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Blu-ray Review: 'Dunkirk'

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This is a review of Warner Bros. Entertainment's Dunkirk three-disc Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet set. To read my July 2017 review of Christopher Nolan's film, check out this post: Movie Review: 'Dunkirk'

On December 19, 2017, Warner Bros. Entertainment released the home media editions of Dunkirk, director Christopher Nolan's World War II dramatic take on Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of nearly 400,000 British, French, and Belgian soldiers from the beaches at Dunkerque, a French port city on the English Channel coast, under unceasing Luftwaffe attacks and the threat of annihilation or capture by advancing German armies.  

Nominated for eight Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Production Design) and winner of other accolades, including three Golden Globe awards (Best Picture - Drama, Best Director, and Best Original Score), Dunkirk is now available for home v…

Book Review: 'Message from Nam' by Danielle Steel

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Question: What do readers get when a romance novelist - Danielle Steel - attempts to push the literary envelope and creates a love story set in Vietnam-era America?

Answer: Depending on one's particular tastes and sensibilities, either (a) a fascinating literary break from Steel's norm (glitzy love stories set in the world of the rich and famous) and a crowd-pleasing tearjerker/historical novel or, (b) a well-meant but vacuous exercise in fluff which awkwardly crams every tragic event in American history into a standard-issue "awakening of consciousness" story involving a Steel heroine who finds true love in the middle of a chaotic decade.

1990's Message from Nam represents Steel's first stab at trying to break out of her Problems Faced By Very Wealthy People in Life and Love mold and respectability as a more well-rounded writer of fiction. 

As a writer aiming for a larger audience, Steel apparently figured that in the post-Platoon boom of novels, movies and non…

'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The Radio Drama' Episode Review: 'Dark Lord's Fury'

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Dark Lord's Fury

Cast:
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)See-Threepio (Anthony Daniels)Han Solo (Perry King)Princess Leia Organa (Ann Sachs)Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Willliams)Artoo-DetooChewbaccaDarth Vader (Brock Peters)LobotBoba FettImperial CommanderFirst TrooperSecond TrooperFirst GuardSecond GuardNarrator (Ken Hiller)
Reviewer's Note: All quoted material is from the 1995 Del Rey book Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The National Public Radio Dramatization. This edition contains Brian Daley's complete radio play, which differs slightly from the version of the Radio Drama which aired on National Public Radio in 1983 and the original 1990s HighBridge Audio cassette and compact disc editions. The version in Daley's script was recorded, but as with the original 1981 Star Wars Radio Drama, edits were made at the request of NPR due to the needs of the radio format. The longer version is available in HighBridge Audio's more expensive Limited Edition CD collection of Sta…

'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The Radio Drama' Episode Review: 'New Allies, New Enemies'

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New Allies, New Enemies

Cast:


Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)Han Solo (Perry King)ChewbaccaPrincess Leia Organa (Ann Sachs)See Threepio (C-3PO) (Anthony Daniels)Artoo Detoo (R2-D2)Lord Darth Vader  (Brock Peters)Boba FettLando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams)Yoda (John Lithgow)Imperial LieutenantAdmiral Piett (David Rasche)Captain Lorth Needa (Nicholas Kepros)SentryCloud City ControlDroidTrooperBen (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Bernard "Bunny" Behrens)Narrator (Ken Hiller)
Reviewer's Note: All quoted material is from the 1995 Del Rey book Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The National Public Radio Dramatization. This edition contains Brian Daley's complete radio play, which differs slightly from the version of the Radio Drama which aired on National Public Radio in 1983 and the original 1990s HighBridge Audio cassette and compact disc editions. The version in Daley's script was recorded, but as with the original 1981 Star Wars Radio Drama, edits were made at the request of NPR d…