A popular night time soap opera, it
followed the adventures of five families living in a small
California community: Gary and Valene Ewing, relatives to
the popular Ewing clan of Dallas; Sid and Karen Fairgate,
their all-American neighbors; Richard and Laura Avery; Kenny
and Ginger Ward, a newlywed couple; and divorcee Abby
Cunningham, Sid’s scheming sister.
If you liked the TV Dallas, this show is
for you. Like Dallas, this spin-off is full of the same
plots, tricks and turmoil that you would expect in a
prime-time drama from the 80s. Let’s face it, once you have
seen J.R. Ewing in action, everything else is second place.
The stories are not very creative with an equally boring
cast. Trust me when I say that this show doesn’t even
compare to the caliber of Dallas.
The DVD contains all 13 episodes on five
discs with clear picture and sound. Extras include
commentary on two episodes with Joan Van Ark and Ted
Shackelford and a feature titled “Gary and Val: Together
Again”. This show will only appeal to the die-hard fans.
THE TRIANGLE - Lions Gate
With his crews and cargo ships
disappearing at an alarming rate around the Bermuda
Triangle, a billionaire hires a crew full of specialists to
understand why. Hand picked by the man himself, the crew
consists of a skeptical journalist, an ocean engineer, a
scientist, and a psychic. With an attractive financial offer
made to each of them, the crew will investigate the
legendary and very mysterious Bermuda Triangle to find
answers. But as their findings deepen, the crew finds
themselves surrounded by bizarre occurrences that only
become all the more nightmarish. The offers made to them may
have seemed ideal at the time, but now they may have gotten
in over their heads against something they may not
This was not that bad of a show for those
of us who enjoy a good sci-fi. The cast is full of familiar
faces including Catherine Bell (JAG), Sam Neill (Jurassic
Park) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Young Guns). The story is
innovative and creative with excellent direction from Craig
R. Baxley. Overall effects are top-notch putting this on the
upper level of TV mini-series. Composer Joseph LoDuca
provides an excellent musical score for the show filled with
intrigue and action. LoDuca is best known for his work on
the TV show Xena and Young Hercules.
The DVD presents the entire mini-series
on 2 discs in Widescreen Format and Dolby Digital sound.
Extras include a Sci-fi inside: The Triangle featurette.
Sci-fi fans would do nicely to pick this one up for their
SLIVER - Paramount
Sliver Heights has everything a girl
could want. Panoramic views of the city, a fully functional
gym and a voyeuristic landlord with a minor oedipal complex
and psychotic tendencies. One day, one of the tenants has an
accident. First she looks out the window, then she looks the
wrong way and finally she looks like pavement pizza. This
leaves a vacant room, which Carly Norris takes a fancy to.
She’s a 30 something executive who has never had that much
success with men. But hey, isn’t that a perfectly eligible
voyeuristic landlord with a minor oedipal complex and
This is one of the most intense films
that I have seen in a long time. I thought Basic Instinct
was intense! Sharon Stone is brilliant in her performances
as are William Baldwin and Tom Berenger. The story is very
intense with lots of unexpected turns and twists making for
a great thriller. Hats off to director Phillip Noyce on his
creation. This special Unrated Version is packed with extra
“steamy” scenes that will make you need a shower by the end
of the film. Howard Shore composes a haunting theme to add
to the brilliance of the film.
The DVD is presented in Widescreen Format
with Dolby Digital sound. No extras are featured in this
version. If you liked Basic Instinct or Fatal Attraction,
this is definitely for you.