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Nick Nicholson
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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction  

Basic Instinct 2

Starring: Sharon Stone & David Morrissey

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Company: MGM/UA

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - R

Grade: F

Nick’s DVD Picks

Knots Landing: Season One - Warner

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.


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 understand.

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 collections.

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 psychotic tendencies?

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.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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