“Edison Force” - Sony
Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced
journalist makes shaky allies in a jaded reporter and
investigator for a powerful district attorney. With a
stellar cast like this, I expected a better film. The
overall script was weak and tended to meander throughout the
film. Pacing was fragmented leaving you with an agitated
feeling and the climax of the story was nothing short of
boring. The only redeeming quality of this film is the fact
that I didn’t have to pay for the DVD.
I thought that this was a waste of time
for the actors to work in this film. I hope they got paid
well. Even Justin Timberlake deserves better than his role
in the film. The action sequences tended to drag and the
suspense was too predictable.
The DVD is presented in Widescreen Format
and re-mastered in High Definition. Extras include the
feature “Absolute Power: Behind the Scenes of Edison Force”.
If it is action you are looking for with a good story,
bypass this film. This one severely missed the mark.
Article by Richard Maher.
“Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea:” Volume 1, Season 2 -
“Voyage” chronicled the adventures of the
world’s first privately owned nuclear submarine, the SSRN
Seaview. Designed by Admiral Harriman Nelson, she was a tool
of oceanographic research for the Nelson Institute of Marine
Research. Join Admiral Nelson and Commander Crane for more
amazing adventures aboard the Seaview as they explore the
unknown depths of the oceans.
Season one, volume 2 finishes out the
first season of the show with lots of stories ranging from
attacking sea monsters to Nazis. Irwin Allen was one of the
most creative minds of the time. He could make any story
entertaining and make the most of what he had in terms of
budgets and sets. We see more development with the crew and
a stronger bond between Nelson and Crane with each episode.
Some of the more interesting episodes
include “The Last Battle,” where Nelson is kidnapped by
Nazis, “Doomsday,” involving a Nuclear Missile launch by a
foreign power, and “The Traitor,” involving terrorists
kidnapping Nelson’s sister testing the Admiral’s loyalty.
The sets are imaginative with great footage of the sub in
It is probably the best underwater TV
series to date. Seaquest DSV used many ideas from this show
making it a more modern version of the classic. The DVD
presents all 16 episodes in airdate order on three discs.
Each episode is presented in Full Frame format with Dolby
Digital sound. All three discs have an episode summary on
the back. Extras include interviews with David Hedison,
blooper reels and still galleries.
“Three’s Company:” Season Seven - Anchor Bay
This show is about the misadventures of
two women and their roommate who just happens to be a man,
as well as their neighbors. The opening of Jack’s Bistro is
just the beginning of the non stop hilarity in this top
rated season. The set is well done and all the episodes are
unedited (which is all that really counts) and in great
quality. The extras were good, but the quality was down. All
fans should buy this set and continue to buy this series on
DVD. Season 8 is slated for the fall of 2006.
“Hogan’s Heroes:” Season Four - Paramount
Colonel Hogan leads a ragtag band of
POW’s caught behind German lines in this popular television
comedy. The bumbling Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty
of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. Colonel
Klink is more concerned with having everything run smoothly
and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially
anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent
to the front) than with being tough on Hogan and his fellow
Join them for another explosive season
with Hogan and all the gang as they encounter new obstacles
and adventures while evading the Germans and Colonel Klink.
The cast for this show is what made it last so long. Bob
Crane and Werner Klemperer were dynamite on the screen and
John Banner portraying Schultz put the “icing on the cake.”
From barracks to guard tower to underground tunnel, the
battalion of laughs unleashed in this top rated TV sitcom
will keep you chuckling through all 26 season four episodes.
“Norma Rae” - Fox
Norma Rae is a lively, but dependable,
wife and mother in an Alabama mill town. Like her father,
her mother and most of her friends, she works at the Henley
mill, spinning and weaving cloth as the days go by without
much apparent purpose. Her “nothing special” life changes
when she and her coworkers meet Reuben, a dedicated,
smart-mouthed labor organizer down from New York to teach
the Henley crew about solidarity in a place where workers
and owners alike think “union” and “trouble” are synonymous.
The DVD is presented in Anamorphic
widescreen, contains a number of extra features, including a
20 minute backstory on “Norma Rae,” and has subtitle
options. This is a tremendous picture that won Sally Field
an Oscar for Best Actress - don’t miss it!
"Olivier’s Shakespeare” - Criterion
Dubbed the greatest actor of the
twentieth century, Sir Laurence Olivier first transplanted
his passion for Shakespeare to the big screen in the 1940’s,
and in so doing, allowed Elizabethan verse to break free of
its stage bound origins. Olivier directed only five films in
his sixty year career, yet his three Shakespeare adaptions
are still widely considered the definitive screen versions.
His directorial debut, Henry V, stunned
the 1944 audiences with its vivid Technicolor and full tilt
battle scenes. Hamlet, which won Best Picture and Best Actor
Oscars in 1948, brought to gripping life literature’s
greatest protagonist. Finally, Richard III is thought by
many to feature Olivier’s most magnetic performance. This
set of films put together by the Criterion Collection is a
tribute to the genius of both Shakespeare and Olivier and is
a definate must own.
“Laguna Beach:” Season Two - MTV/Paramount
It’s one of the welathiest, most
beautiful beachside communities in the world and MTV has
unlimited access to the tight-knit power clique of eight
rich, beautiful teenagers that live there. Their lives
intertwine in ways you won’t believe, until you drop in for
a visit. The best friends share experiences through parties,
relationships, love and small town injustice.
Laguna Beach is a modern day soap opera
for teens. Although the show prides itself on not being
scripted, the theme of each episode is known in advance.
This really isn’t my cup of tea so to speak, however it is
an enjoyable show with some good acting qualities. Check it
“The Pirates Of Penzance” - Kulture
Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious comic
operetta tells the story of the orphan Frederic. He is the
son of a weaalthy 19th century man whose fate takes a sudden
twist when, after his father’s death, his hard of hearing
nursemaid finds him an apprentice as a pirate instead of a
pilot. He fulfils his apprenticeship with not just any old
pirate, but the Pirate King himself, leader of the not so
fierce “Pirates of Penzance.”
This version stars Jon English as the Pirate King and
simon Gallaher as Frederic. Picture and sound are
outstanding in this edition. If you are a fan of comedy and
operatic tendencies, check this out - you will like it.