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  • DVD review: 'William & Mary: The Complete Collection'

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    William is a sweet and melancholy undertaker, conscientiously carrying on the family business of ushering clients out of the world with dignity. Mary is a wise, pragmatic midwife, passionate in her mission of helping mothers bring their babies kicking and screaming into the world.

  • Blu-ray review: 'Matilda'

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Long before “Matilda: The Musical” became a Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway, the story was a much-beloved children’s book by the great British eccentric Roald Dahl and a prickly, endearing 1996 movie adaptation by actor-director Danny DeVito. In the nearly 20 years since its release, that quirky, zippy little film – much like the story’s page and stage incarnations – has achieved a sort of cult status among young fans, as well as among grown-up admirers of Dahl’s warm, weird and wonderfully cracked body of literature.

  • DVD review: 'The Broker's Man: Series 1'

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

      Before taking over on his own popular Masterpiece Mystery TV series, “Inspector Lewis,” the everyman British actor Kevin Whately spent some13 years as Detective Sergeant Robbie Lewis, the reliable, long-suffering sidekick to John Thaw’s prickly, cerebral detective in the “Inspector Morse” series.

  • DVD review: "The Spectacular Now"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 17, 2014

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. “The Spectacular Now” The skinny: Rarely have the fresh joys and new pains of adolescence been depicted with the emotional veracity of director James Ponsoldt’s (“Smashed”) spectacular adaptation of Oklahoma writer Tim Tharp’s coming-of-age novel.

  • DVD box set review: 'Combat - The Complete Series'

    Gene Triplett | Published: Mon, Dec 9, 2013

    There haven’t been many dramatic or even comedic TV series about Word War II, save for HBO’s excellent miniseries “Band of Brothers” (2001) and “The Pacific” (2010), the all but forgotten ABC series “The Gallant Men” (1962), which director Robert Altman helped mold, “The Rat Patrol” (1966) and the ’60s silliness of “Hogan’s Heroes” and “McHale’s Navy.” But television’s longest-running regular network series set in WWII was “Combat!” (1962-’66), and it was also the best that TV has ever offered on the subject, regardless of production values that fell short of the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg-produced HBO offerings.

  • DVD review: 'Home Alone: Holiday Heist'

    Dennis King | Updated: Fri, Dec 6, 2013

    “Home Alone” is the holiday movie gift that just keeps on giving. At least, that’s what the purveyors of “Home Alone: Holiday Heist” seem to be hoping as they trot out the shopworn and highly repetitive fifth movie (this time, made for TV) in this formulaic lone-kid-fends-off-inept-burglars series.

  • DVD review: 'Naked City: The Complete Series'

    Gene Triplett | Updated: Thu, Dec 5, 2013

    “There are 8 million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.” That’s what the announcer used to intone at the end of each episode of “Naked City,” one of the best cop shows television had to offer in the early 1960s.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series'

    Dennis King | Updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series” Long before the trashy doings of “Desperate Housewives,” the maddening ennui of bland suburban American homemaking found a satirical heroine in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” Now, Norman Lear’s Emmy-winning TV soap opera of the ’70s will be available in its entirety for the first time when “The Complete Series” is released on DVD Tuesday.

  • Box set review: Garth Brooks releases “Blame It All on My Roots," plays live TV concert special

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Nov 30, 2013

    UPDATED 11:10 a.m. Saturday: If you missed the TV special “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas” Friday night, you can watch the full show by clicking here. A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.

  • DVD review: 'Blandings: Series 1'

    Dennis King | Published: Sat, Nov 23, 2013

    Had your fill of the pomp and drama of “Downton Abbey?” When the oppressive propriety of British high society becomes a bit too stuffy, a jaunt down the cobbled lanes to Blandings Castle might be just what the butler ordered. No one pricks the bubble of British pomposity better than P.G.

  • Blu-ray review: 'Jack Irish: Series 1'

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Nov 14, 2013

    TV crime drama has increasingly become an international affair with American and British crime-busters now sharing screen space with world-weary gumshoes from such far-flung precincts as Sweden (“Wallander”), Italy (“Zen”) and Spain (“Falcon”). Now add Australia to the pithy locales trod by down-at-the-heels private eyes with murders to solve and personal demons to battle.

  • DVD review: 'Bad Company'

    Gene Triplett | Updated: Mon, Nov 11, 2013

    Jeff Bridges has been going great guns since his best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of small-town Texas jock Duane Jackson in 1971′s “The Last Picture Show,” his first major film role. He’s been very selective about the characters he’s taken on in the wake of that first success, and his choices have been on-target more often than not, nailing such memorable filmic figures as the young boxer Ernie in “Fat City” (1972), Clint Eastwood’s hapless young partner in crime in “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974), the lovable extraterrestrial hero of “Starman” (1984), and, of course, the king of all pothead slackers in “The Big Lebowski” (1998) — to name a few.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Nov 11, 2013

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” Smartly capitalizing on the upcoming release of the Coen brothers’ 1960s folk music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the timely, tuneful documentary “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” is due out on DVD Tuesday.

  • Blu-ray review: “Girl Most Likely”

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. “Girl Most Likely” Don’t let Kristen Wiig’s lead role or even the hot pink typography on the Blu-ray case fool you: “Girl Most Likely” is hardly this year’s “Bridesmaids.” “Girl Most Likely” isn’t really even a comedy, much less an uproarious one that will provoke viewers to laugh regularly or for the right reasons.

  • DVD review: 'Bad Company'

    | Published: Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    Robert Benton's period comedy “Bad Company” is an early Jeff Bridges masterpiece.

  • Blu-ray review: “Notting Hill”

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. “Notting Hill” Romantic comedies are essentially fairy tales for grownups, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”) goes for a full-blown fantasy with his 1999 blockbuster “Notting Hill.” After all, it doesn’t get more happily-ever-after than his sweet yet sophisticated story of a world-famous American movie star (Julia Roberts) who falls in love with an ordinary bloke (Hugh Grant) while working in London.

  • Blu-ray review: "R.I.P.D."

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Oct 25, 2013

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. “R.I.P.D.” Jeff Bridges’ turn as a loony lawman comes to the rescue many times in the supernatural action flick “R.I.P.D.” But not even the man who was The Dude can redeem the soulless computer-generated effects, the herky-jerky tonal shifts and the unforgivable waste of an intriguing concept that haunt one of the summer’s biggest flops.

  • DVD review: ‘Nichols' — The Complete Series

    Gene Triplett | Published: Thu, Oct 24, 2013

    Oklahoma can take some pride in the fact that one of its most famous sons is one of those rare actors who made the transition from TV to movie success, and was able to continue working in both arenas without ever diminishing his A-list, leading-man status in feature films.