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Netflix provides a movie and television programming rental service at flat monthly fees. The company has no brick-and-mortar stores, and instead interfaces with its customers via the Internet and the United States Postal Service. A large number of titles are available on DVDs and Blu-ray discs that will be delivered to the subscriber by mail. In addition, a much smaller number of titles can be streamed to the subscriber over the Internet.
Explore Oscar-winning films in this DVD profile and review.
Amazon is America's largest online retailer. The company's primary business is selling a wide variety of goods — especially books, DVDs and music CDs — that are ordered on their Website and shipped by mail or package delivery services. But they also offer some products that they deliver digitally to customers who have a broadband Internet connection.
If you are looking for quotes from The Notebook, well, you are are looking in the right place. We got all Noah and Allie your heart can handle.
Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci, Black Snake Moan was written and directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow). Black Snake Moan is a blues film that takes its title from a traditional song by Blind Lemon Jefferson. At the movie's emotional high point, Jackson performs that song during a thunderstorm.
Crash won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and I recommend it because it intelligently takes on the all-important topic of racial prejudice in America. Also, I found the acting exceptionally good, and I admired director Paul Haggis's skillful handling of the large cast. However, it seems to me the film emphasizes theme at the expense of character development and plot plausibility. The result is a bit too preachy and contrived for my taste.
Sicko DVD review that explores both the movie and the DVD extras. In Sicko, Michael Moore has created a film on the subject that is witty and thought-provoking. The movie is flat-out agitprop, but it isn't boring. Find out more about the movie in this review of Sicko on DVD.
Waltz With Bashir DVD review, including a review of Waltz With Bashir the movie, DVD details and bonus materials. Read Ivana Redwine's review of the Waltz With Bashir DVD.
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) is a gorgeous-looking, Hollywoodized period piece that was nominated for six Academy Awards and won three: Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design. It features high production values and three beautiful Asian actresses (Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li) portraying geishas. The key male character is a businessman played by Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai). The movie was directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).
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The core of Blockbuster's business is operating a chain of several thousand brick-and-mortar stores that rent DVDs, Blu-ray discs and video games. But the company also offers several options for renting movies and television programming which involve the Internet, and that will be the focus here.
Louis Leterrier is a young Paris-born director who is best known for The Transporter and Unleashed. In anticipation of the release of Unleashed on DVD, I asked Leterrier some questions about that movie, along with some related topics, such as DVD as a medium, and his favorite filmmakers.
This horror movie, an English-language remake of a recent Japanese-language film, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jason Behr. Karen is an American living in Tokyo with her boyfriend Doug. When Karen fills in for another as a caregiver, she goes to an old woman's residence and finds herself in a haunted house. She soon learns the house is plagued with a supernatural curse that is unleashed upon everyone who enters it.
I was so impressed by this two-disc DVD set that I have no hesitation in calling it one of the best DVDs of the year. I've always been fascinated by Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece, and Apocalypse Now - The Complete Dossier has deepened my understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary film.
I only knew a little about Los Angeles poet and novelist Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) before seeing the fascinating film Bukowski: Born Into This (2003) on DVD. Having heard so much about his drinking and fighting, I was surprised that in the documentary he comes off as likable. About 45 books of Bukowski's writings were published in his lifetime. He wrote six novels, two of the best-known being Post Office (1971) and Ham on Rye (1982). He also authored many poems and short stories.
In addition to receiving optical discs via US mail, all Netflix subscribers are permitted, at no extra cost, to stream movies and television programming over the Internet to their PCs. The big advantage to this method is that the content can be viewed almost immediately, but there are major drawbacks.
Before George Lucas became famous, he co-wrote and directed an excellent movie titled THX 1138starring Robert Duvall. Now a restored directors cut of that film is being released as a superb two-disc DVD set loaded with worthwhile bonus materials. A single-disc version is also available, but missing most of the extras. With either DVD version you'll get a first-rate movie and an excellent commentary track, but I recommend the two-disc version because of its terrific bonus materials.
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Apple is a company that makes consumer electronics, and its best-known products are Macintosh computers, iPods and iPhones. In addition, Apple operates an online business called the iTunes store and through it has become American's largest music retailer. Via download, the iTunes store sells not only music, but other digital media, including audiobooks, games, movies and television shows.
Here's some of my favorite movie quotes from American Beauty. This is part of a continuing series of features focusing on my favorite movie quotes. Enjoy the quotes, and if you have some favorite movies lines you enjoy--or a quote have a question about--post a message the to the About Home Video/DVD Fourm.
There's no guarantee of finding romance in real life, but if you know where to look, you can usually find romantic movies at least, and I've listed below some of my favorites that are available on video and DVD.
Movies can show fierce battles, high-speed chases, and horrific explosions that most of us will never experience in real life, and I think such sequences properly used make films far more emotionally engaging. Here I've selected movies containing action that is well-integrated into the story. This is my personal, idiosyncratic list of favorites, and it doesn't necessarily reflect the popular wisdom on action movies. For the sake of focus, I've limited my choices to English-language talkies.
In addition to making us laugh, comedy movies make us think about our lives and the world around us in new ways. My choices of films here are an eclectic mix ranging over a variety of comedy sub-genres, including parody, screwball, and dark comedy. This is my personal, idiosyncratic list of favorites, and it doesn't necessarily reflect the popular wisdom on comedy movies. For the sake of focus, I've limited my choices to English-language talkies
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Blockbuster rents movies and TV shows via download over the Internet, but not as part of any of its subscription plans. Instead, you have to pay individually for each movie or TV show you download.
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Conflict is essential to drama. The movies that move me deeply are those where the conflict grows out
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Do you love scary movies but prefer to watch them while staying safe and at snug home? Here's my list of top picks of classic and contemporary horror movies that are available on video and DVD.
Read this DVD review of Contagion and find out about the movie and what is on the DVD.
At its core, Netflix's business consists primarily of interfacing with subscribers via the Internet and sending them DVDs via US mail. Its only major competition for this business comes from the mostly similar online rental service run by Blockbuster. The two companies are more or less competitive in terms of price, but there are differences in what customers get.
Julie & Julia DVD review, including a review of Julie & Julia the movie, DVD details and bonus materials. Read Ivana Redwine's review of the Julie & Julia DVD.
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I've come up with a list of ten movies about the Irish that I've enjoyed. I think all of these films are worth seeing and all increase our understanding of what it means to be Irish.
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To my mind, Franco Zeffirelli's dazzlingly cinematic 1982 Italian-language movie version of Giuseppe
Adoration DVD review, including a review of Adoration the movie, DVD details and bonus materials. Read Ivana Redwine's review of the Adoration DVD.
Redbox is a company that rents DVDs for a dollar a night from thousands of automated kiosks. Find out about what you need to know about renting from Redbox.
Here's some of my favorite movie quotes from Raging Bull. This is part of a continuing series of features focusing on my favorite movie quotes.
Public Enemies DVD review, including a review of Public Enemies the movie, DVD details and bonus materials. Read Ivana Redwine's review of the Public Enemies DVD.
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Ivana Redwine reviews the DVD release of Don Giovanni.
Here's some of my favorite movie quotes from There Will Be Blood. This is part of a continuing series of features focusing on my favorite movie quotes.
In The Last King of Scotland, Forest Whitaker gives an unforgettable performance as Idi Amin, the sometimes brutal, sometimes charming, always eccentric dictator of Uganda during the 1970s.
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Let's take a look at my video/DVD pick of the week - Billy Elliot.
Here's some of my favorite movie quotes from Sideways. This is part of a continuing series of features focusing on my favorite movie quotes
On July 22, 2003, Fox Home Entertainment and Fortune Star released the first five DVDs in a series of Hong Kong films on DVD. The movies are City Hunter, Hong Kong 1941, Magnificent Butcher, Magnificent Warriors, and Naked Killer. These DVDs are completely restored and remastered, presented in high definition, offer new English and Cantonese 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks, English and Chinese Subtitles, and new interviews.
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It's great to own this film on DVD. I've seen it many times before, but theres always a joke I've missed or a sequence I love and simply want to see yet another time. Read a review of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on DVD.
Mulholland Drive is not easy to understand, but it is one of the best movies of recent years. Read my review and find out why I was mesmerized by Mulholland Drive on DVD.
Samuel L. Jackson plays the title role in this inspirational sports drama based on a true story. Ken Carter takes a position as a high school basketball coach and requires the players to sign a contract they will keep their grades up. The team is winning games when Coach Carter learns that players aren't abiding by their contracts, and he refuses to let the team play until the situation is corrected. Soon Carter finds himself at odds with the entire community.
I've come up with a list of ten movies about the Irish that I've enjoyed. I think all of these films are worth seeing and all increase our understanding of what it means to be Irish. Page 2.
Alfred Hitchcock is one of my favorite directors, and whenever I'm in the mood for a stylish mix of suspense, terror, and perhaps a delicious dash of romance, his films have never failed to entertain and fascinate me. Heres a list of ten of my favorite movies by Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense.
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This is a critical examination of Project Nim on DVD.
Here's some of my favorite movie quotes from Sunset Boulevard. This is part of a continuing series of features focusing on my favorite movie quotes. Enjoy the quotes, and if you have some favorite movies lines you enjoy--or a quote have a question -- post a message the to the About Home Video/DVD Fourm.
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In this review of the film Moneyball we will explore both the movie and what is on the DVD.
I have long been intrigued by dreams, myth, and psychology, and perhaps that explains my attraction to the movies of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Below I've given brief descriptions of 10 of my favorites, ordering them according to the date of their initial theatrical release. I've also tried to sketch an outline of the most productive part of Bergman's filmmaking career. As one who loves humanistic movies, I have found the body of work summarized here to be immensely rewarding
Did you know that only one movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock ever won the Academy Award for Best Picture? Which movie was it?
Review: "Frida" DVD "Frida" DVD Reviewed by Ivana Redwine Guide Rating - Tagline: "Prepare to be seduced."
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Pick of the Week: "Talk to Her" DVD Reviewed by Ivana Redwine Guide Rating - Length: 112 minutes MPAA
A look at new and upcoming movies on video and DVD.
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Region Codes: Most movie DVDs have a region code intended to restrict the area of the world in which they can be played. Most DVD players sold in a particular area of the world will not play a DVD encoded for a different region. Find out more about region codes.
I laughed a lot while watching Chicago, and it contains about 15 song-and-dance numbers. However, the filmmakers didnt want the story to stop while the musical numbers are performed, and lovers of traditional musicals might be disappointed. I see the movie as more of a comedy with musical numbers than as a musical. Read a full-length review of Chicago on DVD.
Looking for Easter eggs on the Spider-Man DVDs? There's at least six Easter eggs on the Spider-Man DVDs. Here are clear, step-by-step instructions that will tell you how to find each Easter egg.
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This is a review of the movie The Ides of March on DVD. Both the artistic quality of the film itself and what is on DVD is covered in-depth.
Im a cheapskate, I hate shopping, and I detest having to install and get used to using new equipment. Thats why I was so reluctant to buy a DVD player. But several months ago I took the DVD plunge, and now I wont rent or buy anything on videotape if I can get it on DVD.
I thought that A Beautiful Mind played much better on DVD than it did when I saw the movie during its theatrical release. I found A Beautiful Mind to be more of a fable than a character study, although Russell Crowe's performance adds dimension to a character who is scripted as more mythic than real. Read my review of A Beautiful Mind on DVD.
Let's take a look at my video/DVD pick of the week - Everyone Says I Love You.
I found The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring DVDs to be dazzlingly cinematic and intellectually engaging. J.R.R. Tolkien's much-loved novel comes vividly to life on the screen. Read my review of the DVDs.
Although some episodes didn't draw me in completely, I had a lot of fun watching Xena Warrior Princess - Season Two on DVD. And I suspect fans of this popular TV series will probably enjoy the DVDs even more than I did.
Diva DVD review, including a review of Diva the movie, DVD details and bonus materials. Read Ivana Redwine's review of the Diva DVD.
I think foreign-language films can show us things about the world we will never see if we watch only movies where the dialogue is in English. Here's a list of ten of my favorite foreign-language films by ten different filmmakers. Three of the movies are in French, two are in Japanese, two in Italian, and one each in Bengali, Russian, and Swedish. In my opinion, the films listed below are among the greatest in all of cinema.
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A look at new and upcoming movies on video and DVD.
My Big Fat Greek wedding was a big hit in theaters, and I loved it on DVD. Although not a perfect film, I thought My Big Fat Greek Wedding had the combination of humor, warmth, and romance that so many filmmakers try for but seldom achieve. Read a review of My Big Fat Greek Wedding on DVD.
Let's take a look at my video/DVD pick of the week - Girlfight.
Home Video/DVD Guide Ivana Redwine looks at Forrest Gump.
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The Passion of the Christ seems to me to be a deeply felt personal statement by Mel Gibson, and he presents it in a provocative way that stirs up a number of controversial religious, psychological, social, and political issues. I am not comfortable with some of the choices Gibson made in creating his film, but I nevertheless find it well worth watching because it moves me and makes me think. Read a review of the movie The Passion of the Christ on DVD.
The French New Wave was a movement led by a group of young filmmakers that included Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Alain Resnais, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette. The idea of a New Wave film was that it should seem personal and freewheeling, as opposed to the corporate and highly polished movies being produced by the studios. Below I have listed in alphabetical order five of the best of the French New Wave films.
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Video/DVD pick of the week - The Broken Hearts Club, a romanticized look at life, love, and friendship in the gay community of West Hollywood, California.
About the national launch of Blockbuster's in-store movie pass subscription plan
Taxi Driver DVD Review that looks at the movie and the DVD special features. Taxi Driver is a well-made Hollywood studio movie, yet it has the feel of a European-style personal film. Find out more in the Taxi Driver DVD review.
Robert Altman's landmark film MASH chronicles the zany antics of American medical personnel who treat the wounded during a war in Asia, but the movie is darker and edgier than the TV series. Find out more about the movie and the DVD in this DVD review.
I was mesmerized by the visual flow and haunting music of Once Upon a Time in America. I think the movie occasionally goes too far over the top, but it packs one whale of an emotional wallop.
Watch movie trailers for this month's new movies on DVD and video. In addition, you can check DVD release dates and look over plot summaries for the movies that interest you.
About a Boy to be one of those rare films that is warm, human, funny, and entertaining from start to finish. In addition, About a Boy has far fewer cliches than other recent comedies. Read a review of About a Boy on DVD.
Dracula has been adapted often for the screen, but to my mind, nothing tops the 1931 classic starring Bela Lugosi in the title role. Watch a movie trailer for Dracula. Find out more About Dracula on DVD.
There's an DVD Easter Egg on X-Men: The Last Stand. Here's how to find the DVD Easter Egg.
Schindler's List won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Also, it ranks ninth on the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest movies. I've always been a big admirer of Schindler's List, and when I watched it at home on DVD after not having seen any version of it for several years, I came to realize I regard it as a masterpiece of world cinema.
I thought the story was flawed because the over-the-top melodrama destroyed its credibility. But the acting combined with the strong sense of place made for a film I think is worth seeing. Read a DVD review of White Oleander.
DVD and Hi-Def technology are changing where and when we watch movies, TV series and other forms of entertainment. Want to know more about DVD and Hi-Def technology? Explore a primer on DVD and Hi-Def technology.
There's a DVD Easter egg on Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones. Discover where the Easter egg is hidden!
Are you a Johnny Cash fan? Learn more about Johnny Cash and music videos with Johnny Cash.
Although its brand of humor may not be to everyone's taste and the show is a little uneven, when everything works right, the Family Guy is fast, smart, and side-splittingly funny. Read a review of Family Guy - Volume Two on DVD.
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You love to watch movies and TV series on Blu-ray disc and DVD. However, the number of titles out on Blu-ray disc is limited. Also, in order to see the difference between Blu-ray and DVD, you must have a Blu-ray player that can play the discs along with an HDTV that has a large enough screen size and resolution. Be advised that not all Blu-ray players will play all Blu-ray discs. So make sure your Blu-ray player has the necessary firmware updates, or you'll risk experiencing playback problems.
The Star Wars Trilogy DVD set contains an Easter egg on the Bonus Materials disc. Here's how to find it.
There are a variety of combos to choose from these days, including TV-VCR, TV-DVD-VCR, DVD-VCR, TV-DVD combos. Let's take a look at what you need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of combos.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this military drama based on the 2003 memoir by Anthony Swofford. Like his father and grandfather, Tony Swofford enlists in the Marines. He receives training, and when in 1990 Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait, Swoff's unit goes to Saudi Arabia, where he endures more training. In 1991 he is sent as part of a sniper unit to the combat zone in Kuwait, but he never gets a shot off. Other actors in the cast include Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black and Chris Cooper.
Pick of the Week The Sopranos - Second Season DVD "The Sopranos 2" DVD Reviewed by Ivana Redwine Guide
Psycho DVD review, including a review of Psycho the movie, DVD details and bonus materials. Read Ivana Redwine's review of Alfred Hitchcock's great psychological thriller Psycho on DVD.
Home Video/DVD Guide Ivana Redwine looks at Enemy at the Gates.
A look at what's coming next week to video and DVD.
Ivana Redwine reviews Seven Samurai.
Although there is some fairly gross humor, I laughed out loud throughout when I watched Austin Powers in Goldmember on DVD. Read a DVD review of Austin Powers in Goldmember.
I know of 12 DVD Easter eggs on The Incredibles two-disc set, and I'll give a description of how you can find them. For most of the eggs, timing is important. You may have to try more than once. Some of them require a little patience.
Home Video/DVD Guide Ivana Redwine looks at Alfred Hitchcock's life and films.
King Kong (2005), a remake of the 1933 classic, was directed by Peter Jackson. Read a review of this movie on DVD.
Here's a brief look at three of my favorite movies about motherhood and mothers. These films all have memorable mothers as characters, and all these movies have touched my heart and made me think about my own mother in different ways.
An audio technology used on many movie DVDs to provide sound. Many DVDs make the audio available in what is called Dolby Digital 5.1, which is capable of providing high-quality sound, although to get the full effect you generally need to have five speakers and a device known as an AV receiver, that is, you must have the audio components of a home theater system.
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Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail DVD profile, including Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail DVD release date selected special features and more about the Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail DVD.
Dancer in the Dark is a challenging English-language movie from Danish writer-director Lars von Trier. Read a review of Dancer in the Dark on DVD.
My Best Friend's Girl DVD profile, including My Best Friend's Girl DVD release date selected special features and more about the My Best Friend's Girl DVD.
Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite directors. I love his elegant visual style, sharp intellect, and dark humor. I feel that every movie hes created has been marked by his undeniable genius. Here are my ten favorite Stanley Kubrick films.
About the movie Nurse Betty on DVD.
Here's what you need to know about combos, including TV-VCR and TV-DVD-VCR combos.
Vanilla Sky is a fast-paced and highly entertaining movie that features strong performances by Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. The DVD has an excellent commentary track by writer/director Cameron Crowe. Read Ivana Redwine's review of Vanilla Sky on DVD
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In America (2002) is an English-language drama that received three Academy Award nominations: Best Actress (Samantha Morton), Best Supporting Actor (Djimon Hounsou), and Best Original Screenplay. The film was on scores of 2003 Top Ten lists, and after I watched it on DVD recently, I could certainly see why. I found In America to be one of the most emotionally engaging movies I have ever seen. Read a full-length review the movie of In America on DVD.
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Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert DVD profile, including Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert DVD release date selected special features and more about the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert DVD.
Video/DVD pick of the week - Wonder Boys. A look at this unusual comedy starring Michael Douglas.
DTS is a technology capable of providing high-quality sound, and on the audio menu of some movie DVDs, you can optionally choose DTS.
Here's a few things to consider before you plunk down your hard-earned money on a DVD player.
Richard Gere and Diane Lane star in this drama about adultery. Gere and Lane play Edward and Connie Sumner, a seemingly happily married couple who live with their young son in a nice house in an upscale New York City suburb. But one day Connie goes alone into Manhattan, where she injures her knees slightly. She is helped by a rare book dealer named Paul Martel, and when sparks fly between them, she soon finds herself in a sizzling extramarital affair with him.
Let's take a look at a list of nominees and winners for the 75th Annual Academy Awards. In addition, you'll learn which nominees and winners are already available on video/DVD or are scheduled to be released on video/DVD in the next couple of months.
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Find out more about the video/DVD release of American Pie 2.
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Let's take a look at my video/DVD pick of the week - Hamlet.
Watch a movie trailer for Unfaithful.
Die Dreigroschenoper was a big hit on the Berlin stage, and in 1930 a movie company began the process of adapting it for the screen. The film director was G.W. Pabst, whose movies were among the most artistically successful during the 1920s. Pabst's films are marked by social and political concerns, which made him a good fit for the Brecht-Weill material and helped him to add the proper visual dimension. The movie version of Die Dreigroschenoper, which was released in 1931, is a masterpiece.
Monster's Ball takes on some big themes, too, including American race relations and capital punishment, but young director Marc Forster, who was raised in Switzerland, managed to avoid the clichés that plague most films addressing these issues. I watched this movie recently on DVD and found it to be absolutely riveting from beginning to end. Read my review of Monster's Ball on DVD.
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Pick of the Week: "Ali" DVD "Ali" DVD Reviewed by Ivana Redwine Guide Rating - Tagline: "Forget what