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    1. Roots (6pc)
    2. Glory
    3. Friday
    4. To Sir, with Love
    $6.63
    5. Bill Cosby, Himself
    6. What's Love Got To Do With It?
    7. The Civil War - A Film by Ken
    8. Piano Lesson (1995)
    9. Cleopatra Jones & Casino of
    10. Higher Learning
    11. Rosewood
    $14.20
    12. Lady Sings the Blues
    13. Amistad (Thx)
    14. Black Belt Jones
    15. Don't Be A Menace To South Central
    16. Set It Off
    17. 4 Little Girls
    18. Do the Right Thing
    19. Hot Potato
    20. Morehouse Men

    1. Roots (6pc)
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (12 December, 1994)
    list price: $54.98
    Asin: 6302571251
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    From the moment the young Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) is stolen from his life and ancestral home in 18th-century Africa and brought under inhumane conditions to be auctioned as a slave in America, a line is begun that leads from this most shameful chapter in U.S. history to the 20th-century author Alex Haley, a Kinte descendant. The late Haley's acclaimed book Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Picture Is Worth A Million Words!
    Words alone cannot describe the effect this made for tv movie had on me when I watched the original showing on tv (1977).I was taken aback at how realistically they were allowed to portray this man's (Haley) story, which in effect was the story of the entire Black race and, to a large degree, the White race in this country!For Blacks it was like reliving their history.For Whites it was a serious enlightenment (and in some cases a rude awakening).It managed to open the door for dialogue between the races, and inspired a whole nation to get involved with genealogy too.Most importantly, it inspired most of this nation to say "never again."I have to agree with D. Hammork though in that I'm shocked and appalled at Amazon for leaving LeVar Burton and John Amos (who both played the MAIN character)off of their list of people who STARRED in this movie! This movie launched Burton's career; and John Amos had already been a star in his own right! Please get your act together!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Roots
    Take me back to the Motherland...I Cried...I Sighed...I Hoped...Never could I Joke...Insightful Plight of Africans Forced into Slavery, Stripped of Everything, Except Their Hearts...Their Unwavering Faith, and In spite of it All, Overcame Tremendous Obstacles Heaped Upon Them with Grace and Dignity...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes you think!
    This one stays in your system a while after watching.
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    Subjects:  1. Drama    2. Movie    3. TV Shows    4. Television   


    2. Glory
    by Sony Pictures
    VHS Tape (22 June, 1994)
    list price: $14.95
    Asin: 6301777867
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    One of the very best films about the Civil War, this instant classic from 1989 is also one of the few films to depict the participation of African American soldiers in Civil War combat. Based in part on the books Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 45 Times and Counting
    It is not a mistake: I have seen this movie so many times that I can only estimate the number of times I have seen it. One may ask if it has even started to lose some of its charm. Short answer: no. It is still a great and moving story now, even after 45-odd viewings.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Moving performances
    Neither Mr. Broderick nor Mr. Washington have been favorites of mine in the past but I must give them their due in their performances in Glory. Both gave stunning and moving performances. The visuals that made you feel like you were there were astounding as well.Mr. Broderick does a wonderful job of portraying a character who is sometimes self-righteous and self-seeking and at other times inspiring and self-abasing. Mr. Washington provides the angry man to bring out the more sedate and clear-thinking Morgan Freeman character.All come together in common bond that builds in fighting together for a common cause.It is a somewhat one-sided and shallow portrayal of the war's causes that may not go over well with the lovers of history.But, the coming-of-age band-of-brothers mood of the film is moving and enjoyable all the same. No matter which side you may favor in that conflict (if either), you will still find yourself cheering with the rest, "Give-em Hell 54th!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars INSPIRATIONAL MASTERPIECE
    Flawless movie making at its best! Patriotic and powerful telling of the true beginning-of-the-end for the Confederacy. Ex-slaves and free blacks alike, finally aloud to defend their dignity, were the final blow to the Southern bondage of an entire race of human beings history tells us. The Truth based story of the Massachusetts 54th. Only the beginning of black heroics during the Civil War.
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    3. Friday
    by New Line Home Video
    VHS Tape (14 May, 1996)
    list price: $6.98
    Asin: 0780608372
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars (:D)
    Every day is friday when you have no job...funny good make you have a good laugh at the end of the day

    5-0 out of 5 stars Friday
    Looking forward to watching this movie.Rated R for pervasive strong language and drug use,and for a brutal fight.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worse than Bad
    This movie is silly at best, racist at worse. I can't believe Ice Cube actually wrote the script for this mess. My opinion of Ice Cube has been drastically lowered. It's the old black jiving and shucking all over again. This movie has all the classic black stereotypes. It even has a scene where Smokey gets so high that he ends up in the chicken coop thinking he's a chicken. Remember the old minstrel shows?: "nobody in here but us chickens." There's noplot to speak of, just a bunch of insults, getting high, stealing money, potty jokes, black people knocking each other upside the head. Some character get punched out, and Smokey (Chris Tucker) goes over and yells in his face, "Dude, you been knocked out!" That's a typical "joke" from this movie. How about a dogcatcher getting bit on his behind by a dog? Hilarious---Not. After watching this dvd with my family, we tried to think of one funny or worthwhile scene, and we couldn't think of a single one. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Comedies    2. Comedy    3. Comedy Video    4. Movie   


    4. To Sir, with Love
    by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video
    VHS Tape (08 July, 1994)
    list price: $14.95
    Asin: 0800104803
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Novelist James Clavell wrote, produced, and directed this 1967 British film (based on a novel by E.R. Braithwaite) about a rookie teacher who throws out stock lesson plans and really takes command of his unruly, adolescent students in a London school. Poitier is very good as a man struggling with the extent of his commitment to the job, and even more as a teacher whose commitment is to proffering life lessons instead of academics. The spirit of this movie can be found in such recent films as Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars To Sir, With Love
    Awesome Movie...When Nothing Else Will Do...Giving Your Heart...To Sir, With Love
    5-0 out of 5 stars Epitomy of "Class" - Sidney Poitier
    An outstanding performance by Sidney Poitier in this 1966 film. Sidney stars as Mark Thackeray. An engineering job market hasn't panned out for him, and he somewhat reluctantly takes a teaching position in a working-class London high school. His students are out of control and must be tamed. Ultimately, we can smile wondering who learned the most - the students or the teacher.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Video purchasing was never so easy!
    The product was delivered in excellent shape. The quality of the video is very good.Sound is clear.For a classic, it is sure to provide us with generations of insight. Arrival of video was on-time. ... Read more

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    5. Bill Cosby, Himself
    by 20th Century Fox
    VHS Tape (07 January, 1997)
    list price: $6.98 -- our price: $6.63
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    Asin: 6302428122
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    After Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Comedy
    I was barely 3 when this movie came out. But all my friends with families told me I absolutely must watch it. This is something every parent can relate too. You can watch with any crowd, even 20-somethings without kids are doubled over laughing.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Cosby, Classic Comedy!
    This is Cosby at his best.I don't know anyone who has NOT seen this standup show.DVD is a blessing as to keep this masterpiece for a very long time.Show the family, and generations of kids.It's clean, and timeless.You'll laugh, and laugh, and relate, weather your children, adults, or grandparents.And as you grow older like I have, you enjoy the stories more and more!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
    My god. I swear that I'm amazed that so many other people who were kids back in the '80s memorized "The Dentist" routine. I had that one down PAT back in the summer of '84. This is probably my all-time favorite Bill Cosby stand-up/sit-down act.
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    Subjects:  1. Comedies    2. Comedy Performances    3. Comedy Video    4. Movie    5. Performing Arts - Concerts   


    6. What's Love Got To Do With It?
    by Walt Disney Video
    VHS Tape (09 January, 1996)
    list price: $9.99
    Asin: 6303022928
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Tina Turner, that dynamic diva of pop/soul/R&B from the '60s to the '90s, sings like a woman whose life story is every bit as rough and tough as her voice. And Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie.It's one of my all time favorites.It contains a little bit of everything from humor to drama to lots of entertainment.The color is great, the sound is good, the songs and dances will make you want to sing and dance along with them.It's very fun to watch.I believe everyone should have this movie in their collection.You'll never get tired of watching it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Angela Bassett / Halle Berry
    Halle Berry is very attractive and I am sure that the roll she played in "Monster's Ball" was difficult but Angela Bassett deserved the monumental distinction of being the first African American Actress to win a leading role Oscar.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo
    Wow! When they cast Angela Basset to play Tina Turner, they made an amazing choice.She has Tina's facial expressions down pat and an amazing figure too!I never knew that Ike Turner was such a monster.Laurence Fishburne was amazing in his role, he was very scary, and it just made you hate Ike for being so evil.This movie shows what kind of person Tina is: strong. As a little Anna Mae Bullock, she was abandoned by her parents. She stood by her husband Ike, despite the fact that he did drugs, slept with other women and beat her. But enough is enough. Tina couldn't stand it any longer. She left Ike and finally got a divorce. Tina started to rebuild her career as a solo artist but it wasn't an easy job. After years of working and touring, finally in 1983 Tina hit the charts with the cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together". Tina made the greatest comeback ever.This is a perfect movie. Great story, great music, great performances. ... Read more

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    7. The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns (Boxed Set)
    by Pbs Home Video
    VHS Tape (03 June, 1997)
    list price: $99.88
    Asin: 6301996135
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The most successful public-television miniseries in American history, the 11-hour Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction, but only as a starting point
    This is a superb film, combining the emotion evoked from images and selected narratives (wonderfully read by great actors) as well as some analysis by prominent scholars or writers. So far as it goes, Burns has exploited the attributes of the film medium to what I believe is the maximum extent: you leave this experience with a good idea of what went on and how it changed the country. It is moving, horrible, and beautiful all at once.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Shelby Foote and Ken Burns Resurrect the Dead
    I have seen the critical remarks regarding this film.True, not all material could be included...unless filmakers wanted to exceed the 11 hours that this documentary already comprises.This is a stirring masterwork which features master historians with the powers of captivating story -- Shelby Foote, Ed Bearss, and others.Giving renewed life and voice to those who have passed on, the drama of this timescape is carefully unfolded.It is filled with struggle, humanity, and grace.If I could afford the collector's box set, I'd own it...but it's a tad expensive.If you can afford it, buy it -- it will be a set that you often revisit.If you can *really* afford it, buy me a copy.:)

    5-0 out of 5 stars british version i believe is longer
    the british version which is a PAL region 2 dvd is 690 minutes long according to uk amazon website with 3 DVDs in a boxset,and according to USA amazon the US version is only 660 minutes long. also i believe at time of writing this review the british version is also cheper if obtained via amazon.co.uk at about i think $64 to $68 though this will change as intrest dollar to pound rates change over time. please rember if buying uk dvd version that your dvd player MUST BE a multi region dvd player to play UK region 2 PAL dvds! hope this helps some one ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Documentary    2. Movie    3. TV Shows    4. War Documentaries   


    8. Piano Lesson (1995)
    by Hallmark
    VHS Tape (12 January, 1999)
    list price: $9.98
    Asin: 1574922815
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The only one of August Wilson's plays to be filmed (and for television, at that), this 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winner is an amazing piece of work. Adapted by Wilson and directed by Lloyd Richards, who staged it on Broadway, the play deals not just with racism and its effects but with the ongoing legacy and curse of slavery on modern blacks. Set in 1920s Pittsburgh, the story deals with the arrival of Boy Willie (Charles Dutton) from Mississippi, to claim a family heirloom from his sister Berniece (Alfre Woodard): the piano, carved by their ancestors with symbols of slavery. He wants to sell it to buy the land his grandfather worked as a slave; Berniece refuses to give it up because it represents a horrifying episode from the family's past. Add in ghosts, superb performances, and Wilson's poetically charged writing, and you have a startlingly solid piece of theater that works well as a film. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "As long as Sutters had thatpiano, they had us as slaves."
    Winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, August Wilson's lively domestic drama focuses on a black family in the 1930s and their piano, which dominates the living room of Doaker Charles and his niece Berniece in Pittsburgh.The piano is adorned with the faces of their slave ancestors, carved by a distant relation who was owned by the Sutter family in Mississippi before Emancipation. Berniece's brother Boy Willie, recently released from a prison farm, has come to Pittsburgh from Mississippi with his friend Lymon, determined to sell this ancient piano in which he claims half-ownership.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A battle between the historic past and dreams for the future
    If you are seriously into dramatic theatre plays, you may agree that re-creations made for movies or televisions are often substandard to the book!In this case, the re-creation was geared toward television/movie quality rather than a reproduction of a stage theatre performance.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Hallmark censorship
    An already posted review claims that this TV version is true to August Wilson's play.Only partly--and the differences are almost certainly attributable to Hallmark.Wilson adapted his own original stage script, but this version is shorter than the original (which may be a good thing--Wilson does like to let his characters gab) and the language is very different.For example, the nice, politically correct folks who want to sell greeting cards at Hallmark no doubt forced Wilson to remove the numerous instances of the word "ni____" from his play.Some other "rough" language (which can now be heard on the evening news, much less TV fiction) also failed to pass Hallmark's censors.Read more

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    9. Cleopatra Jones & Casino of Gold
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (27 April, 1994)
    list price: $9.98
    Asin: 6300270580
    Sales Rank: 2699
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars The original is still the best
    Like most sequals, this movie is not of the same caliber of the original Cleopatra Jones. It is, however, entertaining, and collectors of Urban 70's movies will find this one a "must have" for the collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cleo and Mi Ling are unstoppable!
    Typical blaxploitation from the 70's but with a great flair in that that leading roles are played by two hot butt kicking ethnic Princesses! Cleo knows her Kung Fu and uses it well. My fav is the asian hottie Mi. In one scene Mi has just finished showering and walks out into the living room in her bathrobe only to be greeted by a group of intruders. They proceed to tie her hands up but are in for real surprise. This lady is a deadly martial artist. With her hands still tied, she turns her bare legs and feet into deadly weapons overpowering the men with some explosive kicks. She is soon joined by Cleo and the girls finally finish the guys off leaving the baddies knocked out cold. Although a bit campy, this movie is a cult classic and a great sequel to the original.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A true gem
    This movie only gets better with multiple viewings.Although this is a sequel you do not have to watch the first movie, simply titled, Cleopatra Jones, to understand Casino of Gold.For various reasons a third movie was not made. ENJOY and have a great time watching a great action film. ... Read more

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    10. Higher Learning
    by Sony Pictures
    VHS Tape (07 January, 1997)
    list price: $9.95
    Asin: 630350986X
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    This ambitious 1995 film by John Singleton (Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Singleton-ed out.
    Singleton lightens up on the militantism and anti-establishment attitude that plagued so much of Boyz N Da Hood. Boyz was a microscopic view of the world, while Higher Learning is a macroscopic view.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Higher Learning
    I liked Boyz n the hood and this movie,I liked how Malik and Remy really left each other pissed off in scenes.Near the end Remy said he wanted to build things he wanted to be an enginear(I don't know the correct spelling)But you know because of the shooting he did it was all over.If only he didn't meet his Jerky friend Scott,Remy wouldn't have become a neo-nazi and kill.This movie was real entertaining.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Verry Powerful movie
    This is one of my favorite Jhon Singleton Movies. This Movie is Better than I expected, I thought it would be like Do the right thing but it was much better. Omar Epps, Tyra Banks, Lawrence Fishburn, Michael Rapaport, and Regina King did a great job in this movie too. ... Read more

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    11. Rosewood
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (27 January, 1998)
    list price: $9.98
    Asin: 0790732068
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A shameful chapter in American history is powerfully dramatized in Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Too much Hollywood added, but understandable
    The event this movie was based on was so despicable that John Singleton (Director) had to add in fictional characters so it wouldn't look as shameful as Rosewood really was.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Tragic history, great story.
    Based on a true story of a historic outbreak of racist violence, "Rosewood" is a compelling movie even without the social significance.The storyline is basically that a white woman falsely accuses a black man of rape, causing a whole town to go nuts.Certain of the white citizens form a mob to administer "justice" and end up on a rampage, while 2 men try to hide the black citizens of the town and help them escape.
    5-0 out of 5 stars SAD CHAPTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY
    Based on actual events, Rosewood relates the events that led to as many as 150 African Americans being murdered and burned out of their homes in Rosewood, Florida in 1923, by whites from a neighboring town.All this happens because a white woman falsely accused a black man of raping her.
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    12. Lady Sings the Blues
    by Paramount
    VHS Tape (02 July, 1996)
    list price: $14.95 -- our price: $14.20
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    Asin: 6300216381
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Diana Ross stars as legendary blues singer Billie Holiday in this biopic that chronicles her rise and fall. It begins with her late childhood, a stint as a prostitute, those early days as a blues singer, her marriages, and her drug addiction. Overly glossy and lacking depth, this is worth seeing only for the performances. Diana Ross was nominated for an Oscar for her acting debut. A dynamo with sparkling screen presence, she realistically conveys the confusion and unhappiness that caused Holiday so much grief. Her performance is almost matched by romantic interest Billy Dee Williams. Watch for Richard Pryor, who is most powerful in a dramatic supporting role as the piano player in a brothel. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars RIVETING SUPREME CLASSIC~BRAVO DIANA!!!
    By the early 70's jazz legend Billie Holiday had been gone for over a decade and her harrowing life was truly an incredible story that was bound to hit the big screen...my first choice to play Lady Day was another magnificent Jazz/Soul/Pop legend Nancy Wilson who had just turned in a passionate and impressive "guest star" performance of a singer all strung out on one of the popular television dramatic series...looked like she was a shoo-in for that plum role but it was Diana who had Berry Gordy and at that moment that was the ticket!Being a huge fan of Motown music I was less than thrilled though when I heard that Diana Ross was going to portray the troubled and brilliant jazz legend but out of curiosity ran to see "Lady Sings The Blues" the week of its release and was totally impressed with the drama and pathos created by the great performances contained in this ground-breaking motion picture that also made a romantic leading man out of Billy Dee Williams plus Richard Pryor gives a winning performance as well.Diana Ross is simply tremendous and amazing to watch in this moody atmospheric motion picture classic that still holds up today as an engrossing drama of a singer who had brilliant and uniquely original talent but made all the wrong choices in life...Bravo to everyone involved with this earthy and deeply moving and yes somewhat troubling and disturbing classic!!! Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli both gave magnificent career defining performances the same year and these grand and legendary performers should have gone on to greater heights in motion pictures but a burned-out Hollywood no longer knew how to put together great projects for great female talent and this sadly still holds true today!Since the 70's a legendary screen career such as a Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, etc. would not or could not have happened and this is a sad loss to the audience and those many artists whose career's have floundered with their wonderful talent left untapped...Hollywood in many ways has really lost the way and movies today look and feel completely fake and manufactured..."Lady Sings The Blues" is from another era where talent for the most part reined supreme and this era is sadly gone and would take nothing short of a miracle for it to return.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lady Sings the Blues
    Lady Sings the Blues is a must for people who like the oldies to include movies that tells a story and leaves a lesson for the viewers.A must for old movie collectors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    Lady is one of my favorite movies - and the one I ordered is flawless - I really enjoyed watching it and will for sometime to come!! ... Read more

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    13. Amistad (Thx)
    by Dreamworks Video
    VHS Tape (10 November, 1998)
    list price: $9.99
    Asin: 0783227272
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Steven Spielberg's most simplistic, sanitized history lesson, Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Case for Freedom
    What is the price one will pay for freedom ripped and seized from? It is a scenario that is presented by Stephen Spielberg's "Amistad"; when something so essential such as freedom is taken; the fight to regain it should understandably not be governed by rules. Freedom is a right all men and women are entitled to at birth or at least that is what all men and women should be entitled to. And for the pursuit of freedom one has to take into account drastic measures to regain it. Such is the case when over 40 men sold into slavery revolted against their owners off the coast of Cuba . Led by Sengbe Pieh or Cinque, the Africans eventually found themselves just off of Long Island . Their capture by U.S. authorities and their quarantine as their fate was put in limbo as abolitionists argued their case.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Runs the distance
    This film really struck deep with me. I'll find myself in some situation, and one or another line Adams' final speech will come drifting back to me. It has settled somehow in my inner repertoire of quotes... "I am that I am", "And miles to go before I sleep", "To be or not to be",... And yes... "Give us the courage to do what is right, and if it means civil war, then let it come."
    4-0 out of 5 stars Another "must see" for history students.
    As with all movies about history, I review them from the perspective of the history teacher and leave all of the other particulars to the other reviewers. In this case, however, I'd like to address the Amazon review (written by Dave McCoy) as well. McCoy states that the director (noneother than Steven Speilberg) feels compelled "to entertain with beautiful images and contrived emotion . . . [and] . . . cheapens his grandiose motives and simplifies slavery, treating it as cut- and-dry genre piece. Characters are easy Hollywood stereotypes--'villains' like the Spanish sailors or zealous abolitionists are drawn one-dimensionally and sneered upon." For the record, I'll say that I agree wholeheartedly---but in this case, an excellent movie still unfolds and a story that SHOULD be told is told! Also, let me address a fellow reviewer's (Leon Washington) remark that those who slam this movie are guilty of racism. I don't necessarily think that those who give this movie bad reviews are categorically racist, but I do think they may be missing the "big picture" here. Alright, let's get on with the review.
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    14. Black Belt Jones
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (27 April, 1994)
    list price: $9.98
    Asin: 6300269825
    Sales Rank: 5897
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT AGAIN
    I saw this movie the one and only time when I was eight in the theatre and I remember the entire black audience roaring through the whole thing. I didn't know what was better, Black Belt Jones, Enter the Dragon, or Three the Hard Way. But I do know I loved them all. I'm now 39 and I've seen Three'' and Enter'' a couple of times over the years but I could not find Black Belt Jones anywhere to save my life. Well, turns out a friend of mine had a copy on DVD (yes there is one) and I just watched it. I LOVED IT ALL OVER AGAIN! Sure, it's campy and very seventies, but for some reason (maybe the comedy) it stands out as the best of the Blaxplotation genre. As a young black kid in the seventies I loved Jim Kelly (Wow, a black Bruce Lee) and I wanted a fro like his. Hmmmmm, memories. The theme song was borrowed a bit by LL Cool Jay for Jingeling Baby. (WAN UN WAN UN WAN UN WYETT)I Highly recommend this one for any body looking to simply have a good time with a creative martial arts movie that will have you in stitches. OH, AND WHAT IN THE HELL KINDA CAR WAS THAT THE JIM KELLY WAS DRIVING. IT LOOKS LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN A PACER AND AN OLD DODGE CHALLENGER. Oh, and let me add that this movie showed the original gangsta cell phone in action. I'll leave that one to when you watch it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best bad movies ever
    This film isn't a comedy, but the opening credits are 3 of the funniest minutes in motion picture history!A friend and I like to watch bad films, and I recommended this one to him; he ended up thinking it was even funnier than I did.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Seriously, WB. Where's the DVD????????
    Hands down a absolute classic of blaxploitation and martial arts. The opening credits alone is more fun than most of the movies out today.
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    15. Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
    by Miramax
    VHS Tape (05 August, 1997)
    list price: $9.99
    Asin: 6304167725
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars It made me laugh
    I don't really understand the negative reviews that i'm seeing of this movie, Don't Be A Menace... is what it is, and that is a parody of all the early 90's hood films (of which I am a big fan of).It's like the people knocking it haven't actually seen the films they're taking the p*ss out of, if you've seen Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society and you have a sense of humour you'll probably find this funny.Some have criticised the lack of a plot but they are completely missing the point, it's a parody of several films, therefore it cuts from scenes of different films, i mean the plot is always going to be secondary to the jokes.I would say though in order to really enjoy this film you MUST have seen at least Boyz N The Hood & Menace II Society as most of the jokes come from these films.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Retards
    Wu-Tang_Assassin is patently an idiot. I also assume that the person purporting to be A Kid's Review wrote his review as some sort of a joke. Punctuation must be something that just happens to other people

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood
    This movie is definately one of the funniest movies ive ever seen. The jokes are lame, yes but that doesnt make the movie stupid. The jokes are so stupid, that it makes the movie hilarious. Like the part when the grandma is smoking weed, that part was funny. This movie isnt necessarily funny, its stupid funny. But its hilarious. Every part, from beggining to end. I recommend this movie to any who loves comedy, and likes these actors. Its definately worth the watch. Its real funny. ... Read more

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    16. Set It Off
    by New Line Home Video
    VHS Tape (21 October, 1997)
    list price: $6.98
    Asin: 0780613880
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Even when it misses a dramatic opportunity in favor of generic action, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "Queen Latifah was awesome"
    A very depressing movie that showed how poverty caused 4 women to live a lifestyle that was doomed from the start.
    4-0 out of 5 stars These four outrageous woman share one thing in common..... their desperation
    Although the film is heavily stylized in gangland culture it's still very accessible. You could put this story into any situation and it would still be believable and credible. Yet there's one thing that puts "Set It Off" into a league of it's own, and that's the four central performances.
    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best
    this is one of myall time fave films.fantastic storyline,fantastic actors,Queen Latifa is 'da bomb' !!! ... Read more

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    17. 4 Little Girls
    by Hbo Home Video
    VHS Tape (12 January, 1999)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: 6305080461
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Remebering the Four Little Girls
    As I viewed the 4 Little Girls documentary,I was reminded of a time when I went to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church to see where this horrible tragedy took place. A myriad of thoughts came through my mind-- anger, confusion, sadness. The video brought this sadness back.I also felt sad for the white men responsible for killing the four girls.Sometimes I wonder if they understood that on the day they murdered the four precious girls, they took a piece of heaven out of the consiousness of the sky, and indeed, lost a piece of their own humanity.4 Little Girls taught me that--to hate causes one to lose his or her own ability to experience the gift of humanity.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed
    This powerful documentary is a wonderful tribute to the four young girls whose lives were cut short in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama on 15 September 1963.First and foremost, it focuses on their lives, those who knew them, and the events going on in Birmingham while they were growing up.It doesn't put the entire or primary focus on how they tragically were murdered, although naturally the bombing, the funerals, and the (rather belated) trials of the sick excuses for life who carried out the bombing are covered.It's a celebration of life, not death.(There are some brief graphic shots of the post-mortem photos, but as disturbing as these images might be, they carry home the impact of what really happened.)It really is amazing that their friends, neighbors, and family members were able to retain such dignity and composure even when talking about such sad events and calling to mind people who had such short lives and who died in such an unnatural way.While they'll be mourning for the rest of their lives, they haven't let the racist murderers destroy their lives.They've bravely carried on as best they can.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Very moving; Powerful
    This is one of the saddest, most gripping documentaries i have ever seen.Four little girls is about the death of four young black girls who died in a KKK church bombing in birmingham, alabama and about racism & segregation.Though not a thriller, it will keep you on the edge of your seat for its entirety.Sympathy, empathy, tears, anger...you name it, and you'll feel it while viewing this film.
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    18. Do the Right Thing
    by MCA/Universal Home Video
    VHS Tape (01 March, 1992)
    list price: $9.98
    Asin: 1558801596
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Spike Lee's incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colorful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Look deep
    This movie goes beyond bigotry beyond dissatisifed human interaction.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Do the Right Thing
    "Do the Right Thing" is considered one of the great and most important films of the last twenty years. Some classes in college show the film to students. I almost didn't see this movie because it's in The Criterion Collection and I've seen maybe 3 movies I liked out of that collection (although I haven't seen that many in the first place). This was the era in which Spike Lee was making political films that deal with racism. Since then he has moved on to directing and producing only. In this film; Lee writes, directs, produces, and stars. He's a pretty good actor too. The movie tells the story of black, korean, and italian characters in New York who struggle with racism every day. We open as a radio station D.J. named Mister Senor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson)
    5-0 out of 5 stars The "Crash" before the Oscar-winning 2005 version
    This is seriously one of my all-time favorite movies.
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    19. Hot Potato
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (27 April, 1994)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: 6300269914
    Sales Rank: 15559
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars holy hot potato batman!!!!!!
    This films so hot you cant grab it off the shelf, cause if you do your in for the burnout day, waste of time, money and brainwaves.
    1-0 out of 5 stars I... that... what was that?
    Oh man.1-0 out of 5 stars OH!My Aching Head!
    How did this movie ever make my local video store shelf?I too, love "B" movies, but this one left me in shock!Are we to take this flick seriously?One question..........how did Rhino keep that toy car under that poncho as he traveled through the jungle fighting off armies of little men dressed like cavemen???What about the scene where the armies run out in pairs and stand with their backs to the camera looking at the forest??My mouth was hanging open throughout this film, trying to figure out if it was a martial arts movie or a comedy.I told my son that he was in for a thrill when he watched it after me.He's the one that paid the 50 cents to rent it anyway.I liked the other reviews and laughed when I read them too. ... Read more

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    20. Morehouse Men
    by Pbs Home Video
    VHS Tape (27 January, 1998)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: 6304700040
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Atlanta's Morehouse College has long been revered as a leading academic institution, and as an all-male, historically African American institution, it has been viewed as a shaper of American black leaders, including perhaps its most notable graduate, Martin Luther King Jr.In this video, Morehouse is viewed through the eyes of its students during the 1993-94 academic year, and their year at Morehouse is seen to be an experience in character and spiritual development as much as an exercise in academic endeavor.Footage shot during a fall "spirit night," a late-night ritual to promote bonding among the student body, sets the tone for the video, which features interviews with Morehouse professors as well as notable grads filmmaker Spike Lee and Olympic gold medallist Edwin Moses.Profiles of specific students show their development through the course of the school year, and the mystique of being a "Morehouse Man," as opposed to merely a Morehouse graduate, is explored in this intelligent examination of the character of this incredible educational institution. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Morehouse Men
    Back in 1995, as an avid watcher of PBS, I taped this program, along with The Gandy Dancers, which was about those brethern who worked the rail lines way back in the day. Who would have thought over 10 years later, I would be a student at Dear Old Morehouse?
    4-0 out of 5 stars Great insight into a great institution.
    As a current student at Morehouse College, I can tell you that this video is a much needed resourse into the everyday workings of Morehouse College.As you may know Morehouse is the only all male, Black, four year institution in the world.You have heard stories for years about Morehouse and her sons-- get this video and understand it for yourself. ... Read more

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