COUCH THEATER — DVD PREVIEWS
By DNA SMITH
PICK OF THE WEEK
“The Inauguration of Barack Obama: A Moment in History” — There already have been a few commemorative DVDs of President Obama’s inauguration day, but this offering by ABC News is the best of the bunch. Not only do you get all the big highlights like the Oath of Office, Aretha Franklin’s performance of “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” and the Inaugural Address, but you also get Obama’s election-night acceptance speech and the Oaths of Office of every president from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.
Other features on the DVD include Barbara Walters’ November 2008 interview with Barack and Michelle Obama, the Obamas hosting the Neighborhood Ball and their first dance, and an interview with Beyonce, to mention a few.
FOR THE COMICS ENTHUSIAST
“Wonder Woman” — This is the fourth in a series of direct-to-DVD movies from DC Comics. The previous three, “Superman: Doomsday,” “Justice League: New Frontier” and “Batman: Gotham Knight” were all high-quality productions with great animation, celebrity voice work and solid scripts.
Keri Russell stars as the voice of Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) in this origin story of how pilot Steve Trevor (Nathan Fillion) crash lands on Island Themyscira, a remote and uncharted isle populated by Amazons. Diana must compete with the other women of the island to escort Trevor back to the world of men. Also in the cast are Alfred Molina as Ares the God of War, Virginia Madsen as Diana’s mother and Rosario Dawson as Diana’s nemesis Artemis.
From what I’ve seen, “Wonder Woman” looks like it will maintain the same high standards of its DC DVD predecessors, and I’m looking forward to adding it to my animation collection.
“ER” The Complete Tenth Season
“7th Heaven” The Eighth Season
“Nash Bridges” The Second Season
“The Hills” The Complete Fourth Season
“The Return of Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
“SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob vs. the Big One”
“Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares”
“My Two Dads” Season One
“Smurfs” Vol. 1
© 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.