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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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DVD Picks  
MAGNUM PI: Season Six - Universal

The series follows Magnum on his various adventures, involving clients, guests staying on the estate, or plots involving his days in Vietnam. Magnum requires assistance occasionally from his friends, TC, Rick, Asst. D.A. Carol Baldwin, his buddies in Naval Intelligence; even Higgins lends a hand from time to time. Begin the sixth season of Magnum P.I. with more amazing action and adventure at every turn. Highlights in this season include Higgins announcing his leaving “Robin’s Nest”, a two-hour premiere involving Magnum traveling to London only to uncover clues to his unsettling dreams and a security leak aboard a Nuclear Submarine putting Magnum deep into the depths of Naval corruption. The stories are all great in this season which is a surprise seeing as this is the sixth season. Most shows are dead at this point. To me, this show never really gets old. Magnum is just good prime-time entertainment! This DVD season presents all 20 episodes on five discs with Full Frame format and Dolby sound. There is a detailed episode summary for each disc and a teaser bonus episode from season seven. Colorful packaging and entertaining picture discs round out this great collection.

ROCKFORD FILES: Season Three - Universal

Jim Rockford, an ex-con pardoned for an armed robbery he didn’t commit, is a private investigator specializing in closed cases. He is sometimes assisted by his father Joseph (a.k.a. Rocky), his best friend Sgt. Dennis Becker of the LAPD, his lawyer/girlfriend Beth Davenport, and his former cell-mate Evelyn “Angel” Martin. Written by Brian Washington. If you like Cop shows from the seventies, this is the show for you. Running from 1974 to 1980, Jim Rockford has entertained millions with his adventures in solving crimes that were thought to be unsolvable. James Garner is priceless in his role with supporting cast members including Joe Santos and Noah Beery make this team an absolute hit. The stories are clever and full of action and suspense. Highlights in season include “Piece Work” involving Rockford with gun-runners, “New Life, Old Dragons” combining the CIA with $500,000 dollars in stolen payrolls and “Dirty Money, Black Light” involving Rockford’s father receiving cash in the mail from the mob. Some of the guest stars in this season include Ron Rifkin, Burt Young and Veronica Hamel. The DVD contains all 22 episodes on five discs presented in Full Screen format with Dolby digital sound. The packaging is attractive with an episode guide on the inside cover. Extras include an episode from the upcoming season four.

ROMEO + JULIET - Fox

This ambitious undertaking, adapting William Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers and setting the story in a glossy music-video style in 1990s Florida. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the famous lovers kept apart by rival industrialist families. Bookended by newscastsers reciting Shakespeare’s prose as their copy, this clever glam updating of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most unusual adaptations of the Bard’s work in the history of cinema. The stylish and colorful sets earned the film an Oscar nomination for art direction. John Leguizamo gives a memorable performance as a devilish Tybalt. This latest installment, the Music Edition, provides numerous extra features that focus on the music for this film. Also included are interviews with the composers on the project. This is an outstanding version, particularly if you enjoyed the music from the film.

STRANGER THAN FICTION - Sony

One morning, a seemingly average and generally solitary IRS agent named Harold Crick begins to hear a female voice narrating his every action, thought and feeling in alarmingly precise detail. Harold’s carefully controlled life is turned upside down by this narration only he can hear, and when the voice declares that Harold Crick is facing imminent death, he realizes he must find out who is writing his story and persuade her to change the ending. The voice in Harold’s head turns out to be the once celebrated, but now nearly forgotten, novelist Karen “Kay” Eiffel (Emma Thompson), who is struggling to find an ending for what might be her best book. Her only remaining challenge is to figure out a way to kill her main character, but little does she know that Harold Crick is alive and well and

inexplicably aware of her words and her plans for him. Included in the bonus features on this DVD are deleted scenes, funny on-scene moments, and behind the scenes featurettes.

THE ALICE FAYE COLLECTION - Fox

Here are four not-to-be-missed musicals from the glory days of the genre, all featuring the indisputable charms of Alice Faye: That Night in Rio, Lillian Russell, On The Avenue, and The Gang’s All Here. Her girl next door looks combined with a sultry singing voice made Alice Faye one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the Golden Age of Cinema. These musicals represent some of her finest work. All dvd’s include bonus features. This is an incredible set and simply not to be missed.

CONFETTI - Fox

British actor Martin Freeman first came to the public’s attention with his turn as the jaded and smitten Tim in Ricky Gervais’s television mockumentary The Office. Freeman returns to the mockumentary format for Confetti, taking a leading role alongside a host of British actors, many of whom are also making the transition from television to the big screen. The film revolves around three couples who have reached the final stages of a magazine competition to find the most unique and originally themed wedding; the prize is a multimillion dollar house. Jessica Stevenson from Britcom Spaced plays Freeman’s other half, and their rivals are a tennis-obsessed couple played by Stephen Mangan and Meredith MacNeill, and a naturist duo brought to life by Robert Webb and Olivier Colman. This dvd includes a couple of not to miss extra features including three different alternate endings.

GHOST: Special Edition - Paramount

After renovating their expensive loft in the TriBeCa section of Manhattan, Molly (Demi Moore) and Sam (Patrick Swayze), a young successful yuppie couple, are walking home one evening when Sam is tragically gunned down by a street mugger. Molly goes into a deep depression, but, unknown to her, Sam has come back as a ghost in order to protect her from danger--although he isn’t yet aware who or what means her harm, and he has a lot of learning to do in order to make himself known to her. He teams up with an unwilling psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), and together they try to convince a very skeptical Molly that Sam was actually murdered and has returned spectrally to complete some unfinished business. Moore and Swayze and are excellent as the couple, and Goldberg won an Oscar for her portrayal of the wild and wacky psychic. Ghost is considered by many to be one of the most romantic films of the 1990s.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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