PBS Succeeds Again With Its Latest ‘Nature Cat’ DVD

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Early this year, PBS Distribution released another new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Nature Cat in the form of Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  This latest collection of episodes – another four-episode presentation – is yet another success for the network.  That is especially the case considering that its episodes, which promote outdoor activity and learning, were included in a disc that was originally released in the dead of winter.  Now with summer only days away, those pro-outdoors stories – which form the foundation of the disc’s presentation – are even more timely in their presentation.  They will be discussed shortly.  The biology lessons tied into each story add to the stories even more, and will be discussed a little bit later.  The disc’s average price point put the accent to the disc’s presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  All things considered, they make this DVD another success for PBS, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution.

Summer vacation is here or almost here for students across America.  While school is either out for summer or almost out, it doesn’t mean the fun and learning have to stop.  Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide offers young viewers plenty of entertainment while also educating those audiences.  That is done in part through the pro-outdoor stories featured in each of the disc’s four episodes.  From playing a game of hide and seek against Ronald and a group of other cats to exploring nature to learn about organisms that light up at night (and light up the night) to frolicking with some friendly dragonflies to enjoying a game of beach volleyball, the episodes featured in this disc do plenty to promote outdoor activity in the warm weather.  With any luck, young viewers will take that promotion for healthy, active lifestyles, and allow it to inspire them to move more while also learning about all that nature has to offer.  Speaking of learning about all that nature has to offer, the science lessons that are incorporated into the pro-active lifestyle stories add their own positive element to the DVD’s presentation.

The science lessons that are tied into each of the DVD’s four featured episodes are just as diverse as the pro-active lifestyle stories themselves.  The disc’s title episode features a lesson about camouflage.  It’s hardly the first time that viewers have been treated to a lesson about the ways in which prey use colors and patterns in nature to keep from being eaten by predators.  It has been discussed in Wild Kratts, another hit PBS Kids show.  It has also been discussed on PBS’ popular wildlife series Nature more than once.  In the case of this episode, viewers learn specifically how creatures, such as frogs and deer use camouflage to hide from predators.  Nature Cat ends up searching for ways to camouflage himself in a neighborhood-wide game of hide and seek that involves, what else, a dog hunting cats.  “The Glow Games” finds Nature Cat and his friends having to find three different bioluminescent life forms before Ronald.  The episode’s title gives a hint about one of the living, light-creating creatures that Nature Cat and company find.  Another of the bioluminescent creatures that the group finds is a popular summertime creature of the night.  It will be left for audiences to discover on their own.  The third is perhaps the most unexpected.  It will also be left for viewers to discover on their own.  Overall, the beings that Nature Cat and company discover are diverse in their own right.  “The Shell Game” takes audiences to the beach and teaches about invertebrates with the introduction of another of Nature Cat’s friends, a hermit crab who has outgrown his shell.  The crab tells Nature Cat and company that if he can’t find a new shell, he can’t help them face Ronald and his team in a game of beach volleyball.  It goes without saying that such a plot point is original in comparison to Nature Cat’s other episodes and to episodes from other wildlife-based series animated and otherwise.  “Enter The Dragonfly” entertains right from its title, which is a spoof of the famous 1973 Bruce Lee martial arts flick Enter The Dragon.  There’s no martial arts featured in this episode, despite that pun.  Rather, the story has a rather medieval vibe as Ronald is sent on a quest to become one of the Knights of Nature.  In the process, he – and viewers – learn the life cycle of a dragonfly.  That can easily serve as the starting point for lessons about the life cycles of other semi-aquatic animals, such as frogs, toads and salamanders.  By now, the diversity in the science lessons featured in this DVD’s episodes should be obvious.  That diversity goes just as far as the episodes’ pro-healthy lifestyle lessons to making this DVD a joy for audiences of all ages and kinds.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be more money very well-spent.

The average price point for Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide is $5.67, using price listings at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ online store.  The most commonly listed price, listed at Walmart, Amazon and Target, is $4.79.  The most expensive listing, $6.99, is at PBS’ store.  The DVD was not listed at Books-A-Million’s website at the time of this review’s posting.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, the money spent on this DVD will still go back to PBS even if purchased from a retailer other than PBS.  What’s more, the fact that the DVD’s average price point of less than $7 is one that clearly will not break any consumer’s budget, whether ordered online or in store.  The content noted in the DVD through this review proves the money spent on the DVD is well-spent.  All things considered here, Nature Cat & Mr. Hide becomes a presentation that proves to be yet another success for PBS, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Nature Cat DVD, Nature Cat & Mr. Hide is another welcome offering from what is another welcome addition to PBS (and PBS Kids’) program lineup.  That is proven in part through stories that promote active lifestyles in each episode.  The science lessons that are tied into the stories add to each episode’s interest, too.  The DVD’s average price point is anything but a budget buster.  Rather, it is money well-spent, considering the breadth and depth of the DVD’s overall content.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  All things considered, they make this DVD yet another positive offering from the still very young series.  It is available now.  More information on the DVD is available along with plenty of Nature Cat activities, printables, episodes and more at:

 

 

 

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‘Finding Your Roots: Season 5’ Scheduled For Release Tuesday

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The fifth season of PBS’ hit series Finding Your Roots comes to DVD Tuesday.

Finding Your RootsSeason Five follows the ancestral paths of 23 more celebrities from various areas.  From the literary world to the world of politics to the worlds of comedy, television and movies, audiences are presented with even more histories that show you never know who you are unless you find your own roots.

Among the most notable of the celebs featured in the fifth season of Finding Your Roots are individuals, such as Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It RalphWreck It RalphRalph Breaks The InternetSchool of Rock), Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg and politician Paul Ryan.  Others featured in this season include, but are not limited to: actor Kal Penn, journalist Lisa Ling and Marco Rubio.

Finding Your RootsSeason Five will retail for MSRP of $39.99, but can be ordered now at a reduced price of $34.99 at PBS’ online store. Its run time is listed  at 600 minutes.

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‘The Aspern Papers’ Is A Surprisingly Entertaining New Take on James’ Classic Novella

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Almost 200 years have passed since author Henry James first published his novella The Aspern Papers in The Atlantic Monthly.  The story, based on the letters that Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Mary Shelley’s Claire Clairemont, has been adapted in many forms since that original publication, even adapted on stage in 1959 by actor Michael Redgrave, father one Vanessa Redgrave.  Redgrave is, ironically, one of the lead stars of the latest cinematic adaptation of the story from Summerstorm Entertainment, Princeps Films and Cohen Media Group. That adaptation was released on DVD and Blu-ray April 9 after a short limited domestic theatrical run early this year.  This adaptation has been met with very mixed reviews since its theatrical debut, with critics and audiences alike either loving it or hating it.  There has proven to be no middle ground, as is obvious in reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB and Amazon.  Those who have criticized the movie are sadly missing out on all that the movie has to offer, including but not limited to, its central story, which will be discussed shortly.  The work of the movie’s cast is just as notable as its script, and will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content that is featured with the movie’s home release is also notable in its own right.  Each item noted here is critical in its own way to the whole of The Aspern Papers.  All things considered, they make this latest take on Henry James’ timeless novella a work that is well worth the watch by any lovers of the literary arts.

Summerstorm Entertainment, Princeps Films and Cohen Media Group’s adaptation of author Henry James’ timeless novella The Aspern Papers is a surprisingly enjoyable take on his classic work.  It is a presentation that lovers of the literary arts and theater will deeply appreciate.  That is proven in part through the movie’s story. The story centers on American editor Morton Vint (Jonathan Rhys Meyers – Vikings, The Tudors, The 12th Man) as he pursues a collection of letters written between poet Jeffrey Aspern (Jon Kortajarena – The Cliff, Skins, Andron) and his mistress Juliana (Vanessa Redgrave ­– Mission: Impossible, Atonement, Coriolanus and Alice Aufray – un village Presque parfait).  While Morton, who is obsessed with Aspern’s works, does not know exactly what is contained within the letters, viewers are presented with a very dark secret about Juliana and Jeffrey’s past.  That secret will not be given away here, for the sake of those who have not yet watched the movie.  What will be said though, is that this gothic type of story is very similar to that of author Dianne Setterfield’s debut novel The Thirteenth Tale.  One cannot help but wonder, in watching the story, if perhaps James’ novella was in fact the influence behind her novel.  Getting back on the subject at hand, Morton becomes so obsessed with his search for the elusive letters that he lets his obsession get the better of himself.  The end result is a powerful finale that brings full closure for audiences.  What is even more interesting about the story is that while it is a cinematic adaptation of a literary work (which has always been commonplace in Hollywood), the work of the movie’s cast makes the story that much more interesting.

The work of the movie’s cast strengthens the movie’s presentation in part because it helps to pull audiences into the movie that much more.  Starting with Meyers, his work is one of the most lamented of the movie’s performances.  Given, he does come across as being rather creepy to say the very least.  At the same time though, those viewers and critics are not seeing past the creepy factor.  What he is clearly trying to portray is Morton’s overt obsession with Aspern and his obsessed drive to get those papers for his own personal use.  It actually translates well.  Yes, Meyers did go a bit over the top in his performance.  At the same time though, a close watch and analysis of his performance does reveal what he was aiming to achieve in his performance.  It makes for a certain appreciation for his work.

The work of Meyers’ cast mates – Redgrave and Joely Richardson (The Patriot, Nip/Tuck, Event Horizon) – is just as noteworthy as that of Meyers.  Redgrave is wonderful as the bitter, older Juliana.  That is especially evident in her time on screen with Meyers.  Juliana’s sharp retorts to Morton’s comments and questions shows a clear confidence that developed as a result of her dark past, which she refuses to discuss with Morton.  It makes Juliana a very sympathetic character in a strange, but appealing way.

Richardson’s take on Juliana meanwhile is just as enjoyable.  That is because despite critics’ assertions, her portrayal actually shows that there is strong character development in this presentation. Audiences see Miss Tina gradually grow from a very quiet, reserved, insecure figure at the story’s opening to a very self-confident woman by the story’s finale.  From her initial meeting with Morton to the gradual infatuation with him to her eventual self-realization, viewers see her become a wholly new person by the story’s end.  That realization comes after Tina makes a very stunning discovery, which – again – plays directly into the story.  That discovery will not be revealed here.  However, it is key to the story’s development.  When Richardson’s work is considered along with that of the veteran performer Redgrave and fellow actor Meyers, the whole of the trio’s work gives the movie the feel – ironically – of a stage play that has been adapted to the small screen.  The term “ironically” is used because of the fact that as previously noted, James’ original novella has been adapted to the stage back in 1959.  The cast’s work here (along with the sets) really creates that sense of the work more as a stage play on screen than a movie.  That is not a bad thing, either.  Rather, it serves to help maintain viewers’ engagement and entertainment.  The collective work of the movie’s cast and its aesthetic effect goes a long way to helping make The Aspern Papers an interesting watch.  It is not the last of the movie’s most notable elements. The bonus content that comes with the movie’s home release rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus content featured with the home release of The Aspern Papers adds even more to the movie’s overall presentation due to what it reveals.  Viewers learn in watching the bonus content, that The Aspern Papers was filmed on-site in Venice, Italy instead of in a sound stage.  The reasoning will be left here for audiences to discover for themselves.  Viewers also learn through the bonus content, the motivations behind each actor’s presentation along with the revelation that The Aspern Papers was the directorial debut for Julie Landais.  This is minor on the surface, but on a deeper level, it adds more appreciation to the movie in that it shows his ability to lead a project and get good shots and performances.  The cinematography and other items are also discussed throughout the movie’s bonus content.  The rest of that content will be left – again – for viewers to discover on their own.  When all of the bonus content is considered alongside the work of the movie’s cast and the movie’s script, the whole of The Aspern Papers proves to be a presentation that is worth far more credit than what so many viewers and critics have given the movie.

Summerstorm Entertainment, Princeps Films and Cohen Media Group’s adaptation of author Henry James’ timeless novella The Aspern Papers is a surprisingly enjoyable take on his classic work.  Those who have criticized the movie have clearly missed the nuances and elements that make it so enjoyable.  Between its gothic-style story, the engaging and entertaining work of the movie’s cast and the movie’s bonus content, the presentation in whole offers plenty to appreciate.  The noted elements collectively make The Aspern Papers a work that lovers of the literary arts and the theater will thoroughly enjoy and a sleeper hit in this year’s field of independent cinematic releases.  More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

 

 

 

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“A” Is For “Awesome”: Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop’s New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD Lives Up To Its Title

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop will release the latest entry in their Sesame Street DVD series Tuesday in the form of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection.  This latest addition to the series is a fittingly titled offering, too.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content.  It will be addressed shortly.  The DVD’s bonus content adds even more appeal to its overall presentation, and will be addressed a little later.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection.  All things considered, they make this latest offering from Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop a truly awesome DVD.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s latest Sesame Street DVD Awesome Alphabet Challenge is truly an awesome new offering from the companies.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content.  The DVD’s primary content takes audiences through the alphabet from A to Z, giving ample time to each letter along the way.  There are at least three different segments as each letter is introduced.  On the surface, that might not seem like much, but on a deeper level, the repetition is standard teaching fare.  Early Childhood educators will appreciate that approach here, as it drives home the different sounds that each letter makes.  This is especially smart.

While the presentation of each letter in its various sounds forms a solid foundation for the primary content, the fact that this is done by taking viewers through the now 50-year history of Sesame Street adds even more appeal to the presentation.  From the series’ most recent years all the way back to the series’ golden era, which featured the likes of Guy Smiley, to the 90s, when Big Bird, Snuffy and company were still key parts of the show and when Grover was a lovable hapless restaurant waiter, to points in-between, the time span of the content will certainly appeal to plenty of grown-ups just as much as children, if not more so.  Simply put, this is nostalgia done right.  In an age when a company, such as Disney tries to reboot everything and play on the viewers’ sense of nostalgia to sell said reboots in place of any real content, Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop have done the exact opposite.  They have reintroduced the original content while also teaching key lessons, in turn bringing audiences of all ages successfully together.  Keeping all of this in mind, the primary content featured in Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection creates a solid, stable foundation for the DVD.  Resting on that well-grounded foundation is the disc’s bonus content.

The bonus content featured in Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is so notable because it does just as much to appeal to children and grown-ups alike as the DVD’s primary content.  One of the DVD’s bonus features is a spoof of CBS’ former hit series The Great Race in the 13-minute-plus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race.”  Even the font used for the title is meant to mirror the font used for the font in the noted award-winning CBS competition series.  The story finds Elmo having to make his way around Sesame Street in search of every one of the 26 letters that make up the alphabet.  It continues that process of repetition that is used in the DVD’s primary content, serving even more, to drive home the letters and their different sounds.  He finds letters on the awning for Hooper’s Store, on a book that Abby Cadabby is reading, a bus stop sign and a sign on a door among many other locations.  Along the way, the “host” of the “show” keeps track of things.  In the end, Elmo and Telly get to the alphabet’s end before the chicken strikes the gong, and get a special surprise, which won’t be given away here.  From start to finish, the “episode” does everything right in continuing what was started in the DVD’s primary content.

The repetition continues even more in the bonus printables that are also featured as extras in this DVD.  Seven pages of printables are available for download.  Six of the printables feature more repetition of the letters, including one page that features the original Sesame Street gang, complete with Snuffy, The Count and even Bert and Ernie, holding all 26 letters of the alphabet.  As an added plus, the very first printable is a connect-the-dots activity that lets young audiences connect the dots to make Elmo’s face and color it.  That, along with the repetition in the other printables and that in the bonus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race” makes the bonus content featured in this disc live up to its title of being bonus material.  When it is considered along with the repetition in the primary content and the content itself, the whole of the primary and secondary content makes the DVD overall more than worth the addition to any classroom and living room setting.  To that end, the DVD’s average price point is money well spent.

The average price point of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection, using prices listed at Shout! Factory’s store, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers  and Amazon, is $11.47.  At the time of this posting, it was not listed at Best Buy and Books-A-Million’s websites.  The least expensive listing is at Amazon and Walmart — $9.96.  That is also the most commonly occurring price for the DVD.  The most expensive listing is at Shout! Factory’s store, at $13.98.  Target’s pricing of $9.99 is the middle ground for this title, comparing prices.  Regardless of which retailer consumers use, buyers will know that the money paid is well-spent because of the education that it will certainly provide young viewers and entertainment that it will provide children and grown-ups alike.  Keeping this in mind, the education, entertainment and cost collectively go a long way toward making Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection enjoyable for audiences of all ages, and a truly awesome presentation.

Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is a presentation that certainly lives up to its title.  It is an awesome collection that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  This is proven in part through the DVD’s collective primary and secondary content, which drives home each letter of the alphabet to young viewers and repeats each letter’s various sounds in each section.  The throwback to Sesame Street’s various eras that is used throughout the primary content adds even more interest to the DVD for grown-ups.  The bonus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race” continues the repetition of the primary content while also certainly bringing laughs to grown-up audiences with its spoof of the former CBS hit competition series.  The bonus printables continue that repetition even more.  Considering all of that content and nonstop education and entertainment, the DVD’s average price point of less than $20 proves quite affordable to say the very least.  Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of this DVD becomes a presentation that is…well…awesome.  Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is scheduled for release Tuesday.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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ABKCO To Release Archived Rolling Stones Concert

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The Rolling Stones’ fans are getting another archived show from the band this summer.

ABKCO Films and ABKCO Music & Records will release The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus June 7.  Originally recorded over the course of two days in December 1968 at the BBC Studios to promote the band’s then new album Beggar’s Banquet, the show ended up not being aired after then bassist Brian Jones left the band and later died.  The recording’s trailer is streaming now here.

Along with six vintage performances from The Rolling Stones, the recording also features performances from Taj Mahal, John Lennon, Marianne Faithful, Jethro Tull and The Who.

The performances are complimented by bonus content, such as interviews with John Lennon, Pete Townshend, and a handful of extra performances from Taj Mahal and Julius Katchen.  The full track listing for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is noted below along with the recording’s bonus content.

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (4K FILM)

THE FILM

Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull

A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who

Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal

Something Better – Marianne Faithfull

Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac

Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis, and The Dirty Mac

Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones

No Expectations – The Rolling Stones

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones

 

EXTRAS

Widescreen Feature, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (65 min)

Pete Townshend Interview, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (18 min)

The Dirty Mac:

‘Yer Blues’ Tk2 Quad Split, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (5:43)

Taj Mahal:

-Checkin’ Up On My Baby, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (5:37)

-Leaving Trunk, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (6:20)

-Corinna, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (3:49)

Julius Katchen:

de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (6:30)

-Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st MovementAspect Ratio: 4×3 (2:27)

Mick & The Tiger/ Luna & The Tiger, Ratio: 4×3 (1:35) 

Bill Wyman & The Clowns, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (2:00)

Lennon, Jagger, & Yoko backstage, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (45sec)

 

FILM COMMENTARY TRACKS:

Life Under The Big Top (Artists) Featuring: Mick Jagger, Ian Anderson, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards (65 min)

Framing The Show (Director & Cinematographer) Featuring: Michael Lindsay HoggTony Richmond (65 min)

Musings (artists, writer, fan who was there) Featuring: Marianne FaithfullDavid DaltonDavid Stark (50 min)

 

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Expanded Audio Edition

1. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Rock And Roll Circus – Mick Jagger

2. Entry Of The Gladiators – Circus Band


3. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Jethro Tull – Mick Jagger


4. Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull

5. Keith Richards’ Introduction Of The Who – Keith Richards

6. A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who


7. Over The Waves – Circus Band


8. Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal

9. Charlie Watts’ Introduction Of Marianne Faithfull – Charlie Watts

10. Something Better – Marianne Faithfull


11. Mick Jagger’s and John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Dirty Mac

12. Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac

13. Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac

14. John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Rolling Stones + Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones


15. Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones


16. No Expectations – The Rolling Stones


17. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones


18. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones


19. Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones

BONUS TRACKS

20. Checkin’ Up On My Baby – Taj Mahal

21. Leaving Trunk – Taj Mahal


22. Corinna – Taj Mahal


23. Revolution (rehearsal) – The Dirty Mac

24. Warmup Jam – The Dirty Mac

25. Yer Blues (take 2) – The Dirty Mac


26. Brian Jones’ Introduction of Julius Katchen – Brian Jones

27. de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance – Julius Katchen


28. Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st Movement – Julius Katchen 

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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will be available on digital download and limited deluxe edition Blu-ray/DVD/2CD.  The soundtrack will be available on 3LP vinyl set, CD and digital platforms.  The deluxe edition release of the film features a 44-page book that includes David Dalton’s original 1969 Rolling Stones essay and photographs by Michael Randolph.

Pre-orders for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus are open now. An unboxing video for the set is streaming online here.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Taking Audiences Through The Life Of The Police In New Doc

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new documentary about The Police next month.

The PoliceEveryone Stares — The Police Inside Out is set for release May 31 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital.  The doc’s trailer is streaming herePre-orders are open now.

The documentary, which starts in the winter of 1978, tells the story of The Police from the viewpoint of its famed drummer Stewart Copeland. The band’s evolution is followed throughout the course of the documentary. He talked about the documentation in a recent interview.

“In 1978, when I was a member of the struggling rock band called The Police, I scraped together enough money to buy a super 8 movie camera,” he said.  “As soon as I raised it to my eye and started filming, amazing things began to happen.  It was like watching a movie unfold as the band sparked a fire that lit up the world for us.  Everyone Stares is that movie.”

Rare live footage of The Police performing serves as the “soundtrack” to the documentary, while Copeland’s own words serve as the doc’s narration.  Speaking of commentary, the documentary features an additional 20 minutes of footage and commentary from Copeland and his band mate Andy Summers as bonus content.

From its humble beginnings way back in the late 1970s, The Police have gone on to develop a fan base that spans the world.  The band has earned six Grammy awards, two Brit awards and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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New ‘NOVA’ Episode Is Another Engaging Look Back At NASA’s Apollo Program

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More than half a century ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) made history when it sent the first humans into orbit around Earth’s moon.  The move, which effectively ended the space race between the United States and Russia came almost two years after the tragedy of the Apollo 1 mission.  Three astronauts – Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee – died in the fire that enveloped the craft on the launch pad.  Now thanks to PBS Distribution, the story of that tragedy and the surprising resurrection of America’s Apollo program is being told anew — as the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission nears — in the form of the new NOVA episode Apollo’s Daring Mission.  This latest story is a presentation that will appeal to students of lovers of space science just as much as those who appreciate history in general.  This is due in part to the program’s central story, which will be addressed shortly.  The content used to help tell the story is just as worth mentioning in examining the DVD as the story itself.  It will be addressed a little later.  The program’s average price point is another key part of the presentation’s whole and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission.  Altogether, they make this episode one more of this year’s top new documentaries.

NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission is hardly the first documentary to ever focus on the matter of NASA’s Apollo space program.  What’s most it is not the first even from PBS to focus on the Apollo program.  That aside, it does not make this doc any less interesting than its predecessors and counterparts (whether from PBS or other outlets).  That is due in part to the documentary’s central story.  The story is that of Apollo 8’s landmark lunar mission, and the work that went into the mission.  It makes certain not to ignore the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire, which almost put a stop to the Apollo program in whole.  Audiences who maybe are not so familiar with the story of the Apollo program will find themselves asking why the hatch on Apollo 1 opened inward instead of outward.  That played directly into the tragedy, as did the revelation in the investigation into the fire, that shoddy workmanship was really at the core of that fire.  What’s more, considering America’s current social climate, women will be happy to learn that a woman was the one responsible for creating the software that allowed the Apollo 8 crew to carry out its mission.  This is an especially timely revelation, considering the recent revelation that a woman was the one responsible for the identification of a black hole’s event horizon.  As if all of this is not enough, viewers will be just as interested to learn that the Apollo 8 crew did not want a computer to make all the capsule’s moves for them, but in fact argued that they wanted to have control of the computer.  That, along with the discussions on the time and work that went into making sure all safety precautions were taken and that the rocket worked perfectly add even more interest to the story.  Between all of this and the items not directly noted here, the story offers more than enough to keep viewers engaged and entertained.  It is collectively just part of what makes the DVD worth the view.  The content used to tell the story adds even more appeal to the documentary.

The content used to tell the story of the Apollo program – not just the Apollo 8 mission – creates plenty of engagement and entertainment because it gives viewers a first-hand recollection of the program’s history.  The crew of the Apollo 8 – Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders – recalls the events leading up to and after their historic flight, even recalling the reading of the creation story from the Bible and how they came to choose that as their message to the people of Earth.  Now retired NASA officials who were involved in the Apollo program, including the very man who spoke directly with the Apollo 8 crew, share their stories along with the mission crew.  Among them is the very woman responsible for creating the software that allowed the mission to happen – Margaret Hamilton – and the man who served as the contact point between Houston and the Apollo crew.  His anecdote about what he wished he could have said to the crew as the Apollo 8 slipped from Earth’s orbit and headed toward the moon is certain to generate plenty of laughs among audiences.  All of this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that is the content used to tell the story of Apollo’s Daring Mission.  There is so much more for audiences to take in throughout the course of the documentary.  When it is all considered with the material noted here and the story itself, the whole of that content gives audiences more than enough reason to take in this documentary.  Keeping it all in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point of NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission is $19.54.  That price was obtained by averaging prices listed at PBS’ store, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Amazon and Walmart.  The DVD was not listed at Target or Books-A-Million at the time of this posting.  The most commonly listed price is $17.99 while the most expensive price was listed at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, at $23.75.  That makes Barnes & Noble’s price the only one that is noticeably above average.  PBS’ price of $19.99 is barely above that average.  Considering the breadth and depth of the content featured in this documentary, the average price of $19.54 and the listed price of $17.99 at the noted retailers will not break any viewer’s budget.  It will be money well-spent for those students and lovers of space science and history in general.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for this DVD and its content comes together to make the presentation in whole one more of this year’s top new documentaries.

NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission is not the first documentary ever released that centers on the history of NASA’s Apollo program.  Even with that in mind, it is still an engaging and entertaining program in its own right.  That is proven in part through an in-depth story that presents the story of the Apollo program in a new light.  The content used to tell the story ensures even more, viewers’ engagement and entertainment.  The average price point and actual listed prices will, in large part, not break viewers’ budgets.  Keeping all of this in mind, this new documentary is a win for any and all lovers and students of the space sciences and history in general.  It is available now.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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