Jackson’s New Live Recording Is As Solid As A “Rock”

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Late last year Alana Jackson released his latest full-length studio recording Angels and Alcohol.  Ahead of its release, the country music legend launched a tour in support of his first album since 2012’s Thirty Miles West.  The “25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country” tour launched January 8th, 2015 in Fort Meyers, Florida and ran through the better part of the year.  It included a performance at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 17th, 2015.  That performance serves as the basis for Jackson’s new live recording Keepin’ It CountryLive at Red Rocks.  Keepin’ It CountryLive at Red Rocks will be released in stores and online this Friday, May 6th on DVD and digital.  There is a lot to like about this latest offering from the veteran performer beginning with its set list.  The show’s choice of songs and its ordering are both important to note in regards to its overall presentation.  That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  Jackson and company’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as important to note.  And as with every one of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s live recordings, the concert’s production values (I.E. its audio and video mix).  This is one of those concerts that looks and sounds just as great on a standard HD monitor as it does with a home theater system.  Together with the concert’s set list and the musicians’ performance of said set list all three elements come together to make the recording in whole one that country fans of all ages will enjoy and that proves yet again why Eagle Rock Entertainment is still to this day the leader in live recordings.

Alan Jackson’s new live recording Keepin’ It CountryLive at Red Rocks is a concert recording that country fans of all ages and tastes will enjoy.  That is thanks in large part to the show’s selected set list and its order.  The show’s extensive twenty-six song set runs a total of an hour and forty-six minutes.  That’s just under the two hour mark.  Though, because of the set’s order and the group’s stage presence, which will be discussed later, that time feels like even more.  That is meant in the best way possible, too. The set list itself pulls from a rather healthy portion of his lengthy career.  It represents no less than ten of his albums and indeed his twenty-five year career.  Given, not every album is represented here.  But a good compliment of his albums is represented.  It goes all the way back to his U.S. debut record, 1990’s Here In The Real World.  There are even some numbers that he recorded with others such as ‘As She’s Walking Away,’ which was included in the Zac Brown Band album You Get What You Give.  Perhaps the only con to the whole set list (to this critic alone) is the omission of ‘Summertime Blues.’  That song is one of this critic’s favorite songs from Alan Jackson.  Of course everybody has his or her favorite song(s).  So in the end, the set list still proves at least in terms of its featured songs, to be an impressive, important part of this recording.  The set list’s order is just as important to note as its featured songs.  Audiences will appreciate the attention to detail in regards to the set list’s order.  It balances the songs’ energy expertly from one song to the next right to the show’s end.  From the show’s up-tempo opener ‘Gone Country’ to the equally playful and energetic ‘I Don’t Even Know Your Name’ to the more laid back ‘Livin’ On Love’ and beyond, the show’s energy will keep home viewers just as entertained and engaged as those that were in attendance at the concert.  Keeping this in mind, both the show’s set list and its order prove to be equally important to the recording’s presentation if not the most important of its elements.

The set list and its order are both key elements in the overall presentation of Alan Jackson’s new live recording.  The set list is itself quite extensive, going back indeed a quarter of a century to his debut album and even up to his latest album.  The set list’s order is just as important as the set itself as it maintains a solid balance of energy from beginning to end.  While both elements are undeniably important to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only important element.  The band’s stage presence (especially that of Jackson) is another pivotal element in the recording’s presentation.  Audiences will be pleased to see and hear how natural the performance feels in experiencing it for themselves.  Considering Jackson’s two decades-plus long career it should come as no surprise that he acts right at home on stage.  What’s more there is still a certain sense of humility from him throughout his performance.  Even despite being considered one of the modern legends of country music, he shows in his performance that he hasn’t let such a label go to his head.  Between songs, he spends ample time interacting with the audience in an almost Storytellers sort of vibe.  He takes time to joke with the audience at some points.  At others, he takes some time to discuss the roots of certain songs.  The laughter and the insight offered in these moments, coupled with the professionalism of Jackson’s fellow musicians makes for a performance that, again, audiences at home will enjoy just as much as those that were there in attendance.  It is not the last of the recording’s most important elements, either.  The recording’s production values round out the whole thing.

The set list and its order are important in their own right to Keepin’ It Country: Live at Red Rocks.  They serve in their own fashion to keep viewers entertained and engaged.  The same can be said of Jackson’s stage presence and that of his fellow musicians.  The talent and professionalism of all involved proves this just as much as the totally natural feel of the performances.  For all of the importance of these elements, they are not the only important elements to note in this recording’s presentation.  The recording’s production values (I.E. its audio and video) are just as important to note as the other mentioned elements.  Just as with so many of its previous live recordings, Eagle Rock Entertainment has given audiences the absolute best seat in the house.  That is even with the fame and notoriety of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  The concert’s camera crew and director capture the concert from every one of its best angles.  This includes shots from all around the stage, from the vast sea of fans, and from even other spots that would seem to most impossible to get.  All in all, the shots captured by the camera crew and their director heighten the viewing experience even more for audiences.  As impressive as their work was, the editors charged with assembling the final product are to be applauded just as much.  The combined efforts of all involved results in a visual experience that is just as enjoyable as being there in person, if not more so.  Of course that is not to overlook the work of those manning the audio boards.  This is very important to note.  Thanks to those behind the boards, this concert is one that sounds just as good on a standard high definition monitor as a full home theater system.  This is important to note because believe it or not there are some recordings out there whose audio mix is best experienced on a home theater system.  There are others that are best served on just a standard monitor.  This concert is neither of those.  Its audio is so well balanced that it works just as well on a standard monitor as on a home theater system.  Audiences that listen to it on a standard monitor won’t be losing out on anything.  Both audiences will get the same enjoyable experience.  Considering this, the audio—thanks both to those that manned the boards and those that handled it in post production—proves to be just as important to this recording as its video.  It and the show’s video mix round out the recording, showing one more time exactly why every country music fan and every Alan Jackson fan will enjoy this recording.  They also combine to, again, show why Eagle Rock is still today the leading name in live recordings.

Alan Jackson’s new live recording Keepin’ It Country: Live at Red Rocks is a recording that both country fans and fans of his of all ages will enjoy.  It also shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment still stands today as the leader in live recordings.  This is evident in the show’s extensive and obviously well thought out set it.  It is a set list that will keep audiences both entertained and engaged from beginning to end.  The same an be said of the band’s stage presence, including that of Jackson.  The performance in whole feels completely natural.   And Jackson himself even comes across as being so personable as he interacts with the audience between almost every song, sharing both laughs and insight.  The recording’s production values round out its presentation.  Each element is important in its own way to the recording’s presentation.  Altogether, they make this recording, once more, one that country music fans and Alan Jackson fans of all ages will enjoy.  It also serves to show once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.  It will be available this Friday, May 6th in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

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Caillou’s Latest Collection Will Entertain Audiences Of All Ages

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

Caillou is officially on DVD again.  PBS Distribution and PBS Kids released the latest collection of Caillou’s episodes last week.  The DVD features thirteen more episodes from the Canadian import.  And in looking at those episodes in whole the episodes are just part of the collection’s presentation.  The writing within the featured episodes are just as important to note in this collection as the episodes themselves.  Last but not least of note is the work of the series’ voice cast.  More specifically, the work of the actors behind Caillou’s parents is especially of note.  Each element is important to the DVD’s presentation.  Altogether, all three elements make this DVD another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

PBS Kids’ latest collection of Caillou episodes is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  This is thanks at least in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  It might not seem all that important.  But a closer examination and comparison to many other children’s compilation DVDs reveals that it is in fact quite important to the DVD’s presentation.  Older audiences with children will agree that there is any number of children’s DVDs out there whose titles hardly match their titles.  The compilations in question may bear a specific title.  But of its given episodes (regardless of how many) perhaps one or two might match up with the theme presented in the compilation’s title.  Viewers of all ages will be happy to know that in the case of this DVD, that is not the case.  All thirteen of the compilation’s featured episodes match up precisely and near precisely with the set’s title.  Each one is in fact centered on animals and how Caillou and his friends handle different animal situations.  There is no deviation from those central themes unlike so many other random children’s compilation DVDs out there.  Considering how rare this is (at least for children’s DVDs). it shows why the DVD’s featured episodes are in fact far more important to the set than audiences might think.  The episodes themselves are collectively just one of the DVD’s most important elements.  The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes.

The episodes that are featured in PBS Kids’ new Caillou DVD are important to the collection in their own right.  Unlike so many children’s DVDs before its thirteen total episodes actually remain largely in line with the theme presented in the DVD’s title.  This bears its own importance in the DVD’s overall presentation.  But it is not the DVD’s only important element.  The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.  What audiences get in terms of the episodes’ writing are very real situations to which children and adults alike will be able to relate in terms of children’s interactions with animals.  “Caillou is Scared of Dogs” is a prime example of that.  This episode presents Caillou in one of his early meetings with a dog.  Many children, in their first interactions with given animals, can be very cautious and even scared of said animals.  This is commonly the case with dogs for some odd reason.  The situation was presented very much as it would indeed happen in the real world.  This includes how the situation was handled, too.  “Follow That Sound” is another good example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  This episode does center on an animal (which won’t be revealed here).  But in the bigger picture of the episode, it presents a situation in which Caillou has to use problem solving so to speak.  That is because he is searching for a mystery sound in his house.  He has to follow the sound throughout his house until he finally discovers the source of the sound.  So what audiences get here is a story not only centered on an animal but an episode that is also educational and helps promote children’s personal growth.  There is even a story that teaches an important lesson about responsibility in “Leo’s Hamster.”  The lesson here is taught as Caillou takes care of his friend Leo’s hamster “Buddy” over the weekend.   After accidentally letting Buddy loose in his house Caillou has to get his parents to help him catch Buddy and get him back in his habitat.  Caillou’s parents remind him that it is his responsibility to look after Buddy and keep him safe.  Once again this is a very real scenario that plays out every day across the country.  And the manner in which the whole situation unfolded is just as realistic.  It shows even more why the writing behind this episode is so crucial to the DVD’s overall presentation.  It is hardly the only remaining example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  “Caillou Goes Birdwatching” sees Caillou going to the park with his grandmother to feed birds.  He learns about patience and even about respecting animals in this episode.  This is another important part of every child’s personal development.  Once more it is presented in a wholly realistic fashion, making it all the more believable and in turn engaging.  As if that isn’t enough for audiences, “Caillou Walks A Dog” teaches young audiences an important lesson about appreciating what they have rather than just being reactionary.  The lesson is taught as Caillou is walking a dog that belongs to Grandma’s friend.  He enjoys walking the dog so much that later he bugs his own parents about getting a dog.  But they remind him that he already has his cat Gilbert.  Parents will be able to relate to this situation all too well.  IT doesn’t have to necessarily be a pet in the situation.  It can be a child begging for a toy at the store even though he or she might already have loads of toys that he or she probably barely even plays with.  Children need to learn that they can’t always have everything that they want.  They need to learn that lesson about appreciating the things that they already have before just replacing them with more stuff.  It’s just one more example of how the writing proves so crucial to the overall presentation of Caillou’s new episode compilation.  Even with these episodes noted there are still plenty of other episodes that could be cited in proving the importance of the show’s writing here.  All things considered, the writing proves, regardless of the episode, to be just as important to this DVD’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  Even with its undeniable importance, it still is not the last remaining element that should be noted in examining this latest collection of episodes from Caillou.  The work of the show’s voice cast is just as worth noting.

The episodes that make up the body of Caillou’s Pet Parade and their writing are both key elements in the DVD’s presentation.  From start to finish each of the DVD’s thirteen total episodes never stray from the theme presented in the DVD’s title.  The writing is just as important because it presents real life scenarios.  What’s more, it does so in a fashion that makes it accessible to audiences of all ages.  While both elements are important in their own right to the DVD’s presentation, they are not the collection’s only notable elements.  The work of the show’s voice cast is just as important to note.  More specifically, the work of those behind Caillou and his parents is important to note.  Pat Fry and Jennifer Seguin voice the roles of Caillou’s parents while Annie Bovaird fills the role of the precocious preschooler after whom the series is named.  Fry and Seguin are impressive throughout each episode as they take a gentle approach with Bovaird’s Caillou every time.  It doesn’t even matter if Caillou has gotten himself in a really tight spot or done something really bad.  His parents are still completely calm with him.  It might not seem important on the surface.  But in this day and age it is an approach that so many parents should learn to take with their children rather than certain other methods.  In the same vein, Bovaird is just as engaging as Caillou.  There is a little bit of over the top here and there.  But in large part she presents Caillou in a fashion that most adult audiences will agree is pretty spot on.  Maybe that’s why so many parents can’t stand Caillou; Bovaird’s portrayal is just that precise.  Regardless, it can be said that between the three of them, their work in bringing to life Caillou and his parents will keep viewers just as engaged as the episodes’ stories and the episodes themselves.  Keeping all of this in mind, each element proves to be important in its own right, again, to the overall presentation of Caillou’s Pet Parade.  Collectively, they show the collection to be another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  That is especially the case for those families whose children are fans of the series.

Caillou’s Pet Parade is yet another good addition to any family’s home DVD library.  This is especially the case for families whose children are fans of the series.  It proves to be such a welcome addition to families’ libraries in part due to its episodes.  The episodes stay in line with the theme of the collection’s title.  The stories contained within the episodes are just as certain to keep audiences engaged because of the fact that they are so real in their situations.  The work of the series’ core voice cast is just as important.  That is because it shows how parents should at least strive to handle their children.  In the same vein, Annie Bovaird’s portrayal of Caillou is just as precise as that of her cast mates.  Each element proves to be important in its own right to this latest collection of Caillou episodes.  Altogether they show clearly why it is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library; especially families whose children are fans of the series.  It is available now exclusively on DVD and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Caillou compilation DVDs is available online now along with more information on the series, games, activities, and more at:

 

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PBS Investigates One Of America’s Greatest Mysteries In New Episode Of ‘Secrets Of The Dead’

Secrets of the Dead - The Alccatraz Escape Box ArtNext month, PBS and PBS Distribution will release another episode of its history-based series Secrets of the Dead to DVD.

Secrets of the Dead: The Alcatraz Escape will be released Tuesday, June 7th on DVD.  Ironically, its release will come almost fifty-four years to the day that Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin broke out of Alcatraz Prison.  That was June 11th, 1962.  The men broke out of what was supposed to be an inescapable fortress of a prison and then floated away on a raft made of raincoats that they had personally assembled during their incarceration.  In the five-plus decades that have passed since the men escaped, one thing has remained a mystery—the fates of the men.  Now in this new episode of Secrets of the Dead a trio f Dutch scientists has assembled to try and solve once and for all the lingering mystery.

The story of the men’s escape is told via interviews with just some of those close to the cold case and others.  Among those close to the case featured in the program are: Jolene Babyak, US Marshal Michael Dyke, and Patrick Mahoney.  Babyak is the daughter of one of Alcatraz’s associate wardens, thus leading her to spend much of her youth at the prison.  She was present at Alcatraz the night of the men’s escape.  Dyke is the Marshal currently in charge of the still-open cold case.  Mahoney was a guard at Alcatraz from 1956 – 1963.

The scientists tapped to try and solve the mystery of the escapees—Olivier Hoes, Rolf Hut, and Fedor Baart—use maps, charts, 3D computer modeling, and even a makeshift mockup of the raft crafted by the inmates to determine if they could have survived the cold waters of the San Francisco Bay after their initial jailbreak.

Secrets of the Dead: The Alcatraz Escape will be available Tuesday, June 7th.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

 

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The Kingdom Of Zydeco Is One Of 2016’s Top new DVD/Blu-Ray Re-issues

Courtesy: MVD Visual/Mug Shot PRoductions

Courtesy: MVD Visual/Mug Shot PRoductions

Documentarian Robert Mugge’s recently re-issued presentation The Kingdom of Zydeco is an intriguing glance into the realm of the genre which is noted in its title.  The roughly hour-plus documentary is a stark contrast to his more recent zydeco documentary Zydeco Crossroads.  But that is not necessarily a bad thing.  As a matter of fact its story, in comparison to that of Zydeco Crossroads proves itself to be its own hugely important part of the program’s whole.  Its central story (so to speak) is just one of its key elements.  The archived performance footage that is used to tell the program’s story is another important element that should be noted.  The program’s bonus material rounds out its presentation, connecting everything together.  More specifically one of the bonuses in particular ties everything together.  That is not to discount the other material included as bonuses.  It is just that the one item in particular ties itself to the program’s central story and its footage more so than the other featured bonuses.  That aside, the combination of the bonus material, the program’s central story, and its featured performances, makes this presentation in whole one that–together with Zydeco Crossroads—a whole that music lovers and fans of zydeco alike should experience at least once.

MVD Visual’s recently re-issued presentation of The Kingdom of Zydeco is a presentation that, together with Zydeco Crossroads, should be experienced at least once by both music lovers and zydeco fans alike.  The main reason for this is the story at the heart of the roughly hour-plus program. In comparison to the story at the heart of its counterpart the story at the center of The Kingdom of Zydeco isn’t really a story in the purest sense.  What it really is, is a glance into the genre that is zydeco.  At the heart of it all is a competition between the “old guard” and the “new guard.”  The “old guard” is represented by Boozoo Chavis.  The “new guard” is represented by Beau Jocque.  Viewers get to see in their musical battle two totally different styles of zydeco music—the pure, old school (Chavis) and the newer, more heterogeneous style (Jocque).  The difference in the two styles is quite clear when one pays close attention to both.  To that end, it could be said that Mugge (MUG-EE) presenting both sides (and in turn both styles) of the “battle” serves as a good starting point in discussions on the roots of zydeco music and its evolution over time.  There are also interviews with both men that are included with the presentation.  Hearing the passion in Chavis’ voice about the music juxtaposed by Jocque’s more laid back persona makes for even more discussion believe it not.  That is because that contrast could generate just as much discussion among audiences about the mindset of the performers then and now.  One could ask do today’s zydeco players have the fire that Chavis clearly had or could they be more laid back yet still have that passion?  Regardless, seeing the love that those in the “Kingdom of Zydeco” have for the music and its performers, viewers will see that “new school” or “old school,” zydeco is the musical lifeblood of so many.  Understanding this, audiences will gain a certain appreciation for the “story” at the center of The Kingdom of Zydeco.    It shows that while not necessarily a conventional story, it is one that serves as a good starting point on any lesson(s) about the genre and its rich history.  It is just one part of what makes this documentary worth the watch.  The noted performances by Chavis and Jocque are just as important to the program as its “story.”

The non-traditional story that lies at the center of The Kingdom of Zydeco is in itself an important part of this recently re-issued documentary.  That is because while non-traditional, it does serve as a good starting point for any lesson(s) on zydeco music and its rich history.  For all of the importance that it presents it is just one part of what makes this program worth experiencing.  The performances that are presented within the program are just as important to the program as the program’s central “story.”  The performances are of central figures Boozoo Chavis and Beau Jocque.  It has been noted already but is worth noting again that between the pair there are clearly noticeable differences in their styles.  Chavis’ sound is decidedly pure in its instrumentation and arrangement.  While Chavis’ band does include guitar and bass, the band’s musical arrangements do not make them the key instruments.  Rather they are centered more on the accordion and washboard.  In the same vein, the arrangements in question much purer than those of the more modern zydeco sound.  The funk and rock elements that are so prevalent in today’s zydeco are nowhere to be found in the older music made so famous by Chavis and his counterparts.  Instead it is more of the creole-rooted sound.  Jocque’s sound on the other hand exhibits more of those funk and rock (I.E. more modern) influences.  It tends to make the guitars and drums more the stars of the music than the accordion and washboard.  Regardless of audiences’ thoughts on both styles the presentation of both styles adds even more to that introduction of zydeco’s history.  It deepens even more the discussion on the changes through which the genre has gone over the time since its formation.  Not only that, but the performances themselves can be considered important because of their archival value.  They are pieces of musical history that had otherwise laid unseen for decades.  If not for the footage, those discussions on zydeco’s evolution might not have even happened.  Keeping this in mind, the performances that are featured over the course of this program prove to be indeed important in their own right to the overall presentation of The Kingdom of Zydeco.  Even with their importance in mind, they still are not the last of the program’s most notable elements.  The material that has been included in the recording as bonus material is just as important to the program as the program’s “story” and its featured performances.

Both the “story” at the center of Kingdom of Zydeco and its featured performances are important in their own right to the program’s overall presentation.  That is because of the historical value that they present.  While both elements are undeniably important to the documentary, they are not its only important elements.  The material that has been included this time as bonus material is just important to the program as its story and performances.  The “Introduction To The Kingdom with Robert Mugge” is the most important of the program’s bonuses.  It only runs ten minutes. But in the course of that time viewers are presented with quite a bit of important information about the program.  Viewers learn how the competition between Jocque and Chavis ended up at a masonic temple (hint: the suggestion came from the performers).  Viewers also learn that the very creation of this program stemmed from other documentaries that Mugge had worked on.  The documentaries in question centered on Alligator Records and another label.  And just as notable is Mugge’s own discussion on what held up the original release of Kingdom of Zydeco.  That discussion is truly interesting.  These are just a few of the topics covered over the course of the program’s bonus “Introduction.”  There is far more for audiences to take in over the short course of its ten-minute run time.  The very amount of information, and clarity in its delivery over that time makes this feature the most important of the program’s bonuses.  “Iguanas in the House” is another of the program’s bonus features.  It presents a full performance by a zydeco group called The Iguanas spliced with interviews with the band’s members.  The band’s members discuss how they came to join the band, their love for zydeco and more in their interviews.  It runs twenty-seven minutes.  And just as with the program’s bonus “introduction” it will keep viewers just as entertained and engaged.  “A Royal Title” is the last of the program’s bonus features.  This short three-minute segment focuses on the late great Boozoo Chavis and features an interview with Chavis that was lifted from the program’s main feature.  It’s short.  But it exhibits Chavis’ deep love and respect for zydeco and will in turn have audiences once again discussing who is the real king of zydeco.  No matter one’s opinion on this topic, viewers will all agree that its inclusion in the program, that of the program’s “introduction,” and bonus performance by The Iguanas all come together to prove once and for all why this program’s bonus material is so important to its overall presentation.  And the bonus material, together with the program’s central “story” and performances joins together to make the program in whole one that—together with Zydeco Crossroads—every music lover and zydeco fan alike should experience.  It proves just as much to be in whole one of 2016’s top new DVD and Blu-ray re-issues.

The Kingdom of Zydeco is one of 2016’s top new DVD and Blu-ray re-issues.  It is also a program that should be experienced at least once by music lovers and fans of zydeco at least once.  That is especially the case when it is put alongside Mugge’s latest documentary Zydeco Crossroads.  This is thanks in part to the history presented in its central “story” of sorts and the performances that come along with that story.  The material that is included with the program as bonus material adds its own amount of interest to the program.  Each element is important to the program in its own right.  Altogether they make the Kingdom of Zydeco a program that is just as valuable in the classroom as the living room.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via MVD Visual’s online store at http://mvdb2b.com/s/TheKingdomOfZydeco/MVD7500D.  More information on this and other titles from MVD Visual is available online now at:

 

 

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PBS Distribution Releasing Another New Kate & Mim-Mim DVD Next Month

Courtesy:  Public Media Distribution

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

Disney Junior’s hit series Kate & Mim-Mim will get its second home release of the year next month.

PBS Distribution will release Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies on Tuesday, May 24th.  The DVD, which will feature three more episodes from the hit Disney Junior series, will be available in stores and online.  In the first of the disc’s featured episodes—the disc’s title episode—Kate wants to make a balloon buddy for Mim-Mim.  This is tied in to a big balloon parade in Mimiloo.  When Kate goes to Mimiloo she and her friends find a balloon tree, but all of the tree’s balloons are deflated.  So they have to figure out how to re-inflate them for the parade.

“Cloud Castle” is the disc’s second episode.  Kate’s head is in the clouds both figuratively and literally in this episode.  As she cloud gazes with her parents, Kate tells them that one of the clouds looks like Mim-Mim to her.  But her dad doesn’t see it.  Meanwhile when Kate goes to Mimiloo, she, Mim-Mim, and their friends pull clouds from the sky to make their own bouncy castle.  But their fun is short-lived  as the castle starts to float away

“Clean Sweep” rounds out this collection.  This episode is all about the importance of keeping things clean.  Kate is trying to clean up her room.  But it feels to her like it is taking forever to get it done.  Over in Mimiloo Kate and her friends want to have a picnic.  But their picnic basket is lost in a pile of Tack’s inventions.  Tack tries to clean up his mess, but he takes the quick way, which doesn’t end so well for him.  So unless they can get everything cleaned up it looks like the picnic might get canceled.

Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies will be available in stores Tuesday, May 24th.  It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=93347026&cp=&sr=1&kw=kate++mim-mim&origkw=kate+%26amp%3B+Mim-Mim&parentPage=search.  More information on Kate & Mim-Mim is available online now at:

 

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The Wolf Pack Is Back In Another Alpha And Omega Adventure

Courtesy:  Lionsgate

Courtesy: Lionsgate

Lionsgate has another installment in its Alpha & Omega franchise on the way.

Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, May 10th.  This time out Humphrey, Kate, and their pups have to find a new den.  In their search for a new home, the group uncovers a friendly female raptor named Amy who was magically brought back to life during a big dig.  The group shows Amy all of the great things about her new world.  Along the way though, it turns out the Amy is not the only dinosaur that was uncovered during that big dig.  There is also a giant T-Rex that could be brought back to life, too.  So it’s up to the wolf pack to keep that from happening.  Families can find out for themselves what happens when they purchase Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs exclusively on DVD + Digital combo pack in stores and online.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.98 and can be pre-ordered online now via Lionsgate’s online store at a discounted price of $11.98.  More information on this and other titles from Lionsgate is available online now at:

 

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Solid Stories, Acting Make Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups Its Own Showstopper

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

Ace, Cookie, Niblet, and the rest of the Pound Puppies are back again with yet another great collection of episodes.   Shout! Factory recently partnered with Hasbro Studios to release the latest Pound Puppies DVD Showstopping Pups.  The series’ ninth new collection–and hardly its last—it boasts five more episodes pulled from the series.  The episodes that are featured in this new collection boast five more stories that the whole family will enjoy.  They are the tip of the proverbial iceberg in examining the set’s positives.  The more minute details of the collection are just as important to in this compilation as the stories presented within the featured episodes.  Last but hardly least of note is the work of the series’ cast in each episode.  Once again it stands out just as much as in the episodes featured in previous collections.  Each element is important in its own manner.  Altogether they make this latest collection of episodes one more that not only proves Pound Puppies was cancelled way too early after only three seasons but this latest collection is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library; especially families that are fans of the short-lived series.

Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups, the ninth collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s (formerly Hub’s) short-lived series Pound Puppies.  One can only hope that being the series’ ninth collection of episodes, Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios will release the series’ full season sets and/or full series set sooner rather than later.  While audiences wait for one or both of those sets to be released, this latest collection of episodes will most certainly help pass the time and entertain audiences.  The main element of the set that makes it so enjoyable and entertaining is its collection of stories.  The stories that are presented within each of the set’s five episodes will entertain audiences of all ages.  The story within the set’s lead episode “The Accidental Pup Star” is proof of this.  Rebound (voiced by Brooke Goldner—Littlest Pet Shop, Skatergirl) is accidentally caught on video singing about her adoration for her owner, Agatha (Betty White—Golden Girls, The Proposal, Hot In Cleveland).  When Agatha’s son Leonard, (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, The Little Mermaid, Benson) who also runs Shelter 17, discovers Rebound’s video he sets out to make himself famous rather than Rebound.  Of course the whole thing backfires on him thanks to Lucky an the rest of the Pound Puppies.  That’s just part of the story that makes it so interesting, too.  The story of why Rebound was caught on video is its own interesting secondary story that audiences will enjoy just as much.  That story will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  It’s just one example of how the stories featured in these episodes are so pivotal to this collection.  “The Watchdogs” is another episode presenting its own fun and funny story.

“The Accidental Pup Star” features a key example of how the stories featured in this set of episodes prove to be so important to its enjoyment.  It is just one example of how the set’s stories make it an overall enjoyable presentation.  The story at the center of “The Watchdogs” is another key example of how the set’s stories make the set so enjoyable in whole.  This time around Niblet and Strudel set out to be crime fighters by night after an incident with some not so nice dogs.  Of course things start out okay for the duo.  But of course that doesn’t last for long.  In the grand scheme of things Strudel (Alanna Ubach–Meet The Fockers, Legally Blonde, Rango) learns that it’s a lot harder to be a crime fighter than she realizes and that she is already making a big impact by helping place other pups in their homes.  It’s just one part of what makes this episode so enjoyable, too.  There are smaller elements incorporated into the story that ad even more enjoyment for audiences—especially comic book lovers.  They will be discussed later.  Getting back on the subject, the story presented in this episode is just one more example of how the episodes’ featured stories are so important to the episodes’ presentation.  The story presented within the set’s closer “Back In Action” is yet another great piece for the whole family.  It is especially one that older audiences will enjoy.

The stories presented within “The Accidental Pup Star” and “The Watchdogs” are both prime examples of how the episodes’ stories are so important to the set’s presentation.  As integral as they are in proving the set’s enjoyment they are not the only stories that can be cited.  The story in the set’s closer “Back In Action” is yet another example of how the episodes’ featured stories are so important to the set’s presentation.  The story at the center of this episode follows a one-time famous dog named Bert (Clancy Brown—The Shawshank Redemption, Sleepy Hollow, Spongebob Squarepants) who needs a morale boost.  And yes, the Pound Puppies are right there to help.  They help when it is revealed that a young boy is in need of a real life rescue.  Bert realizes in helping in the rescue that he may be older and retired, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t or can’t be a real life hero.  While the message here is likely not intentionally sent to audiences, its message that anyone can be a hero and do great thing is there.  It is a message from which audiences of all ages can and will benefit.  Yet again the story presented within the episode is only part of what makes it so enjoyable.  There are other, smaller elements presented within this episode, too that make it even more enjoyable.  As with the other episodes, those smaller elements will be discussed later.  Getting back on track once more, the story featured in this episode is just one more example of how the episodes’ featured stories are so important to the set’s presentation.  “It’s Elementary My Dear Pup Club” and “Hot Dawg!” both feature their own entertaining stories.  Those stories, together with the stories noted here, come together to show in whole why the stories featured in Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups are indeed central to the DVD’s overall presentation.  The stories featured within this set are just one part of what makes the set’s featured episodes so enjoyable, too.  The smaller details of the stories are just as important to the episodes as the stories themselves.

The stories that are featured within each of the episodes in this set are undeniably important in their own right to the set’s presentation.  While they are obviously important to the set’s presentation they are not the set’s only important element.  The smaller details of the episodes’ stories are just as important of the stories themselves.  The smaller details of “The Accidental Pup Star’s” story are proof of this.  The writers directly related the story to its young viewers by having Rebound caught on a little girl’s smart phone camera and then posted to what is obviously supposed to be YouTube.  There is no mention of YouTube.  But in watching McLeash watch the video it is clear that he is watching the video on what is supposed to be YouTube.  There were likely legal reasons behind it not being directly named.  But that’s beside the point.  What’s important here is the fact that the writers incorporated modern technology and even tied it to a younger person shows a real attempt to reach viewers of the same age.  On another note, ‘The Watchdogs” is in itself a reference to the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel The Watchmen.  The episode obviously is nowhere near as dark or violent.  But seeing Strudel and Niblet dress up in their own home made costumes as their crime fighting alter egos will leave audiences laughing just as much.  What’s more seeing the duo struggle to stay awake is funny in its own right.  That’s because it seems like so many crime fighters do their “jobs” at night.  One can’t help but wonder in noting this how they stay awake during the daytime.  That in itself makes for its own share of laughs.  And again, it is just one more way in which the stories’ smaller elements prove to be just as important to this collection’s presentation as the stories themselves.  “Back In Action” provides its own smaller items that audiences—especially older audiences—will enjoy.  The story in itself is a spoof of the classic action series MacGyver.  To say that taking such an approach is original is an understatement.  The references to the series’ title character making huge creations (from bombs to scuba tanks and more—as fans of the series will recall) from the least number of objects is just as great to see.  It is a playful jab at MacGyver.  But it also pays real homage to the series.  Keeping that in mind, even this minute detail makes “Back in Action” all the more entertaining.  And it shows once more just how important the smaller details of this collection’s stories are to the set’s presentation.  They show that those smaller details are just as important to the episodes as the stories themselves.  And that is not to ignore the smaller elements of the collection’s remaining pair of episodes.  They boast their own great minutia that audiences will enjoy, too.  All things considered here the smaller details of this set’s episodes prove in the end to be undeniably as important to the episodes (and the set in whole) as the episodes themselves.  They still are not the only important part of this collection, either.  The work of the show’s cast is just as important as the episodes’ stories and the stories’ minor details.

The episodes that are presented within Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios’ new collection of Pound Puppies DVD present plenty of reason for audiences to add this se to their on home DVD libraries.  That is evident both in each of the episodes’ stories and the smaller details of each story.  While the stories presented in each episode and their minutia do plenty to make the episodes entertaining they are only part of the episodes’ entertainment.  The work of the series’ cast once again proves to be just as important to the show as its other elements.  Case in point Ulanna Ubach’s work on “The Watchdogs.”  Ubach is completely entertaining as she voices Strudel in this episode.  Audiences will love seeing Ubach’s presentation of Strudel’s almost delusional belief that she needs to be out fighting crime is worth its own share of laughs.  On another note, guest voice actor Clancy Brown’s take on former dog star Bert is just as impressive in “Back In Action.”  Audiences will enjoy seeing just how grumpy he makes Bert before Bert finally realizes that he can indeed learn some new tricks.  On a different note, the voices behind the Super Secret Pup Club in “It’s Elementary My Dear Pup Club” are to be commended in their own right.  The pups’ confidence and determination as they look to clear Chucky’s name will keep viewers entertained and engaged.  Thanks to the actors’ work, viewers—especially younger viewers—will believe that even “young pups” can do great things.  It’s just one more way in which the work of the show’s cast proves to be just as important to this collection as its featured episodes, their stories, and the stories’ smaller elements.  Together with those elements, the work of the show’s voice cast rounds out the set’s positives and shows once an fort all why this latest collection is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups, the ninth new collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s (formerly Hub) short-lived animated series, is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  It is another collection that will leave audiences *ahem* begging for more.  One can only hope that said begging will eventually lead Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios to release the series in its own standalone season sets and/or a full series run.  Regardless of if and/or that happens, it can be said of this set that it will still help families and fans pass the time and agree in the end that is one more of this year’s top new family DVDs.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-showstopping-pups.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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