DVD Review: ‘Sliders’ S4

The Fourth Season
Starring Jerry O’Connell, Kari Wuhrer, Cleavant Derricks
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 25, 2008

This 5-disc DVD box set includes all 22 episodes of Season Four, with each 45-minute episode having Quinn and his comrades — Sliders — travel to different Parallel Earths via wormhole all while trying to get back home to Earth Prime.

In Sliders: The Fourth Season, Quinn Mallory (Jerry O’Connell) and fellow slider Maggie (Kari Wuhrer) have made it home to Earth Prime only to find that it has been taken over by a subhuman creatures from a parallel Earth called Kromaggs. Now they must break fellow slider Rembrandt aka Remy (Cleavant Derricks) out of the prison “Reeducation” center. As they are breaking Remy out, they learn the fate of the last fellow slider Wade (Sabrina Lloyd) and then Quinn gets caught.

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DVD Review: The Tudors — The Complete First Season

The Tudors
The Complete First Season
Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam
Paramount Home Video
Available Jan. 1, 2008

This 10-episode dramatic series takes a look at the early reign of a young Henry VIII, the 16th century Tudor King of England. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as King Henry, who plans to declare war on the French after they murder his uncle. The self-serving conniving Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (Sam Neill), who has a mistress and dreams of grandeur, believes that instead of waging war, Henry should propose a peace treaty the King of France. Henry’s friend and trusted advisor Sir Thomas More (Jeremy Northam), author of Utopia, agrees with the peace treaty proposition, which convinces Henry to enact that plan.

Aside from the political aspect of King Henry’s early reign, Season 1 of The Tudors chronicles Henry’s now-famed tumultuous love life. At the opening of the show, the King is married to Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy), who has been unable to produce a much-need male offspring. Disgusted with Catherine, Henry eventually involves the Catholic Church, who had papal authority in England at the time, in a very difficult effort to dissolve his marriage.

While awaiting a possible annulment, Henry seeks pleasure elsewhere. Being the King provides him with a bounty of choices for mistresses, his favorite being the young and beautiful Lady Elizabeth Blount (Ruta Gedmintas). But Henry quickly tires of his concubines, and since in the Tudor world women are commodities, the ambitious Thomas Boleyn (Nick Dunning) is more then happy to offer his daughters over to Henry. It is up to Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) to seduce and sink her claws into the King to elevate the status of the Boleyn family.

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Book Review: ‘Season of the Witch’

Season of the Witch
By Natasha Mostert
Hardcover edition
Dutton Adult
Available now

Enter a realm of Alchemists, computer hackers, murder, theft, psychic powers, and a world of magic. A realm where a house of a million doors leads to unspeakable horrors and wonderful beauty. This and more is what you will experience in Season of the Witch, the fourth novel by British author Natasha Mostert. While I found this book a little slow at first, I quickly became intrigued as to the who, what, when, where, and how of it all.

Meet characters such as Gabriel Blackstone, a talented, intelligent man adept at breaking into computer systems and stealing information as well as using his powers of “remote viewing” — the power to enter the mind of others and view what they have or are viewing in what is referred to as Psi-space.

Gabriel is a thief of information who has a strong belief that what he does as a chosen profession is wrong, but he’s gotten used to the finer things in life, so he has no problem doing it. Gabriel’s partner Isidore, is a computer wiz whether it be software or hardware. Unlike Gabriel, Isidore believes he is a cyberspace Robin Hood, taking the information from the fat-cats and using it against them to make money.

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Movie Review: Shrek the Third

In this animated sequel, the ogre Shrek is back and this time as the unlikely heir to the throne who must once again face off with Prince Charming, the sore loser plotting to take over the kingdom of Far Far Away.

Shrek the Third sees the return of the lovable green ogre couple Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz), who have inherited the kingdom of Far Far Away. But Shrek isn’t ready to handle the royal duties, or any kind of responsibilities for that matter. So, the would-be King goes off with his sidekicks Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) in search of Artie (Justin Timberlake), a geeky teenager who’s next in succession. The expecting Fiona must stay behind with her princess gal pals Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel (voiced respectively by SNL alums Amy Poehler, Cheri Oteri, and Maya Rudolph) and Cinderella (Amy Sedaris).

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