Grizzly Adams Easter Special Is Wholesome, Family Friendly Holiday Fare

Courtesy:  Timeless Media Group

Courtesy: Timeless Media Group

Grizzly Adams: The Renewal originally debuted on television on March 22nd, 1978.  Nearly thirty-five years after it made its original television debut, Shout! Factory and Timeless Media partnered to re-issue the holiday special on DVD.  The special, which was a spinoff of sorts from the original series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, was released March 4, 2014.  Audiences that remember both the original series that spawned this special and the special itself will appreciate that it has seen the light of day once again.  Audiences will note in watching the re-issue that it looks and sounds exactly as it did in its original broadcast nearly thirty-five years ago.  That’s just one noteworthy factor in this re-issue.  Just as noteworthy is its cinematography.  And last but not least, audiences will appreciate the themes incorporated into the story.  Whether they were intentionally included, the themes incorporated into the movie will impress viewers, too.  These three factors together make the re-issue of Grizzly Adams: The Renewal a re-issue that any fan of the original Grizzly Adams series will appreciate.

The very first thing that viewers will notice about Grizzly Adams: The Renewal is that Timeless Media and Shout! Factory have presented the special exactly as it was presented in its original broadcast over three decades ago. The sound and audio have been left virtually the same as they were in the original broadcast of the special. That’s obvious from the scratchy audio and grainy footage. Some might call this a bad thing. But those looking for a little nostalgia will appreciate that it is being presented in such form. It’s like listening to a record on vinyl versus downloading it via MP3. Those that grew up with the original will always want that vintage presentation. And vintage is exactly what those same viewers get on this new re-issue. It’s even in the same 4:3 visual format in which it was presented rather than having been re-mastered in letterbox. That only serves to heighten that sense of nostalgia among viewers that recall the special from their own personal younger days.   And those that perhaps are seeing it for the first time will see just how far production values and technology have come in the near thirty-five years since this special first aired on television.

That Timeless Media and Shout! Factory have presented Grizzly Adams: The Renewal exactly as it was presented in its original broadcast nearly thirty-five years ago is but one reason that audiences will appreciate its recent re-issue. The cinematography that went into bringing the special to life, many will agree, is quite impressive. In comparison to today’s over-the-top special effects laden movies, it’s nice to see that the special was actually filmed on site rather than against a green screen. The soaring wide-angle shots of the mountains are like video postcards to viewers. And even the specific scenes that were shot throughout the special are important to the movie. There were no special effects or backdrops. The scenes in question were shot on site. It more than makes up for the sometimes “hammy” acting on the part of the special’s lead cast. In making up for that acting, it also serves to make suspension of disbelief all the easier for viewers. In turn this serves to keep viewers engaged throughout the nearly eighty-minute presentation.

Anyone that grew up with the original series that was The Life & Times of Grizzly Adams will appreciate this special for its overall presentation and its cinematography. The special is presented exactly as it aired in its re-issues. And the cinematography acts as a virtual postcard as well as a backdrop for the special. There is one more factor linked into the special that makes it especially impressive for its key audience base. That factor is the special’s collective themes of religious tolerance and acceptance, and cultural diversity. Both themes tie together through the special’s central story, which sees Adams having to help his Native American friends in their own Spring festival while he and his own friends celebrate Easter. Adams doesn’t criticize his Native American friends for their religious beliefs. And nor do they in turn criticize those of Adams and his friends. Adams (Dan Haggerty) is even given the opportunity to explain the religious meaning behind Easter. This is something that can’t be done on network television today thanks to the ironically close-mindedness of those thinking they’re promoting religious diversity by preventing it from being shown. So the very fact that this had been allowed on television then versus now makes the presentation all the more important if only as a piece of cultural and media history. By direct connection, the acceptance of one another’s religious beliefs ties into the theme of cultural diversity. It is difficult to see many television programs or even specials that promote cultural diversity in today’s media climate. That makes this special all the more important. Probably the only place that a special such as this would be seen on television today is the likes of the INSP network. Those family friendly themes come together with the special’s cinematography and the overall original presentation of the special to make it a good addition to the home library of anyone looking for good, family friendly holiday fare today.

Grizzly Adams: The Renewal is available now in stores and online.   It can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Life-Times-Grizzly-Adams-Renewal-Haggerty/dp/B00GSTHCSU/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400359558&sr=1-1&keywords=the+life+and+times+of+grizzly+adams+the+renewal. More information on this and other releases from Timeless Media Group is available online at http://www.timelessvideo.com. 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.

TMG Announces Release Date For New Red Skelton Show DVD Set

Timeless Media, a division of Shout! Factory, has announced that it will release a brand new collection of episodes from comedic legend Red Skelton’s show this winter.

Courtesy:  Timeless Media Group/Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Timeless Media Group/Shout! Factory

The Red Skelton Show: The Lost Episodes will be released Tuesday, February 11th via Timeless Media.  The double-disc set will contain sixteen episodes from Skelton’s Emmy® and Golden Globe ® award-winning show.  This release marks the first time ever that the episodes culled for the set have seen the light of day on DVD.  Also included will be two bonus episodes featuring special guest hosts.  The set will be available in stores and online at the Shout! Factory website at an SRP of $19.97.

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A Haunting Season Five Offers Fans Ten More Frightful Episodes

Courtesy:  Timeless Media Group/Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Timeless Media Group/Shout! Factory

Paranormal shows are quite popular right now across the television spectrum.  Bio channel is frontloaded with paranormal shows including: Celebrity Ghost Stories, My Ghost Story, The Haunting Of, and re-runs of Psychic Kids just to name a few.  Travel Channel has Ghost Adventures.  Syfy has Ghost Hunters and Haunted Collector. At one point, the network even had Ghost Hunters International.  That show was short-lived, though.  And at one point, A&E had Paranormal State.  That show ran for five seasons before being moved to Bio Channel and re-run.  And even Discovery Channel for some time had its own show in A Haunting.  It lasted for roughly four seasons on the network before pulled it and it was moved to Discovery’s digital “sister station”, Destination America.  The show aired its fifth season on Destination America after having been off the air for five years.  Now fans of this show can watch all ten episodes from Season Five any time they want thanks to Shout! Factory and Timeless Media Group.

For those that have never experienced this show, it is one of the scarier of the crop of paranormal programs out there today.  So what is it that makes A Haunting stand out?  Let’s start with the most obvious of factors.  It isn’t a reality show.  That eliminates Paranormal State, Psychic Kids, Ghost Hunters (and its spinoff), Ghost Adventures, and Haunted Collector.  To a certain extent, one could also argue that The Haunting of would be eliminated, too.  Having eliminated all of those, that leaves just My Ghost Story and A HauntingMy Ghost Story seems somewhat hokey with its re-enactments.  Sure, A Haunting uses re-enactments and interviews, too.  But the production values of the re-enactments in A Haunting are far more professional.  The re-enactments are so well done that they play out like something straight out of a horror movie.  Because of that, it is so much easier to suspend one’s disbelief and be pulled into these stories of ordinary individuals that have been affected by or have encountered something which they cannot explain.  In turn, it is so much easier to be scared regardless of whether or not one believes in the unexplained.

Each professionally re-enacted story told by the ordinary individuals is the main key to the success of this show in scaring its audiences.  The stories are so well told through the course of each episode that even those that don’t believe will find themselves not wanting to watch any of the chill inducing episodes alone or in the dark.  Through the course of the 2012 season, audiences are introduced to a family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that was at one point, haunted by the spirit of a civil war soldier that had been killed in battle.  Viewers are also introduced to a family whose story doesn’t exactly have a happy ending.  The family in question ends up moving out of its house because an evil spirit is not just haunting the house, but also physically assaulted one of the young ladies in the family.  It becomes so brazen that it lays down in one of the girls’ beds right next to her solely to terrorize her.  The visualization of this evil spirit and the actress’s reaction will frighten any viewer with even the strongest constitution.      

One can tell by now just how scary the episodes contained within A Haunting: The 2012 Season is.  There is still another factor that must be noted about this set that audiences will appreciate.  That factor is the double-disc set’s packaging.  Timeless Media Group, being associated with Shout! Factory, it is no surprise that the discs contained in the case for this season both have their own space within the case.  Shout! Factory was one of the first companies to actively start packaging its multi-disc sets in more ergonomic packaging.  This set is no different.  All ten episodes on both discs are kept safe in their case as one disc is placed in its own spot on one side of the case, while the other is on the other side of the case.  This preserves the quality of the discs as it prevents them from becoming scratched up unlike say, the packaging method for Syfy’s Ghost Hunters season sets.  The discs in those sets are packed one on top of another with no regard for the discs’ safety.  This makes the new set of episodes from A Haunting that much more worth the money for those that are fans of the paranormal sciences and paranormal programming in general.  A Haunting: The 2012 Season is available now in stores and online.

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