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I recently subscribed to your Movie Club and wanted to say it's very good. But also I want to find out if there are any websites in Australia that have videos for sale? I thought that maybe one of your advertisers would be a place with videos for sale but I haven't found any. I am an American looking for videos that are not available in the US market. If you could help with this I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks
Pat, St Louis

Ed replies: Video Ezy is a large Australian video chain with an online store: www.videoezy.com.au - there may be others. If readers have some info, please let us know. Check back here for our readers' suggestions.

Hi Gang
Good job with your movie reviews. Just one query, I noticed a movie called Galaxy Quest coming out in Dec 1999. I like the sci-fi variety movies and thought it sounds interesting. Could you give me any ideas or tidbits about the movie?
Greatly appreciated

Louise replies: Galaxy Quest release date has now moved to April 2000. It stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Daryl Mitchell. Galaxy Quest follows the adventures of five people who, for four years, donned their uniforms and set out on thriller and often dangerous missions in space – then the series was cancelled. Twenty years later, the five stars are still in costume, making appearances at science fiction conventions for legions of diehard fans – but some fans are a little more far out than the actors could have imagined. A group of aliens who have mistaken the television transmissions for historical documents arrive and whisk the Commander and crew into space to help them in their war against adversity.


Dear Andrew,
Well, The Busker is in the can. We wrapped shooting late on Saturday afternoon (16/10/99) and then proceeded to get very pissed, to celebrate the fact that we all finished shooting our films. I'm so happy with the way mine is looking, I can't wait to cut it, which I'll be doing on Tuesday afternoon.

I feel like I've already been here for about a month, time is just going so quickly!! And I'm learning so much at the same time. We formed crews of four, and the guys in mine are excellent. They are from Kansas, Florida and Bristol in the UK. We all have the same way of thinking, and we all work together so smoothly. Which makes everything so much easier and faster when you've got some difficult shots to shoot.

The weather is getting colder and colder every day. I bet it's nice and sunny back there as you guys go into summer?
Gotta go, but will write soon.
Kent Boswell, from The New York Film Academy

NOTE: Kent, from Sydney, is on a scholarship studying film at NYFA, after winning a short film competition. See FULL STORY


With the rapid advent of DVD, I have decided not to purchase anymore videos. Could you please advise if the current re-releases of classic films for the Century Collection will also be available on DVD.
PS: A great web site
Vincent Alvaro, Sydney

Louise replies: We have asked Warner Home Video and are waiting for their response.


I can explain the language choices on the Titanic DVD, you question in your review...

"And while it offers 12 language-choice subtitling, Italian, French and German are not among them - possibly to do with the copyright carve up for DVDs that makes Australia Region 4. However, this doesn't explain the inclusion of North and East European language subtitles on this DVD, like Finnish and Hungarian (welcome though they are)."

The reason we have the European languages is that this disc is dual-coded Region 4 and Region 2. It is literally the identical disc to that released in Europe, except for changing the symbol in the Region coding on the box from 2 to 4. This is currently a very common practice amongst all of the larger DVD distributors, and saves them creating a unique disc for Australia - they create a Region 2 and Region 4 wide disc, hence the Northern European subtitles, and often the Spanish/Portuguese subtitles as well - these are for the "other Region 4" - South America.
Michael D, Melbourne

Andrew replies: What a splendid chap you are; thanks for that info.

Hi! I just signed up to your mailing list and I loved it and I would like to congratulate the staff there for putting so much time and effort into the site. Coming from a small page to a large is really excellent!

Thank you for allowing me to be informed about all that is happening in the world of cinema. I find all the information I need on Urban Cinefile. If I can do anything to help please let me know so I can do something for you.

Once again THANK YOU and good luck in the future! One last thing, would you be able to tell me when the new movie which is being released in America on Oct 22 called Three To Tango will be released here in Australia?
Yours Truly
Jim Gread, Golden Beach, QLD

Louise replies: Many thanks for your email and comments. Three to Tango is scheduled for release in Australia on Dec 2.

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