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Nick Nicholson
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Starring: Kurt Russell & Josh Lucas

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Company: Warner

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG-13

Grade: C+

Nick’s DVD Picks

The Andy Griffith Show: Season Six - 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. This show never gets old. Re-visit the town of Mayberry and share in the adventures of Andy, Otis, Goober, Aunt Bee and Opie with this wonderful set. Season six marks the first season offered in color and the first season with Warren, the deputy that took Barney’s position. Some of the classic episodes from this season include “Aunt Bee, the Swinger”, “The Taylor’s in Hollywood”, “A Man’s Best Friend”, “Aunt Bee Learns to drive” and “The Return of Barney Fife”. Memorable guest appearances include Maudie Prickett, Richard Keith, Norman Alden and Ronda Jeter. The DVD set includes all 30 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.

Leave It To Beaver: Season Two - Universal

The Cleavers are the 1950’s ‘All-American Family’ in this ‘feel-good’ family sitcom. Parents Ward and June, and older brother Wally, try to keep Theodore (‘the Beaver’) out of trouble. However, Beaver continues to end up in one kind of jam or another. Unlike real life, these situations are always easily resolved to the satisfaction of all involved and the Beaver gets off with a few stern moralistic words of parental advice. Instigator and troublemaker Eddie Haskal is an older kid who always manages to avoid being caught.

Season two has finally been released onto DVD. Everyone watched this show at one time or another sharing the adventures of the Cleaver family. Beaver finds himself in more trouble than ever in this season making you wonder if this kid would ever get things right for a change. Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley are back as the tolerant parents that only want the best for the boys. If he were my kid, he would get a spanking that he would not soon forget!! Ken Osmond played the part of Eddie Haskel providing some “normalcy” to the show. Every episode is filled with laughs and funny “one-liners” that will keep you laughing. The DVD presents all 39 digitally re-mastered episodes with restored picture and sound. Own this great classic today!

The World’s Greatest Lover - Fox

Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, and Dom DeLuise are comic geniuses. Almost anything they do is gold. However, there are a few exceptions. The World’s Greatest Lover is one of those films. The story revolves around a frustrated movie studio mogul (DeLuise) announcing a talent search for a romantic leading man to rival the great Rudolph Valentino. A neurotic baker (Wilder) and his wife (Kane) travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds - to a certain degree! There are a few funny scenes but most of them fall flat. One great running joke is the long suffering assistant to DeLuise. Those scenes are great. There is only one Special Feature and that is an Audio Commentary by Gene Wilder. It is a real disappointment. Wilder is very soft spoken and I get the feeling that he doesn’t have a lot to say about the film. There are a few interesting points about the back-story of the film but mostly there are a lot of long pauses. Sometimes he just giggles at the film. This isn’t a must listen unless you are a real die-hard fan of Mr. Wilder or commentary tracks. This isn’t the best film by or staring Gene Wilder or Carol Kane. I love both of them but this isn’t a must see. Just maybe chalk it up as a renter if you have nothing better to see on a weekend.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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