Classic Cartoon’s First Proper Release Is A Joy For Audiences Of All Ages

Courtesy:  Mill Creek Entertainment

Courtesy: Mill Creek Entertainment

Dennis The Menace is one of the most beloved characters in the history of America’s various entertainment mediums. Any number of newspapers still proudly run the famed comic strip every day. At least two movies have been crafted based on Dennis The Menace. And even the original live action, black-and-white series has received a proper release over the course of four separate box sets courtesy of Shout! Factory. Certain TV stations even still run that series every day. One of those networks is one that goes by the name of Antenna TV. Yes, that’s a cheap pop for that network. For all of the love that Dennis The Menace has continued to receive today, there is one part of this classic character’s life that has never received proper treatment. That part of his life is the animated series, which ran from 1986 – 1988. Various companies have released bits and pieces of the animated series. But it hasn’t been until this year that it has received a proper release. That is thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment. Mill Creek Entertainment released on March 11th, Dennis The Menace: Volume One on DVD. This set is everything that the show’s now grown up fans have wanted for so many years. Of the series’ seventy-eight total episodes, this collection of episodes boasts thirty-three full length episodes. That’s nearly half of the series’ episodes. Making the set even more impressive is that not only does it boast almost half of the series’ episodes, a close look reveals that the order of episodes in the set was taken directly from the original series. This is a very important part of the success of the set. And last but definitely not least in the triple-disc set is the quality of the footage. The footage still looks as good as it did in its original broadcast nearly three decades ago. These three factors combine to make Dennis The Menace: Volume One among the year’s best new home releases for children and families.

Various companies have tried their hand at releasing bits and pieces of Dennis The Menace: The Animated Series ever since the show went off the air in 1988. Different episodes have seen the light of day on both VHS and DVD before the release of Dennis The Menace: Volume One. None of those releases were anywhere near the level of this collection of episodes. This is the most complete collection of episodes that the series has ever seen. There has been one release in particular that tried to pass off a small handful of episodes as more than it really was, essentially deceiving customers. Applause goes to Mill Creek for not doing the same thing. Mill Creek has in fact released thirty-three episodes from the original seventy-eight in their entirety. The company didn’t just toss in a bunch of shorts and try to call them episodes. They actually presented thirty-three complete episodes to comprise the triple-disc set.

The inclusion of thirty-three complete episodes in Dennis The Menace: Volume One is the tip of the proverbial iceberg for this set. Audiences will appreciate that those episodes included in the set are presented in precise chronological order from the original schedule of episodes. It would have been so easy for Mill Creek to just assemble episodes from the series’ two seasons at random. That’s precisely what far too many companies do with their releases today. Mill Creek didn’t go that route, though. Its people actually showed respect for the show’s fans by presenting the first thirty-three episodes as they originally aired. As rare as this is for some indie companies to do, it’s nice to see that Mill Creek has done just that in this case. It makes this set all the more enjoyable for fans.

That Mill Creek has presented the episodes in exactly the same chronological order in which they originally aired is a major bonus for Dennis The Menace: Volume One. That this set contains nearly half of the series episodes in their entirety is just as much of a bonus for viewers. There is one remaining factor to the set that audiences will appreciate. That final factor is the quality of the footage presented. Nearly four decades have passed since Dennis The Menace: The Animated Series originally aired. Technology has changed a lot since then. So it’s nice to see that the show’s original tapes have stood the test of time so well. Even nicer to see is the care that was taken in transferring the original tapes to DVD. The coloring in each episode is as bright today as it was nearly three decades ago. And the sound is just as high quality. Both the audio and video quality of the transfer is impressive. Their quality proves that those at Mill Creek took their jobs seriously in presenting the best possible product to fans of this modern classic. And together with the episodes included in the set, it makes the set complete. It makes this one of the best new releases of the year for children and families.  Here’s to hoping that when and if Mill Creek releases the series’ remaining episodes, they will be just as much of a joy.

Dennis The Menace: Volume One is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from Mill Creek Entertainment online at http://www.millcreekdirect.com/dennis-the-menace-volume-one-33-episodes.html.  More information on this and other releases from Mill Creek is available online at http://www.millcreekent.com and http://www.facebook.com/MillCreekEnt. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Phil’s Picks Honoring Moms & Dads With Special Giveaway

May and June are two of the most important months of the year every year.  That’s because mothers and fathers across the country are honored by their families over the course of those two months.  In celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Phil’s Picks has a special way for YOU the reader to honor your parents.

Each week through May and June, YOU the reader can get a chance to win a prize of YOUR choice courtesy of Phil’s Picks.  Throughout May, you can win a prize of yourchoice simply mailing your favorite story of how yourmother has impacted your life in a positive way.  You can e-mail your stories to sayblack@yahoo.com for yourchance at a prize of your choice.  If your story is chosen at random, you’ll get to choose a prize of your own from the list below.  The same will apply for stories about fathers throughout June.  The list of prizes from which you can choose is below.

PHIL’S PICKS MOTHERS DAY/FATHERS DAY 2014 GIVEAWAY
DVDS/BLU-RAYS
1) Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun (Blu-ray)

2) After Newtown: Guns in America

3) America’s National Parks: An Eagle’s View (Blu-ray)

4) America Revealed (DVD)

5) The Angry Beavers: Season 2 Part2 (DVD)

6) Amish Shunned, The (DVD)

7) Battle for Brooklyn (DVD)

8) Beautiful Planet: France & Italy (Blu-ray)

9) Beautiful Planet: Spain & Portugal (Blu-ray)

10) Bee Gees, The: One Night Only (Blu-ray)

11) Before & After (Blu-ray)

12) Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings (DVD)

13) Beverly Hills Teens: Volume 1 (DVD)

14) Black Limousine (DVD)

15) Blancanieves (DVD)

16) Born Yesterday (Blu-ray)

17) Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts—Live at Montreux 2013 (Blu-ray/CD Combo Pack)

18) Bully (DVD)

19) The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Favorites (DVD)

20) The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups (DVD)

21) Case of You, A (Blu-ray)

22) CeeLo Green: Loberace Live in Vegas (Blu-ray)

23) Chasing Madoff (Blu-ray)

24) Citizen Gangster (DVD)

25) Cold Warriors: Wolves & Buffalo (DVD)

26) Collaborator (Blu-ray)

27) Cook’s Country: Season 5 (DVD – 2 copies)

28) Cosmopolis (Blu-ray)

29) Craft in America: Crossroads (DVD)

30) Craft inAmerica: Holiday (DVD)

31) Danny Phantom: Season 2 Part 1 (DVD)

32) Danny Phantom: Season 2 Part 2 (DVD)

33) Dark Horse (Blu-ray)

34) Dealin’ With Idiots (DVD)

35) D.O.A. (Blu-ray)

36) Dragon (Blu-ray)

37) Drunkboat (DVD)

38) The Duellists (Blu-ray)

39) Duets (Blu-ray)

40) Earth From Above (Blu-ray)

41) Fabric of the Cosmos, The (DVD)

42) Frank Zappa: A Token of his Extreme (DVD)

43) Fred Won’t Move Out (DVD)

44)Frontline: Endgame—Aids in Black America (DVD)

45) Frontline: League of Denial—The NFL’s Concussion Crisis (DVD)

46) Gone Fishin’ (Blu-ray)

47) The Grand Duel/Kemoa dual movie set (Blu-ray)

48) Harland Williams: A Force of Nature (DVD)

49) Haunter (Blu-ray)

50) Hearts Afire: The Complete Series (DVD)

51) Heineken Kidnapping, The (Blu-ray)

52) Here’s Edie (DVD)

53) High School (DVD)

54) Holy Man (Blu-ray)

55) How to Survive a Plague (DVD)

56) In Fear (Blu-ray)

57) Iron Sky (Blu-ray)

58) Iron Sky: Director’s Cut (Blu-ray/DVD combo Pack)

59) Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings (DVD)

60) Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors: Season 2 (DVD)

61) John Wayne: In Action (DVD)

62) John Wayne: In The Saddle (DVD)

63) Jon Lord: Concerto for Group & Orchestra(Blu-ray/CD combo pack)

64) Lay The Favorite (Blu-ray)

65) Last Fall, The (DVD)

66) Last Will. And Testament (DVD)

67) Liberal Arts (Blu-ray)

68) Little White Lies (Blu-ray)

69) Lord of the Dance (DVD)

70) Mama’s Family Season 1 (DVD)

71) Mama’s Family Season 2 (DVD)

72) Mama’s Family Season 3 (DVD)

73) Maximum Conviction (Blu-ray/DVD combo pack)

74) Mia and the Migoo (DVD)

75) Mike and the Mechanics & Paul Carrack: Live @ Shepherd’s Bush London (Blu-ray)

76) Mr. Wrong (Blu-ray)

77) Morning (DVD)

78) Morrisey: 25 Live (Blu-ray)

79) National Parks Exploration Series: Grand Canyon (Blu-ray)

80) National Parks Exploration Series: Yosemite (Blu-ray)

81) Nature: Magic of the Snowy Owl (DVD)

82) Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest (DVD)

83) Neil Sedaka: The Show Goes On Live @ The Royal Albert Hall (Blu-ray/CD)

84) Nova: Secrets of the Sun (DVD)

85) OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More (Blu-ray)

86) Omnibus: Gene Kelly—Dancing, A Man’s Game (DVD)

87) On The Road (Blu-ray)

88) Other Son, The (Blu-ray)

89) Patti Smith: Live @ Montreux 2005 (Blu-ray)

90) Paul Rodriguez: Just for the Record (DVD)

91) Pawn (Blu-ray)

92) Perfect Understanding (Blu-ray)

93) Peter Frampton: Live in Detroit (Blu-ray)

94) Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live (Blu-ray)

95) Peter Gabriel: So—The Definitive Authorized Story of the Album (Blu-ray)

96) PGA: Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament

97) Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here (Blu-ray)

98) Portlandia: Season 2 (Blu-ray)

99) Produced by George Martin (DVD)

100) Richard Thompson Band, The: Live @ Celtic Connections

101) Ray Romano: 95 Miles to Go (DVD)

102) Rock and Bullwinkle & Friends: Complete Season 1

103) Samaritan, The (Blu-ray)

104) Sapphire & Steel: The Complete Series (DVD)

105) Save the Date (DVD/CD Soundtrack)

106) Saving the Ocean With Carl Safina: Season 1 (DVD)

107) Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (Blu-ray)

108) Secrets of Highclere Castle (DVD)

109) Shark Divers (Blu-ray)

110) Shelter Me (DVD)

111) Simply Red: Live @ Montreux 2003

112) Sleepwalk With Me (Blu-ray)

113) Special Forces (Blu-ray/DVD)

114) Staind: Live at the Mohegan Sun (Blu-ray/CD)

115) Storming Juno (DVD)

116) Stray Cats: Live @ Montreux 1981

117) Street Sharks: The Complete Series (DVD)

118) Styx: the Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live(Blu-ray/CD)

119) Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad Volume 1 (DVD)

120) Sweeney, The (DVD)

121) Syria: Behind The Lines

122) Terminal Velocity (Blu-ray)

123) Touchback (Blu-ray/DVD combo pack)

124) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 1 (DVD)

125) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 2 (DVD)

126) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 3 (DVD)

127) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 4 (DVD)

128) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 5 (DVD)

129) 3rd Rock From The Sun: Season 6 (DVD)

130) To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey (DVD)

131) Trouble in the Heights (DVD)

132) Trouble With Bliss, The (DVD)

133) Twisted Sister: A Twisted X-Mas: Live in Las Vegas

134) UB40 Live at Montreux 2002 (Blu-ray)

135) Universe, The: The Complete Season 6 (Blu-ray)

136) Veggietales: The Penniless Princess

137) Wacky World of Tex Avery, The: Volume 1 (DVD)

138) White Squall (Blu-ray)

139) Wiggles, The: Big Birthday (DVD)

140) Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea (DVD)

141) WordWorld: To The Rescue

142) Your Sister’s Sister (Blu-ray)

CDs
1) All Time Low—Dirty Work

2) Annihilator—Feast

3) Beatallica—Abbey Load

4) Bob Schneider—A Perfect Day

5) Breathe Carolina—Hell Is What You Make It

6) Bush–The Sea of Memories

7) Crowbar—Sever The Wicked Hand

8) Dangerous Summer, The—War Paint

9) Dave Matthews Band–Before These Crowded Streets

10) Dave Matthews Band–Stand Up

11) Dave Matthews Band–Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King

12) Dave Matthews Band–Away From The World

13) Darkest Hour—The Human Romance

14) Derek Sherinian—Black Utopia

15) Devin Townsend Project–Ghost

16) Devin Townsend Project–Deconstruction

17) Device–Device (Edited Edition)

18) Divided By Friday—Prove It

19) English Beat, The—Keep The Beat: The Very Best of the English Beat

20) Foreigner—Alive & Rockin’

21) Glasscloud—The Royal Thousand

22) High on Fire—Snakes for the Divine

23) James Durbin–Memories of a Beautiful Disaster

24) Janus—Nox Aeris

25) Joe Grushecky–Somewhere East of Eden

26) Kittie—I’ve Failed You

27) Laura Wilde—Sold My Soul

28) Marillion—Sounds That Can’t Be Made

29) Marillion—Sounds That Can’t Be Made (Deluxe Edition)

30) Matt Skiba & The Sekrets—Babylon

31) Ministry—Enjoy The Quiet: Live at Wacken 2012

32) Nils Lofgren–Old School

33) Peter Gabriel—Live Blood

34) Robert Lamm Songs—The JVE ReMixes

35) Ronnie Montrose–Bearings

36) Roy Orbison—In Dreams: Greatest Hits

37) Saga–Spin It Again! Live In Munich

38) Saving Abel—Bringing Down the Giants

39) Shadidah Omar—Freedom

40) Staind—Live From Mohegan Sun

41) Theory of a Deadman—The Truth Is

42) There For Tomorrow—The Verge

43) Throwdown—Deathless

44) The Winery Dogs–The WInery Dogs (Deluxe Edition)

45) Soundtrack—West of Memphis: Voices for Justice

46) Soundtrack—World’s End, The

Mr. Selfridge Is Even Better Than Before In Its Second Season

Courtesy: PBS/ITV Studios

Courtesy: PBS/ITV Studios

PBS’ British import Mr. Selfridge came as quite the surprise hit in its first season. There were those that expressed some uncertainty about the show, arguing that it was just PBS and it capitalizing on the success of Downton Abbey. The reality is that Mr. Selfridge is absolutely nothing like that program. As a matter of fact, Mr. Selfridge showed throughout its first season that it actually surpasses Downton Abbey. That’s thanks to a combination of solid writing and acting along with equally impressive production values in front of and behind the cameras. Season Two has already wrapped overseas and work on Season Three is underway. In the meantime, PBS will release Season Two of Mr. Selfridge on DVD and Blu-ray April 29th. It goes without saying that the second season of Mr. Selfridge continues that high standard established in the series’ first season. The show’s writers step things up in Season Two, incorporating more drama and even a certain amount of comedy that audiences are certain to appreciate. The acting on the part of the show’s cast is just as solid as ever, too. This includes the new additions to the cast this season. And the period attire and settings are right on par with the changed times, too. Each factor alone is important to the success of this season of Mr. Selfridge. Together though, they make the series’ second season even more impressive than the first.

The writing behind the second season of Mr. Selfridge is the most important factor in this season’s success. The series’ first season was centered primarily on establishing the series’ cast and their relationships. This season offers far more in terms of story lines. Selfridge’s and Mr. Selfridge himself have been caught up in World War I. The result is scandal that takes viewers right up to the season’s finale. The result of the scandal is a much more focused figure in Henry. Henry’s relationship with his wife Rose seems to be better. In fact, she even takes a more active role in the operations of Selfridge’s. That increased role leads to some wonderfully entertaining moments that are certain to have audiences laughing. Some of those moments are linked to the ongoing battle of the sexes. They are both still quite relevant to viewers today, just in a different way. Things in the store have changed a bit, too. One romance blooms while another takes a dramatic turn. Some employees leave while another returns. The store has a new weasel by the name of Mr. Thackery (Cal Macaninch). He looks and acts the part, too. His was an excellent addition as his almost childish behavior will lead to just as much laughter as anger. That’s because everyone knows someone or has known someone in their daily lives just like Mr. Thackery. Lord Loxley (Aidan McArdle) creates his own havoc for Harry along the way, too. And a surprise health diagnosis for Rose makes things even more interesting. These are just some of the many storylines that take place in Season Two. There are far more that viewers will enjoy when they purchase Season Two for themselves. With all of this going on, one would think it would be easy for the writing to get caught up in itself and get muddied. But somehow, the series’ writers managed to balance everything and even make each storyline play into the other to create one whole. That balance creates a whole that will keep audiences watching with as much fervor as any drama out there today British or American.

Those charged with crafting the scripts for each episode of Mr. Selfridge’s second season handled their duties quite well. Their ability to interweave this season’s various storylines with so much ease is the primary reason that this season is even better than the show’s first. Just as important as the series’ writing is the acting on the part of the cast. This is a direct link to the writing. The cast from the series’ first season is back. And only minimal additions have been made to the show’s cast lineup. Whether new or more experienced, the show’s entire cast does an outstanding job of interpreting each script. The cast together manages to pull in audiences and make them feel like they are actually part of the story unlike certain other dramas wherein audiences know they are watching a story unfold. And because Harry has to take a business trip at one point in the season, it allows the rest of the cast to shine. They do that and more. The cast doesn’t present that stereotypical image that so many people have of characters in British dramas. Rather, they actually present an image of being everyday people just trying to make it through another day. So kudos are in high order for the cast this season. Having examined the writing and acting undertaken for the second season of Mr. Selfridge, the only remaining logical point to examine in this season is the collective attire and settings.

The attire and settings are right on par with the times in Season Two. Season Two takes place at the start of World War I. The women’s attire especially shows the coordination with the times. There are some flappers starting to show up among some women. Even the British military uniform matches the times. And there is even a discussion between certain characters regarding the boots used by the British troops. Audiences see one of those boots, rather than hear about them. It’s nice to see the painstaking efforts of those behind the scenes to make even such minutia work in conjunction with the changing times in the story. It’s one more element that makes this season so enjoyable. On the side of the settings, audiences will appreciate how the writers incorporated Selfridge’s and the war into each other. Audiences see the British union jack throughout the store as Britain enters the war. And while audiences never really see any of it, the writers include the removal of all German goods from the store shelves. Indirectly speaking, this is part of the setting, too. It’s just an indirect part of the setting. But it still counts. And because of that, it makes this aspect of Season Two even richer.

Whether one admires mostly the settings and attire, the acting, the writing, or all three together, every bit of what went into the second season of Mr. Selfridge made this season work. It all came together to make this season even better than the first. Even more so, it all went a long way toward making Mr. Selfridge even better than Downtown Abbey. And that is saying something. Anyone that has seen the series’ first season but not yet this season will agree that this season is an important turning point for this series and a must see for anyone wanting to see how a drama is done right. It will be available in stores and online on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, April 29th. It can be ordered direct via the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=32224976&cp=3529703.20384186&ab=Aspot_Selfridge2&parentPage=family.

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Clutch Releases Special 7″ Split For Record Store Day, Announces Upcoming Re-Issues, Tour

Courtesy:  Weathermaker Music

Courtesy: Weathermaker Music

Clutch and Lionize released a special 7” split disc for Record Store Day this year. Clutch’s new song ‘Run, John Bareleycorn, Run’ served as the double-sided disc’s A-side. Lionize, Clutch’s label mates on Weathermaker Music, took the disc’s B-side, ‘Ether Madness.’

Courtesy:  Weathermaker Music

Courtesy: Weathermaker Music

The new 7” split is just one of the releases that Clutch has in the works. The band is set to re-issue its album Earth Rocker via its own Weathermaker Music on June 10th alongside a Collector’s Edition Double-vinyl re-issue of the band’s

Courtesy:  Weathermaker Music

Courtesy: Weathermaker Music

2005 album, Robot Hive/Exodus.

Earth Rocker will be re-issued in a special triple deluxe format. It will include the original album plus two new songs—‘Night Hag’ and ‘Scavengers.’ Also included in the new re-issue of Earth Rocker are a full length live recording of the band performing Earth Rocker and the live DVD, Live in Denver. The DVD presents the band’s sold-out November 14th, 2013 performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. The DVD includes videos for ‘Crucial Velocity’ and the previously unreleased song ‘Gone Cold.’ Audiences can check out the video for ‘Crucial Velocity’ online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3kwC9VtfxM. The complete track listing for the upcoming re-issue of Earth Rocker is available below.

The full EARTH ROCKER triple deluxe tracklisting:

Disc 1 (CD)
1.         Earth Rocker
2.         Crucial Velocity
3.         Mr. Freedom
4.         Night Hag
5.         D.C. Sound Attack!
6.         Unto The Breach
7.         Gone Cold
8.         The Face
9.         Book, Saddle, and Go
10        Cyborg Bette
11        Oh, Isabella
12        Scavengers
13        The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…

Disc 2 (Live Audio CD)
1          Earth Rocker                                      (Houston, TX – House of Blues – 5/25/13)
2          Crucial Velocity                                   (San Antonio, TX – Meltdown Festival – 5/26/13)
3          Mr. Freedom                                       (Houston, TX – House of Blues – 5/25/13)
4          D.C. Sound Attack!                             (Lincoln, ND – Bourbon Theater – 5/23/13)
5          Unto The Breach                                (Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue – 5/19/13)
6          Gone Cold                                           (Lincoln, ND – Bourbon Theater – 5/23/13)
7          The Face                                             (Houston, TX – House of Blues – 5/25/13)
8          Book, Saddle, and Go                        (San Antonio, TX – Meltdown Festival – 5/26/13)
9          Cyborg Bette                                       (Houston, TX – House of Blues – 5/25/13)
10        Oh, Isabella                                         (Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue – 5/19/13)
11        The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…      (Fargo, ND – The Venue – 5/22/13)

Disc 3 (DVD)
Live In Denver (Ogden Theatre, Nov. 2013)
1          Earth Rocker
2          Crucial Velocity
3          Mr. Freedom
4          D.C. Sound Attack!
5          Unto The Breach
6          Gone Cold
7          The Face
8          Book, Saddle, and Go
9          Cyborg Bette
10        Oh, Isabella
11        The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…

Music Videos (directed by Aisha Tyler)
            
“Gone Cold”
“Crucial Velocity”

Bonus video
            
“The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…” (Fan created Claymation clip)

 

Photo Credit: Marc Millman

Photo Credit: Marc Millman

Clutch will hit the road in support of both of its upcoming re-issues beginning Tuesday, April 22nd in Newcastle, England at the famed 02 Academy. The European leg of the band’s tour will take the band across Europe through Sunday, June 29th before the band returns to the United States for the North American leg of its tour beginning Thursday, July 24th. The North American leg of the band’s upcoming tour includes a stop in North Carolina. It is schedule to perform at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Sunday, July 27th. Tickets for that show can be ordered online now at http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1804214. The band’s most current tour schedule is listed below.

DATE

CITY VENUE
UK/GER/IRE 2014
Tue 4/22 Newcastle O2 Academy
Wed 4/23 Leeds Metropolitan
Thu 4/24 Manchester Academy
Sat 4/26 Berlin, Germany Desertfest at Astra
Sun 4/27 Antwerpen, Belgium Trix Muziekcentrum
Tue 4/29 Birmingham O2 Academy
Wed 4/30 Brighton Concorde 2
Thu 5/1 London Forum
Fri 5/2 Norwich The Waterfront
Sat 5/3 Nottingham Rock City
Sun 5/4 Bristol Temples Festival at Motion
Tue 5/6 Edinburgh Liquid Room
Wed 5/7 Glasgow O2 ABC
Thu 5/8 Belfast Limelight 2
Fri 5/9 Dublin Dublin Academy
EUROPE SUMMER 2014
Fri 6/8 Vienna, Austria Arena
Sat 6/9 Munich, Germany Backstage Werk
Weds 6/11 Hamburg, Germany Gruenspan
Thu 6/12 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell Festival
Fri 6/13 Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik
Sat 6/14 Switzerland Greenfield Festival
Sun 6/15 Stuttgart, Germany LKA Longhorn
Tue 6/17 Haarlem, Netherlands Patronaat
Wed 6/18 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje
Thu 6/19 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp
Fri 6/20 Paris, France Nouveau Casino
Sat 6/21 Clisson, France Hellfest
Sun 6/22 Switzerland Fete de la Musique
Tue 6/24 Thessaloniki, Greece Fuzz Club
Wed 6/25 Athens, Greece Fix Factory of Sound
Fri 6/27 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival
Sat 6/28 Finowfurt, Germany Roadrunner’s Paradise Race 61 Festival
Sun 6/29 Roeser, Luxembourg Rock A Field Festival
US TOUR TICKET LINKS:
Thu 7/24 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater http://tinyurl.com/l5auxvr
Fri 7/25 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE http://tinyurl.com/lgdh6ns
Sun 7/27 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s http://tinyurl.com/mq3u6w5
The Shindig Music Festival with Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello, and Halestorm
Sat 9/27 Baltimore, MD The Shindig Music Festival http://tinyurl.com/mn6hq2s

 

More information on Clutch’s upcoming re-issues, it’s upcoming tour and more is available online at http://www.pro-rock.com, http://www.facebook.com/Clutchofficial, http://twitter.com/clutchofficial, and http://www.weathermakermusic.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS To Release Latest Episode of Craft In America On DVD Next Month

Courtesy:  PBS

Courtesy: PBS

PBS will release the latest episode of its series Craft in America next month.

Craft in America: Industry will be released alongside PBS’ other May 27th offering Nature: Touching The Wild. The season premiere episode of the Peabody Award-winning series, it examines the business of handmade crafts and the role the craftsmen and woman play in the much larger picture of local and national economies. It does so by examining the connection between consumer and craft maker, and the value of handmade objects in today’s economy.

This episode of Craft in America takes viewers from Alabama to North Carolina and from New York to Massachusetts. It examines a variety of different places and ways in which the handmade plays a role in each area’s economy.

Craft in America: Industry was directed and executive produced by Carol Sauvion. Patricia Bischetti and Rosey Guthrie co-produced the program. Laura Karpman handled the episode’s music and Beth Spiegel A.C.E. handled editing duties. Sidney Lubitsch served as Director of Photography.

Craft in America: Industry will be available Tuesday, May 27th and will retail for SRP of $19.99. It can be pre-ordered now online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34465746&cp=2809871.3854896&sr=1&origkw=Craft+in+America&parentPage=family. More information on this and other episodes of Craft in America is available online at http://www.pbs.org/craftinamerica. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS To Release Touching The Wild On DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS

PBS will release Nature: Touching The Wild on DVD this Spring.

Nature: Touching The Wild will be released on DVD Tuesday, May 27th. In this episode of PBS’ wildlife-centered series, writer/artist/naturalist Joe Hutto documents the seven years that he spent living among a group of mule deer and attempting to become accepted by them. This is not the first extreme undertaking on the part of Hutto. He has spent months at a time living among a herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and having wild turkey chicks imprint on him. So when asked why he would spend seven years with the deer, it comes as no surprise that his response was simply, “How could you not?”

The new presentation is based on his book Touching The Wild, Living With The Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.). Hutto presents and narrates the story himself over the course of the episode’s roughly hour-long run time.

Nature: Touching The Wild will be available Tuesday, May 27th. It will retail for an SRP of $19.99 and can be pre-ordered via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34129646&cp=1413205&ab=Aspot_15offFS69&parentPage=family. More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online at http://www.facebook.com/PBSNature and http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Olive Films To Release Cagney, Marx Brothers Classics May 6th

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Courtesy: Olive Films

Olive Films has announced that it will release two Hollywood classics on DVD and Blu-ray next month.

Olive Films will release Jimmy Cagney’s 1943 film Johnny Come Lately and The Marx Brothers’ 1949 film Love Happy on May 6th. Cagney stars as ex-newspaperman Tom Richards opposite Grace George’s Vinnie McLeod in Johnny Come Lately. After McLeod–who is himself the editor of a failing newspaper–saves Richards from serving a jail sentence for vagrancy, the pair teams up to expose political corruption in a small town. Richards and McLeod have to face their evil rival, corrupt newspaper owner Big Boss Dougherty (Edward McNamara) as they attempt to uncover all of the corruption going on in the town. The role was the first for Cagney since his Academy Award ® winning role the previous year in the beloved film Yankee Doodle Dandy. Cagney won the Oscar for Best Actor thanks to the movie.

Marjorie Main (Ma and P Kettle), Marjorie Lord (Make Room For Daddy), and Hattie McDaniel (Gone With The Wind) serve as supporting cast in Johnny Come Lately. William K. Howard directed and composer Leigh Harline (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio) handled the movie’s score. Harline would go on to receive an Oscar ® nomination for this movie’s score. Johnny Come Lately will be available on DVD and Blu-ray May6th for SRP of $24.95(DVD) and $29.95 (Blu-ray).

Also on May 6th, Olive Films will release the Marx Brothers’ classic film Love Happy on DVD and Blu-ray. This movie was the last for the famed brothers. Harpo leads his brothers in this movie in which he plays a Robin Hood type of character.   He is trying to help a group of struggling actors that are trying to open a new musical without any financial backing. When he accidentally takes some smuggled diamonds in a shoplifting heist, Harpo and his friends come face to face with Madame Egelichi (Ilona Massey). Unbeknownst to them, Madame Egelichi has tracked her smuggled diamonds back to the theater where the acting troupe is trying to put on its musical. She hatches a plan to be the sole financial backer for the theater and for the musical so that she can get her diamonds back. The result is plenty of laughs for audiences. Harpo’s brothers Groucho and Chico are along for the ride in Love Happy as are fellow co-stars Vera-Ellen, Raymond Burr, and Marilyn Monroe.

Love Actually will be available in stores and online May 6th on DVD and Blu-ray. It will retail for $24.95 (DVD) and $29.95 (Blu-ray). More information on these and other releases from Olive Films is available online at http://www.olivefilms.com, http://www.facebook.com/olivefilms, and http://twitter.com/olivefilms. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Shout! Factory Announces Release Date For NYPD Blue: Season Six

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory will release the sixth season of the hit crime drama NYPD Blue this Summer.

NYPD Blue Season Six will be released on June 24th, 2014. Season Six of the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning series will be released in a six-disc DVD set containing all twenty-two episodes from the series’ sixth season. The series’ sixth season sees the addition of actor Rick Schroder to the show’s cast. Schroder plays the part of detective Danny Sorenson. Sorenson is Sipowicz’s (Dennis Franz) new partner this season. But he isn’t fully trusted by everybody in the department. That is thanks to his questionable methods. His arrival is just one of a number of major events that arise in Season Six.

The arrival of a new detective on the force and the major events that flush out Season Six are just part of what makes it one of the show’s more talked about seasons. This season also sees a who’s who of guest stars throughout its episodes. Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow, Iron Man, Crash), Daniel Benzali (General Hospital), Mos Def (The Italian Job, Dexter, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Kevin Dillon (Entourage), and Emile Hirsch (Twice Born, Into The Wild, Milk) all make appearances.

NYPD Blue Season Six can be pre-ordered now via Shout! Factory’s online store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/nypd-blue-season-six. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory is available online at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Shout! Factory’s Latest MST3K Box Set Even More Fun For Movie Buffs

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory has done it again. The company that has brought audiences of all ages so many great classic TV series and movies has released yet another hit in Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXIX. The cult favorite TV series continues to show in its latest four-disc box set, why it remains such a beloved series even today. It shows this first through the skits that accompany the movies chosen to fill out this set. The movies in question are another reason that audiences will appreciate this latest collection of episodes. And the bonus material included in the set rounds out the set, making it complete. There is much more that could be discussed as to what makes this box set so great. The jokes and pop culture references made throughout each movie evidence this. Those jokes and references combine with the bonus features, selected movies, and skits to make Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXIX one of the potentially best box sets of the year.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXIX is potentially one of the best new box sets of 2014. One of the reasons for this label is the skits included in each of the set’s four episodes. Audiences get to see Mike and his robot pals deal with Pearl as she unsuccessfully tries to host her own ball as part of The Pumaman. And both Pearl and Mike have to deal with a trio of “superbeings” that think Pearl and Mike to be “as amoebas” to them in the skit accompanying The Thing That Wouldn’t Die. Joel has to deal with his boss at the Gizmonic Institute in Untamed Youth and Hercules and the Captive Women. The skits themselves are so cheesy. Much the same can be said of the acting on the part of all involved. And that it’s meant to be so cheesy makes it all so much more entertaining. Long-time fans of this cult favorite series will find themselves laughing hysterically at each skit as if it was the first time that they had seen them. Those that might be seeing the skits in each episode will find themselves laughing just as hard after scratching their heads in totally confused yet entertained disbelief.

The skits used to introduce each film in this set are worth more than their share of riotous laughter. One can’t help but wonder where the writers—who also served as the show’s cast—came up with the ideas for them. One can’t help but compare the skits to really bad drug trips. Regardless, they are hilarious. Just as hilarious as the skits, are the movies chosen for each episode. This box set includes Hercules and the Captive Women, Untamed Youth, The Thing That Wouldn’t Die, and The Pumaman. The Pumaman is easily the most entertaining the movies included in this set. It presents a professor named Tony Farms, played by Walter G. Alton, Jr., who starts out just an ordinary scientist and becomes The Pumaman after being located by the descendant of an ancient alien race named Vadinho. Vadinho gives Professor Farms a belt that turns him into the superhero Pumaman. Given, the movie was crafted and released in 1980. But even for the day, the movie’s production values and writing were horrendous. Thus it earned the distinction of being added to MST3K’s schedule. Alton notes in the movie’s bonus interview that he was genuinely not happy with the biting commentary on the movie on the part of Mike and his robot pals. But there’s no denying that as serious as the cast and crew took themselves in making the movie, the end result was anything but a movie that could have been taken seriously.

The movies included in MST3K Volume XXIX are just as important as those included in the series’ previously released box sets not just for their entertainment value, but for their historical value, too.   Those audiences that are more interested in the history of the movie industry will appreciate seeing one more example in this set, of how far the movie industry has come since its earliest days. It’s astonishing to see just how much things have changed since the days of these movies. It’s just as interesting to note how little has changed in that time, too. For that reason, this latest volume of MST3K is made even more enjoyable for audiences.

The skits and the movies featured in MST3K Volume XXIX together make this latest volume just as entertaining as the series’ previous box sets. The bonus material included in each episode puts the finishing touch on the set. Audiences that watch The Thing That Wouldn’t Die get an extra bit of Hollywood history when they watch the bonus feature, “The Movie That Couldn’t Die.” Audiences learn through this feature that the censors still had quite a bit of pull even back then. It’s noted that a particular flashback scene involving the antagonist being beheaded originally involved a priest damning the figure. Apparently, the censors didn’t like the thought of a priest condemning the antagonist. So his character was changed to that of a random man. And as noted previously, actor Walton G. Alton, Jr. expressed his displeasure with the zingers tossed at The Pumanman because he and his cast mates had taken the creation of that movie so seriously. It’s one more item that makes the viewing experience of the movie all the more enjoyable and richer. The same can be said of the interview with actress Mamie Van Doren in Untamed Youth. These bonus features are the final pieces of MST3K Volume XXIX that make the box set whole. Together with the skits and the movies themselves, they make this set one that fans new and old will love to watch over and over again. It is just as great an introduction to the series for new fans as it is a continuation for the show’s more seasoned fans.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXIX is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from the Shout! Factory online store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/mystery-science-theater-3000-volume-xxix. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory is available online at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://www.facebook.com/shoutactoryofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

EOne’s New Bella Sara DVD A Good Fit For Any Young Female Viewer

Courtesy:  Entertainment One/Foxfield Entertainment/The Bella Sara Company

Courtesy: Entertainment One/Foxfield Entertainment/The Bella Sara Company

Entertainment One released the latest adventure of Bella Sara last week. Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings is one more enjoyable watch for the young female audiences at whom it is aimed. That is the case first and foremost because unlike previous Bella Sara DVDs, this presentation is actually a full feature length presentation. Another reason that its intended audiences will appreciate this latest release in the Bella Sara series is its general writing. And lastly, the general content puts the final touch on this release. All these factors together make Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings a presentation that any young female viewer will enjoy.

The first aspect of Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings that its intended audiences will appreciate this presentation is a full-length piece. Previous releases in the Bella Sara series were presented in shorter form. So this presentation is the first in the ongoing series of releases that could consider itself a full length feature. While it is an independent release, it could easily compete with the likes of the full length straight to DVD Barbie features that are currently out there. That being the case, that factor alone would make it a good fit for any young female viewer’s slumber party, birthday party or other social event.

That Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings is presented as a full length feature is a good thing for this release in comparison to previous releases in the series. Just as important to the overall enjoyment for the feature’s viewers is its combined general writing and content. The story is simple enough for any viewer to follow. Presented here is what is essentially a coming-of-age story of sorts. Young teen Emma finds herself and literally her voice after discovering a secret that had been long-held by her mother through most of Emma’s youth. It is made obvious that Emma’s mother had died at the start of the story. It isn’t noted how she died. And that is in all honesty beside the point. Her mother being out of the picture actually helps to serve as a catalyst to the story’s progression. So in the long run, it is actually a good thing that the cause of her mother’s death wasn’t explained. Along her journey into the world that is North of North, Emma has to take on the evil Ivenna and her henchman who want to take over the land by taking away all of the “horse magic.” It’s through her own personal journey of self-discovery and realization that Emma is able to defeat Ivenna and save North of North. The general progression of the story is just as simple as the story itself. So that should help to keep young viewers fully engaged in the feature from start to finish.

The simple storyline contained in this new release from Entertainment One will definitely keep the feature’s intended audiences engaged throughout the course of tis roughly hour and fifteen-minute run time. In the same vein, one would be remiss to not mention the feature’s general content. The story is obviously fantasy based. And it centers on horses. This is a double whammy for all involved. The Bella Sara Company, Foxfield Entertainment and Entertainment One have collectively taken two items about which so many younger female viewers crazy and combined them into one. Add in the short musical numbers to the mix (and the overall writing) and viewers get a near complete package. All of this material packaged into what is a relatively full length presentation makes everything complete. It all combines to make Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings a feature that any young female viewer will enjoy whether by herself, with friends or even with her mother.

Bella Sara: Emma’s Wings is available now on DVD. It can be ordered direct from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HNTOYF8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p74_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1V0JEAXF18XKCR96GP00&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.