Movies I bought on DVD in June 2011

by hansbearnl | created - 11 Jun 2011 | updated - 05 Oct 2011 | Public
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1. Fire & Ice (2008 TV Movie)

84 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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Ruled by King Augustin, Carpia is a peaceful kingdom in a world inhabited by dragons and knights. The land's serenity is unexpectedly shattered by a Fire Dragon that spreads almighty fear and death amongst the kingdom's innocent people.

Director: Pitof | Stars: Amy Acker, Tom Wisdom, John Rhys-Davies, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 2,378

Extremely boring. Remarks about "Robin Hoods" make this movie to a joke. Are these supposed to be dragons or flying fishes? The only good thing: costume design.

2. In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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It's turn of the century America when Andrew and Veronica first meet - by crashing into each other. They develop an instant and mutual dislike which intensifies when, later on, Andrew is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall, Spring Byington

Votes: 2,804 | Gross: $3.40M

The musical has a bit more plot than the others with Judy Garland. Still it lacks some good evergreens to make it one of your favorite musicals. Had the potential of a good comedy. Not bad though, enjoyable. Maybe something to watch with Christmas

3. Ursus in the Land of Fire (1963)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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Hamilan, a cruel and ambitious general, murders his king and places himself on the throne with the former king's evil niece as his queen. He then wages war against his peaceful neighbors, ... See full summary »

Director: Giorgio Simonelli | Stars: Ed Fury, Luciana Gilli, Adriano Micantoni, Claudia Mori

Votes: 98

Definately one of the more boring movies from the Italian B-movie years

4. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

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Andy's girlfriend Polly is planning to spend Christmas at her grandmother's, which puts a kink in his plans to take her to the country club Christmas party. He agrees (for a fee) to pretend... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lewis Stone, Cecilia Parker

Votes: 1,329

Fun story, great way to get to know Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Lana Turner and a few others who began their way to stardom with that movie.

5. Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

Passed | 132 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Busby Berkeley | Stars: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner

Votes: 2,065

Musical that brings back the old days, great costumes, and is a real time-piece. While the USA was not yet involved in World War II, the Americans tried to forget what was going on worldwide, by going en masse to the theater, to wake up in horror soon that same year with the attack on Pearl Harbour.

6. The Street with No Name (1948)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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A covert FBI agent infiltrates a ruthless gangster mob, but his life is at risk from a mysterious informant who funnels inside information to the hoodlums.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Mark Stevens, Richard Widmark, Lloyd Nolan, Barbara Lawrence

Votes: 2,246

Film noir, great work, exitement building up slowly towards the end.

7. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

G | 138 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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Millie comes to town in the roaring twenties to encounter flappers, sexuality and white slavers.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing

Votes: 4,961 | Gross: $34.34M

Hilarious, funny, great music. Love it!

8. Golden Earrings (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Romance, War

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On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. He is helped by Lydia and ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Ray Milland, Marlene Dietrich, Murvyn Vye, Bruce Lester

Votes: 848 | Gross: $7.00M

Though definately not Marlene's best role, Ray Milland is playing one of his best.

9. Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959)

G | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.

Director: Pietro Francisci | Stars: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Sylvia Lopez, Patrizia Della Rovere

Votes: 1,655

Though not of high standards, not really bad too. Some parts are nice, some are good, and some should have been cut out, but overall a movie of reasonable quality

10. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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38 Metascore

The wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton

Votes: 195,736 | Gross: $57.76M

Had seen the movie in the cinema. Now I saw it again on DVD and I rated it higher. Like the visual effects, costumes, design, plot. The spoken word only are sometimes ridiculous.... which keeps me from giving it 10 points...

11. The Gang's All Here (1943)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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A soldier falls for a chorus girl and then experiences trouble when he is posted to the Pacific.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman

Votes: 1,251

Simply a feel good movie. Sign of the times (wartime, promotion for buying warbonds), great music, simple story. Need to forget your troubles? Watch this!

12. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

Approved | 108 min | Drama

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A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 518

One of the first Nicklebies, and it is a worthy one. Love Nicholas, but also Smike is great. In all these years though I have never understood Nicholas's mother. But that's not the fault of the actress, it is something I would have loved the author of the book. :-)

13. Hercules and the Princess of Troy (1965 TV Movie)

47 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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The mighty Hercules battles a sea monster to save the legendary city of Troy.

Director: Albert Band | Stars: Gordon Scott, Paul Stevens, Mart Hulswit, Diana Hyland

Votes: 180

Obviously were the 60-ies the years of bodybuilders in film. The stories didn't need to stay close to the original scripts, monsters were to laugh about, and maidens in distress were mostly ugly, or at least stupid, not to mention the villans who were bodybuilders without brains. The good thing about this movie is that it doesn't take to long, so you can watch it till the end, but to say that you have much pleasure in watching it? no.

14. Dracula (1931)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 37,588

Finally got to see the first official Dracula movie. Great. Even when you are used to visual effects and a lof of show in the latest version of Dracula, it is breath-taking to see this one. Hope to see the Spanish version sometime made at the same time at the same studios!

15. Venus Boyz (2002)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

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46 Metascore

A film journey through a universe of female masculinity. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men - ... See full summary »

Director: Gabrielle Baur | Stars: Diane Torr, Dréd Gerestant, Del La Grace Volcano, Queen Bee Luscious

Votes: 393 | Gross: $0.02M

Maybe it is prejudism.... but I prefer Drag Queens, that's show. Drag Kings (women who dress as men and put up a show look for 99% as kids playing games, and even after this documentary I can hardly take any of them serious. One of the only few DVD's I bought that I regret buying.

16. Frankenstein (1931)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 54,098 | Gross: $12.00M

Oviously, Universal studio's made both Dracula and Frankenstein in the same year. Would be interesting to know which came first. Frankenstein has less silence than Dracula and is therefore more entertaining. Both are masterpieces, even for today's standards. But I tend to value Frankenstein more than Dracula.

17. Lilies - Les feluettes (1996)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

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1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a québécois prison to hear the confession of a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago. The inmates force the prelate to watch a play depicting what ... See full summary »

Director: John Greyson | Stars: Ian D. Clark, Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio, Jason Cadieux

Votes: 2,423 | Gross: $0.22M

One of the best movies I have seen. For a long time I haven't seen such excellent acting, especially by men. So glad I bought it, will watch it over and over again.

18. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 107,219 | Gross: $7.63M

Almost at the end I rembered I had seen the movie before :-) Nevertheless, it was and is a great movie. Rarely they make such simple thrillers again!!

19. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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65 Metascore

Famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is called back into action, when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 364,554 | Gross: $317.10M

Oh boy, what a dissapointment at the end when an UFO appeared! Not to mention the fact that I do not believe in UFO's or alien abductions (which seems to take place in the USA only anyway), but it took all the adventure away from the adventurous Jones... :-(

20. The Flintstones (1960–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.

Stars: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 27,094

I watched all episodes of season 4. For me the Flintstones Hillibillies, Ladie's night at the lodge & Operation switchover were some of the best.

21. Latin Boys Go to Hell (1997)

Unrated | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Crime

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A cute, openly gay latin boy's hormones go into overdrive when his hunky cousin (Angel) arrives for an extended stay. The two explore the young and sometimes dangerous gay scene in the ... See full summary »

Director: Ela Troyano | Stars: Irwin Ossa, John Bryant, Jenifer Lee Simard, Alexis Artiles

Votes: 271 | Gross: $0.10M

At times it feels like watching an amateur movie, at other moments the film is quite entertaining. Just ok I would say.