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Doctor Who: Nightmare Of Eden and The Sensorites DVD Reviews

 

“The Sensorites” and “Nightmare Of Eden” never live up to their interesting story concepts. Continue reading

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June 28, 2012 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hey Dude Season 3 DVD Review

The third season of “Hey Dude” improves upon the second season. Continue reading

June 26, 2012 Posted by | DVD review | | Leave a comment

Jeff Who Lives At Home Blu-ray Review

“Jeff Who Lives At Home” is a meandering mumblecore flick. Continue reading

June 26, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 5 DVD Review

The final season of “The Sarah Jane Adventures” should satisfy fans of the series. Continue reading

June 20, 2012 Posted by | DVD review | , , , | Leave a comment

Shiki Part 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

While a bit on the slow side, “Shiki” is more interesting than the usual anime series. Continue reading

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

Falling Skies Season 1 Blu-ray Review

“Falling Skies” falls flat. Continue reading

June 14, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , | Leave a comment

Law & Order: Criminal Intent – The Seventh Year DVD Review

I am a huge fan of the original Law & Order, as well as the first spin-off Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It took me awhile to warm up to SVU, but by seasons two and three it grew to become, in my humble opinion, the better of the two shows…edgier, darker and about as unflinching as network TV ever got. And both shows lend themselves perfectly to marathon viewings sessions, making the DVD box sets well-worth the money.

The second spin-off Law & Order: Criminal Intent, while a fine show, simply isn’t as compulsively watchable. It’s well-made, has a terrific cast and good writing, especially in the earlier seasons when Vincent D’Onofrio unleashed his inner-Columbo every single week as Detective Goren. He was always a quirky actor who shined brightest when playing eccentrics, and it’s almost as if the Dick Wolf created Criminal Intent with D’Onofrio in-mind, and it’s the only series in the franchise primarily driven by one character.

This approach is a double-edged sword, though. While Goren is a great character, whose knowledge of even the most mundane facts (I’d hate to play Trivial Pursuit against this guy) plays a huge role in solving cases, he is the only interesting character. Everyone else leaves about as much an impression as Elvis’ back-up band. But part of the appeal of L&O has always been in its ensemble casts, making Criminal Intent an addition to the franchise in name only.

Later seasons, including this one, tried to shake things up by bringing in other characters, lifting the burden of carrying the show from D’Onofrio’s shoulders. Hence, Chris Noth (from the original L&O) returns as detective Logan with a new partner, Megan Wheeler. So some episodes feature these two trying to solve the weekly case instead of Gowen and Eames. The problem is that Logan (although compelling in the original L&O as sort of a hothead), isn’t as interesting anymore. In fact, sometimes it feels like he isn’t the same character. I think it was a mistake to sometimes shift the focus away from Gowen.

Cast notwithstanding, this seventh season boxed set is hit-or-miss. Some episodes knock it out of the park, and are just as riveting as the best of L&O or SVU. Others are simply aren’t all that interesting. For most long-running series, a drop in consistency is to be expected. The first two shows raised the bar so high, and remained great for so long, that I guess it was inevitable that the Law of Diminished Returns would eventually rear its ugly head.

Still, Criminal Intent is a decent show in its own right, and the episodes featuring D’Onofrio are the superior ones in this set. I still think, however, it has little in common with any other series in the franchise.

June 14, 2012 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Blu-ray Review

“A Game Of Shadows” is a vast improvement over the first film. Continue reading

June 11, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , | 2 Comments

Summer With Monika and Summer Interlude Blu-ray Reviews

 

Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer With Monika” and “Summer Interlude” are interesting character studies. Continue reading

June 9, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Gold Rush Blu-ray Review

“The Gold Rush” is essential Charlie Chaplin. Continue reading

June 9, 2012 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment