PBS Shows Even Other Animals Can Be Rebels In New Three-Part “Nature” Episode

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Truth is, more often than not, stranger than fiction, and that is just as true when it comes to the animal kingdom as in any other aspect of life.  Audiences will see that for themselves firsthand this summer when PBS Distribution releases PBS’ new Nature documentary Natural Born Rebels on DVD.

NatureNatural Born Rebels is currently scheduled to be released on DVD June 5. The 159 minute (2 hours, 39 minutes) documentary presents to viewers some animals whose behavior seems so unbelievable, yet is very real.  That includes a crab that can’t help stealing, a chimpanzee who rules his group with an iron fist and even a rather amorous prairie dog.  As audiences will learn throughout the three-part series, these are just some of the surprising yet very real behaviors that animals display, too.

Over the course of the program, researchers reveal to viewers that these behaviors may be the key to survival in the animal kingdom.  NatureNatural Born Rebels will retails for MSRP of $24.99 and can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.

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PBS Delves Into Immigration Policy History In New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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Recent news stories about immigration policy have sharply divided America and its people.  While the actions being taken by this nation’s leaders are deplorable to say the least, it is not the first time that such heinous acts have happened, as has been shown in a new episode of PBS’ hit history-based series American Experience.

American ExperienceThe Chinese Exclusion Act examines Republican President Chester A. Arthur’s role in the Chinese Exclusion Act, which suspended Chinese labor immigration into the United States.  Arthur vetoed the original act, but signed the second draft, which reduced the immigration ban from 20 years to 10.  The bill also prevented Chinese citizens already living in the United States from becoming full citizens, something else that President Arthur disliked.

The Chinese Exclusion Act marked the first time that the American government prevented the immigration of people of any certain ethnic group or nationality, but would not be the last. Presidents who followed Arthur would use their own power to stop such bills from moving through and becoming law.  Now with the current immigration issues happening in America, this episode of American Experience proves as timely as ever.  A trailer for this special episode is streaming online now here.

It is currently scheduled to be released on DVD June 5 and to retail for MSRP of $24.99  The 163-minute program can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

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PBS Follows Hannibal’s Journey Across The Alps In New Episode of ‘Secrets Of The Dead’

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Hannibal’s journey along the Alps along with his forces is one of the most talked about stories from history.  Throughout the ages, no one has been able to definitively say which path the infamous General took en route to Rome.That is until now.

PBS delves into that story in a new episode of its hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead.  Originally aired this past April, it is currently scheduled to be released on DVD June 5.  The roughly 50-minute program follows a group of researchers as the group works to tell once and for all how Hannibal — with his 30,000 troops, 15,000 horses and 37 war elephants — managed to cross the Alps in just 16 days en route to his attack on Rome.

Secrets of the DeadHannibal in the Alps will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  A trailer for this episode of Secrets of the Dead is streaming online now here. More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

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PBS Revisits America’s Civil Rights Movement With New Documentary

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Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.  That is why next month, PBS Distribution is bringing audiences what is one of so many important stories from America’s Civil Rights movement.

The Jazz Ambassadors is currently scheduled to be released on DVD on June 19.  The story centers on the so-called “Jazz Ambassadors” — jazz greats Dizzie Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington Benny Goodman and Dave Brubeck — as the group  worked with the United States government to fight the Soviet Union’s propaganda war while at the same time facing the reality of Jim Crowe laws in America.

The Jazz Ambassadors is told through archival film footage, photos, radio clips, and performance clips from the musicians and their integrated bands.  The story overall shows how the Jazz Ambassadors’ work ultimately played a key role in the Civil Rights movement at a critical moment while also serving its other purpose in foreign affairs at the same time.  A trailer for the program is streaming online now here.

The Jazz Ambassadors will retail for $24.99, but can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on The Jazz Ambassadors and other PBS programs is available online now at:

 

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‘NOVA: The Impossible Flight’ Is A “Soaring” Success

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Nothing in life is impossible.  Nothing.  The Wright Brothers proved that true on December 17, 1903 when the brothers from Ohio launched the first powered airplane.  Charles Lindbergh proved it true again when, in May 1927, he completed the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight.  When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, he proved it once again, and in 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon, he also proved that statement true.  The stories go on and on from there, from the maiden flight of the Concord and more.  The Solar Impulse became just the latest story to prove nothing is impossible when it completed the first round-the-world flight powered only by solar power in March 2016. Thanks to PBS, the story of that grand journey has finally been told in the form of NOVA: The Impossible Flight.  Originally aired on January 31, 2018 and released April 10, 2018, this two-hour human drama is just as good as any blockbuster that Hollywood’s “Big Six” could ever turn out.  As a matter of fact, one hopes that no one at the “Big Six” will ever try to tarnish the legacy of this flight with some unnecessary overly embellished re-telling.  Getting back on track, this story is one that any and every aviation enthusiast and history lover must see.  Period.  That is due obviously first and foremost to the story at the center of this episode of NOVA.  It will be discussed shortly.  In direct relation, the story’s pacing is just as pivotal to the program’s presentation.  It will be discussed later.  The cinematography rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is obviously important in itself to the program’s whole.  All things considered, NOVA: The Impossible Flight could *ahem* possibly be the best documentary to be released so far this year if not one of the year’s best.

PBS’ new powerful aviation documentary NOVA: The Impossible Flight is “possibly” the best of this year’s new documentaries at the most and definitely one of the year’s best at the very least. That is due in part to its story, which is such a gripping human drama.  The story at the center of this two-hour follows the flight of the Solar Impulse and everyone working to make the dream come true.  The global journey was anything but perfect, too.  From constant false alarms keeping the plane’s pilots – Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard (whose grandfather apparently was the inspiration for the one and only Capt. Jean Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation) – awake, to differences among the ground crew at a critical juncture to weather causing setbacks and more, the flight had plenty of ups and downs.  It is those constant ups and downs that insure viewers’ maintained engagement.  That is because they create the same kind and level of human drama that one might get, again, from any major Hollywood blockbuster based on actual events and overloaded with unnecessary embellishments.  Luckily none of those unnecessary embellishments are included here.  Instead, the story told here is exactly what happened, again making it engaging in itself.  In other words, it’s a drama that could and did happen, giving audiences plenty of reason to watch.  It is just one of the elements that makes this doc so worth seeing.  Its pacing, in direct connection, does just as much to make it worth the watch.

Considering everything that happens over the course of The Impossible Flight’s story, one of the main concerns that would rise in any viewer’s mind is the story’s pacing.  That’s because of how easy it would be for the story to get bogged down in itself.  Luckily that didn’t happen here.  From the moment the plane launched from Abu Dhabi in 2015 to the moment that it touched back down in March 2016, the story’s pacing is solid throughout.  Even in the moments when the plane is on the ground, itself and its pilots resting up from the current and preparing for the next leg, there is just enough drama to keep the story moving.  At the same time it isn’t so much that the story gets bogged down in itself.  Those long hours and days that Piccard and Borschberg spend piloting Solar Impulse present their own interest keeping the story moving just as much.  That is because those moments take viewers back and forth between the plane’s cockpit and ground control, where a multi-member team of engineers and meteorologists, keeps track of weather patterns, the pilots and the plane all at the same time.  Between those moments, the moments in the plane and the hours between each leg, the story keeps itself moving solidly, never going too slow or leaving viewers behind.  Keeping that in mind, it should be clear why the movie’s pacing is so important to its presentation.  It never moves too slow or too fast at any given point, and that’s even keeping in mind all that happens throughout.  Having noted this, the story’s pacing is clearly important in its own right to the doc.  It still is not the last of the movie’s most important elements.  Its cinematography is also important to discuss.

The cinematography presented throughout this program is a purely aesthetic element, but it adds so much to the overall experience.  Audiences will be in awe as other pilots circle the Solar Impulse along the way.  The wide shots do so much to illustrate just how small the plane is in comparison to its surroundings, making for their own impact.  The aerial shots captured from cameras attached to Solar Impulse’s wings are just as powerful, as are the cockpit shots, which fully illustrate how tight the confines were for the pilots.  Those shots add even more to the story’s emotional impact.  In the same breath, those moments with Piccard sticks his arm out of the cockpit to capture “selfies” with one of those so-called “selfie-sticks” are dizzying.  Oddly enough, that dizzying nature of those shots are powerful in their own right, too.  Even moments like then Piccard’s wife reaches out to greet him at the voyage’s end and when locals around the world greet the plane at its landing offer their own power.  Between all of these moments and so many others, the cinematography presented throughout the program offers just as much to appreciate here just as much as the story itself and its pacing.  When all three elements are joined together, they make The Impossible Flight a program that not only proves nothing is impossible, but in turn, becomes possibly the year’s best new documentary feature.  It is just as good, if not better, than anything that Hollywood’s “Big Six” could ever turn out.  It is that powerfully engaging and entertaining.

PBS’ NOVA: The Impossible Flight is one of this year’s best new documentary features if not one of the year’s best.  Yes, that order was intentional.  It is that powerful of a presentation.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the program.  It is a story that is just as good as any major Hollywood blockbuster drama that has ever been crafted, based on actual events.  Thankfully Hollywood hasn’t come for this one yet, and hopefully won’t for the foreseeable future.  Getting back on track, the story’s pacing plays just as much of a part in the doc’s presentation as the story.  It does just as much to keep viewers engaged as the story itself.  That’s because it never moves too fast or slow at any one point.  The cinematography puts the finishing touch on the doc’s presentation.  That’s because it is just as enthralling as the story itself.  Each element is obviously important in its own right to the whole of NOVA: The Impossible Flight.  All things considered, they make this documentary one of the best that PBS has put out and more proof of why PBS remains today, the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.  It is “possibly” the year’s best new documentary feature, and it is available now.  More information on this and other episode of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Anthrax’s ‘Kings Among Scotland’ Is A Royally Good Recording

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The wait is finally over for Anthrax’s new live recording.

Kings Among Scotland arrived in stores and online today via Megaforce Records.  Originally recorded February 15, 2017 at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, Scotland, the two-set, 19-song set list includes hits such as ‘Madhouse,’ ‘I Am The Law,’ ‘Breathing Lightning,’ ‘Indians’ and other songs.  Available also on CD and digital formats, the recording also features interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante said in a recent interview that he was happy to finally have the recording available.

“We are so excited that our DVD is finally being released,” Benante said.  “Don’t be surprised if the package is vibrating and dripping with sweat when you open it…that’s how live and exciting it really is!”

Front man Frank Bello agreed.

“This was such an amazing experience for us,” Bello said.  “The video is so alive and intense that even from the first edit, I felt like I was ‘right there’ at the show, in the audience.”

The release of King’s Among Scotland is only one of the band’s big announcements.  The band will join Slayer on its farewell tour this spring and summer.  It also has a handful of dates with Testament scheduled.  The band’s full, current tour schedule is noted below.

LEG ONE (Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, Testament)

MAY

22   Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB

23   Sanctuary Events Center, Fargo, ND – Anthrax w/ Testament

24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN   SOLD OUT

25   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL

26   Clyde theatre, Ft. Wayne, IN – Anthrax w/ Testament

27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI   SOLD OUT

29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON   SOLD OUT

30   Place Bell, Montreal, PQ   SOLD OUT

JUNE

 1    Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT   SOLD OUT

 2    PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

 4    Santander Arena, Reading, PA   SOLD OUT

 6    Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

 8    International, Knoxville, TN – Anthrax w/ Testament

 7    Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH

 9    KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA

10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA

12   Veteran’s United Home Loans  Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA

13   The Stage on the Bay, Savannah, GA – Anthrax w/ Testament

14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC

15   Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL

17   Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Houston, TX   SOLD OUT

18   House of Blues, New Orleans, LA – Anthrax w/ Testament

19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX   SOLD OUT

20   Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX  SOLD OUT

LEG TWO  (Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death)

JULY

26   Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH

27   Impact Music Festival, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME

29   Northwell Health at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY

31   The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA

AUGUST

 1    Times Union Center, Albany, NY

 2    The Strand, Providence, RI  – Anthrax w/ Testament ADDED SHOW

 3    Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY

 4    Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY

 6    Budweiser Gardens, London, ON

 7    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

 9    Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO

10   Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

12   Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

13   Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR

14   Gas Monkey, Dallas, TX  – Anthrax w/ Testament ADDED SHOW

15   Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX

16   The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK

18   Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO

19   USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT

20   Wilma theatre, Missoula, MT – Anthrax w/ Testament ADDED SHOW

21   Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID

23   Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Portland, OR

26   SAP Center, San Jose, CA

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PBS Distribution To Release New ‘DTN’ Double Feature Next Month

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PBS Distribution will release a new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood double feature DVD next month.

Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodDaniel Goes Camping and Tiger Family Trip is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, June June 12 in store and online.  Clocking in at 170 minutes, the double features culls the previously released DVDs into one box.

Each DVD features 5 episodes of the family favorite series — the same episodes presented in the DVDs’ original presentations.  The collection comes along just in time for summer vacation.  In Daniel Goes Camping, Daniel camps out in his back yard with O the Owl and Dad Tiger.

Daniel visits Prince Wednesday for a sleepover in another of the DVD’s stories. he also enjoys a pajama party with his friends in yet another of the collection’s featured episodes.

Tiger Family Trip follows Daniel and his family as they take a trip to see Granpere.  That trip includes a boat ride, a search for buries treasure and more.

This new dual presentation will retail for MSRP of $14.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $9.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on the DVD is available online now along with lots of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood activities, printables and more at:

 

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