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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Endings: The Complete Second Season DVD Review

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Happy Endings: The Complete Second Season DVD Review



Synopsis: Forget who gets to keep the ring -- when a couple splits, the real question is, who gets to keep the friends? In this modern comedy, a couple's break-up will complicate all of their friends' lives and make everyone question their choices. For years, perfect couple Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) drew their friends in and held them together. Now that they've split, does this group have the stuff to stay together or have to choose sides?

Review: Happy Endings is an ensemble comedy that airs on ABC.  This latecomer had a slow start, but has really picked up both in quality and fanfare.   I'll keep this review simple...this is a FRIENDS-esque show with lots of laughs.  This one is absolutely modern, inappropriate (as indicated perhaps by the title) and hilarious.  It will not disappoint.

Interest Range: Comedy, TV

Americano Blu-Ray Review

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Americano Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: After receiving news of his mother's death, Martin (Mathieu Demy) leaves his girlfriend (Chiara Mastroianni) and home in Paris and sets off for Los Angeles to tie up the loose ends of his rocky maternal relationship. Arriving in the United States, Martin is greeted by his mother's best friend Linda (Geraldine Chaplin), who agrees to help him settle his late mother's affairs. As Martin digs deeper into his mother's past, he discovers she had a hidden relationship with a beautiful woman named Lola (Salma Hayek), who he finds at a seedy strip club in Tijuana called the Americano. As Lola recounts her affair with his mother, Martin discovers there may have been more than he ever hoped to know about his mother's sordid past and his own problems with commitment.

Review: Americano is an interesting film.  I wasn't sure what was going to get with this one, but I ended up enjoying a unique film about identity, family and secrets.  The cover will indicate that there is obviously an erotic side to the mysteries involved when a man goes home to settle his late mother's affairs.  This one was definately a great watch and Selma Hayek is beautiful as ever.

Interest Range: Drama

Streets of San Francisco: The Complete Fifth Season DVD Review

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Streets of San Francisco: The Complete Fifth Season DVD Review

Synopsis: Twenty year veteran Detective Lt. Mike Stone is partnered with young, college educated Inspector Steve Keller who has a lot to learn about being a police detective on the Streets of San Francisco.

Review: The Streets of San Francisco was a great cop show that aired back in the early to mid 1970s.  The five season show never disappointed with great action, crimes and acting.  This DVD set features the fifth and final season of the show, with an offering of 24 great episodes.  The video transfer on this one is fantastic and the sound quality is high.  I really enjoyed being able to watch this one, as it was a bit before my time. 

Interest Range: TV, Cop Drama

Ruby Sparks Blu-Ray Review

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Ruby Sparks Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Calvin is a young novelist struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

Review: Ruby Sparks is the tale of a writer whose creation comes to life.  Of course, even though he dictates things that she can do through his typewriter, she is aunry and gets into mischief...so the question is does he go to that typewrite to fix every little thing or let her grow and be herself?  This is a quirkly little romantic comedy that also throws out some big ideas about society and ourselves.  Its a great watch.

Interest Range: Romantic Comedy

Something Big DVD Review

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Something Big DVD Review


Synopsis: Joe Baker has a dream. He wants to do 'something big.' When he needs a Gatling gun to accomplish this, he seeks out a black marketeer. The price he wants for the gun? A woman! So Baker kidnaps a woman off of the stagecoach, only to find that she is the wife of the commandant of the local Cavalry detachment. Things get further complicated when a girl named Dover McBride shows up. She has come to force Baker to marry her and return east, as he promised to do four years earlier.

Review: This fantastic vintage western that stars Dean Martin as an outlaw that is looking to score the best gun tech in the land..the Gatling gun, so that the can rob a Mexican bandit.  Along the way he's forced to kidnap a woman for payment and confront another from his past.  The entire movie starts to fall apart and turn on Martin!  This one was a fantastic film.  I never had the opportunity to see it previously, so this great DVD release was a joy.  The video transfer to DVD is amazing, and it looks fantastic in widescreen.  We highly recommend this one.

Interest Range: Vintage Western

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fox's Fringe Shocks With Main Character Death!

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I'm an unabashed Fringe nerd.  I have tuned into each of the previous four seasons like a kid in a candy store.  The show has taken an unexpected and bold turn in it's final season on Fox by throwing the reality forward by decades to a dystopian future where the Observers have taken over humanity.  The season has taken some getting used to for me as a fan and viewer, but this last weeks episode, the fourth in the season, finally brought me into the fold!  Not only does it bring back in one of the best characters of the show, Phillip Broyles, but it also features the gang utilizing Fringe events from past episodes to obtain some needed information for the resistance.   The episode has some great action and intrigue...and then they hit us...right in the gut.  

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The death of Peter and Olivia's daughter, Etta, was unnecessary dramatics.  I'm tired of shows killing off characters just to be upsetting.  They fought SO hard through all odds to keep their family together and to be reunited only to kill their daughter off in episode four?  Seriously?  Not cool.  Hopefully some good ol' fashioned time travel will get involved and provide a better reality for the Bishops!  Fringe airs Fridays on Fox.

New Episode of Monsuno Airs Friday on Nicktoons!

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This Friday the “Monsuno” action returns when a brand new episode hits the small screen at 7pm PT. 

Chase and the gang get a message that Darkspin is chasing Jeredy and resolve to do whatever it takes to protect Jeredy – even though Chase is super mad at him for lying about his mom! To get to Jeredy before Darkspin does, Chase and the gang decide to trick S.T.O.R.M. into giving them a ride to make up some ground. Will they get to Jeredy before Darkspin? 

Tune-in this Friday at 7pm PT on Nicktoons to find out what happens! 

To learn more about the “Monsuno” action-adventure series, visit http://nicktoons.nick.com/shows/monsuno and become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/MonsunoToys - fans can also RSVP to the episodes event at https://www.facebook.com/events/471165682903521/ 

About “Monsuno” Millions of years ago, “Monsuno,” a living DNA, hitched a ride to Earth in a concentrated asteroid pocket. When it landed on Earth, the impact drove the dinosaurs into extinction. The “Monsuno” DNA lay dormant until a scientist named Jeredy Suno activated it, sending a rippling wave of movement back into action. By doing so, Jeredy may have reignited the end of the world but he also created its salvation, the “Monsuno” monsters. Now, it’s up to his son Chase to learn the secrets of “Monsuno” and help save the world from impending destruction.

Re-Cap: ‘Revolution’ Episode 6

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Charlie Matheson may seem like she’s all bark and no bite, but guess again! Last night on ‘Revolution’ Charlie ALMOST proved that she has what it takes to live the road warrior life and get her kid brother back.

Revolution’s leading lady has gone from whimpering child to kickass heroine — all in the span of five episodes!

In Monday’s episode, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) came one step closer to toughening up in this post-apocalyptic world, nearly killing an innocent man in cold blood — but someone else did it first! Which group member, instead, went down the dark path? Check out the burning questions this week’s episode of Revolution posed:

Miles has some interesting friends: Miles (Billy Burke) takes the group to a poppy farm to get help for Nora (Daniella Alonso), whose knife wound to the gut has begun to fester. Unfortunately, Drexel, a poppy field owner who supplies the republic with heroin, is not too pleased to see Miles. Turns out, Miles and Drexel have a past and parted on bad terms, and since an Irish family up the road keeps burning down his poppy crops, Drexel feels Miles owes him and wants to make Charlie do the deed. Seriously though, how many people across America has Miles pissed off?

Charlie’s a tough girl now: After having visions of her mother leaving the family, along with her father saying she’s strong like her mom, Charlie decides to rip up every single postcard she’s been collecting all these years. Yes, mommy issues. She agrees — since she’s become a hardened road warrior all of a sudden — to kill the Irish man who has been causing Drexel trouble in order to spare Miles & Co., but Drexel knows she won’t come out of it alive, which is why Miles goes to save her. Still, she comes this close to killing an innocent man, but Miles stops her just in time. How soon until she totally goes off the deep end?

Aaron’s woeful past: Aaron’s (Zak Orth) is a tale of riches to rags thanks to the blackout. After his wife suffers through a terrible car crash, dysentery and a near kidnapping, Aaron realizes he can’t take care of his wife and he has no real skills to offer. So, when faced with either killing Nora to survive or letting him kill her, he asks her to shoot him knowing he has nothing to offer the group. Instead, he fake shoots himself so he can then kill Drexel. So now he’s a hero? Probably not considering he left his wife behind to fend for herself. It’s OK, she’s probably dating that guy who initially saved them anyway by now.

Miles’ magic blood: Sure, the producers wanted the group not to feel safe so they killed off the only doctor on the show. However, they made it so Miles could donate blood to anyone with his O negative blood type. Sure, we believe that!

Neville’s new job: Monroe (David Lyons) wasn’t even mad for Ben Matheson’s death. In fact, he promoted Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) to head of intelligence and interrogations, meaning Neville will finally get to be close to home. But it’s Jason (JD Pardo) we should probably worry about now since he openly questioned Monroe’s choice in a particular sergeant to retrieve Ben’s pendant — someone who wouldn’t let the group survive. Will Jason come to Charlie’s rescue?

Reunited and it feels so good? Danny (Graham Rogers) is finally in the clutches of Monroe, but the dastardly villain makes it clear that he’s a guest in their community. Sure. He does let Daniel reunite with his mother Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell), but if she doesn’t start getting those pendants together, this reunion could be short-lived.

What do you think of Charlie’s new ‘tude?

‘Revolution’ airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.

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UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: The Essential Collection

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In celebration of TODAY's release of UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: The Essential Collection, we have an embeddable slideshow of rarely seen images from the films! Even in black and white, these creatures continue to haunt and horrify audiences. Please consider posting this slideshow with any Halloween-related coverage!

The Barrens Blu-Ray Review

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The Barrens Blu-Ray Review


Synopsis: It's known as the Jersey Devil, the winged beast spawned 400 years ago by Satan himself. Some say this creature still inhabits the dense pine forests of southern New Jersey, where Richard Vineyard (Stephen Moyer, ''True Blood'') takes his family for a rustic weekend camping trip. As the Vineyard family ventures further into the woods in search of the perfect campsite, Richard teeters on the edge of sanity. And it seems that the blood-crazed demon called The Jersey Devil may no longer be just a myth. Mia Kirshner (''The Vampire Diaries,'' ''The L Word''), Erik Knudsen (SAW II, SCREAM 4) and Allie MacDonald (HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET) co-star in this twisted chiller from writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV) about a new kind of horror that lives -- and kills -- in a place called THE BARRENS.

Review: A man goes to spread the ashes of his father in the woods and is hunted by the legendary terror of New Jersey..the Jersey Devil.  Reactions to this film seem to be mixed, but we enjoyed it.  The film focuses on the horror of this mythical creature, but the movie challenges the viewer with questions about whether this monster exists or is Richard simply going mad?  The answer may surprise you, it did us.  This one is a good watch.

Interest Range: Thriller

Snorks: The Complete First Season DVD Review

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Snorks: The Complete First Season DVD Review


Synopsis: "I first discovered Captain Ortega's logbook in a monastery that overlooks the sea. On the morning of February 13, 1634, Captain Ortega anchored his ship behind a barrier reef. That night, they were attacked by pirates. The ship, set afire, sank into the lagoon. Ten days later, the captain was found, delirious, still clutching his logbook. He described a world of tiny, underwater creatures no bigger than his thumb. No one believed him, but you know, there's something about Captain Ortega's story…that makes me believe it's true!" It’s true, all right – just ask the Snorks! In their steam-powered city carved out of coral, these multi-colored denizens of the deep have whale-sized hearts and are up for any challenge – or party – the ocean might send their way. So come along with Allstar, Casey, Daffney, Dimmy, Junior and Tooter as they explore life within – and sometimes beyond – the limits!

Review: Finally animation fans get the Snorks on DVD!  This beloved, albeit somewhat obscure, series from the 1980s ran for four wonderful seasons.  This manufacture on demand DVD from the Warner Archive covers the complete first season, which originally aired the fall of 1984.   This show features the Snorks, an ancient race of underwater beings that rarely dare to venture into space (the surface).   This show is adorable and fun and everything we loved in 1980s Hanna-Barbera animation.  The video transfer is fantastic and all of the title cards appear to be in-tact.  Hopefully, we'll get the rest of this series released to DVD soon.  We highly recommend this one for any fan of animation and, of course, the Snorks!  Our kids loved this show.  Its fantastic to be able to expose them to the great animation of my youth.

Interest Range: Vintage Animation

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Now on Netflix

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Netflix has finally updated their site with season four of SOA!  Enjoy!

Discover the science behind superheroe​s

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The Science Behind the Superheroes

Discover the science behind superheroe​s

The Science Behind the Superheroes

Monday, October 29, 2012

WWE: CM Punk - Best in the World DVD Review

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WWE: CM Punk - Best in the World DVD Review

Synopsis: On June 27, 2011, CM Punk forever altered the course of WWE history with a blistering rant, proclaiming, 'Day in and day out for almost six years I have proven to everybody in the world that I am the best on this microphone, in that ring, even on commentary. Nobody can touch me!' Since riding into the scene as an extra in John Cena's entrance at WrestleMania 22 to defending the WWE Title in main events all over the world in recent years, the Voice of the Voiceless has backed up that statement. Now, WWE fans get an unprecedented look inside the life and career of the most controversial Superstar of this generation. The first-ever documentary to focus on CM Punk traces his rise to the top of WWE, from his early success on ECW, his divisive perpetuating of the Straight Edge subculture, to becoming internationally revered as the best wrestler in the world, and all the five star matches and verbal pipe bombs in between.

Review: WWE puts out the best wrestling documentaries around.  This one focuses on the career of the controvertial and bombastic CM Punk!  The DVD includes some of his ranting and a bit about him, but more importantly it has some of his best matches..the kind that prove he's the best around.   We get several matches with other superstars, including John Cena, Rey Myterio, Jeff Hardy and more.   We recommend this one for any fan of CM Punk and any fan of WWE wrestling!

Interest Range: Wrestling

WWE: The Rock vs. John Cena - Once in a Lifetime DVD Review

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WWE: The Rock vs. John Cena - Once in a Lifetime DVD Review

Synopsis: Once in an era, a Superstar comes along who defines an entire generation for fans and Superstars alike. Once in a lifetime, two of these Superstars collide in an epic confrontation that will forever define their legacies. In this documentary, we trace their individual paths to fame and success in WWE and take an in-depth and revealing look at the day-to-day lives of these polarizing figures.

Review: We've seen a lot of wrestling documentaries in our day, and most of them from WWE.  What strikes me about this one is the format really differs from what we're used to, which I honestly enjoyed.  This one chronicles the long-standing feud between the Rock and John Cena that started shortly after the Rock left WWE to pursue his film career.  Thanks to the Rock's recent return, they were able to finally battle.  This documentary gives you a behind the scenes look at the year leading up to Wrestlemania.  It was really entertaining and one of the best documentaries on a wrestling feud we've seen in a long while. We definately recommend.

Interest Range: Wrestling

People Like Us Blu-Ray / DVD Review

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People Like Us Blu-Ray / DVD Review
 


Synopsis: From DreamWorks Pictures, the studio that brought you The Help, comes the smart and witty drama People Like Us, featuring an all-star cast, including Chris Pine (Star Trek), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), award-winning Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde. Sam (Pine) is a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman whose latest deal collapses the day he learns his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home to put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. While there, he uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down — he has a 30-year-old sister he never knew existed. Complete with bonus material that reveals how people like us became People Like Us, this is an inspirational and touching movie everyone can relate to.

Review: People Like Us is a complicated, but ultimately heartwarming film about a young, cocky guy that learns of his secret sister after his father dies.   The lead role is played by Chris Pine, who we haven't seen much of since Star Trek.  He does  good job playing a character with multiple domensions.  The sister is played by Elizabeth Banks, who usually does comedy roles.  Its nice to see her flex her acting chops in a different realm.  This film is a family drama that leaves the viewer feeling good.  We highly recommend it.

The special features include: • Blu-ray(TM) Feature Film + Bonus
• DVD Feature Film + Bonus
• Number One With A Bullet: The Story Behind People Like Us -- Inspired By True Events, Filmmakers Alex Kurtzman And Roberto Orci, Best Known For Making Big-Budget Sci-Fi Action Movies, Go Back To Their Roots And Make A Small Film From The Heart
• Taco Talk -- Chris And Elizabeth Do Extended Improvisational Takes, While Chris Fulfills A Fantasy Of Shooting At His Childhood Favorite Local Taco Stand, The Legendary Henry's Tacos
• Deleted Scenes
• Bloopers
• Audio Commentary -- With Director Alex Kurtzman And Writer Jody Lambert
• Audio Commentary -- With Director Alex Kurtzman And Actors Chris Pine And Elizabeth Banks
• Select Scene Commentary -- With Director Alex Kurtzman And Actress Michelle Pfeiffer


Interest Range: Drama

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Flintstones, The: Prime-Time Specials Collection - Volume 1 DVD Review

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Flintstones, The: Prime-Time Specials Collection - Volume 1 DVD Review
 


Synopsis: Following a spate of Saturday morning spin-offs, America’s favorite Stone Age family returned to network prime-time with a full slate of hysterical pre-historical specials – no quitting time for Fred! In The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone, the Flintstones and the Rubbles travel to fear-fraught Rockysylvania thanks to a big game show win. Fred and Barney soon stumble upon – and awaken – the legendary Frankenstone Monster, who promptly revives his vampiric master, Rockula. When Rockula falls head over batwings for Wilma, will Fred end up having an undead-old time? Flintstones Little Big League sees Fred and Barney facing off as opposing Little League coaches while Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles duel across the diamond. Swept up by competitiveness and paternal pride, their friendship ends up in the dug-out doghouse. Meanwhile, a cop, a judge and Mr. Slate are all putting pressure on Fred to win at all costs – what’s a cavedad to do?

Review:  The Warner Archive has brought us all kinds of great and rather obscure animated features, tv series and tv specials.  This time, they're bringing us some fantastic Halloween themed specials from later Flintstones TV spots.  These late 1970s TV specials feature an older Pebbles and Bam Bam.  The specials are both fantastic and certainly up to par with what you expect from the Flintstones show.  It was great to get our mits on this DVD, because I was just being born when these hit the air.  Thats one of the beauties of these online exclusive production on demand releases is that you can get your hands on really obsure stuff for your collection.  The kids LOVED these and so did we!  This one is a must for any Flintstones fan!

Interest Range: Vintage Animation

Rock of Ages Blu-Ray / DVD Review

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Rock of Ages Blu-Ray / DVD Review

Synopsis: "Rock of Ages" tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

Review: Rock of Ages is a niche film that has high star power, low plot value, but great musical showcasing.  The film is basically a love letter to the 80s with great music and a backstory of an aging rocker and rock club owner and an up and coming modern young singer.  The film has some laughs, but is mostly about the music.  We get treated to a great stand-out performance of Alec Baldwin, which is fantastic.  This one is a lot of fun.

The special features on this set include: - Rock of Ages: Legends of the Sunset Strip , - The Stories We Sing: Defining A Decade , - Play All , - The 80's Look: Defining A Decade , - It's All About The Moves - Defining A Decade , - Stripping Miami: Defining A Decade , - The Tease: Defining A Decade, - If You Build It, They Will Rock It: Defining A Decade , - Connection to The Music: Defining A Decade , - So It Started In A Bar: Defining A Decade , - Any Way You Want It , - Visit Florida  and - Selected Songs.


Interest Range: Musical

Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters Blu-Ray Review

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Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters Blu-Ray Review
 


Synopsis: Jeff Dunham’s Minding the Monsters brings together your favorites-- Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, Jose Jalapeno… On a Steek!, and Achmed the Dead Terrorist as you’ve never seen them before!  Enter the ultimate haunted house where Walter transforms into something grumpier than he already is! Watch Bubba J rise from the dead!  Meet Peanut’s alter ego, The Purple Avenger of the Night, and his spicy sidekick! And witness Achmed literally dressed to kill in an outfit that would terrify the most terrifying terrorist!

Review: Ok, this blu-ray is very simple.  Do you like Jeff Dunham and his twisted puppet act?  If so, then this one is for you!  This great comedy special is Halloween themed and full of scares and laughs.  Dunham is hilarious and his bits never get old!  All of your favorites are in this one from Bubba to Peanut and of course my personal favorite..Walter. 

Interest Range: Stand-up Comedy, Halloween

Fireman Sam Holiday Heroes DVD Review

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Fireman Sam Holiday Heroes DVD Review
 


Synopsis: It's the holiday season and Fireman Sam's adventures are heating up! Norman causes trouble baking more than holiday cookies; Sarah and James' search for a polar bear turns into a snowy rescue! Trevor and his passengers find themselves on thin ice and Norman's snowboarding antics leave Mike in a mountain of trouble; Sam shows his firefighting talent when Pontypandy's holiday lighting competition goes haywire. With jingle bells and fire alarms, Fireman Sam is well prepared for the season's best saves!

Review: Fans of the Fireman Sam cartoon will rejoice at this cool holiday treat.  This 45 minute DVD gives kids a fun holiday-themed adventure complete with polar bear and xmas cookies!  Woo hoo!  This one is great for preschool-aged little ones and a fun way to share the upcoming holiday joy!

Interest Range: Animation, Holiday

A Very Thomas Christmas DVD Review

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A Very Thomas Christmas DVD Review
 


Synopsis: All aboard for a special holiday delivery filled with friendship, teamwork and fun! Rheneas picks the perfect Christmas tree when he finally stops to smell the evergreen. Charlie knows how fun snow can be and discovers that teamwork-in-the-snow is the most fun of all. Edward gets Salty just what he asked for the perfect story to re-tell -- and Emily learns the best way to be Really Useful. Unwrap the holiday adventures with Thomas and his friends and best wishes for a very Thomas Christmas

Review: This new Thomas the Train holiday DVD features four new episodes, "The Christmas Tree Express", "Ho Ho Snowman", "Salty's Suprise", and "Emily's Winter Party Special".  This fun pre-school-aged DVD is a fun way to share the hoidays with your little ones!  These shows are fun, safe and full of joy.  We highly recommend this one for kids of all ages.

Interest Range: Animation, Holiday

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pete's Dragon (35th Anniversary Edition) Blu-Ray / DVD Review


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Pete's Dragon (35th Anniversary Edition) Blu-Ray / DVD Review
Synopsis: For the first time ever on Blu-ray, you and your family can rediscover Disney's classic musical adventure - the 35th Anniversary Edition of "Pete's Dragon" in dazzling Blu-ray High Definition with an all-new digital restoration! When Pete, an orphan, and his best friend Elliot - an invisible green dragon - wander into the seaside village of Passamaquoddy, the townspeople think he's behind a slew of hilarious mishaps. But after a daring rescue, they change their tune and believe in Pete's fire-breathing buddy. Filled with friendship and fun, and featuring the Academy Award(R)-nominated "Candle On The Water" (Best Original Song, 1977), this family classic on Disney Blu-ray turns every viewing into a "Brazzle Dazzle Day".

Review: Disney has been busy transfering its extensive library of children's features onto high-definition blu-ray.  We've gotten a lot of the greats so far like the Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and most recently Cinderella!  Now, they're also moving onto their half live action / half animated features like Pete's Dragon.  Pete's Dragon is a wonderful classic family film about a boy and his secret pet dragon.  The dragon is, of course, animated while the people are all live action.  I honestly wish that they still made more films like this one, I miss the genre.  The film looks amazing in high-def and we're so excited to add it to our family library of great Disney features.  We highly recommend this release to any family and any fan of Disney!

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Interest Range: Animation, Disney

TARANTINO XX: 8-FILM COLLECTION Full Interior Mondo Artwork!! On Blu-ray on 11/20/12

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The must-have release of the year for serious film fans, showcasing one of the most innovative filmmakers of our time, comes home when Lionsgate releases TARANTINO XX: 8-FILM COLLECTION on Blu-ray on November 20, 2012.

In anticipation of the release of TARANTINO XX: 8-FILM COLLECTION on Blu-ray on November 20, 2012 we present you with the full interior artwork created by Mondo artist Ken Taylor.

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CW ‘Arrow’: Innocent and Not Guilty Are Two Different Things

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As ‘Arrow‘ dives into November sweeps ratings period, the CW action-drama let loose with a special poster carrying a warning to those who might land on Oliver Queen’s list.

Arrow‘s line-up of sweeps episodes kicks off next Wednesday at 8/7c with quite the tightrope walk, when Oliver — as his hooded alter ego — asks lady love Laurel to help prove a death row inmate’s innocence.

Arrow’s sweeps action continues Nov. 7 when Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) arrests Oliver for murder, while DC Comics big bad Deathstroke (Jeffrey Robinson) appears in a flashback to the island. Then on Nov. 14, a gang of bank robbers dubbed “The Royal Flush Gang threaten Starling City, forcing Oliver to consider straying from his father’s list.

Watch ‘Arrow’ on Wednesday nights 8/7c on The CW

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SUPERSTAR SAVERS AND SKYHIGH STOCKPILES RETURN TO TLC

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SUPERSTAR SAVERS AND SKYHIGH STOCKPILES RETURN TO TLC

Season 4 of TLC’s Extreme Couponing premiers Tuesday, November 13th at 10/9c
 




[Los Angeles, CA]---The savings extravaganza continues on TLC as the fourth season of Extreme Couponing returns with all new shoppers, stockpiles and strategies.  Saving money is a lifestyle and has become the chic thing to do. Those ‘in the know’ don’t ever dare pay full price.


The fourth season of TLC’s Extreme Couponing premieres Tuesday, November 13th with two new back to back episodes at 10 & 10:30 ET/PT with passionate coupon-a-holics, and of course, nail-biting register checkouts.  Meet a few standout savers:


·         Julie is a Colorado couponer whose dream job is to be paid to coupon. It looks like she’ll finally have her chance when she answers an “extreme couponer wanted” ad for a Sober Home for teenage boys.  To land her dream job, Julie must prove to Aaron, the home’s founder, that she can score 2 weeks’ worth of organic products for just $150, a difficult task that is made even harder by the boys’ antics. 

·         In Georgia, couponing duo April and Chasity have outgrown their large stockpile rooms, and the only solution is to go even bigger.  April convinces Chasity to join “the building club,” and the two of them go shopping for backyard storage sheds to house their stockpiles.  When April’s husband Clint says he could coupon faster than April and Chasity, the battle lines are drawn, and the ladies put their husbands to the test by putting their coupon binders in the men’s hands and sending them to the store.

·         Most people have albums of baby photos and family vacations, but Georgia couponer Rudy collects photos of her grocery hauls.  After every shopping trip, Rudy spends hours meticulously setting up her hauls so she can take a picture of them and hang on to the memories of her supermarket successes.

·         New York couponer Susan is the original coupon queen.  She has been couponing for over 40 years and saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process, paving the way for younger extreme couponers.   She even has a coupon robot that mechanically sorts her thousands of coupons for her for each shopping trip.  To commemorate her 40th anniversary of couponing, Susan will attempt to break her personal couponing record - $519 for $20 – and prove that even after 40 years, she’s still got it.


Sharp Entertainment produces the series for TLC; executive producer is Matt Sharp, co-executive producer is Rebecca Bruno.
 

TLC is a global brand that celebrates extraordinary people and relatable life moments through innovative nonfiction programming. A top 10 cable network in key female demos, TLC has built successful franchises around the Cake Boss and Say Yes to the Dress brands. In 2011, TLC had 28 series averaging 1.0 million P2+ viewers or more including Sister Wives, My Strange Addiction, Extreme Couponing, Toddlers & Tiaras, 19 Kids and Counting, What Not To Wear and Long Island Medium.
TLC is available in more than 99 million homes in the US and more than 227 million households in nearly 150 markets internationally. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites, exclusive video content, and original editorial covering style, home, food, and more. Fans can also interact with TLC via On Demand services, on mobile platforms, including an iPhone App, and through social media such as Facebook or @TLC on Twitter. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA,DISCB, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories.

New Henson Deal Will Bring Gaiam Vivendi Released Fraggle Rock DVDs Exclusive

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THE JIM HENSON COMPANY TAPS GAIAM VIVENDI FOR NEW DISTRIBUTION DEAL

Multi-Year Deal Includes Physical and Digital Rights to Many
Henson Classics Titles

NEW YORK, October 25, 2012 The Jim Henson Company and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GV), a leading distributor of entertainment and lifestyle media, have announced a new multi-year distribution agreement that will provide GV with exclusive physical and digital home video distribution rights to a number of classic Henson family properties in the U.S. as well as digital distribution in Canada.

To kick off the relationship, Gaiam Vivendi will issue exclusive new DVDs of “Fraggle Rock” in 2013 as part of the year-long 30th anniversary celebration of this beloved series, featuring all-new bonus materials, packaging, and more. Additionally, GV will re-release an array of Henson family titles such as “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,” “The Hoobs” and “Animal Show with Stinky and Jake,” along with new productions including the highly anticipated Fraggle Rock spin-off for preschoolers “Doozers.” GV will also make available previously unreleased Henson series such as the BAFTA-winning “Construction Site.”

Gaiam Vivendi will also roll out the iconic Henson catalog across its broad range of digital partners starting in December 2012, allowing millions of fans to experience all their favorite Henson titles and discover new properties as well via their platform of choice.

“Our partnership with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment ensures that Henson entertainment titles will receive the broad distribution they deserve, acquainting the next generation of our fans with the characters and innovative storytelling that has been synonymous with The Jim Henson Company for over 50 years,” said Richard Goldsmith, EVP of Global Distribution for The Jim Henson Company.

“The Jim Henson Company is an extraordinary company that continues to appeal to generation after generation with its unique family programming,” said Bill Sondheim, President of Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. “We will leverage our broad physical and digital distribution reach to ensure that new generations are able to enjoy Henson properties in years to come.  This acquisition is an affirmation of our recent acquisition of Vivendi and focus on becoming the leading independent in non-theatrical branded entertainment.”

About Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (Nasdaq: GAIA) is a leading producer, distributor and marketer of entertainment and lifestyle media.  With a diversified distribution network that spans more than 60,000 retail doors as well as an extensive digital platform, the company dominates the health and fitness category and ranks among the top three providers of non-theatrical programming. With content focused on film, fitness, sports and family programming, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment provides sales, marketing and distribution services to many of the home entertainment industry's most prestigious brands, including Discovery Communications, Jillian Michaels, NFL Films, National Geographic, Marvel Animation, Shout Factory, Televisa, and World Wrestling Entertainment.  

For more information about Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, call 1.800.869.3603. 

About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy®  nominated "Sid the Science Kid," "Dinosaur Train," "Wilson & Ditch: Digging America" and "Pajanimals." Features include "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "MirrorMask," and "Unstable Fables" and television productions include "Fraggle Rock" and the sci-fi cult series "Farscape."

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company's Henson Alternative brand has recently launched the national tour of "Stuffed and Unstrung," a live puppet improvisational show named one of the top 10 "Best Stage Shows of 2010" by Entertainment Weekly. www.henson.com; www.facebook.com/hensoncompany; www.twitter.com/hensonparents

Advanced TV Review: Discovery's Gold Rush Season 3 Premiere!

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If you have kept up on the last two seasons of Gold Rush, then you have shared in our collective frustration with the various groups not being able to strike it rich..or even strike it middle class!  This season, season three, Discovery is teasing that someone will strike it rich!  We cannot wait.  My wife and I are rooting for the Hoffman group, and after that Parker.  We cannot stand Dakota Fred..he's such a jerk!  ugh.  Anyway, we got an advanced look at the first episode of season three, which airs tonight, let me tell you its looking fantastic.  SO much happens in one episode, and it really does a fantastic job of setting up the rest of this season.  Who do you think still strike paydirt?  Gold Rush airs tonight, Friday, October 26 on the Discovery Channel!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Heart of Christmas DVD Review

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The Heart of Christmas DVD Review



Synopsis: Based on a true story of hope and compassion, THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS will touch your heart and bring home the spirit of the holidays. Austin and Julie Locke are devastated when they learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. But with courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax a one last Christmas, even if it has to be in October. When the community sees the holiday decorations and learns the heartbreaking truth, what happens next is a miraculous outpouring of caring and support. Starring Candace Cameron Bure (Make It or Break It), Jeanne Neilson (Faith Like Potatoes), George Newbern (Father of the Bride), Erin Bethea (Fireproof) and Matthew West (Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter), THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS is the greatest gift of all.

Review: This touching and heartwarming film is the true story of Dax, a little trooper that was diagnosed with cancer.  His family is determined to give him a special Xmas, just in case something terrible happens.  This one is touching, dramatic and certainly a must-see.  Plus, a portion of all profits go to St. Jude's Hospital, so this one is a no brainer!

Interest Range: Drama

Batmobile Tour begins Saturday in Dallas

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MEDIA ALERT
CAMERA CREWS WELCOME!

WHAT: The Batmobile Tour –
Seven unique vehicles from the Batman franchise

WHEN: Saturday, October 27 (open to all media)
11:00AM – 3:00PM

Sunday, October 28 (game credentialed media only)
10:00AM – Half Time

WHERE: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington
Saturday – Outside the Miller Lite Club (Inside the Stadium along the Self Guided Tour Route (Media: Free, Public: Must purchase a Tour Ticket or Rally Day ticket to see)
Sunday – East Plaza and West Plaza

For the first time in Batman franchise history, witness six Batmobiles and the Bat-Pod as they embark on a tour of sporting events across America prior to the December 4th home entertainment release of The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Combo Pack includes “The Batmobile” documentary, an hour-long in-depth look into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal.  Journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon.

The following vehicles will be on display:
  • Batman television series and Batman, The Movie (1966) - driven by Adam West
  • Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992) driven by Michael Keaton
  • Batman Forever (1995) driven by Val Kilmer
  • Batman & Robin (1997) driven by George Clooney
  • Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Black Tumbler, Camouflage Tumbler, Bat-Pod – driven by Christian Bale

The next stop on the tour will be the LSU vs. Alabama game at LSU Stadium in Baton Rouge on Saturday, 11/3 and the New Orleans Saints vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday, 11/5.

ON SITE CONTACT:  SUSAN CLARKE, WARNER BROS. FIELD REP.,
214-932-6010 – OFFICE; 469-682-1382 – CELL
Saturday: Angela Pagoria, Cowboys Stadium: 480-221-5297



BATMOBILE INFORMATION


  • Batman Television Series and Batman, the Movie (1966)
Designer and builder George Barris and Barris Kustom Ind.

  • Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992)
Batman (1989) Production Designer Anton Furst, with art director Terry Ackland-Snow and special effects supervisor John Evans for the build. Batman Returns (1992) Production designer Bo Welch – modifications made.

  • Batman Forever (1995)
Production designer Barbara Ling, with automotive illustrator Tim Flattery and builders TransFX.

  • Batman & Robin (1997)
Production designer Barbara Ling, with designer/illustrator Harald Belker and builders TransFX.

  • Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (Black Tumbler, Camouflage Tumbler, Batpod) Director Christopher Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley with special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and his team of special effects technicians for the build.

Batmobile Tour begins Saturday in Dallas

MEDIA ALERT
CAMERA CREWS WELCOME!

WHAT: The Batmobile Tour –
Seven unique vehicles from the Batman franchise

WHEN: Saturday, October 27 (open to all media)
11:00AM – 3:00PM

Sunday, October 28 (game credentialed media only)
10:00AM – Half Time

WHERE: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington
Saturday – Outside the Miller Lite Club (Inside the Stadium along the Self Guided Tour Route (Media: Free, Public: Must purchase a Tour Ticket or Rally Day ticket to see)
Sunday – East Plaza and West Plaza

For the first time in Batman franchise history, witness six Batmobiles and the Bat-Pod as they embark on a tour of sporting events across America prior to the December 4th home entertainment release of The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Combo Pack includes “The Batmobile” documentary, an hour-long in-depth look into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal.  Journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon.

The following vehicles will be on display:
  • Batman television series and Batman, The Movie (1966) - driven by Adam West
  • Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992) driven by Michael Keaton
  • Batman Forever (1995) driven by Val Kilmer
  • Batman & Robin (1997) driven by George Clooney
  • Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Black Tumbler, Camouflage Tumbler, Bat-Pod – driven by Christian Bale

The next stop on the tour will be the LSU vs. Alabama game at LSU Stadium in Baton Rouge on Saturday, 11/3 and the New Orleans Saints vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday, 11/5.

ON SITE CONTACT:  SUSAN CLARKE, WARNER BROS. FIELD REP.,
214-932-6010 – OFFICE; 469-682-1382 – CELL
Saturday: Angela Pagoria, Cowboys Stadium: 480-221-5297



BATMOBILE INFORMATION


  • Batman Television Series and Batman, the Movie (1966)
Designer and builder George Barris and Barris Kustom Ind.

  • Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992)
Batman (1989) Production Designer Anton Furst, with art director Terry Ackland-Snow and special effects supervisor John Evans for the build. Batman Returns (1992) Production designer Bo Welch – modifications made.

  • Batman Forever (1995)
Production designer Barbara Ling, with automotive illustrator Tim Flattery and builders TransFX.

  • Batman & Robin (1997)
Production designer Barbara Ling, with designer/illustrator Harald Belker and builders TransFX.

  • Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (Black Tumbler, Camouflage Tumbler, Batpod) Director Christopher Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley with special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and his team of special effects technicians for the build.