MPI Media Group To Release Gerry Anderson Rarities Collection Next Month

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Fans of Gerry Anderson are going to get an early Christmas present next month courtesy of mpi Media Group.

The World of Gerry Anderson is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 14 on DVD.  The new release is a collection of rare classic Gerry Anderson films and other features including his never-before-seen early puppet film Here Comes Kandy, the final segment of the 1980s stop-motion comedy series Dick Spanner, P.I., The Investigator and The Day After Tomorrow, which has no connection to the 2004 big screen blockbuster.

Along with the noted titles, the new two-disc collection of rarities will also feature the pilot Space Police, which would go on to be the template for Space Precinct.

The World of Gerry Anderson will retail for MSRP of $24.98.  Its total run time is 354 minutes.  More information on this and other titles from mpi Media Group is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Churchill Saved By Its Cast, Look

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World War II is one of the most powerful eras in the history of human civilization.  That is because it displayed the absolute best and worst of humanity.  Because the two polar opposites were so extreme in their differences, they also led to the creation of some of the greatest and most memorable movies of all time.  Movies such as Patton, Tora Tora Tora, the Longest Day and so many others have gone on to become cinematic masterpieces despite being movies based on actual events.  On June 2, 2017, yet another movie added itself to that list of movies certain to become unforgettable works centered on WWII when Salon Pictures debuted ChurchillChurchill, while being another movie based on actual events, is still a WWII-centric cinematic experience that is certain to engage and entertain audiences across the board.  That is due in part to its central story, which will be discussed shortly.  The work of the movie’s cast cannot be ignored either.  It is just as notable as the movie’s story, and will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note here is the work of those responsible for the cast’s costumes and makeup as well as finding sets that would make the movie even more realistic.  Each element is undeniably important in its own right to the movie’s whole.  All things considered, they make Churchill a movie that lovers and students of history and military history alike will appreciate.

Salon Pictures’ new WWII-centric movie Churchill is not the first time that a movie studio has ever focused on a famed figure from that awful war.  Even with this in mind, it still proves itself a biopic/based on actual events story that lovers and students of history and military history alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the movie’s central story.  The story focuses on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s difficult decision whether or not to have British forces take part in the Normandy invasion that the world now knows as D-Day.  Throughout the course of the story, audiences see a side of Churchill that has rarely, if ever, been shown in movies or on television.  Rather than the strong, confident man that history has presented Churchill as being, he is shown here as an emotionally fragile man. A man who is struggling to come to terms with the death of so many British soldiers during WWI.  That struggle leads him to struggle with the decision of whether or not British forces should take part in D-Day and the impact that it has on not only him, but those around him, too.  Those around him include his own wife, who according to this story, nearly leaves him as a result of his internal struggle, his secretary, whose fiancé is scheduled to take part in the D-Day invasion and his fellow British and even American counterparts.  Keeping all of this in mind, the man vs. himself storyline is really nothing new to the cinematic world (and the literary world).  Even with that in mind, audiences will find themselves completely pulled into the story, waiting to see how long it takes Churchill (played expertly by Brian Cox – Braveheart, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy) to finally come to his epiphany and to come to terms with the past.  Cox’s work and that of his cast mates will be discussed shortly.  Keeping all of this in mind, even though Churchill’s story is essentially another based-on-actual events story with a familiar man vs. himself center, it is still a work that the previously noted audiences will appreciate because it is a story that has rarely if ever, been told.  It is only one of the movie’s key elements.  The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to note in examining the movie as its story.

The work put in by Churchill’s cast is so important to note in examining the movie’s whole because it is just as much to thank for audiences’ maintained engagement and entertainment throughout the movie.  As already noted, Cox’s take on the movie’s titular figure leads the way.  From one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, Cox makes Churchill a strong sympathetic figure for which viewers will feel so much emotion throughout the movie.  Whether in his powerful arguments with his British officers and American Gen. Ike Eisenhower, his equally moving moments in which he is forced to confront the past or even his own personal moments with his wife Clemmie (Miranda Richardson – Empire of the Sun, Sleepy Hollow, The Phantom of the Opera), Cox handles every moment expertly, keeping viewers fully engaged.  While Richardson does not appear on screen as much as Cox, she still adds her own depth to the movie as she takes on Clemmie’s own emotional struggle in dealing with Winston.  While the pair are the movie’s main stars, they are not the movie’s only notables.  John Slattery (Mad Men, Iron Man 2, Captain America: Civil War) and Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Kick-Ass 2, Never Let Me Go) add their own touch to the movie, too as Gen. Eisenhower and as Churchill’s secretary Helen Garrett.  Between their performances, those of Cox and Richardson, and the rest of the cast, the work put in by all involved forms a solid foundation for Churchill.  The foundation formed by the cast’s work is really the movie’s most critical element considering the familiarity of the story’s style and approach.  Whether or not Cox, Richardson or any of their cast mates are deserving of awards for their performances can be debated for days.  Awards or not, one cannot argue how impressive the cast is on screen.  Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear why the work of Churchill’s cast is so important to the movie’s whole.  Even with its clear importance, it still is not the last of the movie’s most crucial elements.  The work of those behind the cameras – most notably those responsible for the movie’s look – deserves its own credit.

The work put in by Churchill’s costume, makeup and set departments put the finishing touch to the movie’s presentation.  It is thanks to their work that while the movie overall has a very streamlined look, it also boasts a look similar to its forebears.  Audiences will marvel at the vintage military uniforms worn by Slattery and Danny Webb, who plays Field Marshall Alan Brooke.  Much the same can be said of Mr. and Mrs. Churchill’s attire.  The backdrops used for each scene do just as much to take viewers back in time as do the camera lenses and other visual tools used throughout the movie.  The whole of those visual tools and effects leaves the movie’s visual presentation just as solid as the work of the movie’s cast.  When the two elements are coupled with the movie’s story that is given, basic and familiar especially for war movies, the whole of those elements makes the movie worth at least one watch by lovers and students of history and military history.

Salon Films’ recently released WWII-centered human drama Churchill is a movie that is certain to appeal to lovers and students of history and more specifically military history.  That is thanks in part to a story that while not exactly anything new to the military history genre (or drama genre) is still an interesting new take on one of the most famed figures of the war.  The work of the movie’s cast forms the movie’s foundation.  If for no other reason than the cast’s work, audiences will want to watch this movie.  The movie’s look puts the finishing touch on Churchill’s presentation.  The work put in by the movie’s costume and makeup department couples with the work put in by those responsible for choosing the movie’s sets and those behind the lenses to put the finishing touch on the movie.  That work and that of the movie’s cast are what make suspension of disbelief in this otherwise average modern war movie possible.  In turn, they are what make the movie appealing at least to lovers and students of history and military history.  Churchill is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Slipknot Tops Itself Again On Its Latest Live Recording

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The Day of the Gusanoi is almost upon us.  This Friday, Oct. 20, the sun will rise on the day of the maggot when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the GUsano in stores and online.  This latest live offering from the nine-man metal machine from Des Moines, IA is arguably the band’s best live recording to date and a work that will impress every member of the maggot corps worldwide.  Believe it or not that is due in large part not to the show’s set list, but to its very presentation, which will be discussed shortly.  The set list does play its own integral part to the recording, though. It will be discussed later.  The band’s collective performance rounds out the recording’s most important elements, and when coupled with the concert’s production values and the other noted elements, makes the recording, again, arguably the band’s best live recording to date.

Slipknot’s latest live recording Day of the Gusano is arguably the band’s best live recording to date.  It is not just another live recording, but a recording that takes audiences to the band’s 2016 Knotfest performance in Mexico.  What is truly special here is that audiences get more than just another run-of-the-mill concert here.  Along with the concert, audiences get to see the band as it tours Mexico City, interacting with fans and even offering their own personal thoughts on the fans’ reaction to the band performing for the first time in Mexico City.  The band members’ appreciation for the fans will put a smile on any viewer’s face as they take in the journey on and off the stage. Hearing front man Corey Taylor get choked up as he discusses his interaction with one fan who used Slipknot’s music to help him in his battle with cancer is one of the most moving of those offstage moments. What’s more, the dichotomy of the band’s collective fire on stage and its much more relaxed nature offstage makes for an interesting juxtaposition showing two totally different sides to the band.  That fiery energy will be discussed later.  With that in mind, the back and forth of the band’s on and offstage moments gives audiences plenty to enjoy in itself throughout this recording, serving as the recording’s cornerstone.  It is of course just one of the recording’s key elements.  The concert’s set list is just as important to discuss in examining the recording’s whole as its presentation.

The set list featured in Slipknot’s latest live recording is crucial to its whole because it represents such a large portion of the band’s current discography.  The expansive set pulls from each of the band’s five current albums, with its self-titled 1999 debut album getting the most nods at eight songs. One of that group –‘Eeyore’ – is lifted from the album’s 10th anniversary re-issue.  The band’s other four albums each get their own nods, with Iowa (2001), the band’s sophomore album, being represented here by three songs –

‘People = S***,’ ‘Metabolic’ and ‘The Heretic Anthem.’  Its third album, Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses, is represented with three of its own songs – ‘Vermilion, ‘Before I Forget’ and ‘Duality.’  2008’s All Hope Is Gone gets only two nods with ‘Psychosocial’ and ‘Til We Die’ while three songs from .5 The Gray Chapter – ‘Custer,’ ‘The Devil in I’ and ‘Sarcastrophe’ — make their way onto the set list, too.  It should be noted that the set list, as presented in the recording’s DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD combo pack platforms vary slightly.  They are not in the same order, and the CD set list features 19 songs while the DVD and BD set list features 17 songs.  The two songs featured on the recording’s CD but not on the DVD/BD are ‘People = S***’ and ‘742617000027.’  Why these two songs are included in one side but not the other, and why the set lists differ in their orders is anyone’s guess, but that aside, the set list on each side is still certain to keep audiences engaged and entertainment from start to finish since they give audiences such a full picture of the band’s body of work so far.  Keeping this in mind, it should be clear now why the set list that makes up the concert’s body is so critical to this recording’s whole.  It is not the last of the recording’s most important elements either.  The band’s stage presence – and by relation the concert’s production values, which enhance the band’s stage presence even more – puts the finishing touch to the recording’s whole.

Throughout the course of its life, Slipknot has made most of its fame not through its music, but through its live performance of its music.  The band’s stage show has been called “fiery,” “chaotic,” and so many other terms in the best ways possible.  The performance here is absolutely nothing different.  From start to finish, all nine members of Slipknot give the performance their all in order to entertain their fans.  Taylor leads the way once again with his commanding presence while guitarists Mick Thompson and Jim Root work alongside bassist Alessandro Venturella to add even their own collective energy to the concert.  The exact same can be said of the contributions of drummer Jay Weinberg, percussionists Shawn Crahan and Chris Fehn, DJ Sid Wilson and fellow electronics specialist Craig Jones.  While the band’s performance is just as fiery, energetic and chaotic as ever, it only does so much.  Thanks to the work of those who recorded the concert and those who edited it, that fire and energy is taken to a whole other level with shots that give fans who might not have been on site the best seat in the house and then some.  Thanks to their work, audiences are taken high above the sea of fans, on-stage with the band and even into the midst of those fans throughout the show’s 91-minute run time.  The work of those behind the cameras and the computers couples with the band’s own stage presence to make that run time feel like so much more in the best way possible, proving once and for all why both elements are so crucial to the recording’s whole.  Both are equally important and in turn, must both be noted.  When they are joined with the expansive set list that forms the recording’s body, and the very presentation of the concert, the end result is a recording that is arguably Slipknot’s best live recording to date and one more of this year’s top new live recordings.

Slipknot’s latest live recording Day of the Gusano is arguably the band’s best live effort to date.  It is also easily one more of this year’s top new live recordings.  That is due in part to a presentation that takes audiences on a journey with the band both on and off stage from beginning to end.  The expansive set list gives audiences a vivid picture of the band’s body of work so far.  The collective presence of the band throughout the concert and the production values that heighten the band’s presence even more put the finishing touch on the recording.  Each element is important in its own right, as has been noted above.  All things considered, they make Day of the Gusano, once more, arguably the band’s best live effort to date and one more of this year’s top new live recordings.  It will be available Friday, Oct. 20 in stores and online.  More information on Day of the Gusano is available online now along with all of Slipknot’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Black Sabbath’s Last Live Show Next Month

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Black Sabbath has officially reached the end of its road, but thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, the end will no longer be the end for the band’s fans.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has partnered with Black Sabbath to release Black Sabbath’s final live concert.  The End will be released in stores and online on Friday, Nov. 17.  Originally recorded Feb. 4, 2017 at Gentig Arena in Birmingham, England, this concert was the last show on the band’s recent farewell tour.

The concert’s 17-song set list includes a number of the band’s biggest hits including ‘Paranoid,’ ‘War Pigs,’ ‘Iron Man’ and so many others.  The recording will be released on DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD combo packs as well as double CD and vinyl.  Pre-orders are open now.  The concert’s set list is noted below.

FORMATS
DVD+CD and Blu-ray+CD

DVD and Blu-ray Tracklisting
01. Black Sabbath
02. Fairies Wear Boots
03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes
04. After Forever
05. Into The Void
06. Snowblind
07. Band Intros
08. War Pigs
09. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
10. Bassically / N.I.B.
11. Hand Of Doom
12. Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania
13. Rat Salad / Drum Solo
14. Iron Man
15. Dirty Women
16. Children Of The Grave
17. Paranoid

EXTRAS
THE ANGELIC SESSIONS
01. The Wizard
02. Wicked World
03. Sweet Leaf
04. Tomorrow’s Dream
05. Changes

CD Tracklisting

THE ANGELIC SESSIONS
01. The Wizard
02. Wicked World
03. Sweet Leaf
04. Tomorrow’s Dream
05. Changes

Double CD and Triple Vinyl tracklisting
01. Black Sabbath
02. Fairies Wear Boots
03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes
04. After Forever
05. Into The Void
06. Snowblind
07. Band Intros
08. War Pigs
09. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
10. Bassically / N.I.B.
11. Hand Of Doom
12. Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania
13. Rat Salad / Drum Solo
14. Iron Man
15. Dirty Women
16. Children Of The Grave
17. Paranoid

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ESPN To Debut New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer During ‘Monday Night Football’

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ESPN is giving audiences extra reason to tune in to Monday Night Football.

The network will debut the first full trailer for the forthcoming Stars Wars movie The Last Jedi during its Oct. 9 broadcast, which will see the Bears and Vikings face off under the lights.  According to a news release from the network, the trailer will debut during halftime.  Game coverage is currently scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. EDT.

Details have been scant about the movie’s plot ever since the announcement that the movie was being made.  What is known is that it picks up where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) locating Luke Skywalker.  The trailer that has currently been made available hints that despite Luke’s reluctance, she convinces him to train her while also learning some deeply held secrets about the force and the Jedi.

Mark Hamill returns to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker alongside the now late Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benecio Del Toro.

Rian Johnson wrote and directed the movie.  Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman produced while J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin each served as executive producers.

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PBS’ Latest ‘Arthur’ DVD Will Entertain Siblings Of All Ages

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Brothers and sisters are the bet and the worst people in the world.  They make life great and they make it miserable all at the same time.  Through it all, they are family, and life would not be the same without them.  So in celebration of siblings, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution recently released a new collection of Arthur episodes focused on the ups and downs and brothers and sisters in the form of Arthur: Brothers and Sisters.  Originally released this past July on DVD, this eight-episode collection boasts plenty of positives beginning with its episodes.  This will be discussed shortly.  The stories presented in the featured episodes are just as important to discuss in examining this DVD as the episodes and will be examined later.  The lessons that are presented within the featured episodes round out the collection’s most important elements.  All elements are important in their own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Arthur: Brothers and Sisters proves in the end to be a DVD that brothers and sisters of all ages will appreciate.

Arthur: Brothers and Sisters, the latest DVD compilation from the hit animated PBS Kids series, is a collection of episodes that brothers and sisters of all ages will appreciate.  That is due in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  Eight episodes make up the DVD’s body.  They are pulled from a wide swath of the series’ current 20-season run, reaching all the way back to the series’ first season with the disc’s first four episodes—“D.W. The Copycat,” “Arthur’s Baby,” “D.W.’s Baby” and “Arthur’s First Sleepover.”  It also pulls from Season Two in “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister” as well as the series’ 17th and 18th season in “Francine Redecorates,” “Two Minutes” and “The Pageant Pickle” respectively.”  That far-reaching rundown shows that those behind the DVD’s sequencing did not want to just rely on one season for the DVD’s body.  Instead, they wanted to get what they thought were some of the series’ most engaging and entertaining episodes to date that focused on various sibling situations.  To that end, the thought put into selecting the disc’s episodes paid off with eight episodes that are certain to connect with siblings of several ages.  Keeping this in mind, the DVD’s featured episodes are only a small part of what makes this disc so enjoyable.  The stories featured within the episodes strengthen its presentation even more.

The stories featured in the DVD’s featured episodes are important to discuss in examining the disc because of the ability of the stories to reach a wide range of audiences.  From twins trying to find out who was born first in “Two Minutes” to the older sibling forced to include the younger sibling in a big social event in “Arthur’s First Sleepover” to siblings dealing with conflict in interior design (and in turn personal connections) and more, the scenarios presented in these episodes prove relatable to siblings of all ages including adult siblings.  The collection even gives those who are only children something to which they can relate in the form of “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister.” Sue Ellen, who is an only child, eventually learns through trial and error in this episode that sometimes, being an only child can be just as good as having a sibling, if not better.  That attention to siblings and only children in the episodes’ scenarios shows a sensitivity to a wide range of audiences that deserves its own share of applause as part of the DVD’s whole.

Speaking of the ability of the episodes’ stories being relatable to a wide range of audiences, the lessons taught through the stories prove to be important to the disc’s whole, too.  The lesson presented in “Francine Redecorates” supports that statement.  Francine and her sister learn here that despite their different views on interior design tastes, they are still sisters and even something as minuscule as that difference should not be enough to make them so determined to want to be apart.  The lesson presented in the disc’s opening episode “D.W. The Copycat” is another example of the importance of the episodes’ lessons.  Arthur learns in the long run that siblings’ differences are what make them special, and that maybe siblings being exactly alike maybe isn’t as good as they might think.  It’s a tried and true lesson that has been presented in so many other series, but is still as entertaining and engaging here as in those series.  As has already been noted, the lesson presented through “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister” is another key lesson as Sue Ellen learns through trial and error that being an only child isn’t necessarily as bad as one might think.  It’s another invaluable lesson from which especially younger audiences can learn.  Between that lesson, the others noted here, and those not noted, it becomes clear why the episodes’ lessons are critical to the overall presentation of Arthur: Brothers and Sisters.  When this is considered along with the importance of the episodes’ stories and the episodes themselves, the whole of those elements shows clearly why this DVD is another welcome addition to any family’s home, and why it is undeniably one of this year’s top new family DVDs.

Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is one of 2017’s top new family DVDs.  That is due in no small part to the episodes selected for the DVD.  They are pulled from the series’ roots and from some of its more recent seasons.  That shows that those behind the DVD’s creation wanted to pull the episodes they best felt followed the DVD’s central theme, rather than just pulling from one season or another.  The stories presented in the featured episodes are stories to which audiences of all ages (including grown-ups) will relate, and in turn find quite entertaining and engaging.  The lessons presented within the stories round out the set’s most important elements.  Audiences of all ages will find the lessons offer plenty for their engagement, too.  Clearly, each element played an important part in the whole of this DVD.  All things considered, they make Arthur: Brothers and Sisters one of this year’s top new family DVDs.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is available online along with lots of Arthur games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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‘The Good Place: The Complete First Season’ Will Put Viewers In Their Own Good Place

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NBC’s hit serial sitcom The Good Place has proven in its now season and a half or so on the air to be one of the “peacock network’s” biggest properties in years.  That is because currently, there is little if anything like it on television – broadcast, cable and even online – like it today.  Though, there is no denying in watching this series its similarity to another former NBC hit serial sitcom in the form of My Name Is Earl.  Given, the two series are not entirely alike, but there are enough similarities that one cannot ignore the series’ connection.  Even with that in mind, The Good Life is still deserving of its own applause, and later this audiences maybe not familiar with the series will see why it is deserving of its own applause when Shout! Factory releases the series’ debut season on DVD.

There are plenty of things that audiences can say to the positive about The Good Place: The Complete First Season beginning with its’ writing.  That will be discussed shortly.  Just as important to Season One’s presentation as the writing is the work of the series’ cast.  This will be discussed later.  The bonus material included in the set rounds out its most important elements, and when it is considered along with the once again welcome precise episode listing inside the case and the set’s average price point, the whole proves to be a set that will put any of the series’ fans in their own good place.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming release of The Good Place: The Complete First Series is a collection that is certain to put the series’ fans in their own good place.  That is due in no small part to the work of the series’ writers beginning with the series’ very premise.  The premise is simple: a person who was not so nice in life dies, goes to the afterlife and ends up learning to be a better person and bettering others in the process.  The catch here is that the woman – Eleanor Shellstrop – shouldn’t be where she is….or should she? (not to give away too much from the series’ second season, which recently premiered).  Regardless of whether the good place is in fact the good place or not, Eleanor’s personal growth over the course of the first season is something that audiences will love to watch.  That is thanks not only to the stories, but how the stories are executed.  From causing giant frogs and cocktail shrimp to terrorize her afterlife home to causing a giant sinkhole to who knows where to appear and more, the ways in which Eleanor learns to become a better person will leave audiences laughing uproariously while also moving them.  Again, The very concept of a lead figure trying to improve is nothing new for NBC.  Audiences saw a very similar concept in My Name Is Earl, but it was done in a different format.  Add in the fact that the writers keep viewers guessing throughout Season One if the good place is indeed the good place thanks to Michael’s story line and there’s plenty to keep audiences engaged.

The story’s plot is just one part of what makes the writing so enjoyable in the first season of The Good Place.  The way in which the episodes are separated, which is – like the show’s premise – very much like that of My Name is Earl.  Whereas the earlier program was divided up into names on Earl’s list, this series is divided up into the people who Eleanor meets in her afterlife and the connections between them and herself.  There are no overly drawn out interweaving subplots.  Rather, each episode focuses only on the noted story lines, which are clearly outlined in the episode guide inside the set’s case.  This will be touched on lightly later.

As if the storylines and the series’ plot are not enough example of what makes the series’ writing so strong in its debut season, the back stories presented for each of Eleanor’s new friends add their own depth to the series as they help with the series’ overall character development.  This leads viewers to be even more engaged as they either root for certain characters or boo them.  It is all so entertaining, and collectively shows why this show’s writing, even in its lead season, is so important to its whole.  It is just one part of what makes the series’ debut season so enjoyable.  The work of the series’ cast is just as important as that of its writers to its presentation in Season One.

The work of The Good Place’s cast is so important to note in examining the series’ first season because their work keeps viewers just as entertained and engaged as the writing.  Kristen Bell’s take on Eleanor is spot on as Eleanor goes from completely clueless, self-centered subject to someone who actually, genuinely cares about people.  Again, that care and concern for others grows in the series’ now second season, but that won’t be discussed too much here.  Fellow leads Ted Danson and William Jackson Harper are just as entertaining as Michael and Chidi.  In all honesty, Danson’s take on the somewhat manic Michael is perhaps his best portrayal since his days as bartender Sam from yet another former NBC hit series, Cheers.  He makes Michael so silly in his behavior, yet there is something so entertaining about that silliness even if Michael might not be such a nice guy after all.  Harper meanwhile has wonderful chemistry opposite Bell anytime the pair is onscreen together.  Chidi’s neurotic behavior is so funny to watch whenever he has to deal with Eleanor thanks to Jackson’s work.  That behavior, juxtaposed against Eleanor’s more carefree nature makes for such an entertaining odd couple setup.  Keeping all of this in mind, all three of the series’ leads do so much to make the show so fun.  When they are joined by the supporting cast, they show just as much talent. When all of this is considered, it becomes clear why the cast’s work in The Good Place’s first season is just as important as the work of the series’ writers.  It is hardly the last of the set’s most important elements, too.  The bonus material included in the set plays its own part in the set’s presentation, too.

Audiences get plenty to appreciate in the bonus material included with the first season of The Good Place.  The standard gag reel and table read offer plenty of behind the scenes entertainment for audiences, giving them another view of how much fun the cast had preparing for each episode.  The audio commentary included in the series’ premiere and the season finale offer just as much entertainment as well as a certain amount of insight.  The look at how the series’ special effects were brought to life will especially engage those with an interest in the visual arts, especially as they apply in the realm of computer graphics.  Those audiences will be amazed (along with fans in general) at the amount of work that went into bringing the good place to life including all of the craziness brought on by Eleanor’s choices.  It all collectively makes the whole of this set’s bonus material just as fun to watch as the series itself.  When it is joined with the series’ episodes, it makes the set’s viewing experience that much more entertaining.  Add in a relatively affordable average price point of $14.49 (determined by comparing prices at Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Shout! Factory’s store), and audiences get in this set a collection that is sure to put audiences in their own good place.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming home release of The Good Place: The Complete First Season is a release that is certain to put audiences in their own good place.  That is due in no small part to the work of the show’s writers.  Whether intentionally or not, the writers have generated an entertaining plot here that bears a striking similarity to that of My Name Is Earl, just with a few alterations in terms of the setup.  Eleanor’s attempts to hide her secret, which result in her own personal growth, makes for its plenty of endearing entertainment.  The work of the series’ lead cast adds even more entertainment to the series’ lead season.  The bonus material included in the set and the set’s relatively affordable average price point put the finishing touches to the set.  Each piece is important in its own right to the collection.  All things considered, The Good Place: The Complete First Season is certain to put viewers in their own good place.  The Good Place: The Complete First Season will be available in stores and online Oct. 17.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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