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Nick Nicholson
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Born to a Kenyan father and an American mother, Barack Obama has a multiracial heritage. He made history when he was elected as the 44th President of the United States of America, as he is the first African American to hold this post. Barack Obama has worked for the last twenty years as a community organizer, a civil rights attorney, a constitutional law professor, a State Senator and then U.S. Senator before his historic election to the highest office in the land. How will history judge President Obama? Only time will tell. In the meantime, pick up this wonderful piece of Obama history!

In the faraway land of Mirabilis, the warlord Dragon-Eye has unleashed his terrifying forces to hunt down the source of all power, a legendary Crucible. With freedom hanging in the balance, a motley band of knights embarks on a dangerous mission to fight against the dreaded assassins, dragons and soldiers of Dragon-Eye and rescue their world from the clutches of evil once and for all.

Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast, including Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams & Helen Mirren in the blistering thriller about deception, manipulation and corruption. When D.C. Reporter Cal McCaffrey (Crowe) is assigned to investigate the murder of an assistant to an up-and-coming politician (Affleck), he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the nation’s power structures. In a town of spin-doctors and wealthy power brokers, he will discover one truth: when fortunes are at stake, no one’s integrity, love or life is safe. From director Kevin Macdonald of The Last King of Scotland, State of Play brings together gripping performances, riveting suspense and is “sophisticated, intelligent and powerful.”

Julia Roberts and Clive Owen surprise and delight on multiple levels in Duplicity, a caper film that keeps the audience guessing if the tone is cheeky, seriously, or both in exactly the same scene. Owen smolders as the relaxed, craggy sexual beast he’s become--effortlessly--and Roberts is surprisingly mature and tic-less. And their chemistry threatens to explode out of the beaker. On one level, Duplicity is a sparring romance, bringing to mind the no-holds-barred zingers between Cary Grant and Roz Russell in His Girl Friday. But the film has layers of action and suspense, as well as a neat spin on the spy business.

The legendary queen of television comedy, LUCILLE BALL, is joined by her real-life children in her third long-running sitcom success. Ball plays Lucille Carter, widowed mother of teenagers Kim and Craig, portrayed by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. Lucy works for her brother-in-law, played by Gale Gordon, who owns Carter’s Unique Employment Agency, leading Lucy into endless predicaments and hilarious hijinks. This complete first season of HERE’S LUCY (1968-74, CBS-TV) features all 24 color episodes, digitally remastered for superior quality plus a wealth of new and never-before-seen bonus features. Finally, the brilliant follow up to I Love Lucy hits DVD!

Devoted Simpson fans need wait no further for Season 12 of the animated series, presented here in its entirety. In its landmark twelfth season, the show showed no signs of slowing down. The Simpsons, ineffectual (but lovable) patriarch Homer, voice of reason mother Marge, rebellious son Bart, brilliant daughter Lisa, and quiet baby Maggie, live in the town of Springfield, surrounded by both th regular cast of characters and the stellar guest stars fans have come to expect. Any fan must pick up their copy today!

Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) are two brothers with a special talent. Well-versed in the supernatural after their father became convinced that their mother was captured by unholy spirits, Dean and Sam dedicated their young lives to hunting down these otherworldly terrors. But adulthood saw Sam drift away from these preternatural activities, instead choosing to settle down in a life of domestic bliss with his girlfriend. But when the Winchesters’ dad goes missing, both Dean and Sam know what they have to do, leading to some epic cross-country trips as the brothers try to find their father. Naturally the ghostly spirits that haunt them throw more than a few obstacles in their way in this fourth season of episodes from the show.

Teleportation. Mind control. Invisibility. Astral projection. Mutation. Reanimation. Phenomena that exist on the Fringe of science unleash their strange powers in this thrilling series, co-created by J.J. Abrams, combining the grit of the police procedural with the excitement of the unknown. The story revolves around three unlikely colleagues – a beautiful young FBI agent, a brilliant scientist who’s spent the last 17 years in a mental institution and the scientist’s sardonic son – who investigate a series of bizarre deaths and disasters known as “the pattern.” Someone is using our world as an experimental lab. And all clues lead to Massive Dynamic, a shadowy global corporation that may be more powerful than any nation.

From the producers of the Academy Award winning Best Motion Picture of the same title, “Crash” takes an in-depth, up-close and deeply personal look at some of the lives slamming together in the melting post of Los Angeles. Led by film icon Dennis Hopper, it’s here where all ends of the social spectrum meet that collisions happen, shattering lives and creating new futures. Now, for the first time on DVD, the complete first season of this daring drama from Starz is available in this 4-disc set. Includes all 13 compelling episodes plus tons of bonus features! A tremendously well done program, this dvd set is sure to keep interest keen from beginning to end.

While living in a rundown Pittsburgh neighborhood, four lifelong friends scraping by in low-paying, dead-end jobs come up with a plan to get rich. Inexperienced as they are, the guys soon find themselves running a full-scale prostitution operation...very successfully. Propelled into the kinds of money and lifestyle one could only imagine, they’re about to learn where the road leads when you’re in way over your head. Featuring a standout cast with Ving Rhames as a bemused drug dealer, Bijou Phillips, Daniel London, Alexandra Breckenridge and Danny Masterson, The Bridge to Nowhere takes you on a dark and dangerous adventure!

What’s black and white and goes bump in the night? Don’t be scared as it’s your woolly friend, Shaun the Sheep! Join Shaun as he leads his fearless flock through six new adventures that mix the spooky, the kooky, and the just plain funny. A troublesome tractor, freaky farm noises, and sleepwalking sheep are only a few of the weird and wonderful surprises waiting for Shaun and his barnyard pals as they creep, sneak and make mayhem in this laugh-filled collection. Another cartoon set being released just in time for the back to school and near Halloween crowd! A brilliant edition to the Shaun the Sheep series, this is simply a must own for any parent!

Fans of Two and a Half Men - and there are many, since it’s one of the most successful TV sitcoms ever, know that the show’s winning formula is based on great writing and a winning chemistry among the show’s three stars. Season six delivers all that and more with some delicious extras thrown in for good measure. The characters continue to develop at a quick pace and the supporting roles provide numerous issues of fodder for all to laugh with! As always, Charlie and Alan’s pitiful love lives are at the crux of the show, but the writers manage to keep the premises fresh.

Using cutting edge research, the latest scientific theories and incredible CGI to bring prehistoric animals back to life, Animal Armageddon transports viewers to the center of the most horrific disasters ever to rock our planet. From a cosmic gamma ray burst bombarding the atmosphere, triggering the very first mass extinction, to an asteroid the size of Mount Everest slamming into the Yucatan, killing off the dinosaurs, these terrible natural events caused unparalleled devastation. Throughout the 600-million-year history of animal existence, some 99.9 percent of all animal life that has ever lived is now extinct. For animal lovers and enthusiasts alike, this DVD is sure to interest you!

Nina (Jaime Winstone), a troubled teen, is fixed on an uninterrupted feast of destruction when she’s forced to confront her immortality and twisted blood lust. Trapped between light and dark, psychosis and reality, the living and the dead, she’ll stop at nothing to satiate her Cravings. Every addiction has a price, and usually it’s the cost of a life. Her price will be life too...but never her own. Not for the faint of heart, this DVD will definitely make you think twice before stepping out into the dark.

Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them. It seems television is full of lookalikes trying to catch in on to the CSI bandwagon, yet Criminal Minds sets itself apart. Brilliant writing keeps this program fresh while the actors draw you into their story lines. You can’t help but root for them!

Harper’s Island is a horror filled drama that centers around a group of friends and family who meet to celebrate a wedding on an island just outside Seattle. As you can probably guess, this is an island that is famous for a streak of unsolved murders from seven years prior. Suspense ensues when they end up dead one by one; has the killer returned or is someone else to blame? What do you think?

Bear Grylls has served with the British Special forces, climbed Everest and explored the Arctic. In this exciting series he shows us how to survive the toughes and most visited environments on the planet by putting himself in the position of a stranded tourist. He parachutes into rain forests, abseils into deserts and lakes, and onto the highest, most inhospitable peaks in America. Using his specialist survival techniques to find his way out of these wildernesses he climbs sheer cliffs, navigates white water and icy crevasses, encounters snakes, spiders and predators and forages for food, from maggots and raw fish, to roots and berries.

Collected here are six cartoon shorts for another Halloween DVD flavored collection called Trick or Treat Tales. This is the perfect time to release a cartoon series of this calibre, with the little ones all going back off to school, Autumn right around the corner and Halloween closer than you think! If there is a disappointment here, it comes from the fact that not all of the cartoons are Halloween based. This is a great set for kids, however, and you should pick your copy up today!

The series was created by Kurt Stutter and it tells the story of an international outlaw motorcycle club that brandishes their own law in fictional Northern California town, Charming. Charlie Hunnam (Nicholas Nickleby) plays Jax Teller, a man who questions his commitment to the brotherhood and its lawlessness after the birth of his son. While Jax deals with pressures from the group and at home, other issues in the season one experience include white supremacist groups, gunrunning hoodlums, meth dealers, and crooked cops. This is, without question, a brilliant show that needs a larger audience. Once you see it, you will be hooked!

Are you afraid of the dark? Now find out why as paranormal investigator Zak Bagans and his crew, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, travel from Idaho to Scotland, and anywhere in between, to scare up the most unearthly mysteries and ghost sightings imaginable. Their in-depth investigations take the team to notoriously haunted locales where they research the history of paranormal phenomena, interview eye-witnesses and then face off with the spirits themselves in this series that will chill your blood and make you want to sleep with the lights on.

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of a the hit television show Fringe on DVD or Blu-ray, Barney: Jungle Friends, or THOMAS and Friends: Hero of the Rails, it is really easy. All you have to do is send me an email at Filmlords@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!

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