Audiences Of All Ages Will “Dig” PBS Kids’ New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Kids’ hit science-based series Dinosaur Train is one of the network’s biggest hits.  That is because of its ability to make science fun with its combination of trains and dinosaurs—two things that almost every child loves.  Over the course of its now four seasons on television, the series has entertained and educated audiences of all ages with that expert balance of material.  That entertainment and education continued in a big, new way with the new “movie” What’s at The Center of the Earth?  The program, which sees the Pteranodon family diving deep into the earth and learning even more new lessons.  That story is, in itself, one of the key elements to discuss in examining the program in its recent DVD release.  The DVD’s namesake movie” isn’t the only story presented in its new home release.  Four other episodes are included with the DVD’s main story.  That will be discussed later.  The viewing options presented to audiences rounds out the most important of this DVD’s elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, Dinosaur Train: What’s at The Center of the Earth? proves to be a presentation that audiences of all ages will *ahem* dig.  Yes, that terrible pun was fully intended.

PBS Kids’ latest Dinosaur Train DVD What’s at The Center of the Earth? is a release that audiences of all ages will “dig.”  That is due in part to the story at the center of its main feature.  The story takes the Pteranodon kids and their dad on a ride deep into the earth with Mr. Conductor and his nephew in search of a spot for a new underground train station.  It is not the first time the series has seen the Pteranodon family digging for gems and other items.  It is, though, the first time that the show’s writers have taken its main characters so deep into the earth.  They have gone beneath the waves many times, into the skies and all around the prehistoric world.  This time though, is the first time the writers have taken audiences so deep into the earth. It should be noted though, that the Drill Train doesn’t go to the center of the earth, but it does take the kids pretty deep regardless.  To that end, the DVD’s main story proves to be an integral piece of its overall presentation.  It is just one part of what makes the DVD such an enjoyable presentation.  The companion stories included with the DVD’s main feature play a pivotal part in its presentation, too.

The main feature of PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD is in itself a key part of its presentation.  That is because it is such an original work, considering the series’ history so far.  It is only one of the elements that should be discussed in examining the DVD in whole.  The companion episodes that are included with the main feature are important to note, too.  All four episodes are taken from the series’ fourth season (its latest season).  The first pairing—‘Nest Swap’ and ‘The Herd is the Word’—originally aired together March 18, 2016.  ‘Spinosaurus Super Model’ came much later in the season’s run while ‘Where Have All The Lizards Gone?’ aired almost halfway through the season.  The episodes are not presented in the same chronological order here in which they were presented during their original broadcasts, but the fact that they all come from the same season—the series’ latest season no less—shows that a certain amount of thought was put into their inclusion.  It keeps all of the episodes as close together as possible.  What’s more, the stories presented within each episode each differ from one another, ensuring audiences’ engagement even more.  Keeping all of this in mind, the extra episodes included in What’s at the Center of the Earth? are just as important to the DVD’s overall presentation as the DVD’s main feature.  The viewing options presented to audiences round out the most important of the DVD’s elements.

The story at the center of What’s at the Center of the Earth? and that story’s companion episodes collectively establish a solid foundation for this latest Dinosaur Train DVD’s presentation.  That is due to their content and the fact that they all come from the same season, rather than being from all four seasons.  While the episodes themselves are so pivotal to the DVD’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The viewing options used for those episodes is important to discuss, too.  Audiences will be happy to know that they can watch the episodes one at a time or in linear fashion.  When audiences choose the “Play All Episodes” option, that option still presents solid break points between episodes and the mid-show segments with Dr. Scott that allow viewers plenty of time to stop if needed.  Watching the episodes in non-linear style separates the mid-show segments from the episodes and the episodes from each other, too.  Simply put, regardless of what options audiences choose, both options prove to be positive for viewers.  When this is considered along with the DVD’s episodes and their stories, the whole proves to be a presentation that once again, audiences of all ages will “dig.”

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD What’s at the Center of the Earth? is a program that, in its recent home release, that audiences of all ages will “dig.”  The story at the center of its main feature supports that statement in part.  The companion episodes that come with that central feature strengthen that statement even more.  The DVD’s viewing options round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make this DVD yet another enjoyable offering from PBS Kids and its hit series.  They make it a DVD that the whole family will “dig.”  It is available now in stores and online, and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available along with more Dinosaur Train activities, news and more at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces 2017-18 ‘MNF’ Broadcast Schedule

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The unofficial countdown to the start of the 2017 – 2018 NFL season starts in only a few days with the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, and in anticipation of the big day, ESPN has released its Monday Night Football broadcast schedule for the upcoming season.

The 48th season of ESPN’s Monday Night Football begins Monday, Sept. 11 with a double-header schedule.  The Saints and Vikings open the night in an NFC inter-divisional matchup at 6:55 p.m. ET.

The Chargers (in their first season in Los Angeles) will face off against the Broncos in an AFC West matchup.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 10:15 p.m. ET/7;15 p.m. PT.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team of Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters will cover the night’s early game.  The on-air team for the late game will be announced soon.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown pre-game show throughout the season along with the network’s halftime and post-game SportsCenter live from each game’s location.

Both of last season’s Super Bowl teams will make appearances on Monday Night Football appearances this season.  The Patriots will appear Dec. 11 against Miami.  Atlanta will make two appearances on MNF this season.  The team’s first appearance will be Nov. 20 in Seattle against the Seahawks and the second on Dec. 18 against Tampa Bay.

All 12 of last season’s playoff teams will also make appearances on MNF this season. Eight teams will have two appearances.  Nine of 17 of this season’s MNF game will feature divisional matchups.

The network’s preseason NFL coverage starts Thursday, Aug. 17 as the Bucs take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.  The Browns will play host to the Giants on Aug. 21 to round out the pre-season.

ESPN Deportes will offer Spanish-language broadcasts of every game this season while fans will once again be able to stream games online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

The complete 2017 – 2018 Monday Night Football broadcast schedule is noted below.

 

ESPN’s 2017 Monday Night Football Schedule

Preseason    
Date Time (ET) Teams
Thurs, Aug. 17 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mon, Aug. 21 8 p.m. New York Giants at Cleveland Browns
Regular Season    
Sept. 11 6:55 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
  10:15 p.m. Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
Sept. 18 8:15 p.m. Detroit Lions at New York Giants
Sept. 25 8:15 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals
Oct. 2 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 9 8:15 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Oct. 16 8:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Oct. 23 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Oct. 30 8:15 p.m. Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Nov. 6 8:15 p.m. Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Nov. 13 8:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Nov. 20 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
Nov. 27 8:15 p.m. Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
Dec. 4 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Dec. 11 8:15 p.m. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Dec. 18 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dec. 25 8:15 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles

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Aesthetic Issues Are Not Enough To Sink ‘Hell Below’

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Smithsonian Channel officially released its latest World War II documentary Hell Below earlier this week.  The two-disc collection focuses warfare waged from below the waves throughout the war.  It is not the network’s first time focusing on WWII submarine warfare, but it is still enjoyable in its own right, even despite its negatives.  The stories that are told over the course of the documentary’s two discs are collectively the documentary’s primary positive.  This will be discussed shortly.  While the stories do plenty to keep audiences engaged over the course of the documentary’s 360 minute (six-hour) run time, the documentary is not perfect.  It suffers from a pair of negatives, too, the most significant of which is the lack of an episode listing anywhere inside or outside the set’s box.  This will be discussed later and is hardly the set’s only negative.  While the set does suffer from some negatives, it is not a total loss, as already noted in regards to its featured stories.  The re-enactments, used to help tell the featured stories add to the stories.  That being the case, they are key in examining the set’s presentation, too.  Each element is important in its own right to the set’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Hell Below a program that is worth at least an occasional watch by history buffs and more specifically WWII history buffs alike.

Hell Below, Smithsonian Channel’s latest WWII feature presentation, is a program that history and WWII history buffs alike will appreciate.  They will agree in watching it, that it is a history-based program that is worth at least one watch.  That is due in part to the stories that are presented throughout the course of its six-hour run time.  The stories focus on some of World War II’s most significant submarine conflicts including conflicts in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.  From the Allies fighting against German U-Boats to Allied subs fighting German and Japanese ships (and even saving allied troops), the stories tell a variety of intriguing pieces of the war’s history.  Audiences will be shocked to learn how Native American POWs were inadvertently shot and killed by American sea men after a German ship carrying them was sunk and the lack of fallout from that event.  Just as interesting to learn is the story of the American sub Harder in the episode “Destroyer Killer.”  This underdog story of sorts follows the crew of the Harder as it rescued allied commandos from Japanese clutches and survived multiple Japanese attacks en route to and from a covert surveillance mission. The sub’s sad fate following its return to its Australian base adds even more depth to the story.  The surprising story of two allied convoys’ escape from multiple U-Boat attacks in another episode is yet another truly interesting piece that will keep audiences enthralled. Between those episodes and the others not noted here, the stories in whole prove to be the most important overall element to Hell Below’s overall presentation.

The stories that are presented over the six-hour course of Hell Below are critical to the program’s presentation.  That is because from one to the next, the stories will keep history buffs, WWII history buffs and audiences in general enthralled with the stories of the Allies’ determination to defeat the Axis powers.  While the program’s featured stories are undeniably important to its overall presentation, the program is not perfect in its home release.  It does suffer from a handful of issues, not the least of which is the issue of its episode guide.  Audiences will be saddened to discover that the program’s episodes are listed only on the program’s menu.  In other words, audiences are forced to play the discs and virtually memorize which episodes are on which disc in order to know which is where.  There is no episode guide inside or outside the box even as an insert.  It may seem like a minor element about which to be concerned, but the reality is that having something as minor as an episode guide makes choosing which episode(s) to watch much easier and more enjoyable.  To that end, being forced to choose episodes only by playing the program’s discs detracts greatly from the program’s presentation in its home release.

On another level, the redundancy of the CG sequences and even some of the re-enactments takes away even more from the program’s presentation.  From one episode to the next, it seems like the same CG sub is shown attacking the same CG ship right down to the ships being hit by the same torpedos.  The same applies when the subs surface and dive.  Obviously this was a cost cutting measure.  That is understandable.  But the reality is that the Allied and Axis subs did not look exactly the same.  By presenting the same sequences over and over again, it presents the image that the subs all looked the same.  To that end, cost cutting might not have been such a good move.  Hopefully those behind this program (and Smithsonian Channel’s executives) will take this into account with the network’s next WWII documentary.

The lack of an episode guide for Hell Below and the redundancy of its CG sequences do much to detract from its overall presentation in its new home release.  The lack of an episode guide makes choosing episodes more trouble than it should be.  The redundancy of the CG sequences is takes away from the program’s aesthetic value on the surface.  That is because seeing the same sequences from one episode to the next eventually gets boring.  On another level, it raises a concern about presenting historical accuracy in regards to the design of the Axis and Allied ships and subs.  Considering all of this, these negatives greatly detract from the program’s overall presentation.  However, those negatives are not so great that they make the program wholly unwatchable.  The re-enactments that are used to tell the featured stories, while at times redundant themselves, add to the stories’ interest.  The actors enlisted to portray the crews of the subs and ships are to be applauded for their work on camera.  The tension on their faces and the very immediacy in their actions drives home the importance of the real crews’ efforts to defeat the Axis subs.  It truly serves to pull audiences even more into the story, even with their occasional redundancy, too.  Yes, even some of the re-enactment sequences are recycled in these episodes.  Luckily though, that recycling is not as common as the recycling of the episodes’ CG sequences.  Keeping this in mind, the re-enactments used to bring the stories to life prove to be another key positive to Hell Below’s home presentation.  When it is set alongside the positive of the program’s featured stories, the two do just enough to make up for the program’s negatives.  This in turn makes the program worth at least an occasional watch by history and WWII history buffs alike.

Hell Below, Smithsonian Channel’s latest venture in to the history of WWII, is an offering that is worth at least an occasional watch.  History and WWII history buffs alike will enjoy watching it every now and then thanks to its gripping stories and the re-enactments that are used to tell those stories.  The lack of an episode guide inside or outside the two-disc set’s box detracts from the program’s presentation to a point.  The same can be said of the redundancy in the stories’ CG sequences.  While the program is not perfect, the positives do just enough to make up for the negatives, thus making the program, again, worth at least an occasional watch.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Smithsonian Channel programs is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘Sports Detectives: Season One’ Is A Winning Debut For Smithsonian Channel Series

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Early this month, Public Media Distribution and Smithsonian Channel partnered to release the first season of the network’s new sports history-based series Sports Detectives on DVD.  One part History Detectives, one part 30 for 30 and one part Expedition Unknown, this introductory season will appeal to any sports and sports history buff. That is due in no small part to the sports that it covers over the course of its episodes.  The stories that are presented within each episode are just as important to discuss as the sports that are covered.  The transitions that are used in the two-part episodes round out the season’s most important elements.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the season’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Sports Detectives: Season One is, overall, a winner for any sports aficionado.

The debut season of Smithsonian Channel’s Sports Detectives is a presentation that will appeal to sports buffs of all ages.  That is due in no small part to the sports that are covered over the course of its 300-minutes.  From the first disc to the second, the series covers all of America’s major sports.  There are two stories from Major League Baseball, two from the National Football League, one from the National Hockey League and one from the National Basketball Association.  They are not the only sports that are covered in this collection.  NASCAR fans get a nod with a story focusing on the legend of Dale Earnhardt’s pink K-2 Ford driven early in his career, one for the horse racing fans out there and even one focusing on the boxing world.  Simply put, those behind the series made sure to reach out to fans of as many sports as possible with these stories  The only downside here is that there is no listing of the stories inside or outside the box.  Even with that in mind, the inclusion of stories from most of the sports world’s major arenas (yes, that bad pun was intended) is in itself plays a big part in the program’s overall presentation.  The fact that the series has yet to touch on soccer (yes, that bad pun was intended, too) gives fodder for more stories.  There are certain to be stories from the worlds of golf and tennis, too.  That is not even mentioning the college sports realm, too.  Keeping that in mind, this gives plenty of material for at least a second season.  Keeping all of this in mind, the sports that are covered and the sports that could be covered in a second season of Sports Detectives show why they are pivotal to the series’ first season.  They are, collectively speaking, just part of what makes this season so enjoyable for sports lovers.  The stories presented within the episodes are just as important to discuss in examining this season as the sports presented within the episodes.

The stories that are presented within each episode are so important to discuss because of the history that each story presents.  The stories also don’t always result in a clear answer either.  The story of Muhammad Ali’s Olympic Gold Medal supports both of those statements.  Audiences learn through this story about how he represented his country at the 1960 Olympics, only to allegedly throw it in the Ohio River upon his return to the U.S.  The alleged incident happened, according to the story, after he was denied service in his still segregated home city of Louisville.  Not to give away too much here, but the story is never fully solved despite the lengths to which the investigative team of Kevin Barrows and Lauren Gardner go to try to solve the mystery.  That the story isn’t solved actually adds to its interest, leaving one wonder if there is any validity to Ali’s story or not.

The story of Ali’s missing 1960 Olympic Gold medal is just one example of the importance of this season’s stories.  The story of Lou Gehrig’s baseball bat is another prime example of the importance of the season’s episodes.  This is one of the stories that is solved.  The investigation here finds a bat that was in fact once in the hands of the baseball legend.  The revelation that someone out there has a bat that was in fact once held (and used in a game) by the legendary figure is in itself incredible.  The history behind the bat is just as interesting.  It is just one more of the stories that shows the importance of the stories featured in this season.  There is also a story centered on famed horse Secretariat’s saddle cloth that is just as interesting.

The story of Secretariat’s supposedly missing saddle cloth is another one that results in the mystery being solved.  What is so interesting in this story is the revelation of how easily it could have and did go missing in the commotion following Secretariat’s win in one of horse racing’s biggest events.  The story keeps audiences engaged because of the twists and turns that it presents as it eventually leads to the discovery of the saddle cloth.  Those twists and turns keep viewers wondering right up to the eventual discovery if it will turn up.  Again, it is just one more example of why the episodes’ stories are so important to the season’s overall presentation.  The story of a flag brought to the ice after the famed “miracle on ice” Olympic matchup between the U.S. and Russia, the location of an NFL Champion’s ring and that of a famed basketball are a few more examples of why this season’s stories are just as important to discuss as the sports that are covered in examining the season’s overall presentation.  As important as the stories presented in these episodes are to the season’s overall presentation, they are not the last of its important elements.  The transitions used in the two-part episodes are important to note, too.

The sports and stories presented throughout the first season of Smithsonian Channel’s Sports Detectives are both key elements to discuss in examining the season’s overall presentation.  They are not its only key elements to examine either.  The transitions that are used in the season’s two-part episodes are important in their own right to the season’s presentation.  The transitions used in said episodes are so important because they are so smooth. The case of the missing NFL Championship ring and the missing “Immaculate Reception” is a prime example of that statement.  Those behind the lens picked all of the right moments to connect one story to the other, thus keeping the story moving.  It is clear in watching the episode that the choices were made not only through the discussions but also through the shots.  This same approach was used in the episode focusing on Dale Earnhardt’s K-2 Ford and Secretariat’s saddle cloth and in the episode focusing on Lou Gehrig’s baseball bat and Kirk Gibson’s home run ball.  Those smart transitions will certainly keep audiences just as engaged as the stories themselves.  That is because they enhance the stories, thus making them all the more engaging.  When this element is set alongside the show’s actual stories and the sports that are featured, the whole of the elements makes this season of Sports Detectives a win for sports buffs of all ages and tastes.

Sports Detectives: Season One is a winning start for Smithsonian Channel’s new sports-based series.  That is due, as already discussed, to the diversity of sports featured in the season’s two discs and 300 minutes.  The stories at the center of each episode are just as important to discuss as the featured sports.  The transitions that are used in each episode (or more specifically, the editing in general) is the finishing touch to the season’s presentation.  Of course one could also argue the interviews, footage and pictures used in each story are important in their own right, too.  Those who point out those elements would be right, too.  All things considered, the debut season of Sports Detectives leaves no mystery why it is a winning presentation.  It is available now and can be ordered online via PBS’ online store.  More information on Sports Detectives and other Smithsonian Channel series is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PMD, Smithsonian Channel Take To The Skies With New Box Sets

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Smithsonian Channel and Public Media Distribution are taking to the skies next month with the release of two seasons of its hit series Air Warriors.

Public Media Distribution will release Air Warriors: Season One on Tuesday, May 2nd and Air Warriors: Season Two on Tuesday, May 23rd.  Much like Discovery Channel’s classic series Wings, Air Warriors focuses on some of the military’s most well-known aircraft.  That includes jets and helicopters.

Season One focuses on one of the military’s most successful warplanes in the F-15 Eagle and its most powerful chopper, the AH-64 Apache.  Season One also focuses on the V-22 Osprey, which ever since its creation, has been talked about both for good and bad reasons.

In the series’ second season, three more well-known military aircraft take center stage in the form of the A-10 Warthog, the Blackhawk, and the Prowler/Growler.  The Warrthog has been under scrutiny by military and political leaders ever since the creation of the F-35 fighter jet, but controversy over the jet has kept the Warthog a key piece of the military’s airpower to this day.

The Blackhawk has been a lightning rod of its own throughout its life.  The chopper has been a symbol of power, much like the Apache.  However, it has been the center of controversy because of the number of crashes involving the chopper throughout its existence.

The Prowler/Growler remains an integral piece of the military’s operations. The Prowler is a descendant of the A-6 Intruder, which played a key role in the Navy’s operations in Asia in the mid-20th century.  The Prowler has been used by the military since 1971. It is no longer used by the Navy, but is still in use by the United States Marine Corps.

The Growler replaced the Prowler in the Navy’s arsenal in 2015. The jet is an offshoot of the FA-18 Superhornet, and has been in operation since 2009.

Air Warriors: Season One will retail for MSRP of $29.99 and Season Two for the same price.  Both seasons can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $24.99 each at PBS’ online store.  Both seasons can also be ordered together in one set at a bundled price of $44.99.

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‘SOTD: Graveyard Of The Giant Beasts’ Is A “Giant” Hit

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Giant menacing monster animals on the rampage are familiar fodder for sci-fi and horror fans. From the killer beasts that terrorized audiences in Universal’s classic creature features to killer reptiles and mammals that followed from other studios, they are the stuff of nightmares (and sometimes all out laughs).  However, some of those giant creatures might not be as much of a stretch as some might think after watching Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts.  This eye-opening episode of PBS’ hit history-based series is a program that creature feature fans will appreciate just as much as those with any interest in the biological sciences.  That is due in no small part to the program’s story.  This will be discussed shortly.  The information presented throughout the story is just as important to discuss as the episode’s story.  It will be discussed later.  The program’s graphic illustrations used to help tell the story round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  All things considered, Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts proves to be a “giant” success.

Early this past January PBS released Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts on DVD.  At the time, the most recent episode of the his history and science-based series was the most recent of the series’ episodes to be released on DVD.  Those who have yet to watch this episode will find that it will appeal to a wide variety of audiences.  That is due in part to its story.  The story follows a group of researchers examining the remains of two massive prehistoric predators—an alligator and a snake.  The researchers compare the massive beasts’ remains to those of their modern-day descendants to reveal just how immense the creatures were.  The revelation of each animal’s true size finds that some of the animals at the center of Hollywood’s classic creature features might not have been so far-fetched after all.  Sure, the snake and alligator discovered here were not the immense sizes of those on the silver screen.  They do prove to be pretty big, though.  Along the way, the program pits the two against one another in a battle of the beasts to find out which would win.  The result is just as shocking as the revelation that such giant creatures even existed.  The finding wouldn’t be possible without the information that is shared throughout the nearly hour-long program either.  That information is just as important to discuss as the story at the center of this episode of SOTD.

The story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts is in itself a key piece of the program’s overall presentation.  That is because it proves the creature features created during Hollywood’s golden age (and perhaps even more recently) might not have been such a stretch after all.  It is just one element that makes this episode such an interesting watch.  The information that is provided throughout the course of this program is just as important to its presentation as its story.  The key information provided throughout the program includes the revelation of the snake’s strike and killing ability despite its massive size.  Viewers will be shocked to learn that despite being so enormous, it had the ability to strike in the span of only a second before killing its prey.  Its crushing power is just as incredible to discover.  In the same vein, the ability of the mega croc to kill.  It makes one appreciate that the modern day descendants are nowhere near as huge as themselves even though they are still just as deadly in their own right.  As if this is not enough, the very fact that the investigation begins in a massive open pit coal mine that was a swamp millions will get people thinking and talking just as much.  The discussion on the discovery of a skeleton of a turtle that was as big as a car in that same location is just as interesting and certain to generate discussion.  These and so many other items revealed throughout the course of this episode of SOTD prove in whole why the program’s information is just as important to its whole as its story.  It is still not the last important element to discuss in examining this episode either.  The graphic illustrations that are coupled with the information round out the program’s most important elements.

The story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts and its information are both key elements to discuss in examining the program’s overall presentation.  They are not its only important elements.  The graphic illustrations that accompany the program’s information are important in their own right, too.  That is because they present a picture of what the Titanoboa and the mega croc are believed to have looked like when they were alive.  That visualization creates a new appreciation for their sheer size and how dangerous they must have been.  The visualizations provided through the graphic illustrations also paint a rich picture of what the open pit where the skeletons were found might have looked like in the creatures’ lifetimes.  Such a vivid contrast between the open pit and that lush landscape is impacting in its own right.  There are other ways in which the program’s graphic illustrations prove important to this episode’s presentation, but discussing each instance would take far too long.  Suffice it to say that when the program’s collective graphic illustrations are set against its breadth of information and its equally engaging story, the whole of those elements makes this episode of Secrets of the Dead a program that is its own “massive” hit and one of this year’s top new documentaries.

Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts is one of the “biggest” episodes that the hit history and science-based series has produced in recent memory.  That is proven through a story that reveals truth is just as interesting as fiction (or even stranger).  The information that is shared throughout the program is just as interesting and engaging as the story.  The graphic illustrations that are incorporated into the program round out its most important elements. They drive home just how big the Titanoboa and the “mega croc” were, and get audiences really thinking about the contrast of their sauna-like swamp home and the open pit mine that took its place millions of years later.  Each element is an important part of the program in its own right.  All things considered, they make this episode of Secrets of the Dead–once again—a giant hit and one of this year’s top new documentaries.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions Go To Bat Again For 2016 World Series Game 7 Standalone Release

Courtesy: MLB/MLB Productions

It’s time to fly the “W” again.

Shout! Factory is going to bat with Chicago Cubs fans one more time next month when it releases the historic seventh game of the 2016 World Series in its own standalone Blu-ray and DVD release. The iconic game marked the end of a 108 year wait for the club, its fans and the city that supported it through thick and thin.

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/MLB Productions

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/MLB Productions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 World Series: The Complete Game 7 Ultimate Edition will be released in stores and online on separate two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets on Tuesday, May 9. Retailing for MSRP of $24.97 (Blu-ray) and $19.97 (DVD), viewers can pre-order it online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $19.97 (Blu-ray) and $16.97 (DVD).

This latest presentation of the 2016 World Series’ seventh game presents the landmark four hour, twenty-eight minute matchup in its entirety complete with four separate audio options.  Those options are the original TV broadcast audio, Chicago Cubs radio broadcast, Cleveland Indians radio broadcast and Spanish-language broadcast.

As an additional bonus, the two-disc set also includes highlights of the Cubs’ 2016 postseason wins on the way to the World Series and the parade that followed.

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