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War at the Warfield is nothing short of awesome. But if it has any
drawbacks, it is the absence of original drummer Dave Lombardo.
However, Paul Bostaph still did a fine performance on the drums. Tom
Araya, Kerry King, and the late Jeff Hanneman were all in great form.
In addition to performing such Slayer classics as "Raining Blood", "War Ensemble", "Dead Skin Mask", "South of Heaven", and "Angel of Death", they played some tracks from their then-recent album God Hates Us All, including "Disciple" and "Bloodline". The December 2001 concert opened with "Disciple" and closed with "Angel of Death".
War at the Warfield delivers the goods from start to finish. Evidently, readers of the now-defunct magazine Metal Edge agreed; following its 2003 release, the DVD won a Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for "DVD of the Year" - and rightly so!
Rust In Peace is a landmark album for Megadeth. In 2010, the band
decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its 1990 release by doing
a series of concerts in which they performed the album in its entirety.
"Holy Wars," "Hangar 18," and the title track are among the noteworthy
tracks from the classic album. In addition to the entire RIP set list,
the show includes some of Megadeth's other classics, such as "In My
Darkest Hour," "Symphony of Destruction," and "Peace Sells."
Rust In Peace Live is another great concert DVD, celebrating the 20th anniversary of RIP with terrific results. The namesake live album is also great. It's too bad the Grammys don't offer an award for "Best Live Album." RIPL would have been a strong candidate for such an award.
The return of original bassist Dave Ellefson was a welcome bonus. Having been out of the band since its temporary demise in 2002, Ellefson was - and still is - an integral part of Megadeth. He and guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine, along with guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover, are a great team.
After having recently reviewed their previous concert DVD, Rude
Awakening, I feel compelled to discuss That One Night: Live In Buenos
Filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005, it was a concert that almost never happened. Why? Because Megadeth disbanded in 2002, after Dave Mustaine suffered nerve damage to his left arm. But two years later, with his physical therapy completed, Dave planned to do a solo album. However, contractual obligations required him to do another Megadeth album, so the band was resurrected (minus original bassist Dave Ellefson). The group then recorded a new studio album titled The System Has Failed, which was released in September 2004.
In addition to Mega-classics such as "Hangar 18," "Wake Up Dead," "A Tout Le Monde," "In My Darkest Hour," and "Peace Sells," the set list included "I'll Be There" (from their 1999 album, Risk) and "Coming Home to Argentina," both of which Megadeth dedicated to the audience. The main drawback of the show was the absence of bassist Dave Ellefson. Instead, James MacDonough was the bass player for the band's concert tour (the 2007 live album - also titled "That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires" - is the only Megadeth album to feature MacDonough on bass). But overall, it is a wonderful concert DVD.
Overall, Rude Awakening is a good concert DVD. The significance of both
the DVD and the live CD of the same name is that they were released the
same year Megadeth disbanded, when front-man Dave Mustaine underwent
therapy for nerve damage to his left arm. At the time of its 2002
release, few realized just how prophetic the title would be. It was
their swan song - that is, until contractual obligations resulted in
their reformation in 2004. By then, Dave had completed his physical
The concert was recorded during Megadeth's 2001 tour, while they were promoting their album The World Needs A Hero. In this show, they opened with "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" and closed with "Holy Wars." Other songs performed included: "Angry Again," "Hangar 18," "Trust," "Symphony of Destruction," and "Peace Sells."
It pleases me to know that the concert CD won a Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award. In 2002, readers of the now-defunct magazine voted Rude Awakening for "Compilation/Live Album of the Year," undoubtedly believing it would be Megadeth's final album. Thankfully, they thought wrong, but it was still great to see Megadeth win such an award.
I was impressed by this sequel when I first saw it in a movie theater
twenty years ago, and I am still impressed by it now. Although William
Shatner, James Doohan, and Walter Koenig reprised their respective
roles in 1994's Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered
Country was a great way to send the original ST cast off.
In this sixth installment, Captain Kirk is still harboring ill will toward the Klingons for having killed his son in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. But it comes back to haunt him when he and Dr. McCoy are both falsely accused of murder. Fortunately, Kirk and McCoy's imprisonment is short-lived, as they escape, rejoin the Enterprise crew, and set out to identify not only the real killers but also everyone involved in the plot to frame them.
ST VI: The Undiscovered Country may have marked end of an era, but the services of the original cast were - and still are - greatly appreciated.
I remember going to see T2 in the movie theater in the summer of 1991.
I first saw it just a few days after its release and liked it so much
that I went to see it again and again - and again! In other words, I
saw it four times in a movie theater! As good as the original
Terminator was (and still is), Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of
those movie sequels that outdoes the original. It has great special
effects, and Arnold Schawarzenegger is excellent as the Terminator.
Robert Patrick did a fine job as the T-1000, a terminator programmed to
seek and do away with John Connor (brilliantly played by Edward
Furlong). Of course, Linda Hamilton reprised the role of John's mother,
Sarah Connor. The film won some Oscar awards, including one for the
visual effects, and deservedly so.
T2 is my most favorite movie of 1991.
When The Transformers debuted in 1984, I was twelve years old. Of the
four seasons it lasted, I generally like the second season the best.
One of my favorite episodes is the two-part episode titled "The Key To Vector Sigma." This was a significant episode because it was about the origin of a new group of Decepticons known as the Stunticons, as well as the origin of the Aerialbots. Because of their ability to perform an assortment of stunts, the Stunticons may very well be among the most dangerous Decepticons.
Another favorite episode of mind was "The Return Of Optimus Prime," because of the fact that Optimus Prime was brought back to life after being killed off in the 1986 movie. It was no secret that fans and small children reacted to his death very badly, and the backlash brought about his return. The episode clearly showed that there are some characters you just can't kill off. Optimus Prime was and is a beloved icon, and seeing him back to life was a welcome relief. The two-part episode was a great way to end the show's third season.
To this day, The Transformers is a cartoon show that I still cherish.
Although it is the seventh installment in the Halloween series,
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is, by all accounts, designed as a direct
sequel to the first two films. The film was intended to focus on Laurie
Strode and where her life is at two decades after being attacked and
nearly killed by her brother, serial killer Michael Myers. In more ways
than one, the strategy worked.
We now find Laurie Strode living in California and employed at a prep school. She has also changed her name to Keri Tate. None of this, however, is enough to prevent Michael Myers from tracking her down. And when he does, he tries once again to kill her. But this time, Laurie Strode becomes prepared to face him and, hopefully, end her nightmare once and for all.
Although HH20 is a good sequel, it is not without its drawbacks, the most notable of which is the absence of Donald Pleasance. Sadly, Pleasance, who last played Sam Loomis in Halloween 6, died in 1995, three years before this sequel was released. Nevertheless, the HH20 producers ensured that he was not forgotten, as they acknowledged his name in the end credits.
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Kojak isn't just one of the best cop shows of the '70s and all-time.
The title character is also one of the best and coolest detectives ever
to appear on prime-time. Telly Savalas was the perfect choice to play
the detective who apparently never met a lollipop he didn't like.
Kojak was a no-nonsense cop who cared about solving crimes and getting criminals off the street. But he can also display care and sympathy for the relatives of crime victims, as demonstrated during a phone call he makes to a murder victim's mother in the episode "Girl In The River." In that episode, Kojak could identify with the victim's mother's discomfort about the thought that her daughter's killer has resurfaced, because he acknowledged his own inability to rest well with the killer still on the loose. But after the inevitable identification of the killer and the final showdown that results in the killer's death, the episode ends with Kojak calling the victim's mother again, this time to let her know that she can finally rest.
This is a classic TV show that must be watched and cherished.
America's Most Wanted began as a mid-season replacement in early 1988,
and now, twenty-one years later, it shows no sign of slowing down. To
date, more than one thousand fugitives profiled on the show have been
caught (or, in some cases, found deceased).
It is interesting to note that John Walsh wasn't the only person who was approached about hosting AMW. A number of actors were also considered, including: Treat Williams and Theresa Saldana. True crime author/former detective Joseph Wambaugh was another candidate for the job. However, the studio wanted John Walsh, apparently because he had the credibility they were looking for; the 1981 abduction and murder of his son Adam turned him into an activist, which resulted in the passage of laws that required law enforcement agencies to become more involved in the search for missing persons.
Walsh was reluctant at first, but the case of a fugitive named David James Roberts finalized his decision to host the show. A few days after the AMW pilot aired in February 1988, Roberts, who murdered four people (including two small children) became the show's first capture. Walsh was admittedly nervous during the taping of the pilot, and it was evident.
I still remember the day in 1996 when Fox announced its decision to cancel America's Most Wanted. This surprise announcement prompted viewers (including myself), law enforcement agencies, politicians, and government officials to protest the decision. The public outcry resulted in the show returning to the air in November 1996, after being off the air for six weeks. The day AMW was reinstated was a great day.
The show airs on Saturday nights. Although we have reached the era where Saturday is generally one of the least watched nights for prime-time television, America's Most Wanted continues to be a durable and consistently watched television program.
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