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Nick Nicholson
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“Daman Wayans: The Last Stand” - Fox

I first saw Damon Wayans on the old Fox show “In Living Color” and have been a fan of his stand-up comedy ever since. In this newly released 1990 HBO live concert special he will make you laugh as he talks about kids, work, life and just about anything that is really funny. I missed this special back when it was originally aired, and now I can see Damon in his stand-up prime on this DVD. Wayan’s comedy makes me laugh every time I see it and this DVD is no exception. This is one that should be in your collection.

“Spymate” - Buena Vista

This is a fairly good family B movie. Filmed in Vancouver, “Spymate” is the story of Minkey, a monkey who is a spy (kind of a James Bond with lots of hair and hi tech gadgets) who is called upon to rescue a girl named Amelia (Emma Roberts).

The daughter of Minkey’s old partner, Amelia is a smart young girl who has invented a revolutionary chemical drill and has been kidnapped and taken to Japan by (who she thinks is her hero), the evil Dr. Farley (Richard Kind). Farley is planning a dangerous experiment that could cause a horrific earthquake and destroy the world. Amelia’s dad and Minkey join forces again (and get a lot of really cool gadgets) to rescue Amelia and save the world from the madman Dr. Farley.

“Spymate” is sure to please the youngsters in your house, but not the adults. I found it a little slow, but the kids sure liked it—and that what counts for a kids flick. This DVD has excellent picture and nice Dolby 5.1 sound and includes one behind-the-scenes featurette.

“UltraViolet” - Sony

A box office bomb, “UltraViolet” is the tale of Vampires (hemophages) who are repressed by a tolitarian regime and are about to be extinct - the government is going to eradicate their race. But don’t worry, ultra babe Milla Jovovich is coming to the rescue. Don’t waste your time with this one. I could hardly stay awake. Watch Milla in the 5th Element if you want to see a great sci-fi flick.

“JAG: Season One” - Paramount

Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie are JAG lawyers who investigate and litigate crimes committed by Navy and Marine personnel. Occasionally, they engage in adventurous activities in order to solve their cases. With Rabb’s fighter pilot background, and MacKenzie’s good looks, they are a hot team both in and out of the courtroom.

This was one of the best shows on TV that dealt with courtroom drama mixed with adventure. The show ran for ten years and stars David James Elliot playing Harmon Rabb of the Navy JAG unit who protects the innocent in and out of the courtroom. Every episode has a mixture of action, adventure, drama and intense courtroom drama keeping you at the edge of your seat. Elliott’s supporting cast were equally stellar including the talents of Catherine Bell, John M. Jackson, Tracey Needham and Patrick Labyorteaux. The chemistry of the characters was the secret to the success of the show. The action sequences and aircraft footage in various episodes satisfied the war buffs, but the soul of the show lies with the cast.

The first season DVD presents all 21 episodes, including the pilot and a rare episode titled “Skeleton Crew”. All of the episodes are in Full Screen Format with Dolby Digital sound. Extras here include commentary on the pilot by Creator Donald P. Bellisario and features titled “JAG: An inside Look,” “How the series took flight” and “The Military Accuracy.” If you missed this show the first time around, get it for sure.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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