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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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FRIDAY THE 13th: Final Chapter - Paramount

Jason Voorhees is at it again. Yeah, yeah, yeah. A group of kids get stalked and taken out one at a time. Been there, done that. However this release is worth the pick up. the picture and sound quality are vastly improved from the original release. Of all the current re-releases for this franchise, The Final Chapter is the only one that contains something good with its special features. “The Lost Ending” is promising from the start and “Jimmy’s Dead Dancing Moves” is hilarious. The “Slashed Scenes” aren’t just the same deleted scenes from the previous box set. Overall, this is one of the best entries in the series. Jason is at his most menacing here and the characters have more depth to them than they do in other films.

JESSE STONE: Thin Ice - Sony

Jesse Stone is back! When his friend and fellow cop is shot during a visit to Boston, small town police chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) risks his life and career to solve the crime while also investigating the disappearance of a missing child in this exciting fifth installment in the popular Jesse Stone movies based on the best-selling books by Robert B. Parker. A fantastic pickup since Magnum PI, this program carryon that tradition. Pick it up today!

TOM & JERRY’S GREATEST CHASES: Volume Two - Warner

Who doesn’t love Tom and Jerry? And don’t forget the Bulldog, Spike! Everyones favorite cat and mouse are back with 14 shorts from the popular cartoon series. Volume two finds Tom and Jerry engaging in some of their greatest chases ever! A favorite for children and adults alike, this DVD is simply a must own for any household!

INKHEART: Blu-ray - Warner

Elinor Loredan (Helen Mirren) states that she prefers her stories to stay on paper, where they belong, in Inkheart. This film is a rollicking adventure that appeals to adults as well as teens. But if Elinor got what she wanted, viewers would not sit through the film. The delicious premise of the film is that book lover Mo Folchart (Brendan Fraser) has discovered a way to bring book characters to life. That means that adorable Toto from The Wizard of Oz is suddenly yapping under Mo’s daughter Meggie’s (Eliza Bennett) bed. But it also means that somewhere, a real person or thing has been sucked into the book world--battling flying monkeys and evildoers that suddenly are real threats. A film that will make you disappear into a magical world, this DVD should not be missed.

KICKBOXER: Blu-ray - Lionsgate

Accompanied by his brother Kurt (Van Damme), American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio) arrives in Thailand to defeat the Eastern warriors at their own sport. His opponent: ruthless fighter and Thai champion, Tong Po. Tong not only defeats Eric, he paralyzes him for life. Crazed with anger, Kurt vows revenge. After a crash course in the ancient techniques of kickboxing from Thai master Xian Chow, Kurt challenges Tong. Their battle to the finish, born of lust, power and revenge, will leave only one man standing.

NEW IN TOWN - Lionsgate

RenÈe Zellweger stars as Lucy Hill, a high-powered executive in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle. Seeking to snag a big promotion, Lucy agrees to move to a remote Minnesota town to oversee the restructuring of a blue-collar manufacturing plant. After enduring icy roads, freezing weather and a chilly reception from the locals, she soon warms up to the small town and its people – especially the town’s handsome union representative (Harry Connick, Jr.). What begins as a job assignment becomes the best thing ever to happen to her, in this heartwarming comedy that proves that the warmest people are often in the coldest places.

APOLLO 11: A Night to Remember - Acorn Media

If you are a fan of space exploration, you have to check this DVD out! Relive the excitement and awe of the first moon landing. Unearthing rare archival footage from the BBC, this two-hour documentary compiles the sights, sounds, and electrifying drama of humanity’s first footsteps on the moon. Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and veteran newsmen cover events as they happened from the launchpad in Cape Kennedy, mission control in Houston, and the BBC desk in London. Follow Apollo 11 astronauts from their preflight breakfast on July 16, 1969, to their splashdown in the Pacific eight days later. Share the suspense of countdown, the thunder of blastoff, the epic 218,096-mile flight--and, of course, Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind.” Interspersed with this live coverage, BBC reporter James Burke provides helpful--and sometimes hilarious--demonstrations of spaceflight technology, including donning a space suit, touring the Apollo capsule, and experiencing zero gravity.

NUMBER TEN - Acorn Media

Open Britain’s most famous door for a glimpse at the personal affairs that have unfolded over the centuries inside Number 10 Downing Street. In seven thrilling episodes, a veteran cast of actors portray some of Britain’s most notable prime ministers--including William Gladstone (Denis Quilley), Benjamin Disraeli (Richard Pasco), David Lloyd George (John Stride), and Ramsay MacDonald (Ian Richardson). Jeremy Brett delivers a tour-de-force performance as the brilliant but tragic William Pitt the Younger. Spanning the Napoleonic era to the 1920s, each episode tells the story of a great public statesman--and of the private individual whose passions, hopes, and fears played out within the narrow confines of Number 10.

BLUE MURDER: Set Four - Acorn Media

In the squad room, the cops on the Manchester murder investigation unit call Janine Lewis Boss. At home, the kids simply call her Mum. In both places, she manages to keep everybody in line but just barely with a firm yet affectionate hand. Award-winning actress Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Life Begins) brings astonishing dramatic depth to her role as a chief detective and single mom trying to balance the demands of career and family. Ian Kelsey (Casualty) costars as Janine s fiercely loyal second in command and erstwhile romantic interest. This six-episode set sees Janine tackle some of her most baffling cases yet: the murders of an illegal Belarusian ÈmigrÈ, a suburban cheerleading coach, a rock star about to break into the big time, and more. In Blue Murder s signature style, heart-tugging domestic drama and good-natured workplace ribbing leaven each suspenseful, grimly realistic mystery.

TOM & JERRY: The Chuck Jones Collection - Warner

Tom and Jerry: Chuck Jones Collection is a must-have 2-disc collector’s set featuring all 34 theatrical shorts produced by Chuck Jones. Mr. Jones had his own style that was more subtle than a sledge hammer up side the head. If you are a classic cartoon fan, this set is, without a doubt, for you. Personally, I love cartoons and Tom and Jerry are at the top of my list!

MORNING LIGHT: Blu-ray - Disney

Fifteen young sailors... six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This exciting true-life documentary tells the inspiring story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life’s first great adventure. Racing a high-performance 52-foot sloop in the TRANSPAC, the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions, the crew of “Morning Light” matches wits and skills in a dramatic 2,300-mile showdown against top professionals. Beautifully presented on this Blu-ray disc, this program is stunningly clear! Get your copy today!

LOST: Season Two on Blu-ray - Disney

Lost is the ultimate TV series to experience in high definition with mind blowing 1080p picture and 5.1 uncompressed sound. The multiple Emmy Award winning drama reaches new heights in its spectacular second season as the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 discover they are not alone in their battle against the Others and a contested decision to open the hatch reveals a new realm of mystery and intrigue. Bonus Feature Include: audio commentaries, Fire & Water: Anatomy of an episode, Lost on location, the world according to Sawyer, canine castaway, flashbacks, deleted scenes, bloopers, mysteries, theories, and conspiracies, secrets from the hatch.

GENERATION KILL: Blu-ray - HBO

The seven episodes of Generation Kill follow a battalion of Marines as they lead the invasion of Iraq, ultimately rolling into Baghdad itself by the last show. The language is dense with obscenities and military jargon, but it’s surprisingly easy to follow, even if you don’t study the glossary that comes in a booklet with the box set. What isn’t so easy to distinguish are the characters themselves, except by surface details: This guy has a hoarse voice, this guy is an embedded journalist (a stand-in for Evan Wright, the Rolling Stone reporter who wrote the book the series is based on), this guy is a white supremacist, this guy has a mustache, this guy is an officer obsessed with the other guy’s mustache. The problem is that people are ultimately defined by what they do, and soldiers in war are all doing pretty much the same thing: Shooting, swearing, and sitting around as they wait to shoot and swear some more. Presented with alarming clarity, Generation Kill will make you think you were right there on the battlefield with the Marines! Don’t miss this fantastic program!

SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER: Season Two - Disney

The drama and secrets continue in the top rated second season of the hit ABC Family original series that has fans and critics buzzing all across America. Good girl band geek Amy is smart, talented and pregnant. That’s just one of the secrets that Amy, her friends and family deal with in this poignant portrait of modern day high school life. Experience an award winning series overflowing with humor, heart and compassion.

WALTZ WITH BASHIR: Blu-ray - Sony

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. Presented in stunning clarity on Blu-ray, you must get your copy today!

DR. STRANGELOVE: Blu-ray - Sony

Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick’s cold-war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Dr. Strangelove is a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed with “the purity of precious bodily fluids,” mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so- called “Doomsday Device,” and the world hangs in the balance while the U.S. president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart.

JOHN ADAMS: Blu-ray - HBO

Based on David McCullough’s bestselling biography, the HBO miniseries John Adams is the furthest thing from a starry-eyed look at America’s founding fathers and the brutal path to independence. Adams (Paul Giamatti), second president of the United States, is portrayed as a skilled orator and principled attorney whose preference for justice over anti-English passions earns enemies. But he also gains the esteem of the first national government of the United States, i.e., the Continental Congress, which seeks non-firebrands capable of making a reasoned if powerful case for America’s break from England’s monarchy. But the process isn’t easy: not every one of the 13 colonies-turned-states is ready to incur the wrath of England, and behind-the-scenes negotiations prove as much a part of 18th century congressional sessions as they do today.

THE UNIVERSE SEASON TWO: Blu-ray - History

With the Blu-ray release of this, the complete second season of The Universe, the History Channel has now devoted a combined total of more than 25 hours, not including bonus material, to its documentary study of that combination of time, space, and matter that we call our universe. ThatÕs a lot. But then you consider the mind-boggling age and size of the universe itself: 13.7 billion years old, and big beyond our comprehension; infinite, in fact, and expanding rapidly. We once considered ourselves to be at the center of the universe now we know that we are just a small spec in a giant cosmos. This is a brilliant DVD that Blu-ray takes to an unbelievable level. The picture and sound quality are absolutely incredible. Pick this title up today!

DVD GIVEAWAY

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of The History Channel's Extreme Trains, Monsterquest Season Three, or The Universe Season Two on Blu-ray, it is really easy. All you have to do is send me an email at Filmlords@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!

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