‘Bad Reputation’ Is A “Good” New Tribute To A Rock Legend

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Joan Jett is one of the most important figures in the modern history of rock music.  From her days with The Runaways to her time with The Blackhearts, she has blazed a trail for countless musicians while also making remaining active in a variety of causes.  Now thanks to Magnolia Pictures, Jett is getting the recognition that she has deserved for such a long time in the form of the new rock doc Bad Reputation.  Released on DVD on Jan.1 via Magnolia Pictures, the 93-minute doc takes audiences through the life and ongoing career of the famed rocker, who proves in this program to be anything but the typical rock star.  That story forms a strong foundation for the documentary, and will be discussed shortly.  The bonus material included with the documentary gives audiences at least a little bit more to appreciate about the presentation.  The documentary’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each item is key in its own way to the whole of Bad Reputation.  All things considered, they make Bad Reputation a very good documentary.

Magnolia Pictures’ new profile of Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, is a fitting tribute to the trailblazing musician/performer.  That is proven in part through the story at the center of the documentary.  The story is told in part from Jett herself and those closest to her, such as former and current band members, fellow celebrities and friends.  Listening to Jett talk, audiences will appreciate her grounded nature.  She does not have any sense of self-indulgence or ego.  Rather, there is a certain sense of humility about her as she talks about The Runaways’ acceptance overseas, The Blackhearts’ place in the music industry and her own personal views on items, such as animal rights and feminism. Jett said of The Runaways’ acceptance in Japan, “I thought it was exhilarating.  They loved their music stars over there.”  The tone in her voice as she made those statements truly exhibits that humility.  Comments from the likes of Iggy Pop, Jett’s sister Ann Larkin and Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong prove even more, that said humility is real.  Larkin notes in one segment that Jett’s rebellion was not against her parents, but against society.  In fact, Jett herself recalls warmly, how supportive her parents were of her from an early age, adding that they were the ones who gave Jett her first guitar and told her that she could do anything that they wanted to do in life.  Pop notes that the era in which Jett’s star was rising, “A lot of women wanted to rock.  The problem was that they were always in a sidecar role.  Joan Jett was nobody’s sidecar.”  Armstrong adds to Pop’s statements, noting that Jett’s work as being “kick-ass songs.”  This emphasizes that determination from Jett to be noticed in what was then (and still is today) a very male-dominated industry.  Between the comments from Jett’s contemporaries, her family and friends, and those from Jett herself, the story that is presented proves to be one that will keep audiences fully engaged throughout the course of the program from start to end.  Keeping that in mind, the story at the center of Bad Reputation is a very good story, and gives audiences more than enough reason to watch.  Of course it is just one of the items that makes the recently released DVD worth viewing.  The bonus material included with the DVD gives audiences a little more to appreciate.

The bonus material featured with Bad Reputation is a pair of performances from Jett and company.  One is a performance of her hit singles ‘Bad Reputation’ and ‘Fresh Start’ at the premiere of Bad Reputation in a semi-acoustic setting.  The other features Jett and company performing the same two songs on the group’s tour bus and at a live soundcheck.  In essence audiences get a light glimpse of the same songs in different settings through that bonus material.  There is also an extended piece of backstage footage of Jett and company at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  That was the ceremony at which Jett was inducted into the famed institution.  Some of the footage was included as part of the story at the center of Bad Reputation.  Getting to see the footage in more depth creates even more appreciation for the overall presentation that is Bad Reputation.  Given, it is not much when it comes to bonus material.  There is no getting around this.  However, considering all of the live material and “home movies” that are used to help tell the central story of Bad Reputation, this additional material proves to be entertaining, if not invaluable.  To that end, the bonus material, while bare at its best, is still a positive in its own right to the whole of the doc.  When it is considered along with the central story and all that said story offers audiences, the pairing of the two still gives audiences plenty of entertainment and engagement.  The documentary’s average price point makes that entertainment and engagement money well-spent.

The average price point of Bad Reputation is $15.88.  That price was determined using prices listed at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  Considering that the most expensive of the listed prices is $19.98 (at Walmart.com) and the least expensive is $13.99 (Best Buy and Amazon), that average price is actually a relatively solid mid-point.  Add in the overall depth and breadth of Bad Reputation’s story, and audiences will agree that a price of less than $20 for this deep story is not a bad price at all.  Rather, they will agree that it is money well-spent on a documentary that generation of audiences will appreciate.  When all of this is considered together, audiences will agree, again, that Bad Reputation is a doc whose reputation is in fact quite good.

Magnolia Pictures’ new Joan Jett profile Bad Reputation is a very good presentation on the famed musician/performer’s life and career.  It is a work that rock and roll aficionados across the board will appreciate.  That is due in large part to the doc’s central story, which presents Jett as quite the humble, down to earth figure, completely unlike so many rock stars past and present.  The bonus material included with the DVD adds a little bit more for audiences to appreciate.  The disc’s average price point of less than $20 gives audiences even more reason to give this documentary a chance.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of Bad Reputation.  All things considered, they give this program its own very good reputation.  More information on Bad Reputation is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Announces Release Date For ‘We’ll Meet Again: Season 2’

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PBS Distribution will release the second season of PBS’ hit series We’ll Meet Again next month.

We’ll Meet AgainSeason 2 is scheduled for release on DVD and digital on Feb. 5.  Season 2 features six more episodes of reunions between people searching decades for one another after being separated so many years earlier.

The episodes featured in Season 2 are: “Alaskan Earthquake,” “Surviving The Holocaust,” “Korean War Brothers in Arms,” “Escape From Cuba” and “The Fight For Women’s Rights.”  Each episode runs approximately 55 minutes in length.

We’ll Meet AgainSeason 2 will retail for MSRP of $34.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $24.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on We’ll Meet Again is available online at:

 

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PBS Distribution To Release Three New ‘NOVA’ Titles Next Month

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PBS Distribution will release a trio of new NOVA episodes on DVD next month.

Up first on the company’s schedule is NOVAThai Cave Rescue.  The hour-long program follows the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand that happened last summer.

The story made international headlines last July as the group sat trapped in the cave for 18 days.  An international group of rescuers partnered to bring the boys and their coach from the depths and back to safety.

NOVAThai Cave Rescue will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.

 

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Next up on PBS Distribution’s February NOVA release schedule is NOVALast B-24.  Also scheduled for release on Feb. 5, this episode follows the investigation of the WWII B-24 bomber Tulsamerican after its discovery beneath the waters of the Adriatic Sea.

The bomber crashed in the sea 74 years ago. Seven of its 10 crewmen survived, and three died.  Seven decades-plus later, an expedition group composed of members of the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Croatian Navy and forensics experts examined the site and the remains of the fallen airmen in hopes of identifying them and answering why the plane crashed.

NOVALast B-24‘s run time is 45 minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.

 

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Rounding out PBS Distribution’s February release schedule is NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue.  This episode will appeal to students and lovers of engineering and engineering history, as it follows the reconstruction efforts of the famed Blenheim Covered Bridge in New York State after its destruction by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and a group of thousand-year-old bridges in China.  The engineers face ongoing battles because of typhoons that destroy the bridges.

NOVAOperation Bridge Rescue runs 60 minutes, and will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.

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‘Green Book’ Release Dates, Specs Announced

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Golden Globe-winning movie Green Book is coming home next month.

The movie is scheduled for release on digital on Feb. 19, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 5. The movie, which took home Golden Globes on Sunday for “Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy,” Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Screenplay.  Lead actor Viggo Mortensen was nominated for “Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy” for his role in the movie.

Inspired by a true story, the movie follows friends Tony Lip (Mortensen), who is a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx and his unlikely friend Dr. Don Shay (Mahershala Ali), a world-class pianist who happens to be African-American as the pair embark on a concert tour from New York into the deep south in the early 1960s. As the pair’s journey makes its way south, the men have to rely on “the green book” to find performance venues that were then safe for African-Americans.

The duo’s journey forces the men to set aside their differences in order to complete the journey safely.  The movie’s home release features a variety of bonus features, such as behind-the-scenes featurettes and cast and crew discussions.  The movie’s full list of bonus content is noted below.

4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:

  • Virtuoso Performances – Go behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as they discuss their characters and the lengths they went to accurately portray them.
  • An Unforgettable Friendship – Cast and filmmakers discuss the friendship between Don Shirley and Tony Lip.
  • Going Beyond the Green Book  Filmmakers and cast discuss the significance of The Green Book.

Green Book will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayTM, Blu-rayTM and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-rayTM version, all in stunning 4K resolution.

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Disney Announces Release Date, Specs for ‘The Nutcracker And The Four Realms’ Home Release

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Disney’s updated take on the classic ballet The Nutcracker is coming home.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is scheduled for release Jan. 29 on digital, Movies Anywhere, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD.  Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic story and the timeless ballet, this re-imagining of the Nutcracker follows 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy — InterstellarThe ConjuringThe Twilight SagaBreaking Dawn) into a magical land, that features performances from famed ballerina Misty Copeland, lots of soldiers, mice and snowflakes.

Clara follows a golden thread at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman — The Shawshank RedemptionSevenDriving Miss Daisy) to a magical, one-of-a-kind key that opens a magical musical box.  When the music box is open, Clara is swept into a parallel universe, wherein she meets a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight — Ready Player OneMickey and the Roadster RacersMowgli), a group of mice and a trio of “Realm Regents.”

Clara also meets the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley — Pirates of the CaribbeanCurse of the Black PearlPirates  of the CaribbeanDead Man’s ChestPirates of the CaribbeanAt World’s End) before finally meeting the evil tyrant, Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren — RedHitchcockThe Queen), and battling her to recover the magical key and return harmony to the magical world.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms‘ home release features a handful of bonus items, such as a discussion with Misty Copeland, a look behind the scenes of the movie and deleted scenes.  The movie’s complete list of bonus features is noted below.

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY:

  • On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland – Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.
  • Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” – Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.
  • Deleted Scenes –
    • The Stahlbaums Arrive– As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.
    • Follow Your Ribbon- Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.
    • Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her Mother– Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.
    • Left, Left, Left, Left, Left– Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.
    • Out with the Old– Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.
  • Music Videos –
    • Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli– Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.
    • “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang– Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.
ON DIGITAL:
  • Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”– View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Saved By Its Aesthetic Elements

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Walt Disney Studios score a major hit almost 55 years ago when it premiered its musical, Mary Poppins.  Based on the novel by author P.L. Travers, and starring actress Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Victor Victoria, The Princess Diaries), the movie went on to be one of the studio’s most respected productions.  Now 54 years after its debut,  Disney has revisited Travers’ beloved nanny with a big-screen adaptation of another in that series of books, Mary Poppins Returns.  The movie is an entertaining watch, but is not the runaway success that the studio would have people believe it to be. One of the positives that keeps the movie afloat is its musical numbers.  This will be discussed shortly.  For all that the musical numbers do for the movie, its script does just as much to detract from its presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  The sets and animation work with the musical numbers to make up a little more for the script problems.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Mary Poppins Returns.  All things considered, they make the movie a work that is worth at least one watch, but few, if any, *ahem* returns.

Walt Disney Studios’ new Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns is a respectable new offering from the studio, but is not the best work that it could have been.  That is not to say that it is a total loss.  It does have some positives, one of which being its collective musical numbers.  The musical numbers throw back to the movie’s predecessor, stylistically speaking.  They are just as bombastic as that movie’s numbers, with the full choruses, choreographed dancing and Broadway style sets.  Given, some of the musical numbers, such as the one in which the men sing about tripping a little light fantastic is one of the numbers that probably could have been cut, in hindsight.  Also, considering the plot hole created in the script (which will be discussed a little later) by Mary’s visit to her cousin, that number likely could have been cut, too.  The two numbers together, could have saved the movie at least five minutes if not more.  They could have been saved as bonus features for the movie’s home release.  That aside, the fact that the songs, their choreography and sets sound and look how they do, they will appeal to fans of Disney’s  days gone by and of Broadway musicals in general.  As a matter of fact, one could even argue that the sense that they collectively create in audiences’ minds makes it easy to see them being translated to a live stage setting.  That appeal is in itself reason for audiences to see this movie at least once.  It is not the movie’s only positive.  The other positive will be addressed shortly.  Before that positive is addressed, one must address the movie’s clear negative, its script.

The movie’s script does just as much to detract from Mary Poppins Returns’ presentation as its positives do to make it worth the watch.  The script is based very loosely on Travers’ 1935 novel Mary Poppins Comes Back.  The initial scene in which Mary makes her first appearance is true to the source material, but so much other material was changed.  For instance, Mary declares in the movie that she will leave “when the door opens.”  That is different from the novel, in which she states that she will leave when ‘the little chain to her locket breaks.”  Adding to the issues with the script is that for all intents and purposes, this movie’s script is a rehashing of the first movie.  Once again, the banks family is in turmoil as it deal with the city’s bank.  This time around, it’s Michael, all grown up, dealing with the evil bank head, and trying to save the family home from said villain. This is not the first time that a sequel has basically gone back to its predecessor for a story, either (E.g. Tron and Tron Legacy – another Disney pairing – and Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000).  What’s more, it certainly is not the first time that a movie’s script has centered around an innocent land owner facing off against an evil banker/landlord figure to keep his or her land.  That is a plot element that goes back to the golden age of cinema, when so many Westerns saw their protagonists having to save their land from said bad guy.  As if all of that is not enough, there is an unmistakable plot hole involving Mary’s cousin Topsy.  While Mary and the Banks children visit Topsy in order to have the vase fixed, that story line is never re-visited (not to give away too much).  Why have that element in there if it is not going to be addressed again?  It’s almost as if it was included just to give justification for the studio bringing in veteran actress Meryl Streep.  When one considers all of this along with the movie’s pacing issues, which can be traced at least in part to the overabundance of musical numbers, it becomes impossible to argue in support of this movie’s story.  Considering this, the movie’s script does a lot to detract from the movie’s overall presentation.  Luckily though, the damage that it does to the presentation is countered again, by another of the movie’s positives, its collective sets and animation.

The collective sets and animation incorporated into Mary Poppins Returns is more proof of the movie’s creative heads trying to establish a certain sense of nostalgia in audiences’ minds.  The animated scenes, which take place when Mary and the Banks children jump into the China vase, look almost identical to those used in Mary Poppins.  This is important to note because in an age when so much animation is clearly CG or flash, the work put into those scenes makes it next to impossible to tell if it was crafted by hand or on computer.  That is a testament to the time and effort put into those scenes.  That in itself is worth its share of applause.

The sets that were crafted for the movie, as previously noted, give the movie a look that makes it easy to see the movie translated to the stage.  Again, kudos is in order for those behind the scenes in this case, too.  From the scene with the lamp lighters singing and dancing, to the exteriors of the Banks’ home to the finale in the park, the sets look just like something that could easily be presented on stage.  Even the set for Topsy’s shop, with its ability to go upside down, is something that certainly some set designer(s) can build.  The positive created from this element and that of the animation combines to make them just as important to the movie’s presentation as its musical numbers.  When these aesthetic elements are considered together, they make clear that while Mary Poppins Returns is hardly the return that many fans will expect, it does prove that there is at least still a place in today’s entertainment industry for musicals.  Simply put, they prove that this movie is worth at least one watch, but few if any, more returns.

A lot of hype was built around Walt Disney Studios’ new Mary Poppins offering Mary Poppins Returns ahead of its theatrical release late last year.  Sadly though, the movie does not entirely live up to that hype.  It is not a complete loss, though.  Its musical numbers – overly abundant as they are – its sets and its animation go a long way toward making the movie worth at least one watch.  That is especially the case among fans of musicals and Disney’s own golden era.  The movie’s script does as much to detract from the movie as its aesthetic elements, though.  Keeping all of this in mind, Mary Poppins Returns is, again, worth at least one watch, but few, if any, more returns.  More information on this and other titles from Walt Disney Studios is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘AmEx: The Circus’ Is A Rich Presentation Of The Ringling Bros. & Barnum And Bailey Circus’ Early Life

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Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus is among the most famous and beloved institutions in America’s rich history.  From its humble beginnings in the 1800s up until 2017, when it shuttered its doors for the very last time, the circus has entertained countless masses the world over.  Early this past November, PBS Distribution presented a new profile of “The Greatest Show on Earth” in a new episode of PBS’ hit history-based series American Experience, The Circus.  The two-part, four-hour program is an interesting watch for fans of the circus and for history buffs in general.  That is due in part to the very history lesson presented throughout the course of the program.  While the history that is presented does plenty to make American Experience: The Circus interesting, the history that it does not present detracts from its presentation, to a certain point.  This will be discussed a little bit later.  Considering the information that is and is not shared in this program, the double-disc set’s average price point proves to be a positive in its own right, and will be discussed later.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of American Experience: The Circus.  All things considered, they make American Experience: The Circus a presentation that is maybe not the greatest documentary of 2018, but is a still a good show.

American Experience: The Circus is an interesting look at the history of the famed Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus that will appeal to circus and history buffs alike.  Those audiences will agree that while not the greatest doc on the history of the circus, it is still a good show.  That is due in part to the history that is presented.  The history starts in the early 1800s, with the creation of two separate circuses by P.T. Barnum and James Bailey (and actually before that).  The story, from there, follows the course of each man’s career before the two eventually intersect through a partnership formed between the pair.  As the story progresses, audiences learn about the journey – both physically and metaphorically – on which the pair embarked in all of its highs and lows.  From a journey by one circus to Australia, Africa, the Asian-Pacific nations and other points around the globe, to fires the plagued the circus to labor disputes and of course all of the rave reviews that the circus would eventually receive as the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus and much more, audiences are presented a rich history of the circus’ infancy and later life.  Audiences will be interested to during that history, that the circus was originally aimed at adult audiences (due mainly to the outfits of the female performers at the time), that the circus did face issues of racism, and also presented the first moving pictures as well as plenty more information.  From the animal tamers to the high-wire performers to the sideshow acts, every part of the circus gets its own focus in this expansive presentation that takes audiences through that noted early history of the circus.  That rich history gives audiences plenty to appreciate, but for all that the doc does show, there is information that sadly is left out.  That omitted information detracts from the doc’s presentation to a certain point.

There is a lot for audiences to appreciate in American Experience: The Circus in regards to the history presented in the doc.  Of course, the doc is not a perfect presentation.  One of the program’s most notable omissions is that of a discussion on James Bailey’s death.  The program does note Bailey’s death, and how that eventually led to the joining of Ringling Brothers’ circus and that of Barnum and Bailey.  However, the mention is brief, at best.  As his death is noted, a picture of a newspaper article clearly noting the cause of death – Erysipelas.  Some might argue that this is not important, but considering that the cause of death was noted, it would have been nice to have had some background on what exactly Erysipelas is and how he might have contracted the infection.  Yes, it would have lengthened the documentary overall, but that is not a bad thing in this case.  That is because it is just some of the information that was disappointingly omitted.  The doc ends after the closure of the circus on July 16, 1956, the day when the circus held its then final performance in Pittsburgh, PA.  Of course, as is known today, it clearly was not the last time the world would ever see the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.  It would eventually be resurrected in 1967 when a group of investors bought the company from John Ringling North (the nephew of John Ringing).  The circus would go on to run until May 21, 2017, and as most audiences know, suffered from allegations of animal abuse and other problems in its modern era.  Again, adding this history would have lengthened the documentary even more, but by omitting the circus’ modern history as part of the documentary, audiences are not getting the full history of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Rather, they are just getting a portion of its history.  True circus history buffs will certainly agree that considering all of the omitted information noted here and much more (including the revelations of what truly caused the fire of 1944 – which was just one of a handful of fires the plagued the circus), it would have been a wiser decision or PBS to do a full mini-series event for this doc than the four-hour presentation that was ultimately released.  That is not to say that what is presented here is not appreciated.  Rather, it is just that the featured presentation is only one part of the circus’ history.  To that end, it makes American Experience: The Circus an entertaining show, but definitely not “the greatest show.”

The information that is and is not presented throughout American Experience: The Circus makes it a program that is worth at least an occasional watch, as it does succeed in presenting a very rich picture of the circus’ early life.  Keeping this in mind, it makes the doc’s average price point of $21.89 relatively affordable.  That point was determined by using prices listed at PBS’ online store, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  The average price puts the per-hour charge at just over $5.  Considering this price point, and the depth and breadth of information that is featured throughout the presentation, the average price point is not a bank-breaker by any means.  Keeping all of this in mind, American Experience: The Circus proves to be not the greatest presentation of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’s circus, but still a good show nonetheless.

American Experience: The Circus is a strong new episode of PBS’ hit history-based series.  It is a presentation that will appeal to circus history buffs and history buffs alike with the expansive history of the circus’ early life.  Of course, there is still a certain amount of history that was omitted from the doc, that would have made it even more enjoyable had it been included in the final product.  Keeping this in mind, the doc’s average price point of just over $20 proves to be a relatively affordable price.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of the documentary.  All things considered, it is a good show, but not the greatest.  It is available now.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

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