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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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DVD PICKS  

ALL CREATURES GREAT & SMALL: Complete Collection - BBC

Real-life British country veterinarian James Herriott’s enormously popular books inspired this television series, featuring busybody villagers, verdant landscapes, and plenty of cute animals. James Herriot (Ward) sets off for a tiny village in the pastoral Yorkshire hills to begin an apprenticeship with veterinarian Siegfried Farnon (Hopkins). Despite a rocky start, Herriot soon gains acceptance amongst the tight-knit rural community, building a deep friendship with his mentor and a blossoming romance with a local farmer--the charming and beautiful Helen (Harrow). Yet as Herriot builds a new life in the idyllic British countryside of the 1930s, war looms on the horizon, threatening to destroy his dreams. Based on Herriot’s best-selling memoirs “If Only They Could Talk” and “It Shouldn’t Happen To A Vet.” This collection includes every episode from all seven seasons of the show.

DOCTOR WHO:

Robot - BBC

When you create plans for a new disintegrator gun, the last entity you want finding out about -- let alone possessing -- them is a devilishly misguided robot. The ambiguous Think Tank and the dastardly Scientific Reform Society are pitted against the sharp wits of Doctor Who (Tom Baker). The earth again hangs in the balance in this first Doctor Who episode featuring Baker.

ROME: Season Two - HBO

The second season of HBO/BBC series ROME takes place in 44 BC, eight years after the period covered in the first season. The show continues to revolve around the plight of two Roman soldiers, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), who find themselves caught up in a civil war after Caesar is assassinated. As powerful leadership battles play out between historic figures such as Octavian and Marc Antony, Lucius’s life is marred by personal misfortune. The complete second season of the show is included here.

DYNASTY: Season Two - Paramount

Joan Collins joined the cast of this hugely popular soap opera for its second season, playing the deviously cruel ex-wife of millionaire Blake Carrington. The formidable Alexis descends on the Carringtons like a force of nature, while the devious Sammy Jo wreaks her own brand of havoc on her new family. This six disc collection contains all 22 second season episodes. Decadence has never been this much fun.

VACANCY - Sony

This riveting thriller features Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale as a couple whose car breaks down, stranding them at a very dangerous hotel. Director Nimrod Antal carefully builds the suspense as the film gradually leads to horror when the hotel turns out to be a snuff film operation, with cameras everywhere and lots of truly horrific videos of past murders (shot in the same room) lying atop the TV set. The couple needs to think fast before they become the next victims. Beckinsale and Wilson play down their star wattage and get truly involved in their change-of-pace roles, sucking the audience into their situation far deeper than one might think possible. Meticulous use of the tawdry, low-rent motel setting--lots of rotted wood, stained wallpaper, and ugly sofas--provides a realistic sense of space. Intelligently crafted and unfolding practically in real time, VACANCY is edge-of-the-seat all the way.

THE MONSTER

SQUAD - Lionsgate

Thriller for the younger set about a bunch of kids who stumble upon a talisman, which is being sought by five monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and yes--Gill Man). The monsters need the charm, because it will give them the power to live longer, but can they retrieve it from the lads, who are also aware of its abilities?

PERFECT CREATURE - Fox

Age old legends and brutal reality collide, with a vengeance, in this graphic suspense thriller that adds a bold new twist to the vampire myth. Three centuries ago, human genetic experimentations gave rise to an advanced species known as the Brotherhood. These superior beings lived in harmony with mankind, protecting them from disease while relying on them for sustenance. But now the fragile balance between man and vampire is threatened when Brother Silus (Dougray Scott) learns that one of his own kind has unleashed a deadly virus that is killing off humans and wiping out any chance of a peaceful coexistence.

THE FUGITIVE: Season One, Vol. One - Paramount

A doctor wrongly convicted for a murder he didn’t commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer. This show was one of the best suspense thrillers in TV history. The series ran from 1963 to 1967 and stars David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble. Janssen is amazing on the screen. His portrayal of Kimble is nothing short of genius and is the primary fuel for the series. You never know where the writers will go next with the story. Each episode is a chapter in one huge book with the ending “up in the air”. Barry Morse plays the part of the inspector chasing after Kimble. As the series progresses, you see a transformation of this character as he begins to suspect that Kimble might be innocent. There is also a correlation between this type of plot and the “Incredible Hulk” series. Both men are running from the law in search of answers with the hopes of resolution. Peter Rugolo provides a high-paced action. Main Theme and great episode music. The great thing about this show is that the episodes just get better by the week. I highly recommend this series if you missed it in prime time. The DVD presents the first 15 episodes on four discs with restored picture and sound. Extras include the original pilot episode. The synopsis for each episode is on the inside cover. If you enjoyed the movie of “The Fugitive” starring Harrison Ford, you will love seeing how it all started.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK: Season Two - Universal

A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress. Continue the adventures of Dr. David Banner as he shuffles from place to place searching for a cure to his inner monster. Bill Bixby is outstanding in his role of Banner and sets this show at a higher standard than the average superhero TV show of the time period. Lou Ferrigno is great as the Hulk. Only he could pull off this role as the green “muscle machine”. Jack Colvin stars as the investigator pursuing Banner with the hopes of uncovering the truth. Each episode is full of suspense, drama and action. Fans of the series will enjoy the stories and special guest stars including Pat Morita, Mariette Hartley and Gerald McRaney. We can’t forget Joe Harnell’s “Lonely Man” theme that brings every episode to a sad, but hopeful conclusion. This DVD set contains all 22 episodes on five discs in airdate order with restored picture and sound. Extras include intros by Kenneth Johnson, episode commentary and a bonus episode from season three titled “Homecoming”. Each volume has a synopsis on the back and the featured artwork shows the transformation of Banner to the Hulk.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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