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Nick Nicholson
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American Dreamz

Starring: Hugh Grant

& Mandy Moore

Director: Paul Weitz

Company: Universal

Now Showing:

In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Grade: C

Nick’s DVD Picks

Remington Steele: Season Three - Fox

Private eye Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) grudgingly accepts a new partner when a mystery man (Pierce Brosnan) assumes the identity of her fictitious boss, Remington Steele. Together, the two battle crime as their feelings for each other grow. Brosnan and Zibalist are at it again teaming up against all types of obstacles in this third season of Remington Steele. This season, as with the other two, contain lots of adventure and mystery that will take you from one end of the globe to the other.

No job is too tough for this dynamic duo! Some of the seasons highlights include episodes titled “Steele in the Chips” involving a no-calorie chocolate cookie and another episode in which Steele impersonates the Duke of Rutherford. Most viewers watched this show to find out what would happen next with our two leading characters.

The chemistry was unstoppable and the show continues to entertain time and time again. The DVD contains all 22 episodes on four discs presented in Full Screen format with Dolby Digital Sound. Extras include commentary on three episodes and three featurettes on episodes from the season. This is a great source of entertainment for the whole family.

The A Team: Season Four - Universal

At the end of their stint in Viet Nam, Col. John “Hannibal” Smith and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi (which they had done, but under orders), and sent to a US military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Col. Lynch and later by Col. Decker. While on the lam, they became heroes for hire, working as good-guy vigilantes around the US or the world.

If you are bored, need help and can’t find anything to watch, you can watch the A-team. By this season, I think we have exhausted just about every conceivable plot and scenario for the A-team to pull off. The stories were so alike, it took away some of the magic. Mr. T is wearing more jewelry and Murdock is getting on my nerves. In saying that, the show stills has its moments and holds some merit. The chemistry of this cast is what prolonged the show this long. Even though we see the same basic stunts and car chases over and over again, it is still fun to watch. Some highlights from this season include the 2-hour premiere entitled “Judgment Day” taking the team to Italy to find a Judge’s kidnapped daughter. Hulk Hogan joins the team in “Body Slam” and “Sound of Thunder” where the team finds themselves back in Vietnam looking for General Fullbright’s lost daughter. This DVD set contains all 22 episodes from the fourth season presented in Full Frame format with Digital 2.0 sound. Extras in this set include a bonus episode from season five titled “Point of no Return” and a flashback from the 80s feature. Complete you’re A-Team collection today.

Event Horizon - Paramount

This is a different kind of Sci-Fi space movie. “Event Horizon” takes place in the year 2047, in the orbit of Neptune. A crew is sent out on a search and rescue mission to an abandoned space ship that they find is controlled by Satan and kills those who try to rescue it. “Event Horizon” has a few exciting moments, but overall I found it boring. If you like Horror/Sci-Fi films you might enjoy this movie.

On the bright side, this is a reference DVD—a great demo disc. The dark spaces scenes will really showcase a monitor with proper black level and contrast settings. The DTS soundtrack is spectacular and will give your subwoofer a good workout. (The DTS track is not listed on the DVD jacket) There is a second disc included for the extras, which are quite extensive. Actually, I thought the extras were more interesting than the film itself.

Moonstruck - MGM

In my humble opinion, Moonstruck is one of the best films of the 1980’s. Hey, let us not forget the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and it took home an Oscar for its humorous screenplay. Even without the awards, Moonstruck is a joyous, life affirming film about the power of love. Set inside an Italian household in Brooklyn Heights, MOONSTRUCK stars Cher as Loretta Castorini, a 37-year-old widow who is looking to get re-married.

To reach her goal, Loretta forgoes love and accepts a marriage proposal from Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello); a man she thinks will make a good provider and a good companion. Right after he propose to Loretta, Johnny has to fly to Sicily to see his mother one final time before the elderly woman dies. While he is gone, Johnny asks Loretta to invite his estranged younger brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) to the wedding. Loretta goes to Ronny to fulfill Johnny’s request, however the wedding invitation infuriates Ronny. It seems that several years ago, Ronny had an accident for which he blames Johnny. The accident cost Ronny part of his hand, as well as the hand of the woman he was about to marry. Loretta tells Ronny that the accident was his own fault because he is like a wild animal that would chew off his own paw (hand) to avoid being caught in a trap. The trap being marriage to the wrong woman. Of course, this only serves to infuriate Ronny even further. In his worked up state, Ronny grabs hold of Loretta and kisses her. It is in this instant that Loretta finds all the passion missing from her life and kisses Ronny back. Of course, this complicates matters for Loretta who is still wants to go through with her marriage to Johnny. This is a brilliant dvd and is not to be missed!

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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