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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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NEWSRADIO: Season Five - Sony

In Newsradio, Dave Foley stars as Dave Nelson, a farm-fresh Wisconsinite who leaves the land of cheese for the Big Apple. He lands a new job as news director at an all news radio station run by meddling owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root). Vicki Lewis plays a flighty, hyper/hip character who dresses like Madonna. Neurotic Matthew (Andy Dick) obsesses about life in every episode. Jon Lovitz joins the cast this season as Max Louis after the unexpected death of Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman). The ensemble cast is incredible and a joy to watch. Picture and sound are outstanding. Newsradio is a must own for any fan of raw comedy.

THE JEFFERSONS: Season Six - Sony

The Jeffersons was a breakthrough series that was the first show to feature a well to do African American family living in luxury. In the sixth season, the shor remained fresh due to the wit of the series developer Norman Lear. Sherman Hemsley shines as George Jefferson and Isabel Sanford stars as his wife Louise. Marla Gibbs is side-splitting hilarious as their wise cracking maid, Florence. This three disc set contains all 24 episodes in full screen color.

GANDI: Anniversary Edition - Sony

Richard Attenborough’s award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. In South Africa, a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Fed up with the unjust political system, he joins the Indian Congress Party, which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his “subversive” activities land him in jail, masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India, Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives, so the crown responds by slaughtering 1,500 Indians. Enraged, the ascetic, spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism. This critical masterpiece was the winner of the coveted Best Picture Oscar, and justifiably so. This is one of the best pictures of the decade and is a must own for any film collector.

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Season Four - Paramount

The heartwarming television dramedy 7th Heaven blends sometimes-outlandishly comic situations with dramatic plotlines about serious social issues into a positive affirmation of family values and Christian morality. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the series centers around an all-American minister’s family headed by Reverend Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) and his stay-at-home wife, Annie (Catherine Hicks), as they struggle with the daily stresses and joys of parenting. Meanwhile, the Camdens’ five children--oldest son Matt (Barry Watson), athletic good girl Mary (Jessica Biel), boy-crazy Lucy (Beverley Mitchell), preteen Simon (David Gallagher), and precocious grade-schooler Ruthie (Mackenzie Rosman)--navigate through the trials and tribulations of growing up with wholesome aplomb. This collection presents all 22 episodes of the family drama’s fourth season, which includes guest appearances by Lance Bass, Ed Begley Jr., Peter Graves, John Salley, Kurt Rambis, and A.C. Green.

CHILDREN OF MEN - Universal

Children of Men works on every level: as a violent chase thriller, a fantastical cautionary tale, and a sophisticated human drama about societies struggling to live. This taut and thought-provoking tale may not have the showy special effects normally found in movies of this genre, but you won’t care one bit after the story kicks in, about a dystopic future where women can no longer conceive and hope lies within one woman who holds the key to humanity’s survival. It will have you riveted. Be sure to check this out.

PETER PAN: Platinum Edition - Disney

Join mischievous Peter Pan, the young boy who refuses to grow up, his hot-tempered pixie pal, Tinker Bell and the Darling children as they soar away to the mysterious Never-Never land where childhood lasts forever in this magical, musical adventure. Based on J.M. Barrie’s 1904 book. This latest version is digitally restored and contains numerous extras that are simply not to be missed, including an interview with Walt Disney himself.

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