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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic

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“X-Men: The Last Stand”  

X-Men: The Last Stand

Starring: Hugh Jackman

& Patrick Stewart

Director: Brett Ratner

Company: Fox

Now Showing

in area Theatres

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Grade: C

Nick’s DVD Picks

Rossini Opera Collection - Image

Three excellent productions of some of Rossini’s best operas are collected here: director Dario Fo’s innovative staging of IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with the Netherlands Opera; the Vienna Philharmonic’s LA CENERENTOLA with Francisco Araiza and Ann Murray; and an impressive New York Metropolitan Opera performance of SEMIRAMIDE, directed by John Copley and starring Marilyn Horne and June Anderson. Image has done an outstanding job compiling this collection for fans of this genre. For any true fan of opera, this set is not to be missed.

MASH: Season 10 - Fox

Robert Altman’s film was brought to the small screen in 1972, and forever changed the face of television. Successfully combining both drama and comedy into a half-hour format, the show took place in the volatile setting of a military hospital just outside Seoul during the Korean War. With an extensive ensemble cast and finely-drawn characters, the show functioned as political satire and sitcom, while achieving a level of very humane drama rarely seen on TV, with ever-evolving characters who learn from their mistakes and are rarely, if ever, reduced to “types.”

MASH is an endearing series that should be in every home, even if you aren’t a fan of comedy.

I Love Lucy: Season 6 - Paramount

A television show like “I Love Lucy” does not really need an introduction. Who doesn’t know about the redhead with the famous plea, “Ricky, why can’t I be in the show?” And who isn’t familiar with Ricky’s exasperated “Ai-yi-yi!?” Since 1951, the Ricardos have been a staple of American television, and the show is one of the few genuine gems of the medium. It’s “I Love Lucy’s” sixth hilarious season, as Lucy manages to find trouble all over the world. This set includes all original season six episodes, fully restored and remastered. This is arguably the best television show of all time that set the standard for comedic television. A must for all!

Patton - Fox

Best picture Academy Award winner in 1971, Patton is the story of America’s greatest military leader during his campaigns throughout Africa, Italy, France and Germany during World War II. The late George C. Scott plays the role of General George Patton to perfection, a role he later won the best actor Academy Award for, but turned down the honor because he felt it was wrong to judge one actor’s performance over another’s. This DVD is masterfully presented and would make an excellent addition to your collection.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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