Now on DVD for the first time, Young Mr
Lincoln marked the first collaboration between Henry Fonda
and legendary director John Ford; a relationship that was to
see them working together on classics such as My Darling
Clementine and The Grapes of Wrath.
A brilliant biopic focusing on the early
years of Abraham Lincoln, Young Mr Lincoln stars Fonda as
the man who would go on to become one of the key figures in
American history, in a performance which many consider to be
his finest. The film follows Lincoln as he leaves his
small-town beginnings in a Kentucky cabin to start
practicing law before eventually agreeing to go into
Fonda claimed that playing Lincoln ‘was
like playing Jesus Christ’, and he brings amazing depth to
the role in a film that has gone on to take its place in
The picture and sound are fantastic,
particularly considering the age of the original film. There
are numerous extras in the DVD package that include archival
interviews and a 28 page booklet with an homage to John
Ford. This is a must own for any retrospective fan or
The Claws of Axos - BBC
An organic alien spacecraft lands on
Earth, bringing with it the Axons, a race of golden-skinned
humanoids. The Axons offer humanity the gift of Axonite, an
inexhaustible source of energy, which they will give in
exchange for help.
The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) is not fully
convinced of their good intentions, and neither is Chinn
(Peter Bathurst), a representative of the government.
Obtaining special powers from the ministry, he has the UNIT
personnel arrested so that he can keep the Axonite in Great
Britain. Unbeknownst to him, the Doctor is conducting an
analysis of the material and that’s when all hell breaks
loose as the Axons reveal their true nature and objectives.
There are a few extras included on the
DVD. Of particular interest is a segment on the making on
this current episode. Doctor Who is a series only for the
true science fiction fan. For those of us that fall into
this category, this is a real winner!
CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER - MGM
Ted Wass plays a bumbling New York cop
who is found through a computer by Dreyfus (Herbert Lom).
Drefus hires him to finish the case of the missing Pink
Panther diamond. This sleuth is as impenetrable to
assassination attempts as the late great Inspector Clouseau.
There are some good slapstick sequences
here, but everyone would be well served if this saga were
retired now. Without Peter Sellers, the magic is gone. With
MGM putting out all six films and related materials in the
Pink Panther series, the set should adorn a welcome space
within the confines of your comedic collection.
Although Curse of the Pink Panther is
arguably the least worthy in the series, the set simply
isn’t complete without it.