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
“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.