'Goodnight for Justice'
(Luke Perry, Lara Gilchrist, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / Entertainment One)
Overview: When John Goodnight was a boy he watched in the weeds as his entire family was killed in a ruthless outlaw attack. Now as a circuit judge of the western territories goodnight travels the west protecting the innocent from injustice. Directed by Jason Priestley and starring Luke Perry.
DVD Verdict: Of course, we all know that once upon a time westerns were one of the most popular genres on television. Indeed, if memory serves me correctly, at one point, there were over 30 western-themed shows on network TV!
Today, when one strives to produce a TV western, well, it doesn't always bode well for the small screen - especially one produced by the Hallmark channel!
And, if that wasn't dodgy enough, try adding into the mix once-teenage heart throbs from the original Beverly Hills 90210, and 'Goodnight for Justice' simply becomes a whipping horse ready for the critics!
And yet, with all that said, surprisingly, it's not that bad!
'Goodnight for Justice' is directed by 90210 alumni Jason Priestley and stars his Beverly Hills buddy Luke Perry. The duo collaborate on this decent-at-times horse opera (love that term!) with mixed results.
Yes, the scenery is lush, dusty but lush, and yes there are some good lines of dialogue, the period wear detailed, but a somewhat wayward, dare I say meandering storyline needs some attention. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of a new filmed interview with Luke Perry and Jason Priestley.
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