Last updated: April 30. 2014 2:45PM - 1040 Views
Tom Doty Times Columnist

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April limped off like March was supposed to, with a quartet of less than stellar releases, though there were a few surprises.

“The Legend of Hercules” — This was the biggest release and, unfortunately, it stinks. They leave out the labors that Herc had to perform in the myth and instead fill the flick with soap opera junk. This is about the legendary strongman wanting to marry the woman betrothed to his brother rather than face his destiny. The fight scenes are less than special too. Disappointing stuff from a director, Renny Harlin, who used to do action flicks fairly well.

“Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series” — After slowly rolling out the first two seasons, we all of a sudden get the whole run of this police drama. The shows manages to juggle realism and comedy pretty well until the final season. This show was good at showcasing major issues that threaten law enforcement jobs, such as informants, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder. Good, but dated.

“Bad Country” — This true story casts Willem Dafoe as a detective who manages to turn a contract killer into an informant. They do some good work together, but the FBI gets involved and winds up destroying the whole operation and turning the hit man into an enemy. Good, low-key thrills, with Matt Dillon turning in some nice work as the assassin-for-hire.

“Gamera: The Legacy Collection” — Fans of the big green turtle monster will want to grab this low-priced compilation of all the Gamera flicks. This is out to cash in on the Godzilla remake, but it is a good deal if you have never seen the three 1990s remakes that upgraded the special effects and offered a darker storyline. The preceding nine flicks here are aimed at the kids, mainly, and suffer from poor dubbing and some awful rubber monster antics.

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