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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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Nick’s DVD Picks

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. The DVD presents all 39 digitally re-mastered episodes with restored picture and sound. Own this great classic today!

Titanic’s Final Moments - A&E

The mystery of how the ship broke apart and sunk has loomed in the minds of scientists and historians for decades. What actually happened to the ship after striking the iceberg? In August 2005, explorers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler set out to investigate a virtually unexplored site rarely looked at before. Two and a half miles beneath the surface, the team made a number of startling discoveries certain to captivate audiences around the globe.

This is one of the finest Titanic documentaries I have ever seen. The new footage is breathtaking making you think that you are actually there. Superb narration by Edward Herrmann really puts you into the minds and hearts of those on the expedition. This documentary takes you through the entire history of the ship from its conception to present day with stunning imagery and plausible theories as to the demise of the vessel. This is a MUST for all Titanic enthusiasts. This DVD is presented in Widescreen Format with Digital Surround. Extras on this disc include two additional documentaries entitled “History’s Mysteries: Doomed Sisters of the Titanic” and “History in the Making: Titanic”. Both are excellent and compliment the DVD nicely.

Trespassers - Image

Stop me if the plot to this film sounds familiar? A group of college kids head to Baja for some big waves and bigger parties. They leave the tourist traps behind and enter unmarked back roads with darkness descending. Sound familiar? That’s because it is the premise to every horror movie made in the last fifty years. There is not one shred of originality.

 

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