REVIEWS BY NETTA GILBOA
ADVENTURES OF THE OLD WEST (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 300 minutes) This five-disc boxed set contains narration and songs by Kris Kristofferson. Unraveling the mysteries and myths of American history, this set includes the following episodes: "Scouts In The Wilderness," "Texas Cowboys and The Trail Drives," "Great Chiefs at the Crossroads," "Frontier Justice: The Law and the Lawless," "The 49ers and the California Gold Rush," and "Pioneers and the Promised Land." The DVDs contain Dolby Digital audio, Old West trivia questions and answers on each disc, a segment on "Pivotal Events," a segment on "Little Known Facts," and chapter search. Highly recommended for those interested in cowboys and Indians, outlaws, western culture, and early American history, this is a marvelous introduction to the time period for those unfamiliar with it, and this is a delightful romp through major events for those who are already history buffs.
ALOHA, BOBBY AND ROSE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 88 minutes) Paul Le Mat, Dianne Hull, Robert Carradine, and Tim McIntire star in this romantic road film about two people who on their first date fall in love and are forced to go on the run after an innocent prank goes awry. Featuring a soundtrack with music by Bob Dylan, Elton John and The Temptations, this is a story about broken dreams, broken lives, and people going nowhere fast in a situation where reality can't match fantasy. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs) or standard presentations of the film, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, theatrical trailer, talent bios and chapter search. This is a must for those who love road films and/or 70s music.
ANCIENT SECRETS OF THE BIBLE (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 300 minutes) Winner of 18 national family film awards, this 10-part series is offered as a five-disc, budget-priced, boxed set. Featuring recreations of dramatic Biblical events, expert testimony and scientific experiments, this is ideal for both home and Church or classroom viewing. Episodes include: "Battle of David and Goliath," "Samson," "Noah's Ark," "Ark of the Covenant," "Moses' Ten Commandments," "Moses' Red Sea Miracle," "Sodom and Gomorrah," "Walls of Jericho," "Tower of Babel," and "Shroud of Turin." The DVD includes digitally mastered prints of the documentaries, Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers, informational segments on The Judaic Bible, The Christian Bible, and Bible History, and chapter search. This is a well-done series, which is a must to have for those interested in history, religion and myth.
AND YA DON'T STOP: HIP HOP'S GREATEST VIDEOS (Palm Pictures LLC) This compilation disc offers 12 digitally re-mastered videos in CD quality uncompressed PCM Stereo. Featured artists include: Public Enemy ("Fight The Power"), Arrested Development ("Tennessee"), Wu Tang Clan ("C.R.E.A.M."), N.W.A. ("Straight Outta Compton"), 2 PAC ("Breanda's Gotta Baby"), Ice Cube ("It Was A Good Day"), Queen Latifah ("U.N.I.T.Y."), Onyx ("Slam"), House Of Pain ("Jump Around"), Eazy E ("Real Compton City GS"), Whodini ("Freaks Come Out At Night") and Eric B. & Rakim ("Microphone Fiends"). While there are no extras here other than chapter search, this is an excellent disc both for die-hard Hip Hop fans and those who only know some of the artists and are eager to be exposed to more. This well conceived lineup offers something for everyone and is an excellent disc for background music at a party, or to groove on while doing something else. The front cover indicates this is Volume 1, so hopefully further titles are forthcoming. Needless to say there is also a parental advisory warning regarding explicit content, but that only serves to make the disc even more appealing to its intended audience. Well done.
ASTRONAUT'S WIFE, THE (New Line Home Video, 110 minutes) Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron star in this thriller about an astronaut whose mission loses contact with Earth for two minutes. During that time his body is taken over by an alien, and when he comes back to Earth strange things start happening as the alien continues to inhabit the body. Containing great special effects, and a wild plot that gives you no hint at what's coming next, this will appeal to Depp's many fans, those interested in aliens and those interested in psychological terror. The DVD contains a widescreen print of the film (2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, interactive menus, theatrical trailer, cast and crew filmographies, and chapter search. Those with DVD players inside their PCs can also access the screenplay while watching the film, use web links, and install a Lord Of The Rings web browser. Don't miss this if you enjoyed films like Aliens and/or Rosemary's Baby..
BACH: A NAXOS MUSICAL JOURNEY (DVD International, 56 minutes) Part of six titles released first in a new series promising to offer almost 100 titles total, this offers an exploration into some of Bach's most popular classical music with visuals from Italian countrysides. Included are: "Violin Concerto in E Major," "Violin Concerto in A Minor," "Double Violin Concerto in D Minor," and "Air on the G String." These are set against landscapes from Italy including Tivoli, Chianti, Arezzo, Cinque Terre, Lake Bolsena, Lucca and Civita Village. The DVD contains a remastered print in choice of Dolby Digital or DTS Surround sound, with an E-Z Menu system for screen navigation, and chapter search. Naxos of America which partners with DVD International to release this series is a leader in classical music, and this series is an attempt to bring classical music out to the masses who will perhaps better appreciate it when having something to watch along with the music. This is highly recommended as background for everything from romantic dinners to dinner parties, and for those who enjoy relaxation discs. It will also clearly delight classical music fans too.
BARAKA (MPI Home Video, 104 minutes) Filmed in 24 countries on six continents, in 70mm, this is a visual film that focuses on man and the environment he lives in. Focusing on religious rituals, destruction of the planet both by man and by nature, as well as celebrating creation, weather, and life, this travels from China, Brazil and Kuwait to more well known landmarks in the USA and Europe. A montage of images showing animals, water, and people in all types of environments, this makes one think, reflect and simply appreciate how good it is to be alive. The DVD contains choice of standard or letterboxed versions of the film, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, interactive menus, behind-the-scenes featurette, and chapter search. Originally released as a promotional only title bundled with portable DVD players, and shown across the world at film festivals, this has finally become available to the general public and it's a must for those who enjoy history, religion, film, photography, nature and/or travel. Highly recommended for everything from background use as a relaxation title, to teaching children about the world around them, to showing off your home theatre system, this is a rare film that holds up to repeated viewings and has unlimited reasons to be shown again.
BEST LAID PLANS (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc., 92 minutes) Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin and Alessandro Nivola star in this thriller about a robbery that ends badly. The robber is given 48 hours to pay $15,000 and he and his girlfriend need to get their hands on a lot of cash very quickly. Full of more plot twists and out-of-control situations than you can imagine or predict, this is full of sex, murder, kidnapping and theft. The DVD contains an anamorphic widescreen print of the film (1.85:1), 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, eight deleted scenes, interactive menus, an alternate ending, director's commentary track, featurette, theatrical trailer, Spanish subtitles, cast and crew bios, and chapter search. Sure to appeal to those who love film noir, plot twists galore, and/or Reese Witherspoon (in one of her best roles yet), this is unpredictable, full of suspense, and thoroughly engrossing. Highly recommended if you seek to forget your troubles by watching a film for a few hours.
BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 300 minutes) First telecast in 1962, this TV sitcom ran for nine years and celebrated a family who struck it rich when an oil well sprouted in their front yard. They packed up all of their belongings, moved to Beverly Hills, and attempted to cope with big city ways when they were just country bumpkins. Still shown today, this timeless series now has 10 classic episodes available on DVD. Included are: "The Clampetts Meet The Dodgers," "Start To School," "Jethro's First Love," "The Great Feud," "No Place Like Home," "Jed Rescues Pearl," "Back To California," "Jed's Dilemma," "Duke Steals A Wife," and "The Family Tree." The DVDs contain Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers on each disc, a segment on "Hillbilly Lingo." a segment on "Granny's Favorite Vittles," biographies of the cast, and chapter search. This is a must to own for fans of the show, as well as those who have only seen a few episodes and want to see the best ones. Well done.
BLANK GENERATION (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 85 minutes) Carole Bouquet, Richard Hell, Ulli Lommel, Andy Warhol and Suzanna Love star in this cult film which features music by Richard Hell & The Voidoids. It's a drama about a musician forced to choose between his career and his shaky relationship with a female journalist. Filmed in NYC clubs and on the streets of the Lower East Side in 1979, this is a great look at the punk scene and is a must for punks, Warhol fans and/or Richard Hell's many fans. The DVD contains a widescreen print of the film (1.66:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), Dolby Digital mono audio, and chapter search. This film became a huge success in England in the early 90s but until now has been rarely shown in America. Highly recommended for those interested in the underground and/or in the punk music scene.
BLUE JUICE (Trimark Home Video, 93 minutes) Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Sean Pertwee and Steven Macintosh star in this surfing film about a successful beach dude who is turning thirty and finding himself faced with some tough choices. His girlfriend wants them to head towards marriage, he has to wear a girdle, and his friends are going nowhere fast. Will he give it up and grow up, or ride the waves forever? The DVD contains a widescreen print of the film, Dolby Digital Stereo sound, interactive menus, theatrical trailer, foreign subtitles, and chapter search. Combining comedy, drama and action, this will hold your interest if you like surfing, beach films, or any of the actors.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA UNAUTHORIZED: OUT OF THE BOTTLE (Music Video Distributors, Inc., 48 minutes available from www.musicvideodist.com) Those curious to know more about overnight teen sensation Christina Aguilera might look to this unauthorized DVD which was made without the cooperation of the star, her record company or her management. Containing never-before-seen footage, this traces her climb for success on Star Search and as part of the Mickey Mouse Club casts, explores her views on success and shows her now that she has made it. The DVD contains no regional coding, a trivia game, and chapter search. This is sure to delight her many recent fans.
CHINESE GHOST STORY, A (Pioneer Entertainment (USA) L.P., 84 minutes) Animated by Tsui Hark, this brings the classic live-action films to a whole new audience. Now an unrated film which can be watched by the whole family, this explores Chinese myths and presents an absorbing story about demons, ghosts and love that lasts across time. Offered with a choice of English, Mandarin, and Cantonese languages, as well as English subtitles, this anime film includes a digitally mastered standard presentation of the film, hi-fi stereo, interview with director Tsui Hark, interactive menus, theatrical trailer and chapter search. The rare film that will appeal to both children and adults, this is highly recommended for those interested in anime, Chinese culture and/or quality material they can show to children.
CIRCUIT #1 (Quickband Networks, 117 minutes, distributed by Warner Home Video) This DVD-only music magazine lets musicians have a voice in a way that has not been possible until now. Offering better sound than VHS, and the ability to show things one can't in a print magazine, this series has lots of potential and no competition. Featured artists in this issue include R.E.M., Beck, Grant Lee Buffalo, Cake and The Cardigans. You get to watch members of the Cardigans go bowling, members of Cake show off their hometown, and members of R.E.M. discuss their album Up. The issue also features music videos from Rialto and Liquid Liquid, as well as many alternate audio and video tracks so you can decide what you like best. The DVD contains choice of 5.1 or 2.0 Dolby Digital audio, and web site access for those with DVD players inside their computers. Highly recommended for music fans of all ages, this is a superb premiere issue sure to delight fans of, or those curious to learn more about, any of the included artists.
CIRCUIT #4 (Quickband Networks, 106 minutes, distributed by Warner Home Video) This fourth issue of this DVD-only music magazine features Ben Harper, G. Love and Special Sauce, Bis, Robyn Hitchcock, and the Mission of Burma. Doing things no paper magazine can, this takes viewers on a tour of G. Love's tour bus, lets you watch a basketball game played by Bis, shows Hitchcock performing in a Burbank, CA parking lot, and shows a previously unreleased music video by Harper. It's visually interesting even if one is not familiar with some or all of the bands, and this magazine is a great and inexpensive way to learn about new music. The DVD contains 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, alternate audio tracks, interviews with many of the artists, web site access and chapter search. Highly recommended to music fans of all ages.
CIRCUIT #5 (Quickband Networks, 135 minutes) The fifth edition of this music magazine on DVD includes a history of The Residents, a visit to the recording studio with The Jayhawks, a performance and interview with Breakbeat Era, segments on Death In Vegas, Royal Trux, Supreme Beings Of Leisure, and a tour of a Hollywood museum with Gomez. Also included is a music video from The Wiseguys, and the "Ultra Obscene" video by Breakbeat Era which was previously unavailable in the USA until now. The DVD offers choice of Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0 or AC-3 audio, alternate video and audio tracks, web site access, and chapter search. With something for almost any music lover this offers an inexpensive introduction to unfamiliar artists as well as great tidbits on artists one already appreciates. Well done.
COOLEY HIGH (MGM Home Entertainment, 107 minutes) Glynn Turman, Garrett Morris, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, and Cynthia Davis star in this high school film which explores black teen life in the 1960s. Featuring a superb Motown soundtrack, and an excellent mixture of comedy and drama, the plot here focuses on two high school students who take a joy ride and become the target of two hoods. This would make an excellent double bill with American Graffiti and is not to be missed by those curious to see Garrett Morris outside of his work for Saturday Night Live. The DVD contains a standard presentation of the film, Dolby Digital mono audio, a four-page booklet inside the box with trivia and production notes, French subtitles, and chapter search. Offering more substance than many of today's teen movies, this is not to be missed by those interested in high school films, Garrett Morris and/or black films.
CREED UNAUTHORIZED: RIDING THE EDGE (Music Video Distributors Inc., 48 minutes, available from www.musicvideodist.com) Containing never before seen material, this documentary explores the music, history, and fans of rock band Creed. The film traces how band members met at Florida State University, became a top local act, and ultimately were recognized as one of the best bands to perform at Woodstock 99. The DVD contains only a trivia game and chapter search, but that's sufficient as the content in the documentary is quite self-explanatory. This is a must if you are a fan of Creed's music, or are a struggling musician curious to learn how bands achieve success and what the long road to fame looks like.
DANIELLA BY NIGHT (First Run Features, 83 minutes, available from www.firstrunfeatures.com) Elke Sommers stars in this cult film which features her nude, as well having the distinction of being her final French film before becoming a sensation in America. Filmed in black and white and presented in French with English subtitles, the plot here involves Elke playing a French model that leaves for Rome after landing a modeling contract there. She is introduced to the elite Roman society and manages to become entangled in a spy plot. Featuring a musical score by Charles Aznavour, this was a sensational film when it was first released in 1962. The DVD contains an Elke Sommer photo gallery, the theatrical trailer, and chapter search. This is a must for Elke Sommer fans, those interested in foreign films, and those who study sex in the cinema.
DIPLOMATIC SIEGE (Trimark Home Video, 94 minutes) Peter Weller, Daryl Hannah, and Tom Berenger star in this action film about international politics. A computer expert is sent to the U.S. Embassy in Romania to disable a secret nuclear weapon. The Embassy is taken over by terrorists and 37 hostages are taken. Power shifts back and forth as things escalate out of control with the Serbian Liberation Front, U.S. government and Romanian beaurocrats all trying to rule. The DVD contains a letterboxed print of the film, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, interactive menus, theatrical trailer, foreign subtitles, and chapter search. This is a must for those who enjoy hostage situations, political films and/or any of the actors. Well done.
EATEN ALIVE (Elite Entertainment, 89 minutes) Tobe Hooper directed this classic horror film which stars Marilyn Burns, Neville Brand and Robert Englund. Made after The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with the same co-writer, the plot here involves a motel deep in the bayou whose owner has a pet alligator. The alligator feasts on hotel guests resulting in lots of terror, suspense and gore. This film is also known by many other names such as Brutes and Savages, Death Trap, Horror Hotel, Horror Hotel Massacre, Legend of the Bayou, Murder on the Bayou and Starlight Slaughter. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1), theatrical trailer and chapter search. This is a must for those who like horror films involving animal attacks, Tobe Hooper fans, and Freddy fans who are interested in seeing Englund's work before the Friday The 13th series. Highly recommended.
EVENING WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES, AN (FOCUSfilm Entertainment, 260+ minutes) This four-disc boxed set contains four classic b/w Sherlock Holmes films including Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, Terror By Night, Dressed To Kill and Woman In Green. These 1940s films have been fully restored and feature Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Dr. Watson. Besides the films, which come from the only known surviving prints, the set contains 30 original Sherlock Holmes radio broadcasts featuring Rathbone and Bruce as well. The DVD also includes original radio commercials, an interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from 1927 which is the only know existing footage of Doyle speaking about the development of the Sherlock Holmes character, theatrical trailers, liner notes, rare photos, miniature theatrical posters and lobby cards, and chapter search. Budget priced with a very reasonable list price of $69.95 for the four discs, this is a must for Sherlock Holmes collectors, those who remember the original radio broadcasts, and mystery fans of all ages. Well done.
FLAMINGO KID, THE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 98 minutes) Matt Dillon stars in this Garry Marshall film about a boy's coming-of-age during a summer in which he works as a cabana boy at a beach club. He finds the clientele far more exciting than his own family and friends, and befriends one of the club's flashiest members who mentors him by teaching him how to win at card games. When the summer ends, he must decide whether to go back to his family or continue seeking a lavish lifestyle that will separate him from them. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.85:1) or standard presentations of the film, and chapter search. Inside the box is a four-page paper booklet that contains production notes and information about the director. Look for cameos here by Marisa Tomei and John Turturro. This is one of Matt Dillon's best roles, and it's a must to own for his fans, those who enjoy Garry Marshall's films, and anyone that has ever worked in or spent the summer at a beach club.
FM (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 104 minutes) Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Alex Karras, Cleavon Little, and Cassie Yates star in this comedy released in the late 1970s about a radio station whose program director will do anything to keep his station operating as it has been after the station's corporate officers suddenly decide to make changes. The DJs side with him and they lock the doors, turn up the volume and decide to let hell break loose. Of special note are the performances here by Jimmy Buffet, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt and REO Speedwagon. The film's title song was composed by Steely Dan. The DVD contains 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, choice of widescreen (2.35:1, enhanced for 16 x9 TVs) or standard presentations of the film, theatrical trailer and chapter search. This is a must for fans of Martin Mull, or the musicians who appear here, as well as those interested in the time period, the radio industry and/or cult films. Well done.
FORGOTTEN CITY (York Entertainment, Inc.) Robert Patrick, Fred Ward and Chiara Caselli star in this adventure film about an expedition to search for an undiscovered ancient Mayan city full of treasures. A legendary curse surrounds the city and the group size quickly dwindles. As the group reaches the jungles of Mexico they encounter natives called the Chicleros. Initially unfazed by them, the expedition members must think twice after a series of injuries. It turns out there is also another group of treasure hunters afoot searching for the same city. As members of the expedition start dying and the survivors must decide whether to turn back while they can, or continue on despite the now obvious risks. The DVD contains 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, interactive menus, theatrical trailer, Spanish subtitles, star filmographies, and chapter search. This has great locations, artifacts and sets, and will appeal to those who enjoy travel and expedition films. It's also ideal for those who like to guess which characters will perish and which will survive.
GHOST GOES GEAR, THE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 79 minutes) The Spencer Davis Group, which featured musician Steve Winwood, star in this 1966 film which was part of a genre of films like Head and A Hard Day's Night that revolved around current hit bands. The plot here involves the band stumbling upon a haunted English manor and serves to give them a chance to be seen and to perform. The DVD was created from the only uncut print of the film known to exist, and features a widescreen presentation of the film (1.66:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), Dolby Digital mono audio, audio commentary track by Spencer Davis and humorist Martin Lewis, talent bios and chapter search. This is a must for Spencer Davis and Traffic fans, as well as those interested in cult films and the psychedelic, mod culture of the 1960s.
GOTHIC (Pioneer Entertainment (USA) LP, 87 minutes) Ken Russell directed this film set in 1816 which stars Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands and Natasha Richardson. Based on a true event, this is about a hallucinogenic evening when Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Polidori, Mary Godwin and Claire Clairemont sat around a skull at Byron's castle and confronted their fears by sharing them. They sat around sharing fantasies, fears and nightmares as they took drugs, and told ghost stories. Exposing sexual fears to fears of death such as premature burial, and birthing a stillborn child, the evening ran the gamut of madness, pain and torture as participants found themselves chased throughout the castle and scared out of their wits. After that night was over, Mary Shelley was inspired to write Frankenstein and Dr. Polidori was inspired to write The Vampyre which became the basis for the character of Dracula. The DVD contains Dolby Digital audio and chapter search. This is one of Russell's better films and has many excellent special effects. A must for those who love the horror genre, are fans of the books involved, enjoy Russell's unique style, and/or collect media portrayals of drug use.
GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE, THE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 87 minutes) Fess Parker and Jeffrey Hunter star in this spy story based on a true historical event during the American Civil War. The plot re-enacts this event, which was a failed raid by 22 Union spies. They stole a train from under the noses of 4,000 Confederate troops and would have succeeded had it not been for one Rebel Patriot who stopped them. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (2.35:1) or standard presentations of the film, Dolby Digital and chapter search. A must for history buffs and train fans, this was made with the cooperation of a railroad museum. It's both a suspense film with great chases, and a story of bravery, courage, and guts. Well done.
I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT'S 'ISNAME (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 99 minutes) Orson Welles, Oliver Reed, Carol White and Marianne Faithfull star in this controversial comedy which upset the ratings board for harsh language and graphic sexuality. Released in 1967, the plot involves an advertising executive who seems to have it all. He has money, a prestigious job, a supportive family and a mistress. Bored, he arrives at work one day with an axe and proceeds to chop away at the office. He then travels around London at the height of the 1960s trying to find himself and rediscover his professional integrity with a new job. The DVD offers a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1, enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs), audio commentary track with director Michael Winner, theatrical trailer, still photo gallery, talent bios, Dolby Digital mono sound, and chapter search. This is a must for fans of the actors and those interested in films set in the swinging 60s.
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (New Line Home Video, 95 minutes) John Carpenter directed this horror film which was inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Starring Sam Neill, Juile Carmen and Jurgen Prochnow, this also features an appearance by Charlton Heston and visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic. The plot involves an author whose latest book is actually driving people insane. The author mysteriously vanishes and his concerned publisher sends an investigator to track him down. He is ultimately found, in a town that he created on paper, and it turns out things he writes about actually come true. The investigator must then race in time to try to stop a manuscript from reaching the publisher before more bad things can happen. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs) or standard presentations of the film, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, interactive menus, commentary track by John Carpenter and Cinematographer Gary B. Kibbe, theatrical trailer, cast and crew filmographies, and chapter search. This is a must for Carpenter fans and those who enjoy special effects, and will also appeal to horror fans and those who enjoy good commentary tracks. Highly recommended.
LEGEND OF LOBO, THE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 67 minutes) Set in the Old West in 1889, this family adventure film involves a wolf with a bounty of $1000 on its head. With a reward for its capture higher than that placed on most humans, Lobo proves his worth by successfully evading rancher after rancher who tries to capture him. When his mate gets captured, however, Lobo decides to fight back. The DVD contains a standard presentation of the film, Dolby Digital audio, a 4.5x7" reproduction of the theatrical poster, and chapter search. This is a must for those looking for a film the whole family can watch together, as well as for those who are interested in animal rights. Well done.
LETTERS FROM A KILLER (Sterling Home Entertainment, 103 minutes) Patrick Swayze is superb as a Death Row convict falsely imprisoned for murdering his wife. He has three women pen pals and when his letters get sent to the wrong women one of them suddenly wants him dead. Things get stranger when he is released from prison unexpectedly and finds himself playing cat and mouse with a killer and being set up for additional murders he also did not commit. He must catch and trap the killer before he himself gets caught and sent back to Death Row. The DVD contains a digitally remastered anamorphic widescreen print of the film (1.78:1), 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, audio commentary track, interactive menus, behind-the-scenes montage, photo gallery, trivia game, interviews with the cast, director and producer, theatrical trailer, biographies and filmographies, French soundtrack, Spanish subtitles, previews of other titles available, and chapter search. Those with DVD players inside their PCs can also enjoy accessing the screenplay, web site link and a screensaver. Needless to say, this looks and sounds great and has all of the extras one hopes for in a disc. The film has some minor plot flaws, but the acting makes up for it. If you enjoy Swayze, prison films, or thrillers, this is a must.
LIMP BIZKIT UNAUTHORIZED: KICK SOME @$$ (Music Video Distributors Inc, 48 minutes, available from www.musicvideodist.com) This documentary explores the popularity of rock band Limp Bizkit who got their real break when their vocalist tattooed members of Korn and dropped a demo tape in their laps. Tracing the origins of the band's name, their first gig and the original line up, this reveals the inspiration for their hit songs, and contains insight from a disc jockey who helped get them heard on the air. This a must for Limp Bizkit and Korn fans, as well as aspiring musicians curious to learn more about the record industry and the process of becoming a star. The DVD contains a trivia game and chapter search. Well done.
LONE RANGER, THE (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 300 minutes) This five-disc boxed set contains episodes from the TV show. Included are 10 episodes titled: "Enter The Lone Ranger," "The Lone Ranger Fights On," "The Lone Ranger Triumphs," "Legion of Old Timer," "Rustler's Hideout," "War Horse," "Pete & Pedro," "The Renegades," "The Tenderfeet," and "High Heels." The DVDs contain Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers on each disc, a segment on "Native Tribes," a segment on "Western Heroes," a segment on "The Masked Man" and chapter search. These episodes are rarely, if ever, shown on TV anymore, and are a must to own for fans of the show, fans of the Western genre, and/or those interested in the history of broadcasting. Well done.
LONESOME DOVE (Artisan Entertainment Inc., 360 minutes) Featuring an all-star cast which includes Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Robert Urich, Anjelica Houston, Rick Schroder and Frederic Forrest, this award-winning epic TV miniseries has been released on one DVD. Winner of seven Emmy awards, this is a Western story adapted from the book by Larry McMurtry. The plot involves two former Texas rangers who travel 2500 miles by cattle from the town of Lonesome Dove to Montana. The DVD contains a digitally mastered standard presentation of the film, 2.0 Dolby Surround sound, an interview with Larry McMurtry, an interview with Suzanne De Passe, interactive menus, production notes, theatrical trailer, Western historical trivia and a trivia game, cast and crew information, production notes, and chapter search. Full of period sets, and costumes, as well as a solid plot and excellent casting, this will appeal to those who love Westerns, epics, and travel adventures. If you caught this on TV you will surely want to own a copy, and if you missed it you can now watch it at your leisure without the commercials. Highly recommended.
LURED INNOCENCE (Artisan Home Entertainment Inc., 97 minutes) Dennis Hopper, Talia Shire and Marley Shelton star in this erotic thriller about a woman who has an affair with a married man. He becomes obsessed with her, and as his ailing wife starts to come between them, he comes up with a plan to get rid of her so he can be with the mistress. It turns out the mistress also has a plan of her own. Full of plot twists, this will delight fans of the genre. The DVD contains a digitally mastered standard presentation of the film, choice of 2.0 or 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, audio commentary track by Director Kikuo Kawasaki, cast biographies, theatrical trailers, interactive menus, and chapter search.
MCCULLOCHS, THE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 93 minutes) Forrest Tucker, Max Baer, and Julie Adams star in this epic set in Texas in 1949. The plot involves a millionaire whose teenage children start to rebel. He and his wife struggle to keep control over their children who oppose his tough style. This marks Max Baer's directorial debut and features some well known character actors such as William Demarest, Harold J. Stone and Billy Curtis. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs) or standard presentations of the film, Dolby Digital mono sound, theatrical trailers, talent bios, and chapter search. This is a must for fans of Max Baer, or The Beverly Hillbillies (Baer played Jethro on the show). It will also appeal to anyone who has ever raised children or who grew up during that time period.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CLASS REUNION (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 85 minutes) Written by John Hughes, this slapstick comedy stars Gerrit Graham, Fred McCarren, Miriam Flynn, Stephen Furst and includes a special appearance by musician Chuck Berry. The plot reunites the class of 1972 from Lizzie Borden High School for some nostalgia, dancing and conversation. It turns out, however, that one of the attendees has revenge on his mind that threatens the entire event. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1), Dolby Digital Stereo sound, and chapter search. This will appeal to those who enjoy high school films, the National Lampoon series of comedies, and to Chuck Berry fans that collect his appearances.
NEVER CRY WOLF (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 105 minutes) Charles Martin Smith and Brian Dennehy star in this family film about wolves. A government biologist travels to Canada to study and document the destruction of caribou herds. He finds what he is looking for, and in the process becomes fascinated by wolves. He then observes poachers and must decide whether to ignore it and return to his former life, or take a stand against poaching, the fact that most myths about wolves are false, and shatter his comfortable existence by aligning himself with his new interests. Based on a book by Farley Mowat, this is a true story which is a must for animal lovers of all ages. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.85:1) or standard presentations of the film. 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround sound, and chapter search. Inside the box is a 4.5x7" reproduction of the original theatrical poster. A superb film which will please nature lovers, environmentalists, scientists and anyone looking for a good drama. Well done.
NEW WORLD DISORDER (York Entertainment, Inc., 94 minutes) Andrew McCarthy, Rutger Hauer and Tara Fitzgerald star in this action thriller set in Silicon Valley. A security chip is stolen and a detective and FBI agent search for it. The disc passes from hand to hand, until a thief discovers its real value and kidnaps someone over it. The stakes get higher and higher as the FBI risks one of their own, and the detective has to team up with a computer genius to try to prevent more violence and return the item to its rightful owner. The DVD contains 5.1 Dolby Digital audio and chapter search. McCarthy is superb here as the thief and this is a must for his fans, as well as those interested in hacking and technology that like to collect media portrayals of hi-tech crime.
NIKKI: WILD DOG OF THE NORTH (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 73 minutes) This family adventure film stars Nikki, a Malamute pup, who befriends Neewa, an orphaned bear cub. The two become inseparable until Winter when Neewa must hibernate and Nikki must move on. Nikki is found by an evil trader who captures the dog in order to use it for illegal dogfights. Trained to kill, Nikki is eventually pitted against Neewa. The DVD contains a standard presentation of the film, Dolby Digital audio, a 4.5x7" reproduction of the film's theatrical poster, and chapter search. This is a film the whole family can watch together and will appeal to those who love animals, and/or those interested in the gray areas of those who make money by exploiting animals.
ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY ALL-STAR TRIBUTE (Palm Pictures LLC) Filmed in Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica in December 1999, this special concert film features 24 Marley songs performed by artists such as Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Ben Harper, Lauryn Hill, Chrissie Hynde, Queen Latifah, and Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. All of Marley's classic tunes are covered including "Jammin'," "Get Up Stand Up," "No Woman No Cry," "Lively Up Yourself," and "Turn The Lights Down Low. The DVD includes over an hour of material not included in the TNT channel's broadcast of the concert, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery, Marley discography, multi-angle presentation of "One Love" which offers five different selectable camera angles, and chapter search. Inside the box is a six-page booklet that offers Marley memorabilia for sale, liner notes and photographs from the event. A must if you like Marley's music, reggae in general and/or any of the artists who appeared, this is a well-thought out lineup and watching it is almost as good as having been at the event. Highly recommended.
ORIGINAL GANGSTAS (MGM Home Entertainment, 99 minutes) Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Ron O'Neal, and Richard Roundtree star in this reunion film which reunites the top stars of the black exploitation film genre. The plot focuses on a member of the hood who has made it big in football but has to return to his old turf after his old gang has been shooting the wrong people, including his own father. He rounds up his old posse and begins to clean up the neighborhood. The DVD contains choice of widescreen or standard presentations of the film, Dolby Digital Surround sound, French subtitles, theatrical trailer, a collectible booklet inside the box, and chapter search. This sentimental action film will delight those interested in Soul Cinema, and it's full of guns, fighting and special effects for those more interested in action than actors. Well done, and a memorable attempt by a studio to give the fans what they want.
PARTING GLANCES (First Run Features, 90 minutes) Steve Buscemi, Richard Ganoung, and John Bolger star in this superb film about gay life. The plot involves two gay lovers who are being separated for two years while their best friend is dying of AIDS. It's a poignant and funny film which examines the limits and boundaries of friendship and romantic love. The DVD includes cast photos, interactive menus, production notes, and chapter search. A must for Buscemi fans, those interested in alternative lifestyles and/or gay films, and anyone who has lost a loved one to AIDS.
ROCKERS (Music Video Distributors Inc., available from www.musicvideodist.com) Featuring Reggae songs by Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Third World and Gregory Isaacs, as well as seven previously unreleased bonus tracks from the Rockers All-Star Band, this film explores life in Jamaica among the Rastafarians. A must for those interested in Jamaican culture, Reggae music, and/or the Rastafarian subculture and lifestyle, this is a hard-hitting, non-preachy look at a world rarely seen. The DVD includes no extras, but none are needed since the film speaks for itself and the seven bonus tracks will sell themselves. If you enjoyed The Harder They Come and/or The Reggae Movie, you will surely like this at least as well. Highly recommended.
SECRETS OF THE BIBLE, THE (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 180 minutes) This five-disc boxed set offers insight into the extraordinary investigation into the many mysteries of God. The set contains the following episodes: "The Mystery of God," "The Mystery of a Nation," "Jesus: The Center of the Bible," "Culture and Politics," "The Bible in Everyday Life," and "The Bible and its Traditions." The DVDs contain Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions on each disc, a segment on "Miracles," a segment on "Artifacts," and a segment on "Places," and chapter search. This is a must for those interested in the Bible, students of comparative religions, and families who wish to expose their children to their beliefs in a visually exciting manner.
SOUND & MOTION VOLUME 01 (Palm Pictures LLC) Featuring 16 videos, this music compilation disc focuses on current and emerging electronic culture such as House, Techno, Breaks, Drum'n'Bass, Ambient and Dub music. Featured artists include: The Chemical Brothers ("Block Rockin' Beats"), Fatboy Slim ("The Rockafeller Skank"), Jacknife Lee ("Bursting Off The Backbeat"), Josh Wink ("Simple Man"), The Crystal Method ("Busy Child"), The Prodigy ("Poison"), Mocean Worker ("Detonator"), Goldie ("Temper Temper"), Dieselboy & Technical Itch ("Atlantic State"), Photek ("Ni Ten Ichi Ryu"), Roni Size/Reprazent ("Brown Paper Bag"), Adam F. ("Circles"), Talvin Singh ("Jaan"), Sly And Robbie ("Superthruster"), Underworld ("Push Upstairs"), and Deep Dish With EBTG ("The Future Of The Future"). The DVD includes 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, linear uncompressed PCM audio, and chapter search. This is a must for fans of these genres, as well as those curious to learn more about current music trends. This can be used as either excellent background music, or watched from start to finish with no other distractions too.
STEALTH FIGHTER (Artisan Home Entertainment Inc., 87 minutes) Ice T, Costas Mandylor, Ernie Hudson, and Erika Eleniak-Goglia star in this action film about a naval pilot who fakes his own death. He is reborn as the partner of an Arms dealer who intends to use a Stealth he has stolen to target various military installations around the world. Meanwhile the U.S. government is onto him, and sends an archenemy of his trying to infiltrate his ranks and steal back the Stealth weapon. That mission fails, and the two foes are left to battle each other in one-on-one combat while the fate of the world depends on it. The DVD contains a digitally mastered widescreen print of the film (1.85:1) which has been enhanced for widescreen TVs, 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround sound, theatrical trailer, cast and crew information, interactive menus, information on Stealth Fighters, and chapter search. This has a great performance by Ice T, good fight scenes and lots of explosions to please its audience.
STIR OF ECHOES (Artisan Home Entertainment Inc., 94 minutes) Kevin Bacon stars in this film about an average, blue-collar family man who gets hypnotized at a party even though he doesn't believe in hypnosis. He then suddenly finds himself seeing and hearing things that get him involved with supernatural powers. He is both fascinated and repelled by what is happening and starts to uncover a long-buried secret about a murder involving a neighborhood girl who disappeared. He searches for the girl's body and puts great strain on his marriage as he becomes more and more obsessed with the crime. The DVD contains a digitally mastered standard presentation of the film which has been enhanced for 16:9 TVs, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, audio commentary track by Director David Koepp, featurette, cast and crew information, theatrical trailer, TV spots, production notes, interactive menus, music video, and chapter search. This will interest fans of Bacon, those who practice hypnosis, and anyone who enjoys films which contain strong visual scenes of dreams, visions, and/or flashbacks.
STORM CHASERS: REVENGE OF THE TWISTER (Pioneer Entertainment (USA) L.P., 96 minutes) Kelly McGillis and Wolf Larson star in this action adventure film which was originally made for TV. The plot involves a woman who lost her spouse to a crash when his plane was struck by lightning. She gets sent to investigate a tornado, and discovers a facility where waste from scientific experiments is affecting the atmosphere so drastically as to cause tornadoes. Noting seven more tornadoes coming, she and a fellow worker she meets battle to stop the town from impending disaster. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film in a standard presentation, interactive menus, Dolby Digital stereo sound, trailer and chapter search. This will appeal to those who like the disaster film genre, are interested in weather and/or experiments gone awry, as well as fans of McGillis.
THAT'S LIFE! (Pioneer Entertainment (USA) L.P., 102 minutes) Jack Lemmon, Sally Kellerman, Robert Loggia and Julie Andrews star in this Blake Edwards comedy about a neurotic man facing his 60th birthday. The film traces a weekend in their home as the family comes together to celebrate his birthday, while the man and his wife await the results of hospital tests, and spend time with a daughter who is seven months pregnant, another daughter who has just broken up with her guy, and their son who prefers the company of beautiful women to those who exhibit any sign of having brains. The DVD contains no extras, just a standard presentation of the film, Dolby Digital audio, and chapter search. However, nothing else is needed as the plot is self-explanatory, and this relies on poignant moments and comedy rather than special effects and plot twists. This has an extremely well written script, making it a must for fans of the actors, as well as those old enough to appreciate the importance of family. Well done.
TRAIN RIDE TO HOLLYWOOD (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 89 minutes) This bizarre film was a vehicle for a musical act the media dubbed "The Black Beatles." Released in 1975, this musical comedy stars Bloodstone, an R&B band. The band members appear in a dream sequence as train conductors, bound for Hollywood, who sing their way though the night as they witness mayhem and murder on board the train and passengers dressed up as Bogart, Gable, WC Fields, Bela Lugosi, and Jean Harlow. This has some good songs and it's certainly every bit as valid as films such as Help, Spice World, and Head. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.66:1), Dolby Digital Stereo sound, audio commentary track with Bloodstone and the film's executive producer George G. Braunstein, theatrical trailer, talent bios, and chapter search. This rarely seen cult film has a new audience after the inclusion of the Bloodstone song "Natural High" on the soundtrack to the film Jackie Brown. A must for those interested in the band, the R&B genre in general, and/or cult films.
TRICK (New Line Home Video, 90 minutes) Christian Campbell, J.R. Pitoc, and Tori Spelling star in this romantic comedy about two men trying to find a quiet place to have sex. It's a lot harder than you would think as they encounter one setback after another. Tori Spelling is terrific here, playing one of the men's best friends and this should not be missed by her many fans. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.66:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs) or standard presentations of the film, cast and crew filmographies, Dolby Digital Surround sound, interactive menus and chapter search. This will appeal to those who enjoy romantic comedies, and are looking for something with a bit of a twist, as well as those interested in gay films. Well done.
VIVALDI: A NAXOS MUSICAL JOURNEY (DVD International, 56 minutes) One of six new titles in this classical musical series, this features the famous "The Four Seasons" as well as "Concerto in D Minor, Op. 3, No.11." While the music is played, in choice of remastered Dolby Digital or DTS Surround sound, you can watch stunning landscapes from Europe, including the flower festivals of Austria, Scottish highlands, towering castles of Italy, snow-covered villages of Switzerland and sandflats of Germany. The DVD contains an E-Z Menu screen navigation system, and chapter search. Also available so far are the Bach title (reviewed above), one on Handel, Mozart, and both an Italian and a Spanish festival. One of the most famous of all classical works, this is a must for those who look for background music for entertaining, fans of Vivaldi, and/or those curious about classical music in general who are looking for a first title to try out.
WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 99 minutes) long before Johnny Depp starred as journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Bill Murray played the same role in this cult comedy film. Featuring Peter Boyle as Thompson's sidekick attorney, this long out-of-print title features the music of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The plot involves Thompson's unorthodox coverage of sports and politics, which he did under the influence of large amounts of various illicit drugs. In one scene here he gives away his Superbowl tickets so he can review the game from his hotel room. In another he grabs an interview in a bathroom with Richard Nixon. He covers a drug trial in San Francisco, and the film includes lots of scenes of him composing at the typewriter too. The DVD includes a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1) which has been enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs, talent bios, Dolby Digital mono sound, and chapter search. This is a must for fans of the actors, or Hunter S. Thompson, as well as those who liked the Depp film and are curious to learn more. Highly recommended for those interested in the 60s lifestyle, films about drugs, and/or alternative journalism.
WORLD'S MOST: AMAZING ANIMAL RESCUES (Madacy Entertainment Group Inc., 52 minutes) From The Learning Channel comes this superb documentary series which will educate you, entertain you, and tug at your heartstrings. Budget priced, each of these discs is so good it's hard to decide which is the best one. This episode focuses on cats, dogs, horses, and even a whale, who have gotten stuck in a tight spot they could not get out from either due to curious exploration that backfired on them, an accident or a sudden act of God. The disc has only happy endings, and sure makes you respect the lengths some people have to go to in order to return a pet to its owner. The DVD contains previews of other titles in the series, trivia questions and answers, Dolby Digital audio, and chapter search. This title is one the whole family can enjoy and it should not be missed by those who enjoy documentaries, and/or love animals.
WORLD'S MOST: ASTOUNDING UNDERCOVER STINGS (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 52 minutes) This fascinating documentary focuses on high technology stings police currently use to catch car thieves, poachers, insurance scams and drug dealers. Not considered entrapment, these fully accepted methods include catching poachers by baiting them into taking shots at wildlife using animatronic deer, and seducing car thieves into entering cars left running at strategic spots with keys inside them, many hidden police cars nearby. You will see the latest models of hidden cameras, see a man who filmed his wife using cocaine, plotting a tax scam and talking to a lawyer to file divorce, and watch a woman being swindled by a psychic who invited the police in to film it and bust the con artist. The DVDs contain Dolby Digital audio, previews of other titles in the series, trivia questions and answers, and chapter search. Highly recommended for anyone interested in law, criminal justice, crime, and civil rights.
WORLD'S MOST: AWESOME RECORD BREAKERS (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 52 minutes) What makes people want to strain themselves to break a world's record? You'll find out in this documentary which interviews a man who holds 15 such records including travelling the longest distance on a unicycle while backwards, dribbling a basketball the longest distance in 24 hours and continuous pogo jumping both on land and underwater 30 feet from piranhas. Also shown are a man who spent over 40 days and nights on a roller coaster, a 439-foot dive with no scuba gear, the world's biggest food fight, a six-story sandcastle, and a man who swam across the Atlantic Ocean. The DVD includes Dolby Digital audio, previews of other titles in the series, trivia questions and answers, and chapter search. Highly recommended for all of the memorable footage it contains, as well how long it will keep you talking about what you have just seen.
WORLD'S MOST: DANGEROUS POLICE VIDEOS (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 52 minutes) You'll gain some respect for police after viewing this documentary which shows officers confronted with a variety of violent suspects. First of all, no amount of money is worth being attacked on the job, and secondly no matter what the suspect is doing, the officer is bound to use as little force as possible. While much has been made in the media of officers who overstepped their bounds, this disc shows the other side of things when officers give the suspect more than reasonable consideration under the circumstances. The DVD contains Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers, previews of other titles available in the series, and chapter search. Highly recommended for those interested in criminal justice, law enforcement, hostage situations, and/or seeing police shown in a good light.
WORLD'S MOST: DARING ROBBERIES (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 52 minutes) Most of the robberies shown here seem more desperate and tragic than daring, but it's certainly an eye-opening experience to watch. Spanning the globe, this documentary includes footage of bank heists, convenience store robberies, and the Peruvian "Piranhas" pickpocket gang which works as a team to overwhelm victims. The DVD contains Dolby Digital audio, previews of other titles in the series, trivia questions and answers, and chapter search. Most of us never get to see more than a minute here or there on the news about this crime, and it will certainly make you think to see some of these incidents from beginning to end. Highly recommended for those interested in criminal justice, and/or criminal motivation.
WORLD'S MOST: INCREDIBLE HOSTAGE RESCUES (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 52 minutes) Hostage situations are rarely predictable and this riveting documentary takes you through a few that occur in everyday places like banks and supermarkets. Some of them end without incident, and others involve fatalities to hostages, officers, the criminal, or all three. It's fascinating to watch how negotiators work, how family members are used to deal with the captor when needed, and what sorts of demands desperate people make that they think will solve all of their problems. The DVD contains Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers, previews of other titles in the series, an informational segment on "Professional Procedures" and chapter search. One thing that becomes apparent in watching this is that hostage situations that end happily are rarely remembered, while those which end tragically get more media attention and stick in our memory. Highly recommended for those interested in journalism, criminal justice, and/or psychology.
WORLD'S MOST: OUTRAGEOUS WEDDINGS (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 50 minutes) Featuring both proposals and memorable wedding events, this disc spans the globe and includes segments on public proposals, wedding games, unreal unions and taking the plunge to new heights. You will view a skydive wedding, a wedding on top of a moving airplane, a deep sea scuba wedding, and a jump off a bridge at 60 mph to say "I do." The video quality is superb, far better than you would imagine considering the variety of source material and considering this is a budget priced title. The weddings are actually surpassed by the wild proposal segments which include a man who got all of the passengers on an airplane to each hand a rose to his girlfriend before he appears with the ring and the proposal, two TV personalities who reveal their relationship on the air, and a guy who convinces his girlfriend he has won a contest complete with limo ride to see all sorts of Christmas light displays. When they stop at one of the displays, however, the lights spell out "will you marry me" and her name. There is much more here, and it's a disc you won't soon forget. The DVD contains Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers, previews of other titles in the series, and chapter search. I can't recommend this highly enough, especially if you enjoy weddings or the recent rash of TV shows which cover bloopers, practical jokes, and funny home videos. Certainly a title you will talk about with your friends, this is one that can be watched again and again and enjoyed by all ages.