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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic

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Glory Road

Starring: Josh Lucas & Tatyana Ali

Director: James Gartner

Company: Buena Vista

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG

Grade: B

DVD Picks

GUNSMOKE: Volume 1 & 2 - Paramount

Marshal Matt Dillon is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the Wild West where people often have no respect for the law. He deals on a daily basis with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, stand over tactics, and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgments and brave actions: of which Marshal Dillon has plenty. This show is the quintessential TV Western in every sense of the word. Spanning 20 years and several spin-off films, this show tops all of them. James Arness leads an amazing cast each week as he keeps law in order in Dodge City. The overall stories were great keeping the true spirit of the West as a priority with each episode. The secret to the success of this show is the interaction of the cast. All of the characters are believable and make you want to be a part of their family. This show represents the best in classic Westerns. The DVD set is presented in Full Screen Format with Dolby Surround Sound. Extras include Commentaries by the cast, Outtakes, Bloopers and Features on the show. Western Fans should jump at this set.

THE GREAT RAID: Director’s Cut - Buena Vista

Set in the Philippines in 1945, THE GREAT RAID tells the true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) who undertakes a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, the 6th Ranger Battalion aims to liberate over 500 American prisoners-of-war from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever. This film kept my interest from start to finish. The story was gripping and gave insight on a rescue that I knew nothing about. The cast worked well together with excellent performances throughout. Dale Dye, former Marine, also starred in this film and was technical advisor on the set. Director John Dahl did a superb job of researching the actual events that took place giving every attention to detail. This shows in the elaborate sets and his casting choices. As war films go, this one rates high with me. The DVD is presented in Widescreen Format with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Extras on the discs include Commentary tracks, Extended Deleted Scenes, Making of Feature and a Documentary on Bataan. There is also a Veterans Remember Featurette, Captain Dale Dye?s Boot Camp Outtakes and Dedication to the Soldiers of Bataan. This is a great set to have that really educates as well as entertains you.

HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL: Season Three - Paramount

Professional gunfighter Paladin was a West Point graduate who, after the Civil War, settled into San Francisco’s Hotel Carlton were he awaited responses to his business card: over the picture of a chess knight “Have Gun, Will Travel ... Wire Paladin, San Francisco.” Get set for another great season of Have Gun-Will Travel starring Richard Boone as the Paladin. Boone is great on-screen and sets a higher standard for Classic Westerns. Each episode is well-written and entertaining. Whether you need him as a bodyguard, detective or bounty hunter, Paladin is a wire message away. Season Three guest stars include Werner Klemperer, Raymond Bailey and James Coburn. The DVD is presented in Full Screen Format with Dolby Surround. Extras include Cast Bios and Behind-the-scenes info.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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