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Gods and Generals (2003)
Flawed, but not a complete failure
In my opinion, "Gods and Generals" is a very flawed film. I didn't think it was perfect or anywhere near as good as its predecessor "Gettysburg". Among the problems I had with this movie were the direction, screenplay, and editing. Other let downs about "Gods and Generals" include the way Director Ron Maxwell went about adapting Jeff Shaara's novel. Examples of this include Stonewall Jackson getting more screen time than the novel's other three main characters, Joshua Lawerence Chamberlain, Robert E. Lee, and Winfield Scott Hancock. Also, like other reviewers have stated, this film would have definitely benefited from being a TV Mini-Series rather than a theatrical feature film. In addition, I was disappointed with such things as the film's sugar coated portrayal of slavery and the way the dialogue comes off sounding like speeches (something that was the exact opposite in "Gettysburg"). However, despite these flaws, the film does have some redeeming qualities. They include the battle scenes (particularly Fredericksburg), the production/costume design, and especially the music. And, I hope to see the release of the Director's Cut DVD and the final installment in the trilogy "The Last Full Measure".
Lexx: The Dark Zone (1996)
Superior to the T.V. series
In my personal opinion, I consider the Lexx movies (better known under the alternate title Tales from Parallel Universe) to be way better than the lexx t.v. series that aired on the Sci-Fi channel a few years back.
The reason I think this because I thought the series (particluarly during it's fourth and last season) got slowed down by too much bathroom humor and the writers decision to keep the characters in one setting for long periods of time. I also thought Eva Habermen was a much better Zev than Xenia Seeberg was.
So far I have only seen the first and last of these movies (I Worship His Shadow and Giga Shadow). I hope to see the other two soon.
In closing I hope these four films get a DVD release in the U.S. someday, with features if possible.
A Very Underrated Sci-Fi epic
In my personal opinion, I feel that the 1984 David Lynch version of Frank Herbet's Dune is a very underrated sci-fi film that has not received the proper credit it deserves.
Despite some sloppy plot structure and character development caused by numerous scenes, that I thought were very important to the story, being cut I think the film has great special effects,costumes,sets, and one heck of a music score by the rock band Toto.
In closing, I think sci-fi movie fans who hate this film should give this film another chance, in fact see it several times, in order to truly enjoy it. Also I think this film would have done much better at the box office if David Lynch had kept in all the cut scenes and released the film in two parts. I feel this would have allowed viewers to follow the story more easily than they did with the 137 minute version.
P.S. - I am still hoping, like many other people on this site, that Dune will one day get a proper special edition DVD release with a massive deleted scenes section as well as the extras that are currently on the UK special edition DVD.