Nick’s Picks 05/02/12
FREE DVD GIVAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of New Year’s Eve, Joyful Noise, The Black Hills & The Badlands, Secret Life of Birds, One Kine Day, The Medal of Honor, The Race to Space or Ben 10 The Ultimate Alien The Ultimate Ending, it is really easy! All you have to do is send me an email at HoustonMovieGuy@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 or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!
BEN 10: The Ultimate Ending – Cartoon Network
The final DVD of the Ben 10 Ultimate Alien series is finally here in Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: The Ultimate Ending. This DVD is packed with 10 episodes on 2 discs and includes an Ultimate Alien Database special feature. Ben must face his biggest enemy, Vilgax, who re-emerges in his most powerful form ever. Can Ben stop him and avoid the ultimate end?
THE RACE TO SPACE – Mill Creek
After World War II drew to a close, a new conflict began. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States spurred an engineering and scientific competition known as the “Space Race.” From beginning to end, the American public’s attention was captivated, and the various developments by the Soviet and U.S. space programs were heavily covered in the national media. Renowned documentarian and filmmaker David L. Wolper introduced American television audiences to the very first report about the Soviet and American space race (The Race for Space) which later earned an Oscar nomination. This groundbreaking television event, along with 2 subsequent documentary features, capture the worldwide phenomenon of space exploration and unlocking the mysteries of the universe.
THE MEDAL OF HONOR – Mill Creek
The Medal of Honor is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.” This 6 part documentary chronicles the highest award given to military personnel for their extreme bravery, valor and harrowing sacrifices. Covering the Civil War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, learn about the most courageous acts performed by the people who fight for American freedom. You’ll discover the history of the award and it’s recipients through live re-enactments, interviews and archival footage. These are their stories..The Civil War – In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton first authorized a new medal, known now as the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government to her Soldiers & Sailors. The first awardees were members of the famous train-stealing “Andrews Raid” party, and this episode also explores some of the first American-Americans to win distinction in battle with the Medal of Honor.
ONE KINE DAY – Osiris
Over the mountains of Oahu and hidden from the beaches of Waikiki, a local skater named Ralsto discovers that his 15 year old girlfriend Alea is pregnant. Scared of ending up like their parents, the young couple agrees “getting da kine” is the best plan. As Alea leaves for school, Ralsto embarks on his journey to raise the funds for “da kine.” Ralsto’s day goes from bad to worse when he is fired from his job at a skate shop. Comforted by her best friend Leilani, a manipulative teenage mom, Alea tells Ralsto that it must be a sign to keep the baby. Scared of becoming a father, Ralsto pleads for one more chance to raise the funds. Desperate for money, Ralsto’s last chance lies in his best friend Nalu who takes him on a journey into the dark world of cockfights and drug deals that ultimately leave him penniless. With no job and no money, Ralsto now must face Alea in this harrowing journey to a side of paradise you’ve never seen.
SECRET LIFE OF BIRDS – Mill Creek
Traveling from wild coastlines to urban habitats, this fascinating natural history series follows host and wildlife expert Iolo Williams as he explores the behavior of birds. Join Williams as he investigates how and why birds communicate, the breeding and other aspects of bird life.
THE BLACK HILLS & THE BADLANDS – Mill Creek
Nestled in the heart of America’s great plains are contrasting tastes of a sacred land that beckons the visitor to enter the nation’s mysterious and glorious West. A land of soaring pinnacles, deep canyons, hidden caves, national monuments and countless wildlife sanctuaries. It is also the place of the inglorious death of famed gunslinger, Wild Bill Hickok and the most sacred spot for the Lakota Sioux. These contrasting tastes of the West, one soaring, rich in forests and water and the other barren and deeply eroded, are brought together by a shared geology and history. They are the Gateway to the Great American West. They are the Black Hills and the Badlands.
JOYFUL NOISE – Warner
Joyful Noise tells the story of an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town Gospel Choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down. Music is a very important component to the story.
NEW YEAR’S EVE – Warner
New Year’s Eve is all about parties, glitz, a midnight kiss, and maybe a few short-lived resolutions, right? Or could it be about something more? Valentine’s Day writer Katherine Fugate and director Garry Marshall have once again joined forces to explore one of the most emotionally charged days of the year. Their uncanny ability to tell multiple stories at the same time, to intertwine those stories in the most unexpected ways, and to make sure viewers are emotionally invested in every single character makes the film an intriguing puzzle. Of course, a cast list that reads like an award-nomination roster doesn’t hurt its success either. Among the host of “main characters” in the story is Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank), the woman in charge of the ball drop in Times Square. Naturally things don’t go quite as planned and she’s forced to do some serious on-the-spot improvising–oh, and it should be noted that she’s deathly afraid of heights and there’s somewhere else she really should be on New Year’s Eve.
HAYWIRE – Lionsgate
Directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh, this dynamic action-thriller introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a black-ops agent for a government security contractor. After freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, Mallory is double-crossed and left for dead – by someone in her own agency. Suddenly the target of assassins who know her every move, Mallory unleashes the fury of her fighting skills to uncover the truth and turn the tables on her ruthless adversary. Featuring Carano performing her own high-adrenaline stunts and an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas, Haywire is explosive movie entertainment.
W.E. – Anchor Bay
Madonna’s Academy Award nominated film (2011 Best Achievement in Costume Design, Arianne Phillips) delivers an elegantly stylish and beautifully dramatic look into the lives of two fragile yet passionate women intertwined across the decades. In 1998, New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) becomes enamored with what is believed to be the greatest romance of the 20th century – King Edward VIII’s (James D’Arcy) surrender of the crown for the woman he loved, the chic and charismatic American, Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough). Through a series of secret letters, Wally discovers the lifetime of romance Edward and Wallis shared together.
BUBBLE GUPPIES – Nickelodeon
From meeting the Bubble Guppies for the first time to finding his favorite Bubble Bite snacks to starring in a TV movie fairy tail, get to know the Guppies’ playful pet, Bubble Puppy!
FILMS OF FURY: The Kung Fu Movie Movie – Phase 4
Films of Fury tells the story of the Kung Fu sub-culture from its ancient Peking Opera origins to its superhero-powered future. From Enter the Dragon to Kung Fu Panda and everything in between, Films of Fury features the genre’s greatest on-screen warriors, and reveals the legend, the lore, and the loony of the Kung Fu film genre like it has never been seen before.
DARK CRIMES – Mill Creek
Over 60 hours of Plot Twisting Suspense! Silent streets, hidden secrets, the grifter, the hero and the criminal are all waiting in this collection to intrigue Film Noir fans everywhere. Filled with deception, betrayal, corruption and murder; these classic films will all keep you on the edge of your seat!
FORCE OF NATURE – E1 Entertainment
David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, activist, environmentalist, broadcaster and educator, delivers a `last lecture’ — what he describes as ‘a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.’ In his lecture he articulates a core, urgent message: we have exhausted the limits of the biosphere and it is imperative that we re-think our relationship with the natural world.
WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER 2012 – WWE
Six superstars vie for ultimate supremacy inside an unforgiving steel structure. At stake is a world championship and a date with the main event at WrestleMania. Six Raw superstars will battle in the elimination chamber for the WWE Championship and six of SmackDown’s best will fight for the World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE: The Story of Edge – WWE
You think you know him-he’s the Rated-R Superstar, the Ultimate Opportunist, and one of the most decorated champions in WWE History. Edge has won more than 30 championships, including 11 world championships and a record 14 tag team championships. He’s the only superstar in history to win the King of the Ring, the Royal Rumble, and Money in the Bank. And now that his career has been cut too short, fans can relive his entire storied career in the first ever home video biography to chronicle this Canadian superstar’s rise through the independent ranks into WWE. The release is also packed with career-spanning matches hand selected by Edge himself.
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