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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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STAR TREK “Q” FAN COLLECTIVE - Paramount  

Welcome to the world of the “Q”. John De Lancie appeared in the pilot episode of Star Trek Next Generation and immediately made a name for himself. This timeline of “Q” shows the impact he made on the Star Trek Universe and the evolution of his character up to the final episodes. Again, this is a situation where if you already own all of the box sets, why buy this one? I would recommend this set if you really enjoyed the episodes with “Q” and want to see them in sequence without dragging out all of your sets to find them. The artwork is stunning on the packaging showcasing pics from the various episodes. The DVD is presented in Full Screen format with 5.1 Digital Surround. Extras include commentary with Denise and Michael Okuda on various episodes. All of the episodes involving the alien “Q” are presented in stardate order for this release.

HILL STREET BLUES: Season Two - Fox

Before NYPD Blue and The Shield came Hill Street Blues, the series that revolutionized the TV cop show by giving television viewers a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station. Earning 98 Emmy nominations over its seven-year run, Hill Street Blues was one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed shows of the 1980s.

This has to be one of the best cop shows made up to present day. The show really broke ground for TV with all of the intense violence, language and graphic nature surrounding a Chicago Police Station. The Cast is led by Daniel J. Travanti portraying Frank Furillo. Every episode promised wonderful performances from Travanti and the supporting cast including Bruce Weitz, Veronica Hamel, Betty Thomas, James Sikking and Michael Conrad. The stories were intense and well written in every sense of the word. The show was primarily known for the overpowering chemistry of the cast. You really felt like part of the crew when watching this show. Few shows have lived up to its reputation since. When this show was created, they basically broke the mold. The DVD presents all 18 season two episodes in airdate order with restored picture and sound. Extras include commentary on various episodes, gag reel, “Belker Unleashed”, “The Hill Street Blues Story” feature, “Confessions of Captain Freedom” and “Cowboy on the Hill” features.

100 RIFLES - Fox

When an American policeman named Lyedecker (Brown) comes to Mexico to arrest Yaqui Joe (Reynolds) for robbery, he finds himself detained by both an Indian revolution against the Mexican government...and the luscious figure of Joe’s sidekick, Sarita (Welch)! As the government steps up its plan for the Indians - total extermination - Joe’s stolen money buys weapons for the battle, and Lyedecker joins the fray. But will it be enough to defeat the sadistic General Verdugo (Fernando Lamas) and his army?

Ok, there is only one real reason to watch this show.... Raquel Welch! She is absolutely intense on the screen. Burt Reynolds and Jim Brown give fine performances, but Welch steals the show. The overall story is weak and seen before in dozens of other Westerns and the script is poorly written. I would consider this show to be lower on the food chain of Westerns for the time period. One redeeming factor for the film is the soundtrack written by Jerry Goldsmith. The score is brilliantly written and keeps the film going up to the end. This is a prime example of a musical score saving a bad film. If you are an avid Western fan, I would skip this one. The DVD is presented in Widescreen Format with Dolby Surround. Extras include an exclusive behind-the-scenes gallery, production gallery and poster gallery.

THE BOB NEWHART SHOW: Season Three - Fox

Bob Newhart is back as successful Chicago psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley in the third season of this hilarious ‘70s sitcom. This show will bring back memories of the seventies for those old enough. What a great comedy this was. Played by an excellent ensemble, The Bob Newhart Show was a real delight to watch. Now you can see season three in all its DVD glory. This 3 disc set contains 24 episodes from the 1974-75 season. The picture looks great and has vibrant colors. The DD 1.0 mono sound is fitting for this dated show. All in all, this is a nice set for your collection.

NUMB3RS - Paramount

Like a cross between CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION and Darren Aronofsky’s indie feature PI, the CBS television series NUMB3RS blends crime-drama with mathematics for a smart and creepy spin on the police-detective genre. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, the series centers on a pragmatically minded FBI agent, Don Eppes (Rob Morrow), who invites his math-genius younger brother, Charlie (David Krumholz), to help him solve challenging cases using mathematical theories based on equations and probability. Dark and moody with a near-cinematic feel, NUMB3RS has won both fans and acclaim for its innovative approach to the conventional crime-drama formula. This collection presents all 13 episodes from the series’ debut season. This is a tremendous product and is a must own for any crime genre fan.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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