will immerse you in the experience.

Gameplay: Forget NBA live, forget NBA 07, this is the best playing basketball game in the world. ON the fly substitions and play calling (without having to pause the game) tight and smooth realistic gameplay will suck you in. The PS3 sixaxis controller works great for 2k7. The only time the sixaxis comes into play with 2k7 is on the free throws. It takes some time to getting used to, but over time, it become second nature. The shot stick on the right stick still works wonders and makes some crazy shots. The computer opponents are very tough even on easier difficulty levels. But the online mutiplayer is where the fun is really at.

Online: Initially the game was suffering when the PS3 was in it's infancy, but things seem to be great now. I haven't had any problems online since, the game plays fast and without any lag as long as you have a good connection.

Sound: Kenny Harlin is back and his comments do get the job done, but it's the same stuff he's been saying for years. They need to update his stuff. Good music on the menu screens and great sound and crowd noise. Nothing to really complain about.

Final Call: This is my favorite game for the PS3. Sports fans need not to hesitate, this is a must have, you won't be disappointed!
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The Sopranos: Road to Respect
The Sopranos: Road to Respect
Offered by Game Express Online
Price: $12.99
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A blasphemy to the show, this game deserves zero respect., January 9, 2007
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Most of the reviewers summed this game up quite well. The guy who said he'd rather play ET on his Atari 2600 couldn't be more right. I'm warning customers to not buy this game. I feel sorry for the people who don't read reviews before buying games. It's games by THQ that buy these big names from shows, movies etc and attempt to make the money by the name only, not the quality of the product. I wont' get into details, I reluctantly rented the game already knowing it would be bad, but being a fan, I had to give it a shot. The only good thing about is the theme music rocks. Then the game starts. Terrible storyline, lack of any plot or motive to play, terrible gameplay, boring dialogue, mediocre graphics and overall mediocrity! Heed the "most" of the reviewers on here, this is a bad game, and the show deserves so much better. The guy who gave this game 5 stars wouldn't make it in Tony Soprano's crew for long, because Tony wouldn't have any part of it! There are so many better games out there. If you need a game like this, The Godfather is worth a look, although that game could use some work too.


The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 7
The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 7
DVD ~ Thomas Wopat
Price: $17.39
47 used & new from $13.66

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars After 140+ episodes, there is a reason the series lost it's YAHOO..., December 31, 2006
It's 1985 and the series has finally ran out of steam. I'm a dukes fan, always will be and people will probably tear me down for what I have to say. But I can't get into the later seasons of Hazzard and season 7 certainly came to an abrupt end. When you run into episodes concerning little green men visiting Hazzard county, you can't help to laugh and say, this series should have been over at the end of Season 2. Some of the storylines in this series are so bad, you might find yourself wanting to skip it all together. My biggest pet peave is that the "realism" died clearly after Season 2 was over. Season 1, (well, the first 5 episodes at least is 5 hours of pure entertainment. Those first 5 episodes within season 1, filmed directly in beautiful Covington Georiga, not on a Hollywood backlot in California, simply has a better feeling at being at a real-time locale. The storylines, the writing, the realism of the show simply died and season 7 is clearly at the bottom of the barrel. And I am still annoyed by the projector screen backdrops in these later seasons. It's so fake it's almost laughable. Fans will clearly notice how it looked so much better when they were actually in the car with the camera on the hood of the car. It's those teeny added touches from Season 1 and 2 that are sorely missed and season 7 is no exception.

Rosco ruined it for me even moreso in season 7 as his character basically turned into a bumbling baffoon and his stupidity got worse from season to season. No longer a corrupted sheriff, rosco evolved into a crybaby with no seriousness at all. The comedic atmosphere in the final seasons are wy over done. Seeing aliens visit form outerspace was enough to make me puke. I missed the awesome storylines, they clearly ran out of ideas. I know they went for the "comedic" route as the seasons progressed and wanted to make the series more family orientated, but why not stick with what made the original series so great.

Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) basically got dumber too as the series has progressed. No longer a intelligent criminal politican, he's just another idiot by Rosco's side.

The series last episode is a decent farewell to the series, but it's still illfades in comparison to the orignal episode in 1979.

However, fans of the series should probably own every episode. Even though I'll probably watch this collection one last time, I always find myself going back to Season 1 where it all got started. The first 7 episodes are 7 hours of pure fresh fun from Hazzard and defintely shows how the show became so darn popular.
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NBA '07 - Playstation 3
NBA '07 - Playstation 3
Offered by Fulfillment Solutions Wholesalers, LLC
Price: $3.94
128 used & new from $0.01

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good second option next to NBA 2k7., December 31, 2006
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
The Playstation 3 needs some good sports titles. There isn't much right now, pretty much Madden, NBA 2k7 and of course NBA o7. NBA 07 was developed in-house by Sony. The series has been relesed on both the PS2 and PSP with only average reviews. Thankfully, this version does not suffer the same fate, it's a good game of hoops even though you have a much better choice with NBA 2k7. But if you like basketball like I do, you might want to consider this one too, just because it's a different experience.

What stands out is the graphics. The graphics are top notch, and I feel in most ways, it's a better looking game than 2k7 due to the incredible player models and stadium details. In true 1080 HD, the game is really sweet too look at. It really struts some of the power of the PS3 has to offer. Smooth crisp animations, nice player models, terrific reflections on the court, realistic stadiums and excellent use of vibrant colors and dripping sweat to boot! The player models are not perfect. The players look to sweat a little profusely and when this happens, they look a bit "manequinish", is that a word? I guess you can say they resemble a zombie in a round about sort of way. But you'll only notice on replays, timeouts and closeups, so it's only a minor gripe. But the players faces look very much like their real counterparts and they even got the hair down to a tee.

Gameplay wise, I would describe it as a 70% sim and 30% arcade feel. The gamep plays at an amazing fast pace and there is lot of scoring. The defense A.I. still needs some work, I noticed too many easy holes to the basket as my computer controlled teammates do not seem to help out in the lane when they should. One thing also that really bothered me was that very annoying shot meter. It's difficult to perfect it, as it seems to want just that, "perfection" to make a shot. Luckily, the shot meter thing can be disabled,so if you have problems like me making open jumpers, just turn it off. Other problems are with player fatigue issues. I noticed players being tired really doens't seem to affect them when their still oncourt. I've had guys below 50% and they were still moving fast and making shots on the court like they were fully rested from the bench. This is certainly an issue if you want realism and if you play online as substitutions are basically not needed. They need to patch this up.

Ouch. You would think of the slick presentation with TNT by it's side, you would think we would have a great tv style presentation. Well, good stat screens and cool TV replays are nice, but where the heck is my commentary? NBA 07 is lacking any commentary whatsoever. All you hear is the P.A. announcer. This is a major bummer and considering this is a next gen title, leaving out commentary is a big no-no.

Online play for the most part seems to be pretty smooth, I only notice a few laggy games, of course a lot depends on your connection. The modes are pretty bareboned, typical Season, Exhibition and a few mini-game which are actually very fun. The NBA Replay mode lets you replay games from the past week (in real life) and alter the ending. It's a good experience and with so many scnerios each week from the NBA, this mode is fun and will keep you busy. There are no deep franchise modes or the "The life" mode offered in the PS3 version, which is a bit disappointing. You would think a full priced NBA game for the PS3 would be loaded, but it still seems to a bit lacking.

Overall, I really liked NBA 07. The on-court gameplay is very good and is a good change up from 2k7. It's a game anyone can jump into and most will have fun with it. A few issues in the gameplay and lacking modes keeps it from being a must have. IF you only want to get one game, I would say NBA 2k7 is your best bet, it's still the best basketball game on the market.


Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut
Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut
DVD ~ Christopher Reeve
Offered by kylakins
Price: $5.79
123 used & new from $0.35

16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption for Donner, the way Superman II was supposed to be..., November 29, 2006
**Spoiler Safe**

Thanks to people like us and finally with cooperation from Warner Brothers to make this a reality, we finally can see Superman II the way it was intended, in Donner's vision! Fans of the Superman market have been pushing this forever (it seems) to make it a reality mainly due to the help of the world wide web. Countless web sites pushing, pushing to get this movie out. The problem has always been problems with Warner Brothers, but the main issue was trying to find the footage that has been locked up for decades.

With extensive assistance from Warner Brothers and the hard working people to find and salvage every last bit of Donner's film, it's all been put together and finally completed for a whole new Superman II movie like you've never seen before. People have to understand Donner filmed nearly 85% of Superman II and yet the final release was still credited to Richard Lester. One of the reasons for Donner's dismissal was that Donner clearly aruged with the producers that Superman II was becoming "more campy," than he wanted and he wanted it to have the same realistic tone as the original Superman conveyed.

After Donner was removed from his job, "Richard Lester" finished the job and was credited as the Director (so wrongly). Be that as it may, we finally got redemption for Donner.

I finally watched it last night, and I clearly prefer Donner's cut over the theatrical release of Superman in 1979. It's amazing how it feels like a whole new movie. They even redid the opening credits, it was great to see Brando and "Directed By Richard Donner" fly onto the screen. Donner's cut is clearly the best version in my opinion. The music scores are all redone, mainly the same toned music from the original Superman and having it in 5.1 Dolby Digital is the icing on the cake! The funny bits from the theatrical release of II has basically been taken out of this Donner version although you will see some scenes from the theatrical version in-tact. No offense to "Richard Lester" but his quirks in II made it feel too much like a comedy in so many instances. And him reprising is directing duties in Superman III didn't help either. Donner was right when he described as part II becoming too "campy" as most of his footage was removed after he got the boot. Donner's cut shows a better more realistic vision as the original Superman did so well.

During Donner's Superman II, there is a more involving focus on Superman and Lois Lane's relationship and Lane's constant chase to get Clark to admit he's Superman. And for the first time ever, you'll see Marlon Brando back into the mix. As you know, Brando is not seen at all in the theatrical release of Superman II, even though he did finish scenes for the film while Donner was filming. The reason Brando was not in the final release was because he filed suit over his percentage of the first film's profits, so his scenes "filmed all by Donner" were removed from the cut. So it certainly was a big downer for many as Brando was basically eliminated from the story all together. So he basically wanted more money. Warner Bros said no, so he said, fine, take me off the film. But never fear, we now have the footage of Brando back into the mix, the way Donner intended. People said that the newly found Brando scenes are overdone and that Brando himself did not look to be sincere. I think otherwise. I really enjoyed the new scenes with Brando involved in the storyline, it really made the movie for emotional for me.

Along with seeing Marlon Brando back as (Jor-El) You'll experience as much as half of the film containing never-seen material. All new, all by Donner and never seen before by movie buffs. You'll experience a whopping 15+ minutes of restored footage of Marlon Brando scenes well as tons of new Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder scenes throughout the movie. Because Donner's cut was not finished since they fired him about 85% through, you'll witness one scene where it's basically a "screen test" for Kidder and Reeve, but the scene was so well done and so important to the storyline of their relationship, it had to be included in the movie. The screen test is out of place, and you'll notice Reeve's hair and glasses changing from one scene to the next during it, but it's a great scene no matter how you look at it! Many of the scenes with Gene Hackman are also new and you'll notice many of the funny liners are all but omitted to give the movie a darker tone. Because Donner did not get to finish the movie, you will have to sit through some Lester footage from the original. Additionally, some of the other scenes from Donner's footage was not completely finished (special-effect wise) so you will notice some newly-filmed shots with new enhancements with modern day computers. The biggest addition of them all is the alternate ending which is totally different from the original release which I will not give away to you.

The movie's picture is excellent and the for the first time ever, you can watch Superman in 5.1 Dolby Digital. The disc includes a little 15-20 minute "making of Donner's cut" and how it came be and about 7 deleted scenes from Donner's footage. All good stuff.

I think Christopher Reeve would have been proud to see this movie if he was still alive today. You'll get to see just more of him and what a wonderful serious actor he can be. Donner's cut will be a big seller, and for big reason, Donner is one of the best directors of all time and I only see fit that Warner Brothers finally gave us, and Donner what we wanted, the real Superman II, the way it was meant to be.
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Oh God! Book II
Oh God! Book II
DVD ~ Suzanne Pleshette
Offered by Solo Enterprises
Price: $5.63
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sequels usually stink, but this one manages to hang in there.., June 4, 2006
This review is from: Oh God! Book II (DVD)
Let's face it, sequels usually never surpass the original. Sure Terminator 2 and Godfather 2 are exceptions, but in the movie world, it's a simple fact sequels suck! But just because it's not usually as good as the original, does not mean that Oh God Book II is a bad movie. I actually think it deserves more credit. George Burns reprises his role as God and that within itself is a good thing because portraying our Lord is no easy feat and he saves the movie from every aspect. It's basically the same premise as OH God, only this time it's a little girl told to spread the Word. The cast is a bunch of nobodies and mind you some of the acting is pretty bad, but the little girl Tracy Richards played by (Louanne - don't ask why she has no last name, nobody really knows) but Louanne does an acceptable acting job and her little body doing big things for God makes you want to stick with it until it's all over. The script is not as creative as the original and is as predictable as any sequel could ever be, but it's still fun. There are some touching moments between George Burns and the Louanne especially at the end of the movie when God makes his grand appearance in front of everyone.

OH God Book II certainly didn't win any academy awards and it's not as good as the original or even OH God You Devil, but it still manages to be enjoyable thanks to the funny antics of George Burns.
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Stigmata
Stigmata
DVD ~ Patricia Arquette
Price: $8.56
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe the critics anymore. This is an awesome movie., May 17, 2006
This review is from: Stigmata (DVD)
I'm sorry to say, the critics bashed this movie to the ground. In fact, they did it so blatently hard that Stigmata did horrible in the box office. Many people go by what the critics say and Stigmata is living proof that you shouldn't, this is a very entertaining film so don't listen to everyone. And as you can see, the Amazon readers "for the most part" seem to enjoy the movie more than the big guys do. I've heard comments that "people enjoyed the movie when it came to DVD moreso than they did when they watched it on the big screen. Why is this? I'm not really sure. Maybe it seems more like a made for "TV Movie" but I don't feel that is the case. It doesn't seem to be a "cheaply" made movie by any means and the actors are known. Nonetheless...

It's no Exoricst or Gone with The Wind, but Stigmata is fun and anyone that enjoys a tale about religion/horror movie in general, should give it a chance. Gabriel Burne (Father Andrew Kiernan) plays the role of the slash scientist/priest quite well. I always thought he was a wonderful actor. He also played Satan in End of Days and played a big role in "Point of No Return" with Bridgette Fonda. His wonderful acting skills are very well done. This great popcorn movie puts a stab into religion in general and some might be offended, but remember, it's just a movie!!! Once again, the Catholics are attacked, but it's all believeable and fun at the same time. Patrica Arquette does a substantial job as her role as a self admitting atheist who gets inflicted with the Stygmata. A simple hairdresser brought into the madness.

She kind of looks bored through some her scenes and she needs to show a little more emotion and spunk in my opinion, but "Gabriel" saves most of the scenes when they are both together. The movie takes a lot of it's general ideas from the Exorcist, same idea, just a different time and infliction only now with a twist. I felt the movie is very suspenseful, clever, dramatic and the acting is very well done. This movie won't bring you any closer to God, that's not what it's trying to do, it's just trying to do something different and fun, and I think Stigmata succeeds! Buy it now if you haven't seen it. Good stuff.


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