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The Simpsons Season 4 Dvd Review

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Fun for both adults and children, The Simpsons is one of those rare shows that smashed the conventional wisdom of its time and redefined its genre. By creating a truly adult cartoon, and not one watered-down for a younger audience, The Simpsons kept its finger of the pulse of American TV viewers, providing an unmatched wit with its biting satire. It's a combination that opened the door for later prime time animated series such as Futurama, King Of The Hill, and The Family Guy. But in the end, none can come close to the originality and hilarity of The Simpsons, one of the best shows from any genre in television history...

The Simpsons (Season 4) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Kamp Krusty" in which Bart forges his report card so that Homer and Marge will allow him to go to Kamp Krusty, a traditional summer camp for America's youth. But the summer camp is anything but traditional, and the kids soon learn as they're forced to make cheap wallets and perform other acts usually reserved for Third World foreign laborers. The kids endure until it's revealed that Krusty will not be visiting as promised, the news of which prompts Bart to spark an uprising... Other notable episodes from Season 4 include "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie" in which Bart's punishment (that he can not see the new Itchy & Scratchy movie) threatens to drive him to the brink of insanity, and "Duffless" in which Homer's arrest for a DWI forces him to submit to a campaign of anti-drinking films and AA meetings (made all the worse by Marge's request that he quit drinking for one month)...

Below is a list of episodes included on The Simpsons (Season 4) DVD:

Episode 60 (Kamp Krusty) Air Date: 09-24-1992

Episode 61 (A Streetcar Named Marge) Air Date: 10-01-1992

Episode 62 (Homer the Heretic) Air Date: 10-08-1992

Episode 63 (Lisa the Beauty Queen) Air Date: 10-15-1992

Episode 64 (Treehouse of Horror 3) Air Date: 10-29-1992

Episode 65 (Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie) Air Date: 11-03-1992

Episode 66 (Marge Gets a Job) Air Date: 11-05-1992

Episode 67 (New Kid on the Block) Air Date: 11-12-1992

Episode 68 (Mr. Plow) Air Date: 11-19-1992

Episode 69 (Lisa's First Word) Air Date: 12-03-1992

Episode 70 (Homer's Triple Bypass) Air Date: 12-17-1992

Episode 71 (Marge vs. The Monorail) Air Date: 01-14-1993

Episode 72 (Selma's Choice) Air Date: 01-21-1993

Episode 73 (Brother from the Same Planet) Air Date: 02-04-1993

Episode 74 (I Love Lisa) Air Date: 02-11-1993

Episode 75 (Duffless) Air Date: 02-18-1993

Episode 76 (Last Exit to Springfield) Air Date: 03-11-1993

Episode 77 (So it has Come to This: The Simpsons Clip Show) Air Date: 04-01-1993

Episode 78 (The Front) Air Date: 04-15-1993

Episode 79 (Whacking Day) Air Date: 04-29-1993

Episode 80 (Marge in Chains) Air Date: 05-06-1993

Episode 81 (Krusty Gets Kancelled) Air Date: 05-13-1993

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The Passion Of The Christ Dvd Review

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The most controversial film of 2004, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was widely derided by critics and detractors as a two-hour anti-Semitic pornography/horror flick, complete with splattering blood and arduous torture. But among the Christian community (of which I consider myself a part) and open-minded people who actually saw the film, The Passion stands alone as the most eloquent expression of God's love for mankind ever to grace the big screen.

The Passion certainly is violent, but not anymore violent than similarly rated films of the past ten years. But despite contentions by some evangelical Christians that everyone should see this film, I don't think young children should see it. This movie is for mature audiences only, and I think anyone under the age of sixteen should have a full understanding of the previous events underlying the main focus of the film before viewing it.

The entire movie was filmed in the original Aramaic with English subtitles. This enhances, rather than detracts from, the film's enjoyment because it creates an emotional aura of mystery and sacredness to the subject. Since most people are at least vaguely familiar with the storyline, you won't find yourself distracted by reading subtitles as one might think. With just the opposite effect, you find yourself paying greater attention to the visual images displayed on the screen, and the power of the events unfolding before you is amplified several times over.

The Passion of the Christ combines the four written accounts found in the New Testament Gospels to create a vivid and powerful portrayal of the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The film opens in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus of Nazareth (James Caviezel) is engaged in prayer, asking his Father to deliver him through the events soon to come. A satanic figure lurks in the shadows, dispensing a series of temptations and doubts. "No one man can bear the sin of the world. It's impossible. It's too much," the figure says. When Jesus refuses to give into Satan's temptations, his disciple Judas arrives to betray him to the Temple Guard.

The Temple Guard leads Jesus away in chains to face the high priest. While Peter and John weave their way through the crowd of onlookers, Jesus is questioned by an assembly of leading priests and teachers of religious law. When Jesus responds to their questioning by affirming that he is indeed the Son of God, the leaders hit him, spit on him, and mock him. They then take him before Pilate, hoping to have him killed.

Finding no fault with Jesus, Pilate nevertheless has Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. This sequence is one of the most brutal in the film. James Caviezel is reported to have actually been hit by accident during the filming of this scene. The brutality and utter lack of empathy on behalf of the Roman soldiers is brilliantly illustrated. In my estimation, if you can make it through this scene, then the crucifixion scene should not be a problem.

Furthermore, Gibson's cinematic genius is apparent by his measured and precise use of flashbacks which draws the audience away from the violence in brief intervals so as not to cause an emotional overload. Flashbacks include Jesus teaching to a crowd about his power to "lay down my life, and take it back up again," Jesus washing the feet his disciples at the last supper, and Jesus as a playful personality interacting with Mary. One particularly powerful scene traces back to Jesus as a toddler. When he falls down and injures himself, a panicked Mary runs to his rescue. This flashback correlates with the film's portrayal of Jesus stumbling under the weight of the cross.

Overall, this ranks as one of the greatest films ever made. If you believe Jesus of Nazareth was the Biblical Messiah (which this film reviewer does), then The Passion illustrates the enormity of God's sacrifice. But even if you think Jesus was just a common man, this film serves a valuable purpose in that it underscores the barbarity of a human race that, more often than not, persecutes the innocent. Mel Gibson's greatest production to date is a film every student of history, philosophy, and human nature owe it to themselves to see...

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Star Trek Deep Space Nine Dvd Review

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Nominated for 28 Emmys, including several for Outstanding Visual Effects, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine continues the rich tradition of the original 1960s Star Trek franchise. Created by former L.A. police officer Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek TV series morphed into a franchise famous for the unprecedented fanatical devotion of its audience. Lasting only three seasons during its original network run, Star Trek struck gold with its syndicated reruns, launching a number of motion pictures featuring the original cast as well as novels, comic books, collectibles, and reams of Star Trek-related memorabilia. Following on the heels of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), the first Star Trek series spin-off of the original, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine foreshadowed additional spin-offs - Star Trek: Voyager (1995), and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). Sporting an entirely new cast and crew from its two predecessors, the show focuses on a particular system administered by the Federation instead of the usual Star Trek mission of "exploring strange new worlds"...

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine follows the exploits of the Starfleet crew aboard an abandoned and gutted Cardassian space station orbiting the planet of Bajor. In the aftermath of Cardassian occupation, the Bajorian government invited the Starfleet to oversee the reconstruction of the space station. Deep Space Nine quickly transformed into a teeming city of commerce and a hub for travel (similar to Babylon 5) thanks to the discovery of an unknown wormhole nearby. But the wormhole leads to the Gamma Quadrant, realm of the feared Dominion alliance, which views the wormhole travelers as a threat to its totalitarian grip on power. As such, the Dominion launches an attack against the Federation and its Klingon allies. The subsequent and ongoing war is the basis for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine...

Capt. Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) is credited with discovering the wormhole, and he oversees the crew of Deep Space Nine as they wage battle to preserve the Federation. Ironically, his colleague, Constable Odo (Rene Auberjonois), is a Changeling - an alien race of "shapeshifters" who lead the Dominion's united front. Together with the rest of the crew aboard Deep Space Nine, they struggle with internal and external conflicts that threaten to destroy their very way of life...

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere "Emissary" in which the recently abandoned Cardassian space station, Terok Nor, is resettled by the Federation at the request of the Bajorians. Capt. Benjamin Sisko takes command and his discovery of the first stable wormhole nearby, a wormhole worshipped by the Bajorians as a god, transforms Sisko into a prophet in the eyes of the Bajorians. Meanwhile, the audience meets the rest of the cast and crew for Deep Space Nine... Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Move Along Home" in which Quark's cheating prompts a group of aliens from Gamma Quadrant to exact revenge on the crew of Deep Space Nine, and "Dramatis Personae" in which an indwelling by aliens transforms Sisko and Kira into enemies of the crew...

Below is a list of episodes included on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Emissary: Part 1) Air Date: 01-03-1993

Episode 2 (Emissary: Part 2) Air Date: 01-03-1993

Episode 3 (A Man Alone) Air Date: 01-10-1993

Episode 4 (Past Prologue) Air Date: 01-17-1993

Episode 5 (Babel) Air Date: 01-24-1993

Episode 6 (Captive Pursuit) Air Date: 01-31-1993

Episode 7 (Q-Less) Air Date: 02-07-1993

Episode 8 (Dax) Air Date: 02-14-1993

Episode 9 (The Passenger) Air Date: 02-21-1993

Episode 10 (Move Along Home) Air Date: 03-14-1993

Episode 11 (The Nagus) Air Date: 03-21-1993

Episode 12 (Vortex) Air Date: 04-18-1993

Episode 13 (Battle Lines) Air Date: 04-25-1993

Episode 14 (The Story Teller) Air Date: 05-02-1993

Episode 15 (Progress) Air Date: 05-09-1993

Episode 16 (If Wishes Were Horses) Air Date: 05-16-1993

Episode 17 (The Forsaken) Air Date: 05-23-1993

Episode 18 (Dramatis Personae) Air Date: 05-30-1993

Episode 19 (Duet) Air Date: 06-13-1993

Episode 20 (In the Hands of the Prophets) Air Date: 06-20-1993

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Cheers Season 2 Dvd Review

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One of the top-rated sitcoms of the 1980s, Cheers founded the "must see" hours of NBC's prime time lineup. Following the exploits of a group of bar employees and their customers, Cheers became a regular hangout not just for guys like Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin, but for all of America as well. Bartender and Cheers owner Sam Malone is a retired pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, while he's joined by employees Ernie "Coach" Pantusso, Carla Tortelli, and Diane Chambers. A number of recurring characters seated around the bar appear in each episode. Almost every episode takes place entirely in the bar...

The Cheers (Season 2) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes and ignites Sam and Diane's long-lasting, on-again/off-again romance. This is also the first season in which Cliff Clavin is an "opening-credits" member of the cast (even though he appeared in most of season one's episodes). Guest appearances by Fred Dryer (of Hunter fame), Dick Cavett, Harry Anderson (of Night Court fame), and Christopher Lloyd (of Taxi and Back To The Future fame) make for some memorable comic sequences. The season ends with Sam and Diane's romance on shaky ground...

Below is a list of episodes included on the Cheers (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 23 (Power Play) Air Date: 09-29-1983

Episode 24 (Little Sister Don't Cha) Air Date: 10-13-1983

Episode 25 (Personal Business) Air Date: 10-20-1983

Episode 26 (Homicidal Ham) Air Date: 10-27-1983

Episode 27 (Sumner's Return) Air Date: 11-03-1983

Episode 28 (Affairs of the Heart) Air Date: 11-10-1983

Episode 29 (Old Flames) Air Date: 11-17-1983

Episode 30 (Manager Coach) Air Date: 11-24-1983

Episode 31 (They Called Me Mayday) Air Date: 12-01-1983

Episode 32 (How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Call You Back) Air Date: 12-08-1983

Episode 33 (Just Three Friends) Air Date: 12-15-1983

Episode 34 (Where There's A Will) Air Date: 12-22-1983

Episode 35 (Battle of the Exes) Air Date: 01-05-1984

Episode 36 (No Help Wanted) Air Date: 01-12-1984

Episode 37 (And Coachie Makes Three) Air Date: 01-19-1984

Episode 38 (Cliff's Rocky Moment) Air Date: 01-26-1984

Episode 39 (Fortune and Men's Weight) Air Date: 02-02-1984

Episode 40 (Snow Job) Air Date: 02-09-1984

Episode 41 (Coach Buries a Grudge) Air Date: 02-16-1984

Episode 42 (Norman's Conquest) Air Date: 02-23-1984

Episode 43 (I'll Be Seeing You: Part 1) Air Date: 05-03-1984

Episode 44 (I'll Be Seeing You: Part 2) Air Date: 05-10-1984

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Little House On The Prairie Dvd Review

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Nominated for 17 Emmys, including one Golden Globe for Best TV Series - Drama, Little House On The Prairie is one of the most popular shows in television history. Based on the autobiographical series of "Little House" books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the show explores the inner-workings of a small town and family on the 19th Century American frontier. Director/Co-Executive Producer Michael Landon (of Bonanza and Highway to Heaven fame) also wrote one-third of the episodes (in addition to playing a lead role as the family's father, Charles, when the actor originally cast for the part failed to show). Charles would go on to become one of the show's most popular characters, and Little House On The Prairie would become an American favorite, boasting ten successful seasons to its credit...

Little House On The Prairie follows the lives of the Ingalls family as they settle on the banks of Plum Creek in the township of Walnut Grove, Kansas during the 1870's. A true pioneer family, the story is seen through the eyes of the Ingalls' middle-daughter, Laura (Melissa Gilbert), who experiences all the normal growing pains and emotions of a young girl growing up on the prairie. Carpenter Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) and his former school teacher wife, Caroline (Karen Grassle), head up a family of three that includes two additional daughters, Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson) and Carrie (Lindsay & Sidney Greenbush). The town also includes a loveable cast of supporting characters, such as Walnut Grove School teacher Eva Beadle (Charlotte Stewart), town doctor Hiram Baker (Kevin Hagen), pastor Robert Alden (Dabbs Greer), family friend Isaiah Edwards (Victor French), the wealthy Oleson family, and a host of other characters...

The Little House On The Prairie DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the series premiere in which the Ingalls family travels from Big Woods, Wisconsin to the more open and fertile lands of the Kansas prairie. Along the way, they make friends with Mr. Edwards (who helps them settle), have a run-in with some Indians, and fight a dangerous fire... Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Ma's Holiday" in which Charles and Caroline decide to go on a second honeymoon, and "Circus Man" in which a traveling salesmen tries to hoodwink the people of Walnut Grove into the notion that he possesses magic healing powers...

Below is a list of episodes included on the Little House On The Prairie (Season 1) DVD:

Episode xx (Pilot) Air Date: 03-30-1974

Episode 1 (Harvest of Friends) Air Date: 09-11-1974

Episode 2 (Country Girls) Air Date: 09-18-1974

Episode 3 (100 Mile Walk) Air Date: 09-25-1974

Episode 4 (Mr. Edwards' Homecoming) Air Date: 10-02-1974

Episode 5 (The Love of Johnny Johnson) Air Date: 10-09-1974

Episode 6 (If I Should Wake Before I Die) Air Date: 10-23-1974

Episode 7 (Town Party, Country Party) Air Date: 10-30-1974

Episode 8 (Ma's Holiday) Air Date: 11-06-1974

Episode 9 (School Mom) Air Date: 11-13-1974

Episode 10 (The Raccoon) Air Date: 11-20-1974

Episode 11 (The Voice of Tinker Jones) Air Date: 12-04-1974

Episode 12 (The Award) Air Date: 12-11-1974

Episode 13 (The Lord is My Shepard) Air Date: 12-18-1974

Episode 14 (Christmas at Plum Creek) Air Date: 12-25-1974

Episode 15 (Family Quarrel) Air Date: 01-15-1975

Episode 16 (Doctor's Lady) Air Date: 01-22-1975

Episode 17 (Plague) Air Date: 01-29-1975

Episode 18 (Circus Man) Air Date: 02-05-1975

Episode 19 (Child of Pain) Air Date: 02-12-1975

Episode 20 (Money Crop) Air Date: 02-19-1975

Episode 21 (Survival) Air Date: 02-26-1975

Episode 22 (To See the World) Air Date: 03-05-1975

Episode 23 (Founder's Day) Air Date: 05-07-1975

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Macgyver Season 2 Dvd Review

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Far different from the usual television action series, MacGyver premiered in Fall of 1985 to widespread audience acclaim. Fans fell in loves with an action hero who used his brain instead of his brawn to get himself out of jams, and the interesting and elaborate methods deployed by the title character made for interesting water cooler talk. These unorthodox escape plans were very similar to The A-Team, another popular 80s action series. Overall, the first several seasons of MacGyver are the best...

The MacGyver (Season 2) DVD features a number of action-packed episodes including the season premiere "The Human Factor" in which MacGyver and the Phoenix Foundation are called upon to test the security of a top-secret military installation. When MacGyver makes a bet with the security designer, Dr. Jill Ludlum, he successfully gains entry, but the automated system traps them both inside (with a dwindling supply of oxygen) where they're forced to race for their lives against a ticking clock... Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "The Road Not Taken" in which MacGyver encounters his former fianc

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I Love Lucy Dvd Review

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Widely considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, show in television history, I Love Lucy signaled the ascendance of the prime time TV era. The brainchild of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, I Love Lucy revolutionized the television industry with its extensive use of a live audience and the employment of multiple camera angles. The result of true comic genius, the show's ability to entertain is just as relevant today as it was fifty years ago...

Real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz play the prominent roles of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, a married couple living in a New York apartment complex. Ricky is a Cuban-born band leader who wows night clubs with his act, while Lucy is a homemaker. Lucy and Ricky's best friends are landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz who often become intertwined in Lucy's get-rich-quick schemes, screwball ideas, and comic shenanigans. Former masters of the stage, the cast comes across as a likeable bunch, with Lucille Ball stealing the show with her goofy antics and brilliant facial contortions. If ever there were a television classic, then I Love Lucy is it...

The I Love Lucy DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere "The Girls Want To Go To The Nightclub" in which Ethel seeks to celebrate her 18th Anniversary with a trip to the Copacabana, while Fred wants to go to the fights. When it's agreed that the girls will go to the club while the boys go to the fight, Fred and Ricky decide to spy on the girls so they call up a friend to get some dates for the club. But Lucy and Ethel have already talked to the same friend, and they decide to pose as Fred and Ricky's dates... Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "The Quiz Show" in which Lucy seeks to make some extra money by pulling off a fake stunt, and "Drafted" in which Lucy and Ethel mistakenly believe that Ricky and Fred have been drafted into the Army...

Below is a list of episodes included on the I Love Lucy (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (The Girls Want to Go to the Nightclub): Air Date: 10-15-1951

Episode 2 (Be a Pal): Air Date: 10-22-1951

Episode 3 (The Diet): Air Date: 10-29-1951

Episode 4 (Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her): Air Date: 11-05-1951

Episode 5 (The Quiz Show): Air Date: 11-12-1951

Episode 6 (The Audition): Air Date: 11-19-1951

Episode 7 (The Seance): Air Date: 11-26-1951

Episode 8 (Men are Messy): Air Date: 12-03-1951

Episode 9 (Drafted): Air Date: 12-10-1951

Episode 10 (The Fur Coat): Air Date: 12-17-1951

Episode 11 (Lucy is Jealous of Girl Singer): Air Date: 12-24-1951

Episode 12 (The Adagio): Air Date: 12-31-1951

Episode 13 (The Benefit): Air Date: 01-07-1952

Episode 14 (The Amateur Hour): Air Date: 01-14-1952

Episode 15 (Lucy Plays Cupid): Air Date: 01-21-1952

Episode 16 (Lucy Fakes Illness): Air Date: 01-28-1952

Episode 17 (Lucy Writes a Play): Air Date: 02-04-1952

Episode 18 (Breaking the Lease): Air Date: 02-11-1952

Episode 19 (The Ballet): Air Date: 02-18-1952

Episode 20 (The Young Fans): Air Date: 02-25-1952

Episode 21 (New Neighbors): Air Date: 03-03-1952

Episode 22 (Fred and Ethel Fight): Air Date: 03-10-1952

Episode 23 (The Moustache): Air Date: 03-17-1952

Episode 24 (The Gossip): Air Date: 03-24-1952

Episode 25 (Pioneer Woman): Air Date: 03-31-1952

Episode 26 (The Marriage License): Air Date: 04-07-1952

Episode 27 (The Kleptomaniac): Air Date: 04-14-1952

Episode 28 (Cuban Pals): Air Date: 04-21-1952

Episode 29 (The Freezer): Air Date: 04-28-1952

Episode 30 (Lucy Does a TV Commercial): Air Date: 05-05-1952

Episode 31 (The Publicity Agent): Air Date: 05-12-1952

Episode 32 (Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio): Air Date: 05-19-1952

Episode 33 (Lucy's Schedule): Air Date: 05-26-1952

Episode 34 (Ricky Thinks He is Going Bald): Air Date: 06-02-1952

Episode 35 (Ricky Asks for a Raise): Air Date: 06-09-1952

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Crash Dvd Review

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Nominated for six Academy Awards, and winner of Best Picture, Crash is more than deserving of the critical acclaim surrounding its release. Probing the deepest recesses of racism, prejudice, and discrimination in modern day America, the film forces viewers to examine their own tendencies to create and foster stereotypes. More importantly, it does so in a way that doesn't accuse, blame, or pursue a political agenda. In fact, Crash even touches on the shortcomings of political correctness and how some people have allowed outside perceptions to affect personal judgment, often to their own detriment. Written and directed by Paul Haggis, author of the Million Dollar Baby screenplay, Crash is a thoughtful piece of social commentary wrapped in a storyline ripe with conflict and suspense.

Crash follows numerous characters living in and around Los Angeles as they deal with racial perceptions, prejudices, and stereotypes in their daily lives. Jean Cabot (Sandra Bullock) struggles with her inability to trust her own instincts following a car-jacking which leaves her teetering on the brink of a mental breakdown. Meanwhile, police officer John Ryan (Matt Dillon) harasses African-Americans as a result of the prejudices he developed following his father's bankruptcy years ago. Lucien (Dato Bakhtadze) and his wife Elizabeth (Karina Arroyave) find their own biases and self-perceptions erupting to the surface of their marriage following a traumatic encounter with Officer Ryan. The consequences of Ryan's hatred have a rippling effect, a theme which is repeated in countless other social exchanges between store owners, locksmiths, detectives, and hockey enthusiasts. In short, Crash sets out to jar its audience into recognition of the enormous consequences of racial prejudice, no matter how "minor" we may believe those attitudes may be.

The cast of Crash is superb. Don Cheadle completes his graduation from the front desk of The Golden Girls spin-off Golden Palace by turning in a second blockbuster performance within a matter of months (Hotel Rwanda would be the other). Like other characters from the film, Cheadle's Graham is unable to fully develop due to time constraints, yet he manages to come across as a sympathetic and flawed character. The same can be said of Matt Dillon's portrayal of Officer John Ryan. He isn't a mere hatemonger skinhead, but rather a caring individual who developed detrimental prejudice based on past events from his childhood. In the end, like many of the film's characters, the audience gets a glimpse of his good side.

Overall, Crash is an excellent film that lives up to the notoriety and hype. For the typical viewer, it will evoke myriad emotions - hatred of racism, loathing of man's inhumanity to man, empathy, self-reflection, and an awareness of how one's own prejudices may affect others. Paul Haggis brilliantly illustrates the consequences of widespread attitudes harboring racist, prejudicial, discriminatory, and stereotypical overtones. He does so without pointing fingers or assigning blame. Everyone is guilty; no race, gender, class, or ideology is spared. Crash also probes the depths of American prejudice by addressing the unintended consequences of both affirmative action and political-correctness. It's this reluctance to strictly adhere to an ideological agenda that empowers Crash with its universal appeal. By not being preachy, the film is better able to relate its themes to viewers from every type of background and perspective. It's an entertaining film. Hopefully, it also makes each us think twice about the way in which we relate to our fellow man. If so, then Crash is more than just a film; it's a world-changing experience.

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Seinfeld Season 5 Dvd Review

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The preeminent show of the 1990's decade, Seinfeld grew from an idea of "a show about nothing" into a sacred pop culture icon, not that there's anything wrong with that... The show follows the life of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and the exploits of his "short, quirky, bald guy" best friend, George Costanza (Jason Alexander), Jerry's neurotic neighbor Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards), and Jerry's ex-girlfriend Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Through the years, they're joined by a loveable cast of characters that includes Newman, Uncle Leo, the Soup Nazi, Frank and Estelle Costanza, the Bubble Boy, and countless others...

Following on the heels of Season 4, arguably the best season ever (with famous episodes such as The Bubble Boy, The Contest, The Pick, The Junior Mint, The Handicap Spot, and The Pilot), Season 5 offers its own case for Seinfeld immortality with episodes like The Puffy Shirt (a.k.a. The Pirate Shirt), The Stall (can you spare a square?), The Marine Biologist (or is it The Architect?), The Hamptons (there was significant shrinkage!), and The Opposite (George's newfound religion)...

The Seinfeld (Season 5) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "The Mango" in which Jerry discovers that Elaine "faked it" during the time they went out. Determined to redeem himself, he begs Elaine for another shot. Meanwhile, Kramer gets banned from his favorite fruit vendor when he attempts to return a bad peach... Other notable episodes from Season 5 include "The Hamptons" in which Jerry's girlfriend accidentally sees George naked following his swim in a cold pool (which caused him to shrink like "a frightened turtle"), and "The Opposite" in which George decides that every decision he's ever made in life was the wrong one, and from now on, he'll do the exact opposite of what his instincts tell him to do...

Below is a list of episodes included on the Seinfeld (Season 5) DVD:

Episode 65 (The Mango) Air Date: 09-16-1993

Episode 66 (The Puffy Shirt) Air Date: 09-23-1993

Episode 67 (The Glasses) Air Date: 09-30-1993

Episode 68 (The Sniffing Accountant) Air Date: 10-07-1993

Episode 69 (The Bris) Air Date: 10-14-1993

Episode 70 (The Lip Reader) Air Date: 10-28-1993

Episode 71 (The Non-Fat Yogurt) Air Date: 11-04-1993

Episode 72 (The Barber) Air Date: 11-11-1993

Episode 73 (The Masseuse) Air Date: 11-18-1993

Episode 74 (The Cigar Store Indian) Air Date: 12-09-1993

Episode 75 (The Conversion) Air Date: 12-16-1993

Episode 76 (The Stall) Air Date: 01-06-1994

Episode 77 (The Dinner Party) Air Date: 02-03-1994

Episode 78 (The Marine Biologist) Air Date: 02-10-1994

Episode 79 (The Pie) Air Date: 02-17-1994

Episode 80 (The Stand-In) Air Date: 02-24-1994

Episode 81 (The Wife) Air Date: 03-17-1994

Episode 82 (The Raincoats: Part 1) Air Date: 04-28-1994

Episode 83 (The Raincoats: Part 2) Air Date: 04-28-1994

Episode 84 (The Fire) Air Date: 05-05-1994

Episode 85 (The Hamptons) Air Date: 05-12-1994

Episode 86 (The Opposite) Air Date: 05-19-1994

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