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Best And Worst Dvds Of 2005- What Do You Think?

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Every DVD site is unveiling their DVD lists for 2005. Some studios have stepped up to the plate and come up with some great DVDs this year.

Some of the best DVDs of this year I thought were:

SIN CITY- EXTENDED, RECUT, AND UNRATED

The Fifth Element Ultimate Edition

Batman Begins Deluxe Edition

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (two disc Criterion)

Major Dundee

Battlestar Galactica Season One

Lost Season One

Layer Cake

Kingdom Of Heaven

I, Robot Collector's Edition

The Grudge Director's Cut

The Paramount releases of Batjac produced movies liek the hIgh And The Mighty, Batjac, McLintock, and 7 Men from Now are well produced with plenty of extras and good transfers for the movies.

I will probably have a better list when I write an article about it next week. Deefinitely there are great DVDs I missed that I didn't see.

As for worst DVDs, the Earth 2 and American Gothic sets have to be down there due to the episodes not being in their proper order (they didn't air in order when they first aired) and the DVD-18s used for the shows don't play well on some DVD players.

So let her rip and say what DVDs were the best and worst of 2005.

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Some of the DVD's I bought this year (I'm not sure if they were released this year):

- Se7en New Line Platinum Series 2-disc (great dvd, picture and sound are beautiful, and lots of extra's. Bad menu's though. The ones on the Region 1 look better)

- Jurassic Park: Ultimate Collection 4-disc (I've always been a fan of these movies. Every movie has a lot of extra's, plus there's an extra disc filled with even more extra's)

I'm eagerly waiting for the King Kong 2-disc. Very curious about picture and sound on that one.

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The only two recent movies I've bought on DVD in the last few months were "Open Range" and "Fat Man and Little Boy." Don't know if either were released in '05.

I thought "Open Range" was a very good western; it was very realistic in terms of depicting that gun fights were usually not quick draw duels but running battles in the streets with a lot of shooting and missing. Plus it had Robert Duvall who is one of the best actors around, especially when he can play a role that's suited to his actual age. Had a good extra feature documentary about the real open range grazing in the late 1800s and the territorial/land ownership battles that arose between free grazers and the land barons.

"Fat Man and Little Boy" was a dramatization of the White Sands, NM portion of the Manhattan project that designed and constructed the two atomic bombs used in 1945 against Japan. Had a good cast for the primary roles and went far enough into the private lives of the principal figures, such as Robert Oppenheimer, to give the viewer a better understanding of all the influences on their actions and decisions. It doesn't go too far into the science of radiological explosive reactions so it should appeal to even audiences with no real science background. Put another way, you don't have to understand how an atomic bomb works to get an appreciation for the dread all the physicists felt about whether they were creating something that would destroy the world.

Being a John Wayne fan, I noted the release of several older Wayne movies from the 50s that I'm planning to get as soon as I can work them into my budget (funny how the Duke's flicks never seem to make it to the bargain bin at Walmart). I especially want to get "The High and the Mighty," "Island in the Sky" and "Blood Alley."

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