Nick’s Picks – April 1, 2015

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

Victory at SeaMass ExtinctionLemursCometChuggingtonWe are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of To Catch a Comet, Mass Extinction, Victory at Sea or Chuggington: Fire Patrol Rescue, 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!

TO CATCH A COMET – PBS

Deep space. Billions of miles from Earth, Rosetta, a spacecraft the size of a car, travels towards an icy rock 2.5 miles wide that hurtles through space at tens of thousands of miles per hour. Rosetta has been in space for ten years but in the next few days she will do something no other spacecraft has ever attempted: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it flies round the sun. This is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) most audacious mission. It has taken a team of brilliant engineers 30 years to get to this point. The mission has been beset with daunting technological challenges, faulty launch vehicles, and the unpredictable and dangerous nature of the comet itself, all of which have conspired to stop the mission in its tracks. If it works, Rosetta is guaranteed to provide a treasure-trove of scientific data, but make no mistake about it, this is a dangerous mission. The rewards may be huge but so are the risks.

MASS EXTINCTION – PBS

It’s a mystery on a global scale: five times in Earth’s past, life has been nearly extinguished, the vast majority of plants and animals annihilated in a geologic instant. What triggered these dramatic events? And what might they tell us about the fate of our world? Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink joins scientists around the globe as they unravel the mysteries of two of the most dramatic mass extinctions the “K/T Extinction” that wiped out the dinosaurs, and “The Great Dying,” which obliterated nearly 90% of all Earth’s species. At first glance, these two extinctions couldn’t look more different. A six-mile-wide asteroid spelled near-instant doom for the dinosaurs. And as new research covered in the film reveals, massive volcanic eruptions altered the chemistry of the atmosphere and ocean to trigger “The Great Dying.” As different as they seem, these two extinctions share uncanny similarities and a message for today. Could the impact of human beings be just as devastating to the planet as a massive asteroid strike or volcanic eruptions?

VICTORY AT SEA – Film Chest Media
A well-produced feature-length version of the TV documentary series with actual footage from the battles described, it s emotional and provides a good look at what our men and those of our allies, and even enemies, faced in WWII. Richard Rodgers, fresh off of several hit Broadway musicals, was retained to compose the musical score for the series. Rodgers would contribute twelve themes short piano compositions a minute or two in length while Robert Russell Bennett did the scoring and conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra on the soundtrack recording sessions. Rodgers’ Beneath The Southern Cross became No Other Love and was a big hit of the time. This beautiful transfer comes from a 16mm dupe negative recently located in our film archive. Scanned and restored in high definition, we are excited to bring you this wonderful title and hope it adds to your collection!

CHUGGINGTON: Fire Patrol Rescue – Anchor Bay

In this latest collection of Chuggington adventures, Wilson sets out on fire patrol duty with his new friend Asher and learns to use a fire hose in a rescue! Also, there is a friendly contest of Chug Patrol versus Speed Fleet; Hodge find himself in a high-rise jam; and all the Chuggers practice emergency drills at the roundhouse. In these 6 exciting episodes plus New Chugger Spotlights, a Bonus Badge Quest Episode, and coloring sheets Wilson, Asher, Brewster and the others discover the importance of community service and working together.

LANGUAGE MATTERS WITH BOB HOLLMAN – PBS

Travel around the world and meet people determined to preserve their languages
Language Matters is a two hour documentary that asks: What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language? Language Matters was filmed around the world: on a remote island off the coast of Australia, where 400 Aboriginal people speak 10 different languages, all at risk; in Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and in Hawaii, where a group of Hawaiian activists are fighting to save their native tongue.

WILD CARD – Lionsgate

When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play…and it’s all or nothing.

VEEP: Season Three – HBO

HBO premieres the third season of the Emmy-nominated comedy series created by Armando Iannucci that takes a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of Washington politics. Following the whirlwind day-to-day existence of Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Veep hilariously skewers everyday office politics, against the backdrop of the second highest office in the land. After the revelation at the end of Season 2 that the president will not run for reelection, Season 3 begins with Selina, eying a promotion, courting Iowa caucus voters at a signing for her new book, Some New Beginnings. Soon, Selina and her staff, back in D.C. for Mike’s (Matt Walsh) wedding, learn that Secretary of Defense Maddox is resigning – setting Selina up for a possible run in the presidential primaries against Maddox and her nemesis, war-vet Danny Chung. Over the course of this season’s 10 episodes, Selina and her staff will set up an exploratory campaign office in D.C. and travel to Silicon Valley (to raise money) and London (to meet with heads of state), while Amy (Anna Chlumsky) and Dan (Reid Scott) vie to be Selina’s campaign manager. As always, Veep will continue to show that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and far-reaching consequences.

SILICON VALLEY: First Season – HBO

From the offbeat mind of Mike Judge, this HBO half-hour comedy takes viewers inside the world of tech start-ups – and the socially awkward underdogs who try to navigate its lucrative potential. Starring a talented ensemble of young comic actors and veterans, Silicon Valley charts the rising fortunes of Richard, an introverted computer programmer who lives in a “Hacker Hostel” start-up incubator along with his friends Big Head, Gilfoyle, and Dinesh. These social misfits live under the watch of Erlich, a dotcom millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free – as long as he gets a 10% stake in their projects. Stuck working part-time at a large tech company called Hooli, Richard’s obscure website, Pied Piper, is going nowhere fast. But when a mid-level Hooli executive named Jared is apprised of the value of the site’s novel compression algorithm, Richard finds himself caught in the middle of an extreme bidding war between Hooli founder Gavin Belson and independent billionaire venture capitalist Peter Gregory.

THE BEAT GENERATION – Olive Films

Ray Danton and Jackie Coogan star in this film about a detective who is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

THE QUIET GUN – Olive Films

Doug Sadler is in a small town in the west. He is a hired gun but he knows what he is doing. He deliberately starts conflict with many of the townsfolks. There is a purpose to his madness that you won’t see coming. Sit down and watch this film!

THE SHANGHAI STORY – Olive Films

Too many years in the Orient have made a bitter man of Dr. Dan Maynard (Edmond O’Brien), an American surgeon, and too little emotional stability has tarnished the Tangier-born Rita King (Ruth Roman). They meet when a night-raid by Shanghai’s police chief brings all westerners together in the Waldorf House Hotel, where they are interned under the guardianship of the coldly cruel Major Ling Wu (Philip Ahn). Only Rita is free to come and go due to her friendship with Shanghai;s new police chief, Colonal Zorek (Marvin Miller).

WILD – Fox

Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern star in this remarkable story that chronicles one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.

THE IMITATION GAME – Anchor Bay

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

THE CIRCLE – Wolfe Video

A gorgeous dramatization of gay lovers Ernst and Robi who meet in Zurich in 1958 against the backdrop of The Circle (the pioneering gay organization and internationally renowned underground club), this award-winning drama also showcases the true story of Ernst and Robi, featuring interviews with the men (now in their 80s) along with stunning archival images and fascinating research into this incredible era in gay history. Starring Matthias Hungerbuhler and Sven Schelker as Ernst and Robi.

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