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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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DVD Picks  
SEINFELD: Season Eight - Sony

Seinfeld may be partly to blame for America’s negative view of New Yorkers. Though it wasn’t the first show to assert the rudeness of Gotham’s citizens, its characters are selfish to a fault, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Self-obsessed comedian Jerry Seinfeld is back in the title role, and joining him are his neurotic ex-girlfriend, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus); his chronically lazy pal, George (Jason Alexander); and Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards), who takes the sitcom clichÈ of the weird neighbor to impressive new heights. Despite their faults, they’re some of the most hilariously watchable characters in television history. The eighth season finds Kramer at war with Kenny Rogers Roasters and its incessant bright light. After his quick recovery from fiancÈe Susan’s death, George moves on to a relationship with a prison inmate. Meanwhile, Elaine capitalizes on a widespread love for muffin tops with a business venture. Jerry’s near-obsessive compulsiveness reaches new heights when his beautiful girlfriend (Kristin Davis) unknowingly uses a toilet-tainted toothbrush. Season eight was also memorable for introducing the phrase “yada yada” into the modern lexicon.

KATHARINE HEPBURN COLLECTION - Warner

Watch Katharine Hepburn, the winner of four Best Actress Oscars and the AFI’s #1 Female Screen Legend, in six of her classic films in this incomparable set. Hepburn stars in Morning Glory, which provided her with the first earned Oscar. In 1945, Hepburn made Without Love which pairs her with Spencer Tracy. Dragon Seed was produced in 1944 and is a World War Two epic. The set also includes Undercurrent, Sylvia Scarlett, and The Corn is Green. There are numerous extras included in the set which includes a set of Classic Cartoons.

ROOTS: 30th Anniversary Edition - Warner

His name was Kunta Kinte. Kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America in 1767, he refused to accept his slave name of Toby. Heirs kept his heroic defiance alive, passing on his tale across generations until it reached a young boy growing up in Tennessee. His name was Alex Haley. Through the lineage of one family, Haley and his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Roots, told a story for all of America and the world. A six volume collection of the television production that won nine Emmies and over 135 other awards. The unedited complete mini-series based on Alex Haley’s best selling novel that follows a black man’s search for his heritage. There are numerous extras included in this set. This is simply something that should not be missed and is a must own for any film fan.

ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES - Weinstein

Ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather’s house from being demolished, goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, a tiny people living in harmony with nature. I absolutely enjoyed this film from start to finish. This is one of those films with “staying” power to live on for many years to come. The story is creative giving you a sampling of action, drama, comedy, suspense and mild horror. The cast is superior showcasing a variety of talents from legendary Mia Farrow and Robert De Niro to Emilio Estevez and Madonna. Even Snoop Dog does a fine job with his minor role. The CGI is cutting edge and the music by Eric Serra really ties the whole film together. I think this film got caught between two other good films and lost popularity at the box office. Now is your chance to get the experience with the DVD release. The DVD is presented in Widescreen format and 5.1 surround. Extras include music videos “Quest for Love” and “Beautiful Day”, Voices of Arthur and the Invisibles, Interactive game and theatrical trailer.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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