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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic

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Ever want to solve a murder? Then enroll in Crime Scene University where Penn State University students learn how to unmask a killer in the classroom and in the field through violent crime scenarios that would challenge the most experienced investigators. From studying blood spatter patterns to using electrostatic printing to locate footprints, students work in two teams to recreate the most brutal and intriguing crimes you can imagine. Another fascinating addition to the CSI - type show series. This one is just as good, too!


A year after the original tragedy, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is in college trying to piece her life back together. When her roommate, Karla (Brandy Norwood), wins a trip for four to a tropical island, everything seems to be fine. That changes during a seemingly harmless karaoke session, however, when instead of lyrics a menacing message appears on the teleprompter to return the horror to Julie’s life. It’s not long before the bodies start piling up, and she once again finds herself facing the wrong end of the knife--but this time, she’s far from the comforts of home!


Contained in this set are three all time family favorites that kids are sure to love! The three segments include the Jungle Book: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi To The Rescue, Alice in Wonderland: What’s The Matter With Hatter?, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: The Lost Scimitar of Arabia. All three of these programs will keep the attention of kids from the beginning to the end!


In this satirical comedy, Marco Ferreri transplants the Battle of Little Big Horn to the site of a demolished Parisian mall and presents his take on the classic American Western, sympathizing with the Indians instead of the cowboys. Although this DVD has possibly the worst title in the history of cinema, it is a very good program. This program has a wonderful cast, including Catherine Denueve, Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli and Ugo Tognazzi.


Where in the world can you find the strangest and most deadly sharks? Why do sharks sometimes prey on humans? When are you most likely to be attacked? And what can you do to avoid becoming shark food? If you’re hungry for answers, join the experts and some of Discovery Channel’s bravest hosts as they go swimming with the ocean’s most feared predator to answer all your biting questions. This DVD includes bonus features such as Shark Attack Files, Jobs That Bite and Jobs That Bite Harder.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Tone & Groove and Cardio Funk - Paramount

The reality show So You Think You Can Dance gave some up-and-coming dancers the opportunity to show their stuff to a television audience. Now, in this fitness program, the program’s most popular dancers use their dance moves to help viewers tone and groove their way to slimmer, sexier physiques. A second edition focuses on a Cardio Funk routine that will help you reach better all around health.

HOTEL: Season One - Paramount

Based on Arthur Hailey’s popular novel and the 1967 film of the same name, ABC’s Hotel is basically a land-based Love Boat set at San Francisco’s opulent St. Gregory Hotel featuring a combo of guest stars along with a regular cast in intertwined stories of primetime soap love, lust and drama. Hotel was a well-made primetime soap done in proven Love Boat style, Hotel was one of the early hits of the 1983-1984 season. From the excellent cast to the elegant, atmospheric decor of the St. Gregory itself, Hotel oozed with style and class. This is exemplified in the show’s regal opening theme by late great composer Henry Mancini. Available on DVD for the first time, Hotel - The First Season is a 6-disc, Full Frame (1.33:1) video, English mono audio set featuring all 22 regular Season One episodes plus the two-hour pilot movie.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE: Season Two - Paramount

The widely popular, award-winning Chicago Public Radio show of the same name is now a Showtime show. Drawing on a different theme each week, viewers hear compelling stories from everyday folks culled from six months on the road. Host Ira Glass and company create a captivating look at the American Life in a series that’s not quite documentary, not much of a news magazine and definitely not a reality show – it’s simply unlike anything else.


Based on a chilling true story, The Haunting in Connecticut charts one family’s terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner’s clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to cross over. Now, unspeakable terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family. Available on Blu-ray, the picture quality and sound take this horror film to new heights. Check it out!


When Max Peterson (Shane West) receives a series of mysterious cell phone messages that promise him untold wealth, he soon finds himself the victim of a deadly international plot. Chased by a lethal team of government operatives, Max races across the planet in a desperate attempt to unravel a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the entire world. Edward Burns, Ving Rhames and Martin Sheen co-star in this techno-charged edge-of-your-seat action thriller!

12 - Sony Pictures Classics

When a Chechen youth is put on trial for the murder of his stepfather, it’s up to a room full of jurors divided by racism and prejudice to determine the boy’s ultimate fate. One by one, each man takes center stage to confront, connect and confess while the accused awaits a verdict. Slowly the tide of opinion turns, as the jurors begin to realize their decision will forever change the course of another person’s life. As they deliberate, the accused revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in a series of powerful flashbacks. Director Nikita Mikhalkov’s Oscar nominated remake of 12 Angry Men is a brilliant look at fear, trust and the triumph of human nature.

300 Complete Experience: Blu-ray - Warner

300 brings Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s graphic novel vividly to life. Gerard Butler radiates pure power and charisma as Leonidas, the Grecian king who leads 300 of his fellow Spartans into a battle against the overwhelming force of Persian invaders. Their only hope is to neutralize the numerical advantage by confronting the Persians, led by King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), at the narrow strait of Thermopylae. A Blu-ray DVD book, this package includes a digital copy of the film and countless extras. A must own!

BLEACH: Volume 18 - Viz Media

In this 18th installment of the series, the Bounts target Uryu and bring him before their leader, the megalomaniacal Kariya, despite all efforts to stop them. Kariya’s goal is to gain the unique powers of a Quincy and use them for his own diabolical purpose. Members of both the Soul Society and the world of the living gather for a fierce face-off with the Bounts! A new character is introduced in this edition - a Soul Reaper who is working with the Bounts, and who is recognized as a member of Squad 11. Bleach Volume 18 has some flaws, including an episode that mostly consists of not-very-interesting flashbacks. But it also introduces some intriguing new twists, and promises to get ever more exciting. If you are a fan of this series, you must pick this dvd up!


The U.S. Moon missions would never have gotten 10 feet off the ground without the pioneering engineers and manufacturers and the amazing machines they created to turn science fiction into history-making headlines. From nuts and bolts to rockets and life support systems, every piece of gear was custom made from scratch to perform cutting-edge scientific tasks while withstanding the violent rigors of space travel. Now here’s your chance to climb aboard the capsule, put on a spacesuit and learn the real stories behind the right stuff. This DVD focuses on the Saturn V rocket, navigation calculations, the lunar module, and the space suits.


The Stargate universe is exhilaratingly expanded and the epic feel of the franchise is perfected in this acclaimed spin-off of the Stargate SG-1 series (itself spun-off from the 1994 blockbuster from director Roland Emmerich). In Stargate: Atlantis, an international crew of scientists and soldiers finds yet another Stargate, one which leads to the lost city of Atlantis. This Stargate isn’t on Earth but in the far-away Pegasus Galaxy, and the secret city holds a formidable new enemy known as the Wraith. This is the final season of the groundbreaking series.

THE UNBORN: Blu-ray - Universal

Enter a world of unrelenting evil as terror finds a new form in The Unborn. From the producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the co-writer of The Dark Knight comes this shocking supernatural thriller about a young woman (Odette Yustman) plagued by chilling dreams and tortured by a demonic ghost that haunts her waking hours. Her only hope to break the debilitating paranormal curse is in an exorcism with spiritual advisor Sendak (Gary Oldman). See what lies beyond the doorway of our world in this non-stop nightmare of the undead. On Blu-ray dvd, this film is even scarier than it was in the theater! Get your copy today.

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