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Nick Nicholson
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REMEMBER THE TITANS:  Blu-Ray - Disney

While on the surface, high school football may seem like an innocent game played by the young, for the young, it is, in fact, much, much more. For millions, including many fans who are well removed from their high school years but who love to sit in those creaky bleachers every Friday night/Saturday morning, it is something akin to a religion. Director Boaz Yakin’s Remember the Titans captures the heart of high school football while tackling the sins of its fathers, chronicling the true story of the undefeated 1971 T.C. Williams team of Alexandria, Virginia, which was the first integrated high school team in the state.

Denzel Washington brings his ever-powerful presence to the role of coach Herman Boone, who is brought in to oversee the transition to integration. Though Boone is eventually successful as a coach, the townspeople dissaprove of him because he replaces the popular, entrenched former coach, Bill Yoast (Will Patton). At first, coach Yoast resents being supplanted, while coach Boone is told that his promotion was just for show--to help the integration--and that he’s likely to be lifted if the team loses a game. Will the coaches and players be able to overcome their adversity and make T.C. Williams a beacon for integration in sports? Those viewers who follow history already know the answer. But Remember the Titans portrays the story and delivers the inspirational result with a passion and glory that will warm the hearts of all those dedicated high school football fans who continue to bring pride to the sport.

THE GRADUATE - MGM

Director Mike Nichols’s The Graduate is the satirical coming-of-age comedy that became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation.

In the mid-1960s, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a confused college graduate, is pulled in myriad directions by family, friends, and associates just days after receiving his degree. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), an older friend of the family, Ben carries on an affair with the married woman even as he falls for her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). However, Ben and Elaine’s attempts at romance are threatened by the spiteful rage of Mrs. Robinson, who proceeds to hastily arrange Elaine’s marriage to someone else, leading up to one of the most memorable endings in cinema history.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY: Volume Three - MGM

Based on the cartoons of Charles Addams, this creepy and kooky series from the 1960s features everyone’s favorite freaky family. This delightfully dark show appears to be as immortal as its strange characters. This third volume collects the classic series’ final 21 episodes, including such favorites as “Christmas with the Addams Family” and “Fester Goes on a Diet.”

THE OFFICE: Season Three - Universal

Based on the popular British comedy of the same name, The Office takes place in and around the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Using the same mockumentary style as the original, the series succeeds in capturing the quiet desperation of the poor souls working in this socially stifling environment under the direction of delusional boss, regional manager Michael Scott. Comic actor Steve Carell beautifully inhabits the role, playing a man so eager to be liked, he completely alienates people with one stupid antic after another. Blindly believing himself beloved by his employees for his laid-back nature, Michael fails to see that, with the exception of nerdy and bizarre Dwight (Rainn Wilson), he is resented and despised by all. Carell perfectly walks the line between despicable and pathetic, enlisting his audience’s sympathies just moments before doing or saying something horribly inappropriate. The second season is even better than the first, with several romantic storylines getting into full swing in episodes.

GREY’S ANATOMY: Season Three - BVHE

Grey’s Anatomy revolves around the personal and professional lives of the doctors at Seattle’s Grace Hospital, and examines the complex relationships involving Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), the bumbling George O’Malley (T.R. Knight), Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh), and the arrogant Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington). Grey’s Anatomy also stars Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, and Chandra Wilson. The show’s successful formula relies on mixing intense medical procedures with its characters’ emotional struggles. The third season starts off with the resolution of the love triangle of Meredith, Derek, and Finn Dandridge (Chris O’Donnell), while Isobel “Izzie” Stevens (Katherine Heigl) struggles to cope with her fiancÈ’s death. This season of Grey’s Anatomy also marked the departure of a central character, as Kate Walsh left to star in the spin-off Private Practice, in which she leaves Seattle for Los Angeles.

GOOSEBUMP’S SERIES - Fox

In this expedition into R.L. Stine’s creepy--but not too creepy--world of ghosts and the supernatural features the episodes “Say Cheese and Die,” and “Say Cheese and Die... Again.” Also as a part of the series features the wonderfully written episodes “It Came From Beneath the Sink,” and “Strained Peas.” In the final installment, the series includes Trina and Zane’s visiting cousin can’t resist making mischief with their dad’s ventriloquist dummies, his tomfoolery proves to be more dangerous than dorky--especially when the mysterious new dummy seems to be controlling the others! Adapted from book no. 40 in the popular children’s book series by R.L. Stine.

THE UNIT: Season Two - Fox

Created by David Mamet, this television drama follows the exploits of a special forces unit, tracing the heroism of its members, as well as their foibles. The team is charged with some of the U.S. military’s most top-secret, dangerous missions, while their families at home deal with the trials and tribulations of having a loved one with such a unique and dangerous occupation.

FLASHDANCE - Paramount

In Adrian Lyne’s Flashdance, a young woman, Alex (Jennifer Beals), strives to achieve success as a classical dancer, but economic forces require her to work as a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night. Standing in her way is an abundance of profound social obstacles, not the least of which is her boss at the welding factory, Nick (Michael Nouri), who is also her boyfriend. Alex strives to be accepted into a prestigious ballet academy, and she is furious when she realizes that her boyfriend might be pulling strings for her behind the scenes. Along the road to self-discovery and independence, Alex also struggles to accept love, come to terms with her own stubbornness, and find the inner strength to turn her lofty dreams into reality.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER - Paramount

Director John Badham’s hit film propelled John Travolta to stardom, made white polyester suits an instant fashion craze, and garnered praise for its portrayal of blue-collar life. Nineteen-year-old Brooklyn native Tony Manero (Travolta) lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he’s king of the club, thanks to his stylish moves on the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don’t look so rosy. At home, Tony fights constantly with his father and has to compete with his family’s starry-eyed view of his older brother, a priest. Nor can he find satisfaction at his dead-end job at a paint store. However, things begin to change when he spies Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) in the disco and starts training with her for the club’s dance competition. Stephanie dreams of the world beyond Brooklyn, and her plans to move to the big city just over the bridge soon change Tony’s life forever. This portrait of young Brooklyn natives struggling to escape their sheltered lives for freedom and adventure in the big city of Manhattan defined a generation of disco dancers and 1970s youths rebelling against the more traditional expectations of their parents. Set to the popular dance music of the Bee Gees, this instant cinematic sensation revealed the fashions and aspirations of an underground culture to the world.

THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD - MGM

Do you wanna party? The freshly risen undead certainly do in this horror-comedy that finds two employees of a medical supply company unwittingly releasing several zombies from cylinders in which they have been trapped for many years. The nasty brain-eating creatures are as hungry as ever, and eager to make up for lost time. Soon, the local citizenry is forced to deal with a large-scale zombie epidemic.

THE ROGER CORMAN COLLECTION - MGM

Roger Corman’s prolific career includes credits on over 300 films, while his celebrated school of frugal filmmaking helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood’s greatest, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, and Jack Nicholson. Come rediscover the “King of B’s” with this set of some of his absolute best films. The director’s many talents are put on display in this eclectic collection of films including Bloody Mama, The Young Racers, The Wild Angels, The Premature Burial, Gas-s-s, X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes, A Bucket of Blood, and The Trip.

GRACIE - New Line

Set in 1978, Gracie is an inspirational film about a teenage girl who overcomes the loss of her brother and fights the odds to achieve her dream of playing competitive soccer at a time when girls’ soccer did not exist. Based on true events from the lives of the Shue family, the film is directed by Davis Guggenheim, who happens to be part of the family as well, being married to Elisabeth Shue.

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