Nick’s Picks 09/12/12
FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Power Surge, River of No Return, Oslo August 31st, Queen & Country, Hammer House of Horror: Complete Series or Paradise Lost Collection, 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!
POWER SURGE – PBS
Can emerging technology defeat global warming? The United States has invested tens of billions of dollars in clean energy projects as our leaders try to save our crumbling economy and our poisoned planet in a single bold, green stroke. Are we finally on the brink of a green-energy Power Surge, or is it all a case of too little, too late? From solar panel factories in China to a carbon capture and storage facility in the Sahara desert–to massive wind and solar installations in the United States–NOVA travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change. Focusing on the latest and greatest innovations, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy, NOVA asks: “Can our technology, which helped create this problem, now solve it?”
APPROPRIATE ADULT – Inception
Appropriate Adult is a haunting psychological thriller based on the true story of the unusual relationship between serial killer Fred West (Dominic West) and his appropriate adult Janet Leach (Emily Watson). The picture is much more palatable as the viewer is not forced to watch reinactments of the murders, which is greatly appreciated.
RIVER OF NO RETURN – PBS
Deep in the untamed heart of Idaho lies the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless areas left in the lower 48 States. Named in honor of Idaho Senator Frank Church, and for the rugged Salmon River that flows through it, the vast 2.5 million-acre wilderness is larger than Yellowstone, yet most people have never even heard of it. Defined by deep canyons and mountain forests, it is a perfect habitat for abundant animal life, including wolves that are being restored to the area after an absence of 50 years. This is the place where a young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, choose to spend a year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes something of much greater consequence for both of them a story that will change their lives.
SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN – Universal
In the epic action-adventure Snow White & the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth.
QUEEN & COUNTRY – PBS
Her 60 years on the throne make her the second longest-serving sovereign in history and in 2012 all eyes are on Queen Elizabeth II as Britain marks her Diamond Jubilee. In this fascinating series veteran newsman Sir Trevor McDonald looks not only at the traditions and institutions surrounding the monarchy but at the fabric of British life and history.
TWO BROKE GIRLS: Season One – Warner
One’s street-smart and blue-collar born; the other’s book smart and nouveau bankrupt. Together, unlikely roommates and unlikelier friends Max (Kat Denning) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) are two broke girls waiting tables in a Brooklyn diner while they’re waiting for real life to begin. Saving $250,000 to open a cupcake shop won’t be easy, but the pair’s saucy humor and blossoming friendship make chasing the American dream a priceless adventure. Enjoy all 24 outrageous Season One episodes from Emmy winner Michael Patrick King and white-hot stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, plus sweet extras!
PARADISE LOST COLLECTION – PBS
From Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky comes for the first time in one collector s edition two of the most shocking documentaries of all time about a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis.
GLEE: Season Three – Fox
Season Three of the electrifying, award-winning series finds the Gleeks headed for the Nationals – and graduation! As younger members join New Directions, others are about to begin exciting, if uncertain, lives outside it. Featuring some of television’s most enthralling song and dance numbers, including memorable hits from the legendary Michael Jackson, Glee continues to earn its place in the hearts of viewers around the world.
PRIVATE PRACTICE: Season Five – ABC
From the creators of Grey’s Anatomy, comes the fifth season of ABC’s sexy, medical drama, Private Practice. Addison and her Oceanside Wellness family are faced with new challenges as unexpected people enter and complicate their lives. From a sexy new doctor to an illegitimate son, the lives and loves of these doctors are put to the test. Bring home ABC’s Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season on and relive every memorable moment plus never-before-seen bonus features only on DVD.
CASTLE: Season Four – ABC
She’s armed. He’s dangerous. Relive every exciting investigation with TV’s most unlikely partners in crime! Extremely interesting story lines and wonderful performance, even from the minimal characters make Castle one of the most enigmatic programs to come out for purchase this year. Own each episode and bring home even more Castle and Beckett with exclusive Bonus Features on ABC’s Castle: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD.
ADVENTURES OF THE WILDERNESS FAMILY – Lionsgate
The Wilderness Family is based on a true story of a modern day family who became bored with the hassles of the city life in Los Angeles and moved to the Rocky Mountains, never to return. Skip Robinson and his wife Pat, along with their two children, Jenny and Toby, begin an incredible encounter with nature. After building a log cabin in a peaceful mountainous area, the family befriends a pair of bear cubs and is menaced by a ferocious grizzly. Share all the excitement with your family by collecting the first movie in the Wilderness Family trilogy. A Family flees the city for a deep forest, to escape the pressures of life, and to help their sickly daughter.
TITANIC – Paramount
Experience Academy Award-winning director James Cameron’s epic masterpiece Titanic like never before. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet shine in this unforgettable love story born of tragedy that became a worldwide phenomenon. Brilliant writing, tremendous performances and a haunting musical score all together make Titanic clearly one of the best films of the decade. Take the journey and discover why critics declare Titanic a magnificent motion picture that remains spellbinding.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS – Lionsgate
A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape? This is a horror film that will break the pre-conceived notions of everything you have ever been taught about horror films. Cabin in the Woods is a new standard.
OSLO, AUGUST 31st – Strand Releasing
Anders will soon complete his drug rehabilitation in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview. But he takes advantage of the leave and stays on in the city, drifting around, meeting people he hasn t seen in a long while. Thirty-four-year-old Anders is smart, handsome and from a good family, but deeply haunted by all the opportunities he has wasted, all the people he has let down. He is still relatively young, but feels his life in many ways is already over. For the remainder of the day and long into the night, the ghosts of past mistakes will wrestle with the chance of love, the possibility of a new life and the hope to see some future by morning.
HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR: Complete Series – Synapse Films
Each generation creates tales of horror stories that seep through the very heart of our collective fears. The legendary Hammer Studios is recognized as the high watermark of the gothic macabre, creating some of the most chilling and recognizable horror films of all time. In 1980, Hammer took over the old Hampden Manor House in the heartland of England and produced a series of thirteen horror stories to air on British television. With a host of Hammer regulars, including Peter Cushing and Denholm Elliott, along with early appearances by actors like Pierce Brosnan, each episode provides a completely new and individual tale of terror and suspense. Synapse Films is proud to present the complete series of Hammer House of Horror in its original airdate order, with all-new introductions and supplemental features. This five disc Collector’s Edition presents each episode with all nudity and violence intact!
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