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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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THE PINK PANTHER  

The Pink Panther

Starring: Steve Martin & Beyonce Knowles

Director: Shawn Levy

Company: Sony

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG

Grade: D


DVD Picks

THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: Season Five - Paramount

Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy’s Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy’s time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney. Make room in your collection for one of the finest shows in TV history. Re-visit the town of Mayberry and share in the adventures of Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and Opie with this wonderful set. Season five marks Don Knotts’ final performances as Deputy Barney Fife. Knotts would return in later episodes as a guest. Some of the more memorable episodes in this season include “Otis Sues The County”, “The Education of Ernest T. Bass”, “Guest In The House” and “Barney Runs For Sheriff”. Memorable guest appearances include Jerry Van Dyke, Gavin McLeod and Don Rickles. The DVD set includes all 32 episodes uncut and in airdate order with restored picture and sound. The packaging is attractive with pictures from the show and an episode synopsis on the inside of each volume.

DETECTIVE STORY - Paramount

Detective Story is another brilliant work from director William Wyler ( who directed my all time favorite, The Best years of Our Lives). Taking place in 1951, Kirk Douglas stars as detective Jim McLeod in the 21st precinct in New York City. Jim is the type who wants to clean the entire city of all crime and corruption. He tries, but it is impossible. He relentlessly pursues an abortionist (a strong topic for 1951) and copes with his own personal problems along the way. This film is sort of like an early version of Law and Order as you really see the inner workings of a police station while crimes are being investigated. The transfer looks good with little edge enhancement and the mono soundtrack sounds dated, but is adequate. There are no extras on this disc. Overall, is a crime classic that should be part of your collection.

THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST - Sony

Nick Cherenko,a former Special Forces soldier, smuggles his family from Russia to the United States only to have his Wife and son killed by the Mafia. Accepting a job in Russia to retrieve a kidnapped daughter, Cherenko find’s out that this is the same family that killed his. We have all seen this plot before in so many other films. The overall script is mediocre leaving the cast to fend for themselves in terms of delivery. Lundgren stars and directs the film, making sure that there is plenty of action from start to finish for his character. Other than Rocky IV, this is the only part that I see him playing. The supporting cast includes Ben Cross, Hilda Van Der Meulen and the lovely Olivia Lee. This film is full of gun battles, explosions and chases that will keep you entertained for the duration of the film. If you are looking for character development or intense story, you won’t find it here. This is just mindless action on-screen with little thought involved.

KNIGHT RIDER: Season Three - Universal

Michael Long is a crime fighter who is seriously wounded during his work. Nursed back to health by a mysterious benefactor (chairman of the Knight Industries), he regains consciousness a new man with a new face and a new name: Michael Knight. His mysterious benefactor (through the guise of associate Devon Miles) provides Michael with equipment and support so that he can continue his crime fighting work. The most notable piece of equipment supplied, is “KITT”, a high-performance sports car fitted with artificial intelligence.

Gear up for plenty of non-stop action with season three of Knight Rider. Hasselhoff speeds from one adventure into another in K.I.T.T., the car with an artificial intelligence. Like many of these shows from the 80s, there was one basic story told over and over again with different guest stars and an occasional plot twist to keep you entertained. Most of us watched the show for the car. Hasselhoff does a fine job playing Michael Knight and provides plenty of on-screen “eye candy” for the ladies. This season provides many unforgettable adventures including toxic waste, missile-guidance systems, high-tech street racers and K.I.T.T.’s evil twin K.A.R.R. Season three comes with all 21 episodes presented in Full Screen format and Dolby sound. There is also a bonus episode from the fourth season entitled “Knight of the Rising Sun”.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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