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The plot in all 13 "episodes" involves the mysterious relationship between the planets Fire and Water...the concept of reincarnation as it applies to the inhabitants thereof,as well as the familiar crew of Tweedle,Kai,Xev and 790, whoose characters in season 3 are more developed and ultimately more likable.The character PRINCE is introduced from the get-go,and he remains an enigmatic player throughout season 3 and 4 as well.
Where Season two had a few almost passive nude or suggestive scenes, season three has a few scenes that are not recommended for younger viewers. While cut out or re-formatted for airing on the Sci-Fi channel, there are some scenes especially in "Gametown" & "Boomtown" which uses some rather extensive waist-up female nude scenes, and not just in passing either, some rather touch-feely type stuff. Don't get me wrong, I don't see anything wrong with it (I actually found myself pausing once or twice) it's just not recommended for the younger audiences is all.
As for the stories themselves, they are very well told, and the nude scenes that exist fit very well into the story. And what's great about season three, while it helps to have seen season two, you don't HAVE to have seen it (unlike where you had to follow the movies to catch onto the early season two episodes).
I believe (like with many cult series') that LEXX will have a greater following now that the series is ended.
The producers' decision to release the series in 4-episode (uncut versions) DVD's with an ongoing making-of documentary is one of the most welcome release formats I've seen for a TV series. Two episodes per disc (as many other series releases are trying) just don't justify a DVD purchase for me -- if you can fit four, I prefer it for the less space taken up on my shelf.
This first disc of "series 3" is the "Fire and Water" series, which introduces one of the series' most intriguing characters, Prince of Fire (Nigel Bennett), who the producers wisely revived for the final Series 4, now airing.
What made you turn it off the first time? The irritating robot head? Stanley Tweedle's juvenile attempts at sex? Kai's bad poetry? Try it again. You will find a hilariously true satire of life on our own planet.
This DVD contains 2 of the best episodes LEXX ever produced: Brigadoom and End of the Universe.
Brigadoom is the "musical episode". For a 1 hour TV show, the songs are impressive. I have not seen any "musical episode" top Brigadoom - for me, BUFFY's Once More With Feeling comes in second and XENA's Bitter Suite lands third.
Brigadoom's plot is tightly woven, all the new backstory fits perfectly with what has gone before, and the parallels with their current predicament are neatly drawn. End of the Universe provides a moving season finale. It is easily the best season finale LEXX had; dark, dramatic, and yet hopeful. I do not want to give any details away, so I'll say no more. However, in both of these episodes, Stanley, Xev, and Kai's perseverance in the face of adversity is inspiring.
For those of you who met LEXX during season 3 or 4, season 2 has less nudity than season 3, and the violence is considerably less graphic than season 4. (As you can tell, LEXX is not for everyone.) Season 2 has the strongest writing and clearest overall character/story arc. The Beans knew where they were going and got there with style.
I found the DVD to be of excellent quality with lovely graphics and intriguing extras.
P.S. I expect that the Star Wars...Star Trek comment is going to bring a multitude of virginal nerds running from momma's teet....LOL. I rank the Star Wars prequals right up there with Titanic....not written for the loyal fans, but to make money. When you follow the herd your just another cow!
Looking for something different go with Lexx.........if you don't like it try getting out of the house more.
That ambitious claim is fully justified by brilliant performances, ranging from Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake to the world premiere of Nacho Duato's postmodern Remanso for three rather athletic male dancers, Anthony Tudor's exquisite The Leaves Are Fading, the sentimental Cruel World of James Kudelka, and the dreamlike Balcony Scene from Sir Kenneth MacMillan's (and Prokofiev's) Romeo and Juliet. Most of the numbers are pas de deux; women are spotlighted (notably Susan Jaffe, Amanda McKerrow, and Julie Kent), but men get in some impressive steps besides doing the heavy lifting. --Joe McLellan
Aside from the opening three-minute "Polonaise" (lots of walking around) leading to the introductory words by Natalia Makarova, there are seven dance numbers performed. Five feature a Pas de Deux, and only one shows a dance in its entirety, "Remanso," choreographed by Nacho Duato (not to be missed; it's awesome). The partnering is very good: the younger Jose Manuel Carreno provides a strong complement to the seasoned Susan Jaffe in a number from "Swan Lake," husband and wife John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow are likewise well-matched ("The Leaves are Fading"), and Julie Kent and Robert Hill convey interesting straight-faced emotion in a work ("Cruel World") choreographed specifically on them by James Kudelka. Julio Bocca comes across as a little overly sappy in the Balcony Pas de Deux with Alessandra Ferri (one of my favorite ballerinas), but it's still great to watch. The most exceptional pair is Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella, in the Grand Pas de Deux from "Don Quixote," who elicited the loudest cheers for their combination of energy, athleticism, grace and balance. As mentioned earlier, "Remanso" was unbelievable; I was spellbound (also check out "Three by Duato," one of the best modern dance DVDs). The 3rd Movement from "Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 was pretty good."
I'd give this DVD a 5-star rating were it not for a few little negatives which combined to knock it down a notch. First, with a run time of 83 minutes, there's very little dancing left after the introduction (not necessary, but typical for an episode of "Great Performances") and interviews with the director and dancers. Secondly, I was frustrated by camera work and editing that was a little spotty, with too many instances of dancers running in and out of the picture ... I wasn't seeing where my eyes wanted to look. Lastly, there are zero DVD extras (included in most other performance discs) that would have provided some welcome extra dimensions to the viewing experience (e.g., biographies, more behind-the-scenes footage).
Overall, this is a nice compilation of highlights for anyone wanting an good introductory look into ballet. Also, it's great for seasoned ballet fans, especially those of ABT.
Although the DVD only lasts 83 minutes it contains some real gems: just to mention a few......
- the great athletic and dancing skills (along with the colorful costumes) of Angel Corella and Paloma Herrera in Minkus's Don Quixote.
-Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca do a wonderful interpretation of young lovers in their balcony scene Pas de Deux from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Their dancing and expressions are so sensitive that you could almost feel the love that their characters had for one another. In addition, Ferri has in some way, an indescribable allure to go with her infectious smile that draws your eye to her.
-However, the highlight of the entire disc was, to me, the husband and wife team of Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner in The Leaves are Fading . ( choreography by Antony Tudor, music by Antonin Dvorak) This is one of those ballets that combine the perfect music with the perfect dance; and McKerrow and Gardner simply do a magnificent job in expressing the quiet joy and subtle sadness of this masterpiece by Mr. Tudor. I have watched this particular dance frequently since I got this DVD and I seem to see something new with each viewing. The ending is so exquisitely beautiful and peaceful it near moves me to tears. It has gotten to the point that I cannot imagine this music being played without this dance accompanying it.
All in all, this fabulous disc is a must have if you have any interest in great ballet. Highly recommended.
From its lively opening scenes (featuring young Robert Blake as a boy selling lottery tickets) to its final, devastating image of fateful irony, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre tells an unforgettable story of tragedy and truth. With dialogue that has been etched into the cultural consciousness (who can forget the Mexican bandit who snarls "I don't have to show you any stinking badges!") and well-earned Oscars for John and Walter Huston, this is an American classic that still packs a punch. --Jeff Shannon
The movie is set up extremely well, as we learn about the men and their lot in life, well before they set out on their dangerous quest.
The parallels of greed resound today, with the corporate scandals and such. The riches that tempt men's souls can destroy the weak. Management techniques of the trio are on display as well, as they face challenges in the bleak wilderness.
The movie really holds up well under 21st century scrutiny. Every scene has meaning and their are many, running sub-plots and themes that remain true to themselves as they interweave,leave and then return throughout the movie. Keep your eye on the young Robert Blake, he had a small but amusing role in the beginning.
There are not many movies that have as much to offer, scene after scene, as this one does. Those who speak spanish will enjoy some of the un-translated dialogue between various locals, it is not spoon fed with accented english as so many movies do today. Great stuff!!
Well for the first time WB has meticulously digitally remastered their classics of old under the DVD "Two Disc Special Edition" Series. These DVD's are outstanding and the Feature Film is worth the price of admission alone, but Warner Brothers has provided us a 2 DVD set with everything for us to escape to 1947 Hollywood and relive the movie theatre experience. DISC 1 - Provides us with a "Night at the Movies" (circa 1947) This is pure genius (hats off to the WB) and the viewer experiences a complete show (so get the popcorn ready, this is fun stuff!!!!) To begin Leonard Maltin gives us an introduction to this 1947 show followed by coming attractions, a newsreel, a cartoon, a short subject film and then the Feature film all back to back just like the movies. AWESOME. Also on Disc 1 are 12 Humphrey Bogart film trailers. Thats just the first disc!!! DISC 2 - Has a 2 hour documentary on the life of Director John Huston (2 Oscar's, Direction & Screen Play for "The Treasure of Sierra Madre"), Documentary on "Discovering the Treasure of.....", Classic Bugs Bunny Cartoon, Storyboards, Cast & Crew, Publicity Materials Gallery and a 1949 Radio broadcast starring Bogart & Walter Huston (Oscar winner for best supporting in Treasure (also John Hustons father)).
Warner Brothers did a fabulous job digitally transferring (the picture & sound are perfect)this Full Screen Black & White feature to DVD and there's more classic movies to come. I can't wait. This a must have for your home theatre experience. Enjoy.
If you're a long-time Santo fanatic, this disc is sure to be a thrill. VCI's DVD package, presented in association with Kit Parker films, includes numerous informative goodies for veteran Santo fans and newbies as well. There is a recent, approximately half-hour interview with El Hijo del Santo (Son of Santo); Mex movie trailer package (though most of them are non-horror/SF); illustrated biographies of both Santo and Wolf Ruvinskis that showcase numerous posters and lobby cards; a comprehensive Santo filmography; and a six-minute "commentary" (really an illustrated history of Santo's career) by Santo expert Prof. Juan Carlos Vargas. There is no feature-length audio commentary; VCI's promo is a bit misleading here. The appropriately odd bilingual menus are in 5.1 surround, so turn your speakers on when booting the disc to hear some of the movie's wacky sound effects pinging around the room. Even with all the nice extras, what really makes this such a terrific disc is the absolutely pristine state of the source elements, sure to bring tears to the eyes of long-time fans of Mexican horror used to shoddy 16mm TV prints and dupey VHS copies. The print is letterboxed at 1.66:1 and the brightness, grayscale, sharpness, and detail are simply terrific. The black level could perhaps be a bit darker, a very minor quibble. It looks pretty gorgeous overall, virtually blemish- and speckle-free. Audio is clear and full, in Spanish mono only with optional English subtitles (that are very readable but a bit distracting at times). Apparently this is the beginning of a whole series of VCI releases of classic Mexican cinema. Hopefully Santo vs. the Vampire Women, Santo in the Wax Museum, Invasion of the Zombies, and the related 'Luchadoras' series are in the pipeline.
The movie is about that part of Spain which does not get publicity. Life here means more than football games and TV - it is music and the passion for music. Life and death are part of a flow where everybody gets the chance to die (some with honor and some as sacrifice). The passion behind this movie is beyond imagination - the only recent movie I can compare with is "Sound of Music" but at a much grand scale.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU TO SEE THIS ONE, YOU WOULD CONSIDER IT AS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE FOREIGN MOVIES OF ALL TIMES
Unfortunately for Pantoja, the operation becomes too efficient and eventually draws the attention of a corrupt local radio personality. The dignity that Pantoja bestows upon his employees irks his superiors, and they too turn on him.
Llosa's original novel is brought to life delightfully, and the film is highly entertaining, especially for one familiar with Latin American culture.
This film's good qualities are more subtle than obvious, and are often visual rather than verbal, as we watch the play of emotion on the actors' faces. The color film quality is quite grainy and soft-focused, and handheld cameras are used a lot, giving it a quasi documentary quality. One has to get used to it, especially if one expects clear, bright images from a DVD. In French and Spanish, with English subtitles.
The plot is based on the arranged marriage of two characters who under ordinary circumstances would never have met. The heroine, (Bujold), is a single woman an academic in her thirties who lives alone and has an ongoing affair with another ,(married) academic. Her sister, (a lawyer), persuades her to marry a man so that he can get Canadian citizenship.
Our hero is a political dissident from a corrupt regime seeking asylum in Canada.
It is agreed that after the "Paper Wedding" the couple will never see eachother again and six months later the marriage will be quietly and unobtrusively dissolved. The "Wife" gets paid and the "Husband" will get legal entry into Canada.
Things go awry when immigration officials get wind of the scam and insist on interviewing the couple. The couple then agree to live together for a month during which time they will work at getting to know one anotther in hopes that they may fool immigration into believing that theirs is a real love match and not just a paper wedding.
He sleeps on the couch and she sleeps in her bed. Their purpose is simply to learn all the intimate details of eachothers ways and habits.
This is a movie filled with delicate well observed moments such as when she inadvertently sees his scared back and finds out that in his country he has been whipped. For a moment her heart opens to him and then closes again. He sensing this plays the gentleman and does not try to make something of her vulnerability.
You have to see the movie to appreciate it.
I will not give away its end exept to say that it is unexpected and the very last scene is magnificent in a quiet and very realistic way. I love that this movie deals with very believable people showing their strengths and vulnerabilities to eachother. It is one of those love stories that relies on good acting rather than verbose "Love you's" and romantic music.