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Nick Nicholson
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RESCUE ME: Season Three - Sony

Dennis Leary stars in the FX channel’s dramedy Rescue Me, playing Tommy Gavin, a New York firefighter under pressure from all sides. Still suffering from the events of 9/11, he is haunted by the past while adjusting to the present, which includes a separation from his wife Janet (Andrea Roth). He now resides across the street from her so that he can stay close to his children, whom he bribes to supply him with information as to mom’s comings and goings. Tommy’s quirky fellow firefighters on Ladder 62 include the compulsive gambler Chief Jerry Reilly (Jack McGee), the handsome but rather light Sean Garrity (Steven Pasquale), cocky, Puerto Rican ladies man Franco Rivera (Daniel Sunjata), and newbie Mike Silletti (Mike Lombardi), who is the brunt of many an initiatory prank.


After his cowhands desert him for a nearby gold rush, aging, leather-tough rancher Will Anderson (John Wayne) resorts to hiring 11 schoolboys to help him on a 400-mile cattle run. Setting off with the boys and an eloquent but equally tough black cook (Roscoe Lee Browne), Anderson must get his cattle to their destination while contending with the wilderness and a psychotic, vengeful ex-con (Bruce Dern) who is out to get him. With an amazingly natural performance by Wayne, this stylized, action-packed Western is exquisitely filmed, emotionally sensitive, and highly entertaining. Director Mark Rydell gets solid performances out of not just Wayne (in one of his later screen roles) and Browne, but the group of youngsters accompanying them on the journey, as well as actors like Slim Pickens and Colleen Dewhurst who play smaller supporting roles. Close attention is also paid to the natural beauty of the mountains, wild mustangs, and other often overlooked standard Western fare.

MASH: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen - Fox

On February 28, 1983, nearly 106 million viewers tuned in for the series finale of MASH, which made this episode the most watched episode in television history. Even as the final ceasefire draws near, life at the 4077th is as hectic and crazy as ever. Hawkeye is reluctant to operate after recuperating from a nervous breakdown; B.J. receives erroneous orders to ship out early; Winchester forms a musical bond with a group of POW’s; Hot Lips makes plans for her future; and Klinger dusts off his bridal gown for a special announcement. There are numerous special features included in this very moving must own final episode. Don’t miss this!


Tyrone Power stars as Pedro de Vargas, a swashbuckling Spanish nobleman with a heart of gold in this 16th-century action adventure. Pedro first shows his mettle when he helps a friend escape from slavery and then rescues a fair maiden from the men of the cruel slaveholder. But the slaveholder, who is a Spanish inquisitor, exacts his revenge by charging Pedro and all his family with heresy. After Pedro’s sister is tortured to death, a friend sneaks into the prison and arms Pedro with a sword. Valiant Pedro uses the weapon to kill his enemy and escapes from the prison with his parents. Now a fugitive on the run, Pedro enlists with Cortez’s campaign to conquer Mexico--and that’s just the first act. From here on out, Captain from Castile details the sordid adventures of Pedro and Cortez in this romantic historical re-creation of the tragic fall of Old Mexico. Between Power’s charisma, the historical adventure, and lavish production values, Captain from Castile is fine entertainment.

PORKY’S: Ultimate Collection - Fox

Get ready for some intense action in this brand new comedy collection of the entire Porky’s saga! The granddaddy franchise of guy comedies, these three uproariously unwholesome films changed the face of cinema to red as audiences across the world couldn’t get enough of this young group of boys questing to become men, while taking no prisoners along the way. Containing Porky’s, Porky’s Two: The Next Day, and Porky’s Revenge, all three classics are together for the first time. These three films have never been better!

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