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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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DVD Reviews  
SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER: Blu-ray - Sony

Charlie Mackenzie (Mike Myers) is a love-shy “poet” living in San Francisco, who frequents neighborhood coffee houses reciting his tortured odes to unrequited love. Burned by a string of failed relationships, Mackenzie’s fear of commitment has intensified into outrageous extremes of paranoia. When he finds himself falling for the sweet-faced butcher (Nancy Travis) at his local meat shop, he sees it as a final chance for love to overcome his painful cynicism. Feeling he has squelched his nagging fears, Mackenzie marries the woman. But his anxiety quickly manifests itself in the conviction that his betrothed is actually an infamous axe murderer whose antics are described in juicy detail in each week’s issue of the Weekly World News.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Complete Series - Sony

Join Raj, Dwayne, and Rerun for all three seasons of this good-natured teen sitcom and find out What’s Happening! Hilarity ensues as the boys grow up in Los Angeles and attempt to deal with the pressures of meeting girls, fending off Raj’s meddling littler sister, ducking the occasional wrath of his large-and-in-charge yet wise mother, and eventually planning their own bright futures. Of course, a stop in at Rob’s Place for good food and great friends is always on the menu. It’s all here, from the early days living at home with mother Mabel to the third and final season in which Raj and Rerun move into their own apartment and mix it up with a slew of new and exciting characters, including neighbor and detective Big Earl Barnett.

McLEOD’S DAUGHTERS - Koch

Claire (Lisa Chappell) and Tess (Bridie Carter) are the two daughters of the title, and at the beginning of the show they are reunited after a long separation. The reunion is brought about by their joint inheritance of Drover’s Run, a cattle farm that has been in their family for many generations. Together, the two gather an all-female group of workers to keep the place going. The show creates some admirably strong, inspirational female characters, and builds its original premise into well-crafted storylines.

WITLESS PROTECTION - Lionsgate

Larry the Cable Guy plays Deputy Larry Sandler, a small-town sheriff’s deputy with good time buddies, a sassy but adoring girlfriend named Connie (Jennie McCarthy), and dreams of being an FBI agent. Providence comes Larry’s way when he spots Madeleine Dimkowski (Ivana Milicevic) and concludes that her FBI escorts, led by Yaphet Kotto (HOMICIDE), are not on the level. Larry kidnaps big city snob Madeleine, who is a key government witness against corrupt businessman Arthur Grimsley (Peter Stormare), and resolves to deliver her to the proper authorities in Chicago. Hotly pursued by Kotto’s bogus FBI agents, as well as Grimsley’s devious security chief (Eric Roberts), Larry and Madeleine must learn to bridge their many cultural differences if they are to make it to the trial alive.

BROKEN TRAIL: Blu-ray - Sony

AMC’s epic western mini series, directed by Walter Hill, stars Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church as an uncle-and-nephew team of cowboys, charged with running a herd of horses through the Wild West. The pair encounter a group of Chinese girls who are being sold into prostitution, and after saving them from that bitter fate, they find themselves charged with their care. The film is based on the novel by Alan Geoffrion.

POPEYE THE SAILOR 1938 - 40 - Warner

This action-packed release celebrates the early years of the spinach-eating, muscle-bound sailor man Popeye. His arch-enemy Bluto is ever present, as is their mutual object of affection, Olive Oyl. All of the episodes covering the period 1938-1940 are included, as is interview footage with animator Max Fleischer.

SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES - Paramount

The Spiderwick Chronicles follows the adventures of the Grace family, newly transplanted from New York City to an inherited home in the remote New England woods. Angry with his mother (Mary-Louise Parker) about the move, the sulky Jared (Freddie Highmore) begin to explore the strange old house, and discovers a magical tome written by his great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn). Soon Jared and his twin brother, Simon (also played by Highmore with the aid of seamless special effects), are drawn into a realm of goblins, boggarts, and ogres--a reality that coexists with the human world. By the time the boys’ older sister, Mallory (Sarah Bolger), is in on their secret, the siblings are steeped in a conflict with the evil shape-shifting ogre Mulgarath (Nick Nolte), who will stop at nothing to get Spiderwick’s book.

FOOL’S GOLD - Warner

Fool’s Gold is set in the beautiful seas and sunny shores of Key West, where Tess (Hudson) and Finn (McConaughey) are set to meet for divorce proceedings. Fed up with Finn’s money-squandering lifestyle, Tess can’t wait to be rid of him so she can return to the academic pursuits she abandoned seven years earlier, when the two lovebirds embarked on a romantic globe-spanning hunt for rumored treasure. But as fate would have it, Tess just happens to work aboard a yacht owned by Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), the same rich man Finn has his sights on as a prospective benefactor for his latest diving debacle. Suspecting this, Tess encourages Nigel to sail off as soon as the divorce papers are in her hands, but their departure is delayed when Nigel’s spoiled heiress daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), arrives. Using his sex appeal and daredevil charm, Finn maneuvers his way aboard the ship and into Gemma’s heart, not even knowing that Tess, whom he hopes to win back, is also on deck.

DYNASTY: Season Three - Paramount

Epitomizing the glamour and decadence of 1980s Reagan-era America, Dynasty was essentially a prime-time soap opera, and was characterized by campy, melodramatic plotlines, as well as Joan Collins’s magnetic performance as the conniving Alexis Colby. She is divorced from Blake Carrington (John Forsythe), a fabulously wealthy oil magnate who marries his secretary, Krystle Jennings (Linda Evans), at the show’s inception; the jealous Alexis schemes to do everything she can to destroy their union. The rest of the cast includes Blake and Alexis’s children--the promiscuous amnesiac Fallon and the sexually ambivalent Steven--as well as resident geologist Matthew Blaisdel and his psychotic wife, Claudia.

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