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The Dallas Movies
on December 28, 2010
Here we are at last, the final installment of the Dallas releases, the tv-movies. I'll go over them film by film. First up is the Early Years, a great prequel film from 86 written by series creator David Jacobs. It is interesting in it's way, although not entirely in sync with the show. Next is JR Returns, the first reunion sequel. This is a great film, providing an excellent resolution to the series with a great sense of continuity and finality. It was written by Dallas masters Leonard Katzman and Art Lewis and directed by Katzman, who died shortly before it's release. As the main man behind all of Dallas except the dream, it is a fitting tribute to him and Swan Song to his show which he ran and crafted for so long. The next one, War of the Ewings, is not as good, having a new writer come on and in general being extraneous. Finally, the silly 04 reunion which was already on another season release is also going to be here. It's just the cast hanging around as themselves and frankly doesn't do much for me. Nevertheless, it's all great Dallas and is all wonderful to have together.