Details Announced For Second Issue of Joe Satriani’s Limited ‘Crystal Planet’ Comic Book Event Series

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Joe Satriani’s limited event comic book will see its second issue released next month.

Satriani launched the limited series, which is based on his album, Crystal Planet, in March. The second of the series’ five issues is scheduled to ship next month. An exact shipping date is under consideration.

The series’ presentation coms courtesy of Heavy Metal Magazine and Incendiary. Co-created by Satriani and Ned Evett, the new title is centered on lead character Satchel Walker.

Walker is caught between two factions vying for resources from a dying star. It is up to him to end the conflict and bring peace to the universe and time stream. The only way he can achieve the noted goals is through the use of music. Pre-orders for the second issue are open now.

Issue #2 picks up where Issue #1 left off. Walker has experienced a death in his family, and takes his first steps on the Crystal Planet. His lifelong friend Sarah Fortune joins him on his voyage in a banged-up old station wagon as the swarm is hot on the duo’s heels.

Satriani had the following to say of the second issue of the Crystal Planet comic book.

“Satchel Walker’s world is about to be turned upside-down in ways he could never have imagined, he said. “Issue #2 will bring his futuristic, battle-torn nightmares closer to reality and re-unite him with his father’s strange and powerful guitar.” 

The credits for the comic book are noted below.

CREATED BY: Joe Satriani, Ned Evett
SCRIPT: Tony Lee
PENCILS/INKS: Richard Friend
COLOR: Carlos Cabrera
LETTERS: Jacob Bascle
EDITOR: Llexi Leon

Satriani’s new comic book will also feature a companion collectible figure of Satriani himself as an added bonus. The action figure features Satriani in a Tri-Driver suit from the comic book, along with his signature Ibanez guitar. The figure will retail for MSRP of $29.95. Pre-orders for the action figure are open.

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Sublevel Records Announces Release Date, Specs For Exodus Tablature Book

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Exodus’ classic 1985 album Bonded By Blood is getting renewed attention.

Sublevel Records will publish a book featuring the guitar tabs for each of the record’s songs on Jan. 15. Pre-orders are open. The songs were transcribed by Exodus/Heathen live guitarist Kragen Lum and by Ernie Ball’s Match the Master award winner Evan Bradley.

The 170-page book is presented in two-guitar format. This will allow guitarists to learn the parts of Exodus guitarists Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt.

The book’s tablature is noted below.

Songs Included:

Bonded by Blood
And Then There Were None
A Lesson in Violence
Metal Command
No Love
Deliver Us to Evil
Strike of the Beast

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Kenny Wilkerson “Gets Cooking” Raising Awareness About Autism

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Nova Rex bassist Kenny Wilkerson has launched a new effort to help raise money for a nonprofit agency that assists people who have autism.

Wilkerson recently released a new cookbook titled Rockin’ Recipes for Autism Volume 1. The 127-page book features recipes from well-known rock and metal artists and acts, such as Stone Sour, Ozzy Osbourne, and Queensryche.

A portion of proceeds from book sales will benefit the nonprofit agency We Rock For Autism. The organization, formed in March 2014, provides music therapy for those with autism, raises awareness about autism through concerts, and even provides sensory-friendly movie screenings for autistic audiences.

Outlets, such as Rachael Ray Magazine, Loudwire, and Autism Parenting Magazine have featured the recently released cookbook.

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Sick Of It All Kicks Off “Live” Quarantine Performance Series

Veteran punk band Sick Of It All launched its live quarantine sessions performance series this week.

The band opened the series with a performance of its single ‘Alone.’  The performance is the first in a six-part series that the band has scheduled.  The song itself is taken from the band’s 1989 debut album BloodSweat and No Tears.

The band said in a prepared statement, that the sessions are a new way to entertain audiences.

“Quarantine gave us a reason (and an excuse) to dust off some of our favorite songs that haven’t been featured in our live set either in a while, or ever,” the statement reads. “ We wanted to rekindle their fire, and share them with our fans worldwide. So for the next months, we’re going to release one song every fortnight to try to keep the torch of hardcore lit through this drought of live music that’s driving us all crazy!  Please stay tuned for details and release dates,”

Courtesy: Century Media Records

The launch of the band’s quarantine sessions series comes less than three months after the band debuted its latest new single, ‘Bull’s Anthem‘ and its video.  The song is featured in the band’s latest album Wake The Sleeping Dragon.

Additionally, the series’ launch comes less than a month after the band published its new book The Blood and the Sweat: The Story of Sick of It All’s Koller Brothers.  The book, published through Post Hill Press, is available through Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million, and Amazon.

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Microcosm Publishing Announces Release Date For New GG Allin Graphic Novel/Bio

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Punk shock rocker GG Allin’s life and career is receiving renewed attention in a new graphic novel.

Microcosm Publishing is scheduled to release the graphic novel Rock and Roll TerroristThe Graphic Life of Shock Rocker GG Allin Oct. 13  Crafted by author/writer/musician Reid Chancellor, the 192-page graphic novel tells Allin’s story by examining his life on and off stage.  It tells the story of his traumatic upbringing to bring renewed attention to how that played into the man that he would become on stage.

As an additional bonus, the graphic novel will come with an activity/coloring book.  The adult publication will allow readers to draw Allin’s tattoos on him, color scenes of Allin and company on sage, and more.

The set will retail for MSRP of $14.95.

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Classic Dio Album Getting Its Own Graphic Novel

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Comic publisher Z2 is paying tribute to rock legend Ronnie James Dio.

The music-based comics company is scheduled to publish a new graphic novel centered on Dio’s album Holy Diver next year.  Writer Steve Niles will write the graphic novel’s story, which is based on the album’s cover art.  Scott Hampton will take on the project’s artwork.

Niles was humble as he talked about writing the graphic novel’s story.

“I’m so excited to be writing this book,” he said. “I hope I do Ronnie James Dio justice.”

RJD’s widow Wendy explained the concept behind the 120-page story in a recent interview.

“Steve Niles tells the story behind the album cover ‘Holy Diver,’ a story about how you can’t judge a picture by the way it appears, which is what Ronnie wrote many times in his songs; that you have to see inside the person and not judge them by the way they look or by what they wear,” says Wendy Dio. “Together with Scott Hampton’s amazing artwork they tell the story of ‘Holy Diver,’and I know Ronnie would have given his stamp of approval on this great graphic novel.”

Z2 Publisher Josh Frankel said in his own comments, he was looking forward to the publication of the graphic novel.

“We have managed to work with some of the greatest legends in both comics and music, and a Dio graphic novel with a cover by the great Bill Sienkiewicz perhaps sums that up best,” said Frankel. “This is one of the most iconic heavy metal album covers in history. We are honored to pay tribute to the originator of the universal sign of the music that he has inspired since he first took the stage with Black Sabbath 40 years ago. Working with Wendy Dio directly to ensure it is true to his vision is the next best thing to working with Ronnie James Dio himself, and we have hit a new high note with this one!”

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‘A Gator Took My Toothbrush’ Is Among The Most Notable Of This Year’s New Children’s Books

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Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is one of the greatest rewards of being a parent.  It reminds a parent of the wonder of the world even as the world seems to do all that it can to bring us down on a daily basis.  Keeping that knowledge in mind, it makes the story in the new children’s book A Gator Took My Toothbrush such an enjoyable tale.  The book in question is the debut offering from independent author Brandy Frisby.  Scheduled for release Sept. 22 through Sweetwater Books, the book presents a story that in fact is presented from the imagination of a boy.  It makes for its own share of success and will be discussed shortly.  The book’s illustrations add to the book’s appeal in their own way.  They will be addressed a little later.  The book’s price puts the finishing touch to its presentation and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of A Gator Took My Toothbrush.  All things considered, they make this new children’s book a work that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Independent author Brandy Frisby’s debut children’s book A Gator Took My Toothbrush is a welcome addition to the home library of any family.  It is such a fun read that the whole family will enjoy.  This is due in part to the book’s central story.  The story in question is told from the imagination of a young boy who does not want to get ready for bed.  More specifically, he explains to his mom why he has not taken a bath and brushed his teeth – necessary nightly steps for every child.  The boy tells his mom that, as the book’s title states, an alligator took his toothbrush so as to brush its own teeth.  He adds in his story, that a beaver took up the bathtub and that he even had to deal with a lion whose mane had itself gone wild.   The ultimate reveal will be left for families to discover on their own.  The manner in which the story is told adds to the appeal.  It is presented in a specific rhyme scheme, which keeps it flowing smoothly from page to page.  This approach to the storytelling is a familiar tactic for children’s books across the board.  Frisby clearly took that into account in crafting the boy’s tale.  He succeeded in the process.  The result of that catchy rhythm and the boy’s imaginative excuse for not getting ready for bed makes for more than enough reason for families to enjoy this book.  It is just one of the most notable of the book’s elements.  The illustrations that accompany the story add even more appeal to the book’s presentation.

The illustrations for A Gator Took My Toothbrush – created by Wes Wheeler – add even more enjoyment for families as they read this unique new children’s book.  The artistic style here is important to note because it boasts its own identity apart from that of other children’s books out there past and present.  The colors are so rich from page to page, from the blues to the greens to the browns and more.  Even the subtlety of something like little drawing on the walls of the boy’s bedroom works so well.  What is really interesting here is Wheeler’s balance of smooth angles and more defined angles in each picture.  The use of the different styles together gives the book’s art a bit of a comic book style presentation more so than that of a storybook.  Case in point is a comparison to the artistic presentations in more well-known children’s books, such as If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Where The Wild Things Are and even the more modern Niccolini’s Song.  The stylistic approach here is decidedly more modern.  That is not a bad thing, either.  It shows that Wheeler, just as much as Frisby, is in touch with the current generation of young readers, and uses that knowledge to keep those young readers engaged and entertained in his own way.

Younger readers are not the only one who will be entertained through Wheeler’s work.  Grown-ups will enjoy the art, too.  That is thanks to the pop culture references that Wheeler threw in for them.  On one page, Wheeler has added in a subtle reference to the classic television/movie/toy Masters of the Universe/He-Man franchise through a poster that is hanging on one of the walls in the boy’s room.  The boy even has the castle in which Skeletor lived as one of his toys.  The boy’s excuse about a lion spoofs the Head & Shoulders shampoo brand, which will get a laugh from grown-ups in its own right.  The same can be said of the bear holding a book of “dad jokes” and the Kraggle Rock poster on another of the walls in the boy’s room.  The poster in question is a spoof of Jim Henson’s beloved Fraggle Rock property.  The noted subtle inclusion of the boy’s “wall art” will put a smile on older readers’ faces just as much, as will the dirt all over the boy’s shirt and the trash all over his floor.  All things considered here, the illustrations that are featured in A Gator Took My Toothbrush does just as much to make the book appealing for the whole family as its actual story.  As much as the noted elements do to make this book enjoyable, they are not its only positives.  Its price is its own positive.

According to its listing on, A Gator Took My Toothbrush is priced at $16.99.  That is on par with the prices for other children’s books.  Amazon lists the hardcover copies of the timeless book Where The Wild Things Are at $16.15, right along the lines of this book’s price.  The book’s listing at Books-A-Million is $17.55 and $17.95 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The Caldecott Award-winning children’s book Locomotive, written by author Brian Floca, by comparison is listed through Amazon at $14.89.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers lists the book at $17.99 while Walmart lists the book at $15.93.  Books-A-Million meanwhile lists the book at $1759.  Simply put, the price for A Gator Took My Toothbrush is proven to be right along the same price lines as other more well-known children’s books that are out there.  Given, some other books may be less expensive than Frisby’s debut book, but that does not apply for all of them.  To that end, the book succeeds in its price point just as much as it does in its overall content.  Together with that noted content, all three elements make the book overall a notable new children’s book that every family will enjoy.

A Gator Took My Toothbrush is a strong start for up-and-coming author Brandon Frisby.  It is a book that holds its own against other new books in the children’s realm.  That is due in part to the book’s central story, which is told from the vantage point of a young boy who does not want to get ready for bed.  The book’s illustrations add to its appeal, giving it a modern look that will appeal to the current generation of children.  The book’s price is on par with other, more well-known books past and present.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the book’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the book a wonderful start for Frisby that every family will enjoy whether before bed or during the day.  More information on A Gator Took My Toothbrush is available along with all of Brandon Frisby’s latest news at

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IFC Films Announces Domestic Release Date For ‘How To Build A Girl’

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IFC Films has a new coming-of-age story on the way next month.

How To Build A Girl is scheduled for release Aug. 11 on DVD.  Starring Beanie Feldstein (Neighbors 2Sorority Rising, American Crime Story, What We Do In The Shadows) as 16 year-old Johanna Morrigan, the movie — based on the book by the same name by author Caitlin Moran — follows the young teen as she uses her imagination to escape her reality in Wolverhampton and live out her fantasies.

Things take a turn for the surprising when Johanna sends a music review to a group of self-important, hipster rock critics at a weekly music magazine.  She ends up reinventing herself as Dolly Wilde, who is apparently self-important in her own right, and who has a lust for fame, life and men.

The result of her change leads her to her own existential crisis.  She starts asking herself is the persona she has created the person she wants to be or does she need to start over again?

The movie also stars Emma Thompson (Nanny McPheeNanny McPhee ReturnsStranger Than Fiction), Alfie Allen (John WickGame of ThronesThe Other Boleyn Girl), Paddy Consindine (Hot FuzzDead Man’s ShoesIn America), and Chris O’Dowd (BridesmaidsThe Sapphires, Moone Boy).

How To Build A Girl will retail for MSRP of $24.98 (DVD) and $29.98 (Blu-ray).  Its run time is listed at 104 minutes (one hour, 44 minutes).  the movie is rated “R.”

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Universal Pictures’ ‘Black Angel’ Is One Of Hollywood’s Most Underrated Film Noir Flicks

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Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group will resurrect Universal Pictures’ little-known 1946 film noir flick Black Angel later this month.  The movie, starring Peter Lorre (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Maltese Falcon, Arsenic & Old Lace), June Vincent (The Creeper, Shed No Tears, Can’t Help Singing) and Dan Duryea (The Flight of the Phoenix, Scarlet Street, Too Late For Tears) is scheduled for release January 28 on Blu-ray.  The movie’s central story proves that while it might not have been among the genre’s most well-known features in its initial debut, is still a work that every noir fan will appreciate.  The bonus content featured with the movie’s home release adds even more appeal to its presentation.  That combined primary and secondary content makes the movie’s average price point money well-spent by any classic movie buff and film noir aficionado.  Keeping all of this in mind, Arrow Video’s forthcoming reissue of Black Angel proves itself a presentation that is a must have for all of the noted viewers.

Movies today just are not what they were during Hollywood’s golden era.  Hollywood (and even so many independent studios) rely entirely too much on sex, violence and special effects than on anything with any real substantive content.   Thankfully, Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group are going to give audiences another alternative to all of that excess later this month when they reissue Universal Pictures’ 1948 noir flick Black Angel.  This movie is a work that classic film buffs and noir aficionados alike will welcome openly.  That is due in part to its story, which abounds in content.  The story, based on the novel by author Cornell Woolrich, centers on the murder of the fictional singer Mavis Marlowe and the search for her killer.  The man accused of her murder Kirk Bennett (John Phillips – 7 Men From Now, Heldorado, John Paul Jones) is accused of taking her life and is sentenced to death for the crime.  However, Kirk’s wife Catherine (played by Vincent) doesn’t believe her cheating husband is guilty, so she works with Marlowe’s estranged husband Martin Blair (Duryea) to prove Kirk’s innocence and save him from the gas chamber.  Female viewers especially will appreciate the story because as Martin and Catherine work to prove Kirk’s innocence, Kirk finds himself falling for Catherine, but she never gives into his charms, staying loyal (ironically) to her husband who himself had cheated on her with Mavis.  In the end, Kirk is proven innocent.  How he is saved will not be revealed here.  That will be saved for audiences to discover on their own.  During the course of the story, Roy Chanslor, who adapted Woolrich’s story for the screen, manages to keep viewers engaged and entertained as Catherine and Martin go undercover at a night club to investigate the crime.  He [Chanslor] does a good job with the use of his red herring in the investigation.  Viewers will agree that element adds even more enjoyment to the story since it does throw a bit of a proverbial wrench in the works.  As a matter of fact, it will leave eagle-eyed viewers to go back and recall a certain subtle element from earlier in the story that helps determine the identity of the true killer.  By the story’s end, audiences will know that they have taken in a story that even despite its changes from its literary source material (which is discussed in the movie’s bonus content), is still an enjoyable story in itself.

The story at the center of Black Angel does a lot to make it an enjoyable presentation for classic movie buffs and film noir aficionados.  It is just one part of what makes the movie’s forthcoming home release so appealing.  The bonus content included with the story builds on the foundation formed by the story to make the movie’s presentation even more appealing.  One of the bonuses featured with the movie’s reissue is a retrospective on the movie by film historian Neil Sinyard.  Sinyard has provided commentary for other reissues from Arrow Films and Arrow Academy.  He points out in this presentation’s commentary, Woolrich actually was not fond of Chanslor’s adaptation of his novel.  Maybe that is because of the changes that Chanslor made as he wrote the story’s screenplay.  This will be discussed a little more in-depth shortly.  Sinyard also makes note of the fact that Woolrich’s biographer ironically did like the movie.  Sinyard points out the reason for this was that it ‘caught something essentially about Woolrich’s personality both personal and artistic.”  The discussion on Black Angel as a possible reflection on Woolrich’s personality is just one of the interesting notes that Sinyard brings up in his roughly 20-minute retrospective.  He also goes into a discussion on the movie’s casting, noting that by the time that the movie came along, Duryea was already a very well-known actor, having played villains (or heavies as they are also known) in a number of films prior to this work.  Sinyard points out that Duryea is actually a presentation of Woorich himself, and that added to the reason for Woolrich’s biographer appreciating the adaptation.  Along with the note of Duryea and his possible connection to Woolrich, Sinyard also shares a funny anecdote about supporting actor Broderick Crawford (All The King’s Men, A Night Before Christmas, Born Yesterday), who portrays in this movie, Police Captain Flood.  He tells the story of an alleged run-in between Crawford, who also had a history of playing bad guys in cinema prior to this flick, and the late, great Frank Sinatra.  The story that Sinyard shares involves Crawford allegedly getting into an altercation with Sinatra and doing something peculiar with Sinatra’s toupee.  Lorre is also addressed by Sinyard, albeit briefly.  He jokes about not knowing how Lorre could deliver his lines while having a cigarette “dangling from his bottom lip.”  That in itself will bring its own share of laughs from viewiers.  Sinyard also addresses the movie’s soundtrack and its role in the story as well as director Roy William Neill, stressing Black Angel was actually Neill’s final film before his death.  He applauds (and rightfully so) Neill’s work behind the lens, citing specific examples for his praise of Neill in the process.

Writer and film scholar Alan K. Rode (pronounced roadie) adds even more enjoyment to the movie with his feature-length commentary.  Right off the bat, Rode does actually get one fact wrong, noting that Catherine is trying to save her husband from the electric chair.  It is clearly pointed out during the story that he faces the gas chamber, not the electric chair, but he [Rode] can be forgiven for this misstep.  It is the only item that is misspoken through the course of the movie.  Rode expands on Sinyard’s commentary, noting that Duryea was paid as an outsider for his part in this movie since she was not a contract actor for Universal Pictures.  At another point, Rode points out that Vincent was not the first choice for the role of Catherine.  In fact, Ava Gardner was the initial choice for the role, he points out.  Rode also points out that Duryea actually played the piano in this movie, rather than just playing against a tape.  He points out that Duryea learned five songs so that he could actually perform them here.  This is important in that it added to the story’s believability.  Along the same line, the song ‘Heartbreak’ was sung by Vincent.  This adds even more to the story, both for its irony and the realism.  An extensive background history of Neill is also presented by Rode during his commentary, including his earliest days.  Rode points out that Woolrich’s original book was told from a first-hand perspective from Catherine and that there were four characters included in the book that were omitted in the screenplay adaptation.  Maybe that played into Woolrich’s dislike of how his book was translated to the screen.  Rode also points out the fact that Duryea was completely different off screen than his characters.  He notes that some women were such fans of Duryea’s characters that despite those characters’ despicable nature, his female fans liked that aspect.  He states that Duryea was so concerned by the fan letters that he took them to a psychiatrist friend of his and asked what to do.  Rode adds in, he was so concerned about the reaction of his fans to his characters that he and his wife went over the top in every day life to make sure people knew the characters he played were just that.  This shows that crazy fans today are nothing new.  Everything noted here is discussed within the first half hour of Black Angel’s 80-minute run time.  The rest of the movie offers audience just as much, if not more, commentary to appreciate.  That includes a funny recollection of an off-screen interaction between Lorre and another actor in a movie and how it led to a bit of a scuffle in the movie in question.  When all of this is considered alongside Sinyard’s retrospective, the whole of the bonus content proves to be more than worth the watch.  It adds so much to the movie’s overall presentation and makes the movie’s average price point that much more worth paying.

The average price point of Black Angel is $32.20.  That price was reached by averaging listings at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-A-Million and MVD Entertainment Group’s store.  Considering that the movie’s reissue this time out is being handled by a British company, that makes it an import.  So to that end, that price is right about on par with most imports.  Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble Booksellers each have listings below that average point.  Their listings do not even break the $30 mark as a matter of fact.  Walmart ($33.09), Books-A-Million $39.95) and MVD Entertainment Group (also $39.95) all break that average.  Again, audiences should keep in mind that this reissue is an import, so all of the prices are in line with most DVD and BD import prices.  Regardless of which retailer one chooses, the money paid is worth it considering everything that this presentation offers audiences.  Add in the general rarity of the movie’s release, it makes the price, which will not break anyone’s bank, that much more appealing.  Keeping this in mind along with the content, the whole of Black Angel becomes a presentation that lovers of classic film and especially film noir will enjoy.  It is also another example of why Arrow Films/Arrow Academy and MVD Entertainment Group are quickly becoming some of the leading names in home entertainment.

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BBC Studios Announces Release Date For ‘Good Omens’

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BBC Studios — Americas is bringing the much talked about series Good Omens to DVD and Blu-ray.

The program (based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) is scheduled for release Nov. 5 on DVD and Blu-ray.  It can be purchased through BBC Shop and Amazon.  The series follows an angel and a demon — Aziraphale Michael Sheen — Masters of Sex, Midnight in Paris, The Queen) and Crowley (David Tennant — Dr. Who, Duck Tales, Fright Night) respectively — who are forced to team up to avert the apocalypse.

Sheen and Tennant are joined by an all-star cast made up of celebrities, such as Jon Hamm (Mad MenBaby DriverMillion Dollar Arm), Micheal McKean (This Is Spinal TapA Mighty WindClue) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star TrekInto DarknessIn Search OfSherlock) for the series.Miranda Richardson (The Crying GameSleepy HollowThe Hours), Jack Whitehall (Fresh MeatBad EducationMother’s Day) and Adria Arjona (Pacific RimUprisingTrue DetectiveLife of the Party) are also included in the program’s cast list.

The six episodes that make up the miniseries’ six-hour run are spread across two discs.  They are accompanied by a variety of bonuses that are exclusive to the series’ DVD and Blu-ray platforms.  They include items, such as a variety of galleries, feature-length commentaries for all six episodes and a page-to-screen comparison of the series and its source material.

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