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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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16 Blocks  

16 Blocks

Starring: Bruce Willis
& Mos Def

Director: Richard Donner

Company: Warner Bros.

Now Showing:

In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Grade: C


DVD Picks

HARRY POTTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE - Warner

Goblet picks up with Harry’s (Daniel Radcliffe) fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Before he gets there, though, he heads to the Quidditch World Cup with pals Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and his family. This offers some fun but goes downhall when Death Eaters – the minions of evil Lord Voldemort – appear on the scene. This signals the apparent return of Harry’s old nemesis, and that theme haunts much of the story. However, that lurks in the background most of the time, as Goblet mainly focuses on the Twiwizard Tournament. This event brings representatives of two other schools to Hogwarts and plans to pit three young wizards in a dangerous competition. Various rules get stretched, however, when Harry’s name mysteriously pops up. Despite being underaged and a fourth wizard, the Goblet has the final word, so Harry becomes part of the contest. The picture and sound quality in this presentation are outstanding. The DVD contains numerous extras that are fascinating. This DVD package is absolutely tremendous and a must own!

DOOM - Universal

If you don’t play the video game Doom don’t waste your time with this. Doom the move doesn’t even have Angelina Jolie to help it out. I found it boring and a pain to watch. My teenage kid thought it was really cool—so, there it is—if you are under age 20, rent Doom, if not, skip it. As far as DVD quality, the picture had a lot of edge enhancement, but the sound was spectacular. There are plenty of extras including a Doom 3 Xbox demo for you doom fans out there.

I DREAM OF JEANNIE: Season One - Sony

Captain Tony Nelson is an astronaut. While on a mission, he discovered a mysterious bottle. Opening it, he released Jeannie (a Genie) who was so overjoyed at her release she promised to serve Captain Nelson. Nelson is unsure what to make of Jeannie, especially given that his work is highly secret and his superiors tend to keep a close eye on him.

Well, we finally got our “wish” and season one is finally here. I Dream of Jeannie is one of the all-time classics from 1960s TV. Seeing Barbara Eden dance around in that outfit on screen was very memorable and watching Larry Hagman and Bill Daily go in and out of trouble made for some of the funniest on-screen humor. The stories were imaginative and fun to watch. Hayden Rorke played the part of Dr. Bellow’s rounding out a wonderful cast. This show made you feel good when you watched it. Everyone wanted their own “Jeannie” after watching this show. This is truly a “classic” in every sense of the word. The DVD presents all 30 episodes in airdate order on four discs with restored picture and sound. You get a choice of owning the Black & White or Color Version with this season. Extras in the set include the original pilot episode with commentary and interviews with Larry Hagman, Barbara Eden and Bill Daily.

RED DWARF VII - BBC

After a temporary bout of deadness, the Dwarfers find themselves solving one of the biggest conspiracy plots of all time before Ace Rimmer drops in with the challenge of Rimmer’s life. Meantime, Kryten gets seriously tetchy and Lister has one of the hottest screen kisses ever. Pity it’s not with a girl. “Red Dwarf” is one of those rare TV sitcoms which bear up nicely under the inquisition of multiple viewings and the full cast commentaries are sometimes funnier than the shows themselves. “Red Dwarf” also represents the only Sci-fi sitcom to survive beyond its initial pilot episode or the total trashing by the critics in the first season. There were eight seasons overall for this great show allowing for character development and plot expansion. This DVD contains all eight episodes with three of them presented as extended versions. Extras in this set include Cast Commentaries, “Back from the Dead” feature, Deleted Scenes, Isolated score, “Identity Within” – the lost episode, and several featurettes on the effects. Also included are several photo galleries, Robert Llewellyn’s diaries, David Hollin’s Radio Sketches and a 16-page Collector’s Booklet.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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