Nick’s Picks 06/20/12
FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of The FP, My Afternoons with Margueritte, Fastest, Give Me the Banjo, Don’t Go in the Woods, How to Live Forever, Project X, Yosemite, The Black Hills & the Badlands or The Everglades, 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!
THE FP – Image
In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park (‘The FP’) in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game “Beat-Beat Revelation.” After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E, his protégé younger brother JTRO (Jason Trost) goes into isolation, vowing never to duel again. One year later, The FP is in ruins, and JTRO must find the courage to return and restore order in a ruthless battle for revenge that can only leave one man dancing. From the producers of Paranormal Activity and featuring narration by James Remar (The Warriors), The FP is a fury of fierce footwork, triumphant montages and neon street wear that is a rare ready-made cult hit.
AMERICAN PICKERS: Volume Three – History
Some folks across the country take garage sales seriously. They work enthusiastically and with great joy as they dig through junk yards, garages and abandoned buildings looking for the next golden piece of equipment to sell. A true rags to riches type of story, Mike Wolfe and his partner Frank Fritz, hunt, root and sift through all sorts of trash in order to uncover all of the hidden gems. With the third season, Mike and Frank check out an old amusement park, a geodesic dome and other fascinating locales.
MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE – New Video
In a small French town, Germain (Gerard Depardieu), a nearly illiterate man in his 50s who is considered the village idiot, takes a walk to the park and happens to sit beside Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus), a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She s articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Germain is lured by Margueritte’s passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte.
FASTEST – Docurama
In true cinematic fashion, FASTEST is a maximum-speed, full-length film capturing the thrilling, terrifying reality of MotoGP racing.
GIVE ME THE BANJO – Docurama
If any musical instrument can be said to be quintessentially American, it is the banjo. Give Me the Banjo is a musical odyssey through 300 years of American history and culture, featuring contemporary banjo masters such as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Mike Seeger, Alison Brown, Sonny Osborn, Don Vappie, Cynthia Sayer and Abby Washburn in interviews and performances, combined with rare archival footage, stills, recordings and first-hand narratives.
TITANIC AT 100: Mystery Solved – History
The Woods Hold Oceanographic Institute and Dr Robert Ballard were responsible for locating and, in turn, solving the mysteries of the Titanic. This feature length documentary takes the viewers on an epic journey to the most famous shipwreck in the history of the world. As the remains of the ship are examined and studied in the North Atlantic, the authorities identify the true reasons the ship sunk and, all of this in conjunction with the centennial of the ships sinking. Whether a Titanic enthusiast or a true historian, this DVD is definitely a must own.
DON’T GO IN THE WOODS – Docurama
Don’t Go in the Woods is sound advice, especially when there’s a killer on the loose. First-time director Vincent D’Onofrio explores love, greed and ruthlessness in this twisted musical/horror hybrid, telling the story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives and focus on writing new songs. Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension. Displaying the musical talents of a gifted ensemble cast as they sing songs penned by acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Bisbee, Don’t Go in the Woods unexpectedly veers from terrifying horror to musical moments that wouldn’t be out of place on Glee, truly keeping viewers captivated, terrified and entertained in equal measure.
HOW TO LIVE FOREVER – Docurama
When he turned 50, Baby Boomer Mark Wexler decided to document one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S.: centenarians. Along the way, he interviews folks who advocate special diets, laughter, or beer and a cigarette to ensure healthy aging.
PROJECT X – Warner
Project X is an out-of-control comedy that follows a group of buds who set out to throw the most epic 17th birthday party ever. The film documents a high school party that gets completely out of control, shot from the perspective of the digital cameras that the kids have with them.
YOSEMITE – Mill Creek
The Sierra Nevada’s mountain range contains some of the most amazing wonders found on the planet. Filled with such notable geographic features including Lake Tahoe, three National Parks, two National Monuments and seemingly endless wilderness areas, the Sierras are truly spectacular in every-sense of the word. Enjoy breath-taking aerial views as you soar over its majesty. Discover the history and geology first-hand through in-depth interviews with the park rangers and ground tours that take you through the park. Rich in history and known as the place of the gold discovery, the home of modern mountain climbing and the birthplace of America’s national parks system, this modern marvel is over 100 million years in the making. This is Yosemite country.
PAWN STARS: Volume Four – History
In the world of quick cash and pawn shop gold, the Harrison family is known as America’s first family. The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas is the focal point of Pawn Stars. Each episode is chock full of friendly ribbing and clashing of the family members as they debate the value and legitimacy of the products brought into the shop. This set contains 16 episodes from the fourth season of this ground breaking show.
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.
THE EVERGLADES – Mill Creek
There is no place on the planet like the Everglades. It is where two great biomes of life meet – the tropical and the temperate mid-latitude, which makes up much of the continental United States. Plants and animals from each coalesce in the Everglades to produce a sub tropical tapestry of ecosystems that is unmatched anywhere in the world. Spanning over 60 miles it is the widest river in the world. It has been described as a river of grass this wonderland of life is a subtropical paradise that mystifies the mind and nurtures the soul.
HOPELESSLY IN JUNE – Phase 4
Daleon Myers failure to find his one true love continues to disappoint his overbearing family. His prayers are answered when he hopelessly falls for June Flowers, a beautiful Los Angeles businesswoman. Everything is going well for the star-crossed lovers…. until their families cross paths. When the traditional, ultra-conservative Myers meet the laid-back liberal Flowers, any hope of civility is tossed out the window. In a mad rush to the altar, Daleon and June learn what it means to be hopeless romantics.
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS: Season Six – A&E
Gene Simmons and his incomperable status of the god of Rock and Role is back with his family in the sixth season of his ground breaking show. With Shannon, Nick and Sophie in tow, the escapades of the Simmons family are served up for all to see. With the kids off at college and Shannon questioning her future with her long time boyfriend, the future of the Simmons common law marriage is in doubt. Season six includes the first nine episodes in addition to some additional unreleased episodes and footage from Season five.
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