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NEW ON DVD, TUES., NOV. 23, 2010:
“SEVENTH HEAVEN: THE COMPLETE SERIES” & “SEVENTH HEAVEN: THE FINAL SEASON”
This was one of the most popular series on television, running from 1996-2006 (11 seasons). It co-starred Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks and, through the 2000 season, MN native Jessica Biel. Biel expressed dissatisfaction with her ‘goody-goody’ image and posed for semi-nude photos for Gear Magazine. As a result, she was slowly written off the show with much of her off-screen story told through other characters. She did return periodically to update her life and she was a welcome part of the series finale. Biel’s career has taken some exciting turns since her departure from ‘Heaven’, including her recent role in “The A Team”.
This package includes all the episodes on 61 discs for the SRP of $400. At this time of year, depending how long your shopping list is, this is not an easy price to accept. Even Best Buy won’t discount this much, likely asking $360 or so. Copies are available on amazon.com for as low as $251, far more reasonable. If you liked the show, shop around on eBay, too. People who buy these sets don’t generally sell them to Half Price Books and if they do, it takes a month or two until they’ve watched the whole set.
“THE FINAL SEASON”
If you’ve been buying each set as released, you’re almost there. SRP is $50 and it could be as low as $40 at Best Buy during the week-of-release. The Fetus and Cheapo might have special holiday prices but neither store offers very deep discounts. The chains are hit-or-miss although Target does offer a more complete selection upon release and until they sell out.
“BATMAN BEYOND: THE COMPLETE SERIES” (LIMITED EDITION)
Starring Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World”) and Stephen Baldwin, among others. SRP: $100; should retail $90-$95. All 52 episodes plus bonus disc with 95 min. of bonus material and a booklet of artwork from DC archives.
This is the story of Terry McGinnis whose father is brutally murdered. His request for help from Bruce Wayne, now too old to fight crime, falls on deaf ears. McGinnis steals the Batsuit and sets out to avenge his father’s death. A new partnership is forged with Bruce Wayne and McGinnis…oops! No way. You have to buy the discs to find out what happens and this is one cool animated series. Great visuals, great music and a solid storyline. Best Buy is the place to check first but “Limited Edition” is not a marketing ploy, it’s the truth. If you’re already into this series and want a permanent record on disc, don’t hesitate at all. If Best Buy sells out, remember that Cheapo and the Fetus can special order this or any item for you. If it’s available at all, they’ll try to find it for you. Hardcores are urged to shop online quickly but it’s still going to cost you about $71.
“EAT PRAY LOVE” starring Julia Roberts.
Widely available so spend what you can afford wherever you shop for general releases.
“THE EXPENDABLES” starring Sly Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and many more.
True, this is widely-available as well but by far the more interesting general release for many. Don’t over-spend but this is just too much fun for action fans…and there’s lots of good mindless action.
Remember-this is a fictionalized bio-pic not a documentary. Christopher Eccleston (“Dr. Who”; “Heroes”) takes on the challenge of re-creating one of music’s most dynamic and controversial personnas. The general concensus is that he was too severe in his portrayal, offering little emotional depth and even less love. Perhaps that’s just how this actor saw John Lennon as he researched his role. The Beatles were the most written about, closely covered entities is music history but John was an enigma, perhaps even to himself. Only his closest friends really knew him-or at least as much as he wanted to reveal. The point is, Eccleston took on the challenge and this is his interpretation through the director’s eyes.
Despite the deaths of Lennon and George Harrison, the Beatles are still very much alive, even to people born after they broke up in ’69. Thanks to the release of Beatles’ songs to iTunes this past week, the Fab Four will become even more immortal (as if the Rock Band video game didn’t already accomplish that). This is a part of musical history that was and still is unprecedented. All young people are encouraged to read some of the many many books written by people who actually knew the Beatles. Start with “Anthology”, co-written by Paul, George and Ringo. Turns out they remembered quite a lot of their own story.
Don’t accept this film as gospel but don’t dismiss its importance. The ’60’s were chaotic, confusing and tumultuous with political upheaval, war, social unrest, protests, riots, etc. It’s all too frighteningly similar to what’s happening in this country right now. Much of that history is repeating itself as we watch a difficult and poorly-run political system flounder, jobs lost and lives changed, our children returning from an unwelcome war in body bags and people in the streets protesting it all. How sadly ironic that the Beatles’ music is again (still) providing the soundtrack for the chaos. It’s still “A Hard Day’s Night” for everyone who didn’t learn “All Those Years Ago”.
This release has an SRP of $20 and should retail as low as $15. Whether or not Eccleston captured the essence of Lennon will end up taking a back seat to whether or not he made the audience think…and remember. Even in the cyber-world created by the internet, history is still there, still lurking like the boogeyman, waiting…until we look away for even the briefest instant…waiting…
As always, seeya at the movies…