Shout! Factory’s ‘Legally Blonde Collection’ Will Get A Positive Verdict From The Franchise’s Most Devoted Fans

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Almost two decades ago, actress Reese Witherspoon made her mark on the movie industry when she starred in MGM’s female-fronted comedy Legally Blonde.  Two years later, it was followed by the sequel Legally Blonde: Red, White & Blonde.  Now early next year, the franchise is allegedly set to see another installment.  As audiences wait and see if that movie actually happens, Shout! Factory has a collection available now featuring the first two Legally Blonde movies on Blu-ray.  This latest collection is a work that the franchise’s most devoted fans will appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s bonus content, which will be addressed shortly.  The set’s packaging plays its own part in the collection’s presentation.  Its average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this presentation.  All things considered, they make Shout! Factory’s Legally Blonde Collection appealing for the most devoted fans of this franchise and of Reese Witherspoon.

Shout! Factory’s recently released Legally Blonde Collection, released Feb. 26 on Blu-ray, is a presentation that the most devoted fans of this franchise and of Reese Witherspoon will appreciate.  That is due in part to the collection’s bonus content.  Much of the content featured in the collection was carried over from previous releases of the movies, including the audio commentaries  The feature-length commentary in the franchise’s first flick offers some of the most engaging and entertaining content.  Viewers learn through this commentary, items, such as its director, Robert Luketic was actually a lawyer and member of the New York State Bar before making a career change.  That might account for his interest in the movie, even though he was not one of the movie’s writing staff members.  Staying on that note, it is also revealed that the movie’s writing team of Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith were on set throughout much of the movie’s principal photography to make sure every joke and every line worked.  It shows, too in watching the movie sans commentary.  That revelation comes late in the movie’s run along with the revelation that the jail scenes were shot in a real jail and that said facility was allegedly haunted and was where the infamous “Manson Girls” were detained.  Witherspoon herself even takes time to discuss how she developed her persona for Elle at various points in the commentary.  She talks about developing Elle’s walk, her body language and even the inflection in her voice.  That is interesting to learn.  This is just some of the information revealed in this one of two feature-length commentaries featured in this collection.  There are also mentions of the homage to the classic 1967 Dustin Hoffman movie The Graduate and the casting director’s tie to another female-fronted flick in Bring It On.

The audio commentary featured in Legally Blonde 2 offers its own share of interest for viewers thanks to cast members  Coolidge, Jessica Cauffiel and Alanna Ubach.  The trio reveals throughout the movie, items, such as Witherspoon was actually pregnant in reality during the filming of the movie.  The very first scene, the trio reveals, was intentionally set up to reveal her growing baby bump.  At another point, the group points out Elle’s endless kindness toward others despite their lack of kindness toward her.  That in itself makes for an interesting starting point for discussions about that personality trait in the real world.  The rest of the movie is a bit of a Mystery Science Theater 3000 type presentation from the women more than anything informational.  Of course considering that the movie’s story is essentially a rehashing of the first movie’s story, just in a different setting, it would be understandable that there is not much informational to offer.  That aside, it still offers its own entertainment by and large.

The bonus commentaries featured with the Legally Blonde Collection are just a portion of what makes the two-disc set appealing for the franchise’s most devoted audience base.  The set’s packaging plays its own part to its whole.  As noted, this set is a two-disc set.  Each disc is placed in its own spot inside the case, allowing the case to be a standard-size Blu-ray case.  This in turn, allows for space-saving on viewers’ DVD and/or BD racks.  It also protects the discs from each other in terms of scratching.  To that end, the packaging for the set was done right, another positive to the set.  It still is not the last of the most important elements to discuss in examining the set.  Its average price point rounds out its most important elements.

The average price point of the Legally Blonde Collection is $16.73.  That price is obtained by averaging prices at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and Shout! Factory’s own store.  Best Buy was the only major retailer not listing the collection at the time of this review’s posting.  While Shout! Factory’s listing of $15.99 is not the least expensive of the set’s listings, it also is not the most expensive.  It is also below that average line.  The most expensive of the set’s listing is $19.99 (at Books-a-Million and Barnes & Noble Booksellers).  The least expensive of the set’s listing is $14.12 (at Amazon and Walmart).  For lack of better wording, whether consumers choose Shout! Factory’s store or those of Walmart and Amazon – or even Target, which lists the set at $16.19 – they can by and large purchase the set at less than $20.  Considering that the average price of so many Blu-rays today can be anywhere from $20-$25 (or more in some cases) that shows that this collection is affordable for the noted devotees of the Legally Blonde franchise and of Witherspoon.  That positive mark joins with the positives in the set’s full-length audio commentaries and the other bonuses, and the set’s basic packaging, to make the set in whole a welcome addition to the libraries of any of the noted viewers.

Shout! Factory’s recently released Legally Blonde Collection is a positive addition to the home libraries of the most devoted fans of the noted cinema franchise and of Reese Witherspoon.  That is proven in large part through the bonus content that is featured with the collection.  There are some new bonuses and some carry-overs that collectively offer the noted viewers plenty of engagement and entertainment.  The set’s basic packaging saves space and protects the set’s two discs from being scratched.  The average price point of less than $20 makes the set appealing for the noted viewers in its own way.  Each item does its own part to make this collection appealing for audiences.  All things considered, they make the set a presentation that will receive a positive verdict from the franchise’s most devoted fans.  It is available now.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution To Release ‘Country Music’ Docu-Series Tuesday

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PBS’ new hugely touted Ken Burns presentation is scheduled to air on PBS nationwide Sunday night.

The docu-series will be available on DVD and Blu-ray next week, too.  It is scheduled for release Sept. 17 on DVD and Blu-ray.  The program, directed by Burns, takes listeners through the history of country music, going all the way back to its beginnings in the 1920s and all the way to the 1990s.

The story is presented through stories of County Music greats, such as Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline.  The program examines the ballads, hymns and blues compositions along with the noted stories to help tell the story of Country Music.

Along with directing the program, Burns also produced the series alongside Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfrey.  Duncan also wrote the story.

Country Music runs 16 hours over a spread of eight discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $99.99 (DVD) and $129.99 (Blu-ray), but is available at reduced prices of $74.99 (DVD) and $99.99 (Blu-ray) through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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PBS Distribution Announces Release Date For New Apollo 11 Presentation

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PBS Distribution continues its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission alter this month with another new story of the historic event.

8 DaysTo The Moon And Back is scheduled for release Sept. 24 on DVD.  The new program presents another new look at the Apollo 11 mission with the original audio of conversations held between the crew of the Apollo 11 and newly shot studio footage, NASA and news archives.

The upcoming release features Rufus Wainright (EastEndersMeet The RobinsonsI Am Sam), Jack Tarlton (The Imitation GameDr. WhoThe Genius of Mozart) and Patrick Kennedy (Mrs. KennedyAtonementPirates of the CaribbeanOn Stranger Tides) as the crew of the Apollo 11 in this re-telling of the Apollo 11 mission.

8 DaysTo The Moon and Back will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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PBS Distribution Releases New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Distribution released another new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Dinosaur Train this week.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big & Small was released Tuesday on DVD.  The collection features 10 more episodes from the family favorite animated series.  One of the multitude of episodes — titled “How Many Horns” — features Buddy Pteranodon and his friend Tank Triceratops learning why different dinosaurs have a different number of horns.

“The Tiny-Saur Train” sends the Pteranodon kids off to prehistoric China in a search for the smallest dinosaur of all.

“We’re Not All Dinosaurs,” another of the DVD’s featured episodes, finds the Pteranodon kids meeting a new mammal friend named Adele Alphadon and her friend Cindy Cimolestes.  The discussions in this episode point out that not all Mesozoic creatures were dinosaurs.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big and Small is available now.  More information on Dinosaur Train is available online now along with lots of activities, printables, videos and more at:

 

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Every American Family Will Want To Make PBS Distribution’s New ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Collection Theirs

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Late this past July, PBS Distribution released a brand new collection of episodes from the timeless, beloved PBS series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Released July 16, Would You Be Mine Collection is the second official collection of episodes from the series to be released by PBS Distribution, its predecessor It’s A Beautiful Day Collection having been released last year.  This latest collection is another wonderful presentation from what is one of the greatest programs in the modern history of television.  That statement is supported in part through the collection’s episodes and their content.  This will be addressed shortly.  The four-disc box set’s packaging proves to be just as important to the collection’s presentation as its primary content and will be addressed a little later.  The set’s bonus content rounds out its most important elements, and will also be addressed later.  Each item addressed here is important in its own way to the whole of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection.  All things considered, they make this collection one that every family will want to make theirs.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood box set Would You Be Mine Collection is another impressive presentation from a series that is one of the greatest programs in the modern history of television.  That is proven in part through the collection’s primary content.  The primary content is made up of 30 more episodes lifted from the series’ years-long run.  The episodes are pulled from as far back as 1979 and as recent as 2000.  The set opens fittingly with the episode “Mr. Rogers Rides The School Bus.”  Considering that the set was released in late July, just ahead of the start of the new school year, it is a great way to start the set and start getting.  A little deeper into the set, Mr. Rogers tackles the subject of the different kinds of families that exist in the Disc Two episode, “Mr. Rogers Talks About Families.”  Even farther into the set, audiences are presented with one of the series’ heaviest episodes in “Mr. Rogers Talks About Mistakes.”  The episode finds Daniel Tiger asking if he was a mistake at one point because there is no one else like him.  This is a huge deal that so many parents have to tackle, as well as children.  The episode also focuses on the less deep matter of making mistakes in general in life, and explaining that mistakes happen, that it is natural.  The whole thing closes with Mr. Rogers showing a tape of how erasers are made.  This is important because while he does not just come out and say it, the focus on erasers serves as a starting point on talks about how mistakes can be “erased” whether they be on paper or in real life.  It’s too bad he did not get to start that talk, but it is there.  This is just the start of how much the set’s content has to offer audiences of all ages.  Mister Rogers also tackles issues, such as pollution and ecology, dealing with negative emotions and even the arts in this set’s episodes.  Between all of this and much more, the primary content featured in this set offers audiences of all ages plenty to appreciate.  It is just one part of what makes the set so enjoyable.  The set’s packaging adds to its appeal.

The packaging of this latest collection is right in line with its predecessor.  It features a brief synopsis of each of the featured episodes as well as the exact episode number.  The episode summary makes it easier for viewers to choose which episode(s) they want to watch.  This is an aesthetic element, but truly important in its own right.  The less time viewers have to spend choosing a favorite episode, the sooner they can enjoy the set’s episodes, so kudos to those responsible for this addition.  The specific episode number might not seem important, but in fact is very important in that Mister Rogers tackled many of the same topics many times over throughout the course of his show.  At the same time, he tackled the topics in many different ways throughout that run.  The discs are placed on either side of two plates inside the case, protecting each from scratching, and at the same time, assuring the case itself is not a bulky package.  That means that the case saves space on DVD racks and shelves.  So herein is another positive in the set’s packaging.  All of these positives taken into consideration make clear why the packaging of this set is just as important to its whole as the set’s primary content.  When the two elements are examined together, they show even more clearly why the collection is another appealing offering from PBS Distribution.  They are not the set’s only positives.  Its bonus content rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus content featured with Would You Be Mine Collection is an extra episode that is also perhaps one of the most famous and beloved of the series’ run – “Mister Rogers Talks About Competition.”  It is within this episode that audiences are taken into a factory and learn how crayons are made.  The segment is a subtle starting point on a discussion on crayons’ different colors and how they come together to make a beautiful whole.  The crayons are a metaphor for humans and the different colors of everyone’s skin.  This is genius and is just as relevant today as it was in its original broadcast.  He also uses this episode as the basis for a discussion about the importance of doing instead of just winning.  This is an all-too-important lesson considering how competitive so many parents can and do get when they put their children into competitive sports.  Stories have run on the news quite a bit even now in the 21st Century, about parents who are so overly competitive with their kids’ sports that they interject themselves into their children’s sporting events in violent fashion.  Keeping that in mind, this lesson is one from which viewers of all ages can take a certain amount of insight and knowledge.  He also takes a moment to remind his young viewers that they are special because they are not like anyone else.  This echoes the sentiment in the episode noted here about mistakes.  No one is a mistake, and we are all special.  These lessons, reiterated by Mister Rogers, make this collection that much more special.  When all of this is considered, it shows why the famed “Crayon Factory” episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is such an important presentation.  When the importance of this bonus is considered with the impact of the collection’s primary content and its packaging, all three elements join to make the collection in whole another presentation that every family in America will want to make theirs.

Mister Rogers Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection is another positive presentation from PBS Distribution.  It is more proof that while Fred Rogers might not have been Catholic or performed physical miracles, he did perform miracles in making this world and its people better, and in turn deserves sainthood.  This collection also serves as another reminder of why television needs more of this and less of the crime and drama that makes up so much programming today.  These statements are all supported through the set’s primary content and its packaging.  The bonus content that is featured with the set rounds out its most important elements.  All things considered, they make this collection another that every family in America will want to make theirs.  It is available now.  More information about this collection is available online now along with lots of printables, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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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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Arrow Video, MVD Entertainment Group Partnering To Re-Issue Billy Wilder’s Directorial Debut

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Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group will re-issue one of director Billy Wilder’s beloved classic movies later this month.

The Major and the Minor is scheduled for release Sept. 24 on Blu-ray.  The movie, which originally debuted Dec. 24, 1942 through Paramount Pictures (and was Wilder’s American debut), stars Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland in its lead roles. Its story, co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett, finds Rogers portraying a financially struggling woman named Susan Applegate, who pretends to be 11 years-old in order to buy a half-price train ticket.

When she is found out, Susan runs from her accusers, only to end up running into the train compartment of one Major Philip Kirby, a military instructor who at first believes the woman is indeed a girl.  He takes Susan under his wing, but when his fiance — played by Rita Johnson — meets her, she becomes very suspicious of Susan.

While the story itself is a rom-com, it actually boasts a deeper concept — that of exploring themes of identity and deception.

The movie’s upcoming re-issue will feature a handful of bonuses, such as an archived interview with Ray Milland, a rare hour-long radio adaptation of the movie, which debuted in 1943, and collector’s booklet with essay by Ronald Reagan.  The booklet will only come in the movie’s first pressing.

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