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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: Season Two - Sony

The Rules of Engagement revolves around two couples and their lone single friend, who comes in the diminutive form of David Spade. As a newlywed couple (Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich) navigates the tough terrain of marriage, old pros Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price share the “wisdom” they’ve gathered after many years of marriage. Meanwhile, Russell (Spade) is all on his own. Included here are all 15 episodes of the second season, which finds infernal snoring, sexual ruses, the “guy code,” and guest star Heather Locklear figuring into the proceedings.

MONGOL: The Rise of Genghis Khan (Blu-ray) - Newline

Filmed in the very lands that gave birth to Genghis Khan, Mongol transports us back to a distant and exotic period in world history; to a nomad’s landscape of endless space, climatic extremes and ever-present danger. In a performance of powerful stillness and subtlety, celebrated young Japanese actor Asano Tadanobu (Zatoichi, Last Life in the Universe) captures the inner fire that enabled a hunted boy to become a legendary conqueror. Asano’s achievement is matched by those of his co-stars, including the radiant newcomer Khulan Chuluun as Temudgin’s courageous, spirited wife Borte, and the Chinese actor Honglei Sun (The Road Home) as the Mongol chieftain Jamukha, Temudgin’s dearest friend and deadliest enemy. Masterfully blending action and emotion against some of the most arresting terrain on earth, Bodrov delivers an exciting and awe-inspiring tale of survival and triumph, and a love story for the ages.

L.A. INK: Season One - Genius

The rebellious, tattoo-sleeved Kat Von D is a force to be reckoned with. She made her first tattoo--of the Misfits band skull logo--at age 14 with a homemade rig, so it’s going to take much more than a fall-out with the crew of the hit series MIAMI INK to keep this tenacious wild child out of the public eye. After leaving that Florida-based show at the end of the second season, Kat moved to Los Angeles, opened her own tattoo parlor and--voila--LA INK was born. Now she’s doing things her own way.

THE 4400: Complete Series - Paramount

When 4400 alien abductees return to earth just as mysteriously as they vanished, the Department of Homeland Security demands answers. But even more pressing than the concerns of the government are the experiences of the victims as they readjust to life on earth. Upon their return, these formerly missing persons lose all memory of what happened to them. Though they can’t remember where they’ve been, they are haunted by the knowledge that their experiences have changed them. Operating in a cloud of unknowns, the victims start to go through mysterious changes, gaining powers that they can’t always control. This collection presents all four seasons of the sci-fi series.

B.L. STRYKER: Complete Series - Arts Alliance America

Burt Reynolds had established himself as an international movie star before appearing as retired cop B.L. Stryker in this short-lived ABC show. The show follows Stryker as he goes into retirement in Palm Beach, Florida. Fresh from patrolling the crime-strewn streets of New Orleans, Stryker soon gets the itch to return to his former life, and takes up a career as a private detective. The show follows him as he unravels numerous mysteries, usually in association with his close friend and work buddy, Oz (Ossie Davis). All 12 episodes from the series are included on this release.

CASINO ROYALE - Sony

Trading in the Cold War era for a new, post-9-11 landscape, the tale unfolds in locations that span the globe, including the Bahamas, Venice, and the Czech Republic. It opens in Madagascar, where Bond pursues a guerilla bomb-maker in one of the most breathtaking chase scenes ever--and it all takes place on foot. Botching that assignment, Bond goes to Montenegro to square off against terrorist baddie Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelson), an international loan shark who gambles with the money of his equally dangerous clients. Beautiful British Treasury representative Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) supplies Bond’s own funds, appearing on his arm in Montenegro, while M (Dame Judi Dench) keeps a close watch on the action from headquarters. The extravagant poker game forms the center of the action, with Jeffrey Wright putting in an intense appearance at the table; interrupting the game are assassination attempts, poisoning, and other dramatic events that keep the adrenaline pumping.

 

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