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Nick Nicholson
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When a Stranger Calls

Starring: Camilla Belle & Brian Geraghty

Director: Simon West

Company: Screen Gems

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Grade: B

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Charles, a college student, moves in with the Powell family as the housekeeper, baby-sitter, and friend to the children. Along with his best friend, Buddy, Charles attempts to manage his life, especially college and girls, as well as tend to the family. This was one of the silliest shows on TV. I used to watch it when it first came on and liked it. I was, of course, much younger and didn’t know any better. As sitcoms go, this one wasn’t the worst, but ranks lower on the “food chain” of 80s shows. Scott Baio and Willie Aames team up each week managing to find trouble having an uncanny ability to screw up even the easiest of tasks. The stories were stupid to the point of absurd. The only major bonus was to see Jennifer Runyon and Nicole Eggert as the resident “eye candy” each week. This made the show bearable to watch. Season two was better than season one when Charles switched to the Powell family. The DVD presents all 22 episodes from season on with a bonus episode from season two. As a bonus, there is also a feature “Great 80s Flashback” in this set. I wasn’t a huge fan of this show, but if you liked all of the campy 80s sitcoms, this may be just the set for you.

THE FLASH: Complete Series - Warner Bros.

In a freak accident, police scientist Barry Allen is struck by lightning and doused in chemicals. Barry discovers that this accident has made him the fastest man alive, able to move at nearly the speed of sound. With the help of STAR Labs scientist Tina McGee, he learns to control his powers...but when his older brother Jay (a motorcycle cop) is killed in the line of duty, Barry asks Tina o make him a special costume that can withstand the rigors of hyper speed travel. He sets forth to clean up the streets of Central City as The Flash.

Based on a DC Comic Superhero, John Wesley Shipp portrays The Flash, a man with super speed battling the cruel and unjust in the world. I thought this was a fun show to watch each week. Shipp does a great job as the Flash and seeing the lovely Amanda Pays each week was an additional treat. The show stayed true to the comic with imaginative stories and marginal special effects. Shirley Walker, composer of Batman: The Animated Series scored the Main Title and much of the episode music for the show. The DVD set contains all 22 episodes of the show including the pilot. The episodes are presented in Full Screen Format with Dolby Digital Sound. If you enjoy Superhero shows like Hulk or Spiderman, this is the series for you.


One of the greats of classical music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart astounded audiences with his breathtaking talent since he began to compose music at the age of 5. His most prominent operas were beloved for not only their beautiful music, but also for their humor and highly entertaining plots and characters. Image Entertainment has done a masterful job compiling four of Mozart’s most compelling operas. In The Magic Flute, Mozart Intertwines music of awesome purity and beauty with the conventions of musical comedy. This delightful fairy tale continues to delight music lovers generation after generation. This production from Sweden’s Drottningholm Court Theatre, one of the few surviving 18th century theaters, is conducted by the famed Arnold Ostman and performed on authentic period instruments. The second dvd in the set, Le Nozze di Figaro, was first performed to resounding success in 1786. This scandalous tale of a humble barber challenging the royal court remains one of the most popular and frequently performed works in operatic repertoire. Under the guidance of Arnold Ostman, the elegant surroundings of the Drottningholm Court Theatre and the intimate size of the stage recreate the atmosphere of opera in Mozart’s time. Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail is the third dvd. Mozart caused a sensation in Vienna with this light-hearted comic opera about two noble ladies sold by pirates to a Turkish pasha. A sensual and resoundingly contemporary experience from the world-famous Salzburg Festival, this inventive interpretation casts new light on a classic musical work. The final dvd is La Clemenza di Tito. This masterpiece is based on incidents in the life of the Roman emperor Titus. The elegant staging for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera sets the scene for this compelling story of passion that overrides loyalty and integrity that is tested to its limit. This DVD set is simply amazing. The musicality and interpretation are second to none. This is a must own for any fan of Mozart and his music.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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