‘Tremors 6’ Begins Production

Courtesy: Universal 1440 Entertainment

Courtesy: Universal 1440 Entertainment

The Graboids are coming back again!

Universal 1440 Entertainment has announced the franchise’s sixth (yes, sixth) installment is currently in production in Capetown, South Africa.  This time out creature hunter Burt and his son Travis—Michael Gross (Family Ties, Anger Management, Dan Vs.) and Jamie Kennedy (Malibu’s Most Wanted, Three Kings, Son of the Mask)—are at a remote research station in Canada when they come under attack by the mutant man-eating worms once again.

The worms aren’t just the normal mutant man-eating worms in this movie either.

It turns out they might be weaponized worms.  Things get even more difficult when Burt is attacked by a Graboid and needs an antidote.

The only way to get the antidote is to milk one of the Graboids.  There’s just one problem—no one knows how to milk a graboid.

Glenn Ross, Universal 1440 Entertainment General Manager and Executive Vice President, said this installment of the long-running franchise is the series’ best yet.

“This is going to be the craziest, most over-the-top movie in the Tremors saga to date,” Ross said.  “It takes the franchise’s signature combination of suspense, action and humor to new explosive heights.”

Don Michael Paul (Sniper: Legacy) returns once again to helm the movie after helming the franchise’s fifth offering.  Mike Elliot (Kindergarten Cop 2, Halloween II) serves as producer.  Hein de Vos (District 9, Dominion, Homeland) is the movie’s director of photography.

New to the franchise this time are Tanya van Graan (Zulu, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, Death Race 2 & 3) and Rob van Vuuren (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Shark Attack 2, Footskating 101: The Movie) and Greg Kriek (Momentum, The Race, Infidel).

Tremors 6 is currently set to be released direct on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD in 2018.  More information on this and other titles from Universal 1440 Entertainment and its parent company, Universal Pictures, is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Announces New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD Release Date

Courtesy:  PBS/PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train will take families beneath the Earth’s surface this winter on a brand new DVD.

Dinosaur Train: What’s At The Center of the Earth? will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 21 exclusively on DVD – one day after it is scheduled to premiere on PBS Kids stations nationwide.  It will feature four more episodes that will focus on various geological topics from fossils to minerals and more.

The collection will also feature some fun other episodes for a total run time of two hours.  It will retail for MSRP of $12.99  The disc’s episode listing is noted below.

DINOSAUR TRAIN: WHAT’S AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH? EPISODE LIST

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Layers

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Fossils

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Troglobites

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Minerals

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‘Morsefest 2015’ Release Date, Specs Announced

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Courtesy: Radiant Records/Metal Blade Records/SONY

The Neal Morse Band will release its latest live recording next month.

Morsefest 2015 will be released on Friday, March 24, 2017.  The extensive concert recording will be released on separate 2 Blu-ray and 2 DVD + 4 CD sets and on digital platforms including iTunes.  Both will be released via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY.

Pre-orders are available online now here.  A trailer for the upcoming release is available here. The concert was recorded over the course of two nights in 2015 and spans more than five hours.  It features from some 38 musicians including drummer Mike Portnoy.

The show includes complete performances of Sola Scriptura and Question, songs from Morse’s time with Spock’s Beard (featuring vocal performances from Nick D’Virgillio) and Transatlantic and more.

Morsefest 2015 includes as bonus material an hour-long documentary.  It features candid footage from the band, crew and other musicians

More information on Morsefest 2015 is available online now along with all of Neal Morse’s latest news at:

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Def Leppard Fans Will Enjoy Band’s New Live Recording “Time” And Again

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Def Leppard is one of the biggest bands from rock’s big hair era.  While so many bands from that age have gone by the wayside, this hard-working band has continued to make new music and tour the globe year after year; its 11th album being released in 2015.  The self-titled record proved to be a big hit for the band around the world, reaching #10 on Billboard’s Top 200 New Albums Chart and reaching the top spot on the magazine’s Top Rock Albums Chart, Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, and Top Independent Albums Chart.  It also led to a hugely successful global tour in support of the record.  That tour included a performance in Detroit in 2016 that this week was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on multiple formats.  Releasing the recording on multiple formats is standard practice for Eagle Rock Entertainment, so there is little point to noting this as part of its overall presentation.  The concert’s set list sits at the center of the recording’s presentation.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance is just as important to note as the show’s set list.  The concert’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  All things considered, the recording in whole proves to be a presentation that Def Leppard’s most devout fans will enjoy.

Def Leppard’s new live recording And There Will Be A Next Time is a recording that the band’s most devout fans will enjoy “time and again.”  Yes, that awful pun was entirely intended.  While it obviously is not the band’s first ever live recording, it is still a recording that those fans will enjoy.  That is due at least in part to the recording’s set list.  The 17-song set is not wholly career-defining.  That is because it doesn’t pull from every one of the band’s albums.  The most heavily represented album in this concert is the band’s 1987 album Hysteria.  The band pulled six songs from the record. They include the hit songs ‘Love Bites,’ ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me,’ and the record’s title track.  High and Dry (1981) and Pyromania (1983) are the next most prominent records featured in this set with three songs each.  Adrenalize (1992), Yeah (2006) and the band’s 2015 self-titled record are all included in the show’s set list with songs from each record, too.  While X, Euphoria, Slang and Songs From The Sparkle Lounge are all absent from the set list, that doesn’t necessarily take away too much from the concert.  The band might have been limited by time constraints set by the DTE Energy Music Theatre staff.  There are a lot of venues that have time constraints in place.  Considering that, it likely limited the band’s ability to include songs from every one of its albums.  If that was the case, then what the band was able to present will no doubt impress audiences and the band’s most devout fans.  It is just one of the elements of this concert that audiences will appreciate.  The band’s performance of the featured set list is just as worth noting as the songs themselves.

The set list featured in Def Leppard’s new live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  That is because while not necessarily career-defining, it does still present a respectable cross-section of the band’s body of work.  That is just one of the recording’s most important elements.  The band’s performance of that set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  Audiences will note in watching this performance that the stage at the DTE Energy Music Theatre is not overly large.  It is not one of those massive arena stages on which the band made its name during its heyday.  It is, in fact, about the same size as most outdoor amphitheatre’s stage.  That being the case, the front man Joe Elliot and company don’t have a lot of room to move around.  The band made up for that lack of space with its own enthusiasm in each song’s performance.  The passion put in by each band member in each song makes it clear why this band is still a fan favorite for such a long time.  From Elliot’s still strong vocal delivery and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell’s concrete playing, the band makes the best of what is clearly a tough situation, making for a performance that is still enjoyable regardless.  Of course one can’t ignore the work of longtime drummer Rick Allen and bassist Rick Savage here, either.  Between their work and that of their band mates, it is clear in watching the whole group that its collective performance will impress fans just as much as the show’s set list.  It is still not the last element to note in examining this recording, either.  The recording’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.

The set list at the center of Def Leppard’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key to the recording’s presentation.  Audiences—especially the band’s most devout fans—will appreciate both elements in their own way.  While those elements are both clearly important to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The companion booklet included with the recording rounds out its most important elements.  The booklet is so important to note because of the liner notes contained therein.  The liner notes, composed by Rolling Stone magazine writer David Fricke, offer a brief history on the band while also outlining the concert’s highlights and basing them against some of the band’s past performances that Fricke had experienced in its heyday.  It paints an interesting picture of the concert contained in the recording’s DVD (and Blu-ray) presentation.  That picture adds even more depth to the concert’s overall presentation; just enough that it puts the finishing touch on the recording’s presentation.  When it is set alongside the recording’s featured set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of those elements shows why this concert, again, is one that the band’s most devout fans will appreciate.

And There Will Be A Next Time, Def Leppard’s latest full-length live recording is a recording that the band’s most devout fans will appreciate just as much as its more casual fans.  As noted above, that is due to a set list that represents relatively well, the band’s body of work and a performance thereof that makes the best of a seemingly tight setting.  The companion booklet included in the recording’s packaging paints a clear picture of why the band is still such a fan favorite especially in a live setting so many decades after its formation.  Each element is important in its own way to this recording.  All things considered, they make this recording one that audiences will enjoy “time” and again.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Time Life To Release New ‘Mama’s Family’ DVD Collection Next Month

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Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment

Time Life Entertainment will release another collection of classic Mama’s Family episodes next month on DVD.

The company announced this week it will release Mama’s Family: The Mama’s Family Favorites Collection on Tuesday, March 7.  The 6-disc, 37-episode collection features some of the series’ most memorable episodes from each of its six seasons over 895 minutes.  That’s almost 15 hours of classic entertainment from Time Life Entertainment and Mama’s Family.

The episodes culled for this collection are the same episodes featured in Time Life Entertainment’s previous standalone “Best Of” Mama’s Family collections.  In this case, those DVDs have all been culled into one single set for fans who might not have been able to get their hands on the previously released single-disc collections.

Mama’s Family: The Mama’s Family Collection will retail for MSRP of $89.95.  More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Presents The History of America’s First Subway System In New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

Public Media Distribution has announced it has another new episode of PBS’ hit history-based series American Experience due out later this month.

American Experience: The Race Underground will be released on Tuesday, February 28.  Based on the book by author Doug Most, this episode of American Experience takes audiences back in time to one of the most important eras of the nation’s transportation history—the advent of Boston’s first subway system.

Boston was America’s most crowded city during the 1800s, with almost 400,000 crammed into a downtown region of less than a single square mile.  More than 8,000 horses filled the streets, pulling people around the city.  Between the nuisance of their waste, the general crowding and noise caused lots of problems.

Frank Sprague changed everything when he developed the first model for a modern subway that rivaled that of London.  It wasn’t without its detractors, either.  The subway would eventually be constructed, and lead to the construction of subway systems in New York and Philadelphia, revolutionizing transportation in some of America’s biggest cities.

This episode of American Experience follows the story of how Sprague’s revolutionary idea laid the groundwork for what has become a primary means of mass transportation in those and other cities.  The hour-long program will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $19.99.  It is also available in a bundle pack with Most’s book for $31.99.

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PBS Kids Releasing Another New ‘DTN’ DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Public Media Distribution is taking families back to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood next month with another new collection of the series’ episodes on DVD.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Visits The Farm will be released on Tuesday, March 14 in stores and online.  The series’ latest DVD release, it will feature four more episodes from the family-favorite animated show.

This collection teaches young viewers important lessons about accepting help from others, responsibility and proper ways to express emotions all while entertaining them and their parents.  The DVD’s complete episode list is noted below.

 

DANIEL GOES TO THE FARM EPISODE LIST

 

  1. Daniel and Margaret Visit The Farm

 

  1. Clean Up Time

 

  1. Daniel Uses His Words

 

  1. Margaret’s Bath Time

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Farm will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with more Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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