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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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IRONSIDE: Best of Season One - Millcreek

A classic Raymond Burr favorite which aired on NBC-TV for an eight year run as destination TV for millions of Americans. Ironside was set during the turbulent 60s. Ironside Season One confronted the hottest issues of its time civil rights, drugs, hippies, Rock-n-Roll and gave television its first disabled hero. Its inaugural season attracted many special guest stars including Jack Lord, Susan Saint James, Gary Collins and David Carradine. Ironside was an Emmy favorite with 10 nominations and 5 wins! Includes the Ironside movie; the film that started it all! Originally aired on NBC in 1967, this collection includes the first five critically-acclaimed episodes!

THE CLASS: Blu-ray - Sony

I knew absolutely nothing about this film - other than it was in French and won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. I wanted to approach the story with no pre-conceptions. After watching the 2 hour, 10-minute film, I then read the background. I knew it was not a documentary but I wasn’t aware that the teacher was the author of the original book upon which the film was based, and that he also wrote the screenplay. I was very impressed this group of students are actually the students at the school. There is no question the French educational system has its problems, however this picture provides an honest view of what is wrong with education on a worldwide stage. Not for the faint of heart, this DVD will provide a glimpse of where we are headed as far as education is concerned.

THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD - IFC

In 1975, the small town of Sublime, Texas had an encounter with a creature so horrifying that it remains legend today: Deep in the woods along the Navidad River, someone or something has left its lair to rip a trail of ferocious carnage through the local population. Is it man, monster or Lone Star myth? And in a rural community commanded by the Bible, corrupted by moonshine and ruled by rifles, can anything stop the vengeance of a beast unleashed? Pass the popcorn and hook that speaker to the driver s side window, raves Film Threat. The Wild Man of the Navidad has a lot of heart and captures the essence of 60s and 70s grindhouse/drive-in horror!

HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE - History

Investigate with the origins of some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. From the Great Lakes to Iceland, the San Andreas Fault to Krakatoa, How the Earth Was Made travels the globe to reveal the geological processes that have shaped our planet. Spectacular on-location shooting, evidence from geologists in the field, and clear, dramatic graphics combine in this stunning 13-part series to roll back the millennia and show how the immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have literally shaped the world we live in. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that will help viewers visualize how the earth has evolved and formed over millions of years. Locations covered in How the Earth Was Made include Hawaii a remote island chain brought to being by the movement of super heated magma deep within the earth, to the Marianas Trench, a spot in the sea deeper than Mount Everest is high, where the ocean floor disappears into the centre of the earth.

THE ART OF WAR 3: Retribution - Sony

When international diplomacy comes up short, extreme measures must be taken. In the newest installment of The Art of War, Agent Neil Shaw, played by Naughty By Nature’s sensation, Treach, is on a covert mission to stop North Korean terrorists from obtaining a nuclear bomb. But when the deal turns deadly, Shaw is drawn into the crossfire to save a beautiful facilitator (Playboy model Sung Hi Lee)...and ends up framed for murder. Now a wanted man with only his newbie partner and the mysterious facilitator by his side, Shaw must rely on his kick-ass martial arts skills and bad-ass warrior code to fight through Korea’s mean streets and find the terrorists before they detonate the bomb at a United Nations peace summit. This is war, and there is an art to it.

APRES LUI - IFC

International screen legend Catherine Deneuve delivers one of the most haunting performances of her career as a divorcee who is devastated when her 20-year-old son is killed in a car accident. But rather than grieve with her family, she instead focuses on her dead son s best friend (Thomas Dumerchez) who survived the crash. Where does a heartbroken woman and mother draw the line between love and obsession? Guy Marchand and …lodie Bouchez co-star in this powerful film. Fans of Deneuve and there are many will be delighted to find her in top form.

HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD - History

With his laser-quick hands and feet, steely body, and vast knowledge of Chinese martial arts, Bruce Lee was a one-of-a-kind powerhouse, taking on and taking out the bad guys with gusto. His astonishing skills brought him fame and movie roles, but who knew the real man behind the flying arms and legs? The History channel provides you the whole story, from his birth in San Francisco to his mysterious death some say the result of a curse at age 32, just three weeks before the opening of his only U.S. film, Enter the Dragon. Along the way, Lee introduced ancient martial arts to the modern world, securing a permanent place in our popular culture. With seldom-seen interviews and rare home movies, hear from those he influenced from Jackie Chan to John Woo, Brett Ratner, LL Cool J, and Stan Lee as we explore How Bruce Lee Changed the World.

MEN BEHAVING BADLY: 8 Complete Episodes - Millcreek

Based on the hit British series, Men Behaving Badly pushes the boundaries of sitcom humor to all new extremes, promising absurdities and laughter in every episode. Best friends and roommates, Kevin and Jamie are devoted to prolonging their adolescence. Kevin’s girlfriend, Sarah is determined to civilize Kevin but his bad boy charisma is hard to fight. Starring in the series are Rob Schneider, Ron Eldard and Justine Bateman. The show originally aired on NBC in 1996. 8 complete episodes on 1 DVD. This DVD set is just the gift for someone to get their feet wet on this fantastic series!

MICHAEL JACKSON: A Farewell to the King of Pop - Studio

On July 7, 2009, tens of thousands of mourning fans descended upon the Staples Center in Los Angeles to pay their final respects to Michael Jackson, the planet’s most beloved entertainer. This documentary film is a tribute to Michael Jackson and his message of love and peace, told in the words of the fans who traveled from all over the world to attend his historic memorial. Simply a must own for any fan of the King of Pop, get out and pick your copy up today.

LOVE BOAT: Season Two, Volume Two - Paramount

Take a voyage to romance aboard this ocean liner that whisks its passengers, and surprising guest stars, on panoramic journeys that lead to love. Playing tour guide and matchmaker are the Pacific Princess’ trusty crew, including cruise director Julie (Lauren Tewes), yeoman Gopher (Fred Grandy), ship’s doctor Adam Bricker (Bernie Kopell), drink-slinger Isaac (Ted Lange), and, of course, Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod). Amid luxurious surroundings, and the tempestuous heat of the tropics, anything can happen in this show that is by turns heartwarming, sentimental, and slapstick funny. With several storylines per episode, this escapist gem offers a garden of delights for the romantic at heart.

PUNKY BREWSTER: 8 Complete Episodes - Millcreek

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of one of the most beloved series of the 80s! Punky Power lives on in these episodes from the smash-hit TV show, Punky Brewster. The show was a 1980 s benchmark in fun, innocent television for kids. Soleil Moon Frye stars as the abandoned little girl with an indomitable spirit, who with her faithful dog Brandon brings light and laughter into the life of a grumpy, old photographer. The show was a touching portrait of her makeshift family and a joyful ride through her childhood adventures. This show was a Sunday night hit for NBC delivering to 20 million viewers per week! 8 complete episodes on 1 DVD.

GREEN LANTERN: First Flight - Warner

Straight from the pages of DC Comics, this animated feature film follows the superhero journey of Hal Jordan as a he joins the prestigious Green Lantern Corps. But Jordan learns that not everything is as it appears when he discovers the corruption eating at the core of the group--and fights to set it right. Christopher Meloni, Michael Madsen, and John Larroquette are among those who contribute their vocal talents to this action-packed adaptation. A DVD for all fans of super heroes, this will definitely be a favorite!

EVEREST - Image

When an unexpected solo mountain trek ends in catastrophe for John Laughlin (Jason Priestly), inspired fellow climbers set out to brave the elements and follow John’s dream...to conquer the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest. Determined investigative reporter Norman Kelly (William Shatner) chronicles their daily struggle and when mutiny seems to destroy any hope of reaching the summit, injured climber Laurie Skreslet (Eric Johnson) leads the group across creaking icefalls, gaping chasms and through the”death zone in an effort to survive. Based on a true story, Everest is a breathtaking and terrifying adventure filled with unexpected perils, exhilarating triumphs and tragedies that you will never forget.

HIPPOS & RHINOS - Genius

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live with a Hippo or a Rhino? Well, now you can! Enjoy four great Animal Planet shows on one DVD. See unlikely house pets Jessica the Hippo and Tatenda the Rhino and follow wildlife conservationist Saba Douglas Hamilton as she sheds light on the secret of the black rhino. Also, you will see Cleo, Busch Gardens Florida’s most famous hippo, give birth to her first baby!

THE SMURFS: Smurfy Tales - Warner

Lighthearted and adorable, the Smurfs have delighted millions of children with their animated adventures and can-do attitude. Located in cozy Smurf Village, all of the show’s blue-complected characters--including carefree Handy, know-it-all Brainy, sweet Smurfette, and fatherly Papa Smurf--have something that makes them special. But when the going gets tough, their most important resource is each other. As the little guys (and girl) hunt for smurfberries and fend off the evil designs of the wizard Gargamel, they learn some important lessons. Adapted from the Belgian comic strip “Les Schtroumpfs,” this fun-filled series is full of smurftastic adventures.

SLINGBLADE: Blu-ray - Miramax

Miramax proudly presents this riveting motion picture in the phenomenal intensity of Blu-ray Disc. Applauded by critics and moviegoers alike, the award-winning masterpiece written/directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton achieves new heights of greatness in high definition. 25 years after committing an unthinkable crime, a quiet man named Karl (Thornton) finally returns home. Once there, he s befriended by a fatherless boy and his mother. But when his newfound peace is shattered by the mother s abusive boyfriend (Grammy winner Dwight Yoakam), Karl is suddenly placed on a collision course with his past! Also starring Robert Duvall, John Ritter and J.T. Walsh, this emotional powerhouse is an unforgettable experience for the eyes and ears as well as the heart. Feel the stirring power of Sling Blade as never before in Blu-ray high definition.

SWAMP THING: 8 Complete Episodes - Millcreek

Beware the wrath of the Swamp Thing! When an attempt on Dr. Alec Holland’s life leaves him consumed by deadly chemicals and fire, the swamps of Louisiana transform him into a superhuman creature hell-bent on ridding the swamp- and the world- of the evil that men do. Based on the DC Comic character, Swamp Thing has become a recognized brand through comic books, film and TV. The original series ran from 1990-1993 on the USA Network and starred Dick Durock. 8 fantastic episodes on 1 DVD.

PROJECT RUNWAY: Season Five - Genius

The fifth season of Project Runway returns with another group of telegenic contestants intent on winning the $100,000 cash prize and the chance to jumpstart their careers as fashion designers. Though it is full of drama and its share of cat fighting, Project Runway has always been a step above your run-of-the-mill reality series. Whereas The Hills relies on a coterie of frenemies to ramp up its ratings, Project Runway actually seems interested in the contestants and how they will succeed in life beyond the series.

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD - Magnolia

Once upon a time, Buck Howard (John Malkovich) spent his days in the limelight as a mentalist extraordinaire! Nowadays, it s clear to everyone except Buck that his act has lost its luster. Convinced his comeback is imminent, Buck needs a new road manager and personal assistant. Recent law school drop-out and would-be writer Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) needs a job and a purpose. Working for the pompous, has-been mentalist fills the former requirement, but how it satisfies the latter is questionable. Nonetheless, with the aid of a fiery publicist (Emily Blunt) and a bold stroke of luck, Buck lands back in the American consciousness, taking Troy along for the ride.

SEVERED WAYS - Magnet

In the 11th century, Vikings, Native Americans, and Irish monks collide on the shores of North America in a historical epic adventure of exploration, personal glory, and religious dominance. Abandoned by a Western exploration party and stranded in the New World, two lone Vikings struggle for survival while still in the grip of their Norse ways. eaturing an icy black metal soundtrack including Burzum, Morbid Angel, Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE: Blu-ray - Kulture

Lock up your daughters, the pirates are coming to town! Peppered with unforgettable melodies and tongue-twisting songs, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most popular operettas ever written. This new Opera Australia production shot in sparkling high definition has been hailed as an effervescent smash hit! In spite of being apprenticed to a Pirate King as a child, Frederic has led a very sheltered life. So when he arrives in Penzance with his boisterous shipmates, there are a few surprises in store for him! This bright and breezy production is guaranteed to have you laughing in your seat; it’s a big adventure where our swashbuckling Pirate King meets his match in the bumbling Major General! Clearly one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best works, this is sure to have you singing by the end!

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of either Barney: Sharing is Caring or A&E’s Poirot & Marple, 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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