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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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BIG MOMMAíS HOUSE 2  

FBI Agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) put away the fat suit when his undercover disguise as Big Momma got him the girl Ė now heís married to Sherrie (Nia Long) and has given up field work and taken a PR job with the FBI. He is lured back into action when his first partner is gunned down working a case that could affect national security. Malcolm believes he can get close to the suspect, Tom Fuller (Mark Moses), by bringing Big Momma back into the picture as the new nanny for Fullerís three kids. Itís up to Big Momma not only to solve the crime, but to whip this dysfunctional family back into shape.

Big Mommaís House 2

Starring: Martin Lawrence & Nia Long

Director: John Whitesell

Company: Fox

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Grade: D


DVD Picks

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Season One - Sony

When an Indian village is threatened by ex-Confederate soldiers, several villagers head out to seek help. They recruit seven men, each with unique skills, who return to the village and take on the raiders. Following this, the men take up residence in a small town, making their skills available to those in need.

Live the further adventures of gunslinger Chris Larrabbe and his band of men as they fight the outlaws of the West and maintain order for the common people. Michael Biehn is no Yul Brenner, but does an admirable job playing the leader of the Seven. The cast is full of familiar faces including Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast) and Laurie Holden (Fantastic Four). Each episode is full of action and adventure with a touch of romance giving you all of the ingredients of a basic Western. The story stays somewhat close to the original movie and allows for more character development and back-story. Elmer Bernsteinís music is piped in, but is missed throughout the episodes. As modern-day Westerns go, this one is ok. The DVD contains all nine first season episodes including the pilot. The episodes are presented in Full Screen Format with Dolby Digital Sound.

TIME TUNNEL: Volume One - FOX

Scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips are the young heads of Project Tic-Toc, a multi-billion dollar government installation buried beneath the desert. They have invented a Time Tunnel, which will allow people to visit anywhere in time and space. While testing the tunnel for an impatient senator, Newman and Phillips became trapped in time, and each week coincidentally found themselves at the site of an important historical event, be it the Siege of Troy, the sinking of the Titanic or an assassination attempt on President Lincoln.

Time Tunnel was one of many shows created by Irwin Allen in the 1960s. This show, like all of Allenís others, had lots of imaginative sets, fun stories and a cast that people could identify with. James Darren and Robert Colbert worked very well together and their chemistry took each episode to a higher level. The sets were very elaborate for the time and John Williams score really brought the show to life. Whit Bissell and Lee Meriwether also contributed greatly to the plot with all of their attempts to bring the characters home to their own time. I especially enjoyed the pilot episode when Tony and Doug land on the deck of the Titanic shortly before it sinks hoping to persuade the Captain to change course. Each week was a new challenge for the Time-travelers escaping near-death only to be thrown into another situation. The DVD contains all 15 episodes from season one completely restored with optimum picture and sound. The packaging is attractive and extras here include the unaired extended version of the pilot, Irwin Allenís Home Movies, Visual Effects camera tests, Still Galleries and TV spots. This is a great series and shows the creativity of Irwin Allen.

DALLAS: Season Four

Following a tumultuous third season that culminated in the shooting of likeable villain J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) by an unknown assailant, Dallas: The Complete Fourth Season is relatively tame by comparison. Still, it begins with no fewer than four episodes stretching out the mystery of who (from a wide field of candidates) actually shot J.R., with the victimís alcoholic wife, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), looking like the chief suspect. Meanwhile, with J.R. out of commission and possibly paralyzed by a bullet pressing against his spine, brother Bobby (Patrick Duffy) reluctantly takes the reins of Ewing Oil at the insistence of his father, Jock (Jim Davis). Prepared to buy a refinery at a bargain priceósomething Jock always wanted but J.R. could never deliveróBobby is set to take Ewing Oil to a new level of success, but finds his authority undercut by J.R., who is pulling strings from his hospital bed. Dallas is the show that set the standard for all serials. This is a must own for any fan of the show.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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