Nick’s Picks – March 5

Bloodlust Champion Comet Oldboy Treme

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COMET ENCOUNTER – PBS

Comet Encounter follows scientists on the trail of the once-in-lifetime Comet ISON and explores our cultural obsession with these celestial visitors. Comets have fascinated*even terrified us for thousands of years. Traditionally seen as harbingers of doom*they can influence some people even to this day. For scientists though*comets are a great opportunity. This year a particularly massive chunk of ice and rock is hurtling our way*an object that will fascinate billions and should create the space show of the century. When Comet ISON races past us toward the sun it should develop a tail that will light up the skies brighter than a full moon. Then the comet will slingshot around the back of the sun and could emerge brighter than ever*treating the entire northern hemisphere to an unforgettable sight. It could even be visible in daylight.

 

BLOODLUST – Film Chest

Bloodlust is a horror/thriller film about a group of young adults who visit a tropical island only to become prey for a sadistic hunter. Filmed in 1959 and released in 1961, the film was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in September 1994. Two couples (Robert Reed, June Kenney, Joan Lora, and Eugene Persson) are on a boating trip when they come across an uncharted island. They soon find the island is inhabited by a wealthy recluse and his staff. While their host is initially hospitable, the four investigate and find themselves in the clutches of Dr. Albert Balleau (Wilton Graff), whose hobby is hunting both animals and humans. He quickly reveals his true purpose: to hunt down and kill each of his visitors, as he has done with everyone unlucky enough to set foot on his island.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF CHAMPION THE WONDER HORSE – Film Chest

The Adventures of Champion ran for one season on CBS from 1955 to 1956. A total of 26 half-hour episodes were produced by Armand Schaefer for Gene Autry s Flying A Productions and directed by serial and western veterans George Archainbaud, Ford Beebe and John English. Familiar cowboy faces abound, including Roy Barcroft, Glenn Strange, George J. Lewis and Francis McDonald. 12-year-old Barry Curtis plays Ricky North, who lives on Uncle Sandy s ranch in the American Southwest near a herd of wild horses led by the wild stallion, Champion. Champ only allows his friend Ricky to ride him bareback. The German shepherd, Rebel, helps his two pals survive their weekly adventures. The characters of Ricky, Rebel, Champ and Sandy originated in a 1949- 50 radio serial that became a comic book for Dell from 1951 to 1955, so young fans were familiar with the premise long before the TV series.

 

TREME: Season 4 – HBO

In the series’ final five episodes, which take place from November 2008 through Mardi Gras 2009, the promise of economic and cultural recovery – heightened by the historic election of a new president – is tempered by sobering economics, continued police corruption, and the ongoing specter of violence and crime. Still, the connection Treme’s protagonists have with their city keeps them committed to its future – and to building their own legacy in this most iconic of American cities.

 

12 YEARS A SLAVE – Fox

It seems most interesting that it was a British filmmaker who was able to make the biggest impact on the largest failure in the history of America…that of slavery. From acclaimed director Steve McQueen comes this deeply evocative and brilliantly acted film based on the true story of Solomon Northup. Taking place in 1841, we find Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with Oscar caliber performances across the board, 12 Years a Slave is an unpretentious look into the darkened soul of our countries greatest failure and largest triumph.

 

OLDBOY – Sony

Josh Brolin stars as Joe, an ad man and all around jerk. He wakes up one night and finds himself imprisoned in a room. He discovers his wife has been raped and killed and that his DNA is discovered at the crime scene. Even though Joe was framed, he remains imprisoned by his captor (Samuel L. Jackson). Even with Brolin and Jackson, this film leaves you asking why regarding the remake when the original was so good!

 

BIBLE SECRETS REVEALED – Lionsgate

For thousands of years, The Holy Bible has been the foundation on which Judaism and Christianity are built. But is it history – or myth? Who wrote it? How old is it? It’s been copied, translated, edited and censored – but how accurate is it to its original intention? Bible Secrets Revealed explores the mysteries and reveals the hidden facts about the most read book in human history, featuring stunning on-location photography, compelling reenactments and insightful interviews with scholars, archaeologists and religious leaders.

 

FREE FALL – Wolfe

With a promising law enforcement career and a child on the way, Marc s (Max Reimelt) life is going according to plan until he meets the free spirited Kay (Hanno Koffler). They start jogging together, bringing a breath of fresh air into Marc s life and, for the first time, he develops feelings for a man. Torn between the life he knows so well and the exhilaration of this new adventure, Marc s finds himself in a state of free fall, unable to make anyone happy anymore least of all himself. Free Fall is part of a new wave of powerful German cinema.

 

ANCIENT ALIENS: Season 5, Volume 2 – Lionsgate

This program investigates the topic from many angles. “Emperors, Kings and Pharaohs” explores whether ancient leaders, usually attributed with divine powers, were actually connected to extraterrestrial forces. “Alien Operations” examines advanced medical procedures practiced in the ancient world, as evidenced by wall carvings and skeletal remains. Did these skills come from an otherworldly source? Archaeologists ponder the healing power of ancient objects like sacred bones in “Mysterious Relics” and luminous, skull-shaped crystals in “The Crystal Skulls.” Do these controversial artifacts hold the secrets to the universe? And were giant-winged deities known as Anunnaki responsible for ancient Sumerian leaps in advancement? Find out in “The Anunnaki Connection.” This provocative collection also includes “The Satan Conspiracy,” “The Power of Three” and “The Magic of the Gods.

 

NOAH AND THE GREAT ARK – Lionsgate

This program explores one of the most well-known stories of the Bible. Noah & The Ark: Voyage to a New Beginning looks at the legend of Noah the man. Sailor, vintner, farmer, healer, and prophet, Noah is said to have lived for 950 years. Watch as experts evaluate period accounts, rare paintings, and artifacts in order to explore his role as the central figure in the epic tale of destruction and rebirth. Mega Disasters: Noah’s Great Flood uses technology to recreate a devastating tsunami that spread across the Mediterranean Sea 8,000 years ago, slamming into the shores of three continents in only a few hours. Could this storm have been the basis for Noah’s story? Lastly, Mysteries of the Bible: Noah and the Flood compares the Old Testament account to flood myths from other cultures, including the Assyrians, American Indians, and Mayans.

 

THOMAS & FRIENDS: Spills & Thrills – Lionsgate

The Island of Sodor is always bustling with activity, yet when the engines try to be “Really Useful” they often find themselves in some messy muddles! James tries to prove he’s not afraid of the dark, or too vain to haul smelly fish, but when he pulls the nighttime Kipper Express he gets more than he bargained for! Stephen’s need for speed and Salty’s need to impress sends them both into some sticky, slippery situations. Hiro shows Diesel that nice engines do finish first and Sir Topham Hatt shows you can’t cry over spilled milk … twice! It’s full steam ahead for Spills & Thrills on Sodor!

 

LAST DAYS ON MARS – Magnolia

On the eve that the crew of the very first manned expedition to Mars is about to return to Earth, it makes an astounding discovery fossilized evidence of life on Mars.

 

NFL SUPERBOWL CHAMP SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Cinedigm

NFL Films takes you down the sidelines, on the field and into the locker room with exclusive access to all the vivid sounds and images of every game in the memorable 2013-2014 season of the Championship team coupled with exciting extra content detailing stores from the year, media day at Super Bowl XLVIII, and the thrilling Lombardi Trophy Presentation.

 

IN FEAR – Anchor Bay

Experience the film being hailed as chilling, tense, and scary. Young couple Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert) are driving to a festival in the remote Irish countryside. When they leave the main highway to look for their hotel, they quickly lose their way along the back-roads. Lost and tormented as night falls, Tom and Lucy’s primal anxieties of the dark and the unknown start to take hold. When the couple discovers they are not alone, they realize that their worst fears lay in the road ahead.

 

POIROT: Series 11 – Acorn

David Suchet stars as the unflappably brilliant Agatha Christie creation, Hercule Poirot. The Belgian detective is back and is solving the most stunning and mystifying crimes of the Art Deco era. With an incredible cast and performances to die for, the mysteries of Series 11 are gripping, creative and are certain to keep you glued to your seat. You don’t want to miss these!

 

BEWITCHED: Seasons 1 & 2 – Mill Creek

Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Samantha Stephens, a pretty, typical America housewife who just happens to be a witch in this beloved comedy classic! This magical 6 DVD collection includes the Emmy Award-winning first and second seasons in their entirety. These were the first 74 episodes that introduced one of the funniest ensemble casts in TV History and enchanted viewers with a hysterically look at the lifestyles of the witch and famous!

Join Dick York as Samantha’s mortal husband Darrin, Agnes Moorehead as his witch of a mother-in-law Endora, Alice Pearce as nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz, George Tobias as her oblivious husband Abner, Marion Lorne as dotty Aunt Clara and Paul Lynde as Samantha’s Uncle Arthur along with other 60 s pop icons Adam West, Raquel Welch, Peggy Lipton and Arte Johnson as they brew up hours of sidesplitting laughter and fun!

 

CHARLIE’S ANGELS: Season One – Mill Creek

America’s guiltiest pleasure of 1976–the inaugural season of Charlie’s Angels–has returned in all its jiggly, jolly glory in this tidy boxed set. It’s hard to describe just how captivated the nation’s media and viewing public were with cheesemeister Aaron Spelling’s ABC-TV hit, but for awhile Charlie’s Angels was wildly popular appointment television at its most self-consciously banal. The first season’s three (and best-remembered) belles–lioness Farrah Fawcett, pin-up babe Jaclyn Smith, and beauty Kate Jackson–were something like primetime Spice Girls, gracing countless magazine covers and bestselling posters. The premise of the show was simple: Once upon a time, Jill, Sabrina and Kelly were police officers whose skills were being wasted in menial duties such as answering phones and filing. A mysterious millionaire named Charles Townsend took them away from all that by opening his own private investigation agency and hiring these gorgeous ladies as his operatives with John Bosley acting as their assistant and liaison.

 

MARRIED WITH CHILDREN: Season One – Mill Creek

When Married…with Children debuted on Fox TV, the grungy sitcom became an instant flagship for Rupert Murdoch’s upstart network. The program’s much-publicized working title, was a dead giveaway. Married…with Children was going to be a trashier, raunchier, and far more cynical view of the American nuclear family. The jokes were savage, key relationships were marked by ennui and indifference, and the Bundy family name couldn’t help but make one think of America’s most notorious, real-life serial killer at the time. Yet the show had a hint of Golden Age Hollywood gloss, a retro-screwball feel that one could detect in the snappy verbal warfare between husband Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill) and wife Peggy (Katey Sagal). The characters, and the show, eschewed sentimentality, which certainly opened the floodgates to comic cynicism but also kept a door ajar for moments of genuine sweetness. A decade later, however, by the time Fox cancelled the increasingly expensive series, Married… with Children‘s first-season tone would be considerably different, replaced by a stronger reliance on running jokes and character stereotypes, particularly concerning Bundy children Kelly (Christina Applegate) and Bud (David Faustino).

 

CRUZIN – IndiePix

Everybody loves to ride their bicycle, right? You might think twice about that before you answer. In Cruzin’, you find a story that chronicles over 1000 miles in 12 days through Vietnam. Leading the way is front man and former Olympian Antonio Cruz along with 13 of his best friends. They trek along what is considered a rather difficult ride that contains many steep hills and rolling countrysides. What the viewer is certain to take away from the program is a respect for friendship, for exercise and actual problem solving. But it is much more than that. We remember that cycling is actually fun, too!

 

THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS: Season 2 – Shout Factory

Our heroes Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman) and Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) are drafted into the army upon graduating from high school! But that doesn’t stop Dobie from pursuing the girl of his dreams in fact, ANY girl. Any girl, that is, except the nagging, pestering Zelda (Sheila James), who continues to go to any length to prove that she and Dobie are meant for each other, including helping him write a song to win another teen’s heart! Meanwhile, Dobie’s new rich and snobby rival, Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (Steve Franken) constantly interferes with Dobie’s conquests by luring the young ladies away with money and expensive gifts.

 

NEW WORLD – MVD

The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation called New World, with the perfect weapon. The boss right hand man, Ja-sung (Lee Jung-jae), has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by handler Police chief Kang (Choi Min-sik). With a baby on the way, and living in mortal fear of being exposed as a mole, Ja-sung is torn between his duty and honor as a cop, and the fiercely loyal gang members who will follow him to hell and back. Using inside information from Ja-sung to damage the relationship between the two feuding contenders, suspicions grow that a traitor lives in their ranks. Ruthless Jung (Hwang Jun-min) escalates the game by hiring hackers to search the police database. As Operation New World closes in, and with the stakes climbing higher and a gangland bloodbath guaranteed among those that remain, Ja-sung makes a final, shocking decision no one could have predicted.

 

KING OF CHINATOWN – IndiePix

At first glance, you might think this film is simply something that it is not. However, don’t pass up an opportunity to dive head first into watching the King of Chinatown. A billion dollar industry that involves all ages and ethnicities, the virtual and physical world of video games hits us all. This program takes a deep look into the true culture of gaming and what can come of it within one of the largest subcultures our world has ever known.

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