Nick’s Picks – April 8, 2015

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

Home Sweet HellWe are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Home Sweet Hell, 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!

HOME SWEET HELL – Sony

Don Champagne seems to have it all but when his wife, Mona, learns of Don’s affair with a pretty new salesgirl, Mona will stop at nothing to maintain their storybook life.

ONE STEP BEYOND – Film Chest Media

Created by Merwin Gerard, One Step Beyond presents storylines that defy understanding as well as an exploration of the unknown and supernatural. The original series ran for three seasons on ABC from January 1959 to July 1961. Produced a year before Twilight Zone, this series sparked the growing interest in paranormal suspense in the late 1950’s. The primary difference between the two shows was the effort One Step Beyond made to discover and present “real” stories of supernatural events and recreate them for each episode – all said to be based on true events. Ultimately, solutions to the mysteries were never found, leaving viewers bewildered as to the scope of their reality.

BARNEY MILLER: Season Seven – Shout Factory

A cop show hailed for both its inspired lunacy and remarkable realism, Emmy Award-winning Barney Miller is a humanistic and comical look into the daily grind of a police squad in New York’s Greenwich Village. Beginning in 1975 and continuing for eight acclaimed seasons, this unforgettable show followed the detectives of the 12th Precinct as they took on everything from domestic disputes to suicide bombers to bad coffee. The plain, cramped squad room of Barney Miller played host to a glorious array of oddballs (perps, victims, and cops alike) and served as a window into the world of the American Everyman, with all his foibles and triumphs. Season Seven’s 22 episodes find the boys of the 12th Precinct coping with both bulletproof vests and being turned into a homicide-only squad, while Detective Harris’ career as an author brings him undesirable side-effects. Hal Linden, Max Gail, Ron Glass, Steve Landesberg and Ron Carey star in this outstanding seventh season of a show that’s so funny, it’s criminal.

THE VOICES – Lionsgate

A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.

MAD AS HELL – Oscilloscope

The Young Turks, one of the most popular online news shows in the world, has amassed a YouTube network consisting of millions of subscribers and billions of views. But that wasn’t always the case. MAD AS HELL documents the tumultuous, at times hilarious and altogether astonishing trajectory of Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks’ main host and founder, as he traverses from unknown Public Access TV host to internet sensation by way of YouTube. When he ventures into national television by landing the 6 PM time slot on MSNBC, Cenk’s uncensored brand of journalism is compromised as he becomes a thorn in the side of traditional news media; his unwavering dedication to speaking the truth puts him at the very nexus of the battle between new and old media, and makes Mad as Hell not only entertaining, but incredibly timely as well.

THE BOOK OF NEGROES – E1 Entertainment

A universal story of loss, courage and triumph, The Book of Negroes recounts the extraordinary journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman who survives in a world in which everything seems to be against her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa then sold into slavery in South Carolina, Aminata navigates her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia, and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before finally securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.

BREATHLESS – Shout Factory

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history. A gripping story starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo.

RIDE THE PINK HORSE – Criterion

In the bordertown of San Pablo, preparing for an annual ‘Mexican Fiesta,’ arrives Gagin: tough, mysterious and laconic. His mission: to find the equally mysterious Frank Hugo, evidently for revenge; or is it blackmail? FBI agent Retz is also after the elusive Hugo. Everyone in town is enigmatic, especially Pila, a mystical teenager who follows Gagin around and has premonitions of his death. Also involved are a classic femme fatale and an antique carousel with a pink horse.

BUKOW & KONIG: Set One & Two – MHZ

Alexander Bukow is a veteran cop who doesn’t mind working at the edge of the law to get results. Katrin König has a sterling reputation as an analyst and profiler and is esteemed by all who know her for her assessments and concentrated professionalism. Bukow knows the town where they work, Rostock, like his own backyard and he should; it’s where he grew up. He has contacts on every corner and can be charming enough to wrap friends and enemies around his finger, but never reveals much about himself. He’s also got a life outside the job and is married with two small children. For König, the job is her life, which is how she became such an accomplished criminal profiler. She’s a strait-laced control freak and all too aware of her partner’s seedy past and questionable allegiances. Despite, or perhaps because of their differences, they make a successful crime-fighting team – when they’re not fighting each other.

DON MATTEO: Set Nine – MHZ

Terence Hill stars as Don Matteo, a thoroughly ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. He s a parish priest who never met an unjustly accused person he didn t want to help. In fact, he never met anyone marginalized he didn t want to help: the elderly, the homeless, the immigrant, the unemployed. He sees them all as he bicycles along the streets and through the countryside of his parish. He s a hometown boy who was baptized and ordained in Gubbio and is beloved by just about everyone in this stunning Italian mountain village. His easygoing manner endears him to people, making it easy for them to reveal their secrets when they get into trouble. His friend and chess partner is policeman Marshal Cecchini, who slips him information about new cases much to the chagrin of the police chief who isn t at all thrilled about the collaboration. But he s in agreement with Don Matteo about one thing: the importance of justice being served. Don Matteo has one more concern besides justice: to bring a word of hope to the culprit no matter what the crime. These simple tales of redemption and humanity will bring inspiration, a chuckle and a smile.

SEBASTIAN & BERGMAN – MHZ

Every criminal has his own handwriting, but only Sebastian Bergman can read it. Bergman is Sweden’s most famous criminal profiler, having written a definitive, best-selling book about workings of the criminal mind. He’s played by Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård, famous for his performance as the original Wallander, based on Henning Mankell’s wildly popular crime novels. Bergman is strong-headed, politically incorrect, intuitive, abrasive – and grief-stricken. He’s struggling to come to terms with the loss of his wife and young daughter from the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, an event that caused his life to careen out of control. Returning to work, Bergman had one more surprise waiting for him – an adult daughter he never knew he had, now working alongside him as a fellow investigator in the Stockholm police department. When Bergman finds out that she might be chosen to participate in an FBI training camp in America, he’s desperate not to lose her. At the same time, he discovers a personal connection in the case of three girls who were found dead in a small-town mine. It could have been a triple suicide or murder. More dark secrets emerge as the corpse of a notorious serial killer is found buried in a field. Clues lead to a nearby convent, where the body of a young girl is also unearthed. He has to figure out who killed the girl and who killed the killer. The game is on; catching criminals is the one thing Sebastian Bergman knows how to do best.

KING OF THE HILL: Season Nine – Olive Films

Tell you what: Whether King of the Hill can usurp the throne occupied by The Simpsons as TV’s royal animated family is something for the Hank vs. Homer contingents to duke out. But with this fit-for-a-king DVD set, the Hills of Arlen, Texas, can emerge from the shadows of their Springfield brethren. Co-created by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head, the cult classic Office Space) and Simpsons veteran Greg Daniels, this brilliant series boasts an impeccable voice cast, bull’s-eye writing, and the most rollicking theme music on television.

THE SIMON WIESENTHAL COLLECTION – Cinedigm
Experience the extraordinary spectrum of Jewish life and the Holocaust legacy with eleven of the most acclaimed documentaries of our time. This set includes:
• Genocide (1982)
• Echoes That Remain (1991)
• Liberation (1994)
• The Long Way Home (1997)
• In Search of Peace( 2001)
• Unlikely Heroes (2003)
• Ever Again (2006)
• I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)
• Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny (2010)
• It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012)
• The Prime Ministers (2013)

SUKKAH CITY – First Run Features
When best-selling author Joshua Foer began to build his first sukkah, a small hut that Jews build and dwell in every fall for the holiday of Sukkot, he wanted to move beyond the generic plywood boxes and canvas tents that have become the unimaginative status quo. He discovered that while the Bible outlines the basic parameters for what a sukkah should look like and how it should function, it leaves plenty of room for variation and interpretation. Foer thought, ‘what if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs? What would they come up with?’ And so was born the design competition known as Sukkah City in Union Square Park, in the heart of New York City. Chronicling the competition, the film goes behind the scenes during construction, exhibition, and judging to provide an entertaining and inspiring portrait of the project’s visionary architects and structures – an exciting, singular moment in the American Jewish experience.

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