Lionsgate Brings Fans More Morphin’ Fun For Halloween In New DVD

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Safety is one of the biggest concerns each year on Halloween.  Safety for adults and children alike is a big concern.  That being the case, so many families might be looking for ways to celebrate with family and kid friendly Halloween parties in the safety and comfort of their own homes.  With those parties come family and kid friendly specials.  Lots of specials are released each year.  And now, another one has been released for all the fans young and old of Saban’s hit Power Rangers franchise.  Out in stores today is the single disc Halloween themed compilation, “Power Rangers Samurai:  Monster Bash.”  The new single disc compilation contains a special Halloween themed episode from Power Rangers:  Samurai, along with two bonus episodes from the classic original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers for fans of that original incarnation of the long running franchise.

The main episode included in this trio of Halloween themed Power Rangers episode sees a bunch of the monsters beaten by the Samurai Power Rangers gathering for a Halloween party.  While they’re there, all the vanquished Nighlok monsters share their stories of how they almost beat the Samurai Power Rangers.  Meanwhile, the evil Lord Xandred is moping on his ship because he hadn’t been invited to the party.  Thing is that he’s reminded later in the episode that the gathering is of Nighlok monsters that were dead.  Fans of Warner Brothers’ classic television series, Batman:  The Animated Series will recognize this story style as that show ran a similar clip show in the episode, “Almost Got Him.”

“Party Monsters” is a good episode for younger Power Rangers audiences.  Parents of the new Power Rangers fans will enjoy this three episode compilation too, as it also includes two bonus episodes from the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series.  In the first of the two bonus episodes, Kimberly has to face off against Bulk’s sidekick, Skull in a game show.  The two are vying for a new car.  It just so happens that the game show is a Halloween themed game show.  Kimberly and the Rangers have to leave the show early as they have to face Rita’s Pumpkin Rapper monster.  With Tommy’s help, the Rangers are able to defeat the Pumpkin Rapper.  And in the end, things don’t turn out too well for Bulk and Skull (whose real name is revealed in this episode, too).  Audiences will have to see for themselves what happens to them when they check out this DVD.

In the second of this compilation’s bonus classic episodes, the Power Rangers are setting up for a big costume party at the Angel Grove Gym and Juice Bar.  Along with the party, there will be a costume contest.  So Rita takes full advantage of that.  She sends a Frankenstein monster to the party to infiltrate it and get the Rangers.  But the monster is mistaken for just another party-goer.  That is until Billy secretly trails him to a cave where Rita’s henchmen are making a new kind of super putty patroller.  He ends up having to face Rita’s monster before escaping and going back to tell the other Rangers about what he’s seen.  The Rangers end up having to call in the Megazord to face the Frankenstein monster.  But it’s not until Tommy comes in with the Dragonzord and combines it with the Megazord that the Rangers are finally able to finish off the monster.  After defeating the monster, the Rangers go back to the party, and find out a surprise as to who wins the costume contest.  Of course, again, audiences will have to find out who won for themselves when they check out this DVD.  “Power Rangers Samurai:  Monster Bash” is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via the Lionsgate store at http://www.lionsgateshop.com.

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Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse Come To Hulu & Hulu Plus

Martha Stewart is now on Hulu.  And she hasn’t come alone.  Stewart has brought friend and chef Emeril Lagasse with her as part of the deal between the Martha Stewart Network, Hulu and Hulu Plus.  Lagasse’s show, “Emeril’s Table” debuted yesterday online along with her shows, “From Martha’s Kitchen” and “DIY Crafts.”  Late night host Conan O’ Brien joined Stewart in the premiere episode of “DIY Crafts” while celebrity chef Mario Batali made a guest appearance on “From Martha’s Kitchen.”

“From Martha’s Kitchen”, “Emeril’s Table” and “DIY Crafts” are just a drop in the bucket with this new deal.  Thanks to this new deal, audiences will also get to check out special Martha Stewart seasonal programming.  This comes just in time for the holidays.  Hulu is also planning on adding even more content during the month of October and into the year’s end, giving audiences a prime location to get all the latest shows from the Martha Stewart Network.

Fans can check out the first batch of episodes from “Emeril’s Table”, “From Martha’s Kitchen” and “DIY Crafts” now via Hulu at http://www.hulu.com/emerils-table, http://www.hulu.com/from-marthas-kitchen, and http://www.hulu.com/diy-crafts

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New Power Rangers Compilation More Super Powered Fun For Audiences

Courtesy: Lionsgate/Saban

Good news Power Rangers fans.  Lionsgate and Saban released two brand new DVD compilations of Power Rangers Samurai episodes this week.  The first of the pair saw the new team of rangers get its Super Samurai powers, and learn how to use them.  The adventures get even bigger in the second set, “Power Rangers Super Samurai:  Super Showdown Volume 2.  In the second volume of the pair, the rangers have to tame the new Bullzord with the help of their friend, Cody.  And in another adventure, the rangers have to save Master Ji and Antonio when they’re kidnapped by the Nighlok Eyescar.  Those adventures and another pair are included on “Power Rangers Super Samurai:  Super Showdown Volume 2.”

One of the most important developments for the Samurai Rangers so far was the acquisition of the Bullzord.  The reason is that it was such a powerful zord.  As the story in the aptly titled episode notes, the Bullzord was so powerful when it was originally created, that its creators had to keep it locked up, as it couldn’t be tamed.  But when the rangers’ young friend, Cody, releases the Bullzord, the rangers have to help tame it.  As if taming the Bullzord wasn’t tough enough, the rangers also had to deal with the Nighlok, Crustor.  Crustor’s after the Bullzord, too.  In his attempt to take control of the Bullzord, Crustor goes after Cody, who has its discs.  Jayden has to stop Crustor and protect Cody, who is finally able to tame the Bullzord.  Once the Bullzord is tamed, Jayden sends Cody back to his dad and uses it to finish off Crustor.  After defeating Crustor, the rangers go back to check on Cody and his dad who are both okay.

The challenge of taming the Bullzord wasn’t the only tough moment for the Samurai Rangers.  In “The Rescue” the team has to free Master Ji and Antonio after they’re kidnapped by the Nighlok Eyescar.  Luckily for the rangers, when they are captured, Antonio leaves a trail of twine a la Hansel and Gretel for the rangers to follow.  This leads to a brief funny moment, when Mia makes a joke about the trail just having to lead down a dark and creepy tunnel.  It’s almost like she was speaking through the viewers, joking about how cliché it was.  That in itself made for a few laughs.  The rangers follow the trail through the tunnel, when they encounter a group of Moogers.  The rangers manage to defeat the Moogers and get to the end of the tunnel where they discover Antonio and Master Ji are being held by Eyescar and a huge horde of Moogers.  The rangers regroup get the edge with an aerial attack that clears enough Moogers for the team to release Antonio and Master Ji.  The rescue couldn’t come at a better time, as Eyescar goes mega size.  The rangers assemble the Samurai Megazord and finish him off once and for all.

These two adventures are just half of the enjoyment that fans of the new Power Rangers team will get on the new Super Showdown Volume 2 compilation.  There are two more episodes included in this set that fans will also enjoy.  Fans can check both of those episodes, along with the pair noted here now.  The compilation is available in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct from Lionsgate at http://www.lionsgateshop.com.

Hey Arnold! Season 2.5 is even more family fun from Shout! Factory, Nickelodeon

Sey Hey once again, Nicktoons Nostalgics.  The good people at Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon have listened to fans of Nickelodeon’s classic 90’s programming.  They’re keeping the hits coming this Summer.  And the second half of Hey Arnold! Season 2 is loaded with hits.  As a matter of fact, the ten episodes contained in this set’s two discs are some of the greatest from the entire series.  Thre are so many great episodes in this set that it’s nearly impossible to choose favorites.  This time out, Arnold gets caught in between best friends Rhonda and Nadine when the class is paired up for projects.  Also Arnold’s grandpa, Phil has to face an old foe in a  Chinese Checkers rematch from forty years ago.  And the teachers at P.S. 118 go on strike after Principal Wartz starts making too many budget cuts.  So Arnold and his classmates have to save the day.  These are just a few of the highlights from Hey Arnold! Season 2.5

Hey Arnold! Season 2.5 is loaded with great moments throughout its ten episodes.  One of those great moments comes in an episode to whcih audiences today can still relate.  That episode is “Teachers’ Strike.”  In “Teachers’ Strike”, the teachers at P.S. 118 go on strike after Principal Wartz budget cuts lead to cuts in chalk and coffee.  It’s hinted that Wartz had beeb on a budget slashing roll.  So these last two cuts were the last straws for the teachers.  When Principal Wartz tries to teach the students, he finds it’s not so easy and sends them home, telling them to not come back until the strike is over.  At first, the kids are excited.  But when they start to see their teachers all over town, they get worried.  And then things get worse when Principal Wartz reveals that for every day the teachers strike, that’s a day the students have to go to school over the Summer.  The kids don’t like this thought one bit.  So they try to bring the teachers and Principal Wartz together to negotiate.  They get a local shop to donate coffee.  But sadly, that doesn’t work.  So the kids end up staging an old-fashioned sit-in.  The sit-in works.  But then once classes resume, the twist is that they have to write an essay on the importance of education.  It makes for a great funny ending.

“Teachers’ Strike” is one of many episodes not focused solely on Arnold.  It’s one that proves some of a show’s best episodes are the ones not focused mainly on its leading character.  And it’s not the only great one of those episodes in this set.  Another of those great episods is in “Steely Phil.”  In “Steely Phil”, Arnold and Phil are out for a walk in the park, when the come up on a Chinese Chckers tournament.  Everyone there sees him, including his old foe, Robby Fisher.  When Fisher tries to publicly humiliate Phil, Phil tells Fisher that he’s retired.  AFterward, he tells Arnold about his past with Fisher.  When Phil tries to sign up Arnold for the tournament, Arnold turns the tables on him, and convinces him that he, not Arnold, should enter the tournament.  He agrees and starts training.  The training segment will get classic movie fans laughing as it spoofs Rocky.  When the big day of th tournament arrives, Phil and Robby end up facing off for the city title.  Their match goes on for hours until they get down to one last move.  It’s the same move as the one that led to Phil’s loss forty years prior.  But this time, Phil realizes he has one more move.  That move results in a draw.  So Robby is forced to share the title with Phil, essentially humiliating Robby Fisher.  So Phil and Arnold walk off into the sunset, trophy in hand.

As noted already, Hey Arnold! Season 2.5 is chock full of great episodes.  One thing that’s noticeable is that many of those great episodes are ones that don’t focus centrally on Arnold.  Another of those great episodes not centered oslely on Arnold is the episode, “Best Friends.”  In “Best Friends” Arnold’s class is separated into groups to work on projects.  Who doesn’t remember those days?  As a result of the class being split into groups, Arnold gets paired up with Rhonda and Nadine.  Since the girls are best friends, one would think everything’s going to be fine, right?  Wrong.  Rhonda and Nadine both have their own idea of what project they want to work on, neither one backing down.  Since neither one backs down, Arnold gets caught in between them, resulting in him eventually having to work on both projects alone while the girls complain to him about the other.  In the end, Arnold figures out how to bring the girls back together once and for all.  His plan works.  But, as a result of his plan, he and Gerald end up being pulled into an insect fashion show.  It leaves audiences both with a laugh and that familiar happy feelingof heart for which Hey Arnold! became so famous and beloved.

Hey Arnold! Season 2.5 is loaded with plenty of great episodes.  The episodes listed here are just a small sampling of what makes the show continue to be so enjoyable to this day.  Fans will also love the episodes, “High Life” in which Gerald learns a very important lesson about life and business, and “Hall Monitor”, in which Phoebe becomes Helga’s replacement as P.S. 118’s Hall Monitor.  She learns that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  It all ends happily, of course.  This set is one more example of a box set done right.  Even with just two discs, the discs get their own spot inside the case, keeping the safe from being scratched.  Add that in to the laughs and heart in each episode and original hand drawn animation style, and andNicktoons Nostalgics the world over get yet another great set from Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon in Hey Arnold! Season 2.5

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Nickelodeon

Sey Hey once again, Nicktoons Nostalgics.  The good people at Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon have listened to fans of Nickelodeon’s classic 90’s programming.  They’re keeping the hits coming this Summer.  And the second half of Hey Arnold! Season 2 is loaded with hits.  As a matter of fact, the ten episodes contained in this set’s two discs are some of the greatest from the entire series.  Thre are so many great episodes in this set that it’s nearly impossible to choose favorites.  This time out, Arnold gets caught in between best friends Rhonda and Nadine when the class is paired up for projects.  Also Arnold’s grandpa, Phil has to face an old foe in a  Chinese Checkers rematch from forty years ago.  And the teachers at P.S. 118 go on strike after Principal Wartz starts making too many budget cuts.  So Arnold and his classmates have to save the day.  These are just a few of the highlights from Hey Arnold! Season 2.5

Hey Arnold! Season 2.5 is loaded with great moments throughout its ten episodes.  One of those great moments comes in an episode to whcih audiences today can still relate.  That episode is “Teachers’ Strike.”  In “Teachers’ Strike”, the teachers at P.S. 118 go on strike after Principal Wartz budget cuts lead to cuts in chalk and coffee.  It’s hinted that Wartz had beeb on a budget slashing roll.  So these last two cuts were the last straws for the teachers.  When Principal Wartz tries to teach the students, he finds it’s not so easy and sends them home, telling them to not come back until the strike is over.  At first, the kids are excited.  But when they start to see their teachers all over town, they get worried.  And then things get worse when Principal Wartz reveals that for every day the teachers strike, that’s a day the students have to go to school over the Summer.  The kids don’t like this thought one bit.  So they try to bring the teachers and Principal Wartz together to negotiate.  They get a local shop to donate coffee.  But sadly, that doesn’t work.  So the kids end up staging an old-fashioned sit-in.  The sit-in works.  But then once classes resume, the twist is that they have to write an essay on the importance of education.  It makes for a great funny ending.

“Teachers’ Strike” is one of many episodes not focused solely on Arnold.  It’s one that proves some of a show’s best episodes are the ones not focused mainly on its leading character.  And it’s not the only great one of those episodes in this set.  Another of those great episods is in “Steely Phil.”  In “Steely Phil”, Arnold and Phil are out for a walk in the park, when the come up on a Chinese Chckers tournament.  Everyone there sees him, including his old foe, Robby Fisher.  When Fisher tries to publicly humiliate Phil, Phil tells Fisher that he’s retired.  AFterward, he tells Arnold about his past with Fisher.  When Phil tries to sign up Arnold for the tournament, Arnold turns the tables on him, and convinces him that he, not Arnold, should enter the tournament.  He agrees and starts training.  The training segment will get classic movie fans laughing as it spoofs Rocky.  When the big day of th tournament arrives, Phil and Robby end up facing off for the city title.  Their match goes on for hours until they get down to one last move.  It’s the same move as the one that led to Phil’s loss forty years prior.  But this time, Phil realizes he has one more move.  That move results in a draw.  So Robby is forced to share the title with Phil, essentially humiliating Robby Fisher.  So Phil and Arnold walk off into the sunset, trophy in hand.

As noted already, Hey Arnold! Season 2.5 is chock full of great episodes.  One thing that’s noticeable is that many of those great episodes are ones that don’t focus centrally on Arnold.  Another of those great episodes not centered oslely on Arnold is the episode, “Best Friends.”  In “Best Friends” Arnold’s class is separated into groups to work on projects.  Who doesn’t remember those days?  As a result of the class being split into groups, Arnold gets paired up with Rhonda and Nadine.  Since the girls are best friends, one would think everything’s going to be fine, right?  Wrong.  Rhonda and Nadine both have their own idea of what project they want to work on, neither one backing down.  Since neither one backs down, Arnold gets caught in between them, resulting in him eventually having to work on both projects alone while the girls complain to him about the other.  In the end, Arnold figures out how to bring the girls back together once and for all.  His plan works.  But, as a result of his plan, he and Gerald end up being pulled into an insect fashion show.  It leaves audiences both with a laugh and that familiar happy feelingof heart for which Hey Arnold! became so famous and beloved.

Hey Arnold! Season 2.5 is loaded with plenty of great episodes.  The episodes listed here are just a small sampling of what makes the show continue to be so enjoyable to this day.  Fans will also love the episodes, “High Life” in which Gerald learns a very important lesson about life and business, and “Hall Monitor”, in which Phoebe becomes Helga’s replacement as P.S. 118’s Hall Monitor.  She learns that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  It all ends happily, of course.  This set is one more example of a box set done right.  Even with just two discs, the discs get their own spot inside the case, keeping the safe from being scratched.  Add that in to the laughs and heart in each episode and original hand drawn animation style, and andNicktoons Nostalgics the world over get yet another great set from Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon in Hey Arnold! Season 2.5

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Shout! Factory, Nickelodeon Keep The Fur Flying With Catdog Season 2.0

Nicktoons Nostalgics rejoice.  Thanks to the good people at Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon, fans of Nickelodeon’s golden age of animation have one more piece of history to add to their home libraries.  Catdog was one of the last original Nicktoons.  It ran a total of four seasons during its run on Nickelodeon.  Now, thanks to a partnership between Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon, the second season of this classic Nicktoon hits stores today!  Or rather, the first half of Season Two hits stores today.  This time out, audiences see these furry friends become professional clowns and get sucked into a big time space adventure movie.  Also,  one of the Greaser Dogs also tries her hand at being more of a “lady” in order to attract the attention of dog.  But things don’t exactly go as hoped.  That’s all in the first ten episodes of Catdog Season 2.

Catdog Season 2.0 opens with the episode, “Send in The Catdog.”  In this episode, Cat gets tricked into going to clown school with dog.  The catch was that dog hadn’t originally told the whole truth to cat.  He had only said he was going to school.  He didn’t clarify that he was going to clown school.  When they get to the clown school, the school turns out to be a clown boot camp.  The camp is headed by Sgt. Sillybill.  Dog gets through everything with flying colors.  But cat ends up getting drummed out.  As the group of clowns-to-be near their graduation, dog volunteers for an assignment that everyone else is too afraid to take.  He has to entertain little Suzy Sourpuss at her birthday party.  When the assignment proves too much for even dog, cat is forced to take his place.  In the end, the only thing that would make her laugh was cat crying.  As a result of his sacrifice and accomplishment, cat is “re-instated” and awarded.

Along with being clowns, Catdog also inadvertently get sucked into a space adventure movie in the first half of Season Two.  Many of Catdog’s adventures are the result of dog’s antics.  But in “Spaced Out”, the pair is sucked into a big time space adventure movie thanks to cat.  When he gets dragged to see Mean Bob in Space Part Twelve for the seventy-third time, cat is anything but enthused.  So he sneaks up to the movie projection booth and attempts to sabotage the reels.  Instead, he ends up literally getting pulled into the movie.  As a result, dog gets sucked into the movie, too.  No one in the theater even realizes what’s happened.  They all think it’s a bunch of special effects and new footage.  Catdog ends up in Mean Bob’s spaceship, leading cat to start pushing buttons.  As a result of cat’s actions, Mean Bob gets sucked into space, leaving catdog to have to fend for themselves.  they fight off the alien hordes, and saving the princess.  The twist is that cat’s hopes are dashed when he discovers the princess’s head is the only normal part of her body.  The rest of her body is a giant slimy alien.  He can’t escape her slimy clutches when she offers him a kiss.  to make matters worse, Catdog get stuck in the movie when Rancid refuses to get them out.  That’s because they’re an even bigger hit than Mean Bob.  So cat has to re-live the kiss with the alien princess seven times a day.

The second season of Catdog has lots of funny episodes.  As with so many shows, not every great episode is centered on the show’s main characters.  The first half of this season has proof of that in “The Lady is a Shriek.”  This episode is centered on Shriek, the only female member of the Greaser Dogs.  When dog doesn’t pay attention to her, Shriek decides to give being more lady like a chance.  She goes to charm school in an attempt to learn how to be more of a lady.  The school’s owner, Randolph, tries a number of things.  None of them work.  So in a desperate last attempt, he puts Shriek through a machine that is supposed to turn her into a lady.  It seems to work.  So when she goes to Catdog’s barbecue, all the guys there try to woo her.  the only one not making an attempt is dog.  That only upsets her more, until she finally goes back to being herself.  Dog explains to Shriek that he was fine with her how she was.  Everybody else in attendance is shocked that Shriek is a girl, which drives her crazy.  She starts screaming she’s a girl to everyone.  Her screams even reach around the world at the episode’s end.  This episode is proof that regardless of the show or era, sometimes, the best episodes of any show are the ones taht don’t focus on the main characters.

Catdog Season 2.0 has ten great episodes.  The episodes listed here are only part of the total enjoyment.  They’re only one part of what makes the overall presentation so impressive.  As with all of the Nicktoons currently released, Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon have released this double disc set in a slim case.  Each disc has its own place in the case.  this prevents scratching and maintains the longevity of the discs.  So kudos are in order once again for both Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon once again for this release.  The two companies are once again the models of multi-disc sets done right.  That, combined with the laugh riot episodes included in this set make it a wonderful addition to any Nicktoons Nostalgic’s home library.

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