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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA - Fox

Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is a newly graduated young woman who has come to New York to pursue a career in journalism. The human resources department of a magazine conglomerate sends her for an interview at Runway magazine, the most popular fashion mag in the world.

Unfortunately, Andy knows nothing about fashion. Andy quickly meets the editor of Runway, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Due to the fact that Andy doesn’t look like the typical model wannabes who apply to be her assistant, Miranda decides to hire Andy. Andy soon learns that working for Miranda Priestly is no dream job. Miranda is a true perfectionist and only wants things to be done her way. If Andy isn’t out getting coffee, she’s fetching clothing samples from a famous designer or doing something personal for Miranda. At first, Andy sees Miranda as evil, but she soon learns that Miranda only wants the best out of people. Thus, Andy begins to adapt, not only in her work ethic, but in her appearance. But, as her performance begins to improve, her private life, especially with her boyfriend, Nate (Adam Grenier), starts to suffer. Wow, what a tremendous film! The extras are incredible and the sound/picture quality leave nothing to be desired.

This is an absolute must own!

ROSEANNE: Season Six - Anchor Bay

One of the major family sitcoms of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Roseanne became popular for its no nonsense attitude and its humorously honest portrayal of American life. With a set resembling the living room of countless family homes across the United States, the show concerned itself the with the antics of its main star, roseanne Barr (later roseanne Arnold), her husband Dan (John Goodman), and their kids. More like a regular working-class family than any other characters previously seen on television, the Illinois-bred Conners use brutal honesty and acerbic wit to raise their three children: rapidly maturing Becky, sarcastic Darlene, and precocious DJ. Meanwhile, they have to deal with the typical problems of an American family, such as annoying relatives, worries about jobs and money, and the struggle to find time for themselves. roseanne was among the first shows on television to deal in a truthful and deglamorized way with everyday issues that average viewers could relate to--and it managed to remain funny and touching while doing so.

All 25 uncut episodes from the show’s sixth season are included here.

ALL THE KING’S MEN - Sony

Based on Robert Penn Warren’s 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the King’s Men tells the story of an idealist’s rise to power in the world of Louisiana politics and the corruption that leads to his ultimate downfall. All the King’s Men is a complex saga of human nature, power, corruption, idealism, romance and betrayal. Using politics as a framework to delve into the more profound dilemmas of human existence — sin, guilt and redemption — it explores the nature of corruption in a way that is timely and relevant today. Sean Penn absolutely shines as he portrays Huey Long. The picture and sound are both outstanding. Numerous extras included in this set provide additional insight into this picture that are simply not to be missed!

THE FRANK CAPRA COLLECTION - Sony

Sony Pictures provides a must for any American film buff. This set includes at least two films that should be on anyone’s top 50 list of the studio era: the always sexy It Happened One Night, with career-making performances by Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. With three films costarring the unique Jean Arthur, this may be the closest we get to a collection of the squeaky-voiced embodiment of the 1930’s career woman.

All of the special features have appeared in earlier editions, with the exception being You Can’t Take It with You, the second Capra film to win the Best Picture Academy Award. Perhaps the least known of the set, 1932’s American Madness, a melodrama perfectly balanced between light comedy and nourish danger, is an early example of Capra’s faith in the individual to do the right thing. Made during a time when a quarter of the banks were near insolvency, the film’s bank setting is upstaged by employee intrigue – adultery, a heist, a shooting, and mob terror, captured in a tension-building, fast-paced run on the bank. This tremendously well-done set provides five incredibly entertaining films of yesterday for today’s enjoyment. Pick your set up today!

JAMES BOND ULTIMATE EDITIONS: Vol. 1 - 4 - MGM

Bond is better than ever! Sony Pictures should be commended by all Bond buffs for the release of The James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD Collection, with all four volumes now currently available! With the highest quality picture and sound and all new bonus material, this is the Ultimate Bond DVD Collection for the ultimate fan. This set has improved picture quality, with each of the films having been restored frame by frame. In addition, all movies will have DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. Each movie also comes with it’s own bonus disc full of extra behind the scenes features. From 1962’s Doctor No to 2002’s Die Another Day, this Ultimate collection is an absolute must own for any fan of the James Bond franchise. Pick this up today before they all disappear.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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