Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of ‘Sesame Street’ With New Collection

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop are celebrating Sesame Street‘s 50th anniversary with a new collection of episodes.

Sesame Street50 Years and Counting is scheduled for release Oct. 1 on DVD.  The two-disc set features some of the series’ most beloved and memorable moments from its half-century of programming in its first disc.  Segments, such as “Ladybug Picnic,” “Pinball Number Count” and Kermit The Frog’s beloved performance of ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ are among those moments.

The set’s second disc features a variety of the series’ most beloved “live action” segments.  Among those multiple moments are the heartbreaking “Goodbye to Mr. Hooper,” the debut of Julia, the first member of the Sesame Street gang with autism and the introduction of the one and only Snuffleupagus.

As if all of that is not, viewers of all ages get to enjoy Super Grover’s many crash landings, Bert and Ernie’s best moments and more than five-and-a-half hours of other content from the series’ half-century run.

The collection’s release in stores will feature the inclusion of a 2X3 picture that features the series’ most notable figures.  The collection can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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‘Space: 1999 — The Complete Series’ Is A “Universal” Hit For Science Fiction Fans Everywhere

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Shout! Factory is resurrecting the cult classic sci-fi series Space: 1999.  Due out July 16 on DVD and Blu-ray, the upcoming re-issue marks the first time that the series has received a full domestic release.  It was released most recently released in a full set overseas via Network in 2017.  Spread across 13 discs on DVD and Blu-ray, the collection is a must have for the most devout fans of the short-lived British import.  That is due in part to the set’s packaging, which will be addressed shortly.  The bonus content, which is expansive to say the least, is another key addition to the collection.  The companion booklet that is also featured with the set, rounds out the set’s most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Space: 1999The Complete Series.  All things considered, they make this first-ever domestic home release of the series one that will be difficult to top for any future re-issues domestic or otherwise.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming domestic release of Space: 1999The Complete Series is a collection that the cult classic series’ most devoted fans will appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s packaging.  The series’ 48-episode run is spread across 13 discs in two separate Blu-ray boxes.  The discs are placed on either side of a series of plates inside each box.  While the series’ two seasons are separated out into boxes, the packaging manner for the discs actually minimizes the bulk of each box.  Even with the main bonus features being placed on their own disc inside its own third case, the set’s overall Blu-ray box size is conservative on its size because of how the discs are packaged within the cases and because Blbu-ray boxes are themselves smaller than DVD boxes.

The actual packaging of the discs is just one key item to note in examining the overall packaging of Space: 1999’s Blu-ray set.  Audiences will note that on the back of each of the collection’s main two cases is an episode listing for that season.  The episodes are specifically aligned with their respective discs.  This might not seem overly important on the surface, but in reality it is very important.  Having the episodes listed specifically on their discs saves time for viewers in deciding which disc and episode to watch.  Of course, this is nothing new for Shout! Factory’s home releases, but it is still worth noting since it is another example of that continued effort by the people at Shout! Factory to give viewers the best experience possible with each of its multi-disc sets.  While the episode summaries are not included inside or outside the cases, Shout! Factory’s people did not forget those, either.  They will be discussed a little later.  Moving on, the packaging of Space: 1999The Complete Series is just one part of what makes the collection stand out for the series’ fans.  The bonus content featured throughout the set adds even more to the set’s presentation.

The bonus content featured in this first-ever domestic release of Space: 1999The Complete Series is spread across the set’s 13-discs with the main discs featuring picture galleries from each episode.  The main bonus content is a series of featurettes and a mix of old and new interview segments.  Star Barbara Bain’s interview features her talking about her draw to the series despite not being a science fiction fan at the time that she tried out for a role on the series, but coming to enjoy her time on the show.  Bain also mentions in her interview, her interest in the show’s premise and its set.  There is also an entertaining anecdote shared by Bain here, about working with Christopher Lee in one episode of Season One.  She joked about his height and how the show’s creative heads wanted to make him even taller than his natural 6-foot 4-inch height.  That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg here.  The discussions on the series’ concept and creation features discussions with the series’ creator Gerry Anderson – who also created other classic series, such as Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90 – as well as other members of the series’ creative team discussion the series’ creation.  Anderson discusses the role that ITC had in the importing of the series to the United States while others discuss the things that went on behind the scenes.  Perhaps one of the most intriguing discussions is that of show runner Fred Freiberger, who came into the show near the end of its first season.  Anderson’s wife Sylvia speaks one way of Freiberger – essentially saying he did not understand the difference between British television and American – while cast member Nick Tate spoke a little more warmly of Freiberger.  As if all of that is not enough for viewers, there is also a look into the models that were used   That look is key because it reminds people about how groundbreaking Anderson’s series were then and are now in hindsight.  As another interviewee noted in another segment, shows of this series’ caliber can only be made in this era using CG.  Between these discussions, so many others featured in the bonus content, the bonus picture galleries and the audio commentaries also featured throughout the set, audiences get here a full and fully immersive viewing experience.  It takes the foundation formed by the set’s packaging and strengthens it even more than one could even imagine.  That foundation is strengthened more still through the companion booklet that is also featured as part of the collection’s whole.

The companion booklet that is featured with Space: 1999The Complete Series opens with a brief but concise look at the history of Space: 1999 by pop culture historian and Shout! Factory Associate Producer Russell Dyball.  The history is also an appreciation for the series, with Dyball discussing the series’ theme music, its stylistic approach, which was far different from that of Star Trek – but common for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s series – and the expansive merchandising associated with the show.  From there, the booklet features a full rundown of the series’ episodes with brief, but concise summaries of each episode.  There is even a note ahead of the episode summaries stating that the lineup is based on the series’ episode production order, the most commonly accepted episode order.  Considering that there was not enough space inside and outside the series’ cases for episode summaries, the people at Shout! Factory are to be commended for taking the time to make sure even that element was still included in one way or another with the set.  Audiences will likely end up using this episode guide even more than the episode guides printed on the backs of the cases.  It’s just one more positive to an already positive presentation that the most devoted fans of this classic series will appreciate.  When it is considered along with the previously noted positives – the packaging and the bonus content – the set in whole becomes a presentation that every Space: 1999 fan will want to add to their home library.

Shout! Factory and itv’s upcoming domestic release of Space: 1999The Complete Series is a presentation that the most devoted fans of the series and the most devoted science fiction fans will appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s packaging.  Once again, Shout! Factory has set the bar for multi-disc packaging with this Blu-ray set.  The bonus content featured with the set adds even more interest to its whole, as it includes audio commentaries, interviews, retrospectives and picture galleries throughout the set’s 13 discs.  The companion booklet that is also featured with the set rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of the set.  All things considered, they make this collection a “universal” hit among science fiction audiences, not just fans of this series.  More information on this and other titles is available online now at:

 

 

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PBS Taking Audiences To The Dead Sea In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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The Dead Sea is dying, but not everybody is ready to let one of the planet’s great natural wonders go dry.

In a new episode of its hit science-based series NOVA, the slow decline in the sea’s level is examined along with the efforts to save the sea.  Scientists, engineers and political leaders have devised a way to try and save the Dead Sea — construction of a large desalination plant.

If the plant works, it will connect the Dead Sea with the Red Sea.  Success would not only save the Dead Sea but also play a crucial role in political tensions and water shortages in the Dead Sea region.

NOVASaving The Dead Sea is scheduled for release July 16 on DVD and Digital.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.

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ESPN To Carry Full Coverage Of T-Mobile Home Run Derby

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It’s hard to believe, but the 2019 Major League Baseball season reaches its midway point next week, and ESPN will carry coverage of one part of the annual mid-season celebration that is the All-Star Break.

ESPN will broadcast the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at 8 p.m. ET July 8 live on ESPN and ESPN2 from Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH.  Karl Ravech will anchor next week’s broadcast, marking the second consecutive year he has helmed the program. Mar Teixeira will join Ravech in the booth for additional commentary while Buster Olney and Jessica Mendoza will be on the field with all of the derby’s latest reports.

Jason Benetti will anchor ESPN’s statcast alternative of the derby alongside Eduardo Perez and MLB statcast analyst Mike Petriello.  The trio’s broadcast marks the first time has ever presented a Baseball Tonight alternative in the form of Baseball Tonight presented by T-Mobile Statcast Edition.

A special two-hour edition of Baseball Tonight will air from 4-6 p.m on ESPN2 prior to the showcase, anchored by Ravech. He will be joined by Teixeira, Perez, Ryan Howard, Tim Kurkjian and reporter Jeff Passan.  the special extended broadcast will feature a preview of the Home Run Derby, analysis and footage of the selected batters warming up in the batting cage.

One more broadcast of Baseball Tonight follows at 7 p.m. on ESPN leading up to the Home Run Derby.  Keith Olberman will anchor the one-hour broadcast.  he will be joined by Howard, Kurkjian and Passan.

Those who won’t be near a television during the afternoon and evening’s coverage can tune in in to ESPN Radio for coverage.  Jon Sciambi will anchor the broadcast of the Home Run Derby on ESPN Radio.  Analyst Chris Singleton will join Sciambi in the booth for additional commentary.

Immediately after the T-Moblie Home Run Derby, ESPN will broadcast the 2019 MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game featuring “Cleveland vs. The World.”  Celebrities, such as Jamie Foxx, Simone Biles and Jim Thome are scheduled to make appearances in the game.

Those who will not be near a television or radio can still follow all of ESPN’s Home Run Derby coverage online through the ESPN app, including coverage of the showcase itself.

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PBS Taking Viewers “Back To The Moon” In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission nearing, PBS and PBS Distribution are marking the occasion with a new episode of NOVA.

NOVABack to the Moon is scheduled for release July 30 on DVD and Digital.  the program focuses on the future of space travel while also looking back at the history of the efforts to reach the final frontier.  It looks at the missions planned for the future of space flight, from the moon to the asteroid belt.

The program also also looks at the resources that might be available in space as mankind looks to the stars.

NOVABack to the Moon will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 at PBS’ online store.  more information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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New ‘NOVA’ Episode To Tell New Military History Story

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PBS has added another new story to the history of warfare with a new episode of its hit series NOVA.

NOVAThe First Horse Warriors is scheduled for release July 16 on DVD and Digital.  The story at the center of this episode of NOVA examines the history of horses in combat.  While horses were originally used for trade purposes and to herd livestock, they eventually became a key part of warfare around the world.

This new episode of NOVA examines when horses first became so crucial to military campaigns.  It does so by taking viewers to the grassy plains of Kazakhstan, where wild horses still roam free today and nomadic herders follow their traditional way of life.

Researchers using archaeology, and genetics work to solve the question of when horses first went from peaceful purposes to those of war.  In the process, the research also uncovers a once lost group of warriors who used horses in their campaign across Europe. That same group, the research finds, is the ancestors of millions of people worldwide today.

NOVAThe First Horse Warriors will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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PBS Celebrating Moon Landing Anniversary With New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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July 20, 1969 is one of the most important dates in the history of space flight.  It was on that day that the first human stepped foot on the moon.  This year marks 50 years since that landmark even happened, and to celebrate the history-making event, PBS Distribution will release a new episode of American Experience in the form of American ExperienceChasing The Moon.

American ExperienceChasing The Moon is scheduled for release July 9 on DVD and Blu-ray.  The three-part, 360-minute (six-hour) story is spread across three discs on each platform.  brings the story of the moon landing to a whole new generation of viewers.  It does so without any narration, using instead, real, vintage footage and interviews with those who played key roles in the moon landing, such as Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Poppy Northcutt to tell the story.

American ExperienceChasing the Moon will retail for MSRP of $34.99 (DVD) and $39.99 (Blu-ray), but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $29.99 (DVD) and $34.99 (Blu-ray) through PBS’ online store. A bundle package featuring the program on Blu-ray, a coffee table book and mug is also available for $74.99.

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